Shadze-Ma

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Free Doonist Republic
of Shadze-Ma
Soranasgee Poblakct Doon
o'Shadze-Ma
FlagCoat of arms
Motto:
"Fortanakc Dooin"
Lucky Us
Anthem:
Ta anoykcee sho glas, anoykcee dorka.
Feananan sgap.
CapitalYshon
National languagesShenavroon
 • Regional languagesLallans, 'Standard' Ingerish, Köpā Jāŧzė Nā
Ethnic GroupsShenavroon (74%), Others (25%)
DemonymShenavroon
GovernmentDoonist Entity
 • FernimanShekajo Pzar
 • FernimanJB NicDona
 • FernimanHannah Bright
Area
 • Totalc200 km2
Population
 • Estimate (2011)c165,000
HDI0.70
medium
TimezoneUGT + 4.8 (decimal time)
CurrencyModified Unified Standard Dollar (MS$)
Drives on theleft
Internet TLD.sh .oo

Shadze-Ma, also known as the ‘Free Doonist Republic of Shadze-Ma’, Soranasgee Poblakct Doon o'Shadze-Ma in Shenavroon, is a sovereign state located at the north end of the Harda Archipelago in south-east Antarephia. The country is made up of around 300 offshore islands, of which at least 40 are inhabited. The state is composed of wide range of administrative and legislative competencies which together form a Doonist Entity. Its nearest neighbour is the Kingdom of Pasalia.

Yshon, capital of Shadze-Ma
The climate of the islands of Shadze-Ma is mild and oceanic, with warm summers and mild winters. The islands are mainly rural and agricultural, or are undeveloped, with small towns and villages and most settlements smaller than 5000 inhabitants. The islands have a range of relief, ranging from rocky hills to coastal mudflats.

Some islands in the group are self-declared independent micro-states, including Dulan, Kanedo, Pāg and Orbis Tertius. The capital, Yshon, has a population of around 35,000 (2011). Shadze-Ma is a member of the Organisation of Independent Islands (OIOI) and is, in some respects, a state within this federation. The islands were founder members of the Assembly of Nations.

At the last census, the official population of the islands was 117,254.81[1].

Geography and climate

The island group is part of the northern extension of the Harda Archipelago and is located on the Antarephian continental shelf between 60 and 100km from the mainland. The islands range in relief and topography from moderate hills to flat land.
The outlying island of Faryal, north-west of the main island group
Austral forests cover some of the steeper parts of the islands with scrub and heath at higher elevations. The highest point on the islands is Norther Tap, on Dshon, 424m above sea level. Soils are generally rich and fertile and most of the flat ground is used for agriculture, especially viticulture, and horticulture.

The islands are located in three main groups, from west to east:

The isolated island of Faryal is located north-east of the main island groups. The Skeeran group to the west of the main islands is a groups of mostly bare outlying rocks and reefs. Shadze-Ma also controls two small areas of sovereign territory in the Fire Islands Joint Regime Area (JRA). The JRA is administrated through the Assembly of Nations.

History

Hunt of Köpā tribesmen by settlers; southern Antarephia, possibly Shadze-Ma, 1886
Little trace of the indigenous people of the area remains on the islands; they have been settled and ruled by various powers over the centuries. The original inhabitants were probably Köpā tribespeople; a small number of Köpā continue to live on the islands, but some of these have immigrated to Shadze-Ma from the mainland or other parts of Antarephia during the 20th century. The main islands were settled at about the same time as Pasalia, perhaps earlier, as they are a strategic point along the Harda coast. They were colonised by Ulethans in the late 16th- early 17th century and were the location of a number of conflicts between colonial powers during this period. Both Ingerland and Ionadàlba laid claim to the island group, but resolution was achieved in 1678, with the signing of the Treaty of Tayfir whereby most of the western islands were granted to Ingerland and the Eastern islands to Ionadàlba. The islands remained an overseas possession of Ionadàlba, with parts remaining under the control of Ingerland, until achieving independence in 1765. They were under occupation during The War.

Name

The name 'Shadze-Ma' is derived from the Shenavroon 'shad se mara': 'thrown into the sea'. It was first recorded in a document of 1671 relating to islands north-east of the islands that make up the present day sovereign state, known today as the Fire Islands, an area now under a joint sovereignty agreement (JRA) with various other nations.

Languages

The main language is Shenavroon, a creole of Gaelig, Lallans and Ingerish, with numerous other language elements. Shenavroon is the main spoken language in most settlements, but Ingerish is a common second language in some urban areas. Small pockets of other languages exist in other parts of the islands, especially in more isolated locations. Most signage is in Shenavroon, but some signs are bi-lingual in Ingerish.

People

Shenavroons are descended from a wide range of different nationalities and ethnicities, a legacy of the colonial past of the islands. Most Shenavroons have mixed Antarephian Köpā and Ulethan ancestry and are moderately darked skinned with dark, usually curly hair. Shanavroons are on average of moderate height, males standing round 174 cm (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in) and females 161 cm (5 ft 3 1⁄2 in).

Government

Shadze-Ma is a non-constitutional sovereign Doonist entity.

