Motto: "Meu Miau Meow"
Largest City: Culcatta
Official Language: None
National Languages: Mrao, Italian, English
Government: Absolute Monarchy
- HRM King Guglielmo Olivotto
Land Area: 467,526.27 km2
GDP (nominal): $1.044 trillion ($NS)
GDP (nominal) per capita: $25,920 $NS)
Currency: Kibble (K) (KBL)
Time Zone: (RATZ-0)
Drives on the: centerline
Calling code: + 312
Internet TLD: .ay
The Kingdom of Alunya
The Kingdom of Alunya, commonly called Alunya, is an absolute monarchy in southernmost Anea. It is bordered on the west by The Sycan Empire, on the south by the Lapjeskat Sea, and on the east by Western Vapia. Alunya covers over 467 thousand square kilometers and has has an estimated population of over 40 million. Alunya is governed by the Kingdom of Alunya and the Constitutional Monarchy of Alunya on alternating days, respectively.
Ponderosa was first inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Americas before European exploration. It was first conquered by Spain, then became a part of Mexico. The Mexican-American War in 1848 resulted in independence of Ponderosa. Ponderosa embarked on a period of high economic growth, helping to complete the transcontinental railroad and serving as home to many gold and silver booms. Ponderosa survived the dissolution of the United States and emerged as a middle power.
Alunya is a developed country, with a high national GDP of $1.044 trillion $NS. The per capita GDP of $25,920 ranks moderately high in the world, although the country also ranks highly in income inequality. The economy is fueled by an abundance of natural resources and high productivity, as well as a free market economy that allows business to thrive. Alunya ranks highly in civil rights, political freedom, and economic freedom. Alunya is a member of several international organizations, including the region of the_north_pacific and the World Assembly.
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The standard way to refer to a citizen of Alunya is as an "Alunyan."
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The land area of Ponderosa is 722,093 mile˛ (2,941,439.4 km˛). The climate on the west coast is mostly Mediterranean. The Rocky Mountains, at the western edge of the Great Plains, extend north to south across the country, reaching altitudes higher than 14,000 feet (4,300 m) in Colorado and Durango. The fertile Great Plains spread across Texas, Oklahoma, and parts of New Mexico and Colorado. Extreme weather is not uncommon in this part of the country: Texas and Oklahoma are prone to tornados, and hurricanes often cause damage to the Texan coast.
Much of Ponderosa is semiarid, with large deserts such as the Mojave and Chihuahua in the Nevada Territory and in the southern regions of Sonora and Socorro. The Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges run close to the Pacific coast, both ranges reaching altitudes higher than 14,000 feet (4,300 m).
The highest point in Ponderosa is Mount Whitney in Yosemite, with a height of 14,505 ft (4,421 m). The lowest point is Death Valley, also in Yosemite, with an elevation of −282 ft (−86.0 m).
A detailed map of Ponderosa can be found here.
Left: Satellite image of Ponderosa
Center: Ponderosa Pine forest
Ponderosa has an estimated population of 106 million, ranking 35th in the recognized world. A census is taken every ten years, with the first taking place in 1850. While the birthrate is only 15 per 1000, the population growth rate is 0.8%, the result of immigration. The largest ancestry groups included Mexicans, Hispanic groups, American Indian tribes, and white Americans. Ponderosa is a minority-majority country. 48% of the population are non-Hispanic whites, 31% are Hispanic, 15% are American Indian, and 6% are other races.
English is the de facto national language. Approximately 70% of the population speaks English as a first language, with another 23% speaking Spanish as a first language. The third most dominant language was Chinese, with 0.9% of the population being native speakers.
The majority of Ponderosa's population identifies as Christian. 32% identify as Catholic, with 29% identifying as Protestant and 10% as Mormon. The nonreligious account for 24% of the population, while Jews make up 3%. All other faiths collectively make up 2% of the population. The Bill of Rights of Ponderosa guarantees religious freedom, and prevents legislation that favors any religion over another. In addition, discrimination based on religion is illegal, with the exception of explicitly religious organizations such as churches.
According to a survey in 2045, 46% of the population said that religion played a "very important role in their lives." Catholics and Mormons are the most devout groups in Ponderosa, while church attendance among Protestant sects is fairly low. The percentage of irreligious people is steadily increasing, especially among younger generations.
Metro area population
The Republic of Ponderosa is a constitutional federal republic, in which majority rule is blended with minority rights protected by law. The Ponderosa Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and closely models the US Constitution on which it was inspired.
