Costa Dorada

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Flag of Costa Dorada State of Costa Dorada
Estado de Costa Dorada (Castellanese)
Capital: Aurea
Population: 5,302,674 (2020)
Motto: "Camino hacia la prosperidad y cuna del futuro"
("Path to prosperity and cradle of the future")

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The State of Costa Dorada (Castellanese: Estado de Costa Dorada) is a state in northwestern Federal States. The state is known for containing the northernmost point of contiguous Federal States, its fertile coastal regions, desert and semi-arid areas, mountain ranges, valleys and important extraction points of valuable minerals (e.g. diamonds and oil). It borders Tempache to the west and Alcortez to the east. The capital is Aurea, though the largest city is La Fortuna.

The name of the state was given by the Castellanese explorer, Santiago de Zaragiza, in reference to the important gold deposits that were found along its coast, especially near La Fortuna, after the establishment of the colony in 1577. The Castellanese colony remained until it became a possession of the Federal States in early 1850s. Costa Dorada achieved statehood in September 1869. Shortly after its admission, important deposits of oil and diamonds were discovered, which encouraged migration to its most important cities. This migration allowed the state to be one of the most ethnically diverse states in the country, and the increase in the workforce strengthened the oil and mining industry nationwide. Currently, the state's economy is focused on services, mineral extraction and manufacturing industries, constituting Costa Dorada as one of the most powerful economies in the country.

A large part of its territory is composed of desert, mountain ranges and semi-arid zones, which makes agriculture difficult beyond the coastal regions. An important part of its population is concentrated in the metropolitan areas of La Fortuna and Rebesa, both located in the coastal regions. Aurea was a minor Castellanese colony in the current state, dependent primarily on La Fortuna, until it was declared the state capital in 1891 by the legislature.

History

Early history

Castellanese period

Costa Dorada Territory

Statehood

20th century

21st century

Government and politics

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Government of Costa Dorada
State government within a federal republic
CapitalAurea
Head of state
GovernorTBD
Lt. GovernorTBD
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
• Upper houseSenate
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• Lower houseHouse of Representatives
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JudiciarySupreme Court
Major political parties
CD Senate:
  Liberal: 34
  Conservative: 25
  Independents: 2
CD House:
  Liberal: 112
  Conservative: 57
  Independents: 4

The capital of Costa Dorada is Aurea. The state is organized into three branches of government—the executive branch consisting of the governor, the lieutenant governor and other statewide elected officers; the legislative branch consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and the judicial branch consisting of the Costa Dorada Court System. The state allows ballot propositions: direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall and ratification.

Executive branch

The governor is the state's chief executive and is assisted by the lieutenant governor. Both are elected on the same ticket. Other statewide elected officers are the secretary of state, attorney general, comptroller, treasurer, insurance commissioner and the superintendent of public instruction. All these officers serve 4-year terms and may be re-elected only once.

The governor, as established by the state constitution, is responsible for leading the cabinet, signing or vetoing state legislation, filling executive agencies appointments, granting pardons, preparing an annual state budget and commanding the Costa Dorada National Guard. The executive branch also includes the Cabinet, consisting of statewide elected officers who head state executive departments, and don't report directly to the governor; and other heads of executive departments who are nominated (to be confirmed by the state legislature) and report directly to the governor. All statewide elected officers can be impeached by the state legislature or the judicial system for misconduct or constitutional breach, and consecuently be recalled or not by electorate through a ballot proposition.

Legislative branch

The General Assembly is the bicameral legislature of Costa Dorada, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House consists of 173 members elected to represent single-member districts for two years, while the Senate consists of 61 members elected to represent multi-member districts (15 with three senators and 4 with four senators) for staggered terms of 6 years, with at least one seat from each district up for election every 2 years. In both houses, members are limited to serve up to 12 years (6 terms in the House and 2 in the Senate). Members of the House are elected by the first-past-the-post system, while the senators are elected by the single transferable vote system. The redistricting process of both houses is controlled by the non-partisan Election Commission.

Judicial branch

Local government

Federal representation

Political parties and ideology

Administrative divisions

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Administrative divisions of
Costa Dorada
First-level12 counties
Second-levelMunicipalities
Third-levelNeighborhoods

Costa Dorada is divided into 12 counties. Each county is further divided into a determined number of municipalities, run by a municipal government (usually headed by a mayor). Each municipality consists of many neighborhoods, that may have a community board or be immediately administered by the municipal government (depending on its population and location).

Name Code County seat Population Area in mi² (km²) Map
Alenco County AL Alenco TBD 225.52 (584.10) Map
Cabo County CB Cabo de la Bahía TBD 93.71 (242.70) Map
Castillo del Duque County CQ Castillo del Duque TBD 2563.30 (6638.90) Map
Costa del Esplendor County CE El Esplendor TBD 1478.69 (3829.80) Map
Costa de la Luna County CL Costa Azul TBD 1860.58 (4818.89) Map
Desierto del Oro County DO Valle de Oro TBD 5035.91 (13042.95) Map
Fortaleza County FT Fortaleza TBD 1628.22 (4217.07) Map
La Fortuna County LF La Fortuna TBD 707.71 (1832.96) Map
Las Barrancas County LB Vigia TBD 3638.08 (9422.59) Map
Los Santos del Mar County SM Puerto Cielo TBD 163.68 (423.92) Map
Rebesa County RB Rebesa TBD 531.54 (1376.69) Map
Sierra Arenada County SA Primavera TBD 2885.49 (7473.39) Map

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Roadways

Railways

Demographics

Health and education

Ethnicity

Religion

Languages