Republic of Sannlibo
Location of Sannlibo (dark green)
– in Artemia (green & grey)
|Recognised national languages|
• Governor General
|Martin Järvinen (SDP)|
• Prime Minister
|Maria Jansen (PPS)|
• First Settlements
|Between 4,000 and 2,000 B.C.|
• Commonwealth of Sannlibo
• Kingdom of Sannlibo
• Dominion of Sannlibo
|Between 900 and 1350|
• Free Sannlig
• Realm of Sannlibo
• Union of Ringerike and Sannlibo
• Country of Sannlibo
• Republic of Sannlibo
|254,505 km2 (98,265 sq mi)|
• 2022 estimate
|81.775/km2 (211.8/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2022 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Sannlig Krone (SKR)|
|ISO 3166 code||SL|
Sannlibo (Sannligs: Sannligbod, from sannligrbiǫð, lit. meaning Fairfields), officially Republic of Sannlibo (Sannligs: Republikken Sannligbod), is a northern country in central Artemia. The country has a population of 20,812,146 people as of 2022 and an area of 254,505 km². The population density measures about 81.8 inhabitants per km². Sannlibo is bordered by Gardarike and Ostboland as well as Ringerike through the Skagerrak Strait. The capital, as well as the economical and political center of the country, is the city of Eridlo, which lies in the south-west, cornering the Kapenbjergs.
Sannlibo is a parliamentary democracy with a mixture of a representative and plebiscitarian system. The head of state is called the governor general, currently this is Martin Järvinen (SDP). Prime minister and thereby the head of government is Maria Jansen (PPS), she is also the first female in this position.
Due to the geographical conditions the economy is centered around heavy industry and high technology, complemented with significant mining, fishing and forestry sectors. The economic system is a free market economy with a high emphasis on social welfare. The state also owns parts of key sectors which are considered critical pieces of the infrastructure.
The coastline lies completely at the Boreal Ocean and also marks the northern border of the country. The climate there is mostly rough and cold, even in summers it rarely climbs over 20°C. Also the Boreal Sea at the sannlig coastline is frozen for a third of a year. Generally the winters in Sannlibo are usually considered as quite harsh, especially in the north, while in the southern reaches the winter is more mild and has continental influence. Most parts of the country are covered with large forests, grasslands and lakes. Also the largest share of the country is flat, with the Kapenbjergs mountain range making an exception in the southern flank.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The term Sannlibo is the simplified anglic version of the original term Sannligbod, which is derived from the old sannlig word sannligrbiǫð, literally meaning fairfields and referring to the beauty of the country. This came up first in tellings about the arrival of the first settlers, who were supposedly overwhelmed by the countrie's beautiful landscapes or used this term to describe the countryside. Also patriotic tellings used this term to describe the country.
Trough the years the term got simplified into sannligbod, and was later used as a name for the first state-like organisation on the sannlig territory, the Commonwealth of Sannlibo.
The history of the term and but also the use of it, remained a part of the national heritage as well as patriotic tellings.
History[edit | edit source]
Kingdom of Sannlibo[edit | edit source]
The Kingdom of Sannlibo was founded in 803 by the merger of seven monarchies which previously formed the Commonwealth of Sannlibo, founded in 706. During the latter period the kings of Eridlo placed their sons on three of eight thrones, annexed two states and enacted pressure on the remaining reigners, so they would all agree on merging the commonwealth into a new kingdom.
Ringeriker Dependency[edit | edit source]
At some point between the 9th and the 13th century, the sannlig realm would fall under ringeriker control and become a dependency of the latter. With that the Dominion of Sannlibo got the present borders and the city of Skagershavn was made the capital, much to the distaste of the sannlig people. By that Sannlibo became a part of the absolute monarchy of Ringerike later on.
Great Dominion Crisis[edit | edit source]
Followed by the beginning of the Nyttmann’s Rebellion in 1673 an independence movement, the so-called Free Sannlig, formed and rose to power. This was the beginning of the 11 year-long Great Dominion Crisis, which resulted in the death of approximately a third of the population. Following the Free Sannlig’s rise to power, independence from Ringerike was declared, which resulted in a 2-year long war between Free Sannlig and the absolute monarchy and ended when Nyttmann came into power. Latter was allied with the Free Sannlig and both needed each other's good will to succeed with their plans.
