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大花拜國
Kingdom of Great Bae
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Daebaeseal
Emblem and Seal
Location of Dankuk
Map of the Kingdom of Great Bae

Motto
福擴山海
Tīnmukīt, Nume, Awgara
Reino Jongwonhi Bonjongdada
(Kyomal/Penru/Draniano)
("May Joy Spread Throughout the Land")

Anthem "Aegukka (National)
Ten Thousand Years"
Capital Gongmangdo
Largest city Gongmangdo
Demonym Bae, Baegukese, Dankukian
Government Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Monarch of Bae Kwangyong Sovereign
  Royal house House of Baek
Prime Minister Ya Seon
Legislature Senate
 • Upper house House of Sages
 • Lower house House of Worthies
Area 930,300 km²
Population 41,342,900
 
GDP 1,259,544,192,673,000 RUB
Established 1 March 5300 (Baek Restoration)
29 December 5270 (Provisional State of Dankuk)
25 May 5198 (Kyo Commonwealth)
15 August 4929 (August Revolution)
6 July 3608 (Kyo Revolution)
September 2177 (Dranland)
2049 (Draniano Republic)
1910 (Viceroyalty)
736 CE (Unified Bae)
203 BCE (Kyonara)
Currency Bu (฿)
Time Zone GMT+8
Drives on the Right
Calling Code +52
Internet TLD .dk

Dankuk, officially the Kingdom of Great Bae (Kyomal: 大花拜國, Penru: Penru Ŋōdidunne, Draniano: Reino de Pénara, is a nation located in Northern Dovani on the Dan Peninsula. Dankuk has a diverse culture and climate, with a storied history. A developed nation, Dankuk is an upper-middle service economy with strong ties to the West Dovanian Union.

Traditionally, the beginning of Dankuk is dated as 203 BCE, when the god-king Danseon Wanggeom descended upon Kongtusan Mountain and formed the first civilization now known as Kyonara. His descendants subsequently vied with other houses and kingdoms, most prominently in the Three Kingdoms Period, for rule over the entire peninsula. The first unified nation-state on the Dan Peninsula was the First Kingdom of Bae, also known as Gobae (lit. 'Old Bae')) in the year 756 CE. The kingdom lasted for more than a millennium until 1910; when, following a series of geopolitical crises, Gobae was annexed into the burgeoning Egelian colonial empire. The creole Draniano population attempted to establish an independent liberal republic in 2049, but their efforts were ultimately defeated. In the 22nd Century, the state of Dranland would win independence from Egelion. Through various monarchies and republican eras, this Dranish state would last until the Great Kyo Revolution of 3608 and the formation of modern Dankuk. Dankuk has undergone various political changes in ideology since the revolution; but it remains the basis of modern state legacy.

In modern times, Dankuk has positioned itself as a peaceful hub of industry, trade, and technological development in northwestern Dovani. The capital of Gongmangdo remains one of Terra's most populated and prominent cities, hosting influential regional financial and political institutions. These advances have been influenced by a cultural renaissance in the traditional ways of the indigenous national cultures, which have fostered a strong sense of multi pluralist civic nationalism. Today, Dankuk is renowned for its high ease of doing business, relative ethnic harmony and socioeconomic stability, and quality education and work systems.

Etymology[]

Officially, Dankuk's name is Great Bae (Kyomal: 大拜, Draniano: Pénara), derived from the old Bae Kingdom. Despite this, the more often used term has remained Dankuk (Kyomal: 亶國), a term which first applied to the state of Later Toan and gained popularity following independence from Egelion. The Draniano term Drania is a cognate of Dankuk, having been borrowed into the Selucian languages sometime in the 2nd millennium CE. Bae and Dankuk remain contemporary terms used interchangeably. There is an alternative spelling of Dankuk (丹國) once used during the colonial era, but it has since fallen out of favor due to colonial connotations.

The Draddwyr word for Dankuk, Penru, is believed to be a mutation of a compound word from Old Draddwyr, Penn (亻內老丿兵), meaning 'mountaintop', and the suffix -mrogis (亻巳丶古彡另某-), meaning 'nation'. Thus, Penru means "Land of [mountain] Summits', likely due to the mountainous climate the first Draddwyr settlers encountered. The Draniano word Pénara, an alternative and now more common word for Dankuk in the language, also was adapted from the Draddwyr Penru.

