Foral Kingdom of Hatstheput
Reino Foral de Hatsdeput
Motto: "Liberty, Meritocracy and Justice"
Anthem: Anthem of Liberty
|Ethnic groups||Mixed-Hatstheputian, Neuew Zeevolker and Prybournean Canter|
|Government||Federal presidential republic|
|Francisco Torrijos (MP)|
|Pablo Requejo (MP)|
|Juan Carlos Dresde (MP)|
• Prybournean Integration
• Liberal State
|93,451 km2 (36,082 sq mi)|
• 2017 estimate
|310/km2 (802.9/sq mi)|
• Per capita
high · 3º
|HDI (29/05/2017)|| 0.929|
|ISO 3166 code||HAT|
The Foral Kingdom of Hatstheput (Spanish: Reino Foral de Hatsdeput) is a small country which lies on the island of Hatstheput located in the Western continent of Anteria. Such a nation is constitutionally defined as a "foral republic", dividing itself into 35 statutory provinces that have certain rights, the most relevant ones involving ample freedom in the fiscal area. Hatstheput is also a member state of the Dokodo Union.
Hatstheput's geography is characterized by a temperate, continental climate that has very limited thermic amplitude, moderate temperature and significant precipitations throughout all the year. Mountainous climate, in which precipitations descend in the form of snow and lower temperatures are observed, can also be found on the northeastern part of Hatstheput, where the Torreones Range is found. In terms of orography, Hatstheput is primarily a flat nation but for the previously mentioned peaks which lie in its northwestern region. Hatstheput's detachment from the rest of the Western continent grants it a wide spectrum of endemic fauna and flora, amongst which it's worth mentioning the Ivory Eagle.
Prior to the arrival of Neuew Zeevolk navigants around the year 900, it's believed there was little to no human presence within Hatstheput. These navigants would configure the Merchant Kingdom of Hatstheput in the year 1114, independent from the rest of Zeevolk domains. Making use of their privileged location to control trade between the Zeevolk realms to the northeast and the Romance neighbors to the south, Hatstheput would eventually become a renownedly wealthy nation that will attract merchants from the Canter Empire. The influence of these merchants would strenghten as will their number in Hatstheput, ultimately causing Hatstheput to integrate within the Canter Empire as a protectorate as a means to acquire commercial benefits in 1467. This integration would eventually cause a cultural change within Hatstheput as well, with Spanish-speaking merchants from the Bournean region of the Canter Empire gradually converting Spanish into the de facto trade language of Hatstheput. The Hatstheputian administration will accept Spanish as the official language of Hatstheput in 1631. With the proclamation of the Canter Republic in 1787, king Fernando II will convoke a referendum to integrate Hatstheput as an autonomous federal republic within the new régime pressured by his enlightened, bourgeois advisors, a plebiscite that will have a positive outcome. With the breakout of the Canter Revolution in 1884, Hatstheput will stay loyal to the Canter Republic to the very end of the conflict, despite the corporatist Hatstheputian Victory Front will form within its borders in defense of the insurgents. In 1890, Hatstheput will obtain its independence after the collapse of the republican régime. Consequently, a constitutional foral republic will be formed, with the souverainist Moderate Party and the Pan-Canterian Conservative Party dominating the political scene of Hatstheput until 1996, the year at which the Conservative Party will officially abandon its Pan-Canterian aspirations being refounded as the National Alliance and supporting the integration of Hatstheput into the Dokodo Union.
It's believed that the name "Hatstheput" comes from the old Hatstheputian runic language, referring to a "promised land". Therefore, the Spanish noun "Hatsdeput" was derived from a hispanization of the original pronunciation, appearing first in a Canter encyclopedia around the 13th centry.
Another discarded hypothesis suggested that the name could have been placed by King Joffric to honor an unknown deceased son of his, but there are no written records supporting such a claim other than a dubious book describing multiple legends that circulated in the early 19th century.
