The Republic of Western Tolmakia
| The Republic of Western Tolmakia |
Dhi Rifovlech Up Vishdirn Dulmnakea
"Peace and Harmony, Power for Goodwill! "
"Fiachi and Harmuni, Fuvir pur Juudvell! "
Dhi Fredi En Homeledy
The Pride in Humility
Location of Former West Tolmakia
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|Government||Parliamentary Constitutional Republic|
|- 1965-1975||Konan Danishwire|
|- 1965–1975||Reynie Murdok|
|Deputy Prime Minister|
|- 1965-1975||Devin Kashlevin|
|- Upper house||Republican State's Council|
|- Lower house||Republican's People's Assembly|
|Historical era||Cold War|
|- End of the Tolmakian Civil War, Tolmakian Split||December 10, 1965|
|- Reunification of Tolmakia and Signing of Reunification Treaty||October 15, 1975|
|- 1965 est.||10,547,893|
|- 1975 est.||16,451,098|
|Today part of|| |
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The Republic Of Western Tolmakia (Tolmakian: Ӥ4IК4ИIՕt or Dhi Rifovlech Up Vishdirn Dulmnakea) was a small nation located in Europe, on the Island of Britain. It is commonly referred to as "Western Tolmakia" and occupies what used to be Southern England and what is now Weslan, West Norlan, West Haii and West Menlan. It shared borders with the United Kingdom and Eastern Tolmakia. It was surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean with the British Channel in the south.
Western Tolmakia would form the current form of present-day Tolmakia's government. It was a Parliamentary Constitutional Republic and partially a Libertarian Democratic Republic. After the civil war, it was one of the most underdeveloped nations in Europe, especially when compared to its neighbor, the United Kingdom. However by 1970, the republic would recover and by 1982 it would make steady progress into being the middle power it is today.
Western Tolmakia would become the more prevalent side in the reunification of the whole nation. Its history and political ideologies would be carried on or adopted by the present Republican State of Tolmakia. It would be part of the British Empire until 1965. After its independence, a civil war caused by the clash of ideologies resulted in the new independent state dividing into two (Western and Eastern Tolmakia).
The split would cause a small (or sometimes described as a mini) cold war between the two sides. However tensions would cool down with the help of the international community and in 1975, both East and West Tolmakia would reunite to create present Tolmakia.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
Like present Tolmakia, it is named after Sir Thomakia, a royal guard who served Queen Elizabeth I. Thomas Breshire, one of many citizens who led the Finzilan Revolution was the descendant of Sir Thomakia who would later choose the name over the initial one, "Finzilan". However it is also thought that the name "Tolmakia" was derived from the name "Thomas". This could be possible also since Thomas was a martyr of the Republican Party.
After World War II when the Tolmakian's pleas for their own country was ignored, mutiny and insurgency was committed this time with support from rebel groups. These actions derailed the supposedly peaceful independence campaigned and resulted in an insurgency movement that plagued the UK.
The Tolmakians who sought for an Independent nation at first made a vigorous effort to make their wish heard. These efforts were initially ignored. Starting a public outcry among Tolmakians, for 5 years several protests and rebellions arose. The newly formed armed forces took part in the Finzilanian Revolution and the nation's independence campaigns. It conducted insurgency attacks and guerilla warfare as well as tactical operations. There were even a few gun battles and bombings between Tolmakian militants and British forces.
In 1964, the British government finally granted autonomy to southern England for the Tolmakians. It wasn't until 1965 that full independence was rewarded to the Tolmakians. Southern England (except London and other places holding places of British importance) were ceded to the new country.
Civil War and Split
Many political parties were created by the time of the nation's independence. However there were only two dominant parties: The Conservative Constitutional Monarchists and the Liberal Constitutional Republicans. The monarchists wanted to adopt (the British') their neighbor's royal heritage while the liberal republicans wanted to create a new form of government modeled after countries like the United States of America.
At first, the parties vowed to settle these matters peacefully but also quickly. One of the figures and leaders of the republicans was Thomas Breshire who also helped lead the Tolmakian Revolution. The monarchists were also partially led by Princess Anna Marina, the future heir to the throne and leader of what was to be Eastern Tolmakia. The princess was a distant relative of the British Royal family. In an agreement, both parties decided to split the nation in half (albeit reluctantly at first).
