Motto: "For the Grand King"
Capital: St. Vincent
Largest city: St. Vincent
Official language: de facto English
National languages: English, sizable minorities of Romanian and Portuguese
Government: Unitary parliamentary absolute monarchy
- Grand King: Castor I
- Archduke: Phillip I
- Chief Justiciar: Archduchess Karina
Legislature: National Parliament
Establishment: from Kingdom of Sothan
- Declaration of Sovereignty: June 12, 1792
- Adoption of the Seythennian Constitution: April 23, 1803
- Union Treaty: April 23, 1828
- Second Union Treaty: July 17, 1832
- Nationalist Party coup d'état: August 18, 2016
- Seythennian Reformation: March 7, 2019 - April 30, 2019
- Total: $767 trillion
- Per capita: $147,153
Currency: Seythennian gold dollar ($) (SED)
Driving side: center
Calling code: +14
Internet TLD: .se
The Grand Kingdom of Seythennia (also known as the Grand Kingdom of Seythennia, Marcolen, and New Marigeda or simply Seythennia) is a monarchy composed of three constituent countries: the Archduchy of Seythennia, the Principality of Marcolen, and the Kingdom of New Marigeda. Seythennia is ruled by a Grand King, a title which is currently held by Castor I.
Seythennia is a developed country, with an incredibly high national GDP of $1.371 quadrillion. The per capita GDP of $179,785 ranks quite highly in the world, and the country also ranks above average in income equality. Seythennia is a part of the region of the South Pacific and a former member of the World Assembly. Before the Nationalist Party coup d'état, Seythennia also ranked highly in civil liberties and political freedoms. Presently, the civil liberties are ranked as average and the political freedoms are few and far between.
Seythennia is named after Nikolaus Sey, the revolutionary that helped to found the country, with "then" coming from the dictatorial Kingdom of Sothan, from which separatists would establish Seythennia. The standard way to refer to a citizen of Seythennia is as a "Seythennian"; residents of the other constituent countries are also referred to as "Marcolers" and "Marigedese".
Seythennia was first settled in 1450 by separatists from the dying Marigedese Empire, which established a monarchical dictatorship under the House of Ormund in an area analogous to the Archduchy of Seythennia, known as the Kingdom of Sothan. In 1739, Nikolaus Sey was born in Sothan, and during the course of his life he would campaign for civil rights and representation of the Sothani people. In 1772, he established a civil rights activist group named the Sothan Fraternity (SF); when it became clear that the royal government would never accede to SF demands, Sey and the other Fraternity leaders would come to call for the replacement of the monarchy altogether with a republican form of government. The SF was labeled as dangerous and radical by the Sothani government as they reached 7,500 members in 1782. After reaching 200,000 members six years later, the SF successfully sparked a violent civil rights revolution. Over the course of four years, the SF would overthrow the government, culminating in the execution of the reigning King and queen consort as well as the more hard-line members of the royal family; the remaining members of the House of Ormund were permitted to live free lives and remain high-profile members of Seythennian society to this day. In the morning of June 12, 1792, the Seythennian Declaration of Sovereignty was signed by the leaders of the SF, cementing Seythennia's position as a new sovereign state risen from unrest. However, Seythennia would become lawless for nearly eleven years as the country's founders bickered over which form of government to adopt, and the country fell into feudalism. Finally, on April 23, 1803, the Seythennian Constitution was adopted and signed in the new capital of Seythennia City, establishing it as a federal republic.
With the onset of the nation's 25th anniversary after the adoption of the Seythennian Constitution, Seythennia underwent a rigorous expansion that more than tripled its size, encompassing Marcolen and New Marigeda. Within four years, the country's borders reached the eastern seaboard of the continent, and its borders were officially set in July 1832 with the annexation of Marcolen. That year, the Seythennian government moved to the new capital of São Vicente (now St. Vincent).
In 2016, the democratically-elected government of João da Silva was overthrown by Nationalist Party chairman Randall Johnson with the aid of military forces. Since then, civil and political freedoms have declined noticeably, but the economy has retained its efficiency and continues to grow. Most notably, the formerly bicameral legislature, the National Parliament, was reduced to a unicameral form; on March 7, 2019, Johnson began to drastically restructure the nation in a process dubbed the "Seythennian Reformation", limiting the legislative branch, and instating an absolute monarchy, having crowned himself Grand King Castor I. Due to his wife, Queen Alexandra, being a member of the House of Ormund, they and their issue form the cadet House of Castor-Ormund.
Seythennia's Ministry of Demographics estimates the population of Seythennia to be over 7.631 billion (7,631,000,000) as of June 5, 2020, and continuously growing. Seythennia has no significant population growth from immigration; in fact, immigration does not contribute to population growth at all, as immigration is banned and foreigners cannot legally enter the country or become citizens.
Most Seythennians live in urban areas, including suburbs. Due to the country's large population, the biggest cities have become megalopolises, or mega-cities; the St. Vincent metropolitan area has an estimated 587,139,200 inhabitants.
