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Kingdom of Kitaubani

Masarautar Kitaubani (Hausa)
Ufalme wa Kituopwanireza (Watuajua)
Flag of Kitaubani
Flag
of Kitaubani
Coat of arms
Motto: Umoja katika Utofauti (Watuajua)
Unity in Diversity
Anthem: "Alfarma"
"Majesty"
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Kitaubani (dark green) within the Congress of Bahian States (light green) in Bahia
Kitaubani (dark green) within the Congress of Bahian States (light green) in Bahia
LocationBahia
CapitalKwamuimepe
Largest cityGashi
Official languagesHausa, Watuajua
Ethnic groups
(2023)
List
Religion
(2023)
List
Demonym(s)Kitauban
GovernmentUnitary constitutional monarchy
• Queen
Medare I
• Premier
Balarabe Zango
Independence from Werania
Area
• 
259,786.24 km2 (100,304.03 sq mi)
Population
• 2023 estimate
21,974,231
GDP (PPP)2023 estimate
• Total
Increase $371,210,684,283 (37th)
• Per capita
Increase $16,893 (40th)
GDP (nominal)2023 estimate
• Total
Increase $143,667,522,278 (51st)
• Per capita
Increase $6,538 (58th)
CurrencyKitauban wuri (₩) (KTW)
Time zoneUTC+3 (BST)
(Kardjiba Island: +4)
Driving sideright
Calling code+27
Internet TLD.kt

Kitaubani, known officially as the Kingdom of Kitaubani, is a sovereign state located off the coast of Bahia. An island nation, it shares a maritime border with Asase Lewa and Sabaw to the southeast. The current population of 21,974,231 people is spread across 259,786 square kilometers, making Kitaubani one of the more moderately-dense nations in Bahia at 84 persons per square kilometer.

The islands presently known as Kitaubani were inhabited since ancient times by numerous groups, such as the Hausa and the Tamasheq. These groups frequently associated with one another and with their cohorts on the Bahian mainland through a cross-channel trade network. City-states were beginning to form on the coasts, which interfaced with the more nomadic groups in the hinterlands through trade, diplomatic marriage and warfare. These patterns of interaction were interrupted in the early Houregic Period. In the mid-eleventh century CE, a Watuajua ruler known as Mataka fled warfare in his home in modern-day Maucha. Mataka's arrival in Kitaubani presaged many of his followers', which included a significant merchant caste that soon dominated the city of Gashi. For around a century, Gashi operated indistinctly from other coastal Kitauban city-states. By the end of the twelfth century, however, Gashi's Watuajua rulers had begun attacking neighboring city-states, either to annex them or force them into tributary status. This eventually transformed into the elite of Gashi holding at least nominal control of most of the Kitauban islands by the 1500s. To this day, Mataka's initial takeover of the village of Gashi is seen as the direct predecessor of the modern Kitauban state, and Mataka himself is considered in the popular consciousness as the first mfalme, or Watuajua ruler of Kitaubani.

Presently, the Kingdom of Kitaubani is ruled as a constitutional monarchy under the guiding principle of parliamentary sovereignty. The government retains moderately low corruption and high transparency scores. It is a member of the Congress of Bahian States, the Community of Nations, the Council for Mutual Development and the International Forum for Developing States. Kitaubani maintains one of the stronger economies in Bahia, benefitting from a growth in urban manufacturing and its influence in the global shipping industry. Its nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the largest per capita in Bahia.


Etymology

The name Kitaubani likely derives from a Watuajua-language phrase, though it has been altered to fit Hausa language phonology. Following the Bahian consolidation during the Houregic Age, an expedition led by mfalme Mataka, landed on the shores of Kitaubani at the site of modern-day Gashi. Mataka had fled his homeland of modern-day Maucha both to escape violence at home and to re-establish his wealth through new economic holdings. After a long journey fraught with adverse conditions, conflicts with local authorities, and other innumerable hardships, was the island of Kitaubani: according to popular folklore, in his relief at completing his journey, Matake proclaimed the site kituo wa pwani, or the Coast of Respite. As Mataka carries an almost-mythified status in Kitauban consciousness as one of the first kings of the island, this story has persisted and grown to be the most popular folk etymology for the name of the country. The name Kitaubani can apply both to the country and to the larger island within the country; the latter is frequently termed "Kitaubani Island" or "the Isle of Kitaubani" to avoid confusion.

History

As an island, Kitaubani was settled by prehistoric humans later than mainland Bahia.

