Confederacy of Vulshain
|Motto: "For freedom and equality as the Heavens have mandated"|
|Anthem: Vulshain, Our Motherland
Location of Vulshain on the Itur continent. Letters represent the Vulshainian provinces.
|Region||The East Pacific|
(and largest city)
|Official language(s)||Unonian and Lobonese|
|Ethnic groups (2011)||45% Vulpine
11% Humans and other species
|Official religion||Celiam Methodism, Den Materism, and Vayan Catholicism (the three de facto and largest religions)|
|Government||Federal parliamentary representative democracy under a Semi-constitutional Elective Popular Monarchy|
|-||Confederate Monarch of Vulshain||King Samuil Rainard|
|-||Royal Confederate Premier||Cecilia Rainard|
|-||Chief Prime Minister||Adalberto Spencer (Independent)|
|-||Royal Speaker of Parliament||Kili Ankeremia (Yelizaveta Party)|
|Legislature||Royal Congress of Vulshain|
|-||Arthor Dynasty of Vulshain||circa 3015 BC|
|-||City-State Alliance of Vulshain||circa 1529 BC|
|-||Confederal Union under Treaty of Velra's Will||circa 167 AD|
|-||Unification||June 4, 1342|
|-||Confederated Unified Kingdom of Vulshain||June 16, 1342|
|-||Constitution of the Confederacy signed||November 10, 1715|
|-||Becomes Grand Confederacy of Vulshain||November 11, 1715|
|-||Becomes Democratic Republic of Vulshain||March 13, 1958|
|-||Monarchy is restored||July 24, 1980|
|-||Total||674,843 km2 km2
260,558 sq mi sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|Gini (2008)||33.8 (high)|
|HDI (2011)||0.971 (very high)|
|Currency||Blue Riyal (₳) (
|Time zone||VST (Meridian-5)|
|-||Summer (DST)||VDST (Meridian-4)|
|National animal||Fox and Wolf|
|Date formats||mm-dd-yy (AD)|
|Drives on the||right|
The Confederacy of Vulshain (Lobonese: Конфедераци Вулшаин; Konfederatsiya Vulshain; Russian: Konfederatsiya Vulshain; French: Confédération des Vulshain; German: Konföderation Vulshain) is a large nation located in the East Pacific region on the northern continent of Itur, where the sea borders the southern, southwestern, and southeastern coasts. It is bordered by Laiatan in the west with forests and rivers between the two nations. To the northeast and east, the Ceylundis Mountain Forests of Vulshain act as a natural border between Vulshain and Dyr Nasad. To the north, the large Sesima Mountain Range and the Appalakit Mountain Range are located where taiga and tundra environments can be found. These mountains form the northern, northeastern most, and northwestern barriers between Dyr Nasad, Laiatan, Iskios, and Vulshain. To the south, Verania, situated in a strategically pivotal location in the center of the Gulf of Itur that divides Bai Lung's mainland, Vekaiyu, and Vulshain, Vulshain's southern neighbor effectively controls all sea traffic through the area between Raedion-Lucari and Vulshain. However, this hasn't negatively affected relations between the two nations and Verania and Vulshain have been on good terms for many years.
Vulshain is mainly inhabited by Vulpines and Lobos, although humans and a few other races live here as well. For most of its history, Vulshain has been a monarchy, although in the mid and late 20th century, the country became a democratic republic that quickly transformed into a fascist military dictatorship ironfistedly ruled by a crazed megalomaniac. With the aid and support of its neighbors and other foreign powers, the monarchy was restored. The nation is now hoping for a better future, one where all are viewed and treated as equals.
The National Flag of Vulshain contains many symbols that have important signifiance to the people of Vulshain. However, some of these symbols are associated with other meanings than those officially stated.
Long-tailed brown fox/wolf - Represents the two largest races in Vulshain: Vulpines (fox-like humanoids) and Lobos (wolf-like humanoids). Both races have played a major role in the history and establishment of Vulshain. The fox/wolf's brown color represents the earth and the people's love for their country. The long tail symbolizes the nation's rich past. However, there are some who also believe that the long tail represents the long journey made by prehistoric Vulpines as they traveled to ancient Vulshain from Vekaiyu.
