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Aedelish Technate
Ældsteknoríki
Flag of Aedeland   Emblem of Aedeland
Flag Emblem
Motto:
Spyrðu hvað þú getur gert.
Ask what you can do.
Anthem:
Fram á Morgun
Forward to Tomorrow
Location of Aedeland and its Colonies (Red)
Founding Date 7579
Official language New Aedelish
Ethnic Groups 96% Aldsay
3% Dölmer
<1% others
Demonym Aedelander • Aedelish
Administrative Divisions 57 Districts
Government
  Fører
  Lord Martial
  Chf of Research  Foreign Secy
  Home Secy
  Secy of Industry
  Secy of Services
Technocratic State
Georg av Horda
Severin av Skálholt
Namey Name
Vilhelm av Hólarung
Eiríkr av Ölanding
Namey Name
Namey Name
Capital
Largest City
Ålesund
Ærilar
Area Aedeland218,747 sq mi (566,552 km²)
Area Stórældsteknoríki1,598,074 sq mi (4,138,992 km² )
PopulationAedeland
 Density
30,470,386
139/sq mi (54/km²)
PopulationStórældsteknoríki
 Density
56,443,389
35/sq mi (14/km²)
GDP Aedeland
 Per Capita
588,780,209 STD
19.32 STD
GDP Stórældsteknoríki
 Per Capita
898,057,664 STD
15.9 STD
Currency Standarværdi (STD)
Trigraph ADL


Aedeland (Aedelish: Æðeland [eɪðəlant]), officially the Aedelish Technate (Aedelish: Ældsteknoríki), is a nation-state in northern Anaria and home realm of the Greater Aedelish Technate (Aedelish: Stórældsteknoríki). Its territory, comprising the western portion of Stoldavia, covers an area of 566,552 square kilometers (218,747 sq mi) and is bordered by Vittmark and the United Royal Provinces to the east. It has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With about 30 million inhabitants, Aedeland is the ninth most populous state in Anaria. Aedeland's capital is Ålesund, while its largest metropolis is Ærilar. The country's other major cities are Ayrendæl, Storhavn, Vintersæte, Ascolat, and Störmheim.

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Name

Aedeland is derived from the Old Aedelish words æðel and land. There is some disagreement about etymology. It has traditionally been held that æðel is an appellation of the Alfaðr diety and that Æðelantë meant the Lord's land. However, recent scholarship has revealed that the first component was originally aðal, a term meaning both noble and a member of one's own group, peer, companion and friend that was used as a self-designation by the Aldsegian peoples of Western Stoldavia. A competing modern theory is that it is a cognate or possibly a loanword from the dragaric adelante meaning forward (into the future) though this etymology is highly contested within Aedelish linguistic scholarship.

History

Originally unified as the Republic of Aedeland under the Constitution of 7305 shortly after the defenestration of Östervallen and collapse of the Greater Stoldavic Empire, it was renamed an Imperial Republic after a series of territorial conquests and annexations during and immediately after the Pan-Anarian War. The collapse of the Straits Cartel led to a geo-political realignment that isolated Aedeland from traditional allies and strengthened ties with former enemies: Helreich and Anat Tahan. As a result, the long standing ban against Häverism was lifted. Popular unrest in the spring of 7579, starting with Häverist student protests in the eastern Aedelish state of Valland, led to a nation-wide political crisis that culminated in the emergency suspension of provisions of the costitution to allow for democratic elections. The Häverist party won a narrow majority in both the Lögrétta and Folkmōt, known as the Bloodless Revolution on 7579. Once in power, the Häverist fully suspend the Aedelish constitution and initiated a new system of government modelled on that of Häverist Helreich and Aedeland's colonial possessions were granted nominal independence within a new Aedelish Häverist Commonwealth. Instrumental in the implementation of Häverism in Aedeland was Dr. Max Muller. He and his committee of preeminent scientists and academics from Aulë and Luštra selected the most brilliant minds to implement a plan of reform known as the Forward Initiative that completely transformed Aedelish society.

