Duncanheim

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Commonwealth of Duncanheim
Duncanheim
Flag of Duncanheim
FlagCoat of arms
Motto:
"Halni ᚼarelyu Bet-aiten"
We Share the Task of Guarding, or, We Are Guardians Together
Anthem:
Duncanheim's Call
CapitalKattenden
Largest cityKattenden
Official languagesIngerish, Tungumal
NationalitiesDunkish
DemonymDunkish, or, Denᚼish
GovernmentParliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
 • Thetheyda (Monarch)Duncan III
 • Prime MinisterMorrigan Skogurbond
 • Deputy Prime MinisterTheljusen Nechatthenaid-ikurelya
LegislatureParliament
 • Upper houseCouncil of Chieftains
 • Lower houseCommon Council
Area
 • Total73920.6 km2
28540.8 sq mi
Population
 • Census (2015)3.34 million
 • Density45/km2
117/sq mi
GDP (nominal)
 • Total℥7.25 billion (USD 108.7 billion)
 • Per capita℥2,170.667 (USD 32,560)
HDI (2018)0.87
very high
TimezoneWUT +11
CurrencyDuncanheimian Silvers (℥) (DHS)
Drives on theright
Internet TLD.du

Duncanheim, officially the Commonwealth of Duncanheim, is a sovereign nation located in the southern part of Archanta. It is bordered by Ainciria to the east, Unesia to the northwest and southwest, and has an Ardentic Ocean coastline on its southeastern edge.

Etymology

"Duncanheim" is an Ingerish epithet applied to the ancient Denᚼen (or, Denkhen) Empire. "Denᚼen" is the Tungumal word for "people", and was used to refer to the collection of tribes that formed the aforementioned empire. While "denᚼen" remains Tungumal word for the plural form of "person", due to Ingerish influence from the 18th century onward, "Denᚼish" (Tungumal) and "Dunkish" (Ingerish) are now more commonly used as demonyms.

History

Pre-History and the Bronze Age

Duncanheim has been inhabited by humans since at least 75,000 years ago. Archaeological evidence shows patterns of migration from further south and west on the continent of South Archanta (modern day Ardencia and Federal States), as well as some prehistoric waves of migration from North Archanta. Prehistoric connections to Pelanesia and West Kartumia have been hypothesized by some leading anthropologists, but too little data is currently available to say for certain.
By the 9th century CE, the inhabitants of Duncanheim are known to have begun making tools out of bronze, marking the beginning of the Dunkish Bronze Age. A system of writing developed around 1000 years ago, although it was at first used primarily for inscriptions in stone of various important events. (Some evidence would suggest that the Tungumal runes were also being painted on cloth for less important records.) As the paint of the period was not particularly long-lasting, almost no cloth records remain from prior to the 14th century.
It is known, however, that the tribes of what is now Duncanheim were only loosely connected by culture, trade, and language until the establishment of the Denᚼen Empire, operating mostly independently of each other in small, tight-knit hunter-gatherer and agricultural societies.

14th Century

The Denᚼen Empire got its start in the 14th century, when ᚼasielden, the warrior-chieftain of a tribe centered near modern-day Kattenden convinced his army to begin conquest of neighboring tribes. By his death in the late 14th century, he and his armies had conquered the Pola Valley as far north as modern Pola Canyon National Park, the Eik River Valley as far north as Taba Tlesdekun, and had either unified or subjugated (depending on the political views of the historian whose account we are reading) the coastal lowland tribes as far as the Denᚼene Fystarliotl in modern day Fystarliotl Canton.
Before his death, ᚼasielden was appointed (or self-appointed) the title "Thetheyda", which would translate to Ingerish as either "King", "Monarch", "Emperor", "Over-leader", or something to that effect. Thetheyda is still used as the title of the monarch of Duncanheim, with the official translation being "Monarch".

15th Century

To be elaborated

16th Century

To be elaborated

17th Century

In the early 17th century, another tribe was added to the population of the Denkhen Empire - the Hanyal people, a group of refugees fleeing a series of natural disasters that had occurred in their original homeland in what is now northern Ardencia.

The Hanyal settled in what is now Southwestern Kattenden after agreements were made between Hanyal leaders and the Council of Chieftains in consultation with Thetheyda Khasielden III. The area is today known as Hanyal Heights, and is home to the Hanyal University, one of the largest tertiary education facilities in Duncanheim, and the only university (apart from a few minor colleges) to be operated almost entirely under the supervision of a single tribal government.

to be continued

18th Century

By the 1700s, the Denᚼen Empire was a fully established and reasonably advanced civilization. The Ingerish took an interest, but established colonies in what is now the Federal States of Archanta first, while the Castellanese were establishing colonies closer to Duncanheim. This caused a reasonable amount of discord and piracy in the South Ardentic, and while the Dunkish were very resistant to the idea of being colonized, they allowed Ingerish buccaneers to use the Port of Kattenden as a sort of home port. The Ingerish did not want to admit supporting piracy but also did want the piracy to continue, as the pirates almost never attacked Ingerish ships but did prevent Castellanese influence from spreading further south. The Ingerish therefore silently protected Duncanheim so as to preserve their interests in the FSA. Eventually, some of the wealthier buccaneers began to settle down in Duncanheim, with one or two of them marrying into the Dunkish Royal Family, resulting in the gradual switch-over to Ingerish as the more common and eventually secondary Official language.

