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The Western Union
Zapadna unija
Unio Occidentalis
L'Union Occidentale
La Unión Occidental
西方联盟 (Xīfāng Liánméng)
Quack Quack
Flag
Motto: United in Diversity
Anthem: Ode to Joy
Map of the Western Union member states and their territories
Map of the Western Union member states and their territories
CapitalDelphi, Acadia
Largest city Margate City, Margate
Official languages English, Serbo-Croatian, Latin, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Duckish, Malay, Tamil, Sherbian, Filipino, Valyrian
Demonym Western
Member States AcadiaFlag.png Acadia
Amataria Flag.png Amataria
CandviaFlag.png Candvia
Cheeese.png Caseusopolis
DragonstoneFlag.png Dragonstone
DuckNewFlag.png Duck Island
EmpNewFlag.png Emperorlands
FelipenasFlag.png Finipines
MAI.png Margate
Terra Federation flag.PNG Terra Federation
Tropicalis Flag2.png Tropicalis
NewUnitedProvincesFlag.png United Provinces
Leaders
 -  Commission Pres. Ludovica Carvillia (WPP)
 -  Council Pres. Duan Xuegang (AWLD)
 -  Parliament Pres. Jean Pasquier (WCR)
 -  Upper house Western Council
 -  Lower house Western Parliament
Establishment
 -  The Circular Defense Treaty December 2013 
Population
 -  2018 estimate 137,600,000
GDP (PPP) 2014 estimate
 -  Total $26.851 (6th)
GDP (nominal) 2014 estimate
 -  Total $26.851 trillion (4th)
Currency Circum, various local currencies
Website
westernunion.org


The Western Union
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The Western Union, also known as the Circular Powers or Circular Union, is a political, economic and military union consisted of 12 member states that are aligned together and cooperate militarily, economically and politically. Formed in 2014 by Snowiny (now the United Provinces) and Terra Federation, it has since expanded to include five more sovereign nations - Margate, Amataria, Acadia, Caseusopolis, and Tropicalis, and on 1 April 2018 in its largest expansion yet expanded to include yet another five new nations, those being Duck Island, Candvia, Dragonstone, Finipines and the Emperorlands.

It is the most powerful state-like entity in Antarctica, behind perhaps only the United States of Antarctica, and functions almost like a confederation, but of independent states whose rights are slightly above the rights of the Western Union Commission (government) and who have the right to leave the Union at any time they want. As the Union grew more and acquired new members it became more attractive to other nations and even more powerful than it was at the time, and today it is the largest trading bloc in the whole of Antarctica and the combined number of soldiers of all its member states makes the Union have the largest military force on the planet.

The Union is very unique and distinct from all other organizations, the rival Axle Powers included, as the members are all very closely aligned, connected and intertwined and all its members are completely equal in power within the Western Union and have the same rights as all other members - the economically most powerful member Margate is put on an equal footing with the small Caseusopolis. This way, the Western Union strengthens smaller nations and gives them a real, powerful, united voice on the Antarctic stage, and it benefits the bigger and more powerful nations as well by giving them more influence and might on the Antarctic stage as part of such a large, united bloc.

There are minor alliances between the member states of the Western Union, such as the Pengrad Group, a bloc and a cultural and political alliance of Acadia, Duck Island, the Emperorlands and the United Provinces.

The Union continues to grow economically, militarily and industrially today. The Union currently has no expansion agenda, and no new members are expected to be welcomed until a very substantial amount of time has passed. Polls show that Western Union citizens are largely satisfied with the way the Union is ran, with all the less satisfied members being very far away from centers such as Acadia. The Western Union has brought unprecedented peace towards Antarctica as a result of its excellent exertion of soft power. Western Union nations today have some of the highest GDP and economic growths in Antarctica and some Western Union countries are among the best countries in Antarctica to live in.

History[edit]

The Circular Defense Treaty[edit]

The Western Union was formed under the name of the Circular Powers in 2013 as a direct result of Snowiny's defeat by Ed Island. Snowinian president Robert Smith held a meeting with UnitedTerran president Ninjinian and the Ruscan president on December 26, 2013 to discuss a creation of a treaty to compete with the stronger nations in Antarctica. After rounds of talks, The Circular Defense Treaty was born. This treaty stated that the three nations would help each other in political, economic and military situations. It came into effect on the 29th of December. However, Snowiny wanted a more definite and sound agreement, as the nation then was much smaller and less powerful than it is today. Hence, new rounds of talks was once again held. On the 3rd of January, the three leaders met again to discuss the formation of an actual coalition. The UTR and Rusca were not interested in being in an economic, much less military coalition, and thus pulled out.

At that point, Rusca and the UTR pulled out, but Ninjinian got the Terra Federation to join in. Thus, the Circular Powers were created. This new coalition irked Shops Island, Munijoch and the Culldrome Isles, who in retaliation formed the Axle Powers. Ever since then, the two collation have had a bittersweet relationship, with both of them competing.

This was not gone unnoticed by other nations in the Antarctic community. Ed Island joined the Axle Powers in early 2014 as its fourth member. While the Axle nations grew stronger, the Circular Powers slowly became less prominent. However, on the 30th of March, Margate surprised the continent by joining in, boosting the coalition's importance, prominence, economy and combined military. Amataria also became a candidate to join 2 weeks later.

Involvement in the Frosian War[edit]

The first test of Western strength came from the Frosian War, barely four months after its formation. The Puffalian-Western War was triggered after Margate's induction into the Western Union, where Nexonan and Penlandian extremists, angry at the new arrangment, crashed an airplane into the Benneton Towers in Winsburg, Snowiny's capital. When the Western nations declared war against these nationalist groups, Puffalia stepped in and supported them, opening up a second theater in the war. Sending a large number of troops in, Axis forces were able to invade and establish a base on the Puffepelago Islands, after which they began to invade the Snowinian mainland. Due to militant action in Margate and the Terra Federation however, Margatian and Terran support was reduced in the first half of the war, which allowed Axis forces to sweep across the Snowinian mainland.

