Shilesia

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Shilesia
Szlōnsk
Flag
Capital
and largest city
Ligota
Official languagesShilesian
 • Regional languagesWelsish
Area
 • Total1 688,29 km2
651,85 sq mi
Timezone+2
Internet TLD.sz

Shilesia (sz. Szlōnsk, wls. Schleislen) is a country in western Uletha, bordering Welstand-Westrijk, Vinnmark and Utterland. It's capital and largest city is Ligota, located in the northern part of the country which, alongside Kirchenburg creates an international agglomeration.

History

Historical background

During the XIX century war between Vinnmark and Welstand-Westrijk the Galician military sided with the latter. The war was a result of Jan Sindhauer's republican revolution in Vinnmark and the subsequent declaration of independence of Welstand-Westrijk by the Great Duke Albert VI. Joint forces of Welstand-Westrijk and Galicia have won the war, occupying land south of river Drehen and the Welstand's Nordlunsk canton.

Estabilishing the nation

After the war has ended the, Galician military, stationing in the occupied area had an internal coup. The revolting soldiers have founded Shilesia.

Geography

Shilesia lies in western Uletha. The country is rather flat with the exception of the mountainous border with Utterland. Shilesian coastline to the Firth of Hetzer about 40km long. On it lies the Shilesian capital, one of the area's notable ports.

Borders

The northern border, with Welstand-Westrijk follows the river Drehen. Halfway through the border it splits from the river, avoiding Welstand's Nordlunsk canton. The border cuts through three lakes, before proceeding eastwards into the sea. Western border, with Vinnmark follows mountains. The same can be said about the southern and south-eastern borders, with Utterland.

Public transport

Air travel

There is one airport in Shilesia - Ligota-Alfred Regional Airport. Local airlines mostly serve as competition for railway companies, flying short-distance to other local airports in the area. Destinations include cities in Garlis, Kalm and Ventria, but as the airport officials stated, the airport is open to expansion. Currently the only airline serving the airport is Hetzerwings. The airport is cooperating with Kirchenburg Flugport which is located just a few kilometers north.

Railways

Shilesia has a well-developed railway system. Main conventional (non-HSR) lines in the country are connecting Ligota, Śymjanowicy and Zaborze. On them, trains can accelerate up to 180kph. They have multiple branch lines and relatively frequent passenger service. Shilesian cities are also well-connected to neighbooring countries with multiple often-running train routes, going to close-by destinations, like Kirchenburg, Solsburg and Domont. Some of the routes are also serviced by private carriers, such as Cug.

Multiple international trains cross Shilesia, not only on conventional, but also high-speed railway lines. These services are operated at speeds between 200 and 250 kph.

Roads

Some of the most important cities in the country are connected by a highway network. Motorway 1 connects Ligota, Alfred and Śymjanowicy with the northern and western borders. Motorway 2 Branches out of Motorway 1 near Alfred, before heading south towards Zaborze

In recent years, critics of the system - most notably SN and the Shilesian Automobile Association - have been accusing the government of lack of political will to expand the system. The ruling coalition parties have both given out separate press statements, denying the accusations, each listing different reasons for the lack of motorway construction. PK spokesman stated, that this is a purposeful move meant to encourage public transport usage, while in a press release NSPL refered to budget cuts decreasing the country's infrastructure spendings.

Politics

Shilesia is a republic with one-house parliament. After the most recent, 2016 election, the government is led by a coalition of the Conservative Party and the Shilesian Independent Libertarian Party.