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Zamastan's culture draws influences from its broad range of constituent nationalities, and policies that promote a "just society" are constitutionally protected. Zamastan has placed emphasis on equality and inclusiveness for all its people. Multiculturalism is often cited as one of Zamastan's significant accomplishments, and a key distinguishing element of Zamastanian identity. As a whole, Zamastan is, in theory, a cultural mosaic—a collection of regional ethnic subcultures.
 
Zamastan's culture draws influences from its broad range of constituent nationalities, and policies that promote a "just society" are constitutionally protected. Zamastan has placed emphasis on equality and inclusiveness for all its people. Multiculturalism is often cited as one of Zamastan's significant accomplishments, and a key distinguishing element of Zamastanian identity. As a whole, Zamastan is, in theory, a cultural mosaic—a collection of regional ethnic subcultures.
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Imperial Republic of Zamastan
Zamah St'an
Flag of Zamastan (adopted March 20th, 2019)
Flag
Motto: Long Live the Republic
Zamastan
Zamastan (in green) in the South-Western portion of the IDU
CapitalTofino
Recognised national languagesEnglish
Recognised regional languagesNative Zamah St'an, French, Spanish
Ethnic groups (2016)43% Skithan-Zamastan
37% English-Zamastan
15% Black
5% Other
DemonymZamastanian
GovernmentDemocratic Republic
Anya Bishop
Foley Sakzi
Avi Tremblan
Curtis Fondaden
Samuel Discher
Aya Booth
Establishment
• Catican Zamah St'an
circa 200 B.C.E.
• Republic of Zamah St’an
October 28, 1804 (214 Years Ago)
• Imperial Republic of Zamastan
September 22, 1844 (174 Years Ago)
Area
• Total
789,062 km2 (304,659 sq mi)
Population
• 2016 estimate
98,300,000
• 2014 census
96,843,038
• Density
277.72/km2 (719.3/sq mi)
GDP (nominal)estimate
• Total
43.677 trillion
• Per capita
56,731
Gini (2016)46.9
high
HDI (2016)0.91
very high
CurrencyZamastan ziapet (ZPT)
Date formatmm-dd-yyyy
Drives on theright
Calling code+225
Internet TLD.za

The Imperial Republic of Zamastan, simply called Zamastan, is a democratic republic in the International Democratic Union and located on the continent of Catica, bordered to the north by the Agrimai Ocean and Gladysynthia, while to the west, east, and south is bordered by unclaimed territory. With a population of 98 million people, it is considered to be an economic and political influence in the region. The capital of Tofino is the largest city in the country as well as one of the largest metropolitan areas in the IDU. Other major populated metropolitan areas in Zamastan include Arinals, Emerald, Providence, while population centers in historically older settlements with limited space such as Lower Tariel and Kelowna being significant cities with relatively smaller populations.

Various Catica First Nations tribes have inhabited Zamastan since around 10,000 B.C.E., and a region called Zamah St'an formed and was documented around the western coast around 200 B.C.E.. It was isolated for over 1,900 years before Percy Armillio discovered the region in the early 1700's. Zamastan's colonists won independence from Skith in 1804 and formed the modern day nation, which became an important player on the world stage in the 19th and 20th centuries, standing as a capitalist state among a growing communist presence. Zamastan was the founding nation of the United Crown Alliance, which at its peak contained 63 nations across the world. Events within the UCA caused the leadership of Zamastan to return to the IDU, along with the nations of Vulkaria, Gladysynthia, and Cadair.

