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|Republic of Acadia
République d'Acadie (French)
|Anthem: Le Chant des Girondins
(English: The Song of the Girondists)
A map of Acadia. No one knows why it looks like that.
|Official languages||English, French|
|Recognised regional languages||German, Latin, Serbian, Vietnamese|
|Species||Francterran High Penguins, Batavi High Penguins|
|Demonym||In French: Acadien (M), Acadienne (F)
In English: Acadian
|-||Vice President||Ryan Crosby|
|-||Founding of the Republic of Acadia||1999|
|-||Joining the Free Republic Union||2003|
|-||2018 estimate||Mainland Only: 4,948,848
With Other Provinces and Territories: 21,978,446
|-||2015 census||Mainland Only: 4,890,071
With Other Provinces and Territories: 21,269,139
|Currency||Circum, Acadian franc (
|Drives on the||Right|
|Calling code||750, 650, 250, 160|
|Flag of the Western Union|
|Treaties and Events|
|Summits and Conferences|
Acadia (French: Acadie), officially the Republic of Acadia (République d'Acadie), but also as the Acadian Republic (République Acadienne), is a sovereign island city state located next to the Antarctic Peninsula, consisting of the island of Acadia, along with a few smaller islands scattered in the Sub-Antarctic. The country is known for its good economy, high GDP Per Capita, technological growth, decently high population density, and its predominantly fit penguins and having among the lowest fat levels in Antarctica. Many of Rockhopper's relatives live in the country. It hosts the capital city of the Western Union, a politico-economic organization it is part of.
Acadia was originally settled by settlers from Francterre, who would continue to influence the language and culture of the country for hundreds of years. The country would briefly become an independent with heavy influences to the Ninja Archipelago, but was peacefully annexed into the High Penguin Confederacy for a few hundred years, before becoming a Puffish colony known as the Province of Acadia. Acadia fought for its independence from Puffle'and during the Antarctic Revolution with support from the Revolutionists on the mainland, and it was during this time that many influential figures in the country rose to power. The country established the Republic of Acadia after the war and become the minor power it is today.
Although a small country, Acadia has risen to the world stage in a matter of a few years, and has influenced many world events. With both an ambitious government and people, Acadia strives to be the dominant country in the world, a far fetched goal it strives to reach through its growing colonial empire. Acadia's entry to the powerful Western Union has only increased its ambitions, and the country wants to strengthen both itself and the Western Union. Unfortunately, Acadia's ambitions have gotten it into trouble with many powerful countries, notably the United States of Antarctica, after Acadia left the Antarctican-controlled Free Republic Union in a hostile manner as a show of force, known as "Acadexit".
Since taking office in 2015, Brant Esser has been an active president, but many actions of Acadia under his leadership have been very questionable for the sake and stability of the nation. Wishing for more involvement in Antarctic events, Esser made Acadia more involved in the Antarctic War on Terror, including getting involved in the Bow Tieland Crisis and encouraging the use of force to keep Macradonian citizens in line in an attempt to get more territory. He is also very notable for having led the way for "Acadexit" with a strongly worded speech, which many critics claim was a rash decision made because his best friend's brother, Joseph Crosby, wasn't elected or placed in the US government as Vice President in the recent election. The Telenacleship of Snowzerland had essentially been banned from Acadia after the Great Snowzerland Wars with extremely high taxes, but Esser reverted these actions after becoming President as he knew Swiss Ninja as a chick. He'd go on to officially adopt ToS as the government's service provider, and push for all Acadians to use it, despite it having worse service, after he ruined relations with the USA. One of the largest controversial acts under his leadership though was the passing of a "Mandatory Gun Law" that stated that every Acadian adult had to purchase a gun and a gun permit. Though Esser heavily supported this bill, claiming it would bring an end to crime and terrorism in Acadia, many were unhappy with this decision for many reasons, though the Acadian government eventually made permits free. The supreme court has refused to address any cases against the government about mandatory weapon ownership. Though crime has gone down in Acadia slightly, terrorism has still struck and the gun accident rate in the nation has increased exponentially. Many also have criticized Acadia's hatred for Dorkugal and East Pengolia, and claim they come from Esser's own personal vendettas.
However, Acadia has also seen some good changes under Esser's leadership. Although there have been blunders, Acadia's hunger for territories and colonies is still strong, and has only gotten stronger. Esser also led the nation into strong alliances by joining the Western Union, which have grown over the years making Acadia a prominent member of the Union, and with those alliances now serving as Acadia's main defense against the USA and any other potential enemies. Esser has also supported space colonization and major expansion of the nation's military, but other public funds and resources have had to be cut a fair bit to fund the changes.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Discovery and Rediscovery
- 1.2 Growth
- 1.3 Middle Ages
- 1.4 Francterran Rule
- 1.5 Puffish Rule
- 1.6 First Acadian Revolution
- 1.7 Province of Acadia and Second Acadian Revolution
- 1.8 Aftermath and Reconstruction
- 1.9 Expansion
- 1.10 The Great Yowien War
- 1.11 Frosian War
- 1.12 Western Union
- 1.13 Antarctic War on Terrorism
- 1.14 Leaving the FRU
- 1.15 Colonial Empire
- 1.16 Crisis of 2017
- 1.17 2027 Scramble for Power
- 2 Government
- 3 Economy
- 4 Currency
- 5 Culture
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Geography
- 8 Territories and Colonies
- 9 Transportation
- 10 Military
- 11 Trade
- 12 Relationships with other Nations
- 13 Trivia
- 14 See Also
Discovery and Rediscovery
The island that is now Acadia was first discovered by penguins during the Land of Lord Guin, but was never settled due to its perceived insignificance and small size. Over the next few hundred years, the island came under the rule of the Land of Asgard, and later the Peninsulan Slav'ens, but it was never settled either, though there is evidence that there may have been a military installation there in the past. After the Peninsulan Slav'ens came Damelaw, who never settled the island and didn't really care for it either, which allowed the first settlers to settle there.
The island was rediscovered by Francterran Viking Penguins from Francterre in 500 AD. They immediately started building houses, which grew to become a large village. They named the place Acadia, possibly after the name of a mythical place in Snowpriot legends. Soon, more penguins from the mainland came, and the island became more populated. Penguins started to move away from the town and create farms on the island, since the soil was good for farming. By 550 AD, a kingdom was founded and a King was crowned, establishing the Kingdom of Acadia, which lasted for 200 years.
In 750 AD, after about 200 years as an independent country, the High Penguin Confederacy, the new government in Antarctica, used their superior military power to peacefully annex the island. The High Penguin Confederacy was quick to make the island an important port, due to it's deep natural harbor. The island quickly became a stopover for merchants and traders, who would stop by and sell their goods. Due to its central location, traders from the Asiapelago, and Ninja Archipelago all came to the port to trade. It is said one could hear voices of ten different languages in the streets.
It was also during this time that the population rapidly grew, hitting around 120,000 in 1200, larger than Snä Vinn, the neighboring city to the north, which was the capital of the Province of Mhic Lonnai. This was considered a very large population for its time. This was contributed to by many factors, which included the lack of disease and famine, coupled by the rise of new medicine and farming techniques. There was also few wars and strife in the surrounding lands, which allowed trade to flourish. Many people, fleeing serfdom on the mainland, also fled to cities such as Acadia.
During the medieval period, Acadia was a county, a subdivision of a High Penguin Confederacy province, under the rule of the Esser family, the same family Brant is part of. To strengthen their rule, they built Acadia Castle, also known as Château Acadia, which would serve as their home, administration building, and fortress for the next 500 years. The medieval period was the time of most growth in Acadia, as the population nearly doubled between 1150 and 1200. The island became one of the largest and most important port cities in Antarctica.
During this time, Acadia's rapid growth meant it quickly became a regional power, with Acadia's navy being one of the largest and most powerful navies in the region at the time, which helped expand and protect their expansive trade routes. Though Acadia was under the rule of the High Penguin Confederacy, the island had a high degree of autonomy, and established connections with many countries. Acadia's vast wealth and power helped the Essers become one of the richest and most powerful families in Antarctica in the future, but had already been influential nobility back then.
