Scraps of Worldbuilding

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  1. Andrenne

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    So after a few conversations in voice chats and some things that have been noticed by other RPers and myself, I've decided to open up a thread about all the small scraps of worldbuilding that simply won't fit into their own threads, or aren't enough to build a whole RP off of, or anything you worldbuild that you simply want to put onto the threads to make it canon. Please do not abuse this thread just to make various things canon just to avoid making a thread, such as stating "One time, we won a war against these guys and took their land," or something similar.
    [hr]I'll start the thread off with a small, mostly useless bit of worldbuilding- A Skandan MRE menu. Skandan MREs, known as "Ko’keiji Ha’eto Ho’okyu'ni", or "Individual Combat Rations" (KHH/ICR) are used by the Skandan Liberation Forces (Skandan Armed Forces). These modern rations have been in use by Skanda since 1992, replacing their older forms (Now known as the Type 02 KHH ration), of course with the menus changing each year at least a little bit. The "Type 01" Menu is the modern form of the KHH ration, with the “Type 02” being the older, canned forms of the rations. There are also 24hr variations, not seen on this Type 01 Menu, but instead on the “Type 03” Menu. (Also, Ru = Poi). A example name for a ration would be ""T1K7A" which in this case would be Menu Type 01, Option 7A - Chicken Kusai w/ Ru. "T" stands for "T'ainu", or Type, and "K" stands "Kosho", or Option. T'ainu 1 - Kosho 7A.

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  2. Syrixia

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    IMPERIAL ARMED FORCES SENIOR OFFICERS

    UNIVERSAL: (superior to Army and Navy SOs)
    Emperor (Supreme Commander)
    Grand Marshal (runs the Imperial Armed Forces)
    Field Marshal a.k.a Marshal

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    Grand Admiral (runs the Navy)
    Fleet Admiral
    Admiral
    Vice Admiral
    Rear Admiral
    Commodore

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    Master-General (runs the Army)
    General
    Major-General
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    SYRIXIAN MUSICAL HISTORY: 1980-2018[hr]Syrge W. Bush, King of Nidaros - Today at 9:46 PM
    Syrixian "pop" is a thing of the 1980s. Songs back then had an "air of chic" to them, with a combination of elegance in melodies and tempo, soft yet firm singing, and often times a flair of cosmopolitanism. This was a product of the culture of the 80s in Syrixia- which was basically a combination of hippies and right-wing libertarianism. It was a reaction against the moral conservatism of the 60s and 70s, and signified a shift towards libertarianism.

    Here's a good example of 1980s Syrixian music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd2B8OAotU8[hr]Syrge W. Bush, King of Nidaros - Today at 9:48 PM
    In the 2000s (IE: just the 00s), you might say a reactionary movement against a reactionary movement began to occur. Whilst fast-paced speed of the 1980s-1990s songs remained, they combined with more traditional art forms to create a sort of bhangra style.

    Here's an example of Syrixian music in the 00s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTIIMJ9tUc8[hr]Syrge W. Bush, King of Nidaros - Today at 9:52 PM
    Then we get to the 2010s. More advanced technology begins to bring back more elements from the 1980s, but this time, the bhangra element remains at the forefront and core of Syrixian music. This is where we are today.

    Here's a great example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRSeV_27z6k
     
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    Cimmerian passport note
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    This is the note that is found in all Cimmerian passports. It is translated as the following-

    "His Imperial Majesty's Principal Minister of Foreign Affairs requests and requires, to all those whom it may concern in the name of His Imperial Majesty, to allow the bearer, a Cimmerian citizen, to pass freely without delay or hindrance, and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary."
     
  6. Zyvun

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    Great lake Senhebergs creation was started in in the early 1860's and ended at the turn of 1868 it was a major and costly effort to create the lake. As its entire bed had to be dug and made viable. And the two river ravines dug up into the mountains to release bountiful aquifers. These raging raids are the red peak river and the Ansben Senheberg river known for its direct cut path through the two cities
    It is considered a national wonder and is the face of the 50 jule.
    Norsia uses great lake senheberg for water infrastructure as well as a spot of exceptional landscape beauty. Due to its origins its symbol and what purpose it serves Norsia, the lake is considered a national reserve and government territory. While legal to walk and hike within its territories it is illegal to camp, hunt and do many other things within the territory.

    This is in place to keepthe destructive footprint in the area as small as possible
    The civil war decimated the reserve. Some of its forests burned its meadows became trench networks and pillboxes, the war scarred and killed the very land it took place on. Skirmishes occurred so close to the waterfront that there are bodies biological and chemical agents in the water.
    At present time the lake is considered non viable by the NCHS and the HRI and the water plant is shut down
    It is going to be an extremely costly effort to not only restore and preserve the reserve but toalso make it that the Senheberg region has sustainable water again
    With the chemical and biological warfare agents including DMSO in the water plus the bodies that need to be dredged the water is considered poisonous to even come in contact with and if such occurs immediate medical attention is to be sought
    Given its status as a national treasure its current condition is a source of immense shame.
     
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    The Cimmerian Charter of Rights
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    The Cimmerian Charter of Rights is a legal document that was signed be Emperor Gottlieb II on 28 April 1652. It was signed to ensure that the subjects would be guaranteed rights that would be given to them, and that these rights could not be taken away.

     
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    History of Gojannesstad:

    In ancient times, the city of Gojannesstad was near nonexistent. The predecessor settlement was founded in the 800s AD, known as Mydfjordstad. It was placed in a fertile confluence of the Naderfjord and Mydfjord, and this would be key to its influence in the future. As inland trade grew along the fjords and rivers, Mydfjordstad became larger and larger, as well as more important. By 1200, the population of Mydfjordstad was almost that of Naderfjord, the capital of Goyanes.

    In the 1500s, the sweeping changes of Danneg the V came by, and with that, the capital moved from Naderfjord to Mydfjordstad, which by now had vastly surpassed Naderfjord. Danneg V renamed the city Gojannesstad (“Goyanes City”) to cement it as the current and everlasting capital of Goyanes. Its location proved vital for controlling inland trade, and it became a bustling inland port, handling shipments from the coasts to the vast interior of the Gojan Peninsula, not to mention its strategic location was easily defensible, and close to the major population centers of Goyanes.

    During the Nordic Golden Age, Gojannesstad experienced immense growth, and with the industrial revolution, the city quickly expanded past the old city walls (which remain to this very day), and outwards onto both sides of the fjord. The city was growing at an immense rate, and pollution became a problem.

    During the late 1800s, private corporations began to establish underground train systems to better connect and capitalize on the city’s transportation problems. These railways would become the modern Gojannesstad U-Baner.

    In the Fascist War, Gojannesstad became a target of nighttime air raids from Imperyk Bombers, and until Goyanes managed to push them further, the city was pummeled by bombs frequently. leading to the evacuation of children to the countryside. Grand Emperor Natan II fell victim to the bombing raids, dying during a strike in Tageskiele Palace.

    The intense bombing of the city allowed for a great rebuilding, as as the city built back up, more modern buildings were built, as well as new transit lines, and new factories. Gojannesstad experienced another major population boom, as people moved to the city to capitalize on cheap real estate and start their lives over again.

    In the late 60s, Gojan Jårnbaner made Gojannesstad the central hub for the new Høyhastikettog system, and the U-Baner continued expanding into the suburbs. This, coupled with new environmental regulation, caused pollution to decline radically, making Gojannesstad a much cleaner and less polluted city.

    In the 80s and 90s, Gojannesstad continued its growth, with new financial industries booming, as well as a massive service economy in the city.

    By the modern day, Gojannesstad has reached a population of about 18 million, or about 14.5% of the population. Gojannesstad is a massive city, with efficient public transportation, clean air, and a nice quality of life, guaranteed by the fact that the city supports lots and lots of jobs, and the fact that there is so much green space as well.
     
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    The Sutherland Federation is undergoing a flag change. This flag can also be found on the NS nation Sutherland Federation.

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    The King and the Banker- a Vallish Folk Tale

    One day in 1733, just after the thirtieth anniversary of Independence Day, a Vallish minister and banker named Geir Ålsen travelled to the Syrixian Empire, on, essentially, a business trip. Upon arriving in Pataliputra, he went to the office of the Registrar-General and asked, "Who is the king of your country and where may I find him?" The Registrar-General responded with confusion, but did suggest that he ask the Lieutenant Mayor's office, and see if he could get in contact with the Lord Mayor, who might know. So Ålsen went to the Old City Hall and requested to see the Lieutenant Mayor.

    The Lieutenant Mayor came out, and Ålsen explained to him what had happened thus far, and asked who the King of Syrixia was. The Lieutenant Mayor responded with confusion, and so he asked Ålsen to wait, and said that the Lord Mayor would likely know, and reply within hours. Later that day the Lord Mayor's reply came, and it said: "Our country has no king, for neither exist. However, there is a Samraat, and his name, may it be blessed, is Dasharatha, and he lives in the Palace of Gold further south in this city."

    Ålsen deduced that this man was some sort of High or Grand King, or some foreign kind of 'emperor', like the Goyaneans had. So he went to the Palace of Gold, because he was there to speak with the Grand King of Syrixia about trade relationships. He arrived at the Palace, but he was denied entry, for he had to apply for an audience. So he applied, and waited for three days, and on the third day he was informed that his audience had been granted. Thus, he promptly appeared at the Palace and came before the Grand King of the Syrixians.

