Ionadàlba

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Lordship of Ionadàlba
Lairdship o'Ionadàlba
FlagCoat of arms
Motto:
"Alba gu bràth!"
Alba until Judgement Day!
Anthem:
"Eilean na h-Òige"
Capital
and largest city
Whiteadder
National languagesLallans, Doric, Ingerish, Gaelig, Pechtish
DemonymAlban
GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
 • LadyRose Whitelaw
 • First MinisterAngus Haldane MIP
LegislatureIonadàlban Parliament
 • Upper houseHopetan House
 • Lower houseAlban House
HDISteady 0.84
very high
TimezoneWUT+3
CurrencyPound (£) of 100 pennies (IAP)
Drives on theleft
Internet TLD.ia

The Lordship of Ionadàlba (Lallans Lairdship o'Ionadàlba) is a democratic constitutional monarchy located in northwestern Uletha. It lies at the west end of the x peninsula and shares a land border to the east with Wesmandy.

Etymology

'Ionadàlba' derives from the old Gaelig for 'White Lands', those being the lands west of Tak Mounth and Grum. The name may have arisen as a result of the pale grasslands seen in the area through the winter or from the white sandy beaches found on the north and west coast. It was first recorded in the 12th century CE.

Geography

Relief map of Ionadàlba
Ionadàlba is situated in the western half of the Dihobarth Peninsula, its only land border being with Wesmandy. The mainland consists of the low-lying Middle Lowlands sandwiched by the Western Highlands and to the east by the X Mountains. Off the north-west coast lie the generally hilly and rugged islands of Eilean na h-Òige.

Climate

Ionadàlba has a humid continental climate, with moderately cold winters and warm, but rarely hot, summers. Temperatures are more moderate in the Lowlands than in the more mountainous areas to either side. Snowfall is fairly common in winter, and areas at higher elevations tend to remain snow-covered for extended periods in winter, giving rise to a vibrate winter tourism industry.

Political divisions

Constitution

The constitutional make-up of Ionadàlba is complex. The country is composed of seven different regions, which have varying degrees of independence.

The first level of separation is between Ionadàlba proper and the Principality of Grum. The Prince of Grum, currently Angerd Raggarth, is an independent sovereign not subject to the Laird of Ionadàlba (currently Lady Rose Whitelaw), under the Devolution of Grum Act, 1948. The Laird and Parliament of Ionadàlba do not wield power in Grum, but the Parliament of Grum is subject to the Ionadàlban Minister for Grum, who has executive power in the Lower House of the Parliament of Grum. This power, however, is restricted by the Upper House of Grum, whose members are either hereditary or chosen by the Prince. Legislature in Grum is subject to veto of the Minister for Grum in relation to certain areas of policy. Under the Constitution of 1949, this veto is irrevocable. In practice, this means that Grum has devolved executive power in all matters with the exception of Foreign Policy and Defence.

The 6 remaining districts of Ionadàlba have varying degrees of political freedom. The Gaelig-speaking islands of Eilean na h-Òige and the mainland district of the Gàidhealtachd are represented in the Ionadàlban Parliament by deputies, who are elected independently of the General Election of Members of the Ionadàlban Parliament (MIPs); additionally, referenda may be conducted in these 2 districts before representative deputed MIPs vote in legislative matters pertaining to their local area. The power to call these referenda rests in the Comhairle nan Eilean agus a'Gàidhealtachd, a democratically elected trans-district body incorporated in the two districts. The implications of this mean that these two districts are fully democratic.

The mainland districts of Ionadàlba and Tornaway are respectively multi-region and unitary bodies whose members are directly elected to the Ionadàlban Parliament. Both the upper house (Houpton House) and lower house (Alban House) of the Parliament are democratically elected. These two districts are therefore also fully democratic. The First Minister of Ionadàlba is the de facto leader of government. This person also holds power to over-rule decisions where the balance of power rests with non-democratically elected regions or districts, in cases where these decisions would affect the people of the other districts of Ionadàlba.

Pechtish-speaking Tak Mounth is a semi-devolved area, whose administration has independent tax-raising and spending powers controlled by an executive committee; this committee is quasi-autonomous, being subject to a body controlled by the Regional Administration and the Pechtish Puritan Kirk. This area is therefore not fully democratically accountable.

The District of Stachen is a non-monarchical district, meaning that, uniquely, it is not subject to the Lairdship of Ionadàlba. All matters relating to Stachen are subject to the Parliament of Ionadàlba, but Royal Assent is not required for Acts of Parliament for them to be applicable in Stachen. This follows the referendum of 1983 in which 87 percent of the population of Stachen voted against the continuation of the Monarchy. The subsequent Devolution of Stachen Act 1987 (as ratified by the Laird of Ionadàlba) removed the power of the Laird to pass legislation relating to Stachen. However, in practice, as the constitutional powers of the Lairdship are non-executive, the devolution makes no difference to the implementation of legislation. The area is fully democratic.

The implications of the legislature and its implementation mean that, in its simplest terms, five of the seven districts are de facto representative democracies, while the remaining two, Grum and Tak Mounth, are quasi-democratic, controlled partly by non-democratically chosen persons or institutions.

History

TBC

Early history

Gaelig settlement

Norlensk conquest

The Two Hundred Year Wars

The Lairdship o'Ionadàlba

The Ionadàlban Civil War

The Ionadàlban Civil War was an intense conflict that lasted for 8 years (1934-1942) and affected the whole of Ionadàlba and Grum. After the revolution of 1933 and the establishment of the nascent Republic of Álba, the country split into complex factions based on ideology, religion, social class and ethnicity. This complexity was added to by the involvement of foreign combatants on both sides. The involvement (and non-involvement) of other nations played an important role in determining the final outcome of the war: victory for the fascist forces of Ionadàlba Mhòr and the Principality of Grum and defeat for the Republic and its Communist and Anarchist successors. Around 300,000 combatants and civilians lost their lives in the war.

The Modern Era

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