Reformed Constitutional Republic
Unified Electorates of Ainslie (English) / Unilectare Ahnerai (Arnish)
Largest City: Arborai (4.3 Million)
Official Language: English
Head of State: Judicial-General Joseph Shirazi/Prime Minister Eleane Gifford
Head of Government: Prime Minister Eleane Gifford
Establishment (Unification) Day: June 27, 1867
GDP (nominal): 789 Billion IAD (Isles Accounting Dollar)
GDP (nominal) per capita: 29,800 IAD
Average Income Tax Rate: 45%
Drives on the: left
Internet TLD: .an
See also: Ainslie - Canon and Collaboration
Ainslie (pronounced ['ɐn.ʂɭɘ]), officially the Unified Electorates of Ainslie, is a reformed constitutional republic situated along the peninsula which forms the northeastern corner of continental Gael. It shares land borders with Verdon to the northeast. The nation shares a maritime border with Ostehaar to the north, Thromsa to the west and Biaten to the south. The city of Arnton in the nation's east is the national capital whilst the largest city is Arborai, which is situated on the northwestern coast. There are six subdivisions, known as electorates, in Ainslie - Wesland, Norlands, Dallama, Arlanah, Burnett and Manning .
The nation is predominantely populated by its native people known collectively as Ahnslens, who have inhabited the area for thousands of years. In the past three centuries, their histories, culture and genetics began to converge to the point that modern-day what was the Merenese, the Wellinians and the Arnish is difficult to distinguish at first glance. Following increased collaboration between the proto-states of the country, the nation morphed and unified into a liberal and moralistic democracy which sought to correct the shortfallings of the western model of 'State' by incorporating beliefs intrinsically endemic to Ainslie. This results in the country having a precarious balance between social democratic values and a more authoritarian strand of communitarianism. These broad ideologies are contested in the public domain and operate under a political system established by the Ahnslen Constitution, which creates a power imbalance between the courts and the democratically elected legislature.
Ainslie has a dynamic and sizeable economy, being one of the largest in Gael and The Western Isles. The nation regularly ranks high in measures of economic development, quality of life and sustainable development. The nation is a participant in the Gael Four and a participant in the League of The Western Isles. The population of 26 million is somewhat urbanised, with the majority of Ahnslens living either along the southern coast near Mandara or in the electorate of Wesland, in the country's northeast.
The English name for the country, Ainslie, came about from a mistake in the anglicisation of the word 'Ahnslen', which had been widely used to describe people from the region since the 1850s. Folklore and legend tells that the 'mistake simply' was that linguists did not find the proper translation - Ahnsleigh or Ahnslee to be visually appearing so they simply picked the next letter - the letter I instead. This is compounded in mystery and confusion given the traditional word Ahnslens used to describe their land was 'Ahnerai'.
Informal names include "the place over the mountains" and "plateau country" with "the sticks" being a derogatory albeit still used way to describe the nation.
The name Ainslie has arisen from the anglicisation of the demonym of its people - 'Ahnslen'. The name entered popular usage in the 1850s and folklore believes that the difference between the "Ah" and the "Ai" comes up to the linguists not being able to find spelling to represent the "Ah" that was aesthetically pleasing - Arnslie was apparently the only other candidate to Ainslie, according to these stories. However, this is compounded in mystery and confusion given that the word Ahnslens use to describe their lands is 'Ahnerai'.
Informal names for the nation include "The animal's den", "the place over the mountains" and "Plateau Country" with "the sticks" being a derogatory albeit common way to describe the nation. 'Unified Electorates' is often used as a formal way to describe the country, particularly its government and institutions.
See also: Ahnslen History
Ainslie's history largely revolves around the decisions of its governments and how they interact with the social and cultural forces that dictate the time they preside over. High spirited periods of cultural and economic zeitgeist are experienced whilst there are also times of great loss and self-reflection. The three very different governments which came to unify explain the country's moderate, if not internally contradictory, beliefs and behaviours. The nation has outward and inward views to the world over the year. Ainslie's centrist foundations - with hints of both conservativism and liberalism underpin its modern society and are important to understanding the modern socially democratic yet authoritarian Ainslie, with all of its contraditions, vibrancy and diversity.
