Commonwealth of Andalla
Samveldet Andalla (Andallan)
Motto: "Alt for Gud, for Folk, for Land"
"All for God, for People, for Country"
Location of Andalla (dark green)
and largest city
|Official languages||Andallan |
|Recognized national languages||Giokton|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Unitary semi-presidential republic|
• Kingdom of Auðir
• Aundelan Union (Åndeliskríkin)
• Kingdom of Åndelir
• Transitional Government
|January 8, 1900|
• Commonwealth of Andalla
|June 28, 1898|
|42,748 km2 (16,505 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
• 2017 estimate
• 2016 census
|656/km2 (1,699.0/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2017 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2017 estimate|
• Per capita
|Gini (2015)|| 38.8|
|HDI (2017)|| 0.865|
|Currency||Amla (₳) (ALA)|
|Time zone||UTCUTC-9 (AST)|
|Date format||dd/mm/yyyy |
Andalla (// AN-də-luh; Andallan: Andalla //), officially the Commonwealth of Andalla (Andallan: Samveldet Andalla), is a sovereign state in Thalassa. An archipelagic nation, it is composed of approximately 1,279 islands, islets, and atolls, centered around Nine Main Islands running in a northwest-southeast direction. The capital city of Arkhavn, located on the island of Sudholm, is also the nation's largest by population with 2.28 million residents. Andalla is bounded by the Andallan Sea to the west and the Tiauhai Sea to the east, both part of the larger Oriental Ocean.
Politically, it does not share maritime borders with any nation; however, its neighbors include the Sunset Sea Islands to the west, Cashar to the northeast, and Giokto and Little Flau to the east. With an estimated population of 28,036,248 in 2017, it is also one of the world's most densely-populated countries at 656 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,700/sq mi). Andalla is an active participant in regional affairs, and a founding member of ATARA. The country ranks 91.25 or "Highly Free" on the Mundus Liber Institute's Freedom Index, a Mauridivian index of global freedom.
As an archipelagic nation, Andalla's geography is unique and diverse, including numerous islands, bays, and a rich variety of flora and fauna. It has been significantly shaped by its maritime surroundings, influencing everything from its economy to its culture. Andalla's history is rooted in the ancient Xaraian civilisations from the 4th millennium BCE, evolving through periods of tribal divisions, significant migrations, and the establishment of monarchical rule. The current republican system was ushered in with the ratification of a new constitution in 1898, replacing the constitutional monarchy with the Commonwealth of Andalla.
The economy of Andalla is a mixed one with a high-income status, largely driven by the services sector, yet still supported significantly by industry and agriculture. It has been part of the economically fast-growing Thalassan Tigers since the 1980s. The nation's currency is the Amla (₳) (ALA). Andallan culture is rich and diverse, with influences from its long history and varied geography. Its vibrant arts scene includes music, visual art, dance, and literature. The nation has a well-developed media sector and a deep love for sports, with football being the most popular. The official languages are Andallan and Anglish, with Giokton recognised as a national language. The people of Andalla, the Andallans, are mostly of Andallan ancestry, with significant Giokton and other minority ethnic groups. The country is largely Christian, with Phosattism and Tacolism also practised. Despite being a secular state, religion plays an important role in the life of many Andallans
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Geography
- 3 History
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 References
The name Andalla is derived from an ancient Sjådska legend. According to the legend, a man was observing a beautiful clay jar lying on the beach when the spirit of Hjaaví, the god of the Sjådska, came to him. Hjaaví told the man about a faraway land that, one day, the Sjådska would inhabit. But before the man could speak, the spirit of Hjaaví disappeared. Thus, the man spread the word, calling the islands Andansland, a contraction of the Sjådska words andi and land, meaning "Land of the Spirit".
Nearly 3 millennia of phonological change has resulted in the name's gradual morphing to become Andalla. The people of Andalla are known as Andallans; similarly, the adjectival form for Andalla is Andallan.
Formerly, Andska was used to denote Andalla both in demonymic and adjectival form, derived from the native word for the Andallan people. The use of Andska is considered archaic and obsolete, having been slowly replaced with Andallan during the 18th and 19th centuries. However, it is still often used as a poetic name for the Andallan people.
The Commonwealth of Andalla occupies approximately 42,748 square kilometres (16,505 sq mi), 97% of which constitutes the nation's total land area. This archipelagic state is characterised by a significant cluster of islands, islets, and atolls, with nine main islands running in a north to south direction: Nordholm, Græsholm, Grundholmen, Berghelle, Strynø, Eskilsø, Sudhulm, Skarøy, and Halmø. These landforms provide a range of ecosystems and biological diversity.
Arkhavn, the capital and the largest city of Andalla, is located on the island of Sudhulm. This city is not just a crucial cultural hub but also a significant commercial and political centre for the nation.
Water bodies play a significant role in shaping Andalla's geography. To the west, the nation is bounded by the Andallan Sea, a subsection of the broader Oriental Ocean. This sea plays a significant role in the nation's climate and maritime activities, and it also influences the nation's rich marine biodiversity. Additionally, Andalla is blessed with several notable bays that enrich its coastal geography and contribute to its diverse maritime activities. These include Brumundvik Bay on the island of Strynø and Enshavn Bay, along with Arkhavn Bay, both situated on Sudhulm. These bays provide natural harbours and fishing grounds and serve as essential gateways for maritime trade.
Flora and fauna
Andalla's extensive archipelago presents a varied array of habitats, supporting a diverse range of flora and fauna. This rich biodiversity spans both terrestrial and marine environments. The islands' forests are home to several endemic plant species, while the surrounding marine habitats provide a sanctuary for a wide variety of fish species, marine mammals, and coral reefs. Efforts are continually made to preserve these natural wonders and promote sustainable interactions with local ecosystems.
