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The Confederation of Vecherd


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Capital Cairlinn(De facto)
Population 423 438 130 ca. 2018
Official Languages Vecherdian, Frælivikian, Groeenische
Government
- Type Parliamentary Confederacy
- President Vil Levi
- Speaker of Parliament Jean Van Der Graaf
Demonym Vecherdian
Area 16 759 540 km2
GDP (nominal)
- Total $342,620 billions
- Per capita $53,540

The Confederation of Vecherd is confederation of various cantons laying in the Northwestern Vecherdian sea, The voting system for the election of the president is the first-past-the-post voting system. For electing parliamentarians is the Saint-Laguë Method and Mixed member proportional representation. Vecherd is a parliamentary republic with limited direct democracy.

History

Many historians and researchers have found evidence that there might have been human settlements in Vecherd as early as 14 000 BC.
However the first evidence of permanent residence is from 5 500 BC. The first humans to reach Vecherd were groups of Germanic tribes that travelled to the islands by boats, no researchers have found out precisely what continent or what nation. However research suggest it was from the Southeast.
Until 1032 the Vecherdian islands were clusters of tribal kingdoms with a decentralized rule, however in 1032 Vecherd was untied under king Alfred An Deghaun(998-1061) whom highly centralized the Vecherdian realm and instituted Christianity as the new state religion.

Through out the middle ages there were actually no wars in Vecherd, but instead thousands of merchants came to trade in Vecherd, in the 14th century Judaism was introduced in Vecherd and within the 17th century more than 30% of the population was Jewish.
In the early 19th century the industrial revolution started and Vecherd was turned from a agriculture society to a almost fully industrialized country, and the population doubled from 27 million to 55 million, between 1819 and 1850.

The early 18th led to several revolts over all of Vecherd, the revolts were a reaction to the highly centralized and authoritarian Vecherdian monarchy as well as ethnic tensions. In 1723 an estimated 500 000 peasants attack Cairlinn and the Vecherdian Royal Castle, killing the king and his family, as well as a vast majority of the Vecherdian aristocracy. The army was able to stamp out the revolters, however the entire monarchy was obliterated. General Martin Van Rijn(1686-1754) leader of the Vecherdian army decided to start a reform of the Vecherdian government. He declared himself Lord Protector of Vecherd and abolished the aristocracy. In 1730 Van Rijn instituted the Vecherdian Confederacy, giving the newly created Cantons the power to basically control their land without much interference, except the requirment of recruiting soldiers to national army and collecting certain taxes. The Cantonal system ended the centuries long ethnic strives within Vecherd.


The revolution of 1793 which was led by the famous classical liberal Geert Goldstein(1770-1844) was opposition to what he and his estimated 800 000 followers meant was an authoritarian regime, and while some cantons had enacted local democracy, the country was still largely dictatorial. In the Northern parts of the country in and around Cairlinn they attacked governmental buildings and army barracks. The two months long riot led to the fall of the current Lord Protector Jean Van Water(1750-1799), and the introduction of federal and local democracy,(excluding Standúhöfn, which was ruled by the aristocratic families of Frælivik until 1889) and the Vecherdian constitution of 1795, which secured the rights of the Vecherdian people.

Throughout the 18th century most of the 19th century, the government was run by classical liberals and confederates. The country experienced an industrial boom in the 1820's which led to an enormous increase in wealth and population growth. As the labor movement grew in response to the economic and social liberalism of 19th century grew, the politics of Vecherd polarized and the parliament was divided into three groups, the Classical liberals, the Socialists and the Confederate liberals. The labour movement peaked in 1909 when they received 49.3% of the votes and were able to control the parliament. The Labour Party the leader of the left-wing government later collapsed in the 1920's after severely crashing the Vecherdian economy, with unemployment reaching 18%. The 1940's to 60's led to the libertarian bohemianism become a major Vecherdian counter-culture, drug use and free sex become symbols of freedom and prosperity and the Vecherdian Conservative Party and religious parties faded into insignificance as more liberal and libertarian parties became the main parties of Vecherd. In the 1970's the Vecherdian government began a process of anti-corporatism and anti-statism, which almost led to the abolition of the federal government, since the 1980's however, the state has taken up some tasks again, like the military and criminal courts. In several cantons New Religiosity sprung up in the early 2000's as a counter-ideal to the Vecherdian ideas of liberty and anti-statism.

The Vecherdian - West Reichian war, May-July 2011
The Vecherdian - West Reichian war was a war between Vecherd and the West Reich, the war started by the West Reich as they wanted to take down the Vecherdian Zionist government. West Reichian soldiers attacked and occupied the island of An Freale. The war lasted to months and ended with Vecherdian soldiers storming the beaches of An Freale.

Vecherdian losses.

Soldiers 1 487

Civillians 392

Captured/lost 41



West Reich losses.

