Population: 1,234,681 (including military personnel stationed abroad)
Density: 950 people/mi˛
Largest City: Dub City
Official Languages: English, Amharic
National Languages: Gurage, Oromo, various other tribal dialects
President: Bereket Abera
Monarch: Ras Emmanuel II
Prime Minister: Finhas Motuma
Upper Houses: Senate, House of Nobles (H of N is appointed by Monarch)
Lower House: House of Deputies
Establishment: from Getachewan Federation
Land Area: 8,135 mile˛
Water Area: 0 mile˛
Water %: 0
Highest Point: n/a
Lowest Point: n/a
GDP per capita: $8,880.72
Human Development Index (NS Version): n/a
Time Zone: Pacific
Drives on the: right
Internet TLD: .bru
The Royal Republic of Bruke commonly called the Brukean Republic, is a semi-presidential constitutional monarchy in West America. It is bordered on the south by the Getachewan Federation. Bruke covers 8,135 square miles and has has an estimated population of 1,234,681. Bruke comprises of three provinces, four combined city-county governments, one county, one city, and one town. Before independence, Bruke was a principality that was part of the larger Getachewan Federation. Once power was centralized in the hands of Prince Bruke, (whose name was later anglicized to Bruce), the country rose up in rebellion against the King and Queen. After winning independence in 1865, the principality conquered the area that would become the Borderlands, and the nation would reach its modern size. After the conquest, the nobles of the area declared that the Prince and his descendants would be rulers of what would become the Kingdom of Bruke.
The Imperial era began in 1905 when Bruke purchased the land for what would be its one and only colony, Western Section. The Empire also had a sphere of influence that included modern-day Roseland and the Federal Republic of Regions. Decades of neglect along with the exploitative economic policies of colonial authorities boiled over into anger in the colony and the wider region. After the Wars of the West, and subsequent unrest, Western Section, Roseland, and the Federal Republic of Regions became independent countries. Today, all three countries are part of the Brukean-led West American Union and West American Treaty Organization. Bruke is the economic and military power of West America, with friendly relations with all its neighbors.
The name Bruke comes from the name of national hero and founder Prince Bruce.
The standard way to refer to a citizen of the Royal Republic is a Brukean, or Brukian.
The beginnings of Bruke start with the formation of the Getachewan Federation. Nearly 100 years before the war for independence, Ethiopian settlers traveled to what was then New Spain to escape internal turmoil in the Empire. They settled in what was then the Spanish colony of Las Californias, having heard of the region from European explorers. Over the next century, the area developed its own unique culture, combining Ethiopian influences with the culture of the United States. It also developed its own system of government, with an elected legislature like the United States with a monarchy along the lines of Ethiopia. During the turbulent period in the 1820s following the independence of Mexico, the Getachewan Federation declared independence. The Getachewan monarchy was legitimized through the royal family's connection to Ethiopia's Solomonic dynasty, like relations through marriage and granting of titles by various Emperors. But a divide between a younger, more modern faction and a older, more traditionalist faction led to a failed revolt in 1859. In the aftermath of the revolt, the lands of the rebellious nobles were seized and the local peasant farmers were made to work the unproductive land twice as much to pay off their masters' debts.
The rebellious area was under the control of Prince Bruce. Seeing the suffering of his people, the prince led a second revolt in 1865, uniting the disgraced nobles and the commoners against King Eyasu and Queen Misgana. The local nobles soon proclaimed him king, and renamed the country "Bruke", in honor of their new ruler. The Kingdom went to war against the King and Queen a second time to secure more defensible borders, and captured the modern-day Borderlands. After surviving two sieges of the capital, Brukeville, the King and Queen decided to recognize Bruke's independence. Relations between the two nations improved to such a degree that the Federation sold the Kingdom land for what would become Western Section and allowed it to have influence over the rest of modern-day West America. The rest of the nation's history would be shaped with its interaction with West America: first as an imperial master, then as a regional leader.
The country is mostly mountainous, surrounded on all but one side by high mountains. In between are foothills that give way to the valleys, which in turn give way to the plains. The country is landlocked, but has access to the Pacific Ocean through the Saint John River. However, the river is located just outside West American borders. Bruke relies on the goodwill of its neighbors to be able to have access.
