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Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic
Eothasia

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LOCATION

ANTHEM

‘Long Live Eothasia!’ [c. 1700]
‘Long Live the Empress!’ [2011]

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MOTTO

‘Long Live Eothasia!’ [c. 1700]

GENERAL INFORMATION

Capital City

Valtoria
(7,100,000 inhabitants)

Largest City

Lithandril
(7,300,000 inhabitants)

Official
Language

Eothasi

Recognised National
Language

English

Ethnic Groups

87.2% Eothasi
7.7% European
3.3% Black
1.8% Other

Religion

89.7% Aurelia
8.7% Irreligious
1.6% Others

Historical Events

1659 - 1672
Eothasi Peninsular War
14 April 1681
United Eothasi Kingdoms
14 April 1913
Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic

TERRITORIES

Total Area

853,009 km²

Water Area

17,402 km² (2.04%)

Highest
Point

Mt. Leistung
(3,782 metres)

Average
Elevation

432 metres

POPULATION

Total
Population

110,336,793 (est. 2020)

Density

129.35/km²

Growth

+1.16%

Demonym(s)

Eothasi
Imperial

POLITICS

Government Form

Federal socialist crowned republic

Lady Regent

Eve Grace
(Elected: 1 January 2019)

Lord Regent

Valerius Eäron
(Reelected: 1 January 2017)

Lord Regent

Manfred Leitzke
(Reelected: 1 January 2015)

LEGISLATURE

Legislative Branch

Imperial Senate

Upper House

Federal Council

President of the Council

Councillor Zella Lorentz
(since 11 May, 2017)

Lower House

Diet of the Republic

President of the House

Deputy Léonard Lachapelle
(since 11 May, 2017)

ECONOMICS

Currency

Eothasi pound ruby (€)

GDP (nominal)

$6.2 trillion

GDP per capita

$56,218.21

HDI

0.946 - Very High

Gini coefficient

12.2 - Very Low


Eothasia, officially the Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic (UESR; EOT: Unitliche Eothasi Sozialistische Republikenreich), also alternatively referred to as the Imperial Republic, the Republic or simply Eothasia, is a federal presidential socialist crowned republic composed of seven semi-autonomous territorial divisions named Popular Republics, as well as one federal district (the capital city of Valtoria). The Republic is a sizable nation at just over eight hundred thousand square kilometers and with a population numbering roughly 110 million. The country occupies a peninsula and is surrounded to the south by the Bay of Isa and, farther south, the Ocean of Sorrow. To the east is the Ocean of Reneria; in the north, the Bay of Elvira and the Ocean of Deris; to the west, the Ocean of Cylësen. In the centre of the peninsula there is a large gulf, known as the Sea of Auriel.

The Republic’s different members were largely known for their isolation to the outside world, preferring to interact amongst themselves — including through war — than interact with the rest of civilisation in anything other than trade. This was set for future change, however, after Duvaineth’s ascension to the throne of the Aterni Empire following its conquests in what is now known as the Peninsular War. Though the United Eothasi Kingdoms did little to cement that change, it laid the groundwork for the establishment of the ''Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic'', which would significantly change its foreign policy, especially in support of socialist revolutions around the globe.

Today, the Republic is a member of the international community and is well-known for its preference of non-violence and diplomacy to settle disputes. Its once large colonial empire, established during the end of the United Eothasi Kingdoms and greatly expanded upon during the first half of the 20th Century under the rule of King Messner III and Queen Valeria V has since been fully decolonised, becoming a loose alliance of territories known today as the Imperial Union.








History
The recorded history of the dozens of kingdoms and empires that spanned the Eothasi territory is rich most notably in war and violence. Tales of glorious conquests of national foes are explicitly depicted in elaborate monuments erected in a variety of different locations, such as those in Iluma, the capital of Volsini, which vividly show the conquests of the First, Second, and Third Volsini Empires, or the ruins of ancient cities in modern-day Venza, carefully preserved as national landmarks. Though the Second Volsini Empire was the first to span from the eastern coast to the western coast (and the Antizoni Empire the first from north to south), to date the entirety of the continent has been in control of a single nation only twice with the conquer of the subcontinent of the Aterni Empire and the ''United Eothasi Kingdoms'', which later evolved into the ''Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic''.

Era of Antiquity

The Era of Antiquity, as it is commonly referred to, was intricately marked by a number of important civilisations as well as the continents first imperial powers. These include civilisations such as the First Volsini Empire, which was the first imperial power, the Antizoni Empire, which spanned from the northern coast to the southern coast, the Second Volsini Empire, which spanned from west to east, and lastly, the Aterni Empire, which became the longest lasting empire in Eothasi history. Other notable powers include the Third Volsini Empire (which was the shortest lived of the three), the Empire of Venza, and the various republics that confederated in Elvira.

