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|Kingdom of Vinnmark|
Koenijkrijk af Vinnmark
Royaume du Vinnmark
"Vriedoem on Prosperitie"
Den sonne schint vaandaag
(The sun shines today)
and largest city
|Official languages||Vinnish and Franquese|
|Ethnic Groups||77% Vinnish, 15% Other Ulethan, 5% Tarephian, 2% Other/Various|
|Government||Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|• Prime Minister||Martin Krools|
|• President of the Senate||Mark Caulancourt|
|• President of the House of the Representatives||Carla Hender|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||House of the Representatives|
|• Total||53,789.86 km2|
|• Census (2018)||15,376,664|
|• Total||$0.653 trillion|
|• Per capita||$42,523|
|Currency||Vinnish Krona (VNK)|
|Drives on the||right|
Vinnmark, officially the Kingdom of Vinnmark (Koenijkrijk af Vinnmark in Vinnish, Royaume du Vinnmark in Franquese) is a Parliamentary Monarchy in Northwestern Uletha. It covers an area of 53,789.86 km squared on the southern coast of the Vinn Sea that borders Wesmandy, Kalm, Ventria, Utterland, Welstand-Westrijk and Shilesia. The official language is Vinnish, but Franquese is recognised as a minority language in the south of the country, where it's spoken by around 20% of the population.
Vinnmark has a very characteristic geography. Both the eastern part and the western of the country are flat and around 15% of it falls below sea level. These two parts of the country are separated by a chain of forest-covered hills known as Zentralrijksbergen that extends from the north coast to the southern part of the country. The south has numerous mountains, most of them belonging to the Huicane range, serving as a natural frontier with the former territories of Utterland, Ventria and Welstand-Westrijk, which are independent countries now. This peculiar geographic relief grants most of the country a mild, oceanic climate. The south has an oceanic climate with strong continental influence. Lake Leikenzee occupies a big part of southeastern Vinnmark, serving as a major water body that feeds numerous rivers, such as the Drehen, which flows into the sea, granting Vinnmark access to the Firth of Hetzer.
Its capital and largest city is Berles. With more than 15 million inhabitants (2018), Vinnmark is one of the most heavily populated countries in the southern Vinn Sea and is also one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Nevertheless, Vinnmark is a major food and agricultural producer, due to its fertile soil and mild climate.
Vinnmark is part of the Vinnic Economic Community and maintains strong relations with its neighbouring countries, as a result of the numerous of politics led by the country since the 1950s which lead to more international relations, stronger diplomacy and the consolidation of Vinnmark as a peaceful country. Major natural gas reserves were found in the south of the country during the 1940s as well as oil in the 1950s.
Vinnmark was, historically, one of the first countries to have a representative government, and it has been a parlamentary constitutional monarchy with a decentralised unitary structure since 1950. The country has a strong tradition of pillarisation and a established culture of tolerance and respect which surged against the atmosphere of major instability and conflict during the 1930s, leading to progessive policies towards drug use, LGBT rights, abortion, prostitution and human euthanasia. Vinnmark was the first country in the world to abolish the death penalty in 1795, allowed women's suffrage in 1925 and became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2000. Its mixed-market advanced economy has the seventeenth-highest per capita income globally. Vinnmark also ranks among the highest in international indexes of press freedom, human development and quality of life. Its strong performance on these index is the result of a generous welfare state existing since the 1950s that provides universal healthcare, public education and infrastructure, in addition to social benefits.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Climate
- 5 Population
- 6 Language
- 7 Cities
- 8 Economy
- 9 Politics
The name 'Vinnmark' comes from the Old Vinnic word 'vännmaäk', which means 'land of forests', although a popular myth amongst people is that the name came from the Vinn Sea or the city of Vinn.
Vinnmark originated around the city-state of Vinn, which was considered a fronteir city of western Uletha from the 2nd century BC until Vinnmark's founding in the 12th century. The country that is now Vinnmark was populated just by a few Vinnic and Gaermanic tribes until the 12th century, when an expedition made by Nordic tribes succesfully invaded the territory of the Vinnic tribes and conquered the city-state.
Kingdom of Vinnmark and the New Kingdom of Vinnmark
In 1386, Federich the Great succesfully created the Kingdom of Vinnmark, which occupied the zone between the Vinn Sea and the Lake Leikenzee and lasted for 28 years until Andrew the Powerful (Anders den Megtige) killed Federich in the battle of Kulielka. Andrew the Powerful conquered some islands in the coast still populated by tribes, and had plans to establish trading relations with Wesmandy through the sea, but couldnt due to trible conflicts with the Wesmans over the previous invasion. The Merchant Republic was a symbol of tribal peace throughout the lands that was shattered by the invansion from outsiders reverting the republic to an autocratic kingdom.
