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Overview

Republic of Coliantia
Repubulik on Kolianti (Coliantian)
Repablik myi Kolyantya (Ibbonian)



Motto
Nina on tuk Pasifiki (Official)
Emerald of the Pacific

Tuk sibi wo biki! (Tourism)
The island shines strong!


Anthem:
Akira Kulutura
Colorful Culture

Territory

Capital Sulchi


Total Area ~100,000 square kilometers

Highest Point Mount Tamtako
(2,278 meters)

People

Population 9,200,000 (2022)

Demonym Coliantian

Ethnic Groups 93% Coliantian
4% Ibbonian
2% Chinese
1% Others

Religion 88% None
5% Animism
4% Christianity
2% Islam
1% Others

National Languages Coliantian

Economy

Currency Coliantian Dollar ($/COD)

GDP 205,920,000,000 COD (2022)
114,400,000,000 NSD (2022)

GDP per Capita 22,382 COD (2022)
12,434 NSD (2022)

Government

Type Unitary presidential republic

Executive
President Ben Mukturi
Vice President Jak Pekara

Legislative
Legislature National Congress
Speaker Imon Ikari

Judicial
Court Supreme Court
Judge Simon Kinilo

Miscellaneous

Time Zone UTC +10:00

Date Format mm/dd/yyyy

Driving Side Right

Internet TLD .ko

Overview

Coliantia (/kol-'yan-ti-,ya/; Coliantian: Kolianti, sometimes Koliantia), officially the Republic of Coliantia, is a sovereign nation located situated in the western Pacific Ocean. The country does not have a land border with any other country, but is geographically close to Ibbonia and Japan in the north, China and Taiwan in the west, the Philippines in the southwest, and Guam in the south. The country has a total area of around 100,000 square kilometers, or about the same size as South Korea, and, as of 2022, is home to about 9.2 million people. Sulchi is the country's capital and largest city.

Coliantia is an industrialized country, being one of the world's fastest growing economies. The country is transitioning from an economy based on agriculture to an economy based on services and manufacturing. The tourism sector is the country's largest industry. Due to the country's extensive agriculture and industry sectors, it has become a great exporter of technology and food products, as well as raw materials.

Coliantia is a unitary presidential republic, with Ben Mukturi as the current head of state and government. The National Congress, meanwhile, is the legislative body of the country. Elections are held every December 1 to vote for the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, and local government positions.

Half of the country can be described as flat land, while the rest are dense jungles and rugged mountains. Mountains run from the northeast of the country to the southwest, dividing the country into two, except for a narrow piece of flat land in the center, known as the Nabuko region. Lush jungles, meanwhile, are concentrated in the west of the mountains, especially in the southwest. Rivers run along the mountains of the country, the largest of which are Iktamo River in the northeast and Buko River in the southwest. Surrounding the entire island is the region of the Pacific Ocean named after them, the Coliantian Sea.

Coliantia is a progressive country. It consistently ranks high in quality index, such as in freedom, education, welfare, safety, and equality, thanks to the numerous welfare programs of the government. The country also possesses a very low crime rate, due to extensive programs in education and welfare, and the abolishment of prisons and the heavy prioritization of rehabilitation for criminals. The country actively promotes equality for LGBTQ peoples and other minority groups.


Etymology

The name Coliantia was derived from the name of the Kingdom of Kolianti, the Coliantian state prior to discovery and colonization. This name, in return, is derived from the name of the founder and first king of the kingdom, Kolianti. The name Coliantia was first used by the Ibbonians in 1948, during the Coliantian-Ibbonian War. Other proposed names made by the Ibbonians to name the nation-state were New Ibbonia and Uminamir (lit. Land of Umina, in honor of the Ibbonian president during the conquest of Coliantia, Jama Umina).


History

Pre-Kingdom Era
The island of Coliantia was completely uninhabited, until sometime in 620, when humans, likely from Mindanao in the Philippines, sailed and landed somewhere in the southwest of the island. There they settled and began to develop small towns with small huts made of coconut leaves and wood. By 650, they have crossed the Boraha and Buko Mountain Ranges and have reached the flatlands in the east. By 660, the place where modern-day Sulchi lies has been inhabited by hundreds of people. By the end of the 7th century, the island was populated by around 90,000 people.

