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Country Idea: Dedos Piedra

Posted by RubyIGuess on 8 March 2020 in English (English)

This is a country idea that I feel like I'm not going to be able to create for a while because I have another country idea that I like a bit more that I want to develop before this one, and you can't really have two territories without developing the first one.

I still want to write this down because I still want to see it happen, and I may either use it later or hopefully inspire somebody to make it if they don't really have any ideas.

Dedos Piedra

Dedos Piedra is a group of small five islands initially colonized when that was the cool thing for a country to do. The Island had very little worth as either a plantation or a port, since the soil didn't grow much on the primarily rocky islands and it was very isolated.

Despite this, a small population stayed on the island. These were mostly privateers who used the islands as a place to regroup and dock their ships for periods of time. This appeared to be the primary purpose of the island, and it seemed like as time went on the Island's colonial masters grew less and less interested in it.

When Privateering grew out of fashion, the privateers-turned-pirates seized the island and claimed it for themselves as a base. Dedos Piedra seemed only very lightly governed by a set of codes that ensured that the pirates ran their ships democratically, shared plunder equally, and selected and deposed their captains by popular vote. This became a loose confederation around the area that eventually consumed nearby islands.

The main center of the government is a council of captains that votes on modifications to the codes. This council also elects a primary head of state, or 'Captain of the Pirates', who would work as the primary executive head.

This state remained primarily because it was too unimportant and too distant for it's previous colonial master to really do anything about, and thus it has continued on in a way to this present day. Today, this state is no longer the 'Pirate Republic' it once was, and has now primarily become a minarchist federation where businesses often attempt to set up headquarters (to escape tax laws and other regulations). This is primarily what keeps the Economy of Dedos Piedra alive and prevents it from dying completely.

Now the council is primarily dominated by influential wealthy people who, in some's opinion, do not represent the needs of population. In addition, what became the primary police force is scattered and small and not particularly effective.

Comment from zhenkang on 8 March 2020 at 09:58

Sounds suitable for an island nation in the Asperic. Actually you can claim two at once, if the other is kind of close to the one you are making now. Whats the idea for the other one

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Comment from histor on 8 March 2020 at 14:12

Yes, the romantic pirates ... Seemed to me more realistic, one seapower in the near sails with some ships to the islands and take it over

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Comment from RubyIGuess on 8 March 2020 at 16:51

The other ones a matriarchal military society that sprung up out of some of the female warriors, alongside a smaller proportion of men, deciding “Screw this male-dominated society thing, I’ll make my own society”. They imitated holy orders in appearance, even though their religion could be best described as a blend of random ideas (including pagan ones).

This society has often been ruled by military dictatorships, with severity mostly depending on the women in power. I’m recent years, the requirement of military service has been removed from the requirements to run for office, but people usually end up voting for military figures anyway as that’s the long-standing tradition.

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Comment from RubyIGuess on 8 March 2020 at 16:53

(Forgive any typos I’ve made I’ve been pretty sick recently and I’m on a lot of stuff to dull the coughing and general malaise).

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Comment from Yuanls on 8 March 2020 at 17:17

I like that idea. It reminds me of the Pirate Republic, except those pirates were a nuisance so the British Empire came back and wiped them out. A fate like that is pretty easy to avoid though. The second idea holds water too, that'd be interesting to see. Delmuth's Wiwaxia is also a matriarchy, though I don't think Wiwaxia is being actively developed now.

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Comment from donnamaw on 8 March 2020 at 19:32

Sounds a bit like Tamarindia!

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Comment from RubyIGuess on 8 March 2020 at 21:54

It does, honestly, although this is supposed to be more anarcho-capitalist than syndicalist.

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Comment from Luciano on 8 March 2020 at 21:58

Pirates seem to have had a lot of success founding countries in OGF-world. There's Tárrases, too.

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Comment from sude on 14 March 2020 at 12:33

If "Dedos Piedras" is a translation of "Fingers Rocks" or something like that, it sounds horrible and makes no sense

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