Belphenia

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Theocratic People's Kingdom of Belphenia
Belphenia
Official Flag of BelpheniaSapphire Swan Flag
FlagCoat of arms
Motto:
"Shinri wa anatagata o jiyū ni suru"
The Truth Will Set You Free
Anthem:
Shinjitsu no Tochi (Land of the Truth)
Location of Belphenia
Capital
and largest city
Remiville
Official languagesNihonish, Ingerish
 • National languagesNihonish, Ingerish
 • Regional languagesIngerish
Ethnic Groups
(2012)
Native Belphenian, Orinocan
NationalitiesNative Belphenian (100%), Orinocan (30.9%)
DemonymBelphenian
GovernmentTheocracy
 • First Leader of BelpheniaReiko Beard
 • Prime MinisterErza Beard
 • Deputy Prime MinisterMasahide Shiroma
 • Workers' Party Guild MasterKayeil Rockspell
LegislatureParliament of Belphenia
 • Upper houseNational Council
 • Lower houseNational House of Representatives
Area
 • Water (%)24.7%
Population
 • Estimate (2015)131,000,103
 • Census (2011)130,982,356
GDP (PPP)
 • Total$8.66 trillion
 • Per capita$62,653
GDP (nominal)
 • Total$8.065 trillion
 • Per capita$63,093
HDI (2015)0.90
very high
TimezoneBPST +8 h, EBST +9 h
CurrencyBelphenian Moka Piece (BPS)
Drives on theleft, varies by region
Internet TLD.bp

Belphenia (officially the Theocratic People's Kingdom of Belphenia (TPKB; Nihonish:ベルフェニア) is a country in southeastern Uletha, consisting of 28 prefectures and 12 states. It is a theocracy, and shares land borders with Eurell to the north, Orinoco to the east, UL018c to the northwest, UL018g to the southwest, and with maritime borders with Pasundan-Padjadjaran to the south across the Sound of Pa, Commonia to the southeast across the Belphenian Sea, and UL018f to the west. Its capital city is Remiville. The name Belphenia is derived from the names Belphine and Beretania. This is a very rare name, and is very uncommon until Native Belphenians traveled to other countries and helped many people to recognize the name. Since 2011, Belphenia's official state religion is Great Heart. The religion that influenced Belphenia's expedition to find the truth about world events, which is why Belphenia is often referred to as "The Land of the Truth". The country is well known for establishing organizations known as Guilds, and is the major exporter of swords.

The TPKB never gets involved in all forms of politics, and is a politically neutral state. The Workers' Party of Belphenia, a front guild led by Kayeil Rockspell of the Government of Belphenia, holds power in endorsing people devoted to hard work in guilds and is responsible for the involvement in rapid road and urban development projects by the Housing and Urban Development Council.

Etymology

The name Belphenia was derived from the names Belphine and Beretania. Elena Heartfilia, the country's original founder, combined the two names into one as Belphenia. She came up with meanings for the name with "looking for the truth for a great cause", "truth from the Almighty God", and mainly "protecting everyone with love, peace, freedom and happiness". In April 2011, residents of Remiville wanted Reiko Beard, to start using the name Belphenia after many residents and guild masters rebelled against a dictator, Sasuke Volkman in a public execution at Olympic Stadium. Reiko later used the name to refer not only to that city-state, but to the entire area and in November 2011, Ulethan books and maps had referring to this region as Belphenia. Upon the Independence of the Truth, Belphenia was adopted as the legal name for the new country.

History

Early history

Flag of the Kingdom of Belphenia

See the article: History of Belphenia

Belphenia has a history dates back to 2047 BC when a supervolcano in Southeast Belphenia erupted, creating a new island chain. Lava flows and fissures also erupted in mainland Belphenia between 2046 BC and 2017 BC. In 2003 BC, the volcanic eruptions have subsided near the Seralia Volcano and mainland Belphenia.

Kingdom

Arata Heart era

See the article: Arata Heart period

Belphenia's Arata Heart era was dominated by the emergence and dominance of a ruling class of warriors, the samurai. On March 21, 1538, samurai Elena Heartfilia established Eraede as a hamlet and capital of Belphenia, and was appointed as First Leader by the citizens of Eraede, thus the Kingdom of Belphenia was founded. Her organization, the Knights of the Eraede was founded in July 1538. After the war with the Nyduwen Clan, Elena came up with the title "Prime Minister of Belphenia", and appointed shogun Shimabukuro Miwako as Prime Minister. She also introduced the Daigaku of Swordsmanship in 1539, and the sword making industry in 1540, creating Belphenia's economic system. Elena Heartfilia and Shimabukuro Miwako were popular among the samurai class throughout 1541. The Knights of the Eraede repelled Relleani invasions in 1545 and 1551 during the Relle Uprising (1545-1555) in Northern Belphenia. The Knights of the Eraede achieved glory during Elena's reign, and the culture of the samurai prospered. This evolved to Sarashimari Culture, and prospered until the death of Elena Heartfilia on December 27, 1602. After the death of Elena Heartfilia, her friend Miyo DuPage was elected as the next Prime Minister by the samurai and Shimabukuro Miwako was appointed as Belphenia's second leader. Shimabukuro also became the second leader of the Knights of the Eraede on October 31, 1602 until her death on June 1, 1611, ending the Arata Heart period. On the other hand, the Nyduwen Clan failed to annex Eraede from Shimabukuro's reign throughout December 1606.

