User:Zhenkang/Sandbox/Kuehong Main Sandbox
A draft for the history of Kuehong, plus all stuff related to Kuehong.
- 1 History
- 2 Ly Duc An
- 3 1967 Coup
- 4 Neeg Rebellion
- 5 Politics
- 6 List of rail lines in Kuehong
- 7 Contour sketches
- 8 Names for Kuehong
- 9 Franchises in Kuehong
- 10 Notes for every state in Kuehong
- 11 Personal mapping quick references
- 12 other stuff
- 13 Muinon Peninsula
- 14 Zuchaw (AR906)
- 15 See also
Prehistory and early conflicts
The Muinon Peninsula has already been settled since the stone age. According to the Kue legend and archaeological evidence, the predecessor to the modern Kue culture— the Co Xua culture— has flourished from around the 10th century BC, and has a prominent influence in the region. Over time, however, rifts between the various tribes were formed resulting in civil wars. In the 4th century BC, the Kue tribes decided to ally themselves and form the first Kue state, then called Mui, in the 2nd century BC (the name Mui is later used for the Muinon Peninsula). At the same time, another separate ethnic group, the Neegs, which then reside around what will be today's Cinasia, formed another rival state against the Kue. For the next few centuries, there was often war between the Kues and the Neegs.
It was around the 4th century AD, the Kue state, along with the Neegs, were overwhelmed by the expanding Orinocian Empire. Nevertheless, some of the Kue, against the rule of the Orinocans, allied with the Neegs and launched a revolt overthrowing the empire's control of the area. After that, the Kue state became an independent kingdom under the Noi dynasty, but peace did not last for long between the Neegs and the Kue. The newly unified kingdom was later divided in the 5th century AD. The 6th century saw the further split of the Kue Kingdom over the rivalries between the various tribes. The Neegs took this opportunity to launch a war against the weakened Kue states and subdued them in the 6th to 7th century AD. Nevertheless, the La Kingdom remained strong and managed to destroy the Neeg-led kingdom in the war of Lim Dat in 685. The La Kingdom later transitioned into the Kue Kingdom soon after.
Under the wise leadership of Vua Khôn Ngoan (Wise King) in the 8th century AD, the Kue kingdom began to flourish and entered its golden age. Proclaiming the start of the Hoài Dynasty, the new king adopted Buddhism as its state religion, giving rise to more Buddhist temples being built. Formal tribal religions were later discouraged and banned together in the later years of his reign. The Kue, meanwhile, signed alliances with the Orinocians and other powers in eastern Uletha, bringing about peace in the region. The Kue culture and language gradually became dominant on the Muinon peninsula.
The Kue kingdom became rather prosperous even after the death of Vua Khon Ngoan. The alliance with the other powers, however, broke down after his death. Kue has to repeatedly defend itself against Orinocian invasions which only ended in 788 when Kue managed to send a team of diplomats to reestablish relations. The Hoài Dynasty continued to survive under the overlordship of the Orinocian Empire as a semi-autonomous vassal state and compulsory ally. The two nations became intertwined for subsequent centuries due to intermarriages between the Orinocian and the Kue princes and princesses. During the Hoai Dynasty, certain advancements in technology, such as the invention of the world's first metal movable type, reflected the successes of the Hoai.
In the 12th century AD, a rebellion by some Buddhist scholars overthrew the Hoai Dynasty, fearing the influence of the Orinocians and wanting the Kue to be more independent on its own. The Giác era was established and Buddhism was adopted as the state religion. Former pro-Orinocians aristocrats and military officials were removed. The Orinocians invaded the Giac Kingdom in 1233 but failed once again. Under the Giac, the Kue managed to fully occupy what will be today's Fayaan, previously ignored by the Hoai Dynasty and then occupied by the Orinocians.
The Bai explorers first arrived in Kuehong during their first expedition across the Ardentic in 1348. The Vua of Kue welcomed the Bai explorers and has generously given them gifts of spices and gold. The Bai (Suo) Empire and the Kue Kingdom formally signed an alliance in 1412. Over time, however, Kue became economically overreliant on Bai, with controversially increasingly close cooperation between the Kue rulers and the Bai. On Bai's encouragement, the Kue Kingdom launched a mass massacre of the Neegs in 1445, burning villages and their temples for the settlement of the Bai immigrants coming over to the peninsula with their slaves. The massacre has fuelled worries about the negative impacts of Bai's influence in the region. The remaining Neegs which survived later regrouped themselves and allied with those against Bai's presence.
