Monte Dorado

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The Republic of Monte Dorado is a medium-sized country located in North-Central Antarephia. It has a population of about 48 million people, spread across 120,000 square miles. The capital is Fort Defiance, and the largest city is Golden Bay. There is no de jure official language; the de facto official language is English. Spanish is also widely spoken to a degree, and Mongolian and Háwáádzįįn are also spoken by their respective indigenous peoples.

Name

The name comes from the rich deposits of gold, and the many gold rushes that have occurred over the country's history, as well as its mountainous geography.

History

Parts of Monte Dorado were settled as an Ingerlish colony in 1481, and gained independence in 1677. Other parts were settled by Castellán starting in 1332, and gained independence in 1701. After a prolonged period of internal strife, the country of Monte Dorado emerged as a single nation in 1739. It started out relatively dictatorial, and a popular revolution in 1784 overthrew the dictatorship and established the democratic system which the country retains to this day.

Geography

Monte Dorado has a 150-mile coastline in the northeast, closely flanked by a mountain range about 40 miles wide, with small towns dotting the coast. The inlet to Golden Bay cuts the mountain range in two near the southern end of the coast. West of the coastal mountains, there is a low rolling plain about 25 miles wide. West of this plain there is a region of low, rugged hills and valleys, about 200 miles x 200 miles. South of this, there is a large, broad mountain range that sharply rises from the plains to the west, tops out at over 15,000 feet, and gradually descends over a 150 mile span first to lower mountains dissected by deep, narrow canyons, then to rugged hills, then to rolling foothills, and finally to the great valley below. This great valley, to the east of the major mountain range, is about 300 miles long (north-south) and 20 to 40 miles wide (east-west). To the east of this valley, along the border with Cordova, is a long, narrow mountain range with peaks about 4,000 feet high. To the south of the valley and its flanking mountain ranges is a high desert plateau, about 150 miles x 100 miles in size, the only region of the country where the indigenous people still make up a majority of the population.

The Grand River is the largest river in Monte Dorado, and its watershed drains about 80% of the country's land area.

Largest Cities

  1. Golden Bay
  2. Garden City
  3. El Cumbre
  4. Independence

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  1. Fort Defiance

Government

Monte Dorado is a presidential republic with an independent judiciary and a unicameral legislature.

The first Presidential election was held in 1794 and elections have been held every four years since then. The term limit is four terms, or sixteen years. However, in practice, Presidents rarely hold the position for longer than two terms, or eight years.