Svækeyja

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Svækeyja-flag.png Svækeyja is a fairly small, highly developed archipelago nation, in the southernmost reaches of Antarephia. It has a fairly low and sparse population, concentrated in the north and mainly around the capital of Stórhöfn, as well as the cities of Nýrrborg and Miðsund. It shares just one land border with the nation Langskalla, to the north and west. Its climate varies from north to south, with some northern areas experiencing temperate climates and some southern areas experiencing sub-polar to polar conditions. It is one of the freest, richest (per capita) and most welcoming states in the world due to its origin and liberal alignment, as well as its neutral status in most disputes. It is a constitutional monarchy - however the Parliament "reserves the right to revoke the monarchy at any point", under the Free State Act of 1947.

In history, it has had numerous disputes and problems - a notable one being the Conflict of Kylmalue, lasting from the 1700s through the 1800s. The question of Kylmalue's - now Auttlond's - future is still on the agenda, as some nationalists claim to support an independence movement.


Second Kingdom of Svækeyja
Svækeyja
Flag
Flag
Motto:
"Framfarir í Gegnum Frelsið"
Progress Through Liberty
Anthem:
Frábær og Frískandi Svækeyja
CapitalStórhöfn
Largest cityStórhöfn
Official languagesSvækeyjan, Nyfødtan
 • National languagesSvækeyjan, Nyfødtan
 • Regional languagesKylmaluen
Ethnic Groups
(2019)
Svækeyjan (87%), Scandic (5%), Altavian (4%), Kylmaluen (3%), Other (1%)
DemonymSvækeyjan
GovernmentHlutfalli Lýðræði
 • First MinisterOscar Mattesen (Nov 2019 - Mar 2020?)
 • MonarchKing Magnus IV (1949-)
LegislatureRíkisstjórn
Area
 • Total74,105.82 km2
Population
 • Census (2019)1,807,441
 • Density24.39/km2
GDP (PPP)
 • Total$140,709,137,000 / ð183375824
 • Per capita$77,849.92 / ð101,456.05
HDI (2020)Increase 0.945
very high
Timezone+6:30 / +7 in Auttsvæð & Kedjasvæð (+7:30 / +8 in DST)
Currencyþúsund - ð ($1 = ð1.303) (SKS)
Drives on theright
Internet TLD.sk

Etymology

Svækeyja, first named the "Øerne Kolder" (cold isles) by settlers, was first brought up by Scandic settler and politician Magnus Eriksson in 1644. The term Svækeyja is split into two - "Svæk" meaning territorial, and "eyja" meaning island. It has since been seen to mean "our territory", and "our islands" - although grammatically incorrect due to the lack of an "r" on the end.


History

Pre-Colonisation

The country was barely existent - the entire area was full of dispersed tribes across the coastal areas. The glaciers stretched up further north than currently and everywhere except the far north was bitterly cold. The largest settlement was Veidiþorp, which is now a small town in the south. No outer source discovered of the existence of this region or its people until the early 16th century, when it was colonised. Kylmalue also existed as a separate entity.

Colony Status - 1503-1694

The area was colonised by a Vinnic nation in the 1500s, hoping to continue their presence in the Southern Hemisphere. They only had to claim the area and maintain some force over it occasionally - with the entire area being just dispersed tribal settlements. The tribes were brought together in the new "county capitals" in the "Act of Merging 1554", which turned out to be a massive mistake. Despite short-term benefits, the area was soon brought together over their hatred of being controlled and oppressed by a nation from halfway across the world. Despite the country technically being benefitted - with a new fledgling settlement called Hofudborg, and a new maritime industry - the area soon began to despise their colonisers. By the late 17th century, revolution was imminent. By 1690, they had garnered together a civilian armed forces and in 1694 they gathered together in Veidiþorp, the old Svaekeyjan capital, to discuss the matters of their independence. On March the 19th, of 1694, they declared independence. The colonisers' monarch had just died and their relations with other neighbours was less than adequate, so they could do little to stop the new nation from declaring independence.

Kylmalue, oblivious that any of this was occurring, later thanked the Svækeyjans for their defence, and praised them for their newfound independence. This friendship was not to last long.

