Former Unionist Colony of Bromley

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Former Unionist Colony of Bromley
Official flag of Bromley
Flag
Motto:
"Dum Cresco Spero"
I Hope, I Grow
Anthem:
I Hope, I Grow
Location of Bromley
The location of Bromley within Antarephia
Capital
and largest city
Bromley City
Official languagesIngerish
 • Regional languagesHolmic
Ostafariuan-Je
Ethnic Groups
(2014)
White Bromlavian (48%)
Holmic (21%)
Black Bromlavian (19%)
Others (12%)
NationalitiesBromlavian (64%)
Holmic (24%)
Sanmarquino (5%)
Others (7%)
DemonymBromlavian
GovernmentUnitary Parliamentary Republic
 • Prime Minister of the Former Unionist Colony of BromleySally Hansen
 • Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Former Unionist Colony of BromleyJanie Offen
LegislatureBromlavian National Assembly
Area
 • Total107867.7 km2
41651.4 sq mi
Population
 • Estimate (2020)10,820,598
 • Census (2014)9,628,561
 • Density89/km2
231/sq mi
GDP (PPP)
 • Total$129,986,780,032
 • Per capita$13,500.13
HDI (2018)Increase 0.772
high
TimezoneWUT+3
CurrencyUnionist Pound (U£) (UNP)
Drives on theleft
Internet TLD.by

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Bromley, officially called Former Unionist Colony of Bromley or commonly abbreviated to FUCB, is a sovereign state located on the north-eastern coast of Antarephia, known as the Peninsula Territory. It shares land borders with countries including New Austland to the south-east, Corpenia to the west and Cambrian Union to the north. Its capital, Bromley City, is located on the Eastern coast on the Asperic Ocean

Toponymy

The more common name for FUCB, Bromley is derived from the Old Ingerish name Bromlaeg meaning 'woodland clearing where broom grows'. The earliest attested reference to Bromley was by the now-extinct native tribe, the Lathegraes, who historically named it Brenili.

History

Tribal times

According to engravings, historians have traced the first inhabitants of the then-called Breneli back to 821AD, where the Lathegrae tribe lived. The engravings, as said by John Williams, depict the Lathegrae tribe fighting another tribal group, the Jostjanhas but they were made extinct by the Lathegraes. The Lathegraes continued to inhabit the island for hundreds of years and fought off many groups of tribes and invaders until 1493AD when the island was invaded by the Unionists and its empire who successfully slaughtered all of the Lathegraes.

Colonialisation

Breneli was later changed to the name Bromlaeg by the man who was the first to step on the island, Captain James Henry Orme of Winburgh, Ingerland. He was appointed Governor of Bromlaeg in 1493 and reigned the island for 20 years until his assassination where many more people took control later on.

Captain James Henry Orme, 1464-1513

Captain Orme focused on establishing Bromlaeg as an army base for further colonialisation in the future but a lot of rural residents opposed to this idea and proposed an idea for having an economy based on tea and coffee, which would generate great amounts of money from the Ingerish in particular. One such notable campaigner was Kanerel Olasdueas who was shot dead as a punishment for turning against authority.

Kanerel Olasdueas, 1479-1501

The death of Olasdueas both rocked and scared the nation and secured Captain Orme's authority, he later went on to stay under power. Orme led a very violent leadership and would kill anyone who stood in his way, including his own admiral, Admiral Thomas Byghard who was shot dead for betraying the Ingerish leadership.

Orme's assassination

On 31st August 1513, Orme commanded a naval meeting at Bromlaeg Docks but was shot in the head with a pistol from 100 metres away by William Grash. Orme died instantly after the bullet pierced his skull and Grash was later arrested and publicly hung in front of around half the population as a reminder of the punishment for going against Ingerish authority. Admiral Julius Rafferty was appointed as the new Governor of Bromlaeg and he went on to serve for over 27 years.

