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|Republic of Kania|
Laudate Dominus Deus Jehovae
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
and largest city
|Official languages||English • French • Hebrew|
|Religion||Kanian Alithian Church|
|Alexander Kane (F)|
|Atasha Mayer (F)|
|Josiah Hawkins (F)|
|Oscar Wallace Scott (F)|
|Legislature||Federal Senate of Kania|
• from Great Britain
|16 December 1756|
|89,461 km2 (34,541 sq mi) (112th)|
• Water (%)
• 2016 estimate
• 2010 census
|87.00/km2 (225.3/sq mi) (118th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2016 estimate|
(₭524.930 billion) (20th)
• Per capita
|$98,536 (₭67,444) (2nd)|
|GDP (nominal)||2016 estimate|
(₭542.956 billion) (18th)
• Per capita
|$101,920 (₭69,760) (2nd)|
low · 125th
very high · 1st
|Currency||Kanian dollar (₭) (KND)|
|Time zone||Kanian Standard Time (UTC-3)|
• Summer (DST)
|Drives on the||right|
The nation of Kania was established in 1750 by freed African-American slaves and radicals that deemed further residence in North America was too dangerous for them. Thus, with the help of the British Empire, they relocated to the island of Kania, named after the leader of the mass movement, Bishop Roger Kane. Under him the island grew into a wealthy trading center which competed with the British dominions of Canada and Newfoundland as fishing powers. By the dawn of the 20th century, Kania's economy had developed into a strong one, supporting the development of new towns and cities throughout the nation.
The country is noted for its strong Christian morals, crime-free streets, and high-income middle class. Kania is often described as a utopia, which many critics have remarked Kania was seeking to aim for, though its supporters have been known to silence such opposition as petty jealousy. Environmentally sound, politically stable, and economically endowed, Kania possesses many traits that few nations are able and willing to strive for, and thus is has earned the honor of being dubbed "Mankind's Soul". However, the staunch dislike of Europe and America by the predominately black population due to past grievances have been one of the few slights against Kania.
The Republic of Kania was the creation Bishop Roger Kane, a former slave born in Virginia, British America, that had been freed by his parents, who purchased their freedom when Kane was eight years of age. He had long desired to see the day when black men and women were allowed to make their own choices in life free of the crime of slavery, however, he knew that so long as there was a strong, unified white government in power, they would never allow such a thing to happen. He worked as a missionary after turning 18, and traveled abroad to spread his word. During one such venture in 1749, he came across a recently discovered island, which had no name it wasn't well known to travelers. He explored the island, during which time the idea to colonize the land with black men and women entered his mind. Kane made a special trip to London the same year to speak with the King of Great Britain, George II, to propose his idea to the British government.
Kane wished to colonize the recently discovered island with freed slaves, and any of those freed by Britain, thus permitting the Canadian colonies from being "overrun" with black Africans. The British permitted the colonization to go ahead with their strict guidance and oversight, and also allowed the plan to go ahead so as to weaken the slave states in the southern American colonies and to potentially gain from any resources that may be on the island. In 1750, the Crown Colony of Kania, named so after Roger Kane himself, was founded, with the town of Port Kane built to serve as the trading center of the entire island. Given the title of governor, Kane for a time served the British well, sending cheap lumber to Britain, which badly neede wood for the expansion of the Royal Navy, which at the time was at war with France and several other European powers. The colony's small merchant fleet transported freed slaves and goods to Kania for years, expanding the tiny population of 1,525 in 1750, to 23,843 by 1755.
Such success aided the colony in growing at a pace that allowed it to serve its original purpose as a safe haven for black Africans of all backgrounds, by they freedmen or runaways. The success of the colony did not go unnoticed, as the American colonists soon began to view their black neighbors to the north as a enemy to their economy and regional power. Several attempts to strangle the colony's growing population by preventing African-Americans from moving north toward Kania, or checking Kanian cargo vessels taking many runaway slaves to their potential freedom in Kania. The British government stepped in to stop these activities, reprimanding the colonists for their actions against fellow British subjects. While this only served to heighten hostilities between the Americans and the British, it served also to aid Kania in growing into a self-sufficient subject of Britain.
While the lumber exports of Kania were generous and much needed, the lack of other viable trade resources began to make Kania's attractiveness to Britain fade. While other colonies such as India and America had wide and numerous resources to trade, Kania held a single-source export which was growing unsustainable. Britain began moving its troops out of Kania by 1755, as its government decided to spend its military expenditures on more wealthier colonies than the backwater Kania. As economy and the coffers of the colony began to dry up, so to did Governor Kane and Kania's faith in Britain. In 1756, the 75,000 Kanians signed a petition to be sent to London requesting home rule, citing the need to protect itself from the French and the Spanish as reasons for the request, as well as the lack of British protection. Rather than waste time with the formalities, and understanding that Kania was costing more to keep than to exploit, Britain granted the request. Roger Kane's title was thus moved up from governor to Governor-General of Kania.
However, this was to be a short-lived event. Britain wanted to hold on to Kania, but refused to pay for it, as they were still required to collect whatever taxes they needed from Kania, which by 1756, was a poor excuse for a British colony. No more than a month passed with Kane as governor-general, he was informed by the British they were cutting Kania loose, and he was now in charge with its fate. Keeping a worthless colony around was considered wasteful by the British parliament, and thus Kania was left to its own device. In December 16, 1756, Kane announced to his citizens Kania was a free nation, and that a federal republic was to be instituted immediately. Thus, the Republic of Kania was established. Though, Kania was no longer a British subject, its people would not forget the kindness the British showed that permitted the formation of Kania in the first place.
In the years following its independence, Kania supported the British wherever they were in the Western Hemisphere. During the American War of Independence, President Lawrence Ashmead sent 5,000 Kanian soldiers to North America to support the British war effort, and to free any black slaves that the British had promised freedom to. Some 17,500 freed slaves were emancipated by Kania, of which of 11,300 moved to Kania. While this damaged Kanian-American relations in the long run, the Kanians' willingness to die for the British Empire saw the two form a close bond that would only be broken in 1870, the result of Kania's fear of losing its sovereignty. However, Kania would prosper thanks to this special relationship, and its survival secured by the British during its darkest hours.
The Republic of Kania grew quickly shortly after their release from British rule, using the growing fishing market to stabilize the shrinking economy and increasing unemployment rates. The nation became a fishing and whaling center, providing the Kanian citizens with jobs and money, and for the time, saving the country from economic ruin. However, the country's fishing rights, the base of its economy along with whaling and woodcutting, was under attack by the French, who were greatly interested in Kania as a place to defend New France from British naval attacks, as it was located close enough to the major shipping routes into Canada to allow the French navy to intercept any British attack fleets. Kania's sovereignty thus came under attack when in 1757, at the height of the French and Indian War, the French attempted to force upon it taxes for "residing too close to French possessions", or in other words, levying a yearly tribute so as to "guarantee" its existence as an independent nation.
President Kane knew that the French were doing so to refill their depleting coffers to support their war effort against Britain, and that it was in an attempt to increase their influence in Kanian politics for as a prelude to a future annexation. Thus, rather than give the French what they wanted and allow them to interfere in Kanian affairs, Kane instead offered the British, who were winning the war on the mainland, a generous gift to signify the bond of friendship between the two nations. Britain accepted the gift with open arms, and back Kania's status as a sovereign nation with the protection of the British Empire. Kania aware France was watching the diplomatic overtures. This was done so as to ensure France knew Kania had the backing of their increasingly victorious opponent, to which another war with over Kania would be pointless. The French threats subsided for the time being, but would return later on.
