Ghagnusutha

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Autonomous District of Ghagnusutha
Yejisham-Ghagnusutha (Carcosse)
Carcosicui Hyangsinlyo-Jedo (Cheonsamean)
Flag Shield
Motto: Islands of Discovery
Capital
and
Sifaciu City
Official languages Carcosse Veyene, Cheonsamean
District Languages Ghagnusutha Honhab
Ethnic groups (2011) Ghagnusuthan (67%), Cheonsamean (23%), Carcosse (7%), Ajerri (3%), Other (1%)
Demonym Ghagnusuthan
Part of  Carcossica
Government Autonomous Overseas District under a Federal Ecclesiocratic Republic
 -  Secretary-Executor Lons Mafrig
 -  Territorial Secretary Bora Ju-Won
 -  Territorial Chancellor Hwan Dae-Jung
 -  Elector of the Khaevam Myeong Min-Ji
Legislature Ghagnusutha Conference of the Electorate
 -  Upper house Council of the Khaevam
 -  Lower house Ghagnusutha Parishioners' Assembly
Establishment
 -  Discovery and Settlement 1621 
 -  Jade Ocean Company Holdings 1623-1718 
 -  Jade Ocean Islands See 1719-1848 
 -  District of Ghagnusutha 1849-2013 
 -  Autonomous District 19 July 2013 
Area
 -  19,404.19 km2
7,492 sq mi
 -  Water (%) 0.9
Population
 -  2018 estimate 1,611,301 (8.7% increase since 2011)
 -  2011 census 1,402,300
 -  Density 72.267/km2
187.2/sq mi
Currency Carcosse Ksykan
Time zone East Savai Time (UTC+7)
Drives on the left
ISO 3166 code GHA
Internet TLD .gh.kc

Ghagnusutha (Carcosse: Yejisham-Ghagnusuthan) (Cheonsamean: Carcosicui Hyangsinlyo-Jedo) is an Overseas District of Carcossica in the Jade Ocean, located to the north of the Aquidish territory of Mayawi and southwest of Cheonsam proper. It was founded in 1621 as a trade depot of the Carcosse Jade Ocean Company following the joint Carco-Aquidish charting of the islands led by the explorer Agostiny Sifaciu I.

Spending much of its colonial history as one of the Carcosse Overseas Districts, Ghagnusutha was allowed the capacity to develop largely independent of total cultural domination beyond the introduction of Ksaiism and its tenets, gradually becoming a sizable trade hub between the core islands of Savai and Cheonsam, the docks at Kiucifac City being seen as a final major depot before heading north from Mayawi. Over the years, a unique society would form between the incoming Carcossicans and the Cheon peoples already there, forming what is now called the "Honhab", or Mixed Culture. Following the Carcossican Revolution and the establishment of the United Ksaiist Republic, the District found itself a singular unit within the new republic, separate from the rest of the Free Missionary Cities and other Overseas Districts in the Jade Ocean. Following the Great War, Ghagnusutha saw massive infrastructural developments as part of the Total Peace Program, rocketing the District ahead from its status as an agricultural backwater to a modernized trading hub at the turn of the 20th Century. It would soon become a key staging point for the Carcosse Ksaiist Republican Army during the Cheonsam War. The increased military presence in Ghagnusutha during this period was met with mixed reactions among the local population, as the people had become accustomed to a route of development largely free of influence from the Carcossican Government. Not soon after, movements to have their autonomy guaranteed and even a possible bid for independence were launched, culminating in the Home Rule Agreement of 2013 which was brokered between the Ghagnusutha Conference and Chancellor Adriana Cajuks.

Though often thought of as economically overshadowed by its neighbor, Mayawi, Ghagnusutha is still a noteworthy locale in the global spice trade and a place of paramount importance to oceanographic studies in Aeia thanks to its proximity to the Mayawi-Ghagnusutha Trench, the deepest known point in the world.

Etymology

The term Ghagnusutha comes from the full Carcosse-Veyene phrase Yejisham-Ghagnusuthan, directly translating to "Islands of Sweet Spice", though it could also be interpreted as "Islands of Sugarcane", citing the district's main cash crop for much of its history. Its name in Cheonsamean, Carcosicui Hyangsinlyo-Jedo, translates directly to "Carcosse Spice Islands".

