|Motto: Robur prae adversitas|
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| Official languages
Spanish, Greek, German, Syokaji
| Other languages
spoken by at least 100 million
|Largest city||Sonoma City|
|Establishment||June 1, 2003|
|GDP (2100 est.)
|CHDI (2099)||.876 (high) (unofficial estimate)|
|Currency|| 265.14 bakrani (þ) = 1 ounce of gold|
þ1 = 100 cents (c)
|Time Zone|| AOTC±0000|
(Calania and Verdena portions),
(western Evestigatus portion),
(Paleoparipia and eastern Evestigatus portions)
|Internet TLD||.bd, .bds|
|International sporting abbreviation||BDS|
The Grand Dominion of Bedistan (Noterelenda: Domine'da Grádire Bédistem, Spanish: El Gran Dominio de Bédistan, Greek: 'η Μεγάλη Εξουσία του Βεδιστάν) was one of the largest and economically strongest nations in the region of Atlantian Oceania. The nation gained independence on June 1, 2003 and ceased to exist circa 2110.
All information provided below is for historical reference only and most of it is no longer accurate.
Mainland Bedistan lay at the southern end of Calania, the largest landmass in Atlantian Oceania, stretching all the way from the west coast to the east coast. The nation also consists of portions on the continents of Verdena, Paleoparipia and Evestigatus. Bedistan consists of a total of thirty-three political divisions, known as provinces, in addition to the Federal District, where the capital of Columbia is located.
Most of Bedistan is relatively flat, with some hills in the northern provinces. Bedistan has ample coastlines, and its beaches are extremely popular due to the nation's constant warm climate.
Bedistan has a population of 6.537 billion as of January 2100, with well over 90% of that in urban environments, as space effectively prohibits non-urban settings these days.
West Bedistan is bordered by Abattoir to the northwest, the Lowland Clans to the north, Pedriana to the northeast, Sarzonia to the east by water, Crystilakere to the southeast by water, Bettia to the south, Nedalia and Krytenia to the southwest, and Xile to the west by water. East Bedistan is bordered by Lontorika to the northwest, Imminent Implosion to the east, and the Unified Capitalizt States and International City to the west.
Provinces and major cities
- Federal District, national capital Columbia
- Paruvia, capital Dennis
- Neshoba, capital Alexandria
- Troy, capital Ilium
- Sonoma, capital Sonoma City
- James, capital Jamestown
- Solara, capital Eastfield
- Sonobago (소노바고), capital Sonobago Dosi (소노바고 도시)
- Lolestu (로렛투), capital Sokojiwa Dosi (소코지와 도시)
- Grant, capital Grant City
- Hampton, capital Hampton
- Jackson, capital Graceville
- Konila, capital Neue Livinable
- West Koveria, capital Neue Metrewalk
- East Koveria, capital Neue Kleinestadt
- Fulton, capital Woodruff
- Novaria, capital New Town
- Spalding, capital Griffin
- Hyatt, capital New Haverford
- Carinia, capital San Solari
- Lincolnshire, capital Dionte
- Northwind, capital Eagle's Rest
- Kiusagad, capital Beaagkh
- Uropia, capital IJsselmeer
- Henderson, capital Hendersonburg
- Makarida, capital Kenie
- Notelara, capital Kikiö
- Réplukanz, capital Werd
- Tingitana, capital Savana
- Sutelara, capital Kumbara
- Fargama, capital Apto
- Aïstsokoqiuä, capital Eskoji
- Karakós, capital Dinteo
- Arjenibrúk, capital Snolaï
Columbia is Bedistan's capital and second largest city, located at the far southern end of the mainland territory. Other major cities include Sonoma City, the largest city and entertainment capital of the nation; Hampton, Bedistan's economic powerhouse; and New Lusambo, a prime vacation spot and international port.
Most of Bedistan has a tropical climate; thus it is very warm or hot practically all year round. There tends to be quite a bit of precipitation, especially during the summer, when it is almost guaranteed to occur every afternoon in great downpours due to the heat and humidity.
