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|The Republic of Songdang
|Motto: Together we prosper!|
Map of Songdang in relation to nearby nations.
|Recognised national languages||Aquidish|
|Ethnic groups (2015)||95% Songdangin
|Government||Unitary presidential constitutional republic|
|-||Vice President||Chung Kyu-Bong|
|-||Speaker of the Assembly||Pang Se-Yoon|
|-||Chief Justice of the Supreme Court||Ryang Kwang-Ho|
|-||Independence from Aquidneck||1 May 1960|
|GDP (nominal)||2017 estimate|
|Currency||Won (₩) (SDW)|
|Drives on the||left|
The Republic of Songdang or more commonly Songdang (Songdangin: 송당 공화국 songdang gonghwaguk pronounced [sʰoŋdaŋ koŋβwaguk̚]), is a unitary presidential constitutional republic located in the eastern part of the largest island in the Savai Islands chain. Songdang shares a land border with TBD in the West and a small land border in the South West with Ikanisia. The nation was established as client state of the Kingdom of Aquidneck in 1791 and peacefully attained independence on 1 May 1960 upon the enactment of the Daesun Proclamation.
The Republic of Songdang is a newly industrialized country with many international economists predicting that the nation could achieve developed country status in the next 25 years. The republic maintains a strong relationship with Aquidneck and Asura as it sees the region as a steady source of foreign investment. Songdang is a member of the Aquidish Heritage Community, the World Educational and Cultural Organization, and the Aeian Public Health Organization. In 2018 it signed the Treaty of Neighbors and became a member of The Savaian Alliance.
- Early History
- Principality of Songdang
Songdang is located mainly on a peninsula located in the Eastern Savai region of Aeia. The interior of the peninsula is mostly mountains and dense forest leading to most of the population centers being located on the coasts or in some of the less forested valleys. The highest mountain located in the central western part of the country is Nopsan which is 2,79 meters tall. In addition to the mainland peninsula there are several small island chains that make up Songdang. The islands in the south are smaller than the ones in the east that lead from the peninsula and up towards Mayawi. The capital city on Sanjae is located on the north-east coast of the peninsula.
Songdang has three distinct seasons. A hot and humid "summer" and a wet rainy "spring" and a cooler fall/winter. In the summer months the country becomes humid and hot and thunderstorms are frequent. The spring brings the rainy season with rainstorms and high winds being very common. Monsoons hit during this time and flooding is an major issue facing the country. In the fall and winter temperatures cool down especially in the coastal areas. Songdang is largely considered tropical due to its location on the equator.
Due to the mountainous and forested interior much of the build up in Songdang has been in the coastal regions and the interior is largely untouched. There are many natural water features such as waterfalls and caverns thanks to the peninsulas many rivers and mountains. Much of the southern part of the peninsula is dense tropical rain forest.
Politics and Government
9th President of Songdang
10th Vice President of Songdang
Songdan is a Unitary presidential constitutional republic. The Constitution of Songdang is the highest law of the land and lays out the system of government. The government is split into three branches of government, the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. The executive and legislative branches operate primarily at the national level, although various ministries in the executive branch also carry out local functions. Local governments are semi-autonomous, and contain executive and legislative bodies of their own. The judicial branch operates at both the national and local levels. There are three major parties currently active in Songdanin politics, the Unity Party (화합), the Prosperity Party (번영), and the Compassion Party (연 민).
The Executive branch of the Songdangin government is run by the President of Songdang. The President is the head of state and the head of government in Songdang. He is assisted in his duties by an presidential council made up of the leaders of the government ministries the president appoints. These Ministers serve at the pleasure of the President and must be approved by a majority vote of the National Assembly. The President is also assisted by a Vice President who replaces the President should he be unable to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of his office. According to the Constitution the Vice-President is elected on the same ticket as the President and also serves as a minister in the President's cabinet without the need for approval by the Assembly. The President serves for a 5 year term that can be renewed once. The current President is Chi Shin-Il who is from the Prosperity Party.
Main article: National Assembly of Songdang
The Legislative branch of the Songdangin government is made up of the 200 members of the unicameral National Assembly. The Assembly is lead by the Speaker of the Assembly who is elected each session from among the representatives. 150 representatives are elected by districts in first-past-the-post voting, while the remaining 50 representatives are selected from party lists in proportional representation. The entire National Assembly is up for reelection every 4 years. The current Speaker of the Assembly is Pang Se-Yoon who is from the Prosperity Party, the party with the highest number of seats.
The Judicial branch of government is lead by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and the court of last resort. Songdang uses the Aquidish common law system and adopts many of its legal traditions and customs from Aquidneck. The Supreme Court has the power to strike down laws passed by the National Assembly and actions by the Executive if they are deemed to conflict with the Constitution of Songdang. The 7 members of the Supreme Court, known as Justices, are appointed by the President and consented to by the National Assembly. The Justices serve 15 year staggered terms and may not be reappointed to the court upon the expiration of their term.
