Confederate States of Floria
|The Confederate States of Floria|
|Anthem: Song of the Florian patriots |
March of the Florians (National civillian march)
National military march
|Official religion(s)||Widely practiced:|
|Government||Federal two-party republic|
|- President||Nick Borisov|
|- Vice President||Shaun Rowland|
|- Legislature||The Confederate States of Floria Congress|
|Establishment||17th April 2017|
|Population||132,236,430 (1706 AN)|
|Active population||2 citizen|
|Currency||Florian Dollar ($), FLD|
|Time zone(s)||CMT-2 to 0|
|National forum||Official Discord|
|National food||Fried chicken |
|National drink||Tutti Frutti soda|
|Abbreviation||FLO, FL, CSF, CS|
The Confederate States of Floria (CSF), commonly known as the Confederate States (C.S or CS) or Floria, and previously known as the Florian Republic, is a country in the southern part of Apollonia. Its thirteen states and three territories extend from the Eastern border with neighbouring Jingdao to the border of Çakaristan. Floria borders Kildare to the north and west and Çakaristan to the east. Floria borders the North Raynor Sea and Gulf of Esgality in the south. The Confederate States of Floria's Capital is Northcliff, and other large metropolitan areas include Oldhaven, Dragonmoor, Newmarsh and Stonehall.
As a whole, the Confederate States is sparsely populated and the majority of the land in Floria is either dominated by tropical rainforest or tundra, particularly in the northern parts of the country. Its population is highly urbanised with 85% of its inhabitants living in large or medium-sized cities. Despite this Floria is the third largest nation by population in Apollonia and 8th globally by that measure. The Confederate State's climate varies widely across its area such as cold freezing temperatures in the north in winter to very hot summers in the rest of the country. Before the inhabitation of the modern-day Florian, the area of what now is the Confederate States of Floria was inhabited by ethnic Jingdaoese however these Jingdaoese aboriginals were eventually driven out of the area and returned to the mainland. In the 1650s Floria was responsible for a devastating global conflict after an alleged hired assassination of Nikolaj I of Coria eventually triggering an all-out war between the USSO and SANE. This left Floria in devastating ruin and left with heavy sanctions. However, it soon recovered and has since become a global financial hotbed.
The Confederate States of Floria is a federal republic and a representative democracy. The country was a former parliamentary republic and citizens of the country elect a President and congress every calendar year (12 AN years). The Confederate States of Floria is officially trilingual at the federal level and ranks highly internationally in civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education despite recent warfare since the establishment of the country. The country is multicultural and ethnically diverse and enjoys a long and complex and formerly hostile relationship with neighbours Kildare. Internationally, the Confederate States of Floria is a member of the multilateral alliance, the Raspur Pact and enjoys free trade and mutual defence with other member nations. Floria is an important nation within the pact being the pact's lead nation in Apollonia.
A highly developed and potential Superpower on Micras, the Confederate States has a high GDP per capita and has a large and advanced economy with one of the strongest currencies in the world. It offers healthy levels of social security and a universal health care system, environmental protection, and tuition-free university education. The Confederate States of Floria, then known as the Florian Republic were former members of the Apollonian and Euran Economic Union and USSO before withdrawing from both.
War of Lost Brothers
Confederate States era
In 1685 AN the Committee for Civil Contingency Planning was formed. The committee received a wide-ranging mandate to review and reorganise civil society and public administration in view of defects uncovered during the Verionian-Raspur War at the start of the decade. In spite of the Florian recovery from the War of Lost Brothers concerns persisted with regards to the Confederate States' vulnerability to another severe systematic shock - whether internal or external in origin.
Opposition parties queried the scope of the mandate bestowed upon the committee and called for greater democratic oversight of governmental bodies established by presidential decree.
In 1689, after being a three-party nation since the end of the War of Lost Brothers, the United National Party of the Republic and Imperial Democratic Party of Floria joined forces creating a dominant right-wing presence in Floria and the merger has heavily influenced the Florian political landscape from 1690 AN onwards with the new states of the nation aligning themselves with right-wing ideologies.
