Balakia

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Balak Federation
. Balaakbeşee Yankuluş . (Balak)
Balâkbeşê Yankuluş
. Yânxar Baraha . (Koman)
Yânkhar Baraha
Flag Emblem
Motto: Balâçik yuşadamşar
Balakia is forever
Anthem: Yerceyâ ye, Vayâ
Like the Yerec, Arise
Balakia in dark green, disputed areas in light green.
Capital
and largest city
Yercêsven
Official languages Balak
Recognised
national languages
Koman
Amaian-Zwazwan
Chindushi
Ziimen languages
Recognised
minority languages
Kaatian
Demonym Balak
Government
 -  President Tamasym Kygantovon
(acting)
 -  TBD Sazar Şon
Legislature Federal Assembly
 -  Upper house Council of Elders
 -  Lower house Common Council
Establishment
 -  Independence from Shomosvan 7th March 2001 
Area
 -  Total 539,741 km2
208,395 sq mi
Population
 -  2016 census 67,258,126
 -  Density 124.6/km2
322.7/sq mi
GDP (nominal) 2016 estimate
 -  Total $962.6 billion
 -  Per capita $14,312
Time zone (SCT+3)
Drives on the right
Calling code +76
Internet TLD .bl

Balakia (Balak: Balaaçik Balâçik [bɑˈla:t͡ʃɪk]), officially the Balak Federation, is a country in Vaniua. With around 67 million inhabitants, Balakia is the 2nd most populous country in Vaniua, behind Shohuan. Balakia is bordered to the west by Komania and Gushlia, to the north by Kaatkukia, and to the east by Amaia and Zwazwamia. Additionally the small exclave of Yaruşemir, located on the West Parshitan coast, is bordered to the east by Kunjut. It is the homeland of the Balak people, a Vaniuan ethnic group, among other groups. The country's capital is Yercêsven, a major economic hub in Eastern Vaniua and the second largest city in Balakia. The country's economy is predominantly centred around its manufacturing and agricultural sectors, although a new tertiary sector is also developing. Balakia is classed as a transition economy, benefitting from a nominal GDP of around $962.6 billion and a GDP per capita of $14,312. Balakia is a member of the Eastern Vaniuan Association, an economic and cultural union also consisting of its neighbours Komania, Kaatkukia, and Amaia.

The Kothlen Horde emerged as a state in the 9th Century AD. Founded by Balâhak in X, it spanned a large portion of eastern Vaniua and became a bastion of Zarasaism in 835 AD, having adopted it from the newly conquered Kaatian Empire (annexed in 823 AD). The Kothlen Horde ultimately disintegrated into a number of smaller tribal states and khanates; most Balak land was overrun by the expanding nomadic Great Horde in X. Following the reorganisation of the Great Horde into a modern centralised state, Balak culture flourished and the region amassed considerable amounts of wealth through trade.

In 1952, following the end of the Great Ekuosian War and the installation of a Kúúlist puppet government under the Helsonian Union, the Union of Shomosvan was established. X. In 1996 Zinsha-Vogia was absorbed into Shomosvan, greatly increasing its land area. This however created issues with communication and control, as well as unity within the government, reducing the country's defensive and administrative capabilities and its overall stability. As the Kúúlist regime's grip on the country weakened, independence movements began to gain more traction following the Keşkamân Revolt, with Gushlia being the first republic to declare independence. X. By 2001 only the Union was a rump state consisting only of the newly reorganised Union of Zinshans and Vogians, which became the modern state of Zinsha-Vogia in 2006 following a civil war.

Following the collapse of Shomosvan the new provisional government of Balakia began acting on a policy of "Dekúúlification" which saw the beginning of a slow process of democratisation and privatisation under the influence of Shohuan. This process was temporarily halted after the outbreak of the Balak-Gushli War, though as the conflict slowed down the process of Dekúúlification resumed progress, albeit slowly.