Each of the nine main islands has its own unique characteristics and appeal:
- Nordholm, as its name suggests, is the northernmost island and is characterised by rugged landscapes and a cooler climate.
- Græsholm is renowned for its verdant meadows and idyllic pastoral scenes.
- Grundholmen is known for its rocky coastlines and historic lighthouses.
- Berghelle is notable for its mountainous terrain and hiking trails.
- Strynø is home to the Brumundvik Bay and is a hub for maritime activities.
- Eskilsø is famous for its rich cultural heritage and ancient ruins.
- Sudhulm, home to the capital city of Arkhavn, is the most populous island and is the political and economic centre of the country.
- Skarøy is a popular destination for its pristine beaches and coastal resorts.
- Halmø, the southernmost island, is known for its tropical climate and diverse wildlife.
In terms of administrative divisions, Andalla is divided into several regions, each consisting of a group of islands. These regions each have a degree of autonomy and are governed by local councils. The capital city of Arkhavn, however, operates under a special administrative structure due to its political and economic importance. This decentralised governance structure allows for efficient management of resources and public services across the country's broad geographic spread.
The beginning of Andallan history can be traced back as far as the emergence of the nomadic Proto-Xaraian tribes in the 4th millennium BCE. Spread across Central Argis in what is now modern-day Ahrana and parts of east Dniester, the Proto-Xaraian tribes were strategically positioned in between the Mediargic and Canamo seas. Very few archaeological records dating to the Proto-Xaraian period have been unearthed, as tribes were small and spread out across a large area. However, historians have speculated that the Proto-Xaraian tribes were divided roughly into northern and southern halves, as is the case with the Xaraian civilizations later on.
The earliest remains of a Xaraian person consist of a single fibula and tibia belonging to what became the only known remnant of the Dumanev Man, discovered by Ahranaian archaeologist Alexei Dumanev in 2002. The two bones were carbon-dated to c. 1975 BCE, and are currently on display at the Holtrup Museum of Archaeology.
The Xaraian civilizations emerged c. 1500 BCE, following the neolithic revolution in Central Argis. The first pockets of organized society were formed in the eponymously-named Xara, in the far-southwest corner of Ahrana. Although the Xaraian tribes are collectively referred to as a group of civilizations, many tribes existed in near-isolation with their neighbors. Historical records document trade routes between the tribes, as well as occasional alliances formed in conflicts against outsiders; however, the so-called Xaraian civilizations were only a very loose group of many small component societies.
The most powerful Xaraian tribe was the Proto-Ahran civilization, from which the Ahranaian and Andallan people are descended from. Located along the north coast of the Varma Sound at the far-eastern tip of the Mediargic Sea, the Proto-Ahran capital of Vulgus Supra became a center for trade between Mediargic civilizations and the rest of the Xaraian tribes. By c. 1200 BCE, Vulgus Supra was one of the largest cities in all of Argis, with a population of around 20,000 inhabitants. Archaeological evidence suggests that the city was a melting pot of cultures, with pottery and other articles from all over the Mediargic and Canamo areas found beneath the ruins.
Three centuries after its founding, the city of Vulgus Supra was facing overcrowding issues due to multiple factors, among them a rapidly-expanding economy and population. Similar cases have been documented in other surrounding settlements along the Xaraian coast. As a result of this, the Proto-Ahran civilization began to separate into two primary subgroups: the Sjådska and the Ahrans. Between the two, the Sjådska were more eager to expand out of their current territory, establishing city-states further east and across the sound from c. 950 to 920 BCE. During this time, the Sjådska continued to maintain close links with the Ahrans; the alliance between the two peoples lasted for roughly half a millennium from the Proto-Ahran split to the fall of Xara.
Around 905-890 BCE, a fast-growing city-state at the easternmost tip of the Mediargic Sea known as Stórrshǫfna (lit. "great harbor") became the economic, political, religious, and cultural centre of the Sjådska civilization. By 878 BCE, Stórrshǫfna had surpassed the population of Vulgus Supra at its peak before the split. It became the largest port city in the Mediargic Sea, providing the base for the economic and eventually political expansion into parts of the Sakspati and Ygros seas.
It was during this period of expansion that the Sjådska city-states formed a treaty of unification in 874 BCE, parts of which are preserved on the Gyldar Stone. Under the treaty, all Sjådska city-states and their colonies would unite under the leadership of an elected chieftain (Sjådska: "hǫfðingi"). Bearing similarities to the modern-day prime minister, the chieftain was elected by a board of representatives from every city-state and would serve until death, unless the chieftain chooses to step down or is voted out of his position.
Following the ways of the Proto-Ahrans and Xaraians before them, the Sjådska were excellent seafarers and fishermen. Numerous advancements in shipbuilding technologies paved the way for the maritime dominance of the Sjådska over the Mediargic Sea. Economic activity was concentrated on the coast with shipbuilding, trade, and fishing, while woodworking and mining were more common further inland. Culture and religion also developed quickly during this period, marked by a notable rise in pottery and musical instruments. Sjådska artworks were often religious in nature, attesting to the widespread veneration of the two highest Sjådska deities: Haví, the "king of the gods", and Njöruðr, the god of seafaring. Although by position Njöruðr was subordinate to Haví, both deities assumed a near-equal following in Sjådska culture. In the center of the Stórrshǫfna stood Himinshof (lit. "Heaven's Temple"), a communal worship hall bearing the statues of all Sjådska deities, regarded by the Sjådska as the holiest place on Eurth.
