Patermas

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Federal Republic of Patermas
Patermas
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Motto:
"Casiomena re thabaet"
Castellanese: "Oportunidad crece ingenio"
Ingerish: "Opportunity through ability"
CapitalAeda
Largest cityRinata
Official languagesNone at the federal level
 • National languagesPatermatian
 • Regional languagesCastellanese, Ingerish, Gameni
Nationalities74% Patermatian (born), 12.8% Patermatian (acquired), Foreign 13.2% (incl. Targuerian, Castellanese, Draconian, Gameni, Southern Ulethan)
GovernmentFederal constitutional parliamentary republic
 • Scitiagiste (Head of the Scitiate/Senate)Faena Zolina
 • Foragiste (Head of the Fora)Rosida Chellán
 • Quaeragiste (Head of the Quaera)Andri Ventanda
Legislature
 • Praerti (Tricameral Parliament)Scitiate (Senate), Fora, & Quaera
History
 • Aerist Revolution902 CE
 • Brazas TreatyApril 4, 1204 CE
 • Federal RepublicMarch 23, 1724 CE
Area
 • Total186,639.55 km² Total (178,093.24 km² Land / 8,546.31km² Water) km2
72,061.93 sq mi Total (68762.18 sq mi Land / 3299.75 sq mi Water) sq mi
Population
 • Census (2015)22,285,239
GDP (nominal)2014
 • Total$879.7 billion
 • Per capita$39,478
HDI (2015)Increase 0.815
very high
CurrencyPatermatian Rux (RUX)
Drives on theright
Internet TLD.pt

Patermas (English pronunciation:[pætʌrmɑːs]) (map), officially the Federal Republic of Patermas, is a country located on the northeastern coast of Tarephia. It is bordered by Gamen to the north, Draco and Targueral to the southeast, TA013 to the southwest, and the Sabelic Sea, an arm of the Sea of Uthyra, to the east. Patermas is home to 22,285,239 people, almost two-thirds of which live in the heavily urbanized corridor along the Sabelic coastline. The nation's capital is located on the island city of Aeda; its largest city is Rinata, one of the seven cities that anchor the historic Te Mara Metropolitan Area, along with Raem, Aecera, Ircat, Tinat, Raxa, and Jada. Other major urban centers include Salvia, Patar, and Aegrantia.

While Patermas' history dates back to 1200 BCE, modern Patermatian culture first developed between 900 and 1200 CE, as the famed Te Mara ("seven sisters") city-states were established and began to flourish along the islands and hillsides surrounding the Baie Brazas. While treaties maintained peace on the bay, these city-states competed fiercely in the commercial arena, racing to explore and establish trade relationships around the world and leading to the area's development into a vital, cosmopolitan entrepôt.

The borders of modern Patermas include a large stretch of the Serion Desert in the west, as well as the Brocade and El Salteador mountain ranges in the south. Between the ranges lies the vast Col River Valley, the nation's main agricultural region. The Te Mara Metropolitan Area dominates the national economy, with the cities along the Baie Brazas generating more than half of the national GDP despite containing just 40% of the population. Patermas has a robust, highly diversified economy, with strengths in finance, trade and transport, logistics, advanced manufacturing, mining, shipbuilding, arts and culture, tourism, and higher education.

History

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The Baie Brazas, seen here with the city of Jada in the distance, is considered the cradle of Patermatian culture
Main article: History of Patermas

The first permanent settlements around the Baie Brazas are believed to have taken root some time around 1200 BCE. Early Patermatian society was largely agrarian, and urban development took place very slowly, between 250 and 900 CE, following the rise of the religion of Aerism in the region and several centuries of domination by the sultanate of Gamen to the north.

In 1204 CE, the city-states of the Te Mara all signed the Brazas Treaty, forming an economic and military alliance. Up until this point, few people from the area had ever explored beyond the Sea of Uthyra. The signing of the Brazas Treaty was transformative, in that it increased travel and trade among the seven Patermatian city-states, spurring a period of intense development. By the time Castellanese colonists arrived in the area in the early 15th century, Patermas was robust enough to maintain its independence. In 1724, partly in response to continued attempts by Castellan to increase its influence in the region, the modern Federal Republic of Patermas was established through the creation of the Patermatian Constitution.

In the early years of the Industrial Revolution, Patermatians were exposed to a number of key industrial technologies thanks to the Te Mara's status as an important hub of global trade. While none of the most important initial inventions of the first industrial era were made in Patermas, the country became an important center for industrial development and innovation in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, leading to rapid population and economic expansion. It was during this period that the country's "second cities" of Salvia, Patar, and Aegrantia grew in earnest.

