White Chuukangans: 72%
Black Chuukangans: 10%
Senate - The unicameral legislative branch is comprised of a Senate. The Senate makes federal law, declares war (w/ executive approval), approves treaties, has the power of the purse, and the power of impeachment, by which it can remove sitting members of the government.
Executive - The President is commander and chief of the military, can veto bills before they become law (subject to Senate override) and appoints the members of his/her own cabinet (subject to Senate override) and other officers charged with enforcing and administering laws and policy.
Judiciary - The Judiciary, whose judges (referred to formally is Judiciaries) are appointed by the Senate and are charged with interpreting the law, and overturning laws which are deemed unconstitutional.
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The The Unitary States of Chuukango, referred to commonly as "The Unitary States" or "The USC" and rarely "The CC" is a Unitary Republic located in southwestern Elparia, on the continent of Vauna. The Unitary States border The United States of Treka to their north and Corusconia to their south. French is the official language of the USC though English is most commonly spoken. German speakers are also common along the Chuukango-Corusconia border, though much less so than French and English Speakers. President Albert Frère is currently on the third year of his five year term. The USC is home to 62.5 million people.
Etymology (Marked for Overhaul)
The name "Chuukango" is derived from the Native-Chuukangan Qhakangoh Tribe, which settled on the west coast of Vauna, Northern banks of the Piscataquis Lake. The Qhakangoh (Kah-cain-gah) tribe first allied with the New Cumberland and Piscataquis Settlements in the 1650s forming the "Qhakangoh Confederation". French-speaking Settlers often mispronounced Qhakanga as Chah-caing-go, which led to the Confederation being referred to and written as the "Chuukango Confederation" which was often shortened to "Chuukango" or simply "The CC" which certain people still refer to the nation as today, particularly along the historical Piscataquis lake regions.
Early Settlement and the Erhart Estate (April 1647 to March 1648)
During April of 1647, Simon Ehrart (aged 43), a trekan fisherman, and his crew of 16. Including his wife, Adalheid (aged 26) and two sons Paul (aged 2) and Simon II (aged 8) voyaged from Cumberland up the western coast aboard the fishing brig, the Klaud F. Erhart (named for his grandfather) in search of new lands to settle and profit from unoccupied territory where he could take advantage of the local lumber, untapped fishing areas, and hunting. On April 20th of that same year, Erhart landed on the coast north of the Piscataquis Lake, along a small river flowing from the Piscataquis. He and his 16 crewmen set up a crude campground. By November a crude estate had been built. Cold temperatures, snowfall, and supply shortages quickly forced the crew of the Klaud F. To return to Cumberland. Unfortunately, both his wife and oldest son died during the journey. After remarrying in December of 1647, Erhart and his crew returned to the Erhart estate in March of 1648, only to find it in a state of disrepair from the harsh winter. Thus, the Erhart once more voyaged home to Cumberland to continue his fishing business.
Resettlement, and the Qhahkangoh Confederation (1649 to 1652)
Having heard the news of the Erhart estate, Jean Gasly (A French-Trekan hunter) organized a voyage to the Piscataquis. He received a grant from Erhart Fishing Co. under the agreement that a cut of all profits from trade in the settlement would be sent to the Erhart family. On February 25th, Jean and 50 other French-Trekans chartered passage aboard the Pride of Haut, they arrived on the coast on March 3rd of 1649 and by August of that year had set up a proper settlement on the south banks of the Piscataquis Lake. The settlement was dubbed Piscataquis, a settlement of 50 people headed by Jean Gasly (which the Piscataquis lake has been named for). Meanwhile, another ship of Trekans originating from Dover and Foxcroft arrived in the Piscataquis Bay, forming the Dover-Foxcroft settlement of 42. The settlement was governed by Otto Markus. This was shortly followed by the formation of a settlement on the north side of the Lake, New Cumberland.
