| The Harmonious Federation of Baranxtu|
Murţik Ayaru Bāraŋxēiṭ
Flag of Baranxtu
| Murtikainīa bagraf ā zanteruf ā ajajaf.|
United for peace, justice and harmony.
|Official Languages:||Asvānēica, Baranxeï, English, French, Nidajii, Baranxtuan Sign Language|
|Unofficial languages:||Qi, Ñiri, Chicoutim, others|
|Heads of State:||King Ateni and King Iðari of Baranxtu|
|Head of Government:||Prime Minister Aimala Boulea|
|National Animal:||Baranxtuan Tiger|
|National Colors:||blue and green|
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|1 Aimau = 100 Pavta|
|Constitution:||Constitution of the Baranxtuan Federation|
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|National Anthem:||Ma Baranxtu|
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The Harmonious Federation of Baranxtu is a well-developed nation located on the Southern Continent of the International Democratic Union. Bordered by the Sea of Agrimai in the north and west, the Strait of Hima in the southwest and the Bay of Baranxtu in the south, Baranxtu has developed strong maritime trade bonds with many other nations which remain firmly in place today. It shares a maritime border with Otea which lies across the Strait of Hima and is bordered in the southeast by Jonquiere-Tadoussac and Cikoutimi. Much of the land across its eastern border still belongs to the Unclaimed Lands.
Baranxtu is a democratic federal constitutional monarchy with a strong parliament. It is made up of eleven regular provinces, one city state, three metropolitan provinces and three autonomous provinces. In addition, the New Territories (a claim that is not recognized by all nations) comprise two further autonomous provinces.
Originally a staunchly conservative and almost fanatically religious colony of the Kingdom of Baranxtu, it is today a self-proclaimed multi-cultural, liberal and progressive country that embraces the now indigenous diversity of cultures, languages and traditions of the peoples living within the country.
Main article: History of Baranxtu
The forerunners of the modern country of Baranxtu were the three colonies founded by Baranxtiman and Asuanituan settlers in the late 17th century; the official founding didn't take place until 1690. Over the course of the next century, tensions and conflicts with indigenous states escalated steadily, culminating in a series of wars which resulted in a rapid gain of territory for the new political entity. The aggressive politics of the theocratic government of the colony resulted in the mother country ultimately severing its ties to Baranxtu in 1792.
The emerging nation declared itself the Theocracy of Baranxtu and instituted even more oppressive policies, which led to increasing dissatisfaction among the population. A civil war between the theocrativ government and a loose alliance of revolutionary forces broke out in 1810 and ended in 1814. The country was refounded as a constitutional monarchy under Siñiari I of Baranxtu.
Calls for a full democratization of the country grew louder over the next few decades, climaxing in the reconstitution of Baranxtu as the Most Serene Republic of Baranxtu (Furanē An-Maona Baranxtivau). Although remaining a monarchy, the monarch was stripped of almost all actual powers.
The 19th century also saw a continuation of conflicts with the native countries and tribes, and the enlargement of Baranxtu. This partly led to the Second Baranxtuan Civil War from 1876 to 1879, when the Queen Regnant Peiara revoked the constitution. She and her armies were defeated after brutal conflict, ending with her execution and the ascension to the throne of her daughter Harma. Her subsequent reign saw a termination of the aggressive role of Baranxtu, and a focus on rebuilding.
Baranxtu didn't start to industrialize on a large scale until the beginning of the 20th century, and it took until the 1950s for it to catch up with other industrial nations. For the most part, the 20th century was a period of stabilization and growth.
In the beginning of the 21st century, Baranxtu emerged as an active member of the IDU and the World Assembly. In 2010, a new constitution took effect, transforming the country into a federation.
Baranxtu lies in the southwest of the South Continent of the IDU.
Baranxtu's east-west extension is approximately 200km, whereas its northsouth extension is almost 1200km. Due to its dimensions, its geographical features are anything but uniform. The landscapes vary from low-lying plains to high mountain ranges and rolling hills covered by dense forests.
Inbetween, many areas are far removed from their natural state; especially the northern and southern coasts are an impressive example of city building, and cultivated land dominates much of the center of Baranxtu, especially of the province Ziaha.
Although Baranxtu is surrounded by water on three sides, the only large island close to Baranxtu is a separate country, Otea. Whereas there is a large number of islands belonging to Baranxtu, all are rather small and many are uninhabitated.
Most commercial ports of Baranxtu can be found on its northern shores, as they provide a portal to much of the rest of the IDU.