The country has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are mild. During the winter and fall, fog often blankets the plains, and heavy snowfall can be observed in the foothills and mountains.
The environment has been mostly built over; there is no significant green space besides parks in Brukeville and Dub City. In recent years, efforts have started to develop urban forests to try and reduce the nation's carbon footprint.
Population is not distributed evenly throughout the country. Population density is very uneven throughout the country, sometimes dramatically so. An example of this is the difference between Brukeville, the Dub City metro area, and Wusite County: between a city of around 350,000 and a metropolitan region of about 800,000 is an area that is home to just under 6,000 people. This is because people are concentrated in the lowlands, and there is limited space on which to build. The amount of people depends on the geography: generally the more open space an area has, the more densely populated it is. Metropolitan Province has the most flat space, and thus the most people. Central Province has the least space, and Prince Bruce Province has an amount somewhere in between.
The two official languages are Amharic and English, a legacy of cultural influence from Ethiopia and the United States. The use of Spanish is also very common, thanks to nearly a century of Brukeans living among Spanish-speakers. Both official languages are taught in primary and secondary schools, as well as universities. The reason they are official is that they are the languages common to the largest nationalities: Americans and Ethiopians. Besides the official languages, there are several national languages. They are designated as such by the federal government for their cultural significance. These languages tend to be dialects of the various tribes of Ethiopia. The two most widespread national languages are Gurage and Oromo, respectively. The only non-Ethiopic national language is French, used by immigrants from Western Section.
The majority of Brukeans identify as Christian, with most being part of one of the various Pentay (Ethiopian Protestant) denominations. The largest denominations are, in order of size; Lutheran, Reformed, Pentecostal, Mennonite, Adventist, Methodist and Baptist, with the rest being non-denominational. The remainder of Christians are Catholic, Orthodox, or an Ethiopian branch of Christianity known as Stephanite (proto-Protestant dissident Orthodoxy), with a smaller percentage being Episcopalian or Unitarian. Pentay denominations have come together in the form of the Evangelical Church Fellowship of Bruke to bridge denominational differences. Overall, the country's Christians are well known for ecumenical efforts, with Pentay denominations having at least partial communion with the Orthodox, Catholic and Stephanite churches. The population of non-Christians are quite small, comprising mostly of Sunni Muslims and Beta Israel (Falasha Jews).
The Brukean people are overwhelmingly of African descent, with the remainder being either mixed-race, Hispanic, Asian, or White.
Metro area population
805,613 (including East Dub)
Prince Bruce Province
The Brukean Republic is, officially, a Royal Republic: a constitutional monarchy with a semi-presidential system that includes separation of powers. There is a monarch who is the de jure head of state, a president who is the acting head of state as specified in the constitution, a prime minister who is the head of government, and a cabinet which consists of various ministries, which are referred to as the Government or executive branch. A tricameral parliament serves as the national legislature and is the legislative branch, and a three-tier justice system makes up the judiciary or judicial branch.
The Republic has a federal system of government with the nation serving as the first tier, the three provinces serving as the second tier, and the six city and/or county governments serving as the third tier. There are three provinces: Prince Bruce, Metropolitan, and Central. There are four City-County governments, which have the powers of a City and a County: Brukeville, Commodore, Dub, and East Dub. They are in Prince Bruce, Central, and Metropolitan Provinces, respectively. There is one County government: Wusite County, Central Province. There is one City government: Valley Heights, in Wusite County, Central Province. There is one Town government: Midway, in Wusite County, Central Province.
The national government has exclusive power over national security, foreign relations, interprovincial and international commerce and trade. Provinces have exclusive power over public morality, safety, and welfare, broad catch-all categories, which include everything from education to utilities to building codes. Local governments have exclusive control over emergency services and traffic safety. Generally, Counties have a greater scope of power than Cities or Towns.
Each level of government has a legislature and executive.
National: tricameral Parliament; Monarch, President, Prime
Minister and Cabinet make up the executive
Provincial: unicameral Provincial Assembly; Governor as executive
Local: unicameral City or County Council, Board of Commissioners/Supervisors (City-County governments) serve both legislative and executive functions.
