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The Kingdom of Tarvelia
Һранве́лӷа Ҭáрвең
Hranvélďa Ťárveň



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Motto: "For God and Queen"
«Ша́рлт Һраню́влт»
("́Ŝarlt Hranűvlt")



Location


Population: 10,391,081


Capital: Séljeved
Largest City: Cérabaň


Official Language: Tarvelian



Regionally Recognized Languages: Sopti, Sámi, Karelian

Religion: Eastern Orthodoxy


Demonym: Tarvelian

Government: Federal Constitutional Monarchy
- Queen: Mágda II
- Chancellor: Lev Patérnon


Legislature:
-Kémryt


Formation:
-United Kingdom of Tarvel: 519 AD
-Christian Kingdom of Tarvel: 1020 AD
-Tarvelian SSR: 1919
-Independence from the USSR: 1991


GDP (nominal): $629.031 Billion (21st)
GDP (nominal) per capita: $60,535.67 (12th)


Human Development Index : 0.88 (31st)


Currency: Kven ()


Time Zones: (UTC+2 to UTC+3)


Drives on the: Right


Calling code: +7-8xx


Internet TLD: .ta


Tarvelia (/tɑɹ'vɛliə/, -ˈ'vi:liə/; Tarvelian: Ҭа́рвел - Ťárvel, ['cʌrvɛl]), officially the Kingdom of Tarvelia (Tarvelian: Һранве́лӷа Ҭáрвең - Hranvélďa Ťárveň, [ɦrʌn'vɛlɟʌ 'cʌrvɛɲ]), is a constitutional monarchy located in northern Europe. It is bordered by Norway and Finland to the west, Russia to the south and east, and the Arctic Ocean to the north.

It is inhabited mainly by ethnically Obo-Tarvic people. They are a caucasoid, fair-complected people who are culturally, linguistically, politically, and philosophically distinct from their Uralic and European neighbors, whose earliest known settlements are found in the northwest of the Ob river basin. The Tarvelian language is the official language of Tarvelia. Its sister language, Sopti, has regional recognition, being spoken by a population of under 15,000. Politically, Tarvelia is considerably more liberal on an economic standpoint than other European nations, its government having largely decentralized the economy after Soviet occupation. The country has very conservative policies on social matters, such as religion, culture, conscription, abortion, and marriage.

Tarvelia is a largely wealthy nation. Its major exports are oil, coal, firearms, lumber, and seafood. Approximately one in twelve adults make over USD 250,000 per year. Arctic fishing has a major cultural significance to the Tarvelian people.

Etymology


The use of the autonym Ťárven (plural: Ťarvej) came into use shortly before the unification of the kingdoms of Envar, Kaidan, and Chardan, all three of which shared shared a common language (then called "home-tongue"). The new term came from the legendary hero Ťarv (old Tarvic: Karv), who is believed to have been the progenitor of the ethnicity.

The name "Tarvelia" originates from the common name of the country, Ťárvel, which can translate roughly to Ťarv's country. The constitutional name of the country is Hranvélďa Ťárveň, which means "Kingdom of the Tarvelian People" (with Ťárveň being the genitive of Ťarvej).

History


The people that would become Tarvelians migrated from the Ob watershed, out of the (slightly) wider Obo-Taric cultural group. These peoples were hunter-gatherers whose religion seemed to center on henotheism and ancestor-worship; shades of the latter seem to be found in the emphasis on the deceased, family and lineage in Tarvelia's modern culture.

Ethnic Tarvelians in ancient times belonged to numerous clans under three kingdoms; Kaidan, Envar, and Chardan. In sixth century, the kingdoms united under the banner of Kaidanian king, Bram I, from whom the Tarvelian royal family is descended.

In the year 1008 AD, the King Kesl made Christianity the official religion of Tarvelia bringing the Tarvelian people into communion with the pre-schism Catholic church. During the Great Schism of 1054, the Church of Tarvelia fell into communion with the Eastern Church. Despite that, the national church saw some western-inspired changes in rites and aesthetics encouraged by King Lévnid II, most likely influenced by his Polish-born queen.

