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Scientificum

Corporate State of Scientificum
Företagets tillstånd Scientificum

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Motto "Framtiden tillhör oss!"


Location of Scientificum (green)

Capital Stockholm-Neon City
and largest city

Official language English, Swedish
Recognized regional languages

Danish
Norwegian
Finnish
Russian
Estonian


Demonym Scientist*

Government Federal presidential constitutional republic
under a corporatocratic regime
Corporate Director of Scientificum Neon Geoglowitius

Legislature Scientist Government
Upper house - GD Corp High Council
Lower house - National Assembly

Creation of the Swedish Empire - 1611
Formation of the Nordic Federation - 1926
GD Corp allies with the Young Scientists Party - 2082
Declaration of the Corporate State - 2117

Area 1,636,934 km2

Population 43,289,747 (2140 estimate)

Currency GD Corp Standard Credit

Time zone (UTC+1 to +2)

Drives on the right

Internet TLD .sc

*The debate on whether or not "Scientist" should
be used to refer to the citizens or Scientificum or
to the general people who conduct scientific research
outside of Scientificum has been a continuing debate.

Scientificum, officially the Corporate State of Scientificum (Swedish: Företagets tillstånd Scientificum), is a Hedelic country in Northern Europe. It borders the German Federation to the south and Hedelia to the east. At 1,534,155 square kilometers, Scientificum is the largest country in Northern Europe, the second-largest country in the Hedelic Common Union, and also the second-largest country in Europe by area.

The area inhabited by the country was formerly inhabited by various Germanic and Nordic peoples, and various countries were formed in the area, most notably the Swedish Empire, which is regarded as the ancestor of all Hedelic peoples. During the 1900s, a series of political reforms led to the Swedish Empire turning into the semi-democratic Nordic Federation. In the late 21st century, the Resource Crisis led to the rise of GD Corp and its gaining of political influence within the country. By the early 22nd century, GD Corp managed to seize control of the government and form Scientificum.

Etymology


The name Scientificum comes from the Latin word of the same spelling, which is the nominative neuter singular of "scientificus", which means something that is related to science or the producing of knowledge.

The name was selected from a nation-wide poll following the establishment of the Corporate State. The name received the most votes, and therefore became the new name of the country. The reasoning behind the name is that it 'perfectly summarizes the primary objective of GD Corp, and now, by extension, the country', and it also 'remembers its Scandinavian heritage' by the names first two letters.

The name has been subject to much controversy since its introduction. Many parties have claimed that the results of the poll was rigged in GD Corps favor, as the name, according to them, did not accurately represent the people, and acted more as a brand name. They have also argued that the poll was completely unnecessary, given that the area was more well-known under various names throughout history. Most anti-GD Corp organizations, both in and outside the country, have continued referred to the country as the Nordic Federation, as it was the name of the former state inhabiting the area. Some of the more radical organizations, including the Spanish government, use the term "Occupied Nordic Federation", referring to GD Corps control of the country as an illegal occupation.

Government


The Scientist Government is divided into two branches. The upper house being the GD Corp High Council, which consists of the five highest-ranking members of GD Corp and represents Scientificum at the national level, and the lower house being the National Assembly (Swedish: Nationell Församling), a collective body with representatives from all regions of the country that represents the local governments. While both houses have their official headquarters (The NA and High Councils regional headquarters are both located in the GD Corp Neon City Complex), most meetings of the Government take place online.

New laws begin as a proposal that gets submitted to the official GD Corp website regarding law proposals, which is one of the few GD Corp sites restricted to a certain region due to obvious reasons. They are submitted by citizens of the country, and their proposals are published at the front page, sorted by newest and most popular. People visiting the site can look at the proposals and put their opinion of the proposal. Opinions are divided into positive and negative. If a positive opinion is given, the "popularity" of the proposal increases. The reverse occurs for negative opinions. Once the proposal reaches a certain popularity, which changes from time to time, the proposal is removed from the site to be reviewed by the National Assembly. If the proposal is decent enough, they will proceed into voting. The proposal must get a majority vote from the National Assembly (60% or higher) in order to proceed.

Once a proposal passes through the National Assembly, it is given to the High Council for further review. Once considered to be decent again, they will go into voting. Three votes (out of the five council members) are required to proceed. Once it passes, it is sent back to the National Assembly for the final vote on whether or not to turn the proposal into an official law. The proposal must once again get a majority vote from the National Assembly, and the proposal will be signed and become an official law. The repealing process works much the same way, but more strict, and with higher votes required for both online voting and government voting (80% or higher).

Information about the current political parties comprising the National Assembly, as well as other Scientist political parties, are located here.

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