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United Imperial Crownlands of Hulstria and Gao-Soto

Vereinte Kaiserliche Kronländer von Hulsterreich und Gao-Soto (Dundorfian)
Barento Kaisaritchu Kuronrenda bon Harusotoraik undo Mikuni (Hulstro-Mikun)
ホルソトラリア=御國帝冠領 (Kunikata)

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Union Flag Coat of Arms
Hulstria-Gao-Soto location
Location of Hulstria and Gao-Soto

Motto
Uniter ac liber (Selucian)
("United and free")

Anthem "Septemberhymne"
Capital Kien and Miyako
Largest city Kien
Language Dundorfian, Kunikata, Hulstro-Mikun
Religion
  main
 
21% Hosian
    •14% Hulstrian Luthoran
    •  7% Aurorian
15% Tenshi
  others
31% Irreligious
11% Daenism
    •5% Mazdâyanâ
    •4% Zenshō
    •5% Draddwyr Daenism
7% Kamism
4% Hulstro-Mikun new religions
1% Morokist
1% Thetanist
1% Aretist
1% Other religion
Ethnic Groups
  main
 
30% Hulstro-Showan
28% Hulstrian
26% Kunihito
  others
5% Gisoten
3% Mikuni-Sekowan
1% Draddwyr
1% Istapali
1% Llaqta
1% Welang
Demonym Crownlander (official);
Hulstrian and Gao-Showan, Hulstrian and Gao-Soton (colloquial)
Government Constitutional parliamentary dual monarchy
  Legislature Reichsversammlung
Kaiser & Mikado Otto IV of Hulstria and Yoshinaga of Gao-Soto
  Royal house Rothingren-Traugott-Okatori and Kurosawa
Represented by the elected
Governor-General


Lothar von Geraniengau

Staatsminister
Clemens Heumayr
Area 855,600 km²
Population 99,627,263 (4125) 
GDP
  Total:
 
₭ 5,633,627,871,137 HCR
  per capita ₭ 56,547 HCR
Established 4318 (Current democracy)
Independence from Luthori
  declared 1639
Currency Hulstrian and Gao-Soton Crown (HCR)
Drives on the Left
Calling Code +54
Internet TLD .gh
Organizations World Congress

Hulstria and Gao-Soto, officially the United Imperial Crownlands of Hulstria and Gao-Soto (Dundorfian: Vereinte Kaiserliche Kronländer von Hulsterreich und Gao-Soto; Hulstro-Mikun: Barento Kaisaritchu Kuronrenda bon Harusotoraik undo Mikuni; Kunikata: ホルソトラリア=御國帝冠領; Horusotoraria-Mikuni Tei Kanryou), also referred to as the Crownlands or the United Imperial Crownlands for short, is a nation on the northwest coast of Dovani. The demonym used for citizens is Crownlander (Kronlander; Kuronranderu; 冠領Kanryoujin), although the colloquial Hulstrian and Gao-Showan is also used. Because of its multi-ethnic nature, the government actively requests the use of the dual name "Hulstria and Gao-Soto" rather than the shorthand "Hulstria".

The second state of the same name, the Second United Imperial Crownlands share many of the characteristics of the 1st United Imperial Crownlands of Hulstria and Gao-Soto. It was established in the wake of the Second September Revolution as the successor state to the Imperial Crownlands of Hulstria, a segregationist regime that had perpetrated acts of genocide and apartheid against the Kunihito and Hulstro-Showan populations of Hulstria and Gao-Soto. This sparked a resurgence of the 15th of September Movement, which formed the provisional government that functioned as the direct predecessor of the current state. The Constitution is of heavily Septembrist inspiration, among others restoring the dual monarchy which characterised the first United Imperial Crownlands, and many other of the characteristics of the original Septembrist Constitution drafted by Thomas Michels.

The United Imperial Crownlands were briefly overthrown by a Yukio-Labsburg restoration, which was itself replaced by a short-lived Federal Republic. In 4406, the people voted to restore the Basic Law of 4310 in its entirety.