Three gold suns - Represent courage, knowledge, and strength. The golden suns also represent the crown, while the gold color symbolizes prosperity.
Two white flowers - Represent peace and hope. The two flowers are white roses, although there is some debate that the flowers are actually lillies. Nonetheless, both the rose and lilly are the national flowers of Vulshain. The flowers' white color also symbolizes the monarchy, as white has often been associated with monarchism and monarchies thoughout history.
Blue field - Represents hope. Blue also symbolizes royalty, and represents the people's admiration for the monarch.
Red diamond with blue center - Symbolizes the blood spilt by those who fought and died to protect Vulshain. The red color also represents courage, loyalty, and honor exhibited by the soldiers of Vulshain. The blue center symbolizes what the defenders of Vulshain were fighting for: peace and freedom for all generations of Vulshain.
The national anthem of Vulshain was written in 1900 by Derrick Aleixo, son of King Maksimilian Aleixo. The anthem is played on national holidays and festivals, and is played at sporting events in Vulshain and abroad, according to the protocol of the organization that is hosting the games. When the anthem is played, all headgear must be removed and all those in attendance must face the Vulshainian flag, if it is present. Those who are in uniform must give a military salute when the anthem plays.
The anthem is played at the swearing-in of the new monarch after he/she takes the Oath of Royal and Confederate Ascension. The national anthem is also required to be played at the opening and closing sessions of the Royal Congress and the Confederate Administrative Cabinet, and for official state ceremonies. It is played on television and radio at the beginning and end of the broadcast day. If programming is continuous, the anthem is played once at 0600 hours and again at midnight. The anthem is also played on New Years Eve after a speech by either the monarch, Royal Confederate Premier, or the Chief Prime Minister. The national anthem maybe played at funerals of heads of state and other significant figures. In addition, although not in recent years, the anthem is played at the Royal Wedding.
Below are the lyrics:
Vulshain – our holy nation,
Vulshain – our beloved country.
A mighty will, great glory –
These are yours for all time!
- Be glorious, our free and beautiful Motherland,
- You, our hearts and our arms, we give.
- With pure blood split for you, Motherland
- We swear with one cry - You will live!
- You will live, great and beautiful,
- As shall ever your unity
- As is your emblem immortal!
- The star that is you shall forever shine!
- Be glorious, our country! We are proud of you!
Through unity of its peoples,
Unbreakable and strong,
Our great and wise country
Will overcome all adversities!
May the sun, moon, and stars above our Motherland
Banish darkening clouds around
Light and truth all along
Guide our steps forever
May the love of Vulshain
Brightly burn in our hearts.
For the sake of this glorious land
Let unity blossom
Our loyalty to our Motherland gives us strength.
Thus it was, thus it is and always will be!
For we are the children of our Motherland - Vulshain!
This is the national seal for the Confederacy of Vulshain. It has had very little change or modifications done to it since its creation after the end of the Wars of the Feuding Cities during the 14th century AD, with the exception of the name and motto, which were changed from the Confederated Unified Kingdom of Vulshain to the Grand Confederacy of Vulshain in 1715 then later, in 1904, when grand was dropped, leaving Confederacy of Vulshain. After the Monarchy was restored, it was simply changed to Vulshain. The motto was changed in 1715 from Vulshain Forever United by Courage and Peace to its current form, and has never been changed since then.
Geography and Climate
The country is divided into three geographic regions: the southern Gelato Coastal Plain, the central Savarin Region, and the northern Melizée Highlands.
While Vulshain is mostly temperate and cool, there are some differences between the three geographic regions of the country.
The Gelato Coastal Plain is influenced by the Gulf of Itur which keeps temperatures mild in winter and moderate in summer. Daytime high temperatures on the coast average less than 89 °F (31.6°C) during the summer. In the winter, the coast has the mildest temperatures in the country, with daytime temperatures rarely dropping below 40°F (4.4°C); the average daytime winter in the Coastal Plain is usually in the mid-60s. Temperatures in the Gelato Coastal Plain rarely drop below freezing even at night. The Gelato Coastal Plain usually receives only one inch (2.5 cm) of snow and/or ice annually, and in some years there may be no snow or ice at all.
