Seketan

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Republic of Seketan
République á Sécytana1
Flag of Seketan Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
Anthem: Myn Sécytan
Location of Seketan (dark green)
Capital
and largest city
Conelibek
Official languages Seketese
Recognised regional languages Wilsk
Fjeskan
Alquiyan
Icelandic
Tvinan
Ethnic groups (2010)
Demonym Seketese
Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
 -  President Fjedor Alesk
 -  Prime Minister Eris Kellisyen
 -  Second Minister Pol Cathan Caron
Legislature Hérvynsken
Establishment
 -  Kingdom 9th century 
 -  Nelbec Empire 16 July 1884 
 -  First Republic 5 December 1921 
 -  Second Republic 13 May 1930 
 -  Third Republic 27 February 1937 
 -  Fourth Republic 14 June 1978 
Population
 -  2016 estimate 6.5 million
 -  2010 census 6,426,108
GDP (nominal) 2016 estimate
 -  Total $628 billion (SKD)
Gini (2016)28.5
low
HDI Steady 0.872
very high
Currency Seketese Djev (Đ) (SKD)
Time zone NST (UTC-1)
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .sc

Seketan (Seketese: Sécytan), officially the Republic of Seketan (Seketese: République á Sécytana; alternate Seketese spellings: Républyc á Sécytana), is a Nelbec country in northwestern Europe. Bordering Alquiya and New Svealand to the south, Seketan is comprised of the northern portion of Great Nelbecia. The majority of Seketese land is tundra with sprawling plains to the south and west points of the country. The country's climate is generally mild with severe winters seen in northern areas such as Ellinesa. The Fjoške mountains strike through the centre of the country bringing warm and wet conditions to central areas of the country. Seketan's population of 6.5 million (2016) is predominately urbanized within the country's 7 provinces. Conelibek is the largest and capital city of Seketan, and is home to most of the country's commercial and cultural activities.

Prehistoric cultures began to form in Seketan during the Neolithic period. Nelbec tribes and duchies emerged throughout the centuries, often contesting over land. By the beginning of the 6th century, a clear cultural divide began to form between the northern and southern Nelbec people; this separated the two people groups, creating the northern Secenic people and the southern Alquet people. Established in the 7th century, the Secenic Confederation was an association and personal union of 46 Secenic tribes ruled under the Cothepag dynasty. The Kingdom of Seketan succeeded the confederation when Moress II declared himself King of Seketan sometime in the 9th century (traditionally 867 AD). The middle ages brought Seketan increased rivalry with the Alquet tribes and eventually the Kingdom of Alquiya, as well as war over contested territory against other European powers. The Nelbec Empire was established in 1884, uniting the Alquiyan and Seketese kingdoms as one. After the empire's collapse and defeat in World War I in 1919, the First Seketese Republic emerged. Following a civil war, the Second Republic was established. The Great Nelborne War ended with the establishing of a Third Republic, which would later endure a German invasion during World War II. The Fourth and current republic was established in 1978 following the Seketese constitution referendum.

Seketan is a unitary semi-presidential republic since 1978, with the President acting as head of state and the Prime Minister as head of government. Legislation is delivered through the country's unicameral parliament called the Hérvynsken. Seketan is geographically divided into 7 provinces; the provinces of Fjeska and Wilskland have their own devolved administrations based in their capitals of Loria and Fyedor. The official language of Seketan is Seketese, however the Fjeskan and Wilsk languages are used in their own devolved governments respectively.

Seketan is a developed country with a strong economy based primarily on tertiary sectors with strong support from primary industries such as agriculture and manufacturing. Seketan ranks 29th on the Human Development Index. The country upholds high standards of living as a welfare state with education, universial healthcare, and quality of life. Seketan is a founding member of of the Nelbec Council and the Nelborne Union and has played a large role in intergovernmental activities in the Nelborne region. Despite previous negociations, Seketan is not part of the European Economic Area or the European Union, however it is a member of the Council of Europe.

History

Prehistory

Middle ages

Seketese Empire

Union with Alquiya

Republic

Geography

Geology

Climate

Politics

State flag of Seketan

The current system of government in Seketan is labeled as the Fourth Seketese Republic. The current republican system was established in 1978 after the Seketese constitutional referendum. Seketan is a parliamentary constitutional republic. The President of Seketan, currently Fjedor Alesk, is the head of state and is elected every six years; the president is largely a figurehead.

The Parliament of Seketan is made up of elected representatives from the political parties of Seketan. The Prime Minister of Seketan, a title currently held by Eris Kellisyen, is the head of government and is the highest executive power in parliament. Seketan has only one house of parliament: the Hérvynsken.

Law

Foreign relations

Since the birth of the Seketese fourth republic in 1978, Seketan has adopted a foreign policy based on the principle of neutrality and independence. Cooperation and peaceful coexistence with other states in the Nelborne has been an important tenant to Seketese foreign policy ever since the end of the Nelborne War. Seketan generally maintains a policy of extending diplomatic reach to as many entities as possible, whilst still remaining neutral in international conflicts and disputes. Maintaining independence from politically and economically binding organizations continues to be an important aspect of Seketan's foreign policy.

