Saludong, officially "The Sovereign Military and Hospitalier Order of San Kalungsod Saludong", is a multi-nation Male Exclusive Sovereign Order who's origins lie in the Saludong Home Archipelago when it united its' native inhabitants and drove out its' invaders and afterwards waged a war or retribution against them. Its' Capital in the mainlands is located in Manila as it rules over the colonies of Vigan and Clark in Draca Mixor as well as Butuan, Sultan Kudarat and General Santos in Lynx Minor. It began as travelling mercenary band before it expanded, aquiring nations through enrolling their royalties as members of the order, it eventually became tributary-state to the THE UNION STATES OF AMERICA after that nation granted it land to occupy near its' territories, it is also an Order which militarily and economically assists the members of the White Giant Alliance.
Motto: Sampalataya (நீதிபதி)], [Pwersa (Fuerza)] at [Pagmahal(<3+)] para sa [Tao(人)]
Anthem: We Will Rise!
Largest City: Manila
National Language: Saludongenyo (Based on Filipino IRL)
Official Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Malay and Tamil.
Regional Native Languages:
Singhapalan, Naymilan, Puto-anon, Lindaonon, Suluknon, Madasnon and Lapitanenyo.
Aboriginal languages: Saludong Negrito
Creole languages: Chavacano
Malays (55%), Sinitics (27%), Latinos (Mestizos, Mulattoes and Amerindians)(13%), Indics (2%), Arabs(1%) Euro,peans(1.5%), Negritoes(1.5%).
Government: Elective Monarchy
Leader Title: Lakan (Czar) Renato Galang
Upper House: Council of Patricians
Lower House: House of Representatives
Currency: San Kalungsod Saludong Peso (𝒦s₱)
GDP: (Total) 𝒦s₱ 5.2987916 Trillion
(Per Capita): 𝒦s₱ 47,570
HDI: 0.879 [img]http://i.imgur.com/LlZkNs2.png[/img])
Time Zone: +9 CUT (Coordinated Universal Time)
Calling Code: (621)
Drives on the: Right
ISO Code: K.S.
Internet LTD: .ks
- 1 Summary
- 2 Etymology
- 3 Philosophy
- 4 Ideology
- 5 Traveler's Introduction
- 6 History
- 6.1 Formative Period
- 6.2 The Contested Archipelago
- 6.3 The Lost Homeland
- 6.4 Rise of San Kalungsod Saludong
- 6.5 Convergence
- 6.6 Establishment
- 6.7 Flourescence
- 6.8 Expansions over the Mainland Continents
- 6.9 Mission
- 7 Geography
- 8 Demographics
- 9 Culture
- 10 Government
- 11 Military
- 12 Transportation & Infrastructure
- 13 Development
- 14 Economy
The Sovereign Order of San Kalungsod Saludong or simply "Saludong" is a Male-Exclusive Military, Hospitalier, Educational and Aristocratic Order founded by King Petros and Female President as well as Visionary named Scholastica and currently reigned over by Renato Galang Christened in honor of the saint who inspired them, San Pedro Kalungsod. The Order exercises rule and guidance over several client kingdoms and republics it calls mandates. Its’ main center is located in the Contested Archipelago, a small group of islands bounded to the north by the landmass of Lynx Minor. The Order’s origins lie in the aristocratic survivors of Old Saludong an Empire of Spartan-like Greco-Roman culture which fled a country-ruining civil war. The band of nobles became a roving army for hire that built strength and improved itself through nomadic military campaigns and strategic family making with various royal families, before they settled in the Contested Archipelago between the continent of Auriga Bella and Lynx Minor. The Order restored the fallen Republic of the Philippians, a federation of local Taoist, Hindu and Muslim island kingdoms which successively settled in waves to archipelago before it’s invasion by Hispanics as well as incorporate the Latino Caciquedoms that rebelled against the Hispanic Empire. It is a state modeled after the real life Philippines. That Republic (Philipian Republic) after rebelling against the Hispanics, fell to her Imperialist neighbors from the larger continents that bound it. Then, the territory was a barren warzone due to it being a battlefield between her neighbors until the Order arrived and united the people and drove out the invaders. After the wars of restoration, the Order turned it’s mandates, the sub kingdoms in the federation of the archipelago into centers of cultural, physical, spiritual and intellectual excellence and the Order together with its' Mandate-Nations through colonies in the continents of the mainland became a world leader in Education, Sports, Health, Spirituality and Technology. In addition to shepherding her mandates, the Order also wages wars of liberation and acts as hired muscle for armies across the world and the Order is known for her military feats.
In 3628, in vengeance against the kingdoms of Lynx Minor, sallied out from the archipelago and conquered the coast lands of Lynx Minor and destroyed the kingdoms of Lanit, Uxor, Madrit and Dancox and replcaed them with provinces. In the meantime, subjugating the population by forcing them to send their handsomest, fittest and brightest men to become tributes to the archipelago which transformed into a training, gym, educational and resort area for young men of the Order as the capital was moved to the Lynx Minor continent. The Saludong Order then imposed their pro-aristocracy culture on the mainland expelling the Republicans and Monarchists and having the fit young men they received as tributes from their mandates, stud-service the vast majority of the slave women. In 3723, the warrior Leonardo de Guia impressed himself upon the Emperor of Per0 at the Western Nordic continent of Draca Mixor, and the emperor made him his homosexual-lover (Although Leonardo himself had wives and children), Leonardo was appointed as Supreme General and he used that to import more Saludong soldiers to Per0 who set about seducing the military men of Per0 through Spartan-like military homosexuality, and thus in a public cermony where Emperor Galang Ako and General Leonardo de Guia sexually united and drank each other’s intermingled seed from one cup to signify the union of their families. Per0 became a mandate-state of the Order and the Per0 royal family became Viceroys to the Czars in Lynx Minor and their nation was relabeled “Manila” and the capital was moved there. In the meantime, the Order is working on Reconquering Old Saludong. The same thing happened with the other neighboring kingdoms where their Haris (Kings) fell in love with his Saludong Warrior-Lover, Alexandros and Jose and willingly joined their kingdoms to become mandates of the Order. By 4440 AD it has become a force to reckoned with in the world stage.
San Kalungsod Saludong is a Sovereign Order named after Saint/San Pedro Kalungsod and in honor of the fallen nation of Old Saludong. Ka-Lungsod itself is Filipino for “Fellow Citizen of the City” while “Lung” means “Dragon” in Chinese. Saludo is Hispanic for “Salutations” and comes from the Latin “Salud” meaning “Good Health”.
The Philosophy of San Kalungsod Saludong lies in the founding document of Compendium Saludong written by President Scholastica and promulgated during the Revolution for Restoration and the ensuing war for sovereignty against foreign occupiers. It's a philosophy that emphasizes exercising and striving for physical, mental and spiritual excellence as well as harmony with nature and society. It also has strong pro-aristocracy leanings and believes in Eugenics, Free Market Capitalism, Militancy, intervention in foreign conflicts as well as having a strong system of Justice, it also believes in Human Equity and Cultural Preservation. Scientific Advancement is also emphasized but balanced with Religious Zeal. Its real life equivalent position in the Political Spectrum would be Alt-Lite.
The nations and philosophies that influenced me to make this nation; include the Reconquista and "La Convivencia" eras of Sicily and Spain, Precolonial and Revolutionary Era Philippines, Greece, especially the city-state of Thebes, which created the “Sacred Band of Thebes”, the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta, the Roman Empire and the Philisophies of the Alt-Lite, the Dark Enlightenment and the Philippine Revolutionary Document called the Kartilya Ng Katipunan.
The Order is Slightly Right of Center On the Political Compass
Personally, I am more libertarian in personal rights and political freedom plus governance, but I lean really right wing when it comes to economics, me being pro-capitalism and very into good breeding (Eugenics).
"Clothes don't make a man, his manhood does." ~ High-King Petros Paleologos on Manhood.[/size]
"The invaders say we want to burn civilization, we simply want to build our own." ~ Compendium Saludong on the revolution.[/size][/center]
Hello there, it might strike you as quite quaint but as I see fit, when I traveled across this nation called San Kalungsod Saludong, I found it as a very vibrant country, with a lot of peculiarities. Some, fun; some, strange, but you will always be engaged! My name is Johannes Von Nielheim and I come from the Principality of Bienenhalde. To begin, coming from a country of a strong and conservative highland Nordic character, it was immediately a culture shock and a pleasant surprise to encounter the sun-kissed land of tropical San Kalungsod Saludong and it’s Latino-Islander population. As you travel across the country, you would be immediately struck by its archipelagic character. There are 12 main islands and thousands of small islets and corral atolls. If you ride a boat, ship, or own a yacht; meandering across the islands, while swimming, surfing and sun-bathing, what catches the eye is the immediate maritime beauty.
