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The self-entitled flag of New Lizhou
Location of New Lizhou within Southeast Asia
Motto: Hail Jollibia!
Anthem: Glory to be thee, Lizhou!
Capital: New Harbour
Largest City: Cheung Long/Changlong
Official Languages: English, Chinese, Tagalog
Recognised Languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Cantonese, Malay
Lizhouan (Chinese-Filipino mix) (56%)
Mainland Chinese (6%)
Chinese folk religion (Chinese Bhuddism, Taoism, Confucianism, etc) (4%)
Government: Social Democracy [See editor's note]
President: Jollibee (2020-)
Vice President: Mike Tsing Wong-Man (2020-)
Speaker of Parliament: Sofia Ho Yeung-Kwong (2020-)
Chief Justice: Juan Hong-Lee
Legislature: Single house of parliament, proportional representation
Foundation (RP purposes): 2015/05/14
Lizhou: April 2019
New Lizhou: May 2019
Area: 478,000 km2
Water (%): 0.61 (inland waters)
Population Density: 728/km2
GDP: $35,904,388,380,955.70 (2019.12 NSEconomy Estimate)
GDP Per Capita: $31,633.82 (2019.12 NSEconomy Estimate)
Currency: New Lizhouan Dollar
HDI: 0.939 Very High human development
Daylight Savings Time (DST)]: No
Date Format: dd-mm-yyyy, yyyy-mm-dd
Driving Side: Left
ISO 3166 Code: LZ
Internet TLD: .lz
Overview of New Lizhou
The Republic of New lizhou, also known as New Lizhou is a large archipelago republic in south-east Asia. Located in the western Pacific Ocean, the country's geography includes the Luzvindan Islands (呂米棉群島), which comprises the majority of the total landmass, and the Autonomous Region of Taiwan (台灣). New Lizhou is divided into 81 prefectures.
New Lizhou gets its name from its predecessor, Lizhou. The word Lizhou in Chinese (哩州) was first used in 1929 when Lizhou was established by Chen Hong-Xin.
The demonym of New Lizhou is "New Lizhouan" or, simply "Lizhouan"
Everything in this section is innacurate as I recently moved the entire country, please be patient and wait for an update.
Everything until 1913
Main Article: History of the Philippines
In 1913, a violent coup led by Chen Hong-Xin, known as the First Lizhouan Revolution, overthrew the regime of Spain. Chen also invaded Taiwan from the East and South, taking control of the island from Japan. An estimated 600,000 people died as a result of this violent seizure. Chen established a new country, Lizhou, with this land, promising to bring stability, even if it meant fewer rights than those in other countries. Many locals and international onlookers were sceptical of Chen's regime as it became more and more authoritarian, with new laws and policies being passed to restrict democracy and the possibility of dissent. In April 1983, 70 years after the foundation of Lizhou, president Hong Xi-Wen enacted a bill that legalised slavery for adults. This is considered by many to be the "tipping point" of the authoritarian regime, and millions of people tried to flee, most of them unsuccessfully. However, a group of about 2000 escaped to a valley in Laguna, and were able to remain undetected by the military. These people would later go on to be the founding fathers of New Lizhou after a few years.
Demise of Lizhou and foundation of the new republic (1983-1985)
Meanwhile, a series of bloody coups and riots similar to those that founded Lizhou, known as the Second Lizhouan Revolution, took place, this time to end it. The president and his cabinet were assassinated, and Lizhou was stuck in a power vacuum. Many of those who participated and supported the coups suggested Jose Carlos, the leader of the pilgrims in the valley in Laguna, to become a temporary leader until elections could be held. Initially, he was reluctant to tale on the role, given that the population of millions was much bigger than the 2 thousand he was used to, but after receiving overwhelming support and encouragement from those on the mainland, he assumed the role and founded New Lizhou on January the first, 1984
Carlos was a man known for his strong liberal stance and considered setting up a formal election and constitution the first priority. Within 2 months of New Lizhou formed the First New Lizhouan General Election using the proportional representation system, which is still used today. The Liberal Democrats won this first election. One year later, in 1985, the First New Lizhouan Presidential Election was held, and Carlos remained victorious, with 79% of the votes.
Carlos' government enacted many liberal policies and let his citizens be as free as they wished without compromising safety. However, in terms of economic policies, the government was more socialist. In the next general election in 1990, the Social Democrats won the most seats, this time with 57% of seats. They continued the liberal policies enacted by Carlos and the Liberal Democrats but took a much more socialist stance for the economy. The period of Social Democrat control in parliament saw income tax rates rise from 13% to 56% in a matter of 9 years. The Social Democrats remain highly influential in New Lizhouan politics, with only 40% of the economy made up of private enterprise. Also as a result of Social Democrat influence, income inequality in New Lizhou is among the lowest in the world, with very little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.
