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The Trinitarian Parliamentary Republic of Liberta

Λιβεῥτα, 𐌋𐌉𐌐𐌄𐌓𐌕𐌀,
Liberta, Libertae
Flag of Liberta.svg
Flag
Coat of arms of Liberta.svg
Coat of arms
Motto: Libertas, scientia est potentia.
Freedom, knowledge is power.
Liberta orthographic projection.svg
Capital
and largest city
Liberta
Official languages Latin (de jure)
English (de facto)
Ethnic groups
Libertans, Americans, Europeans
Religion
86% Atheist
6% Protestant
5% Other
3% Judaism
Demonym(s) Libertan
Government Devolved Trinitarian Parliamentary Republic
• Consul
Lawson Guus
• Di-Consul
Marino Laurens
• Tri-Consul
Gaius Destin
• Vice Consul
Clarance Austin
• Vice Di-Consul
Agusto Cees
• Vice Tri-Consul
Corrin Jost
• Mayor
Loran Marcin
• Vice Mayor
Lev Ignacio
Legislature Congress
Grand National Hall Of Decision
Events of National Importance
• Founded
80 BC
• Sovereignty
19 BC
• Trinitarian System Founded
36 AD
• Trinitarian System Fully Executed
60 AD
• Libertan Navy Founded
130 AD
• Defense-walls finished
154 AD
• Battle of Unda
524 AD
Area
• Total
1,250 km2 (480 sq mi)
• Land
480 km2 (190 sq mi)
Only the city of Liberta.
• Water (%)
61.6
Population
• Estimate
3,000,000
• 2010 census
3,000,000
GDP (PPP) 2016 estimate
• Total
$650 billion (20th)
• Per capita
216,666 (1st)
Gini (2008) 0.34
low
HDI (2015) 0.950
very high · 1st
Currency Equal Dollar (EQD)
Time zone UTC+0 (UTC)
Date format YY-MM-DD
Driving side right*
Calling code +83
ISO 3166 code LIOF
Website
liberta.gov.lb
  1. *There is currently no civilian permission to use cars, bikes and E-cars are instead used with right-hand traffic. Only emergency vehicles are allowed to use cars.

Liberta (/'lɪbərtɑ/ Elroy Libertan: lɪbərdɑ), officially the Trinitarian Republic of Liberta (Latin: Republicae Liberta Trinitaria) is a sovereign city state in the North Atlantic ocean. It lays on the Great Meteor Seamount, south of the Azores, west of the Moroccan coast and north of Cape Verde. It lies about 29 degrees north of the equator and 28 degrees west of the prime meridian. It consists of the Metropolitan Region, 34 satellite islands, and, de facto six protectorates, under the central administration of the government of Liberta. Although the official language remains Latin, of which a sizeable portion of the population is fluent, the de facto official language is English and is now used fully in all parts of society. With the total area of Liberta being 612 square kilometers, it is the 17th smallest country by land area and with its population of 3 million, it has a population density of 6250 people per square kilometers.[1]

Founded in 19 BCE, it is the oldest republic and its government the oldest democratic institution still in operation. Liberta is a trinitarian parliamentary republic, a system unique to Liberta. The Metropolitan island, which hosts close to 100% of the total population, is universally recognized as the city-state, whilst the six protectorates fall under a different order, both domestically, and by international spectators. Liberta is a global city, a financial, educational, and transportation center, ranked as an Alpha+ global city. The national currency of Liberta, the Equal Dollar, is one of the most stable and is heavily favored internationally as a reserve currency. Maintaining the highest Gross Domestic Product per capita in the world, the Libertan industry is highly specialized and maintains status as an idiom for high quality.

Given its historically famous educational institutions, Liberta is often regarded as an educational center, especially for higher education, where all of its universities hold international recognition. Maintaining close relations with most western countries, especially the United States and the United Kingdom, it is considered a critical actor within western democracies. Liberta consists of twelve boroughs, as well as 197 neighborhoods, which have their devolved jurisdictive rights. The six protectorates of Liberta, as well as its overseas territories, are administered by the government of Liberta and are given special jurisdictive rights. Considered dependencies of the republic, they are remnants of the Libertan Naval Empire, which following the Atlantic Charter, Liberta aligned itself to. Whilst all six of the protectorates held votes on ceasing their statuses and being returned to their neighboring countries, all six ruled in favor of the remaining protectorates.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name Liberta is widely believed to have originated from the Baptistian era, as Liberta was transitioning to nationhood. This is supported mainly by the role of "King of Liberta", a role which Baptiste Aquarius proclaimed himself according to various historical artifacts, including the Grandis Pandectēn, although earlier use may have occurred. Before this name, Liberta was simply referred to as "The Island", La Insula by the oldest surviving historical artifacts, and it was continuously used until the 6th century in place of Liberta. It is believed that Liberta was exclusively used for national matters, and was therefore unpopular in popular speech. The meaning of the name is debated but is believed to either be a modification of the Latin Libertas (lit. Liberty), or a portmanteau of La Insula. Although the meaning behind the name is uncertain, it is probably a reference to the Ace Aquarius's enlightenment, after which he fled the Roman Empire and created the Metropolitan Island. In all official matters, it is referred to as the Trinitarian Republic of Liberta, although its comprehensive official name is The Trinitarian Free City and Republic upon the Island of Liberta, which it is referred to as in the decree of sovereignty. Its comprehensive name was later, however, put out of use for convenience.

History[edit | edit source]

Early history[edit | edit source]

The history of Liberta goes back at least 2 millennia. According to surviving documents, such as the Royal Scripts, and the Grandis Pandectēn, as well as artifacts from abroad, such as remnants in Greece and Italy, the founder of Liberta was Ace Aquarius. Pertaining to a long line of wealthy noblemen, Aquarius was the son of the nobleman Argento Aquarius. After inheriting his father's wealth, Aquarius had an enlightenment and fled the Roman Empire in order to pursue his newfound goal of creating his own republic. With his newfound wealth, he commissioned a large fleet of boats and traveled to modern-day Morocco. After scouting along the Moroccan Coast he eventually founded Liberta on the Great Meteor Seamount. After a long process in which some "more than 10 thousand" stone blocks were laid on top of the seamount, the center of the modern-day Metropolitan Island was finished. The island served to function more as private property, rather than an independent city-state during its early history, and before Aquarius could conceive Liberta as a nation he passed away in 61 BC.

After the death of Ace, Baptiste, his son, was appointed by his father to serve as the first official potentate over Liberta, a nation which he established shortly after. He likely named the small nation Liberta, presumably from the Latin word for liberty. As Liberta grew, Baptiste set out to find potential citizens for his newly declared country. He ordered a dozen men to roam the Mediterranean coast in order to find citizens. After 2 years the men returned with, around 2000 people, who were all given citizenship. Following this success, he promptly ordered 40 more men to find 10 000 people around Europe. These men roamed throughout Europe and bribed commoners as well as aristocrats in order to grant them citizenship. In total, 60 families from these 12 thousand archetypal citizens were granted nobility status, known as Nobilitas Principis. He oversaw and mandated the construction of many basic societal functions, such as schools, libraries, water treatment facilities, and sanitary functions. Under his rule, Liberta transformed from a private island into a sovereign nation. Baptiste died in 9 BC for unknown reasons, most likely from leprosy.

Catoan era and the founding of the representative democracy[edit | edit source]

After Baptiste's passing, his son Cato inherited the national power at the age of nineteen. After his own enlightenment in the following years whilst visiting the Roman Republic, he entirely overhauled the Libertan government at his return. He transformed the de facto monarchy into a representative republic, where he instated the Trinitarian System. This swift democratic change saw approval from the commoners, and stringent protest from the upper echelon of society, primarily from the noble factions. Despite the reluctance from the powerful noble factions, Cato continued instating his democratic policies, such as equal suffrage and the implementation of unbiased courts. He continued these reforms until he fell in love with, and subsequently married, Ece of Paphlagonia, a noblewoman maiden.

