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The Front Range Republic of Mount Shavano is a rugged, devout nation, led by President William Cloud and the thirty-nine members of the Senate, and notable for the beautiful, sprawling vistas of its snow-capped mountains. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, intelligent population of 150 million are blessed with a plethora of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.
The small, hawkish government devotes most of its attention to the military and foreign policy, with areas such as public education and social welfare receiving almost no funds by comparison. It meets every day to discuss matters of state in the glittering capital city of San Angelo. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 10%, although religious tithes are tax deductible. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the defense industry, followed by arms manufacturing, information technology, and automobile manufacturing.
The Front Range Republic is well known for its use of military force against other countries over suspected slights, freedom of information is long standing Constitutional policy, the nation's Air Force is both respected and feared, and the right to bear arms is defended fanatically. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is crippling. The Front Range Republic's national animal is the trike, which roams free across the nation's wide plains, its national religion is the Christian faith, its national anthem is "Rocky Mountain High", and its currency is the angel.
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National Flag : "The Snow Angel"
Capital City : San Angelo ('The Angel City')
Largest City : Harbor Grove ('The City on the Sea')
National Language : English
National Anthem : "Rocky Mountain High"
National Animal : Triceratops horridus ('Trike')
National Tree : Yucca brevifolia (Joshua Tree)
National Plant : Artemisia tridentata (Sagebrush)
National Flower : Casetelleja (Indian paintbrush)
National Religion : Christianity
National Currency : the Angel (1 angel = $2.0098)
Motto : Libertas primoris ('Freedom First')
Population : 150 million
GDP per Capita : $46,625.47
Literacy Rate : 99%
Government : Federal Republic
Head of State : President William Cloud
Head of Government : President William Cloud
Founded : July 4th, 1876
WA Category : Corporate Bordello
WA Civil Rights : Excellent
WA Economy Strength : Frightening
WA Political Freedoms : World Benchmark
Demonym : Shavanese or Front Ranger
Land Area : 1,334,626 square miles
The Front Range Republic has a fairly traditional division of powers. There are three federal branches, and each state has a similar system of its own.
The Executive Branch consists of a President and a Vice President elected as a single ticket, along with a cabinet appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the President. The executive branch has extensive veto power, and extensive power to react quickly to foreign crisis, although Congress can override these decisions once it has had time to debate and act. The Presidential ticket is chosen by an electoral college in which each state has a number of number of votes equal to the combined number of House and Senate seats it possess. In the event of a tie, the outgoing House chooses between the two candidates with the most electoral votes. A tie with only two candidates is resolved by dropping the state which was awarded the 'wild card' seat in the House, or if still tied it is resolved by the House. The President serves for a six year term, and can only be re-elected once.
Anyone can theoretically be elected, but the cutoff for signatures to get on the ballot, rather than being a write in candidate, is fairly high in most states. The three relevant parties (see end of post) hold primary elections, usually by straight popular vote, in all states, and the losers are expected to bow out gracefully although they have no legal obligation to do so. The Greens often do not nominate a Presidential candidate, preferring their voters to be the balance of power in a two way Blue-White election to being the weak man in a three way race. In this way they have been very successful at getting their platform passed, by forcing Blue and White candidate to support Green positions in order to get elected.
The Senate consists of three members from each of the thirteen states. Each state elects one senator every other year, with six year terms. If a state has a sitting senator who has been re-elected to his seat consecutive with another term, no other senator can stand for re-election in that state. This was a compromise between factions who wanted long term political leadership and those who wanted strict term limits. The 'Senior Senator' is usually seen as the political leader of a state, even more than the executive of the state government.
The means of appointing Senators is left to the states, although all states use direct, statewide, winner take all popular vote elections as of the current time. Primaries are held, with minor parties often choosing to fold theirs in with the ideologically closest major party. The Greens sometimes contest these elections in a full capacity, sometimes play the "Balance Game", and sometimes have so much support in a region that one of the other major parties will endorse the Green candidate and choose not to run their own. These "hybrid candidates" also sometimes appear in races where both the Greens and the other party are weak, and neither would have a chance on their own. These alliances do not go beyond regional; it is not uncommon to see a Blue-Green candidate running in one state while a White-Green candidate runs in another.
