Vekllei is the utopian place of Hobart’s ongoing Petticoat Project. Set ostensibly in Iceland, the history and geography of this country is radically different from our own, and welcomes an open exploration of new systems of living through a flexible alternate history.
V ekllei (also The Vekllei Commonwealth, Islandi, Iceland) is a sovereign island country situated in the northern Atlantic, between Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Besides the 100 boroughs of the conterminous Vekllei city-state (referred to as the Home Island or Crown Metropole), Vekllei includes two autonomous territories, six crown territories and various possessions including over a hundred satellite islands and islets. It is the 14th most densely-populated country in the world, with a population of 24.4 millions mostly situated around the Capital Region in the south-west of the Home Island. Its capital and largest city is Vekllei in the Capital Region, which is home to two-thirds of the total population. The interior plateau of the Home Island consists of sand and lava fields, flower-tundras, glaciers, and temperate rainforests, and its lowlands are home to many glacial rivers.
Oslola, raging and now blinded, drew deep wounds into the Earth. Out of these wounds came fire, and out of fire came Vekllei.
– Retelling of Algic legends, Verse 40, Saga of Origins
The Home Island has been inhabited for at least four thousand years by Arctic peoples migrating from Kalalist (Greenland). Evidence of European settlement in Vekllei can be determined from unearthed fishing towns dated to 1230BC, when settlers from Ireland established fishing communities along the southern coast.
Political and strategic map of the Home Islands | The World’s Last Great Utopia
Subsequent centuries saw rapid growth of the local population, which was politically and culturally isolated from mainland Europe by the 6th Century BC. By the 4th Century BC, many contemporary cultural features of the country had become commonplace, including an early form of Upen and Vekllei logographs. During the following millennia Vekllei developed into a major economic and military power, but saw its influence decline between the 12th and 15th Centuries AD during the Period of Rest.
During Vekllei’s Middle Period, the country was struck by civil unrest that escalated into civil war, which installed Aismo Desimou as the first King of Vekllei. The monarchy succeeded until Vekllei’s colonial Late Period, which fell to a navy coup d’etat that installed a military junta in government, which rapidly expanded Vekllei’s colonial holdings. This practice would continue well into the 20th Century, and would spark the Africa Wars and Vekllei’s atomic bombing by the United Kingdom in 2005, which collapsed the existing regime and ushered in British occupation of the country.
Since independence in 2015, Vekllei’s Floral Period has transformed the country, and has been marked by a period of tremendous stability and economic growth. Vekllei does not use money domestically, with most internal trade dependent on social exchange, barter and state service, but operates twin currencies (the Government and Vekllei Crown) in its trade internationally.
Life in coastal boroughs like Santes continues much as it has for hundreds of years | Shrine-Minded Girls
Vekllei is a great power and has the world’s fifth highest military expenditure. The country is highly developed and has exceptional liveability, and is placed highly in key social indicators: education, healthcare, quality of life, personal safety and housing, with a home-ownership rate of nearly 96%. It is a member of the United Nations' Non-Aligned Concern League.
Since independence, Vekllei has maintained a strong position of armed neutrality, and is home to many international organisations, including the new United Nations Office, the International Federation of Journalists and the Universal Post Union. Immigrants account for 30% of the population, and multiracialism is enshrined in the constitution, and continues to shape national policies in education, housing, and politics. Vekllei has large foreign-born populations from Eastern and Southern Europe, North Africa, the British Isles, Hong Kong, and Latin America.
Vekllei, officially the Vekllei Commonwealth, is a society blossoming with contradictions and anachronisms, which reflect and fold into each other to produce new forms of living. The country advocates laissez-faire market participation and soviet-style central planning simultaneously; it is the site of a healthy new democracy utterly divorced by public apathy, and a place of midcentury science-worship and automation used to bolster backwardness and agrarian living. This idea carries on and on, cascading throughout all levels of society.
