United Kingdom of Aswick and Scotia
Motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin)
Anthem: "Aswick the brave"
Map of Aswick, oriented south
and largest city
|Ethnic groups||70% Aswickan|
• Prime Minister
|115,500 km2 (44,600 sq mi)|
• 2017 census
|547.3/km2 (1,417.5/sq mi)|
|GDP (nominal)||2018 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Aswickan Pound (ASP)|
Aswick, officially the United Kingdom of Aswick and Scotia, is a sovereign monarchy in central Astyria. In the first decade of the seventeenth century, Aswick and Scotia signed the Acts of Union, thereby unifying the two countries into one. For a time, the country was a puppet state of Aquitayne. It is a founding member of the Astyrian Treaty Organization. The country is bordered by Thomaion to the west, Glisandia to the North, Belka to the East, and PLACEHOLDER to the south.
Aswick is a founding member of the Astyrian Treaty Organization, though it left the pact in 2017 to pursue other alliances.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Dependencies
- 4 Government & Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
Pre Colonial era
The Aswickan people originally came from the area that is now known as Caledonia. Unhappy with life there, they moved south where they began forming clans. The strongest of these clans was that of House Stonebridge's, and quickly united part of what is now the United Kingdom of Aswick and Scotia into the Kingdom of Aswick.
On 1 May 1207, the united Kingdom of Aswick and Scotia came into being, the result of Acts of Union declared by the King of Aswick and Scotia to ratify the 1205 Treaty of Union and so unite the two kingdoms. Not long after that, there were two civil wars known as the Wars of the [insert thing] between the Aswickans and the Scotian people. After the first war, the Scotians' rights were severely limited. After their second attempt at Scotian independence the King decided to get rid of the worst of the troublemakers and banished them.
This United Kingdom was ruled by the House of Stonebridge for over three hundred years, until 1536. In that year, a pretender from the House of Castletown claimed the throne. The Royal family was forced to flee, and they sought refuge in Aquitayne.
The new King maintained the status-quo during his 50-year reign. Meanwhile in Aquitayne, the former King, Richard, was granted a minor County that amounted to little more than a token gift. Over time, the County grew and became prosperous, allowing the son of the King to raise a force that would become the core of an Aquitaynian Army. Having successfully petitioned the Aquitaynian crown, he was put in command of an Aquitaynian expedition to claim Aswick for Aquitayne.
In 1587, precisely 51 years after being ousted from the lands, the Stonebridge family returned to Aswick. In that same year, the armies of Aquitayne and Aswick clashed. While they fought valiantly, the Aswickan soldiers could simply not stand up against the superior might of the Aquitaynian troops. Following a decisive victory, the Stonebridge-led forces marched to the capital. A short siege ensued, but after a month the defenders surrendered.
Richard the second was installed as the ruler of the country, and was given the title "Prince of Aswick".
Aswick as a puppet
In the 1650's, Aquitayne was annexed by the Empire of Exponent. Aswick, being part of Aquitayne, was forced to join the empire as well. Imperial forces arrived not long after, though they remained mostly in the city of New Atlium.
In 1734, Aquitayne declared its independence from Exponent. Aswick was thus faced with an important decision, but ultimately decided to join Aquitayne and declared independence from the Empire. Whatever forced Aswick could rally were rallied, and so began the Aswickan war of independence.
The war was bloody for both sides. Aswick could not match Imperial forces man for man, and while there certainly were big battles, overall the Aswickan war effort relied on guerrilla tactics. Ambushing supply convoys and unsuspecting troops became the order of the day. Aswick made the Imperial forces bleed every day they stayed in the country.
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Independent once more
Great Astyrian War 1
During the first Great Astyrian War, Aswickan troops fought in the Blackhelm Confederacy along with Aquitaynes. As the casualties went up, and the demands for new troops kept growing, discontent with Aquitayne rose. The people began calling for an end to the war, and for a break with Aswick's best friend Aquitayne.
Though they got part of their wish when Aswickan troops pulled out of the peninsula, the Aswickan King refused to break entirely with Aquitayne, though Aswick did begin to distance itself from the country.
During the interwar period, the still newly crowned King had a lot to do. For one, he needed to build an entirely new economic infrastructure. Before the war Aswick had had a lot of help from Aquitayne, but the country was now wanting to distance itself. One of the many changes was the decimalisation of the Aswickan currency, settling on shillings and pounds.
The Aswickan Armed Forces also underwent a modernisation. New equipment and tactics were bought or developed for the Army. The newly created Air Force received state of the art aeroplanes, and the Navy began construction of modern battleships and even a carrier.
Great Astyrian War 2
To be added later
In 2007, Scotia declared its independence from Aswick. They had been preparing this for several years, and as a result the Aswickan Army was unable to defeat the Pictish forces. An 8-year stalemate followed. Aswick had been too proud to call for help from Aquitayne. They had to prove that they could handle this internal problem on their own.
In 2016, the King finally pushed aside his pride, and called for help from Aquitayne by invoking the Aswickan Guarantee, signed in 1963. They accepted, and with Aquitaynian help the Aswickan forces managed to push Scotia forces back. Ultimately, they capitulated, and rejoined the union.
As of 2017, Army forces are still in place in Scotia in a police capacity, though a drawdown has begun, and is expected to be completed in 2018 when the last of the new police force has been trained.
In August of 2017, Aswick narrowly avoided entering a shooting war with the United States of Caprica in the West Caprican Sea.
