The Republic of the Mursland Provinces
Republika Na Duurzhavi Mursiya
Motto: "DYNAMI KAI EXOUSÍA"
"Willpower and Strength"
Anthem: Pesen na Lud (Song of the people)
Dark green: Mursland, light green: South-East Artemia
|Recognised national languages||
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||presidential parliamentary federation|
• Province President
• Prime Minister
• Mursian Bond
|2nd Februari 1809|
|69.793 km2 (26.947 sq mi)|
• 2022 estimate
|7 422 000|
• 2021 census
|7 419 394|
|102.8/km2 (266.3/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2019 estimate|
|$ 229 billion|
• Per capita
|$ 30 874|
|GDP (nominal)||2019 estimate|
|₽ 24,87 trillion|
• Per capita
|₽ 3.35 million|
|Currency||Pette (₽) (CMP)|
|Time zone||SAT (AMT+4)|
• Summer (DST)
|In place from 1963 until 2018|
Mursland, officially The Republic of the Mursland Provinces (Mursian: Republika Na Duurzhavi Mursiya), is a federal unicameral presidential republic in South Central Artemia, with a population of around 7.4 million. It borders Lusjki to the north, Propyrgia in the east and the Belpecian Gulf to the south and west. Mursland is mostly situated on the Reimos peninsula, as is the capital city Brixivo.
The Mursland region has a turbulent history with various foreign powers trying to get grip of the region. Being fractured for most of its history, the first steps to unification came in 1680s with the formation of the Mursian bond between the Grand duchy of Nai and the Overlordship of Bohesia. The acsension of Arkady III of Nai and Bohesia in 1768, the two realms unified. The country slowly expanded and centralized the region, until finally unifying as the Kingdom of Mursland in 1809. Following a democratic revolution in the 1830s, the country came under rule of a branch of the Jungastian Sebastião-Cortês house. Under their rule, the country democratized and became a constitutional monarchy. Henrique III was disposed in 1896 in favour of native nobility, but with societal processes already in place the country became a presidential republic 1947.
Mursland is politically diverse, with political parties often running only in parts of the country. Representatives can run in only one duurzhaví, resulting in many politicians differ from the national parties for their regional votes. Mursland is a neutral country in the international stage, and a member of the Unaligned Nations Consortium. Its military has not been in combat since 1926.
The Confederation has an open economy and is a post-industrial nation, with the majority of people working in tertiary services. Although the Human Development Index scores high, there is a significant income inequality.
The colloquial name Mursland (and the Mursian language Mursiya; -iya meaning 'the land of') stems from 'Umursic', which is a term used to refer to the native petty kingdoms in the post-Ershmid period. 'Umursic' in turn stems from Utmurisk, the demonym for the ancient (lost) city of Utmurak. The origin of the name Utmurak is uncertain, but popular theory suggest it might be the name given to the new settlers by the indigenous peoples, or it might have originated from Utmiu, a possible early name for Mudros, the god of wisdom in the traditional Utmurisk religion.
The term was originally used for the geographic region. It was sometimes used as an exonym for the various cultures in the region, mostly by those outside of the eastern Eurybian region. In the eighteenth century, as more contact was established with west artemian cultures, the term evolved to also become endonymic toponym. With the unification of the various territories, the title Mjpaha Mursiya 'the Kingdom of (the) Mursland' was chosen. Over time, the term evolved into a demonym to circumvent the usage of the many various ethnonyms. By the early twentyth century, the terms Mursland and Mursian had become fully linked with the national identity and the preferred way to refer to any habitant regardless of ethnicity.
The first Homo Neanderthalensis are estimated to have arrived in the Mursland between XXX and XXX thousand BCE from the Samotkhe region. Not much can be found about the earliest settlers beside evidence of hunting on a few fossils of now-extinct animals. Some cave paintings in Barksia can be traced back to XXX BCE. First evidence of permanent human settlement and farming in Mursland date back to XXXX BCE, based on found pottery and remains of a farm foundation near Krepina, Konmursia. Notably is fishing formed a large part the diet of early settlers, illustrated by the frequency ancient fishing hooks are found.
First traces of civilization can be dated back to circa 900 BCE with the Proto-Illyrians in the west and Atrymians in the south and east. Around 450 BCE, a peoples from presumably modern day Vrtgora arrived at the Reimos peninsula and founded the ancient city of Utmurak. These ancient peoples would become known as the Utmurisks, and quickly spread across the lands, pushing the Atrymians southward.
The Ershamids arrived at the peninsula in the year 122 BCE. The island of Jesiria was ideal for trade in the region, which saw early tradeposts. The trade in the region influenced the local culture significantly. One of the effects was the conversion of the local population to Haqiqatan[BRANCH TBD], mostly along the Reimos peninsula and Illyria (Lusjki).
The small population of Jesiria was easily defeated in the [WAR] of 64 BCE. This incorporated the island as an emirate under [LEADER]. The original habitants would quickly integrate into the new settlers. In the following centuries, the [ETHNICITY] started settling among the coast of the Belpecian Gulf, establishing various emirates along the coast. As a response, various native tribes would unite in defence of the [caliphate?].
Between 3 BCE and 7 CE, various wars were fought between [mujahideen?] and local tribes, which ultimately resulting in a Haqiqatan conquest of much of the region. This established the Emirate of Enai as a large power in the region.
After the collapse of the Ershmids in the 1st century CE, the region remained mostly in Haqiqatani hands. Along the coast, the culture slowly melted together with ancient Illyrian and Utmurisk traditions, which created an unique melting-pot culture, colloquially referred to [NAME]. From around this time stems the earliest legal code in the region, based on the sharia, the Codex Enai.
In the 5th century, the region sees a significant influx of Proto-Pozrik clans. The horse riding immigrants would initially coexist with the local populance, but their numbers combined with the land ill suited to support horses made it hard to take care of their steeds. This initiated two processes: the Proto-Pozrik would abandon their semi-nomadic lifestyles and merge into existing settlements, or they would raid and destroy these settlements and form mobile pastoral communities. They would often convert to the Messianic and Haqiqatan faiths of the local populace. Either way caused them to dominate the region; the decentralised emirates give little structural resistance and soon various tribal kingdoms pop up.
