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The United Republic of Storsnia
Storsyan Yhdistynyt Tasavalta
Motto: Pohjoiset valot yhdistävät meidät kaikki
The Northern Lights Unite Us All
Official Map of The United Republic of Storsnia
|Recognised regional languages||Skolt|
|Government||Federal semi-direct democracy under a parliamentary republic|
|Kállá Tamvere [VDU]|
• Deputy First Minister
|Villiam Tapio [UNIN]|
|Legislature||Chamber of Representatives|
• Foundation of the Storsne Confederacy
• Velvet Revolution
• Storsnian Civil War
|GDP (nominal)||2020 estimate|
• Per capita
Storsnia (Storsne: Storsyan), officially the United Republic of Storsnia (Storsne: Storsyan Yhdistynyt Tasavalta), is a nation in Northeastern Mu-Kal bordered by the Gulf of Salta to the West and the Titus Ocean to the North. The capital is Farsund and the largest city is Ensrup. Other major metropolitan areas include Nilsiä and Kaskinen.
Storsnia's population is about 36,474,870, the majority of whom live on the West Coast and the South Central Highlands. A majority of the population speaks Storsne with some speaking a regional dialect known as Skolt in the southern highlands and southeast. Storsnia is the largest nation by land area and the sixth most populated nation on the Mu-Kal continent. It is a Federal Parliamentary Republic made up of 22 cantons.
The first Storsne were very nomadic and followed the migratory patterns of the native reindeer. These first peoples began to settle down and beginning a long standing tradition of reindeer herding around 561. There were many different tribes among the Storsne that would fight for good herding grounds and arable land which proved to be scarce in the northern parts of the country. These tribes varied in their traditions and their individual ways of life. Eventually, the larger tribes subdued many of the smaller ones. The leaders of these tribes saw that a war between themselves would be devastating and that they would be stronger if they were united under a single entity. Thus in 15th century the Storsne Confederacy was formed. The confederacy brought many reforms to the Storsne people. Under the confederacy the Storsne tribes became much more united. Technological advances improved the Storsne way of life and the economy began to diversify and industrialize during the later years of the confederacy. Alongside these improvements the confederacy grew in size growing to encompass large swaths of territory in northeast Mu-Kal and northwest Nori. Under the confederacy the hereditary chiefs were representatives of the people making the confederacy more similar to a Hereditary Oligarchic Republic. As a result of this corruption was widespread during some periods of the confederacy and ultimately lead to its downfall.
In 1913, the Velvet Party and several other anti-confederacy groups revolted against the confederacy in the Velvet Revolution. The Velvet Revolution fundamentally changed the Storsne confederacy, and immediately after the revolution the Velvet Party took power led by Veli Löppönen. The Velvet party instituted a ruthless dictatorship over the people of Storsnia that lasted until 1915 when the Storsnian Civil War began. The Storsnian civil war was a three-way civil war between the Velvetists, the liberals, and a small group of confederacy supporting groups. The civil war was devestating for the nation and lasted four years. Ultimately the liberals defeated the opposing sides and the Velvetists were removed from power. Following the civil war the leader of the liberal faction, Matteus Hyvönen set up a new democratic government that still stands today.
After the civil war the nation took a significant time to recover. Immediately after and during the civil war the world was embroiled in the Olympic War tieing up many resources from the international community that could've been used to rebuild the country. Following the Olympic War the world was in the middle of a long depression which further hindered post-war development. However, the nation prevailed and made significant economic gains. The nation further industrialized and improved the quality of life of many citizens. In the late sixties vast oil reserves were discovered in the north part of the country. This discover spurred massive economic growth that can still be felt around the country. In the late 19th century Storsnia joined the Mu-Kal Union bring greater interconnectedness with the Mu-Kal continent.
The original native name for Storsnia was Stoeaporossnyanek, which roughly translates to "land of snow and reindeer", owing to the large amounts of snow in the area during winter and the vast herds of reindeer that served as a major food source for early Storsne. The first Storsne in this area referred to themselves as Stoeagasdanek which translates to "farmers of snows", this comes from how the early Storsne saw themselves as farmers reaping the few benefits brought by the frequent snow weather. Over time both of these names became shortened to Storsyan and Storsne respectively.