Sannlibo then could finally secede from Ringerike for the first time. This led to conflicts with neighboring countries, who feared that Sannlibo could become a threat to them. Also there were disputes in their own country, since the Free Sannlig established a centralized and unitarian state, while most regional lords, who also gained power during the revolution, preferred a federal system. Also these regional lords had to sort out territorial disputes with each other, which led to further battles. On the other Hand there were the radicals of the New Sannlig who wanted the Free Sannlig to give more power and rights to the people, which the latter refused. This led to further uprisings and, combined with the overall situation, even resulted in a massive civil war, which would take until 1679.
Only with Nyttmann’s support the Free Sannlig was able to retain its power and to win the civil war at great cost. As a consequence they began to turn into a dictatorship and turned in every possible enemy within the state. Victims were the regional lords and their supporters, supporters of the ringeriker monarchy, members of the New Sannligs and their allies, but also key individuals of the norsk ethnicity.
With the re-establishment of the ringeriker monarchy, the Great Dominion Crisis found its end in 1684, after the ringeriker regained control over Sannlibo and drove the Free Sannlig out of office.
Autonomous Region[edit | edit source]
After the ringeriker monarchy introduced a constitution and re-established its power in Sannlibo, they made the constitution also valid for the sannlig lands. In 1706 Sannlibo was granted a low level of autonomy, Eridlo became the capital again and the country got a persistent representative of the ringeriker king, the Governor General of Sannlibo.
Furtherly, the Sannlig Fleet and the Sannlig Brigade were established in 1717 as subordinate units within the ringeriker military, with their soldiers being professionals and volunteers recruited from the sannlig population. In addition the governor general was granted limited command authority over the Sannlig Fleet and the Sannlig Brigade in 1735, but still remained subordinate to the king.
Another major change happened in 1870, when the second constitution of the Kingdom of Ringerike was introduced. It granted Sannlibo the status of an autonomous entity of Ringerike. The 1870 constitution also reformed the sannlig govenor general's office and introduced legislative, judicative and executive bodies for the Dominion of Sannlibo, though their power has been quite limited at that time.
Treaties of Skagerrak[edit | edit source]
After the Grand Campaigns the First Treaty of Skagerrak were signed in 1926, which resulted in Sannlibo and Ringerike being reigned as a common state of two autonomous entities, with each having a governor general as well as legislative, judicative and executive bodies. This so-called Union of Ringerike and Sannlibo itself was reigned by the king, and had also its own parliament, government and high Court. With Sannlibo becoming an constituent country itself, the flag was changed, inherating the colours of the Eridlo Monarchy as well as the shape of the independence flag, which occured during protests for sannlig independence in 1925 and 1926.
In 1949 the 2nd Treaty of Skagerrak was signed, ruling that the union is to be split up and Ringerike and Sannlibo become formally two independent nations. Each one retained its own political bodies, while the political bodies of the Union were dissolved. Only the King maintained his position as head of state for both nations, but his title was reduced back to King of Ringerike. The 2nd Treaty of Skagerrak also ruled that Sannlibo is getting its own military, with the initial batch of equipment and training being provided by Ringerike. Also the treaty introduced the Skagerrak Coalition, a framework agreement for further diplomatic relations and agreement. One example is the Skagerrak Pact, a defense agreement between both nations, ruling that one nation has to support the other when under attack. This pact also forms the foundation of the complete military cooperation between Ringerike and Sannlibo.
This went even further with the 3rd Treaty of Skagerrak in 1963, when Ringerike and Sannlibo agreed on Sannlibo to become a republic and the King of Ringerike thereby giving up his position as head of the sannlig state. The Governor General of Sannlibo then became the head of state, which remained until today. It also resulted in the change of the coat of arms as well, which exchanged the ringeriker royal crown by a smaller peoples crown, to symbolise sovereignity and democracy, instead of dependency and monarchy.
Present History[edit | edit source]
In the following years the already very modern and liberal democracy of Sannlibo was reformed several times. With the First Constitutional Reform of 1970 the parliamentary system was reformed to strengthen the lower house of the Parliament at the expense of the upper house and the prime minister in 1972.
In the 1993 Constitutional Reform the upper house then was completely abolished and the lower house abolished the major vote system and introduced a proportional representation system instead.
Geography[edit | edit source]
According to the Sannlig Central Authority of Statistics, Sannlibo has a land area of 254,505 km² (98,265 sq mi). Situated in northern Artemia, Sannlibo lies north to the Kapenbjergs mountain chain, a range that separates Sannlibo from Gardarike. Ostboland is located to its south-west. It has maritime borders with Ringerike and Thuyiquakliq through the Skagerrak Strait and the Boreal Sea respectively.
