Empire Blog - Palapyan/Botswanan Caliphate

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Introduction

Hey guys! I decided to do an informative blog about the Palapyan/Botswanan Caliphate (PBC) in Geopro's Dawn of the JetPunk Empires (DOTJE) blog series. I/we am/are the leader/s of the caliphate. I will include some things herer that you might not know from just reading the DOTJE series (which I highly recommend).

General Information and Statistics

Anyway, here is some general information:

Leader: The QuizzerBros'

Official capital: Palapye

De Facto second capital: Gaborone

Countries included in the Caliphate: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Congo, D.R. Congo, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Barbados, Lesotho, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, New Zealand (South Island), France (Antarctic Possessions), Ghana.

Population: 554,000,000

Biggest Cities (urban area): Kinshasa (13,900,000), Nairobi (6,100,000), Accra (5,200,000), Addis Ababa (3,900,000), Bamako (3,675,000), Kampala (3,675,000), Yaoundé (3,500,000), Douala (3,450,000), Rotterdam/The Hague (3,275,000), Kumasi (3,075,000)

Area: 10.857 million km2

Population density: 51.03 people/km2

Disputed territory: The PBC has a mostly unrecognized claim of the Chobe National Park in Botswana's north. The area is disputed with the Empire of the Minas Gerais.

Major allies: The PBC's biggest ally is with the Great Southern Empire. They have strong trade relations and support each other in military conflicts. The PBC is not part of a major alliance (Quintuple Pentente or the Infinity League) and is therefore generally considered a neutral country.

Strategical allies: The PBC's major strategical allies are with the Veggie Caliphate and the Med-Atlantic Empire. These three empires have a non-aggression pact signed and are the three major countries in the African continent. The PBC also has major trade relations with the Greater Indian Empire, Chilefornia, and the Macedonian Empire.

The PBC is part of the United Nations, The African Union, G20 Nations, Southern Hemisphere Treaty Alliance, the Caribbean Confederation and the European Union.

Government type: Constitutional Monarchy

Official Languages: English, Setswana (Tswana), French, Palapyan.

Bordering countries: Empire of the Minas Gerais, Veggie Caliphate, GrandOldLand, Great Southern Empire, Greater Indian Empire, Vampire Empire, Second German Empire, Med-Atlantic Empire, Imperial Union, Macedonian Empire.

GDP: 19.79 trillion USD.

GDP per capita: $35,722 USD per capita

This GDP makes the PBC one of the richest countries in the world. Although they have many poor African nations in their empire, they have extremely rich European nations, along with the GDP from Spain and other southern European countries. They also have a booming mining industry and are focusing on increasing their GDP by drastic amounts. They have the fastest growing GDP in the world by a large margin.

Major industries: Mining, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, tourism.

Major exports: Gold, diamonds and vibranium.

Military size: 312,753 active duty troops. 761,329 reserve troops. 1,074,082 total.

The PBC doesn't nearly have the largest army, with its economy and external relations being of higher concern to the country than military strength. The PBC uses its indestructible alloy, Ultramegatanium, to fortify it's army vehicles and aircraft. The PBC is also famous for having a fleet of an unknown amount (estimated around 150) of highly skilled special agents that have been injected with an Ultramegatanium serum, which has made them supersoldiers. This elite group of military personnel is called the Alpha Division, or the Alpha Squadron. With this division at their disposal, the PBC has no need to focus primarily on their military size.

Floral Emblems: Sausage tree and Acacia tree

Faunal Emblems: Leopard, Boomslang and Black Mamba

National Sport: Cricket

National Dishes: Roast Meet (beef, pork or turkey) and Baked Vegetables. Also many Italian foods like Lasagne, and Spaghetti Bolognese.

National Desserts: Baked Butterscotch Pudding and Caramel Banoffee Pie.

National Public Holidays:

New Years' Day: 1 January

King's Birthday: 11 January

Left-Handed Day: 15 January

Cricket Day: 3 February

Okavango Day: 14 February

QuizzerBros Day: 21 February

Palapyan Caliphate National Day: 24 March

Easter Holidays: Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Sunday.

Wildlife Day: 15 May

COTW Day: 1 June

Federation Day: 17 August

Botswanan Caliphate National Day: 5 September

Ultramegatanium Day: 27 September

International Day: 10 October

Wildlife Day: 6 November

JetPunk Day: 19 November

Christmas Day: 25 December

Boxing Day: 26 December

Day-after Boxing Day: 27 December

Currency:

Palapyan Aurum and Serpens

Religion and Beliefs:

Christianity (79%)

- Protestantism (57%)

- Cathlocism (20%)

- Other Christian (2%)

Islam (12%)

Atheism (8%)

Other (1%)

Demonyms: Palapyan or Botswanan

HDI: 0.759 (High)

Driving side: Left

Geography

The PBC is a megadiverse country with many different terrain types over its huge area. To the south of the empire is the Kalahari and Namib Deserts. North of that, there is the Okavango Delta, disputed Chobe National Park and Zambezi River area (including Victoria Falls). From here, and up through the central band of Africa, the PBC has lush rainforests teeming with the unique wildlife it is famous for. Further to the east, there are large mountain ranges. To the north, the PBC holds large parts of the Sahara Desert. In Europe, you will find general European weather. In Barbados there is tropical weather. In New Zealand there is moderate weather. And in Antarctica, there is extremely cold weather. Temperature ranges from highs of around 50 degrees Celsius in the Sahara, to around -50 degrees Celsius in Antarctica.

