|Our Trade Minister Socks the Cat will eat your Cabinet|
|Official languages||English, Dutch|
|Government type||Half-autocratic half-representitive train wreck|
|Head of Government||Premier Meia Winter (autocratic)|
|National animal||Casaran Red Tiger|
|Currency||Selari (1 Selari = 20 Numari = 320 Telari)|
|Time Zone||GMT -0700|
|International sporting abbreviation||CAS|
The Confederated Colonies of Casari is a parliamentary democracy located in Atlantian Oceania. The nation is currently plagued with developmental issues, particularly the state and construction of infrastructure and the population's slight over-enjoyment of intoxicating beverages.
Casari was originally founded as the colony of Ashford, a company-owned shipping and repair colony, in order to serve as a waypoint for transport ships to pick up supplies as they ventured towards the more populated parts of the former empire. Life in the colony rotated around agriculture and forestry, in order to support the vital shipping industry.
In I.Y. 954, the colony was appropriated by the crown and was placed under the command of Crown Governor J.T. Frali and become the home of the 17th Colonial Army Regiment, formed in order to protect the now vital port as more and more of the nation's colonial trade was transferred between the nation's growing series of ports, as Tyrellia, Carlisle and Kota were founded to increase the colony's trading ability. Slowly, expeditions into the interior of the island to determines other uses for the large amount of unclaimed land were prepared and sent, but as the interior looked less and less promising, focus turned back to the colony's role in trade, except for a quiet mining town of Tyir, founded in the West Highlands.
For 100 years, until I.Y. 1085, the colony was one of the Empire's crown jewels. However, advances in technology and new, more profitable colonies in other areas left Ashford and the other colonial cities in slow decline. New rich veins of minerals were discovered in Tyir and an increasing agricultural base forced the population to move inland.
As the primary purpose of Ashford and the other colonies was no longer needed, poverty began to take a hold on the colonies, due to improper planning and the lack of Imperial interest in a colony in a no-longer-profitable area. In I.Y. 1130, sentiment among colonists had hit an all time low and the citizens of Tyrellia attacked the fort of the 17th Colonial Regiment. The fort fell without a fight, the soldiers being local themselves and the city was declared the Free State of Tyrellia. The other colonial cities declared themselves Free States in the following weeks and after meetings in the Tyrellian Town Hall between the various cities, the Confederated Colonies were formed.
Casari is split into eight seperate regions.
- The Colonies: Consists of the original Colonial cities and other, more modern cities, founded along Casari's West Coast. The landscape is dominated by hilly, forested terrain.
- The Silver Coast: Has many low-lying coastal plains which are subject to routine rains.
- The West Highlands: The West Highlands has many of Casari's highest mountains and is populated by scattered mining towns. Spends several months of the year under moderate to heavy snow.
- The East Highlands: The lower mountains and generally rocky terrain of the East Highlands are usually spared from heavy snow.
- The Northwest Islands: Several large and open semi-tropical islands make up the Northwest islands.
- The Northeast Islands: As opposed to the Northwest Islands, the smaller and much more numerous Northeastern Islands are densely forested and home to much of Casari's exotic species of flora and fauna.
- The Midlands: The Midlands are flat, continental plain, unworthy of attention except for its lack of features.
- The East Coast: The East Coast, unlike the other two, is full of small inlets, bogs and swamps.
These Regions are then split into counties, a full list of which is available at the List of Casaran Counties
Weather in Casari consists of the rainy seasons, which take place in both the spring and the fall and the dry, which usually come during the summer and winter.
Casari claims exclusive maritime rights out to 50 Nautical Miles, including both fishing and undersea mineral rights.
High and Low Points
- Highest point- Mount Kelsari, 12,394 ft
- Lowest point- Sea Level, 0 ft
The people of Casari are the Karin, a human/near human race notable for it's considerable eccentricity and minor physical and biological variations. However, most visitors to the nation unaware of the differences beforehand would find it difficult to notice.
- Noun: Casaran(s)
- Adjective: Casaran
The national language of Casari is English. However, many dialects spoken by Casarans have incorporated terms from other languages as slang to the point where communication between people from different regions could have difficulty understanding each other.
The naming of national holidays resides with the office of the Prime Minister who has the ability to declare any day a national holiday. While several days are nominated as tradition, the whims of the Prime Minister can result in the nomination of various odd holidays, as seen recently with "Qualification day", declared after Casari qualified for the 25th edition of the World Cup.
