Metropolitan territory of the Flamaguayan Confederation
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27 sq mi
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Flamaguay is a country where the law is applied universally to all men and women. Citizens of Flamaguay participate in the selection of those who make the rules and laws for the country. All children go to school and nobody starves to death in Flamaguay. There are no entire slum neighbourhoods in Flamaguay. Anyone can come and live (and vote!) in Flamaguay. This is all the product of Flamaguayan history and culture, which although imperfect has produced a nation-state markedly different from the corrupt and fallen polities that populate the world. Flamaguayans think Poleckia is nice, but its not Flamaguay.
The Flamaguayan Confederation is a rationally codified democratic state located in south-west Wallasea, bordering the Oryontic Ocean to the east, it shares a small land frontier with Embrea to the north, adjoining Zegora-Bogatovia to the west. Spanning ?-sq km, Flamaguay counts with just over 86 million inhabitants distributed within the nineteen Marches that compose the Hegemony. With a gross domestic product of $4.8 trillion, Flamaguay is one of the worlds largest economies and one of the richest on a per-capita basis. It's large service sector, economic openness, and high standard of living classify it as a developed market.
Flamaguay is a secular semi-direct democracy with a strong federal state headed by the Caudillo. The Marches are sub-national entities with power of self-governance over certain political aspects, mainly social, educational, and law-enforcement policy.
The overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of the Hegemony are ethnic Flamaguayans, who in turn are primarily Reformed Oswinists. Oswinism is central to life in Flamaguay, being embedded in many of the traditions and rituals associated with everyday life and the institutions of the various Marches. Religious and ethnic minority groups in Flamaguay enjoy full equality in the law and the Hegemony is regarded as a cultural mosaic of various Wallasean, and even more exotic, groups.
The leading hypothesis for the origin of the name Flamaguay derives from the antique Lisanian term, which may be translated as "the land of the Flams". The Flams were the prehistoric inhabitants of south-west Wallasea. Although the Flams predated Lisanian civilization by thousands of years, the Lisanians and their contemporaries were aware of their existence. Flams erected large stone monoliths in the center of their settlements, managing to do so without much technological development. Large monuments were found all across the south-western Flamaguayan coast, with the name "Flamaguay" being utilised to refer firstly to this area, and since the formation of the modern polity, to the country as a whole.
Flamaguay has consistently participated as a significant actor in world history, principally in Wallasea and Veridis. A rich maritime nation, it has left its mark in various corners of the world. Flamaguay is still traumatized by the severe civil conflict that followed the Great War, and resulted in the loss of its colonies and set the country backwards in its development. Flamaguay's economic rebound in the 60s and 70s lifted it to never before reached heights in terms of quality of life, a trend it has more or less maintained since then. However, there are quite a few Flamaguayans who long for their past laurels.
Flamaguay is a rationally codified democracy. The government is regulated by the Flamaguayan Constitution, which establishes a detailed system of codes, checks, and balances, serving as the supreme legal document of the nation. As a federation, Flamaguayan citizens are subject to four levels of government, with different obligations: federal, march, region, and municipal. Government officials in every level are elected, either directly or indirectly, by a vote of adult citizens by circumscription.
The March (Marca) is the building-block of the unified Flamaguayan nation. Historically, a March denoted the frontier territories around the wealthy merchant-towns that were the political centers of pre-unification Flamaguay. Presently the Marches have evolved into administrative units, varying wildly in size and population. Each March is legally a sovereign power, retaining considerable autonomy over local matters with the ability to independently pass legislation. The national state, modeled as a Confederation, retains powers related to economic policy, external affairs and defense. Historically the Marches had complex relations of rights and obligations as members of the Hegemony, now the only remaining obligation is to provide manpower, as a proportion of their population, to the Confederation as a whole.
Each one of the nineteen Marches in the Hegemony counts with its own Plenary of the Levy, a council composed by those citizens that are eligible for, or have provided, military service. These Plenaries legislate on local affairs and are headed by a Supplier of Quota (Repartidor de Cuota). Each Plenary selects Comptrollers, who sit on the Council of Notables, and Hidalgos, who integrate the College of Infantes. The Council of Notables oversees economic legislation, while the College of Infantes staff the institutions related to law, order, and national defense. At the start of every five-year term, the Comptrollers and Hidalgos in joint session appoint a Caudillo to guide the Hegemony as a whole in case of emergency, being the ultimate arbiter of the "Serenity of the Confederation". The Ministries of the Hegemony, with the Caudillo at their head, constitute the executive arm of the state. The Prosecutor of the Community (Abogadoria de la Comunidad) is the maximum judicial organ in the Confederation, with one-third of its 60-member panel being elected every 5 years by a national-level vote of all citizens. Should the Prosecutor of the Community reach a deadlock on any decision, the tie is broken by a vote between the nineteen Suppliers of Quotas.
