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East Angria is made up of twelve lands, which function similar to states or constituencies in other countries, but yield some power to other special purpose unions. Each of the twelve lands is unique in terms of geography, culture, language, and political landscape. There are large differences in terms of how political and economic activity are organized in each land. This is an overview of the twelve lands with their flags, most important cities, and regional subdivisions.

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Land

Population

Capital City

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Batāvje

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Ārnem

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Flānderen

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Brysl

03

Frīslān

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Ɣrōniŋe

04

Hezn

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Fraŋkfort

05

Holand

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Amsterdam

06

Jylant

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Århūs

07

Lōtriŋe

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Zābrige

08

Nōrdalbiŋjen

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Hamborc

09

Nōrdeŋan

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Brēm

10

Ōstfāln

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Hanōva

11

Riŋland

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Køle

12

Vestfaoln

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Dyørpm

Batavia - Batāvje

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Main Cities: Ārnem; Enscede, Neimēɣen, Denbos, Apeldōrn, Zvole

Regions: Ōverīsel, Ɣelderland, Brābant, Limbʉrɣ

The Batavian Federation or Batāvʃe Bund is a land in western Sassony. It is bordered by Frisia, North Angria, Westphalia, Rhineland, Flanders and Holland, and the Ijsselmeer sea.

Most of Batavia is flat and very low, partially even below sea level. Most of the land is used for agriculture. There are a few slightly more hilly forests here and there.

The land is not centered on a single metropolitan region, but is characterized by several cities with 100 000 to 200 000 inhabitants and wide stretches of less densely populated countryside. The most important cities are Ārnem; Enscede, and Neimēɣen. A large part of Sassony's staple crops, such as wheat and potatoes, as well as many different kinds of vegetables are produced here. Bicycles, agricultural machines, greenhouses and solar panels are also produced here.

Batavia joined the Anarchist Commune of Sassony relatively late in 1982. Like Lothringia, its political landscape is shaped by federalism. The Batavian Federation consists of the largely autonomous constituencies of Ōverīsel, Brābant, Limbʉrɣ, Axtahuks, Bētywe and Vēlywe. Accordingly, the population adheres to a wide variety of political movements, with none of them clearly dominant over the others.

Language-wise, the Batavian Federation is almost equally divided between the Low Franconian and Low German language communities. The Low German dialects of the area are very distinct from the more commonly spoken North Low Saxon and Eastphalian varieties, and thus often classified independently as "nēdrsaksis". They are easily mutually intellegible with Westphalian and Oldenburgish dialects, though.


Flanders - Flānderen

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Main Cities: Brysl; Antverp, Bryɣe, Ɣent, Lø̄ve

Regions: Brābant, Kleinflānderen, Limbʉrɣ

The Free Land of Flanders or Frei Land Flānderen is a land in southwestern Sassony. It stretches from its borders with Rhineland and Lothringia in the east to the North Sea in the far west. The Sasson lands Holland and Batavia lie to the north, while French- and Walloon- speaking regions lie to the south.

Its physical geography consists of three parts: The Eisr river basin in the west, a central plain, and some hills in the eastern border regions. Flanders is heavily urbanized and overall densely populated.

Flanders is centered on Brysl, the second largest city in the whole territory, and includes three other important cities. Flanders includes the eastern entrance to the channel tunnel leading to Great Britain from Kāles, which is also served by vacuum trains. Another notable feature is the Kusttram, a tram line that runs from Døyŋkerke near the border along the coast, all the way to Antverp.

Joining only in 1986, Flanders is the latest addition to the Anarchist Commune of Sassony. It is one of the most world-open and cosmopolitan regions, which is mostly due to the special status of Brysl. The Activists for Peace and Nature (AFN) are the most important political movement, soon followed by the Progressives.

Flanders is predominantly speaking Low Franconian in its unique local dialect. It also has a singificant minority of langues d'oïl speakers.


Frisia - Frīslān

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Main Cities: Ɣrōniŋe; Vylmshå̄ven, Emn

Regions: Nūrdfresklun, Ōstfraislant, Vestfrīslant

The Democratic Confederacy of Frisia, or Denokratysk Konfederaasje Fryslân, is a land in northwestern Sassony, taking up a large amount of the territory's coastline and most of its maritime islands. North Frisia is territorially detached from the rest of the land, consisting of islands and a small portion of coast next to Nordalbingia.

