The Sovereign Nishtic Paragon

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The Sovereign Nishtic Paragon (also known as Nishto) is a genuine, free state in which all the people have been completely liberated from exploitation and oppression. Both during and after the fall of the Soviet Union, our vast Eurasian Steppe was plagued by poverty, food shortages, and an extensive corruption. Then a noble and righteous National Syndicalist revolution occurred that united our broken homeland and ushered in new order of peace and prosperity.

From inception the Paragon has rapidly rehabilitated the country's economy, undertaking planned construction and accomplishing the totalistic transformation of private ownership into autonomous industrial conglomerates that serve the interests of the State. The guidelines and basic policies defined by the Paragon in this historical period were correct and led to brilliant successes and security for all!

Spearheading the revolution is the the Cossack Hetmanate which acts as the nation's executive power body, ensuring paternalistic guidance over effective functioning of the economy; social and cultural development; execution of laws; and other important decisions of the Syndicates of Working People's Deputies; as well as decrees and resolutions issued by the State Duma. Furthermore, it is the government’s role to defend the constitution and vest in the Hetman as the Head of State. The Hetman may exercise his supreme authority either directly or through the Cabinet or a Minister. In his capacity as the Head of State, the Hetman has total authority to pass or remove laws, summon or dissolve Parliament, receive foreign envoys, reprieve or commute sentences, declare a State of emergency, confer honors, and make amendments.

History

The Paragon was initially founded by Canadian author Robert Gervais, in order to promote his self-published science fiction book. The nation is a mainly a satire of authoritarian regimes but also makes political jabs at Western societies.

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Etymology

In the book Nishtics, the word "Nishto" is supposed to be a an ancient Eurasian word that means "fortress" or "siege works". In reality is it a made up word that combines the Cossack "sich" with the word "nihilism".

The Sovereign Nishtic Paragon (also known as Nishto) is a genuine, free state in which all the people have been completely liberated from exploitation and oppression. Both during and after the fall of the Soviet Union, our vast Eurasian Steppe was plagued by poverty, food shortages, and an extensive corruption. Then a noble and righteous National Syndicalist revolution occurred that united our broken homeland and ushered in new order of peace and prosperity.

From inception the Paragon has rapidly rehabilitated the country's economy, undertaking planned construction and accomplishing the totalistic transformation of private ownership into autonomous industrial conglomerates that serve the interests of the State. The guidelines and basic policies defined by the Paragon in this historical period were correct and led to brilliant successes and security for all!

Spearheading the revolution is the the Cossack Hetmanate which acts as the nation's executive power body, ensuring paternalistic guidance over effective functioning of the economy; social and cultural development; execution of laws; and other important decisions of the [u]Syndicates of Working People's Deputies[/u]; as well as decrees and resolutions issued by the [u]State Duma[/u]. Furthermore, it is the government’s role to defend the constitution and vest in the Hetman as the Head of State. The Hetman may exercise his supreme authority either directly or through the Cabinet or a Minister. In his capacity as the Head of State, the Hetman has total authority to pass or remove laws, summon or dissolve Parliament, receive foreign envoys, reprieve or commute sentences, declare a State of emergency, confer honors, and make amendments.

National Anthem

Slav'sya Nisht! Glory to the Fatherworld! [3]

National Language

Russian

Other Major Languages

Ukrainian, Belorussian, Chechen, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, Romanian, Georgian, Turkish, Persian, Kurdish, Mongolian, Japanese, Polish, German, Arabic, & English.

Economic Ideology

Corporatism

Currency

The Nishtic Rouble[/u] or ruble (sign: ₽; code: NSK) is the official monetary unit of the Sovereign Nishtic Paragon. Currently there exists ten denominations of banknotes (1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 roubles) and four denominations of cents (5, 10, 25 and 50 kopeks) in public circulation. In the Ukrainian dialect, roubles are known as [i]hryvni[/i], named after a measure of weight used in the medieval kingdom of Kievan Rus'. The banknotes were printed in Petrograd on a polymer substrate, and have several transparent portions as well as a hologram. As for the cents, they have been made using zinc and were minted by both the Lithuanian Mint and the Moldovan Mint.

It is illegal to pay for goods and services in a foreign currency. Foreign money can exchanged at any exchange counter. Carry new, crisp bills; well-worn or used banknotes may not be accepted. Traveler's cheques can be cashed only in the cities of Moscow, Petrograd, Kiev, and New Asena. Automated banking machines are common in main cities. ABMs will accept cards with 4-digit pin numbers, but you may experience problems with cards with 5- or 6-digit pin codes. In major cities, you can usually exchange Euros and U.S. dollars at various banks. Other currencies such as the Canadian dollar are normally not accepted by these banks.

Exchange Rates

1 NSK = 0.48 USD

1 NSK = 0.65 CAD

1 NSK = 0.39 GBP

1 NSK = 0.43 EUR

Broadcasting

Television is one of the main news sources for most Nishtic citizens. There is a fast-growing pay-TV market, led by satellite broadcaster Tricolor. The government is undertaking a project to bring digital TV to every household. The Paragon spends hugely on TV, radio, online, and press outlets targeted at international audiences, aiming to extend its political influence and boost its image. Despite this, Belsat, a Polish-funded satellite TV station, has struggled to obtain official registration with Nishto's authorities.

TV is dominated by channels that are either run directly by the State or owned by companies with close links to the Hetmanate. The government controls Vanguard News and Eurasian Interfax - two of the three main federal channels - while state-controlled energy giant Gazprom owns NTV. [size=130]There are around 2,000 digital journals that are published online. Sports titles are the biggest sellers. Journals owned by the state vastly outnumber those owned by private enterprises. Each city has its own title, usually published by the local government, as well as the National Syndicalist Party. VKontakte is the most popular social network, followed by Odnoklassniki and Yandex. According to the most recent census, 78.5% of Nishto's online population can access the internet via a smartphone or tablet. Thousands of cyber-police watch the web for online content that is deemed as harmful to the people's moral education. The use of circumvention tools, including virtual private networks (VPNs), became harder after the Paragon strengthened its firewall to allow it to intercept data traffic to and from individual IP addresses. Still, the State does permit citizens to access foreign websites and is tolerant towards opposing views that are published within certain online circles.[/size]

Urbanisation

64%

Human Development Index

Very High (0.814)

Universal Suffrage

18 Years

Legal Drinking Age

17 Years

Alcohol Consumption

16 liters per person/year

Healthcare

Universal

Adult literacy rate

99.5%

National Sports

Biathlon, Bandy, Trick Riding, Artistic Gymnastics

Military Readiness

DEFCON 5