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|Motto||United in diversity / Unis dans la diversité / In Vielfalt geeint|
|Anthem||Ode to Joy / Ode à la Joie / Ode an die Freunde|
|Political centres|| Brussels (de facto capital)|
|Official language(s)||English, French, German|
|Member states||Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom|
|Prime minister||Maria Schermer|
|Other officials|| Kila Norovich|
|Population||937,873,000 (2121 Census)|
|World superpower ranking||2|
|Main exports||Consumer Electronics, Software, Medicinal Substances, Weapons|
|HDI||Very high (0.906)|
|Democracy index||3.6 (Authoritarian Regime)|
|Controlling power||Vallarie Administration|
|Government type||Capitalist Constitutional Monarchist State|
|Preceding political entities||European Union|
|Average crime rate||Medium|
|Crime control||C- (Since the rise of the Vallarie Administration)|
|Unemployment||1-10% (variable from nation to nation)|
Sector IV (also referred to as the European Commonwealth, or simply the Euro Zone) is a world political zone that consists of the majority of mainland Europe that was born from the remnants of the European Union. It is by all means pseudo-monarchy, run by the self appointed queen: Her Divine Majesty of the European Commonwealth, Stephanie Christelle. The low crime rates are largely the result of the government taking control of the majority of illicit organisations within their borders and their zero tolerance policy for unlicensed arms and drug dealing.
From the ashes of the European Union, Sector IV arose as a player upon the world stage in response to Russian aggression upon Norway and the attempted invasion of Eastern Europe. Through a concecrated effort that including redefining the economic pact to be a military alliance, the Euro Zone protected the lands it regarded to be its own while safeguarding the sovereign status of member states of the EU.
The Yellowstone Eruption plunged the Euro Zone into a war mentality as they attempted to alleviate the famines that beset the sector. Revolutionary agricultural techniques were instituted through the mass production of artificial sunlight farms and the genetic modification of key crops to produce higher yields. Seed banks proved invaluable in establishing a means of feeding the starving population in conjunction with rationing, and within two years the European Government decreed the famine to be officially over.
However, the crisis had lead to millions of deaths amongst the elderly and the underprivileged members of society while countless immigrants flocked to the European Commonwealth. The promise that Europe was a land of plenty had reached the parts of the globe worst effected by the eruption and mass migrations had quickly followed suit. This sudden surge in refugees lead to a new wave of European nationalism sweeping the sector as many citizens feared being overrun by foreigners that had come to steal from them.
Armed militias formed in border states and massacres occurred in several port towns as they turned to extremist methods to cull the migrant scourge. When the police were sent to disband these illegal vigilante groups and instead took the side of the militia, the European Parliament was forced to call an emergency session in order to seek a solution to the problem. With an astounding 91% of the vote, the government elected to close their borders completely and deployed the army to reinforce the police forces that were currently engaged in supporting the nationalist militias. While records were never kept, it is believed by many that the government committed countless war crimes during this period of time.
World War Three
During the World Justice Uprising, (Commonly known as the Third World War in Europe), large swathes of the Sector fell to the forces of the PER and the Union of Russian Republics. The nations of Great Britain and Ireland adopted a policy of isolationism and temporarily seceded from the Sector in 2092 in order to recind the military obligation to protect their allies as part of their initiative aimed at staving off an attack upon the British Isles as the Royal Atlantic Fleet was withdrawn to protect their waters.
Large scale revolutions began in the major capitals of continental European countries, backed up by LDN militia and PER soldiers that aimed to seize the heart of the nations they were aiming to dismantle as Russian forces began an extremely offensive strike upon the countries that lay upon the Russian border. Unable to deal with both the popular uprisings and Russian offensive, the European Parliament elected to retreat to Geneva in order to better coordinate the defensive in a more secure location. Switzerland had remained stable with the attempted LDN rebellion having been put down by armed civilians in the early stages of the war.
As the rest of Europe burned, their forces were gradually pushed back into the Alps. It would be upon these mountains that the Project Earth Reborn warmachine would finally break down. With the bulk of the rebel forces having been trained for urban combat and their vehicles ill suited for more extreme terrain, the European Army kept Switzerland and Italy well defended from the encroaching enemy forces as the Russian military drew nearer. Unlike the revolutionaries, the Russians were considered to pose a genuine threat, should they wipe out the Project Earth Reborn forces and burst through the mountains.
However, fortune smiled upon the Euro Zone as news reached Geneva that Moscow had fallen to the insurgents. Due to their resources being diverted into an opportunistic land grab against a rival sector, the Russians had neglected to defend their own territory adequately against the very real threat of the Survival Colonies that infested their Sector. With the bulk of their armed forces in Europe, their cities were ripe for conquest by the PER who officially declared Russia as a "free nation" after the Sacking of St. Petersburg the month prior.
