“Knowledge, Nature, Peace, and Order make a Golden Age”
|Category: Democratic Socialists|
Regional Influence: Apprentice
Motto: “Knowledge, Nature, Peace, and Order make a Golden Age”
Largest City: Cothon City
Official Language: English
National Language: Scanian
Demonym: Baraeli (Plural: Baraelim)
Adjectival: Middle Baraelan (occasionally Baraelan)
King (an elected position): King Solomon (Head of State)
Prime Minister: Marc Nuya (Head of Government)
Speaker of the Parliament: Carrie Bat-Ijlana Çospeaos
Largest Party in Parliament: the Greens
Ruling Coalition in Parliament: Alliance for Progress
Foreign Minister: Jujab Jaghof Sant-Pau
The Middle Baraelan Parliament (unicameral)
Preceded by: the Republic of Cothon and the Baraelan Confederation
GDP (nominal): 25.3 Trillion Shenars a year
GDP (nominal) per capita: 65,392 Shenar a year
Human Development Index (NS Version): 67.76
Drives on the: Left (though there are exceptions)
Internet TLD: .mb
The The Most Serene Eco-Republic of Middle Barael, commonly called Middle Barael, is a Semi-Presidential Republic in Forest. It is bordered on the north by Kuch, on the south by Sean fiobha, on the east by Roless, on the northeast by Mowte, and on the west by the Forestian Ocean. Middle Barael comprises of 9 Communites and 10 Provinces, as well as 3 federal districts that are on the political level of a province.
Barael means “God is my creator”. Barael was an angemon (Half angel, half demon) from Baraelan legend. He created and used magical technology and architecture that without magic would be impossible, and had many adventures along the way. Back during the Renaissance, the Mainland part of Middle Barael was referred to as “the Lands of Barael” in several cartographic manuscripts.
“Middle” is in the name for two reasons. Firstly, there was another nation called Barael in existence at the time of Middle Barael’s founding, and its founders wished to avoid confusion. Secondly, they wanted to show their neutrality and pacifism. Thirdly, Barael was the original name of the mainland part of the country. The founders wished to be inclusive for Cothon and the other islands, so they decided to change the name just enough to be different enough from the name of mainland Barael. Finally, the founders wished both to innovate for the future and preserve the past, and so they chose the name Middle Barael, because the middle is between the future and the past.
An inhabitant of Middle Barael is called a Baraeli (pl. Baraelim) or less commonly, a Middle Baraeli (pl. Middle Baraelim). The adjectival for Middle Barael is Middle Baraelan, or less commonly, Baraelan.
Middle Barael’s history is one of settlers from some of the greatest nations and cultures in history, discovering Middle Barael and adding their own histories and cultures to this tapestry of a nation. Indeed, there is one archaeological site named Tel Marjayez right on the mainland coast opposite Cothon that has remains from every single period in Baraelan history. Here is the history of this tapestry of a nation:
Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and early Bronze Age: The Native Baraelim arrive from the East. They resemble many native peoples, including Native Americans, Berbers, Bedouins, Turks, Kurds, Uzbeks, Ancient Egyptians, and Uyghurs.
~950 BCE: Phoenicians sail to Cothon, mainly from Tyre, but also some from Kition in Cyprus, as well as Sidon, Byblos, and Arwad. There is also archaeological evidence of Israelites from around the time of King Solomon arriving but mostly being assimilated into Phoenician culture, with the exception of their religion, which may partially explain how most non-atheist Baraelim are Jewish. There might have also been a group of Shebans from Ethiopia, Sudan, and/or Yemen as well, but archaeologists are less clear about this. The Phoenicians founded Cothon City as well.
Classical Antiquity: Minoans, Mycenaeans, and Classical Greeks sail to Cothon from Crete, Western Cyprus, and Athens, respectively. The Minoans had the most lasting impact on Cothon City, while the Mycenaeans and Classical Greeks had more of an influence on the countryside and the towns, also respectively. The Greeks took over the culture of much of Cothon City, leading the Phoenicians to establish their own neighborhood of Gartahena and the suburb Gartageni.
Pre-Muhammad Era and Early Islamic Age: Arab Nomads from the southern and central parts of the Arabian Peninsula arrive from the East and settle in the hotter and dryer parts of the mainland, mostly the southern and central parts of the mainland, away from the coast.
Early Islamic Era and Later Dark Ages: The Natives start to either die off, or more likely, they assimilated into the other groups, especially the Arabs, who were also living in the central areas of the mainland, which was where the natives predominantly were.
Late Middle Ages: First wave of migration from France, Germany, and Italy, as well as Venice and Catalonia. The French and German both settle in the cooler areas in the central and northern parts of the mainland, and they coexist in a symbiotic existence, with the French doing more agriculture and the Germans doing more industry. The Italians settle further south, but more predominantly on the coasts, and they go on to become the nation’s wine growers. The Catalan settle in a valley right outside of what will later become Scania, and they for a while manage to hold on to their identities, but they eventually lose them until the Catalan Renaissance in the later 1800s and the Heritage Movement of the 1960s. Finally, the Venetians settle near the other Italians, but further inland in cooler areas, and they too grow grapes, although theirs tend to be more sour, and they are not only for wine, but also for snacking.
Renaissance: Second wave of migration from Europe, mainly Italians, Venetians, French, Catalans, and Spaniards, but also some Germans and Englishmen. The Spaniards eventually got assimilated into the Catalans, while the Englishmen for a while were assimilated into the Germans, before returning in the 40s as a kind of average, stndard Baraeli.