The House of Representatives has 101 members, elected biannually for two year terms. 100 of these are decided by proportional population, while the last (the 'wild card' seat) is awarded to the state with the least seats. In the event of a tie for least seats, the wild card goes to the state of the group which has the highest population. It is theoretically possible for a state to have two senators and no representatives, although this has never actually happened. The budgets are set by the House of Representatives. There are no term limits in the House.
House elections unfold much like Senate elections, except they are done at the district level rather than state. Setting the districts is a power reserved to state governments. Gerrymandering is rare, as most state constitutions include the provision that counties, which have fixed boundaries, cannot be split among different districts unless there is no other means of getting the right number of districts. Usually, this results in several "county contiguous" districts, with a single, often central, county "fractured" among several to make populations balance. Many states, especially more rural ones, will break up the state's largest urban center or the county containing the state capital in this fashion. One side effect is that the House has a more rural outlook than the Senate.
The Supreme Court consists of thirteen justices, one from each state chosen by the legislature of that state and approved by the national legislature. They represent the final word on judicial matters and matters of Constitutional law. They have traditionally been strict constructionists. There is no term limit for a Justice of the Supreme Court, they nearly always serve until they die or retire.
There is a recall procedure, requiring two thirds of both the national and state legislatures as well as the state executive to approve. It is very rarely employed.
There are three significant political parties, the Blues, the Whites, and the Greens.
The Blues generally are considered the conservative party. They are strong supporters of individual rights, free market economics, and a hawkish foreign policy. The current President, William Cloud, is a Blue. They have 14 senators and 37 delegates.
The Whites have been the 'loyal opposition' party for most of the Front Range Republic's history and have returned to that role since losing the 1996 elections. Their primary current disagreement with the Blues is over foreign policy, as Whites generally tend towards isolationism. They want the government further reduced in size so that the income tax can be completely eliminated. They propose to fund the government entirely on import and export tariffs. This results in crossing swords with the Blues, who extend their free market attitude beyond the Republic's borders and oppose the military reductions the Whites need to eliminate the tax. The Whites have 16 senators and 45 delegates.
The Greens are generally moderates on foreign policy and economic issues, and their goal as a party is to preserve as much of the country's forests, plains, mountains, and deserts as possible from human destruction. They have been largely successful since although they are by far the smallest party, they often control the balance of power. They control the final 9 senate seats and 18 delegates.
There is a strong tradition in the Front Range Republic that the same party should not control both the executive and legislative branches. This tradition, in fact, is so strong that in 1976 the senior senator from the State of Arapahoe, Jack Reynolds, resigned his seat rather than see his own White party gain control of the legislature when they had a sitting president. He served as President himself from 1978-1984 before refusing to run for a second term.
The Front Range Republic is situated on the continent of West Laurasia. The topography of West Laurasia is dominated by a great inland sea east of Mount Shavano, known by other local nations as the Shavano Sea but known inside the Front Range Republic as the Interior Seaway. The Seaway is a warm sea, keeping the coastal regions warm as far north as the State of Tabegauche. The Seaway is abundant with marine life, and remains one of the world's least polluted seas due the relatively recent start to human habitation on West Laurasia. It provides a dynamic fishing industry and a vital artery for sea trade to the Front Range Republic.
The eastern part of the country itself, running north south and ranging from perhaps a quarter to half of the width of the entire country, is the region known as the Shavanese Plain. This region itself experiences wide variances in climate and terrain, ranging from the blistering Alte-Mojave desert in the south, across the grain covered plains of San Isabel, Mesa Verde, and Shavano, and narrowing to the wind blown prairies of Tabeguache. The plain is the breadbasket for most of the continent, providing abundant grains, cereals, livestock, and fruits. The Alte-Mojave also provides roughly half of the Front Range Republic's oil.
As a south eastern offshoot from the country a hilly peninsula projects most of the way across the Seaway. Known as the Rio Grande Peninsula, it is in a strategic location giving the Front Range Republic control over the southern entrance to the inland sea. It provides an extension of the oil and cattle industries from the plains to the west.
The remainder of the country is composed of a soaring mountain range, often divided into three subranges by Front Rangers even if there is little geologic basis for this. The Grace range runs along the west coast, containing most of the mountains in the states of Cochetopa, Saguache, and San Juan. The Saddle range fills the states of Ouray, San Isabel, and San Luis, and the Angel range Arapahoe, Shavano, Tabeguache, and most of Cheyenne. The Greater Shavanese Mountain Range is geologically very young, only a few million years, and achieves incredible heights, boasting the highest number of 14,000 foot peaks in the world. Rugged and perennially snow-capped, the mountains are the best known symbol of the Front Range Republic. They provide the nation's spectacular mineral resources and timber reserves.
