Elhazia

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Federal Republic of Elhazia
Federalna Republika Elazija
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "Jedan narod" (Elhazian)
"One Nation"
Anthem: Our Glorious Homeland
"Naša Veličanstvena Domovina"
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Map of Elhazia
CapitalDomanov
Largest Črnomorje
Official languages Elhazian
Demonym Elhazians
Government Semi-parliamentarymonarchy
 -  Monarch TBA
 -  Prime Minister TBA
Legislature Vrhovna Rada
Area
 -  495,556 km2
191,335 sq mi
Population
 -  estimate 32,837,917 (2015)
 -  Density 66.26/km2
171.62/sq mi
Gini (2014)positive decrease 39.9
medium
HDI (2014)Increase .898
very high
Currency Florin (Elhazia) (flr)
Time zone EST (UTC+2:45)
 -  Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+2:45)
Date format dd.mm.yyyy
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .ea

Elhazia (Elhazian: Elazija), officially the Federal Republic of Elhazia, is a federal republic in Aeia. The country is situated in south-western Catai and is bordered by Malban and Sagalash to the north and Uwhistan and Rumelia to the west. It consists of 20 Voivodeships, Elhazian overseas department of Ximao, 52 islands that form a separate administrative unit and two autonomous cities – Domanov, which is the capital city and Črnomorje, which is the largest city. Other major urban centres include Srebrengród, Kanalóvo, Huditz, Nova Aridija and Safron. Elhazia is geographically divided between the coastal area, the Elhazian Alps in the midlands and the savanna in the interior. The total area of Elhazia is 378,279 square kilometres. The country's population is 27.5 million, most of whom are Elhazians, with the most common religious denomination being Puritan Alydianism. It contains one de facto independent region, Parsk Oblast, which gained very limited international recognition after the 1992-1994 Communist rebellion.

Elhazia is a developed and democratic country, which maintains a high-income economy along with high standards of living, safety, education, political freedoms and one of the lowest crime rates in the region. The country provides free university education, a good social security and a affordable health care system for all its citizens.

Elhazian national identity is rooted in a common historical background, shared values such as Alydianism, federalism and direct democracy.

Elhazia developed a rich cultural and natural heritage, including numerous historical monuments and many national parks.


Etymology

History

Prehistory

Chalcian rule and Antheon

During the third century BC, Chalcian army, led by king Macharios conquered the area of today Elhazia and established his empire that stretched from Chalcia to the Gulf of Brassida. After king Macharios' death the empire the empire fell apart at several smaller Chalcian kingdoms and polises. Emolichid Kingdom was established in the area of today's Elhazia, named after king Emolichos, who was one of Macharios' sons. Also, some of the cities in the kingdom were Olynthos, Ethos and Eudonia, which was also the capital city of the kingdom.

Apart from the Emolichid Kingdom, Chalcians established the kingdom of Antheon on the island of Minoa, which is also a part of today's Elhazia. Antheon is considered as one of the greatest and culturally the richest civilizations in history.

Emolichid Kingdom fell during the arrival of Elhazians in the 8th century. Elhazian people preserved much of its cultural heritage while Chalcian population was mostly assimilated under slavic influence. Some of the earliest Elhazian dutchies were established in the line with Chalcian civilization and therefore the Emolichid Kingdom is sometimes considered as one of the predecessors of Elhazia.

On the other hand, the kingdom of Antheon survived a few centuries longer, thanks to Minoa's isolation until it was conquered by Irsadic forces. The exact period of time is unknown, but most historians believe that it was between 10th and 13th cetury.

Malbanian rule

Jalyit the Great

During the second half of 5th century, Malbanian emperor Jalyit the Great conquered the territories of today's norhern Elhazia. During the years after the conquest, Malbanian Empire established several southern provinces of the Empire, including Baktobe and Khambyl. The provinces were named after indigenous people of the area Baktobans and Khambyls. Initially their reign was successful. Although, over time, the Malbanian rule has become increasingly opressive towards the indigenous peoples, but also weaker. Until the 9th century, the Empire was in crisis and southern provinces is de facto ruled by anarchy.