A map showing Vekllei’s dense rail network linking the 100 boroughs of the Home Islands | 100 Boroughs
This is a nation bound constitutionally to secularism and religious freedoms, described in a document only legible through indigenous spiritualism. This is a culture intent on abolishing commodity-forms through the worship of products. To foreigners, Vekllei is a wonderland of contradictions that in conventional imagination would collapse in on each other, yet Vekllei has flourished in postwar independence, quickly rising up amongst the most developed and livable countries in the world.
Such a country deserves observation, then. This document and its subarticles are dedicated to the country of Vekllei and the facts of its utopian dimensions, and hope to illustrate a definitive and contemporary understanding of Vekllei’s Epoch of Rest (what they call their ‘floral period’). This is an illustration of how the beating systems in Vekllei look, the abstract data laid bare. Vekllei has an absurd multidimensionality about it, since it is a country in which all things are singularly perfect in their purity and good-heartedness while applying this qualifier to multiple ideas at the same time. In some ways, Vekllei thrives because of rather than in spite of these contradictions. This document is a good place to start.
The word Vekllei comes from the Islandi-Quutetast fusion dialect called Topyas (‘Old Vekllei’ in English), which was in common use by the 1st Century AD. It comes from the Topyas words for “volcanic town,” or Vek, and “sea under the stars,” or Lei, meaning “town of the stars by the sea”. According to sagas, the name was gifted to the country by a volcanic spirit-god called Tipet (most likely present-day Kesmi) in the 3rd Century, but was likely a feature of Queen Souisviasn’s language reforms during that time.
The word “Vekllei” refers to both the country and the island, and is also pluralised.
Vekllei was first known as Islandi, or “Land of Ice” in an extinct Indo-European language documented under the same name in early sagas, but is likely at least partially derived from Algic-Aleutian Quutetast word for “snow,” Ismo. Sagas award Faroese settler Ann Sigfúsdottir with the island’s discovery and name, though little else is known of her.
The name Vekllei ostensibly applies foremost to the physical landscape of the country, of which the present city-state inherits its name. In addition, the people of Vekllei, language, and all subsequent pluralisations are also Vekllei.
Vekllei is an ancient country of striking geological monument. A landscape of igneous rock and lava flows, Vekllei’s dramatic geology is tempered by its healthy abundance of rainforests and flower-tundras, which paint the country in soft mossy hues of green and yellow.
Vekllei sits atop the constructive boundary of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, bridging the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates. The country is also found between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, although the entirety of the Home Island is situated beneath the arctic circle. Despite this, the extreme latitude of inhabited areas means daylight is highly seasonal in the country, with dark winters and summer solstices that provide 23 consecutive hours of daylight. This dramatic seasonal environment has ongoing political, economic and cultural relevance in the country today, and contributes to the dependence on hothouses and greenhouses for agriculture throughout the year.
I don’t understand it. When am I supposed to go to sleep?
– Tzipora Desmoisnes
The unstable Atlantic pressure oscillation, of which Vekllei anchors as the Vekllei Low Pole, can pull in bitter cold from the Greenland currents, or warmth from the Azores tempestuously. This gifts the Home Islands a temperate, though subarctic climate, with average temperatures in summer of about 18-25 degrees centigrade that decline into an annual mean low of approximately 10 degrees in the Capital Region. The good weather and seasonal daylight inform Vekllei’s animistic spiritualism, with festivals to mark both solstices.
Hunting in a ro, a flower-rich tundra characterised by volcanic pools | The Gun
Vekllei sits between North American and Continental European territories, but is usually regarded as independent of both because of its central position in the North Atlantic and its peripheral possessions, which include Kala (Greenland) and the Aismious Islands (Faroe Islands). Because of its volcanic origins and position above the Oslolan Kiss (the Mantle Plume), Vekllei remains highly volcanic and several volcanoes remain active in the country. The world’s newest island, Liyra, was formed in 2056 off Vekllei’s South Coast.
