|Democratic Environmental Society of Senya (en)|
Demokratik Etƨerƨkv Sosëa bɏer Sanya (ds)
|Motto: For Senya|
Morality. Justice. Brotherhood.
|Anthem: Œ nasɏon Sanya|
|Official language(s)||Senyan, Common Tongue|
|Official religion(s)||Officially secular|
|- President||Barnaby Hands|
|- Prime Minister||Ystëna Denisenka|
|- Legislature||National Democratic Forum of Senya|
|Establishment||27 March 2010|
|Population||41,712,822 (1711 AN)|
|National forum||National Forum|
|National animal||Domestic cat|
|National food||Fish finger sandwich|
|National drink||Iced Lemonade|
The Democratic Environmental Society of Senya (Senyan: Demokratik Etƨerƨkv Sosëa bɏer Sanya), often referred to as Senya (Senyan: Sanya), is a nation in north-western Apollonia. The nation borders the Craitish protectorate of Victoria to the north-west, the Natopian territory of Arboria to the west and the Shirerithian duchies of Kildare and Jinkeai to the south. Senya has a coastline to the north and east on the Northern Sea, with the eastern portion of the border with Shireroth lying along the Camoleo River and Lake Lamantia. The nation also contains the territory of Lamantia, an autonomous area comprising the old Fort Kolgrad region on the shores of Lake Lamantia and the autonomous territory of Sint Barentsz out in the Northern Sea. Senya also acts as a protector of the Protectorate of Tiana, another island, larger than and located north of Sint Barentsz.
Since its independence and accession to the MCS in 1589, Senya has adopted a policy of neutrality and has remained largely untouched by the global colonial and proxy wars, with the exception of its involvement in the River Warrior War and the subsequent Rivorian theatre in the War of Lost Brothers. As a result, Senya has been able to maintain high levels of development as well as booming sports, transportation, manufacturing and tourism industries. Senya's reputation as a neutral, peaceful and trustworthy country has allowed it to develop a complex economic system and establish diplomatic, economic and cultural relations with the majority of Micras' nations. Senya's relative positive global view has allowed it to maintain trade and cultural relations with much of Micras, as well as allowing Senya it to become the home of several international organisations, including the Organisation of Red Symbol Societies, and is a founding member of the well respected Xäiville Convention, a non-aligned political organisation of democratic states.
Senya's trade relations with the rest of Micras has allowed it to become relatively wealthy and allow it to provide a high level of development and standard of living for its people. Senya has extensive public transportation, both in the rail and air sectors, which keep the nation well connected.
The Democratic Environmental Society of Senya was established in 1589 AN in the Western part of Apollonia by the Senyan people and other Saxon-speaking peoples who descended from the Gotzer and Victorian peoples who migrated southwards. Senyan people had been living in this area of Apollonia for decades prior to the establishment of the Senyan state, but the establishment of state institutions finally gained it recognition from other foreign states in this year.
The Senyan state originally included the area now known as "Senya proper", surrounding the capital of Svorgas, and including the cities of Eprat, Dyas, Moroni, Jogasim and Tiga. The Senyans were also exposed in these early years to the stateless Lamantian peoples, who were the descendants of the people of Patrova, who lived on the Colgrad peninsula and in the areas south of Lake Lamantia, as well as the Rivorian people who lived in the westernmost parts of the new state. However, tensions between the ethnic Senyans and the Rivorians led to the establishment of the River Warriors autonomous region in 1591 AN, with a devolved parliament and restrictions on certain issues such as use of the Rivorian language and allowance of certain cultural practises.
Senya is located in western Apollonia between the latitudes 32° and 41° N and the longitudes 58° and 65° W, with a total area of 1,224,576km2, roughly similar in size to South Africa. Senya is split in two climate-wise, with the western half of the country being mostly flat woodland with some semi-arid areas in the south-west. The eastern half of the country is covered in much thicker evergreen forests and contains much more ragged areas. These areas of forest and mountains continue into Senyan Arboria towards Lake Lamantia, which is located at a high altitude. Along the southern border exist the edges of the mountain ranges that dominate central Apollonia. The southern border with Jingdao is largely demarcated by these mountains. There are also mountains along the northern border with the Natopian territory of Arboria.
