Mecyna

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6, -25.016, 147.085
Republic of Mecyna
Mesina Vualisha
Flag of Mecyna
Flag
Motto:
"Ta serlepe bäaris"
never surrender
Anthem:
no text, only a melody
Capital
and largest city
Citta Le Fenico
Official languagesIngerish, Mecynese
 • Regional languagesFlorescentian, Ismikkese
NationalitiesMecynian (77%), Native Mecynese (13%), other (10%)
DemonymMecynian
GovernmentPresidential parliamentary republic
 • PresidentVuato Petaholem
LegislatureParliament
 • Upper houseVuocäanico
 • Lower houseVuocaberico
GDP (PPP)2014
 • Total$2.983 trillion
 • Per capita$39,214
GDP (nominal)2014
 • Total$3.132 trillion
 • Per capita$49,324
HDI (2012)Increase 0.84
very high
CurrencyMecynian Vus (MV)
Drives on theright
Internet TLD.me

The Republic of Mecyna (Mecynese Mesina Vualisha) is located in the centre of the continent of Archanta, on the Mecynian Isthmus between the northern landmass of Archanta Major and the southern landmass of Astrasia, with a land area of 146.286 km². As the distance between the Mecynian Gulf of the White Sea and Gulf of Archanta is only just over 100km at Mecyna, it was a logical place to construct a canal to open up maritime trade routes without having to circumvent Astrasia. The first iteration of the Canal of Mecyna was built in 1887 and it has been expanded several times since. The canal to this day is at the centre of the nation's economy.

People

Mecyna has 29.544.308 inhabitants according to the census of 2010. The population density is high and the canal zone is urbanised for 85% of its length due to the number of cities and industrial zones built close to it.

The official language is Ingerish, although it is a particularly Mecynian dialect. In addition, Mecynese, a language native to the canal region in precolonial times and still spoken by a minority today, is also official. Castellanese is a common second language due to the heavy Latinian influence on the country.


Government and politics

Mecyna is an presidential parliamentary republic. Each province sends ten members in the Vuocäanico ("senate") (120 members) and the entirety of the country elects 600 members in the Vuocaberico ("parliament"), approximately one for 50.000 inhabitants. The provinces have no parliaments themselves, but many municipalities do. Elections occur every 4 years, but alternate so that every 2 years is an election year: year 2 for the Vuocäanico and municipalities, year 4 for the Vuocaberico and the president of the republic.


Provinces

Mecyna is divided into 12 provinces (sometimes "states"). The name of the province is normally the name of its capital; only "Northern Wilderness" and "Southern Mountains" have capitals with different names. The national capital has been Citta Le Fenico since 1920 due to its strategic location at the western end of the canal. Before this, the capital was at Escala, which remains an important cultural capital to this day.

  • Name: Name of the province
  • Capital: Capital town or city
  • Tel (1): Telephone-code of the capital town
  • Tel (2): Telephone-codes of the province
  • Post (1): postal code of the capital town
  • Post (2): postal codes of the province
  • Car: Code of the motor-car number (i.e. XX - and two letters for the district and a running number)
  • Notes: General remarks
Name Capital Tel (1) Tel (2) Post (1) Post (2) Abb. Notes
Northern Wilderness ---- ---- 091 - 093 ---- 910 - 939 NW
Gilagonas Gilagonas 041 042 - 045 410 ff 420 - 459 GS
Glotaqua Glotaqua 046 047 - 049 460 ff 470 - 499 GA
Dream Dream 051 052 - 056 510 ff 520 - 569 DR
Sireeny Sireeny 057 058 - 059 570 ff 580 - 599 SY
Le Fenico Citta Le Fenico 011 012 - 019 110 ff 120 - 199 PH since 1920 the capital of the land
Guntrum Guntrum 061 062 - 069 610 ff 620 - 699 GU
Alexandria Alexandria 031 032 - 039 310 ff 320- 399 AL
Escala Escala 021 022 - 029 210 ff 220 - 299 ES til 1920 capital of Mecyna
Harca Harca 071 072 - 075 710 ff 720 - 759 HA
Southern Mountains Silversea 076 077 - 079 760 ff 770 - 799 SM
Volopinate Volopinate 081 082 - 089 810 ff 820 - 899 VO
Laurentius Hosch ---- 094 - 096 ---- 940 - 969 LA
Islas Taquiraqui ---- 097 - 099 ---- 970 - 999 IS

Province Map

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History

The construction of the canal started as early as 1056BC. Since then Mecyna has been an important link in trade routes, because of the distance between the White Sea and the Gulf of Archanta being only 100 km. There is evidence from around 1000BC of the transport of goods over the isthmus and trade links with other civilisations at the shores of the Gulf of Archanta such as Singkangia and Balavalonia . In 604 AD the first "brotherhood" of transport-workers and local rulers is known, who built lavish cities and fortifications on the profits and taxes from the trade. As well as the route between seas, north-south trade routes between Karolia, Arataran and Rogolnika to the south passed through the area.

