Empire of Sekowo (Kunikata: 大生古塢帝国 transl: Dai Sekouo Teikoku, Sekowan: 大生古塢帝國 transl: Dē Shiikuuwo Tēkuku) is a nation located on the continent of Dovani. It is bordered by Hulstria and Gao-Soto to the north, Ostland to the north-east, New Verham to the east, Statrica to the south, Lourenne to the south-west, and the Kankawaran Bay to the west.
Seko is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarch, with 31st most populated country in the world, with a largely urban and dense population. Around two-thirds of Seko's territory is mountainous, thus concentrating much of its population along the coast as well as in less-rugged interior geographic areas.
- 1 Etymology and other names
- 2 History
- 3 Geography, Climate and Environment
- 4 Government and Politics
- 5 Administrative divisions
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Foreign Relations
- 8 Military
- 9 Economy
- 10 Infrastructure & Transportation
- 11 Science and Technology
- 12 Culture
- 13 References
Etymology and other names
Sekowoan history is split into several periods: Ancient, Classic, Colonial, Union, Aretic, Commonwealth, First Empire, Second Commonwealth, Second Empire,The Third Empire, The Nationalist Era, Republican Era, Absolute Monarchy Era and the Second Republican Era. Sekowo has no one original peoples, but rather has been comprised of many different cultures and civilizations.
However, while Sekowo has been the home to many different cultures, Sekowoan history has only been primarily influenced by three of them. The Orinco culture of the ancient coastal city-states is the oldest indigenous Sekowoan civilization, and its influence can be seen in Bizena, Lorrod, and to a lesser extent North-West Undarro. The Kunihito people, part of the Gao-Showa metaethnicity, and their ancestors have lived in the region for over a thousand years, however as Sekowo marked the southernmost part of the Empire of Gao-Soto, Gao-Showan influence has historically been limited to Hasowar and South-East Undarro. The colonial period and mixed marriages have led to the development of the third major culture, the Sécowonnais. Another culture that was historically important, but whose relevance is now minimal, was the Nordic Sørna, a group related to Kazulians, who primarily influenced North-East regions of Sekowo, and the result of their presence can be seen the most in Hikhala.
Although Sekowo was originally unified by the native Orinco Tsekwon Empire, it became part of the Empire of Gao-Soto in the 14th century. After having become a colony of Egelion and later Rildanor in the early modern age, Sekowo gained her independence in 2193, beginning the Union period. Between 2402 and 2436, Sekowo was ruled by a totalitarian ideology, Aretism. The Aretist regime collapsed in 2436, after the First Sekowan Civil War, beginning the Commonwealth era after four years of transition.
The Commonwealth era is considered to have started in the year 2440, though Sekowo did not use Commonwealth in its name until several decades after this. The era is one of the longest and encompasses great political change, civil and external war and the growth of Sekowo's territory to its modern size. The Commonwealth era officially ended in 2723 as a result of the massive change in the government from a semi-presidential Federation into a Federal monarchy, the First Sekowan Empire.
In November 2891 after months of internal political conflict and tension, a semi-presidential parliamentary democracy was created unanimously by the Senate. The government of the time set its goal to regain the respect Sekowo once had before its former government collapsed. However, this did not last, as in February 2925 the Second Empire (the Eternal Harmony and Empire Magnificent) was established, which lasted until 2980. This period was also marked by the intensification of ethnic conflict, and was almost entirely covered by civil war. In January 2935 an Orinco Junta seized power in a coup d'etat, and, due to the resurgence of the Eternal Harmony, power was divided in June 2939 between the Junta-ruled Imperial Dominions in the North and the Ishida loyalist Eternal Harmony in the South. The Eternal Harmony officially annexed the Imperial Dominions in February 2958, however there was continued guerrilla warfare by communist insurgents in the North. Between 2964 and 2980, the country participated in what is known as the Great Sekowian War.
Conditions continued to deteriorate for the Empire Magnificent and in September 2980, Yukio Kumiko abdicated the throne and disestablished the empire. Around the same time, Kenji Ishida was installed officially as emperor of Sekowo under the Imperial Federation of Sekowo, which then controlled all of Sekowo. However, in October 3015 several high ranking military officers stormed the Celestial Palace in a bloodless coup and the Ishida family along with the cabinet were overthrown.
Following mass civil disobedience and social unrest the junta was later replaced with the Empress and Celestial Family retaking their positions as Monarch and Imperial family and Democracy restored.