The arrival of Elhazians and early years

Czecuronazya (green) and Chezderino Kingdom (yellow)

The first Elhazian tribe came from today's Dreyvisevich and was originated from Curonazatian intellectuals who advocated Curonazatian independence from Chezderino Kingdom in the 7th century. Pro-independence groups waged a rebel uprising in the northeastern part of the Kingdom. The uprising started in the Curonazatian town of Elhaz and several thousand people, mostly Curonazatians but also some Czenazatyans and Slovnikans supported it. The rise has escalated into the civil war which saw the creation of the short-lived Czecuronazya that was a rebel breakaway state. It is estimated that Czecuronazya existed during the late 7th and early 8th century before it was defeated by Chezderino Kingdom and its king Stepan Bogdanov in one of the bloodiest conflicts of that era. After that, Bogdanov exiled thousands of rebels while even more people fled in fear of retribution and persecution. They formed a new tribe named after the town of Elhaz, where the uprising started. The new tribe have fled to the south.

Elhaz people had arrived in what is today Elhazia in the late 8th century, however that claim is disputed and competing hypotheses date the event between the early 8th and the early 9th centuries. They settled in the southern provinces of the shrunken Malbanian Empire and united with Baktobans and Khambyls against the Malbanian rule. After only a few conflicts, the Empire left these areas, although many Malbanian people stayed. Therefore, Elhazian rule has been established. Eventually several dukedoms were formed including Duchy of Umakia, Duchy of Liczia and Duchy of Goricza. As a reward for their co-operation in the war, Khambylians and Baktobans were also allowed to establish their own dukedoms. Each duchy was ruled by dukes and The Council of the Ancients which consisted of 50 oldest men. Principals were generally peaceful and in good relationships, although there were occasional conflicts.

The arrival of Elhazians

In the early 10th century, Duchy of Liczia and Duchy of Umakia formed the Kingdom of Elhazia that was located in today's Voivodeships of Umakia, Boldania and Rilska. That is a reason this area is sometimes called "Old Elhazia". It is estimated that Alydianization of Elhazians began at about the same time.

During the 980s, queen Janisa came to power in the kingdom of Elhazia and established strong authoritarian rule that many historians today consider tyrannical. It is estimated that Janisa killed more than 80 000 people she considered trustless. Some of the most cruel torture devices were used during that time, including the brazen bull, neck torture, lead sprinkler and the chair of torture. For that reason, the reign of Janis and her successors, which lasted about 100 years, is often called "The long winter".

The long winter ended in 1080, when knight Petar, along with his brother and two sisters, defeated king Filip, who was Janisa's grandson and established a new, more peaceful and benevolent, monarchy in Elhazia.

Seven Kingdoms (1080-1555)

During the middle ages there were seven kingdoms - Kingdom of Elhazia, Baron's Fields (Also called "Baruna"), Kingdom of Notakia, Kingdom of Khambylia and three more kingdoms in the southern present-day Elhazia - Kingdom of Zakria, Kingdom of Sakaal and Empire of Kretza. The kingdoms were partially independent, and every year the rulers met at the Council of Seven kings.

Most of the kingdoms were engaged in trade and cooperated well with each other, as well as with the kingdom of Getahm. During the 1170s Getham-Beca'e conflicts, kingdom of Elhazia and kingdom of Khambylia actively sided with Getahm. They have successfully defended themselves from several Beca'e attacks, although they have suffered a heavy defeat during 1250s Late Conflict.

Other than that, the territories of Elhazia during 12th and 13th centuries were mostly peaceful and society of that time followed the principles of feudalism which means that the majority of citizens were peasants who worked on the estates of feudal lords.

Sandarak threat

Sultan Ardashir

During the 14th and 15th centuries, the main threat was the Sandarak Sultanate. Sandaraks were a people group originally from Majulan who have extended their rule to the southwest Catai and established their Sultanate in the areas that included today's southern Elhazia. Sandarak conquests led to the 1340 Battle of Zakrian field and 1348 Battle of Sakaal, both ending in decisive Sandarak victories.

Example of Sandarak architecture that can be found in Bidzin, Elhazia
Elhazian territories during 1530s

The Sandarak rule of the Elhazian territories can be divided into two main periods. The first period is sometimes referred to as the bloody century and lasted during the 14th and early 15th century. This period is marked by constant wars and conflicts between the Sultanate and Elhazian kingdoms, most notably the Battle for Baruna (1395) and the Battle of Zomakian field (1403-1404). Historians estimate that tens of thousands of people were killed in those battles.

