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The Confederate States of Floria
Flag of Confederate States Floria
[[Flag of Confederate States
Floria|Flag]]
Seal of Confederate States Floria
[[Seal of Confederate States
Floria|Seal]]
Motto: As long as there is heart, there will be Floria
Anthem:
"Oh Floria"
("National Anthem of the Confederate States of Floria")

File:National Anthem of Floria 2018.ogg

"March of the Florians"
("National March of the Confederate States of Floria")
Location of Confederate States Floria
Map versions Present
Capital Northcliff
Largest city Northcliff, Dragonmoor, Stonehall, and Newmarsh.
Official language(s) Istvanistani
  • Alexandrian;
  • Florian;
Official religion(s) Widely practiced:
Demonym Florian
 - Adjective Florian
Government Federal presidential constitutional republic
 - President Morgan Sharp (UNPR)
 - Vice President Anthony Kelly (UNPR)
 - Legislature The Florian Senate
Establishment 17th April 2017
 - Ranked NA
Area
 - Ranked
Population 100,157,133 (1683 AN)
 - Active 1 citizen
 - Ranked
Currency Florian Dollar ($), FLD
Abbreviation FLO, FL, CSF, CS
Time zone(s) CMT-2
National website
National forum
National animal Bear
National food Fried chicken
Pizza
National drink Stout
National tree Oak

The Confederate States of Floria (CSF), commonly known as the Confederate States (C.S or CS) or Floria is a country in the southern part of Apollonia. Its seven states and two territories extend from the Eastern border with neighbouring Jingdao to the border of Northern Alrig. The Confederate States of Floria's Capital is Northcliff, and other large metropolitan areas include Oldhaven, Dragonmoor, Newmarsh and Stonehall.

As a whole, the Confederate States is sparsely populated and the majority of the land in Floria is either dominated by tropical rainforest or tundra, particularly in the northern parts of the country. Its population is highly urbanised with 85% of its inhabitants living in large or medium-sized cities. The Confederate State's climate varies widely across its area such as cold freezing temperatures in the north in winter to very hot summers in the rest of the country. Before the inhabitation of the modern-day Florian, the area of what now is the Confederate States of Floria was inhabited by ethnic Jingdaoese however these Jingdaoese aboriginals were eventually driven out of the area and returned to the mainland.

The Confederate States of Floria is a federal republic and a Representative democracy. The country was a former parliamentary republic and citizens of the country elect a President and congress every calendar year (11 AN years). The Confederate States of Floria is officially trilingual at the federal level and ranks highly internationally in civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education despite recent warfare since the establishment of the country. The country is multicultural and ethnically diverse and enjoys a long and complex relationship with neighbours Jingdao and Gran Verionia. Internationally, the Confederate States of Floria is a member of the multilateral alliance, the Raspur Pact and enjoys free trade and mutual defence with other member nations.

A highly developed and powerful country, the Confederate States has a high GDP per capita and has a large and advanced economy with one of the strongest currencies in the world. The Confederate States of Floria, then known as the Florian Republic were former members of the Apollonian and Euran Economic Union and USSO before withdrawing from both.

History

Jingdaoese Period

Establishment

Expansion

War of Lost Brothers

Revival

Confederate States era

In 1685 AN the Committee for Civil Contingency Planning was formed. The committee received a wide ranging mandate to review and reorganise civil society and public administration in view of defects uncovered during the Verionian-Raspur War at the start of the decade. In spite of the Florian recovery from the War of Lost Brothers concerns persisted with regards to the Confederate States vulnerability to another severe systematic shock - whether internal or external in origin.

Opposition parties queried the scope of the mandate bestowed upon the committee and called for greater democratic oversight of governmental bodies established by presidential decree.

Geography,climate,and environment

Wildlife

The striped jing panther is an invasive apex predator recently encountered, as of 1686 AN in forested and marshy terrain along the margins of the western frontier. In keeping with their customary hostility towards Floria, Jingdaoese officials in Daocheng have been quite unforthcoming, in response to the queries of third party intermediaries, with regards to the provenance of these animals. The striped jing panther is, from a handful of reported encounters, considered to be a man-eater and may have been specifically bred for the purpose. A cash bounty of $25,000, along with the promise of a fortnight's furlough, was offered by the Committee for Civil Contingency Planning for any serving Confederate official or member of the armed forces who could successfully bring down one of these animals and present the carcass for verification.