In the early 1600s, Francterre, who wanted to create a series of trading posts around Antarctica, and had already colonized Crebbec in Calada, looked to Acadia to establish a foothold in Antarctica. At the time, the High Penguin Confederacy was undergoing internal struggles, meaning its power was weak, especially in the farther regions from the capital, such as the Antarctic Peninsula. In 1610, a Francterran fleet carrying 10,000 soldiers seized Acadia from the High Penguin Confederacy, overwhelming the High Penguin defenders, who were outnumbered five to one.
Although integration of the populace into the Kingdom of Francterre was difficult as with most conquered territories since the people had lived under the rule of the High Penguin Confederacy for hundreds of years, the fact that the population was ethnically Francterran and had retained close ties with Francterre made integration easier than with most newly conquered territories. Many of the things associated with Francterre that are prevalent in Acadia today are traced back to this period of Francterran rule, rather than from the original settlers from Francterre.
In the 1700s, during the Intercolonial Wars between Francterre and Puffle'and which was ongoing in Calada, Puffle'and invaded Acadia with a fleet carrying 15,000 soldiers and seized it from the Francterran defenders, who this time were outnumbered fifteen to one, as most had been sent to fight in the Ninja Archipelago. After the end of the war, Francterre was forced to recognize Acadia and its colonies in Calada as territories of Puffle'and. Acadia now became a Puffish colony, and the Puffish began trying to integrate Acadia into Puffle'and.
To prevent an attack in the future by either Francterre or the High Penguin Confederacy, the Puffish expanded the medieval city walls of Acadia. Because the Essers, the ruling family, were well liked by the populace, the Puffish kept them in power, but gave them Puffish titles under the control of the Puffish government. Though the Puffish originally tried to expel those who refused to submit to the Puffish throne, the Puffish eventually passed the Acadia Act, which introduced Francterran law to Acadia and recognized French as the language, similar to what they had done in Crebbec.
First Acadian Revolution
The Province of Acadia rebelled against Puffish rule in 1815, with rebellions first breaking out in the major cities and later spreading to the countryside. The rebels declared themselves an independent Acadian Republic free from Puffish rule, and had hoped for Francterran support, but the Francterrans declined to support the rebels, fearing another major war with Puffle'and. Without Francterran support, the rebellion was quickly crushed with the arrival of reinforcements from Puffle'and, and Acadia would not rebel again until nearly two hundred years later.
Province of Acadia and Second Acadian Revolution
Main Article: Acadian Revolution
In 1990, the communist organization STINC overthrew the Olde Antarctica regime on the mainland, instead establishing the communist regime of STINC-zachal in its place. This directly threatened Puffle'and and its colony of Acadia, which now shared its only border with STINC-zachal, and prompted Puffle'and to deploy 70,000 Puffish soldiers to reinforce the 40,000 soldiers that were already stationed in the Province of Acadia to deter an invasion. During this time, thousands began fleeing across the border into the Province of Acadia to escape from the communist rule of STINC.
Later that year, Puffle'and began making plans to invade Antarctica and free it from STINC rule, and began amassing troops in the Province of Acadia, its only territory bordering STINC-zachal, in preparation for an invasion. In August 1990, Puffle'and and the other allied forces launched a massive invasion into the Antarctic Peninsula, with around 200,000 soldiers invading from the Province of Acadia. After a few months of brutal fighting, the entire continent came under Puffish rule, and the Puffish established Colonial Antarctica on the mainland, which lasted until 1999.
During Colonial Antarctica, Puffle'and allowed Acadia to keep it's current status, and penguins living in Acadia or had Acadian passports, which allowed them to stay where they were, weren't shipped to their respective colonies. However, the island was still taxed, which angered the Acadians, who now wanted independence from Puffle'and. In March, peaceful protests began, but it turned to war when Puffle'and sent in the military, who opened fire on the protesters. By April, when the revolution on the mainland began, Acadian rebels had taken the southern half on the island.
In 1999, when the Antarctic Revolution started, the new Republic of Acadia, which had been recently established, began to the rest of Antarctica, sending soldiers and supplies. With most Puffish soldiers in the Yowien Archipelago, Freezeland, and present day Polar District and the surrounding area, Acadia was able to take over a large section of the Antarctic Peninsula, nearly separating the northern part of the Peninsula with the rest of the USA. After one year of fighting, Acadia, along with the USA, Freezeland, and other republics, had gained independence.
Aftermath and Reconstruction
After the the war, Acadia was left almost completely destroyed. Because they could not hold such large territories, Acadia handed over Shiverpool and the surrounding territories to the USA, a decision they would regret in the future. People were leaving fast, since Acadia went from 3,500,000 in 1990 to 3,200,000 by the end of the millennium in 2000. To rebuild, the government hired thousands of builders from many different countries. By 2005, almost all the buildings destroyed were either fixed or rebuilt. Many penguins started to move back, and Acadia slowly recovered.
In 2002, when the USA invaded Archet, and the War of 2002 broke out, Acadia joined the side of Freezeland and Puffle'and as they were closer with the two countries then. After the war ended, a year later, in 2003, in order to secure protection and trade rights, the young country was one of the original countries that joined the Free Republic Union, restoring good relations with the USA. and establishing connections with countless other countries. With help from the Free Republic Union, Acadia managed to rise up onto the Antarctic stage by the end of the decade, becoming a major driver in the FRU.
That same year, Acadia also supported Republican Snowiny in the Snowinn Civil War, an extremely unpopular decision among both government officials and citizens alike, who felt Acadia was too young and still recovering to be involving itself into different foreign conflicts. Still, the then President Greg Cleanington joined the war on the side of Republican Snowiny, who correctly predicted that Snowiny would make a good ally and trade partner in the future. With the help from Acadia and other countries, Republican Snowiny was able to win the war and recover afterwards.
In 2005, as Acadia was starting to finish up its reconstruction, an ambitious Greg Cleanington set out to find colonies, to expand Acadia's influence, to find new places for Acadians to live in, as Acadia was getting crowded, and partially to compete with the imperialist countries. In March of that year, the Acadian government purchased an island from the Snowinian government known as Gilneas, which was small and sparsely populated, with room for growth. Acadia invested heavily in the colony, encouraging citizens to move there and building infrastructure.
In 2010, Acadia celebrated it's tenth anniversary of founding, which was celebrated with much fanfare and excitement. After finishing two terms, President Greg Cleanington announced that he would retire from the position of the presidency, an act that shocked or disappointed many Acadians, who wanted him in the position for life or for a longer period of time, as he had played a major role in the Colonial Antarctica War and Acadian history. Also that year, Acadia acquired their second colony, Alexandria, which they annexed through referendum, and began developing that as well.
The Great Yowien War
The Acadian government was rumored to have been sympathetic to the Feey regime before the April 2013 UAN Resolutions, with the leaders of both nations having made state visits to each others' countries in the past, and Acadia and Yow both had a trade agreement with each other as well. In a speech in 2012, Acadian President Dominic Smith reportedly called Yow "an Acadian ally", which was later criticized after the war. After the UAN resolutions in April, which Acadia abstained to, Acadia, like most countries around Antarctica at the time, stopped trading with Yow, leaving the country isolated.
During the Great Yowien War, many Acadian politicians and the president at the time, Dominic Smith, often condemned the war crimes by Shops and its allies, but denied ever actually supporting Yow politically for fear of harming their relations with Shops and its allies. Some Acadian politicians wanted to aid Yow in what they saw as an unfair violation of international law, but Dominic Smith's military advisers quickly ruled that any aid of Yow would've ended in the total destruction of Acadia by Shops and its allies, and thus Acadia provided no aid to either side.