    The Grand King's name was Dasaratus, and Ålsen said to him, "You must be the Grand King of Syrixia. I am honored to meet you, your majesty." The Grand King responded with a smile, and responded, "My friend, there is no Syrixia...not really." Ålsen was now the one who was confused, and he replied, "Then what is this state I see all around me in this land?" The Grand King leaned forward and responded calmly,

    "I am the State."
     
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    Storm Lords

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    The concept of the "storm" is a common motif throughout Prydanian history. The traditional seat of Loðbrók power and often the possession of the heir to the throne, Tempest Holm, is perhaps the most well-known example. The name itself is Mercanti for the Prydanian Marki name Stormurholmr. The battle that Vortgyn Loðbrók won to unify all of Prydania occured at Stormhaven or Stormurhöfn, a Viking outpost on the edge of Bayardi territory.
    And of course, the order of knights tasked with the King's safety- the Knights of the Storm. Or Riddarar af Stormur.

    What is interesting is that this motif of the storm only seems to have emerged post-exile following Oswald's Conquest in Andrenne. It seemingly began with the tale that Hróarr Loðbrók first set foot on what would become Tempest Holm in the midst of a vicious storm, ending the journey of the exiles Vikings. It's from here that the motif of the storm seems to spread. Hróarr's descendent Vortgyn was, after all, King of Tempest Holm before he was King of Prydania. Or Konungur af Stormurholmr.

    What's notable is that this doesn't appear anywhere in pre-Oswald sources. The Loðbrók stag is certainly pre-Oswald, and was likely derived from Jägdar, the Andrennian pagan god of the hunt. Pre-Oswald Loðbrók motifs seem entirely derived from this.
    The Loðbrók seat of power in what is now Andrenne was Heorot, meaning "Hall of the Hart." The name of the Loðbrók heirloom sword Veiðiblað comes from the Makari phrase for "hunter's blade," and was said to have been blessed by Jägdar himself (it was later blessed by Messianist priests centuries later after the decedents of the Vikings under Hróarr's command had converted). Examination of Heorot reveals a preference for themes not only of stags but of oak leaves and forested scenes. Motifs that re-occur in Prydania even today.

    The storm that inspired the naming of Tempest Holm- and thus gave the idea of the storm primacy in Prydanian thought, did not eclipse these earlier ideas. The Skógarland, the name the Viking settlers of Prydania gave the forests that stretch across the central region of the country to this day, were said to be a defining feature of the new land these settlers called home.
    It was in this way that the storm- symbolizing the journey of Loðbrók and their bannermen and warbands- was married with the traditional pre-Messianic concepts of respect for the hunt and sanctity of nature in the Prydanian consciousness.
     
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    National Anthem of the Vallish Confederation - "Min Hjamland"

    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4eh7bvQDME[/video]​
     
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    The Gojan Plague "The Silent Death"
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    The Gojan Plague, also known as "Der Stilledød/The Silent Death" is caused by a strain of bacteria known as Groningeri Hysendii (G. Hysendii). The Gojan Plague can be transmitted through various forms; droplet contact, fecal-oral, direct physical contact, airborne, vector-borne, and indirect contact. While initially carried by fleas, when the first human patients started to show symptoms, humans handled the further transmission of the plague. The incubation time can be anywhere from 1 to 6 days after exposure, depending on the method. Once the bacteria starts working, it causes meningitis, which within days became encephalitis. Symptoms include: headache, fever, confusion, a stiff neck, and vomiting. Further complications include: seizures, hallucinations, trouble speaking, memory problems, and problems with hearing. Death is caused from extreme cerebral swelling, causing the brain stem to cease functioning, causing all bodily functions to stop.

    The G. Hysendii bacteria can be traced to be less than 20,000 years old, a fairly recent origin, however the earliest traceable version of the bacteria can be traced to a north gotic man living near the Naesser mouth about 2900 years ago. Genetic changes that made it virulent didn't happen until about 4000 years ago though.

    While earlier epidemics were much less notable, it was known that when large numbers of rats were found dead, the Gojan Plague and its fiery hell were coming. The most notable were the Pestilences of 557 and 1298, which wiped out large amounts of people in ways that were unfathomable. Many believed it was the Ragnarok and the Second Coming of Christ, respectively. The Pestilence of 1503 famously caused the capital to be moved from Naderfjord to Mydfjordstad (later renamed Gojannesstad).

    There is a vaccine which was first made in 1921, and it is one of the mandatory vaccines your or your child must get as early as possible, and is one of the vaccines that may be requested proof of immunization of when coming to Goyanes, if you are coming from a country where the vaccine is not mandatory. Treatment is usually a strong regimen of antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and corticosteroids. After treatment is done, rehabilitation is usually needed.

    Because the main symptom of the Gojan Plague is encephalitis, after treatment is completed, brain damage is usually still there, and you may have seizures, muscle coordination problems, and mental disabilities the rest of your life. Only about 30% of cases make a complete recovery with no reported issues afterwards.

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    Prydanian Soldiers Return to Beaconsviði in 1818 by Frode Bach, 1819.

    Frode Bach was a realist Prydanian painter in the nineteenth century.
    He was born in Krummedike, the son of Sanne Bach, a blacksmith, in 1792. At the age of eleven he was granted a dispensation and was admitted into the Royal Prydanian Academy of Fine Arts.
    He painted the work at the age of 27, one year after the end of the Wars of the Callisen Republic. The scene depicts the victorious return of Prydanian soldiers following the successful UKAG offensive against Callise. The UKAG offensive followed a Prydanian victory over the invaders, an act many scholars believed led to the revival of Prydanian national sentiment. The combined UKAG offensive was the last major military operation of the UKAG era. The UKAG would split soon after the Callisen Wars, and King Richard III of Prydania would re-assert Prydanian sovereignty.

    These themes are reflected in the painting. The final victory of the War was a UKAG effort, but the scene painted in the streets of Beaconsviði primarily depicts Prydanian flags, with only two UKAG flags visible in the background. This reflects both the increasing Prydanian national awareness of the time, as well as a celebration of Prydania's successful resistance of the Callisen military prior to UKAG reinforcements arriving.
     
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    Louis Thibault, a composer during the Callisean Revolution and Wars of the Republic. During the intellectual revolution that accompanied the political revolution, he led l'Cambiament, a musical movement emphasizing the ordinary citizen's life. He's famous for writing Le Pecaire, an opera about a libertine who is held to account for his sins after an angry mob kills him. His more lighthearted opera that he's most famous for Le Forniér, Paure, et Méstre, an opera about the lives of daily citizens during the Callisean Revolution. Instead of it being overly dramatic, it shows how the life of the everyman was merely interrupted by the Revolution, and how the Revolution was very much just a plot device in the story of the characters. His movement of music was very much a split from that composed by Pierrey Beauregard, who led the Nacional Onor Movement, a group of Republican composers who believed music should be used as a tool to praise the Republic and the nation of Callise.[hr]
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    This is Pierrey Beauregard. Beauregard is famous primarily for composing the National Anthem of Callise, Le Chant du Liberté, and secondarily his nationalist music which is still played on holidays but has sorta been relegated to marching tunes, save for the one national epic symphony he wrote: l'Epèia du Mìcheal Ròsach. He tried to write nationalist operas, but they were all bitter failures, and in the modern day he's remembered as playing second fiddle to Thibault, although he is still remembered as one of Callise's greatest composers.
     
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    (1) - The National flag of Ruskaland. The flag, while being the national flag, is not widely used in Ruskaland, and at times, the Ruskan Tricolor flag is seen more. This is mainly because the current national flag of Ruskaland historically, and culturally, represents the unity of Ruskaland, and Talinisia. The Ruskan Tricolor flag is usually used as the symbol of the Socialist Republic. However, this is not always the case, as shown by the emblem of the Fascist Party of Ruskaland.

    (2) - The National flag of Ruskaland waving near the coast in the city of Ruhz. Ruhz is a major coastal city of Ruskaland, where most trade contents of Ruskaland(and their trading partner) are located.
    The coastal city was originally made in the early days of the Ruskan Republic(1898-1926), as the Ruskan Republic looked more to its neighbors, in desperate need of trade, relations, and such. The city was intensely fought over in the Third Ruskan-Talinsian War(1900-1909) however, in the end, it was a Ruskan Victory. In the Fascist War, during the invasion of Talinisia, the city was bombed heavily by the Talinsians, and caused the exports, and trade contents to go to waste, and causing a famine in Ruskaland as, The National State of Ruskaland(1926-1952) struggled to produce food, and relied on traded goods to feed its population. Later in the Fifth Ruskan-Talinisian War, the Talinisians managed to capture the coastal city of Ruhz with haste. But after Ruskaland begun its counterattack, the city was recaptured, and the Republic of Talinisa fell to Ruskan control. The city now stands under control of the Socialist Republic of Ruskaland.

    (3) - The Ruskan Tricolor flag waving on the Rustav Class Destroyer. The first Rustav Class Destroyer was constructed in 1990, during the Fifth Ruskan-Talinisian War. During the war, the Ruskans required a anti-submarine destroyer that could help destroy the submarines that the Talinisians were using during the war, as they began to harm trade, and soon, the Ruskans own warships. The destroyer did manage to help sink a few submarines, however, during the war, the ship was damaged by a submarine attack the Talinisians were doing at night(Random fun fact: Funnily enough, during this attack,most of the Talinisian Submarines were sunk by friendly fire, due to them not knowing where their submarines were located) and the ship was sent safely back to its port, to be repaired. However, they didn't send it back to the sea for more combat, due to the realization of the cost of the ship. The ship nowadays is still used in some minor naval exercises.

