|Capital||None (de jure)|
Kopsi (de facto)
|Recognised national languages||Denardred Benlats
|Recognised regional languages||Vasari|
|Ethnic groups||Eastern Mesogeans 99.9%
|Government||Federal parliamentary directorial constitutional monarchy|
102,682.71 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2016 estimate|
|Currency||Kotcijan lipera (Ł) (
|Time zone||KST (TUC+1)|
|Date format||dd.mm.yyyy (CE)|
|Drives on the||right|
|ISO 3166 code||KT|
Kotcija (/kɒt/siːjæ/, Arberian: Kotisë, Zento: Cattaria, Jezca: Kocija), officially the Kotcijan Confederation, is a sovereign federation in Illypnia. It borders Aetolia in the west, Sakalia and Vasaras in the south, Kandar in the south east and the Aetolian sea in the north. By area, Kotcija is the ??th largest country in Adonia. With a population of approximately 34 million, it is the ??th most populated country in Adonia and the ??th most populated country in Illypnia. Kotcija has no capital de jure however Kopsi is the administrative centre of the nation which is also the largest city. Kotcija has a diverse number of native nationalities each having distinct languages that share similar rights in law such as the primary languages are Zento, "Serbo-Croat" and Arberian; others include Intian, Lègnio, Maner, and Bianchian. Regional groups include Mesojean, Dinardreds Benlats and Sassian.
Kotcija is a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy under directorial government where the collective head of state is the entirety of the Kotcijan Cabinet, which is part of the federal legislature—the Kotcijan Diet. The Diet sits in Kopsi, the de facto capital of Kotcija. Kopsi sits at the heart of modern Kotcija, being a central hub for finance and transportation for the entire country. The Kotcijan Diet draws its powers through the 'Treaties of Confederation' from the x number states. Representatives or heads from the states pledge their powers to the Diet every year on the opening of the Diet. States are organised into regions which share competencies, responsibilities and remaining reserved powers based on ethnic and national divides. States of 'significant independence' retain further reserved powers from the regions. The relationships between these entities are defined in the Acts of the Territories.
After the decline of Mesogean influence over Kotcija Northern Cheliads (Sasso) tribes flowed into the region creating local instability between cultures leading to the creation of many power centred city states. The first proper slav state was the Principality of Kotorp centered on modern day Kotorp.In the later half of the 7th century the League of Kotori saw the first inter ethic alliance between the eastern Slav and Arberian tribes which was extended in the 8th century to form the first Kotcijan Confederation with the Jadasine city states. 1000.c saw the collapse of the old Arberian Kingdom centred on Albnopolis due to Kandari invasions creating the Principalities of Arberis. A number of these principalities joined the Kotcijan confederation willingly while others were absorbed into the Kotopri vacuum. Dyrraz a newly formed city state conquered surrounding lands remaining a secure independent state until 1378 with the threat of the Kandari Caliphate. Up until the end of the 14th century the Kotcijan Confederation struggled to hold onto its land from outside threats from the eastern Kandaris and settler groups from south of the Kasus however the 15th century saw its rise as a merchant nation consolidating its territories. During the 16th century the rise of Kotorp, Jaddasino and Dyrraz as powerful trading cities allowed Kotcija to spread its influence over the region generating impressive amounts of wealth. During the 17th century Kotorp become the sole dominance and essentially formed a Qusai-Empire allowing with a renewed sense of unity to greatly expand. In the mid 19th century Kotorp lost its hegemony leading to the Federalisation of Kotcija and then the subsequent reforms especially after the Great Adonian War changed Kotcijan administration more so than ever before. Kotcija still remains a merchant centre of the north of Illypnia retaining Kotcija a high level of influence in the diplomatic world.
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Prior to the Mesogean colonisation of the Kotcjian coast, the Eastern Dinarides were inhabited by the Aerberian and Iladian peoples. The lower lands of the Eastern Dinarides were mainly inhabited by Iladians, while the high lands formed the Kingdom of Arberia, a vassal state of the Aetolian Empire for most of its history. The Arberians and Iladians followed a form of pagan religion which shared many similarities with the two modern pagan religions in Kotcija today: Armazism and Zoroastrianism. Aetolians had an important political, cultural and economic impact in the region prior to the Mesogean League's establishment, with major aspects of Aetolian culture found in the ancient city of Rhizon, located in the Bay of Kotorp. The city was a popular location for Aetolian ships to restock on their journey east. The Mesogean League in the 1st Century BC colonised part of the Kotcijan coast and founded the cities of Napoca (modern day ?? [on the Aetolian-Kotcija border]) and Iadera (modern day Jaddassino) which eventually became city states of the League. The Mesogean city states thrived despite fierce rivalry with the Aetolians for trade, bringing a class of rich merchants, knowledge and military technology to the region.