Acadia did offer the former King of Yow, Feey1 Pie, and his family asylum in a highly controversial decision after he was captured but after his trial in South Pole City he was instead sentenced to live in Maverick due to its isolation, as Feey living in Acadia would've been considered a risk since Dominic Smith was sympathetic to Yow. However, Acadia did accept around 200,000 Yowien refugees fleeing the war in Yow, and Acadia and its colonies are home to the second largest Yowien population outside the Yowien Sea, after the United Provinces, which has a population of around 400,000 Yowiens.
At the beginning of the Frosian War, Acadian military bases in and out of the country were put on high alert, especially those in Alexandria and New Caseusopolis, since they were both located close to where many of the first invasions in the war had taken place. Acadian military advisers were fully aware that the small country had to chance of winning against the much larger Puffalia, and Acadia hoped that it could stay neutral to prevent its vulnerable colonies from invasion. However, the Acadian reserve forces and national guard were still mobilized in case of an invasion.
Despite Acadia's declared neutrality, Puffalian forces invaded the Acadian colony of New Caseusopolis with around 50,000 soldiers, while New Caseusopolis was defended by around 12,000 Acadian soldiers. President Dominic Smith had hoped to deploy a fleet of about 20 ships and 4,000 soldiers to aid in the defense of the colony, but were not able to reach there in time due to a major Puffalian presence in the Asiapelago. However, despite the odds, the Acadian force was able to defeat the invading Puffalians, and New Caseusopolis remained in Acadian hands for the rest of the war.
That same month, the Puffalian-Western War broke out in Penland and the Terra Federation, with the Western Union fighting against Puffalia and Little Penland, which was supported by Puffalia. Because of Penland's proximity to Acadia and the Terra Federation's proximity to Fort Cheese, respectively, Acadia was called to act. Keeping with his promise to not join what he saw as a war that Acadia would neither benefit nor make a major difference in, President Dominic Smith chose to only provide aid in the form of weapons, supplies, and funding, without deploying soldiers.
In April of 2015, Acadia joined the Western Union at the same time as Caseuspolis, after weeks of talks with the then leader of Snowiny, Robert Smith. Acadia had fostered good relationships with the main country in the union, Snowiny, since the Snowinn Civil War, and the countries had been good friends. Membership in the Union immediately boosted Acadia's military and economic power, as it increased trade with powers such as Snowiny, Margate, and the Terra Federation and also established relations with Amataria.
In early 2016, the Western Union new capital talks were held in Acadia, with Western Union leaders meeting in Acadia to decide a capital for the Western Union. Acadia was one of the candidates nominated to be the capital, though the Acadian delegates themselves instead supported an island in the Puffepelago to become the capital. However, at much negotiations and voting, Acadia was chosen to become the new capital. Construction on the Western Union Capital District began soon afterwards and finished in early 2017.
Antarctic War on Terrorism
Since February 2015, Acadia became involved on the counter terrorist side of Antarctic War on Terrorism. Originally, a small force of around 500 soldiers was deployed to Penland, mainly to aid the local Snowinian forces in providing security to the major cities in Penland, but after terrorist attacks were carried out in Acadia in March that year, along with a Little Penland offensive, Acadia sent an additional 4,500 troops to Penland to participate in active offensives against Little Penland, bringing the Acadian forces in Penland to 5,000 soldiers by 2016.
Acadia also aided in the invasion of Macradonia with Snowiny, being the second largest contributor of troops after Snowiny, after terrorists staged a coup d'etat in the country, overthrowing the absolute monarch in the country, the King, and sending the country into chaos. The subsequent invasion by the combined counter terrorist forces ended with Macradonia being divided into combined Acadian and Snowinian occupation zones. After around five months of control, threats of war from the UAN and USA forced Acadia and Snowiny to retreat from Macradonia.
Acadian troops remained in Penland for over three years, aiding the Snowinian troops in defeating Little Penland, but also launched offensives of their own which beat back the Little Penland terrorists. The Acadians were particularly distinguished in urban warfare, and won several battles in the major towns and cities of Penland during the war as well. After Little Penland was mostly defeated by 2016 and the war was declared as over, Acadian troops remained in Penland for an additional two years, conducting peacekeeping operations and helping rebuild, before officially pulling out in 2018.
Leaving the FRU
For seemingly years, since they had joined the Western Union, Acadia had a growing distaste towards the USA and the Free Republic Union. In November 2016, after the Presidential Election was over, President Esser and various members of the Acadian Parliament didn't like that Megg and Happyface141 had been elected into office, and the distaste boiled over. After some discussions with their allies in the Western Union, Acadia and Dragonstone's parliaments both agreed to leave the FRU (seemingly ignoring the referendum from earlier in the year), much to the dismay of the USA and others. Most of the international community believes that the departure is due to President Esser's distaste towards the USA for not electing his Vice President's brother (Joseph Crosby) as the President or VP of the USA. While many nations responded to the news, President Spike Hike addressed the FRU by saying:
|“||It's sad to hear that Acadia has chosen to leave the Union because they dislike the results of our democratic election. However, we respect their opinion, and I hope that their friends in the Western Union take as good of care of them as we have since our soldiers fought side-by-side with theirs in the Epic Revolution. Alas, while we all may be saddened, their departure can make our bonds stronger, all we've done is let go of the weakest links in the chain that is the Free Republic Union, and without them we can further prosper!||”|
— Spike Hike
Days later, after Acadia threatened military action against the USA, a heavy border patrol was set up along the US-Acadian border with troops from other areas of the USA being relocated to the Antarctic Peninsula. In addition, Acadia was formally removed from the SABER route, severing a part of its income. However, most ships that stop by Shiverpool also still dock in Acadia as part of their normal routine that has been going on for years. Meanwhile, large protests and riots took place all over Acadia, calling this a violation of democracy.
|“||President Esser's decision... to just, ditch the referendum the Acadian people had a few months ago... is dangerous and is not good for democracy. The people of Acadia democratically voted against leaving the Free Republic Union, instead the Acadian parliament overruled the people's decision, throwing out insults at the President-Elect of the United States, claiming the election was rigged because a highly unpopular right wing politician didn't win, and... sexism and bigotry was a major part in this too. We are very disappointed to hear these news coming from Acadia, a highly developed country with democratic institutions, and a fellow member of the Western Union. We are saddened to hear of these developments, and... we will just, stand here and... hope for the best.||”|
|“||President Esser's sudden decision to withdraw from the Free Republic Union, while constitutional, is a reflection on President Esser's unprofessionalism in national affairs by his failure to draw a line between foreign diplomacy and his personal political wishes. While one would certainly prefers a friend to win, his childish actions against the United States are deserving of criticism since they are motivated by the fact that Mr. Crosby failed to secure a victory in the election. These actions represent his failure to respect the wishes of the Antarctican voters. What's even more regrettable is the fact that the majority of the Acadian Members of Parliament appears to be burdened by this unprofessionalism, as they were the ones voting for their country to leave the Free Republic Union, in direct contradiction to the will of the Acadian people, who showed their will in the public referendum just a few months ago. This decision is also a failure on the part of the majority of the Acadian MPs in representing their constituencies' will, instead they are more influenced by the fact that a relative of the ruling elite lost the election.||”|
|“||Acadia's withdrawal from the FRU is very clear, and it's because of the fact that Mr. Crosby, whose brother is a high-ranking government official in the Acadian government, failed to secure the Presidency of the United States. This decision is flawed from the beginning because it is saturated in the unhealthy grease of cronyism.||”|
The Acadian colonial empire was founded almost overnight, with a few agreements between Acadia and Francterre transferring many of Francterre's colonies to Acadia. In 2004, Acadia, which had colonial aspirations, purchased the colony of Francterran Hindia from Francterre, as the country was in debt after the multiple wars it had gotten itself in during the reign of Naples Bon-Appetit. After Alemania invaded Francterre in 2006, an Acadian fleet surrounded the undefended territory of South Annam and established Acadian rule to keep them from falling into Alemanian hands.
