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The Unified Missourtama States



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Islands of The Unified Missourtama States



Population: 2112
-Density: 4.39/km2 (not counting restricted areas)


Demonym: Missourtaman


Government: Unitary constitutional republic


Land Area: 887 km2
Water % (Internal): negligible


The Unified Missourtama States

The Unified Missourtama States is a unitary republic in the ocean. It is the sole nation of a nine island archipelago, well distanced from the rest of the world by the surrounding ocean. The Unified Missourtama States has about 504 square kilometers of usable land with about 2000 people living permanently and an additional temporary population of up to 80 at a time.

The islands of The Unified Missourtama States first became inhabited in the year 1854. Primarily a midocean port, for much of its history the land was also used for the cultivation of sugarcane, which supported villages. In the year 1877 the archipelago unified and created its own autonomous government.

The Unified Missourtama States is a developed but minimalistic country. It is able to sufficiently support itself through its own subsistence agriculture, but does have some trade.


Etymology

From “Miss Your Time Islands,” in reference to tales of sailors supposedly missing the time of their ships’ calls and staying on the island because it was so pleasant. During the drafting of the constitutional charter the spelling of the phrase was changed to the portmanteau “Missourtama” to better reflect the contemporary pronunciation and to give the new nation a unique identity.

History

Discovery and Settlement

The Missourtaman archipelago was first discovered as part of the 1850s’ rush. Its first sighting is unknown due to a lack of detail in most first accounts, most likely because at the time the islands were regarded as unspectacular, except for their relative isolation there appeared to be little usefulness about the archipelago. In 1854, four different trade companies built buildings on the island, using it as a navigational landmark and rest port. As those first people learned about the island they learned it to in fact be arable. In 1857 there is the first account of a mass export of sugar from the islands. Sugar cane production grew fast and accounted for nearly all of the economy.

Establishment of Government

As the population and economy of the archipelago grew, so too did calls for the creation of a central government for the islands. In the year 1877 an open convention was held for the creation of a constitutional charter. Primary accounts from the time called the constitutional convention “raucous,” “chaotic,” and “closer to anarchy than to government,” however, after 2 weeks a constitution was formed and signed by 213 of the then 338 islanders. The constitution established a unitary rule by a unicameral republican congress, provided a bill of rights to people on the island, and called for the protection of “the people and the islands.”

Contemporary

Through the 1800s’ The Unified Missourtama States remained primarily a sugar producer. In the 1900s’ developments in technologies allowed greater crop yields and greater diversity of crops, letting the archipelago to become more self sufficient. Other technological advances at that time made the nation more accessible. In 1999 electrical power was introduced through the installation of wind and solar capture technologies, and the internet became accessible.

Reef off of the Tails islands
Missourtaman forest
Geography

Geology

Located in the ocean, the Missourtaman archipelago is composed of two main volcanic high islands and seven outer reef islets. The main islands were formed by volcanic activity initiated at an undersea magma source. An abiotic reef surrounds the inner islands of the archipelago.

Flora and Fauna

The archipelago is distant from other land habitats, and life is thought to have arrived there by wind, waves (by ocean currents), and wings (birds, insects, and any seeds that they may have carried on their feathers).Tropical moist broadleaf forest covers most of the islands.

Climate

The Missourtaman climate is typical of the tropics. The islands experiences only two seasons (wet and dry), with rainfall varying per year. Summer high temperatures usually reach around 31 celsius during the day, with the temperature reaching a low of 22 celsius at night. Winter day temperatures are usually around 28 celsius and around 18 celsius at night.

Government

Naming

The full name of the nation is "The Unified Missourtama States". No other name appears in the Constitution, and this is the name that appears in treaties, and in legal cases to which it is a party.

Distribution of Power

The Unified Missourtama States is a constitutional unitary republic. The primary decision making organ is the 16 person congress, with each representative elected for 2 years. The congress has a check on its power from the judiciary which can declare laws unconstitutional.

Government Works

A unique communal societal structure is administered by the state, with forms of welfare and public transport within the archipelago. The government also protects large parts of the archipelago’s unique ecology.

Economy

The archipelago has a unique social and economic structure in which all land is communally owned. Subsistence farming allows the nation to be largely autarkic. Trade comes mainly from visiting researchers, tourists, and commercial ships. The government administers no national currency, instead using multiple stable currencies of other countries in business.

Beds in the Missourtaman hospital

Infrastructure

Transportation

The government organizes interisland ferries. Roads are maintained for a small number of motor vehicles. There is no airport.

Health

There is only one hospital, run by the government. It provides care free of charge. The hospital has 8 beds. 2 doctors and 2 nurses are paid by the government and usually recruited from abroad.

Education

Number of children in the nation is small, so the state of education is fluid, but well funded. There are no postsecondary education centers.

Energy

Electricity was introduced in 1999 with three generating windmills. Wind capture and solar capture are the only ways electricity is produced. All buildings on the main islands have access to the public power lines.

Communications

Since 1999 the internet has been accessible. Physical mail is delivered through private couriers.

Bibliography

(1877). Constituting The Unified Missourtama States. The Unified Missourtama States.

(2014). Available Contracts With The Missourtaman Government For 2014. The Unified Missourtama States.

Abimbola, T. (1994). Ecology Of The Missourtaman Archipelago. Tropical Ecology.

Almentsa, J. (1987). The Names Of Nations. North University Press.

Cower, Z. (1994). Electric Archipelago: The Astounding Story Of Missourtaman Energy. Puffin Reads.

Dan, L. (2018). Missourtaman Life. Limited World Publications.

Puyumi, K. (1994). Understanding The Pacific Rush. Journal Of The Center For Island Anthropology.

Smith, E. (1982). What Was Traded For The Pacific. West Books.

Temitope, L. (2008). World Climates. ARPGF Center For Meteorology.

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