- Neue Metrewalk, West Koveria, Bedistan
- July high: 82.2°F (27.9°C)
- July low: 63.6°F (17.6°C)
- January high: 67.5°F (19.7°C)
- January low: 49.5°F (9.7°C)
- Annual precipitation: 34.42 in (874 mm)
- Sonoma City, Sonoma, Bedistan
- July high: 94.2°F (34.6°C)
- July low: 70.3°F (21.3°C)
- January high: 74.3°F (23.5°C)
- January low: 53.8°F (12.1°C)
- Annual precipitation: 47.21 in (1199 mm)
- New Lusambo, Henderson, Bedistan
- July high: 91.9°F (33.3°C)
- July low: 76.7°F (24.8°C)
- January high: 73.4°F (23.0°C)
- January low: 62.7°F (17.1°C)
- Annual precipitation: 58.23 in (1479 mm)
Bedistan's economy is one of the strongest in Atlantian Oceania, with the United Nations categorizing it as "Frightening" since the late 2000s. Bedistan's per capita gross domestic product is roughly þ30,750. Most government funds are spent on commerce, with Bedistan's automobile manufacturing industries regularly receiving large government handouts. Income taxes are virtually nonexistent.
See also: Flags of Bedistan
Colonial times and revolution
The land once known as Bedistan was first settled in 1963 and officially colonized in 1970 by the United States of America. Three attempted colonial uprisings between 1987 and 2000 were unsuccessful, but on June 1, 2003, the Empire of Bedistan was officially formed. At first, the Empire was ruled by a dictator whose name was never known. He was finally ousted on November 7, 2004, and Scott Henderson became the president of the newly renamed Democratic Republic three days later. Some conspiracy theorists believe that the unnamed dictator and Henderson were in fact one and the same, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.
Origin of the nation's name
Prior to independence, Bedistan was known simply as American Paripana. Upon gaining independence, the people chose to name the new nation in honor of revolutionary leader B.D. Gibson. Gibson's first and middle initials are the origin of the first half of the nation's name. Bedistan was the most popular choice out of several options, including Bedinia and Bidgica among others.
Paripana, the original name of the region now known as Terranordalis, did not take long to erupt into war, as Lontorican threats to shoot down aircraft in the now-defunct Baetica, Commerce Heights, and Bedistan caused the First Paripanan War to break out on November 26, 2005. The Lontorican leader was quick to propose peace terms to the allied forces, however, and the war would end the very next day. No Bedistani casualties were suffered during the war.
The expansion years
Tingitana and West Jativa
In 2006, Bedistan began to expand by colonizing the easternmost part of Paripana's southern continent, but the very next year this area would gain independence and become the nation of Tingitana. In 2015, Jativa left the region, and the Jativan Islands were divided among Commerce Heights, Bedistan, and Baetica. The Bedistani portion of the islands became the state of West Jativa in 2016.
Throughout the 2010s, both Bedistan and Commerce Heights were actively researching space travel. Bedistan made a great breakthrough in the FTL field, which enabled Bedistan to colonize the distant planet of Nótereth (literally, new world) in 2018. Contact was lost with the Nótereth colony, though, and nobody knows what may have become of it.
The nations surrounding Bedistan tended to be particularly unstable, and as a result Bedistan often had to annex land from fallen governments for the goodwill of the people living there. When the first incarnation of the United Siokaji Consortium, which consisted of Sokojito and Sokojiwa, ceased to exist in 2028, Bedistan annexed the western third of Sokojiwa. When Paripana became Terranordalis, Baetica's Jativan Islands were divided between Commerce Heights and Bedistan. Bedistan would later lay claim to another portion of the Southern Continent next to an area of Lontorican territory and south of Khiousagahd. Upon Khiousagahd's dissolution in 2053, Bedistan annexed the central and northeastern areas of its land to effectively connect the whole nation with the exception of West Jativa. The nations of Silverbrook and Karacos ceased to exist in early 2064, and in order to prevent complete anarchy there, Bedistan took control of all of Silverbrook and the northern half of Karacos (the southern half of Karacos went to Imminent Implosion). Lontorica and Tarraconesis ceased to exist in early 2066. Bedistan took control of the eastern portion of mainland Lontorica and Lontorican territory on the Southern Continent, while Commerce Heights took over western Lontorica and northern Tarraconesis.
