Motto: “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité ou la Morte”
Population: 3.783 billion+
Largest City: BelloCaprica City
Official Language: English
National Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Hebrew
- Prime Minister: Dmitri Mikalowski
- Deputy Prime Minister: Abaeze Magoro
- Speaker of the Parliament: Elizabeth Kazcka
- Chief Justice: David Alberisi
Land Area: 157,048 miles²
Highest Point: Mt. Intagliatore - 29,784 ft
Lowest Point: Sea Level
GDP (nominal): 478 trillion Drachms
GDP (nominal) per capita: 126,411 Drachms
Human Development Index (NS Version): 89.69 (well above avg.)
Currency: The Drachm
Time Zone: UCT-02
Drives on the: Right
Calling code: +829
Internet TLD: .bel
The Democratic Republic of BelloCaprica
BelloCaprica, officially the Democratic Republic of BelloCaprica, is a relatively small nation located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, between the continents of Africa and South America. The country is divided into four provinces: Northern BelloCaprica, Floresta di Acqua, The BelloCaprican Barrier Islands, and Montagna Della Neve. Its capital city, MikilVallé, is located in the province of Montagna Della Neve, while its largest city, BelloCaprica City, is located in Northern BelloCaprica, the county’s most densely populated province.
The island of BelloCaprica was first discovered by Italian settlers in 1874, who had left their country during the Italian diaspora. BelloCaprica’s official language is English, though Italian is spoken in some parts of the two Southernmost provinces, Montagna Della Neve and Floresta di Acqua. However, BelloCaprican English has been influenced over time by the dialects of its immigrants from West Africa.
The thriving economy of BelloCaprica, with a GDP of 478 trillion drachms a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism and Book Publishing industries, with significant contributions from Information Technology and Renewable Energy. Income is distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the nation's richest and poorest citizens.
6.4 Largest Cities
Map of BelloCaprica
The name BelloCaprica comes from the Latin bellus, meaning ‘beautiful,’ and Capri, an island off the coast of Italy, where many of its early settlers came from. Some historians have postulated that it also comes from the Italian capriccio, a lively piece of music, typically one that is short and free in form.
The first Italian settlers migrated from the island of Capri in 1872 during the Italian diaspora, moving along the West African coast until eventually discovering and settling the island in 1874.
In the early days of colonization, many Italian settlers were subject to food shortages, disease, and attacks by frightened animals such as lions. Since then, the BelloCaprican people have learned to coexist with the island’s diverse animal kingdom, and many areas of forest and mountainous land are protected by the government.
The Mandingo wars (1883-1898) were a series of conflicts in Northwestern Africa between the French and the Wassoulou Empire of the Mandingo people, led by Samory Touré. In the end, the French were triumphant and established their dominance over the Ivory Coast. During this timespan, BelloCaprica received many Mandingo immigrants from the Ivory Coast, and those refugees’ descendants to this day live on the island.
The second most significant period of immigration was during the 1920s and ‘30s, between the two World Wars, when many Polish immigrants fled Poland. This is the source of most of the country’s Jewish population.
The Mandingo immigrants of the late 1800s taught BelloCaprica’s European population when and how to cultivate the island’s crops, and their migration to BelloCaprica has had a tremendous impact on the nation’s culture.
BelloCaprica covers an area of about 157,048 square miles, or about 406,752 square kilometers. BelloCaprica is a tropical nation, but its area holds a degree of variety as far as climate and habitat types. In the mountainous province of Montagna Della Neve, altitudes range from around 4800 feet to 29,784 feet, where the mountains are fairly rocky, and it is almost always incredibly snowy. Its tallest mountains, the Ostcrête Mountains, are home to a variety of species of goats that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
BelloCaprica produces corn, peanuts, sunflower seeds, bean, wheat, sugar cane, citrus, potatoes, sugar beets, barley, apples, and grapes. In the district of Northern BelloCaprica, macadamia nuts, pineapple, and coffee are also grown.
The federal government of the Democratic Republic of BelloCaprica is composed of three branches: the Executive Branch, the Parliamentary Branch, and the Judicial Branch. In the BelloCaprican system, citizens are usually subject to two levels of government: federal and provincial.
The Executive Branch
The Prime Minister is the commander-in-chief of the military, can veto legislative bills before they become law (subject to Paliamentary override), and appoints the members of the cabinet, as well as the Deputy Prime Minister and the seven officers of the Judicial Branch (on the federal level). The Prime Minister serves five-year terms, and any individual can serve as Prime Minister a maximum of two times. The current Prime Minister is Dmitri Mikalowski. The current Deputy Prime Minister is Abaeze Magoro. The executive exists at the provincial level in the form of Governors.