Vekllei is the world’s 18th largest island, and has significant biological and climate diversity for a landmass of its size. Southern Vekllei is wet, seasonal and temperate, populated mostly by temperate rainforests and spruce forests. Vekllei’s glacial interior is dominated by flower-tundras, called Ro, and barren vegetation consisting mostly of grasslands, plains, and isolated woodland. Lava fields, mountains and massive freshwater glaciers are also common throughout the middle and east of the country. Vekllei’s north is dry and subarctic, and receives heavy snowfall and ice in winter months. The entire Home Islands are marked by dramatic volcanic landscapes of steep igneous rock, valleys and glacial monuments. Vekllei has some of the tallest waterfalls in the world. The country has the highest number of flowers per capita in the world.
Politics in Vekllei are characterised by postwar constitutional values of nonpartisan democracy and transparency of power. Political concern is aestheticised and developed along cultural and interpersonal lines; as a feature of life, but fundamentally participatory. In truth, at least with regards to domestic concern, Vekllei’s daily affairs are basically autonomous, and politics remains the concern of an educated, invested class of people.
Vekllei is a unitary city-state and nonpartisan parliamentary democracy, divided into crown lakes, boroughs and provincial administrative divisions. It retains the territory of Vekllei as a sovereign of the country, in keeping with Upen, but otherwise the prime ministers have equal executive power, with disputes mediated by the Crown Senate. Vekllei retains a parliamentary system as a legacy of British occupation, but has since developed several indigenous features including its land-sovereign and twin ministership. The Vekllei system also incorporates American political features, including a constitution and bicameral house system.
Vekllei’s government is portioned between three branches:
- The Legislature, represented by Vekllei’s bicameral parliament and the landscape sovereign.
- The Executive, represented by the prime ministers and the elected ministerial cabinet.
- The Judiciary, represented by the High Court and Constitutional Court of Vekllei, whose judges are appointed by the lower house and cabinet.
Vekllei uses a Hare-Clark single transferable vote system to elect two prime ministers, one man and one woman, the only such system in the world. Vekllei has a bicameral legislature, consisting of an upper house (the Crown Senate) of 100 senators and a lower house (People’s Assembly) of 200 members. Although voting is participatory and the country does not maintain a poll tax, electoral enrolment is mandatory from age 16 onwards.
Since Vekllei is nonpartisan, it does not allow formal participation of parties within elections. Despite this, informal associations of elected representatives exist, in the form of sociopartit, or Party Associations. The largest of these include the Vekllei Industrial Working Concern, the Atlantic Party, and the Crown Brotherhood, and although membership is permitted among elected members they are otherwise disallowed within the electoral process.
❖ See also: Boroughs of Vekllei
Although Vekllei is unitary politically and considers itself a city-state, the Home Islands are divided geographically between 100 boroughs (as part of the borough system). Each borough is proportional to the land-sovereign’s natural wealth, which accounts for its history, folklore and natural features. Because of this, the human population of boroughs is highly disproportionate, the smallest being Bakur, in the Afouismeh region, with a population of 7,500 people, and the largest being Vekllei proper, in the Capital Region, of 2.4 millions.
A map showing Vekllei’s overseas territories, including claims in the Lesser Antilles, Antarctica and the Lunar South Pole | Vekllei’s Sprawling Commonwealth
Each borough elects a Senator and two House Members. Overseas Crown Lakes territories vote in ministerial elections but do not vote for legislative members, and autonomous territories maintain their own parliaments.
- Crown Lakes, or Kronaislagaisdelfia, are governmental territories of human concern, analogous to public land or federal territory overseas.
- Crown Land, or Kronaismioudelfia, are nongovernmental territories of natural reservation. Although similar in some ways to nature reserves or national parks, their legal status in Vekllei is somewhat more complex; although de facto part of the country, the government does not recognise human sovereignty over these regions, a feature inherited from Upen.
- Boroughs, or Baras, are administrative regions in Vekllei named for their largest population centres. They form the basic subdivision of Vekllei territory and also constitute voting regions in the electoral system.
