|Democratic Republic of Aonach|
Location of Aonach in Internatia.
and largest city
|Official languages||Aonachian, French and English|
|Republic Formed 20th century (1992)|
|450,217 km2 (173,830 sq mi)|
• 2013 estimate
|32.29/km2 (83.6/sq mi)|
|Time zone||FIT (UTC+3:00)|
|Drives on the||left|
Aonach, officially the Democratic Republic of Aonach, is a sovereign nation in South Internatia. Its mainland is bordered to the North and East by DPR Jindalea, to the West by St. Olaf and to the South by the Southern Ocean. It also completely surrounds the nation of Porielana.
Aonach is the seventh-largest in Internatia as a whole. With a total population of around 14 million, it is the eighteenth most-populous country in Internatia, and one of the least densely populated nations in Internatia. Aonach is a constitutional democracy organized in the form of a parliamentary republic with its capital in Láirge, the nation's largest city and the main cultural and commercial center .
Aonachian citizens enjoy a high standard of living, with the country performing well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, civil liberties, and human development. Aonach has been a member of the Internatian Free Trade Association (IFTA) since 2013. It enjoys good relations with all nations in Internatia, and enjoys close relations with its neighbours.
The name 'Aonach' comes from the Irish word of the same meaning, which is 'marketplace'. The origins of this name are thought to be linked to the formation of a market town on the river Gabhann in the 12th century. As this river exits Internatia through Aonach, it was thought to be a vital trading port for settlers in this area. The city of Láirge was developed in this very site.
Aonach is a mountainous nation, with the highest peak being Mont Cnoc, located in the state of Átha, in the north of the nation. The height of this peak is 5486 ft or 1672.13 m. This peak is located in the Chaîne Sléibhte, both the highest and longest range in the nation of Aonach.
There are three major rivers located in the nation, and two of these are considered vital rivers in the southern region of Internatia. Both of these exit Internatia through Aonach (specifically Béál) and into the Southern Ocean, and are therefore crucial to the Aonachian economy. The longest river is the Gabhann river, which Láirge is built on. The length of the river is 512 km.
As can be seen from the map, Átha lacks a major river in it's territory and as a result of the mountainous terrain and small size, it is the most sparsely populated state in Aonach.
As previously mentioned, the nation shares its borders to the North and East with DPR Jindalea and with Canedonia to the west. It completely surrounds, and indeed landlocks the nation of Porielana. Both nations share common cultural and linguistic ties, as well as a close political relationship.
Most of Aonach has a temperate seasonal climate in which humid northerly winds predominate. The climate is moderated by the Southern Ocean Drift. This warmer water affects the areas bordering the Sea; consequently in the south the climate is oceanic. Tikata gets an average of 721 mm (28 in) precipitation per year. Rainfall occurs year-round, with no obligatory dry season. Winters are mild and summers tend to be warm, temperatures can exceed 20 °C (68 °F).
The north has a more continental climate; winters can be very cold and summers very warm, and longer dry periods can occur. Central Aonach is a transition regions which vary from moderately oceanic to continental.
Aonach is a constitutional republic with a parliamentary system of government. The Oireachtas is the national parliament composed of the President of Ireland and the two Houses of the Oireachtas: Seanad Aonach (Senate) and Dáil Aonach (House of Representatives). Áras an Uachtaráin is the official residence of the President of Aonach, while the houses of the Oireachtas meet in Láirge.
The President serves as head of state, and is elected for a seven-year term and may be re-elected once. The President is primarily a figurehead, but is entrusted with certain constitutional powers with the advice of the Council of State. The office has absolute discretion in some areas, such as referring a bill to the Supreme Court for a judgement on its constitutionality. The current President is Caoimhghín MacRisteard.
The Prime Minister serves as the head of government and is appointed by the President upon the nomination of Dáil Aonach. All Prime Ministers that have served as the leader of the political party are the ones that gains the most seats in national elections. It has become customary for coalitions to form a government. The current Prime Minister is Emma Bartoli.
Aonach has a common law legal system with a written constitution that provides for a parliamentary democracy. The court system consists of the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal, the High Court, the Circuit Court and the District Court, all of which apply the law of Aonach. Trials for serious offences must usually be held before a jury. The High Court and the Supreme Court have authority, by means of judicial review, to determine the compatibility of laws and activities of other institutions of the state with the constitution and the law. Except in exceptional circumstances, court hearings must occur in public. The Criminal Courts of Justice is the principal building for the criminal courts.
Guardians of the Peace of Aonach, more commonly referred to as the Guards, is the state's civilian police force. The force is responsible for all aspects of civil policing, both in terms of territory and infrastructure. It is headed by the Chief Commissioner, who is appointed by the Government. Most uniformed members do not routinely carry firearms. Standard policing is traditionally carried out by uniformed officers equipped only with a baton and pepper spray.
Aonach tends towards independence in foreign policy, thus the country has a longstanding policy of military neutrality. The nation has strong relations with the nation of Nicolas' Neighbour, sharing a similar culture, as well as longstanding economic ties, despite the large distance between the two nations. Good relations are shared with the nations of Irdminia, Kaledonii, Ova Anova, Saint Eva & Lepland, as well as the nation of Tikata. Tikata shares close economic ties with Aonach, both being members of the Internatian Free Trade Association (IFTA) since 2013. Close relations with Aonach's neighbour, the DPR Jindalea, are reported, despite the differences in the two nations' government approaches.
Aonach comprises of four states. Each state has its own state constitution and is largely autonomous in regard to its internal organization. Each of these four states is divided into six counties.
Aonach has a modern, prosperous and developed mixed economy. The largest sector of the economy is services at 66%, followed by manufacturing and refining at 31%. Primary production is 2.9%. With respect to foreign trade, the key economic sector is manufacturing. The largest industries are electronics (22%), machinery, vehicles and other engineered metal products (21.1%), forest industry (13%) and chemicals (11%). Aonach is one of the most competitive economies in the world according to an Internatia Economic Forum 2013 report. The country also ranks as one of the highest in the world for workers' rights. It has the highest ratio of tertiary degree holders in Internatia.
The activities of multinational companies based in Aonach have made it one of the largest exporters of pharmaceutical agents, medical devices and software-related goods and services in the world.
The extensive road system is utilized by most internal cargo and passenger traffic. The annual state operated road network expenditure of around 1 billion Schilling is paid with vehicle and fuel taxes which amount to around 1.5 billion Schilling and 1 billion Schilling. Icebreakers enable shipping even during severe winters in the north of the country.
The main international passenger gateway is Láirge International Airport with almost 9 million passengers in 2011. L2 Airport is the second largest and around 25 airports have scheduled passenger services. The national and largest airline is Aonair.
Railway services are provided by Iarnród Aonach, which operates all internal intercity, commuter and freight railway services in the country. Láirge is the centre of the network with four main stations, linking to the country's cities and main towns.
With an estimated population of 14 million people in July 2013, Aonach is the 18th most populous country in Internatia.
Largest cities or towns in Aonach
Aonach National Census 2012