During the Enlightenment, Tarvelian leadership embraced an isolationist outlook, as well as parliamentarianism. This lead to Tarvelia remaining neutral during both World Wars. Tarvelia's military power was greatly diminished under the leadership of empowered prime ministers and complacent monarchs.

During the onset of Soviet, Tarvelia was integrated into the Soviet union. Soft-pacifism and isolationism was all but eliminated in Tarvelia during the decades of Soviet rule, which gave way to a renewed cultural identity and affinity for old Tarvelian philosophy. The royal family went into exile, the parliament was dissolved and replaced with Soviet framework. The royalty (up to and including the current Queen Mágda), was said to have funded the vigilante group, Kmácka Brámin, to provide prudent resistance to the local authorities. Though the K.B. made no significant rebellion to Soviet power, they were looked up to as heroes by many commoners.

When the Soviet Union fell, the K.B. organized a convention to reinstate Tarvelian sovereignty, and became the founders of the Liberal Party, which remained in power until the election of 2019. The convention reinstated Madga II as queen, and established a the unique system of parliament used in Tarvelia today. Post-Soviet Tarvelians were eager to embrace free-market economics, as well as embracing the military, all while clinging to their beloved traditions and soft-communitarianism.

Geography and Climate


Tarvelia, generally, is a largely forested region, with few high-altitude areas. Many communities are fishing settlements on the Arctic shore, or on the coasts of the various lakes and rivers of the country. Towns in the interior largely produce lumber and agricultural products.

Tarvelia as a whole experiences a subarctic climate, with long, cold winters. The southern regions, however, enjoy a warming effect due to the Baltic sea, with the largest cities Séljeved and Cérabaň being beneficiaries.

Séljeved Climate Data

Politics and Government


Constitution
The Constitution of Tarvelia sets the basic law and defines the basic rights guaranteed on all levels of government. The government is set up as a constitutional monarchy that is considered to have two branches: the judicial (lead ultimately by the monarch), and and legislative. Provinces and localities are granted heavy devolution, with a significantly greater power to self-govern compared to the subdivisions of the United States, or other federal governments.


Mágda II, Queen of Tarvelia

Monarch
The Tarvelian Monarchy as reëstablished by the 1991 constitution was designed to be a stabilizing agent for the new country, and not for mere ceremony, while still largely non-intervening in day-to-day governing. The role of King or Queen is immediately superior to the High Court of Tarvelia, and the monarch is responsible for holding judges, and to a certain extent, the legislature, accountable. The monarch can dismiss a judge on grounds of corruption, crimes, or judicial activism, as well as overturn cases ruled by the High Court. Additionally, the Chancellor and monarch must have joint approval for declarations of war. The regent also exercises many of the duties expected of more ceremonial monarchs, such as the bestowing of titles and honors, and sponsoring charities. Most importantly, all laws passed by parliament must be signed into law by the monarch. Such vetoes are uncommon, but do occur.

Succession is determined by lineage, sex, and religion. The eldest son of a regent is set to inherit the throne given he is in good standing with the Church of Tarvelia (an Orthodox church). If the ruling monarch does not have a son, it will then the throne will be inherited by the eldest daughter. If the regent is childless upon death or abdication, it will pass to the, in order of preference, the closest, eldest, male collateral relative: a king's sister would receive the throne before the king's male cousin, etc. In cases where foul play is suspected in the death of a monarch, a special court can be called to investigate the death by provincial nobility, presided by the Chief Justice of the High Court. Male members of royalty are expected to serve in military.

The current monarch is Queen Mágda II, who was born in exile to her family in Switzerland. Her husband, Heinrich Heuer, is the current Lord Consort (tékhon chölő), and has two children. She is rumoured to have funded the vigilante group Kmácka Brámin during exhile, but Mágda has refused to say either way. She is the first monarch of the new, post-Soviet government. She is currently 72. Mágda's heir apparent is her son, Dástel. He is currently 41, and has served in the Royal Army.

As with other European monarchs, the Queen does not typically comment on specific political issues facing the country. There have been a few exceptions when pressed. In 1995, journalist Vóra Heléjnan, an noted support of Tarvelia's center-left Radical Party, had asked if she would dismiss a hypothetical court that would legalize abortion in Tarvelia in a way similar the the US's Roe v. Wade ruling. Mágda tersely stated that such a court would not be tolerated by her, or her heir.


