Democratic Republic of Bahinar
|Demonym(s)||Bahinese, North Bahinese|
|Government||Semi-Presidential Constitutional Republic|
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North Bahinar, officially the Democratic Republic of Bahinar, is a country in Alharu constituting the northern part of the Bahinese Doab. Bharahana, situated on the Ambapani river, is the capital although Samgala maintains the position of largest city. To the north the Ambapani river marks the border of North Bahinar, to the east Fulgistan borders the nation. A demilitarized zone runs across the border with South Bahinar, its southern neighbor and opponent in the Bahinese Liberation War. Both North and South Bahinar claim to be the only legitimate government of the Bahinese Doab.
North Bahinar is a developing nation and receives development aid from Variota, although relatively low education levels, corruption and widespread poverty have dampened the effect of said aid throughout the last decades. Nevertheless, North Bahinar maintains a growing industrial base and is slowly transitioning from an agricultural economy to a manufacturing one. North Bahinese toys in particular find greedy buyers throughout Eurth due to their relatively low price.
Politics and Government
The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Bahinar (Bahinese: डेमोक्रेटिक स्टेट ऑफ बहिनार मधील सशस्त्र दले) include the Army (Sain'ya), the Protectors of the Golden Buddha (Gōlḍrakṣaka) and the Law Enforcement Agencies (Pōlīsa). These forces total around 71,500 active personnel, not including the Law Enforcement Agencies. All branches of the Armed Forces fall under the command of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The Ministry of Defence and Reunification is responsible for planning logistics and funding of the Armed Forces but is not involved with in-the-field military operational command.
The North Bahinese regular military, or Sain'ya, consists of the Democratic Republic of Bahinar Army Ground Forces, Democratic Republic of Bahinar River Defence Force, Democratic Republic of Bahinar Air Force, and the Democratic Republic of Bahinar Air Defense Force. The Sain'ya has an estimated 51,500 personnel: the Democratic Republic of Bahinar Army Ground Forces, 35,000 personnel, of which 22,000 are conscripts; the Democratic Republic of Bahinar River Defence Force, 5,000 personnel, and the Democratic Republic of Bahinar Air Force, 10,000 airmen. The Democratic Republic of Bahinar Air Defense Force is a branch split off from the DRBAF and is responsible for North Bahinar's military land-based air defences, it counts 1,500 personnel.
The Protectors of the Golden Buddha, or Gōlḍrakṣaka, has an estimated 20,000 personnel in three branches: Its own Aerospace Force, 5,000 airmen; Ground Forces, 14,000 personnel and the Viśvākartā (special forces), 1,000 personnel.
The Niṣṭhāvāna Sēvaka (Loyal Servants) are a paramilitary volunteer force controlled by the Protectors of the Golden Buddha and are seen as a de facto fourth branch. Its membership is a matter of controversy. North Bahinese sources claim a membership of 500,000, including women, of which perhaps 120,000 are combat capable. There are a claimed 100 battalions of which some are composed of full-time personnel. Leaked reports by the General Staff of the Armed Forces in 2015 estimate 3,750 active-duty full-time uniformed members, 12,500 reservists, and a total of 460,000 men and women that can be mobilised if need be. Today the force consists of young Bahinese who volunteer, often in exchange for official benefits. The Niṣṭhāvāna Sēvaka serve as an auxiliary force engaged in activities such as internal security, law enforcement auxiliary, providing social services, organizing public religious ceremonies, policing against Communism, and suppression of dissident gatherings. A member of the Niṣṭhāvāna Sēvaka is called a niṣṭhāvanta sēvaka, loyal servant.
The Niṣṭhāvāna Sēvaka are subordinate to and receive their orders from the the Dalā'ī lāmā of Bahinar, to whom they are known for their loyalty. Previously, between 1985 and 2003, the Niṣṭhāvāna Sēvaka were officially part of the Protectors of the Golden Buddha. They have a local organization in almost every city in North Bahinar.
It has been rumoured that the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Bahinar receive funding, materiel and manpower from Het Huisselant Variota, rumours that have been vehemently denied by the Variotan government. In 2016, then Foorste Heere fan'es Ferantwortelik fan'es Folke, K.D. Lansevoort declared that all development aid given by Het Huisselant is intended for civilian usage and that Het Huisselant does not actively support the North Bahinese military. Rumours have persisted about official Variotan forces existing within North Bahinar as well as the Variotan secret service, Het Apparath, funding the North Bahinese Protectors of the Golden Buddha.
There are two airports servicing international flights within North Bahinar, the Bharahana International Airport and the Daler Vidyasagar Fanapur Airport. A third, the Samgala Domestic Airport, only handles sporadic domestic flights and air cargo routes, however plans have been proposed to renovate, upgrade and update the airport into an international one as part of a plan to incentivize foreign businesses into opening up in Samgala.