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COUNTRY is a coastal country located in Central-Western Artemia. COUNTRY is a Federal semi-direct democracy under an assembly-independent directorial republic which contains a population of over 35.6 million people. The majority of DEMONYM live urban lifestyles along major inland urban centres with the largest settlement and capital being BIG CITY in the PROVINCE province. COUNTRY encompasses LANDMASS km2.
Modern-day COUNTRY is bordered to the north by BLANK, to the North-east by Gardarike, to the South-east by BLANK, to the south by Borgo and Sesia and to the west by Mero-curgovina. Its geography is dominated by continental BLANK and highlands which cover FRACTION of the country’s total land area. Interior BLANK has RAINFALL annual rainfall which contributed to the WEATHER conditions. Much of the COUNTRY population resides in land spread across major settlements. Humans have inhabited in the regions that are modern-day COUNTRY since the BLANK.
COUNTRY ranks high on the Human Development Index, and has a developed upper middle income economy. The DEMONYM economy is primarily composed of developing tertiary sectors as the number of skilled workers increases, however primary and secondary sectors such as mineral extraction and refinement, fossil fuel extraction and civilian manufacturing are still major contributors to the nation’s economy. The country has a rapidly growing ICT and Electronics sector which has generated competitive wages compared to other states in the region and is projected to become a dominant sector of the DEMONYM economy.
COUNTRY is located along the Eurybian in Central-Western Artemia encoompassing a total landmass of LANDMASS km2. It is bounded to the north by BLANK, to the North-east by Gardarike, to the South-east by BLANK, to the south by Borgo and Sesia and to the west by Mero-curgovina. Its borders Gardarike are established by the eastern mountain range, forming a basin with the central COUNTRY alps. COUNTRY’s other borders were established by treaty and local agreements rather than natural features and limitations. COUNTRY’s position along the Eurybian allows direct access to Kesh through relatively short-range shipping routes and has opened the nation to trade globally.
Approximately two thirds of COUNTRY is made up of mountains, highlands and high elevation hill which has resulted in a large portion of the population moving south into the flatter coastal regions harbouring some of COUNTRY’s largest settlements, including the largest city, NAME residing along the warm south-east Eurybian coast of COUNTRY and is home to COUNTRY’s largest seaport NAME, and civilian shipyard NAME. However, the nation’s administrative district and capital city reside far inland within the central basin, the city was constructed as a means to provide a central, protected neutral ground between the provinces early in the confederations life and remains the de jure capital of the nation.
Kasibaar can be divided into approximately three major geographical zones, the western coast, the country’s centre and the country’s eastern frontier. The coast is generally steep, rocky and barren however, it is wet enough for the formation of mangroves and sparse dry woodlands with a limited number of sandy beaches, the coast on average sits 70 metres above sea level. Central Kasibaar is made up largely of hot rocky deserts with intermittent hills and little to no flora or fauna due to the harsh conditions, it sits on average 450 meters above sea level and is the second most populated region of Kasibaar. The eastern regions of Kasibaar transition rapidly from rocky deserts to arid highlands sitting approximately 900 meters above sea level and leads into Kasibaar’s eastern border with SiWallqanqa featuring steep rocky hills and a harsh rocky plateau. Kasibaar contains only a single major inland river and no major inland lakes.
As of 2021 the COUNTRY has a total population of BLANK million, placing it amongst the smallest nations in the world. COUNTRY has a national population density at BLANK people per square kilometres. It has a slow growing population with a 0.6% annual change as of 2021, and a relatively high life expectancy with males expecting live up 82.5 years and females living 83.5 years.
COUNTRY has a growing immigrant population, largely from other Artemian nations which make up 12.7% of the national population. This is a result of the relaxing of COUNTRY's stringent immigration policies which previously did not grant foreigners born within COUNTRY citizenship, unless they are born to at least one DEMONYM parent. Gaining citizenship in COUNTRY is a long process with foreigners having to live within COUNTRY for a minimum uninterrupted period of 10 years and must complete a two year integration program in which they are taught the COUNTRY language, customs and traditions which are seen as essential for successful integration into society. Historically, harsh citizenship processes have limited COUNTRY's growth through immigration and only as of 1989 has population growth by permanent immigration gained traction as a result of policies which fast track immigration applications if they fit areas of the economy that lack experience or staff, or are industries that the government is actively seeking to expand. Additional benefits have been introduced since 1989 such as small monetary incentives and tax breaks for a limited number of sought after professions.