There are scores of coves, harbors, bays and channels to which, you can anchor ship and just enjoy the beach and the crystal clear torquise waters. What also struck me is that when we use cars in the old country, Bienenhalde, as a means of transport, the people of San Kalungsod Saludong instead use boats, to a ubiquitous degree. Their cities are even oriented to this! Water transport is so common, most cities have canals. The usual San Kalungsod Saludongian city which is located at the mouth of river systems is mostly serviced by trains and subways and what counts as their roads are actually canals. This is because an average household will be more likely to own a boat than a car, since on land, most travel is taken care of by an extensive public transport system of trains and subways, thereby negating the need for cars on land, leaving boats the primary personal vehicle. The Ocean, instead of being a barrier to transport, is their highway and entire cities are connected to this and other cities by rivers and canals. There is a drawback to this though, due to the abundant coasts there are little hinterlands suitable for mass farming unlike in Bienenhalde with her rolling plains, that produce bountiful wheat and maze for consumption. Nevertheless, the nation of San Kalungsod Saludong is a net exporter of food still. This is all due to the fact that instead of letting their inland hills and mountains go barren, they terraced it and rotate in growing various crops in there. This is helped by the fact that the climate is tropical and so they can grow crops, vegetables and fruits all year round with two to three harvests per year, compared to the lone one we have in the north. Meat products are very expensive though since the islands simply don’t have enough room for livestock pastures, but the lack of meat is offset by the abundance of seafood, both farmed and wild. Seafood being a leaner and healthier source of protein, has caused the population to be less fat than had they sourced their protein via beef, chicken or pork.
Speaking of physiques, I was pleasantly surprised that they have quite a liberal attitude to flesh exposure! Believe it or not, the normal attire, even in formal occasions, is beachwear! Imagine being in a board room full of people wearing only trunks and bikinis! And this is only for Sub-nations under the Composite State, the ruling Supra-nation, which is the Order itself, has even got it a notch further in making nudity among its’ men (The Order is Male-Exclusive) or member-knights, compulsory! This is a holdover practice from Old Saludong where the young soldiers practice and resistance-train in extreme weather-conditions, naked in the freezing cold and naked in the blistering heat, to condition their bodies to extremes. Meanwhile, at our home country we often judge people’s status as richer when they wear finer and more layered clothing but in here, the less clothing you have the more prestigious you are.
There is a price for all the good health, roaring industries, cheap electricity, and good welfare and education policies, in that San Kalungsod Saludong is in the top 10 percent of nations having abnormally high tax-rates. In this sense, it is less like a tropical nation and more like a follower of Nordic-Socialist policies, where the government rigorously taxes the citizens, almost to death, but at the same time, provide, often for free; insurance, schooling, hospitalization, employment, construction and business services. Over time, however, the government is slowly reducing its' dependence on taxing the populace by introducing Value Added Tax and venturing into the business of Sovereign Wealth Funds, where they can earn money abroad, among which the government has liberal investments at our Tourism sectors in the Principality of Bienenhalde and the Cheeze and Dairy Industry of Free Las Pinas, the Defense Industry of Amelia, the Mining Sector of The Union States, and even though the nation locally bans drugs, has liberal investments in Echolilia's Recreational Drugs Party Scene.
Pleasantly, though the average work-day is short here and not taxing since the country is extremely digitized, as High Technology Industries are very well developed and thus, most manual labor has been delegated to robots and AI, therefore the ordinary person spends a good percentage of their time, in leisure; reading (they have a very large publishing industry), exercising, engaging in sports, or playing music and pursuing cultural escapades, a very different environment to our stern work, work, work mindset. Except for the daily business of commerce and war (let’s not forget that the nation is a Military Order), almost everyday is a party! And now if you don’t mind, I have to practice my Kareoke and Limbo skills!
According to legend…
The first Diwata, Kandarapa descended from heaven and she created the archipelago called Magandang Islas in the middle of the Peaceful Ocean, full of virgin islands. However, because it was at the center of an Ocean with many lands surrounding it, it soon became known as the “Contested Archipelago” by later settlers who waged wars over it.
In the actual history, 5000 years before present, the islands were not islands but were actually a landmass, one big continent called Zunda, the aboriginal peoples, Negritos who were black-skinned, settled across the land and these were followed by a then unknown and advanced civilization whose experiments caused a catastrophic explosion of a megavolcano that flooded and submerged the landmass in rising sea levels as their civilization adapted to their inundated cities. Only the mountains of the submerged continent remain and that became the archipelago while the civilization of these precursors were utterly erased from the surface.
The Contested Archipelago
The Contested Archipelago is the main territory of the state of San Kalungsod Saludong, it is home to the Precursor Civilization of Aquamen, the aboriginal Negritos who are older, and later, several native island kingdoms which were founded after the inundation. It is a vast and rich archipelago that's larger than the original homeland at the Saludong peninsula, it became an impoverished battleground between rival neighboring empires until the remnants of Saludong organized into a Sovereign Military Order, liberated the native peoples and enriched as well as ruled them through mandates.
The Malayo-Polynesians had wooden boat and houses. From 1000 B.C. to 900 A.D. After the sinking of the landmass and its transformation into islands and the retreat of the Precursors deep under the sea to become Aquamen, several waves of Malayo-Polynesians arrived at the former landmass, these people established several Kedatuans, mainly, of Madas, Zabag, Puto-an, Waka-waka, Isdao and Lapitan. Datu Kabalyog briefly united them in alliance of city-states before fragmenting. Their city-states were made of wood and were built on the mouth of rivers at the entrance to the sea, while they sailed their boats further upstream to trade with the Negrito tribes.
From 900 A.D. to 1400 A.D. Waves of new influences from the mainland, led to the establishment of new states, most were Hindu. The Malayo-Polynesian Kedatuans of Zabag and Waka-waka were destroyed and replaced by the rising Hindu Rajahnates of Singhapala, Suluk and Naymila, meanwhile the Puto-an royal family converted from Animism to Hinduism and became mixed-raced wealthy intermediaries between the more native Malayo-Polynesians and the Indic invaders. Rajah Sri Lumai was a mythological founding hero of the Rajahnates of the era. During the 1400s, Islamizing influences from the mainland permeated as well. The Sultanates of Landao and Kindao was established and Suluk converted from Hinduism to Islam and imported the Emir Sharif Hali from the mainland as their ruler, meanwhile, Naymila retained the Rajahnate system but became Muslim and peaked under Rajah Suleiman. These states were small in nature due to the segmented island geography. All these states where trading with grand Sina and were also receiving alot of Sinitic migration too but mostly of the adventurous, commercial, warlike and piratical type since there were constant battles and wars between the port principalities which allowed for adventurers to sell their talents, chief of the Sinitic adventurers of the era was Ong Sung Pim who became a prime minister in the Sincized pirate state of Fengaschilan.
During the 1500s, a new invader arrived, but instead of establishing local states they turned the contested archipelago into a colony. The empire that did so was the Hispaniolic empire. At first they tapped native rivalries against Islam in the archipelago, as an alliance with the locals, since the Hispaniolic empire had also expelled Muslims from their homeland, they used that to amalgamate the Hindus, Buddhists and Animists of the Contested Archipelago against the Muslims via a divide and conquer tactic. Soon, all the archipelago fell under their grip. Even though they built many colonial era developments and institutes, the Hispaniolic empire merely considered the Contested Archipelago as an entropot to the riches of continent. However, due to the tenacity of the natives in constantly rebelling, they continually sent Latino soldiers to quell rebellions and defend from enemy raids. All throughout the era, the colony called Las Islas Philippians was nothing more than a resource extraction colony, entrepot and military outpost to deport rebellious Latinos from their other colonies, too as well as a place to dump criminal homeland-born Hispaniolans. There was near continuous 300 years of Hispaniolic domination. There was a strict caste system involved that put native Hispaniolans above the other races of the archipelago, this was normal until the revolution occurred after the mainland of Hispaniola was invaded by the Frenzo, which caused Juntas to declare Independence across the former Empire.
