The Vestrian Commonwealth

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The Vestrian Commonwealth
Flag Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth
Motto: Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini
Anthem: A Mighty Fortress is our God
Royal: God Save the Queen
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CapitalWilliamstown de facto
Largest city Richmond
Official languages English de facto
Demonym Hardenburghian
Government Unitary Parliamentary Democracy
 -  Monarch William III
 -  Prime Minister Sir Louis Mountbatten
 -  Chancellor Sir Frances Urquhart
Establishment
 -  Newreyan Vestrim 1760 
 -  Dominionship 1910 
 -  Commonwealth established 1955 
Area
 -  11,053,900 km2
4,267,935 sq mi
 -  Water (%) 40%
Population
 -  2008 estimate 65,200,320
 -  Density 21.5/km2
55.7/sq mi
GDP (nominal) 2010 (estimate) estimate
 -  Total £xxx trillion (?)
 -  Per capita £ xxx
HDI .929
very high
Currency Hardenburghian Pound (de facto) (£)
Calling code 278
Internet TLD .KH


Etymology

History

Early history

  • The first evidence of human settlement in the Hardenburghian isles dates to about 20,000 BCE
  • Archaeological evidence points to a primitive hunter-gatherer civilisation which uses flint technology to make fire.
  • There is little evidence of permanent settlement
  • From about 15,000 BCE there is evidence of migration from the Hardenburghian isles onto the mainland.
    • Hunter gatherers left lithic flake fluted tools and the remains of butchered animals.
  • For a long time, this culture remained more primitive that which existed in other parts of the world.
  • Until 8000 BCE there is little evidence of permanent settlement, indicating that the peoples were primarily nomadic
  • From 8000 BCE onwards, there is increasing evidence that people started to focus on utilising the resources available to them locally.
  • From hereon in, the evidence of permanent settlement multiplies. The indigenous people were organised into tribes which settled in small villages. The economy of this era was primarily based on subsistence agriculture.
  • Pottery and animal husbandry became increasingly widespread. This led to an expansion of trade within the region. However, it's likely that the economy was still extremely primitive based on bater.
    • The tribal groupings within Hardenburgh flourish into distinct, indigenous cultures with their own languages, traditions. An animist religion is widespread, however for each tribe there are divergent practises and beliefs.
  • From 2000 BCE to 1000 CE an increasing number of large, fortified settlements appear, acting as nexuses for regional trade. Additionally, there is a migration to the far north where a unique culture begins to develop. The peoples in this region construct wooden houses and carve elaborate items.
    • Political organisation remains predominately tribal.
    • From 1200 onwards, tribes begin to adhere to a system of customary law marking greater sophistication.
  • However, compared to Asura political and civic development remains relatively primitive.
    • This lag is also witnessed in terms of technology.
  • Metallurgy remains focussed on bronze production; melee weapons are produced which are relatively primitive.

Colonial era

Beginnings: 1500-1650

Expansion: 1650-1790

Economic growth: 1780-1840

The path to self-government: 1840-1890

Federation: 1890-1895

The First Great War and its socio-political consequences: 1895-1927

The Second Great War: 1928-1934

The Path to independence: 1934-1955

The creation of the Commonwealth: 1955-1960

Post colonial Hardenburgh=

New beginnings: 1961-1965

The rise of the Social Democrats: 1965-1970

The Crisis: 1970-1995

Present day: 1995-present

Geography

Hardenburgh is the worlds xx largest country, with a total area of xxx, xx% of this being water. Being an island nation, Hardenburgh has no land borders however it shares maritime borders with Greater Helvany, Alebcay and Dardanie. Due to its size and location the Hardenburghian landscape is extremely varied. The Region of Carmarthen in the far South of the country features a mountainous terrain, with the Black mountain range dominating the landscape. Behind the Black range the terrain is predominantly hilly and the Orwell river which flows out into the xxx ocean is a dominant feature of the landscape, allowing an abundance of rich and fertile soil which makes the province of Antrim one of the most farmed areas in Hardenburgh. The provincial capital of the South, Marlborough is one of the main population centers in Hardenburgh with some four million residents. The South of the country has a temperate seasonal climate in which humid westerly winds predominate. Winters are mild and summers tend to be cool although temperatures can exceed 30 degrees.

