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Welcome to the Jacques D'Arvor / L'Acre International Airport!

This magnificent and large airport serves the city of L'Acre, the largest metropolitan area in the Republic. With an abundance or airlines serving destinations all over Europe and all six inhabited continents, there is virtually no destination that cannot be reached through this airport. As such, it is the main international gateway into the Republic.

The airport saw 44,673,116 passengers through its terminals in the FY2012, making it the 22nd busiest airport in terms of passenger volume in the world, in line with San Francisco International Airport (23rd) and the Shanghai Pudong International Airport (21st).

In terms of Cargo Handling, the airport moved 2,063,485 tons of cargo in the FY2012, putting it just behind Frankfurt Airport and ahead of Tokyo Narita International Airport for the 10th spot in the world - making the airport the southern gateway in Europe for air cargo exports/imports.

In terms of total aircraft movements, the airport saw 482,328 movements, putting it ahead of London Heathrow International Airport and behind Frankfurt Airport for the 12th spot in the world.

The airport is located in the state of Astapôr, just 35km south of the city of L'Acre, on the coast.

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Here is a map of the terminal:

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The terminal is serviced by a high speed train and rapid bus transit, as well as public access for cars/taxis with ample parking provided. There are three terminals, and 8 concourses.

Terminal 1, 3 - Domestic/European

Terminal 2 - International (non-European)

Concourse(s) A, G - Domestic (destinations in the Republic)

Concourse(s) B, E, F (European Continental destinations)

Concourse(s) H- Regional

Concourse(s) C, D - International (non-European/republic)

The airport is serviced by 6 runways, 3 E/W orientation, 3 N/S orientation in a fan-spread design around the airport which can allow for up to 3 simultaneous departures and up to 2 simultaneous arrivals or aircraft without worry of turbulence due to the spread of the planes.

Being on the coast allows for one of the runways, 36 R to extend in to the Mediterranean Sea.

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Direct Flight Takeoffs on the north/south runways to the east - 17L and 17R

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A night shot of Terminal 2, 3 and concourses C, D, H, and the upper part of E.

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Terminal 2

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Lufthansa hub at Concourse B

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International Flights at Concourse D, B777-300 Air New Zealand bound for Auckland, then Wellington pictured.

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Announcing new United Service to Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Denver International Airport, made possible by the new B787-8

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Ryannair, Europe's lead low-cost airline

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines & Iberia Airlines shared hub at Concourse A

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British Airways hub at Concourse E

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Terminal 3 with Concourse E, F, G

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Taking off near the sea

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Have a great summer holiday!

As always, please leave comments/helpful criticism, and pleas rate! Thanks, enjoy!

JCmustng11

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Welcome to the coastal town of Servilleaux, located on the northern tip of Rïsa.

Population 465,000

Established: 1903

Background: The city was established as a new economic region by the regional municipality in Italy. After WWII and the reunification of the Republic, the island was sold to Valencia, and was given a French name.

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Now, let's take a look at some transportation maps to get an idea of how to get around the city.

Here is a map of the major transportation systems in the city/region

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Originally the city was barred from outward expansion due to preservation of the surrounding lands from 1950 to 1991. Thus with a tourist and shipping boom in the 1970s and 1980s, the city exploded in population so that the city center grew skyscrapers that are uncommon among cities so small. To prevent an ugly sea of skyscrapers and to allow for suburban growth, the restriction was lifted in 1991. While a dense subway system and access to rail served the crowded downtown, an extensive tram system and intercity high speed rail system was built to connect the sprawling suburbs to the city center and main train station.

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Here are some images from around town:

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Thanks for viewing, and as always please rate and comment with any criticism/ideas etc. Thanks, Happy Summer!

JCmustng11

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BIG NEWS!

THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF VALENCIA'S BID

TO JOIN THE ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT NATIONS

IS ACCEPTED!!