Seketan is a member state of the United Nations, Council of Europe, OECD, Nelborne Union, and the Nelbec Council. Seketan is a neutral state, but maintains close ties to other states in the Nelborne. Seketan is not a member of the EFTA or the European Single Market, despite previous negotiations. The majority of political parties elected in the Hervynsken habour neutral or opposing views to Seketan joining the European Union with polls revealing that a majority of Seketese people would oppose EU membership.

Seketan has aligned itself with different leagues and alliances throughout history. After Seketan embraced the Protestant Reformation, it aligned itself with the reformed countries of New Svealand, Trjebia, and Denmark. With the rise of nationalism and Pan-Nelbecism in the 17th and 18th centuries, Seketan was pulled into union with Alquiya. Beginning in the 20th century, Seketese nationalism and irredentism caused tensions with neighbouring countries. When the Great Nelborne War ended in 1937, Seketese imperialism and nationalism weakened, marking a beginning of neutrality in Seketese foreign policy.

Seketan maintains close ties with the Kingdom of Trjebia (F.K.T.) due to their historical ties as Protestant countries and a large Northern Trjebian population located in Bynan. Seketan is the only country that fully sides with the F.K.T. on the Trjebian dispute against Alquiya.

Seketan maintains close ties with its fellow Nelbec countries. Lormotia and Seketan have historically supported each other against Alquiya, and today they maintain close ties with a large Seketese speaking minority located south in the country. Alquiya and Seketan maintain good relations with both countries being founding members of several Nelborne organizations; tensions arise with their disagreements on the Trjebia dispute. Seketan and New Svealand hold good relations and share membership in multiple organizations. Iceland and Seketan maintain relations, but disputes in water and fishing territory remain unresolved. Semeya and Seketan share a language and culture and today they hold close ties as a former Seketese colony.

Administrative divisions

Provinces of Seketan

Seketan is divided into administrative divisions called provinces. The seven provinces of Seketan upkeep the responsibility for matters of subnational and regional importance. Each province has its own official flag, languages, and capital. The provinces Fjeska and Wilskland have their own devolved administrations and have significant level of autonomy from the Hervynsken.

Provinces are further subdivided into municipalities. Several municipalities in Seketan like Conelibek or Winneston are labeled as "cities" because of their high population and density. Municipalities are governed by municipal/city councils whom are made up of elected members. Mayors are elected for leadership in municipalities.

Flag Province Population Capital and
largest city
Languages
Flag of Gjenor.svg Gjenor 1,141,500 Conelibek Seketese
Flag of Wilskland.png Wilskland 1,079,393 Martinn Wilsk
Flag of Nelderjen.png Nelderjen 988,047 Winneston Seketese
Flag of Fjeska.svg Fjeska 912,250 Loria Seketese, Fjeskan
Flag of Bynan.svg Bynan 752,608 Fevilla Seketese, Trjeban
Flag of Ellinesa.svg Ellinesa 604,095 Porta Seketese
Flag of Giorgi-Alesk.svg Giorgi-Alesk 94,850 Alitz Seketese, Wilsk

Economy

Corporations

Industry

Tourism

Transport

Demographics

Education

Education in Seketan is administrated by the Ministry of Education. Seketese residents under the age of 16 are required by law to attend school in Seketan. Public education is delivered via primary schools, divided into Years 1 to 8, and secondary schools, divided into Years 9 to 12. Preschool in Seketan are usually private centres where children not old enough to begin Year 1 get looked after for while their guardians are in work.

Seketan is a multilingual society and the language of education varies by region. In most of the country, education is delivered in Seketese alongside a second language. In Fjeska and Wilskland, education is delivered in Fjeskan or Wilsk in areas where those languages are more commonly spoken. Until the age of 16, students in Seketan must enroll in second language classes. In predominately Seketese speaking areas, English and German are the most commonly taught second languages with Alquiyan, Svealandic, Icelandic, Wilsk, Fjeskan being regionally available. In non Seketese speaking areas, students must take two second language courses: one in Seketese and another from the list of languages Seketese speakers must learn such as English or German.

Seketan is home to several secondary education institutions, including:

Languages



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Mother tongues of Seketan (2010 census)

  Seketese (84.0%)
  Wilsk (7.9%)
  Fjeskan (4.3%)
  Trjebian (2.4%)
  Other (1.0%)

The official language of Seketan is Seketese. The Seketese language is a Nelbec language and is closely related to Wilsk and Fjeskan, and more distantly related to Alquiyan and Lormotian. Seketese is spoken by 84% of the population, Wilsk is spoken by 7.9% primarily in Wilskland, Fjeskan is spoken by 4.6% primarily in Fjeska, Trjebian is spoken by 2.4% primarily in southern Bynan, and the remaining 1% of languages spoken are a mix of Alquiyan, Icelandic, Tvinan, and Svealandic.

The Christianization of Seketan and the translation of the Holy Bible contributed to the development of the Seketese, Fjeskan, and Wilsk languages, all of which were given translations. The printing press of the three versions of the Bible contributed to the centralization and standardization of all three languages.

