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The Crimson Commune: An Overview

The Crimson Commune of Kostrorleauny


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Motto: Мир. Прочность. Процветания.

(Peace. Strength. Prosperity.)


Location


Population: 71,312,809
- Density: 36.734


Capital: Ussurgrad, Gelenyevr (Геленэвр)


Largest City: Ussurgrad (Уссурград)

Official Languages: Russian (IC), English (OOC)


National Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, and English

Demonym: Kostrorli

Government: Stratocracy
- Head of State: Komrade General Ussuristal (Уссуристал)
- Chief of Staff: Major General Dimitri Novikoff (Дими́трий)
- First Colonel of the Commune: Colonel Matfei Morein (Матфей)
- Chief Justice: General Kliment Sorokin (Климент)


Legislature: Bicameral Presidential Republic
- Upper House: The Provincial Assembly
(Провинциальное собрание)
- Lower House: The State Chamber of Honourables
(Государственная почетная палата)


Establishment: from the Imperium Antiquum
Independence: 12 November 1947


Land Area (In Square Miles): 1,941,290.986 mile≤
Land Area (In Square Kilometers): 3,124,205 km≤


Elevation
Highest Point:
Lowest Point:


GDP (nominal): £2.248 trillon
GDP (nominal) per capita: £31,529


Human Development Index (NS Version):


Currency: Kostrorli Pound Sterling (KPS/£)


Time Zone: Kostrorli Standard Time (UTC-6)


Drives on the: Left


Calling code: (+71)


Internet TLD: .kos

An Introduction

The Crimson Commune of Kostrorleauny, otherwise known most commonly simply as the Commune, is a stratocratic socialist state located in the centre-western region of Greater Dienstad's Makria neighbourhood sector. Benevolently governed by Komrade General Ussuristal as the dominion's Head of State, Kostrorleauny is both meritocratic and geniocratic, as well as semi-democratic in nature; though this particular layering of executive administration also promotes specific elements of an autocratic centralization in its hierarchy. Widely-regarded as being that of a second-world modernized society in economical aspects, the Commune sits comfortably by being near atop the world in regards to its prowess on militant teachings and specialized emphasis on strategic operations execution. Both a large and a safe nation, Kostrorleauny recognizes its place in the world to be that of a regional hegemon that seeks to promote peace and prosperity in itself (primarily) and within the borders of its allies and partners across multiple fronts and facets on issues that could potentially plague society (secondarily).

By necessity, the backbone of the Kostrorli economy operates off a command-like system for which resource allocation is strictly monitored and designated by the authoritarian government. Though admittedly oligarchic on a national scale, the Commune is not a totalitarian regime nor is it oppressive towards its citizenry. Rather, the lives of each man, woman, and child are significantly valued in the eyes of the institution, and as a result of this Kostrorleauny experiences relatively high standards of living both by demand and by initiative in order to appease the lower socioeconomic classes of society.

Towards its eastern border across the bay, the Commune is neighboured by a vassal of the Golden Throne in the form of a recently-established satrapy named Nicaro. At the southern helm of its land mass, Kostrorleauny is bordered primarily by the Romani-Marsh Union; a grouping of the Holy Marsh that includes nation-states such as Romandeos and Palmyrion. Sharing a southern alignment to the Ussuristal's dominion, the Philotas Islands sit as an extension and puppet state of Imbrinum, and its northern positioning is encompassed by coastland that incorporates the outskirts of a nearby sea.

Functioning as a unitary state, Kostrorleauny is a nation that is still relatively new and up-and-coming in the eyes of the rest of the world. Founded in 1947 following the events of December in the previous year, the dominion's acquisition of independence was peaceful and without the need for bloodshed from hostilities on either side of the negotiation table. Approximately a mere two years prior to such an agreement being reached, the nations of Gholgoth were engaged in a great war, one that lead to Kostrorleauny's former parent nation: the Imperium Antiquum (Kylarnatia) entering a status of prolonged isolation from the rest of the world and in turn the Kostrorli nationals suffered greatly in hardship until the Empire returned to the global stage. Even still, with this newfound trouble came newfound triumph - for a socialist revolution had finally begun to set itself in motion and was growing in popularity. Thus, the Imperium Antiquum conceded Kostrorleauny's independence to its people without question, and at the present date, the two nations have generally positive relations despite the Imperium's long reluctance to pronounce sovereignty upon the Commune in the previous age.

