Kingdom of Superior
The Star of the North
Anthem: Abide with Me
Location of Superior in North America
|Largest city||New Hamburg|
|Recognised regional languages||Finnish|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy|
|Isaac Dillon (UC)|
|House of Delegates|
|7,437,910 km2 (2,871,790 sq mi) (7th)|
|6/km2 (15.5/sq mi)|
|$2.56 trillion (12th)|
• Per capita
|$2.13 trillion (8th)|
• Per capita
very high · 3rd
|Time zone||Central Time Zone|
|ISO 3166 code||SU|
Superior is a federal constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. The Monarch serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, while executive power in the country is invested within the President, which acts as the country's head of government. The legislature is divided into two different branches, the upper house which is the High Council, and the House of Delegates. The High Council represents each individual administrative region, known as states, while the House of Delegates represents each legislative district, known as constituencies. The national judiciary is the High Court of Superior. The government was established by the Constitution of Superior, the country's founding document.
Superior has underwent numerous political transformations during its lifetime. Prior to European settlement, the region was inhabited primarily by the indigenous tribes of the Great Plains. These tribes would act as independent city-states, and would conduct trade, war, and diplomacy with each other. During the it's colonial period, Superior was divided between France and Great Britain. However, the territory was largely unoccupied, with small trading outposts making up its total population. France would later cede a majority of its territory after the conclusion of the Seven Years War, however it would be largely returned after the American Revolution. In 1803, the territories of Superior were purchased by the United States as apart of the Louisiana Purchase. The territory of Superior would be divided into the U.S. states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. These states would later side with the Union during the American Civil War. After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, these states would be occupied by a coalition of Sierran and British forces, leading to the creation of the Kingdom of Superior. Superior would officially become independent following the conclusion of the War of Contingency and the Superian Revolution.
In the years following its independence, Superior would experience a large growth in population, with immigrants from Sweden, at the time apart of Skandinavia, and Germany traveling to settle in Superior. During the late 1800s and early to mid 1900s, Superior would experience an economic boom, with farming and mining becoming an important part of country's economy, especially dairy and wheat farming. During Great War I, Superior would side with the Entente Impériale against the Central Powers and the Landonist International, after the latter invaded Superior. Superior would later be occupied by the United Commonwealth and would be subject to a brutal subjugation and occupation. Following the conclusion of Great War II and the start of the Cold War, Superior would side with the Anti-Landonists, becoming a founding member of the Conference of American States. Following the end of the Cold War, Superior would become a one of the main regional powers of Anglo-America.
In the modern era, Superior is one of the main regional powers in both North America and Anglo-America. It has the 12th largest economy in the world, which is the TBD largest in the Conference of American States, and has scored a .942 on the Human Development Index. Superior is a founding and active member of the League of Nations and the Conference of American States, with more than a dozen Superians serving as leaders of the latter organization. Superior is also a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and is an active participant in its proceedings and affairs. Superior is has one the largest concentrations of people with German and Scandinavian decent in North America and has one of the largest Christian populations in the both the world and the North American continent. The capital of Superior is Saint Anthony while its largest city is New Hamburg.
History[edit | edit source]
Pre-colonial history[edit | edit source]
The lands and territories that make up the modern-day Kingdom of Superior are apart of two indigenous cultural regions: the Plains and the Northeast. Many of the tribes located in Superior would adhere to similar cultural practices as others in these regions. Some of the most well-known and recognizable Amerindian tribes in Anglo-America are located in Superior. These include the Lakota, Sioux, and Blackfoot tribes, with each tribe having a important cultural history in Superior. Unlike South and Latin America, where reigon-spanning empires such as the Aztecs and Incas were a common sight, the tribes that lived in the territories of Superior would live in small, and largely isolated, settlements, with many historians referring to their settlements and communities as indigenous city-states. These city-states would conduct diplomacy, trade, and war with each other, but due to the large vastness of wilderness in Superior, contact between Amerindian tribes in the region would be severely limited and restricted.
It has been generally accepted by historians that the first inhabitants of the Americas, and in turn Superior, traveled across the Bering land bridge from Siberia into Alaska, settling in different parts of the Northern and Southern American continents. Migration to the New World would continue up until the end of the First Ice Age and the sinking of the Bering land bridge. These first Americans, known as Amerindians in the present day, would follow a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle, with tribes continuously travelling across the continent in search of food. The advancement and development of new agricultural practices and techniques in the Americas, sometimes referred to as the Pre-Colonial Agricultural Revolution, would see the end of the hunter-gatherer way of life, with many tribes opting to embrace the agricultural lifestyle and create stationary settlements rather than continuously travel across the continent. Despite this, many Amerindian tribes, especially in Superior, would continue to retain a semi-nomadic lifestyle, largely hunting and settling in the Great Plains and other regions of the country.
The exact number of Amerindians living in the North American contienent prior to European discovery is largely unknown. General predictions and estimates created by historians and other educational figures experienced in pre-colonial society put around 40-65 million Amerindian tribes alive and living in North America when Christopher Columbus and the Spanish first set foot in the New World. Columbus's discovery of the New World would intestate a colonial fever within Europe, with thousands of Europeans flocking to the New World in search riches and glory. As Europeans began colonizing the New World, the Amerindian population would begin to rapidly shrink. This is attributed to the pre-colonial Amerindians exposure to European and Old World viruses, which their small and weak immune systems were not prepared to fight. Over 90% of the Amerindian population would perish between initial European contact in 1492 to the creation of some of Europe's first colonies in the early 1500s. The mass lose of life in the Amerindian community has been described as a genocide by many modern historians. Along with that, there has been a hotly contested debate one whether the exposure of Old World viruses to Amerindian communities was intentional or accidental.
