|The Federated Counties and Cities of Zeeduyn
|Motto: De Dominus Beschermt|
and largest city
|Government||Federal parliamentary republic|
|-||Prime Minister||Gijs-Jan Krommendijk|
12,809 sq mi
|GDP (nominal)||2016 estimate|
|Drives on the||left|
Zeeduyn (Duynish: zidoːn), officially the Federated Counties and Cities of Zeeduyn, as a federal parliamentary republic under a composite monarchy. It has a total land area of 33,175 square kilometres (12,809 sq mi) and total population of 14.4 million, and is located in southern Orda. Zeeduyn has land borders with Altissia-Marino to the west and Redon to the north and east. The capital and largest city is Havenstad, with a population of 2.1 million.
Politics and government
Politics in Zeeduyn operate under the framework of a federal parliamentary republic, in which the head of state is the Dominus, currently Ignatius VIII. The role of head of government is collectively filled by the Executive Council, a body composed of representatives of each of the nine provinces as well as the Imperial Vicar, a role appointed by the Dominus. The Dominus serves as the de-jure head of state. Each province receives a single vote in the Executive Council, but may send as many representatives as it wishes. The Executive Council is charged with declaring war and peace, signing or vetoing laws, and other executive tasks. In practice, many of these executive responsibilities are carried out by the Prime Minister and the cabinet, which is subservient to the Executive Council. The Prime Minister leads the popularly-elected parliament, and organizes the cabinet. As the secondary organ of the executive branch, the cabinet is charged with the day-to-day operations of the government, whereas the Executive Council primarily concerns itself with broader concerns, such as foreign relations. The judiciary is independent of the legislative and executive branches; provincial judges are nominated by popular referendum within each province and confirmed by parliament, whereas federal judges are nominated by the cabinet and confirmed by the executive council, with the advice of the parliament. Judges on the thirteen-seat supreme court are appointed to ten-year terms by the Dominus, subject to removal by a supermajority in the parliament or the executive council.
Zeeduyn's armed forces take the form of the Republican Navy, to which the other typical branches of service are subservient. The role of army is fulfilled by the Republican Marines, and the de-facto air force is the Naval Air Arm. As the superior organization, the Republican Navy is disproportionately large. It consists of four amphibious assault ships, a dozen cruisers, 28 frigates, and dozens of patrol boats, as well as a number of submarines and numerous amphibious support and resupply ships.
The Republican Navy is commanded by the Admiral-Superior, an officer of the Navy who is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Executive Council. The collective headquarters body of the Navy and its subservient services is the Republican Admiralty.
The Republican Marines, the country's de-facto army, is generally considered to be one of the most mobile armies in the world, and is highly skilled at conducting amphibious operations. The majority of the land vehicles operated by the Marines are either amphibious or easily loaded onto a landing craft or amphibious assault vessel of some type. The Air Arm is comparatively small but nonetheless well-equipped: it consists of mainly helicopters and ground-attack aircraft, but also includes long-range bombers, maritime patrol aircraft, fighters, and some advanced UAVs.