Wenesinia

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The United Island Federation of Wenesinia
Wenesinia
The Official Flag of Wenesinia
Flag
Motto:
"Never lost at sea!"
Anthem:
"Song of a thousand atolls"
Capital
and largest city
Sanata
National languagesIngerish
 • Regional languagesSogowán, Kouvátai, Sähn, Shukte, Arewan, Sionän, Lagettian, Rpâtâi, Sakhan, Lomban
Ethnic Groups
(as of 2017)
Wenesian/Mixed (31%), Sogowá (19%), Kouvátai (15%), Sähn (8%), Shukte (8%), Other natives (12%), Other (7%)
DemonymWenesinian
GovernmentDemocratic United Republic
 • President
 • First Minister
LegislatureUnited Parliament
 • Upper houseLast Council
 • Lower houseFirst Council
HDI (2015)Increase 0.793
high
TimezoneWUT+5
CurrencyWen (WEN)
Internet TLD.we

Wenesinia, also known as the Wenesin Islands, is an island nation situated in the middle of the southern Asperic Ocean. Its closest neighbor is Udenarrat, another island nation located about 400 km to the southwest of Wenesinia. The nation is generally considered a part of the continent of Antarephia, despite being more than roughly 2000 km from the nearest mainland of the continent, in Pasalia. The capital and largest city in Wenesinia is Sanata, which lies in the south of the biggest island, Huaweia, commonly referred to as the "Main island" or "Center Island".


Name

The first recorded name of Wenesinia was written down by Ingerish-speaking colonizers, hundreds of years ago. The colonizers arrived in what is today Sanata, where they were most likely greeted by the Sogowá people, which are native to that region. A misinterpretation of the Sogowán sentence "Wen eseen eràt", which means "We live here", made the colonizers think "Wenesin" was the native people's word for the islands. Although this was incorrect, it is still not known what the Sogowá or other native people originally may have called the island group, as the native languages had no written language until colonization. When the Wenesin islands gained independence from the Ingerish-speaking colonizers, the national authorities decided to change the official name of the nation to Wenesinia, as this was the most common name used among the general population (as opposed to The Wenesin Islands).

Languages

Wenesinia is a highly diverse nation, with a unique language history that has formed the way Wenesinians speak today. The only official language today is Ingerish. It is spoken as a primary language by a slight majority of 53% of the people, with the heaviest concentration on the main island Huaweia, particularly in the southern coastal areas in and around Sanata. Ingerish is also spoken by the vast majority of the non-primary speakers as a secondary language, and it is by far the most used language in the media and popular culture. All universities also use Ingerish in their lectures, though primary and secondary schools typically stick to a native language, and instead teach Ingerish as a mandatory subject. Several distinct Wenesinian Ingerish dialects exist, and many people speak various local varieties of Ingerish mixed with their native language.

Panwenesinian is an invented language from the 1950's, that has gained some popularity through the decades, and became a recognized language in 2004. Its origins in the independence movement of Wenesinia back in the 1950's made it a popular language among people who believed a Pan-Wenesinian ethnic identity as well as a national identity would strengthen the nations independence. It was originally heavily influenced by Sogowán, with some purely invented words, but through several reforms in the late 1950's and throughout the 1960's, it gained many words from other native languages like Kouvátai and Arewan. The reforms also brought with them several Ingerish-derived words that were made to look and sound more like Sogowán in particular. Panwenesinian is still considered a related language to Sogowán, and speakers of the two languages can usually understand basic communication between each other, though this becomes harder in written form. It is hardly spoken by anyone as a primary language, though an estimated 13% of Wenesinians know enough to hold a conversation in it. It is taught as an optional third language in many secondary schools, and some websites and newspapers write partly or entirely in Panwenesinian. Its original goal of uniting Wenesinians under one language may have been reached by Ingerish instead.

There are many distinct native languages in Wenesinia, including Sogowán, Kouvátai, Sähn, Shukte, Arewan, Sionän, Lagettian, Rpâtâi, and at least a dozen other smaller languages. Some form a dialect continuum, and are mutually understandable, especially many languages on Huaweia. Others, are virtually language isolates, such as Rpâtâi, which is spoken almost exclusively in the furthest eastern island. Other local languages, especially Sogowán, Kouvátai, and some others, have spread beyond their historical territories, as the largest ethnic group in Wenesinia today is made up of "Mixed" people, those who have ancestry from more than one tribal group, and identify more as Wenesinian than any specific group. Travel has also increased the number of people who live outside their historical tribal lands. Some languages have faced more pressure from Ingerish in particular, and are risking to become extinct in their native population. Most of these languages are too small to be listed, though even some previously widely spoken languages, such as Arewan, spoken on Arekawa Island, have seen a major dip in the number of native speakers. Efforts have been made to revitalize these languages, with limited success.

Territory and EEZ

Wenesinia stretches over hundreds of islands, from Arekawa in the west, to Pâñeme in the east. The nation stretches 470 km from east to west, and 200 km from south to north (Hàmi Atoll to Parisik). The land area is around 2.700 km2, with the island of Huaweia accounting for about 2000 km2 alone.

The territorial waters of Wenesinia were determined in 1982, as a compromise between the government of Wenesinia and the League of Nations. The territory covers an area of roughly 35.000 km2. In the agreement, Wenesinia owns all waters up to 20 km from any island or islet considered as part of the territory of the nation. In addition, due to its status as an island nation, it also owns all waters more than 20 km from its shores that falls within or between this zone, if this area is determined to be a part of its shallow waters (the term continental shelf could not be used, as Wenesinia technically does not sit on one, but rather an area of shallow water due to a number of geological and ecological processes). This led to the easternmost island, Pâxai (with Pâñeme being the smaller islet south-east of it), being isolated from the rest of the island group, as it lies too far away from the rest of the islands, with little shallow water in between. Yahowo Atoll on the other hand, is situated within the main-area of the territorial waters, because it is part of a large patchwork of shallow sea stretching from the Atoll to the Ruwà Reef further south-west.

Prior to the agreement, Wenesinia simply claimed all waters between its islands, including the area between Yahowo Atoll and Pâxai. This irritated the League of Nations, that saw this as too large of an area for such a small nation to own. There are also several important shipping routes that pass through this area, thereby making this an area of international importance.

The Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Wenesinia stretches 370 km from its shores, covering an area of 760.000 km2 (including all territorial waters). This gives the nation large fishing resources, the primary reason why the second largest industry in the country after tourism is fishing. From the 1950's to 1990's, the nation also spent a considerable amount of money investing in oil- and gas-exploration in the EEZ, finding some pockets of natural gas that were simply too scarce to extract at the time. Recent technological advancements have made extraction of these resources possible, but political sentiments in Wenesinia currently favor leaving it where it is, for climactic reasons, as well as the fear that large multinational drilling companies will have a negative effect on the economy.

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