The second period lasted during 15th and the first half of 16th century and was mostly peaceful. Sandaraks established their rule in conquered areas and expanded their cultural influence including cuisine and architecture. Therefore, in South Elhazia could be found many buildings from that period that were built in the oriental style.


United Kingdom of Elhazia (1555-1766)

Thanks to marriages among kings and queens, Kingdom of Elhazia, Baron's Fields, Kingdom of Notakia and Kingdom of Khambylia were soon united into The United Kingdom of Elhazia. The United Kingdom of Elhazia was an absolute monarchy ruled by several dynasties of Elhazian kings and Queens.

The United Kingdom of Elhazia during 1600s

After the unification, Elhazia became much stronger and the army numbered over 100,000 soldiers. Initially, the standard of living was not very high because the state invested most of the resources in defense. In 1582. Elhazian king Patrick II. liberated the southern Elhazian territories from Sandaraks and annexed them. Sandarak people mostly fled or were expelled by the Elhazian Kingdom. The Sultanate collapsed after that and, during the 17th century, the remaining parts of the Sultanate were divided into a lot of small emirates. All emirates, for various reasons, ceased to exist until early 18th century.

In 1596, the Elhazian Inquisition was founded. The Inquisition acted as a religious court that persecuted those who did the heresy, according to the standards of that time.

Age of Discovery (1640s-1760s)

After the Sandarak Empire's withdrawal, Elhazia has experienced gradual economic growth and prosperity. Because of this, during the 17th century, numerous kings started trade and diplomacy with overseas peoples. As part of that, there were two important discoveries.

Discoveries

During 1640, King Karlo sailed further than anyone before him and discovered several small islands, including Dragon Island, Island of the Duffians and Golden Island. There was a large amount of gold and other raw materials found on the Golden Island. That discovery have contributed to development of mining industry and additional economic growth of Elhazia. Soon the islands were inhabited by Elhazians and have become a part of the Elhazian territory.

Exactly 50 years later, in 1690, King Karlo's grandson King Višeslav XX sailed even further and came to the Yidaoan peninsula Lǜsè guójiā (绿色国家) and established Elhazian rule there. The center of the new Elhazian colony was in the city of Ximao, which is still part of Elhazia today. He established trade and cultural exchange with the local population. After Immigration Reform, signed by King Ladislav VII in 1744, Yidaon people were allowed to come to Elhazia if they give an oath that they will respect Elhazian culture and customs. Many of them did during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The greatest prosperity was during the early and mid 18th century and therefore that period is called "Golden ages of Elhazia". The Golden ages ended in 1766, when Newrey occupied Elhazia and established its rule.

Newreyan rule (1766-1908)

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First republic (1908-1944) and Dubicki era (1944-1957)

After the fell of the Newreyan Empire, the First Elhazian Republic was established on the principles of democracy and solidarity. The country was ruled by the president and the national assembly, which were both elected every four years. Elhazian republic also recognized women's right to vote by its constitution that makes Elhazia one of the first countries to recognise that.

In 1944, Julije Dubicki was elected for president and his party, far-right Elhazian Revolutionary Organization won two-thirds supermajority in the parliament and therefore they changed the constitution and established the authoritarian rule and the single-party system that lasted during the next 12 years. His rule was characterized by radical clericalization of society, persecution or marginalization of many minority groups, especially Sagalan people and international isolation. Dubicki is a very controversial historical figure, even today.

His rule lasted until 1956, when Elhazian communists, led by aprominent communist Ranko Mihaljevicz and backed by Sagalan paramilitary forces, organized uprising also known as the Red Rebellion. In the April 1956, the Dubicki's regime fell and communists took over. After that In the next few months, in retaliation, the communists killed several thousands people, mostly Dubicki's supporters and Elhazian intellectuals, which is the reason why is the Red Rebellion considered as one of the bloodiest conflicts in Elhazian history.

Under the new communist goverment, Elhazia joined the ASU-Srednian war on the side of Srednia. That communist Elhazia lasted for only one year, because after the war ended, Elhazia became a part of the communist Srednia.

Srednia (1957-1998)

Main article: Srednia

Srednia was a single-party communist dictatorship ruled by the People's Front and its leader Vuk Dragović and no political opposition to the People's Front was allowed. However, Elhazian democratic government in exile was formed in (INSERT A RICH ASURAN COUNTRY HERE). The communist government opened concentration camps for political opponents, and the Secret Service killed hundreds of dissidents in emigration.

