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Woodstead

Federation of Woodstead

Federasjonet Woduland
Flag of Woodstead Woduland
Flag
Motto: Through strife or victory, with compassion and unity."
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Capital
and largest city
Woldland
Official languagesErlish
Demonym(s)Woodsteasian
Government
LegislatureFederal Parliament
Establishment
• Settlement of Noviomagus
c. AD 230
• Union of Wodested
1193
1713
• Republic of Woodstead
2013
• Federation of Woodstead
1 September 2015
Area
• Total
1,605,487 km2 (619,882 sq mi)
• Water (%)
9.96%
Population
• 2015 estimate
12,372,174
• Density
7.7/km2 (19.9/sq mi)
Gini (2014)0.24
low
HDI (2012)0.87
very high
CurrencyWoodsteasian Mark (Mk) (WSK)
Time zoneAstyrian Standard Time (UTC±0)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Driving sideright
Calling code+555
ISO 3166 codeWS
Internet TLD.wd

Woodstead, officially the Federation of Woodstead, is a sovereign state in northern Astyria. It is an island nation lying to the north of Nikolia on the Teudallic continental shelf having a total landmass of 558,166 square miles (1,445,640 km2) spread over forty-eight islands, of which thirty are inhabited.

Arlethic peoples have inhabited Woodstead for centuries, and the modern-day Woodsteasian population is principally Arlethic in ethnicity. Though southern Woodstead is primarily agricultural, Woodstead is known for its northern forested evergreen scenery, which contrasts strongly with its modern cities and urban areas. Winters are consistently snowy, whilst summers are mild owing to Woodstead's oceanic and maritime climate.

Woodstead is a developed nation, with a high HDI and a progressive society. Following the dissolution of the Erlenic Empire, Woodstead has been increasingly active in regional trade as a major independent Astyrian hub. It has consequently become a multicultural state, with immigrants coming from all across the region. Woodstead is a federal republic with a parliament and its government is headed by a directorial government. The capital city and largest city by population and size is Woldland.

Etymology

The name Woodstead derives from the Middle English Wodested, from wode ("wood") + sted ("place").

History

Antiquity

In which the first people arrived on Woodstead.

Middle Ages

In which more people arrived and things happened.

Republican era

In 2012, the Erlenic Empire was dissolved and in its place the Republic of Woodstead was formed. In 2015, Woodstead became a federated republic by devolving government to 32 federal regions, and changing the long name of the country to the Federation of Woodstead.

Geography

The Woodsteasian Isles are made up of three main islands and 45 smaller ones, the smallest being less than an acre in size. The main island is Provincial Island, also known as Parva. Ey is the second-largest island located to the east of Provincial, which is followed further to the east by the island of Libetta.

The Ey Channel separates the Ey from Provincial Island, running north to south, almost meeting at the north with the Etta Channel between the Ey and Libetta. Major rivers include the Tyne, Charter, Claudiate, and Annad. There are many small lakes and streams across the Woodsteasian Isles.

Woodstead is dominated by in the north by coniferous forest, with grassland and agricultural land primarily located in the south.

Government

Woodstead since 2015 is a federal republic. The Federal Government of Woodstead is led by the Guardian Directorate of eleven members, an executive cabinet, Guardian Directorate which collectively holds a title of head of state and government. The Federal Parliament is the legislative branch, of which many members are Ministers under the Guardian Directorate.

Guardian Directorate

The 11-member Guardian Directorate is the joint head of state and government. The Directorate is elected every 4 years and there are no limitations on terms. The President of the Directorate is an official ceremonial title, but does not have any further privileges than other members. The President is elected by the Directorate every six months with the oversight of the Federal Parliament. The idea of Directorate was conceived by a hybrid of directorial and parliamentary republics. The eleven members each head a Federal Office which each have cabinets of their own Ministers, chosen from members of the Federal Parliament.

