|Free Republic of Tsaba
|Recognised regional languages||Shalorjan|
|Government||officially a presidential republic, de-facto one-party state|
|-||President||Raina nal Arasi|
|Time zone||(SCT-7, SCT-8)|
|DST not observed|
|Drives on the||left|
Tsaba (Tsaban: Tsabá [t͡sə.ˈba]), officially the Free Republic of Tsaba, is a country located in southwestern Alpa, bordered by Nordjælm and Erdu to the north, Dina to the east, the Dhweran overseas territory of Thkelpenhurn and the Dragon Sea to the south, and the Jaxukuk Sea to the west.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
Before the 1500s
Before Osveraali contact, the Tsaban and Shalorjan people were politically and culturally separate. Unlike their Nordjaelmar neighbours to the north, the Tsabans engaged in relatively little trade with Cananganam, or any other nation, and have been viewed, both by contemporaries and current historians, as isolationist and xenophobic. Tsaban folk religion was the dominant belief system of the time.
The Sack of Eluin
Osveraali Contact and Occupation
The Osveraali Empire arrived on Alpa, on the Claw of Tsaba in the late 1500s. Though Osveraali law and government was instituted, Tsaban civilians kept most of its culture and language. After Osveraali rule had been cemented in Tsaba and Shalorja, a wealthier, more politically powerful class of Osveraali dalar held power. Though most inhabitants still spoke either Tsaban or Shalorjan, Imperial Osveraali became the standard language of government and law, as well as a sign of prestige and education, leading to diglossia between an Imperial Osveraali-speaking dalar minority and a lower-class human majority. Tsaban, which had no dedicated writing system at the time, was transcribed into sanapata.
First Period of Independence
By the 1700s, the Osveraali Empire's grip on Alpa was already weakening due to growing political autonomy and nationalism. With the death of the Osveraali Empress Mazahira in 1788 and the ensuing secession crisis, Tsaba established itself as an independent nation. It is within this time period that the famous Tsabi playwright, NAME TBD, was born, and in which she produced most of her great works.
Though the leadership was replaced by Nordjaelmish loyalists, the former ruling class of dalar were allowed to keep much of their wealth and influence
The Northern War and The Tsabi War of Independence
Throughout the Northern War, Tsaba was a territory of Nordjaelm. However, civil war in Tsaba drained many of Nordjaelm's wartime resources, and led to civil unrest. Tsaba gained independence from Nordjaelm, and established a new constitution and a democratic process. NAME TBD became the first president of Tsaba, and founded the Party of the Liberated Tsaban People.
Second Period of Independence and Modern History
Constitutionally, Tsaba is a presidential republic. The current president is Raina nal Arasi. The government has been criticized for corruption and voting irregularities.
The Tsaban constitution is originally based on Osveraali law.
Tsaba has nine provinces and one territory.
Tsaba has an army, navy, and an airforce. Though Tsaba does not currently have a strong military presence compared to its neighbours on Alpa, there was a jump in militarization and industrialization first immediately after the Tsaban War of Freedom, and later under the presidency of Takwrei nal Usila.
During peacetime, the military has been called in for law enforcement purposes, including to enforce curfews. The uniform is dark red.
Though Tsaba's economy has recovered significantly since Nordjaelmish occupation, it remains one of the poorest countries on Alpa.
In larger cities, there is a well-developed system of streetcars. These streetcars are the primary method of transportation for the majority of Tsaban residents. Only the very wealthy own cars.
In rural northern regions, infrastructure remains underdeveloped. Roads outside of large cities are generally unpaved and poorly maintained.
Science and technology
As the warmest country in Alpa, tourism makes up fairly significant part of Tsaba's economy. Eluin is a popular destination, as are ski resorts in eastern Tsaba on the Klohl mountains.
Tsaba officially has no state religion.
The majority of Tsaban citizens identify themselves either as atheists, followers of traditional Tsaban folk religion, or both. The largest organized religion is Avrë Ktha. Some dalar of Atsiq descent follow religions from Atsiq.