Notably endemic in the western regions of Floria are the spitting-bile scorpions, notable for their ability to forcefully expel from themselves a quantity of corrosive acid across a distance of 2.6 metres as well as for their uncanny ability to aim for the eyes of their victims. To be found in large concentrations clustered around the death pits which appear to map to roads and likely invasion routes from Jingdaose territory for a distance of 5km in from the border. Propagation across the border appears to occur by those mysterious shattered earthenware jars commonly discovered on the Jing side of the line of control with the coming of the dawn.

Demographics

Health

The Confederate States of Floria has a high life expectancy and is steadily growing as the country recovers from the War of Lost Brothers. However, growth in life expectancy has not been as expected as suicide and drug overdose rates are common especially in cities most affected by war and poor representation in the Florian government. Despite Florian citizens eating approx. four or more meals a day, obesity rates are relatively compared to other nations on Micras.

Coronary artery disease, lung cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, drug overdoses and traffic accidents cause the most years of life lost in the Confederated States. Low back pain, depression, musculoskeletal disorders, neck pain, and anxiety cause the most years lost to disability. Teenage pregnancy and abortion rates are substantially higher than in other Western nations, especially among minor ethnic communities.

The Florian government has pledged to become a leader in medical innovation and continues to develop and research cures for diseases such as cancer. Health care coverage is universal and is fully funded by the government. However, patients, if they wish, may be granted private healthcare for operations such as plastic surgery etc.

Education

The Confederate States of Floria has a very high level of education and a large number of adults taking tertiary education with 41% of adults having attained at least an undergraduate college or university degree. 5.5% of Floria's GDP is spent on education and tertiary education students are heavily funded by the government. In Florian schools depending on which language is spoken in the area, classes are taught either in English, Florian or Alexandrian. Subjects which students perform above the national average are economics, reading, computing and mathematics.

Ethnicity

Religion

All religions in the Confederate States of Floria except the Stripping Path are free to be exercised. Over half the nation believe religion is an important role in their daily lives but only 35% attend their place of worship on a weekly basis. Religion however in the Confederate States of Floria is gradually becoming more irreligious with decline mostly among Florians under the age of thirty. 70% of adults in the Confederate States either follow the Church of the Holy Lance or Faith of the True King. 1% of Florian adults mostly ex-pats follow Umraism.

Languages

The Confederate States of Floria has three main languages with these being English, Florian and Alexandrian (Fransh and martino). English is the mother tongue of 56% of Florian inhabitants and 21% and 10% for Alexandrian and Florian speakers. Other recognised languages include Corian and Jingdaoese. Throughout the country, road signs are displayed in all three official languages with the more prominently spoken language in that area displayed first.

Government and politics

The Confederate States of Floria is a federation and former parliamentary republic. In addition to being a federation, the Confederate States of Floria is a representative democracy. In the Florian federalist system, citizens are usually liable to three levels of government: federal, state, and local. Local governments in the Confederate States of Floria are usually split between county and municipal governments. In almost all cases, executive and legislative officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by district. There is no proportional representation at the federal level, and it is rare at lower levels.

The federal government is made up of three branches:

  • Legislative: The bicameral Congress made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, makes federal law, approves treaties, has the power of the purse, and has the power of impeachment, by which it can remove sitting members of the government including the President.
  • Executive: The president is the commander-in-chief of the military, can veto legislative bills before they become law and assign the members of the Cabinet (pending Senate approval) and other officers, who administer and enforce federal laws and policies.
  • Judicial: The Supreme Court and lower federal courts, whose judges are appointed by the president with Senate approval, interpret laws and overturn those they find unconstitutional.

The House of Representatives has 300 voting members, each representing a congressional district for an 11 AN (one Gregorian) year term. House seats are divided among the states by population following each decennial census. Each state then draws single-member districts to conform with the census division. The Senate has 70 members with each mainland state having 17 senators. Etourney and Florian Eura have one. The president serves an eleven AN year term and may be elected to the office no more than twice. The president is not elected by direct vote, but by an indirect electoral college system. The Supreme Court, led by the chief justice of Floria, has nine members, who serve for life.

Political divisions

The Confederate States of Floria is a federal republic of 6 states and two territories. The states and territories are the principal administrative districts in the country. These are divided into subdivisions of counties and independent cities. The states choose the president of the Confederate States. Each state has presidential electors equal to the number of their representatives and senators in Congress. Territories of Floria such as Etourney do not have presidential electors, and so people in those territories cannot vote for the president.

