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OUTDATED FACTBOOK

[center][table=plain][tr][td] [font=Georgia][size=150][b]Home Page[/b][/size][/font] [/td][td] [font=Georgia][size=150][b][u]General Overview[/u][/b][/size][/font] [/td][td] [font=Georgia][size=150][b]International Relations[/b][/size][/font] [/td][td] [font=Georgia][size=150][b]Visit Oskenia[/b][/size][/font] [/td][/tr][/table][/center][hr][floatright][box][font=Georgia][center][size=125][b]Democratic Dictatorship
of Oskenia[/b][/size][/center][hr][center][img]https://i.imgur.com/C3D8QIx.png[/img]
[b]Flag[/b]
[img]https://i.imgur.com/vjHSIiZ.png[/img]
[b]Coat of Arms[/b][/center][hr][center][b]National Anthem:[/b] Oskenia Our Home
[url=link][img]http://i.imgur.com/OLbfWy7.png[/img][/url][/center][hr][center][b]Motto:[/b] Oskenia the Brave & Beautiful[/center][hr][table=plain][tr][td][b]Capital[/b]
and largest city[/td][td]Ypaæpilisa[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Official language[/b]
and national language[/td][td]Shænglish[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Minority Languages[/b][/td][td]English, Italian, 
French[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Ethnic Groups[/b][/td][td]49.7% White
24.6% Middle Eastern
13.1% Asian
7.9% Hispanic
3.8% Multiracial
0.9% Other[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Religion[/b][/td][td]73.7% Catholic Christian 
18.2% Atheist 
6.5% Muslim
2.6% Other[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Demonym[/b][/td][td]Oskenian[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]States[/b][/td][td]Corsica; 
Sardinia;
Tunisian States; 
Balears; 
Sicilian Territories; 
New Chinese Territories.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Government[/b][/td][td]Democratic Dictatorship[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]‣ Dictator
‣ Foreign Minister
‣ Internal Minister[/b][/td][td]Paul Schaefer
Louis Bisset
Fynn Schneidert[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Legislature:[/b][/td][td]Oskenian Senate[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]‣ Upper House
‣ Lower House[/b][/td][td]Federal House
State House[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Area[/b][/td][td]290,196 mil.[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Population
[/b][/td][td]25,300,000[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Currency[/b][/td][td]Argæld[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]National Food[/b][/td][td]Filindeu[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]National Animal[/b][/td][td]Golden Eagle[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Time Zone[/b][/td][td]Varies: 
National Standard UTC+1[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Date Format[/b][/td][td]MM/DD/YY[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Driving Side[/b][/td][td]RIGHT[/td][/tr]
[tr][td][b]Internet TLD[/b][/td][td].osk[/td][/tr][/table][/font][/box][/floatright]
[font=Georgia][size=150][b]Democratic Dictatorship of Oskenia[/b][/size][hr] [b]The Democratic Dictatorship of Oskenia, [/b](shortened: Oskenia) is a sovereign island-nation off the coast of the European mainland, south of France and Italy. 

Oskenia includes five independent constituent states, covers an area of 290,196 square miles, and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. It has a population of roughly 25 million, and it is the largest island-based nation in the Mediterranean. The capital city is located on the island of Corsica, and the island is the primary-territory for Oskenia, namely being the oldest part of the extensive empire. 

The Oskenian dictatorship is a well-respected and prestigious country, notable for its hard-nosed patriotic population and powerful strategic military capability. The history of Oskenia has roots spanning thousands of years and is a melting-pot of cultures and diversity, with territories dotted across the globe. From the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean to the hot sands of Tunisia and the mountains of Taiwan, the landscape of the vast country is unique in landscape. 

Oskenia is a first-world power, with a capable military and powerful economy. Unlike the United States, Oskenia does not heavily rely on other nations for financial support, and therefore the Argæld is worth nearly twice that of a United States dollar. The military of Oskenia, with over 800,000 active members, works to ensure world peace in association with NATO and the UN. Currently engaged in counter-terrorism operations in the middle-east and south America, as of late, the Navy has increased their foothold in South East Asia, patrolling the Oskenian free state of Taiwan and the Air Force is actively working to support the United States with African peace operations. 

