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|The Autonomous State of Aiau|
"Dan kamubaŋ gałil manda"
We are creating an ideal world
and largest city
|• National languages||English|
|Government||Federal parliamentary meritocratic republic|
|• Total||29,000 km2|
11,000 sq mi
|Map of Aiau|
Aiau (English: /aɪ.aʊ/, /aj.æw/; Aiauese: /ai.au/) is a country on the continent of Antaraphia. It borders Pasalia and Beligonia. It is an elongated mountainous, forested, relatively peaceful state, both with interior politics and exterior. Most residents of Aiau are native Aiauans, but there are some Pasilians and Beligonians, specifically in small isolated communities.
The Aiauan Mindset
A concept that is integral to understanding Aiau as a whole is the ideology of the Aia. This is outlined in Some Aiauan Ideals | Aiaumlin Yogursun ("Some Aiauan Ideals"), a short book by an anonymous author, which is paraphrased here. In Aiau, it is thought that all children are born as equals and that through Education and other forms of acquisition of knowledge, people discover more about not only the world, but about themselves. Therefore, it is their responsibility to choose, once they are old enough, what career they want to go into -- and how they want to get there. In other words, it is one's own responsibility to ensure a successful life for oneself. If they do that, they will have more power in the government, will get more rights, and will make all the important decisions. If they don't, however, and end up under-performing, they will be less powerful, have less rights, and will be subordinate to the more devoted people.
- This is not a caste system. While adults are supposedly locked into their "caste" based on previous decisions, Aiau functions fundamentally differently from a caste system in that children are never born into their parents' caste, instead choosing for themselves what they want their life to be like.
- People can never change their rank. Some people, as children and teenagers, are still maturing, and therefore may not realize the importance of schooling. Therefore, they will be predisposed to be stuck at the bottom of the social ladder. Presumably, this is how they will stay for their entire life. However, they can make an appeal to the government admitting their faults, and explaining why they might have reason to go back to school.
The State of Aiau is separated into four provinces -- Vausis, Limþo, Di Nidam (North Nidam) and Ŋo Nidam (South Nidam). The provinces are named after the three major forests of Aiau -- the Vausis Forest, Limþo Forest, and Nidam Forest. State-level legislature can create laws that every province must follow. Each of these provinces are separated into sectors based on population. These are all to contain the same amount of people. Every province chooses a capital city to built their legislative buildings in. Each sector is further subdivided into districts. After a city reaches a population of 30,000 people, they are given full city status and a new district is added. Consequentially, they get their own legislature and the power to create laws for every person in their area. These districts include the city and surrounding towns, villages, and hamlets. This is the lowest subdivision that Aiau recognizes. Leaders of the districts can appoint smaller independent areas, but they have no power above district level.
Legislation works as follows: on each of the three levels, there are 9 (? subject to change) different councils that handle different areas. These are selected by the state-level councils based on how skilled they are in the area. These people get to pass laws concerning their areas -- as long as all the relevant councils and the Economics and Law councils on each higher level approve it. Many of the councils won't spend all their time passing laws, but dealing with people and other councils. Most laws are not made up by people on the council, but by normal countrymen. A group of people who are pushing to have that law passed -- called a "board" -- will prepare a presentation to the council, then the council will judge if it seems fair. If it doesn't, the board will either give up or strengthen their argument. The councils talk over this before writing up an official bill, which then goes through the procedures described above. The longest case, a dispute about Private Education, allegedly took fifteen years to complete before the board gave up completely after failing to appease the Council of Education at the province level.
The standard councils are as outlined. Provinces and Districts are urged to use these, but many do not, and tend to combine or split some councils into multiple councils. In the "traits" column, if there is an S, it is on state level. If there is a P, it is standard on province level. If there is a D, it is standard on district level.
