If You Ruled a Country


For a Free Scotland
Let's say via some kind of bizzare series of circumstances you've become the undisputed leader of a country, and have free reign to do whatever you wish.

What would it be like? What would be legal and what wouldn't? What would it be called?
There is a site that actually lets you do this...Im sure someone out there has a link, I seem to have forgotten the name...

Post that shit up.


4 legs good 2 legs bad
Nation States? I think I made a country there several years ago. It'd be fun to get everybody to do that.


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The Republic of Paddd is a tiny, environmentally stunning nation, notable for its compulsory military service. Its hard-nosed, intelligent population of 5 million enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.
It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Social Welfare, Law & Order, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 53%, and even higher for the wealthy. Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Soda Sales.
Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Paddd's national animal is the cat, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the dollar.
lol what a waste of time


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The country I created for my geography class was The United Armed Meritocratic States of Abkhazia-Badakhashan

It was a meritocracy, meaning the leader was chosen based on abilities and not popularity, and an authoritarian state. I made it an authoritarian state because I want to be able to banish what I feel is wrong for society, and a democracy is ruled by the people which limits my ability to do that. It has been one of my goals in life to eliminate, what I feel is corruption, from society. I want to eliminate pornography and the objectification of women; drugs; alcohol consumption; and gambling. An authoritarian leader can do that.

Another interesting aspect I made for my country was how the people could communicate with their leader. I don't like how almost every leader is never incorporated into the general public. I understand the safety aspect of that, but it is one of the loopholes with democracy. I don't like how Canada is a democracy, ruled by the people, yet the people are hardly able to communicate with the government. In my country, if someone had a problem, they would have the right to actually speak face-to-face with the leader to get their problem heard.

My country was actually based in modern day Asia containing the countries of Iran; Georgia; Armenia; Uzbekistan; Kazakhstan; Caucasus Russia; Pakistan; Afghanistan; Azerbaijan; Kurdistan, Turkey; as well as many other overseas departments including Iceland; Svalbard; Faroe Islands; the Lesser and Greater Antilles; The Falkland Islands; Seychelles; Mauritius; Socotra; Sulawesi; and that is it.

My country contained over 50 official languages and was a Federation of states. It had a GDP (PPP) of about $3 Trillion and contained the world's 2nd largest oil reserve; 2nd largest natural gas reserve; 1st largest lake; and was the largest wine exporter. It had a population of over 200 million (can't remember the exact figures, it was a 20 paged report) which equaled a GDP (PPP) Per Capita of about $18, 000. It was also the 4th largest country after Russia; People's Republic of China; and Canada. Its capital city was Atamaniuk (last name of my best friend) and was based in modern day Almaty, Kazakhstan.

I made a 20 page report on the country and an one and a half hour power point presentation. Yes, I did my homework :D

Here is my report (I think it was 20 pages?). I made a mistake with the Thalassocracy part. I misunderstood the meaning of it so please excuse that part. Also remember, IT IS A MADE UP COUNTRY. I know K2 isn't in Badakhashan and I know Mt. Agung is in Bali and not Sulawesi. It is fake!

[FONT=&quot]Name:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] The United Armed Thalassocratic Territories of Abkhazia-Badakhshan.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Size:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] 9, 310, 557 square kilometres.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Population:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] 179, 806, 790[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Languages:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Many official languages including Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Pashto, Abkhaz, Russian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Baluchi, Tajik, Turkmen, Armenian, Georgian, Azerbaijani, French, Spanish, English, Hindi, Chinese, Haitian, Creole, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Danish, Indonesian, Soqotri, Somali, Italian, Seychellois, Kyrgyz[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Religion:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] No official religion but Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and Islam dominate [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Currency:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Caspian[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]GDP (PPP):[/FONT][FONT=&quot] $3.5 Trillion USD[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]GDP (PPP) Per Capita:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] $19, 649[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Political System:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Meritocracy/Thalassocracy/Autocracy [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Capital City:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Atamaniuk[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Name of Leader: [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Prime Minister T.J. Petrowski[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Climate: [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The climate varies depending on the location in the country. In the Caucasus region, the climate ranges from subtropical to continental. The Caucasus Mountains prevent cold air masses from penetrating the region as well as the hot air masses from the south. The western part of the Caucasus region is humid subtropical climate with an average annual rainfall of 1000mm – 4000mm. Most of the lowlands of the eastern Caucasus are warm all year long but temperature greatly depends on the altitude. The western edge of the Caucasus region has a primarily maritime climate due to the Caspian Sea. Record lows and highs in the Caucasus region are -40C and +46C. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In Persia, the climate also varies greatly. In north western Persia, winters are freezing while summers are mild and warm. Most precipitation falls in the form of snow. The Caspian Region of Persia is mild, almost maritime like, again due to the presence of the Caspian Sea. The south has mild winters and hot summers. Average in July is 46C. This region is dry all year. Most of Persia has continental climate that is semi-arid to arid as well as occasional steppe. This region has a significant climate difference compared to its Middle Eastern counterparts because of the Persian Plateau and the highest mountains in western Asia. The rest of the country is very similar to Persia but usually more arid. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The government also controls vast amounts of land in Europe. The government controls the islands of Svalbard, Faroe, and Iceland. All of these islands’ climates are moderated by the North Atlantic Current which brings warm air, from the Gulf of Mexico, to the north, thus making the islands much warmer then their latitude counterparts. The average summer temperature of all the islands is around 6C while winter temperature is -12C. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In the Caribbean, the government took control of the all the former Spanish islands in the Caribbean, and renamed it Carribiya. Abkhazia-Badakahshan went to war with Spain for the islands in 1860 and they have since been apart of Abkhazia-Badakhshan. Carribiya has a tropical climate, notorious for its major cyclones. All year long, the climate is hot (20C-30C) and very humid. There is a dry season from November to April and a rainy season from May to October. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In South America, the government also took control of the Falkland Islands. During the second Falkland Islands War with Argentina, Abkhazian-Badakhashan’s supreme navy defeated Argentina after the Abkhazian-Badakhshan navy destroyed Buenos Aires with an atom bomb. The Falkland Islands have a similar climate to Svalbard, except without the moderating effect of the North Atlantic Current. Most of the islands are dry all year long with a harsh winter and a cool summer. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The only African territory controlled by Abkhazia-Badakhshan is the archipelago of Seychelles. There are more then 155 islands in Seychelles. Seychelles is a former French overseas department that was lost in the Seychelles War of 1556. Due to the climate of Seychelles, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Temperatures on Mache, the largest island, vary from 24C to 34C all year long. The average precipitation of Victoria is 3600mm. Most of the islands lie outside of the Indian Ocean Cyclone Belt, thus high winds are rare. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]There is only one major island in Middle Eastern waters that are under the control of Abkhazia-Badakhshan – Socotra. Socotra is a small archipelago, near the Gulf of Aden, that was formerly under the control of Yemen. The climate of Socotra is that of tropical desert (therefore hot all year round), with precipitation being brief and light throughout the year. Socotra lies within the monsoon belt which brings high winds and high seas.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The last of all the major islands controlled by Abkhazia-Badakhshan is Sulawesi. Sulawesi has been under the control of Abkhazia-Badakhshan since Indonesia lost the war in 2003. Sulawesi is only eight degrees south of the equator and is hot all year long with large amounts of precipitation. The center of the island is home to Mt. Agung and Mt. Batur, two active volcanoes. In 1963, one of the volcanoes spewed ashes thousands of feet into the air blocking out the sun and creating a cooler year. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Landforms: [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]There are many large landforms in this country. Most are mountains. The major mountain ranges in Abkhazia-Badakhshan are the Caucasus, Zagros, Tian Shan, Hindu Kush, and the Persian Plateau. The highest point is in the Badakhshan region, K2 at 8, 611 feet. It is at the very border between Abkhazia-Badakhshan/Xinjiang, China. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]There is a large amount of deserts in Abkhazia-Badakhshan. The major deserts were formed by the landlocked features of Abkhazia-Badakhshan and the lack of any major rivers and lakes. The major mountain ranges also block any precipitation from any surrounding areas, creating a rain shadow desert. The major deserts include the Rigestan Desert, Kyzl Kum Desert, Karakum Desert, and the Kavir Desert. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The only major lake in the region is the Caspian Sea, which is fully enclosed within the borders of Abkhazia-Badakhshan. The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest inland body of water. It is 371, 000 square kilometres and is an endorheic body of water (that is there is no outflow of water). There are no major rivers in Abkhazia-Badakhshan. The country only has parts of major rivers. The Volga River is the only major river that flows into the Caspian Sea. But it is almost entirely located in Russia. Abkhazia-Badakhstan makes up for its lack of major rivers by having several smaller rivers, especially in the western region of the country. In the Abkhazia region, the area is dotted by small lakes and rivers, formed by the retreating glaciers, and current glaciers. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The Faroe Islands, a former Danish colony, is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Svalbard, a former Norwegian colony, is bordered in the north by the Arctic Ocean, the west by the Greenland Sea, and by the Barents Sea in the east. The Falkland Islands are surrounded entirely by the Atlantic. Fjords are a noticeable feature of these islands. These are the only areas of Abkhazia-Badakhshan that have them as most of the land area of Abkhazia-Badakhshan has not had any significant presence of glaciers. These islands are close enough to the poles for glaciers to have had a significant impact on the geography. The islands are also mostly barren areas with many mountains. It is too cold and too dry for a large diversity of flora and fauna (the does not mean there isn’t a variety of what is there). Most of the flora and fauna have been on the islands since the last ice age. All three islands have a very rocky terrain with many mountains and are all from volcanic origin. The major cities are Stanley (Falkland Islands), Longyearbyen (Svalbard), and Torshavn (Faroe Islands)[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Seychelles are apart of the Mascarene Plateau, which broke off from the Indian plate 65 million years ago. The islands of Seychelles are grouped into two – granite islands and coral islands. The granite islands of Seychelles are the world’s only oceanic islands of granite rock. The granite aspect comes from the granite plateau that Seychelles is apart of. The other group of islands are the coralline islands. These are also unique as they have emerged and submerged many times in their history. The most recent submergence dated 125, 000 years ago. Seychelles is well known for its unusually, large rocks. Geologists don’t yet know why these rocks are there, but it is a noticeable part of Seychellois beaches. The largest and capital city of Seychelles is Victoria. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Carribiya is the Abkhazian-Badakhshan region of the Caribbean. There are more then 7, 000 small islands and cays within the Carribiyan waters, most are uninhabited. The geography is mostly flat with some rolling plains. There are some mountains in the far North West, South West, and South East. The highest point is Pico Turquino (6, 578 ft.) in the Sierra Maestra in the South West of the province. Other significant mountain ranges are the Sierra Crystal, Escambray Mountains, and the Sierra del Rosario. Carribiya is well known for its white, sandy beaches and extensive mangrove forests on the coastal regions. Carribiya has negligible inland water area. However, the largest lake is Zapata Swamp with an area of 4, 520 square kilometres. Carribiya is has a great diversity of flora and fauna, particularly in the rainforests. Most of Carribiya’s remaining rainforests are in the less populated south east of the country. New national parks are being developed for ecotourism. Nassau is the capital and largest city.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]One of the most isolated land forms on earth, of continental origin, is the island of Socotra. Unlike many of its island counterparts, Socotra was not formed by a hotspot. Rather, it broke off from Gondwana land millions of years ago. Overall, there are three geographical regions of Socotra. The first one is the coastal plains. In the far south and north of the island, the land is flat and dotted with many interesting rock formations. Here is also where most of the vegetation is as the center of the island receives a negligible amount of precipitation. In the south east of the island, there is a large limestone plateau. This plateau consists of over half the island and is larger then the mountains. It is the limestone plateau that divides the island into two, the northern plains and southern plains. The third geographic region is the Haghier Mountains. The highest point on the mountains is 5, 000 feet and is in the western part of the island. Hadiboh is the most important city and is also the capital.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The last of the islands in Asia is Sulawesi. Sulawesi is the most popular tourist destination of the country. There are two major volcanoes on the island, both still active – Mt. Agung and Mt. Batur. One of the largest eruptions in history was from Mt. Batur, 30, 000 years ago. Due to the presence of volcanic soil, the island is extremely diverse in flora and fauna and the island is trying to develop a sustainable ecotourism sector. Sulawesi is surrounded by coral reefs, one of the most popular attractions. A noticeable feature of Sulawesi beaches is the colour of the sand. Beaches to the south have white sand while beaches to the north have black sand. Beaches in the middle have black and white sand. The largest river in the island, the Ho, is only navigable by small boats. The Lombok Strait separates Lombok from Sulawesi and marks the biogeographical division between the Indomalayan Ecozone and the distinctively different Australasian ecozone. The capital of Sulawesi is Manado.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In Iceland, there are many large glaciers and fjords. The largest glacier in the country is Vatnajokull, in the south east of the country. Iceland is one of the largest islands controlled by Abkhazia-Badakhshan. It was seized from Denmark when Abkhazia-Badakhshan was at war with Denmark for the Faroe Islands. Iceland is one of the most geologically active places in the world. Iceland lies over a hotspot and a ridge creating double the geological activity of Hawaii. The ridge is separating at several centimetres a year, further allowing more magma to expand the island. More then a third of all oceanic magma is produced in Iceland. Iceland has hundreds of volcanoes; the largest one is Hekla near the capital Reykjavik. Most of Iceland is a barren, tundra landscape with little or no trees. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Flora and Fauna:[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The vegetation of Abkhazia-Badakhshan largely depends on the precipitation and the altitude. Overall, there are more than 3, 000 species of plants in Abkhazia-Badakhshan. In Persia, there are large areas of forested steppe around the Zagros Mountains, in the west. There is also a narrow area of heavily forested woodlands around the Caspian Sea which include the tree species ash, elm, oak, and cypress. The rest of Persia consists mostly with shrubs, typical desert vegetation. Vegetation in the Pashto region of eastern Abkhazia-Badakhshan is similar as Persian vegetation due to the presence of deserts and mountains. The flora of the Caucasus region is primarily woodlands, with many endemic species of trees. The tallest trees in Eurasia are located in this region. Forests grow exceptionally well because the large amounts of small rivers and lakes, often formed by glaciers, in the region as well as the precipitation from the Black Sea. Northern Abkhazia-Badakhshan is mostly semi-arid steppe.