[size=150][b]Etymology[/b][/size][/font][hr][font=Georgia]The name of Oskenia derives from the Ancient Greek surname "xénos (Ξένος) xeníā (ξενῐ́ᾱ)", which means "welcoming, a foreigner, a stranger, or guest." Using this definition alongside the name of his wife, [i]Ksenia,[/i] the first leader of Oskenia; Kristoffer Kåre I, formed the name "Ksenialand," using the Shænglish word for land, "ösk," which translated, combines to be Osk-senia, (Fair-land) or shortened, Oskenia. The name embodies the country's values in tourism, foreign aid, and fairness for all.

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[size=150][b]History[/b][/size][/font][hr][font=Georgia][size=125][b]Corsican Republic[/b][/size] 

Oskenia was formed in 1768 by Kristoffer Kåre I, a French immigrant from Norway. Forming a sizable resistance force, he managed to overthrow the government of the Corsican Republic, which at the time was an independent state of France. Kristoffer's main factors for leading the rebellion were to increase living conditions in the region, and create wealth for his children to inherit. 
Following Kristoffer's assumption of leadership, the French seized an opportunity and attempted an invasion of the island one year later. The invading force was caught off guard by the fierce resistance force that was now an independent army, powered by Kristoffer's fierce patriotism and motivation for his people. The troops holding the high ground were able to force the French navy away from the island after the King saw that the invasion was not beneficial to either the people of the country of France itself. 

After Kristoffer's rise to power and quick popularity spike due to the thwarted French invasion, Corsica was renamed "Oskenia," and a never before seen government system, a self-proclaimed Diplomatic Dictatorship, was formed. In the new capital city of Ypaæpilisa, the Constitution of Oskenia on March 14th, 1772 declared the island nation independent from all and rooted the country as a sovereign state. 

[size=125][b]Anglo-Corsican Kingdom & British Influence[/b][/size] 

Shortly later, Oskenia was caught in another conflict as a British fleet led by Admiral Nelson began the Siege of Alæqüaadæ where Oskenian resistance was fierce. It is here that Nelson famously lost his right eye. After a multi-week siege and bombardment, Kristoffer I abdicated the island to Admiral Nelson in 1796, and for a short time, Corsica was added to the dominions of King George III. Over the period of only two years that Oskenia was under English rule, the island saw a period of civil unrest and violence as citizens turned their frustrations with the occupiers against their fellow countrymen. Anyone who was related to an English person or had ties to England could be severely injured or even killed. 

Realizing that the occupation of Oskenia was a precarious situation with the Spanish voicing their opinions in favor of Oskenian sovereignty, in October 1796, the English completely withdrew from the island of Sardinia amid celebrations from Oskenian citizens. Kristoffer I was restored to full power and the island was once again recognized as an independent state. The country was heavily influenced by roots in French, Norwegian, Spanish, and English culture, and as of such the language of Shænglish, which before was just a rudimentary tongue invented by Kristoffer I was formed, a dialect that borrows words, phrases, and grammatical rules from European languages all across the continent. Some words in Shænglish can trace their roots to exotic languages such as Hawaiian and Mongolian. 

[size=125][b]First Expansion Period[/b][/size] 

In 1839, the second leader of Oskenia was elected by the senate, William Olsen, another Norwegian immigrant, who came to Oskenia looking for prosperity and the ability to find a place in government. He was elected at age 35 and ruled until his death in 1889, at the age of 85. Olsen is not known for any major reforms or events during his leadership. He is considered to be Oskenia's "forgotten leader." However, the state of the country during the Olsen government was peaceful and prosperous. No major world conflicts erupted during this time and the economy grew substantially. During this period Oskenia attempted to stay isolated from world politics and keep to themselves. This policy was successful, and by Olson's death, Oskenia had not intervened in a single foreign conflict. Despite being underrated, this period of Oskenian history was seen as a major economic growth era. 

