|Republic of Vegno|
(624.024 ab. /1705 AN)
|Official language(s)||Vegnian (related to Gaian language)|
|- President||Antonio Visciglia|
|- Prime Minister||Luca "Lo Zar" Zarrella|
|- Legislature||Assemblea Nazionale|
|Population||2 876 120|
|Time zone(s)||CMT +2 / +3|
Vegno (/ˈveɲɲo/), officially the Republic of Vegno, is an independent nation in the northeast of Apollonia. Vegno declared its independence in 1705 AN as a semi-presidential republic with the simultaneous composition of a constituent assembly to draft the first Constitution of Vegno. It is bordered to the north by the Northern Sea, to the west by Angsax and Lac Glacei, to the south by the isles of Norsmandy and to the east by the Strait of Pearls. The territory of Vegno consists of the mainland, the large island of Falange and the small islands of Falangina and Falangetta. The capital is located in the city of Cossa, overlooking the gulf of Cantor.
The Vegnian language is the autochthonous and the official language of Vegno; it is the first language of the majority of its people and it derives directly from Gaian language. Other languages spoken in the nation are Istvanistani, Interlandian (in Sancrus) and Tokish (in Port of Sails).
Vegno is a young but developed country, ranking very high in the Micras Democracy Index thanks to a well-defined institutional structure. After the 1707 Vegno Annexation Referendum, Vegno's population increased to almost 2.9 milion people, mainly of Caucasian ethnicity.
It is a member of the Micras Treaty Organization from 1706 AN and a founding member of the Organizzazione Internazionale della Lingua Gaianiana from 1707 AN.
Birth of the Vegnese Republic
The Republic of Vegno was founded in 1705 AN with the drafting of the "Costituzione del Vegno" (Constitution of Vegno), signed by the seven members of the Constituent Assembly. Cossa was chosen as capital, since it was the largest city in Vegno, while the other big cities of Mhazar, Agropl, Murgione and Sancrus were named chief towns of their provinces.
The Constitution of the Republic of Vegno is the fundamental law of the State, which occupies the top of the hierarchy of sources in the legal system of the Republic: it is composed of 12 articles written and published in 12/1705 AN by the Seven Founding Fathers of the Constituent Assembly of Vegno.
The seven members of the constituent assembly were, at the time, the most important offices of the Republic of Vegno, pending the appointment of an official President and a Prime Minister; these members were: Salvatore Mancuso, Michelangelo Levati, Antonio Visciglia, Luca "Lo Zar" Zarrella, Marco Munno, Haldi Rinaldi and Peppe Freeda Cantore.
The National Unity Government
The first general elections were held in 1706 AN.
Given the post-election situation and the need to lay the foundations of the nation, Visciglia urged the formation of a national unity government and appointed Luca "Lo Zar" Zarrella as the prime minister. The latter opened to an agreement with the first party of the parliament, the Vegnese Nationalist Party, also involving the other party remained, the ecologists of The Greens - Peppe Freeda. Each party got a seat in the cabinet and therefore the totality of parliament made up the majority.
1707 Internal Lands Referendum
Main article: 1707 Vegno's Internal Lands Annexation Referendum
During 1706 AN, the first year of independence and the formation of the Repubblica del Vegno, numerous requests were received by the population of the hinterland in wanting to become part of the Republic.
The initial territory of Vegno, declared independent in 1705 and recognized internationally in 1706, did not in fact include those areas between the current territory of Vegno and the neighboring Lac Glacei and Angsax, because they are too close to the latter and do not risk a diplomatic crisis.
After the international recognition of Vegno and after the Treaties between Vegno, Lac Glacei and Angsax, the populations of these territories have once again expressed their desire to become part of Vegno. The Government of Vegno then approved with a parliamentary motion in the early months of 1707, the institution by the government bodies of a referendum in the internal territories between Vegno, Lac Glacei and Angsax, to formalize the requests received from these cities.
At the end of the counting, despite considerable protests by a slice of the local population, the turnout was very large, even reaching 83% of those entitled to vote. The victory of the YES was overwhelming with 78% of the preferences, with the result that these territories officially become part of the Republic of Vegno, as part of previous regions or as totally new regions.
According to the Vegnese Ministry of Culture, the term "Vegno" derives from gaian "Regno", whose meaning is kingdom.
This theory is supported by historical documents according to which the first settlers suffered from rhotacism. A well-known legend within the nation tells that the first settler who set foot off the coast of Cossa exclaimed: "Questo savà il nostvo Vegno!" ("This will be our kingdom!"), mispronouncing the term "Regno". Although the nation was configured over time as a republic, the name did not change.
The term was also associated with money, friendship and the welfare of the nation for unknown reasons.
With Legge 2 1706 "Territorial powers and establishment of the Regions", the Government established the creation of eleven Regioni (Regions), which became fourteen with the 1707 Vegno Annexation Referendum, with their respective capitals.