1500s

Trade boom

Rafferty was noted as one of the Most Influential People of Bromley after he established the Bromlaeg Coffee & Tea Company. The company was established in 1516, shortly after Orme's reign and provided 150 jobs for the residents of Folkstyne, the capital at the time, now known as Bromley City. The company collapsed in 1599 with debts being unpaid towards certain countries, including Mecyna in Archanta. War was threatened by the Mecynian Government so the company was sold to them to clear all debts and to avoid Mecynian takeover.

Smallpox Plague

In 1540, after a delivery of silks and cottons from Midistland, smallpox spread onto Bromlaeg Docks and spread quickly across Folkstyne, St Johns and Rae along with some rural communities. Of a total population of 17268, 4187 people died, just under 25% of the population. It is recognised as one of the most effective plagues of Bromley. Of the 4187 deaths, 80 were government officials, around 40% of the government at the time.

1600s

Sanmarquino Rule and Coffee War of 1600s

On 21st December 1603, the Kingdom of San Marcos invaded from the East Coast and took hostage of the Governor at the time, George Tammenden, who was later beheaded on Christmas Day 1603. The invasion was a result of unpaid debts which were given in the form of the coffee and tea company but the Sanmarquinos proposed war anyway. On Boxing Day 1603, the rest of the government were taken hostage and immediately shot dead by Sanmarquino soldiers. Captain José Garcia established the official language of Castellánese and became Governor of Bromlaeg.

On 3rd May 1605, Bromlavians attacked the Sanmarquino Army and came out victorious after killing all Sanmarquino military members situated in the country. Garcia fled to rural Guntrum, Mecyna and Bromlavians went back under Ingerish rule. As a sign of gratitude towards the Bromlavians, Governor Robert Percy commanded the Unionist Army to build a statue on the coast, known as In columna autem victoria translated from Latin as The Column of Victory.

1700s

Operatio: Mors Groups

In 1734, Governor Ulysses Gerard established the Tribal Act 1734, meaning that rural tribes were banned from living in Bromlaeg otherwise they would be executed publicly. According to historians, the act was a result of Gerard's extreme racism against black people, the majority race of the country. He began Operatio: Mors Groups translated from Latina as Operation: Kill Groups. In total, 1983 tribal people were killed and 913 fled to islands close by. The act caused great concern for black Bromlavians and many went into hiding to avoid persecution if it was to happen in the future.

Slavery Migration

Governor Ulysses Gerard, 1704-1759

In 1748, Gerard established the Slavery Act 1748, meaning that slavery was legalised in the country and waves of slaves came from many different parts of the world, including Mecyna, even though tensions were still high after the Coffee War. Unionist Bromlavians became slave owners and exploited their slaves to make coffee, tea and sugar. The economy boomed after the unpaid labour of the slaves and new architecture was built on the Bromlaeg City coast.

Unionist Migration

After the news of slaves being present in Bromlaeg, many Unionist people sailed to the country to start new businesses, the peak of migration was in 1759, where 67,281 Unionist people moved to Bromlaeg to become slave owners. In total, 1,387,128 Unionists migrated to Bromlaeg for slave ownership or to start a new life.

1800s

Name Changes

To keep up with times and modernisation, Governor Arthur Lasser established the Name Change Act 1822, proposing that the name of the country and the capital city change its name from Old Ingerish language name, 'Bromlaeg' to Bromley and the new capital's name of Bromley City.

Abolition of Slavery

In 1833, the Ingerish Parliament voted on whether to ban slavery altogether; the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 was established, freeing over 800,000 slaves around the world. It received Royal Assent on August 28, 1833, and took effect on August 1, 1834.

Impact of Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution in the Unionist Colonies sprawled out to many countries, in particular, Bromley. The percentage of the secondary sector of manufacturing increased drastically to around 69% with 21% in the primary industry and 10% in the tertiary industry. In proportion to the growth of industry, the rate of poverty also increased along with death rate due to the excessive fumes from factories. Some factories in the UK relocated to Bromley for cheaper labour as well. Under the leadership of Governor Denton Bell, the Green Belt Act 1890 was introduced to control the spread of factories and to preserve the landscape from any future damage.