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The announcement is made over National Television, with the Chancellor scheduled to speak soon.

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Romagna Bay's Train Station get AIN's Flag Draped on its roof in celebration

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Even the River get paint in it, as Flags adorn the bridges

LOCATION

Marked in Blue

Known AIN Member Countries in Green

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THE REPUBLIC THANKS AIN

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Welcome!

Today's short update entails a drive through the beautiful countryside, past a local town and its surrounding farms.

The town and its surrounding lands almost seem a world away from the racing daily life of the Republic's metropolis' and the posturing politics that dominate the news...

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The Edge of Town...

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Route 103, entering the quaint town of Medrosae

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Driving out of town, past the quiet farms

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The town of Medrosae

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As always, please rate and comment, and I welcome any feedback or improvements! Have a wonderful day!

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Welcome to the small village of Levington (Lev-een-tun) located in the center of Moorwhich National Forest. The town has its origins as a French outpost and favorite spot of Napoleon. As previously mentioned, the northern portion of the country was under the control of the French Holy Empire, after it ceded from the Holy Roman Empire. This was the only town that survived with a substantial population as it was closest to the modern day border with France. The rest of the republic's territory that was formerly under French control remained abandoned until the reunification.

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The church of our Lady Saint Bernadette was commissioned by Napoleon's governor left in charge of the city. It was to be a small replica of the famous Notre Dame, to add French influence architecturally to the city as well as a dominant structure to be seen for miles around.

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The original theater district, now restored is always hopping with the latest shows that travel the world. Tourists can enjoy a spectacular show and then a cup of coffee in the evening after.

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Many residents of France and the coastal regions of the Republic have quaint vacation condos here in this secluded city

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The city is located by a nearby ski resort in as well as numerous camp sites and trails through the mountains and by the rivers in the National Forest that completely surrounds the city

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You can also visit the market, where you can leisurely browse through a wonderful mix of both local and international designers while enjoying a local pastery

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Besides highway, there is only one real way in and out, and that is by scenic railway. As this secluded village receives numerous European tourists each year, the Grand station has become the gateway to the city

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Here are some general images from around the city

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So remember, if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, want to avoid the crowds at the beach, or even just be at peace with nature, book a train to Levington today.

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As always, please comment, rate, and provide any information for improvement! Thanks for viewing!

JCmustng11

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Welcome Back! This is a quick up date centered on the major power facility located in a remote portion of the central province, in the mountains. Exact location is not known to the public. All powerlines have been moved underground since 2005 in order to protect them from natural disasters and/or harmful attacks, that way the power will most surely stay on.

The power facility supplies several central and western cities in the Republic, including Vidyian and Moorwhich. Furthermore, it has been leaked that there are several military research and development labs located underneath the dam and lake. But this information is also unconfirmed. Here are some shots. Enjoy!

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As always, thanks for viewing, please please RATE and COMMENT, I love feedback of any kind! Have a great day!

JT

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Welcome back! As a supplement to my recent post of the interior hub, Vidyian City, this is the main airport that serves the city, just to the North. In my previous journal, you may have noticed there was an airport inside the city. That airport is a government owned security airport, used for flying in high value shipments directly to the South Industrial Zone, for military emergencies, the travel of political figures, and of course evacuations if needed. The airport featured here, to our knowledge, is purely civilian (although its name suggests otherwise). Once again, we thank the Vidyian Metropolitan Transit Authority for providing the aerial shots and maps.

To begin today's journal, here is the map of the location of the airport, about 20 miles due north of the metro area of Vidyian. It is located on the edge of the Du'at River, is border to its south by farmlands that supply the interior province, and is bordered to its north, east, and west by the Moorwhich National Forest.

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Here is a more detailed image of the airport itself.