- January 14th- Revolution Day
- April 22nd- Unification Day
- August 1st- Election Day
- September 14th- National Service Day
Main Article: The Government of Casari
The Government of Casari is a complicated system with an Executive branch centered on the autocratic Premier and the title holders underneath her, and a legislative branch consisting of a single elected body, the National Assembly, which nominates a Prime Minister, who then selects the cabinet members to head the various government departments.
The Cabinet consists of the Twenty ministers who are appointed by the National Assembly (Prime Minister) or nominated (all others).
- Prime Minister
- Deputy Prime Minister
- Foreign Minister
- Defense Minister
- Justice Minister
- Commerce Minister
- Interior Minister
- Treasury Minister
- Health Minister
- Education Minister
- Culture Minister
- Labor Minister
- Science Minister
- Housing Minister
- Trade Minister
- Agriculture Minister
- Industry Minister
- Environment Minister
- Transportation Minister
- Energy Minister
Political Life in Casari centers around several major Political Parties and a large number of Minor parties, some of which are below.
The transit system in Casari relies on a variety of roads, rails and airstrips to move people from city to city and is currently the focus of a billion-selari project to improve the nation's infrastructure.
A variety of roadways exist in Casari, all with varying levels of access and volume capabilities.
Expressways are limited-access high-speed roads, usually consisting of 3 or more lanes in each direction. Expressways are monitored and the speed limit controlled from several regional control centers to provide the best possible traffic flow and safety conditions. In clear weather and with minimal traffic, the speed limit can reach up to 105 miles per hour, although it is usually much lower. Expressways currently connect all major cities in Casari and are signified by their Red, White and Blue Signs.
National Highways are 4-lane roads with no stop signs or lights. In some areas, such as around cities, Highways are nearly identical to expressways, but in more remote areas normal roads could have direct connections to local roads. The lowest maximum speed limit on highways is 65 miles per hour, which is usually raised to 70 or 75 on most roads. Highways connect many minor cities and are signified by white and black signs.
Barony and County roads are controlled and maintained by the local governments and connect most small towns. The usual speed limit on these roads is 55-60 miles per hour.
Mountain and Coastal Routes
Mountain and Coastal Routes are roads managed by the federal government, noticeable by their triangular yellow signs. Mountain and Coastal Routes are roads Highway level or below which have been deemed either "dangerous to traverse" or "Remote but crucial to National Security and functioning." Routes that experience routine dense fog, heavy snow, are forced to run along mountainsides or next to sheer cliffs, are susceptible to flooding, or are rarely frequented or irregularly patrolled by Police due to their remote location can all be nominated Mountain or Coastal Routes. Problems with these routes are many coastal and mountain towns are only accessible through them, leaving these towns easily cut off in a natural disaster, or people on these roads in a dangerous situation in case of a mechanical malfunction or medical emergency.
While its Road system is in relative disrepair, the rail system is well-maintained and serviced by a number of rail companies who competitively bid on routes between cities.
Air travel between cities takes place by many small airlines flying small to medium sized propeller and jet aircraft. Many small towns have airstrips and small airports, but the large runways necessary to handle large Passenger aircraft only exist at Casari's few International Airports.
Sea travel is available through many small companies to other ports in Casari along with neighboring nations.
For Information about Casari's Media outlets, see: Media in Casari
Telephones are present in virtually all homes in Casari, since Telephone service was added to the National Utilities Act, which requires basic services necessary to live to be provided to as many Casarans as possible.
Telephone Numbers are given locally in two blocks of three digits. For example, 123-456. For long-distance calling, a prefix block of four digits is dialed first. For instance, 1234-123-456. No phone numbers in Casari may contain 3 repeating digits, as these are reserved for emergency and information services. 333 is the number for emergency services, while 555 is usually information services.
Mail service is another mandatory service available to most Casarans. All houses on postal routes are numbered to ensure proper mail service. Casaran addresses are formatted on five lines, one for house number, street, town, county and Postal Code. For example:
145 Douglas Street Tyrellia Whitefox 100-131
Main article: Education in Casari
The Casaran education system consists of a complicated system in order to provide the best and most appropriate education to the most students, using a branched system providing specialty classes to students based on their chosen profession.