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| Federal State of Ed Island|
"Ehre und Ruhm für die Volk auf Edsland"
"Honor and glory for the people of Ed Island"
Land der Dunklen Wälder
I Vow to Thee
|Government||Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy|
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Blue represents Ed Island.
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Blue-Grey represents Ed Island's claimed ocean territories.
The Federal State of Ed Island (German: Bundesstaat Edsland) is a Constitutional Monarchy located within the Sub-Antarctic. The modern Ed Islandian state was formed in 1943 after the devastating effects of the Wulfen War. The country is an Elective Monarchy where the current Hierarch is elected from several of the major royal houses.
Ed Island does not posess a single, written constitution. However, the civil liberties and rights of its subjects are protected and upheld by a tradition of legal precedents and legislative statutes common to the nation that limits the authority of the governments. The country is governed by a unimarcarel legislature with an elected body known as the National Assembly. A second chamber exists known as the Elective Chamber, whose sole purpose is to convene upon the death of the reigning monarch and to elect the successor.
Once a continental superpower with influence reaching far across Antarctica, the end of the False War brought an end to Ed Islandian reach outside of its small circle of allies. The Bridgestadt Pact, while no longer the large military and political organization it once was, continues to be made up of its core members. Today, Ed Island is relatively non-interventionist compared to its allies, instead preferring to consolidate its power and alliances. As such, the nation has remained out of continental wars like the Great Yowien War or various Great Snowzerland Wars.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 2.1 Early History
- 2.2 1300s
- 2.3 1600s
- 2.4 1700s
- 2.5 1800s
- 2.6 1900s
- 2.7 2000s
- 2.8 Future
- 3 Geography and Climate
- 4 Economy
- 5 Politics and Government
- 6 National Symbols
- 7 Culture
- 8 Technologies Produced
- 9 Infrastructure
- 10 Demographics
- 11 Districts and Territories
- 12 Transportation
- 13 Military
- 14 Relationships with Other Nations
- 15 See also
The origin of the name Edsland lies in the nation's founder, Edward the Fair, who established the first Kingdom of Edsland in the 1300s. "Ed Island" itself is a mistranslated English form of the original name "Edsland," with the two both holding official name status within the government.
Evidence exists for an ancient civilization on Ed Island approximately around the time of the Babbelonian Empire. Known as Ancient Edgypt or Pengypt, little is known about this bronze age civilization other than the few archeological artifacts discovered. Skeletal graves discovered in 2015 shed light on the disappearance of this civilization, with evidence pointing to the Edgyptians dying out after a famine following crop failure.
The first records of the people who would later become known as the Nordlanders appeared in the 5th and 6th centuries, when the confederated Slav'en tribes of the Peninsulan Slav'ens began to drift apart and coalesce around groups of warriors and warlords, installing the latter as Petty-Kings of small fiefs. The group that later became the Nordlanders left the Antarctic mainland at this time and later discovered Ed Island. There is no known reason for the Nordlanders to have left their ancestral homelands, and it is commonly believed that it was related to overpopulation and conflict over the available fertile land.
The first permanent settlement was founded by a small crew of peasants and serfs living in the High Penguin Confederacy attempting to flee from their High Penguin lords in the early 14th century. The nature of this migration meant they were more-or-less under a central command. By the mid 1300s, they had settled into a system where nobles (whose titles had begun to be hereditary) set up small, independent polities and squabbled amongst themselves. According to Ed Island's foundational myth one of such nobles, Edward (later known as Edward the Fair), was the "King" of a small tribe in the southern plains (today the inner regions of Sudentor) who received a vision tasking him with uniting the island into a single kingdom (and later Antarctica) to prosper and thrive.
Edward and his tribe launched a series of campaigns against his neighboring kingdoms. By 1355, Edward had managed to subjugate or incorporate most of the realms immediately close to his, and thus proclaimed the Kingdom of Edsland in late 1356. Nonetheless, he had learned from previous kingdoms and spent the next several years consolidating and reorganizing his domains. Loyal families were rewarded with important holdings and his major vassals were tied to him by some of the most severe oaths known; in turn the nobles obtained the fealty of their inferiors and so on and so forth. Under his rule the tribes prospered.
His next round of conquests came in 1360, as Edward finally launched a campaign against the Nordlander-controlled highlands. Much like in the home lowlands, the unity of his forces and the superiority of his command allowed him to either conquer or assimilate his rivals with increasing tempo as each addition to his domains added to his power. Edward was also capable of performing a delicate balancing act with the loyalty of his men, as many of the ethnic Viking nobles resented the fact that their Nordlander rivals had been able to keep (and in some cases increase) their holdings and the latter had qualms about serving with or under "flatlands barbarians."
As a compromise, Edward changed the location of his capital, moving it from Dinsmarck to the site of Ivrea Bay, a location that straddled the borders between his two people and was also, quite significantly, a very important and historic site for the Nordland people. On this place, Edward decreed, all past, present, and future kings would reside. To commemorate the event he ordered the construction of Deinsteicht Castle and had himself crowned King of the Nordlanders, assuming the mantle of a dual king.
In the mid-1600s, a terrible plague swept across the island and reduced the population by almost half. Named the 30 Years Plague, the exact disease was never discovered and to this day remains a mystery. This plague caused island-wide famines as no traders dared to risk themselves until the disease virtually vanished three decades later as quickly as it arrived. Due to the existing stigma against them, High Penguins were blamed for bringing the plague to Ed Island, and were further shunned and hated in the nation.
One of the most notable victims of the 30 Years Plague was the final King of Ed Island, Conrad II. As a result of his sickly nature, Conrad II was known in contemporary literature as the Plague King and, due to his disfigured appearance, never appeared in public without his wrappings or distinctive mask. King Conrad became personally involved with ending the plague, and funded many hospitals throughout the kingdom to help its victims. An early form of germ theory was refined at this time, with doctors furthering their understanding of how diseases progressed. After his premature death in 1699 without any heirs, a crisis of succession erupted which was only exacerbated by the ongoing outbreak. As the kingdom became increasingly divided on how to handle the disease, several constituent states declared themselves independent until the Kingdom of Ed Island ultimately disintegrated. The following Ed States were made up of 18 monarchies or principalities and three free cities.
Following Conrad II's death, a gold statue with his likeness was commissioned and placed in Deinsteicht Castle. Colloquially known as the Golden King, its likeness became synonymous with Brückestadt (and later Bridgestadt) where it was featured on currency and banners throughout the city-state.
In 1706, Ed Island had narrowly avoided an economic collapse of the nation with the monetary help of the Pruscan monarchy, which directly placed the family in a position of leadership over the fledgling Ed States, uniting them as an outer dependency of the Holy Penguin Empire. Due to Ed Island's distance from the Ninja Archipelago and status under Prusca, it was never truly considered anything more than an outer vassal territory with little influence on the empire.
During this time, the Pruscan leaders funded several fortifications and port facilities throughout Ed Island, most of which remain in the present day.
After the collapse of the Holy Penguin Empire in 1812, delegates from each of the 21 states of Ed Island gathered in Dinsmarck in the Kingdom of Acher, where each of the states pledged allegiance to the Acher Monarch and officially formed the Ed Islandian Empire on February 19th 1812, later known as Unification Day. Ed Island was officially led by an Emperor who held authority over the other kingdoms, loosely modeled after the HPE. The country became a Constitutional Monarchy in 1848 after riots and protests were held in many major cities over the monarchy's power and the desire for citizen's rights.
In 1878, during the Franko-Pruscan War, Ed Island invaded the Frankterran dependency of the Comona Islands and "liberated it" as a territory of Ed Island. As the majority of Frankterran troops stationed in Comona were under-equipped second-line troops, the Ed Islandian Reichswehr had a swift victory in the islands largely in part due to their advance repeating small arms.
Snowjave became a territory of Ed Island in 1903, and later voted to become a state in 1911. Snowjave remained the only place in Ed Island where gambling was legalized, greatly boosting tourism to the state from all over Antarctica.
Khanzem War (1913)
- Main Article: Khanzem War
When the Khanzem War broke out across Antarctica, popular opinion across Ed Island favored the Khanzem regime due to its similarly Germanic culture and general distrust of High Penguins. While Ed Island was officially neutral during the early stages of the war, large amounts of weaponry, equipment, and other forms of aid were sent to Khanzem throughout the war, as well as the production of Khanzem small arms and other such equipment in Ed Island itself. During this time, Ed Island was constantly under threat of invasion by The Good Guys for use as a staging area against Khanzem, with whom Ed Island previously maintained positive relations with.
