Kuehong

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共和联邦家乡
Cộng hòa liên bang Quê Hương
家乡
Quê Hương
FlagCoat of arms

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Anthem:
Bài Hát Quê Hương Tôi
Song of my homeland
CapitalBakdep
Largest cityNamthinhvuong
Official languagesKuehongese
Babelic
 • National languagesKuehongese
 • Regional languagesNeeg
Thoe
Slan
Ethnic GroupsKue (67.7%)
Bai (18.5%)
Other Archantans (4.7%)
Neeg (3.6%)
Other (5.5%)
DemonymKuehongese
GovernmentFederal Parliamentary Stratocracy
 • Chariman of the National Security and Stability CommitteeLe Van Kiet
 • Chief of the AssemblyLe Van Xuan
LegislatureNational Advisory Assembly
Area
 • Total160000 km2
Population
 • Census (2014)32 million
HDI (2015)Increase 0.679
medium
CurrencyNew Kuehongese Bạc
Golden Provisional Bạc (NKB)
Drives on theleft

Kuehong (Kuehongese: 家乡 Quê Hương pronounced [kweˈhɔŋ]), officially the Federal Republic of Kuehong (Kuehongese: 共和联邦家乡 Cộng hòa liên bang Quê Hương), is a republic located on the Muinon Peninsula in northern Archanta. To its north it is Fayaan, while to its southwest it borders with Cinasia. Kuehong has a population of 32 million, out of which 72% are native Kue, with the remaining being Bai, Neeg or other ethnic minorities. The capital is Bakdep (北叶 Bắc Đẹp), while Namthinhvuong (南盛旺 Nam Thịnh Vượng) is the largest city and the key financial centre of the country.

Kuehong was inhabited from as early as 20 000 BC. The Kue established their first kingdom in 500 BC and became a vassal state of the Bai until the Hoai Dynasty. In the 15th to 16th century, the region was annexed to be part of the Bai Empire (under the Suo Dynasty). The Kue later became part of the Yuet Kingdom which rebelled against the Suo but failed to gain control of Bai Proper, leading into the Peninsula War. After which, the Yuet became subjected to foreign powers. In 1928, the Kue rebelled against the Cinasian Republic that succeeded the Yuet. Shortly after its official independence, Kuehong became a communist state, after which the new military junta unified with Northern Cinasia to form the Federal Republic. In 1967, after a decade of political instability, the military seized power and transformed Kuehong into a stratocracy. Kuehong developed rapidly under military rule, and the military initiated a series of economic and political reforms in the 80s that facilitated Kuehong's integration into world politics and the global economy.

Till today, Kuehong is still embroiled in rampant ethnic strifes in the rural areas in Loi Xo, Trac Khe and Phuong Lam, despite efforts in securing peace in the region. Being a stratocracy, it has a strong military force consisting entirely of the population. Although there are large improvements in the quality of education, healthcare, life expectancy, personal safety and housing, it continues to face challenges including poverty, corruption and inadequate social welfare, alongside allegations of human rights abuses against ethnic minorities.

Etymology

Kuehong is an Ingerish transliteration of "Quê Hương" (家乡), which means "homeland". How the name came about is actually unrelated to how the Kue people came to call themselves "Quê", which also means 'family'. (They have been using it since the 3rd century BC) Instead, "Quê Hương" is believed to have been adopted since the establishment of the Kue Kingdom in the 7th century AD, through an edict by the king calling to refer to their new kingdom as their 'homeland'. In the 17th century, an Ingerish explorer came to the Bai colony and misspelt the name as "Kwehong", which appeared on maps published by Uletha in the subsequent centuries. Another spelling, "Kuehong", emerged later in the 19th century, and is widely used today. Other spelling variants, such as "Kue-hong", "Que Hong", "Quehong" or "Kue Hong", have also been used by other nations to refer to the state.

Geography

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Kuehong has a total land area of 135466.08 km². Much of the country is on the portion of the Muinon Peninsula between Fayaan and Cinasia. Kuehong includes several outlying islets, including Vang Ngat Island, Chau Bo Island and Lon No Island.

