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Konføderasjonen av Bakivaland (Norwegian)
(The yellow represents the sun and capitalism, the blue represents the ocean,
and the green
represents the hard-working population)
Anthem: Ved Stanford brua
National Motto: Lux alterius diei pacem et
felicitatem facit (lit. the light of another day brings prosperity)
Population: 2.976 billion
Largest City: Norrhammar
Official Language: Norwegian
National Language: English, Norwegian, Swedish, Hindu, Tamil, Indonesian
President: President Simon Hans Manchester
Founding President: Victor Ingebretson
Vice President: Jakob Breland
- Upper Chamber: Senate
- Lower Chamber: Representatives
- Upper Chamber: Cabinet
- Lower Chamber: National Assembly
- Upper Courts: Supreme
- Lower Courts: Local
Ethnicities: 67% Norwegian, 15% Swedish, 12% Finnish, 6% other
Establishment: from Sweden-Norway
GDP (nominal): 472 billion Bakivish kroner
GDP (nominal) per capita: 84,271 Bakivish kroner
Human Development Index: 0.893
Currency: Bakivish Krone
Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (colonies use local time zones)
Drives on the: Left side
Calling code: +64
Internet TLD: .bk
Bakivaland, officially known as the Confederacy of Bakivaland (Norwegian: Konføderasjonen av Bakivaland), is an island country located in the Arctic Ocean northwest of the archipelago of Svalbard. The country is bordered by the Arctic Ocean on all sides. It consists of a large island and several smaller islands off the larger island's coast, as well as colonial possessions in Asia and Africa. The Bakivish Confederacy is made up of several constituents, which retain their sovereignty but are represented diplomatically by Bakivaland's national government. Bakivaland's national government has almost no authority, as the several constituents are held together by the Treaty of Rødgard. Its capital, Norrhammar, is home to the Grand Hall, which is the primary residence of the President.
Simon Hans Manchester is the current President of Bakivaland, having replaced Key'shawn Whitlew in the last election. The President is elected by the people every six years and can be voted for a maximum of six times, but no more than three times in a row. As a confederacy, Bakivaland significantly delegates central authority to its subjects. The country divides state power between the Congress, the National Assembly, the Supreme Court, and the Grand Hall.
Bakivaland has a bicameral legislative system, with two chambers of Congress. The Congress votes on laws, the Supreme Court deals with enforcing and ending laws that are found to be unjust, and the Grand Hall writes laws and makes important decisions. The National Assembly is perhaps the most important, as it writes laws, votes on certain laws, and any important decisions from the Grand Hall must first go through it.
Bakivaland is a constitutional republic and liquid democracy, in which the laws are decided by the constituents and their congresses. The national Congress makes national laws and amendments to the constitution. The capital and largest city is Norrhammar. Other major cities, in order of population from greatest to least, include Rødgard, Oxelögård, Álflækur, Tobiastown, Longyearbyen, and Nancy. Bakivaland holds significant political, economic, cultural, and technological influence in the world, and it has a strong military of around 32 million personnel, which is about 7% of the nation's total population. The nearby Iceland and Svalbard are not colonial holds, nor are they constituents; they remain dependencies of the Grand Hall. Bakivaland is a permanent member of the World Assembly and its Security Council.
Bakivaland was under the control of the Kingdom of Sweden-Norway for 66 years, being subject to colonization in 1842. Although the archipelago was entirely under Swedish-Norwegian control, it was divided into several different administrative districts. In 1905, Bakivaland declared war on Sweden-Norway as Norway was gaining independence, with most constituents gaining their independence in 1908. In 1909, the Treaty of Rødgard was signed, unifying the small states into a large country.
Bakivaland is divided into three distinct administrative subdivisions: constituents, cantons, and municipalities. Constituents are members of the Confederacy and are ruled over by a Governor, who is elected by the people in a similar manner to the President. Constituents have significant autonomy and are governed by the Treaty of Rødgard. They are able to pass laws, enforce them through their own Supreme Court, and carry out bureaucratic functions through their own Grand Hall and Assembly.
Cantons are divisions of the constituent and are responsible for local law enforcement, utilities, and magistrate courts. They are governed by a manager appointed by the Governor every two years. Municipalities, which are typically confined to the area of a city and its surrounding region, are led by a mayor and a council elected annually.
Colonial holds are divided into three levels of government: the colony, the canton, and the municipality. Each level has its own government and laws, but they are all ultimately subject to the authority of the Grand Hall. The colony government is responsible for overall administration and defense of the colony, the canton government is responsible for local administration and services, and the municipality government is responsible for local services and administration within the municipality.
