|The United Technocratic Republics of Ionicus
|Motto: "Semper Vigilans"|
|Anthem: "Forward unto Tomorrow"|
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|Ethnic groups (2017)||
|Government||Federal constitutional republic|
|-||President||Ronald R. Terezis|
187,519 sq mi
|GDP (nominal)||2017 estimate|
|-||Per capita||$62, 980|
|Gini (2017)|| 25.2
|HDI (2017)|| .944
|Currency||Ionic Credit (₹) ((IC))|
|Time zone||UTC + 0|
|Date format||dd-mm-yyyy CE|
|Drives on the||right|
|ISO 3166 code||ION|
Ionicus (/aɪ.ɒ.nɪkɪs/; Logilan: Ioн-к-ε), officially called the United Technocratic Republics of Ionicus, is a collection of island nations unified under a federal democracy located in Western Astyria.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government
- 4 Economy
- 5 Infrastructure
- 6 Education
- 7 Culture
Ionic history can be divided into three main segments, the Warring States period, the Rule of the Akarovian Republic, and the modern Technocratic Republic.
Modern evidence suggests that early civilizations began to form in the northern Rurik Desert Region in about 5500 BCE. Agricultural societies began to form city states around 3600 BCE. In the Stone Ages several societies constructed stone monuments, the most prominent being the Ziggurat of Mikor constructed sometime around 2000 BCE. As technological progress advanced, many city states began to form nations together. These nations continuously consolidated together, slowly forming three major powers in 500 BCE.
The Warring States Period
In about 500 CE, several prominent states formed on the islands forming Ionicus. The northwestern islands, came under the control of the Kingdom of Akarov, a highly militaristic state. The southwestern islands came under the control of the Taras dynasty which focused primarily on trading and the mining of precious minerals. The eastern islands found themselves under the rule of a confederacy made up of several feudal states, called the Eastern States. In the years following, these three states fought for domination over all the islands that made up Ionicus. Often times, the main aggressor of these wars was the Kingdom of Akarov.
The Kingdom of Akarov had a vast supply of coal and iron ores located within the Rurik Desert Region. This enabled the Kingdom of Akarov to manufacture superior weapons. During the War of 780 CE, the Kingdom of Akarov managed to capture large portions of the Eastern States by use of military might, as well as bribing states within the confederacy to fight against one another. In the years following, the Kingdom of Akarov experienced a large gain in population. This gave them an advantage during the War of 976 CE when the Kingdom of Akarov invaded and successfully conquered the islands of the Taras dynasty.
The Rule of the Akarovian Republic
Following 982 CE, the islands making up Ionicus had been unified under the Kingdom of Akarov. Many of it's citizens began to grow discontent with the many laws of the Kingdom and staged several rebellions, eventually creating a reformed government called the Akarovian Republic where citizens could elect representatives. The years that followed the creation of the republic were of good fortune for those living on the islands of Ionicus. Trade flourished, and scientific knowledge was vastly increased. After several hundred years, the republic began to become corrupted with many government officials taking bribes and the wealthy elite influencing legislation. Citizens took to arms against the republic, destroying many government buildings and executing government officials. The bloodshed was brought to an end by the conversion of the Akarovian Republic into a constitutional monarchy in 1834 CE. The reformation of the government only temporarily halted the corruption. In 1940 CE, a crop failure and poor government management of grain reserves led to wide-scale revolution.
The Technocratic Republic of Ionicus
In 1940 CE the many citizens angered with the monarchy ruling Ionicus unified under the Technocratic Movement, which sought to replace the monarchy with a technocratic government. Members of the rebellion captured factories and used them to manufacture weapons to use against the government. Many officials of the monarchy were publicly executed. The rebellion successfully captured Akarov Palace in 1944, and executed all members of the royal family. Following this, a brief period of chaos followed, as there were few government officials. The newly formed technocratic government enforced a strong military reign throughout Ionicus, until government officials could be properly chosen.