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COUNTRY holds a higher than average urbanisation rate with 83% of the COUNTRY population residing within the cities. This is largely a result of the difficult geography which covers parts of the nation, this has caused most cities to be concentrated in the flatter central COUNTRY with few major towns being constructed amongst the mountain ranges of southern and eastern COUNTRY.
Largest cities or towns in COUNTRY
2019 COUNTRY National Council
- See more: COUNTRY Education System
The education sector in COUNTRY is made up by a majority of federally owned and funded public schools with very few private institutions even at tertiary education level. Children study until the age of 18, all curriculum is decided by a federal education authority and is the mandatory standard for education across COUUNTRY with grade scales dictated and standardised at a federal level to remove discrepancies between schools. As a result of post graduate military service requirements for all DEMONYM citizens, curriculum includes small introductory courses to the armed forces which commence in a students' 10th year of study. These courses often include introductions to firearms safety and maintenance, military history and other topics that will assist in their post graduate service period.
COUNTRY sits amongst some of the most educated nations on Anterra, with a total of 73.9% of the population having completed an education qualification of any kind, 54.9% of which have completed a form of post secondary tertiary education after their Secondary Education Qualification and 45% have sought non-tertiary forms of post secondary education. Schooling typically lasts 13 years and is compulsory in some form or another for DEMONYM citizens and residents with students required to complete schooling up to at minimum Year 11 before transitioning to alternate education solutions such trade schools for plumbing, construction and other labour based positions.
In the final year of schooling in COUNTRY (Year 12) students choose two work sectors they are interested in and are given pre-chosen subjects based on those sectors which expands their general knowledge of different positions and work types within any given area of work and assists their transition to tertiary education by teaching them what to expect out of their chosen areas. Upon completion of their final students sit several exams based on their subjects which produces a final aggregate score which is used for entry into tertiary education institutions, with different courses having different entry pre-requisites, students do not have to choose courses within the two work areas they chose at the beginning of their final year however.
While most students are expected to graduate and transfer to a military academy to complete the compulsory service period with the DEMONYM Armed Forces, it is possible to opt to defer service in favour of completing tertiary if the course is present on a service exemptions list updated yearly by the DEMONYM government. The exemptions can delay the compulsory service period until after completing tertiary education if the course they wish to partake in benefits them during the compulsory service period, or completely bypass the compulsory service period if the course chosen leads to careers which the DEMONYM government states are lacking personnel.
For tertiary level studies, the DEMONYM government offers government indexed loans covering all education related costs to citizens in order to pay for any course of choice. Citizens are only expected to begin paying their government loans after they have graduated, have entered the workforce and reach a set minimum pay.
COUNTRY is divided into ___ administrative divisions operating under the Federal Assembly. This includes ____ CLANS (Anglic lit.: Tribe) and ___ HALF-CLANS (Anglic lit.: Split/half tribe). The CLANS derive from the old monarchist confederal government divisions which can be traced back to paleolithic era DEMONYM CLANS, which over time merged and evolved beyond the typical kin-group tribal establishments. HALF-CLANS were introduced after the unification of the DEMONYM tribes and are typically CLANS who have split or lost territory and were typically classified as a lesser CLANS.
The CLANS are de jure federated states, and have permanent government status with high levels of independence. Under the Federal Assembly the CLANS are all equal in status, except that HALF-CLANS have half representation in the CLAN-HEAD Assembly (One CLAN-HEAD instead of two) and only have half a vote in Federal CLAN referendums. Each CLAN follows a directorial system and are able to have their own constitution, parliament, government, police and courts. They also have varying populations, geographical areas and at times recognised languages.
The basis of modern politics within COUNTRY is a democraticised model of COUNTRY'S old monarchic confederation system adopted in 1876 which shifted from an enlightened non-elected confederation of tribes to a secular elected confederation with semi-direct democracy, deposing the monarchy in the process. It does not feature a codified constitution and is built upon a series of basic laws which were established by the old monarchy and then altered by the Federal Assembly in 1876, covering basic individual rights and the political division of power across the Federal Assembly. There are two primary bodies at the federal level: the bicameral Federal Assembly (legislative and executive) and the Popular Court (judicial).
