Kingdom Of Ringerike
Motto: " Nasjon før alt til fjellene faller"
"Nation before all, until the mountains fall"
|Nils Olav Jagland|
• First Recorded Settlement
• First Unified Kingdom
• Constitution Ratified
|September 16th 1676|
• 2016 estimate
• Per capita
'Ringerike' officially The Kingdom of Ringerike, (Norsk: Kongedømmet Ringerike): is a country situated off the northern coast of Artemia. The Capital city and seat of executive power is the city of Kongensheim. Ringerike has a total area of 342,987 square kilometres and a population of 32,236,000 (as of August 2016). Ringerike is bordered by Mespalia, and the Skagerrak strait to the south, with continental Artemia on the other side. Ringerike has an extensive coastline, facing the Boreal Ocean and the Skagerrak strait. The maritime influence also dominates Ringerike's climate with mild lowland temperatures on the sea coasts, whereas the central interior, while colder, is also a lot milder than areas elsewhere in the world on such northerly latitudes. Even during polar night, temperatures around freezing are commonplace on the eastern coastline. The maritime influence brings high rainfall and snowfall to some areas of the country including the high north, which is much less densely populated than elsewhere.
Haakon VI of the House of Alta is the current King of Ringerike. Nils Olav Jagland has been prime minister since 2018. As a unitary sovereign state with a constitutional monarchy, Ringerike divides state power between the Storting, the cabinet and the supreme court, as determined by the 1676 constitution. The kingdom was established in 670 as a merger of many petty kingdoms and has existed continuously for since then.
Ringerike maintains a welfare model with universal health care and a comprehensive social security system, and its values are rooted in egalitarian ideals. The Ringerike state has large ownership positions in key industrial sectors, having extensive reserves of minerals, lumber, seafood, and fresh water. The resource production industry accounts for a not insignificant portion of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).
The name Ringerike broadly means "realm of the rings", coming from the traditional story that the first Kings of Ringerike were gifted by the God Silmir as he uplifted humanity at the conclusion of his war with a faction of other beings who sought to keep people in an a more primitive state. These rings would remain the symbol of Ringeriker monarchs into the mid-1600s, when more internationally recognizable crowns were adopted so Ringeriker royalty might better fit in with foreign courts. It however remains traditional to this day that rings are not worn by those outside the nobility, with things such as marriage instead being represented by bracelets or other jewelry.
Evidence of human habitation has been found dating back as far as the end of the last ice age, as the glaciers retreated north, humans followed them, surviving on the newly growing flora and the fauna which followed, however there is little to suggest that these peoples had any form of society outside of family groups and tribes born of convenience and to counter territorial threats.
More recent finds along the entire coast revealed to archaeologists that the difference between the two can simply be ascribed to different types of tools and not to different cultures. Coastal fauna provided a means of livelihood for fishermen and hunters, who may have made their way along the southern coast about 10,000 BC when the interior was still covered with ice. It is now thought that these so-called "Proto-Norsk" peoples came from the south and followed the coast northward considerably later.
In the southern part of the country are dwelling sites dating from about 4,000 BC. Finds from these sites give a clearer idea of the life of the hunting and fishing peoples. The implements vary in shape and mostly are made of different kinds of stone; those of later periods are more skillfully made. Rock carvings (i.e. petroglyphs) have been found, usually near hunting and fishing grounds. They represent game such as deer, reindeer, elk, bears, birds, seals, whales, and fish (especially salmon and halibut), all of which were vital to the way of life of the coastal peoples. The rock carvings at Alta were made at sea level from 4,200 to 500 BC and mark the progression of the land as the sea rose after the last ice age ended.
Bronze Age (2500BC-500BC)
Around 2500 BC, new settlers arrived in southern Ringerike. They were Artemian farmers who grew grain and kept cows and sheep. The current hunting-fishing population of the area was also gradually replaced by farmers, though hunting and fishing remained useful secondary means of livelihood.
From about 1500 BC, bronze was gradually introduced, but the use of stone implements continued; Ringerike had few riches to barter for bronze goods, and the few finds consist mostly of elaborate weapons and brooches that only chieftains could afford. Huge burial cairns built close to the sea as far north as Jokullshavn and also inland in the south are characteristic of this period. The motifs of the rock carvings differ slightly from those typical of the Stone Age. Representations of the Sun, animals, trees, weapons, ships, and people are all strongly stylised.
