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Brutland and Norden

the United Kingdom of Brutland and Norden
la Rinnosso Unnona di Norden e Marchòbrutellia




Civil Flag (left) and Coat of Arms (right)

Motto: "Desdividettía e Desparratettía."
"Indivisible and Inseparable."


National Anthem: "Dax savolece la Streso"
"God save the King"


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Capital: Kingsville
Largest City: Nordville (9,219,393)


Demonym: Nord-Brutlandese


Official Language: Nord-Brutlandese


Official Religion: Roman Catholicism


Government
- Form: Linkfederal Linkparliamentary Linkconstitutional monarchy
- King: HRM King Kyle II of Brutland and Norden
- Prime Minister: Marianna Cortanella
- Chief Justice: Corinna Fiambretti Santagemma


Legislature:
- Upper House: Caso di Paggionnu (House of Lords)
- Lower House: Corteso Genera (General Court)


Formation: union of Brutland and Norden
- Dynastic: 07 September 1759
- Treaty of Union: 07 September 1761
- Charter of Rights: 07 September 1866
- Constitution: 07 September 1900


Area:
- Total: 2,243,859 km² (866,359 mi²)
- Land: 2,170,481 km² (838,027 mi²)
- % Water: 3.27%


Population
- 2015 Census: 200,486,624
- Density: 92.37 persons/km²


Elevation
- Highest Point: Mount Bianco (4,109 m)
- Lowest Point: sea level (0 m)


GDP: 2015 estimate
- GDP: $8,165,505,431,520 (£ 647,649,259,559.39)
- GDP per capita: $40,728.43 (£ 27,519.21)


Indices:
- LinkHDI: 0.922 (very high)
- LinkGini: 29.4 (low)


Currency: livro (£)
- Valuation: $1 = £ 1.48 (December 2013)


Time Zone: B&NST (UTC +8, TNP -4)


Drives on the: right


Calling code: +1509


Internet TLD: .nem


The United Kingdom of Brutland and Norden (Nord-Brutlandese: la Rinnosso Unnona di Norden e Marchòbrutellia) is a nation in the North Pacific. It has no immediate neighbors, being located due south of the main region. Its capital is Kingsville. The country is notable for its large Brute cow population, its unique genetic make-up, and the social cohesion of its inhabitants.

Etymology


The name of the country derives from the name of its two constituent kingdoms, Brutland and Norden. The name Brutland comes from the Bruttii tribe of southern Brutland, which was able to unify the entire island by the year 12th century CE. The name Norden is a portmanteau of the two petty kingdoms that existed on the island prior to its unification during the 17th century CE: Normark in the northern part of the island and Dennland in the southern part.

History


    Main Article: History of Brutland and Norden

The islands of Brutland and Norden, being located far away from the main world landmasses, remained uninhabited throughout prehistoric times. Population and settlement of the islands came at around five thousand years BCE, when settlers arrived from Europe, possibly through several waves of migration. This population eventually spread throughout the islands and remained isolated from other peoples until the arrival of Scandinavians during the 200 BCE.

Romans arrived in Norden on 103 CE and managed to transform the islands into tributary kingdoms of the Roman Empire. When the Roman Empire fell, the islands were transformed into warring kingdoms. For almost a millenium the kingdoms warred with each other.

Other Europeans soon arrived in the region seeking trade. The English arrived first, in 1192 in Brutland. The Spaniards (Catalans), Venetians, Portuguese, Dutch, and the Danes all established trading posts in the islands within the next few centuries. Only the English settled permanently, in the Timberland peninsula of Brutland.

A revolution occurred in Norden in 1725 and transformed it into a republic. However, it was hostile to its neighbors, particularly Brutland. The Norden Republic fell after a Brute invasion, after which the Nordener monarchy was restored. By then, close ties had been established between the royals of Brutland and Norden.

The country was born on 7 September 1759, when King Adam III of Brutland and Queen Adrienne of Norden married. Two years later, the two kingdoms were merged into one. The Nord-Brutlandese call this simply as "The Union" (L'Unnone).

The country was an absolute monarchy until the late 19th century, when King Kyle the Fair started developing democracy in his country. A Charter of Rights (Certaro di Riggii) was promulgated in 1866. A working Parliament was in place as early as 1873. The present Constitution was adopted in 1900, making Brutland and Norden a constitutional monarchy.

The present King is Kyle II, who is presiding over a country that has become more open and active in international affairs.