The mountains run right to the western seaboard, which drops off into the blue depths of the Alte-Pacific. Fishing, of a different sort, is also common in these cooler waters. The western coast is the most urbanized part of the country, although in Mount Shavano that is not saying all that much.
Politically, the Front Range Republic borders the nations of Leporidia to the south and the RFG to the north. Relations with both are good, and both borders are open and unfortified. There is also a long sea frontier with the R.O.E. to the east in the Seaway, a nation the Front Range Republic considers a close ally.
The Front Range Republic usually dates its founding to 4 July 1876, even though this is more properly known as 'Arrival Day', with the nation being founded on 19 September of that same year. The first citizens of Mount Shavano were originally inhabitants of the western United States in the year 2008. On 4 January of that year 5 million inhabitants of that region, a slim majority being Coloradans with the remainder from locations scattered across the Rocky Mountain states, eastern California, Washington, and Oregon, a few from the plains states, and contigents of Alaskans, Canadians and Texans, experienced a flash of light. They appeared on a continent that they had not existed on the Earth they had left, but whose geography, geology, flora, and fauna closely resembled North America from the Late Cretaceous period. An existing national infrastructure roughly corresponding to the time of '4 July 1876' now being displayed on every timepiece and soon verified by astronomical observation was found, as were animals clearly native to the land and time they had left, which quickly merged with the existing ecosystem. The selection of individuals had clearly not been random, as no families were broken by the Transition, not even to the point of pets, and the new arrivals found they almost all fell within certain broad political and religious strokes.
There was nothing left for the new arrivals to do but set up a new nation, which was done in remarkably short order. Using the United States version as a starting point, a new Constitution was drafted and ratified and thirteen states were drawn up in the area now inhabited. While most states had settlers from all groups, the state of Rio Grande was predominately influenced by the former Texans. The northern and southern borders of the nation were chosen to roughly correspond to the latitude and longitude of the US borders on the original North America. The name Mount Shavano was chosen as that peak was found to have been the weighted center of the event, and its famous snow formation was found to have been transported with the newcomers. The title Front Range Republic was chosen because that urban corridor was the most represented area in absolute terms.
Of course, the Front Range Republic experienced a brief period of social confusion, mostly consisting of a great religious revival in response to the Transition. To this day, the FRR retains its devout, technologically advanced, and forward looking characteristics.
Note: These represent information from my posts on the 'Factbooks and National Information' forum.
- The Front Range Republic has a predominately rural population.
- In Mount Shavano, cars drive on the right side of the road.
- The Front Range Republic stubbornly refuses to recognize the concept of 'race' at any level other than 'human race'.
- Mount Shavano employs Imperial measuring systems, rather than metric.
- The five largest cities of Mount Shavano are Harbor Grove, Fremont, San Angelo, Navato, and Monarch. (see map for locations)
- Mount Shavano is overwhelmingly Christian, the Christian are predominately Protestant, and the Protestants are mostly Baptists.
- Mount Shavano was rated 2,1 (free) by Freedom House of the Federal Republic of Tamadragit.
- Monuments in the Front Range Republic are usually not elaborate, with a simple column (Note: Simple =/= Small) with a plaque at the bottom explaining what is being memorialized being preferred.
- Mount Shavano's most important monument is the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, dedicated to every member of the military who never came home. It is located in the city of Harbor Grove.
- The Front Range Republic's best presidents are generally held to be John L. Lee (1930-42), the Front Range Republic's greatest foreign policy President, and Jack Reynolds (1978-1984), who was so committed to balance of powers that in 1976 he resigned from a Senate seat rather than see his own party control both legislative houses and the presidency.
- The Front Range Republic sees any nation that bestows non-ceremonial hereditary titles as kind of backwards.
- The Front Range Republic's MBT is the TB-89 Puma, a powerful and state of the art unit.
- Mount Shavano has no active volcanoes, but several dormant ones. Scientists agree that if the largest were to erupt the nation would be nearly totally destroyed.
- The Front Range Republic does not make class distinctions.
- The most popular, best known, and most important military march in the Front Range Republic is Juila Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic
- The age of majority for all purposes in Mount Shavano is 18.