Early Middle Ages
The middle ages can be marked with the construction of the first permanent fortifications in the region. These first fortifications, called Krepost, would often be stubby stone towers on hills nearby villages to protect the civilians. Various of these forts would quickly expand into proper castles, and would see permanent residence from a gospodine. They were tasked with protecting the surrounding area from attacks. Soon, these gospodines would see a more political role, which also signaled the start of feudalism in Mursland.
Yaudore the Quick crowned himself the King of Tivors in 712. The land saw more stability as the king addressed the raiding groups active in the region. As it became safer to travel, trade flourished. This in turn made the kingdom attractive again for traders from all over the Eurybian, of which the city of Utmurak became the center. The city became so important, that Yaudore took permanent residence in the castle.
Some of these traders came from the Tovik Empire. Although initially small in scale, by the late 8th century the trade had intensified that much of the harbor at Utmurak was reserved for Tovik ships.
In 884, the Tovik empire arrives on the border of the Tivors Overlordship. Eventhough not hostile, the empires large size and domineering attitude made king Tihomir nervous. When the Tovik western army pulled away to fight in a conquest elsewhere, Tihomir rallied a large number of troops (records ranging between 7000 to 13000) to stage an invasion. Although scoring initial success against the garrisons, the band was quickly defeated by the returning Tovik force. In turn, the kingdom of Tivors was conquered and annexed. The empire established the Realm of Muriska encompassing the peninsula and parts of Bohesia.
The empire could easily trade in the Ammosean sea, as well as monitor the trade along the Belpecian Gulf. Under imperial control, the south of the peninsula prospered thanks to trade. The mouth of the Traxis river saw much traffic for the large amount of foods and wine the area produced, as well as for trade upstream.
The Reimos peninsula would see immigration from all over the empire. [Early branch of Orthodox Messianism] became popular in the region, which consecutively spread eastward.
Late Middle Ages
The beginning of the late middle ages in Mursland saw a peaceful period. Much cultural development and economic gain. The population almost doubled in size between 900 and 1100.
Fall of the Tovik Empire
Crises in the empire in the 11th and 12th century saw a rapid decline of the society in the region. Much troop movement and political instability caused much disruption of trade in the region. Additionally, the area had trouble keeping up food-production due to multiple poor harvests thanks to droughts and plant diseases. With armies in that part of the empire dependent on it, much of the successful harvests were confiscated, which caused food shortages in the region. As a response to this, the Nai region revolted successfully in 1270, and (re)founded the Jemarat Nahiid (Emirate of Nai).
By the 14th century, the empire was in free fall. However, reinforcements in the region ensured the Reimos holdings would stand the test of time. In 1352, the region of Bohesia seceded from the empire, severing any land connection to the rest of the empire. However, what was left of the empire did not see much better times, and soon the Tovik Empire's only proper hold was on the heavily fortified Reimos domains. By the start of the 15th century, the empire was effectively located solely in the Mursland region. With the successful Siege of Thiselo of the Nai-Tovik War in 1428, the empire officially ended. The remaining lands became a tributary to Nai as the Emirate of Tergovína. This put the Emirate of Nai in a powerful position, where it rivalled the Kingdom of Illyria and Lusjki in the north, [region in Variadia] to the west, and the Overlordship Bohesia in the east.
Religious development and the Nai revolts
The Emirate of Nai invoked a severe [jizyah] on their Messianic subject. This combined with reduction of trades caused upset under the burgers, as the economic development and wealth stagnated. This amounted in 1443 into the [Messianic denomination] Uprising. Supported by the Bohesian overlord Agapios, a series of bloody battles were fought. Parts of Tergovína gained independence, while Líesfíd (a Haqiqatan-majority region) was integrated into the Emirate of Nai. The free Tergov realm renamed itself to the Overlordship of Reimos, under lord Enjn of Nisou.
In 1503, Arnosht III of Nai (reigned 1482-1511) converted to Triuvist after being persuaded by his wife Hedvika of Reimos. This caused a revolt in the domain, mainly the south and west. Loyal troops were sent to the area to stabilise. However, the lore surrounding this event describes how the troops in their devotion to the sultan were convinced to convert to Triuvist as well, and to prove their piety they caused a slaughter among the Haqiqatan population. Although the population reportedly shifted their faith following the conversion of Arnost, it was not exceptionally severe. It is nowadays considered unlikely it was due to mass-killing since population grew steadily in the regions in that period.
However, his reign was highly unpopular, and the nation was characterised with much civil and noble unrest. He would be assassinated in 1511 by members of the [NAME] League, an organisation consisting of Haqiqatan majors and wealthy citizens in the Líesfíd region. In the ensuing chaos, an emirate was proclaimed by Fareydoun the Elder, in what is modern day north Zahélen. Arnosht III was succeeded by his stepbrother Reza II (1456-1528), who reinstated Haqiqatan rule. His first action was to suppress the Líesfíd revolt quickly, before the Overlordship of Reimos could move in. Although he was successful, this weakened the position of Nai in the region.
Reza II would be succeeded by his son Reza III (1503-1576) or Reza the Loving (Milyi Reza) after the former's death in 1528. Reza III grew up in the Reimos court under Overlordess Yasamin. His rule is characterised by the increasing acceptance of the various groups within his domain. He was known to be a good mediator between conflicts of interest between different cultures. He reduced the [jizyah] severely.
After his death in 1576, he was succeeded by Omidfiros (fl. 1575-85s). He undid most of Reza’s reforms, which was poorly received by the Messian population. He also attempted to centralize the control of the domain. This upset key figures in the domain, which sparked the Second Nai revolts. This resulted in the independence of the Emirate of Líesfíd and the State of Barxia, while Omidfiros was forced to abdicate. The legislature was dehaqiqatanized to become a Grand Duchy. The Grand Duke became an elective title, of which only landed lords within the realm could be elected.
The various wars and civil upset has weakened the positions of the small realms in the Mursland region.