Etymology

The name Balakia comes from the ethnonym for the Balak people, Balâk, itself being derived from the name of Balâhak. It is ultimately descended from Old Kothlenic Balâhak-kik "river of Balâhak."

History

Prehistory

Classical Antiquity

Kothlen Horde

Great Horde

Under the rule of the Great Horde the wealth of the region that would later become Balakia and Gushlia grew immensely as trade passing through the region increased. Middle Jazaghan, from which the modern Balak and Gushli languages descend, became the language of military and trade dignitaries.

During the Sunset Rebellion, many Balak nobles rose up against the ruling Oshar dynasty. The revolutionaries were swiftly crushed by the Great Horde's army, and the offending nobility was replaced with loyal Zwazwan nobles in the aftermath of the conflict.

Hershemic Khanates

Following the collapse of the Great Horde the khanates of Kadhan and Hamawan remained under the rule of Komanised Zwazwan dynasties, although the ruling X dynasty of Kadhan later fully embraced Koman culture. This, along with Hamawan's later embracing of republicanism, sowed the seeds of a rivalry between the two states. The two most influential Balak royal houses in the post-GH era were the Zonkamâ and Seğâren dynasties, who at this point ruled over the khanates of Zonduş and Seğâduş respectively.

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In [year] the assasination of Khamv president [name] by the government of Kadhan in a failed attempt to seize the leadership of Hamawan led to the Presidential War, following which Kadhan was placed firmly in the Zwazwan Empire's sphere of influence.

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As Pan-Balakism grew in popularity in the 1840s, and the Zwazwan Empire continued to exert influence on Kadhan and Hamawan, pressure was placed on the ruling dynasties of the Balak khanates outside of the Zwazan sphere of influence, culminating in the signing of the Yerec Pact in 1852, which established military, economic, and political co-operation between the khanates. The Torosh and Vonan khanates also ratified the treaty, in part due to the threat of expansion from neighbouring Komania. As the most powerful and culturally influential state that signed the pact, Zonduş was regarded as the de facto leader of the alliance.

Colonisation of Sonka

Balak-Zwazwan War

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On November 10th 1866 Kamât proclaimed the founding of a united Balak Empire.

Balak Empire

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The Kingdom of Sonka officially entered a personal union under the Balak crown following Kamât I's death and the subsequent ascension of Jimâşim I to the throne.

White War

Union of Shomosvan

Collapse of Shomosvan

Kadanaşim regime

The Provisional Government was abolished in 2002 with the creation of a new constitution and the Balak Republic. In the country's first free elections, the nationalist New Balakia Party won with ease, and Çinden Kadanaşim was voted in as the first President of Balakia.

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The Kadanaşim regime came to an end in 2008, following the 2008 Balak political crisis and subsequent election of Vin Svêjen to the presidency.

Balak Federation

Geography

Geology

Climate

Biodiversity

Politics

Governance

According to the Constitution of Balakia, the country is a federation and semi-presidential republic. Zôçey Seğâren is the president and head of state of Balakia.

Foreign relations

The Balak Federation is recognized in international law as a successor state of the former Union of Shomosvan. Balakia has assumed Shomosvan's membership in the International Congress(?).

The country is a member of the Eastern Vaniuan Association, and maintains strong and positive relations with its neighbours, in particular Amaia and Komania.

Political divisions

Balakia is divided into 15 federal subjects, including 11 states, 3 federal cities, and 1 autonomous district. ...

