Tippercommon

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Tippercommon Union
Athartha
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Flag Grand Seal
Motto: Thy observers of freedom must be defenders of justice.
Anthem: Lament of Aidan
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The Tippercommon Union (dark blue) and Emmeria (light blue)
CapitalSussex
31°30′N 130°07′W
Official languages English
Recognised regional languages Athaelg
Demonym Tippercommoner
Government Federal parliamentary republic
 -  Chief Minister Robin Ramsay
 -  Head Delegate Gordon Powell
Formation
 -  Republic Reform Act 7 April 1779 
 -  Matriarchal Decree 10 January 1606 
Area
 -  Total 2,551,747 km2
985,235 sq mi
 -  Water (%) 2.23%
Population
 -  2015 estimate 77,415,900
 -  2010 census 74,302,000
 -  Density 30.34/km2
78.58/sq mi
GDP (nominal) 2015 estimate
 -  Total $3.674 Trillion (xth)
 -  Per capita $47,457.80 (xth)
Gini (2015)29.0
low
HDI 0.917
very high
Currency Union Reserve Dollar ($)
Time zone (UTC+16)
 -  Summer (DST)  (UTC+17)
Drives on the right
Calling code 92
Internet TLD .tip
Tippercommon (Athaelg: Athartha), officially the Tippercommon Union is a federal parliamentary republic composed of 13 constituent states in southern Emmeria south of the Confederate Republic of Emmeria.

Etymology

In c. 1204 AD, several Celtic families situated in western Tippercommon past the Pearl Ridges amalgamated into one clan. The clan, called "Teaghpraige," established a small city on the western shores of Tippercommon. When Belfrasian explorers and merchants discovered the then powerful city-stage in 1421 AD, they transliterated the name of the clan as "Tiperaigh" in official logs. As English speaking settlers from Belfras and Arthurista and French speakers from Sieuxerr began to develop parts of western Tippercommon, "Tiperaigh" morphed into "Tipperay" in the English style. The province of Tipperay would be named after the first city to be founded in western Tippercommon. "Tippercommon" itself is a portmanteau of "Tipperay" and "commoners." The name would come about to represent the cause of the Anglo commoners who were ruled under the oppressive Celt-Sieuxerrian Duchess Isibéal of northern Tipperay in the 16th century.

The first mention of the phrase "Tippercommon Union" came during the Matriarchal Decree delivered by the Matriarch of the Realm of Tipperay Elys II. It came at the end of the Formation Wars - a forty year long conflict between the Celtic and Anglo boroughs, principalities, and city-states in the settlement of Tipperay. As the leader of the largest and most powerful faction in Tipperay after the defeat of Isibéal's union of Celtic tribes (as the war had hit the less powerful "bugger territories" the hardest), Elys II declared victory for the Anglo powers. In her decree, she stated:

. . . And so, this land Tipperay under the grace of God and the elders of House of Alston shall be once and for all free from the tyranny of the Kelt hoards and once and for all united under a tenacious Union of the commons. This Tipper-common union will reign for the century and beyond, as its loyal subjects conquer the Pearl gates, stake their claim, and live long lives marked with prosperity and joy.
— Matriarch Elys II, 10 January 1606, Matriarchal Decree