On the 1st of December, 2096, the Union of Russian Republics and the European Commonwealth agreed upon a ceasefire as the Russian Army engaged in the PER forces that were attempting to break into Switzerland. Crushing the rebels in a pincer, the Russians and Europeans completely destroyed their forces in a matter of hours. Incidentally, after news reached London that the rebels had been quashed in mainland Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland elected to rejoin the Euro Zone. With the severity of the PER threat reassessed and the realisation that attempting to profit from the chaos it had caused had not been beneficial to any parties other than the Anti-Sectorial Terrorists during the last five years, a summit was called in Geneva that summoned the Leaders if the Twelve Sectors to Geneva. Without a single representative being agreed upon by European bureaucrats, Marcus Christelle staged a military coup to temporarily establish himself as the European Head of State, with the government being put under house arrest for their repeated military failures.
A treaty was signed on December 8th 2096 that: put each Sector at peace with one and other, placed all twelve sectors into a joint military alliance and reaffirmed the old borders of the political zones to being those that they maintained before the outbreak of war. Presidente Admint Toll had initially opposed the alliance on religious grounds, but was forced to relent after threats were made regarding the safety of his nation.
For the next twelve months, the European and Russian forces worked to clear the continent of the Survival Colonists as city after city was returned into Sectorial hands as they marched eastwards to crush all opposition. Both armies would fight side by side with the Chinese as they retook Russia for the Greater Russian Confederation. With the visible threat extinguished, the Europeans turned towards a campaign of extermination against the subterranean dwellers that had ransacked their home. Colony after colony fell in a campaign of vengeance as the world united under the Treaty of Geneva.
By the close of the World Justice Uprising in 2100, the entirety of Europe had been scoured clean of PER taint and victory was celebrated by their populace. In 2101, the political zone would yet again have the gaze of the world upon them, as the Project Earth Reborn leader was brought in chains to Strasbourg and forced to sign a treaty with the twelve world sectors. While she was executed by her own followers who decreed the treaty to be void and that they were sworn to continue the fight, in practice the war was over. Europe still stood strong.
The Vallarie Administration assumed control of the European Parliament in the aftermath of the infamous 2110 Euro Bombings that resulted in the deaths of countless high ranking politicians. The paramilitary organisation moved in to restore order to the continent in the wake of the unrest that had been brought upon by the elimination of the former government. Military bases were peacefully seized by conspirators loyal to the Vallarie Administration and the European Commonwealth Armed Forces were disarmed across the sector.
Sector IV covers most of Central Europe and is in a constant struggle to claim new areas of land from the Sector II Pan-Russian Zone. This has proved to be fruitful, with a noticible increase in the landmass controlled by the Euro Zone since the turn of the 22nd Century.
Of course, in order to keep countries that they deem to have been liberated from Russian oppression, the Sector constantly has troops stationed at all borders with other political zones, with many parts of these areas changing sides on a daily basis. Their efforts are partially aided by the fact that the populace of "freed" nations tend to look more favorably upon Euro rule than the regime they faced under the Russians.
Seeking unification with the European Commonwealth's economic strength and powerful military protection, the independent Principality of Greenland has willingly, for the past six years, fallen under the yoke of the Euro Zone. Though its population (and therefore tax levies), and GDP contributions remain small, they appear to have remained undoubtedly loyal to Her Royal Highness.
One of the few Muslim nations that are considered protectorates of the regime.
As one of the remaining European Monarchies they are an official protectorate of the Royal European Commonwealth and have had their sovereign status ensured. Their ruling Prince or Princess is appointed by the people.
Austria is noted as being one of the strongholds of the Euro Zone during the World Justice Uprising. They withheld a sustained invasion while preventing troop movements into Italy and Switzerland.
The homeland of Marcus Christelle and the royal family he notionally belonged to, Belgium has been a key member of the European Commonwealth. Their monarchy was never properly deposed as Marcus Christelle maintained his claim to the throne until 2110. They are officially regarded as separate ruling families as of 2110 with a new Belgian Monarchy being established as of the coronation of Stephanie Christelle. Belgium has also been home to the European Parliament since 1999 and the Espace Léopold in Brussels has remained as the political heart of the Euro Zone. Democratic elections have taken place uninterrupted since the dawn of the 21st century, even if they were not taken into consideration during the rule of the Ildano Corporation.
Bosnia and Herzegovina retained a state of united sovereignty as the threat of Russian aggression loomed. Calls for the separation into independent nations have been met with skepticism due to the currently united state of Europe. A dissolution would require further delegation of governmental zones.
Bulgaria has a relatively strong market economy aided by a wealth of natural resources and booming tourist industry along the Black Sea. Large corporations such as the Vallarie Administration have a large stake in the country with it being home to thriving factory complexes.