Republic of Vinnmark and Blauer's Great Vinnmark
The Second Kingdom of Vinnmark lasted for 420 years, leading to a stronger army and more developed cities, due to the political stability, until in 1834, Jan Sindhauer led a rebelion against the King Ferdinand XI succesfully proclaiming the Republic of Vinnmark, which was proclaimed the 1st October 1834 and lasted for almost 100 years.
Loss of the southeastern duchies
In 1834, Jan Sindhauer was well known in Welstand-Westrijk. When the Ferdinand XI daughter Princess Theresa was killed in Kirchenburg's Botanikgarten in 1832, the Welstand-Westrijk Duke Albert VI, King's Ferdinand XI cousin, attributed the assassination to Sindhauer's rebellion, declaring Welstand-Westrijk independent after the announcement of Vinnmark's Republic in 1834. Albert VI became the first Duke of Welstand-Westrijk as an independent state. However, Princess Theresa's murder was commited by the anarchist group Bök in protest of Welsrijk submission to Vinnmark's crown. Albert VI used the killing to declare Welstand-Westrijk independent in order to prevent a republican revolution. This fact, was the start of the Noetren Kazrie, a popular revolution that lasted two months and which had in Kirchenburg the main focus.
Utterland was part of Vinnmark until 1885. There was a large degree of autonomy, with the nobility more or less allowed to run affairs as they saw fit. The main landowners were the Duke of Schalmen, who took seat at Welle, the Count of Solsburg, who resided at Fort Solsburg. To avoid a full on war, after the independence of Welstand-Westrijk, the monarchy agreed to secede the territory peacefully. This was viewed as a major loss to the Vinnish population and a sign of weakness.
Conflict with Wesmandy
In 1934, due to the political instability, general poverty and a general racism agains ethnic minorities; the far-right leader Anders Blauer won the national election. As Blauer won the elections in March 1934, non-Ulethans and other ethnic minorities started to leave the country, causing a huge population decline. In December 1934, Blauer successfully invaded Wesmandy for 20 days, until Tircambry helped to fight Vinnmark's Army, which left Wesmandy on the 3rd January 1935. This lead to numerous protests all across the country. After the protests had begun, Blauer took shelter in Varlonge, where he commited suicide on March 5th 1935.
After Blauer committed suicide, the Vinnish, tired of unstable governments, voted for a centrist democratic government presided by Markus Stroepgaard in February 1936. During that year, a new constitution was redacted by a group of 23 random individuals. This constitution was approved by the Senate and became official on 1st January 1937. A new currency, the Krona was introduced in 1938. The States General approved a series of laws protecting workers and setting a minimum wage, setting the bases for the welfare system Vinnmark enjoys today. The government promoted the exploitation of natural resources, discovering natural gas near the Huicania Mountains in the 1940s and oil under the Vinn Sea in the 1950s.
In 1950 Vinnmark held a referendum to vote to remain a republic or introduce a monarchy. After 86% of the voters voted for the monarchy, Margaret de Klausfeld - descendent of the Royal Family which ruled the country until the 19th century - was declared as Queen of Vinnmark at the age of 20.
Since the 1950s, due to the heavy population decline, Vinnmark started attracting immigrants. Nowadays, around 41% of the population of Vinnmark has full or partial foreign ancestry.
With the fall of the Norlensk regime, the exports of oil and gas, a well managed government, which opened Vinnmark to the turistic sector as well as foreign companies and joined the Vinnic Economic Community in 1999, stablishing peaceful relationships with many neighbouring countries. Vinnmark became one of the most important economies in the Vinn Sea zone.
On May 22nd 2013, the Queen Margaret I abdicated in favour of his son, the prince Alexander.
Vinnmark is located on the southern bay of the Vinn Sea despite its short coast. Both the eastern part and the western of the country are flat and around 15% of it falls below sea level. These two parts of the country are separated by a chain of forest-covered hills known as Zentralrijksbergen that extends from the north coast to the southern part of the country. The south has numerous mountains, most of them belonging to the Huicane range, serving as a natural frontier with the former territories of Utterland, Ventria and Welstand-Westrijk, which are independent countries now.
Most of Vinnmark has an oceanic climate, but the south has an oceanic climate with strong continental influence. Summers can be hot, as well as winters can vary from cool to very cold. Rain is abundant, but it is less abundant in zones near the Huicania Mountains.
|Climate data for Berles-Hoedengaard Airport|
|Record high °C (°F)||15.1
|Average high °C (°F)||6.9
|Daily mean °C (°F)||3.1
|Average low °C (°F)||1.2
|Record low °C (°F)||−23
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||69.6||55.8||66.8||42.3||61.9||65.6||81.1||72.9||78.1||82.8||79.8||75.8||832.5|
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm)||12||10||11||9||10||10||10||10||11||12||13||12||131|
|Average snowy days||3||3||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||5||16|
|Average relative humidity (%)||87||84||81||75||75||76||77||79||84||86||89||89||—|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||62.3||85.7||121.6||173.6||207.2||193.9||206.0||187.7||138.3||112.9||63.0||49.3||1,601.6|
|Source: Royal Vinnmark Meterological Institute (1981–2010 normals, snowy days normals for 1971–2000)<ref>|
Vinnmark has a population of more than 15 million people.
