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General Overview of Great Marsinia

The Grand Republic of Great Marsinia


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Political map of Great Marsinia
- in Dark Green: Great Marsinia
- in Light Green: European Development Community


Motto:
"He who sweats more in peace bleeds less in war." (official, administrative)
"At the forefront of progress." (unofficial, civilian)


Population: 108.1 Million


Capital: Cynosura
Largest City: Cynosura


Official Language: Marsinian
National Language: Marsinian, Occitan, Flemish
Demonym: Marsinian


Government: Unitary Parliamentary Republic
- President of State: Maximilien Dequatremars
- Prime Minister: Lucien Lacaze
- President of the Senate: Claude Tailleur
- President of the Assembly: François Debaunère


Bicameral Legislature:
- Upper House: Sénat de la République (Senate of the Republic)
- Lower House: L'Assemblée Nationale Républicaine (Republican National Assembly)


Origins: Proclamation of the Marsinian Trade League (8th-12th March 1488)
Establishment: Unification of the League into one entity (1st-19th January 1754)


GDP per capita: $54,763


Currency: Idole(s)


Drives on the: Right


Calling code: +58
Internet TLD: .ms


Great Marsinia

Great Marsinia, officially the Grand Republic of Great Marsinia (Marsinian: grande-République de la Grande Marsinie), is a sovereign state primarily located in Western Europe, encompassing all the territories south of the Loire river, extending all the way to the Pyrenees mountains, and bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Alps to the east. Great Marsinia is also composed of several overseas territories in the form of islands in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, aswell as the island of Corsica and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, of whom both enjoy limited autonomy. The country's 20 integral regions (6 of which are overseas territories or overseas collectivities, and 2 of which are autonomous regions) regroup a total population of 108.1 million, making it the most populous nation in Europe despite being only average-sized in terms of country landmasses, measuring a total of 332,316.937 km² (128,308.286 sq mi), aswell as the densest country on the continent in terms of population per square kilometers (306.3/km²). Great Marsinia is a unitary parliamentary republic, with its capital and seat of power in Cynosura, a colossal global city serving as the country's economic, financial and cultural centre, and having been dubbed by many experts as the birthplace of the first megalopolis in the world, regrouping other nearby metropoles like Toulon, Nice, Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. Other major urban areas having reached world renown are Lyon (for being an industrial and financial centre), Toulouse (home to the largest aircraft manufacturing ring in the world), Geneva (headquarters of several NGOs), and most particularly, Valence (famous in pop culture for its bustling illegal underground racing circle).

By the end of the Iron Age, the region what is now known as Great Marsinia had been occupied by the Gauls, a celtic people from north of the Loire, with major thalassocratic and Greek influence in the coastal areas of the region, thanks to the establishment of colonies such as Massalia or Cynosura by the city-states of Ancient Greece. It would be as such until 51 BC, with the various Gallic tribes having been conquered by the Romans in the Invasion of Gaul, creating a distinctive and unique Gallo-Roman culture that laid the foundations of modern Marsinian language and its Romance roots. The fall of the Roman Empire would be met with the assimilation of the region by the Germanic Franks and Goths, establishing a potent Frankish Empire across Western Europe, and a Visigothic Empire south of the Garonne. But the fall of these empires at the hands of internal conflicts or foreign invasions would shatter the region's unity, and by 1011, Great Marsinia was divided into various warring feudal duchies, and the occasional maritime republic being founded where old Greek colonies once stood.

In the High and Late Middle Ages, Great Marsinia was characterized by the unending wars between the various Marsinian duchies against Parisian and Burgundian invasions (War of 1118, Anglo-Parisian War, Parisian-Auvergnat War, War of 1355), aswell as the antipodean growth of the Mediterranean maritime republics, emboldened by the thalassocratic ideals of ages past, states like the Republic of Toulon, Republic of Narbonne, and the Republic of Cynosura would become essential in founding and repulsing future Italic and Frankish invasions, aswell as permitting themselves to prosper not only in terms of trade and commerce, but also pioneer new artisanal technologies and grow to rival cities like Genoa, Amsterdam, or Venice. These little statelets permitted the rise of banking, paving the way to a sort of proto-Capitalism referred to as 'Marsinism', and would serve as Western Europe's main trading hubs to North Africa and the Levant, rising their prominence from an underdeveloped backwater to a state of prosperity and progress.

