Yaxarhayut

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Kingdom of Yaxarhayut
Yäřlcun ös Yäxärhäyut, Rénozaonjuk Jaksáarhajut
Flag
Motto: “Žä, Íläž, äyä Käm”
Anthem: Vlidaik, Renoz, lao Viōlen
God, King, and Fatherland
Royal anthemErë dän Yäřl Zërnø Čënäš
When the King is Calling
National Flower
Clover
CapitalValeneni
Largest Vayonden
Official languages Yaharan
Unrecognised National Languages Yennodorian
Unrecognised Regional Languages Qamaatak, Heoroman
Ethnic groups Yennodorians
Quilaquisotsians
Heoromans
Yaharans
Demonym Yaxarhayutian
Jaxarhajutianus
Ꙗксаргаютѣнинъ
Government Constitutional Monarchy
 -  King Dänÿl V ösYítsmä
 -  Chancellor Hiomaka ösKlísmënþ
 -  Chief Delegate Belel Osfeleosk
Legislature Legislature of Yaxarhayut
 -  Upper house Chancel of Nobles
 -  Lower house Council of Delegates
Independent
 -  Dissolution of the Empire of Yahara 12 June 1515 
 -  Independence of the Duchy of Yítsmä 30 June 1515 
 -  Unification 7 June 1677 
 -  Declaration of Kingdom 15 July 1677 
 -  Civil War (Dän Söbëc) 15 July 1837 – 25 December 1842 
 -  Second Treaty of Yítsmä 7 April 1843 
Area
 -  841,400 km2
324,866 sq mi
Population
 -  2010 census 29,476,278
 -  Density 35/km2
90.6/sq mi
Currency Guxëlo (Guxëlösängä) (GOA)
Time zone Yaharan Standard Time (YST) (SCT-3)
Date format dd-mm-yyyy
Drives on the right
Calling code +36

Yaxarhayut (IPA: /jakˈsɑɹ.hɑjut/, Jaxarhajutia, Ꙗксаргаютиꙗ Yaharan: Yäksärhäyut IPA: /ˈjɑk.sɑɹ.hɑ.jut/, Yennodorian: Jaksáarhajut IPA: /jɑkˈsɑːr.hɑ.jut/), officially the Kingdom of Yaxarhayut, is a country located along the lower half of the river Yahara. It is bordered by the sea to the south and east, by the People's Republic of Heoroma to its north, and by the Kingdom of Yahara to its west. The nation by and large is known for its production of copper, iron, and steel, as well as its unusual culture.

Etymology

The name Yaxarhayut comes from the Province of Yaxarhayut, which was situated along the lower river Yahara. The name itself is believed to have originally been Zikish for Living [along] the river, a name that was applied first to a Zikish settlement along the mid river, and later extended to the entire lower bank of the river. The name was then used as the name of a Celehayar governate, which was transferred to an Imperial Duchy.

History

Geography

Mainland Yaxarhayut contains a variety of topographic environs. In the south of the nation, the land is craggy where it meets the sea and rises up into the plains of Klismenth, from which, going north, it drops into the Yahara River Valley. In the southeast of the nation is the unique Sithen swamp, a cold, wet, and dense area. Going north from the Yahara River Valley, the land begins to rise into the Tynda Foothills, from whence is mined the majority of Yaxarhayut's mineral wealth. In the west of Yaxarhayut are a series of flat plains, which meet the Upper Yaharan border in the south and fall into Lake Vyaungodenhara. In the northwest the border is drawn along a series of hills in the Tynda Foothills, dividing Upper Tynda (in Upper Yahara) from Tynda Proper. Following the Yahara River east, the land falls into a patchwork of low, rolling hills that drop into the sea. In Yaxarhayut's panhandle are located some of the most fertile lands in the nation, including the only vineyards in Yaxarhayut.


Climate

Because of Yaxarhayut's southern latitude, the annual variation in temperature in Yaxarhayut is almost non-existent. Temperatures are remarkably consistent, ranging from an average low of 5,3ºC to an average high of 13,8ºC. The record highs and lows for Yaxarhayut are, respectively, 29,5ºC and -21,0ºC. Thanks to said consistency in temperature, it is rare for the waterways of Yaxarhayut to freeze over, since it is rarely below freezing. In general, flora in Yaxarhayut is green year-round, and crops are grown in cycles, taking advantage of the parts of the year where the sun will shine for seventeen hours, and where it will shine for seven. This provides for a wide variety of native produce. In the summertime, the sun will shine, on the longest day, of seventeen hours, likewise in winter, on the shortest day it will shine for seven. Thanks to the warm water current that runs to the south of Yaxarhayut's shores, the bays are also kept relatively ice free, and it snows mostly only during the winter. It is common for it to rain up to one-hundred and twenty days a year, and to snow for twenty-five (thus there is an average of one-hundred and fifty-five days of precipitation of some description). Yaxarhayut is generally very wet, often dealing with waves of fog, with an average relative humidity of 80%.