Pre-Houregic Period

Arrival of Mataka

Second Gashi Period

Protectorate

Independent Kitaubani

The late 1950s and early-mid 1960s saw increasing frustration with Yatasu's continued rule. With other Bahian nations decolonizing into (at least nominal) republics, sentiment was high for the establishment of a republic in Kitaubani. Disillusioned with the continued suspension of the Constitution's promulgation and buoyed by international support, protests began calling for anything from the promulgation of a new Constitution to the abolition of the monarchy entirely. During this time, the Royal Police and Royal Army intelligence agenices conducted small-scale, targeted purges of both ethnic separatist and Councilist dissidents; the Kitauban Dirty War weakened public and international support for Yatasu, though it is arguable whether or not he had lost control of these security forces by the end of his absolutist reign. Wishing to retain life and livelihood, Katasu bowed to the pressure from both domestic and international sources (namely from the United Bahian Republic) and accepted a much more ceremonial role, leaving open the door for the political parties kept much in limbo to step forward into fully legitimate politics. The first Premier was a moderate Pan-Bahian and social democrat named Danjimma Ringim, who then executed numerous policies designed to placate radical sentiment and disarm potential Councilist sympathies. This led to a gradual restabilization of Kitaubani's political scene over the ensuing decades, thanks largely to the support of business elites from several different minority ethnic groups lending much-needed political capital to Ringim's reforms in the interest of keeping the peace. Yatasu, not wishing to tip the boat and recognizing the bad public image he already had, reluctantly acquiesced to many of the political changes solidfying the supremacy of the parliamentarian system in Kitauban politics. The death of Yatasu in 1972 was in hindsight remembered as the final transition point from "old Kitaubani" to "new Kitaubani."

Geography

Climate

A combination of prevailing trade winds to the south and the central highlands of Kitaubani Island have shaped the nation's climate. The south experiences nearly sub-tropical precipitation, though retains average temperatures well within the temperate zone thanks to the island's latitude and the moderating effects of the ocean. The north of the island lies within a rain shadow created by the central highlands, creating more arid and variable conditions. Kardjiba Island experiences a similar arid-temperate climate to the north of Kitaubani Island.

As Kitaubani lies on two islands, the country is home to numerous endemic species and variants not found elsewhere in the world.

Administrative divisions

Kitaubani is subdivided into 22 departments, further subdivided into districts. These districts are centered around a significant autonomous settlement with a city council, with the remaining territory divided into wards overseen by municipal, village, or rural councils. The departments of Kitaubani were drawn for the most recent time in 1970, designed to roughly correspond to equal population size per district. Due to substantial industrialization and urbanization in the intervening decades, however, there now exists a substantial population disparity between rural and more urbanized departments.

Demographics

Ethnicity

Language

Hausa and Watuajua, through their historical prominence, have retained their positions as dual linguae francae across the island. Some students elect to learn Weranian as a foreign language, though for many decades this was discouraged due to political reasons.

Education

Religion

St. Engelbert's Church in Kaduna

Owing to Kitaubani's long history as a multicultural state and prolonged historical contact with overseas groups, the modern-day religious makeup of the country is widely varied, with no one religion holding a majority. According to the Kitauban Decennial Census, the largest group of adherents belong to the Aladura faiths. Aladura is a broad term covering a wide variety of faiths that syncretize traditional faiths with elements of Sotirianity, most notably Solarian Catholicism. This term embodies religious groups formed during and after the colonial period, as well as the Philipites, an autocephalous sect in partial communion with the Solarian Church that predates the arrival of colonial missionaries by several centuries. As a result of this varied background, the Aladura faith is highly decentralized; some groups are in full communion with the Solarian Church, while others hold such different beliefs that they are considered heterodox by mainstream, non-Bahian Sotirians. As of 2020, around 8.4 million Kitaubans self-identify as affiliated with some form of Aladura.

5 million Kitaubans identify as Irfani. Brought to the island through trade networks, it gained popularity within the mainly-Watuajua merchant caste during the Gashi period, but experienced a much slower growth among traditional elites. Eventually, the religion caught on with segments of the Hausa and Tamasheq populations in the period immediately preceding the islands' Weranian subjugation. The religion's ties to Rahelia made it appealing to members of the reformist Unguavu Generation; many of the more radical involved sought an alternative intellectual and theological heritage from which Kitauban national identity could draw from, as Sotirianity's ties to Euclea had for them irrevocably tied it to the Weranian colonial regime. Today, Irfan in Kitaubani is practiced across ethnic lines, though sees most of its adherents concentrated on Kardjiba and the north of Kitaubani Island.

Government

Kitaubani is a unitary constitutional monarchy, governed under its 1969 Constitution. The head of state is Queen Medare I. Under the Kitauban Constitution, the monarch holds mostly symbolic power. Most real executive authority lies with the parliamentary head of government, a title often translated as Premier. Currently, the Premier is Balarabe Zango of the Progressive Bahian Front. The Premier is elected from the ranks of Kitaubani's parliament, the National Assembly. Under the principle of parliamentary sovereignty, the legitimacy of the Kitauban government is meant to derive from the citizenry through voting for representatives in the parliament.

Economy

A cement factory in X Department, Kardjiba

Kitaubani is often categorized as an lower-middle-income nation. Through a burgeoning industrial sector and nascent services sector, along with footholds in the global shipping industry, the nation has maintained one of the stronger economies in Bahia. Kitaubani holds the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita both nominally and in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) in Bahia. Decades of relative political stability and peaceful transfers of power have helped encourage steady economic growth.

Major industries in Kitaubani include manufacturing, agriculture, shipping, and, increasingly, tourism. Shipping, especially in providing crews for international vessels and through flags of convenience, generates significant revenue and employs a large number of Kitaubans. Kitauban shipping crews and other foreign workers provide a significant influx of foreign capital through remittances.

Transportation

Kitaubani's transport network is diverse, with numerous methods available connecting settlements, the islands, and the country itself to the outside world. Compared to other Bahian nations, the Kitauban rail network is relatively robust, including both intercity service, freight transport, and in Kwamuimepe and Gashi, limited urban light rail.

Culture