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Factbook of the Federation of Plaetopia

The Federation of Plaetopia

Official names:

English: Federation of Plaetopia
Plaetopian: Federatsia di Plaetopia
Samarikian: Fadaration öf Plaetopia
Toko: U'toko-tokai Plaek Ytopia
Corali: Fradats Plaektopia



Flag


Emblem



Map


Motto: From Many, One


Population: 43,300,000
- Density: 102.87/kmē


Capital: Farakalasira
Largest City: Farakalasira


Official Languages:
English
Plaetopia
Samarikian
Toko
Corali


National Languages:
Plaetopian
Toko
Corali


Demonym: Plaetopian


Government: Federal parliamentary republic


Legislature: Federal Parliament
- Upper House: Council of States
- Lower House: Federal Assembly


Area: 420290 kmē


GDP (nominal): around 6.4 trillion TRO
GDP (nominal) per capita (World Census): 147500 TRO
GDP (nominal) per capita (NSDossier): 44800 $


Human Development Index (World Census): 83 HDI


Currency: Tropica (TRO)


Drives on the: right


Internet TLD: .pl


Plaetopia

Plaetopia, officially the Federation of Plaetopia, is a federal parliamentary republic comprising most of the Plata archipelago. Plaetopia shares a single sea border with Athik Archipelago. Both nations have signed a bilateral treaty.

Plaetopia is a developed nation generally considered democratic. According to the World Census, civil rights and political freedom in Plaetopia are World Benchmarks. The country is also regarded as one of the wealthiest, happiest and least corrupt countries in the world. Plaetopia is a member of 10000 Islands, and a regional power.



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Etymology
The name "Plaetopia" reportedly comes from the Samarikian words Plaek ytopia (literally "Plaek utopia"), and it is inherited from the Samarikian colonial period. However, the name "Plaek" is much older and designated the previous Plaetopian state that controlled most of the Plata archipelago. Its origin remains unknown.

While most colonial toponyms have been replaced by indigenous ones, a few notable areas have kept the Samarikian toponyms. Examples include the island of Cureira.

National Symbols
Plaetopia's flag was adopted in 1953 after independence and has remained largely unchanged since (in 1961 the size of the emblem and the golden cross was increased by 25%). It is a dark blue flag with a golden cross with green borders that has the Plaetopian emblem in its centre. A southern cross is displayed in the top left corner.

Officially, the blue color represents both the sea and the sky. The green border of the golden cross represents Plaetopia's stunning environment and its rainforests. The golden cross symbolizes Plaetopia's founding values and their honor. The southern cross is said to represent Plaetopia's tropical location.

The Plaetopian emblem draws some socialist inspiration, even if Plaetopia has never been a socialist or communist state. It includes symbolism representing some of Plaetopia's main islands, including the torch (a Maialian and Plaetopian state symbol), the sun (representing Talik and Saiur) and the moon (which represents the island of Crescenta and the State of Crese more widely).

The southern cross is a state symbol which must be displayed in regional flags. It is also considered a Plaetopian unity emblem.

Plaetopia's national animal is the parrot, which is common in Plaetopia's rainforests and protected under special legislation.

History
Main articles: History of Plaetopia and The Plaetopian Civil War (1967-1970)

Modern humans might have arrived to Plaetopia by around 40000 years ago. By the 7th century BCE, the Plaetopian population had mastered agriculture and fishing is thought to have been an important economic activity. Towns, villages, and eventually small independent kingdoms flourished by the 1st century BCE. Each of this small kingdoms developed its own particular culture.

Between the 1st century BCE and the 6th century CE, several small kingdoms arose and declined. These include the Eleder Kingdom (approx. 100-347) in the Eleder island; the Maret Kingdom (before 221-403) in western Maial; the Kingdom of Eklipska (around 3rd-4th century) in the Eklipska island; and the Sataral Kingdom (221-498?) in eastern Maial, which kept a written record of its history engraved in an obelisk still preserved today. The Sataralian Obelisk provides the best insight about this era.

Plaetopia was divided into four main states from the 6th century until 1491. The most important of the four kingdoms was the Elen Empire, a thalassocracy that controlled roughly the eastern half of present-day Plaetopia: the islands of Eklipska, Crescenta, Talik and Saiur; and eastern Eleder and the north-eastern area of Maial. It was the first Plaetopian state to establish important trade routes between the diferent islands, and had a well developed social structure.

Meanwhile, a series of kingdoms established themselves on the western sides of the Eleder and Maial islands, and fought for the control of the region's trade routes. The Selapuia Kingdom controlled the western half of the Eleder island, and established a key trade route between Eleder and the small Iriura island, which it ultimately annexed. The Kampun Kingdom was established in central and western Maial. Due to its strategic position, the kingdom almost monopolized trade with the U'toko-toko state. These two kingdoms fought several wars, the most well-documented one in the late 10th century.