In 2070, an unexpected invasion by Tingitana, Bedistan's former colony, forced Bedistan to leave its longtime home of Terranordalis, moving to new land in Atlantian Oceania. In a year-long process, citizens and supplies were transported by sea to the new location with help from Starblaydia, Druida, Pedriana, Legalese, and Chacor. Bedistan's cities and networks were rebuilt as closely as possible to their original ways, though there are some differences between the new land and the old. Bedistan began to integrate into the region quickly, becoming a member of the Federation of Like-Minded States in 2071.
International relations and interactions
Bedistan, along with several other neighboring nations, was always a fierce enemy of the Republic of Aquilla in The New Meritocracy until it ceased to exist in 2053.
For most of its existence, Bedistan has been isolationist in practically all affairs except those of sport, though that has changed somewhat since the move to Atlantian Oceania. Bedistan has been a participant in the World Cup ever since its fifth incarnation played in Tanah Burung in Bedistani year 2006 and has since made a record six semifinal appearances. Bedistan and Oglethorpia co-hosted World Cup 8 in 2018, and Bedistan also co-hosted World Cup 18 in 2058 with Eauz. As yet, Bedistan's sporting teams boast four major championships, having won Under-21 World Cups 4 and 6 in Total n Utter Insanity, Eagle's Cup 4 in The Eagles Nest, and World Cup 21 in Cockbill Street and Lethislavania. Bedistani athletes also won fourteen medals at the 20081 Summer Olympics in Kaza, Kaze Progressa before competition was canceled.
Bedistan has been a member of the World Cup Committee since 2015 and is also a member of the NationStates International Olympic Committee General Congress (NSIOC-GC). In addition, Bedistan has recently applied for admittance into the G-16, an economic alliance consisting of nations with some of the strongest economies in all NationStates.
People and culture
The majority of Bedistanis are Caucasian, and about 65 percent of the population is of American descent. Other ethnicities, such as British, German, and Korean, are also relatively common. Most British live in the northern and northeastern parts of the country. Germans have the greatest concentration in the northwest, but a sizable number can also be found in the islands of the far southeast. Koreans and other Asians are most numerous in east central Bedistan. Other nationalities, including French and Greek, can be found in significant numbers in certain parts of the nation.
Sports and entertainment
The national sport of Bedistan is football. Bedistan finally won World Cup 21 in 2070, its seventeenth attempt to do so, and has since also won World Cups 26 and 27. In addition to the main national team, Bedistan has reinstated its under-21 national team, which won two Under-21 World Cups before its temporary dissolution.
In addition to the national teams, Bedistan has a very strong league system. The Bedistani leagues are integrated with the International Association Football League, and a total of 86 professional clubs compete in it and the other Bedistani domestic leagues.
English is Bedistan's primary language, and is spoken by about 97% of the population. Spanish is also fairly widespread, but is predominantly heard along the coast near Columbia. It is spoken by nearly 40% of the population. Classical Greek is one of the newer languages in Bedistan, ironically enough, and is mainly spoken in Kiusagad province. Noterelenda, at one time planned to replace all Bedistani languages, has gained modest popularity and is spoken fluently by about 60% of the population, a number that continues to rise. Noterelenda is most widely used in the islands of Henderson province.
Various dialects have also developed as a result of cultural intermingling near national borders. Many northwesterners speak German to some extent, and it is also somewhat understood in the Port Lusambo area. English is the only language widely understood in many parts of the northeast, and it is often spoken with a British-like accent there. There are also very small French- and Latin-speaking minorities along the east coast, stemming from the old days of Baetica. More recently, some easterners have begun speaking Pacitalian, likely a result of Bedistan's proximity to Sarzonia, where many speak the language.
