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Confederation of Faldarun
ᛒᛆᚿᛑᛆᛚᛆᚵ ᚡᛆᛚᛑᛆᛋᚱᚢᚿᛁ
Bandalag Valdasruni
A black "A", surrounded by a black "O", emblazoned on a red star on a black background A skull argent, surrounded by a wreath of acorns and berry, in front of muskets equipped with bayonet and banners, and below a five pointed star of red and black.
Flag Seal
Motto: «ᛘᛆᚧᚢᚱ ᛂᚱ ᚮᚴᛂᛦᛔᛁᛋ»
«Maður er Ókeypis»
"Man is Free"
Anthem: 
Marsérafólksins
"March of the People"
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Location of Faldarun (green) in Valeya (grey)
CapitalAuðugurhöfn
Largest city Rykborg
Official languages None
Widely used
languages
Faldarunic, Faldarunic Sign, Helderian, others
Ethnic groups (2012) 61.7% White
13.2% Black
8.5% Hispanic
6.4% Toan
5.8% Native
3.3% Multiracial
1.1% other
Demonym Faldarunic
Government Direct democratic confederation of freely associated communes
 -  Lawspeaker Mikaela Ólafsdóttir (C)
 -  Spokesperson of the Executive Council Tecumseh Shikoba (A)
Legislature Alþingifólksins
Formation
 -  Settlement late 800s 
 -  Commonwealth 910–1258 
 -  Skoggish Colony 1258–1517 
 -  Kingdom 1517–1760 
 -  Empire 1760–1917 
 -  Revolution 18th February 1917 
 -  Civil War 21st March 1917 
 -  Confederation 13th June 1919 
Area
 -  Total 4,674,996.00 km2
0.00 sq mi
Population
 -  2016 estimate 51,190,000
 -  2014 census 48,782,901
Gini (2014)positive decrease 19.5
low
HDI (2014)Increase 0.944
very high
Currency Faldarunic gull (FDG)
Time zone FST (UTC+9)
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
or yyyy/dd/mm
(CE; OC)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .fd
Valdarssrunn (English translation: "Valdar's grove")
Auðugurhöfn (English translation: "Affluent port")

Faldarun (Faldarunic: ᚡᛆᛚᛑᛆᛋᚱᚢᚿ, tr. Valdasrun), officially known as the Confederation of Faldarun (Faldarunic: ᛒᛆᚿᛑᛆᛚᛆᚵ ᚡᛆᛚᛑᛆᛋᚱᚢᚿ, tr. Bandalag Valdasruni), is a Direct democratic confederation of roughly 350,000 communes in northern Valeya in Ordis. It has an estimated population of 51 million, and spans a vast area of roughly 4,674,996 kilometres squared. Faldarun is a direct democratic confederation of freely associated communes; this system of government was established after the revolution in 1917, which established a society based on principles of direct democracy, gender equality, social justice and sustainability. Faldarun is managed on the confederal level mostly by the Lawspeaker, Mikaela Ólafsdóttir, and the multi-member Executive Council.

According to the Sagaokkarfólk, the settlement of Faldarun began in the year 871 CE when the Norse chieftain Valdar Ingursson led a group of disgruntled settlers from their homeland in search of new lands and opportunities. In the following centuries, many Norsemen from across the Nordic world settled Faldarun, bringing with them thralls of differing origins. From 910 to 1258, the settlements were ruled as a commonwealth, with each citizen having a voice in the Althing. In 1258, however, an army from Skogkläddaberg arrived in order to recapture the 'lost colony', and so Faldarun became a colony of Skogkläddaberg. In 1517, however, Faldarun was able to successfully overthrow its suzerain, and a kingdom was established until 1760, when Ásbjörn II proclaimed the foundation of the Faldarunic Empire. The history of Faldarun changed forever when, on the 18th of February 1917, Vilhjálmur II was assassinated and dethroned in the Faldarunic Revolution, and after a civil war, a loose confederation of communes was established.

Faldarun ranks highly in measures of income equality, human development and quality of life. Faldarun is, albeit reluctantly, a member of the Ordic League, having joined in 2001 despite disagreements over the influence held by the superpowers and over the Ordic League Charter, which makes references to all members as 'states'. The Confederation is also a founding member of the Nordic Congress, along with Meriad.