Senya is a landlocked nation, although several important rivers run through the country, most notably the River Barnaby, which passes through Lake Tilos near Eprat. Senya does have coastline along the shores of Lake Lamantia, which allows access to the Northern Sea via the Camoleo River. Lake Lamantia is located at a relative high altitude, which can lead the lake partially freezing during winter, however during the hot summers the lake is suitable for beach holidays. The mountains also provide for recreational opportunities with hiking during the summer and skiing and other winter sports during the winter. The coastline along Lake Lamantia is dominated by high mountains which rise high out of the water. Although most of the Lamantian population live in lakeside communities, the vast majority of the Lamantian coast is dominated by rugged terrain. The mountains extend south into the rest of Lamantia and further into Jingdao and Apollonia beyond.
The Senyan government has a record for positive environmental preservation, with national parks covering much of Senya, including the Senyan Arboria national park, Tsännerlauger national park and the Fort Kolgrad animal reserve. There are also a number of regional parks and conservation efforts.
Senya currently uses two time zones, with UTC−3 being used in Lamantia, Tiana and Northern Senya, with UTC−4 being used in the rest of the country.
The territory of Ranentsi runs along a valley between two areas of mountains in Northern Keltia. As a result, the territory is split between a humid continental climate at the bottom of the valley, whilst the higher-altitude mountains on each side experience the Alpine tundra climate.
Senya's proximity to the coast, central position between the polar regions and the tropical regions, in addition to its proximity to the mountain ranges of central Apollonia gives it a quite varied climate. Most of the country has an oceanic climate, featuring mild winters and summers. Some areas of the country (notably in the south-west) have a cold semi-arid climate, featuring warm but dry summers and mild winters. To the eastern fringes of the country is a small zone of a humid continental climate, which features hot summers but cold winters, often with high amounts of snowfall. The humid continental climate is common across much of Senyan Arboria and Fort Kolgrad.
Senya is a unitary state comprised of 2 autonomous territories and 8 municipal regions, which are granted devolved powers by the central government in Svorgas.
The President of Senya is the highest political office in the country. The president is elected every five years, and leads the nation primarily in foreign affairs. He/She can veto legislation put forward by the National Democratic Forum, and can submit their own legislation. The role of the president is largely ceremonial in regards to domestic affairs but they have a much more stronger hand in foreign affairs, as they have to power to appoint and dismiss ambassadors, conduct talks with foreign leaders and can use Executive orders on issues pertaining to foreign affairs only. The President's powers are limited by the National Democratic Forum, who can pass a motion of no-confidence, which would trigger another presidential election. However, this has never happened.
The current President is Barnaby Hands of the Senyan National Party, who was elected in 2010 and subsequently re-elected in 2015.
List of Presidents
|1||2012||Barnaby Hands||Senyan National Party|
National Democratic Forum
The National Democratic Forum is the parliament of Senya and is elected every two years. It comprises of 500 members, with 448 representing Senya proper, 49 representing Fort Kolgrad and three representing Ranentsi. Within each region, elections are held via proportional representation, to gather who wins the seats available. The National Democratic Forum is intentionally set up to try and avoid a single party from dominating and ensure that all views are represented fairly on the national stage.
Currently, there is a ruling coalition between the Centrist Party and Liberty Senya, with the centrist party's NDF leader Ystëna Denisenka as prime minister. In situations where one party has not reached the overall majority required for majority rule, the Prime Minister will be the leader of the largest party in the coalition that forms after the end of the election.
To vote in a National Democratic Forum election, one must be at least 16 years old, in a fit mental state, and must show signs of political engagement and genuine intelligence. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, be fluent in both Senyan and English, have a university degree in a course related to politics and pass all the other test for a regular voter.
|English Name||Senyan Name||Initials||Forum Leader||Leaning||Colour||Seats in NDF|
|Senyan National Party||Partë Nasɏonenen bɏer Sanya||SNP||Gatkan Avletsken||Authoritarian Socialism||Green||
187 / 500
|Centrist Party||Sentrömis Partë||SP||Ystëna Denisenka||Centrism||Yellow||
164 / 500
|Liberty Senya||Lëberti Sanya||LNS||Nicholas Wood||Liberalism||Purple||
93 / 500
|Senyan Patriots||Patrëot Sanya||PS||Gatkan Arzavɏen||Far-right||Navy||
29 / 500
|Senyan Workers Party||Partë bɏer Sanya Arbîtamenen||SBA||Martin Alcock||Far-left||Red||
27 / 500
After joining the Micronational Cartography Society, Senya has maintained a policy of strict neutrality in Micrasian affairs, has largely refused to join other inter-Micras organisations and for the large part kept out of larger planet-wide conflicts. Despite Senya's neutrality, it enjoys close cultural and political relations with Craitland, Elwynn, Krasnocoria and Mercury, and trades heavily with a wide variety of countries across Micras. Its open trade policy has allowed the country to become rich, especially as it does not restrict trade with any other nation.
