|X of Yorudbynbad
41 sq mi
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Yorudbynbad (Yerutian: Yerutbínbát), officially the X of Yorudbynbad, is an independent city-state located in central northern Baredina, specifically at the very tip of the Yorut Peninsula which otherwise belongs to Barradiwa.
Yorudbynbad was first settled by fishers, thousands of years ago, and eventually became a stopping place for traders as well. Once the age of sail began, the value of its deep, sheltered harbor was quickly recognized (and fought over). Long a lawless haven for pirates, Yorudbynbad was nominally under the rule of whoever was ruling Barradiwa for most of its history. It received its independence as part of the aftermath of the GEW, probably because Barradiwa didn't want to take responsibility for it anymore. It promptly became known as a haven for fugitives from justice, drug and weapon smuggling, and general decadence.
Located on the very tip of the Yorut Peninsula, Yorudbynbad is just over 100 square kilometers. It is surrounded to the north, east, and west by the Parshita Sea, and borders Barradiwa to the southwest. The land is generally flat, with some larger hills inland; the coast historically was steeper, but was flattened as the city expanded. Some of this land still protects the deep port that has made Yorudbynbad rich.
The area is known for its good, deep port, as well as beautiful white sand beaches and nearby coral reefs.
it's real hot
Yorudbynbad is nominally ruled by a hereditary monarch, but real power rests in the hands of the monarch's advisory council, a mixture of semi-nobility and businessmen. The council is in theory elected by citizens and permanent residents, but elections are tightly controlled by the wealthy, thus making the nation democratic only in the vaguest sense.
Due to its tiny size, Yorudbynbad relies heavily on Barradiwa for support, protection, and legitimacy. The relationship is often strained, however, due to the criminal activity and smuggling that abounds in the nation. In an attempt to protect the relationship, the Yerutian government has made efforts in recent years to curb the amount of smuggling heading south over the Barradiwan border, although plenty of illegal goods still pass through its port.
The Yerutian Defense Corps (YDC) is the armed force of Yorudbynbad. Its primary role is in border control (e.g. curtailing of smuggling), patrolling the coast, and providing security for the monarch and council. The YDC has approximately 1200 members. It has frequently been accused of collaborating with smugglers, slavers, and organized crime, although these accusations have been soundly denounced by the council.
Much of Yorudbynbad's economy is powered by foreign investment, thanks in large part to its low effective corporate and individual tax rates. While its prime location means both shipping and tourism are important industries, by far the largest and most powerful industry is gambling. Gambling regulations are among the most permissive in the world, including no restrictions on hours or days of operation, online gambling with minimal regulation (unlike much of Ekuosia), and cheap gambling licenses. In addition, the nation offers intense banking secrecy for financial transactions that occur within its borders. This has led to Yorudbynbad being described as a tax haven, a welcome host to individuals seeking to illegally evade taxation or launder money, though the Yerutian government denies this is a serious concern.
Over the years, regional governments (including Barradiwa, paradoxically Yorudbynbad's most important ally) have pressured Yorudbynbad to be more financially transparent, particularly with transactions by foreign investors, and to take firmer steps to counteract money laundering. The Yerutian government publishes a small amount of financial data in aggregate form annually and has publicly announced anti-corruption measures, but these have been decried as mere token efforts by opponents, who accuse the Yerutian government itself of encouraging and participating in financial crimes.
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Tourism is one of Yorudbynbad's major industries, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Yorudbynbad is highly urbanized, with virtually the entire population living within the city itself.
The native language of Yorudbynbad is Yerutian, a close relative of Ekuostian (which is also spoken in the country). Both have official status, but a wide variety of other languages are also spoken in the country.
Free public education is available from 6 to 18 years of age, but is only compulsory through age 14. Many native students drop out even before this point to work.
There is at least one university in Yorudbynbad, although its price tag sets it outside the reach of most native Yerutians. Several private schools also exist, although again they are generally only accessible to the wealthy.
In 2016, there was approximately 1 hospital bed in Yorudbynbad per 1000 citizens, for a total of around 775 beds. About 400 of these are at the Royal General Hospital on the north end of the city, primarily catering to foreign visitors and tourists. An additional 250 are at the St. Ástlem Medical Center in the south, and nearly 200 are at Blessed Hope Hospital, in the southwest part of the city. The latter two primarily serve native-born Yerutians.
A number of clinics also provide care throughout the city. Several along the shore cater to foreign medical tourists, offering dubious services such as cancer "cures", allergy relief, and questionable reproductive technology. In the shadier parts of town, organ sales and assisted suicide can also be found.
Most native Yerutians follow Orthodox Iovism.