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|Republic of Margate
|Motto: Justice, Equality, Peace, Progress and Harmony|
|Anthem: Onward Margate
Royal anthem: The Gates of Margate
|Coat of Arms
The 9 stars represent the 9 states, with the ideals of the nation stated on the 5 large stars, while the aqua background signifies the oceans and seas
Location of Margate in Antarctica. Margate is coloured purple, and the rest of the Western Union is coloured blue
|Official languages||English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil, Sherbian|
|Recognised regional languages||English, Chinese, Sherbian, Leet, German, Italian|
The M Triumvirate
|-||Prime Minister||Alex Whitaker|
|-||Honorary Director||The Leader|
|Seperation from Azilda||Took place after Ex-Colonisation with Sherby Hoodwounds |
Took place after Merger with Azilda
|-||Annexation to Ambassador Islands||1495|
|-||HPC Founding of MAI||1819|
|-||Merger with Azilda||1963|
|-||Merger with Sherby Houndwoods & MCI||2008- 2009|
|-||January 2017 estimate||25,000,000|
|-||June 2017 census||24,602,035|
|Currency||Margatian Dollar (
|Does not follow DST.|
|Drives on the||Left.|
|Footnotes||Parody of Singapore|
|Flag of the Western Union|
|Treaties and Events|
|Summits and Conferences|
The Republic of Margate, or simply Margate (other terms include Margate Antarctica Islands, MAI and Margate Archipelago) is a parliamentary republic located in the Sub-Antarctic, near Clearwater Island and Flystonia. Formerly a Sherby Hoodwounds colony, it seeks to be prominent in the Antarctic with its onerepublic strategy and globalised economy. It is known for economic competitiveness, uncorrupt governments, harmony among races and brutal policies often criticised by neighbouring countries. It is one of the three core members of the Western Union.
It was first part of the Ambassador Islands, an archipelago that expands to the far north and south, most of which is under Margatian Rule today. It was given to the Principality of Sherby Hoodwounds in 1819, and became self-governing in 1957. When it merged with Azilda in 1963, racial riots and political disagreements broke out, resulting in separation in 1965 and the independence of Margate Antarctica Island, as it was known then. Since, it has acquired several neighbouring territories including its former colonial owners, Sherby Hoodwounds. In 2012, Margate Antarctica Islands was officially renamed to Margate.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Origins
- 1.2 Colonial Rule
- 1.3 Independence
- 1.4 Present Times (2005-Present)
- 1.5 New Margate Order: Imperialism & Prosperity
- 2 Geography
- 3 Territories
- 4 Government
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Culture
- 7 Symbols
- 8 Infrastructure
- 9 Transportation
- 10 Education
- 11 Military
- 12 Foreign Relations
- 13 Criticism
- 14 See also
Sources state that MAI originated probably around the 3rd century CE, when tribal colonies, most notably from current-day Trans-Antarctica and Pengolia, sailed along the Sub-Antarctic to look for new homes. Margate Antarctica Island, as well as Sherby Hoodwounds and Margate Cross Island, were prominently located along the sailors' routes, which resulted in a steady influx of immigrants to the island, in which they would later call home.
By the 14th century CE, the islands were good fishing ports but had little communication with neighbouring colonies and countries. In 1495, Lloyd Ootama, king of the nearby Ambassador Islands, discovered Margate Island while sailing on a popular spice route. Immediately, he annexed it and made it a territory of the Ambassador Islands. In 1583, the Ambassador Islands ceded to Sherby Hoodwounds, which in turn made MAI a Hoodwoundian colony. However, they simply ignored it and gave the island to the king.
Confederate Rule (1810-1912)
In 1810, a notable sailor from the High Penguin Confederacy, Raffles Wachenburg, was called upon to "expand the empire", which resulted in signing a deal with the then-king of the island, in which the HPC paid a substantial sum of money in exchange for management of the island. Throughout the following years, MAI was opened up to the world and became a major trading port. It was placed on continental maps and had traders setting shop from all over Antarctica. Muxen Liad, on the eastern coast of Kenestral, was opened up first, but the area soon became plagued with pirates, and they had to find a new colony port as the situation could not be controlled. Eventually, on the island of Margate, where the present-day capital Margate City now stands, a town was built, and thus Margate City was born
During this time, trade boomed. As one of the only islands which had ports along the ASTRO, it benefited from the fact that the island's ports were free ports, which meant merchants had to pay no taxes. Penguins settled down, and held construction jobs. Life was hard, but they helped to build the nation. By this time, more towns and ports had been set-up, such as Eastion (today known as Hiraki). These ports formed the backbone of today's trading industries
Japalandese Occupation (1912-1918)
A hundred yeas later, the HPC was couped, and the High Penguins withdrew from Margate. The Japalandese took advantage of the power vacuum and proceded to annex the island, along with it's neighbour Sherby Hoodwounds. Resistance came in the form of locals who had been trained in the military and inexperienced paramilitary forces - but the island was overrun within one month. The Japalandese first took control of Muxen-Liad on the western coast, before pushing inland and launching another invasion force on the eastern coast just south of Margate City. Many Zhouese-Peletoniums, due to their support for the Republic of Zhou's forces during the Zhouese-Japalandese War, were jailed as prisoners of war. High Penguins suffered a far worse fate - they were transferred to Khanzem, where they were treated much worse than the Zhouese.
Sherbian Rule (1919-1963)
When the fall of Japaland, a Leage of Antarctic Nations referendum was conducted, and the people chose to merge with Sherby Hoodwounds, living by their rule until 1963. The Margatians were to join with Sherby in 1923, and were to be under a temporary Puffish administration while Sherby rebuilt. The Puffish were highly unpopular, culminating in the 1919 Anti-Puffish Revolt, with 254 deaths, 1,500 injuries and thousands in arrests, forcing the Puffish to implement martial law and hand over the colony to the Sherbians two years early in 1921.
The Great Depression of 1929 flushed whatever progress that had been made in rebuilding the Sherbian economy down the drain. The Margatian cities, reliant on trade, were hit the hardest, with 29% unemployment in Muxen-Liad at the height of the recession. To stem the drain of investors and wealth, the Sherbians implemented austerity measures, which were highly unpopular and ineffective. While other nations slowly recovered over the mid 1930s, Sherby remained in depression. Increasingly unpopular moves and the lack of Margatian representation in the Sherbian government frustrated the Margatians, who began to riot and protest on the streets, resulting in the Independence War. While outnumbered and underequipped, the Margatians managed to prevent the Sherbians from regaining control for four years until 1944. An agreement was finally made to let the Margatians have self-governance as a colony for twenty years until 1964, and a dominion similar to the arrangement between Puffle'and and Calada thereafter.