Soldiers 3 209

Civillians 2

Captured 39 392


http://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic ... 5&t=113170

The Vecherdian diaspora
http://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=109764

Demographics

Vecherd is a relatively homogeneous nation with some immigration from other nations, the last decade almost 8.3 million people have settled in Vecherd, the recent immigration has been prompted by the recent economical boost in Vecherd, which started in the early 21st century and which as continued through 2012. The main group of immigrants are from Sibirsky and there are more than 3.5 Million Sibirskyians living in Vecherd as of 2012 or about 0.88% of the entire population, 6 of the 1 000 politicians in the Parliament is Sibirskiyans all of them for the Libertarian People's Party.

Population
The population was 419 902 800 people as of the 2017 census, however it is not a completely exact number. The population growth has been above 2% since the 1920s and peaked at 4.8% in 1964.

Total population growth est December 2016): 2.4%

Ethnic composition
Ethnic Vecherdian 94.85%
- Vecherdian 70.4%
- Fraelkish 14.35%
- Groennische 10.1%

Other White 2.40%
Sibirskyian 0.75%
Hippostanian 0.32%
Ashkenazi 0.24%
Other 1.09%

Arab 1.06%

East Asian 0.80%

Black 0.24%

Other 0.65%

The ethnic composition of Vecherd is fairly homogeneous, and around 95% of the population is of fully Vecherdian ancestry. However, within the Vecherdian ethnicity people belong to several different cultures. The majority of the population are describing to the general Vecherdian culture, which is a fusion of various northern cultures during the 8th century.

Demographics of the Vecherdian cultures.(Among people that describe themselves as Vecherdian)

Vecherdian 69.7%
Frælivikian 16.5%
Groennische 9.8%
Other 4%

Religious demographics

Judaism - 70.1%

Christianity - 15.4%

Vecherdian Folk Religions - 7%

Other religions - 2.5%

Atheism - 6%

A slim majority of the Vecherdian population is not bilingual and only speak Vecherdian, however about 46-48% of the population speak Vecherdian and one other language. Almost 95% of the population speaks Vecherdian, but in rural southern areas this fluency drops to below 20% in certain areas. In the municipality of Godkven the knowledge of Vecherdian is as low as 0.23%.

List of languages by speakers in percentage.
Vecherdian, 95.6%
Frælisisk, 19.64%
Hebrew or Yiddish, 14.55%
Groennische, 9.9%
Cairlinian, 3.69%
Vervedian, 2.23%
Tzvichian, 0.84%


Fertility rate: 3.46 (2014)

Birth rate 25.8/1 000

Death Rate: 4.5/1 000

Literacy rate 99.8%(Age above 16)

Median age 20.9 Years.

Guns per 100 citizen 132.8

Historical population of Vecherd(within current borders)
500 ca. 1 500 000
786 ca. 3 000 000
1050 ca. 3 250 000
1139 ca. 2 400 000
1275 ca. 5 800 000
1442 ca. 7 100 000
1615 ca. 13 600 000
1710 ca. 17 490 000
1722 ca. 20 900 000
1724 ca. 19 300 000
1775 ca. 24 000 000
1795 ca. 23 940 00
1819 27 210 000
1850 55 300 000
1894 86 400 000
1918 118 329 000
1938 142 432 000
1964 200 490 200
1980 268 391 300
1996 308 244 310
2008 350 403 930
2013 386 930 640
2014 395 998 280
2017 419 902 800
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Economy

Vecherd has a major capitalist service economy characterized by low taxation and free trade, The Vecherdian Government has traditionally played a mostly passive role in the economy, with little by way of industrial policy and no import or export controls. Market forces and the private sector were allowed to determine practical development. Under the official policy of "positive non-interventionism", Vecherd is often cited as an laissez-faire capitalism nation. The state intervenes little to nothing in the matter of small, medium and large business with no regulations on the opening of a business. There are no corporate taxes until the output of a business reaches $50 million per year, in which the corporate tax is 6.6%. There are 65.34 million businesses registered in Vecherd.

Top industries: Uranium, petroleum, steel, motor vehicles, Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), telecommunications, chemicals, creative industries, electronics, food processing, consumer goods, lumber, mining, defense. textiles, clothing, tourism, banking, shipping, plastics, toys, watches.

Average Work Week: 36.5 hours

Biggest airline company: Vecherdian Air

Unemployment rate ca 3.9% - 4.5%

Geography

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Vecherd is a large country with great diversity in the environment and spans over huge mountains, large lakes and many great steppes.
Vecherd has a very varied climate from snow almost are year around in the most northern parts of Vecherd to deserts in the most southern parts.
But mainly there is a continental subarctic climate in Vecherd.

Area: 1 759 540 km2

Population density 219,9 people per sq. km.

Highest point: Mount Shiraz, 7 011m

Percent of Vecherdian land is covered by water 6.4%

Biggest cities, by population(in millions):

Cairlinn 17.8 Capital
Vijgate 9.2
Groenningenstadt 5.3
Vielne 4.7
Vrijstadte 3.8
Valdal 3.8
Intheagin 3.3
Lorraine 2.9
Zeeland 2.6
Plystein 2.6
New Vrijniwes 1.9
Haven 1.6

Vecherdian Cantons

The Vecherdian Confederacy is divided into Cantons, which have most of the civilian power of the state. The Cantons decided things such as age limits(excluding federal elections), currency, state religion and socioeconomical issues. The cantons are however restricted somewhat by the Vecherdian constitution. The Cantons have historically been ethnically divided and the people of Vecherd have often aligned more towards cantons than the federal government.