[size=125][b]Second Expansion Period[/b][/size] 

Following Olsen's death in 1889, Kristoffer Kåre II--the grandson of Kristoffer I, assumed to power at the age of 45. He became dictator with promises of a larger military budget, isolationism, and increased wages for all. However, the true Kristoffer was an impulsive, quick-acting leader who made un-measured decisions on international relations and wartime operations. One of these decisions was the invasion of Sardinia in fall 1900. Impulsively, Kristoffer claimed that the invasion was to increase his influence in the Mediterranean without considering his Foreign Minister, Lukas Sjoberg's; input. Furious that Oskenia would attack an independent island with ties to the Republic, the Alpine Federation, which at the time comprised the northern part of modern Italy and then some, declared war on the Dictatorship of Oskenia, thus launching the [i]First Sardinian War.[/i]

[size=100][b]First Sardinian War[/b][/size] 

The Alpine Federation's invasion of Sardinia prompted a large coalition force of European countries to send naval forces to the islands of Sardinia and Corsica in support of the Federation. The primary countries involved in the invasion force are the Alpine Federation, Unione Degli Stati Agricoli, and the German state of Alemanni. On February 16th, 1901, the Alpine Fed. declares war on Oskenia and sends naval elements to the region, supported by its allies. Over the next thirty-two days, fierce fighting on the islands of Sardinia and the beaches of Corsica resulted in over 25,000 casualties, most of whom were Sardinian citizens. 

The Sardinian War was a short but brutal conflict, and the primary belligerents, Kristoffer Kåre II & Franco Rotallini; were seen as incompetent world policemen and impulsive leaders. The war affected both nations negatively in the political sphere and took a great toll on Kristoffer Kåre, who died at the age of 59 in 1903. Although no official investigation was ever launched, there is speculation among the citizens of Oskenia that Kristoffer was poisoned.

In addition to the [url=https://eedcalternatehistory.fandom.com/wiki/First_Sardinian_War=faq]Sardinian War,[/url] Kristoffer was overly-patriotic. As the grandson of the original founder of Oskenia, he saw himself as the greatest ruler since the aforementioned Kristoffer I. His narcissism led to many falling outs with other world leaders and his social popularity to drastically drop among his citizens. Following Kristoffer's death, Lukas Sjöberg, the Defense minister who acted under Kristoffer, took power at age 37. A military veteran of the Sardinian War, Sjöberg knew the dangers of an unpredictable and impulsive government and took the mistakes made by his predecessor to heart, promising to be a much more compassionate and heartfelt leader with the best interests of the Oskenian people in mind.

[size=100][b]Lukas Sjöberg[/b][/size] 

Lukas Sjöberg is without a doubt the most famous and popular leader in Oskenian history. Public schools regularly remind students of his progressive social policies and stance on peace, and monuments dedicated to him are built all across the country. His public opinion soared after his new policies of militarization and Naval-superiority, as well as his stance on peace and prosperity. He was a breath of fresh air after the last two impulsive and unpredictable leaders. Under his leadership for more than 50 years, Oskenia had the lowest cost of living, the largest navy in their history, and the highest value of the Argæld, as well as the highest recorded positive image of the government as a whole. All-in-all, it was an excellent time to be an Oskenian citizen. 

However, there were some in the country that did not forget about the oppressive control of Kristoffer II, and the Sardinian population was not going to let Sjöberg forget it either. Between the years of 1906 to 1910, over four assassination plots were executed against either Lukas or his immediate family. In 1906, during a standard public appearance, a Sardinian radical leaped forward from the crowd and fired three rounds from a handgun striking Lukas's youngest daughter, Nora. The radical was silenced and Nora was transferred to a state hospital, where she recovered over a period of two months. In 1908, the national palace in Ypaæpilisa was attacked by a mob and a guard was murdered, among other more minor attempts.

