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Republic of the Draguan Islands
Republiek der Draakse Eilanden (Dutch)

Republiek van die Drakeneilanden (Afrikaans) ドラゴン共和国 (Japanese)


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The official flag
The national animal, the Iguana
Flag
Motto: With many, we function as one (Cum multis, nos habere ut unum)
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The location of the Draguan Islands
Leadeislandlocation
Location of Leade Island.
Capital
and
Copa Cabana
Official languages English, Dutch, Japanese, Afrikaans
Recognised regional languages Draguan, South-Draguan
Ethnic groups

Draguan people

Other (10%)
Demonym Draguan
Government Federal Republic
• President
Andrei Caale
• Vice-president
Simone Baker
• Presidential Secretary
Kaitō Tsukuda
Legislature Federal Congress
Assembly of Provinces
Civil Assembly
Independence
• The Draguan Independence
12th August 1745
• 
...
Area
• 
240,476 km2 (92,848 sq mi)
Population
• August 2012 estimate
39,821,023
• Density
163/km2 (422.2/sq mi)
GDP (nominal) 2012 estimate
• Total
Green Arrow Up Darker $1,945,274 billion (10th)
• Per capita
Green Arrow Up Darker $64.754 (5th)
Gini (2012) 25.0
low · 130th
HDI (2012) Green Arrow Up Darker 0.927
Error: Invalid HDI value · 4th
Currency Euro (EUR)
Time zone UTC±00:00 (UTC+0)
Date format dd-mm-yyyy
Drives on the right
Calling code +21
Internet TLD .di
www.draguanislands.gov.di

The Republic of the Draguan Islands (officially the Federal Republic of the Draguan Islands) , or commonly called the Draguan Islands, is an archipelago which is located in the Gulf of Biscay, the Celtic Sea and in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. The inhabitants are mainly the Dutchmen, the American, the Japanese, the Afrikaners and the natives, the Puhrai, which mostly resemble the Latin-American natives. The most spoken language is Dutch, followed by English, Japanese and Afrikaans. The capital is Copa Cabana and is governed by President Andrei Caale.

The archipelago is reknown for it's long lasting peace and fraternization between the different ethnicies. Draguan people tend to be open, respectful, hospitable and friendly. Although Draguans have no difficulties with other ethnicies, they would favor people from their nation's roots (Dutch, Americans, British, Japanese and Afrikaners) the most over others.

History

Pre-colonisation history

The Draguan Islands was always a native homeland to the Puhrai, an aboriginal race resembling the original inhabitants of Latin-America, which are their original ancestors. This was possible due the Atlantic Shift, which moved the Dragon's Plate, the tectonic plate on which the islands are located, toward the Eurasian Plate. While the Dragon's plate was pushed against the Eurasian Plate, the landmass began to scatter, forming the modern archipelago.

In the 13th century, French and Irish fishermen were aware of a group of islands in the Gulf of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean, but usually kept their distance due the treacherous surfs near the mainly rock coasts of the islands. Also, folk tales were made out of the sighting of so called "Dragons" near the coasts, being the actual Draguan Iguanas.

Age of Exploration

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In the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic, the Dutch East India Company generally used to sail around the south-eastern parts of the islands. However, in 1615, the Dutch East India Company saw a perfect opportunity to settle a trading post what nowadays grew to be Port Barentzs. The Spaniards colonized the southern Draguan Islands during the Spanish Domination, sending troops from A Coruña to strengthen their presence in the south. Port Barentzs became heavily reinforced with canons and more troops, after Spanish ships had been spotted not far from the Dutch colony, seen as a direct threat. In 1621, the Kingdom of England colonized the western part of the Draguan Islands and declared total domination of the western islands, threatening the Dutch position on the archipelago.