In 1916, an interventionist faction had begun to form within the National Assembly, which opted to support Khanzem more openly than before. Ed Island officially joined the Naughtzees after declaring war on The Good Guys on August 11th, sending troops to the front lines to attempt to break the stalemate.
While joint Ed and Khanzem troops began to slowly advance, the stalemate continued until Puffish troops rapidly advanced through the use of the first tanks. While Khanzem initially reacted by introducing large caliber anti-tank rifles, Ed Island attempted to copy the Puffish "moving bunker" in order to gain the same edge. The first Ed Islandian tank design, the Sturmpanzerwagen Oberwellow, was first introduced on the battlefield in early 1917, too late to have a lasting effect against the enemy advance.
When all seemed lost after the final advances of 1918 began to encircle Smackemsillyton, a plan to break out of the enemy's front was devised in order to prevent the capture of as many Ed Islandian and Khanzem troops as possible. Using an early version of what would later be known as Blitzkrieg tactics using tanks and aircraft to support ground troops, an armed advance of more than 600,000 Ed Islandian and Khanzem soldiers and armed citizens alike cut a line from the capital through the Snowman Empire towards the coast, where they would escape to Ed Island and make a final stand. Ed Island as the final remaining nation allied with Khanzem officially surrendered on November 19, 1918, twelve days after Khanzem itself.
The Treaty of Snome placed severe sanctions on Ed Island to limit its military capabilities, though many of these were (often quite publicly) ignored. The largest restriction was the ban on Ed Island tank production, after their effectiveness in "mobile warfare" were shown during the 1918 break out. Ed Island soon aligned itself with other former Naughtzee countries like Osterreach, Magyaria, and South Alemenia. Many of these alliances lasted well into the 21st century, with only the rise of Snowzerland disrupting them.
As a result of famines during the War - generally due to blockades or sinking of commercial merchant vessels - Ed Island opted to purchase the Straits Federation from Sherby Hoodwounds for a total of 40 million Thalers. Reorganized as the Straits Kingdom Autonomous Region, this territory would prove vital in producing crops for Ed Island due to the little land available for farming within the nation itself.
Throughout the 1920s and 30s, Ed Island became politically unstable with riots and violent confrontations occuring regularly between governmnent and other organized groups such as Communists and Wulfen. Much of this is attributed to elements within the country refusing to accept defeat from the Khanzem War and believing the imperial government to be weak. In 1934, as a result of nationalist and separatist the northern portion of Ed Island declared its independence and formed an unrecognized Neumenian Reich, led by Wulfen Party leader Friedrich Keller.
During this time, plans were drafted for a potential invasion and annexation of the Culldrome Isles due to their proximity and abundance of natural resources. The outbreak of the Wulfen War put an end to these plans, however, and this invasion ultimately never occured.
Civil War (1934)
- Main article: Wulfen War
After the formation of the Neumenian Reich, Wulfen troops began to invade Arlon and Bridgestadt, nearly flattening the capital city through the use of artillery and armored vehicles. The Wulfen War officially began in 1934 with fighting lasting until 1936, when a ceasefire was called due to the war developing into a stalemate. While neither nation officially recognized the other, this attempt was made to peacefully coexist with the 1934 borders intact. Both sides, fully intending on betraying the peace treaty, began rapidly expanding and modernizing their forces by developing technology such as semi-automatic rifles and jet aircraft. The ceasefire lasted until 1939, when a border confrontation in Arlon ended with the deaths of four Neumenians and two Ed Islandians In mid-1941, Lower Ed forces stormed Neumania though a beach landing from Acher, and successfully captured the Wulfen capital city of Hoffnung. Waldreich and Anfang soon fell, with the last remnants of Wulfen forces remaining in 17th-century stone fortresses within the Amber Mountains. The war officially ended in December 1942 after Keller was said to be executed by his own men who later surrendered, though his body was never recovered.
Unbeknownst to the rest of the country, the Wulfen secretly fled Ed Island (and the Earth) to their base on the Moon, where they remained undisturbed for almost 80 years. The majority of Neumenian forces who fled to the moon did so during the 1936 ceasefire, with most of the remaining forces consisting of conscripts and former Khanzem soldiers who took refuge in Ed Island after the Khanzem War.
Following the civil war, it was apparent that the current Ed Islandian government structure was untenable. On June 8, 1943, Imperial Ed Island officially triggered an internal Federal Law Review, transforming the nation into the Federal State of Ed Island. Each state had greater autonomy and influence than before, while the central government was reorganized into a unicameral legislative body.
Ed Laboratories was founded in the late 30s by famed scientist Dr. Pavelheer after the purchase of a large salt mine in eastern Arlon, initially for an arms manufacturing facility to aid the ongoing war effort. Reaching almost 4km below the surface, this mine was later converted into a vast underground research facility for all fields of scientific research. Ed Labs was the location of numerous important developments in teleportation and other scientific ventures, including the construction of Antarctica's first nuclear reactor in 1943. Ed Laboratories was often shunned by the international community for its unethical treatment of test subjects in experiments, such as splicing their DNA with that of a crab's or turning their blood into peanut water. Ed Laboratories became state-owned in the early 1960s, and today is the largest research corporation in the country.
Soon after the end of the Wulfen War, the Ed Islandian military proceeded with Project Nachtsonne, and unlocked the first Veil Society vault. Reverse-engineering of this technology allowed for a skyrocket in development in every field, allowing Ed Island to become the dominant technological power on the continent. Only officials with the highest clearances were aware that this technological advancement was due to engineering based on High Penguin mysticism.
False War (1945)
In 1942, Antarctica had been free from Khanzem control for nearly 30 years. As Ed Island was a staunch ally of the fascist regime, it had created a negative view of many other similarly nationalist governments, with the terms semifascist and Khanzemite coming into popular use in reference to these countries. In 1945, representatives from Ed Island, Osterreach, and Magyaria convened in Bridgestadt to sign the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation, later known as the Bridgestadt Pact. This treaty acted primarily as an economic and defense pact, where each nation would primarily trade with and defend one another. Over time, the Bridgestadt Pact expanded to include Castilla, South Alemania, and Snowiny. The signing of the Bridgestadt Pact is credited as being one of the primary factors towards the mass military buildup leading to the False War in the latter half of the 20th century between the Nationalist and Socialist Blocs. Through the 1940s and 50s, Ed Island supplied its allies with many advanced technologies, including automatic weaponry, jet aircraft, and ballistic missiles, giving the Bridgestadt Pact a technological edge over its rivals and enemies.
In 1956, Georg Seetaucher became the first Ed Islandian in space when he launched on a sub-orbital space flight lasting five hours. To this day, the Ed Islandian government maintains that he was the first penguin in space. The Ruscan cosmonaut generally accepted as being the first in space, Sergei Antonov, perished on his second flight after a failure during his capsule's reentry. Ed Islandians claim that it was too "convenient" that he died before making a planned international tour, and that no remains could be recovered. Modern evidence mostly disproves this theory, but it remains in popular view throughout the country. Seetaucher would later go on to become the chairman of the Ed Island Astronaut Corps, supervising all future space endeavors. Additionally in this year, the Comona Islands officially voted to become the tenth state of Ed Island.
Ed Island purchased the territory of Nordennavic from the Seal Islands in 1974, due to both the desire for a strategic port in the Boltic Sea and the predominantly German-speaking population of the island feeling alienated by the Dutch-speaking government.
Sol-1 was brought online in 1986 as the first "artificial sun" nuclear fusion reactor. Nuclear fusion became arguably the most important Ed Islandian invention of the 20th century, enabling the nation to become energy independent of foreign nations. Anachronistic details coming into common use in the 2010s include Ed Islandian scientists realizing the potential of nuclear energy for use in weapons, but instead choosing the 'righteous' path of fusion energy.
Ed Island was one of the primary belligerents of the STINC War, and was the driving force behind forming an alliance of convenience with Puffle'and. Along with its allies in the Bridgestadt Pact, Ed Island decimated Snowviet forces both on mainland Antarctica and within the Ninja Archipelago, most notably sinking the majority of both the Eastern and Western Snowviet Surface Fleets in the conflict. By the end of the STINC War, Puffle'and had established Colonial Antarctica in the ruins of STINC-zachal after a vote had been held in several main cities.
Following the war, Ed Island went through a period of disarmament. The military budget was cut by nearly a third,
When the Antarctic Revolution broke out across the Antarctic mainland, Ed Island refrained from aiding either side. While the nation had warmer ties to Puffle'and than in the past, it was well known that any nation that unified the mainland had the potential to be immensely powerful both militarily and economically. Out of either reluctance to antagonize this potential nation or upset over the Puffish victory in the referendum, Ed Island claimed that because Colonial Antarctica was Puffle'and's territory, it was an internal matter and that they must be the ones to handle the uprising.