A major exception to Senya's neutrality has been its involvement in engagements with neighbouring Jingdao over the River Warriors region. In 2014, Jingdao, then known as the Apollonian Confederation, invaded the River Warriors and subsequently attacked the city of Tiga during the River Warrior War, before a peace treaty was signed. Subsequently, the River Warriors was annexed by the Apollonian Confederation. Senya has been repeatedly accused by Jingdao of financing and training anti-Jingdaoese insurgents in the River Warriors, including the Rivorian Liberation Army, accusations that brought Jingdao to threaten Senya with warning missiles during the War of Lost Brothers. In 2019, Jingdao and Senya began the process of restoring diplomatic relations, including re-opening the border.
Senya has also participated in numerous inter-micronational activities, including the failed MSEO project to send a probe to Tarsica, in which Senya constructed a spaceport in Fort Kolgrad as a launch base.. Senyan president Barnaby Hands is a councillor of the Micronational Cartography Society, where he has been active in passing several motions, most notably the MCS vote on the Strait of Haifa. Senya has also co-operated with neighbouring countries on regional and shared issues, such as transport, security and defence.
Many Senyan citizens view themselves as wider Apollonian citizens, with the idea of brothership with other Apollonian nations being particuarly strong. In particular relations with the Corians and Tianans have been embraced both by Senyans and citizens of other countries, which has been reflected in increased diplomatic co-operation, positive media portrayals of these nations, and by sports fans. In 2018, this "brotherhood" was manifested when Senya and Coria jointly established a Tianan protectorate to give the Tianan people a state.
Senya's reputation as a neutral state has allowed it to play host to several peace summits, high-level talks as well as the location for the headquarters of several international organisations, such as the Organisation of Red Symbol Societies.
Senya constitutionally grants human rights to all citizens and foreign visitors and is widely seen as a socially liberal society, with same-sex marriage and adoption being legal, enshrined rights for free speech in law and for having a fair judicial system.
However, Senya is also accused of denying democratic opportunities to people with lower intelligence and has routinely suspended the publication of newspapers and magazines, though Senya claims this is only done when they sensationalise political stories or show bias in election season. Senya additionally has strong 'anti-degeneracy' laws, preventing people engaging in certain behaviours. Senya officially retains the death penalty for certain degenerate behaviours, though nobody has even been executed in the country.
Senya has been accused by Jingdao and Pro-Jingdaoese Rivorians of trying to cause a famine in the River Warriors by deliberately destroying crops by spraying them with chemicals and controlling and withholding the food supply. Senya has also been accused of supporting the Rivorian Liberation Army, which has committed terrorist attacks in the River Warriors area.
In comparison to other Micrasian states, Senya is exceedingly liberal and affords its citizens many rights which are not afforded to the citizens of other nations. Senya's track record on human rights has also been a key factor towards its reputation as a stable and trustworthy nation. However, some critics have noted that Senya's willingness to abstain from international conflicts and openness to trade have meant that at times it has ignored human rights violations in other nations in order to maintain trade.
The armed forces of Senya are comprised of three professional service branches; the Senyan Infantry Guards and National Army (SIGNA), the Senyan Air Force and the Senyan Naval Unit. The forces are managed by the Ministry of Defence, with the Senyan government overseeing engagement. The commander in chief is the President of Senya, however members swear an oath of allegiance to Senya, rather than to the commander in chief. The armed forces are tasked with protecting Senya and its territories, delivering foreign aid and enforcing peacekeeping missions.
Despite Senya traditionally being a neutral country, the Senyan armed forces have developed quite rapidly, especially following the River Warrior War, as Senya began to worry about the military build up of the Apollonian Confederation and subsequently Jingdao, with whom Senya has had a particularly fractious relationship with. The Senyan military has engaged in direct conflict only with the Apollonian Confederation during the River Warrior War, though did play a role in supporting, supplying and training the Rivorian Liberation Army during the War of Lost Brothers, in a failed attempt from Senya to destabilise Northern Jingdao with an aim to re-taking the River Warrior region.
