|Kingdom of Superior|
The Star of the North
Anthem: Abide with Me
Royal anthem: Hail to the King
Superior in Green
|Largest city||Saint Anthony, New Hamburg|
|Official languages||English, German, Lakota|
|Recognised regional languages||Finnish|
|Ethnic groups||Germans, Norwegian, Superians, Lakotah|
|Government||Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|House of Delegates|
|2,089,384 km2 (806,716 sq mi) (13th)|
|6/km2 (15.5/sq mi)|
• Per capita
• Per capita
very high · 3rd
|Time zone||Central Time|
|Patron saint||Saint Paul|
The Kingdom of Superior, more commonly known as the Superior, is a multinational monarchy located in North America. It spans from the Great Plains to the northernmost region of the continental Americas, and includes most islands of the Arctic Archipelago. 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 is a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy. The Monarch serves as the head of state, while the executive power is invested within the President. The legislature is divided into two different branches, the upper house which is the High Council, and the House of Delegates. The High council has two seats per state, while the House of Delegates is based on population. The powers of these bodies are granted by the Constitution, the countrys original constitution from 1867.
Superior has underwent numerous political transformations. Prior to European settlement, the region was inhabited primarily by the indigenous tribes of the Great Plains. During the 18th century, most of Superior was controlled by the French and the British. While France ceded northern Superior to the British Empire in 1763, southern Superior remained French territory until the Louisiana Purchase when the United States purchased the land. The regions of the Louisiana Purchase which were later incorporated into modern-day Superior organized as the U.S. states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotahs respectively. After the assassination of Abrahamn Lincoln, the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska all declared independence from the USA as the State of Superior, and after a 4 month Provisionary government choose to invite the former Hanoverian King George to assume the throne.
The area which would come to be known as Superior has been populated by humans since 14,000 years ago. Its original inhabitants were the Dakota, Lakota, Sioux, Ojibwe, and Huron people. During the 18th and 19th centuries European expeditions into the area were fairly common, often conducted in search of the valuable furs from the beavers that inhabit the area. The land eventually became split between France, and England until the Seven Years' War where it was split between the Spanish and English. Eventually following the American Revolution, and Louisiana Purchase all of its territory fell under the control of the USA. It was eventually populated by immigrants from New England and Germany, hoping to find land and riches alongside amnesty from political and religious persecution. The areas were admitted as states prior to the American Civil War and were free states. During the Civil War they were the first states to send volunteers to fight on the side of the Union. During the battle of Gettysburg they were especially vital in turning the tide of the battle. However during the Governmental crisis in 1866 when the entire line of presidential succession was killed, and a new coup was committed. The states fearful of the new governments unitary policies declared independence days after the declaration of Tournesol and the NU. The Subsequent invasion by the USA was the striking point for the war of Contingency which raged on for over 4 years and killed some 2 million people. However the Anti-USA coalition was victorious following the USA collapse, and all nations independence where recognized by its successor the Union of American States. Most inhabitants of Superior are the descendants of German and Norwegian immigrants who migrated from the former United States between the 18th and 20th centuries. The two oldest cities and most important cities in the country are Saint Anthony, and New Hamburg. Superior is heavily influenced by German and Scandinavian culture, and has often been nicknamed, "New Germany" and "Little Scandinavia".
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government and Politics
- 4 Foreign relations
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Education
- 8 Culture
Following the Assassination of Lincoln and the ensuing chaos the states of Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin all collectively issued the Unilateral Declaration of Independence of the State of Superior from the US and elected to crown the former King of Hanover George V in an effort to further appeal to the British and gain more legitmacy in the eyes of Eurooeans. When the War of Contingency first ignited between the Newly Declared Northeast Union, the Kingdom stayed neutral opting not to join in the war. However when the Contienentals decided upon a preemptive strike against Superior, they launched an attack upon the then called city of Milwaukee (Modern Day New Hamburg), dragging the Kingdom of Superior into the war of Contingency. The war dragged on with the Nations of Sierra and Brazoria being pulled into the fray. The fighting culminated in the Decisive battle of Philadelphia, battle of Saint Louis, and the Sacking of Chicago. With the United Commonwealth exhausted it was left with no choice but to recognize the independence of the Northeast Union Superior, and Tournesol.
