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Kingdom of Ostmark
Kongeriget Ostmark (Osten)
Coat of Arms
Motto: Fred Och Välstånd
("Peace and Prosperity")
Royal anthem: Gud Frelse Kongen
God Save the King
|Location of Ostmark (dark green)– in Belisaria (dark grey)|
Location of Ostmark (dark green)
– in Belisaria (dark grey)
|Political Map of Ostmark|
Political Map of Ostmark
and national language
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
• Nord-Keldi Confederation
• Annexation by Ottonian Empire
• Kingdom of Staalmark
• Kingdom of Ostmark
• Joining the Ottonian Federation
• Independence from the Ottonian Federation
|Currency||Krone (kr) (OKR)|
|Date format||dd/mm/yyyy (CE)|
|ISO 3166 code||OS|
Ostmark (Osten: Kongeriget Ostmark), officially known as the Kingdom of Ostmark, is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy of nearly 10 million people on the continent of Belisaria. It is bordered by Cynereth to the east and by Ottonia to the north, and shares a maritime border with Keuland. The official and national language is Osten.
Celtics tribes have inhabited the area that is Ostmark today since ancient times. These tribes expanded northward in antiquity, coming into conflict with Nords that inhabited the northern Belisarian coastal regions. By 400 BCE the inhabitants of present day Ostmark were collectively known as the Corvaik, and were closely related to the Corvaik further to the west. By 450 CE, Allamunnic Tribes from the west began to dominate Ostmark, which gave rise to the Nord-Keldi Federation in 550.
Ostmark was given its name by the Ottonian Empire following the former’s conquest by the latter around 850, the name meaning “Eastern March.” Ostmark changed hands several times in the subsequent centuries, first being a part of the independent Kingdom of Staalmark when the Empire fell apart in 1150. Around 1250 Ostmark was conquered by Cynereth, and was brutally oppressed by the latter until the former was liberated by King Robert IV of Low Ghant in 1300. Robert became Ostmark’s first king, though he failed to produce any heirs, resulting in Ostmark eventually passing to his sister Telara, the eventual Holy Audonian Empress. Ostmark was either in personal union with the Holy Audonian Empire or Low Ghant until 1450, at which point it became an independent kingdom for four hundred years.
In the late 19th century, the nascent Ottonian Federation compelled Ostmark to join as a result of war, though Ostmark was able to break away in 1922 as a result of the Royal Uprising. Ostmark has been an independent state ever since. Ostmark today enjoys a high standard of living, a welfare state, and expansive public services such as universal healthcare and free university education. Ostmark is a member of the Forum of Nations.
Flora and fauna
Politics and government
Ostmark is a unitary constitutional monarchy with a democratic parliamentary political system. The Monarch is the head of state and appoints the Prime Minister, who in turn nominates members of government. The Folketing is the unicameral legislature of Ostmark, and is responsible for appointing and exercising control of the Government. Legislation may be initiated by the Government or by members of parliament. All bills passed must be presented before the Council of State, which consists of the Monarch, the heir, the Prime Minister and the cabinet ministers, to receive Royal Assent within thirty days in order to become law.
Ostmark is a representative democracy with universal suffrage. Membership of the Folketing is based on proportional representation of political parties. The Folketing consists of 160 members, elected by the people based on constituencies. Parliamentary elections are held at least every four years, although the Prime Minister can ask the Monarch to call for an election at anytime before the term has ended. With a successful vote of no confidence, the Folketing can force a single minister or the entire government to resign.
The Government of Ostmark functions as a cabinet government, in which executive authority is wielded by the Prime Minister and the cabinet ministers on behalf of the Monarch. The Cabinet is responsible for the function of the various ministries and for proposing bills, passing a budget, carrying out laws and directing foreign and national policy. The Prime Minister is a member of parliament who commands the greatest confidence of a majority of the Folketing, and is almost always the leader of the largest political party in the Folketing (or the leader of a coalition).
Law and criminal justice
Ostmark has a civil law system codified in the Constitution, with some institutions inherited from the Ottonian Empire. Ostmark never developed a case-law system nor comprehensive codes, and as a result the majority of its laws are customary.
The judicial system of Ostmark is divided between two courts, those with regular civil and criminal jurisdiction, and administrative courts with jurisdiction over litigation between individuals and government. Judicial independence from government and Parliament is ensured by the Constitution, with judges guided only by the law. The Supreme Court of Ostmark is the highest civil and criminal court in the country.
Ostmark consists of sixteen counties led by directly elected councils, elected proportionally every four years. The counties generally reflect the historical boundaries, though changes have been made over the past century to create a stronger population balance between them. The areas of responsibility for the county councils are the national health service, social services and infrastructure development. The counties are allowed to levy taxes and the health service is partly financed by a national health care contribution.