The word "Norrick" is an English word derived from the Danish word Nordrige, which means "North Realm". The earliest written evidence of the word "Nordrige" dates back to a 12th century stone table, with the words NOVRIC written upon it. The word "Nordrige" has also gradually evolved, starting with the first documented usage "NOVRIC", evolving into a bookform, 15th century document, with the words "NEVRICE" and "NORRICH" written on it, and further developing into a 17th century document with the word "NORRIG".
Pre-Unification (pre-12th century)
Medieval history (1102-1467)
Before 1102, there were an abundance of smaller kingdoms and duchies in what is now called Norrick. However, during 1101, there was a war between the states. One of the states, the Duchy of Trellekilde (earlier name of Kongsby), under King Jonah II, declared war on a more prosperous state, the Principality of Torslev. He eventually won the war, and he later declared war on the other so-called "Northern Kingdoms". King Jonah II was however killed by soldiers representing the Kingdom of Saltum, but his son, King Karl, took over the kingdoms swiftly.
King Karl was known as a "merciful" leader, as he did not threaten to kill the other kings or monarchs of the states. Instead, he created a unification letter between them, which stated the following things:
"In the year of the Lord, 1102, King Carl, the first, wrote this letter of unification between numerous kingdoms in the north, with the following provisions: The following kingdoms unite: Trondum, Saltum, Trellekilde and Torslev. These kingdoms unite under one name, the Kingdom of Norrick. No man opposes himself to the unification. All kingdoms will unite! Hereafter do all kings abdicate from the throne, except King Carl, and all kings are promised gold and women."
King Karl was known for not introducing any taxation upon citizens or businesses, but he maintained high tariffs on imports and exports of Norric products and introduced the first customs in Norrick. King Karl had 16 wives at once and was known as the Male Whore by political opponents. He had 46 children each.
King Karl died in 1134 and his son, Johannes, was crowned king of Norrick. Under Johannes' kingship, he killed the entire aristocracy of Norrick and promised gold to knights who obeyed his order. His close relationship with the knights and warriors of his kingdom meant that he had the ability to maintain a highly authoritarian state. In 1156, he ordered all poor people of Trondum to be killed due to his quite unique opposition to poverty. This caused a large fear in the population due to his tyrannical way of leading the kingdom. In 1197, he attempted to kill all poor people of Norrick, however his attempt was prevented by a large amount of farmers who killed him. In 1198 he was replaced by Gustav I, who favored the aristocracy highly and established a theocratic feudalistic society. He died in 1233. Karl II inherited the throne in 1233, but was subject to much restriction by the aristocracy and the feudalistic society, his powers were limited according to a contract he signed. He was executed in 1266 when he attempted to disestablish the feudalist system.
King Stefan inherited the throne in 1266. King Stefan was known for successfully waging war against the Setarmeshian Kingdom, located in modern day Southern Norrick. He annexed Southern Norrick, however he freed the region with the condition of adopting a language similar to the Norric language. He was hence known as "Stefan the Great". He died in 1298 and Valdemar inherited his throne.
Valdemar was known as the "dying", as he had a chronic illness.
|Government of Norrick|
|Head of state|
|• King||Christian IX|
|• State Representative||Johannes Rasmussen (AU)|
|• Upper house||Landstinget|
|• Lower house||Statstinget|
|Chief Judge of Norrick||Johannes Hansen|
Major political parties
The Liberals (De Liberale): 46 seats
The Right (Højre): 30 seats
The Progressives (Progressive): 12 seats
National Conservatives (Nationalkonservative): 13 seats
The Moderates (De Moderate): 16 seats
Independent : 4 seats
Social Union (Socialunionen): 13 seats
Solidarity Party (Solidarisk Parti): 14 seats
Labor Party (Arbejderpartiet): 49 seats
]] New Left (Nye Venstre): 4 seats
Norrick is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy, in which the monarch, being King Christian IX, has his powers limited by the constitution. Following several constitutional amendments, the role of the monarch is purely ceremonial, except in cases where the prime minister-nominee presents his or her cabinet.
Before 1943, the King would be in charge of signing bills. The King did sign most bills, even by people from opposing parties or bills which were disliked by the King, however there have been instances, where the King would favor a specific party highly, and therefore refuse to sign a bill, deeming it void. In 1943, a Constitutional amendment allocated those powers exclusively for the Prime Minister, and any veto could be overriden via a resolution agreed upon via a 3/5 majority in the Statsting.