The parties came to meet in the city of Bristol (then the agreed location for what should have been the nation's capital city). However the meeting was interrupted when gunmen ambushed the republicans and mortally wounded Thomas Breshire as well as other important members of the party. The Princess denied having anything to do with the attack. This sudden event would provoke the two parties to enforce more hostile methods. Thomas would die three days later. A large crowd attended his funeral and provoked an outcry against the monarchists
In response, members of the newly formed Tolmakian Military Forces would carry out attacks in key locations and on vital members of the republican party. In response, soldiers of the military and even some civilians took up arms and marched to the headquarters of the monarchists. After denying their involvements in the attacks (and the republicans left them once more), the monarchists would conduct a massive deployment of pro-monarchist militants against the republicans.
It was in November 20, 1965 that the civil war started. Once more, an assassination attempt on then Mr. Konan Danishwire would cause republican troops to take to arms once again. Coincidentally in the same moment, pro-monarchist and republican troops encountered each other in the present National Central Park (which was then a suburb. Fighting broke out between each side and the initial count of casualties summed up to 149 dead and 210 wounded (according to republican sources).
The republican forces would win the first battle and push into the east. Commanded by Sir Ronald Webbers, the republicans fought hard in what is now called New Oxford. The command structure of both sides would completely collapse, and by the third day soldiers of each side were scattered around the nation. The scattered forces were still distinguishable from their marks (republicans wore blue insignias on their uniforms while monarchists branded orange shields on their cuffs). The battle would not be in any side's favor with the republicans winning in the southern parts and the monarchists winning in the north.
However before republican forces could set foot in the monarchist's headquarters, word that the monarchists are also sieging Bristol was received. At the time, the forces were mildly equipped and later in the war communications equipment were either damaged or destroyed. Messages had to be delivered by courier or even messenger animals (such as dogs or birds).
Meanwhile, the monarchists were moved into neighboring England. Monarchist forces also snuck through the border and into Bristol. Since the republicans highly respected the border agreements with the British, they left the capital city's perimeter facing England largely defenseless thinking no battles could be conducted there. Following four days of fighting the monarchists struck Bristol city. The republican party would be moved into Ireland just before Bristol would fall to monarchist forces.
Disturbed by the battle on British soil in Europe, the state of chaos and concerned about the lives being wasted in the war (as well as the security of neighboring countries and places especially London), the international community intervened by sending a battalion of peacekeepers and diplomats to help bring the war to an end and help both sides negotiate. Neighboring UK also contributed troops to help end the war.
After a meeting with the international community and both heads of parties, the republican and monarchist forces finally laid down their arms. Being scattered across the nation, fighting would fully end after a week has passed an all soldiers and militants surrendered their weapons.
In the city of London (November 25, 1965) Konan Danishwire and Princess Anna Marina would meet and discuss talks concerning the now battered republic. With the help of neutral parties and negotiators, Princess Anna marina and Mr. Konana Danishwire would come to agreements: that the nation would be divided into two with each side going to each pary; that each party would respect each other's ideologies, boundaries and policies; that each party will conduct their own politics but cooperate together in order to reach a peaceful agreement or pact that would benefit both sides; and that no hostile measures must be taken by each side as long as they respect each other's values.
These agreements were drafted into what is known as the "Split" Treaty (officially known as the Tolmakian Partition Treaty) and would be signed in December 10, 1965. Eastern Tolmakia would hold Eslen, Eastern Menlan, Eastern Haii and Eastern Norlan while Western Tolmakia would take Western Haii, Weslan, Western Menlan and Western Norlan. After elections were held, Mr. Konan Danishwire was elected into office by popular vote while Eastern Tolmakia was ruled under Princess Anna Marina by Hereditary rights.
Starting in 1966, Prime Minister Konan Danishwire prioritized the nation's economy, defense and social welfare. Even before the war, the economy had been in a negligible state while defense and its citizen's welfare was in a very bad shape. The nation had no water supply, and water had to be pumped from neighboring UK and exported by other nations. Defense was only made up of volunteer fighters and World War II era equipment. However, eastern Tolmakia found its economy, defense and welfare in an identical shape to the west's.
By July 20, 1965 a large scale reformation of social welfare and the economy was conducted. With spare funds, the nation's economy was given a boost while citizens were given employment and war reparations. The reformation would succeed, although only partially. The GDP went from a mere $500 million (funds) to $1 billion (rough estimate of income) within a year with some international assistance.
