| Original (Greek): "Omonia, Gnosis, Dynamis"|
Translated (English): "Unity, Understanding, Strength"
|Official language||English (Spanish also spoken in many areas)|
|Largest city||Everton City|
|Government type||Autocratic Multiparty Republic|
|President||Dominique Domasca (Life President)|
|National animal||Krytenian Wild Cat (Felis rodira)|
|Currency||Krytenian Credit (€K) (1 Credit = 100 Centimals)|
|International sporting abbreviation||KRY|
- 1 Geography
- 2 Society
- 2.1 History
- 2.2 Government
- 2.3 People
- 3 Economy
Long Form: The United Provinces Of Krytenia
Short Form: Krytenia
Country Code: KRY; occasionally UPK
Krytenia’s large expanse of coastline results in a largely flat national topography with many fens and picturesque broads found all over the west of the nation. The large hills and mountains that do exist are found mainly in the Monteste Hills in the east of the country and the Rutian Hills in southwest Nova Mercia. Lakes are few and usually small, however Lake Northwood in the far north is an exception to the rule, being the nation’s largest lake by a large margin. The main rivers in the nation are the Avide and Diord, both of which run through the centre of the mainland before pouring into the Midland Channel, and the river that gave the sea that name, the Midland river which splits the Mercian lands in half.
The Krytenian people enjoy a warm maritime climate, with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Snow is rare, however a fair dusting can be found on the Monteste Hills in December and January.
Plants & Animals
The forests of Krytenia are an ornithologist’s dream. Oak, ash, elm, willow and maple trees grow plentifully in these areas, and the great diversity of woodland creatures, from shrews to red squirrels, attract many birds of prey. There are believed to be over a dozen species of owl native to Krytenia, as well as hawks, eagles, and ospreys. Falconry is a common pursuit amongst the richer rural types for this reason. Foxes, deer and badgers also prevail, but the Krytenian wild cat (Felis rodira), which looks like a large yet ferocious tabby, is the most common predatory mammal.
The 2032 Constitution has created a total of 37 provinces. They are as follows:
|EC||Everton Capital District (also ECD)||Everton City|
|FY||Forest Of Yardley||Grafton|
The United Provinces were originally a melting pot of European cultures, being settled pre-Unification by Celts, Anglo-Saxons, Iberians, Gauls, and Jutes. This melange of societies now forms one of the region’s commercial heavyweights.
Ancient History: The Rule Of Kings
Many small provinces and settlements made up the Krytenian mainland until March 1270, when Lord John Middleton, leader of the Anglo-Saxon Provinces, signed a treaty to unite the broken lands, many of which had been involved in numerous border skirmishes. The other provincial leaders proclaimed him King in June, and the nation of Krytenia rose into existence. Each province still had some say on local affairs, but it was the King who made the decisions. The farmers and merchants prospered under King John I, and his successors, until the reign of Paul II.
It was King Paul who garnered the ire of the Mercian peoples (mainly Saxons and Normans who wished to live outside the monarchy) by demanding them to join the Union. The Mercians replied with soldiers, sacking the southern city of Tremaine. A war of five years followed, which saw the collapse of the Royal House of Middleton, and the beginning of the rule of the Alderneys.
Peter I, the first Alderney monarch, quickly brought about peace with the Mercians, and in the later years of his reign even forged an alliance of trade with their neighbours over the sea. Prosperity continued under the Alderneys, until the death of Queen Andrea in 1396. With no children to pass the crown to, the line of succession fell to Francesco Aragonnez. The Aragons ruled with a cruel and iron hand, bludgeoning the Mercians into submission over their thirteen-year reign. It is believed it was one of Juan Carlos’ (John V) own servants that burned down the Palacia Leon with the King and his sons sleeping in their beds, ending the Aragon rule.