Newly Independent Nation - 1694-1850

The new country quickly attempted to create a monarchy. One, King Hrafn, was appointed in May 1694 and got assassinated in March 1700. The second one, King Markus, lasted from March 1700 to the Liberal Revolution of October 23, 1703, when the entire Royal Family was exiled, and the palace damaged beyond repair. The area instated a democracy on February 2, 1704. Three parties jostled (and continue to jostle in different form) for the ministry and this democracy would become one of the freest and least corrupt of its time, all the way through the nation's history. The nation faced an isolation from other nations for over one hundred years, with its people, including the new immigrants from Scandmark and Altavia. A new language arose, named Nyfødtan, which would become the second-most spoken language in Svækeyja (71% speak Svækeyjan, 19% speak Nyfødtan, 5% speak Auttian, and it means "new native" in its own language) The area plunged into a Dark Age from 1750 to 1800, where the entire area stagnated and would not grow until the late 1790s. The nation began to develop its maritime industries and became a ship-building nation, making state of the art liners and ships for both its own country and to sell. A second monarchy was set up in the early 1800s, after a corrupt government gained power, against the wishes of the "Regnus Family" - a family that had claimed the throne and had spent years campaigning for rights for minorities, as well as social issues. They have been dubbed the "Most Liberal Monarchy in the World" ever since. King Magnus II took power on May 2, 1801, and the country has remained a monarchy ever since. In the meantime, disputes with Kylmalue lead to the invasion of the northernmost provinces - named the "First Kylmaluen Partition/Conflict" - after the modernising Svækeyjan army with Ulethan supplies quickly caused the Kylmaluens to succumb. Relations had continuously deteriorated and would not improve.

Silent Revolution - 1850-1900

As the 19th century drew to a close, despite the democracy being largely free and liberal, it refused to grant devolution to other regions (including the previous SK capital of Veidiþorp, and the genetically separate region of Auttlönd). These areas quickly began what was named the "Silent Revolution", due to its nature of being rather undercover and behind the scenes. Strikes, refusal to work and boycotting the democratic process were the first signs of the 1860s being a different decade to the others - however the Hofudborg-centralised government held firm against these and persecuted those who "refused to contribute to society, by revoking society's contributions to their regions". This would spark a north-south divide which would be unsolved and unequal until the early 20th century. Over this period, growing tensions between the Suomic state of Kylmalue - now most of Auttlönd - would end in a serious of conflicts usually conjoined into the "Great Kylmaluen Conflict", or (as known by Kylmaluen nationalists) "the Partitions of Kylmalue". The King at the first battle (the Battle of Sjávadýfa, which ended in a successful naval invasion of north-west Kylmalue) would proclaim "Auttlönd is truly Svækeyjan", and this would prove to be true. Despite some losses and a heavy setback due to the climate down in the south, the Kylmans would be driven back and forced to cede their territory in 1875. The country would mourn the passing of several Kings and Queens in this period - King Magnus II (1855), King Alrekur I (1863), Queen Anna II (1867), King Magnus III (1874) and King Alrekur II (1893). The country's economy, however, continued regardless, with little to no effect on the acceleration of the economy from the Dark Ages toward the Miracle on the Asperic period. By the 1900s, the regions would attempt to secede and form a new union, named "Kylmalue" (after the previous state), which included Auttlönd and East Nyttsvæð. It was not recognised by a single other nation and it revoked its "independence" within three months, but the message was clear.

The democracy finally elected the (Liberal Democrats) Frjáls Demókrata, who gave devolution to these regions and the Silent Revolution came to an end in the 1890s, with both North and South appeased by a strong leadership of the Liberal Democrats which led into the Miracle on the Asperic period. It is documented that it ended the day that the Liberal Democrats came into power (4 June, 1899).

Miracle on the Asperic - 1900-1994

From around the early part of the 1890s, the economy took a turn for the positive. A globalist, centrist approach to politics led to a sudden boost in demand, and the demand quickly led to the specialist industry (maritime) being expanded into automotives. SK quickly became a net exporter, and began to export industrial manufactured automotives such as engines and cars. The electric car in particular interested the Svækeyjan car manufacturers, such as Storslået. Storslået became the most important car manufacturer by the 1930s by remaining in the electric car industry - whereas with most other car businesses worldwide they switched to oil. The first half of this period was named the "Oscarian" period, due to the monarch (Oscar II) reigning for most of this booming period, from 1893 to 1949, when he abdicated and died the year later. The period after this is called the "Magnusian" period, after King Magnus IV, who has ruled since the 1940s and remains the King to this day, even though he is reaching his late 90s. The fact that the nation was neutral in most conflicts rather than aligned to one side or another meant that money that would have been pumped by the barrelful into military expenditure was used to subsidise the quickly expanding businesses of SK. The area became a hotspot for development - quickly going from third-world to first-world from 1900 to 1970. By 1970, the Svækeyjan people were among the richest and most affluent populaces of the world, on par with countries that had industrialised a century before itself. The discovery of oil sources and geothermal energy, as well as the arising of demand for cars throughout the 1980s, continued the economic boom into the latter half of the 20th century. However, the economy destabilised due to becoming overly globalist and not preparing for world conflict and in 1994, the country entered its first recession of the century.