As the economy declined, the Bohesian nobles became more desperate. The title of the overlordship had originally been elective, but the counts of Golpole (house of Nokyto) had gained significant influence over the council by 1393, rigging the elections in their favour. Agapios of Dione would convert all the powers tied to the Golpole title to the Bohesian title, solidifying the power of the electé overlord. The Bohesian crown became effectively a elective hereditary title, with the Gohmursi dynasty in control for 139 years. As the Bohesians faced civil unrest and multiple collapses of trade during the early 16th century, the crown found itself in a period of short reigns; In 1533, Tihomir II came into power, who was only 2 years old at the time. Although well protected, he would perish of consumption age 15. He was succeeded by his uncle Anthan II, who was deposed after 5 years for being very cruel to his subjects. He was succeeded by Tihomir III (1513-1567), the oldest brother of Tihomir II, in 1551.
Tihomir III was afraid of foreign intervention and turned the realm to isolationism. As government spending exceeded possible taxation, authority collapsed. He attempted to extort subjects beyond his territory to the point of nearly causing a war. However, he died before it could escalate of a heart attack in 1567. His successor was Charalampos Nokyto (1531-1608), who gained hold of the title via support of [PROPY NATION]. Using foreign funds, he bribed various family members. Additionally, he ‘arranged’ a trade deal with [NATION] to help the economy recover, the pamphlets of which were distributed among the capitals population to garner civil support. Reluctantly, he was elected as overlord. His personal debts to [NATION] made him subservient to the [POSTION], causing his realm to be de facto under foreign rule.
- Meanwhile, Zusilau of the Overlordship of Reimos dies during childbirth in 1583. She leaves behind no heir of her own, so the title jumps to the first cadet branch, which is [NAME1] from [TITLE], fealty to the Variadian crown. This placed the peninsula effectively under Variadian control until the death of [NAME2] in 1648. The title then jumps to Vahid of Khunan in accordance with Nai-inheritance rules, rather than [NAME4] in accordance to Variadian rules.
Early modern period
Nearing the end of the Variadian golden age, the State of Tergovína regained its independence in 1648. The region has been economically developed beyond Bohesia and Nai, and had formed a large professional army. In 1656, they pressured the Emirate of Líesfíd to swear fealty. They refuse, and in the ensuing war, the Tergovína annexed the small realm. This made the Grand Duchy of Nai reliant on Lusjki and Tergovína for trade. An agreement between these two nations on a tax on Nai goods made it hard to market them in the Belpecian Gulf. It slowly impoverished Nai.
However, as Kyriako IV ascends the throne in Bohesia, he manages to sail the realm free from Thalassian control. With an effective campaign to sway public opinion in [Propy state] and reforms to reduce Thalassian influence in the bureaucracy, he regained control of affairs. Nai, in desperate need of an ally, started to work together with Bohesia. This offered them a market and ports to the west, while Bohesia obtained more self-determination in international affairs. This cooperation became known as the Mursian Bond (Hébel Mursiid).
The nature of the bond was mostly an economic relationship, but mutual investments and the shared power projection slowly moulded the pact into a military one too. The reliance on one another required the security of an unified army under the dreadful eyes of Tergov and Luskian officials. As the regional powers reclined their influence in the region, a power vacuum had been created. And the small states were determined to fight it out before they returned.
The Tergov-Hébel wars
In 1700, the first of the Tergov-Hébel wars broke out. The target of the war was Pristaniselo, a minor harbour city 20 miles out of Stratonpolis. The city would offer a good station ground for an invasion of Bohesia. Additionally, it would give control of the Barsilou peninsula, which would permit an overview over the Traxís river inlet and enable the Tergovs to easily blockade and privateer Hébel trade. After a short but bloody conflict, neither party was able to dislodge the other from their positions. In the Conference of [FOREIGN CITY] of 1703, it was agreed to return to the pre-war status quo after successful mediation by [COUNTRY/FAMOUS PERSON]. Peace wasn’t to last. Disagreements on what previous agreements would still be applied on the basis of the Conference strained relations yet again. By 1705, Tergovína and Nai both had mobilised their armies again. Although various skirmishes were fought, no battles happened. The conflict was mediated by [NATION], who ruled in favour of Tergovína.
The premature death of Grand Duke [NAI ELECTEE] in 1708 saw the rise of [Arkady location], also known as Arkady the Furious, who rejected these agreements. In 1709, the second Tergov-Hébel war was declared. [STUFF ABOUT WAR]
A peace was signed in 1714 with both parties acquiring land of the other. The grand duchy of Nai subjegated the state of Barxia, which had been fully occupied early in the war. In exchange, the Tergovs acquired the Barsilou peninsula in the east and Translíesfíd (modern day Niabe and Otjfiya) in the west. Although obtaining their objectives, the war is regarded as a loss for the Tergovs; it came at a great cost for them, and destabilised their politics. The religious differences between the Messianist and Haqiqatan nobles lead to a power struggle, as either party attempts to install more bureaucrats from their social groups. In the peace deal, the position of Konorsian nobles in the annexed regions was guaranteed to be maintained. Their numbers caused a disturbance in the fragile balance established by Javed the Great.
As things go from bad to worse, Javed the Great gets terribly sick the following year, and passes away in January of 1726, leaving behind a power vacuum. A quarrel with many instalments, dethronements, and intrigue follows. The prestige Tergovina enjoyed collapses; bureaucracy becomes very ineffective, diplomacy with foreign countries fails, and the economy suffers under the constant conflicts and change of leadership. [SUCCESSION CRISIS FOR TERGOVINA]
As a result of the dispute, Tergovina has become unable to project any power in its region. The grand duchy of Nai and the overlordship of Bohesia rebuilt their army. Together, the Hébel alliance declared a war to ‘restore the order’ in the region in 1730, resulting in the Third Tergov-Hébel war. The Tergov nobility managed to pull together and unify under Vahid IV. However, corruption and poor management has reduced the army to nothing. Tegovina sued for peace in 1736. The Hébel alliance regained its previously lost territories, and the Grand Duchy of Nai obtains western Líesfíd. The island of Nisou also gained independence.
Following the victory, Arkady II (1701-1778; who was elected to succeed his father Arkady the Furious, and now in charge of Nai) marries Ardita of Viroene, the oldest daughter of [LEADER BOHESIA] of Bohesia, in November 1736. When [LEADER BOHESIA] passes away in 1743 without a male heir, the Bohesian crown was passed onto Ardita of Viroene. Arkady and Ardita effectively form a strong personal union in the region. The unification of the two territories was guaranteed in 1747, when the title of Overlord over Bohesia became a Primordial. This ensures that their first son, Arkady Kyriako Agapio, will inherit both titles.