Etymology

Faldarun, the main English word for the nation, is derived from the Old Norse name for the country; Valdarssrunn (in Runic script, ᚡᛆᛚᛑᛆᚱᛋᛋᚱᚢᚿ), which literally means "Valdar [Ingursson]'s grove", as it is named for the man who discovered Faldarun, Valdar Ingursson. The modern Faldarunic name, ᚡᛆᛚᛑᛆᛋᚱᚢᚿ or Valdasrun, is also a derivative of the Old Norse name, and developed over time from a word of meaning to a mere name deriving enough meaning from its context. After the Faldarunic Revolution, there was speculation that the name of the country would be changed to something with less individualistic and bourgeoisie connotations, but the motion never gained much traction. Proponents of this movement, however, sometimes refer to Faldarun simply as the Confederation, or in Faldarunic ᛒᛆᚿᛑᛆᛚᛆᚵ or Bandalag.

History

Prehistory

Pre-colonial Faldarun

Norse discovery and settlement

Discovery of Faldarun by Ingrid Olafsdóttir

By the late 800s, at the zenith of the Ordic viking age, explorers from the across the viking world had established colonies across Orda, discovered new lands and expanded viking influence. Soon, however, their influence would spread to the continent of Valeya, as Valdur Ingursson - after having been forced to abdicate his kingship by the Golden Throne - vowed to sail to new lands, far away from Orda. He left Skogkläddaberg with a large group of followers, and after pillaging much of the coast of Orda he would finally sail across the sea from Khornera to the new world. The trip was long and arduous, but eventually in 871 CE they landed in northern Valeya. Upon landing on the temperate coasts of the continent, Valdur Ingursson proclaimed the discovery of Valdarssrunn, and established the first Norse settlement.

Even after Ingursson's death, the colony continued to survive and expand. Despite constant attacks from the natives (whom the settlers named Skrælings), the colony grew from both birth and assimilation. There are records of some natives, mostly from the coastal tribes, either joining the settlement or trading extensively with it. The Olaf Runestone, which described the death of settler Olaf Eriksson, portrayed some natives fighting alongside the settlers in the battle, suggesting that the settlers had made alliances with some native tribes. One of these alliances is recorded, and was instigated by a marriage between a settler and a tribesman. Nevertheless, early contact between the natives and settlers was mostly confrontational.

Soon enough, the colonies had become mostly self-sustaining and, according to the Sagaokkarfólk, by 910 CE they had somewhat unified into the confederal structure provided by the Faldarunic Commonwealth. The Commonwealth was a democratic institution, in which every male who had completed the rites of passage to adulthood had a voice in the Þingið, along with shieldmaidens and other women of import. Sessions of the Þingið would be conducted for the most part by the Lawspeaker, a learned individual versed in Faldarunic and old Norse law, who would guide the session and prevent total chaos in favour of orderly conduct. By 1258, however, the age of the Commonwealth would come to to an end, as the Second Expedition led by Ásgeirr Hjálmarrsson would bring Faldarun back under the control of Skogkläddaberg.

Middle Ages

After the Second Expedition of 1258, Faldarun was conquered by Skogkläddaberg, and became a colony of said country. The once-democratic society created by the Commonwealth was torn down, and a new feudal system was put into place. Skoggish noblemen were given vast swathes of land in Faldarun through the use of colonial charters, and the inhabitants became subjects of those nobles. The nobles also brought with them large numbers of thralls, mostly from Khornera, Escar and Osova, in order to work the fields of the continent. Although there had always been thralls in Faldarun, the number increased dramatically with the arrival of the Skoggish nobility; in 1230, the Arnór Runestone recorded roughly two hundred thralls across the entirety of Faldarun, whereas in 1300, according to official Skoggish records, this number had increased to almost two thousand. These thralls were also accompanied by an increasing number of settlers from Skogkläddaberg.

Colonial life under Skogkläddaberg was

Renaissance

Enlightenment Era

Early Modern

FALDARUNIC-HELDERIAN WAR OF 1823 -> Nordehuken/North Hook War?