Second World War

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The Draguan Islands were, just as in the First World War, neutral to all belligerents, but allowed American and British troops to be stationed on their territory in both wars, one of the main reasons of the major American/British ethnicy. However, at the begin of 1942, the Empire of Japan took the offensive at the Administrative Draguan Territory of Leade Island, home to a moderate Japanese ethnicy. This resulted into the Battle of Leade Island, which lasted roughly two weeks. Both belligerents solved the dispute with the Japanese-Draguan Peace Pact, which granted friendly relations and safety for both the Draguan Islands and Leade Island, and Japan, as long there were no USMC troopers stationed on the island, and as long Japan would no longer mount an offensive at Draguan territory.

Geography

Mountains Sea and Boat

The Rim Mountains are a common sightseeing

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Common forests in the Draguan Islands

The Draguan Islands is divided in 48 islands; 8 major islands roughly 600 KM in length, and 40 minor island roughly 40 KM in length or smaller. Every major island has it's own province, which makes 8 provinces in total: Mid-Draguan, South-Draguan, East-Draguan, North-Draguan, West-Draguan, Atlantic-Draguan, Archipelago-Draguan and Iberia-Draguan. Many Rim-islands are mountainous and are the main cause for the insulated climate of the Draguan Islands, making it habitable for known animals like the Iguana. Many of these mountains are popular for sightseeing by tourists. Due to their height, whole islands can be seen from it.

Climate

Climate data for Copa Cabana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 23.4
(74.1)
24.6
(76.3)
24.9
(76.8)
25.2
(77.4)
29.8
(85.6)
31.5
(88.7)
33.8
(92.8)
35.7
(96.3)
31.4
(88.5)
27.5
(81.5)
24.2
(75.6)
23.6
(74.5)
27.97
(82.34)
Daily mean °C (°F) 18.2
(64.8)
18.9
(66)
20.3
(68.5)
21.6
(70.9)
23.8
(74.8)
25.5
(77.9)
26.8
(80.2)
28.3
(82.9)
25.9
(78.6)
24.1
(75.4)
22.3
(72.1)
20.2
(68.4)
22.99
(73.38)
Average low °C (°F) 14.3
(57.7)
14.7
(58.5)
15.6
(60.1)
15.9
(60.6)
18.3
(64.9)
19.7
(67.5)
20.5
(68.9)
21.4
(70.5)
20.1
(68.2)
19.2
(66.6)
16.9
(62.4)
15.5
(59.9)
17.68
(63.82)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 143
(5.63)
141
(5.55)
137
(5.39)
134
(5.28)
131
(5.16)
141
(5.55)
139
(5.47)
121
(4.76)
106
(4.17)
119
(4.69)
124
(4.88)
136
(5.35)
1,572
(61.88)
Source: Draguan Islands Weather Observation Association

Politics

As any other regular Democratic and Liberal country, the Draguan Islands has a President, a Vice-President, a Presidental Secretary and a cabinet. Besides that, the Draguan Islands also has chosen Island Mayors under presidential regulation. The cabinet proposes and decides rules and laws, while a special council checks if these are actually feasible. The cabinet consists of two large groups, much like the political situation in the Netherlands.

Assembly of Provinces

Civil Assembly

The Civil Assembly usually proposes rules and laws, which are discussed, and eventually inspected by the Assembly of Provinces if these are acceptable.

Political parties

The cabinet is formed by various political parties, mostly working together to stand stronger. Every citizen in the Draguan Islands is free to vote for their party, and also take part in it. The current parties:

Name Abbr. Political Leader
Draguan Liberal Party
Draakse Liberalistische Partij
DLP Andrei Caale
Democratic Party of the Draguan Islands
Democratische Partij der Draakse Eilanden
DPDI Trenton Freeman
Draguan Socialists
Draakse Socialisten
DS Travis Bolden
Draguan Green Party
Draakse Groene Partij
DGP Simone Baker
Atheist Party
Atheïstische Partij
AP Nora Cuijper
Party of Freedom
Partij der Vrijheid
PoF Nobuyuki Nishimura
信行西村
Federal Draguan Party
Federale Draakse Partij
FDP Etsuko Minami
悦子みなみ
Reformation Party
Reformatiepartij
RP Ixhan Chac

Foreign relations

The Draguan Islands tries to maintain contact with many of it's allies, and is very open to trading in valuable resources and technologies. It is a member of organisations as the United Nations, the NATO and the Overseas Trading Union.