By 2010, Acadia had a vast colonial empire for its small size, which allowed the country to be quite wealthy, as it benefited from the resources of the colonies. However, the Acadian government also attempted to improve the quality of life in the colonies, building infrastructure, factories, and homes, and establishing many social programs as well. Acadia began colonizing a small island located between the United States of Antarctica and the UnitedTerra in 2010 called Tyrosh, but the colony was renamed to New Caseusopolis in 2012 after Caseusopolis was founded.
From early to mid 2015, Acadia, in a joint operation with the then Kingdom of Snowiny, invaded and occupied Macradonia, splitting it into Acadian and Snowinian occupation zones. After the UAN and the Bow Tie Alliance threatened to invade Acadian Macradonia and the United States of Antarctica threatened to invade Acadia itself for its actions, Acadia surrendered the territory hours before the landing of Bow Tie Alliance soldiers. This event is still extremely controversial in Acadia today and Acadians are still resentful of Dorkugal for their involvement in the war.
Acadia had long began pursuing space exploration and travel since the Great Space Race of 2013, but the country's politicians were more concerned with the events around Antarctica, and the space program was often underfunded. However, after the election of Brant Esser in 2015, who had promised that Acadia would improve its space program and found a space colony, more funding was allocated towards the space program, allowing for Acadia to build its first colony on the Moon in 2018. Acadia has plans to expand its colony on the Moon, along with plans to found more extraterrestrial colonies.
Despite being a republic, Acadia still has many imperialist tendencies, and desires to conquer smaller nations and make them into territories, though they aren't powerful enough to do so. In the past few years, Acadia has shown an interest in annexing the Maps Union, Okan, Hailvale, among others. Both political and military experts, however, have ruled that any move to annex the countries will end in disaster, as they all have powerful allies. Acadia also desires to conquer their enemy, East Pengolia, and make it into a territory as well.
Crisis of 2017
Relations between Acadia and the United States of Antarctica began souring after the Bow Tie War in 2015 and worsened in 2016 after Acadia left the Free Republic Union in a vote which the United States of Antarctica considered undemocratic. Tensions continued to escalate after Megg and Happyface were elected as President and Vice President of the United States of Antarctica, respectively. Antarctican troops began to be moved to the border after the Acadian government implied attempting to "restore democracy" in the United States of Antarctica, which most thought meant invasion.
After Acadia threatened Dorkugal and East Pengolia in 2017, Happyface gave a speech to the South Pole Council in which he implied that Acadian sovereignty was a threat to peace in Antarctica, and created the United Antarctica Pact of Justice to combat Acadia, which shocked Acadians and caused much panic in the country. In light of the recent developments, the Western Union congress of that year resulted in Margate threatening to leave the WU during the Marxit Crisis, due to a proposal to create a WU army which Margate believed Acadia was using them as a meat shield.
It seemed that war was imminent for Acadia after the United States of Antarctica moved 70,000 troops from around the country into various positions in and around Shiverpool, the closest Antarctican city to Acadia, along with the Antarctican-Acadian border. The Acadian president, feeling abandoned by his country's allies, called a urgent meeting of the country's top military advisers to see how Acadia could stand in an invasion. Around 80,000 Acadian soldiers, consisting of 40,000 active soldiers and 40,000 reserve, were deployed around Metropolitan Acadia to defend the country.
For hours, the United States of Antarctica continued to move troops from around the country to in and around Shiverpool while Acadia began amassing troops at the border and built defenses around the country. President Brant Esser made desperate phone calls to Acadian allies both in and out of the Western Union, but he received no definitive answer from any country. Later that night, however, the Dragonstonian Prime Minister, Jacob Olmsted, responded by saying he would stand with Acadia, and sent 20,000 soldiers and 15 ships to help defend Acadia.
After the Western Union finally agreed to stand by Acadia, along with international pressure and pressure from the Western Union, and negotiations between the two countries, Antarctican troops began to leave their positions, returning to their military bases around the country. The Dragonstonian troops returned home and the Acadian reserves dispersed as well. A crisis that had occurred during the past few weeks and threatened to bring devastating war to Antarctica had finally ended, but Antarctican-Acadian relations remain tense to this day.
2027 Scramble for Power
As the Shopper political climate began to grow increasingly unstable in the 2020s, thousands began to flee Shops Island and seek asylum in foreign countries to escape the inevitable war. Despite Acadia's less than friendly relationship with Shops Island, the country accepted thousands of Shopper refugees in 2026, vowing not to send a single refugee back to Shops. Although Acadia did not do so out of hospitality or love of the Shopper people, they intended to settle many of the refugees in the more sparsely populated colonies to grow the population.
After the fall of Shops, many imperialist nations began to invade the former Shopper colonies, taking them for their own. The Acadian government wished for a piece of the fallen Shopper Empire as well, and the Acadian military high command began to make plans for an invasion of a colony, but in the end the high command saw the plan as too risky, for it could provoke a war against a larger imperialist country, and plans for such invasions were scrapped. Additionally, the Acadians couldn't have invaded the former colonies in the first place as they were protected by the Western Union.
However, despite Acadian imperialist ambitions, under the orders of President Brant Esser, 15,000 Acadian Foreign Legion troops were deployed to Moon Island after it was founded to protect the newly founded republic, due to Esser's friendship with Penstubal, who was one of the leaders of the country. Acadia was one of the first countries to recognize Moon Island and announced that they would protect the country from any other imperialist power that attempted to claim one of the former Shopper territories in the aftermath of the Shops Civil War.
As Shops was a major and powerful country, its fall left a large power vacuum which many nations in Antarctica began attempting to fill. Acadia was no exception, and while it wasn't able to annex any former Shopper territory, it began increasing trade with many of Shops' former trading partners. Unlike most countries around Antarctica, Acadia rarely traded with Shops Island, especially after their relations began to deteriorate in 2018, and was thus able to emerge after the 2027 Scramble for Power almost completely unscathed economically.
Although Acadia had been closely allied with Snowzerland before, the Acadian public became increasingly disgusted with Snowzerland for its bombing of Shops Island, and the Acadian President Brant Esser was also personally appalled and shocked at what his childhood friend had become. Acadia followed the example of many other countries around Antarctica in distancing themselves from Snowzerland, leaving the country even more isolated than before. This continued until after the Snoss Civil War, when a different Snowzerland was established, and Acadia began interacting with Snowzerland again.
Acadia is a semi-presidential republic, with a president, elected every five years alongside the vice president, as the head of state, a Prime Minister as head of government, and a Parliament to make the laws. The President, who is voted in directly by the Acadian people, appoints the Prime Minister, who in turn appoints the cabinet ministers with the approval of Parliament. Additionally, the President handles most of the foreign policy, acting as Acadia's representative in international politics, and is the Commander-in-Chief of the Acadian Defense Forces as well.
The Acadian Parliament is a unicameral legislature with 99 seats, and five non voting seats, one from each colony. These seats, known as the "Colonial Members of Parliament", can nominate people for positions and suggest new laws, but cannot vote. Members of Parliament hold their position for 2.5 years, until their seats are up for election again. The Acadian Parliament has the ability to make laws, approve Supreme Court justices, and declare war, though the President has veto power, which however can be overturned by a two-thirds vote in Parliament.
The third branch of government is the Judiciary, with the Acadian Supreme Court as the highest level court in both Acadia and its colonies. Cases make their way up to the Supreme Court from courts throughout Acadia, the twelve Supreme Court justices rule whether a law violates the Acadian constitution. The Acadian court system consists of two courts, the civil court, which deals with civil matters, and the criminal court, which rules on criminals and lawbreakers. Acadian courts use the Francterran civil law system instead of Puffish common law used by the United States of Antarctica.
The dominant party in Acadian politics is the Conservative Party, a center right party which has dominated Acadian politics since the country's founding, with the second largest party being either the center left Liberal Party or the right Nationalist Party, depending on the current political climate. Other major parties include the center Acadian Freedom Party, far left Socialist party, which was briefly suppressed, right Libertarian Party, and far right Fascist Party, which has seen a rise in recent years.