The First Volsini Empire originated in the city of Iluma, the capital of the Empire and the modern capital of the Popular Republics of Volsini. Records show that these cities first established a confederation and, initially, maintained their own governance and internal security forces, as well as their own treasuries. However, they all made contributions to a united military, agreed trade with one another, and became intrinsically linked. However, Iluma—because of its considerable size in comparison to the rest of the cities prior to the confederation—was viewed as the strongest. This was most fervently realised under Empress Arnola, who imprisoned the entirety of the united army and marched her own into each of the city states, conquering them all swiftly. Within just a short set of years, she had conquered the entirety of Volsini. Though it is implied she had plans to eventually begin conquering the surrounding areas and invade the kingdom of Santarrejo, she was killed by her son, Eothomas, before she was able to realise her plans.

Within the first year of being ascended as emperor, Volsini military forces began conquering new lands, most notably the islands to the north and east of Iluma. Over the following decade, the Volsini military continued its military campaigns, conquering much of what is now eastern Venza and the southern tips of Marsier. The Volsini conquests were swift, and before the end of the 13th Ialë B.U., controlled most of modern-day Espinar, the eastern half of Venza and all its surrounding islands, and had made inroads into Marsier.

The First Volsini Empire collapsed after the death of Eothomas, who was felled in battle during the First Siege of Torrevilla.

The Antizoni Empire emerged following the collapse of the First Volsini Empire from the Kingdom of Odiria. Prior to its expansionist period, it spanned from the city of Odiria in the east across to the Norcrestan regions; all of this would be maintained in the Antizoni Empire, as would a path through the centre of the land to Venza and occupying parts of Volsini. It was the first empire in the history of the continent to span from north to south.

To its south, the weakened states that had been occupied by the First Volsini Empire were left in ruin by the revolutionary conflict that sprouted from the death of Emperor Eothomas. When civil war broke in Volsini, a full invasion began and swept down the entire peninsula. The conquest was brisk, and before the end of the decade, Antizon territory had been almost doubled.

The Antizoni Empire achieved its maximum extension under Empress Allethia. By then, the nation had become the single-most powerful empire on the continent and was unrivalled in military project, economic strength and political influence. Its courts held dignitaries from dozens of smaller kingdoms seeking clemency from their strongest neighbour. Its strategic geographical location made it impossible for continental trade to flow without coming into contact with the Antizon tariff authorities, whether it be through land or at sea.

Current theories on the fall of the Antizoni Empire centre on its military. Given the size of the empire, the Antizoni population was alarmingly small; as such, the military was also of reduced proportions. The Antizoni Empire attempted to circumvent this issue by the conscription of young children from occupied cities of their empire, but even then their military was unable to cope with the large military demands of a country of their size. Despite this, the Antizoni Empire is the third longest-lasting empire in the history of Eothasia, after the Second Volsini Empire and the Aterni Empire.

Contemporary Era

In 1674, Emperor Séverine was in ill health. He had been bedridden for weeks and was having trouble coordinating the governance of the country. Finding this unworthy of the Aterni Empire, Emperor Séverine abdicated in his daughter, then Crown Princess Duvaineth, so that she took the throne early and began ruling in his stead. It did not, however, assist him in his fight; in June of that year, after being terribly sick for more than four months, he finally passed away.

The first few years of Duvaineth’s rule were rather quiet. It wasn’t until December of 1678 that, during a public speech in the capital city from the balcony of the Imperial Palace —and which would later be read in thousands of public squares across the land— she saw it unfit to maintain the institution in the way that it had been thus far, ruling over the exterior territories instead of ruling alongside them. As such, she restructured the Aterni Empire into the United Eothasi Kingdoms, becoming the first time that the country was represented as a whole of Eothasia, instead of just Aterni. Despite this, Aterni, Antizon, and Venza were still considered the core states and other territories were not represented in the creation of a new flag.

This was met with great enthusiasm from thousands of people across the land, mostly in the east, which had been the most oppressed and secluded regions of the Aterni Empire after the Peninsular War. They hoped that, with this, they would be able to break away from the Aterni Empire to form their own government. Their fears were soon realised when Duvaineth roared against their independence thoughts, leaving quite clear that the growing kingdom would unite all of Eothasia, and not just “parts and pieces”.

However, there was also a general sentiment of agreement. Despite the fact that the United Eothasi Kingdoms would not be the democracy it is today —only those with a minimum amount of lands would be able to vote, for instance, until 1833— many people saw it as a most welcome step forward. This was largely the contrary for citizens of the Aterni Empire proper, who believed that all of Eothasia was theirs to control, as well as many nobles, who saw their preferences over nobles from the east taken away. However, though some attempted to plot against the Empress, nothing ever came of it.

On April the 14th, 1681, the United Eothasi Kingdoms was declared and Duvaineth herself gave a speech in front of the Imperial Palace in Valtoria. She went on to complete her reign, abdicating in favour of her son, King Cyrille, in 1717.

