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|Free Republic of Gyldenport
|Motto: "The Golden Port of the Columbian Sea"|
|Anthem: "Song Of The Nation"|
Map of Gyldenport
and largest city
|Ethnic groups (2015)||85% Gyldese|
|Government||Constitutional Parliamentry Presidential Republic|
|-||Lower House||National Assembly|
|Stages of Independence from Newrey|
|-||Ironside Republican Dictatorship||#/#/1960|
X sq mi
|-||January 2015 census||5,801,973|
|GDP (nominal)||2018 estimate estimate|
|HDI (2018)|| 0.89061
|Currency||Gyldense Pund (GP [₲1 = $1.38])|
|Drives on the||left|
Gyldenport, literally 'Golden Port', is a small Vestric country on the Columbian Sea. Gyldenport's economy mainly consists of Tourism and related services (such as the drug industry and prostituion) & Commerce (including a small banking sector). Traditional industry is not as common in Gyldenport, which traditionally is a service-based economy, the most famed industry is it's small farming/artisanal industry which produces namely jam, wine, honey which is mostly consumed within Gyldenport but the Liberal Party's new 'From Gyldenport to Hungry Souls' program seeks to change this. The Gyldenese Government is currently led by a joint ticket President of the Liberal Party and Freedom Party, led by an Liberal Party President and Freedom Party Prime Minister, with a Cabinet consisting of multiple parties. The President holds high amounts of power, but can be vetoed by a simple majority vote in both houses of the Ceorlgemot, the government meets in the city which shares its name with the country, Gyldenport City. Local Government consists of # NAME, these regions hold varying degrees of autonomy decided upon by the Ceorlgemot and elect a Mayor to lead them.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Culture
- 4 Government & Politics
- 5 Economy
Main Article: History of Gyldenport
Prior to Asuran colonisation, Columb Natives lived on the island now known as Gyldenport (as did they on other islands) and it's surrounded smaller islands from the 10th century onwards, having migrated from mainland Vestrim. These tribes, although nominally peaceful did partake in conflicts over the resources which the island held. Historical records from this period are extremely vague due to it being almost entirely oral.
Colonisation by the Commonwealth
Commonwealth sailors (primarily Newreyan but to some degree Cuirpthean) had first made landfall onto the island in the 1510s but had left due to a lack of supplies, whilst further expeditions were planned they were put off due to a myriad of causes, eventually, however, an expedition finally did arrive on the island in the 1550s. These early settlers would form an uneasy relationship with some of the native tribes and found the town of Gyldenport, later a fort would be constructed; the purpose of this fort was to both provided protection to the settlers and allowed Lhedwin to exert influence over the native population. Gyldenport grew to a large degree during the Commonwealth's Golden Age, with the colonial territory expanding further into the island, this saw the creation of the town (and eventual city) of Newport, amongst others. However, the expansion of Gyldenport resulted in the oppression of the native population of the island, something which still affects the indigenous population to this day.
With the end of the Golden Age, many people began to move to other Commonwealth colonies and even back to the home countries as the port, by the time of the partition of the Commonwealth the colony had seen a 38% population decrease from its peak population during the Golden Age. 18th Century
Industrial Port Colony
The Industrial Revolution saw Gyldenport rise as if it were a phoenix, but before this the nation dealt with the changing political situation back home, Gyldenport was one of the many colonies which declared independence in support of the Newreyan King and would remain as such during the republic's short existence. Following the 1782 Newreyan Revolt Gyldenport returned to its position as a colony under the Newreyan Kingdom. With the modernisation of shipping seeing a more connected world begin to develop, Gyldenport saw a renewed population growth, especially in Gyldenport City. This growth saw a need for Gyldenport to create a force to defend it from more than just crime, and as such the Gyldenese Militia was formed in 1833, the volunteer army served to protect Gyldenport in the event of war but also served as a force against potential unrest, as was seen in the 1841 Worker's Strikes which were brutally put down by the Militia following the inability of the various local Constabularies.
The Great War
In 1886, shortly following Newrey's declaration of War against the Concordat, Gyldenport's citizenry was called up to aid in the war effort. Prior to the conscription call the Gyldenese Militia, then consisting of 8000 men, had already been sent off to the front; of these 8000 men only 2757 returned, it is however important to note that whilst the Gyldenese Militia had such a high loss rate, this is not seen elsewhere in the Gyldenese forces, likely as a result of Newrey not being as prepared for the modern warfare seen in The Great War as early as the time when the Militia was called into the war.
