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Federal Republic of Alsland

Bûnsrepublyk Aalslân (Dellish)
Aalsmaa Liitvabariik (Kirenian)
Flag of Alsland
Flag
of Alsland
Coat of arms
Motto: Tegearre (Dellish)
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
Kirenian
Recognised regional languagesEstmerish
Holsaten
Swathish
Ethnic groups
49.7% Dellish background
21.9% Martish background
17.3% Holsaten background
10.1% Other background
Religion
Demonym(s)Alslandic
GovernmentFederal parliamentary republic
• President
Hepke Veltman
• Premier
Vaiko Kotka
LegislatureFolkssenaat
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.aa

Alsland (Dellish: Aalslân; Kirenian: Aalsmaa), officially the Federal Republic of Alsland (Dellish: Bûnsrepublyk Aalslân; Kirenian: Aalsmaa Liitvabariik), 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 which forms part of the larger Ynsted metropolitan area with Wottested. The country is comrpised of 2 distinct ethnic communities: the Dellish Community and the Martish Community. The Dellish Community makes up just under 1/2 of the country's population and also is home to the country's political, population and economic centres. The Martish Community retains a distinct identity from the Dellish Community and has a high degree of autonomy and a developed economy. The Holsaten Community is the third largest community in terms of population and also retains a high degree of autonomy from the central government, although the community is officially bilingual between Dellish and the Holsaten language. Other smaller Communities include the Estmerish Community and the Swathish Community.

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 Duchy of Delland and the Principality of Wottested which were both members of the Rudolphine Confederation. The Amendist Wars saw the country split along religious lines and two separate Dellish identities being formed as a result. The region was entirely annexed by Kirenia in the aftermath of the Ten Years' War.

The existence of the Transneevan Republic during the Euclean Revolution Wars created a unified plurinational cultural identity in the region between Amendist and Catholic Dellanders which further developed during the Industrial Revolution in Alsland. The region remained separate from the rest of Kirenia and declared independence in 1919 which resulted in the large Kirenian speaking population of Martiland to be transferred to the fledgling state. The 1920 Constitution of Alsland created the country's current federal structure and gave autonomy to the various ethnic groups in the country. Alsland was devastated by the Great War which was partially fought inside it's borders. Alsland later joined the Euclean Community in 1955.

Alsland is a federal parliamentary republic, it has long been regarded as relatively stable and tolerant for it's multi-ethnic and multicultural identity. It has a highly developed economy and attracted over 30 million tourists in 2017, it is also a premier destination in Northern Euclea for winter sports owing to it's location in the Neeves. 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
  • Assassination of Juhan VII on 12 April 1919
  • Dellish revolution (events take over the regionalist leaders which leads to the radicals declaring independence)

Independence and July Crisis

The Nationalist Directorate signing the Dellish declaration of independence in 1919
Erlend Peetre
Loof Schaafsma
Erlend Peetre (left) and Loof Schaafsma (right) successfully created Alsland's pillarised society after coming to power

Delland declared independence on 18 October 1919 and the Provisional Senate of Delland appointed General Siemen Hartmann to become President of the new country. The Provisional Government was initially deeply unpopular and dysfunctional after unilaterally declaring independence which was initially opposed by many in Delland who preferred home rule within Kirenia, the large population of Kirenians in Martiland further complicated the new government's position. On 31 October Hartmann and other former army officers such as Sytse Hof and Raiko Janes led a coup d'état against the Provisional Government and entered negotiations with Kirenian officials on suspending the declaration of independence, however the establishment of a councilist state in Kirenia changed public opinion in Delland. The Levandi-Hartmann agreement between Ilmar Levandi and Hartmann finalised the Alslandic declaration of independence and recognised the provisional border between Kirenia and Alsland, both states would also in turn recognise each other as the legitimate authority in their respective regions.