The Sjådska civilization reached its peak around 558 BCE under the leadership of Melður, a philosopher-priest who claimed to have been visited by the spirit of Haví, the highest deity of the Sjådska pantheon. According to his account, dated to around 575 BCE and known as the Legend of Melður, he recalls his encounter with Haví while walking along a beach. In their conversation, Haví promised expansion into a land "overflowing with abundance and prosperity", which would occur later on in time. Melður also claimed to have been divinely appointed to lead the Sjådska people in a large-scale expansion campaign in order to prepare the people for the riches that await them in the "land of life" (Sjådska: "Ǫndeland"). Because of this, Melður instantly rose in popularity, being nominated and elected to the chieftaincy the following year. During the reign of Melður, the Sjådska established small trading posts as far as modern-day Limonaia, amassing a large trading fleet known as the "Margsflotti" (lit. "multitude fleet").
Decline of the Sjådska
Following the death of Melður in 539 BCE, the ruling council could find no worthy candidate to oversee the expansion. Instead, local leaders were once again appointed over city-states and colonies, although subject to the monitoring of the ruling council. Though the Sjådska economy remained strong, society began to fall apart as long-distance links between settlements were severed. The Margsflotti, which also contained a contingent of the Sjådska navy, split into numerous smaller fleets by geographic location. As conflict was very uncommon in the area, the Sjådska did not have a very well-developed army.
Taking these factors into consideration, a number of small tribes from the southeast formed a coalition to raid the wealthy Sjådska, which became known as the "Helmaðr" (lit. hell men). In a series of wars lasting for over 40 years from 485 to 442 BCE, the Sjådska civilization slowly crumbled until the government was highly decentralized. After the Third Battle of Stórrshǫfna in 457 BCE, during which Himinshof and half the city was completely burned down, the Sjådska finally severed links between city-states.
As economic and social development ground to a halt, a plague began to spread among the Helmaðr, now identified as caused by the bacteria Y. pestis. The plague's spread to the Sjådska was inevitable, and by 443 BCE the fighting had stopped due to mass deaths on both sides of the war. The Helmaðr, now numbering only a fourth of the initial invasion force, left the area in 442 BCE.
Great Departure (Utgang)
As the Helmaðr Wars concluded with the retreat of the attackers, the situation among the Sjådska was growing desperate. Infected people were sent out of cities or left to die among massive piles of corpses. The healthy population, numbering nearly half of the total 90,000 Sjådska population, began preparations to leave the area. With half of Stórrshǫfna and Himinshof destroyed by flame and the other half falling apart due to civil unrest, the company of Sjådska priests offered sacrifices to Haví for guidance in their journey to find the promised land. As the Helmaðr Wars were fought on land, much of the Sjådska fleets remained intact. The trading ships were modified to carry twice as much passengers and crew, forming a new type which came to be known as the "Útskip". This marked the beginning of the "Útgangr" ("Utgang") or Great Departure, recognized as one of the largest mass migrations in ancient history.
The first ships to set sail left in 441 BCE, reaching the island of Altaria after a few weeks' voyage. Recounting the sagas of early Xaraian explorers, the Sjådska had expected to encounter the Sidragente; however, they were met by the lighter-skinned Narvics who had replaced the Sidragente long after their disappearance. The Sjådska and Narvic people formed an agreement of friendship, allowing the Sjådska to remain on the island for as long as they wished. In the course of time numerous small settlements developed along the east coast of the island, the largest of which was Nyrhǫfn with an estimated population of around 10,000. The site, which was abandoned in 353 BCE, was rediscovered by Juan Diego de Narváez in 1762 and remains an important Iverican archaeological site today.
During the Utgang the Sjådska travelled by clans, with no central leadership among them. The lack of a unified body resulted in the dispersing of the Sjådska around the area, with some clans choosing to stay behind in Altaria or even settle in the Iberic peninsula. Traces of the Y-chromosome haplogroup I-M198b have been found in the region, with higher frequencies concentrated among Iverican and Narvic people. However, little is known regarding the whereabouts of the Sjådska tribes that chose to stay behind in Altaria.
Though the Sjådska did not completely abandon Altaria until 349 BCE, historical accounts of the Utgang indicate movement as early as 378 BCE. Landing somewhere along the coast of modern-day Lusotropia, the Sjådska continued their migration southwards. It is unclear whether the Sjådska travelled predominantly by land or by sea; historians have generally accepted that both choices were feasible, as the Sjådska were highly decentralized. Speed was mainly the priority of the Sjådska during this time, as very little archaeological evidences of the Utgang have been unearthed in Alharu.
The Sjådska are hypothesized to have reached the Ketek peninsula by 357 BCE, where clans dispersed across the western coast of the peninsula. Evidences of trade with the Ketek people have been found as far north as Pavat, and as far south as the western cape of Alharu.
In 1041 BCE, the Saermaðr fleets set sail once more into the Thalassan Ocean, covering much farther distances than before with their newly-repaired ships and restocked supplies. In the same year, the Saermaðr reached the Cashari peninsula, trading with the Madronians and departing once more.
The very first sighting of what would become the Andallan archipelago was in 1040 BCE, when the fleet of the clan Tyrkir spotted what is now the island of Børøy. At first, the weary sailors believed it was just another stop on their voyage. Expeditionary teams were sent out into the island to find signs of life, but none could be found. After several failed expeditions, the Saermaðr, now fully-assembled along the beach, decided to construct a settlement. The settlement, originally called "Auðir", meaning "deserted".
Kingdom of Åndelir
The Kingdom of Åndelir, established in 1472, is an essential part of Andallan history. This era saw the nation transforming from a relatively low-income economy to a prosperous one, largely due to new trade policies implemented during the reigns of several influential monarchs.
One such leader, King Olaf III, who reigned from 1627 to 1659, undertook extensive economic reforms that opened Andalla to increased trade and commerce. His successor, Erik V, carried on his work from 1659 to 1690, further enhancing the kingdom's economic standing.