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Here is the aerial view of the airport:

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East Concourse/Terminal Gates

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West Concourse/Terminal Gates

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Both Runways were built on low rise cliffs. This would not be an unusual landing design when compared to other airports in the world if it were not for the high wind gusts that come out of the west. These winds have caused a 2 planes so far(especially those with winglets) to veer off the runway before touchdown and land in the river. Luckily, no deaths have occurred.

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Here is a look at the airport road cutting through the farmlands, connecting the airport to the major highway I-45, which flows through Vidyian to the South (seen in previous entry) and Moorwhich to the North.

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Here are some photos:

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As always, thank you again for viewing. Please rate and comment, and always feel free to share ideas and improvements. May everyone viewing this have safe travels this holiday season, and of course, Merry Christmas!

JT

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Vidyian City

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Located along the Du'at River, Vidyian City is a pristine place to live. Small enough that it doesn't suffocate its residents, but large enough to offer all the amenities of a big city, Vidyian City is the Jewel of the interior of the Republic. Founded in 1961, the city has grown moderately, seemingly immune of the rapid growth and busts of the world around. Located in the heart of the nation, it is far from the crazy political life of the capital and border cities. Below maps and picture of the metro area of the city (out lying suburbs not included)have been provided by the Vidyian Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Vidyian Office of Tourism.

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Dyvane is the oldest portion of the city, located next to the South Industrial Zone.

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Sponsored by the company Briandt Ltd, the stadium was built in 1993. It hosts the world's game of soccer, and can be converted to host other sports such as tennis, Rugby, Lacrosse, and the growing presence of American Football.

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This is Dayton Bay, the downtown section of the city

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Train and High Speed Train, along with subway and light-rail are major forms of transportation provided.

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The South Industrial Zone is the site for the manufacturing of many of the technology that goes into the high-tech military vehicles, ships, and planes, as well as the high tech computing products exported by companies in the Republic. The perfect location within the interior of the country allows for greater protection of the areas technology secrets.

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There are two seaport sections within the South Industrial Zone. Piers 1-3 is located by the Airport and the Luport Bridge, while piers 4-10 are located by the Dyvane Bridge

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Here is a night shot of the neighborhood of Arencia, which also has the South Terminal for the High Speed Rail

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The older building is the seat of the provincial government, as Vidyian City is the capital of its province. The white building to its left is city hall.

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Here are some shots of the city:

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Thanks for viewing, and as always, please rate, leave comments/complaints and any suggestions for improvements!

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Romagna Bay

Welcome Back!!! Today, we explore the city of Romagna Bay, located in the northern portion of the country. Its unique location near the border with France heavily influences the feel of the city, and attracts many tourists from Paris as it has stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Here is the famous ship wreck of an Italian shipping company from over 50 years ago. Back then, the city was hardly a spec on the map, and the bay was deceivingly shallow. Although there were several ship wrecks here before, the outrage pouring from this one led to the blowout of the sea floor by the Republic (As well as economic opportunity, seen later)

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Here is a view of the vibrant downtown. Its food and nightlife are heavily influenced by neighboring France, as many Parisians come to get away for a week or French businesses decide to hold large conferences here.

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The Bay area, including surrounding unincorporated areas, has a quite healthy population. Although it is not as large as the capital, San Courbevailles, and most certainly does not have the population of Santa Isabel, it is currently the fastest growing city in the country

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As mentioned before, the Republic, while peaceful, holds a large military presence in the region, although no one is certain why. Odett Island is one of the major military bases in northern portion of the country. Recently, in a rare leak from an official from the Republic, it was revealed that the island has a significant underground ballistic missile facility, designed especially to elude satellite imagery, radar, and sonar detection systems. The majority of the missiles can reach as far at Calcutta India, although it is rumored to have a few in stock that can reach the U.S. or China. The official, by the way, was allowed to keep his seat until heavy criticism from the public forced him to resign his position. The government here is highly trusted, and its citizens like to know that there are secrets that the rest of the world does not need to know.