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The fauna of Abkhazia-Badakhshan is extremely diverse due to the elevations and varied climates. There are over 1000 species of vertebrates (including 330 birds, 160 fish, 11 amphibians, 48 reptiles). There are many large carnivores in the region, e.g. Asiatic Cheetah, hyena, Persian Leopard, Brown Bear, Wolf, and Lynx. There is an immense amount of invertebrates in Abkhazia-Badakhshan including over 500 species of spiders and many species of scorpions. The Caspian Sea has many endemic species native to only the Caspian Sea. The Caspian dolphin is native only to the waters of the Caspian Sea. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In Carribiya, there is an abundance of flora and fauna. The total number of native flowering plants numbers nearly 6, 000. The royal Palm is the national tree reaching heights of 75 ft. As large as the plants are, most of the fauna is of small origin including tropical bats, birds, and many species of reptiles, particularly lizards, and insects. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The Falkland Islands are mostly barren with grasses and mosses, typical tundra flora, constitutes the major plants. Fauna is limited to small mammals but many Antarctic birds nest in the Falklands. The Faroe Islands shares similar flora and fauna.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Svalbard, as barren as it is, shows an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna. The four major, terrestrial mammals that inhibit the islands are the Svalbard Mouse, Arctic Fox, Svalbard Reindeer, and Polar Bears. Many aquatic mammals also inhibit the waters around the islands including dolphins, whales, and walruses. Many sea birds breed on Svalbard; Brunnich’s and Black Guillemot, Puffin, Little Auk, Fulmar and Black Legged Kittiwake, Arctic Tern, Skua, and Ivory Gull. The only land bird present on the island all year round is the Ptarmigan. Only two songbirds migrate to Svalbard; Snow Bunting and Wheatear. There are a large number of flowering plants present on Svalbard. The blossoms are small, but the plants use the 24 hour sunlight to develop beautiful blossoms. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Seychelles, in particular, is under extreme threat of losing some of its important flora and fauna. Since the arrival of humans, much of the tropical rainforest has been clear cut to make way for human settlement. However, modern day Seychelles is renowned for its attempts to save the unique flora and fauna. Seychelles is home to many plants and animals native to only Seychelles. The Coco de Mer is native only to a handful of islands in Seychelles. This palm has the largest seed of any plant in the world. The Jellyfish Tree is also native to only a few islands apart of the Seychelles. It has resisted all efforts to propagate it. Another unique plant, native to Seychelles, is the Wrights Gardenia, found only on Aride Island Special Reserve. Giant tortoises also populate Seychelles. Known as the Aldabra tortoise, Seychelles has the largest population of them in the world. The provincial government of Seychelles has brought them back from the verge of extinction. Seychelles even hosts some of the largest bird colonies in the world. The Aride Island Reserve hosts more birds then all the other islands of Seychelles combined including species as the Sooty Tern, Fairy Tern, White Tailed Tropic Bird, and Noddies. In addition, Seychelles hosts some spectacular marine life. More then 1000 species of fish have been recorded and the marine life has no fear of humans, making it an excellent tourist spot. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The island of Socotra is often referred as the Jewel of the Arabian Sea. Due to its long isolation and extreme heat, there are many species of flora and fauna native only to Socotra. Research has shown that more then a third of all the 800 species of plants on Socotra are found no where else on Earth. The most famous of all plants on Socotra is the Dragon Blood Tree, native to only Socotra. The island is also home to many species of bird including the Socotra Starling. In addition, the waters surrounding Socotra are teaming with many species of fish. The United Nations has stated that the island of Socotra is a natural world heritage site. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Like Seychelles, Sulawesi is also very diverse in its flora and fauna. Sulawesi is home to over 280 species of birds. It is especially famous for its parrot population. The critically endangered Sulawesi Starling is native only to the island of Sulawesi. It is estimated the as few as six Starlings still exist today. The only unique mammal, the Sulawesi Tiger, became extinct in the 1930s. Environmentalists have attacked the federal and provincial governments for their lack of conservation on the island. As a result, the provincial government created the Sulawesi Barat National Park. The park is a refuge for native wildlife, like the Black Giant Squirrel and the Leaf Monkey. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Much like Svalbard, Iceland has few mammals native to Iceland if any at all. However, Iceland has an astonishing number of flowering plants and nesting birds. Overall, Iceland’s flora and fauna is similar to Svalbard. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Abkhazia-Badakhshan is endowed with natural recourses. Abkhazia-Badakhshan has the world’s second largest reserve of natural gas and the second largest reserve of oil in the world. That states that Abkhazia-Badakhshan controls 15% of the world’s natural gas and 10% of the world’s oil. Abkhazia-Badakhshan currently exports 6, 000, 000 barrels of oil a day worldwide, bringing in almost $131, 000, 000, 000. However, a large part of its natural gas reserves are still untapped and most of it is used for domestic use. The oil resources around the Caspian Sea haven’t been tapped yet as well as most other resources in that region. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Wine making is an important aspect of the Abkhazian region of Abkhazia-Badakhashan. Wine making has been an important part of the local economy, and culture, for thousands of years. It is often regarded as the “birth place of wine” because archaeological evidence suggests it is the oldest wine producing region in the world. Russia imports most of Abkhazian-Badakhashan wine. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Agriculture also plays and important economic activity in Abkhazia-Badakashan. Abkhazia-Badakhashan is the world’s 10th largest cotton producer and over half of the Turkmen region is irrigated for cotton. Many other agricultural products are also produced including wheat, opium, and livestock.