- Mount Shavano's internet TLD is .frr
- The most popular sport in Mount Shavano is football.
- Mount Shavano's most historically successful football teams have been located in San Angelo, Harbor Grove, and Navato.
- Mount Shavano retains the designation "Super Bowl" for its world championship game.
- Mount Shavano every year proclaims the champion of the Front Range Football League to be the world champion, and has declined any offers since the mid-70s to play any foreign teams. This is because football is a team sport that requires year round effort, and playing foreign "junior leagues" would be a waste of time and an unnecessary injury risk.
- The only game a Front Range professional team has ever played outside the FRFL was a 63-0 massacre of a respected regional champion in 1976, on the centennial. This cemented the knowledge that the FRFL has by far the world's highest quality of play.
- There are some FRFL teams outside Mount Shavano, in the neighboring countries.
- The exact size of the Front Range Navy is classified, but it gives Mount Shavano the ability to project enough firepower to burn whole countries, if necessary, anywhere in the world without resorting to nuclear weapons.
- There are no major domestic terrorist groups in the Front Range Republic, but piracy is a rampant problem in Azerbajanistan.
- Ninety-nine percent of Mount Shavano's power comes from nuclear plants.
- Mount Shavano does not typically have very high turnout in its elections. This is cultural, as voters are not pressured to go to the polls. Instead, Shavanese assume that voters who don't have external pressure or motivation to vote will make better choices, on the whole.
- Mount Shavano does not have a curfew.
- The current President of the Front Range Republic, William Cloud, is a baptist.
- Mount Shavano will not extradite its citizens, or anyone, to nations that are not considered to have a fair judicial system by the office of the Secretary of State.
- Mount Shavano considers it unacceptable for its citizens to be charged with a crime in a nation with an unfair judicial system, and has been known to back up this opinion with military force when necessary.
- The internet is unregulated in Mount Shavano, with minor exceptions.
- Firearms are unregulated in the Front Range Republic by Constitutional mandate, with minor exceptions.
- Healthcare in Mount Shavano is exclusively run by the private sector. It is remarkable in quality.
- Those unable to afford their own health insurance are usually covered by church charities.
- Mount Shavano's brand of English is very American, as are the accents.
- Slavery is strictly illegal anywhere the Front Range Republic has either de jure or de facto jurisdiction. Penalties depend on the type of slavery; slavery theoretically for the benefit of both parties ala the Old South or the Old Testament will generally just result in the slaves being freed. Human trafficking or forced labor camps will generally get the perpetrators brought to trial on capital charges.
- Two recent Shavanese movies are internationally known, and considered the greatest film masterpieces of Mount Shavano.
- One is a fairly recent (1990s) epic entitled San Angelo, about a small town kid going to the titular big city, struggling his way through homesickness and culture shock, and eventually finding his place as a youth group pastor.
- The other, Calumet, dates from the 1980s and depicts ordinary Front Ranger citizens fighting back defiantly against a (fictional) brutal, totalitarian invasion of the country.
- Atheism is classified as a religion in Mount Shavano, at the request of the nation's few atheists.
- Those Shavanese who are not clean-shaven tend towards mustaches or conservative beards. When longer beards appear, they tend to resemble 'Civil War General' more than 'Muslim".
- Mount Shavano's nuclear arsenal was designed to be able to take any conceivable first strike and still retain a sufficient second strike capability to burn any nation in the world to the ground. There is no indication that this is not the case.
- If there are any undead currently within the Front Range Republic, it isn't public knowledge and there probably aren't very many. However, there were two major past incidents.
- In 2006 Tresckow, a small city in the state of Mesa Verde, of a few thousand was wiped out by a zombie outbreak of undetermined origin. They were contained and destroyed in only a few days by the military and a citizen's militia, but it remains the disaster with the highest death toll in the history of the Front Range Republic as well as the deadliest pandemic.
- The Vampire War of 1997 began when the military discovered, by complete accident while investigating UFO reports, a vampire 'shadow government' set up in cities throughout the country of several thousand of the creatures preying on Front Range Republic citizens. After a few weeks of secret preparation an offensive by special forces wiped out virtually all the vampires in a couple of weeks. President Cloud first rose to prominence during the war.
- Front Range Republic military doctrine is based on the theory that the shortest war will be the least bloody in the long term. As a result, some weapons and techniques used by the Front Range Military are seen as questionable by some nations.
- Triangular blades are legal but not often used because there is not seen to be a tactical advantage.
