Miersan Socialist Republic
Mierska Socjalistyczna Republika
Motto: "Przerwij Łańcuchy!"
"Break the Chains!"
Anthem: La Sobrosienne
Location of East Miersa (dark green) and claimed but uncontrolled territories (light green) in Euclea.
|Capital||Żobrodź (de jure)|
Dyńsk (de facto)
|Recognised regional languages||Kasavrine, Chrebian, Savader, Witterite|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Federal socialist council republic|
|5 March 1687|
|17 January 1936|
• Current constitution
|21 October 1967|
|197,568 km2 (76,281 sq mi)|
• 2017 estimate
|110.04/km2 (285.0/sq mi)|
|GDP (nominal)||2015 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||East Miersan grosz (MWG)|
The Miersan Socialist Republic (Miersan: Mierska Socjalistyczna Republika), also known as East Miersa (Miersan: Mierska Wschodnia), is a sovereign state in central Euclea, comprising the eastern portion of the historical nation of Miersa. It is bordered by Kantemosha and Kirenia to the north, by Aimilia and Gaullica to the east, and Slirnia and the breakaway state of Lemovicia to the south. To the west, it is bordered by West Miersa, though like its western counterpart, East Miersa claims to be the legitimate government of the entire Miersan nation. The country has an area of 197,568 km2 (76,281 sq mi) and a population of 21.7 million. According to the constitution, Żobrodź is the de jure capital, but Dyńsk is the de facto seat of government.
Miersa was first inhabited by the early Marolevs in the late classical period, as the Solarian Empire expanded into the Miersan hinterlands. Although not conquered by Solaria, the Solarians left a definite legacy in the region. The three first significant Miersan states were known as the Three Crowns, with East Miersa largely constituting Wybrzeże. It was united with Zachódnia and Firencja by Romuald the Bold in 1257. The subsequent Miersan Commonwealth became a significant power in central Euclea, at times rivalling neighbouring powers such as Sunrosia. In 1623, the Cesarz died without issue, leading to the Miersan Interregnum and the rise of the Miersan Republic. The Republic would be short-lived, with the monarchs of Gaullica and Soravia both claiming the Miersan throne. The conclusion of the War of the Miersan Succession in 1638 put an end to the Interregnum, with land ceded to both Gaullica and Soravia, and the Duchy of Żobrodź created as a buffer state between the two. In 1687 the First Miersan Revolt saw the final partition of the country. The eastern provinces became part of Gaullica, under which they developed into the industrial heartlands of Miersa.
Following the Great War, Miersa was largely under the occupation of Soravia. Following Soravian posturing and the outbreak of a major general strike, East Miersa was created as a part of the Godfredson Plan, and a CN-monitored DMZ was created. The nascent council republic became a strong ally to Kirenia, and a rival to the Soravian-backed Miersan Sotirian Republic. East Miersa experienced a post-war economic boom, allowing it to economically surpass the west. Internal affairs saw the MSMR effectively rule as a single party until the Rose Revolution in 1967 saw a transititon to a more democratic form of council socialism. In 1979, East Miersa crossed the DMZ, resulting in the Miersan War. The interference of the Community of Nations led to the signing of the Treaty of San Alessandro in 1982, which attempted to normalise relations between the two states.
Today, East Miersa is a federal constitutionally socialist council republic, operating a socialist economy, with a nominal GDP per capita of $25,884. The current Premier is Anna Wlodarska. East Miersa is often considered a middle power in central Euclea, maintaining close ties to Kirenia. East Miersa is a member of the Community of Nations, the ICD, ITO, the OMS, the Mutual Assistance Organisation and AIS. It is an observer of the ASN.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Government and politics
- 5 Economics
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
Miersa is an Estmerish translation of the endonym Mierska, which is believed to be derived from...
Disestablishment and foreign rule
Modern East Miersa
Government and politics
East Miersa is one of two extant constitutionally socialist states in Euclea, with the East Miersan government operating along federal lines. As a council republic, East Miersa is comprised of a number of constituent workers' councils, which elect among themselves councils of increasing levels of importance, the most senior being the General Congress. Politics in East Miersa is officially non-partisan, and political parties are prohibited by law at the national level. Despite this, a level of factionalism remains present, and some politicians organise as part of separate political organisations. Generally, politics is split along policy lines, with Miersan reunification and government investment levels acting as defining issues in particular.
Though powers in East Miersa are generally separated through the existence of multiple powers, the First Secretary of the General Congress tends to be incredibly influential in East Miersan politics, generally acting as a primus inter pares among the membership of the General Congress. The Premier, on the other hand, exists outside the power of the General Congress. While the First Secretary is elected from among the General Congress, the Premier is a directly-elected position which occupies a similar role to a presidency. The Premier assembles the Council of Ministers and works alongside the First Secretary to empower the councils and implement their will at the federal level. The most significant difference between the Premier and the First Secretary is that the former is not bound by an imperative mandate, and therefore is able to operate with greater leniance.
Non-dominant groups (238)
Anti-Obstructionist Club (10)
Environmental Club (33)
Camel Club (8)
Core Values Group (11)
As a council republic, the chief legislature of East Miersa is the General Congress, which acts as the most senior workers' council in the country, consisting of delegates from each constituent workers' council in the Socialist Republic. As such, members of the General Congress are elected through indirect elections, elected by their workers' council, and are bound by an imperative mandate to the council which elected them, meaning that they can be recalled by the workers' council. Recalls are rare, but not unheard of, and requires a two-thirds majority vote from the nominating council. The General Congress is unicameral.