Such accumulated strength just so permitted the rapid expansion of the Renaissance from across the Alps, with the coastal trade republics of Cynosura, Nice (back then a semi-independent port city of the Italic Kingdom of Savoy), Marseille and Toulon being amongst the first of very few welcoming such ideals with open arms, imported by the numerous merchants sailing back from the Italian peninsula, bringing in to the region a renewed interest in humanism, science, art, and exploration. At this time, local Marsinian culture flourished as even the hinterland duchies of the region received renewed recognition, producing famous scholars, writers, musicians, artists and erudites, many of whom would move to the courts of Paris, London, or Lisbon. It was at in 1488, during the early Renaissance, that Marsinia would see its first steps as an entity at the Congress of Avignon, where a variety of representatives from the region vowed and proclamed the Marsinian Trade League, a loose confederacy of various maritime republics and duchies allying themselves to resist foreign meddling in the region and to gain the upper hand against Italic competition.

Likewise, the various republics and duchies on the Atlantic seaboard flourished under the guidance of the Republic of Bordeaux, finding new paths to reach the Far East and New World, helping usher the European Age of Discovery; although no Marsinian nation ever managed to hold a global empire, save for a few scattered settlements in North America and on the islands of Sumatra and Ceylon.

In the 17th and early 18th century, as growth started to slow down and decline started to inch in (due to new traderoutes bypassing the Mediterranean), combined with foreign intervention, saw the fall of the Marsinian Trade League from acclaim, shoving the region into a violent period of political upheaval in the forms of war, political intrigue, religious turmoil, and wild political experiences (such as the Vertors Republic, an attempt to unify all lands west of the Rhône by a permanent 'Serene Prince' that claimed to be the last descendant of the last tribe of Israel). But despite all these setbacks, the merging of the rich County of Valence into the powerful Duchy of Lyon-Dauphiné, alongside steadfast effort from Lyonnais diplomats, ushered the region back into the spotlight with the creation of a Republic of Marsinia in 1754 with its capital in Lyon, utterly replacing the League that formerly claimed that name and destablizing the balance of power in the region. The further integration of various, smaller republics and counties led to an impromptu reunion that incidentally laid the foundations of one of the first democratic and egalitarian systems in Europe; such thing had originally been pushed by the representatives of smaller city-states, to Lyon and Cynosura's dismay, but it soon turned out to be beneficial as a sense of Marsinian belonging could be felt in those residing in nearby, independent maritime republics, leading to the creation of unification parties, and later, the ratification of membership treaties for Marseille, Toulon, Montpellier, and Nîmes. It was also during this era that the growth of the Cynosuran city permitted her to overshadow her neighbours.

However, it would only be in the early 1800s that would see the unitary Marsinian experience bear fruits, as the Revolutionary Wars brought by the Revolutionary Italic Republic paved the way for the rise of nationalism and unification movements within Europe as a whole, bringing an end to the old era of decentralized politics and seeing a new Marsinia take shape after a succession of various tumultuous government systems in the wake of post-Napoleonic chaos; taking inspiration from the short-lived Transrhonian Republic and Transloric Republic sister republics, it culminated in the establishment of the unitary parliamentary system in Cynosura, one that is still in use today, making it one of the longest-lasting democracies in Europe. The unification of the Greater Marsinian region in the 1848 Treaty of Marsinian Sovereignty was met with grandiose applause from the people living in the region, backed up by the Italic and Russian governments, to Britannia's outrage, establishing the Grand Republic of Great Marsinia as a Great Power. During this period, Great Marsinia rose to prominence very rapidly by embracing the Industrial Revolution with the assistance of high government subsidies, and laws introducing deregulation and privatization, in a practice known as neoliberalism.

It was in the late 1800s and early 1900s that Great Marsinia soon reached her military, economic, and political zenith, becoming the financial and trade center of Europe, combined with a cultural impact and industrial output only matched or outdone by the respective dominant power in that category. Great Marsinia also established a global colonial empire, integrating vast landmasses in West and Equatorial Africa, alongside valuable holdings in East Asia and the Indonesian islands, aswell as acquiring territories from the collapsing Hispanic Empire and what remained of the territories south of the Loire, defeating the Parisian and Germanic Empire on land and proving herself unredeemably as a great power by going toe-to-toe with the Royal Navy, and later engaging in an naval arms race against the latter.