In 1768, France had long been defeated in the conflict with Britian some five years prior, and was looking for another place to colonize. They had not forgotten about Kania, nor their desire to wrestle control of Quebec from Great Britain. The French threatened Kanian merchant ships, boarding and impressing the crew to serve in their French navy. This blatant disregard for the Kanians' legal rights outraged Kania, but they were away that they could not challenge the French in a face-to-face battle. Thus, rather than have Britain fight their battles for them as had been the custom, under the leadership of President Gregory Fawkes, Kania decided to arm itself, using its vast timber resources and equally vast pool of skilled shipbuilders to build one of the largest navies in North America by 1770. With an imposing navy to defend its seas, Kania was able to dissaude the despised French from coming anywhere near Kania and its hostile navy.
Falling out with Britain
Kania and Britain had stood together for many decades after the former's release from British rule. Troops were sent to defend Canada from the United States during the War of 1812, and were present at the British razing of Washington, D.C. The Kanians were determined to remain close friends with the nation that had routinely defended their sovereignty and had long been their greatest trading partner. However, by the 1850s it was clear that neither nation was very fond of the other. During the celebration of Kania's 100th year of independence in 1856, a British delegation had been dispatched to Kania by Queen Victoria to support the occasion. This had been known to Kania's government and expected. However, some of the radical members of the Kanian senate believed that the British were still domineering Kanian politics, a major debate over the real level of control Britain had over Kania had been raging on for several years, and thus to end the dispute, President Daniel Durrant refused to let the British diplomatic vessel to dock at Port Kane, and turned them away.
This was considered an insult by the British government, which had sought to support their long-time ally. However, the Kanian government attempted to send apoligises over the matter, by stating that it was a matter of internal politics and not meant as a slight against the British Empire. The matter was seemingly resolved by 1858, though when Kania's black majority population demanded the total disenfranchisement of white Kanians because of their support of slavery in the United States, to which the government agreed to do, the British sent a fleet to blockade Kanian ports until they returned voting rights back to the white Kanians. This fleet was intercepted by the Kanian navy during the Battle of Port Kane, in which most of the sixty-five British vessels were destroyed by the one hundred twenty-seven ships of Kania. Kanian-British relations had soured immediately after the battle, and the British citizens in Kania expelled from the control and their properties confiscated.
In 1870, relations between both nations were cut permanently when Kanian discovered a plot between white Kanians and the British government to overthrow the black majority government of the country, and enforce a new set of laws considered more "appropriate" for the tiny nation. Outrage consumed the populace, and British goods were destroyed throughout Kania, the few British citizens remaining in Kania beaten and hung, and the British embassy in Port Kane raided and burned to the ground. The special relationship the two nations once had was dead and gone, and would not be repaired until the 1940s when Kania supported the British against the forces of Nazi Germany during the Battle of Britain. Until then, Kania's distaste for imperialistic Europeans and racist Americans would result in the nation focusing on building ties elsewhere on the globe.
American Civil War
The Republic of Kania was largely isolationist and xenophobic under the administration of presidents Andrew Reece to David Durrant between 1828 to 1858, both of whom sought to prevent foreign influences from destroying the autonomy jealously guarded by the Kanian people. These governments believed that the best way to help the black slaves of the world was to keep the only true refuge to them locked up and prepared for their arrival. This attitude would change under the administration of President Josiah Lawson, who adopted a more proactive form of freeing slaves. Using Kania's vast navy and well-trained marines as a tool, President Lawson authorized the allowance of "pre-emptive strikes" against of American slave plantations, which effectively legalized the raiding of American towns and cities and the kidnapping and emancipation of African-American slaves. Known as the Law of Gideon, the law entered into effect in 1859.
The law was not used until 1861, when the American government, people, and military were occupied with the American Civil War which had engulf the nation. With the federal government not recognizing the South's declaration of independence, and thus not recognizing its sovereignty, the Kanians were free to engage in actively harassing the south, which had been permitted by the government of Abraham Lincoln, who wanted to weaken the south by all means necessary. Several Kanian flotillas were sent to the southern American states to attack Confederate warships and bring southern slaves onto their own vessels and ferry them to Kania to freedom. When the south declared war on Kania, the Law of Gideon was superseded by the Kanian government's joy at deploying troops to the south and the entirety of the navy's warships so as to effectively drag thousands of slaves out of America and to the north whether they wanted it or not.
70,000 Kanian soldiers were sent to America to aid in the war effort on president Lawson's command, and to cause as much harm to the Confederacy as possible while freeing as many American slaves as they could under the provisions of the Law of Gideon. While the North saw the actions of the Kanians as kidnapping, they did view the action as a necessary evil to weaken the Southern economy by stripping it of its manpower. When the Emancipation Proclamation was announced at Gettysburg in 1863, effectively stating that the slaves though not free, were free to live their plantations at will. With this American guarantee strengthening that of the Kanian one, Kania was able to ship off thousands of slaves with the American government's permission, no longer subject to the protests of the South nor those of Europe. Seeing the South as a beast, however, the Kanians were not following their original mission by 1864. The Kanian army in America was growing discontent at the suffering of the slaves they had come to save, and believed that only when the South fell would the slaves be free.
With the permission of their government, the Kanian commanders began focusing their attentions on fighting the Confederacy rather than freeing their slaves. Any that got to Kanian lines were of course free to follow them to freedom, but they were not the primary concern of the Kanian force, which was now devoted to the destruction of the Confederate nation. Though by the 1800s, many Kanians had not seen slavery with their own eyes, the mere thought that one man could beat another man out of his free will was appalling, and this led to a number of gruesome battles between the South and Kania. At one such battle, 10,000 Kanians encountered 4,500 Confederates, the latter willing to surrender once it discovered it was outnumber. Fueled with anger however, the Kanian commander, General Hugh Jarrett, allowed his men to butcher the surrendering force. His actions became international news, and he was pulled out of America and dishonorably discharged when it reached Kania.
By the end of the war in 1865, Kania was tired of the killing and the intense emotions revolving around the conflict, and finally pulled the troops out of the south. Some 11,332 Kanians died in the conflict, many in the final years of the war. However, some 60,000 slaves had been freed under the Law of Gideon, and were enjoying life in Kania. Though they had been taken against their will, the life they had in Kania had convinced many that Kania was trying to do what no other nations or powers were doing for them. The fiasco of the Reconstruction following the war had effectively justified the Kanians' actions, as the American government under the new administrations revoked many of the provisions given to the African-American people, and forced many back into poverty and sharecropping, something of a new form of slavery where the poor were forced to continue working for their former masters for food, housing, and money. Though enraged by the outcome, many Kanians were happy with the end to American slavery.
The Gilded Age & Prosperity
Following the years of the American Civil War, Kania had taken a active role in foreign politics, remaining neutral, but always ensuring other nations could trust it and give it the respect it was due. The Kanians actions after the war saw their nation involved in many international disputes as an impartial negotiator. Many of the European powers saw Kania's internal prosperity which focused on living by Biblical standards in a world moving toward science and theory, and were dumb-founded as to how it was thriving socially. The lack of corruption in Kania due to their people's strong belief in fairness and love for one another, was confusing many as they looked at their own churches and people, and wondered how Kania was doing better then themselves. Viewing this lack of political distrust as a good sign, many of the European powers allowed Kania a special seat as a center of negotiation and regulation.