With the founding of the United States of Antarctica in 2000, Ed Island was crucial in selling arms and technology to the newly-formed country, immensely boosting the fading economy of Ed Island and cementing its bond with the superpower.
Ed Island was a major component in the International Space Station project along with Antarctica and Rusca. The end of the False War meant huge cuts to the country's defense spending, with a considerable amount instead going to peaceful use in the space program. Construction of the space station was greatly aided through the use of the mass driver complex in Markland completed in 1996, where modules and supplies could be launched by a SSTO supply ship. Ed Island's primary contributions to the space station include the centrifuge habitation module and a laboratory module containing 3D printer fabrication equipment.
After the nation of Glaw was founded in the early 2000s, several thousand Ed Islands immigrated to the young country and noticeably impacted its culture. By the time of the Great Yowien War, Ed Islandian immigrants made up over half of Glaw's population.
Snoss Territorial Expansion (2010)
In 2010, Snowzerland launched its expansionist invasions across the Ninja Archipelago, aimed at annexing numerous other nations. Osterreach was targeted by Snowzerland due to their close proximity, and were swiftly annexed by Snoss forces.
Ed Island, angered by the loss of its close ally and under obligation of its mutual defense agreements, launched a reactionary attack alongside the Magyarian military on Snoss forces stationed in Osterreach in order to drive the occupational forces out of the nation. While initially successful, Snowzerland's forces were vastly underestimated and managed to secure their hold over Osterreach, leaving Ed Island and Magyaria as the two sole remaining Bridgestadt Pact members. An Osterrean government-in-exile was formed within Magyaria, but enjoys mixed recognition across the continent.
Magyaria, while often threatened by Snoss imperialists, had not been invaded or annexed and continues to fortify its territory with the help of Ed Island.
During this time, Ed Island inserted several spies into Snowzerland in order to gain intelligence on its military operations. In 2012, these spies gained valuable intelligence on the TIE Fighter and Star Destroyer programs, procuring several schematics and blueprints as well as extracting several defecting pilots and technicians.
Intervention in Bloodstone (2006-2012)
Unrest in the Bloodstone Dominion led to the overthrow of the country's oppressive government and replacement with an Ed Island-backed monarch. Despite the increased liberties of the population, instability continued to erode the legitimacy of this new government. Ed Island ultimately entered into a personal union with Bloodstone in March 2012, leading to the country's annexation as a state.
Snowinian Invasion (June 2012)
- Main Article: Ed-Snowinn War
In June 2012, after a period of weakness following the loss of Osterreach, Ed Island was invaded by Snowiny whose military managed to conquer nearly all of the nation's mainland in a short period of time. At its largest, Snowinn-occupied Ed Island encompassed all of mainland Ed Island save Markland, from which the Ed Island Military managed to push back the invaders. During this time, many civilians formed local partisan organizations to defend against the invaders, and Ed Laboratories separately defended its facilities from Snowinian occupation forces through the use of its private military force.
At sea, the Ed Island Navy was tasked with sinking as much of the Snowinian navy as possible, with almost daily raids on fleets both near Ed Island and at Snowiny itself. Most controversially, total war was waged on Snowinian shipping lanes with several cargo ships being sunk by Ed Islandian U-boat fleets. This ultimately caused Rusca to join the war as an ally of Snowiny after a Snowinian vessel was sunk, killing 50 Ruscan sailors. Later annihilation of much of the Ruscan Navy later led to the declaration of war being receded and an armistice between the two being agreed on. The Acadian Navy additionally suffered several major losses against Ed Island and Magyarian strike groups, with Ed Island blockading all of mainland Acadia for the majority of the war.
After driving Snowinian and Acadian forces from Ed Island, regions of Snowiny itself were besieged by naval artillery until the nation capitulated on November 18. The peace lasted until January 20, when Ed Island was targeted by long-range cruise missiles launched from Snowiny's Javelin installation in an attack known as the January Reprisals. An operation was launched to put the railgun out of commission, which concluded on January 25 when the main bore of the installation was destroyed. Sonne Island was later occupied by the Ed Islandian military for two months while a full inspection of the Javelin's remains could be studied, with the rest destroyed beyond repair.
Post-Snowinn War (2014+)
In early 2014, Ed Island joined The Axle Powers in an agreement with Shops Island, Munijoch and the Culldrome Isles. The agreement bonded the four nations into a pact of military, economic and political power. This agreement gave Ed Island much-needed aide to help repair much of its damaged or destroyed infrastructure from the 2012 war. Ed Island declined military support from its new allies during the January Reprisals, with officials from the nation stating that the score was theirs alone to settle.
July 2014 once again brought Ed Island to the spotlight. After rumors of Ed Island's nuclear weapons program were somewhat proven after a nuclear detonation in the Ed Ocean Territories, Ed Island was accused by the UAN for violating the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Charges were dropped as Ed Island never signed the treaty, but a close eye was kept on Ed Island's nuclear power programs. It was estimated by the UAN that by the end of the year, Ed Island possessed 100 nuclear weapons. In an interview following the tribunal, Chancellor von Stuwe openly blamed Snowiny's attempted destruction of Ed Island during the January Reprisals for the development of such weapons.
In 2015, Ed Island entered an agreement with its Wulfen counterparts on the moon, ending hostilities with them after 70 years. The Wulfen would become part of Ed Island again and would maintain near complete autonomy while trading previously unavailable supplies from Earth for valuable Helium-3 fuel. Announced to the greater Antarctic community as the newest of Ed Island's lunar facilities, keen eyes among foreign powers noted that it was physically impossible for the Dark Side base to be constructed in such a short amount of time.
During the 2016 Antarctican elections, many Ed Islandians showed their support for the populist candidate Donal Tenorio, who ultimately lost to the liberal candidate Megg. When the election resulted in Acadia's spontaneous exit from the Free Republic Union, EDFan12345 publicly denounced the move, stating "Unfortunately the Acadian people suffer the consequences of yet another blunder by High Penguin President Brant and his government falsely accusing our ally Dorkugal of rigging the Antarctican election."
Contemporary History (2017+)
- Main Article: Independent State of Glaw
When Frankterre annexed Glaw in the aftermath of the Great Yowien War, Ed Island provided the greatest vocal opposition of this, stating it was a "gross mistreatment of thousands of Ed Islandians abroad" (despite Frankterre vastly reducing the crime and raising living conditions of Glaw), as almost half of Glaw's population consisted of Ed Islandians, leading the two nations to be closely connected culturally.
In the morning of February 10th, 2017, a small number of aircraft dropped flyers over the major Glowus cities demanding Frankterre to hold an independence referendum for the future of Glaw, with an ambiguous threat of invasion otherwise. As over half of Glaw's population was made up of Ed Islandian immigrants to the nation, the phrase "Heim ins Edsland" (meaning "back home to Ed Island") became popular among these groups to show their support for annexation of Glaw, despite annexation not (officially) being an option in the vote. In the end, Glowus independence won with 59.4% of the vote, almost entirely due to the Ed Islandian population.
Despite the support among Glowus Ed Islandians, Glaw was never annexed into Ed Island, with the government instead respecting the outcome of the vote. The country was reformed into the Independent State of Glaw, a thinly-veiled client state of Ed Island. While the Glowus monarchy was allowed to return to power, much of their surrounding government (and indeed much of the political power) was put in place by Ed Island. The reformed Glowus Military was trained under the supervision of the Ed Island Army, shaping it into a capable self-defense force. Ed Island would additionally indefinitely lease a small region near the city of Ketappe, where the town of Südstern was constructed. Serving as a military base, Südstern was in every way an exclave of Ed Island, not held under the jurisdiction of the Glowus government or law. Glaw additionally became a member of the Bridgestadt Pact, although this was mostly considered a symbolic gesture as its small military could barely function as more than a self-defense force.
- Main article: Megafloat
In late 2017 due to the shifting geopolitical dynamics associated with the growing Western Union and ending of continental wars, a joint Bridgestadt Pact-Axle Powers proposal was made to construct a sea-faring city as the continent's first megastructure project. This city, named Megafloat by its sponsors, would be entirely floating and was billed as a special economic zone to attract trade, investment, and job growth within the two organizations. The project was approved unanimously, and began construction in early 2018. It is expected to be completed by 2021, and opened to economic expansion in 2022.
