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|Democratic Republic of Finipines
|Motto: Lumaban para sa Inang Bayan! (Fight for the Motherland!)|
|Anthem: Aking Bayan
As of 2018
|Official languages||English, Filipino|
|Recognised regional languages||Sugbuano, Zamor, Spanish|
|Species||Adelie Penguin, Emperor Penguin, Chinstrap Penguin, Enclave-Peletonium|
|Membership|| United Antarctic Nations
Asiapelago United Organization
|-||President||Amor Reinleigh L. Atienza|
|-||Vice President||Mahlor Kiko D. Perez|
|-||Lower House||House of Representatives|
|Currency||Pebble, Circum (
|Drives on the||Right|
|This is a parody of the Philippines.|
|Flag of the Western Union|
|Treaties and Events|
|Summits and Conferences|
The Finipines, named in full as The Democratic Republic of the Finipines, is an archipelago located in the Asiapelago. It is a relatively friendly country that maintains contact with its neighbors, and constantly tries to unify itself despite physical and cultural barriers. It is a member of the Western Union, a political, economic and military union of nations, as of 1 April 2018.
It was initially colonized by Castilla for about 300 years before being liberated by the High Penguin Confederacy. From there, the Finipines remained friendly contact with its neighbors before the coming of the Khanzem war. It retained a neutral stance while allowing refugees to come into the country. It continued to live in peace until it underwent martial law under Marcos Stolleya. He would later be ousted by a peaceful series of protests, and a corporate government would be adapted. This would fall apart once more when Maharlika comes into the picture, whose penguin rights abuse and corruption cases lead to a coup d'etat and civil war. The government shifted back to its former democratic republic, undergoing major reformations and a civil war before opening its doors to bigger, better international relations.
The Finipines's economy is run mainly by medical services and infrastructure. Infrastructure in the country is carefully maintained and developed, as the country firmly believes in better infrastructure being key to a better economy. The Finipines is known to have many underground highways and railways, as well as engineering feats of bridges that connect two islands together. In terms of medicine, the field became a major game player during the Dew's Point Inc administration. It is proud of its progress in incorporating local herbs in modern medicine, and much recently its studies in prosthetics design. Currently, the state is known for its state-of-the-art medical institutions and high standards in medicine practice. Due to this, it is known to have some of the best medical services in the region.
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 2.1 Pre-Castillian History
- 2.2 Castillan Occupation
- 2.3 High Penguin Confederacy Occupation
- 2.4 The Era of Silence
- 2.5 Khanzem War
- 2.6 Period of Isolation
- 2.7 The Marcos Dictatorship
- 2.8 Explorer XII and the PPPPPPP
- 2.9 Dew's Point, Inc
- 2.10 Prelude to the Fall
- 2.11 Coup d'etat at Maybila
- 2.12 First Finipino Civil War
- 2.13 Rebuilding
- 2.14 Second Finipino Civil War
- 2.15 Reconstruction
- 2.16 Contemporary Finipines
- 2.17 Timeline
- 3 Economy
- 4 Energy
- 5 Politics
- 6 Military
- 7 Education
- 8 Transportation
- 9 National Landmarks and Buildings
- 10 Citizens
- 11 Major Cities
- 12 Culture
- 13 Trivia
- 14 See Also
In general, the long and diverse history of the Finipines rotates around invasion, revolution, and devotion to the homeland.
The little information gathered about the Finipines prior the occupation of Castilla has undergone serious scrutinization and debate before becoming the official story many know today.
The islands that would later make up the archipelago co-existed with each other. They were mainly inhabited by penguins and wild puffles, and believed to have arrived to the islands simply by boat. Their culture is known to various distinctly from each other, but the basics were there: a caste system, similar ancient alphabet, and means of trade. Politically speaking, they built kingdoms amongst themselves, with powerful ones located in now Maybila, Sugbu, and Zamorez. Ruled by chieftains, they would make up various laws that were made under the guidance of a council of elderly. The three main kingdoms had power over smaller communities in its midst, and were rather interdependent with each other. Economically speaking, they made use of barter, where it was often done by the beach. The produce would range from fruits and crops to raw materials and metals. Besides each other, the three also traded with nearby countries, examples being ancient Zhou.
Remarkably, they seemed to be rather reluctant with their foreign relations. The kingdoms would only go so far as to trade with the nearby nations. Besides that, they mostly kept to themselves. This would all change when the Castillians would arrive to set foot upon the islands.
Castillan forces found its way into the Finipines on accident. They had only intended to look for resources for the empire, and were surprised to find natives in the area. For a while, they only watched idly as the natives went about with their daily lives, trying to make sense of them despite the apparent language barriers. Upon realization that the civilization was rather advanced and rich in its own way, the forces went to work trying to colonize it. The natives had retaliated harshly, defending itself from the foreign belligerents. Given that they were merely a small community, they had sent word to the powerful kingdom, which so happened to be Maybila. With the onslaught of warriors who were ready to defend the island, the Castillans were forced to retreat.
They come back years later with more forces, and the battle began to stretch until it reached the lands of Maybila. While the kingdom had fought relentless, it later succumbed due to the advance weapons of the Castillans. As the island was overthrown by the foreign forces, the other islands followed as kingdoms struggled to wrangle their subjects to fight against the common enemy. Many would much rather flee than face the wrath of these foreign colonizers, and soon, the islands were in Castilla's grip. Tribes fled to the mountains to hide and preserve their culture, and the colonizers did not bother with chasing after them. The remaining natives became prisoners under them, and were oftentimes forced to work in bare minimum conditions. Throughout the years, thousands of Finipinos would be forced to build buildings and roads for the empire, easily paving the way to urbanization through forced work.
Castilla leached into the country's various resources. When the buildings were made and the roads were finished, they were quick to turn the resources into something new. Forests were cut down to have more materials to make buildings, and mountains were mined to get jewels and metals that would be used to decorate and build. Castilla exhausted the Finipino simply by forcing them to do the dirty work. It did not matter to them on whether or not they were exhausted or ill, it had to be drilled into them that this was no longer their home. This would all change when the High Penguin Confederacy steps in.
High Penguin Confederacy Occupation
In 1769, the High Penguin Confederacy saw the sufferings that the Castillan colony was going through. It had taken pity upon the fledgling colony and had decided to come to their aid. A group of officials from the country had come down to speak with the natives, careful with avoiding Castillan detection and simply looking for someone who could potentially help them free the country. The High Penguins had suggested a revolution, and the natives were excited but reluctant to take part in it. They directed the group to others who they thought suitable to lead such an uprising, and they would in turn direct them to others. Before long, though, they came upon an aging fellow named Klaus del Fuego, a descendant of the last chieftain of the old times. With his son, Andrew del Fuego, they had hatched a plot with the High Penguin Confederacy to oust the Castillans and return the freedom of the islands.
del Fuego and his son managed to wrangle up hundreds of Finipinos to rebel against the Castillan colonizers. They called themselves the Himagsikan (Rebellion), and were not afraid to fight their masters. The revolution began in Chico, when a simple scuffle with the Castillan mayor ended with them killing him and retaking the city hall. They worked their way through the city, taking down Castillan guards and major figureheads until they had the city under control. News of their rebellion had stretched until it reached the capital of Maybila, and many were quick to act upon it. Castilla had tried desperately to keep the Finipinos under control, but the effect was instantaneous. Uprisings were felt all around the island, that soon expanded to the rest of the nation. Many more pledged allegiance to the Himagsikan and the Castillans were forced to retreat.
