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|Kingdom of Sarsa
Kijapóga Sarséppa (Sarsan)
Location of Sarsa
|Recognised regional languages||[Various Ledyekic languages]|
|-||Upper house||High Council|
|-||Lower house||Peoples' House|
|-||Drafting of the current constitution||1936|
|-||Total||489,940.265 km2(± 250 km² due to tracing inaccuracies)
189,167 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2019 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2019 estimate|
|Currency||Sarsan Raza (R or $R) (SRZ)|
Sarsa (IPA: /ˈsarsa/, Sarsan: Sarsá [sɐrˈsá]), officially the Kingdom of Sarsa (Sarsan: Kijapóga Sarséppa [kɪˈdʒ:ápʊgɐ sɐrˈsép:ə]), is a country located in eastern Nagu. It is bordered in the south by Ukutunajas and in the north by Mablag. Sarsa is diverse both in terms of climate and in terms of culture; it consists of a dry region hugging the Asuran coast, and a rainforest region that occupies much of its interior, with these climates being separated by the Naguan Mountains. There are a large number of languages spoken within Sarsa's borders, belonging to at least four separate language families.
The etymology of the name Sarsa is unknown; it is believed to have originated from a substrate language that has long gone extinct. Folklore suggests it was [WIP idklol]
Before its current state as a parliamentary republic, Sarsa was a collection of city states ruled over by monarchs.
Sarsa lies on the western coast of Nagu, facing the Asura Ocean. It lies wholly in the northern hemisphere. It covers 480,535 km2 of western Nagu. It borders Ukutunajas in the south and Mablag in the north. The Kupriksruksa mountains run parallel to the Asura Ocean; they define the three geographic regions of the country.
The mitma (coast), to the west, is a narrow, mostly arid plain that is occasionally marked with valleys from seasonal rivers. The féja (highlands) is the region of the Kupriksruksa. The third region is the atmá (jungle), an expanse of mostly flat terrain that is covered by the Naguan rainforest. The vast majority of Sarsa's land is within this region.
Most Sarsan rivers originate in the peaks of the Kupriksruksas and drain into one of two basins. The ones that flow to the west -- toward the Asuran Ocean -- are often ephemeral, only existing during the wet season, and are short and steep; the ones that flow to the east, into the Naguan River, are much longer and less steep once they leave the féja, and have significantly greater flow.
The largest lake in Sarsa is Lake Majaś.
Western Sarsa, which runs along the Asuran Coast, is mostly moderate and arid (BWh), with slightly arable land along the paths of seasonal and permanent streams. Seasonal flash floods are a danger during the wet season, and as such most homes are built on hills to prevent water from destroying homes. Most people in this region live in the highlands, which are less arid than the coastal lowlands and able to support some semblance of agriculture.
Eastern Sarsa takes up the majority of the country's area, and is mostly tropical rainforest (Af). It is part of one of Nagu's major river basins, and it is the most densely populated region of the country.
Because of the highly varied climate and geography, Sarsa has an extremely high biodiversity with some 20,000 species calling its deserts, mountains and jungles home. It is one of the megadiverse countries.
Politics and Government
Sarsa is a federal state under a constitutional monarchy. The Kijáppa (Great Chief) is the monarch and head of state who wields executive power, and this title is currently held by Kijáppa Jahakó III. The Sarsan Constitution was codified in 1936,
In addition to being a constitutional monarchy, Sarsa is also a parliamentary democracy. The Parliament is Sarsa's legislative organ, and is made up of the Peoples' House, the High Council, and the Great Speaker. Most governance of Sarsa takes place between the former two houses, but in order for laws to be enacted; once Parliament has voted on a bill, it is signed by the Great Speaker and codified into law. The parliament works under a multi-party system, with five main parties: the center-left Democratic Party, the center-right Libertarian Party, the Pan-Naguan Unity Party, the Balkist Party, and the right wing Sarsan Nationalist Party.
Science and technology
With a population of 24.8 million, Sarsa is the Nth most populated country in Nagu. Its population is slightly skewed toward males, with a women to men ratio of 0.986:1. Sarsa's census is managed by the Royal College of Statistics (Lukpā́ Kijáppa Ekī́ppa á Kekrū́ppa, LKEK) and has been performed every 10 years since 1899, with the most recent being in 2019. Since 1899 the population has grown from about 10.8 million by an average of 0.7% per year, and has grown by an average of 0.93% per year since the previous census in 2009. The average life expectancy for Sarsans is about 66.8 years (65.6 for men, 68.1 for women).
Sarsa is a multiethnic nation, comprised of at least four major distinct ethnic groups and countless minor ones. According to the 2019 census by the LKEK, 55.91% of the population (about 13.9 million) described themselves as native Sarsans; 18.44% (4.5 million) as Canamic; 6.08% (1.5 million) as Ledyekic; 4.26% (1 million) as non-Sarsan and non-Canamic Asuranesians; 3.18% (788 thousand) as Mablic; 2.44% (604 thousand) as Kandic[name pending]; and 9.64% (2.4 million) as Other. 0.05% of people (around 11 thousand) did not declare their ethnicity.
According to the LKEK, 72.13% of the population (17.9 million) live in large urban centers.
Largest cities in Sarsa
|1||Jacirna||Jacírna Federal District||7,726,086|
Sarsa's literacy rate is estimated at 93.74% as of 2019, though estimates show that literacy is lower in rural areas. Primary and Secondary education is mandatory, and is free in public schools.