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Nanako Islands


Republic Of Nanako Islands
République des Îles de Nanako
共和国魚子 島


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Motto: Peace, Wisdom, Respect
Fr : Paix, Sagesse, Respect
Ja : 平和、知恵、尊重
National Anthem :
"LinkState Anthem of Nanako Islands"
Royal Commonwealth Anthem :
"LinkGod Save The Queen"



Location
45° 7'47.67"N 144°29'29.23"E


Population: 33,022,101 (2018)
- Density: 181.02/km²


Capital and Largest City: Waterpoo



Official Languages: English, French, Japanese


National Languages: English, French, Japanese,
Nanakian Ainu, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Aleut


Demonym: Nanakian


Government: Federal parliamentary
constitutional monarchy
- Head of State : HM Elizabeth II
- Prime Minister: Victor Schoubidouz
- Speaker of the House of Commons: Kura Okinwai
- Chief Justice: Keeper of the Seals Huwa Huwoa


Legislature: Parliament
- Representatives House: The House of Commons
- Senator House: The Senate


Establishment: from The British Empire
- Confederation Act : 1899
- Independence Bill : 1947
- Partition Act : 1957


Land Area: 181,458.23 km² (70,061.32 sq mi)
- Water Area: 2,271,857‬ km² (877,168.89 sq mi)
- Water Percentage: 0.61 (inland waters)


GDP (nominal): N£3.345 trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: N£45,340


Human Development Index : Link0,981 (very high)


Currency: Nanako Pound (NP/N£)


Time Zone: UTC+09:00


Drives on the: Left


Calling code: +71


Internet TLD:.na
The Nanako Islands, "Îles de Nanako" in French and "Nanako-jima" (魚子 島) in Japanese, officially The Republic of Nanako Islands, or sometimes The Realm of Nanako in some royal ceremonies, is an sovereign insular nation of the Asian Far East whose territory consists of Nanako Island, surrounding islands including the Kuril Islands and two overseas territories .The Nanako Islands are located off the East Asian coast between the North Pacific Ocean in the east, the Japan Sea in the Southeast and the Sea of Okhotsk in the North. It shares a maritime border with Japan to the south, Rossiya Federatsii to the North and West and with Valkiir via Nanakian overseas territories located in the Aleutian Islands Chain.

The main island Nanako is home to more than 89% of the country's population of 33 million, and added to the population of its 21 neighboring islands, the main group of islands is home to 99% of the population; Overseas housing only 1%. Thus, the main islands are often referred to as Metropolitan Islands or Mainlands. Also, the island of Nanako represents 82.2% (149,087.11 km²) of the total land area of the country (181,458.23 km²), and so it happens often for the name of the country to be amalgamated or used to designate the main island itself and versa. The main island an its islands group is commonly nicknamed "Frozen Islands" or "Kōtta shima (凍った島)" in Japanese due to the fact that the ice cap almost surrounds the islands during winter.

The country is divided into 6 federal states, divided administratively into 21 districts themselves divided into 133 administrative and electoral prefectures. The Overseas Territories of the West Andreanof and the East Andreanof and Saint Matthew Islands (Andreanof Island Group) have special constitutional status reducing their sovereignty, but still granting them a territorial government with some autonomy. The most northerly state of Nanako Island is the Northern Lands state, and the southernmost state is the Southern Isles State. The capital is, since 1590, the city of Waterpoo (ウォータープー), and is also the most populated city, sheltering approximately 5 million inhabitants.

Archaeological research indicates that Nanako Island was inhabited as early as the Upper Paleolithic period. The first written mention of Nanako is in Japanese history texts from the 1st century AD. Influence from other regions, mainly Nation of Hanguk and Japan, followed by periods of occupations, particularly from Western Europe, has characterized Nanako's history. From the 12th century until 1577, Nanako was ruled by a feudal system of clans who ruled in the name of the Japan Emperor. Nanako Island was part of the Japanese Empire. In 1577, Sir Richard Poole, a British explorer during a naval expedition over north Pacific, charted the Nanako Islands, disembarked there and declared the island colony of the British crown. The islands became British until 1805 when a French armada took possession of the islands, forever marking the country's culture in the Eastern regions. In 1815 the island becomes British again. In 1899, was declared the Nanakian Confederation and gained dominion status. After the first and second world wars, Nanako gained Independence in 1947, and partitioned in 1957, as part of the Commonwealth of Nations. These three different occupations marked the culture of the islands forever. The three official languages remain English, French and Japanese.

Nanako is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government. The country is a realm within the Commonwealth of Nations, a member of the Francophonie and officially multilingual at the federal level. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries.

Nanako Island is a member of the United Forum Of Nations organization (UFN), and hosts the UFN International Court of Justice in Waterpoo. The nation is considered a great economic power. The country is the sixth largest economy by nominal GDP. The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most highly educated countries in the world, with one of the highest percentages of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree. Although Nanako has officially renounced its right to declare war, it maintains a modern military with a military spending of 2% of its governmental budget, used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. Nanako is a developed country with a very high standard of living and Human Development Index. Its population enjoys the highest life expectancy and the third lowest infant mortality rate in the world. The Kuril Islands possession is a constant diplomatic concern claimed by Russia (currently, the Rossiya Federatsii) since 1856.

Etymology



The Japanese word for Nanako Island is 魚子島, which is pronounced Nanako-jima, and literally means "the fish Island".

The earliest record of the name "Nanako shima" appears in the Japanese historical records of the Emperor Keikō, the Old Book of Kitachōsen no rekishi. At the end of the seventh century, a delegation from Japan requested that Nanako Island be used as the name of this island (At the same time, they asked to officially call their country Nihon). This name may have its origin in the fact that in the past, the Japanese fishermen of Hokkaido who settled there had observed a blue whale, a fish that the common people did not know. They decided to call the island, "the island of the fish", in reference to the whale.

History


Main article: History of Nanako

Prehistory and ancient history

A Paleolithic culture around 29,000 BC constitutes the first known habitation of the Nanakian islands. This was followed from around 14,000 BC by a Mesolithic to Neolithic semi-sedentary hunter-gatherer culture characterized by pit dwelling and rudimentary agriculture, and fishing including by ancestors of contemporary Ainu people, Nanakian native ethnicity. Decorated clay vessels from this period are some of the oldest surviving examples of pottery in the world. Around 300 BC, the Yayoi people began to enter the Japanese islands, intermingling with the indigenous Jōmon. The Yayoi period, starting around 500 BC, saw the introduction of practices like wet-rice farming, a new style of pottery, and metallurgy, introduced from China and Nation of Hanguk. Few Yayoi peoples settled in the islands of Nanako chasing off the former occupants to exploit the fertile soils of the islands and its fishing areas.

Nanako first appears in written history in the Japanese Old Book of Kitachōsen no rekishi. According to the Records of the Three Kingdoms, Nanako was during the 3rd century a powerfull kingdom called Hokuto ōkoku (北斗王国). Buddhism was introduced to Nanako from the Hokkaido Kingdoms, Japan and was promoted by Prince Shōtoku, but the subsequent development of Japanese Buddhism was primarily influenced by China. Despite early resistance, Buddhism was promoted by the ruling class and gained widespread acceptance beginning in the Asuka period (592–710).