Lukas apologized for the Sardinian War but said that he was not interested in pursuing Sardinian freedoms during his rule. An investigative period was launched and those who were involved in the assassination attempts were arrested and prosecuted. Out of the twenty-six people arrested, sixteen received the death penalty.

[size=125][b]Oskenian Era of Peace[/b][/size] 

Over the next 20 years, Oskenia was in a state of peaceful co-existence with the rest of the world. During the First World War, Oskenia voted to stay neutral unless the conflict came down to a matter of homeland defense. Strict naval borders were enacted and enforced during this period to all warring nations. In addition to the peace, Sardinian happiness, especially now that they were under a successful economic system soared, and the popularity of the government in Oskenian-held territories stabilized. Happiness for citizens was at an all-time high, and the arts flourished during this time. 

[size=125][b]Great Depression[/b][/size] 

Oskenia was negatively affected by the depression in the sense that imports from other nations was halted as the world began to descend into poverty. The Argæld dropped in value significantly and there was mass panic that the economy would collapse entirely. However, through policies of isolationism and stability, the country got through the depression without major economic loss. What was affected, however, was Oskenia's relationship with nations affected by the depression, such as the United States and England. This brought with it certain importation blockages that affected the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. 

[size=125][b]Second World War[/b][/size]

In the 1940s, Oskenia was faced withthe largest and most influential conflict of the 20th century. In the beginning of the conflict, Lukas Sjöberg found it important to try and make peace with the major belligerents, and made a pact between Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler. This was known as the "Mediterranean Alliance." In his mission of staying democratic, he also agreed with the United Kingdom and France that the three nations would not provoke or attack each-other to avoid getting sucked into the war. Essentially Lukas wanted Oskenia to stay neutral, but saw the Third Reich as a vital source of imports such as tanks and small-arms. In 1943 when Italy decided to join the Allied powers, Oskenia followed suit and deployed its navy to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, supporting the Royal Navy in the the North Sea and the US Navy in suppressing the Imperial Japanese Empire. When Japan surrendered to the United States in 1945, Oskenia seized the island of Taiwan and established an additional state to their empire, the [i]New Chinese Territories.[/i] Following the war, Oskenia also found it vital to help their long-standing ally Italy restore to their former glory, although the government didn't forget to embellish. The island of Sicily was incorporated as a federal state, and a large chunk of Italy was also occupied and overtaken. These collective parts of land came to be known as the [i]Sicilian Territories.[/i] 

[size=125][b]Post-War Growth[/b][/size]

The conclusion of the Second World War and the subsequent collapse of nations such as Imperial Japan and Germany saw Oskenia rise as one of the most influential countries in Europe. The economy, bolstered by assistance from the United States and England, saw a major increase in value and grew substantially. Oskenia found itself with more resources than they knew what to do with, and therefore contributed greatly to the [i]Berlin Airlift,[/i] supplying thousands of tons of food and oil. Relations with countries that had served as the allied powers in the Second World War were strengthened, primarily with England and the United States. This led to the admission of Oskenia into the United Nations and NATO. During the Berlin Airlift, the Oskenain Air Force supplied thousands of pounds of food, water, and other 

[size=150][b]Politics and Government[/b][/size][/font][hr][font=Georgia]

Oskenia is a [i]Democratic Dictatorship.[/i] The political system operates under a framework laid out in the 1772 [i]Constitution of Oskenia.[/i] The leader serves out a life term and a new one is elected upon their death. A dictator can be removed from power if over 95% of the Federal Senate votes in favor, and only after an extensive investigative period has been completed. 
See Federal Elections.

Oskenia is divided up into six constituent states, which are listed here in order of accession:

• Corsica; 
• Sardinia;
• Tunisian States; 
• Balears; 
• Sicilian Territories; 
• New Chinese Territories.

Each individual state has the authority to make local laws in accordance with the Oskenian constitution. They cannot, however, create federal laws or create any policy that is not in accordance with said constitution. Usually states will change small municipal laws or policies.

