The Constitutional Monarchy Of Februa
**Location: **Central Europe
Area: about 25,000 sq. km.
**Area-comparative: **a little larger than half of Switzerland (in other words, very, very small)
**Climate: **Temperate, with less variation than some because of the many lakes; colder in the mountain regions.
**Terrain: **Mountains in the South and to the East, otherwise mostly flat or gently sloping with many lakes. Bordered by a river to the South.
**Population: **about 3,462,000 (2007 est.)
Life Expectancy: Total population: 79.4
Infant Mortality Rate: Total population: 4.6/1,000 live births
Male: 5.3/1,000 live
Female: 3.9/1,000 live
**Nationality: ** nouns: m Februan(s), f Februanne(s);
m F?vrien(s), f F?vrienne(s)
Adjective: Februan; F?vrien
Ethnic Groups: Celtic (mixed with French, Anglo-Saxon), Anglo-Saxon (mixed with Celtic, French), Latin (primarily from northern France, the first true immigrant group), Scandinavian (primarily from Denmark), Germanic (primarily from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands following WWI), Ashkenazi Jews (from Germany, Poland, etc. during and prior to WWII), Finno-Ugric (primarily from Florin, after the dissolution of this country during WWII), and Roma (a small population that tends to swell during the winter months)
**Languages: **English and French (official), Gaelic dialects, Danish, Swedish, German, Dutch, Yiddish, Hebrew, Florinese
**Religions: **Roman Catholic 38.2%, Protestant 26.4%, Jewish 17.8%, Other Christian 3.3%, Muslim 2.1%, Other/ None/ or Unspecified 12.2%
Literacy: (over 15 can read and write)
Total population: 99%
Conventional long form: The Constitutional Monarchy of Februa
Conventional short form: Februa
Local long form: The Constitutional Monarchy of Februa,
La Monarchie Constituionnel de F?vria
Local short form: Februa, F?vria
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
**Other major cities: **Viole (Papillion), Belles-Montagnes (Alpes-Sur), Chesley (Syvain)
Administrative divisions: (10) Capital District of Perle; Provinces: Alpes-Sur, Amethys, Sylvain, Burby, Lac-du-Ciel, Papillon, Jardina, Sunneshire, and Ardain
National Holiday: 5th February, day of Coronation of the first in the Soleildor line, 1879
Constitution: current dates from 1912, updated and re-affirmed pentennielly, amended during regular sessions, last amendment dates from 1997.
**Legal System: **unicameral parliament, integrated judicial system, Prime Minister overseas domestic affairs and the parliament, Monarch overseas all affairs of the State, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs being the third most powerful
**Suffrage: **Universal, at 17 years of age
**Monarch: **Her Majesty Queen Antoinetta Sophie Soleildor, grand-daughter of the late Queen Eleonora (mother was S?raphine, died in childbirth)
Political Parties and Leaders:
Prime Minister: Sir Hadrian Maxwell, National Party
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Genevieve Alyssandra LeMerle,
Comtesse de Papillon, Democratic Socialist Party
**International Organization Participation: ** European Union (EU), World Assembly (WA)
**Currency: **Moneta (in transition to be the Euro)
**GDP: **about $103.2 Billion
**GDP per cap: **$29,809
**Overview: **peaceful, stable, but small. Service based.
**Flower: **Fire-and-Ice Rose
**Flag Description: **horizontal stripes of red, then white, then blue (not navy), as the flag of Luxembourg, but with the addition of a fire-and-ice rose imposed over the white stripe, its stem reaching into the blue.
**Great Seal Description: **Circular, with the words ?The Constitutional Monarchy of Februa? around the edge. Inside, a goddess emerges from the darkness on the left to the light of the sun shining down from the right. She has her hand out, palm up, as though receiving something. Below, on a green field, a banner with the motto ?Semper Libertas?.
**House of Soleidor Heraldry: **per fess, azure and white, in chief the sun in splendor proper, in base a rose gules and white, leaved
Motto: Semper Libertas (?Always Freedom?)
