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United Provinces of Alsland

Flag of Alsland
Flag
of Alsland
Coat of arms
Motto: Tegearre (Dellish)
Zusammen (Weranian)
Gẹdor (Swathish)
Koos (Kirenian)
Together
Anthem: Aalslânsk grûn (Dellish)
Alslandic ground
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Alsland (dark green) in Euclea (light green and dark grey) and in the Euclean Community (light green).
Capital
and largest city
Yndyk
Official languagesDellish
Weranian
Swathish
Kirenian
Recognised regional languagesEstmerish
Ethnic groups
86.3% Alslandic background
13.7% Foreign background
Religion
Demonym(s)Alslandic
GovernmentFederal parliamentary republic
• President
Hepke Veltman
• Premier
Ottila Möller
LegislatureFederal Assembly
Federal Council
Folkssenaat
Independence from Kirenia
• Declared
1919
• Recognised
1921
Area
• 
46,789 km2 (18,065 sq mi)
• Water (%)
1.2%
Population
• 2020 estimate
11,501,738
• 2019 census
11,384,499
• Density
243/km2 (629.4/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)2020 estimate
• Total
€564.5 Billion
• Per capita
€49,583
GDP (nominal)2020 estimate
• Total
€539.3 Billion
• Per capita
€47,374
Gini (2020)34
medium
HDI (2020)Increase 0.937
very high
Currency(€) Euclo (EUC)
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy
Driving sideright
Calling code+32
Internet TLD.as

Alsland (Dellish: Aalslân; Weranian: Aalsland; Swathish: Ẹlsland) officially the United Provinces of Alsland is a country in Northern Euclea. It is bordered by Werania to the north, Estmere to the east and Kirenia to the west. It covers an area of 46,789 km2 (18,065 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.5 million. The capital and largest city is Yndyk; other major cities are Wottested, Werdau, Kirchester, Glauchau, Leens, Hurdegaryp, and Ilfracombe. Alsland is divided into 4 autonomous communities: the Dellish Community, the Holsaten Community, the Swathish Community and the Martish Community.

Alsland is home to four distinct communities. The Dellish speaking community are primarily in the centre of the country, the Swathish speaking community in the east of the country, the Weranian speaking community in the north and the Kirenian communities along the border with Kirenia. The smallest native community in Alsland is the Estmerish community in the autonomous region of Burnshire.

Alsland was first inhabited by Weranic tribes since antiquity. Alsland was also home to Tenic tribes and Kirenian peoples. Due to the Neeves mountain range Alsland was isolated from the Solarian Empire. After the collapse of the Solarian Empire various petty kingdoms rose throughout Alsland the most notable being the Kingdom of the Fawkish in the southeast. The petty kingdoms were incorporated into the Rudolphine Confederation. During the Amendist Wars the Alslandic petty kingdoms sided with the Amendist League. The Alslandic petty kingdoms remained with the Rudolphine Confederation until the Ten Years' War when they were annexed by Kirenia.

After the War of the Triple Alliance Werania refusing to reincorporate Alsland was seen as a betrayal by the Weranians in Alsland and led to a surge in pan-Alslandic nationalism. A Weranian led coalition in Alsland launched the Alslandic Revolution in 1861. The revolution's aims were to unite the territories annexed by Kirenia in the Ten Years' war and form a separate state. Alsland experienced rapid industrialisation and the cities in Alsland saw massive growth. The rapid industrialisation led to a surge in support for Dellish independence. The 1919 Dellish revolution broke out and as part of the April Revolution in Kirenia. Delland gained independence. Delland was soon invaded by Werania and Estmere but disagreements on the proposed division of Delland led to the establishment of Alsland as a buffer state in 1920. Alsland was invaded and occupied during the Great War. After the Great War Alsland joined the Euclean Community.

Alsland is a liberal democracy with a mixed market economy; Alsland's welfare state also provides subsidised Education and Healthcare. The country is considered to have a 'very high' and has a High average income. The country is a member of the Euclean Community, the Northern Forum, the AEDC, ECDTO, the International Council for Democracy and the Community of Nations.