Kingdom of Kolianti
In 722, Kolianti, one of the leaders of the people in the island, found the Kingdom of Kolianti, named after him, in Sulchi. The kingdom, however, was ran like a tribe. Kolianti died in 753 and was replaced by his son, Mikita.

Pokamu War - During the late 800s and early 900s, Kolianti was undergoing a crisis, due to crop failures, typhoons that destroyed cities, and a succession crisis. Pokamu, a famed warrior at the time, mad at the failures of the Kolianti kingdom, formed the Pokamu tribe in 915 with 35,000 other people, which occupied the eastern part of the country, including the capital city of Otikimo. In 916, the Pokamu tribe declared war on Kolianti, beginning the Pokamu War, or sometimes called the Coliantian Civil War.

Morale on the side of the kingdom forces were low, and, paired with the ongoing food shortages due to crop failures, meant that they were militarily weak. As such, the Pokamu tribe easily advanced towards Kolianti territory. In March of 917, the Pokamu tribe reached the new capital city of the kingdom, Nakurik, and, after a week of fighting, burned it to the ground. The royal family also suffered losses themselves. Motaki, the King of Kolianti when war broke out, was captured by Pokamu warriors and executed by beheading with a sword. His son, Ikmini, was also killed. That lead to Motaki's brother, Iktamo, to be put into the throne. He was crowned King on July of 918. Once he was made King, Iktamo made large changes to the system of the kingdom in order to defeat the Pokamus. He ordered everyone between the ages of 15 to 45 to serve as a warrior and fight in the war. He also emphasized the previous actions of the Pokamu Tribe, such as massacres and city-burning, to the people, changing the image of the Pokamu tribe from a liberating force to a group of brutes bringing death and destruction to the island.

In 919, Iktamo began his counterattack on the Pokamus. With 80,000 warrriors, the kingdom drove the Pokamu tribe east. In the battle for Nakurik, the city was once more burned by the Pokamus as a 'scorched earth' policy. By 922, the Pokamu tribe, down to only 2,500 men, held out to just the capital city of Otikimo. Iktamo made plans to the final blow on the Pokamu tribe. On May 26, the king personally led 2,000 warriors at a charge towards the Pokamu positions in the city. The fierce battle that later ensued took over two hours. Pokamu himself was killed during the battle, with a famous legend saying that he met a sword in his face. The remaining Pokamu warriors, numbering 200, surrendered, ending the Pokamu War.

The war brought immense effects to the kingdom. The war killed over 70,000 people, over 60% of the total pre-war population. A large portion of cities around the island were destroyed and burned, the largest of which was Nakurik. Iktamo, in order to solve the issues that caused the war in the first place, made agricultural reforms that enabled the growth of the kingdom's agricultural sector and produced more food for the people. The Charge of Otikimo, in particular, became such an iconic event in Coliantian history that, after the war, the city of Otikimo was renamed to Sulchi, the Coliantian word for "charge", which is what Iktamo reportedly shouted at the beginning of the charge. Numerous monuments can be seen throughout the country honoring the famous charge and the king.

Post-War - Following the devastating war, Kolianti went through a long period of peace. The long and difficult process of rebuilding the burned huts and cities began. Iktamo oversaw this period of rebuilding, until his death in 949, where he was replaced by his son, Kitmichi. Nakurik, the most devastated city of all, was restored by around 960. Around 1200, the pre-war population of around 120,000 people was restored.

During the 16th and 17th century, the people of Kolianti went through their own Renaissance period. The popularity of literature, art, fashion, and unique customs exploded. Several writers such as Tikito Nikatani and Putkata Oktamo became the leading writers of the era, writing iconic and popular stories epics such as "Toka Simi ono Biktata" ("The Epic of Biktata") and "Fitaka" ("Goodbye"). Music became prevalent, with the people playing their own unique instruments, such as the tinin, a native form of the guitar, and bumum, a native form of the drum. Fashion became more colorful and unique with the popularization of colorful headbands, armbands, tattoos, piercings, and dresses. Lastly, customs that are now iconic in the country began during this Renaissance era, customs that are still practiced to this day.

