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Kingdom of the united tribes of Theyka

Te rangatiratanga o nga iwi kotahitanga o Theyka
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Anthem: Ode ki a Tūmatauenga
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Orohydrographic map of Theyka
Orohydrographic map of Theyka
Capital
and largest city
Yivanna
Official languages Theykan
Demonym Theykan
Government Federal constitutional, elective monarchy
• Rangatira o nga iwi (Chief of tribes)
Rangimarie Hunia
• Prime Minister
Ngahuia te Awekotuku
Legislature Kaunihera o Theyka (Council of Theyka)
Kaunihera o iwi (Council of the tribes)
Establishment
• Temporary truce between tribes due to Artemian colonizers
1512
1561 - 1743
• Unification of the tribes and creation of the Theykan state
1699
• Revolution of the Takiwa (federal system enstablished)
1927
Area
• Total Surface Area
92,525 km2 (35,724 sq mi)
Population
• 2023 estimate
37,101,887
• 2020 census
35,814,785
• Density
387/km2 (1,002.3/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) 2020 estimate
• Total
$ 1,203.842 Billion
• Per capita
$ 33,613
GDP (nominal) 2020 estimate
• Total
$ 1,259,319 Billion
• Per capita
$ 35,162
Gini (2020) negative increase 33.5
medium
HDI (2020) Increase 0.901
very high
Currency Theykan Taara (₸)
Time zone UTC-4 (GMT)
• Summer (DST)
Not Observed
Date format dd.mm.yyyy
Driving side right
Calling code +313
Internet TLD .ty

Theyka [ðeɪ-ka], officially known as the Kingdom of the united tribes of Theyka (Theykan: Te rangatiratanga o nga iwi kotahitanga o Theyka), is a country in central Avalonia. It is located on an archipelago, usually referred as the "Theykan Islands", and as such does not have any land borders. The archipelago borders the Ignonian Sea to the west, and the Theykan Trench, which extends in the Iapetus Ocean, to the east. It shares sea borders with Cervera and Albaterra to the south, the Confederate States of Northern Avalonia and the Prince Erling's Island (an overseas territory of Ringerike) to the north.

The modern Theykan people are descendants of the ten major tribes that have inhabited the islands since ancient times. The tribes were often fighting eachother for control of important natural resources, but they all shared similar culture, customs and language. The tribes often traded with neighbouring populations, such as the Zahavans, the various people of Cervera and the native peoples of K.N.A. The fighting between tribes mostly ended in the middle XVI century, with the arrival of Artemian explorers in the islands, as they were a forced stopping point for any ship that wanted to venture in the Ignonian Sea. The strategic position of the archipelago made it a very contested area for colonial powers to spread influence in. The external pressure put onto the tribes started a unification movement, as all tribes agreed that they had to unite to defend the islands from foreign interference. This sentiment was although not acted upon, as no tribe was willing to take over the endeavour of uniting all of the territories. This was however quickly made necessary: a string of colonization and invasion attempt, collectively known as the Theykan Colonial Wars, forced the tribes into an alliance, that very quickly turned into the creation of a united Theykan state in 1698.

With the united Theykan state declared, the following years were devoted to creating a working government that would properly represent the needs of all ten tribes. An elective monarchy system was enstablished, where the leader of one of the ten tribes would oversee a council made up of the elders of all the tribes. During the XVIII and the XIX century, Theykas main goal was to assert it's position as a regional power in Ingonian Sea, building friendly relations with countries who were inhabited by native Avalonians and newly independent colonies, while actively fighting against foreign control over Ingonian territories. During the Grand Campaigns, Theyka remained neutral as it was not deemed suitable to join either alliance during the war. Following the Grand Campaigns, Theyka did not partecipate to the Great Kesh War, but intervened in many Ingonian conflicts, such as the Cerveran Revolution and the Arbenzan Revolution, among others.

Currently, Theyka is a federal, Constitutional elective monarchy, subdivided into Municipalities (Takiwa) and Metropolitan Cities (Taone nui). The archipelago is also divided in 14 regions (Rohe), that however aren't administrative units, though they are and have been used by the government for statistical and other purposes. Currently, the Islands are home to about 35 milion people, most of the original ten Theykan Tribes. The country is highly urbanized, as over 80% of the population lives in cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants, due to the tropical forests occupying much of the land area of the islands.

History

Geography And Environment

Theyka consists of several island arcs and archipelagos -and over 300 smaller islands- situated between the Ingonian Sea and Iapetus Ocean, and enclosing a variety of lesser bodies of water such as the Nagaupouri Sea and Māhourahoura Sea. Hundreds of lesser islands are both inhabited and uninhabited, particularly densely along coastal plains and river valleys. The main island of Theyka contributes over 70% of the nation's landmass, with other major islands along the Southern Ingonian Arc like Motu Raki, Hongere Waeganui, the Lipari Islands and Arapōhue totalling over 90% of land area. Much of the distribution of land and larger islands in the country is along the Southern Ingonian Arc's major axis, with lesser secondary island chains cncentrated towards the shallow seas of the south. Theyka lies entirely within the continental shelf of Avalonia, formed by large areas of uplift along the Ingonian Subduction Zone. Thus, the local terrain is dominated by high mountain ranges and steep inclines: notable peaks include the Mount Rangi (of the Ramakoi Mountains), Maunga Koroke in the Tae range and Monte Cenere on South Lipari - at 4868 meters, 4634 meters and 4487 meters, respectively. In general, orogenic processes for mountain formation are more active towards north and 'outer coast' (Aotea) along the Iapetus Ocean, due to the subduction of the Iapetus Plate. Elsewhere in the islands, mountains and ridges may exist as a result of lesser geological faults and igneous intrusions- the latter due to extensive volcanic activity in Theyka's recent geological past. Most volcanoes in the region are now extinct, with some exceptions such as the 4188-meter-high Monte Sole, forming the core of North Lipari. The effects of this volcanism can still be experienced in the region, however, in the form of frequent tremors and rich volcanic soils able to support year-round agricultural usage.

