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Harmonious Society of Kaya
Motto: Altruism, Righteousness, Loyalty
Anthem: National Song
|Recognised regional languages||Tipsprek|
|Demonym||Kayan, Q'yiqi (Kayan)|
|Government||Unitary one-party Harmonist directorial bureaucracy|
|Council of Thirteen|
|Speaker of the Small Council|
|1,875,600 km2 (724,200 sq mi)|
• 2020 estimate
|175.1/km2 (453.5/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2020 estimate|
• Per capita
Kaya (Kayan: Q'ya), officially the Harmonious Society of Kaya (Kayan: Q'ya waqla'esiqe), is a relatively large, wealthy nation located on the Pavalonian Peninsula in southern Avalonia, as well as several islands in the South Iapetus Ocean. Covering a metropolitan area of 1,875,600 km 2 (724,173 sq mi), Kaya lies between the Tethys Ocean to the west and Iapetus Ocean to the east as the world's southernmost sovereign state when excluding overseas territories. It shares land borders with SiWallqanqa to the northwest, Zahava to the north, and Tiperyn to the east via their overseas territorial city of Chimchag. Kaya additionally shares significant maritime borders with SiWallqanqa across the Urubamba Bay, Agrana y Griegro via their overseas department Trinidad, and Tiperyn via their overseas territory of Eureka.
Kaya is considered one of the oldest civilisations still in existence. By the 4th millennium BC the first city states had be founded in the modern provinces of Haqzo and Q'yeo. Qiolaqa and Hoqle rose to prominence and were considered rivals in culture and military matters. The earliest written records date back to this time, being harvest records and civil laws. The Kayan Empire came into existence during the 2nd millennium BC by the unification of the Three Queendoms. It established the dynastic rule that would dominate Kayan politics for thousands of years, though the ruling dynasty changed several times.
By the 1600s, the Kayan Empire had entered a period of decline under the last emperor, having lost large swaths of tributaries and having allowed the southern portion of the Pavalonian Peninsula to be colonised by Tiperyn settlers. The uprising of the Enlightened Society and army revolts saw declaration of the loss of the mandate of heaven for the ruling emperor and dynasty. The Enlightened Society overthrew the old imperial government with the aid of Tiperyn Viceroyalty of Kaya and established a new revolutionary government.
Kaya is now a relatively large and wealthy nation with a population of over 328 million and the world's 2nd largest economy measured by gross domestic product (PPP) at $6.571 trillion in 2020. Kaya is a developed country, with a strong and well established heavy industrial base and a healthy service sector. Citizens enjoy a high quality of life with relatively high social freedoms. Its unitary directorial state government operates under a mixed form of government under the ideals of the Harmonious Society. The head of state is held by a council of thirteen who hold ultimate power, but oversee and share this role with an unelected parliament. Globally, Kaya is considered a great power and leading member of the North-South Concordant.
Kayan imperial period
Artemian colonial period (1610-1647)
The first Artemian explorers to contact the Kayan Empire were the Tiperyn sailors aboard the navigation carrack TNV Eureka in 1610. The ship had set sail earlier in the year from the Realm Viceroyalty of Anderin with a mission to map the eastern Avalonian coast and find a southern passage to the Tethys Ocean. The TNV Eureka made land fall in what is now the province of Q'yeo on 12 May 1610. Following several days of exploration and contact with emissaries of the Kayan Empire, the Tiperyn crew was astonished by the advanced state of Kayan society—although the peoples of Zahava were similarly advanced, the Eureka did not ultimately land there. Tiperyn established an early trading relationship with the Kayan—who had significant mineral and agricultural resources—and did not show aggression through the landing of military knight-explorers to take land for the Realm. Historians believe this was largely because of conflict at home, however, as Tiperyn was embroiled in the tail end of the First Goidelic Seccession at the time. Historians believe that although she did not order such during her lifetime, Tiperyn Empress Johanna's ultimate ambition was to colonize the entirety of the Pavalonian Peninsula. Following the death of Empress Johanna in 1622 and the ascent of Emperor Fedderik—Tiperyn's only male emperor—Tiperyn landed military forces on Kayan soil for the first time.
