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|Recognised national languages||Asteriaans |
|Government||Federal Parliamentary Republic|
|Legislature||Parliament of Satavia|
|House of Representatives|
|Independence from Estmere|
• Federation, Dominion
|1 October 1816|
|9 April 1928 - 15 March 1934|
• Satavia Act, Independence
|23 September 1936|
|663,130 km2 (256,040 sq mi)|
• 2021 estimate
• 2018 census
|32.5/km2 (84.2/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2018 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2018 estimate|
• Per capita
|Gini (2018)|| 39.7|
|HDI (2018)|| 0.761|
|Time zone||UTC+ 11 (Satavian Standard Time)|
Satavia, officially the Satavian Federation, is an Island Nation in Western Asteria Inferior, and shares a Maritime Border with Nuvania. The capital, largest city and biggest financial center is Port Hope. Satavia is made up of 8 semi-autonomous Provinces and Territories, namely the Central Territory, Diereplek Provinsie, Groenvelde Vrystaat, Hope Province, the National Capital District, New Borland, Orange Province and the Westerse Vrystaat. With a population of an estimated 21.5 Million, Satavia is the second or third least populous nation in Asteria Inferior, and despite this plays a relatively important role in the region, due to it's comparative economic prosperity.
Human inhabitation of Satavia began around 36,000 years ago, after migration from present-day Nuvania. Permanent settlements were not constructed until around 20,000 years ago when the first permanent settlements were created in the modern-day Hope Province. There is little evidence of tribal warfare before the arrival of Eucleans, leading some historians to conclude that after Satavia was cut off from continental Asteria Inferior after the Ice Age, a state of absolute peace existed on the island.
Satavia is believed to have first been discovered in 1512 by Johannes van Twiller; van Twiller did not however make a note of the discovery, possibly presuming it to be of little importance as just a peninsula or an offshoot of mainland Asteria Inferior. The first recorded discovery of Satavia was in 1533, by Álvaro de Mascarenhas who noted the island as an extension to mainland Asteria Inferior. In 1541, Jan van Breybach correctly identified Satavia as an island, and landed in modern-day Port Hope, at Sandy Cove on August 22, and established the settlement of Hoopstad.
Colonisation was initially begun by the Catholic Duchy of Flamia, but in 1556 the island's primary settlement of Hoopstad was taken over by the Kasperist Hennish Republic. Colonisation efforts accelerated under the Republic, and later the Soritirian Commonwealth. By 1740, vast portions of the eastern side of the island, in addition to the coastal areas, had been developed. Much of the interior and its harsh conditions remained unsettled and unexplored, whilst the island's population had been growing rapidly, mainly due to immigration of Kasperists from Catholic states in Euclea fleeing persecution, most notably a large number of Hugenots from Gaullica.
In 1747, the Satavian Colonies and Nuvania were transferred to Estmere after the defeat of Hennehowe in the Hennish-Estmerish War of 1747. The new change in administration caused discontent among the Kasperist settlers, mainly over key issues such as slavery, which had been banned by Estmere. To avoid Estmerish magistrates, many farmers moved onto the frontiers of the colonies, which upset both Estmere and the native tribes, who began to launch raids on the settlers, who became known as Pioneers. Tensions came to a head in 1771, when a large group of farmers from the Hondeberg area launched a doomed revolt against Estmerish rule when Estmerish magistrates attempted to enforce Estmerish law on the Pioneers.
In 1800, Estmere granted limited self-governing status to the colonies. In 1816, the four Satavian colonies federated to form the Dominion of Satavia, and became an autonomous nation within the Estmerish Empire. The Satavian government began to explore and settle the interiors of the country, destroying the relative peace that had existed between the natives and the settlers. In 1881, Nuvania declared independence from Estmere which caused a minor economic depression in Satavia as it lost a major trading partner. Relations would be restored in 1883, and trading between the two nations began again.
During the Great Depression, Satavia struggled significantly as it had relied upon Estmere for many years economically, and suddenly Estmere were no longer able to provide the economic support that Satavia required. Satavia had largely recovered from the Great Depression by 1922. Nevertheless, the depression had a profound political impact on Satavia as it saw itself no longer requiring Estmerish assistance and serious calls for independence began. By the start of the Great War, Satavia was still a dominion and was relatively undefended. Satavian forces were quickly overwhelmed by a Nuvanian invasion in early 1928 and fell. Satavia was liberated during Operation Blind Summit in 1934.
