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ꕙꕟ ꔓꖛꕑꔷꕪ ꔲ ꔎꕟꔲꕉ (Terravi)
Segunda República de Terravia (Portuguese)
Second Republic of Terravia (English)



The Terravi flag.



The location of Terravia in Africa.


Population: 29,226,172


Capital: Luanda


Official Languages: Terravi

Demonym: Terravi


Government: Transitional democracy

Leader: None (de jure)
Akachi (de facto)


Formation

- Terravi Empire around 800 AD - 1500 AD
- First Terravi Chiefdom 1500 - 1750
- Portuguese colonisation 1750 - 1951
- People's Republic of Terravia 1951 - 1953
- Second Terravi Chiefdom 1953 - 1965
- Transitional state 1965 - 1967
- First Republic of Terravia 1967 - 2001
- National Republic of Terravia 2001 - 2013
- Second Republic of Terravia 2013 -


Land Area: 1,246,700 km²


Human Development Index: 0.61 (medium)


Currency: Terravi katar


Date Format: dd.mm.yyyy


Drives on the: right



Terravia

The Empire of Terravia, commonly called Terravia, is a transitional democracy in southwestern Africa with a population of around 29 million. The country covers around 1,246,700 km².

Etymology

People from Terravia are referred to in their native language as 'Terravi'. A common misnomer assigned to the people of Terravia is 'Terravian' - while some Terravi may take offence to this, most simply ignore it.

History

The first mention of the name "Terravia" comes from an ancient document dated at approximately 800 AD. At this time, historians believe the five warring tribes of Terravia were united by a warlord belonging to the Stiwe tribe named Zahil Amin, who implanted the ideas of unity and imperialism amongst the populace. His progeny would go onto to lead Terravia for generations after his death, though not without bloodshed in a number of civil wars between the tribes. As the Terravi Empire experienced an era of internal peace, it began to spread north and eastward. However, following crippling defeat against the advances of the Teke tribe, who would go on to found the Kongolese Empire, the Terravi Empire began to shrink back towards its foundations in southern Africa, collapsing and becoming the Terravi Chiefdom. As the Islamisation of Africa continued, the Terravi Chiefdom shrank until it had only its current territory left. To this day, the Terravi are known for their prejudices against Arabs and Muslims.

Geography

Terravia is the world world's 23rd largest country, around twice the size of France or Texas. It lies mostly between latitudes 4° and 18°S, and longitudes 12° and 24°E.


Economy

Terravia's natural resources are very well suited to agriculture and arboriculture. An estimated 70% of the population farms, and agriculture comprised an estimated 30.9% of GDP in 1931. Most agriculture is done at the subsistence scale by local farmers using simple tools. They sell their surplus produce, and some maintain separate fields for commercial use. Urban centres are particularly reliant on peasant agriculture for their foodstuffs. Soils and climate on the coast encourage extensive commercial cultivation of bananas, cocoa, oil palms, rubber, and tea. Inland on the South Terravia Plateau, cash crops include coffee, sugar, and tobacco. Coffee is a major cash crop in the western highlands, and in the north, natural conditions favour crops such as cotton, groundnuts, and rice. Reliance on agricultural exports makes Terravia vulnerable to shifts in their prices.

Livestock are raised throughout the country. Fishing employs 2,000 people and provides over 50,000 tons of seafood each year. Bushmeat, long a staple food for rural Terravi, is today a delicacy in the country's urban centres. The commercial bushmeat trade has now surpassed deforestation as the main threat to wildlife in Terravia.

Culture

Terravia has an incredibly unique culture, radically different from its neighbouring nations. This culture is heavily influenced by tribal traditions dating back centuries, as well as the religion of Zahilism which sprung up around 750 AD, and borrowed heavily from the pre-existing native religion of Lorkhirism.

Energy

Petroleum exploitation has gradually increased since 1916, but this is still a substantial sector such that dips in prices have a strong effect on the economy. Rapids and waterfalls obstruct the southern rivers, but these sites offer opportunities for hydroelectric development and supply most of Terravia's energy.

Demographics

Population

Terravia has a population of around 29 million, with around two-thirds of the population living in urban areas.

Language

The national language of Terravia is its native tongue, Terravi. The Terravi language once had five dialects, a different dialect for each of the five major tribes that used to inhabit the area. However, the education policies of Zahil Amin standardised Terravi across the nation.

As a former Portuguese colony, Portuguese is also widely spoken in Terravia. However, it does not have any official status.

Religion

Terravia has no official religion. However, Zahilism, a native polytheistic faith, is followed by around 79% of Terravi. Of the remaining 21%, 11% are Christian and 8% are not religious. Less than 1.2% of Terravi are Muslim.
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Trivia

- The Terravi language has its own script, and is structurally more like an Asian language than an African one.
- While many minority races have Portuguese names and practice Christianity, the Terravi ethnic majority rejected the vast majority of Portuguese influences. Most have native names and practice polytheist faiths, mainly Zahilism.

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