In a revolutionary congress that denounced the corruption, racial inequality and greed of the Hispaniolic Empire, a gathering of Natives, Colonists, Latino Mercenaries, and Archipelago-born Hispaniolists, rallied and revolted against the civil and military grip of the Imperial mainland, as they declared independence, wrote a Comprehensive Constitution and a popular intellectual and writer Jose Ryzal wrote the philosophical treatises called "Tractates of the Philippians" to morally and philosophically guide the new Federal Republic made up of a the former states that used to occupy the islands. However, the Hispaniolic Empire murdered Jose Ryzal in the war, but not before his daughter, Sophia was elected as the first President of the Federal Republic of the Philippians. After a massive war of independence which destroyed the land and fractured the people, independence was finally declared and recognized on June 12, 1898.
However, the early 1900s became an era of fragmentation though, the Federal Republic soon collapsed on itself due to ethnic divisions and several Cacique Democracies arose, which based themselves off the experimental sister democracies of their Latino cousins in the Hispaniolic empire. The philosophy of the Philippians went into decline and massive civil war forced Sophia to retreat her forces into the hinterlands as the valleys and beachheads were swarmed with liberal pro-foreigner factions. 2 neighboring Cacique democracies in the region were on opposite sides of the ideological spectrum, the Northern Neighbor leaned right with while the Southern Neighbor leaned left, these two Cacique democracies and neighbors played into the Philippian Civil War by planting partisans to fight against each other while tapping the Latino groups in the archipelago as familial and blood ties to the bloodied islands.
Subjugation by Neighboring Empires
In the late 1900s, following the long standing intrusion of continental powers into domestic affairs after the fragmentation of the nation, neighboring nations saw opportunities to carve their own puppet states and colonies in the contested archipelago and soon they joined the free for all war for the islands too. The people and the land was eventually scarred with conflict. This era was known as the war of the 10000 States, named after the multitude of fiefdoms that arose across the archipelago a midst the islands. Meanwhile, the, former President, Sophia was killed by the violence and her daughter Scholastica inherited the honors of her office but she was exiled to the island of Dangha but nevertheless put up Spiritual, Philosophical and Non-Violent Resistance to the invaders of her native land. This was when in a bout of mystical revelation it was revealed to her in a prophetic dream that one day as the shining man in her visions say, she will stand a chance to restore her fallen country...
The Lost Homeland
Despite the nation of San Kalungsod Saludong being currently based in the contested archipelago, her roots lie elsewhere. The founders of San Kalungsod Saludong originally came from the Old Saludong, a country which lies in a peninsula bordering the open ocean and an inner Mediterranean type sea shared with other nations. It was a nation based on Greco-Roman culture and has been at the cutting edge of martial, engineering, technological and cultural innovation since the classical era, until a civil war ripped the nation apart. Over the course of the eras, there has been a growing stratification of people, the Aristocrats and the Commoners, the former believed in rule of the best and the latter believed in rule of the majority. During the reign of Alexandros Paleologos who was widely considered by the common people as a ruthless dictator due to his warlike stance to neighbors, there was a widespread uprising against his rule due to the crippling of the economy thanks to war and his scandalous femdoming of traditionally dominant men as he often tired his men with brutal training regimens and even forced them to work out in the nude in either the harshest winters or sweltering summers to condition their bodies to extremes, in the process culling the weak and training the muscles while at the same time invite his wives or foreign princesses to witness and even plan the exercises to the delight of the women. Due to this, a peasant uprising arose and Alexandros Paleologos was murdered as well as a third of the aristocracy loyal to him. The aristocracy then decided to leave old Saludong after the crown-prince Andrei Paleologos received a vision from a shining figure that he should bring his men with him and build a new society elsewhere. And so, taking half of the royal treasures and most of the royal library with them, the items which were not looted by the uprising anyway, they sailed into the open ocean.
Old Saludong, without the presence of its formerly warlike aristocracy, blossomed into a bastion of democracy and equality, but only for a brief moment. Soon, its people fragmented due to the lack of a ruling dynasty and the territory was divided into several principalities and republics. Taking advantage of the fragmentation, an Emir named Ibn Aliq who himself was a fleeing survivor of a civil war in a Middle Eastern Caliphate, established his new rival Caliphate in what is now Old Saludong. Ibn Aliq then fused local and Middle Eastern cultures to form a new power in the shared sea and soon it became a force in its own right.
Andrei Paleologos and his army totally composed of fit and young aristocratic men plus his wife and his family, upon their exile from old Saludong, traversed the open ocean and then arrived in the Middle Ocean. To supplement their income and tap their strength, they wandered the Ocean as well as several other regions as an armed band of mercenaries. In the meantime, the royal family and aristocrats took this time to prove their martial valor and improve their lineage via marrying and making families with the noble ladies their mercenary forces worked for. Nevertheless, they didn’t lose their nomadic and raiding character for 4 generations until the leadership of Petros Paleologos who by that time, had nomadically transferred to the region of The Archipelago, that in a particular battle against an oppressive local empire received a vision in the sky of an army of men growing from the sun and lighting up everything else with it, which he took as a blessed omen and made it part of his new flag. This inspired him to win the siege, the vision didn’t end there, after the battle, he sailed and followed the path of the sun all day Northwards until it finally set on the Contested Archipelago. So, being curious settled his forces there and built encampments.
Rise of San Kalungsod Saludong
Petros Paleologos was sleeping as well as Scholastica, when the shining man that were the central figure of their ancestors’ visions visited them in a dream pointing them to go to a local shrine, he promised Petros that he would be the father of a nation and Scholastica that she would restore hers', they were to go to the shrine the following day, and meditate there. The following morning, both people met on an abandoned local shrine and once they got acquainted, asked the locals to whom the shrine is dedicated to, the locals then said it was shrine to the Catholic saint, San Pedro Kalungsod.
After a very long discussion it became clear to both Petros and Scholastica, that the saint had guided them to this very moment. That Petros’ army had been forged in the crucible of various wars and wandered the world to strengthen themselves so that they could refound the fallen Old Saludong as a union with a restored Philippians. They combined the red and blue colors of the fallen Philippian Republic with Petros’ omen of the Sun of Men to form the sigil of the new nation, Scholastica then wrote a new founding document based on the tractates of the Philippians and the ideals and literature of the royal books of Old Saludong as well as the military and scientific theses the nomadic band had accumulated through the generations, and created the “Compendium Saludong”, a grand Encyclopedia organizing the collective knowledge and ideals of President Scholastica's former nation and why it should be restored and the chronicles of King Petro's wandering remnant army and using that as Manifesto of their cause, to be distributed among the people of the Contested Archipelago to establish rapport between them and the militant brotherhood, and thus plan and organize the restoration of their fallen nations.
With the combining of the forces of President Scholastica and King Petros, a massive unification drive and military liberation of former Philippian territory went underway. First, it began as a guerrilla movement with strategic raiding and retreats against the enemy occupiers: the nations of the northern and southern continents. Then several towns began rallying to the cause of restoration as occupier strength were peaking in the cities and coasts, however what gave further power to the restoration was the promise to the various native and immigrant groups that the restoration would give them rule over their own lands and subkingdoms in a composite state, instead of being treated as colonies. Inspired by the promise of returned autonomy, the formerly suppressed native kingdoms defected in an avalanche of support to the restorationists. A symbolic victory came about with the capture of the former colonial capital and largest city, of Manila, came through. After which the occupying powers offered to sue for a conditional surrender. The restorationists didn’t want terms and King Petros ordered that every occupier would be expelled from the Contested Archipelago, so 5 more years of war came by until the very last occupying force, a battalion from the Northern continent left the archipelago in 1911 in humiliating defeat. After the last occupier was expelled from the archipelago, a general congress to rationalize the territorial subdivisions and ratify the Compendium Saludong was held on September 9 1919.