- Incendiary weapons are used frequently.
- Mines and booby traps are used when seen to be advantageous, although usually designed so that a few years of exposure to the elements will degrade them to harmlessness.
- Laser weapons intended to blind are legal but not often used because there is not seen to be a tactical advantage.
- Deliberately killing individuals not contributing to the enemy war effort is against FRR military regulations, and considered abhorrent. Note that say, civilian workers at a weapons factory, are contributing to the war effort and therefore valid targets.
- POWs and captured civilians are never tried by Mount Shavano while a war is ongoing. After the war, any accused of crimes may stand civil trials. Guerrillas, terrorists, and spies are never considered POWs or civilians, even when captured.
- Torture is illegal, although in the Front Range Republic the right to define the term 'torture' for legal military purposes is reserved to high level military and civil leaders.
- While it is not illegal, the Front Range Republic would never forcibly move a population without a compelling military or humanitarian reason.
- While it is technically not illegal, the Front Range Republic does not institutionally or doctrinally practice hostage taking.
- Corrosive rounds are legal but not often used because there is not seen to be a tactical advantage.
- A popular slang term for Front Range Military fighters or fighter pilots is "Killer Angels".
- Any registry of firearms in the Front Range Republic in strictly illegal. The system is intentionally designed so that no one can ever disarm the populace.
- While there are no gender-based legal restrictions in Mount Shavano on the occupations individuals can hold, men and women just gravitate to different types of lives. They were designed for different roles, and we don't have the vocal, radical groups insisting otherwise that some other nations do.
- The further north and higher up you get, the colder it gets. The high peaks in the State of Arapahoe are the coldest place in the Front Range Republic.
- There are very few places in the Front Range Republic, two states out of thirteen, where snow isn't common.
- Prostitution is not technically regulated in and of itself in the Front Range Republic, but it is not culturally accepted and is likely to ruin one's reputation. Of course, if the act has some other legal ramifications, like statutory rape or adultery, those apply as normal.
- Anyone trying to coerce someone into the "Sex Industry", or coerce them to stay in if they want out, is likely to wind up either arrested by law enforcement or shot by well intentioned and well armed private citizens.
- Nothing riles up Front Rangers like some punk pimp trying to take advantage of a girl.
- In the Front Range Republic, there are no federal laws regarding clothing but public nudity is a minor misdemeanor in most jurisdictions and no Front Ranger would be out in public without clothes anyway.
- No species are known to have gone extinct in Mount Shavano, although there are untold thousands of species of microbes, insects, etc that might have vanished without even being noticed in the first place.
- The most popular television shows in Mount Shavano are, by genre:
- Whodunit: Sherlock Holmes, originally a very faithful adaptation of the titular detective's short stories, ran out of them recently after a long run and has had to start writing its own plots. No drop in quality yet, fortunately, but the show is still likely nearing the end of its run.
- Sci-Fi: Grand Junction, a show depicting the adventures of the titular FRN submarine after being transported to...somewhere else by forces unknown. The crew tries to alive and figure out a way to get back to where they came from.
- Fantasy: 2012, unrelated to the Maya in any way, shape, or form, depicts the secret, near future return of one of the vampires thought destroyed in the 1997 war, and the (often messy) effect this has on the citizens of the city he arrives in. The darkest of the bunch.
- Western: Divide is a long running show, depicting the travels of a cowboy across the country, starting in the year 1880. Has a feel very much like The Duke's movies back home, and the hero always wins.
- Sports: The Front Range Football League's game broadcasts are collectively the most popular show, period, in the Front Range Republic. The primary difference in how this is handled compared to its real life counterpart is that each of the major FRR networks can broadcast any game, and the main incentive for viewers to turn into your station rather than your competitors is the quality of your commentators. Needless to say, this has resulted in much higher quality analysis than is available in real life.
- The Front Range Republic barely uses prisons, preferring a restitution system. Prisons are only used to hold dangerous or flight risk defendants until trial.
- In Mount Shavano firearms safety education is a mandatory part of school curriculums.
- The Front Range Republic has never had a draft, but in a real crisis we could have one.
- In Mount Shavano, paper books are favored over digital for most purposes, including education. Cheaper, more versatile, and more reliable.
- In Mount Shavano, drugs are legal, with the restriction you have to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to purchase in most states.
- The Front Range Republic has never had a recorded case of bi- or homo- sexuality.