List of federal subjects

Balakia states map 1.png
Code Name Capital/Administrative center Flag Coat
of arms
Official languages Area
(km2)
Population
States
01 Balâçik TBD Flag of Balâçik State.png 45x45px Balak TBD TBD
02 Çinduş Çindensven (de jure)
TBD (de facto)
Flag of Çinduş State.png 45x45px Balak;
Chindushi
TBD TBD
03 Côvayâ Ğoledupay Flag of Côvayâ State.png 45x45px Balak;
Covaya creole
TBD TBD
04 Hamâvan Sasosak (de jure)
TBD (de facto)
Flag of Hamâvan State.png 45x45px Balak;
Zwazwan
TBD TBD
05 Kazan Zumağdar Flag of Kazan State.png 45x45px Balak TBD TBD
06 Kensesak TBD Flag of Kensesak State.png 45x45px Balak;
Zwazwan
TBD TBD
07 Meçin TBD Flag of Meçin State.png 45x45px Balak;
Chindushi
TBD TBD
08 Manatak Autonomous Territory
(M.A.T.)
TBD Flag of the NAT.png 45x45px Balak;
Various Ziimen languages
TBD TBD
09 Seğâduş TBD Flag of Seğâduş State.png 45x45px Balak;
Chindushi
TBD TBD
10 Taraşik Şozasan Flag of Taraşik State.png 45x45px Balak;
Koman
TBD TBD
11 Zonduş TBD Flag of Zonduş State.png 45x45px Balak TBD TBD
Federal Cities
12 Seğâreyek F.C. TBD 45x45px 45x45px Balak TBD TBD
13 Sâcar F.C. TBD 45x45px 45x45px Balak TBD TBD
14 Yercêsven F.C. TBD 45x45px 45x45px Balak TBD TBD
Autonomous Districts
15 Yaruşemir TBD 45x45px 45x45px Balak TBD TBD

Military

Economy

Transport

Balakia has a railway network of X kilometres. Railways are operated by X, a state-owned company, which owns and manages most of the fixes assets (tracks, signals etc.).

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Energy and infrastructure

Science and technology

Tourism

Demographics

Ethnic groups

Balakia is the native home of three main ethnic groups: Balaks, Komans, and Zwazwanok.

Balaks

Balaks make up the biggest portion of Balakia's ethnic groups. Roughly X% of the country's population identifies as Balak.

Komans

Komans are Balakia's second-largest ethnic group, making up around X% of the population.

Zwazwanok

Urbanisation

Language

Education

Healthcare

Religion

Front courtyard of the Ayrahbar Shrine

Balaks have practised Zarasaism since the 9th Century, when Balâhak converted the Kothlen Horde's Iovist population and established the realm as a bastion of Zarasaism. The majority of Balak citizens are a member of the Zekalemist sect of Zarasaism, although a significant majority, primarily in the state of Taraşik, identify with the Shabadist sect.

Balakia hosts the Ayrahbar Shrine in the city of Şozasan, one of the holiest gharams of Zarasaism, overseen by the Hoja of Şozasan. The site enjoys protection from both the Torosh state government and the federal government.

The states of Côvayâ and Hamâvan are also home to sizeable Pashaist minorities.

Culture

Heritage

Architecture

Literature

Art

Music

Theatre

Film

Cuisine

Balak cuisine varies from region to region, primarily thanks to diverse ethnic communities. International Vaniuan varieties such as X and X are also relatively widely available.

X is an significant part of Balak cuisine and X.

Sport

X.

Balakia is a member of the International Clubball Federation, having assumed the Union of Shomosvan's membership, which began in 1964, following its collapse. The Shomosvan clubball team made its debut in the 1967 World Cup, and won its first title in the 1982 World Cup hosted in Qonklaks, beating Karduv 6-4 after extra time. This victory was inherited by Balakia, although this decision has been disputed by the Royal Gushli Clubball Federation due to major contributions from Gushli players, including the winning goals, and has been a source of controversy and tension.

Sports featuring archery are popular among Balaks; Leupoba in particular has seen a rise in popularity in Balakia in recent years, in part due to increased connections between Balakia and Liosol. The Balakia national leupoba team was established in 2014, X.

Symbols

National colours

The national colours of Balakia are red, gold, and white X.

Yerec

The yerec is a mythological creature in both Balak and wider Eastern Vaniuan folklore.

Balâhak's tamga

X.

Balâhak's tamga is featured on the flags of the states of Balâçik and Çinduş, as well as the flag of Gushlia.

See also