Great Depression of Svækeyja - 1994-1998

In the early 1990s, world conflict and problems caused demand for automotives to plummet. Soon the businesses of the country cut back and the surplus ended. The workers, being paid much less and made to work the same amount, began to riot. The great civil unrest of 1993 to 1995 spelt the end to the Miracle on the Asperic, with the productivity and reputation of the Svækeyjan people buckling and collapsing at the seams. By 1995, the country was contracting at an extortionate rate. The unemployment rate doubled every half a year, from 3% in 1994, to 26% in 1998. The services of the new Félagslegur Vinstri (Social Leftists) became stressed as the funds became unavailable by the quickly contracting economy. The social care and healthcare of the nation were tested, however luckily they were kept up by borrowing that was paid back when the recession ended from 1999 to 2000.

The nation quickly cut back its exports and imports and became more internal and self-sufficient from this point onward, seeing that its globalist era's benefits would not work in the world of today.

Modern Svækeyja - 1998-present

The economy recovered from 1998 to 2005, with the economy from 2000 onward averaging a growth rate of 5%. The nation focused on tourism and science rather than industry and mechanics as the tertiary sector overtook the secondary for the second time in 1999. The welfare state remained strong, despite stresses, and due to the increased funding, became much more helpful and expansive. Devolution led to the south being largely spared from the economy - with the gap between the capital's GDP per capita and the south halving over the 1990s. The country faced the same issues that most developed economies do - albeit less so - however the new nationalist policies and limiting immigration led to the welfare state's continuation. It is said that if the welfare state had collapsed or been reduced in the Great Depression, immigration would have been tenfold of what it is currently.

The people of SK celebrated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Silent Revolution, and the 300th anniversary of the end of the monarchy, and Independence Day in this period, and tourism continues to expand as many flock to see the unspoilt natural features of the country.

After riots and Kylmaluen unrest, the First Minister Markus Karlsen stepped down, to be followed by Oscar Karlsen.

Geography

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Climate

The climate of most of Svækeyja is cold oceanic temperate, with mild summers and cold winters. Some areas in the south often experience the midnight sun and a shorter, wetter summer, with winter stretching over much of autumn and spring. The capital in particular, however, is much more moderate. There was a record high temperature of 29.7C in Stórhofn, in January 2004, and a record low of -45.3 in Ættamidja, in July 2015. Climate change has led to both harsher summers and winters, thanks to the sea temperature being affected by more melting of the ice caps in the summer.

Climate data for Miðsund (Köppen Cfc)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 28.5 25.7 22.4 15.8 10.3 8.6 6.1 9.2 13.7 17.6 20.1 26.4 28.5
Average high °C (°F) 11.4 10.3 6.5 2.3 −1.5 −3.3 −3.7 −0.3 1.6 5.4 9.5 10.1 4.0
Average low °C (°F) 5.4 4.2 1.0 −5.4 −10.6 −15.4 −16.1 −13.2 −6.4 −1.9 2.4 4.7 −4.3
Record low °C (°F) −0.4 −1.6 −7.3 −17.5 −19.9 −23.4 −39.4 −21.9 −28.4 −19.1 −5.4 −2.3 −39.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 57 61 68 89 97 104 103 93 84 79 71 65 971
Average rainfall mm (inches) 57 60 49 43 35 2 0 1 3 39 53 63 405
Average snowfall mm (inches) 0 1 19 46 62 102 103 92 81 40 18 2 566
Average precipitation days 16 18 19 18 22 24 23 21 20 21 17 18 237
Average rainy days 0 0 5 7 17 23 23 18 12 11 1 0 117
Average snowy days 16 18 14 11 5 1 0 3 8 10 16 18 120
Average relative humidity (%) 64 66 68 70 72 77 80 81 81 75 70 65
Mean daily sunshine hours 7.1 4.9 4.3 3.1 1.7 1.3 1.1 1.9 3.4 3.9 5.4 7.1 45.2
Source: Svaekeyjan Meteorological Offices, Midsund

Politics

2016 Election, Current Status

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In March 2016, a Liberal Democrat-Progress Coalition, after the hung parliament, coalition was formed after the election, promising to "end the Conservative monopoly" and to "promote workers' rights, trade unions and the welfare state". They have since fulfilled such, but have been criticised for "over-spending" and "threatening to tip the government surplus", which hasn't been happened since the Great Depression 20 years ago. It is led by Oscar Mattesen of the Liberal Democrats, spearheading the "furthest left leadership in a generation.", soon after the previous First Minister (Karlsen) stepped down due to unrest and low approval ratings, among other things.

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