Celtic Nations Alliance
Comhghuaillíocht na Náisiún Ceilteach (Irish)
"Aontaithe ag idéalacha coitianta" (United by Common Ideals) (official)
Anthem: "A Soldiers Song"
|Largest city||Glasgow, Alba|
All Gaelic Languages (Manx, Gaeilge ect.)
|Recognised languages||13 *(Inc. Official Native Languages)|
|Government||Cyber Direct Democracy Federal Union|
|-||Upper house||The Dail|
|-||Lower house||The Seanad|
|Independence from Various Nations|
|-||Ireland (1st)||July 11, 1921|
|-||Union Established||July 11, 2056|
|Drives on the||Left|
|ISO 3166 code||CA|
|Internet TLD||.gov.wiki .gov .mil .edu|
The Celtic Nations Alliance, more commonly known as the Celtic Alliance, locally as The Alliance and sometimes the Celtic Union is a federation of over nine states stretching from Newfoundland to Brittany, from Scotland to the Basque County.
The Alliance formed as during WWIII England was defeated, the Already Independent Scotland and Ireland were forced to provide aid to to war stricken country, but increased Civil unrest in the area made it impossible. Various parts of the UK became Independent as the Central Government1 lost control. By the time law and order was restored in 2054, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man had gained Independence. All these countries became increasingly economically unstable with the defeat of the West. In 2055 Brittany voted for Independence as the Documents for the Franco-Iberian Union were signed to improve the strength of the crumbling mainland. By 2056 the Basque County and Galicia had also declared Independence (although at the time it was unrecognized). On July 11th 2056 Scotland and Ireland entered a loose Alliance, with Wales, Cornwall and the Basque applying for membership. The three joined in 2057. In 2057, Galicia joined. In 2061 Brittany applied to join, which was accepted in 2063. In 2066 the union entered its current state and became a Federation after what was known as the Celtic Transition. In 2089 Newfoundland, newly independence of Quebec, Became a member.
GovernmentThe Government meets in the Alliance's capital, Dublin. The Parliament of the Alliance is located in the former Bank of Ireland Building which served as the Irish Parliament before the Act of Union in 1800. The Irish Parliament of the 19th Century was abandoned as a show that they were starting on a new political slate, while many pointed that since the Parliament had been used before that the statement made no sense, the plan continued.
The Country is divided into nine States. And is run under a system of Cyber Direct Democracy. Each Citizen at the age of 15 is given a secure online account on gov.wiki where each citizen gets their say in laws, and petitions with over 20,000 signatures must end in referendum. Political Parties still exist but have all most entirely moved to the web. The main aim of a political party is to promote certain Beliefs and proposing laws close to their hearts.
The Brehon (Constitution)
The Politics of The Celtic Alliance is based almost entirely on the web, most presentations occur via webcam conferences, many of which average citizens can view (political debates, etc.)
The Nation is divided into nine sectors.
- Eire (Ireland
- Alba (Scotland)
- Ellan Vennin (Isle of Man)
- Cymru (Wales)
- Breizh (Brittany)
- Galiza (Galicia)
- Euskadi (The Basque Country)
- Kernow (Cornwall)
- Talamh an Éisc (Newfoundland)
|Sinn Fein||56%||Irish Nationalism, Republicanism, Socialism|
|The Manx Nationals||32%||Manx Nationalism, Populism|
|United Left Alliance||58%||Socialism, Anti-Austerity, Liberalism|
|Newfoundland New Democratic Party||62%||Social Democracy, Centre-Left|
|Neo-Celtic Party||84%||Pan-Celtism, Celtic Nationalism, Centre-Right, Social Cyber Democracy.|
Each member State is connected by air, rail, road and sea. The CIE (Córas Iompair Éireann), the semi-state owned transport company of Ireland was merged with the Scottish Board of Transport upon the formation of the Federation and became the CIC (Córas Iompair Ceilteach). The CIC provides most transport for citizens of the Alliance. A underground Maglev system connects the entire Alliance. There is the Europa Line and the Newfound line, both are different but connected, mostly due to the shear distance. You can travel from Sligo, Eire to Nantes, Breizh in just three hours by Maglev train. AerEireann is the country's largest air travel service, overtaking AerLingus and RyanAir (3rd and 2nd respectively).
LanguageThe Gaelic Languages were in sharp decline (besides Irish) in the 21st Century. After the Neo-Celtic Party came into power in 2084 strict laws were introduced to bring a revival in Celtic Culture. All non-local native language schools were eliminated by 2124 after the forty years plan to revive Celtic Culture. As of 2177, 76% of people in the Celtic Alliance spoke their local language at home and at work. In 2089 this is estimated to be 79%.
Much of the Irish calendar still today reflects the old pagan customs, with later Christian traditions also having significant influence. Christmas in Ireland has several local traditions, some in no way connected with Christianity. On 26 December (St. Stephen's Day), there is a custom of "Wrenboys" who call door to door with an arrangement of assorted material (which changes in different localities) to represent a dead wren "caught in the furze", as their rhyme goes.