Great Marsinia was also one of the most prominent participants in World War One, mobilizing millions of men and supplying most of the frontlines on the Western Front against Germanica, aswell as participating prominently in the Alps and Balkans, emerging victoriously, though at a huge cost; the Marsinian economy would take years to demobilize, aswell as pay huge sums of compensation as promised in the Conscription Act of 1915, leading to a relative decline over the years. The Great Depression would also worsen things, but the economy stayed afloat relatively unscathed compared to the ones of nearby nations like Germanica or Lydonia. Great Marsinia was a member of the Allied Powers of World War Two, taking a very aggressive stance against the rise of Fascism in neighbouring Italia and Germanica, an initiative that was supported by the increasingly exposed Parisian and Franc-Comtois states, but ultimately powerless against the appeasement policy preferred by the Britannic cabinet and the peaceniks of Europe. Great Marsinia declared war on Germanica on the 1st of September 1939, the day Germanica invaded Mazovia, and two days earlier than the Britannic Empire, massing troops on the Italic border and marching alongside their Parisian and Franc-Comtois allies to the Germanic border. However, Germanic forces crossing through the Kingdom of Frisia would take the Allied forces off-guard, forcing their Northern Loric allies to capitulate and the remaining armies to form a frontline on the Marsinian border, leading to intense fighting on the rivers and the massif hills, before the National Assembly capitulated and the intelligentsia fled abroad to the colonies after hundreds of thousands of casualties; the Fascist Italic did not join, and would only declare war after the capitulation, in memory of Italo-Marsinian friendship. Mainland Great Marsinia would be home to a lenghty period of brutal oppression and occupation at the hands of the Germanic, with regular rationing, deportations, and massacres, leading over a period of four years to the death of over one million civilians in the dense Aphynian region alone, in what's dubbed contemporarily as the épuration raciste.

The liberation would come in 1944, with majorily Great Marsinian troops, accompanied by Britannic and American soldiers and supported by Resistance cells landing near the Rhône estuary, and Bordeaux, after weeks of bombardment by the Marsinian and Britannic Navy. Notwithstanding, the cities of Cynosura, Narbonne, Nîmes, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, and Auch were still all blown up by the retreating Germanic forces in the retraite décisif (Decisive Retreat), in an attempt to permanently halt the Allied advance and put an end to the Great Marsinian status as a power, causing what is considered to be history's largest civilian exodus and one of the largest man-made catastrophe. The intelligentsia and military would come back to a nation ruined by war and oppression, and launch one of history's largest reconstruction effort in spite of it all, offering almost inflationary sums of money and controversial privileges to each civilian willing to partake in the effort, which attracted investments from around the world and the influx of migrant workers, aswell as propulsed the nation into a rapid population boom.

After decolonization, the latter half of the 20th Century would see Great Marsinia hold the greatest reconstruction effort in history, simultaneously kickstarting Marsinian technological and manufacturing prowess as one of the best in the world with the creation of High-tech architecture, Deconstructivism, and Bauhaus architecture, combined with a rapid state-led economic recovery and extremely modern and high-tech landscape and the development of a robust welfare system, all within relative isolation and with a staunch refusal to pick sides in the ongoing Cold War after the horrors of World War Two, serving as neutral grounds for both sides of the Iron Curtain to meet in.

Great Marsinia retains today her centuries-long status as a global center of culture, art, finance, and commerce, aswell as newfound prestige as a world leader within the realms of high-tech science and industry, standing as the world's third-largest exporter of goods. She holds the continent's largest economy and the world's fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP and sixth-largest by PPP. She ranks sixteenth on HDI, tenth on the Education Index, tenth in Life Expectancy, and first in Healthcare thanks to a robust universal health coverage system and social security measures.

She still remains a valuable Great Power in all aspects of global affairs, be it militarily, diplomatically, culturally or economically, bearing the world's fifth-most powerful military, and being a permanent member of the International Assembly Security Council and an official nuclear-weapon state. Great Marsinia is a leading nation in many international institutions, such as the European Development Community, the Group of Eight, the Group of Twenty, the Mediterranean Co-operation and Development Initiative, and a member with noteworthy contributions with the International Investment Bank, African Economic Development Fund, New Development Bank, and World Aid Program.

Etymology

The origins of the name 'Marsinia' has been lost to history, however experts and historians believe that it may have come to be a mistranslation of 'Massalia' (nowadays Marseille), a city built originally as a mother colony for Greek colonizers. Locals, having heard of the bustling city from word of mouth, messengers or missionaries, might have unintentionally corrupted the name into something akin to Marsinia (most likely, Marsine), but over time, as the Greeks made their presence more known and prominent, settling further inland, local tribes might've come to realize the original 'Massalia' and where it stood and differentiated it from 'Marsinia', however, chances are that they might have aswell intuitively come to use the latter to refer to the territories controlled by the Greeks.