Parts of this political change fell into action 4 years after the national city hall was completed, Cato however, appointed himself ruler until he died. The Consules-Senators system was still running and working under Cato’s rule. He had left a son under his rule, Konstantin. Konstantin never had any political influence, however, he still owned all of the mines in Greece. Konstantin sold all of his father's mines to the Libertan State for 40000 equal coins. He used the money to live in luxury. Konstantin was a poet, and never intended to follow his father’s passion for politics, instead, he spent most of his life as a writer. At the age of 70, he died from what was most likely an epilepsy attack.

130 – 200 AD[edit | edit source]

As the population of Liberta quickly grew, the national parliament, the Grand National Hall and its primarily democratic congress increased its priority for the commoners, as opposed to the aristocratic class. This took many forms, the most historically significant of which was the expansion of the Metropolitan Island and the breakwaters. The breakwaters stood around 2 kilometers outside of the city and acted both as crop grounds, as well as a defense barrier. Their construction was pushed primarily by the aristocratic class, who sought to increase the defense capabilities of Liberta, which in turn led to the creation of the Libertan Defence Force. It consisted only of the navy, who only focused on defense-based maritime warfare. The slanted walls on the breakwaters stood finished in 154 AD and gave the navy a significant upper hand in the case of an attack. As military pride began to rise so did patriotism. As patriotism arose, so did Libertas national identity. As a new and independent Libertan culture emerged, as did its distancing from the Roman social norms.

Naevan Era (200 - 500 AD)[edit | edit source]

By the 200s population of Liberta had increased to 50 thousand people, with the Metropolitan Island having an area of roughly 32 square kilometers. As institutions began to emerge, the culture of Liberta changed as well. The old Roman social norms were replaced in favor of the first "Civic Law", passed by the Grand National Hall in 204 AD. These set the foundation of many early western morals, and many who are not accepted in the western world today. The rapidly changing and increasingly independent Libertan culture laid the foundation for the contemporary national identity of the republic. As trade slowed in the third century, followed by the Plague of Cyprian spreading in the Roman Empire, the Congress enacted the Neava Bill, effectively turning the national economy into an autarkical one. Closed off from the outside world, the Naeva bill and proceedings laid the foundation of much of modern Libertan culture. As temporary food shortages led to the state-sanctioned roof-gardens becoming widespread, self-sufficiency culture increased, and given the food shortages, the Libertan fishing culture was born. As primarily men and fathers, but also women and mothers left their families to work during the day, many young women and girls began working as nannies and nursemaids, leading to an increasing educational gap between boys and girls, which eventually manifested itself in Laeah of Alba's speech to the congress, leading to obligatory primary education law in 251. The bill laid the foundation for Liberta as an educational center, as both lower and higher educational institutions sprung up across Liberta.

The Temple of Dea, an example of earlier Naevan architecture.

The Naevan era sparked Liberta's cultural identity, as well as its self-sufficiency, a landmark given their previous dependency on Roman supplies and trade. As raw materials like copper, iron, and gold skyrocketed in value, with little to no imports, Libertan society adapted quickly. As metals became a luxury product, the Libertan metal and forging industry adapted and became significantly more advanced in both its manufacturing as well as its forging techniques. This further progressed into advancements in weaponry, armor, and everyday items. As childbearing became increasingly important to sustain the population, extramarital sexual relations were encouraged and added into the Civic Law as permissible. This, along with the increased interest in increasing fertility among the general populous, sparked an increased understanding of the human sexual organs, along with the rest of the body, something which also gave rise to the Libertan medical institutions, whose work was by the sixth century, several centuries before other nations in terms of both knowledge and practical work. Causing an unprecedented baby-boom, the population density quickly exceeded that of sanitary conditions, which resulted in large-scale protests, prompting the government to increase the speed at which the Metropolitan Island was being expanded.

At the same time, the water supply of Liberta was being severely strained, nearly causing mass-parch. This prompted Laleh of Ionopolis to invent the first steam-powered compounded impulse turbine, an invention that allowed large amounts of potable water to be accessed throughout the city. Her water and sewage infrastructure plans and systems allowed Liberta to become the first city with running water, which drastically improved quality of life, along with Apostates standardized heated apartments. This, as well as the firm sanitation imposed by the government, resulted in few plagues effectively infecting the general populous. As potable water became widely available, the previously alcohol-based dependant populous began drinking water instead, moving away from a depressant. This saw life expectancies increase significantly, whilst sparking an intellectual boom and founding the Libertan intelligentsia movement. As both philosophical movements grew, medical knowledge and scientific advancements grew in number, Liberta began to assert itself as both cultural and scientific center on the global theater at that time. This, along with traditionalist ideas and norms being out phased, led to a sexual liberation culture spurred on by government-sanctioned natalistic ideals, finally resolved the concern over a declining birth rate. By the end of the fourth century, in 496, the Naeva Bill was formally recalled, and replaced with the significantly more liberal Aurelia Amendment, thus ending the Naevan Era.

Aurelian Era (500 - 1000 AD)[edit | edit source]

As raw material continued to be high in price, the government took interest in the African coast and the possibilities of establishing a colony. These plans were quickly discarded, however, once it was clear that an establishment by force was neither economically nor militarily viable. Instead, small dependencies, Protectorates, were established on Sherbro Island and Imousouane. Being more akin to work camps with salaries, the Protectorates were extremely prosperous and provided many valuable raw resources to Liberta. The state-owned mines abroad also provided Liberta with stone, used for the continuous expansion of the island. However, whilst the liberally economic laws allowed for significantly more trade to happen in Liberta, it remained relatively unappealing to traders until the 600s, when improvements in boats allowed for more reliable journeys between the western Mediterranean and Liberta. Whilst trade grew the Libertan economy, it remained a mostly insular society.

Given the recent transition from a closed economy into an open one, the Libertan state experienced increasing difficulty in both managing taxes and central control of economic fluctuations. This led to the creation of the official currency, the Libertan Solida, along with the Libertan Treasury, and notably, the Grand National Exchequer. The Exchequer was established in 524, with the purpose of collecting a percentage of all taxes, as well as the monetary objects of the state for spending. This proved highly effective, and by 576 it had collected more value than the state had earned in the first three centuries of existence. To appeal further to merchants the state stopped taxing exported goods, as well as weighing down crimes specifically targeting merchants and travelers. This, in turn, led to early reformation of the Incarceration in Liberta. Up until this point in history, convicted criminals in Liberta were sentenced to punishments such as flagellation, public humiliation, battery, and even rape. Forced disappearances (often leading to undisclosed drownings) were also common for more serious crimes. However, by the time merchants had begun to arrive in larger numbers, many of these punishments were seen as both abhorrent and in many times, also immoral. In 580 the congress drafted and enabled the New Incarceration Act, prompting the construction of the first prison island, the Ancient Metropolitan Prison Island. The New Incarceration Act also provided new legislation regarding the treatment of prisoners, with an incarceration tactic of heavy and hard punishments, with long rehabilitation and reeducation. In reality, however, the Metropolitan Prison Island was more used as a scare tactic, with frequent prison rape (especially due to the mixed-sex layout) mistreatment by guards, as observed by visitors. Both infanticide and statutory rape was rampant, which eventually manifested itself in Decimus play, The Devil's Island. A play that later gave way to public enlightenment about prison conditions as well as better legislation.

"Woman of Passion", one of the more famous pieces of Libertan sculpture.