Ainslie's history revolves around notions of what good governance is and how it interacts with its culture. High spirited periods occur whilst there are also reflective times of great loss and disintegration. The nation's history explains its mdoerate, if not internally contradictory beliefs and behaviours. There are times of outward and inward thinking. Ainslie's conservative and liberal foundations underpin society today and are important to understanding the modern socially democratic yet authoritarian Ainslie, with all its contradictions, passion, vibrancy and diversity.
4,000BC - The local Ipachi, who settled along the fertile east of Ainslie, were driven off their land by a broad Proto-Nyssic group today referred to as the Karaiki-Novonen. The Ipachi then moved towards the southern coastline, a less hospitable place for human life due to the difficult geography and the flood prone areas of the country.
100AD - The Karaiki-Novonen culture begins to split, due to a significant period of being geographically apart - three distinct groups emerge, the Rensi of the centre, the Rathai of the east and the Welling of the north.
1100AD -1400AD - The ‘Great Wars of the Centre’ occur, where the Rensi and Welling go to war for territory near modern-day Highland Ridge.
1450s - Rathai begin to be more amicable with the Rensi, with their cultures merging as the former learns the language of the latter. Even more Merenese leave (those Ipachi who remained after multiple exoduses), fearing persecution from the now Rathai-Rensi majority.
1488AD - Welling install “Seaside Courts”, an early form of meritocratic government in Northern Ainslie.
1503AD - Charles Tarand, leader of the Rensi, forms a council of confidants which he calls the “High Council”.
1507AD - Tarand peacefully incorporates the Rathai into the High Council, declaring the Rathai and Rensi to now be ‘Arnish’.
1612AD - With assistance from the French, the Wellinians form the Norland Trading Company and take up Catholicism as their major religion.
1632AD - Protestants reaches the shores of Ainslie, particularly in the lands of the Arnish High Council where take up of the belief are high.
1653AD - Thomas Burnett and Andrew Manning become consecutive leaders of the Arnish High Council and initiate forty years of Judeo-Christian social reform in their territories.
1693AD - Despite the social reforms and inward looking governance, Irachi and Rathai groups become disenfranchised and rebel.
1768AD - Samuel Wallis surveys eastern Ainslie and attempts to set up a trading colony but becomes an impromptu mediator between what the bitter and warring city-states of the coast and tablelands. He begins to instill many of the early democratic ideas that the Arnish would hold. He and his crew are also credited with introducing cricket and standardised time into the lands of Eastern Ainslie.
1841AD - Jonathan Kareena becomes leader of Dalai, the most powerful city in East Ainslie and the former capital of the High Council.
1845AD - Kareena forms an alliance with modern-day Hauton and Hendrik, forming the Coalition of the Northern Belt.
1847AD - Plans for a city to symbolise the power of the new coalition are drawn, with modern-day Arnton starting to come into being.
1858 - Arnton achieves city status following a program of extensive relocation.
1861 - Arlanah (then known as Lower Verdon) votes in an early form of a democratic referendum to join Ainslie’s unification efforts, rejecting the ongoing rule of the Kingdom of Verdon. The campaigners appoint James (Jarne) Arlanah to oversee the territory’s entrance into the Coalition.
1864 - The Wellinians become friendly with the Coalition and forge an alliance.
1865 - Emboldened by the successful integration of Arlanah into the CNB and the alliance with Wellinia, discussions and plans for a unified Ahnslen state begin. Early advisors, using missionaries as contacts, educate themselves on European democratic principles and ideologies. They seek to find a middle ground between these successful ideologies and native beliefs.
1866 - Through mutual trading contacts, the Wellinians ‘rediscover’ Keverai as its present state. Outraged Wellinian leaders’ heads are cooled by Kareena who ensures a peaceful inclusion of the state.
