Former Unionist Colony of Bromley
|7, -36.172, 43.838|
|Former Unionist Colony of Bromley|
"Dum cresco spero"
I hope, I grow
|• Regional languages||Bromlavian|
|Government||Unitary parliamentary democracy|
|• Prime Minister||Winston Hargreaves|
|Currency||Unionist Pound (UNP)|
|Drives on the||left|
Bromley, officially called Former Unionist Colony of Bromley or commonly abbreviated to FUCB, is a sovereign state located on the north-western 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
- 1 Toponymy
- 2 History
- 2.1 Tribal times
- 2.2 Colonialisation
- 2.3 1500s
- 2.4 1600s
- 2.5 1700s
- 2.6 1800s
- 2.7 1900s
- 2.8 2000s
- 3 Governance
- 4 Geography
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demography
- 7 Culture
The more common name for FUCB, Bromley comes from the name of a town in a region called Kent, of an unknown country, with the same name. Its name is derived from the Old Ingerlish 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.
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. Bromley was one of the very first nations to be colonised under Unionist rule.
Breneli was later changed to the name Bromlaeg after the Old Ingerlish name for the man who was the first to step on the island, Captain James Henry Orme who was born in Bromley, Kent. 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 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 Unionists in particular. One such notable campaigner was Kanerel Olasdueas who was shot dead as a punishment for turning against authority.
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 Unionist leadership.
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 Unionist authority. Admiral Julius Rafferty was appointed as the new Governor of Bromlaeg and he went on to serve for over 27 years.
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.
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.
Mecynian Rule and Coffee War of 1600s
On 21st December 1603, the Mecynian Government of Archanta 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 Mecynians proposed war anyway. On Boxing Day 1603, the rest of the government were taken hostage and immediately shot dead by Mecynian soldiers. Captain Yalta Patramea established the official language of Mecynese and became Governor of Bromlaeg.
On 3rd May 1605, Bromlavians attacked the Mecynian Army and came out victorious after killing all Mecynian military members situated in the country. Patramea fled to rural Guntrum, Mecyna and Bromlavians went back under Unionist 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.
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 Latin 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.
In 1748, Gerard established the Slavery Act 1748, meaning that slavery was legalised in the country and waves of hispanic 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.
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.
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 Ingerlish language name, 'Bromlaeg' to Bromley and the new capital's name of Bromley City.
Abolition of Slavery
In 1833, the Unionist 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.
During the 1910s, there were calls for a fairer Unionist 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 World War I where the Unionists were engrossed in trying to prevent the spread of Facism and Naziism 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.
In 1916, Bromlavians were inspired by Sanmarquino campaigner, Julio Antonio Acosta Mora who established the 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 Nazi supporter was elected in January 1917 and worked closely with Acosta Mora to establish a Communist system within Antarefia. 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.
After exploitation of Bromlavians in World War II, Bromlavians freshly called for independence from the Unionists in 1947, like many other countries within the Unionist 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.
Between 1969 and 1976, there was great tension across the nation between different races and ethnicities. Prime Minister at the time, Joaquim Catford, the first black Prime Minister of Bromley, was placed under house arrest by concerned opposing parties. The official reason for his house arrest was that he was "unable to work due to health reasons" but the public knew otherwise and couldn't trust the Socialist party, Labour Party. A coup was staged against the government - some Conservatives of which had sided with the opposition - in October 1969. The entire government was overthrown by protesters and activist Michael Calfan led the Government under the Capitalist Unionist Leadership Organisation now known as the Unionist Party.
This led to many more conflicts due to differing opinions and the conflicts were named the Bromlavian Civil War. It was the only recognised civil war in Bromlavian history.
Currency Change Proposals
Prime Minister, Ibrahim Idris proposed to the UN that he'd like to change the currency of Bromley from the Unionist Pound (UNP) to Bromlavian Cent. However, the cost of changing the currency would be $1 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.
Between March 2016 and October 2019, there were a total of 12 riots in Bromley City, Rae and St. Johns due to the rise in poverty because of tax rises under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacob Mogg. The 10% rise led to 3 assassination attempts against Mogg until he lowered the tax rate by 5% in November 2019.
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 which killed 219 people including Bonare himself. One of those killed included Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Ingham who was sitting metres away. A minute's silence was observed by the nation in March.
|Parliament of Bromley|
|Prime Minister||Winston Hargreaves, Bromlavian Conservatives|
|Deputy Prime Minister||Leanne Yates, Bromlavian Conservatives|
|Leader of the Opposition||Lindsay Michaels, Labour Party|
The current Bromlavian government is led by Winston Hargreaves of the Bromlavian Conservatives, who won the 2019 General Election with 44% of the vote, 17,081,737 votes out of a total population of 38,822,129. The Opposition, Labour Party won 40% of the vote, one of the closest elections in the history of Bromley. As there was no majority met, a coalition government was formed with Liberal Bromley to bring a majority of 176.
|Parliament of Bromley|
|Bromlavian Conservatives (Tories): 154 seats|
|Labour Party: 140 seats|
|Liberal Bromley (Libs): 23 seats|
|Communist Party: 11 seats|
|Green Earth: 6 seats|
|Independent: 6 seats|
|Black Lives Matter: 3 seats|
|For Bromley: 2 seats|
|Charity: 2 seats|
|Football Mad!: 1 seat|
|Unionist Party: 1 seat|
Regions and counties
Bromley is divided up into 9 counties by the County Act 1712: Tyne, Sheeran, Rockwood, Victoria, Orme, Rafferty, Lawrence, Hollylane and St James.
|Tyne||Bromley City||Tynian||John Best|
|Sheeran||Palm City||Sheeranian||Elizabeth Lombardy|
|Victoria||Hammersmith||Victorian||Oliver Van Dyke|
|Orme||Stearns (Formally Rae)||Orman||Edward Harding|
|Lawrence||Bison||Lawrencian||Jane Kay Martin|
|Hollylane||St Johns||Hollavian||Ushan Zekki|
|St James||St James||Jacobean||Mark Healey|
Landscape and rivers
Geographically, Bromley's capital, Bromley City sits on the eastern coast and is surrounded by the Bromley Strait. The eastern coast has a few stretches of isolated town islands with bridges stretching across to each one as an archipelago. This archipelago is known as the Rock-Palm archipelago and spreads 125 miles. The port of Bromley sits on the west of the archipelago as well.