Dual Duchy of Hebalia
With the passing of Arkady II in 1768, he was succeeded by his oldest son under the name of Arkady III. In agreement with her former husband, Ardita abdicates so Arkady can become Overlord of Bohesia as well. She stayed politically active as an advisor for her son for most of his life. Arkady III, now both grand duke and overlord, unites the domains under the Dual Duchy of Hebalia.
Unification of Mursland
somewhere 1780-1800s I guess …
- smt smt upset 1825, escalation 1831, revolution 1833.
- Royal family executed 4th October 1833.
- Following: a grand dispute
- Old council and nobles invite the Jungastian dude over, he destroys the revolution using mercenaries, and stabilises the area by 1836.
- 1836 - Junastian dude proclaims full reign over Mursland.
- 1840s - king consolidates power, rips off the nobility
- 1860s - unrest over democratic rights again.
- 11th June, 1872 - Constitutional monarchy.
- 1890 - unrest over the ruler.
- 1895 - Jungastia becomes a republic.
- 1896 - Jungastite rule overthrown, reinstatement of Arkadite rule (Arkady V (Amirau Zuiad Arkadiou), age 73).
- Arkady V is unfit for rule. He lacks family, so a successor has to be searched elsewhere. They find Kiril Goran Arnoshtou, who is a descendent of the House of Arnosht. He ascended the throne on 26 October 1902 as Arnosht IV.
- 1915 to 1926 - Economic crash
- 1922 - Jung dictatorship brings back (symbolic) monarchy
- Diplomatic protests? National unrest?
- 1925 - Barxia war
- Feb 1948 - Mursland becomes a republic
- 1953 - Volcanic eruption in Velo. Effects on agriculture upsets rural populus.
- 1964 - The Notables blunder
- 1999 - industrial crash
- 2004 - housing market crash
- 2006 - minor banking crisis
- 2013 - second housing market crash
Mursland is a coastal nation; its coasts is longer than its landborders. The nation is vertically dividable via the the Reimos hill range, which geology continues into the island of Jesiria in the south. The western side of the nation consists of the Enai basin, with its many rivers. The east consists of the Traxí valley, with the large Traxís river.
Along the Phonínikas and Órmos coasts, many white sand beaches can be found, while on the Reimos peninsula, more rocky beaches can be found.
Murslands highest point is the Yauhi hill, at 417 meter. It was believed to be the residence of the ancient god Yauh, ruler of all that is material.
The Reimos Peninsula has a great varied vegetation adapted for the dry summers and wet winters. These plants include: bay laurel, buckeyes, olive trees, grapes, lavender, Achillea, Helichrysum and Penstemon.
In the Traxí valley, the winter temperatures are lower (dropping below freezing point in the north), and the yearly rainfall has been more equalized, albeit dry in the summer months. This has resulted in gradual difference in vegetation between the south and north of the region.
Murslands politics are characterized by its very fractured nature thanks to its historic ethno-religious divisions, which are still appearent in conservative parties. Various parties have their issues focussed only on a single group, or are merger of such parties with similar interests.
For the national government, the parties are appointed by those elected in the sub-national governments. They have to agree on significantly less seats (100 nationally versus 332 provincially), so some local parties have united on a national level (such as the Konorsian League). Other parties make agreements to select a representative of one party if they support one of another party in another constituency (such as Live Free Party and Animal Liberation League).
The current government is formed by a 7-member alliance: K (19), SL (12), KS (8), Zjt (6), Ba (3), KL (3), PD (2). It is majorily conservative and consists of a wide selection of ethnicities. It puts effort in increasing tolerance between the various sub-national governmental bodies. However, the weakness of the alliance has prevented efficient rule, and hindered effective adressing of the recent economic issues.
|Logo||Name||Native Name||Seats||Ruling||Ideology/Issue||Provincial Parties|
|Bonamech Council||Bonamesiid Mális (Bo)||5||No||Ludarite nationalism
|Bohesian Agreement||Pohessiid Dohoda (PD)||2||Yes||Bohesian nationalism
|Free Bohesians |
At Arms Bohesia
|Konorsian League||Konorsiid Spolok (K)||19||Yes||Konorite nationalism
|Knights of Mursland |
Konorsia For Us
Konorsia United Front
|Barxian Party||Barksid Ckupinj (Ba)||3||Yes||Barxian nationalism
|Barxian Moral Movement||Barksid Správní Hushes (BaS)||1||No||Konorite nationalism
|United Ludarsian Movement||Sjednotený Ludarsiid Hushes (SL)||12||Yes||Ludarite nationalism
|Haqiqatan Party||Alakíkjtan Ckupinj (A)||5||No||Haqiqatan law||Ludarsian Elder Council|
|People's Jesiria Party||Ludý Ckupini Desjriya (LCD)||1||No||Environmentalism
|Konorsian Liberal Party||Konorsiid Liberalni Ckupinj (KL)||3||Yes||Messian libertarianism||Konorsian Democratic Party|
|Mursian Liberal Union||Mursiid Liberalni Suas (ML)||16||No||Liberalism
|Ludarsian Liberal Party |
Young Liberal League
Great Liberal Party
|The Moral Guard||Správní Árys (SA)||5||No||Authoritarianism
|Pink Guard |
|New Republic Party||Ckupinj u Nový Republika (CNR)||9||No||Socialism|
|Knights League||Kaloriid Spolok (KS)||8||Yes||Seccesionism||Barxian Freedom Party |
Bohessian For Us
|Live Free Party||Zjt Eléftherá Ckupinj (Zjt)||6||Yes||Environmentalism
|Animal Liberation League||Swoboda Zwiro Zvas (SZZ)||1||No||Animal rights movement|
Mursland is a federal unicameral presidential republic since 1948 following the death of Reza IV of Mursland. The figurehead of the country is the Province President (currently Gavrail Prifti), who presides over the legislative branch. The executive branch is led by the Prime Minister (currently Lasha Assjmou-Satinnacis). The judicial branch is led by the Council of State. Mursland also has a fourth branch, the supervising branch, whose function is to ensure constitutionality of the government.
