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The Democratic States of
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Nation NS Name: Democratic States of Sudindya
[Include prefix]

Nation RP Name: Union of Southern India
[Include prefix]

Nation Flag: [url][/url]
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Claim: Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu (States of India) and Sri Lanka
[Please list out the IRL countries/subdivisions your country occupies]

Head of State: Emperor Ziggmanster I of Hiramia-Okfew

Head of Government: President Mohammed Mudu

Capital City: Pondicherry

Total Population: 177,836,085
[Must be equivalent to the IRL population of your claim]

Gross Domestic Product (nominal): $649 billion
[In U.S. dollars; must be realistic based on your claim]

GDP per capita (per capita): $1,030
[In U.S. dollars; must be realistic based on your history and future RP]

Economic System: The economic system is capitalist, however throughout its post-colonial history (from 1966 onwards) it was influenced by socialist ideas.

Political System:

The political system is a liberal democracy, however, it has large themes of authoritarianism, owing to the power of the President, which is relatively large compared to other members of the Hiramia-Okfew Commonwealth, and owing to the large influence of the military.

Military Size: 430,000
[Not to exceed more than 2% of population or GDP should drop accordingly]

Military Funding: $985 million
[Not to exceed 3-5% of GDP or GDP should drop accordingly]

Active Duty: 130,400

Reserves: 299,600

Ground Forces: 86,000

Naval Forces: 26,000

Air Forces: 60,000

Brief Description of Military Capabilities: The military of Sudindya is large, owing to the fact that it has a large rivalry with it's neighbour to the north, owing to the political division as a result of colonialisation. It has a large number of reserves, and the President can declare conscription at any time, however, the Minister of Defense and the National Assembly has to sign off on the declaration. However, the quality of the training and the quality of the equipment is lacking, relying on 1970s equipment. The military is attempting to replace the equipment with more modern 90s and 2000s equipment, however, it has seen difficulty as a result.
[Keep it realistic; we are in real-time]

Brief History: Before 1600, they were a growing military power called Pygontai, and spent most of its vast amount of wealth on the military, as a result making a large and well-equipped military. They were the ones to invade Hiramia and occupy it for many decades, however by 1600 they were kicked out and begun a slow decline. They began to invest in the art and a renaissance-style lifestyle begun to grow, however, their money was starting to run dry thanks to military upkeep and the arts, and they couldn't expand past the peninsula and Sri Lanka. Eventually, by the 1800s, Hiramia and other European powers began to occupy the peninsula, and the Hiramians made an alliance with the British to kick out Pygontai permanently.

The Hiramians began to take Sudindyan supplies and resources to make larger the Hiramian economy, investing in Hiramian (and Hiram Lander) projects, and making those areas richer. However, as a result, the Sudindyans began to get poorer, and in 1893, the Sudindyan Rebellion began, with nationalist soldiers rising up against the Royal Hiramian and Sudindyan Army, eventually being repelled in 1907.

Sudindya, in order to repel further rebellions, began to be given a Parliament and some representation in the Hiramian Parliament, however, their military was forced to fight in both world wars, and famines from 1920 to 1939 happened, killing up to 18 million people. Hiramia began to invest more food in the country, and more autonomy was given, with the Hiramians only keeping foreign policy, monarchy affairs, and military affairs. However, by 1966, the Sudindyans wanted independence, and eventually, on 1 December, they were given that independence.

Brief Description of the Modern-Day: The country, after 1966, was strapped for cash, and the Soviet Union began to invest more and more money in the country, however, the National Labour Party basically led the country with an iron fist from the 1960s to 2001. They began to allow capitalism by the 1980s, mirroring the Chinese (in real life) and while they held an iron fist politically, economically they stepped back, and the GDP began to grow very fast.

However, by 2001, their political grip was being loosened, thanks to the economic prosperity, and the Internet, and the military rose up and promoted a democratic union. The National Labour Party was ransacked and murdered, and the first democratic elections in the southern part of the continent were held. The GDP began to slow down, however with investments in industry and I.T., the country began to grow it's GDP, however by 2018 it has been in stagnation, with the military beginning to increase their control as a result.

Outlook on the World: The country has begun to rely on other nations to help invest in their economy, continuing to democratise. However, they have to deal with the neighbour to the north, because of their rivalry. They claim to represent all of southern India, however their foreign policy relies on the idea that they have a large rivalry against Northern India.
[In terms of view towards globalization, foreign affairs, etc]

- Large corruption problem, not only in the military but also in the government
- Stagnating economy and GDP
- Large reliance on foreign nations for imports, especially relying on Hiramia
- Growing influence from the military on the government
- Rivalry with northern India
[For example: brain drain, population shrinking, weak border defense, etc]