There are numerous rivers and lakes in Baranxtu. Generally, there are said to be nine major rivers in Baranxtu:
|Rinagi||ca 700 km||Bomari, Zihatu||ZI - GI - LM|
|Eyisa||ca 620 km||Irim||ZI - EI|
|Misdan||ca 550 km||On, Azir||GD - SI|
|Orina||ca 540 km||Ehean, Milaira, Ulinda||GD - ĀD - DP|
|Anpalla||ca 510 km||Sulinar, Tarenis||IZ - LV|
|Aŋara||ca 505 km||Mise||ZI - NA - GN - ĀN|
|Lata||ca 500 km||Emuri||GN - ĀN|
|Mañala||ca 430 km||Kuyara||ZI - BN - NA|
|Baranxituma||ca 300 km||-||GD - ZI - Ñ - ĀB|
Most lakes in Baranxtu are not too vast. The largest freshwater lake is Lake Phip, which lies on the northwestern edge of Abasina.
Two major mountain ranges dominate much of Baranxtu. In the west, the Adijan Mountains (or simply the Adijan) runs from southwest to the northeast, and whereas the highest points can be found in the Doristas, it extends up to Āþ-Neila. Much of the Āŋ-Doristan Adijans has been declared a sanctuary by now, and as a result of this attract many tourists each year. The Mt Azra National Park is Baranxtu's single largest reserve; it is centered around Mount Azra, which is Baranxtu's highest elevation at 4026m.
In the southeast, close to the border to Jonquiere-Tadoussac, the Halaoran Mountains run parallel to the Adijan. They once had important coal and iron beds, but they have been mostly depleted. As the much strained environment slowly recovers, temperate forests are regaining territory for the first time in decades and some parts of the Halaoran Mountains have been declared a biological reserve.
Much of the rest of Baranxtu is mostly made up of smoothly rolling hills, apart from the coastal areas which are mostly flat. Only small strips are made up of bluffs, mostly in northern Abasina and eastern Qiru.
Government of the Republic
Baranxtu is divided into 19 provinces (Baranxeï rañua, singular rañy), the highest order of political subdivisions of the country.
These are eleven provinces, three autonomous provinces, four metropolitan provinces, and one city state.
All provinces and the two metropolitan provinces of the Deioprañiva and the Leuva are further divided into regions (Baranxeï ailua, singular ailu). Only the Eishava and Siraŋe are not divided into regions.
The next subdivisions are the 1200 districts (avēzua) of Baranxtu, which are the basis for the elections of the parliament. In the two city states and the Eishava, they also take over the role of the regions. In all other provinces, they are of little actual effect.
|Official Name||Colloquial Name||Province Code||Capital|
|1||Autonomous Province of Abasina||Abasina||AB||Phip (city)|
|2||City State of Ān-Baranxiź||Ān-Baranxiź||ĀB||Ān-Baranxiź|
|3||Province of Āŋ-Dorista||Āŋ-Dorista||GD||Orinamaxista|
|4||Province of Āŋ-Neila||Āŋ-Neila||GN||Misma|
|5||Province of Āþ-Dorista||Āþ-Dorista||ĀD||Leiris|
|6||Province of Āþ-Neila||Āþ-Neila||ĀN||Nei|
|7||Province of Bari Nazer||Bari Nazer||BN||Milhaē|
|8||Metropolitan Province of the Deioprañiva||Deioprañiva||DP||Deyoprañi Make|
|9||Metropolitan Province of Eisha and the Eishava||Eishava||EI||Eisha|
|10||Province of Izana||Izana||IZ||Inar|
|11||Province of Gileğa||Gileğa||GI||Gil|
|12||Province of Halaora||Halaora||HA||Xanai|
|13||Autonomous Province of Kiru||Kiru||KI||Pnema|
|14||Province of Leumena||Leumena||LM||Timera|
|15||Metropolitan Province of Leu, the Leuva and the Southern Inarva||Leuva||LV||Leu|
|16||Province of Naïē||Naïē||NA||Naïaź|
|17||Autonomous Province of Ñiria||Ñiria||Ñ||Ansa|
|18||Metropolitan Province of the Greater Siraŋava and Nedaimēva and Siraŋe-Nedaimē Proper||Siraŋava-Nedaimēva||SI||Siraŋe|
|19||Province of Ziaha||Ziaha||ZI||Kimesa|
Regions and Districts
The provinces - with the exceptions of the Eishava and the Siraŋava-Nedaimēva - are further broken up into a number of regions (Baranxeï ailua, singular ailu), based on culture, language, history, and economy.
Finally, there are the districts (avēzua). Currently, there are 1208 districts in Baranxtu Proper. They are especially important for the parliamentary elections.