Some, such as Sakalian scholar Vasil Zlatarski, suggest that "Sclaveni" Slavs settled Kotcija, becoming one of the forerunners of the linguistic group that became the Jezca, whilst offshoots of the "Antes" Slavs settled in modern-day Sakalia, becoming one of the ancestors of the Sakalians. From the "Sakalia area river", they commenced raiding the Aetolian Empire from the early 6th century, on an annual basis. In the midst of the fall of the Mesogean League and the beginning of the Aposyndetic period in Aetolia, the Dinaric nations re-asserted the Kasus defences in the mid 6th century, as the Slavs' yield of pillaged goods dropped. As a reaction to this economic isolation, and external threats (mainly from "some Turkic tribe" and the Vasari Empire), political and military mobilisation occurred. Archeological sites from the late 7th century show that the earlier settlements which were merely a non-specific collection of hamlets began to evolve into larger communities with differentiated areas. By the late 6th century, as the Slav communities south of the Kasus became larger and more organized, and as the "some Turkic tribe" exerted their influence, raids became larger and resulted in permanent settlement in the southeastern Dinarides. As the Slavs spread northeast into Kotcija, they interacted with the numerous peoples and cultures already there. Since their lifestyle revolved around agriculture, they preferentially settled rural lands along the major trade land route networks which they moved along. Whilst they could not take the larger fortified towns, the Romance speakers within the fortified coastal cities previously part of the Mesogean League managed to retain their culture and language, forming different nations including the Intian, "Istriot", Mesonjean, Zento.
The first Slavic state was the Pricipality of Preava just south of the Bay of Kotorp which formed its own state after breaking free from Ledennic vassal ship in 843. In the 10th century, Kotorp began its expansion into Preava taking over the principality and much of the surrounding area, forming the "Kotorp Empire". By the mid 10th century, "Kotorp Empire" expanded into much of the Slavic-populated areas of the Dinarides in south region of kotcija, west region of kotcija and Arberia to the east. Following the Christianization of Kotcija and the creation of the Glagolitic alphabet, "Kotor Empire" became the cultural center of the Orthodox world in the 10th and 11th centuries. Following the destruction of the "Kotorp Empire" by the First Aetolian Republic in 1136, Kotcija came under Aetolian rule in 1136.
Kotcija held the frontiers as vassalage, subsequently receiving greater autonomy with LEADER (1186-1196) and full independence with LEADER (1246-1271). Kotcija was an Aetolian ally throughout most of the Middle Ages and secured its independence with great diplomacy with the Aetolian Republic. The neighboring Kingdom of Arberia, which had relocated around the city of Dyrraz during the early Middle Ages and the Slavic migrations, was conquered by the Kandaris in 1286. Arberia was conquered by Aetolia in 1356 during the Kandari-Aetolian war, and granted independence in 1371.
The modern day Kotcijan Confederation was formed in 1378 with the signing of the Treaty of Kotcija by representatives of Dyrraz, Jaddasino, Kotorp and many tribes. The Confederation was signed in the face of war which began almost immediately with the Siege of Dyrazz in 1382, marking the beginning of the First Koto-Kandari War.
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GREAT ADONIAN WAR
Kotcija is the # most populated country with a population density of # the # in Illypnia. Kotcija in the pre-classical era was inhabited by Arberians and Ilaidians which were slowly joined by Mesogeans then Slus peoples. Today Arberians make up 23% of the population 37% are Sasso and 34% are Eastern Mesogeans. 3% are Benlats and approximately 2% Aetolians.
Largest cities or towns of Kotcija
|Rank||Regions of Kotcija||Pop.||Rank||Regions of Kotcija||Pop.|
|1||Kopsi||Gorskovia||1,635,735||11||Herceg Siv||Gorskovia||225,175|| |
Kotcija is rare as it distinguishes a clear difference between ethnicity and nationality. There are 18 recognised nationalities native to Kotcija along with many immigrant nationalities. These include 23% Arberians, 11% Sassian, 8% Bianche, 8% "Serbocroat1", 6%serbocroat2, 4%serbocroat3 18% Zento, 10% Mesojean, 5% Intian, 4% Legnio 1%Dinardred Benlats, 0.4% Aetolians 0.2% Maner
The official languages of Kotcija used in legislation from the Kotcijan government are Zento, Jezca, andArberian; all of which hold equal status in government and are frequently used in the Kotcijan Diet. Further to this Kotcija has a number of recognised national languages which also could be used in government legislation but de facto are not; these are Intian, Lègnio, Bianche and Maner. There are also a number recognised regional languages which are, Mesojean Dinardreds Benlats and Sassian. Regional languages have no authority in Kotcijan government yet hold full official status in their respective areas. Though both Jezca and Arberian have different standard forms and are essentially dialect continuums they are counted as a single language statistically. In the 2010 census 23% as a mother tong spoke 23% Arberian 18% Jezca, 11% Sassian, 8% Bianche, 18% Zento, 10% Mesojean, 5% Intian and 4% Legnio. Most people also speak a second, or L2, language of which 70% speak Jezca.
