Älved

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Second Alvedic Confederacy
Zwíe Älvidske Idgenis
Dviene Aliudske Samelnud
Flag
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Anthem:
Mi Älvidskar / Anua Aliudskere (We Alvedians)
CapitalAdventikem
Largest cityAdventikem
Official languagesAlvedic, Techerian
NationalitiesAlvedic 95% (about 2/3 Adventians and 1/3 Techerians), other 5%.
DemonymÄlvidsker (Alvedians)
GovernmentFederal State
Area
 • Total162750 km2
Population
 • Estimate (2020)4350000
 • Density26.7/km2
HDI (2020)0.74
high
CurrencyAlvedic Ringan (ACR)
Drives on theright
Internet TLD.alv

Alved or Aliud is a country in northeastern Uletha. It is part of the cultural and geographical area of greater Tuyaria.

It shares borders with the Vyzh-Ulz, Brevinia, Keira, Neberly, Boscunis and UL22h.

History

Ethnic groups

The Alvedic territory has been sparsely populated before the middle ages, except for the coast. Techerian people are the native, and are related to Lathonian and Littic people in Keira, as well as Ispelians. Alvedic people are of mixed origins between Techerian and Mergan settlers. Luinese, the ethnic group from the Luin peninsula, were related to Darcodia and Ispelia too, but their language went extinct in profit of Alvedic language.

The Confederacy

In the middle ages, the region was christianized by Darcodian Church, though a reform took place later in Aldland, and the region is now home to a holy place of a specific "pagano-christic" church. Those two currents coexist now. Then, the current territory of Alved was conquered by the Keiran empire and stayed in it for a couple of centuries. But in the 1970-80s after a long period of instability, people of the Alvedic countries fought for their independence and a "de-keiranisation" took place to different degrees, it is noticeable particularly on the fact that Alved and Keira drive on different sides (Alved having changed to right-side like Neberly or Karolia when rebuilding the roads in the 1990s).

The first Alvedic Confederacy was a federation of the four historic nations Adventsland (home of the Alvedo-Gyarman people), the Federation of Vyzdian tribes (semi-nomads who came far northeast Uletha), Brevinia (home of the Brevinian people), Romindia (home of the Techerian people - the northeast known as Forogia or Boscunis being a sparsely populated dependency of Romindia at that time). Then, following political unrest between the nations in the context of an oil crisis, embargo, and serious problems of transport it became Alvedic Union for a short time (~1994-1996), with a somewhat authoritarian government, relocation of Vyzdian "gypsies" in what is now Vyzh-Ulz, and Alvedic slowly being pushed into education and administration. At the fall of the Union, there was an important conflict between the different ethnic groups, the pro-Union, and the separatists. Eventually most Vyzdians (semi-nomadic people from the north) were displaced out of Alved to their own territory which is now the Vyzh-Ulz.

Due to their remoteness, most regions of the country have been very isolated in the past, and the lack of development during the transition to independence led to frequent clashes between the fragmented populations and cultures. At the turn of the XXIst century, the Älvi valley, Thürsland, and the maritime provinces have seen an economic expansion, due to the road and rail connection between Keira and Neberly, crossing Älved.

The second Alvedic Confederacy of 1996 is made of all former Alvedic and Techerian land except all the northeast part who declared independence as Boscunis (United Woodlands).

In 1998, southern Luiana (now the autonomous region of Luin), which was a disputed area, joined the Confederacy, giving Alved a significantly larger access to the sea and important agricultural regions.

Flags

FlagOfAlved.png Flag of the 1st Alvedic Confederacy Flag Of AlvedicUnion.png.png Flag of the Alvedic Union Flag of Alved 3.png Flag of the 2nd Alvedic Confederacy

Geography

Continental climate with various features: small mountain ridges, long hill ridges, big plains, and big shallow lakes with marshes. The climate is more temperate in the Älvi plain due to the lakes, and harsher in regions like Norrbunden, Paradisem, or Mittelälved.

The biggest lake, Bärniseien (ing. 'Bear Lake', tec. 'Lemen no Arth') has a maximal depth of ~ 15 m and has a very variable level. In the autumn or winter it can even split into 3 different lakes, leaving large swamp areas on the sides. During the high water season, small boats can cross it entirely from northeast to southwest. Bärniseien generally freezes during the winter. Work is being done to adjust the water levels and make the "canals" navigable year-round, but it is hard work due to the lack of development of the region.

The tree line in Älved is about 1200-1500 m. The highest point is called 'Godspferdsadel' (God's Horse Saddle, about 3000 m), an isolated ridge of big summits in the Oberthürser Alps. The highest permanent settlement is Alpe Saðel, a ski resort, at around 1600.