The Dover-Foxcroft and Piscataquis settlements grew steadily through to 1650, and despite harsh winters Piscataquis grew into bustling settlment of hunters and farmers and also took advantage of the murky banks to gather crawfish. The Settlement was home to 143 people. Meanwhile the Dover-Foxcroft settlement grew to a population of 86, and primarily fished from the oceans. Both settlements traded with each other and had generally friendly relations. New Cumberland, on the other hand, struggled with a shortage of food and supplies during winters, when the lake was frozen over and near impossible to travel through. As a result, New Cimberland stagnated at 95 people.
Relations with the Qhakangoh Tribe
The Qhakangoh tribe, on the south side of the Piscataquis Lake made a point of maintaining friendly relations with the settlers of each settlement. They often traded furs with the Piscataquis settlement, in exchange, the hunters often were gifted expertly crafted hunting bows in exchange for their furs, reducing the need for firearms in hunting and allowing the settlers to hunt more with less expense, as arrows could be manufactured more cheaply and readily than musket balls. It was not unheard off for the Qhakangoh to trade fresh water fish for salt water fish from the Dover-Foxcroft settlement, though this was not as common as trading with the Piscataquis settlement given the distance from The Qhakangoh’s land to Dover-Foxcroft oceanside settlement. The Qhakangoh also played a massive role in keeping the people of New Cumberland from starving and freezing to death. During freezing winters, they would often brave the journey across the Piscataquis Lake. As a result, November 8th has been designated “Journée de charité” or “Charity Day” in respects to the actions of the Qhakangoh. In 1651 representatives from Piscataquis, New Cumberland, and the Qhakangoh tribe convened. They formed the Qhakangoh Confederation on December 2nd 1651. The Confedeation quickly came to be known as the Chuukango Confederation.
The Foundation of Portsmouth and Rosemouth, and the Foundation of a Unitary Republic. (1652-1661)
On August 27th, 1652 Portsmouth was founded far north of the New Cumberland city, from 1652 to 1657 Portsmouth expanded rapidly, eventually home to ~340 people. While north of Portsmouth, the Rosemouth settlement grew steadily, and was a quiet community of some 200 settlers. Both settlements continued to grow separately from each other, until 1660. In 1660 The Congress of The Chuukango Confederation convened and agreed to send out a formal invitation to the Dover Foxcroft, Portsmouth, and Rosemouth settlements. By 1661 all settlements agreed to join the Confederation. On March 3rd, 1661 The Congress of The Chuukango Confederation formally declared itself an official nation, and was henceforth changed to a Unitary Republic, The Unitary States of Chuukango. Due to it's location, population, and industry, the now city of Portsmouth was chosen as the nation's capital. Thus, the first Presidential elections of the Unitary States began. After some deliberation, Pierre Simone of the Piscataquis settlement was elected the first President of the Unitary States of Chuukango.
The War Against the Damar (1661)
On August 6th of 1661 a Chuukangan fishing cutter stumbled across what is now the island-state of Damariscove, as a result, President Pierre Simone ordered two ships, the CSS Marie and CSS LePage (sometimes cited as the first two ships of the Chuukangan Navy) were ordered to scout the island for resources. They voyage was accompanied by the 5e Dover-Foxcroft Militia (who were shortly after converted into the 1e Marine Regiment, and made into a proffesional military unit.) The War against the Damar was the first war Chuukangans engaged in, and was a pyrrhic victory for the USC.
Upon landing on the island, the 5e Dover-Foxcroft Militia was greeted by wary natives, called the Damar peoples. No fighting broke out initially, however while setting up camp the night the Miltia (consisting of 45 men total) were attacked by a small Damar war and. The militia suffered 7 casualties while the Damar suffered none. The Militia immediately set sail back for Piscataquis Harbor, where they would report the attack and call for reinforcements.
Upon learning of the attack on his militia, President Simone raised the 1e Piscataquis Volunteer Infantry (of 75 men), and enlisted the help of 20 Qhakangoh Warriors. The fighters were then all sent to Damariscove to retaliate.