Geography

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The El Salteadors, a picturesque karst formation, forms the southeastern border of Patermas

The vast majority of Patermatians live in the eastern half of the country, as the west is dominated by the arid Serion Desert. Within the east, the population is largely clustered along the rocky Sabelic Sea coastline, which stretches almost 400 km, and is comprised of three large bays—from north to south, the Baie Gui, Baie Brazas, and Baie Yagui.

To the south of the coast are two mountain ranges: the Brocades, which separate the Serion Desert from the fertile east, and the El Salteador Mountains, a scenic karst] range that forms the country's border with Draco and Targueral to the south. Between the two ranges sits the Col River Valley, a fertile plain that contains more than 25,000 km² of highly productive agricultural land.

Climate

Most of the eastern part of Patermas is located in the tropical savannah climate zone, Aw and As in the Köppen classification. While it is a bit drier than its southern neighbors, eastern Patermas features distinct wet and dry seasons, with most rain occurring between April and October. The Serion Desert in the west features both hot semi-arid (BSh) and hot desert climate (BWh) zones. Very little rain falls to the west of the Brocade Range.

Demographics

Patermas is home to 22,285,239 people, about 87.2% of whom (19,430,000) are Patermatian citizens. After centuries of liberal immigration policies, the country officially became majority-minority in 1995, when the census reported that just 48.9% of the population were ethnic Patermatians. Today, that number stands around 43%. Over the past decade, Patermas' population has grown by about +0.92% per year, on average. Immigration has been central to this growth, as birth rates among ethnic Patermatians have dropped consistently since the 1970s; in 2016, 29.4% of babies born in Patermas had at least one foreign-born parent.

Patermatians have historically been markedly egalitarian in their attitudes toward immigration, and they remain staunchly so despite some challenges in recent decades. Of the 2.2 million foreign nationals living in Patermas, the largest ethnic groups represented are Targuerians (10%), Peninsular Libórans (10%), Castellanese (9%), Draconians (9%), Gamenis (8%), Eganians (8%), and Pohenicians (7%). A disproportionately high number of foreign residents (78%) live in Patermas' coastal cities, which contain around 60% of the national population.

The country is heavily urbanized, with more than 81% of Patermatians living in a metropolitan area, and just 18.8% living in rural communities. Patermas is a relatively densely populated country; the overall population density is 125.13 people per km² (324.09 per sq mi) but when the Serion Desert is removed from the land area accounted for, that number almost doubles, to 240.1 people per km².

Economy

Patermas controls roughly one-fifth of the world's total merchant fleet, and is home to major ports at Rinata, Patar, and Salvia

Patermas has a fascinating economic history that dates back to the early days of the mercantile trading culture of the Te Mara cities. Most remarkably, the country is divided into five Currency Zones, with monetary policy set at the regional level rather than the national. The five powerful Regional Treasuries are located in the cities of Rinata, Salvia, Patar, Aegrantia, and Seriotaera. Patermatians enjoy a high per capita income of $39,478, with the 2016 Gross Domestic Product estimated at $879.7 billion.

Shipping—the historic backbone of Patermas' economy—remains important, and the country controls one of the world's largest merchant fleets in terms of tonnage with a total DWT of 288,490,593 tons and a fleet of 4,504 Patermatian owned vessels. Beyond shipping, the contemporary Patermatian economy is largely focused on "knowledge industries" like finance, professional services, education, medicine, media, design and advertising, arts and culture, and tourism, as well as some advanced industrial operations. Iconic manufactures include glass (mainly from the north, around Patar), textiles (largely based on the cotton industry centered in Salvia), machinery (in the Te Mara and, for agricultural machinery, Aegrantia) and shipbuilding (in the Te Mara and Salvia).

Since the 1970s, tech firms have clustered in the coastal corridor between Rinata and Salvia, while Patar—which has suffered more from deindustrialization than the country's other large cities—is increasingly focused on the design and production of high-tech applications for glass and ceramics, and has become a leader in innovation around solar panel technology. Still, agriculture and mining remain important to the economy. Major agricultural products include rice, coffee, cotton, spices (ginger, garlic, fenugreek, coriander), sugarcane, pearl millet, tea, chickpeas, mushrooms, olives, onions, oranges, avocados, passionfruit, fish, and shellfish, while Patermatian mines produce significant amounts of bauxite, manganese, sand, copper, borax, graphite, barite, bentonite, gold, and vanadium.