Culture during the Aurelian era blossomed, as playwrights, music, and art became more available to the public, partially through the first public museums and cultural facilities, such as the Grandorian and the Grand National Theatre. As art quickly became widely accessible to the public, it became the main media, aside from the also recent widepapers, the precursor to both older and contemporary literary media. Widepapers were broadsheet-sized paper-based literary media, with articles and often detailed imagery around a variety of topics including, comedy, social commentary, eroticism, and finance. These quickly gained traction and sparked a new wave of the times contemporary media and culture of expression. It was also during this period at which the Libertan art separated into two different main forms, the classical, and the old-contemporary. Whilst classical art was centered around larger, extravagant, and expensive pieces of epics, old-contemporary often featured more risqué and taboo works of art, in smaller sizes, often with deliberate lower artistic skill due to the nature of the high production within the form. These works later became a staple of the Aurelian Era and being featured in public museums. Whilst Libertan culture grew and blossomed, it also sparked a movement of cultural isolationism from the Old World, with many artists, such as Toya of Divitae and Eamon of Almeda. This soon also spread into a more general societal isolationistic movement, advocating for isolationism and cultural and national symbolic independence. Whilst Liberta remained highly liberal in terms of cultural values and norms, it remained deeply conservative of those values.

As increased unrest in Europe occurred during the late 800s to early 1000s, the Libertan isolationism had led to a relative stark stagnation, culturally. Romantic nationalism had spread in culture, and whilst this affected Liberta societally and culturally, it is often regarded today as a period of both a bland and culturally dry one, something which Octavian the Daring would proclaim in 921, "...[the] uninspired art of the now can be firmly blamed on Eamon of Almeda, for he has etched a foul ring onto the statues of the morrow.", something he would later be murdered for. It was also during this time that Liberta became known as a truly independent actor in the international theater, as both an important trading, as well as a medical hub. During the entire Aurelian Era, Libertan medicine and general health understanding had improved significantly, leading to Liberta becoming a major exporter of medicine as well as an influx of wealthy clientele for both health sabbatical visits, hydrotherapy, and surgery. Major medicine-oriented universities, such as Gaius University (c. 986) were also established, boosting academic interest in Liberta. As Liberta quickly grew as an educational center, its national research blossomed, receiving heavy endowments from many international patrons. This, along with the National Exchequer and the general good treatment of state funds, led to an intelligentsia boom, with birthrates skyrocketing. Often considered a historical highlight, this period shaped the precursor of modern Liberta. Large infrastructure projects were undertaken, and the economy grew rapidly, as the state invested heavily in a variety of institutions, whilst also expanding upon the Libertan Naval Empire. This led to the creation of three additional Protectorates, which further increased the resource inflow, further boosting the many businesses in Liberta. The economic miracle continued on, with large-scale exports suddenly turning immensely profitable. Industries such as shipbuilding and technological research but Liberta on the international map. As the economy kept growing, isolationism slowly faded in the Libertan political climate. It became the quickest growing economy and society in the Old World.

1000 – 1500 AD[edit | edit source]

During the dark ages, Liberta did not experience the religious suppression of contemporary sciences by the Catholic Church that was prevalent throughout Europe. In light of this, many scientific advancements occurred throughout this period, partially due to the increased prevalence of universities, institutes, and other research-based institutions. Many cultural ameliorations occurred, such as the invention and standardization of the sport Lude, the first organized casinoes, the first western banks, as well as the first factories, although these were very small and primitive. Artworks such as Taming of Horses had a great effect on contemporary medieval art and influenced artists both domestically and abroad.

Age of arrival[edit | edit source]

As the first Greek migration occurred the Greek intelligentsia fled to western Europe. Many of them also fled to Liberta. Liberta regained its reputation for excellence in education during the 17th-century. The “the big three” (Kolm, Gaius University and school of Cato) and the whole of the Libertan educational movement weren't affected by the scientific oppression during the renaissance, partially because of the ideology of Liberism. Historians agree that distance from Europe played a large part in avoiding scientific oppression as well.

During the age of discovery, Liberta became an important “key” to the Atlantic and served as a checkpoint for ships sailing towards other continents. Since slaves were illegal in Liberta, disguising ships as merchant ships became popular, as well as underground harbors where slave ships could arrive at a high fee. Otherwise, ships had to avoid Libertan nautical territory, sometimes slaves jumped overboard and tried to swim to shore, as some slave ships still came dangerously close to the city itself.

The war memorial at night.

As friendly relations with the Sharifate of Marrakesh increased so did the influence of Morrocan culture. This is the age that the Water Palace was built to symbolize friendship between the two nations. This short period of time between 1650 and 1700 is known as “the age of friendship”.

Central view of the war memorial. Constructed in the 16th century, the clocktower was added a century later.

1700's – 1940's[edit | edit source]

While many countries fought each other during the Renaissance, Liberta enjoyed a significant distance from the European continent- In direct consequence of the Libertan Neutrality Pact of 1748, a continuation of the defense-oriented tactics appointed by the constitution Libertas economy flourished. In 1732 tithing became illegal in Liberta as the state didn’t want interference with taxation and citizens not being able to pay their taxes. In 1756 the first-ever effective tariff was introduced under the Latin name “conlatio” by the government, with notable backlashes led by traders. This tariff improved the government’s income, which led to the Religious Assemblies Compensation Act of 1788, effectively compensating the lost income to religious assemblies as a consequence of the ban on tithing. In early 1809 the Religious Assemblies Compensation Act was reformed into the Exemption of Taxes for Religious Assemblies Act, effectively exempting Income and Property taxes for Religious Assemblies. During this period. During the 1700's the second wave of Romantic Nationalism started, the slow refinement of Libertan culture and national identity. It was during the 1700's that the upper-class mostly centered in Oriens grew. Liberta became more accepted in the international community. It was also during the 18th century that the now well-known self-dependence ideas really started to grow. This is what started the now current so-called "self-thinking method" that is traditionally included in modern-day Libertan politics, that is that the current goal of the Libertan Government and State is to avoid alliances that would result in military or political alliances. The current only officially recognized trade- and economic alliances are with the United States. Although this excludes the order of 100 JAS 39 Gripen Fighters from Sweden. Otherwise, the Government of Liberta usually considers having small bonds with other neutral powers, such as Switzerland and Sweden.

The industrial revolution completely changed Libertan society as manufacturing and transport became easier. The trade expansion made Liberta wealthy as a nation, thriving of Libertas high standards (for its time) of manufacturing. The introduction of steam power led to dramatic increases in production capacity. The industrial revolution was the start of the now well-known and large Libertan steel industry, for companies such as GERC.

Arrival of Jewish Diaspora[edit | edit source]

The first known Jews arrived in Liberta after the forced expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula.

After the assassination of Alexander II of Russia, for which some of the populous started a witchhunt blaming "the Jews", there was a vast increase in anti-Jewish pogroms – possibly with the support of the government – and numerous anti-Jewish laws were passed. Therefore, roughly 100 000 Jews fled to Liberta, after word spread from the small Jewish community in Liberta to the Ashkenazi communities in eastern Europe regarding how well the Jewish community was met.

Whilst Libertans were commonly anti-religious during the Apathetic years, religion had been dismissed as anything bad or hostile. The first Jews to arrive to Liberta were merchants and usually kept their beliefs to themselves. Many Libertans were taught that religious people pushed their beliefs on others, and as such being seen as arrogant, the Jews weren't usually open about their religion, and as such the general attitude toward Jewish people was positive.

World War I & II[edit | edit source]

Liberta was a common bystander during the first World War. The nation itself thrived on selling the Allied Powers arms and explosives. However, deep conflict between joining or avoiding the first world war was still actively ongoing in between the citizens of Liberta. The senators and consules during the time were unified in their decision to stay out of the first world war.

