Vemou

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The Free Association of Vemou
Vú méudarre darrese Vemó di
Flag
Motto: Méus ercé.
Together, we flourish.
Anthem:  Áfe ví vétes di
The Song of the Willows
Location of Vemou on Sahar
Location of Vemou on Sahar
Map of Vemou with major cities
Map of Vemou with major cities
CapitalVetelou
Largest Fersai
Official languages Vemou
Recognised regional languages Ammaric
Government Free association
Establishment
 -  Independence from Mettat; establishment of the Vemou Republic 1957 
 -  Breakup of the Vemou Republic; establishment of the Free Association 2014 
Area
 -  Total 100,198 km2
38,687 sq mi
Population
 -  2015 census 10,929,091
 -  Density 109.1/km2
282.6/sq mi
GDP (nominal) 2015 estimate
 -  Total $209.565 billion
 -  Per capita $19,175
Gini (2015)0
low
HDI (2015)0.862
very high
Currency Écau (VCR)
Time zone WST (SCT-1)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .vm

Vemou (IPA: /'vɛ.moʊ/, Vemou: Vemó, IPA: /'ve.moː/), officially the Free Association of Vemou, is a country located on the island of Vemou and surrounding islands. It is separated to the east from northern Aeyakaimia and mainland Miraria by the Rude Strait, and shares sea borders with Aeyakaimia to the south.

History

Prehistory

The areas currently controlled by Vemou were populated by nomadic peoples in ancient times. Artifacts of early settlements have been found and dated to as far back as ~30,000 BCE, although little is known about their language or culture. Around 2600 BCE, Ngerupic peoples migrated to the region from the south, and brought their language with them. By 1900 BC, the language had evolved into Proto-Vemou.

Methinat rule

In approximately 1775 BCE, the Kingdom of Mettat gained control of the island of Vemou, as well as many of the surrounding islands. The Ancient Methinat language became a predominant superstrate, which is reflected in many place names. However, the Vemou language continued to be the most commonly spoken language; Vemou's status as a major exporter of goods caused its language to survive and even spread to some regions of the kingdom, including in portions of what is now Aeyakaimia.

Tribal confederation

The collapse of the kingdom in approximately 200 CE led to the formation of many small tribal states in former Methinat regions. Over the following decades, many of these smaller states merged into larger kingdoms (such as Qgam) and some areas are taken control of by already existent kingdoms, such as Qonklaks. However, rather than merging, many tribal states of the island of Vemou formed a confederation, due to the threat of Qonk expansion. This federation was without a central government. By 266 CE, each state on the island had joined the federation.

In 290, due to heightened fears of a Qonk invasion, many tribal leaders convened and agreed to form a central government and military. Two states emerged as the seat of government - %A% and %B%. Both states had a number of backers, and neither's leadership was willing to concede the seat of government. In 291, civil war broke out between the two states and their allies. By 294, %B% had emerged victorious, and the confederation of states became the Vemou Federation. However, this was short-lived.

Kingdom of Vemou

In 317, wanting more control, the regional leadership and military of %B% overthrew the confederation's government and formed the Kingdom of Vemou. They were mostly unopposed, as much of the military was pro-monarchy, although some states sent oppositional militias, all of which failed.

Over the next two centuries, the kingdom was fairly stable; Qonk invasion never came, and the few rebellious states were suppressed. Some expansion occurred into the surrounding islands; by 551 CE, the kingdom's territory had taken its current form. Further expansion was prevented by a lack of resources.

The territory of Vemou remained essentially the same over the next two millennia; the kingdom was ruled by a sequence of dynasties, none of which made much of an effort to expand. The kingdom flourished as most resources were spent on improving domestic conditions.

Vemou revolution

In May 1857, after rising public support for democracy, an upheaval occurred, leading to the ousting of the monarchy and the establishment of the Vemou Republic. The rebellion was violent but short-lasting; malcontent with the monarchy was commonplace, even within higher ranks of the government.

Vemou Republic

Vemou was a democratic republic from May 1857 until July 2014. For much of its existence, the economy flourished; Vemou became a major agricultural exporter and economic powerhouse. However, in March 2013, due to many factors, the economy collapsed, and exponential inflation began to occur. By October 2013, the Vemou currency was worth practically nothing.

Coup d'etat

In July 2014, the Vemou Lynx Party staged a coup d'etat. With the widespread support of the public, they were able to take over the government and oust the president without the use of violence. The Congress was dissolved and replaced by a temporary central council, which was put into place to handle foreign policy and write the constitution. The economy began to reorganize as a syndicalist system.