The Union of Eothasi Republics was a short-lived project that attempted to reorganise Eothasia into a republic. Considering that its roots in monarchism were illegitimate, many soldiers of the army undertook a coup d’etat which eventually led to the murder of the incumbent monarch, King Siegmund, and a military junta took over the country. They called themselves the Union of Eothasi Republics, but were anything but, instead actively working against the people’s freedom and liberties.

Established in 1901, it was already a useless project in 1912. An enormous social movement —founded and staunchly defended by socialist Priscilla Poriér— took to the streets in the summer of 1912, demanding retaking the control of the State and pushing a socialist revolution. Many of those that had fought in 1901 were no longer in the military or were in government; the vast majority of the army had become fervently socialist and supported the social movements against some elements of the national police, such as the now defunct “Legionnaires,” who protected the Union of Eothasi Republics. However, in December of 1912, the entirety of the military junta fled the country. Initially running to trade partner Azadistan, the exact location of where they holed up is unknown.

With the military junta defeated and the Legionnaires without political support, Priscilla rapidly climbed and declared the end of the Union of Eothasi Republics, stating that members of the civil society would participate in forming a new constitution by and for the people. Returning to the tradition of April the 14th, the Constituent Assembly finally approved the Popular Constitution in 1913 on that date.

From then, the first elections were celebrated in July of 1913, though these were for an interim period, as it was stated in norm (though not law) that elections would always be on the 1st of January of the corresponding year. As such, Priscilla was voted as interim president both in July of 1913 and as the first Federal President of the Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic on January 1st, 1914, alongside the validated Emperor Messner III.

Geography

Work in Progress

Demographics

Work in Progress

Government

The Eothasi government is the national government of the Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic. It is composed of seven Popular Republics, and a federal district in which the nation’s capital of Valtoria resides. It has a clear division of power in legislative, executive, and judicial branches, with power vested by the Eothasi Constitution in the Imperial Senate, the Federal Conclave, and the Eothasi Judiciary, respectively. Additionally, each branch can create a number of committees, departments, and sub-courts to carry out their duties.

Legislative Branch

The Diet of the Republic is an uninominal constituency system. The entire country is divided into 650 constituencies; each constituency proposes one candidate to the Diet of the Republic, which will act as that constituencies’ particular representation in this body. There are currently ten political parties represented in the Diet of the Republic and seven in the Federal Council. These are the: Labour Party, Socialist Party, Communist Party, People’s Party, Party for Social Democracy, Popular Party, Liberal Party, Liberal Democrats Party, National Party and the Unity Party. In the Federal Council, the Liberal Party, Liberal Democrats Party, National Party and Unity Party all formed an electoral coalition, thus becoming the National Liberal Coalition. The parties of the Federal Council are the: Labour Party, Socialist Party, Communism for Eothasia, People’s Party, Party for Social Democracy, Popular Party and the National Liberal Coalition. All of these parties, as per the electoral results they obtain and the number of seats given by the electoral system, obtain subsidies from the State for their organisation. Members of the Diet of the Republic are voted directly by the citizens of the country. These elections occur once every five years and the entirety of the Diet of the Republic is up for vote at the same time.

Meanwhile, the Federal Council is a space for representatives of the different governments of the country. Each of the seven Popular Republics is divided into a number of provinces (named Communes) which total 27 between the seven of them, plus the state of Valtoria for a total of 28 represented states in the Federal Council. Each of these communes selects three candidates to participate in the Federal Council as councilors and represent the interests of their respective communes in the upper house of the legislative branch. As such, the Federal Council consists of a total of 84 selected members; these members are selected by the government of the Popular Republic for which the commune pertains; as such, regions like Espinar have a total of only six representatives, Valtoria has three representatives, whereas Aterni has eighteen representatives and Venza another fifteen. For a further explanation, please visit Imperial Senate.

It must be noted that the right to vote is obligatory in the Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic. Any Eothasi (or foreigner in the case of local elections) must present themselves to vote at any and all elections, as it is considered a civic duty in the Republic. Failing to comply with this is sanctioned by either a mild fine or a slightly higher percentage of withheld tax. Furthermore, the federal government has strongly pushed for the creation and maintenance of a civil society to integrate the people into the country’s governance, in allegiance with the various political parties of the State. In terms of the structure of the elections themselves, they are undertaken using ranked-choice voting to ensure maximum representation of the will of the People in the Parliament.

    [1] Legislature. The Imperial Senate is the key branch for the creation and passing of new laws in the Republic. They must be approved by a simple majority in the chambers in order for the law to be approved, requiring the Governors’ signature. Should they veto the bill, the Imperial Senate can choose to override the veto, requiring absolute majority.

    [2] Approval of College of Ministries Members. Though it is not explicitly necessary (and, indeed, members can be appointed to the Council without approval), it is tradition for the Senate to vote and approve the appointments made by the Governors for Council members.

