NONSENS     Nwangawi Mbambazi Lekola Republic Ntamboutu Nyabubanga Lalaland Lazuanda Ntembe
    District 34 Kiyakilawi Xambu Lupombo Qwatibotimba Botimba Gurungdjara
Non-NONSENS Entities Relevant to the NONSENS Region:   ChungNwa   -  Ciquivi   -  Westria Annex
Ntembe   NTEMBE   Ntembe
Ntembe is a 800-year old Kingdom in a region dominated by the Ntembenu people for ten thousand years. It has the oldest Cruisian Church in the New World, and is amongst the oldest Cruisian-ruled Kingdoms in the world, having a disciple of one of the Apostles of Cruis visit the ancient kingdoms and establish the faith. Consequently, separated for centuries from the other churches, the liturgy of the faith is markedly different to that practised in the old continents, but at the core is the same beliefs. Ntembe has experienced several different dynasties over the centuries, including being under the thumb of the New Armatirion Company (NAC) for 98 years when the current Mfalmemajani dynasty was founded. Treachery in the Royal Court lead to the installation of the eight year-old first King Mfalmemajani, a dynasty that gave certain courtiers extensive powers which they used to enrich themselves by granting economic control of the Kingdom to the NAC. While it gave the NAC control over taxation and mining, exclusive rights to settle and exploit resources and to manage the kingdom's international trade, it also meant there was no hostilities as there were in Gurungdjara. Having these rights, the NAC saw no reason to assume local government and left the Kingdom largely to run itself. However, the economic exploitation has denied the Kingdom much needed development, with billions of Crowns worth of minerals exported without royalties paid. Reforms under King Mfalmemajani III in the early 250s amounted to nothing short of a coup, and reaffirming Royal power. While there was no resulting direct conflict between the NAC and crown, it has long been suspected the king was assassinated in 259ap, which solidified national support for the young Crown Prince and gave him a substantially improved negotiating position with the NAC, resulting in a better deal for the kingdom, which the present King has used to improve the lot of his people. Consequently, Ntembe has fared better than most emergent nations of the former New Armatirion, with few abuses, the rights of Ntembeninyi largely respected, and the Kingdom retained extant as a protectorate of, first the New Armatirion Company (NAC) and later the Armatirian colonial ministry.
Ntembe has little industrial development, most of the indigenous population surviving by subsistence farming, while a small elite "white" population live in wealth. The country is tropical, the soil relatively poor for agriculture except in mountain regions, meaning there is heavy reliance on fertilizers for those who can afford it. Key issues for subsistence farmers is produce and water storage, since rainfall falls in very intense, short periods, leaving the country dry the rest of the time. The Kingdom is seeking to strengthen both with community infrastructure works, but these are expensive and progress will be slow. With mineral exports now taxable, the Kingdom is hoping higher tax revenues will allow greater expenditure on badly needed schools, health centres, roads, and electricity and phone services throughout the majority of the country. While schools have existed over the past century-plus and staffed by dedicated educators, they have been inadequately funded and training of teachers is badly needed.
BASIC INFORMATION:
 
Official Name: The Kingdom of Ntembe
Variants: Ntembe Mwi
Demonym: Ntembeninyi
Adjective: Ntembenu (polite), Ntembetu (local use)
Area: 881,008 sq.km
Capital: Mji Ntembe (est. 79,000)
Regime: Absolute Monarchy transitioning into Constitutional Monarchy
Legal System: Transitioning into Civil Law
 
Political map of Ntembe and Gurungdjara
Political map of Ntembe and Gurungdjara
 
CLIMATE AND RIVERS:
 
Climate: Equatorial: two monsoon seasons, heavy rains, hot and humid
Rainfall (mm): 1,440 mm (Mji Ntembe)
2,610 mm (Tarlice)
Rainfall (days): 128 days per year (Mji Ntembe)
171 days per year (Tarlice)
Largest River: Ntembe River
Largest River Flow: Annual Avg. 7,000 cu.m/s at Tarlice
Peak 13,000 cu.m/s at Tarlice
 
As an equatorial land mass, Ntembe receives metres of rain each year, the northern coast receiving 3,000 mm of rain each year, though most of the country averages above 1,500 mm of rainfall. Most of this falls between September and April, with May and August as half-normal rainfall, and June and July a dry season. Consequently, the Ntembe River, into which 80% of the country's rain eventually drains, has served as the transport-ation hub for centuries, and is still used to ferry minerals to smelters downriver. Floods are common around the first four months of the year.
 
Physical map of Ntembe and Gurungdjara
Physical map of Ntembe and Gurungdjara. The vertical scale of this map is incorrect, but the topography is roughly correct. The eastern centre of the country has an elevation higher than 500m. Borders are also not to be taken literally.
 
