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Aucuria

Aucurian Republic

Aukurijos Respublika
Avkür Respublika
Flag of Aucuria
Flag
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Coat of arms
Motto: Libertas Omnia Vincit
Liberty Conquers All
Anthem: Aucurian name here
TBD
Political map of Aucuria
Political map of Aucuria
Physical map of Aucuria
Physical map of Aucuria
Capital
and largest city
Kalnaspilis
Official languagesAucurian
Recognised regional languagesAtlian
Demonym(s)Aucurian
Governmentunitary presidential republic
• President
Pantaleimonas Uspelevičius
• Speaker
Sulislova Petraitytė
LegislatureSaeimas
Establishment
• Unification
1025
• Republic
1790
Area
• Total
66,002 km2 (25,484 sq mi)
• Water (%)
1.77%
Population
• 2014 estimate
11,360,284
• 2012 census
11,335,067
GDP (PPP)2012 estimate
• Total
$365.96 billion
• Per capita
$32,285.64
GDP (nominal)2012 estimate
• Total
$404.28 billion
• Per capita
$35,666.30
Gini (2014)Steady 35.4
medium
HDI (2014)Increase 0.863
very high
Currencysvāras (₺) (ASV)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy (CE)
Driving sideright
Calling code+372
ISO 3166 codeAK
Internet TLD.ak

Aucuria (Aucurian: Aukurija; Atlian: Avküriye), officially the Aucurian Republic (Aucurian: Aukurijos Respublika; Atlian: Avkür Respublika), is a unitary presidential republic located in the Esquarian continent of Borea. An island country located in the Central Ocean off the coast of West Borea, Aucuria shares naval borders with Razaria and Nunalik to the northeast. It has a population of roughly 11.3 million people; its capital and largest city is Kalnaspilis.

Aucuria's history is unclear before its conquest in 416 CE by the Neo-Sepcan Empire. Located on the fringes of the empire and across the Cursenic Strait, Sepcan control over Aucuria was tenuous and periodically intermittent, with Aucuria serving as a shelter for rival courts on at least one occasion and becoming effectively, though not formally, independent by the 8th century. Nominal control of Aucuria by Sepcan pretenders was finally destroyed by the 917-922 Atlian invasion. The country was reunified in 1025 by Viltautas I, who subsequently proclaimed himself king. Territorial conflicts between the Kingdom of Aucuria and Atlian Khanate over the country's southwest dominated much of the Middle Ages; increased contact with Nordanoconitia in the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately gave Aucuria the upper hand in these conflicts, and Atlia was annexed in 1773. Increased contact with Nordanoconitia also led to the spread of Renaissance and Enlightenment ideals, manifested as syncary, in Aucuria during this period. Several years of intense famine led to the 1790-1792 Aucurian Revolution and the establishment of the Aucurian Republic. The country was run as a dictatorship for roughly eighty years following the Grey Putsch, but democracy was restored and equal rights extended to Atlians following the 1952 Velvet Revolution.

Located across the coast of western Borea, Aucuria has a maritime climate, with comparatively mild summers and winters. The country's terrain is largely flat, dotted with small lakes and swamps and covered with a mixture of grassland, farmland, and forest. Aucuria is particularly known for the fertility of its soil. Nowadays the country has a high-income mixed service economy, though industrial and agricultural production remain important economic sectors. Aucurian agriculture is dominated by the production of cereal crops, sugar beets, rapeseed, and dairy products; Aucurian industry, meanwhile, consists mostly of light industry, textile and furniture manufacturing, and food processing. Mining, timber, and tourism form smaller segments of the country's economy. The country scores highly on human development indices and has a moderate Gini coefficient.

Aucuria is a unitary presidential republic. Executive power at the national level is held by the President of Aucuria, currently Pantaleimonas Uspelevičius, elected by a two-round vote every five years. Legislative power is held by a unicameral legislature, the Saeimas, which consists of 246 members elected using a system of party-list proportional representation. The country's judiciary has two apex courts: the Supreme Court of Aucuria for judicial or criminal matters, and the Constitutional Court of Aucuria for constitutional matters. The country has twelve first-level administrative subdivisions: eleven provinces, and the autonomous province of Atlia. These provinces exercise relatively little autonomy under Aucuria's unitary system, except for Atlia, which exercises substantial devolved powers as per the 1952 Kelbecer Agreement. Aucuria is a member of the Esquarian Community and the International League. Regarded within Esquarium as an exemplar of liberal democracy, the Aucurian government is known for its fervent espousal of human rights internationally and the country is host to several prominent NGOs, including the Barauskas Foundation, Tamkevičius Organization, and Sergėtojai International.

