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Dual Federal Republics of Yytuskia-Helvana
Doppelte Föderative Republiken Yytuskia-Helvana
Motto: Stärke, Sicherheit, Wille und Toleranz
Strength, Safety, Will, and Tolerance
|Location||The location of Yytuskia-Helvana in Levantia|
|Capital||Hauptstadt-Mühl / Turasava|
|Recognised national languages|
|Government||Dual-State Constitutional Monarchy|
|Mr. Benjamin Seidenstücker|
• Majority Party
|Mr. Robert Vasilievich|
• Majority Party
|Sotsialisticheskaya Sovetskaya Rabochaya Partiya (SSRP)|
|Federal Union (1990 CE)|
|670,179.12 km2 (258,757.60 sq mi)|
• 2035 CE estimate
• Per capita
|Currency||National Unity Dollar ($) NUD|
The Dual Federal Republics of Yytuskia and Helvana are a pair of sovereign nations unified under a two-state constitutional monarchy. Both the nations are run under their own separate governments – the Yytusche-Bundesrat and the Helvaic Federal-Soviet – but are ruled by a constitutional monarchy with the Head of State being the current Yytuskian King, Kaiser von Fürstenmold III.
The dual-state system was officially formed in late 1990, to unify both the economically-shattered Helvanic people and the civil-war stricken Yytusche. Under it, the two nations are unofficially two separate countries, but in all official offices are a singular entity, with the Bund and the Soviet governments overseeing their respective countries. The Kaiser oversees both the Bund and the Soviet through his stand-ins – known as Honourable Watchers. The current HWs are Edith Schuster for the Yytusche-Bund, and Aleksandra Vadimovna Zinchenko for the Helvanic Federal-Soviet.
Yytuskia, officially known in the Union as the Democratic-Socialist Federation of Yytuskia, is technically an thalassocracy due to the large military focus on naval power, using its large navy of aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers, and submarines to patrol various international waterways to offer protection to shipping routes for various countries. A mostly urban nation, many of the 53 million citizens in Yytuskia choose to live in metropolitan areas like the capital, Hauptstadt-Muhl, and other cities like Heerhaven, Immenschau, and Bernfeld. The major industries in the country are primarily steel/metal refining, with other smaller nations buying contracts with companies such as Spahr-Steel (Int.) to refine ore which is then shipped back to their country. Other major industries are mostly in the beef agriculture sector, with others being in shipbuilding, transportation, and technology sectors.
Helvana, or the Soviet Federal Republic of Hevlana, is a federal republic of 33.3 million and is a more rural country focused on land-based armed forces than that of the Yytusche-Armee, supplying a small but exceptionally-trained standing army for use by the Dual Republics. While smaller in population to Yytuskia, Helvana beats it in landmass, spreading metropolitan areas farther out than their Yytusche counterparts. Cities like Litka, Turasava, and Mygan – while small – house millions of citizens, while smaller towns dot the national rail- and highways. The largest industry in Helvana is without a doubt the Sosopul oil fields, with upwards of 104 to 128 billion barrels of oil underneath its location, which steadily feed into the refinery there. And while the oil sector represents 45% of the nation’s GDP, other smaller sectors like forestry, stone-works, and fishing supply to the national numbers.
With a conjoined number of roughly 86.3 million citizens, known for its rich and militarised culture, and its high annual education budget, the Dual Federal Republics have been continuously the home of influential and successful artists, philosophers, musicians, sportspeople, entrepenuers, scientists, engineers, and inventors.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government and Policies
- 4 Military
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Cultures
The history of Yytuskia and Helvana, while forever intertwined with each other, are also fundimentally different to each other as well. From their formation as official countries back in the early 1000s, to their more modern issues of the Großerkrieg, the two have been on their own paths alongside one another. Historically, the two couldn't be more different. Yytuskia's many kingdoms and duchies formed a semi-cohesive empire in early 1230CE, while Helvana was nothing more than several hundred groups of normadic tribes. Helvana, in the 1500s was leading to become the breadbasket of north-western Levantia, while the Yytusche Empire was embrolled in an hundred-years of bloody war between warring kingdoms. Even more recently in the early 1900s, Helvana bloodily switched from their Tsar Gregori the Fourth, to a Soviet-style communist/councilist government and economy, while Yytuskia abdicated their Kaiser Wilhelm the Third only to replace it with an authoritarian government, under the command of the newly brought-to-power Fuhrer Maximillian Hertal.