History[]

Main Article: History of Dankuk

The earliest human settlement on the Dranian Peninsula is believed to have occurred around the 23rd Century BCE and records from the 3rd Century BCE can identify the presence of the Draddwyr. Most reliable historical accounts start in the 7th Century CE with the permanent settling of the nomadic Kyo people. The first Kingdom of Great Bae was established with the unity of the polities on the Dan Peninsula in the 8th century under Taejo of Bae; widely regarded as the greatest Dankukian ruler of all time. The kingdom would stand for more than a millennium before ultimate submission to the Egelian Colonial Empire. During the 21st century, Draniano revolutionaries attempted to overthrow colonialism and create an independent liberal republic, but their efforts were crushed by a revitalized Egelion. Drania would finally gain independence in 2177, beginning the birth of Dankuk's independent statehood.

Dankuk as a nation-state has existed since the Great Kyo Revolution of 3608. Since then, Dankuk has mostly been ruled by liberal capitalist regimes, who historically kept economic development stable and relatively robust. However, there have been numerous revitalizations of despotism and radicalism; the two most prominent examples of this being the communist UCCR and the fascist DNWA.

In 5300, the modern second Kingdom of Great Bae was restored following an attempted communist revolt. Since then, Dankuk has been a constitutional monarchy lead nominally by an Isageum, or Sovereign.

Geography[]

Yonseo Resort

Mountain resort near Yonseo.

Dankuk is located on the Dan Peninsula in the northwestern region of Dovani between the latitudes of 48° and 62°N and the longitudes of 167°W and 165°E. The nation covers an area of 1,201,800 km² and shares its only land border with Kazulia to the south. To the west is the North Anantonese Ocean, across which is Egelion.

Deep fjords indent the northern coasts and much of the central FRD is mountainous or hilly, as it is occupied by the northern extension of the Barrier Range. The highest point is 6,950 ft, at the peak of Jungang Mountain in Hyonggi. Hot springs are common throughout the mountainous regions of the Kyo Peninsula and are used for inexpensive heating. The southern coasts are hilly and vast plains cover much of inland Eljang and Hyonggi. There are many rivers throughout Dankuk originating from various areas of the central mountain range. The largest river is the Kan, originating in northern Eljang, running through Hyeokjin, and emptying on the southern coast into the Anantonese Ocean.

Climate[]

Climate-Dankuk

Climate map of the Dan Peninsula

Climate varies between temperate, oceanic, and subarctic depending on the region of the Kyo Peninsula. In the northern regions, most areas have subarctic climates and are very cold. The more central regions are temperate with cool to warm summers and relatively cold winters. However in the mountainous central areas; the climate is much more cool and dry. In the south, most areas have the same temperate climate, however, parts of the coastal regions in Eljang and Hyonggi have oceanic climates. These oceanic areas have the warmest summers in the nation, though they still to tend to get cold in the winter.

Environment[]

Norfiord Cove

The Norfiords

Dankuk is noted for its vast natural landscapes, from the icy fjords to the dense isolated forests. In 4761, the Federal Park Service was established to manage designated national parks, monuments, and conservation areas in the Dranian Federation; the FPS later becoming the BNR. Much of the natural environment of the interior regions remain largely untouched by human development. These expansive protected forests in the foothills of the central mountain range of the Dan Peninsula are a popular destination for skilled hikers and nature enthusiasts. The Norfiords are recognized as a natural Global Heritage Sites by the IESCO.

In the northernmost areas of the Dan Peninsula it is possible to view the aurora borealis, also referred to as the "northern lights."

While Dankuk has received criticism for its whaling traditions, in other realms the nation has often enacted environmentally progressive policies aimed at preserving designated lands, limiting urban sprawl, and reducing carbon emissions. Dankuk has a very low reliance on fossil fuels and all vehicles are required to be electric or operate using environmentally-friendly fuels.

Government and politics[]

The Kingdom of Great Bae is a constitutional monarchy of the House of Baek; whose monarchs are traditionally referred to as Isageum (most often rendered in Luthorian as 'Sovereign'). Political power is vested in the people, who vote for their representatives in the Senate; the national legislature. The senate then nominates the Prime Minister of Great Bae, the nation's head of government and most prominent position after the Isageum. The Supreme Law of the Land is the Constitution of Dankuk. The seat of government and politics in the nation is Gongmangdo, the capital city.

Regional and Local Governance[]

There are elected, limited autonomous provincial and local governments composed of an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. Due to the geographic, anthropogenic, and climate attributes of the Dan Peninsula, large, sprawling metropolises account for a huge share of the total population.