Using the new flow of money from abroad for services rendered, the Kanians distributed it in such a way that the most important sectors of the economy were expanded, and that all Kanians benefited from the growth. These Kanians invested their money back into their nation allowing it to industrialize faster than many other nations, and put that new power to use as a major trade center once more. Strong ties were made with Europe, Asia, and South America, and Kania making sure to treat all fairly, profited from the exchanges. Kania's economy grew faster than a nation of its size would have been expected to, and a period known as the Kanian Gilded Age began to engulf the nation. Many works of science, technology, art, socialogy, commerce, and politics began to overtake the nation's many cities and towns, and gave the Kanians much wealth in the process.
Never taking anything as the work of their own, the Kanians always rendered their prosperity to God, and this resulted in many foreigners into believing that the Kanians were benefiting from some sort of supernatural goodwill. While many began converting to Christianity in hopes of gaining from that goodwill, others used it to attack the Kanians, stating that they were cheating the world of some sort of secret works that were allowing them to make leaps and bounds ahead of their contemporaries. While these detractions did some harm to the Kanian reputation, it did not destroy their resolve nor their unbelievable economical and industrial growth. The GDP per capita of Kania was $1,981 in the 1890s compared to the $500 in the United States or the $725 in Great Britain. The wealth of the nation was almost unimaginable before that, and compared to its rivals, Kania was unfathomably rich. Such prosperity would continue up into the modern era.
World War I
Shortly after the end of the Kanian Gilded Era, the Kanian government's intelligence agencies gained information about the potential danger of a revolt in Bosnia, a territory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and attempted to warn the Austrian government of the potential threat to their leader's heir-apparent, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who was visiting the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. However, regarding the information from the small nation as rubbish, the Austrians ignored the warning and permitted Ferdinand to visit the hostile city. Kania, knowing a war would erupt given the tensions between Austria and Serbia, the latter of which was supporting attempts by the Bosnians to bbreak free of Austria, would ultimately result in a conflict. President Henry Kane authorized the dispatching of a bodyguard force to protect the Archduke during his visit, albeit in secret.
The team of bodyguards never made it to Bosnia, as the British appeared to blockade Kania after it refused to pay for damages caused to the British Royal Navy after the Battle of Port Kane, an old issue as the Kanians saw it, and resulted in yet another battle with the British navy in which Kania was victorious. Just as Kane was prepared to order the bodyguards to head to Austria, he received news that the Archduke and his wife had been killed in Sarajevo just as the Kanians had predicted, and that the Austrians had declared war on Serbia. Not seeking to clear up a mess that it tried to prevent, Kania immediately declared its neutrality in the conflict, and chastised the Austrians for felling to heed its warning. Kania watched from its position in the North Atlantic as Europe set itself aflame in war.
In 1917, the United States declared its support for the Entente Powers, and sent troops to Europe to assist the British and French in their fight against the Central Powers. Kania was asked for help by the United States to fight the Germans, and offered compensation if they were to agree to the help. Seeing the chance to prove itself a formidable threat, the last two naval battles considered simple mistakes on the part of the British admirals rather than the tactial expertise of Kanian leaders. The 45,000-man Kanian Expeditionary Force, consisting of two divisions of 22,500 men each Kania II and IV Corps, was sent to Europe under the command of General Virgil Phillipson to assist the allied forces in defeating the Central Powers.
Kania's commitment to the war was half-hearted, as the government mode of operation in regards to war was that if one of the combatants presented a major threat to Kania in the long-run, the government would commit its forces to battle. When Germany was colonizing large chunks of Africa, it wiped out entire tribes that Kania sought to protect, and these very tribes were contributing to the population of Kania as well as related to many of its citizens' extended families. While the British were responsible for the deaths of several tribes, they did not commit wholesale genocide against them, forcing Kania to fight with their old enemy instead of aid Germany. During the war, Kania did its upmost best to avoid fighting alongside the British, but was content to come to their aid when needed.
As the war progressed, Kania was partly responsible for helping win many battles, and even aided the British during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. Overall, Kania's impact in the war as a minor power was limited, though for its efforts to stop the Germans, it was allowed to march under the Arc de Triomphe. The war cost Kanian 3,139 men in total, with another 8,720 wounded in action. However, it gave Kania the recognition it wanted, and promoted Kania's abilities in the war as well as its ability to stand against much larger nations such as Germany and Britian. The road ahead would have been much harder had Kania not proven itself in combat for the world to see.
Interwar Period & Great Depression
Immediately following World War I, the Kanian government moved to establish itself as a neutral power, enforcing its desire to stay out of any more foolish conflicts that the Europeans may engage themselves in. The nation did however move to develop itself into a major trading power, filling the need for major shipping liners following the destruction of many other shipping firms. The government backed numerous military modernization projects after seeing the failings of the military tactics used during the Great War, and sought to prevent the bloodshed that devastated Europe from befalling Kania. As Kania had not fully committed to the war as the other powers did, its economy allowed from the major programs launched by the government. One major benefit of joining the war was that Kania was recognized as a major force of its own by the Europeans, and given the leeway needed to make the moved it sough to accomplish.
As Kania spent, it focused on multiple goals aside from the military rehabilitation program. It developed a social security system, a government police agency to tackle crime that local police could not accomplish themselves, and found the first airline in Kania, Air Kania. Banking also came to define the new post-war economy of Kania, as the rest of the world spent, Kania sought to fill yet another need that other nations could not. Numerous banks were established throughout the nation, and with the money flowing in from the new shipping lines of the country's major ports, these banks were fedrally insured, an idea that had not been contemplated by the neighboring United States. Thus, when the stock exchange on Wall Street collapsed, Kania was buffered against the effects of the global Great Depression.
While the Americans, British, and French starved and watched their money grow worthless, Kania's economy grew double-fold, and little of the effects of the Great Depression could be found on the pious island nation. While trade certainly slowed with the West, Kania's local economy had grown powerful enough to support the nation. Oil had been found off the northern coast of the state of Naphtali, and was providing additional income for the once poor state. As oil money began to flow into the state's coffer, major politicians and businessmen such as Senator Cyril Greggs of Benjamin and Séverin Deniau, owner of the Deniau Jewelry Company, moved to the northern states to conduct their business to buy second homes there.
This move of many powerful politicians would see the expansion of the northern states' power and influence in Kanian politics as the years passed. As the Great Depression came to an end, the wealth of the nation did not. Kania managed to hold onto the prosperity of the 1920s and 1930s, but many feared this would come to an end shortly. Though many Kanians stated that they believed their wealth to be a gift of their god for their faith, many believed that the world would call upon them to use it against a powerful enemy in Europe. This had been the case in the past, and this time the enemy was the same. Adolf Hitler had taken power in Germany in 1933, riding into office on th ewelcoming shoulders of the German people. His radical speeches and aggressive tone gave Kania a clear message that he wanted war, and it would only be a matter of time until Kania was dragged in as well.
World War II
As Kania's political and economical strength grew, fuelled by its relative peace and quiet, a power beyond its shores had been arming itself and expands its borders. This nation was Germany, and at the fore of its economic and military recovery was a certain Adolf Hitler, who had entered into power by vilifying the signatories powers of the Treaty of Versailles and the Jewish population of Europe, whom many Germans believed to have been responsible for the destruction of German power in Europe following World War I. When Germany invaded Polad in 1939, Kania's neutrality was put to the ultimate test by its so-called "allies". Strategically between Canada, the United States, and Greenland, the Allies had many plans for the tiny nation.