Belphenia in 1544

Katsusake era

During the 17th century, samurai Natsu Inoshima was appointed as the Third Leader immediately after Shimabukuro Miwako's death. Meanwhile, the Greridia Clan captured Nydigolith, initiating direct commercial and cultural exchange of the population between him and the village chief, Kawakami Ino in 1633, leading to a city renaming dispute. Natsu later resigned as the leader of Belphenia after his organization failed to settle the renaming dispute between him, the Greridia Clan, and Kawakami. In 1638, Endo Yorikane, a member of the Knights of the Eraede, appoints explorer Bill Van Buren as the Fourth Leader until his death in 1658. Explorer Trudy Rose was appointed as Fifth Leader of the Kingdom of Belphenia on October 2, 1659 and declared the Nihonish language as Belphenia's official language. In 1660, Trudy moved the capital from Eraede to Greridia during the Neredge Uprising (1660-1710). When open war broke out in Zedrich, she became a samurai and defeated rival clans including the Rellelani Clan in the Battle of Edeiwyn in Nerigord Territory (modern Remiville Prefecture) in 1674. Trudy was appointed as shogun and established the Thistle Pegasus organization in Edeiwyn (modern Remiville) until her death in December 1738.

Democracy

Yashimi era

Sayuri Nonomura, an elite member of the Sword of the Neredgers, was appointed as the sixth leader of Belphenia in 1739. In 1740, she renamed Belphenia as the People's Republic of Belphenia to coincide with the transition to democracy during the Yashimi period. Sayuri defeated the Nyduwen Clan for "the good of the democracy" in the Battle of Lornesse between 1755 and 1760 and established the Greridia shogunate in 1775. In 1773, Belphenians in southern Belphenia reacted to the peace between Padjadjaran and Wiwaxia became broken when Padjadjaran invaded Wiwaxia from the sea to gain control of most parts of southeastern Wiwaxia. During the Wiwax-Padjadjaran War, Nonomura and the Sword of the Neredgers imposed sanctions against Padjadjaran in 1774 for invading Wiwaxia from the sea and causing the war on that country, and denounces the actions of the Padjadjaran government and their army, the war and the invasion on Wiwaxia Padjadjaran carried out as "unloving". After the war in Wiwaxia ended, members of the Sword of the Neredgers advised all Belphenians to use extreme caution when traveling to and from Padjadjaran. Sayuri's husband, Okazaki Nonomura, served as regent for Sayuri's daughter, Sakura Nonomura and used his position to gain political and military support against pirates invading Shadowsnow City, resulting in a territorial dispute between the samurai and pirates in the Battle of Shadowsnow (1776-1812). On October 14, 1796, a fleet of five ships, Drevet, Taswell, Purcell, Marathon and Colago left Shadowsnow City to establish Drevet, but three ships, Purcell, Marathon and Colago were lost during the storm, believed to be a hurricane. Sayuri Nonomura and the Sword of the Neredgers covered up the colonization as a refugee evacuation during the Battle of Shadowsnow to avoid disclosing sensitive information to pirates searching for the five ships that left Shadowsnow City. In the early 19th century, residents in Greridia were shocked by the news of Sayuri Nonomura's death in 1813. Furthermore, Toshio Uekawa was appointed as the seventh leader of Belphenia on August 11, 1813, and organizations across the Plains of Starryhaven were merged into one organization, forming the Government of Belphenia.

Erellaglesa era

During the 19th century, the sword-making industry became the richest industry in Belphenia. In 1824, Toshio Uekawa intended to lift sanctions against Padjadjaran by means of forgiving them for invading Wiwaxia in 1773, but he was told by the Sword of the Neredgers that lifting sanctions against Padjadjaran would be a bad move if Padjadjaran does not or never apologize to Wiwaxia for starting the Wiwax-Padjadjaran war. On July 4, 1870, the samurai declared war against pirates illegally seizing Glesa (modern Seraphina City) in the Battle of the Sound of Pa (1870-1899). Toshio Uekawa intended to launch massive, urban development projects across Belphenia beyond 1875 but was unfulfilled when he died in office in 1871.

Ibilania era

Toshio's sister and samurai, Sugi Uekawa, was appointed as the eighth leader of Belphenia after his death in 1871. During her reign in the 19th and 20th centuries, she and the Belphenian government approved new laws banning torture and moved the capital from Greridia to Seralia City, and declares Buddhism as state religion. On February 24, 1900, sanctions against Padjadjaran were lifted and was forgiven by the Belphenian government. In 1903, the international community began pressuring Belphenia to end their control over Drevet. Sugi Uekawa later decided to grant independence to the small territory. But before declaring independence, she decided that the territory had to be united under one government. Tensions in Drevet spilled over when Viennans declared independence on their own, led to civil wars and tensions in 1905, forcing Belphenia to send their army to end the war and force Vienna to unify with Drevet. On January 1, 1907, she fulfilled her brother's promise by initiating urban development projects across Belphenia before her death in December 1908. Sugi's last words were "to keep the Ibilania period going, even without me, the samurai will succeed".