Geography

See geography, fauna, and flora of Aedeland

Geography

Aedeland is located at the northern extreme of Anaria and occupies the western third of Stoldavia. The Straits of Andlát and the Vestsjøen (Western Sea) are to the west and to the north is the Nordsjøen (Dlreukv Sea). It is bordered to the east by Vittmark and the United Royal Provinces. The Zeeëngten and the Narrow Sea separates southern Aedeland from Hallis and the Straits of Andlát separate Cykeria to the west. Aedeland has a varied topography that is heavily glaciated and consists of steppe in the north, high plateaus and rugged, undeveloped mountain ranges at its center, deep valleys and rugged coasts in the west, and plains in the south. Aedeland is most famous for its rugged coastline carved with deep fjords that present some of the most visually impressive coastal sceneries in the world. The highest point in Aedeland is Mestrhorn.

Politics

According to the Charter of the Aedelish Technate, which was adopted in 7579 and inspired by the Articles of the Häverist Commonhold of Helland and the Constitution of the former Republic of Aedeland, Aedeland is a unitary Häverist technocracy. Its structure and organization is both functionally and geographically aligned to optimize efficiency with a strong centralized organization allowing complete authority to act unhindered by philosophic concepts of human equality, democracy, and political economy.

Government

John Chambers
Fører
Robert Archer
Lord Martial
James Wright
Director of Research
Mathias Latimer
Foreign Secretary
Herman Major
Home Secretary
Henry Steele
Secretary of Industry
Thomas Steward
Secretary of Services

Executive power rest solely in the person of the Leader (Aedelish: Fører) who holds absolute responsibility unconditionally combined with absolute will. The Leader alone possesses executive supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all other political bodies within the Technate. The Leader is assisted by an executive staff including the administrative heads of the four special sequences and the two functional sequences. Each serve at the pleasure of the Leader receiving their share of work from him, and in turn if necessary assuming unlimited responsibility in certain fields. The Leader is elected by the Control Secretariat, an advisory body that approximates the function of a legislature and composed of senior administrators who have risen to the head of their various functional areas of expertise on the basis of ability (includes the six members of the Leader's executive staff, the 57 district administrators, and the various fuctional sequence directors whose number fluctuates as functional sequences are created and terminated). Aside from this, he or she continues in office until retirement or death.

Embracing every socially useful function performed within the Technate, functions are the basic organizational unit composed of all the people within a functional type. A functional sequence is one of the larger industrial or service units including all related functions in the direct virtically integrated sequence. The number of functional sequences is arbitrary and they may be created or discarded as required. The major Industrial Sequences are transportation (railroads, waterways, airways, highways, and pipe lines); communication (mail, telephone, telegraph, and radio); agriculture (farming, ranching, dairying, etc.), and the major industrial units such as textiles, iron and steel, etc. Among the Service Sequences are education and public health (medical, dental, public health, and all hospitals and pharmaceutical plants).

Since there does not exist any sequence of functions that is independent of or can be isolated from the remaining functions, four special functional sequences exist to obtain the highly necessary synchronization and coordination between all the various functions. New functions and sequences are developed by the Research Office, a national think tank, and it is the responsibility of the Research Office to undertake alert and active research for the development of new processes, equipment, and products in order that stagnation may not develop. This includes the continuous research in the fundamental fields of science - physics, chemistry, geology, biology, etc. - and the continuous analysis of data and resources pertaining to the Technate as a whole, both for the purposes of coordinating current activity and of determining long-time policies as regards probable growth curves in conjunction with resource limitation. The Home Office performs both the administration of social policy, to include coordination of human resources and implementation of Research Office policy, and the administration of justice through a system of summary courts. Finally, the Foreign Office formulates and administers the foreign policy of Technate.

In both general functional sequences and special functional sequences, positions are filled or vacated by appointment from above. This still holds true for the positions of sequence and functional director. A vacancy in the post of functional director must be an acting sequence director and the post of sequence director must be filled by a member of the sequence in which the vacancy occurs. The candidates to fill such position are nominated by the officers of the sequence next in rank below the sequence director. The vacancy is filled by appointment by the Leader on the advice of the Controling Secretariate from among the persons nominated. Because all within any functional specialty are well aware of their colleagues' relative competencies, there is no one better fitted to make this choice than they.