Vátiwin Pávlin, a member
of the High Court of Tarvelia

Judiciary
Both Tarvelia and its provinces have judiciaries divided between criminal and civil courts. Unlike the federal judiciary, each province does not have its own noble overseeing its court, but rather, share oversight with one of three viceroys, corresponding to Tarvelia's regions of Kájdan, Énvar, and Chárdan. Each viceroy is responsible for multiple provinces' constitutions, and typically has an expert adviser regarding each constitution.

Directly under the Tarvelian monarch is the High Court of Tarvelia. It consists of seven members, who are nominated by the Chancellor, with the approval monarch. In very few legal disputes are escalated beyond that of the High Court, and essentially function as a supreme constitution court. With strong pressure not to involve the monarch in court cases, High Judges very strictly follow the letter of the law.

To be eligible for appointment to the High Court, an individual must be serving in either a current justice of the federal court or provincial court. Nominees must also be at minimum 45 years of age. Judges serve from appointment until retirement age at 70.

With most laws being of provincially legislated, there are only two nation-wide courts below the High Court, being the Grand Penal Court and Grand Civil Court, whose cases concern citizens of multiple regions. Beneath the federal courts, there are the Viceroyal Courts, which similarly deal with cases that can be confined to their multi-provincial regions.

Most judges nationally must move successively through the ranks, with most local judges previously serving as lawyers. Low-level judges are typically elected on the provincial level. Most court cases are heard by a panel of several judges, whom are rotated to different municipalities to increase impartiality in
particular cases.


Chancellor Lev Patérnon

Parliament
The Tarvelian Federal Parliament a unicameral legislature with a distinct sub-chamber system. Conceived as having the advantages multi-representational benefits of a multicameral legislature, and the efficient law-making of a pure unicameral chamber. The national-level parliament is constitutionally limited to laws regarding inter-provincial commerce and coöperation, foreign policy, and constitutional matters. 485 of its 510 members are elected directly for a maximum of three five-year terms, with the remaining being appointed members with no official party membership and may serve indefinitely until retirement age.

Laws are drafted by specialized committees, with members appointed by the Chancellor. Shadow committees also draft laws and have members appointed by the opposition leader. In order for a piece of legislation to become law, it must win majority support within each of the seven sub-chambers, representing the country in different facets. The 485 members elected represent three such sub-chambers, elected in various ways. The four unelected sub-chambers represent the provincial governments, the military, major industries (fishing, oil, lumber, and arms-manufacturing) and businesses, and major religions (East Orthodoxy and Lutheranism).

The Chancellor is elected by the General Subchamber, which consists of the 150 MPs elected nationwide via proportion representation. Being the consist head of government and the leader of the legislative branch, the chancellor is responsible for assembling a cabinet (typically consisting of non-MPs), determining the voting schedule for bills, breaking ties in sub-chambers, and serving as speaker. A person may only serve one five-year term as chancellor.

Party

Seats

Percentage of Vote

National Christian Alliance

250

46%

Liberals

113

25%

Labor Party

68

15%

Tarvelian People's Party

43

10%

Radicals

5

3%

Moderates

2

3%

New Democratic Party

1

1%

Sopti Independence Party

1

<1%

Cabinet
As stated above, cabinet ministers are first nominated by the chancellor for the approval of the Queen. Mágda has yet to reject a nomination to date. Ministers are appointed from outside parliament, and are typically renewed for service after their appointing chancellor's term has expired. An exception is Lev Patérnon's cabinet, in which their was the first change in the ruling political party since Tarvelia's independence, and all but two cabinet ministers kept their positions. Ministers may have a declared political loyalty, or remain non-partisan after confirmation.