    [3] Federalisation. Though theoretically an article exists within the Eothasi Constitution under which the Imperial Senate assume control of all similar powers in all Popular Republics, habitually this is not undertaken; each Popular Republic is able to exercise their own powers over their jurisdiction (insofar as it does not contradict federal laws issued by the Imperial Senate).

    [4] Appointment and Impeachment. The Imperial Senate are the bodies that ratify the ascension of a new Governor to the Council. Furthermore, it retains the right to impeach and remove any and all federal officers from government. The two chambers serve different functions for this process; the Imperial Senate must first initiate and impeach the officer in question, and the Senate must then undergo a trial process under which the individual is removed from office if it so demands. The impeachment requires a majority in the Imperial Senate, whilst removal from office requires 60% majority in the Senate. In the existence of the Republic, no federal officer has been impeached or removed by the Imperial Senate.

    [5] Committees. The Imperial Senate retains the right to create and establish committees and subcommittees for the undertaking of its duties, such as drafting legislation and policies, conducting investigations into national matters, etc. As of 3:55 A.U. (2036 C.E.), the number of committees operating under the Imperial Senate supersedes two hundred.

The Soviet Parliament also distinguishes certain MPs with an additional title, being that of Primagister. The Primagisters are a set of up to one hundred noteworthy members of the Imperial Senate that are selected to be potential candidates to replace a Regent in the event of one’s perishing. Officially, they hold no additional powers over their colleagues in the Imperial Senate, and are habitual members in government. As such, they are permitted all the rights as well as the obligations of all members of the Imperial Senate. The voting for primagisters is simple: there is a maximum of 100 members that are given this title. Upon one perishing (or in the event of there being vacancies and a particular member of the Imperial Senate presents a petition to be promoted into the Primagisters), all members undergo a voting process.

In the event of one member perishing or the Imperial Senate deciding to fill a vacancy (as it is habitual for there to be at least 90 primagisters in the Imperial Senate at any given time), any (or all) members of the Imperial Senate can present themselves for promotion into the group. In the event that the number of candidates supersedes 10, a voting process will be undertaken to determine the 10 members with the most support in the Imperial Senate. A second vote will then be undertaken; if one single member obtains a minimum of 50% of the vote plus one (or above 40% with at least 10% advantage over the next candidate), they are admitted into the Primagisters. In the event this is not the case, the first two members will proceed to a third voting process in which one of the two must be triumphant.

In the event of a candidate presenting themselves to a vacancy of their own accord, the Imperial Senate will hold a voting process that must secure at least 60% of the support of the Imperial Senate in order to be admitted.

Executive Branch

The Federal Conclave has been the executive branch of the Republic since its establishment. It is composed of four different individuals, three of which are appointed to their respective roles via national elections.

The actual political executive power of the Republic is the Federal Conclave proper. The Federal Conclave is made up of three different individuals, each known as a Lord or Lady Regent. Each of the three regents govern for terms of six years, but these are not each in line with the other. Instead, the Eothasi population must choose every two years whether to replace or maintain one of the regents, which will have by then reached their six years of term. In that moment, the other two regents will have four and two years respectively since they were elected to their positions (or, alternatively, revalidated for their position).

Though the three regent are the same in their responsibilities and power, they oftentimes take specialisations into different fields. For instance, one regent may be more specialised in economics and trade than the others, while another may be more interested in the field of scientific research. They then split the Federal Conclave’s ministries as they see fit, and organise themselves to have each of them coordinate the ministry heads of those ministries that they most wish to coordinate (with certain ministries being necessarily split to avoid accumulation). Regardless of the fact that this may make a minister speak more with one regent as opposed to the others, any regent can make any intervention in any of the ministries and bring any topic to light in the Federal Conclave, or at the weekly meetings of the College of Ministries, at any given moment.

In order for a candidate to be presented to the elections, they must be sponsored by at least one political party that has at least thirty seats in the Imperial Senate. The elections are a single-phased system, allowing for maximum efficiency. This phase is one in which the citizenry votes for all candidates in a ranked-choice based electoral system. The first candidate, as lower candidates are removed, to reach 50%+1 or higher of the total vote count is the victor of the elections.

The daily enforcement and application of federal laws is in the hands of the federal ministries, such as that of the Foreign Office or Defence Ministry. These are created by the Federal Conclave with specific jurisdictions, whether they be national or international. Currently, there are 16 ministries in this council, each representative selected exclusively by the Federal Conclave (although frequently, there are recommendations by the Imperial Senate).

Apart from these ministries, there are also independent agencies, such as the Imperial Stellar Initiative, the Secret Intelligence Service, and others.

Judicial Branch

The Imperial Supreme Court is the highest judicial body in the Republic. Established by the Popular Constitution, it has ultimate (and discretionary) appellate jurisdiction over federal and state court cases involving federal law. It is the final interpreter of federal law including the Popular Constitution. However, it does not have the power to decide non-justiciable political questions, and the enforcement arm of the judicial branch is, in fact, the executive branch of government.

