|Motto: Etiam Mors Potior Dedecore!|
|Official Language(s)||Old Norse, Yankhan|
|- President||John Epapter|
|- Kingdom of Greenland||1589|
|- Federal Republic of Greenland||2008|
|- Total||112,046.72 sq mi|
|- % water||6%|
|- Total||$5.3 Trillion|
|- Per capita||$44, 122|
|Currency|| Krone (|
|- Summer (DST)||+2|
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The Federal Republic of Greenland, aka "Greenlandic People," is an independent, multiparty republic located in the region of Lavinium. Greenland is actually an inaccurate term applied to the island; it technically ought to be known as as New Greenland owing to the fact that the original homeland of the population of Greenland is, in fact, Greenland. Greenland has gone through stages of monarchy, autocracy, and even a period of anarchy before finally reaching a state of democratic government based upon universal suffrage and constitutional rights. Today, Greenland is emerging once again from the shadows to become a powerful and influential state in the region of Lavinium and beyond.
- Main article: History of Greenland
The original Greenland was abandoned about six centuries ago due to the lack of necessary resources in Greenland, and the severance of communication with the rest of Europe due to the advent of a minor ice age. The survivors fled Greenland and took to the sea, following ancient Inuit tribal legends in search of a land where they could settle and carve out a new civilization.
In 1467, they made landfall on Yanka Isle, which is similar in size to the original Greenland, however in terms of climate and topography it more closely resembles Iceland or northern Scotland. Over time the Greenlandic people became politically divided, and seven feudal states ruled by kings warred over control of the island and her people. A bitter civil war was fought for many decades, in which King Erik of Kraptr was ultimately victorious, enabling him to proclaim himself "King of the Norsemen and all Greenland".
This unified Greenlandic state has persisted - in many forms - until the present day. After roughly two-centuries of monarchical rule, the country entered a relatively bloodless transition to democratic government, based on Enlightenment ideals which had begun to creep into the country. The Republic proved to be no less reactionary than the monarchy, however, and by the middle of the 20th Century it too had been overthrown, supplanted by a ostensibly Communist dictatorship led by Maagnus Svalbard. Maagnus ruled Greenland unchallenged for over fifty years, until a sudden stroke took his life in 2008. A civil war erupted, in which the rebels proved victorious and a second, Federal Republic of Greenland was proclaimed.Under the Federal Republic, extensive reforms have brought Greenland renewed power and influence. Greenland has recently embarked on a campaign of colonialism, and their involvement in the Al Quidah Incident and the Bariyan War have proved that Greenland has emerged from the past six-hundred years of strife stronger than ever.
Geographyisland, and it is the largest proper island in the region of Lavinium.
The highest point in Greenland is Mount Magnus (8,129 m above sea level) and the lowest point in the Uffion Valley, which sits at a mere .9m below sea level. Elevation levels in Greenland are highly uneven, as rolling hills and depressions stretch almost uninterrupted across the island. Settlement of Greenland occurs almost entirely along the more habitable coastline, and the largest of the Greenlandic cities straddle the mouth of the Jorkell River to the north.
The majority of the Greenlandic countryside is blanketed by evergreen forests, with the trees in some areas being so dense that the temperature at ground level is actually significantly reduced. Mountains are equally common, covering the island in small chains which help to interdict the flow of clouds and precipitation across large expanses. Valleys and plains are less common, but not at all unheard of, and often where large hills or mountains prevent the development of any other sort of biome.
Climatically, Greenland falls within the subarctic classification, somewhat leaning towards the humid continental zone. It is invariably described as being cold, with a short but relatively hot summer followed closely by a cold and wet autumn. Winter lasts for many months and can be devastating, although much less so in the modern day. Precipitation is common in all seasons except the last months of spring and much of the summer. Farming occurs within sheltered valleys or along coastal rivers.
The population of Greenland is slightly small compared to most nations in the multiverse. While the Federal census maintains that the population is around 150,657,168 people, this number fails to take into account the number of Greenlandic citizens who reside in foreign countries and in Greenlandic overseas territory such as Pegasus Island and Markland. With them included, the total number of Greenlandic citizens is actually around 150,923,812. This population is almost entirely concentrated along the coastline, where access to the sea - in ancient times - provided some means for subsistence in an otherwise brutal climate.Aarhus, which is also a commercial and industrial center for Greenland. Aarhus has always extended partway outward from the coast, but modern technology has allowed districts of the city to expand as far as three miles out from shore. This means that Aarhus has effectively sacrificed potential port space for additional residential and commercial expansion, allowing other cities such as Visby to become the primary shipping ports.
The second largest city in Greenland is the capital, Nuuk. Nuuk is likely to be the oldest city in Greenland, however, no solid accounts can be found to decisively prove such a claim as many of the records kept by historic governments were destroyed as a part of the Communist Reformation. Nuuk is the center of government, and contains all of the Federal administrative buildings that are needed to run the country.
