South Astrasian Federation
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|South Astrasian Federation|
Astrásia do Sul
"Liberos et Legales"
and largest city
|• Monarch||Pedro V|
|• Prime Minister||Rafael Riberio da Silva, Jr|
|• Upper house||Senado|
|• Lower house||Assembleia Nacional|
|• Total||42830.27 sq mi|
|• Census (2011)||71,000,000|
|• Density||1657.71/sq mi|
|Currency||SAF pound (SAP)|
|Drives on the||left|
The South Astrasian Federation (in Florescentian: Astrásia do Sul), is a federal constitutional monarchy located on the sub-continent of Astrasia. The federation consists of twelve provinces and a national district, and has a total landmass of 42,830 square miles (110,929.89 sq km) that straddles either side of the Astrasian Great Lakes. Neighbouring states include Galiza, Forrintië, Karvaland, Kovatany, and Triaquia.
The federation was formed by the elements loyal to the overthrown Florescentian monarchy in the wake of the 1874 revolution. The government is a parliamentary system and the legal system is based on the ancient Nortian Code (Lex Nortia). The head of state is a constitutional monarch, presently Pedro V, a descendant of Dom Adolfo II, the last monarch of Florescenta. The head of government is the prime minister (Primeiro-ministro da Astrásia do Sul). The federation is an active member of the Assembly of Nations.
The first human inhabitants to what is now South Astrasia are thought to arrived sometime after the end of the last age , c. 11,700 years ago. The retreat of glaciers across the subcontinent uncovered basins they had carved into the land which then filled with meltwater creating the Astrasian Great Lakes. The newly formed lakes formed a biosphere rich in flora and fauna, and provided an ideal environment for early humans to settle. Outside the Great Lakes, migration routes along the coast allowed humans to move further south. These river valleys were rich in game, and successive waves of migrants would settle these valleys as part of a wider migration into what is now Karvaland, Řots, and Neo Delta. Further inland, the resource poor Desapontamento Basin provided few benefits to early humans, and remained virtually uninhabited until modern times.
Little is known of the first settlers to the Great Lakes, but they had been replaced by the Acre culture by the start of the Neolithic c. 9,000 years ago. In addition to the adoption of agriculture, the Acre culture is known for its construction of megaliths, typically in the form of henges and dolmens. Examples of these structures can be found throughout the Great Lakes, but are more common on the northern shores between Rio Negro in the west and the Rio Ave in the east. Like their predecessors, little else is known of the Acre culture except for their distinct flintstone arrows, the first examples of which were found in marshes near the city of Acre in 1954.
Bronze and Iron Ages
By the beginning of the Archantan Bronze Age c. 4,000 years ago, the Acre culture had given way to the more sophisticated Eldorado culture. Consisting of several phases, the Eldorado culture features typical Bronze Age burial practices such as cremation and food vessel burials. The remains on the dead were placed in round barrows, and often featured rich grave goods. The usage of gold and silver became common for the first time during this period. In addition, the first written languages began to develop, with the emergence of Eldorado syllabic script.
The Eldorado culture was supplanted c. 2,750 years ago with the arrival of the Ilkova people, the descendants of whom still inhabit the small mountain kingdom of Kovatany on the Federation’s southern border. The dominance of the Ilkova proved to be short-lived, with the arrival of the Iron Age and the subsequent expansion of the Řots people from the south. The Řots established a number of petty kingdoms across much the southern part of Astrasia between c. 2,500 – 1,500 years ago. The Ilkova were driven into the hills and mountain areas of the subcontinent where they remain today. Apart from the arrival of the ancestors of the modern Deltese people, the cultural makeup of the Great Lakes and surrounding areas remaining relatively stable until the arrival of the Florescentians in the XVII century.
In 1606, the Florescentian adventurer and explorer João Fernando de Hermes landed at the mouth of the Rio Correntes near the modern city of Porto Uai. Da Hermes secured a concession from the local Řots magnate, leading to the first Florescentian settlement in Astrasia. From this starting point, the Florescentians were able to gain dominance of the Great Lakes within a generation. The cause of the rapid change in the balance of power rests partly on the spread of new diseases hitherto unseen on the subcontinent, partly on the superiority of Florescentian military power, but also significant was the waning of Řots power and influence generally. The Ingerish conquest the northern provinces of Řots in the 1620s to form Karvaland severely weakened the Řots state, and cut off the Řots inhabitants from their homeland. Over the next century those Řots that were not assimilated into Florescentian culture opted to migrate away from their ancestral lands and settle in areas still under the control of the kings of Řots.
The geography of the Federation is dominated by the Great Lakes. The four lakes form a chain connecting the west-central interior of Astrasia to the Bay of Forrintia. From the interior to the outlet at the Rio Ave, water flows from Uai, north to Bellevue, and finally east to Lago Regente. From its closest point, the watershed of the Great Lakes are a mere 100 miles from the Asperic Ocean at Porto Lagosta, but instead run east and then south for over 200 miles before reaching the sea in the neighbouring nation of Triaquia.
Outside of the Great Lakes Basin, the remainder of South Astrasia is divided between the coastal plain to the west, and the endorheic Desapontamento Basin to the west. The coastal plain of the Fderation is dominated by three of the five major river systems north of Cape Pascola – the Rio Correntes, Rio Miriam, and Rio Preba. Between them, these river systems account for the same average discharge as the much larger Rio Ave system. The rivers of the Desapontamento Basin are considerably smaller, and in extreme drought years have been known to cease flowing.
Politics and administration
Besides the Distrito Nacional, the South Astrasian Federation is is divided in to twelve provinces, as outlined below:
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