According to the national statutes, the Supreme Court consists of eight associate justices to the Chief Justice of the Republic, nominated by the reigning Governors and approved by the established Imperial Senate. Once appointed, these justices have lifetime tenure, unless they retire, resign, or are ultimately deemed unfit to serve by the Imperial Senate. Each justice has one vote, and it is unlikely to witness any number of cases in which the decisions taken are not unanimous, in accordance with their interpretation of the law.

The Supreme Court meets in the National Courthouse in Valtoria.

Territorial Organisation

The Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic is organised via various territorial divisions across the entire nation. These ensure the division of competences, the liberty to govern each territory as they see fit within the regulations established by the federal government and allows more freedom in the organisational capacities of these territories. Each of these territories will have a regional government that can be determined by the Statute of Autonomy that established the region in question.

The first of the regions is the Popular Republic. These Popular Republics are directly recognised in the Popular Constitution of 1913, although via an amendment of the Constitution in question undergone in 1915. Initially, prior to this amendment, the UESR consisted of only four such Republics: the Popular Republic of Aterni, of Antizon, of Venza and of Volsini. This was because, under the organisation established with both the Aterni Republic and the United Eothasi Kingdoms, these were the four regions: the three that were considered core (Aterni, Antizon, and Venza) and the so-called ‘colonial’ territories that had been conquered farther east. However, this was corrected in 1915 with the separation of the Popular Republic of Volsini into various different republics. Today, the UESR is divided into seven such republics: Aterni, Antizon, Venza, Volsini, Mariser, Espinar and Elvira, each of which is governed by an ‘exarch’, appointed by general elections in that republic. However, in addition to these republics, Valtoria, the capital of the entire Republic, was established in a federal state marginalised from the rest of the republics in 1913 in order to ensure that the capital city was never under the direction of any republic; as such, the government of the Federal State is directly appointed by the federal government itself.

Below these are the ‘communes’, regions within each of the Popular Republics that are divided to further organise the internal structure of the UESR. As of today, and without any such changes since the finalisation of all territorial structures in 1914, there are twenty seven provinces amongst the seven Popular Republics, plus an honorary commune in the Federal State of Valtoria. These are the provinces that provide councillors to the Federal Council; to be exact, each province provides three councillors, for a total of eighty-four councillors. Below the communes, each Popular Republic was and is free to organise their territories as they see fit. However, marginalised from political and public duties are the duchies (and their subservient divisions), which separate across the entirety of the country without distinction for political boundaries. Today, there are seventy-three duchies and four hundred twenty-eight counties in the UESR.

Military

The Imperial armed forces are the services under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defence for the protection and both the domestic and foreign interests of the nation as a whole. It is tasked with ensuring the territorial integrity of the Republic as well as the protection of its citizens and residents from foreign and domestic threats. This does not only include operations against hostile foreign militaries or insurgent groups operating within or outside the Republic, but also reacting in the event of great calamities, such as devastating natural disasters, crippling pandemics or other emergencies that put at risk the safety of the Eothasi citizenship that cannot be handled by standard local, communal, republic or even other national organisms (such as the National Security Service and its National Guard regiment). The commander in chief of the Imperial military are the Federal Conclave, which is to say the three members of the triumvirate that acts as Head of Government of the Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic. Furthermore, the Government has an integrated organism dubbed the Chiefs of Staff Directive with which the Federal Conclave is provided advice in the face of needing military deployments.

The Eothasi military is headquartered in the home building of the Ministry of Defence: the Auriel Defence Centre in Valtoria, the capital of the Republic. This, however, is only the location where the Chiefs of Staff Directive work on a regular basis and where coordination between the different branches of the military take place. However, each branch has a base in accordance with its own field of operation that acts as its “headquarters,” in a manner of speaking. The Imperial Army operates out of Fort Melil, the largest ground military base in the country, whilst the Imperial Air Force is based in Isa Air Force Base and the Navy (and its sub-branch, the Imperial Marines) operate out of Grozzo Harbour. The Defence Ministry is also in charge of the National Guard regiment of the National Security Service (which is, in its entirety, otherwise organised by the Home Office, except during wartime and in extreme necessities).

Given the considerably militaristic and imperialistic past of the Eothasi continent, the zealous defence of the armed forces and servicing the country in general is taken care of with enormous pride in the UESR, moreso in the modern day, in which the military is more for the international defence of Eothasi interests (including, when necessary, supporting socialist revolutions abroad). As such, military service in the Republic has been established as compulsory, although the manner in which this is carried out is very specific. Individuals can freely enlist at the age of eighteen (or seventeen, in the event that they have express permission from their parents, tutors or guardians and have completed tertiary education) years of age. Mandatory levying, as it is called in the Republic, begins after the end of tertiary education in the event that the individual in question does not have the intention (or otherwise fails to) inscribe into university.