1867 - Jonathan Kareena succesfully united Wellinia, Keverai, the Irachi lands and the Arnish city-states into a unified Ahnslen sovereign, beginning a zeitgeist across all the territories with the exception of the south.
1869 - Surveyors begin to better explore the rugged northeast of Ainslie, with Arthur Kianara and William Blaxland discovering a far quicker route to the eastern coast from Arnton via the Wesland Ranges. The discovery catalyses the growth of Port Blaxland and creates the settlement of Kianara.
1872 - The new Ahnslen Constitution comes until full force with Enere Gosren elected as Prime Minister after two caretakers and the first Judicial Council being sworn in.
1927-1931 - A significant drought makes way for severe bushfires across the east of Ainslie, threatening much of the nation’s export infrastructure. Then PM Sturt then implements the “Second, Third and Fourth” resorts plan, prompting the rapid development of major ports around Ainslie.
1957 - Despite the bushfire threat, Arnton residents overwhelmingly support and usher in the “Green Arnton” project, which is completed five years later.
1967 - Ainslie and Thuzbekistan sign an agreement to ensure the security of Gresswell Island and maintain its place under the governance of the Ahnslen sovereign.MAJOR EVENT: Ainslie and the Gael Crash
1984 - The national currency, the Ahnsen, is floated.
1984 - Former PM Joel Gisbourne initiates an extensive program of deregulation and privatisation, scaring investors and causing a recession. This leads to Gisbourne being the first and only Prime Minister to be ejected by the Judicial Council.
1988 - Archer Condor, the first leader of the Ahnslen Centrists for Economic Growth and Development, rises to power and halts or mitigates many of Gisbourne’s policies before establishing microeconomic reform. This coincides with the rapid growth of a denomination based on Pentecostal thought, who identify as Whindist. This new religious group share common beliefs with ACEGAD and maintain an uneasy cultural alliance.
1994 - Then PM Senten Tullan apologises to the Ahnslen people for the intergenerational neglect of native languages.
2003 - Ainslie intervenes in a dispute between Ostehaar and Thuzbekistan, easing tensions after the ‘Scare of 2003’
2017 - Ainslie signs Mandara Accord, forming the G4MAJOR EVENT (Recently Updated): Ainslie and the Buzz Crisis
July 15 2019 - Eleane Gifford is elected as Prime Minister, making her the second female Prime Minister from the ACEGAD party.
Borders: Verdon, Xrevaro, Thromsa
Climate: Cfb (highland and oceanic), Cfa and Csa.
See also: Ahnslen Geography
Ainslie can be divided broadly into seven distinguishable geographic regions. Throughout all of Norlands and into the northern parts of Arlanah lies the cool temperate northern forests. In the north of Burnett through to inland Dallama lies the western aridlands which are dry and border onto desert-like conditions in some places. On Dallama’s west coast is the Grey Cliffs area, a rugged and windy area. Along the south coast of Dallama and Burnett lies the Sunset Coast, a warm and idyllic region of Ainslie known for its beaches. Further along the coast of Burnett and into Manning lies the wetlands and forests of the south, the area of Ainslie which sees the most rainfall and is the least temperate area in the nation. Moving north to Wesland is the vast Ahnslen tablelands which also stretch into Arlanah and Burnett, where the temperatures are comfortable and where great biodiversity is existent. In addition to this, this is the nation’s breadbasket. In the northeastern corner of both Wesland and Ainslie and running along the Verdonian-Ahnslen lies the montane regions of the nation where temperatures can get much colder than the rest of the country. Much of this area is dominated by pine or cool eucalypt forest.
The highest point in Ainslie is Mount Arline which stands at 2,830m above sea level or 7,808 feet. It is near the Verdonian borders along the Main Range of the Wesland Ranges. Ainslie borders Verdon to the north, Xrevaro to the northwest and Thromsa to the east. It shares maritime borders with Ostehaar to the north-norwest and Aruia to the west. Ainslie has four major rivers - the Burnett and the Denderi in the east, the Bandari in the east and the Carrellen in the north. Water storages across the east, south and north of the nation are exceptionally steady whilst communities in the southwest and west are supported by groundwater, pipelines and desalination.
