Overlady Mary I - 1697
The Federal Overlordship of Noronica (No-ron-ik-ah), commonly known as the Overlordship of Noronica and colloquially Noronica, is a sovereign nation in the north of the Western Isles, in the Argean Sea. Situated above the northern coast of mainland Gael, the Overlordship of Noronica includes the island of Noronica, the Sessux Isle and many smaller islands. It also has territory in northern Gael in the form of the peninsula of Arván, or as it is officially known, the Prefectorial State of Arván. Arván is the only state of the Overlordship of Noronica that has land borders with other sovereign territories. Apart from this only land border, Noronica shares maritime borders with Lövsk, an island protectorate under the State of Ostehaar. With a total area of 110,467 square kilometres and a population of 28,936,542, it is one of the larger countries in the Cooperative Union (CU).
The Overlordship of Noronica is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. The monarch is Overlord Tytus I, whose reign began on 2nd January 1992. The capital and largest city of the Overlordship of Noronica is the City of Nolon, regarded as a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 4.98 million. It is also one of the largest in the Cooperative Union. Other major urban areas in the Overlordship of Noronica include; Port Sinare, Gwynon, and Mňr Geal. The Overlordship of Noronica consists of nineteen Prefectorial States; Greater Nolon, Sinare, Potania, Yorkland, Huxford, Pinross, Tresson, Ferth, Glaesdon, Raeg, Hardfirth, Midland, Mairn, Dantia, Tri Sitraichean, Morken, Greater Inver, Caen and Arván. They all have devolved administrations, each with a Prefectorial Governor.
The Overlordship of Noronica is a highly developed nation and is one of the larger economies by nominal GDP in the Western Isles and the Cooperative Union. Noronica is recognised as having a high-income economy. It was one of the region's greater powers during the 19th and early 20th centuries with the Noronnican Empire that had colonies spread widely within the region. Noronica is still very active all over the Western Isles, using its influence in all corners of the region. It has been one of the member states of the Cooperative Union since 2016, with a former delegate serving as Secretary General. Noronica is also a member of the League of Nations, a region-wide organisation, the Coalition of Six, the Coalition of Free Nations, the VACES alliance, the RTEA, the Argean Rapid Response Force, and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation.
Main article: Politics of the Overlordship of Noronica
The Overlordship of Noronica is a federal state with states governed by Prefects under a central government. It is a Constitutional Monarchy in which the monarch, currently Overlord Tytus I, is the head of state and the Prime Minister, currently Joshua McIntosh, is the head of government. Executive power is exercised by the Noronnican government, on behalf of and by the consent of the monarch. Executive power is vested in the Prime Minister and the Cabinet (Round Table). Legislative Power is vested in the Federal Assembly, the Parliament of Noronica. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.
The Round Table is the collective executive body of the Noronnican Government. It is the cabinet and is comprised of 18 cabinet members, headed by the Prime Minister. These members are the highest of all government ministers. These ministers are selected by the Prime Minister from elected members of the Federal Council. They are each given specific departments which they head, such as the 'Secretary of Health'. To keep a balance, they all exercise the same power, to ensure that all departments are held equally.
The Prime Minister of the Overlordship of Noronica is the leader of the Round Table Cabinet and thus the Head of Government. The Prime Minister is an elected member of the Federal Council that is elected by a vote by the populace to lead the government. During a National Election, the electorate vote for a political party, whichever has the most seats gains effective control over the Federal Council. The party leader is then appointed as Prime Minister to create a government. The Prime Minister holds a lot of control over the Round Table and generally has the final say over cabinet affairs.
The Federal Assembly is the national legislature of the Overlordship of Noronica, it is bicameral, meaning it consists of two chambers. The lower house is the Federal Council and the upper house is the Prefectorial Council, both are located in separate chambers within the Noronnican Federal Palace. Both chambers are headed by Speakers who have the third most important positions after the Prime Minister and Round Table.
Main article: Geography of the Overlordship of Noronica
The physical geography of Noronica is varied. The South East and North East consists of mostly flat terrain, with upland terrain only found in Tri Sitraichean and Yorkland. The rest of Noronica is quite hilly and mountainous in some areas. In the centre of the nation lies the Baeron mountain range which is home to Noronica's mining industry. The tallest mountain in Noronica is Mount Gaeren, in the Baeron mountain range. The river with the highest volume of water is the River Serpent in the South West of the country. The largest loch by surface area and volume is loch Naeh in Glasregia.
Noronica has a cooler, oceanic climate. Temperatures rarely drop below 3° Celsius, and rarely reach up to above 30° Celsius. Noronica has frequent rain and damp weather, with fogs common in the flatter areas. Summers are usually relatively warm, but the heat does not last usually for more than two months before dropping to cooler temperatures. Winters are usually cold with temperatures reaching around 3-4° Celsius. Snow is also common in Noronnican winters.