Liberta was a neutral nation during the second world war since they had no landmass to acquire in the war, just like in WW1. However, a small voluntary part of the Libertan navy partook in operation Dragoon. These soldiers became known as the “brave few” and are still to this day celebrated in Libertan culture. The country was deeply shattered regarding whether or not to join the second world war. However, this debate was really doomed from the first place, as the constitution forbids any military involvement unless it is to protect Liberta from outer forces.

Aftermath of the second world war – present day[edit | edit source]

Liberta was a driving force for the creation of the United Nations and was one of the first nations to join. Libertan doctors were sent out by the Libertan government to war-hit nations, together with other aid. Today Liberta's economy has grown exponentially, as the international advancement in technology has greatly improved. The largest industry is currently the biotechnology industry currently valued at 46 billion dollars.

Inauguration of President Donald. J. Trump[edit | edit source]

On February the 2nd Liberta, 13 days after Donald. J. Trump's Inauguration Libertan broke the silence after Barack Obama left office, with consul Lawson Guus holding a congratulatory speech and in the following week visiting the United States along with Marino Laurens and Gaius Destin.

Geography, Climate, and Environment[edit | edit source]

Skyline of Gaius, taken from the stern of the Northeast Island Ferry.

Liberta itself only consists of the city of Liberta, the surrounding breakwaters, and the McGarrett island which hosts the McGarrett International Airport. The city of Libertas foundation consisting only of 1 by 1-meter large cubic rocks laying on top of each other held together by large ropes, has been reinforced several times and hosts a home to many species of fish. These four breakwaters are now mostly used for small agriculture such as olive trees, wheat, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, grapes, and oranges just to name a few. Some parts are also used for cattle.

Libertas fauna is solely based on the Great Meteor Seamount and largely consists of fish, sponges, corals and sea urchins. The great meteor seamount itself has become one of the best-studied seamounts globally, with research aimed at better understanding the connections between oceanic motion around seamount structures and biological distribution patterns. Pigeons are also common in the city of Liberta and surrounding areas.

Libertas flora originated from greek plants bought and transported by the state, such as olive trees, Florina pepper, and Fava sortinis. The state also bought many different flowers, such as the roman orchid.

The Roman Orchid is the national flower of Liberta.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

The Libertan Census Administration estimated Libertas current population to be around 3,000,000 people in 2013. Since then, the Libertan population has not grown nor shrunk, it has instead stayed utterly stable at around 3,000,000 people since 1989.

There are a total of 12 districts in which 3 million people live in total. There are a total of 197 neighborhoods in the City of Liberta with the largest district Eode, with 41 neighborhoods, and 869 thousand inhabitants.

Liberta is the 135th most populous country and is the only nation that hasn’t grown nor shrunk by population 28 years in a row.

According to a survey in 2014 2% of citizens identify themselves as LGBT, while 98% identified themselves as straight. This is an increase of 0.02% since 2009.

Language[edit | edit source]

English is the de facto national language in Liberta, although Latin is still the only official language. English was made a national language in the 19th century, because of the quick shrinking amount of Latin usage. Although Latin has an official recognition, it isn’t widely spoken, only 1.3% of Libertans can speak Latin fluently, and around 16% of Libertans know more than a sentence in Latin, this is usually the national motto (Libertas. Scientia sit potentia). The second most common language is Greek, which only about 0.03% of the population speaks fluently. The large and wealthy education system in Liberta makes it the worlds single the best country by Literacy rates at 100%. This is maintained with foreigners by literacy checking immigrants. While illiterate immigrants aren't denied citizenship, they are forced to take a crash course in English to prepare and introduce immigrants to Libertan Society.

Religion[edit | edit source]

Although not a religious country, religion has played a large part in Libertan history and culture. Ace Aquarius was an unreligious man, and as such he was often ridiculed. He, therefore, formed a circle of friends that also were atheists. This circle of friends followed Ace to Liberta, these men and women became his advisors. His atheistic beliefs were what made Ace create Liberta, his advisors claimed that he erected the stone island to become a scientific and spiritual center.

The 5th century and Quentin Salvadore[edit | edit source]

Quentin Salvadore was a highly irreligious man. He was often portrayed as a man openly hostile towards all forms of religion. For seven years he traveled around the Mediterranean. Although observant, he was highly critical of religion during his travels, often times creating troubles with the local population. When he returned he rose to prominence in the year 456 when he became elected as a senator. He four years later, in 460 won the consule election.

Government and politics[edit | edit source]

Constitution[edit | edit source]

Profile of the Hall Of Decision

Libertas government is based on the Libertan Constitution, also known as the 15 principles. The system was introduced by Cato Aquarius and was first fully executed after his death in 59 AD. The actual Constitution is in fact much longer than the 15 principles, the 15 principles are only the first section of the Libertan Constitution.

General Information[edit | edit source]

Libertas government is based on trinitarian parliamentary republican system and follows Libertas constitution known as the 15 principles set by the last ruling monarch of Liberta, Cato Aquarius. Liberta is ruled as a trinitarian parliamentary republic, which means that they use the Trinitarian system, that there are 3 heads of government. This was implemented and invented by Cato Aquarius for the purpose to maximize unified satisfaction in the whole country, the trinitarian principle is made to work as inefficiently as possible, not to make one part of the country happy and the rest shattered, but to encourage compromises. It is generally criticized for being inefficient and slow, like the European Union, however, it is also often being credited as one of the most stable and fair political systems in the world as the inefficiency has resulted to compromises between previously split parties with different ideologies. This has resulted in a 93% approval rating of the general goals set by the Libertan State. For a current issue either on a local or national level to be made into a law or a proposal either the 3 heads of the state known as the consules or the equivalent to US house of representatives and the Senate, the Hall of Decision and the people in it, the senators to make a formal proposal. While consules can create Formal Proposals right away, the senators can not. For senators to be able to create a formal proposal they first need to hold a vote on an issue. An issue is an acknowledgment of a [usually] local or [unusually] national problem. Issues can only be brought up by a representative of a Neighborhood. A representative is a person representing the neighborhood they are living in and are elected by small, local elections held parallel to the election of the consules and senators. After an issue has been stated the senators can vote on whether or not to make the issue into a Formal Proposal. If the issue is accepted, it will be made into a formal proposal, with cost and plausibility take into consideration. This is made in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy. After the Formal Proposal is done it is again voted on in the Hall of Decision, if the issue is accepted [usually] it gets sent to the National Supreme Court, now with judicial plausibility taken into consideration. After the Formal Proposal has been [potetially] modified it gets sent to the Constitutional Court. It is the indulged by the Court to see if it violates the Constitution of Liberta. After the issue has been checked and accepted in the Constitutional Court the consules, along with the Courts of District, law enforcement, and other authority are informed. After that, the Formal Proposal is finally made into a law. The consules go thru the same system except that they do not need an issue to be able to create a Formal Proposal. If an executive order is made, however, officials vote on the executive order, if accepted [usually], military and agencies are informed.

The senators are 197 men and women together assembled in the “hall of decision” or chamber and vote on different issues presented by a representative of a district. These issues are passed to a representative of a district every two months by local citizens.

The senators are elected on the exact date that the three consules are elected on. These senators come from different districts, where they are voted upon by local residents in that very district.

Every senator and consul must ally themselves to one party, and the largest parties in order are:

Prosperity Party 39.8% (Social Liberalism)

Liberta First 33.2% (Social Conservatism) One Liberta 17% (Civic Nationalism)

Wing Party 4.3% (Conservatism-Traditionalism)

National Liberta 3.7% (Nationalism)

Other 2%

Sub-Divisions[edit | edit source]

There are 2 provinces in Liberta, The Populated Province and the Nautical Territory of Liberta.