Colonial rule[edit | edit source]
Due to it's distance from any shoreline, European discovery and eventual colonization would not occur until the late 1600s. The first Europeans to discover Superior and its future territories was French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet, who travelled and explored the Mississippi River and most of Eastern Superior. In 1683, almost all of Superior would be included in the formation of New France, which was a collection of France's colonial possessions in the New World. It was also considered one of the largest colonial territories at the time, being second only to New Spain, which occupied large portions of both Northern and Southern American continents. Unlike other colonies, Superior and the rest of the northern portion of New France, would largely remain uncolonized. Instead, French trappers, hunters, and traders would establish a number of trading outposts in Eastern Superior, largely in modern day Minneapolis, Iowa, New Anjou, and Lansing. Relations between the French explorers and the native Amerindians would largely be positive, with French traders and hunters relying on Amerindians for assistance in navigating and surviving the largely unexplored wilderness, while France would largely respect Amerindian territory and borders. This relationship would carry over in other parts of New France.
In 1763, New France would be divided by Great Britain and Spain following the former's victory in the French and Indian War. Western Superior would be placed under the control of Spain and would become apart of the Governorate of Louisiana, while Eastern Superior, more specifically the coastline along Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, would be incorporated into British North America and would form the majority of the territory that would eventually be referred to as the Northwest Territory. Due to its distance from the closest Spanish-controlled settlement (which at the time was St. Louis), western Superior would continue to remain un-colonized, with the trading posts and stations established by the French continuing to operate normally. Governance over Spanish Louisiana would be virtually non-existent because of it's large size, which is commonly seen as the main factor for the lack of a centralized effort to colonize western Superior. Policies regarding Amerindians would largely remain the same, probably due to western Superior being not fully settled. However, Amerindians in other Spanish colonies would suffer oppressive and discriminatory social policies. Unlike western Superior, eastern Superior would seen some settlement under the British, with numerous small, and historically unimportant, settlements being in southern Lansing. Like the French, the British prioritized trade in the region rather than full-blown settlement, operating trading posts.
In 1783, the British would cede eastern Superior to the newly-independent United States following the nation's victory in the American Revoluntionary War. Eastern Superior would be incorporated into the American version of the Northwest Territories in 1787 following the passing of the Northwest Ordinance. The territories would be colloquially referred to as the Ohio Territory. A push to settle the largely-uninhabited territories would begin shortly after their creation. This drive for colonization would eventually be the central foundations for the Manifest Destiny ideology. Western Superior would remain under Spanish control until 1801, when the entirety of Spanish Louisiana would be given back to France, who at the time was under the control of Napoleon Bonaparte, who wished to restore France's position as a dominant world power. In 1803, at the start of the Napoleonic Wars, west Superior, as apart of Louisiana, would be sold to the United States and be incorporated into the Louisiana Territory.
Under the United States[edit | edit source]
After the acquisition of the Louisiana Territory, both eastern and western Superior would be united under the banner of the rapidly-expanding United States. In the decades following the Louisiana Purchase, the population of Superior, especially eastern Superior, would steadily increase as American settlers began moving westward to colonize and populate the new Midwestern territories. Reasons for settlement would vary but would largely be centered around economic growth and an general living improvement. Many of the settlers that would arrive in Superior would be from a rural or poorer background, and would travel long distances to the Superian territories in search of a greater wealth and fortune, something that many could not achieve back home. Farming and Lumbering would dominate the economy of pre-independence Superior and have a major influence of its history. The fertile lands of southern Superior, more specifically modern day Iowa, New Anjou, and Lansing, would attract many farmers from the east while the lush forests of northern and southern Superior, more specifically Arrowhead and Dakota, would attract many lumberjacks to the area. Some of the first agriculture-based and lumbering-based corporations in Anglo-America would be founded in Superior. By the 1830s. over 54,000 settlers lived in Superior.
The economic opportunities of the Superian territories also attracted the many migrants arriving in the United States at the time, particularly German immigrants. Since the establishment of the British Thirteen Colonies, Germans have had a significant, albeit less historically important, presence in the Americas, settling mainly in the colonies of Pennsylvania and New Jeresy. During the waning years of the Revolutions of 1848, many Germans would migrate to the United States in search of religious and political freedom, something that largely did not exist in the pre-united Germany at the time. Like other migrants at the time, Germans would be subject to discriminatory laws and practices as a wave of xenophobia and anti-immigration swept the United States during the mid to late 1840s. Because of this, many immigrants would be unofficially forced out west, as the unpopulated nature of the western territories would prevent further discrimination from occurring. Superior would be a prime target for German migrants largely due to its farmable lands and its climate, which was akin to the climate seen in northern Europe and Germany. The increase in German migration would greatly help increase the population of the Superian territories, reaching over 100,000 before 1855. Along with German migrants, Swedish migrants would also settle in Superior, especially in the northern regions, where the lumbering industry was growing. Superior would also see a surprising rise of French settlers, mainly from neighboring Missouri.
