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An Empire in the Spirit of Hope
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Motto: For Prosperity, Onward and Upward.
CapitalPalisphemy
Official languages English
Demonym Hopean
Government Federal Republic
 -  President Alfred Goebel
 -  Emperor Ari Landvick
 -  Establishment of 12 Kingdoms 37 B.C. 
 -  Unification 1711 
Population
 -  2015 census 526,783,354
GDP (PPP) estimate
 -  Total $24.1 Trillion
 -  Per capita $45,728
GDP (nominal) estimate
 -  Total $21.7 Trillion
 -  Per capita $41,287
Gini (2012)42
medium
HDI (2012).910
very high
Currency Mark
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .sh

Spirit of Hope, officially An Empire in the Spirit of Hope, is a large Federal Republic, consisting of 12 states.

History

Founding and Division

Spirit of Hopes history begins with the founding of the Charin Empire around 200 BC by Dangun Wanggeom according to oral tradition. The Charin Empire started in the Spirit of hope peninsula and quickly expanded to cover a large area. By 108 BC the Charin Empire had expanded to its fullest extent, including much of modern day Spirit of Hope. In an attempt to unify the Empire a large number of roads were made and a centralized imperial bureaucracy was founded. Additionally the Charin Emperors lead colonization efforts within the empire, establishing a large number of new cities and noble holdings, established around those of Hopean ethnicity. A large number of buildings, such as official temples and courthouses, were made in an attempt to influence and control the various cultures that had come under the control of the Charin Empire. In 84 BC the Charin Empire collapsed with the death of the last emperor without heirs, the Charin Empire quickly collapsed into a large number of waring states. The resulting chaos destroyed a large number of the Chosun Empires constructions and historical texts.

Twelve Kingdoms

By 37 BC the the Twelve Kingdoms had been founded and largely taken control of the territory that had made the former Empire. The Twelve Kingdoms were: the Kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje, Silla, Dongye, Okjeo, Buyeo, Dongbuyeo, and Buyeo, the Gaya Confederacy, Mahan Confederacy, Jinhan Confederacy, and the Byeohan Confederacy.

Unification

Following the gradual intermarriage of the ruling families of the Twelve Kingdoms in 1659 -name- came to power in the Kingdom of Goguryeo. He made several agreements with the rulers of Baekje, Sillia, Dobgbuyeo, and Gaya Confederacy, to whom he was related, to unify there kingdoms into a new unified empire. To formally recognize the agreement the rulers were to gather at the capital of the Gaya Confederacy, however when the meeting was held the castle was stormed by forces loyal to the Kingdom of Buyeo and the Jinhan Confederacy who felt threatened by the union. In the ensuring battle all of the rulers who supported the union were killed.

Outraged at the surprise attack the Kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje, Sillia, Dobgbuyeo, and Gaya Confederacy declared war against the Kingdom of Buyeo and the Jinhan Confederacy. As a result of alliances, self interest and aims of conquest the other Twelve Kingdoms became involved in the Unification War. The Unification War quickly grew to both a religious, ethnic war in addition to its original purpose.

The Unification War ended in 1711 with the signing of the Treaty of Prosperity between multiple different combatants in the war. The treaty reunified the Empire in the Spirit of Hope and elevated Taejo of Joseon to Emperor. The Treaty of Prosperity also served as the constitution for the newly formed Empire.

Opposition forces fled and in 1758 these forces attempted an invasion of Spirit of Hope and attempted to overthrow the Emperor.

Democratization

With the beginning of the 20th century a large democratization movement began in Spirit of Hope. In 1921 the democratization movement came to a head with protests and riots breaking out in several major cities throughout Spirit of Hope. In the capital city the 1st Dragoon Brigade was ordered to end the rioting but a majority of the unit defected and joined the rioters, leading to fighting in the streets of the capital. When the Emperors Own attempted to escort the Emperor out of the city they were ambushed and all but the youngest son were killed.

The regent immediately began reforming Spirit of Hope government. This included giving more power to the House of Commons and leading reforms in how seats of the House of Lords were distributed.

Government

Spirit of Hope is a Federal Republic, usually consisting of two levels: the federal government and the state government. Spirit of Hope has an unwritten constitution largely based on the guarantees set forth in the Treaty for Prosperity.

Political Parties

Federal Government

The Federal government of Spirit of Hope is divided into two official branches, the Executive and the Legislator, and one unofficial branch, the Judiciary. The Executive and Legislative branches were created in the 1712 Act of Union, while the Judicial branch has slowly gained power over time.

Originally the Emperor held all of the power of the Executive branch, limited only by the requirement that he have a council of advisors chosen by the House of Lords. With the passing of the 1923 Act of Progress the powers of Executive branch was officially passed over to the Office of the President who is elected by the majority vote of enfranchised citizens. Modernly the President can veto any legislation passed by the legislator, appoints Judges to the Imperial Court, and serves as Supreme Commander of the armed forces, however no laws or orders pertaining to the citizenry may originate from the presidents office.

Each state has five representatives in the House of Lords, one being the head of that state, and the other four chosen in a manner lain out by the state. The House of Commons is elected by the popular vote of each state, with the number of representatives remaining proportional to the states population. All legislation must originate from the Legislator, with tradition dictating that the House of Lords appoint the Presidents cabinet and laws pertaining to funding must originate in the House of Commons.

