Kantemosha & Ambrazka
Republic of Kantemosha and Ambrazka
Kantimossi ja Ambro
|Political Map of Kantemosha & Ambrazka|
Political Map of Kantemosha & Ambrazka
and largest city
|Official languages||Kantemoshan, Ambrazkan, Soravian|
|Recognised regional languages||Kirenian|
|Ethnic groups |
|Kantemoshan (45%), Ambrazkan (34%), Soravian (14%), Kirenian (5%), Other (2%)|
|Demonym(s)||Kantemoshan / Ambrazkan|
|Government||Multi-Party Parliamentary Republic|
• Water (%)
• 2018 estimate
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2017 (WIP) estimate|
|$2,612,154,000 (WIP) (???)|
• Per capita
|$29,129 (WIP) (???)|
|Currency||Kantemoshan Laatta (tile) (KAL)|
|Time zone||UTC-1 (N/A)|
Kantemosha & Ambrazka (Kantemoshan: Kantimossi ja Ambro, Ambrazkan: Kantemosko a Ambrozhko), officially the Republic of Kantemosha & Ambrazka, also known as 'The Union', is a young sovereign state situated in Western Euclea. It's borders meet with the countries of Soravia to the west, Kirenia to the east, and East Miersa and West Miersa to the direct south. It has a northern shoreline with the Perovo Sea, making it the only way in and out of the Republic by means of water transportation. The country spans over 372,431 km2 worth of land, with a population of 16.5 million people inhabiting it in scattered towns and cities, with most of the population concentrating on the northern shoreline. The Union is organized into 19 different provinces with 58 districts in total. The capital city of Koskunen lays in the midpart of the Kantemoshan Coast, boasting a population of 1.2 million people, almost 6% of Kantemosha's total population. Officially, the language of the Union is Kantemoshan, which is also the most spoken language, with Ambrazkan coming in a close second, spoken mostly in the state of Ambrazka in the southern part of the Union. Episemialist Sotirianity is the dominant religion of the Union, and has been so for most of its history, with 93% of the inhabitants of the Union following the Episemialist church's doctrine.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Political Landscape and Governance
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
Early Regional History
It is common consensus amongst anthropologists and historians that the first walled settlements along the Kantemoshan coastline were Marolevic migrants moving from the west during the years of 600-610 AD. Some of these early Marolevs stayed in Kantemosha, either due to the possibility of a rich catch or economic opportunity. Whichever reason truly motivated them, they were inclined to set up numerous walled villages and towns along the common path of migration, farming various cereals and sugar beets to sustain themselves alongside catches from annual fish migrations across the Perovo Sea, interbreeding with Kostellime natives in the area, giving them a sense of individuality from common Marolevs in due time.
Following decades of settlement, Northern Kantemosha was dotted with individual citystates vying for control over fishing grounds and abundant, yet valuable plots of land. This land was often scarred with works of irrigation ditches, dikes and other water control measure to exploit seasonal storms for agricultural use and storage within granite cisterns, either in use by castles or communally in small towns. Fighting over these works and the land they modified was not uncommon, manifesting as quick and bloody skirmishes between often conscripted peasants and/or reservist citizen soldiers, as it was too financially straining for some of these city states to keep standing, as is the case with many other parts of the world. Rarely in the time before the 8th century were city states prompted to try and work together, instead vying to stay independent and only collectively fighting against mutual enemies.
With the discovery of shipwrecks on the Porovo seafloor full of a variety of products, including sealed vases of honey (in the case of the Miisula wreck found off the coast of Samistopol), it has been surmised that the various city states of Kantemosha had rather profitable trade with the northern principalities of the Great Vesemir confederacy, particularly to the port cities of Lipa, Samistopol, and Ovdapol. Westerly going trade from Ambrazka to Ulan Khol and Uzyn has been proven by unearthing of period-specific trash alongside buried stone roads in eastern modern Soravia, ontop of preserved parchments and/or interpretations of oral stories onto paper described these trails as being particularly treacherous and an unpopular route to take for merchants.
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Soravian Imperial Occupation (1721-1857)
Following the loss of the Ten Years' War against the Soravians, Kirenians and the Sunrosian Monarchy, Kantemosha and Ambrazka was split into two solid fiefs by their Soravian occupiers. The original fiefholders and few duchies were reorganized to fit under the Soravian system of land ownership at the time, leaving lower fiefs to the local nobility whilst most of the higher ruling positions were occupied by Soravian nobility. Alongside the Soravians taking the majority of the country, the Sunrosians took a small amount of land in the east, but not enough to justify political reorganization, instead seeing the Monarchy just absorb the land into existing polities in its own territory.
