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I found this form on the "Cultural Information" topic and thought it would be cool to fill it out for my factbook.

How do your citizens see their country?

-Mauridivians see their country as the greatest in the world, despite its many problems, they're very optimistic that Mauridiviah can be the very best. Of course, most people just spend their day at the beach and don't really work towards that goal, but reality and perception can be very different things.

How do your citizens see other countries?

-Not very important. Very few people really care about them, however some eccentric countries like Lily Flower (Fleur de Lys) have probably made a name for themselves. I'm sure if Mauridiviah ever gets on the map my neighbors will be regarded in high esteem, as Colombia used to be regarded in Venezuela for many years before the recent border crisis.

How are the other country's names written on your country? (put only some, of course)

-I actually made a list of national exonyms for every nation that was in the region at the time, it can be seen above.

How do your citizens see life? How's their behaviour and point of view towards the government?

-Mauridivians see life as one's opportunity to have fun. Of course, this does have boundaries but for the most part people don't want to deal with drama or politics or debate or philosophy. This has the effect of making the nation's government a very esoteric group of "boring" politicians who "lie constantly". Mauridivians vote for them regardless.

Mauridivians think that the government should serve them and other people (4th place in regional foreign aid!). Otherwise, they see it as either the most important thing or the least important thing, with most people being political apathets at any given moment. Despite the fact that they are apathets however, they can recognize that there are problems in the country. They just don't think government is the proper solution for it. They don't have an alternative, but government is not the solution for it, apparenlty.

How are the arts in your country? Literature, music, plastic arts, etc.

-Mauridivian literature is just regular Hispanic literature, however there is a new branch of writers that is beginning to spawn who might change that. (After all, all the classics aren't even in the same language anymore.)

Most people like reggaeton with a few being classical music fans. A wide variety of 80s music is however the most popular.

People like to try their hand at pottery making but often suck at it.

There are some painters in the country but none of them are really big.

The art of graffiti however, especially for political reasons, is pretty popular. 

How is the humor of your nation?

-Anything goes and no area is off-limits. People will name their kids "Stalin" or "Hitler" just to get a few laughs.

How do your citizens relax? What are their favourite past-times?

-Going to the beach, binging TV, trying to use the internet, slight vandalism, complaining, sleeping, talking, hiking, dancing, singing, and ;).

Sports, especially soccer (futbol), baseball, and basketball are actually quite near and dear to most Mauridivian's hearts. There's also been a rumor about a soccer-basketball mixed game being developed, but no word on it yet.

How are the basic sentences on your country? Do you say "hello" and "goodbye" in a different way?

-The entire language is basically just simplified Spanish with some unique characteristics mixed in. Mauridivians say "hello" and "goodbye" using two different proper words, like civilized people. cough Hawaii cough

Hello = Hola

Goodbye = Chao, Adios, Adio

How much religious are your people?

-There's several small religious communities in several areas of the country, there's some people that are animists, but overall Mauridivians are irreligious.

How do the cities look like? How's the architeture, how are the streets, advertisings, is your city green and filled of life or filled with concrete and iron?

-Mauridivian cities can really vary from place to place. From the classic german architecture used in Deuchlania to the Spanish colonial architecture of most coastal cities, and there's of course some tribal villages in the middle of nowhere. Even the most urban cities have plenty of trees (Either intentionally planted or just naturally occuring), and sometimes the state of disrepair can remind you of the original Jumanji movie. 

How's the daily routine of a person of your nation?

-Wake up at 9 AM, complain about it, get dressed, go to work, get off of work sometime between 4 PM - 12 AM, waste the rest of the day, go to bed at 1 AM 'cause they decided to visit the discoteca for a few hours, sleep, repeat.

How do your peoples look like?

-Most people are mixed race hispanic, with a decent amount of whites, blacks, and natives thrown in.

And add (or remove) whatever you want.

-Mauridivians love to complain, but few actually want to act to fix anything. Not out of malice, rather out of laziness.

-As a result of this laziness, the government is actually pretty efficient (as people don't want to deal with bureaucracy) and most cities don't like they're from the movie Jumanji.

-Native rights are respected, however most real natives have actually disappeared and as such most of the "native" villages are made up of people trying to live a more "traditional" lifestyle. They're kind of like the American Amish.

Those are just a few cultural facts about Mauridiviah.

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Flags of Mauridiviah:

Mauridiviah has two national flags, one originally belonging to the kingdom, as well as a naval flag (ensign). The flags of the Republic and Kingdom are used interchangeably, however the government only uses the republican flag.

Former Flag of the Most Serene Republic of Mauridiviah:

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Flag of the Most Serene Kingdom of Mauridiviah and the current flag of Mauridiviah:

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Naval Ensign of Mauridiviah:

In times of war:

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In times of peace:

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The Etymology of Mauridiviah.

The name of Mauridiviah is a name that comes completely from the Horseman Age, at the end of which the original kingdom was founded.

"Mauridiviah" can therefore be broken down into three distinct parts:

"Mauri-", "divia", "h".

"Mauri-" means "Maura + suffix", referencing the daughter of the first king of Mauridiviah. Its male counterpart of Mauro would be "Maure-"

"divia" is a unique feature of Andesian. It means "land of", "clan of", "association of", etc. It is used to denote the ownership of something.

As such, Mauridivia means "Land of Maura". However, there is another part to it.

"h" at the end is a feature from the Horseman Age. Clans and tribes would often end their names with a silent "h" as a sign of status. For example: the Maracih and Sanguayanh tribes.

The idea behind adding the "h" was simply to state that they were a tribe of their own, and no longer their old tribal association.

