Euskal Herria

Euskal Herria

Euskal Herria
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Population 2,939,600
SINless Population (est.) 16%
Per Capita Income 28,000
Below Poverty Level 21%
Megacorporate Affiliation 52%
Education:
Less than 12 years 13%
GED 48%
4 year degree 27%
Masters or higher 12%
Major Language Euskera (87%)
Currency Euro
Capital Gasteiz

After many years of political strife, intense repression, cultural erosion and terrorist attacks, the Euskaldunak (the Basque people) finally achieved independence from France and Spain, thanks to the Crash and strong corporate support. Proudly forming the nation of Euskal Herria, the Basques soon realized the high price they had to pay for it. The corps who had backed their independence movement called in their debts and leverage, gaining control over the country's destiny. Though prosperous and technologically advanced, Euskal Herria is increasingly split between corporate agendas and those nationalists bent on eliminating corporate influence.

Euskal Herria is much more tolerant towards metahumans and outsiders than Spain. A high percentage of the population was born dwarf, and many Spanish metas fled here to avoid persecution. The same is also true for the Awakened; Euskal Herria's magic population is almost double the world average (1.75%).

Gasteiz is the nation's capital, a city of new skyscrapers and wide avenues, with a distinct "high tech" feel. Extraterritorial corp zones dominate the city center, leaving no space for cultural life; residential areas have been pushed to the periphery. The corporate presence is pervasive both here and throughout the country in the form of small enclaves, research centers, resorts, conference centers and automated factories.

Euskal Herria's people are hardy workers: sometimes stubborn, but great at what they do. A common joke says that their day-off is the eighth of each week, and it's not too unbelievable. Still, the country has a thriving theatrical and cultural scene, mainly outside the capital. The Basque seem to disdain sim and even trid as too detached, preferring live performances and the artist's presence. As a result, Euskal Herria is renowned for its dancers, singers and actors across Europe.

Euskal Herria's Church broke from the Vatican when the country went independent. sparking a feud with the Spanish Church. The Spanish Catholics struck back by opening new churches in Euskal Herria, but the Basque churches remain popular due to their acceptance of magic as an important part of nature (some believe the Holy Ghost is a Divine expression of magic). Some of Euskal Herria's breakaway congregations go so far as to incorporate pre-Christian Basque spiritualism, such as veneration of the Mari, a female divinity tied to both the Moon and the Earth - mainstream Catholics, of course, view this as the utmost blasphemy.

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