**National Anthem: **
O dearest land of Februa,
My heart belongs to you
From mountains high to rolling plains
To lakes all clear and blue.
?Tis here I?ll live forever,
And so I swear to you:
My heart and country always
With flag white, red, and blue!
A rose that here all mortal eyes behold
Through all eternity in God is old.
It flowers with no reason but to flower,
And needs no idle eye to tell its power.
Poet Laureate: Marah Handsel
?Light and Love?
If light should strike through every darkened place
How many a deed of darkness and of shame
Would cease, arrested by its gentle grace
And striving virtue rise, unscathed by blame!
The prisoner in his cell new hopes would frame,
The miner catch the metal?s lurking shine,
The sage would grasp the ills that harm our kind,
And unknown heroes leap to sudden fame.
If love but one short hour had perfect sway,
How many a festering sore its touch would heal
How many a misconception pass away,
And hearts long hardened learn at last to feel.
What sympathies would wake, what feuds decay,
If perfect love could reign for one short day!
The Royal Family and other Nobility:
HM Queen Antoinetta Sophie Soleildor
HRH L?andre Anatole Soleildor, Prince of Sunneshire
HRH Fabian LeMerle, Duke of Chesley
HRH Nicholas Soleildor, the Prince Fidelis
TH Gil and H?l?ne Desmarais, the Comte and Comtesse D?Ardain
HH Gabriel Desmarais, the Viscomte D?Ardain
HH Genevi?ve LeMerle, the Comtesse Du Papillon
HH Eugenie LeMerle, the Viscomtesse Du Papillon, Sister to the Comtesse
The Lady Sophie LeMerle, Aunt to the Comtesse
A Brief History
The land that is now Februa was first settled by Celtic and Gallic tribes. It was first united as a single state in the 6th century, under the Monarchy of Aedrix. Being a tiny country, its history, for the most part, is peaceful. They helped successfully repel the Moors in the Reconquista, but little else is known about this time period. For quite a while, Februa was influenced heavily by its neighbors France and Germany, and ownership of this small country was shuffled around to some extent, being part of the Holy Roman Empire for quite some time.
After the 1870s, following the German stock market crash and the French losing the Franco-Prussian war, Februa again formerly declared independence, and the first monarch of the Soleildor line was coronated in 1879, Anatole I. He married the Florinese Princess Philomena, and passed the monarchy on to his son, Anatole II in 1899, and died the following year. Anatole II married Anastasie d?Orl?ans. He was King during WWI, and managed to keep Februa out of it using diplomacy. After the War, he allowed many Germanic immigrants in, who were fleeing their impoverished and war-torn homelands. He handed the monarchy to his son, ?tienne, in 1924, who married ?lisabetta du Papillon but unfortunately died young and without a male heir in 1926. The legislature then appointed his sister Juliette, the erstwhile Princesse Real, to be Queen, and allowed the monarchy to pass on to female heirs. She married George Wilhelm of Germany. Juliette was Queen during WWII, and it was her policy, and her young and talented Prime Minister, Gr?goire d?Ardain, who kept Februa out of the War, while letting in many, many immigrants, especially the unfortunate Ashkenazi Jews, escaping persecution and certain death at the hands of Nazi Germany. She handed the monarchy down to her own daughter, Gabrielle, who became Juliette II in 1958. She married Christophe d?Ardain, brother of her mother?s PM, and handed down the monarchy to her surviving daughter, ?l?onora, in 1986. ?l?onora married Charles of Wales, and had two children, Nicholas and S?raphine. Nicholas formally relinquished his hereditary right to the throne in 1985, and became a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. His sister S?raphine married Fabian LeMerle, and had two children, Antoinetta and L?andre, though she died giving birth to L?andre. ?l?onora, then, was forced to hand down the monarchy to her grand-daughter Antoinetta in 2006 as her health was failing.
Antoinetta, at 19, became the youngest Monarch in the history of Februa. She has yet to marry, but she has often been escorted to functions by Gabriel Desmarais, the Viscomte D?Ardain, son of TH Gil and H?l?ne Desmarais, Comte and Comtesse D?Ardain.