The population of seventy-one million, three-hundred and twelve thousand, eight hundred and nine (71,312,809) Kostrorli nationals are cynical at best; though within such conservative social constructs they also play host to a great number of proud patriots who regard their fellow citizens as crimson brethren - brothers and sisters united at arms. Today, Kostrorleauny prides itself on progressing its way up the stages in educational systematic refinement, a robust energy independence program that combats harmful pollutants to the environment such as carbon dioxide emissions, making strides in halting human-trafficking at every turn globally, and on having its military climb to be one of the most disciplined ground forces existent. In a nation for which over seventy percent of secondary school graduates are conscripted into active service, it serves to reason that Kostrorleauny is a true testament to how unique, eccentric, and historically-unusual a nation in this day and age can possibly be.

*Currently Under Construction*

Demographics

Kostrorleauny, at the present day, is a nation that plays host to over seventy-one million Kostrorli nationals spanning over the Commune's thirteen provinces of internal division. This is calculated through a census of the dominion that takes place every five calendar years, and such figures are kept track of by the Ministry of Domestic, Internal, and Home Affairs. Among them, around fifty-nine percent (59%) of people are of Russian descent, specifically Muscovian Russians; and speak the Russian language primarily which in turn makes it the State's official language by a majority. The second largest ethnic group that inhabits the Commune is that of Ukrainians - they make up another thirty-four percent (34%) of the population, and they too are fluent in either a mix of Russian or Ukrainian and because of this Ukrainian is recognized as a national language though not an official one. Progressing in towards the minorities of society, Kostrorleauny is made up of around four percent (4%) Belarusians, who also speak their native language; thus making it a minimally recognized national language and again, not an official one. The last three percent of the populace is a melting pot of cultures. English-speakers are estimated to take up approximately one point eight percent (1.8%), zero point nine percent (0.9%) Bulgarians, and Asians are said to top off the last bit of the census at a tight-knit point three percent (0.3%). Conclusively, though not too diverse, Kostrorleauny is home to a lot of Slavic peoples and those who follow either the faiths of the Silvier Sacerdotium or the Orthodox Church. That, or their atheists, agnostics, or seculars - which, actually encompass more of the public than you'd think...

Largest Cities

Rank

City

Metro area population

Province

1.

Ussurgrad

7,199,117

Gelenyevr

2.

Yarosta

6,911,124

Valestyv

3.

Arsetim

5,521,237

Achikalav

4.

Minengru

4,813,203

Mukiaeurt

5.

Polenza

1,324,569

Pyroskyvos

6.

Kamyksin

809,117

Kroczad

7.

Rossushevsk

764,237

Rodstamsk

8.

Kiringrad

719,903

Kostroventr

9.

Belevyurt

655,313

Brauneyr

10.

Pyadedovn

442,234

Pacifivos

Government

As a stratocracy, Kostrorleauny is a nation-state that retains a handful of autocratic principles despite being semi-democratic on a provincial level. As opposed to being a country that adheres towards a more traditional parliamentary system of governance, this is not the case for the Commune on a national level. Instead, the titles of the Head of State and the Head of Government are not constitutionally separated. As a result, the Komrade General - Kostrorleauny's official styling for its leader - is at the helm of all executive policy in such aspects of administration and actively exercises their right to delegate responsibility and authority to various governmental ministries. The Komrade General is well within their rights to name an individual of their choosing a sort of aide-de-camp type second-in-command, thus typically being referred to as the Chief of Staff for the Council of State as it regards to such individual's job title.

Executive Administration

The Council of State, Kostrorleauny's cabinet-level body, is an assortment of fifteen individuals including both the Komrade General and his Chief of Staff. For clarity, there are a total of eleven governmental ministries recognized under the executive's branch of power, and their order of precedence is as follows:

  • The Ministry of Foreign, External, and Abroad Affairs

  • The Ministry of Domestic, Internal, and Home Affairs

  • The Ministry of Defense and Deterrence

  • The Ministry of Education and Intellectual Advancement

  • The Ministry of Commerce and Trade

  • The Ministry of Judicial Affairs

  • The Ministry of Infrastructural and Urban Development

  • The Ministry of Health and Human Services

  • The Ministry of Environmental Enrichment

  • The Ministry of Labour

  • The Ministry of Transportation

Amongst this Council of State, all members are high-ranking commissioned officers of the armed forces. Usually, all incumbents will additionally serve as members of the General Staff in joint-command settings; however certain exceptions can be made depending upon the merit for which a candidate for such office possesses. Once nominated, all candidates seeking a place on the Komrade General's cabinet will face an approval confirmation process performed before the Provincial Assembly. In that respect, the executive branch becomes intertwined with the legislative branch; and what results is resemblant of a Presidential Republic of sorts where a check is placed upon the Office of the Komrade General in who they can and cannot appoint to an office on the Council of State. This being said, the Commune also effectively functions as a de-facto one-party state - essentially meaning that the direction of the government's executive policies is not dependent upon the whims of a certain party's political agenda (whoever happens to hold a majority and be in power at that time).