History

Prehistory

Celtic era

Colonization

Matriarchal rule

Republican Reformation

Period of unrest

Turn of the Century

Great Depression

Great War era

Main: Tippercommon Union and the Great War

The Tippercommon Union remained officially neutral during the Great War, although the administration of Chief Minister Robert Galland maintained a de facto Coalition alignment. Throughout the war's duration, parliamentary politics were centered around Tippercommon's role in the war and tensions with the bordering Confederate Republic of Emmeria. Through the 1930s and after the 1940 parliamentary elections, the Liberal Party lead by Robert Galland maintained a razor-thin majority. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party formed a sizeable right-wing opposition. The Liberals maintained a strict policy of neutrality, not wanting to drag a Tippercommon weakened by failed conflict in Ashizwe against Yakima and economic depression in the late 1920s and early 1930s into a full-scale conflict. With the Triple Alliance aligned Emmeria on its northern border, homeland invasion would become a great risk were Tippercommon to engage in open battle. The Conservatives who supported the largely neoliberal democracies of the Coalition advocated for war and increased support of its ideologically similar allies to the east. The narrow majority held by the Liberals and the large number of seats held by Conservatives accounted for the discrete support of Coalition states. This support included the sales of arms, the engagement of Yakimese shipping - although this was mostly associated with the ongoing conflict in Terinyi - and the subsidization and training of pro-Coalition volunteer militia groups. The Communist Party who had usually been a part of the left-wing coalition formed by the Liberals split with them and the Conservatives who opposed the Central Powers. At the same time, the rise of influence of the authoritarian Triple Alliance gave momentum to the fascist Patriot Party who, although right-wing, opposed the Conservatives' Coalition lean. Both parties formed independent opposition blocs within Parliament, representing their respective allies in parliamentary debate.

The size and capabilities of the Tippercommon Union Guard Services increased substantially. To counter the potential threat of hostilities from the Confederacy to the north, the Parliament authorized for the deployment of a substantial number of forces to the state's northern territories of Wilbiur and Pascolusa. In 1942, Chief Minister Galland ordered that the draft be initiated for the first time since the Celtic Wars. The size of the Tippercommon military grew from approximately 123,000 personnel at the beginning of its campaign in Terinyi in 1937 to some 2,450,000 by the end of the Great War in 1945. This number was reduced to 1,840,000 by 1947, with 225,600 engaged with Yakima in Terinyi and 450,600 in the Eastern Hemisphere under Coalition command during the Great Eastern War. Militarization of Wilbiur and Pascolusa on the Tippercommon-Emmerian border became a significant domestic issue during the war. With almost 85% of Tippercommon's ground forces garrisoned in those two provinces to counter the potential Emmerian threat, tensioned were escalated between the two powers who had clashed in the past over territorial disputes, slavery, and Emmerian settlers in Pascolusa. This militarization would fuel its own host of problems, including several minor border skirmishes, peace demonstrations, and civil unrest stemming from historic Celtis oppression and the fascist terrorization of Ashizwean-Tippercommoners.

The era saw a great modernization of the Tippercommon military, with the Office of Homeland Defense and the Office of Diplomacy engaging in an information sharing program where Tippercommon exchanged its support for technological knowledge. Although it is not known from whom, it is speculated by historians that the Tippercommon government acquired the knowledge of how to construct nuclear weapons through this program. The large military infrastructure that would be developed along the TU-CRE border would make way for the placement of nuclear missile silos in rural Wilbiur, giving Tippercommon a large enough deterrence capability to allow it to remain non-aligned during the Cold War.

Cold War era

The deep political divisions and diversity of its parliament would essentially force Tippercommon to remain neutral in foreign affairs until the turn of the 21st century. With the Conservatives clinching a majority in the Parliament in the 1945 elections and holding it until 1955, the Tippercommon government actively supported the liberal Coalition during the early years of the Cold War. During the 1955, 1960, 1965, and 1970 elections, the left-wing Socialist and Communist Parties served as kingmakers as sympathy for the Otterup Pact rose in urban Tippercommon. This would give the governing Liberal coalition an inherent pro-Communist alignment. However, with the Socialists and Communists gaining fewer seats in the House of Delegates and the Conservatives maintaining a sizeable minority, the upper house was able to balance out the lower house's foreign policy direction.