Islands

Rivers and Lakes

Vegetation

Animals

Climate

Demographics

Population Pyramid of Theyka as of 2020.

Language

Ethnicity

Religion

Religious distribution of Theyka as of 2020.

Religious distribution

Education

Education in Theyka is mandatory from age 6 to 16, in either public or private schools, and it's divided in four stages: kindergarten (not mandatory), elementary school (5 years), Middle School (3 years), and high school (4 years). Schools are administered by the individual takiwa, although the government has set guidelines and standards that the takiwa have to follow.

Kindergarten

The kindergardens (kura o mua) are attended by children from age of 3 to 5. Mostly staffed by young female college graduates, they teach children basic social, language and expression skills. Although they are not mandatory, about 60% of children aged 3 and 95% of children aged 4 attend preschool. A kindergarten is usually composed of a playroom, where the children play, sing and do all the educational activities, a restroom, where the children sleep during rest times, a garden, a bathroom, and some of them also have a cafeteria with a kitchen.

Primary

The elementary schools (kura tuatahi) are attended by children from age 6 to 10. The school provides students with fundamental skills in reading, writing and mathematics, but a variety of other classes are also taught, such as science, art, music, geography, history, and foreign languages. Mandatory classes are theykan language, a variable second language, mathematics, science and physical education, with geography and history becoming mandatory in year 4 and 5. Physical education as subject is getting revamped, as not only to encompass physical exercise in the schools gym, but also tackling nutrition and anatomy. Altough no grades are given throughout elementary school, children in their last year have to give a standardized exam on reading, writing and mathematics to get access to middle school. Also, if teachers asses that a child does not have the required behavorial qualities, they can keep the child from passing the grade.

Lower Secondary

Middle schools (kura waenganui) provide lower secondary education to children aged 11 to 13. It builds in students knowledge and skills they will need in high school. Mandatory classes are: theykan language, a variable second language, mathematics, science, history, geography, and physical education. A number of elective classes are available, such as additional languages, arts and crafts, music, technical drawing, or additional lessons in any mandatory subject. Students are given marks from 0 to 10 (although only marks from 4 to 10 are used), with 10 being the highest and 6 being the minimum passing grade. Having one or more classes with an average grade lower than six might prompt the teachers to keep the student from passing the year. At the end of the last year, a final exam called Lower Secondary Qualification Exam takes place, the passing of which enables the student to join a high school.

Upper Secondary

High schools (kura tuarua) provide upper secondary education to adolescents aged 14 to 18. High schools serve a double purpose of preparing the students for their entry into the job market or tertiary education. To accomplish this, high schools offer a wide variety of possible classes and activities to suit the future needs of every student. Only three classes are mandatory: theykan language, history and physical education. Elective classes are to be chosen by following a credit system, where to graduate you need a total of 6 science credits, 6 language credits, 6 humanistic credits and 6 other credits, but obtaining more credits is allowed and encouraged. A credit is obtained by following a class regarding the category for a schoolyear, and after the teacher of the class certifies the credit. Some after school activities also allow the students to obtain credits. The three mandatory classes do not give credits to the students. At the end of the 4th and last year, the students partake in the Upper Secondary Qualification Exam (commonly referred as the "Maturity Exam"), which consists in three parts:

  • A standardized test of theykan language;
  • The preparation of a thesis which will be presented orally to the commission;
  • An oral exam, where the commission might ask the student with a variety of questions, based on the classes and activities they followed in their high school carreer.

The passing of the exam allows the student to receive their high school diploma and to enroll in a variety of tertiary education institutes.

Tertiary

Tertiaty education in Tertiary education in Theyka is split between two so called Educational Routes: the Academic Route and the Professional Route.

Academic Route

The Academic Route is the classical tertiary education route. It is provided by either public or private accredited universities. Universities can award three types of degress:

  • Bachelor's Degree: awarded after a 3 year long study programme worth 180 ATCs (Avalonian Transferable Credits);
  • Master's Degree: can only be awarded to students that already have a Bachelor degree. It is awarded after a 2 year long study programme worth 120 ATCs;
  • Doctoral Degree: awarded following an extensive study and research programme of variable length depending on the university and specific degree. It is the highest academic degree in Theyka.

Universities in Theyka can either be public, sponsored or private.

Public universities are owned by the takiwa, and jointly operated by the takiwa and the Ministry of People's Future. Public universities all require a fixed, federally set tuition of 2700₸ (approximately 900$) per semester for attendance. Public universities often provide additional facilities to it's students free of costs, and support current and prospective students in finding affordable housing, be it in university doorms, private student houses or regular apartments outside of campus. Public universities may be split in different campuses specializing in a certain academic area. All public universities feature the prefix "Free University of" in their denomination.

Sponsored universities are very similar to public universities, with the exception of them being owned and operated by private entities, but follow takiwa and ministerial guidelines to level with public universities. Sponsored universities also share their tuition costs with public universities, thanks to public finding used to subsidize costs. Sponsored universities are common in low density population areas, and often specialize in a single academic area.

Private universities are wholly owned and operated by private entities, and have to follow ministerial (but not takiwa) guidelines. Their operations and costs are highly variable depending on the singular institution. A private university has to be accredited in order to award academic degrees to it's students.

Professional Route

The Professional Route is an alternative tertiary education route which the Ministry of People's Future, together with various institutions, have created and promoted since the turn of the millennium. It consists of a network of education institutions formally called academies that provide students with advanced knowledge on specific professional subjects, such as tatooing, music production, fine arts production, technical drawing, fashion design, STEM, and others. Some academies and study programmes do not require a high school diploma to enroll, but the students have to pass an equivalent exam during their professional study to get their professional degree.

