Temuair

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The Empire of Temuair
O Imperio de Temuair
Flag
CapitalDinsmar
Largest city Rucesion
Official languages Aisling
Also spoken English
Ethnic groups Aisling: 54%
Others:
Demonym Singular: Aisling
Plural Aislings
Government Representative Empire
 -  Emperador Vitor Antón Avila (Avila VII)
 -  Head Burgess Iria Pais
Area
 -  900,326 km2
347,618 sq mi
Population
 -  2016 estimate 33,904,000
 -  2015 census 33,871,284
 -  Density 34.2/km2
88.6/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2016 estimate
 -  Total 1.8 trillion
 -  Per capita 53,142 (2)
Gini (2014)31.9
medium
HDI (2014)0.872
very high
Currency Leone ()
Date format mm/dd/yyyy
Drives on the right
Calling code +937
ISO 3166 code .ET

The Empire of Temuair (commonly referred to as Temuair, and sometimes as the Aisling Empire) is a representative empire located on the continent of Creag in Annwynn. Temuair is comprised of 14 administrates divisions, with nations capital and seat of government is located in Dinsmar.

The Empire of Temuair is home to 33 million people, with a census conducted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs every 5 years. The nation has a varied geography

Temuair is unique among the nations of Annwynn that citizenship and political franchise are not granted to all people upon reaching a certain age. Instead, both citizenship and the right to vote or run for elected office are only conferred upon those who complete a term of service with the Armed Forces of the Temuair Empire. Those who have earned their franchise are referred to as "citizens" whereas those who have not are referred to as "subjects". Subjects can not vote for or hold any political office or serve as peace officers. Aside from these, subjects are afforded the same rights and guarantees of protection under the 1910 Articles of Governance as citizens and it is unlawful for an employer or governmental official to discriminate against a person on the basis of their being a subject and not a full citizen of the Empire.

The Empire of Temuair is a developed nation, with a respectable gross domestic product and GDP per capita. Main economic actives include mining, processing or refining, and exporting of natural resources, including oil. lumber, coal and other rescues. It is one of the worlds largest importers of finished goods, such as clothing, electronics and consumable goods.

Etymology

The term "Temuair", meaning "the promised land" in Aisling, has been used to describe the land belonging to the Empire since its establishment as the Kingdom of Temuair in 721 CE. The term "Temuairian" is used to describe things that are of the land, put not of the people. As such, it is very uncommon. Often, Temuairian is used as an erroneous way to refer to the people of Temuair. The people of the Empire are properly referred to as the "Tuthe de Danaan", the people of Danaan, or more simply, Aislings. The word also means "dream" or vision" in the historic language of Aisling people.

History

Geography

Government

The Empire of Temuair is governed by the Emperador, who is considered both the head of state as well as commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The position of Emperador is one of the only non-elected positions of power within the Aisling government. Emperador's have the privilege of naming their own successor; commonly done with the current Emperador assumes the throne. The choice is kept secret until the death or abdication of the reigning Emperador. The choice of successor can be changed by the Emperador at any time, but the identity of the successor must be kept a secret, if the secret is revealed, that person is no loner eligible to assume the office. Commonly, the choice of successor is a child or close family member of the Emperador, though there is no law restricting the choice. The only restrictions on the eligibility for an Emperador is that he must be a veteran of the Armed Forces of the Temuair Empire, as must all persons holding public office. If a successor is not named, then the Chamber of Burgesses is tasked with selecting an Emperador from among them, or appointing another worthy person. In the instance that an appointed successor declines to serve as Emperador, the selection of a new Emperador would be carried out be the resigning Emperador, or if that is impossible, than the decision would fall to the Chamber of Burgesses.

The current Emperador is Vitor Antón Avila, who will be coronated as Emperador Avila VII after the offal month of mourning for his late father, Emperador Lino Alberte Avila VI, has passed. During the official month of mourning, there is no person holding the office of Emperador, the Head Burgess acts as the Head of State until the month of mourning passes, and is said to hold the country as a steward until a new Emperador is appointed.