On 22 June 1622, the Tiperyn Realm Armada invaded the southern Kayan province of Yoqamin'ta (now Qzala) with two dozen warships and 5,000 men. Yoqamin'ta, the southernmost region of Kaya , was chosen for the invasion because of the Kayan Empire's loose grip over the region and the presence of potential allies disillusioned with the empire. Although rich in lumber and some mineral resources, which Tiperyn exploited over the course of its colonization, the region of Kaya was far less fertile than the northern subtropical and tropical provinces of Q'yeo, Sano'ito, and Sila. Although this meant Yoqamin'ta was a less valuable target to conquer, it was a more attainable prize as it was far away from the major population centers from which the Kayan Empire ruled. Tiperyn completely conquered the Yoqamin'ta region by Christmas of 1623, christening it the new Realm Viceroyalty of Kaya in anticipation of a future takeover of the entire empire.
Over the course of several years the Tiperyn military attempted to break out of Yoqamin'ta into Sila and progress with the colonization of the peninsula with support from the indigenous underling Enlightened Society. However, these attempts all ultimately failed due to the Kayan Empire's stranglehold over its northern provinces, confining Tiperyn to Yoqamin'ta. Still, the Kayan Empire was just as unable to regain control of Yoqamin'ta from Tiperyn, leading to a de facto acceptance of the colony's existence and growing frustration from the Kyan people aimed at the ruling emperor.
Five years after the Tiperyn colonization of Yoqamin'ta, the Realm colonized what is now southern SiWallqanqa and Jinhang using Yoqamin'ta as a base, establishing the Realm Viceroyalty of Pauwonia, Realm Colony of Port Hope, and Realm Colony of Trans-Urubamba. Additionally, other colonial powers in the region were making claims in the region—some over Kayan lands. The Kingdom of Jungastia seized a peninsula as a colony in what is now the Sátão. Although not a part of the Kayan Empire, the United Kingdom of Agrana y Griegro colonized a large island north of Kaya around the same time, naming it Trinidad. As Artemian influence spreading in the region and Tiperyn's hold over formerly Kayn territory secure, unrest permeated throughout Kayan society as the legitimacy and strength of the emperor was called into question. With Tiperyn support resting firmly on the revolutionary Enlightened Society who had promised to grant Tiperyn access to Kayan resources and ports should Tiperyn aid them against the empire, a revolution in Kaya was a forgone conclusion.
Kayan Revolution (1647-1658)
War of a Thousand Banners
The War of a Thousand Banners was a period of conflict in Kayan history following the Kayan Revolution. Scholars disagree as to whether or not the period constitutes a civil war, a military revolt or a purge of disloyal elements of the military by the now ruling Societies. The War of a Thousand Banners took place in the years following the Kayan Revolution, primarily in the northern regions of Kaya between Banner Armies loyal to the new ruling Societies and those opposed to their new rule.
The end result of the War of a Thousand Banners was the total defeat of the disloyal military units and their disbandment. It is widely agreed that the lack of unity of vision or force was the primary cause for their defeat. Unlike the southern and central forces who were united behind the Societies and traditional law, the various northern armies shared no over arching goals, with many acting to establish quasi independent warlord kingdoms or their own fiefdoms. There are only records of a few armies, the so called Yellow Alliance presenting any ideological or combative opposition. The Yellow Alliance sought to establish a new military rule with a new figurehead dynasty.
Early years of the Harmonious Society
Industrial revolution (1765-1820)
Kaya reunification and onward (1820-1899)
Turmoil of the early 20th century (1900-1959)
Kaya occupies the entirety of the Pavalonian Peninsula in Southern Avalonia, as well as numerous islands off the coast and across the Iapetus and Hyberian oceans. The Pavalonian Peninsula extends southwards from the continental Avalonia forming the south most point of Avalonia. Kaya borders SiWallqanqa to the north west and Zahava to the north. Traditionally the borders of these states have been well defined by the Greater Xaeqo ranges.