The Gulf of Itur has less influence on the Savarin Region, and as a result the Savarin has hotter summers and colder winters than the coast. Daytime highs in the Savarin often average over 90°F (32.2°C) in the summer. While it is not common for temperatures to reach over 100°F (37.8°C) in Vulshain, when it happens, the highest temperatures are to be found in the lower areas of the Savarin. Additionally, the weaker influence of the Gulf of Itur means that temperatures in the Savarin often fluctuate more widely than the coast. The average rainfall is 23-27 inches (600-700 mm) a year. Temperatures in Kitsuniva, the capital of Vulshain, average 77°F (25°C) in the summer and 38°F (4°C) in the winter.
The Melizée Highlands are much colder than the rest of the country. Because of the mountains forming Vulshain’s northern borders, there is much more snow and ice here than one would find further south. In fact, the Melizée Highlands have on average between 36 to 99 days of snow a year. It is usually wetter here than it is in the southern regions.
From the Gelato Coastal Plain to the Savarin Region, and eventually to the mountainous Melizée Highlands, coniferous forest (taiga), mixed and broad-leaf forests, grassland (steppe), and semi-desert (fringing the Appalakit Mountains), as the changes in vegetation reflect the changes in climate. There are 110 mammal species and 469 bird species in Vulshain. A total of 33 animal species and 27 plant species have been included in the Red Data Book of the Confederacy of Vulshain as of 2000 and are now protected.
The Vulshainian elephant, a distant relative of the Indian elephant, is protected under law and is found mainly in the forests and jungles of the eastern region of Vulshain.
As one can see from the above table, Vulpines and Lobos form the majority of Vulshain's population. Humans, despite being a minority, are still treated as equals. Despite this, however, there are a few members among the Vulshainian humans who have been swayed by racist, anti-socialist, anti-royalist, and revolutionary anarchist ideals and beliefs. Still, there are humans who love the monarchy, who despise racism and intolerance, and would gladly and selflessly give their lives for Vulshain.
Vulshain is a nation of many different religions, due to the country’s strong belief in religious tolerance. The Constitution of the Confederacy strictly prohibits a state religion, as the Constitution makes it clear that there is a separation between church and state. However, Celiam Methodism, Den Materism, and Vayan Catholicism are considered the de facto religions, mainly because of the fact that they are the largest faiths in the nation, although this is probably because Vulpines and Lobos make up the largest races in Vulshain. Methodism and Russian Orthodox Christianity are the most practiced branches of Christianity among humans, although there are few Russian Orthodox and Methodist Vulpines and Lobos. This is mainly because the Eastern Orthodox Church of Russia and the United Methodist Church are renowned for being the first human branches of Christianity to accept non-humans with open arms. Other religions like Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and other branches of Christianity are practiced as well.
Unonian and Lobonese are the two national and official languages of Vulshain, due to the majority of the population. Russian and French are considered co-official languages, or secondary languages. Because of this, everything from signs to food wrappers are printed in Lobonese and Unonian, and occasionally in Russian and French. Lobonese and Unonain themselves have changed very little from their first uses in the 6th Century AD and 585 AD respectively, although new words have been added yearly to accommodate with technology.
English is rarely used in everyday life, excluding air traffic controllers and captains of ships. The language is currently taught in schools as one of the languages required to graduate from a Vulshainian high school. The 2011 Census indicates that roughly 32% of the country can speak Lobonese, Unonian, Russian, French, and English fluently, while 24% report they speak Lobonese and Unonian, and another language fluently. 42% of the country speaks Lobonese and Unonian as their only language, while 1% reports they don't speak Lobonese and Unonian at all.
Vulshainians are skilled linguists and thus, many, especially in the business world and politics will learn several languages.
The history of both Vulshain and other nations are taught, although Vulshainian history is usually a little bit nationalistic, but is normally factual and extensive. The histories of other countries are also taught quite extensively as well, in order to promote a better understanding of how the world works. Thanks to taxes, the majority of schools are free. College is also free of cost. Many universities and colleges throughout Vulshain are renowned for being centers of the arts, science, and technology. To be admitted, one's achievements in grade school, along with other areas, are closely looked at. Normally, college can last from three to seven years. It is encouraged for students to go through graduate school, which is also free, but one is required to maintain a strict GPA of at least 3.0. Foreign languages are taught in many schools and universities.