The HPC stepped in to fill in for Castilla. At first, the Finipines was anxious with them doing so, thinking that the revolution was merely a trick for HPC to get into the country. While it may be partially true, it was not the case. The HPC assisted in setting up a proper government for the country, as well as improve education and infrastructure by properly paying those who worked in it. 1826 came with them eventually stepping away to let the Finipines run their own country.
The Era of Silence
Given that this point of the country's history focused on self-improvement, many call it the Era of Silence. Andrew del Fuego took up the mantle of becoming the first official leader of the archipelago, after popular vote placed him in office. He got to work with reviving the dwindling forests and mountains of the country, putting a large percentile of the country's budget into its rehabilitation. With this he made what is known to be a crude version of the Ecological Collective, mainly a list of protocols to follow when it came to the country's natural resources. Additionally, he had organized the executive branch to be a bit more complex in comparison to the one given to him, establishing many departments such as the Department of Health and Department of Education. Economically speaking, he had reintroduced the power of the maritime economy, which strengthened the Finipines due to its geographical location.
When he stepped down from office 12 years later, an engineer named Miguel Ignacio took his place. Ignacio concentrated on the infrastructure and transportation of the country, as he believed that improvement of these were necessary for national progress. He was passionate about public transportation and introduced jeeps, which were an elongated version of the small jeeps. He tried to sustain what del Fuego created, while at the same time improving it by establishing the Department of Infrastructure and Transportation. Ignacio was ready to work on rebuilding the country's highways and roads when he died in office 10 years into his administration.
Isaac Moriones was a bright-eyed man who stepped into Ignacio's place. He focused on improving the agricultural sector of the country, thinking that it would improve the country in terms of economical progress. Under the executive branch, he had established the Department of Foreign Affairs so that the Finipines would try and make its move to connect with the rest of the international community. He also established the Honor Guards, who were known to be the grandfathers of the Presidential Security Team. He is known to be one of the longest serving presidents in the whole of the era, with a long list of achievements to testify for his tenure. While constructing some of the designs that Ignacio had planned for their country, Moriones also designed inter-island highways that would span across bodies of water.
Moriones steps down 18 years later to usher in a new kind of leadership. With tensions uprising in the continents, Oswald Quizon tried his best to remain positive. He had made further progress with the country's infrastructure, as well as made heavy blows to improve its education. Quizon would be the last president of the Era before the Khanzem War began.
Khanzem was a grim time in the continent's history. Despite this, Quizon had tried his best to be positive.
As the war crippled the country's maritime economy, Quizon had scrambled to make sure his archipelago would stay afloat. By adapting a neutral stance during the war, as well as allowing the circulation of produce all over the country, he tried not to let his countrymen feel the wrath of the war around them. Of course, he could not look away from the atrocities that was going on overseas, and had secretly allowed in refugees from the other countries to find a home in the Finipines. With this openness, though, Japaland saw it to be an opportunity to strike and take the country by storm. As Quizon tried his best to defend the islands against their wrath, they succumbed to the Japalandese and fell into another occupation. Quizon was executed along with many of those who were in the government.
Unknown to them, however, the vice president had managed to escape. Antonio Makisig was a man who refused to back down without a fight, and he wanted to avenge the fate of his president and peers. He had taken government funds and used it to fund insurgents who would take the country back by storm, and a bloody revolution was underway to take back the nation. With the war coming to a close and the Japaland forces weakening, they were forced to retreat.
Period of Isolation
As a way to recover from the sudden influx of refugees under Quizon's rule, the Finipines entered what many historians call the Period of Isolation.
Makisig officially took up the task of president when the revolution settled down. He had made attempts in restoring the economy by means of fixing the agricultural sector. Due to the effects of the war on the lands, however, he turned towards industrialization to fix the fragmented economy. By constructing factories and offices, he provided a new line of jobs for the country to take. At first, it began with simple commodities for the country, before it reached export quality products that they tried to sell to nearby countries. He shifted education to be more towards business and industry, in order to promote and keep the work force at its top shape.
When he stepped down, Gregorio Ordoñez was quick to take his position. He was a passionate man from the armed forces, a veteran from the times of the revolution. While he was said to be a poor diplomat due to his terrible negotiation skills, his tactician skills made him a formidable president. He focused on improving national security during the first half of his term, establishing what would later be known to be the City of Aviation. He also placed a large percentile of the national budget into enhancing the military, going so far as to establishing the Finipino Military Academy in Pilar. His combined passion for protecting his fellowmen and brutal politics made him an admired president by many. In addition to his military improvements, he also set to work improving the public transportation. He planned out an inter-island railway system when he stepped down from office due to old age.
Leonardo Martinez is said to have evened out his predecessors with his deep love for the arts. He would be the last president of the period, but not without significant achievements. Martinez reintroduced arts to his countrymen, reminding them of the importance it held in protecting the national identity and culture of the country. He integrated it into the general academics of the Finipines to ensure that the next generation would learn a healthy balance of sciences and arts. He also heavily funded the creation of museums and promoted the rediscovery of history. Through this, he had promoted an influx of creative minds to make their way into the country's hearts with new fashion, history, and art forms. Martinez is attributed for the return of the ancient script for modern use.
The Marcos Dictatorship
Castilla never did like the idea of an independent Finipines, as they believed that the region was better as a Castilian source of resources than a country. Unfortunately, the region was too volatile to be simply re-conquered and the Finipinos didn't seem to want to go down without a fight. Castilla proceeded to wait for a given opportunity to retake the archipelago as theirs, and was given one in the 1950s.
A rogue soldier from one of the many elite divisions of the Finipino military approached the Crown to offer the Finipines in exchange for power. This soldier's name was Marcos, who was notorious for his bribery and corruption cases and dishonorable discharge. After much negotiation and planning with the Castillans, he was given the go signal to make his move. He began meeting with higher military officials in secret, bribing them with money and the promise of power in exchange for men to serve as his foot soldiers. He made quick work with all the connections he had, easily forming a powerful regime against those who were loyal to the Finipino government. With his regime, he had managed to topple down the government so easily that it surprised the nation. Castilla did not directly act, so not to be seen as a colonial menace and get involved in needless headaches, but extensively funded, backed, and armed Marcos' regime.
After securing the Palasyo, the executions began. Marcos began trying all those who opposed his regime, falsely accusing them of various crimes against the motherland. Many who fell victim to these were mayors, senators, and even the President himself. He was cruel with his rule, and executed all who were deemed guilty by the bribed court and its jury. With no one to oppose him politically, Marcos opened and encouraged massive Castillan development and exploitation of Finipino land and resources. This caused a fall in foreign investment, as Castilla easily monopolized and hoarded the Finipines for themselves. In return for tribute and free will to take whatever the empire needed, Marcos was given the free will to do whatever he so desired to the country. With this, he did so with much gusto. He taxed the Finipino people immensely to have extravagant parties for Castilla and those who are close to him. With his wife, he also used the tax money to build grand theaters and museums for the amusement of the elites.
Of course, the crippling economy and overall dictatorship did not go unnoticed. Many of the youth and those in the education sector protested against the atrocities of the Marcos regime. Whether in secret or in public, many did not like the way Marcos was treating their country. They wanted to return to the free and steadily growing country that they had before Marcos had the audacity to snuff out the whole government. Unfortunately, though, they were shushed by the regime that served Marcos, kidnapping them in the streets or breaking into their homes to take them away. These desaparecidos were then sent to military black sites and imprisoned, tortured, or killed if they were particularly noisy.