The tides were turned when a simultaneous reinforcement of troops from Margate and the Terra Federation, as well as Ruscan entry into the war, allowed for the Western-Ruscan troops to swiftly retake the invaded portions of the Snowinian mainland. The gradual withdrawal of Puffalian troops from Snowiny to assist in the unfavourable war situation in the main Frosian Theatre also aided the Western advance. A renewed push by the Axis troops in Amataria was successfully repelled within a week of Puffalian landing on the Amatarian islands, allowing for a treaty of White Peace between both sides on 15th June 2014, a week before Puffalia was finally crushed by the Axle Powers. The nationalist groups were not so lucky, and many of its leaders were imprisoned and its members jailed, with Nexon and Penland retaining a state of emergency and martial law until December 31st of the same year, as Margatian and Snowinian authorities tried to crush any remaining opposition.

Simultaneously, the Western Union was also aiding the Culldrome Isles in the Second Culldrome Civil War, playing a crucial role in avoiding a Skulldrome invasion of the main Culldrome Isles, and preventing a subsequent overthrow of the Culldrom government, after a plea for help from Culldrom Supreme Leader Steven Snowen.

Present Day[edit]

After the war was over, the Western Union focused on rebuilding infrastructure in Snowiny and Amataria as well as growing the devastated Snowinian economy. Economic treaties were signed during this period and Margate and the Terra Federation collectively gave 1.25 billion Margatian dollars to Snowiny and Amataria for the rebuilding process. During this period, the Terran and Margatian militaries went through an overhaul, with Margate alone tripling the number of active troops and equipment over the course of the next year, and the Terra Federation buying newer and more advanced equipment. Economic recovery was swift, and by the end of the year Snowiny's and Amataria's economies had equaled and exceeded pre-war levels.

2015 marked a year of unprecedented economic growth for all member nations due to the multitude of pro-business policies and trade agreements in various sectors implemented. The Circular Powers was renamed to the Western Union in April of the same year, and two new nations, Acadia and Caseusopolis, were admitted into the Union during the Second Winsburg Conference. In addition, a free trade agreement and a military cooperation agreement was signed between the Seal Islands and the Western Union. Margate and Snowiny also became involved in the International Space Station, and were able to grow their new space programs.

On 9 May 2015 the organization, for the first time ever, decided to take up "Western Union" as their sole official name, instead of using "Circular Powers" as well. Since then, the Western Union has gotten a global reputation as a union of nations that join with their own will and have come to build something better together. Penguins all over the world started applauding how the Western Union came to be one of the mightiest entities in Antarctica without any exertion of force whatsoever. The Western Union came to be an union of like-minded west Antarctic nations who feared that they would become weak and insignificant in a world where Shops Island and the United States of Antarctica are continuing to rise in power.

In 2016, Tropicalis was admitted into the Western Union. The Western Union continued growing economically and militarily. There were no new applicants to join the Western Union until Duck Island in October 2017. Their accession negotiations are still ongoing. There are currently no more potential candidates to join the Western Union and it is unknown when and with whom the next expansion after Duck Island could occur and when Duck Island will enter in the first place.

On 18 February 2018 the Western Union Parliament voted with 596 votes for, 101 against and 3 abstain to make 9 May Western Union Day in honor of the day it became known as the Western Union. Preparations have immediately begun for celebrations across the Western Union.

On 1 April 2018, the Western Union saw its largest expansion yet, with five new nations joining, those being Duck Island, Candvia, Dragonstone, Finipines and the Emperorlands.

The numerous expansions as well as investments in various Western Union economies resulted in the United Provinces losing the substantial amount of power inside the Union that it had prior to the 2018 expansion. The United Provinces used to be the largest economy of the Western Union and hosted the unofficial capital city just a few years back - by now, it had fallen to barely being the third largest economy and it had lost its status as the political, economic and business center of the Union (resulting in the Winsburg Framework being published by the government). The United Provinces stood to gain on international prestige and soft power, however.

Economy[edit]

The Western Union combined has the largest economy in Antarctica, and is the world's foremost economic leader. It is one of the world's largest exporters and importers of goods. Several member states have joined a monetary union known as the circumzone which uses the Circum (₵) as a single currency. Dozens of the world's most important corporations are headquartered in the Western Union, and among them are highly powerful companies such as Agrocorp and Veggie Emporium. The Western Union has established a single market across the territory of all its member states representing 137,600,000 citizens. The Western Union's economy is highly integrated on the world stage and is vital to the continent's stability.

Companies[edit]

Veggie Emporium makes thousands of circums in profit every day

Dozens of the world's corporations, many of them key to the Antarctic economy, have their headquarters in a Western Union member state. Among those companies is Agrocorp, a retail joint-stock company founded by Filip Mikulec in 1985 in the city of Dolphinas, Snowiny. Agrocorp owns numerous other corporations too, such as ColdFoods, a Margatian corporation, that produces frozen products such as frozen pizzas, fruit, vegetables, fish and pastries, founded in 1995, that Agrocorp purchased for several million Club Penguin coins in 2014. The Snowinn Veggie Emporium serves as the largest vegetable-themed restaurant chain in Antarctica with hundreds of locations worldwide. In Amataria, the two largest corporations are A Corp and Omega Inc, two rival companies that produce robots that can carry out various tasks. Omega Inc additionally owns WarmFoods, a corporation that rivals ColdFoods.