All levels of government have at least some input on all issues, and regularly consult with each other for this reason. The Royal Republic is somewhat of a hybrid between a unitary state and a federation. Each province has substantial power, and local governments as well, but they are obliged to stay within the minimal or fundamental guidelines set by the national government.
The Royal Republic is mostly focused on relations between its West American partners: Western Section, Roseland, and the Federal Republic of Regions. Besides that and its Getachewan ties, the country was relatively isolated until very recently. Within West America, there are close economic and security ties, along with freedom of movement. With its partners, Bruke has taken efforts to stem climate change, fight terrorism, and promote human rights across the region.
The military consists of services and branches. Branches refers to the organizational structure, while services refer to an arm of the military. Including reserve forces, the military has 250,000 personnel. Around half of the military is in the reserve forces, while the other half is on active duty. The active duty forces are spread out among the two services, the Army and the Air Force. Parts of each service are divided among the two branches: the Civil Guard, which is permanently stationed within Brukean territory, and the Expeditionary Corps, which handles operations in foreign countries.
Some forces are permanently stationed abroad, like the Long-Range Missile Detachment at Fort Frontier in Western Section.
Fiscal Year: 2017
GDP: ወ7,850,000,000,000 or $1,089,113,653,038
GDP per capita: ወ71,360 or $9,901
Labor Force: 1,098,400
The Brukean economy is mostly service-based, with some manufacturing. The largest industries are finance, insurance, culture (which includes entertainment and sports), chemicals, automotives, and advertising. It can best be classified as a cognitive-cultural economy, requiring the use of high technology, intellectual and technical skills, and artistic talent.
The finance and insurance industries have been an integral part of the economy since independence.
Brukeans brought over the traditions of Iquib and Idir, community-based financial and insurance associations, from Ethiopia. This was incorporated and adapted to modern banking and insurance legislation, regulation and practices from the United States, and transformed the network of community-based associations that had sprouted up into a cohesive organization. They came together to form what is now Biherawi IquibinaIdir, also known as the National Associated or NA. The National Associated is the nation's oldest and largest bank and insurance company, being formed only 5 years after independence. It is a universal bank involved in retail, commercial, and investment banking, as well as all forms of insurance except automobile, dental, health, and pet insurance. The National Associated has affiliates at the provincial level, which in turn have local branches covering every community in Bruke. Each local branch is community-owned, with autonomy to make decisions regarding all facets of their operations. Each branch sends representatives to the provincial association, which creates binding rules and policies with the representatives, and ultimately, the communities' approval. This same process applies on the national level.
Besides the National Associated, the other major banks are the Prince Bruce Bank and MetroBank, each of whom also provide insurance. Unlike the NA, these banks are for-profit. As their names suggest, these banks serve Prince Bruce and Metropolitan Provinces, respectively. People often have an account with either the Prince Bruce Bank or MetroBank, along with their local NA branch. This takes advantage of the fact that the two provincial banks tend to provide better returns on investments, while the NA tends to offer higher interest rates for CDs and bank accounts and safer investment options. This dynamic means that financial crises are rare, and that the average Brukean puts much of their income into savings or investments in the stock market.
The cultural industry is the most dynamic part of the economy. Its largest sector is entertainment, followed by media, visual arts (excluding those forms that fall under entertainment), performing arts (excluding those forms that fall under entertainment), and publishing (specifically of books and magazines, and excluding those forms that fall under entertainment).
The entertainment sector includes film, music, television, and video games, among other things. Some of the largest firms that are not involved in finance, insurance, or manufacturing are part of this sector, such as Lion Records and Rastafarian Records in music, Still in Action in film, Metro TV in television, and Homewrecker Games in video games. The film industry mostly adopted American practices, and has learned much from Hollywood. The music industry is also Americanized, but Ethiopian-style music dominates the charts in most genres, such as jazz, pop, gospel, and country. Its defining feature is the rivalry between traditionally family-friendly Lion Records, founded by Tedros Hailemariam Jr., heir to the large fortune of his industrial tycoon father, and Rasta Records, founded by artists and music industry insiders who wanted more creative freedom. The television industry, outside of state-run Royal Republic Broadcasting, is concentrated in Dub City's Entertainment City area. Metro TV battles competitors such as Boulevard for control of the local market, and Anbessa TV (owned by the Hailemariam family) and Issey in the national market. Video games have been a niche industry, concentrated in Dub City's Boulevard neighborhood until very recently.
