The name "Kazulmark" literally means "March of the Kazuls", and has been used on and off since the Middle Ages before becoming the nation's proper name in modern times. The suffix "-mark" is generally interpreted as referring to the medieval kingdom's independent location on the borders of the Empire of Gao-Soto, which dominated medieval Dovani, whereas "Kazul" refers to the Kazulian people (though this reference is strictly speaking metonymic, as Skjölds and Danskha constituted separate identities within the kingdom). The international name "Kazulia" is of Luthori origin, being used to describe the nation in colonial times. It is still the official name used when referring to the nation in the Luthori language.
It is accepted that the Kazulian people migrated from present day Dundorf and Dorvik eastward during the time period where a land bridge across northern Terra was present. They settled the mountainous territory in Kazulia, and removed many of the Gao-Showan clans which lived prior, ousting them further eastward into the plains of Northern Dovani. From 700-1493 the realm of Kazul was a loose confederation of different Kazulian tribes. Those living by the sea lived mostly off of fishing and plundering, and soon the Kazulians became famous for their ships, which were among the fastest and strongest of their time. The three main tribes of Kazulia were the Kazul, Sullestian, Skrigeres, Befäskars, and Skjöld. Upon the Luthorian colonisation of Greater Hulstria and the surrounding areas Luthorian settlers found there way north into Kazulian territories, shaping the modern Kazulian language and culture. The Kazul, Skrigeres, Befäskars have mostly melded together and now identify as Kazulians, but the Skjölds and Danskhas were more geographically isolated and remained more traditional in beliefs and customs as well as ethnically distinct. Regional languages have and still exist, marking a large difference between fylkes.
The Kazulian Armed Forces is sole military wing of the domestic security services of Kazulia. The armed forces consist of the army, air force, navy, home guard and cyber defence force. The Kazulian Armed Forces has been involved in various regional and international conflicts and in some cases have been the turning point for said conflicts thus making it one of the most battle-trained armed forces in the world.
The centre of Kazulian economics is small to moderate businesses, as well as overall private owned enterprises. The private sector, having a decisive majority in the Kazulian economy set economic production, as well as the scale of the Kazulian economy - however there is government intervention. Promotion of inventions as well as ideas, the Kazulian economy from its earliest days has been innovative and problem solving which allows for export of Kazulian inventions, as well as other projects made by Kazulians. Being united by transportation and water systems, Kazulia has a well integrated economy with regions dependent on each other and economic cooperation between the individual regions. This is met with government overview and regulation to ensure fairness and that law is followed properly. The state has large ownership positions in key industrial sectors, such as the strategic petroleum sector, hydroelectric energy production, aluminium production, the largest Kazulian bank and telecommunication provider. The government controls 31.6% of publicly-listed companies. When non-listed companies are included the state has even higher share in ownership (mainly from direct oil license ownership). As a result, the public sector grew as a percentage of the overall economy. Highly progressive income taxes, the introduction of value-added tax, and a wide variety of special surcharges and taxes made Kazulia one of the most heavily taxed economies in the world. Authorities particularly taxed discretionary spending, levying special taxes on automobiles, tobacco, alcohol, cosmetic items, and so on. Kazulia's long-term social democratic policies, extensive governmental tracking of information, and the homogeneity of its population lent themselves particularly well for economic study, and academic research from Kazulia proved to make significant contributions to the field of macroeconomics during this era. When Kazulia became a petroleum-exporting country, the economic effects came under further study.
Agriculture has been an important and key element of the Kazulian economy for decades. Named the breadbasket of the world, Kazulia produces a majority of fruits and vegetables of the world and above all wheat. Due to a small population in proportion to the size of the nation and production of fruits, vegetables and wheat, Kazulia actively exports food related products to many different areas of the world. Animal husbandry constitutes the second most important component of agricultural production. Kazulia is the world's leading producer of pigs, chickens, and eggs, and it also has sizeable herds of sheep and cattle. Since, greater emphasis has been placed on increasing the livestock output. Kazulia has a long tradition of ocean and freshwater fishing and of aquaculture. Pond raising has always been important and has been increasingly emphasised to supplement coastal and inland fisheries threatened by over-fishing and to provide such valuable export commodities as prawns. The vineyards of Northern Hent are considered to produce some of the most finest wines in all of Terra.