The Reconstruction Era of Superior was regarded as a mostly uneventful era lasting in the first 15 years of King George I reign. It was largely dedicated to the building of Superiors infrastructure, economy, and the establishment of its government. During this era society stratified into a much more european-esque class based one, with the Aristocracy, and nobility being at the top with the workers at the very bottom of it. During this time the president was elected by the high council, which in turn was elected by the state legislatures who were prominently aristocratic in nature.
Era of Magnamity
The Era of Magnamity is traditionally held to be the reign of King George II, King Henry I, and the early years of Queen Maria's reign. This Era is seen as the Golden Age of Superior when the power of Superior traditionally peaked in power. This era saw a growth of culture, law, intellect, power, economy, and the founding of the Superian Nation. This also saw the time in which Superior was a great power on the world stage in terms of economy. Projecting its influence far due to using Soft Power. Not only this but the Kingdom underwent many beneficial political reforms, rooting out corruption in the government and business not dealing with the "Gilded Age" that other north american countries had to deal with. The country also industrialized to an unprecedented degree through the money gained by the steel foundries and iron mines within the country. The Reign of King George II is still fondly remembered today being dubbed posthumously "The Magnificent".
During this time many groundbreaking and very liberal reforms during this time, in 1901 the election of the President and High Council was officially changed to appointment by a direct popular vote of the enfranchised population, in 1905 Women were granted the right to vote from a constitutional ammendment that had just recently passed, and 1913 the Death Penalty was outlawed and abolished in all of Superior by a similar means. Not only this but various business reforms were undertaken by the Government in order to root out unhealthy practices along with corruption. In 1923 the Bill of Campaign Finances was passed which heavily restricted the power of companies to finance the election campaign of an Official within Superior limiting them to a certain amount of money. And during the 1930s welfare was established along with the nationalization of certain industries such as mining and fishing which were on the collapse, and the government most notoriously established Semi-Universal Healthcare.
During the initial stages of the first Great War, Superior was officially a neutral nation. It possessed little interest in the far away war and squabbling on Europe, not officially aligning with either the Triple Alliance or Entente Impériale, providing materials and aid to both as a business venture. This stance of neutrality however changed when the the Landonist International under the leadership of the Union of American States, who wished for the annexation of Michigan under the auspices of their revanchist pan-american ideology. This officially led to Superior's entry into the war, aligning themselves with the Sierran led anti-landonist coalition, they became affiliates with the Entente Impériale. This, combined with the support of the Triple Alliance for the Landonists led to a souring of once good relations between United Kingdom and Germany.
Superior is a nation varied in geography. It's northern most territories are tundras. Throughout it's southern Territories are fertile plains that are the bread bowl of the nation. It's central region where most of it's pop is located is a forested area with over 11,000 lakes and 5,000 rivers. It's eastern-central region is filled with fertile grazing lands for cattle, and it's north-central region is filled with cool polar forests. The country has had a history of glaciers moving throughout it resulting in flat lands with minor hills and many lakes throughout it, however a region known as the Driftless Area which was never glaciated resulting in rugged terrain with tall hills and mountains contrary to the rest of the countrys terrain.
