Drull Free State
|9, -14.135, 152.196|
|De Vrijstaat Drulle en Aroog Delta|
"Recht, Vrijheid, Welvaart"
"Justice, Freedom, Prosperity"
God zegen onze delta
|Official languages||High Astrasian|
|• National languages||Drulli Creole|
|• Regional languages||Babelic, Rogolnikan|
Forrintian 12%, Commonian 9%, Aroogian 6%, Rogolnikan 3%,Others 4%
|• Kanselier||Elleonora Havelaar|
|• Vice-Kanselier||Edja Doornberg|
|• Estimate (2014)||6,709,600|
|GDP (PPP)||$40,6 billion|
|• Per capita||$6057|
|Currency||Forrintian Guilder (FOG)|
|Drives on the||right|
The Drull Free State, officially "De Vrijstaat Drulle en Aroog Delta" (High Astrasian), Ingerish "The Free State of Drull and Aroog Delta" a country situated in the south of Archanta Major, east of Rogolnika and south of AR052a and the small country of Abunadi. It mostly consists of the vast delta of the Aroog River. Most countries and the Assembly of Nations acknowledged Drull as a country rather than a state, as it was called, but some argue it is still under sovereignty of Forrintia.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Geography
- 3 History
- 4 Government
- 5 Administrative Divisions
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Economy
- 8 Culture
- 9 See also
The Free State of Drull and Aroog Delta is named after its principal city, Drull, which is home to more than half of the county's population and was the core of the most important principality before the colonisation by Forrintia and the Aroog Delta which forms the rest of the country. Free State is a term occasionally used in the official titles of some states and emphasises the independence from its former coloniser.
The Drull Free State has a long coastline along the Gulf of Archanta. The largest part of the country consists of the vast delta of the Aroog river and its respective tributaries. The river has many forks that flow out over the country in the shape of a fan. The land is very fertile because of the deposition of large amounts of sediments by the river, but also very susceptible to flooding. In the northeast the floodplain of the delta is bordered by the Adriaen Plateau and in the west along the border with Rogolnika by the larger Aroog Plateau. The eastern edge of the Aroog Plateau is very steep and sharply defined by the Aroog Delta. The rivers that flow from the mountains to the Aroog river have carved steep canyons into the edge of the plateau. Drull's only mountains are found on these plateaus, the largest is the Floristop with a height of 1189m near the Rogolnikan border. The mountains of the Adriaen Plateau are all smaller than 800m. Most of the delta lies less than 11m above sealevel.
The Free State has a tropical monsoon climate, with a dry and wet season but fairly even temperatures, with daytime highs in the 30-35°C range throughout the year, and nighttime lows never reaching below 20°C. During the monsoon season natural calamities such as floods, tornadoes and tropical cyclones are not unheard of. Deforestation and the resulting erosion of the soil combined with the low height of the delta system causes frequent floods. It is also believed that the rain season can cause hazardous earthquakes. Recent studies have shown that extreme seasonal flooding can cause the underlying crust of the vast delta to be pushed as much as 5cm downwards, which is enough to cause major stress within the bedrock and possibly reactivate old faults. Stratigraphic evidence shows that tectonic activity has changed the course of rivers suddenly and dramatically in the past.
The Commonian Kingdom had conquered many parts of eastern Archanta, including Drull Free State in the 1300s. For 200 years Drull was under Commonian ruling, and harsh rules were put in place for the Drullis.
Colonisation (End of Commonian Rule and start of Forrintian Colonisation)
In the early 16th century the coastal towns of the Aroog Delta were frequently visites by Forrintian merchants. The Forrintians traded beer, grain, wine, zilver and outdated firearms for sugar cane, tabacco, spices, teak and fine cotton textiles. In 1528 the kingdom of Forrintia was still struggeling to regain its former stability and prosperity after the chaotic reign of Floris the Mad. Several merchants pleaded with the successor of the Mad King, his son Floris X, to send an army to occupy the Auroog Delta, because the natives demanded more and more silver and wine for their wares, and trade profits started to decline. Floris X and his advisors knew that the fertile delta with its exotic goods could from major boost to revitalise the Forrintian economy, especially if an efficient plantation system was set up. The conquest of a fertile foreign land would also distract the people from domestic problems, boost the prestige of the nation and give the goverment an ideal place to exile unwanted persons to. Since the technological unadvanced natives were not considered much of a treat and the king had the backing of the Church, who was promised the full support of the State in in converting the heathen natives, the king accepted. On the 5th of april 1528 a large fleet of 12 warships and 19 transport ships set sail towards the Aroog Delta under the command of Herman van Hogenburg.
After 10 weeks of sailing and losing one transport ship of the coast of Vega the fleet arrived at the coast of the Aroog Delta not far from the city of Drull. Van Hogenburg sent an envoy to the Prince of Drull with a list of demands. The demands were deliberately unreasonable and insulting and were only meant to provide the Forrintians with a casus belli. As expected the prince was deeply insulted by the requests of the envoy and beheaded the leader Peter Kastelein and sent the rest of the company back to Van Hogenburg with the head of Kastelein.
During the period leading up to the slave uprising, the slaves developed a secret language to communicate with each other in the presence of their masters. This secret language used humming and singing notes and resembled the song of the cicadas that abound in the delta region. Consequently, the slave agitators were labelled as "cikader" by the plantation owners. Rather than take it as an insult, the slaves adopted the cicada as an emblem of pride, and when they began to fight for their freedom, they created the "Cikade Flag" as their symbol. This Cikade Flag has remained the national flag ever since.