The land is sparsely populated, with an economy mostly based on fishing, agriculture, and tourism. Major cities include the capital and university city of Ɣrōniŋe, Vilemshāmn and Emn. The islands and coastal communities individually decide how they balance tourism, economic activity in the sea, and protection of nature resorts.

The population has a strong sense of cultural identity, local patriotism, and self-determination, which can partially be explained by its unique history. Frisia is organized along the principles of Democratic Confederalism, as laid out by Kurdish freedom fighter Abdullah Öcalan.

Most of the population speaks one or another dialect of the Frisian languages, which are mostly unintelligible to the neighboring Low Franconian and Low German languages. Dialects vary wildly from island to island and from town to town.


Hesse - Hezn

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Main Cities: Fraŋkfort; Mēnts, Dārmʃtat, Kazl, Vīsbādn

Regions: Kazl, Zȳdhezn, Rainhezn

Hesse is a land in southeastern Sassony, bordered by the lands Eastphalia, Lothringia, Rhineland, and Westphalia as well as South and East Germany. The terrain ranges from hilly to mountainous and the climate is the most continental in all of East Angria.

The north of the land contains only a few small cities and is centered on Kazl, where the world-famous Documenta art fair is held. The south contains one of the country's largest metropolitan areas: the Rhine-Main region around Fraŋkfort.

Most of Hesse speaks Hessian dialects of West Central German, but Standard German is also widely used for written communication. There is a large dialectal and cultural divide between the north and south. The population of the south displays an open and cheerful attitude similar to that of Lothringia and Rhineland, while the north are a little closer to the quiet and reserved East- and Westphalians.


Holland - Holand

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Main Cities: Amsterdam; Denhāx, Roterdam, Ytrext

Regions: Holand, Zēland

Gemenbest Holand or the Commonwealth of Holland is a land in western Sassony, bordered by Batavia and Flanders, and close to the West Frisian islands of the North Sea. Holanf got its name for being very low and completely flat. Land reclamation efforts and dams are ubiquitous. A significant portion of the terrain is below sea level and threatened by flooding.

Holand contains the Randstat, a metropolitan area consisting of several large cities, and East Angria's most important seaports. The Riŋ stream, lifeline of all of southern and western Sassony, reaches the North Sea here.

Holand is mostly Low Franconian-speaking. Dutch is popular for written documents, but the Sasson alphabet is also used.


Jutland - Jylant

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Main Cities: Århūs; Albå, Flensborc, Vibåʔ

Regions: Slesvic, Jyland, Nørejyske Ø̄

Jutland is a land in the very north of Sassony. It is an outlier in more than one way. Jutland is a peninsula, surrounded by sea and islands on three sides. It is bordered by North Frisia and Nordalbingia to the south. Jutland speaks Jutlandic Danish, a North Germanic language that is mutually unintelligible with the West Germanic languages of the rest of the territory. Thus, the territory’s Standard Language only plays a role in national communication here, and the Juts display even more regional identity and self-management than the Frisians. Culturally and linguistically, they identify closely with the neighboring Danes and Scanians.


Lothringia - Lōtriŋe

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Main Cities: Zābrige, Letsebueś

Regions: Zārlond, Lōtriŋe, Palts, Letsebueś, Mōzlland

Lothringia is a land in the very south of Sassony, bordering Hesse and Rhineland to the north. It consists of five regions with only loose cultural and organizational ties to each other: the Saar, Lothringia Proper, Palatinate, Luxemburg, and Moselle. (Greater) Lothringia has several different West Central German dialects. The land is dominated by hills, the streams Saar, Rhine and Moselle, and by vineyards, making it by far the largest producer of wine in East Angria.


Nordalbingia - Nōrdalbiŋjen

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Main Cities: Hambōx; Lȳbēk, Kīl, Sverīn

Regions: Slesvic, Holstēn, Vestmeklnburc

Nordalbingia is a land in northeastern East Angria. It borders North Frisia and Jutland to the north, Eastphalia and North Angria to the south, and has coasts on both the North and Baltic Seas. Nordalbingia contains Hambōx, the territory’s largest city at roughly 1.8 million inhabitants, and the surrounding metropolitan area. It is mostly Low German-speaking. The stream Elv forms most of the southern border, but also flows right through Hambōx, where there is another important sea port for the territory.


