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Keverai

The Democratic Republic of Keverai


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Motto: Care enables abundance



Location: Central Argus


Population: 924,432
Capital and Largest City: Kevara


Official Language: English
National Languages: English, Merenese, Aizconan
Demonym: Keveraite


Government:

    - President: Burnell Renaut
    - Vice President: Arkane Zinaren
    - Speaker of the Garnarah: Audene Goomeri
    - Chief Justice: Kailen Mindare


Legislature:

    - Upper House: The Delegation
    -Lower House: Garnarah


Establishment: from Ainslie
Independence: November 26 1931


Elevation
Highest Point: Prespecteur’s Hill (426m ASL)
Lowest Point: Sundren Flats (-3m ASL)


GDP (nominal): 32,195 IAD/USD
GDP (nominal) per capita: 29.6bn IAD/USD


Currency: Iadar (pegged to Isles Accounting Dollar)


Time Zone: UTC + 6


Drives on the: Left


Calling code: +96


Internet TLD: .kev


Keverai


The Democratic Republic of Keverai [KEV-er-eye], commonly known as Keverai, is a small republic located on a peninsula in Central Argus, within The Western Isles. It shares a maritime border with Aizcona to the west and is south of San Montagna. To the north of the capital Kevara lies Diachen, a dependent territory of Serpens Land. The nation has an estimated population of 924,432. Keverai can be further divided into three subdivisions, known as ‘states’ - Kinsland, the largest division in the east, Newes to the southwest and Kinsland to the north.

Keverai is an advanced market economy with a long-standing practice of shielding and encouraging corporate activities in the region. The nation is well known for its casinos and sweatshops, the latter of which have steadily declined in number following the Keveraite Revolt of 2019. Keverai is now a young democracy transitioning out of oligarchy, with the first truly democratically elected leader being President Burnell Renaut, who is currently in charge under a government system formed by a new Constitution.

Etymology
The nation attains its name from its founding father, Guillaume Kevere, who sailed to the nation at the height of the operations of the Norland Trading Company in order to establish a trading colony on the coast between where Kevere’s Landing and Kevara are. The name itself is Ahnslen, adopted to describe the territory after it was incorporated into the nation in 1867. Keverai, in the native Arnish language of Ainslie, means ‘the place of Kevere’.

The conventional way to refer to someone from Keverai is as a ‘Keveraite’

Timeline

1260BC - Ipachi sail from southern Ainslie down the Argus coast before a grave storm forces them to land in modern-day Keverai. With their ships completely destroyed and being in a foreign land, they begin to settle along the coast.

1583AD - Guillaume Kevere lands in Keverai and immediately sets out building a trading colony and begins plans to conceal it from his superiors in the Norland Trading Company.

1561AD - Kevere begins pushing inland, genociding the native Ipachi people and subjugating the ones who acquiesce to him.

1674AD - As the Norland Trading Company begins to fade, it loses interest in Keverai and grants Kevere autonomy over the land he had previously represented them in.

1781AD - On advice from a foreign leader, the Keveraite dictatorship restructures itself and sets up an advisory council known as the ‘House of Consuls’, who are led by a ‘Chief Consul’ - the new leader of Keverai.

1864AD -The Wellinian leaders, direct descendants of the Norland Trading Company, view Keverai as wrongfully gaining autonomy and begin to make plans to invade. Jonathan Kareena, who would eventually unify the country, intervenes to calm the heads of the Wellinians.

1865AD - Following extensive negotiations with the leaders who would form Ainslie, Keverai reluctantly agrees to be incorporated into the Unified Electorates but demands a level of autonomy from them which they receive.

1927AD - In light of a push for decolonisation in The Western Isles, Prime Minister Dillen Macaste of Ainslie holds a referendum on the question of Keveraite independence, to which 65% of citizens of the territory supported.

1931 - After four years of collaboration and planning, the Keveraite Government officially declares independence and Ainslie becomes the first nation to recognise the new sovereign state.

July 1942 - Keverai, a nation sympathetic to the Aizconan cause in Imperial War One, is dragged into the conflict itself after it receives clear and accurate information that the Neo-Imperialists are going to invade the country.

September 1942 - Three months of frantic planning were tested after the Neo-Imperialists land in Keverai. Two weeks later the capital, Kevara, fell after Keveraite and Aizconan forces held back the overwhelming invading force to enable the evacuation and retreat of those within the city.

January 1944 - Keverai regains control over the northern half of the country and Seswick.

October 1948 - Aizcona drives out the Neo-Imperialists from Keverai.

~1950-1985 - Aprosians begin to migrate into Keverai, making up a significant minority of the population.

2017 - Poor business practices and regulation are exposed in Keverai.

2017 - Renaut rises to the position of Chief Consul and becomes the leader of Keverai.

