Koningsland

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Koningsland
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "The Seas of Cooperation between Us.
Anthem: Ascend My Queen.[1]
Capital
and largest city
Kessel
Official languages Leidense
Recognised national languages Koningslander
Native Languages  • Molnár-Rurunaka
 • Rurunaka
 • Soroneta
Ethnic groups
  • 66% Rurunakan
  • 9.1% Soronetan
  • 4.3% Anssemi
  • 4.1% Dutch
  • 3.2% Taino
  • 5.9% Various Columbians
  • 6.2% Others
Demonym Koningslander
Federal Republic  Leiden
Government Constituent Federal Republic
 -  Rijkskanselier Kristofer Cornelis
 -  Governor General Alfonso Boekhoudt
 -  Prime Minister Dieneke Benjamin
Legislature Congress of the Estates of Koningsland
A federal state within the Leidense Republic

Koningsland is a set of islands and a federal state within the Leidense Republic located in the Columbian Sea in Vestrim. It is comprised of two major islands, both of which are inhabited, and around 50 different islands around its coasts, most of which are uninhabited. The northern island is the Soronetan Island, the southern and largest island is the Rurunaka Island, and the smaller islands are often referred to as the Anssemi Islands. The islands account for around 40 percent of the entire population of the Leidense Republic.

Koningsland is one of the five federal states that form the Leidense Republic, along with the Island of Leiden, Oorlogseiland, Island of Uitkijk, and Bunschoten. All citizens of Koningsland are considered Leidense Republic national citizen upon birth, and unlike any of the other countries, has a much different government structure. Its nomenclature is much more noble and regal which is contrasted between the Republican nomenclature of the Leidense Republic. Koningsland is divided into 22 different states, with the capital being Kessel. The majority of Anssemi Islands are not included in subdivisions and are considered federal territory, administered directly by their assigned federal departments.

Koningsland uses Kessel's Franziskaner as its de facto currency, with the Leidense Franziskaner being universally accepted. Koningsland uses Leidense as its official language on documents and all subdivisions are required to use Leidense in accordance, however, Molnár-Rurunakan, Rurunakan, and Soronetan are taught in schools and are used often in regular life. Leidense is treated as a government language and is rarely ever used, even by Leidense immigrants. Koningsland has kept many of its cultural heritage sites safe and preserved, in the form of Rurunakan/Soronetan Estates, depending on what island they are located on. Rurunakan and Soronetan cultures are both vastly different from each other, while Kessel and most tourist destination hubs practice Leidense culture.

History

Pre-Rurunakan

The Proto-Rurunakan history is not well known, including the history of the Proto-Soronetana. While attempts have been made to preserve Rurunakan and Soronetan culture, artifacts and archeological evidence of their societies, Proto-Rurunakan, and Proto-Soronetan history have remained a rare find, with little evidence remaining of the society of Proto-Rurunakan and Proto-Soronetan civilizations. The closest testaments to Proto-Rurunakan and Proto-Soronetan are small artifacts and Rurunakan records. Soronetan culture relies on the oral tradition, and as such, has no written word on Proto-Soronetan civilization. The first comprehensive book on Proto-Rurunakan history was written by archeologist Aleida Cornelis in 1769, almost three centuries after the discovery of Koningsland.

The first stated settlers that herald to Rurunakan history were the Ortodiza people, a civilization that consisted primarily of mainland Vestric hunters and fisherman that originated as migrants. Several scholars have expanded the Ortodiza people and have stated that they merged with a theoretical tribe of people, known as the Haravitas. However no existing sources state anything about the Haravitas people except several oral accounts from Rurunakan recorded history of people living in the islands before the Ortodiza people. An archeological site within the Anssemi Island of Viqa of human remains of a man, dating around 2000 BC, and points to the origin of the Ortodiza people and their time period.

The Ortodiza people came into conflict with the Ayamuynuex civilization, a civilization that had set up a proto-empire that spanned throughout the Columbian Sea. The Ayamuynuex displaced the Ortodiza people at around 500 B.C. and took control of Rurunaka, and would remain there for centuries. The Casiguaya people, a group of fishermen and hunters migrated to Rurunaka in 100 A.D., and co-existed with the Ayamuynuex from the 5th century to the 10th century. The Casiguaya would eventually settle Soroneta, which was believe to be uninhabited until this point.

The slow intermingling of the Casiguaya and the Ayamuynuex created the first iteration of Rurunakan civilization, while the Casiguaya people in Soroneta became the first iteration of Soronetan civilization. The Rurunakan civilization came to dominate the island around 1000 A.D. while the Soronetan people dominated their island at around 1100 A.D. The Rurunakan civilization was contrasted with the Soronetan civilization, both having chieftain.