The main river, Princer acts as a border splitting Tyne & Sheeran, then St. James & Sheeran, then St James & Victoria and is approximately 175 miles long. The Princer floods into the Stearns River which flows through the city of Stearns and ends as a source in Beckenham. The city of Rae is surrounded entirely by Lake Rae flowing from the Stearns River. The Cypress River also flows through the north of Bromley into Lake Alexandria and Lake Cypress.
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. South of the Stearns River is Black Hills, also classed as an AONB along with Cordova National Park near Carnoustie. Kashmere Forest is also one and is classified as one of the smallest AONB just below Black Woods National Park. Another national park and the most eastern and most southern is Lost Coast National Park which spans across the border into New Austland.
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 Sheeran, Tyne and Rockwood, 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, Hollylane, while the lowest was −3.4°C (25.88°F) on 22 December 2018 in Halifax, Rockwood.
Although the capital Bromley City is not the largest by area, it is the most densely populated. Rockwood Island is the largest city spanning 10.3 miles at its widest point in the north but is only slightly bigger than Bromley City.
While many cities in Bromley are quite large, such as Bromley City, Rockwood, Palm City, Alexandria, Fairfax, Elizabeth, and Rae, population size is not a prerequisite for city status. Traditionally the status was given to towns with diocesan cathedrals, so there are smaller cities like St Johns, Frontier City, St David and Warroad. There is a clear proportion between location and size, the largest cities are located on the eastern coast and the smallest in Western Bromley.
|1||Bromley City||4,829,132||Capital of Bromley|
|2||Rae||2,923,122||Known as the island city|
|3||Rockwood Island||2,812,489||Largest city in Bromley, commonly known as Rockwood|
|6||Fairfax||518,952||Most easterly city|
|7||Bison||482,515||Most southernly city|
|9||Palm City||315,629||Most northerly city|
|10||Whitecastle||184,936||Situated on Rockwood Island|
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 an upper-middle income country that, like its Antarephian neighbours, is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, flooding, and hurricanes. In 2018, Bromley was chosen to host the annual Antarephian Summit. In 2019 Bromley reported its lowest unemployment rate in 50 years.
Supported by multilateral financial institutions, Bromley has, since the early 1980s, sought to implement structural reforms aimed at fostering private sector activity and increasing the role of market forces in resource allocation. Since 1991, the government has followed a programme of economic liberalisation and stabilisation by removing exchange controls, floating the exchange rate, cutting tariffs, stabilising the Unionist Pound, reducing inflation and removing restrictions on foreign investment. Emphasis has been placed on maintaining strict fiscal discipline, greater openness to trade and financial flows, market liberalisation and reduction in the size of government. During this period, a large share of the economy was returned to private sector ownership through divestment and privatisation programmes. The free-trade zones at Bromley City, Rockwood and Alexandria allow duty-free importation, tax-free profits, and free repatriation of export earnings.
With over 38 million inhabitants, Bromley is by far the most populated country in Antarephia by report. Some countries are yet to release their population counts. As well as this, Bromley has the 5th most dense population in Antarephia.
Some genetic evidence suggests that 75–95% descend in the paternal line from prehistoric settlers who originally came from the Unionist and Inga isles, as well as a 5% contribution from Archantan settlers, and a significant Tarephian population. However, other geneticists place the Ulethan population up to half. Over time, various cultures have been influential: Inga, Unionist, Mecynese, Midistlandian and Tribal to name a few. There is an Ingerlish diaspora in former parts of the Unionist empire, including Bromley.
Other people from much further afield in the former Unionist colonies have arrived since the 1950s: in particular, 6% of people living in Bromley have family origins in the Sanmarquino subcontinent. 54.90% of the population are black, from the Bromlavian tribal groups. There is a significant number of White Mecynese people. In 2007, 64% of primary school children in Bromley were from ethnic minority families, and in 2011 that figure was 66.5%. 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.
Ingerlish 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 Ingerlish, Ingerish and Castellanés, 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.
In the 2011 census, 67.4% of the population of Bromley specified their religion as Christian, 15.5% answered that they had no religion, 9% specified that they were Rastafarian, while 5.2% of the population belongs to other religions and 2.9% did not give an answer. Christianity is the most widely practised religion in Bromley, as it has been since the colonialism of the country. Bromley follows the Unionist Church and has many different churches spread out throughout the country. Bromley City has the highest density of Christian churches at 9 per km2.
The patron saint of Bromley is Saint John; a city in Hollylane is named after him. There are many other Bromlavian and associated saints; some of the best-known are: David, Robert, Lewis, Thomas and Mary. There are non-Christian religions practised. Protestants have a wide population in Bromley but during the Communist rebellion, protestants were expelled as they were closely associated with the Unionists.
Most of the architecture of Bromley follows a Unionist or 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 Bodiam Castle built in 1455 and is the oldest castle in the country. Bodiam Castle sits on Lake Rae and can be seen from the Range of Rae in the distance when the weather is bright and clear.
A lot of the original architecture of the capital, Bromley City, was destroyed during the Bromlavian Civil War including a 750 year old garrison tower and parts of a castle in Preston.