In 1543, a group of Neeg lords launched a coup against the Giac Dynasty, entering the brief Trần Dynasty, which was claimed later to have fallen into infighting between the rulers, making it necessary for Bai to intervene. The Bai sent ships and troops to the Muinon Peninsula which saw the defeat of the short-lived Tran Dynasty. The Bai managed to fully annex the Muinon Peninsula on 8 December 1577, after the signing of the Treaty of Công Bằng, when all self-proclaimed local rulers on the peninsula surrendered to the Bai. Bai established an overseas government— the Royal Muinon Bai Administration— to control the peninsula and also set up a military fortress from which Bai will launch further military conquests in the region. The Administration, while in its initial years largely effective, later lacked resources to govern itself. An economic crisis on the Bai Empire forced the Bai settlers to look after themselves, and they have to work with former prominent locals to govern the peninsula.
At the same time, the Bai administration also looked to other colonial powers to help preserve the stability of the peninsula. This was seen as an effort to ease the issues the Administration has to face in governing the region. In 1589, Karolian merchants landed on what will be today's Phong Thinh and managed to negotiate with the Bai administration to allow Karolia to set up its trading post in the area. (Karolia also planned to take over the island of Vang Ngat, but that was rejected by the Bai administration). Meanwhile, Castellan and Dutch forces have been laying claims over the poorly-administered Fayaan through early expeditions during the late 16th century without Bai's awareness. When reports of Dutch and Castellan forces being sighted on Fayaan cane to light, Bai immediately tried to launch an attack to push them out, which failed largely due to the complex defence systems set up by the colonists and their merchants. With no other choice, Bai reluctantly agreed to let Castellan and Dutch take the land, later reaffirmed with later agreements, with many Kues and other natives migrating to Bai's side. The controversial decision to hand over parts of the peninsula to other powers was seen as controversial by the Empire, but as the Suo Dynasty began to crumble, little action was taken to reverse the Administration's policies and the Administration remains able to do what it saw fit.
During the 17th century, a new governor Wai Yu-Hing (淮禺興) began to reform the Administration and made efforts to further modernised the region and developed new ports on the peninsula for trade. A system of paved roads was built to connect the various towns. As more Bai merchants started to settle on the peninsula, Bai culture slowly began to dominate in the area, heavily influencing the local cultures (such as the adoption of Bai characters for Kuehongese). At the turn of the 18th century, being in need of funds, the Bai Administration, with the approval of the Lin, decided to lease a few ports to its ally Ingerland, which later formed the Ingerish Ardentic Settlements. The Ingerish managed to become the dominant power in the region, later defeating the Castellan forces in Fayaan in 1690 in the Sea Battle of Selva with assistance from their Florescentan allies. After pushing out the Castellan, however, Ingerland wanted to take over the Fayaan region while giving Floresecnta its former ports in the Kuehong region. The Bai, which does not trust Floresecenta, also objected to this arrangement. These disputes were later resolved through the Muinon Treaty in 1712 which allowed Bai to retain its control of the rural areas of southern Muinon while Ingerland continues to occupy its ports in Kuehong and the former Castellan ports. Florescenta is able to retain its influence by setting up outposts in Fayaan. During Bai's interactions with Ulethan powers, more Ulethans came and settle in the region.
The Karolians later withdrew from Phong Thinh in 1742, handing over the port to the Ingerish. Meanwhile, the Dutch KKAM, having not fully driven out but still operating in some of the various Fayaan ports, have been taking advantage of the worsening conditions under the Ingerish-Floresecentan controlled Union of Fayaan Colonies. In the Ingerish-protected (occupied) regions, farmers started forming militias to protect themselves from looting by gangs and corrupted officials. Many militias were financially supported by the KKAM and local KKAM estate holders were often the first to strive for political reforms - historians are still debating if this was an intentional move of KKAM to weaken Ingerish and Florescentan power or not. On July 11th 1757, KKAM announced the Free Port Law (Vrijhaven Wet) which allowed farmers and merchants in all of Munion to sell their goods in KKAM harbours (i.e. Witzandmond) at the 'domestic tax' rate. With KKAM taxes less than half of Ingerish and Florescentan taxes, many farmers all over northern Fayaan (and to a more limited scale also in the south and some other Munion regions) decided to ship their goods through Witzandmond, illegally avoiding the ports dominated by the Ingerish and Florescentans. Floresecnta later abandoned its control over Fayaan, later followed by the Ingerish. The Bai also attempted to retake Fayaan in the 18th century but saw that there is little value in taking control of the area, especially when a famine just broke out in the area.