In February 2015, the constitution was enacted, putting a federation of regional syndicates and communities into place. The formal central council was drafted, with three members from each region.

On August 10, 2016, the flag was replaced to reflect the new government.

Geography

Erfin Nefe, the highest point in Vemou

Erfin Nefe is the highest point in Vemou, with a height of 2,174 metres (7,133 ft).

Vemou lies between latitudes 34° and 41° N, and longitudes 14° W and 21° W.

To the south, Vemou shares a sea border with Ohkoria and Sanpo; on the north, it shares a sea border with Mettat; and to the east, it shares a border with Ammia along the Rude Strait.

Islands

Other than the main island of Veite, Vemou has five islands.

Mountains

The Xerre Mountains run vertically through the centre of Vemou. The tallest peaks are Erfin Nefe (2,174 metres (7,133 ft)), Erfin Vendre (2,146 metres (7,041 ft)), and Elfin Corre (2,061 metres (6,762 ft)).

Climate

Most of Vemou has a Mediterranean climate, falling under the CSb and CSa Köppen climate classifications. However, part of the Eastern side of Veite is drier, falling under the semi-arid BSk classification. This is due to the Ser mountains, which block some of the moisture from the ocean.

Biodiversity

Vemou is very diverse, with many species of flora and fauna residing in Veite and the surrounding islands. The national bird of Vemou is the Xeme (Xema sabini) and the national flower is the ustín tause (Hyacinthoides hispanica).

Politics

Government

The government of Vemou is almost non-existent. The government solely consists of the central council, an assembly with 30 members, two from each region. They are picked randomly from the population of each division; a person who is picked may (and often does) decline, and a new person is picked in their place. They meet only to discuss foreign policy. There are no laws; instead, communities are based upon the tenets of free association and mutual aid.

As an associated state, the domestic laws of the Union of Šarkunen Nations are generally recommended to be followed, but are not enforced. However, due to ease, some are always followed. These are the addition of an "international zone" to Trans-Miraria Railway stations and driving being on the left-hand side.

Administrative divisions

There are 10 divisions of Vemou.

Foreign relations

Vemou is a member of the Union of Šarkunen Nations. It has completely open borders, although due to the fact that many nations require passports for entry, citizens of Vemou are issued passports on request.

Military

Vemou has no official military, although many communities have organised militias, often shared between large groups of communities. They are usually only used (rarely) to enforce communal rules or break up violent situations.

Economy

The economy of Vemou is a gift economy. Currency is not used in peoples' daily lives, although there is currency, which is used in international trade by the central council and is organized via the Vemou Central Bank. Instead, the Ten Year Plan is currently in place. This plan is intended as a temporary transition from the former money-based economy to the gift economy that will be in place once the Ten Year Plan is phased out. Under this plan, labor vouchers are created, managed, and distributed through an electronic voucher system (similar to debit cards). Vouchers are cryptographically signed and are one-use, preventing use as a commodity.

Transport

Vemou has a large public transport presence. Travel on the Vemou Rail System is completely free. In addition, with a passport, Vemou citizens can get free tickets for the Trans-Miraria Railway, as an agreement is in place giving Vemou free access to the railway in return for regular maintenance of all rail lines within its borders and annual payments from the Vemou Central Bank.

Energy

Most energy in Vemou is generated via nuclear power plants, hydroelectric dams, or natural gas power plants, although the latter's use is falling in favor of other forms of power generation.

Tourism

Tourism is common in Vemou. A large driver of tourism is the lack of drug laws and sex worker laws in many areas. In addition, Vemou's landscapes and beaches are common destinations.

Demographics

Language

The vast majority (95.96%) of Vemou citizens speak Vemou, while a small portion (3.87%) speak it as a second language to Qxonqxa.

Education

There is no official primary schooling system in Vemou, although nearly all communes use a K-12 system of schooling. Secondary schooling is also widespread, but not standardized.

Healthcare

All forms of healthcare are free. The vast majority of the population has a hospital within 15 miles of their home.

Religion

Religion is very common in Vemou; only approximately one in six Vemou citizens are non-religious.

Culture

Music

Vemou has a very rich musical history. There are many forms of traditional folk music one can find throughout Vemou's history. Many forms of Vemou folk use the %INSTRUMENT%, a small ten-string composite chordophone, similar to the harp lute, albeit smaller and without a fretboard. In addition, much of traditional Vemou folk music is dependent on one of two pentatonic scales: the %X% scale (1, b3, 4, 6, b7) and the %Y% scale (1, 2, 4, b6, b7).

Sport

The most popular sport in Vemou is football.