Self-governance (1945 - 1963)
In the 1930s, the Principality of Sherby Hoodwounds installed the Westminster parliamentary system that would be used as the basis of Margate's government. A governor was placed in charge of Margate and handled all internal affairs, reporting back to the Prime Minister of Sherby Hoodwounds once a month. Governors were elected every five years by the Sherbian government.
In 1946, the first local elections were held, with the Labour Movement winning a majority of the seats with Saiba Mostafique becoming the first Chief Minister. Other political parties would slowly begin to pop up, including the Democratic Margatians' Party, the Penguins' Action Party and the United Socialist Front. In 1959, the Penguins' Action Party was elected into office, with Lee Kwan You taking the standings. However, ties were beginning to be strained between the Sherbians and Margatians, with the Sherbians taking more repressive actions and unpopular moves which the Margatian government could not fight, such as the carving off of the entire north-western coast and giving it to the Johannes, who formed a small majority in the region and had only arrived in the 1930s and aggressive media censorship
March 1963 was a turning point for the history of Margate. Under Lee's rule, Margate was separated from Sherby and joined the Republic of Azali, located in northwest Sherby Hoodwounds that gained independence five years prior. Together, they formed the Republic of Azilda. Tensions from Sherby Hoodwounds, differences between the governments on the way to rule the government and racial riots prompted desperation only two years later. On August 9th, 1965, Lee Kwan You announced his country would separate from that of Azilda's, stating "[I] always believed in merger...". A declaration of independence was signed, a constitution was drafted and MAI was all alone from then.
Nation building (1965-2003)
A population of 5 million penguins on just a small island. Many thought Margate Antarctica Island would be forcefully absorbed into Sherby Hoodwounds in a couple of years. No one wanted that to happen. So, regardless of race, language or religion, the citizens united and decided to work together to bring the impoverished country to prosperity.
The first thing the voted government, the PAP, did was to replace the Building Board to the Housing and Development Board, to resettle all the penguins who lived in squatter houses. By 1972, most penguins lived in HOB flats in the urban areas.
Next was industry. Spurred by cheap labour and land in the nation, big manufacturing companies came to the nation, most notably in Margate City's Burong-Tuarkis region, as it was closer to the capital. As a major hopping point to the Asiapelago, many companies wanted to benefit from it. At its peak in 1979, over 1500 companies had established factories in the nation. The manufacturing business till today still thrives, but on a much smaller scale, as the new generation of educated Margatians looked for better and higher-paying jobs.
Another key thing was education. To make sure chicks would be able to get better-paying jobs and contribute to the economy, the government made it compulsory to attend school, and to take two languages - English, and either Chinese, Malay or Tamil. Students also had to take Mathematics, Science and Humanities. A bilingual and fulfilling education would result in better grades, better schools and better universities. Even today, Margatians chicks are highly expected of in academics.
The 1980s came, and tourism boomed during this period. The many attractions and exotic adventures attracted many visitors to the island. During this time, the oil refining, financial and research sectors began growing around this time, and boomed in the 1990s as the influx of educated workers now allowed for these new industries to prosper.
Sherby Hoodwounds War (2003-2005)
Main article: Sherby Hoodwounds War
Sherby, under PSM rule, had a grand masterplan to take over the entire continent. In 2003 they started invading Cross, then a Margatian colony. It then statrted to invade the nation. Margate Airlines were called on to evacuate citizens as the much more oppressive and higher-populated Sherby bombarded the cities, nearly capturing Margate City. However, good won in the end. Margate, supported by Freezeland and the USA, won the war and the PSM government were eventually kicked out of seat during the Sherbian Elections of 2005.
During this time, Margate was in an economic turmoil as the government frantically called on civilians who were eligible for war (male puffles and penguins between the age of 20 and 40). The manufacturing business nearly collapsed. The Margatian government pumped in millions of Margate dollars to fund and win the war.
Present Times (2005-Present)
Main Article: Onerepublic
Developed after the War, Onerepublic aims to unite small nations under a single banner and to allow Margate to punch it's weight on the political stage and gain international influence and prestige. The concept focuses on a centralised state with similar measures implemented across all states, so as to ease economical tensions and federal issues. Phase One began in 2007 with the Sherby Hoodwounds and Cross Island joining Margate to form the Republic of the Margate Antarctica Islands, and continued with the entry of Auzua Mostafique and Lasoun.
Phase Two began in 2013, this time with the aim of increasing military might as well, with the annexation of the Rock Union as well as the attempted annexation of Red Island and Hailvale, which failed as international pressure was mounted on Margate. Even more embarrassingly, Nexon, a segment of the conquered Rock Union, split off from Margate, culminating in a regional war. In the end, it was decided that any other nations who wished to join would do so under the Margatian Commonwealth.
On February the 15th, 2012, which was also the 100th anniversary of Japaland's attack on Margate under the High Penguin Confederacy, the Republic of Margate Antarctica Islands was officially renamed the Republic of Margate, under the Constitution Naming Exercise, Article 1, Section A, Subsection 1 which allowed the name, "Margate Antarctica Islands", to be changed with the approval of the President, Prime Minister and previous, alive Prime Ministers, and influential members of the community.
The names Republic of Margate and Republic of Margate Antarctica Islands was used simultaneously for a period of five years until 2017, when the latter was officially decommissioned. There was an attempt name, "Margate Antarctica Island", to the Margate Central Island, but it was later rejected in favour of the less confusing and more traditional Kenestral.
Invasion of Nexon
On August 20, 2013, the city of Nexon, New Westion, declared independence. Furious, the governemnt immediately declared war against the city, whose population was just slightly smaller than that of the nation's second-largest city, Sherbian City. Armed Forces marched in a few hours after the announcement, and the city was recaptured in a short time. However, anarchists and citizens of the city revolted and civl unrest sparked daily. Peace talks failed, and the Margatian army had to keep peace daily.
Then, a male penguin came, with his large mafia army (the International Syndicate) - Vince, a then-unknown leader. Vince and his rcenaries waged war against the Margatian Armed Forces. In the end, Vince won and Nexon became an independent country.
Shortly after, during The Plague War, Nexon was re-claimed under Margate, and "Emperor Octavian" was handed over to the Shoppers and placed into Fort Celatum after the war ended and it was revealed to have been Nexon that created the initial disease that caused the war.