The primary commercial port of Greenland is Visby. Visby has been the primary international outlet of Greenland since the early Republic era, and for a time during the early 20th Century it was actually ceded to The Holy Empire as a treaty port. Today, Visby is back in Greenlandic hands and has acquired great wealth through massive volumes of imports and exports from all across the world.
- Main article: Education in Greenland
Education in Greenland is taken very seriously and is highly standardized. All children must attend school unless they are being home-schooled, in which case a Federal examiner must give the child a written examination at the end of every year in order to ensure that the education they are receiving from their parents is equivalent to that which they would be receiving from a Federal school. There is currently something of an ongoing battle in Greenlandic society regarding the role the government should play in the educational process, and the validity of vocational and self-instructional approaches to education versus traditional scholasticism.
Collegiate education in Greenland is generally privatized, and relies heavily on donations from Greenlandic high society in order to maintain operations. Collegiate degrees generally range from four years bachelor degrees up to Philosophy Doctorates, which can take many years of dedicated study to acquire. Most colleges in Greenland have athletic teams which compete with the teams of other schools for regional and national titles. In order to further the cause of education, the Federal government has a program of all expenses-paid scholarships which it hands out on an annual basis to college bound students who demonstrate exemplary intellectual prowess or moral virtue.
GovernmentGermany or Italy. The Legislative body is composed of two different houses. The first of these is called the Thing. The Thing consists of 350 members who are given seats proportional to the amount of the popular vote that they received. For example, if one party were to receive half the popular vote, then that party would be allowed to appoint 175 members to the Thing to represent them. Each member has one vote, and the Thing is rarely called upon for their services except for the passing of new laws and statures.
The house superior to the Thing is the High Senate. The High Senate consists of 570 seats which are awarded in the same manner as seats are awarded for the Thing. Each Senator has one vote and is not required to vote in line with the rest of their party, however, they almost always do. The Senate is generally responsible for approving actions done by the President, and they have the authority to nullify an election, call for the impeachment of the President, create and pass laws, and declare war. Decisions of the High Senate can be overruled by a 3/4ths ruling of the Thing, and the Senate can likewise overrule the Thing with a 2/3rds majority.
The Executive Branch is made up solely by the President. The President, who does not share power with a vice-president, is the main visionary during his time in office, and also is the head of the armed forces while in office, The President is elected by winning the popular vote held across the country, and he has the power to authorize military action, veto a bill, pardon criminals, arrest or detain citizens without trial, and also declare war. The High Senate can move to block any action made by the President, but they must achieve a 2/3rds majority in order to do so. The President serves for five years and can run for re-election indefinitely.
The judicial branch consists of the High Court and several lower Federal Courts. The judges for these courts are appointed by the President and all appointments are considered valid unless overturned by the High Senate. The duty of the state appointed judges is to interpret the Federal laws as well as the constitution to determine their intended use and to make the final, official ruling in all law cases brought before them. Any person who is unsatisfied with the ruling given by their local or provincial court can appeal to be heard before a federal court, and in extraordinary cases a case which challenges the constitutionality of a law may be brought before the High Court to be heard by the Supreme Judge.
The basis for these divisions is taken from historical tradition, when Greenland was divided into seven warring kingdoms during the 16th Century. The territory allotted to each state is more or less consistent with the territory they held at the height of the Unification War; a policy criticized by many as ignoring obvious political, geographic, and demographic fault lines.
The Greenlandic Constitution provides for open and comprehensive integration amongst the states. Various clauses make provisions for agreement regarding freedom of movement, commerce, and communication across state borders. Vehicle licenses, firearm licenses, and other privileges earned in one state are still held as valid and legal in another. At the same time, the Federal government actively tries to cultivate a low-level spirit of competition between the states, as a means of inspiring civic pride and activism within the Greenlandic populace as a whole.
Foreign PolicyRurik Jaeger, Greenland went into a confused isolationist period. The former President, despite claims to the contrary, had possessed a notable internationalist bent and had often prioritized international standing over national well-being. Greenland then adopted a much more cautious international role; defending freedom and democracy but also ensuring that her own best interests were not neglected. As a result of this, relations with former allies decayed to be replaced by stronger and more militaristic ties with wealthy but reserved countries such as The Communalist Nations of AlkebuLan and the democratized Holy Empire
The Greenlandic Department of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the handling of diplomatic overtures and conducts the day-to-day management of international relations. Greenland generally seeks outside partners for trade and military cooperation, and even more so with the recent creation of the Oriental League of Lavinium in her region, a bloc of Eastern states whose hegemony has threatened Greenland and other Western states to move toward closer ties. Recent concerns over brinkmanship and the Balkanization of Lavinium have prompted the Federal Republic to seek intensive dialogue with League states on ways to move back toward cooperation on an international scale.
Greenland has begun to turn to nations outside of Lavinium for international partners. Recent threatening moves by the Oriental League, including a mass buy-up of the Greenlandic Kroner, have convinced the Federal Republic that she has become too reliant upon Lavinian states for trade and alliances, prompting a concerted diversification push that has recently culminated in an application to join the Oceanic Defense Coalition.