Later in the 18th century, two more kings, Kristian II (1743-1759) and Gerhard IV (1765-1787), would continue to reinforce and expand these economic policies, leading to increased prosperity and development throughout Andalla.
In 1848, the Constitution of the Kingdom of Andalla was established, marking a critical shift in the nation's political landscape. Furthermore, between 1896 and 1898, the Royal Constitutional Assembly, commissioned by the Landstinget, drafted a new constitution. This step towards modernity would prove instrumental in shaping the nation's future political structure.
Commonwealth of Andalla
On 28 June 1898, the Kingdom of Andalla transitioned to the Commonwealth of Andalla following the ratification of a new constitution by King Christian IV. This marked the dissolution of the constitutional monarchy and the inauguration of a republican system of governance. Christian IV was the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Andalla, and his assent to the constitution marked a significant moment in Andallan history.
In the wake of this political change, a transitional government was set up on 8th January 1900 to guide the nation through its new republican system. Following the establishment of the transitional government, the first decade of the Commonwealth of Andalla was marked by a number of significant events and personalities shaping the political, economic, and social landscapes of the country.
In 1901, the first general elections under the new constitution saw the rise of Anders Berntsen, a strong advocate for democratic principles and economic liberalisation. His premiership, which lasted until 1909, oversaw the strengthening of democratic institutions and a renewed focus on infrastructure development and education.
The late 1920s and the 1930s were significant periods for the country, as it experienced further economic and societal growth. Even during the challenging period of the global economic downturn, Andalla managed to navigate the crisis relatively successfully. This success can be largely attributed to the leadership of Prime Minister Erik Sorensen (1923-1931) and his successor, Agnes Thomsen (1931-1940). Their administrations implemented measures to safeguard Andalla's economy from the worst impacts of the economic crisis, stimulating recovery and growth.
In 1941, the outbreak of the Thalassan War once again tested Andalla's resolve. This marked the start of one of the most challenging periods in the history of the Commonwealth. The nation's response to the war and its aftermath would have far-reaching implications for its role on the global stage and its development in the decades to come.
The Thalassan War, a major continental conflict, spanned from 1941 to 1947, involving the vast majority of Thalassan countries. However, related conflicts both preceded and outlasted this timeframe, resulting in a complex web of regional and international tensions and alliances.
A significant precursor to the war was the Treaty of Protiva, signed on 30 July 1926. This treaty concluded the First Giokto-Andallan War and granted Andalla control over the Giokton province of Liamchia. The geopolitical landscape of the region was further complicated by a socialist-monarchist coup in Selayar in 1939, which led to General Dharmasetu Sahaja ruling as an absolute monarch.
The war officially commenced for Andalla on 18 November 1941, when the Giokton submarine I-23 sunk the Andallan troop transport SFS Teuvo Antonnen, resulting in the loss of 1,452 soldiers and crew members. The following day, in response to a speech by Andallan President Lars Nedergaard, the Kongres near-unanimously declared war on the Giokton Republic and enacted Protocol Shadow.
On the same day, the Battle of Liamchia, codenamed Operation Lyn, commenced with an extensive Andallan artillery barrage and air assault. An hour later, Andallan tanks and APCs attacked the Giokton fortifications, under heavy bombardment. Assisted by the Andallan Commonwealth Army Airborne Corps' Luftbårnejaegeren (Airborne Rangers), the Andallan military managed to neutralise most of the Giokton border emplacements, though at a significant cost.
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For Andalla, the Thalassan War had profound implications, both domestically and internationally. The war tested the resilience and resourcefulness of the Commonwealth, shaping its national character and leaving an indelible impact on its collective memory.
Aftermath of the Thalassan War
The aftermath of the war saw the beginning of a significant reconstruction and revitalisation process. Infrastructure damaged during the conflict was repaired and upgraded, while the economy, which had been largely oriented towards the war effort, transitioned back to a peacetime footing. The government also invested heavily in social welfare programmes to support war veterans and their families, recognising their immense sacrifices for the nation.
In terms of foreign policy, Andalla emerged from the Thalassan War with an enhanced international standing. Despite the massive toll of the war, Andalla's commitment to the principles of international law and its proactive diplomacy during the conflict were recognised globally. This acknowledgement led to increased international engagement and the development of stronger relationships with neighbouring nations, further securing Andalla's position within the Thalassan community.
The war also cemented Andalla's control over the formerly disputed province of Liamchia. The successful defence of this territory during the war effectively ended any residual territorial disputes and reinforced Andalla's sovereignty over the province. This solidified national boundary helped contribute to the stability and prosperity that followed the Thalassan War.
Following the aftermath of the Thalassan War, Andalla embarked on a period of recovery, reconstruction, and sustained growth that spanned from the 1950s through to the present day. This era, commonly referred to as Andalla's 'Golden Age', was characterised by robust economic expansion, technological innovation, and increasing globalisation. During the early 1950s, Prime Minister Carl Sørensen (1951-1965) led a series of initiatives aimed at rebuilding the country's war-damaged infrastructure and modernising the economy. Sørensen's policies helped revitalise industries like manufacturing and services, enabling a swift economic recovery.
In the late 1960s and 1970s, under the leadership of Prime Minister Lene Kjær (1966-1978), the country began to transition towards a more technology-oriented economy. This shift led to significant advancements in sectors such as information technology, renewable energy, and healthcare, propelling Andalla onto the global stage. The final decades of the 20th century saw further consolidation of Andalla's democratic institutions and continued economic development. These years were marked by an emphasis on sustainable development and increased attention to social and environmental issues. Prime Ministers such as Frederik Møller (1981-1989) and Birgitte Sandberg (1991-2000) were instrumental in the progress made during this period.
