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|Republic of Iblania|
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Iblania is a nation nestled between the Wistaren and Concordia mountains. It is located in the far south of the continent of Antarephia. The nation's government operates as a semi-direct democracy; elected officials handle the majority of decisions, but the public can override the legislature, and run a direct vote on important issues. Iblania is characterized by its mountainous landscape and apparent lack of large cities, as a significant portion of the population is settled in smaller towns. Nevertheless, the nation's technological advancement is on par with that of most urban countries.
Iblania is situated between the Wistaren and Concordia mountains, and crossed by their respective river systems. Due to this hilly and rocky landscape, a significant portion of the country is made improper for the construction of large cities. As a result, most cities are located in the southern section of the country. The rest of the nation is covered in a scattered network of small towns and settlements.
The Harbason Mountain is located in the center-south of the country. It is the source of several small rivers, and mostly functions as a popular recreational site for vacationing Iblanians.
Due to its far-southern location and the mountains inside it, Iblania is a very cold nation. Winters can reach temperatures of down to -10 degrees Celsius. The summers, however, can be quite temperate, averaging at temperatures around 13 degrees Celsius.
Government and Politics
Iblania is characterized as a semi-direct democracy. All government functions are managed by the Iblanian Council, an assembly of 50 representatives from various electoral districts around the nation. Council elections are held every three years by the Popularity Department. Although the various governmental departments are all managed by the Iblanian Council, they are given a good degree of independence and autonomy, in order to ensure separation of powers from the representatives.
Laws and acts may be proposed by any councilman, or by a popular petition, with the verified signatures of at least 2% of the population. Once the bill is officially proposed, it is held in a pending state for seven days, to allow the people and councilmen to prepare their arguments. Alternatively, if the bill involves urgent matters such as a declaration of war, then the Council may authorize an Acceleratory Order, immediately commencing the vote. After seven days or after the passage of an Acc-Order, the Council will vote on the bill, and if more than 50% approve, then it will pass. Alternatively, they may vote to send the bill to a popular referendum.
However, during the 7-day pending state, if a popular petition is submitted, with the verified signatures of at least 4% of the population, then the bill will immediately be sent to popular referendum. This allows the people to stop the Council from attempting to seize power and establish unwanted laws.
The Popularity and Census Departments
Due to the frequent nature of Iblanian popular referendums, the Popularity Department has been established. Their mission is "to safely and fairly determine the public opinion." Due to the importance of their mission, and the amount of power they potentially hold, they enjoy significant independence and autonomy from the Council. The Popularity Department has voting offices open across the country - most are just small rooms in post offices, but larger cities have their own voting buildings. The Department runs Council elections and bill referendums, and they also manage the signature process for public petitions.
Similarly, due to the importance of popular petitions in the Iblanian political system, the Census Department has been established. Their mission is "to truthfully and fairly determine the population of the country." A census is held every six years for this purpose, although the legislature could potentially order an additional one. Popular petitions rely on a certain percentage of the national population, so there is significant pressure upon the Census Department. If they overestimate the population, it will take more people than necessary in order to complete a petition. The Department is constantly under watch for corruption.
Imports and Exports
Iblania's primary imports include food, clothing, consumer goods, plastics, oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. The nation relies considerably on trade in order to sustain its population, due to lack of suitable farmland and oil fields within the country.
Primary exports include iron, steel, aluminum, wood, uranium, nuclear machinery, electrical machinery, cement, paper, and bulk chemicals.
The country's abundance of natural mineral resources has helped to create a lucrative mining industry. Building materials such as cement and wood are also exported on a regular basis. Bulk chemicals, nuclear machinery, and electrical machinery are also produced by many factories within the nation. Uranium is only exported in an unrefined state, and its trade is heavily regulated.