Aucuria is home to two main ethnic groups, the ethnically-Baltic Aucurians and the ethnically-Turkic Atlians. Ethnic Aucurians make up roughly 80% of the country's population, with ethnic Atlians forming another 15%. The remaining 5% consists of various other ethnic groups, many of them asylees sheltered by the Aucurian government. While country has a substantial Tastanist minority, the majority of Aucurians practice the traditional religion of Miskism, while Atlians largely practice their own traditional religion, called Kelemism. Aucuria has a strong artistic tradition, particularly in the areas of music and dance, but the country is also known for its literature and visual art.

Etymology

Most linguists agree that the English "Aucuria" is ultimately derived from the Aucurian word aukuras, referring to the fire altars typically used in Miskist rituals, as are its Aucurian and Atlian equivalents. Aukuras, related to the term auka ("offering" or "sacrifice") is believed to come from the proto-Pan-Esquarian verb h₂ewg-, literally "to grow" or "to increase", but often used to mean "to honor" or "to exalt".

Aucuria was referred to by the Neo-Sepcans as Silari (Literary Vitrian: Selariska; Aucurian: Selarija), literally meaning "black duck". This term refers to an avian creature in Sepcan mythology known as the silari, frequently depicted as a giant black-feathered duck with the head of a woman and believed to deliver prophecies and divine revelations. Neo-Sepcan folklore held either that the silari resided in Aucuria, or that the body of the silari became Aucuria after being slain by a hero who disliked the prophecy it gave him, with its black feathers becoming the country's rich black soil.

Silari appears in Neo-Sepcan records dating back to the 2nd century CE, and appears to have been the primary name for the country during the existence of the Neo-Sepcan Empire; Aukurija, by contrast, is not attested before 779 CE. Silari appears to have rapidly fallen out of favor after the empire's collapse, however, and was wholly supplanted by Aukurija by the 11th century.

History

Prehistory and Antiquity

[prehistory]

[400s - neosepcans conquer aucuria, but precarious political position on the edge of the empire forces them to make compromises with local lords; they last for a bit]

[900s - atlians, under a warrior-sailor-king, come in and sack everything, driving the neosepcans out]

Medieval period

[1025 - aucurian warlord unifies enough to declare himself king; during this period most cultural alignment is with borea; rytokai-bajorai/leičiai-laukininkai-šeimynykščiai arrangement]

[atlian-aucurian wars throughout middle ages; atlia flourishing at this point]

[1500s-1600s, laukininkai become the miestininkai, aucurian trade ties with nordanoconitia grow just in time for the renaissance; aucuria flourishes culturally and gains the upper hand militarily]

Modern era

[1700s - aucuria conquers atlia; nordanoconitian connections mean that the enlightenment hits like a ton of bricks and the entire country larps latins while reimagining sualny]

[this plus famine means aucurian revolution; early republic does well for itself but shits on atlians; things go downhill 1850s-1870s and grey regime happens]

[factional divisions in the grey regime eventually end it; aucurian democracy restored; up to the present]

Geography

[flat; some topography in atlia, though; rivers, swamps, small lakes; something like 40% of the country is forest]

Climate

[maritime climate; insert climate chart here]

Wildlife

Politics

Governance

Aucuria is a unitary presidential republic, known in Esquarium for its strong liberal, democratic, and republican traditions. The Aucurian government is regulated by a system of checks and balances defined in the country's constitution and its amendments, and by the Declaration of the Rights of the People, the Aucurian bill of rights.

The President of Aucuria oversees the executive branch of the government, serves as the country's head of state and head of government, acts as commander-in-chief of the Aucurian Armed Forces, can veto bills before they become law (unless overruled by a two-thirds majority in the Saeimas) and issue executive orders, and nominates cabinet ministers, judges, and other national officers (who must be approved by the Saeimas). The president is elected directly in a two-round vote for a five-year term, and is limited to two terms in office. The current president is Pantaleimonas Uspelevičius, who was elected in 2017. Directly beneath the president is the Cabinet of Aucuria, which serves as an advisory body to the precedent and oversees Aucuria's fifteen government ministries and various independent agencies.

Aucuria's legislature is the Saeimas, a unicameral body with 246 seats. These seats are apportioned among Aucuria's provinces by population following each census. Members are elected by province every two years using a system of party-list proportional representation; a party must receive at least 5% of the vote to receive representation. The Saeimas holds the legislative initiative and must approve all national laws, approves treaties, declares war, and holds the power of the purse, and the ability to bring impeachment proceedings before the Supreme or Constitutional Court. Since 1952, the Saeimas has typically been dominated by the Labor Party, National Alliance, and Agrarian League, leading some political analysts to term Aucuria a "three-party system"; the breakdown of seats between these three parties has almost always required a coalition between at least two of the three major parties, as well as the support of smaller parties, in order to pass legislation. The current majority legislative coalition in the Saeimas consists of the Labor Party, Agrarian League, and Left Alliance.