People and languages

Standard Alvedic and Techerian are the national languages, but some local dialects are spoken and recognized as such. See The Alvedic Countries.

Transport

Due to high prices, climate conditions, past oil crisis, and even strong traditional values (village spirit) in some areas, Älved's road system is largely underdeveloped outside the main international highways. The amount of vehicles per capita in Älved is one of the lowest in Eastern Uletha. It is so low that even the road classification system has been remade to describe public transportation lines and fret lines, so that those get the funding first. Public transport by road is a mix of bus companies and private-owned minibus or shared taxi lines. There are still tens of thousands of inhabitants in remote villages where access by road can be impossible in the winter, and even thousands without any road access at all.

Rail network is reliable, though it can be slow. The national company ÄBB (Älvidske Bundisbánar) / ANI (Aliudske Natusnadin Iron-Aityrar) manages most of the rail network. There are some narrow-gauge local railways too. Some areas of Norrbunden can't be reached by road (the iron mining town of Eirend), and the vehicles are brought there by train carriage or by river boat. Transport by helicopter is existent in Norrbunden too.

The roads in Älved:

- marked with MOTORWAY and TRUNK are the main international road system, used for fret and long distance.

- marked with PRIMARY are the main national road network and bus system. Frequent long-distance and local bus lines operate on them. They are paved in priority.

- marked with SECONDARY are the local connections to villages. Local bus lines operate on them at regular schedule. They are generally paved.

- marked with TERTIARY are non-residential roads of least importance. Out of towns they are generally unpaved. They might be impassable in the winter.

- marked with UNCLASSIFIED are local tracks passable with a vehicle.

- Tracks are generally impassable with standard vehicles.

Provinces

Cantons of Älved
Name Capital Lang. Area (in km2) Population (2020) Density (2020) Known for Local development index High definition mapped zones
Adventia Adventikem AL 4030 480 000 119.1 High-tech industry, services above average City of Adventikem
Aldland Stýra AL 1 348 140 000 103.8 Tourism rich area (highest) Whole region, especially near the Althurm
Älvbak Älvbak (Ailubak) AL 4 303 185 000 43 Mining average -
Arlebak Olchemler AL 2 004 125 000 62.3 Food production, Services above average -
Arpitinia Guarera AL 2 791 70 000 25 Agriculture low (lowest) -
Arthland Sant-Mauritz AL 8 283 195000 23.5 Mining (formerly oil and natural gas) average -
Bärnhaven Bärnhaven (Berenaven) AL 5 310 135 000 25 Fish and fruit production average City of Bärnhaven
Delta Brava AL 6 190 225 000 36.3 Fruit trees average -
Lacustria Eruddun (Dun Erud) AL 2 118 185 000 87.3 Fish and agriculture average City of Eruddun
Luin Luin AL 7 505 175 000 23.3 Agriculture and orchards, Sea-related sectors above average -
Maeritim-Tekerie Mist AL 6 854 400 000 58.3 Agriculture, meat and dairy, packaged food average Muraliud region
Medes-Tekerie Corbak TC 17 087 360 000 21 Agriculture, construction industry below average -
Middelälved Silsee AL 5 439 85 000 15.6 Meat and dairy low -
Norrbunden Evschen (Ewistid) AL 29 299 110 000 3.75 Wood, fish, wild game meat, mining low -
Paradisem Míninburgh (Minenburag) AL 16 643 150 000 9.01 Wood/Logging, industry low -
Pyrnius Pyrnius AL 9 322 145 000 15.5 Intensive fruit production above average -
Raukajd Raukness TC 5 066 240 000 47.3 Mining, Tourism average -
Romind-Tekerie Piascargil TC 13 144 275 000 20.9 Services average -
Suurland Adventsiled (Ilad) AL 3 340 105 000 31.4 Industry and services low -
Thürsland Grunbak AL 6 444 245 000 38 Services above average Füllbierg countryside
Thurulstad Thurulstad AL 4 647 235 000 50.5 Services average most of the urban areas
Ulveaven Ulveaven (Ulfhaven) TC 1 583 85 000 53.7 Meat and dairy, Fish below average -

Economy

Agriculture, logging, livestock, fishing, tourism and some mining. Some parts of the country remain largely undeveloped.

Metal industry, wood industry (woodwork, paper and carpentry) are the most proficient industries. Microtechnology is somehow well-developed in the Älvi basin too.

Aldland is the richest region, being considered a "holy land" and one of the oldest permanent Alvedic settlement, they get an additional benefit from tourism including religious tourism. Also, the high fertility rate of Aldland (around 2.6) makes the region an important provider of new population including for the other regions (1.9 to 2.1).


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