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The Free Republic of Freiheiland

Freiheiland

Free Republic of Freiheland


Flag

Motto: ¨To Live and Let Live¨

Athem:Link¨Fight For Freedom¨


Freiheit Seal


Ubication

Capital: Echarsendrage
Largest city: Echarsendrage


Official languages: None


National language: English


Ethnic groups:
By race:
72.3%White
17.7% Black
5.4% Asian
4.2% Other/Multiracial
.4% Native
Ethnicity:
18.1% Hispanic or Latino
81.9% non-Hispanic or Latino


Religion:
73.0% Unaffiliated
21.3% Christian
2.1% Jewish
0.8% Muslim
2.9% Other


Demonym(s): Free


Government:
Constitutional Republic
with Elements
of Direct Democracy
  • President:
    Friedrich Strauss

  • Vice President:
    Vít Jedlička

  • Vice President:
    Derek Waas

  • Secretary of State:
    Adelaide Eluchans-

  • Minister of Finance:
    Charlotte Magné

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs:
    Johann Rademacher

  • Minister of Interior:
    Kerstin Müller

  • Minister of Justice:
    Anne Rousseau



Area: 1,279,426 km²


Population
    2018 estimate: 220,458,098
    2010 census: 209,356,908
  • Density: 172.31/km²



    GDP (PPP) 2019 estimate
    $13.345 trillion
    • Per capita: $60,533

    Gini (2016):
    41.5

    IDH (2017):
    0.824

    Currency:
    Cryptocurrency Freiheiland Olive

    Time zone:
    UTC−2

    Driving side:
    right

    Calling code:
    +10

    ISO 3166-1:
    FI

    Internet TLD:
    .fi



The Free Republic of Freiheiland (FRF) commonly known as Freiheiland, is a country comprising 19 states (freiheitlands).At .79 million square miles (1.2 million km²), the Free Republic of Freiheland is the world's
thirty-first largest country by total area. With a population of more than 220 million people is one of the most
densely populated country. The capital is Echarsendrage and the most populous. The 19 states are in the middle of the euasian ocean. The archipelago of Freiheiland is composed of twenty islands. The islands of Friheiland are extended in a single time zone. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the Free Republic of Freiheland make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

Paleo-Sotoas migrated from the east continental land to islands 32,000 years ago. Eporuean-Airremme colonization began in the 15th century. The Free Republic of Freiheland emerged from the four german colonies established along the Echarsendrage island to the gaya island. and the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1782. The war ended in 1789 with the Free Republic of Freiheland becoming the first country to gain independence from a Eporuean-Airremme power.


During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery and with the declaration of freedom. By the end of the century, the Free Republic of Freiheland had extended into the20 islands, and its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar.

A multicultural country, is the only Constitutional Republic with Elements of Direct Democracy. The Free Republic of Freiheland is a founding member of the Freiheit pact, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and other international organizations. The Free Republic of Freiheland is a highly developed country, with one of the world's largest economy by nominal GDP. The Freiheiland economy is largely post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the fifth-largest in the world.
Despite income and wealth disparities, the Free Republic of Freiheland continues to rank very high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, and worker productivity.


Etymology


Álvar Gaya Cabezza du Vacca
In 1482 the German cartographer Alphonse Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the archipielago Gaya in honor of the Spanish explorer and cartographer Álvar Gaya Cabezza du Vacca.
During the independence process of the Gaya archipelago, the liberators took the name of the new republic "Freiheiland" of German (free land).

The elements of the national shield are constituted by a fire supported by a tower, surrounded by ojas of olive tree supported by a dove. the fire represents freedom and its expansion enminete, the tower represents a strong but small state, the olive branch represents the republic and the dove represents freedom as a basis. It was used for the first time in 1784 during the battle of Echarsendrage, where it was carried as the flag of the new republic.



History

Indigenous peoples and pre-Gaya


archeological site
Grobe island
It has been generally accepted that the first inhabitants of Freiheiland migrated from Sotoa and arrived at least 32,000 years ago; however, increasing evidence suggests an even earlier arrival.
The islands were populated from the west to the east, the island being grobe the island with evidence of 31,000 years ago, although there is growing evidence of the earliest population of the eastern islands.

It is believed that the cultures of the time were great navigators, in the north they were dedicated to hunting and gathering, but in the south, where the climate was more friendly, the inhabitants were able to create improvements and develop their cultures. The majority of natives was a victim of diseases that the settlers brought, while a small part died at the hands of the conquerors.