The island of Sudhulm, home to the capital city of Arkhavn, experienced rapid urbanisation and development, and by the end of the 20th century, Arkhavn had grown into a thriving, cosmopolitan metropolis. The city's population continued to grow, and by the early 21st century, Arkhavn had become one of the most populous cities in Thalassa. The turn of the millennium also witnessed an increased emphasis on regional integration and cooperation. Andalla played an instrumental role in the formation of ATARA, reflecting its continued commitment to fostering regional peace, stability, and prosperity.
Throughout the 21st century, Andalla has continued to build on its successes. The country has remained a beacon of political stability and economic prosperity in the Thalassan region, maintaining its commitment to democratic values and principles. Furthermore, it continues to invest in innovation and sustainable development, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of technological advancements and environmentally friendly policies. Andalla's vibrant culture, rich history, and scenic landscapes have also made it an increasingly popular destination for tourists worldwide. The island of Skarøy, in particular, is renowned for its pristine beaches and luxurious coastal resorts, attracting tourists from all corners of the globe.Despite the challenges and changes of the past decades, Andalla remains firmly committed to its core values of democracy, sustainability, and regional cooperation. As the country looks to the future, it continues to build on its past successes, striving for a prosperous and peaceful future for all Andallans.
The basic framework, structure and functions of the Government of Andalla are outlined in the current Constitution. This document was ratified on 28 June 1898 by King Christian IV, the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Andalla, effectively abolishing the constitutional monarchy and replacing it with a republican system. Among the central provisions of the constitution, the government operates under a semi-presidential system, wherein both the President and Prime Minister of Andalla possess significant powers over the Executive branch. The new constitution was drafted by the Royal Constitutional Assembly from 1896 to 1898, commissioned by the Landstinget to replace the 1848 Constitution. With the approval of the King (known as the "Great Sacrifice"). Its ratification in 1898 marked the success of a three-year peaceful effort. In honour of the peaceful transition, June 28 is celebrated every year as "Constitution Day", while "National Constitution Month" is observed all throughout the month of June. Among the most commonly-cited excerpts of the Andallan constitution is found in Article I, Sections 1 and 2, also known as the "Commonwealth Principles".
SECTION 2. The State exists by the people. All government authority is derived from the people, to whom it shall likewise belong.
The Andallan government is divided into three branches: the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judiciary, the duties and powers of which are described in Articles III (Legislative), IV (Executive) and V (Judiciary) of the Constitution, respectively. Andalla functions as a unitary state, wherein authority comes from the national government. It is divided into three branches – executive, legislative, and judiciary. Over time, laws like the Local Government Bill of 1964 have granted local government units (lokalregering enhed) more independence in governing themselves. The President of Andalla serves as both Head of State and Head of Government. He is also the commander-in-chief of the Andallan Commonwealth Armed Forces (Samvelden Andska Forsvarskraefter). The President is elected to a six-year term by popular vote but can only serve a maximum of one term, during which a cabinet is appointed. While in office, the President resides in the Købmanshavn Palace, an 18th-century palace along the banks of the Torå River. The bicameral Kongres serves as Andalla's national legislative body. The upper house is known as the Senat while the lower house is known as the Nasjonelforsamling or National Assembly. A member of the Nasjonelforsamling is known as a Member of the Assembly (Samlingsmedlem), often shortened to MA.
The President of Andalla is the head of state and government of the Commonwealth of Andalla, representing the nation in ceremonial capacities while also directing the executive branch. As outlined in the Andallan Constitution, the President serves a term of six years with a maximum limit of one term. The President is also the commander-in-chief of the Andallan Commonwealth Armed Forces.
This is a list of individuals who have served as President of Andalla since the establishment of the role with the ratification of the Constitution on 28 June 1898. The list includes each President's political party and their term in office.
|No.||Name||Term start||Term end||Party|
|1||Kristoffer Müller||28 June 1898||12 May 1904||Commonwealth Party|
|2||Henrik Møller||12 May 1904||28 June 1910||Labour Party|
|3||Jens Petersen||28 June 1910||5 December 1916||Democratic Party|
|4||Lars Nedergaard||5 December 1916||17 May 1922||Commonwealth Party|
|5||Martin Johansen||17 May 1922||29 June 1928||Democratic Party|
|6||Olaf Mortensen||29 June 1928||14 May 1934||Labour Party|
|7||Niels Jørgensen||14 May 1934||30 June 1940||Democratic Party|
|8||Lars Nedergaard||30 June 1940||15 May 1946||Commonwealth Party|
|9||Peder Olsen||15 May 1946||1 July 1952||Democratic Party|
|10||Anders Rasmussen||1 July 1952||16 May 1958||Labour Party|
|11||Klaus Hansen||16 May 1958||2 July 1964||Commonwealth Party|
|12||Johannes Jensen||2 July 1964||17 May 1970||Democratic Party|
|13||Erik Nielsen||17 May 1970||3 July 1976||Labour Party|
|14||Hans Schmidt||3 July 1976||18 May 1982||Democratic Party|
|15||Peter Sørensen||18 May 1982||4 July 1988||Commonwealth Party|
|16||Carl Frederiksen||5 July 1988||20 May 1994||Labour Party|
|17||Magnus Pedersen||20 May 1994||6 July 2000||Democratic Party|
|18||Anne-Lise Mortensen||6 July 2000||22 May 2006||Commonwealth Party|
|19||Rasmus Knudsen||22 May 2006||8 July 2012||Labour Party|
|20||Kirsten Andersen||8 July 2012||24 May 2018||Democratic Party|
|21||Klaus Johansen||24 May 2018||Present||Commonwealth Party|
- The Commonwealth Party (Samveldetparti) is one of the oldest and most influential political parties in Andalla. Founded in the early years of the Commonwealth, it has played a significant role in shaping the nation's policies and direction. The Commonwealth Party is generally associated with centre-right policies, advocating for free markets, minimal government intervention in the economy, and a strong national defence. It is also traditionally supportive of Andalla's role as a protectorate for Giokto.