Zamastan has advanced rapidly in the fields of technology, while maintaining the steady economic gains of mining, logging, and fishing. Zamastan is known for its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and rich living tolerances. Politically, most executive leaders are moderate, with fiscal conservative views with defining liberal views for social issues. Same-sex marriage was legalized in 1982, and the proposition for legalization of marijuana has been heavy pressed for years. Tax rates tend to be low thanks to the thriving economy and relative consensus on the ease of wages and minimum pay. Zamastan is a highly developed nation, with high standards of living, and a sizable military in the Zamastanian Armed Forces. Currently, the President of Zamastan is Anya Bishop. She was elected on January 23rd, 2019, following an emergency election to replace the resigning Zacharias Castovia, who had been in power since 2016 following the death of his predecessor and father, Cassious Castovia. The younger Castovia led legislation that brought the nation into the International Democratic Union, the General Assembly and Security Council of the World Assembly.

Etymology

Zamastan is pronounced Zah-mah-Stan, and comes from the 16th century Skith words Zaihma St’an, meaning ‘land touching sky’ and ‘extensive shores’. The standard way to refer to a citizen of Zamastan is as a "Zamastanian."

History

Main article: History of Zamastan

Pre-Discovery (10,000 B.C.E.-1700 A.D.)
Skith Discovery and Colonization (1704-1800)
Zamastan War of Independence (1802-1804)
Early Age (1804-1868)
William Castovia and the Parabocan War (1868-1906)
Blanco Era (1906-1936)
Kordia Era (1936-1946)
Gaviria Era (1946-1972)
Post-Gaviria Years (1972-1982)
Second Castovia Era (1982-2015)
Third Castovia Era, the IDU, and the Contemporary Era (2016-present)

Geography

Zamastan's geography is epitomized by the variety and intensity of its physical relief, which has defined patterns of settlement and industry since colonization.

Zamastan is situated on the continent of Catica and is bordered to the west by the Agrimai Ocean. The southern border of Zamastan was established by the May 1876 Treaty which ended the Parabocan War, although its history is tied with lands as far south as Rio Palitos. Zamastan's area is 789,062 kilometers squared (304,659 sq mi). Zamastan's coastline stretches for more than 70,000 kilometres (43495 mi), and includes deep, mountainous fjords and about 900 islands, most of which are uninhabited. The majority of the coast, however, consists of a mixture of rocky and sandy beaches, which has contributed to a unique and varied display of biodiversity on Zamastan's coast.

Zamastan's capital is Tofino, located at the southwestern tip of the Tarin Outlet. Much of the coast is covered by temperate rainforest. The nation's most populous city is also Tofino, which is at the confluence of the Blackfoot River and Tarin Strait, in the mainland's southwest corner (an area often called the Lower Mainland). By land area, Emerald is the largest city. Bondyville is near the geographic center of the nation.

Lake Themba in the Zian Mountains

The Zian Mountains and the Inside Passage's many inlets and ranges provide some of Zamastan's renowned and spectacular scenery, which forms the backdrop and context for a growing outdoor adventure and ecotourism industry. 70% of the country is mountainous (more than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level). The tallest point in Zamastan is Zian Mountain, which stands at 16,306 feet above sea level. 60% of Zamastan is forested; roughly 20 percent is arable grassland. The state of Pahl is the agricultural center of the nation.

The country's mainland away from the coastal regions is somewhat moderated by the Agrimai Ocean. Terrain ranges from lush inland forests and semi-arid valleys, to the range and canyon districts of the Central and Southern Interior, to boreal forest and subarctic prairie in the Northern Islands.

The Whitehorse area, extending from Arinals to Point Tarin, is one of several wine and cider-producing regions in Zamastan. Other wine regions in Zamastan include the Northern Isle and the Mireya Valley.

Taures' Inlet, Inside Passage

The Southern Interior cities of Emerald and Providence have some of the warmest and longest summer climates in Zamastan, although their temperatures are often exceeded north of the Mireya Canyon, close to the confluence of the Blackfoot and Phelan rivers, where the terrain is rugged and covered with desert-type flora. Semi-desert grassland is found in large areas of the Interior Plateau, with land uses ranging from ranching at lower altitudes to forestry at higher ones.

