United States of Baltusia

Flag Coat of Arms
Flag of Baltusia Seal of Baltusia
Location of Baltusia
Location of Baltusia

Motto
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Good (Luthorian)

Anthem "Baltusia the Beautiful"
Capital
(and largest city)
Johnston, District of Dove
Language
  official
 
Luthorian
  others Egelian, Dundorfian
,Canrillaise, Valruzian
Indigenous languages
Religion
  main
 
69% Hosian
    •31% Luthoran
    •20%Aurorian
    •10%Bishopal
    7% Other Hosian
  others
24% irreligious
2% Yeudi
1% Ahmadi
3% Other religion
Ethnic Groups
  main
 
62% White Baltusian
  others
27% Black Baltusian
4% Indralan
1% Native Seleyan
5% Other ethnicity
Demonym Baltusian
Government Federal Republic
  Legislature Senate
President of Baltusia Alan Goldman (Socialist Unity Party)
Area 1,755,600 km²
Population 128,854,890
(4743 estimate) 
GDP
  Total:
 
2,654,369,391,354 BLD (4451)
  per capita 27,738 (4346)
Currency Baltusian Dollar (BLD)
Time Zone GMT +7
  summer GMT +6
Drives on the Right
Calling Code +22
Internet TLD .bt
Organizations World Congress
Communist Pact of Independent States (CPIS)

Baltusia, officially the United States of Baltusia, is a democratic socialist republic located in North Seleya. It borders Lodamun to the north, Kalistan to the east, Valruzia to the west and Gaduridos and Tukarali to the south.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Baltusia has been known by a number of names, notably the 'Federal Republic of Baltusia' and the 'Workers Republic of Baltusia' before becoming the United States. The exact origins of the name are not known exactly but it is likely to have emerged from a combination the native tribes who inhabited the area in antiquity and successive colonial regimes.

History[edit | edit source]

Main article: History of Baltusia

Geography[edit | edit source]

Baltusia borders five other nations, them being Valruzia, Kalistan, Lodamun, Tukarali, and Gaduridos, with Baltusia proper being located in northern Seleya. It has a small area of coastline in the south-east.

Government and politics[edit | edit source]

Baltusia is a Federal Republic, in which the role of the executive is fulfilled by the President and Commander-in-Chief. A Cabinet is appointed by the President, although the Council Of Workers must confirm the Cabinet through a legislative vote. All legislation must be approved by the Council Of Workers, even if it originates from the executive branch.

The President and Commander-in-Chief's official residence; the Presidential Palace

The President is elected every four years, at the same time as the Council Of Workers, State Governors and State Council Of Workerss. Due to its importance within Baltusia's political system, it is common for ideologically similar parties to support a single candidate. There are no official Presidential term limits, though serving a decade or less is customary.

The legislative branch, Council Of Workers, is generally regarded as the most powerful as any and all legislation that government proposes must be approved by a majority of the representatives in the Council Of Workers, of which there are 200 Representatives, apportioned equally between the five States. The Baltusian Council Of Workers is elected at the same time as the executive.


Parties and elections[edit | edit source]

See also: Political parties in Baltusia

See also: Elections in Baltusia

The Baltusian Parliament building

Baltusian elections are mostly a battle between left-wing and centre-right political parties, occasionally seeing right-wing Conservative and fundamentalist Hosian parties play a key role. This divide can be found to originate as far back as the Baltusian Civil War, fought between 4086-4089.

Political divisions[edit | edit source]

The States of Baltusia

See also: Administrative Divisions of Baltusia

Baltusia is composed of five States (listed in the table below), which are further subdivided into one-hundred-and-one counties. Each county is given a number to be used for official purposes, such as vehicle registration and postal codes. States elect governors by using a simple plurality voting system simultaneously with Council Of Workers and Presidential elections.

The degree to which Baltusia can be described as 'federalist' is debatable. While the central government maintains control over most policy areas, local governments are responsible for some decisions such as funding for policing.

In 4448, Parliament approved the National Referendum on Replacement of State Flags and Seals, which among other things, established the official State Flags and Seals of every State. And most importantly, the amendment created the figure of the State Governor. The State Governor is elected by the people, in a different ballot but at the same time as Baltusia elects their members to the Council Of Workers, and the President of Baltusia.

In 4946, The Flag and Seal were changed to reflect the new Socialist Republic.

Official Name Flag Seal Area Population Capital
New Egelion
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New Egelion Seal.png
381,300 km² 19,977,734 Johnston, District of Dove (D.D.)
Santiago
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Santiago Seal.png
264,600 km² 19,967,794 San Luis
Ralston
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Ralston Seal.png
481,500 km² 19,977,534 Rutledge
Attano
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Attano Seal.png
345,900 km² 19,872,856 New Valois
Westbrook
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Seal of Westbrook.png
282,300 km² 19,989,324 Schwarzwald (Luthorian: Blackwood)

Judicial system[edit | edit source]

Federal Court of Baltusia

Baltusia's system is complex and cannot be easily defined. Primarily, laws arise from written statutes (Acts of the Baltusian Congress) and the role of judges is merely to interpret law- not to make it. However, judges do have some power to determine whether government ministers are acting 'outside their authority'. Furthermore, the 2039 Declaration of Rights provides the basis for Baltusian common law, i.e. law in areas where there is no clear statutory provision.