Eporuean-Airremme settlements


Freiheiland at the
beginning of colonization
(1610)

Freiheiland during the
viceroyalty
(1713)
The German settlements were located to a greater extent to the north of the archipelago, the oldest was what became the current Echaersandrage, which was founded by the same Alvaro Gaya Cabezza du Vacca.
The other colony was established on the gaya island in the middle of the big island.
The Spanish settlements were located in the south along the Grobe Island.
the settlers were attracted to the opportunity to start over. The climate played a very important role during this stage, as the settlers felt attracted by the Mediterranean climate of the archipelago, in addition to the aboriginal legends about great riches hidden in the caves of the archipelago.

On the other hand the Spaniards wanted the entire island grobe for their expansion purposes.
By the early 1700s the colonies had developed to a similar level as Germany and Spain. By this time the Germans and Spaniards had reached an agreement of land distribution. Meanwhile the Spaniards had already converted the colonies on the island grobe into a viceroyalty (the viceroyalty of hendrix), the commerce between the snakes prospered and there were precedents of free trade agreements between the colonies.
The lack of German administration created much uncertainty within the German colony, the inhabitants used to emigrate to Echarsendrage the most developed city of the archipelago so far.

Independence


Ferdinand Scuarer Von Kleist

1782 It was the year in which the inhabitants of La Gaya revealed themselves being led by the liberators Ferdinand Scuarer Von Kleist and Edward Magnus. Independence began on November 12, 1782, in the small town of van halen, the liberators meet in the town square where they gave a speech, the settlers took their weapons picks and shovels and went from town to town freeing them from the regime German, the news of the uprisings in the north soon reached the ears of the Spaniards who, in the name of the pacts with Germany, declared war on the independence.

Soon the movement against the injustices, the slavery and the bad treatment by the imperialists, grew and grew until becoming the independence, there were numerous battles that the liberators fought, among them stand out the battle for the Gaya city and the battle by Echarsendrage, the latter being the most horrific battle that the nation has been a spectator.
the war of independence ended on October 31, 1789, with the declarion of independence signed by both sides.

Expansion and industrialization


Railways in the Gaya
(1840)

By the early 1800s the entire archipelago was under the government of the new free republic, and was already divided by 5 states, which little by little would be divided until our time.
Rapid economic development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries fostered the rise of many prominent industrialists. Tycoons like Alex imtot, John D. Metalefeller, and Charles Carnegie led the nation's progress in railroad, petroleum, and steel industries. Banking became a major part of the economy, with J. P. Müler playing a notable role. Edward Wolfgang undertook the widespread distribution of electricity to industry, homes, and for street lighting. Edward Van Hlen revolutionized the automotive industry.

Contemporary history


Gaya City (2011)

During the new millennium the immigration of other countries to Freieiland was accelerated by the facilitation of citizenship.
Freiheiland also linked a pact with the purpose of expanding the free market and the values ​​of freedom around the agreed countries. and has experienced strong growth in technology companies such as Amazonia, Mogle, and Pear inc.

Geography, climate, and environment


Satellite image of Freiheiland
Freiheiland is located southwest of the Eusian Ocean, and it surrounds the entire archipelago. Freiheiland is composed of twenty islands (Grobe Island, Gaya Island, Mitteler Island, Echarsendrage, Goliath, Eisame Islands, Merere Islands, Islands of Gaya, Islands of Pink Sea and Islands of Free Sea).

Gaya Island

To the north are the Eisame Islands, composed of three islands (Zepellin, Got, and Minor Got), these are of an extreme and desertic habitants, the average annual temperature is 113 ° F, the prevailing landscape is desert, sandy, and rocky.
To the northwest, Mittelerde Island is located, with an icy, mountainous environment, on this island is located Mount Orwell, the largest mountain in Freiheiland, with an elevation of 17,520 ft. above sea level.The annual temperature of the island is 32 ° F. In the center there is Gaya Island, the second largest island, he climate is Mediterranean and the annual temperature is 80.6 ° F.southeast of the island Gaya is Echarsendrage, the most densely populated island with 51 million people living in it, the climate is Mediterranean, it is the cradle of Freiheiland's civilization.

To the south is the Grobe island, the largest island, has a tropical climate and the landscape is so varied from mountains to jungles and creeks. Located under the northern end of the grobe, goliat is found, the island has a dry tropical climate.While the eastern islands are tropical and jungle.
Freiheiland is characterized by dry summers and mild, wet winters.