Finally, Mauridiviah means "Land of Maura (This is the name of a tribe)"

Using the International Phonetic Alphabet, my nation's name is pronounced as follows: [ maw ri 'ði βja ], otherwise written as [ m a u̯ ɾ i ð̞ i β̞ j a ]

Hear it spoken here:

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Demographics:

Population: ~34 , 583 , 606

Population Growth: 0.65%

Average Lifespan: 79.25

Human Development Index: Medium

HDI: 69.52

Population Density: 211 people per square mile - 82 people per square kilometer

Estimated Size of the Country: 163, 600 square miles - 423, 700 square kilometers

 

Culture:

Real-Life Analogue: Venezuela/Colombia/Ecuador

Ethnicity: Latin/Hispanic

Official Language(s): Andesian, Neo-Colombian, Pampoyi, Iverican

Religion(s): Atheism/Agnosticism, Tacolic Christianity, Christianity, several native/new age religions.

 

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Composition of the Senate 2015-2018:

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Sitian Unionist Party: 7 Seats - 0.68% 

Mauridiviah Independence Party: 358 Seats - 34.12%

Bolivarian Party: 404 Seats - 38.51%

Liberal-Labor Party: 37 Seats - 3.51%

Republican Party: 25 Seats - 2.38%

Monarchist Party: 108 Seats - 10.31%

Libertad: 102 Seats - 9.72%

Patriot Party: 8 Seats - 0.76%

Ideology of Each Party:

Sitian Unionist Party - Union with Mauridiviah, anti-radicalism, communism and socialism, somewhat liberal.

Mauridiviah Independence Party - Progressivism, social democracy, neo-progressivism, patriotism, extreme interventionism.

Bolivarian Party - Populism, social democracy, liberalism, nationalism, mostly non-interventionist.

Liberal-Labor Party - Neoliberalism, pro-union, grassroots, progressivism, globalism. Ever since the election of 2018, the Liberal-Labor Party has dropped Neoliberalism and instead supports a Market Socialist economy.

Republican Party - Republicanism, centrism, regionalism, federalism, somewhat liberal, somewhat neoliberal, patriotism.

Monarchist Party - Monarchism, center-right, grassroots, nationalism, religious, somewhat authoritarian.

Libertad - Libertarianism, right-wing, secularism, liberalism, regionalism.

Patriot Party - Neofascism, fascism, ultranationalism, far-right, authoritarian, devoutly religious, anti-atheistic, anti-secularist, intolerant.

 

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Major Political Leaders:

 

Bolivarian Party Leader and President of the Republic, Diego Polo:

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Former Mauridiviah Independence Party Leader (New leader is Josefina Josefain) and Citizen of the Republic, Ramon Romano:

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Republican Party Leader and Senator of the Republic, Enrico Mancha:

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Monarchist Party Leader and Senator of the Republic, Luciano Hernandez:

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Libertad Party Leader and Senator of the Republic, Simon Buenavides:

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Revolutionary ex-Party of Sitia Leader and Convicted Traitor of the Republic, Nicolas Manetas:

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Anatomy of the Republican Mauridivian Flag

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The flag of Mauridiviah is composed of three distinct parts: the horizontal tricolor, the star, and the Shield of the Republic.

The tricolor is composed of three colors, from top to bottom: red, yellow, and blue. The red symbolizes the blood of the people who fought and died to create Mauridiviah and its antecedent states. The yellow represents the wealth of the nation, not just material, but intellectual, cultural, emotional, etc. The blue represents the ocean that has helped Mauridiviah throught its history, and from which the first colonists came from. It can also represent the sky and fair weather of the nation, thought this symbolism is more archaic as it's from the kingdom's flag with the noticeable light and more neutral blue, while this darker blue more resembles the ocean's color than it does the sky's. The order of the colors represents their importance to the nation, with the top being the most important and the bottom being the least. 

The star represents the unity of the people of Mauridiviah, with 5 tips representing the original four departments that declared indepedence from Iverica plus the new nation that is Mauridiviah. The color white symbolizes the purity of spirit of the nation and its central position represents the central position that the history of Mauridiviah takes to handling national matters of importance.

The Shield of the Republic was added to the flag after the Declaration of Republicanism in 1988. The shield itself represents the willingness of every citizen to lay down their lives in preservation of the Republic, however according to the monarchist interpretation it represents the willingess of every citizen to lay down their lives in preservation of Democracy. The equilateral cross is a symbol of equality of every Mauridivian within the republic. The colors transfer over from the tricolor to the shield, except of course for the black which outlines the shield.

Its dimensions are meant to be as convenient as possible to use abroad and domestically.

 

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This is the flag of the Most Serene Kingdom of Mauridiviah, and ever since 2018 has been the flag of Mauridiviah. It's symbolism is pretty similar to the "Republican" flag's. This one however only has two parts: the tricolor and the star.

The tricolor is composed of three colors, from top to bottom: red, yellow, and blue. The red symbolizes the blood of the people who fought and died to create Mauridiviah and its antecedent states. The yellow represents the wealth of the nation, not just material, but intellectual, cultural, emotional, etc. The blue represents the ocean that has helped Mauridiviah throught its history, and from which the first colonists came from. It can also represent the sky and fair weather of the nation.  The order of the colors represents their importance to the nation, with the top being the most important and the bottom being the least. 

The star represents the unity of the people of Mauridiviah, with 5 tips representing the original four departments that declared indepedence from Iverica plus the new nation that is Mauridiviah. The color white symbolizes the purity of spirit of the nation and its central position represents the central position that the history of Mauridiviah takes to handling national matters of importance.

Its dimensions are meant to be as convenient as possible to use abroad and domestically.

 

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Kings of Mauridiviah: (Copied over from The Feudal Times.)

 

Kings of the Most Serene Kingdom of Mauridiviah
Reign Name
January 22nd, 1924 - March 10th, 1927 Richard I
March 17th, 1927 - May 6th, 1940 Victor I
May 13th, 1940 - November 20th, 1954 Albertus I
November 27th, 1954 - April 7th, 1966 Richard II
April 14th, 1966 - March 30th, 1971 Mario I
April 6th, 1971 - January 4th, 1979 Albertus II
January 11th, 1979 - August 28th, 1985 Mario II
September 5th, 1985 - January 10th, 1988 Alberto I
January 11th, 1988 - February 11th, 1988

Felipe I

February 12th, 1988 - April 19th, 1988 Juan I

After the Crisis of 1988, the monarchy was overthrown and replaced with the Republic. However, titles from the era of the monarchy were still ceremonially recognized as part of the Compromise of 1989, as such the title of "King of the Most Serene Kingdom of Mauridiviah"/"King of the Most Serene Republic of Mauridiviah" (colloquial) was re-instituted.

