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Kingdom of Scovern
"Fra bjerg til hav har, vi fremgang" (Mescon)
"Fra fjell til sjø, vi trives" (Vestelian)
"Frá fjalli til sjávar dafnar okkur" (Frellandic)
("From mountain to sea, we prosper")
Vores land, vores stolthed (Mescon)
Vårt land, vår stolthet (Vestelian)
Landið okkar, okkar stolt (Frellandic)
("Our land, our pride")
Kongens march (Mescon)
Kongens marsj (Vestelian)
Scovern (dark green) shown within the Euclean Community (light green)
and largest city
|Recognised regional languages||Western Annic|
(Eyrar, Haukadalur, Kleppur, Kletta, Lauve)
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|884,477 km2 (341,498 sq mi)|
• 2022 estimate
• 2014 census
|GDP (PPP)||2021 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2021 estimate|
• Per capita
|Gini (2020)|| 28.1|
|HDI (2020)|| 0.941|
|Currency||Euclo (€) (EUC)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Euclean Standard Time)|
Scovern (Mescon: Skoverne, Vestelian: Skogerne, Frellish: Skóþjóð), officially the Kingdom of Scovern (Mescon: Kongeriget Skoverne, Vestelian: Kongeriket Skogerne, Frellandic: Konungsríkið Skóþjóð) is an island country in Northern Euclea. It shares maritime borders with Caldia to the east and Werania to the south. With a population of around 27 million, it is Euclea's eighth most populous country, and its fourth largest by area. More than half of the population live in Mesconia, one of Scovern's three constituent nations, where the capital, Rimso, is also located.
Humans first migrated to Scovern from Werania in 7000 BC, with the Stoense and Warnitz cultures. Petty kingdoms did not emerge until around 200 BC, and had limited contact outside their local area. First major contact with mainland Euclea began during the Marauder Age, where Scovern became a notable centre of both marauder raids and their settler kingdoms. The largest of these kingdoms, Connland, encompassed much of modern-day Mesconia. In the 9th century, the Sixtenite Kingdom under Sixten Agnarssun came to dominate North Sea affairs, and was based in what is now Istebjerg. The fall of the Sixtenite Kingdom gave way to feudal and mercantile states, which firmly established Mescon as the dominant language of trade in Scovern. Some of these states eventually joined the Rudolphine Confederation for protection. The Frellish Crusade in the 13th century eliminated the last vestiges of paganism in Euclea.
Olav II, who had unified southern Scovern in 1570, led a bloody unification campaign that coincided with the Amendist Wars. The growth of absolutism and Taenarianism in Scovern led to it becoming one of few Catholic states to fight against the Confederation during the wars. It doing so, it eliminated the final Rudolphine states on the isle, and Scovern entered a period of isolationism that was not broken until the 19th century. This isolationism stifled the spread of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, but its proximity still saw it adopted relatively quickly. The Euclean Spring introduced parliamentarianism and representative democracy in 1840, eventually expanding to universal suffrage in 1911. Scovern participated in the Great War with the Grand Alliance, where many Scovernois soldiers died. The war prompted a national debate as to the future of the military, and eventually it was scaled down massively to just a small land force and navy. Federalisation of Scovern began in 1961 under the administration of Vestelian premier Frank Kristian Sandberg, and ended in 1980 with full federalisation.
Scovern is a highly developed state, with an advanced high-income economy, a large welfare state, high rates of unionisation and low income inequality. Scovern consistently ranks highly on measures including democracy, education, equality, healthcare, press freedom and political transparency. Scovern is a member of many international organisations, including the Association for Economic Development and Cooperation, the Community of Nations, the Euclean Community and Euclean Common Defense Treaty Organisation, the International Council for Democracy, the Global Institute for Fiscal Affairs and the Northern Forum.
