Superior

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Kingdom of Superior

Königreich Superior (de)
Kongeriket Superior (no)
Konungariket Superior (sv)
Wókičhuŋze Gichi-Gami (lkt)
ᗳᙟ-ᗴᘌ ᐃᗳᘍᐊᗹ (oj)
Flag of Superior
Flag
Coat of arms of Superior
Coat of arms
Motto: Nordenstern
The Star of the North
Anthem: Abide with Me

Royal anthemHail to the King
Superior in Green
Superior in Green
Capital Saint Anthony
Largest city New Hamburg
Official languages English
Recognised regional languages

German, Lakota, Swedish, Norwegian

Finnish
Ethnic groups
Anglo-Superians, German-Superians, Skandinavian-Superians, Lakotan
Demonym(s) Superian
Government Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
• King
William II
• President
Jennifer Granholm
Legislature Parliament
High Council
House of Delegates
Area
• Total
2,089,384 km2 (806,716 sq mi) (13th)
Population
• Census
33,134,706
• Density
6/km2 (15.5/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) estimate
• Total
$2.56 trillion (12th)
• Per capita
$75,123 (6th)
GDP (nominal) estimate
• Total
$2.13 trillion (8th)
• Per capita
$62,533 (6th)
HDI 0.942
very high · 3rd
Time zone Central Time Zone

The Kingdom of Superior, more commonly known as Superior, is a multinational monarchy located in North America. It spans from the Great Plains to the Rust Belt. It is the 13th largest country in the world by proven land area, behind Saudi Arabia but before Indonesia having an area of 2,089,384km2. It also the 41st most populous country in the world, being less populated than Afghanistan, but more populated than Saudi Arabia. Superior borders the United Commonwealth to the east, the State of Canada to the north, Tournesol to the south, and Sierra and Astoria to the west.

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 it's 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 secede from the United States, forming the State of Superior. Four months later, the modern-day Superian state was established, with the former King of Hanover George V being chosen as monarch. Superior would officially win it's independence in 1868 after the conclusion of the War of Contingency.

In the years following its independence, Superior would experience a large growth in population, with immigrants from Scandinavia and Germany travelling 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 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 world. The capital of Superior is Saint Anthony while it's largest city is New Hamburg.

History[edit]

Pre-Colonial History[edit]

Young Oglala Lakota girl in front of tipi with puppy beside her, probably on or near Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Lakota

It is generally accepted that the first inhabitants of the Americas, and in turn Superior, traveled across the Bering land bridge from Siberia, settling in different areas of North and South America. Over time, the hunter-gather societies would begin to modernize, forming various cultures and tribes in many different locations. In Superior, some of the most well-known tribes are the Sioux, Lakota, Shoshone, and the Blackfoot. The largest of these tribes were the Lakota, who occupied parts of Lakota and Wyoming. However, many of these tribes were semi-nomadic, travelling around the Great Plains and other parts of Superior. These tribes would act as separate and independent city-states, conducting trade, war, and diplomacy with each other and develop advanced farming and agricultural techniques that would later be adopted by settlers as they colonized the New World. Although there were some powerful tribes, including the Lakota and Sioux, no tribe was able to establish a regional empire, mainly due to the distance between tribes and the inability to govern territory so loosely connected.

It is unknown how many Amerindians were living and settled in the territories of Superior, however it is estimated that over a million Amerindians lived in Superior prior to European contact. However, a good majority of Amerindians in Superior and other parts of the Americas were killed from European-born diseases, which Amerindians were exposed to either intentionally or unintentionally. Regardless, scientists and historians consider the mass death of Amerindians due to Europeans as a genocide, making it one of the worst genocides in human history.

Colonial rule[edit]

The first Europeans in the territories of Superior were French voyageur fur traders who arrived in the 17th century and began using the Grand Portage to access trapping and trading areas further inland. Explorers such as Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, Father Louis Hennepin, Jonathan Carver, Henry Schoolcraft, and Joseph Nicollet mapped the future nation. A majority of Superior would be placed under the jurisdiction of French Louisiana, while some parts of western Superior would be under the control of New Spain, Spain's largest colony in the Americas. Unlike other European colonies in the Americas, French Louisiana acted more as a trading colony, with trading outposts being established along the Mississippi River. The primary trading items were fur or pellets, which would be gained through hunting.

