Almira

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Almira
Overseas Region
The capital city.
The capital city.
Flag of Almira
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Nickname(s): Gateway to Vestrim
Motto: Quo Fata Ferunt
CountryAquidneck Aquidneck
Founded1496
Founded byAddo Polleci
Seat of GovernmentCasa Vista Mare, Nuovo Pale, Almira
Government
 • MonarchKing Almiro VI
 • GovernorCav. Raimondo Tarro
 • Chief MinisterTazio Subia
Population (2015)
 • Total75,341
Time zoneEast Vestrim Time (UTC+6)

Almira is an Overseas Region of the Kingdom of Aquidneck in the North Opal Ocean. The island is East off the continent of Vestrim. The first known person to have reached Almira is Addo Polleci in 1496. The island was named for King Almiro I, the reigning monarch of Aquidneck at the time of discovery. The 316 square meter island was quickly settled by Aquidish traders and merchants looking to capitalize on the islands closeness to the newly discovered continent of Vestrim. The port town of Nuovo Pale serves as the capital city of the island. Today the island's economy is almost entirely dependent on tourism from Vestrim and Asura.

History

Almira was discovered by Aquidish explorer Addo Polleci in 1496 and was settled by the Aquidish not long after. The first settlement was Nuovo Pale which was founded on the northern part of the island along a natural bay. For many years Nuovo Pale was the only settlement and much of the southern part of the island remained uninhabited. Almira survived as a port for merchants travelling from Asura to Vestrim and as a whaling port.

In the 1800s the island saw an influx of Catain settlers, many of them settled on the southern part of the island and founded the town of Saedam on the southern part of the island. Today many of their descendants still live and work in Saedam. It was the mid-1800s when the Aquidish Navy decided to establish the Almira Naval Base on the island to serve as a launching point of the navy in the Western parts of Aeia. The base still exists though has reduced significantly in size, and in 2005 was downgraded to station status.

In the late 1960s there was a strong call for the island to declare independence like many of the other Aquidish colonies however this movement fizzled out when the Almira Act of 1973 was passed granting the island voting representation in the Senate and devolving many powers to a locally elected council. The island has seen a boom in tourism since then and is a popular location for Aquidish people on holiday. The royal family of Aquidneck is known to frequent the island as well as many government officials.

In 2000 the Senate announced plans to expand the small airport on the island and in 2003 Almira Airport was opened. This has significantly increased tourism to the island.

In 2017 the island was host to the honeymoon of Prince Napoleone of Midrasia. During the trip the Prince died in a bungee-jumping accident. Officials in Almira were quick to investigate and worked closely with Midrasian and Aquidish officials. The Almiran Council and local businesses feared a reduction in tourism for the rest of the holiday season. Oddly enough, after the story as broken, the island saw an increase in tourism and the sight of the Prince's jump had become a popular stop on sight seeing tours.

Government

The make up of the Almiran Council

Almira is an Overseas Region of the Kingdom of Aquidneck. As such it is represented in the Senate in Torden. The Almira Act of 1973 is responsible for giving the island Senate representation and created the Almiran Council. The Almiran Council is a fifteen member body that has received devolved powers from the Senate and is in charge of many of the domestic day to day operations in Almira. Defense and foreign affairs are are carried out by Aquidneck. There are currently three parties on the council, the Liberals have eight council seats, the Greens have four and the Royalists have three. Ten of the councilors are elected by wards in a single transferable vote system. The remaining five are drawn from party lists and are assigned based on the total amount of votes cast for a party in the election.

The head of government is the person who is able to command the confidence of the Council. He or she is appointed by the governor after an election in the Council. The current Chief Minister is Tazio Subia. The King of Aquidneck is invested with executive power and appoints a Governor to serve on his behalf. The Governor serves as the presiding officer of the Council and can only vote in the case of a tie. The current Governor of Almira is Cav. Raimondo Tarro. The government of Almira is housed in Casa Vista Mare in Nuovo Pale.

The island is split into three administrative divisions called, villaggio. The first, and largest by population, is Nuovo Pale. The second villaggio, located on the southern part of the island is Saedam. The third villaggio is Ingresso, which takes up most of the middle of the island and includes the airport. The villaggio have no governments of their own and are used for census, postal, and policing purposes.

Elections are held every three years in the same fashion as the county and commune governments in metropolitan Aquidneck. The last election was in May of 2017. Almira is subject to treaties and foreign obligations of the Kingdom of Aquidneck. As such it is a part of the customs union of the Drago Entente. The visa free travel for member states has seen increased tourism from Entente members.

Armed Forces Presence

Almira has had a military presence on the island since it was first founded as a colony of the Kingdom, however for the first three hundred years of the island's existence as a colony it was a small presence. In 1858 the Marina Militare established Almira Navy Base on the south-eastern part of the island near the recently founded town of Saedam. The Navy had a contingent of marines and several ships based in the island at any given time and it served as a way for the Kingdom to project its power into western Aeia, particularly Vestrim.