- 1 Etymology, pronunciation and other names
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics and government
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
Etymology, pronunciation and other names
Scovern is thought to derive from the Old Scovernois word skógr, and in turn from the Proto-Weranic root *skōgaz, meaning "forest" or "woods". The Mescon and Vestelian translations, Skoverne and Skogerne respectively, are derived exclusively from this root. In contrast, the Frellandic translation, Skóþjóð, more literally means "forest nation", affixing þjóð, meaning "nation".
In most Annic languages, the name for Scovern is Vuonalån, roughly meaning "land of the fjords" or "land of the rivers". Vuona is a native Annic word meaning fjord or river, whereas lån is a Weranic loanword for land.
Prehistory and Marauder Age
Archaeological records show that humans first settled in Scovern around 9000 BC, migrating from Werania. Early settlement was entirely limited to the south of Scovern, with ice caps making most of the island uninhabitable for a significant period. These humans later sailed and settled in Caldia after 8000 BC. Early humans in Scovern were fishermen, being subservient largely on a seafood-based diet. Gradually, fishing was supplanted by hunter-gatherers and later by farmers and agriculture.
The Bronze Age was slow to make its way to Scovern, with bronze tools being rare and only able to be bartered for by chiefs and other extremely wealthy people. Many rock carvings in Scovern date from the early Bronze Age, including the Tune carvings and Skrejup carvings. Contact was also limited between the people of Scovern and the Solarian Empire during the Iron Age. Many people in Scovern still resorted to stone tools during this period. Gold and iron became far more widespread in Scovern after the sacking of Solaria by Weranic tribes in 426 AD.
Scovern was a major centre of Ghaillish raids during the marauder age, and had by far the highest concentration of raids in the early Marauder Age. The first recorded Ghaillish raid was on the town of Orlafen in 792. Raids peaked in the 9th century.
Scovern's proximity to Caldia was the main reason for the high number of raids, though Scovern's politically fractured nature during this period made the various petty kingdoms across the isle susceptible to raids during this time. In 839, the first recorded marauder settlements emerged on the eastern coast of Scovern, including the founding of the city of Connheim which eventually became the capital of Connland, one of the most powerful marauder polities and a significant base for further marauder activity in Scovern and elsewhere in northern Euclea.
Medieval and renaissance era (937–1570)
Isolationist period and early modern history (1634–1846)
Constitutional monarchy (1846–1926)
Great War and modern history (1926–)
Avanaric foxes are known for their white coats of fur, used for camouflage
Killer whales are common across Scovern's coasts
Old photograph of the Vattannes ringed seal, endemic to Scovern's lakes
The common lizard lives all over Scovern
Scovern boasts a high amount of biodiversity, both in its flora and fauna, including species that are endemic to the country and have adapted to live in its avanaric climates. As a nation, Scovern also has a good record on animal welfare as well as natural biology and the faunal studies. From when Mikkel Lassen von Fittkau-Kresge established the Lassenite binomial system of taxonomic classification to modern day expeditions by Scovernois scientists to other countries, Scovern has regularly been a global leader in biological studies.
The country sports thousands of species, the vast majority of which are shared across mainland Euclea. Frequent glaciation as well as proximity to mainland Euclea allowed species once native to Scovern to migrate elsewhere in Euclea thousands of the years ago. Scovern also has a myriad of vagrant species. Much of Scovern's recognisable fauna are game animals and mammals with thick fur coats, which were hunted and sold as part of the Scovernois fur trade, including the Avanaric fox, brown bear, Euclean bison, grey wolf, lynx, muskox, red fox, reindeer and the wild boar.
Other land-dwelling mammals in Scovern include bats, hedgehogs, moles and shrews. In addition to this Scovern also possesses a diverse array of amphibians, birds, and reptiles, including the barn owl, common frog, common toad, grass snake, great cormorant, tawny owl, vivaparous lizard and western capercaillie. Common marine and aquatic species in Scovern include bass, brean, common bottlenose dolphin, common Euclean eel, common thresher, Euclean crayfish, herring, pike, signal crayfish. Rarer marine life include the Avanaric torpedo, lumpsucker, Perovo flounder, sea needles (or garfish), sea stickleback, Vattannes ringed seal, viviparous eelpout.