The army and air force of Senya are relatively well equipped, however due to Senya's lack of access to sea, the naval unit is relatively weak, with only a few ships and service personnel based around the shores of Lake Lamantia.
Senya is a highly developed country with a stable and prosperous economy. Senya's wealth derives from its status as a peaceful, neutral and trustworthy country, which internationally is seen as a safe trading partner. Its neutrality on the Sxiro-Jingdaoese confrontation has allowed Senyan companies to trade and operate in a higher number of countries and territories than if the government was affiliated with either the Shireroth or Jingdaoese factions. Senya's economic system works with two co-existent systems; a capitalistic external economic policy and a state-backed pseudo-anarchical economic system used domestically. The system replaced the old capitalistic economic system in 2014 as a result of a referendum.
Within Senya, workers do not earn a salary and goods and most services do not have prices, instead workers work for rights, for example if you do not work you are not able to utilise services such as transport and voting, with jobs with highers profile jobs, such as those with longer hours and professionals/managers, getting greater rights than low-skill shift workers, though once one hits the age of 30 all rights are granted regardless of the nature of employment. As a result, all companies are regulated by the government, though it is possible for any citizen to apply to establish their own business. As a result, very few foreign companies operate in Senya, though a small number of foreign businesses are paid to distribute goods and services in Senya by the government.
Externally, Senyan companies are encouraged to do business abroad, with prominant examples of Senyan companies that travel operate overseas including Air Senya and AndWinSports. The Senyan government writes Senyan companies into agreements with foreign nations awarding them business contracts. Most businesses abroad follow a capitalistic approach driven by profit, however Senyan companies must follow external business conduct guidelines put in place by the Senyan government to ensure the ethical practise of business abroad. As they experience no costs domestically and usually only have to pay for overhead costs and taxes abroad, Senyan companies are able to gain high profit margins. After expenses, these profits are directed back to a Senyan government fund which is used by the Senyan Government to fund other new external ventures, the travel of Senyan sports teams, government officials, exchange students and other delegations on travels abroad. The remaining fund is used as a grant that Senyan citizens can apply for for when they travel abroad, which can be used to fund flights, accommodation and be used as spending money. This system is also used by Senya somewhat domestically, allowing for flights, non-metro train services, hotels and (in Lamantia) some leisure activities to charge foreigners for their services.
The dual system is not used in Ranentsi and Tiana, where a more generic capitalist economic system is used.
Senya's old currency, the Vontar, is still retained by some companies, who use it to prevent unlimited purchases. For example, most supermarkets and shops in Senya have a spending cap, with items being valued based on availability in the shop, with customers only allowed to purchase a pre-set amount. The vontar is not a currency in the traditional sense, but rather operates as a token and can by law only be applied per one trip to a supermarket (so a daily or monthly spending cap cannot be introduced). Additionally, in some sports where transfers can take place, Senyan clubs use vontars and a spending cap to prohibit limitless purchases of talent. In the Senyan League, top clubs are limited to a price of 300 million vontars for which they can spend on player transfers, with a sale of player adding to the transfer budget and the buying of a player decreasing it. In this circumstance though, the vontar is pegged to the Craitish Cräite with the exchange rate being 10 vontars to 1 cräite. The official symbol for the vontar is a capital "V" with a bar through it (
Over 99% of Senya's energy needs are met by renewable energy sources. Senya has a ban on the use of non-renewable power stations, with strict regulations effectively banning oil, natural gas and coal from being used, though oil is permitted in the manufacturing of several materials. Senya is largely dependent upon nuclear power, with four plants operational throughout Senya and Lamantia and another plant open in Ranentsi. Together, these produce around 80% of all Senya's energy. Some rivers along coastal parts of Lamantia and the Barnaby river are dammed to source hydroelectric power, whilst some private residences also use solar and wind power to generate electricity.
All of Senya's nuclear and hydroelectric power stations are nationalised, and account for 98% of the commercial and 93% of the non-commercial energy supply.