By 1970, another reformation program (this time applying for defense forces and law enforcement) was undertaken with great success. The nation now had a steady flow of accessible water as well as local water suppliers (like Sparklequa Co.). The economy would begin to grow slowly at first, then rise up into the nation's present economy. Compared to its eastern counterpart, Western Tolmakia was in a better position and a progressive one. Eastern Tolmakia (though faring well at first) would decline in economical matters.
Western Tolmakia relied on its allies for weaponry and training. In 1972, the Western Tolmakian Military Forces had acquired their first batch of major equipment and soon were able to acquire weaponry and equipment with their own funds. In 1974, Western Tolmakia has a more superior military force compared to Eastern Tolmakia. The successes would extend the single 6 year term of Prime Minister Konan Danishwire into two terms. He also started economic and trade agreements with the UK, and other nations that took note of the nation's improving economy.
As Eastern Tolmakia decreased in shape and became isolated, Western Tolmakia was given more favorable support by the international community (at least by the nearest states and most of the nation's people). In 1975, the final blow that would send Eastern Tolmakia collapsing would be the National Military Parade and show of force of the Tolmakian Military Forces and the UK - Tolmakian Summit which sealed a mutual defense pact and extended trade agreement. The latter caused Eastern Tolmakia to be isolated in the international community.
In 1975, Tolmakia reunited under peaceful terms. Princess Anna Marina dissolved the Eastern Tolmakian Legislation and renounced her position as it was clear (according to her speech) that Eastern Tolmakia could not thrive with the split and the division of the nation. Meeting in Western Meddli, in Northamptonshire Prime Minister Konan Danishwire and Princess Anna Marina once again came on a new treaty and agreement. Princess Anna would sign the official treaties and documents totally dissolving the eastern state and giving her assent to the reunification of the nation before renouncing her power and position as royalty. The princess continues to live in England.
The Reunification Treaty and dissolution of East Tolmakia resulted in the Republican party becoming prevalent and the monarchy being ousted. In memory of its reunification, a 10 foot high granite memorial with a plaque commemorating the event was established in Meddli Square, near Center Park. Former East Tolmakia's arms industry would form the structure for the nation's present vital defense industries, the Tolmakian Defense Industries (DDE) and start the Tolmakian Agency of Aeronautics and Space (TAAS). The nation as a whole would stand by the west and align itself against the USSR.
It was in the same year that the new (and present) government of Tolmakia was formed. Though largely unchanged, the Republican Party reasserted and reestablished its rule over the newly reunified Tolmakia with the agreement of the populace. The current Republican Party was formed in 1975 and its first Prime Minister, Devin Kashlevin was elected after Konan Danishwire's term ended in 1976. In the same year, the state was officially declared a Parliamentary Constitutional Republic and the nation's official name as The Republican State of Tolmakia. The City of Meddli where the Reunification Treaty was signed would be designated as its capital.
According to many Tolmakians, the 1980s were the golden ages of the republic. Eastern Tolmakia would be affected by the west's prosperity and booming economy. Business and progress rapidly developed and by 1982, all traces of the civil war were virtually removed.
The Western Republic of Tolmakia was a peninsula (and still is as present Tolmakia). It experienced a fairly temperate climate, similar to the UK's. Western Tolmakia had flat lands and plains in the southwestern counties, notably Cornwall and its forests western Norlan. The nation's total area was 30,042 square kilometers (half of the peninsula). The nation's largest region was Weslan with an area of 5,000 square kilometers and the smallest region as western Norlan with just over 3000 kilometers of land. The nation is located between the latitudes 49° and 52° North and longitudes 7° West and 0° East.
It occupied the southwestern part of the island and shared a 100 mile border with England. It was surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the United Kingdom, the Bristol Channel and the British Channel. The River Severn empties out into Bristol.
Climate and Environment
Western Tolmakia's climate was relatively the same even with present-day Tolmakia and the UK. Like England, the average temperatures were 0 °C (32 °F) in winter and not much higher than 32 °C (90 °F) in summer. The coldest months were January until March, and the warmest months were June until late October. Snowfall began usually in late December until mid-April. Storm surges and hurricanes are quite rare with storms happening once to seven times (at most) a year. Rainfalls usually occurred in Weslan. Atlantic currents warmed by the Gulf Stream bring mild winters.
About 48% of Western Tolmakia was composed of developed cities or urban settlements, while 31% are were mostly plains or clearings. The remaining 21% were forests, mountains, plains and hills. Tolmakian Ospreys mainly thrived in Weslan and Norlan (including West Norlan). Other animal life flourish either in the Weslan or Northern Province.