Dew's Point is a Finipino corporation that is one of the largest medical superpowers in Antarctica and produces vaccines, antibiotics, medical equipment and largely prosthetics. The largest cheese-producing corporation in the entire Western Union is Caseuston, a large multinational company headquartered in Caseusopolis, that has several offices across the Western Union. Cocomore is the largest milk-producing country in Antarctica and it has a minor rivalry with Caseuston as that company is also involved in milk production. The number of major international corporations in the Western Union works greatly to the Western Union's advantage and the Western Union uses this as a power during trading disputes. The Western Union often gets very involved in company disputes and is known to interact with corporations and their CEOs on a regular basis.

The big multinational store chains SPAM and Cheap Store are headquartered in Duck Island. Also, the car building company QuackCar and three bus building companies, the biggest of which is BUS, are headquartered there. QuackCar cars and BUS buses are exported to many other countries.

Currency[edit]

A unified single currency for the Western Union, the circum (₵), was proposed at the Acadia summit in April 2017. The proposal passed provided all nations have a right to retain their current currencies as well or not use the new currency at all. The currency is still being worked on in details and was a major topic discussed at the summit in Lagois City. In May 2018, several nations, such as the United Provinces, Candvia and the Emperorlands, have announced they would adopt the Circum by the end of the month or in early June. Several other nations have, however, stated they are not yet ready to adopt the Circum yet and asked for a 12-month delay for the decision, among those nations are Tropicalis and Margate.

On 20 May 2018, the United Provinces officially became the first country in the world to adopt the circum as the sole official currency. This was welcomed by cheers and joy in the capital city of Winsburg, where celebrations occurred in the Old Town on Snowiny Square. President McClark announced that the path of the United Provinces is a path of further integration into the Western Union and further cementing the alliance between the twelve nations. He also stated he hopes other nations would join in on adopting the Western Union and stated the importance of having a common currency - Candvia subsequently announced they would adopt the circum on 26 May, which they did. Finipines, Acadia and Dragonstone all adopted the circum on 30 May.

Countries that have the circum as their official currency are said to be part of the circumzone. The circum is managed by the Acadia-based Western Union Central Bank (WUCB) and the Circumsystem (composed of the central banks of the circumzone countries).

Metals and Minerals[edit]

Snowiny, Margate and the Terra Federation are the primary exporters of iron-ore and copper ore within the Western Union, with the other member nations lacking such resources. This allowed for the acceleration of the 2014 Margatian Rearmament Program and the renewal of Amataria's robot-based military, and today continues to play a key role in the building up of new weapons and defenses. Other metals are mined, but in a much smaller quantity - for instance Snowiny possesses several nickel and uranium mines.

Minerals were lacking across the coalition, contrary to those of the Axle Powers. Gold, which Snowiny had been exporting since the 1900s, have begun to run out and so only small deposits of gold, silver, platinum and diamonds are found in Snowiny's mines, and even then, the valuable minerals are located very deep, making it even harder to extract the minerals. These minerals are therefore only about 1-3% less the price of those exported from outside nations. Platinum and diamonds are also mined in Nexon, Margate and Tropicalis.

Oil, Gas and Coal[edit]

Just one of the numerous oil platforms off the coast of Margate

Margate and Candvia have been blessed with the abundance of oil and natural gas within their territories. Many oil and gas rigs have been constructed off the coasts of Nexon, Lauson, North Bank and the Oil Archipelago, part of which is owned by Shops Island, and, in the case of Candvia, in the Captagones and Maiores island archipelagos. The export of oil and natural gas prices in the other nations dropped significantly, except for Margate and Tropicalis, both of whom place more emphasis on green energy. There are currently talks on the creation of a natural gas pipeline that will supply Antarctica with natural gas from the rich deposits in the Oil Archipelago, similar to the Trans-Antarctic Pipeline.

Coal mines are widespread in the Terra Federation, and they supply coal to the industries in Snowiny, Margate and Amataria. However the Union is seeking to have a greener future, and more industries are now using natural gas converted to electricity, with the exception of Candvia, which continues to rely on oil and gas exports and stated they reject the Union's green future plans for Candvia.

Caseusopolis and Acadia has little to no natural resources for export or use, hence they rely on the other nations for these resources. Electricity derived from oil, gas and coal amount to less than 0.5% of Tropicalis' needs and hence the Tropicalians have no need for such resources.

Timber and Sand[edit]

Margate has a small furniture industry which produces high quality wood. This wood used to be imported from Calada and Freezeland, as the nation has a trade pact with them, but the Terra Federation's abundance of forest and lower shipping costs has made the nation less reliant on wood from Calada and Freezeland. This has made the Margatian furniture industry's profits increase twofold. The nation that has benefited the most, though, is Snowiny, where a new furniture industry is expected to exceed that of Margate's by 2019. However, Margate's aggressive reforestation program and annexation of several small nearby islands with high-quality timber means that Margate will soon emerge as an exporter of timber in the Western Union as well. Tropicalis has also benefited from the importation of cheaper wood products which meets environmental standards.

Sand is especially important in reclamation of land, so as to build new ports. Margate has been relying on sand from Hindonesie and Malesia for reclamation since it's independence in 1965, but the Batavians has since banned the export of sand to Margate. Malesia has imposed high tariffs and a limited quota of sand, forcing Margate to use it's limited stockpile. The Terra Federation has plenty of sand-based hills, and has exported them to Margate, Tropicalis and Snowiny for reclamation purposes. In exchange, Margate helped to build and expand ports in both nations. The three nations are also contemplating digging up sand from the sea bed in international waters, although many nations have slammed this, in particular the Axle Powers. Caseusopolis and Acadia, both being small island nations with rapid development also obtain and use these materials for reclamation purposes

Agriculture[edit]

Vineyards in Candvia, the top grape producing nation in the Union

The Western Union is primarily industry-oriented, although the most agricultural country in the Union is the United Provinces. Various measures have been taken to increase agricultural output and to make the Western Union nations the leading nations in the world in agriculture. This led to the establishment of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It is one of the long lasting policies of the Western Union. The policy has the objectives of increasing agricultural production, providing certainty in food supplies, ensuring a high quality of life for farmers, stabilizing markets, and ensuring reasonable prices for consumers. However, the policy's price controls and market interventions led to considerable overproduction. This policy has been criticized for under-cutting farmers outside the Union. Supporters of the CAP argue that the economic support which it gives to farmers provides them with a reasonable standard of living.

