Paísancho, officially the Republic of Paísancho is a vast country, almost 2.5 million square kilometers in size, with a small population, namely 6.4 million people and 1.22 billion bovines or roundabout 191 heads of cattle per person (not counting in other lifestock). And that is, what Paísancho is mostly known for: Bovines, their breeding, their herding, their slaughtering, their cooking and all that belongs to it. Some people say, that the Gods of Herding blessed the Vaqueros of Paísancho for all eternity, them and their horses.
Paísancho, and its natural resources, had often been the target for foreign invaders, for example twice by the Empire of Auwalt (in 1765 and in 1803), and once by the Sultanate of Kyrenaia (although their 'invasion' was more an economic strongarming, between 1955 and 1965).
The First Paísancho-War (1765 - 1782)
Interwar (1782 - 1803)
The Second Paísancho-War (1803 - 1850)
Kyrenaian 'Invasion' (1955 - 1965)
The climate of Paísancho is often described as hot and dry and for vast areas of the country, that is correct,
Flora and Fauna
- See Main Articles: List of animal species endemic to Paísancho, List of plant species endemic to Paísancho.
Should they encroach onto human settlement areas, or the Ranches, hunting them turns out to be difficult, their strong hide along the sides proving impervious to even rifle fire, but specific parts of their underbellies are not.It is not uncommon to see Tortuces along the banks of slow-moving rivers, but also as pets along the very same.
The Governing Body, almost the parliament of Paísancho, is the Council of Notables. Electable for the Council are the owners of more then 100 km² of land, currently a pool of 350 men and women, with the electorate being the entire adult population, currently 4 million people. The last elections for the Council of Notables had a turnout of 2.9 million votes, electing a Council 35 members.
Head of State and Head of Government, called Presidente, is chosen by the Council as well, currently a position filled by Lorenzo Mendoza, since 1998, for by now his sixth period. His main responsibility as Presidente is to represent Paísancho towards the outside world, . The Presidente has terms for four years with re-elections being possible.
Within the country, the Rancheros, the owners of the Ranchos, rule, especially in more rural areas. They are almost like feudal lords. Villages usually elect a village headman, who works together (in the the ideal case) or against (usually) the Ranchero to better the living conditions on the land or to at least keep the status quo. Towns elect mayors and thus become a wholly different power factor, outside of the Rancheros' control.
Military - the Milicia de los Charros
The Milicia is organized in Ala, Wings, of 100 men authorized strength, a small, self-contained mini-army with its own armouries, supply wagons and so on. They are to be used exclusively for territorial defense, called upon for that purpose and that purpose alone - in theory.
Practically, an Ala is less aligned to the Republic and more to the 'owner' of the Ala, who usually doubles as their employer in civilian life as well.
Alas are to be organized, raised and maintained by every owner of more then 100 km² of land, some raising more then one as a show of their richness. Currently, there are 415 Alas, with a total manpower of 36,097 men and women to be called upon in the case of emergency. The Milicia has no uniform and no structure above the Alas, that superior structure being made up as the Alas go along.
Paísancho has close trade relations with Lillorainen, exporting bovines and sheep to Lillorainen and importing solar power cells and wind turbines. A few decades ago, a company from Lillorainen expanded the railway network in Paísancho for mutual profit.
Law and Law Enforcement
Paísancho also has a small Coast Guard with a total of eight small vessels and around 2,000 personell, as well as a number of drones for long-range surveillance.
As mentioned before, the economy of Paísancho is dominated by bovines and ranching. That is, however, not all there is to the economy of this vast land,
Main way of long-range transport for people and wares is the railway, connecting the towns and many of the villages into a system. In the 80s and 90s, the system was modernized and expanded by companies from Lillorainen,
If one's gotta go fast, airplanes are the way to go, including the Médicos Voladores, the flying doctors of Paísancho and their bushhoppers.
Aside from cattle-herding, and 1.22 billion cattle, Paísancho is also home to vast herds of sheep
Paísancho is also home to various mines and pits, where minerals and ores are unearthed, mostly for export. Contrary to popular belief, Paísancho is only home to small reserves of oil.
Paísancho is home to a very small industrial sector, which is mostly occupied with catering to the local customers, especially the clothes industry, especially in the case of Lana y Cuero Clothes Factories, a manufacturer specialized in using sheep's wool and leather.
Over the last few years, Tourism became more and more of a thing existing.
- See Main Article: List of people from Paísancho.
Education and Health
- See Main Article: Confianza.
The predominant religion of Paísancho is known as Confianza, a polytheistic religion.
Often called Paísancho's cowboys, this appellation is seen as an insult, especially since the Vaquera has traditions reaching back far before the first cowboys roamed their lands.
- See Main Article: Cuisine of Paísancho.
Firearms in Paísancho
Most widely spread are rugged and simple weapons, especially revolvers and lever-action rifles, although bolt-action and pump-action are not shunned.