Valaga

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Republic of Valaga
rypuplik v lawang
Official Flag of Valaga
Flag
Motto:
"Democracy, Justice and Freedom"
Anthem:
Song of the Valaganese
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Capital
and largest city
Valka
Official languagesIngerish, Hikvang
Nationalities68.7% Valaganese, 20.8% Ingerians, 4.5% XX, 3.7% Rumang and 2.3% others
GovernmentFederal one party dominant parliamentary republic
 • ChancellorXX
 • PresidentXX
LegislatureMinistry
 • Upper houseFederal Council
 • Lower houseParliament
Area
 • Total264015 km2
Population
 • Estimate (2019)XX Million
 • DensityXX/sq Km/km2
Currency Tare (TAR)
Drives on theright
Internet TLD.va; .vgov

Valaga, officially the Republic of Valaga, is a country in the south of Tarephia. Its capital city, Valka, is situated on a peninsula on the south coast. Valaga borders to TA118 to the west, to TA101 to the east and to TA104 to the east with a sea border. Valaga is divided into XX states, covers an area of 181,760 square kilometers, and has a largely wet and dry tropical climate. With over XX million inhabitants, it is one of the most populated countries in Tarephia and the Tarephia Cooperation Council, and the most populated state of the Lyc Union. Valaga is a centralized country. Its capital and largest metropolitan area Valka is home to over 4 million inhabitants, serves as the financial capital, government center and tourist city. It has the country busiest airport, the Valka International Airport. Other largest cities include XX, XX and XX. Most of the country is sparsely populated, the population is centered into many larger cities that are mostly located on the coast.

Various tribes have inhabited the northern parts of modern Valaga for over 8.000 years. During a Migration Period, the tribes expanded southward. In the last 400 years, Valaga was conquered and colonized by ingerish tribes. They have successfully settled onto the south coast and built the settlement, that is now famous as Fort Mayer. Further expansion was made around 1740 to the west and east of the south coast. Other large settlements now famous as XX, XX and XX have been constructed during that period. During the Valagan revolution in 1857, a democratic system was established from the monarchy in Valaga with the Constitution of Valaga as the base. In 1927 the Valaga - XX War, Valaga fought against its neighbor XX and had many cities destroyed in bombings.

Today, Valaga is a federal parliamentary republic led by a chancellor. It is a great power with a strong economy; it has the world's X-largest economy by GDP. Valaga is a regional and global leader in several industrial, financial and technological sectors. As a highly developed country with a very high standard of living, it upholds social security, universal health care system, environmental protection, especially in the rainforests in the Northern territories and free university education.

It is part of the Tarephia travel Area and became a co-founder of the Tarezone in XX. Valaga is a member of the Assembly of Nations, Tarephia Cooperation Council, and the Lyc Union. Known for its cultural history, Valaga has been continuously the home of influential and successful artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and inventors. Valaga is among the top tourism destinations in the world.


Geography

Valaga is in the timezone WUT+1. Valaga does not currently observe Daylight Savings Time.

Climate

Most of Valaga has a wet or dry tropical climate. The sea on the south coast is affected by warm water currents. Temperatures in summer can reach up to 35°C on the south coast and 40°C in the inland area. Temperatures in winters are mild and rarely drop under 10°C. Valaga mostly experiences north-west winds.

The country can be divided into 3 climate areas. The coastal area, the flatlands in the center, and the tropical forest in the north.

Although extreme weather is very rare in Valaga, large rainfalls can hit the tropical forests, droughts can occur in the flatland and hurricanes can build up along the south coasts.

History

Pre Historic Settlements

Prehistoric settlements can be dated back to 8000 years BC. The indigenous tribe of Rumang lived in the Valagan Rainforest for over 7.500 years and is still rooted in the culture of Valaga today.

