The Nine Provinces of Vaerith were created more than 1000 years ago, following years of tribalism amongst what are now the Provincial regions. The borders remained stable until August Neill rode a wave of populist uprisings to power during the First Election. Most of the information included in here is historical, as the Party's activities over the last 50 years have severely damaged the economies and destabilized the majority of the Provinces.
All areas and populations given are approximate.
Rough pronunciations are given in parentheses. Syllabic emphasis is marked with an apostrophe (the difference between TEX-as and tex-ASS).
Capital: Lis'cann (liss'-cahn)
Major Holidays: 2
Number of regions: 11
Area (km²): 5,292,000
Major cities: Lis'cann, Mogentia, Ibla
Major industries: Tourism, textiles, salt, coffee, clothing, wine, olives
The smallest of all the Provinces, Y'Tallish also the most isolated due to the protective mountain range that curves around its norther borders. The name is derived from an ancient word meaning "to suck the marrow" and its populace does exactly that, fully embracing life as part of their cultural identity. Fiercely independent, they have avoided invasion since the start of the Provincial Formation.
They say time runs differently in this Province, as it seems no one actually "works". While it's true there are few "9-5" jobs here, most of the population is employed to some degree, with ample time off given to engage in the Province's slight obsession with rugby.
All children are required to go to school until the age of 16, after which they may choose to complete a 2-year foundational sequence before going on to university, complete a 1-5 year vocational program, or they may directly enter the work force. The first post-secondary qualification is paid for by the Province, with post-graduate work paid for by the employing institution.
Social services and healthcare is universally available to all citizens and those with visas. Citizenship is gained through birth or a naturalization process that requires a minimum residency and an integration evaluation. There is no mandatory military service requirement.
Hands down, the Y'Tallish province is best known for its biannual celebrations -- Carnivale (Third Sepperl) and Festival (Third Elliss). Renowned across the globe, these two-week long themed blowouts are a major source of both income and goodwill. The entire Province is involved with the planning and execution of the Celebrations.
The Jainnierr Family plays a prominent role in every Celebration.
Capital: Gerwinn (grr-ween')
Demonym: Onnasque (oh-nahs'-k)
Language: Outian (oh-wee'-shun)
Major Holidays: 6
Number of regions: 27
Area (km²): 14,112,000
Major cities: Gerwinn, Aquis, Fuellon, Rerra, Barce
Major industries: Clothing, wine, cheese, agriculture, paper
With its close ties to its southern neighbor, Onnais is jokingly referred to as Northern Y'Tallish. Most of the land is covered in farms and the population is evenly distributed. The roads are some of the best on the planet, with each family responsible for their own section. A laid-back culture leads to the misconception that they are lazy.
Onnais citizens enjoy a number of daily breaks where roadside stands pop up offering refreshments several times a day. A table never goes without wine, frequently with a family label.
All children are required to go to school until the age of 15, after which they may choose to complete a 2-year foundational sequence before going on to university, complete a 3 year vocational program, or they may directly enter the work force. Post-secondary education is paid for through private payments, low-interest credit, or internships.
Social services and healthcare is universally available to all citizens and those with visas. Citizenship is gained through birth or a naturalization process that requires a minimum residency and an integration evaluation. All citizens serve a total of six years of military service.
Onnais is the latest Continental Province expected to fall under an Accord, which promises to preserve most of their Province from destruction.
Onnais is celebrated for its pastoral views and numerous bed-and-breakfast type places, catering to every budget. Most of their festivals revolve around food. The Province boasts the greatest diversity of both cheese and wine on the planet -- each with more than 200 distinct types!
The Sielleighs are well known performers, boasting their own theatre hall.
Capital: Kevakk (kehv-ahck')
Demonym: Gmundkevai (ge-mund'-kehv-eye)
Language: Eksese (ek'-say-seh)
Major Holidays: 12
Number of regions: 31
Area (km²): 28,224,000
Major cities: Kevakk, Laag, Kubey, Oryvo, Narop, Bynia, Krabin
Major industries: Steel, mining, vehicles, manufacturing, science, agriculture, shipping
As the largest Province, Gmundkevakk is by far the most populous. Most of the residents are clustered in cities due to the manufacturing opportunites. Entire towns are built around factories and farms. 'Gmund' means 'origin' in Eksese. Residents are protective of their own and difficult to get to know.
The Province has a standardized 50 hour work week spread out over 5 days. During the monthly holiday, all Provincial services and shops shut down.
All children are required to go to school until the age of 19, after which they may choose to attend university, complete a 3-5 year vocational program, or they may directly enter the work force. Post-secondary education is paid for through internships and grants.
Social services and healthcare are available to all for a fee. Citizenship is gained through birth, substantial investment, or a naturalization process that requires a minimum residency and an integration evaluation. There is a 3-year mandatory military service requirement for all able-bodied citizens.
As the wellspring of the Freedom First Party, Gmundkevakk was the first to suffer under their policies. Factories have been closed and workers sent to man the various Party camps.