The Acadian government consists of multiple departments which handle a different issue in the country. The heads of these departments are nominated by the President and approved by Parliament to serve on the Presidential cabinet.
- Ministry of Agriculture
- Ministry of Colonial Affairs
- Ministry of Culture and Communications
- Ministry of Defense
- Ministry of the Economy
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Energy and Mining
- Ministry of Environmental Protection
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
- Ministry of the Interior
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Transportation
- Ministry of the Treasury
|Number||Name||Length of term||Rank of Approval/Popularity||Prime Minister(s)|
|1||Greg Cleanington||January 15, 2000 - January 14, 2010||1||Pierre Tremblay (2000 - 2005), Dominic Smith (2005 - 2010)|
|2||Dominic Smith||January 15, 2010 - January 14, 2015||2||Laurent Tailler|
|3||Brant Esser||January 15, 2015 - Incumbent||3||Ryan Crosby|
The President of the Republic of Acadia is the head of state head of government, and also the commander-in-chief of the Acadian Defense Forces. The president also has the power to create executive orders, which won't need to pass through Parliament, although executive orders are very rare and can be overturned by the Supreme Court if found unconstitutional. The president also has the power to veto bills made by Parliament. Besides that, most of the time, the President is often a representative in Acadia's foreign affairs, such as meetings of the UAN and Western Union.
To be eligible for being President, a candidate must be born on Acadian soil, be a citizen, and live in the country for at least five years. To include to that, the candidate must have held a previous government position, and have served in the military, so that they will be capable of being commander-in-chief. A candidate must also know about politics, economics, and international issues to be President, but there isn't a law stating so. A term is five years with no term limits, and in order to be impeached, there must first be a 2/3 vote of no confidence, and then a popular election.
The penguin rights situation in Acadia is considered poor by observers from around Antarctica, and has mostly stayed more or less the same throughout the existence of the Republic. The amendments of the constitution of the country notably left out the right to freedom of assembly, speech, and the press, with the justification that the young republic was too unstable and weak for anti-Acadian activists to voice their opinions and endanger the country's sovereignty. However, the delegates to the convention did write that certain rights would be implemented "when the time is appropriate".
The Acadian government has pursued an anti-communist policy throughout its existence, and since the founding of the Republic of Acadia, communist parties and demonstrations have been banned. Any speech or expression that "endangers the morality, sovereignty, and stability of the Republic", as the Constitution puts it, is prohibited as well, and thousands have been arrested under this since the country's founding. Protests and demonstrations require a permit from the government, meaning that unauthorized protests have often been shut down by the Acadian police.
Violators of said laws are often considered to be rebels and traitors, and are usually sent to one of the remote prisons in the colonies, where conditions are extremely harsh and have been criticized as well. However, the Acadian government usually allows for first time offenders whose crimes aren't considered to be harsh are allowed the option of attending a few sessions of "Patriotism Class" in return for their record being cleared, which has also been criticized as nothing more than indoctrination of people to loyalty towards the Acadian government and state.
In May 2018, thousands of Acadians took to the streets without authorization to protest against the current state of their country, becoming the largest movement against the regime since its founding. The protest quickly grew out of control, leading to riots in some parts of the country, and required the intervention of the Acadian military before it was shut down. With about 53 killed and many more injured in the Acadian military crackdown on the protests, both the domestic and international reactions to the crackdown led to the start of democratization later that year.
Acadian police have also been accused of use of unorthodox methods of interrogation against suspects, particularly suspected terrorists in foreign countries. This was seen during the Bow Tie War and the occupation of Macradonia, where the Gendarmerie were accused of torturing suspected terrorists for information. A 2017 report stated that these acts have not been committed against any Acadian citizen, but only against foreign citizens suspected of being terrorists. However, Acadian citizens have been known to be locked up in harsh conditions in Acadian prisons in the colonies.
Acadia has a growing and stable economy and is considered one of the economic powers in Antarctica despite its small size and population, with the country having the 22nd highest GDP in Antarctica, at 6.543 trillion Fish, and a high GDP per capita as well. As the capital of the Western Union, Acadia is also home to many WU financial institutions, which gives the country some influence over Western Union economic policy. Despite the country's small size, some have considered Acadia one of the most economically powerful nations in Antarctica due to its influence over WU economics.
Despite the country's economic power, multiple events, including the Bow Tie War, the country's attempted colonization of Macradonia, and the after war reparations forced on them by the United States of Antarctica nearly bankrupted Acadia, sending the country's economy on a downward trend since 2015 that has only started going up again in the recent weeks of 2018. This downward trend was changed in part due to financial aid from the member states of the Western Union, but also because of the Acadian government's investment in the colonies, many of which were rich in natural resources.
Agriculture was a previously an almost non existent sector of the Acadian economy, due to the lack of farming land on the Acadian mainland after the country began to grow in population. The other Acadian colonies at the time, Alexandria, Gilneas, and New Caseusopolis, were all too small and densely populated for farming of any kind, and as such almost all food grown in Acadia was grown in greenhouses or "vertical gardens". The two most recently acquired colonies however, Alinor and Myr, both have enough space for growing crops, lessening Acadia's dependence for food.
As with agriculture, mining barely existed in Acadia until recently, as the Acadian colonies of Alexandria, Gilneas, and New Caseusopolis were too small for any reserves of precious metals to exist. After Alinor was settled, however, small amounts of gold and silver, along with large amounts of other metals were discovered beneath the ground, which led many mining companies to establish themselves in the colony, and creating a mining sector of the economy. Since joining the Western Union, Acadian companies have been allowed to utilize mines in other countries.
There are many restaurants in Acadia, with many of those being expensive restaurants due to Acadians having an overall high income that allows for them to eat out at restaurants often. The island has few fast food chains, and for those that exist, the food they serve has to follow strict government rules, which contributes to Acadia having one of the lowest Fat levels in Antarctica. Many restaurant chains such as Eastshield Fried Fish, Frys Chalet, and Veggie Emporium have also opened stores in Acadia, with other chains like McDoodles being limited in Acadia.
Manufacturing is one of Acadia's main sources of income, with the country having many factories to produce a variety of goods that are either used directly in Acadia or exported to foreign countries. Some of the items the country produces include, but are not limited to, textiles, vehicles, and weapons. Arms manufacturing is a major part of the manufacturing sector, with Acadia being a major arms producer in Antarctica despite its small size and population, and the country often sells weapons to foreign countries across Antarctica, mostly its allies.
Acadia has a relatively low unemployment rate of 4.3%, a number that is gotten slightly higher over the years due to the state of the economy, which has been going down throughout the past few years. Recently, however, the country's unemployment rate has begun to go down again due to the country's membership in the Western Union, which has helped grow the economy. Acadia also has many immigrant workers working in Acadia on a work visa, mostly from other countries in the Western Union, but also from the Ninja Archipelago as well, with a few from the United States of Antarctica.
Acadia has one official currency, the Acadian franc (AF), one of the variations of the Francterran franc, which was used by Francterre before switching to the Club Penguin Gold Coin. One Acadian franc is worth 2.5 USA Fish due to inflation in the USA. All currency is controlled by the Department of the Treasury, which also distributes and prints banknotes and mints coins. Unlike many countries, the Club Penguin Gold Coin is not a legal tender, though many government officials want to make it so in order to open up trade with other countries.
Outside Acadia, the Acadian franc is used in a few countries, namely the member states of the Delphi Pact, which all use the Acadian franc. Acadian francs were a legal tender and widely used in many Free Republic Union countries, and the USA until Acadia left the FRU in 2016. As of 2018 the Acadian franc is a legal currency in most of the Free Republics but not the USA. However, many Western Union countries have also began to use the Acadian franc since the country joined the organization in 2015. The Acadian franc is now one of the main currencies in the Western Union.
After lengthy discussions and debates in Parliament, the Circum, the currency of the Western Union, was adopted as a legal tender in Acadia, making it one of the two legal tenders in Acadia, after the Acadian franc itself. The adoption of the Circum as a legal tender put an end to most of the debate to make the Club Penguin Gold Coin a legal tender, a debate that has been going on since almost the creation of the currency. Acadian politicians hope that the Circum can reverse the downward trend of the economy by allowing for more efficient trade with the other member states of the Western Union.