The unofficial national holiday in the Republic of Ireland is Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March and is marked by parades and festivals in cities and towns across the island of Ireland, and by the Irish diaspora around the world. The festival is in remembrance to Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Pious legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from the island, and legend also credits Patrick with teaching the Irish about the concept of the Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leaved clover, using it to highlight the Christian belief of 'three divine persons in the one God'.
Brigid's Day (1 February, known as Imbolc or Candlemas) also does not have its origins in Christianity, being instead another religious observance superimposed at the beginning of spring. The Brigid's cross made from rushes on this day represents a pre-Christian solar wheel.
Other pre-Christian festivals, whose names survive as Irish month names, are Bealtaine (May), Lúnasa (August) and Samhain (November). The last is still widely observed as Halloween which is celebrated all over the world, including in the United States
The Leprechaun has been estimated to figure to a large degree in Irish folklore mainly due to popularity overseas, particularly in the United States of America. The leprechaun tales are not, contrary to popular belief, well known in Ireland and are perceived by the native Irish to be a caricature of a minor tale in the culture of Ireland. According to the tales, a mischievous fairy type creature in emerald green clothing who when not playing tricks spend all their time busily making shoes, the Leprechaun is said to have a pot of gold hidden at the end of the rainbow, and if ever captured by a human it has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for release. More acknowledged and respected in Ireland are the stories of Fionn mac Cumhaill and his followers, the Fianna, form the Fenian cycle. Legend has it he built the Giant's Causeway as stepping-stones to Scotland, so as not to get his feet wet; he also once scooped up part of Ireland to fling it at a rival, but it missed and landed in the Irish Sea — the clump became the Isle of Man and the pebble became Rockall, the void became Lough Neagh. The Irish king Brian Boru who ended the domination of the so-called High Kingship of Ireland by the Uí Néill, is part of the historical cycle. The Irish princess Iseult is the adulterous lover of Tristan in the Arthurian romance and tragedy Tristan and Iseult. The many legends of ancient Ireland were captured by Lady Gregory in two volumes with forwards by W.B. Yeats. These stories depict the unusual power and status that Celtic women held in ancient times.
Scottish MythologyIn The Shetland Islands, a species of Werewolf known as the Wulvers are said to leave food out for poor families.
The Loch Ness Monster is the most well known Scottish Myth, first spotted by the Irish Monk Columbia in 565 AD. A group of Pagan Picts came running toward him, warning of a "Water Beast" in the lake. The Monk sent one of his followers to swim across the lake, the follower was about to be attacked but Columbia ordered to the beast to go back, it fled in terror and supposedly the Pagan Picts praised God and converted to Christianity.
Ireland and Scotland
Halloween is a traditional and much celebrated holiday in Ireland on the night of 31 October.The name Halloween is first attested in the 16th century as a Scottish shortening of the fuller All-Hallows-Eve, and has its roots in the gaelic festival Samhain, where the Gaels believed the border between this world and the otherworld became thin, and the dead would revisit the mortal world. In Ireland, traditional Halloween customs include; Guising — children disguised in costume going from door to door requesting food or coins – which became practice by the late 19th century, turnips hollowed-out and carved with faces to make lanterns, holding parties where games such as apple bobbing are played. Other practices in Ireland include lighting bonfires, and having firework displays. Mass transatlantic Irish and Scottish immigration in the 19th century popularised Halloween in North America.
he stories of Finn (Irish: Fionn) mac Cumhaill and his band of soldiers the Fianna, appear to be set around the 3rd century in Gaelic Ireland and Scotland. They differ from other Gaelic mythological cycles in the strength of their links with the Gaelic-speaking community in Scotland and there are many extant texts from that country. They also differ from the Ulster Cycle in that the stories are told mainly in verse and that in tone they are nearer to the tradition of romance than the tradition of epic. The single most important source for the Fenian Cycle is the Acallam na Senórach (Colloquy of the Old Men), which is found in two 15th-century manuscripts, the Book of Lismore and Laud 610, as well as a 17th-century manuscript from Killiney, County Dublin. The text is dated from linguistic evidence to the 12th century. The text records conversations between the last surviving members of the Fianna and Saint Patrick and runs to some 8,000 lines. The late dates of the manuscripts may reflect a longer oral tradition for the Fenian stories, the same oral tradition which was interpreted from Gaelic to English by James MacPherson in the Ossian stories. The Fianna of the story are divided into the Clann Baiscne, led by Fionnghall, and the Clann Morna, led by his enemy, Goll mac Morna. Goll killed Fionnghall's father, Cumhal, in battle and the boy Fionn was brought up in secrecy. As a youth, while being trained in the art of poetry, he accidentally burned his thumb while cooking the Salmon of Knowledge, which allowed him to suck or bite his thumb in order to receive bursts of stupendous wisdom. He took his place as the leader of his band and numerous tales are told of their adventures. Two of the greatest Gaelic tales, Tóraigheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne (The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne) and Oisin in Tir na nOg form part of the cycle. The Diarmuid and Grainne story, which is one of the few Fenian prose tales, is a probable source of Tristan and Iseult. The world of the Fenian Cycle is one in which professional warriors spend their time hunting, fighting, and engaging in adventures in the spirit world. New entrants into the band are expected to be knowledgeable in poetry as well as undergo a number of physical tests or ordeals. There is no religious element in these tales unless it is one of hero-worship.