Climate

Though located just south of the equator of the International Democratic Union, Zamastan experiences a wide variety of weather. Coastal southern Zamastan has a mild, rainy oceanic climate, some far southern parts of which are warm-summer Mediterranean, influenced by the North Agrimai Current, which has its origins in the Kurosawa Current. Due to the blocking presence of successive mountain ranges, the climate of the interior of the nation is semi-arid with certain locations receiving less than 250 mm (10") in annual precipitation. The annual mean temperature in the most populated areas of the province is up to 19 °C (67 °F).

The valleys of the Southern Interior have short winters with only brief bouts of cold or infrequent heavy snow, while those in the Horseshoe Bay Descent, in the Central Interior, are colder because of increased altitude and latitude, but without the intensity or duration experienced at similar latitudes elsewhere in International Democratic Union. For example, the average winter daily low in Aurora River (roughly in the middle of the province) in January is −1 °C (29 °F). Heavy snowfall occurs in all elevated mountainous terrain providing bases for skiers in both south and central Zamastan. Horseshoe Bay in the nation's far northwest, along with the adjoining Danaska region of Gladysynthia, get midwinter thaws caused by the Chinook effect, which is also common (and much warmer) in more southerly parts of the Interior.

During winter, on the coast, rainfall, sometimes relentless heavy rain, dominates because of consistent barrages of cyclonic low-pressure systems from the East Agrimai. Average snowfall on the coastal mountains during an average winter is between 25 and 50 cm (9.8 and 19.7 in), but on occasion (and not every winter) heavy snowfalls with more than 20 cm (7.9 in) and slightly below freezing temperatures arrive when modified mountain air reaches coastal areas, typically for short periods, and can take temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F), even at sea level, and arctic outflow winds can make wind chill temperatures at nearly 2 degrees less for a couple of mornings.

Fauna

Much of the nation is undeveloped, so populations of many mammalian species that have become rare in much of the International Democratic Union still flourish in Zamastan. Watching animals of various sorts, including a very wide range of birds, has long been popular. Bears (grizzly, black—including the Kermode bear or spirit bear) live here, as do deer, elk, moose, caribou, big-horn sheep, mountain goats, marmots, beavers, muskrats, coyotes, wolves, mustelids (such as wolverines, badgers and fishers), cougars, eagles, ospreys, herons, Canada geese, swans, loons, hawks, owls, ravens, harlequin ducks, and many other sorts of ducks. Smaller birds (robins, jays, grosbeaks, chickadees, and so on) also abound.

An orca breaches near Tofino (seen in background)

Many healthy populations of fish are present, including salmonids such as several species of salmon, trout, char. Besides salmon and trout, sport-fishers in Zamastan also catch halibut, steelhead, bass, and sturgeon. On the coast, harbour seals and river otters are common. Cetacean species native to the coast include the orca, humpback whale, grey whale, harbour porpoise, Dall's porpoise, Pacific white-sided dolphin and minke whale.

Zamastan introduced species include: common dandelion, ring-necked pheasant, Pacific oyster, brown trout, black slug, European starling, cowbird, knapweed, bullfrog, purple loosestrife, Scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry, European earwig, tent caterpillar, sowbug, grey squirrel, Asian longhorn beetle, English ivy, fallow deer, thistle, gorse, Norway rat, crested mynah, and Asian or European gypsy moth.

Some endangered species in Zamastan are: Northern Island marmot, spotted owl, Tarin white pelican, and badgers.

Forests

White spruce or Engelmann spruce and their hybrids occur in 12 of the 14 biogeoclimatic zones of Zamastan. Common types of trees present in Zamastan's forests include Western Redcedar, Yellow-cedar, Zian Mountain juniper, Lodgepole pine, Ponderosa or yellow pine, Whitebark pine, Limber pine, Western white pine, Western larch, Tamarack, Alpine larch, White spruce, Engelmann spruce, Sitka spruce, Black spruce, Grand fir, Amabilis fir, Subalpine fir, Western hemlock, Mountain hemlock, Douglas-fir, Western yew, Pacific dogwood, Bigleaf maple, Douglas maple, Vine maple, Arbutus, Black hawthorn, Cascara, Garry oak, Pacific crab apple, Choke cherry, Pin cherry, Bitter cherry, Red alder, Mountain alder, Paper birch, Water birch, Black cottonwood, Balsam poplar, Trembling aspen.

