Grand and Belluterra

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Impahl Whata Kinkum tee Khwint, Pelutawa, ant-Malo
Flag of Grand Coat of arms of Grand
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: God is our refuge and strength
Anthem: This Great Island
Royal anthemGod Save the King
CapitalFrancistown
Largest city Mousford
Official languages Khwint and Old Khwint
Demonym Grandian, Belluterran, Malonese
Government Federal absolute monarchy and partial parliamentary democracy
Legislature Imperial Senate
Independence
Population
 -  2011 estimate 15,915,000
 -  2010 census 15,906,583
Currency Enieo (ε)
Calling code 145
Internet TLD .grb / .ma

Grand and Belluterra, officially the Imperial Federal Kingdom of Grand, Belluterra, and Malo (Khwint: Impahl Whata Kinkum tee Khwint, Pelutawa, ant-Malo), is a Neridean island nation in the northern Sushili Sea, east of the Borolas, south of the United Vassalies, west of Banusa, and north of Trentannia, and which also includes the Viceregal Kingdom of Malo far to the south, located in Althena on the on the east coast of the Trestä Sea, and which borders the nations of Zebtesia to the north and east, and Forgia to the east. Grand is the third smallest island nation in the Sushili, and one of its more popular tourist destinations. An advanced, high-income economy, and a founding member of the G3 Alliance, the Federal Kingdom entered its first international union, the United Sovereign Nations of the World, on 2 May 2011. Despite Grand Island being located in Neridea, it has almost always been closer to Althena, both culturally, lingustically, and ethnically. For simplicity's sake, the following article will, for the most part, deal solely with Grand and Belluterra. For more detailed information on Malo, please go to the article on the Viceregal Kingdom of Malo.

The earliest known human activity on the island dates back to around the 6th millennium BC. Archeological remains from this period are scant, and are mostly limited to the remains of the village of Puu on Clam Bay, in the Duchy of Rania on the northwest coast. Due to its strategic location in the northern Sushili, it has been occupied at least five times; once by the Rogue Empire, once by a confederation of tribes which eventually became the United Vassalies, twice by Posillipo, and once by Trentannia. Grand most recently gained its independence in 1953, soon after the conlusion of the Great Adonian War. Belluterra, a separate state until 1998, has gone through many different types of government, from constitutional monarchy to communist dictatorship. It is currently an autonomous republic within Grand, and is governed by a President, overseen by the Emperor of Belluterra.


Etymology

The name of the nation, "Grand and Belluterra", comes from two things; 1) "Grand" comes from the name of the main island, which is also named Grand, and which received its name from the Trentannian explorers who caused the downfall of the indigenous kingdom, who declared the island a grand island to conquer and colonize, and the name stuck; and 2), "Belluterra" comes from the Latin words bellus, meaning beautiful, and terra, meaning land. It was originally given that name by the Grandian explorers who dicovered it, as they considered it the most beautiful territory they had ever seen.

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Main article: History of Grand and Belluterra

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