Kuehong lies above the Tropic of Cancer and is located between the 27N and 30N latitude. The country is rather temperate. Kuehong also experiences hot, humid weather from June through September, while typhoons are relatively common.

Two mountain ranges stretch across in a general northeast to southwest direction. Most of the country's population resides on the flat to gently rolling plains of the coastal areas.

Government

Kuehong is a federal parliamentary republic ruled by a military junta. With military rule legitimised since the 1972 Constitution, political power rests in the hands of the military officials, who assimilated the entire population of Kuehong under the military. It is an executive-led governing system, with the National Security and Stability Council (NSSC) as the executive branch. The head of state is the Chairman of the National Council, who serves for at most two five-year terms, while the head of government is the Chief of the National Advisory Assembly (Chief of the Assembly), the leader of the federal legislative branch. The Assembly holds its sessions in the National Assembly Complex in Bakdep.

With the reforms of the 90s and the 20th century, limited powers were discharged to the National Assembly, which allows it to amend the Constitution, enact and amend basic legislation and determine "major state issues worthy of legislative action". The National Assembly is a fully-elected body, with its 600 members elected through national elections held every 5 years. It is led by the Chief of the Assembly, who is elected by the legislative body. The nine states also have their state legislative chambers with state elections running concurrently with the national elections. True political power, however, rests in the NSSC and its respective State Commanders. The NSSC has the authority to dissolve the national and state assemblies and postpone elections indefinitely.

The National Supreme Court of Kuehong, headed by a chief justice, is the country's highest court of appeal. The legal system of Kuehong is the legal system of the military. Beneath the Supreme People's Court stand the provincial municipal courts and numerous local courts. Kuehong is known to have very tough penalties for certain offences as rape, rioting, vandalism, and certain immigration offences. Homosexuality is banned in Kuehong, though LGBT rallies and organisations are permitted to exist.

Foreign relations

Kuehong's foreign policy is to "consistently implement a policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, co-operation, and positive development" for the country and other nations. Kuehong remains isolated from the Ulethan nations and the Federal States over its human rights abuses and missile programme, with sanctions and arms embargo imposed on the military government. Kuehong has tense relations with its neighbours Fayaan and Cinasia, particularly over border disputes and the Shaachrau Crisis.

Embassies of foreign nations are located in the national capital of Bakdep. Consulates and economic liaison offices are located in other major cities of the country, such as Vang Ngat and its former capital Namthinhvuong. Kuehong also has its representative offices abroad, which has been suspected of hosting and coordinating espionage activities.

Demographics

Language

A multilingual sign in Kuehong's three official languages: Kuehongese, Babelic and Ingerish.

Kuehong has three official languages – Kuehongese (also its national language), Babelic (Bai) and Ingerish. Kuehongese is spoken by the majority of the population, while Bai is generally spoken by the ethnic Bai population in Kuehong. There is an increasing number of Ingerish speakers in Kuehong after Ingerish language lessons were made compulsory since 2001 when it became the official language.

Kuehongese is one of the few languages with active digraphia. Officially, it uses both Xinbaizi (simplified Bai characters) and Mautu (modified Romantian). Xinbaizi is used in the majority of textbooks, novels, road signs, official documents and newspapers. Sometimes, and increasingly, Mautu is used alongside Xinbaizi, especially since Mautu has become more popular and widely used by the younger generation. In 2017, it is found that Kuehongese speakers are able to read Mautu but a significant portion (at 28%) are unable to read Xinbaizi. There have also been calls to abolish Xinbaizi, especially during a mass rally in Vang Ngat in 2016 which led to violent clashes after radical protestors defaced road signs using Xinbaizi.

Other minority languages are also spoken in Kuehong. The largest minority language is the Neeg language, with its speakers in the Neeg-populated states of Trac Khe and Loi Xo. Use of minority languages have been discouraged in the country, despite recent legislation in 2015 allowing the teaching and official use of the Neeg language in the Neeg states.

See also