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Principality of Reshmir

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Since GOP Progressive and Matvail2002 are having such fun with them, I'm putting Austria 2008 and Japan 2009 on hold to give a fictitious nation a try. I'm approaching it with an open mind. I've developed in my short story writing career of over 20 years (nothing officially published, unfortunately) a number of fictitious nations. Here's one of them.

The Principality of Reshmir is little more than a tiny strip of land bordered on the West by the Tyrhennian Sea and the East by the former Warsaw Pact Balkan nation of Kiristonia (which I may do an election for later on), with a small cluster of islands off it's coast. The mainland is dominated by the sprawling metropolis, port-city, and cultural centre Valance, though the nation's capital, Cobant, is little more than a hamlet on one of the outlying islands. Several rural provinces fan out from Valance inland. The nation's head-of-state, Prince Leopold IX, a constitutional monarch, has dssolved the country's small Parliament after the Socialist-Green coalition split on a nuclear power plant bill (the Socialists saw an opportunity for more jobs and efficient affordable power for Valance, the Greens saw an eco-hazard in the making), and the National Party, Christian Democrats, and Progressive Liberals brought down the divided government.

Now, six parties (the above mentioned five and the Communists, who had no standing seats) vie for position in the next Parliament.

The National Party are mostly right-wing

The Christian Democrats are centre-right to right-wing

The Progressive Librals are more-or-less centre

The Socialists and Greens are centre-left to left-wing

The Communists are mostly left-wing

(I could use some leader names)

Demographics

Reshmiri (native fusion of ethnicities) 25%

Kiristonian 20%

Italian 15%

Greek 10%

Maltese 5%

Arabic 5%

Other 5%

Religions

Roman Catholic 65%

Kiristonian Orthodox 10%

Greek Orthodox 5%

Moslem 5%

Jewish 2%

Other (including Atheist) 8%

Regions

Valance (divided into five or six seperate regions)

Cobant

Northern Islands

Southern Islands

Far Islands

Rural Provinces (need names for at least five)

Any suggestions or aid would be appreciated.

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I plan a custom map, which I may actually have to draw freehand on paper and then scan. I hope that works out. If someone can help me with an easier way, please let me know.

You are probably right about the Albanians over Arabs in the population. The Arabs were meant as descendents of Crusades-era seafarers, but by the modern day they'd likely have fused in with the Reshmiris.

As for a world, I hadn't envisioned a world much different than our own, but (if you're willing to share cohabitancy creatively) could you tell me a bit about your micronation world. A unified fictional world may end up being quite attractive.

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I plan a custom map, which I may actually have to draw freehand on paper and then scan. I hope that works out. If someone can help me with an easier way, please let me know.

You are probably right about the Albanians over Arabs in the population. The Arabs were meant as descendents of Crusades-era seafarers, but by the modern day they'd likely have fused in with the Reshmiris.

As for a world, I hadn't envisioned a world much different than our own, but (if you're willing to share cohabitancy creatively) could you tell me a bit about your micronation world. A unified fictional world may end up being quite attractive.

That's fine with sharing cohabitancy. As for my world, it's based off some RL micronations in this sort of internet simulation known as Micras. So far the countries in my world are: Alexandria (CF), Stormark (CF). New Brittania (PMFUK), Simland (PMFCAN), Kozakura (CF), Ocia, Katyusha, Babkha, Hamland, Shou Lung, and Arminy. As one could guess, the micronational world is rather eurocentric IRL (and elections, if any, are rarely competitive), but I'm assuming that its world resembles ours. The most powerful nations are probably Alexandria, New Brittania, and Stormark.

Furthermore, what languages/ethnicities are Reshmiri and Kiristonian similar to?

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Reshmiri, as a language and ethnicity, is a fusion of several Mediterranean cultures, including Albanian, Kiristonian, Serbo-Croatian, Greek, Maltese, and Italian, as well as Turco-Arabic seafarers and Crusaders who settled there in the Middle Ages. Their language is a complex pidgin that's difficult for foreigners to learn. They are mostly Roman Catholic with a few Moslems. Kiristonians are essentially Southern Slavs whose language and culture are similar to Serbo-Croatian. They are roughly split between Roman Catholics and Kiristonian Orthodox.

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(party leaders-more as they come)

National

Konstantine Gourlakis

Socialists

Branko Vujanović

Radmila Crvenkovski

Christian Democrats

Anton Jelacic

Greens

Gina Napolitano

Progressive Liberals

Communists

Miljec Vlasimov

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Reshmiri, as a language and ethnicity, is a fusion of several Mediterranean cultures, including Albanian, Kiristonian, Serbo-Croatian, Greek, Maltese, and Italian, as well as Turco-Arabic seafarers and Crusaders who settled there in the Middle Ages. Their language is a complex pidgin that's difficult for foreigners to learn. They are mostly Roman Catholic with a few Moslems. Kiristonians are essentially Southern Slavs whose language and culture are similar to Serbo-Croatian. They are roughly split between Roman Catholics and Kiristonian Orthodox.

I have a great suggestion for the name of the language:

Sabir: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingua_franca...e_Mediterranean

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I have a great suggestion for the name of the language:

Sabir: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingua_franca...e_Mediterranean

That's an awesome piece of research, matvail2002! Thanks, I like it!