Geography


    Main Article: Geography of Brutland and Norden

Brutland and Norden has a total area of 2,243,859 sq. km. It is composed of two large islands, Brutland (1,181,820 sq. km), and Norden (971,708 sq. km) separated by the 250 km-wide Union Channel (Canalo Unnona). The Union Channel also contains the Channel Isles or Union Islands (Esolu di l’Unnone), an archipelago of about 24 islands, half of which is inhabited. The largest Channel Isle, Union Island (Esolo Unnona) at 20,104 sq. km, was formerly called Barren Rocks. It is where the capital is located. Union Island is a heavily urbanized island, as is the neighboring islet of Santelleria (8,522 sq.km), which serves as a residential suburb of the conurbation of the capital. Other inhabited islands include Stampione (14,981 sq.km), Brugnatella (12,656 sq.km), Piscieretto (2,036 sq.km), Campedusa (5,667 sq.km), Liparegna (3,897 sq.km), Fiorgamino (6,734 sq.km), Berríalva (2,915 sq.km), Tonzivibbia (641 sq.km), Santobricco (1,425 sq.km), and Librugnie (1,685 sq.km). The remaining islands form the Union National Park (Parco Naziona di l’Unnone).

Climate
Brutland and Norden has four seasons, with a distinctly LinkMediterranean climate. Despite the predominant Mediterranean climate, temperatures vary by latitude. Northern Norden, being nearer to the equator, has a distinct semitropical-subtropical climate, and the temperatures convert to those typical of a temperate climate, especially in southern Brutland. Extremes of cold and heat are rare, except in mountainous areas. The mountainous areas of central Brutland, such as Mt. Pannondrio and Mt. Bianco, have snow all year round, which makes them a haven for skiers. These areas have an Alpine climate.

The lowest recorded temperature ever is -35 degrees Celsius, on Mount Pannondrio (elevation: 4,019 m) on January 10, 1956. The highest recorded temperature ever is 42 degrees Celsius, on Esolo di Rima on July 12, 1972.

Precipitation is highest around the months of April to September. Norden has marginally more rainfall due to its subtropical location. Storms are somewhat rare, they occur usually in northern Brutland, and in Normark.

Flora and Fauna

Due to its isolation, Brutland and Norden is a richly biodiverse nation. With its location and history of contact, Brutland and Norden contains plants from the LinkAntarctic Floristic Kingdom, and with the addition and introduction of numerous northern hemisphere plants. Some of these have evolved into new species. The same also applies for its fauna. It is estimated then 10% of the species located in Brutland and Norden are endemic species.

Government


The United Kingdom of Brutland and Norden is a federal constitutional monarchy with two constituent provinces, Brutland, and Norden. The country mostly operates under the Constitution of 1898, although a separate common-law system applies additionally to the nobility.

Monarch

The current head of state and monarch is King Kyle II, who serves primarily symbolic and ceremonial roles. A certain degree of reserve powers (Poderi Ressava) is vested in the King, but in modern times this is treated as a hands-off last resort.

Noble titles and nobility still exists in Brutland and Norden, and many serve various ceremonial roles in government.


the Nord-Brutlandese General Court

Federal Government

Executive power is ceremonially vested in the King, though it is exercised by the Prime Minister (Finisterrettùnèla) and his/her Cabinet (Gabbetto), formally called the Council of State (Consellio di Stato).

The Nord-Brutlandese Parliament is composed of two houses: a directly elected but ceremonially lower General Court (Corteso Genera), and a usually advisory but ceremonially higher House of Lords (Caso di Paggionnu). It is the General Court that wields real power in the government of Brutland and Norden.

Local Government
The Kingdom is composed of two constituent kingdoms or provinces (provenzo), Brutland and Norden, each with its own provincial government, though they differ widely in form. Brutland has a unicameral parliamentary form of government, with a governor as a ceremonial executive and a premier as the head of the province. Norden has a bicameral form, with an elected governor, a lower house (Chamber of Commons; Caso di Commonzu), and an upper house (Senate; Senato).

The territories not included in the two provinces are called Union Territories (Terru di l'Unnone). They are administered directly by the federal government.

The provinces and the territories are subdivided into grattio (literally “grant”), which has its roots in the land enfeoffed by the king to nobles. There is a Grant Council (Consellio Grattia) elected by the grattio. In Brutland, some of the grattio still have their nobility, and in such cases, these nobles hold a ceremonial role in the grattio. Grattiu which are then subdivided into communes (comuni), the lowest form of administrative division in the country.

Aside from these divisions, the entire country is divided into districts (distretto) in order to facilitate delivery of government services to the people.

Judiciary

The judiciary is two-tiered, there are provincial courts, and federal (royal) courts. The highest court of appeals in the Kingdom is the Royal Supreme Court of Brutland and Norden (Corto Supiera Reala di Norden e Marchòbrutellia, CSR).

