(OOC: This was written on mobile, so typos and editing is kinda meh... And it's hard for me to judge how long this is...)
The royal yacht, Il Duce was about to arrive in Limone. The Grand Duchess could see the distant highrises in the sprawling new southern part of the city. It had grown a lot since she was young, which isn't always a good thing seeing how the sprawling cities were crime ridden and rotten. She had more pressing conserns however, as her most recent trip to Anaca had been cut short following the news of her father's death. "Not a moment too soon" she thought to herself. While she respected her father, she couldn't deny that he had nearly brought an already fragile country to the breaking point. Now, as the de facto head of state she had a lot of work ahead of her...
Meanwhile the Ducal motorcade had formed up on a nearby dock as the yacht was being moored. The water was nearly transparrent on this very hot day. She was sheduled to speak infont of the Ducal palace in a mere half hour, so there was no time to waste. As soon as the ship was secured she quickly departed the ship and entered the black custom made Flac Menzane with the royal standard flickering on the hood. The motorcade set course for the Ducal Palace immediately.
Flag and coat of arms of Limonaia
The Grand Duchy of Limonaia
Il Granducato di Limonaia (Limonaian)
The name Limonaia is widely believed to have come from the local word for lemons, as the region itself has been known for it's production of lemons for a long time, the country calls itself the "Land of the Lemons" and this is likely where the name it self comes from.
Limonaia is a somewhat small country in northern Alharu with a long rugged coastline, followed by gentle hills as well as mountains towards the east. In the northern region of the country the Autonomous region of Boevendal is located, which is directly north of the capital Limone. The nation also posseses the small island of Anaca off the coastline in the Ygros sea.
The beggining of modern Limonaia comes in the form of various citystates on the coast of modern day Limone. These states eventually expanded into the mountains and hills in the surrounding area. Some of these states would expand and become merchant republics with colonies across the seas, while other states grew rich of production of various materials. Eventually the citystates either grew too big or were conquered by neighbouring states thus ending the era of republics, but they did leave a lasting impact on the nation. Most cities were massive production centres in things such as glass, furniture textiles and other wares, which can be reflected in the modern day industrial capacity of the nation.
In place of these republics multiple counties and duchies were established who then united in the year of 1694 forming the Grand Duchy of Limonaia for the first time. In the following years recolonisation of previously held territories both accross the seas and expantion into neighbouring lands followed. Eventually proclaiming the Kingdom of Limonaia which would last from 1745 to 1902 when it was abolished in favour of the old "Grand Duchy" following a civil war were much of its colonies and "extra" land was lost to it's neigbours.
In the period between 1902 to 1952 Limonaia went through major political reforms where a parliament and other institutions were established pushing the country away from absolutism resulting in the Limonaian constitution being adopted in 1912. However in 1952 the military took power in a coup d'etat establishing a military dictatorship under General Luca di Ortello until his death in 1976 where Vittorio Emanuelle VI was restored as monarch, however with absolute power unlike before the dictatorship. This has however been gradually changed with parliament being reopened in 1993 and the Grand Duke gradually giving the parliement more power. Recently unrest because of this has increased tenfold.
The Grand duchy of Limonaia is currently a Unitary Parliamentary Semi-Constitutional Monarchy with its current monarch being Grand Duke Vittorio Emanuelle VI. The current Prime Minister of Limonaia is Antonio Guiverdi who assumed office in september 2017 following a controversial refusal by the Grand Duke to accept a liberal victory in the elections, forcing the Liberals to enter a coalition with the Centre-Right party. The parliament of Limonaia has one chamber with 345 seats and has sessions in the capital of Limone. The country has parliamentary elections every four years, as well as separate local elections.
The armed forces of Limonaia has personnel of around 420,000. The pride of Limonaia is its navy of one aircraft carrier, the ND Palo, twelve frigates, three corvettes, one destroyer and five submarines. The Limonaian army is modern and incorporates roughly 150,000 active personnel. Its equipment ranges from APCs to tanks and SPGs.
Limonaia is a heavily industrialized nation with a mixed economy. Some of the largest sectors are the automotive industry, fashion, glass, wine, olives and Lemons. Tourism also contributes to a large portion of jobs and wealth within the country. The country has historically had problems with infrastructure due to its uneven terrain, but has thanks to modern investments established a large railway system, including high speed trains between the largest cities in the country, a project that was finished in spring 2007.
The country has around 48 million inhabitants in which a majority of 89% are ethnic Limonaians. There is a sizable minority people of Variot origin in Boevendal who are the majority of the population in this province. Most of the population speak Limonaian as their first language, around 93% with Variot being the second most spoken language with about 3% of the population.
One hundred years of AGL
To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of AGL todays article is about the history behind AGL, Limonaia's largest news network.s
AGL was established by the government on the 22nd of June 1918 to serve as the news outlet of the state. To this day the state owns 30% of AGL shares, but is allowed to run without the government interfering. AGL quickly grew and merged with other non-government owned news agencies notable ones being Limone Volte and Notizie dei lavoratori. Following the coup d'etat by General Luca di Ortello AGL was completely absorbed by the government, and all shares owned by private investors were seized by the state. AGL was mostly used by the Ortello dictatorship to spread propaganda regarding the regime. After the collapse of the Dictatorial Republic of Limonaia and the restoration of the Grand Duke the government sold most of its shares in AGL and re-established its former credibility that had been lost during the Republic.
Today AGL has two radio channels, a newspaper and one television channel and reports on news from all over the world as well as local culture, politics, entertainment and so on.