Whilst the region picked itself up again in the mid-1740s after a period of famine and worker shortages, Kantemosha soon got back to exporting what it made best, wool and cotton, with great swathes of arable land being cleared in northern Ambrazka and southern Kantemosha to make way for pastures and fields respectively. High quality rugs, blankets and, as Soravia's army began to modernize coming into the 19th century, uniforms characterized the region's contribution to the Soravian crown. However, a Soravian famine in 1797 quickly sent these gains once again into a tail spin, though the region was not as badly hit as it would've been decades ago. Assistance from the likes of Frederick II was slow and ineffective. Upon his abdication, Ivan V took up the throne in 1800, though his rule was, unfortunately, to be one of no help to the situation and relatively uneventful until his death in 1829. In the midst of this shared misery between Kantemosha and Ambrazka, a general unity began to be felt and manifested in joint pieces of revolutionary/anti-Soravian literature and artwork, existing underground.
Ivan V's son, Ivan VI, took the Soravian throne immediately after his father's death. Unfortunately, he was as ineffective as his two immediate predecessors in fixing the empire at large, and his empty promises quickly turned underlying hatred into overt action, with peasant strikes becoming a common occurrence in the 1840s and 50s. However, with Weranian ambitions and ideology threatening the Soravian monarchy, martial law would be enacted to calm down the region as it was part of an important logistics pipeline to battlefields in the east. Policies instituted during this time pushed the agricultural capabilities of both regions to their breaking point, making food prices skyrocket as farmers kept portions of their harvests to themselves. An early withdrawal of battered Soravian forces after the decisive Battle of Trierberg saw complete erosion of the invincible image of the Soravian monarchy in the eyes of the peasantry and nobility of the two regions.
Kantemosha sits on the southern shores of the Perovo Sea, whilst Ambrazka sits further into (WIP)
The Union's climate varies slightly across the political lines separating Kantemosha and Ambrazka. The Union as a whole experiences a humid continental climate, with cold winters and no dry season. Temperature can drop to almost -11°C in the middle of the winter, whilst temperatures can rise to a recorded high of 31°C in certain areas of Ambrazka. With no dry season, the year outside of the winter months is characterized by alot of rain, much of which are from storms originating in the Perovo Sea and hit coastal Kantemosha with an astonishing amount of rain. Spring is often described as the driest season of the year, with less overall precipitation than summer or autumn, whilst most of winter's precipitation comes in the form of sleet or snow. Current estimates of annual precipitation rates is 560-730 millimeters, with a grand majority of this precipitation being recorded dropping in late summers and early-mid autumn. During the winter, snow often starts falling in late November, and blankets the landscape permanently come early December. The blanket only starts to thin with slowly rising temperatures in early March, where the often 'sudden' thaw creates muddy, near-impassable areas in forests, whilst also being responsible for most of the Union's recorded landslides, a majority of which happen in hilly Ambrazka.
Sunlight during the summer ranges from 17-18 hours per day, whilst winter sunlight figures record 6-8 hours per day.
Largest cities or towns in Kantemosha and Ambrazka
Political Landscape and Governance
Kantemosha & Ambrazka's nineteen provinces are a mishmash of old administrative divisions carried over from the days of Soravian administration over the two republics to newer divisions set down by planners, drawn on demographical lines. Every province has a direct federal connection through a multitude of civil servants that provide representation and governance for its constituents. As a baseline, every province in the KA has three seats for senators in the Senaatti. Each province has a minimum of two representatives in the Yhteinen ruokavalio, aka the Commons' Diet that represent the interests of their constituents in the province. The number of individual representatives is roughly proportional to the amount of constituents that they speak for, however, there is no set metric as to how many representatives would service a province. For example, Koskohus, the province containing the KA's administrative capital of Koskunen, has six current representatives with seats in the Commons' Diet.
Underneath this, each province has its own local legislature that is composed of representatives for each district in a province.
The Union's armed forces are known as the United Armed Defence Forces (Kantemoshan: Yhdistyneet AseVoimat, Ambrazkan: Spojené Ozbrojené Obranné Sily). As a broad institution, the YAV are organized under the Ministry of Defence, headquartered in Koskunen and under the chief power of the Secretary of Defence, currently Aleš Surový since 2020. The Secretary of Defense and their staff are appointed by the Senaatti by a vote, and is kept in office for six years, with a maximum of three terms in accordance to their abilities to administrate the institution through numerous regulations and guidelines that rate their effectiveness as an administrator. As Secretary of Defence, the elected official is the commander in chief of all armed forces and is directly subservient to the current premier, though the Senaatti have protocol that can override a premier's power over the military.
The armed forces themselves employ a total of 68,862(2018 census) currently registered soldiers in all four branches of the armed forces, including conscripts that were called to service that year. This does not include reservists, which are estimated to have 65,200 registered soldiers in the various reserve components of the military. The four branches consist of the United Army, United Air Defence Forces, United Naval Service, and the Kantemoshan-Ambrazkan Territorial Guard, with the latter of the four having the most registered members versus any one of its sister services, if only in it's amount of employed reservists. General orders of the YAV are to fight against foreign aggression, maintain the borders of the Union, protect the Union's territorial waters, and provide humanitarian relief effort in the event of natural or man-made disasters in or just outside of the borders of the country.
