|The Free State of Maalukhir
Location of Maalukhir in green. Regions and states claimed by Maalukhir in light green.
|Recognised regional languages||Arabic, Songe, Swahili|
|•||First Maalukhiri Empire||220 AD|
|•||Kingdom of Paradise||920|
|•||Second Maalukhiri Empire||1500|
|•||Maalukhiri Free State||1865|
347,917 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2014 estimate|
Maalukhir, officially known as the Maalukhiri Free State, is a loose confederation of warlord states on the continent of Alqosia in Maredoratica. With a land area of xxxxxxx square kilometers it is the x largest country in Maredoratica and is home to 273 million people. Maalukhir is bordered by Galkayo to the northeast,Hervenbosch to the southwest, Kobia-Kobia to the south, and Côte d'Or to the east. Maalukhir is currently engaged in border disputes with all three bordering states due to it's complete rejection and repudiation of colonial era treaties.
Under the Nioro Declaration of 1865, the government of the Maalukhiri Free State is founded around the National Congress which elects the president and vice president to 5 year terms, and appoints a premier to form and oversee the cabinet. All executive decrees and decisions must be countersigned by all relevant ministries, the president, and the premier. Many ministries in the government exercise a large degree of autonomy across the country, often not consulting the National Congress or the rest of the cabinet.
The National Congress is a unicameral legislature with six year terms. Two-thirds of the legislature is appointed by regional governors, with the rest being appointed via electoral colleges with limited voter enfranchisement. The National Congress is charged with ratifying the cabinet, proposing legislation for the cabinet to act on, and the impeachment of corrupt officials. In recent history, the National Congress and most government institutions have been greatly undermined by rampant corruption, factionalism, occasional outbreaks of sectarian violence. Outside of the Maalukhir, the National Congress is recognized as one of the most corrupt, tyrannical, and incompetent institutions in all of Maredoratica.
Since the early 1900s, many regional governors have been replaced by regional warlords who assumed the responsibilities and powers of the old system. In 1976, the title of President was officially changed to General-President after Ibrahim Shaka came to power in via coup. Despite Shaka's efforts to reform the government, the government is still structured and run much as it was in the 18th Century. Shaka has consolidated many of the various cabinet ministries in an effort to promote efficiency, but has been unable to curb the power of regional warlords.
Maalukhir is generally tropical with a wet season lasting from May to October for the northern half of the country and lasting from June to September in the southern half of the country. During the wet season, most places see a daily occurrence of rainfall and it is not uncommon to have morning fog. The country generally receives an average of 1900mm of rainfall annually. The southern and northwestern portions of the country are characterized by rugged highland conditions and a traditional savanna climate. As such, they lack significant tree cover and are dominated mostly by tall grassland with patches of trees. The eastern and northeastern portions of the country are characterized as a tropical rain forest climate with significant tree cover and account for much of the rainfall in the northern half of the country.
The southern half of the country has traditionally been subject to desertification due to the lack of proper farming techniques, overgrazing and the removal of many previously forested areas by overzealous resource extractors. Areas that have not undergone desertification are still under threat, as extreme southern reaches of the country experience less than 500mm of rain a year. In these regions, grasslands tend to give way to coastal shrublands. The southern and western portions of the Maalukhiri state are home to major mining and cattle operations. The central portion of the country is home to the majority of Maalukhir's food production.