The mainland geography of Kaya is dominated by the eastern plains of Q'yeo and Sano'ito and the massive Greater and Lesser Xaeqo mountain ranges running down the central spine of the country. Large rivers flow from the ranges down the coastal plains.
The Greater Xaeqo ranges contain the second highest peaks in the world, with only a mountain in the Kesh Mountain Ranges being taller. The Greater and Lesser Xaeqo ranges were formed by the collision of the South Avalonian and Hyberian Plates along a convergent boundary. Due to this, Kaya experiences frequent earthquakes throughout the year, and avalanches during winter and early spring. Volcanic eruptions are also common when compared to the rest of the world. The large ranges contribute greatly towards the general climate of Kaya as they cast rain shadows on the western part of the country, dividing Kaya into the generally dry west and wet east. The Xaeqo ranges are also sites of major historical and modern resource extraction, particularly of silver, iron, copper and other minerals.
Kaya is the second-largest state in the southern hemisphere after Zahava and the southern-most sovereign state in the world.
The climate of Kaya is one of the most diverse in southern Avalonia. This is largely due to Kaya having coasts on both the Iapetus Ocean, with its warm currents, and the Tethys Oceans, with its cold currents; its relatively large length, and the enormity of the Xaeqo Mountain Range. Kaya's climate can be split into five relatively distinct regions, with its eastern and western climate zones generally being divided by the alpine Xaeqo mountains along Kaya's spine which casts a rain shadow to the west. These regions are:
- Northwest - Hot desert with a cold desert transitional layer at higher altitudes,
- Southwest - Mediterranean climate with the hot-summer variety north of roughly 35°S and the warm-summer variety south of 35°S
- Northeast - Tropical savanna climate with some tropical monsoon climate on the northeastern coastline and temperate subtropical climate at higher altitudes
- East - Humid subtropical climate with some temperate subtropical climate at higher altitudes
- Southeast - Oceanic climate with a small amount of humid continental climate at higher altitudes
Kaya experiences four defined seasons following the typical summer-autumn-winter-spring of the southern hemisphere.
Effectively, Kayais a one party state ruled by the Enlightened Society as the national legislator (and only legal party), with the Council of Thirteen serving as the shared head of state. Their power is balanced against that of the entrenched bureaucracy.
- See more: Harmonious Society
The guiding philosophy of the Enlightened Society and the Kayan State as a whole is known as the Harmonious Society. It is intended to allow for a communal advancement of the entire society towards a more prosperous, successful, and fair existence. It is an ethics/moral system and political ideology and aims to encompass in different degrees all aspects of life. While not intended to be a religious ideology, it has formed the basis of some. The Harmonious Society stresses Collectivist and (Mohist?) ideals in all things. The Enlightened Society is the vanguard of the ideals of the Harmonious Society both nationally and abroad. These ideals are encapsulated in the lyrics to the national anthem:
Loyal to Harmony, loyal to the Society
Hard work, simple life
Be clear what to love and what to hate
Be willing to make sacrifice
Whole heartily for the people, the Harmonious character is noble
Mainland Kaya is principally comprised of 7 provinces and the planned capital city of Soto.
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- See more: Kayan Law
Kayan Law operates as a mixed civil/common law and draws from some of the oldest codices of written law in the world. Courts in Kaya operate in an inquisitorial system and are actively involved in investigating the facts of the case. Juries are considered highly illegal.
Kaya is also considered to have an unwritten constitution, but basic laws enshrine the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
Some Who? have argued that Kayan law is more akin to a religious legal or socialist legal system than a civil system. This is disputed.
The primary law enforcement agency in Kaya is the Civil Order Force. It is a national organisation that is divided along provincial and city lines. The Civil Order Force has numerous sub agencies dedicated to various aspects of law enforcement, such as highway policing, and investigation. Chief Officer of the Civil Order Force is a member of the Bureaucracy rather than the Enlightened Society.