English is the de facto national language and the most widely spoken; 73% of the population, or about 5.57 billion people speak only English at home. The second most common language is Romanian, which is spoken by 13% of the population. The remaining population speaks either Portuguese (11%) or some other language. Romanian and Portuguese are the most widely taught second languages in Seythennia, and 23% of Seythennians claim to speak at least two languages (including English).
It has been rumored that Grand King Castor I is considering creating a constructed Seythennian language, to be used by the entire population.
Most Seythennians are married. Polygamy is fully legal in Seythennia, along with same-sex marriage.
Seythennia has a very high life expectancy, and has a lower death rate than 98% of nations worldwide, and 99% of nations in the South Pacific, with a score of 19.53 on the Bus Surprisal Index as of June 5, 2020. The highest cause of death in Seythennia is disappearance, which accounts for 55.1% of deaths. The next highest causes of death are old age with 38% of deaths, being lost in the wilderness with 5.7% of deaths, and kiwi attacks with 0.5% of deaths.
Government and politics
Seythennia is an absolute monarchy headed by a Grand King or Queen. Until April 30, 2019, the government remained decentralized and officials were elected at nearly all levels of public office. However, all elections have since been banned, and all government officials are appointed by the Grand King, Archduke, or National Parliament.
The central government is composed of two branches:
Legislative: The unicameral National Parliament only drafts laws and is subservient to the reigning monarch.
Executive: The Grand King or Queen is commander-in-chief of the military, enacts or vetoes laws, appoints members of government, and has absolute power over the country.
The National Parliament has 150 voting members, 15 of each representing a viceroyalty for life or until resignation or removal from office. Governments of the constituents and their viceroyalties are structured in a roughly similar fashion; the constituent countries each have their own monarch and the viceroyalties typically have governments with a similar structure to Seythennia. The governments of the constituents and their viceroyalties (with the exception of the Voivodeship of Vincent, which is governed directly by the central government) previously had a good degree of independence, and most local, viceroyalty-level, or constituent-level government members were usually elected democratically. Before elections were banned, elections of all levels were held every leap year on February 29.
The Grand King of Seythennia holds absolute power over the country, and usually appoints the high-level officials. The line of succession is hereditary, with male primogeniture. The heir apparent holds the title of Archduke or Archduchess, and usually oversees the National Parliament and central ministries. The ministers of the central government are appointed by either the monarch or heir apparent, and serve either for life or until resignation or removal from office.
As Seythennia has no court system, the judicial branch of the government is nonexistent, with power of law interpretation being vested in the executive branch. In Seythennia, law interpretation usually takes the form of enacting additional laws or addenda to laws which serve to interpret and define the extents of the laws to which they apply. Law enforcement is extremely effective in Seythennia, where crime is totally unknown, and jails and prisons are not used. In the rare event that a crime has been committed, the criminal is executed.
The current ruling monarch and head of state is Grand King Castor I, who established the throne as part of the Seythennian Reformation, and his consort is Queen Alexandra of Ormund.
Royal standard of the Grand King of Seythennia
The monarch and their immediate family undertake various official, ceremonial, diplomatic and representational duties. As the monarchy is absolute, the monarch's power is unlimited and only bestowed upon individuals and institutions for convenience; the monarch has the ability to micromanage every aspect of Seythennia if they so choose. Each constituent country has its own intact monarchy with its line of succession integrated into that of the Grand King, with the Prince or Princess of Marcolen and King or Queen of New Marigeda being treated as children of the Archduke or Archduchess of Seythennia. The current Princess of Marcolen, Maria III of Ormund, and the current King of New Marigeda, Thomas II of Marigeda-Ormund, are married; as a result, Marcolen and New Marigeda will soon be in a personal union under their eldest son, Prince Adam IV.
The immediate order of succession to the throne of Seythennia is as follows:
- Reigning monarch: Castor I
- Heir apparent: Archduke Phillip I
- Second in line: Archduchess Karina (by decree)
- Third in line: King Thomas II
Each of the constituent countries of Seythennia are composed of administrative divisions known as viceroyalties collectively; they have different names in each country: voivodeships in Seythennia, commissariats in Marcolen, and marches in New Marigeda. The differences between the viceroyalties stems from the Union Treaties wherein Seythennia annexed Marcolen and New Marigeda while allowing them to keep their current governments, albeit less powerful than the federal government of the time. There are 10 viceroyalties -- 3 voivodeships, 3 commissariats, and 4 marches. The voivodeships are Nikolaus, Vincent, and Westmark; the commissariats are Friedenstadt, Wallenland, and Willand; and the marches are Eastmark, Imperio, Rutland, and Sothan.
Parties and elections
Seythennia had operated under a multi-party system for most of its history; however, all political parties are now banned. Prior to the ban, the major parties in Seythennia were the progressive Social Democrats, the center-right Alternative Party, the far-right Nationalist Party, and the centrist Whig Party. The Nationalist Party was by far the dominant political party in pre-ban Seythennian politics, and was headed by reigning Grand King Castor I. Minor parties, such as those adhering to ideologies such as communism or libertarianism, also existed but had mostly regional support.
Elections in Seythennia took place every leap year on February 29. Because of this, all elected offices had terms of either four or eight years, and those elected before the turn of most centuries had an added four years to their term. This had only happened once, in 1900.