After the conclusion of the French and Indian War, Spain would acquire most of French Louisiana, including most of western Superior, while the British would gain everything east of the Mississippi River, including most of eastern Superior. For its time under both the British and Spanish, Superior would remain largely unpopulated. After the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolution, Louisiana, and it turn Superior, would be given back to the French, who would later sell the territory to the fledgling United States in 1803, known as the Louisiana Purchase.

Under the United States[edit]

Decades after the Louisiana Purchase, the territories of the future Superior would see a great changes. From 1803 to 1850, hundreds of many eastern settlers would move west into the newly-purchased territories. The largest population boom would occur around the early 1830s, with many settlers settling in eastern Superior. Eastern Superior would later be divided up into three states, which were administrative regions of the United States, named Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. These states would be known for their rural communities and abundance of farms, with Wisconsin becoming known for its large dairy farms. Western Superior would be united to form the Nebraska Territory, which was one of the largest territories in the United States.

Along with American settlers, many German and Skandinavian migrants also settled in Superian territory, with a large population of Germans and Skandinavians living in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Because of the cheap price of land in these states, European migrants were able to purchase and settle on these lands with little to no cost. Many German and Skandinavian migrants moved to the west because of the increase of xenophobia and hatred towards migrants seen in the eastern United States at the time. Though there was some ethnic conflict during initial settlement, eventually relations between the three main ethnic groups would improve, making Superior one of the best places for migrants in the United States. In 1860, Skandinavian immigrants were the largest group of settlers in Superior.

After the start of the American Civil War, the Superian states and territories would side with the Union against the seceding Confederate States of America. Though no major conflict occurred in Superian lands, there were many minor conflicts between Union soldiers and Confederate-aligned Amerindian tribes in the Dakotas. Superior would also see a rise in population, with many refugees from Illinois and Missouri fleeing from their war-torn homes. The war would end in 1865, resulting in a victory for the Union. However, weeks after the Confederate surrender, U.S President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre, starting the eventual collapse of the United States. Following Lincoln's death, the former Confederate States would attempt to secede again in the Confederate Uprising, again failing. In 1867, Nebraska would be admitted as a state, becoming the last Superian territory to become a state of the United States. After the conclusion of Grant's coup, which saw Union General and war hero Ulysses S. Grant take over the United States government, the territories and states of Superior, along with other parts of the country, would unilaterally declare independence from the United States in 1868, starting the War of Contingency.

Independence[edit]

Sacking of Chicago by Superian forces.

After signing the Unilateral Declaration of Independence of Superior, the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin along with the remaining Nebraska territory, formed the State of Superior, a republican predecessor of the modern-day Superior. Along with the aforementioned states, Michigan would join Superior days after its independence. After it's declaration, the Army of Superior, led by Civil War hero William Tecumseh Sherman, would attempt to begin an offense into the newly-created United Commonwealth, hoping to capture Chicago, but would be crushed at the Battle of New Hamburg in Wisconsin, forcing the Superian Army to retreat towards Inner Superior. This retreat would last until December of 1866, after the Superian Army was able to defeat the United Commonwealth at the Battle of Green Bay.

Since Michigan was largely disconnected with the rest of Superior, it was an easy target for United Commonwealth forces. On May 6th, 1867, almost past a year after the war had begun, United Commonwealth forces would surround the city of Detroit, the largest settlement in Michigan. After a three week long siege, Detroit would surrendering to the United Commonwealth, resulting in the rest of Michigan's capitulation on June 7th. Following the loss of Michigan, the Superian republican government, which was wildly unpopular at that point, elected to abolish the republican system, which was based of the former U.S Presidential System, in favor of a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, inviting the recently deposed King of Hanover, George V, to assume the position of King of Superior. Officially, it is unknown why the republican government would decided to create a monarchy and invite a foreign ruler to lead as monarch, however it could be assume that the Superian government, by inviting a cousin of Queen Victoria, the United Kingdom would be obligated to join the war on the side of the seceding states. The United Kingdom would eventually do this, however for different reasons.