Bakivaland has a diverse population, with the majority being of Bakivish descent, and a significant minority of Norwegians, Finns, and other European descent. The country has one official language, Norwegian, and the country's culture is a mix of North American and European influences.
The name "Bakivaland" comes from the Norwegian word "bakv", meaning behind. Specifically, the name refers to the country being located behind the archipelago of Svalbard. Over time, the word has undergone changes in pronunciation and spelling, eventually becoming "Bakiva". This has led to some people jokingly referring to the country as "Baklavaland", drawing a comparison to the Greek dessert, Baklava.
The proper and respectful way to refer to a person from Bakivaland is "Bakivish". It is derived from the name of the country and is considered the demonym for the people of Bakivaland. It is important to note that using derogatory or offensive terms to refer to the people of Bakivaland is considered disrespectful and should be avoided.
The culture of Bakivaland is heavily influenced by that of modern-day Norway and Sweden. The native cultures of the colonies dominate, but they have been modernized and have very little traditional or tribal culture remaining. Children are taught from a young age about what is considered right and wrong, and they are typically considered adults by the age of 18. It is not uncommon for political disagreements to lead to scuffles, but it is less common than in other countries such as the United States. Handshaking and waving are common forms of greeting, and the food culture is similar to that of Norway, with a few unique dishes such as "geitejuice" having emerged. Native foods are also found in the colonies, with a significant Bakivish influence.
The country is mostly composed of white people, and even the colonies have a large minority of white inhabitants. This has led to many native traditions being "Europeanized" and certain creoles have formed between the Bakivish and native inhabitants of the colonies, which help them communicate. In Bakivish Southern India, it is not uncommon to find towns that resemble those in Norway, but it is also common to find traditional Indian towns.
When a child reaches the age of 18, they are considered legally able to purchase tobacco and alcohol products, but they are still considered a minor under the law until the age of 21. At 21, children become eligible to vote after taking an IQ test to confirm that they have the necessary mental faculties. They may take their driving test and apply for a driver's license at 14, but they are not allowed to drive alone until the age of 15, unless an adult with a license is in the car with them and able to intervene in case of an emergency.
Bakivaland operates as a multi-party liquid democracy. The citizens have the power to vote for the President, who is eligible to run for office twice with a term length of 5 years. The government is split into different political parties, each with their own distinct views and ideologies. The Bakivish government is divided into three separate chambers, the Executive Chamber, the Legislative Chamber, and the Judiciary Chamber.
The three major political parties of Bakivaland are the Folkets Sosialistparti (The People's Socialist Party), Det Demokratiske Bakivish-partiet (The Bakivish Democratic Party), and Det ikke-partiske Sentristpartiet i Bakivaland (The Nonpartisan Centrist Party of Bakivaland). Each of these parties has different ideologies, goals, and policies, and citizens can vote for the party that aligns with their views. These parties compete in elections and the one with the most votes forms the government.
The Legislative Chamber is further divided into two more chambers of congress, the Chamber of Representatives and the Chamber of Senate. The Senate is responsible for voting on laws, resolutions, and repeals brought to them by the President and the Governors of each constituent. The Senate is elected by the people, and a senator remains in office for a term of one year. The Senate always has 22 members, and it is one of the few governing bodies that is not influenced by the constituents, although the colonies do have influence on the national Senate. The Chamber of Representatives is a chamber comprised of delegates chosen to represent the people of each constituent and colony. There are 15 representatives for each colony and constituent, totaling 120 representatives in total. The representatives vote on the same matters as the Senate. The Chamber of Representatives also elects a "Speaker" who represents the entire chamber. The Congress as a whole is headed by the President, and each constituent and colony has its own congress which votes on their own laws, with their own Senate but without a Chamber of Representatives. In order for a law to be placed on the floor of the Congress, it must first go through the President and the National Assembly.
The Judiciary Chamber is made up of the local courts and the supreme courts. There is at least one local court in every canton, which houses a judge and a jury. The jury is chosen by the judge. Each constituent and colony has its own supreme court, which houses 12 justices appointed by the governor or viceroy of their respective subdivision. The Chamber is also divided into three committees: the Justice Committee, the Ethics Committee, and the Corruption Committee. These committees are elected by the people, with 12 members each. The Justice Committee handles the appointment of local judges and manages the courts. The Ethics Committee handles the punishment in prison and attempts to use the most ethical forms of punishment. The Corruption Committee handles firing corrupt judges and inspecting prisons to ensure that everything is in order.