Satavia's Prime Minister, Edward Limes, returned with members of the Exiled Government in February 1935. Much of Satavia lay in ruins, and in March 1935 Limes unveiled the "Five Year Rejuvination", designed as an economic stimulus package that would, in five years, rebuild Satavia. Following the conclusion of the Great War, Satavia declared independence from Estmere in September 1936, just months before the abolition of the Estmerish monarchy. Limes went on to win the 1936 General Election in a landslide victory and served until 1939 when he was removed in a military coup.
Satavia was under the control of the National Government for another 38 years until its ousting by members of the Hope Province's Provincial Guard in 1976. Violence would not end until 1983, however, when right-wing militias who had taken up arms against the new government were finally defeated. The Recession of 2005 significantly impacted Satavia and caused huge government debt that still exists today.
Satavia is a developed nation, that ranks highly on democracy indexes globally, and particularly well in the Asterias. Satavia is a member of the Community of Nations, International Council for Democracy, the Organization of Asterian Nations, the Estmerish Council and the Asteria Inferior Common Market, in addition to being an associate member of the North Vehemens Organization.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography & Environment
- 4 Government & Politics
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Culture
Human habitation of the area that now makes up Satavia is estimated to have begun around 36,000 years ago, while Satavia was still an extension to mainland Asteria Inferior. It is unknown where the first habitation by humans began, and many sites were destroyed during the mid to late 19th century during the Great Shame.
Following the end of the ice age, and separation from the Asterian mainland, warfare between tries is believed to have been virtually non-existent. This may be because of the lack of fundamental differences between native cultures, and the distance between settlements making it unlikely they competed for hunting grounds.
The first recorded sighting of Satavia by Eucleans was by the Luzelese explorer Álvaro de Mascarenhas, who presumed the island to be an extension of continental Asteria Inferior, in 1533. However, it is believed that the first sighting may have occurred in 1512 by Johannes van Twiller. Satavia was first correctly identified not as an extension to continental Asteria Inferior but an island by Jan van Breybach in 1541, and settled a colony on the island at Sandy Cove, becoming the first Euclean to set foot on the island on August 22.
Colonisation efforts begun by Breybach were in the name of the catholic Duchy of Flamia, and, in 1556, a coup was staged which saw the First Hennish Republic take control of the settlement. Under the Republic's rule, colonisation efforts were sped up, and in 1599 a second settlement - Dolfynbaai - was founded. Natives and the Euclean settlers may have been completely unaware of each other's presence on the island until the first recorded meeting in 1601, near the new settlement at Dolfynbaai.
During the 1600s, the population of the colony began to grow immensely due to immigration from Euclea, most notably Hugenots from Gaullica who were escaping persecution in their home country. In 1642, the First Hennish Republic was replaced by the Sotirian Commonwealth, who immediately launched and backed extensive colonisation efforts of Satavia. By 1700, the population had grown to an estimated 450,000 people.
In 1711, in accordance with the rapid population growth, separate colonies began to be split off from the Dolfynbaai Kolonie: Groenveldekolonie in 1711, Oranjekolonie in 1716 and the Westersekolonie in 1719 (the Westersekolonie being a collection of settlements on Satavia's western coast). 1719 also saw the end of the Sotirian Commonwealth and the re-unification of Hennehouwe, under a Catholic regime.
In 1747, both Satavia and Nuvania were lost to Estmere. The new Estmerish regime also continued the expansion of the colonies, whilst also continuing the Hennish policy of splitting colonies. Many colonists were angry that the liberal Estmerish government were attempting to change their way of life, notably including the banning of slavery, which had been a thriving business in the Dolphin Bay Colony. In 1771, some disgruntled colonists on the fringes of the Dolphin Bay Colony launched a revolt against Estmerish rule, commonly known as Pienaar's Revolt. The revolt was crushed by an Estmerish army raised from across the colonies but left a profound impact on the colonists.
During the late 1700s, expansion into the interior began, and the first major conflicts with natives also began. Conflicts with natives had existed on a low level since the 1600s, but tensions came to ahead in 1785, near the town of fontein. The conflict ultimately saw the native tribes of that area move further into the interior of the country, and lead to a huge native depopulation, primarily through starvation and war.