The men arrived on the southern coast of Damariscove and immediately began sweeping north to claim the island as their own. In total, seven battles were fought at a loss of 45 total volunteer Infantry and 15 of the 20 Qhakangoh Warriors. The Damar people officially subjugated to the USC on September 7th, 1661 and the State of Damariscove became the third state of Chuukango.
Eastward Expansion (1664-1700)
Starting with the order by President Simone in June 1664 and lasting to the beginning of the Hauton War of 1818-1820, the Unitary States began expanding east of the Piscataquis Lake.
In June of 1664, a party of 20 volunteers along with 10 Qhakangoh tribe members began pressing south-east of Lake Piscataquis into what is modern day Bowdoinham and eventually moved north into what is modern day Deblois. In 1667 the town of Mayne was officially settled. This kickstarted a 40 year long expansion into the state, and eventually the rest of modern day Chuukango.
Chuukangan volunteer infantry, 1819
The Hauton war was a two year long border dispute between the Unitary States of Chuukango and the United States of Treka. The first skirmish took place in the fields south of Hauton, when a small patrol of Hauton Militia encountered Trekan Grenadiers. After a short standoff, shots were engaged and the Hauton Militia quickly retreated into the trees. The grenadiers pursued, which culminated in the Battle of Hauton hill just a few days later. Chuukangan Volunteer Infantry got involved shortly thereafter. Later, that year, the Unitary Navy and Expeditionary Forces captures the Trekan fort at Newburyport along with the help of Corusconian ships. This battle was bothering christening of the 13e Piscataquis Marine regiment, along with the 1819 battle of Vinelhaven. The battles of Newburyport and Vinalhaven were the largest of the war. Small scale skirmishes continued into 1820, when a treaty was signed divided the town of Hauton down the middle, officially and clearly outlining borders this ending the dispute. This treaty marked the beginning of the lasting Trekan-Chuukangan alliance. The war also helped solidify warm relations with Corusconia.
The Era of Agression (1820-1830)
At the end of the Hauton War, a rebellion broke out across several towns in Chamberlain County. Rosemouth was the epicenter of the short lived rebellion. The Chamberlain Rebels argued that Chuukango was not capable of defending itself against the superpowers bordering it blaming the Libertarian governments diplomatic and careful approach to foreign affairs. They believed that the government allowed the foreign nations to mistreat the Unitary States and argued that the Libertarian form of government must be reformed in favor of a more powerful government, thus they threatened to secede as a tactic to strong arm the government into giving in to their demands. Instead, President Creedence Miller ordered the CSS Glory and Erhart to converge on the ports at Rosemouth and point their guns at the city, while the 12e and 6e Volunteer Infantry divisions were stationed ominously outside of the eastward city limits. The Battle of Rosemouth was the only battle of the rebellion, and resulted in the Chamberlain Rebels being crushed by the better equipped Chuukangan soldiers. Once the city was secured, The Volunteer Infantry then were ordered to sweep nearby towns for rebels, but faced no contest.
Following the end of the Chamberlain Rebellion, fears that the Unitary States could stand up against regional powers led to a viscous presidential election led to the split of the Libertarian Party. The Federalists, lead by Jebediah Stevens believed in a stronger federal government with more executive power and an aggressive military doctrine. The Libertarian party, headed by Anthony Quincy maintained a stance supporting individual freedoms and power for the state governments. The Chamberlain Rebellion of 1820 strengthened the Federalist’s case. Jebediah Stevens used the rebellion to turn public favor against the Libertarian Party, and won the election of 1820. Stevens was a rugged expansionist and his government passed many aggressive policies against the Native Chuukangan people, curtailed states rights, and expanded Presidential terms to 5 years. Many of these policies still exists today, and are heavily disputed, such as the lack of state autonomy. Quincy modeled himself as a figure of Chuukangan strength. He is credited as solidifying Chuukangan power within the region, but is often condemned for his cruelty against Native Chuukangans and his radical policies against states rights.