Natural vegetation
The native vegetation of Freiheiland climate lands must be adapted to survive long, hot summer droughts and prolonged wet periods in winter. Freiheiland´s vegetation examples include the following

  • Evergreen trees: bay laurel, pine, and cypress

  • Deciduous trees: sycamore, oak, and buckeyes

  • Fruit trees: olive, figs, walnuts and grapes

  • Shrubs: rosemary, Erica, Banksia, and chamise

  • Sub-shrubs: lavender, Halimium, and sagebrush

  • Grasses: grassland types, Themeda triandra, bunchgrasses; sedges, and rushes

  • Herbs: Achillea, Dietes, Helichrysum and Penstemon


Demographics


Map of population density

Freiheiland is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with a density of 172.31/km², even more dense in the capital that has about 51.2 million inhabitants.The most populated island is Gaya Island with about 110 million inhabitants.
Freiheiland does not have official language; However, in the country there are 4 languages:
  • English:57.1%

  • German:32.3%

  • Spanish:10.5%

  • French:9.1%

Freiheiland has a great cultural variety, as a result of the years of colonization and immigration to the great free archipelago. Below is the percentage of the population.

    By race:
  • 72.3%White

  • 17.7% Black

  • 5.4% Asian

  • 4.2% Other/Multiracial

  • .4% Native
    Ethnicity:

  • 18.1% Hispanic or Latino

  • 81.9% non-Hispanic or Latino.

    Largest Cities

    Rank

    City

    Metro area population

    State/Freiheitland

    1

    Echarsendrgae

    51,234,569

    Echarsendrage

    2

    Gaya City

    21,674,354

    La Gaya

    3

    Hendrix City

    20,659,205

    Hendrix De Grobe

    4

    J.Page City

    20,481,516

    Kashmir

    5

    Hasselt

    19,894,984

    Hasseltland

    Hendrix City

    Echarsendrgae

    Gaya City

    J.Page City


    Government

    Form of Government: Constitutional Republic with Elements of Direct Democracy.
    Constitution: Constitution of Free Republic of Freiheiland.

    • President:
      Friedrich Strauss

    • Vice President:
      Vít Jedlička

    • Vice President:
      Derek Waas

    • Secretary of State:
      Adelaide Eluchans-

    • Minister of Finance:
      Charlotte Magné

    • Minister of Foreign Affairs:
      Johann Rademacher

    • Minister of Interior:
      Kerstin Müller

    • Minister of Justice:
      Anne Rousseau

    Foreign Relations

    Freiheiland is the main driver of the Freiheit pact, which seeks the economic freedom of the countries. The policy of the pact declares certain neutrality to the members.

    The Freiheit Pact is an economic, civil, and political agreement, impulsed by Freiheiland. The objective of the agreement is to provide freedom to the citizens of the members countries.

    Members:

    • Freiheiland

    • Olands

    • Hetairaea

    • Khomney

    • United Onofria

    • Neo-Trinity

    • Grand Abaco

    • Teshkeshia

    • The Western Germanic Union

    • Magdissos

      Millitary



      Shield of the
      army of Freiheiland

      The armed forces in Freiheiland consist of; army, navy, special forces and air force.
      then the troops of the armed forces:
      • Army: 450,340

      • Navy: 800,440

      • Air Force: 38,000

      • Special Forces: 29,500

      The republic has a total of 12 illegal bases scattered strategically by the archipelago. The marina has a total of 17 large vessels.
      All operations carried out by the armed forces carry a hierarchy that reaches President Friedrich Strauss at the tip.
      The forces in their majority are destined to the defense and protection of the freedom in freiheiland.


      Economy

      GDP (PPP) 2019 estimate
      $13.345 trillion
      Per capita: $60,533

      Freiheiland has a social market economy characterised by a highly qualified labor force, a developed infrastructure, a large capital stock, a low level of corruption, and a high level of innovation.
      In 2017 services constituted 68.6% of gross domestic product (GDP), and the sector employed 74.3% of the workforce. The subcomponents of services are financial, renting, and business activities (30.5%); trade, hotels and restaurants, and transport (18%); and other service activities (21.7%).

      Infraestructure

      Energy



      high speed train

      Freiheiland is one of the world's largest consumer of energy. Government policy promotes energy conservation and the development of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy. As a result of energy-saving measures, energy efficiency has been improving since the beginning of the 1970s. The government has set the goal of meeting half the country's energy demands from renewable sources by 2050.
      In 2009, Freiheiland's total energy consumption (not just electricity) came from the following sources: Oil 34.6%,Nuclear powers 21.7%, Natural ga11.4%, Bituminous coal 11.1%, Lignite 11.0%, Hydro and wind power 1.5%, Others 9.0%.

