Flag and Emblem
Motto: Heil Pætland ūres!
Hail Pætland, our own!
Official languages: Sæxisc, Prythonaidd,
Ethnic groups: Sæxon (64%)
Religion: New School Paganism (46%)
Gwaelic Paganism (29%)
Old School Paganism (5%)
Black Hat Sabbatarianism (5%)
Government: Unitary parliamentary republic
• Prime Minister: Hereƿard Bældæging
• Dep. Prime Minister: Byrhtnođ Hākonson
• Parliamentary speaker: Æđelflæd af
• Chief Justice: Hƿicce Lê
• Upper House: Ealdorþing
• Lower House: Folceþing
• Proclamation: 11ᵗʰ Guwol 1938
• Treaty: 21ˢᵗ Guwol 1938
• Constitution & Act: 1ˢᵗ Shiwol 1938
Area: 84,421 km²
Water %: 2%
Pop. Density: 121.34/km²
• Total: ▲$103.16 billion
• Per capita: ▲$10,071
• Total: ▲$46.83 billion
• Per capita: ▲$4,572
Currency: Pætland Tael (PTAEL, Wſ.)
Time Zone: UTC-10
Date format: dd/mm/yyyy
Driving side: Left
Calling code: +44
ISO 3166 code: PAE
Internet TLD: .pl
Pætland, officially the Democratic Republic of Pætland (Sæxisc: Folcrīcelicu Cyneƿīse þæs Pætland, Prythonaidd: Gweriniaeth Minddhutaidd y Gwlad Mawn, Kinh: 共和民主坦叹盆) is a nation-state located in West Yoju. Pætland borders Sora to the west and south and Talamh Chaonaigh to the north. A stretch of coastline in the east marks Pætland's only access to the Northern Ocean.
The country is a democratic republic rated by observers as a "struggling" "semi-" or "developing" democracy. First inhabited during the mesolithic, the country is considered the national homeland of the Sæxon and Prythonaidd-speaking Gwaela peoples, who together make up the vast majority of the population.
The terrain is chiefly low hills and plains, with the mountainous Highlands of the north giving way to agricultural land in the central and eastern areas, and vast peat bogs in the west and south. It is these peat bogs which gave the name "Pætland" to the country. The population, which is largely concentrated in the industrial region of North Miercnaland and in the region of Greater Ƿitanageburh, is the only major centre of the reformed pagan tradition called in Sæxisc Bældægdōm.
The name "Pætland" is derived from the Sæxisc words "pæt" and "land", which mean peat and land respectively. This is a direct translation of a colonial-era designation of Pætland and its surroundings as a country abundant in peat, which is a fossil-fuel made up of partially decayed vegetation. Prior to colonialism there was no Sæxon name for the region itself. The official longform name of the country is the "Democratic Republic of Pætland", which refers to its constitutional basis as a representative democracy under a republican form of government.
Pætland has three official languages, of which the second most widely-spoken is Prythonaidd. In this language, which is related to Cairngwisghwye and Teiydhwye (and more distantly to Gwaela Alba), the country's name is Gwlad Mawn, which is a direct translation of Pætland's Sæxisc name. In Kinh, the other official language, 坦叹盆 (Đất than bùn) remains official, again being a translation of Pætland. 顺土 (Thuận thổ), meaning "bountiful soil", is the current usage in Vạn Xuân and though it has gained popularity, in Pætland it remains unofficial.
Government and Politics
Article: Government and Politics
Pætland's economy is generally considered an open or semi-open economy, operating on a broadly capitalist model. It is a developing economy, with an underdeveloped or developing industrial base and a population which has a middling or moderate average level of education and of participation in the formal economy. The national economy is heavily dependent on primary industries including agriculture, peat-cutting and mining. The GDP of Pætland is neither impressive nor a cause for concern, and currently sits at just over 圓 100 billion.
Foreign multinationals, and to a great extend domestic multinationals also, drive the economy of Pætland. The manufacturing industry based in and around Ƿitanageburh and north Miercnaland is dominated by large privately-owned multinationals, as are the coal-mining and peat-cutting industries the country is best-known for. However, both small-scale economic enterprises and the informal economy are major drivers of the economy.