Government and Politics
The Government of Superior is an asymmetric Federal Constitutional monarchy featuring a parliamentary combined with a The administrative units of Superior comprise of federal states, and free cities. A federal state is essentially a province of Superior, they are bound by federal law of the country but also have certain rights insured to them by the constitution that cannot be infringed upon by the federal government. Free cities comprise generally a metropolitan area of an important city, or populous City. They are not subject to Federal law, free to pass or ignore these laws at whim with the exception of Capital-level Laws which can only be passed by the High Council, there are currently 3 different Free City, being Brimsburg, Saint Anthony, and Duluth. They also control their tariffs and Taxes as of the Free cities act of 1997. However a state may also be apart of a Kingdom which grants them various privileges like a larger devolved parliament and more control over decisions. The federal representatives on the High Councils. The amount of seats on the Senate are determined by the amount of states within Superior. Each state elects 6 high councillors and they all will serve 6 years per term. And elections for them occur every 2 years. Each MP serves terms of 4 years, elections always occur on July 8th. The Monarch can dismiss the president if a vote of no confidence is passed by the House of Delegates, or an indictment is passed by the High Council.
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Main Article: Monarchy of Superior
Being a Constitutional Monarchy, Superior has a hereditary monarchy following agnatic primogeniture that assumes the role as the head of state. Aside from powers associated with royal prerogative, the Superians Monarchy maintains a minimal role in Day-Day politics. They are mostly figureheads with little power as stated in the original Constitution . The Monarch represents the embodiment of the nation itself, and the lynchpin that holds it together.
The royal is the House of Welfburg , a branch of the British Royal House of Hanover (through the female line) and the House of Columbia (through the male line), it has it's origins in 1934 when Queen Anna ascended to the throne after the premature death of her elder brother, George III .The 4th and final Hanover King. When Queen Anna died in the year of 1941, her eldest son William ascended to the throne at age 12, and took on the name Welfburg abandoning his father's House of Columbia.
Superior maintains varied foreign relations among anglo-america as it sees itself as the vestige for german-americans. It harbors a dislike for the United Commonwealth due to their involvement in their civil war. While sierra has friendly relations due to close relations following their support for the Monarchy in the Superean civil war. It maintains some basis for cooperation with Texas due to their german-influenced culture. Superior is currently a member of the G20, being one of the most powerful states on the american landmass. The closest states to Superior on North America would have to be Michigan and New England, both states that possess very close political, historical, cultural, and economic ties with Superior. The Country is also apart of the Great Lakes Pact, an economic union between various countries such as the Maritimes, Michigan, Quebec, NU, and itself.
The Economy is fairly diversified between the Primary and Secondary sector with a growing voluntary sector. The economy is fairly rich making it among the top 10 (TBD) economies in the world going by OTL standards. Superior also has the 5th highest GDP per capita in the world, higher than Qatar, but lower than Ireland. The country's Primary Sector is very large and very important as it Occupies most of the America's corn belt producing well into the tens of millions bushels of corn each year producing around 30% of the region's corn. Wheat is another fairly important crop with around 100,000 bushels of wheats being produced every year. The Mining industry in Superior is also very important with large deposits of Taconite ore, and Iron ore being in the Great Lakes area, manganese,copper,nickel,platinum, and Titanium also exist. Throughout its history iron mining was a major part of Superior's economy producing over 80% of North America's Iron and 30% of the World's total iron ore at its height. The Northern Wing holds some of the richest mineral deposits in the nation with Gold,and base metals being extensive. The potential for mining in the region however despite the wealth that is delivered is mostly untapped. An exciting prospect for the state of Superior. The Secondary sector lies within the Central wing where most industralization is located, manufacturing, and steel smelting form the majority of the Secondary sector. Due to recent competitive prices in the international scale the country has seen a shift to the Tertiary Sector. The importance of the sector is in the medical field which Superior has grown to promienence.
The Currency of Superior is the Great Lake's Dollar, a shared currency between the countries of the Northeast Union, Quebec(tbd) and Superior. The Currency has an exchange rate into 1.05 USD.
Main Article: Mining in Superior
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. Superior at its heyday produced the most iron out of any country in the world producing around 1/3 of the worlds iron and steel supply. This allowed the government to invest in industry, as well as bringing foreign investment to important towns to the iron industry such as Duluth. Eventually the liberalization of the economy allowed the iron industry to boom under Henry III making Superior one of the richest nations in the world, and for it to become an industrial power in its own right. Coal mining also made up a sizable sector of the economy with mining being conducted primarily in the Iowan wing.
