The Youcestershires

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Nether Youcestershire
Flag
Flag
Official languagesIngerish
Government
 • Duchess of YoucesterAmelia I, Duchess of Youcester
Amelia I
 • First MinisterJasper Void (YPP)
Population
 • Estimate261 910
CurrencyYoucester Noble
(≈2.08 USD) (AON)
Upper Youcestershire
Flag
Flag
Official languagesIngerish
Government
 • Duchess of YoucesterAmelia I, Duchess of Youcester
Amelia I
 • First MinisterWright Bloodworth (YPP)
Population
 • Estimate157 219
CurrencyYoucester Noble
(≈2.08 USD) (AON)

Nether and Upper Youcestershire are nations of Aorangēa on the eastern coast of Youcesterland off the south western Kartumian coast. Both originate from the Youcesterland Colony. During decolonization, it was split into Nether Youcestershire (central east coast) and Upper Youcestershire (south-eastern coast), while its viceroy became heraditary duke of the territory. A small part of it became the Duke's personal possession which did not form part of neither nation but a federal territory.

The Youcestershires are dominated by the Youcester Plains. These fertile lands attracted many settlers and especially in the southern shires of Upper Youcestershire, many still follow their traditional agricultural and pious lifestyle of the 19th century. Their self chosen distance to the modern society helped their local hybrid dialect evolve into a modern language.

Etymology

The Shires are clearly named after the City of Youcester, which ws itself named after a now abandoned village of the same name in Ingerland. The name can traced back to pre-Ingerish times, but unfortunately its meaning has long been lost.

Geography

The Youcestershires are located on the eastern coast of Youcesterland. They lie about 500km off the south western Kartumian coast.

Soil is the Youcestershires' most precious resource. It is the base of the nations' great agricultural wealth. Upper Youcestershire Dakota also has enormous mineral resources include billions of tons of lignite and black coal. In addition, Nether Youcestershire Dakota has a number of ore deposites. Uranium was discovered in the in 1951 and quickly became one of Nether Youcestershire's most valuable mineral resources. The economy is based more heavily on farming than the economies of most other nations and factories process farm products or manufacture farm equipment.

Farms and ranches cover nearly all of Upper Youcestershire. They stretch from suburban Youcester, along rolling plains, to the rugged Some Hill Range in the south. The chief crop, barley, is grown in nearly every county. The Youcestershires together harvest more than 75 percent of Aorangēa's crops.

Nether Youcestershire borders four Aorangēan nations and territories. Located on the east coast of Youcesterland all borders are in the west. There are major border sections with Nao Rānga and Upper Youcestershire and the Duchess' Territory. There is also an exclave of Nether Youcestershire which borders an exclave of Waikaori. With an area of 918.86 km² (354.77 sq mi), Upper Youcestershire is the 8th largest nation or territory of Aorangēa.

Upper Youcestershire borders five Aorangēan nations and territories. Located on the east coast of Youcesterland most borders are in the west. There are major border sections with Nether Youcestershire, the Duchess' Territory, Waikaori and the Southern Territories. There are also some exclaves of Upper Youcestershire which border Nao Rānga. With an area of 1833.55 km² (707.94 sq mi), Upper Youcestershire is the 5th largest nation or territory of Aorangēa.

History

Only few settlers came to Youcesterland in the first wave of 1648 and founded some settlements along the east coast. The major influx of Ulethans, mostly Ingerish, came around 1777, a time of religious unrest around the globe.

Many of those fleeing for religious reasons were attracted by the fertile Youcester Plains and finally gatheres in the southern shires of Upper Youcestershire, where until today they still follow their traditional agricultural and pious lifestyle of the 19th century. Their self chosen distance to the modern society helped their local hybrid dialect evolve into a modern language which has become the dominant language in southern Upper Youcestershire.

The Colony of Youcestershire was founded in 1815 and became a viceroyalty a few years later. The discovery of natural resources stabilized the economy for over a decade, before the distance to Ingerland became a major economic issue.

A decline in Ingerish interest and rising unrest from the remaining native population slowly increased the call for independence. As a desperate attempt of the Ingerish government the Viceroy of Youcester was granted hereditiary Dukedom to encourage his local involvement, but the success could not counter the independence movement, which finally resulted in decolonisation in 1836. Some royalists moved to East Anglesbury which decided to remain under Ingerish control.

Religious issues lead to a split of the colony into Nether and Upper Youcestershire before they jointly became two of the founding members of the Aorangēan Federation. The duke however was allowed to remain head of state of the two newly formed nations and also was granted his own small territory as compensation for his loss of political power.

Economy

Penny Two Pence Four Pence Common Groat Noble Double Noble 5 Noble 10 Noble 15 Noble 30 Noble 75 Noble
0.09 USD 0.17 USD 0.35 USD 0.69 USD 2.08 USD 4.16 USD 10.4 USD 20.8 USD 31.2 USD 62.39 USD 155.98 USD
Coin AOP 1.png Coin AOP 2.png Coin YOP 4.png Coin YOP 8.png Coin YOF 1.png Coin YOF 2.png Banknote YON 5.jpg Banknote YON 10.jpg Banknote YON 15.jpg Banknote YON 30.jpg Banknote YON 75.jpg

Politics

The Duke or Duchess of Youcester is Head of State for both Nations, but has no political powers anymore. The two nations share a second parliamentary chamber, the House of the Counts of Youcester, which is also responsible for the Duke's Territory.

In both the Youcestershires, the Conservative Party (CPA) is not active. Its part of the political spectrum is instead covered by the Youcester Peoples Party (YPP), which often achieves a clear majority at elections. Also relatively successfull is the religious party GOP).

Duchess' Territory

Duchess' Territory
Flag
Flag
Official languagesIngerish
Government
 • Duchess of YoucesterAmelia I, Duchess of Youcester
Amelia I
Population
 • Estimate-1
CurrencyYoucester Noble
(≈2.08 USD) (AON)

The Duchess' Territory ( or Duke's Territory) is the personal property of the Duchess (or Duke) of Youcester. The official name changes depending on the monarch's gender. There are only a few residents in the territory apart from the royal family. The settlements apparently located inside the territory are in fact part of either Nether or Upper Youcestershire or Nao Rānga. The residents only have voting rights in elections organized by the Federation of which none are currently held, as the General Election is organized by the nations, the President is elected through an electoral college and referendums have been outlawed since the 1953 referendum.

Amelia I, Duchess of Youcester

Amelia I (Amelia Beatrice Charlotte Doe, born 29 Februar 1996) is the Duchess of Youcester and hence Head of State of Aorangëa Beaminstershire flag.svg Nether Youcestershire and Aorangëa Beaminster Yellow flag.svg Upper Youcestershire. She was born in Fawltryncham and became Duchess in 2011 after her uncle, the previous Duke of Youcester abdicated and her father being ineligable since years ago.

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