      Transport
      Freiheiland has established a polycentric network of high-speed trains. They operate through underground structures, with a speed of up to 485 km / h. The trains communicate one way or another the main island with almost all the islands except the eastern islands; which can only be reached by boat. Freiheiland´s trains resembles a vactrain system but operates at approximately one millibar (100 Pa) of pressure.


      Culture



      Plaza de la Jaina, Hendrix city

      Freiheiland drags a valuable culture product of the colonization of two countries very rich in culture such as germany and manoresca.
      Architecture

      The islands Gaya and Echarsendrage have an ancient architecture of German nature, while on the other hand the island grobe and some parts of the north have Spanish influence.The 19th century had two faces: the engineering efforts to achieve a new language and bring about structural improvements using iron and glass as the main building materials, and the academic focus, firstly on revivals and eclecticism, and later on regionalism. The arrival of Modernism in the academic arena produced figures such as Gaudí and much of the architecture of the 20th century.

      Music


      Pink Floyd

      Freiheiland was characterized in 1800 for having music that told a story from stanzas. In the mid-1900s rock became the most representative genre of the republic, with gripes such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the rolling stones, Pink Floyd, etc.

      Food
      The average annual meat consumption is 59.7 kg (132 lb) per person. The most common varieties are pork, poultry and beef. Other varieties of meat are widely available, but do not play an important role.Meat is usually braised; fried dishes also exist. Several cooking methods used to soften tough cuts have evolved into national specialties, including Sauerbraten (sour roast), involving marinating beef, horse meat or venison in a vinegar or wine vinegar mixture over several days.
      Vegetables are often used in stews or vegetable soups, but are also served as side dishes. Carrots, cauliflower, turnips,spinach,peas, beans, broccoli and many types of cabbage are very common. Fried onions are a common addition to many meat dishes throughout the country. Circa 1900, carrots were sometimes roasted in water, with the broth used in place of coffee.


      References

      This Factbook was made based on the following information:
      Link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_climate
      Linkhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States
      Linkhttps://liberland.org/en/about
      Linkhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperloop#Theory_and_operation
      Linkhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Germany
      Linkhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_architecture
      Linkhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_cuisine

      Map of Freiheiland

      Link

      Description:
      Freiheiland is located southwest of the Eusian Ocean, and it surrounds the entire archipelago. Freiheiland is composed of twenty islands (Grobe Island, Gaya Island, Mitteler Island, Echarsendrage, Goliath, Eisame Islands, Merere Islands, Islands of Gaya, Islands of Pink Sea and Islands of Free Sea).
      To the north are the Eisame Islands, composed of three islands (Zepellin, Got, and Minor Got), these are of an extreme and desertic habitants, the average annual temperature is 113 ° F, the prevailing landscape is desert, sandy, and rocky. It has a population of 1,560,000 inhabitants.
      To the northwest, Mittelerde Island is located, with an icy, mountainous environment, on this island is located Mount Orwell, the largest mountain in Freiheiland, with an elevation of 17,520 ft. above sea level.The annual temperature of the island is 32 ° F. It has a population of 900,000 inhabitants.
      A little to the south of the island mittelerde is the isala de smith, with an icy climate and wooded nature. It has a population of 100,000 inhabitants.
      in the center there is Gaya Island, the second largest island and the most populated, with 110 million inhabitants. The climate is Mediterranean and the annual temperature is 80.6 ° F.
      southeast of the island Gaya is Echarsendrage, the most densely populated island with 51 million people living in it, the climate is Mediterranean, it is the cradle of Freiheiland's civilization.
      to the south is the gribe island, the largest isala and the second most populated with 90 million inhabitants, has a tropical climate and the landscape is so varied from mountains to jungles and creeks.
      located under the northern end of the grobe, goliat is found, the island has a dry tropical climate, has a population of 58,000 inhabitants.
      on the east end they are
      The islands deserve, with a humid tropical climate, have a jungle landscape, and have a population of 10,000 people. The annual temperature is 98.6 ° F.
      Distribution of Freiheiland


      Freiheiland is distributed in 19 freiheit lands, each with independence from the others.
        Pink Land
        Nietzscheland
        Van Halen
        Zepellinland
        Gotland
        Huxleyland
        Gora
        Hasseltland
        Rochelle
        Doreland
        Gaya
        Kashmir
        Echarsendrage
        kuba
        Hendrix de grobe
        Leon
        La grande
        Edimburg
        Goliat