Joining the Western Union
For more information of Margate's involvement within the Western Union, click here
For more information on the rearmament program, click here
In March 2014, Margate joined the Western Union to further military and economic co-operation with Snowiny (today the United Provinces) and the Terra Federation, and to compete against the newly formed Axle Powers. Shortly after Margate was dragged into the Western Theatre of the Frosian War after a terrorist attack on the Benneton Towers.
Because of the events of the war, the modernization and rearmament of Margate's military was boosted and billions were poured into this program. In reality, slow reforms had been made following the Plague War, with the old Margate Defense Vanguard being abolished and reorganized into the Margate Armed Forces, although most reforms leaned towards the side of defense, such as the purchase of a mobile, all-weather air defense system that could intercept Surface to Surface Missiles (SSMs) fired from 20 kilometers away to 200 kilometers away (itself replaced by a similar version that could intercept Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles (IRBMs), SSMs and rockets fired from 3 to 1,500 kilometers away). However, with national security threatened by terrorists and enemy states, the people in charge of the rearmament program made it more aggressive, eventually turning into a fast-paced and efficient program. With advises from Margate's Three Great Generals, the three branches of the Armed Forces saw new weapons introduced to the soldiers.
The state media was used as a propaganda tool by the military and government to convince young Margatians to join the army. When the results weren't what they expected, the Margatian Government announced a law stating that anyone living under poverty will be immediately drafted into the army. As a result, the number of soldiers in the Armed Forces increased significantly. The state of Nexon became the headquarters of the Margatian Space Command. Many advanced military weapons were also developed in Nexonan military labs, which were used to devastating effects. Despite the end of the Rearmament in August 2014, the Ministry of Defense still expands the Margate Armed Forces regularly.
2015 Margatian Presidential and General Election
The 2015 Presidential Election of Margate was scheduled to be held in March 2015, right after Zhouese New Year. A day after the Presidential Election, the General Election will be held as well. Campaigning first started at around November 2014.
The Election ended the decades-long ruled of the PPP as the Conservative Coalition formed a coalition government with the Independents' Union, each with 35% of Parliament seats. Meanwhile, Tony Nat was replaced by a member of the Coalition Coalition named Frederick Mueller as the President of Margate, marking the first time a Ninja Archipelagoan and Nexonan ascended to the Presidency. The PPP suffered its largest defeat in history, winning only 10% of Parliamentary seats, behind the Liberal Party, which manages to secure 18% of all seats. The Election also resulted in Alex Whitaker becoming the Prime Minister of Margate, the first Ninja Archipelagoan to take that office.
Frederick Mueller's first act was to pardon all of Margate's political dissidents. He also repealed the ban of chewing gum in Nexon, although his proposal for the complete abolishment of the ban was repealed by Parliament. Martial law also ended in Nexon, allowing the operation of nightclubs and casinoes to resume for the first time in 9 months. An amnesty was also offered to NNM terrorists. While many accepted the amnesty, others didn't and continued fighting. When they surrended, the terrorists were shown no mercy as all 5,200 of the POWs were hanged. The Margatian police also conducted Operation:Cold Blood, an anti-organized crime operation which saw the complete removal of the Nexonan Mafia and International Syndicate from Margate, mostly done with bullets. Aside from the introduction of the Privacy Protection Act in Nexon, Long Lee and many PPP politicians were charged with multiple allegations of corruption, including nepotism, embezzlement and receiving kick-backs. Investigations are currently only, and if found guilty, Long Lee and his fellow conspirators would be given a minimum of 20 years in prison or a maximum of life imprisonment.
New Margate Order: Imperialism & Prosperity
In July 2015, Margate, along with Munijoch, UnitedTerra and Magonia, created the supranational organization The Zeta Connections. This opened up trade and relations with the Munians and Terrains. While Margate was allowed to purchased futuristic weapons from PULSE and spy gears from the Terrain Spy Union, it also marketed its industrial products and natural resources to UTR and the Munians. The huge populations of UnitedTerra and Munijoch meant that demand for Margatian goods was quite high, allowing the nation's GDP to rise, which in return allows them to finance several programmes to develop the MAF and purchase military products from the two nations. However, pretty soon supply was running out as demand got higher. In order to combat this, Prime Minister Alex Whittaker passed a bill in Parliament which pretty much made Margate's manufacturing industry semi-automated. Despite being paranoid about the cons of a fully-automated manufacturing industry, the PM also transformed Nexon's industries into an automated one. He compensated for the Nexonans who lost their jobs thanks to the introduction of drones by recruiting them into the MAF.
Beside that, Frederick also relaunched the Onerepublic scheme, annexing numerous trading ports in the Sub-Antarctic. He also started the OneNetwork program, the objective of which is to turn several smaller nations into Margatian satellite states, effectively placing them under its sphere of influence. When the last island was annexed and integrated as a Margatian state, the President made an announcement to celebrate the annexation, famously saying that Margate 'is now in a new era, the New Margate Order has dawned'.
However, all of these soon led to cries of self-governance for these recently annexed territories. Riots soon erupted in these territories as independence movements grew stronger. In the end, the Margatian government decided to convert many of these annexed territories into dominions and formed the Margatian Commonwealth.
In lieu of the massive success of the Zeta Connections, Margate, Magonia and Munijoch created their own special alliance called The M Triumvirate, with the goal of forging Magonia a future of economic prosperity and a formal introduction to the world stage. Around the same time, Margate's role in the Western Union were called into question after a speech by the USA vice president Happyface141 question Margate's loyalty to the Union in the wake of increasingly hostilities between a member of the WU and the USA, culminating in the Marxit Crisis, although they eventually backed down.
Margate consists of two major archipelagos - the Ambassador islands and the Rock Islands, as well as the islands of Auzua and Lauson, and several islands within the Sub-Antarctic region. These islands are volcanic islands, although for the most part most of them are either dormant or extinct. The Ambassador archipelago consisting of Sherby, Kenestral and Cross has a mountain range running through the middle of the islands, known as the Ambassador range, with the remaining majority of the islands being relatively flat at around a hundred metres above sea level on average. The Rock Archipelago is much more mountainous. In Auzua and Lauson, there are some hills and the terrain is relatively flat, allowing for the agricultural sector to flourish
Flora and Fauna
MAI has few types of flowers. Most plants are located along the tropical area of Margate Antarctica Island, Margate Sherby Hoodwounds and Margate Cross Island. Flowers include the infamous Lotus Flower, the Snowflaked Orchid and the Icebiscus. The Icebiscus is the strangest of them all and is only found, blooming in Fjord Lumpur. Flowers usually grow in Bloomflower.