Acadia is a country formerly dependent on greenhouses for food resources

The most agriculturally developed nations in the Western Union are undoubtedly Candvia and the Western Union, especially Candvia, the top grape producing nation in the Union and one of the top grape producing nations in the whole world as well. The main exporter of cream soda in the Western Union is indeed Candvia, and most of it is exported to nations such as Acadia, Duck Island and the Finipines. Acadia and Caseusopolis have the weakest agriculture economic sectors in the Western Union, with Acadia until quite recently being completely reliant on greenhouses and so-called vertical gardens for the production of food. Caseusopolis, on the other hand, has nearly no agriculture at all and is heavily dependent on agricultural exports from other Western Union nations.

Weapons and Technology[edit]

Margate plays the largest role in this sector - its collaboration and multitude of research projects with ally Ed Island has allowed it grow its military research sector and produce new types of weapons - although they remain of an inferior quality to the technologically superior Ed Islandians. Technology-sharing is frequent, especially from Margate to other Western Union nations. The largest manufacturer of firearms and artillery is Carstava, however, headquartered in Doriath, Kanowa, United Provinces.

With the lack of a home-grown military industrial complex in every member nation initially, trade in this field was practically non-existent. However, after the Puffalian-Western War, Margate and the Terra Federation each developed such complexes, and while weapons produced by them still remain a minority within the Western Union's combined militaries, it continues to grow at a steady pace. It is predicted that Margatian and Terran-built weapons and weapon systems will account for 50% of equipment within the Western Union by 2027 at current rates.

On average, the union as a whole has a fairly decent level of technology with technology such as internet accessibility, radio and modern-day transport and vehicles being commonplace. Countries such as the Emperorlands have developed efficient water-based technology, ubiquitous throughout the country and found within their architecture and everyday lives. Robotic technology and other mechanical items are regularly manufactured by Amataria, which also uses its machinery as infantry for its military. Electronic devices such as computers are often exported by the Finipines while holographic technology and solar panels are developed and exported by Tropicalis.

Politics[edit]

Member States[edit]

Current member states of the Western Union and the dates they joined.

  • NewUnitedProvincesFlag.png United Provinces (joined 5 January 2014) - founding state of the Western Union. Most engaged and most evolved. Third largest economy, behind Tropicalis and Margate. One of the most pro-WU nations. Has great influence on the international stage as a result of increasing involvement and rapid democratization during Simon McClark's presidency. One of the three core members.
  • Terra Federation flag.PNG Terra Federation (joined 5 January 2014) - founding state of the Western Union. Least engaged and furthest away from all the other members, leading to debates about a possible exit from the Western Union. The nation is very divided on this because the Western Union is Terra Federation's only real connection on the international stage.
  • MAI.png Margate (joined 30 March 2014) - the wealthiest member state of the Western Union and one of the most powerful economically and militarily. The financial center of the Western Union. One of the three core members.
  • Amataria Flag.png Amataria (joined 20 April 2014) - a rather isolated member state located in the Asiapelago. Average economy.
  • AcadiaFlag.png Acadia (joined 26 April 2015) - a small country located just off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Capital city of the Western Union; most WU institutions are seated there and summits occur there regularly.
  • Cheeese.png Caseusopolis (joined 26 April 2015) - a small, isolated country on the other side of the continent.
  • Tropicalis Flag2.png Tropicalis (joined 28 August 2016) - the second wealthiest country in the Western Union with high standards of living and good economic development. One of the three core members.
  • CandviaFlag.png Candvia (joined 1 April 2018, became candidate on 18 February 2018) - a country with very high standards of living, good natural resources and good economic growth and development, with an average-sized GDP and rather weak armed and naval forces.
  • DuckNewFlag.png Duck Island (joined 1 April 2018, became candidate on 21 October 2017) - a country with a rather poor economy and with some locations with a rather outdated infrastructure, but with a sizeable army and navy and close relations with some member states.
  • DragonstoneFlag.png Dragonstone (joined 1 April 2018, became candidate on 19 February 2018) - a small, technologically outdated member state located west of the Ninja Archipelago. Has very close relations with Acadia.
  • EmpNewFlag.png Emperorlands (joined 1 April 2018, became candidate on 21 February 2018) - an underwater country which for a long time has been quite isolated from most countries in Antarctica.
  • FelipenasFlag.png Finipines (joined 1 April 2018, became candidate on 20 February 2018) - a country in Asiapelago with high crime rates and an average economy, but is located very close to some of the biggest financial centers of Antarctica.

Official Candidates[edit]

Official candidates that may or may not have begun negotiations to enter the Western Union.

None currently.

Potential Candidates[edit]

Potential candidates as recognized by the Western Union Council.

None currently.

Western Council[edit]

The Western Council consists of delegates from all the member nations of the Western Union, who convene monthly in Acadia to deliberate on issues facing the entire union and enact policies for further integration and cooperation within the Union. While overall direction is set by the leaders of the member nations at the Annual Congress, the finer points and details are handled and debated over by the Council. The number of delegates is proportional to the each nation's population, although this is capped at 20% of all seats. Every 3 months, a new country presides over the once-every-3-months major Western Union Council meeting - as of 1 July it is Acadia, with the next being Caseusopolis, then Emperorlands, then Terra Federation, then Amataria, then Dragonstone.

