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Caithia

Mormaerdom of Caithia

Tir Ynys Cyth (Caithian)
Mormaerdha na Cait (Ghaillish)
Flag of Caithia
Flag
Coat of arms of Caithia
Coat of arms
Motto: "Ein Ynysoedd, Diogelu"
"Our Islands, Defend"

Royal anthemAn Rí Márta
"The King's March"
Caithia EC.png
Location of Caithia (dark green)
– in Euclea (green & dark grey)

– in the Euclean Community (green)
Capital
and largest settlement
Lloidas
Official languagesGhaillish
Caithian
Ethnic groups
72.7% Caithian
22.4% Ghaillish
4.9% other
Religion
Church of Caldia
Demonym(s)Caithian
GovernmentDevolved government within a parliamentary constitutional monarchy
• Mormaer
Kenneth IV
• Governor
Órla Ní Fhlannagáin
Duane ap Drummond
LegislatureCynulliad
Autonomy 
• First Tenic settlement
600s BCE
• Arrival of the Verique
1200s CE
• Autonomy granted
11 June 1978
Area
• Total
490.44 km2 (189.36 sq mi)
Population
• 2018 estimate
46,128
GDP (PPP)2017 estimate
• Total
$0.9 billion
• Per capita
$20,192
CurrencyEuclo (EUC (€))
Time zoneEuclean Standard Time
Date formatdd-mm-yy
Driving sideright
Calling code+66
Internet TLD.gl

Caithia (Caithian: Ynys Cyth, Ghaillish: Cait), officially the Mormaerdom of Caithia (Caithian: Tir Ynys Cyth, Ghaillish: Mormaerdha na Cait) is an autonomous county within the Kingdom of Caldia, located in northern Euclea. The islands host 46,128 residents, the majority of whom are Caithian. Ghaillish and the native Caithian hold the status of co-official languages on the islands.

Evidence of human activity on the islands dates back to the 7000s BCE, with Tenic influence beginning in the 600s BCE. The Caithians diverged from the Ghailles, becoming the sole members of the Caithian branch of Insular Tenic. The islands were feared by ancient Euclean navigators, known for their screaming woad-wearing tribesmen. Starting in the 1200s CE, the Verique who had established themselves as the lords of Caldia sent expeditions to claim the islands for the Crown. It was subsumed into the Ghaillish realm, and operated largely as a normal lordship.

In 1678, the Verique dynasty of the islands died out, and Queen Fiona VII came into possession of the islands, turning it into royal domain. A summer-and-lake-house was constructed on the islands as an additional royal residence. Throughout the late 1800s, as nationalism arose across Euclea, a Caithian national identity emerged. In 1978, after pro-independence protests erupted across the island, Caithia was granted limited autonomy from the Ghaillish Crown in the Caithian Home Rule Bill. The level of autonomy experienced by Caithia has been gradually increasing over the years, but a stark divide exists between unionist and separatist factions on the islands.

The fishing and oil industries are major employers on the islands, together providing 21% of GNP, while the Ghaillish Ministry of Defence contributes a further 11%. Caithia exists under the same administration as Caldia, and is considered an autonomous county. The head of state is Mormaer Kenneth IV, represented by Governor Órla Ní Fhlannagáin, while Chief Minister Duane ap Drummond acts as the head of government, commanding a majority in the Cynulliad.

History

Early and pre-Ghaillish history

A medieval Caithian illustration, showing a giant help to create the stone circles at Hogam.

Caithia is believed to have been inhabited continuously for close to nine millennia, with evidence of human activity dating back to the 7000s BCE on Great Cyth and the early 6000s on Lesser Cyth. These neolithic and bronze age cultures are largely lost to history. The islands took on a distinctly Tenic character from the 600s BCE onward. Much like the Caldish Isles, the Tenic influence is thought to have been derived from a number of continental Tenic peoples who migrated to the islands. From among these, a subgroup of the Ghailles became dominant, diverging from other Ghailles and emerging as the Caithian people, the sole members of the Caithian branch of Insular Tenic.

Although the islands were charted by Solarian navigators, they never came under the control of the Solarian Empire. Exaggerated tales of screaming tribesmen painted in woad, and the relative insignificance of the islands, caused most ancient explorers and conquers the simply let them be. During this time, the islands were in a state of low-level conflict between rivaling petty lords and druids. Following the fall of Solaria, little changed on the islands, though by 830 CE they had been united under the first King-in-Woad, Morcant I. Under this new leadership, the Caithians began extensively raiding their neighbours, earning their ire. By the end of the 10th century, the islanders were held in contempt across the North Sea, derided as pagan barbarians.