Official languages by province
Spanish is an official language in the provinces of Neshoba, Troy, and Paruvia in southeastern Mainland Bedistan. Greek is an official language in Kiusagad province. German is one of the newest languages to receive official recognition in Bedistan, having been made an official language of the provinces of Konila and West and East Koveria in 2090. Syokaji was finally, after many decades of prodding, added as an official language of Lolestu and Sonobago in 2094.
There are a number of officially recognized government holidays in Bedistan:
- January 1
- New Year's Day
- February 17
- President's Day
- March 16
- Evacuation Day, the day on which Bedistan and its people were forced to flee from the invading Tingitanan forces
- March 21
- Winter's End Celebration - although winter in Bedistan is not particularly cold, most of its people tend to be very fond of warm summertime weather.
- June 1
- Independence Day
- November 7
- Democracy Day - also known as Election Day, self-explanatory
- November 27
- Memorial Day
- December 24-31
- Winter Festival - Bedistan's attempt at a religiously-neutral way of celebrating the holidays
Public education in Bedistan starts at the age of five and is structured in such a way that ideally, all students are adequately prepared for their chosen profession by the time they complete school. The drawback to this is that a student must make a career decision relatively early in life.
For more information, please see Education in Bedistan.
Bedistani telephone numbers consist of eleven digits in the following format: pp-dd-lll-nnnn.
pp is the province code, which in most cases lies within the range 01 to 25, corresponding to Bedistan's twenty-four provinces plus the Federal District. For instance, the Federal District is represented by the code 01, while Henderson province is represented by the code 25.
dd is the district code, which lies within the range 01 to 99. A district, for purposes of telephone number assignment, is a geographical division one step below a province. Not all provinces have the full 99 districts. For instance, within the province of Sonovago (province code 05), Sonovago City is represented by the district code 16, while Ukto-li is represented by the district code 59.
lll is the local area code, which lies within the range 001 to 999. Typically, these are assigned on a city-by-city basis. The smallest cities may receive only one area code, but the vast majority of cities have several (in the case of the largest cities, they may even have over a thousand, requiring them to be represented by more than one district code).
Finally, nnnn is the number assigned to an individual line within a local area code. Thus, the phone number of a major office building in Sonoma City might be 09-15-325-4504.
To reach a Bedistani phone line from outside the country, one must first dial Bedistan's country code, which is 13. Thus, to reach a government office in Columbia from a Vilitan government office, one might dial 13-01-46-346-2323.
Special province codes
Certain "province codes" are actually reserved for other purposes. Province code 80 is used for toll-free lines, but these have become so numerous that they have expanded to 81, 82, and 83. Currently, the range 80-89 is reserved for future expansion of this system. Similarly, province code 90 is used for higher-toll lines.
Dialing the number 0000 will automatically connect you to local emergency services. To safeguard against accidental use of this feature, no portion of a valid telephone number can consist entirely of zeroes.
FM radio is broadcast in Bedistan over the range of frequencies from 87.8 MHz to 108.0 MHz. It is divided into channels with midpoint frequencies in intervals of 200 kHz from 87.9 MHz to 107.9 MHz. Government regulations exist to make sure stations broadcast at similar frequencies in separate locations do not interfere with each other, but apart from that radio in Bedistan is more or less free.
Digital cable services are available in all parts of the nation at low cost. Such packages include local channels that primarily provide news and weather reports as well as national channels such as BNN and BSTV.
Government and politics
Bedistan has been led by a president ever since 2004. Presidents are elected to six-year terms, and the Constitution states that no president may serve more than one term in office. The president serves as both head of state and head of government.
The legislative branch is known as the Senate, and it is a unicameral body of 245 senators, ten representing each of Bedistan's twenty-four provinces and five representing the Federal District. Bedistan has preserved the American election format, with the people voting for individual candidates rather than parties as a whole. Senators are elected to two-year terms and are allowed to serve up to five terms, or ten years total.