SO MANY IMMIGRATIONS ERMERGHERD

ALSO INDUSTRIALISATIONIMISMS

WAR OF BROKEN CHAINS

AND STUFF

First Endwar

Revolution

Main article: Faldarunic Revolution
Rare photographic image of the Rykborg Uprising
As the First Endwar dragged on further with no end in sight, discontent began to emerge among the Faldarunic population. After the disastrous defeat of the Faldarunic Imperial Navy in the Battle of Björn's Blight at the hands of a smaller but better-led Khorneran fleet, popular support for the Emperor declined drastically, as it was he who commanded that the Fleet leave port before repairs had been completed in order to engage the Khornerans. Furthermore, the naval superiority now displayed by the Khornerans enabled them to blockade the entirety of Faldarun's northern coast, in addition to giving them the opportunity to disrupt merchant shipping. The result was famine and starvation in Rykborg and other large Faldarunic cities. It did not take long before word spread that while the common folk starved, the aristocracy feasted. When the Emperor had the audacity to announce that yet another Faldarunic force had been lost due to poor planning, chaos ensued. Trade unions called for mass-strikes, mothers took to the streets to demand bread for their young, and pacifists once again called for peace. When the Emperor demanded that the soldiery shoot these people en masse, they refused and stood side by side with the people, for these were their mothers and brothers, their fathers and sisters.

With Faldarun's first city of Rykborg descending into open rebellion, the Emperor was advised to retreat to his summer home in the Jarldom of Paradís, however he refused to abandon his city, and instead called in divisions from the less rebellious regions of Faldarun. However, these soldiers would never reach the city of Rykborg, as the trade unions began to close off the railways on which they were travelling. Indeed, they also convinced a great many of these soldiers that the Emperor was not their friend but their enemy, and many of these soldiers either simply returned home or indeed joined the rebellious railwaymen in their fight. One regiment which did reach Rykborg was HIM's Second Sioux Cavalry Regiment, a native cavalry regiment. When they reached Rykborg, however, they two ended up refusing to fire on the protesters, and instead advised the Emperor to concede to the demands of the populace. Once again, however, Vilhjálmur II refused, and ordered his loyal artillery regiments and remaining battleships to shell the city, in order to destroy it utterly. His plans were, however, overheard by a teenage paperboy, Dagur Ingolfsson. In order to prevent the insurmountable suffering that such a shelling would create, Dagur followed the Emperor to one of his now-rare speeches, and as he was talking, Dagur unloaded his revolver into the Emperor. He fired three bullets; two missed, one hit him in the heart.

With the death of the Emperor, Rykborg fully committed to revolutionary ideas. The few remaining loyalist soldiers fired on their rebellious brethren, and the Rykborg Uprising ensued. As the battle in the streets continued, political revolution too occurred. The writings of Lennart Tómasson, Alf Brandrsson, Knútr Johnsson, and other anarchist/left-wing philosophers were dusted off, and became the inspiration for the declaration of the Rykborg Commune, with Lovise Mikaelsdóttir as it's elected speaker. The commune was a direct democracy where trade unions played a significant role. Everyone had a vote and a voice on nearly all matters, however there were certain exceptions, for example, army regiments voted on whether they would participate in any conflict, in order to prevent the needless bloodshed of the First Endwar from being repeated. The soldiery would be dragged into another conflict, however, as while the Rykborg Commune stood for anarcho-socialist ideas, others stood for the old order. Benedikt Mikaelsson of the fascistic Army for National Brotherhood and Ottó Sigurðsson of the loyalist remnants of the Faldarunic Imperial Army were defiant in the face of the anarchist revolution, and sought to fight it every step of the way. The stage for civil war was set.

Civil War

Main article: Faldarunic Civil War
Anarchist militia patrol the streets of Vesturfalla
Following the revolution and assassination of Vilhjálmur II, a civil war broke out over the direction of the country. On the one side stood the anarchist and libertarian socialist communes which had sprung up following the revolution, in addition to various left-wing and democratic militias and armies, not least the Black Liberation Army, which was the largest of the leftist armies and essentially led the movement. On the opposing side stood a coalition just as diverse, the members ranging from imperialist aristocrats distraught at the murder of Vilhjálmur to radical fascists, such as Benedikt Mikaelsson, a former artist and train conductor who lead the nationalistic and antisemitic Army for National Brotherhood, the largest army of the nationalist forces. Additionally, a third faction roughly encompassed the armies of foreign powers which had their own aims and objectives.

