Sangria Islands

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Ripubleca di las Ilas Sangrìanas (Ioma dil Sangrìnensa)
Capital: Porta di Sangrìa
Population: 262,020 (2024)
Motto: Santa Nicóla, Bindiche Estàs Veleis ("Saint Nicholas, Bless These Sails")

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The Sangria Islands, officially the Republic of the Sangria Islands (Sangrìnensa: Ripubleca di las Ilas Sangrìanas) and also known as the Sangrias, is a small sovereign island state in the centre of the Sea of Mojaca. Culturally and geopolitically part of southwestern Uletha, the Sangria Islands are in closest proximity to Libérie Franque to the west, Alora to the east, and Onnutu to the south. The Sangria Islands consist entirely of the Sangrian Archipelago, with three main islands. The largest and most populated island is Ila di la Corána di la Sahìa (commonly Sahìa), dominated by the ~3,000 metre Monte di Táma, an extinct volcano. The second largest is Ila di la Tiára di la Beciána (commonly Beciána), followed by Ila di la Diadima dil Prìncipe (commonly Prìncipe). The country has a total land area of 847.99 km² with a population of approximately 262,020 inhabitants. The country's capital, Porta di Sangria (Sangrìnensa: Porta di Sangrìa) shares its name with the archipelago. The Sangrias are a semi-presidential unitary republic, headed by the President (Sangrìnensa: "Presadent(e/a)") of the Executive, alongside a Prime Minister (Sangrìnensa: "Prìmu Menistèra") of the Legislature. The Sangria Islands is a member of the Association of South Ulethan Nations and the Assembly of Nations.


Republic of the Sangria Islands
Ripubleca di las Ilas Sangrìanas
FlagCoat of arms

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Motto:
"Santa Nicóla, Bindiche Estàs Veleis"
CapitalPorta di Sangrìa
Largest cityPorta di Sangrìa
Official languagesIoma dil Sangrìnensa (Sangrian)
Ethnic GroupsSangrian, Castellanese, Plevian
DemonymSangrian
GovernmentSemi-Presidential Unitary Republic
 • Presadent(e/a) (President)
 • Prìmu Menistèra (Prime Minister)
LegislaturePalaméntu Ǵinerel (General Parliament)
 • Upper houseSenàto (Senate)
 • Lower houseCameìras di Comjúni (House of Municipalities)
Area
 • Total847.99 km2
327.41 sq mi
Population
 • Census (2024)262,020
 • Density308.98 inhab.//km2
GDP (PPP)
 • Total$8,256B
 • Per capita$33,800
HDI (2024)0.886
very high
CurrencySangrian Pecheta (₧) (SIP)
Drives on theright

Etymology

History

Bronze Age

Iron Age

Classical Antiquity

Late Antiquity

1st Century: The Romantish Empire arrives around the year 110 AD, becoming the first of many foreign powers to control the small island chain.

7th Century: Mazan, following the crumbling of the Romantish Empire, invades and annexes the land for its ever growing Caliphate. However, control is loose, and the territory acts in many ways as a sovereign nation paying tribute to the Mazanids.

Middle Ages

13th Century: The crusading Ulethan nations (Franqueterre, Castellan, Plevia, Navenna, Florescenta) invade and occupy the islands to secure a stopping point on the way to take the Kalkaran Straits. A small independent Crusader kingdom is established by a family of Castellanese nobles in the islands following the eventual departure of the Ulethan powers.

15th Century: Castellan unilaterally annexed the territory (after ?), raising a dispute with Franqueterre to last for centuries. The area could have been considered Castellan's first true colonial venture, however they were annexed and subsequently became a full province within the nation. The Sangria Islands would never receive the status of a colony.

Early Modern Era

Early 1800s: The first buildings, roads, and modern ports were constructed during the early 1800s. Loads of immigrants seeking better conditions arrived on the islands, cheap labour sourced from poorer lands like Iscu, Tolulu, and Telkarnatha.