Thousands of rock carvings from this period depict ships, and the large stone burial monuments known as stone ships, suggest that ships and seafaring played an important role in the culture at large. The depicted ships most likely represent sewn plank built canoes used for warfare, fishing and trade. These ship types may have their origin as far back as the neolithic period
Iron Age (500BC-670AD)
Little has been found dating from the early Iron Age (the last 500 years BC). What is known is that the dead were cremated, and their graves contain few burial goods. During the first four centuries AD, the people of Ringerike were in contact with civilizations located on continental Artemia by way of trade. About 70 bronze cauldrons, often used as burial urns, have been found. At this time, the amount of settled area in the country increased, a development that can be traced by coordinated studies of topography, archaeology, and place-names. The oldest root names, such as nes, vik, and bø ("cape," "bay," and "farm"), are of great antiquity, dating perhaps from the Bronze Age, whereas the earliest of the groups of compound names with the suffixes vin ("meadow") or heim ("settlement"), usually date from the 1st century AD
Early Absolute Monarchy (670-1000)
What is known of this period is derived primarily from folklore, both originating in Ringerike itself, or the places they interacted with, notably the Saga of Fafnir Wolftooth, which chronicles the life and exploits of the aforementioned Explorer in the late 8th and early 9th centuries AD, however some events were recorded in a much more permanent and supposedly accurate way, such as the unification of several small kingdoms into what would eventually become the Kingdom of Ringerike in the year 670 AD. This event was borne of the connections between said kingdoms first by the marriage of Chieftains sons and daughters, which resulted in the eventual homogenization of the peoples into one unified group, with a monarch Harald Steel Breaker (Norsk: Harald Stålbryter) in the year 670. The chain of events which lead to this are carved onto monoliths littering the southern coastal regions of today's kingdom. Following the unification of those kingdoms a series of expeditions were mounted with the intention of trading with the Continental Artemians, this more often than not resulted in the trade fleets devolving into nothing more than raiding parties on a significant number of occasions.
One of the most notable series of expeditions is recorded by the Saga of Fafnir Wolftooth, and are considered the events that lead to the formation of Gardarike, in which the first expedition, taking place in the early 9th century AD, lead to the discovery of the Silfra river, and the following return trips lead to it's charting, encounters with the native Finnic peoples and the construction of settlements in the region.
Later Absolute Monarchy (1000-1673)
Absolute monarchy was the unbroken system of governance between the years of 670 and 1673, with the breakout of the Nyttmann's Rebellion (1673-1676), during this time the Kingdom expanded into the borders it occupies to this day. Society was bound by it's strict feudal system and traditional values, used by the nobility to keep the lower classes in a state of servitude or subsistence farming with around 30% of the average farmer's crop yield going to the state, however most were at least outwardly content with this way of life.
In 1544, on the direct order of the current monarch Olav II, the Ringerike Trading Guild was formed to provide an official state sponsored framework under which private trading companies were afforded protection and favorable taxation conditions provided they would heed royal directives on when, what and where to trade as required. The rapid success of this company lead to an economic boon in the second half of the 16th century and long into the 17th. However towards the end of this period the Monarch with the assistance Orthodox Godatru church, which had always had strong ties to the monarchy, began to more strictly impose their traditional values on the until then tolerated growing middle class living in the urbanized areas of the Kingdom, whom they had designated as a threat to their feudal power, leading to the outbreak of civil disobedience and later open revolt in 1673.
Nyttmann's Rebellion (1673-1676)
So named for it's roots in the newly appearing middle class, The Nyttmann's Rebellion lead to the signing of the first constitution of Ringerike and the transition from absolute monarchy to a constitutional one. The first true military engagement of the conflict was a rather minor one, with a militia group in Larvik conducting an ambush against soldiers of the 3/4 King's Regiment, these kinds of mobile tactics defined the conflict serving as a template for Ringerike military doctrine in the following years and leading to a large amount of casualties on the Royalist side in comparison to those suffered by the Rebels which, by 1674, had unified under the banner of 'The First People's Army', a standing military force constituted from the various rebel militias and numbering some 45,000 combatants by the end of the war.
The war came to an end following a Raid on The Kongensheim Citadel, during which the King was successfully coerced into ordering the cessation of all military activity against the rebels and eventually into signing the first draft of the constitution after which Olav IV, the current king, was executed, his family and closest supporters exiled along with many of his followers. In his place Hans Nytmann, who had spent his years at the head of the rebel forces consolidating his own power, installed himself as as so-called Lord-Chancellor of Ringerike wielding total executive power contrary to the new constitution as he was not a King in name. The following years were characterized by extreme brutality and repression of the people by the state, as the victorious rebel army turned its sights on personal gains, looting all they could carry and pillaging their ways home. This naturally led to a degree of resistance by the population, led by Crown loyalists that had remained in Ringerike.