History Edit


Government and Politics Edit

The Basic Law of Hulstria and Gao-Soto hearkens back the state structure of the 1st United Imperial Crownlands as originally envisioned by Septembrist founding father Thomas Michels, the "Father of the Constitution". Under its provisions, Hulstria and Gao-Soto is a constitutional dual monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. The centrepoint of this democratic system is the legislature, a bicameral body known as the Reichsversammlung. This legislature consists of two houses: the lower house known as the Imperial Diet (Reichstag or Mikoku-gikai) and the upper house known as the Council of the Lands (Länderrat or Kanryou-hyogikai). The system is weakly bicameral, meaning that most power rests with the popularly-elected Imperial Diet, which possesses the right of initiative, the right of budget and the right to ratify treaties, as well as conducting most scrutiny of the government. The Imperial Diet is elected every 5 years subject to dissolution, with half its 643-strong membership being elected from constituencies known as Wahlkreisen and the other half being supplemented from party lists to maintain proportionality. Occasionally, proportionality can give rise to the necessity of a larger house, the so-called Überhangmandaten.

Executive power flows downward from the Crowns of Hulstria and Gao-Soto: a dual head of state consisting of the Emperor of Hulstria (the Kaiser) and the Emperor of Gao-Soto (the Mikado). Like in the original Septembrist constitutional order, the purpose of the Crowns is to symbolise at the highest level the stake of the Hulstrian and Gao-Showan peoples in the national state. They are represented politically by a Governor-General of the United Imperial Crownlands, who, by accepting political responsibility for their counduct, conducts the duties of the head of state on their behalf. Unusually, though, the Governor-General is not a presidential head of state, but rather reminiscent of the President in a parliamentary republic. Real executive power rests with Their Imperial Majesties' Government, headed by the Staatsminister(in) (Kokumudaizin), which has to maintain the confidence of the majority of the Imperial Diet. The Ministers are collectively responsible for the conduct of government policy.

Judicial power is held by an apolitical system of courts and its therefore not normally considered part of H&GS politics.

The Crownlands play a large role in the Crownlander system of government, although it is not formally a federal system. Each Crownland has a structure mirroring the national arrangements of government, with either Kaiser or Mikado as ceremonial head of state represented by a Crowns-appointed Imperial Commissioner. They elect a Crownland Diet (Landtag, Kanryou-gikai) in conjunction with the Imperial Diet elections, which gives rise to a government headed by a Minister-President (Ministerpräsident or Daizin-daitouryou). This impacts national politics because the Crownland governments form the Council of the Lands, the upper house of the Reichsversammlung, which has to consent to bills in matters of Crownland or shared jurisdiction. The configuration of the Council of the Lands depends on the matter under discussion, with the responsible ministers travelling or sending a delegate to Kien.

Political Parties Edit

Political parties in Hulstria and Gao-Soto are recognised in the Basic Law as participants in the formulation of the democratic will, giving them a central role in the political system. However, there are constitutional provisions with which all parties must comply. First of all, they must be democratically organised membership organisations. Secondly, and more importantly, the Constitution bans parties which are openly, either through intent or actions, anti-democratic, racist or which seek to endanger the existence of the state. This echoes an earlier ban introduced in the 1st United Imperial Crownlands by advocacy of Johannes Goddestreu, extended to racist parties.

The party system in Hulstria and Gao-Soto is highly diverse and spans the full breadth from left to right, with most parties originating in the 15th of September Movement and/or subscribing to Septembrist principles. The oldest of these is the Hosianisch-Demokratisches Verbund, which has roots going back over a 1000 years and was considered the natural governing party in the United Imperial Crownlands.