As the restoration of the Philippians came about, it became a power in the region of the archipelago by its’ own right. The Philippian Republic declared itself to be part of a composite state, made up of several subkingdoms and principalities, and afterwards the composite state declared the creation of the Order of San Kalungsod Saludong, in honor of the saint who made the restoration possible and was positioned as part of its' Composite State. The Order was given sovereign status and territory was set aside, mostly in the cities and bases dotting the archipelago as the surrounding subkingdoms and even the Philippian Republic itself was given over to the Order as its “mandates”, in which the Order protects and fosters the populations and in exchange the mandates give them their young men to be trained or serve in the order as well as give a certain percentage of resources as contributions or investments. Under the guidance of The Order, the archipelago flourished culturally, militarily, scientifically and diplomatically. Local cultures were protected and enriched while a mandated fitness regimen and families competing for aristocratic status fueled a eugenics program that increased the general health of the people. Free market capitalism was also employed as clans competed in wealth and prestige. Competition and private sector driven economics made prices low. A space program was developed and domestic trade as well as foreign commerce with the rest of the continents of Lynx Minor, Auriga Bella, and Draco Mixor flourished. The nation became renowned as a center of Culture, Cuisine and Tourism as well as female romance tourism, due to it’s abundance of fit, aristocratic and naked young men who supplement their incomes with romancing and having sexual relations and producing children with visiting women. The military also became a powerful force as it continued it’s work as paid muscle to intervene in state conflicts abroad. The main industries asides from Tourism and the Army, are, Agriculture, Publishing, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, Mass Media, and Entertainment as the population quintupled into 107 Million people.
Expansions over the Mainland Continents
The location of the nation is quite vast. Originally centered in the Contested Archipelago, where the homeland is and has remained the original territory of the Order. However, things began to shift lately as the nation surged into prominence because it waged wars of conquest in the early years of the 3300s. The reality of the situation is that the country was forced to enter into war because it was just a small collection of island kingdoms situated in an archipelago off the coast. One time, the northerners from the continent of Lynx Minor passed through the archipelago with their navy intending to attack the southern continent of Auriga Bella and through their fleets, had decimated the home islands as they raided it. Faced with the inevitable possibility that the larger nations in the neighboring northern continent of Lynx Minor and southern Auriga Bella have the capacity to destroy the home islands, the FAAF, the “Federation of the Archipelago - Armed Forces” were formed in order to avenge the raid on the archipelago and subjugate the mainland nations as a preemptive tactic to stall further attacks. First, the FAAF attacked and incorporated 4 countries to the north and then named them after Philippian figures and thus the colonies of Butuan, Sultan Qudarat, General Santos and Dapitan were established among the conquered Middle Easterners of Linx Minor. Then, due to the masculinity of our men seducing the Nordic princes living in Draxa Mixor, 3 countries: Clark, Vigan and Manila of which Manila, was the most developed and the capital of the Federation was transferred there, willingly joined our Federation. As of current time, this combination of diplomatic assimilation and conquest has expanded the territories of our Order.
At present, the Order has sent expeditions to Old Saludong only to discover that it has been conquered by the Caliphate of Aliqid so the Order sends warbands to recover territory from the Caliphate and there is a concerted “Reconquista” of the old Peninsula. The Order also military intervenes in several campaigns abroad and generally works as “liberationists” since the origins of the Order lie in restoring fallen nations and avenging invasions, it has made it its’ business to liberate the territories of other regions and nations which fell to raiding or imperial control.
San Kalungsod Saludong Proper
San Kalungsod Saludong has territories in 2 land masses. The main territory is at the region of The Islands where it inhabits an archipelago of 12 main islands and hundreds of islets and corral atolls, with a total land area, including inland bodies of water, of 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 sq mi). The islands are composed of volcanic, coral, principal rock formations. Eight major types of forests are distributed throughout the San Kalungsod Saludong; dipterocarp, beach forest, pine forest, molave forest, lower montane forest, upper montane or mossy forest, mangroves, and ultrabasic forest. The highest mountain is Mount Gwapo Ako. It measures up to 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level and is located on the island of Kita Ay Macho. The largest river is the Rio de Formoso in the island of Tayoy Tisoy
Situated on the southern entrace to continent of Lynx Minor, San Kalungsod Saludong experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Significant mineral deposits exist as a result of the country's complex geologic structure and high level of seismic activity.These deposites are considered highly valuable. Gold, Palladium, Marble and Iron are abundant. Other minerals include Chromite, Nickel, and Zinc. This Metal wealth lies largely un-mined as a result of strict environmental regulations. The Pitoy Plateau to the east is an undersea region active in tectonic subduction. Around 20 earthquakes are registered daily, though most are too weak to be felt. To the immediate north are the colonies of Butuan, General Santos. Sultan Qudarat and Dapitan.
The Archipelagic territories, has two components; the first is the Local Mandates or the Constituent Nations of which, the order has responsibility in defending or organizing, these nations are autonomous and have their own local cultures, languages, currency, police-force, infrastructure and society, but all foreign relations, inter-state commerce, religious guidance and large-scale military affairs are handled by Sovereign Order that shepherds them.
Due to the archipelagic nature of the area where the Sovereign Order has its' center of civilization and power: transportation is mostly through the maritime transport system or through air traffic, however, within the large and small islands the constituent nations of San Kalungsod Saludong has suzerainty over, they have constructed many types of transportation asides from the aerospace and maritime ones; there are many intra-state roads and bridges within and among islands which are close in proximity to each other and especially among those large enough to support an adequate network of roads. There is also the new application of mass transport systems like Magnetic Levitation Trains or "Maglevs" which run at hyper fast speeds and there are also new Hydrofoil ships which run faster than the conventional ones, recently an archipelago wide Subway system was constructed and now operates.
(An Animated Map of National Geoscapes and Subdivisions in the main archipelago, excluding the colonies.)
The Mandate-Nations are the States the Order rules in the Main Base at the Contested Archipelago, they neighbor the Union Heartlands in the main archipelago.
-CLASSICAL KINGDOMS (Those States formed before the Colonial Era)-
-REVOLUTIONARY REPUBLICS(The states which seceded from the previous empire and formed after the colonial era)-
1.Cacique Republica de Negros
2.Cacique Republica de Zamboanga
3.Cacique Republica de Tejanos
The Union Heartlands
These territories are directly governed by the Sovereign Order and they often come in the form of incorporated City-States. There are many types of city-states each with their own specialization; some are military, some are religious, some are cultural, some are for governance purposes and some are frontier city-states which has all the elements of the former but has not yet specialized in a specific task, these "seed" settlements are set up in foreign countries hostile to the Soveriegn Order and are tapped as a pacifying force or work as a resource extraction areas for export to the home islands. Asides from these city-states, there are also hinterlands included which are defended by roving patrols of the Sovereign Order's militia as they try to defend or attack some regions. So far these are the regions that our Order has set up City-States or have had Patrols pass through:
Contested Archipelago (Main Base) This is the fabled archipelagic promised land, asides from Old Saludong where San Kalungsod Saludong came from, this is the main set of land the Order holds; in which there are many nations under the Order's mandate here and this where the Order also restored and subsumed the former Republic of the Philippians.
The Continental Colonies
The Order has several colonies mostly in the Middle Eastern Continent of Lynx Minor in the colonial-provinces of the Southern Coasts of that continent, these colonial provinces are Butuan, Sultan Qudarat, General Santos and Dapitan. It also has willingly incoporated kingdoms among the Nordic people of Draca Mixor in the current provinces of Manila, Clark, and Vigan.
To direct north of the home archipelago is the continent of Lynx Minor, Lynx Minor is of Middle Eastern ancestry and has a long history of raiding and invading the Malay majority and Latino minority of the home archipelago and one Caliphate even had briefly ruled over most of the home archipelago. When the Order liberated the oppressed former states of the home-archipelago, it had, to the north, the coastal areas of Lynx Minor as its’ primary antagonists. After another failed raid and invasion of the home archipelago by the Coastal Caliphates of Lynx Minor, enough was enough and so Saludong put up a successful retaliatory counter-invasion of the Southern Coasts of Lynx Minor, specifically the regions of Fornax Musica and Elizabeth and destroyed the Caliphates of Durga and Alhimada. Slavery or invasion wasn’t good enough for the centuries of bloodshed they sowed in the home islands, so they were forcibly destroyed and the survivors were often expelled from their homes, only the fittest or most intelligent ones were retained as a servile class for Saludong, however before their Caliphate’s dissolution, they released their former slaves; The Empire of Man-Eaters, an evil nation of Trolls, Ogres, Monsters and Orcs that strips handsome men naked, cooks their muscular bodies and cuts off and harvests plus cooks and eats their human male reproductive organs as delicacies, and they are now the main enemy of human led Saludong. The geography of Lynx Minor territories the Order owns is mostly fertile plains with some forested areas and stunning beaches.