Listed below are the PBC's 20 first-level subdivisions:

Botswana

Lesotho

Eswatini

Zambia

Congo

Gabon

Zimbabwe

Kenya

Uganda

Barbados

Cameroon

Ethiopia

Ghana

Mali

Lowlands

Alpine

Hungary

Czechia

South Zealand

Antarctica

Images

Here are some pictures of famous and interesting places and things in the PBC:

The national animal: Leopard
The national animal: Black Mamba
The national animal: Boomslang
Lions in the Okavango Delta
Victoria Falls
Matterhorn
Timbuktu
Budapest
Prague
Banoffee Pie

Conclusion

Thank you for taking the time to read this information blog about the greatest Empire in the age of JetPunk! If you are reading this Geopro, I hope you enjoyed learning more about my empire in your storyline. I'd really like for other Emperors to make a version for their own Empires so that I can learn more about them all. I'll also try to update reasonably frequently when a new episode of DOTJE is released but I can't promise that. Hopefully next ep, I'll have the UAE and for those reading who are interested in the Netherlands, I'll be willing to make a trade for it if you want (but only if I feel it is fair). Also, if anyone has any questions about anything to do with the empire, please feel free to ask, and I'll try to answer it. Thank you again, and can't wait for the next episode!

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Level 61
Nov 28, 2021
I'm also going to try and make a flag for the empire. I'll see how I go on my own, but I might need help if I can't figure it out (@TheNatureThread if you're reading this or Aficionado). Can someone suggest where and how I should make it?
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Level 52
Nov 28, 2021
For a caliphate, I would expect a higher percentage of Islam.
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Level 61
Nov 28, 2021
True, but I only named it 'calipahte' for some variaty from the basic 'empire' name lol. Palapyan/Botswanan Empire is and alternate name for the country.
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
I'll definitely do my own version of this!! Nice learning about your Empire QB's!

P.S. His Imperial Awesomeness Solomon Blaze III likes to holiday in Dubai. Once your Empire takes over the UAE will he still be welcome?

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Level 65
Nov 29, 2021
Are you His Imperial Awesomeness Solomon Blaze III?
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
@McKenzieFam glad to hear you'll do your own. Absolutely Solomon can come for a holiday. The QB's may even pay him a visit to talk about things (like 16 scoop ice creams or something). He can also go up the Burj Khalifa for free if he desires.
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
lol thanks!!
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
And yes, Solomon Blaze is my alter ego
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2021
Great!
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
Thanks! Can't wait for the Chilefornia edition.
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Level 63
Nov 29, 2021
Interesting! I have some questions though. Do both of you brothers rule this empire? And what's up with COTW and International Days? As in, what do you do on those days?

You can add some history as well. Like how you came as certain businessman to Botswana and eventually made an empire like the East India Company. Just a suggestion! :)

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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
Thank you for the suggestions.

To answer those questions, us brothers rule together yes. The COTW day is to celebrate the JetPunk community, because many of us found the site through that quiz.

International day is to celebrate other empires and support the international relationships with the world.

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Level 63
Nov 29, 2021
And for the flag of the empire, I suggest using this website. It's super powerful and you can add images from Wikimedia too! You can use Paint as well but it could be tedious.
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
Thank you, I'll see how I go.
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Level 37
Nov 29, 2021
EMG domination 😎
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
Lol. We'll see....
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2021
Hooray for left-handed day
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
Hooray! Are you another left-hander? In our empire, they have extra rights and higher pay, like vegetarians in the VC do.
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2021
Yes I am! I might take a vacation to your empire if allowed
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
Absolutely. All left-handers welcome!
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2021
In my empire, JetPunkers have more rights :)
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Level 61
Nov 30, 2021
Oh yeah, same...
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
Hey again, could you tell me how to calculate those military statistics that you have?
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
Oh, I just made them up! Maybe BGG could help you out with that :)
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
Okay mines ready for submittal but i already posted today.
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
Great, can't wait! You did yours much faster than me
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
Yeah mine is ready too except for the military numbers because I have no clue how to calculate that
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
Lol I just said “The VC military is a largely disclosed secret so no enemy knows what to expect”
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
I also left out stuff like GDP, but added some stuff as well.
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
I also made up the GDP considering the PBC has focused on it's economy largely, so it is much richer than just all of the countries it has combined.
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
All right then, I guess I'll make up my military..
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Level 56
Nov 29, 2021
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2021
Nice!
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Level 58
Dec 9, 2021
Great blog! I'd be interested in seeing other emperors do their own as well for sure!
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Level 61
Dec 12, 2021
Thanks! Glad to hear it.