Before 1959, the King would, together with the Prime Minister, be responsible for appointing members of the Landsting, the upper chamber, however following a constitutional amendment in 1959, the Landsting was to be exclusively appointed by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. The Statsting could however delay or scrap the nomination process, in which another candidate must be chosen.
As the Constitution of Norrick provides for 3 seperate branches of power, the Legislature of Norrick is bicameral, meaning that it has two chambers. The lower chamber is the Statsting, the Upper Chamber is the Landsting. The powers of the chambers vary, but the main legislative powers reside in the Statsting, the Lower Chamber. Historically speaking, the Upper Chamber has had more power, even as much as the Lower Chamber, however the powers of the Landsting had been significantly reduced in 1959. The Landsting currently serves a mostly ceremonial role, but is involved in impeachment proceedings against a minister.
Members of the Landsting serve 8 to 12 year terms, in which after that they are ineligible to continue as members (per the 1959 Constitutional amendment). Their terms can end before 12 years and at least 8 years if a general election has been declared by the PM. Therefore, some members serve 8 years, others 12, and others in between.
Members of the Statsting generally serve 4 year terms, with no limits, and are elected via a mixed-member proportional vote by the people. 150 MPs of the Statsting are elected via their local constituencies, and 51 are elected via adjustment seats. Adjustment seats can be allocated if a party reaches more than a 2,5% threshold, and this threshold is generally what is needed in order to enter the Statsting. Adjustment seats ensure that the amount of people in a party in the Statsting reflect the national vote, so for example if a party gets 20% of the vote, it should get around 20% of the seats in Parliament. The terms of the members of Statsting can be shortened if the Prime Minister declares a general election before 4 years.
Parties in the Legislatures
Arbejderpartiet (Labor Party)
The Labor Party of Norrick is the leading opposition party, and is a social democratic party. The party was founded in 1889 as a "peaceful" alternative to revolutionary socialism, however, over the years, the party has emphasized more in regards to private property, hence a social democratic party. Its leader is Rikke Thorsen, the former Prime Minister (2020-2021).
De Liberale (The Liberals)
The Liberals of Norrick is a fiscally liberal party, and is the leading government party. The party was founded in 1871, the oldest currently existing party, and was initially an agrarian party, emphasizing on agricultural rights, however today, it's mostly liberal. Its members range from being socially liberal to conservative. Its leader is Johannes Rasmussen, the current Prime Minister.
Højre (The Right)
The Right is a socially conservative and fiscally liberal party. The party is a government party. The party was founded in 1874, the second-oldest currently existing party, and has historically been highly favored by the King of Norrick. The Right is leaning nationalist, and is highly in favor of the Monarchy. The leader of the Right is Simon Poulsen.
Solidarisk Parti (Solidarity Party)
The Solidarity Party of Norrick is a democratic socialist green party. The party was founded in 1979 as an alternative to the Labor Party, exclaiming that the Labor Party "was turning too Liberal". The party focuses on green politics and higher taxes. Its leader is Pernille Jørgensen.
Nationalkonservative (National Conservatives)
The National Conservatives is a right-wing, anti-immigration party. The party was founded in 1991. The party is socially conservative and is critical of immigration. Furthermore, the party wishes increased deportation for immigrants and is nationalist. Its leader is Kirsten Olsen.
Socialunionen (Social Union)
The Social Union is officially a socialist party in Norrick. It was founded in 2004, as a union between several social democratic and communist parties. The party is economically social democratic, and social liberal. Its leader is Bella Anker.
Det Moderate Folkeparti (The Moderate People's Party)
The Moderate People's Party is officially a centrist party. It was founded in 1923, as a breakaway from the Liberals, in a series of disputes. The party is economically liberal and socially liberal. The Moderates are neutral. The current leader of the party is Georg Jensen.
Det Progressive Parti (The Progressive Party)
The Progressive Party is a fiscally liberal, leaning-libertarian, party. It is a government party. It was founded in 2004, after disagreements with the Moderates. The party emphasizes on minimal government intervention in business and markets, and advocates for lower taxes. The current leader of the party is Anders Heinz.
Nye Venstre (New Left)
The New Left is a green party, which was founded in 2012 as a breakway party from the Social Union. It doesn't focus much on economic policy, and rather has high focus on climate policy. The current leader of the party is Leo Sørensen.