50s and early 60s in Srednia were mostly known as the Reconstruction era. The country was poor, most of the infrastructure was demolished and the existence of many people depended on international aid from both eastern and western countries. The state organized a number of workshops in order to rebuild the state.

During the 60s and 70s, Srednia experienced fast industrialization and economic growth which culminated in the 80s, years which are known as the Golden era of Srednia. Society became more liberal, although still under the firm rule of the Communist Party Borders were openeing too. This kind of economic growth occurred mostly thanks to the loans from the outside.

Vuk Dragović died in 1989. In the early 90s, loans came to payment and the country plunged into a major economic crisis. This period was characterized by high inflation, austerity measures and a political crisis that led to the 1998 war and the disintegration of the country.

Civil War (1998-2001)

Main article: Srednian Civil War

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Geography

Geography of Elhazia
Elhazian far-north is arid 
Elhazian Alps 
Elhazian South 
Photo taken in Notakia 
Elhazia is known for its cleanness 

Climate

Climate zones

The climate of Elhazia is extremely diverse. It can vary greatly between the regions, from glacial conditions on the mountain tops to the subtropical and mediterranean climate at the coastal area. There are three main climatic zones. Coastal area has a subtropical and mediterranean climate with long summers and mild winters. Temperatures average about 25°C in July and about 7°C in January. The late summer and fall is the seasonal period of risk for hurricanes, especially in the southern part of the state. Central Elhazia has an Alpine and boreal climate. This area is mountainous with many plateaus and highlands. Temperatures can vary between the localities, but the average is about 17°C in July and about -3°C in January. The third climatic zone is a savannah and a semi-desert in the northern part of the interior. It is a very sparsely populated area with little rainfall. According to 2010 census, less than 5% of citizens live in that area.

The reason for such a big diversity of climate are the Elhazian Alps which, because of the high altitude, have a specific climate and prevent the spread of subtropical influences to the interior of the country.

Elhazian Alps are considered one of the most beautiful parts of Elhazia
Climate data for Domanov (Central Elhazia)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.6
(58.3)
17.5
(63.5)
25.0
(77)
29.0
(84.2)
32.0
(89.6)
35.2
(95.4)
40.0
(104)
39.4
(102.9)
34.6
(94.3)
30.3
(86.5)
22.8
(73)
19.4
(66.9)
40
(104)
Average high °C (°F) 0.8
(33.4)
2.4
(36.3)
8.2
(46.8)
15.2
(59.4)
20.0
(68)
24.0
(75.2)
27.9
(82.2)
28.4
(83.1)
24.6
(76.3)
18.4
(65.1)
10.5
(50.9)
3.8
(38.8)
15.35
(59.62)
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.3
(26.1)
−2.1
(28.2)
3.0
(37.4)
9.1
(48.4)
13.6
(56.5)
17.2
(63)
20.2
(68.4)
20.1
(68.2)
16.2
(61.2)
10.9
(51.6)
4.6
(40.3)
−0.4
(31.3)
9.09
(48.38)
Average low °C (°F) −7.1
(19.2)
−6.3
(20.7)
−1.6
(29.1)
3.5
(38.3)
7.3
(45.1)
10.1
(50.2)
12.3
(54.1)
12.0
(53.6)
8.4
(47.1)
4.6
(40.3)
−0.1
(31.8)
−3.9
(25)
3.27
(37.88)
Record low °C (°F) −34.6
(−30.3)
−29.6
(−21.3)
−27.6
(−17.7)
−10.9
(12.4)
−2.0
(28.4)
−0.3
(31.5)
3.6
(38.5)
3.2
(37.8)
−0.8
(30.6)
−5.8
(21.6)
−21.0
(−5.8)
−27.0
(−16.6)
−34.6
(−30.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 40.1
(1.579)
38.3
(1.508)
46.0
(1.811)
65.7
(2.587)
60.3
(2.374)
33.9
(1.335)
11.2
(0.441)
7.6
(0.299)
18.3
(0.72)
37.8
(1.488)
41.6
(1.638)
43.9
(1.728)
444.7
(17.508)
Avg. rainy days 12.3 11.9 13.3 14.7 14.3 8.7 3.2 3.0 4.7 8.3 9.7 12.3 116.4
Avg. snowy days 9 9 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 36
 % humidity 77 77 72 64 61 57 53 52 54 62 72 76 64.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 77.5 95.2 151.9 186 257.3 318 372 359.6 291 198.4 120 71.3 2,498.2
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Biodiversity

Mountain beavers are very common in Elhazia

Elhazia is the one of the most forested country in the region. Most of the Elhazian teritorry is covered by pine and boreal forests in the mainland and laurel and temperate forests on the coast.

