|Motto: Sentiasa pilih kebebasan dengan bahaya, pernah kehamban dengan keselematan.
Always choose liberty with danger, never servitude with safety.
|Ethnic groups (2015)||Praetannic, Indian, Malay, Songian|
3,891,275 sq mi
|GDP (nominal)||2015 estimate|
|Currency||Oryontic Dollar (O$)
Pahang Dollar (ORD
|Drives on the||left|
Questers, sometimes called Questaria or the Western Commonwealth is a stateless polity in eastern Crataea, with seaboards on the Axackal Sea, the Oryontic Ocean, and the Hanin Sea. Questers borders Dumanum to the west through Yehud, Uiri, Angyika and Hakara to the south-west, and Songia to the south, as well as being geographically proximate to Varnia across the Axackal Strait. With more than 650 million inhabitants, Questers is the largest country in the world by population, and spanning 3,891,275-sq mi, is the largest country in the world by area. Questers is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation and is also highly diverse by climate.
Like the 'mother country' and colonial parent Praetonia no state entity claims a jurisdiction over the area that makes up Questers, and its own borders are defined by the borders of neighbouring states; Questers has no central government to establish de-jure borders and does not have a constitution. Between 1802 and 2012, the Freeholders' Assembly was militarily dominant, but since the Questarian Mutiny, Questers has become politically fractured, with a number of organisations raising miliary forces. Questers is united under the common law, and is the most populous common law country in the world.
Human settlement of the area in Questers dates back to prehistoric times, with the oldest human fossils discovered in Questers dating to 125,000 years ago. Early civilisation began approximately 7,000 years ago around the Nampata river; varying empires emerged around 2,500 years ago as early Hinduism began to form. Christianity spread from Wallasea via Varnia to the northern coasts of Questers by 1,000 AD, followed by religious warfare between Christians and Hindus. Around 800 AD, the Prophet Muhammed formalised Islam in the Yehud, which rapidly began to spread to the coastal Axackal countries. A Dumani invasion in 1155 AD drove the Muslims out of Yehud; the religion spread in Questers amongst mainly Malay people who had emigrated from Songia across the Questarian plain between 1000 BC and 500 AD.
The total area of Questers is 3,891,275 mi² (6,262,400 km²), which makes it one of the largest countries by area in the world. It consists chiefly of the Subcontinent but also a number of smaller islands around it, such as Captain's Island and Southreach Island. It is one of the countries with a coast on the Axackal strait; the other being Varnia. To the West is Dumanum and to the East and South, the Oryontic Ocean.
The north of the country is characterised by a number of large rivers and the Nampataland, a large and fertile plain, mostly covered in rice paddies. The country's borders are defined by the Chirapatra mountain range, which with the Oryontic ocean, creates the country's climate. The south of the country is mainly open plains suitable for growing wheat, and with the Nampataland and the southern plains, Questers exports food to Praetonia and North Point; most of the Commonwealth is fed with rice and wheat from Questers.
Questers straddles the equator and has a variety of geographical features; three major climates dominate the country - the tropical monsoon, tropical rainforest and humid subtropical, although there are others. Average temperature for the entire country over a year is 19c, although in the northern part of the country this rises to 29c. Rainfall is generally common in the North, with monsoons - the South is more dry, with notable climate changes after crossing the Central Plain. Questers is considered megadiverse, containing essentially two large biomes, divided by the Central Questarian plain.
Questers is a common law country, and does not have a central government or any political authorities. Two major political organisations provide collective defence for the Questarian borders, and co-operate to a high-degree with similar organisations like the Estates-General and the North Point Company. The largest Questarian association by income is the Malayan Federation, whose military forces protect the majority of the country, and all of its borders. The smaller Straits Confederation raises forces for the internal security of the north-eastern part of the country around Jesselton, but as of 2015, relies on both the Malay Federation, the Estates-General and the North Point Company for military defence.
