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Republic of Tocan Isle

Republic of Tocan Isle
De Republaek loe Tocan Esle (Norican)
Ivedāo Tòkanesle (Tokari)

Motto: "Atā an pèr oa ekelo"
"Kaer por le paese e harmonae" (Norican)
"Fighting for peace and harmony" (English)
National anthem:Tocan
Location of Tocan Isle

Location of Tocan Isle (dark green)
In SolarFlare (light green)

Capital city: Tocan City
Population: 22,837,400
Region: SolarFlare

Official languages: Norican, Tokari
National languages: Norican, Tokari, English
National animal: Tocan Teal-winged Macaw
Demonym: Tocanian

Government: Federal presidential constitutional republic
Head of state and government: President
Current president: Emily Loren
Vice President: Gael Merestrem
Legislature: Federal People's Assembly
Constituting instrument: The Constitution of the
Republic of Tocan Isle
Regional political party: Sun Party

Climate: tropical
Terrain: mountainous regions, rainforests, grasslands
Tallest peak: Mount Bur
Largest city: Centsian

Currency: Tocan Dollar (₵)
Driving Side: N/A
Date format: dd/mm/yyyy
Internet TLD: .toc

Tocan Isle (Tocan Esle in Norican), officially The Republic of Tocan Isle, is a country located in the Calvera Ocean in SolarFlare. Tocan includes the entirety of the island Tocanesle, along with several surrounding islands including Rapinamc, Gesburmc, and Sooa Island. Tocan Isle is a federal constitutional presidential republic, with its capital in Tocan City. The largest city is Centsian, a coastal city on the northern part of the island. The nation is often nicknamed "The Isle of Green" for its lush rainforests.

Tocan Isle is famous for its rich diversity, beautiful scenery, and world-class environment. Because of this, Tocan Isle is a top tourist destination. Notable national policies include a ban on cars, aircraft, smoking tobacco, and gambling. It is one of the most diverse nations in SolarFlare, which is reflected in the nation's plurinational government. Both Norican and Tokari are official languages, and many more minority languages are recognized by the government.

Most of Tocan Isle has a tropical climate, with some temperate zones in the north. Much of the island is rainforest and mountains. Major rivers include River Èste, River Cènt, Malake River, Tocan River, and River Rūede. The tallest peak is Mount Buric in the Camberian Mountain Range.

Tocan Isle became an independent republic in 1963. The leader of Tocan Isle is the president, a position which is currently held by Emily Loren. In Tocan Isle, the president has less power than most presidential republics, with most of the power being held by the provincial governments and the Federal People's Assembly (Populáre Nacionaer Asémble in Norican), the federal unicameral legislature.

The Tocan government is highly decentralized, with the smallest form of government being the commune. The nation is separated into hundreds of municipal districts called communes. This is the most basic unit of society and the economy. Above the communal level is the provinces, which there are 11 of. The province is vital in political and economic decision making. Most economic planning is done at the provincial level.

Tocan Isle is a very ethnically and linguistically diverse nation. The most spoken language is Norican, with 55% of the population speaking it as a first language, and 86% able to speak it. Almost the entire population knows at least a little bit of Norican, except for a few very isolated Tokari communities. The second most spoken language is English, with 16% of Tocanians speaking it as a first language. 51% of Tocanians in total can speak English as either a first, second, or third language. 21% of the population speaks Tokari as a first language, and 46% of the population in total can speak Tokari, placing it in third place for the most spoken language. 8% of the population speaks a language other than Norican, English, or Tokari as a first language. 31% of Tocanians can speak all 3 of the main languages.

When it comes to religion, Tocan Isle is officially a secular state, with religion being strictly separated from the state. 46% of the population is Linkirreligious, with Erelism being the most common religion after irreligion. The third most common religon is Irmenism, with Alguatism, Tokarenore, and Yrotism also having more than 5% of the population following them.

Ethnicity-wise, 54% of Tocan Isle identifies as Mijeni, meaning "mixed" in Tokari. Mijeni people have both Norican and Tokari ancestry, and typically follow a uniquely Tocanian mix of the two cultures. The second most common ethnicity is White Norican. These people are of Norican descent, have lighter skin, and follow Norican culture. Another large portion of the population identifies as Tokari, meaning they are of Tokari descent and generally follow traditional Tokari culture. Other common ethnicities include Celestian, Utopian, Sierrese, and Soran.

The economy of Tocan Isle is socialist, meaning the workers own the means of production. It has many components of a command economy but nonessential services are handled by the free market. All basic services such as healthcare, education, public transportation, etc. are owned by the provincial governments and occasionally the federal government, as well as other services. The economy is very decentralized, with little central bureaucracy.

Tocan Isle’s leading industries are information technology, tourism, coffee, clay mining, and renewable energy production. Its main exports are coffee, computer parts, bicycles, tea, and clay. Tocan Isle frequently trades with Celestial Wave, Erynia and Draconia, GruffyRichard and Hillbillybob, Anatoliyanskiy, Sierra Grand, and The Age of Utopia.

The first humans to arrive on Tocanesle were explorers who called themselves Tokari, in 190 BCE. They developed kingdoms which were for the most part egalitarian. The Tokari revered nature and always took care to protect the environment. The Kingdom of Baidar was the largest and longest-lasting Tokari kingdom, with the Buric Kingdom in a close second. The first Norican explorers found Tocanesle in 1564, and claimed the entire island for the Kingdom of Norica.

Tocan Island has been occupied by many foreign powers over its history, mainly the Noricans and Afics. When a wave of democratic and anti-monarchist sentiment spread over the planet, the Norican Empire (the country that Tocanesle was currently controlled by) fell in 1843 and was split into 4 republics. Tocan Isle was part of the Telend Republic, despite its geographic separation from the mainland. Over the next century, Tocan Isle was granted more autonomy, but the indigenous Tokari population was discriminated against and corporations exploited the workers and the land. As time passed, the effects of this unregulated capitalism worsened. Inequality was high, and the citizens of Tocan Isle were tired of seeing their hard work not pay off.

When the Exâlien War broke out, Telend was drawn into the war. There was a very strong anti-war sentiment building on Tocan Isle. Tocan Isle declared independence from Telend in 1961 after a referendum. The Telend government declared the independence referendum illegal, but let the island hold another referendum that the government would oversee. Instead of a simple majority, the Telend government required 60% of the population to vote for independence for independence to pass. This made the citizens of Tocan even more frustrated, and the independence vote passed by 61.3%.

The Republic of Tocan Isle was declared on March 9, 1963. A constitution was written and elections took place. Erin Somenic of the Green Party won by 59%.