Mermelia and Llila
|The Aroist Mermelian Confederation
Et-Aroe Silttále Yíld
|Motto: Toghether as one!|
|Anthem: Freedom and Unity
Royal anthem: Guardian of the Law
Mermelia shown in green
|Capital||Riyes (de facto)|
|Official languages||Antatian, Ehorian, Iada, Lacantian, Layitian, Malian, Moric, Ohaian, Palasc, Pomalian, Tacantian,|
|Recognised regional languages||Gfiewish, Jutean, South Jutean|
|Minority||Kranxramic, Neviran, Ohnaucan, Shelhan|
|Ethnic groups||Maponics, Juteans, Ystelic People and others.|
|Demonym||Mermelian or Mermer|
|Government||Democratic, Theocratic Meritocracy|
|-||Guardian of the Law||Aśbale Hat Étsa Enale O.|
|-||High Council of the Principality of the Mermelian Confederation||Mishi Ala, Matbale Tal, Binstsivi Crtsi, Slich Pen, Zudhgjes Twrkal, Choma Ola, Holnstsivi Drti, Yobale Lacátti, Íal Tara, Ertabale Émte|
|Legislature||The National Council|
|-||Upper house||The Council of the Constitutional Nations|
|-||Lower house||The Council of the Mermelian People|
|GDP (nominal)||2017 estimate|
|Currency||Mermelian Sila (STS)|
|Time zone||MCT (SCT+6:30)|
|-||Summer (DST)||Used (SCT+7:30)|
|Drives on the||left|
The Aroist Mermelian Confederation (Mermelian: Et-Aroe Silttále Yíld, IPA: /ɛ.ˈt̪a.ɾ̪oɛ s̪ɪl̪.ˈt̪ːɑː.ˌl̪ɛ ˈiːl̪t̪/), officially the The Aroist Mermelian Confederation and often known simply as Mermelia, is a country located in northern Ystel, bordering Gfiewistan, Kranxram, Lufasa, Shelhania and South Jute.
The word "Mermelia" is an exonym that comes from the Malian word mermer, which means "buckwheat". The endonym for Mermelia, Silttale, is a compound word that means "Land of sunflowers".
The first inhabitants of Mermelia and South Jute came around the year 20 CE. Archaeological records show that Maponics first arrived at the Ersaj River mouth, near modern day Laina. This first inhabitants were a group of hunter-gatherer nomadic tribes that did not became sedentary for approximately 100 years. It is believed that during this 100-years period the maponic migration continued eastwards and westwards, abandoning the Ersaj riverbanks due to a flooding that devastated the population in that area. The first chiefdoms would not arise until the 5th century.
During the 5th century, chiefdoms arose all over Maponia, as a first attempt of an organized society, which would not arrive until the 14th century. In the eastern parts of Maponia, arose two of the most important chiefdoms Tsinnale and Chittale. This century is also characterised for a series of numerous battles between the eastern chiefdoms and owo chiefdoms. While on the western parts of Maponia, the maponic migration continued southwards, arriving to modern day Tacaish. Around the year 489 CE, the first western chiefdom arose near the Ri river, this chiefdom is known as Ritale.
The Aedamo-Maponic Wars were a series of wars between the Maponic Chiefdoms and Aedamic Nomadic Tribesmen, where both sides had severe casualties. It is believed that this period commenced around the year 590 CE, right after the Recovery Era of the East Maponic Chiefdoms from previous wars with other chiefdoms and Aedamic raiders.
The first major war between Aedamics and Maponics started on 613 CE, where the leader of the nomads attempted to conquer Ćittale in order to expand his dominion over the region. Maponic had an advantage, they knew the surrounding land very well, but that was not enough to stop the nomads. The war started and at first Aedamics hit with all they power, raiding some farms along the way, Maponic bravely fought until the very last moment. The were some major battles like the Battle of Ćitmapan where the Aedamic raiders were defeated. By 620 CE the war was coming to an end and by 621 CE the war was over with no real winner, both sides have fiercely fought during eight years, all their supplies where almost empty, therefore, they agreed to stop the war and both sides withdraw from the battle field. During the war appeared one of Mermelia national heroes, their name was Owarean Gaiz.