The new government in Yndyk introduced the 1920 constitution which established Alsland as a federal republic and granted significant autonomy to the country's minorities. The constitution was fiercely opposed by right-wing forces in the Senate who had until then supported Hartmann's government. Whilst the constitution was adopted the Senate stripped the Presidency of most of it's powers. Hartmann and the Senate clashed over whether the Senate had the power to do this and Hartmann ordered the Senate to be dissolved and called new elections in 1920 which were won by a centrist coalition led by liberals and sotirian democrats, the new government continued to clash with Hartmann over the powers of the Presidency and declared him unfit to rule in 1921. The Senate instead appointed Erlend Peetre, a liberal nationalist to become President. Peetre in turn appointed fellow liberal Loof Schaafsma to be Premier which established liberal control over the government.

Schaafsma and Peetre introduced and strengthened the system of pillarisation between different groups in Delland as a way to maintain Delland's plurinational identity and to maintain peace between the groups. The new system was successful in this regard as the initial Republic was relatively stable and a proposed return of either the Dellish or Wottesteder monarchies as supported by some conservatives in the Senate was rejected by the government. The government also pursued land reforms to help Athe country's declining agricultural industry which suffered from the declaration of Independence.

In the aftermath of the 1924 election which saw increased agitation from functionalists and councilists, the National Bloc coalition was formed from social democrats, liberals and secular conservatives who together had a slim majority in the Senate. The new bloc led by Schaafsma declared neutrality after the outbreak of the Great War but also began defensive preparations in the event of an invasion of Delland. Schaafsma resigned from office suddenly in 1929 and was instead replaced by social democrat Tsjaable Wouda who represented a faction of the Bloc that was open to Gaullican foreign influence and had good relations with Azmara.

Members of the Alslandic government-in-exile in Werania during the Great War

Gaullica invaded Delland in 1929 to secure a new front against Werania and Estmere. Whilst the initial defence of the Neeves was successful, repeated air raids of Delland cities caused the government to fall apart and for the chain of command to break down. On 12 October the government led by Wouda surrendered whilst a faction led by Villem Mand rejected the surrender to Gaullica and declared a new government from Werania. Wouda's government continued to serve in a civilian capacity until the 1929 Dellish coup d'etat by pro-gaullicans removed Wouda from office. The frontline of the Weranian-Gaullican front was partially inside Delland for the duration of the war which caused thousands of civilian casualties on both sides of the frontline. The defeat of Gaullica and the return of the government in exile marked the end of the Republic of Delland which was dissolved by Mand upon his return and replaced with the Transitional Authority of Alsland.

Great War and modern era

Immediately following the creation of the Transitional Authority, the Senate granted Villem Mand vast emergency powers which he used to suspend the constitution unilaterally and ban collaboratonist organisations in the country. Whilst initially promising a return to the pre-war democratic system, Mand's government became increasingly authoritarian and isolationist, going so far as to reject membership of the United Nations of Euclea. In 1940, anti-rationing demonstrations were suppressed which was condemned by the Community of Nations as well as other east Euclean nations. During campaigning for the 1942 legislative election, members and leaders of the Alslandic Section of the Workers' International (ASAY) which had been the largest and most viable opposition movement were arrested suddenly after falsified reports of a coup attempt were published in the newspapers.

Immediately after the results of the 1942 election showed the National Bloc winning upwards of 70% of the vote the opposition led by ASAY and the ORDE student movement rejected the results. The subsequent ODRE movement led to the collapse of Mand's government and the installation of a government of national unity supported by ASAY. After the movement subsided the 1943 ODRE trials began with many student leaders arrested and imprisoned for sedition. The failure of the ODRE and the betrayal of the movement by ASAY and trade unions were extremely controversial and led to a split within the 'ODRE generation' which divided Alsland. Laas Keuning after becoming Premier formalised the National Bloc into a mass movement consisting of social democrats, liberal forces and secular conservatives and recommitted Alsland to joining the UNE which happened in 1955 when Alsland joined the Euclean Community.

The Kirenian-Weranian War led to a declaration of a state of emergency in Alsland over fears either Werania or Kirenia would invade Alsland to open another front. Despite this there was overwhelming sympathy for Kirenia in Alsland which resulted in ASAY coming close to winning an overall majority in the 1950 election. After the war relations between Alsland and Kirenia were developed and strengthened, Kirenian influence over Alsland also increased significantly during this period and poor relations with Werania and Estmere until Alsland joined the Euclean Community.