The culture of Acadia is derived off of the culture of Metropolitan Francterre, with Acadia being the only country on the Antarctic mainland where French is an official language, but hundreds of years of separation from the mother country along with influence from Puffle'and and the mainland, most recently from the United States of Antarctica, have resulted in a distinct Acadian culture that continues to have Francterran roots. The idea of an Acadian people began to rise in popularity in the later years of Puffish rule, and culminated in the Acadian Revolution in 1999, which resulted in Acadia gaining independence from Puffle'and.
Acadians are often fiercely protective of their culture and have been often been considered extremely nationalistic, and many Acadians have admitted that they are nationalists as well. Acadia's constitution has multiple mentions of the government and certain laws existing in order to protect and preserve the country's culture and sovereignty, and the country also has a Ministry of Culture to preserve the Acadian culture as well. The ideals of morality and sovereignty are highly valued and there are multiple mentions of those two words in the Constitution as well.
Acadia's main sport is soccer, known as football in Ninja Archipelago nations. In Acadia, the term football and soccer can be used interchangeably, with the football played in the USA called "Antarctican Football." The second most popular sport in Acadia is hockey. Acadia has national and international teams for both sports, as well as a few others, such as baseball and basketball. The Acadian Sports Association (ASA) owns and controls all the teams, with smaller associations such as the Acadian Football League (AFL) and the Acadian Hockey League (AHL) being branches of the organization. Acadia also competed in The Olympics, and plans to compete in the 2018 UGFA Championship.
Acadia's music, like culture, is highly influenced by Puffle'and, Francterre, and Freezeland, particularly Francterre. French language songs are usually played over the radio, and modern French language songs, originating from either Crebbec or Francterre, are popular in Acadia. However, English language songs are still popular, and many of the top songs produced in nearby Club Penguin are heard frequently in Acadia, as with the rest of Antarctica. Acadian artists have also been known to make their own songs as well, both English and French language songs.
Acadia is relatively ethnically homogeneous, and immigration is strictly controlled due to the small size of the city-state, which is also densely populated. Fat isn't very common is Acadia, since strict government guidelines force businesses to make their foods healthier, and most fast food restaurants don't exist in Acadia. About 99% of Acadians are literate, and the entire population either speaks English or French, with most of the population speaking both languages. Other languages such as German, Latin, and Serbian are also spoken by the population as well.
| Largest population centres of Republic of Acadia |
Largest cities of the Republic of Acadia
|Rank||City name||Territory|| Pop.
|10||Port Dairy||New Caseusopolis||125,986|
Due to its small size, immigration to Acadia is a long and difficult process, and Acadia accepts few immigrants each year. Most immigrants in Acadia come from either Alemania, Candvia, Francterre, or the United Provinces, with people from those countries making up the largest ethnic groups in Acadia. Under the Acadian Constitution, any person of Acadian descent will be automatically given Acadian citizenship if they apply for it. Dual citizenship is also allowed, meaning an Acadian citizenship can hold citizenship in another country as well.
Most of the population in Acadia, around 70%, are ethnically Francterran High Penguins, who first settled in Acadia around 500 AD. Other common ethnic groups include Alemanians, Snowinns, and Candvians, with Alemanians being the largest minority in Acadia, at about 20% of the population. Almost all of the puffles in the country are pets, something that often strains relations with Puffle'and and though it doesn't have law forbidding free puffles like Furshire does, free puffles are frowned upon, partially because of the Acadian government's displeasure towards Mabel.
Puffles are one of the most diverse animals in Acadia, with many different colors. Puffles can be bought at branches of the Pet Shop in Acadia, and since Acadia doesn't have a system like Club Penguin, non members can buy them. Because of this, many nonmembers buy different color puffles in Acadia where they are able to do so and bring them back to Club Penguin. EBUL has often shown their disapproval for this, but as it is fully legal under both Club Penguin law and EBUL rules and regulations, there is nothing they can do to stop this.
The Acadian school system, controlled by the Ministry of Education, is very similar to the Antarctican school system, leading many in both Acadia, the United States of Antarctica, and some Francophone nations to joke that "it's the Antarctican school system but in French". Acadian law states that all Acadian students are required to attend elementary school (école elementaire), which goes from kindergarten to fifth grade, middle school (école moyenne), which goes from sixth grade to eighth grade, and high school (école haute), which goes from ninth grade to twelfth grade.
On the other hand, post secondary school, such as college or university, are optional, though most Acadians choose to take at least two years of college. Final exams in Metropolitan Acadia, administered at the end of every semester in high school, average around 90%, among the highest test scores in Antarctica, with slightly lower numbers in the colonies, though they are still very high. Students in Acadia attend around 200 days of school per year, a number that varies between the school districts in both Metropolitan Acadia and the colonies as well.
Colleges and Universities
Acadian colleges and universities are considered some of the most prestigious universities around Antarctica for their high graduation rate and ability for students to find a good job after their graduation. The country has a larger amount of higher education institutions ranked in the top fifty than most countries around Antarctica, and many foreign students come to Acadia to study in the universities. Below are listed some of the most known universities in Acadia, and many of these universities are on the top fifty list of higher education institutions.
- National University of Acadia
- Acadian Institute of Technology
- Acadian University of Trades
- Acadian Management University
- Greg Cleanington University
- University of Delphi
- Smith University
Due to the abundance of well paying jobs in Acadia, the government usually only accepts welfare applications from disabled individuals and military veterans, among other exceptions. The Acadian government watches the welfare distribution system carefully in order to ensure that no one attempts to cheat the system. The punishment for cheating the welfare system is that the individual has to pay back all the money they took including a 25% fine, or about five years in prison if they cannot pay, but overall, cheating the welfare distribution system is rare.
The two official languages of Acadia are English and French, with both of them being used officially, both in the government and among the public, and there are three recognized regional languages, which are sometimes used. English and French are both mandatory subjects in schools, and as such, most Acadians are bilingual, and most signs and markers in Acadia are listed in both and French. However, English is more often used in the government and formal business agreements, as English is a much more spoken language in the Antarctic.
Acadia's three recognized regional languages are German, Italian, and Latin, which are spoken by a small majority living in some of Acadia's districts. Aside from English and French, the two official and most commonly used languages, German is one of the most commonly spoken languages, and it is not uncommon to hear German being spoken in the street. Italian has also become a more prevalent language in recent years due to a small population of Ligurians, and Latin has also been used by an increasing population of Candvians.
The Republic of Acadia consists of two large islands, Acadia, which is about 250 square miles, and dozens of smaller islands scattered around the area which are inhabited by small populations. Most of the islands are mostly flat, with a few small hills, many of which have been flattened in recent years as urbanization takes place. Strangely, the island somewhat looks like Margate City Island for an unknown reason. Due to the islands being small, there are no major lakes or rivers, with the exception of the small Delphi River.
Due to its location on the Antarctic coast, Acadian seasons are slightly colder than other places in the mainland. Still, winters in Acadia are still milder on average than most places around Antarctica. The island gets a lot of snow in the winter, though less than in some parts of the Antarctic, and depending on how cold the weather is, it can snow in the fall as well. Additionally, Acadia gets rain a lot, often raining throughout most of the year when it isn't snowing. This has caused flooding issues in the past, but the government has taken measures to prevent flooding.
Territories and Colonies
The Acadian mainland can be divided into three distinct areas; Acadia itself, a small group of islands, with the main one, also called Acadia, separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by a small strait; Formenos, another small group of islands just southwest of the Acadian islands; and Stepstones, another chain of islands to the far south outside of the Sub-Antarctic Sea. Together, these three island groups make up the "Metropolitan Acadia", and comprise most of the country's population, with Acadia itself having the most people, followed by Formenos and Stepstones.