Forest basin in southern Zamastan

Protected Areas

There are 14 designations of parks and protected areas in the nation that reflect the different administration and creation of these areas in a modern context. There are 141 ecological Reserves, 35 state marine parks, 7 state Heritage Sites, 64 National Historic Sites of Zamastan, 4 National parks and 3 National Park Reserves. Over 800 areas in total are considered protected habitats or landmarks by the Zamastan government.

Demographics

The 2016 Zamastan Census enumerated a total population of 98,351,728, an increase of around 3.0 percent over the 2014 figure. Between 2014 and 2016, Zamastan's population grew by 2.5 million people, with immigrants accounting for two-thirds of the increase. Between 1990 and 2008, the population increased by 10.6 million, equivalent to 10.4 percent overall growth. The main drivers of population growth are immigration and, to a lesser extent, natural growth.

Zamastan has one of the highest per-capita immigration rates in the International Democratic Union, driven mainly by economic policy and, to a lesser extent, family reunification. The Zamastanian public as-well as the major political parties support the current level of immigration. In 2014, a total of 260,400 immigrants were admitted to Zamastan. The government anticipated between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents in the following years, a similar number of immigrants as in recent years. New immigrants settle mostly in major urban areas such as Tofino, Arinals and Emerald. Zamastan also accepts large numbers of refugees, accounting for over 5 percent of annual global refugee resettlements.

The most densely populated part of the country, accounting for nearly 50 percent, is the Tofino-Point Tarin Corridor on the coastline. An additional 30 percent live along the Alanis-Emerald Lower Mainland, and the Providence Corridor.

In common with many other developed countries, Zamastan is experiencing a demographic shift towards an older population, with more retirees and fewer people of working age. In 2006, the average age was 39.5 years; by 2014, it had risen to approximately 39.9 years.

As of 2014, the average life expectancy for Zamastanians is 81 years. The majority of Zamastanians (69.9%) live in family households, 26.8% report living alone, and those living with unrelated persons reported at 3.7%. The average size of a household in 2006 was 3.5 people.

Cities

(See article: Cities in Zamastan)

A map of the Administrative Districts and cities of Zamastan
A map of the cities and highways of Zamastan

Largest Census Metropolitan areas in Zamastan by population

No. CMA
City
Population
1 Tofino 12,870,000
2 Arinals 4,092,000
3 Emerald 3,545,000
4 Providence 3,293,000
5 Jade Harbor 3,160,000
6 Alanis 2,481,000
7 Glades 1,563,000
8 Jurrania 1,323,000
9 Duncan 982,000
10 White Rock 829,000
11 Point Tarin 693,000
12 Lower Tariel 433,000
13 Horseshoe Bay 412,000
14 Kelowna 373,000

Education

According to a 2016 report by the Zamastan Economic Co-operation and Development (ZECD), Zamastan is one of the most educated countries in the International Democratic Union; the country ranks first worldwide in the number of adults having tertiary education, with 51 percent of Zamastanian adults having attained at least an undergraduate college or university degree. Zamastan spends about 5.3% of its GDP on education. The country invests heavily in tertiary education (more than US$20,000 per student). As of 2016, 89 percent of adults aged 25 to 64 have earned the equivalent of a high-school degree, compared to an ZECD average of 75 percent.

