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Ardence / Ardencja
"Citoyens libres de toutes les républiques, travaillez ensemble!"
Citizens of all republics, work together!
|Largest city||Saint Armand|
|Official languages||Franquese, Lechian|
|• Total||1054,900 km2|
407.2992 sq mi
|• Water (%)||~4%|
|Drives on the||right|
Ardencia (Ardence in Franquese, Ardencja in Lechian) is a federal republic composed of thirteen Provinces. The country spans 858,611km2 (331,510 sq mi), making Ardencia one of the largest countries in the world in terms of land area. However, it is relatively sparsely populated making the country a mid-sized economy.
Ardencia takes its name from the Ardentic Ocean that washes the country’s long eastern coast.
Location and borders
Ardencia is a transcontinental country located in South Archanta. The vast majority of the country’s territory and population is situated on its mainland. Five archipelagos partake to the territory as well:
- 01 Isles Blanches 
- 02 Katinga Islands Katinngajut-Qikiqtaq 
- 03 Unnamed 
- 04 Lillians Islands 
- 05 Unnamed 
In longitude, the country spans 2,236km (1,389mi) from 160.30°E on x Island to 132.23°E on y Island. In Latitude, Ardencia stretches 1,346km (836mi) from the 42nd Parallel to point where the border with AR043 reaches the sea (54.15°S), considering the mainland only. It reaches 3,268km (2,030mi) to 71.43°S if outer southern archipelagos are considered. It is bordered in the west by the Asperic Ocean and the Ardentic Ocean in east. Its land borders consist of Ambrosia, Deodeca and the Federal States of Archanta to the north. In the northwest, the border with Ambrosia is delineated by the Mattappi River∈⊾, the Missanappi∈⊾, and the Condor Massif. The Condor Massif then draws the border with Deodeca until it departs from the drainage divide by turning north into a landscape of hills and glacial lakes. The border with the Federal States is defined by natural features, parallels and meridians. The main feature along this border are two of the Great Lakes: Lake Minnehunkou∈⊾ and Lake Wihinapa∈⊾ located in the western section of border. Mostly due to its extensive archipelagos, Ardencia possesses an Exclusive economic zone covering more than 3,000,000km2.
Geology, topography and hydrography
Ardencia has a wide variety of topographical sets and natural landscapes. Large parts of the southern Provinces sit on a geological shield that was heavily eroded during Glacial Ages. Though it generally features poor soils improper for agriculture, the Abc Shield underground is filled with substantial deposits of mineral ores. This region is heavily covered by coniferous forests. Central and Eastern Ardencia are dominated by large plains drained by powerful rivers such as the Efée or the Ewa. These fertile silt beds are extensively used for agriculture, mainly cereal fields. Northern Ardencia, generally hillier, is dominated by the Great Lakes system.
High mountains are mainly located along the central sections of both sets of borders. The Abc-North Mountains are an old eroded range that underwent an uplift when the east and west side sides of Southern Astrasia collided, generating the Abc-South Mountains. This collision created a series of parallel foldings in Central Ardencia between these mountain ranges, isolated Western Ardencia from the rest of the country. Thanks to many low-altitude gaps, various communication routes have developed between both regions. The Abc-North Mountains are generally considered separated from the Condor Massif, though their orogenesis and geology are similar. At 2,494m (8,182 ft) above sea level, Mount Abc, located on the border with Deodeca is the highest point in the Abc-North Mountains. The Abc-South Mountains, with their classic alpine profile, are usually split into five separate groups due to the large valleys isolating them.
The long East Coast (over 4,100km) offers contrasting landscapes: rocky and lined with glacial lakes in the extreme south, flat and sandy, with sometimes extensive lagoons in the centre. North of the large Abc Bay, the coast is dotted with roadsteads offering many havens. The shorter West Coast consists mostly of alluvial plains, former islands with some klippes left off the coast. The straight line of this flat coast is interrupted by a series of large estuaries, most of them being hardly navigable due to silting.
The climate of Ardencia is pretty cold, above all in the South. Its western part is wet and mild and its eastern coast is known to be windy.
Provinces form the first-level of subdivision of the Ardencian Federation. Provinces are vested with autonomous powers exercised by provincial parliaments and governments. Per tradition, the Provinces have maintained representative offices to the Federation in Saint-Armand. Each Province is further divided into Departments from their Franquese name - départements. And each Department is composed of Municipalities - Municipalités or Counties (in the former Ingerish-speaking regions. In Lechian-speaking Provinces or in areas where Lechian is spoken, these third-level of administrative subdivisions are called powiaty (powiat in singular) meaning county or district. Some former subdivisions in Franquese-speaking Provinces were called comtés as well.
|Province||Code||Capital||Largest city||Departments||Area km2 ||Population||Language|
|AR045-01 (map)∈⊾||...||TBD||TBD||05||66,511∈⊾||...||Franquese, Ingerish|
|Sainte Agnes (map)∈⊾
pl: Święta Agnieszka
pl: Święta Inez
|Sainte Ines||06||79,635∈⊾||...||Franquese, Ingerish|
|Sakardia (map)∈⊾||SK||TBD||TBD||07||68,351∈⊾||...||Franquese, Ingerish|
|Wendogan (map)∈⊾||WE||Saint Armand
pl: Święty Armand
|Saint Armand||02||20,397∈⊾||...||Franquese, Lechian, Ingerish|
|TR||Belmont||Belmont||06||95,848∈⊾||...||Franquese, Lechian, Native|
|Andrzejowo||04||38,574∈⊾||...||Lechian, Franquese, Native|
|Honneska (map)∈⊾ including the territories of Katinga Islands and Isles Blanches||HO||Gradow||04||71,400∈⊾||...||Lechian, Native|
|Lillians Islands (map)∈⊾
fr: Archipel des Lilianes
pl: Wyspy Liliana
Inhabited by different native groups Colonised by the Franquese from the Asperic Ocean Explored by Lechians explorers fron the Ardentic Ocean Disputed on its northern border by the Ingerish
Creation of the Ardencian Confederation
Relationship with the Federal State Relationship with the Deodeca Relationship with the Ambrosia
Armed Defence of Ardencia falls within the sole competence of the Federal Authorities: Parliament and Government. The Ardencian Armed Forces (fr: Forces Armées Ardenciennes, pl: Abc) comprise three branches: The Ardencian Army (fr: Armée Ardencienne, pl: Abc), The Ardencian Navy (fr: Marine Ardencienne, pl: Abc) and The Ardencian Air Forces (fr: Forces Aériennes Ardenciennes, pl: Abc ). The largest and possibly most renowned military academy for the Army is the Special Military School of Saint-Ines∈⊾.
Ardencia is a well developed country with huge road system Roads are segregated into: A-class motorways N-class national priority roads Local roads
The biggest amount of motorways can be found around Saint-Armand.
The national flag of Ardencia is one and a half times wider than its height (i.e. in the proportion 2:3). It depicts, on a carmine field edged with gold, two golden stars and a rendition of an embroidering pattern found on traditional clothing worn by Native Peoples of Ardencia. The two stars represent the Franquese and Lechian peoples while the central pattern, conveying the sense of community, stands for the Native people Federations. The pattern occupies a third of the flag width. Gold symbolizes the wealth of the soil. Red symbolizes the blood of those who fought for the independence.
Carmine - #960018
Mikado Yellow - #fec50c
- ↑ Including internal waters. As some Provinces are endowed with extensive lake networks, their actual land area may be smaller.