Dryicor, also known as the Empire of Dryicor (Finnish: Drahkorin Imperiumi, Icelandic: Drykorsk Stórveldi, Norwegian: Drykorsk Imperium), is a country and sovereign state in the north of Scandinavia. It is bordered by Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

The country's capital, Lindisfarne, is the largest city and has 7 million residents, while Dryicor overall has 10 million.

Etymology

The name comes from the original name of Lindisfarne, Drahyakoah, which over time was rendered to "Dryicor". Lindisfarne got its name in 1838 after the famous war hero Rhys Lindisfarne, who had died tragically at sea the year before.

Governance

Dryicor's system of government was based on a federal example from 1821 until 1862, when a referendum supported government directly from Lindisfarne. Dryicor is divided into regions, counties and then districts.

Education

Dryicor's education programme is split into two sections across four "key stages". Dryicoran children start primary school aged 5 in Year 1, and then move up one year every year. They leave primary school aged 11, and start secondary school in Year 7, which ends in Year 11. At the end of Year 6 and Year 11, students take "PIKEs" (Primary Intellect and Knowledge Examinations) and "SEEs" (Secondary Education Examinations). Students are not held back if they don't complete these, but may retake them if they so wish.

The Dryicoran education programme is mostly focussed on prioritising a child's relationship with their teacher over academic studies, as the former indirectly influences the latter. Teachers are encouraged not to be overly harsh on tellings-off, and they are instead encouraged to try to understand why the pupil did their wrongdoing, and to help them understand it also.

The Dryicoran school day varies from county to county, however most schools operate a 9.15AM-3PM school day for primary school, and 9AM-2.30PM secondary school day.

Politics

Laws are created by the Parliament of Dryicor, a unicameral legislature. Bills go for three readings, the first being a simple yes/no vote, the second being the time for amendments and the third being a confirmation for law. Dryicor abolished the monarchy in 1946 but kept the name "Empire", so the Prime Minister of Dryicor is the head of state.

Elections are conducted on a regional basis, with each region sending a certain number of representatives to Parliament. They occur every four years, and a snap election may be held if a supermajority of parliamentarians vote for it however, unlike in most countries, the four-year calendar continues irrespective of snap elections. The next election is due on 7 October, 2021.

Dryicor is not part of the European Union. It was intended to join in 1995 however it pulled out when 85% of Dryicorans voted against joining. Dryicor has never been part of NATO either, and supported the Non-Aligned Movement in the Cold War.

Media and broadcasting

Dryicor's broadcasting networks use Finnish as their main language, and usually have channels for Welsh, Estonian and Norwegian. The largest Dryicoran broadcasting network is DTV, followed by Channel 4 and Channel 5. The public service BOD owned a monopoly on television until the late 1990s, when DTV's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'s extraordinary ratings, among other DTV programmes, made the commercial channels' popularity skyrocket. That culminated in DTV gaining the BOD's Channel 1 spot in 2012. Commercial stations must not have any more than 4 advert breaks in an hour. There are no adverts on BOD stations. A TV licence is required to watch BOD programmes, yet not for commercial channels.

As for radio, the BOD retains a monopoly on this medium. DAB is a popular medium yet AM is surprisingly strong in Dryicor. The major radio stations are BOD Radio 1, broadcasting the top tracks, BOD Radio 2, the main talk radio station, BOD Radio 3, broadcasting radio dramas and children's radio programming, and BOD Radio 4, broadcasting popular tracks. Signal 1, part-owned by DTV and Channel 4, is the most popular commercial station, followed by its subsidiary Signal 2.

Cinema in Dryicor was at its highest in the 1980s and 1990s, with films such as Jaws and Titanic proving blockbuster hits. The popularity of the aforementioned Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? provided Slumdog Millionaire a surprise success in 2009.

People and Trends

  • The currency is the Dryicoran Kronor, with an exchange rate of about 1 Kr = £0.90 = $1.25. It switched to a decimal currency from Kronor, Aurar and Suurem (1 Kr = 12 Au, 1 Au = 12 Su) in 1923.
  • The life expectancy is usually 89.3 for men and 90.4 for women.
  • The drinking age is 16 in Dryicor.
  • The driving age is also 16 in Dryicor.
  • One must also be 16 to gamble to a value of above 4 Kr.
  • The marriage age is 16 in Dryicor with the permission of one or more parents of each party to the marriage, and 18 without permission.
  • Same-sex activity and homosexuality was decriminalised in 1961. Same-sex marriage became legal in 2009, with civil partnerships for same-sex couples having been allowed since 2001.
  • Dryicorans like to keep their personal space. The local culture is very organised - jumping the queue and jaywalking are both very much frowned upon, even more so than in other Nordic countries.
  • Dryicor maintains a Nordic-style social system and universal benefits are guaranteed for all citizens. The minimum wage is 10 Kr ($12.50; £9.00).
  • Animal cafes have recently surged in popularity, and it is commonplace to see them. In the vast majority you can feed the resident pets.

Sport

The national sport of Dryicor is field hockey, with handball and football also popular. volleyball and ice hockey have also recently grown in popularity.

Dryicor first entered the Olympics in Helsinki 1952. Since then, Dryicor has had a total of 88 medals (22 gold, 44 silver, 22 bronze) across its being in attendance at every Olympic Games since its debut.

Languages and speaking

Dryicor's national languages are Finnish and Icelandic, however even Finns and Icelanders tend to struggle to hear Dryicorans, especially Dryicoran men, speak. This is because Dryicorans tend to drop unnecessary letters (though they are still used when written). For example, Dryicorin Imperiumi ("Empire of Dryicor") is often pronounced as "Dry'or'n 'mp'r'm'". Even Erno Pulkkinen has a reputation for dropping these letters, even in English, which is known to hinder talks with international officials. Also, Dryicoran men also tend to speak in an extremely gravelly tone, which makes conversation only more difficult. One famous instance of this was in a press conference in 2017, when Pulkkinen tried to say "I hope that these negotiations will provide our Empire with a good and secure future", however it came out as "I 'o' t'a' t'e' n'g't'at'ns'l' 'r'v'd' 'r 'm'r' w' g' a' s'r f'r." Studies have suggested that these accent problems have contributed to the Dryicoran stereotype as reclusive and gruff.

Crime

Dryicor's police force is well funded and as such crime is low. Prisoners also receive good conditions, as the Dryicoran prisons programme is mostly focussed on rehabilitation.

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