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Mateosia

Source: Mateosian National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Background

A group of eight independent islands off the coast of Tresedia, the name Mateosia draws its historic origins from the pre-Naccan period, specifically in the Tresedian historical figure Emperor Mathias (or "Mateos") who lived from 1102 - 1149. Though Thadonia was then the capitol of Tresedia (and the customary location for the head of state), emperor Mathias ruled Tresedia from the island of Tamanya. Mathias is best known for his preaching of non-violence, his campaign of establishing improved water and sanitation throughout the whole of Tresedia, and his role as a peace-maker in uniting divided factions of the Parsini faith. He is popularly remembered as a ruler "of the people, for the people," and was declared a Saint by the Parsini religious authority in the 14th century. Mathias later gained impetus as a definitively Mateosian folk hero and rallying point for nationalist agendas. Populated by an indigenous people who called themselves Misaniin (“Misans”) each island possessed a Misan name. Before “Mateos” (named after Emperor Mathias) the group of islands was referred to simply as Al Jaza’ir (literally “the islands). Historic texts record the islands as having been called the "Misan Islands" (Jaza’ir Al Misaniin) by Thadonian writers dating as far back as the year 800.

With the Nacco Revolt of 1211, there was a massive immigration of Thadonians from the coastal regions of Tresedia, known in Mateosian history as The Thadonian Influx. This influx marked the beginning of Tresedian cultural penetration of the Mateosian Islands, including the sudden emergence of Parsini as the majority religion of the islands.

In 1901 Jackistani expansionism began to loom over Tresedia and the Mateosian islands. The culmination of this expansionism was The Treaty of San Mateo, signed in 1924 in the Mateosian town of San Mateo, on the island of Tamanya. It was in this treaty between Tresedia and Jackistan that Tresedia was forced to accept a client status that began a period of colonial Jackistani rule over Tresedia. The memory of the treaty is still a historical sore point for Tresedians, and by extension its place of signing, San Mateo, has gained association with the end of Tresedian sovereignty. (Later events in 1967 exacerbated this association.) Tresedia and its Mateosian islands fell under the colonial rule of Jackistan from 1924 until 1953 when Jackistan was expelled from Tresedia in the first Tresedian rebellion. During Jackistani rule, Mateosia became a de facto territory of Tresedia. Although not originally intent on ruling Mateosia, now that the Tresedian government controlled the islands it was reluctant to relinquish control over them. Upon the expulsion of Jackistan from Tresedia and the Mateosian islands in 1953, Tresedia kept a strong military presence on the islands sending the clear message that a bi-product of liberation was non-negotiable Tresedian rule.

Mateosia was officially known as "The Mateosian Islands of Tresedia" during the brief 20th century period of Jackistani colonization (1924-1953) and subsequent Tresedian rule (1953-1976). Tresedian rule, marked initially by neglect, became increasingly repressive, provoking an independence movement and occasional rebellions that were harshly suppressed.

Coinciding with the decline of the Jackistanian empire, Mateosian nationalism bloomed, leading to a declaration of independence from Tresedia, at the time of the 1967 Anti-Imperialist War. Separatist leader Richard Corbeau led a rebel army to a bloodless victory in that same year; his rule has held the regime together since then. It was upon its declaration of independence in 1967 that the newly formed government chose the name "The People's Republic of Mateosia" or, in short, "Mateosia."

Normally no match for the military forces of Tresedia, the Mateosian rebels were not immediately put down due to Tresedia’s focus of forces elsewhere in the Anti-Imperialist war. Still, it was only a matter of time before the Tresedian army turned its eye to Mateosia. On the brink of annihilation by Tresedia, Mateosia was saved by the sudden intervention of Orecal. A hasty alliance was formed between Mateosia and Orecal in which the former now enjoyed the protection of a large military power and the latter obtained a strategic foothold from which it could threaten the capitol of Tresedia. The relationship was formalized in the Mateosian-Orecalian Treaty of 1968. This alliance has continued until present day. No longer dependant on Mateosia for a strategic foothold off the coast of Tresedia, Orecal continues to maintain close ties with Mateosia, who (in return for military protection) develops military technology exclusively for Orecal, and gives it Most Favored Nation status in all trade affairs.

