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Amaia Group
Kaaexap Diidavv
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Regional languages Standard Amaian, Eastern Amaian, Voont, Northern Amaian, Kalchelian, Yená
Minority languages Irgheret, Navar, Nari
Demonym Amaian
Independence as democratic union in 1985
 -  first state in what is now Amaia: Mroksakh Empire c. 100 CE 
 -  first Amaian states in the Eiergorosian Nations c. 500 CE 
 -  total Amaian independence: multiple states c. 1000 CE 
 -  Amaian unification and present-day borders fixed after treaty with Yerlan 1874 CE 
 -  Totalitarian Amaia formed after the Amaian Civil War 1930 CE 
 -  Democratic Amaia Group founded following the Amaian Revolution 1985 CE 
Area
 -  502,755 km2
194,115 sq mi
Population
 -  estimate 38,812,000
 -  Density 77.26/km2
200.08/sq mi
Gini42
medium
HDI 0.758
high
Time zone SCT +1
Drives on the right
Calling code +20

Amaia (IPA: /ǝˈmajǝ/, Native language: Kaaexap Diidavv, IPA: /ʔɛ̀ːɦɑ̄ d̪îːðɑ̀bː /), officially the Amaia Group, is a country located in southwestern Miraria, northeast of the Šarkunen Peninsula. It is bordered by Laefevia to the west and south, and Yerlan to the east and southeast. To the northwest, Amaia has a small coastline on Lake Altái. To the north, it borders territory outside sovereign rule.

Amaia is composed of six semi-autonomous states: Tajǯüjäm along the coast with Lake Altái, Ǯürǯüjäm further inland around the salt lake Ǯürǯü, Maegi Diidui through the west and center of Amaia, Meenne Gohhi in the north of Amaia, Bxaellu Goxxi in the east, and Voont Chint in the extreme southeast. These six states are distinct geographically, ethnically, and linguistically. They also possess great political autonomy. However, they are sufficiently united by a common economic structure and military force, so as to be considered part of one country.

Etymology

Amaia is actually an Anglicization of a Laefêvëši word Ámaitti 'Ama country', deriving originally from an Pre-Amaian toponym /æːṽa/ cognate with Modern Amaian /ʔɛ́ːɦɑ̄/. This toponym seems to have referred to the upper reaches of the Loommep River, the main river of present-day Amaia.

History

Pre-Mroksakh

Throughout much of the 3rd millennium BCE, southwestern Amaia became part of the first states that later coalesced into Laefevia. Similar states unaffiliated with Laefevia came and went throughout this period, while most of the north and east remained free from formal statehood, populated by other Laefevian peoples. In 782 BCE, Laefevia broke up and the Irrésken kingdom came into being, which did not expand into what is now Amaia. Then in 167 BCE, Laefevia was reunited.

Meanwhile, most of present-day Amaia was inhabited by Laefevian people who lived in a network of small territories under the local authority of elders and community members. Cultivating barley, wheat and sorghum, they practiced agriculture and produced pottery. To the east, peoples from the north trickled in: the ancestors of the present-day Voont people.

Mroksakh Empire

This autonomy changed with the arrival from the north of the Mroksakh people. For nearly a thousand years, from 25 to 1019 CE, much of what is now western Amaia lay under the dominion of the Mroksakh Empire, while northern and in particular southeastern Amaia drifted in and out of the empire, depending on its territorial extent at the time. During the first few centuries of this period, mainly in 230 CE, the ancestors of the Kalchelians began to settle in Amaia, arriving from the northeast. It was later, in the early 6th century, that the ancestors of the central Amaians began to arrive in the area, perhaps drawn to the political stability during the Empire's zenith.

Fragmentation

In 1496 the Laefevian Empire became a republic, but was reinstated again in 1516. Its borders to the east were essentially codified at this time. What is now Amaia lay in a patchwork of small feudal fiefs and vast lawless wildernesses, with the south more organized and the north less so. At about this point, peoples from the far north, beyond Amaia, began to take advantage of the openness in the north. As they moved in, many Amaians were displaced south.

Rise of States

Various ethnic groups form nation-states, and multiethnic states as well also come into existence. Overall push among western peoples to emulate Laefevia. North remains largely stateless.

18th Century

The states fight with each other. Periods of tranquility alternate with times of chaos.

Kalchelian Amaia

After a while, the Kalchelians from the northern part of Lake Altái have a state which tries to turn all of Amaia and the Lake Altái region into a purist kingdom. But then they're foiled by an alliance consisting of more pastoral people from the north, the Amaians from the south and east, and a group of Kalchelians from the west who sought to make their own modern, cultured state with the Amaians to supply them food.

The region is politically somewhat stable after the two alliances divide up the region in a mutually agreeable way. However, the Kalchelians from the west failed to realize that exerting power over the Amaians is difficult. At the same time, the people from the north find that their land is being taken from them yet again by the Amaians. The various parts of Amaia fight with each other once again.

Totalitarian Amaia

The Kalchelians and northerners enter an alliance against the Amaians. For 30-50 years Amaia enters a totalitarian era where people are not allowed to move around within the country. A mass famine kills millions, mainly in the Amaian areas. Meanwhile, the Voont people try to lie low but surreptitiously trade across the border with Yerlan. Many flee. As the northerners, suffering from nonexistent economic growth, realize it's not enough to just own land, many also try to escape. Meanwhile, political persecutions in the western regions create adversity and alienate foreign countries.

A New Amaia

An Amaian revolution, led by a group of people who created their own writing system for Amaian after it came to them in a dream, sweeps the nation. Everyone is fed up and so they're fine with joining the revolution even if it is led by people from a different ethnic group. Ultimately, it is felt that Amaia is not suited for a unified government, but the prospect of splitting into different countries also seems dissatisfying. While the memories of totalitarianism are still painful, the thought of not being able to travel and trade freely also causes pain.