Following The Great War, Gyldenport continued to see the growth it had seen prior to the war, thanks it most part due to sponsored immigration by the Gyldenese Colonial Administration designed to better ensure Newrey's control over the vital location which Gyldenport held. Eventually, however, all good things must end, this too can be said for Gyldenport's Newreyan rule as the colony continued to be a drain on Newrey's coffers; in the 1940s, after the Great Northern Asuran War, it was established that Gyldenport should prepare for independence from Newrey. Many in Gyldenport looked forward to independence, the colony had become a refuge for liberal free-market thought, with even Gyldenport's conservatives being seen as too liberal in many Newreyan political circles. Between 1941 to 1950 negotiations known as the Beohyf Talks, took place in the future countryside estate of the Presidency; the Beohyf Estate.
During the Negotiations the Newreyan & Gyldenese Officials decided that Gyldenport would become a Parliamentary Constitutionally Monarch with the Newreyan Monarch holding the symbolic role of Gyldenport's monarch, appointing a Governor who essentially served as a rubber stamp for legislation passed by the unicimarical Ceorlgemot.
Independence was formally on ##/##/1950, after independence, Gyldenport continued to serve both a valuable tradepost and naval port, as a result of this the shipping and fishing industry were (and continue to be high employers in Gyldenport). This allowed Gyldenport to remain economically independent from the larger nations of Vestrim following independence, with a functioning Parliamentary government, called the Gyldenese Witenagemot after Newrey's Parliament, which formerly served at the pleasure of Newrey's monarchy. This came to a shocking end in 1960 when Joseph Ironside, the Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party, with the backing of the Gyldenese Militia, declared martial law following the death of Prime Minister Harold Grey only a week into his second 5-year term. The coup was caused by the revelation that Grey had, prior to his death, encouraged corruption within his administration which would almost certainly have led to the government's collapse and potential takeover of the nation by the then growing People's Party, a leftwing big tent party, following the legally mandated election. Ironside feared the nation would fall to communism should this be allowed to happen and as such initiated a coup against a government in essence led by himself under the guise of anti-corruption reform with the support of the Gyldenese Militia.
The Ironside Administration, in order to placate the people, announced that a new National Salvation Coalition would be formed by all parties in the Witangemot which would reform the nation into a Republic, which he promised would purge the corruption brought about by a decedent hereditary monarchy. The National Salvation Coalition did do as Ironside promised, even creating a new constitution which granted massive civil and political liberties as well as creating a proportionally elected lower house (The National Assembly) and an upper house consisting of people appointed by the HoN who were meant to be Gyldenport's 'Civil Leaders and experts in a variety of fields'.
This was meaningless as his government failed to follow the constitution and partook in the purging of leftwing elements, indigenous rights groups and liberalist forces which Ironside justified under his anti-corruption reforms (this leading to the Gyldenport's most well-known joke in which a person justifies doing something as part of anti-corruption reforms). Eventually, it became clear that Ironside was unwilling to call elections in 1965 and as such the Gyldenese Militia once again for the second time in 5 years seized the Ceorlgemot Building and arrested Ironside. In the election of 1965, the Conservative Party collapsed gaining 7% of the vote, massively losing out to the Liberal Party which gained a massive 85% of the vote in the new proportionally voted in National Assembly, following the election the party split into the New Conservative Party consisting of anti-Ironsidists and National Conservative Party consisting of Ironsidists who weren't high enough in the regime to be put on trial.
The first act of the new government was to set up trials for Ironside and his supporters (this essentially wiped the newly formed Senate which consisted solely of people accused of crimes against Ironside's Constitution, as opposed to people it was meant to have within it). The Ironside Trials were important for two key reasons, firstly they were the first televised trials in Gyldenese history and secondly they didn't include the man they were named after. Ironside was extracted from the prison transport that he was to be taken to the courthouse in, during its commute, something that has continued to baffle Gyldenese criminologists, security analysts and historians to this day.
Terrain and Climate
Flora and Fauna
Government & Politics
The President & Vice President
Gyldenport is led by a President, the citizenry vote on who holds the office of President every 5 years in multi-rounded elections. There are no term limits to the office of President. The current President,###### ######, is serving their 2nd consecutive term. All citizens above the age of 18 regardless of gender may vote. The President holds large power in the country, only limited by the Ceorlgemot who may veto any actions taken by them and the Supreme Court who may decree if one of the President's actions goes against the (very limited) restrictions on Executive Orders. The President appoints the Prime Minister who will then form a cabinet from the largest party, members of the Cabinet may be chosen from any member of the National Assembly or Senate (although Senators, like other citizens, must partake in a formal invitation ceremony each time they wish to enter the National Assembly Chamber and may not partake in debate, only answer questions asked by sitting member, making their selection rare). In the event the President is unable to fulfil their duties then the Prime Minister & Cabinet take up a joint Presidency until new elections can be called.