Since 1952, Aucuria has had two apex courts: the Supreme Court of Aucuria and the Constitutional Court of Aucuria.

Administrative divisions

Province Governorship Municipality Capital
Alytija.png Alytia POL Szczecin flag.svg Upėtils Hälsingland landskapsvapen - Riksarkivet Sverige.png Molėtai Molėtai
Medelpad vapen.svg Telšiai Telšiai
POL Szczecin COA.svg Upėtils Upėtils
ZasalesVoivodeFlag.png Žašales Västerbotten vapen.svg Akmenas Akmenas
Coat of arms of Mazeikiai (Lithuania).png Kazimierapolė Kazimierapolė
Wappen Ostein.svg Vištytis Vištytis
Coat of arms of Širvintos (Lithuania).png Žašales Žašales
 Atlia Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (1983).svg Ayınehir Coat of arms of Illyria.png Ağrı Ağrı
Insigne minus Turciae.svg Ayınehir Ayınehir
Coat of Arms of Ilūkste.svg Kayalıklar Kayalıklar
Flag of Egypt (1882-1922).svg Çomertdağ 22px Çomertdağ Çomertdağ
Coat of arms of Lviv.svg Malatya Malatya
Flag of Algeria.svg Qımit Coat of arms Algeria (1830-1962).svg Kavlatan Kavlatan
Emblem of Algeria (1962-1971).svg Qımit Qımit
Kokbayraq flag.svg Şehiray Coat of arms of Lower Saxony.svg Ayancık Ayancık
Герб Мурманской области.svg Esbüyeli Esbüyeli
Coat of arms of Sarajevo.svg Kelbecer Kelbecer
Sehirayshield.png Şehiray Şehiray
Atverija.png Atveria Flag of Hrodna.svg Auksūdys Coat of arms of Hrodna.svg Auksūdys Auksūdys
LVA Lutriņu pagasts COA.png Rūdiškiu Rūdiškiu
ElektrenaiVoivodeFlag.png Elektrėnai Elektrenai COA.svg Elektrėnai Elektrėnai
DEU Wurmannsquick COA.svg Kaišiadorys Kaišiadorys
KalvarijaVoivodeFlag.png Kalvarija COA family pl Jagiellon.svg Kalvarija Kalvarija
Wappen Duggendorf.svg Malienas Malienas
Flag of the city of Polotsk Belarus.svg Laižuotas Coat of Arms of Połack, Belarus.svg Laižuotas Laižuotas
Brdy CZ CoA.png Lapius Lapius
Utena County COA.png Revoliūciapolė Revoliūciapolė
Wappen Zuettlingen.svg Šakynos Šakynos
Royal Arms of Belgium.svg Skuodas Skuodas
Flag of Thuringia.svg Rietavas DEU Landkreis Birkenfeld COA.svg Kužius Kužius
POL województwo lubelskie COA.svg Rietavas Rietavas
Flag of Canton of Bern.svg Sūrokaspilis Läänemaa vapp.svg Ignalina Ignalina
Skene-vapen.svg Pakruojis Pakruojis
Coa Switzerland Town Bern.svg Sūrokaspilis Sūrokaspilis
Flag of the Transcaucasian Federation.svg Calvonia Flag of Transcarpathian Oblast.svg Laukuvos Karpatska Ukraina-2 COA.svg Laukuvos Laukuvos
Viljandimaa vapp.svg Pravieniškės Pravieniškės
SvetkiaiVoivodeFlag.png Švētkiai Võrumaa vapp.svg Aknīste Aknīste
Uusimaa.vaakuna.svg Švētkiai Švētkiai
Maziaulija.png Masialia Svensk flagg 1815.svg Ežekai Armoiries Suède moderne.svg Ežekai Ežekai
Et-Pärnu maakond-coa.svg Raudėnas Raudėnas
KalnaspilsVoivodeFlag.png Kalnaspilis LVA Ērgļu novads COA.png Antakalnis Antakalnis
Et-Järva maakond-coa.svg Kalnaspilis Kalnaspilis
Pirkanmaa.vaakuna.svg Kupiškis Kupiškis
Small coat of arms of Estonia.svg Lazdynai Lazdynai
SiejnisaVoivodeFlag.png Kupraliai Akershus våpen.svg Biržai Biržai
COA family sv Magnus Ladulås.svg Kupraliai Kupraliai
MariunisVoivodeFlag.png Mariunis Värmland vapen.svg Anykščiai Anykščiai
Rietavas COA.gif Mariunis Mariunis
Coat of arms of Taurage (Lithuania).png Vilkpėdė Vilkpėdė