Prior to the arrival of the Zeeite Neuew colonizers, there will be little to no human presence in Hatstheput. Although certain locations with seemingly humanoid interaction have been found, these are attributed to other beings comprised within the wide homo suborder rather than to modern humans per se. It's also worth noting that the island of Hatstheput had been previously mentioned in Zeeite engravings in a generic way. Specifically, an anonymous Neuew record of a travel westward across the ocean mentioned a stop taking place in a seemingly undiscovered island that's generally considered by historians to correspond with Hatstheput. Although it's highly likely that former temporary Zeeite settlements may have been established in the island of Hatstheput given its intermediate location between the two continents of Anteria, no physical proof of their existence has been found to this day.
Human history within Hatstheput will commence with the expedition of Neuew duke Joffric to it. Despite the royal support to such endeavor and the fact that Joffric would claim the island for Neuewland, Hatstheput will be granted a high degree of autonomy in light of the distance between the two territories. This factor, alongside the feudal model which impered at the time, will virtually turn Joffric into the absolute ruler of the entirety of the island, a pattern that will continue for decades as his heirs will take the throne. During his rule, Joffric will divide the entirety of the Hatstheputian territory amongst his main commanders and focus on establishing trade relations with the neighboring territories, something that would foster island development. A particularly credited move on his behalf would be visiting the southern romance realms to apprehend their most superior technical methods.
The successive heirs of Joffric will benefit from his ancestor's intelligent administration, that will keep them as popular figureheads arguably more influential within the island that the Neuew monarchy. Simultaneously, the increasing commercial contacts with the southern neighbors of Hatstheput will translate into the arrival of the first Catholic missions to Hatstheput. Despite these missions will be prohibited and actively persecuted until 1050, in posterior years they will be accepted and Catholicism will be progressively expanded across Hatstheput in substitution of the traditionally Neuew Oceanist faith. In 1113, insular count Hjalid will personally embrace Catholicism and institute it as the official confession of the entirety of Hatstheput, a move that will culminate a progressive separation between mainland Neuewland and Hatstheput as Hatstheputians will no longer regard a heretic king as a valid ruler. Consequently, Hjaelid Joffricsson will be crowned as Hjaelid I, marking the beginning of the independent Merchant Kingdom of Hatstheput.
This new nation will make use of its sovereignty to strengthen relations with the southern nations, specifically with the growing Canter Kingdom. This will lead to an increasingly profitable influx of commerce that will convert Hatstheput in a trade hub that will regulate all naval transport between its Romance neighbors and the Zeevolk nations. The cultural influence of the adoption of Catholicism and the constant contact with Canter merchants will translate into the Latinization of the Zeeite alphabet employed in Hatstheput as well as in the integration of certain Spanish grammatic rules and loanwords into its vocabulary, hence giving birth to the Hatstheputian language approximately in 1300.
Hatsttheput currently has a very well-developed, capitalist economy, which mainly relies in the third sector financial activities. Its privileged location in the middle of the sea provides Hatstheput a good position for logistical operations. The ports of Hatstheput have a considerable size, and are one of the largest of the region. But, however, Hatstheput relies in the production of services for obtaining their GDP, the biggest sectors in Hatstheput are insurance and gambling. Hatstheput ranks 2nd in the Economical Freedom Index (Anteria), making it one of the most liberal economies in Anteria, and one of the few tax heavens in Anteria.
With the appliance of Hatstheput to the Dokodo Union, the Hatstheputian exports grew.
There is a very notable wealth gap between the Protestant North, more agrarian and rural, and the Catholic South, more industrialized and urban. However, it's the Northeastern part of Hatstheput, made up by native Singa people, the one with the lowest wealth. The poorest province, Johpur, has an average income per of 4450$, meanwhile the richest province, South Victoria, has an income of 75.250$, a difference of almost 17 to one.
Education and science
Hatstheput's educative system is well-known in Anteria for being austere and liberal. The Hatstheputian government relies on school vouchers for providing its citizens with education, although private schools and homeschooling are directly encouraged by the government, and are where the most children go to. Hatstheput ranks well in the Anteria's PISA test, ranking 31th in average grade. According to the PISA test, Hatstheputians students are specially good at maths and social sciences, slightly over average at literature and language and below average in hard sciences.