- Provinces, or Piousvincinia, are the territories in Vekllei’s possession outside of the Home Islands. Most notably these include Kala (Greenland), the Aismious Islands (Faroe Islands), the Kalina Isles and the Azores. As inhabited provinces, both Kala and the Azores are considered autonomous territories, under purview of the Kala People’s Assembly and the Azores Holiday Government respectively. The Aismious province and various other territories are considered Crown Lakes. Vekllei also retains over a hundred satellite islands and islets, most as Crown Lands.
In total, Vekllei’s various possessions, provinces and administrative systems can be argued for as a type of federalism, though in practice more closely resembles a canton system or disparate republic.
Floral Society is the informal Vekllei phrase for the postwar Vekllei state, distinguishing it from the prewar junta and monarchy. The new period is characterised by democratisation and widespread personal freedoms, but has also recalled traditional cultural history into contemporary Vekllei life. Since the war, Vekllei has been marked by rapid change, and Floral Society’s growing cultural legacy, which continues to distance it from the prewar period.
The Petticoat Constitution (officially the Constitution of Vekllei) is Vekllei’s founding constitutional document since independence, and remains a core political and cultural factor in the country. It provides for “Atlantic-style democracy,” free association and press, and a nonpartisan judicial system among other things.
The Constitution is underlined by four principles of postwar Vekllei life, outlined as follows:
- Self-management and self-interest through Sundress Municipalism.
- Classification of property as an independent social organ of the landscape-sovereign.
- Abolishment of currency and currency-substitutes.
- Economic feminisation.
These features manifest in various forms throughout modern Vekllei, including its moneylessness, place-metaphysics, and personal freedoms. Its association with the Rebirth of Vekllei, characterised as female in Upen, gave the document its colloquial name Petticoat Constitution, after its provisions for women in democratic Vekllei society.
Sundress Municipalism is the way in which Vekllei settlements are organised within boroughs, and informs the way in which cities are built. Vekllei has an indigenous architecture ideology, called Newda, which conforms to planning and lifestyle principles laid out in Sundress Municipalism. The principles themselves are often represented as a seven-pointed star, with each point marking a principle. They are as follows:
- Local employment, or “commutelessness.”
- Slumlessness, beautification, and a will to architecture.
- Property stewardship.
- Open air and clean water.
- Land usefulness ("friendliness").
- Private ownership of private needs.
- Public ownership of public needs.
Sundress Municipalism folds into broader conceptual ideas indigenous to Vekllei about space and ownership, found throughout its political system (as in the landscape sovereign) and its economy (as in product atheism). To this end, most ongoing construction and civic planning in the country invoke Sundress Municipalism as a framework.
Vekllei is land of plenty and small pleasures, afforded by a post-scarcity system that positions competing systems against each other. It is made up of a startling series of contradictions – one after the other, each more unusual than the last. Vekllei is a planned economy; it is also a free market. Property ownership is obfuscated by portioned sovereignty of land and product. Decommodification has devalued products in a country based on manufacturing. There are many contradictions, inefficiencies and unusual mechanisms in the Vekllei domestic market, which total to benefit the living conditions of the average person.
❖ See also: On Moneylessness
Although a major power, Vekllei has an unusual hybrid market system called the Vekllei Bureau System (known colloquially as Petticoat Socialism), which incorporates state-owned socialist planned economics and deregulated syndicalist vertical bureaus to benefit a free, unregulated informal market system. Most unique about the Vekllei economy is its functional moneylessness, in which domestic society has abolished currency. No widespread currency substitutes are used in ordinary life. Each citizen owns a share of the Labour Bank of Vekllei, a portion of the Government Securities Bureau designed to allow emigration from the country, and so is theoretically entitled to an equal portion of the Bank.
Trade and materials are provided by biosynthetic robotics infrastructure and participatory work, and is supplemented in places by mandatory military service. Vekllei people enjoy a high standard of living and access to most consumer goods.