Elhazia has a diverse and extensive range of fauna. Because of its high landscape diversity, Elhazia is home to about 12,200 species of animals, including about 500 endemic. Some of the most common animal species are Red deer, Mountain beaver, Dove, Red-throated loon and many other species. Some of the species that are currently living in the warm coastal area such as Meerkat, Scarlet macaw and African grey parrot were imported from Overseas territories.

Elhazia is the most important breeding ground for a variety of migratory birds every year.

Elhazia's ecosystems can also be particularly fragile, because the many delicate valleys separated by high mountains often form unique ecologies.

Many Scarlet macaws live in the coastal area of south Elhazia

Environment

Elhazia was one of the first countries to create an environment ministry, in 1978 and is known as one of the cleanest and environmentally conscious countries. Forests account for 63% of Elhazia's land area and are some of the most diverse in the world due to its diverse climate and strict environmental protection.

Elhazia has 41 National parks. The most famous ones are Kijani Forest, Blue Lakes, Rocky Central Belt, Elhazian Mirrors and Golden Island.

More than 150 registered zoos and animal parks operate in Elhazia. The Domanov Zoo, opened in 1848, is the largest and oldest zoo in Elhazia.

Kijani Forest

Waters

The longest rivers in Elhazia are the Ladiginka - 1022 kilometres long river that forms part of Elhazia's border with separatist Parsk Oblast, and the Temak, which is 970 kilometres long. Temak is sometimes considered as the most important river in Elhazia because it connects two largest cities in Elhazia - Domanov and Črnomorje with the ocean and is an important source of liquid water.

Politics

Elhazia is a Semi-parliamentary monarchy. Elhazia's government is based on the separation of legislative, executive and judicial power.

Monarchy

The monarch officially is the head of state, commander in-chief of the military and chief representative of the United Kingdom of Elhazia both within the country and abroad, altough his or her executive duties are very limited and mostly ceremonial.

Queen Katarina XVII, the current monarch of Elhazia

The monarch has the power to veto any law that finds unconstitutional, call regular or early elections for the Vrhovna Rada, as well as to call referendum. The Monarch also grants pardons and civil awards and decorations. Members of the government as well as the Supreme Court justices must be approved by the monarch.

The order of succession to the Elhazian throne is described in article 1 in the Constitution of Elhazia. Only people descended from the reigning monarch and the reigning monarch's siblings and their descendants are entitled to succeed to the throne. Historically, male children of the monarch had the advantage of inheriting the throne, although this rule was abolished in 1947.

The royal family has been in exile several times in history, most recently during the second half of the 20th century. The royal family fled to Qyred due to the communist rule in Elhazia.

Legislative

Main article: Vrhovna Rada

The Elhazian parliament, called Vrhovna Rada is the supreme legislative body of the united kingdom of Elhazia and overseas territories. Vrhovna Rada is a bicameral parliament consisting of the Chamber of the Estates and the National Assembly. Chamber of the Estates consists of 150 non-partisan peers, consisting of the Elhazian Puritan Church clergy, Elhazian nobility, craftsmen, peasants and judges, as well as the representatives of each historical region of Elhazia. National Assembly consist of 200 representatives, 170 directly elected by the people using single transferable vote, 10 elected by the people living in the overseas territories of Ximao and Minoa, 10 elected by Elhazian diaspora including Elhazians living in Uwhistan and 10 ethnic minority representatives.

Executive

In Elhazia, prime minister, also called Ban and the cabinet hold the executive power. Ban is elected indirectly through the Electoral College by the people of Elhazia and its overseas territories. There are a total of 200 electors. Each Voivodeship, independent city and the overseas territory have two fixed electors, while the remaining 160 electors are distributed proportionally to the population. More populated Voivodeships have more electors. After being elected, ban appoints the rest of the cabinet ministers that must be approved by the both houses of the Vrhovna rada and by the monarch.

