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Tianlin (Mandarin Chinese: 天林, Tiānlín), officially known as the Democratic Republic of Tianlin (天林民主共和国, Tiānlín mínzhǔ gònghéguó), is a sovereign state located in northwestern Lada Terra on planet Venus. A predominantly insular nation, Tianlin is currently the southernmost country on Venus. The region came under Chinese colonization during the 1990s, with the residence declaring their independence in late 2003. Along with New Kamchatka, Tianlin is one of the few proclaimed socialist states to have been established on Venus.
As is common within the polar regions of Venus, the territory of Tianlin is subtropical and temperate (often comparable to that of the Mediterranean Sea). Lush rainforests pocket the northernmost islands, while the south is covered with evergreen forests. Most of the population is located along the coast of Otygen Mare.
The name Tianlin was coined in the late 1990s. The name roughly translates as "the celestial forest" in Chinese. The name is in reference to the lush forests located across Lada Terra. It is also said that the name was derived from the historic names Tianchao ("Celestial Empire").
Following the successes of the Soviet Union and the United States in their efforts to colonize Venus, the People's Republic of China quickly jumped into the race. With the northern hemisphere being dominated by the two superpowers, it was decided that the first Chinese taikonauts would land and colonize the southern continent of Lada Terra. The region was also selected due to its similarities to China in climate. Li Qinglong became the first Chinese citizen to set foot on Venus in the mid-1990s.
As the two superpowers continued to compete against each other on Venus (most notably in the Rocket Race), China instead decided to solidify their control over southern Venus. China became the first power to completely open all travel to Venus as a means to alleviate China's overpopulation. The Chinese settlements were also quick to abolish the one-child policy as another way to encourage population growth. Within a few years, these "volunteers" quickly began to transform the southern hemisphere. Many would later attribute this period of rapid growth as one of the catalysts for the Venus Treaty in 2000. Following the successful independence movements of New Kamchatka (2001), Kennedy (2002), and New Florida (2003); the Chinese settlements began to move in the same direction. Independence was proclaimed in late 2003, with the People's Republic of China reluctantly recognizing this months later.
Tianlin was inspired by New Kamchatka in using their independence to "fix socialism" as they saw it. Most Tianlinese favored a nation centered around Deng Xiaoping Theory of authoritarianism, capitalism, meritocracy, and pragmatism; as well as an expansion of democracy and civil liberties. Many have compared Tianlin's positions to be similar to those of Singapore, in which the nation is still authoritarian yet works for and responds to the citizens. This shift in policy has also caused strains between China and her former colonies, with Tianlin's openness towards Falun Gong and the Tiananmen Square Protests being the larger issues.
Government and Politics
The Democratic Republic of Tianlin is a presidential republic dominated by two political parties: the Communist Party and the Democracy Party. The Communists continue to promote Maoism but have somewhat devolved into an agrarian and social democratic party. Following its banning within China, the Democracy Party gained popularity within Tianlin as a capitalist and liberal conservative party. The Democrats have held dominance in Tianlin since the late 2000s, while the Communists continue to hold support among the rural regions of the nation.