- The Labour Party (Arbejderpartiet) is a major political party in Andalla that represents centre-left and social democratic ideals. It champions the rights of workers, social justice, and welfare state policies. The party was initially established by trade unionists and has significant support among the urban working class. The Labour Party advocates for wealth redistribution, environmental protection, and increased government investment in public services like healthcare and education.
- The Democratic Party (Demokratisk Parti) is a centrist political party that emphasises political and social liberalism. Its platform is marked by support for civil liberties, human rights, and democratic reforms. The party is also recognised for its stance on progressive social issues and its advocacy for a balanced approach to the economy – promoting both free-market principles and appropriate government intervention where needed. The Democratic Party draws its support from a broad demographic, including urban professionals, minority groups, and younger voters.
Andalla maintains an active presence via the Utenriksministeriet in the international community and has forged strong ties with many nations across the globe. It is a member of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA), a prominent regional organisation that aims to foster peace, prosperity, and cooperation among its members. Andalla's involvement in ATARA is reflective of its commitment to multilateral diplomacy and its pursuit of shared solutions to regional challenges.
Additionally, Andalla is a member of the Group of Island Nations (GIN), a collective of island nations seeking to address common concerns such as climate change, maritime security, and sustainable development. As a nation composed of numerous islands, Andalla's involvement in GIN underscores its vested interest in the sustainable management of island ecosystems and the promotion of the welfare of island communities.
Moreover, Andalla holds observer status in the Entente of Oriental States (EOS), an intergovernmental organisation that facilitates political, economic, and cultural cooperation among Oriental nations. As an observer, Andalla actively participates in discussions and contributes to initiatives aimed at promoting regional stability and development.
The Andallan Commonwealth Armed Forces (Samvelden Andska Forsvarskraefter) are responsible for defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Andalla. The military's history with Giokto, particularly during the Thalassan War, has shaped its strategic focus and operational readiness. This historical context has informed Andalla's approach to military preparedness, reinforcing the importance of a robust defence capability in maintaining national security and regional stability.
The Armed Forces are composed of three main branches: the Andallan Army, the Andallan Air Force, and the Andallan Navy. Each branch has its specific mandates and capabilities, but all operate under a unified command structure. The Andallan Navy also incorporates the Coast Guard, which plays a crucial role in safeguarding Andalla's maritime interests. It is primarily responsible for enforcing maritime law, promoting safe navigation, and providing search and rescue services in Andalla's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone. The Andallan Air Force, on the other hand, is tasked with the defence of Andalla's airspace and supporting ground operations. It operates a range of aircraft, including multirole fighters, transport aircraft, and helicopters. The Air Force's capabilities have been progressively modernised to ensure that it remains prepared to respond effectively to a variety of security challenges.
The Andallan Commonwealth Armed Forces operates under a unified command structure headed by the Commander-in-Chief, who is the President of Andalla. The President's role as Commander-in-Chief signifies civilian control of the military, which is an essential element of Andalla's democratic system. Directly under the President is the Minister of Defence, a civilian appointment responsible for the administrative and organisational matters of the defence establishment. The Minister of Defence, appointed by the President, oversees defence policy and plays a significant role in the allocation of resources and budgetary considerations.
The operational aspects of the military are overseen by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), a four-star rank officer who is the highest-ranking military officer. The CDS is responsible for the strategic direction of the Armed Forces, coordination between different branches, and implementation of military policy. The post of CDS is rotated among the heads of the three services – the Andallan Army, the Andallan Air Force, and the Andallan Navy – on a fixed tenure.
Each branch of the Armed Forces has its own distinct command structure, headed by a Chief of Staff. The Chief of Staff of the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy are responsible for the operational readiness, training, and welfare of their respective services. Below the Chiefs of Staff, the command structure divides into operational and geographical commands, each led by officers of varying ranks. These commands oversee the units and formations that make up the Armed Forces, ensuring they are prepared and equipped to carry out their duties.
As a developed nation with a high-income mixed economy, Andalla has experienced significant economic growth over the past several decades. According to the Andallan Statistics Agency (ASA), the country's nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at $648.84 billion in 2017, with a per capita GDP of $23,143. Much of this growth has been driven by a combination of economic diversification and extensive new trade policies implemented during the reigns of various monarchs in the Kingdom of Andalla.
The economy is largely service-oriented, with the sector contributing approximately 47% to the country's GDP as of 2016. The services sector is diverse, with finance, insurance, information technology, and telecommunications playing prominent roles. Arkhavn, the nation's capital, is a major regional financial hub, housing numerous local and international banks, insurance companies, and financial services firms. The information technology sector is also burgeoning, thanks to a highly educated workforce, robust digital infrastructure, and favourable government policies. Despite the dominance of services, industry and agriculture also remain significant contributors to Andalla's economy. The industrial sector, which includes manufacturing, construction, and utilities, is a major employer and plays a crucial role in Andalla's export economy. Key industries include shipbuilding, electronics manufacturing, and renewable energy technology, reflecting Andalla's position as a maritime nation and its commitment to sustainable development. Agriculture, while contributing less to GDP than services or industry, is still vital for the Andallan economy and society. Farming, fishing, and forestry are major activities, supplying both domestic and foreign markets. Andalla's islands, with their diverse climates, are conducive to a variety of crops and livestock, allowing for a vibrant agricultural sector. Furthermore, the nation's extensive coastline and historic relationship with the sea support a thriving fishing industry.