After being acquired through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Superior would be divided up into multiple U.S territories. A large portion of Eastern Superior would become apart of the Michigan Territory, which was created out of the remnants of the Northwest Territory. Western Superior would remain under the Unorganized Territory, largely due to its lack of a permanent population. Eastern Superior would be divided into the Iowa and Wisconsin territories following the addition of Michigan as the 26th state in 1837. Iowa, which would encompass the present-day states of New Anjou and Iowa, would become the first of the Superian territories to become a U.S State, being admitted as such on December 28th, 1846. Although considered the first Superian territory to become a state, the actual first Superian "claimed" territory to become apart of the United States was Michigan, though after its annexation following Great War I, Iowa has assumed that mantle. The states of Wisconsin, which encompassed the modern-day states of New Hanover and Lansing, and Minnesota, which encompasses the modern-day states of Arrowhead, Minneapolis, and Rochester, would follow Iowa into being admitted into the United States as the 30th and 32nd states respectfully, being admitted in 1848 and 1858. Western Superior would remain under the control of the territories of Montana, Dakota, and Wyoming, never becoming states while under the United States.
Following the conclusion of American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and his entire cabinet would be assassinated in a coordinated attack by John Wilkes Booth, a former actor, and a group of other Southern sympathizers who were angry over the results of the war. The death of Lincoln and his cabinet would cause a major crisis in the United States, with the nation entering a state of political turmoil and social unrest. This would lead to Union General and Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant being invited by Northern congressmen to form a military-led caretaker government, with Grant replacing former Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax as Interim President of the United States. As Interim President, Grant would establish a quasi-dictatorship, greatly expanding the powers of the presidency and circumnavigating the other branches of government. After the Confederate Uprising, Grant's popularity in the Northern States, which included most of Eastern Superior, would greatly diminish, with calls for his removal or secession becoming prevalent in Northern politics. In response to this, Grant would begin to replace democratically-elected officials with military or loyalist political leaders, a tactic he employed in the federally-controlled Southern United States. The states and territories that would eventually form Superior would be placed under the control of Union General and war hero William Tecumseh Sherman. Sherman's appointment to the very distant territories would be a unofficial exile from Washington by Grant, as the two former allies had a falling out over Grant's leadership. Despite his strongman and no nonsense personality, Sherman would be extremely lenient while governing Superior, allowing the establishment of a ceremonial civilian government, led by future 1st President of Superior Stephen Miller. In 1866, Grant would forcibly disbanded the Democratic Party and would arrest and detain both Democratic and Republican legislators who were critical of him, ending any opposition to him in Congress and establishing a de facto one party rule under the Republican Party that were still loyal to him (commonly referred to as Loyalist Republicans by contemporary historians). In response to Grant's coup, leaders of numerous Northern and Southern states would declare independence from the Union, citing it's damage under Grant's leadership. Sherman would initially be opposed to outright secession, but would eventually cave into the demands of the Superian people, ordering the establishment of a provisional government in Saint Anthony and the drafting of a declaration of independence. On April 1st, 1866, the Unilateral Declaration of Independence of Superior would be passed by the provisional legislature and signed by both Sherman and the leaders of the provisional government, making Superian independence a realty.
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Superior is a federal constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, following a hybrid between the Westminister system and the former United States's federal system. The Superian government is composed of three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial, with the latter of the three performing a series of checks and balances on the other two. The founding document of the Superian federal government is the Constitution of Superior, which was drafted and implemented in 1869 following Superior's independence from the United Commonwealth, the successor state of the United States. Since Superior is a parliamentary nation, the executive and legislative branches are very much connected, with the head of government, known as the President of Superior, and their Cabinet being chosen from the legislative branch. Administrative divisions, known as federal states, follow as similar system to the federal government, however in a majority of states, the executive branch is mostly separate from the legislative branch.
Executive branch[edit | edit source]
Monarchy[edit | edit source]
The Monarch of Superior is the head of state of the Kingdom of Superior. As a constitutional monarchy, the Monarch of Superior holds little to no executive power, with the role being viewed as largely ceremonial in the modern era. Instead, executive powers and responsibilities of government are entrusted to the President of Superior and their government. However, the Monarch retains a number of special powers, detailed by the Constitution, known as royal prerogatives. Royal prerogatives are usually carried out with the advise or at the behest of the President and their government. Other than the right of royal assent and the issuance of pardons, edicts, and letters patent, the use of royal prerogatives are extremely rare and are discouraged if used without the advice of the President.
The monarch of Superior is the official appointer of the President of Superior, historically selecting the leader of the largest political party or coalition within the House of Delegates following a federal election, although in theory, the Monarch may appoint whomever they wish to the position. The monarch is the Commander-in-Chief of the Superian Armed Forces and as such is head of each of the four branches of the Superian military. All members of the military are required to swear allegiance to the monarch, who is viewed as the embodiment of Superior. The monarch is also the head of the Superian Union of Churches, a non-government, non-profit, organization of Lutheran churches.