Due to the urbanisation of MAI, many varieties of species have been constrained to small forests or placed in zoos. Wild crabs and puffles roam freely throughout these forests, although mysterious sightings of seals (not Leopard Seals, mind you) have been spotted throughout the forest. Zoos in MAI are notable for their high standard of facilities and care towards animals, all of which are owned by a government subsidiary Margate Wildlife Conservation.
Climate in MAI is strangely varied according to parts of the island. For example, in Margate Central, the north of the island is a snow wonderland, identical to all other Antarctic cities, however, the south of the island is of a tropical climate, which is usually found in areas between the two tropics of the Earth. Some conspiracy theorists have debated if it was the BoF's doing, while geologists claimed there was a lifelong El Nino effect on regions of the island. The MAI has been excluded from the Antarctic oscillation due to this.
Other geologists also claim a partial hole in the ozone layer, causing heat and UV levels to increase substantially. Experiments have been carried out, some proving the presence of such a hole, while others pointing towards the El Nino oscillation.
|Climate chart for Margate City|
|average temperatures in °C|
precipitation totals in mm
Margate consists of eight states in total, known as the Home Islands. Two major archipelagos make up these states - the Ambassador archipelago and the Rock Archipelago. Auzua and Lauson islands and their surrounding territories make up the remainder of the islands. While all of these landmasses are geographically distinct from each other, they are commonly and politically known as the Margatian archipelago
- Kenestral - Political, cultural and economic centre of Margate, Kenestral has the largest population among all nine states. It's main economic activity is trade, shipping and finance (middle left)
- Sherby - Former colonial master, Sherby today drives the manufacturing and innovation industries in Margate (top left)
- Cross - Lush forests and rolling hills dominate the landscape of Cross, the tourism hub of the nation (bottom left)
- Auzua - Home to the agricultural sector of Margate, Auzua's fertile soils and flat plains make it ideal for feeding the population (top right)
- Lauson - Lauson's fishing and manufacturing industries are esssential to the economy of Margate (bottom right)
- Nexon - The main industry of the recently annexed state of Nexon is the arms-manufacturing industry, with finance and chemical engineering right behind it. Nexon is also where most of the Margatian Armed Forces and the Margatian Space Command is based at (bottom middle)
- Rock Island - Home of music and the arts (above Nexon)
- North Bank - North Bank's ore mining and lumber industries allow Margate to remain competitive in the manufacturing sector internationally (above Rock Island)
- Aerius Island - Taken after the fall of Yow, Aerius Island is a small, oil-rich island which acts as a key trading base and allows Margate to retain a military presence in the northern Antarctic region
- Margatian Oil Archipelago - An oil and mineral rich region, Margate controls seven islands in the Oil Archipelago region, with Shops Island controlling the other islands.
- Summer Island
- Seraphim Isles
- Sunday Harbor
- Clearwater Island - Clearwater Island is a tropical paradise which is a popular tourist destination.
- Soloraya Archipelago - A region rich in tin, diamond, iron and uranium as well as an important trading hub. A key trading stopover on the ASTRO trade route, and home to the newly discovered element Zynothium.
Margate is a semi-presidential and constitutional republic, with the government consisting of legislative, judiciary and executive branches.
Legislative powers rests in the Parliament of Margate, the unicameral chamber of the legislature consisting of 1200 representatives from around Margate. Members are elected to seats via a first-past-the-post system, although some constituencies have switched to using the Alternative Vote beginning in 2010. Despite the usage of a plurality electoral system, there is large fragmentation within the government based on individual parties. Hence, political parties often form alliances, the four major ones being the Penguin's Power Party, Conservatives Coalition, the Independents' Union and the Liberals Alliance. The last election was held in 2015, whereby the Conservative Coalition and Independents' Union formed a coalition government, overthrowing the PPP's regime as it was revealed just before the election that the governmental officials of this party had embezzled money.
Previously before the New Margate Order, dissidents against the government were treated harshly, which ranged from being sued by ex-PM Long Lee to being imprisoned without trial under the 1966 National Stability and Security Act. A teenager who criticized Lee Kwan You on his blog days after his death was immediately sued to bankruptcy and imprisoned for 5 years by Long Lee, but he was pardoned and given compensations days after Mueller was inaugurated by prisoners.
Nowadays, political dissidents are given fair treatment by the government as President Mueller believes in the freedom of expression. Nevertheless, as per original policy written in the Constitution, anyone who tries to undermine the nation's stability by sparking racial tensions or expressing extreme Communistic views that threaten national security would be detained indefinitely but under humane conditions as expressed in the 1966 National Stability and Security Act, which has not been repealed by Mueller's government contrary to expectations. Due to the recent spark of terrorism, the Special Offences Act was passed by Parliament in 2015, which allowed the nation's intelligence agency (Special Branch) to conduct surveillance on any suspected terrorist, as well as arresting and detaining them, a move followed by the United Provinces as well with the National Defense Act. The act has been criticized by many civil rights activists.
MAI is renowned for its diverse yet harmonious culture. There are very few conflicts between races, unlike the relationship between the High Penguins and Khanz. Most of them are the special race of Zhouese/Enclave Peletoniums, while another large race is the Adelie Penguins. The High Penguins and Khanz somehow get along in MAI.
Margate has a current population of 25 million, making it one of the most densely populated nations in the world, mainly due to it's high urbanization rate of 90%. Most citizens live on Kenestral or Sherby, which combined has a population of 15 million and has almost a 100% urbanization rate.
| Largest population centres of Margate |
Largest urban centers of the Republic of Margate
|Rank||City name||State|| Pop.
|10||RHCP City||Rock Island||400,000|
Margate's official languages are English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. Sherbian and German are recognized as regional languages due to their widespread use in Sherby and Nexon respectively, although they do have official status in those states. Japanese and Penguinian are also taught in schools as an additional elective.
However, most business and political interactions and discussions are held in English, with most people being able to speak well and understand it, since the government had implemented a policy of bilingualism (English + a mother tongue language) within the education system. When interacting informally, citizens use a localized version of English called Singlish which is English mixed with grammatical rules and vocabulary from other languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Malay, Tamil and an assortment of Chinese dialects.
L33t, wikitext and HTML are generally frowned upon and not well understood by the general public, with their usage completely banned in Sherby due to it's culture of formality.