POL województwo kujawsko-pomorskie flag.svg Tiškevičiai Halland vapen.svg Paneriai Paneriai
POL województwo kujawsko-pomorskie COA.svg Tiškevičiai Tiškevičiai
Flag of Belarus (1918, 1991–1995).svg Pancratea CelunasVoivodeFlag.png Cēlunas POL powiat szczecinecki COA.svg Cēlunas Cēlunas
Coat of Arms of Slutsk, Belarus.svg Vilhelmapolė Vilhelmapolė
VilkietaiVoivodeFlag.png Vilkietai Värmland vapen.svg Dainava Dainava
Dalarna vapen.svg Skverneliai Skverneliai
POL gmina Bielice COA alt.svg Vilkietai Vilkietai
Pusisalija.png Pusisalia Flag of Alytus.gif Dienčausas Østfold våpen.svg Aukštelkės Aukštelkės
Coat of arms of Alytus (Lithuania).png Dienčausas Dienčausas
Rogaland våpen.svg Obelius Obelius
MiezislaukaiVoivodeFlag.png Miežislaukai Hedmark våpen.svg Kėdainiai Kėdainiai
Coat of arms of Vidzeme.svg Miežislaukai Miežislaukai
SciopileVoivodeFlag.png Saldutiškis Vest-Agder våpen.svg Saldutiškis Saldutiškis
Öland vapen.svg Telšius Telšius
Naval Ensign of Latvia.svg Salonia BaznyciaVoivodeFlag.png Baravykas Coat of arms of Zemgale.svg Baravykas Baravykas
Coat of arms of Hungary (1918-1919).svg Žaliakalnis Žaliakalnis
RomunasVoivodeFlag.png Romunas Saaremaa vapp.svg Rinčēvežys Rinčēvežys
Gargzdai COA.gif Romunas Romunas
POL województwo małopolskie flag.svg Sesmia Jõgevamaa lipp.svg Luokė Jõgevamaa vapp.svg Luokė Luokė
Valgamaa vapp.svg Mālupe Mālupe
KrisjansVoivodeFlag.png Mažeikiai Russian coat of arms of Volga Bulgaria.svg Mažeikiai Mažeikiai
Coat of arms of the Faroe Islands.svg Miežiškas Miežiškas
Võro lipp.png Suvania War ensign of the First Slovak Republic.svg Raseiniai Sør-Trøndelag våpen.svg Buivydžiai Buivydžiai
Coat of Arms of the First Slovak Republic.svg Raseiniai Raseiniai
Buskerud våpen.svg Videniskius Videniskius
TauriusVoivodeFlag.png Taurius Kainuu.vaakuna.svg Pavirinčiai Pavirinčiai
Pagegiai COA.gif Taurius Taurius
Flag of Lviv Oblast.svg Telsunia Flag of Denmark.svg Katniava Azure, a bend Or.svg Deltuvos Deltuvos
Coat of arms of Tallinn (small).svg Katniava Katniava
Troms våpen.svg Tverečiaus Tverečiaus
Small Coat of Arms Belgrade.svg Užusaliai Užusaliai
ViliskiusVoivodeFlag.png Viliškius Counts of Holland Arms.svg Kainavos Kainavos
Arms of the Dutch Republic.svg Viliškius Viliškius
Flag of Lithuania (state).svg Videnia POL Sejny flag.svg Pilsēkai Small coat of arms of the Czech Republic.svg Gardinys Gardinys
POL Sejny 1 COA.svg Pilsēkai Pilsēkai
SenacykusVoivodeFlag.png Senačykus POL województwo śląskie COA.svg Pabradės Pabradės
Coat of Arms of Jēkabpils.svg Senačykus Senačykus
Flag of the Free City of Danzig.svg Vytautopolė Pohjois-Savo.vaakuna.svg Kainavos Kainavos
Taurage County COA.png Pajūris Pajūris
Etelä-Pohjanmaan maakunnan vaakuna.svg Seiniai Seiniai
Wappen Freie Stadt Danzig.svg Vytautopolė Vytautopolė
 Aucuria Kalnaspilis

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[mostly aucurian; 10=15% atlian; some other minorities]

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[miskism makes up the majority of aucurians, kelemism the majority of atlians; tastanist and cositene minorities along the eastern coast]

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