Accredited academies can award three levels of professional degrees:

  • 1st Level Professional Degree: awarded after a two year long study programme.
  • 2nd Level Professional Degree: awarded after an additional year long study programme.
  • 3rd Level Professional Degree: awarded after an additional year long study programme.

All academies are privately owned and follow ministerial guidelines. The government offers substantial financial support for prospecting students looking to get a professional degree.

Cities

Politics

Theyka is a unicameral, parliamentary elective monarchy, and has been since the 12th of May 1927. The current monarch of Theyka is Rangimarie Hunia, who was elected in 1999. Theyka has a written, democratic constitution, which dates back to the founding of the Theykan state in 1699, although the most recent major overhaul was in 1927, as a consequence of the revolution of the takiwa. Theyka is also a federation. It's federal entities are the takiwa (municipality) and taone nui (metropolitan city). There are 2371 takiwa and 15 taone nui.

Federal Government

Executive Power

The executive power is held by the prime minister and their cabinet. The prime minister is appointed by the monarch, must pass a vote of confidence in the parliament , and is usually the secretary of the majority party or of one of the parties of the majority coalition. A government stay in their position for 4 years (period called a legislature) unless removed from power. A government is composed of the prime minister and their cabinet, which is composed of the following ministries:

Ministries of The Kingdom of the united tribes of Theyka
Ministry Area of responsibility Date of founding
Ministry of Foreign Affairs International cooperation, diplomacy 1927
Ministry of Internal Affairs Law enforcement, justice, national emergencies 1927
Ministry of the Armed Forces Defence, law enforcement 1927
Ministry of Wealth Treasury, labor, business, finance, commerce 1927
Ministry of Connections Energy, infrastructure 1930
Ministry of Land's Future Agriculture, environmental protection 1961
Ministry of People's Future Education, academics, scientific research 1945
Ministry of Social Opportunities Social and economic equality, welfare 1950
Ministry of Tourism Tourism and related activities 1950
Ministry of Life Culture, sport, arts, holidays and festivities 1950
Ministry of Well Being Healthcare and prevention 1964

Legislative Power

The legislative power is held by the Kaunihera o Theyka (Council of Theyka), which is the only legislative chamber on the federal level. The Kaunihera is composed of 811 seats, split between:

  • 550 Popular Representatives: elected every 4 years by general election nationwide.
  • 250 Takiwa Representatives: these represent the takiwa at the federal level. 15 seats are reserved for the representatives of the 15 taone nui, while the other seats are assigned on a rotational basis every two years.
  • 11 For Honors Representatives: These seats are assigned by the Rangatira o nga iwi (monarch) to theykan citizens who have achieved "outstanding merits in the social, scientific, artistic or literary field".

Judiciary Power

Judiciary Power is split between the federal and takiwa level. At the federal level, there's the Kaitohutohu, which acts as the court that interprets the constitution, laws and settles cases between government entities. The Nga Kooti Teitei are the federal courts which work on cases of federal entity and some specific takiwa level cases. The Nga Kooti o Takiwa are the Takiwa level courts, which work on cases of specific takiwa laws or federal laws that are designated as prosecutable by the takiwa. Bigger takiwa may have dozens of courts, while smaller takiwa may merge their courts with other takiwa in the area.

Administrative divisions

Traditional Regions

Map depicting the traditional regions of Theyka.

Theyka is split into 14 so called traditional regions. Prior to 1927, these were officially the first level of administrative division, before being removed and replaced with the takiwa. Regardless, the traditional regions are still used as geographical subdivions by both public and private entities, such as the post service, public transport services, tourism agencies and many more.

The traditional regions are the following:

Province Name Percentage of Population (%) Population
Motu raki 13.01 4,661,091
Hongere waenganui 1.29 461,226
Matua o te ao - Raki 17.18 6,153,391
Whenua o te roto o Ametihita 11.14 3,898,174
Whangamomona 18.20 6,516,967
Matua o te ao - Tonga 24.26 8,687,207
Puia nui 0.27 98,107
Mekameka roa 0.87 311,754
Isole Lipari 9.52 3,409,836
Arapōhue 1.15 411,564
Motu hau 0.59 210,331
Motu o te tarakona 1.14 409,122
Mano rori motu 0.89 320,114
Kirikiri koura 0.49 174,901

Takiwa (Municipality)

The takiwa are one of the federal entities of Theyka. They are further subdivided into cities and localities. Each takiwa has it's own governemnt, with the full division of the executive, legislative and judiciary powers (the latter in conjunction with federal courts). While some federal guidelines exist, each takiwa is free to organize it's government autonomously.

Takiwa have autonomy regarding a variety of sectors, such as public transport, waste disposal, energy and utilities supply, healthcare and more, but have to follow federal guidelines and can be subject of federal inspections.

Cities are settlements inside a takiwa that have reached a "large enough population and/or relevance to merit representation". It is the role of the takiwa's government to identify cities. Cities have their own council. The council represents the city and can issue regulations regarding the territory of the city. Each takiwa must have at least one city in it's territory, and one of the cities will act as the takiwa capital. If the takiwa only contains one city, the city is not allowed to institute a council, and it is considered the capital.

Localities are territories inside the takiwa which have no representation, but on which special laws and/or regulations may be issued by the takiwa government. These are often small villages, or places of historic or touristical interest.

Tanoe Nui (Metropolitan City)

Tanoe Nui are the second type of federal entities of Theyka. These are similar to takiwa, but cover much greater areas and populations, usually the whole metropolitan area of a major city. A tanoe nui is divided in neighbourhoods, boroughs and cities. Neighbourhoods are distinct areas of the main core of the city from which the tanoe nui takes it's name. Boroughs are usually larger areas of the main city, while cities are the settlements outside the limits of the main city but still inside of the tanoe nui. Each of these subdivisions has it's own government that follows tanoe nui regulations. Tanoe nui are granted greater autonomy compared to takiwa.