Intergovernmental organisations:

Organisation Membership
Flag of the United Nations United Nations (UN) Yes
Flag of NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Yes
European Republic flag European Union (EU) No
Wto-logo303 World Trade Organisation (WTO) Yes
500px-Flag of UNESCO.svg United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Yes
Flag of UNICEF.svg United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Yes
European Republic flag European Union Customs Union (EUCU) Yes
European Republic flag Schengen Agreement Yes
Flag of WHO.svg World Health Organisation (WHO) Yes
International Monetary Fund logo.svg International Monetary Fund (IMF) Yes
European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Yes
Group of Eight (G8) No
OTUflag Overseas Trading Union (OTU) Yes (Founder)

Non-governmental organisations

Organisation International section in the Draguan Islands
Amnesty Amnesty International Yes
Oxfam Oxfam Yes
Doctors-without-borders Doctors Without Borders Yes
Logo wwf World Wide Fund for Nature Yes
Greenpeace-logo Greenpeace Yes

Relationships with countries

Country Relationship Notes
Flag of the United States United States of America Good
Flag of PR China People's Republic of China Neutral
Flag of France France Good
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Very good
Flag of Germany Germany Very good
Flag of Russia Russian Federation Good Good relations partially due to President Andrei Caale's former Soviet nationality.
Flag of Japan Japan Very good
Flag of Italy Italy Good Friendly relations have increased since the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi.
Flag of Canada Canada Very good
Flag of Spain Spain Good
Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Very good
Flag of South Africa South Africa Very good
Flag of the Republic of China Republic of China Very good The Draguan Islands has been vying to get a representative for the Republic of China in the United Nations, after the People's Republic of China took over the representation.
Flag of North Korea North Korea Neutral The Draguan Islands retains formal relations with North Korea, but remains neutral. The Draguan Islands is also in favor of a Korean reunition.
2000px-Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea Good The Draguan Islands is in favor of a Korean reunition.
Flag of Canada Canada Very good
Flag of Israel Israel Good
Flag of Ireland Ireland Good
Flag of Australia Australia Very good
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Very good

Relationships with former countries

Country Relationship Notes
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union Neutral to Good Relations with the Soviet Union improved after Nikita Khrushchev became First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.


European Union

Although the Draguan Island uses the Euro as it's currency, it is not a member of the European Union. However, it did made a monetary agreement with the EU at the introduction of the Euro in 2002, replacing their Dragoon currency.

Non-Proliferation Treaty

As one of the few countries, the Republic of the Draguan Islands did not sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. This caused strained relationships with various countries in the past, and even nowadays. However, the current production of nuclear weapons in the Draguan Islands remains dormant, and the existing nuclear weapons are in stock. The Draguan Islands regulate that their nuclear arnament will only be used at a critical emergency in an act of self-defense. The Draguan Islands do not share or sell their nuclear weapons.

Military

The military of the Draguan Islands has been equipped with very advanced equipment, vehicles and weapons. They were able to fend off the Axis in the WOII but remained neutral to both forces. However, they allowed the Allies to station themselves on the Draguan Islands and mount attacks from there.

The military is divided into five branches:

Branch Abbr. Role
Draguan Land-Based Army DLBA Ground intervention
Draguan Air Force DAF Aerial intervention
Draguan Navy DN Naval intervention
Draguan Military Police Force DMPF Internal intervention
Draguan International Forces DIF Globally localized intervention
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Artist impression of a Draguan aircraft carrier.

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The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-15E Strike Eagle, both in service of the Draguan Air Force.