This territorial distribution also represents greater autonomy on the part of the individual territories, slightly decentralizing the power of the central government. These powers assigned concern in particular health care, local public order and a part of the territorial economy.
The territory of Vegno is mainly flat. A peculiarity of the nation is that it straddles one of the parallels of Micras; a part of its territories are in fact with CMT+2 (such as the cities of Murgione, Mhazar and Agropl), while the other part is CMT +3 (such as the capital Cossa and the city of Sancrus).
The western borders are towards the continent of Apollonia while the eastern part faces entirely the sea.
In the northern area of Vegno there are three islands of progressively smaller size, in the first of which there is the great city of Sancrus.
The cities on the mainland are connected by the national motorway system known as the Autostrade.
After the 1707 Vegno Annexation Referendum, the cities of Lamino, Taurasi, Villamagna and Crati become part of the nation.
|Porto di Vele||2 350|
Cossa is the capital city of Vegno. It is the most populous city in the nation and the seat of the main institutional bodies, such as the presidential palace, the seat of the government and the seat of the Assemblea Nazionale. The city has a large port and is served by the only intercontinental airport, the Aeroporto Internazionale di Cossa (VECO). Cossa is also the main financial, industrial, and cultural centre of Vegno, mainly due to its geographical position within the state.
The capital has a humid continental climate with mild, rainy summers and cold, snowy winters. Winters are cold, but mild for its latitude, owing to its coastal location. During the winters, temperatures tend to hover close to freezing and snowfall is common.
Mhazar is the second largest city of Vegno and also the second largest city in the central region. The city is especially known for its football tradition represented by the two official teams playing in the Campionato Vegnese di Calcio; the Mhacompare Arena is one of the newest stadiums built in Vegno and has already established a seat expansion.
As regards travelling, the main way to go in the other zone of Vegno is by train; the “Stazione Centrale di Mhazar” is where the so-called "FrecciaArancio" high-speed trains depart to all Vegno’s continental cities.
Sancrus is the largest city in the north. It is located on the island of Falange, the largest island in the northern archipelago.
The city has the most important fishing port of Vegno. Secondary to fishing, the University of Sancrus is a center for Arctic research. Many cultural activities take place in Teatro Casalnuovo, including concerts by the Vegnese National Orchestra and operas. Moreover, Sancrus is the seat of the Festival di Sancrus, officially the Vegnese Song Festival (vegnian: Festival della canzone vegnese), the most popular Vegnese song contest and awards ceremony. Aeroporto Sancrus-Falange "Stella del Nord" (VESF) is located in the city.
Sancrus experiences a boreal climate as winter temperatures are just cold enough to qualify and the summer season is short. However, precipitation amount and pattern, with maximum precipitation in autumn and winter, as well as lack of permafrost, are atypical for subarctic areas and more typical for oceanic climates. The snowfall pattern of the city is quite erratic and varies substantially between different winters.
Murgione is the largest city in the south. It is located on the gulf of Peppozzo.
Agropl is a small city in the north.
Agropl Is esteemed as the first settlement in the region, as the historical evidences point its original foundation to the first Vegnese communities. Unfortunately, the cold weather and internal government disagreements led to a progressive migration of the inhabitants to the Cossa and Sancrus regions. However the city still helds a strong position in the Vegnese cultural landscape, harboring the main archaelogical research center of the nation, the M&M Historical Fondation (MMHF), from the names of the two founders, Nicoshalva Mancusos and Peppemarcos Munno.
The Constitution of the Republic of Vegno, approved and promulgated by the Constituent Assembly (provisional highest office of the state) in 12/1705, is the fundamental law of the state.
Vegno is a Semi-Presidential Democratic Republic, in which the Parliament and the President of the Republic are the two istitution to hold the representation of the popular will.
The major institutions are:
- Parliament: consists of Assemblea Nazionale ("National Assembly"), exercises legislative power and votes for confidence in the Government.
- President of the Republic: he is the head of state and represents national unity; he is elected by the citizens according to the norms of the constitution and appoints the Prime Minister and, upon his proposal, the ministers. He can dissolve Parliament.
- The Government: exercises executive power, is composed of the Prime Minister and the ministers, who form the Council of Ministers.
- The Judiciary: exercises judicial power (both investigating and judging) and is independent from any other power, autonomous and governed by the Superior Council of the judiciary.
After the first elections of the Republic of Vegno in the year 1706 AN (March 2022), according to the modalities established by the Constitution, the new President of the Republic is Antonio Visciglia, while the main three parties elected in the Parliament are the Vegnese Nationalist Party (30 seats), Forza Vegno (23 seats) and Democratic Constitutional Party (21 seats).
Main article: Foreign relations of Vegno
Vegno is a member of the Micras Treaty Organization and a founding member, together with Cisamarra and Tellia, of the Organizzazione Internazionale della Lingua Gaianiana.