From 1690 AN Floria firmly established itself as one of Micras's largest economies and become the dominant Raspur Pact aligned nation on Apollonia with the nation's military eventually taking over the Apollonia Command. However, things have not always run smoothly with Floria being criticised for human rights violations against Umraism and somewhat excessive use of capital punishment. Floria after the War has a large number of nationalist citizens rise which has plagued Floria in becoming a more socially advanced nation as it expands across the continent of Apollonia and overseas.
From 1695 AN, Ronald Trueman was elected President of the Republic carrying on the work of his predecessor Morgan Sharp. Tasked with expanding Floria and stabilising public relations in high-risk areas such as Eastern Floria particularly in Sri Alba and Mesoun, two areas rampant with organised crime. Truemans' early months of his tenure ran smoothly and at one point even defied Raspur Pact protocols withdrawing troops from the Second Elwynnese Civil War alongside Sanama after the use of nuclear weapons on civilian populations. After 'The Scouring', Trueman and a growing portion of the population became dispirited with the Pact and signalled their intent to review their involvement in the Pact for the years ahead.
In 1697 AN, The UNP introduced a new national anthem for Floria which received a mixed reception nationwide with some saying that the song was too nationalistic and only served the interests of the right-wing and Istvanistani speaking communities. Because of this dispute between anthems, "Glory to Floria" was designated for international events such as the FMF World Cup and "Oh Floria" domestically. This dispute was then settled with the now renamed UNP introducing an anthem that both parties agreed on. Floria hosted the 2021 FMF World Cup and as a result, international relations with other nations improved after controversial foreign policy laws were scrapped to allow visiting fans into the country.
In the 1700 ANs Floria finally extinguished tense relations with neighbours, the GAE (Jingdao) and the Trueman administration permitted full access to the Apollonian Express and the start of formal relations with the GAE. Floria has had insurgencies throughout its history and in 1705 AN, Floria declared war on Sri Alban insurgents who invaded and unilaterally declared the region as an independent state. The insurgency was crushed in a matter of days.
From 1705 AN Floria showed signs of authoritarianism and imperialism with the crippling and eventual suspension of the Labour Party and full-scale invasions into Mesoun (The Green) and a full-scale invasion of the Norfolk Isles archipelago. By the end of the year, the green was fully conquered and the original Florian manifest destiny was complete.
In 1706 AN Floria invaded and successfully annexed Port Balaine. This was met with much controversy and Floria was imposed with sanctions by various nations slowly setting back the economy of the nation. Presidential and Congressional Elections took place in 1707 resulting in the most heated elections in Floria's history since the War of Lost Brothers. Due to the unpopular move of annexing Port Balaine, traditional UPR hotbeds turned their back on Ronald Trueman in the polls leading to a convincing victory for the SDP candidate, Nick Borisov by a vote of 312 to 226. This was the first-ever federal election win for a social-democratic party in Floria.
After his defeat Ronald Trueman retired from politics and left the country to retire in Constancia. Under SDP control Floria oversaw large economic and social growth. The Florian Navy also grew to large levels capable of defending the nation sufficiently.
Floria is located in the central-southern part of Apollonia and has overseas territories in Eura and in the Antarctic. Floria borders Kildare to the north and west and Çakaristan to the east. Floria has 5 major mountain ranges found in the North and central parts of the nation.
The south of Floria borders a sea connecting Apollonia with Eura. Floria is also home to many rivers and therefore does not struggle for water resources and regularly uses renewable water resources.
The striped jing panther is an invasive apex predator recently encountered, as of 1686 AN in forested and marshy terrain along the margins of the western frontier. In keeping with their customary hostility towards Floria, Jingdaoese officials in Daocheng have been quite unforthcoming, in response to the queries of third-party intermediaries, with regards to the provenance of these animals. The striped jing panther is, from a handful of reported encounters, considered to be a man-eater and may have been specifically bred for the purpose. A cash bounty of $25,000, along with the promise of a fortnight's furlough, was offered by the Committee for Civil Contingency Planning for any serving Confederate official or member of the armed forces who could successfully bring down one of these animals and present the carcass for verification.