Politics

There are two major parties, the right-wing liberal Popular Party (Partide Populoddía, PP), and the left-wing Social Democratic Party (Partide Democraziellía Scaglia, PDS). Three minor parties also exist: the extreme left-wing Communist Party of Brutland and Norden (Partide Commonzossúa, PC); the eco-friendly Green Party (Partide Verta, PV); and the right wing Nationalist Party (Partide Nazioneddíttúa, PN). However, elections of parliamentary deputies are not strictly party-line.

Ever since the inception of the constitutional monarchy, the kingdom has had stable governments. Historically, politics have been two-party, with an exception during the 1950’s to the 1970’s, where populism emerged. This was also the time when the Christian Democratic Party (Partide Democraziellía C'hristiana) became defunct and its successor Popular Party arose.

Demography


During the last census by the Royal Institute for Demography (Stiutto Reala per Demografie, SRD), the population of the United Kingdom of Brutland and Norden is 200,486,624, giving a population density of 92.37 persons per square kilometer. It population growth rate is 1.67%.

Genetics

Brutland and Norden is a homogenous country. The Nord-Brutlandese trace their ancestry to the peoples of Scandinavia and northern Europe, giving them a typically Nordic appearance. It had been said that the Nord-Brutlandese are only one of the few white tribes in the North Pacific.


the Cattedralo di Santa Regina in Kingsville,
seat of the Archbishop of Kingsville

Religion

The predominant religion is Roman Catholicism, claiming almost the entire populace as adherents, although only half are practicing. Significant religious minorities include Protestants in Timberland and Helverica, neopagans in the Union Territories, and Muslims. Atheists and agnostics are still few, although the number is increasing.

Despite the predominant place of the Catholic Church in Nord-Brutlandese religious life, it has never been a major player in the country’s internal affairs. Perhaps its remoteness and the inherent religious tolerance of the Nord-Brutlandese did not allow it to wield a huge influence in its affairs. Also, other religious sects are very tolerant of others, though anti-religious speeches are not outlawed.

The Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, though the state had suppressed several cults, notably Scientology, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the violent Satanist sects.

Education

Education in Brutland and Norden is free. Compulsory schooling begins at age 7, although some jurisdictions maintain free preschools (4-6 years old). Compulsory schooling is divided into three phases: elementary (lower) school [Grades 1-5], middle school [Grades 6-8], and high school [Grades 9-12]. Much of the population has finished compulsory schooling, and thus the country has a very high literacy rate. Tertiary education is subsidized for certain courses and certain individuals who meet certain criteria.

Health

Essential health care is also free. The Kingdom has shifted its focus from treating illness to the factors that cause disease. It now aggressively targets conditions that lead to disease, which has significantly improved the health status of the Nord-Brutlandese.

Economy



Nord-Brutlandese livro
Brutland and Norden has a prosperous and Linkdeveloped mixed Linksocial market economy, with a skilled and educated labor force, low levels of corruption, and highly innovative enterprises. Brutland and Norden has a Linklarge economy, with a gross domestic product per capita of $40,728.43.

Brutland and Norden's currency is the livro, a Linkrepresentative currency pegged to a basket of commodities (noble metals).

Energy

Brutland and Norden is one of the countries that is very reliant on Linknuclear power, generating a majority of its energy needs through nuclear power plants. Much of the remainder of the energy demand is provided by non-fossil fuel sources, such as solar, wind, waste-to-energy, hydroelectric, biofuel, and geothermal power plants.

With its decreased reliance on fossil fuels for its power supply, Brutland and Norden is entirely self-sufficient for oil, coal, and gas, relying on its small reserves to meet demand.

Transport

    Main Article: Land Transport in Brutland and Norden

Brutland and Norden has well-developed and efficient rail and road networks. The Rallu Reala Nordèbrutelliense (RRN, Royal Nord-Brutlandese Railways), is a joint public-private corporation. The country has a low car ownership rate, as the most of the public take advantage of the fast public transportation systems.

Due to its geography, transportation via sea routes are vital links between the islands comprising the Kingdom. Almost every grant with a coastline has one or more major ports. Major ports of significance include that of Kingsville, Dennville, Nordville, Brutland City, Timberland, Pelargone (on the island of Santelleria), and Brugnatella.

Air transportation is also vital for the archipelagic and relatively isolated nation. Almost every grant has its airport, or a landing strip. Five Nord-Brutlandese airports are open to international travel: those serving Nordville, Dennville, Kingsville, Brutland City, and Timberland City.

