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Trade Island of Chaukira
|Constituent Country equivalent||Burgoignesc Overseas Territory Assembly|
|Geographic Designation||Audonio-Alshari Burgundie|
|• Governor-Epistates||Marcel-Anwar bin Qadafim|
|• Total||9,194.458 km2 (3,550.000 sq mi)|
|• Density||767.25/km2 (1,987.2/sq mi)|
Chaukhira is an archipelago of 5 islands in the southern mouth of the Aab-e-Farus. The waters around the islands are called the al-Zelaq Straits.
The largest and most western island is called Chaukhira Maior (the small island off of it's northeastern coast is called Chaukhira Minor and is hardly referenced uniquely). The second largest, to the northeast is Taizerbo, the smallest to the extreme north east is Taoulga, coming back to the southwest is Ghat, and in the center of the island cluster is Akhdaran.
The islands are the remains of a land bridge that used to connect the southern two continental islands of Alshar. At the end of the last ice age when sea levels rose, the Aab-e-Farus overtopped the lower laying areas of the land bridge and only the islands of Chaukhira and those big islands to the south remain.
Because of this phenomenon, the geography that remains to form the island chain is hilly with low lying areas being built up by silty undercurrents coming from the Aab-e-Farus. This makes the northern coasts very fertile and verdant. The northern faces of the hilly landscape is also quite fertile as the Antarctic atmosphere pulls warm air out of the Aab-e-Farus]] extending the growing season and keeping it humid year round.
Over the past few thousand years of human settlement the nutrient rich silt has been spread throughout the islands, but the heavily rains in the monsoon season rapidly errode anything that is not secured by deep roots. As such much of the islands hillsides have been terraced for cultivation and rivers and streams have been the subject of extensive terraforming and human intervention.
Chaukhira has a Tropical rainforest climate climate zone with significant rainfall even in its driest months. The climate is hot and humid with a lot of rainfall throughout the year. The annual average temperature is around 27.3 °C (81.1 °F). Except for precipitation and monsoonal wind direction, Chaukhira experiences no other seasonal change throughout the year. The average rainfall annually is 2,623 millimeters or 103 inches. During its wettest months, the provinces lowlands are frequently inundated by torrential rains. However, in its driest months, many regional peatlands dry out, making them more vulnerable to wildfires, and causing prolonged haze in the direr months.
|Climate data for Chaukhira|
|Average high °C (°F)||30.8
|Daily mean °C (°F)||26.8
|Average low °C (°F)||22.9
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||277
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||169||118||130||150||174||127||131||149||118||160||132||120||1,678|
Late modern period
- Coffee plantation
- Coaling station
- Rubber plantation
During the Second Great War (1934 to 1943), Chaukhira was the site of a number of operations initiated by both Burgundie and Caphiria through its proxy Zaclaria. In 1937, Zaclarian forces invaded the Chaukhiroise island of Taoulga which they were able to hold for the duration of the war.
Chaukhira is part of the Burgoignesc Overseas Territory Assembly's Audonio-Alshari Burgundie geographic designation. Burgoignesc Overseas Territory Assembly is a constituent country equivalent of Burgundie with its own assembly, prime minister, budget, and laws. Burgundie's national governmental influence is limited to subsidies, education, and security, however, its financial and cultural institutes cast a long shadow across Sudmoll.
Chaukhiroise are Burgoigniacs/Burgoignix with complete civil and economic rights, and citizenship (political rights) under the same federal service criteria as all residents of Burgundie. Burgoignesc is the official language but Arabic and Burgoignesc are both in use. However, there was a time during the 1960s and 1970s when children were forbidden to speak Arabic in schools. Arabic is now taught in schools; it is sometimes even a requirement for employment.
The provincial executive is the Governor-Epistates. Three candidates are elected by a single transferable vote election held every 5 years, the three candidates are presented to the Court of St. Alphador and the next Governor-Epistates is chosen from these candidates. If the citizenry rejects the selection, a run-off election is held with the remaining two candidates.
Like the Citizens Court of the National Assembly (Burg. La Assemblee de Ciutadans de l'Assemblee Nacional, ACAN), The Chaukhiroise Citizen's Court of the Provincial Assembly is a unicameral legislator. It makes provincial law, has the power of the provincial purse, and has the power of impeachment, by which it can remove sitting members of the provincial government. The Assembly has three seats for each province, one for the Burgoignesc Overseas Territory Assembly's Chaukhira liaison, 3 for the clergy, 3 seats reserved for municipal leaders, and 3 for a rota of private business leaders. On 6 occasions throughout the year 3 more seats are opened to the public to debate topics that are not on the annual legislative agenda.
Since 2003, the drug trade, especially the opium trade has become a major issue in Chaukhira when the Alainfisali Kishahurav network expanded onto the islands. The Revenue Guard's Grand Station of the Orient has increased patrols, monitoring, and personnel on the islands. The issue has also sparked a public health emergency which was called into effect in 2004 and remains in effect today.
There are five sectors that encompass economic activity in Chaukhira: the processing industry, mining, agriculture, construction, and large and retail trade, and economic growth is also supported by tourism.
The agricultural sector is the cornerstone of employment in Chaukhira compared to other sectors with absorption reaching 1.9 million people. In addition to the agricultural sector, the other two sectors also absorb labor, namely the large and retail trade sector, car and motorcycle repair, and the processing industry. In the trade sector, there are 688,000 workers, and the processing industry reaches 279,300 people.
The coal deposits of Chaukhira amount to 2.24 billion tons or 48.45 percent of the total national reserves. The province also has 400 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas and 75.74 standard cubic feet of natural oil.
The agricultural sector is the backbone of the economy in Chaukhira harvesting rubber, oil palm, and coffee, tea, and vegetables across 74 thousand hectares of arable land. The potential of agricultural resources is quite prominent with an annual production of rice reaching 420 thousand tons, corn production reaching 28.9 thousand tons, soybeans production reaching 1.6 thousand tons, palm oil production reaching 271.8 thousand tons, coffee (dry beans) production reaching 13.52 thousand tons, coconut production reaching 6.5 thousand tons.
Roads and rail
Energy and electricity
Military presence and installations
The islands of Chaukhira are home to a myriad of small naval and Revenue Guard stations, and airstrips. While Chaukhira is a key component of La Garrote it became effectively cut off from the maritime world when the 1982 LON Law of the Sea passed the Economic Exclusion Zone provision, essentially codifying that marine traffic to and from Chaukhira must pass through the waters of other nations. Since that time there have been no instances of a restriction of the Freedom of the seas in the Aab-e-Farus or the al-Zelaq Straits, but the Navy of Burgundie's Grand Eastern Command is postured for a break out of Chaukhira in the event of war. As such the largest naval base on the islands is primarily used as a transit port and not a permanent station for any of the commands largest and most valuable ships. It has no large scale drydock facilities and berthed ships are never allowed to fully turn off their engines and systems. As such, it is one of the most hated billets or transit points for sailors because liberty is always limited on scope and duration.
|Owner||Burgoignesc Security Forces|
|Operator||Navy of Burgundie|