|5, -31.457, 166.794|
|Federated States of Unesia|
"'Unity through Understanding'"
|• National languages||Ingerish, Almukhtaran, Castelláno, Ibrīyt, Ayādji, and Uyālami|
|Ethnic Groups||Mu'min (60.1%), Ibriyim (15.2%), Notzrim (10.2%), Randalian (5.1%), Basiliano (4.1%), Djraxōni (2.1%), Ayādji (2.1%), and Uyālami (1.1%)|
|• Prime Magistrate||Jrax Kalváre|
|• Vice Magistrate||Nazmi Hulaymi|
|• Total||292,183.4 km2|
|• Estimate (2016)||34,917,036|
|• Census (n/a)||n/a|
|• Total||$1.2 trillion|
|• Per capita||$35,000|
|Drives on the||right|
The Federated States of Unesia is a country located in northeastern Astrasia on the continent of Archanta. It covers a total land area of 112,812.7 sq mi (292,183.4 sq km).
Unesia is bordered by Demirhanlı Devleti, Omniville, Stiasia, Ainciria, AR057, Randalia, and AR120. Unesia is unique in that it has two separate coastal regions on the Southern Sea.
Unesia consists of seven semi-autonomous states that were independent nations prior to Unification in 2016. They include: Ishāra, Nathaniel, Jeremiah, Cameron, Zamāniya, Ghranāta, and San Basilio. In addition, there is the autonomous Federal Capitol Territory of Unopolis, which is surrounded on all sides by the state of Cameron. Draxton is currently the Provisional Capitol until the construction of Unopolis is completed.
Because Unesia is one the world’s newest countries, a formal census of it’s population has not yet been performed. The approximate population, as of May, 2017, is 34,917,036, with an overall population density of 309.5 p/sq mi (119.5 p/sq km).
Due to it's robust and diverse economy, Unesia is considered to be a fully-developed nation, although some states lag behind others in rural infrastructure development.
After the death of General Dhar in 1982, authoritarianism began losing it’s foothold in the region. Despite that, some newly democratic countries like Ghranāta, San Basilio, and Zamāniya were wary of being self-sufficient as tiny nation-states. Their economies were struggling and there were concerns over security.
Neighboring countries like 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.
Ishāra, 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, Sultan ‘Abdul -Halīm II proposed the creation of a new nation-state, uniting the smaller countries in the region for their mutual benefit. His primary condition was that each state should be allowed to retain autonomy in it’s own ethical laws.
Talks regarding the New Unity Government Plan were held in Dexter, Jeremiah in February, 1995, and again in July, 1995. In March, 1996, the new Unesian Union was formed, with the initial member states being Cameron, Nathaniel, Jeremiah, Ishāra, and Ghranāta, San Basilio, and Zamāniya.
One of the interesting stipulations in the agreement was that the royal family of Ishāra 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, all of the member states met there 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.
|Map #||State Name||State Code||Land Area (mi2)||Land area (km2)||Population (2016 est.)||Population density (per mi2)||Population density (per km2)|
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. Every year, millions of international tourists flock to Plainfield to see the “360-Degree Horizon” in the Grass Sea National Park.
In contrast, the northern regions of Jeremiah, Cameron, Ghranāta, and San Basilio states are dominated by mountain ranges. The South Coast Range, near Ishāra, is heavily forested, due to abundant moisture brought in from the trade winds.
The Qahhāri Range, which stretches for over 175 miles, separates Zamāniya from Demirhanlı Devleti. The city of Jabalīya straddles the eastern ridge and overlooks the vast South Taswir Valley.
Unesia is unusual in that most of it’s land boundaries do not follow along rivers, but between them.
According to ancient Djraxonian custom, tribes would not consider a land to be conquered until both sides of the river valley are taken from the enemy. This was made possible because the rivers in the northern steppe regions were shallow enough to cross by horseback, and those that were not could be crossed by rafts. Often when peace treaties were agreed upon, the winner would claim territories up to the ridge line dividing the river valleys. Examples of this can be found on the Ishāra/Nathaniel and Cameron/Ghranāta borders.
Most of Unesia has a subtropical grassland climate, with prevailing winds from the north-northeast, though there are several regional exceptions.
Northeastern Ghranāta and San Basilio states are in the rain shadow of the Amwal Mountains and have a semi-arid to arid climate. A major tourist attraction is the Farighat Desert. The ‘lunar’ landscape is rocky and quite unlike stereotypical sandy deserts.