The monarchy is hereditary and follows absolute primogeniture. The eldest child, regardless of gender, will inherit the throne on the passing or abdication of the Monarch. From 1869 to 1937, succession followed salic law, which barred any female, regardless of status within the monarchy, from inheriting the throne, and from 1937 to 2016 succession followed male-preference primogeniture, which prioritized male members of the monarchy over female members in the line of succession. Among the royal prerogatives granted to the monarch is the right to grant titles of nobility, however since 2000, new titles of nobility have exclusively been granted to members of the Superian royal family. The current reigning monarch of Superior is William II, who assume the throne following the abdication of his father, Christian, in 2015. He is a member of the House of Welfburg, a cadet branch of the Sierran House of Columbia and the German House of Hanover. As the House of Welfburg views itself as the successors to the Hanovers, William II is also viewed as the pretender to the throne of Hanover, though does not actively pursue the title.
Presidency[edit | edit source]
The President of Superior is the head of government of the Kingdom of Superior. The president is officially known as the President of the Executive Cabinet of Superior, as they nominate and head the cabinet of ministers responsible for the proper functioning of government. Due to this, the president is the highest-ranking minister of state within the Kingdom of Superior and its government, being the prime minister of the monarch and the representative of the people to the monarch.
Although the monarch is the head of state, the executive powers and responsibilities of government are entrusted to the president, unofficially making the president the de facto head of state and the most powerful position in the Kingdom of Superior. As a parlimentary democracy infused with Anglo-American federalism, the president is selected from members of the House of Delegates, simultaneously serving as a member of the legislature and a head of government. Presidents are selected from the House of Delegates because the lower house is viewed as more representative than the High Council. The president is historically selected following the conclusion of a federal election. Historically, the leader of the largest political party and/or coalition is appointed to the position of the president, as they wield confidence over the House of Delegates, and presumably the High Council. The president serves at the pleasure of the monarch, though typically serves a term of four years before the next federal election.
The president is the head of the Cabinet of Superior, a council of ministers that are tasked with carrying out specific functions of the federal government. As the head, the president can nominate members to the cabinet, who are then approved by the High Council and appointed by the monarch. The president is also a member of the Royal Council, the monarch's non-executive advisory body, and several government councils dedicated to certain areas of national defense and security. The current president of Superior is Isaac Dillon of the United Conservative Party. He assumed office in 2022, following a historic electoral victory and succeeded Liberal Democrat Jennifer Granholm.
Legislative branch[edit | edit source]
The Superian Parliament is the legislature of the Kingdom of Superior. It was founded in 1869 after the implementation of the Constitution of Superior and is composed of two legislative houses, the High Council of Superior and the House of Delegates of Superior. The chambers of Parliament were founded immediately after the implementation of the Constitution. Before the implementation of the Constitution, the Emergency Council of the Superian Provisional Government acted as the nation's legislature from 1867 to 1869.
The High Council of Superior is the upper house of the Superian Parliament. The High Council is composed of representatives from each federal state and are referred to as High Councilors. Each federal state is entitled to three High Councilors, with that number unable to increase or decrease. High Councilors serve a term of six years, which is not interrupted by elections in the House of Delegates. High Councilors are not subject to term limits. The High Council is entrusted with reviewing and approving of legislation passed in the House of Delegates. The High Council is also in charge of conducting ethics investigations into the President and their cabinet, which could determine their impeachment. The High Council is considered the most prestigious out of the two houses, due to its seniority and representation of each individual state.
The House of Delegates of Superior is the lower house of the Superian Parliament. The House of Delegates is composed of representatives from each individual constituencies and are referred to as House Delegates or simply Delegates. Unlike the High Council, the number of delegates from each state varies based on population. The largest delegation of delegates is from Minneapolis at TBD, while the smallest delegation is tied between Wyoming with the state having two delegates. House Delegates serve their term until the dissolution of Parliament, usually before an election. This is usually four years. There are no term limits for House Delegates. The House of Delegates is in charged with the passage of federal legislature, known as bills, and the creation of an annual budget. The President and their Cabinet are responsible to the House of Delegates, with the President being selected from the House of Delegates. Because of these reasons, the House of Delegates is considered the most important of the two houses.
Judicial branch[edit | edit source]
The High Court of Superior is the highest court in the federal judiciary of the Kingdom of Superior. The High Court has ultimate jurisdiction over all federal court, and state court, cases that involve a point of federal law. Similar to the Supreme Court of the Kingdom of Sierra, the High Court has the ability to perform judicial review, which gives the court the right to strike down laws, provisions, and legislation that are found to be in violation of the Constitution of Superior. The High Court may also strike down presidential executive orders and royal edicts for the same reasons.
The High Court is composed of seven members: six associate judges and one presiding judge. Members of the High Court are nominated by the president, confirmed by the High Council, and appointed by the monarch. Each associate judge serves a lifetime tenure and, in order to maintain the non-partisan nature of the court, are barred from serving from a political office or be involved with a political entity (such as a party or organization) during their tenure. The leader of the High Court is the presiding judge, who is nominated by their peers and appointed by the monarch. Historically, the presiding judge was nominated by the president, however following the passage of the Branch Independence Act, the presiding judge has been nominated by their peers in order to promote separation of powers.
Associate judges are barred from political association, serve lifetime tenures, and are appointed rather than elected in order to avoid politicization. This system was lifted from the former Supreme Court of the United States, where its framers feared that the potential for political repercussions for certain rulings would result in the improper ruling of important cases and a violation of the separation of powers. Despite this, many of the decisions made by the High Court have had major political repercussion throughout the nation's history.