There are six main political parties in Bedistan: the Democratic Party, the Progressive Party, the Capitalist Party, the Socialist Party, the Reform Party, and the Green Party. Ever since political parties were officially introduced in 2036, the Capitalist Party has spent nearly half the time in power. Esther Marchese won re-election to her second and third terms as president on the Capitalist ticket in 2036 and 2038, and her successor Sandra Fleischer was also a Capitalist. There was then a period of constantly shifting power. The Green Party briefly assumed control with Jamie Penaloza's election in 2046, then independent candidate Vernon Schultheis shocked the nation by garnering over ninety percent of the popular vote in 2048. The Socialist Party's Antwan Telman took over in 2050, but he was exceedingly unpopular and finished third in the 2052 election. The Capitalists gained the reins of power again through Edgardo Ronnie, but he too lasted only one term. Next came twelve years of Democratic Party control in the form of Shelba Feazelle and Gail Luffy, each of whom served three terms. The Progressive Party's only turn at the presidency began in 2066 with the election of Patrick Morgan, who served four years. Dean Willis' ascension to the presidency in 2070 due to Morgan's incapacitation put the Capitalists back in the spotlight.
Presidential elections occur in even-numbered years, and legislative elections occur in odd-numbered years. Until 2052, elections were decided wholly by the popular vote, simple plurality deciding the winner. However, due to the typically large number of candidates, many presidents were elected with less then 40 percent of the vote and sometimes less than 30 percent. In 2052, Bedistan's presidential elections switched to an electoral congress style, with a total of 215 possible votes distributed among the provinces and Federal District. Again, only a plurality was required to determine the winner, but 2052 was the only time under this system that the winner did not receive a majority (Edgardo Ronnie won 99 out of the 215 votes). Starting in 2070, the total possible number of votes was increased to 245, incorporating the redrawn provincial borders.
The system underwent another change for the 2076 elections. Election day is officially set for November 7, regardless of the day of the week. If a candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, he or she is immediately elected. If not, the top three candidates participate in a runoff on November 10. If this still does not produce a majority, the top two participate in a final runoff on November 14. In the event that the November 14 runoff results in a tie, the Senate decides the winner. The elected president is inaugurated on December 1.
A national referendum in 2101 resulted in an amendment to the Constitution that changed the president's term of office from two years to six, while at the same time limiting the president to one term instead of three.
Bedistan has had a nationwide freeway network in place for several decades, serving over sixty-five major cities. In addition, it features a direct link to the Bettian freeway system by means of a border crossing near Porthbalfa, south of Hendersonburg. The freeway network is officially called the National Expressway System, and in common parlance its routes are referred to by the letter X followed by the number.
- Full article: National Expressway System
Notable Bedistani airports include:
- Esther Marchese International Airport, Columbia (CLA)
- Graceville-Amissville International Airport, Graceville (GRA)
- Scott Henderson Memorial Airport, Hendersonburg (HEN)
- Hampton International Airport, Hampton (HMP)
- New Lusambo International Airport, New Lusambo (PTL)
- Sonoma City International Airport, Sonoma City (SCI)
- Sonobago International Airport, Sonobago Dosi (SNV)
- Edgewood Field, San Solari (SSL)
|The Grand Dominion of Bedistan|
|Main article: Bedistan|
|Cities: Alexandria, Columbia, Dennis, Dionte, Eastfield, Graceville, Grant City, Griffin, Hampton, Hendersonburg, IJsselmeer, Jamestown, Los Triesto, Neue Metrewalk, New Haverford, New Lusambo, Sokojiwa Dosi, Sonoma City, Washington, Woodruff|
|Provinces and districts: Carinia, East Koveria, Federal District, Fulton, Grant, Hampton, Henderson, Hyatt, Jackson, James, Kiusagad, Konila, Lincolnshire, Lolestu, Neshoba, Northwind, Novaria, Paruvia, Solara, Sonobago, Sonoma, Spalding, Troy, Uropia, West Koveria|
|More info: Education, Flags, Presidents|
|Sports: Bedistan national football team, Bedistan Premier League, University Athletic Association of Bedistan|
|Miscellaneous: Bakrani, The Bedistan Sports Digest, Scott Henderson, Esther Marchese, Noterelenda, Oliver Sloas, West Jativa|