The military of Songdang is rather small. This is attributed to the Daesun Proclamation, the treaty which established the relationship between the Kingdom of Aquidneck and the newly independent Republic of Songdang. In the proclamation the two nations pledged to mutually aid each other should one of the nations be attacked, additionally the proclamation allows Aquidneck to establish military bases in Songdang.
The Armed Forces of Songdang are split into three branches, The Republican Army, the Republican Navy, and the Republican Air Force. There are about 43,000 active military and another 6,000 in reserves. The President of Songdang is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, however the National Assembly is the body that can declare war. Songdang has been involved in almost every conflict the Armed Forces of Aquidneck have been involved in since 1960, though this involvement is often small and in a supporting role. Songdang often contributes to international multilateral peacekeeping efforts.
Foreign Relations is conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the direction of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs direct the foreign policy of the Republic. The executive branch has the most jurisdiction over foreign affairs, but the National Assembly ratifies treaties, funds MoFA programs, and provides oversight through the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The most important partner in Songdang's foreign relations is Aquidneck due to the historical and political bonds between the two nations. Additionally Songdang has excellent relations is Isolaprugna, another former colony of Aquidneck. Recently Songdang has been attempting to get closer with the other nations in the Savai region of Aeia and with the nations of the Commonwealth of Democratic Nations, particularly Ajerrin and Indragiri. Songdang also wants to foster closer relations with the nations of East Catai.
Songdang is a member of the Aquidish Heritage Community, the World Educational and Cultural Organization, and the Aeian Public Health Organization. It also regularly participates in international forums and conferences. In 2018 it became a member of The Savaian Alliance by signing on to the Treaty of Neighbors.
The vast majority of people in Songdang are ethnically Songdangin at around 95%. The remaining 5% are mostly from neighboring Savai countries and Aquidneck. The most spoken language in Songdang is Songdangin with 98% of the population claiming it as a first language. Aquidish is still a recognized national language, however is rarely used in everyday life by the vast majority of people in Songdang. It is still widely taught in schools along with Midrasian and Giri. In recent years there has been a increase in Songdanin students learning Jāu. This is due to the efforts of the government of Wahngjau, which has gone as far as to send language teachers to Songdang.
The right to a free, good quality education for all Songdangin children is enshrined in the Constitution of Songdang. As such schooling is provided to all students aged 5 through 18. The government also provides generous scholarships and grants to students pursuing post-secondary education whether in Songdang or abroad. It is has become increasingly common for students to get a 2 year associates degree before entering the full time workforce. 4 year bachelors, masters, and doctorates are much more common than in the past. The Ministry of Education oversees education in Songdang, while the Education Committee of the National Assembly provides funding and oversight.
Education is an incredibly important part of life in Songdang. Students spend many hours in public school and then go to special cram schools called hagwons to study. There is great pressure placed on students to do well and score high on standardized testing so that they can get into good universities. This has lead to Songdangin students being reportedly some of the most stressed and least happy in Aeia. Many have criticized the Songdangin education system for this and other weaknesses.
The major religions in Songdang today are Alydianism and Songdanin Shamanism. Shamanism was the preeminent religion prior to the arrival of the Asurans. When the Asurans came they brought with them Alydian missionaries who first targeted the nobility and higher educated classes of Songdangin society. This socioeconomic gap can still be seen in modern Sondang. Old families that come from well off backgrounds and former members of the noble class tend to be Alydian, while the rest of the Songdanin people tend to practice Shamanism. Alydianism experienced a sharp decline following the independence of Songdang as it was seen as a religion of outsiders, however the numbers have since stabilized. Today about 70% of the population as practitioners of Shamanism, 20% are Alydian, and the remaining 10% are made up of smaller religions most notably Ksaiism which was brought to Songdang with some moderate success by the Carcossicans.
Songdangin culture is has developed from ancient times and with influences from neighbors and visiting cultures from Yidao and Asura. The Ministry of Culture is the government agency responsible for promoting and protecting Songdangin culture.
Songdangin cuisine is based largely on rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditionally meals in Songdang are served with many side dishes that are served with short grain rice. The most famous dish from Songdang is Kimchi. Other common ingredients are sesame oil, fermented bean paste, soy sauce, gochujang and nappa cabbage. Noodle dishes were introduced in the 1700s and were quickly adapted into the national cuisine. Meals are commonly eaten with chopsticks in Songdang. The most popular meats in Songdang are chicken which is cheap and used in many dishes and pork. Fish and other seafood are also very popular and the influence of Aquidneck can be seen most notably in Songdangin seafood dishes which uses sauces and cooking styles similar to what is seen in Aquidneck. Food is commonly eaten with alcohol with these dishes being called anju. The most famous alcohol from Songsang is soju which is a very cheap and popular drink.
Football is the most popular sport in Songdang. The national team has played previously in the Copa d'Aeia but has never advanced passed the semi-finals. The most popular domestic teams are the Princes FC which is based in the capital in Sanjae and the Gwangdae Shaman based in the city of Gwangdae. Both teams are a part of the Savaian Football League. Baseball is another popular sport in Songdang with the Savaian Baseball League being the most watched league. In recent times basketball has become a popular sport especially among young people. Basketball is viewed in Songdang as a cool sport.