After a long and treacherous journey to Superior, George I would be inaugurated as King in July of 1867, with his official coronation occurring after the war. Although controversial at the time, the Monarchy would become popular among Superians, largely due to George I's happy and jolly attitude. The Superian Army would continue to suffer many defeats until the intervention of Brazoria and Sierra. With mainly the help of Sierra, Superior would regain most of it's lost territories by 1868, excluding Michigan, pushing the United Commonwealth back to it's original borders. Eventually, the Treaty of Salinas was signed between the warring parties, with the United Commonwealth forced to recognize the independence of the Northeast Union and Superior. However, the United Commonwealth would be able to retain Michigan, to the disappointment of the Superian. Since then, Michigan has continued to be claimed by Superior, with a provincial government-in-exile being established in Saint Anthony and continue to function to this day.

Era of Magnanimity[edit]

After the reconstruction of Superior and the coronation of George I as King, Superior entered an era of magnanimity. From its independence in the late 1860s up to the early 1920s, Superior would continue to grow and changed. In 1869, the Superian electorate would elected the first representatives to the newly-created High Council and House of Delegates, electing a Liberal Democratic majority, with it's leader Stephen Miller becoming Superior's first President.

From 1870 to 1900, Superior would experience a rapid economic and population boom. Many refugees from the United Commonwealth and immigrants from Europe traveled to Superior. Along with that, many of Superior's major cities began a process of industrialization, while rural and open communities continue to expand their farms. Coal mining would eventually become a major source of economic power in the east. Despite economic success, many workers, particularly miners and factory workers, began to experience abuse by corporate heads, known collectively as the Superian Barons, who wished to continue expanding their profits at the expense of their workers. Like the rest of the world, Superior would experience a wave of labor union and worker's rights movements. The ideas of Socialism and Landonism became popular among Superian workers, who sought to eliminate the middle class and establish an equal society. Although originally banned and oppressed, labor unions would become popular among Superians, with their legalization occurring in 1903.

In 1903, the Farmer Labor Party would be formed, eventually becoming a dominant force in Superian politics. Originally designed as a worker's rights advocate and agrarian party, it would eventually become the dominate left wing party, becoming one of the Big Three of Superian politics, with the other two being the centrist Liberal Democrats and the right-leaning Conservatives. Along with worker's rights, civil right's were also expanded upon, albeit modestly. In 1910, women would be given the right to vote in Superior, with indigenous and non-white peoples gaining the right to vote in 1911. Despite this expansion of rights, many indigenous and non-white peoples would be discriminated against until the early 1970s, during the Civil Rights Movement, where minorities would be equal by law to the majority. Superior, or mainly eastern Superior, would be fully industrialized by 1910, with a majority of western Superior retaining their rural structure.

Great War I[edit]

The destruction of the Continental naval carrier Callahan during the Battle of Lake Superior (1943)

During the initial stages of the Great War I, Superior remained neutral, declaring its official neutrality on TBD. On TBD, the United Commonwealth would launch a surprise attack on Superior and Brazoria, hoping to assimliate the two nations into the country and to isolate Sierra in North America. Because of the nature of the surprise attack, the Superian Army and other defense forces would be unable to stop the intial wave of attacks, resulting in the conquest of all of the states of New Anjou and Iowa. On TBD, the United Commonwealth would establish the Superian Continentalist Republic, a Landonist occupation government based in Des Moines. In TBD, the entirety of the state of Lansing would be under U.C and SCR control, with the state's capital and the nation's largest city, New Hamburg surrendering after the Siege of New Hamburg. In TBD, the United Commonwealth would attempt to stage a naval invasion of the state of Uppasala, but would be defeated by the surprisingly large Superian defense force at the Battle of Lake Superior.

Life under the Superian Continentalist Republic was classified as oppressive and cruel. Many in the southern parts of the SCR would economic hardships, as soldiers and officials from the United Commonwealth would constantly take from the rural farms, which were considered the life blood of many in the largely rural states. In order to appease their Continental Overlords, the SCR would imprison suspected capitalists, monarchists, or anyone with anti-landonist views. Under SCR supervision, many of these political opponents would be sent to large detention centers, which were located on recently nationalized farms in Iowa. Despite being forcefully sent to detention centers, political prisoners were not targeted by genocide, however were subject to hard labor and long work days. After months under brutal occupation, many resistance groups would begin to work to slow or completely halt the Continental Revolutionary Army and to disrupt any collabration with the occupation government. The largest of these resistance groups was the North Star Resistance, which was the group being behind many of the barracks bombings near the front line.