Seeking to use Kania as a military base for the stationing of naval vessels and long-range convoy fleets, Kania was offered many generous terms for the use of its many ports. However, Kania refused to be a pawn in a war that did not involve them. This led to the heavy tactics of the British to blockade Kanian ports and search Kanian trade ships to "protect the Kanian people for potential spies and saboteurs", though Kania through this ploy immediately. Once again calling upon the full might of its experienced navy, Kania made a threat of its own. Using its very defensible location and geography and vast oil supplies, Kania threatened to not only attack any hostile ships in Kanian waters, but also wage a war of attrition against any hostile powers "for the good of the Kanian people". The Allies took the bait, and understanding that they couldn't risk a wider war in the Atlantic, allowed Kania to have its victory.
Though it didn't immediately involve itself in the conflict, it was the site of many attempts by the Jewish refugees of Europe to flee persecution and potential death in German-occupied Europe. Kania's populous, still nursing the anger from the ancient murder of Christ, refused to take any Jewish refugees, but agreed to allowed non-Jews to temporarily reside in Kania until the war was over. Though still a source of ire between modern-day Kania and Israel, a source that Kania has refused to apoligize for, the Kanians remained defiant in their stand throughout the war. Only in 1944 did Kania directly involve itself in the conflict, when President Elliot Johnson acknowledged the need to step into the conflict to protect Kanian interests in Europe.
The Allies were pleased with the move to join the conflict, but not so when they discovered Kania would only commit 7,800 troops to the battle, far fewer than the 45,000 raised to fight in Europe no more than thirty years prior. Kania's citizens had grown far to resentful of Europe's colonial policies in Africa to rescue the imperialists, and none shed any tears when they heard of the violence consuming Europe's most powerful nations. As far as the Kanians were concerned, they were fighting the war for themselves and their brothers and sisters in Africa, not for the Europeans. Leading this tiny force was Lieutenant General Oscar Tazewell, who was a staunch anti-imperialist.
Kanian military forces arrived in France in late-July of 1944, shortly after the Battle of Normandy. Their contribution immediately following the battles were not as smashing as during WWI, but they were highly effectively in mopping up Nazi forces left behind Allied lines. The Kanians were directed against the Vichy French forces in southern France, assisting the Free French forces that had been deployed to retake their homeland. General Tazewell wasn't interested in assisting the Free French offensives, but he was ordered by President Johnson to assist as they were there to help, regardless of the Kanians distaste of French actions in Africa.
Following a campaign in the south against German and Italian forces, the Kanian expeditionary force linked up with the British and Americans in the north, preparing for the offensive on Germany's core territories. Kania sent 15,000 reinforcements after hearing of the 1,300 Kanians killed in the brief campaign against the Germans. This brightened Allied views of Kania, though the Kanians still resented the idea of assisting the two-faced forces of the West. The rest of the war saw Kania watching and assisting the Allies in their assaults all the way up into Germany. The government gave explicit orders not to lead or direct any attacks, but to only sweep up any remaining enemy force, preferably capturing any Axis personnel to protect them from vengeful Europeans.
By the war's end in Europe in 1945, Kania had lost some 4,292 men in combat, though they only saw fighting one every few weeks of active duty. In the end, Kania's contributions were no greater than those of Brazil, Greece, Norway, or any of the minor powers of the conflict. However, it did secure Kanian interests in maintaining a relatively friendly Europe with which to trade with and maintain a buffer against the dangerous Soviet Union. As the war come to an ultimate close, the Kanians were pleased to see that the European colonial empires had been weakened, so much so that it saw the death of colonialism throughout the world, not just in Africa.
Many Kanian veterans stated that if given the chance, they would have never assisted the Europeans. They regarded their actions as an affront to every previous statement of their superiority over all other races, and viewed the haughtiness with which they carried themselves with disgust. Kania never got over the loss of life sacrificed for a bunch of nations that would later regard it as a subpar nation that didn't deserve the level of respect it had earned. World War II did more to bring out Kania's true feelings of the West than did any other conflict before ot yet to come. Instead, the war served as a catalyst to aid the Kanians in expanding their aggressive denunciation of the West and their attempts to control the world cultural, ideologically, and economically. Kania had changed greatly, and few knew whether for the best or for the worst.
Cold War Era
Entering the Cold War era, Kania emerged from the conflict of the past intact and ahead of many of its European rivals. Using that position to consolidate its grip in major areas of the world market. Though Kania could not compete in the long run against the industrial powers, it was able to compete economically in the realm of the banking circles. Though Switzerland offered much in the way of true competition, the Kanians was able to use their position as a trustworthy leaders and people, were able to catch countless investors and sponsers simply by telling the truth and doing what they could to aid their investors rather than steal from them. This did much to promote the banks of Kania, and allow them to fill the voids left behind from the Second World War. Kania entered a golden age surpassed by any other nation in Europe, and matched only in general wealth and prosperity by the United States, which was exiting a costly economic depression.
Under the guidance of President Horatio Ives, responsible leadership, a token of Kanian politics and belief, permitted the country to enter the new world ahead of its most powerful enemies. Unmatched technologically and politically stable in an unstable time, Kania was one of the foremost powers of the world, even despite its tiny size and population of three million people. As the world moved to recover from the conflict, it soon found itself fighting yet another in East Asia. Following the invasion of South Korea by North Korea, the United States led the United Nations invasion of the Korean Peninsula to liberate the south from the northern invasion. Kania, a founding member of the United Nations, was expected to join the conflict, and contribute to the liberation of South Korea.
In typical Kanian style, the government of the small nation refused to be involved in yet another conflict that didn't concern them, but the political stakes of those too arrogant to ignore them. In reality, a war between North and South Korea over communism and capitalism had nothing to do with Kania, and President Ives was sure to make that clear to his American suitors. The British, no longer in the position to threaten the Kanians, sought to use honey to get their old allies into the war. Offering the Kanians generous concessions such as trade preference and political backing, the British were able to get some of their European allies to do the same to push Kania's favor.
At some point, the cabient of the Ives administration saw the foolishness of their European neighbors in gaining their support for the war. Promises to let the Kanian economy grow without interference would have been enough for Kania—enough so much so that they expected nothing else. However, trade preference, banking investments, and wide berth to invest in deals of their choice within private sectors of the European economy were more than what was even dreamt by the government. Without hesitation, the president authorized military participation in Korea, swiftly marshalling 7,318 troops under the Kanian III Corps, and sent them off to Korea to aid in the conflict. Support for the war was moderate, but as new of the concessions made by Europe and the United States spread, the tides of civilian perception changed to receptiveness.
The Kanians proved themselves worthy of the concessions given them following the course of the war, aiding in the capture of many points and supporting UN troops during the Battle of Inchon. Kanian marines moved quickly to defend South Korean and American troops pinned down by the North Korean soldiers, and when the Chinese intervened to defend their tenious hold on stability at home, the Kanian were at the front fighting off the hurried invasion. By the war's end in 1954, Kanian had lost some 420 soldiers with another 386 wounded in the course of battle. Though pleased with the gains from participating in the war, Ives remarked that he regretted his decision, as his desire to increase the might of Kania allowed him to sink to the level of the world's other leaders. Though ultimately forgiven and even beloved by his fellow Kanians, Ives always stated the war was his biggest mistake.