Once the leaders of the newly formed Technocratic Republic of Ionicus had been chosen, they began to reinstate order throughout the nation. The 'Big Five' as they were so called, were in charge of restoring order and rebuilding the war torn country. Under their rule, the central island of Isay was named the capital. The entire island of Isay was to be under government ownership, and converted into a massive fortress to protect the capital. The Twenty Year Plan was created to rebuild destroyed cities, as well as to convert the economy to be based on manufactured goods. Under the Twenty Year Plan, Ionicus saw the rapid rebuild of the nation, as well as a vast improvement in quality of life. Several nuclear power plants were built to electrify the nation. Vast lengths of underground telephone wires were also laid, providing fast and efficient forms of communication. The Twenty Year Plan also created the Ionic National Rail System which provided many citizens with travel opportunities they had never before been able to use.
The geography of Ionicus varies from island to island. The northwestern island, Akarov, is primarily desert with many mineral rich mountain ranges. The northern regions of Akarov consist mostly of savannas. Ionicus's highest point, Mount Lyov (2,132m).
In the southwestern island, Taras, is largely covered mostly by plains.
Irstaten, the eastern island, consists mostly of plains at the northern and southern ends, getting progressively closer to a tropical jungle near the equator.
Officially, Ionicus is a unitary semi-presidential democratic republic with some features of a technocracy. The constitution for the United Technocratic Republics of Ionicus was officially signed into law on 28 December 1944, though many parts of it were suspended for many years while the nation rebuilt itself after its civil war. The government is divided into three branches, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, and the Legislative Branch. The Executive Branch is headed by the General Secretary of Ionicus, and the cabinet is comprised of various technical experts. The President of Ionicus serves as the de facto head of state for Ionicus. The President and the General Secretary of Ionicus are elected democratically by universal adult suffrage and each term lasts 5 years. Both offices are only permitted to serve two terms, with the exception of the temporary oligarchic government in which the nation operated without a president and the position of General Secretary was shared between five high-ranking government officials.
The Legislative branch is comprised of a bicameral legislature comprising of the National Assembly and the Technocratic Senate. The National Assembly's represent local constituencies and are elected using a single transferable vote method. Members of the National Assembly serve 2.5 year terms with a term limit of four terms. The Technocratic Senate's members are selected based on technical knowledge in their respective field. Members of the Technocratic Senate serve 5 year terms with a term limit of two terms. In the event of a disagreement, the National Assembly has the final say.
The Ionician government is unusual for its perspective of government as an engineering challenge - a problem to be overcome using the scientific method. The bureaucracy of Ionicus is largely comprised of technologists who operate in a manner that is technically and analytically sound.
Ionicus has a system of civil law established in 1944 when the Technocratic Party gained control of the nation. The Federal Constitutional Court is the highest level court in Ionicus and deals with constitutional law. The Ionic Supreme Court is the highest level court for civil and criminal matters.
Criminal and private laws are codified in the National Law Codex and accessible to all through the Internet and at libraries. The Ionic penal system focuses primarily on the rehabilitation of criminals and having criminals pay back their debts to society through labor. All trials in Ionicus are tried before a jury, except for in the case of petty crimes.
Ionicus consists of ten semi-autonomous districts.
Ionicus, though primarily isolationist until the early 1970s, has opened up to many nations in Astyria. The nation keeps close ties with its neighbor, Kobolis. The two nations have extensive trade agreements and are both members of the Astyrian Treaty Organization. Beyond this, Ionicus's relationship with other nations is primarily based on trade.
The Ionic Department of Defense is the section of the government which administers the military of Ionicus. The military is divided into the Army, Navy, and Air Force. In 2014, Ionicus had approximately 600,000 soldiers on active duty, however the number of reservists was significantly higher, at 1.4 million. The Army of Ionicus is responsible for operating the National Defense Corps which employs over 2 million military and civilian personnel in a militia force.
Most Ionic citizens are required to participate in the Ionic National Service Program which requires all 18 year olds, who do not suffer from a disability to spend 2 years acquiring higher education, working for the government on civil projects, or to enlist in active duty military service. Following service, most military personnel are placed in a reservist system.
