Motto: ■etta reddast (It will all work out okay)
Largest City: ReykjavÝk
Official Language: Icelandic
National Language: Icelandic, English
- De Facto Leader: Col. Haflii Runˇlfsson
- Prime Minister: KatrÝn Jakobsdˇttir (KIA)
- President: Guni Th. Jˇhannesson (MIA)
- Speaker of the Althing: SteingrÝmur J. Sigf˙sson
- Chief Justice: Ůorgeir Írlygsson
- Upper House: Upper House of the Althing
-Lower House: Lower House of the Althing
Establishment: from Denmark
Independence: 17 June 1944
Land Area: 102,775 km▓
Water Area: 2774.25 km▓
Water %: 2.7
Highest Point: Hvannadalshnj˙kur (2,109.6 Meters)
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean (Sea Level)
GDP (nominal): 27 billion
GDP (nominal) per capita: 58,700
Human Development Index: 0.89637
Time Zone: GMT
Drives on the: Right
Calling code: +354
Internet TLD: .is
The Military Junta of Iceland, commonly called Iceland, is a Junta in The Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered on all sides by Oceans claimed by nobody. Iceland covers 102,775 square kilometres and has an estimated population of 357,050. Iceland comprises of 8 Regions and 79 municipalities.
Iceland remains the only sane nation in the world with nobody infected with the madness plague. Although still essentially a Military Dictatorship with a parliament that does nothing but gives out fancy stamps, it remains the self-proclaimed "Last hope for Civilization". Often, the military goes out on expeditions for a mixture of raiding for supplies and gathering samples of the fungus to find a cure. These expeditions give Iceland the reputation as powerful warriors and thus allows them to be ignored by other nations. Despite this, Iceland has gotten rid of its previous neutrality and pacifism in the name of "National Defense" and thus has a standing army to prevent an invasion of Iceland.
The Sagas of Icelanders say that a Norwegian named Naddodd (or Naddador) was the first Norseman to reach Iceland, and in the 9th century he named it SnŠland or "snow land" because it was snowing. Following Naddodd, the Swede Garar Svavarsson arrived, and so the island was then called Gararshˇlmur which means "Garar's Isle".
Then came a Viking named Flˇki Vilgerarson; his daughter drowned en route, then his livestock starved to death. The sagas say that the rather despondent Flˇki climbed a mountain and saw a fjord (Arnarfj÷rur) full of icebergs, which led him to give the island its new and present name. The notion that Iceland's Viking settlers chose that name to discourage oversettlement of their verdant isle is a myth. (Ripped straightly from Wikipedia)
The standard way to refer to a citizen of Iceland is as an "Icelandic."
(This world's Icelandic History is unchanged up until the Plague started in 5/15/2015. Vikings discovered the Island in the 800s, Iceland was populated, by Vikings, became a psudeo-tribal republic, converted to Christianity, got colonized by the Danes, then the Norwegians, Then the Danes again, became independent in the 40s, Got invaded by the British, was granted independence after WW2 ended, the whole shebang. If you want to learn more about Icelandic history, please see the Wikipedia page.)
When reports of a plague in California and Egypt reached Iceland, the Althing met into a bit of a panic and unanimously agreed to close the borders of Iceland as to prevent the illness from reaching Iceland. Gasmasks and Bottled Water were handed out to the Civilian Populous, The Iceland Crisis Response Unit was recalled from all nations, and the Icelandic Coast Guard threatened to fire upon any ship that came too close. The ICRU was converted into an actual standing-army military force and reserves were called into action.
When it was revealed that the plague was caused by an invading alien force, the nation of Iceland went into a panic. The Icelandic civil war broke out and killed many members of the Government. Although the military put down the rebellion and anarchy, the Icelandic People were still without a Government. Col. Haflii Runˇlfsson, the most powerful man in the newly-formed, "took the reigns" of the Government and declared a Junta.
This new Junta allowed uninfected refugees into Iceland after it was shown that dogs couldn't be infected by the plague and could smell out those who are. Only around ten thousand were able to reach Iceland, and of those ten thousand only 619 were clean, Including Dr. Ivan Minchev, a Bulgarian Scientist and current head of the Ministry of Research tasked with finding a cure to the fungal illness.
Iceland is a very mountainous and volcanic land, being stuck between the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Much of Iceland is rough with rolling hills, mountains, volcanos, and valleys covering the land. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common, but Geothermal activity is common, allowing Iceland to have a consistent source of warm water and energy.