In 2016, the most recent year for which complete data is available, Patermatian exports totaled $282.97 billion in value. The main export categories were Machinery ($70.9b), Food & Wood Products ($40.22b), Chemicals/Plastics ($39.3B), Textiles & Furniture ($32.69b), and Metals ($30.45b). Total imports were valued at $248.95 billion, with the main import categories being Chemicals/Plastics ($42b), Food & Wood ($38.9b), Minerals ($35.47b), Transport Vehicles ($31.94b), and Machinery ($30.48b).

Government

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As the Scitiagiste (head of the Scitiate, or Senate], Faena Zolina is the de facto figurehead for the Patermatian government on the international stage

The government of Patermas is a federal republic with a tricameral parliament, known as the Praerti, which meets in the capital city of Aeda. The upper house of the Praerti is known as the Scitiate, a term that comes from the Patermatian word meaning "to learn" or "to know more deeply;" it is sometimes referred to as the Senate, especially in Ingerish-speaking areas. The two lower houses are known as the Fora and the Quaera. The Fora is the main deliberative body for matters pertaining to economic matters, while the Quaera oversees the country's justice system. The Scitiate moderates between the two, and a complex system of checks and balances exists between all three. Patermas' government is unique in that it lacks a chief executive, like a president or prime minister.

The heads of the three houses of parliament officially serve as co-heads of state, though the Scitiagiste (head of the Scitiate) is seen as the de facto figurehead for the government on the international stage. Currently the office of Scitiagiste is held by the left-leaning Faena Zolina, who represented a suburban area of the northern city of Patar as a senator for more than two decades before being elevated to her current post in the 2016 election.

Patermas is divided into 73 communitaria, each of which contains about 250,000 residents. Representatives in all three houses of the Praerti are democratically elected, with members of the Scitiate elected on an eight-year cycle and members of the Fora and Quaera on a four-year cycle. Each communitariat has five representatives in the Scitiate, and one each in the Fora and the Quaera. The three houses play different roles in the administration of the national government. The Fora appoints and oversees the Secretaries who lead the republic's Administrative Departments (Defense, Commerce, Health, et al). The Quaera appoints judges to the Tribunal, the highest court in Patermas. The Scitiate must approve all appointments made by the Fora and Quaera. The Scitiate also elects, from within its upper ranks, the dozen members of the Martial Council, which acts as the civilian oversight board for the Military, which is administered by the Department of Defense.

Military

The signing of the Brazas Treaty, which established a strong military alliance between commercial competitors in 1204 CE, set a precedent that remains central to this day. The nation's Armed Forces (PAF), made up of the famed Consolidated Patermatian Navy, as well as the Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard, are funded through a direct Martial Tax. Each communitariat pays a flat rate directly to the military, pooling resources to create the national defense budget, which exists separate from the rest of the national budget. In turn, the military ensures the protection of the nation in order to provide a stable climate for commerce and trade.

As of 2017, there are 180,000 men and women serving in the PAF: 85,000 in the Navy, 52,000 in the Army, 30,000 in the Air Force, and 12,000 in the Coast Guard. The PAF is best known around the world for the Consolidated Patermatian Navy, known colloquially as both "the Consolidated" and, more romantically, "the Standard-Bearers of the Sea." The Consolidated is headquartered in the capital of Aeda, while its main shipyards are located in the city of Salvia.

Religion

Main article: Aerism

Patermas has a strong religious tradition, with more than 63% of residents self-identifying in the 2016 Census as practicing Aerism, and 86.2% indicating that they had participated in at least one Aerist meeting within the previous year. There is no written record of the exact origins of Aerism, but it is believed to date back to around 100 CE. The development and spread of Aerism has been a core element of Patermatian culture throughout its history.

Those who practice Aerism are called Aerists. Aerism differs from many major religions in that it lacks a conception of a supernatural god or gods that exist outside of the human condition, examines and celebrates life as a creative act. This central belief is reflected in the Patermatian language, in which the verb meaning "to live" and "to create" (citae) is the same. While there are Aerist congregations around the world, the largest concentration remains centered in Patermas.

Scholars have termed Aerism a "noncategorical faith," meaning that practitioners can also hold additional, concurrent religious beliefs. As such, there are many other religious traditions practiced in Patermas: 47% of the population is exclusively Aerist, while 13% are Mazanic, 12% are Christic (including Ortholics), and 7% are Other religions. Another 21% claim no religious affiliation.

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