Explorer XII and the PPPPPPP
- Main article: Explorer XII
It wasn't simple to demand a change in government when you always had a high chance of becoming a statistic under the Marcos regime. Many sought refuge in the mountains, and promptly left their lives in the city in exchange for fighting for a cause. They had ranged from old penguins who only desired to protect the future of their grandchildren, to youth who sought to end the tyrannical rule. There were also songwriters, dancers, painters, writers, and filmmakers who wanted to practice their craft in peace without getting arrested for their subversive work. They lived in clusters in cave of the mountains, or in clearings surrounded by dense forestry. It's in these caves and forests where they hatched plot after plot to retake the country, or reawaken their fellow countrymen who have bowed to the Marcos regime. They had planned revolutions, and yet they lacked the manpower and support to do so without it exploding before them. So they started small, with propaganda that was spread to the small towns around them. These were quickly burned by patrolling regime soldiers.
Another angle to take would be that of Explorer XII, who took interest in winning back the democracy his country has thirsted for and desired. He was a chemist for the company of Dew's Point, and he didn't want this tyrannical rule to remain in his country forever. His movement's were subtle. He began with printing out small propaganda labels on the bottles of medicine they sold, which would be packaged with the other batches of medicine and circulated around the country. He used his paycheck to secure funds for ammunition, food supplies, transport, and began to wear yellow. His thoughts did not need to be spoken, for they were clear: he demanded change. With his shift in mindset, even his colleagues caught on and began to work with him to make subtler, smaller, better propaganda on their bottles. With the funds getting bigger and bigger, they all wondered when the next move will happen.
And it happened so easily. Activists from the mountains who got ahold of their bottles of medicine with propaganda saw an opportunity to coordinate, and made do with the situation. Explorer XII, along with a team of chemists, went to the provinces and up to the mountains to speak to the heart of the rebellion. They found themselves in awe with their situation, especially with how they managed to comfort themselves with the hope of freedom from the government's tyrannical rule. The plan was forming so easily for Explorer XII. He made moves with the highest executives of the company to slowly influence the limited media industry, trying to coax them into doing the right thing and reaching out to the masses. It was almost easy to get them to agree, and soon after many news outlets began to release the propaganda Explorer XII and the activists were trying to release to the public. By exposing Marcos for his atrocities and his cronies for their greed, the masses were awakened to take action.
In 1964, the reign of Marcos was ended by the joint efforts of him, Cardinal Jamie Son, Dew's Point Inc., activists, and the masses. With millions of Finipinos storming the streets and protesting for their freedom, it was impossible for the military to shoo them away without causing international chaos. It didn't help that the protestors gave them food and water, coaxing them with basic necessities to change sides. After a series of nonviolent protests, Marcos and his wife fled the country to avoid prosecution. The activists and Explorer XII then met up to determine who shall rule the country, but was surprised to see that the public already had a leader in mind. With their chantings of "Dew's Point Inc.", it was obvious that they wanted to make the company their leader. After an election to truly determine the country's wishes, the executives of Dew's Point and Explorer XII were sworn into office.
Dew's Point, Inc
Despite the positive outlook the country had towards the new form of government, the transition was rather rocky. The government had to be reorganized to suit Dew's Point, and the country had to get used to the new transition.
Dew's Point ushered in a new era of improvements. With a business mindset and a fervent love for the country, it had began with reworking the economic policies that were paralyzed by the Marcos regime. They made the policies friendlier and slacker for potential businessmen, and at the same time prevented compromise for the national resources. They also established policies that limited but welcomed foreign investors, especially since the country was still wary of letting in foreigners in their market. As a way of improving itself while at the same time helping the people, Dew's Point also opened up hundreds of offices all over the country to make up for the thousands of citizens who wanted to work for the corporate republic. These jobs would have ranged from maintenance to administrative work, with a readied list of benefits for the employee and their immediate family. After consultation from experts hired by the company, they also managed to reinforce business studies in the national curriculum. While trying its best not to squash the arts, the company introduced business-oriented subjects such as economics, business math, entrepreneurship, technical livelihood, etc. It also looked into upgrading public school facilities and buildings all over to country to assist the teachers in doing their tasks.
Beyond their economical and education achievements, the company has also tried to improve the military and infrastructure of the country. Given that the military was rather independent of the company, the best help that the company sought to do is improve its equipment and materials. Through its chemistry and technology division, it created weapons and vehicles that could be used by the military in patrolling the seas and transporting themselves and equipment. Medicines were also produced in order to heal casualties, and preservatives were created to help keep food packets from spoiling. In terms of infrastructure, they managed to design inter-island highways and railways that would promote easier transportation of goods. They also built airports and bays to promote sea and air travel.
Prelude to the Fall
After a decade of rule, Dew's Point saw that it was high time to step down and allow a different company to lead the country. Elections were opened and many companies stepped up to the challenge of serving the nation. This was when the utopia of the corporate republic began falling apart. After graciously leaving office, Dew's Point was replaced by Maharlika.
Maharlika had a political platform that was to lead the Finipines to greater heights. It had strong standpoints on foreign policy, economic progress, and population, with a stronger identification with the country's precolonial past that easily wooed patriots and history fanatics alike. Following inauguration to office, Maharlika took the country by storm with its 10-point economic plan. It introduced a concept in which citizens need not burden themselves with paying their taxes when it was just reduced from their paycheck. They revamped old highways and railroads, and created many of the expressways that remain to this day. Besides infrastructure and economical reform, Maharlika opened the country further for foreign investors who wanted to invest their businesses in the Finipines. Known to be a social butterfly, it also sent out many diplomats to other countries to establish international relations that could help the Finipines to achieve greater things.
Unfortunately, even the best of the best have an ugly side. Two years into office, Maharlika began to enact laws that weren't totally announced to the country. Many were distraught to find that the taxes being reduced from their salary increased by the months, but hoped that it was merely a way for Maharlika to get enough funds to enact more projects. This would have been the case, if it weren't for the fact that public projects began getting fewer and fewer, with at least one project every two months. They were typically minor things such as fixing a section of a road or repairing a sewer or two. These suspicions began to spike when Maharlika began releasing laws that benefitted the company more than the public.
The company also became increasingly mysterious to the masses. The board they voted into had been increasingly silent. Rumors were spread that the company had undergone a shift in leadership, and that they were being lead by one of Marcos's illegitimate children. There were others that said that the leadership was in the grip of a group of Marcos cronies or sympathizers who wanted to put the country back in dictatorial rule. This obviously did not sit easily with the public, and many rallied the streets to demand answers from the company. At first, they weren't stopped or given a second look by those who worked in Maharlika. The company began to take action when the rallies became more frequent. High profile activists were suddenly picked off from their homes or public places. Many began to notice and hid, but there were few who continued to rally for not just the company's injustices, but also for those who were taken by unknown penguins.
Coup d'etat at Maybila
The country's utopia was quickly becoming a dystopia. Within the ranks of the Finipino Armed Forces, a radical mind was brewing a plan to retake the country and restore justice.
His name was Oliver Ballesteros, a captain hailing from Sugbu. He heard the cries of those who were affected by the injustices, and heard the chants of the protesters in the streets. He knew that action was necessary in order to heed their calls, and that democracy needed to be defended at a time like this. With this, his combined leadership skills and radical mindset managed to convince his platoon and later other platoons to join forces in order to topple down Maharlika. They coordinated their attack in secret, training at night and stocking up on ammunitions and weaponry to use at the time of the attack. This did not sit easily with their senior officers, though, but it didn't take long for Ballesteros to convince them to join them. Not long after, it was as if the majority of the armed forces were backing him up towards the coup they were about to start.
