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Viniland's Information Database

Official Name: Regno de Vinilândia (Kingdom of Viniland)

Official Map: (None yet)

Official Flag:

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Population: 35,104,000 (2009 estimate)

Gross Domestic Product: $1,811,134,708,500 (2008 estimate)

Gross Domestic Product per capita: $51,593 (2008 estimate)

Possessions: Viniland currently holds:

-Alta Vancavite (Northern, Central Vancouver Island)

-Columbina (British Columbia; excluding Vancouver + Southeastern tip of Alaska)

-Nova Coimbra (Alberta)

-Rio Grande do Leste (Saskatchewan)

-Midway Island

-Itamaracá (Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Eastern Bahia)

-Brasília

Official Languages: Portuguese and Italian; Cree and Athabaskan are recognized languages.

Official Religion: None, although Roman Catholicism is the de facto religion of Viniland.

Capital: Nadrink (located around Columbina's southwestern coast)

Largest cities: Calgari (largest), Nanaimo, Edmonton, Nadrink, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Recife, Salvador.

Demonym: Vinilandese

Governmental Structure:

Viniland is a Constitutional Monarchy and a Representative Democracy. The Monarch serves as the Head of State, and the Prime Minister as the Head of Government. An elected Parliament (Parlamento) and a Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal) also exist. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet wields Executive powers, while the Parlamento has Legislative power and the Supremo Tribunal, Judiciary.

According to the constitution, the Monarch may veto any bill or amendment passed by the Parlamento, or overrule any decision by either the Prime Minister or the Supremo Tribunal, in addition to being able to call elections, dissolve the Parlamento or declare martial law whenever he deems fit. However, cases of the monarch using such powers are very rare.

However, the constitution was recently amended by the Liberal Democrat-Labor majority in the Parlamento - now the Monarch may only cast a tie-breaking vote in either the Parlamento or the Supreme Court. He may still hold emergency elections or declare a state of emergency, public calamity or martial law.

Parties/Elections:

Viniland is a multi-party state and has four main parties: Monarchists (right-wing/nationalistic), Liberal Democrats (center-left, ruling), Conservatives (right) and Labor (left/social democrat, ruling). Minor parties will often get an irrelevant amount of votes.

Every four years, an election takes place, unless the Monarch calls an early election. The population votes for Parliament Members, Prime Minister, City Council members and Governors. Universal suffrage is granted, provided they age 18 or older may take part in the voting.

All parties have a quota on Campaign Spending - each individual party may not spend more than $50 million on campaign-related events, personnel materials, space, etc. All four major parties receive $10 million in public funding while minor ones receive a varied amount, from 1 to 10, usually. Private donations are limited to up to $20,000 per capita. Attempting to use any fund designated for campaign spending for other purposes, or spending beyond the quota, or receiving individual donations worth more than the cap may result in a complete cutoff of public funding to the offending party, or criminal charges may be pressed against those involved in the unlawful activities.

Current Government:

Note: Not all government members are listed, but most of the "main" ones are.

The Monarch does not associate himself with any political party.

Ruling Party: Partido Monarquista (Monarchist Party)

Monarch: Vicente D'Albuquerque (V The King)

Prime Minister: Bento Garibaldi

Vice Prime Minister: Roberto Berzoini

Minister of External Affairs: Celso Amorim

Minister of Internal Affairs: Thiago Russo

Minister of Defense: Aloísio Cortéz

Minister of Justice: Amanda Helena

Minister of Communications: Iolanda Pinto

Minister of Finances: Cláudio Silva

Demographics:

Total Population: Viniland has roughly 35,104,000 million citizens in total. The majority of those live either in Southern Columbina, Nova Coimbra, Itamaracá, Bahia or Southern Alta Vancavite. State population ranking goes as follow:

1st: Nova Coimbra - 10,468,000

2nd: Itamaracá - 8,102,000

3rd: Columbina - 6,978,000

4th: Bahia - 5,754,000

5th: Alta Vancavite - 2,053,000

6th: Rio Grande do Leste - 1,310,000

7th: Brasília - 448,000

8th: Midway - < 100

Last year, the country had a growth rate of 1.28%.

94% of the population lives in urban areas, while the remaining 6% resides outside any city limit.

Ethnicity:

Viniland is a country that experienced vast influx of Portuguese and Italian people into its lands and has a significant Brazilian population. The Portuguese compose a narrow majority, while the Italians make up nearly a third of the population and the Brazilians, roughly a tenth of it. Significant amounts of assorted people also reside in Viniland, including Germans, Spanish, Aboriginals and Far Easterners.