In the island of Cureira, the U'toko-toko state would be established in 672 and last until the start of the colonial era in 1834. During its long existance of more than a thousand years, the U'toko-toko state developed an independent culture, and was traditionally divided into the different villages called E'likoai (singular E'liko). In 1111, a U'likoai (literally "Council of Villages") was created as a legislative body of sorts.

In 1491, the Elen Empire and the Kampun and Selapuia Kingdoms merged, establishing the Kingdom of Plaek, widely considered the first unified Plaetopian state (it controlled the entirety of present-day Plaetopia, except the Cureira island). Plaek was a multi-ethnic empire, and ethnic and village affiliation dominated internal politics. For this reason, king Rebeul II created an advisory council in 1567, where different clans and ethnicities could debate proposed legislation. Most of the population lived in small towns, which were organized into groups of 3-5, and the royal capital city moved constantly.

Colonizers from the North Continent arrived to the Plaetopian archipelago for the first time in 1614. Trade was immediately established between Plaek and nations in the North Continent, but the U'toko-toko state was more hostile. Samarik, in particular, established some settlings in western Eleder. Plaek slowly began imitating the Northern state model, by creating a permanent capital city near the site of the ancient O'haleq (Olequ) and organizing towns and villages in provinces.

Starting in the 18th century, the Kingdom of Plaek declined. The Samarikian settlers became increasingly influential, attempting to gain representation in the advisory council, while the native population felt alineated as traditional state structures were replaced with "modernized" versions with heavy Northern influence. Lack of respect for the rights of the Samarikian settlers prompted several military threats from Samarik, transforming the Plaek Kingdom into a puppet state.

Losing a valuable source of revenue as trade with Plaek declined, the U'toko-toko state attempted to invade western Eleder in 1801 to drive Samarikians out of the archipelago, but the intervention of Samarik and the lack of support from Plaek meant the military offensive failed. Unable to stabilize the kingdom and repair relationships with both Samarik and U'toko-toko, Plaek's last king, Kiril IV, abdicated with no successor, ceding the rule of the country to Samarik in 1834.

Initially, Plaek and U'toko-toko (renamed Cureira in 1836) were ruled as separate colonies. U'toko-toko's system of E'likoai and the U'likoai were destroyed and replaced by a "modern" administration of municipalities, provinces and a proper legislature with little independence from Samarik. In 1850, the Cureiran and Plaekian colonies were merged and renamed Plaetopia. To enforce its iron fist rule over Plaetopia, Samarik created a secret police: the Sakratspolitz. Plaetopia was midly industrialized in the late 19th century.

In the early 1900s, Plaetopia's present-day capital city, Farakalasira (colonial name: Irasira), was built. Starting in the early 20th century, nationalist movements such as the Plaek Ytopia League (PYL) and the Plaetopian Freedom Fighters began to rise and revolts became common: small revolts in 1923, 1931, 1936 and 1939 were met with harsh responses.

In 1950, Samarik entered the Great Western War (1950-1955) in the western North Continent. As a result, life conditions in Plaetopia deteriorated quickly.
In November 1951, the Plaetopian Freedom Fighters started an uprising that quickly defeated the Sakratspolitz and seized control of the entirety of Plaetopia in early 1952.

On 17 May 1952, during the Great Western War, Plaetopia declared independence from Samarik. The metropolis was unable to react due to the total war in western North Continent. The war ended on 2 February 1955 and the next day Plaetopian independence was formally recognized by Samarik. Initially, Plaetopia was a unitary state with Talaki as its capital city. The new country suffered from poverty and hyperinflation, as well as sectarian division between Plaetopia's multiple ethnic groups. A Transitional Government was established, led by former independence leader Alit Byeroshenk, with the backing of the military. In early 1954, the crumbling economy was stabilized. That year, a Constitution was drafted and approved.

The first elections since independence took place in 1956, but were marred by fraud and voter violence. Byeroshenk's party, the National Revival Party, won with 55% of the vote. Cureira's ethnic Toko majority refused to accept the outcomeand revolted against the Plaetopian government. The military quickly crushed the revolt, and Byeroshenk declared a state of emergency, suspended the Constitution and ignored the electoral results, institutionalizing the Transitional Government as a dictatorship: the New Order, which ruled Plaetopia from 1956 to 1970. Ostensibly a civilian dictatorship, the military had enormous autonomy and regularly manipulated the government. During this period, the nation experienced an economic boom with a very low unemployment rate. However, economic inequality increased and became a source of popular discontent.

In 1963, the capital was moved from Talaki to Farakalasira. Economic slowdown starting in 1964 drove Byeroshenk to oppose the New Order; he was replaced by Barapri Aladu as head of the state in 1965. Nevertheless, Aladu died in 1966, so Byeroshenk returned to his former position while the military attempted to appoint general Dedin as head of state.