North Angria - Nōrdeŋan

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Main Cities: Brēm; Olnborc, Lēe, Demost, Minn

Regions: Verzamarʃ, Olnborga Land, Vustn, Haid

North Angria is a land in central Sassony. It was one of the original two lands that made up the Community of East Angria, and from where it got its name. North Angria is located on both sides of the river Verza at the coast of the North Sea. It is bordered by Nordalbingia, Eastphalia, Westphalia, Batavia and (East) Frisia. The Low German dialects of the area are very similar to, but still distinct from, the standard language. The area is mostly flat, and only sparsely populated outside of the population centers.


Eastphalia - Ōstfāln

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Main Cities: Hanōva; Brūnsvīk, Maideborc, Ɣøtiŋen, Vulfsborc, Hilmesn

Regions: Haid, Zȳdeŋan, Hārt, Vendland, Olmark, Ʃūmborc, Bø̄rde, Verzabarcland

The Autonōmet Teritōrium Ōstfāln or Autonomous Territory of Eastphalia is a land in the very east of Sassony. It stretches from the Elv river in the north and east to the Verza in the west. It is bordered by the lands of Nordalbingia, Hesse, Westphalia, and North Angria.

The north of the land is mostly flat, sparsely populated, and dominated by heaths and marshes. There is a smooth transition into the Bø̄rde landscapes in the center, which include most of the land’s population centers. The terrain gets more and more hilly towards the south, culminating in the Hārt (or Hōrt) mountain range, which includes the territory’s highest mountains at over a thousand meters.

The largest city and de facto capital of Eastphalia is Hanōva in the west of the land. It is closely followed in size and importance by Brūnsvīk in the very center. Vulfsborc is the heart of the Sasson car and utility vehicle industry. Ɣøtiŋen is completely centered on its university, which is one of the most important in the country.

Eastphalia was one of the original two lands that made up East Angria. The "east" part of the territory’s name is derived from Eastphalia. Politics are heavily influenced by autonomous anarchism, which is originated from antifascist resistance groups of the Nazi era and the students' movements of 1968. The land is thus organized as an Autonomous Territory, which facilitates self-management of communes, syndicates, and individuals and impedes harmful external influences from political movements, corporations, and religious groups.

The people speak Eastphalian or North Low Saxon varieties of Low German. There is also a community of Ore Mountain Dialect speakers in the Hōrt mountain range. Eastphalia has a large number of East German immigrants, who also speak East Low German or East Central German dialects.


Rhineland - Riŋland

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Main Cities: Køle; Dysldørp, Oxe, Bon, Æse, Vopadāl, Trīr, Kōvelents

Regions: Berś, Rūrpot, Nīdariŋ, Medlriŋ, Eifl
Rhineland is a land in central Sassony. It is bordered by Batavia, Westphalia, Hesse, Lothringia and Flanders. Rhineland is named for the mighty stream that flows through it. It contains the Rhine metropolitan area and a portion of neighboring Rūrpot metropolitan area. Rhenish people are among the most cheerful and open in all of East Angria. There is large linguistic variety, a number of traditions such as Catholicism and carnival, several football clubs, local patriotism, and international influences from immigrants. All of this makes the main city Køle the cultural capital of East Angria, and also the location for most foreign embassies.


Westphalia - Vestfaoln

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Main Cities: Dyørpm, Baukem, Builefeld, Mönster, Patabuorn, Osnbryge, Ham, Deplt

Regions: Rūrpot, Zȳdeŋan, Verzabarcland, Osnbryga Lant, Ēmslant, Mönstalant, Ziwaland, Lipe

Westphalia is a land in central Sassony. It is bordered by North Angria, Eastphalia, Hesse, Rhineland, and Batavia. Westphalia contains one half of the Rūrpot metropolitan area and a few other large cities, such as Builefeld and Mönster. The people speak a variety of Low German with an overabundance of diphthongs, which is hard for others to understand. Westphalia was the first land to join the free territory of East Angira after it had been founded by North Angria and Eastphalia.

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