Differences between the ports and rural areas later became rather apparent, with the ports better developed under the Ulethan rule as compared to the inland areas. Under the Middle Bai Dynasty, the Bai Administration decided to impose stricter restrictions over the Ulethans' control of their ports. Higher taxes were imposed and certain goods were not allowed to be bought and sold in their ports, especially slaves and opium. This was part of Bai's efforts to undermine Ulethan influence in the region. Meanwhile, the Bai agreed to cooperate with the Ingerish on building a regional rail and road network and industrialised certain towns in the rural areas. A plan for a canal along what will be the Cinasian-Kuehong border never materialised. The modernisation programmes initially drew some support from the previously neglected locals, as such programmes promised better job prospects and economic benefits. However, there was an increase in the number of large-scale famines, and, despite the risks of infrastructure development borne by taxpayers, little industrial employment was generated for the locals. The locals later saw themselves being exploited and hence began to call for independence from colonial rule.
The 19th century saw the Ulethan powers withdrawing from its ports after their leases expired which Bai refuses to renew. The Bai saw that it has problems trying to control the ports left by Uletha, especially when the Kue adopted more liberal beliefs and values, alongside the rise of Kue nationalism which leads to frequent rebellion by the Kue. Fayaan, meanwhile, was granted independence when discussions on incorporating the region under Bai rule failed. The incompetent Bai Administration decided to make preparations for self-governance for the peninsula and enacted slow legislative reforms. The various local rulers decided to form various political parties, the most dominant of which is the Muinon National Alliance. While the alliance had much support among the locals, especially the ethnic Kue, the Bai supported the progressive Congress for the Development of Muinon. It was suspected that later local elections for the Muinon autonomous government were rigged in favour of the congress, but this was never proven. Nevertheless, the Alliance began to boycott the elections and refused to cooperate with the Bai. The agitations, mass strikes, demonstrations and consequently support for an independent Muinon further eroded Bai's control over the region. However, it was only when the Middle Bai Dynasty collapsed due to a fascist coup that the peninsula became fully independent.
Independence and Partition
The collapse of the Middle Bai Dynasty led to the independence of the Federated Bai Territory of Muinon on 2 July 1922 as the Union of Muinon. Under emergency preparations, the Congress for the Development of Muinon (CDM) remained in power with Fascist Bai's assistance led by an unpopular Bai politician Wen Zhuxing. Fayaan later briefly joined the union in hopes of a better economy under a larger market. However, soon after, the Kue people revolted against the CDM administration, and the Kue Muinon National Alliance (later Kuehongese National Alliance (KNA)) came to power, bringing instability on the peninsula. Under the new administration through the 30s, pro-Kue policies were enacted that marginalised the Bai immigrants on the peninsula. Further hardliners in the government have sparked unrest in the eastern and southern regions that are Bai-dominated. Various militias were formed in opposition to the government after further measures were made to eventually remove the Bai and Ulethans altogether from the peninsula. Tensions soared which resulted in a bloody war in the next half of the decade, leading to an intervention by external forces which quickly mediated the situation. The war ended with the partitioning of the already unstable Muinon Peninsula into today's Bai-majority Cinasia, Kue-majority western Kuehong and Ulethan-majority Fayaan on 12 August 1938.
The KNA remained in power at the Kue side. However, internal divisions saw the KNA being overthrown by a communist uprising on 2 March 1942. Meanwhile, the Cinasian side remained unstable, due to the socio-economic gap between today's Cinasians and the descendants of Bai merchants who settled on the peninsula and frequent rebellions by the Neegs who failed to create a state for themselves. Corruption remains rampant as the richer Bai remains influential over the Cinasian government. In 1945, after formally taking charge after a show election, the communists in West Kuehong enacted a series of socialist policies. The policies were successful in garnering the support of the masses in the West, with better healthcare and housing policies than Cinasia. Hence, due to the political instability in Cinasia, many chose to emigrate to the West but soon saw that marginalisation against the Bai community remained, resulting in double defections. Nevertheless, failing to develop the economy, instead of relying mainly on agricultural produce, saw the successes of such policies to be rather short-lived.
The years leading up to the 50s saw a rise in border skirmishes between the communists and the Bai. The Bai began a campaign against communism in response to the incursions and defections and the increasing communist threat within Cinasia itself. It attempted to reform the economy by nationalising the economy but failed, largely due to corruption and threats by foreign corporations to pull out all of its operations which the economy is dependent on. Cinasia later made a controversial defence pact with the Federal States in 1951, leading to Cinasia's split as the lower classes of Bai revolted against such 'foreign interference' and led to the brief Cinasian civil war, ending with the split of Cinasia between Bai Kuehong and Cinasia. The communists in Kuehong decided to intervene in the war, but its involvement costs its control over West Kuehong. Frustration with what was perceived as government mismanagement and tax collection abuses led to riots in several towns in West Kuehong. After months of social unrest, with the failure of the government to address it, a military coup took place in 1954 supported by Bai Kuehong, ousting the communist government from power. Meanwhile, Bai Kuehong remains strong due to the wealth it has accumulated and the wealth has been used to greatly develop eastern Kuehong.
