Seda Dorada

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Republic of Seda Dorada
Republica de Seda Dorada
Flag Seal
Motto: Orden o Progreso
"Order or Progress"
CapitalQuittapahilla
Official languages
Ethnic groups
Demonym Seda Doradan
Government Federal Semi-Presidential Constitutional Republic
 -  Governor-General
 -  Premier
 -  Minister of the Senate
 -  Minister of the Assembly
Legislature General Court
 -  Upper house Senate
 -  Lower house Assembly
Independence from Veleaz
 -  Declared 30 December 1922 
Area
 -  Total 523,185 km2
202,003 sq mi
 -  Water (%) 3.3
Population
 -  2016 estimate 42,981,000
 -  Density 92/km2
238.3/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2011 estimate
 -  Total $270.52 billion
 -  Per capita $18,645
GDP (nominal) 2011 estimate
 -  Total $103.73 billion
 -  Per capita $9,856
Gini (2001)positive decrease 36.9
medium
HDI (2018)Steady 0.684
medium
Currency Seda Dorada Florin (SDF)
Time zone Central Vestrim Time (UTC-7)
Drives on the left
Calling code +55
Internet TLD .sd

Seda Dorada (literally "Golden Silk"), officially the Republic of Seda Dorada (Veleazan República de Seda Dorada), is a country in South Vestrim, bordered by Motsvara to the north, the Columbian Sea in the south, Isolaprugna to the southeast, Koningsland to the southwest, and Liberimery to the south of Isolprunga. It has a population of around 42 million in a land area of 523,185 square kilometers (202,003 square miles). An estimated 4,147,666 people live in the capital and largest city, Quittapahilla with around 8 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.

The sovereign state of Seda Dorada is a lower-middle-income representative democratic republic with a developing economy that includes agriculture, natural rubber, and fisheries, with at it's extremities untapped major oil deposits. It is governed as a democratic semi-presidential republic. One of the few megadiverse countries in the world, Seda Dorada hosts many endemic plants and animals.

The area of modern Seda Dorada once formed the core of the Hialeah civilization. Most of the country was conquered by Veleaz in the 16th century, becoming part of the viceroyalty of New Velacruz. Seda Dorada attained independence as a dominion of the Veleazan empire in 1741, and attained full independence on the 30th December 1922 As the Veleazan government severed all constitutional ties with it's dominions before it's collapse to the communist Red Guards. And since the overthrow of the old regime in Veleaz has been home to the Veleaz Government in Exile.

Seda Dorada was facing a market liquidity crisis in 2006 due to a growing debt and budget deficit. By August 2008, the Treasury was having difficulty paying its obligations. Other challenges facing the country in its attempts to improve the economy by increasing foreign investment include a poor infrastructure and a need to improve public sector efficiency.

Etymology

The name Seda Dorada (Golden Silk) comes from the local term for the golden milkweed Asclepias curassavica, a flowering plant species of the milkweed genus native to the Columbian-Vestric tropics

History

Pre-colonial period

Veleazan colonization

Colorado war

After the disastrous Mydro-Commonwealth Wars of the 1700’s. The Veleazan empire levied harsh taxes on the region of what is now Zamoros, and to a lesser extent Seda Dorada to pay off the damages suffered during the conflict. The taxes severely damaged the Zamoros economy, and the taxes were rarely paid, resulting in a surge of smuggling, bribery, and intimidation of customs officials. Resulting protests being levied against the imperial authorities by the local-governors and general population. After their requests where either ignored or denied. A colonial revolts.

The various indigenous rebellions in the colonial era were often to throw off crown rule, but they were not an independence movement as such. However, during the war of independence, issues at the local level in rural areas constituted what one historian has called "the other rebellion." Vestrim-born Veleazans in New Veracruz developed a special understanding and ties to their New World homeland, what has been seen the formation of Creole patriotism. They did not, however, pursue political independence from Veleaz until the Mydro-Commonwealth Wars and defeat of Veleaz destabilized the monarchy. So when the Veleazan empire levied harsh taxes against the colonies, many local-born elites saw it as their duty in some part to resist the government.

Painting of Alejándro at the Siege of San Diecarita

Elías de Manzanares, a priest and member of a group of educated native-born Veleazans in Guastazicia, hosted secret gatherings in his home made up many of the native-colonial elites in Zamoros to discuss whether it was better to obey or to revolt against a tyrannical government, as he defined the Veleaz colonial government in Zamoros. Famed military leader Tomás de la Cruz was among the attendees. In 1737 Tomás concluded that a revolt was needed because of injustices against the poor of Zamoros.

The Viceroy learned of this conspiracy and declared martial law across the entire colony and dissolved all local-authorities. After the conspirators learned of this development they issued a circular letter to the other cities and towns urging them to coordinate resistance. Tomás rode across Zamoros rallying as many patriot militias as would support their cause. Due to the divisions of the east and west of the colony by sea. The Zamoros revolt never reached Seda Dorada as much as it did in Zamoros. The Viceroy had blockaded the straits between the colonies with the Veracruz Flotilla which isolated what existed of the Eastern revolt from the resources of the west.

Zamoros was declared in a state of rebellion in February 1738 and the Veleaz garrison received orders to disarm the rebels and arrest their leaders. However the swiftness of the response of the rebels in a remarkable forced march from the interior to the Colonial capital of La Isabella caught the loyalists off guard, but were unable to prevent them retreating into the local fortress through a strong rear-guard action. The rebels laid siege to the city, but without a sufficient amount of cannons, couldn't seal the bay from loyalist supplies and force the quick victory they bargained on.