Senya receives millions of tourists each year and is one of the most popular tourist destinations, due its peaceful security situation, its hot summer weather and cold winter weather. Tourism is one of Senya's biggest methods of attaining foreign money.
The Territory of Lamantia is marketed both domestically and internationally as a holiday destination. In summer, its beaches attract tourists who enjoy relaxing by the seaside, as well as offering opportunities for fishing, boating and water sports. Many seaside towns in Lamantia have piers that often contain amusements such as bowling alleys, arcades and restaurants. Other attractions in Lamantia include hiking and visiting old towns such as Colgrad and King's Lynn. Another popular tourist thing to do is to journey along Senya's railways, particuarly the Trans-Arborian railway, which runs across Senya through Senyan Arboria into Lamantia, with plans to extend the line to Natopia and Gerenia.
During the winter months, Senya becomes a winter sports hub, with major resorts including Grokhim near Svorgas and Bergdorf in Lamantia. Both of these resorts have hosted winter sports competitions before. The skiing season usually last from mid-November to late-March/early-April, depending on where about in Senya one is. The territory of Ranentsi also has several winter sports resorts, though these are typically less frequently visited than those in Senya and Lamantia.
Senya also enjoys a lot of tourism amongst people visiting its national park and its towns. Svorgas is famous for its bars and live music, whilst several Senyan cities are also well visited.
Senya has a thriving aviation industry, with Air Senya being one of the most reputable airlines in Micras, whilst Svorgas International Airport, the country's largest airport, is used by around 16 million people every year, around twice the population of Senya. Air Senya is a publicly owned company, and also runs Air Senya Gotzbog, the flag carrying airline of Gotzborg.
Lamantia Airlines, based in Colgrad, is Senya's largest private airline, primarily serving destinations in Lamantia. It primarily deals with package holiday tourism, with summer destinations concentrating on coastal resorts along the shores of Lake Lamantia, with its winter operations primarily focusing upon the winter resorts in the southern mountains.
Senya has an extensive high-speed railway system that stretches across the country. High speed trains link the eight largest cities in the country, whilst intermediate lines have trains that stop at more localised and rural stations. All lines utilise overhead electric cables. The six biggest cities in Senya additionally have their own metro systems. 61% of people use a metro during their commute to work, whilst 57% of people use the railway network to get to work. The rail network is owned and operated by the Senyan government under the public company Senyan Rail.
From the 1670s onwards, there has been an increased push at extending the network not just to Senya's newer regions, but also into neighbouring countries. The lines into Arboria were modernised with trains now running to Tirlar, with planned extensions to Hawshire and Kezan under discussion, whilst services into Jingdao has seen the Senyan Rail network extend to Yuanbeicheng in the west and Daocheng in the south. Senya is also reportedly a key player in talks for the establishment of an Apollonian Express network, which would extend as far out as Çakaristan, Lac Glacei and Arbor in Eastern Apollonia.
By contrast to rail transport, the road network in Senya is very poor. In cities and town roads often are just used by busses and private vehicle ownership is low, whilst in the countryside small paved roads are quite common, but they are often windy and more suitable for cycling. There are some motorways existing between the main Senyan cities and in Fort Kolgrad, however most people travel across the country by either train or air. Car ownership in rural areas is estimated to be around 71%, whilst in urban areas it is estimated to be as low as 49%.
In response to poor road conditions, particuarly in rural areas, the Senyan driving test is known to be one of the most thorough on Micras. The test consists of six units taken over four separate tests. These are a theory test, a vehicle maintenance test, a practical driving test (with separate units, and thus pass/fails, for rural, urban and primary route driving, along with a test for extreme and dangerous conditions. Senyan roads are also unusual for their usage of three different styles of speed limits. There are mandatory speed limits, shown in red circles, where motorists must not exceed the speed limit shown, target speed limits, indicated by amber circles and often used in rural areas and on artery routes, where motorists are advised to travel at a particular speed and may face prosecution for both exceeding and driving too slow (usually a 5 kph leeway is given in good conditions), whilst suggested speed limits provide a mere suggestion of what a speed limit should be, but motorists will not be penalised unless their speed is deemed to be excessive for conditions.
