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Federal Union of Kosbareland
Federale Unie van Kosbareland
Motto: Our see, Our earth, Our precious
Ons see, Ons aarde, Ons kosbare
Anthem: We for Thee Precious Land
Ons vir jou Kosbare Land
Location of Kosbareland in the South Pacific
Closeup of Kosbareland
|Sign languages||Kosbaraans Sign Language|
Kosbaraanse Gebaretaal (KGT)
|Government||Federal democratic parliamentary republic|
|Koenraad du Plessis|
|House of Commons|
|Independence from the Kingdom of Ouland|
• Colony of Kosbare
|6 April 1652|
• Dominion of Kosbare
|1 June 1842|
• Federal Union of Kosbareland
|31 May 1910|
|31 May 1961|
|104,117 km2 (40,200 sq mi)|
• 2020 census
|16 580 813|
|159/km2 (411.8/sq mi)|
|GDP (nominal)||2020 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Kosbaran Rand (KRA)|
• Summer (DST)
|Date format||dd/mm/yyyy CE|
|World Forum Code||KO|
Kosbareland (Kosbaraans pronunciation: [kɔzbaːrɘlɑnt]) officially the Federal Union of Kosbareland (Kosbaraans: Federale Unie van Kosbareland, Kosbaraans pronunciation: [fɛdərɑ:lə yniː fɑ̃n kɔzbaːrɘlɑnt]) is a medium-sized nation located in the South Pacific and located on the western side of Cordilia, on the coast of the Cordilian Sea bordered by the United Provinces of Rhayna to the north and the Union of Hystaiga to the east.
Composed of two main parts, the peninsula split into two regions Vallei and Skiereiland and the separated south coast with only one region Suidkus, it covers an area of 104,117 square kilometres (40, 200 sq mi) and has a Mediterranean climate. It's largest city is Kaapstad, located in the Skiereiland region and its capital is Kosbarestad located in the Vallei region.
Explorers visited the coast of Kosbareland as early as 1488 but was never permanently colonized until 6 April 1652 by an explorer named Pieter Van der Merwe who settled with some colonists near present-day Kosbarestad. They established the Colony of Kosbare in the name of the United Kingdom of Ouland. It was given autonomous rule in 1842 as the Dominion of Kosbare. Settlers, wanting to evade the new rule, settled around the limits of the Kingdom and in 1795 proclaimed themselves independent republics, notably the Republics of Gewilde and Begeerte. Following the forced annexation of these republics, more people started to move out of the Kingdom beginning in 1834 and the successive proclamations of the Republics of Grooteiland, Vrystaat and the West Cordilian Republic. The forced annexation of the Republic of Vrystaat sparked the beginning of the First Setlaars War which saw the signature of the Dauphiné Convention in 1881 to respect the sovereignty of the new Republics. In 1899, the Second Setlaars War erupted and this time the Dominion won over the republics and all parties signed the Treaty of Pragtige which ended the Republics and integrated all of them in the newly created, through the Act of Union, Federal Union of Kosbareland. In 1915, the new union began an occupation of the former Republic of Orange and proclaimed its annexation into a Kosbaran territory when becoming a sovereign nation in 1961, it remained under occupation until 1990 where it was finally integrated and incorporated in the Federal Union, with the same rights as the other administrative divisions of Kosbareland.
On the world stage, Kosbareland was involved in the Great War on the losing imperial side.
For many years, Kosbareland was ruled by the same political party, the Kosbaran Party which was a brutal, dictatorial-like party, in 1990, the Alliance for the Democracy was elected, replacing the party as the majority leader and starting a full democracy process in the nation, while still retaining some of the nationalism policies enacted by the Kosbaraanse Partij.
Today, Kosbareland is a federal democratic parliamentary republic led by a Prime Minister and with a figure-head State President. It is a developed nation that offers an extensive set of public services. It is known for its production of agricultural goods like wine, tea and coffee and for its production of gold and rare earths minerals. The regions of Kosbareland have some powers over the administration within their borders and elect a parliament.
Kosbareland is a World Forum member since July 2020.
The name for Kosbareland comes from Kosbare which means precious in Austral and from land which has the same meaning in Austral. It's origins comes from the name of the Kosbarekolonie established by Pieter Van de Merwe which means, Precious Colony.