During the political crisis, an October Popular Uprising in 1967 signaled the start of the Plaetopian Civil War (1967-1970) between rival factions of the military (divided between Byeroshenk and Dedin supporters) and popular militias (Popular Army). The war was marked by the use of landmines which continue to cover large areas of Talaki and other main scenarios of the civil war. Ultimately, the National Revival Movement (NRM; Byeroshenk's political party and army) and the Popular Army allied in 1969 and won the war in 1970, overthrowing the New Order.

The 1954 Constitution was restored and amended. Elections were held in November and won by the centre-left Plaetopian Progressive Party (PPP). The first peaceful transfer of power took place in 1976, when the centre-right National Union (NU) defeated the PPP. Both parties continued to dominate the political landscape for 30 years. This democratic period was marred by high crime rates and inter-ethnic violence in some areas, minor electoral irregularities and low turnout, and relatively high corruption. Meanwhile, the crumbling post-war economy recovered by the late 1970s and boomed again during the 1980s. Growth slowed down in the 1990s, but Plaetopia had become a fairly developed state.

A problematic election in 2001 sparked a constitutional crisis. The PPP won and its candidate, Sereul Yapat, became the president. However, the parliament ordered a re-run and dismissed Yapat. Yapat argued that the Constitution did not allow the legislature to dismiss the president, and instead attempted to dissolve the parliament. Finally, Yapat and the parliament reached an agreement: the legislature was dissolved and another election was called for a Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution that could solve Plaetopia's multiple problems (ethnic strife, faulty elections and corruption) as well as uphold citizens' civil and political liberties.

The new 2002 Constitution established a federal system, transforming the nation's 5 regions into 5 federal states. The Constitution overhauled the electoral system and introduced proportional representation and a parliamentary system of government. Wider recognition of tribal and ethnic languages and minorities have contributed to a significant reduction of inter-ethnic violence, together with new laws governing education.

In recent years, the traditionally dominant PPP and NU have lost ground to new parties from both the left- and the right-wing: the far left Communist Party of Plaetopia (CPP), the centre-left Social Democratic Movement (SDM), the centrist Citizens Movement (CM) and the right-wing Right Unity Party (RUP). Regionalist parties, especially the Cureiran Nationalist Party (CNP), are also influential, even though they do not enjoy widespread support.

During the early 2000s, politics were focused on tackling corruption. Thus, freedom of information was enacted and the penal code was amended to impose harsher penalties for corruption charges, among others.

Geography
Plaetopia comprises most of the Plata archipelago, and controls roughly 200 islands, only a few are inhabited. Their total combined area is 420290 kmē. Plaetopia has 8 main islands:


Map number

Island

State

1

Eleder

State of Eleder

2

Eklipska

State of Crese

3

Crescenta

State of Crese

4

Talik

State of Talik and Saiur

5

Saiur

State of Talik and Saiur

6

Maial

State of Maial

7

Iriura

State of Cureira

8

Cureira

State of Cureira

Virtually the entirety of Plaetopia experiences either a tropical or an equatorial climate. All the islands are covered with tropical rainforests. More than 300 endemic especies live in Plaetopia and can not be found elsewhere in the world.

Demographics
Plaetopia has an estimated population of around 43 million people and it is densely populated. Most of the population live in the two biggest islands: the Eleder island and the Maial island.

Plaetopia has five official languages: Plaetopian, Samarikian, English, Corali and Toko. The former three are spoken all around Plaetopia, though the number of Samarikian speakers is declining. Corali is most common in Talik, Saiur and Iriura; while Toko is the indigenous language in Cureira. Each state can set its own official languages and typically recognizes a series of tribal languages of the area.

Plaetopia has quickly secularized since 2002, but religious believers are still a majority in the country. Traditional religions and Catholicism are the most followed ones.

Plaetopia is ethnically diverse, being home to more than 50 ethnicities, some of which report discrimination.

Largest Cities

Rank

City

Pronunciation

Metro area population

State

1

Farakalasira

[faɾakaɫa'siɾa]

1926734

State of Eleder

2

Olequ

[o'ɫexku]

1211323

State of Maial

3

Talaki

[t̪a'ɫaki]

541998

State of Eleder

4

Asret

[as'ɾet̪]

393568

State of Crese

5

Amba

['a:mba]

301887

State of Cureira

6

Karko

['k͡xaɾkɐ]

265444

State of Cureira

7

Iniol

[i'nioɫ]

223016

State of Eleder

8

Kalafil

[kaɫa'fiɫ]

196585

State of Maial

9

Minosa

[mi'nosa]

126381

State of Maial

10

Eklipskasa

[ekɫips'kasa]

111292

State of Crese

Government
Plaetopia is a federal parliamentary republic. The head of state is a largely cerimonial president, elected by the Council of States, that may serve up to two five-year terms.
The prime minister (the head of the government) is elected by the Federal Assembly, like the president, it may serve up to two five-year terms only.

