Scovern

Kingdom of Scovern

Kongeriget Skoverne (Mescon)
Kongeriket Skogerne (Vestelian)
Konungsríkið Skóþjóð (Frellandic)
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Coat of arms
Motto: 
"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")
Anthem: 
Vores land, vores stolthed (Mescon)
Vårt land, vår stolthet (Vestelian)
Landið okkar, okkar stolt (Frellandic)
("Our land, our pride")
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Royal anthem
Kongens march (Mescon)
Kongens marsj (Vestelian)
Kóngsganga (Frellandic)
("King's march")
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Scovern (dark green) shown within the Euclean Community (light green)
Scovern (dark green) shown within the Euclean Community (light green)
Capital
and largest city
Rimso
Official languagesMescon
Vestelian
Frellandic
Recognised regional languagesWestern Annic
(Eyrar, Haukadalur, Kleppur, Kletta, Lauve)
Northern Annic
(Mosfell, Vogar)
Ethnic groups
(2014)
86% Scoverne
––43% Mescon
––31% Vestelian
––12% Frellandic
14% Other
Religion
(2014)
65% Sotirianity
––58% Catholic
––7% Amendist
30% Irreligious
5% Other
Demonym(s)Scoverne
Scovernish (rare)
GovernmentFederal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Henrik
• Premier
Ine-Linda Nesby
Herman Andresen
LegislatureRigsdagen
Area
• Total
884,477 km2 (341,498 sq mi)
Population
• 2021 estimate
27,003,197
• 2014 census
25,611,882
GDP (PPP)2021 estimate
• Total
€1.181 trillion
• Per capita
€43,752
GDP (nominal)2021 estimate
• Total
€1.144 trillion
• Per capita
€42,363
Gini (2020)Positive decrease 28.1
low
HDI (2020)Increase 0.941
very high
CurrencyEuclo () (EUC)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Euclean Standard Time)
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy
Driving sideleft
Calling code+99
Internet TLD.sk

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 ninth 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 Scoverne 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 Kristan 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.

Etymology, pronunciation and other names

Scovern is thought to derive from the Old Scoverne 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 Estmerish, Scovern is usually pronounced either with an open back rounded vowel, /ɒ/, or the diphthong /oʊ/.

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.

History

Prehistory

Marauder Age

Medieval and renaissance era (937–1570)

Unification (1570–1634)

Isolationist period and early modern history (1634–1846)

Constitutional monarchy (1846–1926)

Great War and modern history (1926–)

Geography

Biodiversity

Scoverne scientist Mikkel Lassen von Fittkau-Kreske established binomial nomenclature for taxonomy in the 1750s, achieving notoriety in Euclea and kickstarting a wave of biological advancements.

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 Scoverne 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 Scoverne 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, Scoverne conifer forests and Vestelian taiga, which house a number of different flora and fauna between them.

Climate

Environment

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 Scoverne 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 Scoverne 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.

Administrative divisions

Government

Law and judiciary

Foreign relations

Human rights

Economy

Agriculture

Energy

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.

Industry

Transport

Tourism

Demographics

Health

Language

Population

Largest cities

Religion

Culture

Art

Cinema

Cuisine

Literature

Music

Scoverne musician Elena Rohde wearing the swan dress during the 1994 Euclovision Song Contest, which she won with "Jóga".

Music has been present in Scoverne 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 Scoverne 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 Scoverne 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.

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