Nyttman's Lord-Chancellorship (1676-1682)
Ringerike under Nyttmann was a totalitarian dictatorship characterized in its early days by extreme brutality and the rampant looting and pillaging of the victorious rebel forces, as well as the continuing skirmishing between remaining Crown Loyalists and government forces. This was followed by immediate economic troubles as trade collapsed in the aftermath of the war.
During this period the exiled supporters of the Crown spent their time ingratiating themselves with foreign courts while the armies of the crown sold their warfighting services to almost anyone who would pay. This proved invaluable later on during the campaign to retake Ringerike, creating a much more disciplined, experienced and flexible force that took lessons from the mobile tactics of the rebels that had cast them out.
A particular point of tension in Nytmann's Ringerike was the classification of nearly all hunting as poaching, the penalty for which being death. Ringerikers had always traditionally been allowed to hunt their own game outside of crown property, and this formed a crucial part of the food supply of more rural communities. This lead to the formation of the first Jegerkompani (Anglic: Hunter Company), an organized band of hunters and poachers, who would harass local enforcers. The were often extremely capable sharpshooters, fighting as skirmishers they would be invaluable in the campaign to restore the crown and form the traditional basis of the Jegerkorps.
Restoration of the Monarchy (1682-1683)
As news of strong resistance to Nyttmann's reign reached the exiled Crown Loyalists, who had established themselves under the former Crown Prince Haakon operating as mercenaries for the most part across Artemia a growing number of them expressed a desire to return and restore the monarchy culminating in the return of crown forces to Ringerike in February 1682, catching Nyttmann's forces off guard. The following campaign was immediately bolstered by the remaining Loyalists and other organizations, such as the Jeger Companies. By early 1683 Nyttmann had been forced into a decisive engagement at the Siege of Kongensheim Citadel, during which he was killed by an unknown member of a Jegerkompani, who had unhorsed him with a shot from his musket before driving a short spear into his chest. As a reward for this the company was formally stood up into the King's guard following the coronation of Haakon III with the restoration of the monarchy, adopting the blood red spear as it's emblem, and that of all Jeger Forces.
The monarchy did not return without limitation however, it was bound to the terms of the constitution signed in 1676 which ,among other things, formalized the separation of Church and state as well as forming the Felles Storting, a body of elected officials who would represent the will of the common people before the King, this would eventually form the basis of the modern Ringeriker Parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy.
The First Constitution (1683-1870)
The age of the first constitution is regarded as a stable period of societal, cultural and economic development, with little in the way of internal struggles following the uplifting of the common population from servitude. This period of stability allowed for an expansion of trading connections across the world, bringing previously unavailable produce and goods to Ringerike's shores. This however drew the Kingdom into more international issues, with trade ships being subjected to piracy and being caught up in foreign conflicts in far flung regions. As a result the Ringerike Navy underwent a rapid program of expansion beginning in 1754 with the explicit purpose of ensuring safe trade for Ringerike flagged ships across the world, the start of a long history of convoy support and patrol actions that would continue for years to come. This era came to an end with the signing of the second constitution, resulting from a successful campaign to introduce universal suffrage.
The Second Constitution (1870-1915)
The Second constitution was signed into being as a result of the campaign to introduce universal suffrage which resulted in the Universal Suffrage Act of 1870, giving the vote to all people above the age of 18. The Suffrage movement was hailed as "The most decisive action taken against the government, by the people, since the New Man's rebellion". Although the movement's female members would not reach the highest political office, nor would any woman for some years, one of it's major male benefactors the progressive Fylkesherr Magnuss Carlsson, a nobleman of the province of Alta, would successfully run for Premier in 1895 and appoint the first female cabinet minister; Hilde Osland, who took the office of Cabinet Minister of the Treasury. Again this period was marked by relative stability with a republican movement appearing in 1899 but not turning to civil disobedience on a large scale, this movement did however further loosen the grip of the monarchy over the people by lessening the image of importance it had previously maintained, relegating it to all but ceremonial functions in practice, and establishing the status quo where royal assent would almost never be denied. The period would also see a change in the Colonial policies of the Ringeriker state, beginning with the Gulkysten War which prompted the signing of the Treaty of Santo André (1898) with Theyka, converting Sorland into a Dominion with a much greater degree of autonomy and a general pivot towards seeking formalized peaceful ties with the other Ingonian States in order to secure Ringeriker interests in the region and secure Sorlands flanks in the case of further conflicts with Liao.