Croatia's economy is almost entirely supported by tourism to the Adriatic Coast and lucrative deals with the entertainment industry.
Cyprus has been returned to the full jurisdiction of the Cypriot Government although British and Turkish bases persist on the island under the polite fiction of being European military outposts.
Home to a vast transportation industry and nuclear research programs, the Czech Republic is a powerhouse of industrialised Europe. It provides a large input into the electricity required to power the immense European Commonwealth as well as providing a wide range of vehicles for commercial use.
Denmark remains a key player in European politics.
Estonia has been fortified as a buffer zone against Russia. The border is constantly garrisoned while many airbases exist upon its soil.
Currently regarded as the the Capital Nation of the Sector, however this remains mostly unofficial and is only largely perceived as such because of their political influence. The nation is also home to the Vallarie Adminstration and the Commonwealth Palace, which are generally regarded as the Sector's primary political leverage. Strasbourg has also remained as a key part of the European Parliament as they are required to hold session within the Louise Weiss building one a month for four consecutive days.
Regarded as the industrial and financial might behind the Euro Zone, Germany is generally regarded as being the father of the regime as the most wealthy nation in Europe. It is rumored that while France is the public face of the European Commonwealth, Germany keeps the other nations complaint due to debts owed to the nation as well as their dependency on German trade and technology. Frankfurt has become the home of their political influence upon the rest of Europe as the European Parliament holds conferences within the city on a regular basis.
Plauged by debt and harsh austerity measures in ages past, the Hellenic Republic has slowly reconstituted its economy. Mainly functions as a tourist destination.
Greenland is home to the Danish Government in Exile as well as their Royal Family. It has largely been accommodating towards their presence but has had an incredibly distanced relationship with the rest of Europe save for a few military installations designed to deter foreign invasion from Sector I or Sector II.
Largely a source of commerce for the European Market and home to vast agricultural projects.
A source of plentiful renewable energy, Iceland has become home to many experimental research programs.
Ireland has suffered from intense economic turmoil and has been forced to be supported by the rest of Europe.
Italy retained its membership of the European Union as the organisation progressed into the alliance that is currently regarded as Sector IV. Italy remains as one of the key cultural areas of Europe.
Whilst still not officially recognised as an autonomous republic by a few European countries, the ease of passage and trade across all of Europe since its ascension into sector-hood, as well as the absorption of other countries (such as Russia and China) that once deemed the Republic of Kosovo's existence debatable and/or illegal into their own respective sectors has given rise to a unique kind of Kosovan independence.
As another buffer zone to Russian aggression, Latvia is heavily fortified.
As a state that retained their monarchy, Liechtenstein is regarded as one of the twelve cornerstones of the Euro Zone and they are known to have an influence upon politics within the Euro Zone.
Located along the Russian border, Lithuania is home to a vast network of RECAF military installations.
The Grand Duke of Luxembourg remains as one of the key supporters of the Christelle Dynasty as of 2121. It also remains as a key part of the European Government due to many official building being located within the capital.
The FYROM is primarily used for the production of military hardware within the regime.
The island nation of Malta serves primarily as tourist destination, as well as a key shipping way-station and fleet headquarters for the Royal European Commonwealth Armed Forces.
Since joining Sector IV's predecessor, the European Union, and its following aid and development since Europe's unification under the Vallarie Administration, the nation's human development index has increased greatly, becoming qualified as Very High by the year 2119.
Monaco was given protectorate status by the European Royal family in order to ensure sovereignty.
Montenegro is a small administrative zone within the Royal European Commonwealth.
Their monarchy was deposed from 2101 to 2110 until it was restored by order of Queen Stephanie Christelle at her coronation ceremony.
Norway has been at the forefront of preventing a Russian advance into Scandinavia. The depletion of its economic lifeblood of oil supplies in the past century has pushed the nation to delve into the industries of high-concept technological and weapons research and development.
Poland remains staunchly nationalistic despite the dominance of the Vallarie Adminsitration. The country was ravaged by the World Justice Uprising and is still suspected to be home to the ruins of crumbling Survival Colonies built before the conflict. Presently, the nation still remains threatened by high possibilities of Pan-Russian aggression to the east.
Home to several Atlantic naval bases and almost entirely reliant upon foreign tourism to survive.
Home to multiple agricultural projects.
Functions as a tax haven for the upper echelons of European societies due to a number of financial loopholes.
Largely dependent on imports from other European Nation States to survive.
Industrially linked to the Czech Republic and key to the development of transportation technologies.