The first official constitution stems from 1872, after large scale protests on the ascension to the throne by Henrique III. The monarchy would be abolished in 1947. The constitution last large reform was in 1971, when the elections of the President and Province-Room were separated. The last correction was in 2018, when a select few phrases were rephrased to use gender neutral terminology.
The Province President (Oprezident Duurzhavy, often just called president) is the head of state of Mursland. They are elected by the members of the Province Room, usually from the largest party, and have to be confirmed by the Council of Notables. The president affirms political decisions made by the the parliament, and appoints new members for the Council of State.
Mursland has an unicameral parliament, called the Province-Room (Duurzhavi-Pokoj). The meetings are chaired by the Grand Speaker (Ásem Reusjt), whom is appointed by the president. The parliament is appointed by the Provincial Orders after every provincial election. The number of seats every Duurzhavi gets to appoint is based on their population, with the total amounting to 100 seats. This means a member of parliament represents on average about 59000 adults, although it actually varies between 54700 (Imperial Bohesia) to 67500 (Transillyria). Nominees for the parliament can be vetoed by the Council of Notables, in which case the relevant Provincial Order has to nominate a new member; however, sitting members cannot be dismissed.
Council of Ministers
The Council of Ministers is the executive branch of the national government. They initiate laws and policy. A ministers often head a government ministry, although this is not required. The Prime Minister (Ásem Mericheveli) presides over the council and is the major political figure of the Mursian government.
The official government ministries of Mursland are:
- General affairs
- Internal affairs
- External affairs
- Finances and Treasury
- Economic affairs
- Education, culture and sport
- Sciences and development
- Social affairs
- Infrastructure, agriculture and nature
Council of State
The Council of State is an advisory body of cabinet on constitutional and judicial aspects of legislature and policy. All laws proposed by the Province-Room have to be sent to this Council for advice. Although the advice is not binding, the cabinet is required to react to the advice. It is headed by the Prime Minister, but members of the council are appointed by the president.
Council of Notables
The Council of Notables is a directly elected national body, tasked with the supervision of the government. They consist of 90 members, elected based on ethno-religious groups.
The Notables confirm the Province President as well as judges appointed to a Grand Court, can veto the appointment of members to the Province Room and Provincial Order, and can dismiss the Council of Ministers and the provincial and municipal governates. They can delay laws and put members of government under investigation.
|Major Religion||Ethno-religious group||Seats|
|Other (foreigners, unclassified)||3|
The body has a long history and contains many traditions. They are occasionally in the news for their heated debates and 'outrageous' allegations, as members of the different groups try to thwart one another based on historical strife or personal conflicts.
Assisting government organs
Beside the various political and legislative organs, Mursland has also various organs of government assisting the aforementioned entities. These include:
- Bureau of Statistics, which studies and reports on social and economic developments
- Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, which forecasts economic development
- Bureau for Public Health and Environment, which advises the government on environmental and health issues
- Scientific Council for Government Policy, which advises the government on long-term social, political and economic trends.
The nation is divided into 14 provinces (called duurzhavi). Each province has his own government, called the Provincial-Order (Duurzhavi-Samjl, named after the historical knight orders used for governing in name of the king) lead by the Head of Province.
[table of Duurzhavi]
The political landscapes can differ heavily between the provinces. This is often reflected in the policy plans of parties, with some nationally unified parties having multiple parties within a single province for different issues.
Each duurzhavi is split into municipalities (klustí, lit. collections), of which there are 128 in total. These are the lowest governmental organ. Each municipality has his own elected council (Kalorí-Kerdavjré, 'knight assembly') and a major (ujesmargos). The borders are partly based on historical jurisdictions of one or several Kreposts, although most have changed shape to accommodate for modern-day borders and infrastructure. The duurzhavi
Almost all klustí are split in several rezidentsí (sometimes translated as canton), which is the lowest division of Mursland. They only serve administrative purposes and have no political function; location-dependent data is collected based on the rezidentsís, with each of them ought to be a relative uniform landscape. Official personal documents and the postal service are based on the system as well; a small village in a Rezidentsí is considered the same as what in most nations would be a neighborhood. There are 438 total, averaging 3.4 per klustí.
Drugs and alcohol
Non-prescribed influencing substances in Mursland are regulated or outright banned. The Forbidden Drugs List majorly consists of stimulants and nootropics, while depressants see some permissibility. The production, transport, and selling of the substances on the Forbidden Drugs List is strictly forbidden. However, taking these drugs is tolerated (if the person in question does not commit any other illegal activities), as people looking for medical help should not be limited in Mursian law.
The legal drinking age for alcohol is 21. This is enforced strongly enforced in bars and clubs. However, underage drinking is very common in home environments; a 2021 poll under 18 to 21 years-olds indicated that 84% has consumed at least one full alcoholic unit, and 21% drinks alcohol with some regularity on parties. Before 2014 the drinking age was 18, and between 1957 and 1988 it was 17. However, the buying age has been 21 since 1966.
Beside limiting alcohol consumption for minors, caffeine is also limited. Since 1966, the buying age of 'high concentration caffeine' products, such as Espresso coffee and many energy drinks, has been limited to the age of 18. This law has seen poor enforcement in consumption, but gives ground to forbidding advertisements of energy drinks to a younger audience on the grounds that it would promote illegal activities.
The legality of weapons, and their definitions, are defined in article 16.4 of the Mursian Lawbook. The laws are very strict when it comes to licensing items, often requiring at least a background check. Firearms, of any kind, are heavily regulated.
Unrestricted weapons are low pressure airsoft guns, knives with blades under 25cm, and any blunt weapon which is required to participate in the relevant sport or activity (e.g. baseball bats, wood cutting axe, etc.). For knives with blades longer than 25cm, a background check has to be made.
Electric shock weapons are restricted in three parts. A direct contact devices (stun guns) are acquirable with only a background check. However, launched electric shock devices (tasers) require licensing and importing restrictions. Any shocking device that can be launched from a not specifically designed device are prohibited for non-professionals.