Tourism has become extremely popular, especially after the fall of Merrill Rivers' reign. Beaches and coastal cities are some of the main tourist attractions, as Vulshain's white and dark brown sandy beaches are considered unique and a reasonable place to enjoy warmer weather. Everyone from swimmers to sunbathers to rollerbladers to surfers to marine animal lovers come to Vulshain's beaches. Men wear shorts or pants. Unlike Vekaiyu, bikinis are extremely popular among Vulshainian women, and are designed for both swimming and leisure. However, many Vekaiyun immigrants and those influenced by Vekaiyun culture prefer one piece bathing suits instead. Many foreign tourists, especially from Vekaiyu, experience culture shock upon seeing beaches where the women are wearing bikinis, or even going around topless! There are a few topless and naturist beaches.
Children and adults alike come to see and enjoy the sight of dolphins and whales. The humpback whales that migrate through Vulshain's waters are protected by Confederate law, especially after the current monarch, King Samuil Rainard signed into law prohibiting the fishing industry from harming the whales and dolphins.
Historical locations, such as ancient settlements, intact marble statues honoring pagan gods, cathedrals, castles, pagan temples, and even historical cities, like Kitsuniva and Kitumang, are very popular destinations. Currently, the Royal Confederate Palace was offlimits to tourists, but King Rainard is trying, in vain it would seem, to allow guided tours of the Confederate Palace.
The northern parts of the nation are of a colder climate, and therefore have more snow than other parts of the country. Thus, skiing, ice skating, and snowboarding are enjoyed here. The famous Snow Spa is enjoyed by everyone, as there is even a hot spring here.
After the fall of the Republican Regime, a few labor camp prisons, such as the infamous Thanos Gate Labor Prison Camp, were transformed into museums to remind people of the atrocities that can arise from bigotry and hatred. It is hope that visitors will leave with the knowledge that such tragedies never happen again.
Vandalism of historical sites and monuments is strictly prohibited by law and usually carries the punishment of a huge fine and a couple of years in prison, followed by three years of community service. Tough, but this is no surprise as Vulshain takes pride in its history and culture.
Economy and Industry
Vulshain uses a mixture of a mixed economy and market socialism. This shows that Vulshain is willing to establish a compromise between socialism and capitalism. While there are some problems, so far this economic system has worked out as unemployment was in 2007 to be at 10%. As of February 2012, the unemployment rate dropped to a record low of 5%.
Weapons, aircraft, metals, textiles, technologies, and food account for a vast majority of Vulshain's exports. Before 1999, Vulshain was a major exporter of grain to Laiatan, but as Laiatan became more efficient in grain growing, Vulshain's grain exports slowly dropped by 2009. Vulshain now exports grain to other countries in the hopes of regaining the loss in profits in the grain industry.
Vulshain's economy is very strong in several sectors, such as defense, aerospace, information technology, engineering, metallurgy, and electronics. The government spends a lot of funding to research and further technology. Containable fusion energy has allowed for the advancement of cleaner fusion powerplants, which have slowly been replacing the nuclear fission powerplants. Nanotechnology has been achieved, although so far, nanotechnology has only been used in the medical field, but there has been a good bit of, although slow, progress made in using nanotechnology in other fields. Mining in the mountains has brought iron ore, precious metals and gems, and coal. Titanium and uranium deposits are also mined.
Farming is also important, and is plentiful due to the abundance of rainfall.
Tourism is a major part of the economy. Some experts have even gone so far as too state that tourism helped to bring the nation out of an economic depression following the Vulshainian Civil War.
Vulshain has always had a strong focus on agriculture, especially in the eastern and western parts of the country. Because of an abundance of rainfall in the Savarin Region, the region is quite famous as a center of agriculture.
The Gulf of Itur enables the fishing industry to be quite profitable, although Vulshain's fishing companies have to compete with Laiatanese fishing companies. Despite this, Vulshain's fishing companies are a major contributor to the nation's fish supply.