Etymology

  • Weranic tribe
  • Usage post-Revolution
  • Alternate names

History

Weranic tribes

  • Immigration into Alsland
  • Solarians

Early Middle ages

  • Petty Kingdoms
  • Kingdom of the Fawkish

Middle ages

  • James the Great and Fawkish domination
  • Rudolphine Confederation
  • Amendist War

Kirenian rule

  • Kirenian annexation
  • Werdau revolution
  • Industrial centre
  • Dellish People's Party
  • Great collapse
  • Airdale war
  • April revolution

Independence and July Crisis

  • Dellish revolution
  • Republic of Delland
  • July Crisis
  • Buffer state
  • Land reform and pillarisation

Great War and modern era

  • Reconstruction
  • Martiland crisis
  • Euclogaos
  • Separatist sentiment in Delland

Geography

  • Neighbouring countries
  • Area
  • Neeves
  • Natural resources

Climate

  • Climate types
  • Average temperature
  • Percipitation and sunlight
  • Temperature extremes

Neeves

Mount Verdant is the tallest mountain in Alsland and it shares the mountain with Estmere
  • Neeves mountains
  • Mt Verdant
  • Other important mountains

Biodiversity

  • National parks
  • Forests
  • Native animals
  • Flora

Politics and Government

Government

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Hepke Veltman
President
Ottila Möller
Premier
Cabinet Building and Premier's office in Yndyk.
The Folkssenaat chamber.

Alsland is a Federal parliamentary republic. Legislative power is vested in the Folkssenaat. The Folkssenaat is elected via the Party-list proportional representation system.

Alsland's political system operated under the framework laid out in the 1920 Alslandic constitution. Amendments to the constitution require a 2/3rds majority of the Folkssenaat to become law. The constitutions articles enshrining Human rights, the federal system, the rule of law and the separation of powers cannot be changed at all.

The Alslandic head of state and the formal head of the executive is the president (currently Hepke Veltman), though this position has very limited powers. The president is elected by direct, popular vote under the two-round system for a four-year term, there are no term limits for the Presidency.

The Premier of Alsland, currently Ottila Möller is the head of government and is appointed by the President and the Folkssenaat. The Premier is usually the leader of the largest party in the Folkssenaat or a Bloc's candidate for Premier. The Premier exercises executive power through their Cabinet.

Political parties

  • Needs to be nuked

Provinces

The 16 provinces of Alsland.

Alsland is divided into 18 Provinces. The provinces of Alsland each are members of a community and each province has a high level of autonomy with their own governments, legislatures and constitutions. The most populated province is X with X inhabitants. The largest province by area is Fawkhamshire which is also the least densely populated province. Wottested is the smallest province by area but has the highest population density of every province.

Law

  • Supreme court
  • Rehabilitation
  • Crime rate

Foreign relations

Foreign relations of Alsland are handled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Alsland maintains embassies and consulates in most countries around the world. Yndyk is home to several dozen foreign embassies.

Alsland has been a member of the Euclean Community since 1955. Alslandic policy towards the EC has become progressively more euclofederalist. Successive Alslandic governments have endorsed plans for a single EC army and backed further integration of EC member states. During Bonne Zijlstra's tenure as President of the Euclean Community, Alsland's linguistic diversity was frequently used as a model for a potential united Euclean state. Within the EC, Alsland has frequently aligned itself with smaller member states such as Azmara, Borland, Caldia, Hennehouwe and Kesselbourg. Alsland has a particularly strong relation with Azmara and Borland which has led to the term "Alsbora" to be used when referring to the three countries collectively.

Alsland has a unique relationship with Kirenia. Alsland has generally more positive relations with the country and post-independence had a pro-Kirenian foreign policy particularly after the Estmerish-Weranian invasion and occupation of Delland. The Kirenian-Weranian war led to an outbreak of ethnic violence in Alsland such as the 1950 Rahu riots which left several people dead. Overtime Alslandic foreign policy has drifted towards eastern Euclea however Alsland maintains strong relations with Kirenia and other MASSOR member states.

Furthermore, Alsland is a founding member of the Community of Nations and the International Council for Democracy. It is also a member of the Euclean Common Defence Treaty Organisation (ECDTO), the Association for Economic Development and Cooperation (AEDC), the International Trade Organization (ITO), the Global Institute for Fiscal Affairs (GIFA) and the Estmerish Community.

Armed Forces

Alslandic soldiers during an ECDTO exercise in Fawkhamshire in 2016

The Alslandic Defence force (Definsjemacht) currently numbers 28,000 active personnel. In 2020 the defence budget was set at €5.932 Billion (1.1% of Alsland's GDP). The Definsjemacht is split into 3 branches, the Federaal leger (ground forces), the Federale loftmacht (air force) and the Federale garde (home guard). Until 1968, Military service was compulsory for Alslandic men at age 18 but this was changed and since 1970 the Definsjemacht has operated on a purely voluntary service unless in wartime when conscription may be reintroduced.

