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|Principality of Canaan
|Motto: The Holy Land of God and his Peoples|
|Official languages||Belhavian English
|Ethnic groups (2015)||Arabs 34.6%
|Government||Tripartite theocratic parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|-||Co-Prince||Avroham Yitzchak ben David|
|-||Co-Prince||Abdullah Khalid ibn Faisal|
|-||Prime Minister||Matthieu Aboud|
|-||Rodar-Belhavian forces liberate Tel Akiva||7 June 1790|
|-||Fall of Yerushalayim to Rodar-Belhavians||19 August 1790|
|-||Declaration of Principality by Canaanite noblemen||25 September 1790|
|-||Treaty of Isn Deslen signed, Principality recognized by world powers||28 December 1790|
|GDP (nominal)||2015 estimate|
|HDI (2015)|| 0.81
(widely used informally)
|Drives on the||right|
Canaan, officially the Principality of Canaan, is a tripartite parliamentary constitutional monarchy located in North Akkadiya. It borders the Ankaran Union to the west and Emirate of Masara to the south. With a population of over 8 million people on XX sq miles of land, it is one of the smallest states in the world, as well as one of the most congested states by people per capita.
The Principality of Canaan has an emerging economy with a $325.67 billion GDP, and is a hub of international trade. The nation has a unique tripartite princely theocratic constitutionalism tied legally to royal mandates with Belhavia, Rodarion, and Ariyadh. It is considered the holy land of the three main Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Canaan is a member of the World Council, the Global Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the International Trade Assembly.
- 1 History
- 2 Government and politics
- 3 Foreign relations and military
- 4 Law enforcement
- 5 Economy
- 6 Geography and climate
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Culture
Pre-history and antiquity
Principality of Canaan
Government and politics
The Principality of Canaan has one of the most unique governing systems in the world, as a theocratic parliamentary constitutional monarchy, it stands apart, however its executive takes the form of a triumvirate, with each Co-Prince representing the three largest ethno-religious groups in the country. The Triumvirate executive was established in 1790 by the Rodar-Belhavian Expedition following the Great Canaanite Expedition, in order to ensure stability and peace in the Holy Land. The Triumvirate serves two purposes: firstly, it ensures Islam, Catholicism and Judaism enjoy equal representation and power in the Holy Land and secondly, provides extensive levels of accountability and checks and balances on the respective groups.
Each Co-Prince is appointed by their respective religious leaders, the Muslim Co-Prince is appointed by the King of Ariyadh, the Jewish Co-Prince is appointed by the Emperor of Belhavia and the Catholic Co-Prince is appointed by the Pope, who also serves as the Lavian Patriarch of Yerushalayim. The powers of the Co-Princes is mostly ceremonial in nature, as according to the National Constitution for the Principality. The current Co-Princes are Rabbi Avroham Yitzchak ben David, Patriarch Salim Nimeh and Sheik Abdullah Khalid ibn Faisal.
Below the Co-Princes is a Prime Minister who is leader of the largest party in the General Council, he is offered to form a government by the Co-Princes upon the election's result. The Prime Minister heads the Cabinet, is Commander-in-Chief of the military and the de-facto head of state. The Cabinet of Canaan is made up of 12 ministers of state, all of whom must be accepted by the General Council and the Co-Princes before being officially appointed to their roles. The current Prime Minister is Matthieu Aboud. The General Council has 120 seats and its members are elected every four years, with no term limits applied to them.
Canaan has no official state religion, instead it claims to be "Abrahamic and Democratic" in that the Abrahamic faiths are equal before the law and constitution. Legal matters are highly de-centralised and in the hands of the individual religious groups to administer and enforce, however at times legislation produced has come into confrontation with the religious views of the faiths and proven difficult to overcome.
Canaanite politics are highly polarized, both by ethnoreligious groups as well as a series of important socio-cultural political issues such as whether the nature of the government should be secular or religious, Tripartist or full absolutist home-rule, among other issues. Domestic politics have become volatile in recent decades owing to world events such as the Cold War and emergence of Ankaran-led Pan-Akkadiyanism, which has sparked an ongoing left-wing Islamist insurgency within the country's borders.
Contemporary Canaanite politics are headed by the center-right National Popular Movement for Canaan (NPMC) and center-left Canaanite People's Party (CPP) major parties, who usually lead the governing coalitions. No party has won an outright majority since the introduction of direct party-list parliamentary elections in 1912. The current parties emerged in the aftermath of Direct Princely Rule from 1954 to 1958 in response to the 1954 Constitutional Crisis.
Besides NPMC and CPP, the "second-tier" parties are the left-wing Coalition of the Left, right-wing United Catholic List and Union for Torah Judaism, and centrist League of Urban Voters, followed by the "third-tier" of minor parties such as the far right Alliance for a Greater Canaan, centrist Action for Canaan Party, and the far left Socialist Workers' Party and Arab Justice Party.
Foreign relations and military
Princely Army of Canaan
The Princely Army of Canaan is the military force of the Principality, the PAC consist of the army, air force and navy. It was founded as a popular militia in 1790 as the secondary defence of the Principality, when Rodarian and Belhavian military garrisons reduced in size towards the end of the 19th century, the Canaanite military took an official form, it was reformed into the PAC in 1946 with the assistance of the Belhavian military. The PAC also includes the Internal Security Bureau, Military Defence Intelligence Agency and the External Security Bureau within its command structure. The PAC has among the highest defence spending ratios in Akkadiya and has engaged in several border conflicts and limited confrontations further beyond in the region, it is regarded as the most well-armed and trained forces in Akkadiya.