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 Qahhāri and Harbinger Mountains, as well as the Ishāra and Nathaniel Valleys, all have a humid subtropical climate, with moderate precipitation throughout the year.
Coastal regions receive more moisture in the summer months, particularly along the South Coast Range, near Ishāra. Areas at higher elevations have been known to occasionally receive snowfall in the winter months, though significant accumulation is rare. Jabaliya had a dusting of snow in 2005.
Humans have settled in the region for millennia, but it was the Ayādji who were the first to develop written records of their history. Earliest Ayādji stone tablets date to 150 B.C.E.
The mass influx of Ibriyim refugees in 620 C.E. marked a major transformation in local culture and religion. Their origins are a mystery and no existant historical records can verify where they came from. It’s known from early Ayadji sources that they were escaping religious persecution and chose the south coast of Astrasia because they believed it to be the farthest place from their tormentors.
They brought with them their Monotheistic religion of Halakha, which struck a chord with the native Ayādji people, who were previously Pantheist. As a result of royal conversions, the Ibriyim achieved an exalted status, after having been pennyless refugees only years before. The Nathanielite Kingdom was unchallenged in the region for over two hundred years, until they were ironically faced with a rival group much like their own.
The Almukhtarans first arrived in the late 9th century as traders. Locals were so impressed with their business ethics, many wanted to emulate them. Their religion, Iman, was very much like Halakha: they believed in all the same prophets, with the additional of The Final Prophet. The local Ibriyim had heard stories from afar about this new religion, but didn’t think that it would have spread to this continent. In 891 C.E., the King Hezekiah of Nathaniel forbade the Almukhtarans from entering the port of Namal Chafshi (modern Freeport), and banned the religion of Iman in the Kingdom. Local adherents were sent into exile or killed.
Despite that setback, Mu’min teachings became well-accepted around the northeastern port city of Aulupayādj. In 902 C.E., King Ajarāham converted to Iman and ordered his subjects to do likewise. Overnight, names were changed across the land: King Ajarāham became Sultan ‘Abdul-Haqq, Aulupayādj became Bandar Jazā’īr, and the kingdom itself was renamed the Sultanate of Zamāniya.
One of the Sultan’s most controversial proclamations was that the local Ibriyim must pay a “protection tax”, as they were exempted from military service.
Once word spread to Namal Chafshi, King Hezekiah became enraged. He formed an alliance between the Nathanielites and the native Ayadjis to declare war on their new rivals.
In response, the Almukhtarans formed a coalition with the Uyālami tribes of the Rubusaham (Taswir) Valley, and easily repelled the attackers and cemented their position in the region.
In 914, a palace intrigue forces Prince Ibn Ayyub into exile. He and his loyalists settle in a natural bay 100 miles to the west of Namal Chafshi. There, he declares the “True Sulatanate of Karamwaliya” and orders the Rabitain fortress to built. A port is established at Latifiya in 915. The Karamwaliya Sultanate later spread inland and conquered much of the vast agricultural region along the Faiza and Ridwan Rivers. After years of prosperity, the Sultanate declined into corruption by the 16th century. Several rivals battled for the throne, with Prince ‘Alim Ud-Din seizing control in 1556. This started a “rebranding” of the empire, and a change to more upright governance. The Sultanate was renamed to Ishara and Iman was given more importance in daily life. The Sultanate of Ishara was so successful, it lasted into the 21st century, with the last Sultan being ‘Abdul-Halim II.
Another major turning point in the region’s history was the arrival of Randalians from the North. They came in separate waves, first as explorers, second as miners and panhandlers during the 1846 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, Ayādjya (present-day Cameron and Jeremiah states) officially became The Cameron Territories and Randalian culture and traditions became predominant. Historians generally consider this to be one the few cases of colonization without indigenous insurrection.
Though Inggerish is recognized as the national language for business and official purposes, most Unesians speak their local language at home.
The most common minority languages are Almukhtaran, Castelláno, Ibrīyt, Ayādji, and Uyālami.
The Mu’minūn make up the majority of Unesia's residents. They are found primarily in Ishāra, Zamāniya, and Ghranāta states. They share a unique identity based upon their religion, Iman, not any particular ethnicity.
The most prominent native groups in Unesia are the Djraxōnis, Ayādjis, and Uyālamis. The Ibrīyim make up a majority in central Nathaniel state, while Randalians are predominant in Cameron and Jeremiah states.
