West Skerry and Sri Pashana
|Federation of West Skerry and Sri Pashana|
|Motto: Our past need not determine our future|
|Anthem: Isles of Sanctuary|
|Capital||Saint Gabriel's (executive)|
Sri Luthore (legislative)
|Largest city||Sri Sendavica|
|Official language(s)||Istvanistani (administrative)|
|- Adjective||West Skerrish|
|Government||Federal parliamentary republic|
|- President||Reginald Jackson|
|- Governor||Maxwell Browne (West Skerry)|
Rajita Deshpanday (Sri Pashana)
|- Legislature||Upper house|
|Area||554,976 sq km|
|Currency||Skerry dollar S$|
|National tree||Skerry palm|
West Skerry and Sri Pashana, officially the Federation of West Skerry and Sri Pashana, was an island nation located in the Skerry Isles archipelago with maritime frontiers on the Orange Sea, Captive Sea and Sea of Storms. Comprising five major islands, the four most northerly are governed together as the constituent state of West Skerry, while the largest and most southerly island forms the constituent state of Sri Pashana. Both constituent states elect their own legislative lower houses and respective governors, while federal elections are held for the shared upper-house legislative and sole presidential position.
The four major isles that comprise West Skerry have traditionally been known as, from west to east, Dundas, Newport, Taras and West Sandwich. Dundas and Newport are the two most westerly of all of the islands in the Skerry Isles archipelago, while Taras and West Sandwich are more westerly than at least half of the remaining islands in the region. Due to this, the most common Istvanistani name for the state formed by the four islands during its creation ultimately became West Skerry.
Sri Pashana's etymology differs in that it originates from the mother tongue of the Guwahat people who were relocated to the island during the colonialist Britannic Empire era. The island's traditional name has often been Duras, but its role in becoming a haven for the Guwahat following centuries of colonisation led to it becoming known as the śrī pāṣāṇá. The honorific śrī loosely translates to mean "wealthy" or "resplendent", while pāṣāṇá means "rock" and is a cognate of "skerry", with Istvanistanisation contributing to its official spelling of Sri Pashana.
The histories of both the islands and peoples which form the nation are long intertwined with that of the former Britannic Empire. An expansive colonial empire whose rule and influence spread across the majority of Micras' northern hemisphere landmasses, the Britannics' association with the Skerry Isles can be traced back to 1519 AN when they established their first overseas possessions following settlement missions based out of their Madison Isles homeland. By 1521 AN, Britannic rule had been rapidly expanded over the entirety of the Skerry Isles archipelago, along the nearby and renamed Britannic Sandwich Islands, and as far as south-west mainland Keltia.
While sovereignty of the Skerry Isles transitioned to Kataria from 1525 AN, throughout the ensuing years, the Britannic Empire's colonial possessions increased and expanded at a consistent rate elsewhere across Keltia and Benacia. From 1529 AN, the largest contiguous Britannic colony—physically many times the size of the Madison Isles, though administered by a number of authorities—could be found in south-eastern Keltia and covered a large portion of the ancestral homelands of the Guwahat people. Following a further extension of the territory's borders in 1533 AN, the largest portion of this land began to be administered under the name of Guwahati, in reference to the native inhabitants, with the city of Panaji as its capital. Within two years, by 1535 AN, the Skerry Isles had once again been colonised by the Britannics during the empire's arguable zenith due in no small part to the mass-movement of Guwahats away from their home to the islands.
However, within two years, the state of the Britannic Empire declined rapidly through constitutional crises and the heightening of tensions which would ultimately lead to the War of Jeremy's Nose between the fellow ethnically-Britannic kingdom of Bosworth and Shireroth. By 1537 AN, the Britannic Empire was functionally extinct, with few of its colonial possessions now under the control of the Riponian self-governing kingdom of Nova England; a long-time ally of the Britannics. Though the island now governed as Sri Pashana was abandoned, the islands which make up the current West Skerry remained under consistent Nova English protection for an extended period of time, even after the collapse of Riponia.
By 1541 AN, Sri Pashana found itself under Bosworthian rule, with two historically close Britannic allies having now established their own colonial territories throughout the Skerries, at which time a newly-institutionalised Britannic state was being founded on the Madison Isles. Bosworth's colonies in the Skerry Isles were gifted back to the Britannic Empire in 1544 AN as it once again established itself as an expansive empire in Micras' east. Ultimately, the second incarnation of the empire would not sustain as long or as rich a history as the first, and in 1547 AN it was declared permanently defunct.
As the Nova English presence in West Skerry persisted after the dissolution of the Britannic Empire, Sri Pashana found itself colonised by a number of nations intent on stretching their own imperial influence. Claims established by Imperium Incognita failed to last long, while the independent kingdom of Luthoria was soon annexed by Alexandria, whose own claim on the island was reduced over time. Ashkenatza would eventually establish the longest-lasting colony administering the majority of Sri Pashana, with its autonomous territory of Mahoz HaSephardim naming the island Great Jerba. During this period, in 1587 AN, West Skerry fell into turmoil after the Nova English state collapsed, bring to an end over fifty years' rule in the islands. As a result, Antica extended its nearby territorial claim to include the chain of islands in 1589 AN as a means of establishing stability in the region.
While Antica's claims on West Skerry created a prolonged period of stability, the societal differences between it and Ashkenatza led to a larger cultural divide throughout the Skerry Isles than had been seen before during its period of overwhelming Britannic influence. However, in 1600 AN, following the collapse of the Antican state and subsequent short-term possession of the islands of West Skerry by the Elwynnese Union, the islands fell under the rule of Aryasht, whose traditions and culture held great similarity to that of the displaced Guwahats. By 1605 AN, Ashkenatza had also been declared defunct, and its claim on Sri Pashana ended, allowing for an increase of influence over the disorganised area of the island by the indigenous Askerr and the growing Guwahat community.