18__: Following centuries of Castellanese rule, Franqueterre (in its Napoleon era?) invaded and illegally annexed the islands for its empire. Following the Franqueterran defeat, the islands were returned to Castellan ending years of occupation. Franqueterre fails to relinquish its claim to the islands after its departure.

Late Modern Era

1930s: During the Castellanese Civil War, Franqueterre invades and occupies the islands. After the war ends, Franqueterre refuses to recede the islands to Castellan until a Castellanese naval contingent retakes them by force.

1940s: Plevian immigrants form a small diaspora on the island as a result of the ongoing Great War, invigorating a hotel and services sector on the islands. The Plevian language following this point slowly became a minority contributor to the Sangrianese language once again. The Castellanese, following a full occupation of the mainland (by their enemies) during the Great War set up an interim capital at Porta di Sangrìa, quickly and successfully fortifying the islands. From this point onwards the return of the Plevian language increases in importance, with a notable amount of influence into today's iteration of the local language.

1950s: The Sangrias gain the right of home rule, being upgraded to an autonomous province of Castellan from a standard one. The Islands gain the right to oversee everything that pertains to their lands except for foreign relations, defence, environmental matters, health services, monetary matters, as well as oversight over the Sangrian legal system despite the islands receiving full control over their legal affairs.

1960s: As the wave of revolutions in Ulethan colonies begins to sweep the world, unrest and eventually riots break out in Porta di Sangrìa due to varying issues such as inequality with Castellan, exploitation of the islands, Castellanese control over the health and environmental sectors, and more. Despite being quelled peacefully, these pro-independence efforts eventually coalesce into a strong anti-colonial and pacifist movement.

1970s: The islands officially declare independence as the Republic of the Sangria Islands, following the election of a pro-independence majority to the Sangrian parliament in 1973. The Sangrias join the AN and ASUN as an independent nation. Franqueterre is forced to relinquish their claim to the islands. This move came with the advent of air travel and a massive tourism boom for the islands, granting them self-sufficiency with funds from tourism as well as other local industries such as fishing and limited mineral extraction.

Present-Day: As an independent first world nation situated in the near centre of the Sea of Mojaca, the Islands reap in benefits from trade, shipping, fishing, and tourism. An idyllic island paradise, the tourism sector is one if not the biggest sources of revenue for the nation. Visitors to the islands often come for the majestic colonial and medieval-era architecture and for its countless black sand beaches. The Republic has also become a personal tax haven, neglecting to impose income tax on its citizens and a smaller tax on immigrants and expatriates. Corporations however are often not permitted to set up any sort of office or factory on the islands due to strict ecological and environmental protection laws stemming from the original draft of the Republic's constitution regarding the environment. However, if a corporation can pass the strict requirements for setting up shop on the Islands, they will be levied a small corporate tax and reap large benefits.

Geography

Government and Politics

Administrative Divisions

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The Sangria Islands are made up of two provinces and one metropolitan region making up the country's entirety:

Flag of Sahìa y Principe Province

Sahìa y Prìncipe is the largest province within the Sangria Islands, made up of the majority of the island of Sahìa, the small third island of Prìncipe, the Ilas Vizcòntes (Viscount Islands), the marine reserve of the same name, and the southern half of the Ilas Margràvias (Margrave Islands), which make up one half of the Reserva Marina di las Ilas Margràvias (Margrave Islands Marine Reserve). Famed for places such as Monte de Táma, the idyllic Costa di Grachéiros, the mountain towns of Vija de Sante Ǵines and Táma, the bustling ports of Chalay, Tecante, and Porta Teneral, the remote northern town of Agri, the colonial-era architecture exemplified by Sante Jose di la Diadima dil Prìncipe, and of course the massive national park covering much of the island, it is a natural tourist destination. It is also well known for its black sand beaches that make up the majority of Sahìan beaches. Many come to relax on its shores or hike through nature.

