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Motto: "Viva il Communismo e la Liberta!"
Anthem: "Alla Mattina Appena Alzata"
Capitols: Cepra, Fontzia, Emphyba
Largest City: Cepra
Official Languages: Sandalosi, Sarnelli, Roduyan-Sansoliyan, Anmen Guoi, Sae
National Languages: Sandalosi, Sarnelli, Roduyan-Sansoliyan, Dopusian, Canaiisi, Ischian, Kolian, Monbuchan, Chazian, Sae
Government: Unitary One-Party Socialist Republic
- Party Chairwoman: Nanthaliene Aegella Omamaer (Sae)
- Vice Chairwoman: Sawada Ao (Anmen Guoi)
- Prime Minister: Hatharal Iarxina Iardithas (Sae)
- Congress Chairwoman: Marilena Capotosto (Sandalosi)
- Congress Vice Chairwoman: Eros Marinakos (Sarnelli)
- CSPPCC Chairman: Florin Vasilescu (Ischian)
- CSPPCC Vice Chairwoman: Samiira Yusur Cadar (Dopusian)
Legislature: The National People's Congress
Kingdom of Sandalos (320 CE - 1820 CE)
People's Republic of Sandalos (1820 CE - Present)
Water Area: 52,120 km˛
Water %: 1.94
Highest Point: 14,505 ft (4,421 m) Monte Dorronsolo
Lowest Point: −282 ft (−86.0 m) Death Valley
Currency: Sandalosi Lek (SL)
WSST (Western Sandalos Standard Time) − 1 to + 0.5
SMST (Sandalos Mountain Standard Time) + 1.5 to + 2
ESST (Eastern Sandalos Standard Time) + 2.1 to + 2.7
Drives on the: Right
Calling code: + 5
Internet TLD: .san
The People's Republic of Sandalos (abb. SAN), is a unitary republic in northwestern Aesae (eq. Eurasia). Bordering on the east with the Republic of Zamasicus, the Kingdom of Onheneret, on the south by Ganne, and on the west by the Sunset Ocean to the west. Sandalos covers over 9 million square kilometers and has has an estimated population of over 450 million. Sandalos consists of 34 departments.
Sandalos was first inhabited by various groups migrating from the far south of the continent northwards due to unknown reasons, these early settlers would become the various ethnic groups seen around modern-day Sandalos including the Sandalosi themselves. These groups were relatively isolated until the advent of Sarnelli colonization from what is now modern-day Gythos, with colonists coming en masse to the fertile lands of the Sandalosi peninsula and the Cascade and Monte Blanco mountains. The Sarnelli colonists would establish large communities and spread their cultural influences to the Sandalosi and the surrounding cultures, albeit at the cost of enslavement and oppression by the Sarnelli, developing the first ideals of "race" as a means to justify enslaving the Sandalosi. However the Sandalosi, along with a coalition of other tribes, fought back the Sarnelli colonists and gained their self-determination, with the establishment of the Kingdom of Sandalos, and the Grand Duchy of Montevelios around 320 CE. In the early 19th century, due to mounting societal and economic pressures, the kingdom of Sandalos was violently overthrown in a bloody civil war by a radical left-wing government who would establish the People's Republic of Sandalos in 1820. Due to this, various monarchial powers surrounding Sandalos would attempt to restore the monarchy and violently remove this left-wing government for the rest of the 19th century to no avail.
Since then, the nation has been involved in few wars, with the few that Sandalos was involved with either being defensive or through defense pacts and agreements with her allies. Sandalos would then embark on a period of high economic growth, urban development, and infrastructure and social welfare investment, completing a series of cross-country railroads and highways after experiencing an economic boom in the early-1970s after the discovery of oil deposits off it's shores, as well as with the reversal of policies that would've privatized certain aspects of the economy. Sandalos remains an independent power in the region.
The country is well-known for it's natural beauty, abundant wildlife, diverse peoples, and it's rich cultures with a richer history, as well as foods and beverages. With this side of Sandalos expressing itself throughout regularly occurring festivals and holidays. Excluding the month of December as it's a month of fast and prayer for many families around Sandalos as to give thanks for the passing year.
An example of a festival would be the annual Wintercoming Festival, wherein communities around Sandalos will celebrate the coming of the winter with drunken revelry with hardy meats and harder booze, games and parades, as well as the community coming together to share a massive meal with the community, with each meal being from home. At the end of the Wintercoming Festival in rural communities, the men would go out hunting while the women, children, and the elderly would stay and help prepare for the next week of slumber where no work is to be done for a week after the Wintercoming as to get people acquainted to the cold. In urban communities, they just continue the festivities until the night is over, afterwards everyone goes home and sleeps off the food and booze.