The 15 tanoe nui are: Yivanna, Vernazza, Muriwai, Motuapa, Ekataahuna, Whareponga, Whanganui-a-tara, Opotiki, Wharo one-roa-a-tohe, Whaingaroa, Whangara, Lucerna, Okahukura, Okawa, Kororipo paa

International Relations

The international relations of Theyka are handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before the creation of said ministry in 1927, the Office of Foreigns (Tari o Tawahi) led by the monarch was in charge of the diplomacy.

The history of Theykas foreign relations is complex, and it starts before the creation of the unified kingdom in 1699, but rather with the diplomatic affairs of the individual tribes that inhabited the archipelago. While relations between the theykan groups changed constantly due to various alliances and rivalries between tribes, relations between the theykan groups and foreign powers was relatively the same between tribes: historically, native populations from Zahava, Cervera (which also included several Theykan-descendent groups), Encarnação, Bailineu Ma and Albaterra were looked on with favour: trade and commerce with these populations was an important factor in the development of Theykan culture and civilization. Ties with the Keumonie population in Shenewa were also strong: the Keumonie were infact descendants of Theykans, as such cultural and commercial relations stayed strong. Relations with the native populations of New Valentina were cordial, but these would often favour specific tribes and disrupt commerce from rivals of said tribes, often sparking conflict. Relations with the Shakan (also Theykan descendants) were oscillating, as they often would join alliances between Theykan tribes, as such taking part in the continous conflicts that plagued the archipelago.

With the arrival of Artemian and Kesh colonizers, tribes stopped fighting eachother and began seeking help from other native groups to defend Avalonia against colonial interest. With the creation of the Theykan state in 1699, these diplomatic efforts were consolidated. After the end of the colonial wars, the Theykan diplomatic efforts were centered around fostering native and recently independent states, while undermining colonies and colonial states. These efforts were successful in some cases (supporting Shenewa in it's fight against colonizing powers) while it failed in others (Cervera becoming a Jungastian colony until the 20th century).

After the end of the colonial era, Theyka's efforts went towards promoting regional stability, peace and cooperation, although it has sometimes deployed it's armed forces against other powers, contrary to it's commitment to peace. On the global scale, Theyka is a neutral power, mantaining when possible cordial relations with most countries. Theyka has not taken part in the Grand Campaigns and the Great Kesh War, although the effects of those conflicts have impacted Theyka as well. Recently, it has increased it's commitment to regional cooperation by joining ECOSEAS.

Country Status Current state of relations Mutual Embassies Visa Requirement
File:Flag of Aloea.png Aloea Neutral Yes No
 Aftarestan Neutral Yes Yes
 Agrana y Griegro Neutral Yes No
 Airgialla Neutral Yes Yes
 Akiteiwa Neutral Yes No
Template:Country data Albaterra Neutral Yes Yes
 Albel Neutral Yes Yes
 Alva Neutral Yes No
 Argata Neutral Yes No
File:New arum flag.png Arum Republic Friendly Member of ECOSEAS. Yes No
 Atargistan Neutral Yes Yes
 Austrasia Neutral Yes Yes
 Badzevalari Neutral Yes No
 Baileneu Ma Friendly Member of ECOSEAS. Baileneu Ma and Theyka enjoy good bilateral foreign relations, and often collaborate in projects through the Central Avalonian Ecological Institute and the Anterran Pharmaceuticals and Health Organisation. Yes No
 Bakfong Neutral Yes No
 Boaga Neutral Yes Yes
 Brigantica Neutral Yes No
 Cagayan Neutral Yes Yes
 Cervera Neutral Yes No
 Chezzetcook Friendly Member of ECOSEAS. Yes No
 Confederate States of Northern Avalonia Neutral K.N.A and Theyka share a long and complex history, with a quantity of positive and negative moments in the two countries history. As of recently, relations are cordial. Yes No
 Encarnação Friendly Yes No
 Gardarike Neutral Yes No
 Goetia Neutral Yes Yes
 Heiban Neutral Yes Yes
 Hydar State Neutral Yes Yes
 Jinhang Friendly Member of ECOSEAS. Yes No
 Jungastia Neutral Yes No
 Kaya Neutral Yes Yes
 Kitoko Friendly Theyka and Kitoko enjoy friendly relations, due to major business ties, as Kitoko acts as the main hub for Theykan shipping to Kesh. The two countries also partecipate in semi-regular military exercises together. Yes No
 Kodeshia Friendly Kodeshia and Theyka enjoy friendly relations, dating back to the Great Kesh War, with the involvment Theykan Volounteers Legion led by Gabriele de Nunzi, who then remained as an ambassador in Kodeshia, promoting business and cultural ties between the two countries. Yes No
 Lestykhol Neutral Yes Yes
File:Flag (2).png Lusjki Neutral Yes Yes
 Mero-Curgovina Neutral Yes No
Template:Country data Maressaly Neutral Yes Yes
 Mursland Neutral Yes No
 Nanwen Neutral Yes Yes
 Nasiria Neutral Yes Yes
 New Valentina Neutral Yes No
 Veikaia Neutral Yes Yes
 Nyland Neutral Yes Yes
 Osorra Neutral Yes Yes
 Ostboland Neutral Yes No
 Paseiwa Neutral Yes Yes
Prabhat Neutral Yes Yes
File:Propyflagfinal.png Propyrgia Neutral Yes Yes
 Pukara Friendly Member of ECOSEAS. Yes No
 Qingcheng Neutral Yes Yes
 Qurac Neutral Yes Yes
 Ramay Neutral Yes Yes
 Ringerike Friendly Ringerike and Theyka have a history of collaboration ever since the signing of the Treaty of Santo André. Currently, the country share significant business ties, that include defence and other major industries. Yes No
 Rovsnoska Neutral Yes Yes
 Samotkhe Neutral Yes No
 Santa Magdalena Neutral Yes Yes
 Selengeria Neutral Yes Yes
 Seratof Neutral Yes No
 Shenewa Friendly Member of ECOSEAS. Theyka and Shenewa share a long history. Both being native avalonian countries, they have fought in conjunction against colonizing powers, and the cultural ties between Theykans and the Keumonie population further enstablishes the two countries as close cultural and historical allies. They also share significant economical and diplomatic ties: both countries are members of ECOSEAS, and with the significant growth of the Shenewan economy, many Theykan businesses are investing in the country. Yes No
 SiWallqanqa Friendly Member of ECOSEAS. Yes No
 Sinaya Friendly Member of ECOSEAS. Yes No
 South Kesh Neutral Although Theyka criticizes the South Kesh government due to the human rights issues, the countries maintain cordial diplomatic relations. Yes Yes
 Tavaluda Neutral Yes No
 Verissi Neutral Yes Yes
 Thuyiquakliq Neutral Yes Yes
 Tilenno Friendly Both native Avalonian countries, they share significant cultural and economic ties. Yes No
 Tiperyn Neutral Yes Yes
 Yarova Neutral Yes Yes
 Yeosan Islands Neutral Yes No
 Zahava Friendly Member of ECOSEAS. Zahava has been a costant presence in Theykan history, that introduced a quantity of technologies through trade and commerce. The two countries also were among the driving powers against colonialism in Avalonia since the XV century. Zahava has supported Theyka during the Theykan Colonial Wars, further cementing the bond between the two entities. Currently, the two countries enjoy friendly bilateral relations, and share an important economic connection. Yes No
 Zaporizhia Neutral Yes Yes

