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 Wesmerité [Country Flag of Wesmerité]
Introduction
Geography
People
Government
Economy
Communications
Transportation
Military
Transnational Issues
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Wesmerité

Introduction


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Background: Merité was one of the dominant industrial and maritime powers of the 2nd and 3rd century A. P., played a leading role in developing science and technology and spreading Meritéan culture, language and literature across Vex.  At its zenith, the Meritéan Empire & Commonwealth stretched over one-tenth of Vex's surface. The final decade of the 3rd century saw the Meritéan Empire shattered by chaos caused by the disappearance of her King, Timothy I.  Year 300 witnessed the dismantling of the Empire, supervised by the UNV, and the splintering off of ethnic Meritéan lands into a variety of successor states.  Wesmerité gained independence from Cruisana supervision in June 301 and is now rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous Eras nation.

Geography

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Location: North-western old continent, bordering Cimera, Somery, Terra Extremis, Albion-Merité and the Bay of Merité, between 18 and 30 degrees North, and 13 and 18 degrees East, of the planet Vexillium.

Geographic coordinates: 20 00 N, 17 00 E

Map references: Old Continent

Area:
total: 243,563 sq km
land: 240,062 sq km
water (major bodies only): 3,501 sq km

Area - comparative:
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Roughly approximate to the United Kingdom; OR
a little bigger than Laos; OR
About half the width and all the Length of Alberta; OR
About the size of California; OR
Victoria and half of New South Wales.
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Land boundaries:
total: 2,220 km (Approx.)
border countries: Somery 570 km  Cimera 823 km, Albion-Merité 517 km,  Terra Extremis 200 km

Coastline: 1,200 km (Approx.)

Maritime claims:
continental shelf: 100 nm into the middle of the Bay of Merité
Exclusive economic zone: 100 nm
territorial sea: 20 nm

Climate: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Bay of Merité

Terrain: mostly rugged hills and low mountains; level to rolling plains in east and southeast

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Bréan Marsh -4 m
highest point: Mount St. Angela 2,468 m

Natural resources: coal, iron ore, lead, zinc, gold, tin, limestone, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum, potash, silica sand, slate, arable land, timber, fish, hydropower

Land use:
arable land: 35%
permanent crops: 2%
permanent pastures: 8%
forests and woodland: 45%
other: 10% (305 est.)

Irrigated land: 7,800 sq km (305 est.)

Natural hazards: winter windstorms; floods

Environment - current issues: by 315 the government aims to reduce the amount of industrial and commercial waste disposed of in landfill sites to 85% of 298 levels and to recycle or compost at least 25% of household waste, increasing to 33% by 320; between 298-99 and 299-300, household recycling increased from 8.8% to 16.3%

Environment - international agreements:
party to: None
signed, but not ratified: None

Geography - note: Wesmerité is on the west coast along the long Bay of Merité and due to this, the Southwest Coast has higher tides than normal on Vex.  Go to the Meritéan Geographic Society to view more Wesmerité maps.

People

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Population: 49,632,542 (Jan' 305 census)

Age structure:
0-14 years: 18% (male 5,010,489; female 4,853,871)
15-64 years: 66.3% (male 16,193,876; female 16,736,516)
65 years and over: 15.7% (male 3,027,721; female 4,458,235) (305 est.)

Population growth rate: 0.37% (305 census)

Birth rate: 10.69 births/1,000 population (305 census)

Death rate: 10.28 deaths/1,000 population (305 census)

Net migration rate: -1.19 migrant(s)/1,000 population (305 est.)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.15 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.90 male(s)/female
total population: 0.67 male(s)/female (305 est.)


Infant mortality rate: total: 5.22 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 4.83 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 5.38 deaths/1,000 live births (305 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 71.56 years
male: 67.3 years
female: 75.1 years (305 census)

Total fertility rate: 2.26 children born/woman (305 est.)

Nationality:
noun: Meritéan(s), Wesmeritéan(s)
adjective: Meritéan, Wesmeritéan

Ethnic groups: Meritéan 91.5%,  Chungian 4.5%, Ulanovian 3.5%, Other 0.5%

Ethnic - note: , .

Religions: Cruistian 90%

Languages: Meritéan (official), Ingallish, Meritais, Ulanovan

Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write in either Meritéan or Ingallish
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.9%
female: 99.5% (305 est.)