Iceland, while nowhere near as cold as Greenland, is still pretty cold and is only kept warm through a mixture of Seismic Activity and the warm Norweigan Current. Although, the climate is not equal, with the south being much warmer than the North and the Center of Iceland being below freezing most of the year.
The environment of Iceland is a Sub-Artic with tundras covering most of the nation, however, the South is a bit more temperate due to the current. Boreal plants like Junipers and Birches cover Iceland and creatures like the American Mink, Arctic Fox, and reindeer.
With a population of around 357,050, the nation is a rather small one. Most of the Population lives either in the City of ReykjavÝk or around/in smaller towns scattered across Iceland. Because of this, the average Icelander lives somewhat densely packed with around 221,423 of the population living in the Capital Region.
99.99% of the population understands Icelandic, with only a small handful of people not understanding the language. However, around 71% of the population can read, write, speak, and understand English including that .01%. Icelandic and English are both taught in school as a mandatory class but with more emphasis on Icelandic as you only need to take 1 year of English. Linguistic minorities scatter the land, with the largest being Polish with around 2.1% speaking the language.
Most of the nation is Christian, with around 73.1% of the population adhering to a form of Christianity. However, around 4.2% are Neo-Pagans who believe in the Norse Gods. This has caused religious tension within the country of Iceland as Christians believe the Pagans are under the effect of the Madness Plague, while Pagans (who are not under influence of the plague) are tired of being accused of something that could get them quarantined. The rest of the population is either non-religious or believe in something different.
Race within Iceland is non-existent with around 99.1% of the population being of European descent. Asians, Africans, Latinos, and other races are such a small minority, to some they are an oddity.
Ethnically speaking, the largest ethnic group is Icelandic, but Polish make up a small minority with around 5% of the population being of a Polish ancestry. Smaller ethnic groups, mostly a part of the 619 refugees who managed to get to Iceland, also scatter Iceland. The largest of these refugee groups come from Scotland and Norway due to their close proximity to Iceland.
Despite the "oddity" comment, racial tensions are only light within the nation, with only a few people giving each other an ugly stare for being a race/ethnicity they don't like.
Metro area population
Southern Peninsula Region
The Government of Iceland is a Unitary Parliamentary Republic De Jure, but De Facto it is a military dictatorship. The Parliament has been "temporarily" postponed, giving Haflii Runˇlfsson practically unlimited power over the nation of Iceland.
The Nation of Iceland is Isolationist, with no official contacts with any other nation. Few nations even know of Iceland's existence, and view it as a nation of brave, yet unimportant, warriors due to Icelandic raids on the coasts of Norway, Scotland, Italy, and even as far away as the Levant.
The Military of Iceland consists of around 12 thousand conscripts and volunteers. The military itself is divided between the Coast Guard and the Army. The Coast Guard protects the ocean surrounding Iceland while the Army both guards Icelandic soil and goes on expeditions in infected nations where they wear gas masks as to not catch the plague.
Fiscal Year: June - May
GDP (nominal): 27 billion
GDP (nominal) per capita: 58,700
Labor Force: Anyone who can work, will work.
Iceland is a state-capitalist nation, where most of the economy is owned by the state. The only companies not owned by the state are small mom and pop establishments, but even they are heavily influenced by Governmental officials. Despite this, the GDP of Iceland has remained relatively the same, with only a dip in the Per Capita GDP. It also has the largest economy in the world, as all other nations devolve into anarchy and Kratocracy.
The culture of Iceland is rich and varied as well as being known for its literary heritage which began in the 12th century. Other Icelandic traditional arts include weaving, silversmithing, and wood carving. The ReykjavÝk area has several professional theatres, a symphony orchestra, an opera, and a large number of art galleries, bookstores, cinemas, and museums. There are also four active folk dance ensembles in Iceland. Iceland's literacy rate is among the highest in the world, and a love of literature, art, chess, and other intellectual pursuits is widespread.
The infrastructure of Iceland is rather limited, with most of the infrastructure being focused around the Capital Region. The further from the Capital you get, the worse it becomes. Much of the roads and railroads east of the Capital are poorly maintained and are usually only occasionally maintained by locals tired of potholes.
Due to its isolation, all 100% of Iceland's energy comes from renewable sources. Geothermal and Hydropower make up all of the nation's energy needs while plans on building a nuclear reactor are currently underway.