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Hurmu
Flag of Hurmu
Flag
Coat of Arms of Hurmu
Coat of Arms
Motto: Toj mar be-Hurmu (We are Hurmu)
Anthem: Hanwen u-Brida (Way of Life)
Location of Hurmu
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Capital Vesüha/Huyenkula
Largest city Khojinacinggha, Kaupang, Ghawlama, Mitrovska
Official language(s) Istvanistani
Hurmu Norse
Lakkvian
Lontinian
Londinistani
Krasnocorian
Official religion(s) None official;
Traditional Hurmu practices granted cultural protection
Demonym Hurmudan(s)
 - Adjective Hurmu
Government Constitutional state
 - Collective head of state Senate of the Lakes
 - Prime Minister Daniyal al-Osman (Cabinet)
 - Legislature Parlerment (Senate Assembly)
Establishment 1476 AN (as an independent state)
1690 AN (re-establishment)
Area
Population 23,488,506 (1708 AN)
Currency Crown (HUK)
Calendar
Time zone(s) CMT+3 (Lake District, Southern District); CMT+1 (Lontinien; CMT±0 Rekozemlje; CMT-1 Transprinitica; CMT+10 (Warring Islands)
Mains electricity
Driving side left
Track gauge
National website
National forum
National animal Dragon
National food Yoghurt, cheese
National drink Tea
National tree Laketree
Abbreviation HUR, HU

Hurmu is a country in northern Lyrica, centred around its six Holy Lakes, but with a much larger territory on Apollonia, consisting of the states of the Lake District, Rekozemlje and Lontinien, the Southern District and Transprinitican District, the District of the Warring Islands in far eastern Keltia, and considerable territory along the western coast of Keltia, constituting the districts of Amaland and Karnamark.

Despite being reunified only in 1690, Hurmu has a long history as a nation. It emerged on the world scene in the late 1400s. It has throughout its history been influenced by, and in one way or another, been part of, Menelmacar, Cranda, Arminy, Shireroth, Safiria, Elwynn, and, most recently, Stormark and Craitland (though the territory of Lakkvia).

Note on terminology

See also Multilingual toponymy of Hurmu

Hurmu is not only the name of the country, it is also the preferred adjective form. A person who identifies with the traditional ethnic Hurmu culture is a Hurmudan (pl. Hurmudans, or Hurmudan-ka). Hurmudan or Hurmudanic may be used as adjectives to describe the ethnic Hurmudans. However, not all in Hurmu are ethnic Hurmudans.

There is no one Hurmu language. Hurmu Norse is the main language of the Hurmudans, Lakkvian of the Lakkvians, and Hurmumol is the classical liturgical language of the Hurmudans.

Geography

For geographical purposes, Hurmu can be divided into Lyrican Hurmu (containing the Lake District and the Southern District), Apollonian Hurmu containing Lontinien, Rekozemlje, Keltian Hurmu (Districts of Amaland and Karnamark) and the Warring Islands off the eastern coast of Keltia, and Northern Bretland.

Borders

Hurmu shares land borders with Nouvelle Alexandrie (Lake District), Çakaristan (Rekozemlje, Transprinitica), Lac Glacei (Lontinien, Amaland), Shireroths's Duchy of Qyzylqaystan (Transprinitica), Ashinthael (Transprinitica, Lontinien), the Phineonesian Confederation (Amaland, Karnamark), and the Hexarchy (Karnamark, and with whom Hurmu has a territorial dispute). It is the policy of Hurmu to seek to avoid any borders with the Green.

The River Glacei makes a border between Hurmu (Lontinien) and the HPC-occupied area of Al-Khadra and Qurtuba (under the nominal sovereignty of Barikalus).

Lyrican Hurmu

Lyrican Hurmu is hilly. The six Holy Lakes are formed in basins in the terrain. Certain flat lands occur in the Vesüha region – along the east bank of Lake Cashma.

Leafy forests are in Lyrican Hurmu, with almost half of the non-urban land covered in trees. Grasslands and agricultured lands form the rest. The soil in Hurmu is generally quite fertile.

Lyrican Hurmu borders Nouvelle Alexandrie's North Lyrica region.

Apollonian Hurmu

Apollonian Hurmu is generally flat, with some mountains and cliff formations in the far north of the district. Forests are rare, though exist in the far southern regions of the District, and some in the northern regions. The rest of the land is steppe-like and generally not well suited for growing crops.