Spain briefly made their way into the centre of home affairs after the collapse of the previous constitutional monarchy in 2101 and the declaration that Spain's King was the only true monarch within the European Commonwealth. Backed by the Ildano Corporation and capitalizing upon the public distaste for Marcus Christelle's Imperialist policies, Spain became the political hub of the Sector from 2101 to 2110 with the European Parliament in Espace Léopold being largely ignored in favour of utilising the Spanish Government to make decisions for the betterment of the regime. After the dissolution of the Ildano Corporation after the slaughter of the European Parliament, Spain reverted to being a far more minor nation within the Commonwealth. Their monarch was pardoned by Queen Stephanie Christelle and their royal line permitted to continue.
The Swedish Royal Family has remained as a vocal supporter of the ruling family of the current Queen as they were restored upon her coronation.
The last nation to the join the Sector, Switzerland still retains a very great cultural independence and self-sufficiency. Especially when compared to its neighbours of France and Germany, the flag of Sector IV and even the Vallarian Eagle are incredibly rare sights within the nation, giving rise to the jingoistic statement "In Switzerland, there are ten white crosses for every hawk". It is home to the Central European Banking Conglomerate and is also used by several foreign sectors for safeguarding funds.
Notably the only predominantly Muslim nation of the Sector, with Sector IV's highly religion tolerant laws strongly preserving its existence.
The United Kingdom has been a key player in the Euro Zone since its creation. With the demise of NATO and the rise of American Imperialism, the British Government shifted towards a more pro-European footing. However, the United Kingdom has remained as an antagonistic force towards the very superstate it helped create with British foreign policy continuing to be geared towards a strong sense of national identity. As a result, it is often joked that the United Kingdom suffers through all of the bad things that come with being part of the Euro Zone while benefiting from almost none of the perks. The Royal Navy has continued to exist as an almost semi-autonomous navy within the European Navy as the Royal Atlantic Fleet. It is still officially listed as the Royal Navy in British records and only referred to by its other name by the rest of Europe.
Governments in Exile
The Belorussian Government fled to Latvia as the threat of Russia loomed.
Finland was invaded by Russia in the aftermath of World War Three. What remains of their government resides in the Åland Islands.
Ukraine has remained a war zone for decades and stark divides exist amongst the country. While officially recognised as an administrative region of the Greater Russian Confederation, in actuality the country is in the midst of civil war. The last remnants of their government lie scattered amongst the far reaches of the Euro Zone and the war torn city of Kiev.
The political zone has been ruled by a constitutional monarchistic dynasty since the establishment of the Vallarie Administration. Stephanie Christelle is the self appointed Queen of the European Commonwealth, Head of State of the European Parliament and CEO of the organisation that safeguarded the financial future of the Euro Zone. All decisions over the general governance of the Sector, including allocation of resources and military matters, are usually made by Queen Stephanie Christelle with her government acting as am advisory council of the Crown.
The Euro Zone officially operates as a democratic state, with sector wide elections held every four years to appoint new members of the European Parliament. The European Commonwealth is similar to a confederation, where many policy areas are federalised into common institutions capable of making law although all decisions concerning the whole of the continent are legally required to be approved by the Crown before being passed into law. The Crown also reserves the constitutional right to pass bills that have not been put through parliament at Her Majesty's discretion.
While the European Parliament handles state white issues, the political zone is divided into National Districts with their own governmental assemblies. These organisations are tasked with handling regional affairs and passing local laws at their own discretion. The governmental system of a National District is intended to be democratic, but the authenticity of fair elections is highly variable from district to district as corruption varies between countries. Each district has an elected First Minister who has been sworn in as a subject of the European Commonwealth. The key role of the local government is to ensure that the nation state is performing its select role efficiently for the betterment of the rest of the European Commonwealth. This decentralised nature of governance has allowed national identity to be preserved in line with the rights afforded to it by the European Constitution.
The Euro Zone is home to a wide variety of parties from all ends of the political spectrum. Political organisations exclusive to individual nation states were outlawed in 2034 in order to discourage nationalist sentiments. The European Parliament uses proportional representation to elect its officials.
- European People's Party (EPP)
Formed from the merger of several Christian Democratic and Conservative parties, the EPP has remained at the forefront of European politics for decades. They have been pushing for tighter security measures and traditional family values. The EPP has gained a significant advantage in recent years as they have been officially endorsed by the Crown. They hold 28% of the seats in parliament as of the 2118 elections. They are in a coalition with the ALD.
- Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALD)
Forty eight liberal parties unified to form the ALD in response to the growing support for rival political movements. Promoting a doctrine of liberalism, support for the ALD has grown substantially since the coronation of Queen Stephanie Christelle. The Crown's support for laws designed to increase the freedom of movement and commerce of citizens has been directly accredited to the doctrines proposed by the ALD. They hold 23% of the seats in parliament as of the 2118 elections. They are in a coalition with the EPP.
