Bbukes, officially known as the Free City of Bbukes
(Lake Kencari: Bburie Bau Bbukes ha), unofficially also as
the Free City of Pearyt, is a small city state on the continent of
Smalik, bordering Lake Pearyt, from which the city derives its
Ingallish name. The state was founded on 24 October 318 when armed
Kencari middle class traders took control of the city and proclaimed
independence from the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples (LUKP),
following the latter's increasing instability and its government's
inability to rule the country.
Official name: Bburie Bau Bbukes ha (Lake Kencari);
Free City of Bbukes or Free City of Pearyt (Ingallish)
Pronunciation: /bzɯkəs/, BZOO-kuss
Demonym: of Bbukes
Regime: city republic
Inhabitants: 924,804 (est. 1/1/322)
Population density: t.b.a.
Population growth: 1.31% (321)
Life expectancy: 74.1 (male), 80.2 (female)
Ethnic groups: Kencari, Ingallish, Pocari, Tak, Flovaignian
Languages: Lake Kencari, Ingallish
Religions: Orthodox Church of Bowdani (95%), other (5%)
Universities: Theological University of Pearyt
Independence: 24 October 318 (secession from the LUKP)
Capital: Bbukes / Pearyt
Administrative division: n/a
Head of state: Mayor Kavuss Baetisim
(since 6 November 318)
Political parties: t.b.a.
Councillor of foreign affairs: Mr Hoksuriff Oec
(since 7 November 318)
International organisations: United Nations of Vexillium
GDP: 19.05 billion; 20,599 per capita (est. 321)
Currency: Kencari Suba
Inflation: t.b.a.% (321)
Unemployment: 2.2% (est. 1/1/322)
Working population: agriculture 18.5%, industry 40.2%,
Main trade partners: STOIC, other Smalik nations
Main companies: t.b.a.
International phone number: t.b.a.
Main local numbers: t.b.a.
Internet code: .bk, .bbk
Main newspapers: t.b.a.
Time zone: CMT -3
GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
Highest mountain: t.b.a.
Longest river: t.b.a.
Official holidays: t.b.a.
Flag: three horizontally placed panels
purple-yellow-purple, with two crossed keys in the
Geography and climate
Bbukes borders the Western Shore in the north and Kencari in the
south, with both nations meeting each other in at Bbukes's western
border. In the east, Bbukes borders Lake Pearyt. The country's surface
is part of the hills on the east side of the Strywak Mountains, the
most notable mountain range in the southwestern part of Smalik.
Towards the lake, where the main parts of the city are located, the
surface is lower and suitable for the harbour that makes Bbukes one
of the more important trading places around the lake.
Bbukes has a temperate oceanic climate with mean temperatures between
0°C / 32°F in winter and 22°C / 72°F in summer.
The area in which Bbukes is located used to be part of the plains of
central Smalik. An earthquake in 325 BP caused the collapse of an
underground river however and the subsequent creation of Lake Pearyt.
The city of Pearyt was founded by Ingallish settlers some 400 years
later, in the first century after the Plague, but Kencari settlements
had been present in the area long before that.
As Lake Pearyt was located in the centre of the former nation of
Bowdestra, the city of Pearyt was developed as a hub with many ferry
services to other harbours around the lake. Pearyt briefly grew in
importance when the Ingallish inaugurated the new capital city Sky City
in the west of the country in 235 AP, but the invention and spreading
of the use of aircraft to get to other parts of the country (which had
been renamed to Bowdani by then) caused the ferry business to decline.
Pearyt's importance was however maintained by its strategic location
on the route from Sky City to Port Frontier (present-day Lp in Tak).
On 16 October 316 AP Bowdani was dissolved into several smaller nations.
Pearyt became part of the largest of these, the Lectern of United Kencari
Peoples (LUKP). The LUKP proved however instable and ethnic clashes
between the Ingallish rulers and the indigenous Kencari soon escalated,
despite attempts by the first to include Kencari in the nation's
government. Especially in South Watch and around Fort Boare the situation
all but developed into a civil war. Violence emanating from Fort Boare
regularly spread to Pearyt. A large explosion on 17 April 318 destroyed
half of the city's centre. After attempts by the government of the LUKP
to bring order in the nation failed, a cascade of independence
declarations followed from October 318 on, with middle class traders
proclaiming the independence of the city of Pearyt as Bbukes on the 24th.
This action was not coordinated nor approved by the ruling Ingallish
dominated city government, which tried to oppose the move. After five
days, a violentless coup d'état kicked the old government out of office,
and the city council elected Kavuss Baetisim as the new Mayor.
Bbukes had an estimated number of 924,804 inhabitants on 1 January 322.
The official language is Lake-Kencari, although a not unsubstantial part
of the citizenry speaks Ingallish as their first language.
The government of Bbukes is formed by the Mayor and the City Councillors,
who are elected every four years in democratic elections. Shortly after
the city was declared independent, the incumbent city government (which
had been no part in the declaration of independence) was voted out of
office and replaced by a Kencari dominated government.
The legislative of Bbukes is the City Council (the members of which are
called Council Members to distinguish them from the Councillors, which
is what the members of the city government are called.
Recent Mayors of Bbukes have been:
313 - 318
now Sidwell Marcior (two terms; deposed)
318 - now
318 Kavuss Baetisim
Bbukes is trying to redefine itself as a transit nation and is seeking
to invest in the infrastructure to make that possible. Among other
projects, the city government has planned to construct a new international
airport which they intend to make one of the largest of the continent.
Society, culture, and sports
To be elaborated.