In 3368, another coup removed the Ishidas from power, and installed a Gao-Showan ultranationalist regime, which lasted until August 3386, when the Ishidas were returned to the throne.
The Theocratic regime reigned for some time until it was replaced with the more popular communist party.it stood true to it's predecessors and expanded the civil rights of the people but restricted political rights. Only a couple years later and a massive political revolution nearly split the nation in two. influenced by pan Gao-Showon Nationalism Miyamoto Takimoto created his party(The Sekowo no kokumintō) with the backing of his paramilitary group Haiiro no shatsuāmī (Grey Shirt Army). The party immediately started gaining votes and by July 3927 took control of the government. Thus began the dramatic restructuring of the once liberal nation of Sekowo into a Ultra Nationalistic Dictatorship led by Miyamoto Takimoto. All members belonging to Sekowon nobility were either killed,imprisoned,or fled from the country . Various headquarters of opposing political parties were destroyed and members went into hiding or just fled the country.
In 3941, Kodos Fairname founded an opposition party, the Yoko Kake Meguppātī. Though Fairname himself is half Kunihito by ethnicity and was born in Sekowo in 3913, his parents, after being threatened and harassed by the terror of the Haiiro no shatsuāmī (Grey Shirt Army), fled with him to the Republic of Kirlawa in 3924, which was welcoming to refugees and immigrants. But Fairname, along with other expatriate Sekowans who settled in the Republic of Kirlawa and elsewhere, always dreamt of one day returning to Sekowo and freeing it from Fascist rule. Famously, Fairname is said to have sailed across the ocean back to Sekowo from the Republic of Kirlawa in August 3937 in a makeshift catamaran, accompanied only by his friend and closest supporter (Watashitachi No Maru No Orukusu O Aho), and with only three boxes of supplies and food. The event has since been semi-mythologized amongst Kodos' supporters as "The Returning". Although 65% of Yoko Kake Meguppātī party members are native Sekowons, its founding association with Kirlawan exiles (and exiled Sekowans elsewhere) led to nativist demonization of Yoko Kake Meguppātī supporters on the part of the Haiiro no shatsuāmī. The Yoko Kake Meguppātī receives especially strong support from non-ethnic Kunihitos, who make up 25% of the population and who were persecuted under the Nativist Fascist rule of Miyamoto Takimoto.
Once in power, the Yoko Kake Meguppātī initiated sweeping legislative changes - limiting the powers of the military and the police, pursuing a progressive social policy agenda, and enacting the economic policies of Kodonomics. In 3959, the Yoko Kake Meguppātī passed a series of constitutional changes, changing the name of Sekowo to simply "Sekowo," and controversially altering the national anthem to include references to "The Returning", while also inserting a reference to Kodonomics in the national motto, and changing the national flag. Shortly thereafter, the National Conservative Party won the elections of 3959, knocking Kodos Fairname's Yoko Kake Meguppātī out of power for the first time in years.
Through political maneuvering which some observers characterized as shrewd, while other observers called it questionable, Kodos Fairname managed to secure early elections in September 3961, well before the regular elections scheduled in July 3965. Fairname led his party back to power with 58.82% of the vote in 3961, then 60.50% in the elections of 3963. The Yoko Kake Meguppātī continued to ram its policy agenda through the Gikai, including more Kodonomics, some attempts to show that Kodonomics could be consistent with Capitalism, and additional social reforms. Unfortunately, then tragedy fell. On August 21, 3964, Sekiguchi Fairname, the celebrated mother of Kodos Fairname, passed away. The government declared a national state of mourning, and heads of state, party leaders, and dignitaries from across Terra traveled to Sekowo to express their condolences. Meanwhile, however, opposition had been building to the government, especially among the elites of Sekowoan society. This came to a head in 3964 with the founding of the Sekowo Elitist Association by a group of powerful, wealth, and well-connected businesspersons and professionals.
Geography, Climate and Environment
- Sekowo is comprised mostly of three different geographic zones.
- The Northern part of the country is comprised of high mountains, because of this, the area has a temperate climate in the summer and cold and snowy winters.
- The middle of the country is comprised of small mountains and mostly hilly terrain. The climate in the area is a mixture of Temperate and Sub-tropic with Summer and Winter temperatures varying year by year, though in all it is a mild and comfortable climate.