Determined to restore pride to his country, the new ruler, King Stephen, subsidised farms and sent traders by land and sea to many nations, beginning an international trade ring that would last for almost three hundred years. Krytenia once again prospered, and magnificent building were designed and constructed, including the University at Ousevale, and the Avidia Guild Hall (both of which still exist). Stephen, and following monarchs, vowed never again to make the mistakes of the Aragons. However, it would come to pass that there was still tyranny remaining in the royal lines. Peter IV, first of the Sivad monarchs, closed the trade routes, as well as farms and mills, aiming to control the entire nation by replacing the owners with his own court. The people’s reply was to set up unions to “flush out” the King’s men, often quite literally (by means of throwing them into the nearest river). These unions eventually became national, and Peter’s successor, John VIII, was forced to abdicate due to the immense pressure. He was replaced by King Michael V, who set up a national Parliament. However the Sivads and the businessmen would never again see eye-to-eye.
The Sivads slowly but surely managed to chip away at the power of the commercial sector and the Parliament, until the 1960s. A war with the wantaway Mercians depleted resources at home, however an attempted coup by the People’s Front ended with the execution of the Front’s leaders. It was in 1978 that change finally came about, young scholar and Populist Party MP Everton Davis convincing the people themselves to rise up. Michael VII, the last Sivad tryant, was forced to abdicate, and Davis became the first Chairman of Krytenia. His murder, and the subsequent bombing of Avid-Diord by the Xileans, brought a few short years of exile and guerrilla war, but the new Krytenia has been established with the Constitution of 2032 and the new office of President.
Modern History: The Revolution Era
In the early years of the Krytenian state, there was the King (or Queen). However, the monarchy was not exactly benevolent, especially when it came to taxation and economic policy. So it was that in 1976 (Krytenian Calendar) that the Populist Movement was started by frustrated entrepeneur and political student Everton Davis. The Movement gained popularity over a number of years, and in 1981 the monarchy was overthrown in a bloodless revolution, with Davis installed as the first Chairman of Krytenia. A period of rapid economic growth followed, and in 1997 Krytenia dropped its isolationist "foreign" policy and opened interactions with its neighbours.
Modern History: International Relations
Originally, it was simply in the gladiatorial feilds of sport that Krytenia first began making contact with the outside world. After an abortive attempt to replace Liverpool England in the fourteenth NS World Cup, Krytenia entered World Cup XV. The national side then proceeded to create the Atlantian Oceania Cup of Association Football (AOCAF), now the most high-profile regional football tournament in the world. Politically, however, Davis preferred to keep his people sheltered from the harsh realities of the world.
It was an unfortunate misunderstanding that led to Krytenia's entry into international politics. During the second AOCAF Cup in Vilita, TV broadcaster John Nwoko made a tongue-in-cheek remark about the jerseys worn by the team from neighbouring Xile. These remarks were not taken in good heart by Xilean leader Adonis Lauir, and a price was put on Nwoko's head. Nwoko was then beaten up by Xilean fans in a bar in Yeaddin, Vilita, before being assassinated while recouperating at home by a Xilean man working in Krytenia.
Davis did not take kindly for this. Nor did Aron Lavinsky, President of Krytenia's northern neighbours, Abattoir. A joint airstrike on the Presidential Palace in the Xilean capital, New Babylonia, followed, though the aftermath saw both Davis and Lavinsky talking of restoring peace. A summit was set up in the former Wapahkoneta, where Lauir shot dead the leaders of both Abattoir and Krytenia.
Modern History: The Nomads
With Davis dead, Lauir then executed Phase Two of the Xilean plan. Bombing the Olympic Complex in Avid-Diord. In the middle of the Aolympic Games. It was the first time an aggressive act had ever taken place on Krytenian soil, but with the Xilean armed forces far greater, and no oficial leader, the Krytenians were in panic. Samuel Warzycha, interim Chairman, decreed a mass evacuation of the country, and within hours, naval and merchant ships were carrying millions of Krytenian citizens eastward, to the region of FIFA. There, they settled for a short time on a large island south of Rejistania. New cities were built, and Warzycha was appointed Chairman permanently by the Council. Other citizens, meanwhile, took the short trip southward to the former Krytenian protecorate of Nova Mercia. Meanwhile, in the now abandoned corner of Calania, Xilean troops collided with a group of freedom fighters calling themselves the "Antixilian Fatwah", or AXF. Led by the son of Everton Davis, Kori, the AXF spread bloodshed and confusion in the ruined Krytenian cities. Xilean troops eventually decided to return home, finding no reason to invade and inhabit this now neutral territory.
