|5, -33.600, 166.794|
|Federated States of Unesia|
"Unity through Understanding"
|• National languages||Mazanic, Inggerish, Basílian Castellanese, Mutzandala, Ivrit|
|• Prime Magistrate||Dawud Alalawi|
|• Dep. Pr. Magistrate||Ibrajim Hernandes|
|• Total||288,541.8 km2|
|• Estimate (2021)||35,157,939|
|• Total||∑⌉3.12 trillion ($780 billion)|
|• Per capita||∑⌉88,728 ($22,182)|
|HDI (2021)|| 0.86|
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The Federated States of Unesia is a country in the northeastern region of Astrasia (Southern Archanta). It lies between 28 and 35 degrees South and 161 and 169 degrees East and covers a total land area of 111,406.6 sq mi (288,541.78 km² ).
Unesia is bordered by Randalia, the Federal States of Archanta, the United States of Archanta, Bakurthie, AR50-7, Ainciria, Duncanheim, Kovania, and AR-032d. The country is unique in that it has two separate coastal regions on the Ardentic Ocean.
Unesia consists of seven semi-autonomous states that were tiny independent nations prior to Unification. They include: Darulaman, Nathaniel, Jeremiah, New Cameron, Zamánia, Ghranata, and San Basílio. In addition, there is the autonomous Federal Capitol Territory of Unopolis, which is currently under construction. Until the new capitol city is completed, Draxton is the acting legislative capitol, while Confluencia is the seat of the judiciary.
Unesia’s population as of March, 2021 is 35,157,939, with an overall population density of 318 p/sq mi (122 p/sq km).
Unesia is considered a developed nation, although some states lag behind others in rural infrastructure development.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government & Politics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Health
- 7 Education
- 8 Culture
- 9 Media
- 10 Transportation
- 11 Photo Gallery
- 12 External links
In 1308, Prince Warithudin and 150 of his Imani followers were exiled from Almahrus for their controversial opinions regarding religious dogma.
As the newcomers began trading with various local tribes, their reputation for fair dealing spread up and down the coast of Southern Archanta.
When Warithudin passed away in 1347, his eldest son Waliudin was crowned his successor. Later that year, Chief Gagirali of the Nutsambantai tribe converted to Iman. According to local tradition, this meant that the rest of the tribe had to convert as well. As news of the conversions spread to other neighboring tribes (who saw the material benefits of associating with the newcomers), many of them also accepted Iman.
The tribes of Punipugidaŋkə ('step-hill land') were initially wary of the spread of Iman, especially after hearing rumors that the newly converted tribes would declare war on them and convert them by force. When Waliudin assured those tribes of their safety, many of them were so impressed by the fact that he chose to avoid confrontation while in a position of strength, they pledged allegiance to him. This effectively made Waliudin the ruler of Punituatsumai ('land between two rivers').
Humans have inhabited the region of what is now Nathaniel state for several millenia. Most of the early inhabitants were initially hunter-gatherers. Over time, they developed into small-scale agricultural societies.
The first advanced civilization developed in Derogabendiŋ, or modern-day Freeport-Riverpool. Several small kingdoms evolved from tribal groups such as the Guaračelni, Musandala, and Uilauan. Of these, the largest was the Masandala, whose capital, Gotapalu, was situated at what is now the Olde Port neighborhood of Freeport.
In 1369, these kingdoms formed an alliance to counter the newly-emergent Imani kingdom. They each had a shared animosity toward the western tribes which they believed betrayed their culture by accepting the new religion. They became known as the Benpajatsumba ('oath-reciters').
In 1371, King Aŋdua is crowned Ma'alačəderogabendiŋ ('Supreme King of the Vital Bay'). To show his new might, he built Itsdanalačə Castle on Iaŋakoŋ Hill, the highest point in the entire bay region.
By 1374, tensions bagan to mount between the Benpajatsumba and the Imanis. The Benpajatsumba add a Jugainutsuha ('enemy tax') on all goods sold to Imanis. As a result, the Imanis boycotted all goods from Derogabendiŋ. Within weeks, the Benpajatsumba declare war. Fighting continued to a stalemate over the course of the next year. The two factions signed a peace treaty, which clearly deliniated each others territorial boundaries and shipping rights.