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Here is the result of the blown out bay....the magnificent port of Romagna Bay. This is now a deep water "free zone" port. What this means is that countries within Europe without a deep water port or significant access to a shipping route overseas will utilize this port for all of their import/export needs. All of the goodies that enter the port are then shipped to the interior countries via rail. This has allowed for an extreme economic boost in industry here, as many countries like the U.S., China, India, and African oil producing nations are choosing to use this port when exporting to Europe.

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Thank you for viewing, please PLEASE rate, leave comment/criticism!!

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Welcome Back!!

As noticed in my first entry, the Republic owns a decent sized island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of North Spain. This is where the popular resort metropolis of Santa Isabel is located. A brand new and modern city, it was incorporated as a resort town, due to its beautiful beaches. Soon afterward, with the Industrial Initiative, it became a metropolis. Please, take a look at this new resort and large city! Metro Population is about 1,000,000

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Here is a cluster of hotels near the beach

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The beach

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The night club scene

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Central Park

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museum and lake in the suburbs

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Here is a palace built on the island when it used to be a secluded summer home for the Holy Roman Emperor. Now it serves as a tourist destination and a place for local celebrations, such as the Mother's Day Spring Festival, seen here.

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Complete Aerial View of the older airport. You can imagine that as it expanded chaotically, the traffic between the concourses to the three runways must be horrific.

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Night View

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Tunnel leading out of the mountains to the airport

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Bridge of the highway leading directly into the airport

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Airport Administrative Offices and Passenger Parking (Long Term - Garages, Short Term - Parking Lot)

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Airport Power Generators

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Expanded Runway and International Concourse at Night

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Arrivals and Departure Terminal

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Again, the main Terminal, attached to a domestic departure wing

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Thanks for viewing, I appreciate your feedback/criticism!

JC

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General Overview

Federal Republic of Valencia

La République Fédérale de Valence

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Coat of Arms

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Motto: We Will Be

Location

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PLEASE NOTE:

The Nations in Green are AIN Member Nations. The Republic has recently join the Alliance of Independent Nations

Thank you to AIN

Statistics

Capital: San Corbevailles

Government: Federal Constitutional Republic

Heads of State: High Chancellor Philippe Rousseau; Commander in Arms Michel Laurent

Independence: May 6th, 1947 (From Spain, France)

Currency: Republic Dollar $RV 1RV = .878 USD

EU Admission: 2001

EU Exit: 2006

UN Admission: January 18th, 1950

AIN Admission: June 15th, 2012

Official Languages: Catalan, French, English

Population (2012 Estimate): 50,841,400 (24th, ahead of South Africa, behind Italy)

Population Density (2012 Estimate): 492/sq mi (68th)

GDP (nominal): $2.097 trillion (9th, ahead of Russia, behind Italy)

GDP Per Capita (PPP): $33,780 (25th, ahead of South Korea, behind Japan)

HDI: .864 (28th, ahead of United Kingdom, behind Czech Republic)

Drives on the: Right

International TLD: . rv

Telephone Code: +384

National Colors: Blue, White, Gold, Red

History

Early History

Valencia has a long history of being a part of major empires. The Roman Empire established the first developed city in the area near the end of the Punic Wars, around 145-148 B.C.E., which would now be located on the coast in the center of Valencia on the European Continent. It had prosperous trade relations with port cities all along the Mediterranean, including North African cities and Rome itself. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the region was split into two, almost congruent with the current borders of France and Spain.

Southern Half

By AD 850, the southern half of the country came under the rule of the Muslim empire whose capital lay in the distant Damascus and Baghdad. Although expansion was not rapid, the cities in this southern half remained prosperous and dealt heavily in trade of natural resources. In 1492, the southern half of what is now Valencia (on the European Continent) came under the rule of the newly formed kingdom of Spain. It remained under Spanish rule until the middle of the Spanish Civil War in 1937, when it was released into commonwealth status.