Government & Politics
Aswick has a parliament that consists of the House of Commons of Aswick, and the House of Lords. These being the lower and the upper house respectively. While the King still wields absolute powers, it is Government's prerogative to assist the monarch in his duties.
|Name||Abr.||No. of MPs|
|Scotian National Party||SNP||38|
First Lord of the Treasury
|The Rt Hon. John Borisson MP||Aswickan Party|
|First Secretary of State
Minister for the Cabinet Office
|The Rt Hon Michael Gibbs MP|
|Chancellor of the Exchequer
Second Lord of the Treasury
|The Rt Hon. Mitchell Darsby MP|
|Secretary of State for the Home Department||The Rt Hon. Oscar Flannán MP|
|Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs||The Rt Hon. Russell Parker MP|
|Secretary of State for Defence||The Rt Hon Sir Richard Bush MP|
|Secretary of State for International Trade
President of the Board of Trade
|The Rt Hon. Elvin Morna MP|
|Secretary of State for Justice
|The Rt Hon. Kristy London MP|
|Secretary of State for Education
Minister for Women and Equalities
|The Rt Hon. Ashlie Bronagh MP|
|Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy||The Rt Hon. Webster Sibéal MP|
|Secretary of State for Health||The Rt Hon. Arthur Calum MP|
|Secretary of State for Work and Pensions||The Rt Hon. Shaw Headly MP|
|Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Privy Seal
|The Rt Hon. The Baron Ross of Ross HL|
|Secretary of State for Transport||The Rt Hon. Terrence McNabb MP|
|Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government||The Rt Hon. Uilleag Cox MP|
|Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||The Rt Hon. Donovan O'Hannigain MP|
|Secretary of State for International Development||The Rt Hon. Brogan Powers MP|
|Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport||The Rt Hon. Cole Virgo MP|
|Also attending Cabinet Meetings|
|Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council
|The Rt Hon. Lanford MacClery MP|
|Chief Whip in the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
|The Rt Hon. Laurie Warner MP|
|Chief Secretary to the Treasury||The Rt Hon. Coby Banks MP|
|Attorney General||The Rt Hon. Kevin McIntyre KC MP|
|Minister of State for the Home Office||The Rt Hon. Willard Lyndon MP|
Law and criminal justice
Aswick is best friends with Aq. The best of friends. I know friends, and let me tell you: better friends have never existed.
The armed forces of Aswick—officially, His Majesty's Armed Forces—consist of three professional service branches: the Royal Navy and Royal Marines (forming the Naval Service), the Royal Aswickan Army and the Royal Air Froce. The forces are managed by the Ministry of Defence and controlled by the Defence Council, chaired by the Secretary of State for Defence. The Commander-in-Chief is the Aswickan monarch, William I, to whom members of the forces swear an oath of allegiance. The Armed Forces are charged with protecting Aswick and its overseas territories, promoting the country's global security interests and supporting international peacekeeping efforts. They are active and regular participants in several international coalitions, including dotdotdot.
|New South Faer||New Atlium|
|Arran and Dundee||Newcastle|
|Shepard and Ascension||Middleham|
Science and technology
Water supply and sanitation
The Aswickan Office for National Statistics performs a census nationally every five years, the most recent one being from 2017. in 2017, the office reported a total population of 63,181,775 people. This gives the country a population density of 547.3 people per square kilometres. The census also reported that Scotia's population was 5,104,271.
In 2017, women across the country had an average of 1.92 children per woman. Though rising after a large drop in the 90s, it still remains considerably below the baby boom peak in the 60s, and below the replacement rate of 2.0.
The Office for National Statistics also published a report in 2019, stating that out of the country's population of 16 and over, 1.8% openly identified as a member of the LGBT community, with 3.9% giving answers of "other", "don't know", or refused to respond.
|Largest urban areas of Aswick |
|Rank||Urban area||Pop.||Principal settlement||Rank||Urban area||Pop.||Principal settlement|
|1||Greater Winchester Urban Area||9,787,426||Winchester, Aswick||11||Erinburgh City Council||617,280||Erinburgh|
|2||Greater Jamestown Urban Area||2,553,379||Jamestown||12||Urban Area||508,916||Gloster|
|3||New Atlium City Council||2,440,986||New Atlium||13||Greater Paisley Area||488,610||Paisley|
|4||Radcliffe and Newbury Urban Area||1,777,934||Radcliffe||14||Arran and Dundee built-up area||483,418||Arran|
|5||Greater Newcastle Urban area||1,199,629||Newcastle||15||Lanarke City Council||474,485||Lanarke|
|6||East Colne Urban Area||864,122||Lydbury||16||Lake District||466,266||Cardiff|
|7||Sandown Island Authority||855,569||Bamburgh||17||Errentside||390,214||Derry|
|8||Preston City Council||774,891||Preston||18||North Winchester||376,633||Hastings|
|9||West Sheffield Urban Area||729,977||Sherbourne||19||Douglas Urban Area||372,775||Douglas|
|10||Norrich Urban Area||685,368||Norrich||20||Stamford and Chatterick Urban Area||359,262||Stamford|
Healthcare in Aswick is a devolved matter and each country has its own system of private and publicly funded health care, together with alternative, holistic and complementary treatments. Public healthcare is provided to all Aswickan permanent residents and is mostly free at the point of need, being paid for from general taxation. Since 1979 expenditure on healthcare has been increased significantly to bring it closer to the average. Aswick spends around 8.4% of its gross domestic product on healthcare, which is 0.5 percentage points below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average.
Regulatory bodies are organised on a country-wide basis such as the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and non-governmental-based, such as the Royal Colleges. However, political and operational responsibility for healthcare lies with four national executives; healthcare in Aswick is the responsibility of the Aswickan Government; healthcare in the Islands is the responsibility of the Islands Executive; and healthcare in Scotia is the responsibility of the Scotian Government. Each National Health Service has different policies and priorities, resulting in contrasts.
- 2017 census by the Office for National Statistics
- Census by the Office for National Statistics, Scotia office
- Office of National Statistics: Report on sexuality