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Frisemark, Kingdom of the Isles

The Kingdom of Frisemark
Kongeriget af Frisemark


Flag


Motto: Quo non ascendam: qua patet orbis.
(To what heights can I not rise: as far as the world extends.)



Location of the Mainland


Population: 27,486,949


Capital: Hagenav
Largest City: Hagenav


Official Language: Frisik


National Language: Frisik

Demonym: Frisik

Government:
- King: Asmund VI Gaille-Løvenørn
- Queen: Ekaterina Petrovna Buryakov
- Prime Minister: Niketa Færir
- Arch-Elector: Jens Krikke


Legislature:
- Vælgerkabinet (Executive)
- Lokaleministerier (Legislative)


Establishment: 4 May, 1421


Land Area: 666,373 km²
(257,288 mile²)


Elevation
Highest Point: Mount Sikkema
Lowest Point: Blodplettet Depression


GDP (nominal): 7,543,200,000,012.00 KR
GDP (nominal) per capita: 310,903.95 KR


Human Development Index: 0.942 (Very High )


Currency: Frisik krone (KR)


Time Zones: -6 EFT / -5 WGT


Drives on the: Right


Calling code: +46


Internet TLD: .frmk


Frisemark

The Kingdom of Frisemark, commonly referred to simply as Frisemark, is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy in Northeast Westerra. It shares no land borders. The Frisik home isles (Frisik: Memmelån) are the most populous and administratively important part of the broader Kingdom. Frisemark spans 666,373 km² and has has a population of 27,486,949. The country is administratively divided into 13 Cantons and 1 Special Administrative Territory (Særligt Forvaltningsområde; SFS).

As an island nation, Frisemark has extensive coastline, surrounded by the LinkGuilder Sea. The maritime influence dominates Frisemark's climate, with mild lowland temperatures on the sea coasts; the interior is due to higher altitudes and ocean winds deflecting off the mountains. Oceanic and polar winds bring high rainfall and snowfall to many areas of the country.

Frisemark has both administrative and political subdivisions on two levels: cantons and prefectures. Frisemark maintains close ties with Sarayevka. Frisemark is also a founding member of IDAP, and one of the world's leading producers of petroleum. Frisemark is a very highly developed country with a high standard of living: the country performs at or near the top in measures of education, health care, civil liberties, democratic governance—rated as one of the most free nations in the world, categorized as a “full democracy” on the World Democracy Index— noted for high civil rights, political freedoms and LGBT equality.

Etymology

The name “Frisemark” is derived from historical context; during the unification period in Frisik history—referred to as Løvedaggry (Lion Dawn)—when the lord Frise began the campaign that eventually established a unified realm across all of the Memmelån. The period gained its name from his coat of arms; a lion rampant over a rising sun.

The Flag of Frisemark represents and references an old syncretic Frisik fable involving Saint Einar the Martyr slaying the tyrant dragon-king Gærnuit from the mountains with a cross-shaped spear given to him by the Christian LinkGod and taking his wings so that he would have proof to Him that the former heathens of Frisemark could be redeemed and given eternal life in Heaven. The fable—irregardless of religiousity—is told to nearly every Frisik child and has become culturally important.
History
For more information, see History of Frisemark

Frisemark in the Classical Era was a center of the old Mercenary trade, where fine weapons and armors along with sturdy ships came from. The Cargoths were by far the best-known people from Frisemark by the rest of classical Westerra, often hired out as mercenaries, navigators or auxiliary scouts. The Suecar, by contrast, were lesser known, mostly keeping to themselves and their cities—the largest and most complex in ancient Frisemark. The Cargoths and Suecar often clashed over resources and trade, with the Suecar city-state of Niðreyrr—the most powerful of the Suecar cities—being conquered by a large Cargoth alliance led by Asketill Even-Hand circa 194 AD. Subsequently, the Suecar and their power faded over time as they were assimilated into the Cargoth; aspects of their culture, along with their cities, were integrated by their conquerors.