Lessons learned from the conflict, Kania refused to involve itself in anymore conflicts, no manner how much the world begged or pleaded, and no "gifts" were to be excepted either. Kania's total stance of neutrality saw it gain the respect of many nations, though others such as the United States regarded the Kanians as spineless and cowardly, refusing to fight those whom they deemed a threat to "national security". In reality, the Kanians stood up to the worst enemies there were, the United States included, and stared them down every time the tiny nation had to deal with a major superpower. Its later decision to develop nuclear arms came as a result of the United States and the Soviet Union waving them in front of the Kanians every-time they wanted a major concession, such as fishing rights, extradition treaties, technological information, banking secrets, and political information on those the Kanians could get to, such as the Middle East nations, but the two superpowers could not.
Upon testing its first nuclear device in 1961, Kania was hounded endlessly by NATO and the Warsaw Pact to disarm, only pushing the Kanians to develop the largest nuclear weapons in the world, something even the US and USSR could not accomplish. When Kania revealed its first 85 megaton nuclear bomb, the superpowers, only having successfully tested a single 50 megaton bomb, began planning an invasion to deal with the Kanians. However, when a review of public support and a Kanian weapons expo took place in 1962, it was clear that Kania was simply to difficult to deal with effectively. No one wanted to attack Kania since it was peaceful, friendly, and supportive, and never sought to harm others. Invading this nation would destroy the reputation of the attacker, nevermind the dazzling and grizzly array of weaponry at their disposal. As the rest of the era continued and came to an end, Kania was simply too dangerous to hurt and too kind to hate.
Post-Cold War & Recent History
Kania's tenuous grasp on security as the superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union stood ready for war, finally became stable following the dismantling of the USSR in 1991. Kania no longer had to worry about the possibility of a third world war that would engulf the world, Kania included. However, the "winner" of the cold war, the United States, decided that the era following the monolithic time should be dominated by its culture and beliefs, and moved to implement those plans. Kania, being so close to the United States, became a frequent target of the United States' culture demands. For instance, the Kanian Alithian Church barred women from ecclesiastical dealings as was demanded by the Apostle Paul in in the Bible. The United States and its pro-feminist attitude, demanded that women be the given the right to join the church's leadership even though no request or desire for such existed within the female population of Kania. Furthermore, demands that abortion be legalized by the government of Kania as one of women's rights was made in 1993 by President George Bush.
Aside from being told what to do by a nation that championed political and individual freedom, there soon came military demands and threats. During the Bosnian War, President Bill Clinton wanted Kania, a member of NATO following 1992, to join in the bombing of Kosovo to prevent the Serbians from gaining a lead in the war. Angered by the unjustified intervention of a sovereign nation, who not being a part of the UN, was legally protected from such interventions. Kania flatly refused, and disgusted with the moral crusades of the United States and its allies, withdrew from NATO in 1999 (though it would later rejoin in 2004) after that campaign had come to an end. Kania was supported by many nations in the world, who had themselves been against the bombings and unjustified military actions. Kanian intelligence later proved that many of the "genocides" had been fabricated by the United Nations to intervene, later giving rise to the today's anti-United Nation protest in Kania, demanding withdrawal from the organization.
In recent years, Kania has found itself under pressure from the West to comply with their goals in the Global War on Terror, launched in 2001 by the United States following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centers in New York City. The Kanian government has so far been both unresponsive, unsupportive, and iron-hearted in its desire to remain out of the conflict. Kania condemned the United States in 2003 when the Americans invaded Iraq on the charge that the latter had been producing weapons of mass destruction. Kania remarked that it was odd that the nation with the largest stockpile of nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional weapons in the world and human history, was invading in a poor and relatively harmless nation over a couple of "dirty bombs" that never reach the United States. President Alexander Kane stated that the invasion was just another one of Kania's neighbor bullying the world. Because of the strained relationship between the two powers, Kania's government has long since refused to cooperate with the United States.
On the world stage, Kania is widely respected and trusted by allies and enemies alike. Many terrorist groups remarked that Kania was not their enemy–not because of Kania's protecting Islam and respecting its followers, but because Kania actively and routinely stands up against the United States, something that other nations are either too weak or too influenced to accomplish. Kania has been about to negotiate with nations the West cannot or will not speak with directly, such as North Korea, Iran, and Cuba, and has actively defended other nations' actions, stating that it is not the right of any power to force their demands and beliefs on another nation, especially when the aggressors, the West in this case, preach about political freedom and popular opinion. Kania has long since had to deal with the American and European attempts to culturally convert the population, pushing gay rights, abortion, recreation drug use, and non-religious ideals onto the people of Kania. Thus far, Kania continues to remain strong in an increasingly unstable world.
Main article: Politics of Kania
Kania is a unitary federal republic, operating on a 256-year old constitution which has provided the framework from which the Kanian government draws upon. Kania is led by a President, the position currently held by Alexander Kane, who is the head of state and head of government, and leads the executive branch of the Kanian government. The president is selected in a direct nation-wide election universal adult suffrage to a six-year term, which is renewable so long as the candidate qualifies for it. Currently, white Kanians are prohibited from voting in presidential elections in some of the states of Kania. The Vice President is selected by the President of Kania as a running mate during the election, but serves in no major capacity after the elections. The position is currently held by Tamara Whiter.
The legislative branch of the government is the Federal Senate, which is a 40-member unicameral body which represents all twelves states of Kania including the federal capital district. Each state is represented by four senators, while the capital district is represented by two senators. The main responsibility of the Federal Senate is to draw up laws requested by the people of Kania and serve as an advisory body to the President. The senate has little power beyond a law-making capacity, and do not have the ability to declare war, approve of treaties, or have power of the purse, such powers granted and revoked by the president at his leisure. However, the senate has the power to impeach the president, and adopt federal laws.
There are only two official politicial parties in Kania; the Federalist Party of Kania and the Liberal Party of Kania. Both have existed since the nation's earliest days, and there have been no other parties in the nation's history. All Kanian politicians with the exception of the few independents, are a member of one of the two parties. Currently, the Federalist control the government, having been in control since 1902. The government of Kania is dedicated to the usage of the Christian bible as a guide of their behavior and actions. Kania's government suffers from the lowest level of political corruption in the world, and has the fewest political scandals in a nation's history. Atheist or non-Christian politicians are not welcomed within Kanian governmental affairs.
Main article: States of Kania
Kania is divided into twelve states and one special capital district. The administrative divisions were named and created following Kania's independence in 1756 by Roger Kane, who named the twelve states after the Twelve Tribes of Israel, given his religious background. They were all named and numbered according to the seniority of the tribal patriarchs, and the thirteen, Levi, turned into a capital district given that the Levites never held any land as they were to serve as priests for Israel.
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Law and justice
The Constitution of Kania and the Christian Bible are the two highest sources of legal code in Kania. The Kanian constitution legally permits and enforces the usage of the Bible as a source of legal text, and the Bible provides a guide from which to draw from when drawing up new laws for the Kanian judiciary system. Kania only recognizes religious law in context with civil law, and also recognizes religious beliefs of biblical morality as a motivation for the enactment of certain prohibitions. Thus, Kania is one of the very few developed countries to have laws outlawing sodomy, adultery, fornication, and blasphemy. Homosexuality and prostitution are strictly prohibited in Kania, and the punishment for both extremely severe.
Unlike in other countries where "freedom of speech" is used, Kania only believes in "freeness of speech", that is, the ability to use one's free will in context with the personal freedoms given by God, to do as he wishes, not as one wishes. Thus, while Kanians are free to express themselves, they only do so in regards to what the Bible teaches; swearing, for instance, is considered an abuse of one's freeness of speech in Kanian law. Separation of church and state are extremely limited in Kania, with religion playing a major role in Kanian law and politics. Kania guarantees a limited level of freedom toward religion. One may practice their religious beliefs, but not in public or in a Kanian place of worship. Spiritualistic practices are outlawed, and fortune telling is considered a capital crime.