The Benevolent Dictator is the head of state and is given absolute political power over the nation. The second-highest official in the Oskenain Order of Precedence is the Foreign Minister. The Oskenian order of precedence is as follows:

• Benevolent Dictator
• Minister of foreign affairs
• Minister of the Interior
• Minister of War
• Minister of Homeland Defense

Many of the ministers in the Federal Senate, (omit four out of the 22) are elected by the people, and therefore the citizens of Oskenia do play a part in the election of their next dictator, although it is indirect. The elected dictator serves a life-term unless he abdicates or is removed from power by the senate. in addition to this, there are three ministries that are appointed by the dictator, and not elected by the people. [i]The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Homeland Defense, Minister of the Interior, and the Minister of War.[/i] All other ministries ranging from state affairs to tourism are elected by the people as a whole and serve a 6-year term. Each minister has certain political powers in their area of government, but they are better described as advisors.

[size=100][b]Law Drafting/Creation[/b][/size] 

The Dictator has three ways to make a law in Oskenia. The first is a Federal Law. The second is a State Law. The final and third way is the Federal Order. All laws made by the ruler must be passed by the Federal Senate unless it is a Federal Order, which surpasses the senate. These orders are limited in power, however, and have a certain regulation behind creation.

[b]Federal Law[/b]

A federal law is a law or policy that affects all of the country, including all subsequent states. The dictator can put this law into place with approval from the ministry that the law corresponds to, as well as the Oskenian Federal Senate's passing of the law.

[b]State Law[/b]

An Oskenian State Law is a certain policy passed by either a state senate or state minister that affects one of Oskenia's five independent regions. These are usually minor laws or policies such as budget changes; judicial laws related to jail time; infrastructure; etc. The federal level of government still has the authority to create these laws, but they are usually written by either a state governor or state minister. The law is then sent to the state senate to that corresponding region, where it is either passed, or, if necessary, passed on to the federal senate. If the federal senate cannot come to a conclusion, it is showed to the dictator, who gives the final say.

[b]Federal Order[/b]

A Federal Order is an Executive decision made by the dictator, that surpasses all levels of government. These are usually things such as marshal law declarations; War-time decisions; and crisis intervention. Federal Orders are very rarely used, and are sought as a last-straw, last ditch effort to pass a critical law or policy. 

[size=100][b]Federal Elections[/b][/size] 

In Oskenia, federal elections are held in one of four ways.

1. The current dictator can no longer remain in power due to a medical or physical condition.
2. The current dictator dies.
1. The current dictator abdicates.
3. The current dictator is voted out of power by the senate.

[b]Medical and/or Physical Condition[/b]

If a leader can no longer fulfill the duties of office, he is removed from power by the senate, and the Foreign Minister is put in charge of the country while the senate votes on a new dictator. Once that new ruler is found, the minister is removed from power and the new dictator is put in power.

[b]Death or Assassination[/b]

If an Oskenian dictator dies or is assassinated, there is a 10 day mourning period, in which no new dictator can be formally elected. Instead, the country comes to a halt. Except for military personnel and the foreign senate, all citizens get paid leave from their jobs and black flags are hung throughout the entire nation. The Foreign Minister takes control of the government until the state of mourning is over, upon which the Senate decides on the new dictator, which they should have determined over the 10 days of preparedness. 

[b]Abdication[/b]

Very rarely, a dictator may choose to abdicate from power due to some sort of reason. Upon an abdication, whoever the dictator chose to take over from the Federal Ministries is put in power. For 30 days they will have limited rule over the country, during which the Federal Senate investigates the new leader and votes on either keeping him in power or electing a new dictator.

[b]Voted out of office[/b]

Also very rarely, the Federal Senate may choose to remove a dictator from power because:

1. He is too unstable to reliably run the nation.
2. He Is too corrupt to reliably run the nation.
3. A Federal crime is accused of him.
4. He breaks the Oskenian Constitution.