Economy

Demographics

The Draguan islands has a population of 39 million inhabitants, which are mostly people of Dutch ethnicy. People in the Draguan Islands usually live in towns troughout the islands, as they tend not to be city-goers.

People of Dutch ancestry make up the majority of the population with 28%, followed by the British and Americans with 26%. Japanese with 20%, Afrikaners with 11%, Puhrai with 5%, and 10% other ethnicies make up the minority of the Draguan population.

Ethnicy in the Draguan Islands
Ethnicies percent
Dutch
  
28%
British/American
  
26%
Japanese/Gaikoku
  
20%
Afrikaans
  
11%
Puhrai
  
5%
Other
  
10%
Ethnicies in the Draguan Islands as of 2013.

Language

Most of the inhabitants of the Draguan Islands are bilingual. Children and teens learn Dutch, (American) English, and sometimes Japanese or Afrikaans at their school. Immigrants that don't speak any of these languages will be offered courses free of charge to learn Dutch or English.

As the Draguan Islands has 4 official languages, passports, restaurant menus, most signs, and other public ornaments are printed in the dominant language of the region the person is located in. However, passports use English as a dominant language, but translations in Dutch, Afrikaans (not always applicated due the similarity with Dutch) and Japanese are positioned next to the word.

Roadsign draguan

Road sign welcoming, giving the name of the island, and indicating the dominant language on the island in 3 different languages, a common sight upon entering an island.

Religion

Most of the Draguans identify themselves as Atheists, while a little is religious. There are only a few churches on the Draguan Islands, because these churches have to pay moderate taxes. Religion is freely in the Draguan Islands, however religious people are uncommon.

Religion in the Draguan Islands
Religions percentage
Atheism/Agnosticism/non-religious
  
71%
Buddhism
  
8%
Shintoism
  
7%
Christianity
  
5%
Protestantism
  
4%
Catholicism
  
3%
Other
  
2%
Religion in the Draguan Islands as of 2013.

Education

Children and teens in the Draguan Islands firstly go to a Primary school, which will last 8 years. Then, they go to the Middle school, where they can choose from 3 different levels of education:

Level of Education Abbr. Duration
General Middle-school Universitary Education GMUE 6 years
High Levelled Education HLE 5 years
Middle Levelled Theoretical Education MLTE 4 years

After secondary school, students can go to the university or can do a Vocational Study, depending on the education they had.

Culture

The Draguan Islands is a multicultural nation, hence the mixed ethnicies. While some regions are Dutch-styled, some are Victorian or Japanese-styled. Nowadays, most built houses do not have a real ethnical style.

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Presenting different cultures troughout the Draguan Islands is encouraged, and Draguan people are curious about them as well, even though there aren't a lot of foreign cultures in the Draguan Islands.

Media

The Draguan Islands has a wide arrangement of media, which is mostly in 4 languages. There are channels in English, Dutch, Japanese and Afrikaans, and all of the movies and programs get subtitled. Known tv-stars of the Draguan Islands are Daisy Mowes, John-William Mayborn, Johan Heeves, Lina Kettler and Haru Oshiro.

Channels in English:

Channel Content
Island One Cultural
Island Two News/Reports
Island Three Comedy shows, Late night shows and Talkshows
Island Four Movies/Mini-series
Island Five TV-shows

Cuisine

There is no real "Draguan Cuisine", because the most dishes are from European, Asian and African cultures. Dutch, American, Japanese and Puhraian dishes are the most favored amongst the people of the Draguan Islands.

Sports

Sports from all over the world are played in the Draguan Islands, but is mostly influenced by the European sports. While soccer is the most popular amongst the Draguans, Field Hockey is also a widely-played sport. American sports like American Football and Baseball are rising at popularity in the Draguan Islands.

Hockey

Hockey is widely played in the Draguan Islands

External links

Official website of the Draguan government
Official tourism website of the Draguan Islands


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