Notably endemic in the western regions of Floria are the spitting-bile scorpions, notable for their ability to forcefully expel from themselves a quantity of corrosive acid across a distance of 2.6 metres as well as for their uncanny ability to aim for the eyes of their victims. To be found in large concentrations clustered around the death pits which appear to map to roads and likely invasion routes from Jingdaose territory for a distance of 5km in from the border. Propagation across the border appears to occur by those mysterious shattered earthenware jars commonly discovered on the Jing side of the line of control with the coming of the dawn.
Because of its size, Floria has a wide range of geographic features, the Confederate States contains examples of nearly every global climate. The climate is subtropical in the Southern States, tropical in Port Balaine, Florian Eura and Liberation Islands, polar in Outer Mesoun, semiarid in the central states, Mediterranean in coastal cities and arid in the Southland region. Its comparatively favourable agricultural climate contributed (in part) to the country's rise as a Micrasian power, with infrequent severe drought in the major agricultural regions, a general lack of widespread flooding, and a mainly temperate climate that receives adequate precipitation.
With a population of over 132 million according to the 1707 Census, Floria is the third most populous country in Apollonia, the fifth most populous country in the Raspur Pact, and the eighth-most populous country in the world. The overall life expectancy at birth is 80 years.
Floria is a popular immigration destination in the world. The majority of migrants live in western states, in particular in urban areas of major cities. Floria has a number of large metropolitan areas and has two megacities. The country's largest city plus urban area is Northcliff.
The Confederate States of Floria has a high life expectancy and is steadily growing as the country recovers from the War of Lost Brothers. However, growth in life expectancy has not been as expected as suicide and drug overdose rates are common, especially in cities most affected by war and poor representation in the Florian government. Despite Florian citizens eating approx. four or more meals a day, obesity rates are relatively compared to other nations on Micras.
Coronary artery disease, lung cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, drug overdoses and traffic accidents cause the most years of life lost in the Confederated States. Low back pain, depression, musculoskeletal disorders, neck pain, and anxiety cause the most years lost to disability. Teenage pregnancy and abortion rates are substantially higher than in other Western nations, especially among minor ethnic communities.
The Florian government has pledged to become a leader in medical innovation and continues to develop and research cures for diseases such as cancer. Health care coverage is universal and is fully funded by the government. However, patients, if they wish, may be granted private healthcare for operations such as plastic surgery etc.
Floria is the only nation on Micras which has banned the traditional use of tobacco and instead only vaping (use of Electronic cigerattes) are allowed. This unique law was brought in from 1701 AN in an attempt to bring down Floria's growing lung cancer rates and introduce a less harmful alternative to smoking.
The Confederate States of Floria has a very high level of education and a large number of adults taking tertiary education with 41% of adults having attained at least an undergraduate college or university degree. 5.5% of Floria's GDP is spent on education and tertiary education students are heavily funded by the government. In Florian schools depending on which language is spoken in the area, classes are taught either in English, Florian or Alexandrian. Subjects in which students perform above the national average are economics, reading, computing and mathematics. Post-secondary education is provided for free should a Florian citizen wish to enrol.
Optional kindergarten education is provided for all children between three and six years old, after which school attendance is compulsory for at least nine years. Primary education usually lasts for four to six years. Secondary schooling is divided into tracks based on whether students pursue academic or vocational education.
All religions in the Confederate States of Floria except the Stripping Path are free to be exercised. Nazarene is the nation's largest religion with the vast majority identifying as protestant. Floria has the largest Protestant population across Micras with 70% of adults in the Confederate States either following the Church of the Holy Lance or Church of Floria.
Over half of the nation believes religion is an important role in their daily lives but only 35% attend their place of worship on a weekly basis. Religion however in the Confederate States of Floria is gradually becoming more irreligious with decline mostly among Florians under the age of thirty. 5% of Florian adults mostly ex-pats follow Umraism.