Unesia’s population is primarily urban, mostly living in small to medium-sized cities. This pattern is changing with the advent of nationhood. New mega-regions are now emerging, blurring the lines between cities.
There are three primary religions in Unesia: Halakha, Notzrim, and Iman. Chrisiticism is widespread amongst the Randalian minority, though many of them have since converted to Notzrim.
Halakhah is the traditional Monotheistic religion of the Ibriyim people, who brought it to Astrasia form their native homeland centuries ago.
Notzrim is a sect that separated itself from Halakha due to a schism over the status of Yeshua’. Notzrim doctrine teaches that Yeshua’ was Divine, while the Ibriyim have traditionally viewed him as a heretic. Some moderate Halakha scholars consider him a misunderstood prophet.
The Notzrim are split into four philosophical branches: Exoprax, Exodox, Endoprax, and Introdox.
The religion of Iman is also related to Halakha, but is treated as separate because it teaches that there were prophets outside of the Ibriyim tribe. It spread to Astrasia during the early 10th century, from missionary traders. When several local kings converted to Iman in the 11th century, the local Ibriyim community began to lose it’s monopoly on power in the region.
The majority of Unesia’s population are Mu’minūn, with millions of adherents in Zamāniya, Ghranāta, and Ishāra states, in addtion to significant minority communities in Nathaniel and Cameron states. The majority of Cameron’s population is Notzrim, most of whom were Randalian immigrants who converted from Christicism. Jeremiah and San Basilio states also have a Notzrim majority, while Ibrīyim are found mostly in Nathaniel state.
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 Ishāra, Nathaniel, and Zamāniya states, due to their agricultural roots. In Cameron, Jeremiah, and San Basilio, 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 Ishāra, Nathaniel, Ghranāta, and Zamāniya, while the “Submariner” sandwich is a favorite in Jeremiah and 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 Musāwir sets the gold standard for quality.
During the years of General Dhar’s dictatorship, he was known to show up at restaurants without a reservation, so restaurateurs in Musāwir 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, Cameron produced several famous rock groups, including The Beatniks, The Jimi Wonder Experience, The Rolling Boulders, Pink Solstice and Led Zledgehammer.
Freeport has produced it’s own share of rockers, 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 DJ RPM and MC Free, Grandmaster Cash and the Fabulous 4, Enemies2Society, MobbStar, and José Gordo.
Recently, a new wave of chart-topping artists have come from outlying states, such as Maher Zayd (Ishāra), Ned Sheehan (Jeremiah), and Los Otros (San Basilio).
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:
|Film Name||Year||State||Film Name||Year||State|
|Rebel Without a Reason||1955||Cameron||The Cybernator||1984||Cameron|
|Lawrence of Zamāniya||1962||Zamāniya||Once Upon a Time in Ghranāta||1984||Ghranāta|
|In the Heat of the Moment||1967||Jeremiah||Past in the Future||1984||Cameron|
|The Foreign Connection||1971||Nathaniel||Fāris Buyūti's Day Off||1986||Ghranāta|
|Dirty Hāris||1971||Ishāra||Boyz 'N' the Barrio||1991||San Basilio|
|The Exorcism||1973||Nathaniel||Silence of the Prey||1991||Cameron|
|One Flew Over the Hornet's Nest||1975||Cameron||The Newman Show||1998||Cameron|
|Salem's Plot||1976||Nathaniel||Cuidad sin Basilios||1999||San Basilio|
|Limo Driver||1976||Nathaniel||Lost in Transition||2003||Zamāniya|
|Star Lords||1977||Cameron||How to Train Your Dinosaur||2010||Cameron|
|Razor Runner||1982||Zamāniya||The Social Matrix||2010||Nathaniel|
|Fast Times at Fairmont High||1982||Cameron||The Wolf of Vault Street||2013||Cameron|
Hollyworth, 38 mi (62 km) east of Draxton, has become the center of Unesia’s entertainment industry. It’s moderate weather and variety of architecture makes filming there cheaper and easier. It is home to the nation’s 5 largest film studios: Minimax, United Artisans, Panorama, MagiXtudios, and FantasyWorks. FantasyLand Theme Park has several attractions based upon the most popular FantasyWorks animations.
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 (G.S.S. Pomelow) were extremely popular locally, selling 50,000 copies in Ghranata alone.