Feudal era

Nanako's and more generaly Japan's feudal era was characterized by the emergence and dominance of a ruling class of warriors, the samurai. In 1185, following the defeat of the Taira clan in the Genpei War, sung in the epic Tale of Heike, samurai Minamoto no Yoritomo was appointed shogun by Emperor Go-Toba, and Yoritomo established a base of power in Kamakura. After his death, the Hōjō clan came to power as regents for the shoguns. The Zen school of Buddhism was introduced from China in the Kamakura period (1185–1333) and became popular among the samurai class. The Kamakura shogunate repelled Mongol invasions in 1274 and 1281, but was eventually overthrown by Emperor Go-Daigo. Emperor Go-Daigo was himself defeated by Ashikaga Takauji in 1336, samurai of Nanako.

Ashikaga Takauji established the shogunate in Muromachi, Kyoto. This was the start of the Muromachi period (1336–1573). The Ashikaga shogunate achieved glory in the age of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and the culture based on Zen Buddhism (art of Miyabi) prospered. This evolved to Higashiyama Culture, and prospered until the 16th century. On the other hand, the succeeding Ashikaga shogunate failed to control the feudal warlords (daimyōs), and a civil war (the Ōnin War) began in 1467, opening the century-long Sengoku period ("Warring States").

Colonial era

In 1577, Sir Richard Poole is tasked by the British Crown to set sail over the Americas and seek for new lands north of what Magellan discribed as "The Pacific Ocean". A year after his departure, he sailed across most of the Pacific, nearly discovering Hawaii, and discovered the Aleutian Islands before heading west to finally discover Nanako. Seeing the potential of Nanako's fertile grounds, he claims Nanako land of the British Kingdom. The Islands were invaded through the years of 1578 to 1601, due to the enormous distance the colonist had to travel to get on shore. The local shoguns were beaten by the brute force of firearms and superior tactics. Population was harmed by forced work and christianisation form 1600 until the Rice Farmers' Revolt in 1668, that led to the murder of Sir Edward Fullinghamster, governor of Nanako. The English Cavalier Parliament decided to grant a much more pleasant civil status to the Islanders. The 1670-1807 period is characterized by a convenient social and economic stability in the colony. Only politically, Islanders still advocate for a review of the colonial system, engendering multiple revolts. In 1807, a French armada tasked to disrupt British trade routes takes advantage of the island's relative defenses to invade it. Rear-admiral Henri Gatingues, a convinced French revolutionary conveys to the local population republican ideals and democratic ideas. In 1808 is proclaimed by a local assembly chaired by Gatingues the Nanakian Republic, using French as their primary language and renaming the city in which they sat form Hokosinawa to Maule, the admiral's birthplace. Eastern regions hailed the change but the loyalist regions of the west and south revolted against the East.

Trough 1808 to 1815-1816, the Eastern regions are deeply influenced by French culture, and two thirds of the population started to learn in schools, learning French. When in 1815, during the Vienna Treaty, the Islands and its dependencies are given back to the British, the eastern parts of the Islands declare secession. After 2 years of civil unrest, the colonial government signs the "1817 Free Man Bill" stating the creation of a public education department, the recognition of the french language as a national language, creation of an elected assembly of commoners and of a citizen status for the islanders. In 1840, the elected assembly of commoners replaces the Colonial Council and becomes the first legislative power, but is essentially ruled by British colonial bourgeoisie defending its interests before the governor. Through 1842 to 1870, French political instability becomes a motive to immigrate to Nanako, thus the eastern regions become more and more influenced by French culture, and republican ideas.In 1856, the Russian Tsar demands the Kuril Islands to be given to Russia, after they were illegally claimed by the British crown in 1815, but the demands were never answered. In 1890, the governor Sir Philips Nottingham answers civil protests advocating for democratic reforms by dissolving the colonial executive council, and creating a independent judicial system known as the Confederated Court of Justice. In 1899, strongly affected by the industrial revolution due to its coal and steel ressources, a socialist movement overthrows the governor and creates "His Majesty's Nanakian Confederation". Through this revolt, the crown and the British Parliament grants the status of dominion to Nanako and a parliamentary democracy led by a Prime Minister is installed.

World Wars and Nanako Independence


Japan invades Nanako
The outbreak of World War One engenders a wave of Commonwealth-patriotism, shown that previous tensions of the past century have settled down. 300,000 voluntaries enlist into Nanakian Expeditionary Brigades. Soldiers departing are for the most part around only 20 years old, all shouting "For King and Country !". Of precisely 378,442 soldiers sent to Europe, only 103,666 will come back to Nanako, recording one of the Commonwealth's most casualties/manpower ratios. This was a traumatic experience to the Nanako society, and is still today, as the Remembrance day and the Nanako Expeditionary Force day are two public holidays commemorating Nanako's contribution to WW1.

The inter-war period was characterized by a constant economic and industrial growth, a rapid natality growth due to the losses in WW1 and the development of rail in the country, becoming the first mean of transportation. Japanese agressive behaviors in the region led to the extension of the Nanakian Royal Army and its defensive facilities. Before World War 2 Nanako's shores were host to 67 fortified positions and 22 airfields. The outbreak of war in Europe in 1939 and the start of the battle of Britain didn't really affected greatly Nanako. Nanako couldn't supply the UK with anything else but equipment given its geographical situation. But in 1941, Japan brought the USA in the war by attacking Pearl Harbor, and Japan invades Nanako. The battle for Nanako lasted 1 year from 1941 to 1942. Officialy the Nanakian government never surrendered, and fled to the Andreanof Islands, Nanakian overseas territories and was protected by the USA. A guerrilla resistance force organized itself on Japanese occupied Nanako. Many attacks against the Japanese led them to retaliate by mass-killing civilian populations. The total Nanakian casualties from WW2 are estimated to 100,678 soldiers, sailors and airmen and 209,677 civilians for a total population at that time of around 17 millions. The country was liberated by the capitulation of Japan in september 1945, just before the Red Army lands on Nanakian shores.


Nanako Independance talks
After WW2, a large patriotic feeling summoned to organize the Resistance under Japanese occupation made rise the question of full independence towards the British Empire. In 1947, protests led by communist movements and independentists demand for independence. The pression is such that the British Government allows Nanako to leave its dominion status in the "Independence Bill 1947", letting Nanako a 10 years transition period to create a constitution and a working political system. In 1957, trough "The Partition Act", Nanako becomes a fully recognized and independent realm of The Commonwealth of Nations.

Modern History

Nanako stood during the cold war as a close and strategic ally to NATO, the Commonwealth and Japan due ot its direct proximity to the Soviet Union. Nanako hosted 3 American bases on its soil until 1985. However, Nanakian diplomacy towards the Soviet Union stayed neutral, and many crisis where avoided, keeping stability in the Northern Pacific, mostly because of the very tendentious Kuril Islands concern. Internally, Nanako was from 1957 to 1973 led by the Conservative Party, a period in which happened the First Economic Miracle, giving Nanako a two numerals economic growth partially explained by post-war reconstructions. This period also was a long reconciliation between Francophone, Japanese and English regions, leading to the construction of the first ever multi-cultural nation. The 1973 youth and hippie movements changed politics and social democrats assumed power. In 1978, following previous movements ideals, the country revoked its right to declare war, and the military was renamed to the Nanako Self-Defense Forces. 1980, same sex-marriage and abortion are legalized. In 1982, the government becomes led by the Labor Party, and a fully social healthcare and welfare system is created. The same year, the government adopts the denomination "Republic" as an official alternative to "Realm", closer to the actual depiction of the political system. In 1985, the Parliaments revokes the State Monarchic religion and becomes secular, stating that a real democratic power cannot advocate for a certain religion, event if it is just for traditional reasons. After the collapse of the USSR, the Kuril Islands were claimed again by the Rossiya Federatsii. In the 1990's, a large oil reserve estimated at around 10% of the world's resources was found inside Nanakian EEZ north of the main island, but remains unexploited due to government blocus on behalf of maritime preservation, a decision repelled by many foreign powers trying to exploit these resources, or take them by maritime area claims like Russia attempted in 2000. 1995 marks the beginning of the second Economic Miracle, based on research, high-tech and medical industry and aeronautics. Nanako becomes the 6th largest economic power. In 2008, the economy is affected by the global recession, and the Social-Democrats assume power. Most recently, Nanako join the newly created United Forum of Nations organisation and hosts the International Court of Justice.