Member State Political Leader Current Seats Population
United Provinces Simon McClark 35 (to change next election) 21,000,000
Margate Frederick Mueller 40 25,000,000
Tropicalis Penguino Lagois IV 40 30,000,000
Terra Federation Iron Toto 30 12,000,000
Amataria Amigopen 15 3,500,000
Acadia Brant Esser 20 9,000,000
Caseusopolis Mr Cheddar 10 1,500,000

Western Parliament[edit]

Interior of the Western Union Parliament in Delphi, Acadia

The Western Parliament is the lower chamber of the Legislature. It is consisted of 700 Members of Western Parliament (MWPs) elected every 4 years on 1 August, the first election having taken place on 1 August 2017. Each country has a set amount of MWPs proportional to its population: Caseusopolis 2% (14 seats), Amataria 4% (28 seats), Acadia 6% (42 seats), Terra Federation 13% (91 seats), United Provinces 17% (119 seats), Margate 27% (189 seats), and Tropicalis 31% (217 seats).

The Parliament groups are:

1. [AWW] Alliance of Western Workers (far-left)

2. [PASD] Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (left)

3. [AWG] Alliance of Western Greens (center-left)

4. [AWLD] Alliance of Western Liberals and Democrats (center)

5. [WPP] Western Union People's Party Group (center-right)

6. [WCR] Western Union Conservatives and Reformists (center-right)

7. [UFDD] Union of Freedom and Direct Democracy (right)

8. [UNF] Union of Nations and Freedom (far-right)

9. [N-I] Non-Inscrits (independents)


Currently, the Parliament is arranged: 142 WCR, 136 WPP, 104 AWLD, 94 AWG, 72 PASD, 57 N-I, 40 UFDD, 30 UNF, 25 AWW. This is how each nation individually arranged them:

  1. Caseusopolis: WPP 9, WCR 2, PASD 2, AWLD 1
  2. Amataria: N-I 10, WPP 8, UNF 7, AWG 3, WCR 0, AWLD 0, PASD 0, UFDD 0, AWW 0
  3. Acadia: WCR 12, UFDD 9, AWG 8, AWLD 7, WPP 6
  4. Terra Federation: AWG 32, PASD 12, N-I 11, AWLD 10, AWW 8, WPP 7, WCR 6, UFDD 3, UNF 2
  5. United Provinces: WCR 31, WPP 25, AWLD 21, PASD 12, UFDD 10, N-I 7, UNF 6, AWG 5, AWW 2
  6. Margate: WCR 53, WPP 48, AWLD 40, PASD 19, AWG 16, N-I 10, UFDD 2, UNF 1, AWW 0
  7. Tropicalis: WCR 38, WPP 33, AWG 30, PASD 27, AWLD 25, N-I 19, UFDD 16, AWW 15, UNF 14

Policies[edit]

Requirements to Join[edit]

See also: Future Enlargement of the Western Union

To join the Union;

  1. Applicant nation must be willing to use military force against external parties attacking one of the members of the Union.
  2. Applicant nation must be willing to side with its member states in all situations except if affected member nation is the aggressor.
  3. Applicant nation must be willing to enforce a "peace policy"; no invasion of other nations unless provoked.
  4. Applicant nation must be considered democratic, or in the process of enacting reforms to do so. Nations are not allowed to suppress peaceful protests, introduce or continue media censorship, and restrict the freedoms of its peoples, except on national security grounds for a period of up to 120 days, subject to the approval of the Western Council.
  5. Applicant nation must be recognized internationally as a sovereign nation and be a member of the United Antarctic Nations
  6. Applicant nation must be willing to allow for free movement of goods and citizens of Western Union origin.

As an addition, each applicant nation (candidate) will have to go through a series of negotiations involving 15 chapters. The candidacy of the nation is then voted on by all member states of the Western Union, all of which have to approve in order for the nation to be able to sign a Treaty of Accession. Munijoch is automatically admitted to the Western Union under the terms of The M Triumvirate pact agreement with the Western Union upon dissolution of the Axle Powers.

Foreign Policy[edit]

The Western Union's combined foreign policy is to establish a world where freedom, liberty, prosperity, happiness and justice rule, which will be done by abiding to the following principles;

  1. Keeping to international rule of law, tribunals and resolutions, and pushing other nations to abide by such rules.
  2. Respecting all forms of government and leaders whilst also encouraging democratic reforms in non-democratic nations.
  3. Being a role model to other nations in maintaining the five core values of freedom, liberty, prosperity, citizen happiness and justice.
  4. Defending the five core values in other nations where they are threatened; a) if by the government, through economic sanctions and international pressure, b) if by external forces through economic and military aid. The Antarctic War on Terrorism is an example of Western intervention to maintain these core values.

Additionally, the Western Union has the right to manage its foreign policy as if it were a sovereign nation (though the will of the member states together, of course, is above the will of the Western Union). The foreign minister of the Western Union is the High Representative of the Western Union for Foreign Affairs, or simply High Representative, who, as of May 2018, is Laura Filicana. The Western Union Commission is in charge of the foreign policy.

The Western Union has a right to form trade deals with another nation as if it were a state equal to that nation, and the Commission has a right to prevent member states from forming a trade deal, though the member states have the power to override that move.

Leaving the Western Union[edit]

Leaving the Western Union is a painstaking process that takes a lot of work and a lot of time. The exiting process takes a long time, even longer than the entry time, due to a massive amount of things that need to be changed that cannot be changed or agreed upon in just one day - if a nation just immediately decided to leave it would crash their economy and adversely harm relations with Western Union members.