Juego de las Coronas (Jorge Martín) was adapted to TV in 2010 and has consistently ranked in the top ten in each of it’s seven seasons.
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 Ishāra, which is “R”).
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 Ghranāta, where vulgar content is considered illegal. Currently, the state of Ghranāta is suing the station (The People of Ghranāta 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 Ishāra Post, and the Musāwir 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 Musāwir.
Sports & Recreation
Popular sports include Unesian Football, Baseball, and Soccer. Every major city has it’s own professional team 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 Ishāra and Ghranāta states.
Life expectancy in Unesia varies from state to state and accurate national statistics have yet to be released. On average, males live 72-74, while females from 84-86. 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. Cameron state leads the country in skin cancer rates, due to it’s demographics and climate.
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.
Three major container ports on Unesia’s south coast (Tazkīya, Newton, and Bandar Jazā’ir) ship thousands of tons of cargo around the world each year. Major intercontinental airports at Draxton-Cameron, Ishāra, Musāwir, Freeport, and Bandar Jazā’ir offer flights to hundreds of destinations worldwide.
Nathaniel and Zamāniya are the country’s largest agricultural producers. Cameron state is the international hub of technology, media, and finance.
Ghranāta is the nation’s most productive manufacturing region. Musāwir is the largest city and home to several Fortunate 500 companies, such as Bank Rabbani, Arm & Mallet, Hison Motors, and Firearmory Mfg.
It’s also a major tourist destination, with millions of visitors every year flocking to witness the Musāwir Miracle, where the river bends in the shape of the word Musāwir in the Almukhtaran language.
Ishāra and San Basilio are also a major tourist draws, while Pratéria is the nation’s fastest-growing city, taking advantage of it’s proximity to the Musāwir 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 is at the forefront of this world-changing breakthrough. Major tech companies such as Microware, YeeHaw!, gOOgOO, ICM, Psyborganic Systems, and selfbook all call Cybercon Valley home.
Thirty years ago, the majority of people in the region did not have a post-graduate education. Now, 63% of women and 51% of men are degree-holders. Many young people are taking advantage of low tuitions in state institutions to gain degrees in law, medicine, computer engineering, and cybernetics.
Cameron State is home of the “Vine League”, an elite group of institutions known for their rigorous standards of excellence: Hale University, Princeregent College, Brookston University, Halford University, Bradford College, and Talbot University.
Other notable schools include Nur Al-Iman University (Ishāra), Shabakat University, Musāwir University, Ghranāta State University (Musāwir), Universidad de Estado de San Basilio (Vista Buena), Universidad de Ciudad de San Basilio, Stanton University, Cameron State University (Gloucester), Draxton College, University of Zamāniya (Jabalīya), Overton University, and University of Jeremiah (Dexter).
Draxton-Cameron International Airport - Marley, CM
Unesia has some of the world’s most advanced transportation systems, both public and private.
Many major infrastructure projects have been undertaken to unite all of the different transportation systems into one cohesive whole.
One of the most important projects is the United Highway Numbering 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. “R” for Ishāra, “Z” for Zamāniya). 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 Ghranāta).
Driving in on the right-hand side and speed limits are 110kph on motorways unless otherwise posted.
Draxton is undoubtedly Unesia’s transportation hub, conveniently located near the center of the country. When completed, the U12 Expressway will be one of the world’s longest circumferential highways. New Draxton Central Station handles rail traffic from all directions and destinations within Unesia. Draxton-Cameron Int’l Airport recently expanded, adding 3 new runways and the expansive Intercontinental Terminal, making it one of the world’s leading airports.
The Triway Stack - C16/C77/U12 Interchange - Forge Valley, CM
Ishāra’s mountainous landscape protected it from foreign invasion for centuries, but with the advent of the modern era, it posed several challenges to creating transportation routes into the city. As a result, it is home to several curious innovations: the vac-lev tube, the submerged floating tunnel, and the 1722-mm broad-guage rail system. Being the terminus for many road and rail routes, Ishāra boasts some impressive transportation hubs. Markazi Terminal is the largest stub-end rail terminal in the country. Ishāra's National Bus Terminal was built to accommodate the future growth due to Unification. It can handle city bus lines on the lower levels, while servicing interstate lines on the upper level.
The Musāwir Subway is one of the few systems in the world which offers express and local services. It’s also adding two new lines, W1 and W2, to cope with the increased demand.