The northern part of Sannlibo is geographically very low relative to sea level and is considered a flat region. With that are 20% of the land mass located below sea level. These areas are mostly located in the cantons of Hagerslän, Sterndal and the Nordmark, which are located in the sannlig north-east. The coldest area of Sannlibo is the canton of Nordmark, which lies between the Hyggelig River in the south and the Boreal Sea in the north, considering that average temparatures are barely rising above 17°C in summers and are also as low as 22°C in winters.
At 254,505 km² (98,265 sq mi), Sannlibo is the 80th-largest country in Anterra and the x-largest country in Artemia. The highest elevation is the Lukasfjäll at 2,488 m (8,162.73 ft) above sea level.
Geology[edit | edit source]
The northern half of the country and especially the Nordmark are shaped by the interplay of the Hyggelig River, the Hagerrak Bay, the Skagerrak Strait and the Boreal Sea, as much of the land mass there is consisting of sediments, but also permafrost can be found. Due to its flatness and the fact that many parts of the coastal cantons are lying below sea level, a system of polders, dykes and canals has been installed here troughout the centuries. Also a considerable share of the land mass along the coastline is made by land reclamation from the sea.
The southern part of the country is influenced by the Kapenbergs and former volcanic activity. Here are many of the lakes and forests located and the land mass is penetrated by a vast amount of tinier rivers, streams and creeks. Also moraines can be found here. Kapenbjergs are meanwhile comprised of 2000m - high peaks, with a lot of plateaus, mountain lakes or glaciers. Many of the rivers and streams found northbound the Kapenbjergs, are originating here.
Climate[edit | edit source]
The northern two thirds of the country are part of the subarctic climate zone with summer time temparatures between 10 and 18°C and winter temparatures from -35 near the Nedermark to -10°C south of the Hyggelig River, while the northernmost part of the country, the Nedermark Peninsula, is even part of the arctic zone with tempartures regularly being around -40°C in wintern and barely climbing above 8°C in summers.
The southern third of the country mostly provides a humid continental climate, with temparatures up to 25°C in summers and rarely below 0°C in winters, but also features a colder climate in the Kapenbjerg mountain chain, with temparatures being between -20 and -10°C in winters and between 15 and 20°C in summers, depending on the height.
Because of Sannlibo's northern location, there are large seasonal variations in daylight. There are short days during the winter with average sunrise coming around 9:45 am and sunset 2:45 pm, as well as long summer days with sunrise at 3:30 am and sunset at 11 pm.
Nature[edit | edit source]
Due to Sannlibo lying in three climate zones, it has an unusally high biodiversity, estimating over 60,000 plant and animal species in total. The most common biomes are tundra, boreal forests and taigas as well as several types of temperate forests (coniferous, mixed or broadleaf). The Kapenbjergs also feature montane, sub-alpine and alpine biomes.
Flora[edit | edit source]
Vegetation zones in Sannlibo include forests, bogs, wetlands and heaths. Boreal species are adapted to the long, cold winters but need a growing season of sufficient length and warmth. The predominant coniferous species are spruce and pine, which are also adapted either to the boreal climate in the north or the montane climate in the Kapenbjergs, while the predominant broadleaf species in the north are aspen and several species of the birch family, like the birch itself. In the south oak, beech, alder and others are dominating the mixed or boradleaf forests. In mixed forests also spruce and pine can be found. In the northern parts and in the Kapenbjergs also lichen, mosses, vascular plants and shrubs are playing an important role.
The Nedermark has permafrost and tundra, with both low, middle and high arctic vegetation. 160 species of plants have been found on the peninsula. Only those areas which defrost in the summer have vegetation cover and this accounts for about 30% of the peninsula.
Fauna[edit | edit source]
According to the National Office of Wildlife Preservation, terrestrial mammals occurring in Sannlibo include the artemian hedgehog, the mole, six species of shrews and eighteen of bats. The artemian rabbit, the artemian hare, the mountain hare, the artemian beaver, the red squirrel, the racoon dog, the mink, the muskrat, the brown rat and the house mouse as well as about fifteen species of smaller rodent occur. Of the ungulates, the wild boar, the wisent, the muskox, the ibex, red deer, the elk, the roe deer and the reindeer are found in the country. Terrestrial carnivores include the brown bear, the artemian wolf, the red fox and, the arctic fox, as well as the artemian lynx, the artemian badger, the artemian otter, the stoat, the least weasel, the artemian polecat, the artemian pine marten and the wolverine.