- In the Front Range Republic, it is considered uncouth to use the word "football" to refer to any sport that doesn't at least theoretically involve touchdowns.
- Simplicity is seen as a virtue when it comes to food preparation in Mount Shavano.
- In Mount Shavano, Elk is the most unlikely popular food.
- Churches in the Front Range Republic constantly sponsor missionary trips all over the world, even to nations hostile to Christianity.
- Mount Shavano does not typically have very high turnout in its elections. This is cultural, as voters are not pressured to go to the polls. Instead, Front Rangers assume that voters who don't have external pressure or motivation to vote will make better choices, on the whole.
- One semi-unofficial emblem of our nation is our national animal, Triceratops horridus, known to us as the trike.
- When a literal personification of the Front Range Republic is called for, the most common is "The Angel of Mount Shavano", named after a famous snow formation, and based upon the snow angel symbol common in our heraldry). She is usually portrayed as a dark haired woman, dressed in white robes, and with white feathered wings on her back. She is most commonly holding a sword, but this is not a constant. In more satirical or tongue in cheek portrayals, she is often given a old western gunfighter's belt and pistol.
- There are no meaningful "racial nationalist" groups in Mount Shavano. It isn't illegal, but Front Rangers just don't think in those terms.
- Crimes in the Front Range Republic are generally punished by restitution payments to the victim, with the range of possible amounts/crime determined by the applicable law and selected to be severe enough to make crime unprofitable. It *always* includes the victim's legal fees, in addition to the payment for the crime itself.
- If the crime is so severe that the criminal cannot be released back into society, the Front Range Republic shoots them. Front Range taxpayers certainly aren't going to foot the bill to pay for life in prison.
- Irreversible punishments are never carried out until after the end of appeals, although there is no delay afterward.
- Executive branches of the various levels of government tend to have very broad powers to give pardons.
- The greatest architectural creations of Mount Shavano are her football stadiums. The Front Range Republic has a number of monuments of varying sorts, although Shavanese tend to find simplicity a virtue in their designs.
- The Front Range Republic has no weapons satellites, although the military makes heavy use of intelligence and communications platforms. Ground based strategic weapons are preferred, as they are easier to conceal.
- There may or may not be truth to rumors of weapons located at the Front Range Republic's moon base.
- In Mount Shavano, a wife typically takes her husband's last name, which their children then inherit.
- Tea is not an exceptionally popular beverage in Mount Shavano.
- The rights of Front Rangers are guaranteed by the Front Range Republic, regardless of the location of the citizenry. By force, if necessary.
- Abortion is illegal in the Front Range Republic, unless the mother is threatened.
- Mount Shavano's constitutional guarantee of free speech extends to "hate speech".
- Unusual "creatures" in the Front Range Republic include dinosaurs, some related critters, and the occasional undead attack.
- Constitutionally, the federal government of the Front Range Republic's power is mostly concerned with foreign policy, interstate relations, and guarantees of some fundamental rights.
- The rest of the government powers are divided between state, city, county, and local governments by the various state constitutions.
- In Mount Shavano, any refugees or immigrants who reach out borders are granted citizenship if they renounce all other secular alliegences and we can find no record of them being a criminal, terrorist, or similar sort.
- The Front Range Military has a pragmatic approach to warfare, which is seen in some of its policies.
- The killing of POWs or unarmed enemy soldiers is seen as morally unacceptable, unless the unarmed soldiers are still trying to fight, or in occasional extreme situations. For example, if they can no longer be kept and have information that the enemy cannot be allowed to get his hands on.
- Surrenders are always accepted, if the unit has the capacity to deal with the prisoners in question.
- "Scorched Earth" warfare is not practiced as a matter of standard course, but might be employed if tactically or strategically desirable.
- Total war can and will be fought, if necessary.
- Enemy civilians are never intentionally killed unless they are contributing to the enemy war effort. For example, workers in a munitions factory.
- Concentration camps have never been used, as Mount Shavano has never been in a situation where that was tactically desirable and feasible from a humanitarian and logistical viewpoint.
- The Front Range Republic has never been involved in nor even accused of genocide or death marches.
- The Front Range Republic will loot enemy civilians only when necessary, but military or government facilities are fair game.
- Mount Shavano has no policy against taking trophies of war.
- Booby traps and mines are used when tactically desirable. However, Shavanese mines are deliberately designed to biodegrade to the point where they cannot detonate after 5-10 years.