The Prime Minister is the head of government of the King of Norrick. The Prime Minister leads the cabinet, and appoints cabinet members. The Prime Minister also signs bills (Norric: Lovforslag), but can also opt to veto bills, however the Prime Minister cannot veto resolutions (Norric: Beslutningsforslag). The veto can however be overturned via a 3/5 majority in the Statsting. The Prime Minister alone appoints members of the Landsting, but such apppointments can be annuled by the Statsting.
The Constitution of Norrick has called the Executive Authority the "King, with the Prime Minister being the advisor to the King", however in practice, until the constitutional amendments in the 40s and 50s, the Prime Minister has always had some degree of executive power.
Following the amendments to the constitution, the Executive Authority was henceforth known as "The Prime Minister, with the King holding a ceremonial role, representing the history and culture of Norrick".
The Judicial Authority is one of the three branches of power in Norrick. The responsibilities of the Judicial Authority is to "judge within the law and judge the law".
The Judicial Authority is divided into several levels. The lowest level in the judicial authority is the Municipal court, which is the court in every municipality. If there is a lack of judge(s) in a municipality, two municipality may share a court for the time being. This is both a criminal and civil court of law, and where most law cases begin.
The second level in the Regional court, which is the court in every region (amt). If any case is appealed from the Municipal court, law cases go here. Some law cases may however start here or in any higher court of law depending on the significance of the case.
The third level is the State court, which comprises of two courts, one in the North and the South. The fourth level is the Supreme court, which is located in Kongsby and is the final court in the court of law.
There is however a fifth level, reserved for political issues, the Court of the Realm, which judges impeachment proceedings and any possible conflict in regards to laws with the constitution. Technically, it is the same as the Supreme Court, and comprises of members of the Supreme Court, but serves a different name.
|Economy of Norrick|
|Free market economy|
|Currency||Norrick daler (NDL)|
|Monetary authority||Statsøkonomisk Institut|
|GDP (PPP)||2020 estimate|
|• Total||$298.5 billion|
|• Per capita||~$60000|
|HDI (2020)|| 0.902|
|Principal exports||Fish, meat products, oil, gas|
Industries and sectors
The Norric economy is a developed free-market economy, which is classified as a high-income economy. It has one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world. It is also a very free economy with limited government intervention in the private sector.
It has a very high rate of tertiary degree diploma holders and many workers' rights. Limited state intervention in the workplaces across Norrick combined with relatively strong labor unions have contributed a large part to workers' rights across Norrick.
Norrick has very low unemployment at around 1.3% and a limited working class population.
Taxation in Norrick
Taxation in Norrick has not always been stable. Under liberal conservative governments, taxation rates have been lower than under social democratic governments (often following a 35-40-45 scheme). Under the government of Rikke Thorsen of the Labor Party (2020-2021), taxation rates have been increased for the top income bracket from 51% to 56%.
The current government has plans to introduce a flat tax rate of 33% for all income groups.
Norrick has a VAT-rate of 25% on all products.
According to a population census in 2016, Norrick has 4,981,292 citizens. Censuses are however not held anymore, at least in the "traditional" way, instead, the National Register Institute (Folkeregisterinstitutet "FRI") counts the people with an "FRI"-number, an identity number, in Norrick.
Cities and settlements
The largest city in Norrick is the capital, Kongsby, that houses 987,321 people (2016). The next largest city is Trondum, which houses 192,345 people.
Norrick has a national church called "Folketroen" (The People's Belief) which is a reformative branch of Christicism that holds a strict monotheistic (non-trinitarian) belief system. Some people consider "Folketroen" to be inspired from the religion Iman's monotheistic principle (Tawhid). Approximately 80.5% of the population are members of "Folketroen". 12.3% of the population believe in Iman, making it the second-largest religion in Norrick. Around 6.3% of the population identify as "General theists" while the rest are mostly irreligous people.
Around 6.5% of the Imanic population are converts, making it one of the only countries in the world to have a religion that has a convert population larger than the "native" population.
All people in Norrick are expected to learn "Standard Norric", which is the official language of Norrick. People in South Norrick, i.e. the region which is south of the main mountain chain in Norrick, are also taught the Southern Norric Language, which is a distinct, yet similar, language from Standard Norric. Around 30.2% of the population is fluent in Southern Norric, while 37.2% of the population, also counting the fluent people, know Southern Norric at least to a certain extent.
Around 7.3% of the population have a second language other than Norric. These people are mostly from Turquese and alike regions.