Also 540 species of birds and nearly 20,000 species of insects are estimated in the country, as well as 180 species of fish and 4,000 species of invertebrates.
Politics[edit | edit source]
Political Bodies[edit | edit source]
Sannlibo is a unitarian parliamentary democracy. Parts of the adminstrative work are delegated to regional administrative bodies. The democratic system itself is based on a mixture of representative and plebiscitarian elements, with the goal to archieve a maximal functionality of the state while retaining a maximal possible representation of the peasantry.
The political culture is marked by its pragmatism and objectivity, with the needs of the overall society in mind, rather than fullfilling the will of indivuals. Also Sannlibo exercises a high amount of freedoms as well as a broad variety of rights for the minorities in the country. This also includes immigrants as well as the LGBTQ-Community.
To align with democratic requirements, the sannlig state and its power are divided into several bodies which control and oversee each other. The political bodies are as following:
Governor General[edit | edit source]
The head of the sannlig state is the Governor General (Republikken Statshøvding), who only holds representative powers. He is elected for a term of five years by the Great Assembly (Republikken Stortinget), a joint meeting of the National Parliament and the Administrative Councils (Kantonsrådets or Kantonstingets) of the Cantons (Kantonen).
The term of "Governor General" comes from the time, in which the sannlig head of state still was the King of Ringerike. To represent him in Sannlibo and to represent the sannlig in people in front of the king, a governor general has been installed. After Sannlibo became a republic, the sannlig head state was an elected official, similar to a president, who stepped into the place of both, king and governor general. Due to traditional reasons Sannlibo kept the term "Governor General", instead of renaming the position into "President".
National Government[edit | edit source]
The executive power is hold by the National Government (Republikken Ministerrådet), comprised of the National Ministers (Republikken Ministers) and the Prime Minister (Republikken Statsminister), with the latter being the head of government and presiding over the national government. He is elected along with his proposed government by a simple majority of the National Parliament until the next parliamentary election.
In addition the prime minister is allowed to be elected two times only, according to the 1993 Constitution. According to the constitution, it is also mandatory for the government to have separated ministries for finance, economy, defense, interior and foreign affairs in addition the prime ministers office. It is also forbidden to merge these six offices into one another.
Current prime minister is Maria Jansen from the PPS.
National Parliament[edit | edit source]
The National Parliament (Republikken Folketinget) is the legislative body of the sannlig state. Since the constitutional reform of 1993 it is an unicameral system, with the members of the parliament being elected every 5 years via a party list proportional representation. The meetings of the parliament are presided by the Parliamentary President (Tingspresident). He is elected by an absolute majority of the parliament until the next general election.
National High Court[edit | edit source]
At last there is the National High Court (Republikken Hogsterett) as the judicial body. It is divided into three chambers, being responsible either for constitutional, civil or criminal law. Every chamber consists of five justices, one of them being chairman of the chamber. The three chairmen then represent the court's presidency, with one of them being the president and the others being the vice-presidents.
Political Parties[edit | edit source]
There are currently six major parties, which are also all represented in the Republikken Folketing. The governing parties are currently the two centre-left parties Sannlig Democratic Party (Sannligs Demokradig Partiet, SDP) and Progressive Party of Sannlibo (Progresive Partiet og Sannlibo, PPS). The opposition is currently consisting of the left-populist Socialist Environmental Party (Socialiste Miljopartiet, SMP) and the center-right to right block, consisting of the center-right Conservative People's Party (Konservative Folkepartiet, KFP) and Republican Centre Party (Republikken Centerpartiet, RCP), and the right-wing National-Traditionalist Party (Nationale Traditionspartiet, NTP).
Administrative Divisions[edit | edit source]
Following Section is currently under revision.
The sannlig administration below the national level is split into 12 cantons (Kantonen). Each of them is governed by a an administrative council (Kantonsrådets or Kantonstingets) and a governor (Kantonshøvding). The largest canton by area is Nordmark, the smallest is Metropolitan Eridlo (Stadten-Eridlo). Greater Eridlo (Storten-Eridlo) has meanwhile the largest population, while Nordmark has the smallest.
