Riu d'Archent

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A Republica d'o Riu d'Archent
Republic of Riu d'Archent
Flag of Riu d'Archent
Languages:  
 Official: Aragonese
 Others: Catalan, Costanice, German, (Italian placeholder name), Nuebo Cambriano (regional recognition), Mapudungun, Armenian
Cities:  
 Capital: Buen Ayre (Bons Aires)
 Largest: Buen Ayre
 Other: A Pllata, Badía Blanca, Mendoça, Murzia, Salta, Sant Chuan, Sant Miguel de Tucumán, Santa Fe d'A Verdadera Cruz, Viedma
King (Rei): Carles II
Cónsul d'o Senau: Asperanza Rius
Gubernaire-Cheneral: TBD
Population: 42,856,762 Riupllatenses/ Archentinos
Dominion status: from Aragon
 declared: 1876
Organizations: Aragonese League

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Administration

Government

According to the constitution of 2004, Riu d'Archent is ruled by the Senate and the Consul, who acts as a prime minister. In times of war and crises, a dictator may be appointed, who assumes most of the governmental powers, although Senate still retains legislative power. Since the adoption of the new constitution (and a year before it), the Consul of the Senate Asperanza Rius has been ruling the country on the pretext of political and economic instability.

Administrative Divisions

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History

The first settlement of Romans, or Costanicos (a mangling of "Constantinopolitanos") as they were then called, was in the 17th century, when they were expelled from Aragon. Later, when Catholic settlers came to the region, they settled inland, away from the Greeks and established what was to become their capital at Buen Ayre [1].

In the beginning of the 19th century, the political unrest in Europe expanded to their American colonies. After the French Republic attempted to solve some border disputes with Aragon by invading, the fierce Aragonese resistance led to the Peace of Barzelona in 1802. Through the rest of the Napoleonic wars, Aragon was a close ally of France.

In 1809 the French and the Aragonese invaded Castile and Leon and Portugal, King Alfonso XIV of Castile and Leon fled to New Granada and organized the courts there. King Pedro of Portugal was imprisoned by Napoleon who put his brother Joseph on the throne.

Aragon declared war against the Triple Alliance (the Federated Kingdoms, Austria and Russia). This led the English to attempt to take Buen Ayre. While the English failed to set foot on Riu d'Archent, they managed an effective blockade that effectively cut off Buen Ayre from Zaragoza. During their forced separation from Zaragoza, the colonial subjects slowly realized with every passing year of the blockade that Riu d'Archent could survive without the metropole.

While the partisans in Castile fought fiercely against the French and the Aragonese, Alfonso of Castile formally joined the Triple Alliance and organized an attack against Riu d'Archent from his empire's American holdings.

Riu d'Archent was formally returned to Aragon in 1819, but by this time, the Argentians had been cut from the metropole for too long. They asked for autonomous status, which was granted in 1823. Riu d'Archent elected its own parliament and cabinet, while recognizing King Ferdinand of Aragon as their monarch.

Riu D'Archent is the richest country in South America, Riu d'Archent formerly had a socialist government which greatly raised taxes in order to fund free and universal healthcare, free education up to the tertiary level, and greatly reduced housing for the urban poor. The socialist government that swept the 19XX elextions in an unprecedented move also accommodated the dominion's powerful trade unions in the policymaking process. A global evonokic doenturn greatly affected Riu D'Archent, and a rightwing, populist political movement calling itself the Movement for a Brighter Tomorrow, former in 1998 and began to agitate for an end to socialist policies in the executive branch and legislature. In 2003, the Movement for a Brighter Tomorrow staged a coup and a frightened parliament declared its leader (Asperanza Rius) prime minister, a very unconstitutional move. Since then, most of the previous government's key policies have been reversed. The new constitution of 2004 clarified that the role of the dominion viceroy is to be a "person who is temporarily appointed to rule the country by the Senate in times of wars, crisis, natural disasters, instability and other things which do not allow the peaceful existence of the state". The central government in Barzelona and Zaragoza was wholly uninterested at the time in intervening in the dominion and was content to work with the new viceroy Rius, something which cost Aragon greatly in the public relations department (public opinion against the metropole and King Carlos as an individual both tanked after Zaragoza's recognition of the Rius government).