There are 12 total districts which make up the city of Liberta, all with, to some extent, political power. These districts have been created due to the historical development in the city, the Vetus Oppidum, or now known put as simply "Old Town" is the oldest part of the city, it was the first landmass that was built by Ace Aquarius. It is also the most structurally sensitive part of the city, massive renovations under Vetus Oppidum to reinforce the structure and foundation have been in operation since the 1990's.

In Vetus Oppidum the City Hall is located, as well as Cato's plaza, the Domus Consul (house of consules), as well as the Domum magnam de iudicium. Vetus Oppidum houses 8 neighborhoods, however, few people actually live in Vetus Oppidum. Surrounding Vetus Oppidum is four younger districts known directly as the Latin words for north, south, west, and east, Septentrio, Meridies, Occidens, Oriens. These districts were built a neighborhood at a time from the 1st to 6th centuries.

Septentrio is the smallest district within the central districts and consists of six neighborhoods. Septentrio is most famous for being the home of Kolm University which was built during the Libertan Apathetic Years. People living in Septentrio are called Septents and their baseball team is called Septentrio Scorpions. West of the Septentrio district is the Occidens district.

Occidens is made up of 7 neighborhoods, Occidens, commonly incorrectly pronounced "OCK-SEE-DENS", pronounced "OCH-EE-DENS", is most famous for having the world's largest fishing market, Marinus Mercatus, the largest outside all-year open spa and public bathhouse in the world, and for having the Water Palace, in which public fountains still are open and functional. The people living in Occidens are called Occids, which are usually picked on by rival sports names by calling them "Accidents" due to the similarity. Their baseball team is called the Occidens Ocelots. Southwest of Occidens is the district Meridies.

Ministries and Ministers
as of 2016
Ministry Minister Appointed by
Ministry of Law CarioIanuarius.jpg Cario Ianuarius Lawson Guus
Praesidium de Patria DanielJones.jpg Daniel Jones Marino Laurens
Ministry of Foreign Relations SandraGennadius.jpg Sanna Gennadius Gaius Destin
Ministry of Economy ModestusCorbulo.png Modestus Corbulo Lawson Guus
Ministry of Education CaesiaGemellus.jpg Caesia Gemellus Marino Laurens
Ministry of Health DaveMacrinus.png Dave Macrinus Gaius Destin
Ministry of Energy FadiaLarcius.jpg Fadia Larcius Lawson Guus
Ministry of Labor StalagmusTuccius.jpg Stalagmus Tuccius Marino Laurens
Ministry of Surroundings CitroArpagius.jpg Citro Arpagius Gaius Destin
Ministry of Cultivation ThomasJohnson.jpg Thomas Johnson Lawson Guus
Ministry of Commerce ErgalisusTrebellius.jpg Ergalisus Trebellius Marino Laurens

Meridies consists of 7 neighborhoods and is famous for having the free hospital of Herodes Atticus, which allows free healthcare for poor people around the world. Their work has largely moved toward other countries since the re-entry project was started by the Public Welfare Fund in association with Quod fiscus quia quod miser. Meridies also houses many charitable organization offices. People living in Meridies are called Merrians and their baseball team is called the Meridies Moose. East of Meridies is the district Oriens.

Oriens is the largest central district in Liberta and consists of 11 neighborhoods. Oriens is famous for its restaurants, small plazas, and picturesque streets. Oriens is also well known for being used as a metaphor for upper-class society, a common misbelief is that there is a quite small upper-class closed of secret society, which is not true, however many of the most influential people that come from Liberta live in Oriens, like Eadric Zacharyval, the president and founder of GERC with an estimated monthly income of around 46,875 EQD. Oriens is often nicknamed as the Beverly Hills of Liberta, and although Oriens technically isn't another city like Beverly Hills, the similarities in income are certainly visible. A stereotype, originating in Septentrio is that Orienses are obnoxious, snobby, and rich. And while the median income in Oriens certainly is higher than the Libertan average, it is estimated that only around 15% of people living in Oriens have a higher income than 10 thousand EQD. These people that are in the 15% usually live in the neighborhoods Plautius and Dacien. People that live in Oriens are called Orienses and their baseball team is called the Oriens Otters.

The district Eode stretches along the western coastline. With 41 neighborhoods in total, it is the most populous district in the whole City of Liberta. Eode was, like the other outer districts constructed a neighborhood at a time during the 500-1800's. Eode houses 29% of the City of Liberta's population which is around 869 thousand people. It is most commonly known for its distinctly western architecture, the NSE plaza, the microride service, Gaius Square, and it's resemblance to central Manhattan. Eode is where amusement parks, hotels, Liberty Tower, and other tourist attractions are located. People that live in Eode are called Eodes and their baseball team is called Eode Eagles. The district Pascoe stretches along the southeastern coastline of Liberta. Pascoe is the second largest district after Eode, in area and population. With around half a million people living 31 neighborhoods Pascoe is a large and crowded district. It's also the home of several factories of companies like GERC, Amnac, and Speedster. Although these factories are a factor in general social-anxiety, they are considered to hold some form of historical value as they represent, according to many, the industrial powerhouse that Liberta is. However, in later years the Ministry of Economy has enforced a 5-1B emission standard that factories in Pascoe now have to follow, partially because of the large part of the population living in Pascoe. The factories, however, are considered to be cleaner than factories near urban centers in the US and Europe[2], with a standard emission in GERC's steel mills of 1.2 tonnes per tonne product. Pascoe is also often considered the commercial center of Liberta as many Malls, Shopping Centers, and headquarters to common technology companies. People that live in Pascoe are called Pascans and their baseball team is called Pascoe Penguins.

Gaius is the third largest district and it neighbors Octavio to the east, Cato to the south, and Septentrio to the west. Gaius was named after the philosopher Gaius Gorgonius, which also named the university Gaius University. 9% of the population of the City of Liberta lives in Gaius, which is roughly 270 thousand people. A common misbelief is that Gaius Gorgonius was born in the district of Gaius, which he was not. Gaius is known for having the largest Baseball field in Liberta, Gorgonius Stadium. They are also the home of Gaius University and Liberta's largest school, Nicodemus School. People living in Gaius are called Gaiuses and their baseball team is called the Gaius Geckos.

Konstantin is a northern district which neighbors Octavio to the east, Eode to the west, and Occidens and Septentrio to the south. Konstantin is named after the poet and son of Cato Aquarius, Konstantin Aquarius. Konstantin is most famous for being the birthplace of the ITO which now spans over 102 nations worldwide and is largely considered to be the largest common organization for cooperation in trade. Konstantin also contains the largest amount of temples in the whole City of Liberta. About 7% of the total population of the City of Liberta live in Konstantin, which is around 210 thousand people. People that live in Konstantin are called Konstants and their baseball team is called the Konstantin Killer whales.

Octavio is the northernmost district in the City of Liberta and has the Sorting-Number "10". It neighbors Gaius to the west, Gaius to the south and Septentrio to the south. Octavio is home to several agencies working with classified information such as the HIA and HSA. It is also the home to many embassies. Around 204 thousand people live in Octavio which is around 6,8% of the total population of the City of Liberta. People living in Octavio are called Octavians and their baseball is called the Octavio Owls.

Cato is an east district with a population percentage of 6,6% of the population of the City of Liberta which is around 198 thousand people. Cato is named after the last monarch of Liberta, Cato Aquarius. Cato is the second smallest outer district and the smallest east district with 16 neighborhoods. Cato is where most small universities are, in fact, many calls the inner neighborhoods of Cato "the Giant Campus" as supposed to the sheer amount of Universities that are placed in Cato. People that live in Cato are called Catans and their baseball team is called the Cato Cheetahs.