|The Council of Architecture||Handles drawing blueprints of bridges, tunnels, interchanges.||SPD|
|The Council of Development||Handles city planning, building and demolition, zoning laws, water pumping, power storage and sending, telecommunications, etc.||--D|
|The Council of Economics||Handles funding and budgets and approves laws concerning finances.||SPD|
|The Council of Education||Handles curriculum, boundaries, school spending, etc.||SPD|
|The Council of Enforcement||Handles military and enforcement of law. Preside over executive branch.||S--|
|The Council of Law||Approves laws for people under them to follow.||SPD|
|The Council of Science||Approves experiments and handles public healthcare.||S--|
|The Council of Trade||Handles trading with other nations.||S--|
|The Council of Transportation||Handles highway and railroad building, as well as designing buses, trains, etc.||SPD|
Generally, these groups all meet in a physical room in a physical building, but especially in current times, video conferences do take place when several people can't make it. People are chosen to populate the councils far earlier than they are actually put to use. Usually, the government rents some space or they meet in abandoned buildings until they are built. The Council of Architecture in the district gets to decide what the buildings will look like.
Aiau's economy is fairly simple. The best way to describe it is that it handles all the big stuff, but lets private businesses run their own smaller versions of that stuff. The government handles use of land such as zoning, roads, and city placement, but lets private institutions build most of the buildings. It creates major cross-continental trade routes and shipping ports, but allows businesses to use them as they wish and create smaller routes. It builds hospitals, but lets anyone with a degree practice medicine in their own clinics. It runs the biggest mining and agriculture firms, but lets local miners and growers produce their own products. Sometimes, when these businesses get big enough, the government will outsource government tasks to them.
Most of the west border consists of two mountain ranges: the Auŋi mountains and the Þanoa Mountains, which are surrounded mostly by forests. The Auŋi Mountains are surrounded by the Nidam Forest and the Þanoa mountains are surrounded by the Limþo and Vausis mountains. There are four major peaks in these ranges Tusim Mountain and Gaðoa Mountain in the Auŋi range. Łeios Mountain and Veoð Mountain in the Þanoa mountains. The largest river by far is the Fairfax River. In Aiau, at its widest point, it is almost one kilometer. There are eighteen other major rivers in Aiau. In order of northmost to southmost, they are: Yaŋeo, Lizbi, Bibłos, Toþ, Zoso, Eoz, Łafe, Levasis, Jansed, Łironu, Ladsin, Eusos, Ŋembo, Rrimun, Appi, Osias, and Daydin.
Life in Aiau
The Aiauese education system, like many parts of Aiau's systems, is built upon the idea that one person should not deserve a better education than another -- that all people are born as equals and that one person should not have to work twice as hard for the same treatment than anyone else. Therefore, private education and homeschooling are illegal. Several times, people have tried to lift these bans, but none have succeeded in changing the entire government's mind.
Divisions of the school system
It is general fact that no one will go to school for the same amount of time as anyone else because of the way Aiau's school system works. Everyone must go to grades 1-4, the primary school years, at which point testing starts. At the end of fourth grade and each subsequent year, standardized tests are administered to tell a student's aptitude in each subject.
After this, children move on to secondary school. Before fifth grade, reports are given to each student about their results and what careers would best suit them because of their skill. They choose a career path and begin to follow it. These are comparable to majors in college -- it essentially decides which classes you have to take before graduating. These can be changed at any time, but since each pathway has specific required credits, some people will end up taking extra school because they decided to switch pathways, and some of their credits were transferred to electives and were pointless for their new pathway.
Based on their proficiency in their classes, some people will be allowed to skip credits or be required to retake them. This means that two people striving for the same career can graduate at different times.
After school, life proceeds fairly normally compared to other states, but with some notable exceptions.
Aia are expected to find a job and help raise the next generation of Aia. But in order to have children, a couple must get proper permissions from the government to ensure that the child will be nurtured and will go to school and will not be treated any different than any other child. If children are had without the government's approval or the child is being treated unjustly, then the child will be taken away from the parents and given to another family. The parents are sentenced to prison for denying the child of their human-born rights.
After people get their degree, they start applying for jobs. Since Aiau is a meritocracy, the company will look through the person's abilities and decide if they want to hire that person. Having a steady job increases a person's merit, and therefore gives them further access to jobs and resources. That includes the idea of having a job in your district/province/state.
Candidates for these positions are chosen from those who have accomplished the most and are capable of accomplishing more. These people are offered high-paying, high-prestige government jobs, where they work for as long as they want or are kicked off the council.