Given religious beliefs in Kania and past wrongs, antisemitism and racism are rife in Kania. White Kanians and Jews lack many protections under Kanian law, and are often discriminated against by the larger Black Kanian population. Hate speech is thinly outlawed, and the government has no official position on the matter. Sexism is limited, per biblical statements, women are protected under Kanian law, but are prohibited in certain fields, such as in religious areas where women are not allowed to take a leading role unless no men are available for the positions. Kania is tolerant of the LGBT community, but civil unions and same-sex marriage or both outlawed and considered capital crimes. However, many gay politicians exist in Kania, and they support Kania's position on the matter of gay rights.
Main article: Foreign Relations of Kania
Kania is a founding member of the United Nations, and a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It is a member of the World Trade Organization, as well as an observing member of the African Union. Kania is an observing member of the North American Free Trade Agreement, rejecting an offer to join as a founding member due largely in part to Kania wishing to maintain tight control over its trade policies. Kania maintains diplomatic relations with 117 nations, and has 152 embassies worldwide, with the exception of Israel, which Kania does not officially recognize. Kania does however recognize Palestine as a legitimate state. Foreign policy is determined by the President of Kania and the Kanian Secretary of State.
Kania's official views of foreign affairs despite its membership of numerous alliances, has been that or resolute neutrality, refusing to sign major international treaties or partake in major conflicts, the last one in which Kania participated in was that of the Korean War in 1950. Since then, Kania has remained aloof of international affairs, seeking to serve as a watcher and nothing more, only stepping into matters that directly or indirectly concern Kanian interests and security. While a member of NATO, President Horatio Ives refused to deploy Kanian troops to locations suggested by the Americans and the British to prevent foreign dominance of Kanian military affairs.
The government maintain's a strictly "Kania-first" policy in foreign politics, putting Kanian interests before that of others. The government did not sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1 July 1968, and is thus free of its restrictive regulations regarding the use of nuclear technologies. Numerous other treaties signed by the global community have not been signed by Kania, and ever since, many nations have been pushing Kanian to "fulfill its international responsibilities", to which the Kanians and their government have stated they have none. Despite the nation's aggressive tone toward attempts to control its internal affairs, Kania is trusted with bartering deals and treaties between parties, given the nation's neutral stance on certain matters.
Main article: Kanian Defense Forces
Kania's long history of foreign threats and racial strife within its borders has resulted in Kania, despite its peaceful beliefs and culture, to maintain a large military relative to its size. The Kania's long stance of neutrality and attempts to stand on its own while at the doorstep of its two larger neighbors the United States and Canada, have prompted the small nation to spend 3.83% of GDP and 6.28% of the government's total budget toward military expenditure. However, so as to maximize the longevity and lethality of the individual soldier, Kania maintains a medium-sized, but high professional military made of an all-volunteer force, totalling 72,142 active troops, and another 144,284 in reserve. Though small, the Kanian Defense Forces are highly advanced, highly motivated and well-trained, and equipped with only the best Kania has to offer.
The Kanian military consists of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps, along with a reserve force. Men are not obliged to join the military, conscription replaced by selective service. Women are not obliged to join either, but are held to the same requirements of selective service. The Kanian Defense Forces are one of the few militaries left that still allow for men and women younger than 16 and 18 to join the military, with the consent of their parents or guardians. Training typically lasts for 24 months, with military service consisting of 18 months of active duty, and three years in reserve, after which the government may call upon the soldier to return to military service if the soldier chooses to do so.
Kania's military has a long history of defiance against foreign aggression, such as against Great Britain in 1870 at the Battle of Port Kane. The Kanians maintain a highly advanced military force that is considered on par with the technologies employed by the Americans and the Europeans. All military equipment is produced locally enforcing Kanian military independence, and nothing exported to prevent potential rivals from analyzing the technology. Kania operates a network of reconnaissance satellites and is one of only eight nations with the capabilities of maintaining such a network. Kania also possesses numerous nuclear weapons. Kania refused to sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and thus wields a nuclear arsenal to protect its sovereignty.
Despite its military development and nuclear weapons arsenal, Kania has been involved in peace-keeping operations in Haiti, Jamaica, and Somalia. Though it does not provide developmental aid, Kania strives to build the nations from the bottom up, stating that money does little to resolve matters that are more than skin deep. Kania was ranked the most peaceful nation in the world, surpassing Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and Luxembourg with flying colors, with its few military operations serving as one of the few things that got it to first place.
Main article: Economy of Kania
The rail system of Kania is highly developed, with 2,314 km of rail. The rail system is operated by the Kanian Transportation Authority, or the KTA, and includes the nation's network of mag-lav rails and inner-city transportation. The high-speed trains travel at 318 mph in commercial usage throughout Kania, and serve as a common convenience thanks to the government's heavy subsidizing of the facality. The KTA extends across all of Kania, and provides for all public transportation in Kania. Plans to build a rail line to Canada in 2007 were scrapped due to public Kanian distrust of the larger nation. Overtures have since been made by Canada and members of the Kanian government to go through with the plan anyway. The government plans to extended the high-speed rail networks to 3,000 km by 2020.
There are more than 103,475 km of serviceable roads located throughout the country's cities and rural areas. The densest portions of the road network are around the largest cities in the nation, in particular Port Kane and New Gaza. The automotive market has been highly active in providing cheap, environmentally-friendly vehicles for the general population, and has succeeded in that endeavor. Kanian streets and vehicles have been consistently ranked as the safest in the world, with drivers who are ranked as the least likely to succumb to road rage, and the least likely to be caught driving drunk. Of the 6.8 million vehicles found in Kania, 75% of them use clean fuel engines, and possess numerous features to promote driver and passenger protection.
Kania is home to a total of 52 airports, of which the Roger Kane International Airport is the largest and busiest in the nation. The nation's flagship carrier airline is Kania Airlines, which provides the majority of the air transport to Kanians inside the country to other parts of the globe. The corporation is partially owned by the government, which holds a 25% share of the company's stock, and provides it with the planes and crew needed to operate its fleet of 133 aircraft. The water transportation system of Kania is considered rather basic, with only a few major ferry companies existing in the nation. However, some major cruise companies have arisen in wealthier parts of Kania, Asher Cruise Lines being the most prominent.
Kania is one of the world's largest consumers of electricity, albeit it is also one of the largest exporters of it as well. Given the nation's desire to stick to Biblical demands that the earth not be defiled, as per the scripture stating God would destroy those ruining the Earth, the Kanians excel in producing the largest quantity of clean energy in the world. As of 2013, 90% of Kanian energy was procured from clean fuel sources. Most of the electricity produced in Kania comes from the nation's five fusion power plants, which produce 70% of the clean energy provided in Kania. The other 30% come from the combined solar, hydro, and geothermal power plants throughout Kania. As for the other 10% of traditional fuels consumed by Kania, these consist of petroleum, coal, and natural gas, all imported from above as Kanian law prohibits the active drilling and fraking of oil and natural gas reserves, which could potentially damage the fragile ecosystem so carefully preserved by the Kanian people.
