|6, -25.016, 147.085|
|Republic of Mecyna|
"Ta serlepe bäaris"
|Nationalities||Mecynian (77%), Native Mecynese (13%), other (10%)|
|Government||Presidential parliamentary republic|
|• Upper house||Vuocäanico|
|• Lower house||Vuocaberico|
|• Total||175,950.71 km2|
|• Total||$411.7 billion|
|• Per capita||$39,000|
|• Total||$517.3 billion|
|• Per capita||$49,000|
|Currency||Mecynian Vus (MEV)|
|Drives on the||right|
The Republic of Mecyna (Mecynese Mesina Vualisha) is located in the centre of the continent of Archanta, on the Mecynian Isthmus between the northern landmass Archanta Major and the southern landmass Astrasia, with a land area of 146.286 km². As the distance between the Mecynian Gulf of the White Sea and Gulf of Archanta is only just over 100km at Mecyna, it was a logical place to construct a canal to open up maritime trade routes without having to circumvent Astrasia. The first iteration of the Canal of Mecyna was built in 1887 and it has been expanded several times since. The canal to this day is at the centre of the nation's economy.
The official language is Ingerish, although it is a particularly Mecynian dialect. In addition, Mecynese, a language native to the canal region in precolonial times and still spoken by a minority today, is also official.
Government and politics
Mecyna is an presidential parliamentary republic. Each state sends ten members in the Vuocäanico ('senate') (120 members) and the entirety of the country elects 600 members in the Vuocaberico ('parliament'), approximately one for 50,000 inhabitants. The state have no parliaments themselves, but many municipalities do. Elections occur every 4 years, but alternate so that every 2 years is an election year: year 2 for the Vuocäanico and municipalities, year 4 for the Vuocaberico and the president of the republic.
Mecyna is divided into states. The national capital is Phoenix due to its strategic location at the western end of the canal.
The idea of an international trade route crossing the isthmus was first proposed in the late 16th century by the Ionadàlban Company of Mecyna. The scheme for a series of colonial forts linked by an overland route attracted a number of Ionadàlban investors, who were hoping to emulate the successful colonial interests of countries like Ingerland and Castellán. Throughout the 17th and 18th century a variety of competing interests forged trade routes in the area mostly across the lower-lying part of the isthmus between present-day Phoenix and Xandria; some other routes to the north and south were also used. In the early nineteenth century railways were built across the isthmus and from Karolia in the north. Xandria and Phoenix were still comparatively small urban centres at this time, with Escala much larger. Escala was also an established port and goods were generally landed here for onward transportation.
The building of a canal across the isthmus had first been mooted as long ago as the seventeenth century, but the topography of the area (there are moderately high hills running down the centre of the country) and the distance required were beyond the technology of the day. With the building of the railway, trade through Mecyna grew, but trains could not carry the volume of goods carried by cargo ships, and new steamships were shortening the competing sea route around Astrasia. It was therefore decided to construct a waterway across the country. Lock technology had reached a stage where larger vessels could be raised to cross the central hills.
The first version of the canal was built in 1887. This canal was only 25m wide and had 12 locks. It ran from Xandria to the north of Escala. This canal still exists, but today is used only by leisure craft, small cargo ships and barges.
Work on the present-day canal between Xandria and Phoenix began in 1903 funded by a number of foreign investors. When opened in 1912 the canal was 60m broad. Beginning 1967 the width of the canal was expanded to 120m, with work finishing in 1984. To facilitate trade, Zylanda Shipping (owned by state of Zylanda) paid 10% and Porto Colon Interconti (owned by the state of Latina) 12% of construction costs. Because of this, Zylandian and Latinian ships today pay a lower tax to transit the canal.
The canal is 110 km long. The first 30 km from Phoenix in the west runs along the course of the Targonny River. Thereafter the canal follows its own man-made channel. The first lock is a few kilometers east of the fork with the Targonny River. The canal is 18m above sea-level at this point. The Minoan Locks (Lock #2) is at km 60, where the canal is 35m above sea-level. Lock # 3 is at km 75. The canal here is 51m above sea-level. Here, at the highest level the canal reaches, is a water-reservoir at the end of a special water-canal, ensuring that the main canal will always have enough water. Here the canal goes through the eastern coastal range. Lock # 4 is at km 86. Here the canal goes down to 36m above sea-level. Locks # 5 and 6 (each with a drop of 18m ) are located adjacent to each other in the town of Xandria, and thereafter the canal runs at sea-level. All bridges over the canal are at least 50m above canal level, so tall ships also can pass through the canal.
Each lock has 6 chambers: 3 of them are 300m long and 3 of them are 150m long. Smaller ships (under 125m) go through the 150m chamber to save water.
Regulated by international agreements, all ships can use the canal with the exception of warships which are bound in war.
Rail transport is operated by Mecynian Rail handling both freight and passengers. The network is comprehensive and includes every significant settlement in the country. There are also metro services in Newport, Guntrum-Xandria, Phoenix and Escala.
Football is the most popular sport nationally. Gridiron football is also popular.
Mecynan have several professional-level Gridiron football teams that play in the Northern Continental Conference of the Archantan Gridiron Football League:
|Phoenix||Phoenices||Jack Holland Stadium map|
|Gilagonas||Mechas||DeLand Arena map|
|Silversea||Southern Stars||Gateway Stadium |