Due to the high decentralisation of the United Kingdom of Elhazia, ban's and the government's powers are mostly limited to the national security (including police and military), foreign affairs, finances, public administration and judiciary. The cabinet also includes other ministries such as ministry of culture and heritage, ministry of science and education, ministry of family and demographics, ministry of agriculture and forestry, although these ministries have limited executive power and their duty is mostly to fund projects, develop strategies and to coordinate regional ministries.

Judical

Supreme Court building

The judical power is made of the Supreme Court and lower courts. The Supreme Court consists of 9 judges appointed by several law faculties and associations with both houses Vrhovna Rada approval that requires two-thirds majority as well as the approval of the monarch. People of Elhazia also have the right to veto the appointment of a judge. If 300,000 signatures against the appointment were collected, the appointment must be approved on the referendum too. Once appointed, justices have lifetime tenure unless they resign, retire, or are impeached. The judges are often categorized as having conservative, moderate, or liberal philosophies of judicial interpretation. Their duty is to interpret laws and overturn those that are unconstitutional.

To overturn an existing law, a three-quarters majority is required (7 judges), while to ban a law that has not yet been passed or have been passed very recently, 5-4 majority is sufficient.

Foreign Relations

Country Status Current state of relations Mutual Embassies Visa Requirement Resident Ambassador Elhazian Ambassador
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 Malban Warm Despite some territorial disputes, Malban and Elhazia have been friendly since the ASU collapse. Yes Yes Sereca Hefahca Name

Military

Military service is voluntary, though conscription may occur in wartime.

Administrative divisions

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Economy

Science and technology

Transport

Transport in Elhazia is provided by means of rail, road, marine shipping and air travel.

Energy

Demographics

Interesting maps of Elhazia

With its estimated population of 32,84 million in 2010, Elhazia ranks 28th by population in Aeia. Its population density stands at 63 inhabitants per square kilometre and the overall life expectancy in Elhazia at birth was 84 years in 2012. The total fertility rate of 2.9 children per mother, is one of the highest among developed countries in Aeia.

Ethnic groups

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Religion

Domanov Cathedral

Elhazia has no official religion. Freedom of religion is a right defined by the Elhazian Constitution which also defines all religious communities as equal in front of the law, enabling the emergence of additional denominations.

According to the 2015 census, 90.7% of Elhazians identify as Alydian; of these, Elhazian Puritans make up the largest group, accounting for 82.8% of the population, after which follows Amish Alydians (5.7%). 3.5% practice Cataian or Majulan folk religions. 3.4% practice some other religion, mostly Irsad and Mashahism. 2.4% of the population are irreligious.

Public opinion polls have consistently ranked Elhazia as one of the most religious countries in the region, with 59% of Elhazians considering themselves "very religious". 44% of Elhazians said that they attended church weekly or almost weekly.

The Concordat between the Elhazian Puritan Church and Elhazia guarantees the teaching of religion in all state and some private schools as an optional subjects avliable for all students. According to a 2009 survey, 88% of respondents were not opposed to religious instruction in public schools.

In the Southern coastal area, religion became more influential as the southern Elhazia became known as the "Bible Belt", although that term is sometimes used to describe whole Elhazia by other, less religious, nations in the Aeia.

Family

As of 2010, 63% of Elhazians age 18 and over were married, 8% were widowed, 4% were divorced, and 25% had never been married. Women now work mostly outside the home and receive a majority of bachelor's degrees.

The total fertility rate was estimated for 2010 at 2.97 births per woman. Therefore, Elhazia has one of the highest birth rate compared to other developed countries. This phenomenon can be attributed to high child benefits and paid maternity leave supported by the government and partialy to Elhazian conservative culture. Adoption in Elhazia is common and relatively easy compared to other countries. Same-sex marriage and polygamy are illegal nationwide.

The Elhazian teenage pregnancy rate is 12.5 per 1,000 women and declining. Abortion laws vary by Voivodeship but is mostly legal under certain circumstances. In 2013, the average age at first birth was 25 and only 8% of births were to unmarried women.

Migration

Education

Literacy in Elhazia stands at 98.4 per cent.

Primary education in Elhazia starts at the age of seven or eight and consists of seven grades. Compulsory education consists of eight grades of elementary school. Secondary education is provided by gymnasiums and vocational schools. As of 2012, there are more than 15,000 elementary schools and more than 5,000 schools providing various forms of secondary education.