The original settlers of San Basílio came from the Burgo San Hugo region of Ainciria.
In 1819, they crossed the Sierra Frontera Mountains and established a settlement along the shore of Lago Grande. In 1828, the town was incorporated as San Basílio d'Lago and in 1836 it became the first capital of the Basílian Territory.
In 1841, the Basílians were able to take advantage of discord between the rival Ghranatan and Zamanian kings and managed to acquire valuable land near the junction of the Waronset, Taswir, and Zamánia Rivers. It was here that the town of Confluencia was established. Due to Confluencia's control of regional shipping, it grew from a small village to a city within a generation.
In 1852, gold was discovered near Lake Rodeado, and people flocked there hoping to make a fortune. Soon, a small village was built along the lakeside to cater to the panhandlers. This would later become Montaña.
By the 1860's, railroads were the latest trend and Confluencia was ideally suited to become a hub of rail transport, not only in San Basílio, bus also regionally. This helped to offset some of the revenues lost due to the decrease in shipping.
San Basílio d'Lago, on the other hand, was going through tough times. In the course of 40 years, it went from being the territory's gateway to an isolated backwater. As a result, the decision was made to relocate the capital to Confluencia, which helped spur even more development there.
New Cameron & Jeremiah
A major turning point in the region’s history was the arrival of Inggerish settlers from the north and west. They came in separate waves, first as explorers, second as miners and panhandlers during the 1846 New Cameron gold rush. The local tribes were easily impressed by the expertise and skill of the foreigners, and welcomed their presence, as it helped them improve their own living conditions.
By 1867, (present-day New Cameron and Jeremiah states) officially became The New Cameron Territories and Inggerish culture and traditions became predominant. Historians generally consider this to be one the few cases of colonization without indigenous insurrection.
After the death of General Darr in 1982, authoritarianism began losing it’s foothold in the region. Despite that, some newly democratic countries like Ghranata, San Basílio, and Zamánia were wary of being self-sufficient as tiny nation-states. Their economies were struggling and there were concerns over security.
Neighboring countries like New Cameron and Nathaniel had been self-reliant for generations, but also recognized the material benefits of merging with adjacent territories which were rich in mineral deposits.
Darulaman, on the other hand, had different motivations for unity. It was ruled by a benevolent and pragmatic aristocrat. He knew that if he died, his son was not fit to succeed him and his country would likely spiral into chaos if he did.
With this in mind, King Abdulhalim II proposed the creation of a new nation-state, uniting the smaller countries in the region for their mutual benefit. His only condition was that the federal laws could not interfere with each state's adat (local customs).
Talks regarding the New Unity Government Plan were held in Musawar, Ghranata in February, 1995, and again in July, 1995. In March, 1996, the new Unesian Union was formed, with the initial member states being New Cameron, Nathaniel, Jeremiah, Darulaman, and Ghranata, San Basílio, and Zamánia.
One of the interesting stipulations in the agreement was that the royal family of Darulaman would retain it’s titles and privileges, but would be barred from participating in politics.
A 20- year plan was adopted to help each member country transition to Unification, scheduled to commence in 2016. The primary focus was on basic infrastructure development, particularly in underserved regions. This included:
• building new highways and rail lines
• upgrading telecommunication systems
• constructing new reservoirs and dams
• modernizing agricultural practices
• mandating Inggerish language curriculums in all public schools
• developing a new national legal code, while clarifying existing state laws
• coordinating each state’s health care system into one universal system
• Re-negotiating land boundaries in previously disputed areas
Though there were many challenges in the process, each of the member states met most of their target goals within the 20-year framework. On March 25, 2016, a special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the beginning of the new country’s history.
Unesia’s most famous geographic feature is it’s vast open prairies, which can stretch for dozens of miles in each direction. Even the largest population centers are surrounded by open plains on their outskirts.
Grand Prairie National Park is famous for it's uninterrupted 360° views of endless grassland. The 'Mystery Route' is a unique tourist attraction where one drives in a 'straight' line until you end up back where you started! Actually, it's a large circular route whose circumference is so wide that the human eye cannot detect it's curvature.
In stark contrast to the open prairies of central Unesia, the northern border regions are mostly dominated by forested mountain ranges.