1900s

Communist Movement

During the 1910s, there were calls for a fairer Ingerish ruling system as the majority of wealth was possessed by white government officials, around 73% of wealth. Black Bromlavian, Nicholas Smith, staged a popular coup against the Unionist rulers in 1915, during the time of civil unrest where the Unionists were engrossed in trying to prevent the spread of Fascism in Archanta. The Bromlavians succeeded and overthrew the Unionist Government for 2 months until December 1915 where the army was staged in Bromley City with the purpose to kill anyone who poses a threat. Over 9000 people were slaughtered in a period of 8 weeks.

Friedrich Farkas, Communist Movement, 1887-1920

In 1916, Bromlavians were inspired by Sanmarquino campaigner, Julio Antonio Acosta Mora who established the Bromlavian National Communist Movement in many different nations of Antarephia and Bromley. Acosta Mora was allowed to participate in elections because he was white which the Unionists accepted. Although he was not elected, close political ally, Friedrich Farkas, an Ingerish fascist sympathiser was elected in January 1917 and worked closely with Acosta Mora to establish a Communist system within Antarephia. The two fell out when decisions were made independently and Acosta Mora claimed political asylum to escape arrest.

In 1918, Farkas banned all Unionist people from the island with the Bromlavian Unification Act 1918 meaning that Unionist people who had fled to Bromley from the war had to leave. All wealth was stripped of the Unionists as well and equally divided between the Bromlavian population. In protest, the Unionists re-invaded Bromley to claim their land back and succeeded after Farkas was shot dead on 6th May 1920.

Independence

After exploitation of Bromlavians in the War of Austland-Bromley, Bromlavians freshly called for independence from the Ingerish in 1947, like many other countries within the Ingerish Empire. The campaign worked and Bromley became an independent country from 1948. The country was formally named as the Former Unionist Colony of Bromley and work began to boost the economy.

Race Wars

Between 1969 and 1976, there was great tension across the nation between different races and ethnicities. Leader of the Bromley Defence Party, Arthur John Adams fuelled opposition to the majority black population of Bromley. After Adams refused to hold the scheduled election in 1969 over "family reasons" and as a result an unofficial race war was declared.

This led to three waves of conflict which were named the Bromlavian Race Wars.

2000s

Currency Change Proposals

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Ibrahim Idris, former Prime Minister of Bromley

Prime Minister, Ibrahim Idris proposed to the Bromlavian Parliament that he'd like to change the currency of Bromley from the Unionist Pound (UNP) to the Bromlavian Cent. However, the cost of changing the currency would be $56 billion which the country did not have, or would have nothing if these rights were purchased. The country to this day, still has the pound as its currency but plans to change it by 2030.

Poverty Riots

Between March 2016 and October 2019, there were a total of 12 riots in Bromley City, Hartingford, and Bellamcole and due to the rise in poverty because of tax rises under the leadership of Julia Mary Stobart. The 10% rise led to 3 assassination attempts against Stobart until she lowered the tax rate by 5% in November 2019 and resigned, only for the next Prime Minister to raise it again.

City Stadium Terrorist Attack

On 1st February 2020, during a football match between Bromley City's top two teams, Bromley North United and Bromley City FC, a bomb was exploded in the stands at half time by Matthew Bonare, a Barkenfry national which killed 219 people including Bonare himself. One of those killed included MP for Keskin, Jeremy Sandford, who was sitting metres away. A minute's silence was observed by the nation in March.