    (4) - The Ruskan Tricolor waving on a coastal city in the Talinoblast State. (Will expand more on)

    (5) - The Ruskan Tricolor flag waving on a Passenger boat in the Demodovo River. The Demodovo River is a river that passes through Ruskaland's capital city, Pevtro. Pevtro itself, was constructed during the time of the United Kingdom of Ruska and Utai(1679-1830). However, as the natives were forced to live up north. (where Talinsia used to be located), the city was seized by the Malorians, and the region where Ruskaland(before unifying with Talinisia) was located, was colonized by the Malorians. In 1898, as taxes began rising, due to the Malor-Andrenno War, some of the population began rioting. However, the Protector-General ordered Martial Law. Eventually however, The Protector-General was ordered to tell the population who were rioting that they were given independence.
    After news of Ruskan Independence began spreading, the Ruskans had to decide the capital city of the newly Ruskan Republic. They chose Pevtro, due to its history, and how the city was, at the time, the largest city that the Ruskans had.
    The city itself has never faced a capture ever since Ruskan Independence. However, the city was unfortunately bombed during the Fascist War, and the Fifth Ruskan-Talinisian War, but most of the damage has been fixed in the modern day, and has stayed as the centerpiece of Ruskan Culture, and pride. (also. Side note. I was attempting to make this part about the Demodovo River, but I decided to focus on the capital city of Pevtro)
    (6) - The Ruskan Tricolor flag waving on a building, in the city of Ruzasw. (will expand even more at some point)

    (7) - Ruskan Parliamentary members announcing the end of the Ruskan Kingdom, with two Parliamentary Members holding the Ruskan Tricolor, a few minutes after the 2018 Ruskan Coup.(will expand more at some point)
     
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    Historical Character Profile: Liselle Dorsett

    Liselle Adelais Elise Dorsett (4 April 1840 – 22 July 1926) was the 12th Princess of Sil Dorsett from 3 November 1870 following the death of her brother Julien until her abdication in 1912.

    She is the only monarch in Sil Dorsettian history to ascend to the throne having previously been third or lower in line. With the chance of her ascending to the throne being a long shot, she was never given the same instruction in domestic and international politics as her brothers and was instead able to pursue more personal interests, her favorite being painting. This focus on individual goals persisted throughout her entire reign, and she relied heavily on the establishment of an elected body of commoner politicians to drive law and order.

    Liselle's first major act was to introduce a counter to her brother's unchecked murder of their father, enacting a law that immediately and retroactively disqualified any heir that committed regicide in an attempt to ascend to the throne. The law would eventually be expanded to disqualify anyone in the line of succession that murdered anyone else in the line.

    Liselle was also notable for the establishment of the Chamber of the Commoners (later the Chamber of Law). Distrusting nobles who she believed only made petitions in their own interests, she desired the opinions of the common resident, establishing a representative body for them to provide their feedback and suggestions. Liselle also established the Prime Ministership to delegate one person to provide a consolidated opinion of the Commoners, which she often rubber stamped into law. A year into this democratic experiment, the Chamber of the Commoners put forth the Infringing Decrees Act which tempered the monarch's ability to discriminate against specific classes of citizens and established protections for certain citizen behaviors, such as the ability to speak freely against the government and the monarchy without the threat of persecution. Liselle happily signed this into law, instructing the Chamber and every government office to ignore any attempt to bypass the law by her or any of her descendants.

    She routinely ignored the opinions of the nobility, who could do nothing under her reign. Acts of the Chamber of the Commoners were often rejected by the nobility, but enacted regardless under Liselle's rule. Her distrust of the nobles manifested in her being the first monarch to marry a commoner, Clement Legrand, whom she had three children with. She also regularly held parties and social events of the same grandeur as the nobility and her predecessors often held, but instead inviting random commoners and their families to attend. This, combined with her regular contributions to charities, boarding houses, and the establishment of her signature project, the "Princess's Storehouse", earned her the nickname "The Benevolent" among her subjects. Despite her mostly hands-off style of rule, her care for the common citizen resulted in Liselle being regarded as one of the greatest monarchs in the opinion of the the poor and middle classes.

    Liselle is also the only Sil Dorsettian monarch to have abdicated, leaving the throne to her eldest son Aubin in 1901. She spent the next twenty years of her life travelling the world, painting landscapes at every location she visited before finally retiring back home in 1921. She would continue to focus on her artwork until her passing in the summer of 1926.
     
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    Excerpt from a Peregrine travel guide.

    ...to the art tourist Peregrinum offers a unique experience. In nearly each major city is at least one art museum dedicated to the culture of the region, with the grandest of these institutions being the Domus Ars in the capital city of Alanic. The Ars houses 2,000 years of Peregrine history. The primary museum for the viewing of pre-Peregrine art is in Brukren, the capital city of the client Kingdom of Brusk. In addition to its formal istitutions, Peregrinum has a long tradition of public art as well. Nearly every plaza and public park is graced with some form of statuary. Although, this author must warn you that Peregrine statuary is quite like any other in the world. Whereas one might imagine Emperors and Heroes made of stark white marble, the reality is quite different. Peregrine statues tend to be highly realistic to the point of being graphic. In the Plaza de Bellum one can find a nearly complete scene of battle with vibrantly painted ancient Peregrine soldiers hacking and slashing their enemies to pieces. On the "Murus" or the large wall constructed to protect Alanic from the sea, one can find the "Vivian." The statue depicts the tragic death of the Princess Vivian as she falls into the sea. As to why someone felt this statue needed to be built is anyone's guess, but it is a poignant example for the strange statuary found throughout the Empire. Peregrinum is also a joy for the discerning architect, as many of the Empire's grand facades are protected and maintained by senatorial decree. For much of the year the Imperial Palace will open its gate to tourists as well, and of particular not to art tourists is the throne room. The Imperial Family has no fear of color and the Throne Room is awash in red and gold, and clad in marble. The Throne itself is an heirloom of the Empire, and depicts an Eagle in full display.
     
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    The most popular sauce in Goyanes, by far, is something known popularly as "besærskildsåse," or special sauce. Special sauce is a mixture of 3 parts mayo, 2.5 parts ketchup, and equal parts salt and pepper. The most iconic producer of special sauce in Goyanes is that of the J.A. Nostrand Company, usually just called Nostrand. Nostrand brand special sauce is ubiquitous on restaurant tables and inside people's pantries. There's even a funny saying in Goyanes about it. "Where there's Nostrand Sauce, there's Goys Across," meaning wherever the special sauce is there'll be a goy nearby.
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    The RK-4. Made by the Ruskans during the mid 30s, and it was a favored tank by most Ruskans who used it. The Tank performed well at first, during the invasion of Talinsia, managing to help make the invasion be more in more favorable to the Ruskan side. (alongside other factors, but lets not go into that, for now) However, in the 40s, the tank was now outdated, and outclassed but the Ruskan government refused to stop producing the RK-4, as it was a cheap tank, and served its role much more better then any other tanks they had, at the time. But, in 1943, with the invasion of Iraelia beginning, only a few RK-4's were available for the invasion, and most RK-4s got lost, or were destroyed. In 1944, after getting pushed back by the Iraelia, the RK-4's flaws were starting to be shown. In the same year, Ruskaland surrendered to Iraelia, and signed a non aggression pact. Then, finally. In 1947, the National State of Ruskaland stopped producing the RK-4, in favor of other tanks. Nowadays, only 4 RK-4's still exist. All of which are in the Pevtro State Tank Museum.

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    The RT-9 The RT-9 was a heavy tank, used by the Ruskan army during the Fascist War. The tank was created in 1934, as part of a tank development program that the National State of Ruskaland was doing, which was to develop more tanks for the Ruskan Army, and create a more professional, and more powerful army. The tank was first used in the Invasion of Talinisia, where it preformed really well against Talinsian Tanks, as Talinsian Tanks were outdated, and were mainly light tanks. However, as the Invasion was slowed to a grinding halt, the tank was slowly beginning to find competition, as Talinisian Tanks were starting to be more powerful, and better used then the Tanks of Ruskaland. No RT-9 was used in the Invasion of Iraelia, as the tank was expensive to make, and the tank was rarely used in combat. But, in 1946, the tank was replaced by the RT-34, and the RT-9 slowly started to phase out. Nowadays, only one RT-9 remains, and the tank was used during the Winter Offensives,(which was during the Invasion of Talinisia, and was done by Ruskaland. To keep it short, The Winter Offensives were a complete struggle to complete, as the tanks used and the infantry, was often slowed down by the snow, and were abandoned sometimes)

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    Here's the RBT-55 A few years after the Fifth Ruskan-Talinisian War (which happened in 1983-2004), The Empire of Ruskaland(i have some thoughts of changing it to kingdom of ruskaland, rather then empire of ruskaland), began a contest for a new tank for Ruskaland The contest didnt finish at first as, later as the Empire of Ruskaland was couped in 2018, and Ruskaland later became a Social Democracy. After this coup, the contest resumed, and this tank, which was made by (insert company here, still am working on that :P), won the contest, and was placed into service. There are currently no plans on replacing the tank.