That is why the Western Union has agreed if a nation wants to leave they can trigger the Exit Article that allows to opt out of any new Western Union laws and begin talks to exit the Western Union - which includes discussing a new trade agreement, discussing relations after leaving the Western Union, discussing which Western Union laws should remain implemented in the exiting country once it leaves and which shouldn't, discussing where do military forces stationed in the country go and where WU institutions located in exiting country go, as well as more.

The Western Union significantly booms all its member states' GDPs, economies and opens up a whole new free trade market for them. Leaving the Western Union would severely hurt the economy of the nation that joined the Union, greatly reduce their GDP, harm their armed forces, ruin relations with the Western Union member nations and reduce their reputation and power because of the size, wealth, interconnection and power of the Western Union.

Ideologies[edit]

The main ideology of the Circular Powers and all its countries is freedom. The goal of the Circular Powers is to establish a world where everyone has the freedom to express themselves, and where penguins can follow the pursuit of happiness. Circular Powers has a long series of democratic laws that support freedom for everyone, no matter what their gender and species. The Margate City Convention in March 2015 gave legal protection to all penguins; regardless of who they are, what they are, and how they look like.

All penguins also have the right to vote, and the Council is currently having a debate over passing the Puffle Protection Act and the Puffle Citizenship Act. The Puffle Citizenship Act caused large controversy in the council, with many stating giving puffles citizenship makes no sense, but many agreed to the Puffle Protection Act, mostly the Circular Liberals and Circular Socialist Party.

Western Union Charter[edit]

See main article: Western Union Charter

Laws[edit]

All laws must be agreed upon by all members. Every member has a right to veto any decision within the Western Union. They also have an opt-out option - they can opt-out of any new law within a 7 day period since it was passed. New members that just got in do not have that option for laws passed before their entrance into the union.

Citizen Perks[edit]

The Western Union gives a lot of perks to all citizens of its member states. These are some of them:

  1. Easier travel between the member states
  2. International (between Western Union nations) plane and ship tickets are 30% cheaper for all Western Union citizens
  3. Citizens can work and live in any of the 12 member states
  4. Easier to conduct business between the member states
  5. A more powerful passport that could grant you easier access to nearly every country
  6. Easier to create a business and make it grow as a result of Western Union policies

Culture[edit]

The Western Union has 12 member states, each with their own unique cultures, traditions and beliefs that made them what they are. The cultures of the United Provinces, Acadia, Dragonstone and Candvia have been primarily influenced by Ninja Archipelago cultures, Tropicalis primarily by Candvian and Castillan cultures, Margate, Finipines and Amataria by the Asiapelago cultures, Terra Federation and Caseusopolis by the culture of UnitedTerra and a country like Duck Island has been rather isolated and left to its own devices. The cultural diversity is what makes the Western Union so unique and special - they're all very distinct yet they all remain so united.

Culture is one of the top concerns of the Western Union. Every 3 months (January - April - July - October), a Western Union Capital of Culture is chosen by the Western Union Commission, the current holder, since 1 July, being Maybila City in the Finipines. The point is to assist cultural development in the selected city and to promote that city as a cultural destination. The Western Union has even more programmes, such as the Western Union Youth Orchestra and Western Month of Culture.

Symbols[edit]

The flag of the Western Union is a horizontal white-light blue-white flag with 7 stars in the center, meant to symbolize the unity of the Western Union (7 stars because at the time of adoption, there were 7 members in the Union). The Western Union's anthem is Ode to Joy, whose lyrics were written in June 2018 by a famous Finipino poet. The lyrics are:

Unity, cooperation
Of all nationalities
Let’s rejoice in celebration
In all our diversities
Fly our banner over our blue skies
Under Seven Stars that won’t fall
Join us in our congregation
Western Union, one for all

In all our diversities encourages nations to join in celebration in all the diversities that make them so great. Under Seven Stars that won't fall means the Western Union and the ideal of unity and happiness will never fall. Western Union, one for all signalizes that the Western Union is a union for everybody.

Criticism[edit]

Within the Western Union, member nations are not afraid to speak their minds on regional affairs, both externally and internally. Thanks to the somewhat noticeable sway in regards to influence, some WU members, such as Margate and UP, are capable of leading other countries to condemn the actions of other countries. Such condemnations hold no boundaries; they can occur both in the Union and outside it. From its start, the Western Union has not criticized a tremendous amount of countries, but there is certainly a handful that have been.

Acadia[edit]

Acadian FRU Exit[edit]

In June 2016, Acadia held a referendum to decide their membership in the Free Republic Union, whether to "leave" the Union or "remain" in it. The "remain" side won by a slim margin. However, the Acadian Congress voted to leave the FRU in November 2016 after Megg won the US Presidency, ignoring the earlier referendum. Though the move wasn't condemned by fellow Western Union members, it was highly frowned upon, and was considered by some to be a "violation of democracy".

The Western Union was lambasted by many governments for not having issued a harsher response to Acadia's move, with US vice president Happyface saying that "it is strange how during the negotiations a country has to be smooth and clean but when it actually joins the union it can do whatever it want and totally disregard the will of its citizens". Simon McClark criticized Happyface's comments, stating that the Western Union had already strongly condemned Acadia's behavior and has called for Acadia to 'return to its senses'.

Marxit Crisis[edit]

Further reading: Marxit Crisis

In May of 2017, Margate condemned Acadia for its provocations and threats of war against Dorkugal and, subsequently, the USA, and politely asked the country to cease them, lest the country takes further actions in stopping them. UP and Amataria became involved as well, condemning the nation for it's actions, but to no avail. So, Margate threatened to pull out of the Western Union, thinking that the Union should not be drawn into a needless battle over something that the majority of the nations did not endorse. Fearing a complete collapse, UP arranged talks with Margate and Acadia, and the two countries worked out a deal that allowed Margate to stay and for Acadia to stop provoking the small country.

