Øppalense Vojkakazet a Jérkijétten Oktinet
"Universal Justice and Unwavering Unity"
Location of Cassia (dark green) within the Hallegian Concord (pale green)
and largest city
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• 2121 census
The Cassian Laoracy (Vanirian: Késsjan Kojmamihom, Kanut: Tahīwalaq:an Kah:ajan), formally referred to simply as Cassia (Kessja) or The Laocracy (a Kojmamihom), is a federal modernist republic which occupies the eastern end of the Hallegian continent. It borders the Stewarded Territory and the city-state of Orvikavat in its east. It is connected to the rest of the continent through the The Great Way (which connects to the cities of the West Hallegian corridor such as Panakaaklakit and Saraanen). Cassia is in close proximity with the countries of Folkval, Sollmark and Cambrogea, sharing oceanic control with the former (the Transfrontier Economic Zone). It is the largest polity in Hallegia, and the largest in the Arctic Bioregion.
Cassia holds itself as a very cosmopolitan and socially inclusive society, perhaps the only such state in Adia. Its current constitution was founded under the principles of Modernism, which synthesized the rationalist politics of the Futurists with the social populist sentiment of Novatism. Cassia's government is roughly speaking a participatory democracy, ultimately administered by a technocratic executive council called the Epistarchy. By the latter half of the 21st c.NA Cassia has become renowned for its high level of development, advanced technologies and market socialist economy. Cassia's model serves as the general template for most members of the Hallegian Concord.
A great power, the Laocracy is a leading member of the HC, often decried as nothing more thaj an extension of Laocratic authority. Cassia's military, the Active Force, holds influence over eastern Bazgriya, northern Mespassia and the Glade Sea, where it shares power with the Imalean Salacist sphere. Cassian hegemony over the northeastern hemisphere is maintained by social and economic integration to the wider Hallegian culture (Hallegianization), though it has not shied away from physical force; as was evident in the Bazgriyan War. Cassia's open door policy has allowed it to take in migrants from all around the world, though by recent years a more overt insistence on assimilation has made its implementation has been rather dubious.
The Independent Queendom
- Main article: Cassian Matriarchy
Ascendancy War and the Corporals' Revolution
Cassia is a federal modernist participatory republic. Much of it's political system was established and expounded through the Articles of Structure, a political manifesto that is usually considered as the de facto constitution of the Laocracy. Officially, the heads of state are collectively held by the Triumvirate (Kalmajálnen, lit. "three leaders"): the Chairman of the Epistarchic Council (Tarkavaikmaja Savaltra), the Convenor of the Grand Plenum (Kojmasamme) and the Marshal of the Active Force (Kuttakalvinen).
The basis of all Laocratic politics are the "common assemblies", or the samme. Councils between communities, trade unions, groups and economic bodies operating through consensus. This extends to domestic life, where clasrooms are encouraged to form assemblies of public discourse to incentivize investment to participate. In most cases, there exist a delegated hierarchy for the assemblies ultimately culminating in the Grand Plenum. While the delegates of the assemblies are elected, the Plenum is appointed through sortition in a bid to neutralize factionalism in national affairs (though it hasn't stopped such from happening).
The national government proper is a parliamentary one, with legislative and executive power held between the Grand Plenum and the Epistarchic Council, respectively. The Epistarchic Council, a directorial body selected also by sortition from an elite pool of members from the plenum or the lower assemblies, serve as the technocratic executive. The Epistarchs, as they're so called, tend to serve until retirement or deposition by plenary vote. The Council also holds a particular judicial role in that it's mandated to uphold the Modernist values of Cassia's constitution and the political system. Since the Extraordinary Convention of XXX, the Plenum was granted the power to judge and depose Epistarchs in a vote of no confidence.
Cassia is comprised of about 10 prefectures and 7 metropolitan zones.