Continued advances into Superior would halt after the arrival of the Sierran Army, who assisted the Superians in fortifying one of the largest defense lines in the world, known as Butcher's Pass. This would result in a stalemate between both sides, as they were unable to push forward into each other's territories. In TBD, Continental forces would try to break Butcher's Pass at the Battle of Lake Winnebago. The battle would be one of the most bloodiest battles in North American history and would result in a Continental defeat, greatly improving the morale of the Sierran and Superian defenders. Nearing the end of the war, the Sierran and Superian armies would begin pushing back into occupied Superior, defeating the United Commonwealth in multiple battles. New Hamburg would be liberated on TBD and in TBD the city of Kenosha would be liberated as well, forcing the United Commonwealth to abandoned the SCR and return home. In TBD, Des Moines would be liberated by the 4th Royal Regiment of Superior, resulting in the capitulation of the Superian Continentalist Republic and the execution of its leaders. Before an attempt at capturing Chicago, the United Commonwealth's capital was made, the war would end in TBD, with Superior's pre-war borders being restored. To prevent another surprise attack from the United Commonwealth or any of its allies, the Superian government authorized the construction of military fortifications across the Superior-United Commonwealth border.

Great War II[edit]

Like the first Great War, Superior would remain neutral during Great War II's initial stages. However, after the Glasgow Incident, in which Japanese naval forces attacked and sunk a Sierran naval vessel, prompting Sierra's entry into the second Great War. Following it's close ally's footsteps, the Superian Parliament passed a motion declaring war on Japan and other members of the Axis powers. Though a member of the Allies, Superior would contribute little to the war effort, since the Axis powers posed no immediate danger to the country. Although skeptical of the United Commonwealth's intentions, Superior would reluctantly support the United Commonwealth's membership into the Allied powers, though would be against any proposal or policy made by United Commonwealth representatives. Superior would even abstain from assisting the United Commonwealth economically, and would only do so under pressure from the large and more major members of the Allies.

Due to Superior's position as a de facto landlocked country in the middle of North America, the continent with little to no action, the Superian Armed Forces was severely limited in it's ability to participate in the war. Other than providing economic and medical support, the Superian Armed Forces would stay home for a majority of the war. However, a small groups of Superian soldiers would assist in the Pacific Theater, helping Sierra in it's island hopping campaign against the Japanese. The campaign would reclaim a majority of Sierra's former colonies lost during Great War II. Although participating as little as possible, Superior was invited to the signing of the Treaty of TBD, however would no gain any new territories. Although not officially participating in any of the European fronts, many Superian volunteers, mainly left wing and/or landonists, would fight in Spain, assisting the incumbent Landonist government against the invading French. Many Superian volunteers were killed during the Battle of Barcelona, which is considered one of the oddest moments in the war.

Cold War and reform[edit]

Modern Era[edit]

Geography[edit]

Government and Politics[edit]

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. 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]

Monarchy[edit]

William II, who assumed the Crown in 2015

The Monarch of Superior is the head of state of the Kingdom of Superior. Like other constitutional monarchies around the world, the Monarch of Superior's powers are largely ceremonial. However, detailed in the Constitution of Superior are a series of special privileges, know as "royal prerogatives" that are granted to the Monarch and are protected by the Constitution. Some of the rights of Monarchs detailed in the Constitution are the right to sign, or "to give assent to", federal legislation passed in both the High Council and House of Delegates, the right to appoint the President and their cabinet, the right to lead the Superian Armed Forces as the Supreme Commander of the Superian Armed Forces, and the right to dissolve parliament for early elections. Although in theory, the Monarch is allowed to appoint anyone to the position of President, is able to refuse to sign legislation, and can dissolve parliament at their will, doing so is considered "political suicide", as it will most likely prompt the government to abolish the Monarchy. Although the Constitution bars the creation of a state religion, the Monarch of Superior is also the Ceremonial President of the Superian Union of 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. The heir to the throne is known as the "Prince/Princess of Lakota". Along with the royal prerogatives, the Constitution also grants the Monarch absolute power over the nobility without the fear of influence from the federal government. The Monarch has the right to grant and create noble titles, however in the modern era, a majority of the nobility is made up of the Monarch's extensive family, and new noble titles are usually granted to them rather than random Superian citizens. The current monarch is William II, who assumed the throne after his father's abdication in 2015. He is apart of the House of Welfburg, a cadet branch of the House of Columbia and the House of Hanover.