Generally the cantons are in charge of regional public transit, parts of the healthcare and education systems as well as fire brigades and local police forces. Although the cantons are generally more to be considered as administrative bodies to simply organise the governmental tasks and affairs on a local level, instead of being federal entities with their own political bodies and powers.
|Name||Administrative Centre||Largest Settlement||Governor||Population|
|Storten-Eridlo||Eridlo||Åhrholm||Mark Andre Støre||1,611,776|
|Vakkersholm (Canton)||Vakkersholm (City)||Vakkersholm (City)||Masud Ismael||1,588,457|
|Sannlibo (Total)||Eridlo||Eridlo||Maria Jansen (PM)||20,812,146|
Foreign Relations[edit | edit source]
Sannlibo historically shares very good relations with the Kingdom of Ringerike. Despite the formal split of the two countries, they maintained a close relationship through the Skagerrak Dialogue and signed several political agreements. Also Sannlibo shares good and healthy relationships with its neighbours Gardarike and Ostboland, with which Sannlibo also has singed trade and other political agreements. In addition Sannlibo is a member of the Northern Coregnancy.
|Country||Status||Current state of relations||Mutual Embassies||Visa Requirement|
|Chezzetcook||Friendly||Sannlibo and Chezzetcook maintain a stable friendly relationship.||Yes||Yes|
|Gardarike||Friendly||Close ties and strong cooperation maintained due to a shared heritage.||Yes||No|
|Hwangchu||Friendly||Sannlibo and Hwangchu maintain a stable friendly relationship.||Yes||Yes|
|Ostboland||Friendly||Close ties maintained due to shared heritage.||Yes||No|
|Ringerike||Allied||Both are strongly allied powers and maintain a deep cooperation in many fields.||Yes||No|
|Shenewa||Friendly||Sannlibo and Shenewa maintain a stable friendly relationship.||Yes||No|
|Theyka||Friendly||Sannlibo and Theyka maintain a stable friendly relationship.||Yes||No|
|Tiperyn||Neutral||Sannlibo and Tiperyn retain neutral relations||Yes||Yes|
|Veikaia||Neutral||Sannlibo and Veikaia are neutral to each other||Yes||Yes|
Diplomatic Agreements[edit | edit source]
- Treaties of Skagerrak: The Treaties of Skagerrak ruled the different steps to the sannlig independence from Ringerike. Furtherly the 2nd and 3rd Treaties of Skagerrak include further agreements on political, economical and defense matters.
- Treaty of Sherengetare: The Treaty of Sherengetare was signed following the Sorland War in February 1976. By that Treaty, Sannlibo and Shenewa maintain close relations in defense matters, as well as that Sannlibo joins the Ingonian Pact
- Treaty of Størtensheim: The Treaty of Størtensheim is a free trade agreement between Sannlibo and Shenewa. It was signed in 1993 and rules that Sannlibo can import agricultural goods to better conditions, while Shenewa gets a better access on industrial goods and services.
Military[edit | edit source]
Sannlibo also has a standing military force, the Republic Defense Forces (Sannligs: Republikken Forsvarets, RFVM), mainly consisting of professionals and volunteers. The conscription has been abolished after 75 years in 1989. Peacetime commander in-chief is the minister of defence, in wartimes this duty is taken over by the prime minister. Also the RFVM historically share an intense partnership with the Ringeriker Armed Forces. Both forces have a strong cooperation shown by common developments, exercises and operations. The sannlig military is divided into the following main arms:
Sannlig Land Forces (Sannlig Landvarets)[edit | edit source]
The Sannlig Land Forces (Sannlig Landforsvarets) are the most important arm of the sannlig military and responsible for ground based warfare. They are consisting of three divisions and one separate brigade. While one division (1st Sannlig Division) covers light infantry, airmobile and special forces, the other two (2nd and 3rd Sannlig Divisions) cover the armoured and mechanized forces, which form the the main combat element of the Sannlig Land Forces. The separate brigade is the Joint Service Support Brigade, being tasked with specialized engineering, logistics, signal, EW and NBC missions.
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The Republic's Navy (Republikken Marine) is the main arm for maritime operations. They currently have 4 light frigates, 5 corvettes, 6 submarines, 5 off-shore patrol vessels, one landing craft and one icebreaker in there inventory. In addition they can also make use of the amphibious and support ships of the ringeriker navy.
Also part of the Marinevarets are the Sannlig Marines (Sannligs Mariniers), who provide a brigade sized force of amphibious troops. In addition there are further units for combat service support and special operations available. All of their operations are conducted with ringeriker support, who provide the necessary auxillary ships.
Sannlig Air Force (Sannlig Luftvapnet)[edit | edit source]
The Sannlig Air Force (Sannlig Luftvapnet) is tasked with aerospace security and aerial force projection, supporting tactical and strategic expeditionary missions and providing joint fire support and long-range ground-based air defence for ground forces. It currently operates 72 fighter jets in two squadrons, 20 tactical transporters, 28 special mission and support aircraft and about 104 helicopters.