Under the present legal system, regional courts are the most common form of court. Nonetheless, a number of higher levels exist, to which the decisions of regional courts may be appealed, and the Supreme Court of Baltusia represents the highest court of appeal in Baltusia.

Foreign relations[edit | edit source]

Baltusia maintains positive relationships with a number of other Terran nations. Owing to its geographical position and shared history, Kalistan is one of its most important economic partners. Baltusia has trade deals with the Democratic Republic of Tukarali and Dolgarstan. Baltusia has ended ties with Pontesi, Kazulia, and the Kivonian Republic. The Rowiet Union of Dankuk has become an important ally of Baltusia in recent years.

Military[edit | edit source]

The Baltusian Armed Forces are the military forces of Baltusia, under the president as Commander in Chief. They consist of the Baltusian Army , Baltusian Navy, the Baltusian Air Force.

The Military is a two-tier system, with the Lower tier being Provincial, and the Upper-tier being Federal, and the entire system known as the Baltusian Armed Forces. The Provincial Tier contains the police department, as well as a Provincial Army which is used for defending the province and patroling borders. The Provincial Assembly, Governor, and the provincial military executive organize the Army,but have no say if the National Assembly or President descdes to send in National Troops. The Federal Tier is controlled by the National Military Executives, President, cabinet, and rarely, Congress.

The Baltusian Armed Forces are made up of the Army, Air Force, and Navy. The Baltusian Armed Forces are organized and led by the Baltusian Department of Defense, which is charged with the matter concerning the Baltusian Armed Forces and national security. The Head of the Department of Defense is the Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, who is supposed to execute the polocies concerning the military.

Baltusian Armed Forces

These policies are determined by the Commander-in-Chief, who is the President and is also responsible for making major military decisions during a war. The body that advises the president and receives his or her orders are the National Military Executives. This board is made up of the Minister of National Defense and Veteran Affairs and various officers of the Baltusian Armed Forces. Baltusia has domestic and international intelligence agencies, and have separate leaders, who are chosen by the President.

Economy[edit | edit source]

Baltusia derives 79% of its electricity from renewable energy sources, the highest percentage in the world. Baltusia previously had a mixed economy which combines extensive private enterprise (nearly 2.5 million companies registered) with substantial state enterprise.

Baltusia now has a collectivized economy, with the government controlling central industry, and worker cooperatives overseeing all other parts

Baltusia is the smallest emitter of carbon dioxide among the ten most industrialised countries in the world, due to its heavy investment in renewable power. As a result of large investments in renewable technology, most of the electricity produced in the country is generated by renewable energy power plants (water, wind and solar).

Agriculture[edit | edit source]

Baltusia has historically been an important producer of agricultural products. Large tracts of fertile land, the application of modern technology, and provincial subsidies have combined to make Baltusia the leading agricultural producer and exporter in North Seleya (representing alone 20% of the Seleyan agricultural production) and the world's seventh biggest exporter of agricultural products.

Wheat, poultry, dairy, beef, and pork, as well as an internationally recognised processed foods are the primary Baltusian agricultural exports. Wines are primarily consumed within the country, but Lindar Valley wines are major exports, being known worldwide.

Provincial agriculture subsidies in Baltusia have increased for the last years, amounting to 50,000,000,000 BLD in 4947. Agriculture is thus an important sector of Baltusian economy : 6.5% of the active population is employed in agriculture, whereas the total agri-food industry made up 4.2% of Baltusian GDP in 3395.

Infrastructure[edit | edit source]

Infrastructure and transport network is overseen by the government. State housing is available for those in need and there is a nationalised train operator and postal agency.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Baltusia is somewhat mixed demographically. Although most people regard themselves as Baltusians, Baltusian people have a variety of different ancestries and there are differences between those who have a white, black, Indralan or Native Seleyan ancestry.

Ancestry[edit | edit source]

The census of 4450 asked Baltusians what their self-identified ancestry was, giving the following returns.

  • Luthorian-Baltusians - 47.6%
  • Esinsundu-Baltusians - 27.4%
  • Egelion-Baltusians - 11.0%
  • Indralan-Baltusians - 4.5%
  • Dundorfian-Baltusians - 3.1%
  • Native Seleyans (or Mashcara) - 1.2%
  • Kazulian-Baltusians - 0.5%
  • Other - 4.7%

Religion[edit | edit source]

Baltusia is primarily a nation of Hosians. with multiple religious minorities and a large number of athiests.

Culture[edit | edit source]


Education[edit | edit source]

In Baltusia, education is compulsory until the age of sixteen, although home schooling is permitted under certain circumstances. Higher education is provided by the state.




Baltusia articles
History Gaduri Miracle - Revolution of 2356 - Baltusian Civil War
Geography Lindar Valley
Politics President - Congress - Political parties
Demographics Ethnic Groups: Baltusian - White Baltusian - Black Baltusian
Religion: Hosianism - Yeudism - Ahmadism
Culture Sport - Superpolo
Economy Agriculture - Mining - Tourism
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