Northern Half

The northern half was not as lucky as the southern after the fall of Rome. It fell victim to the dark ages along with the rest of Europe, and all major cities and towns were abandoned within a hundred years after the collapse of the Roman Empire. However, the region slowly repopulated after it came loosely under the control of Charlemagne and the early Holy Roman Empire in 817 AD. Unlike the southern half, the north did not remain stable. It grew and retracted sporadically, and was in constant conflict with the Holy Roman Empire. However, since it was not a strong state militarily, it was more like a thorn against the empire, and was never really paid much attention to until the split of France from the empire and the rule of Napoleon.

During the time of Napoleon, seeds of rebellion were beginning in the south against Spanish rule, more advanced weaponry reached the cities to the North. The North began to organize its military more effectively and carry out more destructive, although still small, campaigns against Napoleonic strongholds in southern France. Napoleon responded by leveling the city of Les Corbevais (now San Courbevailles) and killing over 300,000 civilians.

Reunification

In 1936, with the Spanish Civil War raging on, the South began covert preparations for separation from Spain. Due to the deep divisions within Spain and the constant switching of the “official” seat of Spanish power between Nationalist and Republican control, the territory was eventually released in 1938. The released territory established itself as the Protectorate of Valencia.

With the fall of Paris, and the establishment of Vichy France, the North seceded successfully from France by 1940. However, it came under the territorial rule of the axis power Italy. From 1940 to the end of the war in Europe, Valencia played only a small side part. On the 6th of May, in 1947, the Federal Republic of Valencia was formed, and a constitution, created with the help of U.S. and British diplomats, was adopted in June of that same year. The north and south had finally been reunited.

Initial Expansion

At the conclusion of WWII, France, Italy, and Spain began to give up the majority of their colonies due to financial and economic trouble in the aftermath of the war. Several islands in the Mediterranean were under minor protectorate status of Italy and Spain at the time. These islands (then) were not very populated nor were they very economically successful. Valencia, was looking for more deep water ports as well as more land in the immediate area. Therefore, it was agreed upon for joint protectorate status with the islands in 1950, at the time of the Republic's entrance into the UN. Eventually, with popular opposition in the home countries of Spain and Italy, the islands were completely released, and in 1953 the islands moved from protectorate status and entered into full statehood with the country.

Postwar Growth & Development

After WWII, Valencia received aid from The Marshall Plan, or the European Recovery Program, which gave vasts amounts of money to Valencia and the rest of western Europe in order to help it stave off communism and begin to rebuild after World War II. This ultimately gave the Republic the ability to pursue an aggressive industrial initiative to ramp up its economy. Combined with large spending on an education system structured similar to Germany's, tax breaks on manufacturer's that produce within the country, free-port zones, and a dollar that was weak at the time compared to that of the US dollar (1RD = .798 USD 1975) the country was relatively industrialized by 1975 (~30 years after WWII). Beginning in 1964, the country began to modernize it military. It sought to become a competitor in producing military technology, not only so it can benefit militarily, but so it can also be a valuable export. Currently, about 17% of all industrial exports are arms to countries like, but not limited to - China, Japan, Australia, India, Brazil, Russia, Argentina, and some to the United States.

United Nations & European Union Participation

The Republic joined the United Nations, on the 18th of January in 1950. The bid was troubled by initial opposition from France, although the French leadership eventually were pressured to vote yes. It has served as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council twice, in 1977 and again in 1995. It began petitioning for entrance as a non-monetary member of European Union in 1990, but was not accepted until March 2001, due mainly to, again, initial French objection. In June of 2002, the Federal Republic of Valencia submitted a formal application to join the common currency within the union. However, due to political opposition at home, Valencia withdrew its application by December of that year. This ended up becoming a gift of fortune. With the debt crisis hitting in 2008, the country, although hit hard, was able to recover more quickly than its neighbors due to the fact that it had no responsibility to bail out any EU members, and was not directly linked to their massive debt since they were never part of the Eurozone currency. With both growing tension between France and the Republic in early years of the 21st century, by 2004 it seemed very likely that Valencia would leave the political union altogether. This still has not happened however, as there has not been enough support to actually withdraw from the country's political leaders.