Reunification and military rule
In the later decade of the 50s, the new administrations on both sides decided to push for efforts for potential reunification, starting a series of secret talks between both sides. For the military in the West, it is to gain stability in the region and legitimacy to its rule and to counter the remaining socialist and communist threats more effectively. Additionally, there were calls by the civilian population in the West for the military to step down for a new civilian government. In the East, the government hopes to gain more control on the undeveloped ports in the West for further trade prospects, after a pull-out by some foreign companies over a controversial policy enacted in 1957 that saw the increase in tariffs on foreign goods. With the communists weakened, the East began to be more willing to engage with the government in the West. Kuehong was reunified on 31 January 1960, after a series of talks and agreements and overwhelming support for the merger, under a transitional government which will lead to the nation's first national elections. The new economic and modernisation policies brought further stability in the region. However, while national sentiments were high, tensions still remained between the Kue and Bai people, resulting in riots in a few cities. In response, a curfew was imposed, with freedom of speech and movement heavily curtailed. The new government formally declared on 9 May 1961 that 'all indigenous groups are equal under the law', and pursued a programme of 'Kuehongese Kuehong' to encourage racial harmony in the region. The programme stressed an acceptance attitude within the multi-racial society, where a race/ethnic accept the racial differences of others in order for all to live together by respecting each other as a citizen in one country.
The lockdown ended in 1962 to pave way for general elections in 1964, resulting in a landslide win for the United Democratic Kuehong Union, a coalition of rightist party led by the Kue Conservative Party. The leftist coalition, however, dismissed the elections as rigged and refused to acknowledge the results, triggering conflict in the region. Despite efforts in mediating the situation, the unrest led to the assassination of the rightist leader by some radicals in March 1967. In light of the assassination, the military took action by staging a coup in August and launched a crackdown against the leftist activists. Even after peace was restored after the crackdown, the military refused to cede power back to the already weakened rightist coalition and banned all political parties and activities. On 13 July 1968, the military formally took power with the swearing-in of the then defence minister Trần Chí Duệ (陈志睿) as the Chairman of the Security and Stability Congress, replacing the vacant posts of the prime minister and president, starting military rule over the country.
The military banked on their broad appeal to the population, by continuing policies promised by the rightist government, which has not been implemented due to the unrest. Due to the policies, the nation recovered economically from the series of political instability beforehand. Massive development took place in the western regions, which saw little development under communist rule. However, the military was criticized for its emphasis on developing large-scale infrastructure projects. Many felt the millions of dollars spent on building new motorways and a rail network wasted, especially since deaths of the villagers were reported to make way for the motorways, with a death toll amounting to around 500; others supported Tran's vision to develop a centre for peace, education, and religion in the heart of the country.
To solidify military rule, the military started the nationalisation of corporations and businesses in the country all under a new trade union indirectly controlled by the military. In 1974, the new constitution was put in place formalising military rule over the country, which also declares all citizens of Kuehong to be part of the military, hence formally turning Kuehong into a stratocracy. A year after, National Service was implemented in light of confrontations with other nations especially in the Sound of Pa and the Belphenian Sea, though many claimed the move is to ensure the military rule involves everyone.
In 1979, Tran dies, with a new leader Vũ Tuấn Hưng (武俊兴) taking over, beginning a series of social reforms by loosening restrictions and control over the populace. The new leader went on to build new schools and public services funded by the military. The military went on to encourage start-ups in the country, encouraging military-trained officials to also engage in business activities as well. He eventually made his controversial move to allow immigrants in the country. However, his economic policies also saw the rise of 'undesirable elements' in the government, such as illicit drug trade and corruption in the country. While initially, the government denied such charges, the trade was eventually exposed by the leader's own opponents who were pushing for the 'cleansing' of the military government, leading to a series of resignations of prominent officials including Vu himself in 1984. He was replaced by colonel Trần Tu Tín, who continued such reforms, though he was criticised for being slow on implementing his promises of a better Kuehong. Nevertheless, he is known for his efforts in revising the education and healthcare system in Kuehong. He was forced to resign in 1990 due to his failing health.
The new leader, Lý Duc An (李德恩), took a bold step in the reformation of the government itself. To enhance the credibility of the government, he implemented a system of checks and balances, introducing the two four-year term limits for the chairman post and the formal establishment of the legislature - the National Council - led by a Chief Counsellor. In 1992, after the implementation of the new constitution, he launched the first nationwide elections for the new legislature in Kuehong. However, the 1993 elections, initially hailed as Kuehong's first step to democracy, was quickly dismissed as a sham. Half of the 360 seats in the Council were already earlier appointed by the Congress, while the rest were nominated by the Congress for voters to pick. Some of the defeated candidates revealed that they were paid or intimidated to lose. The number of voters was relatively low (of about 120 000) since those eligible to vote comprises of those who ranks are higher than Major.
