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|The Federated Republics of Estmere
|Motto: Liberty and Prosperity|
|Anthem: I Vow to Thee, Dear Estmere|
and largest city
|Recognised national languages||Swathish, Flurian|
|Government||Federal parliamentary constitutional republic|
|-||Prime Minister||Rupert Richardson|
|-||Upper house||Greater House|
|-||Lower house||Lesser House|
|-||Kingdom of Embria||11th Century|
|-||United Counties||12th/13th Century|
|-||Kingdom of Estmere||19th Century|
|-||Founded the EC||1 January 1948|
|Gini (2012)|| 21.4
|Currency||Euclo (EUC (€))|
|Time zone||Euclean Standard Time|
|Drives on the||right|
|ISO 3166 code||EST|
Estmere, officially known as The Federated Republics of Estmere is a country located in northern Euclea. It is bordered by Buckland, Hennehouwe, Vredlandia, Werania, and the Gulf of Assonaire. Estmere is a large nation with a population of about 62 million people. The country is home to three prominent ethnic groups: the Estmerish, the Flurians, and the Weranic Swathish peoples. The Estmerish make up the largest portion of the population at about 42%, followed by the Flurians and Swathish respectively. The majority of the population, 67%, speaks Estmerish as their primary language. However, strong Swathish and Flurian speaking communities maintain a strong presence.
The Swathish peoples migrated southward from Werania. During the 10th century, after the Verloquoian acquisition of the Hennish Counties, powerful Verique lords launched a series of conquests into modern-day Estmere, defeating the native Swathish petty kingdoms. Much of what constitutes modern-day Estmere came under the control of Verique lords, who threw their support behind Richard Harcourt, the Count of Ashcombe. Estmere was first known as the Kingdom of Embria with Richard serving as its King. After [a certain amount of time] a devastating war for control over the kingdom broke out between claimants to the throne, which saw it fracture for several years. This conflict was known as the Anarchy and caused significant chaos. Many of the Harcourt heirs were killed in the fighting and those that survived remained unpopular for their role in the collapse of the country. Clovis Vernon, the Count Vernon, managed to secure the support of a powerful group of nobles who formed the States Council. The council elected Clovis as its de facto leader and the nobles who participated swore their armies to him. Vernon then waged a campaign to reunite the shattered kingdom in which he saw success. This saw the establishment of the Commonwealth of the United Estmerish Counties.
Through this crowned republic, the Estates of Estmere, which had evolved out of the States Council, would elect the Bailiff-General. For his role in restoring order to Estmere, Clovis was elevated to the Prince of Vernon. His dynasty remained dominant in what acted as a hereditary republic for six centuries. This led to the rise of a very powerful noble class of Verique origin, which overtime evolved into being culturally Estmerish. Renaissance and Colonial Era History here.
During the 19th Century, a series of liberal reforms under the reign of Richard VIII saw the republic reformed into the Kingdom of Estmere. The Parliament also became bicameral, with the hereditary Greater House and the elected Lesser House. Estmere fought on the side of the Grand Alliance during the Great War and was an early backer of the Republic of Negara against Gaullica. The country was overrun by Gaullican forces in 1928 and the government was forced into exile. It remained occupied until the end of the war in 1935. After less than a century, the short-lived Kingdom of Estmere was abolished following a left-wing uprising after the Transitional Government re-established control over all of Estmere following Gaullican occupation. The Republic of Estmere was established in 1936, but was eventually reformed into the Federated Republics of Estmere in the 1950s. This saw the creation of the sister republics of Wealdland and Fleurland and a special capital territory, the Federal City of Ashcombe. Despite the abolition of the monarchy, the aristocracy remained very powerful and makes up most of the societal elite.
Today, Estmere is a federal constitutional republic with a parliamentary system of governance. The head of state is the president, currently Alice Roberts (Ind.). The government is led by the prime minister, with Rupert Richardson (NUP) serving as the incumbent. The legislature is known as the Federal Parliament, a bicameral body consisting of the Greater House and the Lesser House. Estmere is divided into two republics and one federal district. The two republics, affectionately known as the twin republics, are the ethnically Swathish republic of Wealdland in the north and the mostly ethnically Flurian region of Flurland in the south. Each republic has its own executive, legislature, and high court and enjoy many devolved powers. Ashcombe, a special Federal City, is an officially tri-lingual (Estmerish, Swathish, and Flurian) located on the country's coastline.