Politics

See also: Syndicated Public Assembly of Shadze-Ma, Council of Eleven and List of Government Departments (Shadze-Ma)

Current seat distribution in the SPASM
Shadze-Ma parliament nv4.svg
Legend
    Pāg: 1 seat
   Independent Arahönist: 7 seats
   Radical Tlönist: 68 seats
   Doonist: 110 seats
   Workers Party: 13 seats
   Maladaptive Daydreamers: 4 seats
   Independent: 149 seats
   Deep Green Block : 27 seats
   Dogmatic Anarchists: 13 seats
   Free Kizmanda: 10 seats
   Normalist: 75 seats
   Christic (1997) Conference : 7 seats
   Radical Normalist: 3 seats
   Free Erth: 2 seats

Governance in the islands has a decentralised structure with citizens' assemblies, trade unions, and workers' councils playing a major role in society and politics. The syndicated political structure incorporates devolution of powers to regional and local administrative groups, ranging from community bodies to farm worker's councils. This gives a structure known as a 'Doonakct Entiteas', a 'Doonist Entity', which, in practice, is a democratically-elected representative body with tax-raising powers, Oonee Kuirsht nan Dayoine Kcovkcrooinikc o’Shadze-Ma (OKDKSM), the Syndicated Public Assembly of Shadze-Ma. Election to the assembly takes place every three years and incorporates random selection from around 1% of the population of the country[2].

Under Doonist principles almost all land on the islands is held in common and there is little or no overseas ownership or investment in infrastructure. Foreign nationals are not entitled to hold land in Shadze-Ma, although this is permitted in some of the micro-states and in North Karg Semi-Autonomous Area. There is no written constitution, but adherence to Doonist principles is legally binding under the 1951 Doonist Reform Act (Shadze-Ma), which serves as the foundation-stone for legislature in the islands[3].

Similarly, under communitarian Doonist principles, social interactions which affect individuals with no negative effect on the community are encouraged. Homosexuality, lesbianism, bi-sexuality and transgenderism are all widely accepted and have been legal since the first Doonist administrations of the 1950s. There are exceptions in some of the micro-states, especially Arahön (North Karg SAA) where these all remain illegal. Following an island-wide referendum in 2003, the otherwise socially conservative island microstate of Kanedo made heterosexuality and heterosexual marriage illegal. This was due to a mistake in the ballot process, but for a short time it was probably the first and only place in the world where heterosexual sex was illegal, while homosexual sex was permitted. The mistake in the ballot resulted in the emigration of a proportion of the island's population[4], although this was probably as much due to the loss of faith in the competency of the island's administrators as to concerns about the legality of sex. However, since the introduction of this law islanders have controversially adopted around 40 children, mostly from troubled areas of the world such as Commonia. The legislative debacle also meant that some foreign tourism to the island was negatively affected, but the Kanedo economy depends mostly on genetic research and on the export of honey.

Whether the islands are a 'Republic' or some sort of alternative system is often debated in the coffee shops of Yshon and Pendo. The administration of the government has become increasingly complex over the years. The regulation of the fishing industry has become particularly bureaucratic. Many (if not most) government employees (including 'politicians')now work in multiple roles. Although this decreases efficiency it serves to increase both job satisfaction and employment. The number of Government Departments and affiliates illustrates this complexity.

Economy

Although the islands are Doonist – which is often equated with socialist - they follow a free-market economic structure. The Unified Standard Dollar (US$) is used as the general currency, although the exchange rate for goods and services is not standardized. This results in a dual-currency system with Modified MS$s, printed on the islands, being used as well as the international US$. This has been problematic in the past. Today, electronic currency transactions are frequent, which avoids most of these issues.

Ingot of iron ore from Doobasi. This nugget was certified a hrön by the Faro Grand Septentriont
Viticulture, horticulture and soft fruit growing are the mainstays of the local economy with some land dedicated to crops and livestock. The main exports are alcohol - mainly cider and spirits - iron ore and machine parts. There is a small shipbuilding industry and Future-Light Shipbuilding has a factory in Laylat al-Qadr on Helon. The creative industries are important in Yshon, Pendo and Loudon Erth. Tourism, especially religious tourism, is a small but important part of the economy. There is one international airport on the islands: Shadze-Ma (Orange) International Airport, located on the island of Urne. There are regional and local airports in each of the islands groups, with the exception of Andreysylan, which is not permanently inhabited.

The largest industrial company operating in Shadze-Ma is Shuh Polymer Plastics which has factories and production plants on Srad Namfeer, Laylat al-Qadr, Helon. The sites are leased from the SPASM on behalf of the people of Shadze-Ma and are a separate administrative area.

Mining for iron ore is an important part of the history and culture of the islands of Pendo and Kizmanda. Over the last 100 years a mining operation on the island of Doobasi (Kuradjen Doobasi) has resulted in the removal of most of the island. Many jobs in Pendo and Kizmanda are dependent on the ore-mining industry. This ore is exported round the world; there is currently no smelter in Shadze-Ma.