Ainslie can be further divided into six ‘electorates’ - Wesland, Norlands, Dallama, Arlanah, Burnett and Manning. Wesland is the most populous and has the capital Arnton in it as well as Herriden and Port Blaxland.
Ainslie’s climate is largely influenced by elevation and nearby water masses. Much of Ainslie has either a maritime oceanic (in the case of the north) or highland (in the case of the east) climate, or Cfb within the Koppen Geiger climate classification system, which transitions to humid subtropical (Cfa) in the lower southern regions. In the west lies a semi-arid region (Bsh) and a small warm summer, wet-winter (Csb climate, centering on the city of Mandara. The nation’s west is prone to drought whilst the southeast is known for riverine flooding. Large storm systems are not common in Ainslie except over the tablelands - cyclones and extratropical systems do not impact much of the country. The entire country except the montane northeast has been known to be susceptible to bushfires of varying intensities and severity. Otherwise, the major environmental issues facing Ainslie in the long term is pollution, climate change and soil degradation.
Notable species which live in Ainslie and can be commonly found are eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus gganteus, Whiptail wallabies (Macropus Parryi), laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), Sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita), Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus and Galahs (Eolophus roseicapillus). Common varieties of snake include the Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textillis) and the Gaelitic Ringneck (Diapodphis Norirae). The two major spider species are Huntsman spiders of the genus Heteropoda and Redback Spiders (Latrodectus Hasseltii). Within Wesland, there are isolated populations of the highly venomous Wesland funnel-web spider. (Atrax robustus).
Common species of flora include golden wattle trees (Acacia pycnantha), river oaks (Casuarina cunninghamiana), Star pine (Araucaria heterophylla), Snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora), urn-fruited peppermint (Eucalyptus piperita), Blue gum (Eucalyptus saligna), Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) alongside smaller flower species such as seaside daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus, Native Violet (Viola banskii), light violet (Viola hederacea) and the common sunflower (Helianthus annuus).
Ainslie has had a long history of environmental policy being a core concern of a government, owing to the rich traditions of the native peoples of the country and the ongoing concern their descendants have for the environment - a group who form the majority of Ahnslens. The first landmark policy implemented was the Green Arnton project which sought to increase the greenery across the capital city in the 1950s which led to the Beyond Arnton project in 1987 which sought to replicate its success in other areas of the country. A carbon tax was introduced in 2000. A fuel excise remains in place and many environmental protection taxes and fines reroute money back into the Department for Environment.
Form: Reformed Constitutional Republic
Prime Minister: The Honourable Eleane Gifford
Judicial-General: The Esteemed Joseph Shirazi
Ruling Party: Ahnslen Centrists for Economic Growth
and Development (ACEGAD)
See also: Ahnslen Government and Politics
Ainslie is a reformed constitutional republic, with Judicial-General Joseph Shirazi and Prime Minister Eleane Gifford acting as dual heads of state with specific executive roles assigned to them by the constitution. The Deputy Prime Minister is the leader of the party with the most votes in the Parlai and is normally responsible for the day to day operations and functions of the legislature. The Prime Minister is voted in a similar fashion to that of a President despite not having the same extent of executive power. The Prime Minister is technically Head of Government but a trend since the 1970shas seen those who hold the office adopt more of a Presidential character. The Judicial-General oversees the court system and ensures that the legislature is accountable, with the assistance of the Judicial Council. The Judicial Council act as the constitutional and legal guardians of the State and have a wide range of capabiltiies and powers to enforce and maintain commonly respected standards and policy positions in Ainslie.
The Federal Government of Ainslie can be seperated into three mostly seperate yet overlapping branches:
Legislature - A democratically elected house, known as the Parlai, with a Prime Minister who is elected by the people leading the ruling party.