The media sector includes television, as mentioned above, but also newspapers and radio. Besides the state-owned RRB network, radio is either religious or community-oriented, with stations such as Radio Wengel (Pentay Radio), Catholic Radio, Orthodox Radio, and Boulevard (part of a network that includes the channel mentioned above). The newspaper sector is segmented by province; the Brukeville Times serves Prince Bruce, the Dubian serves Metro Province, and the Commodore serves Central Province, respectively.
Visual and preforming arts are confined to certain areas in major cities, such as the Boulevard de Arts neighborhood in Dub City or the Royal University campus and Church Street in Brukeville.
Publishing is concentrated in two neighborhoods: Brukeville's Church Street and Dub City's Boulevard de Arts. Brukeville tends to focus on more traditional work while Dub City is much more experimental.
The chemical industry is divided into two sectors: plastics and other materials. Both are primarily focused on researching and developing synthetic products, a necessity because of the country's lack of natural resources. The larger and older sector, plastics, was an outgrowth of historical trends. In the Imperial era, Western Section served as a source of ethylene, cellulose, and other natural polymers. These compounds were used to produce high-grade, industrial strength plastics which could be used as an input for more complex goods. After Western Section became independent, Brukean chemical firms no longer had reliable access to these materials, and had to develop synthetic alternatives. An emphasis was made on recycling. Over many years, the industry succeeded in developing products made from domestically recycled polymers, and phasing out those which required imported inputs. Today, the sector is dominated by the industrial conglomerate Ambessa Industries, founded over 60 years ago by Tedros Hailemariam, Sr. All of these trends have also applied to goods made with other materials.
The automotive industry was born of the country's desire to replace expensive imports with domestically produced alternatives. The most significant player has been Ambessa Cars, part of Ambessa Industries. Ambessa (the carmaker) developed during the twilight years of the Imperial era. The government, in response to environmental and economic concerns about foreign cars, decided to promote domestic manufacturing. Loans, reimbursement for imported parts and materials, and other aid allowed Ambessa to dominate the domestic market, protected from foreign competition. But the end of imperialism brought the end of protectionism and saw the rise of new competitors, such as Jaroslav and Zeus in Western Section, Roseland Motors in Roseland, and Federal Transport in the FRR. In the face of competition, Ambessa began a slow and painful descent into bankruptcy. Because the Brukean auto industry revolved around Ambessa, its demise brought an entire industry to ruin. Since those dark days in the 1990s, state-run competitiors in Roseland and the FRR have retrenched or become irrelevant, and for-profit firms, especially Jaroslav, have remained strong. In the last few years, there has been a revival of Ambessa and smaller firms, though without much government help. Today, the industry is focused on producing affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles for both the domestic and international market. Great strides have been made in replacing imported materials such as steel with domestically produced materials, like reinforced plastics and carbon nanotubes.
The advertising industry revolves around Dub City's Boulevard neighborhood, dominated by three major firms: Lemuel and Wendossen, Brehane and Associates, and Vanguard.
The nation's culture is, as with many things here, a mixture of Ethiopian and American influence. Many older customs and traditions, such as respect for elders and other sources of authority, are a reflection of Ethiopia. Newer customs and traditions, such as in sports or music, are a reflection of America. For example, Sen-ena-Werq, or "Wax and Gold", is a poetic and literary tradition from Ethiopia. This has been expanded in modern times to encompass newer forms of expression such as rap and interpretive dance, but also social and political discourse. People expect that the literal meaning of what one says (the wax) is different from the deeper, hidden meaning (the gold). Double-speak and metaphor are commonplace throughout everyday life. This tradition is combined with the showmanship, finesse, and innovation present in American culture, to make Brukean culture a polarized landscape between traditional (usually Ethiopian, but also some American elements) and avant-garde (elements from America and around the world). This divide is present in terms of values, cultural norms, the arts, social and political stances, and much much more. In addition to this, there are some contributions from Western Section, the Federal Republic of Regions, and Roseland, all of which were once in the Brukean sphere of influence. These are all countries settled by British and French people, so through them, Brukean culture has some European aspects. These aspects are most present in the arts, sport, and scientific and technical terminology.