Administrative divisions[]

Dankuk is divided into Provinces and Cities at the first level; the Provinces of Kongki, Hyonggi, Myeoggi, Haeki, and Rokki, the Metropolitan Cities of Tae-do, Sinsu, Ilbae, Seongtaek, and Gongmangdo Capital City. The provinces are further divided into cities and counties as tertiary subdivisions. The cities are independent of provinces and are additionally composed of districts as tertiary administrative subdivisions.

Map Name Population Flag Emblem
Subdivisionsofdankuk
Capital City
Gongmangdo 5,138,100 Gongmangdocityflag
Metropolitan City
Seongtaek 2,100,633 Seongtaekflag
Sinsu 1,974,370 Sinsucityflag
Ilbae 2,394,415 Ilbaecityflag
Taedo 743,585 Taeyangcityflag
Province
Eljang 5,443,576 Eljang
Reuni 3,968,611 Reuni
Myeoggi 2,214,144 Myeoggi
Eurbrak 5,989,783 Eurbrak
Hyonggi 6,177,260 Honggi

Foreign relations[]

Dankuk is an outward-looking country with significant reliance on foreign trade to sustain its status as developed economy. Notably, it was one of the founding members of the West Dovanian Union. Through the WDU, Dankuk has mutually agreed with long-time ally Seko and close neigbor Kazulia to mutual military aid in the case of invasion. Through the economic union, Dankukian citizens can also freely travel and work in Seko, Kazulia, Lourenne, and Dalibor. This comprehensive bloc has formed the basis of many modern Dankukian export industries.

Besides the WDU, the most notable investor in the Dankukian economy was historically the nation of Beiteynu, although this has since shifted to Lourenne. Other important trading partners include Dorvik, Lodamun, Kundrati, Likatonia, Trigunia, and Yingdala. Dankuk's traditional ethos was to maintain neutral to positive relations with the rest of the world, and has not faced significant foreign strife or antagonism since the end of fascism in the 5270s.

However, beginning in the 55th century following the outbreak of the Hubris War, Dankuk began to wane from neutrality by giving medical and material support to its' ally Lourenne. This chilled Dankuk-Beiteynuese relations and generally led Dankuk to seek closer reliance and alliance on regional partners.

Military[]

Main article: Royal Army of Bae

The Ministry of Defense generally wields the most control over military functions, though the Prime Minister is the Commander in Chief. The People's Protection Forces is divided into four branches: Ground Force, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations. The royal military is maintained primarily for the purpose of protecting national sovereignty; Dankuk seldom declares or instigates war and most wars involving Dankuk have occurred domestically.

Economy[]

Dankuk has an lower-middle income industrialized, mixed economy. Rural regions generally possess low population density and is either undeveloped or occupied by farmland. This contrasts with the heavy development and manufacturing capabilities of the nation's large urban centers, most notably the capital of Gongmangdo, whose greater metropolitan area is estimated to account for approximately a third of all national GDP. Despite their relative isolation, government policies supporting rural areas have recently led to a relatively higher standard of living comparable to their urban counterparts.

Dankuk is especially famous for the Chaebol form of economic organization, which dominate the economy. Although with historic precedent, the system was brought to modern fruition shortly after the country's rise from the ashes of fascist dictatorship in the 5270s; the government needed to stimulate rapid and effective development of the means of production. To realize these aims, the government chose to subsidize and support several key industries and businesses that were the most achieving, so that they could best utilize their new powers to strengthen the national economy. As a result, these firms grew rapidly in size, power, and prestige, building the rapid economic recovery of Dankuk. The chaebol structure is unique in the world in that most are family businesses; passed down through generations of the same ownership.

Chaebol are in general the most effective of the business models, and have high brand name recognition and quality control. However, the model also allows mass concentration of extreme wealth and capability in the hands of few people, which carries certain risks. Chaebol have long history and presence in the Dankukian economy besides a brief intermission in the Rowiet era. They have since returned in full force.

The government has traditionally placed great emphasis on rapid development of advanced industries and expanding the service sector. There is particular strength in the education, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology sectors. There is also a successful tourism sector, which draws primarily upon the winter season when ski resorts in Myeoggi and Hyonggi become very popular destinations. Dankuk also receives cultural tourism for its ancient historic sites of the Kyo civilizations.

Loren Pulp Mill

Freight train leaving a pulp mill in Rokki.

