Szabolics, officially The Republic of Szabolics, Is and independent island nation located in the Caribbean. It is currently Nick HD's Secondary official Nation after the Polish - Latvian Commonwealth. Szabolics is an archipelago that includes the main island of Uj Szepes and a number of smaller islands. The main island of Uj Szepes is, by land area, the smallest of the Greater Antilles. With around 3.5 million people, it ranks third in population among that group of four islands, which include Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica. The capital and largest city is Új Budapest. Due to its location. Szabolics has a tropical climate with warm weather year-round and does not observe daylight saving time. Its official languages are Hungarian, which is prevalent, and Szabolic Hungarian
Originally populated for centuries by aboriginal people known as Taíno, the island was claimed by Artúr Görgey for The Kingdom of Hungary on July 12 1547. Szabolics remained a Hungarian colony until 1867. During the Hungarian rule, A huge amount of Hungarians migrated into the island populating it. The Hungarians build lots of Monuments, Schools, Hospitals, Houses for themselves and the Taino people. During the four centuries of Hungarian rule, the island's culture and physical landscape were transformed. European knowledge, customs and traditions were introduced, namely Roman Catholicism, the Hungarian language, and advances such as agriculture, construction in stone, and the printing press. Numerous public buildings, forts, churches and public infrastructure built during Hungarian rule are still standing to this day, forming an indelible part of the island's cultural heritage.
When Artúr Görgey arrived in Szabolics during his first voyage on October 5th, 1545, the island was inhabited by the Taíno. They called it Borikén (Borikénszc in Hungarian transliteration). Having reported the findings of his first travel, Artúr Görgey brought with him this time a letter from King Maximilian empowered by a papal bull that authorized any course of action necessary for the expansion of the Hungarian Kingdom and the Christian faith. Artúr Görgey named the island Uj Szepes, in honor of the Hungarian City, which was the place he was born. Mihály Károlyi, a lieutenant under Artúr Görgey, founded the first Hungarian settlement. He later served as the first governor of the island. Eventually, traders and other maritime visitors came to refer to the entire island as Uj Szepes, and Szabolics became the name of the main trading/shipping port.
African slaves were used primarily in the coastal ports and cities where the island's population was concentrated. The interior of the island continued to be essentially unexplored and undeveloped. Szabolics soon became an important stronghold and a significant port for the Hungarian Main colonial expansion. They built various forts and walls, such as A Bálna, Aranybana, Szent Peter and Szent Janos, to protect the strategic port of Szabolics from numerous European raids and invasion attempts. Szabolics served as an important port-of-call for ships of all European nations, who needed to take on water, food and other commercial provisions and mercantile exchange as part of the Atlantic trade. Minor slave revolts had occurred on the island throughout the years with the revolt planned and organized by Gyula Peidl in 1796 being the most important. Even though the conspiracy was unsuccessful, Gyula achieved legendary status and is part of Szabolic folklore.
With the increasingly rapid growth of independent former Hungarian colonies in the Pacific and Atlantic Island states in the first part of the 19th century, the Hungarian Crown considered Szabolics and Húsvét sziget of strategic importance. To increase its hold on its last two New World colonies, the Hungarian Crown revived the Royal Decree of Graces of 1815. Printed in three languages: Hungarian, English and German, it was intended to attract non-Hungarian Europeans, with the hope that the independence movements would lose their popularity if new settlers had stronger ties to the Crown. Hundreds of families, mainly from Corsica, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Scotland, immigrated to the island. Free land was offered as an incentive to those who wanted to populate the two islands on the condition that they swear their loyalty to the Hungarian Crown and allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church. It was very successful and European immigration continued even after 1865. Szabolics today still receives Hungarian and European immigration.
Poverty and political estrangement with Hungary led to a small but significant uprising in 1868 known as Lázadása a Függetlenség. It began in the rural town of Lares, but was subdued when rebels moved to the neighboring town of Nadudvar.
The Republic of Szabolics is divided into 6 provinces. With its capital Új Budapest being one Autonomous province.
National Anthem & Flag
"Isten Aldja Mi Szigeten" (in English: God Bless our Island) is a musical poetic prayer beginning with the words Isten, áldd mi szigeten, that serves as the official national anthem of Szabolics. It was adopted in 1867 and the first stanza is sung at official ceremonies. The words were written by Ferenc Kölcsey, a nationally renowned poet in 1842, and its currently official musical setting was composed by the composer Ferenc Erkel, although other less-known musical versions exist. The full meaning of the poem's text is evident only to those well acquainted with Hungarian history.
The Flag of Szabolics (Hungarian: Magyarország zászlaja) is a horizontal tricolour of green, white and red with the Coat of Arms of Szabolics in the middle. In this form and its very similar to the Hungarian Flag. The flag's form originates from the Original Hungarian flag to represent their cultural heritage, and their former colonial status.
The climate of Szabolics falls into the tropical climatic zone. Temperatures are moderate year round, averaging near 27 °C in lower elevations and 21 °C in the mountains. Easterly trade winds pass across the island year round. Szabolics has a rainy season which stretches from April into November. The mountains of the Cordillera Central are the main cause of the variations in the temperature and rainfall that occur over very short distances. The mountains can also cause wide variation in local wind speed and direction due to their sheltering and channeling effects adding to the climatic variation.
Szabolics has three main political parties: the Szabolic Independence Party, which favors Szabolics becoming an independent nation, the New Progressive Party, which supports Szabolics transition to becoming a province of Hungary, and the Popular Democratic Party, which supports Colonialism. The issue of the political status of the island (meaning whether it's a country, a Hungarian Province, or a colony) is an issue of debate amongst the Szabolic people. In the past there have been many attempts to clearly define the island's political status by means of voting. Most of the time the majority of the people have chosen to become one of Hungary's Provinces. However in the last "status voting" the colonial option appeared to have lost well over 90% of its support, while the Hungarian state option has only gained strength in the last few decades. The Szabolic Independence party, on the other hand, has mainly gained a great deal of support within the last six decades.
The Republic of Szabolics since they gained their independence from Hungary was a republic. Their president is Niko Ánton, the head of all Szabolic Provinces and one of the leaders of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. Presidents last for 6 years.
Szabolics is said to comprise a White majority, an extinct Amerindian population, persons of mixed ancestry, Africans and a small Asian minority. Recent genetic research, however, contradicts that information. According to the 2010 US Census, 99% of the population consider themselves of Szabolic descent (regardless of race or skin color), making Szabolics one of the most culturally unified societies in the world.
The population of Szabolics is nearly about 4 million people. The ethnic composition of the population is:
- 80% White
- 10% Mulatto
- 5% Black
- 5% Others.