Modern History : The Reclamation
A Starblaydia-led peacekeeping effort helped reduce the Fatwah's presence in southwest Calania. Within four years of their migration, the Krytenian leader an peoples innovatively moved the entire new nation, piece by piece, back onto the more southerly and westerly areas of old Krytenia, moving buildings and infrastructure in a way resembling both flat-pack furniture and a giant game of Tetris. The entire operation took eighteen months, however there soon appeared a snag. The Atlantian Oceania Council granted an area of land smaller than that actually populated by the Krytenian people. A swathe of towns and cities to the north of the country, known as the "Outer Cities", were left effectively stateless, and despite fervent politicking from the Krytenian authorities, the AO Council made sur these pleas fell on deaf ears. It was only when the Outer Cities were granted to Bedistan that things started moving apace. A Krytenian delegation travelled to Bedistan, and after barely fifteen minutes of negotiations, had secured the Outer Cities for Krytenia. Eighteen months later, the area formally became the province of the Northern Lands. Meanwhile to the south, the collapsing of Nova Mercia was handed over to Krytenia by a panicked Mercian government.
Meanwhile, in the mountainous Gar-Hallad province of Starblaydia, four nations were forming an alliance known as the Strategic Alliance of Autocratic States (SAAS). Traditional Krytenian allies Abattoir and Starblaydia, and traditional Krytenian enemies Xile and Nova Roma, had decided to pool their resources in an attempt to dominate the region. This new alliance would soon come up against the potentially dangerous Federation of Like-Minded States (FLMS). But the then-neutral Krytenians had other scores to settle. Krytenian intelligence agents commandeered the private jet of Xilean President, Adonis Lauir. Lauir boarded the jet and took off, not even realising the plane had been hijacked until mere minutes before landing in Krytenia. Lauir was arrested on exiting the plane, and held in Krytenia to await trial. Mere days later, and Chairman Warzycha was in Lavingrad, Abattoir, having been invited to the formal founding of SAAS. There, he agreed a peace with interin Xilean leader Karl Tiresen, and along with the leaders of the original four nations and Nojika, signed the Lavingrad Pact. A loophole in the law saw Lauir released a week after the signing - though conspiracy theorists believe this is a cover-up and that Lauir was sprung by Xilean Intelligence. Warzycha continued to strive for peace until his tragic death, whereupon his successor, Andrew Hessenthaler, continued the good work.
Modern History : Age Of Presidents
However, Hessenthaler could see that the days of the Cahirman would not keep the masses happy forever. So, he had it written into his will that there was to be a free election for the new title of President, and this new official would have carte blanche to reshape the nation. The election was won by Nationalist Democrat candidate Dominique Domasca, who introduced the 2032 Krytenian Constitution and introduced the first inklings of democracy to the nation. Krytenia, and the world as a whole, awaits where the nation will go from this most intriguing of crossroads.
Krytenia is, for the first time, a true republic, with the people electing a president for a life term, and thirty-seven Governors (who constitute the National Assembly) for a term of four years. The President appoints his or her own Cabinet from these thirty-seven.
There are currently six national political parties in Krytenia. The Krytenian Nationalist Party (KNP) wish to restore the one-party state of Chairmen Davis, Warzycha, and Hessenthaler. The Nationalist Democrats (ND) believe in the current system of democratic local government and semi-democracy in national government. The Liberal Alliance (LA) wish to create a democratic republic with elected leaders and a true National Assembly, whereas the Universal Democrats (UD) want to do away with Parliament completely and have every law passed through a general referendum.
There are also two more extreme parties. The Socialist Democratic Party are a left wing party who would like to see the State control more of the economy. Meanwhile, the Antixilean National Front are a single-issue party who would like to see the Krytenian state invade Xile and capture Adonis Lauir.
