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Kingdom of Wardency
Kongeriget Vylksylangen (Wardish)
Flag and Coat of Arms
Anthem: "Der er et yndigt land" (There is a lovely country)
Motto: "Et horn o 'Masser for os alle" (One Horn o' Plenty for us all)
and the Largest City
Official Languages: Wardish, Khasedic, Staalic
Writing System: Latin
Demonym: Wardish, Ward
Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Diarchy
- First Monarch: Wilheim IV
- Second Monarch: Margrethe III
- Chancellor: Benjamin Wheirdict
- Speaker of the Parliament: Hans-Anderssen Lindstrom
Establishment: from the Dano-Norwegian Realm (as Tribes)
Independence: ~1147 AD
Establishment: from the Tribal States (as Wardency)
Independence: ~1254 AD
Establishment: from Lotion Empire (as Kingdom of Wardency)
Independence: November 24, 1919
Land Area: 413,594.2 km²
GDP (nominal): $977 Billion
GDP (nominal) per capita: $58,257
Currency: Wardish Okronua (Ø)
Time Zone: UTC -11
Driving Side: Right
Date Format: dd.mm.yyyy (CE)
ISO 3166 Code: WD
Calling Code: +85
Internet TLD: .wd
The Kingdom of Wardency (Wardish: Kongeriget Vylksylangen) is an island nation in East Usonea. Wardency has a total population of 16.7 million of which 3.8 million have a foreign background. Wardency is a unitary state composed of 10 Provinces and 2 overseas territories in Fusea and Verusa with the Priastad as the capital. The country is recognized as one of the most democratic countries in Strangereal. Wardency is home to possibly the strongest social and economic policies in the world and large strides in local technological advancement have almost doubled its economic strength in the last few decades.
The climate is in general mild for its northerly latitude due to significant maritime influence. In spite of the high latitude, Wardency often has warm continental summers, being located south of the Cascade Ocean. The general climate and environment vary significantly from the south and north due to the vast latitudinal difference and much of Wardency has reliably cold and snowy winters. Southern Wardency is predominantly agricultural, while the north is heavily forested.
Wardency is a constitutional diarchy and a parliamentary democracy, with Legislative power vested in the 200-member unicameral Storting. Wardency maintains a social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. It has a high per capita income and ranks very highly in quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality, gender equality, prosperity, and human development.
The etymology of the name "Wardency" (or Vylksylangen in Wardish) came from Leif Ericson's discovery of the island. After many days of not being able to find a single inhabitant, he called the place "No Man's Land" or "Viel Silk Langun". The origin of the nation's name is still debatable but this explanation was declared official.
Most etymological dictionaries and handbooks derive "Ward" (or Vylksyl in Wardish) from a word meaning "No One". The element "-dency" (or -langen) is believed to mean "location" or "landmark".
The inhabitants of Wardency are called Wardishs, or in some cases, Wards. The inhabitants on the island of Sakavorsk however, are called Sakavorks or Sakavorkics.
Viking settlements and Independence
Somewhere in 900 AD, the Norwegian Vikings from Europa start their exploration of the Western Sea. Around 953 AD, Leif Erikson discovered land after months of sailing with a crew of 40 men. To his surprise, the island had no one, after days of searching, no inhabitants were found, so, Leif called the place "No Man's Land" or "Viel Silk Langun" which later became the country's name. Leif was believed to have stayed there for weeks before returning to Norway to announce his discovery to his King. For the next 300 years, many expeditions were made my Swodish, Donish, and Norwegian Vikings. Many closed bay areas later developed into cities like Priastad and Gottenberg.
The island became a colony around 1070 AD, part of the Dano-Norwegian Realm. The island's harsh geographical and weather conditions made it difficult for the Danes to maintain the colony leading to the abandonment of the colony around 1147 AD. After that, the island became completely independent but still divided by the tribes that settled there.
Rise of the Viking Age
Sometime in the late 1200s, a collection of strong tribes of on the north of the island banded together to create an alliance, with this merging of both economic and military forces, these forces also known as "Vylksyls" made themselves a notorious reputation by raiding coastal villages and towns all around the Usonean continent and even further ashore to places such as Verusa. Their way of life revolved around this marriage of sea and warfare, large fleets of longboats would raid and pillage whilst the larger navies of the other empires battled for supremacy among themselves.