To obtain and handle a firearm, a background check and licensing has to performed. The firearm in question has to be on the permission list of the local police force. Firearms on the list differ between regions, and may include handguns, bolt-action rifles and pump-action shotguns. Semi-automatic, although not specified to be banned, are currently not mentioned to be on any permission list, therefore effectively prohibited. To own a firearm at home, a training course has to be completed; the device in question will subjected to check-ups with irregular intervals.
By law, total prohibition goes for destructive, incendiary and biochemical weapons, Rocket launchers with explosive payloads and fully automatic firearms.
Mursland has an open economy.
Generally, Mursland is considered a post-industrial nation, although the actual level of economic development can differ between regions. This is reflected in the Gini coefficient, with a score of 43 on 100. Industrial and service workers are relatively well paid thanks to many advances in the protection of the ability to unionize.
However, work in many lower education fields, such as more traditional agriculture and the mining industry, have poor working conditions. This can be traced back to several issues. One of such as the decentralization of the unions (unions tend to be heavily focussed on a single branch, and some times even to only specific regions or ethicalities). Another main reason is the poor negotiation position of the union, as increasing personal costs will impact the competitiveness in the open economy for not only the industries themselves, but also for many of production lines. Even though the studies have been disputed by some experts, it appears that many workers tend to refrain from introducing social benefits at their work, as it will result in less wage they can demand, which is favoured by the many impoverished labourers in the more rural regions. Mursland has received many criticism, both national and international, on the working conditions of especially the coper mines in the Autonomous Region.
Infrastructure in Mursland is maintained by various services. Highways (H##) and National Ways (K###) are maintained by the national government. There is a total of 1315 km of highway in Mursland. The Duurzhavi maintain the 'province roads' (shosa Duurzhava) and water ways. All lower infrastructure is under supervision of the relevant Klustí.
Railways are owned and maintained by the Confederate Railway Company (40% government ownership), Bohesia Transport Bond, and the Barxian Track Service Company. Public transport is heavily privatized and differ greatly between Klustí. Mursland does has few trams and metros; only Liebit and the Thisalo-Pokraina-Radoslawowo region have a rail network, and a single line along the coast of Brixivo to Svogje. Many cities instead offer trolleybusses, such as Plovina, Benjlej, Epaphoze, Dëardeskarj, Vorntein, and Isinalo, as well as many of the towns.
Mursland has 16 plane-accessible airfields, none of true intercontinental scale.
Mursland has a small tourism industry. It is mainly focussed on summer holidays along the beaches; during July and August, the weather is very dry and sunny with high temperatures.
Every other year, on the 21st of march, the duurzhavi Jesiria organises the Periodeia Jesiriya, a 12 hour long endurance car race around the island. The period before the race sees a lot of events themed around the race, such as a music festival, a parade of older cars, and a car market.
Resource extraction and industry
The northwest region of Mursland is rich in Chalcocite, Bornite and Chalcopyrite. Many active mines can be found in Barksia and Gurinai. Contrary to Lusjki, very few of it is exported, most being used domestically in the electro-technical industry.
Mursland also has various large industrial firms, such as UIMF, Rabotí and Barxi-Komplex, which develop and produce many products for both national and international markets. Headquarters of many industries can be found in the south of Upper-Nai. This gave rise to the term "Zlatya", named after the rivers Zlana an Estya flowing in the region, which refers to large industrial firms. Common export products consists of: dental care equipment, solid ink printers and photographic film.
As a nation with an open economy, citizens is free to trade and start businesses in and outside of Mursland.
Mursland exports various products and services. Mursland imports many (raw) resources, mainly various kinds of metals, as well as many chemical components.
Mursland has an official (registered) population of ... as of 31 May 2021, with an estimated ... in 2022. The fertility rate in Mursland is 2.21, which is slightly above the required birthrate to maintain the population. It is projected that the population growth will decrease the coming century, resulting in an estimated population of ... million in 2120, and then a growth to a stable ... million in 2200.
Murslands median age is 41.3 years. In 2015, 16.2 percent of the population were older than 68 years, 65.2 percent between the ages of 18 and 68 years old, and 18.5 percent were younger than 18. It is notable that the share of elderly (68+) in North Bohesia and Plovina are significantly higher, 22.9% and 22.8% respectively.
Ethnicity in Mursland is initially based on your family's background. Administratively, it is not possible to have multiple ethnicities, so the 'most dominant' is chosen; the ethnicities of your parents and grandparents are checked upon birth, with a preference of the matrilineal line over the paternal line. Historically, there was no mobility in which religion you adhered, so people would be identified based on their ethno-religious background. With the secularisation of the government, these terms are dropped from censuses. However, they are still in use in informal communication.
Within Mursland, there are considered to be two 'native' ethnicities: Konorite (ethno-religiously the Konorsian and Barxian) and Ludarite (Ludarsian and Bonamech). There are also 3 other major groups: the Thallasites (the native Bohesians, as well as Propygrian immigrants), Luskites (Lusjkians and Illyrians), and the Variadians.
The main ethnicity in Mursland is Konorite, with 49.8% of people answering as such in a 2022 questionnaire. According to a 2016 estimate, the population was 49.2% Konorite, 31.7% Ludarite, 5.2% Luskite, 4.2% Thallasite, 2.3% Variadian, and 7.4% other. Some 110,000 to 130,000 people living in Mursland are a expatriate, which equates about 1.6% of the population.
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All population of Mursland is administratively categorized in rezidentsí. These are urban spaces or groups of settlements used in national statistics. As of 2014 there are 438 rezidentsís. Of those, 17 are informally recognized as cities (over 100 000 inhabitants). It should be noted that some rezidentsís registered as towns are in actuallity a borough of a larger city; the table below shows the combined population of these conglomerates. 26.2% of the Mursians live in a rural Rezidentsí.
Largest cities or towns in Mursland
2017 Electoral Poll
The official governmental and national language of Mursland is Mursian. About 82% of the Mursland population has mother-tongue fluency in Mursian, with 94% of the population indicating it can communicate in the language to some extent.
Besides Mursian, several local languages are spoken. The most prominent minor language is Ludarsian, a variety of [!Persian]. It is reported that 27% of Mursland speaks it to some extend, mostly in the Reimos peninsula. It is commonly still used in Haqiqitan households, where nearly 73% use it on a daily basis. In Zahélen and Tergovína, it has an official status. Historically, the language was more prominent in the country. The drivingforce behind the unification of Mursland was mostly under lead of messianic Konorsians, which made it the primairy official language. Additionally, as messianism increased in popularity in the south, the clerical use of Ludarsian disappeared.