The Fjeskan and Wilsk languages are used in their own devolved parliamentss for regional decision making.

Religion

The Secenic people originally held polytheistic beliefs originating from Nelbec mythology. The Secenic Confederation became a Christian kingdom in the 9th century. The Protestant Reformation was embraced in Seketan and the state religion changed into Seketese Lutheranism. Ever since the First Seketese Republic, Seketan has been a secular state and currently has no state religion. The current Fourth Seketese Republic is a largely irreligious state; its constitution written in 1919 defines Seketan as a secular republic guaranteeing citizens the freedom of religion, and its fourth revision removed any mentions of God blessing the President of Seketan.

The majority of the Seketese population are defined as irreligious, including agnostic beliefs, athiesm, and undeclared religious beliefs. This can be explained through Seketan's historical policy on religious tolerance beginning around the 16th century. Protestantism is the leading religion in Seketan with the Church of Seketan controlling the most religious buildings in the country. The Protestant Reformation was embraced in Seketan and the relaxation of religious absolutism resulted in the gradual rise of irreligion and non-Catholic beliefs. Roman Catholicism remains a minority but still prevalent religion in Seketan, with the majority of Seketese Catholic buildings being located in Wilskland and Nelderjen. Seketan is home to a small community of Jews whom were mostly expelled from Alquiya in the middle ages or from immigrants.

According to the 2010 Seketan census, 57% of the population identifies as irreligious, 32% as Protestant, 9% as Catholic, and the remaining 2% being several other religions.

Largest cities

Largest munincipalities in Seketan by population (2010 Census)
Municipality Province Population Municipality Province Population
Conelibek Gjenor 827,193 Honjynann Nelderjen 130,012
Winneston Nelderjen 592,832 South Martinn Fjeska 129,563
Loria Fjeska 528,275 Rynedan Bynan 128,173
Fyedor Wilskland 402,872 Lijanona Bynan 119,273
Porta Ellinesa 394,729 Ellybek Fjeska 102,731
Walycesa Wilskland 205,926 Djenibek Gjenor 94,927
Fevilla Bynan 201,822 Bememy Nelderjen 92,783
Becjonyn Wilskland 192,742 Cjojynce Wilskland 82,765
Amytan Ellinesa 182,798 Aalitonja Nelderjen 82,747
Zynatan Bynan 145,283 Maloneja Bynan 82,732

Culture

Seketan shares deep historic roots with the rest of the Nelbec nations. The country embraces its traditional Nelbec roots in laws that enforce a quota for Seketese media and traditions in schools and broadcasting. Seketan's geography has played a major role in shaping its culture with tundras, glaciers, mountains, and the wildlife playing a large role in Seketese mythology, folklore, and celebrations. Germanic culture has also influenced Seketese culture by "westernizing" it, with the Christianization of Seketan playing a large role.

Regionalism plays a large role in Seketese society; each province of Seketan has their own culture that date back thousands of years prior. The provinces each contain their own distinct dialect of the Seketese language with more or less mutual intelligibility, so foreign and Seketese media is often dubbed into the local dialects. Each province has their own vocabulary, cuisine, customs, traditions, and celebrations. Gjenor province is seen as the standard in Seketan as its culture is the most influential and central throughout Seketan.

Literature

Oldest Seketese language document, written during the Christinization of Seketan

Seketese literature first appeared with the emergence of Secenic political entities, such as the Secenic Confederation and eventually the Kingdom of Seketan. The Seketese language and its writing system was heavily influenced by early but influential poets and writers. The spread of Christianity resulted in the adoption of the Latin alphabet in Nelbec languages, with the translation of the bible influencing the Seketese language.

Early literature revolved around Seketese mythology and folklore. Svac én Þynad (English: literally With them and Die; translated Follow and Die) is one of the most famous Seketese myths that tell the tale of woodland creatures all competing against one another for a treasure that doesn't exist.

Literature "boomed" during the interwar period of the 20th century. Major events that shaped Seketan's history such as World War I, the Seketese Revolution and Civil War, the Great Nelborne War, and World War II were key themes explored by authors at the time. Seketese literature during the period was often cynical and sometimes nihilistic, reflective of the large amounts of atrocities that occurred in Seketan during the early 20th century. Dystonian novel The Greater Republic written by Martin Gev and published in 1940 is cited as the most influential of these works; the novel was a best-seller domestically and in foreign countries.

Celebrated modern Seketese poets and authors include Martin Gev, Sjédymaleþen Lyjonskn, Šema Linda, Pierre Wern, and Fjedor Ésyšji, among others.

Music

Visual arts

Cuisine

Cašo is the national dish of Seketan.

Cinema

The most renowned figures of Seketese cinema are Rividje Alité, Gima Çanjor, Sjedymaleþen Djenor, Violétta Coris, and Sjedor Çašé.

Sport

Notes

1.^ Other regional or alternative spellings, including Républyc á Sécytana, are also considered correct by the Secéteça Académie but are generally not used in official writings.
2.^ Wilsks and Fjeskans often identify as Seketese nationals alongside their ethnolinguistic identity.

See also