Raiding, Pillaging and Reaving was an unsustainable life, eventually, those who were victims of such attacks managed to match the ferocity and might of the Wardish warriors on land and on the water, longboat navies that were outmatched by larger and tougher classes of warship, with the power of other empires growing immensely the Viking warriors found themselves in a state of decline. Eventually, the more powerful clans transitioned into a unique diarchy system where the King and Queen serve as Head of State, hopefully, currying favor with those nations and to repair centuries of strained and damaged relations, instead of focusing on external scavenging for sustainment, the Wardish people started mass production of agricultural technologies and pioneered fishing techniques that are still in use today.
The foundations of the British Empire were laid when Wardency and Sakavorsk were separate kingdoms for a few decades. In 1496, King Gustaph the First, following the successes of overseas explorations, commissioned his son-Frederik to lead a voyage to discover a route to Fusea via the Erinevo Ocean. Frederik sailed in 1497 and made landfall on the coast of Southwestern Fusea, the area he stepped foot on is now the city of Frederiksborg. Frederik led another voyage to Verusa the following decades to the area of Northern Khased Island which still belongs to Wardency.
The Wardo-Lotionese War
The Wardish Empire got into a war with the Lotion Empire, the casus belli that caused the war is still highly debatable to this day. The Lotionese outnumbered the Wardishs and start their invasion of mainland Wardency. The King surrendered to the Lotionese in 1825. The Lotion Empire start their Colony of Wardency. All Wardency's oversea territories and colonies are handed to the Lotionese. There were many revolutions during the colonial era as well but all were shut down by the Lotionese. Although the Lotionese invaded Wardency, they were respected by few, the Lotionese have influenced many modern things into Wardency. To this day several traditions and cultures in Wardency are originated back to them.
The 1910s Revolutions
The 1910s were considered the "New Dawn" of Wardency. Many revolutions against the Lotionese's rule broke out during this time. This period lasted a decade, causing the Lotionese to be exhausted economically and mentally. The 1919 Priastad Treaty was signed by Wardency and the Lotion Empire on November 20th, 1919. 4 days later, the Kingdom of Wardency was declared and succeeded the Protectorate of Loyytosh and Kouyyskai. Wardency still has close ties with the Lotionese despite their dark history with them and because the Wardish economy still relies heavily on Lotionese companies.
A progressive social and education system kick-started a technology boom that put Wardency at the forefront of the developing world, it was - and still is - a global leader in medical and computer sciences and is home to the largest data servers and internet exchange hub in the world. With progress comes great tension and the balance of powers is becoming unstable, because of this Wardency has rapidly used their technological advancement to invest in better equipment for its military, though still remains a strictly neutral power.
Wardency has a total area of 413,594.2 sq. km. It is composed of two large islands, Wardish Isle ( sq. km), and Sakavorsk ( sq. km) separated by the km-wide Sakavorsk Channel. Geologically, Wardency is part of the East Usonean Ridge, a ridge along which the oceanic crust spreads and forms a new oceanic crust. This part of the mid-ocean ridge is located above a mantle plume, causing Wardency to be subaerial (above the surface of the sea). The ridge marks the boundary between the North Usonean and Verusan Plates, and Wardency was created by rifting and accretion through volcanism along the ridge.
The Jattentopp (Peak on the left) is Wardency's highest
mountain at 2,393 meters high
Climate and Weather
Wardency has four seasons, with a distinctly oceanic climate. Rain is a common scene in Wardency due to its geographical location. However, the island of Sakavorsk is completely dry due to most of the rain was blocked by 2 mountain ranges that formed the Wardish Isle. The mountainous areas of central Wardish, such as Mt. Jattentopp and Mt. Senna, have snow all year round, which makes them a haven for skiers. These areas have an Alpine climate.
The lowest recorded temperature ever is -35 degrees Celsius, on Mount Jattentopp (elevation: 2,393 m) on January 10, 1956. The highest recorded temperature ever is 38 degrees Celsius, on Sakavorsk on July 12, 1972.
Precipitation is highest around the months of April to September. Storms are somewhat common, they occur usually in eastern Wardency. Tornadoes are very rare and are usually not destructive.
Flora and Fauna
Due to its isolation, Wardency is a richly biodiverse nation. With its location and history of contact, Wardency contains plants from the Antarctic Floristic Kingdom, and with the addition and introduction of numerous northern hemisphere plants. Some of these have evolved into new species. The same also applies to its fauna. It is estimated then 10% of the species located in Wardency are endemic species.
The total population of Wardency is estimated to be 16.7 million. The population exceeded 10 million for the first time on approximately August 1987, according to the Statistics and Mapping Agency. The population density is substantially higher in the south than in the north. About 58% of the population lives in urban areas.