However, to this day, no concrete evidence supports this as the Greeks never recorded anything remotely close to Marsinia, and as the locals did not indulge in writing.

'Marsinia' really became common use in the High and Late Middle Ages, as the Congress of Avignon in 1488 ended with the proclamation of the Marsinian Trade League by over a dozen maritime republics on the Mediterranean seaboard, a name coined by the Viscount of Montricoux, a rabid Antiquity reader and enthusiast of Ancient Greece, and later a staunch proponent of the Renaissance.

Before then, the term used to refer to this region of the world had been Provence, or Occitania (by adding the Midi and Atlantic Coast). Still, the former remained in use by the peasants for another few hundred years.

The 'Great' in Great Marsinia was only added in the 1800s, as the expansion of the Marsinian realm reached the rest of the Atlantic seaboard and the territories south of the Loire, effectively making these areas part of a 'Greater Marsinia' born out of irredentism, and the improvement of education, alongside the assimilation of both old and new territories, made internal opposition close to naught.

Politics

Great Marsinia is home to a plural multi-party political system. The number of competing political parties is at times large enough as to warrant a need to be prepared to negotiate with one or more other parties with a view to forming electoral alliances and/or coalitions to exercise power.

Since the end of the Second World War, the government of Great Marsinia has usually been juggled between six prominent parties and an extra two watchful opposition parties, amalgamated into more often than not two different competing, but relatively centrist coalitions, and a third middle-ground coalition that actively keeps both sides in check:
- A centre-left, social democratic coalition led by the Social Party, allied with the Communist Party and the Citizens' Movement.
- A centre-right, social conservative coalition led by the Republican Reorganization, allied with the Radicals' Movement and the National Party.
- A centrist, tent coalition usually led by either the Radical Party or the Centre, allied with most of the minor parties to effectively oppose legislative dominance from one of the two other parties.

Despite opposition in politics, the centre-left and centre-right actively collaborates in diplomatic affairs, aswell as attempts to guarantee relatively peaceful and uneventful transfers of power. For example, both coalitions work together to eradicate extremism ideologies amidst Marsinian politics, and share a similar agenda concerning diplomacy.

Marsinian politics is often categorized by a distinct lack of extremism and radical ideologies in its main roster of parties, aswell as the unanticipated creation of a centrist opposition coalition that opposes radicalizsation either sides of the political spectrum.


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Name

Political Alignment

Ideology

Social Party (Parti Social)

Centre-left

Social Democracy, Democratic Socialist, pro-Europeanism

Republican Reorganization (Réorganisation Républicaine)

Centre, Centre-right

Christian Democracy, Liberal Conservatism

Radical Party (Parti Radical)

Centre, Centre-right

Social Liberalism, Liberalism

Radicals' Movement (Mouvement des Radicaux)

Centre-right

Liberalism, Classical Liberalism, Direct Democracy

Communist Party (Parti Communiste Marsinien)

Centre-left, Left-wing

Communism, Social Democracy, pro-Europeanism

Citizens' Movement (Mouvement des Citoyens)

Centre-left, Left-wing

Socialism, Revolutionary Socialism, Eco-Socialism

National Party (Parti National)

Centre-right

Christian Democracy, Social Conservatism, Regionalism

The Centre (Le Centre)

Centre

Centrism, Social Liberalism, Pacifism, pro-Europeanism

Geography

Rank

City

Metropolitan area population

Region

1

Cynosure

11.889.000

Greater Cynosura

2

Lyon

8.498.000

Aphynia

3

Toulouse

8.253.000

Liny

4

Bordeaux

6.207.000

Aquitania

5

Nîmes

6.101.000

Acalyse

6

Génève

3.010.000

Aphynia

7

Rezé

2.845.000

Louvery

8

Valence

2.799.000

Aphynia

9

Toulon

2.552.000

Cynosura

10

Nice

2.532.000

Cynosura

Map of Great Marsinia's regions

    1 — Grande Cynosure (Greater Cynosura)
    2 — Alpes (Alps)
    3 — Savoie (Savoy)
    4 — Aphynie (Aphynia)
    5 — Acalyse
    6 — Liny
    7 — Vasconie
    8 — Aquitaine (Aquitania)
    9 — Nivéry
    10 — Phintegamme
    11 — Touraine
    12 — Louvery
    13 — Corse (Corsica)
    14 — Les Baléariques

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