Native Coliantians, January 7, 1948

During this entire era, there were some occasions of foreigners discovering and landing on the island. From the 11th to the 19th century, there were around 25 different cases of foreign landing. However, all of these landings were small and unplanned, and the foreigners who landed were immediately arrested and executed, not being able to transfer the knowledge of such existence of an island to the outside world. Out of these cases, only two have been recorded:

  • 1826 Battle of Ikabani - A British vessel, carrying around three dozens of musketeers, spotted the island, its crew landing near Ikabani. Around a dozen native warriors spotted the British, who then immediately attempted to arrest the foreigners. The musketeers opened fire on the warriors, beginning the battle. For around two days, the British managed to hold their ground in the town, with the musketeers killing an estimated 1,800 warriors. However, they were eventually killed by elite spearmen.

  • 1937 Battle of Tukurin - A group of Japanese fishermen, likely composed of 75-100 people, landed in the northern coastal city of Tukurin after their ship got lost following a storm. They were immediately spotted by locals and later warriors. Some 300 spearmen rushed to arrest and execute the Japanese. However, after one of the fishermen were stabbed, the Japanese retaliated by killing the warriors using their fishing tools and equipment. The fishermen likely made their last stand for twenty minutes, during which 200 warriors died. Eventually, the last surviving and fighting fisherman was killed by the warriors. A search-and-rescue operation was later planned by the Japanese government, but the breakout of the Pacific War forced them to cancel it.

Discovery - In March of 1947, two Ibbonian warships spotted the island while sailing around the Pacific Ocean. Thinking it to be uninhabited, the warships' crew landed there and made plans to report the sighting of the island to the Ibbonian government. Three days after their landing, however, native warriors spotted them and attempted to arrest and execute them. However, before they were able to do that, the warships' crew quickly left and were able to report the existence of the island to the outside world. Ibbonia, at the time, was in an era of ultranationalism and what some called a "war craze". So, when news of an uncontested valuable island was heard, the government, as well as the common people, were immediately interested in the island and made plans for conquest and colonization.

Coliantian-Ibbonian War - On January 9, 1948, 40,000 soldiers and 9 warships left Ibbonia with a mission: to capture the island for colonization. In the early afternoon of that day, the Ibbonians landed in modern-day Taho. The warriors in the area immediately went to arrest them, but was not able to because of the Ibbonians' superiority in number and arms. Disturbed by the hostility, the Ibbonian soldiers opened fire on the Kolianti warriors, beginning the Coliantian-Ibbonian War.

The town was defended by only a small amount of warriors, and so, by evening, the city was already in Ibbonian hands. After the battle, the Ibbonian troops captured some of the town's residents, as well as some of the warriors, and interrogated them for any information of the island and its people. However, the languages of both sides were strikingly different, and so by the end, the Ibbonians received no information. Frustrated by this, the Ibbonians killed the innocent people being interrogated. In what resulted as the Taho Massacre, 400 of the "interrogatees" were killed, either by gun or by knife. When the Ibbonians left the next day to continue their conquest, they left the corpses of the dead outside the people's huts.

Ibbonian soldiers on February 3, during
the beginning of the Battle of Sulchi

Eventually, through the gestures and signs of the natives, the Ibbonians figured out the city of Sulchi, which they believed to be where the king was. With this, on January 15, they began their journey to Sulchi. The journey was met with plenty of resistance, but with the superior weaponry and logistics of the Ibbonians, they easily defeated the people of Kolianti. In one occasion, on January 18, in the town of Katpata, 19 kilometers from Taho, a platoon of around 26 Ibbonians held off a counterattack of around 3,000 warriors just with four machine gun nests.

By February 3, the Ibbonian soldiers reached the city of Sulchi, defended by 50,000 warriors, where battle immediately ensued. The warriors put up fanatical resistance. According to an interview after the war of one Ibbonian soldier, he said, "The warriors were unbelievable. When they charge, they shout like maniacs. If their charge fails, they send another charge. Our only advantage were the guns, but everything else, the courage, will to fight, the numerical strength, they had it."