Political divisions[edit | edit source]
The Kingdom of Superior is a federation of sub-nation entities, known as states. Each state is entitled to a separate constitution, government, and laws, though are subservient to the federal government. States are entitled to federal representation to both houses of Parliament. While representation among the states is equal in the High Council, in representation to the House of Delegates is based on population. For example, Lansing and Wyoming are entitled to three representatives to the High Council, but Lansing is entitle to thirty-seven representatives to the House of Delegates, due to having the largest population, while Wyoming is entitled to three representatives, due to having the smallest population. Regardless of population, every state will have a minimum of three delegates at all times.
Prior to statehood, a state operates as a territory. When compared to states, territories have considerably less independent political power and are granted little representation in Parliament. Unlike states, territories are not entitled to representation in the House of Delegates, and are only granted one representative to the High Council. In order to be admitted as a state, a territory must first organize and hold a referendum on statehood and if success may petition Parliament for statehood. A territory then is admitted as a state if both houses of parliament approve of statehood through an act of parliament.
The role and powers of states is defined in the Constitution of Superior through Article IV and V. Article IV describes the definition of administrative divisions in Superior, the structures of both the governments of states and territories, and the entitled representation of states and territories in Parliament. Article V describes the powers and functions of both territorial and state governments, and highlights the supremacy of federal law over both state and territorial law.
States[edit | edit source]
Foreign relations[edit | edit source]New Hamburg. Embassy Row houses the largest number of foreign embassies in Superior.]]
Superior is a founding member of the League of Nations and has served on the League of Nations Security Council a number of times as a rotary member. Superior is also a founding member of the Northern Treaty Organization, World Trade Organization, and is a member of the Organization of American States. Superior is a founding member of the Conference of American States, and as its fourth largest member, Superior holds considerable influence in the proceedings of the American Parliament. Superior is also a founding member of the Lincoln Area, with the organization being named after Lincoln, Nebraska.
Superior has had a special relationship with the Kingdom of Sierra, with the two nations sharing a long history of positive and beneficial relations, shared cultural, societal, and governmental bonds, and strong economic ties. As one of the first nations to recognize Superior, the Kingdom of Sierra provided help in the building of the modern-day Kingdom of Superior, influencing the nation's government and political structures. Along with that, both nations have supported each other during times of conflict. During the Sierran Civil War, New Mexico Crisis, and Deseret War, Superior provided both military and diplomatic support for Sierra, while during Great War I, the Kingdom of Sierra was influential in the liberation of Superior during the Spring Offensive, and supported the nation during internal struggles of its own. As two of three North American-based monarchies, the monarchies of Superior and Sierra share strong ties, with the Superian royal family and Sierran royal family being distantly related to each other via Christian of Sierra and Queen Maylene. Superior also holds very positive relations with Astoria, Manitoba, and Brazoria, the former two being Superior's largest trading partners. Superior also has good relations with other members of the CAS, including Alaska, Brazil, Argentina, and Central America.
Superior has had historically tense and negative relations with the United Commonwealth. As a breakaway state during the War of Contingency, the United Commonwealth would refuse to recognize the sovereignty of Superior following its independence, leading to a number of border conflicts between the two nations during the remaining years of the 19th century. Although the United Commonwealth would finally recognize Superior as a nation in 1901, the two would maintain tense relations up until the Continental Revolutionary War, in which Superior would support the Federalist-government against the Continentalist rebels after being invaded by the latter in the Jani Rebellion. Following the conclusion of the war, Superior would refuse to recognize the Continentalist government as the legitimate rulers of the United Commonwealth until 1929. Relations between the two nations would reach its lowest point in 1932, the United Commonwealth would invade Superior as apart of a greater operation to takeover the North American continent. The Continental invasion of Superior would kickstart Great War I. During the war's duration, the United Commonwealth would recognize the Superian Continental Republic, a puppet-state of the UC, as the legitimate Superian government. During the latter months of the war, Superior would be liberated from Continental control and would remain independent following the war's conclusion, despite some territorial changes. Due to Continental aggression and atrocities committed during the war, relations between Superior and the United Commonwealth would be virtually non-existent during the Cold War, with disputes between the two nations being mediated by Sierra. At the end of the Cold War, relations between the two nations would slowly begin to improve and in 2017 a historic peace summit would see the opening of embassies in both nations. However, reconciliation remains highly controversial in both nations.
Superior also holds negative relations with other Continental-align nations, such as Quebec and the Maritimes, and Continental allies such as the Andes and Mexico. Unlike similar nations, Superior holds largely neutral relations with its southern neighbor, Tournesol, with both nations having some economic connections. Because of its hostile relationship with the United Commonwealth, Superior has maintained positive relations with the Antilles, where the remnants of the pre-Continentalist government still claim authority over the American Mainland. However, Superior has yet to recognize the Antilles as a sovereign nation, though proposals to do so have been seen throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Military[edit | edit source]
The Superian Armed Forces are the armed forces of the Kingdom of Superior. The Armed Forces is divided into three branches: the Superian Royal Army, the Superian Royal Navy, and the Superian Royal Air Force. The Superian Territorial Army and the Royal Guard of Superior, sections of the Army, and the Superian Royal Marines, a section of the Navy, are also considered apart of the Armed Forces. The Army and Navy were founded together in 1867 during the Superian Revolution, a sub-conflict of the War of Contingency, and predate the government of the modern-day Kingdom of Superior. The Air Force was founded in 1940, shortly following the conclusion of Great War I. Before 1940, aerial operations were handled by the Army under the Flying Corps. The head of the Armed Forces is the Supreme Commander of the Superian Armed Forces, who is in turn the monarch of Superior. The senior command of the Armed Forces is the Strategic Command, which is led by a chief of command.