19th Century

To be elaborated

20th Century

To be elaborated

Geography

The highest point in Duncanheim is the peak of Kedanechacho, at 3510 meters (11,515 feet) above sea level. The lowest point in Duncanheim is the coast, which, as it is where the land meets the sea, is at sea level.

Demographics

Education

Politics

Duncanheim is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. The position of Thetheyda (or Monarch) is lifelong or until abdication. The Thetheyda can be forced to abdicate through democratic channels; this has not happened since Ka-ikos III was forced to abdicate in 1781. The current monarch is Thetheyda Duncan III.

Parliament

Duncanheim's Parliament is composed of two houses - the upper house is The Council of Chieftains; the lower house is the Common Council. The Common Council is comprised of 250 members elected by a nationwide proportional vote, while the Council of Chieftains is comprised of three different forms of representatives:
-Regional Chieftains, who are elected geographically by Canton via single transferable vote, each Canton electing 1 RC per 50,000 residents;
-Tribal Chieftains, who are elected by a single transferable vote of all the members of a tribe they represent (except in rare instances where the specific tribe's traditions declare a different method of appointment), 1 TC per 50,000 tribal members;
-Royally Appointed Chieftains, who are appointed by the monarch as an honor after performing some great achievement worthy of the position, the law states that the number of RACs cannot be increased over the number of either Regional Chieftains nor Tribal Chieftains. Due to the large number of members of Parliament, none of them receive a salary, but instead are assigned an apartment near the Parliament Castle and given welfare benefits and some expenses.

Current Political Parties

The currently elected political parties represented in the Common Council are as follows (member numbers as of 30 August 2019):
-Traditionalist Party (left-centrist), 66 members
-Rebellious Party (liberal-left-centrist), 60 members
-Reduce Spending Party (centrist, with emphasis on lowering government costs), 21 members
-Green Party (liberal/left-libertarian, with emphasis on ecological issues), 41 members
-Socialist Party (far-left semi-authoritarian, with emphasis of nationalization of industry), 20 members
-Well-Armed Party (varies between left-libertarian and centrist as pragmatic, main emphasis on military strength), 12 members
-Technocratic Party (varies between left-libertarian and centrist as pragmatic, main emphasis on scientific advancement), 16 members
-Peaceful Forest Dwellers Party (pacifist-anarchist), 6 members
-Hackers United Party (libertarian-centrist, with emphasis on information technology), 5 members
-We Should Have A Party (hedonist), 3 members

Economy

Currency

Duncanheim’s currency is the Silver, (PAR: DHS, Symbol: ℥ ), each Silver being one troy ounce of the precious metal, silver. This results in a unique situation - Duncanheim is the only nation whose coinage occupies the mid-range denominations, with banknotes issued both for multiples of the main denomination as well as the smallest fractions.

The standard denominations of Duncanheimian Silvers are listed below:
---℥ 50, banknote only (although silver bars at this value can be purchased at most banks)
---℥ 10, banknote only
---℥ 5, banknote only (although silver bars at this value can be purchased at most banks)
---℥ 1, coin and banknote forms
---℥ 0.500, coin only, referred to as ‘half-silvers’ or ‘half-weights’
---℥ 0.200, coin only, referred to as ‘shillings’
---℥ 0.100, coin only, referred to as ‘centimes’
---℥ 0.050, coin only, referred to as ‘fifty-points’
---℥ 0.010, banknote only, referred to as ‘ten-points’
---℥ 0.005, banknote only, referred to as ‘five-points’

Strict limits on the exportation of silver prevent Dunkish currency from leaving the country, meaning that all currency exchanges involving DHS must be made within Duncanheim. To prevent difficulties for tourists who are ignorant of this, the Dunkish Border Guard typically stations a representative from the Royal Union Bank of Duncanheim at each Port of Entry, so that people attempting to leave the country with silvers can be issued a Cashier's Check for the equivalent amount in Unified Standard Dollars after the silver in question is confiscated.

Industry and Exports

Duncanheim has a varied and somewhat insular economy heavily invested in agriculture and other pastoral endeavors. In many places, farms have been in place much as they are today since before records began, although modern agricultural technologies have helped increase crop yields and decrease the amount of labor necessary.

Duncanheim's primary export, however, is electronics, specifically in the field of information technology, a sector of the Dunkish economy almost entirely dominated by Benihuliron, one of the world's most prolific computer manufacturers.

Economic Law

To be elaborated


Infrastructure

Culture

Religion

Religions in Duncanheim, 2015 Census
Dyrkun Gudanna
  
80%
Other Polytheistic faiths
  
5%
Atheism/Agnosticism
  
7%
Christicism/Islamism/Other Monotheism
  
4%
Others
  
4%

Duncanheim has legal freedom of religion, as there are no laws preventing the practice of any specific faith.

(This is disputed by some Christic missionaries, who see the laws against attempting to convert random people to one's faith in public outside the context of a scheduled religious event as prohibiting free practice of their faith, however, Duncanheim also enjoys great political freedom while applying the very same restriction to attempting to get random people to join a particular political party in public outside the context of a scheduled political event, so this argument is not given much merit in the courts. Religions and political parties alike are free to seek new members in the context of their own spaces.)

The most practiced religion in Duncanheim is the official state religion, Dyrkun Gudanna, which is broadly polytheistic and includes many different forms of practice.


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