- The Lower South-East of the country is comprised of the Western most part of the Great Dovani plains. The climate in the area tends to be very warm, with summer temperatures reaching as high as 45°C.
Government and Politics
Sekou is a unitary republic with a parliamentary democracy system, and the President (Kunikata: 大統領) is elected. However, most of the executive power is held by the Prime Minister (Kunikata:内閣総理大臣, Sekowan: 瀬國内閣總理大臣 ), who is the head of the government elected by the Diet, the legislative body.
The supreme legislative body of the country is the bicameral National Diet (Kunikata: 国会, Sekowan:國会), which consists of the House of Councillers (Kunikata:衆議院) and the House of Representatives (Kunikata:参議院, Sekowan:參議院). The Diet consists of 450 members in the House of Representatives and 238 members in the House of Councillers, elected by the sovereign people. The Diet has the power to enact laws and budgets, vote on treaties, appoint the prime minister, and pass resolutions of no confidence in the cabinet.
In addition, each house has its own secretariat and legislative bureau to assist the two houses.
Emerging from a history of far-right rule which had been preceded by a totalitarian Communist regime and Kamist theocracy, today finally Sekowo has a democratic regime usually dominated by a single or two major political parties. The rise of the Yoko Kake Meguppātī opposition party and Miyamoto Takimoto's decision to allow Sekowo to transition peacefully to Democracy led to the Takimoto Reform of 3942, which began the process of liberalizing Sekowo. Following Kodos Fairname's landslide 3947 electoral victory, the Yoko Kake Meguppātī opposition party introduced a series of "De-Fascization" bills to further this transitional process. These involved reductions in police and military powers, the expansion of civil liberties, and the introduction of Kodonomics. The government had created a Truth and Reconciliation Commission with a mandate to investigate and report on abuses that had occurred under previous totalitarian governments. For most of its modern history, Sekowo has been ruled as a single-party state, generally restricting the political (though not civil) freedoms of its citizens.
Various measures have been made throughout Sekowan history to curb radical nationalism in the government. Some political ideologies had been banned outright, those being Aretism and Nuncirism. Other techniques used in the past against radicalism have included banning political parties affiliated internationally with organizations (ex. the New World Order and Nova Terra) and establishing a Cordon sanitaire against them.
The most prominent political parties during the period [] established after 3600 are the Democratic People's Party of Sekouo, the Liberal Party of Sekowoの共産党, the 人々の社会主義党, the Conservative Republican Party, the Yoko Kake Meguppātī, the National Conservative Party of Sekowo, the National Progressives (which later reformed into the 立憲維新党 Rikken Ishin-tō), the Jiyū Party of Sekouo (the largest and longest lasting big tent independent/rightwing political party in Sekowo),the 憲法民主党 (Kenpō Minshutō), the Saiken Renmei, the Liberty Party, the 変化する (Change), the 国民同盟党 (Kokumin Dōmeitō) and the 解放運動 (Kaihō Undō).
Following the rise of 解放運動 (Kaihō Undō), along with other leftwing socialist political parties a new Constitution was established in 4752 which mandated a decentralized cooperative economic system, while also mandating that the national government is responsible for the universal free provision of healthcare, education and basic needs to all citizens. The major political parties included the Jiyū Party of Sekouo (Big Tent) and the Liberation Movements coalition. This three party coalition includes the 新橋 (Shinbashi), 国立村 (Kokuritsu-mura), and 曙 (Akebono). Following the 4855 elections the 新橋 (Shinbashi) and 曙 (Akebono) coalition parties disbanded leaving only 国立村 (Kokuritsu-mura) as the main opposition party. Following the 4860 election, the last of the Liberation Coalition parties, the 国立村 (Kokuritsu-mura) party officially disbanded and the 4752 constitution was abolished.
In 4921, Sekowan political activist Takeo Yamashita founded the conservative right-wing party, the Sekoku New Party, and successfully entered national politics. At the same time, the Rikken Aikoku Party, a pro-Yingdala party, suffered a major defeat in the election and announced its dissolution, bringing an end to the 17-year-long absolute monarchy. In 4961, the party changed its name from the Sekoku New Party to the United Nationalist Party, which continues to be the ruling party of the National Diet of Seko.
- The major administrative divisions in Seko include 5 provinces and 4 special cities.
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The main division of Seko is called the Han (国) or State, traditionally called Han. The States are led by members of the national assembly; the head of a Han is named 藩王 (Han-ō/Han-woo). The States are further subdivided into municipalities, which comprise cities, towns, and groups of villages.