Ethnicity

Zamastan has always had a distinct amount of diversity among ethnic groups since its colonization, thanks to the thousands of imported workers and slaves, as well as the colonials themselves. Nowadays, immigration is a large contributor to the national identity of ethnic diverseness. 43% of the population is Skithan-Zamastan, classified by light skin and heritage from Skithan ancestry mixed with the native Zamastanian. 37% are Native-Zamastan (Catica First Nations), which has slightly darker skin than Skithan ancestry. 15% of the population is black, of which about 75% are direct descendants from west-African heritage, 22% southern-African, and the remaining 3% east-African. 3% of the population are east-asian, with a large portion being either Chinese or Korean. The remaining 2% is a cultural mix of pacific island culture and middle-eastern.

Language

Nearly every citizen of Zamastan speaks English, as it was the main language of the original colonials. However, due to the high diversity of ethnic distinguishing, native Zamah St'ani is also spoken. French and Spanish are spoken, especially in more urbanized areas, thanks to immigration policies that allowed large migration from French-speaking African nations and Central American territories.

First Language

  • 75% English
  • 14% French
  • 6% Native Zamah St'ani
  • 4% Spanish
  • > 1% Other

Roughly 42% of the population, or 42,840,000 people, in Zamastan are bi-lingual.

Religion

Predominant faiths

Zamastan has no official religion, thanks to the separation of church and state as designated by the Constitution of Zamastan. Freedom of religion is highly valued, and many different beliefs collide in a sort of melting-pot. The percentages of beliefs as seen by the 2018 census states that about 76% of people belong to the Church of Zian, 10% to the Skithan Reformed Church, 8% to the Roman Catholic church, and about 4% Muslim. Roughly 1.5% practice Hinduism or Buddhism, and the remaining 0.5% are atheist. Zamastan has a high concentration of Christians, with over 95% having some sort of connection to the Christian faith, though only about 50% of those surveyed admit to regular worship. Most all churches are separate from churches commonly seen across the rest of the International Democratic Union or European and North American churches, based rather around a lot of geographical and traditional customs.

Cults

Zamastan, as a nation without an official religion, allows for the practice of all beliefs. This has led the way to the induction of various cults. One of the most prominent is the Creed of the Covenant Queen.

Government

Zamastan is a democratic republic, which gives full voting rights to naturalized citizens. Any citizen aged 16 and older is eligible to cast a vote on a ballot, which happens during elections on a two year cycle. Elections happen every even-number year on Voting Day, September 22nd. Each Zamastanian citizen voting gets to cast for the President, their governor, their district representative, their district senator, and their local offices like mayors, sheriffs, education boards, and legislative boards. Every single political office is up for election on that day.

Eligibility for Political Office

Any one 18 and older is eligible to run for political office, which has led to Zamastan having notably young leaders amidst their political cycle. For instance, current President Zacharias Castovia became President on January 1st, 2016 at the age of 25, which made him the youngest head of state in the world. The freedom and openness of voting laws in Zamastan is one of the nation's hallmarks, leading to a unique position on the world stage for political freedoms.

President

The President of Zamastan, like every other political office, can serve as many terms as they are elected to. They serve as the head of state, commander of the military, and have power to delay bills and to speed their passage into legal legislation, assuming that a bill has passed the Congress Chamber by a 2/3 majority. Another important role of the President is to be Zamastan's chief representative and to decide Zamastan's vote in international groups such as the World Assembly. The President is able to assume more decision-making power in one of several strictly defined times of emergency, such as during the Parabocan War or the Gladysynthia Crisis.

Presidential Cabinet
Other Key Offices

Speaker of the Chamber

The Speaker of the Chamber is chosen by the political party that holds the most seats in the Congress Chamber. They are responsible for overseeing the Congress Chamber, and are voted out of office if the party they belong to loses a majority in the Chamber. Their unofficial roles involve ensuring that their legislative agenda is passed. The current Speaker of the Chamber is Foley Sakzi, the leading member of the Blue Conservative Party.

