LAVRADA- The June 2016 Census results have been released, allowing for the first comprehensive look at the demographics of the Grand Republic. The Census, which was conducted by the Ministry of the Interior, consisted of five questions directed at provincial governors and regional administrators: “How many citizens in your region?”, “What is the gender ratio in your region?”, “What age categories do your citizens fit in?”, “What is the religious affiliation of your citizens?”, and “How many military service members in your region?”. The individual regional results were compiled to form national population statistics, which can be seen below.
The overall population of Delvera is 38 citizens as of the census. This is slightly lower than the previous estimate of 41 due to a minor loss of inactive citizens. In the following chart, we can see the population distribution throughout the Delveran regions (note: Lavrasian statistics include Zancudo and Avannia, territories over which Lavrasia has guardianship):
Germanija is by far the largest region by population, making up 50% of Delveran citizenry on its own. This will be important to note in the upcoming First Consular elections in July, as Germanija may be a swing province.
The next chart, showing the gender ratio in Delvera, is less than surprising:
Given the martial nature of Delveran culture up to this point, as well as the fact that all of the positions in the national government are filled by males, it does not come as a shock that male citizens outnumber female citizens by nearly 3 to 1.
The age range of Delveran citizens is a bit more diverse:
From this, we can see that about 50% of Delveran citizens are over the age of 20, and thus do not qualify as “teenagers”. This seems to be somewhat rare among micronations. On the other hand, the largest age category is 12-15, which makes up nearly a third of the population, meaning that most of those citizens who qualify as teenagers are in the lower end of that age group.
Perhaps the most interesting of the results come from the question about religion:
The Ministry of the Interior anticipated the Protestant majority (68%) and the Catholic minority (3%), but a surprising number (13%) of respondents identified as nonreligious. The remainder of the citizenry (16%) chose not to respond to the question about religion, which is understandable if a bit disappointing. A previously unknown Protestant minority, Presbyterians (18%), was also uncovered by the Census.
The final question dealt with military service (note that this is national military service, not provincial militia service):
We can see from this chart that, while service members are a minority nationally (42%), they still make up a significant percentage of citizenry. Our final chart shows the distribution of these service members across Delvera’s regions:
From this, we see that military service is disproportionate across the nation. While service members are a majority in Lavrasia (70%) and Neosho (60%), they are a minority in Germanija (26%) and nonexistent in Colo.
The Census was originally planned for purposes of taxation, but it is clear that much more has come from it. While these statistics will still be used for taxation, they will also be utilized (among other things) for elections, military recruitment, event planning, and tailoring of national websites and wiki pages to better represent Delveran citizenry.
Reporter: Jordan Brizendine