Municipalities make up the third and smallest administrative division of Sekowo
Municipalities are primarily made up of large cities, towns, villages, and hamlets that are close by each other.
The number of municipalities in Sekowo is not concrete due to the regular creation, merging and division of them happening every few years.
List of Municipalities
Sekowo had protectorates which were sold in March 2874 to the Holy Luthori Empire and in March 2875 to the Federation of Zardugal; the Sekowan protectorates were Argos, Cho'kun, Kurageri, Lyore, Medina, Midway, Rapa Pile, Shiratoku, Teoitan, Tropica. This decision was overturned by later nationalistic governments, but the protectorates remained under foreign occupation. Gradually, most of the former protectorates were reoccupied by the Imperial Sekowo Armed Forces. The Indralan-Sekowan War ended the Sekowan colonial empire for the second time, as all Sekowan colonies and protectorates were transferred to Indrala as per the provisions of the Treaty of Gemun.
With a population of 99 million, Sekowo is the 6th most populous country in Dovani and 31st in the world. Sekowo's annual population growth has seen substantial increases as well as slower growth periods, however it is currently increasing at a rate of around 2.35% every five years. The average life expectancy is 95 (92 male, 98 female).
Like most nations in Dovani, Sekowan ethnicity is characterized by being a conglomeration of different peoples both from within the country itself as well as immigrants. The largest ethnicities in Sekowo are the Gao-Showa, who make about 65% of the population, the Orincos, a native Dovani population, who form about 15% of the population, and the Sécowonnais, a Metis people, making about 10%.
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The most widely practiced religion in Sekowo is the Sekowan Kamism. Sekowan Kamism differs from the mainstream version of the religion in numerous aspects, primarily the belief in the spiritual superiority of women. Other Gao-Showan religions (Jienism, Zenshō and Mazdâyanâ Daenism, Guidao) are all practiced in Sekowo, and owing to their non-exclusive nature, they are usually practiced in syncretism. In spite of this, most Sekowans, while to a large extent identifying with one or more of the Gao-Showan religions, do not hold any form of religious beliefs; religious affiliation is more a matter of culture and occasionally participation in religious rituals.
Orincos mostly adhere to Orinco Polytheism. Orinco Polytheism has a large pantheon of gods and heroes, and a central aspect of the religion is sacrifice, including blood sacrifice. Hosianism is also practiced in the nation. The largest Hosian denomination in Sekowo is the Theognosian Church. Most Hosians in Sekowo belong to the Sécowonnais ethnicity.
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The armed forces of the Great Republic of Seko is the Seko Defense Forces, and the Prime Minister of the Great Republic of Seko is the Supreme Commander of the Army, Navy, and Air Force with the Army, Navy, and Air Force Headquarters under the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Chief of General Staff. As of 4975, Seko Defense Forces has about 260,000 troops in the Army, 58,000 in the Navy, 47,000 in the Air Force, and 163,000 in the Reserves, and is one of the few countries in Dovani that have adopted a full volunteer system.
Sekowo has long had a mixed economy, as well as a very developed social protection system. However, various different administrations over the years went back and forth between more or less controlled economies.
The actions of the cabinets during the 3600-3900s began to implement a far-reaching program of macroeconomic stabilization and structural reform aimed at maintaining price-stability, creating conditions for sustained growth, and alleviating scarcity were seen as the cause of Sekowo's previous economic growth, as well as the rise of a new dynamic middle-class capable of economic expansion.
The population in extreme poverty had decreased from 54.7% to 10.7% in the general population and from 74.1% to 16.7% in rural areas since the founding of modern Sekowo, and the GDP annual average growth over the long term has averaged 2-7%. Sekowo was a founding member of the Dovani Common Market Area, though it trades with several other countries as well.