Relations

Relations with most countries remained favorable, but cautious. Those with France are not so Rosy. The very existence of Valencia was a smack to the face as it cut off France from several deep water ports in the Mediterranean. They had only agreed to its acceptance to the general assembly of the UN and its entrance to the EU due to arms concessions by the Republic.

Military

The Republic of Valencia boasts a pretty advanced military due to having its own arms industry. It operates 2 nuclear ‘super’ aircraft carriers, 10 nuclear or conventional “SilentRS39V” model submarines, various advanced aircraft of American and Republic design, and a military personnel force of about 2.9 million. Currently, one of the super carriers is on loan to NATO, engages in the Persian Gulf, and the Republic is also in the process of building a 3rd carrier (so it will operate 2 for itself, 1 for NATO)

The military has never been deployed in any military operations abroad, other than the limited border scuffle with French forces from time to time. However, U.S. intelligence satellites have noted that 1 of the super-carriers, several aircraft, and 5 of its submarines have been spotted in international waters around the globe, sometimes unannounced. Officially, the Republic either claims training exercises or denies reports of a breach of water borders with its Navy. French Intelligence agencies have warned the UN security council and NATO that the Republic is using American SilentR118 Reversed Magnetic Polarity Technology. This standard military tech developed by the American Navy during the later years of the Cold War combines magnetization of the hull of any vessel or craft with an efficient and quite engine configuration, which can make the vessels slightly hard to detect from time to time. It is believed that the republic has deployed these forces across the globe to gather intelligence specifically from the US or the Chinese. Since the country has never been at war, the majority of the money in the military budget can be spent on R&D, as well as upgrades, and buying technology like the SR118 from the Americans.

Economy

The economy was in no shape to compete with the world, let alone the U.S. by the 1950. Realizing that the only way to avoid future invasion was through the presence of a strong economy, the government launched an extremely aggressive industrial initiative (IGI1 - Industrial Growth Initiative 1) to expand the economy, aided by funding from the Marshall Plan. By 1975, the country had become one the major industrial exporters within Europe, and had a significantly well educated population. The UN raised its status from developing to developed. Although the original initiative grew the economy substantially, between 1975 and 1995, the country began experiencing a dramatic decline in industry through outsourcing and a rise in a service industry that could not replace the tax revenue that the industry previously provided. A second industrial initiative (IGI2) was launched. With a series of tax breaks and incentives, this effectively created a national manufacturing and industry policy that allowed industry to flourish. The economy, by jobs, is listed as 39% industry, 42% Commercial services, 9% agricultural & government employment, and 10% tourism.

Civics

The nation is a constitutional republic which contains a three tiered government: a judicial branch, which highest court contains 13 justices; a legislative branch, which is made up of the High Senate and the Palace of Assembly; and finally by a very powerful executive branch headed by the High Chancellor. The constitution contains a bill of rights. Among the most noticeable differences are that 1) all persons, including immigrants, wishing to become fully fledged citizens with the right to vote must complete a full service term within the military in some fashion (active duty, R&D, administration, etc.) 2) Immigration status is dependent on an educational attainment and job skill evaluation 3) Illegal crossing of the border is strictly forbidden, punishable by death for 2nd and 3rd time violators. (Currently Capital punishment is looking to be eliminated, so this may change).

Demographics

The nation is primarily Roman Catholic at 67% of the population, followed by 27% protestant, 4% Muslim, and 2% other (including Buddhism, Hinduism, and other indigenous religious sects). The racial makeup of the country is 53% Caucasian, 20% Mid Eastern (including Arab and North African), 17% Asian, 5% African, and 5% other.