Ministry

Minister

Party

Appointment Date

Chancellor

Lev Patérnon

NCA

1 January 2020

Deputy Chancellor

Vénir Ţébanin

TPP

1 January 2020

Aide to the Chancellor

Ašéj Sendrál

Independent

1 January 2020

Minister of Defense

Ğórek Irenéon

Independent

1 January 2020

Minister of External Affairs

Ujatrís Lúčan

NCA

1 January 2020

Minister of Internal Affairs

Élvo Tóbion

NCA

1 January 2020

Minister of Law

Bđiĉőlu Márekin

NCA

1 January 2020

Minister of Culture and Sport

Heléň Núḳin

TPP

1 January 2020

Minister of Science and Developement

Ágoţa Krej

Independent

14 April 2005

Minister of Family and Demographics

Sydíň Konstantínon

TPP

1 January 2020

Minister of Education

Zlýru Ţéodorin

Independent

1 January 2015

Minister of Health

Erúţ Ḳrístoṿin

NCA

1 January 2020

Minister of Agriculture and Environment

Eltőra Bérnardon

NCA

1 January 2020

Minister of Transportation

Ckrípsan Ólaṿin

TPP

1 January 2020


King Bram's sword at the center of the
Security Council chamber.

Security Council
The Security Council is a joint assembly for the germane and important figures for national security and foreign threats from both branches government. The Security Council consists of the Monarch, the three viceroys, chancellor; deputy chancellor; the ministers of defense, external affairs, and exchequer; the heads of all five branches of the Tarvelian military, their delegates; and select generals.

Provincial Governance
Provinces and localities enjoy are large degree of self governance. Every province has a legislature - either unicameral or bicameral - with a premier. Provinces share a certain head of government (viceroy) depending on its region.


Pávliged's Council of Elders

Local Governance
Cities and towns may adopt local charters to organize governance in a manner that best suits its locality. Large cities and towns typically have a mayor-council or similar systems. Smaller towns and villages (typically those with a population of under a thousand), have returned to the traditional gerontocratic system - in which the elders (or representatives appointed by them) of the community's family and functions as the town council, with typically the parish priest or police chief serving as chair.

Though Federal City of Séljeved is a direct subject of the Tarvelian Royal Family, it has its own city council and mayor.

Military
The Tarvelian Military consists of five branches: the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Corps. Technically, Tarvelia has the highest soldier-civilian ration in Europe, with an soldier-civilian ration of 31.94:1000. This is due to the mandatory year of military service for men at age 17 and relatively high retention rate thereafter.

Branch

Enlisted (total: 331 891)

Tarvelian Royal Army

132 458

Tarvelian Royal Air Corps

63 841

Tarvelian Royal Marine Corps

58 856

Tarvelian Royal Navy

51 626

Tarvelian Royal Coast Guard

25 110

Economy



A Tarvelian arctic fishing vessel in the Barents Sea

Tarvelia's GDP per-capita is the fifth in Europe (behind San Marino, Switzerland, Norway, and Ireland), and twelfth worldwide. Its GDP is worth 629 billion USD. The nation utilizes the silver standard, with the one Tarvelian Kven having a value equivalent to ⅓ oz. of silver per unit. As of 1 January 2020, the value of 1ꟼ was equal to about $5.97.

An off-shore drilling-rig near Ípsvyť

Private Sector
Tarvelia's economy's major sectors are the oil, coal, arms manifacturing, fishing, and lumber, with the former three accounting for about 70% of exports. Most of Tarvelian oil is extracted in the arctic region on the Kola peninsula and off-shore by domestic companies, such as Estőr Oil Company and Késlin-Krej Industries.

Vidglar Arms (Ĉőliťy Víğlar) is a Tarvelian company, and is popular internationally for its shotguns and pistols, and has been contracted by the Tarvelian Government to manufacture the standard use rifle for Tarvelian conscripts - who are expected to keep the rifle in accordance with the Mandatory Armament Act, or trade it in for another weapon.

Public Sector
In comparison to other European naitons, Tarvelia has a modest public sector, with much of its assets being privatized over the course of the nation's desovietization. Most civil servants and subsidiaries are employed at the local or provincial level.

Roads, bridges, and most parks are publicly owned, either nationally or provincially. Government safety nets are typically set up provincially and are only available to the unemployed or underemployed for a limited period.

Tarvelia's healthcare system is mostly private, with a public option for low income individuals. The public health service, the St Luke Coöperative, is co-managed and co-financed with the Orthodox Church of Tarvelia. They pay for routine checkups, vaccinations, and most surgical operations.