Presidency[edit]

The President of Superior is the head of government and the de facto head of state of the Kingdom of Superior. The President is elected through a parliamentary system, with the leader of the largest political party in the lower house of the Superian Parliament, the House of Delegates, becoming President after a federal election. This also officially bars independents from becoming President. The President is the head of the federal government and exercises many executive powers given to the position by the Constitution of Superior. Some of these powers include: overseeing the operations and fulfillment of duties of their government, grant presidential pardons to criminals or those accused of treason, guide the lawmaking process of the legislature, and inform the Monarch of the daily proceedings of government and advise them on how to use their royal prerogative.

The President can be removed by a vote of no confidence in both the House of Delegates and the High Council. The President can be subject to a vote of no confidence if they have lost confidence in the House of Delegates. This usually means the President had lost the majority of support in the House of Delegates, even with their own party. Once a vote of no confidence passed in the both houses of the legislature, a snap election is called and scheduled to determine whether the President still has confidence of the electorate. If the President and their party wins the snap election, the President is able to continue their service under a new term, and if the President loses, their term is cut short and the new majority party is able to form a new government. Since there are no fixed terms, the President assumes a new term and the electoral calendar is reset after a snap election.

Legislative Branch[edit]

The Superian Parliament is the legislature of the Kingdom of Superior. It was founded in 1867 after the implementation of the Constitution of Superior. It is composed of two houses, the High Council of Superior and the House of Delegates of Superior. The two houses were also formed after the implementation of the Constitution.

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 Montana and Frontier, with both states 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]

The national judiciary is the High Court of Superior. The High Court was established by the Constitution of Superior. The High Court is tasked with ensuring each piece of legislation passed and signed is constitutional and is responsible with checking and reviewing each branch of government to ensure that they are continuing to follow the Constitution. The High Court is composed of six associate judges and one presiding judge. Each judge is appointed by the Monarch on the advice of the President of Superior and serve life terms. Associate judges and the presiding judges can be impeached by the High Council for violating the Constitution or for using their position for political gains and favors.

Political Divisions[edit]

State Flag Capital Population (2010 census) Seal/Coat of arms
Arrowhead Border Duluth 2,392,182 State Seal of Arrowhead.svg
Dakota Border Augustus TBD
Frontier Flag of Itasca.png Glasgow TBD
Helena Flag of Helena.svg Helena TBD
Iowa Flage of Iowa.png Cedréville TBD
Lansing Flag of Hanover 1837-1866.svg Madison TBD
Lakota Flag of Lakotah.png Pierre TBD
Minneapolis Flag of Minnesota.png Saint Anthony TBD
Montana Flag of Montana.png Clarke TBD
New Anjou Flag of New Anjou.png Mason City TBD
New Hanover Flag of Hanover (1692).svg Green Bay TBD
Rochester Flag of Glacier.svg Rochester TBD
Uppasala Flag of Detroit.png New Michigan TBD
Wyoming Flag of Absaroka 2.png Cheyenne TBD

Foreign relations[edit]

Superior is an founding member of the League of Nations and the Conference of American States, and is also an active member of the World Trade Organization, North American Free Trade Agreement, and the TBD. The nation has close relations with all of its neighbors, excluding the United Commonwealth. Since the foundation of Superior, relations with the United Commonwealth have always been sour and hostile, with Superior being one of the most anti-Landonist countries in the world. The border between the United Commonwealth and Superior is one of the most militarized borders in the entire world. United Commonwealth citizens are barred from entering Superior, with the United Commonwealth also banning Superian citizens.