Eventually, something in between is figured out where the various regions of Amaia will act autonomously in terms of law and most politics but be united by a common economic and military system. Standard Amaian is chosen as the language of inter-state affairs (but not made official) due to its role in the revolution and the plurality of Amaians.

21st Century

Amaia continues to recover from the political turmoil of the 19th and 20th centuries. As a result, it is much less developed than its neighbors Laefevia or Yerlan. However, its economic growth has been extremely fast owing to major investments from other countries and a resurgence of international trade. Industry in particular has attracted many foreign investors looking to buy cheap products.

This growth has been quite uneven, though. Much of the population is still involved in agriculture, which hasn't grown as quickly. In addition, managing even growth in a country as loosely bound and heterogeneous as Amaia has proven difficult. Many Amaians' greatest dream is still to obtain Laefevian citizenship, an arduous process, especially as much of the older generation never received a proper education and a large majority of Amaians are not fluent in Laefêvëši.

In spite of these difficulties, however, Amaia is in a vastly superior position now compared to a few decades ago, and its infrastructure, being mostly recently-built, is very modern. As it continues to integrate into the Šarkunen and Mirarian communities, its merits only become more and more apparent: rich cultural and linguistic diversity, an economic windfall, and an indomitable people.


Geography

Thin, steep mountains in the east and south. Lake to the west. (Almost the) whole country is on a plateau. Very flat.

Geology

Climate

Most of Amaia is under the Dfa Köppen classification, which is like the climate of the American Midwest or Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia. Towards the far southeast, in Voont Chint, it becomes warmer, like the weather of Macedonia. In the far north, Meenne Gohhi is characterized by Dfb weather, which is colder, similar to that of southern Canada or western Russia. And in the west, in Tajǯüjäm, the moderating effect of Lake Altái produces a somewhat milder climate.

Biodiversity

Probably higher in the mountains and in the south, especially around the salt lake.

Politics

Politics are largely self-contained within states. However, control of economic and military forces is decided by an inter-state council which is elected by all the people of Amaia.

Government

Laws are divided into interstate laws and state-specific laws. While there is an Amaian Constitution, each state also has a different constitution for itself. Contradictions occur surprisingly rarely, but in general the Amaian legal system can be tricky. On the other hand, economic and defense decisions are made rather efficiently by the interstate council (even though policy decisions are made at the state level and so if a given action is controversial, it is likely not to happen). The result of this is that Amaia has considerably more economic freedom than legal freedom, and that it tends to concentrate on facilitating its own development as opposed to poking around in other countries' affairs.

Administrative divisions

Amaia is composed of six semi-autonomous states: Tajǯüjäm along the coast with Lake Altái, Ǯürǯüjäm further inland around the salt lake Ǯürǯü, Maegi Diidui through the west and center of Amaia, Meenne Gohhi in the north of Amaia, Bxaellu Goxxi in the east, and Voont Chint in the extreme southeast.

Foreign relations

Again, Amaia is usually pretty neutral about other countries' affairs. However, it doesn't regulate the flow of immigration the extent that many other countries in the region do, both on account of limited resources and on the fact that it has a long border with nothing in the north and historically people come and go through the mountains rather easily.

Military

Not particularly developed. It's been unpopular among many since the totalitarian regime encouraged militarism. Besides, nowadays Amaia doesn't have too many external threats to worry about. Mostly internal riots and that sort of thing.

Economy

Mostly industry (manufacturing mostly, some mining) and agriculture. It's growing quite quickly and beginning to diversify into other areas, especially the service sector and the technological sector. Economy is a net exporter.

Transport

Amaia's infrastructure has improved markedly in recent years. Its public transportation is quite good between cities and to a lesser extent within cities. However, the rise of urban expansion has created a newfound reliance on cars, most of which are imported from Hux Kham.

Energy

Amaia is beginning the transition to clean energy under pressure from surrounding countries: this is mainly wind power.

Science and technology

Beginning to develop with the rise of a better educational system and more opportunities to learn from other countries/ more resources to use for research.

Tourism

Tourism is not very developed in the north, center and east, but the coastline on Lake Altái is quite popular.

Demographics

Ethnic groups

Kalchelians, Amaians, Voont, several different groups in the north as well as many more in the mountains of the east. Some immigrants, mainly from the north but also from Hux Kham, Yerlan, and Laefevia. Purchasing power is higher in Amaia so it's great for retirees on a budget.

Urbanisation

Urbanization is a quite active process. However, much of Amaia is still very rural.

Language

Standard Amaian, Eastern Amaian, Voont Amaian, Kalchelian, many languages in the north and east.

Education

Improving rapidly. Mandatory education from grades 1-10. In some rural areas this rule is often broken, especially if parents cannot afford school fees or need their children to help them in agriculture. However, Amaian universities are rapidly gaining in prominence.

Healthcare

Amaia needs to work on its healthcare. It's not a very good system but it's getting better. Strong presence of traditional medicine. Pharmaceuticals are also very cheap and readily available, albeit with potential quality problems. The ones for export are usually high-quality though.

Religion

Culture

Heritage

Architecture

Literature

Art

Music

Theatre

Film

Cuisine

Many, even most families still rely heavily on staples like millet porridge and barley soup. However, western and southeastern Amaia are known for their spicy delicacies, and in the north maple syrup is an important export. Beyond the staples, cuisine varies greatly based on region. For example, most people in the south do not eat dairy beyond perhaps the occasional smoked cheese, while many northern people prepare heavy cream soups with buttered barley and sour cream. Southeastern food is famous for its heavy spice, but central food for its use of no spices— instead large quantities of herbs.

Sport

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