The Grand Campaigns (1915-1925)
Ringerike's involvement in the Grand Campaigns was mostly limited to actions in the Dominion of Sorland following the crossing of Valentisnk forces into Liao. At first the colonial government acted to support the incursion due to the historically poor and conflict laden relations between the two nations without consulting the Ringerike Government, this at first led to outrage from the sitting Premier, this was however subdued by the massive outpouring of public support for Sorland's actions. Plans were soon drawn up to reinforce the Dominion's forces with the garrison force being immediately committed to the Colony's aid.
The Postwar Period and Artemian Syndicalist Insurgency (1925-1957)
The events of the Grand Campaigns period served to solidify the internal reputation, and established Ringerike's foreign policy as one of international involvement across the spectrum of trade, politics and warfare as means to solidify the nation's internal security. The successes of Ringerike's Military, although at some times Pyrrhic, fostered a great sense of national pride and spurred on a period of rapid expansion and technological development in the sector, this in turn boosted the national industrial output leading to a small, but noticeable, economic boon during the period. Average conditions for workers were still however relatively poor, with little to nothing in the way of Social Security or Welfare outside of the limited system of Universal Healthcare that was in effect at the time, this lead to a series of labor disputes, culminating in the 1932 Larvik Shipwrights Riot, which grew to such a scale that the government was once again forced to the negotiating table by it's own people. Several major pieces of legislation came into being as a result of this; The 1932 Social Welfare Act, which provided an increased rate of mandatory sick pay and broadened the scope of the healthcare system, The 1932 Labor Conditions Act, which established a regulatory body for workplace safety and conditions, and the 1932 Unions act, which allowed for the establishment of independent labor unions not limited to a particular industry.
Ringerike did not escape the effects of the wave of political conflict known to most as the Syndicalist Insurgency, Syndicalist groups were known to operate both on and from the various islands in the Skagerrak Strait and raids were carried out relatively frequently over the years which culminated in the 1956 Raid on Store Sommarøya which was by far the most violent and intense fighting of the insurgency the Ringerike was directly involved in.
Syndicalism in Sorland (1957-1967)
With the outbreak of the Valentine Emergency in 1955 Sorland's Security Forces were directed to step up activities on the Valentinsk border in an attempt to prevent spillover however somewhat unexpectedly, open Syndicalist activities in New Valentine led to the formation of underground groups of the same nature within Sorland itself which surfaced in 1957, conducting raids on border checkpoints and Police stations. In retaliation the Ringeriker garrison force struck back at suspected Syndicalist sympathizers, which only served to inflame the issue at the time leading to a short increase in violence before the networks were mostly dismantled by both colonial and Ringeriker forces in short order. Upon the eruption of violence Ringerike also officially offered materiel, air and limited ground support to New Valentina, which ceased with the end of the Valentine Emergency in 1967.
Decline and Fall of Sorland (1967-1975)
In 1966 a team at the Gullhavn University discovered that with the correct mixture of Phosphorous and Lime the Cerrado prevalent in much of Sorland could be rendered suitable for large scale industrial farming operations. The Ringerike government, seeing an opportunity to exploit this new discovery, commenced a series of land seizures from small holding farmers in 1967. At first this was met with little opposition as the targets of the program were chosen based on having existing financial difficulties and compensation was generous. The program continued at a slow pace until mid 1973 when the first major land seizures took place taking over some of the largest holdings on the Colony, ejecting tenant farmers in the process some of whom were former members of Syndicalist organizations. It was those individuals who first established militant groups using weapons caches left over from the earlier insurgency.
The first armed clash began on the morning of February 3rd 1974 when a group of Police officers responded to reports of a disturbance at a recently seized small holding were ambushed, leaving no survivors. The local police commander called for assistance from colonial troops, however instead received a company from the Ringeriker Garrison Force who conducted a clearance operation killing 4 insurgents and wounding several others. The intervention of the garrison force served only to rally public opinion in support of the insurgents. Over the next year clashes intensified but were mostly limited to rural areas, this was the case until May 1975 when large scale demonstrations in several population centers devolved into mass rioting accompanied by a series of bombings. On the 31st a patrol from 17 (Sorland) Jeger Battalion encountered a KNA reconnaissance team just within the border. A series of reconnaissance flights were subsequently ordered. Once the images were processed they revealed a large concentration of KNA forces, on the 3rd of June these forces crossed the border, marking the outbreak of the Sorland War which ended on the 2nd of October and lead to the independence of Sorland.
Sitting to the North of Artemia, Ringerike experiences a typical Nordic climate, ranging from taiga forests in the south to desolate tundra in the north, along the coast, Fjords line the eastern coast, providing calm, sheltered waters in the otherwise rough northern seas, which attracts large populations of aquatic life, ranging from Haddock to Sperm Whales, in the more northern areas Polar Bears are not entirely uncommon, however populations have been one the decline. Grey Wolves and Arctic Foxes are among the critically endangered species still found in numbers in the Kingdom, with measures brought in to secure the future of a multitude of such species.
