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The Unified Electorates of Ainslie

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Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
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Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
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Location: The Western Isles

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The Unified Electorates of Ainslie

The Unified Electorates of
Ainslie (ANE)
Modified Constitutional Republic
Unified Electorates of Ainslie (English) / Unilectare Ahnerai (Ahnslen)


FAST FACTS
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OVERVIEW
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See also: Ainslie - Canon and Collaboration

Ainslie, officially the Unified Electorates of Ainslie, is a modified constitutional republic situated along the peninsula which forms the northeastern corner of continental Gael. The nation shares land borders with Verdon (to the north) and Orsandia (to the northwest). The nation also shares maritime borders with Samudera, Tys and Ostehaar. The Ahnslen capital is Arnton, with the largest city being Arborai.

For 21,000 years the native Arnish, Rathai and Irachi people inhabited the east whilst the the Proto-Nyssics of the north have dwelled there for 13,000 years. Following contact between the Welling and the French and the Arnish, Rathai and Irachi with the British, Ainslie morphed into a liberal democracy bolstered by the traditions of the nation's native people groups. Careful diplomacy led to limited colonisation, and instead resulted in somewhat peaceful coexistence. Seperate oligarchies, similar to empires in character, led by individual councils dominated much of Ainslie's leadership, historically. The council in the north remained whilst the council in the east disintegrated into various city states. The north became a trade-centred meritocracy, whilst alliances gradually grew into a reformed state in the east. Increasing contact between this stronger eastern entity and the quiet, reserved northern council led to unification of the nation on the 27th of June 1867, forming the modern-day modified constitutional republic.

Ainslie has one of the largest economies in Gael and overall in The Western Isles. It has one of the highest levels of economic development, ranking highly in health, education, political rights and economic freedom. Ainslie is a member of the Gael Four, the League of The Western Isles and the Eastern Security Force. The population of 25 million is somewhat urbanised and is focused on the southern coast near Mandara, the central north between Highland Ridge and Arnton, and the north around Arborai.


ETYMOLOGY
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The name Ainslie has arisen from the anglicisation of 'Ahnslen', the demonym of the people who lived in the nation. The name first appeared in the 1840s, to define a new trading partner. This mistake on the part of foreign entities led to Ainslie becoming the official english name as Ahnerai remains the Ahnslen word.

Informal names for the nation include "Plateau Country", "Animal's Den", "the place over the mountains" and the "constellation nation". The first name comes from the presence of widespread tableland, the second as a result of the biodiversity and spread of animals in the nation, the third came about due to a satirical novel. The last name has been used to describe Ainslie's connection to the constellation Kenaris.


TIMELINE
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See also: Ahnslen History
Ainslie's history revolves around fluctuations in its social structure and philosophy. High spirited periods of personal expression and greatness are experienced, whilst there is also times of personal reflection and even a conservative period. The history of Ainslie explains its moderate, if not contradictory present day general behaviours and ideas. There are times of exploration and international outreach as well as times where the nation focuses on itself and developing the best opportunities for its own citizens. Ainslie's history of conservative and liberalist periods underpins modern society today and is important to understanding modern Ainslie, with all of its contradictions, passion, vibrancy and attitudes.


GEOGRAPHY
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Geography of Ainslie
  • Continent: Gael

  • Region: Southeast

  • Borders: Verdon, Orsandia

  • Climate: Cfb (highland and standard), Cfa and Csa.


See also: Ahnslen Geography

Ainslie is bordered by Verdon in the north and Orsandia toits the northwest. It has a large exclusive economic zone. Ainslie's highest mountain is Mount Arling at 2,830m above sea level. The northernmost point of Ainslie is near the city of Arborai, with the easternmost point on the peninsula north of Port Blaxland and the south on the Staffen peninsula, south of Rathane. Ainslie's typically landscape is low-medium (300-1200m ASL) plateau, but there are forests in the north and southeast, and a semi-arid area in the central-west, complimented by plains along the southwestern coast.