Government

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Country name:
conventional long form: The Parliamentary Republic of Wesmerité
conventional short form: Wesmerité, Wesmerite
local long form: Le Républic Parliamentair du Wesmerité
local short form: Wesmerité

Data code: wm

Government type: Parliamentary Republic

Capital: Port Angela

Administrative divisions: A unitary state.
note: There are 35 Counties but they are merely local administrative zones.

Independence: 26 June 301 (from UNVCOCN/Cruisana administration)

National holiday: Restoration Day, 26 June (301)

Constitution:  adopted on June 26 301

Legal system: partly statutes, partly common law and practice, has judicial review of Acts of Parliament under the Constitution Act of 301; 

Suffrage: 16 years of age; universal

Executive branch:
chief of state: Lord President of the High Council of Wesmerite, Sir George Bullard (Liberal Democratic Party since 301) the chief of state
head of government: Chancellor of the High Council of Wesmerite, Lady Sarah Jacobs (Liberal Democratic Party since 301) head of government
cabinet: Council Ministers appointed by the Lord President on recommendation of Chancellor and Parliament
elections:   The leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition is usually the Chancellor but must be confirmed by vote in the Parliament, Lord President is voted on by the Parliament
election results:  held June 301, Lady Sarah Jacobs formed a collation government and was voted Chancellor by the Parliament in a 201 to 188 vote.  Sir George Bullard was elected by the Parliament in a vote of 286 to 3.

Legislative branch: unicameral Parliament (389 seats; 100 members are elected by national popular vote, parties submit lists. 289 selected by traditional first past the post system in local one member ridings.  Term before another election held: five years)
leader: Chancellor of the High Council of Wesmerite, Lady Sarah Jacobs (since 26 June 301)
elections:  held 26 June 301 (next must be held by 26 June 306)
election results: percent of vote by party - LibD 28%, WPF 23%, Monarchist 22%, Labour 8%, Meritéan Unionist 8%, Communist 3%, NNP 2%, NC 5%, ASA 1%; seats by party - LibD 107, WPF 88, Monarchist 85, Labour 32, Meritéan Unionist 32, Communist 12, NNP 10, NC 20, ASA 3.

Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Justice, The Law Lords judges are appointed by the Lord President after review by Parliament.

Political parties and leaders: Liberal Democrats or LibD [Sarah JACOBS]; Wesmerian Peoples' Front or WPF [Norman Mu Lai POON]; Labour Party [Clementine ATTLEE]; Communist Party [David TROYER]; National Commonwealth Party or NC [Lord ST.BASIL-BROADBENT] The No Name Party or NNP [w. b. DAVISON]; Anarchist Socalist Alaince or ASA [Nickolas DERIDGERSON];

Political pressure groups and leaders: Agricultural groups such as the Wesmeritéan United Farmers movement [Dion Cartier]; green groups such as Angela Club [Dawn Laruant]; Industrial Cartels The Port Angela Chamber of Commerce and Industry [René Laval]; Trades Union Congress [William HASTINGS]

International organization participation: UNV, Meritéan Commonwealth (MCW) Merité Pact

Flag description: Black background, slim horizontal gold bars above and below a central horizontal bar of dark blue with a stylized white five petal flower in the middle.  The black, gold and dark blue are the traditional colours of the Wesmeritéan people and the white rose symbolizes purity and the unity of the people.  To see the different flags of Wesmerité go here to see Flags of Vexillium site.

Economy

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Economy - overview: The Wesmeritéan economy, mainly industrial, has been recovering from the chaos and depression of the Great Collapse since 301. Growth in 301-04 was supported by exports to the neighbours, primarily to Cimera and Cruisana, and a near doubling of foreign direct investment. Domestic demand is playing an ever more important role in underpinning growth as interest rates drop and the availability of credit cards and mortgages increases. High current account deficits, averaging around 4% of GDP and budget deficits of 6% GDP in the last several years, could be a persistent problem causing future economic pains. Inflation is under control.  The main concern of the government and industry stake holders is regaining access to markets and market share in neighbouring countries.

Currency: 1 Wesmerité Pound  £ = 100 Shillings

Exchange rates: 1.00 ChC = 3.75 Wesmerité Pounds (£)  (Fixed exchange rate); Bank of Merité, Wesmerité's Reserve Bank, has tight monetary controls over the Pound.