Congressional Hall

Zamastan has a bicameral legislature known as the Congressional Hall, consisting of the Congress Chamber and the Senate. The Congress Chamber and Senate must vote with a majority in order to pass a bill on to the other legislature. The bill needs a simple majority to pass. In the extremely rare event of a tie, the bill fails. In order for a bill to become law, it must be passed by both legislatures, although the President has some power to delay a bill. Additionally, a bill passed by a 2/3 majority of the Congress Chamber does not need to pass the Senate if the President chooses to sign the bill.

Political Parties

There are many political parties in Zamastan, with the main five being the Blue Conservative Party (Zamastan), the Green Liberal Party (Zamastan), the Progressive Party (Zamastan), the Conservative Capitalist Party (Zamastan), and the Libertarian House of Zamah St'an (Zamastan). Most political parties don't gain enough traction to have members voted into the Congressional Hall, though many local governments have a more diverse party standing. In the congress, there are 500 seats; each one represents a congressional administrative district (see next break) in the country. Which ever party controls the most seats every election cycle controls the congress. As of the 2018 Election Cycle, the Blue Conservative Party holds 328 seats, giving it control over the congress. The Senate has 100 seats; each one represents five administrative districts and follows the same protocol as the congress. The Blue Party holds 46 seats, while the next highest is the Green Party with 32. The President is also elected every two years and can run for as long as he/she wishes.

Administrative Districts

Zamastan is broken up into five Administrative Districts, each of which contains 100 Congressional Districts. The Administrative Districts are represented by the Senate. The Congress Chamber represents the Congressional Districts, meaning 500 seats. The Senate represents the over-arching Administrative Districts, containing 100 seats. Each of the five Administrative Districts has a governor.

The districts are:

Judiciary

Zamastan's judicial branch consists of a large network of local courts, a Governor's Court for each State and District, and a Civil High Court which tries criminal and civil cases appealed from lower courts, following a majority vote of it's 15 Justices, including a Chief Justice. Justices and judges serve for life, but both offices can be impeached by local tribunals if they are convicted or implicated in crimes. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Zamastan is the highest court in Zamastan, capable of nullifying laws, overturning cases, and impeaching politicians. It has the same membership as the Civil High Court, but has the ability to choose which specific cases are heard, which more than often happen to be high-profile cases.

Foreign Relations and Military

Zamastan seceded from the nation of Skith in 1804, and since then have had relations with hundreds of nations in varying degrees of status.

Embassies

Embassy Row (Zamastan)

Allies

Two of Zamastan's closest allies are considered to be Vulkaria and Cadair, historically being a military, trade, and friendly ally. Zamastan has helped Vulkaria through two civil wars and has been highly involved in their diplomacy abroad. Cadair has also been highly profitable through trade agreements, and the two nations share vast oil reserves.

Military

(See article: Zamastanian Armed Forces The armed forces of Zamastan—officially, Zamastanian Armed Forces—consist of three professional service branches: the Zamastanian Navy and Marines (forming the Zamastanian Naval Forces), the Zamastanian Army and the Zamastanian Air Force. The forces are managed by the Department of Defense and controlled by the Secretary of Defense. The Commander-in-Chief is the President of Zamastan, to whom members of the forces swear an oath of allegiance. The Armed Forces are charged with protecting Zamastan and its overseas territories, promoting Zamastan's global security interests and supporting international peacekeeping efforts. They are active and regular participants in the International Democratic Union.

The Zamastanian Armed Forces has often been able to decisively influence world events. Following the end of the Cold War, defense policy has a stated assumption that "the most demanding operations" will be undertaken alone, unless a global threat emerges that would involve the use of a coalition. Zamastan military operations in Vulkaria and Gladysynthia, have followed this approach.