Martel is the smallest outer district with 16 neighborhoods, one of the "neighborhoods" is the Martel Port. It is the largest harbor in Liberta and is where 87 percent of the total national imports. Large shipping companies like Speedster have their headquarters located in Martel and foreign companies like Maersk have a shipping hub in the Martel Port. Because of this, the Martel Port is often valued as the single most valuable location in Liberta for economic growth of the Nation. Only around 186 thousand people live in Martel, which is about 6,2% of the total population of the City of Liberta. The number 1 reason that people move to Martel is that according to the Economic Growth Study made in 2012, the economic attraction to the harbor. People living in

Martel are called Martellans and their baseball team is called the Martel Manta Rays.

Military[edit | edit source]

The first national military force was the Libertan navy, founded during the 3rd century. Its main mission was to protect Liberta itself, rather than act with offensive tactics as it was prohibited by the 15 principles. Until the 17th century, this was the only military force other than their coastguard that Liberta had. In 1622 the Libertan Armed Forces was established by the then ruling N-C-W governance, this was to differentiate the previous split sections of the Libertan Navy known as The Naval Group and The Land Group. In 1937 the Libertan Air Forces was founded out of fear of the rising Nationalism in Europe, mainly Germany and Italy.

As a rolling force of independence rinsed over Liberta during the 4th century, the country was left with a large military force along with the positive eye of the public. Ever since, Liberta has favored military advancements in technology. As Liberta and Liberism heavily encourages independence and self-sustainability the military has played a very important role in Libertan society as the key defender of Liberta.

Today Libertas army consists of The Libertan Navy, Coastguard, Air Force, and Armed Forces. In total the Military employs 120,000 people, the Libertan Navy employing roughly 60,000 people, The Libertan Coastguard Employing roughly 15,000 people, The Air Force employing roughly 20,000 people and the Armed Forces employing roughly 25,000 people.

While remaining a neutral country, the Libertan government is the highest spender of any country in the world by percentage of Gross Domestic Product, currently 5% or 32,500,000,000 of 650 billion. While keeping defense-oriented, the Libertan Military isn't afraid to show off. It regularly performs exercises within national nautical boundaries and often showcases technology to other countries. While the military only employs roughly 60,000 people it has a technical advantage, often considered the single most technically advanced armed forces within the international stage.

Ministries[edit | edit source]

Libertan Ministries are the first sub-divisions of government, alongside Hall of Decision and Consules House. Ministries are each governed by a minister, appointed in the following order by each consule. In total the Libertan Government has 11 Ministries, 2 Agencies, and the Control Operative Agency.

Infrastructure[edit | edit source]

Early in Libertan History, during the Catan Era infrastructure advanced quickly, large water structural complexes were constructed, water towers, apartment-shared toilets, underground sewers, and freshwater pipelines, among others. It was also during the Catoan era that the Apostatian apartments were introduced. Unrivaled, the apartments significantly heightened the quality of life in Liberta. As heat, light, and comfort was now a standard, productivity increased significantly. The primary export from Liberta became technologically advanced systems for its time since the quality of life encouraged people to educate themselves.

Architecture[edit | edit source]

Libertan apartments were standardized in the 300s by the architect Apostates. While Roman and Greek apartments weren’t heated and damp, Apostates inventions and architectural breakthroughs made Libertan Apartments and living conditions modern by today’s standards. Apostates began his research in living space heating year 287. Since he knew heat traveled upwards, he came up with a centralized source of heat in the basement of each apartment. The central heating source would be a steel casque sloping down, a funnel if you will. In the middle of the funnel, a small circle was placed with walls slight taller than the casque itself so that no oil could leak inside. A small hole was placed on the bottom of the walls of the circle together with a strangler, a small device that regulated the amount of oil let into the circle. In the middle, a small bulge was put where the fire was to burn from. Inside the bulge a small pipe was put because the oil level was higher than inside of the circle, the oil would be pushed up onto the top of the small cylinder so that the fire received fuel. Just over the bulge, two rough-cut rounded flintstones were put, in contact. One stone, however, was able to be spun using a rotary handle. These flintstones were put just over the bulge so that small fire sparks could reach the oil to start a fire. The smoke and warmth would then travel up clay covered stone pipes, the clay used as Insulation. The pipes would spread out to every apartment room, on the side toward the wall there would be no insulation so that the heat could enter the rooms. This modern design of heated apartments became known as Apostatian heating and significantly increased the quality of life in Liberta.

Public Transportation[edit | edit source]

Demand for Public Mass Transportation emerged in the early '60s, as the population of Liberta steadily grew. The demand was justified by the Ministry of Transportation in February of 1962, as they revealed plans for a Rapid Transport System. Several suggestions were pitched to the Ministry, which finally settled on a subway system.

The Current GERC M1 Liberty Class. I Car, refurbished in 2008.

Construction of the railway began in 1965 with the Circle Line, which went around the inner Districts in a circle. Construction of the underground tunnels was difficult because of the way that Liberta is constructed. The City of Liberta is laying on top of many layers of 1.5x1m large stone blocks laid in a circular pattern. For an underground tunnel to be constructed, large trenches needed to be dug in the middle of the streets. The Ministry came up with a clever way to construct the tunnels, however. First, trenches would be dug in streets, then on the bottom of the trenches rebars would be placed on top of large I-beams, set 3 meters apart. The combination of I-beams and rebars were supposed to spread out weight, which they did. The I-beams and rebars were then held together by cement, creating a stable foundation on which to lay the track on. The chosen track gauge was the Standard Track Gauge.

The Circle Line was constructed during 1965 until 1967. The Metro was officially open to the public January 1st, 1968. As the ridership increased in early 70's The Ministry of Transportation announced two new lines to be built, the C- or Connect-Line and the G-Line. The construction of these Lines began in 1971-and-2 respectively. Originally the Connect Line was named the Martel-Pascoe Line[3] until 1989. The C and G lines were completed in 1974.

Eode had experienced a population boom, with an increase of 75%. This lead to cramming in transportation, as the current bike lanes in Eode couldn't support the increase in transport. At one point in 1978 bike lanes and pedestrian streets were so worn down that large cracks that were the size of cars were scattered across the streets of Eode. This caused the Ministry of Transportation to rapidly construct a new subway line, the aim was originally not to improve general transportation in Eode, but to cause a downfall in density in public spaces so that police forces could more efficiently. The E-Line was opened in 1980, with a fall in crimes committed the same year.

In 1996 the O-Line was constructed and opened to the public in 1998, due to increased overcrowding on the Circle-Line, since many daily commuters using the Circle-Line came from Konstantin, Gaius, and Octavio. This resolved many problems related to wear, such as overfilled trashcans, rodents, sanitation problems, and safety concerns. However, many daily commuters using the G-Line accuse the O-Line of overloading the G-Line.

In 2004 the Ministry of Transportation announced a new line to be built connecting the R-Line to the Circle-Line, to increase capacity and to make it easier for commuters traveling with the R or Circle Line. In late 2004, it was announced that the new line would also connect to the C-Line, enabling for even easier transport. The M-Line started construction in early 2005 but was delayed significantly by the Tropical Storm Delta. In late April of 2006, the M-Line was opened to the public.

Today the Liberta Metro is operating 41 stations and 56.9 kilometers of track. With 2 million daily commuters.

Transportation[edit | edit source]

Fierre's F1 revealed in 1956. It was originally sold for $2000 EQD.

Transportation in Liberta is managed by the Ministry of Transportation. The most common form of transportation in Liberta is bicycling.

Pedestrian streets are common in Liberta and take up around 85% of all streets in Liberta. Civilian ownership of a car is illegal, as only government officials are allowed to own one. The reasoning behind this ban is that the Ministry of Transportation claimed that “not only are motor vehicles loud and dangerous they are also a great potential threat to the city’s foundation because of the weight of the vehicles”. Emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars do exist, but drive in their own designated “fast lanes”. Though civilian car ownership is illegal, there are several long routes stretching on the defense-walls, these are mostly used by farmers to transport their goods, therefore car ownership is not illegal for farmers on these roads.