In schools emphasis on languages is high and legislation requires all schools in Kotcija to teach a 'Kotcijan Language' and a foreign language however schools, especially those under Regional Diet control in municipalities teach up to four languages of a local language, Serbo-Croat if not local, and Brieslandic or Aetolian which means that over 50% of Kotcijans according to "NAME independent study" can speak a foreign language well. The protection of local languages in schools is a key tool to the preservation to the language diversity also helped by the decentralized governance allowing local languages local protection. It also makes Kotcija one of the most polyglot places in the world.
Kotcija is as religiously diverse as it is linguistically, Kotcija has 5 religions which all hold recognition. Kotcija itself is a secular state granting freedom of religion to all however some divisions or Kotcija do align themselves with on of the main churches. The main churches in Kotcija are, the Arberian Zoroastrianist Church which is a church under the Varsaras Church dominant in Eastern Arberia and Arberia which is pagan; the Catholic Church of the Dinarides, following the Dinarides Rite of which the two highly distinct but common autonomous churches Mostserverny Catholic Church and Eastern Mesogean Catholic Church are part of; Armazism which is highly dispersed and practiced by a rage of rural communities mainly in western Kotcija; and Magdalanism. Prior to the Great Saasian Purge Magdalanism was popular amongst all Saasian people however since the purge the religion fled to the mountains of the Kasus where they continued practicing Magdelanism. It is considered heretically by all other Christian churches however since #### have seen protection under the secularism of Kotcija. Today only small communities in Upper Sassia practice the religion. There are low levels of immigrant religions also in Kotcija but the figure does not rise above 1% of those who practice religion. Only 13.65% (2016) identify as non-religious.
Kotcija is a Federal Directional Representative Constitutional Monarchy, meaning that Kotcija has no single head of Saturday instead the executive cabinet holds the position of Head of State. The Cabinet is elected from members of the Kotcijan Diet in the following week after a General election. General Elections take place every ? years and use a quota filling system. The number of representatives of each Banate/Municipality/Township depends on the population of the Banate/Municipality/Township with 600 Diet seats spread among 399 Banates/Municipalities/townships. Those Banates/Townships (Municipalities do not have the population to constitute more than one seat) with more than one representative employ ranked voting system where the candidate with the 1st number of votes to fill the first quota qil gain the first seat, if they then fill further quota's they will gain however many seats as quotas they can fill. This is then passed to the second highest scoring candidate and so on. Those elections occurring in single quota areas use a supplementary vote system. Once elected representatives convene in the Kotcijan Diet. The Diet has no official party nor does the electoral system involve the parties however most candidates affiliate themselves with parties which have common manifesto promises.
Kotcija has an Uncodified constitution resulting from the gradual formation of the Confederation however major legislation like the ???? Federalisation Act and ???? Reform Act make up the majority of the constitution not disregarding the founding treaty the Treaty of ????. In 2008 Proposals to codify the constitution were declined by the Diet due to public concerns that is would change the sovereignty of the country in a negative direction. The general opinion was a result of a hard campaign by the KOP, Kotcjian Preservation Party and other right wing parties.
The Cabinet is the main Executive power in in the Kotcijan Diet which has the power to propose laws to the Diet and holds a select number of other emergency power granted in previous acts of legislation passed by previous Diets. There are 10 elected members of the Cabinet who in some governments take on specific roles while other governments have refrained from having members assigning roles. All decisions formed in the cabinet must be agreed upon by a ⅔ majority.
The remainder of the Diet forms the Legislative of Kotcija made of members called royal appointed envoys (MED, derived from the ?Albanian? Mbretërore emëruar të Dërguarit) followed from their Banate of origin. The name originates from the time when the MEDs were appointed by the Banate monarch which ceremonially they still are in many Banates. MEDs have the right to veto Acts of the Diet if they have ⅖ support which has blocked many laws from being passed. MEDs sit on different benches dependent on which Nation the MED's Banate/Municipality/Township is located. These benches hold little significance in the Diet apart from the ability to block any Diet action with the support of an entire bench which was emplaced to prevent issues regarding tyranny of the majority.