Over the next few centuries, the already renowned navigators and voyagers of the Memmelån moved to focus on foreign shores, bringing up their axes against villages instead of the massed armies of the Classical Period. Late Cargoths ventured across Westerra and Pavinent, raiding coasts and monasteries. Eventually, to reduce competition and strife in the Isles themselves, the Sættaþing was founded in 863 as a forum for the most powerful of the Frisik clans and cities to settle their differences without bloodshed amongst island-kin. This is generally considered the period of the formation of the Old Frisik identity, as it is known today. Old Frisik víkingar reached as far as the southern oceans, founding several petty kingdoms.

Geography

Frisemark has a wide variety of terrains and biomes pressed into it. Much of the Northwest is covered in rocky hills and crags, with thin fjords and high coastal cliffs. The northern swaths are chock full of boreal forests and bogs. The deepest interior, almost entirely encompassed by Rødbjerg Canton, has the Storberik Mountains, a short yet treacherous range that includes Frisemark's highest point at Mount Sikkema. In the southeast, on the north shore of the Hvalfangerensbugt (lit. "The Whaler's Bay") is the city of Hagenav—Frisemark's crown jewel—and rich, fertile agricultural lands that produce the majority of Frisemark's domestic food output.

The far-flung territory of Tordenfalk is predominantly mountainous and hilly, oft covered by snow due to its proximity to Antartar. Notably, the towns of Port Asmund and Mørkhavn are situated in deep natural harbors formed from coastal indentations caused by glaciers.

Frisemark's mainland experiences several climate zones: Oceanic subpolar (Cfc) in the Northwest, Humid subpolar (Dfc) across much of the northern and central interior and Marine west coast (Cfb) in the South.

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Demographics

Population
According to the 2020 Frisik National Census, Frisemark's population was 27,486,949. Frisik people are of a Germanic lineage. Due to it's colonial past and warm international relations, Frisemark has seen steady immigration since the end of colonialism in the 1970s.

The total fertility rate is estimated at 1.73 children born per woman, below the replacement rate of 2.1. In 2020 the median age in Frisemark was 33.2 years.

Government studies have shown 90.1% of the population has at least one natively-born Frisik parent, a remarkably high number.

Immigrants have settled in every Frisik municipality. The cities or municipalities with the highest share of immigrants in 2020 were Hagenav (34%) and Viksraat (25%).

Language
Frisik is the only official national language of Frisemark. It evolved from several older tongues that differed across the Memmelån. Frisik is a Germanic language, unique to the nation though baring similarities to it's linguistic cousins.

Religion
For more information, see Religion in Frisemark

Separation of church and state in Frisemark was finalized in 1873. Though religious icons feature prominently in national heraldry, these have morphed into cultural idols over time and their religious influence and origins have faded in devoutness.

According to the 2020 Census, 23% of Frisik citizens responded that "they believe there is a God", 44% responded that "they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force" and 28% responded that "they don't believe there is any sort of spirit, God or life force". Five percent gave no response. In the early 1990s, studies estimated that between 5.7% and 6.3% of Frisik citizens attended church or places of worship on a weekly basis. This figure has dropped to about 3%.

Frisik Christianity is unique due to it's syncretic origins and incorporations of Old Frisik beliefs and deific ideals into the religion. Catharism, though broadly persecuted across much of the world, found safe haven in Frisemark due to similar religious beliefs. Frisik Catharism still survives today.

Largest Cities


Frisemark's largest cities are mostly busy ports.

Rank

City

Metro area population

State

1

⍟ Hagenav

7,348,903

Hjemhavn

2

Súdhagen

CITY2POPULATION

Leidangfjord

3

Viksraat

CITY3POPULATION

Hjemhavn

4

Fyreetræsstrand

CITY4POPULATION

Hnífskrókur

5

Einarsted

CITY5POPULATION

Rødbjerg

6

Tælmo

CITY6POPULATION

Bærnsfylke

7

Ålestrædet

CITY7POPULATION

Klippeø

8

Hæversvet

CITY8POPULATION

Sværdeneskilde

9

Tårnet

CITY9POPULATION

Bærnsfylke

10

Ildstedsherber

CITY10POPULATION

Koldø

Government

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Foreign Relations and Military

Frisemark is a primary or leading member in several international organizations, including the United Nations, FOTEC and the Sæhafa Compact, under which it has mutual free travel and defense agreements with Hyonaland.