The Aisling legislature is structured as a bicameral legislature, being divided into two houses, or chambers. the Chamber of Burgesses and the Chamber of Demagogues, with the Chamber of Burgess being the upper house, and the Chamber of Demagogues being the lower.

The Chamber of Demagogues is comprised of a variable amount of representatives from each of the nations territories, the number being based on population. The Chamber of Demagogues is primarily responsible for the creation, review and passage of laws that effect the entire Empire. Its proposals must be reviewed and approved by the Chamber of Burgesses, as well as by the Emperador. A refusal by either means the proposal fails and is not signed into law. There is no limit to the number of items that can be proposed, nor is there a limit on how many times a failed item can be resubmitted. Members of the Chamber of Demagogues serve for 6 years, and their duties are considered part time as part of a citizen legislature system of government.

The Chamber of Burgesses is comprised of the 14 elected governors of each territory and the Head Burgess, appointed by the Emperador. In 1982, a 15th representative was added, representing the region of Astridia. Both the Astridian representative and the Head Burgess are non-voting members. It is tasked with a variety of executive functions not handled by the House of Demagogues, including the examination and ratification of treaties with foreign powers, the review of appointed officials made by the Emperador, such as the various heads of government Ministry's, military officers attaining "flag rank" (General/Admiral and above), and justices sitting on the High Court. Lastly, the Chamber of Burgesses may initiate a vote of no confidence against a reigning Emperador. If this vote is successful, the Emperador is removed form office, and could be stripped of their citizenship depending on the reason for removal. Under these special circumstances, the Emperador's choice of successor is made known the the Chamber of Burgesses, and thy Chamber may choose to accept or deny this selection. Burgesses serve a term of 6 years, and have no limits placed on the number of terms they can serve.

The High Court is a body of 12 justices appointed by the Emperador, and approved by the Chamber of Burgesses, which acts as the highest court in the Empire, with jurisdiction over all territorial and local courts, and is the final authority in regards to constitutional law. Justices serve life terms, though they may retire at any time. Further, they can be removed at any time by a vote of the Chamber of Burgesses or by decree of the Emperador.

The Articles of Governance lay out the rights, responsibilities and privileges of both subjects and Citizens of the Empire. Aside from suffrage being extended to those complete a term of service in the Imperial Armed forces, and thus win the right to the title of Citizen, the Articles of Governance make no distinction between a subject and a citizen. It s unlawful for the government, any person or any establishment to discriminate against a subject for not choosing to service in the armed forces. Subjects and citizens are taxed equally, may own land, and are governed under the same set of juridical laws.

Government Ministries

There are nine executive ministries which serve the Imperial government. The directors or Ministers of each Imperial Ministry serve on an advisory council to the Emperador, and also serve to advise the Chamber of Burgesses on all matters within their realm. No member of the Chamber of Burgesses or the Chamber of Demagogues can be a director of an Imperial Ministry while serving, nor can the director be a serving military officer. According to the Aisling laws regarding citizenship and office holding, all directors must be citizens of the Empire, even though the directors are not elected, but are instead appointed by the Emperador and confirmed by the Chamber of Burgesses.

In the event that the Emperador or Head Burgess is killed or otherwise unable to rule, the directors of the Imperial Ministries will assume the Head Burgess' role until the Emperador can appoint a new Head Burgess, or the heir to the Emperador is revealed and assumes office, at which time a new Head Burgess will be appointed.

Name Created Director Precedence in line of secession Notes
Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1910 Alexandre Candia 3
Ministry of Health and Human Services 1910 9
Ministry of the Treasury 1910 Alberte Lemos 4
Ministry of Justice 1910 Xesús Paulo Agron 5
Ministry of Agriculture 1910 7
Ministry of Economics and Trade 1910 8
Ministry of Defense 1910 Rodrigo Breixo Lua 2
Ministry of Infrastructure 1951 6
Ministry of Education 1910 10

Political parties

There are a variety of political parties in existence in Temuair spanning the political spectrum and focusing on a number of political issues. There are no regulations regarding the creation of a political party excepting that members who stand for election to government office must be citizens of the Empire.

