Cartyas, or Cȧrq́ax, is a fictional
country that is part of the Dutch geofictive
interaction project "Atlantis".
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Cartyas is an almost entirely landlocked country
on the island of Borealia. Most of its borders
are formed by high mountains that cut it off
from its neighbouring countries: Carthamia in
the west, Tholenia in the north, Schellingen in
the east and Dumeria in the south. The
inhabitants of Cartyas are descendants of
European immigrants who crossed the Atlantic and
ended up in Borealia. The Dumerians, who arrived
later, eventually pushed the Cartians in the
mounainous area where they currently live. For
many centuries the Cartians remained isolated
within their mountains until the country was
opened up after a political and cultural
revolution in the second half of the 19th
century. The mostly agrarian society
industrialised at a large speed, but due to
continuing economic downfall in the second half
of the 20th century, Cartyas is currently one of
the poorer countries in the region.
Small map of Cartyas. Click the picture for a
Country codes: CQX, .cq
National holidays: 12 October / 24
idox́ȧli (Treaty of
"Ovovȧtecunȯ Tahu̇nś X́ahalȧ, Ovovȧtecunȯ
X́ahu̇leś Cȧrq́ax" - May the Gods protect the
governor, may the governor protect Cartyas.
GDP: $20,076 million ($3,261 per capita)
Currency: 1 Velurq́i (CQV) = 16 Markexe;
Inflation: 1.2% (2016).
Unemployment: 10.7% (2016).
Working population: agriculture 25.9%,
industry 25.8%, services 48.3%
Export: corn, potatoes, fruits and
vegetables, meat, dairy products, sheep,
textiles, chemicals, metals, hydropower, weapons
Import: cars, technological products,
alimentary products, textiles, chemicals, oil
Main trade partners: Carthamia, Dumeria,
Tholenia, Schellingen, Benjiland, other
Cȧrq́axeǵodė Cȧrq́ilasćeni Bankė (National
Bank of Cartyas), İcehux
(airfreight), CarqAir (passenger
Motorways: there are six officially defined
controlled-access highways, designated by V1 to
V6. In addition, there are some bypasses and
(parts of) city rings that have the character of
controlled-access highways, but aren't listed as
Main roads: main roads are designated
with two digit numbers only.
Other roads: smaller roads are designated
with three digit numbers.
Maximum speed: 90 km/h on motorways (70 in
case of precipitation and bad road), 70 km/h on
main and other roads, 50 km/h in urban areas).
Railways: Although Cartyas has a large
amount of railway tracks, many of these aren't
used anymore and/or are severely deteriorated.
Airports: there is an International
Airport near Hov́an; regional airports and
airfields can be found near Oca, Curśa, Lu̇źo,
İzėliśuldė, Xiṕ, Xėzė,
Ȧsıqtau, Egixulś and Vȧrśalek.
between Oca and the island of İrq́in and
between several settlements around Lake Elzha.
International phone number: +2891.
Main local numbers: (0)10 Curśa, (0)20
Hov́an, (0)21 Lu̇źo, (0)23
Ėǵu̇bȯ, (0)24 Xėlurq́ȧ, (0)25 Asćėv́un,
(0)30 Oca, (0)40 Aq́ılexic, (0)50 Varśalek,
(0)60 Ȧsıqtau, 0700 general alarm number (can
only be called from within Cartyas).
UTC-2 (no daylight saving)
Cȧrq́ax (English: Cartyas, Dutch:
Kartjas, German: Kartschaß,
French: Cartiasse, Russian:
Area: 26,720 km2 (bigger than Macedonia,
smaller than Haiti).
Regime: decentralised republic with
bottom-up democracy (unofficial designation).
Inhabitants: 6,156,475 (est. 1-1-2017).
Population density: 230.4 inh./km2.
Population growth: 0.59% (2016).
Life expectancy: 74.8 years (male), 78.0
Cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants:
Languages: Cartian (Caru̇h́), official;
Nagaskian and German dialects and creoles,
Ethnic groups: Cartians (90%), Rudentians
and other German speaking minorities (3%),
Nagaskians (2%), other (5%).
Religions: Nagaskism (93%), Christianity
(5%), Judaeism (1%).
Universities: Hov́an (1794), Oca (1938).
Cartians don't have family names. Persons are
indicated with their first names, followed by a
patronym, meaning 'son of' or 'daughter of'. A
man's patronym is created by adding -me
to his father's first name; a woman's patronym
by adding -p to her father's first name.
As Cartian names and the gender they are used
for are often unfamiliar to foreigners, the
patronym can be used to determine if a person
you haven't seen before is male or female.
Creating a patronym using the mother's name
(i.e. a matronym) is extremely rare and used
only when the father's name is unknown or when
the mother's social status is more important
than the father's.
Cartians are introduced with these two names,
but after that, it is polite to continue
addressing them by the first name, unless a
person has an important status, in which case
you can proceed to call him or her by his or her
full name, or use u̇n (sir) or ṕozim
(ma'am) in combination with the first name only.
Using these words in combination with someone's
full name should be avoided however, as this
will be interpreted as sarcastic and therefore
Capital: Curśa (ceremonial capital,
Seat of the government: Hov́an.
Seat of the Constitutional Court:
Administrative division: 77 Cėv́ixe
('Towns') and Remixe ('Fields'), which
can be freely combined to Ȧshulėxe
('Shires'); currently 74 of the Towns and Fields
form nine Shires; three Fields have chosen not
to join a Shire.
Head of state: X́ahalȧ (governor)
Lȯtar Hėriberteme, since 2014. The
X́ahalȧ is appointed for life by the
members of the parliament.
Parliament: Źu̇x́o ('the Thing'),
which convenes annually in May or June to
discuss the current affairs, and otherwise
whenever necessary. The members are
representatives of the governing councils of the
Shires and of the Towns and Fields that don't
belong to a Shire.
Political parties: none.
Head of government: V́iv́isćeni
Minister (prime minister) Ziv́ih
Oluhume, since 2016.
Minister of foreign affairs: Ṕaǵon
Oluhup (f), since 2015.
International organisations: Cartyas is a
FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, IDA, IFAD, IFRCS,
IMF, IMO, IOC, OSCE, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, WHO,
Courts of justice:
Constitutional Court (seven judges)
Court of Cassation (thirteen judges)
Courts of First Instance
Courts of Appeal
The judges of the Constitutional Court are
appointed for life by the governor; the other
judges are appointed by the government for a
three year term, which is once renewable for
three years and after that for one year.
GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
For the most part, Cartyas lies around the
river Ėlźa in the Fugesian mountain range.
Towards the southwest, the country is low and
ends in a small coastal area and a small island
off the coast. Towards Carthamia, the
countryside is hilly, but the borders with
Tholenia, Schellingen and Dumeria are more
Highest mountain: t.b.d.
Largest lake: Ėlźasćeni Ahėv́o (Lake
Longest river: Ėlźa (Elzha).
Climate: temperate; cool, not
particularly wet winters and dry, hot summers in
the southwest, colder towards the northeast and
in the mountains.