After nearly a month, on March 6, Ikanpati announced the surrender of the kingdom, ending the battle and the war. The conflict killed only 1,500 Ibbonian soldiers and nearly 110,000 Coliantians, around 6% of the estimated total population before the war.

The peace talks that followed caused great chaos and misunderstanding between the Kolianti and Ibbonian government, largely because the two sides didn't understand each other's languages and had to act out their intended messages. At one point, Ibbonian soldiers nearly shot Ikanpati himself with rifles. To solve this issue, the Ibbonians took a group of natives and forcefully taught them Ibbonian, then sent them to conferences to act as translators. Finally, after two chaotic months, the Treaty of Sulchi was signed on May 15, 1948, dissolving the Kingdom of Kolianti and arresting its royal family, ending 1,200 years of royal rule, and establishing the Ibbonian Colony of Coliantia.

Colony of Coliantia
Following the passage of the treaty, Ibbonian President Jama Umina signed the Coliantian Organic Act, whereby the Colonial Government of Coliantia was established. The government consisted of the Governor-General and the Colonial Assembly. Only Ibbonians were permitted to hold positions of Governor-General and seats in the Colonial Assembly, however.

Ibbonia committed plenty of atrocities during the early period of colonization. The former launched what it called a program of "rapid modernization and Westernization" in Coliantia. Ibbonian and English were forcefully taught into the natives, while the native Coliantian alphabet was banned from being used or taught. The old ways of the monarchy were strictly abolished. Any sense of nationalism for Coliantia and hatred for Ibbonia was radically suppressed, so were anti-colonization protests, riots, and revolts. Other Ibbonian cultural institutions were forcefully put into place. Dozens of massacres, humiliation, and fires were committed, the largest of which was the 1948 Tikaha Massacre and Fire, which, in total, killed around 16,000 people and destroyed approximately 90% of all of Tikaha. However, these Ibbonian atrocities were silenced by their military and government to not only their own people, but to the international world as well.

Tikaha after the 1948 Tikaha Fire

On April 14, 1951, Ikanpati, Kolianti's last king, and his family were brutally murdered by Ibbonian policemen. Despite their horrible crime, the policemen were not arrested by authorities. As such, massive riots and protests began throughout the island. In Sulchi, 50,000 people stood outside the Piktadoduk, the newly-established building that served as the office of the colonial government, protesting for freedom and throwing rocks and arrows at the building. In order to stop these riots and revolts, Ibbonian soldiers opened fire on the protesters, killing 107 and injuring around 250 people. Similar massacres were committed in places where riots and revolts were rampant. The revolts would only stop in June after the Ibbonian government finally ordered the arrest of the policemen who killed the king.

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Ibbonian atrocities during the war and the early years of colonization were finally exposed and became common knowledge to the common Ibbonian. Protests erupted throughout Ibbonia after the exposure, calling for a full Ibbonian withdrawal and Coliantian independence. Furthermore, the protesters pressured the current government to try the government and military authorities responsible for the atrocities for war crimes. All these eventually led to Man Ominika, a Coliantian sympathizer, to be elected during the 1964 Ibbonian elections. In 1965, he passed the Reform and Repair Act or the R&R Act, which: (1) introduced social welfare programs in the colony; (2) provided $1.8B for the rebuilding of destroyed cities during the war; and (3) provided a further $2.3B to help strengthen and diversify the Coliantian economy. Two years later, he passed the Miyaka Act, which allowed 12 of the 24 seats in the Colonial Assembly to be held by Coliantians.

During Ominika's presidency, Coliantia became engaged in the Cold War as part of the first world. The colony became an American ally; it was provided weapons and other military equipment by the US. In return, Coliantia allowed US warships to temporarily station and refuel in their colony. When Ibbonia joined the Vietnam War in 1963, Coliantia followed suit, sending the 4th and 5th Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Division, as well as sending food and medical equipment to South Vietnam. The two would later pull out of the war in June of 1971, but would continue to send economic and medical aid to South Vietnam until it fell to Communist forces in 1975.

