Svandal

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United Commonwealths of Svandal
Flag Great Seal
Motto: "In Unione Salus"
Salvation in Union
Anthem: Hil, Svandal!
CapitalTornby
Largest largest city
Official languages None at a national level.
Recognised national languages Lhedwinic
Recognised regional languages Indfødstale, Motsvaran Lhedwinic, Navish, Vrnallian
Culturally significant
languages
Miersana, Immigrantspeak
Demonym Svandalish (Dalsmand in Lhedwinic
Government Federal presidential republic
 -  President TBD
 -  Statespeaker TBD
 -  Lawspeaker TBD
 -  Chief Justice TBD
Legislature Folketing
 -  Upper house Hall of State
 -  Lower house Hall of Law
Independence from the United Kingdom of Lhedwin as the Dominion of Vestrien
 -  Dissolution of the United Kingdom 1 January 1900 
 -  The Schism Day Month 1900 
Population
 -  2016 estimate 74,000,000
 -  2010 census 71,463,520
Currency Svandalish thaler (₮) (SDT)
Date format dd.mm.yyyy
Drives on the right
Calling code +85
Internet TLD .sd
a. In the Commonwealth of Ny Bærk only

Svandal, officially known as the United Commonwealths of Svandal, is a federal republic consisting of three commonwealths. It is located in the southeastern region of Vestrim and is bordered by Motsvara to the west and Alvernon to the south. Svanejord is located on the Opal Ocean, with three of its commonwealths directly bordering the ocean. The remaining two commonwealths are connected to the Opal through the Some River. It has an estimated population of nearly seventy four million people, making it one of the most populated countries in Vestrim. Svanejord has high levels of economic development, is densely populated, and is very culturally diverse. Sixty five percent of its population resides in urban areas.

Asuran colonization began at the turn of the seventeenth century. Svandal was initially part of the Navish colonies in Vestrim, limitied to the four coastal colonies of w, x, y, and z. The Navish Crown laid claim to a significant amount of territory inland but failed to establish its authority. Jurisdiction over the colonies was transferred to the United Kingdom of Lhedwin following Lhedwinic unification. The colonies were eventually reorganized into more centralized dominions, and the name Svandal appeared for the first time. The dominions were eventually further reorganized into the Some Polity, which included modern-day Motsrava. The Confederation attempted to survive the breakup of the United Kingdom, but representatives from Svandal favored a republic and were opposed to the continuation of monarchism. As a result, the territories that that desired a republic pursued independence and formed Svandal.

The country has deep agricultural roots, bust industrialization began along the rivers and coastal regions in the mid-nineteenth century. Heavy industry began to grow in the late nineteenth century and urbanization began. Waves of immigration from Asura, particularly from Miersa, to Svandal began in order to meet the high demand for unskilled and skilled labor. From this shift in population arose a disparity between the rural, inland regions of the country and the highly urbanized regions, centered mostly around Ny Bærkby in the Commonwealth of Ny Bærk. The country has opted to remain cautious in global affairs, loosely aligning itself with other democracies but refraining from entering diplomatic agreements and blocs. Instead, Svandal has opted to remain a regional player as opposed to a global one. The country has taken a hard-line anti-communist stance.

The capital of Svandal is Tornby, where the national government is located. The national government has three branches: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial. A series of checks and balances are in place, but the executive branch through the presidency is considered the most powerful and highest office in the land. The current president is Some Person of the Konservativ Union, who has held the post since the 2016. Legislative power is vested in the bicameral Folketing, which consists of the Hall of State and the Hall of Law. The other major parties are the Demokratiske Landmænd, Arbejderpartiet and the Folkelig Handling .

Much of the country encompasses the northern East Vestric Belt, a mountain range that crosses through Svandal. Major rivers include the river Kongeå and the river Torne which act as high traffic commercial arteries for maritime trade. Overall, it has a temperate climate. However, there is significant variation. The northernmost regions of Svandal tend to be notably colder than the southernmost regions.

Etymology

The name Svandal comes from the name given to the region by Navish explorers, literally translating to swan valley. It was given the name due to the abundance of swans in the Some River Valley. The name was first used to describe a political entity for the Lhedwinic Crown Dominion of Svandal, which makes up most of modern day x. The term fell out of official use with the consolidation of the Lhedwinic dominions into the Some Polity but its common use remained and later was later expanded to include the surrounding region.

History

Pre-colonization

Svandal was originally inhabited by a number of indigenous tribes organized into two loose confederations. One was dominated by the coastaly-based Renappi and the other by the Minquas. The two were fierce rivals that often fought for access to land and resources. The Renappi were a matrilineal society while the Minquas were a patrilineal society.

Colonization

Confederation

Independence

Government

Foreign relations and military

Administrative divisions

Map Name Administrative centre Most populous municipality Population
Commonwealth
Ny Bærk Some Place Ny Bærkby 32,120,494
Ødemarken
Strandvigen
Toksvarden Torneby 24,783,392
Vester Ulriksland

Economy