Geography


Main article: Geography of Nanako


Midōbara Mountain Lake
Nanako has a total of 48 islands (+41 with overseas territoires), not inculding emerged rocks, extending along the Pacific coast of East Asia. The country, including all of the islands it controls, lies between latitudes 53° and 43°N, and longitudes 143°E and 169°W, crossing the 180th meridian with overseas territories of the Andreanof Islands. There are two main Islands, with obviously Nanako Island being the largest, and Chikotan, lying south, the second biggest island of the country. The Ryukiji Islands, which include Satonaka Island, are a chain to the south of Nanako also including island of Chitokan; and the Kurils are a chain of 9 islands north of the main island today claimed by the Rossiya Federatsii. Together they are often known as the Nanakian islands, and in popular language, "Metropolitan Islands" or "Mainlands". Due to its numerous outlying islands, Nanako possesses a very large Exclusive Economic Zone of 2,271,857‬ km², the 19th largest EEZ in the world. In the 1990's, a large oil reserve estimated at around 10% of the world's resources was found inside Nanakian EEZ north of the main island, but remains unexploited due to government blocus on behalf of maritime preservation.

About 80 percent of Nanako Island and its archipelago is forested, mountainous, and unsuitable for agricultural, industrial, or residential use. As a result, the habitable zones, mainly located in coastal areas, have high population densities. Thus Nanako is home to some of the most densely populated cities of the world while keeping a real rural and environmental beauty. Even if Nanako's lack of suitable land area is very important, Nanako has decided reduce the reclaiming of land over its oceanic areas in order to protect physical and environmental shape of the coastline to protect the environment, as stated in the 2001 Environmental Laws. That's why compared to its southern neighbor Japan, Nanako has only very few artificial islands examples. Highest elevation in Nanako is Mount Myoko (妙高山, in Japanese, and ミホコ in Ainu - mi-o-ko), a 3495 metre high volcano on Nanako Island.

The islands of Nanako are located in a volcanic zone on the Pacific Ring of Fire. They are primarily the result of large oceanic movements occurring over hundreds of millions of years from the mid-Silurian to the Pleistocene as a result of the subduction of the Pacific Plate under the Okhotsk Plate. Nanako was with Japan originally attached to the eastern coast of the Eurasian continent. The subducting plates pulled Japan and Nanako eastward, opening the Sea of Japan around 15 million years ago. Nanako has 14 active volcanoes. During the twentieth century one new volcano emerged: Takada-shō off the Chitokan Island. Destructive earthquakes, often resulting in tsunami, occur several times each century. The most recent medium one occured in the city of Yabuchi, south of Maule, a 5.8 magnitude. Nanako is substantially prone to earthquakes, tsunami and volcanoes due to its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire. It has the 17th highest natural disaster risk as measured in the 2015 World Risk Index.

Climates


Nanako Köppen Climate Map
[..] : Dsc (Subarctic)
[..] : Dfc (Subarctic)
[..] : Dfb (Humid continental)
[..] : ET/ET Alpine Dfc (Tundra)
The climate of Nanako is predominantly Dfc subarctic and Dfb humid continental on the Köppen classification. Nanako's geographical features divide the climate into two principal climatic zones: South and the coastlines and North and the Kurils Islands. The northernmost zone is roughly defined by the central Mountain range and is host to a clement subarctic climate without dry season and only 1–3 months above 10 °C (50.0 °F), and coldest month below −3 °C (26.6 °F). In the southernmost zone, the cliamte is generaly more forgiving with a humid continental climate of the warm summer subtype (Dfb). Summer high temperatures in this zone typically average between 21–28 °C (70–82 °F) during the daytime and the average temperatures in the coldest month are generally far below the −3 °C (27 °F) (or 0 °C (32.0 °F)) isotherm. Precipitation are overall not heavy, but the islands usually develop deep snowbanks in the winter. The overseas territories (Andreanof Islands) and the Kurils enjoy a tundra (ET) climate with very cold winters and cold summers.

Environment

According to the Nanadian Academy of Biology and the National Office for Forest Preservation, Nanako is split up in 5 different vegetation biomes, each host to different species. Temperate broad leaf forests are found on the southern coastlines and in cities in general, while the inlands is mostly made out of montane forest furnished with evergreens and spruces. Northern regions and particularly the great glacier plains are place to a taiga environment, and the Narukami peninsula, north of the island is home to tundra vegetation. Overseas and Kurils are mostly composed of tundra environments.

Nanako is a primary nesting spot for many marine birds seeking for land between two fishing seasons. The proximity of the relatively calm waters of the Sea of Okhotsk and the lush conifer forest of Nanako make the island a very bird-friendly environment. The population of birds is very monitored by the authorities trying to outline their breeding sites to create animal sanctuaries, especially for Nanakian endemic species such as the Bering Gannet. Nanako is also hosting the largest population of Nanakian brown bears (Ursus arctos nanakae), a species of Brown bear that branched out of the Hokkaido bears family and that is since WW1 the nation's national animal. There are no large mammals residing on the island besides the brown bear. Terrestrial and marine wildlife is protected by Section 2 of the 1960 Kadian Law, promulgated by the Minister of the Environment, Gilbert Kadian. As of today, Nanako ranks up being one of the nation to have the most extensive wildlife protection policies, completed by a large number of National and Federal parks, 56 as of 2018.

Port Stanley (スタンリー) Average Temperatures (Dfc)

Shoubikujiwa (ネ且車由岩) Average Temperatures (Dfb)

Demographics


Main article: Demographics of Nanako

Population


Satellite picture of Nanako
Nanako's population is estimated at around 33 million, with 89% of the population living on Nanako Island. Nanako society is linguistically, ethnically and culturally diverse. Before the arrival of the ethnic Japanese Yamato group, the native ethnic population of Nanako were Ainu people, with their own customs, language and beliefs. When the Yamato settled on Nanako, the Ainu people were discriminated and their culture assimilated to the Japanese culture. As such, the native Nanakian culture had nearly disappeared before it was maintained by school and preservation reforms enacted by Ethnologist Sir John Harold Glasgow in 1887. Today, the Ainu population was identified by the 2019 National Population Survey to be consisting of about 6% of the population, but only 0.9% of them were identified to speak fluent Ainu language, rest of them had lost their Ainu identity to the more global Anglo-Saxon or Japanese culture.