Shops Civil War (2026)
During the Shops Civil War, Ed Island's military was mobilized during the entire conflict. Officially, Ed Island supported the USSI as the legitimate successor to Shops, but the nation had its own goals during the war. A secret treaty was made with the USSI, stating that should the USSI fall, Ed Island would gain control of all Shopper Extraterrestrial Colonies. During this time, it was feared that Ed Island would be drawn into conflict with Snowzerland or Castilla, due to the countries all having their own agendas and goals to take former Shopper territories. While no soldiers officially participated in the war under the Ed Islandian banner, 27 soldiers are known to have defied orders and fought for the USSI, 20 of which (who later became known as the Shopper Twenty) returned. Numerous shipments of advanced laser and plasma weaponry were sent to the USSI, along with many armored vehicles and equipment.
Scramble for Power (2027)
Ed Island occupied and later annexed the territories of Plutonium Bay and Uranium Island, as well as signing treaties with several of the newly-independent nations such as Farleya (with whom the treaty included basing rights for the navy), the reformed Free Republic of Guymed, and the various Shops Union members. Ed Island also officially annexed Megafloat as an independent territory, although did little to change its existing government.
During the Scramble for Power, Snowzerland took advantage of the instability across Antarctica to invade and annex several territories across the continent. Included in this was the attempted invasion of Magyaria. Ultimately, the Snoss forces were overextended and were pushed back by the Bridgestadt Pact. Taking advantage of this momentum, preparations were taken over the following days to swiftly organize a retaliatory liberation of Osterreach. In a short period of time, Osterreach was completely liberated and under control of Bridgestadt Pact forces, regaining its independence after 16 years.
When the Shops Civil War ended with the nation's annihilation, the Axle Powers soon followed. Without the economic powerhouse that was Shops, the Axle countries were little more than a loose military alliance. Munijoch left the union first, with Culldrome soon following. Despite invitations to join both the Western Union and the Zeta Connections, Ed Island focused on its allies in Magyaria and Osterreach, as well as Japaland's newly formed self-defense force. Because of their proximity, Culldrome later joined the Bridgestadt Pact with the two nations continuing their close military and economic cooperation. Ed Island was later primarily involved with expeditions into the Shops Island nuclear wasteland, recovering survivors and important government information.
Despite Ed Island's relative isolation outside of its close circle of allies, it was one of the heaviest nations impacted by the the economic instability following the power vacuum left by Shops due to its close former ties to Shops Island. Due to the large influx of Shopper refugees entering the island, Ed Island sought more territory to help the nearly three million who came to the country. This later led to major urban expansions within Puffalia, Puffarus, and the Straits Kingdom.
By the 2030s, Ed Island exerted its control over the former Shopper crown jewel of Notron through use of teleportation. The planet was reorganized into several Reichskommissariats, each made up of the existing Shopper provinces. The majority of Ed Islandian influence was focused on the territories of Malabar and Großverpomia. Ed Island was a closer influence on Notron than the Shopper government due to the greater ease of travel compared to Hyperspace. A primary focus was the discovery of Veil Society ruins across Notron, further deepening the mystery surrounding the organization.
Geography and Climate
Ed Island is packed with dense forests, arctic peaks, and sun-bleached beaches, each populated with a variety of settlements ranging from ski resorts to submarine bases, towns and villages to a huge capital city, Ed Island is a country rich in variety. Each climate zone has its own unique weather system, with dense snow falls creating picture postcard peaks to thunderstorms lighting up the night sky.
The island itself is very mountainous, with the majority of Arlon, Waldreich, Anfang, and Neumenia covered in a single mountain range. Inland Anfang is also home to a number of Ed Island's larger military bases, due to the lack of civilian population in most of the region making it an ideal location to test weapon and military technology.
Puffles are common all over the island, including several of the rarer hybrids such as Puffle Bats and Chicken Puffles. However, intelligent Puffles are considered to be "second-class citizens" by many citizens of the country, which has caused rifts with other Antarctic countries that disagree and challenge Ed Island's views. Marine life is virtually identical to mainland Antarctica, and fish are still a staple of the average Ed Islandian's diet.
Ed Island uses their own currency called Thalers (Represented by ৳). Unlike most currencies, the Thaler is not artificially pegged to the Gold Coin, and instead often fluctuates with the economy. Thalers are printed in notes of ৳1, ৳5, ৳10, ৳20, ৳50, and ৳100, and minted in coins of ৳1, ৳.50, ৳.25, ৳.10, ৳.05, and ৳.01. Many have called for the discontinuation of one cent coins due to their minuscule value compared to the cost to produce them, but the government currently has no plans to do so. Occasionally, commemorative coins of differing values are minted for special events, most of which are not legal tender.
Ed Island also accepts Gold Coins as legal tender, and is an indirect member of the Gold Coin Alliance as part of the Axle Powers.
Ed Island's terrain allows for very little farming; what little exists on the island is located within the southern rural areas of Arlon, Wellow, and Sudentor. Ed Island is often forced to import much-needed agricultural products, the majority of which from Shops and the other Axle Powers members.
The Straits Kingdom and Nordennavic, two of Ed Island's several overseas territories, possess large agricultural bases due to the rich, fertile soil within the territories. Straits alone grows the vast majority of produce for Ed Island, with the remainder exported to foreign nations.
Manufacturing products is Ed Island's largest economic industry, largely in part due to the presence of such companies including Ed Laboratories and Wernher & Noah Enterprises. The majority of products exported from Ed Island include industrial equipment, military arms, and civilian appliances.
Ed Island possesses a substantial automobile and aircraft manufacturing industry, largely in part due to heavily automated manufacturing facilities and the popularity of water-fueled hydrogen vehicles. The nation is the leading producer of aircraft in Antarctica due to these automated facilities, and has at some point produced both military and civilian aircraft for nearly every country in Antarctica. Because of this, Ed Island rarely licenses its aircraft for foreign manufacture; for example, by 2017 only Magyaria was permitted to manufacture the F-9 Grey Ghost.
Ed Island predominantly receives power from the numerous nuclear fusion power plants across the country. Many cities additionally utilize solar and wind facilities to provide additional clean energy, with several of Ed Island's coasts are dotted with offshore wind farms. One island within the Comona Islands simply named Depot possesses a large facility running deep within the ground designed to store nuclear waste until it can be reused. This island has also been theorized to be the location of Ed Island's nuclear arsenal, but this has not been confirmed nor denied by the Ed Islandian government.
Several regions in Ed Island possesses vast quantities of coal deposits, mostly high-quality bituminous coal along with several deposits of anthracite coal. While most of this coal is sold to other nations, much of it is gasified into fuel for use on the island.
Additionally, Ed Island possesses the 4th largest natural gas reservoir in Antarctica, located in the sea between it and the Comona Islands. Much of this gas is exported or utilized for heating, as it is not needed for power generation.
Politics and Government
The country is headed by a Hierarch and Hierarchess (often incorrectly referred to as king and queen), who make up the central governing body of Ed Island. With them, there is one Chancellor who aid in decision-making and acts as the regent in case of a missing or absent Hierarch. The other present governance is the National Assembly divided into sub-groups with different tasks and goals which keep the country up and running within all its aspects. This Assembly meets in the Großhalle in Bridgestadt to discuss policy, discipline, promotions among ranks, and military plans. The current hierarch is EDFan12345, elected by the High Council after the previous Hierarch abdicated the throne in the midst of numerous scandals.
Ed Island is nearly a single-party state, headed by the Ed National Party with only other small parties such as the Magyarian Social Party permitted to form. Despite this, each councilor is allowed to hold their own political views so long as they do not heavily conflict with that of the country such as Communism or Anarchism. Individuals who hold such views are often disqualified from joining the party, occasionally 'disappearing' completely. It is not required to be part of the National Party to become a councilor, but bureaucratic policies make it highly improbable for a non-member to do so. Councilors are democratically elected by citizens of their district, and can serve an unlimited number of three-year terms. While in session, party members typically wear a tan uniform with a Party lapel pin. The symbol of the National Party is a green triangle within a white circle, chosen because the triangle is the strongest shape in nature and symbolizing the strength of a united Ed Island.
Ed Island is becoming an increasingly technocratic nation, where much of the National Party is made up of engineers, scientists, and other such positions.
The official state title of Ed Island varies depending on source. Official documents describe Ed Island as simply a Federal State, while elsewhere it is conflictingly referred to as an Empire. The title of Emperor (or Kaiser) was disavowed by the current Hierarch after the rise of Snowzerland and its association with the rule of Swiss Ninja, although it remains in government documents and official titles.
Due to its homogeneous culture and harsh penalties, Ed Island has a fairly low crime rate. However, crime is not unheard of; Acher typically has a higher crime rate than the rest of the country, due to its large population. Those that commit more severe crimes serve their sentences in the form of forced military conscription into "punishment units," as they are known. These units are typically used for labor in military camps and construction sites, and are identified by their yellow uniforms. Ed Islandians convicted of a felony of any type have their military rifle confiscated for a minimum 15 years, and are barred from voting during this time.