During the 1950s, Kania was once one of the largest producers and exporters of oil in the world, but following the 1970s, Kania opted to explore other sources of energy that could be harnessed safely and efficiently, which led to Kania gaining a two decade lead over the West in the field of clean energy research. Fusion energy was effectively harnessed as a primary sorce of power by the mid-1990s, when the Ezra City Fusion Power Plant was opened in 1996 under the Nelson administration, which sought to expand upon the new source of electricity. Coal was originally mined out of the N/A Mountains, but with the creation of new jobs in the cities, and the introduction of new environmental laws in the early-1970s, these coal mines were shut down. The usage of "clean coal" was also prohibited given that many Kanians don't believe in such a thing.
The production of nuclear energy was prohibited by Kania after the level of waste produced by it was deemed unacceptable. Only one plant remains active outside of the town of Solomon's Wisdom, Simeon, which is used for the study of nuclear technology, and a source of enriched uranium for the nation's nuclear program. Regular water tests around Solomon's Wisdom have revealed trace amounts of radiation in them, and this has since led to a major debate over whether or not the plant should be close down immediately. Given the introduction of fusion power in the last decade and a half, this plant is slated to close down in 2017, and a fusion plant opened in its place to serve the same purpose, but for the study of fusion technology, and the potential use of producing fusion-based weapons more powerful than the current nuclear arsenal of Kania.
Science and technology
The "techno-nationalism" of Kania as some have described it, has largely been the result of fears that the nation could lose its sovereignty to the United States or Europe. Kania has been at the forefront of technological research and development, spending $43.7 billion in scientific research. The Kanians believe that science is an important facet of human civilization, and an important area of development if the nation is to remain sovereign and free of foreign control. Several Kanians have been awarded for their scientific breakthroughs, such as Damian Tennant, who made several major breakthroughs in the area of fusion technology, which has made Kania a world leader in energy production.
Kania's historically successful educational system and proper child-rearing in developing problem-solving skills, has long been a major factor in Kania's success as a technological innovator. Heavy emphasis on science, mathematics and engineering saw Kania, a nation with an already high number of postgraduates, produce 8,750 PhDs, most in the engineering and physics areas of scientific development. Another 157,000 BSc's were granted between 2010 and 2012, one of the highest in the world. Several tens of thousands of scientific papers have been published in Kania, the third largest behind the United States and China, and countless scientific journals have been produced in the nation.
Being one of the most advanced nations in the world, some believe a rival of Japan in terms of sheer scientific progress, Kanian super computers are known to be the most powerful in the world, handling many operations the country has come to rely upon such as the managing of the countries several fusion power plants. Kania is also a leader in renewable energy, with the country's string of fusion plants being the most advanced in the world, as well as the only ones capable of producing usable energy on a cost-effective level. Plentiful fusion power continues to be Kania's most successful scientific victory, proving the tiny nation is very capable of competing with world leaders such as the United States, China, and Japan in the field of practical science and technology.
The country's space program is a constant source of pride, Kania having been active in the space race since the mid-1970s. In 1976, Kania launched its first satellite, Jonah-I, which broadcast Genesis 1:1 as it orbited the earth for 27 days until it was forced to crash into the North Atlantic Sea, where it was retrieved and returned to Kania. In 2008, Kania became the fourth nation to independently launch a human into space, shortly followed by four Kanian citizens launched into space in 2011. Kania plans to build its own space station by 2015 with the further aim of sending a probe to Mars and another to Titan by 2016. Kania has not hidden its intentions to launch spy satellites into space, with the United States stating that there is no need for such satellites over North America.
Main article: Demographics of Kania
The official languages of Kania are English and French. English is spoken by 85% of the population, while French is spoken by the other 15%. As the majority of the population came from the freed slaves of North America and Great Britain, English was for a long time the sole official language of the nation. In 1871, a sizable French population had developed in Kania saw the government authorize the usage of French in government documents leading to the later inclusion of French into the status of official languages. Currently, some 3.4 million Kanians, about half of the population, are bilingual, a product of the country's long history with neighboring Quebec.
There are no other major languages in the country with the exception of Chinese, which developed in the country following the large experiate community of Chinese citizens who fled China during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, and after the Communists took over China in 1949. Mandarin is spoken by 375,000 of Kania's 513,692 Asian citizens. Languages such as Spanish and German are also spoken in Kania, albeit by a tiny percentage of the population. Likewise, Vietnamese and Japanese are also minority languages in Kania with no official status, too small in number to have a strong stand in government dealings.
In 2005, Hebrew was added to the list of official languages of the nation, largely due to the vast number of Kanian citizens speaking the language as part of their religious studies of Abrahamic religions, a major field of study in Kania. Some 2.7 million Kanians speak the language, though not routinely, and only when teaching or learning about ancient Christianity and the Jewish faith. Amongst the speakers of Hebrew are President Alexander Kane, Vice President Tamara Whiter, and senate opposition leader Yvonne Bernadotte.
Kania remains one of the few Western nations with a state religion, officially supporting and endorsing the Kanian Alithian Church as the state church of Kania. The constitution of Kania states that the Alithian Church is the one and only chruch of the nation, and that no other church, foreign and native shall usurp that privileged position. Despite this, the constitution also recognizes the freedom of religion within reason. All Christian beliefs are protected by the state, as well as the Abrahamic faiths. Far eastern beliefs such as Buddhism and Hinduism are not explicitly protected by the state, but recent legislation was passed to include them as protected faiths. Atheism is not a protected faith as it is not considered a religion by the government or its followers.
In a 2013 government survey, 96.7% of Kanians confess to being Christians, all of whom 95.6% stated they were members of the Kanian Alithian Church. Another 0.7% state that they are members of the Roman Catholic Church, while another 0.4% of Kanians state that they are Protestants. The total reporting on non-Christian religions was 2.3% of the total population. These were as follows, Kanians adhering to Buddhism (1.2%), Judaism (0.5%), Hinduism (0.4%), and Islam (0.2%). And second survey concluded that 1.3% consider themselves agnostic, atheist, or non-religious, down from 2.7% in 2011. This is considering and interesting fact as in other developed nations, the number of irreligious citizens has gone up over the years.
Kania is regarded as the most religious nation in the world, with more than 98% of the population attending church or some religious meeting. This count includes irreligious Kanians who still attend church with their families or friends, though not believing in the faith themselves. A report states that Kanians have a strong faith in organized religion, and believe that their religion speaks the truth. Kanians under 30, especially those in their teens, are considered the most pious of Kanians, many of whom have spent their youth learning theology. Given that the primary religious organization in Kania places need to learn of the religion on the individual followers, Kanians are noted for their learning of their faith on an individual basis, which is considered the driving factor in the nation's strong religious population.
Main article: Family structure in Kania
In 2012, more than 64% of Kanians over the age of 18 are married, 5% are widowed, and less than 1% divorced, and the remaining 25% have never been married. Most women are choosing to remain at home to raise families, though a growing number are now working outside of the home, and most have gained a bachelor's degree. The teenage pregnancy rate in Kania is non-existant. A combination of government, family, and religious effort have prevent Kania from suffering from the out of control birth rates upon teens seen elsewhere in the Western world. No abortions have been reported in Kania since the 1970s, with the criminalization of abortion in 1981 serving as the primary reason for this report. As the police have since rooted out underground abortion clinics, abortion in Kania is effectively impossible.
Education is taken very seriously in Kania, with children encouraged to stay in school, and parents urged to take an active role in the educational development of their children. Kanians have a high graduation rate compared to many of its rivals, surpassing both New Zealand and Finland in the United Nations Education Index. Schooling is compulsory for children ages 6 to 16, though many children begin school by age five. All 13 years of school are free for all Kanian citizens between the ages of five and 19, paid for by the government and avaliable to natural born citizens and immigrants who have aquired citizenship. Kania's adult population has a literacy rate of 100%, the highest in the world, and more than 75% of the population ages 15 to 29 hold a tertiary qualification.