There are no official statistics on ethnicity, but according to the Statistics and Mapping Agency around 3.8 million inhabitants of Wardishs were of a foreign background in 2012, defined as being born abroad or born in Wardency to two parents born abroad.
The official language of Wardency is Wardish. Minority languages like Khasedic, Staalic, and several Native Fusean languages are recognized. However, English is taught in school for children.
In varying degrees, depending largely on frequency of interaction with English, a majority of Wardishs, especially those born after the 1990s, understand and speak English owing to trade links, the popularity of overseas travel and the tradition of subtitling rather than dubbing foreign television shows and films, and the relative similarity of the two languages which makes learning English easier. In a 2012 survey, 93% of Wardishs reported the ability to speak English.
English became a compulsory subject for secondary school students studying natural sciences as early as 1961 and has been a compulsory subject for all Wardishs students since the late 1990s. Depending on the local school authorities, English is currently a compulsory subject between first grade and ninth grade, with all students continuing in secondary school studying English for at least another year. Most students also study one and sometimes two additional languages. These include (but are not limited to) German, French, and Spanish.
Education in Wardency is mandatory for all children between the ages of 6 and 18. The school year in Wardency runs from mid/late September to early/mid-May, and the Christmas holiday from mid-December to early January divides the school year into two terms. Homeschooling is closely supervised by the government and very limited.
From the age of one, children can be admitted to free pre-schools (förskola). Pre-schools help provide an environment that stimulates children's development and learning and enable parents to combine parenthood with work or studies. During the year before children start compulsory school, all children are offered a place in a pre-school class (förskoleklass), which combines the pedagogical methods of the pre-school with those of compulsory school. Between ages 6/7 and 18/19, children attend compulsory comprehensive school (grundskola), divided into three stages. At the end of this period, students achieve a Certificate of Compulsory Education (CCE), with a pass requiring at least a 5:1 (equivalent to a 'C' grade) in both English/Wardish and Mathematics.
Tertiary education in Wardency is entirely free and state-funded, and as a result, approximately 70% of the population holds some form of University Degree. This has allowed Wardency to develop a high-tech economy with a focus on advanced manufacturing.
Healthcare in Wardency is one of universal healthcare largely financed by government national health insurance. Approximately 75% of healthcare costs are covered by government agencies for all citizens, while those on lower incomes or suffering from chronic or infectious diseases, such as Cystic Fibrosis, AIDS, or Cancer receive free healthcare. Children under the age of 16 and the elderly over the age of 70 also receive 100% health coverage.
The average life expectancy in Wardency is high, with a life expectancy of 84 years for men and 87 years for women. There are 3.95 physicians for every 1000 inhabitants in Wardency.
Metro area population
Wardency has a parliamentary system within the context of a ceremonial and constitutional diarchy, with the will of the people serving as the foundation for the authority of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. The sovereigns are King Wilheim II and Margrethe III, both are currently serveing as head of state of the Kingdom.
Executive Power in Wardency is vested in the Cabinet and the Chancellor. The Cabinet is the committee of ministers who head the executive departments of the Wardish Government, selected by the Chancellor. The Chancellor (currently Benjamin Wheirdict) is elected by the people of Wardency at the beginning of each electoral term. The Office for the Chancellor is thus one of the most powerful institutions in government, initiating most legislation for approval. The leader of the party with the second-most seats usually becomes the Leader of the Opposition and is part of an adversarial parliamentary system intended to keep the government in check.
Each of the 300 members of the Assembly in the lower house, the Council, is elected through Proportional Representation representing the Provinces of Wardency, the second-tier divisions below Regions. General elections must be called by the Speaker, either on the advice of the Chancellor, within five years of the previous election, or if the government loses a confidence vote in either Chamber of the National Assembly. Three parties had representatives elected to the government in the 2015 elections: the Social-Democrats of Wardency (Government), Labor Party (Official Opposition), Liberal-Conservative Party (Official Opposition).
Wardency's unitary structure divides government responsibilities between the government and the ten provinces. The Bank of Wardency is the central bank of the country. In addition, the Secretary for the Treasury, the Secretary for Trade and Industry and the Secretary for Financial Responsibility utilize the Statistics and Mapping Agency agency for financial planning and economic policy development.
The Constitution of Wardency is the supreme law of the country and was passed in 1935, forming the modern state. The Constitution established the unitary state that exists today, removed the Monarch's political power, as well as adding a constitutional amending formula and ensuring Basic Rights for all Wardish citizens, which cannot be overridden by any constitutional amendment or government action.
