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The Christian Republic of Byzantine
The Christian Republic of Byzantine (Greek: Δημοκρατία της βυζαντινής) is a caesaropapist autocratic theocracy with territory spanning across three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa.
The Christian Republic of Byzantine derives its name from the old Byzantine empire and was first used by Greek nationalists who supported the Megali Idea in the late 2010s. The word Republic is not an accurate description as no form of election takes place.
Government and Politics
The Republic lacks political parties as they were banned due to the claim that they hurt national unity. The country is lead by Emperor Constantine the eleventh. The emperor acts as the legislative and executive branches of government. He reserves the right to declare war, pass laws and appoint provincial governors. He is also the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople the offices being combined in 2027. The Elder court acts as the Judiciary branch of government, determining if new laws match with the New Testament. Only ethnic Greeks are allowed to serve in the Elder Court or to be the emperor. However, in regards to the position of emperor, it is a hereditary position and therefore it will likely continue to be held by Greeks, as the current emperor is Greek
According to the 2050 census the population of the Christian Republic of Byzantine is 369 million people. This ranks the country 7th in world population. The population is highly urbanized with an urbanization rate of 81 percent. In 2050 the largest cities in the Republic are, in order of population size: Constantinople, Cairo, Baghdad, Belgrade, Athens.
The ethnic makeup of the Christian Republic of Byzantine is highly diverse. Arabs are a plurality mainly due to the Egyptian population. Turks form the second largest ethnic group after Arabs. Greeks, despite holding a monopoly on political positions are a minority in Byzantine, making up less than ten percent of the population. Other major ethnic groups within Byzantine are: Serbs, Bulgarians, Armenians, Circassians, Hebrews.
The official language and lingua franca of Byzantine is Greek. However, Turkish and Arabic have far more native speakers and are widely understood. Apart from these three many minor languages are understood throughout the country and are recognized by local governments.
The largest religion in Byzantine is Christianity by a narrow margin, claiming 52 percent of the population. This is mainly due to the heavy state-led discrimination against non-Christian religions, particularly Islam. Despite this, Islam still is a substantial religion in the nation. This was helped by the fact that all legal discrimination against Muslims ended in 2043. Judaism is also a major religion receiving much state support due to its cultural history in the Levant region.