Ford Urban.
The First Ever Photography taken of the Liberta Metro. This image was taken on the opening in 1968.

E-cars

E-cars where the governments answer to the public outcry over slow mobility around the city. E-cars are electric one/two/four seated microcars with a motor capacity under 50kW. First introduced in 1956 and pitched by Jerry Ross in 1955. The first-ever produced E-car was the Fierre 1. The Fierre 1 was released in 1956. The Ministry of Surroundings complained that the loud heat engines would cause unimaginable stress levels. Because of this, the Ministry of Transportation required E-cars to be electric. The E-cars were not produced by the government, but by private-owned companies, such as Fierre. The Fierre 1 is often called the father of all E-cars in Liberta. On the launching day of May 1st, 1956, the Fierre sold over 13 thousand F1’s. An F1 was priced at $2000 EQD, a relatively cheap price. The F1 was an immediate success, but it wasn’t until 1967 that a competitor arose to the scene. Today there are over 20 different brands selling E-cars and they are now common to see on the streets of Liberta. American Ford also made an E-car specifically for Libertan customers, which was the Ford Urban.

Economy[edit | edit source]

Libertan manufacturing began as early as the country was founded, in the Baptistian Era. The Libertan economy grew from specialized mechanical crafts. During the final years of his life it is said that Cato often pondered how imporvisihed Liberta would be. Rescourses had to be imported since Liberta can't mine any materials of their own. This was a problem for the Libertan economy, it's exports and industry. So Cato came up with an economical system, presented to the Hall of Decision in 54 AD. The system was basic yet worked. Liberta created their own domestic economy. Each civilian was given 1000 Pars. In just 4 years the Libertan domestic economy was stable and fully functioning. Foreign interest was low as Liberta was small and remote. So, exports shifted to utility products, as such the economy grew and Liberta became more sought after by foreigners. Liberta marketed itself as a great vacation destination, and as such tourism became a valuable part of the local economy. As the Apathetic Years began and Universities became common in Liberta, it became an education capital, exchange students arrived in large masses, especially from Morocco and Spain. It was during this time, in 811, that the Libertan Moroccoan Friendship Mosque was built, to symbolize diplomatic friendship between the two nations.

Front side of the 10 Equal Dollar.

For much of the dark ages the Libertan government made heavy efforts to brand exports as high quality, creating an artifical image of Libertan goods as "premium". This established "made in Liberta" as a sign of luxury and expense.


Liberta has a stable and high-tech economy and enjoys great wealth per capita. Liberta is home to many large corporations including GERC (Steel and Robotics), Amnac (Pharmaceutical industry), Hayden Reid (Shipbuilding), Fierre (Vehicle Manufacturer), Johnson Floyd (Aerospace manufacturer), and Speedster, Inc.(Container Carrier). Liberta also has one of the most powerful economies in the world, and 5 of the best one hundred universities in the world. But by far, the most important sector of the economy is the manufacturing of steel, marine biological instruments, pharmaceutical products, biotechnology and chemicals of different sorts. Taxation is one of the highest in the world at 30 percent, and due to the Liber-Interest Act of 233, Libertan companies must stay Libertan, preventing corporations to migrate to another country. This has lead to large taxation profits for the Libertan Government, increasing welfare exponentially, this phenomenon has become known as the "Well off boom", which began in the 1940's with the manufacturing of supplies for the allies in World War 2.

Education[edit | edit source]

Grading scheme
as of 2012
Grade Amount of
points
Comment
1100-1300 Pupil is doing great in school, will move to more advanced education.
900-1099 Pupil is doing very good in school, will move to advanced education.
700-899 Pupil is doing good in school, will advance.
400-699 Pupil is doing fine in school, will advance slightly.
100-400 Pupil isn't advancing in education, will remain on same level of education.
0-100 Assistance to pupil is required, possibly due to psychological challenges.

The education system in Liberta is completely free of charge and obligatory from 5 years of age all the way to University, because of this system Liberta has the highest literacy rate, number present in educational facilities per day on average and graduation of any country. There are 16 universities completely free of charge owned and operated by the government and five universities owned by private institutions. The primary school selection is based on learning capabilities by pupils. Pupils with a faster learning capability receive an education customized for them, while pupils with a slightly slower learning capability receive an education customized for them. This system has been criticised for “separating children with lower skills of learning”, however, this system is widely effective compared to traditional education systems. Each year all students receive the "Grade Test", which features 100 questions from each subject. The test is done during Every English lesson for 2 weeks and determines which customized education the pupil receives. Each question is worth 1 point, which if all questions are answered correctly would accumulate 1300 points. Students above D will advance into new classes customized by the pupils performance on the test, E Students will remain in the same grade for 2 months where they will attend Crash Courses on subjects and do the test again after 8 weeks. This will be repeated until students advance to D or above. Students with an F most likely have psychological challenges and will therefore receive additional assistance, and will be placed in small classes with other students with similar grade scores. The levels of education F pupils receive are very personalized, so that they may advance in their "own speed". Due to this separation of children, all children are to attend social classes which are 15 minute lessons scheduled at the end of each school day, to learn how to behave in public spaces.

All of this is regulated by the Ministry of Education, which receives an annual budget of around 800 million equal dollars per year. Because of this large spending the schools, upper secondary schools, higher education facilities, and universities are well organized, perfected, and ultimately customized.

Today Liberta plays a leading role in the international community as the "capital" of education, accepting roughly 60,000 foreign students. Kolm University, Gaius University, School of Cato, LUIT are all currently Top 20 Universities, contributing to the large international community in Liberta. Because of the concentration of prestigious universities in Liberta, local citizens are generally looked upon to have great outlooks. As all citizens have access to university degree education, Liberta has the highest rate of university graduates per capita in the world.

Culture[edit | edit source]

The Libertan culture originated from the Byzantine period in Greece. The Libertan culture later changed into a mix between Roman and other Mediterranean culture, mainly however Greek. Libertan became a separate distinct culture 19 BC when the Scandinavians, Greeks, Romans, and Spaniards together mixed their traditions with the Greek-alike society. Whilst Greece is widely considered to be the cradle of Western culture and democracy, Liberta is often considered to be a continuation of Byzantine Greek ideas regarding architecture, philosophy, arts, and society.

Philosophy[edit | edit source]

Liberta is most famous for its philosophers and philosophy. As Liberta was reformed by Cato Aquarius into a society centered around philosophy, education, and science. Since the Apathetic years Libertan philosophy blossomed. This cultural phenomenon was caused by the influx of migrants, mainly Greeks. These migrants were cheap to hire and caused the general public to focus their time to studying philosophy. The increasing number of universities started a trend in which the youth became attracted to higher education and with Libertas high human development and good living conditions induced interest in biology, sociology, economics, and philosophy.

The Libertan philosopher Euclio Maecius once proclaimed to the Hall of Decision:

Even as we don't know how we, as human beings, manage to be conscious, how we manage to breathe and shape these bodies of ours, that doesn't mean that we are not doing it. Equally, we don't know how the sky shines the stars, how the waves were created or how the sun came to be. But that doesn't mean to say that the sky isn't shining the stars.

This quote is believed to have laid the foundation for the Astrum Philosophi movement, a movement which laid the foundation of a larger study of the stars and celestial bodies and the eventual creation of the Stella Institution.

Contributing and celebrating to the large number of renowned Libertan philosophers each year the Festi Philosophia festival is held in Plaza Ex Turris, Cato.

