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Svækeyja is a 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 Höfuðborg. It shares just one land border with the nation Langskalla, to the north-west. Its climate varies from north to south, with some north-east coast areas experiencing temperate climates and some south-west coast areas experiencing near-polar conditions. It is one of the freest, richest per head and most welcoming states in the world due to its origin and liberal alignment, as well as its neutral status in most things. It is a democratic republic, having had a short-lived failed monarchy attempt soon after its independence.
|Democratic Republic of Svækeyja|
"Framfarir í Gegnum Frelsið"
Progress Through Liberty
Frábær og Frískandi Svækeyja
|Official languages||Svækeyjan, Nyfødtan|
| • National languages||Svækeyjan, Nyfødtan|
| • Regional languages||Auttsvæðan|
|Svækeyjan (81%), Scandic (7%), Altavian (5%), Auttsvæðan (4%), Other (3%)|
| • First Minister|
| • Total||40,683.39 km2|
| • Census (2009)||547,063|
| • Density||13.45/km2|
| • Total||$43,000,541,300,000 / Ð72,369,913,900,000|
| • Per capita||$78,602.54 / Ð132,288.08|
|HDI (2014)|| 0.937|
|Timezone||+6:30 / +7 in Auttsvæð & Kedjasvæð (+7:30 / +8 in DST)|
|Currency||þúsund - Ð / ð ($1 = Ð1.683) (SKB)|
|Drives on the||right|
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.
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.
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 Auttsvaedan, 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.
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 Auttsvaed). 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.
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 1870s, the regions attempted to secede and form a new union, named "Frjáls Verkalýð", which included Kedjasvæð, Harsvæð, Nyttsvæð and Auttsvæð. 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 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.
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|Source: Svaekeyjan Meteorological Offices, Hofudborg