Conservative government (1945 - 1955)

Tippercommon forces - who were spread throughout Kasaishima and the eastern seas supporting Anikatia during the Great Eastern War - played a small role during the Anikatian Civil War, providing material support, transportation, and naval artillery support on one occasion to the anti-Communist government forces. Throughout the war, the Tippercommon Naval Guard provided the Anikatian government with a flow of oil, military equipment, water, and food, as well as a corridor for refugees. A detachment of some 10,000 Tippercommon Marines were also stationed in Antiytia early into the war, protecting the Tippercommon embassy and Tippercommon naval assets in the capital city's harbor. Although officially classified until 2002, Tippercommon Commandos saw limited action in Anikatia, engaging in primarily sabotage and espionage against Communist forces. The Tippercommon government would remain one of Anikatia's longest lasting allies during the conflict, with the Belfrasian and Belhavian support diminishing as government forces lost ground to the Communists. The TU Navy pulled out of Antiytia in December of 1950 once it became clear that the war was lost, taking with it Tippercommon's embassy staff and several thousand Anikatian refugees. The Tippercommon Merchant Marine would continue supplying pro-government forces in the south through smaller ports until the wars end on 1 May 1951 and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Anikatia was created. After the cessation of hostilities in Anikatia, the Tippercommon government would support the exiled Free Anikatia Movement in the city of Cristaux, Wilbiur - a hub for Tippercommon's Kasaishima descendent population - until its dissolution in 2001.

Until 1955, it seemed as though the Tippercommon Union would become aligned with the Free World in its struggle against the Otterup Pact. The wave of socialist uprisings that had been instigated by Estovnia and the other communist powers threatened Tippercommon's interests in Ashizwe. Terinyi, who had been a Tippercommon protectorate in the 18th and 19th centuries and the site of a 11 year conflict between it and Yakima, housed a substantial number of Tippercommon owned oil fields and mineral mines. With communist rebels fighting in Husseinarti and the risk of conflict in Nazali high, Tippercommon stepped up its efforts in supporting its puppet state in northern Ashizwe. Over 54,000 Tippercommoner troops were deployed to Terinyi in 1953, with the OHD providing a substantial amount of military equipment to the relatively small Terinyi Defense Force. It had been rumored that the Tippercommon government had installed facilities capable of launching a nuclear strike on revolutionaries in Husseinarti, although these rumors were never substantiated. The Conservative administration of Richard McNamara had considered deploying military advisers to Kolenomai in light of a Communist rebellion there. However, with the 1955 elections and the rise of left-wing deputies and delegates in Parliament, this proposal never came to fruition.

Socialist kingmaker (1955 - 1975)

Neoliberal era (1975 - 1990)

Shift to the left (1990 - 2000)

21st Century

Geography

Climate

Government and politics

The Republic Reform Act of 1779 called the House of Delegates into a constitutional session, drafting and eventually ratifying the current Charter of the Union on 7 April 1779, reducing the powers of the Matriarchy increasing those of the then unicameral Parliament, and creating the office of the Chief Ministry elected by the House of Deputies. It would not be until the Republic Reform Act of 1879 and subsequent Charter amendments that the House of Deputies would be created and suffrage would be extended to citizens of all races, genders, and social classes. In this sense, the Tippercommon Union is a constitutional monarchy with power being vested primarily in its Parliament, although the Matriarch has lost all of her formal powers and no longer represents the state abroad.

Legislative Branch

Main: Parliament of the Tippercommon Union

Military

Economy

Main: Economy of Tippercommon

Demographics

Population

Race/Ethnicity (2010 Census)
By race:[1]
Anglo-Tippercommoner 79.89%
Ashizwean-Tippercommoner 9.10%
Kasai-Tippercommoner 6.45%
Two or More Races 4.56%
By ethnicity:[1]
Arthuristan 23.9%
Celt 18.2%
Sieuxerrian 12.4%
Ashizwean (various) 11.7%
Belhavian 10.2%
Ulthrannic 6.8%
Belfrasian 5.8%
Austrasian 4.5%
Anikatian 3.2%
Yakimese 2.1%
Madrastani 0.4%
Other 0.8%

Religion

Religion in Tippercommon
Religion
Percentage
XXX
  
32.5%
No religion
  
30.0%
Judaism
  
13.7%
Protestantism
  
12.1%
Islam
  
5.6%
Buddhism
  
4.5%
Other
  
1.6%

Culture

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "T.U. Census 2010". T.U. Census Administration. Retrieved March 15, 2016.