The Belphenian government appointed Sugi's friend, samurai and pirate Miyake Toshiro as Belphenia's ninth leader and President of Belphenia in January 1909. Miyake eventually declared both Nihonish and Ingerish as Belphenia's official languages and formed the Parliament of Belphenia and the National Council. He moved the capital from Seralia City to Yaelian in 1923. In 1925, Drevet declared independence from Belphenia. On July 13, 1927, Yaelian and its surrounding suburbs were invaded by pirates in the Battle of Yaelianjima (1927-1936), that ultimately led to the pirates lost the battle when the Belphenian samurai seized 600 ships in New Edaleria (modern Zerephine City) in August 1927. In 1930, Miyake and the government legalized motor vehicles and the National Routes of Belphenia into law, signaling the beginning of the world of driving in Belphenia. Other traffic-related rules were signed into law that all Belphenian drivers must drive on the right-hand side of the road. In 1939, he signed the Interstate Highway System of Belphenia into law after Nerigord Territory officials built an experimental, eight-lane highway between Indorur and Edeiwyn. Throughout the 1930s, Belphenia and Drevet remain strong trade partners which came to a crashing end when Sasuke Volkman took control of Belphenia.

Dictatorship

Volkman era

See the article: Volkman period

Flag of the Democratic People's Republic of Belphenia from 1940 to 2011

On February 29, 1940, Miyake Toshiro was overthrown and killed by pirate Sasuke Volkman in a territorial dispute in the Battle of Seralia Island (1939-1941) and became the dictator of Belphenia. After 200 years of democracy, a dictatorship took place and instituted the plundering of the nation. He forced the Belphenian government to ban all religions, human rights and freedoms, opulence, foreign media, freedom of the press, and implement a strictly enforced curfew on all Belphenians between 9:00pm to 8:00am BPST (10:00pm-9:00am EBST) in all cities and towns. In 1941, Volkman renamed the country to the Democratic People's Republic of Belphenia and chose to ban Prime Ministers and its title from taking the lead in government and Great Heart was outlawed.

During the mid-20th Century, more Draconian laws were introduced by the dictator and were strictly enforced. On May 20, 1956, Sasuke Volkman executed his sister, Lena Volkman for attempting to overthrow the regime to restoring democracy in Belphenia.

In 1960, Sasuke forced the Belphenian government to move the capital from Yaelian City to Yamamari, Edaleria. During the Belphenian War (1960-2011), he ordered the Belphenian military to conduct long-range missile tests off the coast of Pa Territory (modern Bluesage Prefecture) to intend in "crushing other world governments to bring glory to our great Leader Sasuke Volkman", according to a news reporter on state media. That led to other governments including the government of Wiwaxia impose sanctions against Sasuke Volkman and the Belphenian government for developments on intercontinental ballistic missile tests over the Sound of Pa. In 1965, he illegalized the sarashi (breast bindings for men and women), and launched a military campaign focusing on capturing all members of the Knights of the Endless Wind alive and force them to believe in his cult of personality between 1965 and 1993, but the campaign was unsuccessful.

In 1995, an international crisis erupted regarding Sasuke Volkman's military attempts to develop more weapons of mass destruction and missile test programs on the Belphenian Sea. Meanwhile, the Wiwaxian government imposed more sanctions against Sasuke Volkman and his regime.

In 1999, the dictator opened a "walled garden", national intranet known as Volkman Internet Services. The network uses its own DNS system that are not used on the public internet. Sasuke's lieutenants and the dictator himself are the only government-authorized people that are allowed to use the global Internet, so Volkman Internet Services is the only computer network to all Belphenians. It is a $5 fee for public use.

Flooding from the Shirahoshi River at a parking lot at Yamamari's Windbridge Harbor as a result of a levee failure; The levee infrastructure were not maintained during Sasuke Volkman's totalitarian regime

In 2001, Sasuke appointed Kenneth Ingerhorn and Heidi Law as his lieutenants in his address to the nation. He forced the government to impose tougher humanitarian laws among Belphenians, impose sanctions against Wiwaxia and other governments for "their provocative and ludicrous acts to bring down our Leader's rising superpower", denounce The Knights of the Endless Wind organization, and erect every silver statue of him and his lieutenants in all cities and towns across Belphenia and approved laws mandating all Belphenians to bow before the Sasuke Volkman, Heidi Law and Kenneth Ingerhorn statues in an expansion of his cult of personality. In 2003, he also elected about 100,000 psychiatrists to rule every territory in Belphenia and legalized drug advertising on television. On May 23, 2007, Sasuke sent Heidi Law to Edeiwyn on a mission to chain up and torture explorer and swordswoman Reiko Beard by soaking her with cold water and using a whip in a dungeon underneath a castle for "escaping to a country to establish Reback to exploit our Leader", according to the Belphenia Central News Authority. Reiko Beard survived the torture from Heidi and was rescued by Satoko Heartfilia from the Knights of the Eraede but had many cuts all over her from Heidi's whip. The incident was also televised on state media as well. Two days later, Reiko's sister and explorer Erza Beard annexed Edeiwyn and made the city into an isolated settlement after a massive wall project surrounding the city. She then renamed Edeiwyn to Remiville as well. Between 2004 and 2007, Sasuke Volkman increased government funds on developing international ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs, while Belphenia's infrastructure continues to deteriorate. On August 22, 2005, Sasuke Volkman evacuated much of his family to other countries amid the arrest of Akane Volkman and Lily Volkman's attempted coup in overthrowing the regime.