There are a number of autonomous communities in Baranxtu. Similarly to autonomous provinces, they enjoy a greater degree of autonomy than other entities of an otherwise comparable level.
|Official Name||Colloquial Name||Province||Capital|
|Autonomous Traditional Baranxitśan Commune of Abasina-Lamaŋra||Abasina-Lamaŋra||AB||Lamáŋra|
|Autonomous Traditional Baranxitśan Commune of Abasina-Akērmēyē||Abasina-Akērmēyē||AB||Akørmøyø|
|Autonomous German-Baranxtuan Commune of Goldbach and Saint Boniface||Goldbach und Sankt Bonifaz||BN||Goldbach|
The New Territories of Baranxtu are comprised of a vast area that was annexed by Baranxtu in the early 2000s. This claim is not currently recognized by all nations.
The New Territories currently comprise only two provinces, although there are plans to split Āþ-Baranxtu (North Baranxtu) into more provinces.
|Official Name||Colloquial Name||Province Code||Capital|
|20||Autonomous Protectorate-Province of Āþ-Baranxtu||Āþ-Baranxtu||ĀÞ||Ciṭmān|
|21||Autonomous Province of Tarīma||Tarīma||TA||Sēpiyaj|
The New Territories are not further divided into districts; they currently are not directly represented in parliament.
Baranxtu currently has approximately 1.6 billion citizens. Due to the favorable natural conditions along the country's coasts, most population centres can be found along the shores, especially in the northeast and southeast. More than two thirds of all Baranxtuans live in urban areas, and about a third lives in the six major metropolitan areas.
|Metropolitan Area||Inhabitants (in mio)||Center||Inhabitants (in mio)|
Overall, Northern Baranxtu and Southern Baranxtu are the most densely populated regions. Only Abasina, which belongs to the north, is an exception - it is the least densely populated province of Baranxtu.
Main Article: Peoples of Baranxtu
Baranxtuan citizens belong to a number of different ethnicities, of which the major group are the so-called Colonists who account for approximately 77.9% of the overall population. This groups is made up of the descendants of the four major colonizing ethnic groups, the Baranxtimans, Asuanituans, Nidajians and French.
According to the last census, 10.8% of the population belong to one of the native peoples of Baranxtu, called the Natives. There are 23 recognized tribes, most of which belong to the Marani, the only exceptions being the Masenasi in Deioprañi Make and Āŋ-Dorista and the small group of the Phip in Abasina.
The rest of the Baranxtuan citizenship is made up of the Immigrants who mostly came frome other countries of the IDU. The largest subgroups are French and German.
By far the largest single group are the Baranxtimans who hold a small majority in the country, followed by the Asuanituans with about 15 percent. The largest Native group is the Qiri tribe, making up about 5.2% percent of the overall population.
Main Article: Languages of Baranxtu
Throughout all of Baranxtu, more than 40 languages are spoken. The most common is Baranxeï, the native language of almost two thirds of the population. Of the rest, almost all are fluent in Baranxeï as a second language.
Of all these commonly spoken languages, Asuaneï, Baranxeï, French and Nidajii are official languages on a federal level. In addition, the Baranxtuan Sign Language (Raptriẽ Baranxtalu) is recognized on a federal level as well as English. However, English has a special status; only foreign citizens and non-citizens may use it when communicating with the authorities; natives must use one of the other three languages.
However, other languages are recognized in different provinces, such as Masenar in Deiprañiva, Qi in Qiru, Siraŋe and Āŋ-Dorista.
Just as there are many different languages and ethnic groups, Baranxtu is also home to a number of different religions. About 74.3% of Baranxtuans belong to an officially recognized religion, only another 14.3% are atheists.
The largest single domination is by far the Ēmandē to which about two thirds of all Baranxtuans belong. Traditionally it is the religion of Baranxtimans and Asuanituans but it has also attracted a number of converts from other ethnic groups. As originally Baranxtu was a theocracy built based on the Holy Scriptures of this religion, it was the only allowed one for more than 200 years before the country was officially secularized in 1814.
Although the country is officially secular, there are still many connections between Baranxtuan Religion and politics. There are a number of religious parties, and a number of MPs are also priests, or were at one point.
Furthermore, the Baranxtuan monarch traditionally is also one of the High Priests of the Temple of Baranxi in Ān-Baranxiž.
Most other Baranxtuans belong to one of the Native Religions. As their beliefs are relatively similar to those of Baranxtuan Religion, they never faced as much persecution and oppression as for example Christians and thus could keep their religions alive over this 200 year period.
Only about 5% of the population identifies as Christian. As most denomination differ fundamentally from the beliefs of Baranxtuan Religion, they faced severe oppression and hostility from Baranxitunis, before and after the secularization of 1814. Especially in some rural areas, Christians still are forced to live in ghetto-like areas. In most cities, however, this is not a problem anymore.
The majority of Baranxtuan Christians are descendants of French settlers in the southeast and thus Roman Catholic. Non-Roman Catholics account for only .8% of the population.