Wardency's judiciary plays an important role in interpreting laws and has the power to strike down Acts of State that violate the constitution. The Supreme Court of Wardency is the highest court and final arbiter and has been led since 2015 by the Chief Justice Louise Ahlander. Its 6 members are appointed by the Chancellor on the advice of the Cabinet and the Secretary for Justice. All judges at the superior and appellate levels are appointed after consultation with nongovernmental legal bodies. The Cabinet also appoints justices to superior courts in the state jurisdictions.
Criminal law is solely a state responsibility and is uniform throughout Wardency. Law enforcement, including criminal courts, is officially a state responsibility, conducted by state and municipal police forces. However, in most rural areas and some urban areas, policing responsibilities are contracted to the National Police.
Foreign Relations and Military
Wardency maintains friendly and cooperative relations with the majority of the world's nations. Wardency's foreign policy is strictly neutral especially during war times. It is forbidden for the Chancellor to declare which side Wardency will be joining during a war without the Parliament's approval.
Wardency is a recognized Great Power and exerts significant military, political, economic, cultural, and scientific influence internationally. Wardency currently employs a professional, volunteer military force of 420,000 active personnel and approximately 580,000 reserve personnel. The Wardish Armed Forces constitute the defense force of Wardency, and comprises the Wardish Army, Royal Wardish Navy, and Air Force, responsible for all Ground, Sea, and Air operations respectively. In 2017, Wardency's military expenditure totaled approximately 14 billion Okronuas, or around 11% of the country's GDP. Wardency is thought to maintain a nuclear stockpile of around 22 Nuclear Warheads, although the exact number is yet to be confirmed. The delivery system is maintained by the Navy, with a fleet of ballistic missile submarines capable of launching a nuclear attack anywhere in the world.
The Chancellor serves as commander-in-chief of the Wardish military, which is headed by the Ministry of Defense. Conscription is mandatory for all men and women age 21-27 according to the Wardish Constitution.
Currency: Wardish Okronua (Ø)
Fiscal Year: March 1 - February 28
GDP (nominal): $977 Billion
GDP (nominal) per capita: $58,257
Labor Force: 14 million
The Wardish economy is an example of a mixed economy, a prosperous capitalist welfare state, and a social-democratic country featuring a combination of free-market activity and large state ownership in certain key sectors. Public health care in Wardency is free (after an annual charge of around $230 for those over 16), and parents have 46 weeks paid parental leave. The state income derived from natural resources includes a significant contribution from petroleum production. Wardency has a very low unemployment rate, currently 1.13%. 83% of the population aged 16–70 are employed. People in the labor force are either employed or looking for work. 9.5% of the population aged 18–66 receive a disability pension and 23% of the labor force are employed by the government. The hourly productivity levels, as well as average hourly wages in Wardency, are among the highest in the world.
The egalitarian values of Wardish society have kept the wage difference between the lowest paid worker and the CEO of most companies as much less than in comparable western economies. This is also evident in Wardency's low Gini coefficient.
The state has large ownership positions in key industrial sectors, such as the strategic petroleum sector, hydroelectric energy production, aluminum production, and telecommunication provider. Through these big companies, the government controls approximately 30% of the stock values at the Priastad Stock Exchange. When non-listed companies are included, the state has an even higher share in ownership (mainly from direct oil license ownership). Wardency is a major shipping nation and has the world's 6th largest merchant fleet, with 1,412 Wardish-owned merchant vessels.
The country is richly endowed with natural resources including petroleum, hydropower, fish, forests, and minerals. Large reserves of petroleum and natural gas were discovered in the 1960s, which led to a boom in the economy. Wardency has obtained one of the highest standards of living in the world in part by having a large number of natural resources compared to the size of the population. In 2015, 22% of state revenues were generated from the petroleum industry.
Wardency being a Nordic country has a different culture compared to its neighbors. Aside from the traditional holidays, public holidays in the Kingdom include the Union Day, celebrated annually on November 24th. Other public holidays include the King’s birthday and accession to the throne.
The Wardishs are known to be very patriotic and enjoy great social cohesion. The country looks up to the monarchs as the source of this and it had played a vital role in maintaining the stability of the country.
Wardency also has a thriving music scene, encompassing all genres from classic to heavy metal. The Royal Conservatory is a bastion of classical music, while the annual Mujikk Rock Festival showcases rock talents in the Kingdom. It is widely known that the King is fond of rock music and has attended the Mujikk Rock Festival more than once.
Since its inception, the Kingdom already has a flourishing art environment. Notable artistic institutions include the Royal Wardish Museum; the Royal School for the Arts; and the Royal Museum of Modern Art; among others.