The President is the commander in chief of the Alslandic armed forces, since 2018 this has been Hepke Veltman. The Secretary of Defence is usually a former or current member of the Armed Forces. The last conflict Alsland was involved in militarily was the Great War however the Definsjemacht has been deployed on several occasions since then most notably in 1975 during the Martiland Strikes and in 1995 during the Euclogaos protests. It was deployed most recently in 2021 after the Yndyk train bombing as part of a broad scheme to help law enforcement prevent future terrorist attacks. Definsjemacht soldiers have since been spotted at key transport hubs such as train stations and airports.

Economy

  • Brief description
  • Adoption of the Euclo (Euclogaos)
  • Notable exports/imports
  • Financial centres

Financial

  • Yndyk stock exchange
  • Financial & services sector

Tourism

  • Annual visitors
  • Skiing
  • Cultural sites

Infrastructure

Penzmölsen Nuclear Power station in Zittau

As of 2020, 48% of Alsland's energy production came from nuclear power and other renewable sources. Nuclear power is Alsland's largest source of electricity. Despite this in 2012, the liberal led government backed a proposal by the green party to phase out nuclear power by 2035. The move was criticised by other environmental groups and sparked backlash against the government. Despite this subsequent governments have affirmed the timeline of phasing out nuclear power in Alsland. Anti-nuclear activists also blocked the construction of a nuclear power plant in 2011.

Due to Alsland's central location in Northern Euclea it is a transport hub between several neighbouring states. The motorway system in Alsland, the Autodyk in Dellish, the Autobahn in Weranian and the Kiirtee in Kirenian, spans the entire country. The Autodyk spans 1,747 km (1,086 mi) across Alsland and spreads across each province in the country. Each section of the Autodyk is operated and managed by the province it is in. Alsrail, the national rail transport operator is the most used form of public transportation in Alsland, it also connects with neighbouring countries and the Euclostar network. There are over X km (X mi) of rail track in Alsland. Since 2017, cycling infrastructure has seen a large expansion notably in the Yndyk Province. This has coincided with a federal campaign to promote cycling in Alsland. As of 2020 there are 218 km of cycling lanes in Yndyk making it the Xth most bike-friendly city. On average 153,211 or 24% of Yndyk's population now commute to work via bike.

The largest airports in Alsland are Wottested-Yndyk International Airport, Yndyk City Airport and Ilfracombe International Airport. Over 26,000,000 passengers flew through Wottested-Yndyk International Airport in 2020 making it the Xth busiest airport in Euclea.

Demographics

  • Population density
  • Population growth and population pyramid
  • Average age

Migrants

  • Immigration
  • Largest migrant communities
  • Restrictions on non-EC immigration
  •  % of foreign born Alslandic citizens
  1.  Werania
  2.  Estmere
  3.  Kirenia
  4.  Hennehouwe
  5.  Gaullica
  6.  Piraea
  7.  Mabifia
  8.  Etruria
  9.  Zorasan
  10.  Shangea

Language

Languages in Alsland by native speakers as of 2020.

  Dellish (29%)
  Weranian (24%)
  Swathish (22%)
  Kirenian (21%)
  Estmerish (1%)
  Other (3%)
  • Languages
  • Alslandic Weranian and Alslandic Swathish

Religion

  • Local churches
  • Relationship between state and church
  • Poll on religious views

Health

The Siemen Hartmann Memorial Hospital is the largest in Alsland.
  • Life expectancy
  • Replacement rate
  • Health inequalities
  • Health problems
  • State health service
  • Euthanasia in some provinces

Education

An example of the 2017 FUE exam paper in Yndyk.
  • Brief rundown on education system
  • Trade schools
  • Tertiary education
  • Adult education

Culture

Art

  • Famous artists over time
  • Notable art pieces
  • Art museums

Literature

Watercolour birds is a notable example of modern Alslandic literature

Literature in Alsland has a deep history going back to the middle ages and the works of Alslandic monks and philosophers. Early Alslandic literature paved the way for several sotirian philosophical movements. During the Ten Years' War and much of the 19th century, Alslandic literature was notable for it's existential dread and many pieces of work during this time were self-censored by their authors in fear of reprisal by Kirenian authorities. Alslandic literature experienced a crisis between 1880 and 1940 when very few notable pieces of Alslandic literature were produced. The Great War and Alsland's reconstruction era fuelled a revitalisation of literature. Late 20th century literature in Alsland was recognisable for it's various themes and outlook on society. Today, literature in Alsland is diverse and has produced several important works of literature.