In 1994, Ly Duc An, despite his promise not to continue for another term, was controversially re-elected as Chairman by the Congress after he arrested his supposed successor for conspiracy and plotting to overthrow him. With no one able to succeed him and his reluctance to delay elections for Chairman, he continued on as Chairman. This sparked a demonstration in Vang Ngat in September that was immediately put down by the military. Nevertheless, Ly was later overthrown in a coup on 29 April 1996 when the military turned against him after Ly attempted to pass a law to extend his term limit. He was replaced by Colonel Diep Duy Tam, who led the bloodless coup. Diep's verbal attacks on corruption earned him much-needed initial support among the populace. Now-Chairman Diep, in response to mounting pressure for political reform, set up a constitutional review commission, including a team of advisors from the AN, to review the 1974 constitution. The recommendations include allowing direct elections by all ranks of the military (i.e. the whole population above the age of 18) to vote, no interference by the Congress in the nomination of the Chief Counselor, increasing the portion of seats for the national elections, and the right of the Council to impeach the Chairman if he/she abuses his/her power. The recommendations were largely accepted. Hence, the constitution was revised and approved with a majority vote in the council and became effective on 1 January 1997. Meanwhile, Diep established and normalised relations with other nations and signed various trade pacts to allow more overseas companies to operate in Kuehong. This has helped significantly improve the nation's economy. Soon after, the military in agreed to lease an army base in Vang Ngat for AN peacekeeping missions for 50 years over political unrest in the region.
After the 1998 national elections, regarded as 'fair and free', Diep stepped down as chairman to make way for his brother Diep Quang Nhan. Under his tenure, he has to face several crises, such as the Neeg Rebellion in 2001 and further tensions with Belphenia over its military activities in the Belphenian Sea. He also made the controversial decision to dismiss and arrest the then Chief of the Assembly Những Bất Đồng (formerly Chief Counsellor) and 15 other counsellors over 'deep disagreements' in certain policies, especially his decision to embark on numerous mega-projects and his dealings with the rebellion. In response to growing government opposition, Diep's government disbanded several non-governmental organisations (NGOs), considering them 'a threat to national security'. In 2003, however, Diep made the decision to pardon and release the political prisoners on the condition they will not contest in that year's elections. In response, the candidates which supported the pro-democracy movement boycotted the elections, hence the elections were won largely by those supportive of the military. 2003 also saw the first state elections after the decentralisation of power, allowing states to have more autonomy over their own affairs. Diep was then re-elected for another term as chairman. In 2004, the government also made a surprise reduction of national service duration from three years to two and a half years for males and from two and a half years to two years for women. Later that year, the government also legalised of casino gambling, to increase its attractiveness as a tourist destination.
In 2009, eastern Kuehong was hit by a severe typhoon, followed by an earthquake. Despite measures put in place to combat the typhoon, there was severe damage to the nation's infrastructure and resulted in deaths estimated from 80,000 to 200,000. The damage from these events resulted in the delays in elections as recovery efforts were made in the low-laying eastern regions which were negatively affected. In 2011, Dipe stepped down and the military committee voted in favour of Vu Yền Lực. The Vu administration took steps to redevelop the damaged areas. Vu, thanks to his efforts to redevelop the damaged areas and social reforms to help the growing elderly population, has gained the support of the majority and was re-elected for another term. In 2018, Vu has floated proposals for further political reforms, including the possibility of a direct election for the Chairman.
Gallery of past Kuehongese leaders (as heads of state)
Ly Duc An
| Ly Duc An|
Lý Duc An
|Ly in 1993|
1 September 1990 - 24 February 1996
|Predecessor||Trần Tu Tín|
|Successor||Diep Duy Tam|
Ly Duc An (born 2 February 1933) was a Kuehongese military official and poltician who led Kuehong as the country's first elected Chairman of the Security and Stability Congress from 1990 to 1996. Initiallt hailed as a reformist, support for hims later dropped when he refused to implement further reforms and purged his opponents. He was later overthrown in a coup in 1996 after his controversial re-election in 1994 and later was put under house arrest for abusing his power and his role in the AB massacre in 1993. He still remains under house arrest to this day.
Clockwise from top left: Pro-military supporters and troops expressing their support for the coup, a publicity photograph displaying the earliest support for the coup, tanks on the streets of the then capital Namthinhvuong, the corpse of the interim leader Phúc Kinh Gu who was killed in the midst of the coup, confrontation between anti-military protestors and the military.
|Date||16 August 1967|
|Result||Military victory. End of civilian rule in Kuehong.|
The 1967 Kuehongese coup d'etat, or often referred to as the 16 August Revolution, was a military coup d'etat in Kuehong in 1967, organised by the Kuehongese military loyal to then Defence Minister and Chief of the Defence Force Tran Chi Due. The coup deposed and killed interim president Phúc Kinh Gu (福京俱) when he failed to deal with the political instability in the country following the assassination of To Chap Tac.