Geography

Koningsland is an archipelago made up of over 50 islands, the majority of which are uninhabited. The archipelago consists of the two main islands, Soroneta Island and Rurunaka Island, and the remaining islands are called the Anssemi Islands. Apart from the Anssemi Island of Viqa and Cezera, the majority of the islands are protected by the Leidense Ministry of Environmental Protection under federal territory.

Flora & Fauna

The Koningsland Subtropical Deciduous Zone is apart of the larger flora zone that exists within the Columbian Sea in the continent of Vestrim. Koningsland alone accounts for over 200 species of plants and 100 species of different animals included within Leiden's diverse fauna. Within the subtropical deciduous zone, the soil is classified as Red Earth clay, contrasting with normal subtropical deciduous zone soil, serosemes. Koningsland is home to mostly tropical flora, with Koningslander bamboo (K. bambusoideae) and teak (Tectona grandis) trees being the most common within Koningsland. Within the south of Koningsland, it is common to see palm trees (Arecaceae) of varying families and genera to form a line along the coastlines and planted within cities as decoration, while the Koningslander Palm (Astrocaryum aculeatissimum) is the only native tree from the Astrocaryum genus. Koningsland soil is stated to be poor for agriculture, and as such is not suited for large amounts of agricultural projects, however Koningsland's subtropical deciduous zone produces pistachios , citrus and avocados for exportation, as well as cocounts from the coconut palm trees (Cocos nucifera). Other important flora that are included in this zone are dracaena trees (Dracaena columbianus) and yucca trees (Yucca aloifolia), while taxaceae trees rarely grow and only grow within the northernmost parts. Live oak grow within these areas. Due to the flora zone that Koningsland is placed in, it is stated to be much more susceptible to more dangerous natural disasters, more specifically tropical cyclones.

The status of Koningsland being a subtropical deciduous zone is a well-debated topic amongst the geographic-climatology community as it is observed to have the soil quality on par with moist deciduous. The most accepted theory past the accepted definition of the zone is that Koningsland can be divided between the Northern Koningsland Subtropical Deciduous Zone and the Southern Koningsland Tropical Zone. Where the boundary exists, however, is not defined and has yet to be accepted by the Leidense Geographical and Climatologist Organization and passed off to the government. A meeting by the Leidense Geographical and Climatologist Organization is planned in 2019 to discuss the topic of Koningsland's geographical and flora zones.

Fauna that Koningsland remains onpar with other countries and geographical regions in the Columbion Sea, with a reported high endemism, and lower taxonomic diversity. The most recognizable terrestrial being that is native to Koningsland is the Common coquí, mostly found in the more swampy central areas in southern Koningsland. The only native mammals within Koningsland are the bats (Chiroptera), while the Echimyidae family spread the Alkema's spiny tree-rat as a native species in Koningsland. Over the years with passing native tribes, renewed interest in new food sources from the natives, and Asuran influence and importation from Leiden during the 17th century led to several new mammals and species being introduced to Koningsland. This included the introduction of opossums (Didelphimorphia), pilosas , and hutia (Capromyidae) in the native lands as well as introducing domesticated animals such as the Koningslander dog, goats and cattle. It is theorized that Alkema's hutia (Capromys pilorides) and Anssem hutia (Geocapromys anseemium) were not native to Koningland and that their origin is from islands east of Koningsland or the islands separate from the two Koningsland Islands before colonization. However Alkema's Hutia and Anssem Hutia they are found only in Koningsland as opposed to Alkema and Anssem, however, their origins remain mystified.

Birds make up the majority of the Fauna in Koningsland, known as the Avifauna. Out of 210 species that have been spotted within Koningsland, it is stated that there are 18 native avifauna species. Out of the 210 species, it is also stated that 152 regularly breed on the island, while the remaining 40 species are accidental. The most notable of the avifauna is the Konensļante Columbica (Columica vittata) or the Konensļante parrot. The most extant avifauna is the Coereba flaveola, specifically the Coereba flaveola columbica. Within recent years more aggressive avifauna flocking from Southern Vestrim and Rennekka have colonized Koningsland, like the previously mentioned Coereba flaveola columbica, and goes to include tanagers (Italic text) and hummingbirds (Italic text)

The first descriptions of fish were clarified by Cuirpthean Marine biologist Fionn Ó Ceallaighe in his trip to Koningsland, approximating 35 taxa for Koningsland. Koningsland in its geography has very little native freshwater species, and have throughout the years have had introductions of other species both accidental and intentional, such as Ceallaighe's armored catfish (Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus) and peacock bass (Cichla). Within the ocean, mangroves, reefs seagrass exist as habitats, including rocky shores extant to North Koningsland.

References

  1. Ascend My Queen