List of cantons.

1. Vreeswijk
% of total population: 13.4%
% Urban population 83%
Fertility Rate 3.03
HDI 0.903
Number of municipalities 56 490
Religion
- Jewish 69%
- Mennonite 9%
- Other Christian 6%
- Other 16%

2. Cairlinn (Region)
% of total population: 17.9%
% Urban population 84%
Fertility Rate 1.93
HDI 0.969
Number of municipalities 903
Religion
- Jewish 81%
- Mennonite 1%
- Other Christian 1%
- Other 17%

3. Narriskeit
% of total population: 6.5%
% Urban population 47%
Fertility Rate 3.84
HDI 0.899
Number of municipalities 104 233
Religion
- Jewish 83%
- Mennonite 12%
- Other Christian 1%
- Other 4%

4. Genf-Apfen
% of total population: 9.7%
% Urban population 61%
Fertility Rate 4.12
HDI 0.841
Number of municipalities 138 104
Religion
- Jewish 94%
- Mennonite 1%
- Other Christian 0%
- Other 5%

5. Frælivik
% of total population: 8.0%
% Urban population 52%
Fertility Rate 2.49
HDI 0.902
Number of municipalities 86 645
Religion
- Jewish 12%
- Mennonite 42%
- Other Christian 14%
- Other 32%

6. Koedijk
% of total population: 5.4%
% Urban population 44%
Fertility Rate 3.50
HDI 0.942
Number of municipalities 53 940
Religion
- Jewish 90%
- Mennonite 2%
- Other Christian 1%
- Other 7%

7. Südkoedijk
% of total population: 2.7%
% Urban population 39%
Fertility Rate 2.42
HDI 0.911
Number of municipalities 42 910
Religion
- Jewish 84%
- Mennonite 3%
- Other Christian 1%
- Other 12%

8. Groenningen
% of total population: 11.2%
% Urban population 78%
Fertility Rate 4.01
HDI 0.956
Number of municipalities 175 548
Religion
- Jewish 89%
- Mennonite 1%
- Other Christian 0%
- Other 10%

9. Bloemfontstein
% of total population: 7.5%
% Urban population 53%
Fertility Rate 3.11
HDI 0.905
Number of municipalities 68 930
Religion
- Jewish 49%
- Mennonite 38%
- Other Christian 10%
- Other 3%

10. Geltplatz Appenzeller
% of total population: 9.1%
% Urban population 55%
Fertility Rate 5.09
HDI 0.985
Number of municipalities 201 492
Religion
- Jewish 69%
- Mennonite 24%
- Other Christian 1%
- Other 6%

11. Vrijpoort
% of total population: 8.2%
% Urban population 49%
Fertility Rate 2.79
HDI 0.805
Number of municipalities 73 994
Religion
- Jewish 78%
- Mennonite 6%
- Other Christian 5%
- Other 11%

12. Nygrʼáw
% of total population: 0.4%
% Urban population 18%
Fertility Rate 7.86
HDI 0.779
Number of municipalities 23 998
Religion
- Jewish 99.8%
- Mennonite 0.1%
- Other Christian 0%
- Other 0.1%
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Government and Politics

The President is the head of government of Vecherd. The Basic Law designates a system of governance led by a President. Below the president is the parliament, in the Parliament there are 1 000 MPs, from all across the political scene. The threshold for a seat in the parliament is 0.1% of the votes.
For a legislation to go to the parliament at least 1 000 000 people must sign a referendum.
Elections are held every second year and a president can hold said position 7 times, which makes a total of 14 years.

A total list of the bureaus of Vecherd.

- Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau
- Health Bureau
- Home Affairs Bureau
- Security Bureau
- Cantonal Bureau

Politics of Vecherd

25th of August, 2018 election

Result (In percentage of votes)

Alternative for Vecherd: Ethnic nationalism, right-wing populism, anti-immigration,22.6%
National Unification Party: Civic nationalism, Centrism, 15.1%
The Freedom Party: National Libertarianism, Laissez Faire, 13.4%
The Jewish Freedom Party: Zillitarianism, Family interests 10.3%
Workers Union: Workers Rights, Nationalism, Socialist-elements, 10.2%
Libertarian Peoples Party: Minarchism, Civil Libertarianism, 5.3%
Libertarian Greens: Civil Libertarianism, Free-Market Environmentalism, 4.3%
Nationalist Party of Vecherd: Vecherdian Nationalism, National Liberalism, 4.1%
Socialist Party:Democratic socialism, Social liberalism3.8%
Frælivikian Nationalists: Frælivikian Nationalism, Independentism, 3.2%
Zionist Party: Jewish Nationalism, 2.3%
The Progressives: Left-Libertarianism, Christian minority interests, 2.1%
Libertarian Party: Minarchism, Voluntaryism, 1.9%
-------------------1% threshold to enter the parliament-------------------
Centrist Party: Decentralization, Liberalism, Mutualism, 0.9%
Society Party: Anarchism, Nihilism, 0.4%
Party for law and order: Social Conservatism, Public Surveillance, 0.4%
Pirate Party: Libertarian Property rights, Technologism, Right to distribution, 0.3%
Social Democrats: Social Democracy, Social Conservatism, 0.1%
Free Democrats Libertarianism, Direct Democracy, 0.1%
Other Parties 0.2%