Geography, climate, and environment
Chuukango is home to rolling hills, jagged coasts, and mountains. South-eastern Chuukango is sporadically dotted with marshes and some sandy beaches. The heavily forested wilderness is home to many conifers. The interesting geography is the result of retreating ice sheets which formerly spread from central Treka to northern Chuukango1. [[Talk about mountain ranges]]. The longest river is the Piscataquis River, which extends from north eastern Lorraine County to the southernmost tip of the Piscataquis Lake.
A government census estimated the Unitary States’ population to be approximately 62.5 million as of February 3rd, 2017. White Chuukangans (mostly of Corusconian and Trekan descent) make up the large majority of the population, with 72% of the population being white Chuukangans. Black Chuukangans are the largest racial minority, making up 10% of the total population. Hispanic Chuukangans are the third largest racial minority, consisting of 5% of the population. A total of 8% of the population are listed as other. According to a 2016 survey, a total of 65% of white Chuukangans are of Trekan ancestors, and 35% are of Corusconian ancestory.
A 2017 census determined that approximately 2.5% of Chuukangan men and 3% of Chuukangan women are LGBT+.
Currently, it is estimated that 55% of Chuukangans live in rural communities (including unincorporated territories and townships), while 45% reside in urban areas.
French is the official language of the Unitary States, however English is spoken by the majority of Chuukangans, thus is the standardized language of the Unitary States. German is also spoken by some groups along the Chuukango-Corusconian border, most notably, the city of Newport. French is the most widely taught and learned second language, particularly along the eastern coast centered around Piscataquis state. It is estimated that 95% of Chuukangans speak English as a primary language, 3% speak French as a primary language, and 2% speak German or other foreign languages as a primary language. It is to be noted, that 20% of Chuukangans speak a second language.
Government and politics
The Unitary States is Elparia’s only current unitary republic. It is a representative democracy, and the government is self-regulated by a series of checks and balances defined by the Unitary Constitution, the nation’s supreme legal document.
Citizens are exposed to two levels of government, federal and state. The local government’s duties are split between county and municipal governments. Government officials are elected via Plurality Vote. The national government does not have proportional representation.
The Unitary Government consists of three branches.
The Senate consist of 70 members, 10 from each state, and are appointed at large for six-year terms. The President serves a five-year term no more than twice, and is elected by direct vote. The Judiciary consist of 15 men and women, who serve for life (or until resignation). State governors and mayors are also elected for 5 year tenures by direct vote. Senators are also elected direct vote, however they serve a 7 year tenure. The District de fraternité (referred to as DF, or DeF) is the federal district with which the capital is contained.
The Unitary States is a Unitary Republic of seven states and a federal district. The states are divided into subdivisions of counties and cities.
The Unitary States does NOT observe tribal sovereignty, as with states’ sovereignty.
Citizenship is granted at birth in all states, and the DeF.
The culture of the Unitary States embodies the artistic, culinary, literary, humour, musical, political and social elements that are representative of Chuukango and Chuukangans. Historically, Chuukango’s culture has been influenced by the surrounding Trekan and Corusconian cultures to the south and north respectively due to the proximity and migration between the countries, and on a local scale, by the cultures of the indigenous peoples of the USC.
Chuukango is often characterized as being “progressive, diverse, and open armed”. The culture of the USC draws from its rich history and relatively diverse population, as such, equal human rights are protected constitutionally. Unitary Government policies- such as universal health care, lack of sales tax,highly restricted capital punishment, lack of strict gun control, legalization of same sex marriage, and softening punishments towards victimless crimes, and strong efforts to eliminate poverty - are all social indicators of the country’s political and cultural values.
Chuukangan values are the commonly shared ethical and human values of Chuukango. Many agree that Chuukangan values can be defined as “...Libertarianism, social equality, and peace”. Personal freedoms are, “often considered a fundamental value in keeping with the history of the land.”
Chuukango’s relatively small and spread out population, presence of indigenous peoples, and open arms border policies has led to the creation of multiple distinct subcultures. However, there is still a strong singular overlying culture.