- Main article: History of Kosbareland
There are no recorder proofs of inhabitants living in the general region of present-day Kosbareland. Proofs of nomadic peoples in the surrounding territories of Kosbareland may suggest that the territory was also inhabited by some populations before but there were none present when the colonization occurred.
Exploration of the coast
The first explorers to sight the coast of Kosbareland did in 1488, especially after words of sightings of populations of the coast of the South Pacific islands. The first explorer to establish the general outline of the coast was explorer Paul Bussière from Mauquibie.
Colony of Kosbare
The first colonization of the coast was done by explorer Pieter Van der Merwe in April 1652 for the United Kingdom of Ouland. He established the Kosbarekolonie, which means Precious colony in Oulandish. The colony was firstly established as an outpost to allow expeditions some rest and refill their supplies. As the outpost grew, more and more people decided to stay and help the development of the colonial trading centre. The outpost was officially given the name of Kosbaresburg in 1679.
First independent republics
In 1795, settlers wanting to evade the rule of the United Kingdom of Ouland which was levying more and more taxes on the inhabitants of the colony, decided to establish themselves out of the jurisdiction of the colony and proclaimed their own independent nations. The Republic of Gewilde and the Republic of Begeerte. This was heavily denounced by the United Kingdom of Ouland which sent the colonial militia to take over the self-proclaimed republics and after only a few months of existence surrendered and were annexed back into the colony the same year.
The resentment toward the United Kingdom of Ouland continued within the colony which was itself asking for more and more autonomy. In 1834, former Colonial Administrator of Kosbare, Adam Willemseun and some people went on a trek to establish their own independent republics, inspired from the works of the first republics.
As the trek was still going on, the people of Grooteiland proclaimed their own independent republic, the Republic of Grooteiland in 1839, inspired by the trek taken by the people on the mainland.
Dominion of Kosbare
Having ask for more autonomy, the Colony was finally elevated to the status of Dominion of Kosbare in 1842 which allowed them to act independently especially to suppress acts of rebellion which they took on the newly formed Republic of Grooteiland which was annexed back into the colony in 1843. Following this success, the Dominion was granted Responsible Government in 1847.
Second independent republics
The new settlements started from the Emancipation Treks led to the proclamation of the Republic of Vrystaat in 1852 and the West Cordilian Republic in 1854. The colonies enjoyed relative peace at first, until the discovery of some gold mines in the West Cordilian Republic (present-day Kaap, Hoop and Ontwerp districts). This prompted the Dominion of Kosbare to prepare an annexation of the two republics which were forcefully annexed in 1877 and 1878.
First Setlaars War
The forced annexation was difficulty applied with the untrained colonial militia installed in the former independent republics which was constantly outnumbered by the local militia. This prompted an official declaration of war in 1880 by the two annexed republics. The war lasted only a year with the signature of the Dauphiné Convention in 1881 which recognized the illegality of the forced annexation and the recognition of the sovereign status of the independent republics.
Second Setlaars War
The peace was short-lived with the United Kingdom of Ouland sending reinforcements to take back the annexed republics and after an incident along the border with the Republic of Vrystaat, the Second Setlaars War began in 1899. With their newly improved army, the Dominion of Kosbare and the United Kingdom of Ouland were able to win over the republics and following the signature of the Treaty of Pragtige, the war was over and the republics of Vrystaat and West Cordilia were incorporated within the Dominion.
Federal Union of Kosbareland
The incorporation of so many different territories that still wanted local autonomy led the government of Kosbare to demand a change in the Constitution which led to the establishment of the Federal Union of Kosbareland in 1910, following the adoption of the Act of Union. This cemented the specific characteristics of the districts and allowed them to receive some autonomy.
Occupation of Orange
Having been on the other side of the mainland from Kosbareland, the Republic of Orange enjoyed relative peace and was not part of the Second Setlaars War. The Federal Union of Kosbareland invaded the coast in 1915 and started an occupation of the Republic. This was met with a lot of resistance but by 1919, the Republic ceased to exist and was annexed within Kosbareland as a territory. This occupation lasted until 1990, following the end of the first Kosbaran Party rule in Kosbareland. During the occupation, rights of the people were limited and direct-rule was enforced by the government of Kosbareland.