Kings of The Most Serene Republic of Mauridiviah (Unofficial)
Reign Name
January 1st, 1989 - September 11th, 2001 Alberto II
September 18th, 2001 - December 17th, 2009 Julio I
December 27th, 2009 - February 14th, 2017 Victor II
February 21st, 2017 - Still Reigning Luis I

Ever since the Republican Revolution, the monarchy has lost its official standins in Mauridiviah, despite remaining popular. 

 

Chapter II: The Life of Each King In Brief.

Richard I: Born February 12th, 1848 - Died March 10th, 1927. Died of natural causes whilst reigning.

Victor I: Born January 7th, 1906 - Died October 22nd, 1995. Abdicated on May 6th, 1940 to raise his son, future king Alberto II. Died of natural causes.

Albertus I: Born September 18th, 1894 - Died November 20th, 1954. Died of natural causes whilst reigning.

Richard II: Born June 3rd, 1901 - Died April 7th, 1966. Died from pancreatic cancer whilst reigning.

Mario I: Born March 17th, 1904 - Died March 30th, 1971. Assasinated by bitter rival family brach head whilst reigning.

Albertus II: Born December 19th, 1907 - Died January 4th, 1979. Died of natural causes whilst reigning.

Mario II: Born May 5th, 1909 - Died August 28th, 1985. Died of natural causes whilst reigning.

Alberto I: Born July 19th, 1917 - Died January 10th, 1988. Died of natural causes whilst reigning.

Felipe I: Born November 1st, 1949 - Still Alive. He was put into power by a "royal coup", which explains why he skipped the week between his ascension and the death of the previous king. He caused the Crisis of '88 over a bill about proportional represenation in the Council of Ministers and was removed from power by the legislature.

Juan I: Born April 29th, 1954 - Still Alive. Thrust into power by the newly formed Republican Coalition, he quickly fell out of favor and was removed.

~End of the Kingdom~

Alberto II: Born May 6th, 1940 - Died September 11th, 2001. The son of Victor I, he was put into power by the Compromise of 1989. He died as a victim of a terrorist attack.

Julio I: Born June 11th, 1928 - Died December 17th, 2009. Died of natural causes whilst reigning.

Victor II: Born December 25th, 1942 - Still Alive. Soon after ascending to the throne, he established his line as the legitimate royal line. He was forced to abdicate after he was revealed to have evaded paying millions of Comoes in taxes.

Luis I: Born February 14th, 1981 - Still Alive. Still Reigning.

 

 

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Economics:

GDP (Gross Domestic Product): ~420 billion NS$

GDP Per Capita: 12 , 144 NS$

GDP by Sector:

Agriculture: 5.49%
Industry: 35.48%
Services: 59.03%

Government Budget: ~138.6 billion NS$

 

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The difference between "Social Protection" and "Welfare" is that Welfare is composed of a flat payment to certain individuals while Social Protection is something like job benefits.

 

Income Inequality Rating: 27.6 (Gini Coefficient)

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Foreign Relations:

Color Index:

Friendly

Positive

Neutral

Cautious

Guarded

Strained

Negative

Hostile

At War

Derthalen:

The organization of Derthalen is recognized by the Mauridivian government as a terrorist organization which seeks territorial expansion at all costs. As such, the following limitations have been placed on Derthalen by Mauridiviah:

  • Mauridivian citizens are heavily discouraged from traveling to Derthalen. Direct flights to Derthalen are hereby banned.
  • Ships carrying Mauridivian citizens or originating from Mauridiviah are prohibited/heavily discouraged from entering the waters claimed to be occupied by the terror group.
  • There will be no diplomatic relations between Derthalen and Mauridiviah
  • There will be no trade of any kind with between Derthalen and Mauridiviah.
  • No company which is headquartered in Derthalen or funded by the terror group will be allowed to operate in Mauridiviah.
  • The leadership of Derthalen shall not be allowed to enter or pass through Mauridiviah or its territorial waters or aerospace.
  • Mauridiviah shall negotiate for the release of Mauridivian hostages through international liasons with Derthalen.
  • Mauridiviah is willing to help organize and pay for a multinational attempt to spread modern ideals to the people of Derthalen.
  • Mauridiviah shall accept with open arms any refugees from Derthalen.
  • Mauridiviah does not recognize the Thaler as a valid international currency.

 

Iverica:

Negotiations in progress. However, Solidaridad means they have pledged to defend us in case of a defensive war, and as such we are inclined to defend them in any defensive war.

 

Fleur de Lys (and the Union Pan-Republicaine):

Negotiations in progress. Mauridiviah is willing to aid Aerospatiale do business in Mauridiviah.

 

Prymont:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Tagmatium:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Adaptus:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Orioni:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Morheim:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Asgueirria:

Negotiations in progress. We are shocked by their lack of political freedom.

 

Astriedan:

Negotiations in progress. However, they're too friendly with a terror group for us to see them without suspicion.

 

Sunset Sea Islands:

Negotiations in progress. Their use of the Synapse System is seen as a threat to world freedom.

 

Selayar:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Andalla:

Negotiations in progress. Andallan businesses doing business in Mauridiviah have led to more positive relations.

 

Greater Serbia:

Their treatment of Bosniak minorities in their nation as well as their endorsement of slavery horrifies and shocks us. As such, they shall recieve the same treatment as Derthalen.