In July 2007, an international crisis erupted again regarding Sasuke's military installations firing nuclear missiles and bombs at the Sound of Pa. Other countries including Wiwaxia imposed even more sanctions against Sasuke Volkman and the Belphenian government for their involvement in developing nuclear weapons programs, intercontinental ballistic missile programs, war crimes, and human rights violations. Sasuke, despite being sanctioned for his bizarre acts and the development of nuclear weapons, started a war game with the Wiwaxian government between July 20 and July 23. Reiko Beard was very angry about Sasuke's dictatorship and later condemned his regime and voluntarily left the war games on July 20, 2007.

In August 2007, Reiko Beard and Erza Beard became elite members of the totalitarian regime and secretly established the Liberate Belphenia Guild, an organization that counters the works of Sasuke Volkman, exposes the truth about the dictator's government and his cult of personality, with the support of Ilani Nakashima, leader of the Angels of the Celestial Sky guild. In May, Kenneth declared war against Reiko's guild by having his members of the Shadows of the Severed Insanity to kill Erzanna governor Erza Harlington. The terror plots and plots on establishing People's Republic of Malin in Sentinel City were foiled by Mermaid Tail and were exiled out of the Zerephine City Metropolitan Area.

On May 5, 2007, at about 4:46am BPST (5:46am EBST), an eruption occurred at the Seralia Volcano on Seralia Island without warning, resulting in forced evacuations in Seralia City and Stonewynne by Sasuke Volkman. It was reported that a 2.9 earthquake rocked Clearshore, along with small aftershocks on May 6. The eruption subsided on May 7, but lava flows and fissures continued to erupt in southeast Belphenia until June 2007. Damages soared to at least $66,000,000 and 68% of rainforests were lost. Sasuke and his lieutenants stated that the Seralia Volcano will never erupt again.

In 2008, Sasuke Volkman forced many Belphenians in Sutton City to search for Lily Volkman, but the manhunt in Sutton Province (modern-day Zerephine Prefecture) were unsuccessful and at least 30 elite members of the government were executed in a public execution in Crandon City (modern-day Erzanna City) in 2009. Throughout 2010, Reiko Beard and her Liberate Belphenia organization risked their lives to work hard to find the truth about the Volkman regime in secret.

April 5 attacks

See the article April 5 attacks

On April 5, 2011, Sasuke sent Heidi Law, Aiden Tremont, and the Destructive Prime terrorist organization to Remiville to search and assassinate Reiko Beard and Ilani Nakashima in a series of terrorist attacks on Belphenia, but the terror plots were foiled after Reiko and Erza's undercover missions exposed the truth about Sasuke Volkman. The exposure of Sasuke's secret information about the cult of personality and human rights abuses led the Destructive Prime launched terror attacks, territorial disputes, and economic collapse on Belphenia in the April 5 attacks. On April 15, 2011, Sasuke Volkman and Heidi Law executed 160 innocent Belphenians and sold 240,000 slave victims to Commonia for "refusing to believe the important beliefs of our Leader", according to state media. On April 17, 2011, the residents of Belphenia, including the military joined in alliance with each other to help Reiko and Erza Beard expose the works of Sasuke Volkman. Finally on April 19, 2011, while attending a public execution at Olympic Stadium, Sasuke Volkman forced the public to watch the firing-squad executions are about to take place, but was stopped when Belphenians rebelled against Sasuke, Kenneth and Heidi in an altercation, ending the Volkman period. Reiko and Erza Beard then arrived at Olympic Stadium and freed all 170 victims.

Theocracy

Clear Heart era

See the article Clear Heart period

After dictator Sasuke Volkman and his government were overthrown by the people of Belphenia, the dictatorship suddenly weakened and after that, democracy was reinstated. Several factions or "guilds" fought each other to rule Belphenia led to the Battle of Shirahoshi (2011-13). During the tensions, the new Belphenian government was formed and appointed Reiko Beard as the new founder of the liberated Belphenia as the country's First Leader, and her sister Erza Beard as Prime Minister, but they were not officially elected. The Liberate Belphenia Guild's name was later changed to Belphenia Swan. Belphenians across the country pulled down all Sasuke Volkman, Kenneth Ingerhorn and Heidi Law statues down to the ground and declared the Nihonish and Ingerish as Belphenia's official languages.

On April 30, 2011, members of Great Heart were elected to power. After being elected, they struck down all of Sasuke Volkman's bizarre laws, reopened all border crossings to foreigners, and denounced politics, democracy, elections and just ruled indefinitely, and thus, the Theocratic People's Kingdom of Belphenia was established on May 29, 2011. On May 30, Reiko Beard was officially elected by the samurai and Great Heart as the official First Leader. On June 8, 2011, Erza Beard was appointed by the First Leader of Belphenia as Prime Minister for the first time in 71 years.