Meanwhile, there are four colonies, which make up most of the country's land area and a majority of the population. Since there is little empty land in Metropolitan Acadia, the colonies are used to harvest natural resources, for farming, and to relieve overpopulation in Metropolitan Acadia. Acadia has four colonies, Acadian Lunar Colony, Acadian Hindia, New Caseusopolis, and South Annam, which are all less densely populated than the Acadian mainland, and make up a large part of the economy, with many of Acadia's industries being centered in the colonies.
The Acadian colonies have no representation in the Acadian Parliament, and little direct representation in Acadian politics in general, which has ignited calls for more representation in the Acadian government in the past few years. There have also been additional calls for more home rule and for the colonial populace to elect their own governor rather than a governor being appointed from Acadia, but the Acadian government has repeatedly refused both terms. However, in 2018, each of the colonies was allowed one non-voting seat in the Acadian government.
|Territory||Population||Land Area||Capital||Local legislature||Leader|
|Metropolitan Acadia||4,890,071||279 mi²||Delphi||Parliament||Brant Esser|
|Acadian Lunar Colony||157||N/A||Lunar Base 1||N/A||Charles Delacroix|
|Acadian French Servers*||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Acadian Hindia||882,105||186 mi²||Arikanmedu||Colonial Assembly||Alvin Reveles|
|New Caseusopolis||305,453||144 mi²||Port Dairy||Colonial Assembly||Alejandro Estrada|
|Tyrosh||15,191,353||25,281 mi²||Bai Gau||Colonial Assembly||Louis Villeneuve|
* = funded but not administered by Acadia
Previous Territories and Colonies
- Acadian Macradonia - Acadia briefly occupied Macradonia during the early months of 2015 when the Nexonan Nationalist Movement, a terrorist group, had taken large parts of the country and almost overthrew the government. In a joint invasion with Snowiny, Acadia quickly restored order on the island, and held it as a colony for a few months. In May 2015 the Bow Tie Alliance invaded the island and Acadia surrendered the colony, but not before they had harvested and transported out millions of dollars worth of oil and gold.
- Shiverpool - Acadia held Shiverpool for a few months after taking it from the Puffish during the Shiverpool campaign of the Acadian Revolution. Shiverpool and its surrounding lands became part of the newly founded Republic of Acadia for a few months, until Acadia was pressured to give it back to the USA after the war. Because of this, there have been calls in Acadia for Shiverpool to be given back to Acadia, claiming that it is rightful Acadian territory.
Air travel is a common form of travel in Acadia, since many penguins travel on business trips, or vacations, and prices are very inexpensive. Many penguins like to fly with Virgin Acadia due to its very good safety record and inexpensive flights. For this reason, the Acadia International Airport is one of the largest airports in Antarctica, and can accommodate large amounts of passengers. However, the breakout of the Antarctic War on Terrorism, travel has significantly decreased, due to fear of terrorist attacks, but travel increased again after the war ended.
Cars are the most common way to travel in Acadia, and some car companies operate factories in Acadia where many cars are produced for the rest of Antarctica to drive. It is estimated that every family in Acadia can afford at least one car due to their income, and most can afford two, but choose not to due to the densely populated island that causes a lot of congestion. Acadia receives most car imports from countries like Alemania, Japaland, South Joseon, and the USA, but recently has been importing cars from fellow Western Union countries as well.
Up until recently, Acadia's space program, the Acadian Space Organization, or ASO, was small and underfunded by the government, which had little interest in space, instead focusing on Antarctic and domestic affairs instead. However, recently, the government has grown interested in space travel, with goals to establish space stations and possibly a colony in space. Under the Space Travel and Research Improvement Act, which was passed by Parliament in 2015, the government poured in large amounts of funding into the ASA, in the hopes of increasing Acadia's involvement in space.
The Acadian government expected to launch five spacecraft, two space stations, and three satellites, into space, and hoped to found a space colony on the moon in 2018. These goals were met by the end of 2018, with two spacecraft launching into space in January 2018 and founding the Acadian Lunar Colony, Acadia's first extraterrestrial colony, while the rest of the space craft, space stations, and satellites were launched later. In light of these successes, the Acadian government hopes to expand its operations in space, including the founding of a second extraterrestrial colony.
Travel by sea, whether by cruise ship or ferries to the nearby islands for tourists, leisure sailing, or shipping goods into the Port of Acadia, is a common form of transportation, as Acadia is an island. Many citizens often enjoy going sailing or fishing during the holidays as the surrounding seas are calm and often patrolled by the Acadian Coast Guard, which prevents pirates and other criminals from roaming the seas. The Port of Acadia, one of the largest in Antarctica, sees dozens of ships and thousands of containers travel in and out per day, and is a source of income for the country.
Buses are often common in Acadia and sometimes preferred over cars since buses are more efficient in navigating the often congested roads and highways in the densely populated island. Many roads, mostly those in the downtown area of Delphi, have a bus lane where cars are forbidden to use so that buses have priority, ensuring the efficiency of the bus system. Like its rail counterpart, the bus system is also subject to strict government guidelines and common inspections by government health inspectors to ensure its cleanliness, which is renowned across Antarctica.
Rail travel is very common, as there is an expansive subway system with stations throughout most of Delphi, the capital, and some parts of the island as well. The trains are relatively inexpensive to use, with the tickets being inexpensive, and many use electricity to run, so that they don't emit pollution, while those that use fossil fuels are very efficient. Most trains in Acadia are known for their cleanliness due to strict government guidelines and often common inspections by government health inspectors to ensure that the trains are clean to use.
Main Article: Acadia Highway System
Acadia's highway system is a complex network of major highways spanning the island, and the government has continually been pouring funds into the highway system, meaning it is well maintained and up to modern standards. Despite the highways' efficiency and modernity, the highways can be extremely congested at times, usually during the rush hour. In fact, the border crossings between Shiverpool and Acadia are considered the busiest border crossings in the world, as commuters from both sides travel to the other side each morning.
The Acadian and Antarctican governments attempted to build a third bridge to reduce congestion, for which construction began in 2015 and was planned to finish in 2018. The Bow Tie War, however, delayed the construction, as construction completely stopped when Antarctican troops began lining up along the Acadian border and during the Acadia Crisis when the United States of Antarctica almost invaded Acadia. Construction finished in 2019, and the opening was attended by the Acadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who stated that it was a first step in mending both countries's relations.
Main Article: Acadian Defense Forces
The Acadian military (Forces de défense acadiennes) is considered a powerful force for the country's small size, and has around 210,000 active soldiers as of 2017, including troops recruited from the colonies. Additionally, the Acadian reserve forces and national guard have an additional 110,000 soldiers, including the colonial reserve forces and colonial guard. Acadia's military swelled from around 150,000 soldiers in 2015, when Brant Esser came into the office of president, to 210,000 in 2017, in part of the military expansion acts passed by Parliament.
The equipment of each of the military branches have improved in part to the Acadian entry to the Western Union, which consists of most of the military's foreign suppliers, in 2015. The army has a large amount of armored vehicles, troop transports, tanks, artillery, and self-propelled artillery, the navy has multiple dreadnoughts, destroyers, cruisers, submarines, and other watercraft, along with around five aircraft carriers that were built with foreign aid under the 2007 Navy Expansion Act, and the air force has multiple helicopters, bombers, fighter jets, and other aircraft.
Since 2010, the Acadian military also began recruiting members from the colonies to serve in the Acadian Defense Forces. At first, the main purpose of these soldiers was to defend their respective colonies. Later, however, these units recruited from the colonies were deployed in Acadian campaigns alongside soldiers from Metropolitan Acadia with little to no distinction between the two, as they were considered full members of the Acadian military. As of 2018, around 105,000, or a little less than half of the soldiers in the Acadian Defense Forces are recruited from the colonies.
Additionally, the Acadian military has an additional unit known as the Acadian Foreign Legion (Légion étrangère acadienne), which is a unit consisting of foreign citizens serving in the military, although Acadian citizens are allowed to enlist, similar to its inspiration, the Francterran Foreign Legion. Recruits can apply for Acadian citizenship at the end of their deployment, which is two years. The Acadian Foreign Legion consists of about 20,000 soldiers and has been deployed in multiple different countries and sometimes colonies to protect Acadian interests around Antarctica.