The current leader is John Chambers. He and his staff have been popularly nicknamed the wonderkinder due to their youth and impressive qualifications.

Military

See Military of Aedeland

The military of Aedeland, known as the Styrkene, has historically been organized under principles largely congruent with the meritocratic principles of technocracy and, as a result, has been largely untouched by Häverist reforms. In many ways, the Strykene has achieved far greater independence under the new system of government than it ever had under the republican government. It has five branches, including the Army (Hæren), Navy (Sjøstyrkene), and Air Force (Valkyrja), and Support (Styðja), pre-existed the revolution and largely retain their Republican-era culture, organization, and leadership. A fifth branch, the State Security Service (Ríkisöryggi), created following the assissination of Foreign Secretary Jakob av Varung, was elevated to as a major branch and given expanded authority as part the extensive reforms establishing the Tehnate to create a single, national, disciplined law enforcement organization with national jurisdiction. Unlike other service members of the Strykene, individual members of the State Security Service are subject to transfer from any part of the country to any other part on short notice. While adminstratively under the discipline of the War Office, it receives its instructions and authorization for specific action from the Home and District Offices.

By law, all males are required to serve a minimum of two years national service upon their 18th birthday or four years of alternative service in the non-combat Support or State Security Service. The warfighting branches of the Styrkene maintain a professional military cadre of less than three thousand with the ability to call an additional 140,000 from the national service and innactive reserve into service. Major military centers include the high commands and their attached war colleges located at Odense and Ærilar, and the combatant commands at Knivine, Ascolat, Avfall, Kavernene, Storhavn, and Al-Ilah.

Foreign Affairs

Foreign policy and foreign relations are conducted solely by the Foreign Office, headed by the Foreign Secretary. Acknowledging the cooling of relations with many of Aedeland's traditional allies during the cartel crisis, the Foreign Office has pursued a "diplomatic reset" and maintains an "open door" policy that welcomes diplomatic exchange and cooperation with all nations.

In addition to traditional responsibilities of a foreign ministry, the Foreign Office is also tasked with recruiting top foreign talent for the technate.

Administrative Divisions

The Technate is divided into an arbitrary rational system of fifty-seven 100 km by 100 km divisions, called districts. The number of each district not only designates it but also locates it and is fully integrated with the Aedelish Survey Grid Reference (SGR), a standard grid reference system subdivided into hexedecimally identified 10 km, 1km, 500m, 100m, 10m, and 1m grids. The District Offices are the coordinating body for the various Functional Sequences and social units operating within its georgraphical domain.

Economy

In the past, all human efforts required human labor.  In an efficient modern economy, human labor is replaced by automation.  In a price economy, the resulting surplus is allocated disproportionately resulting in social unrest.  Under Häverism, surpluses are distributed equally.

Aedeland has a scientifically planned economy based on the principles of Häverism postulated by Peter Häver in 7457: that (1) the physical maximum of production is set by the maximum physical capacity of the public to consume, that (2) man-hours of human participation in the productive processes no longer accurately determine value and, as a result, any distribution of goods and services based upon hours of labor can lead only to a failure of the distributive mechanism and industrial stagnation, and that (3) it is energy loss incurred in the production of goods and services that, in the last analysis, constitutes physical cost of production.

Historically inefficent economies had extensive human labor requirements and possessed limited production capacity.  In modern economies, ever increasing efficiency results in greater productivity requiring less total man hours.  If allowed to continue in a price economy, excess production allows for inceased population with decreased demand for labor resulting in low wages and high unemployment.

