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Motto: "Bóg, Naród, Rodzina"
"God, Nation, Family"
Anthem: Niebiosa Zbawcie Federacja
"Heaven Save the Federation"
Location of West Miersa (dark green) and claimed but uncontrolled territories (light green) in Euclea.
|Capital||Żobrodź (de jure)|
West Żobrodź (de facto)
|Recognised regional languages||Narodyn|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Federal dominant-party semi-presidential republic|
|245,799 km2 (94,904 sq mi)|
• 2017 census
|76.98/km2 (199.4/sq mi)|
|GDP (nominal)||2015 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||West Miersan grosz (MZG)|
The Miersan Federation (Miersan: Federacja Mierska), also known as West Miersa (Miersan: Mierska Zachodnia), is a sovereign state in central Euclea, comprising the western portion of the historical nation of Miersa. It shares borders with Narozalica, Minilov and Vedmed to the west, Velzemia to the north and Lemovicia and Slirnia to the south. To the east, it is bordered by East Miersa, though it claims that the entirity of the Miersan basin, like its eastern counterpart. Żobrodź functions as the capital of West Miersa, although de facto only West Żobrodź is under their administration, and Krada is the nation's largest city. West Miersa has a population of 16.4 million and an area of 203,965 km2 (78,751 sq mi).
Miersa was first inhabited by the early Marolevs in the late classical period, as the Solarian Empire expanded into the Miersan hinterlands. Although not conquered by Solaria, the Solarians left a definite legacy in the region. The three first significant Miersan states were known as the Three Crowns, with West Miersa largely constituting Zachódnia and Firencja. They were united with Wybrzeże by Romuald the Bold in 1257. The subsequent Miersan Commonwealth became a significant power in central Euclea, at times rivalling neighbouring powers such as Sunrosia. In 1623, the Cesarz died without issue, leading to the Miersan Interregnum and the rise of the Miersan Republic. The Republic would be short-lived, with the monarchs of Gaullica and Narozalica both claiming the Miersan throne. The conclusion of the War of the Miersan Succession in 1638 put an end to the Interregnum, with land ceded to both Empires and the Duchy of Żobrodź buffer state created. In 1687 the First Miersan Revolt saw the final partition of the country. The western provinces became part of Narozalica, under which they retained their status as part of the breadbasket of Euclea.
Following the Great War, Miersa was largely under the occupation of Narozalica. Following Narozalican posturing and the outbreak of a major general strike, West Miersa was created as a part of the Godfredson Plan, and a CN-monitored DMZ was created. Following in the footsteps of their Narozalican benefactor, West Miersa became a rival to the Swetanian-backed Miersan Socialist Republic. The West Miersan economy, reliant on indemnities from the East, contracted in 1953, following East Miersan refusal to pay further indemnities. In 1979, West Miersa was isolated from Narozalica, and an East Miersan invasion sparked the Miersan War. The interference of the Community of Nations led to the signing of the Treaty of San Alessandro in 1982, which attempted to normalise relations between the two states and saw West Miersa cede Ziarnokosz to the east.
Today, West Miersa is a federal dominant-party semi-presidential republic which operates a mixed economy that focuses on natural resources. The current President is Sylwester Wrzesiński. It has a GDP per capita of $11,430. West Miersa is heavily aligned with Narozalica, with some commentators considering West Miersa a puppet state. It is a member of the Community of Nations, the International Council for Democracy and Samorspi.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Government and politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
Miersa is an Estmerish translation of the endonym Mierska, which is believed to be derived from (TBC).
Disestablishment and foreign rule
After the conclusion of the Great War in 1935 on Euclea, Narozalica occupied the areas of Miersa that were under the control of the Gaullicans, as part of their pan-Marolevic ambitions, thereby reuniting all of Miersa under one government, albeit not a sovereign government, with the Gaullican communities being expelled by the Narozalic authorities.
However, from the beginning of the Narozalic occupation, tensions began rising, particularly as with Swetanian assistance, socialist movements emerged in the east, particularly centred in the city of Dyńsk, where the following year, the general strike began and spread across all of Miersa. Despite efforts by the Narozalic government to suppress the general strike, the speed that it spread caused the central authorities in Samistopol to either decide on creating a puppet state in the western regions of Miersa, or lose control of the entirety of Miersa.
Thus, the Community of Nations was forced to resolve the situation, ultimately deciding on dividing Miersa via the Godfredson Plan, which saw the creation of West and East Miersa as two independent states, with the former being under the influence of Narozalica, and the latter under the influence of Swetania. The two were separated by a demilitarised zone, which was monitored by the Community of Nations.
Thus, in September 1936, elections were held, which saw the election of Świętosław Wojdyla as the first President, while the National Assembly was also elected, seeing the Miersan National Party take power. Thus, on October 3rd, 1936, with the inauguration of TBD as President, and the official adoption of the West Miersan constitution, the Miersan Federation officially gained its independence from Narozalica.