Encroachment on Expression[edit]

Only a month later, in June, it was discovered that the Acadian government has authorized the purposeful censorship of left-wing political ideas, suppressing socialism and advocates for greater social justice. Such an investigation, months in the making, was spearheaded by multiple advocacy groups based in Munijoch and Margate, two bastions for civil rights despite having troubled pasts. Upon receiving the report, Margate released a statement, condemning the nation for denying the basic civil rights, and having Frederick Mueller adding that Brant Esser is "the worst statesman he's ever dealt with." Only an hour later, Simon McClark added his condemnation too, citing that he "stands with Margate in condemning Acadia, since they deserve much much better than what they currently have." Prime Minister Lena Sanders refused to comment on the matter, most likely because she doesn't want to lose support from Conservatives who she is in a coalition government with.

Contrasting the condemnations, Monica LeBen, candidate of UP's Nationalist Party, slammed the countries for condemning Acadia, stating that they shouldn't be "policing other nations in their affairs." Patrick Smith, Foreign Minister of the UP, also joined LeBen's side, condemning the condemnation. Patrick Smith's brother and former president Robert Smith also commented on this matter, making it his first comment on politics after August 2015, saying that the condemnations are unruly and that governments condemning Acadia are seeking hostility and are trying to pick up fights. McClark brushed off his comments at a recent press conference.

Amataria, a country notorious for poor civil rights, rather hypocritically joined the condemnation against Acadia, citing that "while it would be hypocritical for us to champion the call of civil rights while we are deaf to it, a country in such well standing with other democracies should at least behave like one." Since then, there have been talks about Amataria introducing reforms to better the rights of citizens and to escape the corporate madness the country is enveloped in at the moment.

Since then, there have been discussion on how to deal with Acadia's censorship of thought, with some arguing that the best way is to apply sanctions until they give in and let the thoughts express themselves. Others suggest that the international humiliation is bad enough to get them to change. Opinion however, is mostly divided. Regardless, the Western Union has been heavily criticized for its lack of action and lack of resolve on the Acadian problem for an organization that claims to be staunchly defending civil and penguin rights.

On 9 July 2018, the Western Union issued a statement condemning the infringement of penguin rights in Acadia and called for the Acadian government to take steps towards liberalization. The Acadian government rejected this statement, as well as criticized the timing (it was released immediately after the 2018 Pontilex Western Union Summit).

Shops Island[edit]

The Western Union and Shops-dominated Axle Powers are known to have a rivalry between them and both organizations often attempt to prove their superiority over one another through sometimes absurd means, such as by contesting for influence over a country and insulting each other's military and economic strengths. There would come times when individual members, especially the United Provinces, would condemn Shopper behavior as well and accuse Shops of things which President Lavender fervently denies.

Great Yowien War[edit]

When the Great Yowien War happened, President Robert Smith of Snowiny was quick to pick a side in the conflict. He immediately announced his full support for Shops Island and the Lavender administration and actively tried to get involved in the war by whatever means possible, contrary to the popular will as the majority of the population strongly opposed the Great Yowien War, often displayed by constant protests in front of the Presidential (Royal) Palace, calling for Robert Smith to condemn Shops Island and its actions immediately. Margate, on the other hand, stated they support the Shopper cause but they were not directly involved in the war at all whatsoever.

In 2015, Robert Smith abdicated and Simon McClark assumed the presidency. He was quick to announce that Snowiny (United Provinces) would give citizenship to all Yowien refugees currently situated in his country's territory. He was also quick to announce that Smith made a mistake giving support to the Shopper side in the war.

USA[edit]

Happyface's Address[edit]

At the end of April 2017, the Vice President of the USA, Happyface141, presented an address to the South Pole Council, calling for international sanctions against Acadia for being a "warmonger" against both Dorkugal and communist nations. While the Western Union were dealing with Acadia in their own right, they were quick to criticize the USA for further stirring the pot with Acadia, asserting that international humiliation isn't the way to coax a country into submission, and that Acadia, while it has been provocative, is by no means meant to be an enemy of the region. Furthermore, they called on the USA to reach peace with Acadia, condemning the actions of the country formally and wishing that there could be more communication between the great power and the former FRU member.

Internal Relations[edit]

The relations between the member states of the Western Union have been described as awkwardly complex and incredibly divided, in contrast to what pundits call the supposed 'unanimity' of the Axle Powers. WU critics observe there are rivalries between the member states of the Western Union, including between: 1. Acadia and Margate, 2. Duck Island and Margate, 3. Candvia and the United Provinces. In addition to rivalries between the member states, critics have also observed that the foreign policy of the United Provinces, and partially internal policy as well to an extent, are 'controlled' by Acadia. Some have, as a result of the vast power Acadia has over UP policy decisions, called Acadia the most powerful member of the Western Union despite its small military, small economy, small territory and position right next to the United States of Antarctica, whom Acadia is known for having spats with.

Some have described relations between the member states as completely imbalanced, with far-left and far-right politicians in the United Provinces, Tropicalis, Margate and Candvia believing that their countries effectively serve the poorer countries of the Western Union and basically 'feed them with money while their own citizens are suffering at home'. Monica Le Ben, far-right politician in the United Provinces, singled out the Emperorlands, Finipines, Amataria and Caseusopolis, calling their countries 'impoverished third-world heckholes' and accusing them of taking advantage of the richer countries in the Western Union, 'among others my own', comments which the Finipino president Amor Atienza sharply rebuked, stating that she believes Le Ben's views are 'not official UP policy, nor the view of the UP people' and stating that such inflammatory views 'have no place in the policies of the Western Union nor any of its nations'.