      Capitals of the Freiheilands


      Pink land-Floyd City
      Nietzscheland-
      Van Halen- Van Halen
      Zepellinland-zepellin
      Gotland-gotigard
      Huxleyland-Huxley
      Gora-Goraburg
      Hasseltland-Hasselt
      Rochelle-La Rochelle
      Doreland-Doredam
      Gaya-Gaya City
      kashmir-J.Page City
      Echarsendrage- Echarsendrage
      Kuba-La Jabana
      Hendrix de Grobe- Hendrix City
      Leon-Leon
      La Grande-Grimarza
      Edimburg-New Plask
      Goliat-Goliat.
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      The Freiheit Pact is an economic, civil, and political agreement, impulsed by Freiheiland. The objective of the agreement is to provide freedom to the citizens of the members countries.

      Table of Contents
      Economics
      Civils
      Politics



      Economic: opens the free market with the elimination of tariffs between countries. Free trade between the countries will bring development and progress, therefore it is a fact that the most adapted companies of the countries prevail and the companies that are not sustainable to the free trade will be attenuated, therefore the countries will develop the most capable and productive sectors growing the economy.
      Ec.1, Due to the illegality of products and services, which are legal in the issuing country, but illegal in the recipient, the possible recipient country must act in accordance with the framework of its law.
      Ec2, the subsidization of companies that are competitive in free trade is not a violation of the pact, however it is an irrational practice on the part of the state, which leads to the loss of recourse of the taxpayer.
      Ec.3,The imposition of difficulties for foreign companies will be considered a violation of the agreement.
      Civils: It brings free transit for citizens, as well as the abolition of visas or what may be considered as fees for entering a country.
      Also the facilitation of the transfer of citizenship for the inhabitants.
      the protection of civil rights abroad corresponds to the country of the citizen, therefore the external country or can deny its individual guarantees.
      Cl1. the violation of the rights of a foreign hitante will be reason for the rebsion of the membership, because it is a violation of the pact.

      Politics:
      When a member country is at war the other members must take a position (neutral or in favor of), the aggressions of a member towards another member are sanctioned with the expulsion of the pact.
      Pl1. There are no military obligations apart from the position towards a conflict, a country can perfectly refuse to have an army.
      pl2. Members can offer additions to the pact, which will be subject to a valuation.

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      Republic of Ponderosa



      Flag


      Motto: "Live Free"



      Location



      Population: 106,584,387
      -Density: 39.67/km²


      Capitol: Santa Fe
      35.6869° N, 105.9372° W
      Largest City: Phoenix


      Official Language: English


      National Languages: English, Spanish


      Demonym: Ponderosan


      Government: Federal presidential constitutional republic
      - President: Michael Walker
      - Vice President: Joseph Auciello
      - Speaker of the House: Colin Green
      - Chief Justice: Jennifer Larson


      Legislature: Congress
      - Upper House: Senate
      -Lower House: House of Representatives


      Establishment: from Mexico
      Independence: March 1, 1848


      Land Area: 1,037,315 mile²
      2,686,634 km²
      Water Area: 52,120 km²
      Water %: 1.94


      GDP (nominal): $4.63 trillion
      GDP (nominal) per capita: $43,679


      HDI (2040): 0.924 very high


      Currency: Ponderosa dollar ($) (PD)


      Time Zone: (UTC−8 to −6)


      Drives on the: right


      Calling code: + 45


      Internet TLD: .pon

      Ponderosa
      ____________________________________________________________

      The Republic of Ponderosa, commonly called Ponderosa, is a federal republic in southwestern North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States, on the south by Mexico, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Ponderosa covers over 2 million square kilometers and has has an estimated population of over 100 million. Ponderosa is a federation comprising of 14 states.

      Ponderosa was first inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Americas before European exploration. It was first conquered by Spain, then became a part of Mexico. The Mexican-American War in 1848 resulted in independence of Ponderosa. Ponderosa fought with the Union Army during the American Civil War, seizing Texas and Oklahoma. Ponderosa embarked on a period of high economic growth, helping to complete the transcontinental railroad and serving as home to many gold, silver and oil booms. Ponderosa sided with the Western bloc during the Cold War, emerging as a middle power.

      Ponderosa is a developed country, with a high national GDP of $4.63 trillion. The per capita GDP of $43,679 ranks highly in the world, although the country also ranks highly in income inequality. The economy is fueled by an abundance of natural resources and high productivity, as well as a free market economy that allows business to thrive. Ponderosa ranks highly in civil rights, political freedom, and economic freedom. Ponderosa is a recognized middle power, as well as a member of several international organizations, including the region of Wintreath and the World Assembly.