The basic doctrine behind the current state of Ed Islandian foreign affairs can be explained according to two principles which have guided the Imperial government for the past 150 to 200 years:
- Imperial Hegemony: Ed Island considers it the natural sovereign of much of the Sub-Antarctic. That the country is currently limited to Ed Island proper is nothing more than a fluke of history, and the Empire should extend itself to exercise control over other neighboring insular nations. This is a world-view based on a number of arguments dating back to the late Middle Ages and the founding of the nation, which was considered just a stepping stone towards regional unity.
- A policy of peace: Pursuant to the previous point, Ed Island has long since recognized the practical and moral impossibility of bringing Sub-Antarctica under its heel via the method of military conquest; instead Ed Island has opted to develop a cultural hegemony that it hopes will result in the penguins of Sub-Antarctica asking to be incorporated into the Empire. That is to say, the driving force in Ed Islandian diplomacy is the dissemination and promotion of the 'Ed Islandian way of life,' described as peaceful, harmonious, and just, and the enshrinement of the country as a beacon of stability.
Since the STINC War, Ed Island has only participated in a single offensive conflict, but is an enthusiastic contributor to peace-keeping and charity operations throughout Antarctica, though for obvious reasons many of these operations are centered in Sub-Antarctica.
Ed Island has considered the cultural industry to be a paramount part of both life in Ed Island and their diplomatic strategy overseas, in effect the development and utilization of soft power as much as hard power. The Ed Islandian government has thus invested heavily in the arts and sciences, which in turn has turned the nation into a prime producer and net exporter of cultural goods such as films, music, and literature; cultural and educational exchanges are also heavily encouraged, with Ed Islandian chicks traveling inter-regionally and outside the country, with Magyaria, Culldrome, Batavia, and Antarctica being the prime destinations. Minor exchanges also take place with Tropicalis, though these are not usually offered by government programs.
On an overall basis, Ed Island maintains a principle of reciprocity as far as diplomatic personnel is concerned, though this will be waived if it is in pursuit of national interests. For example, Ed Island closed its embassies in Acadia and Snowiny after the 2012 Ed-Snowinn War, cutting off all diplomatic and trading ties with the two.
Since the end of the Wulfen War and subsequent revitalization projects throughout Ed Island, the country has established a number of national parks and monuments in order to protect some of its most distinct environments. The largest national park in the country is Waldreich Forest National Park, which makes up nearly 15% of the state of Waldreich.
The current flag of Ed Island is a red, orange, and yellow phoenix on a black background, symbolizing Ed Island rising out of the ashes of the Wulfen War. It was designed in 1942 after the end of the Wulfen War, and adopted the same year.
Coat of Arms
The Ed Islandian coat of arms is the crest of the Ed Emperor adopted in 1821. It symbolized the Acher royalty, but later became synonymous with the nation of Ed Island as a whole.
"Honor and glory for the people of Ed Island"
After the founding of the modern Ed Islandian state, the nation officially has two national anthems. The primary anthem, typically sung at events, is Land der Dunklen Wälder, adopted in 1944. The secondary anthem is a variation of I Vow to Thee, first adopted in 1916.
Ed Island is generally regarded as a very alien place compared to other surrounding countries. As there is very little permanent immigration compared to other Antarctic nations, the unique homogeneous culture that surrounds the country was allowed to develop into the odd culture that persists to date. Much of Ed Island's culture is shared with other Germanic countries in Antarctica, such as Snowzerland, Alemania, and the former Khanzem regime. Ed Island itself also influenced the culture of other nations; many Glowus immigrants created a noticeable Antarctican culture within the nation, and much of post-Frosian War Puffalia was directly influenced by Ed Island's more "moderate" Germanic culture.
The Pruscan monarchy continues to own land within Ed Island, most of which was returned in 1943 after it was seized by Neumenian forces during the Wulfen War. In recent years, members of the Pruscan monarchy have taken residence in Ed Island after the Snoss annexation of Alemania leading to their targeting by Swiss Ninja, adding yet another point of tension between Ed Island and Snowzerland.
When Glaw was founded in 2000, the vast majority of immigrants to the country were Ed Islandians due to its close proximity, leading the two nations to be closely tied culturally and politically. This friendship between the nations ceased after the Great Yowien War, when Frankterre annexed Glaw and formed the territory of Frankterran Glaw. The Ed Islandian government's dissatisfaction with this culminated in Ed Island forcing Frankterre to hold an independence referendum, where Glaw was granted independence once more. Despite the majority of (mostly Ed Islandian) Glowus citizens wishes to join Ed Island, Glaw was not annexed and was instead formed as a closely-tied client state almost entirely reliant on Ed Island.
The most popular sport in Ed Island is ice hockey. The Electric Shocktopi is the country's national team, and is most notable for being the home team of famed athlete Hockey Manlet. When Thunderbeak founded the country of Achadia, he was given full rights by the team to use the Shocktopi name and logo in the country's flag and currency.
A popular form of entertainment is stunt flying. One group, the Stunt Lads, dominates this market with their extreme plane stunts, including unassisted plane landings on top of other aircraft and jumping from one aircraft to another. Additionally, the state provides many national clubs for citizens of all ages to join. One of the largest of these clubs is the National Vexillologist Committee, a group for flag enthusiasts. Other groups include blacksmithing, shooting, flying, and other popular pastimes.
Firearm ownership in the nation is one of the highest in Antarctica, even when excluding the mandatory service rifles kept by each individual, promoted by the government as a last-resort civilian militia in the event of a foreign invasion of Ed Island. There are few specific types of weapons that are restricted in the nation; fully-automatic firearms and destructive devices — that is, rifles over 12.7mm or explosives — require a license to own. All other types are sold freely, provided the owner passes a government background check. Additionally, citizens may receive permits to conceal-carry or open-carry handguns, provided they pass a class demonstrating proper ability and discipline required to do so safely. Government-sponsored shooting competitions are often broadcast live on television, and can see viewership in the hundreds of thousands.
In international sales statistics, Ed Island is often included with the Free Republic Union despite not being a member, due to its location on the edge of Sub-Antarctica state boundaries.
Historically, English on Ed Island has been spoken predominantly by the upper classes, with the lower classes speaking German. In modern times, the majority of the island is dominated English speakers, whereas German is spoken in more rural areas.
Until the late 1890s, Ed English was linguistically much closer to German than modern English. Often termed Anglish, this dialect was intentionally changed by the government in order to open Ed Island up to the continent after the Khanzem War and to appear less like a backwards, isolated nation. English spoken in the country today still possesses some holdovers from the old dialect, and Ed Islandians are known to have a distinct accent from the rest of the German States.
Ed German is generally unchanged from the German spoken by other nations, and is closest to Osterreach in dialect.
Gothic fonts are typical throughout Ed Island and are used for both German and English languages.
Treatment of High Penguins
Ever since Ed Island's discovery in the 1500s by penguins escaping oppression by High Penguins, inhabitants of the nations have generally held High Penguins in very low regard. Disasters were often blamed on High Penguins, such as the Plague of 1648 or any number of floods and natural disasters. After the formation of Imperial Ed Island, the 1821 High Penguin Act was passed, barring High Penguins from owning land or holding office in the nation. This act is still enforced today, despite protests from other nations.
Khanzem's rise in 1913 was viewed by many as further legitimizing Ed Island's stance against High Penguins. While Ed Island did not go to the extremes Khanzem did by forcing High Penguins to make Orange Juice, High Penguins were still held in internment camps until the end of the Khanzem War when they were liberated by The Good Guys. Virtually all of the High Penguins left in Ed Island at this point fled the country, mostly to other more tolerant nations or the Antarctic mainland.
A report issued by the Ed Islandian government in 2013 estimated there were less than 50 ethnic High Penguins living in Ed Island, although evidence suggests no High Penguins have resided in the country since the Khanzem War.
Contrary to modern expectations, late medieval Ed Islandian society was highly litigous, as proved by the tens of thousands of historical court documents in the archives of the premier courts and thousands more surviving from the pre-Imperial Courts era; indeed, it was not uncommon for peasants, as a social, corporate group, to remonstrate against their Lords when they felt their privileges or ancient rights were being violated. This behavior was more common in the Free Cities but even towns under the ownership of a nobleman could appeal in their own defense. As history has repeatedly shown, it wasn't even uncommon for the Courts to find their favor such as when the Count-Palatine of Waldreich was forced to return certain forests he had appropriated as puffle roundup grounds to common ownership of a local village.