The Confederate States of Floria has three main languages with these being English, Florian and Alexandrian (Fransh and martino). Common tongue is the mother tongue of 56% of Florian inhabitants and 21% and 10% for Alexandrian and Florian speakers. Other recognised languages include Corian and Jingdaoese. Throughout the country, road signs are displayed in all three official languages with the more prominently spoken language in that area displayed first.
Government and politics
The Confederate States of Floria is a federation and former parliamentary republic. In addition to being a federation, the Confederate States of Floria is a representative democracy. In the Florian federalist system, citizens are usually liable to three levels of government: federal, state, and local. Local governments in the Confederate States of Floria are usually split between county and municipal governments. In almost all cases, executive and legislative officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by district. There is no proportional representation at the federal level, and it is rare at lower levels.
The federal government is made up of three branches:
- Legislative: The bicameral Congress made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, makes federal law, approves treaties, has the power of the purse, and has the power of impeachment, by which it can remove sitting members of the government including the President.
- Executive: The president is the commander-in-chief of the military, can veto legislative bills before they become law and assign the members of the Cabinet (pending Senate approval) and other officers, who administer and enforce federal laws and policies.
- Judicial: The Supreme Court and lower federal courts, whose judges are appointed by the president with Senate approval, interpret laws and overturn those they find unconstitutional.
The House of Representatives has 705 voting members, each representing a congressional district for an 11 AN (one Gregorian) year term. House seats are divided among the states by population following each decennial census. Each state then draws single-member districts to conform with the census division. The Senate has 102 members with each mainland state having 9 senators. Etourney,Port Balaine and Florian Eura have one. The president serves an eleven AN year term and may be elected to the office no more than twice. The president is not elected by direct vote, but by an indirect electoral college system. The Supreme Court, led by the chief justice of Floria, has nine members, who serve for life.
The Confederate States of Floria is a federal state of 13 states (One with special autonomy), one partially internationally unrecognized unincorporated territory, and two organised territories. The states and organised territories are the principal administrative districts in the country. These are divided into subdivisions of counties and independent cities. The states choose the president of the Confederate States. Each state has presidential electors equal to the number of their representatives and senators in Congress. Territories of Floria such as Etourney do not have presidential electors, and so people in those territories cannot vote for the president.
Citizenship is granted at birth in all states and territories.
Parties and elections
Floria operates under a two-party system but in the early days of the republic, many parties existed. For elective offices at most levels, state-administered primary elections choose the major party nominees for subsequent general elections. Since 1706, the United Party of the Republic and the Social Democratic Party of Floria are the major parties in the nation. The president and vice president are elected by the Electoral College however elections have been suspended until a left-wing replacement party has been established.
In Florian political culture, the right-wing UPR is considered "Nationalist" and the SDP as "Socialist". The Southern states are nationalist whilst the north is mostly socialist however UIP quickly started to grow in these traditionally socialist areas in the 1700s such as Victoria.
Social Democrat Nick Borisov the winner of the 1707 AN Presidential election serves as the fifth president of the Confederate States of Floria. Leadership in the Senate includes vice president Shaun Rowland. The House of Representatives is as of 1705 fully controlled by the UPR with the Senate also run by the UPR.
Floria ranks 10th in the Micras Democracy Index.
- See also Foreign relations of Floria
The Confederate States has an established structure of foreign relations. Floria is a member of the Micras Treaty Organisation and the Raspur Pact and former founding member of the Apollonian and Euran Economic Union. Most countries on Micras have embassies located in Northcliff and a number of consulates across the country. The Confederate States of Floria has strong ties with member states of the Raspur Pact but has complex relations with Collective Security Association member nations. The Confederate States closely works with Raspur Pact member states on military and security issues and with nations, with which it has an agreed free trade
The President is the commander in chief of the country's armed forces therefore it appoints its leaders, the Secretary of Defence and chief of staff. The Confederate States Defence Commission administrates all branches of the Florian armed forces. As a member of the Raspur Pact, should a conflict involving a Pact member occur, the Confederate armed forces are required to engage in that conflict. Floria is the pact's largest presence on the continent and Florian troops are regularly sent for minor operations and peacekeeping. The Florian armed forces are currently active on three continents.