In Superior, military service is voluntary, with forced mandatory service being outlawed in 1974 in wake to opposition to the Colombia War. Citizens are eligible to join the Armed Forces at age 18. Retirement for active, non-officer, personnel is 65, while the maximum enlistment age is 39. Superians aged 14 to 18 who eventually plan to join the Armed Forces are able to become members of the Junior Armed Forces Corps of Superior, which helps teenagers prepare physically and mentally for service. During Great War I, service in the Armed Forces was mandatory for all males aged 18 to 65. This mandatory service system would again be deployed during a number of early conflicts during the Cold War, most notably the Colombia War. Public backlash and opposition to the war would led to the mandatory draft system being outlawed in 1974, though would be partially be re-legalized for extreme cases in 1999. The Armed Forces employs a professional force of TBD active personnel and TBD reserve personnel. In 2021, Superior's military expenditure was $TBD billion, around TBD of the nation's GDP.
The Superian Armed Forces were established in 1869 following the independence of Superior from the United Commonwealth, though both branches that made up the Armed Forces predated its establishment. During the remaining portion of the 19th century, the Navy would be tasked with protecting Superian vessels and trading interests from American aggression in the Great Lakes, while the Army defended the nation from border conflicts with the Americans. In what has been described as a highly controversial move, the Army would also continue to assist westward expansion, coming into conflict with First Nation tribes. During the Continental Revolutionary War, the Army would defend against Continentalist incurison into Superior led by revolutionary Leo Jani, and following the incursions defeat, would lead an expeditionary force into the United Commonwealth to unsuccessfully support the Federalist-controlled government. During the years leading up to Great War I, the Armed Forces would be engaged in a campaign against Continental and Landonist sympathizers and insurgents.
During Great War I, the Armed Forces would be pushed back by the Continental Armed Forces, leading to a majority of Superior falling into the hands of the United Commonwealth. However, during the last remaining years of the war, the Armed Forces, assisted by anti-Continental resistance forces and the Sierran Crown Armed Forces, would push Continental forces out of Superior, liberating the nation from Continental control. During the Cold War, the Armed Forces would participate in Sierran-led interventions into Landonist-prone nations. However, following the backlash of Superian involvement in the Colombia War, the Superian Armed Forces were regulated to defending Superian territory. Following the 9/11 attacks, the Armed Forces would join the global effort against terrorism, participating in the 2003 Invasion of Syria. Since 2003, the Armed Forces has participated in a number of peacekeeping missions in the Middle East and Africa.
Economy[edit | edit source]
Superior is a highly developed economy with a partially mixed economy. Superior maintains the twelfth largest economy in the world, having a total GDP of $2.56 trillion. Among member states of the Conference of American States and the Lincoln Area, the nation has the second largest economy, following the Kingdom of Sierra. The Superian economy ranks high globally on economic freedom and has historically experienced low levels of income disparity. Although the Superian economy is extremely diverse, it is best known for its prominent natural resource and agriculture industries. As of 2022, Superior is the fourth-largest exporter of natural resources such as oil and coal and is one of the largest exporters of dairy products.
The earliest industries in Superior primarily revolved around agriculture and trade. During colonial times, Superior was a primary location of the fur trade between French settlers and Native Americans, with its forested wilderness being home to a number of then considered exotic animals. As Superior became more colonized, the region's economy would primarily center around agriculture. German immigrants revolutionized farming in Superior, and dairy products, such as milk and cheese, becoming primary exports. The Superian economy continued to center around agriculture well into nationhood, but would gradually be overtaken as Superior involved itself in the Industrial Revolution. By the start of the twentith century, the Superian economy had been diversified to include mining and manufacturing sectors. Following Great War I, the economy of Superior was left in shambles, ruined by prolonged Continental occupation.
Through the policies of President Floyd B. Olsen and his Farmer Labor-led national unity government, the Superian economy was revitalized following Great War I and grew to become the third-largest economy in Anglo-America, following the Kingdom of Sierra and the United Commonwealth, and the second-largest economy within the Conference of American States, positions which it still holds in contemporary times. Amid economic decline in the 1990s, the economy of Superior underwent intense diversification through government intervention, seeing a shift away from reliance on the natural resources and agricultural industries and to other economic sectors.
In contemporary times, the Superian economy is extremely diverse. The largest employer within the economy is the natural resources industry, which employs around TBD% of Superian population. Along with that, Superior maintains large manufacturing and agricultural sectors, while also overseeing growing financial and technology industries. A number of Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Superior, including Dynasty Group, Target Corporation, Harley-Davidson, New Hamburg Brewing Company, and Great Lakes Investments. Superior is also the site of the largest shopping mall in Anglo-America, the Mall of the Heartlands, which was constructed in the late 1980s and is the ninth largest shopping mall in the world.