The currency of Pætland is the Tael, derived from a form of colonial-era coinage introduced before the widespread adoption of the Thông Bảo. The symbol of the Tael of Pætland is "Wſ.", derived from the term ƿritscilling (both the letters "W" and "ſ" are archaic characters no longer used in the vernacular, replaced respectively by the letters "Ƿ" and "s". This allows "Wſ." to be viewed as a symbol, rather than as letters). It is unusually stable, and has suffered from a gradual rate of inflation rather than a sudden devaluation as others in the developing world have.
Pætland's industrial base lies in two principal regions: Ƿitanageburh and north Miercnaland. Ƿitanageburh developed as an export port during the colonial period, and is the site of many factories that convert raw material from the interior into finished products ready for export. Ƿitanageburh is also the major centre of services and administration as it is the national capital, and is situated in close proximity to centres of power in addition to being the country's largest population centre. North Miercnaland is the country's main region of coal-mining. It is in that region, therefore, that Pætland's iron foundries and steelworks are located, as the transportation of coal is expensive - meaning that the ironworks must be located as close as possible to the sources of coal.
The industrial economy of Pætland was traditionally export-heavy, although almost the entire country continues to rely on domestic energy sources. This domestic market has continued to persist as the export of coal, peat and timber has declined. This decline is mainly due to the discovery and exploitation of other, more convenient and efficient fossil-fuel sources elsewhere, and the lack of demand for coal or peat from Pætland's neighbours, many of which have their own resources or are developing a reliance on green energy.
Pætlandic literature is commonly used to refer both to literature produced in Pætland or by Pætlander authors, or less commonly used for literature associated with or concerning Pætland or its culture. Historically, epic poetry and longform literature dominated the landscape, although few survive in any length today, as many were composed orally and were not written down until much later. The most well-known Sæxisc-language literature from this time is the "epic of Bēoƿulf", believed to be authored in Geatasþorp County. The oldest epic poem written in the Cymbric language is Y Gododdin, written somewhere in Cumbraland, Deaþbed af Myrllin, Ƿestmoringaland or Hereƿardgeard counties.
The art of prose picked up once more during the latter stages of the colonial period, as new forms and new authors were introduced to the country's educated élite. Celebrated authors including Ƿulfhere Beoccason, Æþelhild af Gadinmær and Nguyễn Văn Long were involved in something of a cultural renaissance in this area from around 1920 to 1960.
Various styles of music are popular throughout Pætland, including indigenous folk music which remains an exceptionally popular genre both in its traditional form and in various innovative adaptations. In the period immediately prior to colonisation new forms of music swept the country, originating in urban centres such as Ƿintanceaster and Cantƿaraburh, which relied on a wider suite of musical instruments with origins further afield such as from Nukigurun.
In recent decades popular music from the Sinjusphere has grown in popularity, particularly with the advent of the internet and mass-media.
Early medieval Pætland developed meat and savoury herb stewing techniques before the practice became common in West Yoju. Of the staple foodstuffs, bread and potatoes are the most commonly-used in Pætlandic cuisine, bread being a common staple that takes the place of rice across Yoju and potatoes being a far more recent addition as colonial powers fostered trade links between West Yoju and Yeongju. Rice is fairly common, but not as particular to Pætlandic cuisine as bread is.
The most popular sport in Pætland is cricket (hæobeall), a bat-and-ball game indigenous to the country. This game is played between two teams of eleven players each on a field at the centre of which is a 22-yard (20-metre) pitch with a wicket at each end. One team "fields" and the other is composed of "batters". Played over several days, it is often described as having a chess-like tactical element that other games (played over the course of minutes or hours) do not have. Despite its overwhelming presence in Pætland, it is not commonly played elsewhere. Cricket is the only sport which is domiciled in Pætland, governed by the Pætland Hæobeall Gamenscipe Inhryting.