Today the proper way to refer to a citizen of Storsnia is "Storsnian".
Compared to other regions on the Mu-Kal-Nori continent modern-day Storsnia was one of the last regions to be reached and settled by humanity. The region was dominated by glaciers throughout prehistory with the most recent glacial maximum receding approximately 15,000 years ago. As a result the earliest traces of human life are found in the far southern parts of the country where glaciers frequently grew and then receded.
Early inhabitants of the region developed a nomadic society focused on following the migratory paths of reindeer and other migratory animals in the region. These early inhabitants continued with thei nomadic lifestyle up until at least 4,000 BCE when nomadic hunters began to settle and develop agricultural communities in the southern and central valleys. In contrast, the inhabitants of present-day northern Storsnia continued their nomadic traditions until much later with many still practicing today.
It is theorized that the appearance and culture of Storsne people has changed significantly from the early inhabitants of the region. DNA evidence from early Storsne indicate that these early inhabtants possesed traits more in common with central Nori peoples. This suggests that early Storsne migrated from central Nori. As time progressed however peoples from central and eastern Mu-Kal migrated towards present day Storsnia causing a fusion between the two groups.
Formation of the Storsne Confederacy (14XX)
Fall of the Confederacy
Storsnian Civil War(1915-1919)
The government of Storsnia is in short a democracy, however, when taking a more in depth look at the government it can be described as a federal semi-direct democracy under a parliamentary republic. The national government is divided into two branches: The executive and legislative. The legislative branch is a unicameral 150 member body called the Chamber of Representatives. The executive is chosen by the members of the Chamber of Representatives after a general election which typically happens every five years or after a successful lack of support resolution. The executive office is called the First Minister of The Chamber of Representatives or First Minister for short. There are no term limits in Storsnia and it is not uncommon for a First Minister to serve nonconsecutive terms.
Storsnia is made up of 19 distinct cantons each with their own local government. The local government of each canton is made up of three branches: The executive, legislative, and judicial. The legislative branch is very similar to the Chamber of Representatives however size varies between the individual cantons. The executive is elected directly by the people and is called the Governor. Not every canton has a governor as the largest canton The Northern Territory has no governor. The judicial branch is unique to the canton government as most crimes are prosecuted on a local or canton level. The judicial branch is made up of a Canton Supreme Court with the number of justices varying between 7 and 1. The justices are elected directly by the people. In cantons with more then one Supreme Court Justice a justice is elected in a district and may only preside over trails from that district. If a criminal must be prosecuted on a national level the presiding justice(s) are selected from the the district(s) where the crime(s) took place.
Storsnia is a semi-direct democracy in that the citizens may call a federal referendum to challenge laws passed by the Chamber of Representative. If a group of citizen gathers 100,000 signatures against the law within 100 days of the law being passed a national vote is scheduled where a simple majority is used to decide whether the law is accepted or rejected. Similarly justices and representatives in the Chamber of Representatives can be recalled at anytime with the exception of the first minister if they hold a seat in the Chamber. In the case of a representative and justices a recall election begins with a petition by voters in that representatives district. Normally 50,000 signatures are required for a recall election to be scheduled. Recalls are also present in canton governments and municipal governments, however, requirements for an election vary.
Storsnia has large primary and heavy secondary sectors and a smaller tertiary sector. The economy is mostly geared towards extracting raw materials and heavy manufacturing. Natural gas reserves and oil fields are exploited heavily providing raw fuel to the world. Most of this fuel is shipped out of ports on the western cost with the largest port being located in Ensrup. Quantities of fuel are also transported by rail to interior Mu-Kal and Nori nations. Forestry also makes up a large part of the primary sector with raw timber being harvested in large amounts. Other contributions to the primary sector include mining and agriculture. The secondary sector is propelled by heavy manufacturing. One secondary industry that's seen large growth in recent years has been the production of semiconductors. This are primarily produced in factories in the more urban areas of the country. The largest secondary industry however is the production of military vehicles such as IFVs and APCs. Other contributions to the secondary sector include natural gas and petroleum refining primarily for domestic use and miscellaneous manufacturing.