Notably, despite being a developed nation, Andalla continues to face certain economic challenges, including income inequality and regional disparities in economic development. However, through effective policies and initiatives, the government seeks to address these issues and ensure inclusive and sustainable economic growth. The Andallan economy's resilience and dynamism are largely a result of sound macroeconomic management, openness to global trade and investment, and a regulatory environment conducive to business. Looking ahead, Andalla continues to pursue economic policies that promote innovation, sustainability, and inclusiveness, ensuring its ongoing prosperity.
Trade is a vital aspect of the Andallan economy, with the country boasting one of the highest trade-to-GDP ratios in the world. Andalla's strategic location in the Oriental Ocean, coupled with its robust maritime infrastructure, positions it as a major hub for regional and global trade. Adding to the remarkable economic success story of Andalla, since the 1980s, under the progressive leadership of President Jens Holm, Andalla has experienced accelerated economic growth and development. In this period, Andalla was categorised amongst the Thalassan Tigers, a group of fast-growing economies in the Thalassan region which also included the Sunset Sea Islands, Giokto, and Rohini. This era of rapid economic expansion was marked by significant reforms in trade liberalisation, financial deregulation, and industrial modernisation, which were instrumental in facilitating Andalla's transition towards a more globally integrated and competitive economy. Under President Holm's administration, various economic strategies and reforms were implemented, aimed at fostering entrepreneurship, enhancing productivity, and strengthening the country's competitiveness. These measures have helped to transform Andalla into a leading economy amongst the Thalassan Tigers, known for its vibrant, innovative, and globally competitive economic landscape. Following the legacy of President Holm, subsequent administrations have continued to prioritise economic competitiveness, innovation, and sustainable growth. These efforts have allowed Andalla to maintain its standing as a Thalassan Tiger and ensure the continued prosperity of the nation in the face of evolving global economic landscapes.
The official currency of Andalla is the Amla (symbol: ₳; ISO 4217 code: ALA). It is managed and issued by the Central Bank of Andalla. The Amla is subdivided into 100 øre. Its stability and reliability are backed by the Andallan government, contributing to the overall strength and stability of the Andallan economy. The currency plays a crucial role in Andalla's economic system, facilitating transactions and serving as a store of value for businesses and individuals. It also reflects Andalla's financial identity in the global market, particularly in international trade and investment transactions. The Central Bank of Andalla's management of the Amla aims to maintain low inflation, a key element of Andalla's macroeconomic stability.
The name "Amla" is derived from the old Andallan word for money, which connects the currency to the country's rich history and culture. The currency notes and coins feature designs that reflect Andalla's natural beauty, culture, history, and achievements, underscoring the national identity in everyday economic transactions.
With a rich blend of ethnicities, languages, and religious beliefs, Andalla presents a vivid mosaic of cultural diversity. According to the Andallan Statistics Agency's (ASA) final estimate for 2017, the nation's population stood at 28,036,248, representing a growth rate of 0.88% from the 27,791,688 recorded during the 2016 national census. Life expectancy at birth is comparatively high, averaging 78.49 years for both sexes—76.43 years for males and 80.56 years for females.
Andalla is predominantly populated by people of Andallan ancestry, accounting for 80.3% of the total population according to the 2016 census. The second-largest ethnic group is of Giokton origin, constituting 11.6% of the population. The remaining 8.1% is composed of diverse ethnic backgrounds, including Sunset Sea Islandians, Ivericans, Selayari, Flautons, and Cashari.
It's also worth noting the significant presence of Andallans living overseas, estimated to be around 4,294,000, forming one of the world's largest diaspora. The largest foreign Andallan community is situated in Ahrana, home to approximately 1,237,000 Andallans as of 2017. Other significant diaspora are found in the Sunset Sea Islands, Selayar, Iverica, Orioni, and Prymont.
Andalla is officially a bilingual nation, with Andallan and Anglish recognised as official languages. Andallan is widely spoken across the nation and used in most official capacities, while Anglish also serves a crucial role, especially in international communications and some official contexts.
In addition to these, Giokton is recognised as a national language due to the significant Giokton ethnic population. This multi-lingual landscape is reflective of Andalla's diverse ethnic makeup and its historical and cultural ties.
While Andalla is officially a secular state, religious faith plays a substantial role in the lives of many of its citizens. As per the 2016 census, the predominant religion is Christianity, followed by 78.3% of the population. Phosattism is the second most followed religion, with 6.7% of the population identifying as Phosattists. Tacolism is practiced by 2.4% of Andallans. Furthermore, 9.5% of Andallans consider themselves atheist or agnostic, illustrating a significant non-religious segment of the population.
However, the practice and influence of religion vary among individuals. Recent surveys conducted by the Pollitelig Institute indicate that while 73.4% of Andallans consider religion as an important aspect of their life, only 55.7% regularly attend religious gatherings. These statistics underscore the diversity of religious beliefs and practices in Andalla, reflecting a spectrum of devotion ranging from active participation to personal spirituality or non-religious philosophies.
Andallan culture is a fascinating blend of traditional elements and contemporary influences, shaped by the country's historical context, geography, and the diversity of its populace. This mix has fostered a vibrant and rich cultural scene, which is evident across various fields, from music and visual arts to cuisine and sports.
Music holds a significant place in Andallan culture. Andallan traditional music features a variety of indigenous instruments and incorporates a range of vocal and instrumental styles. Folk music, which often tells stories of historical events or everyday life, remains popular in rural areas and during traditional festivals.
In more recent times, Western classical music and popular music have left their mark on Andalla's musical landscape. The country boasts several well-known classical composers and musicians, and its capital, Arkhavn, is home to the internationally acclaimed Arkhavn Philharmonic Orchestra. Pop, rock, and electronic music are immensely popular among younger generations, with many Andallan bands and artists gaining recognition on the international stage.