On May 10, 1976, the armed forces bombed the Maharlika Main Office in Maybila. They took the office by storm and proceeded to take into hostage any employee they would come face-to-face with, before storming the higher floors. Much to their chagrin, though, they were met with empty offices and destroyed filing cabinets. It seemed as if the board knew of their movements.
They failed to take into account the mysterious group that seemed to do Maharlika's bidding. Not long after securing the Maharlika Main Office in Maybila, gunshots were heard on the lower floors. They were surprised to find a surge of soldiers in uniforms that weren't theirs, with weapons they've never seen. They found themselves facing the wrath of Maharlika's private army, the rumored soldiers who did Maharlika's dirty work and swore loyalty to the company. Many of its members were fellow soldiers who were reported dead or missing, or recruits who were booted from the academy. The mutineers immediately fell back to avoid damage to their side, and ended up running away from the strategically advance team of operatives. The fighting began to escalate into an ugly conflict, wherein Maybila was put under lockdown and citizens were refused refuge from the battle. The armed forces found themselves struggling with two things: defending civilians who were caught in the crosshairs and keeping up their front. Many civilians were used as bargain chips or penguin shields against the armed forces, and they had no choice but to put down their weapons and allow them to go.
With their plan falling apart so rapidly, it was no surprise when the conflict ended a month later. Maharlika's private army managed to corner what was left of the mutineers, who were captured and put in prison. After quickly recomposing itself, Maharlika began the public trials of the renegade soldiers. They were quickly tried and executed by public hanging, as the company saw no point in wasting resources on them. It immediately suspended the armed forces as a whole, and introduced their army as the country's new protectors. They became judge and executor for the martial law that Maharlika imposed not long after the executions.
First Finipino Civil War
The Finipines did not handle martial law easily.
A revolution was quickly organized. Many who were former activists during the reign of Marcos found themselves back in the mountains once more, plotting to finish what Oliver Ballesteros had started. Those who joined them were armed forces soldiers who were suspended from duty, the youth who wanted to partake in such a historical movement, and private citizens who simply wanted a free nation for the future generation. They called themselves "Anak ng Himagsikan" (Children of the Rebellion), a nod towards the original group made by their ancestors during the revolution against Castilla. Together, they trained themselves with the equipment they managed to take from Maharlika's custody and strategized a way to secure Pilar, City of Aviation, and most especially Maybila. There was no time for peaceful protest and propaganda: war was the only way to take their country back.
Securing Pilar and the City of Aviation was easy. They found allies in the cities, who were silenced by Maharlika's officers with death threats. Most of these allies provided rations and information necessary to aid the rebellion with its plan. There were some though, who helped in hiding weapons to use as well as providing refuge for any who are injured. Maharlika's forces were easily outnumbered, and the cities were theirs in days. After taking Pilar and the City of Aviation as theirs, the rebellion proceeded to strengthen themselves by means of further training and influencing more to join. Maybila bulked up for when they strike, while the Anak ng Himagsikan increased their numbers and trained with the confiscated equipment they took, as well as the new weapons that Orion had. They were further strengthened by monetary backing from Dew's Point, who saw it necessary to save the country once more.
The siege of Maybila started 2 years into the civil war. Millions of armed rebels stormed their way through the walled capital, easily taking down the barricades that Maharlika presumed would protect them from the wrath of the rebellion. Bullets rained down from all directions, and casualties were made taken both sides of the battle. Maharlika and rebels clashed heavily as they forced their way into the city, avoiding civilian casualties as much as possible. It came to a point though, that Maybila citizens joined arms to aide their fellowmen in stopping Maharlika and its Orion Initiative. After securing Maybila, it became a nationwide hunt for the remaining Maharlika executives. Maharlika forces were stubborn with their way of fighting the armed forces, and many skirmishes occurred. Those who were captured were quickly court-martialed and executed, given that the country no longer had a use for them. The civil war officially ends in 1980, where a democratic republic was reinstalled as the new government.
After the First Civil War, those who were major figure heads of the revolution met up to discuss the fate of the country's government. It was eventually decided that they pick one of them to run for presidency, as well as open the candidacy to other who desire to run for president. The Finipines had an election to vote for 4 main contestants, but eventually voted in Robert Hilario.
Upon inauguration, Hilario promised that the Finipines would undergo major changes to catch ahead with the rest of the continent. A large portion of the Finipino taxes went to repairing national roads and highways, as the country believed that infrastructure should be put in the forefront of repairs. From there, the government began designing and building road extensions and underground tunnels to further improve these national infrastructures. Along with repairs to roads was the repair of destroyed cities and towns, in which the government called for a PPP (public-private partnership) in order to help speed up the repairs of commercial and residential buildings. During this, major cities like Maybila and Quizon underwent major renovation to suit the demands of the government and populace.
With the repair and improvement of infrastructure and cities came the reformations to economy. As many of the country's agricultural grounds were deemed unusable for agriculture, the government decided to allocate most of it to be industrialized to make factories and warehouses. The remaining land underwent treatments suggested by the Department of Science and Technology, in hopes that it could be used to create farms and greenhouses. Knowing that this would largely affect farmers in the country, the government also initiated training programs that would make farmers credible to work in the factories and warehouses that were to be made on the grounds they used to till. In terms of fishery, the government also provided assistance to fishermen by providing a list of safe waters they may fish in. After handling the agricultural problems the country faced post-civil war, the country saw a surge in economy. Five years into his administration, Hilario announced that he would be stepping down as president of the country. Another national election was held, and Julius de Santos was elected into power.
de Santos was a man who promised changes in national security and curriculum, which was met with much approval by the public. In his first few years in office, the military took up a major chunk of the national budget. Many of the military bases in the Finipines were renovated, adding more barracks to compensate for the growing number of recruits who desire to join the armed forces. The government also created artificial islands to serve as outposts for the navy and air force, especially in the eastern side of the country. With the modernization of bases came the modernization of equipment, during which the government phased out old planes, ships, and tanks in exchange for newer ones that were either bought or made by private contractors. Many old rifles and weapons were also phased out in favor of newer and more efficient ones. Along with this came the improvement of the FMA's curriculum to suit the needs of the country in terms of national security.
During the last years of his administration, de Santos allocated a large portion of the national budget to education and memorials for the recent civil war. Under educational reform, many public educational institutions saw an expansion and renovation in facilities. The government updated the curriculum to meet the president's objectives, giving emphasis to the need for critical thinking and analysis to be instilled among students. Education shifted to become "general to specific", with primary having a general curriculum and secondary having specializations. Additionally, values integration was added to the curriculum requirements of students, as the government believes that instilling nationalism and discipline was best taught at a young age. The de Santos educational curriculum would later survive another civil war with minor changes. As for memorials, the most remarkable one would be found in one of the islands near the Ruzon island would be constructed to be a memorial for the soldiers of the war. It would later be named The Ruins.
Notably, the country remained slightly closed off to the rest of the international community. Although it sent out its representative to the UAN, they country remained reclusive. It seemed to have avoided getting into any of the conflicts of other countries, as it was obvious that its fragility wouldn't help them or those who wish to have them involved in international issues.
Second Finipino Civil War
After the end of the First Finipino Civil War, the weakened Maharlika and its army retreated to the mountainous north in order to regroup and recuperate.
They desired to keep the country longer for their bidding, and to make the country bow to their regime. Their plan began in silence. Maharlika and its officers slowly immersed themselves in key positions of the government, and made its way up the political ladder. They ranged from figureheads in the cabinet to simple security officers of government buildings. They have managed to obtain vital information that would aid their revolt, such as classified blueprints, the Armory's inventory, etc. Using this information, they began training themselves with the skills necessary to take back the country. They also crafted chemical weapons for themselves to use against the unsuspecting government. October 15, 2000 is when the Second Finipino Civil War began when Maharlika operatives broke into the Government Armory. From there, it escalated into a bloody 72-hour hostage crisis, in which many government forces were mowed down by the very weapons they created. A declaration of war was released and not long after, the country plunged into its second civil war.