Military

A Ngāti Tūmatauenga soldier patrolling during deployment in Arbenz.

The military forces of Theyka are the Theykan Armed Forces, with the Rangatira o nga iwi (monarch) as the commander-in-chief. They are controlled by the Ministry of Defence and the Joint Defence Staff. They are an all-volounteer force divided into 4 branches: the Ngāti Tūmatauenga (army), the Te Taua Moana o Theyka (navy), the Te Tauaarangi o Theyka (airforce) and the Kaitiaki mo te motu o Theyka (gendarmerie), which also acts as a support entity to the national police force. The Theykan Armed Forces are geared for national defence, enforcing the national EEZ, and defending the national airspace. The armed forces are also capable of power projection in the region, thanks to the numerous and modern amphibious assault assets, and the capability to sustain aircraft over longer distances. Other tasks include counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid and emergency management.

Law enforcement and emergency services

Law enforcement

Theyka's law enforcement services are provided by two different agencies: the Pirihimana (Police) and the Kaitiaki mo te motu o Theyka (Guards).

The Pirihimana is the national civilian police, which on top of regular police duties, also performs border control and coast guard duties. It is split into units and departments: units are federal and/or regional level commands which specialize in a different sector of law enforcement, such as financial or organized crime. The departments are the police formations assigned to the takiwa. Each takiwa has one department, that is variable in size or composition depending on the needs of the takiwa. A takiwa with an port or airport will feature a border control element, while one that has a national park in it's territory will have a significant ranger section. Some departments may feature permanent attachments from one of the units.

The Kaitiaki mo te motu o Theyka is the national gendarmerie, and is also part of the armed forces. In addition to providing military police services to the armed forces, The guards provide specialist support for the Pirihimana, acting as riot control police and police tactical unit. The agency also has an armored unit and a helicopter unit, and it also features a special forces unit, the Rōpū Wawaonge Ake (Rapid Intervention Group).

Emergency Services

The main fire and emergency service in Theyka is the Kaiwhakaora (Rescuers). It's main roles are fire control, fire prevention, technical rescue and acting as an emergency medical service. It is organized much like the Police, with federal/regional specialized units and departments. Each takiwa has one department, that is variable in size or composition depending on the needs of the takiwa.

Other EMS services are variable throughout the country, as healthcare services organization is a sector which is controlled by each individual takiwa. Generally, each takiwa will feature a takiwa EMS service, usually organized to be properly connected to the police and rescue services to ensure proper coordination and cooperation. By the federal constituion, EMS services are free of charge, but the services provided by the receiving hospital may not be.

Economy

The Theykan economy is by constitution mixed economy, with a thriving private sector that is driven by a number of key industries and businesses. Theyka is a developed country, with an estimated nominal GDP per capita of 35,162$ as of 2020, a high average income, resulting in a high quality of life. The Governement is involved in the economy, through state-owned enterprises and investments in public companies.

Theyka has a relatively high level of economic inequality compared to other developed nations, due to a history of poor welfare, insufficient legislation regarding worker's rights, and in major cities, city-planning that led to the creation of several slums which made economic mobility even harder for the lower classes. The issue has been at the forefront of theykan internal politics for decades.

The Theykan economy is driven by the services industry, primarily and most notably the tourism industry: the country is among the most visited globally, with approximately 36,000,000 arrivals in 2022. The tourism industry builds the framework for other industries, such as transportation, food retail and luxury manufacturing. Other notable theykan industry is logistics and transportation: the archipelago serves a primary role in the shipping routes between Artemia, Kesh and Central/East Avalonia, thanks to it's central location and relatively advanced infrastructure, becoming a hub for trans-iapetus shipping.

Agriculture

Agriculture has historically been one of the main industries in the archipelago. Especially during the colonial times, cash crops exclusive to Avalonia were extensively traded with foreign powers. As of today, various type of crops are grown in the throughout the archipelago, that serve both national and international markets. Cash crops such as tobacco, cocoa, oranges and citrus represent the main agricoltural exports of the federation. Other crops such as rice, sugar cane and other fruits and vegetables are mostly grown for local markets. A notable element of the theykan agriculture industry are flowers: the archipelago is the habitat of over one thousand species of flowers native and exclusive to theyka, which are exported globally as luxury products due to their exotic shapes, colors and smells. These flowers are also exported as ingredients for beauty and cleaning products.