New Lizhou's total landmass stands at 478,800 km2 and is divided into 6 main parts: Luzon, the Visayas, Mindanao, Hainan, Taiwan and Kwong Tung. Luzon, The Visayas and Mindanao are commonly collectively referred to as the Luzvimindan Islands, while Taiwan, Hainan and Kwong Tung are collectively referred to as "Taihaitung". The climate across the nation is tropical (except in Kwong Tung and Taiwan where it is sub-tropical), with little difference in temperature between the winter and summer months. Instead of having 4 seasons, New Lizhou has two main ones; wet and dry.
There is substantial ethnic and cultural diversity across Lizhou, mostly as a result of the Geography separating Tunghaitai and Luzvaminda. Tunghaitai has historically been somewhat separated with the Luzvimindan Islands, both culturally and geographically. To this day there is a wide linguistic and cultural difference between the two regions.
As a result of the government's many policies aimed at protecting the incredibly diverse ecosystems and forests of New Lizhou, a large portion of the country is uninterrupted rainforest and a large amount of the coasts are pristine beaches. New Lizhou is often regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth.
A significant part of the country is mountainous and unsuitable for development of any kind. As a result, cities, which are usually nestled in between large mountains, can be incredibly dense, with 3 of the world's densest cities located in New Lizhou. The highest mountain is Mount Apo. It measures up to 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level and is located on the island of Mindanao. There are many other volcanoes in the country.
Given its tropical climate, typhoons frequently strike the nation. In addition, the nation is frequented by earthquakes. However, the government has acknowledged this and regulates buildings to ensure typhoon and earthquake safety. Public infrastructure is also required to be typhoon-resistant. As a result, the damage after a typhoon or earthquake in New Lizhou is low in developed areas.
New Lizhou is a megadiverse country. Over 1000 different land-based species can be found, with almost 300 of them thought to be unique to New Lizhou. Due to years of strong environmental policies dating back to Old Lizhou, these species are able to thrive in their natural habit mostly uninterrupted by human activities.
Sheung Wai (上為都)
New Harbour (新港都) (Formerly Hong Kong (香港))
Demographics TO BE UPDATED
New Lizhou has a population of 218,473,171 people, according to the 2015 census. The birthrate is not very high, at 17.4 per 1000 people, but the overall population growth rate is 1.13. The population of New Lizhou is extremely diverse, with the biggest race, the Chinese-Filipino mix known as Lizhouans, only taking up just over half of the population. Other major races include Cantonese, Mainland Chinese, and Indians.
English is the most important national language and is commonly spoken; a 2152 study showed that 96.2% of the population spoke English to a "satisfactory" extent or higher. Cantonese is the second most common language, with 53% of the population speaking it, closely followed by Mandarin Chinese, at 51%. Tagalog are the fourth and fifth most common languages, with 35 and 13% of the population speaking it.
The majority of the population identify as Christian or Catholic. Catholicism was brought in by the Filipino immigrants and spread as they had families in New Lizhou. Most of the Christians are Chinese, with fewer and fewer devoted to traditional Chinese folk religions. Hinduism is also practised in New Lizhou, usually practised by Malays and Indians. 13% of the population are not devoted to any formal religion. Unlike in many other countries, the atheist population of New Lizhou include people of all different ages and generations. The government tends to stay out of people's personal religious affairs, keeping in line with its liberal stance.
New Lizhou is a constitutional semi-devolved republic, in which the people’s right to choose is considered sacrosanct. New Lizhou’s basic law is the Constitution of New Lizhou, which prioritises civil and political rights and requires the government’s practices to be as transparent as possible. New Lizhou does not have any tiers of government except for the national government, which is divided into four branches.
Executive Council: Headed by the national President. Most members of the Executive Council are elected by the people, including most Ministers, but a few more specialist roles, such as the Chief Justice, are appointed by the Council.
Parliament: The Parliament is the legislative council of New Lizhou. It is elected every 4 years using a system of proportional representation, where if a party gets 60% of votes, they get exactly 60% of seats. Parliament is responsible for matters of national importance, such as passing laws, national security, foreign policy, et cetera.
Local Council: The Local Council funds local affairs such as minor infrastructure projects and housing developments. Each prefecture is represented in the Local Council by one delegate for every 100,000 people in the prefecture. Taxpayers fund the Council, who in turn funds projects as they are approved.
Judiciary: The Judiciary of New Lizhou interprets the law, and it is made up of the Supreme Court and lower levels, going all the way down to district court.
New Lizhou is known for being the most pacifist nation in the ASEAN region. The budget for the military takes up just 1% of the national budget, with diplomacy always used to solve tensions. This is the legacy of founding father Jose Carlos’s pacifist approach to diplomacy. Diplomats tend to favour deals and compromises with other nations rather than a win/lose situation. New Lizhou is active in ASEAN and is a member of the World Assembly.