The second civil war is said to be bloodier than the last one, due to the introduction of chemicals in their warfare. It released poisonous gas into unsuspecting villages to kill innocent lives, and tried to drop these bombs on military camps. While the government scrambled to protect its citizens from the gas, it had to combat exceptionably strong soldiers of Maharlika. It was rumored that the group had been experimenting on its soldiers with serums that would improve their abilities in the battlefield. With these conditions, the armed forces struggled to keep the Maharlika forces from retaking the country. It exhausted its manpower to keep fighting these enhanced soldiers, and fell back whenever necessary.
They hit a breakthrough halfway through the conflict. As the Maharlika forces became sloppier, they had many blunders that resulted to casualties in their side. Sometimes it left behind soldiers, who would be captured and interrogated by the government. They were convinced to give information about the rebellious side of the conflict, and revealed names to locations to aid the government. The armed forces set to work bombing these strongholds whenever necessary, and went so far as to try making a counter gas to defend its citizens against the poisonous gas. The tables were quickly turned as Maharlika was forced to retreat. The conflict ends five years later on March 2, when government forces stormed the hideout of Maharlika Reformists and killed high-ranking leaders of the said group. They also captured Maharlika officers, as well as confiscated the high-caliber arms they had with them. From there, the government made quick work trying to flush out the rest of the Maharlika Reformists, at the same time capturing their military officers.
At the end of the conflict, Benjamin Ynares assumed the position of President of the Finipines. He began with making a series of political reformations to fix the war-torn country. These reformations included the banning of high-powered weapons, modernization of military, and improvement of the environmental laws of the Finipines.
Justice was swift after the conflict. Many of those who were captured were questioned for details concerning the inner workings of their side of the war, before being tried and executed. There were a lucky few who were spared and reconsidered for reformation, and kept under the watchful eye of the military. They were later given amnesty for their war crimes, and a some were given positions within the president's inner circle. Although they were constantly being watched, they still committed to redeeming themselves before the public. Eventually, with their combined input and cooperation, they helped to make changes in the military and its workings. Of all of these changes, the major one was the creation of the paramilitary intelligence agency known as the Orion Initiative. This was met with most protest from the public, but was easily quelled by promises made by the president.
Ynares set to work repairing the infrastructure of the country. He started mostly with schools, in order to restart the new school year of the country. He then set to work with repairing roads and railways, using better equipment in order to make them firmer and secure. Since there was little to do with the ruined farming lands of the country, he proposed the creation of greenhouses in order to restore the agriculture sector. These greenhouses would be massive and tall to accommodate a varied set of crops, and required the technical skills of farmers to work. Waters were rehabilitated to make them safe enough to fish in, and forests were restored back to their full glory.
Diplomatically speaking, he tried his best to reconnect with the rest of the continent. He re-established trade with Amataria and Zhou, and also did major reformation with the Finipino Constitution, in which he made updates to it as well as additional laws that are required. As the economy slowly rose to its former glory, Ynares stepped down to make way for Amor Atienza.
Amor Atienza was inaugurated for her strong beliefs in culture and improvement on foreign policy. It was high time for the Finipines to become more involved in the international community, and Atienza made it her number one priority as President of the Finipines.
Atienza is depicted by history to be a social butterfly among the many presidents that lead the country, as she sent out many diplomats to promote the country to the international community. She built embassies in other countries and promoted foreign travel for her fellowmen, which brought about an influx of foreign money entering the country. She also struck deals with other countries that would expand the country's influence in the region, especially empowering the medical sector's abilities. In terms of diplomats, many of which managed to strike deals and relationships that would further enhance the country's position as a game changer within the region. Most remarkably would be the relationship it struck with Munijoch after its chief ambassador married the chief ambassador of Munijoch.
Her tenure came with a few hitches, of course. In 2013, a crisis broke out in Zamorez when rebels that were loosely connected to Maharlika took the city under hostage and demanded representation in the country's legislature. The administration was adamant to refuse this, and henceforth started a bloody conflict that lasted for weeks. Government forces clashed with rebels that resulted in many civilian fatalities, and the masses weren't so optimistic for it to end well. This would end when Orion operatives were sent into the scene to quell the rebels. Atienza was quick to investigate why the conflict took so long to end, and promoted the rehabilitation of the city.
Currently, the country is known to be a medical powerhouse in the Asiapelago. While it tries to be more sociable to the rest of the community, it's recent foreign policy is the most improved in comparison to the past years.
On 1 April 2018 the country became one of the 5 new members of the Western Union, a union comprised of 12 independent member states.
To simply everything, a timeline has been created to mark out the major points in Finipino history.
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- pre-1521: The Finipines had a strong, functioning civilization consisting of small kingdoms and communities dotting the islands.
- 1521: The invasion of Castilla began.
- 1521 - 1729: Large-scale slavery was used to construct infrastructures and serve the Castillans, who were the first colonizers of the country.
- 1729: The Himagsikan, a rebel group comprised mostly of peasants, sought to liberate the country, thus beginning a bloody revolution.
- 1769: The Finipines is eventually liberated with the assistance of the High Penguin Confederacy. They reluctantly allowed brief occupation for learning how to be a country. The HPC occupation brought about gentle repairs to a revolution ravaged country, drastically improving the Finipino economy and infrastructure.
- 1866: The Era of Silence began as a time of reclusion when the Finipines began a trial and error method of country managing.
- 1913: Finipines is invaded by Japaland during the Khanzem War.
- 1918: Once more, the Period of Isolation prompted the country to disappear from the international platform to take care of its own welfare.
- 1950: With the support from Castilla, a penguin named Marcos Stolleya overthrew the Finipino government and became the dictator.
- 1964: Marcos was peacefully overthrown, with Dew's Point, Inc. being elected to lead the nation.
- 1972: Finipines joins the United Antarctic Nations on July 4.
- 1974: Maharlika Corporation was put into power.
- 1976: Oliver Ballesteros staged a military coup d'etat that eventually failed, resulting in his execution alongside other mutineers. This sparked the First Finipino Civil War at the end of the year.
- 1980: End of the First Finipino Civil War. Democratic institutions are returned to power as the government returns to its former system.
- 2000: Second Finipino Civil War began due to the want of the Maharlika to overthrow the government.
- 2005: End of the Second Finipino Civil War.
- 2007: Amor Atienza becomes the first female Finipino president after winning a landslide election.
- 2013: Zamorez Crisis rattled the country.
- 2018: Finipines joins the Western Union.
The agricultural sector may not be as strong as the other industries, but it remains to be rather prominent within the country. Farmers and fishermen in the Finipines are primarily government-sponsored, who strongly encourages those who work in it with a set list of benefits. The government typically gives a monthly subsidy to assist farmers in their daily work, which is proportioned according to what the farmer needs. Many of the children of farmers are admitted into national scholarship programs to ease the burdens of expenses. Farmers are also given an allotted part of land with a designated kind of crop to plant. With this, farmers mostly produce rice, watermelons, mangoes, cabbages, and potatoes.