The name Estmere is derived from the Old Swathish ēast, originally meaning "Dawn" and obtaining, over time, a connotation with the direction that the sun rose, thus becoming a poetic replacement for former dawnward in Middle Swathish. The transition to Middle Swathish este as common parlance instead of a poetic filler was seemingly complete by the middle of the 13th century. The reduction of the word to est occurred under influence from the Flurian nobility, who had earlier adopted a Sveltish cognate austr under Gaullophonic influence to become est.
The second component of the name, -mere, is derived ultimately from Solarian mare. Although it is reflected well in Gaullican mer, the Flurian language of the time dictated their equivalent to be me, losing the word-final "-r". From modern speech and based off of Flurian toponymy, it can be deduced that the formal Flurian language was not entirely representative, and the informal dialects ranged between mair and me openly. Thus, it is assumed that modern -mere was derived from one of these common dialects, perhaps pronounced mir rather than the formal speech, in a very similar relation as that between Classical Solarian and Vulgar Solarian. As the local Swathian population originated inland, the more hydrocentric Flurian culture came to dominate in terms related to water in fields such as navigation, phasing out Swathian terms present in the newly-developing Old Estmerish with its own.
Thus, the name comes together, featuring est as a Weranic term present in Flurian and Middle Swathish alike, and mir derived from the Solarian bulk of the Flurian language. As spelling rules and phonology changed, and the mixed, but mostly Weranic-based, Estmerish language came to dominate with its own orthographic traditions, this would evolve into the modern form Estmere to replicate the older pronunciation by the 16th century.
The governing doctrine of Estmere is its Constitution, which was drafted and ratified in 1837. It defines the federal system used to govern Estmere. It establishes three branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Likewise, it outlines the roles of provinces and their devolved branches of government.
The executive branch consists of the president, the prime minister, and the cabinet. The president is the head of state, meaning the role is largely ceremonial. The current President is Alice Roberts, an Independent, and has held the post since 2015. Terms last for five years and presidents are popularly elected using a plurality vote. Typically, president's three primary tasks are conducting official state visits, receiving diplomatic credentials, and formally appointing the prime minister, cabinet, and other federal positions. However, all of these roles are filled by the government in the legislature. The largest party, or coalition of parties, in Parliament form the government. The prime minister, the head of government, is chosen from among the MPs and puts together his or her cabinet. Rupert Richardson is the current prime minister and is a member of the National Union Party. He has served as prime minister since the 2016 general election. The deputy prime minister is Anne Buckett of the Progressives. Likewise, prime ministers nominate candidates to fill all federal posts, including those in the judiciary and various federal agencies. At least 75% of cabinet ministers must be sitting MPs and serve at the pleasure of the prime minister. Ministers oversee the fourteen federal departments.
National Union Party (NUP) (169)
Progressives (P) (142)
Democratic Labourers' Party (DLP) (78)
Estmere First (EF) (64)
Agrarian Interest Party AIP) (23)
Party of the Swathish (PS) (18)
Co-Op Party (CP) (6)
The Parliament of Estmere (Lawmoot, Parlement) is the federal legislature and is bicameral. The principal house is the lower house, the Lesser House. It has 500 members known as Members of Parliament who are elected through mixed-member proportional representation. MPs serve a maximum four year terms and then it is mandated by the Constitution that fresh elections must be held. Snap elections may be held between the regularly scheduled elections. Federal elections always take place on the first Wednesday of September and under Estmerish law voting is mandatory. Election day is also a federal holiday and is observed throughout the country in order to make it easier for citizens to comply with the mandate. There is a 5% threshold for parties to achieve representation in Parliament. In total, there are 500 seats, 251 of which are needed for a majority. Currently there is a coalition between the National Union Party and the Progressives. The two maintain an electoral alliance known as the the Federal Appeal. The Speaker of the Lesser House presides over the lower house and is responsible for ensuring the agenda is kept. The government is always seated to the speaker's left. The upper house is the Greater House. It has 200 members known as Peers. Peers are appointed by the government when a vacancy opens following a death or resignation. They serve life terms. After the government is seated, parties are placed according to their location on the political spectrum from the speaker's left to right. The legislature is housed in the States Palace, located in Ashcombe.