Income, poverty, and wealth[edit | edit source]
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Demographics[edit | edit source]
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At independence, Superior had a population of three million, primarily consisting of German immigrants. During the remaining half of the 19th century, Superior would emerge as the primary destination for German immigration, as the German-dominated culture and the democratic institutions attract those who were wary of the authoritarian German Empire. By 1900, Superior had a population of around 18 million. During the Continental Revolutionary War and the Crimson Spring of the 1920s, Superior would become a safe haven for refugees opposed to the spread of Landonism in their home countries. The influx of refugees and the "baby boom" of the 1950s and 1960s would see the Superian population expand greatly, with Superior having a total population of around 30 million in 2000.
According to the 2019 Royal Census, the Kingdom of Superior has a total population of 48 million, with an expected population of over 55 million by 2029. A total of 78.9% of Superians (TBD million) identify as White Superians, with an additional 76.3% identifying as non-Hispanic Whites. Superior has one of the largest Native American populations in North America, with a total of 13% of Superians (TBD million) identifying as First Nation Superians. The third largest racial group in Superior are African Superians, who make up total of 6.1%, or TBD million, of the population. A total of 3.7% of Superian identified as other races, the largest of which was Indian Superians. Superior has historically had high immigration rates, owning its status as a "safe haven" for refugees during the Crimson Spring and Great War II and increased economic opportunities following the end of the Cold War. Since 2015, Superior has seen an increase of immigration from India, Ethiopia, Syria, China, and Brazil.
Superior's population density, at 6.00 inhabitant per squared kilometer (15.5/sq mi), is among the lowest in the world. Around TBD% of the Superian population lives east of the Mississippi River. The most populated area of Superior is the Great Lakes Corridor, a collection of states located around or near the Great Lakes which has a total population of TBD, while the least populated area of the country is the Rocky Mountain Region, which has a total population of TBD. The largest metropolitian area in Superior is the Greater New Hamburg Metropolitan Area in Lansing, which has a total of 5 million, while the smallest metropolitian area is the Helena Area in Helena, with a total population of 700,000.
According to 2019 Royal Census, the 70.1% of Superians (TBD million) live in family households, 25.3% (TBD million) live alone, while 4.6% (TBD million) live with unrelated people. A total of 30.1% of young adults aged 20 to 24 live with their parents, an increase by 3.3% since 2009. Along with that 62.1% of Superians own their place of residence, and of that percentage a total of 59.9% have an ongoing mortgage, both of which are increases of 2.1% since 2009.
Language[edit | edit source]
Superior is linguistically comprised of three primary languages: English, German, and Lakotan. Along with that, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, and French are minor languages, primarily spoken in certain regions of Superior rather than nationwide. Since 1967, English has been the official language of government, while all of the aforementioned languages, excluding French, were made recognized languages. Superior has long been considered a bilingual country, with most Superians being fluent or somewhat knowledgeable in a language other than their mother tongue. However, since the start of the twenty-first century bilingualism in Superior has gradually declined as more Superians use English as a day-to-day language for its high international usage.
Historically, Superior had been primarily a German-speaking nation, owing to its large German immigrant population at the start of the nation's lifespan. From 1869 to 1900, German was seen as the de facto language of the country, with it being the unofficial language of government and day-to-day business within major cities (particularly Saint Anthony and New Hamburg). Despite this, English was also a dominant language within Superior, and would gradually overtake German as the most-spoken language in the country by the start of Great War I. The rise in the use of English is primarily seen as a result in the settlement of Superior's western territories and states by Anglo-Superians along with the rise of international and regional usage.
English has seen widespread use in Superior, being the majority, or plurality, language in each state. However, Wyoming is viewed as the state with the most English speakers, with 98% of residents being fluent in English. Wyoming is also viewed as the least bilingual state in Superior, with only 1.3% of residents being fluent in a language other than English. German speakers, or speakers whose first language was German, are primarily centered in New Hanover and Dakota. New Brandenburg in New Hanover is considered the German capital of Superior, as it is one of the last major cities where German is a primary language in day to day life. Lakotan speakers are primarily centered in Lakota, where the language is viewed as one of two official languages, and has seen usage in areas across Superior with notable Lakotan communities. Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish speakers are primarily centered in Arrowhead, specifically rural Arrowhead, while French speakers are primarily concentrated in rural New Anjou and Iowa. Arabic, Standard Chinese, and Hindi have seen a rise in usage in contemporary times, a product of increased immigration from Asia, and have seen almost exclusive usage in urban settings.
Religion[edit | edit source]
In Superior, the right to freely worship a religion without the fear of repercussions is protected by the Constitution of Superior. Any attempt to limit religious worship by any form of government within the country, either through direct or indirect means, is strictly prohibited. Alongside that, the establishment of a state religion or the promotion of a certain religion by the state is also prohibited by the constitution. The following data has been gathered by the 2019 Royal Census
Christianity is the most popular religion within Superior, with 76% of Superians identifying with some form of Christianity. Lutheranism is the most widely practiced sect of Christianity. The National Lutheran Church is the largest Christian church and religious organization in Superior, having a annual attendance of TBD people. Largely due to is German background, Lutheranism has played a large role in shaping the culture of Superior with many viewing Lutheranism as apart of the Superian identity. Following Lutheranism, Evangelical Protestantism and Calvinism are also major sects of Christianity within Superior, with the Evangelical Lutheran Church being the second-largest Evangelical church in Anglo-America. Avignon Catholicism and Roman Catholicism have had historically low adherence in Superior, while New Anglicanism and Mormonism, while still retaining very small adherences, have seen a rise in popularity.