The main difference between enlisting after tertiary education and being levied is the time; enlisted soldiers will undergo Professional Combat Training. This consists of approximately twenty-one weeks, after which soldiers are transferred to Specialised Individual Training, which can last anywhere from ten to forty weeks, depending on the chosen specialisation. Afterwards, they must serve a minimum of three years active service before being able to solicit their first transfer to the reserve forces of the military. Furthermore, there are no restrictions with regards to the location to which they can be deployed; they can be stationed on bases in the Homeland as well as bases in foreign territories allied with the Republic or even deployed to combat theaters, should the need arise. In contrast, levied personnel undergo a Basic Combat Training regimen of only twelve weeks, after which they are transferred to General Individual Training that lasts another ten weeks in which they obtain general knowledge of the military and then proceed to Advanced Individual Training for another eight weeks. After their training is complete, they are transferred to active service for one year before being automatically retired (unless otherwise stipulated by the individual in question). They are not allowed to be deployed to any territory other than those directly under the jurisdiction of the Imperial government; in other words, they can only be deployed to bases in Eothasia itself or its colonies abroad.

Compulsory service can be waived in a number of circumstances, the most obvious being the individual in question having some form of physical or medical impediment that disallows their participation in military service. If this is not the case, military service can also be waived if the individual is attending university, as under no circumstances can military service interrupt education. Should the individual in question graduate university and find a job in their respective field (which they have to justify with the appropriate paperwork at the Bureau of Levied Military Service) within six months, they can definitively waive their service. Should they not find a job, they will be immediately required to present themselves to their nearest military recruitment station. Should the individual continue their education and complete a master or doctoral cycle, they can also definitively waive their service if they so request it; should they not, they will be levied, but go through PCT. Individuals that have completed university or doctoral education can also proceed to apply for Imperial officers academies.

Military spending in 3:37 rounded to just under US$281 billion, approximately 4,52% of the Eothasi GDP.

Economy

The economy of the Socialist UESR is the model of a socialised economy, where collectivism has taken the centrestage and private corporations with stockholders and exploitation of workers has all but been eliminated. With a gross domestic product rising above six trillion universal standard dollars, it is an extremely large economy, with a high productivity level, large labour force and strong currency value.

The Eothasi economy is an extremely developed and advanced, high-income economy. The services sector, undoubtedly the largest in the country, contributes approximately 72% of the value of the gross domestic product. Most important amongst these services is the financial sector, which occupies almost a quarter of the services sector in Eothasia. Despite this, the agricultural and industrial centres of the country are not ignored; the aerospace, nautical and automobile industries also carry a significant weight, as does the entire agricultural sector, whose nationalisation was finalised in the early-to-mid 20th Century.

The most important aspect about the Eothasi economy —and that which, comparatively, makes it most noticeably different from other economies across the globe— is that the conception of company in accordance with capitalist economies, which is to say, that of joint-stock or single owner companies, is not permitted. All companies must be cooperatives, set up with a number of associates that each must put a minimum quantity of money as quota in order to form a part of the company. Furthermore, these partners are also the workers, in such a way that the dividends that would otherwise be rewarded to the owners of the company’s capital are redirected towards the workers.

However, the Eothasi economy also foresees the arrival of foreign companies into the environment, which would otherwise be difficult, given that many of these foreign companies will not necessarily follow the tendencies of collectivist economic policy. As such, the Eothasi economy only allows the incorporation of these companies in the event that the salary for each of the positions of said company matches the mode salary of the equivalent position in domestic companies of the same industry; furthermore, these workers must be given additional incentives, as well as stock market shares, which must be pacted with the Ministry of Economy, Business and Industry before the companies are allowed to expand into the UESR.

The only exception to this rule of the partners necessarily being quotas is by organisations of the Eothasi State. This includes the Imperial Bureau of Collectivist Entrepreneurship, under the Ministry of Economy, which not only grants subsidies to nascent cooperative companies, but also is capable of paying ‘quotas’ in companies in exchange for forming a part of the list of partners for a minimum of five years, extendable as per negotiations with the company in question. This also extends to other organisations of the State, such as the Ministry of Defence, the Imperial Home Office or People’s Treasury. As a subordinate institution to the State, the Bank of Eothasia acts as the central bank of the Eothasi economy, and has competences over monetary policy and other measures of economic interest.

The currency of the UESR is the Imperial pound ruby, as it has been since the conception of the country in 1913. It is an extremely well-valued currency, which allows it to import foreign products at easier prices for local consumers and businesses, although it makes exporting domestically produced goods more difficult.

History

Though a united Eothasia extends back to the end of the Peninsular War in 1672 under the rule of the Aterni Empire, the conception of the modern Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic only exists after 1913, when the socialist revolution led by Priscilla Poriér triumphed over the dictatorial Union of Eothasi Republics. The victory led to the establishment of the Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic following a short and successful revolution that toppled the incumbent government and drafted a new constitution by and for the People.