Form immigration, the forced settlement colonial policies and the sending of British convicts, 23% of the population is ethnic British, 2% is ethnic Irish, 20% are having French ancestry, primarily in the Francophone regions, 1% ethnic Russians and foreign workers, while only 55% of the population is ethnic Japanese (with 6% Ainu, but can be affiliated with Japanese population). This makes Nanako a very multicultural nation, and considering that most of the populations have shared a common history for a few centuries, Nanakians have developed a very unique culture based on ethnic differences.
Nanako has the first longest overall life expectancy at birth of any country in the world: 83.8 years for the range of persons born in the 2010–2015 period. The Nanakian population is rapidly aging as a result of a post–World War II baby boom followed by a decrease in birth rates due to the rapid economic growth of the 1960's and 1990's. In 2012, about 24.1 percent of the population was over 65, and the proportion is projected to rise to almost 40 percent by 2050. In 2018, 54% of the 25- to 64-year-olds were having a completed tertiary education, making Nanako one of the most qualified population in the world. The population is overall very wealthy according to the Independent Economics Overwatch, but the Gini ratio is rated medium with 29.4 rising. The car argument to judge the overall wealth of the population doesn't really apply to the Nanakian culture that is dominantly car-averse because of the great efficiency of the train network. As such, there are in Nanako 537 motor vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants.

Language

The sheer amount of populations have also made Nanako a very linguistically unique nation with about 8 national languages, and 3 official languages. The most spoken language is English, and is the official parliamentary language, spoken by 99% of the population at least. Second place comes Japanese with 69% of the population and finally French with 42%. Russian, Korean, Chinese are spoken by 4% of the population, and Ainu is spoken fluently by only 0.9% of the population, identified as locutors. The Aleut language is only spoken by some elders and professors in the overseas territories. Most Nanakians are bilingual.

Japanese is an agglutinative language distinguished by a system of honorifics reflecting the hierarchical nature of Japanese-like societies, with verb forms and particular vocabulary indicating the relative status of speaker and listener. However, the multi-cultural society of Nanako is a lot more open-minded and less class driven than their neighbour's society. For instance, the words "senpai" or "sensei" are still used in the regular vocabulary as marks of respect but do not imply any precedence of the subject. Japanese writing uses kanji (Chinese characters) and two sets of kana (syllabaries based on cursive script and radical of kanji), as well as the Latin alphabet and Arabic numerals.

Religion


The torii of Isochigo Sataka Shrine
Nanako has full religious freedom based on Article 1 of its Constitution. Upper estimates suggest that 45 percent of the Nanakian population subscribe to Nanakian Shinto as its indigenous religion. However, these estimates are based on people affiliated with a temple, rather than the number of true believers. The number of Shinto shrines in Nanako is estimated to be around 3,000. Other studies have suggested that only 30 percent of the population identify themselves as belonging to a religion. According to Edwin Reischauer and Marius Jansen, some 70–80% of the Nanakians do not consider themselves believers in any religion. Nevertheless, the level of participation remains high, especially during festivals and occasions such as the first shrine visit of the New Year. Taoism and Confucianism from China have also influenced Nanakian beliefs and customs, but to a lesser extent to how Japan was influenced. Nanakian streets are decorated on Tanabata, Obon and Christmas. Christianity is the second most popular belief with 45% of the 30% of Nanakians affiliated to a religion are Christians form French or English roots. Previously state religion in royal tradition, in 1932, the Parliament revokes the State Monarchic religion and becomes secular and promotes religious pluralism. 3% of the population adheres to Russian Orthodox Christianity, and 0.3% to Islam. Nanakian Shinto and Japanese traditional beliefs thus consists of 51.7% of the believer population. Ainu and Aleut beliefs are only practiced in very secluded communities, and their beliefs are protected by the "1989 Intangible Cultural Heritage List".

Largest Cities

Rank

City

Metro area population

State

Image

1

Waterpoo (ウォータープー)

5,112,001

State of Poole
(プール州 - Etat de Poole)

2

Shoubikujiwa (ネ且車由岩)

2,802,310

Nokabe State
(載壁州 - Etat du Nokabe)

3

Maule (モール)

1,570,563

State of Maule
(モール州 - Etat de Maule)

4

Inaba (稲葉)

1,060,891

Adachi Bay State
(足立湾州 - Etat de la baie d'Adachi)

5

Stanley (スタンリー)

602,561

Northern Lands State
(北方陸州 - Etat des Landes Septentrionales)

6

Astama (アス多摩)

577,901

Northern Lands State
(北方陸州 - Etat des Landes Septentrionales)

7

Narakonai (奈良来ない)

501,783

State of Poole
(プール州 - Etat de Poole)

Government and politics


Main article: Politics of Nanako

Monarch :
HM Elizabeth II

Prime Minister :
RH Schoubidouz


Nanako is described as a "full democracy", with a tradition of liberalism, and an egalitarian, moderate political ideology. An emphasis on social justice has been a distinguishing element of Nanako's political culture since dawn of democracy on Nanako. Peace, order, and good government, alongside an implied bill of rights are founding principles of the Nanakian government.



Parliament House, House of Commons

[-] USDP
[-] LPN
[-] GfC
[-] CPN

[-] RPN
[-] NFP
[-] CPN
[-] Independent

At the federal level, Nanako has been dominated by two relatively centrist parties practicing "brokerage politics", the centre-left Union Social-Democratic Party of Nanako (USDP) and the centre-right Conservative Party of Nanako (or their predecessors). The historically predominant Social Democratic party position themselves at the centre of the Nanakian political spectrum, with the Conservative Party positioned on the right and the Labour Party occupying the left. Far-right and far-left politics have never been a prominent force in Nanakian society. Seven parties had representatives elected to the federal parliament in the 2017 election—the USDP, who currently form the government; the Conservative Party, who are the official opposition; the Labour Party; the Green for Change party; the Republican Party of Nanako, the Nanako First Party (far right) and the Communist Party of Nanako (far left).

Nanako has a parliamentary system within the context of a constitutional monarchy—the monarchy of Nanako being the foundation of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The system is often referred to as crowned republic. The reigning monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who is also monarch of 16 other Commonwealth countries and each of Nanako's 6 federal states. The person who is the Nanakian monarch is the same as the British monarch, although the two institutions are separate. The Queen appoints a representative, the governor general (at present Catherine Aberdeen), to carry out most of her federal royal duties in Nanako. The "Independence bill 1947" declares sovereignty of Nanako under both systems of parliamentary monarchy (current) and of republic. In case of total disagreement with the Nanakian monarchy, and after consultation of the people, the parliament can use the so-called "Regime Duality Section" to abolish the monarchy and adopt a parliamentary republican system. Nanako technically has two constitutions, only one used at a time, providing mostly the same freedoms and values, but with different institutional systems. Since 1980, the prefix "Republic of" was favored over the "Realm" prefix previously used. Constitutions were first proposed in 1948 through the "Constitution Act, 1948".

The direct participation of the monarch and the governor general in areas of governance is limited. In practice, their use of the executive powers is directed by the Cabinet, a committee of ministers of the Crown responsible to the elected House of Commons of Nanako and chosen and headed by the prime minister (at present V. Schoubidouz), the head of government. The governor general or monarch may, though, in certain crisis situations exercise their power without ministerial advice. To ensure the stability of government, the governor general will usually appoint as prime minister the individual who is the current leader of the political party that can obtain the confidence of a plurality in the House of Commons. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is thus one of the most powerful institutions in government, initiating most legislation for parliamentary approval and selecting for appointment by the Crown, besides the aforementioned, the governor general, lieutenant governors, senators, federal court judges, and heads of Crown corporations and government agencies. The leader of the party with the second-most seats usually becomes the leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and is part of an adversarial parliamentary system intended to keep the government in check.

Each of the 345 members of parliament in the House of Commons is elected by simple plurality in an electoral district or riding. General elections must be called by the governor general, either on the advice of the prime minister or if the government loses a confidence vote in the House. Constitutionally, an election may be held no more than five years after the preceding election, although the Nanako Elections Act limits this to four years with a fixed election date in October. The 80 members of the Senate, whose seats are apportioned on a regional basis, serve until age 75.