Lontinien's border to the lawless Green under the process of being demarcated and secured. Lontinien borders, to the north, Lac Glacei, and, to the south, Shireroth's duchy of Qyzylqaystan.

The River Glacei marks the border between Hurmu (west of it) and Arbor (east of it).

Hurmu expanded in Apollonian Hurmu in 1702 when the Transprinitican District was annexed, thus extending Hurmu from the eastern coast to the western coast of the Eastern Apollonian Subcontinent.

Keltian Hurmu

Keltian Hurmu

Warring Islands

  • Cold, rainy, snowy, generally inhospitable.

Climate

Lyrican Hurmu

Lyrican Hurmu experiences temperate-to-cold winters and hot summers. The climate is humid. In winter, temperatures below 0 do occur regularly mainly in the inland and highland regions. Lake-effect snow and blizzards occur in the Lake District. The lowest temperature recorded in Hurmu is -32 degrees. Average temperature just after midwinter is -10 degrees. Ice is a common occurrence on the Holy Lakes (except Anset which due to its salinity remains ice-free)

Just after midsummer, the average temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius. Temperatures can go up as far as 44 degrees (record high).

Apollonian Hurmu

Apollonian Hurmu, in contrast, is mostly dry, with humidity experienced only a few kilometres from the River Glacei banks. Summers remain hot and winters cold. Due to the steppe-like vegetation around Apollonian Hurmu, it is battered with winds. A wind-still day is a rare occurrence. At times, the River Glacei freezes over, but this, too, is rare.

Agriculture

Lyrican Hurmu

Due to the hilly nature of Lyrican Hurmu, growing crops is restricted to the Vesüha region. However, Hurmudans make use of the rest of the land in many other ways. The main agricultural exports are tea, wool, and goat/sheep products (both dairy and meat). The hills are suitable for growing tea and the grazing of sheep and goats.

Apollonian Hurmu

In Lontinien, agriculture is mainly restricted to the herding of musk ox, and the use of musk ox felts, meat, and dairy (yogurts are a specialty here). Horses are also common here, and horsemeat and leather is also produced here.

In Rekozemlje, agriculture is more developed, with production of cotton and food crops being the main agricultural businesses.

Flora and fauna

Apollonian Hurmu

The wildlife of Apollonian Hurmu is mainly various forms of flowering grasses and other plants. Trees are quite rare, though small pockets of forests exist along the southern areas of Rekozemlje. Bushlands are common along a narrow stretch of land along the River Glacei.

Lake District

Much of the land in the Lake District is covered in forest. Laketree is an endemic deciduous tree that makes up 20–25% of the trees in the Lake District. Other common trees are ash, elm, lark, beech, and birch. Pine trees are uncommon in the inland and around the lakes, though prefer the more acidic soils of the northern coastline of the Lake District.

In terms of fauna, Hurmu has a healthy mix of both preying and preyed mammals, such as wolf, fox, lynx, and bear, and various forms of deer and rodents. Dragons, though rare (about 5 sightings every decade), is a dangerous animal that ravishes the land (the young, being more impulsive, are the most dangerous kind). Traditionally, Hurmudans would hunt the dragons down. Young dragons are furry (and not scaly), and the fur of their skin is treated to be like wool, and of which rare and expensive forms of textile are made. About 5000 kg of dragon wool is known to have been produced in the last 300 years, and there are currently only 50 items of clothing known to exist from dragon wool (mainly cloaks and coats, as the fabric is extremely resistant to heat, cold, weather, and fire). In later years, synthetic dragon wool has been produced, with similar properties. These are popular outdoor clothes and fabrics, e.g. also for tents and camping geer. Draken is the largest label producing such fabrics and products.

History

See also Rulers of Hurmu.

