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Kingdom of Brunant (English)
Koninkrijk Brunant (Dutch)
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Motto Iustitia et Libertas
Anthem The Ambrosian
Official languages English
Dutch
Demonym Brunanter
Government Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy
-Queen Helene of Brunant
-Prime Minister Peter Wostor
Independence 13 April, 1427
Area 8349 sq. km.[1]
Population 1,103,541 (2015 est.)[2]
Population density 132.2/sq. km.
HDI ⇧ 0.917
Currency Euro (€)
Calling code +35

The Kingdom of Brunant (Dutch: Koninkrijk Brunant) is an island nation in the western Mediterranean Sea. It is a member of the European Union. Brunant is located south of France, east of Spain (Catalunya) and is between the Balearic Islands, Corsica and Sardinia. With an area of just over 8000 sq. km., it is a fairly densely populated country with 1,100,000 inhabitants. 

Due to its strategic location, Brunant has been ruled over or invaded by the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Aragonese, Venetians, Dutch, French and Nazi Germans. Brunant thus came into contact with many cultures and ideas which have helped form Brunanter culture and traditions. 

Brunant is an economically advanced nation, one of the most developed within Europe (the European Union) and the world.

Brunant is a founding member of the International Wiki Organisation, having relations with many wikinations worldwide.

Etymology Edit

See also: Etymology of Brunant

The name of Brunant was given to the country by first leader Marten Sneijder; after the town he founded, Brunant. The name of Brunant is believed to come from the Arabic name for the island and more specifically its main city, which was Burzand.

Geography Edit

See also: Geography of Brunant

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Brunant in Europe (green)

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An old thaler coin

The Kingdom of Brunant is an archipelago situated in the central Mediterranean Sea, usually considered to be an extension of the Balearic Islands. It consists of five main islands, Hogeberg Island, Central Island, Middleton Island, Rose Island and Brunant Island, as well as other smaller ones (like Mermaid Island. The main island is divided into two by the Central Ranges and the flowing Martiges River

Brunant is divided into 12 parishes, each with their own capital and municipalities. Brunant further includes an overseas territory, Berrio, which is located in the middle Atlantic Ocean, closer to Africa.

The country is geographically very rich, having mountains, rolling hills, valleys and many varied geographic features.

As a Mediterranean country, Brunant has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry. The average yearly temperature is 22–23 °C (72–73 °F) during the day and 15 °C (59 °F) at night.

EconomyEdit

See also: Economy of Brunant

The Kingdom of Brunant is a highly industrialised and developed nation. Brunant's economy was historically oriented towards European trade. Since the 1960s, it has pursued diversification of its trade with the world and integration into Western and transatlantic institutions vigorously. Brunant joined the European Union in 1986, adopting the euro in 2002 in place of the thaler.

Brunant's economy is largely centered around primary and tertiary industries, from traditional subsistence like farming and winemaking to tourism, retail and banking. Companies like Maxi, SD Bank and Hermite have a significant international presence.

History Edit

See also: History of Brunant

Port grijzestad

Old Grijzestad

For most of history, the islands were largely uninhabited. In 276, the Romans established a colony at Villa Fulvia. After 100 years, the settlement was abandoned and largely forgotten. The country was then ruled in succession by the Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, the Spanish and the Venetians. There were few early cities during the Byzantine and Arab era (the main ones being Brezonde and Niesburg), but by the 13th and 14th centuries , the dominant Aragonese and Venetians built more new settlements in the west and south of Brunant.
King Ambroos I

King Ambroos

The early 15th century saw an influx of Dutch to the islands, while the Venetians came into conflict with the Dutch and other non-Venetians (the Barzuna). In 1427, prominent Brunanters met in Grijzestad and declared their independence from Venice. The convention made Marten Sneijder leader of the country. The War of Independence followed and for much of 1427, fighting took place until the Brunanters were victorious. Following independence Brunant was reorganized as a republic, but this government was weak and largely ineffective.

