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|The Island Republic of Iscu|
Forever for Iscu
|Capital||Port Holy (Judicial, Legislative)|
Port Affel (Executive)
|Largest city||Port Holy|
|Official languages||Ingerish, Iscuan|
|• President||Aris F. Sadele|
|• House Governor||Harold Parker|
|• Chief Justice||Mara J Skywick|
|• Upper house||The House|
|• Total||271.78 km2|
104.94 sq mi
|• Census (2020)||13711|
|• Total||$0.0000424 Trillion|
|• Per capita||$3092.407|
|HDI (2018)|| .5443|
|Currency||Iscuan Dollar (ICD)|
Pre 0 AD
The first settlers to the islands of Iscu were likely Gobrasi native peoples, who traveled in rafts across the Asperic until they reached the island of Kadla, where they would settle. They likely arrived in 800 BC, although this is a rough estimate. The language they spoke, a form of proto-Gobrasi, would change over time, becoming a unique window into the past of the language. The natives, over time, developed a system of governance and a unique religion, and lived in scattered groups of small huts, farming and fishing the land and water.
The Iscuan people had by 50 AD condensed into larger villages. Around a half-century later, one priest in their religion would claim to be god himself, and would begin the worshipping of a god-king that continues today. The religion became a driving force in the Iscuan society, and resulted in numerous technological advances. The villages slowly condensed into towns, and pyramidal temples, were made. These temples, which were slowly erected over 100 years, are made out of dirt, mounded into a large mound which becomes smaller with large steps. The god-king settled in Ghaadradlar, and that town became large and the de-facto capital. Slowly, the temples were added onto over the next 100 years, and the one in Ghaadradlar became the biggest of them all. Slowly, the huts that the Iscuan people had lived in for centuries were torn down and instead squarish mounds of dirt replaced them, a much more durable and easy solution. Over the next 300 years, the society would flourish, with new and smaller "counter temples" being built as the religion progressed, and the population increasing, though only somewhat.
The next 700 years would be uneventful for the Iscuan people. It is believed that sometime in the late 1100s a series of civil wars broke out, as evidenced by the ruins of some smaller villages along with skulls with human weapon damage. 
The Ingerish were the first to colonize Iscu, founding Port Holy and discovering Loconon Atoll. The Lentians visited the northern islands as well, founding Port Affel, but did not claim the islands due to the presence of the Ingerish. Later ingerish expeditions to the south resulted in first contact with the natives, who were wary but friendly. They described the country as "Iscua", and the name was noted down as Iscu, and became the name of the colony. The natives were mostly left alone, primarily because they were violent when provoked, as another ingerish captain learned in 1567, when he attempted to kidnap a native woman and was killed by an arrow, along with half his crew. The natives therefore developed a reputation for being savages, and as the Ingerish had discovered another four uninhabited atolls, and were happy to let the natives be alone.
The territory continued to grow in population over the next 200 years. It also became more autonomous during this time, and in 1680 a permanent governor was appointed to the islands, ending direct rule from Ingerland , because although the governor served as a direct representative of the wishes of the Ingerish government, he was allowed to govern with a fair degree of freedom.
A drive for independence s succeeded in 1814, and Iscu became the republic it is today. An interim constitution was enacted by Ingerland where the current governor would remain for four years with a mandate to ensure a peaceful transition and implement a democratic constitution created by the people. This succeeded, and the governor, William Kinnon (who was the first Iscuan-Born governor), became popular enough for his efforts that he was elected the first president. It suffered from independence at first, becoming poorer without the support of Ingerland, but a series of economic policies helped it stay steady, although it was certainly a developing country.
Iscu steadily grew in the 1900s, and became a reasonably successful country, although most inhabitants were still very much on the edge of poverty. A mining boom entrenched the richest in Iscu, while leaving behind most of the population. This began to cease around the 70s, as a series of policies designed by the government came into sway as Iscu enjoyed a rapid boost in HDI and lives overall greatly improved. However, after a scandal the government was forced out and the Conservative government that followed became plagued by corruption and greatly set back the nation, which only began to recover and begin to improve in the late 1990s.