The organization of Greater Serbia is recognized by the Mauridivian government as a terrorist organization which seeks territorial expansion at all costs. As such, the following limitations have been placed on Greater Serbia by Mauridiviah:

  • Mauridivian citizens are heavily discouraged from traveling to Greater Serbia. Direct flights to Greater Serbia are hereby banned.
  • Ships carrying Mauridivian citizens or originating from Mauridiviah are prohibited/heavily discouraged from entering the waters claimed to be occupied by the terror group.
  • There will be no diplomatic relations between Greater Serbia and Mauridiviah
  • There will be no trade of any kind with between Greater Serbia and Mauridiviah.
  • No company which is headquartered in Greater Serbia or funded by the terror group will be allowed to operate in Mauridiviah.
  • The leadership of Greater Serbia shall not be allowed to enter or pass through Mauridiviah or its territorial waters or aerospace.
  • Mauridiviah shall negotiate for the release of Mauridivian hostages through international liasons with Greater Serbia.
  • Mauridiviah is willing to help organize and pay for a multinational attempt to spread modern ideals to the people of Greater Serbia.
  • Mauridiviah shall accept with open arms any refugees from Greater Serbia.
  • Mauridiviah does not recognize the Dinar as a valid international currency.

 

Ahrana:

Negotiations in progress. Ahrana is seen as a possible partner in trade every since the overthrow of Ivanoff.

 

Gallambria:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Magnaeus:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Suverina:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Variota:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Cristina:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Poland-Lithuania:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Great Burlington:

Negotiations in progress

 

Imperial States of Europe:

The organization of the Imperial States of Europe is recognized by the Mauridivian government as a terrorist organization which seeks territorial expansion at all costs. As such, the following limitations have been placed on ISE by Mauridiviah:

  • Mauridivian citizens are heavily discouraged from traveling to ISE. Direct flights to ISE are hereby banned.
  • Ships carrying Mauridivian citizens or originating from Mauridiviah are prohibited/heavily discouraged from entering the waters claimed to be occupied by the terror group.
  • There will be no diplomatic relations between ISE and Mauridiviah
  • There will be no trade of any kind with between ISE and Mauridiviah.
  • No company which is headquartered in ISE or funded by the terror group will be allowed to operate in Mauridiviah.
  • The leadership of ISE shall not be allowed to enter or pass through Mauridiviah or its territorial waters or aerospace.
  • Mauridiviah shall negotiate for the release of Mauridivian hostages through international liasons with ISE.
  • Mauridiviah is willing to help organize and pay for a multinational attempt to spread modern ideals to the people of ISE.
  • Mauridiviah shall accept with open arms any refugees from ISE.

 

Arstotzka:

The organization of Arstotzka is recognized by the Mauridivian government as a terrorist organization which seeks territorial expansion at all costs. As such, the following limitations have been placed on Arstotzka by Mauridiviah:

  • Mauridivian citizens are heavily discouraged from traveling to Arstotzka. Direct flights to Arstotzka are hereby banned.
  • Ships carrying Mauridivian citizens or originating from Mauridiviah are prohibited/heavily discouraged from entering the waters claimed to be occupied by the terror group.
  • There will be no diplomatic relations between Arstotzka and Mauridiviah
  • There will be no trade of any kind with between Arstotzka and Mauridiviah.
  • No company which is headquartered in Arstotzka or funded by the terror group will be allowed to operate in Mauridiviah.
  • The leadership of Arstotzka shall not be allowed to enter or pass through Mauridiviah or its territorial waters or aerospace.
  • Mauridiviah shall negotiate for the release of Mauridivian hostages through international liasons with Arstotzka.
  • Mauridiviah is willing to help organize and pay for a multinational attempt to spread modern ideals to the people of Arstotzka.
  • Mauridiviah shall accept with open arms any refugees from Arstotzka.
  • Mauridiviah does not recognize the Arstotzkan legal tender as a valid international currency.

 

Fulgistan:

Negotiations in progress. Due to geopolitical reasons as well as them hosting a Mauridivian immigrant population of decent size, we've had friendly relations.

 

Beleareas:

Negotiations in progress. Due to geopolitical reasons as well as cultural solidarity through Solidaridad, we've had friendly relations.

 

Limonaia:

Negotiations in progress. Due to geopolitical reasons as well as having a large Limonaian immigrant population, we've had friendly relations.

 

Monvisret:

Negotiations in progress. Although Monvisret is a cultural brother through Solidaridad, their government policies and lack of freedoms and democracy strain our relations.

 

Valacia:

Negotiations in progress.

 

Seylos:

Negotiations in progress. Due to geopolitical reasons, we've had friendly relations.

 


 

Mauridiviah Foreign Affairs Office: [Link]

 

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Culture Add-On: Stances On

 

Abortion: Abortion is cheaply and widely avaliable. It is not normally frowned upon, however it is also seen as a last resort after much consideration. Having an abortion after 23 weeks is not legal. Aboritons are provided through state-owned companies.

 

Racism: No one in Mauridiviah sees color, nor cares. This means, in less american terms, that the race of someone is not a relevant factor in daily life.

 

Drugs: They're legalized, taxed, and regulated. Most people see doing them as you would people smoking (thereabouts), however doing drugs in public is not allowed, only in private.

 

Sexuality. (Polygamy,  etc)

We actually don't discriminate against polygamy and are cool with it. The media is, as you'd expect, pretty sexualized but what can you do when the problem is human nature itself?

 

Homosexuality: The gays are widely accepted. 

 

Other Religions: Most people are not religious, they focus more on living their lives rather than preparing to live an afterlife. Most other religions are tolerated unless they are intolerant, at which point they are ruthlessly attacked. An example of this is the Emperor's Light being the butt of many jokes.

 

Animal testing: We have it. We don't like it, but it's the only way we'll get anywhere.

 

Human Rights: Inalienable rights are enshrined in the constitution and society. 

 

Genetic Research: Allowed with some common sense regulation.

 

Euthanasia: Allowed and government-funded, it's seen as a last resort and requires the approval of at least 2 doctors and 1 psychologist.

 

Eugenics: Banned.

 

Divorce: Allowed for both straight/gay and polyamorous marriages, to be settled fairly and equitably in and out of a legal court. As marriage is seen as more of a government than a religious thing, and since the only laws of the land are only those of Mauridiviah which apply to all, religios rulings and marriages under the eyes of the law and most of society are null and void and cannot have any kind of physical repercussions.