The northern and eastern parts of Ringerike, fully exposed to Boreal storm fronts, experience more precipitation and have harsher winters than the eastern and southern parts of the nation. Most of the population inhabits the oceanic climate zone on more temperate regions, however there is still a significant portion of the population that inhabits the much colder regions in the north of the country.
Because of Ringerike's high latitude, there are large seasonal variations in daylight. From late May to late July, the sun never completely descends beneath the horizon in areas of the far north, and the rest of the country experiences up to 20 hours of daylight per day. Conversely, from late November to late January, the sun never rises above the horizon in the north, and daylight hours are very short in the rest of the country.
Economy & Infrastructure
The Kingdom has a partially regulated market economy, based on market exchange rates. A relatively strong domestic manufacturing base provides most household goods, backed up by state owned domestic heavy industries in sectors such as aerospace, shipbuilding and material manufacturing. However these industries are supplied with smaller components by private industry and imports. The basic unit of currency is the Krone.
Notable state owned companies include these examples:
Stålgilde Heavy Industries (Norsk: Stålgilde Tunge Bransjer) The company itself is involved primarily in material fabrication, steelworks, refining and mineral extraction, but also includes several wholly owned subsidiaries, fore example; Stålgilde Kinetics, responsible for arms and ammunition manufacture and development. Stålgilde Marine, which owns several shipyards and ship breakers along the Southern coast, used for both commercial and government contracts, with a particular specialization in the design and construction of the large icebreakers often require to keep trade flowing in the far north. Steel Guild Automotive is primarily concerned with civilian and government automotive design, manufacture and maintenance contracts.
Norsk Energy AS (Norsk: Norsk Energi AS) State owned utilities supplier, provides power, gas, and ,in some cases, water supplies to the population, prices were formerly imposed by the government, however since the appearance of private firms in the utilities sector rates have been dictated more by their competition, however the company still maintains physical control of the primary electrical distribution grid for management and maintenance purposes.
Although prominent, the monopoly once enjoyed by state owned industry is fading away as foreign corporations and private businesses begin to establish themselves more widely after the implementation of the 1973 State Monopolies act, which was enacted to boost the capacity of private industry to compete with the state and stimulate economic growth.
The resource extraction and refinement industries also account for a large share of the Ringerike economy, with it's verdant forests being managed for lumber production and large reserves of oil and natural gas, both on and off-shore, are exploited by a growing number of corporations both foreign and domestic. This however, has not stopped a significant effort being made to break into the renewable energy market, with state owned and sponsored projects consisting of hydroelectric dams, tidal barrages and wind farms being pushed to meet the nations ever expanding energy requirements.
Special Economic Zones
With the signing of the 1973 State Monopolies act, it was realized that in order for private companies to compete against the established state entities thta certain allowances would have to be given to new private corporate entities in the form of lowered tax rates, two Special Economic Zones were established, with both being located in the city of Kongensheim itself, not the surrounding city of Ánslo, the first is known as the Crown Tax Zone, which exists to provide special conditions for the city's Ancient Guilds which at the time were struggling financially. The second shares a large portion of the first's physical space, but provides ideal financial conditions for the operation of private businesses, functioning as a sort of tax haven for such entities, these benefits however are seldom extended to private citizens.
The energy sector is a diverse and changing element of the Ringeriker economy, recent years have seen a pivot towards renewable and sustainable energy initiatives with the industry growing at a rapid rate. This is seen as a necessary step to both leverage the natural advantages afforded to the nation by it's geography and climate as well as to cut dependence on imports of fossil fuels for power generation. Ringerike co-operates with Chezzetcook state and private firms in the nuclear power sector, with Chezetcooker firms assisting in reactor development and construction, as a result of this cooperation Ringerike operates several on and off-shore nuclear power generation installations, with the offshore platforms, mainly in the far north, providing power to regions not connected to the national grid, military installations, and other offshore platforms.
Ringerike's geography lends itself to hydroelectric power generations, often implemented my damning fjords, however a large amount of investment is being channeled toward the construction of tidal lagoons for energy generation purposes. Seawater Pumped Hydroelectric is being explored to provide a method of energy storage and surge generation capacity as an alternative the current natural gas plants.
A Healthily sized electronics manufacturing sector exists in Ringerike, dominated mostly by Blindberg AS, which was established as a small radio manufacturing firm in the 1930s, it has since diversified producing products ranging from consumer electronics to specialized defense oriented products and components for RNSC Rockets.