Iscu has grown both in population and in economic size, and is gradually becoming less and less low-income. However, a lot of near-poverty still remains. The country has become a strong advocate of Green Energy, especially as it becomes clear that the atolls of the country only have 30-50 years left before they are completely gone.
Iscu is composed of 5 atolls and 5 islands, all of which vary in size. The two major islands, The North Island and the South Island (also known as Holy Island), both have forests and large hills in the center, with the population of the islands around the edge. The largest island, which does not have an official name, is the home of the natives of Iscu, and is surrounded by barrier islands. The rest of the atolls are primarily small and uninhabited, with the exception of Loconon Atoll, which has a small settlement. The largest atoll is Kings Atoll. 
Iscu is a chain of islands located just above the equator in the rough middle of the Asperic Ocean, and spans 500 km. Its closest neighbors are Ma'akuha and St Marie and St Helene on the east, and Nahuwa Atoll ( Onnutu) on the east, almost 1000 km away.
|Climate chart (explanation)|
Iscu has a warm climate all year round, and gets a decent amount of rain all year as well. The tropical island climate is well suited for a diversity of species, many of which can only be found in Iscu. Sadly, due to climate change Iscu is sinking, and by 2100 all of the atolls and islands other then the main two islands will likely be underwater. 
It is rare for Iscu to get any large storms or other massive weather phenomenon; the last severe storm that has been recorded was in 1823, and was described as thus by the captain of an Ingerish ship in the area:
The wind shook most dreadfully, and the waves seemed to be a darker and more malevolent black-grey then I thought possible. The warm breeze and pleasant seas of a few days past had vanished, and we were forced to take shelter from god's almighty wrath in the small town of Port Holy, where the wildlife was in frightful flight as the rains lashed the ground with the whipping of the holy spirit. The storm passed after a day or so, and I pray that I will never need to see one like it again.'
Because of the warm climate and predominantly sunny skies, the country is known as the "Asperic Paradise", and was a common vacation destination for Ingerish nobility for some time.
Iscu is a democracy, and has a three pronged governmental structure composed of the following parts:
*The Parliament and Ministries of Iscu (often referred to as the capitol) *The Executive Prong *The Judicial Prong
The parliament is composed of democratically elected representatives. Elections take place every four years, and the Ministers of Iscu are picked by the parliament. Ministers are generally representatives . The next election is in October of 2020. The judicial prong consists of the judicial system in Iscu, and is headed by the High Court, which is composed of two appointed judges and three democratically elected judges, and elections are held whenever an open spot is created. The last prong, is composed of the president and the vice-president, who is the head of state and technically leader of the parliament. In addition to the general executive powers, they are also tasked with either denying or approving all the bills that the capitol produces. The vice-president aids the president in his endeavors to maintain law , etc, in Iscu.
Iscu has little military, but does share a joint base with the Federal States. The military is divided into a Navy, which is small and serves as a coast guard, the Police, which serve as a toned down equivalent of land troops, and the Air Force, which is small and operates jointly with the FS Military based in Iscu.
Iscu is divided into four administrative territories.
- Western Atoll Territory
- Native Iscuan Territory
- Eastern Atoll Territory
- Central Island Territory
The Central Island Territory is further divided into sub-divisions called villages. Each village gets between one and three representatives in the parliament depending on the population. Each atoll territory is represented by one representative, and the Native Iscuan Territory sends an envoy.
As of 2018, 58% of Iscuans (excepting Native Iscuans) are atheists, 41% Ortholic, and 1% other. 
Basic healthcare services are provided by the government of Iscu. However, more advanced healthcare such as most surgeries, orthodontics, and optometry (non-child), along with other specialized procedures is not covered by the government healthcare provisions. 
The crime rate in Iscu is notably low, with only 50 crimes of all types reported in 2018, and out of which only two constituted a murder.  Most crime is petty, especially on Loconon Atoll, which is noted for its pickpockets.  The police, fire services, and medical responders are all administrated by the government, and hospitals and pharmacies are a mix of both private and government owned companies, and all are strictly regulated by the Ministry of Health. Police are generally well regarded by the public, and are also technically the land army of Iscu. 
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