Before the establishment of formal Common Courts, those involved in a conflict involving two equal parties - commoner vs. commoner, noble vs. noble - typically had three methods for a resolution. The primary, and most common way of resolution was an appeal to mediation. This worked differently from modern conceptions of the term 'justice system' because, such as it was, the system was not designed or predicated on achieving justice as it is understood today, but rather on achieving a settlement that would be agreeable to all the involved parties and thus avoiding the cost of having to enforce unpopular verdicts.
The second way also involved an appeal, though in this case was directed to a superior authority, an itinerant judge, or the King for immediate ones, asking them to mediate or judge the dispute. They would be, of course, expected to conform to local customs, precedents, and bear into account the 'liberties' that each party possessed. Once again, the emphasis would be placed on obtaining a workable compact that would be accepted by everyone and ensure both compliance and self-enforcement.
The third and final method was, until banned by the Diet in the late 16th century, feuding. They were not, as popularly believed, 'private wars' or in any way illegal but rather a recognized legal form of obtaining redress for real or perceived offenses. In its most basic form, the offended party would declare a feud against the offender and their descendents and then proceed to carry out retaliatory actions against them; these could range from petty thievery or assault all the way to raiding, murder, and open combat, though the latter were extremely rare and exposed the party carrying them out to having others declare feuds against them. Feuding was by no means restricted to the nobiles, as there were clases of entire townships and villages feuding against each other or even nobles, though these certainly lacked the scale of their higher-born counterparts. An intra-village feud was more likely to devolve into a series of pranks or attempts to sabotage the other's livelihood rather than a full-scale siege, and inter-village rivalries often remained limited to crop burning or puffle rustling.
In the end, the practice of feuding was recognized as foil to the concept of internal peace and, perhaps more significantly, to the prestige of the various noblemen. It was not uncommon for one or more mediate lords to declare a feud against their liege, and even the King found himself forced to submit, much to his chagrin and the delight of contemporary playwrights and comedians, to the demands of subjects willing to enforce these by force. The creation of the Imperial Courts by King Sigismund provided the perfect outlet for these conflicts, and thus it was agreed that all future conflicts would be referred through them.
Today, feuding remains a common tradition in some particular locations in Ed Island, though not as an extra-judicial way of obtaining but rather as a local tradition. It is not rare for the youths of one town to sneak out to carry out pranks and jokes on neighboring locales, more often than not driven by purposefully made up or mythical offenses carried out in the past (for example, the theft of a particularly productive tree or favored puffle); in turn, their own home is 'raided' by their rivals. It is understood, naturally, that these are to remain low-level and cause no major property damage or loss of life.
- Main article: Ed Laboratories
Served by many prominent corporations in every scientific and technological field imaginable, Ed Island possesses a very technologically-inclined culture, generally accepted as being the most advanced nation in the Antarctic. Many technologies developed early in Ed Island, such as jet aircraft in the 1930s or nuclear fusion in the early 1960s, were adopted in greater Antarctica much later, or (much of the time) developed entirely separate. The country also leads Antarctica with its advanced medical technology, having some of the most prestigious medical centers across the continent. These advancements have granted Ed Islandians the high quality of life they enjoy, bringing with it long life expectancy and low death rates due to sickness and disease.
Plastics are a rarity on Ed Island due to the scarcity of oil on the island. Oil was limited to vehicular use, and metals, wood, and bakelite replace plastic in nearly all uses other than medical purposes (where plastic IV and blood bags are a necessity). Even after trade with the Axle Powers allowed oil and plastics to be imported with greater ease, it remains a very uncommon household material. In place of gasoline engines, hydrogen engines were developed in the mid-2000s to convert fresh, salt, or brackish water into fuel.
Ed Island possesses a massive aviation industry, largely due to the Advanced Automated Aviation Plants in the nation capable of producing any aircraft design if provided the necessary blueprints and materials. Ed Island has produced aircraft for over 70 countries in Antarctica, many of which are licensed foreign designs. Because of this, it is not uncommon for many battlefields to see Ed Islandian-produced aircraft fighting against each other.
Ed Island has historically been at the forefront of space exploration. A distinct space program has been operated since the 1950s when the continent's first artificial satellite was launched into orbit. The Ed Island Astronaut Corps was formed in 1961 as a subsidiary of the air force, and was given authority over all Ed Islandian assets in space. The Astronaut Corps is divided into military and civilian components.
After the end of the False War, much of the defense budget cuts were put towards the construction of a mass driver facility on the coast of Markland alongside the massive Arkbird maneuverable spacecraft. Originally conceptualized during the False War as an anti-missile and anti-satellite laser platform, the Arkbird became a symbol of peace and progress in the postwar years.
Sine the Wulfen reintegration into Ed Island, much of their space technology has been adopted and improved before being put into service by Ed Island. Most notable is the adoption of the Haunebu-V spacecraft. Essentially a modernized version of the Wulfen Haunebu-IV, as of 2018 it has become the primary method for space transportation within the Ed Island military. Other advanced spacecraft designs are being developed, including transports using repulsorlifts instead of rockets and starfighters to rival the TIE Fighter or A-Wing.
Ed Island possesses three facilities on the Moon, and currently has plans for constructing a Venus habitat for both military and scientific purposes. Early plans involved moving the Reichswehr Oberkommando to this Venus base, but it was deemed impractical and the then-under construction Moon Base One was chosen instead. Soldiers stationed at Moon Base One are considered among the most elite in the military, and are equipped with some of the most advanced weaponry in the Ed Islandian arsenal.
Nuclear Weapons Program
In 2014, despite the ban on the manufacture and use of nuclear weaponry, Ed Island was accused by the UAN of actively developing nuclear weapons. It was not unusual for nuclear material to be imported or manufactured by Ed Island; they had developed the first nuclear fusion reactor in Antarctica, and nearly all of the island is powered by nuclear facilities. On July 16, 2014, a nuclear detonation was reported in the ocean territories governed by Ed Island, which was claimed by the military to be the failure of a nuclear reactor onboard a naval cruiser, triggering detonation of ballistic missile warheards held within. Despite very few countries believing this (as fusion reactors by nature cannot meltdown like a traditional fission reactor), nothing more was done to investigate the matter due to the lack of evidence and the fact that Ed Island did not sign the treaty banning countries from producing nuclear weapons. In actuality, the explosion reported was a nuclear device developed by Ed Island, designed after plans stolen from the Snoss nuclear program in 2010. By not acknowledging its possession of nuclear weapons, and by not signing the treaty, Ed Island is technically exempt from the rulings on nuclear states.
Artificial IntelligenceEd Island is a leading nation in artificial intelligence development, currently having several municipal and two military AIs in active use. The AI used by Ed Island can be broken into two categories; "dumb" and "smart" AIs. The terms dumb and smart are potentially misleading, however; the Superintendent, a dumb AI, has been found to have an IQ of 240.
"Dumb" AIs are created through traditional programming methods and are more limited in their cognitive capabilities, being incapable of the capacity to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively, and cannot learn subjects outside of their specialized role. These roles typically do not require strong decision making, and as such dumb AIs are generally used for municipal duties. Although they lack the ability to synthesize information like a smart AI does, dumb AIs are far more responsive and adaptable than normal computer systems. They are able to recognize new situations and make pre-programmed decisions to account for unexpected events, but lack the creativity, intuition, and ingenuity of a smart AI. Additionally, they cannot learn anything that is outside of their set limits of dynamic memory processing matrix. A well known dumb AI is the Superintendent, responsible for the Bridgestadt municipal network.
Conversely, "smart" AIs are created by scanning the brain of a recently deceased penguin in order to replicate the neural pathways as a computer matrix. Smart AIs are capable of intellectual development, and can actively learn from and adapt to situations and events. Unlike dumb AIs, however, smart AIs possess short lifespans due to the creation of more neural linkages as information is learned. This lifespan is typically between seven to ten years, after which the AI descends into rampancy and instability and is terminated. Because of the process used to create smart AIs, they may retain residual thoughts, feelings, or memories from the original being. A prominent smart AI is Myria, first created in late 2013.
Highways and Bridges
The Reichsautobahn, one of the first modern highways of its kind, was constructed throughout the 1930s and 40s, though the first sections between Bridgestadt and Sudentor were constructed in the late 1920s. The highway stretches throughout the entire country, circling both 'inner' and 'outer' coasts of the island. The most notable part of the Reichsautobahn comes at the state border between Bridgestadt and Waldreich, where a grand victory monument was constructed in 1943 to depict unity between Neumenia and Ed Island.