The allocation of land to farmers is mainly due to the limited resources that may be used for agriculture. The Ecological Collective condemns the clearing of national forests in favor of agriculture, and the passing of two civil wars has greatly reduced the possible places to farm. Maharlika's mismanagement has also contributed to the depletion of land quality, with many landfills sprouting all over the country and polluting the grounds. With this, many of potential farming grounds are screened before being divided to farmers. It is a rare find for the government to find ground that is already suitable and ready to be farmed on, given the current conditions. Currently, more than 80% of potential farming grounds are undergoing rehabilitation through composting, bioaugmentation, and desalinization. These methods are typically overseen by local farmers and the scientists from the Department of Science and Technology.
With this system, there has been a slow increase of citizens who work in agriculture. Most of the agricultural products produced by the sector are for the country, therefore a large percentage of it is circulated throughout the national markets. About 3% of total produce of the year would be exported.
When the country became independent, it had to rely on itself in manufacturing and processing its raw materials to create new products. This would begin the slow progression of manufacturing development in the country. Small businesses that specialize in one product would sprout out all over the islands until some branch out, expand, and become commercialized. The industry would greatly accelerate when corporatocracy comes into power, with the support of Dew's Point. At first, a large percentage of these products would be circulated around the country, but by the early 80s, the country began to export some of its processed products.
Currently, manufacturing holds at least 30% of the current exports of the country. Known exported goods would be electronic devices, appliances, and furnitures.
Medicine was introduced in 1964 by Dew's Point Inc., seeing as one of its employees and a major game player of the PPPPPPP was a chemist who made medicine. During the times of industry-centralized education, many turned to pursuing medicine as this was the trend at the time. With the rediscovery of ancient medicinal practices, many had conducted research on its validity and effectiveness in modern times. With the combination of current sciences, Finipino doctors were able to produce medicines made from indigenous medicines from ancient practices. Many of these would vary from painkillers to antihistamines, which were made from native herbs. With the exploration into medicine-making comes the production of synthetic hormones, which would eventually lead to the creation of stimulation (stim) darts. Stim darts would later on become the main ammunition available to the Finipino public.
Currently, medicine in the country has been looking into prosthetic design and nanomedicine. The events during and after the Second Finipino Civil War has raised demands for these products, and the overabundance of confiscated weapons has proved to be useful in making these prosthetics. Engineers and doctors are currently working together to improve and innovate prosthetic designs, as well as study the effectivity of nanotechnology in assisting in surgical operations, medicine administration, and even eliminating bacteria. The Finipines boasts of world-class medical facilities with affordable prices for any who may be in need of it.
Mining has been a major player in national economy since the Castillan occupation. During the Era of Silence, reports have circulated that the Castillans were able to find an abundance of crystals and minerals in the lands of the Finipines. With this, the government has looked into the matter with several projects involving those who mined for the colonizers and scientists who studied the mining sites. There have been conclusions that Castilla only managed to take approximately 15% of total minerals and crystals from the lands, but this cannot be absolutely verified due to the refusal of Castilla to disclose the amount of minerals and crystals they have taken from the islands.
Mining in the country is strictly monitored by the government due to the Ecological Collective. Less than 10% of current mining companies are foreign-owned, most likely due to the government's refusal to allow another country to take all of its resources. Mountains that may be mined from are greatly limited due to many of these being ancestral lands of the indigenous tribes, and therefore illegal to mine on. Products from mining are quartzes (45%), copper (15%), silver (15%), gold (10%), aluminum (10%), and other crystals (5%).
There are many sights to see in the archipelago, and the country's government is keen to see its potential.
- Electronics parts
- High-powered weapons
- Precious stones (Quartzes)
- Fruits (mainly mangoes, strawberries, bananas)
- Various metals (Gold, silver, copper, mercury)
- Medicines (vaccines, prescription drugs, etc)
- Electronics (computers, laptops, etc.)
The government of the Finipines is divided into three main groups: the Cabinet, the Congress, and the Supreme Court.
Within the cabinet, there are two main parts. The Upper Cabinet is made up of the President, Vice-President, the Chief Ambassador, and the secretaries of the 10 departments. The Lower Cabinet, meanwhile, is composed of the 5 Presidential offices and the President's 6 advisers. Despite the partition, the upper and lower cabinets work in tandem to review whatever laws pass through Congress, as well as decide whatever action must be conducted in times of emergency. They hold most of their meetings in the Palasyo.
The Congress is also made up of two main parts. The Senate is made up of 12 senators, who approve of whatever bill is passed in the House of the Representatives. The senators are elected from the three major islands of the country, with 4 coming from Ruzon, 4 from Sugbu, and 4 from Miranao. These senators take into consideration the needs of the island they are from as well as the interests of the country as a whole. The House of the Representatives, meanwhile, is made up of 21 representatives from the major regions and cities of the country. Like the Senate, they are elected from the three major islands of the country, with 7 coming from Ruzon, 7 from Sugbu, and 7 from Miranao. Their main task is to make laws based on the needs and wants of their respective regions, as well as approve pending bills. As a whole, the Congress produces most of the laws the country has, or approves those proposed by the Cabinet. They hold office in the House of Echoes.
The Supreme Court is headed by the Chief Justice who is followed by 5 other judges. Their main job is to determine if the bills that Congress is passing are within the constitutional parameters, and if they are against the constitution, suggest a lawful alternative to the bill. They also take up cases raised to their level of court, mostly major ones that demand the careful judgement of the six judges. The Supreme Court also doubles as the Council of Good Governance, whose main objective is to review corruption cases and give the punishment due if found guilty.
The Finipines has adapted an independent foreign policy, in which it always puts the best interests of the nation first above anything.
- Amataria - Excellent. Amataria and the Finipines are known to have fair to excellent foreign relations since the existence of both countries. They frequently trade robotic parts for electronics.
- Castilla - Very low. Castilla, being the country's colonial master for at least 300 years, was easily hated once the country was liberated. It didn't help that Marcos, the infamous dictator, would later be funded by the said country.
- Munijoch - Terrific! Following the marriage of Joseph and Maria Yslenski, the two countries have been great allies. The former First Couple is known for their rather awkward story.
- Shops Island - Fair. The two countries maintain a steady relationship, though Shops is weary of the country's dislike for Castilla.
- United Provinces - Excellent. The relationship between the two countries is relatively new, as UP President Simon McClark recently visited the country to discuss trade. The Finipines mainly export medicines to the country.
- USA - Excellent. Both are excellent trading partners and allies during war. The USA is the largest provider of military training in the Finipines and has recently ended a training session with Finipino and Antarctican soldiers called "Balikatan", Tagalog for "with all efforts".
- Zhou - Fair. Although the two countries are still arguing over a few islands, recently a member of a popular Zhouese basketball team has visited the country and has established Basketball Diplomacy to try to strengthen the relationship of the two countries in sports. Both countries are excellent trading partners and war allies.
While the country has many laws, here are some prevalent ones:
- Anti High-Power Weapons Law - The state has banned the possession and selling of high-power weapons (deletion, ditto, keysabers, etc.) to avoid the possibility of any violent uprisings. To compensate, the state allows the use of stim guns as a weapon for defense.
- The Ecological Collective - It is the general name for the 8 major environmental laws that protect the country's land forms and water forms. It puts emphasis on the importance of tribes in protecting these natural resources.
- Magna Carta of Penguins - It is a comprehensive law that further enforces Article III (Bill of Rights) of the constitution. It gives particular attention to cultural and society minorities such as children, disabled, ethnical groups, etc.
- Waste Management Law - The Finipines is very particular about waste management, and aims to achieve zero waste by 2030.
- The Antebellum - This party believes that the Finipines should revert back to its democratic, pre-second civil war glory, and is known to be the leading party as of now.
- Harvests - This party believes that the country should be focusing more on its agriculture, and desires to give more power to its farmers.
