Canada
Canada

Canada is a country located in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land territory being dominated by forest and tundra and the Rocky Mountains. It is highly urbanized, with 82 percent of the 35.15 million people concentrated in large- and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Canada is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries.

For all its proximity to the United States, Canada has managed to avoid collateral damage from the civil war that ravaged its southern neighbor by remaining neutral to the internecine conflict while acting as a safe harbor for refugees fleeing the crumbling United States. In spite of this, Canada was forced to allow British warplanes and military transports to be stationed in and deployed from Canadian military bases against the American insurgency. Minor spillover conflicts sparked some fighting in border cities, but the damage dealt by these events is insignificant in the face of larger global impact. Since the end of the Second American Civil War, Canada has offered financial and material assistance to the US and continued to honor asylum statuses for refugees who fled across the US-Canada border during the war.

Government

Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II being the head of state. The country is officially bilingual at the federal level. Canada's current Governor General is Matthieu Richmond and its Prime Minister is Fareeda Bahmani. Prime Minister Bahmani has held this position since 2008 and maintains considerable popular support from Canadian citizens, though has frequently clashed with British governance over SLC-Expressive registration. Tension within the Canadian government has only grown since the civil war, and a rising tide of separatism among the Canadian populace is pushing for a referendum to proclaim total independence from Great Britain.

Economy

Canada's advanced economy is the tenth largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks. Canada's long and complex relationship with the United States has had a significant impact on its economy and culture, and the collapse of the US Economy in the aftermath of the civil war has had significant deleterious effects on Canada's economic standing. It is by this weak leg that the populist Canadian independence movement is stalled as the nation begins a slow pivot toward the UK for financial security.

Rights of SLC-Expressive/Registration

Ever since the 2007 revelation of the "Evolved" to the world at large, Canada has maintained one of the most liberal stances on Evolved registration in the world. From 2007 to 2010 Canada lacked any formal registry, though pressure from Great Britain finally forced the nation to create a Registry of the Evolved following the catastrophic November 8th 2010 riots in the United States.

While the 2010 Registry was mandatory, complications with Canadian privacy laws instated in 2008 prevented the government from mandating a blood test, leaving the Registration process a verbal interview. No further legislation restricting the status or rights of SLC-Expressive humans has yet been implemented in Canada up to the current year, however increasing pressure from the UK and leveraging of Canada's dire financial situation is increasing the possibility that Canada may be strong-armed into adopting the a Registry compliant with EUSR (see here). While Great Britain maintains the power to force Canada to implement such legislation, the already tenuous relations with America have stayed Britain's hand from this power play.

Travel

Travel between the United States and Canada is largely unrestricted provided traveling parties possess a passport. Canadian citizens attempting to travel to the UK must apply for an EUSR-Compliant Registration card, a process which typically takes 4-6 months to arrange.

It is noteworthy that Canada currently has an estimated population of 15,700 American refugees living in its border cities who fled the US for fear of persecution in the years leading up to — and during — the civil war. American refugees who apply for asylum status are given Canadian citizenship, however the recent threats of an EUSR-Compliant registry being instated in Canada, coupled with the US's new and more liberal Chesterfield Act, has made many refugees consider returning home.

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