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The Badakhashan region of Abkhazia-Badakhashan has extensive reserves of precious minerals, especially precious and semiprecious stones. There are large excavations of diamond, ruby, sapphire, garnet, topaz, and other precious stones in the Badakhashan region. Further to that, there are also large reserves of coal, gold, copper, zinc, iron, silver, and other metals. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Two newly discovered resources are wind farms and hydroelectricity. Many of the surrounding countries, i.e. Uzbekistan, can’t produce enough electricity for its rural population. Wind farms provide the opportunity for cheap, renewable electricity for both Abkhazia-Badakhashan and for neighbouring countries. It is especially efficient due to the presence of many high mountains in the country. Hydroelectricity also could provide many countries with renewable power and plenty of energy for the major cities in Abkhazia-Badakhashan, e.g. Fayzabad. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In the Falkland Islands, the largest economic sector is livestock. Sheep constitute the largest of this sector. As of 2002, there were 502, 000 heads on the islands. Traditionally, wool exports to the rest of A-B brought in the largest revenue. In recent years, other activities have gained more importance. The sale of fishing licenses to foreign countries have brought in more then $40, 000, 000 USD a year for the islands. Tourism is also a growing sector for the islands. Many tourists stop by Stanley before heading to Antarctica. There is even oil exploration underway off the shores of the Falkland Islands. Falkland Island Oil and Gas has signed a deal with BHP Billiton for exploring possible oil reserves. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Iceland’s and Svalbard’s economy is similar to the Falkland Islands. Svalbard has significant reserves of coal, which is the main economic activity. Fishing and trapping is also a large part of the local economy. However, in recent years, tourism and oil exploration is on the rise. People are attracted to the islands go there for its remoteness. Most tourists go there for research as Svalbard is increasingly becoming important in researching climate change. Iceland does not possess significant coal or oil reserves but geological springs. These springs are capable of providing renewable energy, with almost no environmental degradation, for a long time to come. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Fishing is still the traditional way of life in the Faroe Islands. But oil reserves have been found close to the Faroe Islands, bring hope for new developments. Burger King recently opened its first restaurant on the islands, marking the island’s globalization. The problem facing the Faroe Islands is not a lack of money or natural resources, but a lack of educated, young workers. Many students, after they’ve finished high school, immigrate out of the Faroe Islands back to mainland Abkhazia-Badakhshan, thus making the islands population predominately middle aged to seniors lacking with technological skills of the century. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The Carribiyan economy is largely dependent on tourism, mining, and sugar cane cultivation. Recently, the Carribiyan Provincial Government has been closing down government operated sugar cane fields in development of new agricultural products; potatoes, citrus fruits, cattle, etc. Despite this, sugar cane is still the largest agricultural product produced in Carribiya. Other major exports are coffee, medical supplies, fish, tobacco, rice, cotton, and cigars. Carribiya has a large mining sector, as well. Carribiya’s nickel reserves are one of the largest in the world. Nickel is the provinces second most valuable commodity, after sugar cane. Further to the nickel reserves, there is also zinc, iron, petroleum, gold, copper, silver, salt, and lead reserves. Tourism is proving to be one of the most important sectors of the economy. Many tourists are attracted to the beaches of Carribiya, as well as how inexpensive it is. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Tourism is the largest sector of the Seychelles economy, with over 30% of the citizens employed by it. There have been large scale developments to increase tourism to the country. Well known corporations, Hilton and Four Seasons for example, are developing projects worth more then $100, 000, 000 USD each. In addition, other companies are developing projects in Seychelles. They include Emirates Airlines, Qatari Airways, Raffles, etc. are in the beginning stage of development. Private firms are also developing ways to attract tourists to Seychelles. It is estimated that the combined projects of Ile Aurore, Per Aquam, and Eden Island is worth $2, 000, 000, 000 USD. Tuna fishing has been traditionally the major economic sector, though losing its importance to tourism. The provincial government has been trying to promote other sectors of the economy, loosening the country’s dependence on tourism. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Much like Seychelles and Carribiya, tourism is a major sector of the Sulawesi economy. As a result of the mass tourism in Sulawesi, it is one of the most prosperous of all the South East Asian islands. Tourism dropped greatly from the 2002 and 2005 suicide bombings in the capital city. Despite the importance of tourism, agriculture still employs most of the citizens. The most important crop is rice, but fruit and coffee are also important. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Recently, the government has been privatizing many companies, including the National Oil and Gas Company. The government hopes this will provide for more jobs in the country, reducing unemployment (12.6%) and strengthening the economy.