However, despite the relatively recent history of the Republic itself, the Eothasi economy dates much farther back. Industrialisation of the economy first took place during the 18th Century, in a time in which it could not be said that the Eothasi economy was particularly equal for all of its participants. In fact, the nature of the exploitation of the working class was far more than prevalent; it was bordering on feral, with subsistence wages reduced to the bare minimum and workers stretched to the very last minute of their capability without regards to their physical (or mental) health. This continued well into the 19th Century, which saw unprecedented growth of the Eothasi economy, although entirely centred on only a few of the agents and disregarding social benefits.

The coup d’etat that brought the Union of Eothasi Republics to power did little to change this status quo; the economy was still concentrated into a number of extremely large owners of capital which had accumulated their wealth over the decades. This was fomented, in fact, with the deregulation of economic and labour laws in the country that allowed further exploitation of the working class.

The true turning point was after the triumph of the socialist revolution in Eothasia. Massive fortunes were frozen in the country, unable to be taken abroad; nationalisation took place, with appropriate recompense for the owners of the companies, and through extensive taxing of the rich, the wealth they had accumulated was redistributed through society until a more equal footing was reached. Income equality skyrocketed, and new labour protection laws ensured that the working class would not be exploited, largely due to their very own input in the dealings of the companies themselves. This massive socialisation of the modes of production was the true triumph of the revolution, and did not end until the early 1930s, long after Priscilla Poriér had resigned as Lady Regent.

As the wealth was redistributed through the economy to the working class and equality was reached in terms of income, the Eothasi government slowly but surely began to release the industry it had nationalised, allowing them to be taken over by associations of working class people to establish cooperative companies, as had been dictated by its own internal legal framework. The largest companies —the ones considered multinationals, monopolistic in nature, and otherwise harmful to the status of income equality in the Republic— were broken down into various smaller companies, each of which was assigned an ‘area’ of the country in which they would normally operate. Furthermore, after the collectivisation of the companies took place, the parliament approved a bill that set a maximum number of partners permitted in a company and heavily regulated mergers and acquisitions.

Despite these collectivisations, several industries considered essential services for the Eothasi people were kept nationalised. These included the following industries: the healthcare industry, as private healthcare is not permitted in the Republic; the licence to construct homes and residential buildings, as state housing would be secured for all citizens and residents and it would be an exclusive competence of the State; the entire alimentary agricultural sector, which would be put to use with the exclusive purpose of feeding the Eothasi population; education, as private educational institutions would not be permitted except in extremely special circumstances approved by the Imperial government; arms manufacturing, as weapons exports are absolutely prohibited unless authorised by the Imperial government, which has never occurred since this prohibition was approved in 1927; and the utilities industry, as the State is the sole provider of water, electricity, gas and, since 2002, Internet. In addition to this, several other sectors are heavily regulated and intrinsically linked with the State, such as the retail industry or the pharmaceutical sector.

Today, the aforementioned sectors are the only ones that remain nationalised. All others have been collectivised, although they oftentimes work in close relation with the Ministry of Economy, Business and Industry as well as the Ministry of Work and Migration, as there are multiple regulatory standards that must be followed to ensure that there is no exploitation of workers in the Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic.

Education

Public education in the Republic is under the express control of the Education Ministry of the Eothasi government. Its main goal is to prepare the alumni professionally so that they may form an integral part of Eothasi society; a secondary goal is to integrate students into the societal behavioural patterns expected of them in Eothasia.

The curriculum for the public education system is controlled at a federal level in Valtoria. This is then transmitted to the seven Popular Republics (as well as the federal state of Valtoria) that form the Republic, which may then adjust the curriculum with some flexibility.

The public education system is divided into cycles.

The first cycle through which the student must pass is the Primary Cycle. This cycle encompasses the time span between a student’s arrival into the education system (necessarily having celebrated their fifth birthday) and the rough beginning of their adolescence (at the age of eleven). This cycle is a generalised course to acustom students to mathematics, critical thinking, comprehension, analysis, and other key skills that will be used in future cycles and courses.

The second cycle through which the student must pass is the Secondary Cycle. This cycle encompasses some of the important formation years for the student, from the seventh to the tenth year of education. These four years are largely a stepping stone to identify the student’s strongest points and lead them in that direction. It is not precisely professional specialisation, but it is where the options begin to be narrowed down.

The third cycle is the Tertiary Cycle, encompassing from the tenth to the twelfth year of education. This cycle is arguably the most important cycle for the student, as it is where they are expected to progress the most. It is the cycle of professional specialisation and where students most fervently search for their individual calling in life. This is also the first cycle from which students may decide to withdraw from further education if they so wish. Deciding to

After the Tertiary Cycle, students have two paths. They may accept the mandatory enlistment from the Eothasi military and serve their obligatory service year (excluding training), then returning to civilian life (or remaining if they so choose), or they may proceed to the next cycle of education.