According to declassified documents on the coup, it was meant to be bloodless, but several protestors disrupted the coup and 'things began to spin out of control' after that. The military only said about 500 died in the coup; many estimated from 1000 to 5000. It was one of the bloodiest incidents in Kuehong's history.
The Neeg Rebellion was an uprising by the Neeg minority group against the Kue and the government's policies. It took place from 23 April to 17 June 2001, and was considered a major threat to Kuehong's military rule in the 21st century.
The movement initially started out as a protest against the demolition of a Neeg church and the exhumation of a nearby cemetery for a project. It further escalated when a team of rogue soldiers and other Kue forced several Neegs out of the church and stormed the church, starting the Neeg liberation movement calling for Trac Khe to be made a special autonomous region, greater representation for Neegs in government instiutions and more laws to protect their rights. The movement spreaded to the countryside and other towns in the state. Several extremists, including the Neeg Liberation Democratic Force, took advantage of the situation and caused widespread destruction in the state.
Talks were held between a group of moderate Neegs and the Kue government. The Diep government has already planned for a decentralisation of power in 2003 and agreed to cancel the project. Nevertheless, as the violence escalated, the central government decided to launch an invasion into the country, known as Operation Clearwhite, on 15 June, arresting many of those involved in the rebellion and quelling the rebellion, forcing many Neegs to flee to Cinasia. The Operation was condemned by the international community.
The rebellion has led to the deaths of around 1370, almost half of whom were alleged to be the terrorists behind the rebellion. Public discussion on the rebellion and the operation was suppressed for the next ten years until the new government in 2011 decided to further investigate the rebellion and has encouraged studies into the rebellion. Since 2003, among the Neegs, 15 June is commemmorated yearly in secret, to remember those who died in the operation.
Kuehong is a federal parliamentary republic ruled by a military junta. The constitution declares the rule of the military legitimate since 1974 and hence it is a stratocracy, one of the few nations under the system, with the population of Kuehong all considered part of the military under the constitution. It is an executive-led governing system, with the National Security and Stability Committee as the executive branch. The head of state is the Chairman of the General Committee, who serves for at most two five-year terms, while the head of government is the Chief of the National Advisory Assembly (Chief of the Assembly), the leader of the federal legislative branch.
There has been a number of reforms in the government since the 80s, which nowadays gives the legislative more power over decisions, including the power to impeach the Chairman. The reforms also saw the gradual introduction of democracy in the country, with citizens being able to vote for the counsellors in the Assembly. However, central power remains in the Committee, which can force a reconsideration of legislation. The committee can propose new bills, issue subordinate legislation, and has authority to dissolve the legislature.
The Chief of the Assembly is nominated by the Committee and elected by the 280 Counsellors. All of the counsellors, in turn, are elected by the people through a national election. Candidates for the Assembly needed to go through a 'screening process' by the Election Committee. All of the counsellors are not affiliated to any political party (since political parties are banned) but normally aligned themselves into two ideological groups: the pro-military camp (the current majority) and the pro-democracy camp. The elections for the Assembly is held every five years (with the exception of 2009, which was delayed until 2011 due to a severe typhoon), the most recent of which was held in 2016. Registered military personnel of age 21 and above may vote for the members of the Assembly and, in most of the states, for the state legislative chamber. Voting is not mandatory, but in recent years this has been debated upon.
The Supreme National's Court of Kuehong, headed by a chief justice, is the country's highest court of appeal, though it is also answerable to the National Advisory Assembly. The legal system of Kuehong runs parallel with the legal system of the military. Beneath the Supreme People's Court stand the provincial municipal courts and numerous local courts. Kuehong is known to have very tough penalties for certain offences as rape, rioting, vandalism, and certain immigration offences. Homosexuality is banned in Kuehong.
Despite the political reforms allowing greater democracy in Kuehong, critics still maintained that the regime remains authoritarian. There still remains on restrictions of speech and transparency of the government, but many acknowledged the improvements in curtailing democracy and the rule of law and justice in Kuehong. For example, in 2016, the Assembly managed to pass certain changes regarding the National Penal Code, changing the policy from mandatory to discretionary capital punishment.
Kuehong's current foreign policy is to "consistently implement a policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, co-operation, and positive development" with regard to Kuehong and other nations. Foreign relations with Ulethna nations since the 21st century has markedly improved; it has previously been strained due to the nation's human rights abuses under military rule and remained largely isolated due to sanctions and arms embargo. Ties were reestablished with Kuehong took massive reforms in its political system. Meanwhile, Kuehong still has close ties with Northern Archantan nations, with such corporations having invested into the country and extracting the country's natural resources.