Primary and secondary education are either publicly supported or independent. Public school districts receive funding from the federal, provincial, and local governments and provide K-12 education for free. Independent school districts do not receive funding or support from any government. Which predominates varies from province to province, with Metropolitan and Central Provinces having one of each and Prince Bruce having no public school districts at all.
Private primary and secondary schools also exist, and are usually affiliated with one of the Pentay denominations. Most of the latter are preparatory schools.
Higher education is almost exclusively private, with only a few public colleges in the entire country.
Two-year programs are generally offered by four-year schools. This is compensated for by the four-year schools offering special scholarships to those who complete their two-year programs with distinguished performance to stay longer and recieve a bachelor's degree in their given field or a related one, if they so choose.
The Royal University, or RU for short, is the nation's most prestigious institution of higher learning. It has two campuses: one in Dub City and one in Brukeville. Dub City specializes in the sciences (formal, natural, and social), and Brukeville specializes in the humanities, although both are highly ranked overall. The RU is chartered by the Crown, and as such is supported by the patronage of the monarch, as well as private donations. The first campus was founded in 1928, the second in 1962.
Commodore Medical School is the country's oldest and largest school of medicine. It has been designated by the Armed Forces as the main school for training Royal Military Medical Service personnel. Since medical schools are also the only institutions allowed to train nurses under Brukean law, Commodore Medical also offers nursing degrees, in addition to traditional medical degrees. It is funded by the government of Central Province, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Security, and also receives private donations. Although it receives substantial government funding and support, Commodore Medical School is not considered a public college.
All Saints College is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bruke. Located in Brukeville, it is the country's oldest and largest religiously affiliated college, founded in 1853. Its undergraduate curriculum incorporates a wide variety of subjects from the humanities and the sciences. Graduate programs are limited to theology (taught at the seminary) and other disciplines in the humanities. All Saints is known for interdenominational cooperation: students of other Pentay denominations are welcomed, as well as students of other Christian denominations.
Metropolitan College is a private liberal arts college in Dub City. It is the youngest liberal arts college in Metropolitan Province, founded in 1970. Its undergraduate curriculum incorporates a wide variety of subjects from the humanities, with a particular emphasis on world literature. It has no graduate programs of its own, but does have an articulation agreement with the Royal University at Dub City. Students often attend Metro College for their undergraduate education, then go to the RU for their graduate and post-graduate studies.
East Dub Evangelical College, also known as EDE College or "Eddy" for short, is a private liberal arts college. Located in East Dub, it is the country's third oldest and third largest religiously affiliated college, formed in 1875. It is nondenominational, and was founded by the Evangelical Reformed Church in Bruke to serve students of all Pentay denominations. Its sole graduate program is theology, taught at its seminary. It has a partnership with the Government Annex, which is home to many bureaucratic positions, which has led to a curriculum specifically designed to prepare students for wide range of jobs in the civil service.
Borderlands College is a private liberal arts college. It is the country's fourth oldest and fourth largest religiously affiliated college, formed in 1901 and affiliated with the Baptist Convention of Bruke. It is the only liberal arts college that is not located in Prince Bruce or Metropolitan Provinces. Its undergraduate curriculum incorporates a wide variety of subjects from the humanities and the sciences. It is well known for a holistic approach to criminal justice and military science, with has led to strong ties to the Highway Patrol, National Police, and the military. With the opening of the National Observatory, Borderlands hopes to also be a center of education and research in space science.
Commodore Provincial University is operated by the Central Province Department of Education. Before 1983, the college was part of the University of Central Province. During that period, the college received limited funding and support from the administration, which focused on the Dub City campus to Commodore's detriment. After 1983, when Dub City seceded and formed Metropolitan Province, the new administration decided to consolidate resources and restructure the school. Today, CPU has leveraged its proximity to the Commodore Medical School to become the destination for students interested in medicine.
The Royal Command and Staff College, one of the oldest colleges in the country, is a military school in Brukeville formed to train officers for the Brukean military. Founded in 1868 with the help of European advisors, the school focuses on teaching strategy, tactics, discipline, and encouraging ingenuity in all theaters of war.