Senya began a space programme as part of the Micrasian Space Exploration Organistation (MSEO) in 1611. During this time, Senya established Space City in Lamantia as a site which would be used by the MSEO to launch a manned mission to Tarsica, which was one of the founding aims of the MSEO. This also included the construction of an airfield to be used for the landing of a re-usable spacecraft upon landing, though when the program was eventually abandoned, this airfield was later re-configured a commercial civilian airport. Senya later established the Senyan Space Agency to pursue its own goals in 1635.
Senya began actively pursuing a space programme in 1683. The first missions, known as Sanya, were to establish orbital capability, with the first launch, Sanya-1 successfully being completed on 13 VIII 1683, with Jon Zagarƨka becoming the first Senyan in space on 5 X 1683.
Senya's space programme has become a source of international co-operation, in which Senya has created partnerships with other countries, most notably Elwynn, Krasnocoria and Sanama, to explore space together, allowing those nations to pool resources together, as well as sending up their own astronauts and research projects to space.
The population of Senya is around 9,500,000 (roughly similar to that of Austria), giving the country a population density of around 7.76 people per square kilometre (roughly similar to that of Russia). Despite the country's low population density, the majority of the people live in urban areas, with 69% of the population living in the ten most populous settlements. However, 26% of the population live in rural areas, defined by the Senyan government as an area with less than 10,000 people. The urban-rural split is more pronounced in Senya's autonomous territories however, with 85% of people in Fort Kolgrad and 91% of people in Ranentsi living in urban areas.
Senya has a high life expectancy, with the male life expectancy being 75 and the female life expectancy being 79, however, with the sharp rise in medical technology in Senya since its independence and ascension to the MCS, it is projected that the average child born in Senya in 2012 will live to the age of 88. Senya already faces challenges such as an ageing population due to extremely low fertility rate of just 1.02 (2018).
Note: Cities and towns in Senya are not defined by area and instead are commonly recognised as such as being able to be clearly distinct places from one another, rather than being officially designated as such. Whilst some cities have mayors, these are largely ceremonial roles and often have little to no power in local politics.
|Largest settlements of Senya|
|1||Svorgas||Svorgas District||1,100,000||11||Space City||Fort Kolgrad||162,000|
|2||Jogasim||Jogasim District||1,000,000||12||Lamantia||Eastern Lamantian Coast||157,000|
|3||Dyas||Dyas District||914,300||13||Northend||Svorgas District||145,000|
|4||Tiga||Tiga District||900,000||14||Redditch||Fort Kolgrad||139,000|
|5||Moroni||Moroni District||750,000||15||Lutsan||Svorgas District||100,000|
|6||Eprat||Eprat District||395,000||16||Hampton||Fort Kolgrad||86,000|
|7||Magalatska||Tiga District||273,000||17||Grokhim||Svorgas District||75,000|
|8||Kateki Blavisen||Moroni District||260,000||18||Regensberg||Fort Kolgrad||63,000|
|10||Colgrad||Fort Kolgrad||163,000||20||Tzult||Fort Kolgrad||58,000|
English and Senyan are the two most widely spoken languages in Senya and are the only two official languages in Senya. Senya is spoken by around 60% of the population as a first language, mainly in the west and central areas, whilst English is more prominent in the east, being the first language of around 35% of the population. 87.3% of the population in Senya Proper identify as bilingual in both of the official languages. Both Senyan and English speakers are afforded "linguistic freedom" by the Senyan constitution, which ensures that speakers of either language may communicate with their government, access public services and use their language in Senya without restriction. This freedom is also applied to German in Lamantia, Ranentsian in Ranentsi and Tianan in Tiana. Most government services are also accessible in Senyan sign language (SSL), which is recognised as a "recognised form of communicating with the government", effectively giving SSL the same status as Senyan and English in areas such as court proceedings and schooling.
Municipalities in Senyan Proper and Lamantia may choose an official language, however this only really affects signage and the language of instruction of local schools. However, all schools must offer comprehensive second-language study of the other official language from Division 1 (age 6), with all students required to continue to study the other language as a second language until they graduate Division 10 (age 16).
Some immigrant languages are also spoken in Senya such as Craitish, Norwegian and Rivorian, though permanent residents are required to be able to fluently speak one of the two national languages.
In addition to Senyan and English, students in Senyan schools must also study a foreign language. Most Senyan students study Craitish as a foreign language, though some schools offer studies in languages.
