| National motto: |
Fuerza, Fraternidad, Pureza
(Ingliz: Strength, Brotherhood, Purity)
| National anthem:|
Marzo de los Trabajadores
(Ingliz: March of the Workers)
|Founding date||1988 CE|
|Largest City||Ixabela - (2.8 million)|
|Admin. Divisions||8 Regions|
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|Time Zones|| CLT (Central Lusitierran Time)|
Political Map of Fernandina
The region was discovered by the Etrurian explorer Ferdinand Lusiora in the early 1200’s, at that time Fernandina was the land of several complex civilizations all descended from a group of Pirachwan immigrants who arrived to the continent in the mid to late 600s CE. These civilizations employed intricate systems of commerce and tribute and while occasionally warring over territory or honor, existed in a state of healthy rivalry. These literate cultures revolved around cities with monumental architecture, astronomical studies, mathematics, and organized militaries. The natives remained generally undisturbed by the colonists for nearly a century. By this time the colonists, by now referring to themselves as the Aspenish, began to trickle into the area from the southwest settling the coastal area near the mouth of the Preciosa River. Native contact remained fairly light and usually involved the trading of local exotics for modern Aspenish weapons and tools.
In the mid 1500’s the Aspenish Empire controlled most of Lusitierra, including what is now Odessa to the north, and was gaining momentum. This influx of Aspenish brought even larger numbers of settlers and soldiers to affirm their control over the region. Native lands were coerced away by false treaty or purchased under duress. The Aspenish even employed a few tribes with empty promises of power to help them subdue the others. Eventually the natives being militarily inferior succumbed to the Aspenish. Stripped of their wealth, many were exploited for labor, those who weren't moved inland. There are still substantial numbers of these native people practicing their ancient rituals and living in the old way. They are generally looked upon as peculiar by those of Aspenish descent.
Fernandina, or "Territitorio Nordestal" under the Aspenish, experienced several economic booms during the 17th and 18th centuries. Most notably as a whaling and fishing center then due to the rich cotton yields of the region as a textile center. In the 1900s coal and oil were discovered once again infusing the economy with capital. Rich businessmen of Aspenia were attracted to the center of it all, the thriving city of Ixabela, making it the home for the emerging bourgeoisie who pulled the strings of the Empire's economy.
In 1988, when the financially troubled and militarily overextended Aspenia conceded to grant the territory independence. Under the prominent noble Berganza family Fernandina had a bright outlook. The nation enjoyed 73 years of independent progress and capitalism under a parliamentary government. This came to an abrupt end in 2061 after the Ixabela Stock Market crashed the and banking system collapsed. Shortly afterward the government was overthrown by the Fernandinan Army, led by General Alberto Carallo. This Fascist military government would gradually be influenced by Pravnicka and evolve into the present day Communalist system. Today the government is run by the National Unity Party which controls the military and all trade.
Old plights, new reforms
Today the warm south-central coast region is heavily populated. Unemployment, while falling, is still rampant resulting in more than 65% of the population living at or below poverty level. Most of the infrastructure remains from the country's short industrial boom that was stunted by a military coup, and is now crumbling and over-burdened. However, in the past two years, President Curro has put in place major reforms which are now successfully contributing to large public works projects in Ixabela and other major cities.
The largest city and primary port, Ixabela is a sprawling conglomeration of once-beautiful colonial buildings, peddlers, children, animals, canals, razor wire and shanties. The area along the main rivers of Xavier, Preciosa and the coast have an extremely large population, are environmentally stressed as well as polluted. Under President Curro's Nueva Nación reforms, Ixabela has been designated as a special economic zone (SEZ). The city's large port has been renovated and a vast swath of urban blight is being cleared and beautified to attract international corporations.
In 2116, President Curro signed into law the Tribal Cession Agreement which defined the autonomous tribal state of Anahuac. The law promised complete cession of almost one-third of the Fernandina's area to native Lusitierran tribes, granting them independence for the first time in well over a century and a half. This decision was later repealed by the Fernandinan parlaiment prompting the High Council of Anahuac to accept the favorable terms of Amical Protectorate status extended by the Torentine Empire. Further action is expected by Fernandina and it's Communalist allies.
Including Anahuac, Fernandina's population consists of about 65% Aspenish and 15% Native while around 15% are combination of Aspenish and Native Lusitain. Traces of Anadili and Norric features in the southeast part of the country can be attributed to earlier Torentine colonization. Only five native tribes still remain, the larger Zapalatec and Tocitec in the north and east, Alacoalca in the northwest, Coatl in the east along the Acatl-Xochitl River and finally the Mina tribe which occupies a small area of swamplands in the southeast.
Government & Politics
Officially Fernandina operates under a 3 branch government: Executive, Legislative and Justice. The government is headed up by the Executive branch which consists of the President, who is Chairman of the National Unity Party, and his cabinet. The legislature (Parlaiment and House of Representatives) which consists of "elected" officials from each municipality and region still exists. However, there has not been an election since 2090 or an assembly since 2093. Representatives are only so in title and as they die off they are not replaced. The Justice branch consists of the Chief Justice, Attorney General and 5 other Justices. All are appointed by the Executive branch. The Prime Minister is under direct orders of the Chairman as well as being part of the Cabinet. He also is head of the nation's 17 ministries.
Fernandina remains under martial law as it has since 2088. The Military acts as the primary law enforcement in charge of border areas, native race management and immigration/population. It is headed up by General Abel Dionisio. For Fernandina, positive political relations are for the most part limited to that of other Communalist nations.