|State of Manara|
"Ex nihilo: una"
From nothing, one.
|Constituent state of||Federal States|
|Official languages||Ingerish, Franquese|
|• Governor||John Korr|
|• Lieutenant Governor||Jason de Smith|
|• Upper house||State Senate|
|• Lower house||House of Commons|
|• Estimate (2017)||1,160,785|
Manara is a state of the Federal States. It is located near the Grand Lakes, and is a part of the Alormen River Basin. To the west it borders Suenugan, to the east it borders Mennowa, in the southwest it borders AR120-51, and in the south and southwest it shares maritime borders with Tulpanen and Nipewa respectively.
- 1 History
- 2 Government and Politics
- 3 Culture
Manara was first settled by Native Archantans in early undocumented history. The first references of the region were from the Moonapaata Kingdom, when the region was called Moonapaata. The land controlled by the Moonapaata is disputed by many historians, but most claim that it stretched from Des Nonnes, Mennowa, in the north, south to Alexander, Manara, west to the Alormen River, and the eastern boundary would be vaguely defined, at the height of the kingdom, around 2,300 BCE. The first reference to the Moonapaata come from the diary of the now known Kaasipaataa, or Path Maker, in 2,500 BCE. It is unknown what existed in modern Manara before this point, but it is estimated that the Moonapaata were formed in around 2,700 BCE, from an alliance of several small tribal states. In 2,300, a civil war would break out in Moonapaata, and what could be many useful resources for the history of such a vibrant kingdom were destroyed. It would be years before the next piece of information regarding ancient Manara.
In around 220 BCE, 7 tribes would unite to form another large uniting force in the region. The Gaawaraan Empire had a center of power in what is now Fort Colins, and lasted from 220 BCE to 15 AD. During this time period, peace and prosperity had lasted. The Empire's Borders were loosely defined by the Manara Mountains in the north, the easternmost Grand Lake in the south, the Alormen River in the east, and the Alexander River in the west. Several pieces of art were created and lasted the time period, though in the eyes of several historians, the arts in Pretany and the rest of Western Uletha were more magnificent than those of the Gaawaraan. Several corrupt leaders would take power in around 45 BCE, with the installment of Emperor Aawbaad, or Sky Human. Aawbaad had caused a huge downfall of the empire, and the native Tulpanen tribes in the south would only help with that. In 25 BCE, Tulpanen Tribes had installed the Kaansi Kingdom, which would force the Gaawaraan to split into a 7 way civil war. The civil war was settled in the (translated to Ingerish) Peace of Principal City (Fort Colins). The Treaty would send the Gaawaraan and their emperors to death, and the land that is now Manara would be thrown into a millenium and a half of dark ages dominated by small warring tribes.
In 1692, the Franquese General Jean de Colins would get lost in a conquest of AR045 land towards the north. He would march through Makaska, AR120-51, and over the Alexander River before setting up camp by what is now Lake Colins. The small town he created was built from a fort, Fort la Fortune, was named la Fortune. He called the land Terre d'espoir, which wound up becoming one of the nominated names for the naming of the Unsettled Lands of Southwest Mennowa in 1790. Collins would spread the Franquese culture and Language all over Terre d'espoir. His descendants would directly found the cities of Petit Archantie, Eau Sable, and Moniales. Natives were welcomed and loved under the rule in Terre d'espoir.
Federal States Takeover
In 1795, the Federal States would purchase Terre d'espoir, which was almost empty and worthless due to famine, from the Franquese Government. In 1796, the so called Native Genocide began, when Effesian forces forced thousands of natives in the south to relocate north. Some tribes were forced to move north towards Alormen, and others were forced south towards Makaska. In 1798, the territory was appointed the name Manara Territory, after a simplification of the "2nd Tribe's" word for Lake, Manara. In 1799, Fort la Fortune was renamed Fort Colins after the General Jean de Colins, and became a major center of trade from 1802 to the late 1800s. In 1820, Manara introduced a bid for Statehood, which was accepted May 15, 1825.
After and during the Industrial Revolution, the cities of Fort Colins and Krashhranbad would become major Industrial Areas. This would be proven in 1887 and 1888, when John Trouhser and his company Trouhser would create the first car made in Manara, and when Jacob Smith would create the first car made in Krashhranbad. Later, in 1894, Monabad-Eau Sable would catch on to the Automobile industry. In 1899, the first Manara heavier-than-air aircraft would take flight in the city of Henderson.
In the early 20th century, industrial production became commonplace, and many people moved from small towns to large cities. The city of Monabad doubled in size during the 5 years from 1905 to 1910. The first commercial flight was flown from Monabad to Eau Sable in approximately 25 minutes, a second being flown from Eau Sable to Krashhranbad in 2 hours. One major car manufacturer, Trouhser, would dominate, and by 1920, 5 small airlines would fly to the 4 major cities of Manara, as well as to Lee, Tulpanen, and Kennedy, Nipewa.
In [year], when the Grand War broke out between [main aggressor] and [main defender], Manarans would become split on if the Federal States should declare war on [main aggressor]. A small uprising would happen in Fort Colins, which was shot down in 6 months, that was pro-war. Around [#] years after the civil war had ended, the Federal States Congress decided to [take part/stay neutral] in the conflict in West Uletha. At the war's end, the Manara economy was shot, and the state would tumble into an economic depression.