Richard Corbeau continues to act as the leader of Mateosia, holding the office of President of the Council of State and President of the Council of Ministers.


Flag

Final Yellow Flag

Flag of the People's Republic of Mateosia


A (now extinct) black griffin squirrel, Sciurus mateosus -- the national animal of Mateosia -- perched on the bough of an oak tree. The Mateosian motto “Bas Ani Ahib Al Biscwt” (literally “Our Islands Strong and Free” adorn the corners of the flag in green. Although the exact history of the creation of the flag is unknown the color yellow is generally believed to represent both the setting sun of the past and the dawn of a bright Mateosian future. Green represents the islands of Mateosia and their agricultural past.

Government

Country name:

conventional long form: People’s Republic of Mateosia

conventional short form: Mateosia

Government type: Communist state

Capital:

Name: San Mateo is located on the island of Tamanya and was known by it's Misan name Munos until 1967.

geographic coordinates: 33° 20.83' N 118° 19.42' W

Administrative divisions: 8 provinces, corresponding with the 8 islands.

Independence: 20 May 1967 (from Jackistan 10 December 1953; administered by Tresedia from 1953 to 1967)

National holiday: Triumph of the Revolution, 20 May (1967)

Constitution: 24 February 1976; amended July 1992 and June 2002

Legal system: Based on Tresedian civil law, with large elements of Communist legal theory.

Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal



Executive branch:

chief of state: President of the Council of State and President of the Council of Ministers Richard Corbeau (prime minister from February 1967 until 24 February 1976 when office was abolished; president since 2 December 1976); First Vice President of the Council of State and First Vice President of the Council of Ministers Gen. Raul CORBEAU (since 2 December 1976); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government.

head of government: President of the Council of State and President of the Council of Ministers Richard Corbeau (prime minister from February 1959 until 24 February 1976 when office was abolished; president since 2 December 1976); First Vice President of the Council of State and First Vice President of the Council of Ministers Gen. Raul Corbeau (since 2 December 1976).

cabinet: Council of Ministers proposed by the president of the Council of State and appointed by the National Assembly or the 31-member Council of State, elected by the Assembly to act on its behalf when it is not in session

elections: president and vice presidents elected by the National Assembly for a term of five years; election last held 6 March 2003 (next to be held in 2008)

election results: Richard Corbeau reelected president; percent of legislative vote - 100%; Raul CORBEAU elected vice president; percent of legislative vote - 100%

note: due to an ongoing health problem, Richard Corbeau provisionally transferred power to his brother Gen. Raul CORBEAU on 31 July 2006 in accordance with the Mateosian Constitution; Richard Corbeau has not yet reclaimed control of the government.

Legislative branch:

National Assembly of People's Power (609 seats; members elected directly from slates approved by special candidacy commissions to serve five-year terms)

elections: last held 19 January 2003 (next to be held in 2008)

election results: percent of vote - MPC 97.6%; seats - MPC 609

Judicial branch:

People's Supreme Court or Muhakimah Sha’bi Al Kabiir (president, vice president, and other judges are elected by the National Assembly)

Political parties and leaders: Mateosian Communist Party or MCP [Richard Corbeau , first secretary]


Mateosian Cabinet

First Secretary - Richard Corbeau

Minister of Defense - Pierre Rasuul Chretien

Commander of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Mateosia - Major General Hassan Svajhart

Commander of the Mateosian Liberation Forces - Major General Jean Jacques Contremer