Logo Name Ideology Position Leader Notes
HDVlogo-hires Hosianisch-Demokratisches Verbund Hosian Democracy, Septembrism Right-of-centre Clemens Heumayr Oldest Political Party, founded 2992
Abetapate Social Democratic Centre-left Rorentsu Somaferudo

Foreign Policy Edit

Administrative Subdivisions Edit

Hulstria and Gao-Soto are a decentralised unitary state. Though the Basic Law guarantees the autonomy of the Crownlands and their subdivisions, it leaves the enumeration of the powers of both levels of government to primary legislation. Three sub-levels of local government are mentioned in the Basic Law: the Crownlands, the Cantons and the municipalities (Gemeinden). However, the Basic Law leaves it up to the constitutional laws of each Crownland to determine their subdivisions; in practice, this comes down to the decision whether or not to have the intermediary cantonal level or only have municipalities. Thus, only two levels of local government are universal in the Crownlands: the Crownlands and the municipalities.

Although the nation is subdivided into the two Empires of Hulstria and Gao-Soto by the Basic Law, these are purely ceremonial subdivisions based on the Septembrist principle of the multi-ethnic nation. The reasoning for according no political power to the constituent empires by Thomas Michels, architect of the original Septembrist Constitution, was that the empires' empowerment and sovereignty had previously led to a total breakdown in intercommunal relations and ultimately in democracy itself, and had to be avoided at all costs. Thus, while the subdivision into Hulstria and Gao-Soto is recognised by the constitution, in practice it only determines which monarch acts as ceremonial head of state, what the main language on signs is, what royal anthem is sung and what the ceremonial state religion is.

The typical Crownlander local government functions similarly to the national government in a parliamentary way. This is most visible at the Crownland level, where an Imperial Commissioner represents the monarch and a Cabinet headed by a Minister-President has a confidence relationship with the Crownland Diet. On the cantonal and municipal levels, the duties of representing the monarch and heading the executive are combined in the person of the Canton President (Kantonobmann) or Mayor (Bürgermeister), who is elected by the council. The executive of cantons is comprised of multiple governing councillors (Regierungsräter), while the title on the municipal level is alderman (Schöffe). Each canton or municipality has an elected council that acts as its legislature and controls the actions of the College of Mayor and Aldermen or the Governing Council. As the Basic Law does not provide for the exact terms, each Crownland may have slightly different titles. For instance, in Dundorfian-speaking parts of Mitranian, the mayor is referred to in the dialect as a Burgomeister, while in several former Imperial free cities in the Empire of Hulstria, the aldermen may be referred to by historic titles.

Crownlands Edit

 
Crownland Flag Area Population Capital
Budenlar
Budenlar Flag
143,100 km² 19,899,786 Labsburg
Hilgar
Hilgar New
229,500 km² 19,952,951 Miyako
Hulstria
New Hulstria Region Flag
111,000 km² 19,961,991 Kien
Kuratha
Kuratha Flag
162,300 km² 19,868,082 Anderinch
Mitrania
Mitrania New
209,700 km² 19,889,161 Syakusen

Culture Edit

The culture of Hulstria and Gao-Soto is strongly marked by the country's nature as a melting pot between the Western Hulstrian culture and the Eastern Kunihito culture. Each of the two historical ethnic groups have their own culture which is celebrated across the nation. The Hulstrian culture, having been dominant while the country was known as Greater Hulstria, has a longstanding history, leaving its imprint in architecture and culture in most parts of the nation. Hulstrain "high culture" is marked by many famous composers of classical music, grand architecture, and a particular love of coffee and certain meat dishes. Intricately linked with the nation's monarchical heritage, Hulstrian culture contains many subtle Rothingrenist overtones even among those who are less supportive of the Rothingrens. This also links it to Kunihito culture, which carries the heritage of the medieval Empire of Gao-Soto, revived under the Okatori Clan. Kunihito high culture has brought forth famous poets, a distinctive Eastern cuisine and its own typical architectural and cultural forms. It is also tied up with elements of the Kamist faith and to a lesser extent with Jienist traditions. The elites of both cultures, united by certain aristocratic, monarchist and traditional values, have always felt some kinship going back to the period of the first dual monarchy.