Senya is a heavily irreligious country with secularism being officially endorsed by the constitutions. Some international observers have noted potential human rights violations by the Senyan government in regard to the freedom of religion. All forms of religious clothing, ranging from crosses on necklaces to full-body coverings are illegal to wear in public and are punishable by a large fine and a sentence at a re-education camp. 100% of citizens report not believing in God, whilst 95% of citizens report not believing in any kind of spirit or life force.
Despite Senya's legal and many individual's personal objections to religion and religious belief, many old churches and temples remain open and are looked after by societies, often as museums, whilst the freedom of belief on a personal level is widely respected.
In late 1689 AN, a small group of several thousand Barbarian refugees was accepted into Senya. This group has not given up its theistic beliefs. They worship a number of gods, including Senya's president Barnaby Hands.
Following the acceptance of these groups plus the annexation of some former Natopian lands, laws on religious persecution have been relaxed for certain minority groups.
Senya is largely homogeneous, with the Senyan and Common tongue-speaking populations of the country both being of the Senyan ethnic group. Senyans are largely tall, with the average male being 187cm and the average female being 172cm tall, whilst also having very pale white skin. Green and blue eyes dominate as does brown hair. Whilst blond hair is not uncommon, completely jet black hair is exceedingly rare amongst ethnic Senyans. Ginger hair is relatively common amongst females.
In Lamantia, people are more closely related to Tianans and Patrovans, which has given them darker hair and slightly darker (though still white skin), whilst Tianans tend to have the darkest skin and predominantly have black hair.
Smaller ethnic groups exist in the country, particularly Craits (~200,000) and Gerenians. Immigration to Senya has traditionally been controlled, though has become easier since the mid 1670s due to Senya's increased participation in global free trade projects. Despite this, Senya still has a relatively strict immigration policy, especially compared to other Xäiville Convention member nations.
All Senyans are required by law to be in full time education between the ages of six and 18, with most Senyans attending a state school, with just 4.6% of students enrolled at private schools. Pre-schooling is very rare, though many nurseries exist around the country where students mostly play, but also learn basic things such as reading, writing and basic mathematics. Schools years are known as "divisions", and begin in the September, and end at the end of May the following year, with December also being a holiday for the winter. Division 1 is the first year of schooling, for children aged 6–7. Divsions 1–7 take place in primary schools, with children going into High School to start Division 8 at the age of 13. Division 10 (ages 15–16) are the final year of high school, after which students can go to either an academic or a vocational college for an additional two or three years (in academic colleges these are referred to as Divisions 11 and 12). School days generally last for six hours and include five lessons of an hour length (though these are much more fluid during Primary School), with an hour lunch break and another 15 minute break in the morning. Students take subjects mandated by a national curriculum, but individual lessons can be tailored to classes. There are no exams until Division 10, where students earn marks based on a mixture of coursework and examinations (depending on the subject). Following Division 10, students must make a choice on where they should go for college.
Tertiary education in Senya is held amongst seven different universities; the University of Senya, the University of Svorgas, the University of Tiga, the University of Dyas, the University of Jogasim, the University of Eprat and the University of Moroni. Around 40% of students attend university.
Education, from nursery to university is free in Senya, though some fees may apply to certain foreign nationals studying at Senyan universities. Senyans view education to be of the most upmost importance, and as a result, the government is committed to providing quality education to all citizens, regardless of social background of geographic location. Senyan teachers are well paid and highly qualified, with the average class size in primary education being 16 and in secondary education being 24. Due to the universality of quality education, the literacy rate in Senya exceeds 99%.
Senya has a distinct cultural identity based a shared sense of what being a Senyan involves, inspired by the romantic nationalist movement, with Senyan romantic nationalism still being a major force in modern Senya. Senyan culture blossomed with nationalist efforts to achieve an independent identity in the areas of literature, art, music and sport.
Senyans are known for their hospitality, and whilst many Senyans may appear reserved, the vast majority will go out of their way to help people.
The Media in Senya is largely publicly run, with Senya TV being the major television broadcaster and Radio Senya being the major radio broadcaster. Print media exists but is comparatively limited compared to other countries. By law, all forms of media have to be federally registered and must abide by a code of conduct, which includes ensuring that headlines, lead stories and all non-opinion pieces are factually correct and unbiased, and precludes media outlets from discussing the private lives of individuals (with the exception of criminal activity). However, most media outlets still often run critical pieces on politicians and the press is generally thought to be quite free and independent, despite the restrictions.