25th of August Exit poll (MSOG poll)

Jews
Alternative for Vecherd: Ethnic nationalism, right-wing populism, anti-immigration,30.6%
The Jewish Freedom Party: Zillitarianism, Family interests 17.3%
The Freedom Party: National Libertarianism, Laissez Faire, 15.1%
Nationalist Party of Vecherd: Vecherdian Nationalism, National Liberalism, 6.1%
Zionist Party: Jewish Nationalism, 5.4%
Workers Union: Workers Rights, Nationalism, Socialist-elements, 5.2%
National Unification Party: Civic nationalism, Centrism, 5.1%
Libertarian Peoples Party: Minarchism, Civil Libertarianism, 4.3%
Libertarian Party: Minarchism, Voluntaryism, 3.9%
Libertarian Greens: Civil Libertarianism, Free-Market Environmentalism, 3.2%
Socialist Party:Democratic socialism, Social liberalism2.1%
Frælivikian Nationalists: Frælivikian Nationalism, Independentism, 0.2%
The Progressives: Left-Libertarianism, Christian minority interests, 0.1%

Others: 1.1%

Non-jews
National Unification Party: Civic nationalism, Centrism, 26.2%
Frælivikian Nationalists: Frælivikian Nationalism, Independentism, 15.1%
Alternative for Vecherd: Ethnic nationalism, right-wing populism, anti-immigration,12.3%
Workers Union: Workers Rights, Nationalism, Socialist-elements, 11.4%
The Freedom Party: National Libertarianism, Laissez Faire, 8.4%
Socialist Party:Democratic socialism, Social liberalism7.3%
The Progressives: Left-Libertarianism, Christian minority interests, 6.7%
Libertarian Peoples Party: Minarchism, Civil Libertarianism, 5.3%
Libertarian Greens: Civil Libertarianism, Free-Market Environmentalism, 2.2%
Nationalist Party of Vecherd: Vecherdian Nationalism, National Liberalism, 1.6%
The Jewish Freedom Party: Zillitarianism, Family interests 1.1%
Libertarian Party: Minarchism, Voluntaryism, 0.4%
Zionist Party: Jewish Nationalism, 0.2%


Others: 5.9%


23rd of July, 2015 election

Result (In percentage of votes)

The Freedom Party: National Libertarianism, Laissez Faire, 19.6%
National Unification Party: Civic nationalism, Centrism, 15.1%
Alternative for Vecherd: Ethnic nationalism, right-wing populism, anti-immigration,12.4%
The Jewish Freedom Party: Zillitarianism, Family interests 12.3%
Workers Union: Workers Rights, Nationalism, Socialist-elements, 8.2%
Libertarian Peoples Party: Minarchism, Civil Libertarianism, 7.8%
Socialist Party:Democratic socialism, Social liberalism5.7%
Libertarian Greens: Civil Libertarianism, Free-Market Environmentalism, 4.2%
Nationalist Party of Vecherd: Vecherdian Nationalism, National Liberalism, 3.6%
Zionist Party: Jewish Nationalism, 2.5%
Frælivikian Nationalists: Frælivikian Nationalism, Independentism, 1.7%
Gil Sterns List: Populism, social liberalism 1.5%
The Progressives: Left-Libertarianism, Christian minority interests, 2.1%
Libertarian Party: Minarchism, Voluntaryism, 1.9%
-------------------1% threshold to enter the parliament-------------------
Centrist Party: Decentralization, Liberalism, Mutualism, 0.9%
Society Party: Anarchism, Nihilism, 0.4%
Party for law and order: Social Conservatism, Public Surveillance, 0.4%
Pirate Party: Libertarian Property rights, Technologism, Right to distribution, 0.3%
Social Democrats: Social Democracy, Social Conservatism, 0.1%
Free Democrats Libertarianism, Direct Democracy, 0.1%
Other Parties 0.2%


22nd of July, 2012 election
Following the war for independence in Frælivik and Groenningen the Vecherdian Parliament lost a total of 40% of their members. Several parties withdrew from the Parliament and following this event it was decided that a new election had to occur.