Kostrorli nationals view this as a demonstration of stability in good government because in this fashion the country isn't constantly changing directions and overwriting the actions and initiatives of previous administrations. Quite the contrary, with the general consensus being that this is a flaw of a democratic society. By placing power in the hands of the few (oligarchy) via the executive administration, it ensures that a more consistent agenda is being pushed at all times without interruption and also alleviates the concern that certain goals won't be pursued due to a change in the popularity of a certain cabal or as a consequence of a certain opposition's lack of confidence in the sitting government.

In turn, the position of the Komrade General is by no means hereditary. The Commune is not reminiscent of a Monarchy, not even a constitutional one at that. Though there are certain customs that come with the ascension of a new leader to power in the dominion, there are no mentions of so-called "coronation", nor are there any references of "abdication" once a leader steps down (relinquishes power and displaces authority) or becomes deceased. These fundamental frames of mind are completely absent in Kostrorleauny, and in the minds of its people. In an admittedly authoritarian society such as this, the government is by no means a totalitarian regime nor is it deliberately oppressive in nature. In fact, while on a national scale it would seem that the Motherland is ruled with an iron fist by a corrupt dictator, in a viewpoint diverted from the surface this would be unfair to cite the institution as being.

Legislature

On a provincial level, members of the citizenry frequently participate in civic duties that align with certain tenents of democracy. Every five years a new general elections cycle is called to the State Chamber of Honourables: the lower establishment of a bicameral legislature made up of retired military personnel or reservists in the armed forces. There are two-hundred and thirty-seven legislators elected to this body each cycle and each sit with the intent of doing honourable service to their homeland with pride. The culture embedded into Kostrorli communities largely accounts for how the work of the government is often glorified rather than scrutinized (since the government isn't actually an oppressive and invasive dictatorship in practice). Being meritocratic, each member is elected not off of popularity, not off of political clout, but off of merit to their candidacy through service and distinguishment. Conclusively, the lower establishment in the legislature was dubbed the "State Chamber of Honourables" as an omen to this fact; and the right to vote is commonly associated with the phrase "with service comes citizenship" - meaning those that are citizens hold the right to elect and govern and therefore are required to perform service to their fellow people in order to retain that right.

In reality, there are very few true "civilians" that exist as residents of the dominion. In some respect or another everyone is actively involved with the armed forces rather it be a product of direct or indirect contribution. The Provincial Assembly is the upper establishment of the Commune's bicameral legislature, and by constitutional mandate, it is comprised of fifteen members at all times. Thirteen of which being the elected Govorners of their respective provinces regionally, and the other two seats being occupied by the Chief of Staff for the Council of State and the First Colonel of the Commune each.

In this setting, the Chief of Staff for the Council of State is tasked with the representation and advocation of the Komrade General's will in the legislature. In the sense of checks and balances, where one branch governance is separate from another, this is a point for which the executive and the legislative institutions once again intersect. While the Chief of Staff presides over the Council of State on the Komrade General's behalf, here in the Provincial Assembly they are voicing the direction of the executive's leadership to an audience of elected govorners in an effort to prompt the legislators (those with the power to create, author, draft, propose, amend, and pass legislation into law, etc.) to enact meaningful resolve on key matters of importance. This is both to promote the spearheading of meaningful change and to progress towards a more prosperous for all, and with this being the case the Chief of Staff enjoys a position only junior in precedence to the First Colonel of the Commune on the Assembly's books.

Legally, the First Colonel of the Commune is the job title given to the office of the presiding officer for the Provincial Assembly. There, it is the incumbent's duty to ensure that the chamber runs smoothly in all discussions, debates, and procedures. They are in charge of managing the sergeant-at-arms' post, while also enforcing decorum and thus ensuring that the chamber is in orderly conduct at all times. The position is far from ceremonial, with a great number of the Govorners looking up to the First Colonel for their experience in legislative affairs as well as their military distinguishment (hence them achieving the rank of Colonel in the first place).

Judiciary

The Judiciary of the Crimson Commune is the third and final branch of government, as outlined ad specified by the clauses containing articles on "Checks and Power Seperation in Governance" in Kostrorleauny's consitution. Courts throughout the thirteen provinces are set to uphold the duty of interpreting and administering the laws of the land through a military tribune and court martial. With all members of the citizenry either being reservists, retired perosonnel, or active duty combatants, Kostrorli nationals are subject to having their conduct domestically attached to their overall record criminally. The Supreme Court is staffed with seven justices, including the Chief Justice, with five sitting incumbents of the bench representing each branch of the armed forces while the other two associate justices serve as additional oversight. Through the provinces, region-specific courts may be found, with circut courts for all types of trials being existent. All relate back to one core principle, and that is that unless proven otherwise a suspect is percieved to be inoccent until further conviction.

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