Location of the Vinlandic Territory in Green
and largest city
|Government||Autonomous Region under a Single-party Socialist State|
• Vice Executive
|Autonomous Overseas Region within the Westlandic People's Republic|
|108,860 km2 (42,030 sq mi)|
• 2014 census
|GDP (PPP)||2014 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Westlandic Mark (VSM)|
|Time zone||VST (UTC-3.30)|
|Drives on the||left|
|Internet TLD||.vs .vи|
Vinland was first discovered by the Icelandic Viking, Leif Eriksson in the 11th century. The later European Settlers were the Westlandic in the 15th century, with an expedition led by Jon Alfgar, who was commissioned by King Alfred III of Westland to find passage to Asia. Alfgarsson landed on the island in 1499 and an attempt was made to begin a colony there, with further expeditions a colony was founded. The first inhabitants lived mainly off the sea, with the majority being fisherman, or subsistence farmers. Vinland had originally no native peoples, aside from the Beothuk, a Dorset Culture existing in the 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of Westlandic colonisation, however became extinct early on.
Having been claimed by Westland as a realm for centuries, Vinland officially became an overseas autonomous region in 1923 under the Constitution of Westland following the state's transition from a Kingdom into a Socialist State. The Vinlandic people did not contest for independence, as it was agreed by general consensus that the island could not survive on its own, in addition to the majority of the population supported Strassonism. Since then, Vinland has become a shining beacon of the ideology, being regarded by many Westlandic political analysts as the 'true form of Strassonism.' Vinland has a relatively high level of self-governance, however under the terms of the Constitution, it must retain its socialist regime, under the ideology of Strassonism through the Socialist Party. Foreign Affairs and Defence are organised by the central Westlandic government, who maintain Vinland as a strong strategic territory in Northern America. The island's government is led by an Executive, currently the incumbent Mikal Kaskasson.
Vinland's main industry comes from Fishing, over 60% of the island's population are involved in the industry. Vinland exports a large majority of its catch back to Westland, in addition to producing packed fish products at the two Fish Packing Facilities on the island. In addition to the island's extensive fisheries, Vinland is also notable for being the location of the Westlandic civil space program's space-launch centre, Burkösson Kozmodröm due to Vinland's location in the Atlantic Ocean and very lack of land over the launch trajectory.
Vinland has a Socialist Mixed Economy, which has high regulation by the state with the means of production held jointly between the public and state. Vinland's economy is highly dependent on both mainland Westland and its Fisheries. Vinland's economy follows the policies and values of Westland generally, while it maintains nominal self-governance over certain issues. Westlandic economic values have been described as a mix of Socialist, Egalitarian and Agrarian, with Limited-Capitalist influence.
High levels of Distributism, and Communal sharing of resources than mainland Westland is uniquely characteristic of Vinland's economy, a direct effect of Vinland's very low population and strong sense of community. Vinland's economy mostly revolves around Fishing, and it is highly dependant on the fisheries that surround the island in its Exclusive Economic Zone. Over 60% of Vinland's working population are involved in the Fishing Industry in some way as of 2015. Vinland exports a large majority of its catch back to Westland, in addition to producing packed fish products at the two Fish Packing Facilities on the island.
In addition to the island's extensive fisheries, Vinland is also notable for being the location of the Westlandic civil space program's main space centre, Burkösson Kozmodröm. This is another boost to the territory's economy, bringing Quaternary Sector jobs aswell as Scientists and Workers from mainland Westland.
Approximately 98% of Vinland's population are native Westlandic Vinlanders, those who have descended from original Westlandic colonists and settlers on the island. The ethnic compilation of the island is notably majority White Western Europeans predominantly of Germanic origin. In addition to those with Westlandic heritage, 0.5% are of French heritage, and another 0.5% are of British heritage. 1% of the population consists of non-indigenous ethnicites, many of which including Black Vinlanders and Asian Vinlanders who make up 0.5% and 0.3% of the population respectively. The final 0.2% of the Vinlandic population consists of individuals who are of Native American/First Nation ancestry, despite the island never having any indigenous peoples.
The official language as defined by the Vinlandic Government, is Westlandic, which is spoken as the first language by approximately 99% of the population. English and German are taught in Vinlandic schools from a young age, with an emphasis put upon learning a foreign language. French is also taught in some schools as an optional language. Of the 1% of the population who's native language is not Westlandic, 0.6% claim their native language as English, and 0.3% as French and 0.1% as a Native American/First Nation language. Over 59% of the population of Vinland report the ability to speak English relatively well or fluently according to the 2014 Census, however Vinlanders are known to take offence to visitors who refuse to learn Westlandic.
See Also: Culture of Westland
Vinlandic culture is taken from traditional Westlandic and Anglo-Saxon traditions, but has developed into a unique closely knit nation. The majority of the population are descendent from the original Westlandic colonists and settlers who arrived on the island in 16th and 17th centuries bringing with them their traditional Westlandic ideals.
Following the establishment of the Westlandic People's Republic in the 1920's, Vinlanders have been known to openly embrace the policies and tenets of the ruling ideology of Strassonism, so much so, that Vinland has become known as a true example of Strassonism being embraced in society, much like it has been in Westland itself. This has resulted in a very co-dependant nation, who revere collectivism and communal responsibility. Vinland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, with violent crimes being almost non-existent.