Result (In percentage of votes)
The Freedom Party: National Libertarianism, Laissez Faire, 21.9%
National Unification Party: Nationalism, Centrism, Unification of Vecherd and Frælivik, 16.1%
Libertarian Peoples Party: Minarchism, Civil Libertarianism, 15.3%
The Jewish Freedom Party: Zillitarianism, Family interests 11.3%
Workers Union: Workers Rights, Nationalism, Socialist-elements, 10.2%
Libertarian Greens: Civil Libertarianism, Free-Market Environmentalism, 7.3%
Zionist Party: Jewish Nationalism, 5.7%
Socialist Party: Left-Wing Conservatism, Social Conservatism, Leninism,3.5%
Libertarian Party: Minarchism, Voluntaryism, 2.8%
The Progressives: Left-Libertarianism, Christian minority interests, 1.8%
Nationalist Party of Vecherd: Vecherdian Nationalism, National Liberalism, 1.3%
Centrist Party: Decentralization, Liberalism, Mutualism, 0.8%
Society Party: Anarchism, Nihilism, 0.4%
Party for law and order: Social Conservatism, Public Surveillance, 0.4%
Pirate Party: Libertarian Property rights, Technologism, Right to distribution, 0.3%
Frælivikian Nationalists: Frælivikian Nationalism, Social Democracy, 0.2%
Social Democrats: Social Democracy, Social Conservatism, 0.1%
Free Democrats Libertarianism, Direct Democracy, 0.1%
Other Parties 0.2%


Political Parties of Vecherd

Size of the parties(By percentage), In the 2012 election.

The Freedom Party 19.7%
Libertarian People's Party 15.4%
The Jewish Freedom Party 14.2%
Free Worker's Party 9.8%
Frælisisk Independence Party 9.7%
Libertarian Green Party 7.4%
Costal Party 6.3%
Nationalist Party of Vecherd 5.9%
Farmer's Party 4.8%
Socialist Party 3.4%
--Parties with less than 10 seats--
Zionist Party 1.06%
Libertarian Party 0.74%
Cannabis Party 0.41%
Jewish Defence League 0.3%
The Progressives 0.21%
Pirate Party 0.19%
Centrist Party 0.11%

Parties not qualified for seats in the Parliament 0.38%

[spoiler=Parties ideologies]Freedom Party National Libertarianism, Individualism, Vecherdian Anti-Corporatism, Laissez Faire, Federalism
Libertarian People's Party Minarchism, Individualism, Self-Determination
The Jewish Freedom Party Jewish Liberalism, Free Market, Social reforms
Free Worker's Party Free Market Cooperation, Vecherdian Anti-Corporatism, Egalitarianism, Federal unification
Frælisisk Independence Party Frælisisk Independence, Social Democracy, Authoritarian Democracy, Welfare
Libertarian Green Party Free Market Environmentalism, Libertarianism, Individualism, Vecherdian Anti-Corporatism
Costal Party Liberal Decentralization, Liberal Conservative Federalism, Vecherdian Nationalism
Nationalist Party of Vecherd Vecherdian Nationalism, Environmentalism, Anti-Corporatism, Welfare
Farmer's Party Extreme Decentralization, Vecherdian Nationalism, Christian minority interests, Federalism
Socialist Party Far-Left Authoritarianism, Marxist-Leninism, Welfare
Zionist Party Jewish Nationalism, Religious Liberalism, Anti-Collectivism
Libertarian Party Minarchism, Anarcho-Capitalism(minority)
Cannabis Party Environmental Sustainability, Farmers Interests, Spirituality, Federalist unification
Jewish Defence League Extreme Jewish Nationalism, Kibbutzism, Collective Authoritarianism
The Progressives Anti-Capitalism, Maoism, Syndicalism, Authoritarian Egalitarianism
Pirate Party Libertarian Property rights, Technologism, Right to distribution
Centrist Party Federalism, Centrism, Liberal Nationalism


The current coalition of parties which constitutes the Libertarian Alliance
The Freedom Party
The Libertarian People's Party
Libertarian Green Party
Libertarian Party
Cannabis Party
Pirate Party.


The Freedom Party 22.3%
The Zionist Party 18.9%
Libertarian People's Party 12.6%
New Democratic Party 10.2%
Free Worker's Party 9.8%
Frælisisk Independence Party 8.7%
Others 17.5%


List of Prime Ministers from the introduction of Parliamentarianism 1803
Meyer Landau 1793-1803(b.1770 d. 1838)
Laart Goldstein 1803-1829(b. 1759 d. 1830)
Abel Szlecak 1829-1865(b. 1791 d. 1865)
Haas Neideich 1865-1879(b.1813 d. 1903)
Avert Halpern 1879-1887(b.1830 d. 1887)
Jean-Luc Dressner 1887-1892(b. 1834 d. 1900)
Harold Van Diek 1892-1898(b. 1845 d. 1918)
Ian Loghbour 1898-1899(b. 1849 d. 1912)
Tòm Goldstein 1899-1912(b. 1861 d. 1959)
Bartholomew J. Vikert 1912-1916(b. 1870 d. 1944)
Efraim Hayek 1916-1918(b.1869 d. 1920)
Þorstein Sigurdssòn 1918-1924(b. 1871 d. 1933)
Michael B. Godson 1924-1932(b. 1877 d. 1950)
Danny McKane 1932-1950(b. 1903 d. 2002)
Gershem Hayek 1950-1952(b. 1897 d. 1969)
Levi Môritz 1952-1956(b. 1909 d. 1980)
Morris Liechamn 1956-1958(b. 1899 d. 1958)*
Tzerezh Nachman 1958-1964(b.1918)
Tzvi O'Connell 1964-1970(b. 1913 d. 1990)
Arinbjörn Tròndursson 1970-1980(b. 1928)
Vardimom Ardal 1980-1984(b. 1940)
Volkert Van Heer 1984-1986(b. 1930 d.1986)*
Zl'Ian Ver Joesph 1986-1998(b.1951 d. 2014)
Henke Van Lawun 1998-2002(b. 1943)
Geirmundur Friðþjófsson 2002-2008(b.1971)
Erez Lertowiz 2008-2010(b. 1959)