Executive - The Judicial General, the Prime Minister and their most important officials.
Judiciary - The Judicial Council and the Collective Court of Ainslie alongside other lesser courts.
The Ahnslen Senate, known locally as the Parlai, has 115 senators who are elected to represent a electoral divison each. These electoral divisons are created in proportion to one another. The Electoral Council acts as the voice for subdivisions, with a democratically elected Governor drawing upon those elected to city councils to form delegations to the Council. Elections at every level must happen at least every four years, although this can be hastened by the Judicial Council.
The Government itself operates in a loosely federal manner. Almost any matter could theoretically be considered by the Parlai, but more minor matters or issues requiring deeper collaboration between subdivisions will be discussed by the Electoral Council. The Electoral Council operates as a forum of dialogue between the six different electorates who adopt each other's legislations and policy on a voluntary and simultaneous basis. The Electoral Council as a quasi subdivisional governing authority when in reality it primarily is a forum of dialogue between the six different electorates who may adopt legislation together simultaneously. In practice, subdivisions are governed by a democratically elected Governor with local government (city councils, regional councils, shire councils etc) strengthened to the point that ideologically aligned mayors may act as a de facto Minister to the head of a subdivision.
Ainslie employs the preferential voting system for all three levels of government, with voting compulsory for all citizens 21 years and over. Citizens aged 15+ may be added to the electoral roll if they have passed the Political Knowledge Test (PKT). The party who wins the most electoral divisions forms Government in the Parlai either in coalition or in majority. Parties often, but not necessarily, have to endorse a particular candidate for Prime Minister who is elected on the basis of a direct vote by the people. If there is no clear majority vote for a Prime Minister after all preferences are exhausted, the Judicial Council may appoint the first or second place candidate if the latter has only lost by a margin of 5% or less. Whilst addressing the power of the Judicial Council, it is also worthy of note that they can unilaterally dissolve Parliament or a Prime Minister, forcing an impending election immediately.
There are three major political parties in Ainslie:
ACEGAD - The current ruling party in Ainslie, the Ahnslen Centrists for Economic Growth and Development are a centre-right, economically progressive yet socially conservative party which balances an agenda of sustainable development and economic growth, holding a steadfast commitment to national stability.
Ahnited (Ahnslens United) - A party formed out of defectors of what was previously the largest left wing party. It also draws upon a minor leftist party and the small Christian Democrats Party. It envisions a socially progressive Ainslie and approves of a more direct role of Government in economic markets.
STP - A party which merges the themes of innovation, sustainable development and environmentalism. It is devoted to fostering social and scientific innovation in order to overcome future challenges - namely the sustaining of an internationally competitive economy and addressing climate change. When a coalition is called upon to form Government, the STP will normally side with ACEGAD in a long standing convention which gains them significant power in the Environmental and Science sectors of the Executive.
On the 15th of July 2019, Norlander Eleane Gifford successfully won the Federal General Election, becoming the Prime Minister and forming a majority ACEGAD Government.
Ainslie has six electorates - Wesland (WL), Arlanah (AR), Norlands (NL), Manning (MA), Burnett (BU) and Dallama (DA). Ainslie maintains one de facto autonomous overseas territory - Gresswell Island.
In Ainslie, federal laws supercede that of electorates, regardless of whether the electorates are unified in their laws or not on the matter. However, long-standing precedent often prevents this situation from occuring as electoral and federal levels often stay within their legislative agendas.
Electorates are led by Governors, who are directly voted by a simple majority of the residents within the subdivision. Beyond that, five electoral delegates are elected by a simple majority of votes in 'wards', which are distributed proportional to population. The Governor and the five delegates form what is called 'Electoral Cabinet' who then vote on what policies to suggest to the Electoral Council. The aim of the Council is to create legislation which is a compromise between all six of the Electoral Cabinets, forming nation-wide legislation at a level lower than that of the Parlai.