December 2018 - Protests in Keverai intensify following the exposure of many of corrupt and immoral practices that the government was connected to.

January 2019 - The Judicial Council is overthrown and what is essentially a new constitution is brought into effect through extensive amendments of the prior constitution.

March 2019 - New legislative body has its first session after Burnell Renaut is restored as leader under the new position of President of Keverai.

Geography

Keverai can be divided into four largely similar although distinguishable geographical regions. Firstly, there is the northern coast which possesses a subtropical character and features a tropical forest ecosystem. It is where the majority of Keveraites live, particularly in the stretch between Kevara and Kevere’s Landing. Along the southern coast lies the Seswick Coast, which although in the sense of ecosystems it is quite similar to the north, its climate resembles more of a subtropical climate that is influenced heavily by tropical patterns. The Hills is the area which connects the two overland and more dry than its coastal counterparts. It is predominately made up of temperate rainforest. North of the Hills is the Hinterland, the driest part of the nation where the rainforest transitions into scrubland and savanna.

The highest point in Keverai is Prespecteur’s Hill in the centre of the nation, standing at 426 metres above sea level. The lowest point is Sundren Flats in the southeast, at -3m above sea level. Keverai has a long land border along its northernmost extreme and shares a maritime border with Serpens Land to the north and Aizcona to the west. Keverai has two major rivers, the Prenden and the Gillare which struggle to meet the needs of a growing water-hungry population. This has led to the construction of a large desalination plant in Kevara that supports up to 45% of its daily water demand whilst a smaller one has been constructed in Seswick which can supply up to 30% of water demand. Plants have been proposed at various times of drought in both Stratlan and Kertalin.

Keverai, in the sense of political geography, can be divided into three ‘states’ - Kinsland (KL), Newes (NW) and Hintere (HT). Kinsland is the largest in land area and the most populous of the three and is where the national capital, Kevara is located.

Map of Keverai, with towns and cities

Map of Keverai, with towns and cities and major roads marked

Map of Keverai, with towns and cities and states marked

The climate of Keverai is primarily influenced by larger weather patterns across the temperate zones to its north and the tropical zones to its south. Most of the nation conforms to the humid subtropical climate (Cfa under the Koppen-Geiger climate classification system. The nation’s north is prone to drought whilst the rest of the country is more exposed to severe flooding, both of the riverine and sudden kind. Cyclones, although rare, do happen in the country. In times of drought, the north can be subjected to bushfires. Large thunderstorms that bring gale force winds, giant hailstones and short, sharp and heavy rain are by far the most common weather hazard faced in the country. Besides that, the major environmental issues Keverai faces in the long term is habitat loss as a result of urbanisation and increasing land use for agriculture, pollution and climate change.

Notable species which live in Keverai and can be commonly found are the Koala (Phascolarctos cinerus), the Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueuii), Mandarian Duck (Aix galericulata) and the Black Swan (Cygnus Aratus). The most common snakes found in Keverai are the red-bellied black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus), the coastal taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus), common death adder (Acanthopis antarcticus) and an extensive variety of less venomous or harmless pythons and tree snakes. Whilst there have been no verifiable reports of the common brown snake (Pseudonaja textillis) in Keverai, both the western brown snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis) and the king brown snake (Pseudechis australis) can be found in drier parts of the country.

Other venomous species in Keverai include the red back spider (Latrodectus hasselti), two species of funnelweb spider - the Hadroonyche infensa and the tree-dwelling funnelweb spider (Hadronyche formidabilis). At least one species of box jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri can be found in the nation’s waters whilst the lesser blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa) is present in Keverai as well.

Common species of flora include jacarandas, birds of paradise and cordylines. Although rare, there are gympie gympie plants in the forests of Keverai as well, particularly in the southeast.

Demographics
According to estimations based on numbers from the 2016 census, there is about 924,432 Keveraites. Many people lives in the major cities - Kevara (384,430), Seswick (123,820), Kertalin (96,500) and Stratlin (70,001). Keverai is largely quite a secular state, with low rates of organised religious adherents. 28% of Keveraites practice some form of Christianity, the majority religion in the nation. The age structure is relatively even as the amount of younger Keveraites is offset by the older immigrants.

The nation’s official language is English although in addition to this Aizconan and Merenese are also spoken in the home. English is increasingly dominant though, owing to high immigrant populations in the cities of the country. Major ethnicities in the country include Ahnslen (12.1%), Aprosian (11.9%) Segentovan (6.2%) and… . Keverai’s average life expectancy is about 72 and universal healthcare is non-existent and health services are disproportionately difficult to access in rural areas.