The Economy of New Lizhou is mostly socialist, with state-owned enterprises and government industry taking up around 60% of the economy. Capitalism is permitted, with 40% of the economy comprising of independent businesses, but are greatly regulated. Former Conservative Party MP Hong See-Wai famously declared in 2103:
“New Lizhou is one of the freest nations on earth, where you could go out naked if you wanted with no punishment, but as soon as you enter the world of business, you are regulated to hell.”
The GDP is 35.5 trillion dollars and the GDP per capita is 31.6 thousand dollars. Both of these figures have been estimated by NSEconomy. The unemployment rate is 2.97%, which many Conservative sympathisers have blamed on the socialist economic structure.
The largest industry is Book Publishing, with Information Technology, Basket Weaving and Cheese Exports following behind. New Lizhou is a large exporter, but is a larger importer, and has a trade deficit of $52 million. Eliminating the trade deficit is a major problem for the Social Democrats, which has recently promised to do so even if it meant reducing some socialist economic policies.
New Lizhou is often described as a melting pot of different Asian cultures. The majority of the population is a mix of Filipino and Chinese. Cantonese, Malay and Mainland Chinese are the next most common ethnicities in order. Many immigrants come to New Lizhou because of its safety and inclusiveness, something that is rare among other nations in the region. New Lizhouan people are generally known as collective and selfless, caring about others first and themselves second.
Due to its many different cultures, New Lizhou celebrates various Asian festivals. The most important is Chinese New Year, which occurs between late January and early February. During Chinese New Year, people exchange angbao (red packets with money as gifts) and eat traditional Chinese foods such as Niangao and dumplings. Christmas is the second most important festival, given that a total of 77% of the population are either Christian or Catholic. The city of Hapinawan in the South Plains (南平) is known for its Year-Round Christmas Market, where vendors sell Filipino festive foods such as Morcon and Bibingka. Diwali is another important festival for the Hindu community in New Lizhou.
Like its culture, New Lizhouan food is also a mix of different countries. The national dish is Hainan Chicken Rice, originating from former Malaysia and Singapore. 34% of the nation is vegetarian, due to cultural or personal reasons. However, meat has historically played an important role in Southeast Asian foods, so many restaurants and vendors sell vegetarian meat instead. Vegetarian Fish, Chicken, Pork and Beef are common in supermarkets, but other vegetarian meats like Mutton are harder to find. Vegetable dishes are also quite common, and unlike in other nations such as the United Kingdom, many New Lizhouan children enjoy fruits and vegetables as part of their diets because it is cooked in ways that enhance flavour without undermining the nutritional value of the vegetables. New Lizhou is one of the healthiest nations in the region.
The studio city of Ilibas is known to be the “Hollywood of the East.”
Infrastructure in New Lizhou is regarded as some of the best in the world. Almost all cities with a population over 10,000 have a public transport system, and almost all cities with a population over 1,000,000 have at least 1 metro line. Inter-city transport is dominated by railways.
New Lizhou Railway Corporation (LNRC) is the state-owned enterprise that operates around 60% of railway services in the country. It was formed by the amalgamation and nationalising of three privately-owned regional rail companies: North Rail, which operated in Luzon except Palawan, Visayan Regional Railways, which operated in the Visayas and Palawan, and Network South, which operated in Mindanao. Having three separate systems made travelling across regions difficult. Before the adoption of High-Speed Rail, passengers would have to change trains twice to travel from Manila to Davao. In 1985, the government decided to nationalise the railways under a "Taxpayer-owned, Government-run" model.
Today, LNRC operates the following types of services:
High-Speed Rail: Trains that travel on dedicated track with as few mid-way stops level crossings as possible to maintain high speeds that travel between major cities.
Intercity Rail: Trains that run between major cities that stop at some stops along the way.
Regional Rail: Trains that do not connect major cities, but rather smaller towns. Trains on these services typically stop at all stops.
Suburban Rail (Commuter Rail): Trains that connect a city centre to the suburbs or a satellite town. In some cases, these run at regular intervals and in others there is a fixed timetable, depending on the passenger flow.
Metro/Subway: Metros inside cities and their immediate surrounding areas are mostly operated by the city, but sometimes specific lines (e.g. Dankeng) or even a whole network (e.g. Hong Chau) are operated by LNRC.
The roads and highways network in New Lizhou is also regarded as world-class. Traffic in New Lizhou drives on the left side of the road. The majority of roads are paved with high-quality asphalt. There are several tiers of roads:
Motorways: These are high-speed, limited-access expressways that connect major cities.
Trunk Roads: These roads are also limited-access roads that connect major cities but have slightly lower speeds and more exits and entrances. They are also mostly not built to international expressway standards.
Primary Roads: These roads connect large towns or districts in a city.
Secondary Roads: These roads link small towns or run within a district of a city.
Tertiary Roads: These roads link small towns or run within a district of a city.