Judaism is the second largest religious group in Superior, having a total adherence of 6%. Orthodox Judaism is the most popular form of Judaism in Superior, followed by Reform Judaism. Judaism has had a long history in Superior, as the nation acted as refugee from Anti-Semitism in Europe and neighboring countries. Following Judaism, Amerindian folk religion is the third largest religious group, having a total adherence of 4%. Superior is one of the only countries in North America that has maintained a solid Amerindian folk religion community, owing to the nation's large Native American population. However, Amerindian folk religions are almost exclusively practiced in Dakota and Lakota, as no other state maintains an active folk religion community. Islam, including both Shia and Sunni, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikism adherents make up 2% of the population. The adherences to these religions is considered a contemporary product, with adherence being mutually exclusive to the 2015 immigration boom from Asia and the Middle East.
Superior has historically had a small irreligious community, largely due to the strong influence religion has had throughout the nation's history and the role its played in Superian daily life. Irreligion, or the choice not to specifically practice religion, has only recently become more accepted in Superian society, which has had a history of ostracizing or shaming irreligious people in the past. However, irreligion is still controversially considered a taboo subject in some areas, especially politics, where 70% of Superians say they would not trust an irreligious government official. Around 12% of the Superian population identify as irreligious, one of the smallest percentages in the modern western world. Like other Anglo-American nations, the percentage of Superians adhering to religion has gradually increased, rather than decreasing as seen in Europe.
Education[edit | edit source]
Public education in Superior is managed by the Department of Education, though local and state governments have a considerable amount of control over the education of their area. In most states, children are required to attend school from the ages of five or six (kindergarten) to the ages of 17 to 18 (12th grade). In some states, students are allowed to leave school at ages 16 or 17 if they have completed their state's graduation requirements. Superian students are given the choice of public, private (both secular and religious), and home schooling.
Like other Anglo-American nations, Superian education is made up of three parts: elementary, middle, and high school. Following the completion of high school, Superian students have the option to continue their education at either public or private higher education institutes (colleges and universities) or not. Since the 1990s however, attending university or college has almost been a requirement to advance in the Superian economy, with many jobs requiring some sort of college-level degree. Universal preschool has been guaranteed by the federal government since 1994, though it is not mandatory. The modern day tuition cost, along with steadily rising student debt, has been a point of controversy in Superior, with some calling for a partial nationalization of higher education.
According to the Department of Education, 89.3% of Superians have graduated from high school, with around 79.2% of Superians attended some form of higher education. Of the 79.2% that have attended some form of college or university, around 73.9% of them have graduated. Like most of the modern world, Superior's literacy rate is at 99%. According to ranking issued by the League of Nations, Superior has the TBD best education in the world, following TBD. Around TBD of Superior's GDP is centered around education.
Culture[edit | edit source]
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Holidays and celebrations[edit | edit source]
Internationally, albeit more predominantly in North America, Superior is nicknamed the "Holiday Capital of the World", largely due to its extravagant and well celebrated holidays. Nationally, Superior has 23 federal holidays, with each state having their own separate holidays as well. Holidays are designated as federal holidays by the Superian Parliament and state holidays by state governments. For religious and/or major holidays, such as Christmas and Independence Day, employers and school districts are required by law to grant time off for their employees and students. There are exceptions for employers however, with emergency and essential services allowed to continue operating during holidays. Employers and school districts may choose to grant time off for non-important or non-federally recognized holidays. Holidays that take place in the latter half of the year are much more celebrated than any other holiday, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving, where large parades and celebrations occur. Many of the traditions used to celebrate holidays in Superior were from many different places from Europe, primarily from Germany and Sweden.
Folk culture[edit | edit source]
Despite being a relatively young nation, Superior has a large collection of folk stories, folk songs, and native cryptids. Many of the folk songs originate from early German and Swedish Superians, who molded songs from their native lands into new ones. Many of the folk stories are from Native Superians, who have passed down said stories through generations. Along with that, many of the native cryptids have come from all parts of Superior. One of the most famous cryptids in Superior is the Wendigo a pale cannibalistic creature that hunts humans in the forested areas of the country. Because of the large amounts of cryptids and paranormal creatures reported in Superior, the country has become a hotbed for paranormal investigators. It is unknown if the Wendigo or other Superian cryptids actually exist, however there have been numerous reports of said creatures. There are also a few holiday-folk stories and creatures, such as the story of Krampus, who kidnaps naughty children on Christmas Eve.
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Cuisine[edit | edit source]
Cuisine in Superior is a combination of different foods from the many different ethnic backgrounds in Superior. One of the most prominent dish in Superior is the Hamburger, which is a sandwich consisting of one or two meats, usually beef. The hamburger originated from Germany, and was brought by German immigrants to Superior. The hamburger is one of Superior's most recognizable dish and is also made in other parts of North America, including the United Commonwealth and Sierra. Superior is also known for its Cheese curds and hot-dishes. There are also many Native Superian dishes created by the numerous tribes that live in Superior, however, most of their dishes have not had any international appeal.