Senya has a number of national holidays that are celebrated annually. The national holiday is Senya Day, which is celebrated annually on 27 March, the date of the foundation of the Senyan state, and is usually accompanied by big festivities across the countries. Men and women wear traditional costumes known as Znerĵarĵe. In cities, a parade is usually held, whilst in the countryside, village fêtes are held. It is traditional for marches to take place, during which schools, university students, marching bands and community leaders march through a local area, cheered on by the remaining citizenry.
List of national holidays
Senya officially has 9 national holidays, the majority of which come from old Christian beliefs.
|New Year's Day||1 January|
|Senya Day||27 March|
|Ascension Day||24 June|
|President's Day||13 December|
|Christmas Eve||24 December|
|Christmas Day||25 December|
|Boxing Day||26 December|
|New Year's Eve||31 December|
In addition to the table, it is mandated by law that with the exception of some essential jobs, everyone in Senya is given a holiday between 22 December and 2 January of the following year, a mandate that is popularly known as "Winter Leave". Additionally, during the month of July many employers (including all non-essential public employers) grant what is known as "Summer Leave", allowing employees to take leave of up to four weeks.
Senya is known internationally as a sporting nation, with many citizens regularly playing sport. Association football is by far the most popular sport in Senya both in terms of participants and supporters. Handball, Ice Hockey and Rugby League all have large followings as well, whilst Cycling, Sailing and Skiing are extremely popular recreational activities.
Many sports run domestic competitions with Senyan teams competing internationally in a variety of sports. Traditionally, Lamantia and Ranentsi field their own teams in international sport, with Ranentsi also running their own domestic leagues.
Football is by far the most popular sport in Senya, with some international commentators noting Senya's almost religious obsession with the sport. Most businesses do not operate between the hours of 1pm and 7pm on Saturdays to make way for football. The national team is considered to be one of the strongest on Micras, having finished won the 2019 FMF World Cup, finished runners-up in the previous edition and having won both the 2016 and 2018 editions of the Copa Apollonia. The Senyan League is regarded as one of the strongest leagues on Micras and has a massive international following, and players from Senya, such as Alesandrœ Danetskë and Barnaby Hands have become international superstars. Senya hosted the 2013 Copa Apollonia and the 2017 FMF World Cup successfully.
The Senyan domestic football league is one of the most popular and strongest on Micras, with the Senyan League having produced three champions of the AEFA Champions' League. Leading clubs include Jogasim Revolution, Dyas Scitenhima Ĵets and Svorgas Scitenhima.
Senyan football fans are widely credited with popularising the Ultras culture across Micras, with all professional clubs in Senya having some form of Ultras group. The most well known ultras group in Senya are Naldas, who support the national team. Ultras often using pyrotechnics, tifos and chanting to support their team.
Rugby is the third most popular sport in terms of participants and the second most watched sport in Senya. Though traditionally Rugby Union has been more popular, Rugby League has gained significant popularity in recent years, primarily due to the national team's success. The national team won the FMRL World Cup for the first time in 2015.
Senya has an extensive musical scene, primarily grown out of Svorgas. Traditional folk music is found across Senya and still remains popular, especially in traditional ceremonies and national holidays. Folk music has informed the sound of modern music, with genres such as folk metal being especially popular. Metal music in general is popular, with rock and indie music being more mainstream. Pop music, as it would be considered in other nations, is relatively unpopular. Electronic music has a small subculture surrounding it primarily in the cities.
Senya is also a regular participant at the Microvision Song Contest. Since the competition's re-establishment in 2013, Senya are one of just two nations to have participated at every edition, winning in 2014 and 2018, going on to subsequently host the following editions in 2015 and 2019.
Senyan society has a wide and diverse array of customs. Senyans usually appear quiet and reserved compared to other ethnic groups on Micras, but this is largely attributable to the Senyan belief in introspection and popular sayings advising against being loud. Senyans also consume very little alcohol, with alcoholic beverages largely being seen as fancy foreign drinks, with most Senyans drinking the natural spring waters of their lands, but also the juices from the various fruits that are found in the country. This has lead to drunken and disorderly behaviour being labelled as "degenerate" by many political leaders.
It is traditional for Senyans who are visiting others to give a gift of value, to show respect and gratitude to a host, and also a cheap gift, to show humility.
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