The idea of an international trade route crossing the isthmus was first proposed in the late 16th century by the Ionadàlban Company of Mecyna. The scheme for a series of colonial forts linked by an overland route attracted a number of Ionadàlban investors, who were hoping to emulate the successful colonial interests of countries like Ingerland and Castellán. Throughout the 17th and 18th century a variety of competing interests forged trade routes in the area mostly across the lower-lying part of the isthmus between present-day Phoenix and Alexandria; some other routes to the north and south were also used. In the early nineteenth century railways were built across the isthmus and from Karolia in the north. Alexandria and Phoenix were still comparatively small urban centres at this time, with Escala (at the time the capital) much larger. Escala was also an established port and goods were generally landed here for onward transportation.

The Canal

The building of a canal across the isthmus had first been mooted as long ago as the seventeenth century, but the topography of the area (there are moderately high hills running down the centre of the country) and the distance required were beyond the technology of the day. With the building of the railway, trade through Mecyna grew, but trains could not carry the volume of goods carried by cargo ships, and new steamships were shortening the competing sea route around Astrasia. It was therefore decided to construct a waterway across the country. Lock technology had reached a stage where larger vessels could be raised to cross the central hills.

The first version of the canal was built in 1887. This canal was only 25m wide and had 12 locks. It ran from Alexandria to the north of Escala. This canal still exists, but today is used only by leisure craft, small cargo ships and barges.

Work on the present-day canal between Alexandria and Citta Le Fenico began in 1903 funded by a number of foreign investors. When opened in 1912 the canal was 60m broad. Beginning 1967 the width of the canal was expanded to 120m, with work finishing in 1984. To facilitate trade, Zylanda Shipping (owned by state of Zylanda) paid 10% and Porto Colon Interconti (owned by the state of Latina) 12% of construction costs. Because of this, Zylandian and Latinian ships today pay a lower tax to transit the canal.

The canal is 110 km long. The first 30 km from Citta Le Fenico in the west runs along the course of the Targonny River. Thereafter the canal follows its own man-made channel. The first lock is a few kilometers east of the fork with the Targonny River. The canal is 18m above sea-level at this point. Lock #2 is at km 60. The canal here is 35m above sea-level. Lock # 3 is at km 75. The canal here is 51m above sea-level. Here, at the highest level the canal reaches, is a water-reservoir at the end of a special water-canal, ensuring that the main canal will always have enough water. Here the canal goes through the eastern coastal range. Lock # 4 is at km 86. Here the canal goes down to 36m above sea-level. Locks # 5 and 6 (each with a drop of 18m ) are located adjacent to each other in the town of Alexandria, and thereafter the canal runs at sea-level. All bridges over the canal are at least 50m above canal level, so tall ships also can pass through the canal.

Each lock has 6 chambers: 3 of them are 300m long and 3 of them are 150m long. Smaller ships (under 125m) go through the 150m chamber to save water.

Regulated by international agreements, all ships can use the canal with the exception of warships which are bound in war.

Transport

Rail

Rail transport is operated by Mecynian Rail handling both freight and passengers. The network is comprehensive and includes every significant settlement in the country. There are also metro services in Newport, Guntrum-Alexandria, Citta Le Fenico and Escala.

Sport

Football is the most popular sport nationally. Ice hockey and gridiron football are also both very popular in the country.

Football

Both the domestic sides and the national team have found success in competitions, winning the Archanta Cup several times although never winning the World Cup. The men's professional domestic division is known as the Mecyna Football League.

Gridiron Football

Mecynan have several professional-level Gridiron football teams that play in the Northern Continental Conference of the Archantan Gridiron Football League:

City Team Name Stadium
Phoenix Phoenices Jack Holland Stadium map
Gilagonas Mechas DeLand Arena map
Alexandria TBD TBD [map]
Escala Bellmare TBD [map]
Silversea Southern Stars Gateway Stadium [1]

Ice Hockey

Despite the country's tropical climate, ice hockey became quite popular in the country in the 1960s. As a result, skating rinks are maintained in many cities and there are many professional players and teams.

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