Arrival of the Verique and Caldish Caithia

Modern history and devolution

Geography

Climate

Fauna and flora

Politics and government

Following the introduction of home rule through devolution, the Caithian government has gained limited executive power over local affairs. Kenneth IV, King of Caldia, acts as head of state through his role as the Mormaer of Caithia. In the islands themselves, he is represented by Órla Ní Fhlannagáin, the Governor of Caithia. The role of head of government and most executive power resides with the Chief Minister, who alongside the 32-member Cynulliad can exercise limited legislative power.

Political parties

Logo Party Leader Seats in the Cynulliad Ideology Affiliation
Forward logo.png Forward
Ymlaen
Ar Aghaidh
Official portrait of Owen Smith crop 2.jpg Duane ap Drummond
9 / 32
Social democracy
Caithian autonomy
Homeland logo.png Homeland
Mamwlad
Tír Dhúchais
Gerry Adams (official portrait) (cropped).jpg Einion ap Calder
7 / 32
Democratic socialism
Left nationalism
Caithian separatism
Trawlers Interest logo.png Trawlers' Interest
Diddordeb Dreillong
Ús Trawlaí
Official portrait of Simon Hart crop 2.jpg Ieuan ap Dafyd
6 / 32
Centrism
Agrarianism
Caldish unionism
Centre
Glytter Social Democrats Logo.png Social Democrats in Caithia
Democratiaid Cymdeithasol
Daonlathaithe Sóisialta
Official portrait of Carolyn Harris crop 2.jpg Aoife Nic Dhiarmaid
4 / 32
Social democracy
Caldish unionism
Social Democrats
Liberty & Justice logo.png Liberty and Justice
Rhyddid a Chyfiawnder
Saoirse agus Ceartas
Official portrait of Stephen Kinnock crop 2.jpg Carwyn ap Gruffudd
4 / 32
Libertarianism
Caldish unionism
Liberty
Caithian Pride logo.png Caithian Pride
Balchder Cyth
Bród na Cait
Official portrait of Jonathan Edwards crop 2.jpg Meredudd ap Pennant
1 / 32
Conservatism
Caithian ethno-nationalism
Caithian separatism
26 movement logo.png 26 Movement
26 Symudiad
26 Gluaiseacht
Official portrait of Mr David Jones crop 2.jpg Mícheál Ó Faoláin
1 / 32
Conservatism
Caldish unionism
National Party

Administrative divisions

Caithia is comprised of two main inhabited islands and a number of smaller islets, which have no legal recognition. They are officially divided into 16 parishes (Caithian: plwyf; Ghaillish: paróiste). Parishes are defined as either town, village or rural parishes, though the distinction is solely in name. Despite their existence, the parishes exercise and experience few legal rights or responsibilities, and are primarily utilised for census-taking and electoral purposes. The parish is the only level of recognized administrative division in Caithia.

Map showing the 16 parishes.
Island Class Parish Area km2 Population
Great Cyth Town Lloidas 9.10 13,275
Town Port Teduin 2.45 7,890
Village Arianaid 3.42 2,409
Village Caerhen 4.16 1,680
Village Bláthnaidville 9.30 1,396
Rural Dubras 50.19 1,138
Rural Elfed 77.69 1,045
Rural Avon 42.71 1,006
Rural Arden 59.98 990
Rural Merthyr 46.52 787
Rural Rhos 78.72 676
Lesser Cyth Town Sinodun 7.97 9,141
Village Fionnbaile 4.45 1,719
Rural Bryn 27.15 1,071
Rural Penrhyn 38.50 997
Rural Llannerch 28.13 908

Relationship with Caldia

Relationship with the Euclean Community

Demographics

Ethnicity in Caithia
Ethnicity Percentage
Caithian
72.7%
Ghaille
22.4%
Other
4.9%

According to a 2018 estimate, the population of Caithia is 46,128. Roughly 70% of the population resides on Great Cyth, the remaining 30% belonging to Lesser Cyth. Loidas, the capital and largest parish, has a population of 13,275, hosting almost 29% of the total population.

The islands are home to two main ethnic groups; the majority Caithian people comprise 72.7% of the population, while the Ghailles comprise only 22.4%, but hold political and economic influence far outweighing their smaller numbers. There have been examples of ethnic tension between these two groups, particularly prior to home rule in 1978. The non-Tenic population is minimal, comprising less than 5% of the total population. Roughly half of these are estimated to be other Euclean groups, with the remainder expected to be a diverse ethnic mix. A significant proportion of the non-Tenic population is thought to be active in the oil industry and the significant military presence on the islands.

Language

Religion

Economy

Fishing and whaling

Oil and natural gas

Culture

Music

Sport

Cuisine

Public holidays and festivals