In July 2011, Belphenia and Drevet reentered diplomatic relations. With the new relations, Belphenia and Drevet entered into a Free Trade Agreement and Compact of International Exchange. Under the compact of International Exchange, foreigners including Belphenians and Dreveti are permitted to travel freely to both countries. On July 19, 2011, Belphenia changed to left-hand traffic, to coincide with the Clear Heart period in most cities, with the exception of special states and special cities, they continue driving on the right. On December 21, 2011, Shirarume laws went into effect by the religious police enforcing the religious beliefs of Great Heart among Belphenians.

Between January 2015 and May 3, 2015, prefecture and state governments in all 28 prefectures outlawed police brutality, prejudice, racism, arresting innocent bystanders for filming police without interference on public and at or in people's homes, and discrimination without the involvement of the national government in response to the 2015 Zerephine City Geolympiad Proposal protests. On December 2, 2015, Sakura state ruler Ilani Nakashima gave Masahide Shiroma the role of Deputy Prime Minister and resigned as Chief Justice when the government accepted 15,000 refugees affected by the Goytakanyo conflict.

On December 6, 2015, Great Heartists unveiled Belphenia's new Endless Wind flag, replacing the Sapphire Swan Flag. The old flag was lowered and the new flag was was raised to full mast at a ceremony in Remiville. On December 25, the new flag was unveiled at ceremonies across the country, followed by a new Deputy Prime Minister and the start of the Moka period.

Moka era

See the article Moka period

Great Heartists completed the work on reeducation projects across Belphenia since May 2011 and unveiled the nation's new Endless Wind Flag, to signal the beginning of the Moka period and the end of the Clear Heart period, since Reiko Beard is still living as the theocratic nation's First Leader. On December 25, 2015, Great Heart, the samurai, pirates, guilds, and the Belphenian government declared that the Moka era has started with the raising of the new flag and the swearing in ceremony of the new Deputy Prime Minister, Masahide Shiroma.

In 2016, five years after the Battle of Shirahoshi, Sakura Kurmochi, the Sword of the Neredgers and the governing body of Great Heart designated the Nomike Wilderness in Lornesse Prefecture as sacred ground at a formal, dedication ceremony for the first time in Belphenian history. The dedication ceremony also praised the Guilds of Belphenia for paying their respects to the samurai from the same guild who died for many Belphenians in the war. In August, the national anthem for Belphenia, "Shinjitsu no Tochi (Land of the Truth)", was introduced by an Icebarrow songwriter, Imari Enoshima for the first time since the Battle of Shirahoshi. Since March 2016, the culture of the samurai prospered for the first time since the Arata Heart period leading up to the current Tadashinori Culture, and prospered for the first time in more than 500 years since the Sarashimari Culture.

In 2017, the Belphenian government proposed a law on banning cities and roads from using any names referring to the late Belphenian pirate, Sumi Kuroda. The governing body of Great Heart and the samurai praised in supporting the ban on cities using Kuroda's names, as well as banning any names referring to the late Belphenian dictator, Sasuke Volkman. Sakura Kurmochi, a Battle of Shirahoshi war veteran, and Prime Minister Erza Beard praised the proposed ban on using any names referring to Kuroda and Volkman.

Factions or "guilds"

All organizations and factions in Belphenia are not political parties. Most commonly, the samurai, organizations and factions ruling a territory on local, prefecture, or state levels are known as the Guilds of Belphenia. The word "guild" was introduced in 1555 by a member of the Knights of the Eraede, and went into use until 1943 and was used again since 2011. Factions or organizations are also referred to as "guilds" by many Belphenians including the government.

Governing Bodies

The part of the Belphenian government responsible for the supervision of all forms of personal abilities, guild activities, and enforcement of the First Laws are the Strength and Fitness Council of Belphenia and the International Association of Guilds. They establish and watch factions depending on their activities, outlaws banned physical activities among professional athletes, add or remove members from guilds, gives official orders and requests to factions, and sends complaints with proof of confirmation to Local, Prefecture, or State Guild Masters.

Administrative Divisions

See the articles: Prefectures of Belphenia, States of Belphenia

Government and politics

Belphenia is a theocracy, in which all political parties and politics are banned, basically due to religious concerns. The Government of Belphenia provides alternatives to politics on governing a prefecture or state as a guild master or an organization.

The government's policy of ruling prefectures, states, and Belphenia was created in September 11, 1538 when Elena Heartfilia explained to members of the Knights of the Eraede that an individual ruling a prefecture, state, or the nation, one must rule Belphenia until death. The policy was signed into law on October 11, 1538 and is currently being used by the government of the Clear Heart period. The policy was abolished during the Volkman period.

First Leader of Belphenia

The First Leader of Belphenia is the ceremonial head of state. Since the Arata Heart period, only the samurai of both genders, male or female, normally rule Belphenia under this title as a ceremonial leader until their death, and there are no resignations as First Leader allowed. The powers of the First Leader is very limited, and is based on the ruling powers corresponding to Elena Heartfilia's "golden rules" policy. Elena Heartfilia was the original First Leader of the constitutional monarchy in 1538 until her death in 1602. The current First Leader for the theocratic state since 2011 is Reiko Beard.