Kotcija is divided in a number of different ways primarily into two groups, national and subnational. If talking about the divisions generically then according to the ???? Clarification Act the divisions are to be regarded to as divisions and not regions or states as to avoid confusion. The first tier, national, is the regional breakup of the different nations that form Kotcija. This nation division is represented in the Diet as benches and thus officially these national divisions are officially referred to as Benches yet in modern tong they are more often called Regions or Nations. The Bench will not only sit on the Kotcijan Diet but it will also sit on the Regional Diet for example the Diet of ???? in which all representatives from ???? sit on. These regional diets hold sovereign powers over its region. However all Banates are immediate to the Diet so Regional Diets hold no power over them. Townships also have some protected sovereign powers thus the Regional Diets do not hold full sovereignty over them. Municipalities are fully subject to the Regional Diet. All representatives from the region's Banates/Municipalities/townships must sit on the regional diet however is legislation does not apply to said representative, for example an education policy which Banates and Townships have the rights to decide independently, will not be able to vote thus not affecting the region's municipalities.
The second tier of division, the subnational division, are Banates/Municipalities/townships. Banates (sometimes called Beys in Arberia) are the largest and are sovereign up to the point of the Kotcijan Diet, these are historic states of the historic confederation and make up of most of the Kotcijan population. Banates are normally themselves monarchies (a few being republics) which is why Kotcija is regarded as a Monarchy officially however the ???? Democratisation Act forced all monarchs to devolve power to elected bodies which turned Kotcija into a constitutional federal monarchy. Kotcija does have a number of free cities however these areregarded as Banates just named differently. Free cities are not to be confused with Townships which are towns/cities/villages that are subject to the Regional diet however heve many powers independent over the Regional Diet. Townships are headed by an elected mayor and a council. Municipalities are full subordinated to the Regional diet often being rural areas. They are administered by a local authority.
Kotcija can also be divided into ceremonial states of which all Banates are and certain Townships and Municipalities join also create. They hold no administrational being in the modern day however pre federalisation were the states that made up the Kotcijan Confederation and had similar powers as modern day Banates have. Historically the State leader would appoint a representative to sit on the Diet however in the years running up to federalisation many states employed basic elections. Other than for ceremonial purposes (as all State ruling titles are still held by a person) at events such as the opening of the Diet states have no modern function nor any official sovereignty.
The Military of Kotcija is divided into twobranches, the Kotcijan Expeditionary Force (KES) and the Territorial Defence Forces (TO). The KES is the primary military force that is designed for overseas operations, it has the best military equipment is has an operational strength of 20,000?. The TO however are not under the Kotcijan diet but are under Regional Diets and Banates however for efficiency most Bannates integrate their TO into the Regional TO. Outfitting training and operational procedure is all the responsibility of the Region/Banate which means their quality varies. Often they are integrated with law enforcement meaning certain TOs resemble Gendarmerie.
Talk of reform of the military is commonplace, in ???? a major proposal to bring Kotcija in line with other countries was shot down after ????????????????????????? There are currently two modern schools of thought over military reform one calling for total reconstruction and forming a Land, Air and Sea component however the more popular camp is the call for uniting the TOs into a single TO force streamlining efficiency however all proposals are struggling to gain ground in the predominantly ????? Diet.
Kotcija being on the edge of the Mesogean countries and occupying the entirety of the eastern Dinaric Planes as well as controlling the North Eastern Kasus mountain range means that Kotcija has been a key transport link between the east and west by means of land. Rail Transport in Kotcija is one of the primary modes of transportation, the close proximity of urban areas especially in the north of Kotcija has meant that rail transportation is faster and cheaper than both air and road. Kotcija has over xxxkm of passenger rail lines of which 66% are operated by state railway company ZKK who also own 33% of the tracks in Kotcija. Other regular operators include Zentobahn operating in Zento, Namaluvanje na Sluški Železnici and BDR. Terenski Železnica is the High Speed Rail operator in Kotcija connecting the major cities of northern and central Kotcija. It is mainly owned by Varkan High Spead operator MSM and operates MSM TZ rolling stock.