Demonstrations during the 2005 Alslandic banking crisis

The National Bloc government under Kunz Behrmann created the Alslandic welfare state which also included supporting and expanding Alsland's co-operatives which were already extremely prevalent domestically. Behrmann's reforms were backed by ASAY and other councilists who viewed it as popularising the idea of a socialist state. Behrmann also explicitly rejected councilism and tried repeatedly moving ASAY towards the moderate end of the political spectrum which he was successful in by bringing the Section into government officially.

The 1980s recession in Alsland alongside corruption scandals within the National Bloc caused many social democrats and liberals to leave the Bloc especially after right-winger Illimar Rootare became Premier. Rootare tried emulating the National Consolidation Party in Werania which caused many moderates to leave and form new political groups in opposition to him. Rootare and the National Bloc also adopted national conservative and national populist policies throughout the 1990s which culminated in the election of Richard Hauschka and the Humanist Sotirian Union in 1990 election.

In 2005 the World Financial Crisis caused the complete meltdown of the Alslandic banking sector and the election of the first councilist government in the Euclean Community in 2006. Before this unemployment had reached an all-time high of 14% and Alsland was also reportedly close to bankruptcy. The ASAY-led government expanded Alsland's welfare state and tried reviving Alsland's economy which exited recession only in 2009. Alsland remained relatively stable economically until 2021 when the country re-entered recession for the first time since 1999 briefly. The SYFA spying scandal caused the 2022 Alslandic political crisis and the emergence of new political parties.

Geography

View from Wubspyk in Upper Delland
  • 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

Political culture

  • Needs to be nuked

Communities, Provinces and Municipalities

The country is divided into 5 distinct linguistic communities which each exercise significant amounts of autonomy and have power over language and cultural affairs amongst others. In order of size they are; the Dellish Community also referred to as Delland, the Martish Community also referred to as Martiland, the Swathish Community also known as Upper Swerdia, the Holsaten Community also known as Holsteen and the Estmerish Community in Alsland which is commonly referred to as the Burnshire region. Each community corresponds to a different cultural group in Alsland. The different communities operate under the system of an assymmetric federalism which grants the Martish Community the most autonomy from the federal government whilst the Holsaten Community is highly integrated with the Dellish Community. The different communities also have limited foreign relations, notably between the Swathish and Estmerish Communities and the Estmerish State of Swerdia.

Map Province Local name Capital Largest city Minister-President Official languages Community
Provinces of Alsland
Aldtsjerk
Aldtsjerk
Ureterp aan de Yn
Urebosk
Ruwart Heslinga (HL)
Dellish
Dellish Community
Burnshire
Burnshire
Newick
Owen Rees (EA)
Estmerish
Estmerish Community
Jonkersland
Jonkerslân
Ljoudoarp
Hilke van der Velde (LA)
Dellish
Dellish Community
Cleves
Kleef
Lanwjuk
Sier Smid (PA)
Dellish
Dellish Community
Lanekirk
Läänekirik
Kuresuu
TBD
Kirenian
Martish Community
Lemmer
Der Lemer
De Lemmer
Lemmer
Aardheuvel
Rayk Blatt (PA)
Holsaten
Dellish
Holsaten Community
Wahnerschloss
Wähnerschloss
Schöberg
Werdau
Kuno Sonnenfeld (HSU)
Holsaten
Holsaten Community
Martiland
Martimaa
Rahu
TBD
Kirenian
Martish Community
Middewald
Middewâld
Hurdegaryp
Diede Tromp (Blok)
Dellish
Dellish Community
The Herne
De Herne
Herne
Folke Kuiper (Left)
Dellish
Dellish Community
Upper Delland
Boppe Dellân
Valtsjerke
Wolvegea
Lutger Vos (Blok)
Dellish
Dellish Community
Upper Swerdia
Ufansverland
Osgarburgh
Oslaf Ḷafvardiġe (SFP)
Swathish
Swathish Community
Wottested
Wottestêd
Wottested
Ryk Monteverde (GAK)
Dellish
Dellish Community
Yndyk
Yndyk
Yndyk
Japik Minnema (LA)
Dellish
Dellish Community

Alsland is further divided into 14 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 Martiland. Holsteen is the smallest province by area but has the highest population density of every province.