- United Conglomerate of Socialists and Democrats (UCSD)
The UCSD can trace its origins back to a pact that was signed by a multitude of left wing organisations as the threat of Russian aggression loomed. Initially holding sway over the European Commonwealth as an extremely militant organisation, the UCSD arranged several military agreements with various nations in order to hold back the Russian forces. They have largely been concerned with attempting to increase the standard of living of European Citizens while aiming to relax border controls to allow for immigration once more. Public opinion has fallen in recent years after a scandal involving a South American goat farm, the International Worker's Union and money laundering. They hold 17% of the seats in parliament as of the 2118 elections. They have taken up position as the leaders of the opposition.
- European Reform Party (ERP)
Spawned from a marginal number of conservative parties that refused an offer of membership from the EPP, the ERP aims to increase the freedom of businesses within the European Commonwealth. They are frequently compared the EPP and regularly vote with their larger rivals. They hold 14% of the seats in parliament as of the 2118. They are officially considered to be constituent part of the opposition.
- Nordic Green Alliance of Marxists (NGAC)
Originally offered membership of the UCSD, the NGAC declined as they did not approve of the concessions that the socialists had made in order to stay in power. Maintaining a more extremist slant than other leftist groups, the Nordic Green Alliance of Marxists have stated their intent to remove the monarchy and rebuild the European Commonwealth as a communist state. The strength of the party has dwindled a midst allegations that the NGAC had been infiltrated by the International Worker's Union. They hold 8% of the seats in parliament as of the 2118. They are officially considered a constituent part of the opposition.
- European Nationalists Association of Free Democrats (ENAFD)
Many radical nationalist parties united to act as a voice of self determination in the European Parliament. The ENAFD has been supportive of laws that criminalize immigration although some of the hardliners want Europe to fully close their borders to foreign citizens. Recent comments made by the leader of the ENAFD, when he commended the actions of the Restored White Armies, has served to polarise public opinion against the fringe party. They hold 6% of the seats in parliament as of the 2118. They are officially considered a constituent part of the opposition.
- Union of Independent Candidates (UIC)
The UIC is an organisation that all independent candidates must register with if they are to be permitted to have a seat in parliament. They hold 5% of the seats in parliament as of the 2118. They are not officially associated with any other political movements.
The Royal European Commonwealth Armed Forces (RECAF) have become a prominent presence within Sector IV since the rise of the Vallarie Administration as they have received considerable funding. The size of the military forces increased by more than 115% over 10 years as there was a huge recruitment drive coupled with mass production of military resources.
Since the establishment of the Vallarian Monarchy, hostile action against other Sectors has increased dramatically. In particular, Sector II has seen constant attacks directed against it's borders. Subsequently they have lost several territories to the renewed Euro Zone that they had quickly occupied whilst Sector IV was in economic and political turmoil. On top of that they have started to lose land that they had been controlled by their nation since its foundation with recent advances made against the Regions of Denmark and Crimea. Similarly, European Agents have made an increased appearance on Russian soil while the world's primary superpower constantly has to hold off attacks from the Sector V India Zone.
Permanent Security Council
Currently headed by Queen Stephanie Christelle, the first Security Council meeting was held in 2033 to address the potential threats of American and Russian aggression upon European soil. The nations of France, Germany and the United Kingdom agreed to found the Permanent Security Council in 2034 after a secret military alliance between the three nations was agreed upon within the European Union. After this was applied to the rest of the EU, the Baltic States rushed to sign as their borders were under threat from the Russian forces. The non-EU states of Belarus and the Ukraine agreed to the alliance and permitted forces from the signatory states to be deployed upon their soil in order to abate fascist aggression.
After the conflict was settled and the first cease-fire called, the Permanent Security Council became a key installation in the formation of the European Commonwealth. Decades on and the Permanent Security Council continues to ensure the military cooperation of all member states in order to safeguard their territories from the threats of foreign Sectors. There are three institutions that have been under the direct command of the PSC since they were formed.
The EA was formed in 2035 from volunteers of European nations to fight against the threat of the Pan-Russian Zone. These forces defended the borders of countries belonging to the European Union and states that would latter be granted special membership of the organisation. After the threat was notionally abated and a ceasefire was called, the EA came to encompass all of the national armies within Europe. Since the establishment of the Christelle Dynsaty, it has been given the honorary name of the Imperial European Army.
European Air Force
RECAF operates an effective aerial contingent of aircraft designed by several European companies, including the Vallarian Mk.I Labrador, Aeris Magna and the infamous Dachshund Interceptor. Historically it has been primarily been manned by the British, French and Germans as they put forwards the largest number of aircraft when it was formed. In recent years it has come to be known by the name of the Imperial European Air Force.
