Both Watches, informally also the "Territory of Both
Watches" is a country in southwestern Smalik. The name refers
to the two cities of South Watch and North Watch although the
nation's territory isn't limited to those cities alone. The nation
was created on 18 October 318 after two years of armed conflict
with the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples of which it used to
be a part. The population is predominantly Ingallish and there is
a strong nostalgia for the time when the country was part of the
Republic of Bowdani, which existed from 235 to 316 AP, and of all
successor states to the Republic of Bowdani, Both Watches has a
flag that resembles the now obsolete Bowdani flag the most.
Official name: Territory of Both Watches
Demonym: of Both Watches
Inhabitants: 15,378,264 (est. 1/1/322)
Population density: t.b.a.
Population growth: -0.98% (321)
Life expectancy: 69.9 (male), 74.2 (female)
Top 5 cities (+ inhabitants):
· South Watch (2,311,760)
· Sarimiow (594,332)
· North Watch (442,107)
· Birch Cove (198,646)
· Elderbury (177,815)
Ethnic groups: Ingallish, Kencari
Languages: Ingallish (official), Coastal Kencari
Religions: Orthodox Church of Bowdani (98%),
Universities: State University of South Watch
Independence: 18 October 318 (secession from the LUKP)
Capital: South Watch
Administrative division: municipalities
Head of state and government: the Mayor of South Watch
(ex officio Plenipotentiary for the whole
Territory) Everett Sawxon-Thwyte (since 18 October
Legislative: Currently none at the national level
Political parties: t.b.a.
Councillor of foreign affairs: Ms Annabel
Fennighay-Solourn (since 23 October 318)
International organisations: United Nations of Vexillium
GDP: 48.41 billion; 3,148 per capita (est. 321)
Inflation: 9.3% (321)
Unemployment: 11.4% (est. 1/1/322)
Working population: agriculture 43.9%, industry 31.8%,
Main trade partners: STOIC, other Smalik nations
Main companies: t.b.a.
International phone number: t.b.a.
Main local numbers:
Internet code: .bw, .bwt
Main newspapers: t.b.a.
Time zone: CMT -3
GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
Highest mountain: t.b.a.
Longest river: t.b.a.
Climate: temperate, oceanic
Official holidays: t.b.a.
National anthem: t.b.a.
Flag: a black triangular on a green panel;
the black panel contains the Bowdani star in
a circle, both in white.
Geography and climate
Both Watches border The Lectern in the north, Sarigis in the east,
the main part of Three Cities and the Cove in the southeast and an
exclave of Three Cities and the Cove in the west. The rest of the
west borders the Cislendian Ocean. The territory is moderately hilly
to the east and mostly flat towards the coast. The climate of Both
Watches is a temperate oceanic climate with mean temperatures between
0°C / 32°F in winter and 22°C / 72°F in summer.
Both the cities of North Watch and South Watch were founded by
Ingallish settlers in the first century after the Plague and their
influence all but drove the indigenous Kencari from the area. South
Watch grew rapidly and was at one point the second largest city of
the Republic of Bowdani, after Sky City.
The dissolution of Bowdani and the creation of the Lectern of United
Kencari Peoples (LUKP) of which South Watch was to become a part on
16 October 316 was met with resistance and tensions increased already
towards the end of October with mayor Francis Appleby being locked in
his office by protesters. In early November a new leadership of the
city, headed by acting mayor Alistair Hedges Lord de Beaverbrouc,
declared the city's allegiance to the LUKP 'null and void' and said
to consider itself 'part of the Republic of Bowdani'. The move
sollicited a response from the LUKP army, which had South Watch
surrounded and under siege by early December; an attempt by the rebels
to break out at the end of that month seemed to lead to the start of
the Battle of South Watch, but with neither side managing to break enemy
lines, no progress was made at all. This situation continued for several
months until South Watch was taken by LUKP forces in September 317.
Despite being brought back under LUKP rule, the rapidly destabilising
structure of the LUKP enables South Watch to choose its own path. In
August 318 the city establishes a stable rule without interference from
Sky City. Benefiting from the chaos throughout the country, South Watch
takes control of North Watch and (eventually) the city of Sarimiow,
close to Sky City. On 18 October the territory of Both Watches is
created. The Second Accord of Disky of January 319 defines the borders
between Both Watches and the Three Cities and the Cove.
Both Watches had an estimated number of inhabitants of 15,378,899 on 1
January 322. The far majority of Both Watches speak Ingallish, with indigenous
minority languages being spoken as native languages by only 4% of the
population. The leading religion of Both Watches is the Orthodox Church
of Bowdani. The capital and largest city of Both Watches is South Watch.
Other larger settlements are North Watch and Birch Cove, with the city
of Sarimiow de facto being the country's second largest city for as long
as it is ruled by Both Watches; the nation's sovereignty over Sarimiow
is however not recognised by all successor states of the LUKP.
Currently the country is essentially ruled by the city council of South
Watch, with the South Watch mayor ex officio being Plenipotentiary for
the whole territory. The other areas of the nation do have local autonomy,
but it is not expected that the undemocratic situation on the national
level will soon be changed. Mayor of Southwatch since independence has
been Mr Everett Sawxon-Thwyte.
In early 320, the economy of Both Watches was more or less in shambles,
following the years of (civil) war. At the moment there is no national
currency and various neighbouring currencies are randomly accepted as well
as RealmZasters. The government has scheduled the introduction of the Both
Watches' Star as the country's new currency although a date for the
introduction has not been fixed yet.
Society, culture, and sports
To be elaborated.