The Royal Military College, one of the oldest colleges in the country, is a military school at the Borderlands Military Base established to train soldiers and airmen/airwomen for the Brukean military. Founded in 1867 with the help of African American soldiers who had served in the American Civil War, the school provides general military education for those who wish to enlist in the armed forces.
Deberra College is Dub City’s premier public college, fully funded by the city itself. It was founded in 1931, and along with what became Commodore Provincial, it formed the University of Central Province. Its historical mission was providing a liberal arts education to working-class youth, but over the decades it has shifted to become a full-fledged vocational university, focusing on the visual and performing arts.
The Royal Polytechnic, is, as the name implies, a polytechnic university that focuses on a broad array of natural and applied sciences. It was founded in Dub City in 1929. It is responsible for most of the nation’s advancements in synthetic materials, and trains personnel for the world-famous Brukean chemical industry.
DeJacobis College is the country's second oldest and second largest religiously affiliated college, endowed and shaped by the Brukean Catholic Church in 1860. It is a private liberal arts college in the Lazarist tradition that, historically, trained Catholic missionaries to proselytize to Native American tribes and to Brukeans who retained pagan practices brought over from Ethiopia. It is known for being the national headquarters for the Brukean branch of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and its emphasis on service-based learning.
Paillard and Moseley College is Dub City's second public college, founded in 1955 to replace Deberra in serving as a public liberal arts college. It historically served students from Western Section (of British, French, and Franco-Irish descent), and was a founding member of the West American Exchange Program- today it is home to the most international students in the country.
Rashid Bilal University is a private Islamic university, with classes taught in Amharic, Oromo, Harari, Somali, Afar, and Arabic. It was founded in 1952 as a madrasa by scholars of Oromo heritage -who studied at Al-Azhar and were once students of Sheikh Muhammad Rashid Bilal- to serve the local Muslim community of Dub City. In 1984, following the call of philosopher Ismail al-Faruqi and looking to Al-Azhar's shift two decades earlier, Rashid Bilal became a full-fledged Islamic collegiate university. There are three colleges at Rashid Bilal, most notably Belbeleti College, which provides "an Islamic education in the liberal arts." In terms of religious teaching, there is a institute which specializes in sharia (Rashid Bilal follows the Shafi‘i school of Islamic law).
Danite College is a private liberal arts college in East Dub serving the Beta Israel community and to a lesser extent the Jewish community at large, with classes taught in Hebrew, Amharic, and French. The college was founded in 1887 by young scholars from an expatriate community of the Beta Israel who had resettled in Ottoman Syria. These men were educated in schools (similar to Mikveh Israel) founded by the Alliance Israélite Universelle on the initiative of Joseph Halévy, and brought with them a reformist outlook. Jacques Faitlovitch, who founded a Jewish school in Ethiopia in the 1920s, contributed to another wave of emigration by the young and educated, during the time of Italian occupation.
Infrastructure in the Royal Republic includes transport (airports and roads), utilities, and telecommunications.
There are two civilian airports, Brukeville International and Dub International. There is one military airport, at the Borderlands Military Base.
Roads are either National, Provincial or Local. There is one road under national jurisdiction, the Borderlands Highway, which connects the Borderlands Military Base at the end of the Borderlands Zone to the Royal Republic proper, specifically Wusite County in Central Province. All other roads are under the control of either the provincial or local governments. Metropolitan Province only has provincial roads: Provincial Routes 1 (Main Street) 2 (East Dub Way) and 3 (Boulevard de Art), respectively. Prince Bruce Province is the same, with Provincial Routes 1 (Boulevard of the Republic) and 2 (Church Street). Central Province has both provincial and local roads. Provincial Route 1 is the Toll Road, which runs from the Valley Heights Interchange in Wusite County to Commodore. Provincial Route 2 is Hospital Road, in Commodore. In Wusite County, there are two local roads, County Route 1 and County Route 2.
Utility infrastructure is concentrated in Central and Metropolitan Provinces. In Commodore, there is a waste processing plant that handles all of the country's sewage and large waterworks that supply most of its fresh water. In Dub City, there is a large distribution substation that supplies power to the whole province, if not more.
Telecom infrastructure is spread out around the country, but is mostly concentrated in Dub City.
The nation meets most of its power needs with imported synfuels, and has recently started work on developing a nuclear power program.