International opinion was divided, however many begrudgingly sided with the leftist forces mainly due to the abhorrent and wide-spread war crimes and atrocities committed especially, but not exclusively, by the fascist elements of the national forces. The foreign intervention was widely regarded to be a failure, and the fact that the foreign powers had interfered in the affairs of a sovereign nation would stir somewhat of an international controversy. At the end of the conflict, hundreds of thousands of people lay dead, though the leftist forces had emerged victorious. Out of these, the Black Liberation Army had the most support, and called for a constitutional convention to determine the country's future. The convention was, for the most part, attended by the victorious leftists, but many former aristocrats and conservatives also attended. The end result was the New Social Code, the closest thing Faldarun has to a constitution, which established the current democratic confederalist structure of the nation as a collection of communes.

Second Endwar

Post-War and Modern Era

Politics

Government (???)

Direct democracy

Political factions

Although formal political parties do not exist in Faldarun, there are numerous political factions to which politicians associate themselves. The Confederates are the faction most likely to support the Faldarunic status quo, although this differs from person to person. They are generally, though not always, non-interventionist, and believe that the current governmental system should remain. The Autonomists believe that the confederal government is too powerful, and that more power should be delegated to the communes. They are usually pacifistic. The Unionists hail from Faldarun's trade unions, and believe that - even though they are already a fundamental part of the Faldarunic system - trade unions should play a greater role in the governance of the nation. Finally, the Totalists believe that Faldarun is too decentralised. They push for Faldarun to become more like Nerotysia in that it would accept a stronger confederal government with broader powers, however they still believe that the communes should hold large amounts of power.

Administrative divisions

The Confederation of Faldarun consists of 15 departments.

Map of the departments of Faldarun
No. Department (Deild) Administrative centre Most populous municipality Region
1 Hvíturbera coa.png Hvíturbera Rauðabarrow Saröheim Norðriland
2 Svartdal coa.png Svartdal Gamlastað Gamlastað Vesturland
3 Korngötum coa.png Ræktunland Korngötum Korngötum Norðriland
4 Auðugurhöfn coa.png Auðugurhöfn City of Auðugurhöfn Auðugurhöfn Norðriland
5 Arnarhreiðrið coa.png Arnarhreiðrið Grárheim Grárheim Norðriland
6 Hamarinn coa.png Hamarinn Friðurborg Friðurborg Vesturland
7 Eyjan á Andlit coa.png Eyjan á Andlit Hæðvirkið Gleði Austurland
8 Rykborg coa.png Rykborg City of Rykborg Rykborg Austurland
9 Hárland coa.png Hárland Sommestad Róskoss Austurland
10 Langhús coa.png Langhús Baldurstead Vonbærinn Austurland
11 Nýkirkja coa.png Kristurland Nýkirkja Nýkirkja Suðurland
12 Skrælingland coa.png Skrælingland Eldingarhæð Eldingarhæð Vesturland
13 Drekiland coa.png Drekiland Thorsborg Vúlgæfjörður Vesturland
14 Paradís coa.png Paradís Heilög Olafsborg Vesturfalla Suðurland
15 Nordehuken coa.png Nordehuken Nieuw Keulen Nieuw Keulen Suðurland

4 Regions: Norðriland, Vesturland, Austurland, Suðurland
15 Departments
165,000 Communes

Foreign relations and military

batavia accords, nordic congress, ordic league
"skeleton military", people's protection units

Economy




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Economic ownership in Faldarun, circa 2015.

  Public ownership (6.9%)

In economic terms, Faldarun is considered a self-managed economy. Following the 1917 revolution and subsequent civil war, Faldarun has embraced anarchist, marxist and socialist economic ideas and theories, and experts have described it's current economic and political system as democratic confederalist or anarcho-socialist. Unlike most economies, private enterprise is effectively illegal, and all economic endeavours must be approved by the community in which they are to take place. Private property does not legally exist, although the right to personal property is heavily protected and enforced, and instead all forms of economic ownership are instead, in some form, owned collectively. By far the most common form of economic ownership in Faldarun is collective ownership, in which the means of production is owned by those who work it, usually in the form of a workers' cooperative.

