H O M E
L I B E R T Y,—U N I T Y,—S O C I A L I S M!
“For centuries we flourished, for centuries we faltered and now, with an Aprosian rebirth, we shall turn back the pages of history and prosper for untold centuries to come!”
- Dimíras Ketséluv
E N C Y C L O P E D I A—O F—T H E—A P R O S I A N—U N I O N
بىتەكان ابروزىن نادتارانىن نادتارمەتالان
Bitékan Abrózin Nádtaranín Nádtarmetálan
The Song of the Union
_________________________________Location of Aprosia_________________________________
Federal Single-Party Semi-presidential Republic
Assembly of the Union
36,468,772 (2020 est.)
$586,382,368,000 (2019 est.)
GDP per capita
The Aprosian People's Democratic Union
Aprosia, also referred to as Manestán and officially the Aprosian People's Democratic Union, is a country in the Eastern part of the Isles. It shares a maritime border with Linaviar and Corindia to the west by the Southern Sea, Nezaeva to the north by the Kavju and Nova seas and a land border(*) to the east with Shanzie and Apela. Dašaród is the federal capital city, while the southern city of Ašín is often considered to be the economic and cultural hub of the nation.
The origins of Aprosia can be traced back to the arrival of a nomadic people group that would eventually settle along the southern coastal regions of Aprosia. With the further spread of the Aprosiatic people, many of the tribes began to settle down and embrace agriculture, leading to the development of first villages and cities, with the development of the first states organized as feudal kingdoms occurring during 700-900BCE. Through warfare and diplomacy, the Aprosian lands were eventually unified by 94CE(*) under the qunihár monarchy, establishing an imperial system that would rule Aprosia until 896 and nominally under Yakkhalen dominance until the first half of the 13th century. The arrival of Islam during the 13th and 14th centuries became a major turning point in Aprosian history, with culture and political systems changing due to the influence of the new religion. The lands of Aprosia would eventually be conquered and colonised by Noronica during the 18th century(*), with Aprosia becoming a sizable part of the Noronican colonial empire. With the rise of ethnic and pan-Aprosian nationalisms by the end of the 19th century and the aftermath of the First Imperial War, the Šindei revolt spread through Aprosia, leading to the independence of the Republic of Aprosia on June 1st, 1950. Ethnic and tribal conflict following the beginning of a burgeoning democracy led to the Aprosian Crisis, a period of political upheaval and conflict from 1954 to 1959. The conflict was the beginning of a military dictatorship that was eventually toppled in the 1968 revolution. Conflict in Aprosia continued as a civil war from 1971 to 1975, when the Aprosian People’s Democratic Union was officially established.
Aprosia is a developing country and has a newly industrialized economy, organized as a socialist market economy. Ever since the formation of the modern Aprosian People’s Democratic Union in 1975, the country has espoused Aprosian socialist economic ideals as the guiding tenets of its economic policy. Collectivisation of industries and agriculture were pursued during the first years of the new socialist regime while the country underwent a period of modernisation, industrialisation and urbanisation under the centrally planned five-year plans. The centrally planned socialist economic system was changed to adapt the economy and improve its efficiency until the system was reformed to the modern ‘socialist market economy’, under which the country is expected to experience an economic boom. The economy continues to be influenced by the government, with central planning through five-year plans and other various means used to directly and indirectly influence the economy. Manufacturing continues to be the largest sector of the Aprosian economy, followed by agriculture and service industry. Aprosia is a member of the Regional Trade and Economic Agreement or RTEA.
Officially an Aprosian socialist state, Aprosia is politically a single party semi-presidential federation, consisting of 10 states. The legislative power is controlled by the bicameral Assembly of the Union, divided into the Council of the States and the Council of the People, the upper and lower houses respectively, while executive power is shared between the Bitékní Nadanbá, commonly translated as the President of the Union, and the Federal Government, alternatively referred to as the Standing Committee of the Council of the People. Despite claims of the system’s democratic functions by the Aprosian People’s Front and by the Federal Government, many internal and external organizations consider the Aprosian political system to be authoritarian with both autocratic and oligarchic elements, with the All-Union Aprosian Constitution reserving all political power to the Aprosian People’s Front. The country has been denounced for its lacking political and human rights, suppression of ethnic and religious minorities and wide censorship. The country is a recognized nuclear weapons state and considered to be a considerable military power.
The name "Abrózie" (ɐbrʲo:ziɛ) is thought to come from the Múzan language terms Abrá and Zía, meaning fertile and land or valley, giving the modern Severiók name the meaning The Fertile Lands or The Fertile Valleys. The exact origin of the name is not known, though the term is often thought of originating from some of the first Aprosiatic settlers in Aprosia. The English term Aprosia derives from the originally Múzan name, with first usage of the term hailing from the 16th century.