Vulshain is an up and becoming major energy producer in the region, mainly in fusion energy and renewable energy sources. While Vulshain does have a massive pipeline, it is nothing compared to Laiatan's. Vulshain's western neighbor has expanded into Vulshain per the SITO treaty. While oil and natural gas are abundant in the northern reaches of Vulshain, Vulshain isn't as rich in these resources as Laiatan is. On 1 January 2011, Laiatan said it had begun scheduled oil shipments to Vulshain, with the plan to increase the rate up to 300,000 barrels per day till mid 2012.
Vulshain mainly uses nuclear fusion power plants as a cleaner and more efficient energy source and is currently phasing out nuclear fission power plants in favor of fusion plants. However, Vulshain also operates wind and solar energy plants as well, due to the nation's strong stance on environmental protection. There are also several hydroelectric power plants along several major rivers.
Vulshain's military is voluntary, although in case of a national emergency, an emergency draft can put into action. The only time this draft was used was during the Civil War that started in 2003. Recruits are required to serve a minimum of at least 15 months.
Below is a list of the major holidays in Vulshain. Because of the presence of the Russian Orthodox Church, Christmas is celebrated twice, one for those who follow the Gregorian Calender and those who follow the Julian Calendar. Because of the fact that three de facto religions in Vulshain, Celiam Methodism, Den Materism, and Vayan Catholicism have strong followings in the Confederacy, mainly among Vulpines and Lobos, you will notice that many of Vulshain's holidays are also celebrated in Laiatan and Vekaiyu. Please note that only holidays practiced in Vekaiyu and Vulshain will have their Unonian translation listed. In addition, non-religious holidays are in white, religious holidays are in green, and solstice holidays are in red.
|Holiday Name (English)||Holiday Name (Unonian)||Date||Notes|
|New Year's Day||Veyuni sen Erlo Dei||January 1||Non-working holiday. Start of new calender year.|
|Russian Orthodox Christmas||N/A||January 7||According to the Julian Calendar, this is the date of Christmas for Russian Orthodox Christians.|
|Odin Day||N/A||January 14||Non-working holiday. Celebrates Odin, prophet of Den Materism and son of the Den Mother.|
|Students' Day||N/A||January 25||Established by Queen Sybilla Merririn to commerate the completion of the Confederate University of Kitsuniva in 1770, Students' Day is a day celebrating the carefree times of youth.|
|St. Valentine's Day||N/A||February 14||This day celebrates the spirit of love and compassion. Despite the fact that the day celebrates St. Valentine, there are quite a few pagan customs, especially with a festival outside the The Holy Shrine of Livaia, the Vulpine pagan spirit of love. The festival, while having some pagan customs and traditions, is not an act of pagan worship, but is really a festival of Vulshain's ancient past and traditions. Gifts are exchanged between couples, and the holiday is quite popular as a day for weddings to be held.|
|Day of the Victorious||N/A||February 21||Non-working holiday. This marks the first day of peace following the end of the 2003-2006 Vulshainian Civil War. For many of the veterans of that war, the celebration is bittersweet, as they lost friends and loved ones in the Civil War. Still, they wear their uniforms and medals with honor for all to see.|
|Spring Solstice||Viviseri-ve-Nesu||March 1||Celebrated by both Vayan Catholics and Celiam Methodists, this marks the celebration of the Spring Solstice.|
|Labor Day||N/A||March 5||One of Vulshain's two labor days, this non-working holiday celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of the workers of Vulshain's past, present, and future.|
|Good Friday||N/A||Part of Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum, and typically falls on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday||Non-working holiday, this celebrates Good Friday by many Christian religious groups, especially Celiam Methodists, although Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Good Friday on March 25 according to the Julian Calendar.|
|Good Saturday||N/A||Part of Holy Week and typically falls on the Saturday before Easter Sunday||Non-working holiday. Celebration of the second part of Holy Week.|
|Easter||Sasani sen Christ||Second Sunday in April||Because Easter is celebrated by many, Easter is a major event where many of Vulshain's major religious groups come together to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.|