The northernmost territories of the Order are in the of Continent of Draca Mixor, it is inhabited by a mixture of Nordic and Germanic peoples who willingly joined the order due to their previous kings having fallen in man-to-man love with the mercenary warriors of the Order who worked as protectors of their realm from invasions originating from the south. In gratitude for protecting their kingdoms, they joined the order. Most of their kingdoms are located at the base of the massive Icy Mountain of Cymbrogi. Their lands are mostly icy, and barren of agriculture, due to this, the merchants of the Saludong mainland get rich by exporting our vegetables, wines, olives, grapes and livestock to Draca Mixor. However, Draca Mixor is nevertheless self sufficient because they have larger revenues from their Oil and Mining industries.
Reconquista (Old Saludong)
At the fallen homeland of Old Saludong, the successor state of San Kalungsod Saludong maintains an Enclave at the Saludong Penninsula primarily in the mountain range of Bagong Asa which lie near the coast and where it maintains bases and armies that aim for the reconquest of the Peninsula. Old Saludong is divided into a temperate north and Mediterranean south bisected by the Sierra Grande Mountain Range. In the northern valleys, pinetree woodlands are common and river systems water the forests and meadows. San Kalungsod Saludong maintains hidden towns and bases in this area as support points for raids and invasions to the megacities of the Aliq Caliphate to the South. Except for the lone city Doledo which was taken in the Reconquista and where it became a translation and reverse-engineering center of San Kalungsod Saludong of the technology and culture of the Aliq Caliphate, the enemy Aliq Caliphate occupy the pseudo-desert and Mediterranean-weathered southern plains. Savannahs, shrubland and fertile agricultural fields feed large cities here which dot the coasts and trade heavily with the Mediterranean Caliphates and Emirates farther to the Middle East and the Southern Continent.
The nation is saving up for a space colonization.
The Commission on Population estimated the country's population to be 107,190,081 as of December 31, 4439, based on the latest population census of 4435 conducted by the San Kalungsod Saludong Statistics Authority. The population increased from 4420 to 4439 by approximately 28 million, a 45% growth in that time frame.
The population's median age is 22.7 years with 60.9% aged from 15 to 64 years old. Life expectancy at birth is 74.2 years, 78.1 years for females and 73.9 years for males.
The vast majority of the population is urban (90%) and a smaller percentage rural (10%).
There is a slight gender imbalance among the mandates and the order, since San Kalungsod Saludong recruits and reassigns the aristocratic young men of the mandates as members of the Sovereign Order, the mandates, or subkingdoms governed by the order often have Female to Male Ratios of 52 females to 50 males while the Order is exclusively made up of men, excepting the position of "Visionary" an office inherited from the historical female founding president of the Order, Scholastica.
The population is very diverse, it is made up of Malays; Sinitics; Indics; Latinos (Mulattoes, Mestizos and Amerindians) and these three are originally not native to the archipelago since they were colonists from the Hispaniolic empire but they rebelled and formed their own independent Republics in the contested archipelago, there is also a small minority of Aquamen with a tiny remnant of Negritos who are the aboriginal inhabitants before the coming of the Sovereign Order on the contested archipelago.
Meanwhile, the Order gains its' members from all the races from the nations it has mandates over, however it also selectively breeds these races and refines them and has a eugenics program over them. Within their jurisdictions, the constituent states that the Order has suzerainty over, are encouraged but not compelled to keep racial purities. However, to make sure the stock does not in-breed they are also allowed a certain level of interbreeding with other races too to keep genetic fitness in good levels. Asides from these races, another small minority of peoples; the Saludong survivors which are known for their colored eyes and tanned skin and tall stature are also part of the Sovereign Order of Kalungsod, however, they circulate only among the Sovereign Order but not disturb the autonomous constituencies the Sovereign Order has mandates over.
The main language in real life where Saludongenyo is based over is actually Filipino as it is a cosmopolitan admixture of Latin-American Spanish, Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic and Malayo-Polynesian (Otherwise, in the alternate world, it's just called Saludongenyo). The main practiced foreign languages are English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Malay, Sanskrit and Tamil and is spoken by the former colonists and immigrants from these nations. There are several protected native major regional languages, all part of the Austronesian language family except the Hispanic Creole called Chavacano. These are: Singhapalan, Naymilan, Puto-anon, Lindaonon, Suluknon, Madasnon and Lapitanenyo. There are other languages too but they have smaller numbers of speakers. There are also Saludongian Negrito languages and finally the indecipherable language of the Aquamen who speak in the sonar level. The Latin Script is the official script although Baybayin and the Abugida of the native Malay words, based off of Indic scripts is used in a decorative and formal manner, the local Muslims also use Kawi a local adaptation of Arabic Script. Sinic, Indic and Arabic scripts are used in an auxiliary manner mostly by migrants from these language group to San Kalungsod Saludong.
Ethnologue lists multiple languages spoken across the Order, the Order is subdivided among houses which use a common mother tounge.
The official religion of San Kalungsod Saludong is the one which Saint Kalungsod belonged to, and that is, "Catholicism". Previously the first religion to arise in the contested archipelago was the Animism of the native aboriginal Negritos, the Malayo-Polynesians who superceded them and then formed the base and majority of most of the population were also animists but took on spiritist forms, organized religion began in the contested archipelago when the Sinitics introduced Buddhism and Taoism among the islands by trading and settling in the contested archipelago, however they did not form any significant states except for Fengaschilan, the ones that did form states however where the Indics and Arabs, Indics introduced Hinduism which however was soon struggling against and supplanted by Islam. All these religions however were soon absorbed and incorporated into Catholicism with the coming advent of the Order of San Kalungsod Saludong imposing their spiritual guidance upon the nations of the contested archipelago and some native gods/goddesses or their foreign counterparts became titles of the Virgin Mary or Patron Saints under the new Catholic God which Saint Kalungsod taught to the people by leaving them the Codex of the "Doctrina Christiana" written in three scripts used in the archipelago: Latin script, Baybayin and Sinitic script. It became a chief source text for the later "Compedium Saludong" which fused these as well as Philippian texts and codices from Old Saludong.
The Order runs private schools, universities, gyms and dojos across the mandates it shepherds although each local kingdom offers compulsory public education. In the Order's directly controlled territory, education is operated by the Order itself. In most states, children are required to attend school from the age of six or seven (generally, kindergarten or first grade) until they turn 18 (generally bringing them through twelfth grade, the end of high school); some states allow students to leave school at 16 or 17.
About 12% of children are enrolled in parochial or nonsectarian private schools. Just over 2% of children are homeschooled. The Order spends more on education per student than any nation in region. Some 80% of college students attend public universities.
Of Kalungsod Saludongians 25 and older, 84.6% graduated from high school, 72.6% attended some college, 57.2% earned a bachelor's degree, and 9.6% earned graduate degrees. The basic literacy rate is approximately 99%. The United Nations assigns the Order an Education Index of 0.97.
Among the mandates, health care is provided by the national and local governments. Payment for personal medical services is offered through a universal health insurance system across the mandates that provides relative equality of access, with fees set by a government committee. People without insurance through employers can participate in a national health insurance program administered by local governments. Since 1973, all elderly persons have been covered by government-sponsored insurance.
Considering the Order's charism of physical fitness, asides from the healthcare provided by the local Mandate-Nations, Universal Healthcare is ensured among all members of the Order itself, with personal trainers even attached. This is because healthcare and exercise is a top priority among Order members.
The Sovereign Order of Kalungsod Saludong has a deep reverence for native cultures it protects and also an open-mindedness as well as willingness to learn from foreign cultures and sometimes reverse-engineer these foreign cultures if they pose a threat. Primarily; San Kalungsod Saludong is Sovereign Order having mandates over several island nations set in the tropics with a Negrito remnant, Malayo-Polynesian base with some elements of Chinese, Indian and Arab mixed in, added with a Latino superstrate but formal culture is based on Greago-Roman traditions and due to the tropical weather (Except in the mountain areas) people prefer to walk around lightly or not clad at all with men often not wearing any shirts or deciding to go around completely naked (As they also make it an opportunity to show off their manly physique; abs, pecs and biceps and all, as well as the battle scars and war tattoos they have earned through conquest) while women often wear see-through sheer fabric which is a bit airy and translucent so that they can show off their voluptuous curves (Including teasingly showing off their cleavages and smooth legs). Sometimes, the people, especially the most fit and attractive men earn a physical fitness license which gives them the right to go around fully naked and arouse and also inspire others to attain their good physical physiques.