A census is held every three years, based on the USA's classification and the additional inclusion of three races which form a significant majority in Margate but not the US:
- Zhouese-Peletoniums, usually of Zhouese origin or ancestry
- Enclave-Peletoniums, usually of Hindonesiën or Malesian origin or ancestry
- Nexonan Penguins, artificially created by scientists from the state of Nexon.
|Species||Percentage (2016)||Percentage (2013)||Percentage (2010)|
- 2010 census total may not add up to 100% attributed to changes in the census system.
- Callidus, or Biological Stereotypes, are not included in the list. Dorkugese are grouped under Adelies while others are grouped under "Other", as with all other races.
- The Nexonan race was artificially engineered during Nexon's rebellion and breakaway in 2013.
MAI has one of the most diverse cultures thanks to the presence of racial harmony. It is a major transit hub for most penguins as well.
2001 census dispute
During the 2001 census, MAI sent out premature census survey sheets in the month of May, barely a year from the previous 2000 survey. Under the "Race" section, the lack of an "Zhouese-Pletonium" option, in which the race makes up more than 50% of the population, sparked outrage within the community. Despite mentions of the "Zhouese-Pletonium" option, the option itself is invisible. There was also a vague "Other" option which accounted for all other races, although at the time, the Khanz Penguin race made up 8% of the population, which according to international standards is considered a majority race.
The government eventually released another batch of forms which included the "Zhouese-Pletonium" option under question 27a. There was still a lack of a "Khanz Penguin" option, but this was later rectified in the 2002 census.
99% of all citizens are able to write, with 95% of all citizens holding a O level degree. Half of all citizens have a diploma in technical courses, while one-third hold at least a university degree.
Margatian history and arts is a mix of Hindian, Hindonesian, Zhouese and other Asiapelago culture and arts. Despite this diversity, the only notable symbol of Margatian culture is food, as there is a lackluster arts and music scene
The arts scene in Margate is slowly disappearing, as most think a steady income job is better than a one-time-rich no steady income job such as becoming an artist. Nevertheless, there are some modern artists, and there is a gradual increase of penguins creating traditional arts such as Chinese Caligraphy, Malay Batik Painting, and Indian Paintings. Paintings are the most common, but there are a notable few pottery works.
Art was recently re-introduced in schools, with the government hoping that students will gain an interest in art and become future artists. They learn about the different penciling and colouring techniques, different styles of artwork, and different colouring and painting mediums.
With the introduction of the state Rock Central as a vibrant music and arts performing scene and area, music and art lovers have flocked to the area, as well as aspiring artists and singers.
Like Munijoch, Margatians grow their food in special "green towers" to preserve space and increase crop yield per square foot. Unlike them, however, Margatians tend not to be so concerned as to how their food is grown but rather how they eat it. In regards to this, Margatian citizens (particularly the elite) have been known to have some of the most strict palates in Antarctica, driven by the need to have only the greatest culinary dishes from the cultures that they want. As a result, the Margatian cuisine choice tends to stray away from the lesser-known dishes and instead concentrates on the famous ones, which are usually refined or custom-ordered to their specialty. The most popular of these cultures are Zhouese, proven by the abundance of Zhouese restaurants within cities.
The music scene is more vibrant, as said before, with the promotion of Rock Central. Before that, Margate had a good music performing scene. Penguins such as Mitchell Wong, Chin Mei Hui and Melodie Song have all contributed to the charts, both locally and internationally. But the most famous of all is Enclave songwriter Ismail Juban, who wrote the Margatian Royal Anthem, The Gates of Margate: Onward Margate, now simply referred to as The Gates of Margate or Majulah Margatia, although most refer to it by its latter name, since it is after all sung in malay.
The Margatians love music and patriotic songs, even changing their national anthem ever year since 2010. 2013's national anthem is One United Margate.
The movie scene was not renowned until 2013, as movies before then were in a mix of Chinese and English, and most of the time Marglish. The film The NS Story: Boys To Men came out in 2013, hitting 7th on the charts for 2012 and 6th in 2013, being the only Chinese/English mixed film to be in it and the first non-Western-type film to be on the charts for many years.
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Customs and Laws
One of several customs all penguins have in MAI is that they don't tuck in their shirts/clothing. In fact, there is a law that whoever tucks in their clothing, like that of a Dorkugese, will be fined. It is said only Dorkugese are allowed to do so, and have to carry a 'Dorkugese Pass to Margate' in order to do so. This is said to be attributed to "even out strictness of regulations". However, for formal occasions like weddings or conventions, the penguin can tuck in his or her shirt only at the venue. It was later found out that the Margatian governement installed this rule to prevent collapse of penguins due to heat-stroke, since the island is partly tropical.
Chewing gum is also forbidden. This law was passed in 1980 after cleaners, who were outraged about penguins leaving chewing gum everywhere (leaving them to scrape it off), went on a two-day strike. This law is highly controversial, and many penguins, even Margatians, having criticised this.
Politically, there are several subjects considered to be taboo, such as communism, criticising the arbitrary detention laws and criticism against the President (but not the Prime Minister).
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400px The Margatian flag has five stars and four hexagons on it. While the flag has never been changed since it's independence in 1965, the meanings of the shapes of the flags have changed considerably. In 1965, the five stars reflected the ideals of the nation, while the hexagons meant to represent the world revolving around the nation. After the onerepublic merger with Cross, Sherby, Lauson and Auzua, the five stars represented the five main islands and the four hexagons represent the ideals. Once the Rock Union had been annexed in 2013, the nine shapes reflected the nine islands. The flag is now undergoing a change to reflect the nation's ideals to follow other nations in their footsteps and become a greater power, instead of remaining neutral.
The National Anthem always changes with each national day (or independence day). Each theme song will become the next national anthem, instead of having the same anthem all the time that it gets boring every time. This year's national anthem is "One Margate", a song based on the sprit of Margate and the unity of the citizens.
From 1965 to 1988, the national anthem was "The Gates of Margate". From 1988 to 2000, the song was "Onward The Margate!". From 2000 to 2004, the national anthem was "MAI TO GO." In 2004, the rule was implemented. Today, "The Gates of Margate" is the royal anthem and "Onward The Margate!" and "MAI TO GO." are songs played during each National Day.
The Margate Antarctica Islands is well-known for it's public housing system. As most penguins within MAI live in government-owned properties, these penguins are not considered poor or in poverty. The public house system mainly consist of uniform, high-rise buildings within a certain area. The government organisation put in charge is the Housing Organisation Board, or HOB.