Military service is compulsory for Florian men aged from 18-36 with conscripts required to serve for six months. Failure to serve leads to severe fines and imprisonment.
From 1676 AN after modest operations from existence, the Florian Armed Forces became a military superpower after large sustained growth in terms of both manpower and equipment funded by large investment during the reconstruction efforts after the War of Lost Brothers.
The Confederate States is one of few recognised nuclear weapons states, and one of the few to possess nuclear weapons. It has one of Micra's largest nuclear stockpiles. Floria also possesses other Weapons of Mass Destruction such as chemical weapons and biological weapons which have been used since the Trueman era of military control.
After the invasion of Port Balaine, Floria began to focus on building up its naval force, which was seen as the last step for security in Southern Apollonia.
Law enforcement and crime
Law enforcement in the Confederate States of Floria is primarily the responsibility of local police units and sheriff's offices. State police provide a broader service if required. Federal agencies such as the FDI and Florian Marshall service have dedicated duties such as domestic security, civil rights and enforcement of federal laws. Regional courts handle most criminal trials with federal courts only handling servere cases.
Capital punishment is legal in Floria for crimes such as murder,treason, espionage and drug trafficking. Floria has a high prison population with prisoners kept in mostly private owned facilities.
Floria has a social and free market economy with a highly skilled labour force, a medium level of corruption, and a high level of innovation. It is one of Micra's largest exporters and importers of goods and has the largest economy in Apollonia and one of the highest GDPs worldwide. The service sector contributes approximately 63.8% of the total GDP, industry 31.3%, and agriculture 4.9% as of 1707 AN. The unemployment rate is 4.8% as of 1707.
The automotive industry in Floria is regarded as one of the most competitive and innovative in the world and is the largest by production. The top ten exports of Floria are vehicles, machinery, chemical goods, electronic products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, natural resources, basic metals, food products and cannabis.
Personal transportation in the Confederate States of Floria is dominated by automobiles and the nation has a very high rate of per-capita vehicle ownership. Around 35% of personal vehicles are light trucks and vans. Rail transport is extremely popular in the nation and has one of the most efficient and busiest railway systems on Micras. The Railway industry is government-owned and operates under the name FLO Railways.
The highway is managed by state-level governments with every state operating different laws on the highways. toll systems are very common on these highways as a way to encourage more citizens to use public transport such as Floria's extensive rail network.
Nearly every major city in Floria has one or two railway station/s and the network itself is extensive and dense.
FLO Railways is the major railway infrastructure and service operator. FLO Railways is a state-owned company and the government holds all shares. Since its reformation after purchasing High Speed Floria 1679 AN, the railway network has rapidly expanded and has become affordable for all with excellent service.
High-speed rail started in 1656 AN after the War of Lost Brothers with the introduction of the private company, High Speed Floria which planned to modernize the rail system of the country after the war. The company operated high-speed rail until its purchase in 1679.
The high-speed network regularly has several extensions or upgrades to high-speed lines under construction or planned for the near future, some of them after decades of planning.
The fastest high-speed train operated by FLO Railways, ICE connects major Florian cities. On regular lines, at least one train every two hours will call even in the smallest of villages during the day. Nearly all larger metropolitan areas are served by bus networks and highways.
The majority of Floria's energy is provided by petroleum and natural gas, which Floria has in high reserve. Nuclear energy is banned in Floria and renewable energy is becoming more common as the nation expands to new territories.
Mainstream Florian cuisine is similar to that in other Apollonian countries. Rice and wheat are the primary cereal grain with about three-quarters of grain products made of wheat or rice flour and many dishes use indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, duck, beef, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, corn, and maple syrup.