Plaetopia's bicameral legislature consists of a 100-seat lower house (the Federal Assembly) and a 50-seat upper house (the Council of States). The Federal Assembly is directly elected via proportional representation, while each of the 5 states appoint 10 delegates from the regional parliaments to the Council of States.

The judiciary is internationally recognized as independent. The highest court is the Supreme Court. The Constitutional Court watches for the compliance of the current constitution (2002 Plaetopian Constitution).

Administrative divisions
Main article: Administrative divisions of Plaetopia

Since 2002, Plaetopia is a federation of 5 states. State governments (with their own president and parliament) have considerable authority over competences such as education, policing, taxation, and spending. The federation is slightly asymmetric, granting more competences to the State of Cureira, which has its own Constitution subordinated to the Plaetopian Constitution.

Map
Number

Flag

Name

Area

Capital
city

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Plaetopia

420290 kmē

Farakalasira

1

Eleder

175814 kmē

Farakalasira

2

Maial

105488 kmē

Olequ

3

Crese

73841 kmē

Asret

4

Talik and Saiur

18038 kmē

Uluvulanda

5

Cureira

47469 kmē

Amba

Human Rights
Human rights are generally respected in Plaetopia. Current concerns include societal discrimination of certain ethnic minorities, and women living in less developed areas.

Foreign Relations and Military
Plaetopia maintains excellent relationships with the neighbouring Athik Archipelago. Both nations have signed a renewable bilateral treaty that establishes an economic and monetary union, and abolishes most border controls at their shared sea border.

Plaetopia's relationships with most of the Red Bloc are shaky. A notable exception is Veniselve, one of its main export partners and main support of the pro-democracy side in the 1967-1970 civil war. Similarly, Plaetopia's relationships with other democracies (such as Vivolkha) are at times strained for their closeness to the Red Bloc. In 1975, Plaetopia broke relationships with Northern Tyr Island over trading and ideological disputes, and have not been since reestablished.

Plaetopia has a middle-sized army, and spends about 6% every year in defense. Plaetopia is responsible for the defense of Athik Archipelago under the bilateral treaty, since Athik Archipelago has no army.

Economy

Economic Indicators

Currency: Tropica (TRO)
Fiscal Year: calendar year


GDP (nominal): 6.4 trillion TRO
GDP (nominal) per capita (World Census): 147500 TRO
GDP (nominal) per capita (NSDossier): 44800 $
Labor Force: 31,773,540 (estimate)
Unemployment: 2.57%

Plaetopia operates under a market economy, with private industry accounting for over 80% of the country's GDP. Plaetopia is a wealthy, developed with a high GDP per capita and a low unemployment rate.

Plaetopia's broadly diversified industry is lead by tourism, with significant contributions from book publishing, information technology, and beef-based agriculture. Other important sectors include basket-weaving, soda pop and fishing.

Government expenditure amounts to 13.3% of Plaetopia's GDP, and it is mostly focused on industry development, with welfare, education and healthcare also considered priorities.

Culture
Plaetopia is a multi-ethnic state, and its culture is defined by a mix of traditional and colonial heritage, as well as historical conflicts and the tropical climate of the islands. Plaetopians are known for being cheerful and passionate.

National Holidays
Plaetopian public holidays include a mix of traditional, religious and historical commemorations. Plaetopia's main national holiday is National Day, celebrated on the 17th of May (independence day), when all major cities participate in a friendly competition to create the most spectacular fireworks display, military and traditional parades are held, and the federal head of state and prime minister, together with the state leaders pay homage to the independence struggle leaders. New Year's Eve is the second most important celebration. With Catholicism being one of the major religions in Plaetopia, Christmas is also a public holiday, though not observed by all Plaetopians (especially in Cureira).

Each federal state has its own distinct festivities. The states of Maial and Talik and Saiur, as well as the city of Talaki all celebrate Peace Day on 12th of December, to celebrate the end of the Plaetopian Civil War and the transition to democracy. Cureira holds the Solstice Festivals twice a year, which include the establishment of special traditional markets and parades with traditional dancing and music. A minior holiday in the State of Eleder is Space Day, commemorating the launch of the PARrOT-1 satellite, which signaled the start of Plaetopia's peaceful space program.

Cuisine
Despite its strong animal husbandry industry, most of its products are exported and meat-based dishes are not particularly popular all over Plaetopia. Instead, most traditional Plaetopian dishes include seafood, rice, and local fruits. Of particular note is the taraulta, essentially rice mixed with traditional fruit jam. Another popular main course is cooked octopus, at times served with meat or fish. A typical Plaetopian drink is the exat (alternatively spelled exat') made with water, sweet fruit juice and phloem sap.

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