Alongside the official name of the country, many Aprosians from Aprosia and from the Aprosian diaspora, refer to Aprosia by its alternative Múzan name, ”Manestán” (mɑnɛstʲɑ:n), roughly translated as our land or as native land. The term is thought to have come into use during the 7th or 8th century, but its use was expanded by the Yakkhalens who ruled Aprosia from the 10th until the 13th century. The term was further empowered by the 19th and 20th century nationalistic movements, with the usage of the term continuing from this period. Many Aprosians use both the terms ”Abrózie” and ”Manestán” interchangeably, with ”Abrózie” used more often when referring to the state and ”Manestán” for the nation and its lands.
Both of the terms are occasionally used to refer to the lands under the pan-nationalistic notion of Greater Aprosia, most notably Shanzie
Main article: History of Aprosia
Aprosia is defined in an area of 160,643 square kilometers and is located on the shores of the Southern and Kávju Seas. The nation is oftenly divided into three geographical areas; the humid sub-tropical coast, the Madearic Islands in the north and the highlands of the Demár mountains, characterized by the temperate climate. The country is located north of the equator,
The coastal lowlands of Aprosia consists of fertile and sub-tropical lands. The land lacks major rivers, limiting the sub-tropical climate to a relatively small strip of land when compared to the highlands which constitute the majority of the Aprosian landscape. The largest lake, Lake Šarán, is located on the coastal areas and is connected to the Southern Sea by several minor rivers, where the second largest city of Aprosia, Ašín, is located in. Due to the region's fertility and relative ease of transport due to the vicinity to the sea, majority of the Aprosian population and agriculture are located in the coastal lowlands.
The inland region of the highlands constitutes over half of the entire Aprosian land area and are characterized by the temperate climate and by the two Demár mountains, reaching heights above 3,000 meters. Due to the country being located between the Kavju and the Austral plates, the highlands is divided into several valleys. Earthquakes caused by the two tectonic plates occur from time to time, largely affecting the highlands area of Aprosia.
Government and Politics
Main article: Politics of Aprosia
Aprosia is officially a federal single-party republic officially espousing Aprosian socialism as the national ideology. Under the All-Union Aprosian Constitution, the Aprosian People's Front acts as the ideological vanguard party protecting the Aprosian people and nation and as such, asserts power in all parts of the Aprosian political scene. The vanguard position of the Aprosian People's Front and its disdain towards organized political opposition are widely seen as overtly authoritarian positions by foreign organizations and as such, many criticize Aprosia of being a de facto dictatorship.
According to the All-Union Aprosian Constitution, the President of the Union is the head of state and the Commander-in-Chief and is elected to the position by the Supreme People's Assembly for a 6 year term without any term limits. The President is responsible to appoint the Government that the Supreme People's Assembly has to approve by a simple majority vote and sets the official government policy. Differing from many Western democracies, the President is seen as an office connecting both the legislating Supreme People's Assembly and the executive Aprosian Government with many similarities to the pre-Islam Kunihárs. The President often has the position of General Secretary of the Aprosian People's Front and as such, maintains both executive and ideological power, being able to heavily influence the capabilities of the Supreme People's Assembly.
The Prime Minister is the head of Aprosian government and is appointed by the President of the Union from the members of the Supreme People's Assembly, with the approval of the Supreme People's Assembly and can be dismissed by the President with the legislature's approval. The Prime Minister controls and supervises the actions of the government and as such, all government meetings are headed by the Prime Minister, with the President having the right to participate in all government meetings to supervise that the national benefit is being upheld. With the President establishing the national policy and its goals, the Prime Minister's power is purely executive, but as a member of the legislature taking part in the legislature's meetings, the Prime Minister can propose legislation.
The Supreme People's Assembly is the highest legislative organ of the Union and consists of 600 representatives for 4 year terms, with each State of the Union having a set amount of representatives voted from the State. The Supreme People's Assembly is responsible for voting on the individual bills, drafting and proposing legislation and supervising both the Presidency and the Government. However due to the strong influence of the President in the form of the Presidency usually controlling the position of the General Secretary of the Aprosian People's Party, the only allowed political party in the nation, many see the Congress of the Aprosian People's Front, and by extension the Politburo, as the true decision making organ of the state alongside the Presidency.
Aprosian People's Front
According to the All-Union Aprosian Constitution, the role of the vanguard party of the Aprosian people has been bestowed on the Aprosian People's Front and as such, the Aprosian People's Party is the only legally allowed party within Aprosia, giving the Aprosian People's Front a political monopoly in the state. The distinction between the Aprosian People's Front and the national political scene is faint. With the President commonly controlling both the Presidency and the position of the General Secretary of the Front, the President can easily influence both the national policy and the ideological standpoint of the Aprosian People's Front.