 

Contraception: Allowed with free, state-funded distribution centers to allow for family planning.

 

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The Entire History of Mauridiviah

 

 

Arrival of Humans and the Hunter-Gatherers (60,000/40,000 to 5,000 Years Ago)

It is still disputed in the archaeologist community when exactly humans first came to inhabit the Madrian Hinterlands, however most scholars would place the exact date somewhere between roughly 60,000 and 40,000 years ago. These early humans would've been typical Alharun hunter-gatherers, descendants of the hunter-gatherers who had long ago crossed from Europa into Argis. 

The lives of these hunter-gatherers would've been challenging, as the tropical climate would've proved very difficult to move through or live in, due to the thick jungle that covers most of the Hinterlands,  as well as the wide variety of deadly plants, diseases, and animals. Many of them would've likely become coastal fishers with a small minority of them surviving in the in the hinterlands proper. These inland dwellers are the distant ancestors of some modern Mauridivian aboriginals. The population of humans during this period of early humans is estimated to have never exceeded 25,000 persons.

 

Prehistory (3,000 BCE to 500 BCE)

At around 3,000 BCE the Agricultural Revolution finally came to the isolated hinterlands, leading to the establishment of the first semi-sedentary cultures and proto-cities.

We know very little of this time, however the city of Choroni is thought to have been founded during this time period.

 

Pre-Europan Contact (500 BCE to 1680 CE)

Several different, mostly tribal cultures developed in the hinterlands thanks to the introduction of widespread agriculture. Little is known of the tribes before Iverican contact, however native oral tales tell of an advanced fishing culture who's descendants are likely the Nari tribe. The Nari are the largest and most well-known tribe in the hinterlands, and circa 1650 CE it is thought that they could be found in coastlines from Manamana Bay to the Cashari Peninsula. They were excellent sailors, and there's evidence of contact between them and ancient Selayar. Their diets consisted mainly of fish and maize, with the boar being considered holy and therefore not eaten nor hunted. Thanks to early scholarly efforts and a large number of living descendants, the Nari language and culture has been well-preserved.

As to tribes which are more inland, very little is known about them before contact and their cultures have mostly disappeared. However, we do know of an advanced culture that lived along the Ayacuco River in the south of the hinterlands. They farmed maize and other crops (notably sugar cane and cocoa) and built great dirt pyramids. Some of these still stand today as earth mounds. As so little is known about them, they're usually referred to as the "Ayacuco River Culture"

The few uncontacted jungle tribes in Mauridiviah trace their origins to this period.

Before contact with Europan diseases, the population is estimated to have been as high as 2 million people. 

 

Contact with Ivericans (1680-1690)

Despite the fact that Aloorians (the ancestors of Variota, Saale, and Bergistan) had arrived to the eastern shores of Alharu in the 14th century, the western side of Alharu remained isolated from the Europan goods, people, and chiefly diseases. This is mainly due to the fact that trade routes rarely extended that far and the significant lack of technology and organization in the western part of Alharu, with only the civilizations of Cashar and Kaitaine being well established at the time. This would all be upset by the arrival of a plucky band of migrants from Europa.

Far across the Adlantic, in the lands of the Iberic Empire, trouble was brewing. After a bloody invasion by the Mahdan Caliphate, a people that had been conscripted to death and radicalized by agitators rose up in open revolt against the Imperial Crown. After many massacres provoked by ethnic hatred and a long civil war, the last of the people loyal to the crown fled to the nearby Pirilao. These were families from all over the former Iberic Empire that opposed the deposition of the crown and the radical stances of the revolutionaries, as well families simply fleeing the violence. However, at Pirilao this group of refugees was betrayed and they were forced to undertake a difficult voyage that would take decades, now known as the "Gran Viatge" in Iverican and "Gran Viaje" in Andesian. This journey came to an end for many after the discovery of Iverica.

However, it was not the end for everyone. Although all of the travelers (after fighting off the natives) did settle on the Iverican mainland, not all of them were satisfied with the lands that they had encountered. Several bold explorers continued to sail the coasts south hoping to find wealth and never-before seen cultures. Many merchants also sought to establish trade routes with the peoples of Alharu. 

Between 1680 and 1690, these traders and explorers sailed up and down the western coasts of Alharu making contact with many of the peoples there including the Nari. At first relations were pretty good between the Nari and these Iverican newcomers. They often exchanged gifts and traded, however then things took a turn for the worse. These Iverican explorers and merchants had brought diseases that the immune systems of the natives had never encountered. 

These diseases quickly spread like wildfire, but not everybody was hit the same. The civilizations of Kaitaine and Cashar were isolated, organized and knowledgable enough to isolate the sick from the healthy and limit the damage from these new diseases. However, many other native Alharun tribes, including the Nari, were not so lucky. It is said that they were octomated, as eight in every ten of them died. 

After this deadly contact, the population of the Madrian Hinterlands is estimated to have been no more than 400,000.

 

Conquest and Colonization (1690-1752)

The Nari were not the only ones who were suffering during this time, however. The newly arrived Ivericans quickly found themselves unable to farm enough food quickly or well enough to feed themselves and a famine ensued. This famine killed many and made the leadership of the newly founded Second Republic of Iverica that one calamity could wipe them off the face of the Eurth. Wanting to avoid this, they decided to sponsor an initiave to colonize a second new homeland for their people that would allow for their culture to survive if anything were to happen to Iverica.

A great many possible locations were presented, but only one caught the eye of the Primo of Iverica: a mostly flat region of fertile lands, surrounded by natural barriers and tucked away at the end of a bay. It is said that when the Primo askedthe explorer who had visited those lands to described them, he described them as the "Most serene place in the whole of the world". With that, the place was chosen and many people signed up to be colonists to this brave new land, declaring this second new homeland an extension of the Gran Viatge. The first boat of plucky settlers set sail on May 5th, 1690 from Porto Altaria and landed on a beach not too far from modern-day Concepción on June 16th, 1690.