Andalla has produced several world-renowned musicians and bands. Einar Solberg, an award-winning classical composer, has been praised for his innovative symphonies that blend traditional Andallan folk tunes with modern orchestral techniques. Meanwhile, "The Northern Lights," a popular rock band, has garnered an international following with their eclectic music and thought-provoking lyrics. Their hit album, "Aurora Echoes," topped global charts in 2023.
Visual art in Andalla spans from ancient pottery and religious iconography to contemporary painting, sculpture, and digital art. The country's art scene reflects its diverse cultural influences and historical experiences. Traditional Andallan art, often inspired by religious themes and natural landscapes, is celebrated for its attention to detail and vibrant colour schemes. In contrast, modern Andallan art is diverse, experimental, and often explores themes of identity, history, and societal issues.
In the visual art sphere, Amalie Nilsen is a prominent figure known for her modernist paintings that integrate Andallan landscapes with abstract elements. Her masterpiece, "Sunset Over Sudholm," is on permanent display at the Arkhavn National Museum. Renowned sculptor Magnus Aakre's monumental piece, "The Sea's Embrace," located on the coast of Skarøy, has become an iconic symbol of Andallan culture.
Dance in Andalla is a vivid expression of the nation's cultural heritage and creativity. Traditional dances, often performed during festivals and celebrations, vary significantly across different regions and ethnic groups. They typically involve intricate footwork, graceful movements, and vibrant costumes. Contemporary dance forms, influenced by Western styles like ballet and modern dance, are also prevalent. Arkhavn is home to several professional dance companies and schools, offering performances and training in various dance genres. Renowned dancer and choreographer, Freja Bjornsson, has brought Andallan dance to the global stage. Her ballet, “Dance of the Islands,” was a critical success that seamlessly merged traditional Andallan dance with contemporary ballet, depicting the nation's history through evocative movements.
Andallan cuisine is as diverse as its geography and people. Seafood features prominently, owing to the nation's archipelagic nature, and is often accompanied by a variety of locally grown vegetables, fruits, and grains. Traditional dishes, such as Klipfisk (dried and salted cod) and Hvalbiff (whale steak), reflect the nation's maritime history. Andallan cuisine has also been influenced by foreign culinary traditions, notably from Giokto, with noodle dishes and rice-based meals gaining popularity. Master chef Lars Rasmussen has been instrumental in popularising Andallan cuisine globally. His signature dish, Klipfisk med Brønnøysund Poteter (Salted cod with Brønnøysund potatoes), has won numerous international culinary awards. Rasmussen’s cookbook, Flavours of the Isles, is a bestseller and is credited with introducing Andallan cuisine to the wurld.
The media landscape in Andalla is robust, featuring a range of newspapers, television and radio stations, and digital platforms. Freedom of the press is guaranteed under the constitution, promoting a diverse and vibrant media scene. Andalla's public broadcasting service, Andallan Broadcasting Network (ABN), operates multiple TV and radio networks and an online news platform, providing comprehensive coverage of national and international news, cultural programming, and entertainment. As for media, journalist Katrine Johansen has been recognised for her investigative journalism, having won the International Journalism Award for her expose on corruption in regional politics. Her reports, aired on the Andallan Broadcasting Network (ABN), have underscored the importance of free press in the country.
Andallan literature is diverse and has developed over centuries, encompassing a rich variety of forms from ancient sagas and folk tales to contemporary novels and poetry. Themes of nature, history, and social issues often recur in Andallan literature. In recent decades, Andallan authors have achieved international recognition, contributing to global literary discourse and further enriching the country's literary tradition. Erik Knudsen, a contemporary author, has received critical acclaim for his novel "Under the Boreal Sky," which explores the intricate relationship between people and nature in a remote Andallan island. Knudsen's poetic narrative and vivid descriptions have placed him among the greats of Andallan literature.
Sports play a significant role in Andallan society. Football is particularly popular and is played at both professional and amateur levels across the country. The Andallan Premier League attracts large crowds, and the national team has a dedicated following. Other popular sports include sailing and skiing, reflecting the nation's maritime environment and love for outdoor activities. The government promotes physical education and sports participation as part of a national policy to encourage a healthy lifestyle among its citizens. In the realm of sports, Andalla has produced top-tier athletes. Footballer Henrik Andersen, currently playing for the Andallan Premier League club Arkhavn United, is celebrated for his skills and sportsmanship. On the other hand, professional sailor Ingrid Solberg has won several international regattas, including the prestigious Thalassan Cup, bringing global attention to Andalla's long-standing maritime traditions.
Football is the most popular sport in Andalla, with the Andallan National Football Team, affectionately known as the “Andskunds”, enjoying a significant following. The team competes in the SATAMFC Confederation and has achieved considerable success in regional and international competitions. The team is managed by renowned head coach Sven Eriksen, whose strategic acumen has been pivotal in the team's recent successes. Pål Mulder serves as the team's captain, a role he has carried with distinction, showcasing exceptional leadership both on and off the pitch. Mulder is also the most-capped player and top scorer in the team's history, marking his influence on the national team. The Lars Nedergaard Stadium serves as the home ground for the Andskunds. Named after a former president of Andalla, the stadium is an architectural marvel and proof of Andalla's love for football. With a capacity of over 60,000, the stadium frequently sells out during matches, illustrating the nation's fervour for the sport.
- Liamchia, located in the then Giokto Republic, was a strategically significant province due to its geographical location and economic potential. Tensions over the control of this province and the surrounding regions ultimately escalated into open warfare between Giokto and Andalla, culminating in the First Giokto-Andallan War.
- The Thalassan War (6 April 2018)
- List of RL people used/claimed in our universe (10 January 2018)
- Utenriksministeriet | Andallan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1 April 2020)
- Andallan Broadcasting Network (21 August 2017)