The borough of Lava, part of Vekllei’s dense, residential satellite belt | Moments in Love
Postwar Vekllei economics champions free association, home-ownership and informal markets. Although microeconomically Vekllei is highly liberalised, most essential goods of the country are produced in vertically integrated in labour-union Bureaus, which, although representative of private companies and independent from the government, are associated with the general political processes of the country.
NO REALTORS EXCEPT THE STATE, THE COUNTY THE AGENT OF THE STATE, THE ARCHITECT THE AGENT OF THE COUNTY
– Original wording of the Municipal Charter, Constitution of Vekllei
Bureaus (also Bureaus Proper, as distinguished from informal Petty Bureaus) are trade unions that organise business in the country, and the largest of them include thousands of individual companies and concerns. Companies are generally cooperative enterprises in Vekllei, and so worker votes are consolidated into “Company Ballots” used to influence political affairs within a Bureau and the country at large.
Although moneyless domestically, the nation maintains two currencies, known as the Vekllei Crown and the Government Crown for foreign trade.
- The Vekllei Crown is representative of Vekllei’s export-import mechanism known as the International Market. It is gold-backed, and represents the bullion value of the Market. Since the International Market is completely closed and independent of the domestic economy, its value is controlled directly by the so-called Government Bank. It is one of the few gold-backed currencies in a developed nation today.
- The Government Crown is not minted and used only as an investment mechanism, backed by government “white bonds” which are usually measures of labour-hours or refined materials. It is, in a sense, a fiat currency alongside a gold-backed currency.
Both currencies are used for trade internationally, and float on the labour-power of the domestic economy. The Vekllei Crown is minted as a novelty, but otherwise no money is printed in the country, since Government Crowns are essentially labour-backed state bonds. Moneylessness benefits citizens in many ways, as Vekllei people do not typically maintain debts, have access to unlimited small commodities, and enjoy some of the shortest workdays and working weeks in the world, with all citizens afforded two months holiday each year.
Vekllei has a high unemployment rate for a developed country, reported at 12.5%. About 80% of Vekllei workers belong to a trade union, usually Pettiburos or Bureaus. Nearly 2 million Vekllei people are enrolled in higher education full-time, significantly reducing the nation’s labour pool. These are accounted for politically as natural fluctuations of the deregulated Bureau System, and unemployment in the country has seen a stable reduction since the initial decades of independence. Although many citizens in Vekllei are immigrants, the country has few foreign workers, and those employed in the country tend to be high-skill and high-wage workers.
Since no work is compensated by money in the country, international standard metrics for poverty and income per capita are obfuscated. It is generally understood that urban populations have easier access to consumer goods, but inferior access to local produce and genuine meat products. Rural populations are also more likely to take on informal work in their village or town, and may not necessarily hold membership in an industry bureau.
All commercial enterprise in Vekllei is founded along two legal and cultural classifications:
- Venrouive is business managed by a Bureau Proper, an organ consisting of trade unions in an industry. While Bureaus are independent from government, they are for the most part bound to their concern, and so in practice Venrouive businesses are beholden to the democratic processes of the country.
- Senrouive is business not managed by a Bureau Proper, though it may still hold membership in a Petty Bureau. It is analogous to private enterprise.
Vekllei’s sovereign wealth fund, the Government Securities Bureau, is the largest such fund in the world with commodity and non-commodity holdings totalling over VK❦45 trillion. It is the primary investment mechanism of the Vekllei state and has generated controversy around its substantial economic power and commodity holdings abroad. Vekllei is the second-largest logistics hub in the world, and as a maritime city-state sees millions of tonnes worth of shipping traffic each year pass through its ports.
Vekllei’s Dohyo Free Port is the largest in the Atlantic and among the busiest in the world. Most of Vekllei’s liquid currency assets, denominated as Government Kroner, are generated through a shipping Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all foreign business in the country of approx. 10%, of which the Dohyo Free Port contributes VK❦12 trillion each year.