The Federal Assembly consists of two houses: the CLAN-HEAD Assembly which consists of two representatives (LANGUAGE: CLAN-HEAD, Anglic Lit.:Senior Tribesperson) from each CLAN and one from each HALF-CLAN who are elected on a per-CLAN basis, and the Common Assembly, which are elected under a system of proportional representation, dependent on the population of a given CLAN. Members of both houses can only serve for 3 year terms and they only serve as members of the Federal Assembly part-time. The head of the Federal Assembly is the Chief of Assembly (LANGUAGE: LORD, Anglic: Lord) who serves as the de facto executive body within the Federal Assembly. Through referendum, citizens are able to challenge any law passed by the Federal Assembly and introduce amendments to the basic laws.
Law and Justice
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The COUNTRY Armed Forces (LANGUAGE: -) is made up of a combination of the of land (LANGUAGE: -), sea (LANGUAGE: -) and air forces (LANGUAGE: -) and is the acting military force of the COUNTRY. The DEMONYM military is primarily tasked with the defense of COUNTRY and its long term territorial integrity however it maintains several overseas deployments, also opting to participate in joint training and peacekeeping operations internationally as a means to continually improve the nations defense capabilities and expertise. COUNTRY has utilised various levels of conscription as a means to bolster its pool of reserve forces since the early 20th century, as of 2001 only one in six eligible citizens are required to serve in the active reserve for one year, however all citizens are expected to undergo basic training at the age of 18 and are part of the inactive components of the provincial militia. Its forces currently number 592,581 personnel across three main branches (reserve personnel included). The military is influential in COUNTRY economics and politics and is exempt from laws that apply in other sectors, granting it considerable power and independence within the state built on its prestige, however since the early 2010's the civilian administration has introduced moves to cut back on the military’s political influence and potentially abolish conscription entirely.
The Armed Forces are overseen by the Directory of Defense who are the high level administrative component of the COUNTRY Armed Forces which itself utilises a shared power structure between high ranking military officials and representatives of the civil administration. It handles procurement, human resources, enlistment and other roles pertaining to the Armed Forces. The Directory of Defense maintains a permanent headquarters in CAPITAL. As a result of the military’s high level of political influence and independence it is often regarded as part of COUNTRY’s “deep state”.
Conscription, reservists and the Provincial militias
In order to maintain war time readiness, COUNTY has maintained a mandatory conscription policy for all adults between the ages of 18 to 45 years old for a period of 24 months for those not attending tertiary education or 12 months for those registered to attend tertiary education. The service period for conscripted personnel begins one month after their 18th birthday and occurs prior to any form of tertiary education, with some tertiary education courses being exempt from the active service period. Upon completing conscripted active reserve service, citizens remain on a reservist list until the age of 45 and are placed in their closest Provincial Militia unit unless they opt to stay in the active reserve.
The active reserve is legislatively considered three seperate sub-branches of the army, navy and airforce rather than one collective entity. It serves to fill a high commitment reserve position in the COUNTRY armed forces and is only compulsory for a period of 24 months, continued service in the active reserve is voluntary. The active reserve is intended to support the armed forces by providing a fill-in force that can be organically added or integrated into existing active units during wartime and is intended as a rapid mobilisation force. The active reserve in peacetime fills several roles, such as a volunteer gendarme force, border security and patrol and facility/infrastructure protection and other guard roles across COUNTRY.
In addition to the main armed forces the COUNTRY Provincial Militia (LANGUAGE: -) operates as a national low commitment territorial defense force and is an effectively independent force with its own command structure operating alongside COUNTRY army serving to bolster the COUNTRY Armed Forces in the event of war. The Provincial Militia is entirely made of reservist and conscripted personnel who are all subject to basic training which can occur during active service or during their conscripted service period before being placed within the home guard unit for their local militia unit typically within their town of residence. All militia personnel undergo yearly training refreshes typically lasting between two to six weeks depending on role. Leadership within the Provincial Militia is almost exclusively made up of reservist officers or officer cadets who are currently attending the COUNTRY Military Academy in CAPITAL, some of which will go into active service others will remain in the reservist force and only mobilised in the event of war or national catastrophe. The regulations of the COUNTRY militia system allow soldiers to maintain their own personal equipment, including weapons (not including ammunition), within their household or in a regional unit armoury in order to allow rapid mobilisation, a system which has been put to use in the past in situations where the COUNTRY Provincial Militia was partially mobilised pre-emptively due to fears of regional instability and conflict affecting COUNTRY.