The second most common form of economic ownership is so-called "Syndicalist ownership". Similar to collective ownership, the workers own the economic property, however in these cases they are organised into a syndicate which forms a governing body for this means of production; in most cases, this is a trade union. While popular at the outbreak of the revolution and civil war due to their inherent stability, they lost popularity to the more open collective ownership system over time, and now only make up roughly an eighth of the total economic ownership. Additionally, while no state exists in Faldarun, the Confederal government does own property through public ownership, however this is in rare cases, usually in industries which are considered vital to the Confederation's survival, such as much of the armaments industry. Finally, there are some cases of communal ownership, in which the means of production, generally pastureland or other small-scale industry, is owned by effectively no one but the community, yet open to all for use.

Demographics

Population

Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity (2010 Census)
By race:
White 70.2%
Black 13.2%
Toan 6.4%
Native 5.8%
Multiracial 3.3%
other 1.1%
By ethnicity:
Hispanic (of any race) 8.5%
Non-Hispanic (of any race) 61.7%
Largest ancestry groups by collective, 2015

Religion

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Religious affiliation in Faldarun

  Norse Pagan (36.4%)
  Protestant (15.3%)
  Horizon Catholic (8.2%)
  Other Christian (3.2%)
  Jewish (3.3%)
  Kelieski (1.2%)
  Muslim (0.9%)
  Other faiths (2.5%)
  Irreligious (25.5%)
  Not stated (3.6%)

Norse Pagan: 36.4%
Christian: 26.7%

Other faiths: 7.9%

Irreligious: 25.5%

Don't know/refused answer: 0.6%

Language

Faldarunic

Latin letter A B C D Ð E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Þ Æ/Ä Ø/Ö
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Culture

Film, television and cinema

As a world leader in freedom of the press and a country with no censorship, there is a thriving film, television and cinema industry in the Confederation. Many famous Faldarunic films and television series are translated (or performed) in English or other widely-spoken languages, and are broadcast in many other countries, notably and ironically Khornera, although most broadcasts in Khornera are censored or edited to some degree, therefore the overwhelming majority of Khorneran viewers watch most Faldarunic content through online streaming services. Many films from or documenting the revolution and the civil war period are also popular in Nerotysia, Gran Altiplano and other communist states.

A prime example of popular Faldarunic media is Samfélag (translated as Community), a critically acclaimed television situational comedy series centred on the exploits of an ensemble cast of unlikely friends; Guðrøðr Vængursson (a former doctor who faked his diploma and had his medical license revoked), Abbas Nedar (a Radziecki-Escari geek who is obsessed with counterculture and cult classics), Ariel Teslasson (a Jewish-Faldarunic workaholic and overachiever), Cherryl Bensson (a cynical atheist married mother), Tröy Bernsson (a former-high-school glíma champion) and Pærce Hawþsson (a stuck-up, elderly Auridite man) as they all attend a community college in the fictional town of Grænndala, Skrælingland. The show is exceptionally popular not only in Faldarun, but also in Khornera, Meriad and Kolintha. Another famous example is Phinæs og Franz, an animated musical comedy television series following the misadventures of Phinæs Flink and his Khorneran step-brother Francis Fleccher on their summer holiday.

Music

Faldarunic music is an incredibly disparate mixture of traditional music and rebellious new age themes. The styles of Black Faldarunic music have deeply influenced Faldarunic music at large, and have gone on to form some of Ordis' most popular music genres. Indeed, blues, jazz, country and rhythm and blues have all originated from Faldarunic musicians in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Additionally, in the mid-1950s rock and roll emerged as a musical form, one which would also go on to develop into metal, hard rock, pop rock and punk rock, both in and out of Faldarun. Faldarunic music is celebrated globally; particularly in Khornera, Meriad and New Spanishland, where Faldarunic punk rock banks are popular with said countries' youth.

Important Faldarians