|7, -55.248, 53.503|
|The Commonwealth of Iblania|
"A monte usque ad mare!"
From mountain to sea!
|• President||Bernard Matouoire|
|• First Minister||Christelle Laurent|
|Legislature||Iblanian National Assembly|
|• Upper house||Council of States|
|• Lower house||Council of Representatives|
|• Estimate (2020)||17,610,000|
|• Census (2018)||17,562,988|
|• Total||1.2 Trillion Dollars|
|• Per capita||68,329|
|Drives on the||right|
Iblania is a nation nestled between the Wistaren and Concordia mountains, 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 to the north and unusually warm climates near the coasts due to tropical currents. Iblania is the world's second-largest timber supplier as nearly 50% of its land is covered in forests. Iblania's largest cities are Poitiers and Lattesari ranking first and second respectively and within the same metropolitan area with the capital, Potantius ranking at third place. Iblania is one of the wealthiest nations on the continent and ranking high on the Human Development Index.
Various indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Iblania for thousands of years before colonization and discovery from the East.
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 Palandina Mountain Range is located in the centre of the country stretching from the ocean to the border with the Free Scientific States. The mountain range practically cuts the country in half and isolates the economic centres of Poitiers and Lattesari from the Agricultural region of Marseiva. The government has been trying for decades to improve links between the two areas for better military and economic stability. Since the revolution that resulted in the formation of the Commonwealth, Ibania has built 16 highways and 4 railways that connect across the mountain range.
Iblania's climate is very unusual for the latitude that it resides upon and often has very mild winters compared to other neighbouring countries. With the warm tropical currents that blow from the equator, Iblania rarely gets snow in the winter on its shores and gets summers that can reach near 40 degrees celsius. This makes Iblania the only country in its latitude to grow palm trees. However, in the mountains and inland regions of Iblania, it tells a completely different story that resembles climates in neighbouring countries. Iblanian Inlands have winters that frequently drop to minus 35 degrees celsius and snow that reaches 1.2 metres high at times. Most people who live in the Inlands are indigenous peoples as well as workers in the natural resource sector.
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.