Name Leader Agenda/Ideology
Homefront Party Anxo Cordeiro Maintaining the principals of Aisling Isolation, nationalistic "Temuair first" politics. Does not embrace the radicalism and ethnocentrism expressed by the ANSP.
Royalist Party Artur Lata Has similar aims and ambitions to the currently ruling Imperial Party, but desires the reestablishment of the Royal Family in place of the current system for selecting the nations Emperador, and wishes to see Temuair return to a hereditary monarchy system.
Imperial Party Iria Pais Preservation of the Empire and status quo. Capitalist, free-market tendencies.
Progressive Union of Temuair Iseabail Macedo Left-leaning moderate party advocating for income equality, expansion of social programs, demilitarization, and equal opportunities for both citizens and subjects.
Communist Party of Temuair Cibrán Naves Marxist-Leninism, collectivization and government acquisition of the means of production. Socialized medicine, education and utility services. Party was unrecognized by the Imperial government until 1974
Democratic Socialists of Temuair Bieito Cuba Democratic socialism, advocates the government ownership of utility services and other means of production, but not to the extent of the CPoT.
Aisling Nationalist Party Cailean Ovalle Fascist tendencies, advocating for a cooperatist socialital model with supreme power vested in the Emperador, and the restoration of the Temuair Empire. Requires citizens swear loyalty to the State above all else, but completely lacks the ethnocentric policies associated with the ANSP.
Aisling National Socialist Party Rodrigo Cora Far right group whose beliefs include including general and scientific racism against peoples not of Aisling origin. Advocates the utilization of economic resources for the defense of the nation and the defeat of the "lesser" races, as well as the resumption of Aisling eugenics programs. Also advocates for ultimate power to be returned to the Emperador, and the establishment of a cooperatist socialital model.
Coalition for a Democratic Temuair Iago Porta Removal of the Office of the Emperador and the establishment of a republic under an elected official who is both head of state and head of government.
Aisling Party for the Preservation of Annwynn Sabela Ogas Green politics, environmentalism, non-violence, social justice.
Matriarcado Uxía Noela Del Villar Feminist, radical party seeking to supersede the current Empire with a matriarchy. Has the smallest membership in Temuair.
Astridian Citizens Council Comhnall Palma Party which advocates for the rights and betterment of life for the Astridian peoples of Western Temuair. Favors the increase of infrastructural programs, economic incentives, and social welfare programs for the region

Political divisions

See articles: List of cities in Temuair, Administrative Divisions of Temuair

Temuair is divided into 14 administrative districts...

Foreign Affairs

See main article: Foreign relations of Temuair

Military

See main article Armed Forces of the Temuair Empire

Several soldiers of the 1/18th Imperial Dragoons Brigade, Imperial Second Division

The Armed Forces of the Temuair Empire are dedicated to the defense of the Empire, its territories and interests throughout the world. It is an all volunteer force, as conscription is expressly forbidden under the Articles of Governance.

Service in the Imperial Armed Forces is an option for any male or female subject upon the passage of their 18th birthday, there is no upper age limit to enroll in Imperial service. Further, the law does not allow the Imperial service to reject any application, regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, unless the subject is judged to be incapable of comprehending the oath of service. Testing standards are uniform across all servicemen, and a place must be found for all applicants who take the oath. This can range form military service, civil service, or other jobs as required by the government. Often, the government will contract with corporations involved in the defense industry to allow for jobs with these firms to be considered service, one of the largest participants in this program is the Temuair based, multinational pharmaceutical giant ParaCell. Applicants high school (or college if available) courses and grades are examined, and applicants are subjected to a battery of tests to determine the best position or them within the service. Applicants may list their preferences for service, but are not guaranteed to receive them, and do not have final say in their duty assignment.