Shipbuilding & Breaking
Commercial and military shipbuilding has always played a significant part in the Ringerike economy, with the shipping, fishing and offshore resource extraction industries requiring large scale engineering support, the sector was dominated almost entirely by state owned corporations until 1973, with the signing of the State Monopolies act allowing foreign firms to set up and buy stakes in previously wholly state owned businesses. However, the primary shipbuilding and breaking firm in the country remains Stålgilde Marine, the state owned company, with subsidiary shipyards set up in almost every major port on Ringerike's coast.
Science & Technology
Ringerike is a member of the tripartite Northern Integrated Systems Group which is a multinational partnership that facilitates joint advancement in areas such as Defense and Energy technologies. Ringerike also has a domestic technology industry aimed at supplying internal user needs.
The Ringerike government identified a strategic need for a space capability, first in the sphere of communications, in the 1960 Defense Review, however it was also determined that achieving a domestic space launch capability would eventually become an integral part of the economy therefore the government resolved to create a jointly owned space agency, the Ringerike National Space Commission, involving the Ministry Of Defense (65% of the budget contribution) and the Ministry Of Science And Technology (35% of the budget contribution) however funding is frequently directly provided by the treasury from outside these organizations. The RNSC is also heavily involved in the development of ballistic missile systems for the Ringerike Armed Forces.
The RNSC works separately to the Kingdom's contribution to AnterCosmos, which affords it a great deal of international co-operation in design and technology and access to more favorable launch sites and has largely eliminated the RNSC's commitment to civil projects.
The Rail Network of Ringerike is owned and operated by Ringerike State Railways (Norsk: Ringerike Statsbaner ), which has sole domestic operating rights on the High Speed Rail network for passenger transport, some other regional lines are operated by private and local government entities. An agreement exists that enables connected international rail companies to operate on the High Speed and Cargo networks, such is the case concerning traffic that has passed through the Skaggerak Tunnel.
Ringerike has several international and regional airports and the Flag Carrier is KIF, based out of King Haakon I Airport, Ánslo.
The Ringeriker State maintains a monopoly on the sale of all alcoholic beverages above 5.5% ABV, except in retail shops directly attached to sites of production. Premises ,such as bars, wishing to sell alcohol for consumption within their own property must acquire a license to do so.
All Pharmacies in Ringerike are operated by the state owned firm Apoteka, which is operated in close co-operation with the National Health Service. Typical over the counter medications are also available in other stores and prescription medications are charged at a flat fee determined by the Government.
Government and Politics
As Constitutional monarchy, the powers of the reigning monarch are limited, however laws are still required to be given Royal Assent, in practice, this is almost never denied. The Monarch also approves the appointment each Earl (Who acts as a governor), selected from the nobility to sit on the council of the Edel Storting, the upper legislative house of the government. This upper house approves or denies bills drafted by the lower house, the Felles Storting. The members of the lower house are elected on a 4 yearly basis from candidates supplied by the various political parties of the nation to compete over geographical constituencies. These constituencies are loosely associated with the former feudal boundaries.
Ringerike is split into seventeen Counties (Norsk: Fylkes), each having a County Governor, and the Crown County (Norsk: Kronefylke), Kongesheim County, which has the 'Crown Earl' who in most cases is also the current Crown Prince of Ringerike, each of these Earls exercises the position of governor of their respective county, but also has a seat in the Edel Storting, the upper legislative house of the government, as such the actual running of the County is left to their respective elected local governments. The counties are then sub-divided into second-level municipalities (Kommuner), which in turn are administered by directly elected municipal council.
|Name||Administrative Centre||Largest Settlement||Governor|
|Kronefylke||Kongensheim||Ánslo||Crown Prince Nils Alta|
|Larviksfylke||Larvik||Larvik||Earl Kurt Sørensen|
|Nordland||Jokullshavn||Jokullshavn||Earl Severin Løvenskiold|
|Boldosfylke||Boldo||Thuyishavn||Earl Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen|
|Kvitsøyfylke||Kvitsøy||Ydstebøhavn||Lady Anniken Neergaard|
|Herøy||Fosnavåg||Fosnavåg||Earl Olav Myklebust|
|Ulsteinfylke||Ulsteinvik||Ulsteinvik||Earl Jan Ove Tryggestad|
|Hustadvika||Alta||Alta||Earl Andre Møller|
|Hå||Hå||Hå||Lady Gunda Huitfeldt|
|Raumafylke||Rauma||Rauma||Earl Torfinn Hoiland|
|Hadafylke||Hada||Hada||Earl Torstein Lonning|
|Setesdal||Skien||Skien||Lady Hjørdis Hammer|
|Strindafylke||Strinda||Skogn||Earl Øivind Kvamme|
|Naumdælafylke||Naumdæla||Naumdæla||Earl Filip Torgersen|
|Herjedalen||Hå||Hå||Lady Grete Berg|
|Tønsbergsysle||Tønsberg||Tønsberg||Lady Bodhild Sundt|
|Akershus||Lista||Tolga||Earl Magnus Bergum|
Ringerike has one major overseas dependency, Prince Erling's Island (Norsk: Prins Erlingsøya), located off the southern coast of the Confederate States of Northern Avalonia, the dependency is what remains of the former colony of Sorland which became independent from Ringerike at the conclusion of the Sorland War fought between Ringerike and The KNA.