Sector IV still maintains a traditional navy of sea going vessels. This term has also come to apply to some space borne ventures in recent years including their orbital space stations and the rockets used to ferry supplies to them. The EN is paramount to ensuring the sovereign status of the Foreign Territories of the United Kingdom, Iceland and Greenland. There are four distinctive segments of the Navy in existence. The Royal Atlantic Fleet was formed from the remnants of the Royal Navy and is tasked with protecting European foreign interests outside of the Euro Zone. The Mediterranean Fleet came into existence from the merger of the French, Italian and Spanish navies before they came to acquire resources from other member states that have borders with the Mediterranean Sea. The next notable fleet is the extremely large Balkan Fleet which was formed from defected Russian naval vessels during the Pan-Russian Revolution. It has been primarily tasked with protecting the nations located along the coast of the Black Sea. The last notable fleet is the Baltic Fleet that has recently been involved in blockading Danish ports during the war to reclaim the country for the European Commonwealth.
Sector IV is notorious for their extremely relaxed legal system. Only the most severe crimes are deemed suited to being punishable. The law seems primarily focused on individuals who attempt to subvert taxes or endanger taxpayers. The age of adulthood within the Euro Zone is officially dictated to be sixteen. Which is also the age of consent and the minimum age allowed for enlisting in the armed forces. Purchase of regulated substances and firearmes is restricted to those deemed to be adults.
All forms of narcotics are both legal and taxed within the Royal European Commonwealth, which has eliminated any petty drugs trade from being established, as it is impossible to beat the prices offered by the government and hope to make a profit. Similarly, there are no restrictions on any forms of weapons. As a result, the majority of the populace owns a firearm. Again, this goes on to directly fund the government further as all weapons sold within the Euro Zone are manufactured by the Vallarie Administration. However, unlicensed sales of these items is illegal and those caught attempting to cheat the government out of profits will face extraordinary rendition.
Prostitution within Sector IV is an oddity. Officially, prostitution has been outlawed and perpetrators are treated harshly by the authorities. In particular, those running the prostitutes are arrested for human trafficking. However, official government licensed escorts are permitted to work and ply their trade through advertising. These "escorts" have tight restrictions placed upon them, as they are not allowed to walk the streets to find clients nor are they to divulge any secrets learned from high ranking government officials. A breach of either of these protocols is punishable by a life sentence. Escorts are taxed on their income and required to submit the names of their clients to the Department of Internal Security.
Human trafficking, rape and treason are punishable by life imprisonment as well as the placing of a bounty upon their head in order to deter escape. Persons who commit the latter are typically unnofficially executed without trial. More petty crimes such as smuggling, tax avoidance, theft and assault are usually handled with a long jail sentence coupled with a large fine.
Murder is another grey area within the Sector IV legal system. It is punishable by a life-time prison sentence coupled with hard labour. However, a legal loophole dictates that eliminating a wanted felon is not technically "murder" but "pest control". As a result, the elimination of wanted criminals is not just encouraged, but actively endorsed by the government, with financial incentives. So, while there is no death penalty within the Euro Zone, it is legal for individuals with state bounties placed upon their heads to be killed if they are not detained.
The EAI are a division of the security services tasked with stamping out internal threats to Sector IV. They are officially a branch of the Vallarie Administration, that answer to the Director of Order, although they appear to operate in a pattern not typically associated with the government organisation. Regardless, they have been flawless in their suppression of hostile activities within the borders of the Euro Zone, most notably during the attempted Paris Revolution of 2116, where they tracked down all persons involved in the troubles and publicly executed them. Some scholars believe that the reason the EAI are so effective at stamping out terrorist threats is because they may have been involved in similar work in the past.
The Vallarie Administration stabilised the failing economy of Sector IV after their hostile take over in 2110, as the injected large amounts of cash into the system. It was well known that the Vallarie Administration had gained this cash entirely through illicit means and corruption but the people were happy to have their economy saved. Since the coronation of Queen Vallarie the nation has enjoyed prosperity and has maintained a stable economic climate due to the jobs provided by the Administration.
In order to feed the booming populace, the Euro Zone maintains large swathes of farmland as well as developing means for renewable food produce. As a result, the Euro Zone is entirely self sufficient and does not require foreign imports of perishable resources. This has not lead to an end of imports as the government utilises trade for the sake of maintaining good foreign relations while allowing them to exploit other nations that are dependent upon foreign producers.
Since the return of the monarchistic rule of Sector IV by the Vallarie Administration, the Euro Zone has made use of the gold backed Royal Euro Coin (€) as it's primary currency (with one Royal Euro Coin at a fixed equal value to one gram of gold). A Royal Euro is divisible into 100 Royal Centimes (c). Due to it being the only fiscal system reinforced by the precious metal gold, it remains as the world's strongest currency. The current rate of exchange is 1 Royal Euro to 28 US Dollars.