Between 1706 AN and 1707 AN, Vegno signed treaties with other countries of Micras, such as Sanama, Lac Glacei, the Confederation of the Phineonesian Nations, Cisamarra, Angsax, Hurmu, Meckelnburgh and Krasnovlac. Cossa is home to the embassies district, a neighborhood where foreign diplomatic offices have been built.
Human and civil rights
Every person is equal before the law and is entitled to the equal protection of the law without discrimination. Torture is a crime and law punishes anyone who, using serious violence or threats, or acting with cruelty, causes acute physical suffering or a verifiable psychological trauma to a person who is deprived of his freedom or is entrusted to the person’s custody, parental authority, supervision, control, care, or assistance, or who is in a situation of diminished defense. No crime is punishable by death.
In 1707 AN, the Assemblea Nazionale approved the Abortion Law, which allows women to end their pregnancy within the twenty-fourth week in public facilities without paying any cost. Women are not asked to give any reason to have an abortion.
Same-sex marriages are not recognized, but there is an internal debate on the issue.
The Vegnese Space Agency (VSA; Vegnian: Agenzia Spaziale Vegnese) is a government agency established in 1706 AN to fund, regulate and coordinate space exploration activities in Vegno. The agency doesn't have any active missions yet.
The Sistema Sanitario Vegnese (SSV) ("Vegnese National Health Service") is a universalistic public system which, as established by the Constitution of Vegno, guarantees the right to health and health care for all citizens, financed through general taxation and direct revenues, received by local health companies, deriving from health tickets (i.e. the shares with which the assisted contributes to the costs) and paid services.
After the approval of the Legge 3/1706 AN, Vegno embraced nuclear energy policy and has planned the construction of a nuclear power plant in Buonriposo.
Football is the most popular sport in Vegno and is regulated by the Federazione Calcistica del Vegno (FCV) ("Vegnese Football Federation").
The top series of the Vegno Football Federation is the Campionato Vegnese di Calcio ("Vegnese Football Championship") and will see its first edition in March 2022 (1706 AN) with the participation of 8 football clubs.
The Vegnese Basketball Association is the only professional basketball league in the country.
The FVM (Vegnese Federation of Motorsport), was established in 1706 AN, and it’s planning to build the Formula Vegnese Championship, the first and high level of 4–wheel motorsport in Vegno. Politics is very involved in this process, proponing to build national circuits in the main Vegnese cities.
Main article: Vegnese Armed Forces
The Vegnese Armed Forces consist of land forces, navy, and air force. A fourth branch of the armed forces, known as the Gendarmi, take on the role as the nation's military police. There is no compulsory draft, although some parties of the current government push for its introduction. The nation does not currently cooperate with any other foreign state from a military point of view.
The only military operation carried out by the armed forces was the Securing of Nation in 1705 AN, when the army guaranteed the defense of the territory while the constituent assembly met for the foundation of the Republic. There were no protests during this event and the military's task was limited to patrolling the main streets of the capital and thwart any terrorist attacks.
The armed forces swear allegiance to the head of state and the constitution.
The Vegnese Rino is the official currency of Vegno; it's divided into "CantoRino" and its multiple banknotes "Rinaldone".
The Minimum Wage Act of 1707 AN established that the minimum wage of an employee is 5.33 Rino per hour.
The services sector in Vegno is the largest industry in terms of its contribution to the country's GDP. It mainly consists of transportation, telecommunications, and banking sub-sectors. The industry sector deals in the production of chemical products, textiles, machinery, equipment, electronics, oil shale energy, and timber. Heavy industry is highly developed in the north west of the country, while the east coast is renowned for the production of dyes.
Despite the cool climate, a variety of food crops are grown, such as potatoes, turnips, carrots, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower. However, agriculture accounts for only a small part of GDP.
The government is lately aiming to develop the tourism industry, establishing international relationships to grant visa-free travel to foreign citizens. The most popular destinations seem to be Cossa, the capital city, Murgione, as a summer destination, and Sancrus, due to its peculiarities.
After the census of 1707 AN, the population of Vegno is estimated to be around 3 milion, an increase compared to the year of foundation due to territorial expansion. Most of the population lives in the large cities of the mainland, while on the islands the only densely populated city is Sancrus. Population density is higher in coastal areas, with the west coast being the most populated area in the nation.
According to the latest data, life expectancy in Vegno is 73 for males and 82 for females, with the major leading causes of death being coronary heart diseases and strokes.
Vegno's official language is Vegnian, as stated by the Constitution. In addition to Vegnian, the most widely spoken languages within the nation are Istvanistani, which is studied in schools as a second language, and Interlandian, spoken on the island of Falange. Other languages, such as Swnndyrroshul, Toketospul, and Storish, are spoken by the Swnndyrrr minority residing in the city of Port of Sails.