Nanako's federal structure divides government responsibilities between the federal government and the six federal states. Federal states legislatures are unicameral and operate in parliamentary fashion similar to the House of Commons. Nanako's two territories, often called "Overseas" also have legislatures, but these are not sovereign and have fewer constitutional responsibilities than the states. However, they enjoy greater autonomy on local policies, environmental policies. The territorial legislatures also differ structurally from their federal state counterparts.

The Bank of Nanako is the central bank of the country. In addition, the minister of finance and minister of industry utilize the Statistics Nanako agency for financial planning and economic policy development. The Bank of Nanako is the sole authority authorized to issue currency (the Nanakian pound) in the form of Nanakian bank notes. The bank does not issue Nanakian coins; they are issued by the Royal Nanakian Mint.

Law

The Constitution of Nanako is the supreme law of the country, and consists of written text and unwritten conventions. The Confederation Act, 1899 (known as the British Nanakian Dominion Act prior to 1957), affirmed governance based on parliamentary precedent and divided powers between the federal and local governments. The Statute of Westminster 1931 granted full autonomy and the Partition Act, 1957, ended all legislative ties to Britain, as well as adding a constitutional amending formula and the Nanakian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter guarantees basic rights and freedoms that usually cannot be over-ridden by any government—though a notwithstanding clause allows the federal parliament and federal state legislatures to override certain sections of the Charter for a period of five years.

Nanako's judiciary plays an important role in interpreting laws and has the power to strike down Acts of Parliament that violate the constitution. The Supreme Court of Nanako is the highest court and final arbiter and has been led since December 18, 2017 by Chief Justice Naomi Nergjessen. Its nine members are appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the prime minister and minister of justice. All judges at the superior and appellate levels are appointed after consultation with non-governmental legal bodies. The federal Cabinet also appoints justices to superior courts in the state and territorial jurisdictions.

Common law prevails everywhere except in Hokosinawa, where civil law predominates. Criminal law is solely a federal responsibility and is uniform throughout Nanako. Law enforcement, including criminal courts, is officially a federal state responsibility, conducted by state and municipal police forces. However, in most rural areas and some urban areas, policing responsibilities are contracted to the federal Royal Nanakian Police (RNP).


Islands detached from the main frame consist the two territories of Nanako
The Kurils make up a territory, while the rest of the islands are regrouped
under one territory.
The Native Cultural and Territorial Preservation Act, supported by ethnologist Sir John Harold Glasgow in 1887, along with various treaties and case laws were established to mediate relations between Europeans, Nanakian Japaneses and the Ainu native people. These treaties are agreements with the Nanakian Crown-in-Council, administered by Nanakian Natives law, and overseen by the minister of Cultural Preservation. The role of the treaties and the rights they support were reaffirmed by Section Thirty-five of the Constitution Act, 1948. These rights may include provision of services, such as health care, and exemption from taxation. Nanako supports a very liberal law with LGBTQ+ rights fully recognized and a progressive legislation (1980, same sex-marriage and abortion are legalized).

States and territories

Nanako is a federation composed of six federal states and two territories. In turn, these may be grouped into four main regions: Western Nanako, Northern Nanako, Pacific Nanako, and Southern Nanako (Southern Nanako refers to Nokabe state and the Southern Islands Chain together). Federal states have more constitutional rights and responsibilities than territories, having responsibility for social programs such as health care, education, and welfare. Together, the federal states collect more revenue than the federal government, an almost unique structure among federations in the world. Using its spending powers, the federal government can initiate national policies in state areas, such as the Nanako Health Act (NHS); the states can opt out of these, but rarely do so in practice. Equalization payments are made by the federal government to ensure reasonably uniform standards of services and taxation are kept between the richer and poorer states. The major difference between a Nanakian federal state and a territory is that states receive their power and authority from the Confederation Act, 1899, whereas territorial governments have powers delegated to them by the Parliament of Canada. The powers flowing from the Confederation Act are divided between the Government of Nanako (the federal government) and the state governments to exercise exclusively. A change to the division of powers between the federal government and the federal states requires a constitutional amendment, whereas a similar change affecting the territories can be performed unilaterally by the Parliament of Nanako or government.

Foreign Relations and Military


Main article: Foreign relations of Nanako, Military of Nanako

Nanako is recognized as a middle power for its role in international affairs with a tendency to pursue multilateral solutions. Nanako's foreign policy based on international peacekeeping and security is carried out through coalitions and international organizations, and through the work of numerous federal institutions. Nanako's peacekeeping role during the 20th century has played a major role in its global image. The strategy of the Nanakian government's foreign aid policy reflects an emphasis to meet the Millennium Development Goals, while also providing assistance in response to foreign humanitarian crises, all of this in the context of constitutional restrictions on the role of the armed forces, legally unable to declare "aggressive" armed operations against recognized states.


UFN International Court of Justice
Nanako was a founding member of the United Forum of Nations and has membership in the World Trade Organization, the G20 and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Nanako is also a member of various other international and regional organizations and forums for economic and cultural affairs. Nanako acceded to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1976. Since 2009, Nanako is part of a free trade zone established between Australia, New Zeland and the ASEAN (AANNZFTA), thus including Nanako to the ASEAN+7 in addition to the previously formed ASEAN+4. Nanako has strong ties to Pacific Rim economies through membership in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC).

Nanako and Rossiya Federatsii share a long maritime border in the sea of Okhotsk, in the Poole Strait (Kurils - Kamchatka) and in the Queen Anne Strait (Sakhalin - Poole), that has been the location of many tensions since 1856 Russian claims on the Kuril Islands. The Okhotsk sea dispute, revived by modern finds of petroleum in Nanakian EEZ (NPR), is a major defense and diplomatic concern. Nanako also shares a large maritime border with Japan along all of its southern territorial waters. Japan is a close collaborator in terms of defense and trade since the end of World War Two. Reconciliation after Japanese occupation was accomplished because of the fear of Soviet Union's military might during the cold war. Nanako has access to strategic waters in the Bering Strait, claimed by Russia, and has a maritime border with the Near Islands and the Fox Islands, United States of Calicambria, around the Andreanof Islands. Nanako shares warm defense and economic ties with Calicambria, along with mutual touristic interest.

Nanako also maintains historic ties to the United Kingdom and Medoynia and to other former British and Medoynian colonies through Nanako's membership in the Commonwealth of Nations and the Francophonie. Nanako is noted for having a positive relationship with the kingdom of Corea (Nation of Hanguk), with a special interest in keeping the region's stability.

Nanako's strong attachment to the British Empire and Commonwealth led to major participation in British military efforts in the Second Opium War, World War I and World War II. Since then, Nanako has been an advocate for multilateralism and pacifism, making efforts to resolve global issues in collaboration with other nations. Nanako stood during the Cold War as a close and strategic ally to NATO, the Commonwealth and Japan due ot its direct proximity to the Soviet Union. However, Nanakian diplomacy tended towards neutral surface relationship with the Soviet Union, to avoid many crisis an to try keeping stability in the Northern Pacific, mostly because of the very tendentious Kuril Islands concern.

Nanako is a very active member of the United Forum of Nations organisations, participating through its delegation to all child organisations of the UFN. Nanako hosts in Waterpoo the UFN International Court of Justice, one of the four major institutions of the organisation. Nanakian banker and economist Nomi Emika is director the UFN Development Bank.