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    The AVT-3 traveling through a lake. The AVT-3 first entered into service in 1963 with very promising results during its testing. Before, the shortcomings of the RT-001 were starting to be revealed, and most Ruskans(at least, the people high in the military command, and the King himself) knew that the tank needed to be replaced. Soon. Because, the tank was outdated, was unusable, and still used parts of Ruskan tanks from the FW. Because of this, a competition began, which was to find a new tank to replace the RT-001 from its service. The competition lasted around two years. Until the AVT-3 was made. And upon the creation of the AVT-3, and its tests were finished, many Ruskans who were high in military command, felt pretty positive towards the tank, and soon enough, the king began feeling positive towards the tank as well. The tank, during the "peaceful" time of Ruskaland, before the 5th Ruskan-Talinisian War, was not used in actual combat however, it was used for training, and such, during the peaceful time of Ruskaland. Then, comes the Fifth Ruskan-Talinisian War, the tank was somewhat outdated during this time, and the tank itself couldn't handle the much more well equipped Talinsians, and couldn't really beat the Talinisians tanks. With this, realization of a possible variant for the company came. And soon, the AVT-3 was replaced by the much better tank, the RL-01. (going to skip alot of details of the Fifth Ruskan-Talinisian War, and head into the modern day use of the tank. Cuz this post is too long) The RL-01 after the war was quickly replaced by the RBT-55. Which, as of the moment there are no plans to replace the RBT-55 but rather, some plans to upgrade some parts of the tank.

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    A RT-48 during the Winter Offensive during the Fascist War. The RT-48, before the Winter Offensive, was often seen as a generally.... Useless tank. It was pretty terrible in production. Which was important for most Ruskan Tank designs at the time. After a series of threats(aka, cutting the RT-48 off of its production line, and replacing it with another tank) was made, the original creator of the company, decided to change up the RT-48 to suit the conditions the NSR wanted. Which were basically a tank that was decently strong, could be produced easily, and could travel across the land effectively. The importance of armor was realized after the Fascist War. Numerous prototypes were made, and around the start of the Winter Offensive, the tank wasn't combat ready yet, and the area where a large majority of RT-48's were being built, and experimented were being attacked by Talinisia. So, The company decided on a simple strategy. Which was to take every prototype tank, and test them against the Talinisians in actual combat. With this, the kill ratio(for tanks) was largely on the Talinisians favor, as most prototypes RT-48s weren't prepared for combat yet. However soon, the company managed to find a prototype that actually worked, and matched to the Ruskan conditions for a tank. With this, they were produced on a massive scale throughout the offensive, and helped give a decisive victory for the Ruskans throughout the offensive. Nowadays, there's a few tanks left. Aka, around 20 original, FW made tanks. Most of which are in the Pevtro State Tank Museum.
     
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    Goyanean Schools: A Summary and History
    Intro

    Education in Goyanes has a rich history, with private education institutions dating to the ancient times, and publicly mandated schools dating to 1763. Nowadays, children are legally mandated to attend school until the age of 18, and public schooling is offered by the various constituent kingdoms of Goyanes. In 1763, the Grand Emperor of the UKAG, Kristian III, assented a decree written by Naderfjord University scholar Anthony van Athelstein. This changed the way public education happened in Goyanes, and laid the foundations for modern Goyanean schools.


    Origins and History

    In 1763, Kristian III approved a decree written by the scholar Anthony van Athelstein that laid out a generic primary education system. Van Athelstein had already before (in 1748) founded the first teacher's seminary in Nyhett. It expanded the existing schooling system significantly and required that all young citizens, both girls and boys, be educated by mainly municipality-funded schools from the age of 5 to 13 or 14. Goyanes was among the first countries in the world to introduce tax-funded and generally compulsory primary education.


    The Nyhettan system consisted of an eight-year course of primary education, called Kleineskøle. It provided not only basic technical skills needed in a modernizing world (such as reading and writing), but also music (singing) and religious (Courantist) education in close cooperation with the churches and tried to impose a strict ethos of duty, sobriety and discipline. Mathematics and calculus were not compulsory at the start and taking such courses required additional payment by parents to the municipal authorities. Kristian and van Athelstein also formalized further educational stages, the Mittelskøle and as the highest stage, the Oversteskøle, which served as a university-preparatory school.


    The Nyhettan system, after its modest beginnings, succeeded in reaching compulsory attendance, standardized training for teachers, national testing for all students (of both genders), a prescribed national curriculum for each grade, and optional preschool (kinderskøle). Training of teachers was increasingly organized via private seminaries attached to universities and larger churches. Van Athelstein’s teacher seminary concept improved significantly until the end of the 18th century. By the turn of the century, most constituent kingdoms had adopted the Nyhettan method of education. In 1810, Nyhett and various other constituents, introduced national certification requirements for teachers, which significantly raised the standard of teaching. The final examination, Der Modenhet, was introduced in Nyhett in 1788, implemented in all Nyhettan secondary schools by 1812 and extended to all of Goyanes in 1871. Passing the Modenhet was a prerequisite to entering the learned professions and higher echelons of the civil service. The nationally-controlled Modenhet remains in place in modern Goyanes, serving as the entrance examination for university.


    By the 1830s, the Nyhettan Model had attained the following basic characteristics:

    • Free kleineskøle and mittelskøle, at least for poor citizens.

    • Professional teachers, trained in specialized universities

    • A basic salary for teachers and recognition of teaching as a legitimate profession

    • An extended school year to better involve the children of farmers

    • Public funding to build schools

    • Supervision at national and classroom level to ensure quality instruction

    • Curriculum inculcating a strong national identity, involvement of the sciences and technology

    • Secular instruction (but with religion as a topic included in the curriculum for Courantist children)

    The Nyhettan Education System was ultimately responsible for the widespread increase in literacy rates, both in Goyanes, and across the Goyanean empire. Kristian III and van Athelstein are credited by historians for being among the first to promote and nationalize the education system, and create an accessible education system for the citizenry.


    Agreements between all the constituent kingdoms ensure that the education provided to pupils is standardized and common across all borders of the federation. This includes the mandatory education ages from 6 to 18, a standardized Modenhet examination, standardized teacher certification, and federation-wide diploma acceptance.


    In 1923, in order to increase cooperation between the controlled dominions of Goyanes, it became mandatory to take a second language, specifically one that was spoken within the boundaries of the federation, such as Yukkiran or Ascalonian. Mercanti, as well as other languages were added to the options for the mandatory language courses over the course of the 20th century as Goyanes became more heavily involved in the happenings of the world stage.


    Preschool

    Preschool in Goyanes is known as Kinderskøle. Children between the ages of 2 and 6 attend Kinderskøle, which are not part of the mandatory schooling years. They are often run by municipal or raion authorities, churches, or registered societies and charities. Attending a Kinderskøle is neither mandatory nor free of charge, but the cost can be partly or wholly refunded, depending on the local authority and the income of the parents.


    Kinderskøle are usually open from 7am to 5pm or longer and may also house a Kinderkippe, meaning nursery, for children between the ages of eight weeks and three years, and possibly an afternoon care center (often associated with a primary school) for school-age children aged 6 to 11 who spend the time after their day’s schooling there.


    Primary School

    Primary school is the start of mandatory education in Goyanes (ages 5 or 6). Parents looking for a primary school have various options for their child to attend.

    • State Primary School (Kleineskøle): State schools do not charge tuition fees. The majority of students attend state schools in their neighborhood. Schools in affluent areas tend to be better than those in lower-class areas. Once children reach school age, many middle-class and working-class families move away from lower-class areas to try and get a better education for their children.

    • Courantist or Lutheran parochial schools: Often offering all three mandatory levels of education, parochial schools are attached to a monastery or church and provide education to students at a tuition. Parochial schools often waive tuition fees for families in a deprived economic state.

    • Private schools: Private schools range in the levels of education they offer. Some are only primary schools, while some are only Mittelskøle and Oversteskøle, and some offer all levels of education. Private schools charge tuition fees, however families in a deprived economic state may seek to take advantage of the institution’s financial aid program.

    • Homeschooling: Homeschooling is legal in Goyanes, however there are guidelines that have to be met. Parents and students have to be registered with their local educational authority, and the homeschooled child must become proficient in the following subjects by the end of mandatory schooling (age 18):

      • Written and spoken Gojan

      • Basic mathematics and science

      • Goyanean, Gothis and world history

      • Goyanean and world geography

      • Social and civic responsibilities.
    In addition, homeschooled children and the educating parent have to pass yearly assessments to retain their homeschooling permission. After 2 consecutive unsatisfactory assessments, the child will be required to integrate into the standard education system.


    Secondary Education

    After children complete their primary education at 11 years of age (grade 5), children will proceed into the two stages of secondary education.


    Mittelskøle is the first stage, and serves as a preparation for Oversteskøle, which is a college-preparatory school. Students attend Mittelskøle from grades 6 to 8, or from ages 12 to 14. At mittelskøle, students learn valuable skills for Oversteskøle, as well as more advanced mathematics, sciences, and humanities from kleineskøle. Faculty in both Mittelskøle and Oversteskøle are separated into departments based on teaching subject, that operate fairly independent from one another. Students in Mittelskøle will begin diverging into advanced and regular tracks, which will specialize their education further in preparation for Oversteskøle.


    Oversteskøle is the final level of mandatory education in Goyanes. Students attend from ages 15 to 18, or from grades 9 to 12. Oversteskøle is organized fairly similarly to Mittelskøle, including both advanced and regular tracks for students. In the last two years of Oversteskøle (grades 11 and 12), students begin selecting courses more suited towards their personal preferences, such as an emphasis on science or the humanities, as they work towards entering university.

    Students will often join extracurricular programs, teams, and clubs while at their time in Mittelskøle and Oversteskøle, such as the school band or the lacrosse team. Athletic teams often compete with those of other schools, and friendly rivalries often exist between schools.