Minister of Homeland Security - Mohammad Parsine

Leader of the Mateosian Youth Liberation Army - Raul Corbeau

Minister of Foreign Affairs - Lambdan Offaliste Yassin

First Vice Secretary for Foreign Affairs - Cyrano Maximon Gerula

Second Vice Secretary for Foreign Affairs - Arafat Consuigos Fidelos

Third Vice Secretary for Foreign Affairs- Zaebdillo Fatwa

Ambassador to Orecal - Nicolas Lubnani

Ambassador to Wonton - Dr. Kim Mai Bastonne

Ambassador to Tresidia - Louis Glaspie

Minister of Trade - Chjayaga Guzmon Nasrallah

Minister of Information and Media - Pierre Rasuul Chretien

Minister of Natural Resources - Roi Corbeau

Minister of Transportation - Jacques Mariot Saiid

Deputy Minister of Transportation (Sea) - Gerard Guillard D'Artanagne

Deputy Minister of Transportation (Land & Air) - Phillipe Mardok Plantanne

Minister of Revolutionary Affairs - Raul Utile Corboz

Minister of Economic Affairs - Dr. Jacques Magdalene

Minister of Industry - Gerard Traduit Gallegos

Minister of Communications - Valerie Sanselle Labrun

Minister of Education - Mohammad Zinfalle

Religions

Nominally 86% Parsini prior to Corbeau assuming power; 14% Juma’ism.

Mateosia's main religion Parsini finds its roots in the Thadonian exodus that brought it to the Mateosian islands. There exists a minority religion of Juma’ism (followers are called "Juma’ist"). While sharing similar theological tenets as Parsini it differs in very distinct ways that have lead theological historians to propose that Juma’ism was the result of pre-Naccan influence of Thadonian sailors and missionaries on the original natives of the islands, that later developed a distinctly Misan identity. The characteristic feature distinguishing Juma’ists from followers of Parsini is the strict Juma’ist anti-technology stance.

Two key concepts for understanding Juma’ist practices are their rejection of Sharif (pride, arrogance, haughtiness) and the high value they place on Islam or "humility" and Salaam (Thadonian, meaning: calmness, composure, placidity) — often translated as "submission" or "letting-be," but perhaps better understood as a reluctance to be forward, self-promoting, or to assert oneself in any way. The willingness to submit to the Will of God, as expressed through group norms, is at odds with the individualism so central to the wider Tresedian/Orecalian culture. The Juma’ist anti-individualist orientation is the motive for rejecting labor-saving technologies that might make one less dependent on community; or which, like electricity, might start a competition for status-goods; or which, like photographs, might cultivate individual or family vanity. It is also the proximate cause for rejecting education beyond the eighth grade, especially speculative study that has little practical use for sea and farm life but may awaken personal and materialistic ambitions.

Not surprisingly, Juma’ism tends to be a faith found primarily among the descendants of the pre-Naccan Misan islanders, and those Mateosians living and working in rural agricultural and fishing communities.

Economy

Mateosia's economy has traditionally been dependant upon the fishing industry. It remained a highly isolationist country until the mid 20th century at which time it was forced to trade with other provinces in the Jackistani empire. Following the decline of Jackistani influence and later separation from Tresedia, continued political independence required a self-sustaining economy. Mateosian government welcomed the Orecalian umbrella of protection but worried that over-dependence on Orecal would lead to a loss of Mateosian sovereignty, essentially trading one master for another. As a result Mateosia has been historically reluctant to accept substantial economic aid from Orecal. This eagerness to retain economic independence led to what has come to be known as the Mateosian Fishing Boom of the 1970s – a period of historically unprecedented prosperity within the Mateosian islands resulting from seafood exports, primarily to Orecal. Despite signs of over fishing (manifested in decreased catch sizes) throughout the early 1980s, the Mateosian government ignored agro-economic projections coming out of both Orecal and Tresedia which predicted that at current Mateosian quotas the fishing industry had a shelf life of no more than twenty years. These predictions turned out to be conservative. Having over fished it's once-rich territorial waters and Mateosia was faced with the real threat of economic collapse by the early 1990s.

Unemployment surged and authorities feared a popular rebellion against the government should conditions fail to improve. It was in this darkest of times that another Mateosian hero arose. Revolutionary thinking on the part of one man – Jacques Magdalene, a committed nationalist, chairman of the Department of Economics at San Mateo University, and loyal supporter of Corbeau since the 1960s -- led to a recalibration of Mateosian industry away from fishing and agriculture and exclusively towards R&D and manufacturing becoming almost entirely technology-oriented. While some agriculture, particularly the farming of spinach and tobacco, has survived until today, Mateosia's main exports have continued to be electronics and cheap manufacture. Mateosia has begun to focus increasingly on military research and development and the export of military technology throughout the first decade of the 21st century.