Society and Culture
Ringerike Society generally values Civil Service and personal self sufficiency. A form of public service is mandatory for all eligible citizens, it is not limited to military service and involves options to work in public health, engineering and community projects. The age of entry into this service varies from 18-24, depending on the level of the individual’s education. The people’s value of self sufficiency however has not lead to a distaste for government assistance, as such healthcare and a level of social welfare is guaranteed by the state.
Healthcare and State Welfare
Ringerike has a robust public healthcare and social security system the guarantees universal access to healthcare and social welfare funded by taxation and government revenues, however a reform of the system, passed into law in 2019 introduced the conditional access system, which allows welfare officials to set conditions based on a recipient's willingness and ability to break habits such as but not limited to smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, this is paired with increased access to assistance programs in order to enable such changes. In order to combat unemployment State owned businesses as well as private entities are encouraged to earmark a certain number of places for those entering the workforce through government sponsored employment programs, with the stoppage of a percentage of welfare payments being consequential of an individual deemed suitable for the workforce either rejecting or failing to retain employment when offered, welfare payments come in the form of either direct payments to the claimant in the case of disability or other work limiting factors, or onto a government issued card which has replaced the previous coupon system, this card's usage is tracked and can, in most cases, only be used to purchase goods deemed as essential.
The Kingdom places a heavy emphasis on physical ability and sports during it's educational program, resulting in sports being a large feature in society, in particular those most commonly classified as Winter Sports, however activities such as cross-country running and shooting sports feature heavily in the most popular sports clubs. Ice Hockey is the Kingdom's most popular indoor sport and Biathlon also experiences a large amount of popularity, especially in the more mountainous regions.
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The official religion of the state is Orthodox Godatru (‘’’Norsk:’’’ ‘Ortodokse Godatru’) having been enshrined as such in the constitution of 1676, with the King being the nominal head of the Orthodox branch of the faith. More primitive versions of the faith are still practiced by a number of sects the traditionalist 'Old Believers (‘’’Norsk:’’’ ‘Gamle Troende’) primarily reside in the northern and mountainous areas of the country, away from the more widely inhabited areas in small, mostly self sufficient, communities. Most members of the different branches of the religion within Ringerike have co-existed with relatively little friction for most of history due to their shared beliefs. However this has not stopped further sects from emerging with more extreme views that have led to conflict both within their branch and the wider nation, a series of such conflicts have occurred throughout history, with a notable example from recent history becoming known as The Siege of Foldereid, taking place between the 3rd of May and the 8th of June 2017.
Traditional Ringeriker cuisine leans heavily on the use of preserved fish such as Stockfish, which it remains a staple food to this date, other fish varieties are also widely popular such as Salmon (Fresh and Preserved), herring (pickled or marinated), trout, codfish, and other seafood, balanced by cheeses (such as brunost), dairy products, and breads (predominantly dark/darker).
Ringerike is a member of the Northern Coregnancy, contributing to the LORAN-C network with stations at Thuyishavn and Ålta due to it's location on the north-western edge of Artemia. Ringerike does not belong to any of the major power blocs and maintains friendly relations with both North-South Concordant and Pan-Artemian Coalition states. Ringerike attempts to maintain broadly good relations with as many nations as possible in order to secure wide export opportunities.