The mermelian medival era begins with the first contact with gfiewish people around 700 CE, coinciding with the expantion of the gfiewish influence over Lufasa across the river. Trade between the two people groups was stablished as a peaceful solution to a conflict.
Around 845 CE, near the Onsmapan lake, the biggest lake on ystel, the Onstale chiefdom conquered the nearby chiefdoms of Maltale, Sintale and Maćtale, stablishing the Mapotale chiefdom (an ancestor of the Maponic Empire), this is the beging of the expansionist era of the Mapotale chiefdom. They expanded westwards reaching Laina, modern day South Jute, by 1200 CE, as well as eastwards reaching the Optale chiefdom, modern day Pomatale. Expanding, as well, the maponic faith: Aroism.
During this period of Mapotali expansion (from 845 CE to 1470 CE), the west maponic people stablished trade deals with South Juteans, in order to protect them against the Mapotale Chiefdom. Aedamic raids where still common on the most eastern frontiers of the Zintale and Ćittale chiefdoms. In a desperate movement to protect themselves, and southern juteans, they united, forming the Owatalea chiefdom in 1250 CE (the name Owa is derived from Owarean Gaiz, their first chief of Owatale and legendary warrior).
The main reason of this expansionist campaign was a religious one: Mapotale chiefdom leader NAME NAMESON, dreamt about Aroe telling him to retake the ancestral maponic city of Laina and the lake Ćitmapan, as it was believed that there was a lake, on eastern part of the land, that could give inmortality to every worthy one, and of course, NAME NAMESON believed that he was the Worthy one.
In late 1378 CE the Mapotale chiefdom arrived to the doorstep of the village of Laina, right on the border of the Owatale chiefdom, the siege of Laina began on 1379 CE and lasted for three months a half. During the battle Owarean Gaits died due to an arrow that pierced their heart. After the defeat of the Oawataleans, the Mapotalians had free way to invade east Maponia, which took them 20 years. By 1400 CE the Maponic empire was stablished, and an era of Maponic cultrural splendour commenced.
The Maponic Empire was established in 1400 CE after the Mapotale chiefdom defeated the last troops loyal to the Owatalea chiefdom on the Cape of Id, modern day Idas.
During this time, maponic culture saw a golden age of splendour, innovation and trading with other chiefdoms, specially with Gfiewish chiefdoms to the south, as maponic mythology and culture entered a new age of expression; despite not having invented writing yet, maponic literature grow significantly. A lot of classic poetry and history come from this age, for example: "The song of eight-thousand sunflowers" poem or "In the banks of the Laina River".
The Empire was divided into diferents chiefdoms that were loyal to the Mapotale chiefdom, stablished on the mouth of the river Ri; each chiefdom had a chief in charge of tribute colection as well as human colection for the practice of human sacrifing, as a way to clean the world of evil people, so the natural balance would be re-established.
Most areas of Mermelia have a continental climate(Dfa and Dfb in Koppen classification); however, its north coastal areas have a humid subtropical climate(Cfa in Koppen classification) and are the areas with more population, many major cities of Mermelia, including Riges, its capital city, and Opnael, the largest city of Mermelia, are also located in the areas with humid subtropical climates.
The population density of Mermelia is low, as a result, wilderness is common in Mermelia, and about 65% of the total area is covered with forests; however, owing to its cold climate, the biodiversity is not high compared to many other countries; nonetheless, there are still several kinds of animals living in the wilderness of Mermelia, like Ystel sheep, a kind of animal whose wool can be used to produce a kind of luxurious cloth.
Mermelia is a democratic and theocratic meritocracy, therefore, people must fulfill a series of requirements in order to obtain any government job, especially as a politician.
The head of state is the Guardian of the Law, whose terms have a lifetime length. The Guardian of the Law is the head of the state and the head of the Aroist faith. The Guardian is elected by a voting proccess from which half of the votes come from the Mermelian parliament and the other half from the general public.
The head of government is the Great Council of the Aroist Mermelian Confederation, whose terms have a four year length, and are elected by the popular vote. The Council is made up of ten councilor, each councilor represents each of the Constitutional Nations. The prime councilor is an honorific term used to describe the councilor that represent the country at an international level and this term does not hold any especial power. The length of a prime councilor term is of 4 months.