Republik

Hurmu in 1476
Hurmu after its reduction following the Lyrican Republic's guerrilla war
  • 1476: The Hurmu Republik is declared, Hallgrím Aðalgeirsson elected the first president, Joshua Aradoika its foreign minister. Lyrica City is the capital. The Lyrican Republic, a former sovereign of the territory, keeping a guerrilla presence, declares war on Hurmu. The continent had many different with wars between various factions, with what was to become Stormark emerging as one of the more powerful players.
  • 1477: Hurmu, being pacifist, refuses to fight in any of the wars, and thus quickly loses territory. The country is made smaller, pushed to to the small area around the lakes. Huyenkula, previously a small market town, is named the new capital. The continent was ruled by various tribes and nations which were at at constant war with one another, and commanded their people's obedience through dictatorial and oppressive ways. The last tribe, the Hurmu, lived around the lakes of the north of the Heartland, and were a peaceful, pacifict nation. Not long before Harald's invasion of the Heartland (maybe only 10 years), the Hurmu people controlled most of the Heartland. Due to their pacifist nature, however, they were easily subdued by the other tribes and reduced to living in the inaccessible far north of the Heartland.
  • 1476–1479: Conquest of the Heartland. Stormarkers, led by the petty king Harald, invade the Lyrican continent (by the Storish called the Heartland), pushing Hurmudans northwards and Crandishmen westwards. Local petty kings were forced to other subjugate to Stormark or be killed. Hurmu fears the worst. Harald and his wife Harald and Hervör continued fighting heavily across the Heartland and the nearby Hålogaland. Learning that Ivar the Impaler controlled many fishing, trading and whaling stations along the coasts, Harald was angered. He knew of the Impaler's hate for his family and kin, and decided to eradicate that threat once and for all. However, the Impaler managed to find out of Harald's plans (by help of a widowed queen of one of the local kings that Harald had earlier killed) and attacked pre-emptively Harald’s camp. It was a bloody massacre. Almost all of Harald's men were killed, however Harald and Hervör, along with a small number of soldiers, managed to escape. They headed to Hurmu's peaceful lands, hoping to rest there and gather support. The Hurmu, true to their pacifist nature, refused to engage in any war of any kind and declined to join Harald’s army. Harald asked the tribesmen there rhetorically if they would rather be slaughtered by a foreign army, and the tribesmen answered "yes, we would rather die true to our beliefs than die killing other of the children of Ash and Elm". Surprised with their answer, Harald developed respect for the un-Viking-like behaviour of the Hurmu people, and decided that they indeed had bravery worthy of admiration. Accordingly, he acceded to the Hurmu people's wishes of being independent. In a letter to them, entlitled the Epistle of the Peaceful Pastures, he confirmed that he would never lay arms upon Hurmu's people or lands. As such, it was only in recognition of the support and shelter given to him and Hervör by the Hurmu Tribes during the couple's escape from the so-called Blood Parley that Jarl Harald accepted their wish of not to be brought under his rulership and confirmed the same in a letter called the Epistle of the Peaceful Pastures. However, Hurmu became dominated in many other ways by its much larger neighbour. In a second effort to protect itself from the "scourges of war", Hurmu goes to its friends, Baracão and Menelmacar, for counsel. Baracão chooses not to help Hurmu, as Hurmu did not wish to become socialist, while Menelmacar offers to make Hurmu its protectorate.

Hurmu Menelmakarel (1479–1487)

  • 1479: Hurmu joins Menelmacar as a protectorate.
    • Elenaran Caesar Augustus, the third Elenaran of Menelmacar (after first Sirithil, then Archetype XXIII), is hailed as the new head of state in Hurmu.
    • A palace is planned in his honour, to be built in Menelmacari marble style.
    • Richard Lyon is named Governor over Hurmu, replacing Hallgrím Aðalgeirsson as head of government.
  • 1486: The Palace of the Elenaran is inaugurated.
  • 1487: Menelmacar is on the verge of collapse, and the government of Hurmu tries to salvage the situation in Hurmu by appealing to Crandish support. Cranda and Hurmu enter into the Treaty of Hichanberg, in which Hurmu transfers the powers of Menelmacar over Hurmu to Cranda.

Crandish Takeover

The Crandish and the Hurmudans had for some time now been in negotiated for the Crandish take-over of the former Menelmacari treaty obligations. This was done because Hurmu sensed that Menelmacar would soon collapse, and Hurmu did not want to be part of that collapse. They saw how Ashintully and Haradwaith had already collapsed, how the Yellow Territory was being used as a nuclear test place for the OAM, how Jaiha had been collapsing since the first Menelmacari revolution. They wanted to avoid being part of the collapse.

The Government of Hurmu and the government of Cranda agreed to a treaty, the Treaty of Hichanberg (after the Crandish name for Huyenkula), and this was announced and ratified by both Cranda and Hurmu. Although the people of Hurmu knew that they now were Crandish they decided to keep the Menelmacari flag hoisted at the Palace of the Elenaran.