Nakurik, 1978

During the 1970s, Coliantia went through an economic boom, largely thanks to Ominika's R&R act in 1965. The modernization of the Coliantian economy went smooth. Poverty and unemployment decreased fast, while modern infrastructure began to develop across the colony. Some refer to this period as the Miracle on the Iktamo River, a phrase coined after the real-life Miracle on the Rhine in Germany and Miracle on the Han River in South Korea.

In the 1980s, Coliantia went through a wave of liberalism and freedom. In 1983, the Crime Act was passed by Ibbonian President John Parana, dissolving the prison system and heavily prioritizing rehabilitation and therapy for criminals. This act was a huge success, as, by just the first two years since the act was passed, crime was down 80% throughout the country. Universal healthcare and education was implemented in 1984. The freedom of press, opinion, religion, protest, and others were realized and implemented. By the end of the decade, the standard of living in Coliantia rose significantly. In 1992, US President George H. W. Bush called Coliantia "a shining beacon of liberty and freedom in the Pacific."

Despite being a close Western ally, both Coliantia and Ibbonia did not participate in the Gulf War in 1990 and then again in the Iraq War in 2003, although it provided aid to both coalition forces and civilian victims of the two wars in the form of food and medical personnel and equipment.

By the turn of the century, the atmosphere in Ibbonia was noticeably anti-colonization. Numerous peaceful protests and movements have been made by pro-independence activists in both Coliantia and Ibbonia. In Coliantia, people such as Ben Mukturi, Baki Atkano, Jak Pekara, and others carried plenty of these peaceful movements in their respective areas, As such, during the late-1990s and early-2000s, Ibbonia and Coliantia began working to provide more autonomy to the latter. In 2004, the Kurina-Miktona Act was passed, allowing 18 of the 24 seats in the Colonial Assembly to be held by Coliantians. This movement became stronger when, in 2009, the Kyarata Act was passed, allowing the position of Governor-General and all seats of the Colonial Assembly to be held by Coliantians. The wave of Coliantian autonomy eventually culminate in 2012, when Ibbonian President Mana Yamin and Governor-General Ben Mukturi met in Umil, Ibbonia to discuss terms regarding the passage of an act that would give Coliantia complete independence. The act, now commonly known as the Mukturi Act, was passed on February 22, 2012, forming the Commonwealth of Coliantia on the island and providing a period of ten years of transition and preparation before complete independence. With the establishment of the Commonwealth came the establishment of democracy as well, as the President of the Commonwealth was determined not by the appointment of the Ibbonian president but by the vote of the people. In the island's first election in 2012, Mukturi defeated his fellow independence activist Pika Nakato, winning 88% of the votes.

The Coliantian transitional period went smooth and prosperous. Right after the Mukturi Act was passed, the Colonial Assembly was dissolved and was replaced by the newly-established National Congress of Coliantia, made up entirely of Coliantians. In November of the same year, the Local Government Act was passed, dividing the island into six provinces and one district and establishing local governments and regulations. Later on, several Ibbonian institutions and businesses were either dissolved, privatized, or made into Coliantian state-owned ones.

On February 22, 2022, the independent Republic of Coliantia was born. Celebrations were held both in Coliantia and in Ibbonia. Ben Mukturi, the face of Coliantian independence, was elected as the first President of Coliantia. A ceremony and parade was held on the day of independence at the Kolianti Memorial Park where government officials of both Coliantia and Ibbonia attended, as well as famous celebrities. In this ceremony, the inauguration of President Mukturi was also held.

Sulchi, 2022

Republic of Coliantia
In its first few weeks, Coliantia blossomed into a wonderful, democratic country. Its economy, welfare, and safety skyrocketed. The young country made staggering progress. However, it grew not without any problems and issues.

On April 27, the Olicol Crisis occurred. The Olicol Clique, a group of rich officials, took control of 22 of the 32 seats in the National Congress and approved that only them could choose candidates in government elections. Many people described this event as the "largest defeat for Coliantian democracy so far."