Elhazia has 20 public universities. The University of Domanov, the first university in Elhazia, was founded in 1299 and remained active.

Homeschooling as an option is available to all children and parents, although regulations and limitations vary by Voivodeship. It is estimated that 5-6% of all children were homeschooled at some point.

Elementary education

Elementary school subjects - lessons per week


Secondary education

Gymnasium subjects - lessons per week


Higher education

Urbanization

Regional differences

Culture

Elhazian society

According to Hofstede's dimensions, Elhazia is a feminine, collectivist and restrained society with high uncertainty avoidance and long term orientation. It means that the dominant values in society are caring for others and quality of life, which is the sign of success and standing out from the crowd is not admirable. Elhazian society fosters strong relationships where everyone takes responsibility for fellow members of their group. Elhazian people have also a very high preference for avoiding uncertainty. There is an emotional need for rules, people have an inner urge to be busy and work hard and security is an important element in individual motivation. Elhazian people do not put much emphasis on leisure time and control the gratification of their desires. Also, Elhazia is a long-term oriented society. That means that an important characteristic of Elhazian society is a strong propensity to save and invest, thriftiness, and perseverance in achieving results.

Because of its geographic position, Elhazia represents a blend of many different cultural spheres. It has been a crossroad of many influences during its long history.

Media

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Patriotic hipster

Elhazian traditional music specifically deals with the folk music traditions of the ethnic Elhazian people. The performance and promulgation of ethnic music in Elhazia has a long tradition. Initially it was intertwined with various forms of art music, however, in the late 18th century it began to take on a life of its own with the rise in popularity of folkloric ensembles. Folk music is closely tied in with village life and traditions. It was usually not performed by professional musicians. Today, Elhazia invests a lot of resources in preserving traditional music. And it's quite successful.

In the late twentieth century, a new genre of music has been developed that combines elements of traditional folk music with modern types of music such as pop, rock and punk. The lyrics are usually patriotic. This genre is Elhazian type of folk rock and is sometimes called Brza narodna glazba ("Fast folk music"). It is very popular among young Elhazians. Such music is sometimes considered controversial. While some people believe that it unites young people and spread patriotic values among them, others believe that it is nothing but spreading hatred and nationalism amongst Elhazian youth.

Country fans

In recent years this has led to the development of a new subculture called patriotic hyperlinks, or "Pipsters" for short. Although they do not show signs of physical violence, many left and liberal activists and media have already called them Nazi hipsters (or Nipsters, for short).

Elhazia is also known for country music, especially the southern parts. Elhazian country music often consists of simple ballads and dance tunes accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, various guitars and fiddles. Country music is sometimes considered to be the most popular music genre in Elhazia.

The term country music is used today to describe many styles and subgenres. The origins of country music are the folk music of working-class Elhazians, while, the new generation of the country continued the crossover between traditional country and more modern types of pop music.

Apart from the mentioned traditional genres, many other modern genres are also present in Elhazia, but are not as popular as in other countries.

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Art

Eduard Minh: The Scream

Elhazian art is very rich and varied, however, during history it had several highlights.

(traditional art - TBA)

At the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, new, contemporary lines emerged in art. Especially developed and popular were expressionism and pop art. Elhazia was known in the Greater Olympus for its expressionist artists. The most famous were Ladislav Adler, Martin Ibriks, Eduard Minh, Pavao Ožanić and Nikolina Končar.

Cuisine

Elhazian cuisine consists mainly of vegetables, beef and pork meat, and bread. Foods are usually either slowly cooked or stewed.

Due to the developed milk production in the Alps, Elhazia has produced large amounts of chocolate for most of its history and is known for numerous traditional desserts such as Jermek, Shokolas, Lezzetti, Meyina Pie and Sonun chocolate tiles.

Traditionally, Elhazians eat a light breakfast and two hearty meals, with lunch being the largest meal of the day.

Elhazia is also known as a exporter of many fruits that grow on the coast, such as lemon, mandarin, mango and pineapple. It is estimated that Elhazia made around twelve billion florins during 2016 on the export of lemons. Lemon is the inevitable ingredient of many Elhazian sweets and drinks.

Lezzetti - Traditional Elhazian sweet is made of lemon and sugar

However, in recent times, despite the fact that the Elhazian people are known for resisting globalization, fast food is becoming more and more popular in Elhazia. It is estimated that today there are more than 15 000 fast food restaurants in the country.

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