Governance

Parliament of Bromley
Coat of arms or logo
Founded1947
Leadership
Prime MinisterSally Hansen, Bromlavian Labour Party
Secretary to the Prime MinisterJanie Offen, Bromlavian Conservatives
Leader of the OppositionVictor Thatching-Moss, Bromlavian Conservatives
Seats273
Website
gov.by

List of Prime Ministers of the Former Unionist Colony of Bromley

List of Prime Ministers of Bromley

2021 Election

The current Bromlavian government is led by Sally Hansen of the Bromlavian Labour Party, who came into power after the defeat of acting leader of the Bromlavian Conservatives, [[Victor Thatching-Moss]. Labour hold a minority of 41.3% alongside a coalition with the Communist Party of Bromley and Black Voices bringing a majority of 50.5%. The Conservatives led by Victor Thatching-Moss hold 37.4% of the government after one of the most tense and tightest elections in history.

Parliament of Bromley
Bromley Parliament updated Mar 2021.png
   Bromlavian Conservatives: 102 seats
   Bromlavian Labour Party: 113 seats
   Liberal Bromley: 23 seats
   Communist Party of Bromley: 11 seats
   Green Earth: 3 seats
   Black Voices: 14 seats
   For Bromley: 2 seats
   Charity: 1 seat
   Unionist Party: 1 seat

Regions and counties

Bromley is divided up into 4 regions (6 unofficially) by the County Act 1712: Erbale, Lawrence, Aderlard, and Rafferty. The autonomous regions are Barkenfry and Westrange.

Every 4 years, citizens of their respectable regions vote for a Minister who goes by the official title of Minister of (Capital of Region). The ministers of the opposition are known as Shadow Minister of (Region).

Name Capital Demonym Minister Party Hold
Erbale Bromley City Erbelian Alan Harding Bromlavian Conservatives
Lawrence Hartingford Lawrencian Isaac Johnston Bromlavian Conservatives
Aderlard Crickleshaw Aderlardian Debbie Kad Bromlavian Conservatives
Rafferty Warroad Rafferian Oscar Craven Bromlavian Conservatives
Barkenfry Sarit Barkenfrier Paulo Nunes Bromlavian Labour Party
Westrange Zet Do Osta Westranger Robed Vetigstagtik Liberal Bromley

Geography

Landscape and rivers

Geographically, Bromley's capital, Bromley City sits just inland on the eastern coast and is divided by the River Princer.

Point John, the highest point in Bromley

The Range of Rae is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or AONB and spans across the entire Western border of Bromley. It is home to mostly native tribes who have occupied the land since Bromley was first discovered.

Climate

Bromley has quite a warm climate, being close to 45° south of the Equator. Average temperatures reach about 34 °C in the summer and 10 °C in the winter. The weather is damp relatively frequently and is changeable. The coldest months are January and February, particularly on the eastern coast of Erbale and Barkenfry while July is normally the warmest month. Months with mild to warm weather are May, June, September and October.

Important influences on the climate of Bromley are its proximity to the Asperic Ocean, its southern latitude and the warming of the sea flowing from the north of Antarephia. Rainfall is higher in the west, and parts of the Range of Rae receive more rainfall than the rest of the country. Since weather records began, the highest temperature recorded was 41°C (105.8°C) on 3 July 2008 at the St Johns Weather Station in St Johns, Westrange, while the lowest was −18.4°C (25.88°F) on 22 December 2018 in Halifax, Rockwood.

Major Conurbations

Rank Name Population Additional Information
1 Bromley City 1,158,296 Capital of Bromley
2 Sarit 420,591 Capital of Barkenfry
3 Bellamcole 384,109
4 Portslade 365,849
5 Racet 309,311
6 Zet Do-Osta 308,587 Capital of Westrange
7 Hartingford 293,748 Capital of Lawrence
8 Greenborough 201,294
9 Wellerby 153,180
10 Crickleshaw 142,059 Capital of Aderlard

Economy

Bromley is a mixed economy with both state enterprises and private sector businesses. Major sectors of the Bromlavian economy include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism, petroleum refining, financial and insurance services. Tourism and mining are the leading earners of foreign exchange. Half the Bromlavian economy relies on services, with half of its income coming from services such as tourism. An estimated 4.3 million foreign tourists visit Bromley every year. According to the World Bank, Bromley is a lower-middle income country that, like its Antarephian neighbours, is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, flooding, and cyclones. In 2018, Bromley was chosen to host the annual Antarephian Summit. In 2019 Bromley reported its lowest unemployment rate in 50 years.