Gyldenport's Parliament is called the Ceorlgemot (Meeting of the Free Men) and consists of two houses, the National Assembly & The Senate, which operate from Monday-Friday except during National Holidays unless called upon by the President.
The National Assembly currently consists of 100 Assemblymen & women elected by single transferable vote. The handful of National Assembly's members make up a government consisting of the party (or parties) with the majority of seats, as previously mentioned this government is led by the person selected by the President (this must be the person put forward by the majority party unless they delegate this role to another party). Meanwhile, the most prominent party or parties not in government may form an opposition government consisting of their own nominees for Prime Minister and the Cabinet, in case of a situation in which they gain a majority in the National Assembly. The National Assembly is responsible for drafting legislation which will then initially be debated within the National Assembly before going to a vote. The government has priority when it comes to the scheduling of debates except on days decided upon by the Speaker, the independent arbitrator of the National Assembly who is appointed by the President.
If voted for then legislation then is sent to the Senate to vote on, the Senate's primary role is to examine legislation to ensure that it is fit for purpose, with many Senators being experts in their respective fields or those with political experience. Legislation may be voted down and returned to the National Assembly 3 times before the President is able to overrule their judgment, however, should the President need a piece of legislation to pass through the Senate so urgently they will likely pass an Executive Order, which doesn't require the Ceorlgemot's approval. The Senate consists solely of independent members appointed by the President at the approval of the National Assembly with exception of an optional 1 unapproved Presidential appointment per term & former Presidents, whilst they may belong to a party they cannot run for office nor declare themselves as a representative of their party in any role, Senators serve for life or until retirement. The age range, gender and sexuality of Senators varies, but it can be said that most former Politicians will be older, seeking to retire from Political life whilst still serving their country. There are a number of racial minorities within the Senate, especially of Columbic Descent.
Local Government & Administrative Divisions
There are four main types of local government in Gyldenport: Townships, Cities, National Parks & Indigenous Bands, as well as several unique forms of government like Marauder's Bay's Lord Admiralty. All of the first two types of local government administrate a noticeable portion of Gyldenport's territory whereas there are some Indigenous Bands which consist of a single town or village and a couple which act more as associations for their members than territorial governments such as in Gyldenport City.
Cities: Cities tend to be smaller in size but larger in population when compared with townships, cities are located far more on the coast than they are inland, this is a leftover from the colonial period where Gyldenport primarily served as a location for trade, shipping and commercial fishing. Cities are formally prefixed with 'The City of ____', however calling a city '____ City' is also accepted, cities are led by a chief executive known as a Mayor, this Mayor is responsible for ensuring the effective running of their city and has the power to appoint and remove all none elected officers and exercises all powers vested in the city apart from those delegated in other offices or departments. A Mayor's term depends on their city and can vary from between 1-5 years per term, furthermore, some cities have term limits whilst some do not.
Cities also have legislatures known as City Councils, City Councils are formally prefixed with 'The Council of the City of ____', however calling a City Council '____ City Council' is also accepted. These City Councils write and approve legislation which must then be signed by the Mayor, who may veto legislation. Rejected legislation must either be redrafted or in some cities it can be placed to a local referendum had it been passed by a majority of either over 66.6% or 75% depending on the city's constitution. Those elected to the City Council are known as Councillors and are elected by a system of proportional representation, as well as this there are Wardens who represent areas of the city (usually a postcode area) known as a Ward, the ratio of Councillors to Wardens depends on the city with some cities using only one.
In some cities Mayors also serve as the Chief Magistrate of the Municipal Courts (instead of appointing a Chief Magistrate from the existing pool of Magistrates), Mayors in these cities serve as Chief Magistrate until they lose the office of Mayor or they are suspended pending trial and they are responsible for the effective running of the judiciary of their city as well as the city itself. As the Chief Magistrate, the Mayor has the power to appoint Magistrates, who serve until life or resignation. Chief Magistrates in cities where the Mayor does not sit in the role keep office as long as the mayor (or series of mayors) allows them or they resign.
Townships: Townships are smaller in population but larger in size when compared with cities, whereas cities are located moreso on the coast, Townships
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