|Conventional short name:|
|Local:||Bornei y Filipinas|
|English:||Bornei and the Filipinas|
Cebú de Vizaya
Cota Bato de Maguindanao
|Pañghulo:||Rajja Jorge Aliño de Vizaya|
|Prime minister:||Rodrigo Roa Duterte|
|Population:||about 100 million Filipinos|
|Established:||1902, union between Bornei, Maguindanao, Sulug, and the former Castilian province of the Filipinas and the Malucos. The Malucos, however, left the federation in 1949|
|Currency:||1 peso (ringit) = 8 reales = 24 sueldos = 96 cuartas|
|Organizations:||Castilian Commonwealth of Nations|
The archipelago is known for its Christian traditions based on a mixture of Nestorian and Isidorian traditions. The Nestorian tradition was brought over by Nestorian missionaries from China in the 13th century, while the Isidorian tradition came with the arrival of the Castilians. From 1565 and the next 300 years, Castile and Leon tried to colonize the archipelago with little success. It did, however, manage to exert a considerable Hispanic influence. For instance, the national language, Chavacano, is a Castilian creole.
Bornei-Filipinas is one of the most developed countries in Asia and was one of the founding members of the Austronesian League.
Main article: History of Filipinas
There is no official religion. The major religions are Borneian Church and the Isidoran Rite Catholics. Both share at least 35% of the population. The Borneian Church is strong in the south and central Luzong; Isidorans, those Filipinos who did not broke from the Catholic church since independence, are numerous elsewhere.
There are also Eastern Orthodox minorities, founded by Father John Maximovitch when he stayed with Russian refugees, both SNORist and anti-SNOR, in Tubabao Island, province of Samar, before finally emigrating to the North American League. They number about 5,000,000, scattered throughout the country, but especially concentrated on Tendaya-Butuan and are politically astute. Muslim Filipinos, called Moros, number about 200,000 and stem from the failed attempt my Muslim missionaries to convert Bornei to Islam. They are scattered also throughout the country, but are known in Maguindanao, Sulug, and Bornei. The rest are shared with Protestants, Buddhists, and a few Jews.
Chavacano, a Castillian creole, is one of the official languages along with Castillian and Tagalog. Chavacano was until recently, the favored national language in Filipinas by the government. It is composed mainly of Zamboanga, Ternate, Ermita, and others, though the Zamboanga and Cavite dialects are the most prominent. The 'Standard' Chavacano usually spoken is the dialect of Ermita, a city in Manila province. It is spoken in the inner parts of Manila province. However, in the south, the Zamboanga dialect predominates. Chavacano is also spoken in Cavite, and in the Province of Ternate (settled by returnees from Cavite).
Tagalog though, seems to challenge or even replace Chavacano as the official language, since this was the language spoken in the outer parts of Manila province. The pervasive influence of Tagalog in other languages, even in Chavacano, as well as the fact that the media in Filipinas are always based in Manila, a Tagalog stronghold, had caused alarm in other regions, and it seems that Chavacano's only role is as a lingua franca of Filipinas. Many of the overseas Filipino communities spoke both Chavacano and Tagalog along with some Castillian, though many also speak Cebuano and Ilocano. Some even argued that Tagalog be designated as the national language on the basis that the Catipunan employed Tagalog rather than Castillian or Chavacano, and Chavacano is really a Romance language creole, not a native Austronesian language.
For this reason, Castillian is used as a working language today in government documents while the Chavacano vs. Tagalog debate continues. As a result, even Vizayans have joined the debate.
In September 1, 2010, a referendum was held approving new official languages aside Castellano and Chavacano, the primary national languages of Bornei-Filipinas. These are Tagalog, Ilocano, Bicolano, Vizaya, Capiznon, Waray, Suluano, Malay and Maguindanao. However, Castillian remained the working language of government to prevent favoritism.
The government is both a republic and a monarchy, though an elected one. The head of state is called the Pañghulo, usually translated as "President". The Pañghulo's powers have been reduced since the fall of the SNORist regime. The Prime Minister governs the day-to-day business of government.
Bornei-Filipinas is an archipelago consisting of more than 7,200 islands. It consists of the islands of the Filipinas Archipelago, (which include the Rajjaos of Cabolohan, Luzoñg, Vizayas, Tendaya-Butuan and Maguindanao); the eastern portions of Micronesia, (which include the Rajjaos of the Marianas and Palao); the northern arm of Celebes, (which belongs to the Rajjao of Manado); and the northern part of Bornei, (which belongs to the Majarajjao of Bornei and the Rajjao of Sulug).
The boundaries of the rajjaos compared to the provinces and regions *here* are as follows:
- The Majarajjao of Bornei consists of Parts of Northwestern tip of Bornei. Capital at Cota Bato de Bornei (Bandar Seri Begawan *here*).
- The Rajjao of Manado consists of the part of Sulawesi north of the equator, plus the Talaud and Sangir archipelagos of *here*. Capital at Manado.
- The Rajjao of Maguindanao consists of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) of *here*. Capital at Cota Bato de Maguindanao (Cotabato *here*).
- The Rajjao of Sulug consists of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, and the northeastern coast of Sabah of *here*. Capital at Sulug (Jolo *here*).
- The Rajjao of Vizaya western and central of the Visayas (Regions VI, VII), and Region V (Bikol) of *here*. Capital at Cebu de Vizaya.
- The Union of the Rajjaos of Tendaya and Butuan consists of Region IX, Region X, Region XI, Region XIII, royal capital at Butuan, administrative capital at Tacloban.
- The Majarajjao of Luzoñg consists of the National Capital Region, Region III, Region IV-A (CALABARZON), and Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) of *here*. Capital at Tondo. It was promoted to Majarajjao by Rajja Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2008.
- The Rajjao of Cabolohan consists of the Provinces of Ilocos, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Vizcaya, La Union, and Nueva Ecija. Formerly located in Binatalongan, Pangasinan, it was relocated to Vigan.
- The Rajjao of the Marianas consists of the Northern Marianas Islands of *here*. Capital at Saipan.
- The Rajjao of Palao consists of Palau. Capital at Coror (Koror *here*).
The country is also subdivided into Provinces.
Basketball is essentially the national sport in Filipinas much like *here*, though with better successes in the international championships *there*. Battlegame is also a favored game in Filipinas, so much so that some "unofficial" matches use plastic pellets or even live ammunition in all cases, discouraged by the ABFB [the official Battlegame organization in Filipinas], but it is always ignored.
Sepac Tacraw is the official sport, played also in Madzapahit and Xrivijaya.
Football is played in Filipinas, but Filipinas has the unfortunate reputation of being among the poorest-performing national football teams in the world much like *here*. Basketball's sheer popularity in Filipinas caused Filipino football to be mostly ignored. However, dedicated fan clubs and players exist to ensure the survival of Bornei-Filipinas in football. This is not enough to warrant inclusion in the World Football Series and Bornei-Filipinas had withdrawn from two qualifying tournaments due to perennial failures of the national team.
The Armed Forces of Bornei-Filipinas was founded in 1898 by combining the armies of Filipinas and Bornei. While it initially enjoyed considerable strength thanks to influx of SNORist Russian weaponry, after the Bornei Filipinas War, its strength whittled away, its equipment badly needed replacement.
In 2010, Prime Minister Benigno Simeon Aquino announced an overhaul of military forces. Army forces received new Austrian AUG rifles, the Navy got two new frigates, and the Air Force received new jet aircraft and airships from Japan.