Wars

(See article:List of wars involving Zamastan)

Conflicts involving Zamastanian Armed Forces

No. CMA
City
Casualties
1 Zamastan War of Independence
  • 5,608 dead
  • 6,094 wounded
  • 403 captured
2 Parabocan War
  • 43,332 dead
  • 130,000 wounded
  • 1,060 missing
3 1945 Danaska Conflict
  • 3,094 dead
  • 9,000 wounded
  • 65 missing
4 The Tariel War
  • 2,521–2,800 dead
  • 7,250–8,800 wounded
  • 293 captured
5 The Pahlan Insurgencies
6 First War in Vulkaria
  • 8,738 dead
  • 20,902 wounded
7 Second War in Vulkaria
  • 23,246 dead
  • 120,902 wounded
8 Separatist-Bigtopia Conflict
9 Gladysynthia Crisis
  • 328 dead
  • 3700 wounded

Economy

Zamastan has a capitalist mixed economy. The economy is diverse, with service-producing industries accounting for the largest portion of the nation's GDP. It is the site of several major marine cargo and passenger terminals. Though less than 40% of its vast 789,062 km2 (304,659 sq mi) land is arable, the nation is agriculturally rich (particularly in the Pahl plains), because of milder weather near the coast and in certain sheltered southern valleys. Its climate encourages outdoor recreation and tourism, though its economic mainstay has long been resource extraction, principally logging, farming, and mining. Tofino, the capital and largest city, serves as the headquarters of many natural resource companies. It also benefits from a strong housing market and a per capita income well above the national average.

Zamastan has a history of being a resource dominated economy, centered on the forestry industry but also with fluctuating importance in mining. Employment in the resource sector has fallen steadily as a percentage of employment, and new jobs are mostly in the construction and retail/service sectors. It now has the highest percentage of service industry jobs in Catica, comprising 72% of industry (compared to 60% Catica average). The largest section of this employment is in finance, insurance, real estate and corporate management. Many areas outside of metropolitan areas, however, are still heavily reliant on resource extraction.

Several of the IDU's largest companies are located in Zamastan, including ZSuites Incorporated and the Gorian Institution. Foreign investments in Zamastan are generally higher than most nations thanks to the influential market capitalization and stock market value of the Zamastanian dollar (Z$).

Culture

Zamastan's culture draws influences from its broad range of constituent nationalities, and policies that promote a "just society" are constitutionally protected. Zamastan has placed emphasis on equality and inclusiveness for all its people. Multiculturalism is often cited as one of Zamastan's significant accomplishments, and a key distinguishing element of Zamastanian identity. As a whole, Zamastan is, in theory, a cultural mosaic—a collection of regional ethnic subcultures.

National holidays

Sports

See article: Sports in Zamastan

Sports in Zamastan consist of a wide variety of games. The most common sports are ice hockey, gridiron football, soccer, basketball, curling and baseball, with ice hockey and gridiron football being the official winter and summer sports, respectively.

Ice hockey, referred to as simply "hockey", is Zamastan's most prevalent winter sport, its most popular spectator sport, and its most successful sport in international competition. Zamastanian football is Zamastan's second most popular spectator sport, being the most popular in the prairie provinces. The Zamastan Football League's annual championship, the Teal Cup, is one of the country's largest annual sports events. While other sports have a larger spectator base, Association football, known in Zamastan as soccer in both English and French, has the most registered players of any team sport in Zamastan. Professional teams exist in many cities in Zamastan. Statistics Zamastan reports that the top ten sports that Zamastanians participate in are golf, ice hockey, swimming, soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, skiing (downhill and alpine), cycling and tennis.

Internationally, Zamastan has participated in special, event-marking soccer (football) and hockey matches against Cadair, Laeral and Shuell. Recently however, Zamastan has started participating in wider international competitions, such as the 2019 Trive-IDU Baseball Classic.

Entertainment Industry

Movies

The Tofino International Film Festival, which runs for two weeks each September, shows over 350 films and is one of the larger film festivals in the IDU after the IDU Film Festival (see: 2018 IDU Film Festival). The Tofino International Film Center venue, the Granite Theatre, runs independent non-commercial films throughout the rest of the year, as do the Burnaby Cinémathèque, and the Abotsford theatres. Zamastan has become a major film location, appearing both as itself and other nations in several feature films.

