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|Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy|
Regional Influence: Handshaker
Location: The Western Isles
Modified Constitutional Republic
Unified Electorates of Ainslie (English) / Unilectare Ahnerai (Ahnslen)
Capital: Arnton (4.2 Million)
Largest City: Arborai (4.3 Million)
Official Language: Ahnslen, English
Head of State: Judicial-General Joseph Shirazi/Prime Minister Andrew Kenzai
Head of Government: Prime Minister Andrew Kenzai
Establishment (Unification) Day: June 27, 1867
GDP (nominal): 789 Billion IAD (Isles Accounting Dollar)
GDP (nominal) per capita: 29,800 IAD
Average Income Tax Rate: 45%
Drives on the: left
Internet TLD: .an
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.
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.
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.
18,000BC - Karaiki-Novonen, commonly known as the "tableland people" wander the high elevation areas of Ainslie.
100AD - Different Karaiki-Novonen tribes split due to differentiation in culture.
1100AD-1300AD - Localised conflict between Rensi and Welling
1452AD - Rathai begin to be amicable with Rensi, learning their language as more Irachi leave, fearing persecution from the now Rathai-Rensi majority.
1488AD - Welling install "Seaside Courts", an early form of meritocratic government in the nation.
1503AD - Charles Dallama, leader of the Rensi, forms a council of confidants called the "High Council"
1507AD - Dallama includes Rathai in High Council (HC)
1601AD - Next HC leader Ceverana's rule threatened as Wagstaffe is quickly taken by the Sanggar Kingdom from modern day Samudera
1612AD - Norland Trading Company formed, as Welling befriend the French
1652AD - Ceverana II launches counterattack against Sanggar Kingdom, taking Rumput and raising Sripura to the ground. Six years later they are forced back onto Arnish soil.
1653AD - First Christian leaders of Arnish High Council, Thomas Burnett and Andrew Manning become leaders of Arnish High Council consecutively, creating 40 years of social reform in Rensi and Rathai territories.
1693AD - Disenfranchised Irachi and Rathai rebel, removing the High Council's status of the dominant force in east Ainslie.
[1768AD - Samuel Wallis surveys east Ainslie and attempts to set up a trading colony, but after following intense conflict on the eastern coast, he instead seeks to foster peace between the different city-states. He instills much of the early democratic ideas of the Arnish during this time, and introduces cricket to the Arnish. He also introduces them to standardised time, with the Arnish adopting UTC +10, on the advice of Wallis.
1823AD - Michael Westfall-Moore becomes leader of Dalai (former capital of the High Council)
1830AD - Westfall formes coalition with modern-day Hauton and Hendrik (now Kianara), forming the Coalition of the Northern Belt (CNB).
1843AD - 'Great invigilation' plants seeds for Whindism
1843AD - Arnton achieves city status.
1861AD - Arlanah (Then known as Lower Verdon) votes in an early form of a democratic referendum to join Ainslie's unification efforts, resisting the rule of the Kingdom of Verdon. The campaigners appoint James (Jarne) Arlanah to oversee Lower Verd's entry into the Ahnslen sovereign.
- - Following Westfall's death, his son Jonathan becomes leader as CNB begin to influence Welling.
- - Following Westfall's death, his son Jonathan becomes leader as CNB begin to influence Welling.
1865AD - Emboldened by the successful integration of Arlanah into CNB, creating one contiguous geographical area monitored by the Arnish and the Welling, discussions and planning for a unified Ahnslen state begin. Early advisors, using European missionaries as contacts, went to France and the United Kingdom to explore the nature of democracy in these nations. This notion of Ahnslen advisors spending time in these two countries continued until the 1990s through large embassy programs.
1866AD - Welling 'rediscover' Keverai, as J Westfall-Moore cools their heads and ensures a peaceful inclusion of the state once again.
1867AD - Jonathan Westfall-Moore successfully unifies Wellinia (the land the Welling own), Keverai, the Irachi lands and the lands formerly controlled by the Arnish High Council into one entity: Ainslie, giving the nation significant energy and passion which led to one of the largest periods of expansion the nation has experienced.
1869AD - Arthur Kianara and William Blaxland find a route over the mountains which links Arnton to the east coast. This discovery catalyses the growth of Port Blaxland and creates the settlement of Kianara.
1894AD - Protectionism sweeps over Ainslie
1911AD-1921AD - Relatively large amounts of Roendavarans flee to the Ahnslen Coast, around the area of Port Blaxland to escape the dictatorship of President Arkhail Micheno during the era of the Republic of Roendavar.
- - Green Arnton project in Arnton begins, including more nature in the capital city despite the bushfire threat.
- - Green Arnton project in Arnton begins, including more nature in the capital city despite the bushfire threat.
1962 - Green Arnton project completed
1988 - Whindism becomes majority religion as Alternative Modernist architecture becomes prevelant
1991 - New Whindism majority swings Ainslie from being conservative right, to centre right.
1995 - ACEGAD becomes a political threat, which formed its origins out of the former CRC party.
2003 - ACEGAD narrowly misses win
2011 - ACEGAD wins first election
2015 - Andrew Kenzai elected into office.
2017 - Ainslie signs Mandara Accord, forming the G4
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.
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:
Legislative: the uncameral parliament, defined in the constitution as comprising of a single democratically elected house with a Prime Minister elected by the people.
Executive: The Head of State, Prime Minister and his most important ministers.
Judiciary: The Judicial Council and other constitutional courts, who are appointed by the government, Judicial Council or the population, dependent on the circumstance.
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.
There are three major political groups that have the capability to form a government, either in the electoral or the federal domains.
ACEGAD - The current ruling party in Ainslie (by forming a coalition with LLST), the Ahnslen Centrists for Economic Growth and Development is a centre-right, socially liberal party which balances an agenda of social development and economic growth, with a commitment to stability.
APC - The current minority (not opposition) party in Ainslie. The Ahnslen People's Congress is a mid-left party, formed by workers and lower income earners which has a focus on welfare and corporate social responsibility.
LLST - Likened to a form of 'greens' party, the Liberal Leftist Science and Technology Party is devoted to social and scientific innovation and development. It often forms a coalition with ACEGAD in order to gain power in some electorates or ministries.
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.
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:
Wesland - ACEGAD (following November 2018 elections)
Arlanah - APC
Norlands - APC
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.