The Executive Chamber is further divided into three more chambers: the Cabinet, the National Assembly, and the Electoral College. The Cabinet houses the President, the Vice President, the Governors, and the Viceroys. It also has several other staff members (such as the Head of Foreign Affairs, the Head of Defense, etc.) who are appointed by the president. These staff members are the head of a department and are responsible for overseeing their respective department. Every constituent and colony has its own Executive Chamber, which is headed by the leader of that subdivision. The President may veto and write national laws, which are then sent to congress.
The National Assembly is made up of 64 members (8 for each constituent and colony, elected by the people) who write laws and vote on laws which are then sent to congress, and they also represent their respective constituent and colony in the Executive Chamber. The National Assembly can also vote to impeach the President and can vote to override the President's veto. The Vice President is the head of the National Assembly and serves as the tiebreaker in any vote on their floor.
The Electoral College is made up of delegates from different constituents and colonies elected by the people who have a say in elections. Their vote counts as one for every 10,000 people living there. Usually, they must vote in favor of the majority of their subdivision, but if they're an outlier, they may vote differently. There are 8 members for each constituent and colony, totaling 64 members. The Electoral College only votes in national elections and not in constituent or colonial elections.
The politics of Bakivaland take place in the framework of a presidential, congressional republic. Bakivaland operates under a fourth-party system, with a variety of different political parties in power at different times. The President is the head of state and government, and is elected by the people for a term of five years. The President is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and has the power to veto or sign laws passed by the legislature. The Vice President serves as the President's deputy and assumes the presidency in the event of the President's death, resignation, or removal from office.
The Legislative Chamber is composed of the Chamber of Representatives and the Chamber of Senate. The Chamber of Representatives is made up of delegates chosen to represent the people of each constituent and colony, while the Chamber of Senate is made up of elected members. The two chambers work together to pass laws and resolutions, which are then sent to the President for approval or veto.
Bakivaland's government also has a Judiciary Chamber, which is made up of the local courts and the supreme courts. The Judiciary Chamber is responsible for enforcing and interpreting laws, and also has committees such as the Justice Committee, the Ethics Committee, and the Corruption Committee.
Major politicians, such as the President, Vice President, Governors, and Viceroys, meet and discuss important matters in the Grand Hall. The Grand Hall is also the residence of the President and the First Lady (the President's wife). The Grand Hall is not just a residence but also a symbol of the nation's political power, and it serves as a meeting place for important political figures, diplomats, and other dignitaries. It's also the site of many important state events, such as the swearing-in ceremony of the President and the signing of important laws and treaties.
Seats in Congress
Red = The People's Socialist Party
Blue = The Democratic Party
Yellow = The Conservative Party
Green = The Workers' Party
Also known as a Stat in Norwegian
Constituents are the largest subdivision in Bakivaland. Each one is voluntarily apart of the confederacy and remains semi-sovereign. Constituents make their own laws and are governed by a Governor (Guvernør [Norwegian]) who is elected directly by the people of a constituent. Constituents are further divided into cantons, which have law enforcement jurisdiction, education jurisdiction, and control over minor laws in their area. Within a canton is a municipality which usually surrounds a city and its outskirts. Currently, Bakivaland holds several overseas colonies, which are ruled over by a viceroy who is elected in a similar fashion to the governors of constituents. Overseas colonies are represented by a local congress and parliament that write laws that only apply to them, thus, overseas colonies have a great deal of autonomy.
The northern most point of Bakivaland is very cold and is rich in natural resources (namely minerals). They are governed by Governor Pål Aleksandersen. They are the only constituent which has a relatively large Finnish community. Most of the terrain of this state is tundra. The main industry in this constituent is mining, and several mining towns have been established there. Although small, there are forests (namely coniferous) that the inhabitants chop down to supply the rest of the country with wood. This constituent was established from the Finnish city of Rødgård, which serves as the capital and the largest city. This state is named after its position, being north (pohjoinen in Finnish).
This constituent is situated in the middle of the Bakivish island. They are the poorest constituent, and have little natural resources except trees. They are also the coldest state. They are governed by Governor Bjørn Rodberg. Most of the terrain of this state is tundra, with little being icy. Most industry here is forestry, with many of the people working as lumberjacks. The capital is Oxelögård, orginally a lumberjack's town, now a large city. This state is named after the founder, Tobias Krist, glad literally meaning happy in Norwegian.
This constituent is the largest and contains the national capital, and it is also the most populated. They are the warmest constituent, with an average temperature of 60 degrees Celsius during the summer, dropping much lower in the winter. They are governed by Governor Karl Aalberg. Since they have many factories and ports, they are the richest state with the highest GDP per capita of 35,741 Bakivish Kroner. The state's capital is Álflækur, meanwhile the national capital Norrhammar. This state is named after the core values of the Bakivish Government, honesty.
Vassal states not marked