President

The President of Belphenia is the head of state. In the 20th century, Miyake Toshiro used the title President as a substitute for First Leader of the federal republic state until his death in 1940. The title President will be used again followed by a new era if one is appointed or elected after the death of the First Leader of Belphenia at the end of the current era.

Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Belphenia is the head of the Belphenian government and the acting supervisor of the Emergency Management Council of Belphenia. The current Prime Minister is Erza Beard.

Deputy Prime Minister

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belphenia is a minister of the Government of Belphenia who can take the position as acting prime minister when the prime minister is temporarily abscent. Since late 2015, the current Deputy Prime Minister is Masahide Shiroma.

Geography

The National Route 35 runs through the Neredge Mountains National Park north of Elelle, Icebarrow

Belphenia lies between 31.6°N and 38.1°N, and between 130.5°E and 141.7°E.

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Climate

The climate of mainland Belphenia
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International relations

See also: Embassies in Belphenia. For the Belphenian embassies in other nations, see Belphenian embassies

Currently, Belphenia has international relations with the Ardisphere, Drevet, Erzaleria, Latina, Maydien, Orinoco, Pasundan-Padjadjaran, and Rogolnika.

Relations with Drevet

There have been strong relations between Belphenia and the former Belphenian colony Drevet. In 2011, diplomatic relations between the two countries have been reinstated after the fall of the Volkman regime in Belphenia. In May 2015, protests over North Vienna governor Charles Volkman escalated after Vienna declared independence. That affected the governments of Belphenia, Drevet, and Vienna when residents in those countries fear that the grandson of Sasuke Volkman may likely plunge the new country into a dictatorship if he was elected as president to rule Vienna. The protests ended after Charles Volkman resigned from office on June 6, 2015. Despite the protests, Belphenia and Drevet continues to maintain strong relations and there are embassies that are already built in both territories.

Erzaleria

Since the Belphenian colonization in 2013, relations between Erzaleria and Belphenia strengthened after the end of the Battle of Shirahoshi in Belphenia. On October 6, 2013, the Erzalerian government declared Erzaleria as a Belphenian colony. In 2014, both countries entered the Free Trade Agreement, allowing foreigners to travel freely between the two countries.

Karolian Tension

There have been diplomatic strains between Belphenia and Karolia over Belphenia's religious beliefs towards the Karolian culture regarding the Siikesilla and its magical elements in the years of 1541, 1754, 1912, and 2012. On July 1, 2012, the Belphenian government has outlawed the Siikesilla in all prefectures and states in Belphenia on grounds of pagan origins. Many Karolians across Karolia believed that the new policy was regarded as insulting, but the Belphenian government declined to respond. Many have chosen simply not to travel to Karolia and to boycott Karolian goods, and there were a number of businesses in both countries cease trading with the other. Tensions have been periodically stirred up by Karolian satirists mocking the Belphenian government and culture and by more sincere criticism of the country by intellectuals and artists, but Belphenian satirists took the tension to Belphenian late shows on a counter basis on Angel Broadcasting, Earthland Broadcasting, and Belphenia Public Television Guild against Karolian satirists by mocking the Karolian government and culture and by more sincere criticism of that country by comedians, artists, celebrities, singers, and samurai which it drew the Media Regulation Council's attention. All content exhibiting drawings and other content involving the Siikesilla were censored on Belphenian terrestrial television by the Media Regulation Council in March 2012. In a press conference, Prime Minister Erza Beard criticized severely about Karolia's culture. The Belphenian press and the government were equally critical of the secular Karolian culture. Neither Belphenia nor Karolia maintain embassies or consulates in each other. There are, however, still direct flights between the two capitals. It is known that many Belphenians and Erza Beard got angry at Belphenian Airlines demanding the airliner to withdraw services to Karolia's Anola-Fiore Airport.

Between September and October 2015, the Siikesilla ban was being challenged by a Bluesage leader in efforts to get the government to have the ban be overturned. The ban was upheld by the government due to religious concerns and Itani was ordered to resign as Bluesage leader by the Grand Court afterwards.

Relations with Latina

Since 2014, the Belphenian government endorsed Latina on grounds of promoting love and peace. Meanwhile, embassies were later built in both countries in July 2014 to strengthen peaceful relationships with each other.

Relations with Pasundan-Padjadjaran

There are very little relations with Pasundan-Padjadjaran as an ally since 2013. In 1900, Padjadjaran was eventually forgiven by Belphenia when the Belphenian government lifted sanctions against that country for the Wiwax-Padjadjaran War in 1773. Since then, both countries never had any embassies built in Belphenia or Pasundan-Padjadjaran.