Energy produced within the Euro Zone is predominately nuclear. Nuclear power stations are common sites within Eastern Europe in particular. Renewable energy resources are utilised where it is most appropriate, including tidal wave power along large stretches of the Atlantic Coast.
The European Government have also been directly funding CERN in recent years as part of the Continental Hadron Collider (CHC) project that has been officially tasked with conducting high level research into the marketability of high yield anti-matter explosives and the potential military application of the technology that has been developed.
Many skeptics believe that the weapons research is merely the tip of the iceberg and that the CHC is being used to conduct experiments that may threaten the very fabric of reality. Claims by European nationals, living within the radius of the CHC, that during the inaugural fire up of the CHC they had lost four days have fueled claims by the conspiracy theorists that CERN have been conducting research into temporal engineering, particularly after it was found that these citizens were in fact eleven days out of sync with the rest of the world. The government reassured citizens that the apparent discrepancies in time were just down to mass hallucinations brought about by chemical substances that had leaked into the water supply.
Primarily, the European Commonwealth produces developed goods for both the domestic and foreign market. People's South American Republic supplies basic goods in exchange for many of these more advanced technologies as one of the primary importers of Euro Zone manufactured products. The United Central American Republic is another key buyer of Vallarie Adminstration equipment and weapons for use by their armed forces.
Advanced telecommunications networks sustain the large web of surveillance equipment.
TransportSector IV focuses on maintaining a high standard of transportation within mainland Europe efficiently. Infrastructure is both stable and well maintained, allowing for the rapid transit of resources as well as people. An expansive Autobahn network connects all of the major centres of commerce within the Euro Zone while internal road systems are designed with efficiency in mind. Enforceable speed limits were abolished after the Vallarie Administration took power and the have been strictly advisory in nature since 2110.
Subterranean Vactrains allow for extremely high speed services between the Continental European capital cities while localised rail networks are maintained to a high standard in order to minimise journey times.
Air travel has been gradually phased out internally and is almost exclusively the reserve of the air force and airline companies that travel to other sectors. A few internal services remain to connect some of the island communities dotted around the continent with the European mainland.
Use of shipping within the Mediterranean Sea allows for mass trade links with Arabia, Upper Africa, Lower Africa and Central Asia. Use of the Suez Canal is dependent on the state of foreign relations with these sectors.
Throughout the 22nd Century they made significant advancements towards commercializing space travel with increased funding for the European Space Agency made available directly from the government.
The Royal European Commonwealth aims to be an attractive prospect for foreign travelers to enjoy on government sponsored holidays. Due to the apparent freedom, relaxed attitude towards controlled substances and high standard of living, millions of tourists flock to the many nation states of the Euro Zone every month. Of course, these are always intended to be short stay with a maximum legal visa of twelve months. This has been done in order to deter immigration into the Euro Zone so that it can remain as a tantalizing reserve of the wealthy who can afford to visit and not the persecuted who would like to live their.
Citizens of the European Commonwealth are typically rather wealthy with only 45% falling into the working class, who are responsible for agriculture and mining. Almost 55% live a middle-class life, with most citizens employed in the manufacture of electronics, software and various forms of chemical engineering. This has led many to view the political zone as decadent as well as extremely morally corrupt, as they profit obscenely from the misfortune of other countries through blatant drug dealing and a bustling arms trade. Those who are not employed in the manufacturing business are employed within the military, which consists of almost 10% of the Sector's population.
However, the majority of wealth and power of the Sector is held by a mere 1%, which are the elite servants of the queen who have the responsibility of running the several businesses that operate within the Zone's borders. This has led to a very distinct aristocracy being formed from rich corporate tycoons.
The surprising prosperity of the Euro Zone has been coupled with an incredibly liberal attitude towards freedom. However, the police force of the nation has become incredibly powerful due to direct funding from the queen, and they have essentially closed the political state's borders to immigration. Foreign nationals are only permitted to enter the European Commonwealth on time limited visas that range from a minimum of twelve hours to a maximum of twelve months. This has gone a long way to encourage tourism while deterring attempted immigration as any foreign citizen, found within Sector IV that does not possess an official visa, is branded a criminal.
On top of that, while freedom of speech is largely maintained, all parts of the urbanised areas of Sector IV are monitored by surveillance equipment. People's homes have cameras installed that send data directly back to the Euro Affairs Intelligence and freedom of privacy is non-existent within the Euro Zone. It is a serious crime to tamper with any recording equipment.