      Etymology

      The Ponderosa Pine is a very large pine tree native to western North America, and very common throughout Ponderosa. It was first described by David Douglas in 1826. The Ponderosa Pine is the official national tree of the Republic of Ponderosa, and is depicted on the Ponderosa flag.

      The standard way to refer to a citizen of Ponderosa is as a "Ponderosan."

      History

      The first known inhabitants of Ponderosa were members of the Clovis culture of Paleo-Indians. Later inhabitants include American Indians of the Mogollon and Ancestral Pueblo peoples cultures. By the time of European contact in the 16th century, the region was settled by the villages of the Pueblo peoples and various nomadic groups such as the Navajo, Apache, and Ute.

      The first Europeans arrived in the early 1500's, in the form of Spanish conquistadors. The first of these was Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, sent on a wild-goose chase to locate the Seven Cities of Gold. The infamous Juan de Oñate became the first governor of the Province of New Mexico, comprising the southeastern portion of present-day Ponderosa. Oñate founded Santa Fe, the present day capital of Ponderosa, while brutally oppressing the indigenous peoples. The province was abandoned briefly after the successful Pueblo revolt, but reconquered by Diego de Vargas.

      The Mexican War of Independence led to a transition from Spanish to Mexican rule. As turmoil raged in central Mexico, the northern areas of present-day Ponderosa grew economically closer to the United States. American merchants met with Mexicans in trading hubs such as Santa Fe and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, corruption and incompetent bureaucracy, coupled with the rise of Santa Anna, led to northern disenchantment with Mexico City.

      The successful secession of Texas from Mexico in 1836 inspired prominent leaders of New Mexico to threaten with secession themselves. However, in 1846, American troops arrived on their march across Ponderosa.

      The result of the Mexican-American War was the Treaty of Guadolupe Hidalgo, which failed to pass the US Senate at a margin of 24-28. US troops continued to occupy the land, however, and declared the independence of the Republic of Ponderosa on March 1, 1848. Mexico, in no condition to fight a second war, recognized Ponderosan independence in April of that year. Santa Fe became the new capital in 1849, with the signing of the Ponderosa Constitution.

      Ponderosa, while sympathetic to southern independence interests, announced its intentions to remain neutral in the American Civil War. However, this changed when a faction of the Confederate army attempted to stage a coup in the capital of Santa Fe, and convinced several southern counties to defect to the CSA. This provided justification enough to declare war on the Confederate States of America (simultaneously recognizing it as a legitimate state). Rebellions were quashed by Ponderosa army forces, with help from Union Army forces arriving from Oregon. The New Mexico theatre of the Civil War concluded at Glorieta Pass, where New Mexico and Colorado militia forces repelled CSA Major Pyron's Texan force.

      The Ponderosa Army continued its incursions into Texas, despite Union protests. After the war, Ponderosa occupied the whole of Texas and the Indian Territory, and annexed them both as states. The Ponderosa position was that both territories were land taken from a hostile power. The American position was that it was American land, and the peace at Appomattox proved the Confederacy was simply an organized rebellion. Ponderosa retorted that this made the United States legally responsible for the significant casualties and damage done by Confederate troops on Ponderosan soil. In the end, the United States agreed to withdraw any claim to Texas. In return, Ponderosa agreed to permit the US to build a transcontinental railroad across the southern half of the country. However, Ponderosa quickly realized such a railroad would not be possible, due to the rocky terrain in what was then southern New Mexico and Sonora. it therefore purchased suitable land from Mexico to allow completion of the railroad.

      Meanwhile, an American pioneer named Brigham Young led hundreds of Mormon settlers to the Salt Lake Valley and founded Salt Lake City in 1847. Over the next 20 years, over 70,000 settlers came to this region, and organized themselves into the state of Deseret in 1874.

      Ponderosa remained neutral in the American Civil War, although it harbored Southern refugees after the surrender at Appomattox. Eastern Ponderosa became a major ranching hub, while California experienced a population explosion with the discovery of gold in the Silicon valley.

      Ponderosa was officially neutral in both World Wars, but served as the location for the secret Manhattan Project, which was marked by the success of the explosion of the first atomic bomb in the Socorro desert. After the end of World War II, Ponderosa joined the United Nations (replaced in 2008 with the World Assembly.