Relations with Rogolnika

During Reiko Beard's tour in Ergolanyum, Rogolnika in late March 2015, she, Prime Minister Erza Beard, and Rogolnikan Prime Minister Nikolas Mitragany agreed to a foreign humanitarian aid for the homeless people affected by natural disasters in affected areas. The Belphenian government, the Workers' Party, and the Housing and Urban Development Council gradually deployed 130,000 Belphenian workers in efforts of building new housing to reduce homelessness. Belphenian workers have a fixed contract of one year to build houses on Rogolnikan soil.

Demographics

Population

Housing can cost as little as 400S for one family. Housing is also free to homeless people since homelessness is banned, making it mandatory for the homeless population to get a free house under the Free Housing for the Homeless People Act through a government-run housing program. Almost every homeless people mainly join in guilds to earn money when going on quests. The Statistics Survey of Belphenia estimates the national population now to be 131,000,103 permanent residents as of April 1, 2015.

Belphenia has a very diverse population—3 ancestry groups have more than three million members. Native Belphenians are the largest ethnic group of almost 2 million, followed by Orinocans (5 million), and Commonians (circa 724,110).

Language

The official languages for Belphenia are Nihonish and Ingerish. Almost all Native Belphenians speak the Belphenian language as well.

Religion

Great Heart's Endless Wind symbol

Great Heart is the largest and official state religion, and it is also the only religious police force in Belphenia.

Under Great Heart's shirarume laws, spreading of other religions through television, radio broadcasting, or social media is prohibited, as it is considered a form of proselytizing.

Family structure

In 2015, 65.3% of Belphenians age 21 or older were married, 11.7% were widowed, 0.28% were divorced, and 36.3% were never married.

By law, living with spouses in homes who are not married to each other, unwanted or teenage pregnancies of women of all ages, abortion, polygamy, same-sex marriages, and marriages of spouses whose ages being under 21 are illegal throughout Belphenia. Apartments and renting homes are also illegal in Belphenia as well. New owners attempting to buy a house in Belphenia must be at least 21 years of age and legally married to a spouse to buy one.

Infrastructure

Roads

See the articles: Belphenia Department of Transportation, National roads in Belphenia

Belphenia primarily drives on the left, with the exception of city-states and special cities driving on the right. While Belphenia and Orinoco drive on opposite sides of the road, drivers from one to the other must change to the other side of the road. This also applies to drivers entering or exiting city-states or special cities within Belphenia except city-states or special cities along the Belphenia-Orinoco border does not require changing to the other side of the road.

Belphenia's road spending has been extensive. Interstate Highways, Belphenian National Routes, memorial roads, and high-speed two lane roads are the main means of transportation. The Interstate Highway System of Belphenia is a network of high-speed, divided, limited access roads connects major cities and is operated by the Belphenia Department of Transportation. New and used cars are inexpensive, depending on the condition of the motor vehicle.

A modern Belphenia Interstate Highway shield for B735 with the coloring scheme from the country's flag A modern Belphenia National Route shield for BR20
Interstate Highway marker National Route marker
A modern Mountain Road marker for MR 56 in Larigothiel. Decommissioned as of November 1, 2015 A modern Volcano Road marker. Decommissioned as of November 1, 2015
Mountain Road marker. Decommissioned as of November 1, 2015 Volcano Road marker. Decommissioned as of November 1, 2015

All Belphenian roads are coded with B for Interstate Highways, BR for National Routes, SR for State Routes, CR for County Roads, and abbreviations of prefectures such as (i.e., ZER) Zerephine for prefecture roads. All memorial roads are operated by the Belphenia Memorial Roads Council. The main manufacturers of road structures are Nettleton Industries, Horizon Tail and Windmere Heart.

Mountain and Volcano Roads and decommissioning

The Mountain and Volcano Road System was created on April 30, 2007 during the Volkman period until it was decommissioned on November 1, 2015 in the Clear Heart period by the Belphenia Department of Transportation when the Belphenian Special Highways Act went into effect. Laura Gredinger, said that she feels that "the Mountain and Volcano roads does not make any sense for a highway system in Belphenia, and is overdue for a replacement". The statement from Gredinger prompted the Belphenia Department of Transportation to phase-out and decommission all Mountain and Volcano roads on June 10, 2015 and ended on October 31, 2015 in favor of the new Belphenian Special Highway System (BSHS) as a replacement highway system. Mountain Roads were coded MR for roads in mountainous regions, and on the other hand, roads near active volcanoes were called Volcano Roads, they are coded VR and was very common in southeast Belphenia.

A stretch of National Route 57 with new asphalt laid down in Sakura Prefecture in May 2012
Pavement color on Zerephine's stretch of Interstate 31 changes to brown one year after new asphalt was paved

Rails

  • coming soon*

Air

Belphenia currently has three airports. The main international gateways are Remiville International Airport, Shirahoshi International Airport and Shadowsnow International Airport. There is one heliport is estimated to exist (2015).

Belphenian Airlines and Crystal Airlines are the two main airlines in the TPKB. Today, fares can be set by carriers, but the government forbids airline fares from exceeding 25 sapphire per adult.

Waterways and Portlands

The Port of Zerephine in Ackerman, Zerephine serves as the main international port in Belphenia.

Ferries connect from the mainland to the Belphenia Volcanic Island Chain, and Maressa. They also connect to other small or remote islands and the mainland.