Approximately a year after the Treaty of [City] was signed, the Manara Governor declared a state of emergency. At the time, the GDP per capita had fallen to a small measly $1,000. The Federal States government would then attempt to revive the Manaran economy in [year ended+2], and again 5 years later, but both failed. The third attempt to re-inflate the Manaran economy was in 1964, when stockbrokers in Stanton invested in Manaran corporations to inflate the economy. In December of that year, the FS Government had allotted 0.5% of their budget to re-inflate the Manaran economy. In May of 1965, the economy fell out of recession and was back to pre-war levels by November 1966. In 1967, the internet came to Manara, with a connection between the University of Manara Monabad and the Manara Tech University being created. By 1990, the majority of the state's population would be wired to the internet.
In 1991, a series of plane crashes would shut down all of the Manaran airline companies, as a newfounded lack of ticket sales would cause them to shut their doors, file bankruptcy, or get sold to a different airline. In 1993, one of the first shootings in Manaran history occurred in Fort Colins, when a lone gunman shot 3 people at a concert. In 1994, 5 more shootings would occur, one of which would target the Governor at the time [Name]. He would pass away due to injuries suffered.
In 2000, the Department of Health of Manara had revealed that 500 people had died in the past decade due to shootings. In 2001, a major protest would block off construction of the Manara Turnpike, in which citizens said that "[they] don't want their tax dollars going to something that they will continue to pay for". By 2005, however, construction was done. In 2008, a law was signed in Fort Colins which made it illegal to charge people to drive on the road. Eau Sable would follow in 2009, and Monabad in 2010. In 2011, the State attempted to overturn this decision, which failed 30-59 in the House, but passed 30-0 in the Senate. In 2019, the state of Manara outlawed Income and Property Taxes, making it one of the only states to rely on Sales Taxes for revenue.
Government and Politics
As required by the Federal States Constitution, Manara is a democracy. Every 4 years, starting from 1825, it has held Gubernatorial Elections to elect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and Senate elections every two years to elect members to it's 36 person senate and a House election every third year to elect the 100 person House of Representatives.
Because no single party of Manara has ever received over half the vote, Manara has a fairly complex system of choosing a governor. After gubernatorial election results come in, and if no party "crosses the post", then the new Senate and current or new House, dependent upon the year, convene to elect a governor. Because of the creation of party alliances in the Senate and House that chose a Senate President and House Speaker respectively, this process is relatively quick. First representatives and Senators are obligated to vote upon party lines, then upon alliance lines. After every round of voting, a candidate is eliminated until any one candidate receives over 50% of the combined 136 votes.
To choose a Senate President and House Speaker, parties inside these chambers create alliances, and the party leader, that was designated to run for each position, of the largest party in each alliance gets the alliance's votes, for the most part. Most dissenters are not nominated for primaries in the next election cycle. Alliances may vary from chamber to chamber. For example, the Native Party is part of the Leadership Alliance in the Senate, which consists of the Manara Party, Labor Party, and Native Party, while it is part of the Opposition Alliance in the House, consisting of the Liberal, Labor, and Native Party.
Manara is a surprisingly Liberal state. The Liberal Party and the Manara Party both recieve about 30% of the vote each, both left leaning parties. The Libertarian/Labor (depends on parties discussion) receives around 20% of the vote, with about 10% going towards the Conservative Party, about 5% going towards the Native Archantan Party, and the remainder of the votes going towards independent candidates, in the State of Manara. Manara is one of the only states to have a member of a regional party as a member of (Parliament/Congress), with the Manara Party hosting a seat in the halls of both buildings. Most of rural Manara votes for the Manara Party, about 50%, or 450,000 people. The Liberal party has the majority of voters from Eau Sable-Monabad, though the highest percents are from Fort Collins. The Manara Party stronghold is Fort Colins, though Rural areas vote with higher percents. The Labor party draws from Monabad Eau Sable and rural Manara, similar to the Conservatives. Over half the native party voters come from Monabad Eau Sable, and the independents draw voters from all over the State.
The Healthcare policy of Manara is very dependent on the House and Senate. During times of the Liberal and Labor Parties, publicly subsidized health systems are in affect. During times of the Manara and Native Parties, healthcare is free. Conservative agenda pushes privately subsidized healthcare only, and several independents are scattered across the board on this matter.
The Manara Environmental Agency is a board appointed by the Governor; it oversees 5 state parks in Manara and limits pollution by enacting regulations passed by the Senate and House.
In Manara, public education from ages 5 to 16 is free and government funded. Ages 17 to 18 is required by federal law, but is not mandated as "free" under the Manara Free Education Act of 1960. Federal Law does not require education past the age of 18, but several colleges and universities exist for the matter.
38 High schools exist in the State of Manara, ranging from Mennowa County HS with 37 students to Fort Collins HS with 5,220 students.
Print media has been in circulation since the early 18th century. The oldest newspaper in the state is the "Journal de Fort Fortune", which has been rebranded in 1799 to "Fort Colins Journal", and back to "Journal de Fort Fortune" in 1992, in the tricentennial of the city of Fort Colins. Television in Manara is brought by many providers. 99% of Manara is covered by television, that 1% being the military base of Fort McHugh.
Manara was a major music center in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, being known for it's soft rock that is shown today as good music in the eyes of the previous generations. Bands include Red Devils, West Auto Barn, and Manara.