Requirements to be able to become a politician A person willing to be able to become a politician must complete all of the next requirements:
- Must speak at least one of the ten official languages
- Must be a Mermelian citizen
- Must be over 25 years old
- Must not have any sort of criminal record
- Must have lived at least 5 continuous years in the country, previous to the exam
- Must have a professional degree on politics, economics or any degree related to the previously mentioned
- Must approve the knowledge exam
- Must pass the psychological evaluation
Mermelia is divided into ten Constitutional Nations and they are further divided into prefecture and this into municipalities.
As the official name of the nation implies, it is divided into ten Constitutional Nations, that are autonomous regions that have their own parliaments and constitutions that are under the national constitution legality.
Mermelian government usually maintains an excellent relationship with foreign countries.
Mermelia only has a navy force, and their focus of national defense is focused on preventing any potential invaders from the ocean.
There are proposals for a ground force and an air force, but most of these proposals have been declined by the parliament.
Mermelia has the only known commercial mine of cryolite in Sahar, and the mining of cryolite was once an important part of the economy of Tagel. Nowadays, Tagel has shifted to the production of luxuries, like scarfs made of the woll of Ystel sheep.
Mermelia has a well-developed public transport network, most people in Mermelia travel around by trains, metro systems, trams, etc.
Science and technology
Mermelia is a multinational, multicultural and multilingual state, there are more than 10 native ethnic groups living in the country. Most of the native population belong to the maponic ethno-linguistic group. There are also lots of immigrants, it is estimated that about 20 percent of the total population in Mermelia are immigrants. The biggest group been the Juteans followed by ystelic peoples (e.g. gfiewish, shelhanian, amongst others).
Mermelia people have a general openness towards foreigners.
Mermelia is not very urbanised compared to other countries, only about 60% of people living in cities and towns, and about 40% of people still live in rural areas nowadays; however, the population density is low, there are on average only 7.4 people of every kilometer of the country, and activities like mushroom picking are common recreational activities in Mermelia.
Mermelia has a high degree of linguistic diversity, there are a lot of languages spoken in Mermelia, the following languages are the official languages of Mermelia: Antatian, Ehorian, Iada, Lacantian, Layitian, Malian, Moric, Ohaian, Palasc, Pomalian, Tacantian; besides, Gfiewish, Jutean and South Jutean are the most common regional languages spoken in Mermelia; moreover, Kranxramic, Neviran, Ohnaucan and Shelhanian are important languages spoken by minorities in Mermelia.
The law of Mermelia guarantees the equal right of all languages spoken in Mermelia, any discrimination against anyone based on language is not allowed by the law.
Mermelia has an excellent medical care system, there are 7.1 medical doctors per 1000 inhabitants; besides, there are 16 hospital beds for inhabitants. As a result of excellent medical care system, the life expectancy of Mermelia is 83.2 years.
The national, and most widely practiced, religion is Aroism, a monotheistic dualistic religion based on oral maponic tradition, which derives into various movements like the reformist, traditionalist, amongst others. Even though the national law does not forbids the practice of foreign religions, non aroist proselytism of any kind is proihibited. The second largest religion is Iovism, followed by Himunism and Qurosism.
Religion plays a key role in socio-political fields; a clear example of the importance of religion can be found on the citizenship obtaining proccess.
Throughout the history, Mermelian writers have created a variety of novels, many of them are related to mythologies, folktales, romance between two people and the history of Mermelia, including "A Journal in Kema Mi Amo", "Tales of the white Whale Shark", "The Prince and The Peasant", etc.
Recently, novels aimed at young people are becoming more and more common, and these novels are usually written in a colloquial language so that readers are easy to abosorb the contents of the novel.
Traditionally, Mermelian art values realism and traditional Mermelian artistic creations are very realistic; however, Mermelian people generally appreciate most styles of art, including traditional arts, abstract arts, pop arts, etc., and visual artists in Mermelia are known for their great diversity in terms of styles.
Besides drawing, photography is also a popular form of visual art in Mermelia.