In the adult population, 34.6% of them hold a bachelor's degree or higher, while another 48.3% hold some form of secondary education or qualification, while 17.1% hold no higher qualification. Kania's education system has been ranked best in the world, with a majority students performing exceptionally well in reading, mathematics and science, and many holding numerous degrees and qualifications in higher learning. Kania has numerous universities majoring in polytechnics, with 62 universities and 65 polytechnics. Many Kanian graduates are in science-related fields of high-end levels, such as heart and brain surgeons, genetic research, advanced communications, and biotechnology.
Main article: Health in Kania
Kanians have been consistently ranked as the healthiest people in the world, thanks to a combination of eliminating unhealthy foods in their diet, as well as the elimination of dangerous activities that often cause physical and mental harm. Kania offers government-provided healthcare insurance to all of its citizens which is compulsory, but has the option of private coverage for those who do not wish to participate in the government-run version. Kanians are also the longest lived people in the world thanks to their healthy lifestyles. The average life expectancy for men in 86.4 years and for women 87.1 years. The nation also has the reputation of having the fewest overweight citizens in the world, a novelty given its proximity to the United States and its powerful food cultures.
Though Kania does have a junk food culture, Kanians simply do not eat the same way the rest of the Western world does. In fact, Kania's obesity levels are the same as they were in the 1950s, whereas the United States' has exploded since that time. HIV/AIDs and sexually transmitted diseases are non-existent within Kania largely do to the fact that Kanians are not sexually active in the same manner as their Western neighbors. Strong religious morals based on sex after marriage have contributed largely to this phenomenon. Kanians do thorough background checks before marriage to avoid the danger of STDs, and do not have sex before marriage, which would make the background checks pointless, as they are only done before a marriage takes place.
Smoking is illegal throughout Kania, and the sale of tobacco products in the nation. Alcohol abuse is a stiffly punished offense, and few Kanians are known to abuse alcoholic beverages. Preventable deaths as a whole are extremely uncommon in Kania, and hearing of a people dying before the age of 65 is considered a tragedy. The state does its part to prevent death in the nation, and with the help of the citizens themselves cooperating withh the government's headship, fatalities in Kania are rare. Drug abuse is non-existent in Kania, thanks to the spread of stable families and households, and a strong police presence in the nation's major cities. The country is in fact avoided by foreign drug dealers who regard Kania as unprofitable.
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|2||Port Ai||Gad||613,122||Southern Kania|
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Main article: Culture of Kania
Art and media
Kania has a strong and vibrant art community, largely based out of the city of Port Ai, which is popular with performing artists thanks to its warm weather and active population. The Kanian News Channel (KNC), based out of Port AI, is the largest news provider in the country, with more than four million viewers at home, and more than ten million abroad. The city is home to most of Kania's popular news and radio studios, and is also home to the acting community which supports Kania's large and powerful entertainment industry. Kania has produced numerous writers and playwrights in its history, and has been a prolific member of the international writing community as well. The movies industry in Kania is quite prosperous by international standards, but not as massive as that in the United States. Kanian movies are not as violent or sexually explict as those found in the rest of the world, though they do contain some levels of both. The level of big screen entertainment in Kania is considered of the level and quality of those found in Britain and Japan.
Kanian society is well-known for its highly stable social structure, which is centered on the religious beliefs of the Kanian population. For the last two and a half centuries, the fabric of Kanian society was shaped by the nation's aggressive attempts to remain free of the then racist world, and today moderately so. That same world had done all in its power to weaken it so as to prevent the rise of a true mentor to Africans around the world during a time where they were looked down upon the world around, and Kania, being the only "civilized" black African nation by European standards, had to work hard to keep up with those bigoted views. As such, the Kanians have a poor view of the Western world, and are well known for their poliet and caring nature, as much as their own racist and passive-aggressive behavior.
They are often mocked for their beliefs in religion, which is considered by many a handicap to an otherwisely very capable people. In a world where religion plays less and less a major role in the lives of those who claim to be adherents, Kanians stand apart in their desire to remain true to their God and Father. Churches, though simplistic on the inside, are adorned by architects seeking to show their faith through their works. Soldiers view themselves as standing apart from other military forces in their relative lack of jingoism, refusing to jump into pointless wars unless it benefits their people as a whole and promotes the values of their religion without shaming it and painting it as an aggressive crusading ideology.
The role of women, though considered "backwards" by many Western nations, is in fact one which glorifies them by Kanian standards, and one that Kanian women willingly accept as the rule and not the "exception" as many women in other countries have come to demand. It should be explicitly noted that while demands of individual freedom and excessive and often divisive pluralism effect most of the First World, Kanians show a high level of homogeneity in their actions and motives, and they will rarely make a move that effects their society as a whole without the backing of their fellow brother and sister Kanians. It can be said that the government truly represents the people as the people play a very active role in determining their nation's actions.
Homosexuality is outright condemned by the Kanian populace, even by gay Kanians themselves. They acknowledge that while homosexuality is one of the many marks of human imperfection, promoting an act condemned in the Bible as an "alternate lifestyle", and even trying to force others to accept it and gay marriage, cross a very fine line that no religious Kanian can accept. Even non-religious and atheistic Kanians will agree on the subject, only on the grounds that they view it as unnatural than a sin against God. The same goes for abortion and drug usage. Like many subjects pertaining to social conduct, all matters have been properly and fairly debated, with supporters from all sides playing a role in the discussions; just in case any foreigners are mistaken.
Being an pristine island nation near the Artic Circle, Kanian cuisine is centered largely around soups, seafood, dairy products and lots of vegetables. Kanians focus on eating healthy foods and maintaining a good diet that won't effect their ability to serve their God, as a matter that is of great concern to them. Given the fact that gluttony is defined as a sin, Kanian foods are designed to fill a person without being excessive or overwhelming. Kania's stable food is fish, thanks to the rich fishing grounds around the island that provide the country with a fresh bounty each year. Thanks to the high protein in the seafood consumed by the Kanians, they were able to maintain a large and healthy population on the island very early on in their history. Hot soups combining shimp and vegetables are very popular in the country, and many Kanians will often know a recipe by heart.
Kanians focus on healthy and productive sporting occasions, and as such, their choice of activities reflects this. American football is outlawed in Kanian given the proven and well-known brain injuries that have resulted in the sport. Soccer is instead the primary sport of the nation, and the most popular. Kania has competed in all of the FIFA World Cups since its founding 1930, and have won many matches in the past. Baseball is another popular sport in Kania, especially during the winter, where cod weather often prevents soccer players from performing their best. Few other sports are played in the country, though basketball is another popular sport throughout the year. Skiing and snowboarding in the mountains are well-known pass times of the people thanks to the perfect all-year snow in the mountains.
Physical fitness is highly promoted in Kania, and one and expect a Kania to be sound of mind and heart, and possessing few frailties and illnesses in their youth well into their elderly years. Kania's been an active participant in the Olympics since the first in the late 1800s. Its athletes have brought home more than 150 medals, and more than 47 gold medals in the recent 2012 Olympic games. Numerous gyms and social centers that support physical development in the Kanian population exist throughout the nation's major population centers, with the largest such gymnastics center located in Port Ai. Sprinting, swimming, and archery are considered major tests of physical health in the nation.