Raingate

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Flag of Raingate
Flag
National Symbol of Raingate
National Symbol
Motto: "Let It Rain"
Anthem: "Raining Diamonds"
Location of Raingate in Outernatia
Location of Raingate in Outernatia
Capital Solitude
Official languages
Ethnic groups
  • 95.5% White
  • 3.8% Asian
  • 0.7% others
Demonym Raingatian
Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional principality
• Prince
Louis Tomlinson
• Prime Minister
Karren Brady
Legislature Order
Formation
• Grand State of Solitude
1750
• Princeland Realm
1801
• Principality of Raingate
13 March 1851
Area
• Total
261,625 km2 (101,014 sq mi)
Population
• 2015 estimate
10,562,333
• Density
40.13/km2 (103.9/sq mi)
HDI Increase 0.925
very high
Currency Raingate Pound (£) (RFP)
Time zone RST (UTC+9)
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Drives on the left
Calling code +55
Internet TLD .rg

Raingate (Afrikaans: Reënhek) is a sovereign state. It is bordered by Lettuce in the north, Gandhara in the east, Frostfall in the south and by the Artemitic Sea in the west. It has a population of around 10.5 million people making it Outernatia's 12th-most populous nation, and has an area spanning 261,625 km² (101,014 sq mi). The official languages are English and Afrikaans, and Japanese is recognised as a regional language.

Raingate is governed under a form of constitutional monarchy, with the current monarch Prince Louis Tomlinson as head of state. Although Prince Louis is a constitutional monarch, he wields substantial political power and influence. The country is officially bilingual at provincial level with the official languages being English and Afrikaans.

Raingate consists of 9 provinces; Princeland, Sunshine Coast, Auridon, Winterhold, Cambria, The Vale, Alik'r Desert, High Rock and The Rift. Its capital city Solitude, located in Princeland, is one of the most urbanised cities in western Outernatia and is an important global city and financial centre with an urban population of 1.5 million. Raingate also has three overseas territories; Queensland, Raingate Ocean Territory and Dawnguard & Duskfall.

Raingate ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality, prosperity and human development. It is the founding member of the Outernatian Union.

History[edit]

Grand State of Solitude[edit]

Princeland Realm[edit]

Principality of Raingate[edit]

The Principality of Raingate was established on 13 March 1851. The Winterhold Republic decided to remain in union and officially became part of Raingate. A monarchy was adopted after the Status of Raingate referendum in March 1851 which asked citizens whether Raingate should become a single republic or adopt a constitutional monarchy. Adopting a monarchy won the popular vote with 87% and Prince ??? was selected to become monarch and head of state as he was already an influential political figure who was passionate about the nation and was anticipated to be a unifying force for the country as social unrest was feared after the absorption of Winterhold.

Politics[edit]

Prince Louis Tomlinson of Raingate

The basic political system in Raingate is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary system with Prince Louis Tomlinson as the head of state. The monarch has "the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, and the right to warn". The Constitution of Raingate is "unwritten" and consists mostly of a collection of written sources, including statutes and judge-made case law, together with constitutional conventions and customs. As there is no technical difference between ordinary statutes and "constitutional law", the Raingatian Order can perform "constitutional reform" simply by passing Acts of Order, and thus has the political power to change or abolish almost any written or unwritten element of the constitution. However, no Order can pass laws that future Orders cannot change.

Government[edit]

Raingate has a unicameral government know as The Order and it meets in the Royal Chambers of Solitude, Princeland. All bills passed are given Royal Assent before becoming law. The position of prime minister, Raingate's head of government, belongs to the person most likely to command the confidence of The Order; this individual is typically the leader of the political party or coalition of parties that holds the largest number of seats in The Order. The prime minister chooses 8 members within their party and appoints each of them as a leader of one of the 9 provinces of Raingate. By convention, the prime minister is always the leader of Princeland Province. The prime minister and the appointed leaders in The Order are formally appointed by the monarch to form the government of Raingate. Conventionally, the Prince respects the prime minister's decisions of government and has never overruled laws passed by the Order.

Karren Brady, prime minister of Raingate.