Local authorities—Municipalities—which are the lowest level of administrative division in Alsland. As of the 2001 Municipal reform which doubled the amount of municipalities there are over 300 in Alsland. Municipalities in Alsland are in control of social care, schools, housing and planning and waste collection as well as other local services. In about half of municipalities legislative authority is exercised by a public meeting of all registered voters in the Municipality which is the only form of direct democracy in Alsland. Municipalities are financed through direct taxes collected by each Community government and these vary between each Community with the highest rates being paid in Delland and Swerdia.

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

The Loykensbrêge district is the largest technology park and financial district in Alsland
  • 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

Penzmûning Nuclear Power station in Lower Delland

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 Leofham 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 (55%)
  Kirenian (21.9%)
  Swathish (2.4%)
  Holsaten (12.2%)
  Estmerish (2.1%)
  Other (6.4%)

Alsland has two federally recognised languages: Dellish which is by far the most spoken language in the country and Kirenian which is spoken by the country's Martish minority. Alongside the two federally recognised, 3 other languages are recognised in specific locations in the country and are recognised as "languages of regional importance" which mandates federal officials as well as selected regional and local officials in these areas provide services in the language. These languages are: Estmerish spoken by the Estmerish Community in Alsland, Holsaten which is spoken in Holsteen and is sometimes considered to be a dialect of Weranian but is recognised by Alsland as a separate language and Swathish which is spoken in Upper Swerdia. All federal services are required to provide translations into every language. Speeches to the Folkssenaat are required to be translated by translators. Broadcasts in minority languages are required by law for the Alslandic News and Radio service and other regional public broadcasters, other private and foreign broadcasters are required to provide subtitles into each language by law.

As of 2019, ~55% of Alslanders were native Dellish speakers and spoke the language at home; ~21% were native Kirenian speakers; ~2.4% were native Swathish speakers; ~12.2% were native Holsaten speakers; ~2.1% were native Estmerish speakers and ~6.4% spoke a range of other languages at home regularly. Gaullican was the most spoken foreign language in Alsland although significant minorities of Piraean, Vespasian and Putonghuan speakers exist.

Many areas of Alsland are recognised as multilingual; whilst Holsaten is the official language of Holsteen it has a large population of Dellish speakers and both have co-equal status in the region. The entire Ynsted metropolitan area has also become increasingly multilingual through internal migration which has shaped the country's internal demographics. The Sleat region in Swerdia has a majority Dellish speaking population despite being inside the Swathish Community, other linguistic exclaves exist across the country.

Alslandic students are required to learn at least 3 languages in schools until the age of 16. These generally include two 'domestic' languages – most often Dellish and Kirenian – and one 'foreign' language which is usually Gaullican. Schools in Burnshire, Holsteen and Upper Swerdia also teach the minority languages alongside one other 'domestic' language. Consequentially, most Alslanders also claim to be proficient in two or more languages. According to the 2019 Federal census, 96% of adults were polyglots which is the highest rate of multilingual speakers per capita in the world. Most Alslanders also claim to speak more than one language on a daily basis in either the education system, employment or communication with others.

Religion

Religion in Alsland (2019)
Irreligion
40.8%
Catholicism
25.1%
Amendism
24.4%
Other religions
12.1%
Other Sotirian churches
6.1%
Unknown
1.4%
A Solarian Catholic Cathedral in Upper Delland

Alsland is a secular state has no official state religion and the Constitution of Alsland guarantees freedom of religion for citizens in the country. 45.6% of the country follows any form of Sotirianity; 25.1% claim to follow Solarian Catholicism, 24.4% follow various forms of Amendism and 6.1% follow other forms of Sotirianity. The largest Sotirian church in the country is the Reformed Church of Holsteen (RKH) which is also the largest Solarian church in the country, the largest Amendist church in the country is the Church of Martiland and Lanekirik (MLK). Other large Amendist churches in Alsland include the Unified Amendist Church of Upper Swerdia, the Reformed Humanist Church of Alsland and the Church of Delland. Approximately 41% of the country claims to be irreligious which is the second highest rate in Northern Euclea after Caldia.