The judicial branch at a national level is made up of various levels of federal courts. The highest court of Estmere is known as the Great Court of the Republics. It has appellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and over provincial court cases involving issues of federal law, plus original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. The Great Court alone has the final say on constitutionality, although it may only act within the context of a case for which it has jurisdiction. There are seven judges, known as magistrates, that serve on the court. It is presided over by the Principal Magistrate while the remaining six judges are known as High Magistrates. They are appointed by the prime minister and confirmed by Parliament. Once appointed, magistrates have life tenure unless they resign, retire, or are removed after impeachment. Other national courts are known as Federal Courts. The country is divided into nine circuits. There are four circuits within each of the two sister republics and one for the federal district. Counties are grouped into circuits based on population, and jurisdiction may change with each census.
Foreign relations and military
Estmere is viewed as a middle power in modern geopolitics but is historically regarded as a great power. Since the onset of the Post-War Era, Estmere has seen its geopolitical prominence slowly erode. Its current scope is largely limited to Euclea and Northern Coius. As its power as decline, Estmerish foreign policy has begun to focus heavily on multilateral solutions. Typically, Estmere uses a combination of multinational coalitions and international institutions to carry out its foreign policy goals and ensure its security.
Estmere is a founding member of the Community of Nations, the International Council for Democracy, and the Euclean Community. It enjoys a prominent role in international diplomacy due to its long history as a prominent geopolitical power. It is one of six nations within the Community of Nations to have permanent membership on all six international councils. Estmere sends the third largest delegation to the Euclean Parliament: 91 MEPs. It is also a member of the, C20, the International Trade Organisation, and the Global Institute for Fiscal Affairs. The country hosts a number of prominent international institutions, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Institute for Health.
As a member of the Euclean Community, Estmere participates in the defense component. Estmere maintains the third largest military within the EC, after Gaullica and Werania. The nation employs a professional, volunteer military force of approximately 110,000 active personnel and 50,00 reserve personnel. The unified Estmerish Defense Force (EDF) comprise the Estmerish Army, Federal Estmerish Navy, and Federal Estmerish Air Force. In 2015, Estmere's military expenditure totaled approximately €42 billion, or around 1.5% of the country's GDP. The current government intends to raise defense spending by .5% by 2020. Thus far, defense spending has been raised by an increment of .1% each year since 2015. Estmere is a nuclear power. It maintains a submarine fleet which is nuclear capable.
Historically, Estmere has maintained one of the largest armies and a powerful navy. At its peak, the Estmerish Royal Navy was the second largest fleet in the world in 1920. However, following the Great War Estmere's military entered a period of decline and began to shrink. Initially after the war, Estmere and Werania maintained large militaries while Gaullica was prevented from fielding an army by the terms of the Treaty of Verlois. The cost of maintaining a large military was burdensome, however, and in the 1960s Estmere and Werania agreed to allow Gaullica to once again field an army in order for Estmere to cut its own military expenditure. Successive governments continued to cut defense spending and liquidated outdated and expensive equipment. Between the 1960s and 1980s, Estmere closed or transferred all of its foreign military bases. Military installations are maintained on the islands of St. Robert's and Fleming, located in the Vehemens Ocean.
Landscape and rivers
Estmere maintains a social market economy with partial regulations, low trade barriers and an extensive welfare state. It is the second largest economy in Euclea, with a GDP PPP of $2.882 trillion and a nominal GDP of $3.208 trillion. The Federal Treasury is the government organ responsible for setting its expenditure and implementing government financial policy. The National Development Council has generally coordinated Estmerish economic policy since the end of the Great War and Estmere's transition to a federal republic. The Federal Treasury and Secretariat for Labour and Pensions work in conjunction with corporate leaders and trade unions to set and implement national economic policy. The Federal Bank of Estmere acts as the central bank within the Euclozone banking system. As a member of the Euclozone, Estmere uses the Euclo as the national currency, having formally using the Federal Estmerish Shilling (previously the Royal Estmerish Shilling).
Big auto-sector (Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Land/Range Rover) and heavy industry (Siemens)
Frankfurt-esq financial center in major city near kesselbourg
Ports of Rotterdamn and Amsterdam - largest for Euclea
Natural gas for days off northern coast - one of the largest natural gas fields in Euclea.
Declining agriculture sector