The provincial militia can also double as an emergency response institution during times of nation crises with various units being trained in search and rescue, flood response and other humanitarian activities that can be utilised domestically in the event of natural or man made disaster.
Domestic Arms Industry
- See more: List of COUNTRY Defense Contractors
COUNTRY maintains an extensive and well-developed defense industry as a means to fulfill its defense requirements without a large reliance on foreign manufacturers and defense contractors thus allowing it to maintain its policy of military non-alignment.
The domestic arms industry operates under the Directorate of Armament Research, Procurement and Manufacturing a branch of the Directory of Defense, which co-ordinates the efforts of various state owned manufacturing and design workshops across all branches of the armed forces across the country. The Directorate of Armament Research, Procurement and Manufacturing handles the assignment of procurement tender, design competitions and other internal procurement and design processes through direct co-ordination with the armed forces through the Directory of Defense. This allows the armed forces to place requests for equipment through the Directory of Defense without impeding, extending or complicating the design process as the Directorate of Armament Research, Procurement and Manufacturing handles the technical and costing aspects of procurement.
The COUNTRY defense industry has extensive history, with some defense contractors having been in business for over 300 years. As of 1976 the COUNTRY defense industry began to diversify by partially privatising its defense contractors which attracted foreign investment from various nations. This as a result has allowed COUNTRY's defense contractors to access a larger financial base, increased availability of resources and also opening the COUNTRY defense industry to a wider export market through the relaxation of export controls on COUNTRY weaponry and military equipment.
Private Security Industry
As a result of the two reserve forces being present within the COUNTRY armed forces, various prominent private security contractors have formed out of low commitment provincial militia units utilising their active reserve conscript training and yearly refreshes to maintain a trained private security force while often obtaining pay rates beyond those offered in the active reserve or even active armed forces.
This has overall led to an active private security sector both in civilian and military applications, domestically and internationally with several notable companies partaking in peacekeeping and humanitarian contracts abroad.
The COUNTRY economy is a middling and stable economy when ranked internationally. The DEMONYM economy, like many others, is largely driven by its services sector accounting for 64.7% of its GDP in comparison to manufacturing which only accounts for 25.1% and agriculture sitting at just under 1.6%. COUNTRY maintains an export-based economy based on its services sector such as financial services as well as its industrial sector which produces raw materials and various manufactured goods, but also features other economic sectors such as textiles and alcohol production. The nation as of 2019 has a gross domestic product (PPP) of NUMBER billion. COUNTRY is a high-income country due to a gross national income (PPP) per capita of NUMBER - COUNTRY has a growing middle class due to continued state investments in high-skill vocational education and critical infrastructure, as well as the expansion of technology based industries such as electronics design and information technology sectors supplementing the increases to the production and import of consumer goods. Over the past 10 years, COUNTRY's real gross domestic production growth has averaged at 2.67%.
COUNTRY also has a small but changing modern agrarian economic sector, featuring advancing hydroponics techniques and the adoption of urban vertical farming which has sparked a move towards the abandonment of conventional cattle farming and the experimentation with lab-grown meats. Its growing agricultural industry produces various agricultural goods including cereals, vegetables, and cattle, sheep, swine, and poultry. Timber is also a large export in COUNTRY and as of 2001 has been gathered in a more sustainable manner with the introduction of replantation laws. Furthermore, the mineral extraction and refinement industry exports various minerals such as lignite, iron, coal and silver as well as steel and various metal alloys. The resource extraction fuels the small DEMONYM industrial base and manufacturing sectors.
COUNTRY plays a major role in global logistical services, being the birthplace of palletised and standardised cargo transportation and distribution as well as commercial forklifts, later becoming the founder of the Artemo-Eurybian Logistics Standards Organisation which established local logistics standards, and eventually expanding globally.