A term of service is four years for active duty and ten years for reserve duty, though can be extended if the government deems it necessary. Upon completion of a term of service and discharge under honorable conditions, the Aisling is no longer considered a subject of the Empire, but a citizen of the Empire, and is extended the right to vote for and hold public office. Failure to complete a term of service does not generally incur any punitive response from the government, unless under certain circumstances. However, if a person fails to complete their term, they can not reenter Imperial service under any circumstances.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies work at the local, Divisional, and Imperial level to ensure the safety and security of the subjects and citizens of the Empire, as well as its property and holdings. Large settlements generally maintain their own police forces, which smaller settlements receiving law enforcement services from the divisional-level agencies in the area. Imperial-level agencies exercise jurisdiction across the nation and are generally tasked for carrying out large scale investigations or other activities.

Temuair maintains a low crime rate in comparison to other nations. The government of Temuair began tracking criminal activity in the 1960s, and these annual reports indicate that the number of convictions has remained between 110,000 and 130,000 in the 2000s despite the population growth.

Both capital and corporal punishment are practiced within the Empire, with sentences being carried out in full view of the public, though attendance is not mandatory for any persons. It is unlawful for the punishment of a crime to be greater because the accused is a subject and not a citizen, however, a citizen can be stripped of their citizenship as punishment for committing a crime. Corporal and capital punishment are also utilized in the Imperial Armed Forces as a form of discipline.

Very minor offenses, such as speeding, are generally handled via fine and possible community service sentences for repeat offenders.

Corporal punishments are general carried out via flogging, with the number of lashes being dependent on the crime committed. Crimes for which the criminal is flogged are drunken driving, theft, narcotics possession, and others. After the sentence, detention, in addition to the corporal sentence, may be utilized as a punishment if the person is a repeat offender or the crime is serious enough to warrant it. Crimes involving persons under the age of 14 which would warrant corporal punishment may also see the child's primary guardian punished as well. This is especially common if the offenders guardian is a citizen. A father of a child who commits a crime worthy of flogging, for example, may also be punished alongside the child. Schools are also authorized to carry our corporal punishments, generally in the form of paddling.

Capital punishment is used in severe cases, such as murder, rape and treason. Sentences are carried out in public view, as well, and the executions are generally carried out via hanging or firing squad. The subjects assets, are sized and are generally given to the victim, or victims family. Subjects of the Empire way not receive the death penalty under any circumstances, aside from those currently serving in the Imperial Armed Forces. Subjects convicted of capital crimes can be exiled from the realm for the rest of their lives.

Economy

Temuair boats a moderately strong and growing economy based upon the export of raw materials and the importation of finished goods, as well as foodstuffs. There is very little government ownership of businesses, excepting the energy and water utilities services, which are entirely operated by the government of Temuair.

Temuair is home to several multinational corporations, the foremost among them being ParaCell, one of the worlds leading firms in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology field. It was founded initially founded as Srad in the early 1890's, and produced gunpowder and other explosive materials. In 1962, Estevo Lois Mira purchased Srad, merging it with his own petrochemical cooperation, Petroga Petroleum Products, and forming the conglomerate ParaCell.

Mining

Temuair is home to vast deposits of precious metals, most of which are located in veins within the Astird Mountains on the nations western border. Temuair mines and exports quantities of lead, copper and coal, as well as bauxite, magnesium, and titanium. In addition deposits of rare metals, including platinum, iridium and osmium have bee uncovered.

Energy

Temuair is an exporter of petroleum products. The nation current exports approximately 1.3 billion barrels per day, however economic analysts have stated that this output could be increased to 2.5 million barrels per day, and could reach as high as 6.6 million barrels per day by 2025.

Tourism

Due to Temuair being a center of culture within Annwyn, it is a popular tourist destination for people from around the world. Popular destinations for tourists include Rucesion, on the nation's eastern coast one of the warmest seaside locations within the nation, as well as Fife, located in central Temuair. Fife is the cultural hub of the nation and is home to many celebrities and organizations involved in the entertainment industry.