The current Prime Minister is Karren Brady, who has been in office since Raingate's general election on the 15 April 2010. Brady is the leader of the Raingate Conservative Party. For general elections, each of the 9 provinces in Raingate are split into several constituencies each representing a seat in The Order. The total number of constituencies and therefore seats in the Order is 155. The people in each constituency elect a single Order Member (OM) by simple plurality. The party with an overall voting majority (more seats than all the other parties combined) following an election forms the government. If no party has an outright majority, parties can seek to form coalitions with other parties until an overall majority is achieved. General elections are called by the monarch when the prime minister so advises. The Parliament Act 2010 requires that a new election must be called no later than 5 years after the previous elections.

The Royal Chambers of Solitude, location of the Parliament of Raingate.

The Raingate Conservative Party is Raingate's main political party and represents the Raingatian values of socialism and civil liberalism. The other main parties include the Centre-Left Covenant, the Afrikaans Alliance, the Green Party, the Winterhold National Party and the National Front.

Political System[edit]

Legislative power is vested in the Order of the Raingate which consists of 101 members. Majority approval from members of the Order is needed to pass legislation.

The members of the The Order are elected every 5 years. The 101-seat Order is elected directly through the proportional representation system whereby each constituency elects a set number of members to represent them in the Order. The number of constituencies, and therefore order members, per province is determined by the population density within that province. For example, the most populous province of Princeland is split into 25 constituencies (or seats) in The Order, while the least populous province of The Rift 3 representatives in The Order in comparison.

Following the most recent general election in June 2015, the current prime minister is Karren Brady of the Raingate Conservative Party. The majority of The Order is made up of members from this party.

The Order of Raingate
Raingate parliament map.svg
Party Name Seats
Raingate Conservative 54
Centre-Left Covenant 26
Afrikaans Alliance 10
Green 5
Winterhold National 3
National Front 3
Total seats 101

Demographics[edit]

Provinces[edit]

Raingate is divided into 9 provinces each governed by a leader, who is appointed through the mutual agreement between the Price and prime minister of Raingate. Each province is further split into several constituencies which are run by local authorities who are in turn governed by the The Order of Raingate in Solitude. These local authorities work on local matters within their constituency and serve as intermediaries between the main governmental province leaders.

Map of Raingate Political.png
Flag Province Capital Population Area
Princeland flag.png Princeland Solitude 3,005,581 44,598 km2
Sunshine Coast Flag.png Sunshine Coast Azure Bay 1,956,923 36,538 km2
Florem flag.png Auridon Florem 1,252,499 26,668 km2
Winterhold flag.png Winterhold Winterhold 1,242,411 47,087 km2
Cambria flag.png Cambria Breton 912,476 29,846 km2
Blackreach flag.png Alik'r Desert Sentinel 799,413 21,393 km2
The Vale flag.png The Vale Valenwood 751,145 33,175 km2
High Rock flag.png High Rock Daggerfall 376,497 7,077 km2
The Rift flag.png The Rift Riften 214,326 15,243 km2

Overseas Territories[edit]

Flag Territory Capital Population
Queensland.png Queensland Port Louis 51,062
Raingate Ocean Territoru flag.png Raingate Ocean Territory Port Elizabeth 35,093
Dawnguard & Duskfall.png Dawnguard & Duskfall Dawn Harbour 5,225


Languages[edit]

Raingate's official languages are English and Afrikaans. English is spoken by 98.7% of the population with an estimated 68.6% of those being monolingual English speakers. Afrikaans is spoken by an estimated 24.4% of the population. According to the 2015 census, English and Afrikaans are the first languages of 76.9% and 21.3% of Raingatians respectively. Over 98.8% of Raingatians have working knowledge of English while 30.1% have working knowledge of Afrikaans. Under the Official Languages Act of 2010, both English and Afrikaans have official federal status throughout Raingate, in respect of all government services, including the courts, and all legislation is enacted bilingually; although the use of English is far more common.

Japanese is recognised as a regional minority language. In the 2015 Census over 14% of the population said they had "some knowledge" of Japanese with 5% stating they are fluent. Alik'r Desert province has the highest concentration of Japanese language speakers with 29% of people stating they could speak Japanese fluently.

It is compulsory for pupils to study English or Afrikaans as a second language up to the age of 18 in Afrikaans and English languages schools respectively in Raingate.