The climate of Ainslie is mainly influenced by elevation and the proximity of the location in the nation to the ocean. Much of Ainslie has a maritime oceanic climate (Cfb) which transition into humid subtropical (Cfa) climates in lower elevated areas. There is a hot-summer Mediterranean climate zone along the southwestern coast. Ainslie, in contrast to many other nations, is in fact experiencing lower temperatures than normal in most locations, representative of the unique nature of climate change. Recent policies in regards to the environment involve the Beyond Arnton (1987) project which sought to create an ‘urban forest’, the 2002 carbon tax and a renewable energies research and application program which began in 1993.


GOVERNMENT
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Government of Ainslie
  • Form: Modified Constitutional Republic

  • Prime Minister: The Honourable Andrew Kenzai

  • Judicial-General: The Esteemed Joseph Shirazi

  • Ruling Party: Ahnslen Centrists for Economic Growth
    and Development (ACEGAD)


See also: Ahnslen Government and Politics

Ainslie is a modified constitutional republic, with Joseph Shirazi and Andrew Kenzai co-leading the state, who represent the legislative and the political sides of society. The Judicial Council has extraordinary powers, and acts as the constitutional and legal guardians of the state. The Judicial Council has a variety of different constitutional powers which make it a force to be reckoned with if the government is not acting the way it should be.
The federal government is separated into three branches:

In the Ahnslen Senate, there are 163 senators which are elected from single-member electoral divisions, known as districts. These are allocated to electorate on the basis of population. Elections for the Ahnslen Senate happen every four years, but it can be done at anytime with Judicial Council approval.
Ainslie's system uses preferential voting for all levels of government. Voting is compulsory for all citizens 21 years and over, with citizens 15+ being able to take a political knowledge test to recieve a vote earlier if they pass the test. The party with the most seats in the Ahnslen Senate will form government, but the people will elect a Prime Minister (Similar to how most nations elect Presidents). In cases were no party has majority support, parties must form a coalition to receive a majority. If this happens with a Prime Ministerial election, the Judicial Council has the right to appoint a Prime Minister. The Judicial Council has the right to dissolve a Parliament or the Prime Minister and force an election immediately.

Politics
There are three major political groups that have the capability to form a government, either in the electoral or the federal domains.

In March 2015,Andrew Kenzai successfully won a federal election by forging a coalition between ACEGAD and LLST, and became the current Ahnslen Prime Minister.

Electorates
Ainslie has six electorates - Wesland (WSL), Arlanah (AL), Norlands (NLD), Manning (MN), Burnett (BN) and Dallama (DL). Ainslie has no special territories. According to the constitution, electorates have the power to legislate on anything that is not specifically deemed as a federal area of legislation. Federal laws prevail and overrule over conflicting electoral legislation, to ensure consistency. An electorate is run by an electoral representatives office, whose representatives are elected by the people. These representatives then attend an electoral council, where they meet, vote and discuss on various matters regarding their electorates. At this forum, electorates may opt out of legislation, allowing citizens in that electorate not follow the electoral laws of different electorates in their own.

The Judicial Council also monitors the Electoral Council. Each electorate is run by a chief electorate representative (CER). CERs are generally aligned with parties, as federal representatives are. Each CER has their own Council of advisors, who are elected by the party the CER represents. The parties which CERs represent in each electorate are the following:

Foreign Affairs and Military
See also: Ainslie in an International World

Ainslie's foreign relations have been a trifecta of strong diplomatic measures, social and international responsibility and responsible usage of military force. Ainslie expresses a desire to be an "open minded" democracy, often adopting several measures which do not exist in similar governments. The nation is committed to strengthening neighbouring nations to create a strong, interconnected community. In April of 2017, the Kirsdorf Agreement was signed, making Ainslie a founding member of The Western Isles Climate Response Council. In 2017, they formed the Gael Four Community.