Wardency is also home to many events, such as the mashed potatoes-throwing fight in the village of Corbigys, Sakavorsk; the Portland Parade in Ansall; the Festival of Flowers in Fensalir; and the hugely popular The Royal Blind Date in Gottenberg.
Much of Wardency's cuisine is based on fish, lamb, and dairy products, with little to no use of herbs or spices. Due to the island's climate, fruits and vegetables are not generally a component of traditional dishes, although the use of greenhouses has made them more common in contemporary food. Þorramatur is a selection of traditional cuisine consisting of many dishes and is usually consumed around the month of porri, which begins on the first Friday after 19 January. Traditional dishes also include skyr (a yogurt-like cheese), hakarl (cured shark), cured ram, singed sheep heads, and black pudding, Flatkaka (flatbread), dried fish and dark rye bread traditionally baked in the ground in geothermal areas. Puffin is considered a local delicacy that is often prepared through broiling.
Breakfast usually consists of pancakes, cereal, fruit, and coffee, while lunch may take the form of a smorgasbord. The main meal of the day for most Wardish is dinner, which usually involves fish or lamb as the main course. Seafood is central to most Wardish cooking, particularly cod and haddock but also salmon, herring, and halibut. It is often prepared in a wide variety of ways, either smoked, pickled, boiled, or dried. Lamb is by far the most common meat, and it tends to be either smoke-cured (known as hangikjöt) or salt-preserved (saltkjot). Many older dishes make use of every part of the sheep, such as slátur, which consists of offal (internal organs and entrails) minced together with blood and served in a sheep stomach. Additionally, boiled or mashed potatoes, pickled cabbage, green beans, and rye bread are prevalent side dishes.
Coffee is a popular beverage in Wardency, with the country being third placed by per capita consumption worldwide in 2019, and is drunk at breakfast, after meals, and with a light snack in mid-afternoon. Tea is also widely consumed, to the extent that the country is said to have one of the highest per capita consumption rates in the world.
Before the 19th century, most Wardishs adhered to Norse paganism, worshiping Æsir gods, with its center at the Temple in Trumsår. With the rise of Sayankovism and Orthodox Faith in the 19th century following the Lotionese occupation, the laws of the country changed, forbidding worship of other deities until the early 20th century. After the Religious Reformation in the 1930s, a change led by Bishop Ilenka Tupelonsk, the authority of the Orthodox Church was abolished and freedom of religion became legal. The legalization of other religions was completed by the Bishop, and Wardency was freed from religious oppression. During years following the Reformation around 1950-1970, usually known as the Rebirth of Norse paganism, small groups of non-Orthodox played a significant role in reconverting Orthodox to Norse paganists.
Following a survey conducted by the Wardish Government in 2013, around 38% of the population considered themselves to be religious, 58% considered themselves unreligious, or being Atheists, 4% are unsure of being religious or not. Of the religious 38%, 2/5 of them claimed to have Orthodox Faith or being a Sayankovist, 2/5 of them are Norse paganists, 1/5 claimed to have other Faiths such as Lutheranism, Zyfaqir, Edunat...
Sports are important in Wardency, with the most popular sport being ice hockey, following with skiing, glima, handball, water polo, basketball, and cycling. Wardency's biggest sports competitions are Geanaleidin League (ice hockey), Loftenflodur (skiing), Ferd um Heiminn (cycling), and Trifallia (cycling). National Sports Federation holds all the competitions, national cup organizations and fyllengrofsk's.
Wardency's main rail-line, the Grand Wardish Railway, is the lifeblood of Wardency. It runs from Gottenberg to Priastad to Roftlav and an underwater tunnel was extended to Vattjom. Other secondary rail-lines, both passenger and freight, run across the country to connect additional cities. All Wardish rail-lines are high-speed, with speeds averaging 150 mph. In addition, most railways are equipped with explosives in case of an invasion to completely isolate important locations of the country.
Highways serve secondary to rail-lines but are still commonly used. There are two international airports in Wardency, located in Gottenberg and Priastad. Cargo imports and exports mostly travel through the harbor of Gottenberg, but Port Ansall, Bergun, and Priastad also serve as major international trading hubs.
Geothermal power is the chief form of energy production on Wardency, with sixteen geothermal power plants spaced around Wardency to provide optimal distribution. In rural and coastal areas wind energy is common. In total, more than 88% of Wardency's energy needs are provided by clean energy, with that number expected to reach 92% in less than a decade.
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