Bilateral relations with Cinasia and Fayaan remain strong. Previously, however, Kuehong refused to recognise its neighbours' sovereignty and has claimed them as part of Kuehong even after the partitioning of Muinon, resulting in the Muinon Confrontation that continued until the 50s. Since the end of the confrontation, ties were established with the Cinasian and the Fayaan governments in 1960 and 1962 respectively. However, territorial disputes still remain and efforts have been made to resolve such issues.
Kuehong in recent years has also taken an increasingly active role on the international stage. It has contributed troops to the international peacekeeping effort and has hosted the Archantan office for the Assembly of Nations Peacekeeping troops, in addition to leasing several bases for AN peacekeeping training. It is also a member of the Assembly of Nations.
Being a stratocracy, all aspects of Kuehong's politics fall under the military and influences people's livelihoods as well. Under the stratocracy, everyone is considered part of the Kuehongese military. The Kuehongese People's Defence Forces (KPDF) consists of the Kuehong People's Army, the Kuehong People's Public Security and the Kuehong Civil Defence Force, headed by the Chairman of the General Committee. The KPDF consists of the army, air force and navy. The KPDF is assisted by resources from its secret services - the Domestic Military Intelligence Directorate (DMID) and the International Military Intelligence Directorate (IMID). Besides being involved in various border conflicts with its neighbours, the KPDF has recently taken part in several peacekeeping missions worldwide.
As Kuehong is a stratocracy, the military strength of the country consists of the entire population above 12. Most Kuehongese are drafted into the military at the age of 18, with men serving for two years and six months and women two years. Only healthy personnel above 18 and below 55 are to be in the armed forces, with others taking up voluntary community services or other less-active roles in the military. Kuehong has one of the world's highest percentage of citizens with military training.
List of rail lines in Kuehong
|Western Kuehong Railway Corridor||1936||1,726 kilometres (1,072 mi)||191|
The Western Kuehong Railway Corridor is the primary railway line serving western Kuehong.
|Hanoi–Lào Cai Railway||1906||296 kilometres (184 mi)||40||Metre gauge|
The railway link from Hanoi to Lào Cai was originally built by the French administration of Indochina in the early 20th century, as part of an international railway link between Haiphong and the Chinese city of Kunming.
|Hanoi–Đồng Đăng Railway||1902||163 kilometres (101 mi)||23||Mixed gauge|
Đồng Đăng is a station at the Vietnamese border with China, forming a part of the international Hanoi-Nanning rail link. There is direct international passenger service on the line (the Beijing-Nanning-Hanoi Through Train).
|Kép–Hạ Long Railway||1950s||106 kilometres (66 mi)||12||4.5 hrs||Standard gauge|
|Hanoi–Haiphong Railway||1902||18||Metre gauge|
The railway link from Hanoi to Haiphong was originally built by the French administration of Indochina in the early 20th century, as part of an international railway link between Haiphong and the Chinese city of Kunming.
|Hanoi–Thái Nguyên Railway||1962||75 kilometres (47 mi)||14||Mixed gauge|
Also known as the Hanoi-Quan Trieu line or the Dong Anh-Quan Trieu line.
|Thái Nguyên–Kép||1966||57 kilometres (35 mi)||6||??||Standard gauge|
The Thái Nguyên–Kép railway line was a strategic, standard-gauge line constructed between October 1965 and December 1966 by a railroad engineering division of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, who operated in North Vietnam repairing railway lines at the request of Ho Chi Minh.
|Pho Lu–Xuan Giao||??||11 kilometres (6.8 mi)||2||??||Metre gauge|
Also called the Pho Lu–Pom Han line. A branch line connected to the Yunnan–Vietnam Railway at Phố Lu, south of Lào Cai, used to carry apatite from the mines located along the line to the fertilizer factory located at Tien Kien.
|Tien Kien–Bai Bang||??||10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi)||??||??||Metre gauge?|
|Tien Kien–Lam Thao||??||4.1 kilometres (2.5 mi)||??||??||Metre gauge|
A branch line connected to the Yunnan–Vietnam Railway, near Phú Thọ. Originally served a military complex.
