|Fédération de Brolécie du Nord|
Federation of North Brolecia
|Conventional short name:|
|Local:||Brolécie du Nord|
|Data codes:||BN, BRN|
|Others:||Sanpatrician, Ingallish, Sterv|
|Other:||Cité-Mirroire, Naçant, Issiquois, Michard|
|Government type:||Federal Republic|
|Population:||17.350.000 (320 est.)|
|Established:||9th of August, 320|
The Federation of North Brolecia (Phenixien, Fédération de la Brolécie du Nord; Sanpatrician, Federación de la Brolécia del Norte; Sterv, Sambandsríkið Norðurbrolés) is a country in Melania, formed in the aftermath of the Portocapitalian-led intervention in Stervia in 320. North Brolecia is the main successor state to both the Stervian Confederation as well as the Federal Republic of Brolecia.
North Brolecia is a federal republic, ruled by a directly-elected president who accumulates the functions normally attributed to a head of state and a head of government. The president has the power to nominate and dismiss a cabinet of ministers (currently fourteen), who are responsible for daily affairs in different areas of governance.
The legislative branch of the government is composed by a directly-elected Senate, composed of eighty members - eight from each state, 25 elected at-large by the voting population of the entire Federation, and seven representing the Sterv Autonomous Municipalities.
The Federation is divided in six states with a wide level of autonomy. Certain cities with a high percentage of Sterv speakers or members of the Sterv minority have the status of Sterv Autonomous Municipalities (SAM), which grants certain rights regarding local economical policies and the possibility to conduct certain government affairs in the local language.
The federal capital Blanchelocq (in the Sterv language, Blaeklaar) is itself a SAM, as are other cities in the state of Mirroire, such as Qui-Monte, Brizolastaadr and Cité-Mirroire. Outside Mirroire, important SAMs include Saint-Phillippe-sur-le-Arwath, in Merfruit, and Michard, in Menche-Ponche.
The current president of North Brolecia is Jacques Frasursson, an ethnic Sterv and formerly mayor of Brizolastaadt.
(Main article: History of North Brolecia)
North Brolecia's history begins with the arrival of the first Homo sapiens on its territory, between the 8th and 7th millennia before the Plague. The region served as home for several indigenous states, such as the Kingdom of Aziri and the Kingdom of Arwath, while also falling to foreign powers such as the Kingdom of Istaar, the Zangan Empire and the Afrazurean Empire.
In the post-Plague era, North Brolecia became part of the Empire of Maurestania, then the Federal Republic of Brolecia and, finally, the oppressive regime of the Stervian Confederation. Stervia fell in mid-320, following a military intervention led by Porto Capital.
North Brolecia is located in northern-central Melania, bordering Porto Capital, Listonia, Katikati and Voisionçal. Administratively, the country is divided into six states: Menche-Ponche, Accord, Aziri, Mirroire, Treixe and Merfruit.
North Brolecia has one single access to the sea, at the Michard Delta, on the mouth of the Brolecia river - also known as the "Michard corridor".
The northern and northwestern parts of North Brolecia are dominated by the valley of the Brolecia river and the thick Bajapean rainforest, gradually giving way to the somewhat less dense Aziri rainforest, which is predominant on the low-lying plains of the central parts of the country. The southernmost reaches of North Brolecia are home to a sparse, high-altitude savannah.
The Alamastani mountains mark the border between North Brolecia and Katikati, while the country is separated from Voisionçal on the west by the Trenchinne hills - geologically, an extension of the Alamastani range, the Apulanta highlands and the Bajapez cordillera. The state of Menche-Ponche is also home of the small Parnassie plateau. In the easternmost parts of North Brolecia, one can find the shallow Lake Mirroire, formed on the aftermath of a meteor impact in 895 BP.
The country is marked by a pronounced humid tropical climate (Af), with heavy rainfall throughout the year and an annual median temperature of 31,3°C.
In contrast to most of its neighbours, the population of North Brolecia is made of a majority of non-native ethnic groups, as most of the indigenous populations were forcibly deported during the "Trails of Blood" of 193 - 202 AP. Of the country's 17.350.000 inhabitants, 72% are grouped under the "White Brolecian" ethnicity - namely, descendants of Longerathian colonisers who first arrived in the region after 140 BP and, later, in larger numbers, after the Trails of Blood. Another non-indigenous ethnic group, the Stervs, make up 13% of the total population, with Maurestani corresponding to 4%. The remaining 11% belong to indigenous Afrayenne groups, such as Yarene (5%), Kwane (3%), Mezapatani (2%) and Mandari (1%).
The most widely-spoken language in North Brolecia is Phenixien (71%), followed closely by Sterv (13%) and Sanpatrician (10%). Native languages make up the remaining 6%: Zangan (3%), Kwane (2%), Mezapatani (1%).
79% of North Brolecians are Cruisans, with a majority (89%) following local churches or unorganised dioceses formerly aligned to the Imperial Maurestani Church. Other Cruisan denominations present in North Brolecia include the Papaist Episcopal Church of Listonia (7%), the Church of Altland (2%) and the Ordlandic Church (2%).
The territory of North Brolecia counts amongst the most well-developed regions of former Brolecia, hosting a large share of the country's heavy industry, manufacturing sector, entertainment businesses and financial services. Following the establishment of the Stervian Confederation in early 302, however, the vast majority of government projects, as well as foreign and private investments, were concentrated in the Sterv-majority areas in the southern part of the country - as a consequence, for nearly two decades, large stretches of the country, such as the Brolecia River valley, were heavily neglected and suffered from severe deindustrialization and consequent population decline.
Industry comprises roughly 43% of North Brolecia's gross domestic product (GDP), encompassing important sectors such as heavy manufacturing, metallurgy, mechanical engineering and mining, as well as lighter but more technological-intensive processes, such as pharmaceuticals, electronics and food processing.
North Brolecia has important deposits of iron ore, bauxite, copper, gold and niobium, mostly concentrated on the southern parts of the country. Potash and cobalt are also found on the Parnassie plateau in the state of Menche-Ponche. Surveys dating from the 280s also point at possible gas reserves in the Michard delta, although these deposits have been, so far, unexplored.
Services amount to 37% of the country's GDP, key sectors being banking and finance, retail, information technology and media. Agriculture, centered on large, privately-owned estates, answers for the remainder of North Brolecia's GDP. Important crops include rice, beans, soy, tropical fruits, cotton, coffee, sunflowers and sorghum.
Due to the racist policies of the previous Stervian regime, huge tracts of North Brolecia's territory have experienced little government control over the past decades, which has contributed to the massive growth of the informal sector of the economy. This includes both unregistered sales of small items as well as illegal activities, such as unregulated mining, logging and the activities of the Brolecian valley drug cartels.
The new government of North Brolecia has announced, in early 321, a plan to dismantle several key industries in the Sterv-majority areas and reinstall them in other parts of the country.
The currency of North Brolecia is the Nouveau Marc.
The flag of North Brolecia is a horizontal tricolour of blue, purple and green - the colours of old Brolecia - with a white eight-pointed star, one of the symbols of the Stervian Confederation, on the hoist. The usage of elements from two previous flags of the region was intended as an attempt to resignify them as symbols of hope and unity, while also serving as a reminder of the errors of the country's past.
The national coat of arms is a round shield featuring the same colours as the national flag, arranged as a vertical tricolour, with the eight-pointed star on the center. Below, a scroll featuring the Liliance motto Unitatis et pacis - in Ingallish, unity and peace.