|Confederacy of the Archipelago of Poyapáno
|Motto: "Coronada en Libertad"
(Crowned in Freedom)
|Anthem: Farewell to the Sailors|
|•||Chairperson of the Grand Congress||Héctor Gálvez|
|•||Establishment of the Congress of Poyapáno||1789|
124,739 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2017 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2017 estimate|
|Currency||Bono Promediado (฿)|
|Drives on the||right|
Poyapáno, formally known as the Confederacy of the Archipelago of Poyapáno, is a sovereign state located on the eponymous islands east of the Veridian mainland. With a population of just over 15 million people spread over X square kilometers, it is one of the smallest countries in the world. A vibrant and diverse population inhabits the islands, reflecting the liberal policies and open demeanor of the local culture. Poyapáno is widely regarded as the easternmost represented country in most projections, and is commonly refereed to as the "islands of the end of the world".
Poyapáno is a Plazalista polity, made up of a confederation of largely autonomous lower administrative divisions that cooperate on matters of foreign policy, defense, and global trade. Communes form the basic political bloc in society, and also lead the economic life of the archipelago through the principles of communal ownership.
The Poyapáno Islands were the last part of the Earth to be settled by humans, with the first migrations from Veridis occurring some 5,000 years ago. Flamaguayan explorers landed on the islands on 10 April 1569, coming into contact with the native Pirig people. Permanent settlements were established by the End of the World Company from 1592, which administered the islands until its collapse in 1789. Poyapáno has been independent since 1925.
Poyapáno's remote location have not prevented it from participating in world affairs. An active and internationalist polity, Poyapáno considers itself to be the flag-bearer for progressive and representative politics. Through a combination of a high level of education and a booming tourism sector, Poyapáno boasts a GDP of X hundred million, with its inhabitants enjoying a high standard of living.
The word Poyapáno comes from an extinct indigenous language of the westernmost island, Vitula. The Pirig people utilized this name, but it is an anomaly in their language, indeed, the name is known in Pirig as "the land of the before-us". There are several theories as to the origin of the word, with academic consensus coalescing around two likely explanations. One claim suggests that the word may be broken down as follows, Po: "Tribe/peoples"; yap: "canoe"; án: "sea", while another theory stipulates that the word should be read as: poya (children) páno (big island). The island chain is also known as the Fortaleza Islands, due to the large fortress built at Rolica during the early colonial period.
- Discovery: April 1569
- Permanent Settlement: 1592
Rolica is founded in 1592 by the End of the World Company, becoming the first permanent settlement in the entire archipelago. The
- Establishment of the Congress of Poyapáno: 1789
Company rule overthrown
- Independence: 1925
In 1925, the Congress of Poyapáno, having already obtained large amounts of discretionary powers relating to local legislation, declares itself an independent republic, and immediately enters into a mutual defense alliance with Flamaguay.
Poyapáno is a self-defined Plazalista state, with devolved political rights, and an economic system geared towards re-distribution of wealth for the betterment of the population as a whole.
The Grand Congress of the Confederation is the supreme legislative body of Poyapáno. A unicameral parliament, it draws representation from all of the Communes which compose the country. The Grand Congress does not have the power to affect day-to-day legislation, and rather carries out deliberations on matters which are of importance to the entire nation. As per the Constitutional, the Grand Congress has the power to carry out foreign relations, defense, and to amend criminal law. It also must approve the budget for the military and for law and order.
The archipelago is divided by Communes. Communes form the basic political block of the state, and it is at this point where the majority of the political action is carried out. Each Commune counts with a Communal Congress, which draw representatives from Neighbourhood Assemblies (Asambleas Barriales) in urban areas, or Paisano Assemblies (Asambleas Paisanas) in rural areas. Citizens carry out direct democracy at the assembly level, and have the right to speak in the Communal Congresses, although only elected delegates have the right to cast a vote. Communes are responsible for the execution of civil law, educational policy, cultural activities, economic regulation, and infrastructure development.
Each Commune is in turn responsible for raising its own militia and transferring taxes to the Grand Congress for the costs associated with the military and law and order. Communes are not equal on geographical, population, or economic terms, and the contribution demanded of each Commune corresponds to their level of development.
Any individual who holds rank, or has served, in the Communal Militia has the right to vote and to stand for election to an Assembly, Communal Congress, or to the Grand Congress.
Law and Order
Poyapáno's armed forces are known as the People's Self-Defense Organization, which is made up by the Communal Armada, the Maritime Authority, and the Communal Militia. The armed forces are focused on naval and aerial area denial and interdiction. The Communal Armada is intended as a defensive force, and does not possess the capacity for power projection.