The citizens of Ponderosa are subject to three levels of government: federal, state, regional, and local.
Local Government: Administers police and fire forces, as well as other public works. Protects private property rights.
Regional Government: Responsible for education, infrastructure, and taxation.
Federal Government: Headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the federal government is responsible for national defense, foreign policy, and guarantees basic human rights that the regions cannot override, many of which are listed in the Ponderosa Bill of Rights. It is also responsible for regulating inter-regional and international commerce.
The federal government is composed of three branches:
Executive: Headed by the President of Ponderosa. Can veto legislative bills, appoint cabinet members and Supreme Court Justices, and is commander-in-chief of the Ponderosa military.
Legislative: Made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Makes federal law, declares war, allocates federal funds, and approves treaties.
Judicial: Made up of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts. Has the power of judicial review, and is the highest legal authority after the Constitution.
Ponderosa takes an active role in the world diplomatic stage. It is a member of the World Assembly and the region of Ainur. Ponderosa has been officially neutral in all armed conflicts since its founding, although it did serve as the location of the Manhattan Project. The Fighting Force of Ponderosa Foreign Legion serves as the nation's ambassador to other regions.
The President serves as commander-in-chief of the Ponderosa military, which is headed by the Department of Defense. The military is divided into three branches: the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marines. All of these branches serve professionally, and have no other occupation. In the event of a war, the Ponderosa Army is to be reestablished and made up of volunteer troops. Conscription is illegal under the Ponderosa Constitution.
- Main article: Economy of Ponderosa
Currency: Ponderosa dollar (PD)
Fiscal Year: March 1 - February 28
GDP (nominal): $1.044 trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: $25,920
Labor Force: 28.38 million
Alunya operates under a system of free market capitalism. According to the NationStates Tracker, the nominal GDP is $1.044 trillion. The private sector is estimated to constitute 78% of the economy, with federal, regional, and local government accounting for 22%. Unemployment is at 3.07%, largely due to the lack of employment regulations throughout the country.
Ponderosa is one of the world's largest exporter of goods, with a trade surplus of $94.5 billion. Xinjie and The republic of kentucky are two of Ponderosa's top trading partners.
Information technology is currently the nation's largest industry, followed by retail, arms manufacturing, and gambling. Mining and livestock agriculture are other important drivers of the Ponderosan economy.
Ponderosa is home to a variety of cultures, a result of a liberal immigration policy. Ponderosan culture is generally considered Western, derived from traditions of European and American culture. There are also large Hispanic and Native American populations. Like other North American nations, Ponderosa has been described as a melting pot where several cultures join into one.
Ponderosans have been described as very individualistic, competitive, and hardworking, even more so than their American counterparts. This has resulted in great economic productivity, and a libertarian form of government. This has also made Ponderosa a popular destination for immigrants. Ponderosans are also firm believers in equality, and do not think that one social class should have more rights than others.
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Silver Medalist in the 1500m
Mainstream Ponderosan cuisine is similar to that in other Western cultures. Ponderosa is also famous for its Southwestern cuisine, featuring contributions from Spanish, Mexican, Indian, and American culture. The chili pepper, an important part of Southwestern cuisine, is a major agricultural export of Ponderosa. Ponderosan cuisine features dishes such as the burrito, enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, and sopaipillas, which are believed to be a major cause of Ponderosa's heart disease epidemic.
Ponderosa's market for professional sports is roughly $35 billion. While the most popular spectator sport is football (soccer), the national sport is considered to be track and field. Ponderosan athletes have set several world records and won 420 Olympic medals in athletics alone. In addition, the 2036 Olympic Games were held in San Francisco. Basketball, ice hockey, baseball, and tennis are also popular sports.
Personal transportation is dominated by automobiles, which operates on a system of 1,899,554 miles of roads. Ponderosa has one of the largest automotive industries in the world.
There are no public transport systems. Bus, rail, and subway systems do exist, but they are privately owned and operated. Many people in urban areas walk or bike to work to avoid traffic and transit fees.
The civil airline industry is also privately owned. Unlike most other industrialized nations, most airports are privately owned and run. Houston International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, serving not only Ponderosa, but airlines in Secius and Mexico as well.
Ponderosa uses a high amount of energy per capita. About 25% of Ponderosa's electricity comes from nuclear power plants, with uranium mined in Socorro and imported from Secius. Other electricity sources are from vast natural gas and coal reserves, and from solar energy, especially in Sonora. Most of Ponderosa's transportation sector uses petroleum, although rising fuel costs have led to a development in green energy.
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