Physical fitness isn't the only focus of the Order, it also specializes in military affairs, boys are initiated into manhood by first joining a branch of the armed forces whether it by the military, navy or air force, seeing how most of the archipelago's territory is sea-based, most boys join the navy or the air force although a select few earn entry into the military. In the enclave of Old Saludong where the Reconquest of Old Saludong by the successor state of San Kalungsod Saludong is undergoing, the people practice a mix of San Kalungsod Saludongian culture and Aliqid Caliphate one.
As a general description, the distinct value system of Saludongians is rooted primarily in personal alliance systems, especially those based in kinship, obligation, friendship, religion (particularly Christianity), training brotherhood and commercial relationships.
Saludongian values are, for the most part, centered around maintaining social harmony, motivated primarily by the desire to be accepted within a group. The main sanction against diverging from these values are the concepts of "Hiya", roughly translated as 'a sense of shame', and "Amor propio" or 'self-esteem'. Social approval, acceptance by a group, and belonging to a group are major concerns. Caring about what others will think, say or do, are strong influences on social behavior among Saludongios.
Other elements of the San Kalungsod Saludongio value system are optimism about the future, pessimism about present situations and events, concern and care for other people, the existence of friendship and friendliness, the habit of being hospitable, religious nature, respectfulness to self and others, respect for the female members of society, the fear of God, and abhorrence of acts of cheating and thievery.
[align=justify][floatleft][img]https://i.imgur.com/sEQZLM6.png[/img][/floatleft]The territories of San Kalungsod Saludong are divided into “Colonies” which are occupied territories in the continental mainland, "Mandates" which are autonomous but pay tribute to the Order and the "Union Heartlands" which are directly governed by the Order. Each mandate is either governed by a local king whether it be a Datu, Rajah or Sultan, for native kingdoms, or a President called a "Caudillo" when ruled as a Cacique Republic. Together with the King or Caudillo, there is the Senate with 50 members each. The Mandates' government is responsible for things that affect their local kingdom, such as the maintenance of roads, services between cities and the creation of laws and decrees that only make sense within the territory of a particular Mandate and would be unnecessary, counterproductive or redundant in others. The Mandates are expected to contribute Men to become the Order's members, from their Aristocratic class, and serve as soldiers or workers in the Order's many missions in the Archipelago or Abroad.
Each Mandate is divided into [b]Districts[/b], also known as [b]Communes[/b], which are responsible for the majority of civil services in the cities, towns and villages of each Mandate. Each District is governed by a [i]Governor[/i] or [i]Mayor[/i], together with a group of 9 people who are known as [i]Commune Councilors[/i].
The following is a list of all the Mandates of the Order, together with their Kings or Caudillos and other important information:[/align]
[center][table] [tr][td]MANDATE[/td][td]NAME[/td][td]FLAG[/td][td]MOTTO[/td][td]POPULATION[/td][td]TYPE[/td][td]CAPITAL[/td][td]RULER[/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/EVIadKR.png[/img][/td][td][b]Union Heartlands[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/PSIg8Ej.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Puersa tah Malakas" [size=75]("Our power is strong")[/size][/i][/td][td]69,781,498[/td][td]Direct rule[/td][td]Barangay Nating Ganda[/td][td]Ryan Sampiano [i]Nuova Unione Alternativa [/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/RWEBl4M.png[/img][/td][td][b]Naymila[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/kl3UrZi.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Trabaho Tayo" [size=75]("Let's Work")[/size][/i][/td][td]12,877,253[/td][td]Rajahnate[/td][td]Lungsod[/td][td]Francis Manalansan [i]Partido Ng Nasyonalista[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/hyNcIYD.png[/img][/td][td][b]Singhapala[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/8fsx2pi.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Negosyo O Kalayaan?" [size=75]("Business or Freedom?")[/size][/i][/td][td]4,632,359[/td][td]Rajahnate[/td][td]Sugbo[/td][td]Simon Arias [i]Paksyong Natin[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/elD33Bl.png[/img][/td][td][b]Negros[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.ibb.co/W5t6R0W/fcg.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Arantade!" [size=75]("Forward!")[/size][/i][/td][td]3,059,136[/td][td]Caciquedom[/td][td]Bakolod[/td][td]Jorr Rabacal [i]Harmoniya Ng Bayan[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/uG0M7HI.png[/img][/td][td][b]Madas[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/ZWdpQlS.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Alaman Ito" [size=75]("Know This")[/size][/i][/td][td]2,384,415[/td][td]Kadatuan[/td][td]Irong Irong[/td][td]Ruel Gumbao [i]Kompanya Militar[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/g9MzWaQ.png[/img][/td][td][b]Zamboanga[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/35EGVGi.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Viva!" [size=75]("Long Live!")[/size][/i][/td][td]1,872,473[/td][td]Caciquedom[/td][td]La Ciudad[/td][td]Andrei Pugate [i]Partito Rosso[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/bo7EVQH.png[/img][/td][td][b]Tejanos[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/YeZOx17.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Katapangan Ang Paraan" [size=75]("Bravery is the way")[/size][/i][/td][td]1,593,566[/td][td]Caciquedom[/td][td]San Antonio[/td][td]Christian Gayo [i]Bagong Lipunan[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/PcaTAMk.png[/img][/td][td][b]Kindao[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/ND6Dekk.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Ating Nile" [size=75]("Our Nile")[/size][/i][/td][td]1,473,933[/td][td]Sultanate[/td][td]Kutabato[/td][td]Omar Padilla [i]Grupong Sufi[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/A3cElIX.png[/img][/td][td][b]Suluk[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/WR6aNTT.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Ako Mismo" [size=75]("I Myself")[/size][/i][/td][td]824,731[/td][td]Sultanate[/td][td]Jolo[/td][td]Rey Gonzalo [i]Partido Independiente[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/yUBMhM3.png[/img][/td][td][b]Landao[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/4b8d6OT.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Banal Na Laguna" [size=75]("Holy Lake")[/size][/i][/td][td]800,162[/td][td]Sultanate[/td][td]Kutabato[/td][td]Kheenan Rossete [i]Grupong Sufi[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/kLMSHuW.png[/img][/td][td][b]Putoan[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/AiuVOyS.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Bulawang Puso" [size=75]("Heart of Gold")[/size][/i][/td][td]691,566[/td][td]Rajahnate[/td][td]Siargao[/td][td]Bata Shajah [i]Grupo Marihatag[/i][/td][/tr] [tr][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/db6Cr8T.png[/img][/td][td][b]Lapitan[/b][/td][td][img]https://i.imgur.com/aI7vZxM.png[/img][/td][td][i]"Sulong" [size=75]("Advance")[/size][/i][/td][td]467,160[/td][td]Kadatuan[/td][td]Dauis[/td][td]Ramon Bitancor [i]Commune Reformasyon[/i][/td][/tr] [/table][/center]
Colonies are “Ultramer” or Overseas territories captured from aggressive nations or are incorporated protectorates that are governed as occupied territories. There are colonies on two continents, Draca Mixor and Lynx Minor in the regions of Elizabeth and Basta Pasta.
Draca Mixor 1. Manila 2. Clark 3. Vigan
Lynx Minor 1. Butuan 2. Sultan Qudarat 3. General Santos 4. Dapitan
Order-Level Supra Governance
The Order is symbolically headed by the King of the Paleologos Dynasty who's current Title Bearer is Renato Galang who married the last princess of the Paleologos, Princess Pochwang, a surviving family of Old Saludong, who is coincidentally elected as High-King over all other local kings in the Contested Archipelago, he holds no political power though and is merely a symbolic figurehead and a sign of unity. The highest political authority in the land is the Grandmaster called a "Lakan", who in turn is elected by the Aristocratic Classes from all the Mandates of the Order and the Warrior bloodlines from Old Saludong. Membership in an Aristocracy is partially meritocratic and partially sanguinic and can be attained by either being born into an Aristocratic family or be conferred by the Grandmaster a title of Knighthood or Nobility. There are caveats though, only a limited number of families in a Mandate-Nation can be considered Aristocratic and every son only inherits a position that's one rank lower than his father's. So, if there is no merit produced by a dynasty, the family loses the Aristocratic status after several generations. Noble status is required as entrance into the Order. The Government of the Order is divided into Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches, led by the President, Chief Justice and Chairman. Meanwhile the Order's Senate is divided into a House of Patricians made exclusively of Noble Families from Old Saludong and a House of Representatives made up of Representatives from the Mandates. Within the various rival noble families are also various parties and factions. There is a merchant faction that focuses on business, a developmental faction which deal with agrarian and urban issues, the militant faction which irks for foreign expeditions, a religious faction which seeks to stay true to the ideals of Saludong, the Philippians and San (Saint) Kalungsod, there is an Ecological party who want laws restricting pollution and is looking for sustainable living.