And when the fall of Menelmacar was announced in Vice-Elenaran Pathfollower's Goodnight Menelmacar speech, the Menelmacari flag was lowered to half mast in memory of all those dead in the cold conflict between the two Menelmacars, and those who died from the Menelmacari crises.

Six days the Menelmacari flag was at half mast, and on the seventh day up and flying once more, for the very last time on Micras ever. One day more the flag was flying, but then at midnight lowered for the last time, and replaced by the Crandish flag.

The former Crandish consulate in Huyenkula was made the Crandish High Commission and the former Menelmacari Embassy in Johannsessbuurg was turned into the Hurmu High Commission, to represent Hurmudan interests and businesses in Cranda.

The following weeks a ship came ashore from Cranda. It carried all administrative works and dealings that would be necessary in Hurmu. What interested the population was the new currency to be used and the new passports made by the Crandish government in advance for the Hurmudans!

Hurmu u-Krant

The Crandish were not as imperialistic as the Menelmacaris. The Crandish refrained from changing the roadsigns to Crandish, for example. During the Menelmacari period, all roadsigns were in Elfinshi, none were in the Hurmu native language. Instead of changing the roadsigns to Crandish, they removed the Elfinshi ones and replaced them with Hurmu Nordic (which was more or less what people spoke in Hurmu).

This started the Hurmudanization of life in Hurmu. The Hurmu literature flourished and plays and works of music, films and art were done in large scale Hurmu mode.

Hurmu art and culture was free. The Crandish were a bit uncertain with any sort of Crandishization of Hurmu, but when Hurmudans petitioned the Crandish government to get Crandish analogue TV, because the only ones they could get at the moment were the poor B-type Viking movies and soaps of Stormark.

There was a large Micran conference on languages in Johansessbuurg, and Hurmu was proud to be such a small nation and yet represent the four daily spoken languages of Hurmu: Hurmudan traditional, Nordic Hurmu, Elfinshi and Crandish.

Hurmu was now a tourist hotspot for the people of Micras. People went to the beautiful big salt lakes, camped. They went to the discos and nightclubs of Huyenkula. And Hurmudan cuisine was exported. The whole world danced Hurmu, ate Hurmu and relaxed Hurmu.

Arminian discussions

It now was that Slobovia and Cranda were discussing to merge (they were last united by a common government a thousand years ago under “Arminy”, on which the epic of Arminy was based). Hurmu was a bit distanced in these discussions but were initially worried that this would make Hurmu a part of Cranda, and not this semi-independent status it had had.

Thankfully, many Hurmudans thought, the discussions failed. But a while later the discussions were resumed. Should Cranda, Northworthy and Slobovia rejoin into the union they once were in under Arminy?

Anyway, the Hurmudans were refused participation at the discussions. This upset many people in Hurmu, who now boycotted Crandish, Northworthy and Slobovian goods. The Hurmudans soon realized that they had to buy extremely expensive goods, food especially, if they were to boycott, so they stopped nagging about the discussions and said that so long they were still semiindependent and in a protectorate, they’d be fine with the union.

But they refused to pay any taxes to the union, arguing that the treaty of Hichanberg was still applicable and that those few taxes they paid to Cranda for defence, foreign affairs and citizenship were enough.

Arminy reborn

Arminy was thus declared. And the Arminian Community now consisted of Slobovia, Cranda and Northworthy, with Hurmu as some sort of protectorate. This time the population was less enthusiastic with getting new money, passports, but when the Arminian government called for having all roadsigns in Arminian as well as in the local language, Hurmu refused and started ignoring the government in Fonresbur3, just as they had done with the Menelmacari government.

For a few decades Hurmu ignored Arminy, and during this time Slobovia achieved independence. In defiance of the Arminian government, they set up the Embassy of Hurmu in Slobovia, the first Hurmudan embassy for a few hundred years.

Now a fraction of Hurmu wanted independence from Arminy, led by Thoenen Helios, but the Arminian government realized that that would be bad PR, so the King himself went to Huyenkula and promised Hurmu full membership in the union, and Helios agreed. Hurmu became a member in Hurmu.