Perhaps the most famous bridge in Ed Island is the Iron Bridge located on the coast of Bridgestadt. Connecting the east and west portions of coastal Bridgestadt separated by the Ivrea Bay, the Iron Bridge is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city, often grouped with the Volkshalle or Wulfen War Memorial as the most recognizable structures of Ed Island. Similarly, the Futuro Bridge was constructed in the late 1980s between the states of Acher and Neumenia, and is one of the longest bridges in Antarctica spanning nearly 10 kilometers. Unlike the Iron Bridge, however, the Futuro Bridge is built mostly out of Über Concrete.
Ed Island utilizes a unique broad-gauge railway system named the Breitspurbahn (literally meaning 'broad-guage railway). Developed shortly after the Wulfen War from original Khanzem plans for Antarctican rail lines, the three-meter-wide rails carry immense double-decked passenger cars throughout Ed Island. Secondary rail lines run between military bases and are restricted to armored military trains, though the rails can be linked in emergencies. Due to its concrete construction and fixed rails, the Breitspurbahn does not possess railway ties like conventional railways, serving an additional purpose as an idea road for maintenance and military use.
Due to the immense size of the Breitspurbahn, most cities have separate monorail subway systems for shorter distance travel within city limits. While most of these systems run below ground, some cities such as Bridgestadt or Dinsmarck, have above-ground lines specifically intended for scenic or tourist views around important landmarks. Similar to those in Rusca, underground subway systems were designed to be used as bomb shelters in the event of an attack on Ed Island.
Many public buildings in Ed Island are designed in a unique blend of Neoclassical and Brutalist architecture commonly referred to as National Architecture or Stripped Classical Architecture. This style is distinct in its great use of stone and concrete in order to imitate that of the buildings constructed by the Penguin Empire. While less popular today in favor of more modern designs, nearly every city in Ed Island has at least one building in this style.
Most buildings in Ed Island are constructed using a building material known as Über Concrete, a specialized form of concrete produced using a type of limestone only found in Ed Island and the Comona Islands. Setting quickly and capable of withstanding incredible strengths, Über Concrete is the structural backbone of Ed Island, forming nearly every major construction project from bridges to homes to the grand Große Halle in Bridgestadt. Über Concrete was developed in the early 1930s, and had initial flaws in the mixture leading to outbreaks of mold growing within deteriorating concrete. Throughout the late 30s and early 40s, the mixture was refined into a near-perfect substance which continues to be used to the present day.
Ed Island has a population of approximately 16.5 million penguins. Acher is the single largest state in the nation with a population of 2.1 million, with Sudentor coming second at 1.6 million. In accordance with an Ed Islandian law signed in 1830, an official population census is taken every five years, with the most recent occurring in 2015.
| Largest population centres of Ed Island |
|Rank||City name||State|| Pop.
|3||Lunastadt||Dark Side of the Moon||768,000|
English and German are the two official languages of Ed Island, both being required in all forms of schooling. In a 2015 census, 86% of Ed Islandians reported being bilingual. The only language to be given official minority language status is Hungarian, though small French, Spanish, and Dutch speaking communities are also present throughout Ed Island's various territories.
The Ed Islandian government publishes most of its documents in German and encourages its citizens to use it as a first language, officially to 'preserve the language in an increasingly English-speaking Antarctica.'
Districts and Territories
|Dark Side of the Moon||DS||Lunastadt||930,000|
|Ed Island Extraterrestrial Colonies||EC||Soyuz||172,826|
|Ed Island Ocean Territory||OT||N/A||19,300|
|Straits Kingdom||SK||Neu Boorlin||1,182,000|
Automobiles, being by far the most popular form of land transportation (behind walking), are used daily by penguins all over the country. The majority of cars on Ed Island are powered by hydrogen engines that can instantly convert several gallons of water into hydrogen. Ed Islandian automobiles are popular among environmental activists across Antarctica for this reason, as they only produce oxygen as a biproduct.
Ed Island's railway system consists of broad-gauge lines measuring three meters across, nearly twice as wide as the international standard. Immense double-decked train cars carry passengers and military equipment alike across the far reaches of Ed Island. Armored military trains run on separate lines than civilian ones, as to not interrupt travel for either line.
The Eisenpheil ("Iron arrow") is a high-speed rail system that traverses the entirety of Ed Island from Dinsmarck to Hoffnung, capable of reaching speeds of 200kph.
Most large cities possess monorail subways systems, but these rarely connect cities together. Most subways in the nation were constructed with the additional purpose of acting as a bomb shelter in the case of an attack on Ed Island, and in 2012 the subway entrances of Bridgestadt, Dinsmarck, and Hoffnung were rebuilt to withstand a nuclear attack.
Boats are extremely common in the island country, and are utilized for a large variety of purposes. While fishing is extremely limited within the Lake Eclipse due to the delicate ecosystem, territorial waters have a heavy civilian presence where fishing is lightly regulated. The Ed Islandian government also operates ferries traveling between Ed Island, Snowjave, and the Comona Islands.
Most large coastal cities possess sophisticated dock and port systems, making them vital for international ocean commerce.
Planes are by far the most common form of air transportation. Ed Island is one of the only countries to operate supersonic passenger jets, which enable trans-antarctic trips to occur in only several hours. These 'Super Jets' as they are commonly known are some of the most advanced passenger aircraft in Antarctica, and are a source of pride for Ed Islandians traveling abroad.
Civil aviation is allowed and encouraged by the Ed Islandian government for anyone wishing to become a pilot. Outdated and demilitarized military aircraft are sometimes sold to civilian pilots for use in air shows or private museums.
Since 2008, Ed Island has operated short commercial spaceflights on WNE-211 spaceplanes launching from Markland. These flights merely take passengers to the edge of the atmosphere to experience micro-gravity, and only last several minutes in orbit. Commercial facilities in the lunar city of Soyuz are currently being constructed.
Main article: Ed Island Military
|“||While most states have an army, the Ed Island Army has a state.||”|
Ed Island possesses a well trained, effective military considered among the best in Antarctica. All citizens are obligated to serve 15 months in the military, or alternatively, in civil protection organizations involved in disaster relief, emergency medical services, and peacekeeping efforts. After this service civilians are trusted to keep their rifle, and are expected to use their training in the event Ed Island is in danger (indeed, a significant portion of the population engaged in partisan activities during the Ed-Snowinn War). Further military service is completely voluntary, and includes further benefits for veterans. Breakthroughs with robotic manufacturing and materials research allow Ed Island to produce its own weaponry, vehicles, and equipment, reducing reliance on other countries.
Many military bases, ranging from small barracks to sprawling depots and camps, are spread out across the Ed Island countryside. Many large bases are located in the state of Waldreich, due to the mountainous terrain and low population allowing for larger weapon tests. The Bloodstone Archipelago also possesses several military bases, such as the recently-constructed Avalon Dam missile base. While not strictly a military base, the Comona Islands possess Comona Base, an aircraft testing range and launch facility for EIAC rockets and spacecraft.
Ed Island military uniforms are typically more decorative than other contemporary military uniforms. They consist of a field tunic in varying colors depending on the branch; Feldgrau grey-green for the Army and some SF units, light blue for the Air Force and Astronaut Corps, midnight blue for the Navy, and black for the majority of the SF. The tunic's collar possesses two tabs denoting rank and branch, and is typically constructed out of a darker material than the rest of the tunic. On uniforms prior to 1990, an embroidered phoenix insignia was located on either the front or sleeve of the uniform; after 1990, uniforms were given velcro patches on the sleeve with an infrared-sensitive Ed Island flag patch. Under the field tunic, soliders typically wear collared shirts or winter sweaters. In the field, soldiers wear either camouflage smocks or plate carriers over their uniform, which may be camouflaged as well depending on the location. The military dress uniforms are typically similar to the field uniform, but have Litzen tabs similar in design to the roman numeral 'II' in place of collar tabs as well as other decorative designs.
The standard helmet for the Ed Island military is the Stahlhelm, or Steel Helmet. The helmet's distinctive shape and flared neck protection has given it the nickname "Coal Scuttle" helmet. Variations of the design include variants without the neck protection in use with paratrooper divisions, firefighting helmets, and white field medic helmets. Other headwear used by the Ed Island military include field visor caps, brimmed field caps, and officer peaked caps.
Main article: Ed Island Army
Ed Island's army is formidable when conducting ground operations. The Ed Island Army is fond of utilizing Blitzkrieg tactics, owing to its highly-mechanized nature. Like other military branches, many of the EIA's policies and tactics were taken from those of the Wulfen after the reintegration of Neumenia back into Ed Island in 1942. The Ed Island Army is notorious for keeping large amounts of outdated weaponry preserved in inventory, some even dating back to the Comona Campaign.