A passionate supporter of careful and responsible governments, the nation supports trade liberalisation and globalisation to an extent, but is careful not to steer in one direction too far - especially in military. Ainslie has signed one defence agreement, conveying an unusual outlier for capitalist liberal democracies. Ainslie is a strong believer in multilateralism, but can and will use unilateral force if needed. Ainslie intertwines the foreign affairs and defence capabilities of the nation, with a combination of humanitarian ventures and careful, small scale operations being a major point of Ahnslen strategy. The nation spends 4.6% of its GDP on Defence.

Ainslie's armed forces are comprised of four branches: the Ahnslen Regional Stability Force (ARSF), the Ahnslen Army (AHNARM), the Ahnslen Navy (AHNAV) and the Ahnslen Air Force (AHNAF). These form the Combined Ahnslen Defence Force (CADF), which has 52,000 active personnel and 26,300 reservists.


ECONOMY
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Economy of Ainslie
  • Nominal GDPpc: $28,300 IAD

  • Average tax rate: 45%

  • Major Industries: Professional Services, Pharmaceutical Production,
    Agriculture and Natural Gas.

See also: Ahnslen Economy

Ainslie is a developed nation which generates much of its wealth from the quaternary industry backed up by strong secondary industries. Ainslie's major industries involve Classic Professional and Neo-Professional Services, Pharmaceutical Production, Agriculture, Natural Gas. The Ahnsen is the currency of the sovereign and is the only legal tender in the nation. A rearrangement in Ainslie's economy through limited government intervention has resulted in a more stable economy less effected by international markets.

Arnton and Hauton are commonly rated as some of the most liveable cities in the world, followed closely by Mandara. Since 2007, inflation has been kept at a stable 2-3% and interest rates have been steady at around 5%. Healthcare and Medical Services comprises of 23% of the total GDP and Professional Services at 18%. Ainslie is also a large wine exporter, particularly in cool climate variations.


DEMOGRAPHICS
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The majority of citizens in Ainslie identify as Ahnslen, the umbrella term for the indigenous Arnish and Welling peoples. Additionally, there is a large Ipachi community, mostly due to migration from Samudera but also due to the various settlements along the southern coast.

The most common ancestries in Ainslie are Ahnslen (62%), Ipachi (14%), Verdonian (6%) and Oster (4%). Ainslie's population has been steadily increasing since unification in 1867, spurred on by the high quality of life offered by the nation. Most immigrants are skilled and calls for the immigration quota to be increased have not been implemented into law. By 2020, the Ahnslen population is projected to be around 28 million. In 2015, 6.3% of Ahnslens were born overseas and 11% had at least one overseas-born parent.
In contrast to the trends in many economically advanced nations, Ainslie does not have an ageing population, but rather has a stable distribution between the age brackets.

Largest Cities in Ainslie

Rank

Name

Electorate

Population

1

Arborai

Norlands

4,324,200

2

LinkArnton

Wesland

4,200,101

3

Port Blaxland

Wesland

1,542,453

4

Mandara

Dallama

1,500,265

5

Hauton

Wesland

930,425

6

Watarah

Burnett

584,214

7

Anertah

Arlanah

400,210

8

Rathane

Manning

212,000

9

Highland Ridge

Wesland

123,410

10

Badara

Arlanah

54,493

Language
Ainslie has two official languages, Ahnslen and English. Ahnslen is promoted as a language for the society, one that is used in public spheres. English, however, to allow other nations to communicate with the nation, is the language used for official documents and in the international domain. Most, if not all Ahnslens are at least bilingual in these two languages.

According to the 2015 census, Ahnslen is the only language spoken at home for nearly 90% of the population. When asked what language is used at their educational institutions (when relevant) respondents chose English at a rate of 81%. Due to Ainslie's immigration policies, other languages being spoken at home are quite rare.