In 1816, federation of the colonies was achieved and the new, unified Satavia was granted dominion status. During the late 19th century, provincial governments were given more power and various borders were re-drawn, including huge swathes of the interior of the country being surrendered by their respective provincial governments and formed to become the Central Territory. Efforts to settle the interior were also well underway and included a genocide of various native tribes.
The effects of the Great Collapse were significant in Satavia, which had long relied on Estmerish support and funding. With Estmere now unable to provide for the dominion, its leaders looked elsewhere, primarily to continental Asteria. Aid from Estmere arrived in Satavia in 1916 following prolonged negotiations, and by 1922 Satavia had largely begun to recover. Satavia was occupied easily by Nuvania due to the lack of adequate defences and the relatively small number of troops stationed in the country during the Great War (Kylaris) and was liberated in 1934 during Operation Blind Summit.
Satavia declared independence from Estmere in September 1936, a few months before the abolition of the monarchy in Estmere. A group of right-wing military commanders staged a coup in 1939, and removed the Prime Minister and his cabinet from Government.
The military handed over control of the country in 1941 to the right-wing National Party, who slowly degraded basic civil and human rights in the country. Foreign sanctions began in the late 1960s, and Satavia became further isolated from the outside world. Various reforms in the mid-1970s that were designed to keep the dictatorship alive ended badly and emboldened protesters, who in late 1975 brought the entire country to a standstill.
Troops ordered to crush the dissenters disobeyed orders and in 1976 a division of troops from the Hope Province Provincial Guard seized the offices of the President and Prime Minister, as well as the Parliament Buildings. Democratic elections were held two months later. Initial plans for a codified constitution failed after it could not be agreed on the exact wording of the constitutional document, and consequently, an amendment to the Satavia Act was agreed upon, thereby continuing the precedent for constitutional amendments and leaving Satavia with a partially codified constitution.
In 1995 a constitutional crisis began after the Hope Province refused to surrender the city of Port Hope to the federal government; plans had been agreed upon in parliament (at the instigation of the other provincial assemblies) that the capital should not reside in a province, with the view that it gave the Hope Province an unfair amount of leverage over the other provinces and in particular the federal government. The case, Federation v The Hope Province was the first time the federal government had been challenged in the High Court of Satavia; the Federation's decision was upheld, and later that year the Hope Province surrendered the city of Port Hope to the federal government.
Since the 2005 recession, the cost of living, unemployment and poverty rate have all risen dramatically, with the Community of Nations describing the situation as "serious". In addition, native land claims have been a controversial topic in recent years, with successive governments passing the issue onto provincial governments instead, which are ill equipped to properly compensate the indigenous peoples.
Geography & Environment
Government & Politics
House of Representatives
Opposition Conservative & Country: 84 seats
Other Opposition Liberal: 33 seats
United Party: 20 seats
Labour & Social Democratic: 8 seats
Satavia First: 2 seats
New National: 1 seat
Green: 1 seat
Opposition Conservative & Country: 51 seats
Other Opposition Liberal: 22 seats
New National: 4 seats
Labor & Social Democratic: 3 seats
Satavia is a Federal Parliamentary Republic. For over one hundred years the country was a stable democracy until a coup lead by members of the Military in 1939 lead to the creation of a quasi-dictatorship, which lasted until 1976. Satavia is one of the world's oldest federations, in which power is divided between the federal government and provincial and territorial governments.
Satavia has a partly codified constitution, where the Satavia Act has, since 1816, been replaced and superseded with a new Satavia Act. For example, the Satavia Act, 1994 clarified the position and powers of Provincial and Territorial governments within the structure of the Federal Government. Powers are separated in the federal government between the legislature, executive and judiciary.
The President of Satavia is the head of state and is represented at a provincial level by provincial governors. It is not uncommon for former presidents to be appointed governors, and for former governors to win their party's presidential nomination. The President plays a purely ceremonial role and is appointed by the Senate. The President is elected by the party with the most seats in the Senate. Situations thus have existed where the Prime Minister and President are of a different party, which has most recently lead in 2005 to a second election being held, which resolved the parliamentary deadlock.