Monarchs

Monarchs of Riu d'Archent
1876-1884Lluís IAlso Lluís II of Aragon
1884-1887Lluís IIAlso Lluís III of Aragon
1887-1904Alfons IAlso Alfons VI of Aragon
1904-1931Carles IAlso Carles V of Aragon
1931-1963Isabel IAlso Isabel I of Aragon
1963-1997Ferran IAlso Ferran V of Aragon
1997-presentCarles IIAlso Carles VI of Aragon

Geography

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Borders

Northeast: Paraguai
Northwest: Tawantinsuyu
West: Chile
South: Araucania and Patagonia
East: the Atlantic Ocean

Economy

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Culture

Tango is perhaps Riu d'Archent's most famous cultural export. It has spread worldwide, but has taken root particularly in France, Jervaine, and the rest of Latin America. In recent years, one notable band named Crux yh Fer has mixed tango with rock, some fuzió, and more recently electronic music. Large immigrant communities from Jervaine, Germany, Italy, the Two Sicilies, Portugal (especially in Uruguai), and Galicia (Castile-Leon) (and to a lesser extent Castile-proper), as well as fair-sized populations of African slaves and escaping freemen have added to the base substratum of native mixed with Catalan/Aragonese culture.

Languages

Aragonese is the primary language of Riu d'Archent. The Catalan dialect of the region is distinctive but moribund. It has its roots in the mostly dialect(s) of Catalan, while the Aragonese dialect derives its influences from the city dialect of Barcelona and the speech of the Aragonese-speaking parts of Murzia. Initially, the two languages were neck and neck and scattered throughout the country, but Catalan retreated to hang on just in the south while Aragonese came to dominate in the entire colony thanks to many millions of immigrants choosing Aragonese over Catalan. In Uruguay, Portuguese is also widely spoken, especially in the northern half of the country close to the border with Paraná and in the former colonial fortress of Sacramento. Neapolitan, Ligurian, Sicilian, Italian and Lombard were all brought to the country by the prominent immigrant communities from the Italian peninsula, but the lack of intelligibility between the various Italian languages and dialects forced the immigrants to learn Aragonese as a way to communicate with each other. In the region of New Kemr, Brithenig remains a vigorously spoken language. Jovian is still spoken among some (but not many) members of the Jervan immigrant communities, and Yiddish remains the language of many Jewish immigrants. Various native languages, particularly Guaraní, Mapudungun and Aymara are spoken close to the borders with Charcas, Araucania and Patagonia and Paraguai, as well as in various other parts of the country. Costanice is spoken along the border with Nea Illenicia. Armenian and Arabic were both brought to the dominion by other Near Eastern immigrant groups, particularly Armenian Catholics from the Ottoman Empire and Maronites from the Druze fiefdom of old Lebanon.

Religion

Military

Conscription was reintroduced by president Asperanza Rius, who as well defined the new path for the country's military. Offensive force, especially the air force, is to be expanded. The navy largely assumes border defense role. Country's arsenal of the strategic RA weapons has been increased from 2 to 3 in the last years and the plans are to increase it to 5 by 2008. The Libertad-2 missiles that are used currently are able to strike only the neighboring states. The Libertad-3 missile which is under development could reach much farther and strike most of America and even the Iberian peninsula. It is largely regarded by the outside world as Rius' pressure to make Aragon not to interfere with the affairs of Riu d'Archent. The costs and the need for the Libertad-3 project is debated. The plans are to build 2 to 3 Libertad-3 missiles.

  • Land army: 87,000 of personnel, 420 main battle tanks.
  • Navy (main bases: Buen Ayre, Badía Blanca): 9,000 of personnel, 2 submarines, 10 patrol boats, 4 destroyers, 4 frigates.
  • Air force: 14,000 of personnel, 47 military airships, 55 combat aircraft.
  • Nuclear arsenal: 50 Field RAWs, 3 Strategic RAWs with regional capability.

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