Amerikaens Free State
|Amerikaens Free State|
|Amerikaense Vrÿstaet |
Estado Libre Americanereño
|Area||362 000 sq. km.|
|Languages||Amerikaens (official) |
|Currency||Amerikaener guilder (AGD)|
The Amerikaens Free State (Amerikaens: Amerikaens Vrÿstaet; Dutch: Amerikaanse Vrijstaat; Spanish: Estado Libre Americanereño), shortened to AFS (Amerikaens: A.V.S) and commonly known as the Freestate, is a sovereign nation in the western portion of North America. It is bordered on the north by Tussenland, west by the Pacific Ocean, and south by Mexico. The modern nation was born as a result of Dutch-speaking settlers gradually migrating west from Tussenland and New Netherland. Before becoming an independent state, New Spain ruled over the region. Today, the majority of the population are of Dutch heritage.
The country's official name is rendered in three different languages. In the country's official language, Amerikaens, it is known as the Amerikaens Vrÿstaet. In Dutch, it is known as the Amerikaanse Vrijstaat. The English name Amerikaens Free State is an amalgamation of the Dutch "Amerikaens" and English "Free State", and is the common name of the country when used in English language contexts.
The first Europeans to explore what is now the AFS were the Spanish. Juan Perez explored the sea around the Westerzee coast for the Spanish crown in 1779. Since then, Spain had been sparsely sending expeditions from New Spain. It was not until 1799 that the first Dutch-speaking Amerikaners started to trek out west and explore the region. Most of the trekkers were from New Netherland, who wished to escape religious persecution and the classism of the newly independent country. A majority of them were members of the Venerationists, a homegrown branch of Christianity that developed in New Netherland.
Throughout 1799 to 1830, the Dutch migrants began forming sparsely populated communities, eventually developing into five different polities called the "Boer Republics." This had angered Spain, who also laid claim to the region. In 1830, the Spanish began exercising force on their territorial claims. Throughout the 1830s, Spain would invade and annex these Boer Republics and made them special semi-autonomous provinces under the New Spain. In exchange for their loyalty to Spain, the Boers were allowed the freedom of religion. However, Spain offered special privileges and favoritism to settlers who converted to Christianity.
When New Spain became independent and became the Mexican Empire, the Boer provinces were at a precarious situation. The emperor of Mexico started meddling with the internal politics of the Boer provinces, to the disapproval of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who were sympathetic. Mexico also exercised intensive proselytization of the population to Christianity throughout the 1880s. The Mexican treatment of the Boers was used as one of the pretexts of the Dutch to launch the 1901-1903 Dutch-Mexican War. After the war, the three southern provinces (Nueva Orañe, Goudhaven, and Voorlandt) elected to remain under the Mexican Empire, given that their freedoms were guaranteed. The two northern provinces became one unified country: the Amerikaens Free State.
Despite being a republic after their independence, 20th century AFS politics was marred with corruption. The political landscape was dominated by political families/dynasties, and had adverse effects to their political maturity.
The flag features a simplified cross of Burgundy representing their historical status as Spanish subjects, with five stars for the five original Boer republics before Spanish rule, on an orange field (representing their Dutch heritage).
The Amerikaanse Free State (AFS) is a sovereign nation on the west coast of the North American continent. The AFS is primarily considered a newly industrialized country, which has an economy currently in transition from one based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing. Despite this, the AFS is today still considered to be an agricultural nation.
As of present day, the Amerikaens Free State has a population of 9 million. Three-fourths of the population reside in the Pacific province of Westerzee and the inland province of Centraelia. It is the most ethnically homogeneous nation in North America, with 89% of the population of Dutch descent (2020). The majority of the AFS population is Christian. Two-thirds adhere to the Protestant denomination, while a third adhere to the Catholic Church.
The official language of the AFS is Amerikaans, a Dutch-language variant originating from New Netherland to the east. Spanish is also a co-official language in the AFS due to 63 years of Hispanic rule (1840-1903) and is more common among the older population. 23% of the population claim to speak Spanish as a first language.
The variant of Amerikaans spoken in the AFS, called Voor Amerikaans, heavily borrows vocabulary from the Spanish language. Code-switching is common, especially among the younger generation. In writing, the spelling of most words adopted from Spanish is retained, with exceptions for older terms such as Kommestras (Hello; from Spanish 'cómo estás').
However, Standard Amerikaans is still the country's primary language in government, academia, and legal matters.