Main article: Economy of the Overlordship of Noronica
The Overlordship of Noronica has a very strong economy, centred on various industries including professional services, mining, machinery, technological hardware, and various forms of media. Noronica prides itself on its capitalist approach. Noronica's economy can be categorised as a partially regulated Market Economy. Therefore, there is some government oversight and direction over the economy. Noronica's main exports are; professional services, military equipment, mining materials, industrial technology, machinery and appliances, hardware, processed minerals, jewellery, foodstuffs and timber.
The nation's transportation is maintained through a variety of ways, the most common form of transportation being roads. The government places great emphasis on maintaining the roads and highway systems throughout Noronica. Railways are much less common being mainly used only in major city connections. Airports are very well maintained with most cities having one. Two of Noronica's most prominent airports are Nolon City International and Overlord International. Noronica's main airline is Norolines.
Healthcare is free and is encompassed as the "NHC" (Noronnican Health Care). The whole of it is operated by government tax funding. Some local practices are still privately-funded, especially Dentistry which is a completely private industry. Hospitals and most local practices are part of the NHC and require no direct payment from citizens. The average life expectancy of people in Noronica is 79.4 years for males and 83.2 years for females.
Main article: Culture of the Overlordship of Noronica
The majority of the population of Noronica is of Noronnican (Nyssic or Arvanan) descent. A lot of the population is of Gael descent due to Noronnican colonisation and migration. Much of the Athara Magarati ethnic descent is from the Khas-Kirati Empire.
The native language of Noronica is Nyssic. This language is used primarily at formal occasions or for education. In everyday life, Nyssic is still prevalent around Noronica, for example, road signs have alternate English and Nyssic, and there are some media stations in Nyssic for who use Nyssic. It is taught in school as it is a key part of Noronnican heritage. Under the Charter for Noronnican Languages, the Government has committed to the promotion of certain languages. Noronica has ratified the charter for; Nyssic, Noronnican English and Noronnican Sign Language.
Of the population, 77.42% of the population speaks English as their first language while 22.58% speaks Nyssic as their first language. As most schoolchildren learn Nyssic from an early age, 68.4% of the country can speak fluent or partial Nyssic.
Noronica defines itself as a secular state as per the constitution, so it has a 'Freedom of Religion' policy. Despite this, religion is prominent in royal affairs and ceremonies. 40% of the population identifies as Christian, 10% identify as Muslim, 3% as Buddhist. 29% identify as non-religious. 8% identify as other and the remaining.
Main article: United Armed Forces of the Overlordship of Noronica
The United Noronnican Armed Forces (or United Noronnican Forces), form the military of the Overlordship of Noronica, tasked with defence of the country; as well as promoting Noronica's wider interests, supporting international peacekeeping efforts, and providing humanitarian aid. The forces were established as the United Noronnican Forces upon the Act of the United Forces (1699) when Noronica was unified with a centralised government. Since then, the United Noronnican Armed Forces have seen many conflicts, including the Civil War and the recent conflict in Arván.
Today, the United Noronnican Armed Forces consist of; the Noronnican Navy, a blue-water navy with a fleet of 82 commissioned ships; the Noronnican Marines, a highly specialised amphibious light infantry force; the United Noronnican Army, the primary land warfare branch; and the Noronnican Air Force, an air force with a diverse operational fleet consisting of both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. The Commander-in-chief of the United Noronnican Armed Forces is the Noronnican Overlord, Tytus I, to whom members of the forces swear allegiance. The Bill of the Round Table of 1700 requires governmental consent for the Crown to maintain a peacetime armed forces. Therefore, the Round Table approves the Army by passing an Armed Forces Act at least once every four years. The armed forces are managed by the Department for Defence, headed by the Secretary for Defence.
Main article: Territories of the Overlordship of Noronica
The right hand must be placed on your heart, your fingers extending towards your left shoulder for the duration of the anthem.
Military or sports helmets must be placed at one's feet for the duration of the anthem. Caps may be kept on one's head.
Military personnel and military veterans must hold a proper salute for the duration of the anthem.
It is generally accepted that one should sing, but silence may be held for the duration of the anthem.
If in the presence of the Noronnican flag, one must hold their gaze with it for the duration of the anthem.
Only the Overlord is exempt from these rules during official events.
Our sovereign motherland,
Long live our glorious land,
Who hath survived the age,
And it shall never fal-ter.
Our sovereign motherland!
Come on my brethren,
Let us battle for our land,
And when we stand in vict'ry,
Our hearts shall swell with pride,
For we are God's chosen few.
Our sovereign motherland,
Long live our Overlord,
Who hath reigned over us,
And he shall never fal-ter.
Oh let us stand in harmony,
Against the enemies,
For our glory shall surpass,
As we are strong,
They will fall under us.
Our sovereign motherland!