      Ponderosa's capitalist tradition led it to side with the United States during the Cold War. Although Ponderosa had previously maintained a policy of avoiding military alliances, Ponderosa's capitalist tradition and economic and political interests were at odds with those of the Soviet bloc. Ponderosa remained a center of nuclear research, and diverted much of its budget towards education and industry spending. Ponderosa also played a major role in the Space Race, working closely with the United States on space research. Ponderosa's contributions were ultimately recognized when one of its citizens, Matilda Pulliam, became the second person and first woman to walk on the Moon. After the end of the Cold War, Ponderosa reduced its military influence, but remains moderately influential on the world scale.

      Geography

      The land area of Ponderosa is 722,093 mile² (2,941,439.4 km²). The climate on the west coast is mostly Mediterranean. The Rocky Mountains, at the western edge of the Great Plains, extend north to south across the country, reaching altitudes higher than 14,000 feet (4,300 m) in Colorado and Durango. The fertile Great Plains spread across Texas, Oklahoma, and parts of New Mexico and Colorado. Extreme weather is not uncommon in this part of the country: Texas and Oklahoma are prone to tornados, and hurricanes often cause damage to the Texan coast.

      Much of Ponderosa is semiarid, with large deserts such as the Mojave and Chihuahua in the Nevada Territory and in the southern regions of Sonora and Socorro. The Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges run close to the Pacific coast, both ranges reaching altitudes higher than 14,000 feet (4,300 m).

      The highest point in Ponderosa is Mount Whitney in Yosemite, with a height of 14,505 ft (4,421 m). The lowest point is Death Valley, also in Yosemite, with an elevation of −282 ft (−86.0 m).

      A detailed map of Ponderosa can be found here.


      Left: Satellite image of Ponderosa
      Center: Ponderosa Pine forest

      Demographics

      Ponderosa has an estimated population of 106 million, ranking 35th in the recognized world. A census is taken every ten years, with the first taking place in 1850. While the birthrate is only 15 per 1000, the population growth rate is 0.8%, the result of immigration. The largest ancestry groups included Mexicans, Hispanic groups, American Indian tribes, and white Americans. Ponderosa is a minority-majority country. 48% of the population are non-Hispanic whites, 31% are Hispanic, 15% are American Indian, and 6% are other races.

      English is the de facto national language. Approximately 70% of the population speaks English as a first language, with another 23% speaking Spanish as a first language. The third most dominant language was Chinese, with 0.9% of the population being native speakers.

      The majority of Ponderosa's population identifies as Christian. 32% identify as Catholic, with 29% identifying as Protestant and 10% as Mormon. The nonreligious account for 24% of the population, while Jews make up 3%. All other faiths collectively make up 2% of the population. The Bill of Rights of Ponderosa guarantees religious freedom, and prevents legislation that favors any religion over another. In addition, discrimination based on religion is illegal, with the exception of explicitly religious organizations such as churches.

      According to a survey in 2045, 46% of the population said that religion played a "very important role in their lives." Catholics and Mormons are the most devout groups in Ponderosa, while church attendance among Protestant sects is fairly low. The percentage of irreligious people is steadily increasing, especially among younger generations.

      Largest Cities

      Rank

      City

      Metro area population

      State

      1

      Phoenix

      6,526,548

      Sonora

      2

      Los Angeles

      6,086,538

      California

      3

      San Diego

      4,659,205

      California

      4

      Houston

      4,591,112

      Texas

      5

      San Francisco

      4,304,997

      Sequoia

      6

      Denver

      3,500,026

      Colorado

      7

      Dallas

      3,318,486

      Texas

      8

      El Paso

      3,140,069

      New Texas

      9

      San Antonio

      2,824,724

      Texas

      10

      Albuquerque

      2,729,110

      New Mexico

      Phoenix

      Los Angeles

      San Diego

      Houston

      Government

      Capitol Building of Ponderosa

      The Republic of Ponderosa is a constitutional federal republic, in which majority rule is blended with minority rights protected by law. The Ponderosa Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and closely models the US Constitution on which it was inspired.

      The citizens of Ponderosa are subject to three levels of government: federal, state, regional, and local.

      Local Government: Administers police and fire forces, as well as other public works. Protects private property rights.

      Regional Government: Responsible for education, infrastructure, and taxation.

      Federal Government: Headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the federal government is responsible for national defense, foreign policy, and guarantees basic human rights that the regions cannot override, many of which are listed in the Ponderosa Bill of Rights. It is also responsible for regulating inter-regional and international commerce. Since 1945, the Department of Science has been responsible for coordinating and funding scientific research into a wide array of fields, notably nuclear power and weaponry, space technology, and renewable energy.