The success of their Sector has also engorged the prejudices that the society holds. Caucasian (Germanic; Nordic; Hispanic; Slavic etc.) people are valued the most highly in this society, with all other races being considered to not be true Europeans. Since the take over by the Vallarie Administration the Sector has become incredibly jingoistic in regards to Europe and their global status as one of the richest Zone's on the planet.
Nightly raids upon illegal immigrants as well as political dissidents are commonly undertaken by both the police and the Euro Affairs Intelligence. This is generally viewed upon favourably by the morally corrupt populace. Even regular citizens will participate in these actions as vigilantes, and are notably rewarded for their efforts.
All of the important cities of Sector IV are maintained to the highest order. Old buildings are renovated and highly valued in the former capital cities of the nation-states that make up the Euro Zone. Only the rich are able to afford to live within these important settlements, with the working classes being constrained to less desirable prefabricated towns. These settlements use state of the art building techniques to construct mass-produced fashionable, comfortable and relatively clean habitation. Thus, even the lower classes live in better conditions than citizens of the other world sectors, as a stable home is one of the few things a taxpayer is entitled to. Refusal to pay tax puts a citizen's house under risk. In order to maintain this veneer of pristine living, houses that are abandoned for more than seven days are regularly demolished in the case of new builds, or reconditioned in the case of pre-21st century structures.
The three official languages of the European Commonwealth are English, French and German. Other government recognised official languages include: Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.
As the majority of the populace speak English (with official records indicating at least 76%) it is used the most in daily life. It is typically the common tongue of the lower classes as it is a language that unifies many people of different ethnic backgrounds. In order to have a broad linguistic coverage, all state officials are expected to be trilingual in English, French and German.
French was added as an official language at the insistence of the French Government who feared Anglicization in lieu of the increased spread of English throughout Europe. It has largely come to be the language of the upper classes, particularly the current royalty due to their Belgian heritage. However, it is notably spoken much less than English.
German has remained a working language due to Germany's industrial and financial prowess, however due to the language's exclusive nature to only Germany, Austria, as well as the smaller nations of Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the small german speaking Belgian community, it has not been adapted by the rest of Europe as widely as English or French.
Russian remains preserved by the Kaliningrad Oblast as well as the many nations that border the Pan-Russian Zone due to historical ties to the area during the era of the Soviet Union and the influx of refugees into these lands during the forging of the Pan-Russian Zone.
The role of the media within Sector IV has been one that promotes freedom of speech. The single network that exists within the political zone, Eurowolf Broadcasting Group, is allowed free roam of the Sector and regularly makes use of the extensive surveillance networks that cover the vast reaches of the Europe. Eurowolf are notorious for scrutinising foreign governments at every opportunity and they regularly lead illegal investigations into other Sectors. The Vallarie Administration officially does not condone these actions, but many believe that most journalists for the broadcasting company are in the employ of the Euro Affairs Intelligence.
Of course, these activities largely go unnoticed by the wider population as they are far more engrossed with the multitude of reality shows produced by the EBG.
Monarchic tradition has remained strong since the Sector was first founded. Many nations retain some form of homeland monarchy. The Danish and Norwegian Royal Families all fled to Sector IV after their nations were invaded by the Russians. As a result, these national aristocracies remained a mainstay of Sector IV life until 2096.
In that year, the One King of Europe was appointed. He was an ambitious son of Belgian-English Royalist ancestry who recognised the threat that the World Justice Uprising posed to his surrogate homeland. The man, Marcus Christelle, had served the Euro Military admirably in the past, working his way up from the lowest ranks to the high command of Sector IV through merit alone.
While he successfully lead his nation to victory, the man was forced from power in 2101 and his family were evicted from their homes. The monarchies of all other nations, save Spain, were put under house arrest and forbidden to dabble in the affairs of state. It is believed that this unjust punishment caused many of these royals to invest heavily in the Vallarie Administration.
When the VA took over Sector IV, they were quick to reward their royalist allies by reinstating a Sector wide monarchy that united all of the aristocracies of the land. Stephanie Christelle, director of the company, appointed herself the Queen of Europe. Since 2110, the political zone has enjoyed capitalist monarchic rule.
The official stance on religion within the Euro Zone is that all forms should be both tolerated and embraced. Due to the widespread surveillance network of the police state and their zero-tolerance policy for sectarian hate crimes, incidents of religiously provoked attacks are incredibly rare. Of course, a historic Abrahamic influence has lead to the development of Orthodox Hedonist Spiritualism, which was implemented as the religion of the monarchy of the European Commonwealth after the restoration in 2110. It has since been adopted by a large segment of the populace as well in recent years.
Catholicism remains as an influential religion within the Sector, with the Vatican City remaining the seat of power of the Catholic Church. It is also well known that the Papacy is highly critical of the ruling monarch, due to her conversion from Catholicisim to Spiritualism.
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