Sotirianity was introduced to Alsland during the 9th century, the region of Alsland was mostly Catholic until the Amendist Reaction which took hold in Upper Swerdia and eastern Delland as well as Martiland led to Alsland being the site of numerous battles during the Amendist Wars. After the Amendist Wars Alsland became split 60-40 between Amendists in Swerdia, Martiland and Wottested whilst Catholicism remained the dominant denomination in Holsteen and western Delland. After the region was annexed by Kirenia following the Ten Years' War Alsland remained split along the lines of religion which continued until the Trans-Neeven Republic when a key policy of the Republic was creating a shared identity between Amendists and Catholics in Alsland. After the end of the War of the Triple Alliance the Republic was reincorporated into Estmere and Kirenia although the shared identity remained strong even until the Dellish revolution and the independence of Alsland. After the Great War the number of people professing to be irreligious has grown exponentially. As a result of this the Amendist majority in Alsland became a minority and in 2019 Catholics outnumbered Amendists for the first time in Alsland.

According to a 2017 poll, 34% of Alslanders said they believe there is a God, 28% believe there is some sort of spirit or life-force. 36% responded by saying they did not believe there was a god or any sort of spirit or life-force, 2% did not answer the poll. According to the same survey, church attendance in Alsland had fallen to an all time low of only 9% of Alslanders claiming they attended church on a regular basis which is down from 24% in 1993.

Health

The Wottested Metropolitan Hospital is the largest hospital in Alsland

Healthcare in Alsland is a publicly funded universal health care system financed by government backed mandatory national health insurance where the government manages and regulates healthcare from public and private institutions. Prior to the 2008 Healthcare reform act, health insurance in Alsland was mandatory and it was illegal for private health insurance companies to refuse insurance to anyone. Since the reform Alsland's already adequate healthcare sector has become one of the best in the Euclean Community and it was ranked as the best in the EC in 2014. The country spends 12.4% of it's GDP on healthcare annually which is one of the highest rates in Euclea. In 2019, 72% of Alsland's healthcare system was covered by government funded agencies. Responsibility for healthcare is exercised through the federal government which funds the system as well as Community governments who have limited powers over healthcare.

According to a 2021 study, Alsland has a very high life expectancy of 79.24 years for men and 83.77 years for women. The same study also recorded a fertility rate of 1.39 births per woman in Alsland. According to the Community of Nations Commission for Disease Prevention & Health, there are 2.98 physicians per 1000 inhabitants although this number varies between each region of Alsland with Delland having the highest number of physicians per 1000 inhabitants and Upper Swerdia having the least number of physicians in all of Northern Euclea, the Commission criticised healthcare inequalities present between different regions in it's final report. Obesity is one of the biggest health issues in Alsland like much of the rest of the developed world, 19.4% of people in Alsland are considered to be obese and childhood obesity rates have increased since the 1970s.

In 2019, the Swathish Community legalised Euthanasia and became the first area in Alsland to do so. The legalisation had first been proposed federally in 2017 although these plans were never implemented. Euthanasia is legal if the patient requests it, the patient is suffering and their condition is not expected to improve, the patient is at least 17 years old and if an independent committee of review approves the request. It is also legal for doctors to refuse to carry out euthanasia in which case another willing doctor will be asked to carry out the process. Shortly after the legalisation the Supreme Court of Alsland ruled that patients in other regions wishing to be euthanised were allowed to travel to the region for the service.