In the late 1960s, the government of MAI wanted to relocate the then vastly spread out large population of Margate City into close homes, especially in that of cities. As land was considered scarce in Margate City, they built tall towers with numbers of units within them. As a result, Margate City is one of the most densely populated cities in all of Antarctica, even to this day.
Other cities such as Fjord Lumpur and Muxen-Liad also started having tall, "HOB blocks", as they were dubbed. As time passed, HOB blocks started getting taller and more closely packed. HOB blocks attract tons of homebuyers due to the good infrastructure and a good number of facilities located within short proximity ranges. However, HOB flats are generally very small (except for four or five-room flats), and at most, four people could live in a single small HOB flat. They are generally cheap and go under the Modern Savings Plan, a comprehensive scheme that helps HOB owners place a deposit on their flat and pay installments for an extended period of time. They could later sell or lease their flats provided they earn enough money to pay back the remaining installments (at most 20% of the price).
Private housing is also mainly in the form of high-rise buildings. These high-rise buildings are called "condominiums" although their definition is largely different from the original one. Condominiums in MAI have luxury features such as swimming pools and security guards. They stand out from HOB blocks because their design is usually classier or more intuitive.
However, in recent years, HOB flats have started to have such luxury features as well, some of which have prices that are much higher than their private housing counterparts. These HOB flats are usually rare, though, and only five or six have been constructed in each major city.
Other types of housing such as terrace houses, mansions and et. cetra are usually quite expensive. Purchasing land in MAI is extremely costly, regardless of in the city or in the countryside.
Prior to 2007, MAI had its own telecommunication services which partook in phones, Internet services and television set-up boxes. Many users complained that the data plans were often confusing and expensive. The Governance never had a role in MAI's telecommunications, and the Bureau of Fiction routinely tried to destroy MAI's services, but failed due to unknown reasons.
Eventually, though, the government grew fed up with the telecom providers and nationalised all of them, sold them to the Governance who in turn promised not to charge citizens cheaper for data plans. Thanks to the Governance, the Internet connection speed has risen dramatically. Taxes for telecommunication services is relatively cheap, taking only 0.1% of the taxpayer's bill.
However, in 2016, the government repurchased all telecom assets from the Governance and privatized them. As of now, the telecom industry is run by the private sector albeit under government supervision and with some degree of government control. At an astonishing internet connection speed of 87 mbps, Margate enjoys the fastest internet speed in the world. This is primarily because of advanced development in telecommunications technology.
Before 2016, MAI government made a deal with the Governance to allow MAI full control over it's own water, electric and gas supply while the Governance still has a say in it. The two parties constantly bickered over deals and modifications, although MAI usually got it's say. The Bureau of Fiction also tried to return the ownership of utilities back to the Governance but again failed, the cause unknown.
However, thanks to the two parties diverse views, the supplies within the country are sufficient and cheap. Formerly, MAI depended on neighbouring Sherby Hoodwounds for water due to its small land space, but thanks to the merger water supplies are now sufficient for the country. Almost 100% of all energy sources are from clean sources such as solar energy, since solar panels are relatively cheap in Margate thanks to extensive research and development. MAI is strictly against the implementation of nuclear power plants and bickered over the Governance over the matter.
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The Margatian public transport system is well-planned, with high-speed trains and buses connecting towns and cities, rapid transit networks in the cities and bus networks connecting to the rail network. The high speed rail was built in 1999, connecting every city and cutting down travel time to 10 minutes between each city, making trade and business meetings easier, but this network is only available in Kenestral, Sherby and Nexon. The rest of the states have normal rail systems. Normal railroads run throughout the states, with trains connecting each and every town. Every train is electrically powered, without the use of coal. Rapid transit networks and trams connect major areas of each town and city to the high-speed network.
The rail network is complemented by the bus network, originally the primary mode of public transport. Nowadays, it is used as feeder services to move passengers to the rail network. Most of the buses are hybrid electric and disabled-friendly. Despite the Margatian transport system being one of the best in Antarctica, penguins frequently complain about breakdowns which are happening more frequently due to the aging system, some of which are over 30 years old.
With the plan for a booming economy in business and trade, the government has also invested in airports and the national carrier, Margate Airlines, in which it has a 49% stake in. Thanks the the island's former strategic location, penguins flying to the Asiapelago or UnitedTerra from the Ninja Archipelago had to pass through here, making it necessary for the airports to have a considerable capacity and have comfort. Hence, the national carrier is the fifth largest in Antarctica, with all the Antarctic airlines merged into one, and the airports are one of the continent's best rated. Ever since the opening of the airports at South Pole City, the nation has been trying to promote itself as more of a destination than a transit airport.
The busiest airport in the nation is the Margate City-Lhangi International Airport, which has a capacity of 66 million a year, with another 18 million worth of capacity under construction. This airport is the best in Antarctica, being efficient yet bright and comfortable.
Sprawling road networks stretch throughout the nation, and are well maintained and upgraded, with 10 lane highways in major metropolitan areas. In recent times, the government has been made aware that the nation sits underneath a permanent opening of the ozone layer, exposing penguins to harmful UV rays. Thus, they have been imposing heavy road taxes, toll booths (which are now being replaced by the new satellite based Electronic Road Toll), expensive parking (the rate in the city area is about 1 and a half times that of South Pole City per hour. Residents have to outbid one another to get the privilege to own a car. A medium-cost car is worth about 70,000 Margate Dollars, but due to this system, each medium-cost car can set back one anywhere between M$130,000 and M$200,000.
Margate has an extensive system of High-Speed Rail and electric rail networks, which for allow fast and easy commute between cities, as well as between ports and industries. The electric railroad system is predominantly used for pedestrian travel, although many industries also use them for cargo between cities. Most ports also feature rails that directly load trains onto massive shipping boats, then are transferred to their next stop on another territory.
Being along the SABER, most sea traffic along this route passes through the Margatian Straits, making it one of the most congested sea routes in Antarctica. There are a multitude of ports along this route, with the busiest being the Port of Tuarkis in Margate City. Having provided excellent and efficient port services, along with it's strategic geographic location, many shipping companies prefer to dock and transfer goods along the Margatian ports. The large amount of sea traffic is handled by the Margate Ports Command, which ensures efficiency in usage of port terminals and sea lanes, as well as avoid collisions.