Demographics



Tarvelian duo in traditional dress.
Tarvelia has an approximate population of 10.4 million people as of the 2011 census, with a fertility rate of 2.9 births per mother. The nation has a median age 42, and a positive replacement rate with steady population growth, largely due to natalist mores and policy. Tarvelian is the national language, and is the mandatory language for all education past primary school. Localities with large non-Tarvelian populations may opt for local language primary school curricula, but must teach Tarvelian throughout in preparation for secondary school, and national life.

Ethnicities
Tarvelia has a largely homogeneous population, with 94.6 percent being of the native Tarvelian ethnic group. At the time of independence, there was a greater number of Russians in the country, but many returned to Russia in the early, turbulent months of Tarvelia's independence, fearing anti-Russian sentiment among the nationalist fervor. The total Slavic population today stands at about 170,000 (mostly Russian), a fraction of what it was in 1991's independence. In a 2015 survey, ethnic Slavs in Tarvelia were asked if they were resented by the native population, to which most denied.

Tarvelians as an ethnic group are generally fair-complected, and many have straight, blond hair, and a majority have gray eyes. They are typically tall, but vary widely from lean to stocky. They exhibit the unusually high rate of left-handedness and ambidexterity, though not the highest. The Tarvelian language is very synthetic and is notable for its lexical stress, gender distinctions, and degrees of politeness.

Other ethnic groups include the Sopti, who are closely related to Tarvelians, residing mostly in the province of Soptivel, with about a tenth of whom speak their own language. There are roughly 74,000 Karelians in Tarvelia, living mostly in the West of the nation, largely incorporated with the rest of the national population, but retain their language use at home and at cultural festivals - this also applies to the Sámi populations in the north of the country. Migrants make up less than two percent of the country, with most originating from Norway, Finland, Eastern Asia, and North America.


All Saints' Cathedral, seat of the See of Séljeved.
Religion
A vast majority of Tarvelians are members of the Church of Tarvelia, an Eastern Orthodox autocephalous

Religion

Percentage of Population (2011 Census)

Church of Tarvelia

91.2

Lutheran Church of Tarvelia

5.34

Agnostic

1.38

Other Christians

1.17

Atheist

0.42

Other Religions/Declined to Answer

0.49

church, which has been in communion with the Moscow Patriarchate since the 2018 orthodox schism. There is also a significant Lutheran minority that enjoys recognized status.

The Church of Tarvelia is lead by the Archbishop of Séljeved, currently Íwan III. The church was re-granted autocephaly in 1991. It is the official religion of the Kingdom of Tarvelia, and enjoys high attendance and contributions. The church has been the largest contributor to charity in the country, providing food and housing for the poorer citizens, and is a the administer and co-contributor of the Tarvelian health service, the St Luke's Coöperative, which foots medical bills for those who cannot afford private insurance.

Largest Cities
Most Tarvelians live in small communities, with just over one-third living in the twenty largest municipalities. Most communities have a population in the range of 500-2,000. The towns ranked 18-20 have always varied with each census. Below are the rankings for the most recent 2011 census.

Rank

City

Province

Population

Rank

City

Province

Population

1

Cérabaň

Ţáron

1 294 520

11

Soptovév

Sóptivel

60 587

2

Séljeved

N/A

749 811

12

Elúroged

Ţáron

60 105

3

Vnytúđa

Ḳamstét

503 123

13

Kréitij

Ḳamstét

59 490

4

Bárcavyť

Bárca

203 876

14

Víğlartij

Ţáron

56 391

5

Ecynbýru

Nórodin

193 552

15

Čéĉoden

Ţáron

24 415

6

Élria

Ďélma

149 625

16

Ípsvyť

Kváeru

19 815

7

Kváerovýť

Kváeru

108 410

17

Đórnivyť

Bárca

8 131

8

Ĉűndria

Týlva

99 303

18

Ĝóraved

Bárca

3 041

9

Estőria

Estőr

81 880

19

Sendráliged

Ţáron

2 566

10

Újavyť

Ḳamstét

60 931

20

Léṇria

Kváeru

2 134

Séljeved has a designated status of Federal City, and is not part of any province (though historically it was part of Ţáron). Italicized names indicate that the city is the capital of its province.