Western Menlan was where most of the urban settlements (and military garrisons of the time) were located. During the industrial revolution, its natural environment was cleared for the development of towns and cities. Today and after the reunification, a majority of the population now live in the mainland. Despite its urbanization, the cities usually incorporated parks or plant life for ornamental purposes. The skies over the region were more obscured than in the other provinces (although were clearer than today).
Weslan was notable for its green moors and rolling grasslands. In Cornwall and Devon county, many farms and small suburbs were (and are still) common. However the flat nature of southern Weslan made it ideal for military training and for air force operations. The province is still literally filled with military bases. To the north resides Tolmakia's highest point and many more mountains that range from Weslan to Western Norlan. These mountains were and are still protected sanctuaries for natural life. Weslan accounted for 55% of the nation's agricultural products.
In West Norlan, the landscape was the most prosperous in Western Tolmakia with native and neighboring flora and fauna thriving there. Preserved from industrialization since the late 1980s, it was an remains a large sanctuary for local wildlife and trees (usually confers, fir trees and oak) and for green communities. Notable parts include the Norlan Plains, the Cambridge Greenhouses, the Shire Gardens and Peaceton Town (one of the nation's greenest communities). To the west of the province are highlands where many more forests prosper.
West Haii was notable for its Western Military Forces bases and beaches. While the Norlan coral reefs and sea life are under protection, the southern coast (dubbed Ruch Coast) was and is till a common site for legal fishing. It is here that many of West Tolmakia's seafood came from, and the revenue of its seafood and food market came from. Today, in the Ruch Coast many fishermen and industries continue to congregate and take their supplies of seafood.
Western Tolmakia's politics and most of its ideologies are still carried on by the republic's current government and politicians. The Western Republic would form the basic structure for Tolmakia's present government. In fact, the system of governance the current government of Tolmakia uses is almost unchanged and identical to that of Western Tolmakia. The only notable difference is that present Tolmakia remains a Centrist republic.
Western Tolmakia was also Unitary Centrist State in the form of a (Liberal) Parliamentary Constitutional Republic. The Prime Minister is elected by popular vote serving for a single six year term. Usually, the Prime Minister is both Head of State and Head of Government although the Head of State can be different from the Head of Government. He/She also fills in the position of Commander in Chief of the armed forces. The deputy prime minister is elected in a similar way. Once the Prime Minister retires, the deputy prime minister become the next Prime Minister either by legislation or by popular vote if competing against other candidates. The government had two main priorities: to ensure the welfare, safety, and happiness of its citizens, and to create as well as maintain a strong economy to keep the nation afloat in financial terms. These priorities are still carried on by the present government.
The Republican Assembly, Tolmakia's oldest and only legislative branch (aside from Eastern Tolmakia's Royal Legislation) is divided into two groups: The Republican State Council and the Free People's Assembly. Congressmen/women from both houses were (and are still) elected by popular vote. The highest judicial power was held by the The Supreme Court of Western Tolmakia which dealt with high treason and crimes against the country. Most notably it was in charge of dealing with citizens caught in matters involving both Tolmakias. The law Western Tolmakia used is similar to the English Law. The Prime Minister could choose the members of cabinet from his/her political party (however members were elected through legislative).
Western Tolmakia had been politically stable after the civil war. However it was not as regionally stable as it is today. It created strong diplomatic relations through trade, hospitality, pacts and treaties with other countries, most notably its neighbor, the U.K. The government maintains the same ministries and departments, each assigned to a specific subject or matter. There were originally 20 main ministries (5 more being added after its reunification) many of which had (and still have) their own smaller branches. The government also had administrative branches for each main region. All regions were subjected to its law, and unlike today were not free to have their own changes in regional law. It was only by 1980 that a legislation allowing regional law was passed .
International Affairs and Foreign Relations
Originally, Western Tolmakia had small relations with the outside world. The only major relations it had were with the United Kingdom and East Tolmakia. By 1973 (when it was able to create other major relationships with larger states), it made it priority to maintain healthy and stable relationships between many countries. It continues to do this as of 2014.
The Western Republic shared good ties with the UK, USA, and European neighbors. By 1974, it would extend its relationships to Asia until Africa. Through these ties its economy, influence and authority (power against Eastern Tolmakia) was greatly boosted. Western Tolmakia signed its first major and most important pact with the UK in 1975. The signing of a mutual defense treaty with the UK would mark present-day Tolmakia's first mutual defense pact. The Western Republic would only hold a common travel area with the UK like after its reunification.