Note: "Luso-Italian", as defined by the Vinilandese Institute of Human Geography(VIHG), is an individual who declared himself to have mixed Portuguese, Italian and/or Brazilian ancestry.

Breakdown of Ethnicity:

Portuguese: 36%

Italian: 25%

Luso-Italian: 14%

Brazilians: 19%

German: 2%

First Nation Natives: 2%

Other: 2%

Religion:

The overwhelming majority of Viniland's population is Roman Catholic, which is the nation's official religion. However, the constitution grants freedom of religion. Due to that and the population's general comfort with non-Catholics, a number of immigrants practicing other religions arrived, as well as most Pagan natives maintaining their beliefs rather than converting to the official religion. A significant amount of Vinilandese have converted to other Christian denominations or quit practicing religion.

Breakdown of Religion:

Catholic Christian: 88%

Protestant Christian: 4%

Other Christian denominations: 2%

Nordlandic Paganism: 1.5%

Aboriginal Paganism: 1.5%

Other: 3%

Languages:

The following shows information regarding which languages the Vinilandese speak (Note: Italian and Portuguese are the official languages):

Both official languages: 78%

Portuguese only: 14%

Italian only: 3%

German and a/both official language: 2%

First Nation languages and a/both official languages: 1.5%

First Nation languages only: 0.5%

Other: 1%

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Education

In Viniland, it is compulsory for all citizens to attend school, from grades 1 to 7 (Primary School) and from grades 8 to 12 (Secondary School). All parents must enroll their children into Primary School in the year their children turn seven. Pre-school services are also offered - parents are encouraged to enroll their children in both literacy programs and bilingual learning programs, where the child can learn both Italian and Portuguese in a fast pace until he or she is seven. Education is the responsibility of both Federal Government and States, although Municipal Governments may play a role as well (by building/funding municipal schools), although municipalities are not obliged to do so.

Educational Program (Primary School)

Vinilandese primary schools primarily focus on teaching and enhancing literacy and numeracy to its pupils, in addition to the teaching of both Italian and Portuguese and installing the basic foundations for further geographic, algebraic, historical, scientific, social and artistic learning.

There is fairly small flexibility in terms of courses that Primary School students may take - for most of tenure through the school, all children are required to take Portuguese, Italian, Social Studies (History + Geography), Science, Mathematics and Physical Education plus either Art Courses (Choir, assorted Bands or Paint Art) or Informatics. Between grades 5 and 7, children must also be enrolled in a Foreign Language course. In most primary schools, the FL courses include Irish, English, German, Spanish and Mandarin. Immersion programs are available for German, English and Irish, although those are done outside of traditional school hours.

Children are strongly encouraged to engage in sports activities. The most popular sport among Vinilandese children (and in the country as a whole) is Football (the actual one). Basketball, Tennis and Volleyball are also well popular. All Primary Schools are equipped with Soccer Fields, Gymnasiums and Swimming Pools, some have tennis courts, cemented fields and/or softball camps at their disposition. Artistic activities are also encouraged, although those do not gain a strong emphasis until Secondary education.

There is also a special program available (both before and after school) for all fit children that is basically a military boot camp, but focused at youngsters. Children learn basic self-defense techniques, go through intense physical activity and learn about military history, warfare and strategy. Combat skills are not taught until Secondary school, and firearm wielding, only if the pupil is 18 years old or older.

Educational Program (Secondary School)

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Feel free to ask any questions in regards to our country.

OOC:

Update - December 2nd: I added a bunch of information in regards to demographics, updated claims. Economy portion is next on line.

Update - January 31st: I decided to work on some other stuff instead. Education section added, mostly worked on, added GDP, population plus assorted demographics information, added more to Elections and Government sections.

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About how often does the Monarch exercise his right of Veto? When was the last such occurance, and what kind of bill or ammendment did it concern?

As mentioned, the Monarch uses the veto power very rarely. It has been used only twice in the lifetime of the nation; once in Viniland's earliest days to repeal a bill which would nationalize pretty much all major corporations of the country (voted by a Communist-leaning government which fell apart within two weeks), and another time close to a year ago when the Monarch vetoed an amendment which would re-instate the death penalty (harshest sentences in Viniland is to either serve at least 25 years in a Labor Camp or life imprisonment), voted by a Conservative government.

OOC: I thought you were some sort of dictatorship, never crossed my mind that you were a monarchy.

OOC: Nah, Viniland has always been a Constitutional Monarchy/Representative Democracy. Although with the Monarchists now in power, the country is a bit more authoritarian, although still very democratic. :P

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