Cappedore

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The Commonwealth of Cappedore

Samveldið í Cappedore
Flag of Cappedore
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Emblem
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Motto: "Working together, Learing together, Achieving together"
Cappedore's location in northwestern Gondwana, bordering Libertanny and Zukchiva to the northwest.
Cappedore's location in northwestern Gondwana, bordering Libertanny and Zukchiva to the northwest.
CapitalAbsolution
Largest cityPerigneaux
Recognised national languagesStaynish, Cappedorite
Demonym(s)Cappedorite
GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Lambertus VII
Diana Kipling
LegislatureNational Council
EstablishmentTBD
Population
• 2020 estimate
32,874,093
GDP (nominal)2021 estimate
• Total
Ç 350.443 billion
• Per capita
Ç 13,333
HDI (2021)0.940
very high
CurrencyCappedorite Cround (Ç)
Driving sideleft
Calling code+07
Internet TLD.cap
The Commonwealth of Cappedore, (Samveldið í Cappedore in Native Cappedorite), is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy located on Urth. It is a unitary state of 12 principalities. The capital of Cappedore is Absolution, which lies along the country's northeastern coastline. Since December 1921, Cappedore has been a part of the Morstaybishlian Empire.

Etymology

The origin of the name Cappedore is unclear, and the modern-day variation is derived from the Staynish language. The earliest record of the name of Cappedore dates from the 14th century, when it appears in the trilingual inscriptions of two early Rauðiættbálkurinn chiefs. In these inscriptions, the old Rauðiættbálkurinnian name is 'Kaptapruda'. It was proposed that Kapta-pruda came from the ancient Cappedorite terminologies meaning 'Land of the Kaptas' or 'Realm of the Kapta Folk'. However, where the term 'kapta' derived from is unclear. Some historians speculated that 'kapta' refers to the ancient elven tribe Katpatuka, a prominent tribal kingdom in the area during the 11th and 12th centuries. The similarities between these two names, however, has been dismissed as simply coincidental, as no further historical evidence has been discovered that links the Katpatuka tribe to the name 'Kaptapruda'.


Another 15th century piece by a Rauðiættbálkurinn chief tells us that the name of the Kaptaprudans was applied to them by the rivalling tribe Bláasamfélagið who used the term 'kapta' as a derogatory term for their enemies, while they were also termed by other tribes as 'koopstas' which was most likely a term descended from the Kooptarooma tribe of the 9th century.

History

A 4th century piece of artwork depicting the typical day of a Kaptaprudan.
A map depicting the most prominent tribal kingdoms of 4th-6th century Cappedore.

Early History (300 AD - 1100 AD)

Historical evidence of Cappedore's habitants date back to the 4th century during the years of the disputed territories of the Kaptapruda. During this time, Cappedore was a land of multiple indigenous tribes and tribal kingdoms, the most prominent of this time being the Tribal Kingdom of Aluhie, which dominated central Cappedore until the 6th century. These tribes often traded tea and spices with eachother leading to a stable but primitive economy in the area. The land was always rich and fertile.

Medieval History and the Two Kingdoms (1200 AD)

In the medieval ages, the kingdoms of Osmiri and Odommri would expand towards the northeastern coast of Cappedore where they would establish major settlements such as Cagny, Lakay and Absolution (earlier known as Nzuzu). This would go on to forge a rivalry between the two kingdoms who even built The Great Wall of Kaptapruda as a display of their hatred for eachother.

Middle Ages and Conflict (1400 AD - 1600 AD)

In 1500, war broke out between the two nations after Osmirian High King Nnunu II was assassiated by Odommrian in an attempt to illegally usurp the throne of Osmiri. Expectedly, this lead to a war breaking out between the two which lead to the Fall of the Wall of Kaptapruda which symbolises the breaking point of tension between the two kingdoms. The war ended in 1530, which ended in white peace. This angered many Odommrian and Osmirian civilians as they had lost many relatives in a war that lasted 3 years all for nothing.

Arrival of Morstaybishlia (1600 AD - 1700 AD)

Absolution after the arrival of the Morstaybishlians and the beginning of the Spice Trade.

In the 1600s, the Morstaybishlian Empire arrived in the area and began trading with the Odommrian Kingdom, where the Odommrians would give spices to the Morstayblishians in return for new, more advanced materials. When word of the trade reached Osmiri, the kingdom began pillaging and raiding old Odommrian ports where the trade was taking place. They were successful, which lead to the restriction of the spice trade. However, this eventually lead the Morstaybishlian Empire to begin securing the trade in the area, which forced the Osmiri kingdom to retreat as they were underdeveloped and dumbfounded.


This forced the Osmiri kingdom into exile outside of Cappedore amd Odommri expanded into former Osmiri territory, now spanning the whole of the northeastern coast of Cappedore. Osmiri later renamed itself to 'Cappedore', heavily backed by the Morstaybishlian Empire now operated as a colony state.

Piracy in Cappedore

Piracy in Cappedore arose during the 1700s when Morstaybishlian hegemony only allowed registered ships to legally trade in the territory, which was increasingly expensive. As a result, piracy became a popular alternative among Cappedorites and even exiled Osmirians, who would work alongside Cappedorite pirates. Consequently, on 27 November 1709, the port of Lakay was raided by 'The Red-Handed Guild', resulting in the deaths of 53 Cappedorite civilians and dealing a huge blow to Cappedorite economy as Lakay acted as one of Cappedore's primary importing and exporting centers next to Absolution.