    Periods are usually 45 minutes at most schools, and lunch periods range from 45 to 90 minutes at midday. Breaks usually last from 5 to 20 minutes between periods. On certain days, some classes may have double periods, and this usually happens once a week. Starting in the 11th grade, most schools allow students to leave the school compound during breaks or free periods.


    Secondary schools at both levels usually have a weekly school-wide assembly to discuss school happenings, events, and to make general announcements. These assemblies often happen in a gymnasium, theater, or other on-campus venue.


    Students in secondary school are required to take at least one foreign language for five years, therefore their language education will begin in Mittelskøle, and end in Oversteskøle. Some Kleineskøle offer language studies, so there are often advanced levels of language education offered in Mittelskøle right off the bat. Some private schools require a 2nd foreign language, and the most intense programs require up to three foreign languages.


    Courantist students at state schools may opt into a religion class. If you do not, this class is fulfilled by an ethics class for 1 year, and then a free period for the remainder of secondary school.


    At the end of their schooling, students undergo the final examinations, known as Modenhet. The Modenhet examinations are used to grant the final diploma, as well as for gauging performance when considering college applications.


    Special Education

    Children with special needs attend schools designed around their needs from day 1, ensuring that they make the most of their capabilities in a controlled environment. Special needs children are exempt from Modenhet testing. Special education school teachers are certified professionals who have taken certification courses at university, and specialize in special needs education. Special schools often have a very favourable student-teacher ratio and facilities compared with other schools. Some special needs children do not attend special schools, but are mainstreamed into a primary or secondary education school if they are mentally capable of handling regular education tracks.


    Tertiary Education

    Goyanes’ universities are internationally recognized, and among the best in the world. Some Goyanean universities are public, meaning low tuition costs, and even with the ones that are not, there is a zero-interest government-sponsored loan program that helps pay for tuition.


    Universities in Goyanes have a long history, with the oldest universities being established in the 1200s, and still open to this day. Some of the oldest include Gorlingstad University (founded 1255) and Nyhett College (founded 1262).


    Universities and Colleges in Goyanes grant 2- and 4-year degrees, known as Assosierad and Kandidat, respectively, for a wide variety of majors. In addition, most colleges offer doctorate and master’s programs for continued education.


    Admissions into Goyanean universities are based mainly on the student’s performance on the Modenhet examinations. Most university programs have a prerequisite score on the Modenhet to enroll. Students apply to one or more colleges or universities by submitting an application which each college evaluates using its own criteria. Goyanes uses a common application system that simplifies making multiple applications. The college then decides whether or not to extend an offer of admission (and possibly financial aid) to the student. The majority of colleges admit students to the college as a whole, and not to a particular academic major, although this may not be the case in some specialized programs such as engineering and architecture, and maybe more impacted in certain majors. The system is decentralized, and each college has its own criteria for admission, even when using a common application form.


    Community colleges (SH) offer a non-competitive admissions system, where most who apply will get in. SH’s also grant financial aid more liberally than regular universities, and tuition is usually low compared to a regular university. SH’s grant 2 year Assosierad degrees.
     
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    In 1977, Skandan radio operator Ashi Ka'amaru pointed his equipment to the stars in hoopes of hearing of Goyanean space expeditions, but instead heard the noises of someone struggling to breath, followed by a beeping noise, and a faint pulse followed by radio silence. Ka'amaru played the recording to his father, a cardiologist, who believed the soft pulse was a failing human heartbeat. Cross-referencing it with news reports of the times no nation in his area had sent up a manned mission. The recordings became lore within Skanda, yet no one came forth- not a government, not a space agency, not a single man or woman. Many at the time believed Skanda had attempted to send a man into space despite it's space agency being underfunded and undermanned, but they were left grasping at straws. It was covered up quickly by the Skandan government for no apparent reason, and was, for the most part, never spoken about for quite some time. It was never mentioned by the state again. Many believe Skanda lost it's first astronauts in space. Skanda has never made statements confirming or denying it, nor have they ever sent a manned mission into space according to the State Space Agency. The incident is referred to as the Ka'amaru Incident and much of the evidence surrounding it has been covered up excluding the original Ka'amaru recording. It is believed the breathing in this recording is the later mentioned Ishi Ho'omai dying in space.

    Former engineer of the State Space Agency of Skanda, Kiru Hatai, supposedly stated "...there have been multiple failures... and multiple astronauts lost... Amaru Itai, Ishi Ho'oamai, Kazuo Tamashi, Atsuko Miyago..." in 1993, and in 1981, Ka'amaru (who had now salvaged a lot of equipment for his radio station to listen to stuff out in space) released another audio log, where you could hear a panicked, clearly stressed, female voice speaking Skandan; the transcript when translated reads, "This is [pause, background noise] dangerous, talk to me. Our transmission begins now. I feel exceedingly warm, I can see a flame, am I going to crash? Yes. I feel hot. I will re-enter..". This audio log was only heard a few times before it was again covered up. It is widely believed to be Atsuko Miyago, the astronaut later mentioned by Kiru Hatai. It was only in 1991 with the fall of the Socialist Republic of Skanda when most of this evidence came out. Again, while what Ka'amaru had seemed credible there was nothing in the old files of the SRS about any manned missions, failure or success. There has been recent evidence against it causing skepticism such as the possibility that Ka'amaru was just making up a story for his radio show, but it remains a mystery to this day. They are still uncovering evidence from the 70s and 80s to this day.

    "LISTEN… LISTEN! COME IN! COME IN… COME IN… TALK TO ME! TALK TO ME! I AM HOT… I AM HOT! WHAT? FORTY- FIVE? WHAT? FORTY-FIVE? FIFTY? YES… YES… BREATHING… BREATHING… OXYGEN… OXYGEN… I AM HOT… ISN’T THIS DANGEROUS? IT’S ALL… YES… HOW IS THIS? WHAT? TALK TO ME! HOW SHOULD I TRANSMIT? YES… WHAT? OUR TRANSMISSION BEGINS NOW… FORTY-ONE… THIS WAY… YES… I FEEL HOT… I FEEL EXCEEDINGLY WARM… IT’S ALL… I FEEL REALLY WARM… I FEEL HOT… I CAN SEE A FLAME… I CAN SEE A FLAME! I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT… THIRTY-TWO… THIRTY-TWO… FORTY-ONE… AM I GOING TO CRASH? YES… YES… I FEEL HOT… I FEEL HOT! I WILL RE-ENTER…"
     
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    During the Ducal Period of Ommelanden's history, the history and culture of the nearby Imperium Augustum was highly fanaticised within the ducal family and, as a result, has seeped into many parts of the Ommelandisch culture.

    One obvious, and eccentric, way this can be seen lays in the landscape of the nation itself. Across the hills, valleys, and lowlands that make up the countryside of Ommelanden lay stagnant people, wearing the armour of the ancient August Empire, who have stoof watch over the country for centuries. These are in fact not real, living people but statues, whose sculpting and placement was ordered by Duke Hendrik II of House Van Lamsweerde in the late 1700s to replace several remote patrols and inspire nationalist ideals.

    Though many have been destroyed or irreversibly damaged since their construction, they continue to be a popular anecdote of Ommelandisch culture and have become a significant iconographic feature of the nation, featured in paintings, media representations, and other forms which represent Ommelandisch culture.
     
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    Kruszewski, J. “NOTES ON INTERPRETING PAN-PENINSULAR HISTORY"
    [Excerpt from The Letters of Jadwiga Kruszewski; July 16, 1368; Kupcy Society Press]

    Dearest Stanislaw,

    My deepest apologies for taking such a long time to respond to your letter again. I spend entire days among the bookshelves. I forget to eat, I forget to sleep, I forget to write to you about my progress. It cannot be helped; this library has me firmly in its grasp. Last week, I found that the Duke has in his possession a magnificent section on the linguistics of the Aed Kaenë; one that almost rivals the one you have assembled in your study. How I long for the semester to be over, so that you can come here to see it for yourself!

    But, alas, I digress again. Despite what I have only just said, I am faring decently well here. Despite my fatigue I am still immensely honored and excited that High Provost Poniatowski arranged for me to be allowed access to the Duke's libraries to assist in my studies. Since I last wrote you, I had been laboring to compile a fairly detailed report on the immediate world around us. However, as the library took me in deeper and deeper, I began to notice things differently. Here are some of my notes.

    History is so much more than a timeline, and would add that it is also much more than a succession of ‘great’ men and women. (though I have a distinct feeling there have been more of those than existing historical records would have us believe). If my studies have taught me anything, it is that most of what we call “the course of history” is based on circumstance and dumb luck; and naught more. Was Boleslaw the Blessed truly the King of All Kasovazkie, the great Unifier, the one who brought Christ to our lands? Or was he simply in the right place at the right time, an opportunistic noble just like all the rest? Ha, sometimes I even wonder whether Boleslaw might have been multiple people, all of them working towards the same agenda! But I digress. “Again you wander, my love.” I can already hear you mumble softly to the paper as you read this.

    In truth, though, to show history in its true form does require a different means entirely. Coming to this realization required reading hundreds of books, spending copious amounts of time in archives and archaeological sites, studying centuries-old works of art and artifacts, and even now I struggle to grasp my subject matter in its entirety. I have written all of it down. It is too much. It is incomprehensible. I will have a scribe copy some pages for you to look at, but at this point I doubt you will be able to read them without going completely mad!