No longer essential to Orecalian strategic interests (given the evolution of rocket and missile technology that made a Mateosian strategic foothold redundant), Mateosia has catered to Orecal's military technological needs over time in order to ensure continued military patronage. While there have been recent signs of diminishing hostility between Mateosia and Tresedia, and both countries have stated that they might one day consider trade relations with the other, the majority of Mateosian trade ( 76.3% of Mateosian imports, 67% of Mateosian exports) is conducted with Orecal.

Tresedia has imposed a trade embargo on Mateosia since 1967 which is, given Tresedia’s limited naval power, observed by very few countries other than Tresedia.


Geography

Location

Eight pacific islands, located off the coast of Tresedia, the main island, Tamanya, is located 12 km west of the Tresedian capitol Solegnasol.

Geographic coordinates

34°00′58″N, 119°48′14″W

Map references

West Bellica

Area

Island Area (Island mi² km²)

Arba’a 1.14 2.95

Wahid 14.57 37.74

Thalata 96.51 249.95

Ithnayn 83.12 215.27

Saba’a 56.81 147.13

Khamsa 22.75 58.93

Sitta 1.02 2.63

Thamanya 74.98 194.19

Mateosian Islands 350.89 908.79


water: 0 sq km


Land boundaries

total: 0 sq km

Maritime claims

Territorial Claims: 12nm

Contiguous Zone: 24nm

Exclusive Economic Zone: 200nm

Climate

In general, the islands have a Mediterranean climate year-round. Temperatures are relatively stable, with highs averaging in the mid-60s (°F) and lows in the low-50s. Winds are often calm in the early morning and increase during the afternoon. High winds may occur regardless of the forecast, especially on the outer islands, Ithnayn and Wahid (30-knot winds are not unusual). Arba’a, eastern Thalata, and Sitta Islands have more moderate winds. Dense fog is common during the late spring and early summer months, but may occur at any time. Ocean water temperatures range from the lower 50s (°F) in the winter to the upper 60s in the fall. Terrain: Rugged hills and mountains, with some rolling hills and plains. The significance of the Mateosian islands stems from the islands’ remote, isolated position at the confluence of two major ocean currents, a region of persistent oceanic upwelling, and the border of two tectonic plates. Mateosia contains examples of two biogeographical provinces in the ocean, the Orecalian and the Tresedian, and a dynamic transition zone between them. In a remarkably small area, the park harbors the biologic diversity of nearly 1,000 miles of the West Coast of Bellica. In addition to this diversity, park waters are also exceptionally productive. Swirling around the islands, cool, nutrient-rich oceanic waters rise into abundant sunlight and mix with warm coastal waters, accelerating photosynthesis and growth rates of myriad forms of sea life from microscopic plankton to blue whales. The Mateosian islands preserve some of the finest remnants of the coastal Mediterranean-type ecosystem in Bellica. The most endangered in the world, this type of ecosystem is found in only five places. The unique suite of plants and animals that have colonized the islands and their isolation over eons has resulted in the evolution of many endemic species and subspecies. The Mateosian islands are home to the most well-preserved archeological sites on the West Bellica coast, with more than 10,000 years of continuous human occupation recorded.


Natural resources

cobalt, nickel, iron ore, chromium, copper, salt, timber, silica, petroleum, arable land

Land use:

Arable Land: 27.63%

Permanent Crops: 6.54%

Other: 65.83% (2005)

Irrigated land: 100 sq km (2003)


Environment - current issues

air and water pollution; biodiversity loss; deforestation


Transnational Issues

International Disputes

Tresedia lays claim to the whole of the Mateosian Islands and their territorial waters, citing the 1924 Treaty of San Mateo as the basis of the historical authenticity of the Tresedian claim.

Trafficking In Persons

Mateosia is a source country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced child labor; Mateosia is a major destination for sex tourism, which largely caters to Orecalian tourists and involves large numbers of minors; there are reports that Mateosian women have been trafficked to Teton for sexual exploitation; forced labor victims also include children coerced into working in commercial agriculture

Illicit Drugs

territorial waters and air space serve as transshipment zone for Tresedia- and Urecal-bound drugs; established the death penalty for certain drug-related crimes in 1999

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