In 2013, after 42 years of stagnation, misrule, chaotic public works and corruption under the dictatorship of "Laurens Jan de Klerk," the Drulli people were galvanized by the leadership of a former government cartographer and political prisoner, Eleonora Havelaar, and began a series of mostly peaceful protests and work-stoppages now known as the "Blue Revolution." The autocrats finally stepped down in December of 2013, and temporary government was formed on January 12. After a new constitution was created AN-supervised elections were held the following June and Havelaar became the country's first new Kanselier (Chancellor) in 5 decades.
After decades of dictatorship the Drull Free State finally settled into a stable presidential republic in 2014. The peaceful protests of 2013 that led to the downfall of Laurens Jan de Klerk made it possible for former opposition leaders to form a temporary government. This government, with the advise of the AN, drafted a new constitution. The legislative branch of the government would henceforth consist of the 100-member unicameral Volksdag that would be elected by proportional representation for a 4 year term and forms the excecutive branch of the government. The kanselier (Chancellor) is elected simultaneously for a 4 year term by popular vote. If a no candidate for the presidency reaches the required majority a second ballot occurs. The kanselier can serve a consecutive second term, but not a third. When kanselier has served two terms, at least twelve years must pass before he or she can be reelected again. The kanselier has the power to appoint and if necessary fire ministers. The ministers are not a part of the executive branch and need to have the approval of the Volksdag before they can be officially appointed. The Volksdag is not able to impeach the kanselier, nor is the kanselier able to dissolve the Volksdag. The judicial branch is formed by the Hoge Raad and the five judges that form it are appointed by the kanselier and approved by de Volksdag. These judges serve untill they are 70 or resign of their own free will.
The country is divided into six departments directly connected to the central government.
|Department and its code||Administrative center and its population||Total population||% of nat. pop.|
|Groot-Drulle (GD)||Drull (2,063,700)||3,240,000||48.29%|
|Noord Delta (ND)||Havelaren (105,500)||394,200||5.88%|
|Hoogland (HL)||Plantage Landgoederen (82,200)||297,700||4.44%|
|Hogenburg (HB)||Nieuw-Leeuwhoven (135,100)||404,400||6.03%|
|Tauzendmeren (DM)||Dannenbrod (231,900)||915,100||13.64%|
|Schelpritz (SP)||Schelpritz (462,300)||1,458,200||21.67%|
The population of Drull Free State consists from 2 main parts: the native peoples of Aroog Delta, mostly Drulli and Aroogian nations, and descendants of Forrintian colonisators of the land. Also, especially at recent years, the amount of immigrants, mainly from Commonia, has risen significantly. The table below shows percentage of nationalities by departments of the country (census 2014).
Drull Free State is a developing nation with a $40.6 billion economy and a per capita income of $6,057. The Forrintian Guilder is the currency of the country and its central bank is called the Drulli Bank. Agriculture accounts for 46% of GDP, the industrial sector 29% and the service sector for 25%.
The Drull Free State is a major agricultural producer, particularly in the global production of fish, rice, sugar, tobacco, jute, teak and tropical fruits. Most of the current agricultural companies and large farms came from the plantations that were created during the colonial period. The Aroog river has for millenia deposited mineral rich sediment, this makes the surrounding farmland very fertile. (work in progress)
The economy of the Drull Free State is increasingly led by export-oriented industrialization. A large sector is the textile industry. Already in precolonial times was the Drulli area known for its fine textiles. The dyes, yarn, and cloth were the envy of much of the premodern world. Drulli cloth, silk, and brocade were worn by the aristocracy of Archanta and Uletha. The introduction of machine-made textiles from for example Forrintia in the late eighteenth century spelled doom for the costly and time-consuming hand loom process. The transfer of industrial production to low wage countries however revived the textile industry in the Drull Free State. Large foreign investments created a large apparel industry in the country and, together with the production of cloth and specialized textile products, accounts for 61% of the nation's export value.
Shipbuilding is a growing industry in The Drull Free State with great potentials. Referring to the growing amount of export deals secured by the shipbuilding companies as well as the low cost labor available in the country, experts suggest that the country could emerge as a major competitor in the global market of small to medium ocean-going vessels. The Free State also has the world's largest ship breaking industry which employs over 95,000 Drullis and accounts for more than half of all the steel in the country. Environmental and humanitarian organizations have complained about the damage to the environment and the unhealthy and sometimes outright dangerous conditions in which the people that demolish the ships have to work.
An electronics and light engineering industry has developed around the city of Drull and shows considerable growth potential. Low-tech electronics and machinery are inexpensive to manufacture because of the low labour costs and the highly skilled workforce. The government has placed great importance on the development of a high-tech sector. The first results of the government's strategy are the new software companies that sprung up in Drull.
Other key industrial sectors are telecom, ceramics, steel, the production of natural gas, the processing of teak wood and a small pharmaceuticals industry.
Language and People
The Drulli people are mostly descendants of slaves, who rose up several times against their masters in the first half of the 19th century and finally got their Independence in 1963. Almost all the native people of the delta had been exterminated by slavery, disease and war. The Forrintians brought slaves from many locations to work their plantations, and the slavery system continued until, after several slave uprisings, slavery was abolished in 1867.
The Drulli Creole language, called Drulli Kreolsk, is a creole mixing mostly High Astrasian with elements of Babelic, Rogolnikan, Ingerish and native Aroog languages, but the vast majority of the names of places and people are in Forrintian, the language imposed by the former colonists. In daily life the use of Drulli Kreolsk is widespread as it is the main language of the Drulli People, the native Aroogians have their own languages, but the official language is High Astrasian. High Astrasian is used in business, it is language used in schools and is used in all government matters.
The Drull Free State has several official holidays:
- New Year - 1 January
- Constitution Day - 23 March
- Independence Day - 12 May
- Aroog Day - Second saturday of August
- Ketensnijding - 1 November (abolition of slavery, literally: cutting of chains)
The vast majority of the Drulli people are a member of the Church of Forrintia