Administrative Divisions

As of 1 September 2015 there are 32 federal regions in Woodstead, 22 federal provinces with counties and independent cities and ten federal cities. Each federal regions has its own executive, legislature and judicial system, and operate in conjunction with the federal government.

Kenega

In 2014, a referendum for the former Erlenic territory of Kenega favoured some arrangements to remain as a de jure protectorate of Woodstead. Kenega has retained the Guardian Directorate as a collective head of state. The Kenega Office is an advisory panel formed out of members from the following Federal Offices:

The Prime Minister of Kenega, Kendal Devarnum, is to remain in contact with the Kenega Office on defense and security matters, as Woodstead claims the land. The governments of Kenega and Woodstead jointly maintain the EUF Faronham base in Kenega which hosts joint parades and stages demonstrative exercises between Woodsteasian and Kenegan personnel.

Foreign Relations

As of 2016, Woodstead is no longer a member of the Astyrian Treaty Organisation; this is a consequence of the Act of Global and Regional Neutrality of July, 2016. However, Woodstead is still committed to Astyrian cooperation. As a neutral state, Woodstead is one of a few Astyrian nations to act indecisively on regional imperialistic efforts, such as the infamous attempt of Rombergian Kaiser Johan Lesenov to annex the unoccupied Western Tundra of Lorecia.

Woldland, Oppidum, and Saint Edward are the three cities with a diplomatic presence. With consulates and embassy complexes, these three large cities are home to private military airports and host many Astyrian networking events throughout the year.

Military and security

Woodstead does not have a standing army owing to the Act of Global and Regional Neutrality. Therefore, law enforcement agencies and emergency services, as of 2017, form a governmental paramilitary collective and security force. Upon approval of Federal Parliament, certain forces of can contribute manpower to help defend the nation to assemble a temporary military. This collective of agencies also consists of the Federal Investigatory Force which works with other nations to share and collect information on possible risks, such as terrorism and natural disasters.

Economy

Woodstead has a mixed economy and an expansive welfare state. In relation to other Astyrian nations, it has a relatively small economy based on regional exchange rates. The Federal Bank is the central bank which oversees the production of currency and regulates inflation rates. The GDP is largely split between a service sector and resurgence in a regulated manufacturing sector.

Renewable energy is the largest single industry in Woodstead. The Federal Government's renewable energy company, Cenergy, holds a 86% share in national electricity production and employs about 900,000 people; Cenergy also issues permits an grants to homes, farms, and small, remote communities to increase local, de-centralised electricity production.

Demographics

Woodstead conducts a Universal Census every 5 years as of 2015, and an annual sample of Household Surveys. This is managed by the Central Registry, a government agency formed in 2015 by the merger of Libetta Registrar Office and Woodsteasian Statistics. The first Universal Census (2015) estimates that 12,372,174 persons currently live in Woodstead.

Woodstead has recently experienced a boom in births, with the 2015 birth rate standing at around 4.5 births per 1,000 people. In addition, the 2016 figure for LGBT*QIA+ adults (above 17) identified that 10% of the adult population identify themselves as homosexual, 11% as bisexual and pansexual, 11% as trans*; and 14% as genderqueer, agender, bigender, nonconforming, or non-binary. Same-sex marriages, as of 2011 have become more prevalent as of the Act for Same-Sex Marriage of 2010; this trend has slowed down since 2015, and marriages have generally declined since 2001. Cohabitation has since been the prominent trend in couples-especially those with children and dependents.

Per the Act for Poverty Prevention of 2015, relative poverty is defined as below 65% of the median household income. As of July 2016, 16% of the population lived below this line. Using this definition, a 2016 audit of the last 10 years shows that this figure has shrunk, and that around half of these people fall above the poverty line within 2 years of first being declared below this line. As of 2015, Woodstead runs an annual Social Mobility Survey, a longitudinal study of how long people remain below the 2015 poverty line in the future.