The Senate is a bicameral legislature. The upper house, the Council of Patricians, is composed of 24 Patricians from families descended from Old Saludong, elected via the plurality-at-large voting with the country as one at-large "district". The Patricians elect among themselves a Grand Patrician. Half of the council seats are contested every 3 years, and patricians are limited to serving a maximum of three of these six-year terms.
The lower house is the House of Representatives, currently composed of 292 representatives, with no more than 20% elected via party-list system, with the rest elected from legislative districts. The House of Representatives is headed by the Speaker. Representatives are elected every three years, and are limited to three three-year terms.
Each bill needs the consent of both houses to be submitted to the Grand Master for his signature. If the Grand Master vetoes the bill, the Senate can override the veto with a two-thirds supermajority. If either house voted down on a bill or fails to act on it after an adjournment sine die, the bill is lost and would have to be proposed to the next Senate, with the process starting all over again. The Senate's decisions are mostly via majority vote, except for voting on constitutional amendments and other matters. Each house has its inherent power, with the Council of Patricians given the power to vote on treaties, while money bills may only be introduced by the House of Representatives. The constitution provides the Senate with impeachment powers, with the House of Representatives having the power to impeach, and the Council of Patricians having the power to try the impeached official.
The Nuova Unione Alternativa, the Partido Ng Nasyonalista, the Paksyong Natin, Harmoniya Ng Bayan, the Kompanya Militar, the Grupong Sufi, and the Commune Reformasyon; are the parties with the largest membership in the Senate. The party of the sitting Grand Master controls the House of Representatives, while the House of Representatives has been more independent. From 1907 to 1941, the Partido Ng Nasyonalista operated under a dominant-party system, with factions within that party becoming the primary political discourse. The current political climate of a multi-party system, bloomed, starting from 1941 and persists into this day.
The Grandmaster is the elected commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Order and he is the highest governing authority of the land since after the restoration, the King only became a symbolic figure. The officers however are elected among several royal and noble families that are part of the sub-kingdoms and mandates of the order. The Department of Defense is directly under the Order and administers the six branches of the armed forces which are, the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Airforce, Coastguard and Spaceforce. In 4439 the reported number of troops and personnel were 2.5 Million. Military service in the Order is compulsory and men are conscripted from their mid teens, women are not allowed to be conscripted and are not even members of the Order since the Order exclusively recruits members among the male tributes of the mandate, but women have advisor, managerial and client roles and men are required to exercise in the nude under the command of these women as well as to give service to them.
Today, Saludongians can be rapidly deployed across the Islands and beyond due to the order’s large naval and air fleet. The Navy has 11 active aircraft carriers and the military operates about 200 bases and facilities abroad. The Order spent KSP 670 on its military in 4440. At 4.7% of the GDP it is among the top 5% of military spenders. Defense spending plays a major role in science and technology development, with roughly half of the Order’s research and development followed by the Department of Defense. The Order is a recognized nuclear weapons state and is a key player in robotics and information warfare.
Currently, the nation is at war with many different enemies. It is waging war against enemies like the Evil Empire of Maneatersaand Reconquering Old Saludong from the invading Caliphate and to wage these wars, the army maintains several industrial grade weapons. There is a large infantry brigade and they are equipped with the latest weapons, like infrared sight, Artificial Intelligence, Orbital Satellite Monitoring, Storage Miniaturization, Lasers and Laser Guided Missiles, several warships which include: corvettes, frigates, battleships, cruisers, submarines, and aircraft carriers. The army trains regularly and at times of invasions from outside, there are conscription to protect the Home Islands. Otherwise, there is no conscription of the general civilian population as most of the male population are already serving as Knights of the Order.
The Order's Airforce is seasoned and experienced.
From its dual inception during the Old Saludong Civil War and the Philippian Revolution, the Armed Forces have played a decisive role in the history of the Order. It helped forge a sense of national unity and identity through its victories in the War of Restoration and the War of the Reconquest of Old Saludong, attacks against the man eating Evil Empire of Maneaters and several other enemies of the White Giant Alliance. The National Security Act of 1947, adopted following the War of Restoration, created the modern San Kalungsod Saludong military framework. The Act made the National Military Establishment, headed by the secretary of defense; and created the SKS Force and the National Security Council. It was amended in 1949, renaming the National Military Establishment the Department of Defense, and merged the cabinet-level the Army Department, the Navy Department , & Department of the Air Force, to the Defense Department.
The Army has successful campaigns of liberation across several regions.
Transportation & Infrastructure
Transportation in the contested archipelago is facilitated by road, air, rail and waterways. As of December 2018, there are 210,528 kilometers (130,816 mi) of roads in the archipelago, with only 65,101 kilometers (40,452 mi) of roads paved. The 919-kilometer (571 mi) Strong Archipelago Nautical Highway (SRNH), an integrated set of highway segments and ferry routes covering 17 cities was established in 2003. The Pan-Kalungsod Saludong Highway connects the islands, forming the backbone of land-based transportation in the country. Roads are the dominant form of transport, carrying 98% of people and 58% of cargo. A network of expressways extends from the capital to other areas of the main island. Traffic is a significant issue facing the country, especially within Salute-dong the largest city and on arterial roads connecting to the capital, Barangay Nating Ganda.
Public transport in the country include buses, jeepneys, UV Express, TNVS, Filcab, taxis, and tricycles. Jeepneys are a popular and iconic public utility vehicle. Jeepneys and other Public Utility Vehicles which are older than 15 years are being phased out gradually in favor of a more efficient and environmentally friendly Euro 4 compliant vehicles. The archipelago also employs a massive and expensive inter-island subway system.
Despite wider historical use, rail transport in the archipelago is extremely limited, being confined to transporting passengers between the largest city and the capital.The capital is served by three rapid transit lines: LRT Line 1, LRT Line 2 and MRT Line 3. Railway lines that are under-construction include the 4-kilometre (2.5 mi) Line 2 East Extension Project (2020), the 22.8-kilometre (14.2 mi) MRT Line 7 (2020), the 35-kilometre (22 mi) The Salute-Dong Subway (2025), and the 109-kilometre (68 mi) PNR North-South Commuter Railway which is divided into several phases, with partial operations to begin in 2022. The civil airline industry is regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Archipelago. The SKS Airlines is the national flaship Air Carrier.
As an archipelago, inter-island travel using watercraft is often necessary. Boats have always been important to societies in the archipelago. Most boats are double-outrigger vessels, which can reach up to 30 metres (98 ft) in length, known as banca/bangka, parao, prahu, or balanghay. A variety of boat types are used throughout the islands, such as dugouts (baloto) and house-boats like the lepa-lepa. Terms such as bangka and baroto are also used as general names for a variety of boat types. Modern ships use plywood in place of logs and motor engines in place of sails. These ships are used both for fishing and for inter-island travel. The principal seaports form part of the 10000 Islands Transport Network.
Water and Sanitation
In 4439, it was reported by the Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation that 99% of the population had access to improved sanitation, and that "good progress" had been made between 4420 and 4439. As of 4440, 99% of Saludongian households have an improved source of drinking water, and 97% of households had sanitary toilet facilities connected to sewerage facilities and sewege treatment plants.
The energy market is about 29,000 terawatt hours per year. In 2005, 40% of this energy came from Nuclear Power, 23% from Geothermal, and 22% from Hydropowered Dams. The remainder was supplied by Tidal and Oil.
Despite being among the highest consumers of electricity, the nation has cheap and plentiful supply due to it's insistence on Nuclear Power and the abundance of Geothermal vents around the archipelago due to the volcanic nature of the islands.