The Prime Minister of Satavia is head of government as well as head of the executive. The Prime Minister and his or her ministers are appointed by the President on advice from the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister sits in the House of Representatives and answers to both the Parliament of Satavia and the President. The position of Prime Minister has been continually held for over two hundred years.
The Parliament of Satavia is Satavia's federal bicameral legislative body and is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Satavia largely follows and modified the method of the Northabbey model. Both houses are democratically elected, in elections that occur simultaneously, every four years. A Prime Minister may, however, call an election early in which case both houses are dissolved and a snap election is held.
The House of Representatives is made up of 149 representatives elected from single-member electoral divisions (sometimes known as constituencies or seats) using the first-past-the-post system. Divisions are based upon population, and are drawn up by the Independent Electoral Commission of Satavia (IECS), but are regarded by some to be unfair based on the current allocation of population per division, which varies widely. Neither of the two territories sends representatives to the House of Representatives, but instead send an advisor appointed by their respective territorial parliaments.
The Senate is made up of 80 representatives (12 from each province, and four from the two territories) elected through the party-list proportional representation system, whilst seats are allocated through the D'Hondt method. The Senate plays a purely advisory role, and may not amend or throw out legislation, only return it to the House of Representatives to be amended.
Two main political groups normally form a government, both on a provincial and federal level: the Conservative & Country Party and the Liberal Party. The Conservative & Country Party was formed from a merger of multiple small political parties on the right to the centre-right of the political spectrum, whilst the Liberal Party is regarded as centre-left. Other parties gain political representation, but rarely form a government (some have in the past been members of coalition government). The centrist United Party and the left-wing Labour & Social Democratic Party are sometimes regarded as a "third party".
Satavia is a federation, and has three tiers of local governance: Provinces, which act as semi-autonomous sub-national administrative units, each with an elected legislature and premier, and Territorial authorities, which deal with local governance.
Satavia is made up of six provinces, in addition to two territories. Provinces and Territories have the same legislative powers outlined in the Constitution of Satavia, with the main key difference being that territories do not send any members to the House of Representatives (they do, however, send members to the Senate) and that they are constitutionally subordinate to the federal government.
Each province has an elected premier and legislature, and an appointed Governor, who fulfils the role of executive. A provincial legislature has wide-ranging powers in passing legislation, on the condition that it does not undermine existing legislation passed by the federal Parliament. Elections to provincial legislatures are held in tandem with federal elections. Voting methods vary from province to province, but a majority uses the first-past-the-post system, much like in federal elections. Each province also has a separate judicial system, whilst the High Court of Satavia serves as the final court of appeals and retains the power to override a provincial ruling.
Provinces retain full control over certain sectors of governance, including the emergency services, housing and infrastructure. The federal government retains the power to override provincial legislation, either through acts of parliament that supersede them, or unilaterally. A unilateral revocation can be appealed by a province to the High Court of Satavia. No government has ever revoked a piece of provincial legislation unilaterally.
|Central Territory||Hondeberg||185,312||Luan Cronie||Kian Thomas||Territory|
|Diereplek Provinsie||Reutenberg||2,159,201||Bash De Kok||André Venter||Province|
|Groenvelde Vrystaat||Bloemstad||2,401,421||Edward Matthys||Andries De Bruyn||Province|
|Hope Province||Burnaby||5,845,762||Johan de Vilock||Dawid de Klerk||Province|
|National Capital District||Port Hope||2,421,671||Christopher Marshall||Office vacant||Territory|
|New Borland||Talbot||339,209||Ruben De Toit||Eliza Smuts||Province|
|Orange Province||Northport||2,703,002||Daniël Vermack||Piet Van Der Westhuizen||Province|
|Westerse Vrystaat||Port Arthur||5,481,932||Christiaan De Beer||Bern Kotze||Province|
Within each province, there are territorial authorities, which deal with local governance. There are 42 territorial authorities, of which one is a unitary authority, the National Capital District, which is both a territory and a territorial authority.
Territorial authorities act as the lowest tier of local government, and powers granted to them are decided by the Provincial Government. The federal government, except for the National Capital District, has no direct power in deciding the responsibilities of a territorial authority. The boundaries of territorial authorities are decided by a province's respective boundary commission.
The Satavian Armed Forces comprise of the Satavian Army, the Satavian Naval Service and the Satavian Air Force. In recent years, the combined Armed Forces budget has been slashed by nearly 40%, following decades of unnecessary expenditure, much of it by the Satavian Dictatorship that was in power until 1976.
