Institute for Central Smalik Affairs • Rik Hə ti ƿɛPəə kə Em Hək Slt • Dillouh Sis-Smaliha Cowdee

Bėltse, officially the Kingdom of Bėltse (Bėltse: Bėltsere Utherrawn) is a small nation in the southern part of Smalik. It is one of the seven original successor states of the Republic of Bowdani. Mentioned in Bowdani history as the people of the Bullocks and defeated by the Kencari in 643 BP after the last leader of the Bullocks Hahnts V betrayed his people, the Bėltse remained under Kencari and Ingallish rule for almost one thousand years. The current king Krethn III of the Terirn-Ėkmol dynasty claims to be a direct descendant of the last ruling family of the Bullocks, but since the Bullocks were illiterate and Kencari records from that era aren't quite reliable, nothing can be said with certainty.

Official name: Kingdom of Bėltse (Ingallish); Bėltsere Utherrawn (Bėltse)
Variants: Beltse, Byltse
Demonym: Bėltsian, Beltsian, Byltsian
Area: t.b.a.
Regime: constitutional monarchy

POPULATION
Inhabitants: 1,992,899 (est. 1/1/322)
Population density: t.b.a.
Population growth: 1.10% (321)
Life expectancy: 72.1 (male), 76.9 (female)
Top 5 cities (+ inhabitants):
 ·  Wostsa / Worcester (396,934)
 ·  Athrown (98,112)
 ·  Korerna (62,947)
 ·  Athruts (58,316)
 ·  Mėdmi (24,546)
Ethnic groups: Ingallish, Bėltse, Kencari, Pocari, Vaara
Languages: Ingallish, Bėltse, Coastal Kencari, White Kencari, South-Pocari, Vaara
Literacy: 91%
Religions: Thuwkism (94%), Orthodox Church of Bowdani (4%), other (2%)
Universities: Wosarre Utherreter Universiti (Royal University of Worcester, founded in 316 AP)

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
Highest mountain: Hokats (3,179 m)
Longest river: Ardwa
Climate: mostly temperate, nearing tundra in the south.

NATIONAL SYMBOLS
Official holidays: 14 June (the king's birthday)
National anthem: t.b.a.
Flag: a rectangular design divided in two parts: the slightly smaller part near the mast is a standing bear on an orange background, the slightly larger part off the mast is an empty red background; the two parts are divided by a vertical black beam that is located slightly off centre.
GOVERNMENT
Independence: 16 October 316 (secession from Bowdani)
Capital: Wostsa / Worcester
Administrative division: seven districts
Head of state: king Krethn III Terirn-Ėkmol (since 16 October 316)
Legislative: Pekoltharasewarėr Kants (Chamber of Deputies, 101 members)
Head of government: Boln Uwe (since 31 October 316)
Minister of foreign affairs: Wera Ithenwerar (since 31 October 316)
International organisations: United Nations of Vexillium, STOIC
Judiciary: t.b.a.

ECONOMY
GDP: 35.11 billion; 17,617 per capita (est. 321)
Currency: Bowdani Shester (ƒ), Bėltse Crown (Bėltsere Newbeter, N̿)
Inflation: 5.6% (321)
Unemployment: 6.5% (est. 1/1/322)
Working population: agriculture 46%, industry 30%, services 24%
Export: machinery and machine parts, textiles, raw materials, wood, natural gas
Import: oil, grain, meat, ore, raw materials
Main trade partners: STOIC, other nations in Smalik
Main companies: t.b.a.

COMMUNICATION
International phone number: +351 (shared with Gen and Vaara)
Main local numbers: numbers starting with 010 to 069 are reserved for Bėltse. 025 = Wostsa, 060 = Athrown, 055 = Korerna, 035 = Athruts, 014 = Mėdmi
Special local numbers: 000 to 009 and 090 to 099 (shared with Gen and Vaara)
Internet code: .bl, .bel
Main newspapers: t.b.a.
Time zone: CMT -3

TRANSPORT
Roads: t.b.a.
Railroads: no
Airports: King Krethn III International Airport (Wostsa).


Geography and climate
Bėltse is a landlocked country bordering (clockwise from the north) Vaara, Nucani, Gen, White Bowdani, the Three Cities and the Cove, and Sarigis. The country lies on the eastern side of the Strywak Mountains, the most notable mountain range in the southwestern part of Smalik. The Ardwa is the longest river of Bėltse and almost entirely located within its borders, except for its mouth, which is near the city of Gśsmin in the Three Cities and the Cove. Bėltse's highest mountain is the Hokats, which has an altitude of 3,179 m / 10,429.79 ft.

The local climate is mostly temperate, nearing tundra in the south.



History
After having been part of Bowdani and preceding nations for almost a millennium, the Kingdom of Bėltse gained independence on 16 October 316. Bėltse has been a relatively stable nation since that moment, although there has been the occasional protest against King Krethn III's authoritarian rule.



Demographics
Bėltse had an estimated number of inhabitants of 1,992,899 on 1 January 322. Bėltse is the official language but Ingallish, Kencari, Pocari, and Vaara can also be heard. Literacy is 91% and Bėltse hosts the Royal University of Worcester (Wosarre Utherreter Universiti), which was founded shortly after the country's independence. With 94%, Thuwkism is by far the most professed religion of the kingdom, with the Orthodox Church of Bowdani coming in second with 4%.



Politics
Bėltse is a semi-democratic nation. Although there are free elections for the parliament, the King and his government have established an authoritarian rule that has however been mostly benevolent so far.

The legislative power is formed by the Chamber of Deputies (Pekoltharasewarėr Kants), which has 101 members.

The executive is formed by the King and his government. The current King has been Krethn III Terirn-Ėkmol, since 16 October 316. The incumbent prime minister has been Boln Uwe since 31 October 316.

The capital of Bėltse is Wostsa / Worcester. The country is divided in seven districts.

Bėltse is a member of the United Nations of Vexillium (since 316) and of STOIC (since 319).



Economy
Bėltse has a stable economy. Its currency is the Bėltse Crown (Bėltsere Newbeter). Unemployment has been somewhat elevated (7.4% in 318). Export products include machinery and machine parts, textiles, raw materials, wood, and natural gas. Import products include oil, grain, meat, ore, and raw materials.



Society, culture, and sports
To be elaborated.