Under Świętosław's presidency, West Miersa's economic growth was quickly overtaken by that of the East, as East Miersa experienced a post-war economic boom, although as the east was forced to pay indemnities to the west, the West Miersan economy continued to grow, albeit relatively slowly. Under his tenure, Świętosław centralized power within himself and his family, at the expense of both the voivodeships and the Minister-President, and instituted Miersanisation policies against the Lemovician and Savader minorities, but also to a lesser extent against other minorities.
After being re-elected in 1941, he was succeeded in 1946 by his younger brother, Maurycy Wojdyla, who continued much of Świętosław's policies. During Maurycy's tenure, he maintained close relations with the Narozalic government. After securing a second term in 1951, Maurycy became more critical of East Miersa to the point that in 1953, East Miersa refused to pay any further indemnities, alleging corruption on the part of the West. This led to West Miersa's economy contracting, as well as nearly plunging the two states into war. However, once peace prevailed, West Miersa became further dependent on Narozalica.
In 1956, Maurycy was succeeded by his nephew, and the son of Świętosław Wojdyla, Iwon Wojdyla. During Iwon's tenure as President, he attempted to entice investors to invest in the West Miersan economy, as he sought to catch up with the east. While Krada, Sechia, and Żobrodź did grow thanks to Iwon's economic policies, Iwon's attempt to move towards eastern Euclea was criticised by the Narozalic government, while Iwon's efforts to recognise minority cultures, particularly the Narodyns, Lemovicians, and Savaders, grew flack from the conservative faction of his party. Thus, in 1961, the Nationalists selected Iwon's brother, Romuald Wojdyla, to be their candidate for the Presidency.
Under Romuald's presidency, he focused more on relations with Narozalica, abandoning Iwon's attempts to curry favour with eastern Euclea. While economic growth slowed under his presidency, Romuald followed Narozalica in introducing universal healthcare, doing so in 1965, allowing him to secure a second term in 1966. In terms of domestic policy, Romuald resumed Mierisation policies that were abandoned by his brother, although Narodyns were recognised as an ethnic minority, partially due to their size of the population, and partially to appease the Narozalic government.
In 1971, with Romuald reaching his term limit, he was succeeded by his cousin, and the son of Maurycy Wojdyla, Tadeusz Wojdyla. Tadeusz Wojdyla continued his predecessor's policies, growing increasingly close with Vilem Gardos' government, while embracing cultural and social conservative policies. This enabled him to secure a second term in 1976, but three years later, with the outbreak of the Sostava War, Narozalica was thrown into chaos, leading West Miersa without a protector or ally. In this situation, East Miersa took the opportunity to invade the West, starting the Miersan War, while in the south, Lemovicians declared the independence of Lemovicia from West Miersa.
Despite initial victories for the Eastern forces, the advance slowed in Środek, until it was stopped with the Battle of Krada, where the west unexpectedly won against the eastern army, with the help of Episemialist militias. Due to international concerns, both sides eventually agreed to the Treaty of San Alessandro in 1982, ending the Miersan War, and ceding Ziarnokosz to the east.
With the end of the Miersan War in 1982, although the West Miersans were able to stop the East Miersans from taking over the West and reunifying the country under their control, it crippled the Western government economically, and politically. However, as the Lemovician War continued raging between West Miersa and Lemovicia, it left the government unable to focus on reconstructing the country. Despite this, West Miersa joined the newly-established Samorspi in 1983.
In 1986, elections were held for the first time in ten years, as the 1981 elections were cancelled due to the war. Incumbent President Tadeusz Wojdyla, having reached his term limit, endorsed his son, Florentyn Wojdyla. However, Florentyn Wojdyla of the Miersan National Party lost to the Naprzód candidate Maksymilian Trzeciak, making Trzeciak both the first President to come from a party other than the Miersan National Party, and the first President not to come from the Wojdyla family.
During Trzeciak's first term, while he continued focusing on the Lemovician War, as it grew into a stalemate, he began focusing on rebuilding West Miersa from the devastation caused by the Miersan War. This helped him get re-elected in 1991, and the following year, he secured an end to the Lemovician War with the Alikianos Accords, establishing a cease-fire between the West Miersan government and the Lemovician separatists. This allowed for the West Miersan government to finally focus on economic reconstruction, with the economy reaching pre-1979 levels by 1995.
In 1996, Trzeciak was succeeded by Damian Jackowiak of Naprzód. Under Jackowiak's tenure as President, he sought to increase cooperation with Samorspi, signing the Tsivebi Military Agreement in 1997. As well, Jackowiak deregulated the West Miersan economy, helping continue West Miersa's economic growth, which in conjunction with him allowing the voivodeships to exercise powers with little interference from the central government in West Żobrodź, led to his re-election in 2001. During his second term, Jackowiak launched detente with the East Miersan government, which although it was controversial among many West Miersans, particularly those who fled from Ziarnokosz in the aftermath of the Miersan War, was met with acclaim from outside the country. However, with the 2005 financial crisis affecting West Miersa, Jackowiak and Naprzód sought to organize effective relief efforts to help ensure a "just economic recovery."