- there is also a second police force that is instead loyal to the enlightened society.
Following the Enlightened Society’s rise to power, the group began to implement social programs and changes to better shape the general society in their ideal image. One of the widest reaching programs was that of socialising parenthood and child rearing.
Unlike traditional societies, the primary carers, educators and social groups of children are the Creche. Often compared to a much more extensive boarding school system, at a young age children are entered into a local creche group of which they will most be a part of until they complete secondary school. The children live and learn within this group, attending school, sports, interests and other social and learning activities. Unlike the traditional boarding experience, children are given greater freedom, and are able to expresses and follow their own interests, as well as actively involving older children in the communal care and work of those who are younger.
The typical creche week follows the standard 8 day week in Kaya, five days of schooling, one day of social work, and two day weekend. Significant focus is placed on the normalisation of social/communal work, starting with simple work such as washing dishes working up towards cooking for the creche, tutoring, supervision, and maintenance of facilities.
Each creche celebrates a communal birthday equivalent each year. This is among the most important dates for children, eclipsed only by the Child’s Festival and Graduation. The adult professionals who teach, manage and look after the creche members are well trained professionals and are considered to be among the most respected professions in Kaya.
Although Kaya is considered a multi-ethnic empire, the ethnic demographics are strongly skewed. The Qoya make up a super majority of the population of between 81-91% of the population, but specifics are hard to come by as the government does not release official data on ethnic polls.
Agrana y Griegro
- See main article: North-South Concordant
Kaya is a founding member of the North-South Concordant (NSC), its largest economy, and its de facto leader in the southern hemisphere. The alliance grew out of the Crown Alliance, which was largely an outgrowth of Kaya's strategic partnership with Tiperyn, Boaga, and Agrana y Griegro during the first half of the 20th century. Kaya's membership in the North-South Concordant forms a key part of its foreign policy, contributing militarily to the alliances' joint security operations—particularly the patrolling of the maritime NSC Commercial Corridor—and economically, primarily via investment in capital projects within peripheral nations to expand the influence of the NSC. One of the most significant examples is the South Avalonian High-Speed Trade Corridor, or South Avalonian high speed line, that has been pushed by Kaya with broader NSC and Jungastian financial backing, which involves the construction of an ambitious high-speed freight rail network in SiWallqanqa and Albaterra stemming off from pre-existing a Kayan high-speed rail network.
As a multi-polar alliance in and of itself, Kaya has significant sway over NSC policy in southern Avalonia and often breaks with other NSC states over policy in other areas of the world. In terms of influence on overall NSC policy, Kaya is generally seen as attempting to soften the alliance's stance on major communist states that adhere to similar philosophical and political principles as it, with the most prominent examples being Veikaia and Aftarestan. Significant examples of Kaya breaking with other NSC states include its hostile disposition towards the minority white government of Santa Magdalena, which Tiperyn and Cipertine favor, and Kaya's support of the autonomous unrecognized state of Amedi within Tiperyn's Realm Dominion of Nasiria. Kayan pressure ultimately scrapped plans to expand the South Avalonian high speed line to include Santa Magdalena.
The Unified Armies is the combined armed forces of Kaya. It is made up of four branches: the Air Forces, Navy, Colonial Marines, and Banner Armies. The Unified Armies are somewhat unique in that they do not have a singular ground force. Instead, various army groups known as Banner Armies act as quasi independent from each other, but answer directly to the Unified Armies Command. This system was inspired by the Tiperyn regimental system, though applied at a higher level, and continuing on the tradition of the earlier armies of Kaya. The Unified Armies are supported by a strong domestic defense industry, being totally self-sufficient in munition production and procuring practically all military equipment either domestically or through joint agreements with Tiperyn. In particular, advanced jet engines, avionics and other aerospace products are imported from her close ally.