The nation's military is heavily based upon high-tech weapon systems, such as the UBD-2 stealth drone. Ionicus's National Missile Defense Program operates an advanced network of land and sea-based anti-ballistic missiles, capable of protecting large cities and other areas of strategic importance from ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and artillery fire. The Ionic Department of Defense, in co-operation with the Ionic Space Agency has launched a number of reconnaissance, GPS, and military communication satellites.
Ionicus is known to posses weapons of mass destruction, having a prominent chemical and biological weapons program throughout the 1980s. In the early 2000s, Ionicus upgraded it's aging intercontinental ballistic missiles, claiming only to do this as a deterrent to attacks. Since the 1960s, Ionicus has required most homes to have a fallout shelter, capable of providing safety to the house's residents in the event of a chemical, biological, or nuclear attack for up to two weeks.
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Ionic soldier, wearing a helmet equipped with a ballistic mandible.
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One of 8 nuclear powered Citadel-class ballistic missile submarines.
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The UBD-2 stealth drone, capable of unmanned, long-range reconnaissance and attack roles.
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The ground-based anti-ballistic missile launcher system, ABMM-12.
Since the 1980s, Ionicus has held a highly developed mixed economy with a highly skilled labor force, a large capital stock, and a high level of innovation. Ionicus's high quality university education and government policies are often cited as the cause for the nation's prosperous high technology sector. Internationally, the Ionician economy is renowned as among the most innovative and dynamic in Astyria.
Ionicus is rich in natural resources, such as minerals, hydropower, forests, and fish. Large reserves of iron, aluminum, and other heavy metals have contributed significantly to the nation's economy. Ionicus's high standard of living is commonly attributed in part to the vast quantities of natural resources available. Though lacking significant reserves of petroleum, Ionicus has been able to make up for this shortfall using a variety of alternative fuel sources, such as biodiesel and nuclear power.
The backbone of the Ionician economy lies in the information technology and manufacturing sectors. A large amount of Ionicus's industries have been automated, with the use of robotics being among the highest in the world. Government subsidies and robotics friendly policies have made automation an attractive option for most businesses. International corporations frequently locate their manufacturing facilities in Ionicus, due to the generally cheaper manufacturing costs.
Ionicus is known to be a trading nation, having few import tariffs. The nation primarily imports crude oil and other various raw materials. The nation is known abroad for its export products of industrial machinery, computer hardware and software, military equipment, and consumer appliances. Ionicus is home to several high technology, multinational corporations such as MDS and Findr.
The Ionician government operates several state-owned enterprises in the energy, agriculture, arms, transportation, and telecommunications sectors. These corporations were formed during the early 1950s as a means of protecting the environment and ensuring the production of strategic goods. Egalitarian values, as instilled by New Ionician Society, have created little differences between the wages of ethnic minorities, men and women, and workers and CEOs.
Transportation in Ionicus is lead by automobiles, which operate on nearly 1.5 million kilometers of publicly maintained roads. The Ionic government operates a system of unlimited speed toll roads to connect major cities. All new vehicles made or imported in Ionicus have to comply with minimum fuel efficiency standards in order to minimize dependence on fossil fuels. Most personally and commercial owned vehicles in Ionicus are fueled by biodiesel, ethanol, or electric sources, due to the government's heavy subsidizing of these fuels and the vehicles manufacture.
The Ionic Nation Rail System operates a vast system of high speed trains, which operate at speeds in excess of 320KMH (199 MPH). High speed train is a popular choice for commuters and long distance travelers, accounting for approximately 40% of all miles traveled. Transport of goods by rail is very high, with nearly all goods being transported by rail.
The Ionic Department of Energy provides most of the electricity generated in Ionicus. 78% of all electricity generated in Ionicus comes from nuclear power, as the Department of Energy operates 60 nuclear reactors. Hydroelectric power is the second largest contributor of electricity, accounting for 8% of power generated. The remaining 14% comes from a variety of sources, primarily solar and tidal energy stations.