Demography

With around 9.6 million residents, Bromley sits around the middle of Antarephian countries populationwise. Some countries are yet to release their population counts. As well as this, Bromley has an average population density.

Some genetic evidence suggests that 75–95% descend in the paternal line from prehistoric settlers who originally came from the Ingerish and Holmic islands, as well as a 5% contribution from Sanmarquino settlers, and a significant Tarephian population. However, other geneticists place the Mecynese population up to half. Over time, various cultures have been influential: Ingerish, Sanmarquino, Mecynese, Midistlandian and Ostafariuan to name a few. There is an Ingerish diaspora in former parts of the Ingerish empire, including Bromley.

Other people from much further afield in the former Ingerish colonies have arrived since the 1950s: in particular, 6% of people living in Bromley have family origins in the Sanmarquino subcontinent. 62.90% of the population are black, from the Bromlavian tribal groups. There is a significant number of White Ingerish people. In 2007, 72% of primary school children in Bromley were from ethnic minority families, and in 2011 that figure was 74%. About half of the population increase between 1991 and 2001 was due to immigration. Debate over immigration is politically prominent; 80% of respondents in a 2009 Home Office poll wanted to cap it. The ONS has projected that the population will grow by three million between 2014 and 2039.

Language

Ingerish is the main language spoken by 91% of the population. It is a language prominent since the Unionist colonialism of Bromley approximately 600 years ago. Before the country was colonised, the main language was Ostafariuan-Je, spoken by tribal nations.

There are small traces of regional languages which have made their way into the count, for example, Mecynese and Castellanés have made an appearance due to the influence of the population from Mecyna and ES:San Marcos. Due to this, many pieces of writing in the cities are trilingual, the languages included on most signs are Ingerish, Holmic and Ostafariuan-Je, these are the three most spoken languages in Bromley.

During the Mecynian leadership, the main language was established as Mecynese. Some descendants of Bromlavian-Mecynians can still speak the language today but this is mainly noted to be present in only rural areas well away from the cities.

Depending on the county that you live in, the language spoken varies. For example, Erbale and Lawrence speak a wide range of Ingerish and most can speak some Holmic. However, a few Western counties - Westrange, Aderlard and Rafferty - can speak some Ostafariuan-Je, a tribal language hundreds of years old. In particular, the city of Zet Do-Osta in Aderlard has all of its road signs in the Ostafariuan-Je language.

In a survey conducted in March 2020, approximately 42.2% of the population of Rafferty cannot understand any Ostafariuan-Je at all compared to the 56.6% that can understand at least a few words. This has raged debate on whether Ostafariuan-Je should be recognised as an official language.

Religion

In the 2011 census, 67.4% of the population of Bromley specified their religion as Christic, 15.5% answered that they had no religion, 5.4% specified that they were Imani and 11% belonged to other minority religions. Christic practice is the most widely practised religion in Bromley, as it has been since the colonialism of the country. Bromley follows the Bromlavian Church and has many different churches spread out throughout the country.

The patron saint of Bromley is Saint John; a town in Erbale is named after him. There are many other Bromlavian and associated saints; some of the best-known are: David, Robert, Lewis, Thomas and Mary. Christics have a wide population in Bromley but during the Communist rebellion, a lot were expelled as they were closely associated with the Ingerish.

Culture

Architecture

Hollylane Castle, situated on Lake Cypress with the range in the background

Most of the architecture of Bromley follows an Ingerish theme. Castles are prominent in rural areas and gothic churches can be found in cities along with parish churches in the countryside. One of the most well-known castles in Bromley is Hollylane Castle built in 1609 and is the oldest castle in the country. Bodiam Castle sits on Lake Rae and Sarit can be seen in the distance when the weather is bright and clear.