Dankuk has a very active primary sector based in such activities as agriculture, forestry, fishing, and mining. There have also been initiatives to explore the northern coast of the peninsula for offshore oil and gas reserves to export. The strongest areas of the primary sector are forestry, fishing, and whaling followed closely by mining. However, mining has been in decline, especially due to environmental regulations and shifts in energy needs. Fishing and whaling are often considered the most highly regarded of these primary sector areas and generally brings the most profits, both domestically and internationally. Forestry and its related sectors, such as paper, pulp, and timber, are also of particular importance to the Dranian economy. Agriculture is most present in Kongki, and to some degree in Rokki and Hyonggi; it is dominated by livestock as there are severe limitations to growing crops.

Muhandae Factory Workers

Factory workers at a Muhandae electronics plant in Gongmangdo.

There is also a well-developed secondary economic sector. Much of the activities within this sector are in light industry, particularly in the manufacturing of consumer electronics, furniture, clothing, and home appliances. The heavy industry of Dankuk is larger than the light industry; which has resulted in a robust economy dominated primarily by an export mindset. Seongtaek is the busiest port city of the nation and a large portion of foreign commerce passes through this area.

Due to the limitations that accompany Dankukian geography, there is a significant reliance on imported goods, particularly for food. Major trading partners include Beiteynu, Dorvik, Kazulia, Hulstria, Lourenne, Seko, and Dalibor.

Gongmangdo International Airport

Gongmangdo 'Baekgu Daewang' International Airport

The majority of Dankuk's energy needs are fulfilled by domestic production and the nation is a net-energy exporter. Coal historically played a major role, however its domestic use has since been curtailed and most coal in modern times is mined exclusively for export. Most energy is sourced from geothermal (41%), hydroelectric (26%), and nuclear energy (17%). On a smaller scale, some regions have drawn upon solar and wind energy to meet the needs for local communities; with mixed results.

Infrastructure[]

Transportation[]

Danrail High Speed Train

A high-speed Danrail train.

Dan National Railways; known as DanRail, is the national system of Dankuk, operating passenger and freight trains throughout the nation. DanRail runs all throughout the nation connecting major cities and infrastructure; but there is sizable room for private and local TOCs as well.

Dankuk's largest and most prestigious airport is the Gongmangdo 'Baekgu Daewang' International Airport (GIA), named after Taejo of Bae, located on the outskirts of Gongmangdo. GIA has been consistently ranked in recent years as one of Terra's best for travel. Additionally, there are a major national airports located in Seongtaek and Sinsu. Smaller regional and local airports exist throughout other significant cities. HangHam (Dankuk Airlines) is the largest airline in Dankuk and from its Gongmangdo hub it connects to many major locations all across Terra.

Demographics[]

Dankuk has a population of around 42 million people.

Education[]

Main Article: Education in Dankuk

FDPU

Sinsu State University

Dankuk has a renowned public education system; with illiteracy eliminated; and it has been reported that they read more books per capita than any other nation in the world. Public schooling is overseen through the Ministry of Education, starting at kindergarten and going through University. School years are divided into two semesters with specific calendars set a local level. Dankuk has a Greater National University System; the national system of Higher Level Education Institutions. Education is highly-valued by Dranian society and great pressure is placed on students to excel in their academics.

Ethnic groups[]

See also: Ethnicity in Dankuk
Dankuk is constitutionally a multi-ethnic union, but is culturally dominated by the Kyo. According to the most recent census, 53% of the population is Kyo, 31% Draniano, 10% Draddwyr, 2% Kazulian, 1% Kunihito, and 3% are from other ethnic groups.

Health[]

Dankuk has a universal healthcare system, though smaller, private clinics exist.

Significant public health issues include alcoholism and smoking. Suicide is the nation's 5th largest cause of death, mainly a result of high societal pressure and the economic transition of the post-Rowiet period. While Dranian hospitals have advanced medical equipment and facilities readily available there are challenges with rural access to healthcare, especially in times of emergency.

Languages[]

There are 3 official languages of Dankuk; Kyo, Draniano, and Draddwyr; the common language is Kyo. Kyo is the most commonly used; followed distantly by Draniano, which remains a relatively common if dying dialect used primarily in the northwest. Penru Draddwyr isn't commonly used these days, and has mostly been relegated to religious ceremonies and cultural occassions.

Dranian ReligionPieChart

Religion in Dankuk

Religion[]

Almost 40% of the nation do not affiliate with any religious organizations and have described an indifference towards religion. Of the people who declare a religious affiliation, most are Daenists or Hosian. According to the most recent census, 28% were Daenist and 21% were Hosian. Other religions include Seodongyo, a syncretic new-age religion that was formerly the state-sponsored imperial cult.