List of Presidents after the introduction of the Presidential system in 2010
Seamus O'Donell 2010-2012 (b. 1963)
Jan Goldstein 2012-2013 (b. 1949)
Vil Levi 2013- (b. 1974)

*Prime ministers assassinated during their presidency.


Zillitarianism

Zillitarianism is an ideology that was created in Vecherd, Zillitarianism combines the two distinct ideologies of Zionism and Libertarianism to one ideology. The term Zillitarianism was coined by Heert Shannigan(1904-1995) in 1962. Since the late 1970s the Vecherdian government has often been controlled by a party that has some Zillitarian elements.
The first basic ideas of Zillitarianism, The first advocates of Zillitarianism didn't start until the late 1920s, the were considered extremists by the then current Socialist government.
Zillitarianism often include strong anti-Socialist sentiments as they want to distance themselves from the first Zionists as they were Socialists.
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Religion in Vecherd

Religion has been a very important part of Vecherd and still is an important part of Vecherdian culture and the day to day life of most Vecherdians, however it is mainly a secular religious life. The first religions in Vecherd where native and most where polytheistic, most native religions in Vecherd died out as Christianity and later Judaism got a foothold in the Vecherdian islands, however some 7% of the Vecherdian population are still believers in Vecherdian native religions, especially in the southeastern regions. The biggest religion in Vecherd today is Judaism, with more than a 290 million believers corresponding to 71% of the population. Judaism came to Vecherd in the 15th century and the first people to convert to Judaism was the aristocracy and ruling classes. The Vecherdian people later started converting to Judaism, and to a lesser extend Christianity. Thus earning a higher position on the social ladder. Christianity has traditionally been a large religion and is practicedd by roughly 15% of the population(est. 2012) however it has declined a lot in the last 50 years from an all time high of 51.3% in 1709, because of conversion and low birth rates among Christians compared to the Jewish population. Fertility rate among Christians in 2010 was 2.98, while for Jews the fertility rate was 4.02.


Religious demographics

Judaism - 70.1%

Vecherdian Reformed Judaism - 47.4%
Liberal Judaism - 11.3%
Humanist Judaism - 5.3%
Orthodox Jewish Assembly of Vecherd - 4.2%
Conservative Judaism - 1.1%
Other Jewish denominations - 1.2%


Christianity - 15.4%

Mennonite - 12.6%
Lutheran - 1.4%
Catholic - 0.9%
Orthodox - 0.4%
Other Christian denominations - 0.1%


Vecherdian Religions - 7.9%

Frælvikism - 4.7%
Groennische native religion - 0.9%
Other Vecherdian religious denominations - 2.3%


Taoism - 0.3%

Buddhism - 0.3%
Theravada - 0.23%
Vajrayana - 0.05%
Mahayana - 0.02%

Islam - 0.2%
Shiite - 0.14%
Sunni - 0.06%


Other religions - 0.4%


Atheism, Agnosticism and Irreligion - 6%


The Vecherdian Military

The Vecherdian military have four branches.

The Vecherdian Army est. 1640
The Vecherdian Air force est. 1894
The Vecherdian Navy est. 1640
The Vecherdian Special forces. est. 1934

The Vecherdian military was established in 1640 by the king for the goal of protecting Vecherd with a professional military, instead of the regular farmer soldiers that had been common up until that point. The Vecherdian military does not have conscription, which was abolished in 1942 after large demonstrations and violence among youth at universities to stop being forced to join the armed forces. The number of personnel in the army fluctuates depending on international risks, and the threat of war. Vecherd has been in 3 wars in the last 10 years, all defensive. Which has lead to a large increase of military personnel. Numbering 3.72 million personnel in 2013.

There are currently 1.43 million people actively serving in the military. And 2.29 million reserve personnel. Equating to 0.35% of the population and 0.57% of the population respectively.

Number of military vehicles.
Tanks: 18 000
Airplanes: 11 000
Ships: 490
Other: 23 000
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Culture

Vecherdian culture is characterised by diversity, which is reflected in a wide range of traditional customs in the different regions, Vecherdian culture began long before the rise of Vecherdian as a nation state. The close proximity to the mountains in all areas in Vecherd has greatly influenced the leisure of Vecherdian people. The growth of ski and mountaineering resorts in the Vecherdian mountains have caused the Vecherdian become very sports conscious. Apart from skiing and mountaineering, Vecherdian-style wrestling (Krâftslag) is still popular in rural areas, as well as Sunday-morning shooting sessions.