Trekan culture heavily influences the culture of those living among the southern border of Chuukango, leading to a strong traditionalist demographic. Corusconian culture influences the culture of those living on the northern borders of the USC- particularly in Lorraine County. The western coast of Chuukango cherishes its history, and is strongly French speaking. The eastern states of North and South Bath are influenced by the relatively large population of indigenous tribes.
Education in the Unitary States is, and has historically been, provided by the government. School attendance is mandatory until the age of 16. Students may attend public schools, private schools, or may be home schooled. Schools are divided into two categories, primary schools (grades 1-7) and secondary schools (grades 8-14). Furthermore, students are divided into separate grades, by age. Students start their schooling at 1st grade (aged 5), and graduate in 13th grade (aged 18). Parents may choose to enroll their students in a preeschool, starting at the age of 3. After graduating from secondary school, one may elect to pursue a higher education at a college or university. Many colleges and universities are privately owned, though publicly operated colleges and universities do exist. Average tuition begins at 9’000 marks, but can be as high as 20’000 marks.
National Holidays in the Unitary States are derived from events and people of national importance in Chuukangan history.
Charity Day (Journée de charité) is a chiefly Chuukangan Holiday which celebrates welfare and prosperity, and is typically celebrated with family over an afternoon/dinnertime feast. It is celebrated on the 8th of November. Christmas is also celebrated in the Unitary States, usually as a day to spend with and appreciate family like Charity Day, with much less religious meaning than elsewhere in the world. Other Christian days such as Easter and St. Patricks day are also observed.
Unity Day (March 2nd) celebrates the declaration of the Unitary States as an independent nation in 1661. This day is often celebrated with fireworks and traditional Chuukangan foods such as venison stew with corn and ginger beer. Parades are also common during the day.
Armistice Day ([OOC:date TBA]) is a day celebrating the end of the Lorraine War, and the service of Chuukangan armed forces servicemen both today and all throughout history. This day is often celebrated by families spending time with veterans in their family and part of their community. Many churches and organizations hold free feasts for veterans, active servicemen, and their families. Graves of veterans are often decorated with flowers and flags.
Other examples of national holidays in the Unitary States include:
The Unitary States has very few laws governing a parent or guardians right to name their child, owing to many laws protecting free speech. The most popular names tend to be biblical and French, with a recent rise in popularity of Latin names in the last five years. Male names tend to be Latin or biblical, while female names tend to be French. Ambiguous names tend to be rather unpopular, with the exception of names such as Alex.
The top five most common names for men in the USC include:
The five most common name for women in the USC include:
Fashion and Dress
Automobiles and Commuting
Social Class and Work
Death and Funerals
Marriage and Divorce
Drugs and Alcohol
Official symbols of Chuukango include the mourning dove, the pine tree, and the porcupine. Other prominent symbols include the moose, black bear, and gulls. Traditionally Trekan symbols, such as the anchor, are also popular along the Chuukangan-Trekan border.
The Portsmouth Fusiliers prepare
to face off against the Newport Wildcats
generally enjoys success in international winter sports such as ice hockey, owing to the nation’s temperate climate, but success is also enjoyed in international lacrosse competitions. While Chuukango does have international soccer teams, they are not the nation’s most successful teams. Ringette is a popular sport in schools, particularly elementary schools, given the less aggressive nature of the sport than its counterpart- Ice Hockey. Spectacular achievements by Chuukangans sportsmen are celebrated in the Chuukangan Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth. The most successful Chuukangan athlete is Pierre LeBlanc, who holds the record for Lacrosse goals at 375 goals.