Main Article: Flags of Baranxtu
The Federal Flag of Baranxtu has a long history, dating back at least 400 years. It originated as the Coat of Arms of the House of Ŋurīa-Eilarīa. When they took power in Baranxtu after 1814, the older flag of the theocracy - a simple yellow rectangle with an iris in the center - was dropped and the Coat of Arms was adapted into a flag. It was vertically divided into a blue and green half, rather than the modern horizontal diversion. However, a charging tiger could be found in the center and two opposing crescents in the two upper corners.
After 1860, the crescent in the upper right corner was dropped and the charging tiger was exchanged for a standing one. Also, the vertical division into a blue and a green field was changed into a horizontal one, creating the flag used today.
When Baranxtu joined the IDU, the Scales of Justice were added below the crescent to show the country's affinity to the region.
Baranxtu's national animal is the tiger. As the animal associated with the country's patron deity Baranxi, it has been so since the establishment of the colony. Baranxi's loyal companion is the tigress Zihena (or Zihana).
Although two subspecies of tigers are native to Baranxtu - the Doristan Tiger and the Halaoran Tiger - a third species was introduced by the colonists, the Baranxtuan Tiger. Originally they were kept in the gardens of the Temple District of Ān-Baranxiž, but in the 1700s, some were released into the wild, establishing a small but stable population in Baranxtu.
Tigers are also kept by the Royal Family. In Ān-Baranxiž, Siraŋe, Deioprañi-Make and Neila, the vast Royal Gardens are the home of a few tigers who have been accostumed to humans from a young age thereby rendering them relatively tame. Owning of tigers by private persons, however, has been outlawed.
Due to their special status originally within Baranxtuan Religion, tigers have always enjoyed a status of protection; harming a tiger was severely punished. Although the death sentence for such an act was abolished in 1814, tiger hunting remained forbidden. As a result, none of the three subspecies of tigers in Baranxtu is currently considered endangered.
The iris is the national flower of Baranxtu. It is found in the Coat of Arms, on some coins and on decorations and medals awarded by the Baranxtuan government.
The history of the iris in Baranxtuan culture is an old one. It has been associated with the god Baranxi since at least the 4th century BCE. His idols are often adorned with wreaths of irises, as are statues of his pet tigress Zihena.
The iris was made the floral emblem of Baranxtu by a decree of Queen Aŋlija in 1828 and is found in the Coat of Arms of Baranxtu. As it had been in the flag of the Theocracy of Baranxtu, it was taken out of the national flag, however.
The following holidays are recognized and celebrated throughout all of Baranxtu.
ðu unritu atenitu (Day of King Ateni): February 24
- Instituted 1992
- This is one of the two current king's birthdays. It is marked by nationwide celebrations and the king's birthday parade, the most watched annual event in Baranxtu.
ðu hētatu sohukuttu (Democracy Day): July 24
- Instituted 2005
- Following a proposal by IDU member Mikitivity, the Baranxtuan lower house passed a law on July 18, 2005 to make the 24th of July a national holidy called 'ðu hētatu sohukuttu'(lit. "day of the reign of the people").
ān-ašağētu (New Year): October 27-November 3
- Instituted 1687
- Although the republic has adopted the common era, the religion-based new year celebrations, starting on New Year's Eve on October 27 and lasting for a full week is still a national holiday. Secular parties have campaigned for its abolition, but so far, no law proposals or referends have passed due to a fierce opposition to such plans both among other parties and the population in general.
ðu unritu iðaritu (Day of King Iðari): December 5
- Instituted 1992 (King's Consort Day), 2006 (King's Day)
- The birthday of the second king. Until 2006, it was celebrated as the King Consort's Birthday.
Baranxtu has well-developed motorway and railroad networks, allowing for a quick and reliable transportation to all areas of the country. As the railroad network has been regularly expanded and is well maintained, the majority of goods transport still takes place via train instead of by truck.
Until the 1970s, there were only two major motorways, the FE Nei-Misma-Eisha-Leu and the FE Inar-Eisha-Siraŋe-Ān-Baranxiž-Leiris. Since then, an extensive program has seen the construction of the modern network of Federal Expressways and Federal Highways. Seven of the former and seventeen of the latter provide a connection of all major parts of Baranxtu.
In addition, a number of provincial motorways exist which tie also more remote places to the general highway network.
The high-capacity railroad system is operated by the state-owned Vimhanpritē Baranxtala (Baranxtuan Railroad), which provides regular services to most of the tracks; in the last decades, only few have been abandoned.
Apart from normal train service on the routes, a special inter-city express service exists. It consists of high velocity trains that travel between the major cities of Baranxtu.
Almost all larger metropolitan areas are served by a rail metro system; in many cities there is usually also an underground network often connected with older tram systems. Urban and overland bus services are ubiquitous and almost unexceptionally well maintained.