Security and Law Enforcement
After the civil war, the Tolmakian Military Forces were reestablished but divided by both sides once again. The military of Western Tolmakia would form the basis and the structure for the present day Tolmakian Military Forces. However the military was poorly equipped and only had surplus equipment and old hardware from the World War era. At the time of its establishment, there was only one primary branch: The Western Tolmakian Army.
A progress and developments in Western Tolmakia succeeded, eventually the army would be able to gather more up-to-date and necessary equipment for the military. The army would acquire their first armored personnel carriers, trucks and other armored vehicles on 1973. The first aircraft, an F86 Sabre was acquired in 1975 and flown by a Tolmakian pilot who was trained in neighboring Britain.
During the time, a small contingent of offshore patrols would act as the nation's navy and coast guard. They would only be supplemented after the reunification and acquirement of their first frigate(s) in 1979. The army would also only break up into the present-day Tolmakian Air Force and Tolmakian Navy and the Royal Knights of Tolmakia after the reunification.
The police at the time was another integrated branch of the army. Police were equipped with the same equipment as active members of the army were only getting better equipment after the army did. During the second reformation of the country, the police would be dramatically changed. It gained vehicles, proper equipment and protection, and uniforms. The Western Tolmakian Police (VDF) would become the present day Tolmakian Homeland Police (DHF).
The economy of West Tolmakia was initially a capitalist economy, but would later be a partially regulated mixed system. The currency the Western Republic used was the Western Sheni (WS$). However, the fairly new currency was much less valuable than the British Pound and so instead the latter was used much more until the 1970s. Sheni rates were S$1 = $0.64 initially and by 1975 became S$1 = $0.94. Banknotes were printed in S$1, S$5, S$10, S$100 and S$1000 denominations. Coins were denominated into S$0.5, S$0.25 and S$0.75
One of its largest industries at the time was agriculture. Most of Weslan was converted to farmland and pasture. Seafood and fishing were also major sectors, with the coasts of Weslan near the Fin Point Bay being used as a source of local seafood. Local farm goods accounted for 25% of the food market and seafood accounting for %35. Sparklequa would contribute for the nation's drinking war and 45% of the local water supply in 1974.
The west would only acquire arms license production after its reunification. Instead the rest of its manufacture went into small sectors such as creating boxes, containers, clothing, and the like. However it would start manufacturing food products like snacks and hot packets in 1973.
Another major part of its economy was (and still is) mining. Starting in 1974, large reserves of ores and minerals were found in Weslan and western Menlan. These large scale operations in mining would result to the infertile soil of present-day western Menlan. The mining sector contributed coal, iron, gold, silver, precious stones, semi precious stones, natural gas and oil.
In the years following the split of the nation, unemployment rates hit 34% of the west's population (making it the largest unemployment rate even present day Tolmakia has seen). Gradually, that rate plunged down to just 21% after the first reformation attempts. By the 1970s, the rates plunged even further down to 15%. The GDP it earned by 1975 was roughly $10 Billion (at its highest). The GINI coefficient also slightly decreased in the same year from 26 to 25 but would later rise to 27. Following a new legislation, average working hours were declared 40 per week, from monday to friday. 15 year olds were also eligible for jobs but could only work for 25 hours per week. The minimum wages was set at S$5/Hour. Later these terms would be modified following its reunification.
The Ministry of Economic Commerce and Trade was, and still is responsible for the nation's international economical interests such as inviting and investing in both public and private enterprises. The Republican Treasury, a department of the Ministry of Business and Finance which was founded in 1967 was in charge of the country's financial matters and in investing and loaning money (and today is in charge of present-day Tolmakia's financial matters). Western Tolmakia's main central bank was the West Bank.
At the time, citizens usually relied on automobiles and buses for transportation. Some even relied on animal power and horses. However as part of the reform (and also the progression of its technology and automobile industry), more automobiles were introduced and 20,000 miles of paved roads were created. A public railway system was constructed in Bristol extending until West Menlan totaling 2000 miles. Construction on its subways commenced in 1973 and by 1975 transported people around the nation. The railways catered to 2 million people each day.
West Tolmakia relied on international airlines for flights around the globe. The country also had only one airport: Weslan Airport (now Weslan airfield). Tolmakian Air International Liner (TAIL) would only be created in 1976.