Alcoholic beverages are arguably the most important key to Kotcijan Culture being consumed daily by most Kotcijans yet alocohol poisanng is onlt ## in Northern Illynpia. Wine is the official national drink of Kotcija as written in A BLOKE'S WORK OF AUTHORITY. Wine is grown primarily in the northern lowland areas of Kotcija most notably in the far east, central and western wine growing regions. There wine growing regions can be broken further into Continental and Coastal regarding to whether the wine was grown near the coast or not. Kotcija produces approximately ???? litres of wine a year of which ??% is exported making wine exports one of the largest commodity exports of Kotcija. During the Age of Imperialism Kotcija was not in a position to colonise so instead made a success of trading of which wine was crucial being demanded by the upper classes globally.
In the mountains of Kotcija wine production is not possible and instead beer made from an array of different flowers that naturally grow in the kasus are the go to drink. The beer often has a sweeter taste than conventional hop beers and is not served cold unlike the rest of Illypnia. However, since tourism in the Kasus took off bringing many ordinary people to Kotcija in the 70s a number of foreign beers are starting to take over, this is especially the case for Briesland tourists who find Kotcijan beers strange and unfamiliar often trying and discarding immediately. Wine has also become more popular in the kasus in kotcija thanks to better transport and the modernisation of mountain culture. However flower beer is still the most popular alcoholic beverage with a decent export market as a speciality beer.
Because of the importance of alcoholic consumption in Kotcija the laws regarding consumption are very relaxed. Kotcijan Diet legislation declares people can drink over the age of 5 in private property as it is often found that families give children watered down wine with meals, 14 to drink in establishments such as public houses and 16 to purchase alcohol. However alcohol consumption is regulated further by the divisions of Kotcija. A Kotcijian Diet Suggestive recommended states in 1900 to restrict alcohol from children until the age of 14 however this have only been implemented by A REGION with many divisions just limiting spirits or the quantity a person can buy under a certain age. A banned purchase but permitted consumption is also in practice in many areas. These laws have had criticism as younger teenagers from other parts of Illypnia visit Kotcija for the sole purpose of getting drunk however there is a current campaign in place to combat the drunk tourism. One suggestion was a 18 drinking limit for foreign nationals.
Kotcijan Cuisine follows the norms of Dinaric Cuisine yet is still highly unique with vast regional variations between regions and even localities. The largest influences over cuisine have come from both Kandar and Aetolia and this can be seen in the vast array on dishes that are popular that originate from these areas.
Diverse geography and climate couples with highly fertile lands has meant that the diet of locals is extremely varies with a good meat to vegetable balance. Food generally utilises a high number of herbs and spices to add deep and exciting flavours to many dishes which are unique to Kotcija despite a similar history in neighbouring regions. Being on the edge of Illypnia has meant that the spice trade was not only crucial to Kotcijan economic development but also to the food of Kotcija. Many spices from Kandar and beyond are used in cooking.
While there are major differences, meals typically consist of the basic elements of a form of bread, meat and vegetables. The exact usage of these elements varies immensely due to environmental and outside cultural influences. For example, meat in the southern regions is often minced and cooked with herbs served hot while the Mesogean northern area will often cure the meats and serve cold. While daytime and evening meals are of similar size breakfasts normally consist of only bread based products.
There is also a rich array of sweets available in Kotcija, these are true testament to the maritime capabilities of Kotcija as many sweets from the far corners of the Mesogean sea are key to Kotcijan diets. These are often accompanied with coffee which traditionally was always found in the classic Kandari form where the coffee is brewed loose and served straight into the cup. It is tradition to sit over the coffee for hours during the hottest parts of the day, cafes are often packed during this time while streets are deserted. In cosmopolitan areas the decline of the local versions in favour for internationalised brands has begun, local coffee is unsuitable for on the go drinking as the granules are disturbed and mix thus in busy metropolitan areas new forms are gaining popularity.
Sex and Relationship
In 1992 following a large campaign by the Free Sex Group the Kotcijan Diet for the first time issued and act declaring the age of convent to be 14. Prior to this age of convent had been at the choice of the regional government and was usually aged 16 or 18. The move to change it came about after the 14 sex cases of Arberia where a number of individuals had found themselves with criminal records for consented sex between those under the 16 age of consent of Arberia. The Free sex group campaigned for an all free sex and after a number of protests and lobbying the Cabinet brought forward the motion to lower the age of consent. Clauses were also added that up to the age of 18 you could not give consent to anyone over 30. The Act received much resistance in the Diet especially from certain factions of the conservative Pragmatic Party. As per the act regional government may not legislate further to allow clarity.
In Kotcija there is no central marriage laws or recognition and all legislation regarding the subject is in the hands of local municipal control. This allows municipal government to decide on the legality of LGBT marriage though as all in Kotcija must abide by the Kotcijan Acts Against Discrimination municipal governments are effectively forced to allow LGBT marriage. TBC