National Service is practiced by the Unified Armies, with every citizen required to serve a period of time within the Unified Armies, though non-military alternatives do exist. However, due to Kaya's somewhat large population and generally isolated location, most national service members are rotated directly out to reserve forces. In current practice, the National Service scheme is used more as a citizenship building program than a cadre building system.
The Unified Armies are currently deployed in Nasiria and as peacekeepers in Avalonia. Kaya contributes naval and aviation assets to patrolling the South Tethys and Iapetus Oceans in conjunction with the North-South Concordant.
- See main article: Sybersum
Kaya operates a unique directed economic system based upon Harmonious Society and socialist ideals. Sybersum is the national computer network used to plan, manage, and direct the economic input and output of the nation. It's mad.
Kaya employs a police force responsible for the enforcement of economic laws and protocols.
With a gross domestic product (PPP) of $6,571 billion, Kaya is the world's second largest economy and the largest economy in Avalonia. It is considered a high-income or developed country, with a GDP per capita of $20,008 and a high Human Development Index score of 0.77 as of 2020. Its largest trading partners are Zahava, SiWallqanqa, Tiperyn, Agrana y Griegro, and Jungastia.
While the smallest sector of the Kayan economy (compared to services and industry), the country still has a significant agriculture industry making it a net exporter of food and a fertile bread basket in the region.
Kaya's largest agriculturally active areas are in its northeast tropical and subtropical regions, where Kayan farmers take advantage of slow-flowing rivers originating in the country's alpine region that bring nutrient-rich waters. In the northeast, maize, winter squash, beans, and rice production dominate local production. Other crops, such as tobacco, coffee beans, cocoa beans, cotton, and coca are also significant high-value products of the region.
Agriculture in the country's Mediterranean and arid western regions was historically limited to heavily irrigated, but disparate rural communities centred around river valleys. However, today, cash crops such as almonds, walnuts, dates, olives, grapes, and citrus are heavily produced in the region.
While Kaya's southern-most provinces—principally Qzala and parts of Sila—are relatively unproductive agriculturally when compared to the rest of the country, these oceanic areas are known for their lucrative timber production. Various vegetables, grains, and fruits are also common. Additionally, while dairy and meat production is common throughout the country, a significant amount of land in these regions is dedicated to the sustainable grazing of livestock.
Kaya has significant mineral resources concentrated in its alpine, foothill, and Mediterranean regions. These include significant deposits of copper, iron, silver, uranium, and oil as its primary mineral exports.
Step pyramids in temperate rainforrests.
Numbers and their relationships between the physical and non-physical world hold important meanings and significance in Kayan culture. The most well known aspect of Kayan numerology is the traditional use of a senary, or base-6 number system. Unlike the rest of the world, Kaya counts 0 to 6, unlike in the more globally common base-10 system. A unique aspect to the Kayan number system is the use of both 10 and 6 to represent written six, with the use depending on what is more auspicious.
Traditional hand counting in Kayan cultures uses the right hand to count to 6. This is done by counting each digit (fingers and thumbs) and the open palm. The left hand is used to represent the number of sixes. For example, right thumb and two fingers (3) and left thumb (1 lot of 6) would be equal to 13 in senary, converted to 9 in decimal. This means the largest number that can be counted to using hands alone is 42.
The potential origin of the formalization of the base-6 system in Kaya was the idea of filling a jar or box. The three dimensional shape having 6 sides to fill.
Kaya has a unique measurement system with it's own units of measurement. These units relate to both physical lengths, mathematical reasoning and numerological divinings. The most common simple unit is the xx, also known as the Kayan inch, approximately equivalent to 1 Realm inch or Tiperyn inch. Outside of precision applications, the two are practically interchangeable. While the Realm inch is believed to be derived from the length of the Empress' thumb, the Kayan inch is actually defined by working backwards from dividing the Kayan mile (which is also equivalent to the Realm or Tiperyn mile). The Kayan and Realm miles are mathematically defined as one minute of angle on the planet's surface, equal to 1,636.6 standard meters, or 1.017 standard miles.