    Still, I persist. I wish to disconnect history from the commonplace perception of the past as merely certain events that occurred in chronological order, which not only leads to smolderingly uninteresting books but also often causes laymen and academics alike to think of history in quite a linear fashion themselves, ultimately destroying the true nature of history- millions of things happening at any given time, events which all affect each other in complex ways, creating certain new circumstances and environments that lead to many more millions of things happening. And so the cycle continues, for this is the complexity of life itself.

    On the other hand, historical biographies such as that of Manancelus and/or even religious texts like the Bible are far more suitable to make history more tangible to a broader audience and conveying the complexity of certain situations, but by their very nature they only provide a limited point of view on relatively short periods of time (or, in the case of some manuscripts, are riddled with politically motivated lies or annoyingly cryptic metaphor) So, I ask myself, how would I go about representing, for instance, the geopolitical situation here in Kasovazkie, from the Chacrian Conquests to the collapse of their empire after the death of Manancelus' great grandson Eccacius?

    Never mind the fact that there are dozens of gaps in our knowledge due to time, the most prolific killer history has ever known and will ever know. We still have accounts of the Chacrian invasions of Mazowzkie and Kososzlavia, and there are also works noting that the early imperialism of the Chacrians' ancestors upset the balance between them and our own people, especially in Moldatia-Siemkowice, where a catastrophic civil war raged for nearly a hundred years. We know that the civil war there only strengthened the Chacrians' grip on our lands, though it did eventually provide an opportunity for the other remnant kingdoms to overcome their own regional enmities and successfully drive out the Chacrians, though the civil war in Moldatia-Siemkowice continued. The question is, do we truly understand these events when we spell them out like this?

    The reader requires much more information to even begin to truly understand this information: the history of the Chacrians and who they were before their empire rose, the civil enmities within Moldatia-Siemowice, and more. My love, all of this is merely facts and frivolous memorization! There is no true historical understanding in regurgitating events from a timeline. If only there was a way of travelling through time itself and living these events. Though we obviously cannot embark on such things, there are manuscripts that come close to delivering these experiences, but even they, as I noted earlier, have flaws. Perhaps, in the future, a way could be invented to project a longer and more vivid form of plays based on events, whether dramatized or undramatized, for all to see. But now I venture away from history and into fantasy; and so, yet again, I wander.

    Still, I cannot help but think about what such a 'living manuscript' could do for the academic community, how it could change the way we teach history to our students and bring knowledge about the past to the citizens of the realm. Perhaps I should write a letter to the High Provost, to see what he thinks of all this – and of course, I want to know what you think of all this!

    Once again I have written far too much! It seems I can never manage to keep these letters short and sweet, like you. I long to see you, my love. Come soon.

    Forever yours,

    Jadwiga
     
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    Excerpt from a Peregrine Travel Guide.

    ...and now before we leave the Capital we must touch upon one final district of the City. Tucked away in Alanic's sprawl is the Lion Ward, a worthy reminder of the Empire's lengthy Syrixian Flirtation. The Ward covers only a few square Kilometers of the City, but the overwhelming sense of "otherness" one feels while walking down the cobbled streets of the Ward is impossible to ignore. The Ward is one of the newer city districts despite existing long the Queen Enora married the Syrixian Prince Babur. It was however during that time that the ward saw its heyday as nobles from Syrixia and Peregrinum flooded in to either experience a taste of home or a taste of the exotic. Under the reign of the Prince Regent the ward was expanded, and renovated owing to a generous donation from the Regent himself. The expansions were destroyed however following the reunification of Alexander. Despite his destruction of the Prince Regents expansions Alexander was not a fan of iconoclasm, and allowed the original Ward to remain; on two conditions, one normal, the other bizarre. Alexander's first condition was for all the Ward's ethnic Syrixians to come before him and swear fealty. The other was that all statues of Lions in the district were to be killed by Eagles. While that was initially puzzling to the residents, the design of Alexander was clear after a short time. Seemingly overnight Alexander's sculptors had created fantastic scenes of Eagles and the pre-existing lions doing battle. Age old Lions rampant were now locked in combat with the Peregrine Eagles. The most breathtaking of these battles plays out in the Plaza Imperial. Prince Regent Nicholas had constructed four Lions in the cardinal directions to represent the four corners of the Empire. In counter Alexander built an Imperial Two Headed Eagle over them. Standing at nearly 40ft the Eagle is sight to behold as its talons pierce the lions. A fitting edition to the seemingly unbelievable statuary of Alanic.
     
  27. Ninhundland

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    Early Ninhundish History

    In the year 325, the first city state of Francþorfum (Modern Frankthorf) was created. This is usually regarded as the true beginning of Ninhundland as it is known today since Francþorfum was the basis on what would eventually become the capital city of Ninhundland. The ethnology comes from the fact that the river at the time was called Francul and “þorfum” meaning village or town in the nominative case in Old Ninhundish.

    In 1235 the Kingdom of Ninhundland was formed with its captial in Frankthorf and Middle Ninhundish as its lingua Franca. The Kingdom fought a lot with Gerudo to the west and Västen to the East. Västen was a Gotic Kingdom that later merged with the Andrennian Kingdom and then the Kingdom of Ninhundland and back to Andrenne during the 1400 and 1500s. The Kingdom of Gerudo ceased to exist in 1453 when Ninhundland was fully united.

    On 24 October, 1453, the Ninhundish Empire was formed and is generally considered the formation date of Ninhundland. In just a few decades, Ninhundish explorers would start sailing to find new lands and trading roots across Gothis and beyond. Eventually this lead to the colonization and Ninhundish interaction with regions in Metaterra, Cravitar, and Iteria in the following centuries.

    On a side note, during the period of expansion and unifying the local South Gotic tribes from the 5th to 10th century, some decided to leave the land all together and sail off to find new lands. After many decades of voyage, some were lucky and were able to find good land to establish a permanent settlement on western Craviter (modern day Highton). The group known as Aleman in Highton are a South Gotic ethnic group that are largely decended from early medieval Ninhundish seafarers and their language is descended from Old Ninhundish but has diverged slightly due to centuries of isolation from Ninhundland.
     
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  28. Goyanes

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    History of Tageskiele Palace

    The history of Tageskiele Palace dates back to 973, with the first records of a castle there belonging to the Dukes of Kiele, which later merged with the Dukes of Mydfjordstad later in the 13th century. Castle is an overstatement though. The castle was more like a fort that had some luxurious rooms inside, other than that it was pretty simple. In the mid 16th century, a localized return of the Gojan Plague (https://forum.thenorthpacific.org/topic/9152670/#post-10178034) struck Naderfjord, the then capital of Goyanes. Grand Emperor Geirolf VI decided it was enough, and moved the capital to the already similar in wealth city of Mydfjordstad, which he renamed Gojannesstad. He seized the fort from the Duke of Mydfjordstad and abolished his title, but gave him the new Duchy of Naderfjord as consolation. He made major changes to the fort, and it became a true palace. He also moved the palace onto a small island directly in the mouth of the Mydfjord, and directed traffic headed upriver on the Mydfjord through a canal about a mile north. However as time progressed various GE's made personal taste changes, and the palace ended up with an incoherent design both exterior and interior. In 1837, Johannes IX the Great decided to completely overhaul the building, and give it a uniform design. Only some parts of the original 15th century structures remained. The current structure is the one still standing.

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    Prydanian Fascism and the Boar:
    An Explanation of Social Commonwealth's Suidaic Emblem

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    The Social Commonwealth Party emerged as the leading Prydanian fascist movement in the late 1920s. The party's various predecessor organizations all took their lead from Andrennian fascism, adopting an ideology that attempted a syncretic fusion of various anti-enlightenment, anti-humanist, and anti-democratic ideals that had gained traction since the early/mid 1800s. This ideology was constantly refining itself.
    Social scientists and historians struggle to define fascism as clearly as they as they define its left-wing equivalents of communism and syndicalism, yet the common threads seem to be a rejection of democracy, rejection of the concept of individual liberty, glorification of the state and autocratic rule, the rejection of the "other," and the glorification of the nation above all else.

    The Party itself chose a boar as its emblem. The choice of the boar is reflective of one of the party's slogans, "Heim og Ættkvísl." Which translates to "Hearth and Kin." The idea of the hearth, as the domain of the ideal Prydanian family, called back to Jól, or Yule, the old pagan Nordic holiday that had been supplanted by the Messianic Christmas. The concept of the "hearth" for Yule was tied to the old pre-Messianist sacrifice of a boar to Taunell, the chief deity of the Andrennian pantheon. While this tradition is thought to have given rise to the tradition of a ham on Christmas? It also became a symbol of peace and tranquility in the home, with one's kin.
    Though the "Heim og Ættkvísl" slogan was supplanted by the "Til Sigurs!" ("To Victory!") slogan in quick order? The idea of using the image of a peaceful, ideal Prydanian home as the vanguard against the perceived enemies of Prydanian Nordic culture lead to the adoption of the boar as a symbol for the movement.

    The Social Commonwealth Party was ousted from power in 1951, following the Dominion's defeat in the Fascist War. Richard VI, who had been an enthusiastic Social Commonwealth supporter, passed away in 1954. His son, Robert VII, dismantled the fascist state. The Party would rise again, however, using the economic turbulence of the early 1980s to gain a foothold in Prydanian politics once more. The assassination attempt on the King's immediate family left only Robert VII's youngest son, Prince Andrew, alive. Andrew III and the new Social Commonwealth leader Stephen Toft would together establish an autocratic de-facto one-party state.
    This state lasted until 2002, when it was overthrown in a Syndicalist coup. The resulting Civil War between the new Syndicalist government and the pro-Royalist Front of National Unity relegated the memory of Social Commonwealth fascism to the dustbin of history.