Alcohol

The most popular alcoholic drink in Vecherd is wine. Vecherd is notable for the variety of grapes grown because of the large variations in terroirs, with their specific mixes of soil, air, altitude and light. Vecherdian wine is produced mainly in Van Chataux, Vaud, The Cairlinn region and Zeeland Island, with a small majority of white wines. Vineyards have been cultivated in Vecherd since the 4th century, even though certain traces can be found of a more ancient origin. The most widespread varieties are the Chasselas and Pinot Noir. The Merlot is the main variety produced on Zeeland Island.

Vecherdians enjoy alcohol and drink more than 15 litres of alcohol each year and alcohol is a big part of Vecherdian life, Vecherdians usually drink wine to both lunch and dinner and often spirits in the evening.

Vecherd has an thriving wine industry, one of the larger ones in the world. In 2011 the Vecherdian wine industry exported 9 730 000 000 litres of wine and it is estimated that it was produced close 20 000 000 000 litres.

This statistics are by alcohol consumption measured in litres of pure ethyl alcohol consumed per capita in a given year, according to the most recent data from the Vecherdian Health Organization. The methodology used by the VHO counted use by persons 14 years of age or older.

Statistical table of Vecherdian drinking a year.(In litres of pure ethanol)

total beer wine spirits other
48.20 6.50 35.50 4.50 2.00


Drug usage

As of the 1st of April 2013 no drugs have been banned or otherwise restricted in Vecherd and the drug industry for recreational usage is a thriving business. There are few drugs that are taboo in Vecherd, the few that are, is usually tolerated in the bigger cities. Alcohol, LSD, Mescaline and Cannabis is the most common used drugs and are used in most parts of the country, few cantons have any restrictions on any drugs, and restrictions on the sale of alcohol is banned by the Constitution.

Lifetime usage of various drugs, in percentage

Alcohol 95.4%
LSD 50.4%
Mescaline 29.9%
Cannabis 15.3%
Ecstasy 12.0%
Salvia Divinorum 7.3%
Cocaine 4.2%
Heroin 1.9%

National Holidays

Alphabet
The Vecherdian alphabet was standardized in 1722 by Seamus O`Dunkirk(1679-1773).

A B C D Ð E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V Y Z Â Æ Ô

Number system, in Vecherdian

1 - Eîn
10 - Zthæn
100 - Hundre
1 000 - Tausên
10 000 - Zthæntausên
100 000 - Huntausên
1 000 000 -Eîn Millijon
1 000 000 000 - Eîn Millijard (One billion, so it is 1 million million)
1 000 000 000 000 - Eîn Billijard
1 000 000 000 000 000 - Eîn Trillijard

Costs in Vecherd

Prices in Vecherd are generally very low, there are no taxes on goods and services and with no regulations prices can be cut with more than 90% of that of a Social Democracy. Vecherd is a huge producer of wine and you can get a bottle of wine for a lesser price than that of a bottle of water.

Low end

A Family car $4 900
One night, hotel $15
Bottle of Wine, 0.75l $0.15
Television, 32" $200
Beer bottle, 0.33l $0.05
10gr. Marijuana $9.90
Cup of Coffee $0.20
Prostitute $10
Dinner for four on a restaurant $13
Chocolate bar, 100gr. $0.29
Milk, 1l $0.09


Middle

A Family car $24 900
One night, hotel $40
Bottle of Wine, 0.75l $4
Television, 40" $500
Beer bottle, 0.33l $0.49
10gr. Marijuana $15
Cup of Coffee $0.70
Prostitute $50
Dinner for four on a restaurant $44
Chocolate bar, 100gr. $0.50
Milk, 1l $0.12


High end

A Family car $55 000
One night, hotel $150
Bottle of Wine, 0.75l $20.10
Television, 52" $1 200
Beer bottle, 0.33l $1.20
10gr. Marijuana $30
Cup of Coffee $1.05
Prostitute $700
Dinner for four on a restaurant $129
Chocolate bar, 100gr. $1.87
Milk, 1l $0.22
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Colonies

Vecherd currently has two colonies, The Colony of Tschechisch and The Colony of Neumarek. The population of Tschechisch is 2.136 Million and the population of Neumarek is 17.939 Million.