Religion
Ainslie has no state religion. This is protected by statue, but also through the theological law of the majority religion in the nation. These two reasons effectively prohibit the government from making any law to discriminate or support a certain religion. In the 2015 census, 71% of Ahnslens were recorded as being Whindist, with the next most popular belief systems being being Protestantism (13%), Catholicism (2%). The rest of the population either identified themselves as having a different religion or no religion.

Since the unification of Ainslie set up the foundation for a Christian faith to thrive in Ainslie, and then the great inquisition of the Church of Ainslie, Whindism has grown to be the major religion in Ainslie. Whindin Churches are active in their political and social beliefs, standing up for what they do not believe in but also respecting the government. Churches have played a central role in welfare for decades and do not fulfil an educational role, due to legislation banning them from doing so. For much of Ainslie's history, traditionalist Christian churches were the largest religious denominations. In the 20th century, these churches experienced a large drop in numbers. The strongest reason for this was the establishment and expansion of Whindism. Ainslie has one of the highest levels of religious adherence in the world. In 2015, 73% of Ahnslens attended church on a weekly basis.

Health
Ainslie has one of the highest life expectancies in the region, and have the highest rates of skin cancer in the region. A government funded program, known as the Unified Health Fund (UHF), is funded by an income tax surcharge which is set at 2%. The federal government oversees most hospitals and oversees a pharmaceutical subsidy program.

Education
School attendance is compulsory in all six electorates with home schooling only being used in exceptional circumstances. Electorates oversee their respective education departments, although the Electoral Council has implemented many standardisation measures promoted by the federal government. Students are required to attend school between the ages of 5-6 and 16-17. Students must continue schooling into Year 12 (17-18 years old) if they cannot obtain a full time job or further education.

The nation has a 99% literacy rate, with the nation scoring particularly high in language and humanities. University fees are subsidised by the state and there are no private universities - although specialised private colleges are prevalent in the nation.


CULTURE
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See Also: Ahnslen Culture

Ahnslen culture is a blend of traditional culture and modern, western culture. The fusion of this creates a distinctive culture based on themes which do not align with western culture as well as the adoption of others. Ahnslen culture is also influenced by the French and the English, who had a lasting impact on the nation after contact with the natives historically.

Arts and Media
Ahnslen literature, music and other art forms originate out of a sentiment of isolation, one where man and nature have a close bond in order to mutually survive. This has resulted in a recent trend in nature photography, as well as continued literature satirising Ainslie's differences to the rest of the western world as well as the isolation and 'bondage' to nature that the nation experiences.

Ainslie has no public broadcasters, but rather provides funding and becomes a shareholder in private institutions. This is most visible in Arendai, which the government has a 34% stake in. There are many pay tv services and numerous non for profit television and radio stations. Each Electoral Capital has at least one daily newspaper, with many regions having at least one weekly newspaper.

Sport
About 30% of Ahnslens regularly participate in sporting activities. Whether they play sport or not, they often hold it in a positive light - especially the 'national sport' Cricket, and its rival Soccer. The early adoption of a domestic 20 over per side cricket tournament solidified the fan base in the nation and the decision to have junior leagues for both T20 and test cricket have recently increased participation rates. Cricket is the major sport in all electorates but Arlanah and Norlands, who generally prefer soccer.

About 30% of Ahnslens over the age of 15 regularly participate in sporting activities. Ahnslens, regardless of whether they play sport or not, tend to hold it in a positive light and are normally interested in it. Ainslie has two major sports, Cricket and Soccer. The Ainslie Cricket Federation (ACF) was able to generate high numbers in their junior leagues due to a switch from a more test cricket style game, to a twenty twenty format. Cricket is the major sport in all electorates but Arlanah and Norlands, who primarily play soccer.

Ainslie commonly hosts international sporting competitions such as the AWICC T20 Cricket Championship and the Isles Premier League (IPL) Soccer Competition.


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