The nation relied mostly on gas and coal for power and energy. Renewable energy programs accounted for at last 2% of its power. Rubbish plants in Weslan were employed solely for the purpose of eco-friendly energy production. Western Tolmakia produced 100,000 barrels of oil per day. Later, the North Cornwall Nuclear Plant would be established in 1975.
In 1975, a census reported that a large percentage (80%) were of British or English descent. 20% Accounted for other ethnicities including Germans, French, Asian and African. Merging with the Angles, most Tolmakians are generally caucasian. Asian, African and Other migrants into the 19th and 20th century account for the other various ethnicities in the nation.
Immigration during the existence of Western Tolmakia was quite low. Only a mere 500,000 registered in the Western Tolmakian Office of Immigration. This figure would rise to 750,000 by 1975. Many Western Tolmakians migrated to the United Kingdom, France or the USA. Immigrants in West Tolmakia were usually humanitarian or other activists as well as business associates. Western Tolmakians migrated in favor of living in a new country or working with other nationalities and also due to the situation of the nation before the 1970s.
Tolmakia has its own language. Preserved since the incorporation into the British groups before its unification in the 900 AD, Tolmakian is generally similar to the English language. In writing, Tolmakian is written from right to left. The language also has its own alphanumerics. English is officially the second official language. In Western Tolmakia, Tolmakian was spoken by 99% of the population and used much more than it is today.
The next most prevalent languages in Western Tolmakia after English and Tolmakian was German, followed by French, Irish, Tamil, Dutch, and Arabic.
The main and most prevalent religion of Western Tolmakia was Christianity. It is still the most prevalent within the region. Chrisitanity was introduced in the same period as it was to the British. About 56% of the population were Roman Catholics. Roman Catholicism was the national religion of the republic, but later in 1974 Western Tolmakia was declared irreligious. The national church of Catholicism was the Western Catholic Church of Tolmakia.
In the reformation period, Protestantism contradicted Catholicism in Tolmakia and soon Protestantism was enforced under the rule of Elizabeth I. A large 40% of the population were Protestants. Atheism during the period was unknown or was not favored. In 1976, a mere 4% of the population (who were Atheist) grew to 8%.
Western Tolmakia tolerated a mostly free religion policy. However bans on Islam, Judaism and Paganism were only lifted in 1979. Extreme religions were outlawed.
Western Tolmakia celebrated holidays like Christmas an St. Patricks day. However it also had its own celebrations, and today the Western Region still celebrates these holidays.
Western Tolmakia shares its media and the rest of its cultural history with East Tolmakia and present-day Tolmakia. Its media and much of its culture still continues to exist and be present to this day although most are slightly altered by the decades. The DVCH (Tolmakian Broadcasting Corporation) for example was housed in Western Tolmakia and is now the leading broadcaster of the republic.
The local broadcasting network of West Tolmakia (aside from the DVCH) was the News Network of the West (NNIEV). Working with the NNIEV was a state sponsored political network of the Republican Party called the Republican Party Program (RIFF). These networks were almost propagandistic in a way while the NNIEV.
Famous films during this time was the DVCH's documentary of the Tolmakian Civil War called "Politics, War and a Split"and a 1973 TV show called "Wesley and Eathon". The show depicted the situations and reflected the current positions of both Tolmakian states. The show would stop after the reunification.
Art, Literature and Music
Popular music in Western Tolmakia included the Beatles, Elvis Presley and other classical rock bands. Popular songs were "Don't Be Cruel", "Heartbreak Hotel", "War is Over", and "Hound Dog". The flag of Western Tolmakia was usually called "Wesley's Jack", "Tom Wesley's Banner" or "The Jack of Wesley Tom".
The cuisine of Western Tolmakia remains largely unchanged to this day.
Western Tolmakia's national sport was (and still is) Soccer. Annual local competitions were held in Bristol and in Weslan. The soccer team of Western Tolmakia won 2 gold medals and 3 silver medals. Soccer was promoted in schools and in media.
Another popular sport was Archery. To this day, archery is still the second most famous sport after soccer. Competitions were held bimonthly in Cornwall and in military training grounds on some occasions. A popular archer of Western Tolmakia was Sir Wilson Deshdrochdeun, the father of the notable commanding officer, Justin Wilbur who would lose his life in the First Pejite War.
Other famous sports included cricket, basketball, bowling and tennis. Tennis at the time was a trend and bowling competitions were held every month.