I like the three party leader names proposed so far. I have another just today:

Communist Party - Miljec Vlasimov: Former Kiristonian Communist-Era Secret Police Agent and later, under that organization's auspices, leader of the Valance Red Guard, a militant/terrorist organization active in Reshmir in the '80's. Like Gerry Adams in Northern Ireland in the Real World, past terrorist connections don't stop him from running for office. They may, however, greatly affect his chances of winning.

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BTW, GOP Progressive, is Republica Baltusia for P4E+P that I found on Matty1019's scenario thread (but not of his making, as he points out) your scenario? It looks like your style of handiwork, but I've seen no other P4E+P scenarios by you, and you didn't mention it in your above list. Just wondering.

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BTW, GOP Progressive, is Republica Baltusia for P4E+P that I found on Matty1019's scenario thread (but not of his making, as he points out) your scenario? It looks like your style of handiwork, but I've seen no other P4E+P scenarios by you, and you didn't mention it in your above list. Just wondering.

No...Republica Baltusia is mine. I just never finished it.

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BTW, GOP Progressive, is Republica Baltusia for P4E+P that I found on Matty1019's scenario thread (but not of his making, as he points out) your scenario? It looks like your style of handiwork, but I've seen no other P4E+P scenarios by you, and you didn't mention it in your above list. Just wondering.

Which one is Balthusia? Can I see the map? Perhaps I can find a use for it...

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The map is currently being worked on. As I said, I'm going to draw it on white paper in black pen, then scan it. I've had several attempts so far, but they all ended in the recycle bin. I am getting closer, though...

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What do you think the issues should be?

I'll try to come up with some party leader names (probably will look at Albanian, Montenegrin, Serbo-Croatian, Maltese and Italian politicians and come up with amalgams).

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Issues include:

Crime

Education

Free-Port Status

Health-Care

Immigration

Kiristonian Relations

Labour Unions

Republic

Taxation

Tourism

University of Valance Endowment

Welfare

These are some initial thoughts.

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Issues include:

Crime

Education

Free-Port Status

Health-Care

Immigration

Kiristonian Relations

Labour Unions

Republic

Taxation

Tourism

University of Valance Endowment

Welfare

These are some initial thoughts.

How about these?

Abortion

Crime

Economic Policy

Education

Environment

Free-Port Status

Health Care

Housing

Immigration

Islamic World

Kiristonian Relations

Labour Unions

Monarchy

Nuclear Power

Same-Sex Marriage

Taxation

Terror Laws

Welfare

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I like that list, though I would like to have the University of Valance endowment (in shorter wording, preferably) as a seperate issue from Education; I just don't know which issue on that list to replace. I like my Communist Party leader with a long and questionable background, above, and I like your names so far; they just need brief backgrounds.

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I like that list, though I would like to have the University of Valance endowment (in shorter wording, preferably) as a seperate issue from Education; I just don't know which issue on that list to replace. I like my Communist Party leader with a long and questionable background, above, and I like your names so far; they just need brief backgrounds.

Sure, I'll work on them in a little bit.

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PARTY LEADERS

National

Georgi Petrovitch- Prominent aristocrat, strong supporter of the monarchy, nationalist conservative

Konstantine Gourlakis- Successful Greek-Reshmiri businessman, neoliberal conservative

Bogdan Jelačić- young "modernizer" in the party, and the first Catholic leader of the party

Socialists

Branko Vujanović- experienced economist and academic, supporter of "third way" tendencies

Marko Vukadinović- former lawyer and General Secretary of the party, views himself as a "social democrat"

Radmila Crvenkovski- leader of the youth wing of the Socialists, considers herself a "democratic socialist"

Christian Democrats

Goran Misirkov- former Orthodox priest, older cultural conservative but dirigistic economically rather than laissez-faire

Zlata Krišto- Former Muslim who converted to Orthodox Christianity, strongly opposed to Islam, and laissez-faire supporter

Greens

Gina Napolitano- "champagne socialist," renowned pop singer who has entered politics

Filip Tanković- veteran environmental activist and expert on global warming

Progressive Liberals

Aleksander Belushi- former foreign minister, highly respected internationalist

Luigi Gonzi- prominent journalist with strong appeal to the youth and professional classes

Communists

Miljec Vlasimov- Patine already made him up

Dragan Lagumdžija- militant trade unionist who led a controversial series of strikes across the country and son of former Communist party leader

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These leaders are great! Thanks plenty!

I'm still struggling with the map, so that may take a little bit. I'll respond when I have some serious progress.

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OCIAN FEDERATION

PARTIES:

Social Democratic

Liberal Democracy

Conservative

Green

Communist

REGIONS:

Directrus (Capital City)

November City (Second-largest city)

Dalmanatia

Slaventija

Reshmir

Valance

Cobant

Kiristonia

Luthorian Islands

Iridian Islands

Alentejo

Lombardia

Istria

Issues

Alexandria Relations

Communist Threat

Defense Forces

Drugs

Economy

Education

Environment

Fishing

Health Service

Islamic World

Labor Unions

Moral Issues

Nuclear Power

Prostitution

Space Exploration

Tax and Budget

Terrorism

Welfare

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This looks good! Problem is, this set-up would require a different map than the one Treasurer made for me. This would mean prostrating myself before his map-making awesomeness and pleading for another scrap from his table. :P

Otherwise, it looks very good. I notice you remembered Kiristonia, there, though Valance is spelt as so, not Valence. Great job, though!

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