Tourism

A beach establishment in the island of Motu Raki.

Tourism is one of the key industries in Theyka. As a warm, tropical archipelago with developed infrastructure, Theyka attracts millions of tourists every year, both on Matua o te ao, and in the smaller outlying islands all around the archipelago.

Theyka started as a luxury seaside destination for Artemian and Kesh royalty in the early 19th century: its exotic landscape and favourable climate attracted affluent and politically significant figures which usually vacationed on the Eurybian coast. Steamboats made the sail to the archipelago much shorter and as such more foreigners considered Theyka as a possible destination.

With the advent of mass tourism due to the development of the airline industry, Theyka became a premier destination for long haul flights, attracting visitors of all economic classes, which led to the exponential growth of tourism and tourism related facilities in the archipelago.

As of today, Theyka attracts virtually all customer segments of the tourism market due to it's signicantly diversified offer. Factors of tourist interest in Theyka are mainly culture, art, naturalistic beauties, wedding tourism, beach tourism and night life.

Other factors of interest are, like most of the Ingonian area, is a common cruise ships destination, theme park tourism (Theyka is the headquarters of the biggest theme park chain globally, Hararei Entertainment), and ecological tourism, thanks to the newfound popularity of Jungle safaris, as zoos are fading in popularity with the general public.

Energy

Theyka is a net energy importer. Due to the lack of significant fossil fuel deposits in the countries territory. It imports fossil fuels and nuclear power from various foreign countries, with the biggest provider being XXX. Fossil fuels account for 40% of the energy in Theyka.

Major leaps towards sustainable energy are being made, with the federal government offering subsidies to both private citizens and businesses, to encourage and promote the installation of sustainable energy sources. As of 2020, about 38% of the energy is produced by sustainable energy sources (peaking at 100% in some islands in the Kirikiri koura, Mano rori motu and Motu hau regions), with solar power, solar water heating and wind power being the biggest sources. Hotels and other type of tourist facilities near the sea are also investing in sea water air conditioning, as to save a substantial amount of energy used to power AC systems. Plans on building large installations for the harnessing of tidal power are in the works, but studies on the ripercussions of these installations on the environment are still being made.

The theykan government has never sought to finance nuclear research, neither for military nor for energetic purposes. The general population has a neutral opinion of nuclear energy as per various political polls.

A Messoz MXS-05 mixing station.

Infrastructure

Theyka features an advanced infrastructure system, layered in three levels: federal, regional and local. The federal level infrastructure connects various regions between eachother, which includes the sea and airways between the major islands, and is managed by the federal government. On this level, highways, railways, air routes and ferries handle the bulk of transportation. Due to the harsh jungles, building any sort of major high- or railway resulted in an expensive endeavor. The government started a collective effort in the 1930s, as the development of a modern and capable infrastructure network was needed for the economy of the nation to grow, resulting in a modern rail- and highway network still being present on Matua o te ao. The only other island having a rail network is Motu Raki. In the past, ferries were the favourite method of transportation between islands, but they have been supplanted by low cost air travel, due to the shorter travel times and the cheaper price, although ferries are still extensively used in smaller island groups, where distance between the single islands is short and air travel is not profitable.

The regional level handles transportation between local groups of takiwa and/or tanoe nui. It is managed by a joint venture of the takiwa and tanoe nui transportation agencies. Regional transportation highly varies, although bus and rail transport are the most common regional public transportation available.

The local level is managed by the takiwa or tanoe nui. Each local entity has a great autonomy in enstablishing it's transport system, and often major cities and tanoe nui feature multiple transportation options, such as metros, buses and monorails and cable car systems. Public opinion on the local transportation services vary greatly between takiwa.

Science and Technology

Theyka is active in the scientifical research department, with university and business-owned laboratories and reserch centres being the most numerous research institutions. The research of biology is the most common, which is often coupled with medical research focused on tropical diseases.
In the technology department, Theyka is globally renouned for it's production of audio/music production, recording and playback equipment, such as microphones, mixing consoles, drum machines and loudspeakers, among others. Other noteworthy Theykan products are action cameras.

Automotive Industry

A Vittoria-Amoeaa "Endurance" touring motorcycle.

The Theykan automotive industry has carved itself an important position in the design, manufacturing and distribution of light vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles and motorbikes. As ATVs are street legal, even without registration or a license, ATV rentals have become popular as tourist rentals, increasing their popularity outside of Theyka. Currently, ATVs account for 22% of the automotive exports of Theyka. Theykan motorbikes are popular both locally and internationally for their distinguished off-road performance, with touring motorcycles, dual-sport motorcycles and motocross bikes being the most produced variants of bikes. In addition to the production of light vehicles, Theyka is home to a number of manufacturing plants of automotive parts owned by foreign brands.

Sex Industry

Theyka has a revelant sex industry. The country is Anterras largest producer and exporter of sex toys, while it also among the largest producers and exporters of other sex related products, such as condoms, lubes, and other devices and products.
The production of pornography is legal and regulated both for private individuals and professional production companies, with regulation being especially strict in regards of protection from STDs and exploitation of the actors and personnel. The prominent market attracts actors from all over the world, making Theyka a global hub for porn production. One of the most popular pornographic websites, FIERY was created in Yivanna in 1997.
Prostitution is legal and heavily regulated. Individual prostitutes need a license and a registration to be able to perform the profession, same thing goes for brothels, which are legal and regulated. It is illegal for a person or a company to own more than two brothels (although the practice is uncommon to begin with). Owners of the enstablishment need to follow strict regulation regarding health and safety and work conditions. Harsh measures are also in place to counter human trafficking. It is mandatory for all sex workers to get tested monthly for STDs. This relatively liberal and safe environment for sex workers has lead Theyka to become a somewhat notorious destination for sex tourism. This is especially true for sex tourists part of the LGBTQ+ community, as Theyka is a country historically open towards civil rights towards said community. It is the individual sex workers right to decide to perform homosexual practices or not. Authorities try to keep sex tourism a reality contained to certain areas of cities, as to not disturb tourists in more family friendly situations.

