Frisey

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The Republic of Frisey

Country to the northwest of Borealia

Official (Frisian) name: De Republyk fan Fryseach

Capital: Lanning

Official languages: West-Frisian, Newlandic Svalingese

Form of Government: Parliamentary Republic

Current Head of State: President Piter Streatstra

Current Head of Government: Steatsminister (Prime-Minister) Sytske Andringa

Currency: Fryseacher Kroan (FEK)


Frisey (Officially: The Republic of Frisey, fy: Fryseach) is a small island nation in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. Its population is about 297.400. The capital, and biggest city, is Lanning, with a population of 90.750. Frisey is a volcanic island, on the plate-boundary between the North-American and Atlantic plates, and geologically very active. Frisey has three distinct geographical areas: the flat coastal lowlands in the southeast, the inhospitable, vulcanic inlands and the fjord-coasts of the northwest. Most of population of Frisey lives in the fertile lowlands. Frisey formed nationwise after gaining independence from Nionia in 1887, whereafter Frisey continued as a parliamentary republic.

History

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One of the first mentions of permanent habitation on the island of Frisey can be found in Old Cylenian texts from the 8th century AD. These texts write of a small, yet prosperous Cylenian colony on the island. However approximately ten to twenty years after its establishment a large volcanic eruption destroyed most of the colony, killing many if not all of the settlers. Nowadays the few structures that remain are one of Frisey most famous archaeological sites. Whilst the colony did not last for long, the stories of its destruction would, meaning the island was mostly avoided and not permanently inhabited for a long time afterwards.

It would take another four centuries for new settlers to come. In 1259 Svalingers from North-Borealia would arrive at what now is known as Svälingurheím. These hardened vikings would endure on the island, but the colonization of the island was slow. Multiple eruptions, albeit smaller that the one that destroyed the Cylenian colonies, would plague the colony in its infancy and the Little Ice Age would make large-scale agriculture difficult. Still the Svalingese spread from their main settlement Svälingurheím, on the easternmost part of the island, across the coasts of Frisey and most of its surrounding islands. They would mostly stay away from the inlands, as fishing was their primary source of food.

In 1781 the first Frisian ships would arrive on the island. The new Frisian colonists would found the current-day capital of Lanning (Litt: 'landing') and quickly spread across the mostly uninhabited inlands. They would do this under the leadership of the Four Families, who played an instrumental role in the organisation of the colonies. Aided by a period of low volcanic activity and the disappearance of the Little Ice Age, the Frisians would spread at an incredibly quick rate. They eventually became so significant a group that most the Frisian areas of the island were put under separate Frisian governance, whilst still recognizing the rule of mainland Svalingen. This governance would consist of the founding Four Families, who -with arguably good intentions- would establish a hereditary rule on the island. The Svalingers mostly relocated or were pushed out to the areas around Svälingurheím, still ruled by a Svalingese governor, leaving the rest of the island to the Frisians.

When in 1870 the Svalingen War broke out on mainland Borealia between Svalingen and Nionia, troops would also be drafted from the Frisians and Svalingers on Frisey. When the war ended with the defeat of Svalingen, and its subsequent merging with Nionia in 1875, the remaining Friseymen would return disillusioned by the war. Many of them remarked (in later publications) that whatever shred of pride for Svalingen that had existed, was lost forever, under Frisians and Svalingers alike. This would fuel the already present and growing independence movement. In light of this growing independence movement, home-rule had already been granted to the island before the war, but it would not be enough. On the 22nd of May, 1887 a referendum was held on the island under the civilian population, with a positive result for independence. The independent Republic of Frisey would be unilaterally established on this day.

After gaining independence in the late 19th century growth would be slow. There would be little immigration and little industrialization on Frisey. This meant Frisey would remain unnoticed by most 'actually significant' countries. Likewise in the 20th century it would remain far from the troubles brought by the First World War and the Great Depression, for the most part. However during the Second World War, the threat of invasion by Nazi-Germany proved too great for the Allies to let Frisey remain undefended. In 1941 the United States 'invaded' neutral Frisey (with humongous civilian support) and established, among other military infrastructure, Alytviik Air Base and a port for supply ships to Europe. Frisey would profit immensely from this wartime economic boost and the subsequent Marshall aid. It would use this aid to boost its economy and shape itself in a way similar to the Nordic Countries, with a large social welfare system. During the 20th century the growth of the Friseyan economy would be tremendous, compared to its pre-war condition, allowing it to become the nation it is today.


Countries of the Atlantis Project
Borealia: AntalmeniaArdeimBurghtelandCȧrq́axCarthamiaCyleniaDumeriaImaginiaFriseyKhuáng Yǝ́ngNova HollandiaSchellingenSolwesiaTholeniaZerderen
Atlantidia: BrilamontioFrankenlandHochmarkSustulia
Carmentera: ContranivaFijdiaIwtopaidaniaKvarinsulojUdra
Davaleda: AnevaForeziaIreggio
Meridilia: EducoUneta
Island nations: AtrocaeaBenjilandGreenlandIsole IamaraLaconiaMaldariaNorth-AquilasRodovaSouth-AquilasTysia