Vinnmark has a large foreign-born population, as well as Vinnmans of foreign origin, mostly descending from immigrants that came to the country during the 1950s and 1960s. In large cities such as Berles and Kongshavn, around 40% of younger people have foreign ancestry.
|Native speakers||15 million+ (in 2018)|
|Official language in|| Vinnmark|
|Regulated by||Vinnmarkse Academie|
Vinnish (Vinnmarks) is the language spoken in Vinnmark. It evolved from the southern branch of the ancient Gaermanic spoken by the Nordic tribes after they settled in Vinnmark during the early Middle Ages.
Alle menselijke er geboeren vrij on liege i vaerdighed on rettigheder. Sie aar begeeftied met redde on gewisen, on sie moetten handle mod hvarandra i en broederhaap. In Ingerish:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Vinnish uses the normal Romantish alphabet nowadays. It used to contain the letters Å, Ø, and Ö but they were dropped officially in 1821. The variant of Vinnish speaking in the region of Norhavon in Wesmandy still uses them.
Berles is the most populous city in Vinnmark, located in the central region of the country. It is the current capital of Vinnmark, although untill the 1930's it was Vinn having that role.
The city of Vinn is the third largest city in the kingdom of Vinnmark and the former capital. Vinn was known as the the Merchant Republic of Vinn from the 3rd century bc until the 12th century ad, an autonomous city-state on the right arm of the Vinn Sea. The city is a major metropolitan area of Vinnmark with a population of 980,000 people.
The history of the city of Vinn started after the fall of the Dorimic tribes across the western coast of the Firth of Hetzer and the rise of the Vinnish tribes, a migratory group of peoples from western Uletha. Organized civilization began to write in ancient Vinnish as early as the 4th century BC and the warring tribes gathered into an organized absolute monarchy by the 3rd century. After the Sack of Vinn in 228 BC by the Imbelic tribes of what is now southern Vinnmark, a Romantian tribe, the city-state organized into a golden repiblic of higher learning and exploration, combining both Vinnish and Romantian traits.
The city became a major trade port for tribal territories to the north by the 1st century as the people there explored and named the several tribes of northern Uletha. The city's relationship with the surrounding Vinnish and Gaermanic peoples was scant. Many of the surrounding tribes took on the metropolitan Vinnish culture, but remained a primarily agricultural people until the formation of the Kingdom of Vinnmark in the 12th century.
Major explorations by the Vinn republic took place between the 4th and 7th centuries through the Vinn Sea, eventually giving the sea it's name.
Vinn was sacked for a second time in 1145 by the Nordic peoples and became the first capital of Vinnmark until 1386 when Federich the Great succesfully created the Kingdom of Vinnmark.
The Merchant Republic was a symbol of tribal peace throughout the lands that was shattered by the invansion from outsiders reverting the republic to an autocratic kingdom.
Vinn remained an important trade port and remained the capital of the kingdom, but saw an extreme decline during the 14th-16th centuries This slowly turned to a revival during the industrial revolution. The city became a capital of the Vinnish textile industry in the 1800s and then a tourist and historical center in the 1900s with several archealogical digs taking place in the late 19th century. Kongshavn replaced Vinn as the premiere port, and Berles replaced the capital in Vinnmark during the Great War out of fear of invasion from Estensia in the 1930s, but industry remained strong. The city was never formally attacked in the war, but suffered many enlisted infantry casualties.
Today Vinn remains a major retail and commercial business city with several business headquartered within the city limits. The city is also becoming a tech capital for Vinnmark with several start up companies growing the population to the third largest city in Vinnmark.
The city core has always sat in a drained lagoon between the western Arm of Geurven and the eastern Arm of Haelvin of the Firth of Hetzer. The Vinn meteopolitan area is the only land enterance into the Bettum Peninsula to the north. The city has been a historically drained wetland since antiquity and is steadily sinking at a rate of 2-mm per year.
Vinnmark is a mixed market economy, home to lots of international companies. The country has its own legal currency, the Vinnish Krona (Vinnmarks Krona).
The Vinnish prime minister is Martin Krools, from the progressive-liberal party VDS - Liberaals.
Vinnmark is a decentralised unitary constitutional monarchy, granting a certain level of autonomy to all of its provinces.
Vinnmark has a tradition of pillarisation and a culture of social tolerance that emerged against the instability during the 1930s and 1940s. Vinnmark was the first country to abolish death penalty in 1795, allowed women's suffrage in 1925 and set up the base for a welfare system in the 1950s.