All citizens (except for university students and those employed in certain areas of the public sector) aged 18-22 are eligible to take part in two years of national service, however, many opt not to serve their national service time in the Armed Forces.
During the Satavian Crisis, the previously poorly-trained Armed Forces were given professional training by Hallandic Advisors, and Satavia retains close military ties with Halland, Satavia being an associate member of the NVO.
Satavia's Army consists of nearly TBD men and women, whilst Satavia's Navy maintains a fleet of 17 ships, including a single LPH, which was purchased from Halland in 1999, in addition to a Dock Landing Ship, also purchased from Halland. The Satavian Airforce consists of TBD planes.
Foreign Affairs & International Standing
Satavia retains very close relations with her neighbour Nuvania, due to historical ties (both were Hennish and later Estmerish Colonies), and Satavia remains the only country Nuvania has a free travel agreement, and both were present at the signing of the Kingsleigh Treaty, along with Satucin, that eventually lead to the creation of the Asteria Inferior Common Market. Satavia's relations with Nuvania have rarely been strained, other than the Great War, where Satavia, at that point still a Dominion of Estmere, briefly fought, and then surrendered to Nuvanian Forces.
Satavia also retains close relations with other countries in the Asterias, most notably Halland, whose cultural and political impact during their four-year deployment during the Satavian Crisis later lead to closer ties with Halland, and Associate Member status in the NVO.
Further abroad, Satavia maintains close relationships with Estmere, often called "The Mother Country" colloquially. Estmerish remains Satavia's most used language and one of two official languages in the country. Satavia also maintains good relations with other countries in Euclea, such as Caldia and Gaullica.
The Patrick Islands, officially Naua Roa, are, according to the Satavian Government, an independent country in free association with Satavia - however, the CN and the majority of CN member states maintain that the islands are non-self-governing and are involuntarily an associated state of Satavia.
Satavia is a member of the Community of Nations, ASTCOM, International Council for Democracy, the Organization of Asterian Nations and the Estmerish Council, in addition to being an associate member of the NVO.
The 2018 Satavian Census listed the Satavian population as 21,537,500, giving Satavia a population density of 32.5/km2. Satavia is a predominantly urban country, with much of the interior being sparsely populated, due to its thick jungle and inhospitable environment.
The average life expectancy from birth in Satavia was 76.5 years of age, giving Satavia the highest life expectancy in Asteria Inferior. This is attributed mainly due to a lack of pollution, good access to healthcare and a relatively low crime rate. Satavia's fertility rate is 1.97 and has been decreasing steadily since the 1980s. In 2018 Satavia's median age was 33.9 years.
Largest cities in Satavia
|1||Port Hope||National Capital District||2,421,671|
|4||Port Arthur||Westerse Vrystaat||1,005,321|
|5||Fort Dent||Hope Province||801,291|
Ancestry and immigration
In the 2018 census, 60% of Satavian residents identified as ethnically Euclean, and 22% as ethnically Bahian. Other major ethnic groups include Natives (8%) and Mixed (7%). Satavia's population has become more ethnically diverse in the past thirty years. Ancestry is also tracked, and in the 2018 census the most nominated ancestries were (Ancestry choices were changed in the 2018 census, and removed the choices of "Asterian", "Nuvanian" and "Satavian"):
At the 2018 census, 8.2% of Satavian residents identified as one or more ethnic groups, which were collectively grouped as "Native" for statistical purposes. The most common ancestry was Estmerish, followed closely by Hennish.
Immigration to Satavia has occurred since the early 1600s, most notably a sizeable population of Gaullican Kasperists (Huguenots) and other immigrants from Caldia. Large populations arrived thanks to land incentives in the mid-late 19th century, leading to Satavia being a nation of net immigration for almost its entire history, except for a brief period of population decline from 1960-80 during the National Dictatorship, where many left the country for Euclea (in particular Hennehouwe and Estmere) and Nuvania.
Satavia has one official federal language: Estmerish, and two other official languages that are used in some provinces: Asteriaans and Hennish. Hennish is only an official language in the Hope Province and was the written standard in the National Capital District until 2009. Asteriaans, however, is an official language in every province and territory other than the Central Territory, where Estmerish remains the only official language.