Flag of Beciána Province

Beciána is comprised of the island bearing the same name as well as the uninhabited northern two islands in the Ilas Margràvias within the Reserva Marina di las Ilas Margràvias. Albeit a lesser tourist destination, it is well known for its agricultural production and immigrant communities, as the main recipient of imported labour from exploited colonies and lands far off historically. Tourists here come for the foreign architecture drawing inspiration from Telkarnatha and the island Asperic nations to the southeast. Pockets of migratory languages are spoken here as well, and its cuisine is often a good draw for visitors both domestic and foreign. The largest town is Porta di Aragèna, and the only other settlement is the village of Nalvàn on its south coast.

Flag of the Metropolitan District

The Dicherèto Metropolitan, formally known as Dicherèto Metropolitan di Porta di Sangrìa, is the metropolitan region housing the capital, Porta di Sangrìa, and the surrounding towns: Sante Juan de Sahìa, Virhin di la Néria, Vija di los Rios Ǵemèlios, Alriscuos dil Rio Néria, and Gròn Cresta. The main tourist destination and the most well known, Porta di Sangrìa is the most populous of cities and towns within the DM's borders.

At a lower level, the country operates using a number of municipalities that answer to the provincial governments.



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Administrative divisions of Sangria Islands
First-level2 provinces
(Sangrian: Pruvincià)
1 metropolitan region
(Sangrian: Dicherèto Metropolitan)
Second-level37 municipalities
(Sangrian: Comuni)


Divisions of the Sangria Islands

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Flag Province Capital Number of
municipalities
Land area Population Population density
km² mi² km² mi²
TBD Flag
Sahìa y Prìncipe Costa di Grachéiros 27 755.76 291.80 TBD TBD TBD
TBD
Beciána Porta di Aragèna 4 31.43 12.13 TBD TBD TBD
TBD
Dicherèto Metropolitan Porta di Sangrìa 6 65.63 25.34 TBD TBD TBD

Economy

Infrastructure

Transport

The Caritèra di Moyaca (CM-1) is the main highway in the Sangrias. It is entirely on Sahìa and extends from Costa di Grachéiros in the west, to Chalay in the east. Its major connections include Porta di Sante Juan, Saint Nicholas International Airport, and the ferry terminal at Chalay.

The only international airport in the Sangria Islands is Ìeraporta Internàchional di Santa Nicóla (Saint Nicholas International Airport) located west of Tolunia.

Ferry terminals at Porta Teneral, Chalay, and Sante Juan serve both domestic and international connections. Ferry terminals at Sante Jose di la Diadima dil Prìncipe and Porta di Aragèna are solely domestic. Historically, the port at Porta di Aragèna was an international harbour and the main port of entry for imported labour, but has since been demoted to play the role as the domestic terminal for the island and is its only harbour.

International ferry connection from Sante Juan de Sahia to the ports of San Nicolas and Saint-Port in Liberie-Franque provides the island with a connection to the Ulethan mainland. The ferry runs twice a week both ways, with the journey taking 13 and 18 hours respectively.

Energy
Èmpiánto di Gàs Nàturizáli di Ǵiamia in 2023.

Energy in the Sangrias was historically dependent on coal imports from overseas, which fueled the now-decommissioned Centriále Ìléctrica di Carbòn di Sante Juan (Sante Juan Coal Plant) However, the environmental concerns over the coal power plant made it unpopular, as did the reliance on international partners for energy production.

In 1952, exploratory searches uncovered a vast natural gas well within the Sangria submarine plateau. Amid plans to become more self-sufficient, the colonial government built a natural gas power plant near the Airport at Ǵiamia in 1965, known as Èmpiánto di Gàs Nàturizáli di Ǵiamia (Ǵiamia Natural Gas Plant). It opened in February 1966, with the coal plant being decommissioned the following year through the transitory period.

In the 1970s, a series of submarine power cables were lined from Sahìa to Beciána and Prìncipe, effectively combining the grids into one united grid.

Due to the island's near-equatorial position and tropical climate, photovoltaic panels are becoming more popular in reducing energy costs. Modern buildings are encouraged to include panels on their roofs. In 2011, a photovoltaic solar farm was opened in Vija di Sante Ǵines.

Demographics

Culture

References

Sangria flag.svg Sangria Islands
Territory-specific topics
Regional topics
Regional organizationsAssociation of South Ulethan Nations