Attitude of the Big Three of the Western Union - Margate, Tropicalis and the United Provinces - towards all the other nations of the Western Union has sometimes been described as condescending and as a holier-than-thou attitude. Some politicians in Candvia have described their attitudes as 'rage-inducingly arrogant' and 'elitist', which anti-Western Union politicians have used to their advantage in order to get elected to power. After such accusations from Candvian politicians, President McClark said he 'would not bow down to hecklers and opportunists', a remark that was interpreted as an insult against Candvians.

Esser denied the existence of a 'big three' in the Western Union, stating that it is a false narrative created by the media in order to divide and eventually disintegrate the Western Union, during a visit the Tropicalian president to Acadia. McClark, upon being confronted about Brant Esser's statements, said that he 'doesn't have time to deal with imaginary issues', and went on to brag about protest made in the Western Union in the first half of 2018.

Polls[edit]

1 February 2018

% of people who support their country's membership in the Western Union
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
78% 58% 66% 83% 89% 87% 73%
% of people who support further expanding number of WU members
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
64% 46% 48% 54% 77% 66% 58%
% of people who support further integrating Western Union members
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
58% 34% 37% 47% 75% 61% 44%
% of people who support the adoption of a single WU currency
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
55% 18% 26% 39% 68% 26% 33%
% of people who support Duck Island's accession to the WU
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
54% 13% 12% 18% 47% 32% 17%
% of people who believe East Pengolia is a partner that can be trusted
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
22% 12% 11% 11% 3% 18% 16%
% of people who believe Shops Island is a partner that can be trusted
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
36% 52% 56% 55% 45% 53% 58%
% of people who support Acadian stance towards East Pengolia
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
88% 25% 38% 31% 95% 9% 13%
% of people who support a Western Union superstate
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
13% 4% 7% 3% 17% 13% 9%
% of people who support the immigration of non-WU people to the WU
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis
29% 71% 34% 27% 16% 67% 54%

17 May 2018

% of people who support their country's membership in the Western Union
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis Candvia Duck Island Dragonstone Emperorlands Finipines
71% 53% 61% 75% 88% 84% 67% 82% 75% 91% 64% 59%
% of people who support further expanding the number of WU members
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis Candvia Duck Island Dragonstone Emperorlands Finipines
43% 24% 39% 54% 85% 80% 45% 67% 54% 88% 47% 31%
% of people who support further integrating Western Union members
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis Candvia Duck Island Dragonstone Emperorlands Finipines
54% 23% 37% 41% 77% 63% 39% 51% 43% 77% 39% 17%
% of people who support the adoption of a single WU currency
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis Candvia Duck Island Dragonstone Emperorlands Finipines
62% 15% 23% 35% 65% 13% 41% 54% 24% 71% 41% 48%
% of people that support the Western Union defense pact and idea of "an attack on one is an attack on all"
United Provinces Terra Federation Margate Amataria Acadia Caseusopolis Tropicalis Candvia Duck Island Dragonstone Emperorlands Finipines
65% 33% 57% 48% 98% 97% 55% 69% 97% 99% 94% 51%

Demographics[edit]

Military[edit]

A Tropicalian soldier fighting on behalf of the Western Union.

Previously, there used to be no unified Western Union military. The project to create the Western Union Armed Forces was in the working between May 2017 and June 2018, when the 12 member states finally signed a treaty in the Snowinn capital of Winsburg establishing the armed forces. All nations had agreed to give a minimum 10% of their military to the Western Union Armed Forces, and they would have the option to divide that 10% (decide how much they would give to the land forces, how much to naval forces and how much to air forces). Additionally, all countries reaffirmed their commitments to the Western Union Joint Defense Policy.

Foreign Relations[edit]

The Western Union itself has very good relations with other nations, although various nations feel slightly threatened by their ever-growing expansion and increased industrial, military and economic might.

  • Ed Island Flag.png Ed Island - Fair. The two have good relations in general, but as a result of constant disputes and a rivalry with some of the states such as the United Provinces and Acadia the relations between the two have slightly deteriorated.
  • East Pengolia image flag.png East Pengolia - Horrible. East Pengolia criticizes the Western Union and calls it 'an imperialist project' that seeks to 'take away Pengolian sovereignty'. Relations have recently improved between the two as a result of overtures by the United Provinces. However, some of the members still hate East Pengolia.
  • PolarisFlag.png Polaris - Great. Polaris has great relations with the Western Union and commends their pro-democracy and pro-human rights mission. The Western Union is currently working on a draft trade agreement with Polaris, which would have to be approved by the WU Parliament and the Polarian Legislative Congress.
  • USA flag.PNG United States of Antarctica - Fair. The United States of Antarctica feels threatened by the expansion of the Western Union and has demonstrated their disdain for the Western Union during the crisis over Acadia's exit from the Free Republic Union. The United States of Antarctica has constantly threatened the Western Union with higher tariffs on steel and aluminum as a result of its slightly protectionist foreign trade policy and almost completely laissez-faire internal trade policy.
  • ShopsIslandFlag2013.png Shops Island - Fair. Shops Island and the Western Union have a small scale rivalry as the former is part of the Axle Powers alliance that once used to be much larger and much more powerful than the Western Union, but as a result of an influx of new Western Union members and further integration of the union the Axle Powers became much less relevant to the Western Union and its interests. Relations have relatively stabilized lately between the two, mostly as a result of Shops getting slightly less involved in international politics.

Trivia[edit]

  • It is heavily inspired by the European Union.
  • They share a friendly rivalry with the Axle Powers, who are quite powerful militarily but do not cooperate as much politically and economically as the Western Union nations.
  • If a country intends to join the Western Union, they must take this form here.
  • During official ceremonies (such as press conferences, statements, etc.) and over public buildings, the Western Union flag should be displayed alongside the national flag of the country. This is not a strict requirement, however, but members are expected to do it for the sake of unity and symbolism.

See Also[edit]