The Imperial Court in Palispheny has unofficially gained power as a third branch of government, representing the Judiciary. Originally the Imperial Court was only intended to end disputes between states and to end splits decisions between State courts. However over time the Imperial Court gained the power to declare laws null and void by claiming it interferes with the Treaty of Prosperity or its derived traditions.

State Government

State governments in Spirit of Hope tend to be wildly different, with each state developing differently since the founding of the Empire. Five of the state governments are Constitutional Monarchies with a parliamentary system, where the Monarch serves only as a figurehead. One states government has a Constitutional Monarchy and a parliamentary system, where the monarch still holds executive power. The remaining six states use various different parliamentary systems.

Nobility

Ranks of Nobility
Name of Rank
President
Je (Emperor)
Wang (King)
Duke
Count
Baron
Knighthood
Colonel

(or other appropriate Military/Civilian rank)

Doctor
Justicar

Spirit of Hope still has legally recognized nobility that have certain rights and privileges not bestowed upon the average citizen. The most notable legal privilege is that all holders of a noble title are entitled to a trial be those who hold a similar or higher title than the defendant. Secondly nobles above the rank of Duke have the right to arm their own personnel forces, though non have done so in over twenty years. Hereditary ranks can only be given by a supermajority of the House of Lords, most date back hundreds of years, with a few going back over 1,000 years. Non hereditary titles can be gained in a number of ways, the most common are through the earning of a doctorate or reaching above the rank of Colonel (Captain in the Navy). Certain awards, such as a knight hood or medal for valor, may also bestow nonhereditary titles of nobility.

The rank of those holding a noble titles is determined by the College of Heralds using a complex set of rules, however generally primary rank (see chart) determines the rank of the holder. Secondary to primary rank is the time the family gained the rank, and secondary titles that might be held by the individual, wealth of the individual, and social activities of the individual.

Budget

Spirit of Hope Budget
Area Amount (Billion $) Percent of Budget
Total Budget 4,380 100%
Welfare 1,095 25%
Economy 876 20%
Education 657 15%
Defense 657 15%
Grants to States 438 10%
Transport 219 5%
Other 438 10%

Military

The Armed Forces of Spirit of Hope are decided into three branches, the SoH Army, SoH Navy, SoH Air Force. The President of Spirit of Hope acts as the commander and chief of the armed forces, however the House of Lords must approve any action that would have Spirit of Hope combatants entering another country.

Military Spending
Service Branch Budget (Billion $) Personel
Army 251 1,389,124
Air Force 203 438,178
Navy 203 396,068

Military Equipment

Economy

Spirit of Hope is a High Income Developed Nation with a Market Economy. The Spirit of Hope economy is highly dependent on exports, and is one of the largest exporters of electronic goods in the world.

Spirit of Hope's main exports are semiconductors, telecommunication equipment, motor vehicles, computers, steel, and ships. Main imports include machinery, electronics, oil, transport equipment, and chemicals.

Transportation and Energy

Spirit of Hope has a technologically advanced transportation network, including highways, high speed rail, fairy services, bus services, and air routes. Several high speed rail services cross the nation. All major cities have rapid urban transit systems, including subway, bus and express services.

International airports are available in every major city, with most minor cities having internal airports.

Spirit of Hope is almost exclusively powered by nuclear power, however recently efforts are being made to increase renewable energy sources. The majority of reactors are of a traditional design, but as they age the government has begun switching over to pebble bed reactors starting in 2005.

Spirit of Hope has recently begun to export nuclear reactors and related equipment, including enriched uranium.

Natural Resources

Spirit of Hope has a deposits of Oil, Diamonds, Gold, Silver, Coal, Nickel, Iron, Tungsten, and Uranium. Despite Spirit of Hope's production of Oil and Uranium they do not match the internal demand of the nation, and the Spirit of Hope continues to import these recourses.

Science and Technology

Spirit of Hope is one of Terra Firma's world leaders in robotics and electronic technologies, exporting a large number of electronics including digital displays, semiconductor devices, and mobile phones.

Spirit of Hope has launched a number of satellites from the Naro Space Center. The first space launch took place in 1956, and has since launched over 150 satellites for both military and commercial applications.

Education

Spirit of Hope is carried out by both public and private institutions. Both types of institutions receive government funds, with private institutions receiving less money from the government.

A centralized administration in Spirit of Hope oversees the process for the education of children from kindergarten to the third and final year of high school. The school year is divided into two semesters, the first of which begins in the beginning of March and ends in mid-July, the second of which begins in late August and ends in mid-February. The schedules are not uniformly standardized and vary from school to school. Most Spirit of Hope middle schools and high schools have school uniforms, modeled on western-style uniforms. Boys' uniforms usually consists of trousers and white shirts, and girls wear skirts and white shirts.

Spirit of Hope's education system is technologically advanced and it is one of the world's first country to bring high-speed fibre-optic broadband internet access to every primary and secondary school nation-wide. Using this infrastructure, the country has developed the Digital Textbooks, which will be distributed for free to every primary and secondary school nation-wide by 2013.