In the 1970s the Navy reduced the size of the base considerably and sold off much of the excess land to private citizens and the newly formed regional government of Almira. The navy keeps about 150 marines on the island at any given time. the MM Sibilla a Minerva-class corvette makes its home on the island. In 2005 the navy downgraded Almira Navy Base to Almira Navy Station. Station status reflects the size of the mission and its goals, having moved away from power projection. Today the navy personnel stationed on the island generally work search and rescue missions, patrol fishing waters, and help the local police when big events come come to the island.

Law and Justice

The Court House in Nuovo Pale.

The Royal Police presence on the island is small with fewer than ten agents on the island. They also share a space with the local police department. The purpose of the Royal Police on the island is to help local law enforcement coordinate with the national police, facilitate resource sharing, and to maintain a national presence on the island. The Royal Marshal Service has a few Marshals on the island who assist the Almira Regional Court in their duties.

The Local Police (Aquidish: Polizia Locale) are the main organ of law enforcement on the island. They have a station in each villaggio that is run by a police captain. The Captains in turn answer to the Police Colonel who runs the entire department on the island and is answerable to the Almiran Council and the Governor of Almira. The Coast Guard is present on the island and helps keep the peace in the waters surrounding Almira. The Coast Guard is assisted by Naval Station Almira in carrying out its duties.

Almira uses the Overseas Region Court System devised by the Judiciary of Aquidneck in 1975. The scheme established the Almira Regional Court which is comprised of judges appointed by the Chief Minister and confirmed by the Almiran Council. Almira also gets to appoint judges in two seats on the Overseas Region Superior Court which is done the same way as the Regional Court. The court of last resort is the Supreme Court of Aquidneck.

Most cases do not get appealed and go no further than the Regional Court, which is responsible for ensuring that both national Aquidish and local Almiran laws are enforced. The Regional Court Judges can strike down laws by the Almiran Council that are in conflict with the Constitution of Aquidneck.

Demographics

Religion in Almira

  Alydianism (52%)
  No religion (39%)
  Ksaiism (8%)
  Irsad (1%)

As of the 2015 Kingdom of Aquidneck census there were 75,341 full-time residents of Almira. In the summer months, people on extended holiday and part-time residents can see the population of the island swell up to 81,000 people. The most populous part of the island is the villaggio and capital city of Nuovo Pale with around 31,000 people living in it. Saedam comes in second with 27,000 people and the last villaggio, Ingresso, has about 18,000.

63.2% of Almirans self-identified as White-Asuran, with the vast majority claiming to be Aquidish, though some were Midrasian. 21.3% of the islanders identified as Catain, mostly hailing from Mayawi. 14% self-identified as mixed race, most of the people who claimed this category said that they are a mix of Catain and Asuran heritage. 1.5% of the Almiran islanders claimed to be of another ethnicity, mostly from Arabekh.

Language

The most prominent language spoken on the island is Aquidish, which is the working language of the Almiran government and most of the businesses that are operating on the island. All residents over the age of 17 reported to speak the language as a first language or second language. Songdangin and Midrasian were reported by 10% and 1% of the population, respectively, to be the language they spoke most at home.

Religion

Most Almirans, 52%, reported to practicing Alydianism as their religion on the 2015 census, this is attributed to the original Aquidish settlers who established churches in Nuovo Pale to minister to those who were coming from Asura and moving onto the rest of Vestrim. 8% claimed to be following Ksaiism due to the Ksaiist Exploration Accords, which permitted Carcosse explorers free movement through Aquidish holdings in Vestrim. Another 1% were practicing Irsad which is mostly practiced by those who are of Arabekh decent. 39% of the islanders claimed to be not actively practicing a religion, however of those 39%, 15% claimed that they had attended a religious service in the last year.

Economy

While once relying on merchants and traders coming from Asura to Vestrim, the island of Almira is now almost entirely dependent on tourism. Nearly 80% of the island is employed in the hospitality or tourism industries. Almira is a popular location for tourists from Vestrim and Asura to visit. It is known for its pristine beaches and resorts. The island is a popular place for cruises to dock as well. Melino Worldwide has several properties located in Almira, most notably the popular Almira Borello Resort. The hospitality company also has the time share resort, Grande Vacanza Almira located on the island.

There is a small Aquidish Navy presence on the island that contributes to the economy as well. Sailors and marines are a constant sight on the island and are always spending money while on shore leave. There are special bars that cater to those who are serving in the Navy. Additionally, Almira Navy Station makes it a point of policy to purchase food and other necessities from the locals on the island whenever feasible.

Almira uses the Aquidish Lira (₤) as its currency and has a GDP of $5.1 billion. Of the three overseas regions, Almira ranks behind Mayawi and before Troping in terms of economic growth and prosperity. Among all the Administrative Divisions of Aquidneck, counties and overseas regions, Almira has the lowest Gini ratio meaning it has the most equal income distribution.