Culture

Family, Relationships and sex

The theykan view of family, sex and relationships was substantially different from the traditional Artemian view of these matters (although in the last two centuries globalization did change the theykan culture towards a more artemian view).

Theykan family have traditionally been built around the concept of Roopu Whanau (family group). A family group is led by a Whaea Nui (great mother), and is assited by two Whaea Pakeke and two Papa Maatua (elder mother and elder father respectively). The great mother can't have any children younger than 17 (the age of adulthood in theykan society) and may have a partner or not. The elder fathers and mothers may or may not have a partner, and have an average of 3 to 6 children, and their household also features a baby sitter, usually a teenager or a young woman from the same family group. The family group also features a Kaitohutohu (religious advisor) which may be of any gender. The population of the family group is made up of an average of six to sixteen families, which feature a household leader (usually a woman), a partner and/or former partner, the children of the household leader, and in some cases the grandchildren of the household leader. The household may feature other adult relatives, such as the elderly parents of the household leader. The population is then rounded up by young adults which still live with the family group but not in their families household.


Structure of a traditional theykan family group (Roopu Whanau).


Unlike in the rest of Anterra, the concept of marriage doesn't exist in theykan society. Relationships are bonds which are free to be broken at any time by the two parties. Theykan relationships do although follow some cultural norms:

  • When in a relationship, the man usually joins the woman's family group
  • After ending a relationship, the two can remain in the same family group, and in the case they had children, even stay in the same household
  • In the case of a separation, the children usually remain with their mother
  • The mother and the father must keep close ties and the father must interact with the children often.

Many more norms exist and have existed, some localized to certain towns and villages, but none of these are laws in the Theykan legislature, but with globalization most of these norms are now ignored or are considered obsolete.

Art

Traditional stuff, photos, then idk

Architecture

Traditional oldy architecture, demographic boom needs big cities, Iere wave 60s and 70s, own wave in the 80s didn't go well. Tried to fix in the late 2000s and 2010s, still going on.

Holidays, Festivities and Festivals

In Theyka, there are three types of holidays: Recognized, Official and Bank holidays.

Bank Holidays: Bank Holidays are set on the federal level, and are the highest level of holidays in Theyka. Businesses, public administrations and schools are usually closed during these, and services may run in a reduced or modified fashion.

Official Holidays: Official Holidays are set on the federal level. Schools and some public administrations usually close while businesses tend to stay open. Services usually run in a modified fashion, but don't cease or reduce operations.

Recognized Holidays: Recognized Holidays are set on the federal and takiwa level. A Recognized holiday is any event with a regular date that warrants authorities to monitor or consider this event. Schools, businesses and public administrations maintain their regular operations, while services may modify their operations to accomodate the events.

Some noteworthy festivities are:

Sun Week: Sun Week is a festivity traditionally celebrated the second week of September. It celebrates the end of the wet season for that year. As the name implies it lasts for a week (sometimes slightly more with 8 to 10 days), and consists of street festivals, with music, public meals and bonfires. Major streets of cities are often closed to vehicle traffic to allow crowds to celebrate in the streets. In coastal towns, the celebration takes place on the beaches and in the inland celebrating on river banks is also common. Sun Week is considered a community festivity: people are encouraged to celebrate with their neighbours, friends, colleagues and other members of their community. It is a Bank holiday.

Christmas: Despite the fact that Theyka's Marian population is negligible, the habit of celebrating Christmas has gained traction in the country in the recent years. It is celebrated in a secular fashion, by decorating buildings and cooking typical Artemian winter dishes. The celebration of Christmas also helps to attract Artemian tourists, with the slogan "Enjoy a tropical Christmas" being heavily used by Theykan tourism operators while marketing towards Artemian tourists. It is an Official holiday.

Tuu Festival: Celebrated the 7th of June, it celebrates the deity of Tuu. Prominent public hakas, street performances (traditionally involving fire) are common. Parades with elaborate coreographies and chariots are tradional in some cities, with the Opotiki Parade being the most famous on a world wide level. Families/communities often gather for open air barbeque dinners and bonfires. The festival and the following day are Bank holidays, while the day before it is an Official holiday.

Colors Week/Carnival: While a traditional Theykan religious festival, Colors Week takes place in the same time period of the Marian Carnival, giving it the informal name of "Theykan Carnival". The festivity is a catch all festivity for all theykan deities/religious entities. Street festivities are common, and buildings are decorated using a multitude of colors. Tradionally, every night of Colors Week involves people throwing dye and colored powders at eachother. Colors week is also famous for it's street food: the dish traditionally consumed during the festivity is the olea, a leaf sandwich with grilled fish. Color Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are Bank holidays while the rest of the week is an Official holiday.

Rain Week: Rain Week is a festivity traditionally celebrated the first week of March. Swimming and contact with water is typical for this festivity: lakes, rivers or seas are the most common gathering places for Rain Week. Planting various plants, trees and vegetables is also common, as is contact with nature. This is done following the religious belief that contact with nature and water leads to a less destructive wet season. In contrast to Sun Week, Rain Week is centered around the family (Whānau) and the person. Many celebrate Rain Week by going on a solitary pilgrimage along the banks of a river. It is a Bank holiday.

Constitution day: Celebrated the 20th of May of every year. It celebrates the constitution of 1927, also called the Revolution of the Takiwa. Firework shows, community gatherings and dinners are common. The annual Armed Forces Parade also takes place on this day (including airshow). It is a Bank holyday.