The day to day operations of electorates in fields such as transport and education are handled by electoral secretaries, who are responsible to the Governor. Governors are to draw from the pool of Deputy Mayors the less conventional choice of a Mayor to fill these roles. Typically, the Mayor or Deputy Mayor will resign during their term to take up the role if the Governor who has chosen them wins. In the event a Mayor is chosen, the Deputy Mayor will serve the rest of the Mayor's term and if a Deputy Mayor is chosen, the remaining councillors will take turns performing the function as Deputy Mayor or allocate someone to serve the role until the end of the term.
The parties which currently represent each electorate are as follows:
Arlanah - APC/Indenats
Foreign Affairs and Military
See also: Ainslie in an International World
Ahnslen foreign policy consists of a trifecta of ensuring responsible governance that centres itself on notions of national sovereignty and ‘Responsibility to Protect’, a commitment to multilateralism and a robust judiciary-centric de-escalatory approach to conflict. The nation actively crosses ideological lines in its diplomatic relationships, reflective of the often confused Ahnslen worldview which meddles between conservatism, liberalism and social democratic values.
The nation is committed to strengthening neighbouring nations and those vulnerable to de-escalation in order to create a strong, interconnected global community with a commitment to the international rules-based order and ultimately the rule of law. The nation signed the Kirsdof Agreement in April of 2017, making Ainslie a founding member of The Western Isles Climate Response Council. The nation was also integral in founding the Gael Four Commission and regularly participates in the Association of Culture, Economics and Science in the Isles and the League of The Western Isles, albeit in a jaded manner.
Ainslie is a passionate supporter and defender of careful, responsible and future-thinking governments. The nation supports a moderate if not compromising approach to large international issues such as liberalisation and globalisation. Ainslie has no active mutual defence agreements but maintains two overseas bases and hosts a Vancouvian base. Ainslie is a strong believer in multilateralism yet does not shy away from unilateral force if seen appropriate or ideal to prevent further de-escalation. Ainslie intertwines foreign affairs and defence capabilities, with a combination of humanitarianism and conservative operates a core tenet of Ahnslen foreign policy. The nation spends 4.6% of its GDP on Defence.
Ainslie's armed forces are comprised of four branches: the Ahnslen Regional Stability Force (ARSF), the Ahnslen Army (AHNARM), the Ahnslen Navy (AHNAV) and the Ahnslen Air Force (AHNAF). These form the Combined Ahnslen Defence Force (CADF), which has 52,000 active personnel and 26,300 reservists.
Nominal GDPpc: $28,300 IAD
Average tax rate: 45%
Major Industries: Professional Services, Pharmaceutical Production,
Agriculture and Natural Gas.
See also: Ahnslen Economy
Ainslie has a developed and balanced economy which generates much of its wealth from its high class quaternary industry, backed up by strong secondary industries. Education and the highly skilled workers it produces are a cornerstone to the success of its economy. Ainslie’s major industries are scientific research and pharmaceutical production, professional services, agriculture, natural gas production and international education. The Ahnsen is the currency of the sovereign and is the only legal tender in the nation. There are two stock exchanges in the country - the Ahnex in Arnton and the Sarkeen in Arborai.
Arnton and Herriden commonly rate as some of the most liveable cities in the world, followed closely by Renderra and Arborai. Inflation has been kept at a stable 2-3% for the past decade whilst interest rates have remained steady at around 5%. Ainslie has a low level of national debt and a minimal amount of foreign debt. The country does not experience any major issue with its balance of payments, with a slightly import-leaning terms of trade and a surplus in its current account.
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The majority of citizens in Ainslie identify as Ahnslen - the umbrella term that incorporates the traditional Arnish, Merenese and Wellinian peoples. There is also a large group of people whose roots trace back to the Ipachi - particularly groups from Athara Magarat and the northern portions of the Southern sea. The most common ancestries in the nation are Ahnslen (62%), Ipachi descendents (14%), Verdonian (6%) and Oster (4%). Ainslie’s population has been increasing steadily since unification due to the nation’s stable and high quality of living.