Names for Kuehong
Franchises in Kuehong
Notes for every state in Kuehong
|States under former Democratic Kuehong|
|Island off the coast of Kuehong. Modelled largely on Penang and SG (more rural version), with sone other minor influences like HK and Langkawi. A key economic hub and gateway to the outside world for Kuehong.|
|Mini-borneo, maybe more of Sabah, and some bits of Johor. Also infusing some inspiration of Chiang Rai/Chiang Mai (northern Thailand). Rural and more farming (the breadbasket of Kuehong), with a number of towns and railway lines connecting to these towns. Many of the Kue resided there during the communist era, due to an attempt to shift the economy's focus to agriculture. Has also many former military camps (some may be reused today) and labour camps for the populace at the time. Currently, the state is also progressing in the mining industry.|
|Selangor, much more developed for towns and cities with advanced transportation infrastructure. Towns may appear more socialist, and still remains the centre of industrialisation for the port of Phong Thinh|
|One of the Neeg-populated states. Similar to Terranganu (and some Rakhine State influences), with infamous military facilities that house the Neeg (OGF Hmong) in the name of security protection. There can be some so-called 'Liberated Zones' under the Zuchaw regime. Oil and gas along the coastline, but largely the area is forested and undeveloped due to the ongoing crisis.|
|Another poorly developed state due to the ongoing unrest the Kue military and Neegs, plus tensions with the ethnic Rohingya. More focus on farming and agriculture, plus palm oil and rubber plantations. Also has a minor tin industry there. (probably similar to Bo Sinh but poorer and less urbanised)|
|States under former Eastern Kuehong|
|Beach and nature paradise of Kuehong. Known for OGF Kachin/karen people. Most forested, have a timbre and paper industry and several jade mines. The coastline has beautiful beaches and also rivers and lakes. Kuehong has since made efforts to preserve the environment there.|
|Hosts the former capital (which will be modelled after Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City). May model on Java. More mangrove swamps and deltas, rather flat. Notable for many settlements set up by Bai, maybe key former forts, palaces and Taoist temples.|
|Notable for being the site of many battles during the confrontation between Kuehong and Cinasia. Former Buddhist site (sim to Kamphaeng Phet, Angkor Wat, Phichit) and many ruins. Takes on a minority language Nung (Hu people).|
|Modelled after parts of Burma, especially Shan State, and Cambodia. More rural but used to have a key capital of a former kingdom ruled by the Thoe people. (More modern) Yen Luan to model after Siem Reap. More extensive ruins and currently being industrialised, due to its location near Fayaan|
Personal mapping quick references
For my personal quick references for comparisons with real world cities. (Cities that I planned to develop in the short-term, not in order.)
Vang Ngat is meant to be somewhat similar to Penang, Malaysia, and Singapore. Since it has quite an advantage of being close to Uletha, I am thinking of it as an international city and a cultural bridge between Northern Archanta and Uletha.
The Chinese characters Vang Ngat is actually a Chinese translation of an island (Pulau Pangkor) in Malaysia, which I have visited. Similarly, for the capital, O-man, the Chinese characters are actually from a Chinese translation of an island in Singapore (Pulau Ubin).
Bakdep (capital) and Phongthinh
Bakdep is meant to be a rather well-developed and planned city, something along the lines of Naypyidaw, Myanmar. The addition of a nearby port city is an inspiration of Klang, Malaysia, and the relationship between Incheon and Seoul. Bakdep means 'Beautiful North'.
Namthinhvuong means 'prosperous south', though it can be quite far from it given its rampant crime rates and stuff. It is an analogue to Ho Chi Minh City.
The Muinon Peninsula (sometimes known as the Fayaan Peninsula) is a peninsula extending from northern Archanta. At its terminus is the northernmost tip of the Archantan continent. The area largely comprises of Cinasia, Fayaan and Kuehong. The peninsula is separated from Uletha by the Belphenian Sea and to its east is the Ardentic Ocean.
The Kingdom of Zuchaw, simply known as Zuchaw, is a breakaway state in Northern Archanta. It is largely composed of enclaves in the southern Kuehong and northern Cinasian regions. It is the homeland of the Neeg people.
The ancient Kingdom of Zuchaw was established between the Dehaus and Kues' territories. However, the wars between the Dehuas and Kues led to the collapse of the kingdom. Several Neegs under Bai colonisation rebelled and formed the short-lived Zuchaw Kingdom in the 18th century, but the rebellion was suppressed. The Neegs called for an independent kingdom when the Bai withdrew and later the partition of Muinon; such calls were rejected. Nevertheless, the Neegs themselves have established a government-in-exile the Royal Zuchaw Council.
The RZC continued attacks against Cinasia and Kuehong throughout the 20th century. In 1979, the Kuehongese and Cinasian governments agreed to put certain portions of the Neeg-majority lands under the RZC. Still, the RZC continued to claim jurisdiction over the former Kingdom of Zuchaw. Since 2010, after the collapse of the Suav Dynasty, the kingdom's authority has been split between the two - the New Zuchaw Civil Council, which controls the enclaves in Cinasia, and the Zuchaw Liberation Organisation, which controls the enclaves in Kuehong.
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