Hurmu Arminel

Now that Hurmu was a state within Arminy, and no longer sovereign or having its semi-independent status, most affairs concerning Hurmu were made in Arminsburgh, several hundred kilometres away. De jure, the Hurmudans could control most things themselves as they had always done, but de facto was another matter. The Arminian government let regulations fall on the member states through the back door, and laws were passed in contradiction of treaties and constitutions.

This again, upset the Hurmudans, especially the rural ones. For example, the Arminsburgh regulations stated that cucumbers had to be straight, but Hurmudans actually liked their bent ones. The bent ones, however, became illegal.

Boohoo, the Hurmudans thought and they initiated a new era of ignorance. They ignored Arminsburgh (but followed Arminian soaps slavishly) and enacted their own laws which at times heavily contradicted the Arminian constitution.

The Arminians got fed up with the Hurmudan tradition of ignoring higher laws when the laws don’t suit them. So in response the Arminian legislature dissolved Hurmu as a state (together with Lorelei) and placed Hurmu under direct control under the Kingdom of Northworthy. The Hurmu Republik was officially dead.

Hurmu under Northworthy

The government of Northworthy was largely uninterested in the whiny people to the south and let them run things mostly on their own. But on one point the government in Deorby was clear: There would be no “ignorance”, and Hurmudans started ignoring politics and started marketing Hurmu abroad once more, especially in Northworthy. The rural farmers of Northworthy went for spa weekends to the isle of Cashma House.

Soon, Arminy became more centralized and even the Kingdom of Northworthy was dissolved, and the different areas of Arminy were drastically reorganized. Now, on the first day of the first month of the year 1497, Hurmu became a barony.

The baronial government of Hurmu was rather different from baronial and feudal governments elsewhere in Arminy. In Hurmu, the baron was a nominal head of state who represented Hurmu abroad and in the Ricchesdey, but the internal government of Hurmu was conducted mostly through referenda.

The Alexandrine War

The Baron of Hurmu supported an annexation of the instable state to the west of Arminy, Alexandria. Without any support in Hurmu, the people of Hurmu now ignored their baron, and started doing things their own way. A new period of Hurmudan ignorance started. The Baron, however, ignored the Hurmudan ignorance and said that, despite contradicting the Brida, Arminy should forcefully annex Alexandria.

The then King of Arminy agreed to this a note was given to the “Emperor” of Alexandria who did not respond. The government in Arminy took his silence as acceptance, (a Hurmu saying goes “To not re-act is to accept”) and legally incorporated the Alexandrine lands to one fiefdom in Arminy. (The annexation did get some international support, Lemuria for example saw the annexation as being legal under international law) The Emperor was killed during this, but his successor was declared Baron of Alexandria, but in Hurmudan style ignored Arminy. The newspapers in Huyenkula loved this.

But the politicians in Arminsburgh did not. They started invading Alexandria but met heavy resistance. Sadly, the Alexandrine forces came further inland and were it not for a coup d’état in Alexandria Arminy might had to surrender vast pieces of land to Alexandria.

The Alexandrine coup dissolved the nation and the nation swept into chaos and anarchy. Alexandria was placed under Arminian occupation from now on.

Barony of Hurmu

From 1500 to 1505, the country was part of Shireroth as an Arminian barony. It consisted of two counties, Lake District and Elwynn. While Hurmu was part of Shireroth, four of the lakes were in Shirerithian hands while the other two, Sselm and Anset were under the administration of Stormark.

Immediately after Arminy was admitted to the Empire as a duchy, the Council of the Duchy of Hyperborea decided to lease Elwynn, then a county within Hyperborea, to Arminy. As such, Arminy became the largest duchy in size and the counties of the Lake District (corresponding to the territory of Arminian Hurmu prior to their accession to Shireroth) and Elwynn joined in to form a barony.

The Barony of Hurmu was first headed by Troy Thompson. During his tenure a pilgrimage to Sselm and Anset began, but due to his inactivity, Thompson was removed from office and replaced by Harald. Harald created the Order of the Holy Lakes, from which the Senate of Hurmu descended. One of the first recipients of the Order was Carol, mother of Hypatia Agnesi.

In the end, Arminy seceded from Shireroth, and along went Hurmu with Arminy to go different ways from the rest of Shireroth. Elwynn remained in Shireroth.