Another unique quirk of Unesia's geography is it's shape. Due to the fact that Kovania, Malselia, Kanitario, and AR-032d were not included in the Unesian Union, their absence formed a large gap that split Unesia's eastern and western states. For instance, it's actually more practical to take a ferry from Freeport to Jadid than it is to drive - - and the ferry takes 14 hours!
Most of central Unesia has a subtropical grassland climate, with prevailing winds from the north-northeast.
Much of northeastern Ghranata and San Basílio states are in the rain shadow of the Qahhari Range and have a semi-arid climate. Further Southwest, the mountains are lower, allowing abundant moisture to penetrate the inland valleys of Western Ghranata, Cameron, and Jeremiah states.
The windward slopes of the Qahhari Range along the country's border have been known to occasionally receive snowfall in the winter months, though significant accumulation is rare. Jabaliya had a dusting of snow in 2005.
Southern coastal regions receive moderate precipitation throughout the year, with higher amounts between late summer and early winter (February - June), when the easterly winds are prevalent.
Government & Politics
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Unesia has a diverse economy, which takes advantage of the strengths of it’s component states. Technology, manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and entertainment are major contributors to the economy, though the service sector still predominates.
Nathaniel and Zamánia states are the country’s largest agricultural producers, while New Cameron is the international hub of technology, media, and finance.
Ghranata is the nation’s most productive manufacturing region, though Darulaman is not far behind. Musawar is the largest city and home to several Fortunate 500 companies, such as Bank Rabbani, Arm & Mallet, Fahad Motors, and Firearmory Mfg.
Musawar is also a major tourist destination, with thousands of visitors every year flocking to witness the Musawar Miracle, where the river bends in the shape of the Mazanic word Musawar, which is one the 99 Names of God in the Imanic tradition. Hot air balloon rides are the most popular way to enjoy the spectacle, but helicopter tours are also available. Because of limited seating and high demand, advance reservations are a given in either case.
Freeport and San Basílio d'Lago are also major tourist draws, while Pradera is the nation’s fastest-growing city, taking advantage of it’s proximity to the Musawar Mega-Region. Jeremiah is the most rural state and home to the Steadman State Fair, Dexter Rodeo, and world-famous Jeremiah Fried Chicken (JFC).
Recent advances in information and automation technologies are revolutionizing the concept of work, and Cybercon Valley near Draxton is at the forefront of this world-changing breakthrough. Major tech companies such as Microware, g0g01, ICM, Psyborganic Systems, and selfbook all call Cybercon Valley home.
Language & Ethnicity
According to 2020 statistics, Unesia is 47% Imanic, 26% Inggerish, 9% mixed ancestry, 9% Castellanese, 7% Ulaŋatzri, and 2% Ivrim.
Inggerish is considered the national language for all business and official purposes. Unesians are taught Inggerish from at least the 1st grade (some at kindergarten and pre-school levels). Despite this, most Unesians speak a different language at home.
Unesian Inggerish is unique in that it uses a modified Roman script which includes extra letters to accommodate transliterations of it's local languages. Some examples include 'ŋ', 'ñ', 'č', and 'ə'. Also, the apostraphe is used as a letter to represent the glottal stop sound. In practice, one does not encounter these letters in official literature or documentation, except when they describe proper nouns from a local language.
The most common Inggerish dialect, New Cameronian (also known as Highlander), can initially be difficult for outsiders to understand due to it's unique colloquialisms: So if you wish to forage in New Cameron, you'd mount a sedan, retreat whence your stable, then negotiate over a driveway. Once you've presented at your destination, you'd then station your sedan in a corral, or more credibly, a loft if you're in Draxton (beware that loft stationing prices there are exemplary!). If you're not yet tutored in negotiating sedans, Draxton has several excellent railroute systems (SubRail, UnderRail, OverRail, etc.) which can deposit you anywhere in the metropolitan region. For ease, you may procure a discount 'VisaPass' at any halt, transit, sundry outlet, or medispensary.
Fortunately, New Cameronians are friendly, 'bilingual', and happy to help out confused travelers.
Inggerish proficiency is highest in New Cameron, Jeremiah, and Nathaniel states, where it had been the official language for generations before Unification, whereas in other states there are still many elderly people who have never learned Inggerish. This explains the prevalence of bilingual signs in Ghranata, Zamánia, and San Basílio.