Ideologically speaking, the Aprosian People's Front maintains an Aprosian nationalist policy and claims to defend the Aprosian people, culture and nation, arguing that the Aprosian people had grown weak through centuries of foreign control and influence. The Aprosian People's Front defends its position as the vanguard party by claiming that these centuries of oppression against the Aprosian people had created a politically de-mobilized populace incapable of defending themselves and proclaims that the Front is leading the Aprosian people in a renaissance towards a new Aprosian Golden Age, through educating the populace in proper political and cultural thought. The Front however still claims to lead the populace through democratic means, citing the existance of general elections and the upholding of civil rights alongside the high public approval as signs that the Aprosian People's Front maintains a popular justified control of the nation.
Aprosia is an asymmetric federation. The Union is divided into 9 States and 4 Federal Cities of Significance and further divided into districts, regions and municipalities, with the 9 States being created roughly by ethnic lines under the political slogan of "ethnic federalism under one flag". Under the All-Union Aprosian Constitution, all of the federal subjects are equal parts of the Union, with different autonomous rights allowed to the States and the Federal Cities.
The States of the Union are the most numerous federal subjects of the Union, with a total of 9 States for the 7 major ethnic groups. The States of the Union under the All-Union Aprosian Constitution maintain the rights for their own constitutions, legislatures, governments and official languages and are widely considered to be the autonomous parts of the Union with the highest amount of self-determination. Officially the States of the Union are considered as sovereign states which have the right to secede from the Union to form their own independent states. This status is symbolised with each State maintaining their own constitutions, influenced by the federal constitution, their own state symbols, anthems and own governments. Under the Union, the federal legislation takes precidense over the regional legislation, but the federal legislation can be organized to be implemented differently by the different local governments.
While most of the federal subjects are States of the Union, over half of the national population live inside Federal Cities of Significance. While all of the states have the right to organize and elect their own governments and legislatures and to secede from the Union, the Federal Cities are often cited of being under federal control. While sharing the right for their own legislatures, the Federal Cities are maintained under the federal constitution and are administrated by Union appointed Governors who are responsible to the local city legislation. All of the Federal Cities are effectively surrounded by States of the Union and commonly share official languages with the neighbouring State. Due to their lack of larger self-determination, the Federal Cities are required by the federal constitution to follow federal legislation, unlike the States of the Union, but can enforce their own legislation, proven that it is not in conflict with the federal legislation, similar to the States of the Union.
Main article: Economy of Aprosia
Official Estimate on the Ethnic Composition of Aprosia
As of 2019, the Aprosian population is estimated to stand at an approximate 36.3 million people of which 97.4% are ethnic Aprosians, with only 1.4% of the total population having roots outside of Aprosia. Despite the common similarities between the different ethnic groups due to ancient common ancestory, the local ethnic identity lives strong among the representatives of the different ethnicities and are the primary cause of the federal style of governance of Aprosia, with each individual federal subject maintaining the local ethnic language as the official language of the region alongside Severiók. Differences in language in both the ethnic language and spoken Severiók, culture, cuisine, manners and the way of dressing are the most visible differences between the ethnicities, but all of the listed do have certain similarities to others, coming from a common Aprosian heritage.
While the Aprosian ethnic group is fundamentally divided to the individual ethnicities of the Aprosians, the different ethnicities are commonly grouped together into local ethnic groups as a further way to categorize the Aprosian ethnicities. Commonly divided into the Western, Northern and Mountain branches, the Western ethnic groups, consisting of the Mirán and the Alzóva, have by far the largest numbers and have historically and presently been the most influencing cultural forces in Aprosia, constituting a total of 57.1% of the national population, compared to the 27.7% of the Northern branch and 12.6% of the Mountain branch.
76% of the total population lived in urban areas according to the 2015 population census with the national capital of Dašaród having a population of 4.7 million and the largest city and the economic capital, Maránda, having a population of 7.9 million. The cities of Maránda and Ašín, located in the Western coastal areas of Aprosia, were historically the largest cities of Aprosia and continue to hold significant cultural and economic power within the nation. The city of Dašaród was given the status of capital after the Aprosian Civil War due to its position as the headquarter of the Aprosian socialist movement and subsequently recieved a primary status in the fields of modern economic and cultural development, leading it to become the third largest city of Aprosia.
Historically until the latter half of the 20th century, the majority of the population was rural but following initial industrialisation and economic developments, a period of migration from the countryside to the cities, incentivised by employment along other things, started the trend of urbanisation in Aprosia. During the Civil War however, many urbanites were killed or fled the cities in seeking refuge from the battles of the war, leading to the urban population's collapse, with the trend of urbanisation only continuing once the Aprosian socialist government began rebuilding of the nation.