Well-known Alslandic authors include Liewer Halma, Seaksje Kalsbeek, Ebe Van Der Heide, K.A Zimmermann, Ernest Dixon, Erlend Vesik, and Raiko Rummo. Notable pieces of Alslandic literature include, Watercolour birds, the romanticist influenced Finsterbank series and Taivo Janese lugu which was written during the Gaullican occupation by pianist Taivo Janese and was published after he was killed in the Battle of Wottested. In modern days Alslandic literature has seen a revival, Watercolour birds which was published in 2002 went on to become a global bestseller and sold an estimated 49 million copies globally making it the xth best selling book globally. The book's author, Seaksje Kalsbeek became the first Alslander to win a !Nobel Prize for Literature.

Music

  • Local music
  • Classical music
  • Modern music & famous artists

Media

Freedom of the Press is guaranteed in the Alslandic constitution. Alsland has one of the largest newspaper industries relative to it's size in Euclea due to pillarisation. The most read newspaper in Alsland is Hjoed which operates sister newspapers for each linguistic community in Alsland. The Yndyk Times is the second most read newspaper in Alsland and serves the Dellish community in Alsland. Each linguistic community usually has separate newspapers or operate as subsidiaries to larger newspapers.

The Alslandic public broadcaster is Alslandyske Nijs en Radiotsjinst (ANS). ANS broadcasts in Dellish, Weranian, Swathish, Kirenian, Gaullican and Estmerish. In recent years Channel 4 (K4) has become the largest commercial broadcaster in Alsland. K4 and ANS are direct competitors in the Alslandic television market. Due to it's connections with it's neighbours, Estmerish, Kirenian and Weranian media is frequently available in Alsland.

Sport

Alsland has a renowned history in Skiing competitions

The most popular sports in Alsland are Skiing, Football, Snowboarding and Ice hockey. Sports like football and rugby are more popular in the north and flatter areas of the country whilst sports like skiing and snowboarding are more popular in the Neeves mountain range.

Alsland's main football league is the Federale kompetysje which has 22 teams. The largest football stadium in Alsland is the Yk Van Der Plaats Stadion in Yndyk which is home to the TBD football team. Notable Alslandic football players include Tsjiete Bleeker, Rayk Feigenspan, Ryt Cnossen, Kilian Slesinger and Edda Handmann.

The Federal Ice Hockey League (FIHK) is the most watched sporting championship in Alsland and is most popular in the Neeves mountain area due to it's climate. The Alslandic men's national ice hockey team is one of the best teams in Euclea. The most successful ice hockey team in Alsland is Ilfracombe which to date has won the FIHK 16 times in its 82 year history.

Rugby is also popular in the north-west of Alsland, whilst the Alslandic men's rugby team has not won the Rugby World Cup in it's history it has produced notable players such as Bendert Walstra and Kaljo Klavan. The official rugby championship in Alsland, the National Rugby Union (NRU) has been operating since 1939 is still popular particularly in Garz, Zittau and Martiland.

Cuisine

  • Most popular dishes
  • Local dishes
  • National dish

Holidays

Autonomous communities
Date Estmerish name Local Name Notes
1 January New Year's Day Nijjiersdei ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
12 February Patriot's day Patriotten dei ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
2 March Swathish Language Day Svạþiṡc lẏdenn dạg Held annually to celebrate the Swathish identity ☑Y
Changeable Easter Peaske ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
Changeable Easter monday Peaske moandei ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
22 April Remembrance Day Mälestuspäeva Held annually following the Rahu Massacre ☑Y
1 May Labour Day Dei fan de Arbeid ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
30 July Saint Alfhard's day Tag des Heiligen Alfhard Celebrates the patron saint of Garz and Zittau ☑Y
18 October Freedom Day Frijheidsdei Celebrates the 1919 original declaration of Dellish independence ☑Y
22 November Constitution Day Grûnwetdei ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
24 December Nativity's eve Krystjûn ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
25 December Nativity Krystfeest ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y
31 December New Year's eve Âldjiersjûn ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y ☑Y