School attendance is compulsory although not strictly enforced outside of urban areas. Strong stigma remains around the uneducated and particularly parents who are not seen to give their children a good education. Students, by law, are meant to attend school between the ages of 6 and 15, although it is common for them to stay for the entirety of secondary school (ages 17-18). The literacy rate of Keveraites is estimated to be at 99.7%. University fees are not subsidised by the state rather businesses commonly provide scholarships and programs whereby someone studies in expectation that they will spend their graduate years at that business. Public colleges primarily teach vocational and services industry workers.

Government
The government of Keverai is a presidential republic, with extensive executive powers available to the President. There are two chambers of Parliament - the Upper House or Delegation and the Lower House known as the Garnarah. The Delegation are a group of close advisors to the President who operate similarly to a Cabinet whilst the Garnarah is a democratically elected assembly that ensures proportional representation. Elections are held once every five years in Keverai. The two major parties in the country are the Argusian Conservative Party, or ‘The Conservatives’ and the Keverai Centrist Democrats Party, or KCDP. There is very little independent representation in Keverai, a longstanding theme throughout Keveraite politics.

Keverai is largely quite a neutral state and is reasonably non-interventionist. The nation primarily focuses on matters of trade and economics, with a hyper-focus on free trade and ensuring its businesses can grow through almost any means possible. It regulates its businesses in a very minimal fashion and controversies made aware to the Government are normally ignored, disregarded or actively concealed from being made public. The nation frequently crosses ideological, political and geographic boundaries to build rapport with nations it sees as beneficial to its economy. The nation is also a member of the Regional Trade and Economic Agreement.

The nation has quite a small military that is primarily built and maintained for defensive purposes and as supplemental resources to ensure public safety and law and order throughout the country.

Economy

Economic Indicators

Currency: Iadar
Fiscal Year: July 1 - June 30
GDP (nominal): 29,6bn IAD
GDP (nominal) per capita: $32,000 IAD
Unemployment: 4.4%

The highly advanced and integrated Keveraite economy is one of the wealthiest in The Western Isles, with a high GDP per capita. There is significant and widespread inequality in income and wealth, with city-based Keveraites earning much more than those who live further inland. The Kevara International Exchange (KIX) is one of the largest in the region and the nation hosts a wide variety of businesses. It also is well known for its secretive banks and shell companies, which remain to be a feature despite the controversies brought on by the Keverai papers. The economy itself is dependent on international markets and as such can be somewhat volatile. Inflation hovers around 3-5% with major industries being financial and business services, tourism and simply transformed manufactures.

There have been no significant economic crises in the nation, although the turbulence of late 2018 and early 2019 resulted in the economy briefly entering recession. Increased deregulation will likely see the economy grow and become more volatile over the years to come.

Keverai has a flat, regressive personal income taxation system which requires 15% of the citizen’s money to be given to the state. However, enforcement of this can be difficult in more rural areas and tax avoidance remains to be a major problem for Keveraite lawmakers and bureaucrats. There is no company tax in Keverai and modest taxes on almost everything else. Goods and Services Tax is levied on all final goods at 5% of recommended retail price. The unemployment rate has been slowly rising and the government has largely been inactive in preventing this. A lack of government spending prevents high amounts of public sector debt and much more money flows into Keverai than leaves the country.

The nation experiences high levels of foreign investment, particularly into its tourism and financial services industry.

Culture

Keverai has a blend of modern Western culture, traditional French culture and traditional Ahnslen culture. The nation is highly westernised though, owing to its outward complexion and high immigrant population. Architecture up until the 20th Century largely followed European trends before it switched to the more avant-garde Gaelitic architectural practices. The nation’s architects have been regarded as some of the most bold and creative architects and planners in modern history, with their work being demanded across The Western Isles. Keveraite cuisine is Tnation’s media do not hold much influence over the populous, with a fragmented and diverse media ownership landscape preventing monopolies from forming.

17% of Keveraites over the age of fifteen regularly participate in sporting activities whilst Cricket remains the most popular sport in the country, owing to its Ahnslen origins. Football is rising in popularity. The nation has five public holidays - New Year’s Day on January 1, Market Day on January 8, Independence Day on November 26, Christmas Day on December 25 and New Year’s Eve on December 31. Market Day is a more recent phenomenon where businesses typically offer sales and clear out stock for the year ahead. The public holiday was controversially introduced in 2014 through intense corporate lobbying.

Infrastructure
Keverai’s infrastructure is highly developed and meets international standards along the nation’s coastline and amongst its cities. Public services are easily accessible, although the private sector hold the central role in delivering healthcare, education and insurance amongst other social services. Beyond Leafy Valley and into the hills and plateau, infrastructure is much less satisfactory and services are difficult to access. This is largely a legacy of Imperial War One although many academics blame the prominence of the private sector in public service delivery for the lack of development in rural areas. The nation remains reliant on gas, oil and coal for its energy production. The nation has two international airports - Valliance International Airport (VAL) in Kevara and Tenniere International Airport (TNL) in Seswick.

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