Besides Inggerish, the most common official languages are Mazanic, Basílian Castellanese, Ivrit, and Mutsandala.
Mazanic is most common in Darulaman, Zamánia, and Ghranata. One issue that was not agreed upon during Unification was a standard method for transliterating Mazanic into Inggerish. As a result, most words will have three different 'correct' spellings depending on where you're at, e.g. Ḍáḥiat (Zamánia), Dahia (Darulaman), or Dhāhiya (Ghranata).
The Mazanic-speaking Imanis are Unesia's largest cultural group. They share a unique identity based upon their belief system, not any particular ethnicity. In fact, most Unesian Imanis have Ulaŋatsri (aboriginal) ancestry.
The San Basílians originally came from Ainciria, but they have developed their own unique culture, which blends Castellian traditions with Imani and Inggerish influences.
Ivrit-speakers (Ivrim) make up a significant minority in Unesia's large cities, especially in Nathaniel state.
Unesia’s population is primarily urban, mostly living in small to medium-sized cities. This pattern is intensifying with the advent of nationhood. It's estimated that by 2040, the Draxton and Confluencia metropolitan areas will merge into a single megalopolis. Similarly, Musawar, Pradera, Jabaliya, and Amwal could one day form another competing mega-region.
There are three major religions in Unesia: Iman, Christicism, and Halakha Notzrim, although indigenous beliefs are still practiced in some rural areas. In addition, there are large communities of Ivrim (who practice Halakhah) in Freeport and Draxton.
Iman was spread to Unesia by the arrival of Mahrusi refugees in the early 14th century. The Unesian interpretation of the religion could be considered Prima Scriptura, where secondary sources are only used in legal matters which the primary scripture does not address. This led to a great deal of flexibility in scholarly interpretation, as well as some eccentric beliefs, such as the hierarchy of Zahir, Batin, and Haqiqa in relation to the qibla (prayer orientation).
Christicism was spread to Unesia by way of Inggerish settlers who arrived from various neighboring countries in the 19th century. It's most common in New Cameron, Jeremiah, and Nathaniel states.
Halakhah Notzrim is a sect of Christicism unique to Unesia. What distinguishes it from mainstream Christicism is it's strict adherence to the Mitzvot, or original scriptural laws. There's no scholarly consensus as to the exact origins of Halakhah Notzrim, except that the sect came into being sometime in the 19th century - the same time as the arrival of both the Inggerish and Ivrim communities. Some theorize that it was directly influenced by interaction with the Ivrim community, while others argue that it evolved independently.
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Life expectancy in Unesia varies from state to state. On average, males live 70-72 years, while females from 78-80. New Cameron ranks high in quality of living surveys, as does Nathaniel.
Still, there are several major health concerns which affect the population, including heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. New Cameron state leads the country in skin cancer rates, due to it’s demographics and climate.
Thirty years ago, the vast majority of people in the region did not have a post-graduate education. Since then, things have changed dramatically. Many young people are taking advantage of government subsidized tuitions in state institutions to gain degrees in law, medicine, computer engineering, and cybernetics.
New Cameron State is home of the Vine League, an elite group of institutions known for their rigorous standards of excellence: Hale University, Princeregent Academy, Brookston University, Halford University, Bradford College, and Talbot University.
Other notable schools include Musawar University, Ghranata State University (Musawar), San Basilio State University (Confluencia), Stanton College, Nathaniel State University (Freeport), Cameron State University (Gloucester), Draxton College, University of Zamánia (Sakina), Overton University, and University of Jeremiah (Dexter).
Unesia’s component states have been at the forefront of world culture in food, sports, music, film, arts, and theatre for over a century.
Unesian food is as diverse as it’s people.
Grains and vegetables make up a significant part of the diet in Darulaman, Nathaniel, and Zamánia states, due to their agricultural roots.
In Jeremiah, New Cameron, and San Basílio, there’s more emphasis on meat and dairy products, as their terrain is more suitable for pasturage.
Falafel and shawarma are the most popular lunch staples in Darulaman, Nathaniel, Ghranata, and Zamánia, while the “Submariner” sandwich is a favorite in Jeremiah and New Cameron.