- Artificial Island Bases - They serve as outposts for incoming enemies in the sea.
- Air Force Quadrant - The northern base is found at the tip of the City of Aviation, right where the land and sea meet. It also serves as an outpost for the Navy and National Guard.
- Pilar - The fortress-city houses the headquarters of the Special Forces as well as the Finipino Military Academy.
Primary education is defined by the state to be levels 1-6, with Nursery and Kindergarten as optional. The curriculum during these times is focused mostly on the basics of all subjects, and is flexible to the learning capacity of the student. The curriculum additionally takes into consideration the well-being of the student, and thus avoids giving weekend homework unless necessary. In a typical school, a student takes up English, Filipino, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health. The state also believes that value integration should start early within its citizens, henceforth values are taught in relation to the subjects mentioned. Some schools may also have additional classes, but these listed subjects are those required by the state. After primary education, a student is expected to be fluent in two languages, as well as proficient in the sciences and arts. By this time, too, they should have a rather vague but knowledgeable idea of what they desire to take up in secondary education.
Secondary education is defined by the state to be levels 7-12. The curriculum for secondary education is very wide, with no definite parameters. Many of its subjects are preliminary for tertiary education, thus many students are given the free will to pick the classes they desire. The classes they decide on taking should align to the course they wish to take up after secondary education. Most schools allow students to have 6-8 subjects, while some require 10. The "no weekend homework" rule still applies throughout secondary education, but oftentimes this is bent due to the frequent demands of secondary education. After secondary education, most students are seen to have mastered both languages, as well as proficient in the disciplines they've taken up.
Notably, many of the popular colleges and universities for tertiary education are within Maybila or Quizon, but recently colleges in Sugbu and Danao have also been growing popular. Tertiary education is free in the Finipines, as the state believes that it there should be no problems in the way when it comes to further enhancing the knowledge of its citizens. Of course, there would be some expenses such as books and school supplies, and for privatized institutions a uniform would also be needed. Nonetheless, many of these institutions have a wide range of programs, and there are some famous colleges specifically created for a specialized program. Many of these institutions are also government-funded. The following are listed:
- City of Aviation
- Altitude Academy
- Northern Cadet College
- Maybila City
- Maybila Medical University - MMU is famous for being a university that doubles as a hospital. The hospital serves as a training ground for its students, and is very critical when it comes to accuracy in medicine.
- Metropolitan Academy for the Theatrical Arts - The MATA is famous for its specialization in the theatrical arts, with programs ranging from theater to ballet. Many of its graduates start their careers as performers at the Metropolitan Theatre of Culture or in the Maybila Dance Troupe.
- University of Business Management and Accountancy - Students of UBMA is known for topping the accountancy board exam, thus making this school one of the best when it comes to business management and accountancy.
- Bluestockings College - Known to be a private institution that exclusively teaches women, it doubles as an etiquette school for its students. Despite the strict lifestyle of these students, many of its graduates become successful post-academics.
- Finipino Military Academy - The FMA is funded by the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces. Many of the country's finest military personnel hail from this academy. It is notorious for its strict honor code and discipline.
- Pilar School of the Arts - The PSA is known for its specialized curriculum in the arts, ranging from acting to painting. Many of its graduates have become awarded and celebrated filmmakers and artists.
- Quizon City
- Arreneo University - This privatized institution is famous for its enhanced liberal arts programs. With its high regard for clear oral and written communication, it is known to be one of the best schools for those who desire to pursue a career in the government and media.
- University of the Finipines - UF is known nationwide for their nationalistic views and liberal thinking, as they believe these two traits are key towards national progress. Thus, many of its students are known to be activists, often seen rallying in the streets about an issue they want resolved. Additionally, the UF is known for its excellent law school program. Many of the country's best politicians and lawyers have come from the law school.
- Finipino Conservatory of Music - Unofficially known as the sister college of the MATA, The Finipine Conservatory of Music is a private institution that accepts all students who are willing to learn and pursue a career in the music industry. The FCM is known to be a college where many of its students end up playing for orchestras such as the Finipino Philharmonic Orchestra, Maybila Symphony, and others.
- Finipino Institute of Science and Technology - The FIST is directly funded by the Department of Science and Technology, and many of its graduates find work in the said department. While most of its students were nominated for a place in the college, there are a few who also apply and pass.
National Landmarks and Buildings
- House of Echoes - Otherwise known as the legislature building of the country, the House of Echoes is known to be a prime example of the country's fondness for neoclassical architecture.
- Palasyo - It is the main office and residence of the President, as well as the national symbol of political power in the country.
- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - It is known to represent the soldiers who died during all the conflicts within the country's history. It is a rectangular slab of marble with a plaque on its surface, with a 32-foot tall obelisk that looms above it. It is guarded around the clock by Finipino Honor Guards.
- The Shrine for the Fallen - The shrine formerly stood in the Ruins, and was a rectangular structure made of 20 pillars. After the Second Civil War, though, it was reconstructed in Pilar. The current shrine is a circular structure that is made up of 32 20-feet tall marble pillars. These symbolize the combined 32 thousand fatalities of both civil wars. In the middle of the shrine is a statue of the motherland carrying a fallen soldier in her arms. In the base of the said statue is the names of 12 thousand identified martyrs of the civil wars.
Citizens of the Finipines experience a variety of benefits not often seen in its counterparts.
Notably, recent studies had shown that traces of High Penguin exist in the lineage of about 85% of Finipinos. This can easily be chalked up to the High Penguin Confederacy's occupation in the country and the resulting inter-marriages, but it still has yet to be determined. While many Finipinos have this species' genetics in their lineage, the distinctive traits of a High Penguin do not seem to be dominant. Scientists are still doing further research on this discovery.
The importance of the indigenous tribes in the preservation of culture and nature has been referenced in many of the laws that protect them. Many of these tribes' cultures are preserved mainly by oral tradition and isolation, but the government has been making moves to reach out to them since the 60s. Many of those who live in the tribes are literate and informed of whatever is happening to their country, but a majority prefer to stay with their tribes to help preserve their culture.
There are many tribes in the Finipines, but these are 5 main tribes that are known for their sheer prominence and skill over the others. While the other tribes are just as important, these groups make the distinction of being named:
- As the only tribe of the five to take up arms during the time of colonialization, the Magbanua pride themselves for their key values of honor and respect, especially for their homeland. The patterns on their skin are made with black ink, with a belief that the more they are, the more honorable and victorious a tribesman has been. They can be found along the Chico and Pilar region, usually in the mountainous areas. A known figure from their tribe is James Cueva.
- The Magdalo are known to be inventors, who have constantly been tinkering and exploring concepts since time immemorial. They can constantly be seen with their beautifully carved accessories and their equally beautiful weapons, whose function is balanced with their aesthetic beauty. They are found within the Fernando region, often carrying heaping amounts of wood on their shoulders while singing something in their dialect. A known figure from their tribe is Piri Perez.
- The Oteras tribe is known to be a drifting kind of people as a result of Castillan invasion and pillaging of their ancestral grounds. They live in the seas between islands, usually on large boats they've constructed out of bamboo or houses they've made of the same material. They are a reclusive tribe that tends to stay away from the public eye unless for trade, and no one can seem to pinpoint where their ocean settlements are.
- Native to Sugbu, hence the name, the Sugbua tribe prides itself for its colorful and often fluorescent feather patterns that are printed on the skin for important celebrations such as marriage, victory, and death. They are a loud and boisterous sort of folk, who are unafraid to flaunt their culture through bright and eye-catching fabrics they've dyed with their native plants. It's said that their villages glow in darkness to cast away creatures of the night.