Citizenship is granted at birth in all states and territories.

Parties and elections

Morgan Sharp
3rd President
since 1684 AN

Floria operates under a three-party system but in the early days of the republic, many parties existed. For elective offices at most levels, state-administered primary elections choose the major party nominees for subsequent general elections. Since the 1683 AN elections, the UNPR, Labour Party and IDPFR have been the major parties in the nation. The president and vice president are elected by the Electoral College.

In Florian political culture, the Centre-right UNPR is considered "Conservative", IDPFR as "far-right" and Labour as "Socialist". The Southern states are relatively conservative and far-right whilst the north is mostly socialist.

United Republican Morgan Sharp the winner of the 1683 AN Presidential election is serving as the second president of the Confederate States of Floria. Leadership in the Senate includes vice president Anthony Kelly. The House of Representatives is as of 1683 controlled by the UNPR with the Senate run by the Labour Party, giving Floria a split congress. The Senate consists of 28 Labourians, 24 United Republicans,16 Imperial Democrats and two representatives of Etourney and Florian Eura. The House of Representatives consists of 165 United Republicans, 75 Labourians and 62 Imperial Democrats.

Foreign relations

The Confederate States has an established structure of foreign relations. Floria is a member of of the Micras Treaty Organisation and the Raspur Pact and former founding member of the Apollonian and Euran Economic Union. Most countries on Micras have embassies located in Northcliff and a number of consulates across the country. The Confederate States of Floria has strong ties with member states of the Raspur Pact but has hostile and complex relations with Jingdao. The Confederate States closely works with Raspur Pact member states on military and security issues and with micronations, it has an agreed free trade agreement with.

Government finance

Military

Law enforcement and crime

Economy

Science and technology

Income, poverty and wealth

Infrastructure

Transportation

Personal transportation in the Confederate States of Floria is dominated by automobiles and the micronation has a very high rate of per-capita vehicle ownership. Around 35% of personal vehicles are light trucks and vans. Rail transport is extremely popular in the micronation and has one of the most efficient and busiest railway systems on Micras. The Railway industry is government-owned and operates under the name FLO Railways.

Energy

Water supply and sanitation

Culture

Food

Mainstream Florian cuisine is similar to that in other Apollonian countries. Rice and wheat are the primary cereal grain with about three-quarters of grain products made of wheat or rice flour and many dishes use indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, duck, beef, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, corn, and maple syrup.

Characteristic dishes such as poutine, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants and natives.

The Florian fast food industry, the world's largest, rapidly rose after the War of Lost Brothers as it provided a quick solution to quickly accessing meals and cutting cooking time. Fast-food consumption has sparked health concerns within the country but health issues related to obesity etc. are carefully monitored by the Florian government. Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine per cent of Florian caloric intake.

Music

The Confederate States of Floria is the hub of Micrasian Electronic Dance music (EDM) with many festivals and concerts being held throughout the country all year round. The most notable festival being The Rising Festival held in Northcliff where ten stages across the city play concerts of different genres from trance to house. The most popular EDM forms in Floria include trance, house and Dubstep as well as garage music. Classical music is also extremely popular with many orchestras professional and amateur throughout the country. The genres of hip-hop and jazz have also emerged especially in the state of Ontario and its capital Vice City where it's popular the most.

Cinema

Sports

Sports have been organised ever since the establishment of the country with sports turning professional at various times. The Confederate States of Floria's official sports are ice hockey and Florian Gridiron Football. Other major sports include basketball and rugby league with sports such as rugby union and tennis enjoyed at amateur levels. Women's sport in the Confederate States of Floria is strictly amateur however football became the first women's sport to be professionalised to some extent with Super League Football, the Confederate States of Floria's major football competition for men, stating that they operate a semi-professional women's league from 2019 onwards.

The Confederate States of Floria has four major professional sports leagues which are followed hugely worldwide. These four leagues are known as the 'Big Four' and these leagues are the Intercontinental Hockey League (ice hockey), Florian Football League (Gridiron football), Super League Football (football) and the FBA (Basketball).

The Confederate States of Floria competed at the first-ever Micras Games in 2018 held in Jingdao as the Florian Republic and was the highest placed major sporting country in the medal table with 10 gold medals and two silver medals. The Confederate States of Floria has also hosted major Micrasian sports events during its existence such as the MHL Junior World Championships and MHL World Championships (both 2019).

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