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|Kingdom of Motsvara
|Motto: "Framsteg och jämställdhet
"Progress and Equality"
|Anthem: Glorious Motsvara|
|Official languages||Motsvaran, Navish|
|Recognised regional languages||Indfødstale, Aquidish|
|-||Speaker of the Council||Stefan Reinfeldt|
|Legislature||National Council of Motsvara|
|-||Discovery by Kingdom of Navack||December 12, 1579|
|-||Colonization(By Navack)||February 27, 1624|
|-||Unification(Under UKL)||July 22, 1668|
|-||Independence from UKL||January 1, 1900|
|-||Establishment of the First Kingdom of Motsvara||March 18, 1900|
|-||Motsvaran Revolution||September 12, 1914|
|-||Establishment of the Second Kingdom of Motsvara||June 28th, 1921|
512,131 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2017 estimate|
|Gini (2017)|| 24
|HDI (2017)|| 0.807
|Time zone||Central Vestrim Time (UTC-7)|
|-||Summer (DST)||Central Vestrim Summer Time (UTC-6)|
|Drives on the||right|
Motsvara, officially the Kingdom of Motsvara (Motsvaran: Konungariket Motsvara), is a Lhedwinic nation located in the eastern part of Vestrim. It borders Seda Dorada to the west, as well as sharing naval borders with nearby Isolaprugna. Motsvara is the largest nation in eastern Vestrim and the fourth largest on the entire continent by area. The vast majority of Motsvara's 53,312,963 citizens live along the southern coast and in the central plains, with population density much lower in the far north. Mount Himlenshärd, the tallest mountain in the nation and one of the tallest in Vestrim, lies in the northeast of Motsvara in the province of Norremark. Motsvara's capital is Större, located along the (placeholder) river in eastern Motsvara. The largest city by population is Krova, in the Bay of Södravet, also acting as the nation's largest port, through which the majority of trade from the Columbian Sea enters.
The early indigenous Vestric peoples inhabited what is now Motsvara for thousands of years before the arrival of Asuran explorers. Beginning in the 16th century, Navish expeditions entered and explored the region, having crossed over from the northeast, across the Bergspärr Range. These explorers settled Motsvara in the 1600s, first with small cities in the north of the nation (having not yet explored the coast of the Columbian Sea). Aquidneck was the first to settle southern Motsvara, with the city of Lucia and the Ciciano Islands, later ceded to the United Kingdom of Lhedwin. These areas maintain notable Aquidish populations to this day. Motsvara under the United Kingdom acted as a major strategic position in the Columbian Sea, giving Lhedwin access to the profitable trade experienced in that region. After the Great War, Motsvara would gain its freedom as an independent kingdom. The First Kingdom was seen as fair and just by much of the population, and was overall fairly popular post-war.
It was in 1914 that a large scale revolution caused intense social and political reform in the nation. Communist forces overthrew the king and established a dictatorship, exiling the kingdom to Navack, where he continued to claim rightful rule over the nation. The National Council was abolished and replaced with a complex soviet system that promised to bring freedom to the people, but instead led to corruption. Poverty soared and the nation shut itself off from international politics. It was only in 1921, when intervention by loyalist soldiers and foreign intervention toppled the illegitimate government, restoring the royal family and forming the Second Kingdom of Motsvara, and this royal family still rules today.
Motsvara is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, currently ruled by Oscar III as the head of state. The nation is officially bilingual on the federal level, with both Motsvaran and Navish being prominent languages. Motsvara maintains usage of a social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for all citizens. Motsvara has the worlds (tbd)-highest per capita income and ranks highly various metrics of national performance, including quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality, prosperity and human development.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
While several theories have been presented regarding the origin of the name Motsvara, it is now widely accepted that the name originates in the indigenous Indfødstale word motsara. The exact meaning of this word is not certain, but most linguists agree that it meant something along the lines of "mountain place". This name is in reference to Himlenshärd, the tallest mountain in Motsvara and one of the symbols of the nation. The Navish explorer attributed with discovering Motsvara, Jørgen Rostad, had heard the word while conversing with some of the indigenous peoples he had encountered, and assumed the name referred to the village he had found. Later, he used the name to refer to the entire territory that was subject to Chief Deganawidah, though by this time, the name had changed to Motsvara. Most maps of the region printed in the late 16th century and later used this name to refer to the region.
