Empire d'Aikoland (French)
Imper de Aikou-land (Saunian)
Inpira d'Aïkolande (Boullién)
(Three States, One Empress)
The flag of Aikoland. Click image to view in a larger size.
The coat of arms of Aikoland.
Aikoland's location in Europe. Click image to view in a larger size.
Population: 5,563,183 (2015 census); 5,814,239 (2019 estimate)
Capital and Largest City: Ville d'Aiko (City Pop: 886,236; Urban Pop: 1,516,673)
Official Language: French
Native Minority Languages: Aikoais, Saunian, Boullíen
Ethnic Groups: White (97%), Black (2.5%), Other (0.5%)
Religion: Roman Catholicism (73%), Irreligious (21%), Protestant (3%), Muslim (2%), Other (1%)
Demonym(s): Aikolandais (English), Aikolander (English), Aikolandais (French, masculine), Aikolandaise (French, feminine)
Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Monarch: Élisabeth IV
Prime Minister: Mélodie Bélanger
Upper House: Senate
Lower House: Chamber of Deputies
Currency: Aikolandais franc
GDP: US$273 billion
GDP per capita: US$47,069
The Empire of Aikoland (French: Empire d'Aikoland) is a small island nation located to the south of France near the islands Corsica and Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea. A constitutional monarchy, the head of state of Aikoland is the Emperor or Empress of Aikoland, a title which was only adopted in 1810, prior to 1810, the monarchs of Aikoland were styled as King or Queen. The head of government of Aikoland is the Prime Minister. The current monarch of Aikoland is Empress Élisabeth IV, who has reigned since 1992, and the current Prime Minister is Mélodie Bélanger, who has been in office since 2015.
Aikoland gets its name from the largest of the three main islands that make up its territory, the Isle of Aiko (French: Île d'Aiko), which is itself named after Queen Aiko, who is widely considered to have been the first monarch of what would eventually become the Empire of Aikoland and the founder of the Aikolandais Royal Dynasty in the 6th century AD, although there is no historical evidence to the existence of Queen Aiko and she is widely considered to be a legend by most historians.
(This section will only be brief and summarize the major events in the history of Aikoland, likely to be expanded later)
510 - 525 - The traditional dates for the reign of Queen Aiko, first monarch of what would become Aikoland. No historical evidence for her existence has been found, dates come from Le Livre d'Aiko, a late 11th century text containing a list of all Kings and Queens of Aiko up to the year 1083.
c. 800 - Earliest reference to the 'Isle d'Aiko' dates to this period.
837 - 851 - Reign of King Christian I, the earliest monarch of Aiko verifiable by contemporary records.
1303 - The Kingdom of Aiko unifies with the Kingdom of Boullién and the Kingdom of Saun in personal union under Queen Marianne II.
1719 - Under the Declaration of Union of the Three Kingdoms, the Kingdom of Aiko, the Kingdom of Boullién, and the Kingdom of Saun are incorporated into the Kingdom of Aikoland under King Christian III
1794 - The United Assembly, the first Aikolandais legislature, is established alongside the first Aikolandais constitution. The United Assembly is a unicameral legislature with 50 seats being elected by and held by commoners and 50 seats being nobility appointed by the monarch.
1810 - The 1810 Constitution goes into force and the name of the country is changed to the Empire of Aikoland; King Auguste II has his title changed to Emperor Auguste II.
1812 - Auguste II is deposed following a French invasion of Aikoland, Aikoland's three islands become departments of the First French Empire
1815 - Following Napoleon's final defeat at Waterloo, Aikoland regains independence, Élisabeth III, the only child of Auguste II, becomes Empress. (Auguste II, while still alive, decided against retaking the throne due to his advanced age of 82 at the time)
1836 - The Aikolandais franc is adopted as currency, replacing the Aikolandais livre at a rate of 30 livres to 1 franc.
1837 The third constitution goes into force, creating the modern bicameral Parliament and the office of Prime Minister; Guy Auguste appointed first Prime Minister
1902 - Fourth and current constitution goes into force, the Senate becomes fully elected just like the Chamber of Deputies
1914 - Aikoland declares war on the Central Powers a few months after the start of World War I
1940 - Axis forces invade Aikoland and Aikoland is governed as part of Vichy France, His Majesty Emperor Henri VII, the Royal Family, and the Government escape to London where they form the Aikolandais Government-in-Exile
1944 - Aikoland is liberated by Allied forces, Prime Minister Justin LaRue in London announces that, until he, the Sovereign, the Royal Family, and the rest of the Government-in-Exile can return from London, then Deputy Prime Minister Émile Rochefort (who remained in Aikoland after its fall to the Axis) will serve as acting-Prime Minister and is ordered to cooperate fully with Allied authorities.
1945 - Following the surrender of the Axis forces in Europe, the Royal Family and the Government-in-Exile return to Aikoland on 3 June, a date now recognised as Restoration of Sovereignty Day.