Standards[edit | edit source]

The Libertan culture is usually described by its standards, that mostly revolve around the concept of self-sufficiency, that the nation itself should not be in need of any other nation. This is often reflected in politics, such as the denial of joining NATO. Although Liberta is often seen as a large political source of influence in the international community, the concept of self-sufficiency is still a root in Libertan Standards. With a Roman Greek cultural background, the Libertan Culture is heavily influenced by the culture of Roman Greece along with Classical Greece. The other common standards of Libertan culture is that Knowledge equals power, thereof that education equals certain power. The higher education you have the better jobs you equip, just like in most other cultures. However, a Libertan upper-class child and a Libertan working-class child have about the same chance of entering a good university, because of the Libertan Constitution which grants free university education to the general public. Another common standard is that freedom equals priority. This bears the meaning that freedom should, to the fullest extent, be granted at [almost] any given time. This however is a loose term.

Mothers are also expected to have a half-time job, fathers are expected to help and assist with housework.

Family[edit | edit source]

Libertan culture is not family-centered, it rather applies more strictly to education. However, despite this family values in the Libertan society and culture exist. In a traditional Libertan family the Grandparents have the uppermost respect. Since grandparents have lived the longest, experienced the most things, have had to make the most choices they are generally thought of as being superior in family. The Mother and Father are looked upon as the key parts of the family keeping the family together, while children are expected to get a good education in order to contribute to the family's honor.

Generally, families are expected to have no more than two kids, having more than this number is seen as unorthodox. Many families have no more than two children since fathers often work up to 8 hours a day and mothers 5 hours in addition to housework.

Food[edit | edit source]

Olives together with fat milk have for a very long time been associated with the Libertan cuisine, it was first introduced by Cato Aquarius, who has been said loved taggiasche olives. The traditional food of Liberta usually consists of fish, meat or chicken together with a wheat product or potatoes, and with olives and usually tomatoes and cucumber. The traditional dishes have been heavily influenced by the lack of fertile soil. Therefore, offshore-based ingredients such as fish, shellfish, and other aquatic craniates.

Literature[edit | edit source]

The National Library of Education.

Literary works have been made by several famous Libertan poets such as Cato, Quentin Salvadore, Gaius, Konstantin, and Lucjuzs Octavio. Many great poets wrote books during the Libertan Apathetic years. Works such as “Where we originated from”, “Our beloved freedom”, “Humans and how we control them”, “The understanding of this world” shaped early European poetry and “A story of origin” laid the foundation of the theory of evolution together with Rusell Wallace.

Media[edit | edit source]

Broadcasting television quickly became a standard in Libertan society and was experimented with in Libertan universities, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the world, NNS, originated in Liberta and are still locally operating. Today, there are 5 major newspaper publications in Liberta, The Stoneman, Liberta cotidie, The Physicus, The Daily Poster, Liberta Today.

The media university of Liberta has become the “heart” for indie-film creators to seek an education and many films were shot partially or completely in Liberta, for example, the movie “The people of the ocean: a 1961 story” was entirely filmed in Liberta, since it was about Libertans as a people. Another famous example is "Her name was Love".

Anthem[edit | edit source]

The National Anthem of Liberta, People of the Sea was adopted in 1819. People of the Sea was composed by Ludwig Heirtcz in 1801 but was officially adapted in 1819 by the Libertan Government. From 100 CE until 1819 the anthem Liberty in Our Name was used. Liberty in our name was not officially recognized however, but was commonly agreed to be the anthem representing the country.

Liberty in our name[edit | edit source]

Oh Liberta (x3)
United we stand together
Under flag we must confess
Fighting for gold and magenta
Standing with Liberty behind
Forced away from brutality
United we stand together

People of the Sea[edit | edit source]

Standing proud until death
We stand alone forever until demise
For it is with mighty union we stand with Liberty (O' Liberty!)
For it is with mighty union we stand with our Peers (Our Peers!)
Never let go of the sight of freedom and liberty
For it is with mighty union we stand with pride in our blessed hearts (Blessed!)

Health[edit | edit source]

A Libertan index of human organs.

Libertas current life expectancy is 82.5, second only to Japan. The factors leading to higher life expectancy are all found in Liberta, the Ministry of Health offers free healthcare, including dental care, and check-ups are mandatory every 6 months, and while this is often seen as too frequent it is believed to have significantly risen the life expectancy. Fish, wheat, and generally fatty foods are common ingredients in the Libertan cuisine, often toppled by berries, such as blueberries. This is also believed to have helped increase life expectancy, due to the early introduction to berries and fruits toward children. Health and the body’s fitness has been a common subject of debate in Liberta for hundreds of years, going to back to the 4th century, where body styles where debated. Generally, fitness plays an important role in Libertan society and has for centuries.

What is expected by not only us but the individuals around us, is our bodies. For, it’s rather obvious that the embodiment of our souls is our bodies and the outer, descriptive key for the ones who do not know us.

For they see us only by the shells of our true selves, determined to determine what to expect of us, and before we know it, they believe they know us better than ourselves. It is no use fighting this, standing up, protesting, for why protest when the key is inside yourself?

It is therefore natural to be determined to have a fit, well, and healthy body, capable of humane tasks, the ones that were determined for us, by us, not by ourselves, but by the ones before us. Our bodies determine what we receive, and are expected to behave like. Our bodies determine not what we want to achieve, but what we can achieve. It is therefore obvious to metaphorically reach for the strong body, since you are at the same moment, building a stronger self.

Chapter 2, Humans and how we control them, Euclio Maecius.

The medical and physiological understanding of the human body in Liberta originated from the Roman Empire but would evolve into a separate perception of the human body, its organs, and psychology.

Health and healthcare in Liberta during the classical antiquity and middle ages is considered incredibly advanced for its time. The Libertan government and several universities extensively sought to increase the understanding of the human body, often through surgery. Precision tools were commonly used in surgery and were often boiled before surgery, due to the belief that it made the metal stiffer and easier to cut with. Although an incorrect theory, this unintentionally made surgeries safer, as the boiling water killed bacteria and other harmful infectious agents.

Later, in the 5th century started to use silk gloves boiled in water with soap, as it was believed that touching the subject would spread the disease to the surgeon. These advancements in medical technology made Liberta an obvious choice for royalties in Europe needing medicine or surgery.

Holidays[edit | edit source]

A significant majority of Libertans still celebrate many holidays, often going back one thousand years.

Date Holiday Cause Vacation?
January 1st New Year's Celebration of the New Year Yes
January 22nd Defense Day Homage to the Libertan Military Yes
February 2nd-4th Days of Veterans Homage to Veterans that served the Libertan Military Yes, only for Veterans
February 29th Little League Season Start Celebration to the start of the Little League Baseball Season No
Third week in Mars Spring Week Celebration of the coming of Spring Yes
March 29th End of the Little League Season Celebrating the End of the Little League Baseball Season No
May 4th Start of the National Baseball Championship Celebrating the beginning of the National Baseball Championship Yes
May 23rd Ace's Day Celebration of the founding of Liberta No
May 24th National Day National Day of Liberta Yes
June 8th-August 8th Summer Break Summer Break Yes, children receive 8 weeks of Summer Break, Adults may use their 6 weeks of vacation at Summer Break
September 4th Win in the Battle of Unda Celebrating the Libertan's Army win against the Byzantine Navy during the Battle of Unda in the year 524 No
Last week of December and
first week of January
Christmas Weeks Also called Christmas Break, Jolly Week celebrates families and relatives coming together for the last week of the year Yes
December 31st Passing Celebration of the current year Yes
  1. ^ Excluding protectorates
  2. ^ http://ieaghg.org/docs/General_Docs/Reports/PH3-30%20iron-steel.pdf
  3. ^ Note that this was before the connection to the E-Line in 1996
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