Statisland

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The Federal Socialist Democratic Republic of Statisland

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Flag of Statisland
Motto: "Simul habemus omnia"
Together, we have everything
Anthem: "Nineteen Eighty-Four"
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Statisland in the northern hemisphere
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Map of Statisland
CapitalMiddleborough
LargestMiddleborough
(pop. 500,000)
Recognised national languagesCodexian, Staynish
Recognised regional languagesVistarian, Blueacian, Ethalrian language
Ethnic groups
Human
Demonym(s)Statistian
Government
• 
The Main Consortium
LegislatureConsortia
Establishment
• Formation
1984
Area
• 
220,230 km2 (85,030 sq mi)
Population
• 2020 estimate
10,000,000
• Density
45.4/km2 (117.6/sq mi)
GDP (nominal)estimate
• Total
Ʉ 14,610,000,000
• Per capita
Ʉ 1,461
CurrencyɄ (Uurwerk) (SLU)
Time zoneUTC+2
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy
Driving sideright
Calling code+53
Internet TLD.stl

Statisland, in its current form as a nation, is fairly new. Despite having no long history as a nation, one can say that its "history" is very special nonetheless. It started about 5 to 6 decades ago.

Statisland is a former province of Alva, located west of the metropolitan city of Urgabom in West Yasteria. Though Alva's population consisted mostly of elves, Statisland was a province that was mainly inhabited by humans. During the Great Frustration that started around 1974, the number of elves in Statisland diminished even further, as many of them moved to Alva to join their respective clans. It is also said that many were extracted from Statisland by Alvan secret forces, but apart from a few exceptions no evidence for that claim was ever found.

The people of Statisland, witnessing the evil and corruption of power, and unevenly divided wealth in Alva and other nations in the region, became more and more attracted to the idea of forming a community based on peace and equality. At first, meetings were held in secret. All over the country, local debates were organised and mailing groups were established. After a while, local newspapers started reporting on the issues. People became more voiced and more and more people started chipping in. The idea grew and spread across the country. By the end of the seventies, there was a movement that appeared unstoppable by the regime at that time. After increasingly frequent international media coverage, like minded people came to Statisland to join the movement. At the same time, many people looking for power and excessive wealth left the country as it became clear they would not get the future they wanted for themselves. This included people from the regimes at that time. Statisland decided to build a society, for all Statistians and not just for the wealthy or powerful few. They wanted to build a society where possession or inheritance could not lead to classes or castes and where power would be spread evenly.

In 1984, a symposium was being held. During this event, a new constitution was drafted. The former regime, or what was left of it, transferred power to the people of Statisland. Statistians saw, all over Urth and during the entire history, that money (possession) and power are corruptive. But they established that every individual was born equal and that they are to be treated as such. Wealth and power would be distributed evenly over Statistians. The government would be formed by consortia, being groups of people that would be formed on a case by case basis. As some government would be necessary indefinitely, The Main Consortium was established, where people were voted in for a term of one year. Decisions by all consortia could always be overturned by the population. The one year term would ensure that policy-makers would be less corruptible. They can be re-elected after two years though. For describing their government type, terms like "fair communism" and "real communism" were dropped, as communism might still lead to the idea of a everything belonging to an institution (i.e. the state) instead of to the people. Also the term "people's republic" was coined and dropped, due to the fact that some known people's republics were perceived as in fact very oppressive and corrupted.

Since Middleborough is the largest city and because it lies very central in the country, it became the place where The Main Consortium most frequently came together. For these reasons it is internationally considered as the nation's capital. Officially though, because of equality, Statisland does not have a capital. In 2009, the nation celebrated its 25-year existence.

The country of Statisland

Topographical map of Statisland
Map of Statisland with elevations and province borders.

Topography

Statisland is located in west-Yasteria, approx. between latitudes 35° and 40° N and longitudes 25° and 30° E. Statisland has borders with Alva to the east, with Heatherspike to the north, and with Nakosa to the north-west. To the south, Statisland is enclosed by the Sea of Alva. Statisland consists of one large main land and two small islands. The larger island is called Statis Island. The smaller island (126 km2) is mainly used for recreation and tourism. It is home to a giant statue of a man and a woman, holding a torch, looking across the sea.

Statisland is divided into 10 provinces.

Geography

Due to its special geographical position in the Sea of Alva, and its rich relief, Statisland has a varied climate system. This, along with having a coast line at a sea that is not directly influenced by ocean streams, a large flat land but also highlands with mountains of over 3 km high, and also forests and steppe-like areas, has lead to a wide diversity in flora as in fauna.

Climate

A major part of Statisland, south-west of the mountain ridge has a relatively cool version of the humid subtropical climate (Cfa according to the Köppen climate classification), featuring hot, humid summers with frequent thunderstorms and foggy, damp and chilly winters, with sudden bursts of frost.The east coast is less wet than the west coast, but is generally colder in the winter. North to north-eastern katabatic winds can lead to sudden temperature drops and severe snowfall of up to several meters in 24 hours. This wind blows in gusts, which can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h. Forests north and east of the country’s center protect the rest of the south somewhat from these winds, but the east coast can be affected. The southern part of the country is warmer, more worthy of a climate called “subtropical”. Generally, during the winter, the coasts are kept warm by the warm sea temperature.

East and north of the mountains, cold arid climates occur, mainly the BSk climate, but with a BWk climate to the far north. In the mountainous areas, a Dfa climate occurs, locally switching to Dfc.

Nature

Vegetation

The diverse regions are home to thousands of plant species. Vegetation types range from forests to woodlands, savannas, shrublands, and grasslands. Forests at lower elevations dominantly see different types of oak (quercus) together with hornbeam (carpinus), maple (acer), poplar (populus), elm (ulmus), spruce (picea) and ash (fraxinus). Near the southern shores, a wide diversity of sclerophyll vegetation can be found in the wild. South of the nation's mountain area, at a level of 1000m pine (pinus) becomes the dominant species accompanied by spruce (picea), fir (abies) and other coniferous types, at moderate altitudes still along with beech (fagus), chestnut (castanea), and birch (betula). On the north slopes, another combination of fir, beech and pines can be found along with barberry (berberis), larch (larix) and juniper (juniperus). Mountain summits are covered with meadows and woody shrublands including juniper (juniperus), whitebeam (sorbus) and cranberry (vaccinium).

Wildlife

Statisland is home to many animals. The warmer southern regions see several endemic amphibians including salamanders and frogs. The forests south-west of the mountains are still endemic to wolves, forest cats, and bears. Deer, marten, wild boars, goats, hares, and otters can be seen almost everywhere in the nation, while the mountains see certain species of goats and mouflons. The arid areas north and east of the mountains are home to many small animals like mice, gerbils, hedgehogs, rats, foxes, jackrabbits, and weasels.

The nation also showcases a wide variety of birds, ranging from everyday sparrows, swifts, tits, crows, jays, magpies, pigeons and doves, to waterfowl like ducks, geese and swans, to sea birds like sandpipers, gulls, jeagers or skuas, and terns, to birds of prey like owls, hawks, eagles and falcons.