Library of St. Clement's University, Main Campus

Education
Tarvelia has an adult literacy rate of 99.8%. Public schooling is provincially-managed with federal guidelines, and includes primary and secondary education. Higher education is cofinanced by some provincial governments. Federal guidelines include a non-secular, Church of Tarvelia-approved, Orthodox curriculum. While overwhelmingly prevalent, public schooling is not mandatory. The national constitution recognizes parents' fundamental right to instructing their children, and protects homeschooling and private schooling options. Certain provinces offer private school vouchers for families who would prefer to opt out the public school system. Other federal mandates include Tarvelian cultural appreciation (including reading of the epic poem, the Ťarvivýndu), Tarvelian language fluency by secondary school (if in a Tarvelian-speaker-minority area), school uniforms, and rigorous physical education for young men in preparation for mandatory military service. Tarvelian public schooling focuses on a rounded "STREAM" (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and mathematics) curriculum. Tarvelian students rank high in Europe with regards to mathematics.

St. Clement's University is the premier college in the country and is headquartered in Séljeved. A majority of Tarvelian doctors of science and medicine who have been educated post-independence have SCU as their Alma Mater. St. Clement's operates several observatories (optical, and radio) throughout the country. It has extensive physics, medical, chemical, geological, and literary departments and programs, and campi across the country. Other major universities include Ţáron Provincial University (a public, orthodox university), and Vnytúđa College.

Culture



Kómeđ of Ķamstét

Literature
Before its Christianization in the eleventh century, the Tarvelian was scarcely written the form of a rune-like abjad, used by few educated historians skeptical of oral tradition. Tarvelia would later adopt a modified Cyrillic alphabet. The corpus of pre-Christian Tarvelian history and mythology can be mostly attributed the writings of Sóvek Ípsenimír and Tóen of Céra. In 1041 AD, the Christian king Elúru III enlisted the poet Kómeđ of Ķamstét to use the writings of Sóvek and Tóen to create a comprehensive epic work in the same vein of Greek and Roman poems.


Klé Sómyr
Kómeđ's was the Ťarvivýndu, which provides the narrative of the mythical founding of the Tarvelian through the folk hero, Ťarv. While the work was ultimately a Christian one, it gives its henotheistic characters a sympathetic portrayal. The Ťarvivýndu is considered the most important work in Tarvelian
literature, and is mandatory reading schools. Kómeđ's poem launched the tradition of epic poetry in Tarvelia, and has seen a revival since independence from the USSR, with many modern "epicists" (Tarvelian: výndiej) composing works and recording performances for mass market. This includes Káwru Grigórion, the nation's foremost epicist today.

Today, Tarvelia has a rich market of novels, and the written word remains the most popular medium for entertainment. Modern Tarvelian literature is notable for its emphasis on the dark and macabre, with the country's top author being the horror novelist Klé Sómyr, whose works have been translated into several languages. Sómyr published her first novel, the Rape of Medusa (Tarvelian: Tétclevyk Medúsan) in 1991 shortly after Tarvelian independence. Her first work explored the themes of the devaluation of life, idealism and materialism, and the supernatural with the backdrop of an abandoned Soviet school. Medusa was a domestic success, and launched Sómyr's career (with a bibliography of over twenty novels), as well as a subgenre within Tarvelia, that has been dubbed "Soviet gothic."

Other notable writers include youth/young adult authors Pőtyr Aţaná́šon and Élnawilk Úlnin; science fiction write Sóryk Barţolmévin; and Hénrij Carníkolaň, another horror novelist.

Visual Arts

Tarvelian visual art during the medieval era was primarily expressed through stained glass, either installed as windows or served as free-standing artworks. Painting picked up during the renaissance, and by the 19th century realism become the dominant style. The most prolific Tarvelian realists include Matíld Jákovin and Vatúru Kornéljon.

While realist art is still popular among artists in Tarvelia, other movements representation schools have gained prominence, such as abstraction and impressionism. Non-representational is typically regarded as aesthetic, and not as art itself, by most artistic authorities in the country.

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