In science, Hatstheputians have achieved several successes. Hatstheputian scientists invented the RN72 Rifle, the submarine, the helicopter and the electric car.
Infrastructure, energy and environment
Logistical infrastructures are privatized in Hatstheput. Roads are maintained and made thanks to advertisement and crowdfunding, tolls are uncommon but occasionally used to make roads profitable.
Electricity in Hatstheput is also in private hands. Most of Hatstheput's energy is produced by nuclear power stations, which accounts for the 82% of the total electricity produced in Hatstheput. Hatstheput is self-sufficient, since it's an island and importing electricity would be difficult and expensive. Hatstheput has one of the lowest market prices in the region for its energy.
The most popular religion in Hatstheput is Catholicism, closely followed be Protestantism. There are also notable religious minorities in the northwest part of Hatstheput, were the main religion is Sunni Islam, but there is also presence of Shintoism and minoritary malay animist cults.
Unlike most developed countries, Hatstheput has a surprisingly high rate of religiousness, with 90% of Hatstheputians being adhered to a religious affiliation. However, for most of the Hatstheputian population (65%) religion is of "limited relevance" according to the last demographic poll carried out within Hatstheput.
Religion by provinces (Catholicism, yellow; Protestantism, blue; Islam, green and others gray
The majors languages of Hatstheput are English and German. Singa and Tsokeikan are also present minoritary in the northwest part of Hatstheput. Almost all the Hatstheputian population knows how to speak english, but only around a 45% of the people have it as maternal language.
|City||Population (local)||Population (metropolitan)|
|Villa del Rey||625,000||700,000|
Immigration is uncommon in Hatstheput, as its legislation concerning immigration is slightly more conservative than other countries and it is an island. Only 5% of the population is of foreign origin. There has always been a constant flow of Prybournean and Hofflandians inmigrants in Hatstheput. It was in the 90s when the origin of the immigrants diversified, and Astariaxi, Gabrielt and Zaananiamian communities started to grow and gain importance. With the adherence of Hatstheput to the Dokodo Union, the amount of people immigrating to Hatstheput from Astariax and Gabrielland grew.
The Hatstheputian culture is heavily influenced by that of their colonizers, Prybourne and the Hofflandian Union. However, Hatstheput has developed some unique cultural aspects thanks to the interaction between the Prybournean, Hofflandian, Singa and Tsokeikan cultures. For instance, some traditional Singa festivities are official holidays in Hatstheput, and the Dobbelstrumppet is a musical instrument which is a hybrid between the traditional Houghlander trumpet and the Obawoo, a traditional Singa horn instrument.
The oldest written work found in Hatstheput was found in the Ruhan Temple, in the Singa city of Bandar Emas. It was the Drumidari, a large mythologic epic describing how the world was created by the Singa gods, and how this were born. Few other written works from the Singa era were found on Hatstheput, and it is known that a large part of books describing the Singa mythology were burnt down in the Red Night, in which king Gamal I ordered the deletion of all books and artwork which could be considered "heretic" by the standards of the high Muslim clergy of the time.
After the Singa era, most books were written in both Hofflandian and English, the languages of the colonizers of Hatstheput. The most relevant classic writers of Hatstheput were Hermann Draxler, who wrote several novels such as "East Hatstheput" or "The Men of the Bay", with a heavy social critic towards "the lazy and evil, the scum of our society", in which he subtly promoted his liberal-conservative views, and John Henry Norris, who wrote novels such as "The Price of Freedom" or "Ronald" in which he critiziced the bussiness practics of the time and the "worrying" situation of the working class.
|January 1st||New Year's Day||No|
|January 6th||Three Kings Day||No|
|February 14th||Valentine's Day||Yes|
|April 1st||April Fool's Day||Yes|
|May 22nd||Revolution Day||No|