Nanako Self-Defense Forces


Mk.-16 MBT during CQB exercise

UHM-40 sling-loading supplies
The Nanako Self-Defense Forces are the nation's joint military service, comprised of three branches: the Royal Nanakian Navy (NMSDF), the Royal Nanakian Air Force (NASDF) and the Royal Nanakian Army (NGSDF); along with a multitude of specialized corps. All branches of the army bear two official names, a formal and an in-formal. The joint service changed its name in 1978 under the first Social-Democrats party government from Nanakian Royal Armed Forces to Nanako Royal Defense Forces, then to Nanako Self-Defense Forces in 1980. 1978 is also the date at which the government amended the constitution to restrict national right to declare offensive war against recognized states. A parliament act revised the definition of "recognized" and added more freedom of action to the armed service in international coalitions, in 2006. The NSDF is a unique military among nations of the world for its rights and missions assigned, conforming to Nanakian pacifist foreign policies.


NSDF patrol in Afghanistan
As of 2020, the NSDF consists of a professional, volunteer military force of approximately 79,000 active personnel and 125,000 reserve personnel. Nanako's defense policies are considered to be the most war-ready in the world, heritage of centuries of fear of invasion, during World War Two, the Cold War and even today with high tensions in the Okhotsk sea. The nation is often nicknamed "Fortress Nanako" to reflect the nation's defensive stance and preparation. Hence why the nation maintains a very large reservist force. The law in its current form also reserves the right in the event of force majeure to fully mobilize the population eligible for military service. Compulsory military service is a recurring debate in Nanakian politics, but as of yet, the nation does not require military service to be done, but provides voluntary military service for a period of one year.

In 2018, Nanako's military expenditure totalled approximately N£21 billion, or around one percent of the country's GDP. Following the 2019 Defence Policy Review, the Nanakian government announced a 70 percent increase to the country's defence budget over the next decade. Canada's total military expenditure is expected to reach N£35.7 billion by 2028. Nanako's defense policies requires most of the standard issue military equipment to be produced locally to sustain the military force. Thus, the nation possesses a large defense industry providing high-technology and reliable equipment to the forces. Main suppliers where in 2019 the Nanako Defence Systems corporation, Nanako Aerospace and Defense Society, Myokusan Koyobatshi Defence Systems, Nanako Defense Shipbuilders Consortium. Nanakian industries are at the forefront of many innovations in radar detection, artillery, armour, reconnaissance, aerospace and many sectors linked to its defensive policies.

Military training is very broad and reputed very difficult. The soldiers go through intensive training in many disciplines such as reconnaissance, parachute, amphibious assault, survival, mountain and arctic warfare, as well as laws of war, language classes and ethics, among others. The nation also trains a sizable special forces component, elite in previously mentioned domains. Each year, a large war readiness exercise is organised on military training grounds of the Andreanof islands (AAWaRE exercise). The military has been engaged in many peacekeeping and humanitarian missions. It also possesses a sizable projection force, consisting of the NNS Goodman nuclear aircraft carrier, carrying FN-12 Torauni NADS fighters, and of amphibious assault ships.

Economy


Main article: Economy of Nanako

Economic Indicators

Rank: 6th
Currency: Nanakian Pound (N£)
Fiscal Year: calendar year or 1st April - 31st March


GDP (nominal): N£3.345 trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: N£45,340
National Debt: 76.43% of GDP (2019)
Labor Force: 18,783,221
Unemployment: 3.6% (Q4 2019)

Waterpoo's Central Business District

Nanako is the world's sixth/seventh-largest economy as of 2019, with a nominal GDP of approximately N£3.35 trillion. It has a social market economy with a highly skilled labour force, firmly grounded in the knowledge economy, a low level of corruption, and a high level of innovation. Nanako has a mixed economy ranking above the Japanese and most western European nations on The Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom, and experiencing a relatively low level of income disparity. The country's average household disposable income per capita is "well above" the OECD average. The Waterpoo Stock Exchange is the ninth-largest stock exchange in the world by market capitalization, listing over 1,500 companies with a combined market capitalization of over N£3 trillion.

The service sector contributes approximately 68% of the total GDP, industry 31%, and agriculture 1% as of 2018. The unemployment rate published by Statistics Nanako amounts to 3.5% as of January 2020. The top 10 exports of Nanako are aerospace products, arms, transportation material and rolling stock, ships, chemical goods, computer hardware and software, medications and pharmaceutics, machine-tools and precise scientific equipment, timber, fishery. Well-known international brands include Berstein Bank, Nanako Aerospace and Defense Society, Hiatchi, CGA-PCS (shipping), Wandsworth Insurances, Keiriko, Nanako Telecoms, Nanakian Shipbuilders Consortium, Genetra and Nanako Airlines and Nanako Energy Nuclear Agency (part of Nanako Energy Agency group). Nanako's spending in R&D in 2019 was equal to 3% of GDP, higher than most countries, and as such, Nanako enjoys an attractive knowledge economy, very welcoming for foreign highly skilled workers.

Nanako's main import markets as of 2017 were China (24.5 percent), The United States of Calicambria (11 percent), Australia (5.8 percent), Corea (Nation of Hanguk) (4.2 percent), and Canada (4.1 percent). Nanako's main imports are machinery and equipment, fossil fuels, foodstuffs, metals and mining resources, textiles and raw materials for its industries.

Economic Sectors

Since the late 19th century, the growth of Nanako's manufacturing, mining, and service sectors has transformed the nation from a relatively rural economy to an ultra densely urbanized, industrial one. Nanakian economy is dominated by the service industry, which employs about three-quarters of the country's workforce. It accounts for 68% of the total GDP, while industry accounts for 31% and agriculture for 1%.

Agriculture and primary sector

Primary sector suffered from the depletion of coal, iron and other mining resources in the 1950s. It is now dominated by fishery and timber industries, and knew a great overall capital worth boost with the discovery of the Northern Petroleum Range (1991). The NPR is estimated to hold 10 to 15% of the world oil reserves, but is currently unexploited due to government environmental policies. Other mining resources include zinc, copper, gold, tungsten and cobalt in small quantities and nickel, titanium and uranium in even smaller quantities. Rare earth deposits have been found off-shore east of the Kuril Islands and north of Nanako. Timber and fishery are large historic sectors of Nanako. The Okhotsk sea is one of the world's largest fish reserve, especially in salmons. Exploitation of primary resources on Nanako is subject to numerous environmental norms and laws. The timber industry is sustainably managed and enjoys the nation's large forest resources, occupying 74% of the land. Agriculture, mainly rice and livestock, is a small part of the economy, and is not productive enough for exportation. The nation had difficulties achieving basic agricultural self-sustainability in the 1970s.

Industrial sector


CMA-PCS ship off the coast of China
Nanako has a large industrial capacity and is home to some of the largest and most technologically advanced producers of aircraft, machine tools, pharmaceutics, ships, chemical substances, electronic hardware, and processed foods. Nanako's industrial sector makes up approximately 31% of its GDP. Some major Nanakian industrial companies include Hiatchi, an industrial conglomerate in rail transportation, machine-tools, chemistry and optics, NADS (aerospace and defense) and Genetra (pharmaceutics). Nanako is the on of the largest aircraft producer in the world. Despite facing competition from South Korea and China, the Nanakian shipbuilding industry is expected to remain strong through an increased focus on specialized, high-tech designs. Due to Nanako's defense policies, the defense and arms production sector is a very preeminent sector of the industry, with many companies also producing material for the civilian market, such has NADS or NSC. Nanako uses its highly developed industrial netting and expertise to develop its own spacecrafts under supervision of the Nanako Aerospace Exploration Agency (NAXA). Telecommunication equipment is also a sizable portion of Nanakian industry through satellites and specialized communications industries.