On April 28, 12,000 Coliantians in Barasila, a nation that, since a coup in January, has been led by an ultranationalist government with Niro Pinang as 'supreme leader', were forcefully taken from their homes and placed in concentration camps all across Barasila. This sparked the Coliantian-Barasilan Crisis. News of the event immediately reached the Coliantian government, who decided, on May 1, to send troops to Barasila via air transport to rescue the victims and replace the ultranationalist Barasilan government with a democratic one. By May 2, Coliantian forces have rescued all 12,000 victims and have arrested Pinang. The Coliantians replaced the Pinang government with a democratic one, now led by Nista Rakitu. The victims were sent to Coliantia and given refuge.

On May 16, protests in Sulchi began, aiming for the reintroduction of free elections and the arrest of the Olicol Clique. Although starting small, the protests began to grow. On May 20, at the culmination of the protests, 200,000 people, including policemen and soldiers, stood outside the Piktadoduk, chanting "Chititi pi Koliantia!" ("Freedom for Coliantia!") and "Demokarasia!" ("Democracy!"). Outside Sulchi, around 1.5 million people also protested in cities like Nakurik, Imakota, and Siktana. On May 21, 200 soldiers entered the Piktadoduk and arrested the 22 members of the Olicol, ending the Olicol Crisis and the aristocratic period of the country. On May 24, the twenty-two original Congress members, who were removed from office because of the Crisis was restored as well. On May 26, the Election Act of 2022, previously made to give the Olicol full rule over the candidates of national eletions, was amended to give the candidates themselves the power to decide if they want to participate the elections. Today, the event is called the May Democratic Movement.

After the democratic movement, Coliantia has been a stable and progressive nation, becoming one of the fastest growing nations not just in the Pacific. Furthermore, it ended its historical isolationism by beginning an embassy program, as well as joining numerous international alliances and organizations. However, the sudden foreign interventions of Coliantia has become a debate in its politics, with conservative politicians calling the nation's act as "dangerous" and "may lead to its collapse".


Government

Ben Mukturi, the 1st and current
President of Coliantia

Coliantia has a democratic government in the form of a constitutional republic with a presidential system. The President is the head of state and government, as well as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The president is chosen through an election that occurs every year on the first day of December. Elected presidents are inaugurated on the first day of February. A president can serve a maximum of three terms, whereby one term is equivalent to one year. The country has a unicameral legislative body, the National Congress, composed of 32 seats proportionally divided among its six provinces and one district. Members of the Congress are also chosen through a yearly election, although they can serve an unlimited number of terms.

The President has a cabinet as well, composed of the Vice President, Secretary of the Head, Press Secretary, the ministers of the government, and the chiefs-of-staff of the three branches of the military. Ministers are the head of ministries that act as executive departments. Ministers can be appointed by the approval of both the President and the Congress. The president acts as the head of the cabinet. Every last day of the month, the cabinet holds a meeting where they discuss important matters of the state and government. Chiefs-of-staff are also appointed like ministers. As of today, the members of the cabinet are as below:

Position

Name

Since

President

Ben Mukturi

February 22, 2022

Vice President

Jak Pekara

February 22, 2022

Secretary of the Head

Timo Pakino

February 22, 2022

Press Secretary

Iko Nariato

February 22, 2022

Minister of Agriculture

Mati Kachapa

February 22, 2022

Minister of Communications

Han Iraka

February 22, 2022

Minister of Defense

Man Tikoro

August 11, 2022

Minister of Domestic Affairs

Jana Pitani

February 22, 2022

Minister of Education

Patrick Sahalo

February 22, 2022

Minister of Energy

John Matino

February 22, 2022

Minister of Environment

Noak Itaka

February 22, 2022

Minister of Finance

Kota Parole

February 22, 2022

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Chris Palenko

February 22, 2022

Minister of Health

Wester Kolama

February 22, 2022

Minister of Infrastructure

Dave Ikori

July 17, 2022

Minister of Justice

Floyd Baktilo

February 22, 2022

Minister of Science

Apa Binakot

February 22, 2022

Minister of Sports

Ben Latuka

February 22, 2022

Minister of Tourism

Oliver Gabama

February 22, 2022

Minister of Transportation

Jim Ikopa

February 22, 2022

Minister of Welfare

Dati Itaka

February 22, 2022

Chief-of-Staff of the Army

Matt Ilesepo

February 22, 2022

Chief-of-Staff of the Navy

Suli Binakot

February 22, 2022

Chief-of-Staff of the Air Force

Naki Biktora

February 22, 2022

Prior to independence, Coliantia had a colonial government, with the governor-general acting as head of state and government of the colony, while also being the secretary of the colony to the Ibbonian president. The governor-general was chosen through appointment by the Ibbonian president. The colonial government also had a legislative body, the Colonial Assembly, composed of 30 seats. However, this colonial government was very influenced by Ibbonia. In fact, it was only in 2002 that the governor-general and all seats of the Assembly were allowed to be held by Coliantians.

Coliantia is a multi-party system. The parties who currently hold seats in the Congress are as below:

Party

Ideology

Political Position

Seats in Congress

President

Vice President

Social Democratic

Liberalism, Progressivisim

Center-left

14

x

x

Conservative

Conservatism, Economic Liberalism

Center-right

11

Green

Environmentalism, Progressivism

Center-left

4

Tamara (lit. People's)

Conservatism, Right-Libertarianism, Nationalism

Right

2

Socialist

Socialism, Marxism

Left

1

Foreign Relations
Main article: Foreign Relations

Since it gained its independence, Coliantia has followed a policy of "universal friendship and cooperation". It signed numerous pacts, alliances, and other deals with plenty of nations. This policy was broken on late-April to early-May 2022, when the Barasilan-Coliantian Crisis erupted, leading to Coliantian military forces being deployed to fight in Barasila.

Provinces of Coliantia

The foreign relations and affairs of Coliantia are handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is the official Coliantian representative to foreign nations other than their respective ambassadors. As of the country's independence, Chris Palenko is the minister of the ministry.

Coliantia is part of six alliances and organizations, including The Pacific Alliance. As of July 26, 2022, the country has an embassy in thirteen different countries. Likewise, the country hosts embassies from twenty-three different countries.

Administrative Divisions
Coliantia is governed as a unitary state. It is divided into six provinces - Nakurik, Hachipa, Kamtika, Taktapu, Baraik, and Sokito - and one district - Sulchi. The provinces and district are further divided into cities and municipalities.

The governments of the provinces and the district consist of the Governor, Vice-Governor, and sixteen Members of the Provincial Board, the legislative body. The governments of the cities and municipalities consist of the Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and ten members of the City Board or Municipal Board.


Geography

Buko Mountain Range

The country lies on the Island of Coliantia, isolated in the Western Pacific Ocean. The island is about 39,000 square kilometers, or about the same size as Bhutan. The island is surrounded by the Coliantian Sea.

The country is divided into flat grasslands and harsh mountains and jungles. The flat grasslands are prominent in the northwest and southeast area of the island. Two mountain ranges, the Boraha and Buko Mountain Ranges divided the flat grasslands into two, with the Boraha range moving northeast to central and the Buko range moving from central to southwest. Rivers flow along these mountains, the largest of which are the Iktamo River in the Boraha range and the Buko River in the Buko range. In the far southwest of the island are where lush jungles are located.

Despite the harsh condition of the mountains and jungles, Coliantia is blessed to have such geography like this. The wide flat grasslands allow people in the island to grow large amounts of crops such as rice, while the mountains and jungles provide the nation with plenty of natural resources such as timber, metals, gems, and fruits. The nearby ocean provides Coliantia with loads of fish and other seafood, which has become the star of Coliantian cuisine. The wonderful beaches along the shore have become a haven for tourists, giving the Coliantian economy a boost with the tourism sector.

The country experiences a humid subtropical climate. The country gets two seasons: the dry season from December to April, and the wet season from May to November. At its yearly highest point, the temperature in the island can be at around 31C, while at its yearly lowest point, it can be at around 17C.

