Consulate of Stražsko
Motto: 'Spolupráci a Budoucnost'
'Cooperation and Future'
Anthem: 'Stražská Vlast'
and largest city
|Recognised national languages||Král|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Constitutional Parliamentary Republic|
• Vice Consul
|Chamber of State|
|Chamber of Deputies|
• Grand Duchy of Stražsko
• Communist Union of Stražsko
• New Stražská Order
• Consulate of Stražsko
|171,543 km2 (66,233 sq mi)|
• 2018 census
|GDP (nominal)||2021 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||South Hills Dollar (SHD)|
|Date format||yyyy-mm-dd (CE)|
|ISO 3166 code||SZ, SAZ|
Stražsko is a landlocked country in Southeast Gondwana, nestled in the mountains, foothills, and plains between Korćetta, Aivintis, and Joralesia. Stražsko has a population of 3.3 million, mostly ethnic Stražská, with a significant Král minority. The Consulate of Stražsko is a constitutional parliamentary republic, with elections every five years but a high degree of corruption, ethnic tension, and instability.
Stražsko is a developing state, contrasting the success of its neighbors with financial and economic woes within its borders. Though the official language is Stražská, the Král language is nationally recognized. Město Vítězství is the capital and largest city, and no other major urban centers exist.
The Stražská and Král tribes coalesced into the Grand Duchy of Stražsko in 892, an absolutist feudal monarchy with an agricultural economy. In 923, it faced control by the neighboring Korćettan power. As the rest of the world modernized, however, its feudal roots were unchanging. In 1897, this came to a head when the Communist Union of Stražsko united to depose the Duke and install a single-party dictatorship.
The economic and political failures of this inexperienced government, which sought to rush innovation and progress and force Stražská growth, blah. blah blah. short history summary because my last attempt ran too long.
Stražsko is a minor power and a small state in international affairs, wielding little influence or diplomatic weight on a geopolitical stage. Though it has largely been free of external conflict, its internal strife and isolation has kept it from maintaining a significant presence in global politics. The Stražská economy is focused on agriculture, and, while poorer than most nations, is still richer than the nations of Southwest Gondwana.
The Grand Duchy of Stražsko was founded in the early 9th century under a tribal chieftain as the first country in the region of Stražsko. During the Warring Kingdoms period of Aivintis, the Grand Duchy remained a neutral trading power. In 923, Liesvozia conquered Stražsko while searching for a path to the southern strait. When Korćetta was formed, Stražsko became a safe haven for non-human species. The Grand Duchy maintained its traditionally feudal, absolutist monarchy even into the 18th and 19th centuries, while other countries democratized, until popular revolt upturned the monarchy.
In 1897, the Communist Union of Stražsko was established by left-wing populist leaders of the Communist Revolution, minor feudal lords of the Král ethnicity who then formed the Politburo of the Stražská Communist Party. Though they modeled the government and planned the economy off of the successful communist and democratic states outside Stražsko, the lack of natural development and low economic output strained state capacity. Furthermore, the dominance of the Král minority led to ethnic tension between them and the more populous Stražská population, whose representation was small.
Instability, dissatisfaction, and economic upheaval began a dark age in the early 20th century, until 1919, when the Communist Union Army, under the command of Ondřej Kadlec, the Secretary of Defense, overthrew the Communist Union, assassinating key party leaders and politicians and establishing the New Stražská Order (Nová Stražská Objednávka), a nationalist military dictatorship which proceeded to force Král minorities into slums or exile. At the head of the regime, Ondřej Kadlec was proclaimed the Ochránce, or Dictator.
The institution of free market capitalism with little regulation quickly enabled the rise of plutocratic oligarchs and business elites who shared power with the military authority. Many of these elites were descendants of the feudal lords which governed in the middle ages or party elites from the Communist Union. The same elite ruling class guided the country into more government corruption and more lower class poverty. Rule was enforced by the Umlčet, a secret police.
In September 1930, a series of small scale riots and revolts, following the total collapse of the Stražská economy, brought an end to the New Stražská Order. Famine had swept through the country only six months prior, followed by disease, and the inability of the state to solve these crises led to discontent. Defection in the army and the Umlčet only embolded the riots and revolts. After a mob stormed the capital and killed Ondřej Kadlec, the state had collapsed.
For weeks, riots and mob rule led to mass crime in the capital and other large settlements, until the remnants of the military, supported by an international peacekeeping force of Aivintian and Korćettan soldiers, enforced strict order in the country. Under international pressure, though, the elites compromised with the people, holding a referendum on a new constitution drafted with international oversight.
In 1933, the Constitution came into effect and international peacekeepers withdrew.