Questarian associations are funded chiefly by assurance firms, who pass the cost of the country's defence onto insurance consumers, but also receive income from religious and political organisations, such as the Muslim League and the Society for National Defence. Sometimes, defence is handled locally by a smaller association, which is part of a larger federation. Uniquely to Questers, both the Malayan Federation and the Straits Confederation engage in commercial activity in order to finance their military forces.
The Malayan Federation is led by a King, known as the Rajah, who inherits his position as chief of the Federation; before 2013 he was known only as the King, but during the Mutiny changed his title to Paramount Leader of the Federation in order to dissuade Praetonian and North Point fears of a Royalist take-over of Questers. The current Paramount Leader is Abdul Sulung bin Roslan Mohammed Afiz, who has held the position since 1985. The Straits Confederation is led by an assembly of electors, usually chosen by the individual associations that make up the Confederation. The Straits Confederation's sub-associations are geographically defined, whereas the Malayan Federation is made up of organisations established for singular purposes.
Law and order
Like other common law countries, the judiciary is divorced from the military agencies of the country, and there are many competing legal authorities to which individuals can bring cases. There are thousands of legal practictioners in Questers, but some of the most trusted include Smith & Sons, the Society of West Oryontic Legal Practitioners, and the Jesselton Central Court; Praetonian and North Point legal firms also operate in Questers - although there are minor differences in the practice of the law across these countries, there are sufficient similarities for them to be considered one jurisdiction. As well as 'secular' legalist courts, there are also religious courts and arbitration offices, although it is considered contrary to the law in Questers for a person to attempt to force another to take a case to the religious courts. The Questarian Secular Society is a charity that attempts to protect individuals from being coerced into having cases heard in the Islamic and Hindu religious courts.
Unlike in Praetonia, Questarian associations engage in law and order activity. The Watch is a police organisation, commanded by the Paramount Leader of the Federation, and provides law and order in certain parts of Questers. Members of the Watch are typically Gorkhas with white officers, and are a uniformed and armed force, although they do not have any special powers. Officers of the Watch receive legal training and are usually called upon by members of the public to prevent violence and breakdowns of public order so that the system of common law can operate peacefully. The main task of the Watch is the protect property and to provide trusted, impartial physical authority in tense situations.
Other than the Watch, security is provided by private organisations, which may hire staff such as security guards and bouncers, or teams of security specialists. As a common law country, these individuals do not have special powers over the populace, and are employed in order to protect property rather than enforce laws.
The main armed force in Questers is the Malayan National Forces (Malay: Tentera Nasional di Tanah Melayu), known commonly as the Tentera or the Forces. The Tentera has an active strength of 1,356,000 and a reserve strength of 600,000, spread across three Field Armies, eight Corps, twenty-five active Divisions and eleven reserve Divisions. In active service, the Tentera has almost 4,000 tanks, 7,500 armoured personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 3,500 howitzers, 1,300 helicopters and more than 1,500 fast jets at its disposal; it is mainly deployed along the border with Songia although some elements operate in the Yehud to provide heavy security to the Watch. $185 billion is spent every year maintaining the Malayan National Forces. In addition to its active and reserve personnel, there are more than 5,500,000 people in Questers who have taken a pledge of array, promising to enlist in the armed forces in the case of war; as of 2016, 1,255,000 of these people between the ages of 18 and 29 have had basic military training.
The Tentera recruits from across the whole of Questers and also takes some volunteer officers from Praetonia and North Point, typically individuals looking for promotion in a much bigger army. Although nearly a third of the the Army is ethnically Malay, there are also Sikhs, Hindus and Gurkhas. Typical practice dictates that Regiments, the basic fighting block of the Army, are divided by ethnicity, although some regiments such as the Parachute Regiment, are multi-ethnic. Almost all of the Tentera's military equipment is designed and manufactured in common law countries, and there is strong commonality in equipment used between the Tentera, the army of the Estates-General, and the North Point Security Forces.