- Collateral damage is minimized when possible.
- Strategic bombing is commonly practiced, with precision munitions.
- Carpet bombing is not normally practiced anymore, but the lack of usage is due to a lack of tactical utility rather than objections of regulation.
- Firebombing and napalm are used when tactically desirable.
- The Front Range Republic does not enter into formal alliances, preferring to retain its independence of action, but has observer status in the following organizations.
- The Corporate Bordello Alliance
- The Anti-Slavery Strike Force Alliance
- The World Anti-Slavery Organization
- Piracy is a problem in Azerbajanistan, but only the bravest or dumbest pirates attack Front Range shipping.
- While genetic engineering is used to increase crop yields, to practice it on people would be unthinkable.
- Government emergency spending is allowed only in emergency situations. The requirements for the national government declaring a state of emergency are the same as the requirements for a declaration of war.
- A state of war is always a state of emergency.
- Given and family names in the Front Range Republic have a distribution similar to what you see among American Christians.
- Children are named at birth.
- The usual format is first name, middle name, surname.
- Children take their last names from their parents. The rare out of wedlock children take their mothers names.
- Wives generally take their husband's surnames on marrying, although instances of both assuming the wife's name or switching to something new are not uncommon. Husbands and their wives maintaining separate last names is, however.
- The most popular source for names at the moment in the Front Range Republic is the Old Testament, with the New Testament and family names not far behind.
- There are no formal rules on what constitutes an acceptable name.
- Male and female names have very little overlap.
- Poverty is not common in Mount Shavano
- The government has no welfare programs, as that is a function of private citizens and the church.
- Food, shelter, and Bibles are almost always provided. Many groups assist in job searches.
- Poverty in Mount Shavano is usually caused by laziness. There is too much opportunity for man with a strong work ethic to stay down for long.
- If a wanted criminal escaped Mount Shavano, they would likely ask for extradition but take no further action.
- If they were to re-enter afterward, they would be treated as if they had spent the intervening time hiding out inside the country.
- Their estates or bank accounts may be tapped for restitution even if they have left the country.
- The Front Range Government, by constitutional mandate, must make public any information not declared secret by Congress.
- It must always be revealed when no longer dangerous.
- Secret sessions of Congress may be requested to allow a discussion in which even the question must be classified. This is very rare.
- There are no known sapient non-humans in the Front Range Republic at this time.
- Inherently evil ones (Undead, for instance) are generally shot on sight.
- Any other sapient would likely find themselves with the same legal protections as Homo sapiens sapiens.
- Depleted uranium is sometimes used in munitions and armor.
- Climate and seasonal cycle is very similar to the western United States.
- Mount Shavano has some policies and structures that recognized as forms of weakness even by many inside the country.
- The crime rate is too high, mostly in the cities.
- Inefficiency in dealing with crimes that cross state lines.
- Population density higher than many consider desirable, even if fairly low in absolute terms.
- Tax rate higher than ideal, but needed to sustain military budget.
- The President's power to react quickly to foreign crises, while reducing Mount Shavano's reaction time considerably, has gotten her into trouble in the past and could again in the future.
- The Supreme Court is very heavily reliant on the personal quality of the judges. Corrupt and/or activist judges could potentially cause a lot of trouble. Fortunately, to date this problem has not materialized.
- Open borders. A humanitarian strength, but a strategic weakness. Fortunately, Mount Shavano has reasonably prosperous allies on her borders.
- The Front Range Republic's tax system allows citizens to count religious tithes as tax deductions; an unpopular administration in need of money could find itself almost without income if the populace suddenly decided to get religion in mass and opposition in Congress prevented a tax hike. Mount Shavano does have reserves against such an eventuality crippling the country, but they would vanish quickly in, say, a major war.
- The three party balance is very delicate.
- There are many criticisms of Mount Shavano by other nations that Front Rangers consider invalid.
- Mount Shavano uses the Imperial system, and avoids metric whenever possible.
- Mount Shavano lacks of many forms of "anti-discrimination" laws.
- Very low voter turnout.
- Mount Shavano will follow all treaties it signs to the letter. The resulting lack of flexibility is the reason she doesn't sign many treaties.
- The Front Range Republic loves the usage of cowboy diplomacy.
- Anywhere within weapons range of the Front Range Navy, and not part of another country, is considered Front Range territory for our legal purposes.