Energy accounting is a system of resource allocation under this Häverist theory of thermoeconomics. All human activity requires energy and, as a result, the energy cost of any product can be determined by the total amount of energy consumed in a given time divided by the total number of products produced in that time. Within a Häverist technate, the energy required for the needs of the population, including infastruction and services, are deducted from the total available energy resources and the remainder then devoted to the production of goods and services to be consumed by the public-at-large through individual allotment. This continious balance between production and consumption is maintained by the Distribution Apparatus through the tabulation of a complete record of distribution (the public rate of consumption) by commodity, by sex, by regional district, by occupation, and by age group as well as corresponding information of materials and rates of operation in every stage of every industrial flow line. This information is then applied to maintain the operation of the Technate at the highest possible load factor and efficiency under a two-year balanced-load period of operation of one complete industrial cycle. At the end of that time the books are balanced and closed for that period and the next period is implemented. No debts are possible, and the habit of mortgaging the future to pay for present activities is completely eliminated.

The Technate's Distribution Apparatus' pure energy accounting differentiates Aedelish Häverism from that of the Hellish system. Aedelish Häverism rejects the Theissian Reformations which decreased the power and control of the distribution apparatus and shifted Helreich to a mixed Häverist market economy. The father of Aedelish Haverism, Dr. Max Müller, argued that the Theissian market based reforms were an unneccessary regression that ultimately undermine the purposes of Häverism by reintroducing the very imbalances that Peter Häver's theory sought to remedy: namely income inequality and irrational approprations of resources. According to Aedelish experts, the Theissian reforms were a shameful capitulation to the criticism of market advocates who claimed that the process of transmitting all the necessary information to planners was unattainable and ultimately responsible for the the shortages and surpluses experienced by Helreich in the early days of the Pan Anarian War. The true cause, according to Aedelish analysis, was two fold: the (1) immediate cause was the mismanagement of Anführer Herald Müller's administration that redirected labour to steel production and wartime projects against established principles of good energy accounting while (2) the system cause was the premature application of Häverist principles. The misallocation of resources meant that much of the harvest was left to rot uncollected in some areas and similar inefficeincies where seen in other sectors of the Hellish wartime "scarcity industrialism". However, the systemic failure of Hellish Häverism was inevitable as Helreich and the rest of Anaria was at this time still a low energy civilization.

The fundamental instrument of the Technate's economic planning is the functional sequence. A functional sequence is the totality of the productive process. Within each functional sequence is a heirarchy of functional divisions working together productively. Functional sequences and the functional divisions within them are formed, reorganized, and terminated as needed by the Control Secretariat to meet demand and are holistically organized under the principles of regenerative design (known as craddle to craddle in Helreich) to create the ideally efficient work ecology. Unlike capitalistic price economies where the production process is determined solely by short-term profitability, functional sequences within a scientifically planned Häverist economy are determined by long-term sustainability.

Demographics

Aedeland's population numbers roughly 8.7 million. Most of the population are Aedelmen, a Stoldavic Aldsay people. There is a significant minority of Hagenish and Ayernish, both Dölmer peoples who came to Aedeland under the rule of the Second Stoldavic Empire. Under the policies of the former Imperial Republic of Aedeland, immigration was illegal and most of Aedeland itself was closed to foreigners. A policy of unlimited immigration instituted by the Häverist reforms of 7579 has led to a dramatic increase in foreign populations within Aedeland, primarily from the former colonies of the Imperial Republic.

Language

Aedelish, an Alcht language, is the indiginous language of Western Aedeland and Southern Cykeria derived from Old Aedelish. Under the Imperial Republic, Old Aedelish remained the official language of government and was taught exclusively in schools. This puristic tendency is to a large degree a result of conscious nationalistic language planning, in addition to centuries of isolation. In all public discourse and schooling, Aedelish and Old Aedelish has been replaced by the Häverist Technate with New Aedelish which has been developed from Hallish as a proposed internationalist language.

Religion

The Forward Initiative established the Cult of Reason and banned all other religion organizations. The Director of Research is the titular head of the state cult. Although heavily influenced by Stellist-Orkanan thought, the Cult of Reason does not subscribe to many of its extraordinary beliefs. Instead the cult professes purely scientific principles. It teaches a creation story of infinite origins and an evolutionary development of living creatures. However, the cult is not without dogmatic positions. It advocates for the constant improvement of humanity through scientific learning and social programing as well as ecological sustainability. Philisophically it is rooted in materialism and integrates a number of scientific disciplines, such as psychology and ecological conservation, in its practice.

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