Golden Age of the Ottoman Empire: The Ottomans invade the island of Cothon during the reign of Mehmed the Conqueror. There was some, but not much, attention placed on Cothon until the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, who brought in many scholars and poets and writers and scientists and physicians and politicians and artists and musicians and officials to the island. They also commandeered the Phoenician suburb of Cothon City called Gartageni, which lead to much uproar amongst the Phoenician community, as not only was their great city of Cothon City taken over by the Greeks, but their subsequent suburb of Gartageni was taken over by the Ottomans. Later sultans did not pay much attention to it, and Sultan Mustafa the Deranged even let a gang of brigands and robbers take over “all of the city of Cothon with beige walls of sandstone for [their] personal pleasure and usage,”. Even though overall the Ottoman rule did not make much a difference, there are still many Turks living on the island of Cothon.
Later 19th Century: Third wave of European migration. Many poorer people from Southern Italy and rural Spain immigrated to Middle Barael, while many of the bourgeoisie from Northern Italy, France, and most especially, Catalonia, also immigrated. This was around the time of the Art Nouveau movement in Europe, and so the French brought Art Nouveau and the Italians brought Stile Liberty, the Italian version of Art Nouveau, giving many of the large towns and tiny cities in the heart of the country a feel reminiscent of Paris, Brussels, Turin, or Milan. This was also around the time of the Catalan Renaissance, or Renaixença, a major political, artistic, and architectural movement in Catalonia. The new Catalans who were arriving brought the elegant, colorful, and eccentric architectural style that was at the heart of this movement, called Modernisme.
20th Century, especially the first 75 years: Middle Barael underwent a major industrial shift, and it became much more globalized. Even though very few Americans and Brits moved to Middle Barael, Middle Barael grew to become very much of a standard western country, and English became the dominant language. The Greek, Phoenician, Ottoman, Arab, Catalan, and Italian populations lost much of their culture for this period, while the French, Germans, Israelis, and Venetians became even more western than they already were.
1960s: Middle Barael experienced a major wave of national identity and humanism, similar to what happened with the Catalans in the later 1800s. Baraelan “Culture Hippies” and “flower tower” (named after flower power, and also referencing the flower-covered towers in the French, Venetian, and Italian areas) spread, and many cultures experienced a major reawakening. Many attempted to reclaim their original languages, although usually they tended to simply become English-based languages that sounded somewhat similar to the original languages, since the true languages were often forgotten during the Hyper-Globalized Period of the 20th Century. These people rejected many this common in the hyper-globalized lifestyle, such as TV Dinners, store-bought complete microwaveable meals, the teaching of English as the primary language, and the construction of skyscrapers. This reawakening was most popular among the Catalans in their Central Valley, who went on to create an English-based language called Scanian that was based upon the two words they still remembered from Catalan (they were Josep and Catalunya, although they were both pronounced wrong). The “Catalan Fever” spread even beyond the Catalan community, and soon Scanian became the second lingua franca of Middle Barael, alongside English, and it soon was taught in schools and became the national language (English is also still taught in schools, and it is the official language).
2017 onwards: In Baraelan politics, a major shift occurred around this point. There had been a populist Conservative prime minister named Ronald DuPont Drumpfery, and he was incredibly unpopular. He only won because many centrists and independents voted for him, but that was more in response to the previous Liberal prime minister who made many changes that they at the time disliked, not because they liked Drumphery. Luckily for those people, a coalition of the Liberals, Greens, and Union of Social Democrats won a majority, and put the previous Liberal PM, Martin Oromi, back as Prime Minister again. In 2020, that same coalition, as well as Pax Unio who joined it, made a grand coalition that had over 2/3 of the seats, an absolute majority. With a USD King (a democratically elected position, similar to a president), a Liberal Prime Minister, a Green plurality in parliament, and a Pax Unio speaker, this administration has been able to solve many civil rights, economic, and climate issues, and Middle Barael has done incredibly well in these past few years.
Middle Barael consists of a mainland section and a large barrier island, called Cothon, as well as many smaller barrier islands surrounding the big one. The mainland is South of Kuch, North of Sean Fiobha, Southwest of Mowte, and West of Roless. The capital city is Scania. Scania is located in the north-central part of the mainland section of Middle Barael, relatively far from the coast. Middle Barael’s primate city, however, is Cothon City, a major cosmopolitan city located on Cothon. Cothon City is centered on an onion-domed shaped Cothon, or circular man-made harbor. Middle Barael City is the third biggest city, located a bit northeast of Scania. Middle Barael City is home to the Diplomat's Precinct. Other smaller cities include Domiceli, the city of immigrants, and it’s suburb Nevurn, Bellamonte, the city of romantics, Terevan, Minerva, Nava, and Likon. Middle Barael is almost completely in the Mediterranean climate zone, and as such it is full of beautiful coastlines, lush forests and groves full of fruit trees, and perfect weather year round. Middle Barael has three main rivers: the So, the Shun, and the Triartyve, formerly known as the Shenar, the Golden Scania, and the Puma, respectively. The currency is the Shenar. The national animal is the Puma, which frolics across Middle Barael’s lush forests.
Map of the Middle Barael (WIP)
Cothon City Federal District
Scania Federal District
Middle Barael City
Middle Barael City Federal District
Cothon City Federal District
GDP (nominal): 40.1 Trillion Shenars a year
GDP (nominal) per capita: ~ 70,000 Shenars a year
The economy of Middle Barael is pretty specialized, with a very large aquaculture industry, as well as significant Tourism industries, IT industries, Wine industries, Citrus fruit industries, and most of all a very well developed Renewable Energy and Green Transportation industry.