- Mount Shavano has no classes. A man can rise as far as he can take himself.
- President Cloud is unmarried.
- The Front Republic has a moon base.
- No Front Range Navy nuclear carrier has ever been lost in action.
- About 84% of Front Rangers simply hang up when asked to take a survey.
- Four of the thirteen Front Range states are landlocked.
- The average afternoon humidity in San Angelo is 40%.
- Some proverbs and sayings of the Front Range Republic:
- "San Angelo, what do you know, and tell me do you have something to say?"
- --Third Day, "San Angelo"
- --Used in the FRR to indicate the speaker thinks the government has no idea what they're talking about.
- "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others."
- "The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality."
- --Origin unclear, possibly JFK
- --See also Revelation 3:16
- It is written; good shall always destroy evil.
- --A minor character in a Star Trek episode, "The Omega Glory".
- --Former FRR national motto.
- "...yet still I wonder why, the worst of men must fight, and the best of men must die."
- --Woody Guthrie, "The Sinking of the Reuben James"
- Entirely fictional:
- "Mankind has no further use for Caesars; rather give me Cincinnatus."
- --John L. Lee
- "Shooting at mountains causes avalanches."
- --A patriotic boast/warning.
- "Don't feed the Tyrannosaurus."
- --Just good advice.
- Entirely fictional:
Random Facts Out Of Character Section
The following TV Tropes apply to Mount Shavano:
- Christianity is Catholic - Averted. In Mount Shavano it's more like Christianity is Baptist.
- Eagleland - Some elements of flavor 1, but not the whole package.
- Good Republic Evil Empire - The first half, and reflects the attitude of most Shavanese.
- Gunboat Diplomacy - Used often, with usually high degrees of success.
- Honor Before Reason - The Front Range Republic has gotten into trouble a couple of times for refusing to renounce a bad treaty. Needless to say, we rarely enter into any formal committments now.
- Knight In Shining Armor - How the Front Range Republic conducts its foreign relations. This includes defining the rights of FRR citizens anywhere in the world to be the same as in Mount Shavano, and defending them as such.
- Lawful Good
- Officer and a Gentleman - Part of the core training at all military academies in Mount Shavano.
- Peace Through Superior Firepower - And how.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism - Way towards idealism, for the most part.
- The Combat Pragmatist - FRR doctrine says the faster the war ends the less people die.
- The Republic
- To Win Without Fighting - As an ideal.
- Twenty Minutes Into The Future - Some of the technology, anyway.
- We Help The Helpless - Mount Shavano always seems to be in one foreign policy mess or another trying to save people from slavery/genocide/invasion/their own stupidity.
- Yanks with Tanks - FRR Doctrine and equipment is very United States in theme.
Might be seen as by others:
- Fantastic Racism - Any of the "Vampires are people too" nations would see us like this.
- Mary Sue Topia - Comes with any nation being built anywhere near the player's politics.
- Well Intentioned Extremist - See Knight In Shining Armor.
Note: This is here so I can can keep the names of my own characters straight in RPs. That's the only rhyme and reason to the contents of the list.
- President : William Cloud
- Vice President : Mary Kosnett
- SecState : Jack Fletcher
- Former SecState : Chris Galloway
- SecJustice : Robert Wayne
- Secretary of Diplomacy : Ethan F. "Ed" Jackson
- Undersecretary, Press Relations : Don Bryant
- Admiral, Chief of the Navy : Rick Cogley
- General, FRAF, commander Patterson AFB : William Tyler
- Admiral, SNS Tabeguache (Krsta incident, Sornia, Al Quidah, et al) : Sam Keeler
- Admiral, SNS San Isabel (Uri Land incident) : Dale Sherman
- General, FRAF (Sornia) : Sam Burke
- General, head of AF Intelligence : Sean O'Brien
- Lieutenant, AF Intelligence : Steven O'Brien (nephew of above) KIA
- Colonel, AF Intel (in charge of Ralkovians) : Charlie ???
- Captain, FRAF : Bob Walker
- Lt. Commander, Naval Intelligence : Ben Graham
- Lt., Naval Intelligence : Susan Baker
- Ph.D. in supernatural creatures, former consultant FRAF Project Sunshine: Alex Costeau
- Ambassador, to Grays Harbor : Leonard Colt
- Ambassador, to NS Limbaugh Island : John Thompson
Note to self: August 23rd, and antedates.