The Central regions of Hardenburgh contrast the mountainous terrain of the South by consisting almost entirely of lowlands. Two rivers, the Severn and Cam dominate the landscape traditionally providing a crucial commercial link between coastal and inland areas. Even though their economic importance has diminished they have influenced the distribution of population centers across Southern Hardenburgh. Indeed, Asguard the national capital and other equally important cities such as Salisbury, Richmond and Hampton are built around the banks of the two rivers. The construction of railways across Hardenburgh has led to the development of other important population centers away from the riverbanks, most notably Southwark which started life as a small mining town in the 1780s before becoming the fifth largest city after the completion of the Pan-Hardenburgh railway network in 1860. The terrain of Eastern Hardenburgh varies in contrast to the rest of Hardenburgh. A temperate climate leads to very cold winters and extremely cold summers. The landscape is hilly, however the Northern Mountain ranges of the Hardenburghian highlands that dominate the lands reach into the area.

The North of Hardenburgh is one of the coldest areas of the country and is predominated by highlands. The area is sparsely populated, the average population density being around ten people to every mile. The South of the area features large coniferous forests which have been nicknamed the ‘lungs of Valeria’ due to the large amounts of Co2 they are responsible for absorbing. However, further north the mountainous terrain predominant in the South return, intersected with lochs and other large naturally occurring lakes. The isles of Tiree and Lewis are dominated by a ring of costal mountains that surround low plains at the centre of the territory meaning that the most arable land lies in the centre of the island. Western areas can be mountainous and rocky with panoramic vistas the climate is typically insular and is temperate avoiding the extremes in temperature of many other areas in the world at similar latitudes. This is a result of the moderating moist winds which ordinarily prevail from the xxx Ocean.

Politics

Main article: Government of Hardenburgh and Politics of Hardenburgh

Government

Hardenburgh’s system of government is rooted in the country’s monarchy. Constitutionally the monarch is head of state, however this settlement is predominately symbolic. The powers conferred by royal prerogative rest firmly in the hands of the Prime Minister. The Monarch is responsible for enacting legislation, disbanding parliament in preparation for a general election and presiding over the privy council.

Parliament, consisting of the Lords and Commons is responsible for the running of the country. The latter consists of five hundred seats to which representatives (MP’s) are elected every five years. Parliament is responsible for drafting, debating and voting on legislation. The Lords, a completely unelected body, has the power to delay or veto any bill passed from the commons. Completely unelected, seats pass from father to son in accordance with the doctrine of primogeniture.

The Lords of Appeal in Ordinary serve as the highest court of appeal for most domestic matters, and are endowed with the responsibility of resolving matters related to the distribution of political power. The Hardenburghian Civil Service meanwhile, is responsible for all elements of day to day administration.

Legal system

Two legal systems operate in the United Kingdom. Albion, Hibernia and Cumbria adhere to Common Law whilst Aurland maintains its own legal system known as Aurish Law. Although Hibernia later gained substantial amounts of autonomy as a constituent of the United Kingdom, it's legal system remains tied to Albion's.

Since 1000 Albion's Law has been described as "common law". There has been no attempt to codify it, instead rulings by judges are considered to be binding. Consequently, these resolutions will influence all subsequent decisions made in law courts. Pinares Rule also has an impact on Albion's legal system. Parliament is required to legislate so as to enshrine certain actions and definitions in law.

Politics

Economy

Main article: Economy of Hardenburgh

Foreign Relations and Armed Forces

Main article: Foreign Relations of Hardenburgh


Armed Forces

Demographics

Main article: Demographics of Hardenburgh

Culture

Main article: Culture of Hardenburgh

See also