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Republic of Nova Kovaria
Republik Niuwekovår (Tyrnican)
Motto: "Quaerere novos prospectus"
"Seek new horizons"
Atlas of Nova Kovaria
Map of Nova Kovaria
|Official languages||Rythenean, Tyrnican|
|Recognised national languages||Principean|
|Recognised regional languages||Baptistois Creole|
|Demonym(s)||Nova Kovarian or Kovarian|
|Government||Unitary parliamentary republic|
• Governorship of Nova Kovaria
|9 May 1799|
• First Nova Kovarian Republic
|30 September 1868|
• August Revolution
|10 August 1921|
|18,778.46 km2 (7,250.40 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
• 2020 census
|359.79/km2 (931.9/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2020 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2020 estimate|
• Per capita
|Gini (2020)|| 36.2|
|HDI (2020)|| 0.892|
|Currency||Nova Kovarian Note (₦) (NKN)|
Nova Koravia (Tyrnican: Niuwekovår), officially the Republic of Nova Kovaria (Republik Niuwekovår) is an island country located in the Rum Gulf. Its closest neighbor is Saint-Baptiste, with whom it shares the Rum Islands archipelago. It has a population of 6,756,433 people spread across 3 major and numerous minor islands. Its capital is Augusta on Aspire Island and its largest city is Freeport on Sainkt Mark.
Home to native peoples since at least the 1st century, Tyrnican and Rythenean settlers arrived in the early-mid 17th century, haphazardly establishing settlements across the archipelago. Chattel slaves from Idica and indentured servants from Auressia (and, to a lesser extent, Surucia) arrived soon after. These institutions would result in a boom of cash crop and monocultural plantation farming, including sugar, coffee, and fruits. By the late 17th century, almost all of the native population had died from disease or deliberate attacks by the settlers.
Cooperation emerged between the Tyrnican and Rythene populations, forming a distinct Nova Koravian identity. During the Tyrno-Rythenean Wars, the Rythenean controlled islands were taken and the archipelago was reorganized under the single Governor of Nova Kovaria. Tyrnican rule would last until 1854 when the islands were traded to Audonia for a long-term partnership. Turmoil in Aurdonia and unrest in the islands, however, would lead to independence in 1868 as the First Republic of Nova Kovaria. This republic would eventually fall to a coup after Audonian intervention in 1882, and then again in 1890, before being restored during the August Revolution in 1921.
Nova Kovaria is a developed nation and has a broad manufacturing sector, including high-tech, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and industrial machinery industries. It also retains robust financial and service sectors, as well as an emerging spaceflight industry. Tourism is also a large industry, though it is highly localized and often not the focus of the nation. For the most part, agriculture has been superseded by manufacturing, and much of the islands’ food is imported. A lack of other natural resources has created a deficit to import the raw materials and basic goods needed for Nova Kovaria’s manufacturing. Fossil fuels, especially, are a significant portion of its international trade.
The name "Nova Kovaria" is a Latinization of "New Kovaar" and is the recognized Rythenean-language name for the nation. In Tyrnican the name is "Niuwekovår" which is a direct translation of "New Kovaar". The nation's name originally came from the charter establishing the Governorship of Nova Kovaria, which named the colony after old Kovaar in Tyrnica. Some uncertainty exists as to whether the name predates the charter, with some older documents referring to the region as "Nova Kovaar", "Ruminselien", and "Friedericksland".
There exists a contemporary movement to rename the country as part of a broader effort to decolonialize it. Some proposed alternatives include Aspire (from Aspire Island), Halcyon, and Goldshore. This movement has, thus far, seen limited success and is widely considered a fringe movement.
With the breakout of the Tea War, further unrest related to the solidification of the Nova Kovarian identity, and an increasing desire by Tyrnica to lure Audonia into a partnership, the Kovarian Agreement was signed in 1854. This agreement transferred the ownership of Nova Kovaria to Audonia in exchange for assistance in future conflicts.
As part of its independence, a series of asymetrical treaties, known collectively as the Audonian-Kovarian Accords, were imposed on Nova Kovaria by Audonia under the guise of protecting the new country from Albrennian influence. This included a number of requirements and stipulations on Nova Kovaria, including a permanent Audonian naval base on Pilger's Island, Audonian oversight on trade and diplomatic agreements, and a mandatory consultation and first-offer role for any new industrial ventures. Audonia also reserved the right of intervention in Nova Kovaria if it believed it necessary, either politically or militarily.
Intervention was formally attempted in 1882 as internal unrest reached a boiling point. Spearheaded by anti-Audonian insurgent groups, bombings, assassinations, and even skirmishes became commonplace. Pro-independence political factions also experienced growing influence and support. This ultimately led to the bombing of Audonia's naval base on Pilger's Island, orchestrated by the Freikovårarmee (FKA) and Rum Legion. After the bombing, Audonia deployed forces to the islands to suppress the insurgents and restore order. At the same time, elements within the Nova Kovarian army ousted President Erhardt Uchtmann and dissolved parliament, establishing a pro-Audonia military junta. This marked the end of the First Republic and reasserted Audonia's hold over the island for the time being.
Insurgent groups continued operating despite the new government's attempts to seek out and eliminate resistance, however. By 1889, it became clear that unrest within the country was threatening a full civil war. Facing extreme internal pressures and elements within the army threatening another coup, the junta organized elections scheduled for 1890. While many groups called for the boycotting of what was seen as simply a means for the junta to establish a popular mandate, and strongarm tactics by both sides to influence the results, turnout reached well over 80%. In the end the anti-Audonia faction received a significant majority, especially amongst the army, significantly crippling the junta's ability to remain in power.