1945 - Aikoland becomes a founding member of the United Nations
1949 - Aikoland becomes a founding member of NATO
1959 - The Aikolandais National Health Service, the universal healthcare system in Aikoland, is officially launched; three years after the passage of the Health Services Law of 1956. To this day, it is often referred to as Dimont's Health Service, after Hugo Dimont, Prime Minister from 1951 to 1971, who helped create the service.
1985 - Constitution is amended to adopt royal succession by absolute primogeniture
1991 - Catherine Affré of the Social Democratic Party appointed Prime Minister, she is the first woman in Aikoland to serve as Prime Minister.
1992 - Élisabeth IV becomes Empress of Aikoland following the abdication of her father, Édouard IV
1993 - A referendum on joining the then-new European Union fails to pass with 26.3% voting in favour of joining and 73.7% voting against.
2001 - Aikoland becomes a member of the Schengen Area effective 4 April 2001, this was a result of agreements concluded with the EU in 1998.
2013- A constitutional amendment is passed by both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate to recognise same-sex marriages in Aikoland, the amendment goes becomes part of the constitution and goes into force in 2014.
Aikoland is a unitary state under a constitutional monarchy. Empress Élisabeth IV is the monarch and head of state of the Empire of Aikoland. There have been four constitutions since 1794, with the most recent coming into force in 1902.
A parliamentary system of government was introduced at the end of the 18th century, although until the third constitution in 1837, the monarch remained the head of government.
The Parliament of Aikoland meets in the Palace of Parliament and consists of two chambers: the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, both of which have been fully elected since 1902 (from 1837 until 1902, Senators were appointed by the monarch). For elections to the Chamber of Deputies, there is a single nationwide constituency which sends 115 Deputies to Parliament and for elections to the Senate, each of the three states sends ten Senators. Elections for both chambers of Parliament utilize party-list proportional representation with a 3% electoral threshold.
The Prime Minister, currently Mélodie Bélanger of the Social Democratic Party, is the head of government and the person most likely to command the confidence of the Chamber of Deputies; typically the leader of the largest party in that chamber. Constitutionally, the Prime Minister can come from either chamber of Parliament, however no Senator has become Prime Minister since Emmanuel Aveline (in office from 1896 to 1906). The members of the Prime Minister's Cabinet must be approved by the Chamber of Deputies and formally appointed by the monarch to form Her Majesty's Government.
The Social Democratic Party and the Conservative Party are considered the two major political parties in Aikoland and are descended from the Citoyens and the Royalistes, respectively, two political factions which originated in the 19th century. Other major political parties in Aikoland are the Aikolandais Socialist Party and the Aikolandais Nationalist Party.
In the 2015 census, the population of Aikoland was recorded as 5,563,183. The census has been conducted every ten years since 1805. In 2019, the population of Aikoland is estimated at 5,814,239.
The official language of Aikoland is French, which has been spoken in the territory since at least the 9th century, and is the native language of 94% of the population. As Aikoland is located to the south of France, it is unknown by historians as to how French originally came to be spoken, as opposed to one of the Occitano-Romance languages. The Académie royale de langue française d'Aikoland (Aikoland Royal Academy of the French Language) serves as the official government regulator of the French language in Aikoland and was established in 1877.
Despite the dominance of French, indigenous Romance languages were once spoken on all three islands of Aikoland until the mid to late-18th centuries before effectively becoming extinct, although all three native languages (Aikoais, Saunian, and Boullién [also referred to as Boullienese]) have had revival movements since the 20th century and are recognised as 'native minority languages' by the Government of Aikoland and they are permitted to be displayed on equal status with French.
English is understood by 36% of the population, with 2.2% of the population reporting it as their native language. It is the most commonly-spoken foreign language in Aikoland. Other commonly spoken foreign languages are Arabic (almost entirely spoken by the small Berber population) and Italian.
It is the official language policy of the Aikolandais Government that French be used for all public correspondence and, in instances where other languages are used, French must be the most prominent language. However, there exist two official exceptions to this policy:
- Aikoais, Saunian, and Boullién are permitted to be display on equal status with French.
- Anything that is specifically aimed at non-French speakers, such as English-language newspapers, tourist guides, and bilingual dictionaries/phrasebooks are neither required to include French translations nor is French required to be the most prominent language.
More than 85% of Aikoland's population are native Aikolandais, an ethnic group of predominantly Celtic origin. The largest non-Aikolandais ethnic group is French, with 9% of the population identifying as being ethnically French in the 2015 census. Other ethnic groups living in Aikoland include Sardinians, Corsicans, Italians, English, and Berbers.
In 2017, it was reported that 97% of the population self-identifies as being white, 2.5% self-identify as being black, and 0.5% self-identify as being of another race.
Aikoland is a secular state with freedom of religion having been a constitutional right since 1794.
Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion among Aikolandais, with 73% of the population reporting to be Roman Catholic in 2018. Roman Catholicism was also the state religion until the 1902 constitution.
The non-religious make up 21% of the population as of 2018, with 17% of the population also declaring themselves to be 'convinced atheists'.
3% of the population are Protestant, 2% are Muslim, 0.5% are Jewish, and 0.5% are other religions.