The land these settlers found however was anything but serene. It was hot and full of mosquitos and agressive natives. Finding no land suitable for farming near the beach, the settlers went inward. They found a nice sport near a stream that reminded them of ancient descriptions of Sant Madrí. As such they named the city (and later the entire lands and colony) Madria. Concepción was founded soon thereafter, meant to serve as Madria's sea access. Colonization had begun.

To be continued.

Revolutionary War (1752-1756)

To be decided.

Most Serene Third Republic of Iverica (1756-1788)

After the Revolutionary War ended, the former Captaincy General of Madria was in disarray. Cities and other local governments had substituted the colonial government during the war, but now that the Second Republic had been defeated, many moved to support a new central government. One located in the hinterlands, rather than far across the ocean.

On October 2nd of 1756, as the final signing of a peace treaty approached, several Proceres began calling for the formation of a constituent assembly, chiefly Paolo Montenegroand Lazarillo de Madria. Starting on the 8th of October, several such assemblies began forming in the cities of San Juan, Madria, and Concepción. As to not cause confusion, Arturo Carabobo, then the leader of the Second Continental Army, declared that only the assembly gathering in Madria was legitimate and that the assembly would meet for the first time on November 12th. The assembly at Concepción willingly dissolved itself, but the assembly at San Juan (which at the time did have more representatives from all over the country than Madria) refused to dissolve. It met for the first time on October 20th. Augusto Bolívar arrived at the city and forced the the dissolution of the assembly on October 29th.

With the so-called Pretender Assemblies out of the way, the assembly at Madria was able to meet, although due to bad weather the delegation from Caridad de los Moros arrived two days late, leading to the first meeting being held on November 15th. After meeting for 146 days, the assembly finally approved and signed a Constitution on April 10th. Elections were held from May 2nd to May 6th all over the nation, and the new government was inaugurated on May 20th. This was the beginning of the Most Serene Third Republic of Iverica.

The government of the republic was adapted from that of the mother country, with some modifications made by the assembly.

To be continued.

 

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List of Government Departments and their equivalent Ministries

In Mauridiviah, the President's cabinet is composed of Secretaries that head departments that are created on the President's whim, sometimes requiring legislative approval. However, the Senate often also has equivalent Ministries which focus on making legislation in that Department's area.

 

1. Department of State / Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2. Department of the Treasury / Ministry of Finance

3. Post Office Department / Post Office Ministry

4. Department of Justice / Ministry of Justice

5. Department of the Interior / Ministry of Internal Affairs

6. Department of Agriculture / Ministry of Agriculture

7. Department of Commerce / Ministry of Trade

8. Department of Labor / Ministry of National Labor

9. Department of Defense / Ministry of Homeland Defense

10. Department of Health / Ministry of Sanitation

11. Department of Welfare / Ministry of Human Services

12. Department of Housing and Urban Development / Ministry of Urban Development

13. Department of Transportation / Ministry of Transport

14. Department of Energy / Ministry of Energy Sufficiency

15. Department of Education / Ministry of Education

16. Department of Veterans' Affairs / Ministry of Service Compensation

17. Derpartment of Public Safety / Counterterrorism Ministry

18. Department of Enviromental Protection / Ministry of Enviromental Conservation

19. Department of Tourism / Ministry of Tourism

20. Department of Culture / Ministry of Cultural Advancement

21. Department of Foreign Aid / Ministry of Foreign Aid

22. Department of Indian Relations / Ministry of Native Alharun Relations

23. Department of the Youth / Ministry of Youth Relations

24. Department of Sport Affairs / Ministry of Sport Facilitation

25. Department of Espionage / Ministry of Secret Affairs

Also, according to the National Defense Renewal Act of 1989 the President can activate another government Department, the Department of War (with a joined Ministry of War) that would focus on fighting in a given conflict or conflicts. So far in Mauridivian history, this department has never been activated.

 

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The 2018 legislative elections, as they happened:

 

 

However, ever since the new electoral law was passed soon thereafter, the composition of the Senate has changed because of the number of seats being raised from 1049 to 1153.

 

Current Composition of the Senate:

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Seats Per Party:

 

Sitian Unionist Party: 32 Seats (2.76%)

Mauridiviah Independence Party: 70 Seats (6.11%)

Liberal-Labor:  65 Seats (5.66%)

 Bolivarian Party: 579 Seats (50.24%

Republican Party: 35 Seats (3.05%)

Monarchist Party: 33 Seats (2.86%)

Libertad: 328 Seats (28.41%)

Patriot Party: 11 Seats (0.95%)

 

Ideology of Each Party:

Sitian Unionist Party - Union with Mauridiviah, anti-radicalism, communism and socialism, somewhat liberal.

Mauridiviah Independence Party - Progressivism, social democracy, neo-progressivism, patriotism, extreme interventionism.

Bolivarian Party - Populism, social democracy, liberalism, nationalism, mostly non-interventionist.

Liberal-Labor Party - market socialism, pro-union, grassroots, progressivism, globalism.

Republican Party - Republicanism, centrism, regionalism, federalism, somewhat liberal, somewhat neoliberal, patriotism.

Monarchist Party - Monarchism, center-right, grassroots, nationalism, religious, somewhat authoritarian.

Libertad - Libertarianism, right-wing, secularism, liberalism, regionalism.

Patriot Party - Neofascism, fascism, ultranationalism, far-right, authoritarian, devoutly religious, anti-atheistic, anti-secularist, intolerant.

 

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Mauridivian Citizenship Laws

Mauridiviah has a mix of jus sanguinis and jus soli in regards to citizenship. All persons born within Mauridivian territory are automatically citizens, and all persons born within Mauridivian embassies and consulates are also automatically citizens, as well as persons born within Mauridivian-registered vessels and aircraft or in Mauridivian waters and aerospace. This applies even to the children of foreign diplomats.