The histories of both Yytuskia and Helvana are ones tempered in steel, soaked in blood, and eased through diplomacy.
The history of Yytuskia, with its many kingdoms and duchies early on, formed into the Five Kingdoms in late 1230CE, and was a major forming force in north-western Levantia from the 1300s to the late 1750s. The Five Kingdoms - the Ulster, the Fürstenmold, the Echtmonchen, the Koiv, and the Magnachar -
Government and Policies
The government of the Dual Federal Republics is a constitutional monarchy reigning over two separate governments: the Yytusche-Bundesrat and the Federal-Soviet respectively. While Yytuskia might be taking a more recent lean towards a democratic socialist, liberalist democracy, Helvana sports a mix between a traditional communist/councilist type of government. It is the socialist link between the two that allows members for both governments to interact comfortably with each other, and come to better understandings with their socialist brother across the world. More recently, the two are unilaterally pushing for a more focused stance on egalitarianism, isolationism, and naval anti-piracy ideologies.
At the federal level, the two governments work closely with each other and with the monarchy to allow a more transparent government, as well as using each other as watchdogs in the event of corruption or a slip towards the far-right through legal - or otherwise - means. The leaders of both government - as well as high-ranking officials of those governments - regularly meet with the Kaiser three to five times a year to discuss ongoings within their respective countries, and how to go forward afterward. These meetings, the so-called "Nationale Kabinettssitzung", or "National Cabinet Meeting", usually jump every meeting, taking place in the Yytuskian capital of Hauptstadt-Muhl one time before going to the Helvanic capital of Turasava for the next meeting.
The Yytuskian government, or the Yytusche-Bundesrat as it is formally called, is a bicameralist legislature with two separate Houses. The first House, the Haus der Oberkammern, is the elected lower house comprised of elected Mitglieder des Staates (MdS). Elected from single-member electoral districts based mainly on population (which is updated every 10 years using Census data), members of the Oberkammern are democratically elected by the number of total votes every five years. With (NUMBER OF RIDINGS HERE) seats, the Oberkammern is arguably the more powerful of the two Houses, as it makes up the sum-total of the Executive Government and is responsible for the formation of the federal government.
Current Large Projects
Sosopul Oil Fields
The Sosopul Oil Fields, known officially as the Large Economic Infrastructure Project No. 1567A (Sosopul/Krakow) - Krupnyy proyekt ekonomicheskoy infrastruktury № 1567A (Sosopul / Krakov) - is currently the largest and longest-running infrastructure project in Helvana. Situated outside the small town of Sosopul, Krakow the Oil Fields are the largest recorded deposit of crude oil in north-west Levantia, with roughly 52.9 billion barrels of crude oil discovered in early 1860 CE. Unfortunately, miscalculation of the reserve in 1860 CE (at around 12.3 million barrels), and the less-than-impressive methods for extracting used by the Helvana government resulted in the oil fields not really being tapped into until around 1934 CE, where the Sosopul soviet council re-evaluated the site, giving us the more modern number. It wasn't until 1991, after the unification of Yytuskia and Helvana into a single state, was it that more work was put into the oil fields, resulting in both a production and extraction increase of almost 400%, but also the introduction of on-site refining and processing plants at the project.
Also of note, in 1974, after the opening of the Aburvrigeen Canal by the Diamavyan government, the Helvana government was finally able to sell crude oil on the international market. Thusly, they approached the Diamavyan government with a deal. The Diamavyan government would receive roughly 5 - 10% of all oil tanker transport through the Vandarch, allowing the Helvana tankers toll-free passage through the canal. In 1976, the Diamavyan-Helvanic Sosopul Trade Deal was ratified, and to this day, Diamavya receives roughly 15% of all Helvanic crude oil sold on the international market, at upwards of 35% cheaper than other countries.
The energy sector in the Dual Federal Republics used to be two separate systems set up by the respective governments in the earlier part of the 20th Century. It was only in early 2001 CE that both the Yytuskian Energy Commission and the Helvanic Energy Council decided to merge both energy grids to better maximize energy efficiency across the board.
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