Gmundkevakk was the first Province to undertake significant steps to combat pollution, due to their high numbers of factories and manufacturing plants. This led to a secondary industry boon in clean-up, evaluation, and measurement.
Today, Gmundkevakk has improved their air and water quality to pre-industrial levels.
Capital: Yingnarr (ying'-nar)
Demonym: Charene (char'-een)
Language: Iidic (ee-ee'-dik)
Major Holidays: 27
Number of regions: 16
Area (km²): 25,578,000
Major cities: Yingnarr, Sharsai, Arichon, Bamun
Major industries: Banking, vehicles, steel, mining, ceramics, spices
Charenn has a history of being the least known and most reclusive of the Provinces. With very stringent visa requirements, not many outside workers or visitors are allowed in. Those that are, though, bring back pictures and tales of a breathtaking land that is bathed in perpetual sunrise.
Silence is valued in the culture, with even road noise kept to a minimum due to innovative construction methods. Music is typically played only during one of the many festivals here, commemorating various important moments in their history.
School is not mandatory after the age of 18, but all citizens must complete two years exploring career options before deciding on a life course. Any post-secondary education is paid for by various trusts. Students may opt out of school at 14 if they wish to go directly into the work force.
Social services and healthcare is universally available to all citizens and those with visas. Citizenship is gained through birth only. Non-birth residents may become naturalized after 10 years, but do not have full citizen rights and are unable to own or inherit property. All military service is voluntary.
A shocking victim of the Neill Purges, all but one of the Nehlling Family was exterminated.
The banking systems here are without parallel. Valued for their secrecy and tight regulations regarding reporting, the Charenn banks store the money of the world. The Province also mints the Geni and has the largest repository of money, metal, and gems.
The Nehlling Family is rumored to have underground vaults in the caves to the west.
Capital: Ulcamm (ool'-cahm)
Demonym: Vedriian (ved-ree'-un)
Language: Xanpresh (zan'-presh)
Major Holidays: 5
Number of regions: 9
Area (km²): 14,994,000
Major cities: Ulcamm, Bomure, Athali, Tapero, Nelagat
Major industries: Agriculture, spices, textiles, tourism, fishing
Being between the most culturally opposite Provinces, Vedrii has had the unenviable position of being the Continent's mediating influence. As a result, they're not known to rile easily. As the home of most of the hemisphere's grain production, the small Province wields a lot of regional influence.
Life revolves around the harvests in this central zone. Days start and end early, with most of the populace employed by agriculture in one way or another. Citizens tend either their own farms or larger, sponsored-ones. They frequently travel between them, depending on what is being harvested.
There is no minimum school requirement, although most children do attend at least half-time until age 14. Apprentice- and internships are the most common form of post-secondary education. Those who choose an institution do so at their own cost. Land ownership is encouraged and often shared amongst families to break up the cost.
Social services and healthcare is universally available to all citizens and those with visas. Every farm has its own clinic that is staffed by at least one medical personnel. Citizenship is gained through birth or a naturalization process that requires a minimum residency and an integration evaluation. There is a three-year military commitment for all citizens between the ages of 17 and 30.
The Durrantt Family was purged following the First Election. The whereabouts of their Chancellary is unknown.
The southeast island of Maidwin is home to some of the most beautiful resorts and oceanfront vacation properties. Joint Hierarchy meetings take place here and the island's only residents work in support of the meetings or properties.
The Jatto Family home is on the island and is open for tours.
Capital: Odisea (oh-dah'-shay)
Demonym: Atrei (ah'-tray)
Major Holidays: 11
Number of regions: 12
Area (km²): 9,996,000
Major cities: Kerrinmett, Kinnitt, <find in text>
Major industries: Fishing, electronics, industrial/parts, mining
Trades are the hallmark of the smallest Overseas Province. Families build their reputations on their skills and have formed non-chartered guilds around them. Masons, plumbers, glaziers, carpenters, and plasterers are some of the most prominent non-electric tradesmen.
The population is highly mobile, plying their wares and services on well-established trade routes and setting up for several days at a time in small towns and villages. They move according to a schedule that is determined every year, and never during holidays.
All children undergo apprenticeship from the age of 6 while doing formal school. A minimum of two years of school is required and a 12th grade math/reading/ writing proficiency test must be passed at 90% or higher to exit and be eligible for work. Those who opt to attend post-primary education do so without charge, but with a 3 year work commitment.
Social services and healthcare are largely provided on a concierge basis, except in the government hospitals. Citizenship is gained through birth or a naturalization process that requires a minimum residency and an integration evaluation. There is no mandatory military service requirement.
Atremm suffered heavily after their Family was bankrupted. With no central government, each city is left to govern itself under a loose coalition. The region is subject to heavy military recruitment from both factions.
Pejoratively called "Dust Farmers" due to the frequent droughts that plague the area, Atremm makes most of the bricks for the area, and has a reputation for superior circuit boards and containers. The highly prized delicacy of ikole fish only swims in the eastern waters.