    The FNU victory in the Civil War led to an attempted re-emergence of Social Commonwealth loyalists. FNU infiltration, however, lead to the ring-leaders of the proposed resurrection to be arrested. The movement was declared a criminal organization and outlawed by a decree from the newly-crowned King Tobias III.
    Display of the boar-head banner or any other Social Commonwealth uniforms or symbols in Prydania is punishable by up to one year in prison.
     
  30. Syrixia

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    From a School to Supremacy:
    A Summarization of the Imperial Colonial Era

    When Vasumitra IV, also known as Vasumitra the Navigator, founded his Great Navigational School in Chhapra, the Empire first started putting out light navigational ships; which are used for the initial charting. These expeditions continued under the reigns of Vasumitra's son Samprati I, his younger brother Suparshvanatha, Suparshvanatha's son Mallinatha, and his son Samprati II. Then Samprati came up with a new plan, as the expeditions become more stale and repetitive, and not enough profit was being made anymore. He began to execute this plan, with his son Nabhanyu IV, later known as Nabhanyu the Conqueror, massively expanding it.

    Nabhanyu IV and to a lesser extent Samprati II are widely considered the fathers of the Syrixian colonial empire. Their idea was to conquer land and extract resources rather than simply trade. Nabhanyu's son Rahul I generally followed in his father's footsteps, expanding the Empire, and led an uneventful reign. Linked below is a traditional portrait of Nabhanyu IV, entitled Prthvee Par Chamakadaar Samraat ("The Luminous Emperor Holding up the World"), as well as a portrait of Vasumitra IV.



    It was his son Rajesh I who again broke new ground. Rajesh I, later known as Rajesh the King-Slayer, personally sailed to far-off Esplandia in 1699 and demolished the political order there, founding a massive colony and introducing various new technologies to the Vestrugat such as cannons. Linked below is a portrait of Rajesh I.


    After Rajesh I came Dasharatha II, later known as Dasharatha the Magnificent. From an early age, as his father was out conquering, he helped administer the Empire and learned quickly and effectively. A masterful tactician and politician, he brought the Empire to a peerless height of influence and power, and exercised a level of control over his dominions unprecedented for even a Syrixian Emperor. The mere flick of his finger could mobilize fleets. One word out of his mouth subjugated nations. He was and is often affectionately known as Mahatma Samraat, meaning "Emperor of the Eternal Soul", and he is the only Syrixian Emperor to hold the title "Master of the Four Corners of the World".

    Despite this, or possibly in addition to this, he lived a relatively cloistered life; with the intent to cultivate a larger-than-life image amongst his people. Many began to believe that the Emperor was an avatar of Prajapati- an embodiment of reality itself sent to enact balance, harmony, and perfection. He lived a long life, and had a similarly long reign- 80 years- a record that remains unbroken in Syrixian history. He died in 1800, outliving his own son. His grandson, who succeeded him, was Samprati III. Linked below is a portrait of Dasharatha.


    Linked below is a portrait of Dasharatha's grandson, Samprati III, with his son Rahul. Samprati III, also known as Samprati the Brave, led the Empire through the Wars of the Republic and the Second Nordic-Imperial War. Through his determined leadership, the Empire remained a great power, though the Empire was no longer the foremost superpower in the globe. Semi-related, but many Syrixian historians point to the Second Nordic-Imperial War as the primary catalyst for the modern political system in Eras of a multitude of "Great Powers".

    Samprati III was much more grounded than his grandfather, often personally giving donations to Imperial companies, guilds, and other organizations. He also lived a more modest lifestyle, eschewing his grandfather's lavish habits. He even forbid the palace janitors from cleaning the Imperial Bedchambers, instead doing it himself. Imperial historians sometimes credit Samprati with establishing the modern image of the Emperor- this being one of two pervading theories on how that image came to be; the other being the State Reform Act and the accompanying Acts of 1870. Those who credit Samprati believe that the 1870 acts greatly reinforced what Samprati built, rather than creating a new image.


    His aforementioned son Rahul, however, would not become Rahul II- that would instead be his great-grandnephew. Prince Rahul grew up to become a jaded, conceited, naïve, and foolhardy man. He wished to become the next Dasharatha the Magnificent and wanted to bring the Empire back to its old former glory, even though this was essentially impossible. He did what had only been done once before by Akbar II, the Mad Emperor, and broke a major tradition, taking the name Akbar III- he would be known as Akbar the Unfortunate, and would go on to rule ineptly; leading much of the Empire to slip away or teeter towards this direction under his reign.

    It is believed that Prajapati cursed the reigns of both the Mad Emperor and him due to their breaking of the naming taboo. His reign reinforced the idea that no one but the First Emperor should hold the name Akbar; and one of Congress' first acts following the formation of the modern Imperial semi-constitutional government was to forbid, by law, Emperors taking the name Akbar.

    In the portrait linked below, entitled Samraat Baithakar Aaraam Se, ("The Emperor Sitting Comfortably") the viewer can clearly see his smug facial expression, which was a subtle dig at the Emperor by the artist, which Akbar failed to notice. Also noticeable is his Uttapa Mahataj- which means "Great Malorian Crown". He liked the ornate designs of the crown used by the Keizers of Maloria, and wanted to create something similar. Both the populace and the Imperial bureaucracy, needless to say, did not like it.

    However, thanks to his forefathers' encouragement of cross-cultural pollenation, new ideas had been steadily flowing into the Empire, and despite its political decline its cultural advancements and achievement remained high. Everything came to a head when in 1868, the people began calling, spurred by these ideas and the Empire's inept management under Akbar, for change. Akbar did nothing; he didn't fire on the crowds, nor did he entertain them.

    Then, a year later, 1869, Akbar did the one thing that perhaps threw a bigger monkey wrench into the Empire than anything he had previously done or not done - he died. After he died, his...smarter son, named after his grandfather, took over. Samprati IV, also known as Samprati the Lawgiver, ruled wisely, and also encouraged much change; decreeing into law the Acts of 1870, which founded Congress and much of the modern Imperial government. The first State Curator, Rao Gujarmal Singh, was a personal friend of his.

    He also adopted a laissez-faire attitude to the colonies in that he just let go those who wanted to go, and forged new alliances with their free governments. This ideology would become the new pattern as it related to colonial independence. 1870 in particular was a year in which the Empire greatly changed; alongside the constitutional reforms including the aforementioned State Reform Act and the succeeding Acts of 1870, Predice gained independence, part of Hetacia was sold to the new and growing Federal Commonwealth of Demescia, and the Truong Autonomous Region was organized alongside the current constituency system, which replaced the old Imperial Prefectures.

    He died in 1909; and after him came his own son, Rajesh II. He was not a particularly good public speaker or a good politician, but with the aid of various proficient State Curators the Empire enjoyed peace and prosperity, at least until the Fascist Wars. When Helmerist Maloria invaded Janapadha, Rajesh promptly appointed then-Army Master-General Rajendra Rao to the rank of Grand Marshal and assigned him command over the conduct of the war, whilst he himself acted as the face of the Imperial war machine.

    A usual day for Rajesh II during the war was spent briefly consulting his advisors, especially Grand Marshal Rao and the State Curator, Chamandas Sahab. Rajesh, however, was a timid, quiet, and reclusive man, in contrast to the boldness of his father; and he often stayed by himself. Much of his time was spent in the Golden Palace's Blue Library- so named because of its stockpile of Shaddaist holy texts and commentaries.

    Rajesh, though a Rakanist devotee all his life, possessed a fascination with Shaddaism and Yihuddi culture. Just three years after the war's end, whilst on his deathbed, as his will was being read aloud by the gurus in attendance, the Emperor raised his hand and gave the people he loved so much- perhaps more than his own- a final, bountiful gift. With the last of his strength he uttered his final words: "Free the Iraelians", and then died.

    Rajesh was buried in Adonai-Jireh, Iraelia- the only Syrixian Emperor to be buried outside the Home Islands- under what is now the Iraelian Knesset Building. Soon after, the formal handover ceremony occurred, and the last colony left the Empire. The Syrixian colonial empire first founded by Vasumitra IV in one navigational school all those years ago finally died with Rajesh II in 1954.*



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    Technically the Syrixian colonial empire did not end until 1974, when a small fort in the harbor of Lamidath, Austalgotha- which had never been ceded to Austalgotha due to complicated legalese relating to its treaty of independence- was ceded back to that country following its admission to the Syrixian Commonwealth. However, most historians generally consider the Iraelian handover in 1954 to be the end of the colonial empire.
     
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  31. Syrixia

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    The Interlopers
    A Story of Old Wounds and First Contact
    Before the colonial era, the Empire was very isolated and, aside from trade, didn't reach out much in the wider world. However, Syrixian Emperor Vasumitra IV, also known as Vasumitra the Navigator for being the initiator of Syrixian naval exploration, wanted to use his new navy to find the mythical homeland of the Kyloths, the dragons who in ancient times had relocated to their ancient groves on Meru Island.

    The Emperor built a great fleet and sailed to the Kyloth Groves to take counsel with the fearsome tiger dragons, but they warned him not to go to this land, which was called Darcania, because they were banished from there. They would not tell him why. As it turned out, the ancient Kyloths had casually utilized their ability to breathe fire- a practice normally reserved for religious purposes- and so they were banished.