Poyapáno is an archipelago, the three largest islands of which, from west to east, are: Vitula, Gossinia, and Tul'vaná. The archipelago stretches out across into the Ingenic Ocean, east of Veridis, separated from the mainland by the Salramál Strait. The country rests on the Ignenic plate, and is traversed by a fault line, infusing many of its islands with volcanic qualities as well as creating complications in navigation due to scattered shoals, atolls, corals, and reefs.
Poyapáno is flanked to the north and south by the Kalaman Trench and the Gossinia Trench, both amongst the deepest on Earth. These trenches are correlated with the volcanic fault line that stretches through the country. The fault is largely inactive, and its vocanoes are presently dormant. The tallest mountain is Pico Pazana (3,074 m), while the tallest volcano is Gara'Chol (4,108.4 m).
The archipelago enjoys a tropical climate, it is warm year round and has minimal extremes. The warm season lasts from early November to late April, with the cooler season spanning from May to October. Temperatures in the warm season average 28°C, while the cool season average rarely dips much below 22°C. Rainfall is variable, with the warmer season experiencing heavier rainfall, particularly in the west. Rainfall tends to be more significant on the southern portions of the large islands. The period from June to September is generally regarded as the "dry season". Winds are moderate, although slightly more significant in the east. Cyclones occur roughly twice a year (an average of 19 per decade going through the last century), but rarely cause significant damage.
The warmest recorded temperature in Poyapáno was 40.3°C (104.5°F) on 25 February 1951, in Ayacuza, while the record low was recorded was 4.2°C (39.56°F) at the radio post on Pico Pazana on 5 July 1977.
The economy of Poyapáno is aligned according to Plazalista ideals, the economy is nominally organised by the state through the Communes, and constitutes a planned economy. Each commune has a large degree of autonomy in terms of assuming their own economic decisions. Each Commune is then respectively broken down into its Workshops, one for each sector of industry and area of the economy. Each Workshop elects its own representatives, and has a say in the expenditure of the product of their labour, the profits of which are pooled at the Communal level. As such, the economy remains flexible and responsible, and Poyapáno is an active actor int he world economy, with a large part of its economic activity being directed either to exports or to the provision of services to foreigners.
The archipelagos have traditionally been a large spice-producing area, bringing much wealth to Flamaguay through trade. Poyapáno retains its excellent level of production in spices, being globally recognised for the strength of its flavours. Poyapáno also counts with a large fishing fleet, being the historic form of sustenance for the majority of the native populations. The country counts with a large fishing fleet, and it counts for a considerable amount of its food-based exports. Aquaculture is rapidly expanding as a sector of the economy, being developed as not only more efficient economically than wild capture, but also as a more sustainable practice. Terrestrial agriculture, as in the past, is quite limited outside of fruit harvesting and sugar.
Natural Gas and petroleum extraction provide a significant amount of foreign capital to the islands, and export of fossil fuels remains the single largest export sector of the islands by value. Poyapáno has modern refining capabilities, and is the Xth-largest oil producer in the world, with 2,700,000 barrels per day.
Historically, timber has been a major industry for the islands, with the End of the World Company sourcing a considerable amount of lumber from the islands. As a proportion of the local economy, however, timber has steadily decreased and although there is a modern timber industry, it does not carry the same importance it once did.
Renewable energy is a rapidly-growing sector of the islands' economy, displacing traditional forms of fossil fuel extraction towards export. Poyapáno is also a world leader in renewable energy technologies in solar, wind, and tidal and wave power. Solar and wind power are extensively developed, with the wind farms scattered around the archipelago being some of the largest in the world. Many homes or small enterprises operate their own solar panels, and larger solar farms are also operational. Due to its maritime nature, Poyapáno is a leading investor in the development of wind-wave power and tidal power, although these technologies are yet fully developed, the ease of predicting both the tides and wave patterns, when compared to the sun or the wind, are expected to boost energy production greatly in the future.
Poyapáno is widely considered to have a pleasant climate, beautiful views, and ample opportunities for adventure. This is reflected by the booming tourism industry on the islands. There were 5,2 million arrivals for tourism purposes in 2017, constituting a massive influx of investment for the islands. Poyapáno initially developed its tourism industry in the 1920s, but was greatly interrupted by the Veridian Continental War. The sector eventually recovered in the 1970s, as the islands were largely spared of direct involvement in the drug wars on the continent, and has steadily grown since. The remote location of the islands assures a secure holiday destination, with the cost of travel to major global population centers decreasing due to the emergence of affordable mass air travel and the popularity of cruise lines. Sport tourism is a subset of the industry which has grown remarkably in the last decade. Artisanal goods, traditionally produced by the native peoples, are now extensively sold to tourists.