A number of years passed in which both West Skerry and Sri Pashana were at the mercy of these two groups, until 1615 AN when Natopia established a colonial presence in the northern Skerry Isles and Hamland managed to wrestle sovereignty of a number of small port possessions as they expanded towards Eura. Whilst facing stiff resistance, the Natopians ultimately also extended their rule over Sri Pashana by 1622 AN, which in turn led to one of the longest periods of political stability in the region with only Hamland's gifting of two ports to the burgeoning Passio-Corum in 1644 AN the only change ahead of 1651 AN's abandonment of Natopia's Skerry Isles colonies, which in turn coincided with the end of Alexandria's near-hundred-year claim on Luthoria.
In a case of history seemingly repeating itself twice over, the subsequent years saw a period of little colonial influence over the Skerry Isles in which the local Askerr and settled Guwahat populations had the run of the majority of the islands' land; a time that would come to an end in 1658 AN through the establishment of the union of Coastalis, a nation whose history can be indirectly traced back to that of the Britannic Empire. Founded by settlers from the recently collapsed Brettish Isles, a culturally-Britannic nation located on the Madison Isles, Coastalis was the first fully independent nation to claim any part of the islands as its homeland since 1553 AN. The newly-reestablished Britannic presence in the region, despite restoring a number of former cultural norms, reignited a sense of identity among the minority communities on the islands through what they saw as an inescapable cycle of colonial Britannic rule; fuelling the development towards establishing a state of their own from 1667 AN onward following Coastalis' demise. Since that point, other than the Hammish successor state of Caputia abandoning its two small ports in West Skerry in 1669 AN upon the nation's own death and a minor Verionian trading presence at the very southern tip of Sri Pashana being established in 1682 AN, little affected the successful creation of the federation which ultimately declared its statehood in 1684 AN upon the agreement of the two states' shared government.
Formation and self-rule
Despite many similarities in the two states' cultures and demographics, the islands' history of being distributed between varying colonial powers had led to a number of differences between West Skerry and Sri Pashana. These differences were acknowledged during the nation's early formative steps, with representatives from each then-loosely-governed territory insistent on a considerable degree of self-rule despite an overall agreement in establishing a unified sovereign state across the islands. After lengthy talks between the parties, in which arrangements were constituted for the formal standardisation of each state's political system and the creation of the role of president. With the newly-formed nation's first executive heads constitutionally in place as the three leaders of the unification process, plans were set for the inaugural elections for each state's chamber and the federal council to take place in 1687 AN; establishing a cycle of alternating six-year-term executive and legislative elections on a triennial basis.
West Skerry and Sri Pashana successfully applied for membership of the Micronational Cartography Society in 1685 AN to establish itself in the international sphere, prior to which the nation gained control over the southern extent of Sri Pashana after the collapse of Gran Verionia left the enclave of Puerto Habana abandoned.
In 1696 AN, following a prolonged period without valid, constitutionally-scheduled elections, the government fell and the country declined into chaos, with the islands experiencing a severe increase in gang warfare, drug trafficking and the arrival of Dromosker pirates. In the same year, the Governor of Sri Pashana, Rajita Deshpanday, asked to join the Ultimate Çakar Sultanate. West Skerry was annexed by the Federation of Nouvelle Alexandrie. This partitioning ended the islands' independent existence.
Government and politics
The nation's executive and legislative branches of government are both highly devolved between its two states, with only matters such as foreign relations, defence and taxation falling under the powers of the federal government. Devolved matters are covered by identical political systems in each state, where both have an elected Governor as the head of government and a 500-seat unicameral parliament which is elected separately; terms for both branches are six AN years, with elections for each held at the halfway point of the other's term. The federal setup reflects the system used at state level, with the head-of-state President elected concurrently with the two Governors and the 500 Council of the Islands seats being contested at the same time as each state's Chamber's seats.
Elections and parties
The most popular political parties are generally limited to activity in either of the nation's constituent states, though some minor parties stand candidates in both states and also at federal level, where like-minded regional parties may instead form voting blocs to strengthen their influence. Following the 1687 AN elections, the following parties are represented in at least one of the nation's legislatures:
|Name||Ideology||Political position||Seats, as of 1687 AN|
|Federal||West Skerry||Sri Pashana||Total|
|Providence Party||Social liberalism, social democracy||Centre-left||114||287||—||401|
|National People's Party||Neoliberalism, conservatism||Centre-right||121||—||201||322|
|People's National Congress||Social conservatism, populism||Centre-right||65||—||106||171|
|Patriotic Front||Social conservatism||Right-wing||56||114||—||170|
|Popular Congress||Nationalism, populism||Right-wing||25||—||48||73|
|Student Union Pashana||Democratic socialism||Left-wing||23||—||46||69|
|Forward Veda||Classical liberalism||Centre||23||—||45||68|
|Liberal Voice||Classical liberalism||Centre||21||43||—||64|
|Independent People's Party||West Skerrian nationalism||Centre-right||13||26||—||39|
|Alliance of Peace||Pacifism, social liberalism||Left-wing||10||—||21||31|
|Nationalist Sri Pashana||Sri Pashanan nationalism||Right-wing||9||—||19||28|
|Federal Labour||Social democracy||Centre-left||8||16||2||26|
|Britannic Front||Monarchism, imperial restorationism||Right-wing||0||1||0||1|