Home to the Circuit, the Province has the continent's best farmer's markets.
Capital: Crannac (crah'-nock)
Demonym: Tuluese (too-loo-ees')
Major Holidays: 8
Number of regions: 27
Area (km²): 17,640,000
Major cities: Crannac, Lbanrese, Muadad, Teria
Major industries: Agriculture, textiles, fishing, mining
Tuluese culture is heavily influenced by its major garment and tapestry houses. With the planet's only silkworm farms, they command high prices and give the Province a very high cost of living. With a heavily reliance on such a small number of industries, Tulumm is moderately vulnerable to collapse if they lose farms. Their lives are as colorful as their clothing and they enjoy permanent stalls on the Circuit road.
Work days are considered "as you are", with 4 6-hour shifts running daily. Most work weeks are 6 days long, with the off day typically used for sporting events.
There is no mandatory education requirement, though the amount you attend will effect later options. Children may work as young as 7, though there are restrictions as to the type of work they may do and how many hours a day they are permitted to work. Post-secondary options are rare, but are privately paid for. Students who attend school through age 11 have a 6-year military/police commitment. Attendance through age 15 decreases that to 3.5 years.
Social services and healthcare are attached to jobs, with all citizens covered universally until age 7. Full citizenship is gained through birth and not through any other means. Marriage grants limited citizenship.
The Province was decimated following their Family's abdication. Each city has been left to govern itself with frequent infighting.
The northern regions of the Province host very popular fishing tours, especially for large sport fish. Employing a mostly catch-and-release technique, they have created innovative techniques that do not harm the animals.
The famed tinsel bear (from which the Province gets its name) lives on the northern islands.
Capital: New Kevakk (newkehv-ahck)
Demonym: Naymarrish (nay-marr'-eesh)
Language: Anladdish (ahn-lahd'-ish)
Major Holidays: 4
Number of regions: 23
Area (km²): 10,584,000
Major cities: New Kevakk, Fadale, Desat
Major industries: Shipping, manufacturing, mining, vehicles, asphalt
Its proud shipping tradition originally led to close ties with Y'Tallish. Heavy industry defines the region, with most of the people clustering around New Kevakk and away from the Void and Wastes. Small settlements of scrappy inhabitants dot the landscape to the east and north. Naymarrish maintain their reputation for speedy builds of both roads and vehicles.
Rigid 12-hour work schedules define the Provincial motto of "work until it's done". Rotating 3-day work weeks allow for highly valued family time. Familial ties are a source of pride and are considered unbreakable.
All children are required to go to school until the age of 16, after which they may choose to complete a 2-year foundational sequence before going on to university, complete a 2 year vocational program, or they may directly enter the work force. Post-secondary education is paid for by the individual. There is a 6-year mandatory military service.
Social services and healthcare is universally available to all citizens and those with visas. Citizenship is gained through birth or a naturalization process that requires a minimum residency and an integration evaluation.
The Gorrdann Family was the first Overseas government to sign an Appeasement, allowing Party Outposts to be established on their land.
Naymarr used to be joined with Nayaritt. The two Provinces split during the original Convention. "Nay" pays honor to the former name (Nayledian), while "marr" indicates the north and "aritt" the south.
Seasonal celebrations often center around Sheppard's Bay, with flotillas shooting off fireworks.
Capital: Howinn (how'-in)
Demonym: Nayartian (nay-ar'-shun)
Language: Axanni (ox-ahn'-ee)
Major Holidays: 12
Number of regions: 18
Area (km²): 20,580,000
Major cities: Howinn, Jehul, Gyia, Arun, Qaarm
Major industries: Textiles, agriculture, various business, tourism
Famous for its spectacular coastal views and stunning sunsets, Nayaritt commands photographic respect. During vacation times, people flock to the black sand beaches where they can enjoy a wide variety of shellfish and snorkeling. Scuba schools are popular on the southern subcontinent.
Nayaritt is the only Province that splits its land equally between a continental shelf.
With its international reputation for business, Nayaritt is the primary location of outsourced projects. Businesses there own the largest, non-governmental share in Cognate Bancorp. The people have a reputation of being always on the move, frequently splitting their days between the mainland and the island. The most educated Province, Nayaritt takes great pride in its literacy rate.
Most shops and businesses close up around 0100, with work frequently done outside or on the go. Benefits and office design factor largely into company's recruitment of workers and their retention.
School is split into three sections -- foundational (grade 2-10), training (grade 11-13), and professional (grade 14-16). Mandatory attendance is required for all sections. If a terminal degree is desired, it may be paid for through business-sponsored grants.
Social services and healthcare is paid for by a monthly withholding for citizens and those with visas. Citizenship is gained through birth or a naturalization process that requires a minimum residency and an integration evaluation.
When the banking sector fell, the Province almost collapsed with it. The Vanness Family is currently in hiding to avoid signing an Accord and no longer govern. Farrenn Island is highly sought after by the Party.