Chuukangan cuisine can vary by region, but has strong overlying tendencies. Traditional Chuukangan cuisines typically consists of stews, containing meat and vegetables. The exact makeup of the cuisine can vary seasonally, though meats such as venison, beef, or moose. Vegetables are present in most chuukangan dishes, particularly corn and potatoes. Onions may be a substitute during colder seasons. Salted meats are a popular dish in the winter, as traditionally meats were salted to be preserved for the winters. It is also not uncommon for items to be pickled for preservation, cucumbers are most often pickled, however other food items such as carrots, cabbage, and even eggs can also be present in traditional Chuukangan cuisine. Along the coasts of the Piscataquis Lake, cuisine may incorporate freshwater fish and waterfowl. On the coasts of Chuukango, cuisine incorporates salt water fish. While along the southernmost border, cuisine may be influenced by Trekan cuisines, with lobster being popularly incorporated into dishes. Along the northern border, cuisine can be influenced by Corusconian dishes.
Humor is an integral part of Chuukangan culture and identity. Chuukangan humor hinges most heavily on absurdism, irony, and sarcasm. Chuukangan comedians are well recognized within the Treka-Chuukango-Corusconia region. Trekan and Chuukangan comedy often compete, due to their similar styles. Sketch-comedy shows centering on the styles of irony and absurdity are popular in television. One such popular sketch based show is The Sunday Show, a comedic news show mocking current national events using absurdism and irony.
A painting of a moose
Traditional Chuukangan art consists of vibrantly colored paintings of sprawling nature scenes. Wood carvings of animals have been a staple of Chuukangan art since the early 1700s.
Popular Chuukangan literature tends to focus on realistic fiction, particularly historical fiction depicting life of Chuukangan settlers as they face struggles in the untamed world. Non-fictions stories depicting such are also popular. The most famous example of Chuukangan literature was Léopold Blanchard’s 1702 fiction epic ”Life on the Piscataquis” which depicts a Chuukangan fisherman’s experiences fishing on the Piscataquis Lake during a time of famine and disease in the year 1660.
Chuukango has a well developed media sector, however the much larger nations of Treka and Corusconia pose a threat of overshadowing Chuukango’s media sector, thus there are strict regulations on foreign media networks, particularly in terms of television and radio. Free access to the internet is considered a right for all, in accordance to legislation enacted in 2007.
Music is an instrumental part of Chuukango’s culture. music in Chuukango has historically been upbeat and quick, and could be described as flighty. In the 50s and 60s, the birth of classic rock lead to the birth of Rockabilly in rural Chuukango. In the 70s and 80s, the 1st wave of Punk exploded in Portsmouth as a result of the over saturation of funk and disco. Punk had an underground influence in the later Grunge scene, which would eventually evolve and transform into indie and garage rock. Generally, rock music is very popular in Chuukango but in recent years, genres such as pop, hip hop, and rap have become more mainstream, starting with the explosion of rap into the mainstream in the late eighties/early nineties. Chuukangan Rock music is typically fast, emotionally charged, hence the popularity of genres such as indie rock and punk. Rap and punk are most popular in urban centers, with Rockabily and “Punkabilly” (a blend of rockabilly and punk rock) being a staple in rural communities. In 1994, the success of Biggie Smalls led to a cultural upheaving which influenced Nu Metal during the late nineties.
In the 80s, music was the center of a massive culture war in Lorraine County, and other areas near the Chuukango Corusconia border when many Nazi Punk bands began forming. Examples of modern Chuukangan musician influences and bands include X, Biggie Smalls, Nirvana, The Ramones, and Janis Martin. Currently, alternative rock and rap are the most popular genres in Chuukango.
In 2004 noted Trekan Libertarian, Henry Adams, remarked that “Chuukango is a symbol of freedom and equality, and the most successful progressive society around.” In 1694 an anonymous Vanyan philosopher described Chuukango, saying that “[...]The [Unitary States of Chuukango] is a haven for the disenfranchised and the persecuted, affording more freedoms than most superpowers would dare think to spare their subjects.”
Still then, many criticize the Unitary States for it’s progressivism, referring to it as a bleeding-heart nation run by crazed hardcore Libertarians.
Many consider the Unitary States as the daughter nation of Treka, hence two nations are close allies due to their similar cultures.
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