Mass Extermination (1700 AD - 1900 AD)

Ineffective governing and weak establishment of the Cappedorite region ultimately lead to the uprising of Osmirian exiles in western Cappedore in the 18th century in a war for independence which failed. This eventually lead to multiple smaller conflicts all across Cappedore during the southwestern expansion towards more mountainous land where multiple Osmirians had been in exile. As a result, the mass extermination of Osmirians commenced between the 18th and 19th centuries, ultimately leading to the deaths of 2.2 million Osmirian people who had been captured by Cappedorite forces. The consequences of these mass exterminations are still felt by Cappedore today, with many pro-Osmirian groups rioting and revolting in western and northeastern Cappedore since 1899.

Sovereignty (1921 AD - 1932 AD)

In December 1921, Great Morstaybishlia granted independence to Cappedore in a show of affection. Cappedore also insisted that it remained under the Morstaybishlian crown.

Religion

Religious land has been disputed in Cappedore for some time, however the most prominent has been the Nkwenye Ọnwụ religion which stemmed from the early Aluhie tribal kingdom in the 5th century.

Early Religious Beliefs (400 AD - 1200 AD)

Early Cappedorites who followed Nkwenye Ọnwụ believed in transendance and 'Ya', the goddess of becoming and being. Early Cappedorites would gather outside during specific times of the evening to witness a comet that they believed was the home of Ya, which had a bright red glow. Although they did not see the comet, ancient Nkwenye Ọnwụan legend mentions that the only way to witness and reach the comet would be to 'transcend'. Nkwenye Ọnwụans believed that death was simply transcendance to the 'next level of being', or what they called the 'Stage of Becoming'.


This belief ultimately lead to the mass suicide of 29 Nkwenye Ọnwụans on an unknown date in the Myoghatt Mountains, the remains of whom were not discovered until 1899.

Religious Beliefs of the middle ages (1200 AD - 1600 AD)

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Arrival of Thaerism (1600 AD - present)

After the arrival of Morstaybishlia in the 17th century, Thaerism was introduced to the Odommrian kingdom. The Odommrians were convinced to reject the beliefs of Nkwenye Ọnwụ for Thaerism as an agreement with the Morstaybishlians during the spice trade. The spread of Thaerism corresponded with Cappedore's expansion towards the south west and west.

Governance

The Palace of the National Council in Absolution where the Cappedorite legislature is held.

Cappedore is a part of the Morstaybishlian Empire, and it classes itself as a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Before 1921, Cappedore was ruled by the Monarch of Morstaybishlia and its parliament. Today, Cappedore is governed directly by the National Council, although the principalities of Cappedore do have their own devolved governments.


Since devolution, in which the principalities of Cappedore each have their own devolved parliaments or assemblies for local issues, there has been a debate on how to counterbalance this in northeastern Cappedore. Originally it was planned that the principalities of Cucrary and Lusheynga would be more devolved than the more outlying regions, but follwing the proposal's rejection by the National Council in 2004, this has not been carried out.

Politics

Prime Minister Diana Kipling in 2019.

The head of state of Cappedore is King Lambertus VII of Great Morstaybishlia, who is Cappedore's de jure monarch due to the country's membership of the Morstaybishlian Empire. Instead, Cappedore is ruled directly by a democratically elected head of government. Right now, the incumbent Prime Minister of Cappedore is Diana Kipling, who has been Prime Minister since 2019.


Cappedore's legislature is under a unicameral system, meaning there is only one house of legislature. Cappedore's only house of legislature is the National Council of Cappedore, which consists of 24 representatives with 2 being elected from each principality. Right now, the National Council consists of 10 representatives of the Cappedore Independence Party, 8 representatives of the Labour Party and 5 representatives of the Conservative Party. 1 seat is allocated to a Speaker of the Council, which is currently held by a Labour Party representative. Typically, the party with the most seats has superiority over the council, however Cappedore has been under a government of national unity since 2010.

Law

The Cappedorite legal system, developed over the centuries, is the signatory of common law legal systems used in most MBE countries. The court systems is headed by the Senior Courts of Cappedore, consisting of the Court of Appeal, the High Court of Justice for civil cases, and the Grand Court for criminal cases. The Supreme Court of Justice is the highest court for criminal and civil cases in Cappedore. It was created in 1991 after constitutional changes.

Regions, principalities and councils

The subdivisions of Cappedore consist of up to 12 principalities controlled through a variety of types of administrative entities created for the purposes of local government. Every 5 years, 2 representatives are elected by the citizens of Cappedore to represent their party using a system of Single transferable vote and are elected to represent their respective principalities in the National Council.

Each principality has its own devolved legislatures, such as the Parliament of New Cumberland to name an example. Each principality is devolved into around 200-300 constituency depending on the principality's population density. Representatives for these constituencies are elected usually 2 months after a general election (where primary representatives are elected to the National Council) using a system of first-past-the-post. There are no term limits in Cappedore.

During the Coup d'état, the principalities of Cappedore would be completely dismantled by the then dictator Dale Kellogg after he subjected the country under his rule. This resulted in the Commission of Principalities in 1932 after Kellogg's rule was toppled with Morstaybishlian support.

Along with devolution in the country and principalities, Cappedore also employs local councils and unitary authorities to handle much smaller, local issues within Cappedore, from protection of the Cappedorite coast in Cucrary to the evolving issue with Osmirian exiles in the Myoghatt Mountains.


Geography

Landscape and rivers

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Climate

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Nature and wildlife

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Major conurbations

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