GDP:  Purchasing power parity - £ 2,878.5 billion = CCr$ 587.6 billion (304 est.) 

GDP - real growth rate: 2.1% (304 est.)

GDP - per capita: £ 48,375 = CCr$12,900 (302 est.)

GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 15.1%
industry: 35%
services: 49.9% (304 est.)

Population below poverty line: 20% (304 est.)

Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: 5.1%
highest 10%: 22.1% (304 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices): 0.8% (304 est.)

Labor force: 30.2 million (305 est.)

Labor force - by occupation: managerial and professional 16.4%, technical, sales and administrative support 19.1%, services 14.4%, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and crafts 35%, farming, forestry, and fishing 15.1% (300) note: figures exclude unemployed. 

Unemployment rate: 7.9%; (304)

Budget:
revenues: £ 863.55 billion
expenditures: £ 1030.8 billion

Industries:   Industrial: machinery, construction, iron and steel, coal mining, chemicals, shipbuilding, food processing, glass, beverages, vehicles, aviation, advanced electronics, consumer appliances, armaments.

Industrial production growth rate: 1.8%

Electricity - production: 257.8 billion kWh (304)

Electricity - production by source:
fossil fuel: 74.5%
hydro: 25.3%
nuclear: 0.0%
other: 0.2% (300)

Electricity - consumption: 245.8 billion kWh (304)

Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (304)

Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (304)

Agriculture - products: Wheat, Barley, Canola, Wine, Fruit, Potatoes, Livestock, Poultry, Eggs, Pork, Dairy, Fish.

Exports: £ 100.54 billion (f.o.b., 304 est.)

Exports - commodities: Automobiles, Consumer Appliances, Processed Foods, Wine, Glass, Beverages, Chemicals.

Exports - partners: Cimera 41%, Cruisana 15%, Somery 11.5%, Draconia & Terra Extremis 10%, Aethelnia 6%, Rest of Vex 16.5% (304 est.)

Imports: £ 215.2 billion (304 est.)

Imports - commodities: Textiles, Petroleum, Foodstuffs, Bauxite, Electronic Consumer goods, pharmaceuticals

Imports - partners: Cimera 27%, Feniz 20%, Utania 20%, Somery 8%, Draconia & Terra Extremis 8%, Cruisana 7%, Rest of Vex 10%.

Debt - Internal: Government Only £ 325 billion (304 est.)

Debt - external: Government Only £ 45.5 billion (304 est.)

Economic aid - recipient: None

Fiscal year: March 31st

Communications

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Telephones - main lines in use: 70.509 million (301)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 2,567,995 (301)

Telephone system: antiquated rotary system being modernized
domestic: equal mix of buried cables, microwave radio relay, pole lines
international: International Telephone Code: 189  Coaxial submarine cables; satellite earth stations - 3 Merstat Baker

Radio broadcast stations: AM 319, FM 131, shortwave 5 (304)

Radios: 38.65 million (301 est.)

Television broadcast stations: 128 (plus 1,523 repeaters) (302)

Televisions: 17.78 million (301 est.)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 100 (301)

Transportation

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Railways:
total: 17,386 km
standard gauge: 16,826 km 1.435-m gauge 
narrow gauge: 560 km 0.760-m gauge

Highways:
total: 351,913 km 
paved: 301,443 km (including 3,358 km of expressways)
unpaved: 51,570 km (304 est.)

Waterways: Coria river, Timon's canal

Pipelines: none

Ports and harbours: Port Angela, 

Military

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Military branches: Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Military manpower - military age: 16 years of age

Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 11,127,567 (304 census)

Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 8,345,221 (304 census)

Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
males: 250,000 (304 census, average)

Military expenditures - dollar figure: Est. £ 200.387 billion (FY05)

Military expenditures - percent of GDP: Est. 7.0% (FY05)

Transnational Issues

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Disputes - international: No open border disputes, but a simmering dislike for Zartania and Gronk, a mistrust of Albion-Merité, and a desire by many within the population to be reunite with all ethnic Meritéan lands.

Illicit drugs: producer of limited amounts of synthetic drugs and synthetic precursor chemicals; major consumer of Southwest Eras heroin, New Continent cocaine, and synthetic drugs; money-laundering center.



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