Infrastructure

Roadways

The National Route highway system was proposed by Emperador Neira III in 1948 as a way to connect the 15 divisions together to allow for both the rapid movement of military forces as well as to increase inter-division commerce. When Neria III left office in 1950, Emperador Avila IV continued to push for the funds to develop the inter-divisional highway system. In 1951, the Chamber of Burgesses approved funding for the highway system, which was expected to take 15 years to construct.

The highway system was designed for four lanes of traffic, two in either direction, though modern expansions have seen this widened to as many as 8 lanes in ether direction in some metropolitan areas such as Dinsmar and Rucesion. Roadways running north to south received odd numbered designations, whereas east-west running roads received even number designations. Unril 1975, only two roadways spanned the entire nation, the east-west NR-22, which was one of the first roadways to be completed in 1959.

Demographics

Culture

Aerial view of Tagoat, in Piet. It is considered part of the Astridia region

Aislings living in the eastern portion of the nation, specifically those living in the Astird Mountains, locally refereed to as Astridia, are known for their fierce independence and rural way of life. The primary economic activity of that region is mining and logging, and a history of abuse and violence between workers and business owners exists, though these situation has been mitigated somewhat as the government became more involved in the regulation of operations and working conditions since the 1960's. A stigma of poverty and ignorance surrounds the area and the Astridians living within, primarily due to advances in mining techniques and mechanization reducing the workforce required to harvest materials from the mountains causing widespread unemployment in the 1950's. In many rural communities, some families make less than 15,000 Leones (about 5,000 URD) a year. Bartering and trading goods for services is common. In 2015, several regions in Astridia, including the prefectures of Tagoat, Iascaigh and Slane, were still considered "crisis zones" by the Imperial government due to poor economic standing. Conversly, some regions, including the city of Piet, continue to prosper. Gliocan missionaries are extremely active in the poorer regions, providing much needed relief and charity, however, many Astridians will routinely refuse charity when possible, owing mostly to their aforementioned independent streak. Minister Branca Iria Freire of the Glicon Temple said in an 1997 Imperio Novas interview "Astrida is a region filled with the hardest working unemployed people anywhere in Temuair. Maybe even anywhere in the world. Of all the prejudices alive in the world today, none has gone more unchallenged, and none could be less true, than the thought that Astridans are stupid, bullheaded hill folk."

Many Astridians have expressed a desire for the region to be rezoned, removing it from the Piet and Pavat Divisions and establishing a new division known as Astridia. Very few, if any, Astridians advocate for succession from the Empire.

Aislings call birthdays "awakening day" to commemorate the idea that an Aisling born into the world has awakened from Danaan's vision, and may one day return to it after passing away.

Media and Entertainment

A shot of the Star Walk boulevard

Temuair is home to a moderately large entertainment industry, including several broadcasting companies, namely Centennial Broadcasting Company and Picon Media Group. Fife, located in the Ebroa Division, is the entertainment capital of Temuair and the home of the Star Walk; a prestigious boulevard in the city which boats some of the most nations most popular and well known restaurants, nightclubs and other entertainment venues.

Several Aisling personalities have made an impact of the world entertainment scene, including actresses Antía Vinal and Xoana Noela Navia, as well as millionaire playboy Rodrigo Cibrán Orta, owner of Glimmer, a popular pornographic magazine.

Temuair is home to a wide variety of musicians and artists. Popular genres include rock and pop, as well as a regional brand known as Needlegrass. Several Aisling bands have attained worldwide recognition, including Voyage, Cool Lion and The Tumbling Boulders. More contemporary artists, such as pop singer Hannie Faustina Cea and Astridian musician Lìosa Pereda, have also gained some international notoriety.

Religion

Religion in Temuair
Religion Percent
Deochism
  
82%
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6%
XXXXXXX
  
3%
Other
  
9%