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Factbook of the Republic of Ragha
« on: August 18, 2021, 10:39:22 PM »

The Raghan flag featuring a stylized version of the symbol of Zaharianism

Motto:- TBD
National Anthem:- TBD

BACKGROUND

The Republic of Ragha is a theocracy located in Mid-Aranye, bordering Tamora. It's government was constructed around preserving and spreading the Zaharian faith. TBA

Government Type:- Theocratic Presidential Republic
Population:-:- 73,539,000
Capital City:- Vaslekar (8,743,965)
Demonym:- Raghani peoples, Raghans


ECONOMY

Currency:- Posil (1 Posil = .32 USD)
GDP per Capita:- 17,732 USD
Unemployment Rate:- 5.6%
Main Exports:- Oil, Natural Gas, Plastics, Fruits, Metals


PEOPLE

Ethnicity:- Parthian 53%, Tazhrian 39%, Jezmani 6%, Other 3%
Languages:- Parthian(Primary Language), Tazhrian(Minor-Recognized Heritage Language)
Religions:- Zaharian 92.5%, Islam 5.3%, Other 2.2%
Average Life Expectancy:- 76.3


GOVERNMENT

Head of State:- Mehdi Shahar
Head of Government:- TBD
Name of Legislative Body:- TBD

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2021, 11:51:59 PM »
National Policies and Stances


• Abortion: Legal only if mother’s life is in danger or up to one month after conceiving the baby.

• Age of consent: 18 years

• Age of majority: 18 years

• Romeo and Juliet Law: In place nation wide.

• Assisted suicide: Illegal and punishable by at least 6 months in prison.

• Birth control: No laws on except for Abortion (see stance on Abortion).

• Death penalty: Used in some regions

• Divorce: Fully Legal

• Drinking age: Drinking alcoholic substances is illegal

• Driving age: 16

• Education: Compulsory and free until the age of 18, education until 18 is free for all.

• Eminent domain: Government may buy anything.

• Equal pay for equal work: Employers free to determine own wage structure, however certain regulations are set for specialty fields.

• Felony disenfranchisement: Only for those who are currently within prison.

• Flag desecration: Illegal

• Gambling age: Gambling is illegal

• Gun purchase age: Guns are illegal for citizens.

• Homosexuality in the military: No homosexuals permitted in the military

• Human cloning: Illegal

• Marriageable age: 18 years of age.

• Military conscription: No

• Minimum wage: Yes, $7.5 per hour

• Polygamy: Illegal

• Prostitution: Illegal

• Same-sex marriage: Illegal

• School leaving age: 18 years.

• Sex reassignment surgery: Illegal

• Smoking and Vaping: Illegal

• Stem cell research: Permitted

• Torture: Illegal but in some cases tolerated

• Trial by jury: No.

• Voting age: 16

• Women's rights: Equal as men.

• Working age: 14 with certain exceptions.

• Working week: The standard work week is 52 hours per week plus additional overtime.

• Circumcision: Mandatory for all natural born male citizens.

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2021, 05:07:33 PM »
RELIGION in RAGHA


Zaharianism

The symbol of Zaharianism, featuring a yellow circle representing oneself, surrounded by dark arches representing evil, with a yellow line going through the arches and connecting with a larger circle representing god to represent the constant connection with god even when surrounded by evil.

The Zahari faith, also known as the Zaharian faith or Zaharianism, was founded by the prophet Narseh in the 9th century. Narseh was born in Vaslekar, in what was then the predominantly Muslim Setab empire. Narseh taught of a new form of connection with god, without organized times or rules for prayer, based more on a constant connection with god through verbal or non-verbal prayer. Narseh taught of a somewhat more forgiving god than the previous abrahamic religions had taught of. Narseh also believed that those who followed other abrahamic religions were communicating with god, even if their practices differed, though this message has faded overtime, especially with the establishment of the theocratic government in Ragha. His teachings were initially shunned in Vaslekar due to the strong Islamic beliefs of the people and empire at the time. He moved to the smaller mountain city of Gashan, now named Narsehshar, where his beliefs caught on. Here he wrote himself the teachings of Zaharianism into a scripture now known as the Lirvan. The Zaharian faith spread in the inland areas of the Setab empire and continued to spread until it lead to the collapse of the Muslim government and the establishment of the Zaharian-centric Tezdar empire in 1082. Narseshar became a holy city for the Zahari faith, with Zaharians establishing the practice of making the pilgrimage to Narsehshar, just like Narseh had from Vaslekar.

