Alduria (al'djʊr.i:.ə, Canrillaise: Aldurie), officially known as the Communal Union of Alduria (Canrillaise: Union Communale d'Aldurie), is a country located in South Seleya. Part of the broader cultural region of Canrille, Alduria is bordered by Mordusia to the north, Rildanor and Kanjor to the east and the South Ocean to the south and west.
The indigenous peoples of Alduria, particularly the Anti and Imiri people, have a history in the region dating back millennia however the modern Aldurian state emerged after the colonisation of the region by the Selucian Empire in the 19th century. Alongside the other countries of southern Seleya, the Canrillaise people became the dominant group in Alduria following the collapse of the Empire.
Since then the country has been united politically with Kanjor, Lourenne and Rildanor on several occasions to form various incarnations of Canrille. During this time the country has been ruled both as a monarchy and as a republic. Divisions along these lines remain a key feature of Aldurian politics.
At present, Alduria is a unitary syndicalist republic, having become so in late 4915.
In comparison to the other Canrillaise countries, particularly Lourenne, Alduria has a relatively small population and economy. Like many of the countries in the wider region, it is usually classed as a developing country by international organisations and remains reliant on agriculture for much of its economic output.
Although the indigenous minorities remain in the country, most Aldurian people identify as ethnically or culturally Canrillaise. Like other Canrillaise countries, the majority of the population belongs to the Aurorian Patriarchal Church and the Theognosian Rite in particular. Alduria has experienced cultural influence from neighbouring Mordusia too. The government of Alduria follows a route of promoting state atheism, while allowing people to express their personal beliefs in private settings.
Government and politics
The government of Alduria is best described as a semi-presidential republic, with power divided between the legislature, the leader of the legislature, and the government.
The head of state of Alduria is known as the President of the General Labor Council (Canrillaise: Président de la Bourse Générale du Travail) and is elected by universal suffrage on a five-year basis. He or she functions as the leader of the legislative branch of government, the General Labor Council, and is responsible for setting the policy thereof. The office also has limited veto powers, held in check by the General Labor council itself. The head of government of Alduria is known as the President of the Committee of Public Safety (Canrillaise: Président du Comité de Salut Public) and is a member of the General Labor Council who has managed to find enough support with his fellow members to form a majority therein.
The General Labor Council (Canrillaise: Bourse Générale du Travail) is the Aldurian name for the unicameral legislative body of the nation and is elected on a five-year basis (constitutionally required to be concurrent with elections for the head of state) by citizens of Alduria who are union members (thus not by universal suffrage). Currently the number of seats in the General Labor Council is 300, a number based on the amount of Confederations of Unions (Canraillaise: Confédérations des Syndicats) that are currently recognized by the government. Each Confederation of Union sends one representative to the General Labor Council.
Alduria currently has a law in place forbidding the establishment of political parties, and as such any political cooperation within the legislature has to happen on mutual agreement.
Alduria is divided into 5 communes; Arcogne, Bendérie, La Vallée, Nouvelle Orange and Mondalat, where the capital of La Couronne is located. Communes are further divided into municipalities, which are run by directly-elected councils.
- Aldurian Communal Land Forces, the Aldurian Communal Air Force and the Aldurian Communal Navy. The Aldurian Communal Army (Armée Communale Aldurienne) is composed of three branches: the
Command and control over the Aldurian Communal Army rests with the President of the Committee of Public Safety, who is the Chief of the Army. Control lies with the government of Alduria and while the President of the Committee of Public Safety has final say over all defense matters, he traditionally yields to the Ministry of Defense. Operational leadership over the Aldurian Communal Army resides with the Chief of Staff of the Aldurian Communal Army.
- According to the most recent census, the population of Alduria is 99,664,984.
The dominant language in Alduria is Canrillaise, spoken by the vast majority of the population. Nonetheless, there are minority populations who speak Luthorian and Duntrekaans as well as various Malvic languages.
Mainstream Hosians account for over four-fifths of the Aldurian population. Historically, the Aurorian Patriarchal Church has played a significant role in the country and even today, around 73% of the population are members of the APC. The remaining Hosians are primarily Jacquards. In addition, approximately 13% of Aldurians describe themselves as Agathiste, a dualist faith. Although adherents often consider themselves Hosians, the government does not include them in the Hosian population for the sake of official statistics. Alduria has adopted a policy of state atheism, which restricts religious displays to a private setting.
Some of Alduria's largest cities are listed below.
- University of Aldur, Arrat Tech University and Caveaux University. Alduria has three famous universities,