|Easter Monday||N/A||Part of Holy Week, falls on the Monday after Easter Sunday||Unlike Vayan Catholics, Laiatan Protestants and Celiam Methodists celebrate this day in accordance to their faiths. It is also a non-working day.|
|Festival of the Crown||N/A||April 22||A non-working holiday, this day celebrates all of Vulshain's monarchs, both good and bad. It is a celebration where the people of the Confederacy can show their appreciation and love of their Monarch.|
|St. Aiya Day||Veyune sen Sanka Aiya||May 5||This holiday is celebrated by both Vayan Catholics and Celiam Methodists.|
|Memorial Day||N/A||May 21||Non-working holiday. Celebrates those who gave their lives in all of Vulshain's wars. It often consists of many leaving flowers on the graves of the fallen as well as the current Monarch or other government official visiting the Grave of the Unknown Soldier to give a speech, honoring the noble and heroic sacrifices of those who gave everything so that Vulshain would be safe.|
|Armed Forces Day||N/A||May 23||Non-working holiday. Celebrates those in the past, present, and future of Vulshain's military. There is a massive parade in the Great Square of Kitsuniva.|
|National Saints' Day||N/A||June 8||Non-working holiday. This day celebrates Vulshain's two national patron saints, Saint Jorkett Karabe VI and Saint Kitsuniva Nebisaselari Karabe, who helped to unify Vulshain under a central government during the Wars of the Feuding Cities in the 14th century AD. The day is celebrated by Celiam Methodists, Laiatan Protestants, and Vayan Catholics. While Saint Jorkett Karabe VI was a Laiatan Protestant, he was named a passion bearer by the Vayan Catholic Church in Vulshain for his strong piety during the Wars of the Feuding Cities. Saint Kitsuniva Nebisaselari Karabe was made a saint by the Vayan Catholic Church because of her strong desire for peace. All across Vulshain, church bells are rung in honor of the Confederacy's patron saints.|
|Summer Solstice||Kesuni-ve-Nesu||June 21||Celebrating the Summer Solstice by both Celiam Methodists and Vayan Catholics.|
|Family Day||N/A||July 14||Non-working holiday. Celebrates families in Vulshain. Although mainly a Celiam Methodist holiday, members of other faiths and religions celebrate Family Day as a time to be close to one's loved ones. It is also a day of sorrow in addition to joy. Before the day ends, many family members visit the graves of loved ones who have passed away to leave gifts ranging from flowers to pictures to even tears and laughters.|
|Liberation Day||N/A||July 24||Non-working holiday. Celebrates the overthrow of Merrill Rivers' Republican Regime and the restoration of the Monarchy. However, it should be noted that the Monarchical Revolution ended on July 23. This is because Vulshainians wanted to celebrate the first day of peace, instead of the last day of war. Since the capture of Merrill Rivers, this day will surely become very important and even more festive in the future.|
|Workers' Day||Veyunes sen Lervensessi||July 31||Non-working holiday. The second of Vulshain's two labor days. This one was established by King Alaric Aurelivolod, who wanted to honor the workers of the Confederacy. While King Aurelivolod is honored on this day, the real honor goes to his wife, the Vekaiyun socialist Svetlana Milirina, who is called the Champion of the Workers.|
|Laiatan New Year||N/A||September 12||Non-working holiday. Beginning of the new Den Materism calender year.|
|Fall Solstice||Oseseviri-ve-Nesu||September 21||Celebrates the Fall Solstice for Vayan Catholics and Celiam Methodists|
|Constitution Day||N/A||November 10||Marks the day when the Constitution of the Confederacy was signed by King Fersoltsy Arkadyon.|
|Thanksgiving Day||N/A||November 24||Non-working holiday in order to give people a time to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends.|
|Peace Days||N/A||December 16 and 17||Non-working holidays. These two days mark the end of the Five Year War between Vulshain and Laiatan.|
|Winter Solstice||Nur-ve-Nesu||December 21||A non-working holiday, this day celebrates the Winter Solstice.|
|Christmas Eve||N/A||December 24||Non-working holiday that marks the celebration of Christmas Eve for many religious groups and faiths. For example, Laiatan Protestants, Celiam Methodists, and Vayan Catholics hold church services to honor the birth of the Christ child.|
|Christmas Day||Aldiasoh sen Christ||December 25||Non-working holiday. This day is celebrated by many throughout Vulshain as everyone, from children to the elderly, open presents and celebrate the spirit of joy and happiness that the holiday brings.|