In 1475, republican leader Leuvis Van Damme staged an internal coup and made himself King of Brunant. Brunant became a kingdom, and though an autocratic state, was much stronger and more stable. Over time successive kings tightened their grip on the country and average Brunanters were growing discontent at their conditions. In the 1660s riots began breaking out and under the leadership of the king's nephew, a civil war broke out against the king in 1663. The king was defeated and killed that same year; Van Draak made himself King but put into effect a Bill of Rights to protect the common man from injustices. This reformed kingdom went through economic crises and later with war. Brunant was dragged into the Seven Years' War and in 1756 France invaded Brunant. This war became characterized by long and devastating sieges. Brunant was able to win with European reinforcement, but postwar Brunant was in terrible conditions.

Eventually in 1784, under the pretext of protecting Anglo-Scottish settlers, the filibustering British nobleman James Carrington invaded Brunant and became the president after a successful war against a militarily weakened Brunant. Civil liberties were suspended, autocratic rule prevailed, and even with a coup and mass protest he remained in power. He was poisoned in 1802 and though his son was named president, the cunning King Ambroos I and his powerful friends were able to sideline the younger Carrington and return to a more democratic rule.

After a turbulent start to the 20th century, Brunant was invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany in 1941. Following Brunant's liberation in 1944, the country embarked on a large transformation of society and the economy, from a largely agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

Politics Edit

See also: Politics of Brunant

Congress

Congress

Politically, Brunant has been a very liberal and socialist country, especially from the 20th century onward. Historically the country has been very stable politically, apart from a few issues in the age of revolutions.

The main political parties are the Green Party, Social Democratic Party, Centre Democrats and the Christian Democratic Union. The current Prime Minister is Peter Wostor.

Brunanter politics revolves around Congress, divided into the House (lower chamber) and Senate (upper chamber). Elections for government are normally held every four years.

International relationsEdit

Brunant's foreign relations have been historically centered with Europe, especially after joining the EU in the 1980s. Historically there have been close links to Spain, Benelux countries and Britain, as well as with wikinations such as Traspes and Libertas. Brunant has expanded its links with other small wikinations by co-founding the International Wiki Organisation along with Lovia and others.

Demographics and religion Edit

See also: Demographics of Brunant

St. Sebastian Church

St. Sebastian Church

Brunant's demographics are measured and recorded by the Insitute of Statistics. Brunant is officially a secular state, though the majority of the population (over 80%) are Christian (including Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox). Islam forms the second largest religion in the country. 

In regards to language, English and Dutch are the two most widely spoken languages in the country, being both official. The Brezondian Language has also significant presence in the north, and Arabic is also present in major cities due to immigration.

Adenis and Virsise 1512

Adenis and Virsise

Brunant has a long history of providing publicly funded health care, either through public hospitals or specialized private clinics. The government's focus has helped its healthcare system be one of the best in the world, being generally ranked in the top ten by the World Health Organization. 

The education system is also considered to be of very good quality. While the majority of schools in the country are public, there are a few private schools as well. Most of the colleges and universities are also private, apart from the Royal University of Koningstad.

CultureEdit

Brunant has a very rich and diverse culture, having Spanish, European and Arab influences. Brunanter culture is said to have been born with the legent of Adenis and Virsise in the 13th/14th century. Brunanter literature, music and art have developed over the centuries to achieve great variety, from the haunting paintings of Eugenio Cavall to the films of Herbert S. Hosen.

SportEdit

Sport is also very important to Brunanters, in particular football, which has been around for over 100 years. leagues and the national team are highly followed, as are the clubs. Basketball is also a popular sport. Other sports native or historic in Brunant include Bolas (a form of boules), Pedbola, a precursor to football and Bullfighting.

TransportEdit

Motorway map

Motorways in Brunant

Brunant has developed various forms of transportation. The country has a significant network of motorways and roads, of which the A1 is the longest and largest. Railways are also present in Central Island for rapid inter-city travel. For local or urban commutes, there are several localized transit systems, using buses (such as Ride Niesburg) and using trams and trains (S-train and Crosslink). Some 6500 Taxis are also in use.

Travel between islands is restricted to ferries and local flights. International travel is handled through Koningstad International Airport, the nation's newest, largest and busiest.

NotesEdit

  1. Includes Berrio, which has 87 sq. km. in area
  2. 1,102,980 people not including Berrio

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