This allowed Naprzód to win the 2006 elections, with their candidate, Tomisław Sobolewski becoming President. Under Sobolewski's tenure as President, he continued his predecessor's liberalisation policies, with power delegated towards his Minister-President Oskar Palubicki. As well, he continued to help oversee West Miersa's economic recovery: thus, by 2008, West Miersa exited the recession, while the democratic liberalization boosted his government's popularity.
However, in 2011, while Sobolewski of Naprzód remained President, the Miersan National Party took control of the National Assembly for the first time since 1986, leading to Gerard Wojdyla becoming Minister-President. Thus, in Sobolewski's second term, Sobolewski took powers that he "granted" to Palubicki back, despite those powers being legally under the jurisdiction of the Minister-President according to the West Miersan constitution. This led to accusations that Naprzód was being authoritarian, and led to criticism by international agencies: Sobolewski argued that it was hypocritical, given that the Miersan National Party had been authoritarian during their time in power.
Due to this deadlock, and the tensions between the legislative and the executive branches of the government, in 2013, Sobolewski attempted to dismiss Gerard Wojdyla from the position of Minister-President. Wojdyla refused, and instead led an effort to impeach President Sobolewski, leading to a constitutional crisis, as both Sobolewski and Wojdyla refused to yield to the other.
Thus, in June 2013, after the Narozalic government officially backed Gerard Wojdyla, Sobolewski resigned from the Presidency, thereby making Gerard Wojdyla acting President, per the West Miersan constitution. Wojdyla appointed his cousin, Aleksandra Wojdyla as Minister-President, making her the first woman to be Minister-President in West Miersan history. This drew substantial criticism from Naprzód, with acting leader Sylwester Wrzesiński calling the situation a "coup d'etat," and refusing to recognise Aleksandra Wojdyla as being a legitimate Minister-President.
Although initially, the Miersan National Party was more popular than Naprzód, the circumstances upon which Gerard Wojdyla became Acting President, combined with the Miersan economy contracting as a result of the constitutional crisis led to the Miersan National Party becoming less popular, while the appointment of a woman to the position of Minister-President alienated many social conservatives in West Miersa. This was not helped by allegations by Naprzód that Wojdyla was centralizing power in the Presidency, which made the Miersan National Party appear untrustworthy.
Thus, by the time of the 2016 election, it appeared likely that Gerard Wojdyla and the Miersan National Party would be elected to the Presidency for the first time since 1986. However, despite support from many pro-Narozalic political figures for the Miersan National Party, Naprzód critcised Gerard Wojdyla's conduct in office, and appealed to Miersan nationalism, portraying the ouster of Sobolewski as a "foreign-backed coup." This helped enable Naprzód to win an upset victory, securing control of both the National Assembly, and the Presidency, leading to Sylwester Wrzesiński becoming President, and Adrian Rozak becoming Minister-President.
Sylwester Wrzesiński, now with full control of both the presidency and the legislature, was able to recentralize power that had been decentralized by Tomisław Sobolewski and Damian Jackowiak: the Minister-President became effectively subordinated to the President, while the powers of the voivodeships were once again de-facto curtailed, as the central government engaged in more interference. However, in terms of foreign policy, Wrzesiński reaffirmed West Miersa's commitments to Samorspi and to Narozalica. Economically, Wrzesiński maintained his predecessor's policies in maintaining a mixed economy.
generally flat, but gets hillier in the south, Mendija Mountains would be situated in the south
probably humid continental climate
Government and politics
The Miersan Federation is officially a federal semi-presidential republic, although in practice, there is heavy de-facto centralisation, with the voivodeships effectively being subservient to the central government in West Żobrodź, in conjunction with the centralization of powers in the position of the Presidency. The head of state of the Miersan Federation is President Sylwester Wrzesiński, who has served since 2016, while the head of government is Minister-President Adrian Rozak.
The legislature of West Miersa is the National Assembly, comprising of 230 seats, of which 138 seats are represented by elected legislators from the nine voivodeships under West Miersan control, while the remaining 92 seats are appointed by the President to represent the voivodeships who "remain under socialist tyranny" until such time that "all Miersa is reunited." The Minister-President is a member of the National Assembly, and is traditionally the leader of the largest party or coalition in the National Assembly.
Elections are held every five years for the National Assembly and the Presidency, although since the 1986 general election, Naprzód has been the dominant party, succeeding the Miersan National Party, which governed from West Miersa's independence from Narozalica in 1936 under the Godfredson Plan until that point.
West Miersa is officially divided into seventeen voivodeships (Miersan: województwo), of which nine are entirely or partially under the control of the West Miersan government. Under the West Miersan constitution, the voivodeships officially have extensive powers, but in practice, their authority has been curtailed by the central government.
The legal system of West Miersa has been heavily based off of the Narozalic legal system, as a result of (TBC)
poorer economy than East Miersa
As of the 2019 census, the Miersan Federation officially has 18,921,577 people in its territory, excluding those in the eastern voivodeships under socialist tyranny, but including those under separatist control in southern Malomiersa.