The Parliamentary Branch
The Parliament has 200 voting members, each representing a province of BelloCaprica. Members of Parliament, called representatives, serve two-year terms. The Parliament passes statutes, which include new laws and federal budgets, which must be approved by the Prime Minister before they are enacted, and Parliament also has the power to amend the constitution. Statutes must receive 52% or more of Parliament’s votes to become laws. For amendments to the Constitution, a 60% majority is needed. The Parliament also has the power, in necessary situations, to impeach members of the executive and judicial branches. The 200 seats in Parliament are divided among the districts as follows: Northern BelloCaprica has 65 seats, Montagna Della Neve has 55, Floresta di Acqua has 35, and the BelloCaprican Barrier Islands have 45.
The Judicial Branch
The Supreme Court is made up of seven judges, who are appointed by the Prime Minister with Parliament’s approval; and lower provincial courts, whose judges are appointed by the Governors of each province.
Foreign Relations & International Involvement
While it is not exceptionally influential or aggressive on the world state, BelloCaprica is a proud member of the World Assembly, and regularly votes on WA proposals. BelloCaprica takes great pride in the endorsements it receives from fellow WA members of its region, The Church of Zombie Jesus. It was previously a member of the region, Lazarus. BelloCaprica’s two closest ally states are The Republic of Codwheeland (WA/UN Classification: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy) and The Dominions of Parotin (WA/UN Classification: Left-Wing Utopia).
Currency: the Drachm
GDP (nominal): 478 trillion Drachms
GDP (nominal) per capita: 126,411 Drachms per person
The BelloCaprican Economy is classified as a “(Frightening) Powerhouse Economy,” scoring a 100 on the Krugman-Greenspan Business Outlook Index (the world average is 56). This economy, worth 478 trillion Drachms a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, Renewable Energy, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 126,411 Drachms and evenly distributed, with very little economic difference between the richest and poorest citizens.
At present, private industry accounts for 44.96% of the economy, state-owned industry accounts for 6.1%, and the remaining 49.2% is from the government. There is no notable black market activity since the government cracked down on it in early 2015. Employment is very high in BelloCaprica, and well above the world average, scoring a 144 on the Workforce Participation versus Theoretical Maximum Metric (the world average is 62).
As of December 2016, BelloCaprica has a population of 3.783 billion people.
The two largest ethnic groups in BelloCaprica are people of European and West African descent. 45% of the population is made up by whites, and blacks also constitute approximately 45% of the population. The other 10% is made up of people of South American, North American, and Asian descent.
English is the official language, and the most widely spoken one, with over 95% of the population being fluent from childhood. Secondary languages include Italian, Spanish, Polish, and Hebrew.
Approximately 60% of the population of BelloCaprica is either atheist or non-religious. Of the remaining 40%, Christianity is the predominant religion. 24% of BelloCaprica’s population is Christian (13% Roman Catholic, 11% Protestant), 10% is Jewish, 7% is Muslim, and various minor religions make up the remaining 9%.
Metro area population
Montagna Della Neve
Montagna Della Neve
BelloCaprican Barrier Islands
BelloCaprican Barrier Islands
Montagna Della Neve
Floresta di Acqua
The culture of BelloCaprica has been influenced by many factors, including: the nation’s island status; its history as a liberal democracy; the cultures of large groups of immigrants from throughout history (most notably the West African refugees in the 1880s and ‘90s, and the Polish refugees of in the 1920s and ‘30s); and the culture of the nation’s original settlers, who had come from the Italian island of Capri during the Italian diaspora. BelloCaprica has multiple significant World Heritage Sites, and has rich collections of art, culture, and literature from many different time periods. The substantial cultural influence of BelloCaprica has led it to be described as a “cultural superpower”.
The largest non-religious holidays in BellCaprica are: the two solstices (June and December 21); Independence Day (June 6); National Civil Rights Day (October 29); Halloween (October 31); and Thanksgiving (May 18). The largest religious holidays in BelloCaprica include Christmas, Easter, Passover, and Hannukah.
Popular sports in BelloCaprica include long-distance running, soccer, polo, and both Nordic and Alpine skiing. Cycling is popular in Northern BelloCaprica, but not so much elsewhere in the country.