In any of these cases, the Senate uses the Oskenian Home Guard to forcibly remove the dictator, which is controlled solely by the Senate. If the reason is either 3 or 4, the accused leader is put under house arrest, instead of imprisoned, while the Senate investigates. During this period, the Minister of Foreign Affairs is put in charge of the country, like most other instances.

[size=125][b]Citizens' Rights[/b][/size] 

[size=100][b]Amendments[/b][/size] 

As outlined in the Oskenian Constitution of 1772, Oskenian citizens have (4) basic rights that cannot be infringed on by the government under any circumstances. 

1. Freedom of expression and free will
2. Freedom of religion and culture
3. Freedom to own firearms for the purpose of self and national defense
4. Freedom to life and happiness

All four of these amendments have been faithfully followed since the formation of Oskenia. Upon these four amendments, there are additional judiciary rights.

[size=100][b]Judiciary Rights[/b][/size] 

1. Right to a fair judge
2. Right to a fair jury
3. Right to a lawyer
4. Right to a lawful arrest
5. Right to a just and humanitarian punishment (Added in March 1904)

Each of these cannot either be infringed upon. Additional Arrested citizens can plead these Judiciary rights in an attempt to get a free and fair trial for their crime. Number 5 refers to the death penalty. Prior to March 1, 1904, convicted criminals were recieving the death penalty for incredibly petty crimes such as burglary and vandalism. Under Lukas Sjöberg, the list of justifiable instances for the death penalty was reduced to a small number of serious charges such as murder and sexual crimes.

[size=100][b]Election Rights[/b][/size] 

Beyond the aforementioned rights, citizens also hold a place in Federal Elections, although it is a very small amount of influence. The election process is almost 100% handled by the Federal Senate. Public polls find national opinion on the candidates, but citizens do not play any direct role in the election of a new leader. 

[size=125][b]Senates[/b][/size] 

Oskenia is further broken up by both the Federal and State Senates. In each of these, 22 ministers and six state-wide representatives reside. There are six State Senates and one Federal State. E.g.

[b]State Senate: [/b]

• Speaker of The Senate.
• 22 Ministers ranging from Agriculture to Tourism and others.
• Five representatives from other constituent states.
• State Governor of which the Senate presides in.

The Speaker of The Senate is the organizer and head of all Senate meetings. He keeps order, is the final say in decisions, and presides over all representatives in the house. The governor drafts laws for passing by the Senate he presides in and has a direct link with other state governors across the country. 

[size=150][b]Military[/b][/size][/font][hr][font=Georgia]

Oksenia's military, the Militære, is organized into [i]Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Reserve Korps, Home Guard, Air Force, and Naval Marine[/i] branches. 

As of 2020, Oskenia employed roughly [WIP] total servicemen spread across all branches, as well as [WIP] Reserve Korps soldiers, which include [WIP] volunteers. In peacetime, the Militære is controlled by the Minister of Homeland Defense. In a state of offensive war, the Minister of War assumes command. If the war is in defense of an Oskenian territory or the country itself, the Minister of Homeland Defense stays in control. 
The role of the Oskenian Militære is described in the [i]Constitution of Oskenia[/i] as purely defensive, but as of Lukas Sjöberg's rule, that definition has evolved to mean [i]"conflict prevention, disaster reaction, and security of Oskenian influence anywhere in the world."[/i] Until 1903, a minimum of three years of military service was required for men from age 16 up to the age of 28. Lukas Sjöberg changed this policy after his introduction into office, and now only a minimum of 6 months is required for men 17 to 28. Officers can remain active until the age of 70. Women are not required to serve a mandatory term. 

Oskenia's military is actively engaged in international-aid operations and counterterrorism missions across the world, mainly in the Middle East and Africa. As of late, the government has tried to reduce the amount of deployed soldiers in foreign countries, and instead focus on homeland patrol. More funding has been given to the Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force, while the budget for the Marines and Army has been reduced. 