Communications

    Main Article: Communications in Brutland and Norden, Media in Brutland and Norden

Brutland and Norden has an average of 852.45 telephones (including cell phones) per 1,000 people. This is due to the easy ownership of communication devices, especially cell phones. This had led to a booming telecommunciations industry in the Kingdom, with private companies such as Reach Telecom and Connect competing with the state-owned Companne di Tellasdaglie Nordèbrutelliense (CdTN; Nord-Brutlandese Telecommunications Company). Also, there is increased growth in the mobile phone sector, with the mobile phone maker giant Cortel, based in the town of the same name. The international code for Brutland and Norden is +1509.

Internet services are widely available in the country. It is said that Brutland and Norden is one of the most wired countries in the region. E-voting is allowed for absentee voters in Brutland and Norden. The country uses the country code top-level domain .nem for its websites.

Brutland and Norden values the freedom of expression, as such, the Nord-Brutlandese media is considered to be very free. There is one major newspaper, L’Unnone (The Union), published in Kingsville. L’Unnone is known to be a respected, unbiased source of information. Other provincial newspapers include the conservative La Brutelliense (The Brutlander) based in Brutland; and the left-leaning La Díernalo (The Journal) based in Normark.

The state broadcasters Televiso Reala di Norden e Marchòbrutellia (TRNM, Royal Brutland and Norden Television) and Radio Reala Nordébrutelliense (RRNb, Royal Nord-Brutlandese Radio) operates several radio and TV stations. Several private stations also exist, in competition with foreign broadcasters in the country.


the chieso Bruta rubra (purple brute cheese)
Brutland and Norden's national food
Culture

    Main Articles: Nord-Brutlandese language, Odd Traditions in Brutland and Norden, National Symbols of Brutland and Norden, Cuisine of Brutland and Norden, Arts in Brutland and Norden, Sport in Brutland and Norden

Brutland and Norden, being a homogeneous country, has a common shared culture. Aside from the traditional Roman Catholic holidays, public holidays in the Kingdom include the Union Day (Dío Unnona), celebrated annually on September 7. Other public holidays include the King’s birthdate and accession to the throne.

The Nord-Brutlandese are known to be very patriotic and enjoy great social cohesion. The country looks up to the monarchy as the source of this and it had played a vital role in maintaining the stability of the country.

Brutland and Norden also has a thriving music scene, encompassing all genres from classic to heavy metal. The Cosservatorio Reala (Royal Conservatory) is a bastion of classical music, while the annual Stampione Festive di Rock (Stampione Rock Festival) showcases rock talents in the Kingdom. It is widely known that the King is fond of rock music and has attended the Stampione Festive di Rock more than once.

Since its inception, the Kingdom already has a flourishing art environment. Notable artistic institutions include the Museo Reala Nordébrutelliense (Royal Nord-Brutlandese Museum); the Scuolo Reala per l’Artu (Royal School for the Arts); and the Museo Reala d'Artu Moderna (Royal Museum of Modern Art); among others.

One peculiar Nord-Brutlandese delicacy is the chieso Bruta rubra (purple brute cheese), made from the milk from the national animal, the Brute cow (Bos bruta). It is produced mainly in the grants of Pannondrio, Valtebriggio, and Torranica. Milk from the Brute cows is taken and turned into cheese using the national microorganism, Lactifera brutanica. It is then aged in caves found throughout the region. The cheese is colored yellow with purple splotches, giving it its name.

Another delicacy is the licuoro vaca (cow liquor), which made from leftovers of cheese production. Brutland and Norden also makes wines.

A wide variety of sports are played in the Kingdom. The most popular include ice hockey, football, and volleyball.

Brutland and Norden is also home to many events, such as the tomato-throwing fight La Truofeste in the village of Corbi, Dennland; the Padania River Parade in Brutland; the Festive di Floro (Festival of Flowers) in Normark; and the hugely popular (especially among young women) La Sferrèciecchà Reala (The Royal Blind Date) in Kingsville.


Members of the 12th Infantry Division of the Royal
Nord-Brutlandese Army on a mock military mission.

Armed Forces


The Kingdom has a small but effective military (Militare Reala di Norden e Marchòbrutellia) with about 600,000 in active service. It is divided into four branches, namely, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Space Army. Though the national budget for the military is small, the military is advanced technologically, primarily due to the financial support given by the King to the military. All able-bodied Nord-Brutlandese males between the ages of 18-44 are liable for conscription should it be necessary; the Government and the King must be approve the measure before citizens can be conscripted. All able-bodied men receive military training once every two years; but some elect to train as reserve forces, who receive training annually on a special paid leave.

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