The armed forces of Greenland are divided into several branches which in turn branch out into further and more specialized sub-branches. Specifically, the armed forces are divided into the Greenlandic Army, the Greenlandic Navy, the Greenlandic Air Force, and the Greenlandic Reserve Force. From there, more specialized branches can be found such as the Greenlandic Coast Guard, the Guards of the Pantheon, and the Greenlandic National Space Initiative Forces. All citizens who are found to be of able body and mind must report to the nearest Federal Reserve Camp at some point between their eighteenth and twenty-first birthdays for a mandatory period of one and a half months, during which they are trained in the basics of infantry combat and then recorded into a Federal database for the purpose of calling upon them in times of peril or martial law. They are then given he choice to be dismissed back to their normal lives or pursue further training as army soldiers. One to two percent of all citizens chose to do so. and rumors exist of a massive purchase of aeronautical equipment from the Nations of AlkebuLan. The army has remained fairly constant in size, despite increases in budget.
Since the Republic, Greenland has fought in a few major conflicts. Early in her history, she fought in the war against the rouge terrorist nation of BariyaKhem, helping to topple the fundamentalist government within a month. Subsequently, Greenlandic ships attempted to blockade an industrial port of the rouge nation of Al Quadea [sic] but the entire country was irradiated by a massive nuclear assault and the fleet retreated. More recently, Greenland joined fellow ODECON members in a conflict against the nations of the Conglomerate, and intervened in the ongoing Second Altani Civil War.
Culturereligion, and customs. The entire modern day population is descended from the few hundred colonists who arrived in the mid 15th Century, and therefore the diversity of those original settlers was fairly small. Despite this, the subsequent six centuries of social development led to a number of differences in dialect, mannerism, and even worship that can be identified on very distinct geographical lines. Lowlands Norse, for example, is almost alien to a speaker of Woodland Norse, and the average Plains Norseman would be horrified at the complete disrespect that the other two show to the sanctity of their hands.
The Greenlandic family is a tight unit, and most homes are multigenerational, even in the modern day. The importance of keeping the family together and passing on ancient tales and legends is an integral part of family unity in Greenland, and every family is considered to have a "Grand Tale" that is passed down by the patriarchs of the family and revealed only to people of great integrity and worthy of trust. Owing to religious mandate, the Greenlandic family is strictly monogomous and taking more than one wife is said to cast instant damnation upon a person. Despite this, or perhaps due to it, no law has ever been passed addressing the subject of polygamy and it is theoretically a legal practice.
Religionatheists. The predominant religion of Greenland is Greenlandic Paganism, with Catholicism being a minority. The Greenlandic religion consists of a fairly small Pantheon of major gods who intermingle with humans on a regular basis and wield absolute power over the lives of common men. A common legend is that the gods go around posing as impoverished beggars in order to test mankind for their generosity and selflessness.
Sacrifices to the gods are a regular and common occurrence. Ordinarily, a person seeking the favor of the Gods will pay a priest to perform a sacrifice in their name so that they may win divine favor. A sacrifice is usually along the lines of livestock such as chicken, boars, or even cows and bulls. The more valuable and grand the sacrifice, the greater the favor won by the eager mortal. However, the advent of the modern era largely did away with the practice of paying a priest for a sacrifice. Nowadays, people with strong stomachs can purchase guides on the proper way to conduct divine sacrifices, and thus can assemble their own grand sacrifices in order to attempt to advance their lot in life. Human sacrifices were once practiced in the more remote regions of Greenland, but this practice has long since been made illegal and has not been reported for the past hundred years.
Economy and Commerce
The economy of Greenland is a stereotypical mixed economy with a preference toward free-market and laissez-faire. Government regulations of businesses are mostly unknown, however, the economic depression brought on by the Imperial War prompted the government to intervene and bail-out several high-profile companies in order to keep them in business. Greenlandic businesses generally focus on high-tech and cutting edge materials, and Greenland tends to pioneer the field of robotics and other self-automated systems. In addition to said robotics, Greenland's principle exports are lumber, salmon, trout, natural gas, petroleum, and also minerals such as amber, coal, silver, iron, and copper. Greenlandic foresting and fishing industries are famous across Lavinium for their exceedingly high quality, which is owed to centuries old tradition of woodworking and fishing on the island.
International trade is high in Greenland; mainly such trade is conducted with fellow rightist nations across Lavinium. The Nations of AlkebuLan, for example, are Greenland's biggest trade partner, taking a little over a quarter of all Greenlandic exports. In exchange for her many exports Greenlandic imports tend to focus on those resources that are simply not present within the island itself; namely, uranium, foodstuffs, and rare minerals such a Bauxite. The largest and only stock exchange of note in Greenland is the High Nuuk Stock Exchange center, from which large volumes are traded on a daily basis in a vast multitude of foreign and local firms.
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