[ Miniature versions of the central republic, elements of repopulace and participism ]
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The institutions responsible for the management and coordination of the country's economy is the Coordinating Apparatus, a subcommittee of the Epistarchy overseeing finance and the coordination of the country's national industries. Cassia's official economic policy was constitutionally mandated as an "open and sustainable one" serving the Laocracy's welfare. Various schemes have been done throughout Cassian history to realize this, in which a regulated market syndicalism became the general template after the Ascendancy War. Today, the current economic system of the Laocracy is the Arvaktarv Model, generally considered the most efficient one according to Cassian technocrats and thus the main economic template used in all members of the Hallegian Customs Union.
The Arvaktarv Model is defined by three things: using digital currency as the basis of the economy in place of the classical monetary system (see Industrial Credit), open market relations in the social sphere, and a predominance of collectives and democratic industries within the Hallegian Sphere's internal market. The Epistarchs, through the Apparatus, continue to hold a regulatory (or in some cases, planning) role in the economy, largely through policy initiatives of the modern Six Year Plan.
The collectives sector currently holds about 62% of the country's economy, next to the combines (29%) and the private sector (8%). Predominant local industries are on agricultural produce, timber, integrated circuits, consumer products and computer technology. The service sector is a rising trend, currently constituting about 25% of the country's economy in 2122. The Cassia currently leads in the communications and information technology sector in the world, thanks to state sponsored development during the Guidance period in 2095. Largest enterprises include the collective Thaleia and the Aristus Combine. The private sector is predominated by foreign businesses, mainly from Tartessa, Orissia and Victoriala, who hold assets in the country.
Arvaktarv's Anerea District houses the Consortium of the Hallegian Customs Union. The country's trade policy is subordinate to the HCU's, promoting protectionism under the Customs Union on grounds of fair trade, economic sovereignty and guided development. Internal competition is encouraged and its associated clients in Hallegia and Mespassia are linked under the HCU. Trade and foreign investments, however, are welcomed so long as it does not deviate from official policy and endanger national interests. Major external trading partners include Tartessa, Kontinovad and Qavandeht.
- Main article: Active Force of Cassia
Strictly speaking, over half of Cassia is self-professing irreligious or "secular". Despite this, the Laocracy's Modernist government cultivates a quasi-religious reverence towards the idea and values of the state through media and education. The religious half comprises primarily of often syncretic Foriscians and Amatorians, under the independent Norvic Covenant and the Eterine Almen respectively. A growing number of Salacens and Elven practitioners reside mostly in the urban coast, largely from immigration. The last significant religious group in Cassia are those of the native Hallegians, experiencing a revival since the persecutions before the Modernist revolution.
Culture and Society
Cassia prides itself as a culturally diverse society over a substratum of colonial Vanirian and indigenous Kanut culture. While dominated by the former during its time as an overseas domain of Vanir, the post-revolutionary period spurred a revival and adoption of Kanut culture, in part influenced by the burgeoning romanticist Vejlát movement. The immediate years of Cassia's early independence marked a substantial shift away from some key attributes of Western Antraean society, eventually adopting a very nature-oriented mindset, semi-martial comradeship (see Cassian participism) and an acceptance of sexual equality, unheard of in early modern Antraea. This emergent Cassian culture was also increasingly urban. The Laocracy is unique in much of the modern world for its creation of a flexible but ultimately constant common social identity, something which could be construed as nationalism on Earth.
Owing to traditional notions of native Hallegian survival, Cassian Antraeans have moved to adopt an extremely mindful and sustainable lifestyle. Nature, long deified by most Antraeans, is here assumed to be an ever-present, sentient force that individuals must always be aware of. Waste is discouraged even in times of abundance so as to not offend nature. In the face of the Laocracy's often hyper-rational mindset, this is explained away as both deference to native custom and an acknowledgement that the entire nation-state is the present caretaker of Hallegia's natural landscape. This mindset has also dovetailed well into the state ideology that values efficiency and abhors waste.