Education

The Fittkau-Kreske Institute of Biology at the University of Yndyk

Education is compulsory between the ages of 6 to 16 and is regulated by the Department of Education although the curriculum differs between each community who also operate separate exam boards and oversight authorities. Compulsory education is free in Alsland if a student attends a public school, however independent schools also operate in Alsland. Between the ages of 6 and 12 or Grades 1 to 6, students attend Primary School which offers a basic curriculum which is similar nationwide. Students aged 13 to 16 or Grades 7 to 10 attend unified secondary schools in everywhere but Holsteen where secondary education is split into Lower Secondary and Higher Secondary. In Grade 10, students sit the mandatory 'Advanced certification of education examination' (ASUE/FZB/16+L).

After their final secondary examinations students can choose to enrol in a gymnasium which teaches students between the ages of 17 and 18. After completing their course, students will sit the 'National Gymnasium Certification examination'. Trade schools are also a popular form of post-secondary education in Alsland and provide students a vocational education. Gymnasiums and Trade schools are partially funded by both the federal and community level governments.

Tertiary education in Alsland is subsidised by the Alslandic government to make it affordable for Alslandic students. The largest university in Alsland is the University of Yndyk which has over 30,000 enrolled students across it's campuses. As of 2021, 17.1% of students in tertiary education in Alsland are international students with most being from countries neighbouring Alsland or EC member states.

Culture

Art

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

Literature

Music

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

Media

Sport

Geelk Bruinsma is currently the world's no.1 female Cross-Country skier

The most popular sports in Alsland are skiing, football, snowboarding and ice hockey. Cycling as well as tennis are also popular sports in Alsland. The country is famous for it's winter sports venues which attract hundreds of thousands of tourists annually during the winter months, the country is a popular skiing destination in Euclea, in 2019 over 10 million people visited Alsland's skiing slopes making it the most visited winter sports destination in Northern Euclea.

Ice hockey is considered the national pasttime of Alsland and is recognised as the official sport of Alsland. The Federal Ice Hockey League (FIHK) is the most watched sporting championship in Alsland and comprises of 26 teams from across Alsland; in 2022 the final of the league between Noardwâl Wottested and Súdwâl Wottested attracted a record 5.4 million viewers both within Alsland and globally. The Alsland men's national ice hockey team is regarded as one of the most successful in the world and has been ranked as the world's no.1 Ice Hockey team on numerous occasions. Likewise the Alsland women's national ice hockey team is also one of the best women's ice hockey teams globally.

Association football is another popular sport in Alsland. The Esimenediviis is the top league of professional Football in Alsland and is the second most popular sporting league in Alsland. The league has clubs from across Alsland and it's most successful clubs historically are BSV Werdau and FSO Yndyk which have both won the league 9 times in their histories. The Alsland national football team has been successful at various points in it's history although it has never won a world cup it has won regional contests recently.

Rugby union is a popular sport particularly in the Dellish Community. The sport's popularity has grown recently although it lags behind the popularity of several winter sports and association football in the country.

Historically, Alsland has had many successful tennis players of whom are considered to be some of the greatest players in history. Former tennis duo Marek Looke, Oda Jansen as well as Sjard Talsma are some of the most notable tennis players recently and have all been ranked as the world no.1 at some point in their respective careers. Talsma alone has won numerous Grand Slam titles in his career and is the most successful active Alslandic tennis player. At the 2022 Summer Invictus Games in Verlois Talsma and Laurenske Jansen-Looke won a gold medal in the mixed doubles event.

Alsland has participated in every Invictus Games since it's inception with the exception of 1930, 1934 and 1946. Historically Alsland has been most successful in the Winter Invictus Games than the Summer Invictus games, the country ranks highly in terms of medals won during the Winter Invictus games. The country has never hosted an Invictus games before although both Wottested and Werdau have attempted bids for the Summer Invictus games in 1978 and 2006 respectively. The country has made several bids for the Winter Invictus games although these bids were all withdrawn due to public opposition. The country was host to the 2016 Youth Winter Invictus games in Leofham where Alslandic athletes won the most medals.

Cuisine

  • Most popular dishes
  • Local dishes
  • National dish

Holidays

Autonomous communities
Date Estmerish name Local Name Notes Dellish flag.png Flag of Upper Swerdia.png Flag of Holsteen.png Flag of the Martish Community.svg
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