End of the Haka: The End of the Haka is the final match of the Theykan Gridiron League. It usually takes place between April and May, on a variable day of the week. Both public and private viewing parties are widespread, and it it the most followed sporting event in Theyka, only behind some Soccer World Cup games in which Theyka plays. It is a Recognized Holiday.

Cuisine

Typical poke bowl.

The contemporary theykan cuisine is a mixture of traditional theykan and imported pan-Avalonian, colonial-Artemian and Kesh culinary practices. As an island nation, fish has always been the staple protein of theykan cuisine, with meat only seeing limited consumption before modern times. Fruit and vegetables have also been a staple of theykan cuisine. Theykan cuisine notoriously lacks widespread use of cereals, as the islanders never implented widespread rice farming.

Typical theykan dishes include poke (raw fish served with various sides/condiments), olea (leaf sandwich with grilled fish and other ingredients) and the popular moara, which are a collection of bite sized compositions typically featuring a piece of raw or cooked fish, a fruit and some sort of cream (typically a fruit cream or a spice). Moara have become increasingly popular abroad starting from the 1970s, with many restaurants dedicated to the dish opening all across the globe. Moaranai is a high-end restaurant chain which is famous for it's very intricate moara compositions.

Although originally theykan cuisine didn't feature significantly spicy elements, in the last decades theykan cuisine has implemented more spicy elements, importing many spices from Kesh. Local spice farms have gained increased popularity, and spices are becoming an ever more popular part in the contemporary theykan cuisine.

Sport

Soleil Wikiriwhi, a Theykan pole vaulter, during the 2018 Athletics World Championship.

Theykan culture encourages and promotes physical activity and sports. As early as elementary school, students are required to attend physical education and nutrition classes, which include playing team sports. The most popular sports played in Theyka (at both school/ameteur level and professional level) are gridiron football, basketball, and soccer. An extensive network of lower leagues allows the athletes to be well taken care of from a young age.
Theykan athletes are also featured in all major sporting events (e.g., Olympics, world/avalonian championships of various disciplines), achieving remarkable results in athletics and martial arts disciplines, but having notorious deficiencies in winter sports, and disciplines such as synchronized swimming.
Physical fitness is an essential element of Theykan culture, thus making Theyka one of the developed countries with the lowest degree of obesity and/or related disorders. At the same time, however, this leads Theyka to be the developed country with the highest degree of population with an eating disorder. In recent years, the Ministry of Health has secured funds for a new task force to combat this phenomenon that was largely ignored in recent decades.

Music

A picture of the annual Al-Muri Festival in Motuoapa.

Unlike Anterra as a whole, the music industry in Theyka is significant enough to compete with the other major entertainment industries, such as the TV, movie and gaming industries. Currently, the Theykan music scene is extremely varied, although some genres have been in the spotlight for almost three decades: genres included in the urban music macrotype (such as rap, dancehall, R&B and soul) have been the dominant genres since the 90s, also considering that some of these genres originated in Theyka itself. Meanwhile, raggaeton, punk, dembow and deep-house are among the most popular imported genres.

Theyka also has a vibrant live music scene: it is amongst the countries which hosts the most concerts and festival, due to being one of the worlds major tourist destination and having a major pool of local music enthusiasts. Theyka is often one of the destination of world tours by world famous bands and acts, and hosts a number of globally recognized festivals. Live music is also one of the most notable elements of the Theykan Beach Culture and of the so-called "Theykan Summer".

Music in Theyka also serves an important cultural role: for example, the haka is one of the ceremonial dances in Theykan culture It is often performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted or chanted accompaniment. Although popularly associated with the traditional battle preparations of male warriors, haka have been traditionally performed by both men and women and for a variety of social functions within Theykan culture. Haka are performed to welcome distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions, or funerals. Traditional music during celebrations and events is also very present in schools, universities, the military and other institutions.
Further reading: Keuthe, Atua, Avalo-Vision, VIBE, VIBES WORLDWIDE, Enduro, MUV, ÁTREBIL.

Theykan Summer and Theykan Beach Culture

The 'Theykan Summer' is a term that references the youth lifestyle of Theykan and Ingonian teens and young adults experience in Theyka during the months of December, January and February (which in Theyka are hot and dry). Elements commonly attributed to the Theykan Summer are travelling with friends, usually for long periods of time to seaside destinations, heavy use of motorcicles, camping, live music and partecipation in the night-life of the destination. The Theykan Summer also refers to the lifestyle of the teen and young adults who live in these seaside destinations, which is remarkably similar to the one of the tourists but devoid of the travel element. The people who experience the Theykan Summer are usually teens or young adults (aged 17-23) from Theyka or nearby countries (Shenewa, Encarnação, New Valentina...), travelling in groups usually sized 4-8, equally split between males and females.

The Theykan Summer is an element of the Theykan Beach Culture, which also includes all elements of the seaside experience which are not exclusively targeted at young tourists, or tourists in general.

Cinema and Media

Cinema
The archipelago doesn't possess a significant cinema culture, with indigenous movies only reaching local audiences and not reaching the foreign markets. Despite of that Theyka is often used as location for many foreign productions, thanks to it's unique geographical features, lush and colorful jungles and paradisiac beaches. This phenomenon contributes to the significant tourism industry, as cinephiles travel through Theyka to visit locations of famous productions.

Television
Theyka has historically been one of the earliest countries to implement public television broadcasts, with the first channel, TY1, launching in 1943. Despite that, Theykan television has notorisouly been dominated by private corporations, such as Ocea Media and Molae BC. Television would only gain significant popularity in the late 1960's and 70s, when color TV would become more widely adopted. Theykan TV programs are mostly targeted towards the national audience and other Theykan populations groups in nearby KNA and Cervera. The most popular genres of broadcasts have notoriously been documentaries and reality TV, although with the advent of internet streaming fiction television series have become increasingly popular in the 2010s and 2020s.