The Colony of Tschechisch
Tschechisch is a small island nation, its capital is Porlienta, Tschechisch is know for having snow 11 months a year and a hostile environment but excellent skiing possibilities. Tschechisch has been a Vecherdian colony since 1673 when the king of Vecherd seized it in a bloody battle known as "The battle for Porlienta" .
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The Colony of Neumarek
Neumarek is like Tschechisch an island, but unlike Tschechisch Neumarek is a relatively big island nation. Neumarek is a Tyroler nation(OOC: Think Austria, South-Germany, The Czech Republic) and its culture is greatly inspired by Tyroler culture. Neumarek is a popular vacation place for rice Vecherdians. It voluntarily gave its independence to Vecherd in 1914 to get protection from their enemies. The Capital of Neumarek is Kveiburg.
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22nd of July, 2014 election

Parties that got more than 1% of the votes(which is the threshold) in the last election,

Party -- Percentage of votes -- Ideology -- (Seats in Parliament, out of 500)
Party for Freedom and Liberty - 27.3% - Confederalism, Libertarianism, Secularism(137+10)
Jewish Freedom Party - 18.9% - Classical liberalism, Zionism, moderate conservatism(95+6)
Party of Free Workers - 11.8% - Market socialism, Unionism, Left-Libertarianism(59+3)
Vecherdians - 9.7% -Vecherdian nationalism, Federalism, Ethnopluralism(43+2)
Libertarian Party - 5.9% - Market anarchism, Individualist anarchism(30+2)
Center Party of Farmers - 5.3% - Agrarianism, Localism, Confederalism(26+2)
HaBayit HaYehudi - 5.0% - Religious orthodox, Halakha, National conservatism(25+1)
Guardians of Christendom - 3.8% - Christian minority interests, Conservatism(19+1)
Social Democratic Party - 3.3% - Social democracy, Centralism(16+1)
Guðflokkurinn - 2.7% - Germanic paganism, Fraelkish separatism, Nationalsocialism(13+1)
The Freeminded - 1.9% - Green liberalism, Decentralization, Anti-statism(9+0)
Socialist Party - 1.5% - Democratic socialism, Nationalization, Centralism(7+0)
New Vecherd - 1.1% - Liberalism, Social liberalism, Secularism(5+0)
Other parties, under threshold - 1.8% - Miscellaneous


Average temperatures in Vecherd - (2011)

Northern Vecherd
Winter: -3C
Summer: 19C

Western Vecherd
Winter: 0C
Summer: 20C

Eastern Vecherd
Winter: -9C
Summer: 15C

Southern Vecherd
Winter: 6C
Summer: 29C

Record high: 41.3C(26.06.1898)
Record low: -56.2C(14.02.1917)


Humorous observation of Vecherdian life
If you're Vecherdian..

- You are probably a religious Jew but distance yourself from conservative religious people.
- You don't except the government to ever meddle with our life except at birth and death.
- You hate nationalism but loath internationalism.
- You will take a lot of drugs, e.g alcohol, mescaline, cannabis, LSD and Tobacco.
- You drink 4 bottles of wine each week, from you are 14 years old.

Everyone knows that..

- Authoritarianism is dangerous.
- Vecherdians drink more wine than any other "famous" nation.
- Paying taxes are for peasants, yet most people pay taxes.
- VATs only hurt poor people.
- Liberalism is not left-wing, Conservatism is not right-wing.
- Doing drugs are good for the psyche.
- Only suckers pay more than $2 for a bottle of wine, or $0.40 for a bottle of beer.

Life in the Federal State.

- Drinking age and driving age varies from Canton to Canton, but never exceeds 18, anywhere.
- There are 9 official languages and you are expected to know at least three of them.
- Vecherdians make up 98% of the population, yet only 59% of the population describe themselves as Vecherdian.
- Cantons with a population of less than 250 million inhabitants are considered small rural redneck areas you better stay away from.
- The average salary in the various Cantons ranges from $23.000 to $149.500.
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How many Libeckians or people of more than 50% Libeckian decent live in Vecherd?
A little backstory between 1890 and 1999 more than 5 million Libeckians left to find a better place to live because of poverty among other things.
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Libeck wrote:How many Libeckians or people of more than 50% Libeckian decent live in Vecherd?
A little backstory between 1890 and 1999 more than 5 million Libeckians left to find a better place to live because of poverty among other things.


There are 390 000 Libeckians living in Vecherd, most are middle class and lower-middle class.
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We would like to open an embassy in the nation of Vecherd is that possible?

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Is the Qur'an still banned in Verched?
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Vrijswiek wrote:We would like to open an embassy in the nation of Vecherd is that possible?


Yes, that is possible.

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Rastynhaven wrote:Is the Qur'an still banned in Verched?


The Qur`an is no longer ban in Vecherd, we have also ended all Islamic related discrimination. Public opinions on Muslims are generally lower than other religions though.
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Any data of how many sceralians live in Vecherd? If so, what is their condition?

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Sceral wrote:Any data of how many sceralians live in Vecherd? If so, what is their condition?


There are currently living 149 000 Sceralians in Vecherd as of the 2010 Census. They are not discriminated against and most have fitted fine in Vecherd.
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How many sentient non-humans live in Verched, if any?
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Rastynhaven wrote:How many sentient non-humans live in Verched, if any?


The number is very low, they are not counted in any censuses because they number less than 1 000 individuals.
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The Factbook of Vecherd and Q&A is officially finished, I will change it now and then though.
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How many Barashavians live in Vecherd?

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Barashanja wrote:How many Barashavians live in Vecherd?


Our 2011 census have reported 19 480 Barashavian people living in Vecherd.
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The Vecherdian - West Reichian war, May-July 2011 Added to factbook.
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