Mining has been an important industry in Kazulia. Already in early colonial times many different minerals have been found and due to its size, Kazulia has one of the largest coal, iron ore, oil, gas, gold and diamond reserves. Many of these minerals have been exploited, exported and still researched. Until recently, coal, oil and gas remained internally in the country with very little export. However, due to ecological legislation this has been in constant change and countries reliant on coal, oil or gas have been becoming important export partners for Kazulia. As such, the industry is still developing however this is a key point of the Kazulian economy as it employs in fact millions of people and allows for profit.
Industry and construction accounted for 40% of gross domestic product, and employed 20% of the workforce. Kazulia exceeds other nations in the production of weapons, chemicals and machinery. Weapons manufacturing in Kazulia accounts for 15% of weapons and munitions found of the international market.
The Kazulian economy is built on the concept of small-to-medium sized; specialised businesses with an extreme emphasis on science and technology. From small chemical manufactures to medium sized technology companies, the Kazulian economy is extremely dependent on the output of said companies. Although major corporations have significant weight in the Kazulian economy they combined weight and value cannot match that of the "Ressurs" companies.
Kazulia is the largest weapons manufacturer in the eastern hemisphere, surpassing the arms industries of Indrala and Kalistan combined. According to the International Peace Institute,of the 10 most influential companies in the eastern hemisphere, two of them are Kazulian Defence Companies; Asvald Gruppen and Viserby Systems. Due to the nation's specialisation in the field of science and technology, the nation has zoomed into the arms manufacturing industry with ease.
Kazulia is mostly a mountainous region due to the Barrier Range, a large chain of mountains that separates all four Dovanian countries from the rest of Dovani. However, about one third of Kazulia is quite plain because of Kazulia's two coastal regions. Also the Krigsvatn, the biggest river in Kazulia, runs through the southern plain into the sea. Kazulia could be divided into three main geographical areas. First would be the Kazulian Barrier Range, the highest level in Kazulian regions, with its two highest peaks, the Snøhuset(5,687 m) in the west, and the Jotunstolen (5,804 m) in the east. Second would be the foothills of the Kazulian Barrier Range, also called the Woodland, and the third would be the plains, namely the southern, larger plain which also hosts the river Krigsvatn, and the smaller northern plane in Agatha.
Government and PoliticsEdit
Kazulia is a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a monarch as the head of state and a parliamentary executive led by a Prime Minister. Given Kazulia being mostly a multi-party state throughout its history, governments are often made up of multi-party coalitions representing either the socialist or the bourgeoisie side of the Stortinget although present political developments have led to the development of centrist, left-wing and right-wing parties
The Stortinget is the unicameral national legislature. It has 450 members elected through proportional representation. It convenes in the capital Skalm, Dreton Members of the national government are usually members of the Føderaleting although ministers can be appointed from outside the Føderaleting.
As of January 4500
The political landscape of Kazulia is currently dominated by right-wing, populist parties ranging from the openly fascist Nationalrejnhedskongress, which currently occupies the first place and is led by the Statsminister Theodor Lynden Frankenstein to the Liberal and National Conservative parties.
|Logo||Name||Abbr.||Founded||Ideology||Position||Seats in Stortinget||Status|
National Purity Congress
|NRK||4469||Frankensteinism, Nationalism, Fascism||Far-Right||Coalition leader|
|BSF||4487||Big-tent, Anti-establishment, Populism||Center-Right||TBD|
|De Liberale Konservative|
|De Nasjonale Konservative|
|DNK||4469||National Conservatism, Hosian Democracy||Center-Right||TBD|
Kazulia's Culture is rich in its history and closely related to the thousands of years of Kazulian history. Despite being settled by colonists from Luthori, Hulstria as well as other nations, Kazulia has maintained its regions uniqueness thanks to its mountainous homeland which isolates them for their neighbours. The arrival of foreign settlers were a great change for the native Kazulian tribes which survived in the harsher conditions of their Kazulian fatherland. The introduction of new, more modern ways as well as Christianity was a great change for the native Kazulians, however they successfully adapted to the new ways and after merging with the colonists the modern Kazulian was created. The importance of Kazulian culture has waxed and waned over the centuries, depending on its economic, political and military importance. Kazulian culture today is marked both by great regional and socioeconomic differences and by strong unifying tendencies.