Largest City: Charleston
Total Land Area: 5,300,000 Square Miles
Population: 150 Million (Recent Estimate)
Official Language: Arlenish
Main Religion: Christianity
Government: Constitutional Republic
Currencey: Dollar ($)
Drives on the: Right
Motto: "Living Free"
National Animal: Arlenish Eagle
The name "Arlenton" come from the Old Arlenish words "Arlen", as in the Arlenish people, and "ton", meaning property or to belong to. "Arlenton" basically means "belonging to the Arlenish people".
Early Settlement and Growth
Arlenish settlers sailed to the southeastern region of an uninhabited continent, which had rich soil for farming and plenty of natural resources, and founded the settlement of Charleston. Soon more Arlenish settlers arrived on the continent and made more settlements. The entire southeastern region of the continent became known as "Arlenton", and the people "Arlentans". Despite all being in "Arlenton", the settlements were all independent and there was no unified government.
Development of the Planter Society
Because of the fertile soil, agriculture boomed. Farming and the trade of crops made the Arlenton very wealthy, despite it being a sparsely populated collection of farming settlements. As farming was the main focus of the economy, Arlenish communities developed an agrarian society, the "planter society", which made agriculture a central part of Arlentan life.
War for Independence
Foreign nations, seeing the massive amount of wealth made by Arlenton, formed an alliance to invade Arlenton, seize the settlements, and take over the trade of crops. The long and costly Arlentan War for Independence followed. Arlentans who opposed foreign rule and wanted to form a united Arlenish republic, known as "Republicans", used hit and run tactics to defeat superior foreign forces in the nearly decade long War for Independence.
Founding of the Republic
After the foreign occupiers were defeated, the leaders of the various Arlenish settlements, influenced by the ideas of "Arlenish Republicanism", drafted and adopted the Constitution of Arlenton. The Constitution formed the Republic of Arlenton, which brought together all Arlenish settlements under a unified constitutional republic with Charleston as the capitol.
Geography and Climate
Eastern Arlenton consists of forests, small prairies, and swampland. In the north it is mountainous and heavily forested. In the west there is vast prairie, with deserts and canyons in the far west.
Arlenton is mostly warm all year around, with some cool temperatures during the late fall and winter. In the northern mountainous areas, it can get much colder with snow being common during the winter. Eastern Arlenton is also very humid, but further west it is very dry.
Government and Politics
The Republic of Arlenton is a constitutional republic. The Constitution of Arlenton divides government power into the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, as well as protects the rights of citizens and preserves the traditional "planter society". The legislative branch consists of the Congress of Arlenton, which introduces and votes on bills. The executive branch consists of the President of Arlenton, who serves as commander in chief of the military and approves of bills passed by congress, and the Vice President of Arlenton, who oversees Congress. The judicial branch consists of the Great Court of Arlenton, which hears cases in which the Republic of Arlenton is a party or cases between localities in Arlenton.
The ideas of "Arlenish Republicanism" dominate politics in Arlenton. "Arlenish Republicanism" emphasizes ideas such as Arlenish nationalism, laissez faire economic policies, agrarianism, free trade, and opposition to foreign influence. "Arlenish Republicanism" originated in the War for Independence among Arlentans who opposed and resisted foreign occupation. These Arlentans, known as "Republicans", not only wanted to liberate Arlenton from foreign rule, but to unite all Arlenish settlements into a unified independent republic in order to protect against any future invasion threats and to preserve the "planter society" of Arlenton. After the war when independence was achieved, the leaders of the Arlenish settlements, all "Republicans", drafted and adopted the Constitution of Arlenton which founded the Republic. The Constitution, which is heavily influenced by "Arlenish Republicanism", protects agricultural and business interests as well as preserves the traditional rights and system of Arlenton's "planter society".
The Republican Party, is dominant and no serious opposition parties exist, making Arlenton a de facto single party state. The party's platform is based on "Arlenish Republicanism".
The Arlenton Military consists of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. In addition to the "regulars", each locality has its own militia force.
Agriculture is the dominant force driving the economy. Massive amounts of crops such as cotton, rice, and sugar are grown in the fertile eastern and coastal regions, while corn, wheat, and beans are grown in the vast prairies further west. Cattle Ranching is common in the western prairies, which makes Arlenton a large producer of beef and dairy, along with the farming of other livestock such as hogs, sheep, and poultry. Agriculture is dominant, but industries such as logging, mining, coal, oil, and natural gas are also booming.