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Asia Pacific Union
Motto: "In God We Trust"
|Capital||Gerha (Administrative) |
|Largest city||Los Angeles |
|Recognised national languages||English|
|Ethnic groups |
|36% Austronesians |
|Religion||42% Sunni Islam |
6% Folk Beliefs
|Government||Federal Presidential Constitutional Republic|
• Vice President
• House Speaker
• Chief Justice
• Independent Nations
• Pan-Asian Alliance
• Amenrian Pacific States
|August 31, 2042|
• Independence Proclaimed
|July 17, 2043|
• Union Establishment
|May 24, 2046|
|287,062,884 km2 (110,835,599 sq mi)|
• 2048 estimate
|146/km2 (378.1/sq mi)|
|GDP (nominal)||2047 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Union Artos (𐌀)|
|Driving side||right, left (Inner Region only)|
Ascion (/ɑːsɪɒn/), officially the Asia Pacific Union, commonly known as The Union is a country primarily located in the Pacific Ocean, spanning from the continent of Asia, Oceania, Zealandia to the Americas. At 287 million square kilometers (110 million square miles), it is the world's second, or third largest country by total area. With a population of almost 688 million people, it is the second most populous country in the world. The national capital is Gerha, and the most populous city is Los Angeles.
The Union emerged from the established Pacific states of Amenria. Disputes over the sociopolitical matters with Amenria led to the War of Dusk and Dawn which resulted in Ascion declaring independence in June 17, 2043. Since the constitutional reform in 2046, Ascion has become a federal republic with vast autonomy given to most of its territories, and is (arguably) the only republican state existing on Earth. Being a transcontinental, and transocean country, Ascion is a melting pot for various ethnicities such as Austronesians, Altais, Indo-Europeans, Mestizo and Amerindians. The Union is also the only country with second-highest concentration of Awakened humans (approximately 1~1.5% of the population) despite being non-theocratic.
A highly developed country, the Union accounts for approximately a quarter of global gross domestic product (GDP) and is the world's largest economy by nominal GDP. By value, the Union is the world's largest exporter of goods. It is a high-income social market economy that places emphasis on automobile and technology manufacturing, with a burgeoning service sector and mining industry. Arguably, the Union also holds the highest rank for Human Development Index rating in the world, and performs favourably in a number of national performance listings including health, education and quality of life.
Ascion was derived from the name "Asia Pacific Union", a similar concept to the European Union proposed by Elcid Samwise in 2040. The name itself represents the vast ocean it lies on, and the extremely diverse culture among its regions. The short form "Asia Pacific" is also standard.
The phrase "Union" was originally plural in usage. It described a collection of states—e.g., "the Unions are. " The singular form became popular after the reform and is now standard usage in Ascion. A citizen of the Union is an "Ascionese". "Union", "Ascionese" refer to the country adjectivally ("Ascionese values", "Union forces").
Extending across the north, south, west and east on the eastern part of the globe, Ascion encompasses a great diversity of landscapes and climates on a limited area of 110,835,599 square miles (287,062,884 km2). The population is about 680 million, resulting in an average population density of around 163 people per square kilometre (378/sq mi). The island chain part of the country in the south is far more sparsely populated than the northern part of the country. In the largest region of Oceania, lying entirely in the continent of Australia and its surrounding islands, population density falls to 27 /km2 (70 /sq mi).
Ascion lies between latitudes 68° W and 117° E, and longitudes 71° N and 54° S, making it the largest country in the world,; a transcontinental and transoceanic country spanning much of the Pacific Ocean, and territories spanning from the two Americas, Oceania, and Asia. American Ascion is roughly 10,318,306 km2, which is around 4% of the total landmass of America, making Ascion the third largest country in the Americas; Oceanic Ascion is roughly at the same size of the pacific ocean itself, making Ascion ranked first in coastline size, as well as the largest country in the world. It is larger, by size, than any continents except Eurasia.
The Commonwealth has been susceptible to earthquakes long before independence, as most of its territories lie above the Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped belt about 40,000 km (25,000 mi) long and up to about 500 km (310 mi) wide around much of the rim of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. Earthquakes happen very often, mainly in the Inner Region, the Outer Region, and the state of Alaska in the Western Reaches.