If a child has at least one parent (biological or adoptive) that is a Mauridivian citizen, they are also automatically citizens. The spouse of a Mauridivian citizen can naturalize if their marriage lasted for at least 10 years. Persons with at least one grandparent who was a Mauridivian citizen can claim Mauridivian citizenship as long as they can prove it. Persons who have at least one great-granparent who was a Mauridivian citizen can claim citizenship as long as they can prove it and as long as they can pass a citizenship test. Persons who at least have either a great-great-grandparent or a great-great-great-grandparent who was a Mauridivian citizen (or a citizen of one of the previous states/tribes) qualify for citizenship as long as they can prove their ancestry and live in the nation for two years. These individuals are also required to pass a citizenship test.

There are two great exceptions to these rules: the Madrian diaspora and the Indian diaspora. Madrians who left following the Reunification and their descendants will continue to qualify for automatic citizenship with no limit as to what generation the ancestor is from. Indian natives and their descendants displaced or deported by Mauridiviah's predecessor states all also qualify for automatic citizenship with no limit on the generation that the ancestor is from.

Mauridiviah allows individuals to hold as many other citizenships as they like apart from Mauridivian citizenship. Mauridiviah will consider these individuals first and foremost as Mauridivians, however.

A person may become a Mauridivian citizen if they immigrated legally after residing in the country for over 5 years, paid their taxes, and not been convicted of any crimes that required them to serve jail time. Persons who immigrated legally but have failed to meet these conditions will have to wait until these are met before being allowed to take the citizenship test. If a person fails the citizenship test, they will be allowed to retake it after a year if they're an adult and after six months if they are a minor.

A person may also become a Mauridivian citizen if they have immigrated illegally into the country. As long as they have paid taxes, resided in the country for at least 15 years, and not gone to jail, they may take the citizenship test and become citizens.

Persons who are stateless may be granted citizenship by the Senate of the Republic, the Department of State, and the President of the Republic. They may also be allowed to immigrate and naturalize upon application.

Parents who aren't citizens of children that are will recieve special visas on a case by case basis.

Anyone may renounce their Mauridivian citizenship at any time, but they may not regain their citizenship if they have not applied to do so within the next 10 years. Children and grandchildren of individuals who have renounced their citizenship and have no other ancestral/birth link to the nation are automatically considered citizens regardless, and the person's spouse may also claim citizenship after the 10 year period of marriage. Individuals with a generational connection farther than this will have to naturalize like anyone else unless one of their other ancestors claim citizenship.

The Senate of the Republic has the power to remove citizenship from a person. In that case, unless the Senate explitcitly state it, the same laws will apply as to a person who renounced their citizenship, with the exception of the person or persons who lost their citizenship as a result of a decree of the Senate being unable to regain it unless they naturalize.

The Mauridivian citizenship test confirms that the person requesting citizenship is at least somewhat proficient in Andesian, knows about the basic history of the country and about key historical figures, recognizes modern Mauridivian figures of importance, and understands the basics of Mauridivian law.

 

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Mauridivian Broadcasting Corporation's Greatest Movies and TV Shows

Regreso al Futuro (Back to the future)

The Back to the Future franchise is composed of three movies (Back to the Future Parts I-III) released throughout the late 1980s that proved to be the first hit movies that were totally funded by MBC grants.  The movies follow the adventures of Martí de Volar and Doc Marron as they travel through time in their famous Tuk-Tuk.

El Terminador (The Terminator)

The Terminator franchise is composed of five movies which have been released of since the mid-1980s and were done in collaboration with several Argic film companies. The franchise itself actually takes place in Girkmand and predicts that Skynet will be the result of an international collaboration between the Sunset Sea Islands, Iverica, and Girkmand. 

Viaje a las Estrellas (Star Trek)

The Star Trek franchise is composed of many TV shows and movies originially envisioned by Juan Raudenbaya. Although, because the MBC had only been recently founded and lacked much funding when Raudenbaya first pitched the idea, he only recieved enough money for the pilot of the original series. Luckily enough, the franchise would be picked up other outside networks which allowed it to continue. The MBC continues to give grants to the franchise to this day, as a section of the budget of the current installment of Star Trek: Discovery (Viaje a las Estrellas: Descubrimiento). The franchise takes place in its own universe that envisions a utopian space future for humanity.

Los Muertos Vivientes (The Walking Dead)

A modern day series now entering its tenth season, it follows several groups of survivors as they struggle against a worldwide zombie outbreak, traveling across Iverica. The series is currently among the largest recievers of MBC grants, although the show is now so costly that foreignfilm  companies have had to pick up an increasing number of costs. The MBC is looking to phase out its involvement in the project following the most recent season's ratings within Mauridiviah.

La Guerra de las Galaxias (Star Wars)

This film franchise is currently composed of nine movies that have been partially funded by the MBC. It follows an original story set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far way. The franchise started too early for the MBC to have completely funded it, so like Star Trek its creator Jorge Luca was forced to ask foreign film companies for extra funding. The ninth movie is due to release in late 2019.

2088
This TV show that's currently entering its fourth season is set in an apocalyptic future that's a modern take on George Borwell's 1985. The plot follows a family living the Iberic Diaspora States (IDS), a totalitarian government formed of a union between all iberic and hispanic nations worldwide. The show has been greatly funded by the MBC with some funding coming from Iverican film companies.

El Principe de Jordania (Prince of Jordan)

This TV show is the MBC's newest hit series, set in the mythical land of Jordan amidst a bunch of religious wars. It follows Abu Baker Sadiq, the future King of Jordan, as he struggles to save his homeland from foreign invaders. The series premiered in 2016 and is currently wrapping up its third season.

El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time)

This TV show originally premiered in 2014, with the MBC being one of its main patrons. The show takes place in Mauridiviah most of the time, but they do travel abroad. The plot follows a team of time travellers who try to prevent nefarious forces (such as Gallambrian corporations) from changing the past to affect the future. Their method of time travel is unique as they use doors instead of a time machine or wormholes. The eries recently finished its fifth season.