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Abkhazia-Badakhashan has many laws with varying degrees on punishment. There is no death penalty, but the law can use certain torture methods for severe crimes. Torture can only be used once proven guilty and having been through trial and cannot be applied to anyone younger than 14 years of age. The laws in A-B are fairly similar to the laws in many western countries. However, the punishments are different. In most cases, due to the cost of operating prisons, most people don’t serve prison sentences. This reduces taxes for the general public. Prison is often used to detain a subject for trial or punishment. Only for insignificant crimes is prison time actually used for a punishment. Here is a basic list of crimes and punishments in A-B:[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Murder:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Electric Shock, Flagellation, Branding, Foot-Whipping, Upside Down Hanging, Water Boarding, Scaphism, etc. + fine[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Rape:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Electric Shock, Flagellation, Branding, Foot-Whipping, Upside Down Hanging, Water Boarding, Scaphism, Castration, + fine[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Possession of Pornography:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Electric Shock, Flagellation, Branding, Foot-Whipping, Upside Down Hanging, Water Boarding, Scaphism, Castration, Skin Hanging, + fine[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Possession of Drugs:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Flagellation, Foot-Whipping + fine[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Being intoxicated:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Electric Shock, Flagellation, Upside Down Hanging, Foot Whipping, + fine[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Gambling:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Prison Time + major fine[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Assault:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Depending on the type of assault, a fine to as severe as electric shock[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Theft:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Cut off hand(s) + a fine of double the price of the item stolen. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Loitering:[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Prison Time + Fine[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Every individual gets two chances before any torture is applied as a punishment, except proven rape, murder, or any other serious charge.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Manslaughter does not exist. Proven accidental death does not have a charge, unless it was recklessness. Only if the death could have been prevented is there ever a charge.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]There is no law stating that children must attend school. If children don’t want to attend school, then they don’t have to. This makes it easier for the teachers, as they only teach the students that want to learn, and makes society’s elite succeed. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]There is also no military conscription in the country. Abkhazia-Badakhshan does support a large, well equipped military and navy but it is not mandatory to sign up. The government wants to make the people happy and forcing them into the military is not the way to do it. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The law is enforced by police, both at national and regional level. The police force is extremely well equipped and controlled by the military. Members of the police are paid much more then in other, similarly developed, countries and even in developed countries. The reasoning behind this is that the government believes that the law MUST be obeyed for society to function properly. In other countries with severe punishments, e.g. Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan under Zia, crime is almost unheard of. The government does not operate a secret police service. The government believes that operating such a service is only meant to keep the citizens afraid of the government, thus keeping the government in power. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The government of Abkhazia-Badakhshan is that of a thalassocracy, meritocracy, and autocracy. A thalassocracy is a country where ocean greatly separates the country. A meritocracy is a government in which the leader is not chosen based on public vote but by the previous ruler, or party, based on his or her abilities at running a country. An autocracy is where the government is ruled by one person. The head of state, government, and armed forces is held by the prime minister. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The government of Abkhazia-Badakhshan is allied with the People’s Republic of China, Chad, Venezuela, Vietnam, Bhutan, Russia, Ethiopia, Libya, Iraq, Jordan, and Oman. Prime Minister T.J. has been criticised for supporting Hu Jintao, and other leaders, despite the human rights abuses that are said to take place by those leaders.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Abkhazia-Badakhshan currently has tense relations with Uganda, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen, Norway, Pakistan, Denmark, United States, France, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Most of those tense relations are due to harsh political oppression of the citizens and violent conflicts in the region. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The culture of Abkhazia-Badakhshan is extremely diverse. Some may consider it, culturally, mega-diverse. Abkhazia-Badakhshan is the place of some of the world’s oldest civilizations, empires, and cultures. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Abkhazia-Badakhshan has many national holidays. However, there are no provincial holidays. All holidays are on the national level. If there is a special holiday in Sulawesi, it is special to the whole country. The major holidays are:[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]July 5th – The formation of Abkhazia-Badakhshan[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]February 21st – President’s Birthday[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]December 25th – Christmas Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]November 11th – Remembrance Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]January 9th – Seychelles is seized from France and incorporated into Abkhazia-Badakhshan – Seychelles Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]May 7th – Falkland Islands are seized from Argentina and incorporated into Abkhazia-Badakhshan – Falkland Islands Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]September 11th – National 9/11 Grieving Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]October 18th