Bohesian Thalássian, mostly spoken in the eastern half of the nation. The dialect has been classified as an endangered language, due to his historical suppression and lack thereof in official positions. It wasn't until 1954 the government recognized it as an official language in the Imperial Bohesia, Konmursia and North Bohesia duurzhavi. In 1959, Bohesian became one of the optional languages for high schools, but it was not until the 90s the language would regain speakers under active governmental support, although the number of households speaking it everyday is still decreasing. Nowadays, it spoken in household situations by 2.1% of the national population, with 9.4% second hand speakers, equalling about 851 thousand speakers.
Another minor language is Tergov Variadian, which is only spoken natively by about 1.3% of the population (around 95 000). The language is mostly focussed in Variadian communities in Jesiria and Tergovína. It has undergone a similar history as Bohesian within Mursland, and is only recognised as an official language in Jesiria. About two-thirds of (everyday) native speakers are above the age of 50, making the language highly endangered. Various programs are set up to combat the extinction and as of current about 200 000 people have studied the language, although the vast majority of them speak it on a too low level to properly maintain the language.
The government heavily subsidizes education in Mursland.
Education in Mursland is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 15. All children in Mursland usually attend elementary school from ages 4 to 12. It comprises eight grades. Based on an aptitude test, the eighth grade teacher's recommendation and the opinion of the pupil's parents or caretakers, a students starting skill level is determined for their courses in the secondary education. Depending on the size of the school, a flexible combination can be offered, or the student has to select a standardized combination of values.
The starting levels, nivalenesiil, are determined for their alpha, beta and gamma courses with a value of 1 up to 4. These are roughly equal to 30%, 30%, 25% and 15% of all students in every category. The courses in the first 3 years are catered to either maintain or increase that level. The following three years of the 'second half' of their secondary education, they can chose a certain subject bundle, as well as various courses. Sometimes, the courses have an entry level, based on the final results of the nivalenesiil. If the student ends in level 3 or 4, they can decide to follow some courses in the category on a higher level (respectively taský and pokrosilý) if available; they will have to study additionally outside of classes and will get more difficult tests and projects.
To graduate secondary education, a student has to pass the mandatory courses in the Mursian language, the confederate societal history, and elementary scientific analysis (a one-year course with basic data-analytics and visualisation). On top of that, they have to make a choice from 3 standardized subject bundles, a national or foreign language and at least 2 courses of their own choice.
The standardized subject bundles are:
- Spoletsnost: history, geography, maths-S, at least one national language.
- Ypologits: economics, computer sciences, management and organisation, maths-Y.
- Analytsia: biology, physics, chemistry, maths-A.
Optional courses, beside those found in the standardized subject bundles, are: Ludarsian culture (history, language), Bohesian culture (history, Thalássian language), Samot language, Luski language, arts and art history (stage, visual, audio), crafts (wood, metals, fabric), debating, sports (for students excelling in a sport) and healthcare (can only be followed in combination with biology).
After finishing secondary education, there are various of options for trinary education. It is possible to attain specialism in a job on a robo-institut (taking 1 to 3 years), or go to an university to achieve a degree in a subject.
There are 7 universities (Panapisima) in Mursland: Plovina Royal School, Brixivo State University, Skrivalo State University, Leibit University, University of Tergovína (Benjlej), Stratonpolis' Poly-technic Institute and Thisalo Poly-technic Institute. All universities offer their courses in Mursian, with some offering a part of their curriculum also in Ludarsian or Samot.
Healthcare is partly funded by the government. Healthcare in Mursland is nominally universal, but out-of-pocket expenses account for about half of all healthcare spending, which significantly limits access to medical care. In 2019, 12.71% of the government spending (= 4.32% of GDP) was for healthcare, while the public provided another 4.29% of the GDP. This equals to circa 2.1 trillion ₽.
More than 80% of all deaths are due to cancer and cardiovascular conditions; nearly a fifth of those are avoidable. High death rates result from a combination of an ageing population, a significant number of people at risk of poverty and a poorly distributed healthcare system. Much of the important medical care is concentrated in a few cities across the country, meaning that some people would have to spend their day travelling to and from a specialized doctor. This has resulted that many people not looking for specialized treatment; either they cannot afford the time, or the money. Other problems disrupting care provision are the emigration of doctors due to mediocre wages, space shortage, and vagueness of the covering of the basic service package for those insured. The average life expectancy in Mursland is 74.3 years.
LGBTQ Movement and Rights
News and media
Vysilanie Groupa Mursiya (VGM), Mursiya Spoletsnost Rozhlas (MSR) and daily newspapers Vest and M24 are some of the largest national media outlet in the Mursian language, providing radio, television and news nationwide. Beside these, there are also Bapors and Oraíos Pohessa delivering news in respectively Ludarsian and Bohesian. Media in Mursland is considered to be mostly unbiased, something improving in the past decades under public pressure. One of the issues still troubling Mursian news is the limited reporting on past envendors of the government regarding minority oppression, due to pressure of various anonymous factions within the government.
Many traditions in Mursland are based on the local majority religion.
Mursland knows two categories of holidays: government holidays and cultural holidays. The former are civic holidays on which most jobs are free from work with pay. The latter do not guarantee free days, although some do have mandated increase in loan, which makes it likelier for companies to grant free hours to employees. The government holidays are the National Day, Kralski Den, and Visoluntsesti Den.
The National day of Mursland is on the 2nd of February, the day of official unification of the Bond of Mursland. It is a tradition to eat the traditional dish of Kyufti with your family. Kralski Den, which celebrates the royal family, is held on the birthday of the first king of Mursland, which is on the 4th of March. On the day, a lot of parties and festivals are organized with a historic theme. The king himself traditionally visits one of the cities, in which a parade is organized. Visoluntsesti is the day the sun reaches it highest point; its usually on the 21st of Juli. The summer solstice played a big part in Mursian religion pre-Massiahism and was consequently absorbed during the convertion.