Services sector

Nanako's service sector accounts for about 68% of its total economic output. Banking, insurance, real estate, shipping, transportation, and telecommunications are all major industries, with companies such as the MTA group, CGA-PCS, Nanako Telecommunications, Nanako Airlines, Berstein Bank, Wandsworth Insurances, Nanako Railways, Hiatchi, Keiriko, Royal Far East Holdings listed as some of the largest in the world.

Tourism

Rank

Country

Number

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Japan
Calicambria
Canada
United Kingdom
China
Medoynia
Germany
Australia
Nation of Hanguk
Rossiya Federatsii

15,057,860
1,087,280
711,234
607,627
508,409
507,223
343,716
307,123
294,934
204,741

Nanako has a large domestic and foreign tourism industry. Nanako's multiple national parks and breathtaking natural beauty, with accessible fjords, volcanoes, mountainous regions and famous ski resorts. Much of the country's tourism is centred in the following (busiest) regions: Shubikujiwa, Waterpoo, Maule, Astama and the central national parks, Inaba, Eastern Fjords (Nova Scotia), Northern Fjords (Narukami Cape), and the island of Chitokan. The large cities are known for their culture, diversity, as well as the many national parks and historic sites. In 2017, over 20 million tourists arrived in Nanako, bringing N£17.4 billion in international tourism receipts to the economy. Domestic and international tourism combined directly contributes 1% of Nanako's total GDP and supports 309,000 jobs in the country. There are 16 World Heritage sites in Nanako.

Science and technology

In 2018, Nanako spent approximately N£86.5 billion on domestic research and development, of which around N£23 billion was provided by the federal and federal state governments. As of 2018, the country was ranked fourth worldwide for scientific research quality in a major 2012 survey of international scientists. It is furthermore home to the headquarters of a number of global technology firms. Nanako has one of the highest levels of Internet access in the world, with over 33 million users, equivalent to around 94 percent of its total 2014 population.


N-2 launch vehicle
Some of the most notable scientific developments in Nanako include the creation of the modern MRI scanner and major advancements in space exploration and discoveries about the interior structure of the atomic nucleus. Other major Nanakian scientific contributions include the artificial cardiac pacemaker, mapping the visual cortex, the development of the electron microscope, plate tectonics, deep learning, multi-touch technology and the identification of the first black hole, Cygnus X-1. Nanako has a long history of discovery in astrophysics and fundamental physics, which include quantum physics, nuclear fusion, and breakthroughs in genetics and medicine, finding a vaccine for Covid-19 among numerous other diseases.

The Nanakian Aerospace Exploration Agency operates a highly active space program, conducting deep-space, planetary, and aviation research, and developing rockets and satellites. Nanako was the fourth country to design and construct a satellite after the Soviet Union, the United States, and Canada with the 1964 Polaris 1 launch. Since the 1960s, Nanako's aerospace industry has designed and built numerous marques of satellite, including Eco-guardian-1 and 2, Meteoris and IoneX (Ion-powered experimental satellite). Nanako also produces one of the world's safest and reliable rockets, the N2 Vulcan; over 21 N2 have been launched since the rocket's introduction in 2006. Since 2019, the Federal Science Institute commends discoveries and great works in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, economy, literature, mathematics and philosophy by awarding scientist and people the Motosane Prize, an internationally recognized annual prize funding research. The Motosane Peace prize commends great works for peace and is considered to be the most honourable one.

Culture


Main article: Culture of Nanako

Nanako's culture is unique in Asia, and in the world. Heritage of many ancestral cultures, it is characterized by its cultural diversity and its borrowing from world cultures, creating something new. It is often compared to the Quebec-Canadian culture, a subtle blend of French and British culture, but Nanako's is quite different. While Canada was built by European settlers at the expense of first nations, first Nanakian Europeans were faced to an extremely developed Japanese-Nanakian culture with its own custom and beliefs, states and societal system. The current Nanakian culture developed itself during long centuries of different ethnic domination, Japanese, English and French. Since the beginning of the 19th century, comprehensive law and reforms where carried-out to lay the foundations of the modern Nanakian culture, to encourage protection of cultures. Most channels are available in two languages, English and British, and French in addition to the French-speaking region of the East. Traditional folklore is totally inspired by Nanakian-Shinto culture, respect for animist minds and all codes of conduct. In the big cities, the most present folklore is rather that which one finds traditionally in Great Britain or in Ireland. The regions further east are inherited from the French language and their traditions, and also from their art of the table. Through this exchange of cultures, Nanako has attractiveness in higher education, which is very wide, affecting all continents, Europe, but also Japan and America, and Oceania.


Yuk Ohaw Ainu-style meal
Gastronomy

The national gastronomy focuses particularly on fishery products, such as salmon, tuna and other fish present locally. Very similar to Japanese cuisine, there is a large amount of soups and broths, ramen. Ishikari nabe is the traditional soup of winter, Ruibe (like sashimi) and Ika sōmen are well-known traditional dishes. The basis of the meals is mainly rice, a local species (Nagasawa Amerika - 長 澤米) very resistant to cold climates. The great contribution of European cuisine is the introduction of bread and cheese, dairy products, based on cereals and milk, very little present in the traditional cuisine. Thus scones and other pastries were imported. The tea was very basic in the culinary tradition. Scottish immigrants introduced Wiskey, and Russians Vodka, of which there are national variants. As for types of meat, lamb and sheep. The breakfast on Nanako is very diverse depending on the region or the family. Northern families will prefer British breakfast, hot and rich in calories, families of the south Japanese breakfast, and in the east the French breakfast, sweet and full of pastries. The mix of gastronomies introduced into the traditional meals more cooked fish, served with soups, such as Roast Halibut with porcini mushroom sauce, or breaded cod cheeks. There are some varieties of cheese, icewine and ice cider on Nanako.

Music and theater

Nanakian traditional music uses many instruments, such as the koto, that were introduced in the 9th and 10th centuries. The popular folk music, with the guitar-like shamisen, dates from the 16th century. Western classical music, introduced in the late 17th century, now forms an integral part of Nanakian culture. Nanako has several internationally renowned orchestras, such as the Waterpoo Symphonic Orchestra, the Schubikujiwa Symphonic Orchestra and especially the Maule Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by William Nakawa. Nanako, as a legacy of its British culture, has a certain preference for rock, more than for pop that the Japanese or Korean public seems to like. Music broadcasting in the country is regulated by the NRTC (Nanakian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission). The Nanakian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presents Nanako's music industry awards, the Highmoore Awards, which were first awarded in 1967. The Nanakian Music Hall of Fame established in 1983 honours Nanakian musicians for their lifetime achievements. Patriotic music in Nanako dates back over 200 years as a distinct category from British patriotism, preceding the Nanakian Confederation by over 50 years. The earliest, The Brave Nanakian, was written in 1812. The national anthem of Nanako, "Oath to Nanako", was originally commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of Poole, the Honourable Francis Omond, for the 1880 Colony Day ceremony, and was officially adopted in 1950. The music was meant to put all cultural differences aside and praise the beauty of Nanako's nature. Sophie Lacharité wrote the music, which was a setting of a patriotic poem composed by the poet and judge Sir Humphrey Damon-Cowles. The text was originally only in English before it was adapted into French and Japanese in 1906 and in 1973, in Ainu.

The four traditional theaters from Japan in Nanako are noh, kyōgen, kabuki, and bunraku. Noh and kyōgen theater traditions are among the oldest continuous theater traditions in the world.