The Municipality is the smallest administrative division in Flamaguay, Municipalities are tasked with minor administrative tasks, with many municipalities grouped into a Commune (Comuna). A Commune counts with a court of first instance, as well as a local council. The Commune is the center of day-to-day political life for the average Flamaguayan citizen. The Commune has strong powers to pass local ordinance, and citizens possess the initiative to impact legislation through petitions and referendums. Encompassing the Communes are the Regions, with their primary purpose being to contain courts of appeal. Regional governments are weak, either having policy dictated by March as a whole, or being required to delegate decision-making to the Communal level.
Flamaguay is subdivided into 19 Marches (marcas). The country is further divided into Regions, which are composed of Communes. Municipalities, the lowest form of administrative division, make up the Communes.
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The Flamaguayan Constitution of 1964 "upholds the protection of all Flamaguayans, and of all the people living in Flamaguay, in their exercise of the rights attributable to them in regards to their person, to fair trial and judgement, to participation in governance, and to uphold their cultures and traditions". Widely regarded as a liberal and humanist polity, Flamaguay consistently places highly in terms of international rankings measuring personal, religious, political, sexual, and press freedoms. Vulnerable groups, such as children, the elderly, the physically handicapped and the developmentally challenged, enjoy more extensive protection under the law.
All Flamaguayan residents enjoy a wide variety of rights: to life; to their person; to health services; to food; to shelter; to a fair trial; and freedoms: from torture; of movement; of expression; of conscience; of thought.
A free press is a central characteristic of public discourse in Flamaguay. Each municipality counts with at least one newspaper or newsletter, amounting to thousands across the whole nation. A dozen newspapers dominate the national market, with their circulation being measured in the millions. Aside from moderate libel laws, there is virtually no censorship in the country.
Flamaguay recognises civil unions for any two adult citizens of sane state of mind. The state does not register religious matrimony, which are regarded as independent contracts between the issuing religious institution and the individuals involved.
Flamaguay is a founding member of the Comprehensive Negotiating Framework for Southern Wallasea, and maintains positive relationships with all member states. The foreign relations of Flamaguay are centered around ensuring the self-preservation of the Flamaguayan state from its historic rivals in Prekovy and the Common law. Flamaguay is extensively involved diplomatically among its former colonies in Veridis, having repaired relations with all states with the exception of Puerto Blanco.
The Flamaguayan Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas de Flamaguay) are the military and paramilitary forces of the Flamaguayan state, with the Caudillo serving as supreme commander. They are composed by the Flamaguayan Army (Ejercito Nacional), the Flamaguayan Navy (Armada Nacional), the Flamaguyana Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Nacional), the Corps of Carabineers, and the Naval Prefecture. The armed forces of Flamaguay are the second-largest in Wallasea, and some of the largest and most well-equipped in the entire world.
The armed forces count with over 500,000 military and 150,000 paramilitary personnel, with more than 1.5 million in the reserve. Conscription policy requires all able adults over 20 years of age to serve for 2 years in active forces, followed by mandatory enrollment in the reserve roster of the branch in which they served. An individual who identifies as a conscientious objector is required to carry out 2 years of service in a high-risk service such as firefighting or mountain rescue, or 4 years in a low-risk service such as rubbish collection.
The Cuerpo de Carabineros serves as Flamaguay's gendarmerie and the Prefectura Naval as it's coast guard. Both are volunteer-only formations and are considered an integral part of the armed forces, their personnel and logistical expenses are accounted for by the Ministry of National Defense. However, they are operationally attached to the Ministry of the Interior, under which they carry out their peacetime duties as federal-level policing forces.
Flamaguay is a major advanced mixed economy, ranking as the X-largest in Wallasea and the Y-largest in the world. Regarded as one of the world's most technically-developed industrialized nations, it is a leading country in worldwide trade. Host to innovative businesses, Flamaguay boasts an influential sector of high-quality automobile, rail-transport, robotic, design and fashion industries. In addition to complex manufacturing and luxury goods, the economy is sustained by a traditionally extensive and competitive agricultural sector, as well as a developed finance and service industry.
During the late 1980s and through most of the 1990s Flamaguay entered a considerable recession as its traditional manufacturing sector was undermined by emerging alternatives abroad, majorly in Crataea and Veridis, where cheaper and more plentiful labour was available. In the last two decades, the conglomerates that dominate the Flamaguayan economy have restructured themselves, spurring notable economic growth across the whole country. Local economies are populated by countless small enterprises which retain competitiveness by diligently leveraging their flexibility and community connections.
The Flamaguayan economy is host to over XX million workers, with unemployment standing at x% in 2017, considerably reduced from the nadir of the 1990s, when it reached as high as 18% in the entire working population and 31% in the under-30 cohort. The economy still bears a distinct divide between the regional economies of the coast and those of the hinterland. AAA earned 145% of the national GDP per capita in 2018, marking it as the richest March, while the poorest, BBB, stood at 65%. Levels of education, employment, quality of life, and income equality are noticeably higher in coastal areas. One of the few statistical figures in which hinterland Marches constantly outscore their maritime companions is that of home ownership. This divide is further compounded by the vast amount of young people from the hinterland that work, often seasonally, in coastal cities.