The Order's rigorous education system and the establishment of a highly motivated and educated populace as well as earnings from war loot abroad, and massive tourism is largely responsible for spurring the country's rapid economic development. Blocked from tapping its' natural resources due to strict environmental laws and a high population density with similarly high urbanization rate in its few islands, the nation adapted an export-oriented economic strategy to fuel its economy, and in 4440, San Kalungsod Saludong is among the largest exporters and importers in the Islands.
The Bank of Kalungsod and the San Kalungsod Saludong Development Institute periodically release major economic indicators and economic trends of the economy of nation. The Order has a Human Development Index of 0.933 which is classified as "Very High". However, if the Mandate-Nations are included, the total HDI of the Order is lower at 0.906, but still at the respectable "Very High" HDI level. The Order and the Archipelago has had consistently high GDP growth rates from the 4400s. In Toto, the Archipelago and the Order is considered a Very High Income Economy and is a Developed nation.
Renowned financial organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund, have complimented the resilience of the San Kalungsod Saludong economy against various economic crises, citing low state debt, and high fiscal reserves that can quickly be mobilized to address any expected financial emergencies. Other financial organizations like the World Bank describe San Kalungsod Saludong as one of the fastest-growing major economies of the next generation. San Kalungsod Saludong was one of the few developed countries that was able to avoid a recession during the global financial crisis, and its economic growth rate reached 6.2% in 4410, a sharp recovery from economic growth rates of 2.3% in 4408 and 0.2% in 4409 when the global financial crisis hit. The San Kalungsod Saludong economy again recovered with the record-surplus of US$70.7 billion mark of the current account in the end of 4413, up 47 percent growth from 4412, amid uncertainties of the global economic turmoil, with the major economic output being from tourism, the technology industry, arms manufacturing and agricultural exports.[/center]
▲ Exports: Increase $577.4 billion (4440 est).
▲ Imports: Increase $457.5 billion (4440 est.)
▲ FDI stock: Increase $230.6 billion (31 December 4440 est.)
Public debt: ▼ Positive decrease <<39.5% of GDP>> (4440 est.)
Foreign Reserves: ▲ $389.2 billion (31 December 4440 est.)
The economy has produced an estimated gross domestic product (nominal) of 𝒦s₱ 5.2987916 Trillion. Primary exports include semiconductors and electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper products, petroleum products, tropical food, coconut oil, seafood and fruits. Most major trading partners are in the members of the Federation of the White Giant Alliance.
An industrialized country, the San Kalungdsod Saludong economy has recently transitioned from one based upon agriculture to an economy with more emphasis upon services and manufacturing. Of the country's 4440 labor force of around 43.46 million, the agricultural sector employed 24.3%, and accounted for 8.1% of 4440 GDP. The industrial sector employed around 19% of the workforce and accounted for 34.1% of GDP, while 57% of the workers involved in the services sector were responsible for 57.8% of GDP.
The unemployment rate as of October 4439, stands at 4.5%. Meanwhile, due to lower charges in basic necessities, the inflation rate eased to 1.7% in August 2019. Gross international reserves as of October 2013 are $173.201 billion. The Debt-to-GDP ratio continues to decline to 37.6% as of the second quarter of 4439 from a record high of 78% in 4411. The country is a net importer but it is also a creditor nation.
Agriculture: The main industry in San Kalungsod Saludong is agriculture, chief of which is the growing of tropical fruits, grains and vegtables such as rice, mangoes, kamote (sweet potato), maize (corn), qinoa, squash, potatoes, sugarcane, honey, dragonfruit, piña (pinapple), tomatoes, coconuts and bananas. This is due to the tropical nature of archipelago as well as it's fertile volcanic soil which allows 2 or 3 harvests per year.
Aquaculture: Due to the nation being surrounded by seas, it has a large aquaculture which farms seaweed, shrimp, fish (salmon, tuna, milkfish, bangus and tilapia), lobsters as well as pearls.
Food Processing: There are many food processing plants, restaurants and eateries spread across the nation. Coconut is often processed into coconut oils, bananas are sometimes processed into banana ketchup, sugarcane into brown sugar, and fish into Omega13 rich Fish Oil.
Finance:The nation is also a financial center, stocks, derivatives, bonds, commodities and futures are constantly traded. Free markets and online banking is also allowed, cryptocurrency and cashless transactions are commonly accepted. [floatright][box][img]https://thumbs.gfycat.com/ThickAdmirableHackee-small.gif[/img] San Kalungsod Saludong has an active finance industry.[/box][/floatright] [u]Information Technology:[/u] The archipelago is a leader in the region when it comes to Information Technology. Microchips, machine parts, integrated electronics and telecommunications devices are mass produced in the archipelago. Leading brands such as Integrated Microelectronics and San Miguel Corporation produce Tablets, Cellphones, Laptops, Personal Computers and Internet Equipment for the rest of the archipelago and the countries of Draca Mixor and Lynx Minor.
Manufacturing: Manufacturing of designer leather goods, woven fabrics, furniture, storage bags, and knicknacks is done.
Mass Transportation: The nation is home to a huge inter-island subway system and has a very large fleet of container ships which the country leverages to transport its massive population of 100 million across individual isles and at the same time, trade with her neighbors.
Construction: Because of the fast growing economy of the archipelago, there is a lively construction industry which builds the towns, cities, military bases, underground areas and transport networks of the archipelago.
Recycling: Due to the limited space of the crowded islands which prevents zoning of large dump sites, recycling of very much a large industry. Sewege, after being treated, is processed to become fertilizer. Old electronics are stripped of their metals and rare-earth parts to be reused in new electronics. Steel and concrete from old buildings are melted down to make new ones. Only biodegradable plastics are used and people often use paper bags. Refuse that cannot be recycled or turned to fertilizer are compressed and mixed with crushed sea stones and soil to be used in land expansions and thus new real estate in the crowded archipelago.
Geoengineering: Despite being a highly urbanized state, the archipelago practices geoengineering and helps the environment by planting trees and seeding corrals.
Martial Arts: The Sovereign Order has a branch that are members in the military so, the men recruited from the nations the Order protects, as well as from the elected noble families co-ruling and competing against each other in the order, send their sons to train and fight in the order. Kalungsod is the originator of many martial and healing arts that deals with healing and as well as damaging a person's body and soul. Exercises and training are tough though but as a result, members have a good physique. As well as taking care of the body other aspects of human personhood, San Kalungsod Saludong training also include learning how to crew ships, work with fellow soldiers in a platoon or pilot airplanes; once training is complete people are then assigned to their specialties and some who are multi-talented get appointed to become Officers, Captains, Admirals or Generals.
Tourism, Leisure and Entertainment: San Kalungsod Saludong is a Sovereign Order that set up post in virgin islands full of lush greenery and in the vicinity of ancient corral reef systems. On some islands there are even cold or near temperate temperatures at the mountains that allow for the growth of pine trees. The Sovereign Order also has mandates to protect the several kingdoms, polities and republics in the archipelago and the natives there and members of the Order foster and preserve ancient culture, architecture and history. Survivors and descendants from the original nation of Saludong are particularly zealous in preserving the history, culture, legacy, knowledge, architecture and the natural surroundings plus resources of the lands and islands the Order has established branches in, because they know the deep pain of losing their original homeland to disasters and war. Thus with everyone's cooperation, San Kalungsod Saludong has helped its' mandate states and itself too, have the richest cultures and lushest environments in the region. The fit and handsome men and the beautiful and graceful women of the Sovereign Order and the nations under the Order's mandate, are a natural attraction themselves, that's why tourism is high in San Kalungsod Saludong. There is also burgeoning entertainment industry in San Kalungsod Saludongas; some people are great muscicians, actors, dancers and are quite talented, yet the entertainment industry is more low-key here than in other states.
Immaculate "Stud Service": Due to the fact that the soveriegn Order of San Kalungsod Saludong recruits the most physically, intellectually and spirituality fit men of the archipelago to serve as sailors, soldiers, scholars or clergy; these men are encouraged to propogate their seeds, so part of the job includes mandatory "stud service" to the people where Kalungsod members, due to the natural perfections of their genetics and characters are encouraged to impegranate women and also to serve their seed up to ritually nourish both male and female paying customers.
There is also a huge market in demand for San Kalungsod Saludongero Sperm and Egg cells especially among the more handicapped genetically and less diverse nations that need insemination from the more healthy, fit and genetically and ethnically diverse populations of the Sovereign Order or the nations that are its mandates.