Because of Scovern's differing climates by region, it has a number of different terrestrial ecoregions, including the Frellandic tundra, Scovernois conifer forests and Vestelian taiga, which house a number of different flora and fauna between them.
Politics and government
The politics of Scovern are laid out in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Scovern, first ratified in 1840 but has since gone under many significant amendments, including the introduction of universal suffrage in 1911 and federalisation in 1980. Scovern is a constitutional monarchy within the framework of a representative democracy, with a unicameral legislature.
The head of state of Scovern is the monarch, currently Henrik since 1997. Officially, the monarch retains executive powers, but since the 1940s the monarchy has taken a strictly ceremonial role in Scovernois politics, mainly conducting official state visits on behalf of the country. The premier (officially the Minister of State) serves as the head of government, and in practice possesses most of the executive power within the Scovernois government. The premier usually leads a majority of seats in the Rigsdagen either on behalf of their own party or a coalition government, but this is not always the case. The premier is always a member of the Rigsdagen, though not always the leader of their respective party.
The Rigsdagen is the unicameral legislature of Scovern, elected every four years using party-list proportional representation in 31 national constituencies split across Scovern's three constituent nations. It consists of 318 representatives; 250 elected from constituencies with an additional 68 levelling seats, aimed to better represent the national voting trend within the legislature. In addition to the Rigsdagen, each of the three nations have their own federal legislatures.
Scovern is also a member of the Euclean Community, and in turn its parties run in Euclean elections to decide the Euclean Parliament. Most of Scovern's domestic parties are affiliated with a series of Euclean political alliances. Scovern's 56 seats in the Euclean Parliament are decided proportionally from a national list using the Boeri method.
Law and judiciary
Energy in Scovern is produced through a multitude of methods. The most common of these are geothermal energy and hydropower energy, which account for 32% and 44% respectively of Scovern's total annual energy production. Biomass, offshore wind farms and petroleum make up the majority of the rest, though Scovern's government has steadily decreased the country's reliance on North Sea oil. The country's geography has allowed Scovern to produce an abundance of renewable energy. In 2017, a coalition agreement between the Liberal People's Party and the Radicals saw Scovern become one of the first countries to commit to carbon neutrality by law. Scovern's current target aims for full carbon neutrality by 2045.
Largest cities or towns in Scovern
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Music has been present in Scovernois society for thousands of years. The Annic joik was one of the first styles of music played on the island. The Ghailles placed a large emphasis on musical tradition when they settled in Scovern in the 9th century, introducing the bagpipes and forming the basis of much of traditional Scovernois music in later years.
Due to its geographical and political isolation from mainland Euclea, classical music in Scovern took time to develop and popularise in Scovernois society. Famous classical-era composers from Scovern include Sven Aune, Paul Ekern, Guðni Hildingsson, Mathias Høgh and Arthur Sørensen. Most of these composers were active in the 19th and 20th centuries, and composed a great number of symphonies and operas.
Contemporary and popular music became common beginning in the 1960s. Scovern is particularly known for its downtempo scene, which emerged in conjunction with the development of electronic music in major cities in the 1990s. Groups such as Cosmogramma, Dødssynder and Flintinge were pioneering in the genre, attaining domestic success in the early 1990s, though it was ultimately Elena Rohde who brought international recognition and acclaim to the genre. Blending it mainly with art pop, she gained worldwide fame during the decade, and won the 1994 Euclovision Song Contest with "Jóga".
Other genres in which Scovern is a notable exporter include alternative rock, ambient, black metal and house and shoegaze. Notable acts from these genres include Bloody Mary, Dauðaleið til Borgarness, Double Hélice, Flotteurs, Moonrocks and Neðanjarðar.