[size=100][b]Army[/b][/size] 

The Oskenian Army is made up of 240,000 soldiers and is the primary military force used in foreign operations across the globe. Sub-branches of the Army include the [i]Home Guard,[/i] (which is controlled by the Federal Senate) and the [i]Reserve Korps[/i], which is made up of reservist volunteers. The Home Guard can be compared to the American "National Guard," and responds to national emergencies across the country. 

[size=100][b]Navy[/b][/size] 

The Oskenian Navy, considered one of the most powerful Navies in the world, is made up of 320,000 officers and men, outnumbering the Army by nearly 80,000. Over 430 active ships are operated by the Oskenian Navy, and the country is the last country in the world to keep Battleships in active service. A notable sub-branch of the Navy are the [i]Naval Marines,[/i] who are trained in amphibious assault and stealth incursion missions. 

Another interesting fact about the Oskenian Navy is the fact that all merchant vessels operated by independent corporations in the country are leased out from the government. This allows Oskenia to quickly recall a sizable flotilla of support ships at a moment's notice.

[size=100][b]Air Force[/b][/size] 

The Oskenian Air Force employs 312,000 officers and men and operates in a strictly strategic capacity. Supersonic nuclear-capable bombers and a formidable UAV force allow Oskenia to hunt and eradicate taliban fighters in the Middle East with minimum to no losses. The Air Force is also extensively used 

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[size=150][b]Cultural Practices and Norms[/b][/size][/font][hr][font=Georgia]

Culture in Oskenia is based around an open and celebratory vibe. Regular parties and events held in city streets are a common occurrence, and no matter where in Oskenia you may be, there always seems to be a natural sense of happiness in the people and the country itself. Those who live and work in the busy metropolitan areas of Oskenia are happy to engage in a friendly game of frisbee after work or go pleasure cruising with friends. 

Besides parties and spontaneous events, Oskenians thoroughly enjoy water sports, and spend days on the pristine bays and coves surrounding Corsica and Sardinia. Pleasure yachts can frequently be seen berthed at ports across the nation. Swimming and fishing also contribute to this leisure activity, which in turn contributes to the tourism industry. Fish caught at sea are brought back to dockside markets, where they are sold by enthusiastic shop owners who try to convince you that a fish with a black spot on the tail is better than the same exact fish without a spot. 

Everywhere you look in Oskenia, there is always life. Even in the most rural farm regions, the owners of the wineries and farms are welcoming and always willing to introduce a foreigner to their property and share wine and cheese. Oskenia is run on industry kept running all day by hardworking men and women as young as 16. Oskenians believe that once children reach puberty they are expected to fulfill adult duties, and therefore the definition of "legal adult" is very loose compared to other Western nations. The national age of adulthood is 18, although the government allows full-time employment of anyone 16+ depending on the employer's preferences. 

[b]Cuisine[/b]

Food in Oskenia is heavily influenced by the Italians, but has a touch of native culture and Scandinavian preparation. 
Many Oskenian citizens are from Norse lineage, and openly celebrate their interesting family history every year on September 21st, a national holiday. "Heritage Day" is a time for all people of the country to celebrate their ancestors, and great feasts with foods from across the globe are frequently held in city streets, with tables lining the roads. It is a joyous time, and you will find that everyone is courteous and welcoming. Oskenians openly invite strangers into their homes, with offerings such as wine & cheese and fine meats. The 21st is a time for people to celebrate Oskenian culture and food while embracing the future to come. 
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Some of the foods included in the celebrations of September and March are Sardinian and Corsican delicacies such as the seafood stew "Azimu" and the Sardinian [i]"Threads of God"[/i] pasta, which was once a local delicacy the recipe for which was only known to a select few. Dictator [b]Kristoffer II[/b], who wholeheartedly enjoyed the rare pasta, decided to preserve the history of the unique food by establishing two trade schools in Corsica for those wishing to learn how to make it and declaring [i]Su filindeu[/i] the national dish in 1901. The pasta has become a formidable export and is now sold en masse to eager consumers across the globe. It is still entirely hand made, which makes it expensive both nationally and internationally. 