Music

The Zamastanian music industry is the sixth-largest in the world producing internationally renowned composers, musicians and ensembles. Music broadcasting in the country is regulated by the ZBRC. The Zamastan Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presents Zamastan's music industry awards, the Tarin Awards, which were first awarded in 1970. The Zamastan Music Hall of Fame established in 1976 honors Zamastanian musicians for their lifetime achievements. Patriotic music in Zamastan dates back over 250 years as a distinct category from Skithan patriotism, preceding the first legal steps to independence by over 50 years. The earliest, The Bold Zamastanian, was written in 1756. The national anthem of Zamastan, "Ode to the Mount", was originally commissioned in 1821 and was written by Theodore Robitaille.

Art

Art in Zamastan is marked by thousands of years of habitation by First Indigenous Peoples followed by waves of immigration which included artists of African and European origins and subsequently by artists with heritage from countries all around the world. The nature of Zamastanian art reflects these diverse origins, as artists have taken their traditions and adapted these influences to reflect the reality of their lives in Zamastan.

Literature

Since before contact by Percy Armillio and the Skithan Empire and the formation of the nation, Indigenous people in Zamastan have occupied the land and have maintained a rich and diverse history of culture, identity, language, art and literature. "Indigenous literature" is a problematic term, as every cultural group has its own distinct oral tradition, language, and cultural practices. Therefore, Indigenous literatures in Zamastan is a more inclusive term for understanding the variety of languages and traditions across communities.

After the colonization of Zamastan, the dominant African and European cultures were originally West and Southern Africa, French, and English. After President Cassious Castovia's "Announcement of Implementation of Policy of Multiculturalism within Bilingual Framework," in 1971, Zamastanian critics and academics gradually began to recognize that there existed a more diverse population of readers and writers. The country's literature has been strongly influenced by international immigration, particularly in recent decades. Since the 1980s Zamastan's ethnic and cultural diversity have been openly reflected in its literature, with many of its most prominent writers focusing on ethnic minority identity, duality and cultural differences.

Recreation

Given its varied mountainous terrain and its coasts, lakes, rivers, and forests, Zamastan has long been enjoyed for pursuits like hiking and camping, rock climbing and mountaineering, hunting and fishing.

Water sports, both motorized and non-motorized, are enjoyed in many places. Sea kayaking opportunities abound on the Zamastan coast with its fjords. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are popular on many inland rivers. Sailing and sailboarding are widely enjoyed.

In winter, cross-country and telemark skiing are much enjoyed, and in recent decades high-quality downhill skiing has been developed in the Coast Mountain range and the Zian Mountains, as well as in the southern areas of the Pahl Highlands and the Horseshoe Mountains. Snowboarding has mushroomed in popularity since the early 1990s.

In most cities, opportunities for joggers and bicyclists have been developed. Cross-country bike touring has been popular since the ten-speed bike became available many years ago. Since the advent of the more robust mountain bike, trails in more rugged and wild places have been developed for them. Some of the nation's retired rail beds have been converted and maintained for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Longboarding is also a popular activity because of the hilly geography of the region.

Horseback riding is enjoyed by many Zamastanians. Opportunities for trail riding, often into especially scenic areas, have been established for tourists in numerous areas of the nation.

Zamastan also has strong participation levels in many other sports, including golf, tennis, soccer, hockey, American football, rugby union, lacrosse, baseball, softball, basketball, curling, disc golf, Ultimate and figure skating. Zamastan has produced many outstanding athletes, especially in aquatic and winter sports.

Consistent with both increased tourism and increased participation in diverse recreations by Zamastanians has been the proliferation of lodges, chalets, bed and breakfasts, motels, hotels, fishing camps, and park-camping facilities in recent decades.

In certain areas, there are businesses, non-profit societies, or municipal governments dedicated to promoting ecotourism in their region. A number of Zamastanian farmers offer visitors to combine tourism with farm work, for example, through the "Grow Fresh Travel Zamastan" program.