- Found deep in the Verona Mountains, the Synera tribe is known for their clothes and headdresses made of white, black, and red beads. Unlike the Oteras, however, they avoid outside interaction as much as possible, shrouding themselves and their villages in thick, dense forestry to make finding them difficult. Recent efforts from the government for medical and archeological purposes have been made in order to document these people.
City of Aviation
The northern city was designed to be an emergency capital in the case of any future uprisings that could cause the collapse of Maybila and the national government. At its conceptualization, a large portion of the national budget went to constructing and endorsing the city to those who desire to live here. The city was named so as it became the headquarters of the Air Force, as well as home to the biggest airport in the country. In terms of organization, the city is divided into four quadrants, namely: Air Force Quadrant, Government Quadrant, Recreation Quadrant, and the Residential Quadrant. Notable structures here would be the Air Force Museum, Northern Lighthouse, and Ordoñez Hall.
Interestingly, included with the creation of the city was The Acheron Protocols. Not much is known about the protocols, besides a few key details. It can only be activated by a certain council of cabinet members and senators, mostly those in key positions of power in the case of a national emergency. The protocols are majorly military in origin that enforces national laws that are seen to be best for certain situations outlined by the Protocols. The Acheron Protocols also outlines a carefully measured national budget that is flexible to the outcome of the emergency, as a way to revive the country's economy. With this, the Acheron Protocols have been unofficially renamed by the media as "Acheron Constitution."
As the city that holds the seat of power, as well as most government offices, Maybila is known to be a model city among the other major cities. It's renowned for its towering skyline composed mainly of corporate buildings dotted by apartments and high-rise condominiums that seemingly mingled with the few antique buildings that remained from the previous decades. It's a city that is alive with modern architecture and vintage undertones, famous for its garden walls and artistic murals for tourists to take pictures on.
This does not come without a heavy past, though. Seeing as it is the capital city, it's also suffered heavy damage from various colonizers and its own people. It's faced numerous battles and multiple efforts to rebuild its foundations. Many pride themselves for their resiliency - the capacity to overcome whatever has been thrown at them. Power and patience are insufficient to describe the capital city, no words can perfectly capture the city's mood and atmosphere.
Before being acquired by the military, Pilar was occupied by large communities of the Magbanua group. It was a common practice, after all, of the community to remain in high altitude, remote areas so as to avoid confrontations with lowlanders. Of course, this also became ideal conditions for the Finipino government back then for a future military stronghold.
Back in the day, it was a rather controversial topic when Ordoñez began closed-door discussions with the leaders of the tribe for using their land for the construction and creation of a military base atop the mountains. Many had their own two cents or opinions regarding the matter, arguing that the tribesmen should not surrender their ancestral lands in favor of the government's ambitions.
After several years, the Magbanua finally relented to allow them to construct a base, on one condition: they must have a say in the planning of the surrounding jurisdiction of the base, as well as the right to live near the base. Of course, this was honored by the government seeing as the public was near breathing down their necks to make sure nothing is done against the ethnical group. Currently, Pilar stands as one of the most guarded cities in the country, with a 5-km wall surrounding its parameters and notoriously steep roads to get to the city proper.
The Finipines integrates nature to its architecture, especially in urban areas where trees aren't always seen. Many commercial buildings have wall gardens to add to the aesthetic appeal of their building, as well as help in decreasing the heat within the city. Most would hire gardeners to tend to these gardens, as well as do any repairs in case bad weather ruins them. In the capital, Maybila, the maintenance and beauty of the gardens are judged by a panel to determine the most aesthetically pleasing one. This is typically a yearly event where proceeds of the contest go to orphanages and shelters. Besides the integration of gardens in buildings, the median strip of the streets are often decorated with bushes of flowers and a the occasional little trees.
Rooftop gardens are more popular amongst residential areas and schools, to replace the need for a backyard or front yard. Residential buildings are typically designed for the ones who live in it, and typically have an air of coziness to it. Since many Finipinos live with extended families, many houses appear average sized in the outside but are relatively roomy in the inside. Many houses are made of treated wood or recycled materials, such as bricks made of plastic.
In northern cities such as Chico and the City of Aviation, remnants of the architecture of Castillian Finipines is preserved and mostly used. As these cities are a mix of provincial and urban, it isn't a surprise that Castillian architecture exists. Many buildings, residential and commercial, are made with a stone base and wooden second floor. The architecture is so to protect those inside from storms and floods. With its antiquity, these cities are regularly visited by tourists who desire to see the stone-wooden buildings that were existent during Castillian occupation.
Meanwhile, government buildings are known to be more extravagantly designed. This is partly in fault due to Marcos, who wanted grandeur in everything he did. Many government buildings sported tall, looming pillars and grand staircases. Many of the materials used to create them were stone, marble, and varnished wood. Many artworks are also found in government buildings, such as portraits or still life paintings. Due to its antiquity and importance to Finipino history, many of the government buildings are also considered historical treasures.
Given the country's appreciation for its culture and tribal past, it is commonplace to find those at work to be wearing clothes with the textile designs of the precolonial country. While most of these designs do not hold much meaning besides tribal culture, it is seen to be a show of nationalism in the workplace. With this, the fashion industry is not afraid to mix Finipino tribal fashion with Antarctican fashion, often experimenting with textiles and suits. The fashion of the Finipino office has evolved constantly due to the progress of the fashion industry, with women wearing textile skirts over shirts or men wearing blazers with textile patterns.
In terms of formal attire, the Finipiñana prevails as the accustomed attire of the public. It consists of a blouse and skirt for females and barong and trousers for males. The tops are commonly made with pineapple fabric, and makes use of intricate designs to add to the wearer's aesthetic appeal. While traditionally made in eggshell white, recently this attire has been getting more and more colorful with the use of eco-friendly dyes. Variations of the attire include switching the skirt for a textile pattern, or a striped skirt. The sleeves of the woman's blouse can also be switched for a scarf or bell-shaped sleeves.
Recently, with the trend of eco-friendly dyes, feather-friendly paint has also become recently popular. Thanks to the endeavors of scientists with the cooperation of artists, they have managed to create permanent and temporary paint that was eco-friendly and feather-friendly. These paints are mainly used to put colorful designs on the penguin's feathers, a nod to the former practice during precolonial times. These can range from the tribal symbolisms of bravery and courage, to modern designs of minimalism and nationalism. These are especially popular among the youth, who desire to find themselves in the culture of their country.
The listed holidays are recognized by the government:
|New Year's Day||January 1|
|PPPPPPP Day||February 25|
|Day of the Fallen||March 13|
|Saint Kermit's Day||May 9|
|Commemoration of the Coup d'Etat at Maybila||May 10|
|Independence Day||June 12|
|Day of the Martyrs||June 18|
|History Month||whole of August|
|Day of the Desaparecidos||September 21|
|Heroes' Day||November 30|
The Finipino public is highly interested in basketball, and have a national team based in Quizon City named the Finipino Ruffians.
The Finipino public is known to be socially aware and willing to fight for what they believe in.
- This is a loosely based on the Philippines.
- Because really, as if the Philippines can be this well run.
- They have very strict laws regarding the implementation of worker's rights.
- For special occasions, whether in public ceremonies or private celebrations, many Finipinos commonly use the ancient baybayin script as a cultural nod.
- The Finipines has many schools that were built by and have been sponsored by the Governance for decades; they're called "academies", and are named after prominent governance figures and Saints. Their standards for grades and student conduct are much higher, and they often also have a dress code. The largest of these, located in Maybila, was renamed St. Kermit's Academy in late 2018.
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