Characteristic dishes such as poutine, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants and natives. In regions such as San Alexandria, seafood is popular due to being easily accessible from the region's ports. The region's cuisine is also heavily influenced by cuisine found in Nouvelle Alexandrie due to the many immigrants living in different cities nationwide. Etourney is known for haggis and black pudding commonly eaten as breakfast throughout the Florian population.
The Florian fast food industry, the world's largest, rapidly rose after the War of Lost Brothers as it provided a quick solution to quickly accessing meals and cutting cooking time. Fast-food consumption has sparked health concerns within the country but health issues related to obesity etc. are carefully monitored by the Florian government. Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine per cent of Florian caloric intake. Chicken King, Pizza Shack, Wilsons and Taco Ring are the most notable fast-food chains from Floria.
The national alcoholic drink is whiskey and whiskey-drinking rates are among the highest in the world. Beer is also extremely popular.
The Confederate States of Floria is the hub of Micrasian Electronic Dance music (EDM) with many festivals and concerts being held throughout the country all year round. The most notable festival being The Rising Festival held in Northcliff where ten stages across the city play concerts of different genres from trance to house. The most popular EDM forms in Floria include hard techno,trance, house and Dubstep as well as garage music. Classical music is also extremely popular with many orchestras professional and amateur throughout the country. The genres of hip-hop and jazz have also emerged especially in the state of Ontario and its capital Vice City where it's popular the most. From 1697 AN rock and heavy metal rose in popularity throughout the country which bands such as Oceans and Electra posting viral songs on the internet. Floria regularly enters the Microvision Song Contest and the nations highest placing is finishing 4th in Cárdenas in 2021. Floria's previous best finish was 7th place in 2018 where the contest was held in Cherry Trees. Floria has never finished last at the contest but the nation finished 31st out of 33 (one nation disqualified) in 2020 collecting a disappointing 17 points in total.
Military music is very popular and important in Florian culture with patriotic military march parades very common throughout the nation. Music within the military is organised by the Adjutants General Corps of the Florian Army.
Floria is infamous for the creation of Floriabeat which is used in many cartoons and memes globally on platforms such as Ricroc.
Cinema is popular in Floria and well-known films from Floria are usually based on horror, espionage and military operations similar to popular games played within the Florian public and beyond. Well known films include Last Man Standing, the Phantom War franchise and Taskmaster.
Sports have been organised ever since the establishment of the country with sports turning professional at various times. The Confederate States of Floria's official sports are baseball, ice hockey and Florian Gridiron Football. Other major sports include basketball, association football and rugby league with sports such as rugby union and tennis enjoyed at amateur levels.
The Confederate States of Floria has five major professional sports leagues which are followed hugely worldwide. These five leagues are known as the 'Big Five' and these leagues are the Intercontinental Hockey League (ice hockey), Florian Football League (Gridiron football), Super League Football (football), SLB (baseball) and the FBA (Basketball). Cricket is popular in Sri Alba and the state provides the vast majority of National Team players.
The Confederate States of Floria competed at the first-ever Micras Games in 2018 held in Jingdao as the Florian Republic and was the highest placed major sporting country in the medal table with 10 gold medals and two silver medals. The Confederate States of Floria has also hosted major Micrasian sports events during its existence such as the MHL Junior World Championships and MHL World Championships (both 2019).
In 2021, Floria hosted the FMF World Cup, Micras's most prestigious sports tournament and it was hosted in Floria's major cities. Floria would eventually win the tournament beating four time winners Craitland in the Final.
Television is the most popular medium in Floria with radio stations are also popular nationwide. State-run FBC and FT (Floria Today) are the leading news channels. FT is also the flagship of Florian international media operations. Around 92% of Florian households have cable or satellite TV, with a variety of free-to-view public and commercial channels. Floria's print market of newspapers and magazines is the third-largest in Apollonia.
Floria is home to many video game developing and publishing companies such as Monster Interactive which produces Micras's most popular video game Micras Warfare on a yearly basis and is also where iDrive 2000's and Drag0n Eggs are produced, the two most popular consoles used globally.