Sandalos has also been recently investing funding towards space travel and robotics, with joint efforts with the nation of Anmen Guoi to establish a colony on the planet's moon by the 2050's, with material being launched and positioned into orbit via the mass driver in the deserts of Ampinion, and the space elevator located in Cepra, as well as various rocket-sites around the northern parts of Sandalos. Hopes with the Sandalosi robotics program is to create products that would aid the people of Sandalos and friendly countries, such as advanced prosthetics, robotic transport vehicles, and even robots tailored-made for extremely hazardous environments such as minefields, and product testing purposes in-order to attempt to prevent needless loss of life.
The nation is named after King Sanda who established the kingdom of Sandalos after leading a series of native revolts against Sarnelli colonists that were settling the region and brutally oppressing the native tribes of the region. Sanda got his name from the sound of the native mountain pigeons who squawk "Sanda", the reason why he was named after the pigeons was due to his birth from a family of native pigeonkeepers (those who keep and care for the pigeons). The term Sandalosi was initially used by the Sarnelli when used to describe the warrior's of Sanda's clan, however eventually evolved to a general term when used to describe those from Sanda's kingdom. "Los" means "land" in Sarnelli. Before being known as the Sandalosi, they would be known as High Rodui or San Rodui.
The land area of Sandalos is 3,855,100 mi˛ (9,984,670 km˛). The climate on the west coast is mostly Mediterranean. The Monte Blanco and Cascade mountain ranges, at the eastern edges of the country, extend north to south across the country and further south, reaching altitudes higher than 14,000 feet (4,300 m) in Lower Zamasicus and Ankoniya. The fertile grasslands of Vinfigia spread across the western coastlines and into the south of the country such as Montavelios, and parts of Ptegaidon and Ampinion.
Much of Sandalos is mountainous, covered in large expansive forests such as the Ponderosi and Castellero in the northwest and in the southern regions of Dododicoli and Morcyereumia. The Monte Blanco and Cascade mountain ranges run along the eastern borders of the country with Onheneret and Zamasicus, both ranges reaching altitudes higher than 14,000 feet (4,300 m). The highest point in Sandalos is Monte Dorronsolo in Alaia-Maria Park, with a height of 14,505 ft (4,421 m). The lowest point is Death Valley, also in Alaia-Maria Park, with an elevation of −282 ft (−86.0 m).
The west of the country is the region of the Roduyan Plateau, with it being hilly and filled with fertile farmland and grasslands perfect for grazing and industrialized farming. The Roduyan Plateau is known for it's white rocks, ancient forts and castles, and steep cliffsides around the coast, as well as the native Roduyan-Sansoliyan people and the Monbuchan peoples, both of which are related to the Sandalosi linguistically, with the three languages being intelligible to one another, yet distinct.
Sandalos has an estimated population of 450 million, ranking it the second-most populous country on the continent, just behind Anmen Guoi. A census is taken every ten years, with the first taking place in 1820. While the birthrate is only 15 per 1000, the population growth rate is 0.10%, as a result of immigration. The largest ancestry groups included Sandalosi, Roduyan-Sansoliyan Groups, Monbuchans, with the rest of the population being other immigrants and ethnic groups. Sandalos is a relative majority country. 63% of the population are Sandalosi, 31% are Roduyan-Sansoliyan, 5% are Monbuchan, and 6% are other ethnic groups.
Sandalosi is the de facto national language. Approximately 65% of the population speaks Sandalosi as a first language, with 15% being able to speak Sarnelli as a first language. The third most dominant language is Anmen Guoi, with it accounting for 11% of the population. The rest of the country speaks the following languages as a second language or speak a native language (such as Roduyan-Sansoliyan, Ischian, Dopusian, Canaiisi, Kolian, Monbuchan, et cetera).
The majority of Sandalos's population identifies as Zalamites. 32% identify as Standard Zalamites, with 29% identifying as Revisionist Zalamites, and 10% as Orthodox Zalamites. The nonreligious account for 24% of the population, while Roduyan-Sansoliyan Spiritual beliefs make up 3%. All other faiths collectively make up 2% of the population. The Constitution of Sandalos guarantees religious freedom, and prevents legislation that favors any religion over another. In addition, discrimination based on religion is illegal, with the exception of explicitly religious organizations such as churches.
According to a survey in 2010, 56% of the population said that religion played a "very important role in their lives." Revisionist Zalamites and Orthodox Zalamites are the most devout groups in Sandalos, while church attendance among some Revisionists and Standardists sects being fairly low. The percentage of irreligious people is steadily increasing, especially among younger generations.
Metro area population
Cepra City Department
Fontzia City Department
Emphyba City Department
Upper Castellero Department
Paved Highway Network
Cargo and Cross-Country Passenger Train network
High-Speed Rail Network
Cepra City Department
Fontzia City Department
Emphyba City Department
The Department of Vinfigia
The Department of Acalatria
The Department of Alaia
The Department of Fiubia
The Department of Montavelios
The Department of Valecetia
The Department of South Mondia
The Department of Ciampia
The Department of Campeche
The Department of Colia
The Department of Ishcia
The Department of Rocca
The Department of North Mondia
The Department of Trelicka
The Department of Koli
The Department of Upper Castellero
The Department of Piglia
The Department of Lower Castellero
The Department of Corona
The Department of Chazia
The Department of Canaiis
The Department of Morcyereumia
The Department of Lower Zamasicus
The Department of Ptegaidon
The Department of Dododicoli
The Department of Ankoniya
The Department of Pinasia
The Department of Ampinion
The Department of Roduya
The Department of Monbucha
The Department of Sansoliya
The People's Republic of Sandalos is a unitary one-party socialist republic, in which majority rule is blended with minority, environmental, and workers rights protected by law.