Vekllei primarily exports manufactured goods, which are produced by both human and automatic labour via commodity imports and extraterrestrial materials mining as part of the Solar Concern of the Vekllei Commonwealth Materials Bureau (or Solaburo).
Most personal or private business in Vekllei is structured as either single-person shops (S.p.A., or senrouiva pettetie anaproiouya), co-operative businesses (S.q.A., or senrouiva qualitie anaproiouya), or village factories (S.p.M., or senrouiva persimonaya manufacturie). Any commercial enterprise larger than S.p.M. tends to hold membership in or is directly administered by a Bureau Proper, though there are exceptions.
Tourism is a major source of foreign income in Vekllei, and the country attracts some 6 million tourists annually. Although the number of tourists is low compared to popular destinations in North America and Europe, Vekllei’s strict entry requirements and state monopoly on hotels and tourist infrastructure means that most visitors are high-wealth business travellers or affluent foreigners, which together contribute around 0.5% of the country’s GDP annually.
Vekllei sponsors tourism abroad via the Social Government Bank, which allows Vekllei people to withdraw superannuated cash savings for tourism and travel abroad.
The story of Vekllei is a story of rebirth, and no better is this revealed than in the country’s cultural Aliyah after the Atomic War. Vekllei is an ancient place rediscovering itself and its people, and in the rapid development of the postwar Floral Period there are novel shifts in how Vekllei people talk, behave, and look.
Vekllei has one of the highest population densities in the world, skewed largely by the populous Capital Region. Vekllei considers itself a city-state, and to this end fosters “commonhoods”, represented by common practice, common work and common landscape. Although Vekllei has been settled for thousands of years, postwar advocation of commonhoods emphasises landscape in place of the historic blood in wake of Vekllei’s growing migrant population and multiculturalism. Nearly 30% of Vekllei people were born overseas, though this number is trending down as immigration quotas (set by emigration and housing availability) restrict inflow in recent decades.
Vekllei is experiencing a slight demographic trend towards an older population, and the average age of the country stands at 35 years old.
Vekllei maintains a stable fertility rate of about 1.8 children per woman, indicating a slight decline in population. Vekllei enjoys high rates of immigration, sponsored by the government, and sees settlement from Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, South-East Asia and South America. Vekllei has also experienced high rates of emigration since independence, although many expats retain citizenship and later return to residence in Vekllei at some point. To this end, Vekllei is one of the largest exporters of skilled workers and tradesmen in the world.
❖ Main article: Language in Vekllei
Modern Vekllei language (referred to simply as Vekllei) is the national language of the country and spoken universally within the Home Islands and Vekllei’s various Atlantic possessions. It is notable for its varied sublanguages, which include a signed language called Upotenne and various extant utility scripts.
Vekllei is spoken by around 25 million people, and a further 800,000 people around the world. Its relative complexity and provinciality lend to Vekllei’s cultural obscurity abroad, since few Vekllei people are English literate.
❖ Main article: Religion in Vekllei
Upen is the nondenominational animism of Vekllei, and is practiced nearly universally throughout the country in various forms and traditions. As much a secular cultural tradition as an organised religion, Upen coexists alongside abrahamic and miscellaneous faiths in the country, integrating most immigrant populations in Vekllei into its scripture on landscape and sumoismiaya, or the “spirit of things.”
While Vekllei has no state religion, Upen is thoroughly integrated with Vekllei culture and policy, and informs life and practice in this country as an agonistic feature of culture. Vekllei’s Floral Constitution prohibits governmental regulation of religion or prohibition of faith. Despite this, Upen is taught in state schools and practiced frequently, reinforcing its relevance across younger generations in a broader resurgence of traditional folklore in the postwar era.