Half of the 72 fighter jets are of the ringeriker J.02 type and have been aquired as part of an agreement between the Ringeriker and Sannlig MoDs. The aircraft are mostly used for air combat, while the JA-2000 are more used for air-to-ground combat, although both types are considered multi-role fighters.
Republic Guard Forces (Republikken Gardestyrker)[edit | edit source]
The Republic Guard Forces (Republikken Gardestyrker) have very diverse tasks. One part are the Territorial Support Forces, which are battalion-sized reserve forces in each canton. Their task is the territorial defence and assistance of security forces in wartimes and the support of civil protection and disaster relief in peacetimes.
Also the Guard Rangers Regiment (Gardejaeger Regiment) is a part of the Gardevarets. They are the ceremonial unit of the Republic Defence Forces, responsible for the Guard of Honour of the governor general, the prime minister and the minister of defense. Also they coordinate the defence of the capital Eridlo.
At third there is the Mounted Guard (Hastgardet), which has the duties of a military police force.
Public Security[edit | edit source]
The sannlig system of public security includes law enforcement, civil protection and healthcare services. The sannlig emergency services as well as the intelligence agencies are as well part of the public security network.
Law Enforcement[edit | edit source]
The law enforcement primarily falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Security (Innenriks- og Beredskapsdepartementet). The primary law enforcement agency is the National Police (Republikken Polititjeneste), which also handles border protection, transport policing, crime investigation and anti-terrorism tasks. For less important duties as well as local policing in rural areas, the cantons may also have their own Cantonal Police (Kantonspoliti). The training for potential members of the police services takes three years in average.
The responsible authority for financial law enforcement and customs protection is the National Customs Service (Republikken Tollverket). It is part of the Ministry of Finance (Finansdepartementet) and works closely together with the National Police. Also the Customs Service is responsible for investigating economic crimes and takes part in border protection to support the National Police.
Another national authority with competences in law enforcement is the Republic's Coast Guard (Republikken Kustvakten), which is subordinate to the Ministry of Economy, Transport and Infrastructure (Nærings-,Samferdsel- og Infrastrukturdepartementet). The coast guard is also tasked with customs, maritime surveillance (in peacetime) and search and rescue missions. It often fulfills its roles in cooperation with the National Police, the National Customs Service and the Republic's Navy.
The National Security and Intelligence Agency (Republikken Sikkerhets- og Etterretningstjenesten) is also part of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Security and is the national agency for intelligence gathering, in both, domestic and foreign affairs. It is as well responsible for counter-intelligence, anti-extremism and terrorism. On demand it can also support the National Police and the law enforcement services in the gathering of criminal intelligence, if their own possibilities are too limited, although such interactions have to be allowed by a judge for the case in question.
Civil Protection[edit | edit source]
Sannlibo features a large system of civil protection. It includes the fire brigades as well as other specialised agencies and non-governmental organizations.
The fire brigades of Sannlibo are primarily organized on municipal level, although they are subordinate to the cantons. By that normaly each municipality has a fire brigade, which is overseen and funded by the canton. The cantons procure equipment and train the firefighters. Also specialised equipment, e.g. for HAZMAT emergencies, is mostly sustained on a cantonal level. Apart from the regular duties, such as extinguishing vehicle or structure fires as well as helping in traffic accident, the fire brigades also feature specialized divisions for wildland firefighting, HAZMAT responses, rescue diving, mountain rescue or rescue dogs.
On national level the National Agency for Civil Protection (Republikken Beredskabsstyrelsen/RBKS) is the primary institution for search and rescue tasks, disaster relief and civil defense. The agency is subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security and features subdivisions for NBC-emergencies, wildland fires, floods, technical relief as well as multiple kinds of Search and Rescue missions, for example in mountainous, maritime or urban environments. The RBKS also conducts the national SAR-services for aviation and maritime security according to international treaties.
In the maritime sector search and rescue is also conducted by the Sannlig Coast Guard, which therefore cooperates with the RBKS. Both complement each other in the availability of rescue vessels and aircraft. Also the coast guard is more patrolling the off-shore areas, while the RBKS is more focused on the coasts.
In addition there are several private and non-governmental, mostly voluntairy, organizations, which take part in civil protection. The most prominent example is Guardian Rescue Operations, which is a partly voluntairy, partly professional organization involved in Maritime Search and Rescue as well as Mountain and Water Rescue. Additionally "Guardian" provides teams for wildland firefighting and mass casualty events.