Infrastructure and Transport
Flamaguayan transport infrastructure is both modern and extensive, with only the furthest reaches of the country failing to count with high-speed railways, canals, and airports.
Flamaguay is a world-leading destination for international tourism. The country's coast has a climate which provides warm summers and comparatively light winters, The interior instead boasts both clear flatlands and rolling hills. As a whole, the modern level of infrastructure found across the country facilitates travel, and the high level of education means that the tourist industry is well-supplied with multilingual workers.
Culture and Society
Flamaguay has been central to the development of Wallasean culture for centuries. Flamaguay has produced countless famous artists in various mediums, and its rich cultural tradition is still internationally recognised as a beacon for artistic development. The development culture has always been a tenet central to the conception of the Flamaguayan nation, with the Flamaguayan state having a constant record of enacting policy supporting the arts in both stable and tumultuous political situations.
Flamaguay is host to over 2,500 museums, both public and private, often subsidized by central or local government. Museums are intended to be as accessible as possible, reciprocating the funds received by carrying out preservation, restoration, and outreach activities. There are over 60,000 protected architectural sites in Flamaguay due to their significant cultural value, these include, but are not limited to: residences, castles, country estates, religious buildings, memorials, gardens, and public grounds such as plazas and squares.
Flamaguayan architecture reflects very board and diverse styles, the classification of which must be done both by period and region due to the marked local influences maintained independently in each March until the 20th century. To this day, it has resulted in a varied, even eclectic, range in designs.
The notable architectural achievements of Flamaguayan architecture are influential world-wide, particularly the designs of the Flamaguayan architectural revival from the late-14th through to the mid-16th centuries. The impact of such influence is seen most notably in Wallasea and Veridis, but examples exist in many countries. Flamaguay is also known for the adaptation of foreign styles, specifically for the adoption of neo-Dumani and neo-Sukarian features into Wallasean architectural movements.
The 16th century Plaza Major, Funes
Flamaguay is a secular country, with freedom of confession being protected as a constitutional right. The concept of laisimo defines state policy towards religion, one of complete segregation between public institutions and religious ones.
A slight majority of Flamaguayan citizens identify as irreligious or atheist, with a 2017 survey placing the figure at 53.21%. Oswinism is the leading religion in Flamaguay, with 44.59% of of the population professing their belief for one of the three main branches: 32.66% for Reformed, 9.48% for Apostolic, and 2.1% for Slavonic. A small minority of the population, 1.73%, is either Pantheonist or Pagan. Other religious groups and the undecided compose 0.46% of the total population.
Reformed Oswinism has been the dominant religion in Flamaguay since the Council of Trogg, however its relevance in political and everyday life has declined considerably through the last few centuries. Culturally it still retains more value, with many historically Oswinite customs and practice persisting, although secularised in character. Within religious congregations, adherence to proper forms and rites is much more relaxed than in the past. One-fourth of Oswinists in Flamaguay (~12% of the total population) still identify as such even though they fail to attend regular service.
The Flamaguayan state does not recognise any specific religious rights or privilidges apart from the right of freedom to confession. The state recognises a religious organisation according to codified criteria that are applied universally to all institutions seeking to obtain such classification, which does not distinguish or examine religious doctrine. Religious institutions are prohibited from intervening in policy-making by making their own political organisations, although many retain unofficial ties to nominally independent political groups. Not all religions are automatically recognised as such within Flamaguay, independently of their status elsewhere in the world. Providentialism, for example, is considered a sect, and not a proper religion.
Universal health care is provided by the Flamaguayan health care system, sustained primarily through government national health insurance. The Flamaguayan Constitution establishes that access to basic healthcare is a central right in sustaining a dignified life. Healthcare in Flamaguay is rated as one of the most efficient systems world-wide, with extremely high levels of coverage. Over 80% of healthcare expenses are covered by government funding. Coverage is extended for emergency, acute, and chronic conditions. Taxes are deducted for health insurance purposes from various sources, such as income, employer payroll transactions, and a premium on private insurance operations.
Education in Flamaguay is characterised as a basic right, and is compulsory from the age of six to sixteen. Public school, free and secular, is available at the primary, secondary, and tertiary stages, with the state being obliged to accommodate all applicants at the primary and secondary levels. Private schooling is permitted in Flamaguay, as long as institutions agree to meet the basic tenets of the national curriculum put forward by the Ministry of National Education, and submit their students to standardised end-of-year testing.
Flamaguayan higher education operates a parallel system between technical schooling, public universities, private universities, and the selective public National Institutes (Institutos Nacionales), which provide the upper echelons of the state, business, and art with high-profile recruits. State-provided education is free for primary and secondary levels, while higher education is accompanied by very low fees. Private institutions may charge whatever is deemed fit.