Principality of Hurmu

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As Prince of Hurmu (1512–1527), Rashid developed the law and constitution of Hurmu, reformed the Order of the Holy Lakes, and appointed the Knights and Ladies of it. All members of the Order of Holy Lakes then became Senators of the Lakes, forming Hurmu's first legislature since the fall of the Parlerment. Once the new constitution had been enacted (1527), his son Cashmaiel Andelarion took over the executive power in Hurmu as Chairman of the Senate, and Aoife the Celt was elected Queen of Hurmu.

Constitutional reform

Second republican period

Safirian occupation (1555–1571)

  • 1555:

Second principality

Union with Elwynn

Independence, Dominion

On 11.VI.1599, Hurmu signed the Covenant of the Dominion, after being admitted on . Hurmu thus became a member state of the Dominion, along with Normark and Tyrenia.

Destruction of the Hurmu Gate (1600)

On 2245 hours local time, on 3.VIII.1600, the air control and warning and C3I assets, and medium heavy surface-to-air missiles of the Gate Guard Authority (Liðsskjaldarvaldeð) were subjected to a systematic aerial bombardment from unknown quarters. Hurmu's security assets had been identified, isolated - subjected to jamming and other forms of electrical interference - and then ultimately engaged and silenced by parties unknown, but of evident hostile intent.

This had culminated in an attack on the Gate itself which occurred at 2300 hours. With outer-defences paralysed Hurmu had been forced to repulse this attack using obsolete anti-aircraft guns and man-portable weapon systems as a point defence in order to prevent the Gate being overrun. This victory was achieved at horrendous cost, in terms of the loss of lives, and with the result of significant damage to the overall integrity of the facility itself.

The current adversary was unknown but the surviving personnel had reported to the Rapid Reaction Force, as it arrived at the scene, that multiple (30+) unmanned aerial vehicles were engaged.

"Gentlemen, dark days lie ahead of us if those forces are once more active," said Senator Royston Merrick in an address to the Senate. Ominously, of the 30+ 'drones' engaged and then driven off by weight of firepower directed against them, none were reported as destroyed or even disabled.

Genocide (1602–1604)

See Hurmu genocide

Lakkvia and Stormark

  • 1603–1605: Lakkvian immigration to the territory of the Holy Lakes to aid the Hurmu people at the same time as the Lakkvians are fleeing their traditional homeland. Brotherhood of nations declared.
  • 1606:
    • Lakkvia is formed as a Craitish overseas territory.
    • Elections across Lakkvia held for the new Assembly. Koos wins majority. Villu Sepp, leader of Koos, becomes prime minister (office held until 1630)
  • 1626
    • Koos loses a majority in the Assembly for the first time; forms a majority coalition however with Liberaali-13. Villu Sepp still prime minister.
  • 1630
    • Villu Sepp, now aged 85, resigns from the position of Prime Minister, citing frailer health as a reason. Replaced by Ott Laurits, who keeps the Koos-Liberal coalition intact.
  • 1631
    • Ott Laurits and Koos lose the Assembly election, and Koos loses the office of prime minister for the first time ever. Liberals betray Koos and join a government headed by the Mõõdukas Partei. Artur Kuusik (Mõõd. new prime minister.
  • 1685
  • 1689
  • 1690
    • 22.V.1690: Signing ceremony for the Vesüha Accords. Ratified by all parties the next day.
    • 13.VI.1690: Lakkvia and the Hurmu Trust Territory both dissolved, replaced by the new independent and sovereign Hurmu state.

Restoration

See also the Hurmu Trust Territory, Vesüha Accords

Organization of the State

Districts

Hurmu is organized into four districts: The Lake District, largely covering the area around the Holy Lakes, the Southern District, located immediately south of the Lake District, Lontinien by the River Glacei in Apollonia, and, since 1694, East Barrow Island in the Warring Islands off the coast of Keltia. The districts have considerable autonomy over their internal affairs.

The Southern District is unique in that it is outside Hurmu's customs area (i.e. it has its own customs area), and has its own visa regulation regime. Border and customs controls exist along the roads, railways, and airports into the Southern District. Special travel documents are issued to the residents of the Southern District who have not become citizens of Hurmu.

East Barrow Island is under special legislation under the administration of the Hurmu Peace Corps until 1700 AN. This is to ensure a stable transition of power, modernisation of the peninsula's infrastructure, industry and logistics, and provide for for welfare of the inhabitants.