Superior has very close relations with many of the members of the Conference of American States, especially Sierra, Brazoria, and Astoria. These nations have a shared history with each other, with all of them serving together in Great War I and Great War II, the Cold War, and more recent conflicts. Superior has an especially close relationship with Sierra, as Sierrans have helped more than once to protect Superior. However, in recent times, relations between Sierra and Superior have been somewhat strained as Sierra has shifted its stance on the United Commonwealth, moving away from hostile policies and opening up for a potential normalization of relations.

Military[edit]

The Superian Armed Forces are the armed forces and military of Superior. The Superian Armed Forces are divided into four sections: the Army, Air Force, Coastal Defense, and the Marine Corps. The Superian National Guard and to an extension the Royal Guard of Superior are also considered a part of the armed forces. Each branch of the armed forces, excluding the Air Force, was founded in 1866, during the War of Contingency, with the Air Force being founded shortly after the conclusion of Great War I. The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces is the Monarch, who members of each branch swear allegiance to.

Military service is voluntary, with citizens being eligible to join the military at the age of 18. Retirement of active, non-officer, personal is mandatory at age 65, while the maximum age of enlistment in 39. Teenagers from the ages of 14-18 interested in joining the armed forces may become a member of the Junior Armed Forces Corps of Superior, which would help teens prepare for military training and eventual service. From 1942 to 1965, military service was mandatory, with all able body males from 18-65 required to serve. However, after the conclusion of Great War II, the Superian Parliament would end the mandatory draft and would heavily restrict it in 1976, with mandatory drafts only necessary in extreme cases. The annual budget of the Superian Armed Forces is TBD billion, which is makes it one of the highest funded military in the world.

Economy[edit]

Once primarily a producer of raw materials, Superior's economy has transformed to emphasize finished products and services. Perhaps the most significant characteristic of the economy is its diversity. Superior is home to a wide variety of industries, including energy, industry, farming, and mining, with the former two being considered the major two economic sectors in the country. Superior is also the home to many major international corporations, including Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Amesco Dairy. Superior is also the home to the largest shopping mall in Anglo-America, the Mall of the Heartlands.

Currency[edit]

The official currency of Superior is the Superian Dollar. It is the only legal tender in Superior. States and territories are barred from producing their own currency and any person caught distributing or making illegal currency is subject to thirty years in prison. The design of the Superian Dollar is regulated by law and can be changed at the government's discretion. It is a requirement for the portrait of any Superian monarch to be on the front of each dollar, while a major historical event is required to be on the back. The Superian Dollar has gone through many iterations, with the first one being implemented in 1869, a year after the independence of Superior. Until 1890, the former United States Dollar was accepted and used in Superior. However, this was stopped with the passage of the Foreign Currency Act, which labeled the United States Dollar as a foreign currency and made it illegal to use.

Mining[edit]

Mining has played an important role in Superiors economy, both in modern times and historically. Iron mining and coal mining formed the backbone of Superian economy and industry during its early years, with mines in Minneapolis and Arrowhead being one of the largest in North America. Superior during the Industrial Revolution produced the most iron out of any in North America. Historically, Mining has been an important part of forming modern day labor laws. The first labor unions in Superior were formed by disgruntled miners and the first labor laws and protections were directed towards miners and their working conditions. After more diversification came to the Superian economy, mining would see a decrease in economic output.

Farming[edit]

Farming, especially dairy and wheat farming, take up a major position in the Superian economy. Even during the industrialization of the country, farming would continue to grow and prosper, especially in Western and Southern Superior. Along with that, Western Superior is universally known for its large ranches and farms, along with its cowboy culture and atmosphere. Superior is the largest producer of dairy products, with Superian companies such as Amesco Dairy and others being the main producer and deliverer of dairy-based products in the Conference of American States. Iowa, Lansing, New Hanover, and Wyoming have the largest farms in the country, with Lansing being the largest producer of dairy products while Wyoming and Iowa being known for their large wheat farms. Superior produces TBD of the world's wheat.

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Superiann Racial Breakdown of Population
Racial composition 1999 2009 2019
White 82.3% 80.1% 78.9%
Native 13.7% 12.1% 13%
Black 5.1% 5.8% 6.1%
Other or Mixed 1.9% 2.7% 3.7%

According to the 2019 Royal Census, there are around 33 million citizens living in Superior. If current trends continue, Superior will have an estimate population of TBD in 2029, which will be when the next census is conducted. Superior is the TBD largest country in North American in terms of population, and is the TBD compared worldwide. At its independence, Superior had a population of just over three million, with the country experiencing a population boom during the late 1890s and early 1920s, largely refugees from the United Commonwealth and other landonist nations.

