Carune (nation)

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Official Name: Il Republice di Carune
Population: 20.71 million
Official Languages: Carune, Mònzo (in Lombardia), Italian (in Liguria), French (in Rhone-Alps), German (in Zergattum)
Neighboring States: Italy, France, Switzerland
Government Type: Parliamentary republic
Capital: Torine
Administrative Divisions: Lombarde, Zergattum, Alpi Roni, Liguria, Valle di Aosta
Constitution: Il Constituzione di Carune; June 1891
Suffrage: 18 years; univeral
Executive Branch: Head of Government: Prime Minister Michale di Torine, elected to a five year term from each political party's candidate
Legislative Branch: Elected parliament; party is elected, and gets a certain number of parliamentary seats based on the popular vote
Judicial Branch: Five member Supreme Court
Political Parties and Leaders: Il Partide Nazionale (Ione Romane), Il Partide da Muerae (Ofelia Badrassa), Il Partide Liberale (Michale di Torine), Il Partide Sozialiste di Carune (Ronalde Ivvane), Carune Partide Democraze (Rome di Angeli).
GDP (PPP): $1.3 trillion (2004 estimate)
GDP per capita: $32,000 (2004 estimate)
Labor Force: 15.2 million (includes unemployed) (2004 estimate)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (2004 estimate)
Population below poverty line: 4.3% (2004 estimate)
Major Industries: Computers, fashion, tourism

Carune is a nation which is, in our world, northern Italy, a little part of southern France, and some of Switzerland (which annexed part of Austria in the first World War). This nation depends greatly on tourism, especially skiers, as well as on mining and animal herding. However, the capital, Torine (Turin), as well as Milane (Milan) and Monze feature large computer industries, and Milane has become a world fashion center. The southern area of the country is also a haven for archaeologists seeking Roman ruins. Grenobela (Grenoble), in what is in our world France, Torine, Zergattum in our Switzerland, and Genova (Genoa), in our Italy have all hosted Olympic games at one time or another.

The Carune flag has six colors: red, yellow, green, blue, white, and orange. Red and yellow represent Spain; Blue, white, and red represent France; Yellow, blue, and red represent Romania; green and red represent Portugal; and red, green, and white represent Italy, the major areas where Romance languages are spoken. Orange represents the sovereign nation of Carune.

Carune History

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In the mid 1300s, the Italian states that are in our world called Lombardy, Liguria, Piedmont, and Valle d'Aosta, together with a bit of southern Switzerland and the French province of Rhone-Alps, declared their independence as the sovereign state of Carune. This sparked some difficulties internationally, including a war that briefly distracted Europe from its crusades in the Holy Land. Carune emerged victorious, and that seemed to be the end of that.

In the early 1500s, European powers began their journeys to colonize Africa and the Americas. Carune, being ambitious, naturally set out to secure colonies in Africa. Traveling around the coast of Africa, Carune explorers reached a small archipelago off the African coast, the Futozi islands, inhabited by a peaceful tribe. It was perfect, and soon a thriving economy grew up around the "capital" village of Miyuzi (Meiuzium, in Carune). This would be Carune's only colony, but it served them well.

In 1903, as Europe became a battleground, Futozi declared its independence from Carune, and Carune was forced to let it go. However, Futozi remained closely affiliated with Carune, and, when World War I broke out, served as an important staging point for military operations in Africa. When this World War I ended, Carune became the voice of the smaller nations in the council that determined the fate of Germany, earning independence for Saudi Arabia, Khombu, and K'uanu. With these greatful countries as allies, Carune became a powerful voice in the League of Nations.

In 1939, when Germany declared war on Poland, Carune began to fear for itself. Sure enough, the armies of Nazi Germany soon marched into Italy, and Carune's government fled from Torine to Miyuzi. Resistance efforts in Carune were strong, and by the time Allied soldiers arrived in Carune, the Resistatum di Carune had already secured Zergattum, with the help of the Swiss government (who in the end declared war on Germany). A broken Europe after the war needed strong leadership, and as Carune's economy skyrocketed, it soon became a powerful force in its vicinity. Carune became a founding member of the United Nations, and secured a position on the UN Security Council. Futozi, Khombu, and K'uanu set about forming an African model of the United Nations, though the African Union would take a long time to become a full reality.

In 1975, Carune and Futozi co-launched a space station into orbit, and soon began training astronauts from such countries as Rwanda, Khombu, Vietnam, and Bangladesh.

In 2001, September 11 shocked the international community. Carune and Futozi were some of the few countries to speak out against some of the actions the United States took after that day. In 2002, a Futozi was elected chairman of the African Union. When the United States entered Iraq, Carune, along with France and the African Union, began a trade boycott against it.