Other sports are popular, especially sports of Jungjuan provenance. Cuju is the second most popular sport, and one of the world's premier sports. Cuju originated in the historical empire of Cheonje, and the sport "beikou", a game played on grass or ice, is from Nukigurun. The World Federation of Cuju Associations has a branch office in Ƿitanageburh.
The Pætland National Army, previously known as the Pætland Ground Forces, was formed from the Vạnxuânese colonial gendarmerie left over from decolonisation, forming the basis for the modern Pætland National Army. Headquartered in Ƿitanageburh, the army is now divided among eight "land orders". They are each named after one of eight classical elements, explicitly framed in opposition to the Sinjuan concept of four classical elements. Each "land order" is responsible for operating in a military district, though they are also relevant in the distribution of resources and in representation on the Army General Staff.
The Pætland National Army is directly responsible to the Army General Staff, which is headed by the Chief of the General Staff. Of all the branches of the military, the Army has the greatest share of the military budget allocated to it and is generally held to have the most influence - in particular, retaining cantonment lands which the army governs and derives revenue from.
The number of vehicles was around 2,000, the number of tanks was around 700 and the number of artillery pieces was approximately 560 as of the year 2020. The current Chief of the Army General Staff is Field Marshal Cuþbert Smiþ.
Top: Flag of the Navy, flag of the Air Force.
Middle: Flag of the Army, obverse and revers respectively.
Bottom: Flags of the "land orders".
The Pætland National Navy, more commonly referred to as the Pætland Naval Forces or simply "the Navy" or "the Fleet", (þe Flēot) is the second most prestigious institution of the Pætlandic armed forces. Much like the army, the navy was formed from the naval gendarmerie and elements of the coastguard left over after decolonisation. Unlike the unique organisation of the army, the Pætland National Navy is organised into regular battle-fleets which patrol the coast and defend Pætland's territorial integrity against incursion from outside - whether from state aggression or from enterprising foreigners seeking to infringe upon Pætland's fishing waters.
Around 700 servicemen are enlisted in the navy, whom serve on a cutter, sixteen patrol boats and four recently acquired missile boats. The cutter and six of the patrol boats are of older make and are expected to be replaced within the decade. Whilst these naval vessels are small in number, the navy has for many decades leased ships from the Pætlandic Coastguard which bulk out the navy's capabilities. The Navy retains its own air force, though this number is insubstantial and all but one of their helicopter fleet are leased from the Coastguard. This is largely due to the force having atrophied with the advent of an independent Air Force.
The Navy is headed by Chief of the Navy General Staff, Marshal-at-Sea Goskynddelig Tywysog. He is the first Marshal-at-Sea since the tenure of the disgraced Ælfred Beoccason.
The Pætland National Air Force is the newest branch of the military, having been divorced from the army in 1984. With 3,000 personnel, 94 out of a total fleet of 120 aircraft are combat-capable. Most are short-range fighter jets. There are eight units of the Air Force, one being dedicated to storage, one to anti-aircraft and another to radio-technical work.
The Air Force has the fewest assets and the least commitment in the budget compared to other branches of the military but is rapidly rising in the public's esteem, especially from the valiant patriotism of Air Marshal Sygtryggr Asgeirsson, who was a moderating influence during the brief military dictatorship 1991-1995. Air Marshal Asgeirsson continues to serve as the Chief of the Aerial General Staff.
Other armed services
The Central Intelligence Executive maintains a small force called the deed-army (Dædfyrd) which acts as the main element of Pætland's special forces. Maintained as part of the state's "black budget" the Dædfyrd acts to preserve the national interests of Pætland, through a variety of advanced tactics cloaked in subterfuge.
The Prime Ministerial Security Service is a separate organisation directly responsible to the office of the Prime Minister, and is responsible for their security as well as the security of other prominent politicians (usually members of the governing party). It was established in 2001 after a notorious incident against Prime Minister Bældæg Lofiantilƿōden.
The Border Guard was split from the Army in 2019, but remains under the command of the Army of Fire (the foremost of the "land orders"). It is currently led by Field Lieutenant Þeodƿīne Hƿēolƿyrhta. The Border Guard does not patrol the border but rather staffs and maintains border crossings.