and June 12th – Sulawesi Bombings[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]March 29th – Sulawesi is seized from Indonesia and incorporated into Abkhazia-Badakhshan – Sulawesi Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]April 25th – Faroe Islands are seized from Denmark and incorporated into Abkhazia-Badakhshan – Faroe Islands Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]June 19th – Carribiya is seized from Spain and incorporated into Abkhazia-Badakhshan – Carribiya Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]August 2nd – Svalbard is seized from Norway and incorporated into Abkhazia-Badakhshan – Svalbard Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]December 1st – The Vinn war is over and Vinland is peacefully granted the right to be apart of Canada, known as Newfoundland and Labrador – End of the War[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]December 27th – Death of Benazir Bhutto[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]June 21st – Birth of Benazir Bhutto[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]May 19th – Birth of Ho Chi Minh[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]September 2nd – Death of Ho Chi Minh[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]July 20th – Birth of Alexander the Great[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]June 10th – Death of Alexander the Great[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]January 23rd – Socotra is seized from Yemen and incorporated into Abkhazia-Badakhshan – Socotra Day[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The region of Abkhazia-Badakhashan has many different traditional foods. Wine has been a traditional commodity in the Abkhazian region for thousands of years. They produce many different types of wines that are very popular throughout the world. Chocolate is native to the Badakhshan region of Abkhazia-Badakhshan, having become a worldwide phenomenon. Chocolate was originally produced in the region of Badakhshan many, hundreds of years ago. Chocolate Milk was also first made in this region and is extremely popular with the locals. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] In Socotra, almost all traditional foods are quite spicy, a common part of their diet. Historically, the island was important for trading spices and that is how spices became an important part of their culture. The most popular dish there is known as the Twinkie, a spicy kind of cake. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Fish and fish products have been traditional food for most of the Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Svalbard, Seychelles, and Sulawesi. Tuna was first harvested in Seychelles, a thousand years ago. Since then, many species of fish have been cultivated around the world. Sulawesi is famous for its tropical dishes of many different species of fish from Sulawesi waters. The Faroe Islands and the Falkland Islands use to consume large quantities of bird eggs as well due to the presence of many nesting birds. In Svalbard, polar bears and whales were also hunted for food. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Again, there is a large variety of traditions in Abkhazia-Badakhshan. In the main land Abkhazia-Badakhshan, the people use to believe and worship Mother Nature. They believed that by doing so, she would be pleased and bring rain preventing a famine. When Islam arrived, the people stop worshipping Mother Nature and started to do so to Allah. Before Islam came, Christianity already at a strong hold on the people. However, half of the people still followed their own, traditional beliefs. They also believed in a government/leader to rule any group. This is where the idea of a meritocracy originally came from and why the government still keeps that form of government today. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In Socotra, the people have traditionally followed an Islamic culture. Islam came from the spice traders and Yemen, which is an Islamic Republic. The people, however, disagreed with the harsh Islamic Law and fought a war with Yemen over it. Most of the people’s dress and food is Islamic.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The Falkland Islands, Iceland, Faroe Islands, and Svalbard are all highly Christian. They have an older style of dress in all three archipelagos. The men normally wear black pants and a white shirt while the women often wear a red dress. Their architecture is also traditional. All of their buildings are designed to be able to keep heat in for the winter months. Often made of wood and painted many colours, these buildings are unique to these islands. There are even grass homes where a building is built into the side of a hill and the top of the hill is the roof. These grass homes have gained popularity in many cold nations. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The people of Seychelles are known for their lack of clothes. Due to the hot, rarely changing, climate all year round, the traditional people of Seychelles have no need for clothes. The people of Seychelles have traditionally believed in the Ocean God. The theory as to how this started starts at how much the people of Seychelles depend on the ocean, much like how the people of Abkhazia-Badakhshan depend on rain. The kids in Seychelles are taught to never trust the ocean and to never insult it, fearing that they will make the God angry and the islands will disappear. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The people of Sulawesi were the first to start large scale agriculture. The theory is, because of the climate and volcanic soil, it was easy for them to cultivate large scale crops and that the population needed more food. The people of Sulawesi are also Islamic. Being under control of Indonesia brought many Islamic traditions. Mosques were built by the government and the people were forced to adhere to Islam. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The tourism situation in Abkhazia-Badakhshan is extremely varied; some places are already fairly well developed while others are just being discovered. Overall, most of the country has already a descent tourism sector, but it could be better. Seychelles, Sulawesi, and Carribiya have a descent tourism sector that was in the beginning stage before under the control of Abkhazia-Badakhshan. However, areas like Socotra are only beginning to develop tourism despite the vast potential for it. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]There are many areas that have potential for great tourism development. Seychelles, Sulawesi, Iceland, and Carribiya already have major developments in progress for tourism. Many of the world’s most renowned hotels are opening up in Seychelles, Sulawesi, and Iceland, e.g. Hilton and 4 Seasons. These hotels are already in Carribiya but newer ones are soon to be developed. Iceland and Seychelles especially have potential for major tourism development. The famous Blue Lagoon is becoming a major tourist destination for many Europeans and Americans. Tourists are attracted to Seychelles because of its well kept environment and similar climate to Carribiya. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Major Tourism development is still at the beginning stage in many other areas of Abkhazia-Badakhshan. The Falkland Islands, Svalbard, Faroe Islands, and Socotra are still unknown to the world. Most tourists who go to these islands are researchers. But tourists are attracted to the cleanness and exoticness of the islands, especially Socotra with its favourable climate and exceptional flora and fauna. For tourism to develop in these areas, the most important step is to make their names known to the world. Advertising would significantly improve tourism to these areas. Developing well known hotels would also improve tourism as well as offering more flights to the islands. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Abkhazian-Badakhshan mainland is also unknown to a large part of the world. It is mostly adventure tourists and cultural tourists that visit Abkhazia-Badakhshan because of its geography and challenges for many tourists and amazing history. Again, the most important step to increase tourism to Abkhazia-Badakhshan is to get the name out. Advertising in many bordering countries would improve any chances of tourist coming to Abkhazia-Badakhshan. Overall, there is great tourism potential in mainland Abkhazia-Badakhshan but it must take similar steps as the Faroe Islands to develop tourism. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]There are many problems with developing tourism in Abkhazia-Badakhshan. One of the biggest problems is how to develop tourism on the ecologically sensitive islands, e.g. Socotra and Seychelles. There are many endemic species in these islands, native only to one or two islands in the world. On top of that, most of the ecologically sensitive places are very small. Seychelles, in total, is 451 square kilometres. To develop roads, a large enough airport, accommodation, etc. may very will ruin the ecology of the islands. In order to prevent this, the idea is that certain islands/areas will be off limits to tourists. The government understands fewer tourists will come, but it will be sustainable. For example, the Aride Island Reserve in Seychelles will be completely off limits for most tourists. But the government wants tourists to see the reserve. Therefore, the government has decided that a select group of individuals, less then 10, will be allowed to experience the reserve providing they pay a large fee and do community service. This, the government hopes, will limit any damage caused by mass tourism. This example will be applied to all of Abkhazia-Badakhshan’s ecologically sensitive areas. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Another problem with tourism in Abkhazia-Badakhshan is protecting the already devastated environment while, at the same time, improving tourism. In areas like Carribiya and Sulawesi, large areas for forest have been pushed down for developments before the islands were under the control of Abkhazia-Badakhshan. The government has been starting breeding facilities to try and reintroduce many critically endangered animals. There also efforts to try and replant large areas of forest that have been destroyed by adding environmental taxes on most items or services on the islands. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]One of the largest environmental problems facing mainland Abkhazia-Badakhshan is the use of water. The government is trying to develop a way to bring sufficient water for developments into the more mountainous and arid regions, e.g. Turkmen region. Underground piping is currently used, but it isn’t enough and it is old. The solution, so far, is to set up many desalination facilities on the Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Arabian Sea. This, they hope, will prevent too much damage to any one region. The building of newer, larger pipes is also part of the solution. Ones that can withstand most earthquakes are what many engineers are working on. The government will also try and locate any underground water resources that may be below the arid regions. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The last major tourism related problem is eliminating garbage. Again, with many ecologically sensitive and small regions, large amounts of garbage possess a problem. The provincial governments operate garbage cleaners to pick up any garbage on the ground. Plus, the government has set up a mandatory recycling policy. All hotel rooms, stores, sidewalks, etc. must have recycling boxes instead of just garbage cans. By doing this, it makes it easier to sort the recyclables and non-recyclables. The national government has also set up a deal with the United States. If there is too much garbage for Carribiya to handle, in and environmentally safe way, the national government will pay $10, 000, 000 USD to have the rest taken to Florida and disposed of. Like wise, the same deal was set up with Sulawesi/Australia, Seychelles/Singapore, and Socotra/Oman. Iceland is large enough to be able to dispose of any garbage in an environmentally safe way. Therefore, Iceland will take the Faroe Islands’ and Svalbard’s garbage. Currently, the Falkland Islands has its own facilities to dispose of any garbage. The Argentines built them prior to the war. However, if the current facilities to become over worked by tourism, the excess garbage will be shipped to Chile and disposed of in a manner that is safe for the environment. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]As you can see, Abkhazia-Badakhshan, and all of its territories, is an extremely diverse and interesting country. From the world’s oldest Christian ruins to the discovery of wine, whatever it is you are looking for, you can find it in Abkhazia-Badakhshan.[/FONT]
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