| Alriggian Republic |
The Old Oil Rig
|Anthem: Psalm 107 23-32|
|16.1.3 - current|
|Largest city||Driftwood, Sint Anna|
|Official language(s)||common Alriggian|
|- President||Hieronim Erazm|
|- Legislature||Council of Driftwood|
|National animal||the limbless mule|
|National drink||elderflower tea|
|National tree||Apollonian poplar|
The Alriggian Republic, formerly known as The Old Oil Rig is a nation located in Southern Apollonia. The nation was established late in the year 1656 and first tried to claim land on Micras in the beginning of 1657. The first claim was quickly denied because the nation was not old enough at the time of claiming. A second claim in late 1657 was brought before the MCS. The nation tried to claim an oil rig in the middle of the North Raynor Sea that was not depicted on the MCS map, sparking a debate within the MCS about the legality of such a claim on a man-made structure. An earthquake resulting in a tsunami in 1657 made this entire discussion unnecessary however as the oil rig that had been the home base of the nation was torn from its anchoring in the ocean and crashed on the Southern Apollonian shore. The first claim on that location was accepted by the MCS not much later that year.
Over the course of the years the old oil rig that was lying on the beach east of the nation's capital, Driftwood, deteriorated. Scavengers would take bits and pieces of it to use on their own structures until not much was left. As the nation's name "old oil rig" no longer corresponded with something tangible, the name which wasn't considered to have any remaining meaning became subject to phonetic and phonological changes. This change was codified in the 1663 constitution which updated the name of the nation to the "Alriggian Republic" based on the name "Alrig" which the people gave to their common land.
The republic is a member of the Micras Treaty Organisation and the Union of States around the Sovereign Oceans. It does not send envoys to other nations than its largest neighbor, Jingdao, and does not pursue relations with other nations. While the Florian Republic borders Alrig in the north, there is no diplomatic contact with Floria at all, nor are there any border crossings.
In 1663 the Alriggian Republic signed a treaty with its much more powerful neighbor, the Jingdaoese Empire. The Alriggian Republic agreed to comply to market regulations and adopt the Jingdaoese Kala, in return the Jingdaoese Empire helped the Alriggian Republic to settle land on its borders. In 1664 the Jingdaoese-Alriggian Alliance also started the construction of an international highway to connect the nations. Given the strong military and economic ties between Alrig and Jingdao, and the unequal balance of power, Alrig is often seen as a Jingdaoese satellite state. Since the inception of the alliance, president Hieronim Erazm has traveled to Daocheng every Spring to pay tribute to the Jingdaoese Emperor. While some opposition to the treaty has been voiced in the Council of Driftwood, the general consensus in Alrig seems to be that the treaties provide stability and welfare that would otherwise be hard to acquire.
In 1670 a joint military exercise was held, in which over 800 Jingdaoese tanks and almost 40,000 soldiers took place, equal to nearly half the Alriggian population.
Demographics and religion
The Alriggian Republic has 87,521 citizens, of which approximately 43,000 live in the capital city of Driftwood and its surroundings. The second city of Sint Anna has about 20,000 inhabitants. While the republic does not record ancestry, most citizens have Batavian, Jingdaoese and Walstädter forefathers. The dialect of Driftwood is influences by the South Cibolan Saxon of Walstadt, while most people in the former Batavian city of Sint Anna have Batavian as their first language.
While some Alriggian citizens follow the Catologian faith, or the Tianchaodao in private, these religions are not visible in public. In public, all citizens are expected to refer to a supreme deity as the Lord, without further specification. This custom is also expected to be upheld by foreign visitors, like Bassarid merchants who follow the Stripping Path. Atheism, denouncing the belief in a supreme deity, is not considered acceptable in Alrig and will lead to social exclusion.
Government and politics
The nation's constitution consists of only two brief articles, one about the office of president, the other about the Council of Driftwood. The president is elected by all Alriggian citizens and has the power to make law. He can however be overruled by the Council of Driftwood, which is composed of all citizens who hold at least three acres of land. The nation has been presided over by Hieronim Erazm since its inception.
The most popular sport in Alrig is association football, which is commonly referred to as just sport. While the national football association, ERAS only organizes professional matches, it is played by a large part of the population. This usually takes place in ad hoc formations, as amateur sports are not formally organized. Many matches are played between amateur teams of neighboring villages or city quarters.