Although most people in the country observe Upen apolitically, several other religious cultures hold sway in the country, including Catholicism (11%) Judaism (9%), Buddhism (4%), Islam (2%), Hinduism (1.3%) and Sikhism (0.7%). Despite this, Vekllei has some of the lowest rates of religious adherence in the world, estimated at a mere 6%, signifying Upen’s cultural influence on personal practice and informal ritual.
Education in Vekllei is structured as a State Requisite Bureau (rather than department) under the requoisesiasn amourisocietie scolastie, or A.r.E. Schooling is mandatory and universal between the ages of 5 and 14, and most schools in the country serve all ages between these years. All schools in Vekllei, aside from a half-dozen religious schools, are coeducational and operated directly by the A.r.E.
Students in the uniform of Vekllei government schools | A New Generation
All institutions of higher learning, including universities, trade schools and adult education, are structured under the A.r.E.. School uniforms informed by traditional dress are provided and worn from preschool through to university, and faculty staff also often wear them.
Vekllei’s school enrolment is among the highest in the world, though this calculation includes untraditional and labour schools, including agricultural and maritime schooling.
If Vekllei is hesitant towards formal recognition of socialist aspects within its economy, in its infrastructure those concerns are discarded entirely. Vekllei is a midcentury state of nationalised infrastructure, led by grand modernist visions of progress and affluence. When combined with Upen’s spiritual emphasis on physicality and permanence, Vekllei’s affection for monuments of utility and public works are shown to be deeply embedded in the Vekllei national political spirit.
Unlike manufacturing and general industry, public infrastructure in the country is almost entirely monopolised by the government Utilities (A.r.Un.) and Construction (A.r.Lo.) state requisites, organs in Vekllei analogous to nationalised government industry. Infrastructure consistently ranks among Vekllei’s greatest national expenditure, with trillions of Kroner each year poured into projects across the country.
Sunny morning at the Ou Hydroburo Complex in Ou. | The Ou Hydroburo Office
Most large infrastructure projects, including transport, education, health, military and extraterrestrial interests, are completed in cyclical phases similar to Soviet half-decade plans, including production quotas and hard deadlines for completion. This system of construction has allowed the country to recover quickly from its devastation in the Atomic War and develop one of the most comprehensive public infrastructure systems in the world. Vekllei is a major transport hub for international flights and Atlantic ocean crossings, served largely by the Vekllei International Jetport and the historic Port of Vekllei respectively.
❖ Read more: Railways in Vekllei
Most Vekllei people do not own private autos, though they are available. Only 6% of the population possesses a driver license, and so most Vekllei people are dependent on the free and comprehensive network of transit systems that link settlement in the island, including trains of various guages, maglevs, trams, trolley busses, ferries, canal steamers, helijets, jets and light aircraft.
Vekllei has one of the highest density rail networks in the world, with some 14,000 kilometres of rail of various gauges. Trains vary from maglev hypertrains that connect Vekllei’s Five Crown Cities to steam locomotives still in use for cultural reasons in the Home Island’s rural interior. Vekllei’s smallest rail gauge used in commercial service spans fifteen inches, and is commonly found in mountainous local service. Vekllei simultaneously has the oldest passenger locomotives in regular service in the world alongside some of the newest, including regular overhauls and innovations in maglev and bullet train types.
The Vekllei coast is ringed by various rail types, including the Coastal Bullet Train Network and a series of fast trams. A coastal highway, known as Motorway One, links Vekllei’s single continuous neighbourhood by road. Motorways are not generally speed limited in Vekllei.
For most Vekllei people, automobiles are accessed via autopools, shared vehicle depots that operate like rental cars for trips not easily made via public transit. Licenses are required to drive, though this is rarely enforced and few drivers renew their licenses, especially outside of Vekllei’s urban centres.
Vekllei has five state air carriers, which constitute a government monopoly on all air travel in the country. The international flag carrier is Vekllei Overseas Airways, which serves air routes internationally with a fleet of various aircraft, including nuclear monowings and supersonic jets.