Tribes and Municipalities

Government and Politics

Hurmu is a constitutional state, with the sovereignty vested in the Order of the Holy Lakes in right of Hurmu. Its legislature is the Parlerment. The Parlerment consists of two chambers, the democratically elected Assembly of Representatives, and the Senate of the Lakes, elected by the members of the Order of the Holy Lakes. The Senate is also the collective head of state of Hurmu, and it is in its name that the state enters into treaties and international agreements. The Senate is moreover the only body in the country that has the power to interpret the Constitution. The judicial responsibilities of the Senate extend also such that any case where a member of the Order of the Holy Lakes is part must be tried in the Senate.

Normally, all laws need to receive a majority of votes in each chamber. Legislation can be introduced in either chamber. Exceptions occur, however, with money bills having to originate in the Assembly (and cannot be amended by the Senate). Another exception is ratification of treaties, which require only the Senate's approval. The Senate is also the collective commander-in-chief.

Defence and security

Hurmu traditionally defines itself as a cultural rather than a military power. Bordered by the Great Apollonian Empire in the west, Arbor in the east, and New Alexandria to the south, there is no realistic prospect of Hurmu matching the armed might of the great powers, while the policy of neutrality precludes membership of either the Raspur Pact or the USSO.

Instead, Hurmu embraces a policy of civic defence whereby, in the event of an invasion, the Hurmu Peace Corps and the Hurmu Constabulary would focus on defending key cities, ports, and airports, as Islands of Resistance, denying their immediate use to the aggressor, whilst providing support to organised elements within civil society that would be called into action to form espionage and sabotage networks and form partisan units ready to rise against the occupier once the prospects for success are favourable.

Hurmu would also seek to resist aggression via diplomatic, economic, and propaganda means, as well as through non-violent forms of resistance as boycotts and strikes.

In peacetime, the state forces of Hurmu, these being primarily the Peace Corps and the Constabulary, can be supplemented by contracted defence partners, both civic and corporate in nature.

The Peace Corps operates under a commission received from the Senate of the Lakes and reports to a Senatorial Committee tasked with its oversight. The Constabulary meanwhile reports to the elected government and is under the authority of a minister appointed by the Prime Minister.

The security of the new colonial plantations made in western Keltia, from 1706 AN onwards, was left in the hands of locally raised levies and contracted bodies of foreign volunteers.

See also

Culture

Traditional

Religion

See also Hurmu religion

The Hurmudan community can be described as an ethnoreligious group. As such, the religious practices of the community is deeply interlinked with the cultural self-expression of the Hurmudans.

Lakkvian

Hurmu Norse

Lontinian

Demographics

Home language Total Lake District Lontinien East Barrow Island
Lakkvian 2,559,374 2,556,039 3,201 134
Hurmu Norse 2,375,765 2,210,950 164,184 631
White Lontinian 2,249,978 35,177 2,214,790 11
Blue Lontinian 1,149,181 8,194 1,140,952 35
Krasnocorian 449,694 743 448,938 13
Crandish 330,429 168,371 162,058 0
Craitish 60,235 55,026 5,209 0
Hurmumol 19,214 19,109 105 0
Other 229,307 168,678 58,284 2,345
Total population 9,423,177 5,222,287 4,197,721 3,169
Home language Total Lake District Lontinien East Barrow Island
Lakkvian 27.16% 48.94% 0.08% 4.23%
Hurmu Norse 25.21% 42.34% 3.91% 19.91%
White Lontinian 23.88% 0.67% 52.76% 0.35%
Blue Lontinian 12.20% 0.16% 27.18% 1.10%
Krasnocorian 4.77% 0.01% 10.69% 0.41%
Crandish 3.51% 3.22% 3.86% 0.00%
Craitish 0.64% 1.05% 0.12% 0.00%
Hurmumol 0.20% 0.37% 0.00% 0.00%
Other 2.43% 3.23% 1.39% 74.00%

Economy

Infrastructure

Air

Hurmu has three international airports, Vesüha International Airport, Kaupang International Airport, and Ghawlama International Airport. The airports in Mitrovska, East Barrow Island, and Khojinacinggha are scheduled to be upgraded to international airports by 1696. Scheduled flights, subsidised by the Hurmu government, are operated by the Hurmu Air Service. Airstrips and helipads are located around the country for smaller aircraft.

Rail

See also: Rail transport in Hurmu

See also