Immgration has sharply declined since the 1980s, an outcome of having some of the strictest and unforgiving immigration policy in the Isles. Most immigrants are skilled and calls for the immigration quota to be increased in order to allow more of these people into the country have not been implemented into law. By 2025, it is forecasted that the Ahnslen population will be at around 28.5 million. In 2015, 6.3% of Ahnslens were born overseas and 11% had at least one overseas born parent. Ainslie is not a particularly young or old population, with distribution over the age brackets quite equal with the exception of a tailing off in younger ages.
Ainslie has one official language - English, with many Ahnslens bilingual in their native language. When asked what language is used at home, many said that they interchanged between English and Ahnslen whilst in the public sphere such as at work or school English was overwhelmingly used. Immigrants are expected to know or quickly learn English.
Ainslie has no state religion and this is protected by statute but also through the beliefs of the majority sect of Christianity in the country. For these two reasons, the government is effectively prohibited by making any law which significantly discriminates or boosts a religion’s status. In the 2016 census, 71% of Ahnslens indicated that they were connected to the Association of Whindist Churches, a group similar to baptists although bearing a more modern complexion and outward expression. Protestants make up the next 13% followed by Catholicism (2%). Churches play a central role in welfare but not education due to legislation barring it from doing so. Ainslie has one of the highest levels of religious adherence in the Isles, with 64% of Ahnslens saying that theta attended church on at least a fortnightly basis.
Ainslie’s life expectancy is about 84 years, being one of the highest in the region. The government enables an extensive system of universal healthcare which is supported by its UHF (Unified Health Fund) scheme which is funded by an income tex levy which is set at 2%. The Federal Government oversees most hospitals and operates a pharmaceutical subsidy program.
School attendance is compulsory in all six elecorates, with electoral governments having responsibility in operating it. The Electoral Council is the major entity which impleents education policy, which is promoted by the Federal Government. Students are required to attend school between the ages of 5-6 and 16-17. Students must continue schooling to the end of secondary school (17-18 years old) if they cannot obtain a full job or further education. The nation has a 99.9% literacy rate, with the nation scoring well in humanities and sciences. University fees are subsidised by the state and there are no private universities - although specialised private colleges are prevalent in the nation.
See Also: Ahnslen Culture
Ahnslen culture is a blend of traditional beliefs and values and modern western practices. Ahnslen culture has been influenced by both the French and the English, who have had a lasting impact on the nation after historical contact with native groups. Culture also is influenced by broader Gaelitic trends.
Ahnslen art typically is created within the context of a deep feeling of isolation, where man and nature must form a close bond to mutually survive. This has spurred many poetic ballads, literature works and paintings to be made with a theme of one’s local environment but a recent trend in nature photography also can be traced back to this. There is a strong tradition of satirism in Ahnslen works, with artists commonly drawing attention to the confusing and humorous differences between Ainslie and other countries as well as the actions of important figures within society.
Ainslie has no public broadcasters besides Ahnslen Federal Radio whose primary role is to provide emergency broadcasting. Beyond that, the Government provides funding and becomes a shareholder in some private institutions within the media landscape such as Arendai, which the government holds a 34% stake in. There are numerous television and radio stations and each electoral capital has at least one daily newspaper, with many regional areas having at least one weekly newspaper.
Whilst about 30% of Ahnslens say they participate in organised sporting activities, there are high rates of involvement in casual sports within the nation. Regardless, whether or not Ahnslens play sport regularly or not, they often hold watching it in quite a positive regard - especially the unofficial national sport cricket and its rival soccer. The early adoption of a domestic 20 over per side cricket tournament has solidified the fan base in the nation and the decision to have junior leagues in both T20 and longer form cricket have significantly increased participation rates. Cricket is the dominant sport in all of the electorates except the western parts of Arlanah and the electorate of Norlands, who generally prefer soccer.