This next cycle is known as the University Cycle. The number of years of education undertaken in the University Cycle varies greatly, although the average is roughly five. These are significantly more specialised years than those of the first three cycles of education, as the student will have already chosen a major and will study subjects directly related to that major. This cycle must be completed in order for the student to continue into the next cycles, known as the Master and Doctoral Cycle. It is here where a student achieves the internationally standardised Masters’ or Doctor’s degree, once they’ve completed their thesis.

Culture

Calendar

Though the Eothasi people and government understand and often use the internationally accepted calendar when speaking to people of another culture, it is widely known that Eothasia itself follows a slightly different calendar.

The list of months and holidays (called ‘Annum’s in Eothasia) are as follow:

    [1] Verimensis (Annum: First Day)
    [2] Pluitanis
    [3] Nubulis (Annum: Wintersend)
    [4] Eluviesta (Annum: Unification Day)
    [5] Molioris
    [6] Ferventis (Annum: Summerday)
    [7] Solis
    [8] Matrinalis (Annum: All Soul’s Day)
    [9] Parvulis
    [10] Frumentum
    [11] Umbralis (Annum: Feast of Starlight)
    [12] Cassus (Annum: Satinalia)

  • First Day: The traditional start of the year, this holiday involves visits to neighbours and family, as well as a town gathering to commemorate the year past, accompanied by drinking and merriment.

  • Wintersend: This holiday is a celebration of Lavernia and her accomplishments. It stands for the end of winter in many lands and coincides with tourneys and contests at the Proving Grounds in Norcrest. In southern lands, this holiday has become a day of gathering for trade, theater, and ceremonies. Most, however, simply participate as a day of mere celebration.

  • Unification Day: This holiday is one that dates to Eluviesta 14, 1681 with the proclamation of the new government in the form of the United Eothasi Kingdoms. In 1913, Eluviesta 14 also served as the date in which the constituent assembly approved the Popular Constitution, thus bringing about the Unified Eothasi Socialist Republic.

  • Summerday: This holiday is universally celebrated as the beginning of summer, a time for joy and, commonly, marriage.

  • All Soul’s Day: This holiday is known across Eothasia as All Soul’s Day and spent in somber remembrance of the dead. In some northern lands, the people dress as spirits and walk the streets in a parade after midnight.

  • Feast of Starlight: Usually coinciding with the harvest of crops in the Republic, the Feast of Starlight is a week-long feast honouring Auriel and the stars in the sky, which are believed to be symbols of Auriel’s eternal guarding of Eothasia.

  • Satinalia: This holiday is accompanied by wild celebration, the wearing of masks, and carnivals [including games, including races, dancing contests, archery contests, and others] all across Eothasia. This holiday lasts an entire week, with the celebrations starting each night at 8pm and ending at around 4am.

The calculation of a year in Eothasia is also quite different. The calendar starts in the year 1681 CE (international calendar), as the beginning of a new century after the decision to unite Eothasia. From then, the calendar began as 0:1. The first digit is the age; every age is one hundred years, and is the Eothasi equivalent to a Century. Specifically, the age counts how many centuries have passed since Eothasia first appeared as a unified nation. The second digit is the year of that Age. In the Eothasia calendar, 3:19 is equivalent to 2000; 3:39 is 2020. This is all designated A.U., for After Unification. For the time before the establishment of Eothasia (or B.U., Before Unification), the digit of the age is set in negatives. For instance, the year 750 would be -9:31 in the Eothasi calendar.

Religion

Citadel of the Aurelan Faith

Imperial Arbiter of the Citadel

The Imperial Arbiter of the Citadel is the main religious figure of the Citadel. They carry out various representatives duties in the name of both the Citadel as a recognised institution as well as in the name of the Goddess Auriel herself, as her chosen champion for the terrenal plane, as per the dogmatic practice of the Citadel itself.

The Imperial Throne is a hereditary position. The emperor is not an inherently political figure; however, they have a privileged position as forming part of the Federal College of Ministries via the presence of the irrevocable Office of the Aurelan Faith in the College, thus making their counsel to the entire College an important feat. They do not have any political power themselves, but they wield considerable leverage and wisdom in the Imperial Government.

The position is held by an individual for lifetime, or until they reach the retirement age of 70 years. At that time, it must then be transferred to their heir apparent, who will again reign until the end of their working life.

In the event of an heir apparent not being momentarily available —because of insufficient age, perishing, or even lack of an heir apparent altogether— the College of Cardinals of the Aurelan Faith will appoint an Imperial Regent that will occupy the position until such an heir can be determined. This may be maintained until the heir apparent reaches a sufficient age or is otherwise able to resume activities, or alternatively, until the College of Cardinals elects a new imperial arbiter.

Any and all heir apparents that reach the sufficient age and conditions to take the Imperial Throne must necessarily present themselves as an imperial candidate to the Eothasi population. After doing so, they are then properly crowned and inaugurated as Arbiter of the Citadel and Protector of the Faith in Eothasia.

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