Cultural understanding and interaction at all levels of society between Hulstrians and Kunihito hit its full swing after the September Revolution of 3416, giving rise to a shared culture and ethnicity. A cultural exponent of the national ideology of Septembrism, this culture takes pride in the high cultures of both Hulstrians and Kunihito, but also gave rise to several distinctly mixed forms of cultural expression. Most famous around the world, the depiction of Hulstrian myths, legends and stories by Kunihito artists gave rise to the art forms known as manga and anime, which has become popular throughout the world. It has also led among others to the video games developed by the Tenkoun corporation. This culture is visible throughout the Crownlands, but is particularly concentrated in the urban areas of the multicultural Crownland Mitrania.

Demographics Edit

Ethnicity Edit

Religion Edit

Geography and Climate Edit

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A view of mountain valley in Hulstria

Hulsgaophys

A physical map of Mikuni-Hulstria and the surrounding region

As a country in the far north of Terra, the Crownlands are quite a cool country and during the long winter temperatures are generally below freezing causing impressive snow storms. During the summer however the climate is pleasant with the south of the country often becoming quite warm due to the ocean currents bringing warm water up from the equator.

H&GS topo

A topographical map of Hulstria and Gao-Soto

Hulstria and Gao-Soto is a fairly mountainous nation because of its location on the Schnee-Berge Mountain range, the local name of the Great Barrier Range. The coastal Crownlands of Budenlar and Kuratha are quite flat with the land slowly rising from the coast into the rolling hills of the interior. Further inland the Crownlands of Hulstria and Mitrania are dominated by picturesque snow-capped mountains. Most cities are in the foothills to the west of the Crownlands with the east being dominated by the Schnee-Berge Mountains, too steep in many cases to build on or farm, although its farming communities in the valleys feed much of the Crownlands. Much of the Crownland of Hilgar lies on the other side of the barrier mountains and it flattens out into the Great North Dovani Plain, which continues into Ostland.

Economy Edit

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The Marchau Mercantile Exchange


MilitaryEdit

Main article: Reichsbürgerwehr
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Hulstrian Phoenix III Tank

The Basic Law of 4318 declared the former Septembrist milita, the Reichsbürgerwehr (Imperial Civil Defence Force), to be the armed forces of the state. The former militia was transformed with the aid of allies into a new army with navy, armed forces and airforce wings incorporating the bulk of the previous Hulstrian armed forces.


Landmarks of Hulstria and Gao-SotoEdit

Hulstria and Gao-Soto is a nation legendary and internationally acclaimed for its many landmarks. Due to the nation's history and its infusion of both Hulstrian and Gao-Showa cultures, many unique structures dot its landscape. Equally impressive is the landscape itself. Hulstria stretches from the beautiful beaches of Luthorische Bai and Marchau to the rolling hills of Rothingren and Graaffsberg and all the way up into the scenic mountains surrounding the capital of Kien in the Kiennese Plain. Hulstria is, of course, most known for its Imperial history and castles and palaces, like Fliederbrunn Palace, are popular for tourists to visit, while others like, Phönixstein Castle, are famed landmarks even though they are not open to the public.

