Aldurie, officially known as the Republic of Alduria (Canrillaise: République d'Aldurie) is a nation located on the south-western coast of Seleya. It is composed of five regions, has a population of 99,691,468 and is bordered by Kanjor to the east, Rilandor to the north-east and Mordusia to the north. Alduria is the 26th largest country in terms of population and it is the 4th largest nation in terms of size (1,791,900 km). Alduria is a unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Republic with a constitution that is rooted in religiousity and nationalism, its capital is Hameauréal, located in the Harkonia Sate.
Alduria has a long and rich monarchist history having had close historical ties with the Holy Luthori Empire and being ruled by either members of the House of Orange-Villayn or several other Luthori families. The Holy Luthori Empire's influence on Alduria cannot be neglected, it however also created an overtly nationalist population who prided themselves on loosing the shackles of a foreign monarchy, and thus an almost radical Nationalist ideology has influenced a large part of the population. The nation of Alduria has teetered between several pro-monarchist period and several pro-republican periods throughout its history. For a short time, Alduria faced a surge in left-wing political parties and political ideologies but most recently the hard-right party Parti Nationaliste has been in power.
On February 4235 the Republic of Aldurie'a National Assembly approve with unanimously the re-establishment of a Monarchy in the Country.
Government and politicsEdit
The Republic of Alduria is a Parliamentary republic binded together by the Constitution of the Republic of Alduria, the most recent constitution was approved by referendum of the people of Alduria on May 3967 with another referendum expected to be completed in April 3968. The Republic of Alduria is headed by the "Président of Aldurie", currently Arthur Guilloux of Parti Libéral. Alduria unlike some states in the world, has a very strong executive tradition, where in other countries the majority of power rests within the legislative branch, the Aldurian style of government focuses on the strength of the executive. The counter balance to this is the fact that many Aldurian institutions are democratic in nature and regional and local politics focus heavily on democracy. The Prime Minister, who heads the National Assembly, is the head of government and is appointed by the Chief of State.
The legislative branch of the Aldurian government is the National Assembly (Alduria) which is currently composed of 650 deputies who are elected every 4 years alongside the President and effectively the Prime Minister. The National Assembly is lead by the President of the National Assembly who is elected by the deputies of the assembly itself, members of the National Assembly have the power to dismiss the government with a majority vote.
Alduria has a strong multi-party political tradition and traditionally Aldurian politics has been filed with dozens of political parties jockeying for power, however as of the past decade Arise Alduria, a Republican and Auchist political party has been the single party registered for national elections. Other minor regional political parties exist.
Political parties and electionsEdit
The Aldurian Armed Forces (Forces armées alduriennes) is composed of three branches: the Aldurian Army, the Aldurian Air Force and the Aldurian Navy. While Alduria is one of the world largest countries, Alduria does not have the worlds largest military. The Aldurian Armed Forces, in their Defense White Paper in 3966 announced the decision to downsize the bloated military and focus on a highly mobile and effective military. This would mean that they would focus on airborne (known as parachute forces in Alduria), highly mobile mechanized forces as well as supporting a large air force and navy to move troops, equipment and supplies throughout the world to support their troops efforts.
Command and control over the Aldurian Armed Forces rests with the Chief of State who is the Chief of the Army (Chef des Armees), the Chief of State has final say over all defense matters but traditionally yields to the Ministry of Defense under the leadership of the Minister of Defense. Operational leadership over the Aldurian Armed Forces resides with the Chief of Staff of the Aldurian Armed Forces.
While there have been claims that Alduria is a nuclear nation, the recent Aldurian government has stated that the Aldurian nation does not posses nor have the desire to posses nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. Alduria can research and develop nuclear technologies (including weapons) underneath current Aldurian law, but does not have plans to do so. Minister of Defense Patrice Thibodeau stated that in order for Alduria to develop nuclear weapons they would have to rely on the support of allies throughout the world to build a nuclear weapons program infrastructure and it was "the least of his concerns right now".
According to the most recent census, the population of Alduria is 99,664,984.
The dominant language in Alduria is Canrillaise, spoken by the vast majority of the population. Nonetheless, there are minority populations who speak Luthorian and Duntrekaans as well as various Malvic languages.
Mainstream Hosians account for over four-fifths of the Aldurian population. Historically, the Aurorian Patriarchal Church has played a significant role in the country and even today, around 73% of the population are members of the APC. The remaining Hosians are primarily Jacquards. In addition, approximately 13% of Aldurians describe themselves as Agathiste, a dualist faith. Although adherents often consider themselves Hosians, the government does not include them in the Hosian population for the sake of official statistics.
Some of Alduria's largest cities are listed below.