Members of the General Congress are required by law, since the Rose Revolution, to be non-partisan, and not be members of any political party. Political parties are banned from organising in relation to the election of candidates or the procedure of the Congress. Despite this, a number of factions and political clubs are known to operate within the General Congress, but unlike in party systems, these groups are highly informal and are not able to whip votes among members.
The Rosalists (Różalowie) see themselves as continuing the tradition of the Rose Revolution; they are anti-authoritarian and social liberal, generally seen as pragmatic socialists or liberal socialists with more interest in internal growth than Miersan reunification. The Impossibilists (Imposybiliści) consist of syndicalists, radical trade unionists and others who are generally content with the structure of the Socialist Republic, but argue for more direct intervention in the Miersan economy, and a greater committment to Miersan reunification. These two factions are seen to broadly dominate the political scene.
One of the more recent clubs is the Club for Environmental Preservation (Klub Ochrony Środowiska), which espouses eco-socialism and more generally green politics. The Radicals (Radykałowie) sit on the furthest left benches in the Congress, and comprise anarchists and libertarian socialists; the Radicals dispute the legitimacy of the Socialist Republic, instead arguing for a stateless society. Next to them sit the Internationalists (Internacjonaliści), who argue that MASSOR should federate as the first step toward world socialism, and that East Miersa should support socialism globally. The Antitheists (Antyteiści) and the Camel Club (Klub Wielbłądów), however, debate chiefly on the role of religion in the Socialist Republic. While the Antitheists argue from a position of militant atheism and anti-clericalism, the Camel Club supports Sotirian socialism and liberation theology. The Anti-Obstructionist Club (Klub Antyobstrukcjonistyczny) consists of authoritarian socialists and vanguardists who argue that East Miersa should streamline the political system.
Sitting on the right of the Congress are two factions, the Reformists (Reformiści) and the Core Values Group (Grupa Wartości Kluczowych). The Reformists are seen as social democrats in all but name, and tend to favour reform along the lines of Eastern Euclea, while the Core Values Group are social conservatives and generally Miersan nationalists. These factions are joined by a number of truly unaligned delegates, and representatives of minority interest groups.
East Miersa is organised as a federation, and the highest-level subdivisions, known as departments, therefore have a considerable degree of autonomy. Though the partition of Miersa had divided the country based on the historical voivodeships, the departments of the Socialist Republic were drawn-up after the Great War, on economic and cultural lines. The departments are already in position of devolved powers, but this is extended for the Autonomous Socialist Sovereign Republics, which are in possession of further devolved powers in regard to culture and language, and the two automonous cities of Greater Dyńsk and the Żobrodź Capital Region, which are in possession of further devolved powers in terms of economic planning, trade and urban development.
|Żobrodź CR||East Żobrodź||1,859,311||Chairperson|
East Miersa is often considered a middle power with significant influence in central Euclea. East Miersa is closely aligned with Kirenia, and the two countries share an amicable relationship. East Miersa is a founding member of the Association for International Socialism, and is considered a key backer of Intercon. As a constitutionally socialist state, internationalism is an important factor in East Miersan foreign policy, along with the achievement of global socialism. Alongside Kirenia and Aimilia, East Miersa is a founding member of the Mutual Assistance Organisation free trade area and collective security agreement.
East Miersa shares a strony rivalry with West Miersa, stemming from the partition which created the two countries under the Godfredson Plan. This rivalry resulted in open warfare in 1979, with the Miersan War remaining an influential event in regional foreign relations. The Treaty of San Alessandro signed between the two states in 1982 began a long process of normalisation between the two Miersas, who now share limited diplomatic relations. The rivalry persists, but attempts at reconciliation and detente have been made from both sides, and the two states increasingly send joint teams to international competitions. Relations continue to flare up, and the West Miersan government continues to covet the disputed region of Ziarnokosz, which has been occupied by East Miersa since 1980.
East Miersa has been a member of the Community of Nations since 1936, the International Council for Democracy since 1957 and the International Trade Organization since 1996. It is a member of the Organisation of Marolevic States and an observer of the Association of Solarian Nations.
East Miersa has a complicated relationship with Lemovicia. Officially, while the East Miersan government recognised the independence of Lemovicia from the West, it simultaneously attests that Lemovicia is a constituent part of the Miersan nation as an Autonomous Socialist Sovereign Republic in a current state of "unratified and unconfirmed statehood" in the MSR. In reality, however, the East Miersan and Lemovician governments share close ties, in part due to their shared belief in council socialism and shared enmity with West Miersa, and East Miersa is seen as a key backer of the separatist Lemovician state.
East Miersa maintains a strong standing army and armed forces in the form of the People's Protection Forces. The primary objective of the East Miersan military is to act as a defensive force against a potential West Miersan invasion, and in comparison to the west, the Socialist Republic has a much smaller but far more technologically superior force. An important component of the East Miersan defence strategy is the collective security arrangement with Kirenia.
The East Miersan government spends 2.6% of gross domestic product on defence, surpassing the MAO minimum. East Miersa abolished conscription in 1992, and all branches of the armed forces are open to all healthy applicants over the age of 16 regardless of gender, nationality or sexual orientation.
Land forces are organised into the People's Revolutionary Army, which maintains an estimated 150,000 active troops. The PRA also contains Exceptional Circumstances, the elite special forces component of the East Miersan military. The People's Revolutionary Airforce has an active troop count of 50,000, while the People's Naval Guard exists as a small lake-bound navy, the primary objective of which is to defend Dyńsk from possible incursions from the east. The Homeland Defence Corps is the primary reservist force, while the People's Civil Defence Corps performs a similar role to a gendarmerie.
|Source: Godfredson Plan estimate (1936); CN estimates (1944-present)|