W.I.P.

 

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The Staircase of Rights

Mauridivian law has a long-standing concept within it known as the "the staircase of rights". The basic idea is that rights and responsibilities should increase over time as a person ages rather than having a hard boundary where individuals suddenly find themselves having tons of rights and responsibilities. There's also ways for people who prove that they are mature enough to gain certain rights earlier than others. In this way, people are slowly eased into having more rights and responsibilities instead of obtaining them all at once.

Here's the staircase as it currently exists:

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The Age of Consent and Romeo and Juliet Laws

The age of consent and so-called "Romeo and Juliet" laws play a key role in the Staircase. The age of consent without restrictions is currently placed at 16. The age of marriage without restrictions is also placed at 16. Romeo and Juliet laws let individuals marry earlier and allow them to have legal sex earlier if they are of a similar age. Mauridiviah's Romeo and Juliet laws are as follows:

Individuals who are 10 and under can legally have sex with each other so long as they consent and are within 3 and a half years of each other's ages. From 11 onwards, individuals can legally have sex with eachother as long as they are within 5 and a half years of each other's ages. The earliest two consenting individuals can marry (and with parental consent) is 14 years of age so long as the individual they are marrying is within two years of their age.

Thus is the Staircase of Rights as it currently exists in Mauridiviah.

 

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      The Osjuks were a foreign nation from beyond the Poltic mountain range with far superior military, boosting one of the strongest light cavalries of the time. They slowly annexed the area of the Fles, taking their capital and last stronghold in 1453. Although they initially accepted a yearly tribute in exchange for Karillia’s continued existence, the Osjuks broke their promise in 1461 when they forcefully conquered it.
      This lead to the Aegean people rejecting their rule and staging multiple violent uprisings, which was countered by the Osjuks building new settlements in the area of Karillia, which they renamed to Trebzon, and sending loyal subjects to live there. They managed to hold their lands for almost five centuries, when countless uprisings all across their Empire as well as foreign interventions crippled them until they completely fell apart in 1918. Only two days after this, the presidential republic of Greater Trebzon was proclaimed.
      The young state struggled with a devastated industry as well as a financial crisis, resulting in thousands of deaths from starvation, which the president managed to blame on the tardiness of the parliament. in 1936, he dissolved the parliament and turned himself into a dictator. When the economy still didn’t recover, he found a new victim: the remaining Osjuk populace. In the following years, racial tensions heightened, and many Osjuk businesses and homes were raided and appropriated. Due to the extra money this brought into the treasury, the economy boomed, giving rise to an international anti-Osjukism.
      The tensions boiled over when a large, regional war erupted between the Osjuk successor states and foreign powers joined it, leaving millions dead by its end in 1948. The foreign powers helped build a proper republic this time, enforcing a constitution that would prevent anything like this from ever happening again and creating the Republic of Trebzon.
      This new government received a lot of foreign funding in the beginning, permitting it to rebuild the destroyed industry and create a strong economy. The people were rather happy with this until the early 2000s, which saw a number of corruption scandals and a rapidly deteriorating economy, creating calls for reform.
      By 2007, the government made lots of promises, yet implemented none of them, resulting in a Coup d’état by the military under the leadership of Supreme General Aleksandar Komnenos, last living member of the old imperial lineage. After grabbing power, he proclaimed the Grand Duchy of Karillia, with the clear ambition of restoring the Empire of his ancestors and succeed where the Empire of Karillia failed.
      Government:
      Head of State: Aleksandar I Komnenos. He has almost absolute power and is working towards tweaking the constitution in a way that fits him.
      Head of Government: Chancellor Palagelios. While he theoretically holds a lot of power, he bows to the Grand Duke, resulting in him often being considered a puppet.
      There are three main departments of the government:
      The ministry of Safety, responsible for military decisions and the executive authority.
      The ministry of Prosperity, responsible for economic decisions and the legislative authority.
      The ministry of the People, responsible for welfare and funding decisions and the judical authority.
      While there is technically a seperation of powers, since the accords of 2009, the Grand Duke has authority over them in case of a crisis - which he may proclaim himself.
      There is a parliament consisting of 77 seats.
      There are 38 civilian representatives which are elected in bi-annual elections and are tasked with representing the will of the people.
      There are 38 corporate representatives which are elected by the corporate summit, in which the  200 biggest corporations convene to discuss further improvements and resolve conflicts.
      There is 1 independent tidebreaker, ensuring that there is always a majority. He is often accused of favouring corporate interests.
      This strange corporate parliament is highly controversial in other countries and is often denounced by liberals.
      Military
      Karillia maintains a constand standing army of 0.5% of its population as well as a further 0.6% of its population as reserve.
      Their constant propaganda and offensive rhetoric has lead to them having a rather strong military. It heavily relies on a cpable airforce consisting to a large part out of drones, as the generals are dedicated followers of the 'awe-and-shock' warfare. The second largest part of the army is the armoured division with thousands of light tanks and a few hundred heavy tanks. The rest of the personnel is working as infantry and engineers.
      Economy
      Karillia heavily relies on its heavy industry as well as weapon exports, yet a lot of smaller companies recently started gaining influence thanks to government funding. It is internationally criticized for selling arms to terrorists and outlawed organisations, yet there is no definitive proof of this, which is why they are yet to be subject to any form of embargo or sanction. 
      Demographics
      Most people are of a mixed ethnicy resulting from the immigrating Fles mixing with the local Aegeans, yet there are still some small villages of pure Aegean or pure Fles descent. There is also still a considerable minority of Osjuks which settled here during the rule of the Osjuk Empire, yet most of them fled during the time of Greater Trebizond.
      Culture
      Due to the many occupations and conflicts that the people of Karillia were subject to, they are a very hardy people with a strong sense of unity. They are hard-working and are sceptical of liberal governments due to the economic hardships those brought over them, which permitted the Grand Duke to create his near absolute regime. They also naturally need a national idol, which was once fulfilled by the Fles emperors, and is currently being catered to by Aleksandar I.
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