Naval security is handled by the Republic of Margate Armed Forces Naval Command, which enforces against illegal activity such as trafficking, piracy and smuggling within Margate's territorial waters. There have been instances of Shopper craft entering Margatian waters and patrolling it as if it was their own, which the Margatian government has complained about to the Shopper government to no avail.
Education in MAI is strict. However, the relationship between a teacher and a pupil is the strongest among all countries, based on a research.
A typical MAI chick would start out with Primary School at the age of 6. Thereafter, the chick would move on to Secondary School at the age of 13 for four years. After that, they have an option to go to Junior College/Poly, in which they would spend one year in Poly and two years in NS, or spend a whole three years at NS. After completing all, he/she would reach the age of 20. They would then head on to University for as long as they want, at the minimum, two years.
From Primary School to Secondary School, the school year starts at the first working day of the year.
Primary School is the first stage of education in MAI. It is compulsory for all chicks to undergo this level, so that they would not be dumb and end up as Mwa Mwa Penguins in the future. They would have to undergo six years of Primary Schooling, one year for one level.
Primary One and Two chicks only have one examination paper to sit for: the Year-End Exam Paper (also known as the YEEP). The syllabus is light and consists of English, Mother Tongue (Chinese, Malay, Sherbian, L33t depending on which school) and Mathematics. These two years of schooling are usually referred to as lower primary.
Primary Three and Four chicks have two examination papers to sit for: the Mid-Year Exam Paper (MYEP) and Year-End Exam Paper. Science, consisting of Physics and Biology, is added onto the syllabus. Their burden would increase with extra homework, and they are allowed to become prefects of the school at this stage. This is commonly referred to as middle primary.
Primary Five and Six chicks are usually stressed out often. They would then have four examination papers to sit for: Term 1 Exam (T1E), Mid-Year Exam Paper, Term 3 Exam (T3E) and Year-End Exam Paper. They may also have to sit for an extra examination, known as the July Exam Paper (JEP), if they fail in the Mid-Year Exam Paper. In some areas, the Term 1 Exam and the Term 3 Exam would be removed. For Primary Six chicks, instead of taking the Term 3 Exam and Year-End Exam Paper, they would take the 'Prelims', which would be held before the most important exam of all-PSEA.
Primary School Exiting Assessment
The Primary School Exiting Assessment is compulsory for all chicks. Every chick must take part in at least one paper for the PSEA (it means the WHOLE subject, eh?). The PSEA is usually held from August to October. Stress doubles and chicks get confused.
The PSEA is considered a state secret and a nationwide activity, therefore, PSEA is taken very seriously in all schools. Even in you are in the hospital, you STILL have to take the PSEA, but instead of going to the school where the PSEA is held, the PSEA comes to YOU! That is why PSEA causes stress in most penguins.
The setters for the PSEA paper are locked up in a prison located somewhere in Eastshield, and have been tortured severely. A court case was held because of this and even more controversy sparked.
Starting from Secondary School, the MAI equivalent of Grade 7 to 10, education is no longer compulsory. Secondary school education usually takes four-to-five years depending on the stream one is in based on their results on their PSEA results.
The streams are:
- Inergrated Programme - for penguins with scores 250 and above. A 6 year stream, skipping the O-Levels at Secondary 4 and jumping to the A Levels at JC2
- Gifted - for penguins who are in the Gifted Education Program and have a score of more than 240. 4 years stream
- Express - for penguins who have a score of more than 200. 4 years stream
- Normal (Academic) - for penguins who have a score less than 200 but are academically stronger than others with below 200. 5 years stream
- Normal (Skill (known as Technical)) - for penguins who have a score less than 200 but obtain better skills than others with below 200. 5 years stream
Secondary school has a number of courses for one to choose depending on the school's budget and facilities. However, the Ministry of Education has a high spending budget each year, so this is of not much concern. Secondary school students are required to take the following courses prior to the Sec Two Streams:
- Languages - English and their mother tongue (mother tongues included Chinese, Malay, Tamil and Penguinian)
- Mathematics and Sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Physics etc.
- Humanities - History, Geography and Literature
After Sec Two, students are able to take part in a multitude of courses of their own choice. They are allowed to take up to eight courses, several of which need to be compulsory.
All 'O' Level candidates are required to take at least six major examinations. The six examinations are:
- Two languages (English and either Chinese, Melayu, Tamil or Penguinian)1
- Two mathematics (Standard Math and either Principles of Accounting or Advanced Math)
- Two or three sciences (Chemistry and either Biology and Physics)2 3
- Two humanities (Social Studies and either Geography, Literature or History)3 4
In addition, the following subjects can be taken
- One arts elective (Music or Art)
- One technical subject (Home Economics, Engineering, Archeology, Design and Technology)
All subjects, with the exception of Social Studies, Mother Tongues and Technical Subjects, are marked by the University of Oxfire. The other subjects are marked by local teachers and the Penguinian Board of Examinations (for Penguinian)
They would then be streamed into either junior colleges, polytechnics or the dreaded Comprehensive Technological Unit, a frou-frou term for those who didn't do so well in the 'O' Levels.
'O' Level marks are determined by the number of points. A1 is worth one point, A2 is worth two points, B3 is worth three points and so on. The lower the points, the better you are. Points are taken directly from the grades you incur from the six major examinations. Extra examinations and co-curricular activities deduct points and form the overall score.
Entering a school depends on the system it uses. One of the more prestigious junior colleges, the Abridged Junior College, uses the L1R5 system, which looks at the marks of one's language and five relevant subjects.
Notes: 1 : Chinese, Melayu, Tamil and Penguinian are considered as Mother Tounge subjects and may be taken at the Normal, Basic, Express or Higher Levels 2 : Persons who take three sciences are ineligible for the technical courses 3 : Sciences and Humanities subjects can be taken at the Elective or Pure levels 4: Social Studies is the study of government systems, ideologies and politics.
Those in the Normal streams could take the 'N' Levels, a watered-down version of the 'O' Levels as some call it. The 'N' Levels basically follows the same format as the 'O' Levels. After the 'N' Levels, students study for another year and take the 'O' Levels with the Secondary Fours of the Gifted and Express streams.
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Pre-University Exams (PUE)
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For more information, see Margate Armed Forces.
Margate's military is one of the most advanced in Antarctica. Compulsory military service after graduation from High School is compulsory for all Margatians. This is to ensure that reserve troops at least have some basic knowledge on combat. Everyone from the age of 19 - 55 are required to become soldiers if they are drafted in events of enemy invasions and they are drafted. Those between the age of 55 - 60 can choose whether to fight or not. The Supreme Commander of the Margatian military are the Three Great Generals.