Culture

Colourful stilt huts near Yshon
Shadze-Ma has a reputation for being one of the most easy-going countries in the world. Stereotypical Shenavroons are more interested in family life, music and sport than in work, are alcoholic/drug addicted or are simply detached from reality. That the country actually exists and functions is proof that these are just stereotypes and have no real basis.

Throughout the country there are numerous cultural centres and sports venues. Even small villages often have their own sports field, boat club or village community centre. Good local food and drink are important parts of the culture. The restaurant chain International Spice Station was established in Yshon in 1969, the name being inspired by the Shenavroon author Alexander K. Arazov's sci-fi short story 'Stations in Space'.

Some idiosyncrasies certainly exist on the islands; for example, the consumption of bags full of ant's eggs, a local delicacy, is higher than that of potato chips[5]. Recreational drugs of most types are legal on the islands which has led to some accusations of international money laundering and drug production. The Shadze-Ma coastguard attempts to prevent drugs or alchohol entering or leaving the islands illegally. Drugs and alchohol are heavily taxed and addiction levels and alcoholism on the islands are fairly moderate[6].

Education

The islands have an unusual education system. There are no teachers in primary or secondary education. ‘Conakcee-Ite’ – buildings with facilities that would generally be recognized as educational – take the place of schools. Attendance, five days a week, is compulsory for all children up to the age of 14. In all Conakcee-Ite the internet plays a large part in day to day life and children, in mixed groups, are given the freedom to surf as they wish, generally unsupervised. In spite of these freedoms, ‘Conakcee-Ite’ have rigid structures and rules and demand the high level of qualification from supervisors. Supervisors are highly valued and well paid. The islands have one of the highest levels of tertiary education globally, with around 45% enrolled in university and technical academia[7].

More than 30% of students participate in international exchanges facilitated by Academic Support International. These exchanges are an important part of the cultural and international involvement of Shenavroons, especially in younger age groups.

Religion

The main religion on most islands is Tlönianism, although there are also adherents of Ortholicism and Sacramentalism. Doonism is a quasi-religion in some places, with Doonist meeting houses in Yshon and Dulan. There are some Normalist kirks.

Cyclopedianism has long-standing presence in the islands, with adherents of a diverse range of rites, including some aligned with Septentrionts in the Ardisphere such as the Faro Grand Septentriont, a Commonian (Cartographic) rite.

Sport

The main sports in Shadze-Ma are football, athletics and water-sports. There is a national football league with 12 teams, but none of these are fully professional. The islands have competed in the Isle & City Games since 2004 and hosted the games in 2006.

Foreign relations

Shadze-Ma has good relations with its neighbours, including most of the micro-states within its borders. Tensions with Pasalia have resulted from differences between the two countries regarding gun control and drug laws, immigration and disputes between Shenavroon officials about the countries' maritime boundaries. The islands are too small to host many foreign embassies, but the Ardisphere and Pasalia have embassies in Yshon.

Military

The islands maintain a small navy, consisting mainly of patrol boats and coastguard cruisers; the airforce consists only of helicopters. There is no standing army, but there is a military detachment of around 1000, the Shenavroon Defence Force. Controversially, this body is thought to have been involved with the organisation Telkhug Ēkdŭn. There is a large military base, Broken Arm Bay Military Base located on the eastern island of Erth; the military area is an overseas possession. This is held on a 100 year lease signed in 1901; 15 years of the lease remain.

Time

Shadze-Ma uses decimal time, a chronological system developed in Kalm in the 20th century and imported to the islands in the 1920s.

Whit's the Spail

Cliffs at the eastern tip of Andreysylan
' Whit's the Spail ' ('What's the Point') is a commonly-heard phrase in Shadze-Ma, even when people are speaking Shenavroon. The usual reply is: ' tha tap o'Andreysylan ' meaning the Spail o'Shadze-Ma (the Point of Shadze-Ma}, the cape at the north-east tip of Andreysylan, the eastern-most island in the archipelago.

See Also

References

  1. "Census return 2011. Now with decimal numbers representing juveniles!" NikLelan,J. Official statistics of the Statistical Agency for Recording and Categorisation of Anything in Shadze-Ma (SARCASM), Yshon, Shadze-Ma. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  2. "Politics of Shadze-Ma"Gazon-Prey,K. Yshon, Shadze Ma. 2007. Retrieved 09 September 2012.
  3. " The Freedom to be Free - and other fables" Pzar,S. Topress, Yshon, SM. 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  4. "See you some time: Governor's husband expelled under new law"Jan,D. Times of Antarephia, Yshon, Shadze-Ma. January 22 2003. Retrieved 09 September 2012.
  5. "What the **** is that woman eating? Food in Shadze-Ma"Cargill,D. Times of Antarephia, Yshon, Shadze-Ma. 12 May 1999. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  6. "Top of the table again: 78% of Shenavroons say they've taken drugs; 3% say drugs are a problem"Collie,N. Times of Antarephia, Yshon, Shadze-Ma. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  7. "Does no one have a real job? Student numbers rise again" Gan,J. Times of Antarephia, Yshon, Shadze-Ma. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
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