The enormous size of Ascion and the close proximity of many areas from the sea result in the dominance of the oceanic climate, which is prevalent in all parts of the country except for the tundra and the extreme southwest. Most of the territories located in the Northern hemisphere have either humid oceanic climate or subarctic climate, with
extremely severe winters in the northern areas of the State of Vladivostok and Alaska, where the lowest temperature can reach −63.0 °C (−81.4 °F), and more moderate winters elsewhere. Both the strip of land along the shore of the Arctic Ocean and the small Ascionese Arctic islands also have the same climate.
The Southern territories, most notably Oceania, possess either tropical rainforest climate, or oceanic climate. In many states of New Zealand and Australia, summer is hot and dry while in other parts of the country such as the Philippines and Polynesian island chains experience more precipitation where summer is hot and wet. The South American part of the territory however, possess either tropical rainforest climate, or desert climate. This is mainly due to the extensive lush Amazon forest in the northern part of the area, and the existence of Atacama desert near the coast, spanning from the north to the south close to Antarctica.
According to the Constitution of Ascion, the country is an asymmetric federation and semi-presidential republic, wherein the president is the head of state, and the prime minister is the head of government. The Union is fundamentally structured as a multi-party representative democracy, with the federal government composed of three branches:
- Legislative: The bicameral Federal Supreme Congress, made up of the 450-member Representatives and the 170-member Senators, adopts federal law, declares war, approves treaties, has the power of the purse and the power of impeachment of the president.
- Executive: The president is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, can veto legislative bills before they become law, and appoints the Government of Ascion (Cabinet) and other officers, who administer and enforce federal laws and policies.
- Judiciary: The Constitutional Court, Supreme Court and lower federal courts, whose judges are appointed by the Federation Council on the recommendation of the president, interpret laws and can overturn laws they deem unconstitutional.
The president is elected by popular vote for a six-year term (eligible for a second term, but not for a third consecutive term). Ministries of the government are composed of the premier and his deputies, ministers, and selected other individuals; all are appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister (whereas the appointment of the latter requires the consent of the Congress).
According to the constitution, the Union is comprised of 30 federal subjects. In 2046, when the new constitution was adopted, there were 38 federal subjects listed, but some were later merged. These objects have equal representation—two delegates each—in the Senate. The federal subjects have equal representation—two delegates each—in the Senate, the upper house of the Federal Supreme Congress. They do, however, differ in the degree of autonomy they enjoy.
The most common type of federal subject with a governor and locally elected legislature. Commonly named after their administrative centres. Ascion has 20 states.
Each is nominally autonomous; home to a specific ethnic minority, and has its own constitution, language, and legislature, but is represented by the federal government in international affairs. Currently there are 6 republics.
- Federal Cities
Major cities that function as separate regions (Gerha, Canberra, Los Angeles).
- Autonomous Region
The only autonomous region is the Jewish Autonomous Region.
The economy of the Asia Pacific Union is a mixed free-market economy which is composed of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and domestic and foreign private businesses. The private sector is estimated to constitute 86.4% of the economy by 2049. While its economy has reached a postindustrial level of development, the Union remains an industrial power.
Agriculture & Fishing
Ascion is one of the world's largest producer and consumer of agricultural products – and some 30~40% of the entire population is working in the farming industry, mostly laboring on pieces of land about the size of Amenria's farms. Virtually all arable land is used for food crops. Ascion is the world's largest producer of fish and wheat, and is among the principal sources of rice, corn (maize), tobacco, soybeans, potatoes and other staple foods. Major non-food crops furnish Ascion with a small proportion of its foreign trade revenue. Yields are high because of intensive cultivation, for example, Ascion's cropland area is only 55% of the Amenria total, but still produces a large amount, nearing that of the neighbouring Amenria, as a result of the current breakthrough in farming technology such as vertical farming, hydroponics, and terraforming deserts into farmlands.
Since 2045, Ascion has been the world largest exporter of fish and fish products. In 2047, exports, including aquatic plants, were valued at UN𐌀7.7 billion, with Amenria, African Union and the Europes as its main consumer. In 2047, the Ascionese fishing industry harvested 3,190,946 tonnes of fish from wild fisheries and another 114,752 tonnes from aquaculture, making Ascion the leading producer of fish.