The citizens of Sandalos are subject to three levels of government: party (federal), state, regional, and local.
Local Government: Administers police and fire forces, as well as other public works. Protects personal property rights.
Regional Government: Responsible for education, infrastructure, and taxation.
Party Government: Headquartered in Cepra, Cepra City Department, the federal government is responsible for national defense, foreign policy, and enforces the articles of the Sandalosi Constitution which includes how the nation operates, what the state does and does not recognize, as well as specifying the guaranteed rights, and et cetera., as listed in the constitution.
The party government is composed of three branches:
Executive: Headed by the Party Chairman (or Chairwoman) of the Sandalos Communist Party and the Prime Minister. Can veto legislative bills or push them through into national law, appoint party members and court justices, and is head of the military.
Legislative: Made up of members of the National People's Congress and department representatives. Drafts federal law, draft declarations of war, allocates federal funds, and approve treaties.
Judicial: Made up of the People's Court and lower federal courts. Has the power of judicial review, and is the highest legal authority in Sandalos.
Sandalos is home to a variety of cultures, due to both fairly liberal border policy, and as well as the land's natural cultural diversity. Modern-day Sandalosi culture is generally considered a blend of eastern Sarnelli and native proto-Sandalosi, derived from old traditions of celebrating nature and living with the land, and Sarnelli culture. There are also large Anmen Guoi and Irrallahalan populations, as well other native populations such as the Roduyan-Sansoliyans, Dopusians, Chazians, Canaiisi, Kolians, Monbuchans, and Ischians.
The Sandalosi are described as very tied to their familial routes, cooperation within one's community, and hardworking, the same can be said with the other native groups. This has resulted in low income inequality, a highly compassionate society, and a socialist form of government. This has also made Sandalos a popular destination for immigrants, refugees, and tourists. This has also funnily resulted in kissing being a formal non-verbal greeting among many Sandalosi.
The various native ethnic groups of Sandalos are very well-known for their varied hunting cultures, with them paying respects to the hunted animals with prayer and food preparation rituals that respect the animal's wellbeing in both it's former life and in the afterlife, such as a cultural prohibition on fried meats. This is due to the belief that in the afterlife, whatever happens in the physical world can affect a being in the afterlife, such as with the aforementioned frying example, as frying meat is believed to fry the being in-question in the afterlife. This being bad-luck as animals and sapient beings sharing the same afterlife.
Culturally Sandalosi cuisine is only one faucet of overall Sandalosi society, with it being primarily being made up of small wheat and rye buns, rice and meat with olive, garlic, and butter sauces. As well as a heavy-emphasis on alcohol culture in hard-liquors and lighter brews, as well as artisan wines. Roduyan-Sansoliyan food is similar to native Sandalosi, with more heavy-use of spuds and light greens over rice, as well as thin rye noodles with beer-butter sauce. Speaking of beer, Roduyan-Sansoliyan alcohol culture is as heavily emphasized as Sandalosi alcohol culture, with honey-wine being popular.
Outside of these two cultures, there are also various of local dishes that play off the foundation these two set, as well as other cultural foods from Gythos, Anmen Guo, Ganne, and Irrallahala, with Irrallahalan food being comprised of meats and rice with fruit sauces and buttered pumpkin beer. All of these cultures heavily-emphasize on wide-usage of bread, buns, and baked goods, with the exception of Anmen Guoi which puts emphasis on noodles, rice, pork, and fish, with heavy-use of steamed vegetables in the use of meat and vegetable buns and dumplings.
Due to Sandalosi and the other local alcohol cultures, there is no set legal drinking age in Sandalos, with low-alcohol by volume drinks being classified as soft-drinks, along with carbonated sugar drinks and energy drinks.
Frying meat is considered taboo in Sandalos, with proper meat preparation being to slow cook it over a spit-roast, boiling it, baking it, and or eating it raw (depending on the meat). This is primarily due to cultural concerns over animals holding vendettas in the afterlife over being fried, as the physical world can affect the afterlife in many cultures around Sandalos.
Sandalos uses a high amount of energy per capita. About 15% of Sandalos's electricity comes from nuclear power plants, with uranium mined in Pinasia and Ampinion. Other electricity sources are from vast natural gas and coal reserves, and from wind-turbines and hydroelectric energy, especially in Canaiis and Ankoniya. Most of Sandalos's public transportation sector being electrically-powered, however private car ownership sees little usage of battery-powered vehicles due to lower general efficiency and utility.