Pipelines

Belphenia's has 1,484 miles of pipelines for crude oil, 1,795 miles for petroleum products, and 2,993 miles for natural gas.

Energy

As of 2014, 71.6% of energy in Belphenia was produced from solar power, 3.4% from natural gas, 27.6% from hydropower, 2.8% from nuclear power, and 32.3% from coal. Belphenia is the world's largest consumer of solar power. The organization that oversees, governs, and regulates the use of solar energy is the International Council on Solar Energy.

Science and Technology

  • coming soon*

Currency

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The former design of the Belphenian sapphire
The name "Belphenian sapphire" was first used when copper coins were introduced as Belphenia's first currency from 1559 until the end of the Yashimi era. In 1775, the name "Belphenian sapphire" was decommissioned and was renamed to "Sakura Petals" and was used until the end of the Erellaglesa era in 1940. During the Volkman period, the Sakura Petals were replaced by the Volkman Chronus, and its name was used until the start of the Clear Heart period in 2011. Since then, the Belphenian sapphire was reintroduced, and is the national currency of Belphenia, issued by the National Bank Council. The coins, however, is referred to as the yen or the name "Sakura Petals" by Belphenians since the year 2013, while the banknotes are referred to as the sapphire.

In 2015, the Belphenian Moka Piece were introduced at the start of the Moka period, replacing the sapphire.

Culture

Art

There are structures, traditional housing (民家 minka), and many samurai houses see the use of tatami mats and sliding doors (障子 shoji) that break down the distinction between rooms and indoor and outdoor space. Belphenian painting is among the oldest of the Belphenian arts with early city and village paintings dates back to 1539.

In 1917, Aiko Nagasaki produced arts involving fictional characters and introduced the word "anime" in the entertainment industry that many Belphenians gained interest into producing films and arts involving anime led to the economic boost and popularity between 1927 and 1940. Many artists produced the fusion of traditional and digital woodblock printing and character designs led to the creation of manga, a comic book format that is now popular within and outside Belphenia. Manga-influenced animation for television and film is called anime. Anime became popular again since the start of the Clear Heart period.

Media

BSTV News

The country's seven major broadcasters are Belphenia State Television, TV Sakura (SKR), TV Earthland (END), MBN Networks (MBN), EXP Network (EXN), Angel Broadcasting System (ABS), and the Public Television of Belphenia (BPT). Its media regulation agency is the Belphenia Radio and Telecommunications Council.

Festivals and Holidays

Belphenia does not celebrate any holidays. Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day, New Year's celebrations and other holiday celebrations are banned. The Belphenian government confirmed that they believe the holidays have pagan origins and does not take part in them. However, therefore, there are festivals, memorials, and conventions in Belphenia that does not focus on normal holidays the rest of the world normally takes part in them such as Christmas.

Most festivals takes place in July of each year because Belphenians say that month is known as the "Festival Month" or "The Storm of Festivals".

  • January 3 - National Free Cheesecake Festival
  • January 10 - Descent on Mount Winterlyn: Bobsleigh and Ski Race
  • March 27 - Fruit Slashing Festival
  • Late March or Early/Mid April - Memorial Day (The Knights of the Endless Wind memorial after sundown)
  • April 5 - National Day of Mourning (Memorial), if Memorial Day takes place on April 5, the National Day of Mourning Memorial must be held on either April 4 or April 6 each year
  • April 19 - Liberation Day (Remembering the works of Reiko and Erza Beard that ended Sasuke Volkman's regime at the National Volkman Period Memorial in Olympia, Sakura)
  • May 1 - National Day of Mourning (A national mourning day; Remembering the samurai, pirates, and victims of the Battle of Shirahoshi in Belphenia)
  • May 27 - Sakura Trees Festival
  • May 29 - Clear Heart Day (Festivals focusing on the truth)
  • May 31 - The Spirit of Belphenia Fireworks Festival
  • Late May - Mid-August - The Knights of the Endless Wind Convention (dates vary)
  • June 11 - Tourism Day
  • June 24 - Jet Boat Racing Festival
  • First Friday of July - Grand Football Games
  • First Weekend in July - Massive Price Drop Festival (Shopping day before the Anime Festival with prices cost as little as 3S in all retailers)
  • July 6 - Art Festival (if the Grand Football Games falls on the same day, the Art festival must take place before the Grand Football Games)
  • July 8 - Grand Racing Games
  • July 13 - Roadgeek Festival
  • July 14 - Grand Basketball Games
  • July 14-24 - Taste of Belphenia
  • July 15-18 - Anime Festival
  • July 16 - Seralia-jima Volleyball Tournament
  • July 19 - Grand Baseball Games
  • July 20 - Free Bread Day
  • July 21 - Hearts Festival
  • July 24 - Cruise Liners and Pirate Ships Festival of Bluesage
  • July 25 - No Mermaid Tail Day - (one of the festivals within the government focuses on having Mermaid Tail to take a vacation from sailing out on Belphenian waters)
  • July 27 - Free Cookies Festival
  • August 11 - Shirahoshi Flower Festival
  • September 11 - Remembrance Day
  • November 4 - Anniversary of the Creation of the Interstate Highway System of Belphenia
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