Media

Nanako has a well-developed media sector, but its cultural output; particularly in English and Japanese films, television shows, and magazines, is often overshadowed by imports from the Calicambria, Canada and Japan. As a result, the preservation of a distinctly Nanakian culture is supported by federal government programs, laws, and institutions such as the Nanakian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the National Film Board of Nanako (NFB), and the Nanakian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (NRTC). Nanakian largest newspaper is the Northern Herald. According to a survey conducted by the Nanako Newspaper Association in 2006, 72.4 percent of men and 75 percent of women read a newspaper every day.

National symbols

National symbols are largely the result of influences from natural and historical sources, mostly influenced by Japanese symbolism and clan logos (mon). National symbols are mostly flowers, such as the Polemonium boreale, on the government logo (in a cluster of 3 in the middle), the Potentilla nivea (behind the Polemonium boreale), the Chrysanthemum, symbol of power, historically emblem of the Emperor of Japan, used nowadays on the symbol of the armed forces. The national animal is a species of the Hokkaido bear, locally called "Ussuri" and mostly endemic to Nanako, which nearly disappeared because of hunting around 1890, but saved thanks to the First World War. The inhabitants saw a symbol of rebuilding, strength, and justice in the re-development of the bear population, and it was in 1918 that it became de facto the national animal.

Government logo

NSDF logo

Polemonium boreale

Potentilla nivea

Chrysanthemum

Ussuri bear

Are celebrated by national holidays: New Year's Day (January 1st), Winter Day (December 25th), Queen's Day (May 24th), Remembrance Day (November 11th), Labor Day (May 1st), Nanako Day (January 27th) and the National Festival of Culture (August 6th). Civic holidays are organized by federal states. Among them, the most recurrent are the Winter Festival (2nd Sunday of January) and Day of Flowering (19-21 March).


Maule FC singing the national anthem
Sports

The roots of organized sports in Nanako date back to the 1770s, culminating in the development and popularization of the major professional games of ice hockey, cricket, basketball, baseball and football. Nanako's official national sports are ice hockey and kayaking (滝船, Taki-sen, traditional kayak-like boat). Golf, European football, baseball, tennis, skiing, badminton, volleyball, cycling, swimming, bowling, rugby union, canoeing, equestrian, squash and the study of martial arts are widely enjoyed at the youth and amateur levels.

Nanako shares several major professional sports leagues with Japan. Nanakian teams in these leagues include seven franchises in the National Hockey League, as well as three Major League Soccer teams and one team in each of Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. Other popular professional sports in Nanako include Nanakian football, which is played in the Nanankian Football League, National Cricket Association lacrosse, and curling. Sumo and other traditional games are protected by cultural preservation laws.

Nanako has participated in almost every Olympic Games since its Olympic debut in 1904, and has hosted several high-profile international sporting events, including the 1980 Summer Olympics, the 1988 Winter Olympics, the 1994 Basketball World Championship, the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Most recently, Nanako staged the 2015 Asian Games and 2015 Asian Para Games.

Infrastructure


Main article: Infrastructure of Nanako

Nanako has a very modern and developed health, education, welfare, energy and transport infrastructure. Globally, all networks and systems are managed to some degree by the federal government but states have some degree of decision making freedom when it comes to implement federal legislation and goals. Nanako is a strong welfare state of European tradition with powerful social protection policies. Social protection is provided through a number of laws commonly referred as the Nanakian social safety net. All citizens are ensured access to public healthcare through the NHS (National Health Service) and the NHI (National Health Insurance). In most cases, inter-state networks and relations are part of the federal government jurisdiction, while state wide networks are a federal state concern.

Energy

Nanako has a strong energy production thanks to its large hydroelectric and geothermal resources. The energy and climate policies in Nanako are interrelated. These energy and climate policies are implemented at both the federal and state government level. The federal government is responsible for establishing objectives for the entire country and the state governments are responsible for enforcing these objectives and developing the methods to achieve these goals. In 2015, the federal and state governments created a national agreement for cooperating in boosting the nation's energy industry while transitioning to a low-carbon economy. Today, state governments are developing their own strategies in order to reach the national goals. The Adachi Bay Strategy is one of the first state-level strategies developed in response to the federal agreement goals.

In 2019, Nanako consumed 587.52 TWh of electricity, with a consumption of 16,895 KWh per person. This very high level of electricity consumption per capita is explained by the domestic heating needs of the population because of the very cold climates. In Nanako 67% of the heating is done through electricity, 27% with geothermal energy and 6% by fossil fuels. Due to extensive development plans in the 1960-70s of nuclear power production, nuclear energy is the primary source of electricity in Nanako. Recent policies plan the closing of the majority of nuclear reactors, to be replaced by a large programme of geothermal power plants. Other major providers of electricity on Nanako are hydroelectric power, tidal power, wind power, fossil fuels and biomass. In 2019, electricity production in Nanako was 610.60 TWh, and 96.28% is used domestically. The surplus of electricity is exported to Hokkaido by underwater cables (23.08 TWh). Renewable energy accounted for 50% of the energy production, 46% by nuclear energy and 4 by fossil fuels (oil and natural gas).

Source

Generation (TWh)

%

Nuclear power

280.876

46

Hydroelectric

128.226

21

Tidal power

91.59

15

Geothermal power

48.848

8

Wind power

30.53

5

Oil

12.227

2

Natural gas

12.197

2

Biomass

6.106

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Transportation

Nanako has a very large transportation infrastructure with a very unique characteristic compared to the rest of OECD countries: its main mean of cargo and people transportation is train. 46% of travels are made using the extensive train network of the nation, boasting 11 high-speed lines connecting major cities. Train transportation was favored over car because of its particularity in a mountainous situation. Road traffic represents 36% of travels. 9% by sea and 9% by air. Being an archipelago, domestic shipping and air transportation are a very important mean of transportation. Public transportation is extremely developed and popular.

The national railway company Nanako Railways operates high-speed lanes while states define the laws for operating their network, which is often privatized. The national flag carrier is very large company Nanako Airlines that operates international and domestic flights. The four main international gateways to Nanako are Hokuto International Airport, Goodman International Airport, Shubikujiwa International Airport and the Maule International Airport. The largest cargo and industrial port of Nanako is the Redwood City Port.

Education


University of Poole

Education in Nanako is for the most part provided publicly, funded and overseen by federal, federal state, and local governments. Education in Nanako is generally divided into primary education, followed by secondary education and post-secondary. Education in both English and Japanese is available in most places across Nanako, and in French in French speaking regions. Nanako has a large number of Universities, almost all of which are publicly funded. Four Universities are regularly ranked among the top 100 world-wide, namely The Imperial College of Nanako, University of Poole, Teshiga Mekoto University and Justin-Laval University. According to a 2019 report by the OECD, Nanako is one of the most educated countries in the world, with great proportions of the population holding a tertiary degree.

Healthcare

Healthcare in Nanako is delivered through the provincial and state systems of publicly funded health care, jointly called NHS (National Health Service), it is universal. Approximately 65 to 75 percent of Nanakians have some form of supplementary health insurance to complement all treatments not covered by the NHI (National Health Insurance). Many receive it through their employers or utilizes secondary social service programs related to extended coverage for families receiving social assistance or vulnerable demographics, such as seniors, minors, and those with disabilities. A 2016 report by the Chief Public Health Officer of Nanako found that 88 percent of Nanakians; one of the highest proportions of the population among G7 countries, indicated that they "had good or very good health".

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