Languages spoken fluently by population/province
Province Total population English % Afrikaans % Other languages %
 Princeland 3,005,581 2,981,536 99.2% 1,039,931 34.6% 93,173 3.1%
 Sunshine Coast 1,956,923 1,939,310 99.1% 890,399 45.5% 91,975 4.7%
 Auridon 1,252,499 1,249,994 99.8% 288,074 23.0% 26,302 2.1%
 Winterhold 1,242,411 1,226,259 98.7% 265,875 21.4% 19,878 1.6%
 Cambria 912,476 911,563 99.9% 267,355 29.3% 8,212 0.9%
 Alik'r Desert 799,413 770,634 96.4% 140,696 17.6% 231,829 29.0%
 The Vale 751,145 739,877 98.4% 130,699 17.4% 51,829 6.9%
 High Rock 376,497 373,861 99.3% 58,733 15.6% 8,282 2.2%
 The Rift 214,326 209,396 97.7% 31,934 14.9% 24,004 11.2%
 Raingate 10,511,271 10,374,624 98.7% 2,564,750 24.4% 731,584 6.96%

Immigration[edit]

10 largest immigrant populations by country of origin 2015
Country Men Women Population
Frostfall Frostfall 359,822 312,486 Increase672,308
Kimmystan Kimmystan 151,531 132,468 Increase283,999
Thorway Thorway 28,392 21,843 Decrease50,235
Victoria Victoria 7,827 19,384 Increase25,124
Gandhara Gandhara 11,523 2,823 Increase14,346
Land of Jhe Freeh Jhe Freeh 2,423 6,734 Decrease9,157
Lettuce Lettuce 3,346 2,856 Decrease7,723
Waticania Waticania 3,283 2,694 Increase5,977
Tikata Tikata 2,534 2,019 Increase4,553
Folkloria Folkloria 1,724 1,645 Decrease4,271
Total immigrant population 572,405 504,952 Increase1,077,357

In 2016, there were 1,077,357 inhabitants of foreign background and their descendants (foreign born and children of international migrants) composing around 10.2% of the Raingatian population. Around 1,072,804 or 95% came from Outernatia and 4,553 or 5% came from Internatia. With the total population being 10,562,333; roughly 5.4% of the population were born abroad, 3.8% of the population were born in Raingate to two parents born abroad, and another 7% were born in Raingate to one parent born abroad. Resulting in 16% of the Raingate population being of at least partly foreign descent.

Geography[edit]

Raingate is located on the eastern coast of the western island continent of Outernatia and covers a total area of 261,625 km² (101,014 sq mi). It features many different terrain types; including forests, highlands and mountainous regions. The western coastal areas along with the south and central regions of the country are fairly low-lying, whereas the north features a high plateau know as the Alik'r Plateau that separates the north from the central areas. The west is dominated by highlands and mountainous areas. The highest point of Raingate is Death Mountain at 1,085 m (3,560 ft).

Death Mountain is the highest point of Raingate.

Climate[edit]

Raingate has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round. The temperature varies with the seasons and rarely drops below −15 °C or rises above 35 °C. The prevailing wind is from the west and brings frequent spells of mild and wet weather from the Artemitic Sea, although the eastern parts (particularly High Rock and The Rift provinces) are mostly sheltered from this wind due to the majority of the rain falling over the western provinces. The eastern parts of the country are therefore the driest year-round.

Continental windstreams bring hot summers and mild winters to the western provinces of Sunshine Coast, Auridon and Cambria; while ensuring milder summers and colder winters in the eastern provinces of The Vale, High Rock and The Rift. High Rock is particularly prone to significantly cold winters due to the mountainous terrain shielding the warmer oceanic wind streams. Summers are warmest in the south-east of Raingate, particularly in the provinces of Sunshine Coast and Auridon, the former of which is a popular tourist destination. Heavy snowfall can occur in winter and early spring on high ground, and occasionally settles to great depths towards the hills. Winterhold province is notorious in regards to fallen snow taking an excessive amount of time to clear due to the provinces expansive and low lying ground and mild climate.

Music of Raingate[edit]

M FEST[edit]

Internatia Song Contest[edit]

Outernatia Song Contest[edit]

Internatia Second Chance Contest[edit]

Junior Internatia Song Contest[edit]

ISC -1[edit]

Internatia Classical Music Contest[edit]

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