Politics

Government

Yaxarhayut is a semi-constitutional monarchy with a bicameral legislature, consisting of the Chancel of Nobles, a hereditary body, and the Council of Delegates, an elected body. All bills must pass through both houses of government and the monarch before becoming law in a process established by the Third Treaty of Yitsma. The Chancel of Nobles is headed by the Chancellor, who is appointed from out of their number by the monarch. The position of Chancellor is primarily ceremonial, mainly bringing the Chancel of Nobles to order, running day-to-day affairs of the Chancel, and announcing the results of the Chancel's deliberations. The Chancellor is empowered to veto any legislation that passes a general vote of the Chancel of Nobles. The Council of Delegates is headed by the Chief Delegate, who is elected from amongst the members of the Council of Delegates. The Chief Delegate is officially the head of government for Yaxarhayut, and fulfils the same role as the Chancellor does but for the Council of Delegates. The Chief Delegate is likewise empowered to veto legislation.

The heads of various ministries are appointed directly by the monarch, and are generally chosen from within the aristocracy, though commoner ministers are not unusual. Members of the Chancel of Nobles do not relinquish their role as a member if appointed to head a ministry, and instead perform both positions.

Administrative divisions

The Kingdom of Yaxarhayut is broken into six duchies, consisting of Hakalon, Klismenth, Sithen, Terenarth, Tynda, Vayonden, and Yitsma, and one special administrative district, the capital, Valeneni. Each duchy is then broken down into counties. Counties are administered in a variety of manners, in accordance with local traditions, which may range from hereditary counts to theocratic rule to elected councils.

Law

Yaxarhayut relies on a trifold system of civil, common, and religious law. Laws, and judicial rulings thereon, are based on a combination of legal precedent, legislation, custom, Vadyacon customs and laws, and treaty law. Unless otherwise superseded or invalidated, Imperial and Ducal law are considered to be valid and binding, and may be taken into account in the process of forming a legal judgement. The monarch of Yaxarhayut is the head of the judiciary, and thus also the court of final appeal for all rulings. Courts are otherwise separated into civil and criminal courts.

Foreign relations

Yaxarhayut has consistently rejected membership in the International Council, and thus does not follow standards or agreements laid out thereby. Yaxarhayut's relations with its neighbours are generally poor, especially with its northern neighbour Heoroma, which it views as a set of three breakaway duchies, and the Confederation of Lower Boroso, with whom it disputes control over the Hantruzan territories. Historically, relations with its western neighbour, the Kingdom of Upper Yahara have been hostile, and both nations claim successorship to the defunct Empire of Yahara.

Military

The Yaxarhayutian military consists of three branches: the Yaxarhayutian Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Aeroforce. The Yaxarhayutian military legally reports directly to the monarch, though in practice its affairs are managed by the Ministry of Defence and the head thereof.

Economy

Agriculture

Agriculture dominants much of the Yaxarhayutian economy, taking up 35-45% of its total GDP. A wide variety of crops are grown, ranging from vegetables such as potatoes (of which Yaxarhayut is the world's largest producer), turnips, carrots, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower to grasses such as rye, barley, and grass for hay. Traditionally, Yaharans have used the Yaharan Sloth as the local beast of burden, however, these were largely replaced by the yak in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and are rarely seen in Yaxarhayut today. Today, the yak can still be seen in use on most Yaxarhayutian farms, in flagrant defiance of the industrialisation the nation experienced at the beginning of the twentieth century.


Energy

The energy sector in Yaxarhayut is primarily based on the burning of coal, which is mined in the northern foothills of the country. However, in the duchies of Klismenth, Vayonden, and Terenarth, wind power has also gained popularity (producing 63%, 42%, and 55% of energy in those provinces respectively). The Administrative District of Valeneni is also an exception to the rule, taking 73% of its power from nuclear sources.


Demographics

Ethnic groups

Most Yaxarhayutians are either of Yennodor or Yaharan origin, with minorities of Quilaquisotsians, Heoromans, Hantruzans, and Fals. These minorities are generally concentrated in specific regions of Yaxarhayut, with Yaharans and Yennodors mixing throughout. Nearly all Yaxarhayutian Fals (99,96%) are found within the Duchy of Hakalon, where they are legally protected by the Concordant of Hakalon, likewise, nearly all Yaxarhayutian Hantruzans (98,96%) are found in Hakalon, where they make up the majority (72,33%) of the population. While substantial Yaharan populations exist throughout the country, they make up the majority of the population in the Duchy of Klismenth, as well as 49,50% of the population of the S.A.R. of Valeneni. Likewise, Yennodors dominate the rest of the country with the exception of Sithen, where Quilaquisotsians make up 89,43% of the population.


Education

Education in Yaxarhayut is based on a very similar system to its healthcare, also known as the Guild System, it runs in an almost identical fashion, with the exception that it is more heavily regulated by the state.

Healthcare

Healthcare in Yaxarhayut is based on a unique system, best translated into English as the Guild System. The Guild System functions without the use of money, rather functioning on donations and government subsidisation. The Guilds themselves are independent of the government, however, they are non-profit organisations, existing solely to provide healthcare. Each Guild is run by a Guildmaster, who acts as the head of the Guild, making important decisions. Below the Guildmaster are several other Masters, who run a set of departments. Below these Masters may sit other Masters, as well as Apprentices and Journeymasters.

Religion

Seventy-six percent of Yaxarhayutians have reported on the census that they are religious, of those, seventy-three percent reported themselves adherents to the state faith of Vadyashon, the traditional faith of Yahara.

Culture

Cuisine

The most popular drink in Yaxarhayut is tea, which is imported from nations in warmer latitudes. However, when it comes to locally produced drinks, a rye-alcohol product (similar to kvass) called ígëlstk or íikelsek is the most popular (though it is only second most popular overall).