Up until 2015, Acadia imported goods from the USA and other Free Republics, along with minor trade interactions with the Ninja Archipelago countries, but after Acadia's entry into the Western Union in 2015, the Acadian economy was introduced to a new market, the Western Union countries. Western Union goods began flowing into Acadia, while Acadian goods began flowing to the Western Union countries. Acadia's main exports and imports have shifted from the USA to the United Provinces, Margate, and Tropicalis, the most powerful countries in the Western Union economically.
- Cell phones
- Iron ore
- Cream Soda
Relationships with other Nations
Main Article: Foreign Relations of Acadia
- USA - Fair - The USA and Acadia have maintained good relations since the Antarctic Revolution, due to the multiple treaties signed between the two after the war. However, relations have begun to sour due to Acadia's hatred of Dorkugal, the Acadian exit of the Free Republic Union, and the communist-sympathetic Happyface141 becoming vice-president.
- Freezeland - Excellent - Freezeland and Acadia are very good allies since the both have a large population of High Penguins, and many Freezelandians live in Acadia. Their good relations are also due to the fact that they fought for independence together, and also because Acadia aided Freezeland in the War of 2002.
- East Pengolia - Horrible - Acadia hates East Pengolia for its communist government and constant threats. Because of this, the two countries refuse to trade, and Acadia has threatened to invade East Pengolia numerous times unless they improve their human rights record.
- Polaris - Fair - Acadia and Polaris never had much interaction in the first place, but their relations are sour after the Polarian Revolution when Acadia fought with the Free Republic Union. However, in recent years, Acadia has put its differences with Polaris aside. President Brant Esser has stated he is open to establishing relations with Polaris, despite their differences.
- Dorkugal - Poor - Acadian relations with Dorkugal have soured since the Bow Tie War. Acadia has threatened to invade Dorkugal, though the USA has said they will invade Acadia if they try to. In recent months, however, the Acadian government has expressed interest in repairing relations with Dorkugal for the first time since the Bow Tie War.
- Snowzerland - Excellent - Though the two countries before only traded and had few interactions due to a conflict of ideologies, the Acadian government sought help from the Snoss in 2017 when war with the United States of Antarctica seemed imminent, as the Snoss were the most powerful rival of the United States of Antarctica.
- Alemania - Fair - Acadia doesn't have much interaction with Alemania. Most interactions are done through Snowzerland, Alemania's ruler.
- Castilla - Fair - Acadia doesn't have much interaction with Castilla, although they plan on starting interactions, which is rather difficult because Acadia does not want to sour the already fragile relation with Snowzerland.
- Puffle'and - Excellent - Being their former colonial master, Acadia has good relations with Puffle'and, which trades with and protects Acadia. The two countries have since settled their grievances from the Colonial Antarctica War as early as the War of 2002, when Acadia allied with Freezeland and Puffle'and against the USA, which had attacked Freezeland.
- Calada - Great - Since Acadia has good relations with Puffle'and, the two are allies. There is much trade between the two countries.
- Liguria - Good - The budding friendship between the Acadian President and Ligurian leader originally led the two countries to come closer together, with the two countries establishing relations with each other since then. Acadia and Liguria occasionally trade and there has been talk for the two countries to create a military alliance with each other.
- Zhou - Poor - Acadia dislikes Zhou's communist government, and refuses to have any interaction with them. Their relations became worse when Acadia joined the Western Union, an enemy of Zhou.
- Shops Island - Fair - Shops Island usually ignores Acadia, but the two trade a lot. The Shoppers think they are quite nosy, and don't like it when Acadia tries to involve itself with everything.
- North Joseon - Horrible. - Acadia dislikes North Joseon's poor penguin rights and communist government and has, like many other countries, installed sanctions.
- Amataria - Fair - Before Acadia joined the Western Union, they had no relations with Amataria. However, Acadia has now begun interactions with the country, although they disagree with Amataria's fascism, though that has changed recently as far right politicians begin to grow more popular in Acadia.
- Dragonstone - Excellent. Both countries frequently trade, and Acadia has been arranging for Dragonstone to be in the Western Union, which finally happened in early 2018. Dragonstone was the first and only country for a long time to announce their support of Acadia during the threat of war from the USA, despite Dragonstone having no capability to hold against the USA. Acadian President Brant Esser thanked the Dragonstonians for their support, calling it "the bravery of the Dragonstonian people to stand against injustice".
- Margate - Excellent. Due to both countries being part of the Western Union, the two countries trade often and conduct military operations together, with the two countries fighting alongside each other during the Antarctic War on Terrorism. Margate did threaten to leave the Western Union over Acadia's threatening of East Pengolia in the Marxit Crisis, which temporarily damaged their relations with Acadia, but the two countries quickly repaired their relations.
- Ed Island - Neutral - Ed Island tends to ignore the city-state, rarely interacting outside of trade. However, as a High Penguin majority country, Acadia is often cold towards Ed Island due to their harsh and brutal treatment of High Penguins, and Acadia has asked the UAN to pressure Ed Island to improving its penguin rights record.
- United Provinces - Excellent - There is a saying in Acadia that goes "Acadia has only two good friends - the Pacific Ocean and Snowiny". The two countries have outstandingly close relations and Acadia considers the United Provinces its most important ally. There is also a very powerful and wealthy Acadian lobby in the United Provinces, consisted of individuals or groups who are united in influencing the foreign policy of the country to be more favorable to Acadia. There is a monument to Brant Esser in Winsburg. Acadia supported the Republican side in the Snowinn Civil War, and the United Provinces and Acadia are both members of the Western Union.
- Caseusopolis - Good - Because of they are both in the Western Union, Caseuspolis and Acadia are very closely allied together. Since Caseusopolis's military is weak and small, Acadia stations some troops in Caseusopolis and the neighboring island of New Caseusopolis, an Acadian colony, to defend the small country. Caseusopolis ships Acadia multiple kinds of cheeses for a lesser price in exchange for military equipment from Acadia.
- Candvia - Excellent - A close ally of the United Provinces, which is a close Acadian ally, Candvia naturally has good relations with Acadia, with the two having a military alliance often trading. Recently, as Candvia prepares to enter the Western Union, the two countries have gotten closer to each other, and a small Candvian population lives in Delphi, leading to Latin becoming a recognized language in Acadia.
View from other nations
When Acadia was first founded, despite recognizing Acadia as a country, most countries around Antarctica expected the city-state to last about a year, due to its lack of natural resources and weak military. With the United States of Antarctica warring with different countries around Antarctica to take more land at the time, Acadia was expected to be conquered or voluntarily join the USA within a few months. However, the Acadian President at the time, Greg Cleanington, allied with many powerful countries, which ensured the survival of the small city-state.
Despite being a small country, Acadia participated in the War of 2002 alongside its allies Freezeland and Puffle'and, against the United States of Antarctica, which was trying to take Freezeland. For the first time, Acadia showed that it was a formidable country, quickly taking the city of Shiverpool and some sections of the Antarctic Peninsula with aid from Puffle'and. Acadian forces again showed their military prowess during the Snowinn Civil War, when they aided Republican Snowiny against Nationalist Snowiny. This eventually led to Acadia gaining more respect and prestige among the countries of the Antarctic.
However, since it's founding as a country, Acadia has received a lot of criticism and condemnation from many nations around Antarctica for its penguin rights abuses, though the Antarctic community took little action against Acadia, if at all. However, the 2018 arrest of Hockey Manlet, a notable critic of the Acadian government, began to be known around Antarctica, and many countries began pressuring Acadia to democratize. The Western Union also threatened to suspend Acadia from the union if it didn't democratize, and with that, the Acadian government began to democratize.
- It's geographic features are based on that of Singapore's.
- It is somewhat based on the real Acadia.
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