In the years prior to the Liberation Movements rise to power, due to the free market policies of the Jiyū government, the country's economy had been undergone dramatic changes. The complete deregulation of vast sectors of industry as well as easing of capital controls have contributed to the economy's growth spurt, at an average of 6.7% a year, the highest being a whopping 9.3%. Energy had also shifted greatly over to solar and nuclear power which now dominate the energy industry after legalization of nuclear energy by the Jiyū Party of Sekouo (自由党) government. The previous government controlled by the Jiyū Party of Sekouo (自由党) continued their complete shift to a completely free market economic structure. This was all part of their economic plan known as Jiyūnomics which is a play on the previously popular Kodonomics which they have denounced as a temporary fix solution to the complex problems of the market. Jiyūnomics promotes deregulation, tax cuts, privatization of government programs and further economic globalization achieved through unilateral free trade. Under Jiyūnomics poverty had dropped even lower with the general population poverty going from 10.7% to 3.7% and from 16.7% to 6.7% in rural areas. Worries persist, however, especially among the left side of the political isle over indications of increasing inequality as well as the complete erosion of the welfare state.
- Kodonomics (named after Kodos Fairname) played a large role in the Sekowan economy, and in contemporary Sekowan politics. Kodonomics follows the principles of functional finance, and seeks to adjust the government's budget to either stimulate or slow down the economy, depending on the levels of unemployment and inflation. The Economic doctrine of
Main Article: Jiyūnomics
Jiyūnomics refers to the economic, budgetary (government spending and taxation) policies enacted by the Jiyū Party of Sekowo (自由党) under its leadership of the Council. Jiyūnomics involves major cuts to government spending, elimination of all taxes and conversion to a single simple flat or consumption tax, gradual deregulation of the market until the market is completely free, and unilateral universal free trade. It is based on the principles of free marketism and voluntary exchange which are key beliefs of the Jiyū Party of Sekowo (自由党).
Infrastructure & Transportation
The infrastructure and transportation systems of Sekowo are extensive and highly developed.
Sekowo's infrastructure system is extensive due to over a century of government ownership and private investment into various areas.
The communications infrastructure system is considered the most extensive and developed in Dovani with telecommunications lines connecting every home, office and building.
The average Internet connection speed in Sekowo is 52 mb/s.
The transportation network of Sekowo consists of two primary transport systems, the railways and road system.
While roadways were at one time the most prevalent transport system in Sekowo following decades of environmental regulation laws in place the rail system replaced it as the primary means of transport. However, in more recent years despite the cutting back of environmental regulations and privatization, Sekowoans still predominantly travel by private railway systems primarily run on nuclear power.
The rail system of Sekowo is unique in that roughly seventy percent of existing rail lines have been converted into MagLev routes connecting much of Sekowo proper and linking the major cities and population centers of the overall Commonwealth.
Science and Technology
Sekowoan culture is incredibly diverse due to Sekowo's population being comprised of many different groups from differing cultures. However Sekowoan culture is most influenced by the Orinco cultures of the coastal city-states, the Kli'kut and related cultures of the South and the Gao-Showan cultures that permeate the Eastern half of the country.
Sekowo has a very traditional and ancient music industry. Gagaku is the most appreciated type of music in Sekowo, being one of the most important aspects of its culture.
Anime is a Sekowoan animation very popular in the country. It was first created as a type of hand-drawing but it later developed into TV animations. It has had quite a lot of success outside of Sekowo and is an essential part of Sekowoan culture.
While many holidays are celebrated in different regions there are several national holidays celebrated throughout the nation.
Three multi-day celebrations are also celebrated throughout the country, the Summer Celebration that lasts from June 27th to July 10th, the Winter Holiday that lasts from December 19th to December 31st and the New Years menagerie which lasts from January 1st to the 5th.
|Sougwachi (New Year's Day)||January 1|
|Juuruku Nichi (Ancestors at the New Year)||January 16|
|Independence Day||February 1|
|Eternal Harmony Day||February 16|
|Hanami (Cherry blossom festival)||End of March to early May|
|Yukka Nu Hii (Dragon Boat Races)||May 4|
|Summer Solstice||June 27|
|Fireworks Day||July 5|
|Taa Faa Kuu Dance||August 15|
|Freedom Day (fall of Aretism)||September 9|
|National Love Day||October 11|
|Liberty Day (fall of Nationalist Dictatorship)||November 11|
|Winter Solstice||December 19|
|Nations of Dovani|
|First World||Kyoseon - Indrala - Kazulia - Lourenne - Mikuni-Hulstria - Sekowo - Talmoria - Vorona|
|Third World||Bianjie - Cifutingan - Dalibor - Degalogesa - Hanzen - Istapali - Kimlien - Kurageri - Liore - Medina - Midway - New Englia - New Verham - North Dovani - Ntoto - Rapa Pile - Statrica - Suyu Llaqta - Ostland - Utari Mosir - Utembo - Xsampa|