The Krytenian people are predominately Caucasian, however other races make up approximately a quarter of the population. Religion is rarely practiced, places of worship are few, and racism has been almost entirely stamped out.
After many decades of restraint, the Krytenian economy is one of the fastest growing anywhere. International exports are many, while imports are mainly of raw materials.
Agriculture & Fisheries
Farming still employs around eight percent of the workforce, mainly in the more rural areas. Dairy farms supply almost 90% of the nation’s demand for milk, cheese and similar products; meanwhile, wheat, barley and potatoes are the major crops. Sheep farming is also common – minted roast lamb is the nation’s national dish. Fish has never been a major foodstuff in Krytenia, however the haddock-rich Midland Channel does see some Krytenian trawlers, mainly working for export.
Forestry is a major (but managed) industry in the nation, with Krytenia being one of the world’s largest producers of paper and card. Wood is also a big earner, and several Krytenian shipyards have specialists in restoring tall ships due to the abundance of timber in the area.
The power of the atom lights the way for Krytenia’s industry. Its network of nuclear power stations supply ninety percent of the nation’s industry, which is made up largely of textiles, steel (much of it made from Sarzonian iron) and transport vehicles. Aerospace and electronics are newer growth industries in the nation. Mining is made up mainly of slate mining in the north, and silver mining in southeast Nova Mercia.
The Midland Channel dividing the two halves of the nation has led to the boat being king for many centuries in Krytenia, and as such it has more registered ferries than any other nation. More recently, the road and rail networks on both sides of the Channel have been greatly upgraded, whilst the rise of Avidair has made air travel cheaper for domestic flights.
Communications & Media
The telephone industry, like the other utilities, was state-owned until the 1978 Revolution. KDC (formerly KryTel) still officially owns the physical lines and is responsible for their repair. The use of mobile phones in the nation is taken pretty much for granted nowadays, and improvements to both landline and cellular networks mean that both broadband and 3G technologies are becoming more common. Radio and television is regulated by an independent watchdog, with both analogue and digital television available. The Krytenian Broadcast Service (KBS) are the state broadcaster, however are not shown any preferential treatment by the Government.
Health & Welfare
Healthcare, for the most part, is free, though private healthcare is also an option. Eye tests are free for all, while prescriptions and dental care is free for minors and the over-70s. Standards are kept high, which may account for the longer lifespan of the average Krytenian.
Education is also free, and compulsory for those aged between five and sixteen. Secondary education is also free for 16-18 year olds, whilst higher education is paid for by Government-backed student loans, payable after the student leaves university.
See also: Strategic Alliance of Autocratic States
|Krytenia: National Data|
|Land Area:||821,550 sq.km/317,200 sq.mi|
|Average Temperature (Jan):||8°C/46°F|
|Average Temperature (Jul):||24°C/75°F|
|Form Of Government:||Unicameral multiparty federal republic|
|Armed Forces:||Army 1,580,000; Navy 678,000; Air Force 420,000|
|Largest Cities (in millions, 2035):||Everton City (39.75), Avidia (21.38), Bromham (18.32), Tyfield (16.85), Ousevale (16.71), New Osteria (14.35), Leston (14.02), Simpson (14.00)|
|Ethnic Composition:||Caucasian 75.2%, Hispanic 13.6%, Afro-Caribbean 9.8%, Indian Asian 1.1%, other 0.3%|
|Religious Affilations:||Nonreligious 73.4%, Protestant Christian 9.3%, Orthodox Christian 6.2%, Roman Catholic 4.8%, Muslim 5.1%, Hindu 0.8%, other 0.4%|
|Currency:||one Credit (€K) = 100 centimals|
|GNP per capita (2035)||$32,000|
|GDP (2035)||$126 trillion|
|Life Expectancy At Birth:||84.6 (M), 86.1 (F)|
|Major resources:||Timber, paper, slate, silver, uranium, iron/steel, textiles|
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