Biodiesel, generated from algae, dominates the fuel markets, followed by ethanol and petroleum products. The Ionic Department of Energy heavily subsidies the manufacture of algae biodiesel, making it economical for usage in most vehicles. Due to low fossil fuel reserves, the Ionic Government thought it strategically necessary to develop it's energy dependence, hence the low usage of fossil fuels.
Science and Technology
Ionicus is a leading nation in scientific research, particularly electronics, machinery and military technology. Ionicus has contributed heavily to the fields of nuclear technology, computers, and telecommunications. Ionicus has a high rate of automation and robotics usage. DEFTELN was a network of military computers established in the late 1960s and is often considered to be the precursor to the internet.
Ionicus operates the Ionic Space Agency, one of the first ever space agencies established. The Ionic Space Agency operates a network of GPS and communications satellites, and has launched probes to explore surrounding planets. In 2018, the Explorer-3 Probe is expected to leave the solar system.
Education in Ionicus is under the authority of the Ionic Department of Education. The earliest a student can be enrolled in the public school system is at age 3, however attendance does not become mandatory until age 6 for the next 12 years. Upon completion of secondary school, graduates are entered into the Ionic Nation Service System for 2 years. During time in the Ionic Nation Service System job-related higher education and vocational schooling is provided free of charge. A voucher is also issued to those in the Ionic Nation Service System to further education, if one chooses, after leaving the Ionic Nation Service System.
Modern Ionic Cuisine stems from the 1950 Ionic National Agriculture Act which established a basis for which plants would be grown based on nutritional content and ease of growing in locations. Breakfast normally consists of whole grain breads with fruit or dairy toppings. Lunch and dinner often consist of a seasoned blend of quinoa, rice, and lean meats such as chicken or fish served with eggs, and seasoned vegetables. Tofu and other soybean products are also commonly consumed for lunch and dinner. Throughout the day, fresh fruits such as pomegranates, apples and oranges are consumed as snacks. The typical diet is high in grains, egg and dairy products and vegetables, and low in meats.
Popular breakfast beverages are cow milk, soy milk, or apple juice. For lunch and dinner, soft drinks are ubiquitous. Tea is also a popular drink within Ionicus. Alcoholic drinks are not popular in Ionicus, as they were heavily discouraged by the government.
Television and Film
Television and film before the 1950s in Ionicus is nearly unheard of. Very few works were ever produced as television sets were unavailable to the majority of the population due to economical reasons.
The 1950s saw the mass migration from serfs living in poorly built shacks to government made houses and apartment complexes, furnished with television sets. Public television saw great expansions during this time, as well as the establishment of the first privately owned television networks. Movies began to be produced during this time as well, following the construction of new movie theaters throughout Ionicus. Notable cinema of this era includes films such as Mr. Doralev and The Winter War.
During the 1970s, many television shows and movies in the science fiction genre became produced.
Literature in Ionicus has had a major role in Ionic Society since the revolutions in the 1940s. The Technocratic Party of Ionicus established heavily pro-literacy and pro-reading policies.
Although music plays a minimal role in modern Ionic culture, several great works of music have been produced. During the 1950s when the majority of the population gained access to radios, music saw a large spike in interest. Big Band music and Jazz was extremely popular in Ionicus into the 1960s. These genres continue to have some popularity into the present day.
The 1970s saw, along with the development of the home computer, an increase in electronic music. Ionicus is noted for having futuristic sounding music during this time, composed primarily by synthesizers and drum machines. Magnetic computer disks became a popular medium for sharing and distributing music. . During the early 2000s and into the modern day Ionicus music was dominated by a blend of Alternative music, Electronic music, and Indie music.
Fashion and Design
Ionicus is extremely prominent in the field of design, notably interior design, architectural design, industrial design, and automotive design. Ionicus has produced many famous designers such as Karl Doviks and Mark Styns. Today, Hyperion is a world leader in architectural and industrial design, hosting several large design fairs throughout each year. The State Design Movement created several notable designs during the 1950s.
The fashion industry in Ionicus is quite large, with Ionicus being home to over 1,000 various textile companies. Nearly 30% of all clothing items manufactured within Ionicus are exported abroad.