Before 2045, Ascion's energy production has grown dramatically, as has the proportion allocated to domestic consumption. Currently, some 50 percent of all power is generated from wind and solar power, with about 30 percent at nuclear energy installations; around 15 percent from geothermal installations and the remaining percentage from coal and oil. In addition, each geographical regions are often abundant of most energy sectors, making each States self-sufficient in generating energy. For example, the State of San Andreas alone has both on-shore and off-shore wind farm, a solar farm, fusion reactors, as well as geothermal stations, enough to supply the republic and sometimes experience a over-supplied in which the surplus are transferred into other neighbouring states.
Currently, the largest wind farm is the off-shore windfarm of Cabo de Hornos, located about 15km from the tip of the South American continent, generating almost 20 TW (Terawatt) electricity. While Darwin Solar Farm, located in the north-central part of Australia is currently the largest solar-power installation, generating almost 5000 MW, currently supplying the whole area of Oceania and Zealandia via a 4,500km high-voltage direct current (HVDC) network.
Mining contributes about 5.6% of Ascion's Gross Domestic Product. This is up from only 2.6% in 2044. In contrast, mineral exports contribute around 35% of Ascion's exports. Ascion is the world's largest exporter of coal (35% of international trade), iron ore, lead, diamonds, rutile, zinc and zirconium, gold and uranium, and second largest of aluminium. A number of large state-owned and private enterprises conducts their mining operation mostly in Australia and Alaska.
Automobile & Manufacturing
Industry and construction account for 46.8% of Ascion's GDP. Major industries include mining and ore processing; iron and steel; aluminium; coal; machinery; armaments; textiles and apparel; petroleum; cement; chemical; fertilizers; food processing; automobiles and other transportation equipment including rail cars and locomotives, ships, and aircraft; consumer products including footwear, toys, and electronics; telecommunications and information technology. Its strength as an export platform has contributed to incomes and employment in Ascion. Ascion is the largest electric automobile manufacturer, as well as the largest battery manufacturer, with most of the companies operate their production and management out of San Andreas and Japan. Android manufacturing has been one of Ascion's excellence with the emergence of CyberLife Industries, a joint venture SOE. Production mainly focuses on utility androids capable of working in heavy industries and power plants.
Science & Technology
Ascion has made significant investments in scientific research and is quickly catching up with the Amenria in R&D spending, thanks to its massive population of awakeneds. Science and technology are seen as vital for achieving Ascion's economic and political goals, and are held as a source of national pride to a degree sometimes described as "techno-nationalism".
Ascion is developing its education system with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Ascionese technology companies such as Antares and Halcyon have become world leaders in telecommunications and personal computing, and Ascionese supercomputers are consistently ranked among the world's most powerful. Ascion has been the world's largest market for industrial robots and androids since 2045 and will account for 45% of newly installed robots and household androids.
Ascion has a population of 658 million in the 2047 census, however this number is expected to have exceeded 660 million in 2048. It is the second most populous country on the planet, behind only Amenria. This population is primarily dominated by Austronesians (Polynesians, Melanesians, Micronesians and Malayo-Polynesians) who make up around 36% of the population, with the next largest demographic being the Altais (East Asians) at around 32%, with the remaining are Indo-Europeans (White Americans, Hispanics), Mestizo and Amerindians.
English is the de facto national language of the Union. Although there is no official language at the federal level, some laws—such as Ascionese naturalization requirements—standardize English, and most states have declared English as the official language. Three states and four U.S. territories have recognized local or indigenous languages in addition to English, including Hawaii (Hawaiian), Alaska (twenty Native languages), New Zealand (Maori), Philippines (Tagalog), Chile and South American states (Mapuche), Pacific islands (Chamorro and other pacifican languages), and Sakhalin (Ainu).
Ascion has a fairly high birth rate, with 12.8 people born per 1000 women, higher than the average seen in the planet, but this is beginning to decrease as technology progresses within the country and more families choose to not have children. Life expectancy in Ascion is 94.6 years for men and 99.1 years for women, which has risen in recent years due to a major breakthrough in technological advancement. Ascion encourages immigration, especially from states formally within its borders, and the government has launched many programs to assist immigrations in settling down in Ascion. Despite this, there is still large social prejudice against immigrant populations, especially those originating from Amenria.