Brehon Law, was the ancient laws of Ireland before the English established control of the Island. They were the most Liberal set of laws in Europe. Women were permitted to divorce their husbands if he cheated on her, or it turned out he was gay. Men were allowed to hit their wives but if it bruised her he could be sued by her. Property was mutually owned by couples and had to have both of their permission before its sale or destruction. Women could own property and have high standing jobs such as Judges, these laws were even more liberal before the introduction of Christianity. In commemoration of this the Constitution was named the Brehon.
Scotland retains Scots Law, its own unique legal system, based on Roman law, which combines features of both civil law and common law. The terms of union with England specified the retention of separate systems. The barristers are called advocates, and the judges of the high court for civil cases are also the judges for the high court for criminal cases. Scots Law differs from England's common law system. Formerly, there were several regional law systems in Scotland, one of which was Udal Law (also called allodail or odal law) in Shetland and Orkney. This was a direct descendant of Old Norse Law, but was abolished in 1611 . Despite this, Scottish courts have acknowledged the supremacy of udal law in some property cases as recently as the 1990s.
For a comparatively small place, the island of Ireland has made a disproportionate contribution to world literature in all its branches, in both the Irish and English languages. The island's most widely known literary works are undoubtedly in English. Particularly famous examples of such works are those of James Joyce, Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Ireland's four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature; William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. Three of the four Nobel prize winners were born in Dublin (Heaney being the exception, having lived in Dublin but being born in County Derry), making it the birthplace of more Nobel literary laureates than any other city in the world. The Irish language has the third oldest literature in Europe (after Greek and Latin), the most significant body of written literature (both ancient and recent) of any Celtic language, as well as a strong oral tradition of legends and poetry. Poetry in Irish represents the oldest vernacular poetry in Europe, with the earliest examples dating from the 6th century.
Gaelic as well as being known as "football", the sport may be referred to as Gaelic football or Gaelic, if confusion might otherwise arise with soccer. Though it has existed for centuries in Ireland as Caid, Gaelic football was formally arranged into an organised playing code by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in the late nineteenth century. It is the most popular sport in Ireland in terms of match attendance – in the senior football championship in the summer, attendance is upward of 300,000 for the most prestigious fixtures.
Players advance the football, a spherical leather ball, up the field with a combination of carrying, bouncing, kicking, hand-passing, and soloing (dropping the ball and then toe-kicking the ball upward into the hands). In the game, two types of scores are possible: points and goals. Positions in Gaelic football are similar to that in other football codes, and comprise one goalkeeper, six backs, two midfielders, and six forwards, with a variable number of substitutes.
Hurling is a sport native to Ireland, organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association. In terms of attendance figures, hurling is second only to Gaelic football. Hurling is the fastest field sport in the world.
The game has similarities to shinty and hockey. However the ball (or sliotar) is rarely played along the ground. Hurling is also played on a large pitch and is considerably faster than hockey. Hocky was invented by Irish emigrants playing Hurling on the Ice in Canada.
Before Bloodsport was banned in The Celtic Alliance in 2141, a form of Hurling using sycth-like hurls was very popular and briefly surpassed MMA as the most popular sport to view on TV
Scotland is the "Home of Golf", and is well known for its courses. As well as its world famous Highland Games (athletic competitions), it is also the home of curling, and shinty, a stick game similar to Ireland's hurling. Scottish cricket is a minority game
Food and Drink
ScotlandAlthough the deep-fried Mars bar is jokingly said to exemplify the modern Scottish diet, Scottish cuisine offers traditional dishes such as fish and chips, haggis, the Arbroath Smokie, salmon, venison, cranachan, the bannock, Scotch broth, and shortbread.
Scotland is also known for its Scotch whisky distilleries, as well as for Scottish beer.
The soft drink Irn-Bru is cited by its manufacturer A.G. Barr as Scotland's 'other' national drink owing to its large market share in Scotland outselling major international brands such as Coca-Cola
IrelandIrish cuisine is a style of cooking originating from Ireland or developed by Irish people. It evolved from centuries of social and political change. The cuisine takes its influence from the crops grown and animals farmed in its temperate climate. The introduction of the potato in the second half of the 16th century heavily influenced Ireland's cuisine thereafter and, as a result, is often closely associated with Ireland. Representative Irish dishes include Irish stew, bacon and cabbage, boxty, coddle, and colcannon.