      The federal government is composed of three branches:

        Executive: Headed by the President of Ponderosa. Can veto legislative bills, appoint cabinet members and Supreme Court Justices, and is commander-in-chief of the Ponderosa military.

        Legislative: Made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Makes federal law, declares war, allocates federal funds, and approves treaties.

        Judicial: Made up of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts. Has the power of judicial review, and is the highest legal authority after the Constitution.

      Foreign Relations and Military

      World Assembly Headquarters

      Ponderosa takes an active role in the world diplomatic stage. It is a member of the World Assembly and the region of Wintreath. With the exception of the American Civil War, Ponderosa has been officially neutral in all armed conflicts since its founding, although it did serve as the location of the Manhattan Project. The Fighting Force of Ponderosa Foreign Legion serves as the nation's ambassador to other regions.

      Total Ponderosa military spending in 2040 was $307.66 billion, over one-third of the federal budget. Up-to-date statistics about Ponderosa's military may be found Linkhere.

      The President serves as commander-in-chief of the Ponderosa military, which is headed by the Department of Defense. The military is divided into three branches: the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marines. All of these branches serve professionally, and have no other occupation. In the event of a war, the Ponderosa Army is to be reestablished and made up of volunteer troops. Conscription is illegal under the Ponderosa Constitution.

      Economy

      Economic Indicators

      Rank:
      Currency: Ponderosa dollar (PD)
      Fiscal Year: March 1 - February 28
      ______________________________________________

      GDP (nominal): $4.63 trillion
      GDP (nominal) per capita: $43,679
      Labor Force: 73.452 million
      Unemployment: 2.10%

      Ponderosa operates under a system of free market capitalism. According to the NationStates Tracker, the nominal GDP is $4.63 trillion. The private sector is estimated to constitute 98% of the economy, with federal, regional, and local government accounting for 2%. Unemployment is at 2.10%, largely due to the lack of employment regulations throughout the country.

      Ponderosa is one of the world's largest exporter of goods, with a trade surplus of $94.5 billion. The United States is its top trading partner, followed by Mexico, China, Canada and Japan.

      Information technology is currently the nation's largest industry, followed by retail, arms manufacturing, and gambling. Mining and livestock agriculture are other important drivers of the Ponderosan economy.

      Culture

      Ponderosa is home to a variety of cultures, a result of a liberal immigration policy. Ponderosan culture is generally considered Western, derived from traditions of European and American culture. There are also large Hispanic and Native American populations. Like other North American nations, Ponderosa has been described as a melting pot where several cultures join into one.

      Ponderosans have been described as very individualistic, competitive, and hardworking, even more so than their American counterparts. This has resulted in great economic productivity, and a libertarian form of government. This has also made Ponderosa a popular destination for immigrants. Ponderosans are also firm believers in equality, and do not think that one social class should have more rights than others.

      Food

      Leonel Manzano, World
      Record Holder and
      Silver Medalist in the 1500m

      Mainstream Ponderosan cuisine is similar to that in other Western cultures. Ponderosa is also famous for its Southwestern cuisine, featuring contributions from Spanish, Mexican, Indian, and American culture. The chili pepper, an important part of Southwestern cuisine, is a major agricultural export of Ponderosa. Ponderosan cuisine features dishes such as the burrito, enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, and sopaipillas, which are believed to be a major cause of Ponderosa's heart disease epidemic.

      Sports

      Ponderosa's market for professional sports is roughly $35 billion. While the most popular spectator sport is football (soccer), the national sport is considered to be track and field. Ponderosan athletes have set several world records and won 420 Olympic medals in athletics alone. In addition, the 2036 Olympic Games were held in San Francisco. Basketball, ice hockey, baseball, and tennis are also popular sports.

      Infrastructure

      Personal transportation is dominated by automobiles, which operates on a system of 1,899,554 miles of roads. Ponderosa has one of the largest automotive industries in the world.

      There are no public transport systems. Bus, rail, and subway systems do exist, but they are privately owned and operated. Many people in urban areas walk or bike to work to avoid traffic and transit fees.

      The civil airline industry is also privately owned. Unlike most other industrialized nations, most airports are privately owned and run. Houston International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, serving not only Ponderosa, but airlines in the United States and Mexico as well.

      Energy
      Ponderosa uses a high amount of energy per capita. About 25% of Ponderosa's electricity comes from nuclear power plants, with uranium mined in Socorro and imported from Canada. Other electricity sources are from vast natural gas and coal reserves, and from solar energy, especially in Sonora. Most of Ponderosa's transportation sector uses petroleum, although rising fuel costs have led to a development in green energy.

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