Colonization by the Ingerish

During expeditions by the Ingerish, Valaga was discovered and colonized. The first permanent settlement by the Ingerish is now what is called Fort Mayer. After Valaga was successfully colonized, explorers including XX started exploring the coastal region and the inland. The next larger wave of exploration happened in 1740.

Genocide to the Indigenous

While exploring the Valagan Rainforest in 1740, the first conflicts between the explorers and the tribes rose up, because the Rumang resisted. Because the explorers thought that their race was more worth than the race of the Rumang, they started to burn down settlements, imprison the Rumang and killed them in massacres. The massacres lasted for over 8 years and left over 200.000 victims dead. In response to the massacre, the first democratic government in 1857 apologized for the gruesome doings by rebuilding villages, supplying farmers with equipment and building memorials. In 1974 the Rumang Museum and the corresponding memorial was opened in Valka.


Industrialization

Before the Industrialization in 1840, Valaga was mostly populated by farmers, that lived on the south coast near the city of Valka. After

Infrastructure

Power

100% of the grid and power plants are state-owned. 72% of the power is generated in nuclear power plants, 21% is generated in coal power plants and 7% is generated using renewable energies. The government of Valaga is switching off all coal power plants until 2030 because of climate change and the 2012 climate policies. It is also building large offshore wind parks and other renewable energy sources to move away from nuclear energy.

Transport

Roads

All roads of Valaga are state-owned and managed by the ValaRoads company. Most of the highways and national roads are toll-free, however, some roads are not toll-free. Roads in large urban areas can fall under a congestion zone which is charged with a daily congestion fee. Valka has the largest Congestion Zone and was the first city to had such a zone implemented with the Public transport reform in 2008. Most vehicles from outside entering the congestion zone need to pay between 5 and 100 Tare a day. The congestion zone is supposed to cover the costs of the local public transport systems.

Rail

The railway network and the train stations are state-owned and managed but the service is privatized for most long-distance trains. Public transport, including regional rails, are free of charge since the Public transport reform in 2008 and are thus state-owned. The largest rail company is VARail and operates most routes in Valaga.

Telecommunications

Internet

The government of Valaga has realized it early that the Internet will play a crucial part in the future. Therefore the government has ordered the private companies of ValNet and Vekonet to build up the mobile network, DSL in the 1980s and fiber optic cables in the 2000s. The coastal region of Valaga has a fiber optic coverage of 98%, a 4G coverage of 94%. In 2018 93% of the population in Valaga had internet access. Due to the innovation of 5G networks, ValNet is currently testing out its first 5G network in Valka.

Media

The Valagan Broadcasting Network (VBN) was founded in 1927 and is the publicly funded broadcasting corporation. It broadcasts public television and radio, as well as Internet streaming nationwide. To maintain a level of quality and political neutrality, every Valagan citizen is forced to pay a monthly fee depending on their income. Other large broadcasting networks include ValNet (online broadcaster), IPVal (TV), Valaga News Network (TV, radio and internet broadcasting network of the Valagan Union party) and Wave of Valaga (Radio).

The largest Valagan newspaper is the Valagan Daily that was founded in 1893. It is selling approximately 600 thousand copies per day. Most regional newspapers include parts of the Daily Express newspaper (approximately 200 thousand copies per day), a shorter publication of the Valagan daily which only includes the most important daily events. TODAY is the most selling tabloid newspaper in Valaga and is ranked as the most selling Tarephian tabloid newspaper at 1.2 million copies per day. Most newspapers have additionally switched to digital formats to gain readership in the younger generation.

Politics

2018 Elections

The "Valagan Union Party" has won the 2018 elections with over 2/3 of the overall voters voting for the party. The far-right "Valaga Change Party" has made it into the parliament for the first time. The "Conservatives" lost 4% and dropped to their new all-time low of 16%. The percentages for the "Ecolibs" and "The Lefts" didn't change significantly in comparison to the 2014 election.

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Language

The official language is Ingerish. In addition to Ingerish, Hikvang also has official status due to the historical status.

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