Among Dranian Daenists, most are Sindo-Daenists, a sect that incorporates many native traditions of the indigenous Kyo religion. Smaller Daenist sects include Zenshō and Draddwyr Daenism, which intermingles with native Draddwyr paganism. The vast majority of the Hosian population are affiliated with the Aurorian Patriarchal Church.

The following of Kutkil, the indigenous folk religion of Kyo shamanism, is difficult for anthropologists to accurately quantify due to it's syncretic and malleable nature. Whilst only around 5% of the population formally profess any religious affiliation with Kutkil, a majority of Dankukians report interaction and partaking in certain cultural and social facets of the religion. Generally influence is understood to be much more cultural than necessarily spiritual; although people of all religions - Daenists and Hosians included - have reported consulting Kutkil shamans.

Culture[]

See also: National symbols of Dankuk

Arts and architecture[]

Dankuk has birthed numerous distinct architectural traditions; Kyo Traditional, Draniano, and Bae Composite (once called 'Kyo Revival'). Kyo traditional architecture is most notably found in pagodas, temples, and palaces; although residences do employ elements of it in many rural and southern areas. Colonial Architecture is a holdover from the colonial period, and is closely related to Egelian architecture. Bae Composite was first conceived in the 4920s, modern interpretations mainly being a synthesis of Kyo traditional elements with the neoclassicism of Draniano architecture. The most prominent example of Bae Composite is the Seongtaek Green House.

Cuisine[]

Dranian cuisine is very diverse as a result of influences from multiple distinct cultures living on the Kyo Peninsula, primarily the Kyo, Dranianos, and Draddwyr. The diversity of this cuisine is increased further by the hybridization of the cooking styles from each of these cultures.

Dranian cuisine is heavily based on rice, noodles, vegetables, fish, and meats. Traditional Kyo meals are noted for their number of side dishes, or banchan, which accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. This has become a norm throughout much of Dankukian cuisine, even with non-Kyo dishes. Kimchi, a fermented spicy vegetable dish is commonly served with meals and is among the best known Kyo dishes. Other well-known dishes include bulgogi, gimbap, and tteokbokki.

Soups are also a common part of a meal and are served as part of the main course rather than at the beginning of the meal. The nation's most popular soup is yukgaejang, a spicy beef and scallion soup, followed by gomtang, kamjatang, budaejjigae, and other such dishes. There is also a notable presence of the Draddwyr cawl cennin, a sort of leek soup.

Cafes are popular mainstays of all cities and are known for serving a wide range of pastries, crepes, and other bakery items.

Popular alcoholic beverages include Soju, makgeolli, beer, and omija wine. Soju is the national beverage.

Among Gao-Showa cultures, the Kyo are unique in their use of metal chopsticks. Eating with chopsticks is commonplace in Dankuk; although dishes that originate with the Dranianos or Draddwyr cultures are unlikely to be eaten with chopsticks, instead relying on Western cutlery.

Media and entertainment[]

Main Article: Media of Dankuk

Dankuk has a thriving entertainment industry with significant economic revenues being driven by television dramas, films, and popular music (K-Pop). The Dranian government has frequently capitalized on the success of its popular culture and entertainment, using it as a tool of soft power. Beginning in the late 4940s, the Rowiet government attempted to rapidly increase it's soft culture by funding state music, film, and media production, to various degrees of success and controversy.

Sports[]

The national and most popular sport of Dankuk is Ssireum; a Kyo wrestling game. The governing body of Ssireum is the Baeguk Ssireum Association (BSA). The Kyo martial art taekwondo originated in Baeguk and is recognized as one of the official national sports. Other Kyo martial arts include hapkido, kumdo, and subak.

Association soccer and rugby are regarded as one of the most popular sports in Dankuk. The national soccer league is organized by the Daebae Soccer Association, which also manages the national soccer team. Rugby is organized by the Daebae National Rugby League. Ice hockey is a popular sport in the country as well, especially in the northern regions. Competitions are organized through the 13-club Daebae National Ice Hockey Federation.

Competitive gaming, or e-sports, has become very popular in recent years and the gaming scene is managed by the Daebae E-Sports Association.

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Subdivisions Provinces: Eljang EljangReuni RhynachMyeoggi MyeoggiEurbrak UlbracaHonggi Hyonggi
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