Laigheann

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An Tír Laigheach
Laigheann
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Motto: In Veritae Triumphi
In Truth, Triumph (I Bhfirinne, Bua)
Anthem: Hymn of the Motherland (Iomann an dTír)
CapitalAn Loch
Largest city Laigheach
Official languages English, Irish
Religion Predominantly atheist
Demonym Laigheach
Government Republic
 •  Príomhaire Liam Forristal
 •  Leas Príomhaire Andrew Hallissey
Population
 •  2018 estimate 16,619,200
Currency Laigheach Punt (LPT)
Date format DD/MM/YYYY
Drives on the right
Calling code +535
ISO 3166 code LH
Internet TLD .lh

An Tír Laigheach, known commonly as Laigheann (Lie-en) is a country in the Zendari world.

Etymology

The etymology of the name Laigheann comes from the ancient Gaelic word 'laighean', meaning spear. An ancient tribesman, Laigheann Mac Cómhaltáin formed a tribe in the area that would eventually become An Tír Laigheach, or Laigheann for short. In English, Laigheann is known as Lyon, but attempts to implement this name as the official name were not successful, and the name remained as it currently is.

In some official documents Laigheann is known as An Tír Faerálta Laigheach (the fair territory of Laigheann), however the generally used term is An Tír Laigheach.[1]

History

The country remained a hermit state from its formation in around 583 until the 1800s. Around this point, Thearian merchants began to arrive from the nearby nation of Éimi, which formed a small minority around the city of Prod, which eventually grew into a majority. This led to English being installed as a main language in the country, and a parliament being formed in the year 1844. Before that, the country had been ruled largely by pogues, who were priests who had been trained in both law and medicine.

Geography and Climate

Geographically, Laigheann is a very flat nation. There are only two mountains over 600m in the country: Sliabh More and Sliabh Garraí. Laigheann is an island nation, famed for its coastline, and for the Laigheann Islands, which lie off its coast and are connected by a ferry service.

Laigheann is a generally hot nation. During the summer the temperatures can rise to 25 degrees, however in winter they are relatively mild, rarely dropping below 10 degrees. Rain is common during autumn and winter, however rare during summertime, which makes it a popular tourist destination.

Cities in Laigheann

  • An Loch (capital city)
  • Portlinnock
  • Ardagh
  • Clonkilly
  • Cashlaneer
  • Ardquilla
  • Kilglassan
  • The Shanowen
  • Carrollmore
  • The Sayre (an enclave in Flag of Üsmile.png Üsmile formerly known as Azardaha, captured by Laigheach troops during the Zendari War and under de facto Laigheach control)

Culture

Laigheann has a rich history of culture. Since the 1200s, the old style music tradition of Shan-Nos singing has remained a tradition in many a household, with the Cashlawn Barr Shan-Nos Singing Fleadh attracting thousands of visitors per year. Examples of these kinds of songs include Sean Ó Bhearghá's rendition of the old folk song, Amhrán an Bó and the Bríd Nic Craith written Cá Bhfuil Mo Gheansaí.

Outside of this, Laigheann is known for its famous dancing traditions. The national dance of the Uiscedamhsa, written by an expatriate of Laigheann, Mike Yanke in 1977, has been a famed part of Laigheach culture and is performed at every major football game that the Laigheach national football, rugby or cricket team plays, along with the national anthem.

Government

Liam Forristal, Laigheann's Príomhaire (prime minister), pictured after leaving an event in 2018

The main party in the current Laigheach cabinet is the Labour Party, who are a left-wing party with pro-immigration, anti-gun and pro-drug laws. Other parties include the Nationalist Party (right wing), Na Daoine (centre left) and parties with no representation such as the Christian Party (far right), Obair Laigheach (far left) and the Pirate Party (syncretic, pirate politics).

Since its parliament was formed, the main party in Laigheann has been the Labour Party.

The parliament consists of 100 members: 5 from each constituency.

List of current cabinet

  • Príomhaire (Prime Minister): Liam Forristal
  • Leas Príomhaire (Vice Prime Minister): Andrew Hallissey
  • Minister for Housing: Cómhaltáin Mac Crualaíoch
  • Minister for Justice and Law: Colin O'Connor
  • Minister for Health: Trevor Daly
  • Minister for Finance and Business: Conor Lally
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy: Zach Reynolds
  • Minister for Education: Conor Westhuizen
  • Minister for Agriculture and Marine Affairs: Sandrine Murphy
  • Minister for Communications: John Drechsel
  • Minister for Defense: John Joe Enright
  • Minister for Local Affairs: Emily Marry
  • Minister for the Environment: Alan Keane
  • Minister for Transport: Shane Morris

Transport

There is a small road system in Laigheann, but it is rarely used by anyone, as very affordable metro transport has been made readily available.

Laigheann is served by the LL (Líne Laigheach), a metro service connecting major towns and cities in all of the districts apart from the Islands. All of the routes are profitable due to the popularity of the metro line. There are ferry services available to the residents of the Islands to connect them with the nearest city, which is Ballyfinn (located within Kilcolman).

There are five airports in Laigheann: the largest of these is Loch-Sweeney International Airport, located in An Loch. The other airports are Ardagh Crowntree Airport, Kingsland Airport (located within IMPO), Clonkilly International Airport and Portlinnock Jan Swillen Airport.

Laws

  • Drinking age: 16 for beer, cider or any other drink below 5% ABV, 17 for all other. ID is necessary to purchase alcohol if you are presumed to be under 21. Though it is illegal to sell to underage customers, it is not illegal to attempt to buy.
  • Smoking age: 18. Though only 2% of the Laigheach population regularly smoke, tobacconists must ask for ID when selling tobacco to those presumed to be under 21. The same applies for vaping.
  • Legality of drugs: Marijuana is legalized and widely available in distributories around Laigheann, however it must only be sold to those 18 and over. Other drugs are illegal and strictly criminalized.
  • Voting age: 16 for all elections.
  • Age of candidacy: 18 for local elections, 21 for party leadership or leadership of the country.
  • Driving age: 16 when accompanied by an adult, 18 otherwise.
  • Working age: 15, however exceptions apply where someone is working within a family business.
  • Age of consent: 18, but not strictly enforced.
  • Censorship laws: Virtually non existent. Extreme hate speech is banned.
  • LGBT rights: Special protection laws for LGBT+ people.
  • Gun laws: Very strict. Those who wish to purchase guns must go through rigorous training and background checks, and then will be able to purchase a hunting gun.
  • Faouzia: legal, contrary to Alirie, Yakolira and Violia’s laws.

International relations

See also: Foreign relations of Laigheann.

Laigheann’s closest international ally is Violía, who they signed the historic Dha Śíel Sśael Sŕif Agreement in 2018, strengthening diplomatic ties between the countries. Other countries with which they have good relations include Marnos, Yakolira and Alirie.

Famous people from Laigheann

Footnotes

  1. In selected Meridic Union documents, Laigheann is referred to as An Tír Faerálta Laigheach.