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Cassian Laocracy
Késsjan Kojmamihom (Vanirian)
Tahīwalaq:an Kah:ajan (Kanut)
Flag of Cassia
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Motto: 
Øppalense Vojkakazet a Jérkijétten Oktinet
"Universal Justice and Unwavering Unity"
Location of Cassia (dark green) within the Hallegian Concord (pale green)
Location of Cassia (dark green) within the Hallegian Concord (pale green)
Capital
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Official languages Vanirian
Recognised national languages Kanut
Demonym Cassian
Government Federal modernist participatory republic
Veria Azstagonin
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Kaskjava Aurinnin
Hakket:elar Vah:ep:erin
Legislature Plenum
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Population
• 2121 census
93,764,212
Currency Credits
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The Cassian Laoracy (Vanirian: Késsjan Kojmamihom, Kanut: Tahīwalaq:an Kah:ajan), simply referred to as Cassia (Kessja) or The Laocracy (a Kojmamihom), is a federal modernist republic occupying the eastern end of Hallegia. It borders the Stewarded Territory and the city-state of Orvikavat in the east. It is connected to the rest of the continent through the The Great Way (and thus 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 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 high rationalism of the Futurists with the populist politics 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 Concord, often decried as nothing more than an extension of Laocratic hegemony. 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 power over the northeastern hemisphere is maintained by social and economic integration to Hallegia (tehverjom), though it has not shied away from military violence; 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 rather dubious.

History

Pre-civilized period

Colonial Outpost

The Independent Queendom

Main article: Cassian Matriarchy

Revolutionary Hallegia

Ascendancy War and the Corporals' Revolution

Modern History

Government

Cassia is a federated participatory republic. Its political system was established and expounded in the Declaration to the Hallegians, a signed manifesto held as de facto the first of the Cassian Basic Laws, which serve as the Laocracy's constitution. The role of head 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. These bodies exist as councils for communities, trade unions, groups and economic bodies operating through consensus. This extends to domestic life, where classrooms are encouraged to form assemblies of public discourse to incentivize investment to be a part of the wider community. Within the wider Cassian body-politic, there exists a delegated hierarchy for the geographically-bound assemblies (those representing the administrative constituents of the Laocracy), ultimately culminating in the Grand Plenum, its national legislature. While the delegates of the assemblies are elected, the Plenum itself is appointed through sortition in a bid to neutralize factionalism in national affairs, though its effectiveness are dubious at best.

The national government proper is a parliamentary one, with legislative and executive-judicial power held by the Grand Plenum and the Epistarchic Council, respectively. The Epistarchic Council is a directorial, quasi-technocratic body mandated to uphold the Laocratic syatem and protect the country's interests. Its epistarchs are selected by sortition from an elite pool of members of the plenum or the lower assemblies. The Epistarchs, as they're so called, tend to serve until retirement or deposition by plenary vote. Since the Fifth Basic Law, the Plenum was granted the power to judge and depose Epistarchs in a vote of no confidence.

Administrative divisions

Cassia is comprised of about 10 prefectures and 7 metropolitan zones, both having equal status under the Third Basic Law. These constituent bodies, by dint of Common Assembly, are represented and administered by a Subgovernant Council, which convenes the prefectural assemblies. Cassia itself is founded as a federation of former colonies (later cantons, gambra) between the competing Ancrian and Tartessan Empires, which gradually integrated after independence. The Modernist Revolution further coalesced these bodies into their current state, eventually rendering the initial prefectural-level federalism irrelevant in favor of a more distributed authority of assemblies and councils.

Economy

Cassia has a developed economy, balancing itself between rural agri/aquaculture and urban industry. Like its political order, Cassia's political economy is defined by a decentralized and anti-corporate tendencies, in part induced by the reforms of the Corporals' Revolution. The emergent system may be summarized as such: (land tax, cooperativism, and syndicalist federalism)

Georgist Mutualism

International relations

Considered a Great Power, Cassia's geographic and political position has made it an adversary of Western Antraea. A cold war exists between Belgroden and Cassia over influence in the Mespassian continent.

Military

By constitutional grounds, various regional militias (also known as State Guards) exist in the Laocracy for local and, in the case of total war, national defense. Despite this, a national-level Active Force exists as Cassia's standing army. It is divided into the Active Infantry and Active Fleet. Both branches have their own respective air force designed for their specific doctrine.

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Infrastructure

Demographics

Religion

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.

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