Kosbareland is located on Cordilia, on the western side. It is composed of two mainlands on the coast, with no direct land border between the two landmasses, being cut off by the Union of Hystaiga. The highest point is Mount Van der Merwe at 4,390 meters (14,402 feet) located in the Vallei region. It is composed of three regions, Vallei, Skiereiland and Suidkus with some islands surrounding the country. Kosbareland is also divided into 12 districts, Begeerte, Eiland, Hoofstad, Hoop, Kaap, Kustijke, Nuwestaat, Ontwerp, Oranje, Rooibos, Transkosbare and Vryheid. The regions are divided by physical features and the 12 districts are mostly divided by historical borders and divisions.
The regions are separated by physical features with the separation between Vallei and Skiereiland marked by the Vryheid mountains. There is no direct land border between the regions of Vallei and Skiereiland to the region of Suidkus which is separated by the Union of Hystaiga. The waterway in between the Skiereiland and Suidkus regions is the physical feature separating the two land masses belonging to Kosbareland. A daily ferry operates between the townships of Lekkerhoek (Skiereiland) and Nuwe Ontwerp (Suidkus).
The districts borders replicate the history of Kosbareland with many of them being representatives of the borders of the former independent republics, or divisions within the republics. That is the case for the districts of Transkosbare and Begeerte which are representatives of the Republics of Gewilde and Begeerte the first independent republics. The district of Eiland is composed of Groot Island and the location of the former Republic of Grooteiland. The district of Vryheid corresponds to the former Republic of Vrystaat, while the districts of Hoop, Kaap and Ontwerp composed the territory of the West Cordilian Republic. The districts of Kustijke, Nuwestaat and Oranje, compose the former Republic of Orange and the territory of the same name which was only incorporated with the present districts in 1990. The only districts which have never been occupied by a former republic are the district of Hoofstad, where Kosbarestad is located and the district of Rooibos which was a buffer between the Republics of Vrystaat and West Cordilia.
Government and politics
- Main article: Administrative divisions
Kosbareland is a federation composed of 3 regions. In turn, these are divided in districts. Regions have some powers over the local administration of the region. The district of the capital is not part of any region and is solely administrated by the Parliament of Kosbareland.
The National Army of Kosbareland is the national military force of Kosbareland. The military as it exists today was created in 1961 following Kosbareland's independence from the United Kingdom of Ouland. It replaced the Colonial Army of the Dominion of Kosbare.
The General Commander of the National Army of Kosbareland is the State President of Kosbareland.
- Main article: Culture of Kosbareland
- Main article: National symbols of Kosbareland
The national symbols of Kosbareland are somehow controversial in the nation, especially in the former Republic of Orange, which was under occupation from 1915 until being fully integrated in 1990. In that region, local symbols and the old flag of the Republic are used more often than the official symbols of Kosbareland. Some people have called for new distinct symbols that could create a new unity.
The National Flag of Kosbareland is a symbol that is widely appreciated in the nation, except maybe for the Suidkus Region which was occupied by Kosbareland. The variant flag of Kosbareland defaced with the Emblem is not widely used.
The National Emblem of Kosbareland is the official symbol of the Federal Union. It uses a symbolism resembling that of a coat of arms but the official naming in Kosbareland decided to go with emblem to distance itself from the United Kingdom of Ouland symbols which included a coat of arms. It is not as commonly used as the flag, but still remains a symbol of pride.
- Main article: Media of Kosbareland
Kosbareland has had troubles with the press, especially during the reign of the Kosbaran Party when press was widely controlled by the government and repression was not unusual. Thus, many media had to be closed down during that time. The oldest newspaper still in activity is the Die Kosbaraans Daaglikse Nuus, founded in 1904.
- Main article: Sports of Kosbareland
Organized sports in Kosbareland dates from the colonial time and most of the sports traditions were imported from the United Kingdom of Ouland. Kosbareland's official sport is rugby. It is also the most popular sport in the nation. Football, field hockey and cricket also enjoy some level of popularity in the nation.
Kosbareland has a professional football league which is popular even in other nations with many foreign players coming to play in the league. The Kosbaran Premier League is the professional domestic league in Kosbareland. It is organized by the Kosbaran Football Board which is also the governing body of football in Kosbareland.
The Kosbaran National Football Team also enjoyed some success internationally with championships in the IUFA Football World Championships (winners in 2008, organizers in 2012) and the Imperial Cup (winners in 1994, organizers in 1934 and 1994).