POPULATION:
 
Inhabitants: 15.6 million
(incl. 650,000 non-indigenous)
Density: 17.69 persons/sq.km (45.83 /sq.mi)
Growth: Est. 2.0%
Life Expectancy: 51.7 years
Ethnic Groups: Ntembeninyi, Armatirian, some Gurungdjaran, others
Languages: Kintembe (official), Armatirian, Ingallish, Gurungdjaran
Literacy: Est. 68.40%
Religions: Cruisianity, Gurungdjaran traditional beliefs
Major Cities: Tarlice (pop. 320,000), Kennitt, Fontaine
 
Ntembe's population is 96% Ntembeninyi, with Tarlice the former colonial capital and by far the country's largest city. The Ntembenu Orthodox Church is the largest religious organisation in the country having some fourteen million members, and the oldest in the new world having been established some 1,600 years ago, while Cruisians have existed in the country for almost 300 years before that. While there has been some disputing these claims, archeologists are finding evidence to support it.
 
GOVERNMENT:
 
Independence: 1381 B.P.
Autonomy: November 9th, 316ap (proclaimed freedom from Armatirion)
Divisions: None
Head of State: King Mfalmemajani IV (b.237ap; c.259)
Head of Government: Chief Royal Minister Biyan Kifaru
Foreign Minister: Maoni Kiongozi
Organisations: NONSENS
 
The Mfalmemajani Dynasty began after the country fell under NAC protection:
King Mfalmemajani I (b.193ap; c.201; d.211)
King Mfalmemajani II (b.195ap; c.211; d.247)
King Mfalmemajani III (b.217ap; c.247; d.259)
King Mfalmemajani IV (b.237ap; c.259)
The dynasty's first king died at age 17 without an heir, after ruling for just ten years. His brother assumed the throne, and sired the dynasty's third king. Some suspect the reforms of his son, aimed at curbing the NAC's control of the economy precipitated his death at only 42. Company rule thereafter ended in 299ap after 98 years, in the fourth and present King's fortieth year, supplanted by Armatirian colonial rule.
The Crown Prince was born in 265ap. Some have suggested the Mfalmemajani dynasty should be retired as a symbol of Armatirian rule and the ancient Mfalmedahabujoka dynasty restored.
 
ECONOMY:
 
GDP: Est. M 192.92 million (ChC 26,328.0 million)
Currency: Mweziya (M), Sikuya (S/s), sabu (j) (1:24:480)
Exchange Rate: M 1/0/0 = H 160 (= ChC 136.4731)
M 0/0/1 = H 0.3333 (= ChC 0.2843)
Average Annual Household Income:
Est. M 51/8/13.36 (ChC 7,009.42)
Average Subsistence Farmer Income (yr):
Est. M 4/2/16 (or s98.8 or ChC 561.81)
Average Subsistence Farmer Income (daily):
Est. 5.4j per day (or ChC 1.54)
GINI Coefficient: Est. 85
Inflation: Est. 4%
Unemployment: n/a
Working Population: 8.63 million
Major Industries: Mining, subsistence agriculture
Imports: Almost all goods except basic foodstuffs
Exports (value): M 73.952 million (ChC 10,092.5 billion)
Exports (goods): Copper, Gold, Cobalt, Diamonds, Germanium, Silver, Tin, Lead, Uranium, Gemstones
Oil Production: Est. 30,000 barrels/day
worth ChC 547.5 million annually
Oil Reserves: Est. 3.7 billion barrels
338 years' worth at curr. prodn.
Main Trading Partners: Gurungdjara, Armatirion
Main (Private) Companies: New Armatirion Company (North-West), Tarlice Bank, Kennitt Cement and Construction, White Sands Mining, KBN Insurance Group, Armatirion Sunrise Group
Government Companies: National Bank of Ntembe, Cooperative Bank of Ntembe, Shirika Simu Ntembetu (SSN) (Telecoms), Shirika Umeme Ntembetu (SUN) (Electricity Authority of Ntembe), Barua Ntembetu (Postal)
 
The New Armatirion Company profited largely from the mineral wealth of Ntembe, which is vast. With ten billion crowns worth of raw minerals pulled from the soil last year, which were then refined in Kennitt and Tarlice before being shipped primarily to Armatirion, the NAC was making monsterous profits. Now, the King has imposed a 50% royalty share on all minerals, meaning the royal treasury will hence receive five billion Cruisanan Crowns. However, the NAC has warned that mines may be rendered "unprofitable" as a consequence.
 
OTHER:
 
Timezone(s): -13
Int'l Phone Code: +65
Digraph/Trigraph: .nb, NTM (.nt Noteraland, .nm Namuria, .nb New Bowdani (Obs.))
Airports: Tarlice International, Fontaine International
Seaports: Tarlice
Major Sports: Football, Basketball, Athletics
People per Doctor: 5,678
People per Hospital Bed:
578
Rail: Approx. 22km
Paved Highways: Approx. 783 km
Electricity Generation Capacity:
2,350 MW in 12 stations
National Electricity Consumption:
14,639 GWh
 
Ntembe is woefully underserved in national infrastructure, since most internal transportation of minerals has been achieved by barges along the Ntembe River. Consequently, there was little need for rail or roads unless they connected mines with the river.