Hulstria and Gao-Soto articles
History Empire of Gao-Soto, Christopher Dove, War of Hulstrian Successsion, Congress of Kien, War of Luthori Succession, Welsh Genocide, New Englian Crisis, Great Sekowian War, Operation Steel Impetus, South Majatran Wars, South Ocean War, War of the Two Kaisers, September Revolution, War for the Emperor's Protection, Hulstro-Kazulian War, Hulstrian Civil War (4304)
Geography Dovani, Great North Dovani Plain, Schnee-Berge Mountains
Demographics Gao-Showa, Gao-Showa Clans, Hulstrian, Kunihito, Kunikata, Hulstro-Showans, Hulstro-Mikun, Draddwyr
Culture National Anthems: Land of our Fathers, The Call of Hulstria, For all eternity, For the Monarchy, The Revolution ne'er can yield, Golden Empire
Religion Daenism, Hosianism, Jienism, Orinco Polytheism, Kamism
Administrative Divisions Empire of Hulstria: Budenlar: Labsburg | Hulstria: Kien | Kuratha: Marchau
Empire of Gao-Soto: Hilgar: Miyako, Veilchen | Mitrania: Graaffsberg, Mitrania Highlands National Park | Ostland
Politics Historically Important Parties: Anarchitarians, Aneist Unionist Party, Christian Communist Party, Hosianisch-Demokratisches Verbund, Fascist Authority Party, Gao-Showa Peoples' Party, Hulstrian National Party, Imperial Hulstrian Party, Progressive Liberal Party of Hulstria, Refuge Pressure Party | List of Former Parties of Greater Hulstria
Presently Active Parties: Hosianisch-Demokratisches Verbund, Vereinigte Bund
Monarchy Monarchs: Alexander I, Franz I, Franz VI, Ferdinand I, Ferdinand II, Godric I, Godric II, Godric III, Heinrich I, Heinrich II, Karl III, Klaus Gustav III, Klaus Gustav IV, Klemens II, Leopold I, Maximilian V, Maximilian VII, Rainer IV, Rainer V, Rudolph I of Hulstria, Rudolph III, Rudolph IV, Rudolph V, Klaus Gustav VI, Okatori Takahiro, Okatori Kurosawa
Other Royalty: Heinrich, Crown Prince of Hulstria, Archduke Otto of Hulstria, Archduke Franz of Hulstria, Archduke Maximilian, Archduke Albert of Hulstria, Archduchess Harriet of Hulstria, Archduke Heinrich, Archduchess Aleksandra, Queen of Rutania, Archduke Leopold, Archduchess Charlotte, Adela I of Vorona, Hikaru I of Dolgaria, Archduchess Josephine, Archduchess Martha, Idda, Countess of Savonia, Wilhelm, Duke of Thague, Roberta Lusk, Princess Harriet of Talmoria, Henrietta, Queen of Endralon, Janne II of Vorona, Matilda, Queen of Rilandor, Karl, Crown Prince of Hulstria, Henry, King of Tukarali, Henry I of Tukarali, Constantine I of Tukarali, Archduchess Cristyne, Archduke Rudolph, Archduke Paul, Emmanuel, 4th Duke of Heidelberg
Primary Noble Houses: House of Flieder, Okatori Clan, House of Strauss, House of Rothingren
Palaces: Fliederbrunn Palace, Phönixstein Castle
People Gao Showa: Meiji Hideaki, Meiji Takara, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokuro Tanemoto, Naoki Tsukuda, Akemi Tanemoto-Katsutoshi, Tokugawa Jiang, Gao-Ri Juro, Haruhi Suzumiya, Hayato Tarou, Okatori Takahiro, Okatori Kurosawa
Hulstrian: Kyril von Flieder, Lanzo Henning, Konrad Labsburg, Otto von Labsburg, Rudolph Labsburg, Rebekka Liese, Heindrich Strauss, Konsort Strauss, Philip Strauss, Rosaline Strauss, Karl van Gessel, Spenzer Roderick, Erwin Zilberschlag, Wolfgang Reinhardt, Hildegard Klay, Edmund von Greifstein, Martin Valle, Gregory Kleinman, Anders Raske, David Thorsten, Lukas Adenauer, Friedrich Ewald II, Ambrose Bauer, Constantin Birnbacher, Maggie Bauer-Chamberlain, Erik Chamberlain, Charles Fuerstien, Waldemar von Treuburg, Wenzeslaus von Hortensiengau, Erik Bauer-Chamberlain II, Sieuwerd Cuijpers, Adam Hammond, Frederick von Labsburg, Gereon von Thannhausenand, Julius von Anderinch, Joseph Karcher, Edward Roderick III, Isolde von Smaragdwald, Anthony Bauer-Chamberlain, Kasimir Hoefler, Hieronymus von Büren, Joseph Roderick II, Jurgen Marquering, Arnold Bauer-Chamberlain, Erik Bauer-Chamberlain III Gisela von Hortensiengau, August Kratzenberg, Theresia von Maringhelm, Walburga von Strauss, Maximilian Berleburg, Walter von der Hyde, Vitus von der Mar, Eduard von Strauss, Russell von Korneuschlag, Thomas Michels
Other: Charlotte Church, George Huws, Katherine Jenkins, Wali Thomas