All real estate in Vekllei is negotiated, purchased and leased at a municipal level. Vekllei depends heavily on stewardship as a factor of ownership. Free homes are rented on an open market and are awarded via a complicated interview process rife with favouritism, mitigated by the mandatory circulation of real estate agents around Vekllei. The more time a landholder spends working a property, the larger their portion of ownership over it grows. If the children of a landholder continue to live in the house, they will continue to own it, and the stronger their proportion of ownership will become.
He who works and lives above the shop, owns the shop
– Welcome to Vekllei, Handbook to the Atlantic, 2023
Unusually, in Vekllei land has rights and owns itself, and human ownership is more or less a contract with that land. The borough positions itself as an intermediary. All land is, at its foundation, owned by the Landscape Sovereign; – in other words, the land itself through Upen metaphysics.
In practice, land ownership is portioned between several different things depending on their relationship to that land. The borough has a monopoly, but most Vekllei people “own” their houses. All buildings are built by an architect with contracts from the municipality and the client. It would be nearly impossible for the Vekllei state to evict someone who has lived and worked land for generations, but a borough can intervene on the behalf of landscape or the structure if it’s being damaged.
Real estate is also used as compensation for difficult jobs. Doctors are usually housed close to their place of work in nice apartments built for that purpose. Most people who “rent” in Vekllei are in this situation, where their house depends on their work. Usually, after a certain amount of time, they naturally wrest ownership away from the company (although in common good faith the property is officially gifted). Another good example is submariners, who have good real estate near Vekllei’s naval bases. This post mentions Ayn now owns her home from her work after a decade of service.
Vekllei’s borough municipalities maintain a monopoly on real estate purchase in the country, although the national government and high court retain the right of compulsory acquisition. Most neighbourhoods are planned by municipal architects, leading some to call Vekllei an ‘architocracy’. Homes in planned neighbourhoods are often awarded via a lottery system in places of high demand, or are otherwise floated freely on the market. It is common for housing to be dependent on employment, especially in the Capital Region, and real estate often forms part of viede compaszion, or ‘life compensation,’ which is how most business in Vekllei rewards labour.
Land ownership is common and usually proven by stewardship. Place-metaphysics in Upen also portion ownership between multiple agents simultaneously; the municipality, the land itself, architecture and the homeowner may all share ownership over land, awarded by common interest, community and utility. Although this muddies a traditional understanding of property, all homes in Vekllei are de facto owned by their residents, except in certain professions.
Homes are also commonly inherited in Vekllei. All Vekllei people are guaranteed a right to home and property under the Petticoat Constitution. Some 92% of adults own their residence in Vekllei.
❖ Main article: Post in Vekllei
The Royal Mail of Vekllei is the postal service of the country, and counts among its oldest surviving institutions. Founded in 1422, its origins as a military communications organ manifest today in its contemporary designation as a military state requisite, rather than civilian postal carrier. Despite this, the Royal Mail remains thoroughly civilian in its oversight and practice, and delivers around 50 million mail pieces a day in peak periods, including courier work abroad.
Tzipora races a Royal Mail rural mail train to its next stop. | Racing the Post Office to the Station
Telephones, telegrams and videophones are structured under the Mail as the Office of Telecommunications, which acts as an independent organ of the Mail A.r.
Power & Water
Utilities are provided for by the national Thunderburo (the Hydro, Geo, Nuclear-Electric Commissions) and the Hydroburo (Water Commission) across the country, which were reestablished upon independence in 2015, both managed as proper bureaus of majority government ownership. Vekllei operates sixteen nuclear power plants, but most nuclear energy is sold to Europe via undersea cables. All domestic electricity is supplied by Geothermal power plants and Hydroelectric dams for political and religious reasons, making Vekllei one of the only countries of its size to rely exclusively on renewable energy supply for residential and commercial services.
Vekllei has the cleanest drinking water in the world, supplied by the country’s interior freshwater glaciers. Vekllei’s Hydroburo is also responsible for sewerage treatment and processing in the country.