|Official languages||Povan (various dialects)|
|Recognised national languages||Neviran|
|Ethnic groups||65.5% Povan
|Government||Confederal parliamentary constitutional republic|
|Currency||Povan tange (TGE)|
|Time zone||Aramos Time (SCT+3)|
|-||Summer (DST)||not observed (SCT)|
|Drives on the||right|
The Povan Union (IPA: //, Povan: Country, IPA: //), informally referred to as Povania (IPA: //, Povan: Povaso, IPA: //) is a confederation located in Lower Ekuosia on the continent of Baredina. It is bordered by Nevira to the east and south, and by Tabiqa to the northwest.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
The adjective "Povan" refers to the Povan Valley, an area in the eastern part of the country that drains into the Povi River, the largest river contained entirely within Povania. Well, it might. Subject to change.
Human history of the Povan region, also known as Povania, dates back to hundreds of thousands of years ago, when humans first migrated south from Tabiqa.
Agriculture is thought to have spread to the Povi Valley in 7000 BCE, with permanent settlements being founded along riverbanks as early as 5000 BCE. Exactly which civilizations existed in the area remain under dispute, but scientific consensus is that by 3000 BCE the confluence of the Ekuos and the Povi rivers had become the focal point of the Pela Pola civilization. Its population consisted primarily of Dekanian peoples, who had migrated to the region after being displaced from Nevira in about 3200 BCE. The Pela Pola civilization collapsed in 2500 BCE for reasons unknown.
The Adzo-Neviric group settled in Povania no later than 2200 BCE, thought to be speaking the Proto-Adzo-Neviran language. This group is believed to be the ancestors of the current Adzamasi ethnic group. They were largely driven out by the Dekanians after a few centuries.
(some other stuff in which povans were divided or subjugated, ouch)
In the aftermath of the Great Ekuosian War, pan-Povanist movements reached a boiling point. The unpopular imperial government of Macjera was overthrown, and starting in 1952 negotiations were held between the new Macjeran government and those of Nevira, Hadobor, Karakir, and Tuyami. The Neviran delegation later walked out of the negotiations, and the remaining states drafted a constitution for the State of Macjerans, Tuyams, and Karakiri. The constitution was adopted by Karakir and Macjera, and then by Tuyami and Hadobor after their elections resulted in pan-Povanist parties gaining power. The other Ekuos Valley states joined between 1954 and 1975.
The Povan Union is a republic with a unique tricameral system on the federal level. The head of state is the Prime Minister.
There are four major political parties in the Povan Union, each with a provincial affiliate party in every province. These parties are the Progressive Party (a communitarian pro-regulation party), the Liberal Party (a left-wing republican party), the Free People's Alliance (a libertarian capitalist party), and the Federation Party (a conservative reactionary party). There also exist parties advocating for minority rights, such as Povan Baredan parties, and single-issue groups.
The current government of the Povan Union is led by a Liberal-Free People's coalition, with the Prime Minister being a member of the Liberal Party.
The Povan Union is a confederation of fourteen provinces, each of which elects its own parliament and is highly autonomous. Some provinces have historically been independent nations, while others were created during the early days of the Povan Union through the combination and division of smaller states.
The Povan Union has an expansive and diverse transportation network. The main corridor for trade and international travel is the Ekuos River, a wide river that flows through the west of the country. Millions of tonnes of raw material and finished goods are transported between the Povan Union and other countries along the Ekuos River.
Major roadways, including expressways, are managed by the federal Ministry of Infrastructure. The most travelled route is known as Highway 1, an expressway ranging from two to eight lanes in each direction. Highway 1 is an uninterrupted, limited-access expressway that parallels the west bank of the Ekuos River between international border crossings in Nevira and Tabiqa.
The formation of rail networks across Povania was slow, with some nations opting to only connect their largest cities to the regional network, and other smaller ones refusing to lay down any rail lines at all. As a result, sea transport via rivers, lakes, and canals remained the predominant method of trade in Povania well into the 19th century. Rail lines and road transport grew at the turn of the century, with many states caving to pressure from larger neighbours to create more redundancies in their transport systems.
The Macjeran Imperial Wars and subsequent Great Ekuosian War resulted in the destruction of many rail and road links across the north and center of Povania. Transport infrastructure damaged in the wars often laid in disrepair for decades. It was not until a wave of infrastructure investment from local and Neviran businesses and entrepreneurs led to the establishment of an expressway network across Povania, and the restoration of many old rail lines and the construction of others. A second wave of infrastructure investments, manifesting in the form of national highway projects and public transport, came a decade later, with substantial contributions from Shohuanese businesses and investors.
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Each province maintains its own education curriculum, however all provinces have mandatory education for a minimum of 11 years. All but the most rural areas typically have two or more school boards with jurisdiction over the same area. Over 98% of Povan citizens have the option to enroll their children in a provincially-funded public school or a private school with tuition. In some cities, there may be a third board for education in the Neviran language.
Mandatory education in the Povan Union is divided into classes, with the exception of kindergarten (meta name). Students begin kindergarten the year of their 5th birthday - in most provinces this is a full school week, while some provinces allow parents to opt for only part of the day or week. Each province sets a standard curriculum for each class from kindergarten up to Class 8. In classes 7 through 9, students are guided towards attending either a gymnasium or a pre-trade school, with expectations for the two groups diverging in Class 9.
The gymnasium is designed for students pursuing a formal education in the arts, humanities, social and physical sciences, and mathematics. The pre-trade school, in contrast, is designed for students who intend to enter a trade or profession. Baccalaureate programs require students to have graduated from a gymnasium, while other colleges accept students from pre-trade schools as well as gymnasiums. Some smaller communities may have a gymnasium and pre-trade school in the same institution.
Faith-based education, in which the curriculum is supplemented with Qurosist teachings and doctrine, was formerly common throughout much of the Povan Union until it was outlawed in 2000.
The Povan Union has a mixed public-private healthcare system. Some provinces have universal healthcare, others have subsidies on common procedures and medications, while still others have largely private healthcare.
The most popular sport in the Povan Union is association football.