From Constructed Worlds
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This article is part of Altverse II.
Commonwealth of Astoria

Flag of
Coat of arms of
Coat of arms
Motto: Au bord de la mer, depuis la foret
English: By the sea, from the forest
Location of Astoria
Location of Astoria
and largest city
Official languages English
Ethnic groups
White (non-Hispanic) 68.3%
Hispanic 13.1%
Asian 11.4%
Black 4.2%
Native 2.7%
Pacific Islander Other 0.3%
Demonym(s) Astorian
Government Federal Semi-Parliamentary Constitutional Republic
• President
Quinn Foster
Baishan Wallace
Legislature Parliament
House of Commons
Independence from the United States
• Declaration of independence
March 12, 1865
• Constitution
October 5, 1865
November 19, 1866
• Total
644,633.44 km2 (248,894.36 sq mi)
• 2018 estimate
GDP (PPP) 2017 estimate
• Total
$782.698 billion
• Per capita
GDP (nominal) 2017 estimate
• Total
$932.1 billion
• Per capita
Gini (2017) 37.8
HDI (2017) 0.938
very high · 4th
Currency Astorian dollar ($)
Time zone UTC-8/-7 (Pacific)
Driving side right
Calling code +235
Internet TLD .ast

Astoria, officially the Commonwealth of Astoria, is a sovereign state in North America. It is bordered by Sierra to the south, Superior to the east, Alaska and Yukon to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The capital and largest city is Seattle, located in the province of Olympia.

Astoria was first inhabited by Native Americans up until European exploration which was first undertaken by the Spanish. In the early 1800's the Lewis and Clark Expedition sponsored by the United States was undertaken that mapped out much of Astoria alongside British explorer David Thompson. After the Canadian War of Independence in which the nation of Canada secured its sovereignty from the British Empire, the Canadian government had invested interest in the region of Astoria, but soon found itself competing with the United States for control over the region leading to the 1846 Oregon Treaty between the two nations in which Astoria was jointly-administered by both nations, though the United States claimed it as the Oregon Territory.

During the years under American and Canadian administration, the territory was politically volatile and movements for self-determination and independence grew, especially during the 1864 conscription crisis when Astorian citizens rested attempts to be drafted to fight in the American Civil War. When the War of Contingency began in 1865, the region's forces were mobilized to protect Astoria only and in 1866, the country declared its independence and proclaimed the establishment of the Free State of Astoria. Both Canada and Sierra recognized it, but Canadian troops occupied the country in 1866 leading to the four month long Eugene War between Sierra and Canada ending in Sierran victory and Canadian and Sierran cooperation in securing Astoria's independence.

Astoria is a federal parliamentary presidential constitutional republic with a developed market economy, with major exports including timber, fishing, and agriculture, machinery, electronics manufacturing, silver mining, and tourism. Astoria is one of North America's largest lumber industries alongside Canada as well as being one of the largest exporters of potatoes.

Astoria has close relations with its closest neighbors Sierra, Superior, and Canada. Astoria is a member of the LN, World Bank, IMF, OECD, OAS, NAFTA, APEC, the TPAC and the CAS.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name Astoria derives from Fort George, alternatively named Fort Astoria. This fort was set up in 1811 as an outpost for the Pacific Fur Company owned by John Jacob Astor.

History[edit | edit source]

Pre-19th century[edit | edit source]

Humans have inhabited the area known as Astoria for at least 15,000 years. In early historical documents, the land of Astoria is referneced as early as the 16th century. While there is recorded evidence of Paleo-Indians having inhabited the region for years, the oldest evidence of haibtation is at For Rock Cave and the Paisley Caves with material in Fort Rock dating back to 13,200 years ago has been discovered by American-born archeologist Luther Cressman. Settlements would spread across the region by 8,000 BC and would be largely centered on the Columbian River.

19th century[edit | edit source]

20th century[edit | edit source]

21st century[edit | edit source]

Government and politics[edit | edit source]

Astoria is a federal parliamentary constitutional presidential republic. It has had a stable democratic system in place since its foundation and has guaranteed universal suffrage since 1946. It is a federation with five provinces, which share power and sovereignty with the federal government based in Seattle. Its system of government is unique, being described as a combination of the Westminster system and the federal system of the former United States. Its government is divided into three branches: the executive, comprising the ministers of several cabinet ministries and led by the president; the legislative, comprised of the Parliament of Astoria which is divided into two chambers called the House of Commons (the lower chamber) and the Senate (the upper chamber) and led by the first minister; and the judicial, which is comprised of the Supreme Court of Astoria, consisting of eleven justices led by the chief justice, and the federal Astorian judicial system of lower district courts.

Each province has a system of government similar to the federal one, with their own executives, legislatures, and judicial systems.

Elections[edit | edit source]

Provinces[edit | edit source]

Political parties[edit | edit source]

Foreign Relations[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

The Astorian Defense Forces are the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Astoria. They include the Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Astorian Militia, the volunteer reserve force.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Economy[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Ethnic groups[edit | edit source]

Healthcare[edit | edit source]

Religion[edit | edit source]

Language[edit | edit source]

Culture[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]