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State of Berhardsson
北海森州
Běihǎisēn Zhōu
バーハードソン州
Bāhādoson Shū
Negara Bagian Berhardsson
Negeri Berhardsson
BerhardssonFlag
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BerhardssonBorders
Nickname: The Beach State, The Archipelago State
Capital
(and largest city)
Grumbroe
Official languages English • Mandarin • Indonesian • Japanese • Malay
Ethnic groups
69.4% Asian
∟24.9% Chinese
∟15.4% Indonesian
∟14.6% Japanese
∟8.4% Malay
∟1.9% Vietnamese
∟1.5% Korean
∟1.4% Indian
1.3% Thai

22.7% European
∟21.5% English
∟1.2% Spanish

3.2% Reatinese
3.7% Other
Demonym Berhardssonian
Government
- Governor Teena Wu Tiqing (NUP)
- Premier Peter Undell (NUP)
- Deputy Premier Elle Wentworth (NUP)
Legislature Berhardssonian Legislative Assembly
Federal representation
- House seats
11 / 100 divisions
- House delegation
- Senate seats
12 / 76 (15.8%)
Formation
- Statehood 25 March 2017
Area 10,285 km² (8th)
Population (2072)
- Total 2,756,570 (4th)
- Density 268.0/km² (3rd)
Highest point Mt. Tinyadanka (2345m)
Abbreviation BE (official)

Berhardsson (/bə'hɑrdsən/ bər-hard-sən, abbreviated as BE) is a state in Craftia's south-east. Its jurisdiction consists of the Venturas Peninsula, Tojima Island and numerous smaller islands (often grouped together as the Tobugunto Archipelago). The state borders Jagsland and Wintaro to the east, and also shares maritime borders with Meyang to the north, from which the state seceded from in 2017. Its capital and largest city is Grumbroe, which is usually paired with its twin city Stromville as Grumbroe-Stromville.

The state gained statehood and split off from Meyang on 25 March 2017 after a rising secessionist movement became popular in the late 2000s. The movement grew into the Mojang Democratic Party and the Berhardssonian secession was eventually adopted as a policy by the National United Party government (in power in Meyang from 2014 to 2019), and two separate referendums on the issue were held. The initial referendum in 2011 was narrowly defeated. The second referendum took place in 2016 on renegotiated terms, and was successful. Various reasons for statehood included geographical separation, and demographic and ideological differences.

Known as the "Archipelago State", Berhardsson is known for its unusual tropical climate for its latitude, with a strong tourism industry only matched by Lumina. Approximately 35% of the state is covered by national parks and reserves. In 2055, it became the first state where renewable energy provided over 90% of its power, a benchmark which has been met ever since. Berhardsson is frequently ranked as Craftia's most liveable and socially developed state. The state is known for its strong political activism and civil participation, with Craftia's highest voter turnout rates. The state is politically very progressive and socially liberal, being the first state to legalise recreational marijuana in 2025 (16 years before it was legalised nationwide), being the first state to recognise indigenous Craftians in its state constitution in 2032.

History

In 2017, Berhardsson was established as a state, after a referendum passed an amendment to the constitution for it to secede from Meyang and become a state of its own.

Government

Berhardsson is a state of the Republic of Craftia, and has a federal parliamentary constitutional political system based on the federal Craftian republic parliamentary republic, with the Governor of Berhardsson (currently Teena Wu of the National United Party) as the head of state, and the Premier of Berhardsson (currently Peter Undell of the National United Party) as the head of government. Its unicameral parliament consists of the 48-member Berhardssonian Legislative Assembly, with elections held every three years on the second Saturday of December, using the proportional representation voting system, where 32 MPs are elected from single-member electorates and the remaining 16 are proportionally elected from a list.

Federal representation

Berhardsson elects 11 Members of Parliament to the Craftian House of Representatives, and is represented by 12 Senators.

Political culture

Party Assembly House Senate
United 19 6 3
Conservative 15 2 2
Liberal 4 1 2
Greens 1 1 2
Mojang 7 0 2
Reform 2 0 1
Total 48 11 12

Berhardsson is a liberal stronghold, and its electorates have consistently voted for left-leaning parties in federal elections. The state's Conservatives are noted as the most moderate in the nation. Left-of-centre parties have governed Berhardsson for 36 of the 57 years it has existed as a state (63%). The Conservatives have had only two premiers, and the last election they won was in 2043. In addition, Berhardsson is one of two states, the other being Lumina, where the Mojang Democratic Party has significant support. In Berhardsson's case, it has formed government on two occasions and often forms the Official Opposition. It is currently in government as a junior coalition partner.

Demographics

Berhardsson is the fourth-most populous state in Craftia.

Largest cities and towns in Berhardsson

Rank Name Region Population Rank Name Region Population
1 Grumbroe
港波
グラムブロー
Venturas 968,967 7 Cenarboh
塞纳博
セナボ
Tobugunto 21,394
2 Stromville
斯特龙围
ストロムビル
Venturas 759,552 8 Wilberforce
威尔伯福斯
ウィルバーフォース
Venturas 18,569
3 San Andreas
圣安地列斯
サンアンドレアス
Western Ranges 597,370 9 Taifeng
台风
台風
Tobugunto 17,493
4 Hijanke
海景可
ヒジャンケ
Tobugunto 203,567 10 Gilberts Peak
吉尔伯特峰值
ギルバートピーク
Western Ranges 15,581
5 Konsha
金沙
Tobugunto 60,095 11 Shinshu
新州
Tobugunto 13,752
6 Oliha
奥利亚
オリハ
Venturas 52,134 12 Roosevelt
罗斯福
ルーズベルト
Venturas 12,587

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