Independence

After the decisive defeat of the Colorado army at the battle of el-Jalachor the revolutionary forces were brought to the negotiating table. The people and government of the loyalist colonies of east New-Velacruz were worn out and anxious with the colonial-government with the way the war was managed, and the casualties sustained, and were more than weary of supporting terms that would push them further into Asuran-control. The revolutionary forces as well; would not settle for anything less than autonomy for the whole colony. The colonies of what would become Seda-Dorada, indignant over the actions of their brother colonies wouldn't accept any agreement that would put them subject to La Isabellan rulers and staunchly protested for a partition of the colony considering this payment for their staunch loyalty against siblings.

The revolutionary party at the conference were infuriated at this plan of partition, their entire goal of the war was unity and independence of all of New-Velacruz. But the new reality of their situation set in, and eventually forced the revolutionaries to agree to terms, and on the 19th of April, 1746, the Quittapahillan Treaty was signed officially dissolving the colony of New-Velacruz and establishing the dominions of Seda-Dorada and Zamoros. Effectively ending the absolutist reign of the "First" Veleazan Empire, and in return saw the rise of the more liberal approach of the "Second" Veleazan Empire.

Geography

A field of yellow wildflowers
Panorama of mountains near Pairegai

Seda Dorada is a country in South Vestrim, bordered by Motsvara to the north, the Columbian Sea in the south, Isolaprugna to the southeast, Koningsland to the southwest, and Liberimery to the south of Isolprunga. The country may properly be divided in two parts. The mainland; a large peninsular connecting to mainland Vestrim, and the major island Grand Jagua. Mainland Seda Dorada consists of many woodlands and prarie especially in the south especially in the areas of Trinileapa. In the north around Joxha and Inland San Saran is where many of the mountains are found which feed the various rivers that feed into the Columbian Sea. The eastern coasts consist of long beach-land, with mangroves and bayou at the mouths of rivers.

Gran Jagua is a large volcanic island, one of the largest in Aeia. Equally recognized for it's alluvial regions however, which includes low swamp lands, coastal marshlands and beaches, and barrier islands. And while the fertile volcanic soil makes it preferable to agriculture, the rough terrain and tropical flora on the island makes large-scale industrial farming impractical without large expenses on behalf of the state.

Climate

Seda Dorada has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). It has long, hot, humid summers and short, mild winters. The subtropical characteristics of the state are due in large part to the influence of the Gulf of Quecuba. The combined effect of the warm Gulf waters, northern rain shadow, and low latitude create the mild subtropical climate Seda Dorada is known for.

Rain is frequent throughout the year, although the summer is slightly wetter than the rest of the year. There is a dip in precipitation in October. Southern Seda Dorada receives far more copious rainfall, especially during the winter months. Summers in Seda Dorada have had high temperatures from mid-June to mid-September averaging 90 °F (32 °C) or more, and overnight lows averaging above 70 °F (22 °C).

In the summer, the extreme maximum temperature is much warmer in the south than in the north, with temperatures near the Gulf of Quecuba occasionally reaching 100 °F (38 °C), although temperatures above 95 °F (35 °C) are commonplace. In southern Seda Dorada, the temperatures can reach above 105 °F (41 °C) in the summer. While in the east with the slightly milder Columbian sea causing milder summers.

Temperatures are generally warm in the winter in the southern part of the mainland, with highs around Quittapahilla, Coatebador, the rest of south Seda Dorada, and the Gulf of Quecuba averaging 66 °F (19 °C). The northern part of the state is mildly cool in the winter, with highs averaging 59 °F (15 °C). The overnight lows in the winter average well above freezing throughout the state, with 46 °F (8 °C) the average near the Gulf and an average low of 37 °F (3 °C) in the winter in the northern part of the state.

Seda Dorada gets some cold fronts, which frequently drop the temperatures below 20 °F (−8 °C) in the northern part of the state, but almost never do so in the southern part of the state. Snow is rare near the Gulf of Quecuba, although residents in the northern parts of the state might receive snowfall, it is still rare. Seda Dorada's highest recorded temperature is 114 °F (46 °C) in Plain Chichizonte on August 10, 1939, while the coldest recorded temperature is −16 °F (−27 °C) at Tucion on February 13, 1899.

Climate data for Seda Dorada
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) 12
(54)
14
(57)
17
(63)
21
(70)
25
(77)
26
(79)
27
(81)
29
(84)
26
(79)
22
(72)
17
(63)
13
(55)
21
(70)
Source: Columbian Geological Association

Demographics

Free woman of color with mixed-race daughter; late 18th-century collage painting, Quittapahilla.

Seda Dorada's population is ethnically diverse and the 2016 estimates put Seda Dorada's population at 42,981,000. The largest ethnic group (as of 2010) are native born whites, who are the descendants of Veleazans colonists, and constitute about 48% of the population. The mixed race population is the second largest at 31% made up of either Castizo or Mestizos Native Seda Doradans, the Hialeah, account for 9% of the current population. The mostly rural Montubio population of of Trinileapa, who might be classified as Pardo account for 4.1% of the population. The black Majul-Doradans and Arabekh-Doradans is a minority population (7%) in Seda Dorada, that includes the Mulattos and zambos, and are largely based in the Gran Jagua and Ruboroso states and to a lesser degree in the predominantly Mestizo areas of Coastal Seda Dorada. In the Highland mountains where a predominantly Mestizo, white and Hialeah population exist, the black presence is almost non-existent except for a small community in the Pairengai.