Geography

The islands of Ghagnusutha, alongside the northern fringes of Mayawi to the Southwest, are composed primarily of limestone, with fairly level terraces and coral reefs at their bases and fringes. The islands are typically flat, with the exception of Ghagnusutha proper, which is a notably hilly landscape with dramatic basaltic spires on its north side, standing in stark contrast to the white, sandy beaches of its southern shore.

Its main island is a volcanic island, the geography built around Mount Gongpo, an active Shield Volcano and highest point in the District, which has had major eruptions observed as recently as 2003 and is currently thought of as being in an Eruptive phase as of late 2017, with its last notable phase going from 2001 to 2004. The 2003 eruption ejected an estimated 50,000,000 cubic feet of ash and rock into the air, causing a black cloud to linger over much of Ghagnusutha and Mayawi for several weeks.

Climate

Ghagnusutha has a Tropical Rainforest Climate moderated by the seasonal northeasterly trade winds, with negligible overall variation in weather patterns or temperature. The District experiences a dry season from December to June, and a wet season from July to November, which sometimes experiences typhoons in October and early November, though most of that extreme weather tends towards Mayawi overall. Average maximum temperature usually revolves around 84 °F or 28.9 °C. As such, the District is known to have one of the most equable climates in Aeia.

Biodiversity

A limestone rainforest, Ghagnusutha is host to a lush, heavily forested landscape which had not been disturbed for much of its history, though many of the coastal forests composed of Mayawi Palms being the result of conservation efforts as part of the Total Peace Programs, since the centuries of development prior to the war had seen the landscape closest to Kiucifac City largely deforested. Coconut, papaya, breadfruit, and wild peppers are also known to grow in abundance in this landscape. Since its settlement, mango, taro root, sugarcane, and plantain have been introduced to the islands alongside numerous herbs and spices. Coffee plantations have been established on the Main Island in recent decades as well.

Ghagnusutha is also known for its large array of endemic tropical bird species, such as the Ghagnusutha Spice Dove, white-throated Ground Dove, and Reedwarbler, among several others.

Political Geography

History

The history of Ghagnusutha is rooted in the history of not just the exploration of the Jade Ocean by Asuran explorers, mainly those from Carcossica and Aquidneck, but also that of Cheonsam as a whole, the Aquidish holding of Mayawi, and the rest of the surrounding region.

Prior to the arrival of Agostiny Sifaciu I and his compatriots, modern Ghagnusutha was initially settled by Cheonsamean peoples sometime in the early 1300s, the population largely being fishermen and cartographers. The bulk of the pre-colonial population was often transient, using the island during the peak of the fishing season there before moving on down to Mayawi proper and beyond. This population briefly exploded to 9,000 during the time of Kibeum the Magnificent, but this growth was not to last due to the Great Wave of 1581, a tsunami that destroyed much of the previous century's rapidly-erected developments. Ghagnusutha would never totally recover from this disaster prior to the arrival of the Carcossicans, and was recorded as having a population of around 3,000 upon the arrival of the Kiucifac Expedition in 1619.

Discovery and Settlement by Carcossica

Ghagnusutha and the Jade Ocean Company

Jade Ocean Islands See (1719-1848)

Early Republican Period (1848-1895)

Ghagnathusa in the Great War and Early 20th Century

Cheonsam War

Post-Cheonsam Ghagnathusa

Home Rule and Modern Ghagnathusa

Government

Ksaiist Republican Army Presence

Economy

The economy of Ghagnusutha has historically been rooted in the production of numerous spices and sugarcane, though over the years it came to be a peripheral trade depot from Cheonsam to Savai, with nearby Mayawi taking precedence in the immediate area. The Port of Kiucifac City was a prime location for refueling of both oceangoing ships and airplanes along these routes during the mid-20th Century, though as technology has advanced among most global logistics companies, this relevance has gone by the wayside to much of the world, though more local shipping companies still utilize these facilities. As the world economy has seen more consolidation among most agricultural industries, especially in the Jade Ocean Rim, tourism has come to be one of the main providers for the local economy to bring in capital from abroad.

Agriculture

Energy

Tourism

Transportation

Water Supply and Sanitation

Demographics

Ethnic Groups

Language

Religion

Culture

Honhab Culture

Sport