National cultural holidays include:
- 1st January: New years day
- 12th January: Údresbuid Den (Maintenance day) - the day on which many systems get reset and recalibrated. It is also the day utility contracts (such as electricity, water, gas) start and end.
- 21st March: Pirrya Den (Day of Pirri) - A holiday from ancient Mursian religion, celebrating Pirri, goddess of warmth. The Periodeia Jesiriya is held on this day from sunrise to sunset.
- 1st May: Abjvaní Den - Parents day
- 22nd August: Ptáki Den (Bird Day) - Tradition is during the evening to tell or perform many folktale stories, often in elaborate costume. At the start of the evening, it are family friendly stories, but as the night progresses, the stories become more serious.
- 23rd August: Odpostivi Den (Resting Day) - Day to recover some sleep from Ptáki Den. People generally do not plan appointments on this day.
- 3rd September: Shturmuvane Den (Assault day) - Commemoration of the battle of Episkapetri Castle, near Stratonpolis.
- 15th November: Den na Pozhar (Day of Fire) - A light festival. Depending on the region, there are large bonfire's and/or fireworks.
- 28th November: Den na Brat (Brothers Day) - The day on which people help out the community. This can be done by doing volunteering work or donating to charity.
- 19th December: Psónia Iméra (Shopping Day) - Day on which many shops will run large discounts.
- 25th December: Koleda (Christmas)
- 31st December: Old years day
Religious holidays are considered personal issue by the government; depending on the company, days off can be assigned, or people can get free off-days to distribute to their liking on their religious holidays.
[Traditional Mursian art]
With the turn of the 20th century, the so called Dsasti Hotový (literally 'partly finished') movement became popular. It is characterised by its quick nature and its lack of backgrounds, often leaving large swats of canvases and paper untouched. The style took inspiration of the morally liberal movements that became popular in the post-Jungastian period. The works contrasted heavily with the established standards. Various exhibitions had to be closed early out of protests, and some of the early works of the movement, including many of the renowned Enjn Beqandou, have been lost due to vandalism and arson.
Between 1700 and 1830s, there was a movement called the Mursian Naissance. It saw much development of regional building styles in Reimos and Nai regions. Rather than building simple houses of local materials, more specialized housing with expensive materials were constructed.
Following the Mursian Naissance was a period of what is now called Royal Design. Under the Jungastian Sjbastiö-Kortís dynasty, the leading building style shifted towards the west Artemian architecture of that period.
After the economic crash of 1915-1926 and the devaluation of the Pette, combined by an ever-growing population, calls came for affordable mass housing. This sparked the development of apartment blocks.
By the 50s, under the newly formed republic, Brutalism took ground in Mursland.
Much of modern architecture is based on foreign design.
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Most modern Mursian language music is pop and rock, although various popular bands do play in alternative genres.
At the end of the year, the national broadcasting company organizes the Sekulý-Najlepsich, a large music event spanning several days. It started in 1995 as a year-ending event as a list of 1995 songs voted for by the general public. The popularity made it a reoccurring event, having taken place every year since then. Usually, the length of the list matches the year, with the exception of 2001, 2002 and 2011. The current rules state that anyone in Mursland can send in a top 25 of their favourite songs. The Sekulý Najlepsich is the largest music event in Mursland, and most popular radio broadcast every year. In 2019, the organisation behind the event processed a total of 41.29 million entries.
Theatre, performance, movie
Mursland has a rich history of theatre. Famous playwrights include Isme a Dit, [Others].
Mursian cuisine consists of four major ingredients: Wine, olive oil, wheat and in some regions a variety of fish. A wide variety of spices are used from all over the Eurybian and east Kesh. Staple foods are yakhniya (a type of stew), kirós (a vertical rotisserie) and the omeletta (a type of filled omelette). Deserts often contain almond or custard. Notable is kormós, a chocolate salami.
Mursian people are among the biggest consumers of wines, with many types existing across the country. Since the 18th century, with the introduction of grapes to the wider public, it has since surpassed most other alcoholic beverages in the country. The most popular non-alcoholic beverage is tea, followed by juices. Coffee held some popularity, but has seen legislation limiting its availability (especially the banning for minors).
The Mursland military is split into 4 branches: The Army (Sjednotený Domlih), The Airforce (Konfederatsiid Vuuzdushni Oruuzhi), The Navy (Konfederatsiid Flota), and a Marechausse (Konfederatsiid Pazach). Mursland spends 444 billion pette ($4.09 billion) on defence in 2019, which is 5.25% of government spending, or 1.79% of their GDP. In total, the Mursland Armed forces employs 104004 military personnel (of these, 9724 are reservists) and 3029 civilians.
Since 1915, both men and women can serve their nation. The minimal age for service is 17 years old, and the maximum is 45 for frontline service. Currently, conscription has not been enforced in Mursland since 1986, and the armed forces consists fully of volunteers.
The Sjednotený Domlih (The Unified Army) is tasked with protecting the nation against foreign forces, and can be deployed in foreign nations to protect items of interest or conquer land. It has currently 6 divisions, totalling 72928 service men and women. Formed in 1709 during the 2nd Tergov-Hébel war, it has a rich history of the many armed forces it is composed of.
The Konfederatsiid Vuuzdushni Oruuzhi (The Air Weapon of the Confederation) operates 56 [FIGHER JET]s from [COUNTRY], and 26 battle helicopters. Beside using air vehicles, the KVO also operates various surface-to-air-missile installations, both stationary and mobile. The airforce employs 4900 people.
The Konfederatsiid Flota (The Fleet of the Confederation) is tasked with protecting the waters of Mursland, both sea and river and employs 13303 (militairy contracted) people. It operates 4 frigates, 3 corvettes, 5 submarines (with 2 more under construction), and a fleet of support vessels.
The Konfederatsiid Pazach (Guards of the Confederation), Pazach in short, is a sort of militarised police force, used to secure places of national interest (the government, military structures, etc.), guard borders and protect the coastline. It is a separate branch in the armed forces from the Sjednotený Domlih; it does not report to the highest commander, but directly to the minister of defence. Constitutionally, the Pazach is the only armed forces allowed to operate within Mursland in peace time. It employs 9844.
Beside providing guards for the government and border patrol, the Pazach also operates the intelligence agency, counter terrorism forces and protects the internet services of Mursland.