Superior, unlike in other areas of North America, is not as ethnically diverse. The largest racial group in Superior are White Superians, both Hispanic and Non-Hispanic. They make up around 78% of the population, which is TBD people. Ethnically, White Superians are divided up between three main groups, Anglo-Superian, German-Superian, and Swedish-Superian, with Anglo-Superians being the largest of the three groups. The second largest group are Native Superians/Amerindians, who make up around 13% of the population or TBD people. A good majority of Native Superians live in Lakota, which is named after the largest tribe in Superior, the Lakota Tribe. The third largest group are African Superians, who make up 6% of the population, or TBD people. The remaining 3% of the population identify as other races, with the largest of these races being Asian and Indian.

Language[edit]

According to the Constitution of Superior, English is the official language of Superior and the language of government, while German, Swedish, Lakota, Norwegian, and Finnish are classified as recognized languages. The official language of public educational institutions is also English, however students may also take classes in one of the recognized languages. Over 89% of Superians understand and can speak fluent English. Despite this, a majority of the Superian populace is bilingual, with TBD of Superians understanding German, the second most spoken language in Superior. New Hanover is the most bilingual state in Superior, with around TBD understanding one or more of the recognized languages. Opposite to New Hanover, Wyoming is the least bilingual state in Superior, with only 4% of the population understanding one or more of the recognized languages.

All documents released by both federal and state governments are required to be translated in all of the recognized minority languages, including statements and bills. However, it is not a requirement for members of both federal and state governments to be bilingual. In recent times, bilingualism has been decreasing in Superior, with English being used more in day to day lives.

Religion[edit]

According to the Constitution of Superior, the freedom of religion and religious worship are to be constitutionally protected and any attempt by federal or state governments to infringe on these rights shall always be deemed illegal. Since the foundation of Superior, Christianity has been the largest religion in the country with over 89% of Superians identifying as some form of Christian, and has played an a important role in it's history and culture. Protestantism, more accurately Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Evangelical Protestantism, make up the largest Christian group in Superior, with around 76% of Superian Christians adhering to these sects. A small percent of Superian Christians also follow New Anglicanism. The remaining 24% of Superian Christians either identify as Avigonian Catholic, Mormon, or some other form of Christianity.

The second largest religious group is Judaism, with around 5% of Superian identifying as any type of Jew. Orthodox Judaism is the largest Jewish group in Superior, with around 56% of Jews in Superior identifying as Orthodox. Reform Judaism would fall in second, with 43%. All other forms are one percent or less. Following Judaism, Native American Religions are the third largest group, with only 1% of the population adhering. Following that, Norse Paganism, Sunni and Shia Islam, and others are under 1%. Around 3% of Superior identifies as non-religious, which is a broad category including full atheism and spiritual, but not religious. Unlike recent non-religious trends seen in other countries, religious worship has seen an increase over the years, with many younger Superians retaining an interest in faith.

Education[edit]

Education is one of the most important factors of Superian society. The Department of Education is responsible with overseeing education in Superior and each state's educational commission. The Department of Education is responsible for funding these state commissions, who in turn fund public school districts. Private schooling is legal in Superior, however, private schools are barred from receiving federal funding. Students may also attend home schooling, which is handled by each individual school district.

Education in Superior is generally divided up between three schools: elementary, middle, and high school. Pre-schooling is not requirement. Generally, students begin their educational career at ages 5 and 6 in kindergarten and finish at ages 17 and 18 in 12th grade (which is the last grade in high school). High schoolers may graduate early if they meet all requirements set by their districts. College and university are optional, but are somewhat necessary to survive in the Superian economy. A majority of colleges and universities in Superior are not publicly own, allowing said institutions to set a tuition. Tuitions can be set to any amount, which has generated much controversy in recent times.

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Holidays and celebrations[edit]

Internationally, 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.

Folk Culture[edit]

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 snatches up naughty children on Christmas Eve.

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Cuisine[edit]

A typical Superian Hamburger.

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 hotdishes. 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.