Dissolution of the Accords
Concerned about this result and the rapid loss of Audonian influence on Nova Kovaria, Audonia again attempted to intervene militarily. Unlike the first intervention, however, the nation had rallied and with the pro-Audonian generals ousted could mount a major resistance. Despite Audonian claims that the election had been embroiled in fraud, and accusations that the anti-Audonian faction was closely tied to the FKA and Rum Legion, Audonia also faced significant international criticism for their attempt to interfere in an independent nation's political process. Both of these together would result in the intervention's failure. Subsequently, the Audonia-Kovaria Accords would be dismantled and renegotiated under Audonia's 'Good Neighbor' policy from 1890 to 1950, resulting in Nova Kovaria's full independence. Despite the victory against Audonia, the anti-Audonian government would fall into infighting and a second coup would place President Andrew Thurmond in power. While not as brutal as the military junta, Thurmond oversaw the persecution of those who had supported Audonian rule.
First Great War
During the First Great War, Nova Kovaria maintained strict neutrality in an effort to appease both of its ethnic Rytheneans and Tyrnicans. This was made difficult due to pressure from Audonia, eventually culminating in the back-room utilization of the Audonian-Kovarian Accords by Audonia to send funds to the Galene League through Nova Kovaria's banks. This funneling of money would not be revealed until 2006.
Thurmond would remain in power until 1921, when the August Revolution, beginning on the 10th of August, ousted Thurmond and established the Second Republic.
Government and Politics
Nova Kovaria is a representative democratic republic with a unitary parliamentary system of government. The Constitution of 1921 established the current political system. The legislative branch of the government, the Nova Kovarian Parliament, is a bicameral body consisting of the upper house, the 25-member Assembly, and the lower house, the 120-member Senate. As prescribed by the Constitution, members of the Assembly are directly elected by the people through instant-runoff voting, while Senate seats are awarded through party-list proportional representation. There is a 1% electoral threshold for parties to receive representation in the Senate.
|Group||Party leader||Seats||% of seats|
|▌National Liberal||Jonas Granger||54||45%|
Bolded parties are part of the current government.
Assembly members serve staggered 8-year terms, with half of the Assembly up for election every 4 years. Since 1967, Assembly members have been restricted to two terms in office. The Senate is nominally scheduled to hold elections every 4 years after a previous Senate election. However, the government can be dissolved early by a no-confidence vote by the Senate or a dissolution motion by the Assembly signed by the President.
The President is the head of state and is elected directly by instant-runoff voting for a 6-year term, with no term limit. The role of the president is mainly ceremonial, though they have the power to call for a referendum with a majority vote in the Assembly. The Prime Minister is the head of government and is appointed by a majority of the Senate. Cabinet ministers, who are appointed by the Senate, form the executive body together with the Prime Minister. The President and Prime Minister are currently Laura Pastor and Jonas Granger, respectively.
The highest judicial body in Nova Kovaria is the Constitutional Court, which has explicit judicial review power provided by the Constitution. The court is composed of five justices appointed by the Assembly for a single term of 18 years. The court's agenda is determined by the Chief Justice, a position rotated between the serving justices once a year.
Foreign Relations & Military
Nova Kovaria maintains diplomatic relations with almost all of the world's nations. It is a member of the Assembly of Marceaunian States. Nova Kovaria has had close ties with the Commonwealth of Northern Auressia since the organization's founding, providing the organization with a launch site for its satellite and spaceflight ventures.
In recent decades, the country has developed a close alliance with its former suzerain Audonia. Special border agreements allow the for relatively easy travel between the two countries, which has resulted in Audonia becoming Nova Kovaria's largest trading partner. This alliance has grown to include annual naval exercises in the Rum Gulf, as well as the reopening of the Port Bartholomew Naval Base to the local economy. Nova Kovarian and Audonian military forces have heavily integrated their military command and control.
Nova Kovaria is a country with a highly developed market economy that is centered around manufacturing, services, and high-tech industry. The country is known for its production of high-quality goods and is home to several well-known Kovarian brands and companies, including Apollo Computers and KM Pharmaceuticals. These companies have earned a reputation for their excellence in producing high-quality products.
Nova Kovaria has a well-developed manufacturing sector that includes high-tech, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and industrial machinery industries. The country is also known for its robust financial and service sectors, which contribute significantly to the nation's economy. The country's emerging spaceflight industry is also gaining international recognition, with both public and private organizations investing in the sector.
Investment in science and technology is a top priority for Nova Kovaria, which has resulted in the nation's international reputation for software development, communication, engineering, and other areas of research. The country is home to several research and development centers, including the Kovarian Aerospace and Astronautics Bureau (KAAB) and the Kovarian Institute of Technology, which are dedicated to advancing the nation's technological capabilities.
The currency of Nova Kovaria is the Nova Kovarian Note (NKN or ₦), which is issued by the Central Kovarian Reserve Authority (CKRA). The CKRA is responsible for maintaining the stability of the country's financial system by setting monetary policy, regulating banks, and ensuring the smooth functioning of the economy. The Nova Kovarian Note is widely used throughout the Rum Gulf, and its exchange rate is closely monitored by the CKRA to ensure economic stability.