The country is part of the continent of Oceania. Among the continent, Coliantia ranks fourth in area (behind Australia, Barasila, and New Zealand), third in population (behind Australia and Barasila), and third in GDP (behind Australia and New Zealand).


Military

The Coliantian Armed Forces, the military forces of the country, consist of three branches: the Coliantian Army, the Coliantian Navy, and the Coliantian Air Force. Service in the Coliantian military is completely voluntary. The commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces is the President, while the Chief-of-Staffs of the three branches must be approved by both the Congress and the President. As of 2022, the Armed Forces have a combined manpower of about 130,000 men. The Armed Forces receive 1.7% of the total budget of the country, equivalent to around $1.94B in 2022.

Since its inception, the Armed Forces has had a doctrine of all-around defense. Being an island, Coliantia already has an advantage over defensive matters. The Armed Forces is also doctrined to jungle and mountain warfare.

The Coliantian Armed Forces has only been in conflict once, during the Coliantian-Barasilan crisis in late-April and early-May 2022, when the Armed Forces decisively beat the unorganized Barasilan military.


Economy

The Coliantian economy operates under a system of free market capitalism, with private sectors accounting for around 75% of the total economy. According to reports, the nation has had an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) of around $114.4 billion. The country has an unemployment rate of 1.9%.

The largest sectors of the Coliantian economy are electrical machinery and equipment, agriculture, retail, mining, fishing, and tourism. The nation's top exports are technology products, sugarcane, rice, corn, iron, and lead.

During the first twenty years of the colonization period, the Coliantian economy almost entirely relied on agriculture and fishing. In 1955, these two sectors made up around 85% of the entire economy. These led to the slow growth of the economy and the rampant unemployment and poverty across the country. However, with the Ominika reforms during the 1960s, the economy was modernized. The technology, manufacturing, and retail sectors grew and exploded, and, by 1975, just twenty years later, dominated the Coliantian economy.


Demographics

According the 2022 Coliantian Census, the country has an estimated population of around 9.2 million people, the 98th highest in the world. The first official census was done in 1951, when the population was listed at around 2.2 milion. In 1970, the population was at 3.4 million, 5.2 million at 1990, and 7.9 million in 2010. Government-held censuses are held every five years.

The median age for the Coliantian populace is 23.4 years. Life expectancy is placed at 81.9 years (18th highest in the world), 83.2 years for men and 80.6 years for women. In the 2022 census, only 4.2% of the population lived below the poverty line, a massive drop compared to 55.8% in 1970 and nearly 85% in 1951.

The most populated province/district is the District of Sulchi, where the capital is located, and where 3.7 million people, around 40% of the total population, lives. The provinces of Nakurik, Hachipa, and Kamtika are the subsequent second, third, and fourth most populous provinces. In terms of cities, almost a third of the population, around 2.9 million, lives in the capital city of Sulchi. The next most populated cities are Nakurik at 920K people, Imakota at 855K people, and Fichika at 650K people.

The nation is mostly homogeneous in race, with 93% of the population made up of ethnic Coliantians. These ethnic Coliantians were most likely to have sailed from Mindanao during the early 7th century. Ibbonians make up 4% of the population, Chinese make up 2%, and other foreigners such as Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Barasilans, and others make up 1%.

The nation is largely irreligious, with 88% of the population as such, and has historically been. It has been said that the kings of Kolianti discouraged the practice of "fake spiritual powers". Despite this, there are still portions of the Coliantian populace with religious beliefs. 5% of the population believes in animism, 4% in Christianity, 2% in Islam, and 1% in other religions.

Coliantian, the national language, is spoken as a mother tongue by nearly 98% of all people. The homogeneity of language in the country gives it a large sense of unity and patriotism. However, the Coliantian alphabet, the original letters of the Coliantian language, are only known by just 10% of the population. This is because the Ibbonian authorities banned the usage and teaching of the alphabet during the first twenty years of colonization and forced the locals to learn and use the Latin alphabet. English can be spoken by 85% of the population clearly, placing second. This is due to the language being taught from elementary to high school. The next most spoken languages are Ibbonian, Japanese, Chinese, Tagalog, and others.

The Republic of Coliantia

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