|Country||Status||Current state of relations||Mutual Embassies||Visa Requirement|
|Tiperyn||Friendly||Ringerike and Tiperyn enjoy friendly and co-operative relations.||Yes||Yes|
|New Valentina||Friendly||Ringerike and New Valentina's relations are built on co-operation during a series of 20th century Conflicts in Avalonia, notably the Sorland War and Valentine Emergency||Yes||Yes|
|Ostboland||Friendly||Close ties maintained due to shared heritage and Ringerike's membership of the NC.||Yes||No|
|Gardarike||Friendly||Close ties maintained due to a shared heritage and Ringerike's membership of the NC.||Yes||No|
|Chezzetcook||Friendly||Chezzetcook is a major supplier of arms to Ringerike and is involved in several joint energy and engineering projects.||Yes||Yes|
|Baileneu Ma||Friendly||Baileneu Ma engages in trade, mostly of food products with Ringerike.||Yes||Yes|
|Mero-Curgovina||Neutral||Mero-Curgovina and Ringerike maintain a stable polite relationship.||Yes||Yes|
|File:Hummingbird flag.png Iere||Neutral||Iere and Ringerike maintain a neutral yet polite relationship.||Yes||Yes|
|Theyka||Friendly||Theyka and Ringerike maintain friendly relations stemming from the signing of the 1898 Treaty of Santo André, and have further increased trade in recent decades particularly in the defense and technology sectors.||Yes||No|
|Thuyiquakliq||Friendly||Fellow member of the Northern Coregnancy||Yes||No|
|File:Kironia flag.png Kironia||Friendly||Fellow member of the Northern Coregnancy||Yes||No|
|File:Mespaliaflag.png Mespalia||Neutral||Mespalia and Ringerike maintain a neutral yet polite relationship.||Yes||Yes|
|Yarova||Strained||Yarova and Ringerike's relations have been strained as a result of the Boreal War||Yes||Yes|
|Lestykhol||Strained||Lestykhol and Ringerike's relations have been strained as a result of the Boreal War||Yes||Yes|
|Confederate States of Northern Avalonia||Strained||The Confederate States of Northern Avalonia and Ringerike's relations have been historically very poor.||Yes||Yes|
|Goetia||Strained||Relations between Ringerike and Goetia have been negative for a considerable period of time.||Yes||Yes|
Military and Law Enforcement
- See more: His Majesty's Armed Forces (Ringerike)
The Military of the Kingdom is split between a professional force, and a conscripted force of National Servicemen, conscription is one of the Public service options a citizen is presented with, but has seen a massive decrease in popularity since the introduction of alternative paths. Within the army Conscripts with specialist skills are often placed within regular units however most serve in the Home Guard. In other branches they are mixed in with regular servicemen for the most part. The military is divided into the following branches:
Ringerike Army (Ringerike Hær)- Consisting of the full-time Army, the part time volunteer reserve and the Home Guard the army is responsible for ground based warfare, also maintaining a limited aviation capability.
Royal Ringerike Air Force (Luftforsvaret)- Also maintaining full and part-time components, the air force is responsible for airspace security, strategic ground based air and missile defense and both tactical and strategic expeditionary air operations, as well as Space based operations.
Royal Ringerike Navy (Kongelig Marine) Responsible for maritime security and amphibious force projection, maintains a fleet aviation component and Marine Infantry Brigades to achieve these goals, maintains a reserve and full time component.
- See more: Law Enforcement in Ringerike
Law Enforcement in the Kingdom Of Ringerike is divided into the National and County levels, National Law enforcement is provided by the Royal Marshal Corps (Ringerike) (Norsk: Kongelig Marskalkorps), who hold the right to intervene in all serious crime cases across the Kingdom. County Police (Norsk: Fylkespoliti) forces are responsible for petty crimes, minor public order tasks and enforcing county bylaws as well as duties such as local road policing and the security of the county government. Military Police Units have jurisdiction over civilians in or around military installations, or any area designated to be their responsibility, however their powers can be extended at the request of local government or police forces if required.
Defense Intelligence Service
The Defense Intelligence Service (Norsk: Forsvarets Etterretningstjeneste) is the foreign intelligence service of the government of the Kingdom of Ringerike, tasked mainly with the covert overseas collection and analysis of human intelligence (HUMINT) in support of the Kingdom's national security. It is subordinate and accountable to the ministry of defense and maintains close ties with the Country's Special Forces and Service intelligence branches.
National Security Service
The National Security Service (Norsk: Nasjonal Sikkerhetstjeneste) is the Kingdom of Ringerike's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency. The service is directed to protect the nations' interests, by means of counter terrorism and espionage within the Kingdom's borders. It is subordinate and accountable to the ministry of the interior and maintains close ties with the country's Special Forces , Especially those of the Marshal Corps and the other intelligence services.
Signals Intelligence Service
The Signals Intelligence Service (Norsk: Signalers Etterretningstjeneste) is the newest of Kingdom of Ringerike's Intelligence Services, formed from a merger of existing SIGINT sub-branches of the other services, and is responsible for the gathering and analyzing of vast amounts of Electronic Intelligence and conducting Cyber Warfare if the need were to arise as well as developing protective measures against it.