Healthcare[edit | edit source]
Economy and Infrastructure[edit | edit source]
Basic Information[edit | edit source]
The sannlig economy is officially based around a free market economy, though there are limitations through high social and ecological standards on the one side and state-owned enterprises in critical sectors on the other, so that mixed economy would make a better term.
Core sectors of the economic system are the high technology and heavy industrial sectors on the one side and the mining industry and the fishing and forestry industry on the other. But also the service sector became increasingly important through the years.
Geographically the economic centers are the cities of Eridlo and Vakkersholm north of the Kapenbjergs and the city of Vakkerak, lying at the mouth of the Vakker River into the Hagerrak Bay. Other centres are the cities of Fageholm and Vindjald which, like Vakkersholm, lie along the Vakker River and are bordering neighboring countries, such as Ostboland.
Also the economy is reliant on international trade, with the manufacturing sector having a large output of export goods, while most parts of grain and fuel need to be imported due to geographical limitations. Additionally fish, seafood and timber are exported in considerable numbers, while the service sector is also offering its services in many other countries too.
Major companies are Sannsystems, Hyger Gruppen, Hyger Motors and Hasbrø Industries, which are all representing the high-technology and heavy industustrial sector, as well as Hagersstål Metalværker, Penta Chemicals, Haugland Medicus, Sterna Gruppen, Oker Systems and Støra Produkter.
State-Owned Enterprises[edit | edit source]
The sannlig state owns a couple of enterprises in certain sectors, which are considered critical for the security of the country. Currently these are the following:
- Sannligs Transnet AB (airports, roads, railroads, waterways)
- Sannligs Energi AB (power production, fuel import, energy grid)
- Sannligs Telenet AB (internet and communication networks)
- Sannsystems AB (aerospace, defence, electronics and marine systems)
Also there are companies of which the sannlig state holds shares, after they were privatized:
- Sannligs Statsbaner AB (railway services, public transit, 40%)
- SAS - SannligAirShuttle AB (airline company, 40%)
- SannPost AB (mail and delivery services, 40%)
- TeleSann AB (telephone and internet provider, 40%)
- Navalsann AB (marine systems, shipbuilding, 40%)
- Aerosann AB (aircraft building, engines, 40%)
Transport Infrastructure[edit | edit source]
Sannlibo offers a highly developed transport network. It relies mostly on railway infrastructure, but also provides a dense network of streets, especially highways and motorways, while waterways are considered less important. Also Sannlibo provides a fairly large account of airports, as every larger city has one. The largest and most important airport is the Eridlo International Airport, which is also the only international airport of Sannlibo and the only one to provide intercontinental flights. In recent times new railways have been built along already existing motorways, being four tracks wide, so they can feature both high-speed and cargo services at once, without having them to interfere with each other.
The motorways and the newly built railways are sorted along the following axes:
- North-South (Vakker River): Vakkerak - Vakkersholm with a diversion to Eridlo
- North-South (Hyggelig River): Hyggerak - Eridlo
- Ellesholm - Holmgard: Section Vakkersholm - Eridlo and the Kapenbjergstunelen
In addition to the Axis Ellesholm - Holmgard, there are also international connections connecting Vakkersholm and Vakkerak to the Skagerrak Tunnel. The Kapenbjerg Tunnel (Kapenbjergstunelen) is also the largest and most expensive investment into infrastructure in recent years. This 57 km long tunnel is built as a base tunnel, featuring 4 single track tunnels, 2 each for cargo and for high-speed services, and 2 two-lane single-direction street tunnels. It connects the capital Eridlo with Bergen at the Sannlig-Gardic Border and by passing through the Kapenbjergs and is part of the Axis Ellesholm - Holmgard as well as the most important route from Sannlibo to Gardarike. It also directly connects to the Eridlo City Tunnel and the underground Eridlo Main Station, which also opened recently.
Culture and Demography[edit | edit source]
Language[edit | edit source]
The official language of Sannlibo is Sannligs. It is related to ostish and gardic, but also has a strong influence of norsk in it, due to the common history with Ringerike. Latter three languages, gardic, norsk and ostish are also commonly spoken among the sannlig people and are consired recognized languages of the country. These languages are also commonly spoken along with their respective ethnicities as well as in the regions inhabited by them. Also Sannlibo has one of the highest rates of anglic speakers, which is also emphasized by the educational system, aiming for the students ability to communicate globally.