In the 2018 census, the census asked responders to identify their first language. Over half said they spoke Estmerish (53.9%) as their first language, followed by Asteriaans (30.6%). The next largest language group was Hennish (8.3%) which shares mutual intelligibility with Asteriaans. In previous censuses, the two languages have been grouped as "Asteriaans/Hennish". The largest non-official language was Gaullican, at 3.1%.
The 2018 census did not track knowledge of a foreign language or the number of languages spoken for the first time since 1982. In the 2008 census, 86% of Satavians identified as speaking two languages fluently, with the most common combination being "Asteriaans/Estmerish", whilst 37% identified as speaking three languages fluently, with the most common combination being "Asteriaans/Estmerish/Hennish".
Satavia's state religion is Kasperism, although this is purely symbolic; the Religion Act, 1990 prohibits the federal government from prohibiting the free practice of other religions. In practice, church and state are separate, and the state does not endorse any particular Kasperist church, although the Reformed Hennish Church is by far the largest.
Religious adherence has declined massively in Satavia in the last 30 years; in the 1980 census, 83.6% of respondents said they followed Kasperism, a decline of nearly 1% per year in the period of 1980-2018. The largest single faith group is Sotirianity.
Schooling in Satavia is mandatory for all children aged 6 to 16. Education is free in every province and territory except for the Westerse Vrystaat, where education was fully privatised in 2009. Satavia has an adult literacy rate of 98%. Education is the responsibility of each province or territory but is supervised by the Ministry of Education. Whilst education is free in all provinces (except for the Westerse Vrystaat), private schools also exist, and are regulated by the Ministry of Education directly.
University tuition is also publically funded, and there are 28 universities in Satavia (25 public and 3 private). Satavia's most famous University is University College Port Hope, which is one of the oldest universities in the Asterias, and a member of the Hope League, a collection of four prestigious universities (namely University of Warwicksberg, University College Port Hope, University of Bloemstad and University of Konningstad). Two are Asteriaans-language universities, whilst the other two are Estmerish-language universities. Before the abolition of the Estmerish monarchy, all four had Royal Charters.
A much higher percentage of those who claimed Euclean ancestry in the 2018 census answered as having taken further education than those who claimed Bahian or Native ancestry. A study conducted in 2020 showed that the Hope Leauge universities were more likely to admit a person of Euclean ancestry and race than a person of Bahian ancestry and race with the same grades.
The Times ranked Satavia's education system as the best in Asteria Inferior, and the 24th best globally.
Healthcare in Satavia is delivered through provincial health boards, and standards and pricing vary from province to province. Universal health care is only available in the National Capital District, whilst free healthcare for low-income citizens is available in the Diereplek Provincie, Groenvelde Vrystaat, Hope Province, New Borland and the Orange Province. In the Westerse Vrystaat, health care is entirely privatised. Several attempts to provide free healthcare for those living under the Satavian poverty line have been defeated in the Westerse Vrystaat provincial legislature.
Emergency healthcare is managed on a provincial level, and ambulance callouts are universally free in all provinces and territories after the introduction of the Preservation of Life Act 1999, which forbids charging a fee for emergency service callouts.
Life expectancy in Satavia is 76.5 years. The highest cause of premature death was cancer and the highest cause of preventable premature death was smoking.
Art and literature
Media and entertainment
Most major sports in Satavia have Estmerish origins. Satavia is widely accomplished in the sporting world, and competes regularly in competitions such as the Invictus Cup, IFF Coupe du Monde, Rugby World Cup and the Asterias Cup.
Rugby union is considered Satavia's national sport, and was introduced to Satavia during Estmere's colonial rule of Satavia. The national team, commonly called the "Dolphins" is highly accomplished, and also one of the world's oldest teams, narrowly losing their first international to the Nuvanian team in late 1888. Satavia has participated in every World Cup since its foundation in 1981 and has won once, in 1997. Satavia has competed annually against Nuvania in the Kitchener Cup since 1907, with only a few years where matches weren't played. The team is recognised as a national symbol of Satavia.
Association football is also a popular sport, and has grown in popularity in recent years. Cricket is also a popular sport, and has historically been played by Satavian high society. Satavia's cricket team is also internationally competitive. Other popular sports include cycling, netball, field hockey and sailing.