Several of Ed Island's main territories also possess their own defense forces, which fall under the jurisdiction of the Army; these include the Snowjave Rangers, Bloodstone Elite, and Wulfen Heer. The Snoss Liberation Army and Glowus Defense Force, while not falling under the EIA's jurisdiction, are often trained and equipped by the army.
Main article: Ed Island Air Force
The air force consists of many advanced 4.5th and 5th generation aircraft. Ed Island was one of the first countries to operate an air force, having created the EIAF in 1909 prior to the outbreak of the Khanzem War, during which these planes were used to great effect against the less advanced Antarctican aircraft. The majority of the EIAF's aircraft used are domestic aircraft, with few being license-built from other nations.
The Ed Island Astronaut Corps is a branch of the Air Force, operating as the main Ed Islandian space agency. The EIAC launches from Comona Base, as well as a special launch facility in Waldreich for SSTO launches.
Main article: Ed Island Navy
The Ed Island Navy is the second largest branch of the military and consists of a large number of heavily-armed ships, including some of the largest and most advanced vessels in Antarctica. Ed Island possesses the only blue-water navy within the Bridgestadt Pact, as the other members only possess destroyers and smaller patrol vessels.
The typical naval uniform consists of either a blue utility jumper worn when on duty, and a dark blue overcoat otherwise. Naval infantry, such as marines or coastal artillery, wear uniforms similar to the standard army uniform with gold detailing rather than silver, naval ranks worn on the left sleeve, and a cuff title of the sailor's ship.
The EIN's largest bases in Ed Island are Port Trident on the shores of Anfang and Sand Island in the Comona Islands. After the independence of Glaw in 2017, a naval base was leased near the city of Ketappe in the Tourte Bay.
Main article: Ed Island Special Forces
Often shortened to SF, the Ed Island Special Forces are an elite branch of the military involved in specialized tactical and clandestine operations, typically acting in areas that the EIA lacks jurisdiction. Members of the SF take an additional oath to the Ed National Party upon enlistment, leading many to view the SF as a paramilitary branch of the party itself. The SF employs its own armored divisions and aircraft squadrons in order to be completely independent as a military branch, although it often cooperates with the other service branches. In addition to specialized operations, the SF also possesses the SF Paranormal Division, a secretive organization tasked with locating and uncovering hidden historical and magical artifacts to put to use to further Ed Island's goals. The SF Paranormal Division operates across Antarctica in search of these objects, including past operations in Freezeland, Magyaria, Zhou, and the Yowien Sea.
Due to numerous visual and ideological similarities, many believe the Snoss SSS to be inspired by the SF.
Relationships with Other Nations
- Acadia - Terrible -- Since Acadia's involvement in the Ed-Snowinn War, Ed Island broke off all diplomatic ties and closed its embassy in the small country. Recent remarks against Dorkugal have reinfoced this, with no plans to reopen ties being planned.
- East Pengolia - Poor -- While East Pengolia's socialist policies directly conflict with the strict policies of Ed Island, the natios is often traded with as a member of the Free Republic Union.
- Freezeland - Good -- Ed Island maintains a positive relation with Freezeland, despite their High Penguin ancestry and culture.
- Polaris - Neutral -- Ed Island has a trading relationship with Polaris, where the majority of ships traveling between Ed Island and the Bloodstone Archipelago dock.
- United States of Antarctica - Excellent -- Ed Island's close proximity to the Antarctic coast inevitably led to close economic ties with the USA.
- Batavia - Good --
- Castilla - Mixed -- Ed Island previously held a positive relationship with the previous fascist government of Castilla, but its modern government has distanced itself from Ed Island in recent years.
- Frankterre - Poor -- Frankterre is often viewed as weak, having lost two conflicts and territories to Ed Island.
- Liguria - Good -- Ed Island has maintained a positive relationship with Liguria for many decades, dating back prior the Khanzem War.
- Lisboagal - Neutral -- Ed Island hold little relations with Lisboagal outside of trading.
- Magyaria - Excellent -- Ed Island is a close ally of Magyaria, being the only two remaining independent members of the Bridgestadt Pact.
- Puffle'and - Mixed -- Ed Island has historically been at odds with Puffle'and until the 1990 STINC War, where relations between the two stabilized. As with many other nations, Puffle'and's takeover by Snowzerland has caused negative relations with Ed Island.
- Ruscoe Federation - Mixed -- Ed Island and Rusca often collaborate in their space programs and military developments, but Ruscan support of the United Provinces has negatively impacted this relationship.
- Snowprus - Good -- Ed Island and Snowprus had a positive relationship throughout the 20th century, which continues to the present day.
- Snowzerland - Poor -- While the two countries share numerous close cultural ties, Ed Island's former alliance with the conquered Snoss colonies have damaged its relationship with Snowzerland.
- Alemania - Mixed -- Ed Island is one of the most prominent nations calling for an end to Snoss occupation of Alemania.
- Lichenstien - Mixed -- While hostile to Lichenstien's current Snoss puppet government, Ed Island has supported independence movements within the colony.
- Osterreach - Mixed -- Ed Island does not recognize the legitimacy of the current Osterrean government, and provides political and monetary support to the Osterreach Government-in-Exile.
- Amataria - Good -- Despite Amataria formerly being a member of the rivaling Western Union, the two countries have a fairly positive relationship. This relation improved after the country's exit and subsequent inclusion in the Axle Minor.
- Japaland - Excellent -- Many scientists of the two countries collaborate to create new sciences and technologies.
- Shops Island - Excellent-- Ed Island has many trading relationships with Shops, and generally keeps a friendly nature towards them. Ed Island's admittance into the Axle Powers greatly improved this relationship.
- Zhou - Mixed -- Despite Ed Island having strict anti-Communist policies, it often trades with Zhou.
- Seal Islands - Good -- Ed Island has held positive relations with the Seal Islands since its independence from Batavia. This relationship allowed for the purchase of Nordennavic from the nation in 1974.
- North Joseon - Terrible --
- South Joseon - Good --
- Achadia - Excellent -- Ed Islandian fans of Hockey Manlet make up a majority of the country's population. One Chad Buck denomination depicts EDFan12345 as a sign of respect by Chad Thunderbeak.
- Culldrome Isles - Excellent -- While Ed Island has historically held rocky relations with its neighbor, the membership of both nations within the Axle Powers has greatly improved relations between the two.
- Dorkugal - Excellent -- Ed Island and Dorkugal often work together in the computing field, one of the few fields Ed Island is outmatched in. After recent threats by Acadia and Dragonstone, Ed Island signed a defense pact with Dorkugal that it would protect the defenseless nation.
- Glaw - Excellent -- Ed Island has had positive relations with Glaw since the country's founding, and was the primary voice for Glowus independence from Frankterre.
- Margate - Excellent -- Due to their close proximity, Margate and Ed Island have traded for decades. Scientists from the two countries often aide each other in the computing and medicinal fields.
- Tropicalis - Good -- Proximity has led Ed Island to maintain a positive relationship with Tropicalis.
- Candvia - Neutral - Candvia previously had rather amicable relations with Ed Island, partially because of its neutrality during the False War. Relations were slightly damaged by Candvian membership in the Western Union and its association with the United Provinces, as well as with several statements by Candvian politicians, including a letter sent to the Ed Islandic embassy, in which the country is condemned for its penguin rights record and its treatment of high penguins throughout history. Candvian-Ed Islandic relations are thus complicated, and the two nations do not interact much.
- Caseusopolis - Neutral -- Relatively few relations are held with this cheesy nation.
- HunEmpire - Excellent -- After the Hun-AU War, Ed Island has become one of the few nations with positive relations with the HunEmpire. It was one of the primary suppliers for the Hun Military, with Ed Islandian military advisors training many Hunian officers and pilots.
- Munijoch - Excellent -- Close trading and military partners, the two nations have a friendly rivalry between Ed Laboratories and PULSE.
- Pengonia - Excellent -- Pengonia and Ed Island often conduct joint military exercises.
- United Penguin Islands - Excellent -- Ed Island has many cultural ties to the UPI and its Viking Penguin culture, and has maintained a positive relationship with the nation.
- United Provinces - Terrible -- Snowiny's occupation of Ed Island had left a bitter anti-Snowinn sentiment among the population of Ed Island, including the closing of Ed Island's Winsburg embassy and ending of diplomatic relations. After Snowiny's transition to the United Provinces, tensions between the nations were eased, but the disdain of Snowiny continued several years after. Ed Island has been accused of manipulating elections within the United Provinces, to varying degrees of truthfulness. The United Provinces is often a scapegoat for Ed Islandian activities, especially the development of nuclear weapons.
- UnitedTerra - Good -- While the two countries do not interact much, Ed Island has a friendly relationship with UT.
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