In addition to traditional Corsican and Sardinian food, Norwegian delicacies such as smoked salmon and even reindeer are popular holiday dishes, with reindeer being imported directly from Norway. 

Oskenians have also adopted colonial favorites such as Peking Duck and dumpling soup from Taiwan, couscous and makroudh (date dessert) from Algeria, and Mutton and sausage from Libya. These foods are often sold by immigrant-owned shops eager to share their favorites with the average citizen. Similarly, traditional Corsican and Sardinian shops welcome immigrants with samples of traditional Oskenian meals, gratis.

[b]Alcohol[/b]

The legal public drinking age for Oskenian citizens is 16, although children of any age can consume alcohol while on their own property under the supervision of a legal guardian. 

Oskenians enjoy fine wines, which are especially popular in the Italian states. Extensive wineries throughout Sicily and Sardinia produce reds such as [i]Nero d'Avola[/i] and [i]Nerello Mascalese[/i], along with the Sardinian [i]Cannonau[/i]. Popular white grapes include [i]Grillo, Catarratto[/i], and [i]Carricante[/i], along with the rare [i]Torbato[/i]. Wine is a part of any Oskenian celebration and is firmly rooted in the nation's culture. 
On Heritage Day, however, Oskenians drink Norse favorites such as Aquavit and hard cider, along with craft beer. Vodka distilled from glacier water was a favorite of 20th-century Dictator [b]Lukas Sjöberg[/b], and has since become a national celebratory beverage, along with the Oskenian creation "[i]Spjöd[/i]," which is an alcoholic fruit drink crafted from grapes, cherries, pomegranate, and blueberries. 

​Alcoholic consumption in Oskenia is one of the highest in Europe, although accidents and deaths caused by excessive drinking are rare and far between thanks to strict laws and prosecution in the event of intoxicated behavior. The state also finances and runs an extensive program detailing the dangers of excessive drinking and the consequences packaged with it. 

[b]Smoking and Narcotics[/b]

Oskenia is one of the few countries in the world to entirely legalize recreational marijuana, and since the referendum was held in 1985 to ratify the decision, the Oskenian economy, most notably the tobacco and smoking industries, have increased in size and wealth. They are now the fifth-largest industry in the country, behind oil, food products, automobiles, and others. However, the Oskenian [i]Ministry of Health[/i] has noticed an increase in lung cancer, a 1.2% increase over the past two decades. To try and reduce this statistic, a high tax of 20% has been placed on marijuana and its byproducts for recreational use. Smoking is also legal at 16, however recreational marijuana use is illegal until the age of 18. 

Other narcotics such as cocaine, heroin, PCP, and steroids are illegal for recreational use and the law is dutifully enforced. In 2018 over 12,200 citizens of Oskenia were arrested and charged with possession of illegal contraband, a decrease of 3% over the past two decades.

[b]Sports[/b]

Sports in Oskenia have been a vital part of the culture since the country gained its sovereignty. Like many other European nations, Football is an incredibly popular sport in the country, and you can often see citizens playing a friendly bout in the many squares or parks of cities. Competition culture is fierce, and rivalries between state teams are unbreakable. Off the national field, however, Oskenians are united under one flag. At the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics in the United States, the Oskenian national Football team took Gold and went on to win bronze and silver for the next three consecutive years. During that time, the entire country stood as one large group. Patriotism and loyalism to the country and the team was strong, and when the team achieved their gold, a collective cheer went up that could be heard across the nation. 

​To accommodate national Football matches, each Oskenian state and Colony has at least one large stadium and various other smaller Municipal stadiums. 
The largest of these being the [i]Ypaæpilisa International Stadium[/i], which has an official capacity of 99,350 and one of the finest international sports museums in the world. During the aforementioned Olympic Games, the stadium reached a peak attendance of 132,000, with excited fans overflowing onto the field to watch the game on the jumbotron and cheer the national team on. 
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[*] Oskenia is the only country in the world with a political system that matches one of a "democratic dictatorship."
[*] Families with eligible males must own firearms. 
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The Republic of Oskenia

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