After colonization in 1624, "Motsvara" referred to the region of Navish Vestrim south of the Bergspärr Range, which was a vague area with no defined border. It wasn't until the unification of the United Kingdom of Lhedwin in 1668 that Motsvara would be defined, with the area made up of two provinces, known as Upper Motsvara (In the north, surrounding Himlenshärd) and Lower Motsvara (the coastal areas in the south), collectively known as Motsvara; this was until 1812 when they were unified as the Province of Motsvara. After independence, the new government would adopt Kingdom of Motsvara as the official name of the kingdom, the name still in use today. There have been several proposals to change the name to simply Motsvara, though all of these have been rejected.
The indigenous peoples of Motsvara include both the Indfødstale and the Kryssen, the latter being a mixed-blood people that originated in the late 17th century when Indfødstale people married Asuran settlers. The term "Aboriginal" has come to be used as a collective noun in most legal documents, such as the 1953 Equality Act, which officially granted equal civil rights to native peoples in Motsvara.
The first inhabitants of Vestrim are hypothesized to have migrated from the south, during the time when Vestrim and Rennekka were connected at the location of the Columbian Sea, and Rennekka was connected to Arabekh over the Opal Bridge, some 14,000 years ago. The Paleo-Vestric sites in Motsvara are some of the oldest sites of human habitation on the entire continent. Native societies in Motsvara were characterized by permanent settlements, agriculture, complex social hierarchy, and extensive trading networks. The vast majority of these societies had collapsed by the time of Asuran arrival to Motsvara, ended through war with the surviving tribes of the Indfødstale people. They have only been rediscovered through modern archaeology, conducted across the 20th century.
The indigenous population at the time of first contact with the Asuran colonists is estimated to have been close to 300,000 people, a figure accepted by the Motsvaran Royal Historical Society. As a direct consequence of Asuran colonization, the total population of Indfødstale people declined by 40 to 80 percent, and many of the Indfødstale tribes disappeared. The decline is attributed to several causes, primarily the transfer of diseases, such as influenza, smallpox and measles, to which the Native Vestric people had no natural immunity. Other possible causes are conflicts over trade, between colonists and natives, and the loss of land to colonists that crippled native self sufficiency.
While not without some conflict, the first interactions between Asuran settlers and Native Vestrics in Motsvara were relatively peaceful. The tribal leaders of Motsvara, such as Chief Deganawidah, who ruled much of the northeast, and the Kryssen people, played major roles in the expansion and development of Navish colonies in Motsvara. They assisted in exploration and charting of their territories, and participated in trade with settlers, who sought the warm furs collected by Indfødstale hunters. The Navish Crown, and later the United Kingdom of Lhedwin, encouraged Indfødstale people to integrate with Asuran society. Early on, their methods were controversial, employing forced integration and relocation. Later, their efforts would become peaceful encouragement, which, while less effective, would be much more appealing to the natives and contribute to a much more peaceful relationships between Asurans and the Indfødstale.
Motsvara remained untouched by Asuran explorers until the 16th century. The Navish explorer Jørgen Rostad is credited with the discovery of Motsvara, entering from the northeast, across the Bergspärr Range, in 1579. He claimed everything north of the mountains (excluding territory held by natives, in order to protect friendly trade relations) in the name of the Navish king, but the first Navish colony in northeastern Motsvara would not be constructed until 1624. He continued to explore the region, crossing the mountains and charting the north. What he found would be incorporated into New Navack, though most settlements were short lived and actual colonization of the land was slow.
But, long before Rostad had set foot in Motsvara, Aquidish explorer (tba) had explored the Columbian coast of the nation, discovering and settling the territories of the Ciciano Islands and Lucia in 1509 and 1511 respectively. These colonies were the first successful Asuran settlements in modern day Motsvara, remaining under Aquidish control until the late 1770s, when they were obtained by the United Kingdom of Lhedwin. Lucia remains a major city in southern Motsvara, and the Ciciano Islands colony continues in the form of several island cities, namely Patreksfjoror and Kjarra. Aquidish attitude toward natives was much less friendly than that of the Navish. The native population of the Ciciano Islands had been forcefully converted to Alydianism, against their wishes. Those that chose to fight against colonization were shipped to the continent for labor. Aquidish colonies were a major part of the Vestric slave trade, which formed a major part of both colonies' economies.
By the mid-17th century, Navack had come into control of most of Motsvara, forcing out natives in some locations to further growth and in others, peacefully integrating them. The 1652, Motsvara would officially become a recognized region of New Navack, though the region under this name was vague. Some considered it to extend north of the Bergspärr mountains, while others defined the border across the mountain peaks or southern foothills. Disagreement over the border would continue for years until the formation of the United Kingdom of Lhedwin, after which Motsvara would be defined.
United Kingdom of Lhedwin
Province of Motsvara
The Great War
Early 20th Century
Restoration of the Monarchy
Law and Justice
Holidays and Festivals