|Motto: United as One|
|Anthem: Great Ostrobian Federation
Location of Ostrobia (dark green) within the European Union (light green)
|Official language(s)||Ostrobian English|
|Recognised regional languages||Ostrobian, Stratoherran, Prethenique French, Hyenian|
|Ethnic groups (2011)||87.1% White or White Ostrobian, 4.6% Asian or Middle Eastern, 4.5% Black, 2% Mixed, 1% Other|
|Government||Federal parliamentary republic|
|-||Prime Minister||Alexandria Zwanskee|
|-||Deputy Prime Minister||Samuel Raick|
|-||Chief Justice||Robert Hill|
|-||Upper house||Federal Council|
|-||Lower house||Federal Chamber|
|Amalgamation of British, Stratoherran & the Proijta & the Baal (Dutch) regions|
|-||Ostrobian Independence & Constitution||1848|
|-||Collapse of Unitarian Rule & Ostrobian Civil War||June 18, 1861 - November 11, 1918|
|-||Deceleration of the Federation & Freedom Charter||May 8, 1920|
|-||European Economic Community||May 5, 1986|
|-||Total||234,390 km2 (85)
90,498 sq mi
|-||2015 estimate||59,300,000 (23)|
|-||2011 census||58,947,218 (22)|
|GDP (PPP)||2016 estimate|
|-||Per capita||46,432 (21)|
|GDP (nominal)||2016 estimate|
|-||Per capita||43,320 (15)|
|Gini (2014)||26.4 (low)|
|HDI (2015)||0.939 (very high) (2)|
|Currency||Ostrobian Dollar (
|Time zone||CET (+1) (UTC+1)|
|-||Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Drives on the||left|
|ISO 3166 code||OS|
The Federation has a population of ?? million, one of the largest in Europe. It is a democratic government, with the head of state and government being the Prime Minister, which since 1 September 2017 is Alexandria Zwanskee. It is divided into 12 states and 2 special territories.
Ostrobia has a rich cultural history spanning from the Hunnic Empire. Ostrobia was relatively isolated from the rest of Europe except for Scandinavia due to the mountain ranges in the South Island, however few trading cities from the Saxons and the Hanseatic League was created. Ostrobia was ruled by different kingdoms until the late 1500s when the Dutch managed to cross the South Island and began trading and eventually colonising the land. The Dutch Golden Age developed Ostrobia in to a model nation, until the First Anglo-Dutch War, which made the Netherlands give up Ostrobia. England and Scotland began colonising Ostrobia in 1654. The British created new settlements around the west coast of Ostrobia and it was the first colonial power to extend its influence in Eastern Ostrobia as the Stratoherran Empire began to fall during the mid-1700s.
By 1790, Ostrobian nationalists began to surge and demand independence from Britan, inspired by the American Revolution. In 1848, Ostrobia gained independence from Britain after a series of revolutions that sparked across mainland Europe in 1848. During the years of 1848-1852, Ostrobia fell in civil war but by 1855, Ostrobia was united under a federal government and the Ostrobian Industrial Revolution occured and by 1890s, the Ostrobian Golden Age occured after a stable, independent government was established. In 1914, Ostrobia fell to another civil war again, part of World War I, however a Second Ostrobian Golden Age occured during 1920 towards 1929, before the Great Depression. During 1929 - 1940, a Great Exodus occurred, as the people went out of the countryside and inside cities to look for jobs. World War II, saw the destruction of major Ostrobian cities, however the Nazi regime could not make it towards Ostrobia because of the Ostrobian mountains and heavily fortified seawalls. During the 1950s to the 70s, Ostrobia's economic growth has exploded, however an invasion of Stratoherra in 1972 caused the government to fall in to disarray which lasted until 1974. In 1982, Ostrobian joined the European Union and agreed to the Schengen Area, but not the Eurozone.
Today, Ostrobia is a developed country, with a high per-capita GDP and Human Development Index. It has been a member of the European Union since 1982 and is also a member of the Commonwealth, G20, NATO, and OECD. It maintains a globalist outlook on world matters, with maintaining secure trade links with other countries always a high priority. The official languages are English and Ostrobian.
The exact origin of the name 'Ostrobia' is unknown. Most probably, the modern form of the name came from the Dutch word of oester'-'rijk (eastern realm).
Before the Dutch, however, Ostrobia or Oesterijk did not exist and separate kingdoms ruled the land. The whole archipelago was named Vetiti Terra (Land of the Forbidden in Latin - referring to the isolation the island had over mainland Europe). The Scandinavians called it Lure (Wonder). The British had called the entire island Britanniam Secundo during the Middle Ages and New Britain during the early years of colonisation, before the Oesterijk and then Ostrobia name solidified across Ostrobia.
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The total area of Ostrobia is approximately 231,000 square kilometres. Most of the land area is divided in between North Island and South Island. Most of the land in the north is flat, with a few hills, most notably the Western Ranges and the Derildra Region. The South Island is more mountainous, including the Noel Ranges, containing the country's highest mountain, Mount Takely at 1504 metres.
Ostrobia's climate is cool and temperate. Temperatures are usually mild due to the North Sea influence. The highest temperature ever recorded in Ostrobia was 39.2°C (102.5°F) recorded in Delacombe, South Central and the lowest was -20.7°C (-7.2°F) recorded in the Mount Canfield reserve in Holboken.
Politics and government Edit
Ostrobia has three levels of government: federal (situated in Treien), state or territory, and local. Local government is highly complex, with many cities being in fact not one city, but divided into multiple local government areas. (As of 22 January 2016, Treien is divided into 31 LGA's) Most rural areas are designed as shires, or farmwoods (generally with only small towns and little population).
As a federation, Ostrobia is divided into 15 federal subjects, and furthermore these subjects are separated by type. Ostrobia has:
- 11 states - the most common federal unit. These all have regional parliaments. These institutions are unicameral (except for the bicameral parliament in Alnet) and exercise their own power over state-related matters. They are governed by a Premier. The states are: (note, population is unknown)
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- 2 autonomous regions: Hyenia and Stratoherra. Both were originally a state after the State Plan but following protests, they were forced to grant a different level of independence to Hyenia. In 1974, the Stratoherran Peace Plan was decided upon by the Ostrobian Government, Stratoherran National Party and Nationens Sværd (paramilitary wing of the Stratoherran National Party). This allowed Stratoherra to become an autonomous region. There are calls from the Prethenian autonomous party - Parti de Pretheniqué to turn Prethenia into an autonomus region, however only 35% of Prethenia's population is French-speaking and French along with English is the co-official languages of Prethenia.
- 2 unitary territories: the National Territory and Seblo Integrated State, both of these surround the country's two largest cities.
- 1 external region: New Cambera, which is similar to a unitary state however it does not have any state-level legislation, all of this is achieved from a specific council of Federal Government.
The Ostrobian federal court system (except for Hyenia and Stratoherra) is divided into multiple levels: the Magistrates' Court, the County/District Court, the Supreme Court (located in all federal subjects with the exception of New Cambera) and the High Court of Ostrobia in Treien. Hyenia's system is different, will be elaborated on later.