Between the two states in the Union, Kantemosha retains most of the country's fertile land. With a high aquifer, rick dark soil and a decent number of rivers with many estuaries providing natural irrigation to any farming developments on the Kantemoshan coast, the area lends itself to use as farmland. This makes the state of Kantemosha the area where an overwhelming 64% of farming is done, including subsistence and commercial agriculture. Agricultural infrastructure in Kantemosha is very developed due to Soravian subsidies during their rule, especially during the Great War when the government put a great deal of money into the state.
Primary crops grown in Kantemosha and Ambrazka are rye, sugar beets, potatoes, and carrots, being the objective of most of the Union government's subsidies put into agriculture. There is a rising percentage of land being devoted to cultivating rapeseed and mustard to domestically produce bio-diesel, but these acres of land combined only make up 2% of fertile land used in Kantemosha . Livestock raising is more common in Ambrazka, but constitutes a small percentage of the Unions agricultural output, often not being enough to fully satisfy the needs of the nation and often prompting imports of meat and dairy products from either Soravia or Kirenia. The food crops themselves are often exported in bulk to other countries due to a great excess every harvest, these exports often coming to other nations in the form of processed food stuffs.
The Kantemoshan fishery is a moderately sized industry, though not nearly as big as land cultivation. Holding a small fishing fleet, most of Kantemosha's domestically produced fish come from land/shore based fish farms that raise sturgeon, cod, mussels (including pearl mussels) and pike. About 70% of the Union's fish consumed by its population come from Soravia and Caldia, with the former making up most of the import traffic due to proximity and due to Samorspi trade treaties.
Kantemosha and Ambrazka suffer heavily from lack of investment in heavy industrial development, both foreign and domestic. In the realm of heavy industry, the modern Union has seen the most success in it's fledgling but growing coal mining industry, which faces an uncertain future. Due to it's relegation under Soravian rule as an agricultural region, the two states have a wealth of food processing and animal product processing plants and firms, which provide a grand amount of jobs especially in Koskunen and Viitakaupunki. From these 'light' industries comes atleast 40% of the Union's exports to the world, with 12% being processed lignite coal in 2008. Increasing global competition and a slowly dwindling demand in coal across the world has pushed the Union government to pursue a diversification of the country's economy, with government investments getting heavier in the early 2010s. Most of this investment went into subsidies for private companies mining copper, nickel and zinc in Ambrazka, whilst more extreme measures have resulted in the artificial stimulation of otherwise non-existent industries, such as canola oil. The most famous of some more 'necrotized' industries the government has sought to revive is the Ambrazkan Automobilový závod Bybrowa (AzB) or the 'Brybrowa Automobile Plant', which mainly produces tractors and farming equipment. Since 2015, government investment has funded the creation of a new line that is now producing mini-bikes, with an idea that they could sell well in heavily urbanized and densely populated eastern Euclean countries that are far more environmentally conscious.
In 2016, the Union's economy was estimated to consist of 20.3% agricultural, 12.6% manufacturing, and 67.1% service businesses. In 2018, the per capita income was estimated to be $13,340.
The majority of educational institutions in the Union are public, regulated and controlled by the Kantemoshan Federal Education Commission headquartered in Kuskak. Whilst recent years have seen the appearance of more private primary and secondary schools, most private education institutions are post-secondary schools with specific niches that the government's public colleges do not fulfill or are inadequate in fulfilling. Homeschooling without license and/or training (depending on the province) is considered a misdemeanor and is paramount to child neglect in the Union, however, there are movements trying to repeal or reform this law. Religious education is always there throughout public schooling in the Union, being more pervasive in primary schools than secondary schools as the latter have less funds to work with on average in regards to their more varied curriculum.
Parents of children are often recommended by the government to put their children into preschools by the age of four, though are enforced to put them in if they haven't by the age of six. Preschool and kindergarten/'Lasten puutarha' focuses mostly on teaching the children Kantemoshan (and/or Ambrazkan, depending on the district or province), counting, the alphabet. Such curriculums are also engineered to find out possible career/artistic interests early on, acting as a 'litmus test' for parents when children grow older, so as to help them find their way in the job market. Upon reaching the first grade of five in primary schools, children are immediately exposed to basic principles like arithmetic, geography, science, etc. Going throughout primary school, more complex subjects are touched upon throughout, though the scientific curriculum in primary school is canted towards giving children the foundations for a possible career in the agricultural sector, in compliance with the 1981 Järvensaari Act that emphasized career education in public schools. Extracurricular activities are limited and are usually organized by parents rather than the schools.
Secondary school would ideally begin once children were entering or just entering their teenage years, going on for six more grades. Increasingly more complex subjects would be taught and within the latter two years of secondary school, career classes to determine the 'best fit' for individual students are required to graduate, aswell as college preparation classes. Extracurricular activities in secondary schools are, in direct contrast to primary school protocol, organized by the school itself.