Zaharian practices and beliefs:
- If possible, Zaharians should make the pilgrimage to Narsehshar at least once in their lifetime
- Zaharians do not believe in the holy spirit. They believe in god in a single form, they communicate with him directly
- Zaharians stoutly reject drugs of any kind. They believe drugs are the means by which satan influences the mind.
- Zaharians do not have a specific way by which they pray. They believe that as long as you stay connected with god constantly regardless of what position, verbally or non-verbally, he will hear you.
- At least initially, Zaharians believed that god, and the same god, communicates with all those who make the effort to communicate with him, regardless of their religious practices or their denomination.


Today Zaharianism is the basis of the Republic of Ragha. The state is constructed around preserving the faith and defending it from influence from other faiths, as well as spreading it elsewhere. Some scholars argue that defending the faith from external influence and rejecting other abrahamic faiths goes against the teachings of Narseh.


Islam

The Jezmani peoples are an ethnic minority in the northern region of Ragha that follow Islam. They continue to face persecution by the Raghan government for their refusal to follow Zaharianism. Their numbers are decreasing due to attempts to convert their people or eject them from the nation. A vast number of scholars from outside of Ragha have harshly criticized the government's persecution of the Jezmanis, saying that it goes against the teachings within the Lirvan, and that followers of another abrahamic religion should never be converted by force or harmed for their beliefs because they are loyal to god as well.


Manism

The theocratic government has continually dismissed Manism as a false religion, saying that it cannot be considered an Abrahamic religion, that it's teachings are morally wrong, and even insulting Mani on occasion. This has created tensions between Tamora and Ragha ever since the Theocratic Republic was established.

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2021, 09:15:21 PM »
GOVERNMENT of RAGHA


Executive Branch:

The Executive branch consists of the office of the President, who undergoes re-election every 6 years. The president is elected by the people. There are four presidential departments in the country, all of equal population. Presidential candidates in each department announce their candidacy. The Executive Secretary then handpicks one candidate from each department to become a candidate in the presidential race. The people vote to elect one of the four into office. An incumbent president has no term limits, and may continue to run for the nomination of whichever department they held residency in prior to being elected president. The president has the ability to propose legislation and enact it with the approval of at least 1/3 of the assembly. They also can make lesser changes without the assembly’s approval. Presidential candidates must be at least 35 years of age, and must be Zaharian.

The Executive Secretary is the head of government, and is responsible for selecting presidential candidates from each department. The Executive Secretary is appointed by the President. They also have the responsibility of managing the operations of the executive branch, and are the only person who can propose amendments to the Raghan constitution, though amendments require the approval of 2/3 of the assembly.

The Cabinet advises the President in what orders to make, and what legislation to propose. The cabinet consists of secretaries who advise the President on specific matters.


Legislative Branch:

The Legislative branch consists of a single house, the assembly. The assembly consists of 325 members, each elected from a legislative department, which is a geographical district in the country. Members run for re-election every 2 years, and have a term limit of 8 terms. A member of the assembly can propose legislation, but unlike legislation proposed by the President, it requires majority approval to pass onto the president for enactment. The president can veto legislation, and the assembly can not override a presidential veto. Assembly members can either be independent of a party or be a member of a certain party, however there are only a handful of parties that are “presidentially approved”. Candidates running for office that are members of these parties will receive campaign finances and endorsement from the government.


Judicial Branch:

The Judicial branch consists of geographical court districts. The judges appointed to these districts are always religious figures, typically clerics. They tend to make their decisions off of the moral teachings of Zaharianism. There is no jury in the courts.

The highest court, the Supreme Court of Ragha, is run by what is the Zaharian equivalent of the pope. They are the highest religious figure in Ragha, who serve as the sole Justice on the Supreme Court until death or retirement. They select their successor, but if their death was sudden and they hadn’t selected a successor prior, their successor is selected by the President.

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