In all the major cites, a wide range of dining options area available. Draxton has an impressive number of restaurants headed by award-winning chefs, but Musawar sets the gold standard for quality.
During the years of General Darr’s dictatorship, he was known to show up at restaurants without a reservation, so restaurateurs in Musawar always had to be excellent, otherwise a bad review could mean a trip to the mines - or worse.
During the 1960’s and 70’s, New Cameron produced several famous stoner rock groups, including The Beatniks, The Jimi Wonder Experience, The Rolling Boulders, and Pink Solstice.
Freeport has produced it’s own share of stoners, like The Velvet Underwear, Sikk, and The Rëd Oyster Sëct.
Freeport was also instrumental in the advent of Hip-Pop, being home to such acts as Grandmaster Cash and the Fabulous 4, MobbStar, and José Gordo.
Recently, a new wave of chart-topping artists have come from outlying states, such as Maher Zaid (Darulaman) and Los Otros (San Basílio).
Unesia’s component states have had their own film industries since the early 1900’s, and as a result, they’ve developed their own unique styles. Major locally-produced films include Ciudad sin Basílios (San Basílio, 2002) and The Wolf of Vault Street (New Cameron, 2013).
Several book series written by local authors have sold millions worldwide, including the Mobfather trilogy (Mariano Pizaro) and the King of the Rings trilogy (G.R.R. Tolford).
The Clandestine Destiny graphic novels (Moshe Menendes) were extremely popular locally, selling over 30,000 copies.
Radio & Television
As Unesia was once seven separate countries, each state has different TV and radio station call letters. To lessen confusion, they’re usually the first letter in the state name (with the exception of Darulaman, which is “A”).
CWXY 98.5 FM in Draxton has the largest radio audience in the country with it’s popular hip-pop format. GPRX 1590 AM is known for it’s award-winning Dayline call-in program, which discusses important social and political issues.
CTOK 980 AM is infamous for it’s “shock talk” format. It’s transmission is based out of Draxton, but can be clearly picked up across the border in Ghranata, where vulgar content is considered illegal. Currently, the state of Ghranata is suing the station (The People of Ghranata vs. Carlsbad Media Corp. - Case GR0115-17) for violation of it’s decency laws.
Unesia is home to several award-winning newspapers, such as the Draxton Herald, the Amana Post, and the Musawar Messenger. Recently, most newspapers have shifted their content to a strictly online format, but the Messenger still prints it’s hardcopy newspaper, as there’s a more nostalgic affection for print media in Musawar.
Sports & Recreation
Popular sports include Unesian Football, Baseball, and Soccer. Most major cities have professional teams of each sport and their annual championships are the most-viewed programs on TV.
Equestrian sports, such as Polo and thoroughbred racing are also popular, though betting on races is illegal in Darulaman, Zamánia and Ghranata.
Sportscenter, Jadid, ZM
Much of Unesia's integrated infrastructure was completed only a few years ago, just prior to Unification. As a result, the country has some of the most advanced transportation systems in the world.
Three major container ports on Unesia’s south coast (Amana, Riverpool, and Sakina) ship thousands of tons of cargo around the world each year.
Four major international airports at Draxton, Musawar, Freeport, and Sakina handle millions of passengers each year. Draxton-Cameron International Airport recently expanded, adding 3 new runways and the expansive Intercontinental Terminal, making it one of the world’s leading airports.
Draxton is undoubtedly Unesia’s transportation hub. It handles rail traffic from all directions and destinations within Unesia with two major train stations: Exeter Street Terminal and New Draxton Station. A third rail hub, Archanta Station, is currently under construction. When completed, it will be able to accommodate international travelers.
The Draxton region also handles the bulk of the country's interstate traffic, with constant congestion on the U5 Orbital. A new circumferential highway (U12) is under construction to alleviate traffic so that vehicles passing through to other major destinations can bypass Draxton.
Unesia has a well-coordinated national highway system. Inter-state limited-access motorways have a “U” designation for their entire length, while local motorways begin with their state i.d. (i.e. “A” for Darulaman, “Z” for Zamánia). Open-access highways have slightly different designations. The highway number will remain from end to end, but the letter prefix will change across state lines (i.e. C16 becomes G16 when crossing from Cameron into Ghranata).
Z1/Z35 Interchange - Zakía, Zamánia