The population in total of Superior is approximately 25,200,000 according to the national survey conducted in 2012. 41% of the Pop currently identifies as German 26% Anglo 14% identify as Norwegian 12% are in other ethnic groups.
Around 34% of the Pop speak English as their first language (aprox 9,520,000 People) 33% of the pop speaks German as their first language (aprox 9,240,000), 21% of the Pop speaks Norwegian (aprox 5,880,000), the rest speaks a minority language such Lakotah, Objiwe, Finnish, and Danish.
The most widely spoken language of the country is Teutonic, a dialect of German. The dialect differentiate mostly in it's Vowels and consonants. 85% of Superioran speak english fluently according to the 2012 survey. The country also has a constructed language Superioran which uses english as a base but removes the non-germanic vocabulary and also prescribes to strict second verb order.
Main Article: Education in Superior
Education in Superior has remained one of the central focuses of the government and is vastly important to the People of Superior. Traditionally the Country has a mandatory amount of 15 years of schooling. This is divided up into Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Vocational Training/Bachelors studies. Traditionally these are all free and offered to all students as in place by the 1956 Education Reform. College is also free to all but highly selective and competitive making grades all the more important. The System also considers offering opportunities to study abroad very important making it easy and affordable to do so. The education system of superior is considered one of the best in the world. Along with this it is Mandatory to learn English and German from Kindergarten to Grade 11, along with one other foreign language. The system is very similar to the Finnish system not focusing on standardized testing, and homework, and instead on individual growth, both intellectually and spiritually/mentally.
Main Article: Culture of Superior
The culture of Superior is highly diverse and very developed. Due to the country's heritage, many of it's cultural features are german and scandinavian influenced. The country possesses one of the finest theatrical features in North America, with the Guthrie theater in St.Anthony being one of the most critically acclaimed of all theaters.
Main Article: Folk Culture of Superior
Superior's most prominent and well known feature is its folk culture. For a nation so young it has developed a plethora of cryptids, myths, holidays, and tall-tales. An example of holidays is the Walpurgisnacht Festival . In essence a second halloween where witches are believed to come out at night and whisk children away. The night is celebrated with large dances and music to scare away the witches, along with bonfires. A popular cryptid within Superean folk culture is the Wendigo of the Algonquian people. Believed to be the spirit of people who have succumbed to cannibalism it appears as a giant bipedal deer. It's bite will transform a person into a wendigo. Another popular cryptid is Vantal (A corruption on the finnish words Vanha and Talvi, or literally Old winter) said to be a white, hairy creature who will steal away people outside in winter storms and bring them to their lairs to eat them. It was believed to be made by finnish lumbermen to scare their children from playing in blizzards.
In Superior, many popular genres have developed, one in particular as Neo-medieval. This style displays tunes that are similar in composition to Medieval folksongs, and in some cases pagan ones. Many of them describe traditional tall tales, and mythology, while others are original and made up to be similar to traditional song-stories. Instruments in the genre will often include Lyre, Harp, and Flute. Rock is another popular genre, with many famous artists of that genre coming from the country itself.
Main Article: Superean Cuisine
Cuisine in Superior has evolved over time from German, and Scandinavian cuisine. The most famed dishes from Superior are Cheese Kurds, Mozarella deeped fried in Batter. Along with Hotdish, a tater tot casserole mixed with meat, potatoes, and vegetables. The Kingdom is often proclaimed as the origin of the Hamburger, which is a fairly popular dish. Another popular variant is the Turkey burger, invented by settlers in the city of Spargersfeld it uses a turkey as a burger and is nominally more liked among German Supereans in the region. Lefse and Lutefisk are also popular in Superior due to Norwegian influences among the countrymen.