Recently, the Margatian Government, under suggestions from the Three Great Generals, begins to use its state-owned media as military recruitment propaganda. This move has attracted many students who dropped out of Secondary School or Secondary School graduates who don't wish to go to college. Many penguins living in poverty also joined. Joining the Circular Powers and the annexation of the military-oriented state of Nexon increased Margate's military power too.
Margate is now undergoing a rearmament programme, scheduled to be completed by mid 2014. This includes new coats of arms, flags and badges, a redesigned uniform (rumored to be light blue or dark green), purchasing of new weapons and military vehicles, constructing of new bases, and more funding. Margate is also planning for a space programme, both for military and colonization
- United States of Antarctica - Excellent: The USA and Margate have stable and promising relations, since the nation is after all their biggest trade partner. There have been several conflicts and incidents that have strained relations.
- The robbery of seven cars and the vandalism of a train depot led to Margate ordering a fourteen-spank count for the penguin responsible. As the convicted was a foreigner from the USA, officials came to negotiate, only ending in disagreement. The South Pole Council almost voted to put a trading embargo on the nation. Eventually, the penalty was reduced to ten spanks only.
- Margate has also criticised the USA's involvement in Antarctic's politics and it's "imperialistic measures" in the past. Since then, these remarks have died out. When Margate became a Free Republic in 2008, the government had more trade with the USA as a result. However, part of their government was restricted freedom, which led to widespread outrage. The country withdrew from the SPC in 2011, being the first nation ever to do so. While trade has slowed, the Margatians now have trade relations and investments in almost every nation.
- East Pengolia - Horrible: Initial diplomatic ties were moderate, as the then ruling Penguin's action Party had some form of socialism in its policies. However, relations worsened as East Pengolia sided with other communist nations during multiple wars. Now, Margate hates East Pengolia for having a Communist government, who in turns hates Margate's capitalist government. The Margatian intelligence agency (the Margatian Special Branch) often spies on the East Pengolian government and conducts covert operations in it.
- Freezeland - Excellent: Freezeland and Margate are diplomatic and trade partners who trade often. Freezeland signed a defense pact in the early 2000s with the nation which expired in 2004, but the two nations still conduct naval exercises occasionally. Margate also helped to keep certain parts of Freezeland of out Snoss hands during GSWI and establish the protectorate of Margatian Freezeland in 2010.
- Polaris - Excellent: Margate and Polaris are diplomatic and trade partners, and the nation ignores or avoids dealing with anything to do with the blatant amount of white collar crime and corruption in it's capital. Government controlled companies like Kenestral Holdings are generally ordered to be vigilant when dealing with them to avoid the spread of corruption to the squeaky-clean nation. Nevertheless, this is all in secret, and trade flourishes with investment bonds being immensely popular in both nations.
- Amataria - Excellent: Being in the Western Union, Amataria and Margate engage in diplomatic and trade relations. They also mutually defend each other.
- Japaland - Excellent: Japaland and Margate are diplomatic and trade partners. Scientists from the two nations often collaborate with each other in scientific research. Japaland is also one of Margate's top trade partners.
- Malesia - Good: Malesia and Margate are just ordinary trade partners. However, Margate holds close relations with the Malesian city-state of Triangapore. It has supported several Triangaporean independence movements.
- North Joseon - Terrible: Margate hates North Joseon to the core. The Margatian intelligence agency (the Margatian Special Branch) often spies on the North Joseonean government and conducts covert operations in it.
- Shops Island - Good: Shopper-Margatian relations are considered relatively good, with active trade between the two nations. However, Shops holds a grudge against the nation for the protection and harboring of the mafia state Nexon, and for being in the rival Circular Powers. Shops often likes to one-up and jockey around with Margate, just so the Margatians know who is in charge. Despite that, however, the MSB and the SIA often collaborated in intelligence sharing and hunting down terrorists. There were even numerous cases where the MSB and SIA aided each other in conducting covert operations. Recently, President Frederick Mueller has been improving relations with Shops. For some reason, Shops' alternate 'empire' flag was raised at its embassy in Margate City.
- South Joseon - Excellent: Margate and South Joseon are diplomatic and trade partners, trading products worth billions of Club Penguin Coins annually. South Joseon is the only nation which Margate has a mutual defense treaty with who isn't in the Western Union or The Zeta Connections.
- Zhou - Excellent: Economic differences aside, Margate and Zhou are trade and diplomatic partners. Diplomatic relations were officially established in 1982. Margate often acts as a mediator between Zhou and the USA, even though that didn't work out so well.
- United Provinces - Excellent: Margate and the United Provinces have been allies for years and they have always stood by each other's sides. The United Provinces aided Margate in the Newdeal Civil War and the Margatians helped repel invaders from the island of Snowiny during the Puffalian-Western War. The two have a lovely, long-lasting relationship and a Margatian-Snowinn cultural exchange is held every year, and each year the cities of Winsburg and Margate City switch back and forth in hosting it. Via the Western Union the relationship between the United Provinces and Margate became even better as the two nations were joined by common historical, economical, military, cultural and political ties.
MAI has been known for its brutal and strict policies, constraining freedom within the state. In 2002, the case of Mikefazer14 tightened relations with the USA. Mikefazer14 reportedly vandalised buildings and threw toilet paper on houses, both of which were banned in MAI. Mikefazer14 was caught and caned four times, reduced from six after pleading from the USA's government. He later spoke that the police was restrictive and did not allow him to explain himself. Others, however, say that MAI's rules were effective and managed to bring out a clean and low-crime state.
MAI has also constrained freedom in other ways. For example, protests were not allowed unless a permit was gained. Those who protest could be caned or jailed up to five years. People blame the Penguins' Action Party, the ruling party, for their actions. There were fines behind littering, eating, drinking or smoking in prohibited areas, or even in illegal possession of items such as bubble gum or weaponry. Expression of opinion was even compromised, to the point that making political jokes publicly may cause trouble. On the hindsight, however, MAI was top in terms of ease of doing business.
MAI is also known for staying neutral, which could be a problem at times. For example, during the war between the Revolutionists and Loyalists for the fight for independence, MAI gave no help to either side at all, banning any "notable protestors of either side" from entering the country. It also criticised several countries for their actions, such as Snowzerland, both Pengolias, the Ninja Archipelago and the USA.
- If you haven't noticed, Margate is a parody of Singapore
- Even though it's not in the Asiapelago in Antarctica, Singapore is in Asia
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