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 Premier: Thomas Maldon
- Chief Justiciar: Eron LeVille
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 a high national GDP of $767 trillion. The per capita GDP of $147,153 ranks highly in the world, and the country also ranks highly 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 below average and the political freedoms are few and far between.
Seythennia is named after Nikolaus Sey, the revolutionary that helped to found the country. 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, who established a monarchical dictatorship in what is now New Marigeda, known as the Kingdom of Sothan. In 1739, Nikolaus Sey was born in Sothan, and during the course of his life he fought for civil rights for the Sothani people. In 1772, he established a civil rights activist group named the Sothan Freedom Fighters (SFF). The SFF was labeled as an extremist group by the Sothani government as they reached 7,500 members in 1782. After reaching 200,000 members six years later, the SFF successfully sparked a civil rights revolution. Over the course of four years, the SFF would overthrow the government and execute all known members of the royal family; however, some Seythennians still claim to be descended from Sothani royalty. In the morning of June 12, 1792, the Seythennian Declaration of Sovereignty was signed by the leaders of the SFF, 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.
Seythennia's Ministry of Demographics estimates the population of Seythennia to be over 5.214 billion (5,214,000,000) as of April 30, 2019, 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 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 427,139,200 inhabitants.
English is the de facto national language and the most widely spoken; 73% of the population, or about 3.806 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; among married couples, the divorce rate is 0%, as divorce is illegal. 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 93% of nations worldwide, and 95% of nations in the South Pacific, with a score of 24.98 on the Bus Surprisal Index as of March 11, 2019. The highest cause of death in Seythennia is old age, which accounts for 71.9% of deaths. The next highest causes of death are heart disease with 14.2% of deaths, being lost in the wilderness with 7.4% of deaths, and war with 3% 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 or National Parliament.
The central government is composed of three 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.
Judicial: Seythennia has no court system, and the duty of law interpretation falls to the Chief Justiciar or executive branch.
The National Parliament has 150 voting members, 15 of each representing a viceroyalty for a four-year term. 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.
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. Whoever is next in line to the throne holds the largely ceremonial title of Archduke. The highest non-royal office is that of the Chief Premier, who may legally hold near-absolute power, as long as they have been given approval from the Grand King. The Chief Premier usually oversees the National Parliament and central ministries. The ministers of the central government are appointed by either the Chief Premier or Grand King, 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 mostly nonexistent, with power of law interpretation being vested in the executive branch and the Chief Justiciar, who is appointed by the Grand King and also has control over law enforcement. 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.
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 of 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.
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.