Ethnicity[edit | edit source]
Sannlibo's ethnicity is influenced by the history with Ringerike and the neighbourhood to Gardarike and Ostboland. While the sannligs are the most widespread and by far the largest ethnicity, the gardic, norsk and ostban ethnicities still have large influence and a considerable share of people. Especially the norsk ethnicity is spread widely among Sannlibo, although its centre lies around the canton of Sterndal in the sannlig north-east. The ostban ethnicity is rather only spread along the Vakker river as well as the border between Ostboland and Sannlibo. The gardic ethnicity is meanwhile mostly spread in the Kapenbjergs, which protray the border to Gardarike.
Religion[edit | edit source]
Sannlibo officially has no state religion, as it applies and emphasizes secularism, according to the constitution. During the ringeriker rule Godatru was applied as a state religion, while other religions have also been accepted.
Since the sannlig independence the concept of state religion is abolished and replaced by secularism, although the freedom of religion and belief has been maintained, so that everyone has the right to exercise his believes as he wishes to.
Other religions being broadly exercised in Sannlibo, besides Godatru, include Christianity, most notably the First Apostolic Church, and a rising share of Haqiqatan members.
Art[edit | edit source]
Architecture[edit | edit source]
With expansive forests, Sannlibo has long had a tradition of building in wood and with that almost all buildings were made of timber before the 13th century, but a shift began towards stone. Even though many of today's most interesting new buildings are made of wood, reflecting the strong appeal that this material continues to hold for sannlig designers and builders.
With the ringeriker being in control, stone and brick became more widely used as materials at some point in the 13th century. From that point on the sannlig architecture went through all siginificant styles. In the 18th century the share of stone and brick building rose again and the cities expanded largely, due to a larger autonomy from ringeriker rule and strengthened political stability.
Cuisine[edit | edit source]
The sannlig cuisine is a very diverse one and mostly dominated by the geographic conditions of the country, which are also very diverse. Very typical meals are Fiskbollar (Fishballs) and Køttbollar (Meatballs), as well as multiple kinds of dumplings, meat and fish stews and cabbage meals.
In addition liquors distilled from fermented grain, potatoes, apples, pears or herbs are common alcoholic drinks in Sannlibo, as well as apple and pear ciders. Consumed beers are either bright or dark Lager beers, mostly produced and consumed in the southern areas.
Sport[edit | edit source]
Due to the northern location and the mountain chains in the south of the country, winter sports are among the most notable sport activities in Sannlibo. Skiing and ice hockey are thereby the most popular winter sports, and ice hockey is also among the most popular indoor activities. Skiing is mostly exercised in the Kapenbjergs, which are thereby one of the most visited destinations for winter vacations in Sannlibo.
During summer are also a lot of different sports being exercised, although many of them are such sports which can be exercised in both in- and outdoor locations, such as standard hockey or volley ball. Other summer-time outdoor activities feature climbing, hiking or water-sports like rafting or canoeing.
Music[edit | edit source]
The classical music of the classical and romantic composers x, y and z is widely known, as is the modern music of a. Sannlibo's classical performers include b, c and d.
Historical re-creations of traditional sannlig music have been attempted based on instruments found in archeological sites. The instruments used were the lur (a sort of trumpet), simple string instruments, wooden flutes and drums. Sannlibo has a significant folk-music scene and a strong folk music tradition which remains popular to this day.
Sannlibo also has a prominent choral music tradition. Out of a population of 7 million, it is estimated that five to six hundred thousand people sing in choirs.
Sannlig metal and rock music has as well been an influence in world music since the late 20th century.
Cinema and Media[edit | edit source]
Education[edit | edit source]
The educational system of Sannlibo is originally divided between elementary and secondary schools as well as professional schools and universities. Additionally there have kindergardens been introduced for children aging from one to six years. At the age of six years children are then introduced into the elementary schools, until the 6th grade. From the 7th grade on, children visit the secondary schools. These are usually ranging until the 10th grade, in which the students aquire first level graduation (Forst Niva Utdanning (FNU)). Some schools also offer the second level graduation (Andra Niva Utdanning (ANU)), which is aquired after three additional years of school and a final exam in the 13th grade. The access to the 11th grade is also bound to the certificate of the 10th, which has to be good enough.
Both FNU and ANU give access to a professional education for a certain profession of one own's choice, e.g. mechanic, nurse or something else. Most of these professional educations are dual, which means that one may spend the one half of his professional education in a professional school and the other at the workplace.
Additionally the ANU gives access to the universities, where one can study politics, medicine or something else to get an academic degree.