Frisemark’s military force, the Forsvarsstyrker, is heavily tied to foreign policy. Units of the Forsvarsstyrker have on occasion been dispatched as apart of UN Peacekeeping missions, while the military itself is supplied by native Frisik suppliers like FRIFORKO B/ev as well as some foreign suppliers, mostly from Sarayevka. It fought on behalf of the nation in both World Wars.

Economy

Economic Indicators

Rank:
Currency: Frisik krone
Fiscal Year: 1 Jan - 31 Dec


GDP (nominal):
GDP (nominal) per capita:
Labor Force: 63.1% (16+)
Unemployment: 2.2%

For more information, see Economy of Frisemark
Frisemark has a social market economy with a highly skilled labour force, a low level of corruption, and a high level of innovation. The service sector contributes approximately 67% of the total GDP, industry 31%, and agriculture 3% as of 2020. The unemployment rate published by the Frisik government amounts to 2.2% as of January 2020, one of the lowest in Diyar.

Frisemark is home to several of the world's largest shipping and chemical companies, as well as several large state-owned companies.

Within Frisemark, a unique type of company organization exists: the Blandet Ejerskabsvirksomhed or B/ev (Mixed Ownership Business). This is the official legal designation for companies jointly owned by the Frisik government and private investors, being partially privatized.

Culture

Germanic peoples have inhabited Frisemark since prehistoric times, branded into history as the Suecar (Frisik: Søkar) and Cargoths (Kurgats) and being the primary base of cultures constituting the seafaring peoples known as the Northmen (Nørrmenn).

Frisik history is long and fairly well-preserved, which has led to rich and proud historical traditions, some of which are hypothesized to date back thousands of years. Most notably, several species of sheep and goats remain culturally important for their traditional farming for their milk, meat and wool. The ram is a prominent motif on traditional Frisik clothing, masonry and metallurgy. Also noteworthy are dragons and serpents, who featured as Gods in Old Frisik religion, with the central God-King, Rikkongrówavrinn (Great King of the Waves), appearing as a pale, colossal four-eyed serpent whose breath brought wind and movement brought waves.

Traditional Frisik architecture variously incorporates stone and wood, but grass-covered roofs were common.

The genetics of ethnic Frisik people have remarkable levels of closeness to that of examined Old Frisik people, ostensibly owing to the largely unchanged culture and ethnicities of the islands.
Infrastructure

The Kingdom maintains excellent public transport, with the KKJF (Kongelig Kommission til Jernbanetransport i Frisemark) state rail company servicing most passenger railways within the country. 64% of Frisik railways have undergone electrification, of which 72% are passenger lines. Bus lines connect most Frisik cities by road, though motorized public transport isn’t government-run. Most major cities have airports, with Hagenav International Airport noted for it's grand size, traditional-style architecture, cleanliness, and business—being one of the foremost aerial traffic sites in Westerra. Frisik highways, due to their size and typical long stretches of flat road, were designed to act as emergency landing strips in the event of a foreign military invasion.


Frisik railways often offer picturesque views along the ride.

Energy
Energy in Frisemark falls under the concern of the Ministry of Energy (Frisik: Energiministeriet), which collaborates with the state-run SEK Corporation (Statens Energikommission) on matters such as power generation. Frisemark is currently in the transitory period of moving to phase-out fossil fuel dependent power plants for energy generation, instead investing in wind, hydroelectric and nuclear power. Natural gas plants still generate 31% of power domestically. Budgetary issues with nuclear plant construction have remained a hot issue within the Vælgerkabinet.

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