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[Academy Submission] A Brief Overview of The South Oregon Hinterlands


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The South Oregon Hinterlands, more commonly known as The Hinterlands, is a small nation on the coast of [continent]. Founded in 1698 by colonists from Anglia, the Hinterlands enjoys mild summers and winters, with frequent rainfall. The capital city, Nowhere City, (formerly named Kingstown, until gaining independence in 1724), straddles the Dubris River, and with a population of just under 15 million people residing in the Capital District and surrounding Metropolitan Area, houses approximately 30% of the 49 million inhabitants of the Hinterlands. Overpopulation in the Hinterlands is rapidly becoming a major issue, with many young Hinterlanders barely able to pay rent. Owning a property is often considered a ludicrous pipe dream.

 

Corporations have always played a strong role in the Hinterlands, being the only method of acquiring goods from foreign nations in the days of colonialism. Many of these corporations survived to this day, and are entrenched in Hinterlander culture. Due to a landmark court case held in 1979 (Nowhere City re Brenton Tech), corporations were deemed to have the same rights as individual private citizens, including but not limited to, the right to bear arms, the right to privacy, and the right to freedom of speech and expression. Although the presiding judge, the Rt Hon Branhauser, was accused until his death in 1998 of being biased, having held shares in Brenton Tech, the ruling has as of yet not been overruled.

 

The government is managed from Parliament Tower, located in Nowhere City. Representatives from the Commonwealths or Districts of the Hinterlands, (the term can be used interchangeably), meet here to discuss matters regarding the state as a whole. The Commonwealths themselves are heavily devolved, and have great power when it comes to making their own laws and regulations. The current leader of the Hinterlands, known as the Chief Operator, a holdover from colonial days, is Francis LaCroix. Currently, he is embroiled in a longstanding debate regarding the powers of corporations and the effects of monopolies on the idea of liberty.

 

Personal freedoms and liberties are in theory held in the utmost respect by the government of the Hinterlands, and by its people. In practice, however, corporations are free to treat their employees as they please, within reason. More unethical corporations are known to deprive their employees of things most people take for granted, such as paid time off, weekends, and standard working hours. This is not to say, however, that all corporations are like this. The most successful corporations provide their employees with wurld class treatment, such as paid medical subscriptions. The majority of the Hinterland’s income is generated by these corporations, selling goods such as automobiles and technology, as well as providing services such as banking, online gambling, and stock trading. Tourists also frequent the Hinterlands for the liberal laws regarding drugs and solicitation, however a small proportion also visit for the vast fir tree forests growing in the countryside.

 

Hinterlandisian culture is strongly rooted in the desire for personal freedoms. With the turn of the 20th century bringing about a large number of socialist regimes with controlled media and art, Hinterlanders responded with more and more outrageous pieces. Art deco and surrealist art and cinema was a popular movement from the early 1920’s to the end of the 1950’s, and traces of this period are still apparent in modern day pieces. Music also went against the grain, with patriotic orchestral pieces being rebutted with wild big band ensembles, which gave way to the bebop movement of the mid 1950’s through to the early 70’s. Foreign culture is also a large part of Hinterlandisian culture. A large influx of wealthy Fulgistani refugees in the 1920’s caused a boom in coffee shops, and until the mid 1930’s sporting a beard was considered fashionable amongst the elite. Ancient Cashari ruins also played a large part in architecture, and many of the older high rise towers can be seen sporting art deco pillars and murals inspired by the wrecks littering the desert landscape.


 

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