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Republic of Fierenland
Motto: «Ânhâd and Frîhâd fur us Hâmât»
“Unity and Freedom for our Homeland”
|Recognised regional languages||Breic|
|Demonym(s)||Fierenlandic, Fierenlander; Fieriac|
|Government||Unitary parliamentary republic|
• 2018 estimate
|6 567 000|
|GDP (nominal)||2018 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Fierenlandic Thaler (FTH)|
|Patron saints||Jun of Nobréig, Eric of Yarden, Erna of Brighstad|
Fierenland (Fieriac: Fiurenland [ˈfyrənˌland] or Fiurien [ˈfyːriə̯n]), officially the Republic of Fierenland (Fieriac: Rêpûblic Fiurenland), is a sovereign country in eastern Euclea. Being an island nation, Fierenland does not share a land border with any other nation of Kylaris, though it is relatively close to Azmara. As of 2018, the country has a population estimated at around 6.5 million people, the majority of which live on the main island, Wiethland. Although the capital city is Aldælum, it is only the second largest city in the country after Sâbrum.
The nation can be subdivided into two main geographical regions which also have differences political, economic and cultural in nature. These regions are Eylanden, the main group of islands, and Breel, a separate island chain closer to mainland Euclea. After a long history of being an independent nation, Breel was incorporated into Feghrenland in the late 19th century, during the War of the Islands. Though the central government tried to minimize regional differences in the past century, Breel still remains very distinct from Eylanden to this day. This can mostly be seen in politics, with Breel often being regarded as more liberal or progressive, and Eylanden as deeply conservative.
A third region is sometimes listed among Breel and Eyland, called Goideltacht, but it is usually seen as a geographical part of Eylanden. Culturally, it is distinct from Eylanden mostly in that it is not inhabited by ethnic Fieriacs, but by Gidealic-speaking people.
For much of its history, Fierenland was an especially poor country. However, throughout the second half of the last century, economic development made it one of the richer nations of Euclea. Today, the nominal gross domestic product per capita stands at around $45 500 and — though stagnating currently — is expected to grow further. There is a great urban-rural divide in Fierenland, with urban areas often being in the process of deïndustrialization, while rural areas are dependent on fishing and agriculture to a large degree.
Fierenland consists of two main island groups to the east of mainland Euclea. The north-eastern group of islands that includes the largest island of Fierenland as well as several smaller islands and island chains around it is commonly called Eyland or Eylanden. To the south-west, closer to the Euclean mainland, there is Breel.
Politics and Government
Before the latter half of the 20th century, Eyland was largely underdeveloped, economically speaking. In contrast to this, Breel has been heavily industrialized after having already been significantly more economically powerful than Eyland for centuries. Since then, however, the economic makeup of the country changed in both parts. Whilst Eyland became industrialized, Breel already saw its service sector surpassing the industry in importance in the latter half of the century. Since the late 20th century, tourism, banking and information technology have grown in importance in Breel, whilst only the first of these has become signigicant in Eyland yet.
Economically, there is three fundamental divides within Fierenland: The Breel-Eyland-Divide, the urban-rural-divide, and, the coast-inland-divide. The economies of Breel and Eyland have developed in different ways over the past decades, with industry becoming important in Eyland and the service sector becoming more important in Breel. In addition to that, both regions have a division between rural and urban areas, mostly manifesting itself in the importance of agriculture and fishery in rural areas which are largely absent from urban areas nowadays. The third divide is one inbetween coastal areas and areas further towards the inland. Being only notable in rural areas nowadays, it historically also heavily affected most cities, but is now limited to a purely geographical difference and some coastal cities having economically significant harbours. In rural areas, however, it still is fairly notable, with the fishing industry being concentrated along the coasts.