    The Emperor later returned to Pataliputra and fearing for his safety, decided not to lead an expedition himself. However, still curious, he sent captains and fleets on expeditions across the globe, to chart the world and find the homeland of the dragons. Around 1735, during the reign of Dasharatha the Magnificent, the Empire founded a trading post in the Stan Yera that would become the city of Secunb'ayar, on an island just south of the archipelago's primary landmass.

    The original goal of the expedition was to reach the Stan Yera's mainland, which was, after much deliberation, believed to be the ancient homeland of the dragons. One day, a trade convoy carrying a shipment of iridium- a metal native to the islands- was on a return trip to the Home Islands. However, fate and history turned that day.

    The Imperial convoy stumbled upon what appeared to be an isolated city-state on an unknown island. The language of the locals was unknown to them, but they seemed to warn the Imperial sailors that they should leave and not head further inland. The sailors, curious and hoping to chart these new lands, sailed up the coast and decided to send a party of scouts to head inland, against the warnings of the locals.

    What the scouts found both startled and awed them. Great winged and scaled dragons walked this land. As well, they thought they saw an odd city-like construct in the distance, but at that point, they couldn't tell; nor did they bother to find out. Avoiding detection, they made their way back to the coast and sailed off. Meanwhile, the people of what had turned out to be the city of Klarliert, which the Syrixians had just previously discovered, informed the dragons of the presence of new interloper peoples. At the same time, the Syrixians sailed back to Pataliputra and delivered a report to the Admiralty, who compiled a personal report for the Emperor.

    At once the Emperor sent an envoy to Clan Kyloth to discuss the matter, and after much deliberation they resolved to break their vows of seclusion for just this instance and take flight again, to Darcania, to confront their past. The clan leader flew to the islands with two subordinates, along with the Emperor's son, Crown Prince Ajitanatha, his Imperial Dragon, and a larger Imperial fleet.

    They came to the islands, and after the initial landings, the Darcanian dragons, led by their monarch, confronted the interloper humans and the tiger-exiles, and condemned them both; the Syrixians for intruding and the Kyloths for breaking their exile respectively. The Imperial soldiers and the Kyloths braced for what looked like was going to be a conflict.

    However, the wise Crown Prince, Ajitanatha, as well as the Mayor of Klarliert, brokered a peace, and through much discussion, the humans' differences were resolved. As for the dragons, whilst the Kyloths were not forgiven for their ancient crimes, their ban on contact with the homeland as well as most but not all restrictions on them by their fellow dragons were lifted.

    Following these talks, the Imperial delegation, the Mayor of Klarliert, and the Darcanian monarch negotiated a treaty of friendship- one that is still in force today.
     
  32. Iraelia

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    This is Hugo Garnier. He was Chairman of the Bank of the Republic from 1995-2015. He is responsible for saving Callise from the Crisis of 2002 and the Three Day Scare in 2010 by initiating massive quantitative easing efforts and purchasing toxic assets held by Callisean banks. He served most of his terms during the Barrault Directorate (a Social Democrat Directorate), which led to him getting into fights with State Director Dolores Barrault. He supported tax cuts, Barrault hiked the tax rate. He wanted to cut welfare spending, Barrault established the modern Callisean welfare state. In spite of this, they had a close friendship and often spent time together. When Barrault retired, he resigned from his position. He now writes political and economic columns in The Beaune Tribune and has been called upon as a member of the 2019 Emergency Economic Council.
     
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    Ft. Nvalla, abandoned c. 1947, has stood solidly in the Smoke Valley since it's abandonment. This fort, and the others like it, often attract explorers instead of tourists, since they're not clean nor are their any official tours.


    The Haalderna Line, a was proposed as early as 1921, but due to the more important project of rebuilding western Andrenne after the Provocation War (1917-1920), was put onto the back burner. It was hypothesized that in a future war with Ninhundland, Andrenne would not have the numerical advantage, but would have the skill and industry advantage. In a hypothetical war with Ninhundland, nicknamed "War Plan Jägdar", Andrenne would use a series of defensive lines to hold the Ninhundish back in a war of attrition where Andrenne's likely superior industry would eventually allow them to outproduce the Ninhundish who would've wasted tons of men and equipment attempting to break the Andrennian defenses.

    Using this industrial advantage they would hypothetically then organize a large armored spearhead to drive the Ninhundish back and force them to retreat into Gränze, and then allow Andrennian infantry who were formerly manning the defensive lines to move in after the armor and support them in their offensive, which would continue when the infantry arrived. The plan from there was to strike quickly in a combined arms operation and take Frankthorf which would hopefully either capitulate the country or force them into a favorable peace deal. If neither of those happened upon the capture of Frankthorf, the plan was to hold Frankthorf and allow the Andrennian Royal Navy to begin raiding Ninhundish trade convoys in the Naesser, hopefully preventing them from getting any external supply and cutting them off from the rest of the world which would eventually force the Ninhundish to surrender as their capital would be captured, their army would be exhausted, and they'd be out of supply with no chance of further resupply.

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    Ft. Yrna, c. 1940, was one of the countless forts on the Haalderna Line. It was abandoned by Andrenne in 1947 after being overrun by the Allied Forces. After the Fascist War ended, it was refurbished and has since been used by the Andrennian Royal Army divisions stationed in the area as a headquarters and training area.


    The enactment of War Plan Jägdar in a war-game in 1926 convinced the Riksane (ie Andrennian Parliament) of the viability of such a plan and thus the construction of the Haalderna Line began, named after the Andrennian Minister of Defense at the time, Josif Haalderna, and cost an astounding 13,881,244,364ri - that is 13.8 billion rilva, about 1.5 billion NSD. It took four years to construct the Haalderna Line and they were plagued by delays due to economic and political discorder within Andrenne at the time, but by early 1931 the Haalderna Line was complete, though the Royal Andrennian Army was already being stationed there as early as 1929.

    The line was positioned in the Western Highlands, occasionally within the Smoke Valley, along the eastern bank of the Dalva River, which is the river that makes up the Andrennian borders with Ninhundland and Cojedes, and was a massive line going from the furthest southwest corner of Andrenne to the coast of the Aeraethi Sea in the northwest of Andrenne. The line had hundreds of concrete fortifications, obstacles, and weapon installations. It was seemingly nearly impervious to most forms of attacks as even the smallest forts had walls of concrete nearly 12 ft. thick. The Haalderna Line had it's own telephone lines connecting every fort in the line, it's own underground railroad, and retractable gun batteries that could be supported by railroad artillery guns. The conditions within were actually quite nice for soldiers, who were provided air conditioning and rather nice food among spacious living quarters.

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    Ft. Kaldva, c. 2017. Ft. Kaldva is one of the many still operational museum fortresses on the Haalderna Line, and is Ft. Kaldva specifically is dedicated to the history, construction, and conditions on the Line and in the fortresses on the Line. It is still operating as of today and even has monthly reenactments of the Battle of Ft. Kaldva.


    Throughout the 30s and early 40s, Andrenne, anticipating it's new offensives in the Fascist War such as Operation Jägarjaa, Operation Maijnfra, and Operation Alastäd, updated various guns and defenses of the Haalderna Line including the upgrade of it's retractable gun batteries, artillery batteries, and communications. It was used to great effect later in the Fascist War and held the allies for quite some time on the other side of the Dalva- many Andrennians even believed that the Haalderna Line could win them the war if the Allies kept throwing men against it, as it seemed impervious at the time. However, even the Haalderna Line could not save Andrenne from it's fate, as we know from history.

    Throughout the Fascist War alone nearly one million men were positioned on and operated on the Haalderna Line. Nowadays, crossing over the Haalderna Line and the Dalva to the West Bank will lead you to either the Ninhundish or Cojedan border. Today most of the line is abandoned, but a good amount of forts are still operational and house Border Guard, Royal Army, and Royal Home Guard headquarters, or are used as tourist attractions/museums.
     
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  34. Iraelia

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    This is Consul-General Gerard LeBlanc, the military dictator of Callise from 1949 to 1965. He was a General in the Callisean Armed Forces during the Moineau and Pierrat Peope's Directorates. He did not truly believe in the Socialist system and possessed a value system that amounted to "whatever makes me more powerful is good." He pushed Dimitri Pierrat to declare war on Maloria, and when he was replaced with Moineau in 1944, he became incredibly angry at the People's Republic of Callise. In his anger, he was contacted by Syrixian operatives looking to unseat the Callisean communists.

    In 1949, with support from the military and limited Syrixian reinforcements, LeBlanc seized control of Fontaine and became Consul-General of Callise. The coup began when five artillery pieces open fired on the People's Court (the legislature of the People's Republic). All legislators and Directors were killed in the attack. LeBlanc then marched to the resident of State Director Jean-Paul Moineau. Choosing to go out on his own terms rather than get tortured by the military, he took his own life while barricaded in his office.

    LeBlanc then set out on a reign of terror, sending the militry from town to town and summarily executing socialist and communist sympathizers. When the region of Villende dug in to defend their land from the military, LeBlanc began a carpet bombing campaign that subdued the regions. LeBlanc's early years were marked by economic regression, with Moineau's recovery being undone. The government began a series of austerity measures designed to balance the budget that harmed ordinary Calliseans. Malnutrition and discontent skyrocketed. Then, in 1953, Nator Avil is recruited from Iraelia to become Director of the Recovery. He expands the money supply, establishes the Social Credit system, and stirs the economic recovery. He steps down in 1959.

    In 1965, a new business class begins to protest the military government. In 1965, LeBlanc willingly steps down and yields power to a democratically elected Directorate. He retired to a cabin in Villende and died in 1995.
     
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    I'm gonna take you on a tour of the Callisean government buildings.

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    This is the Palace of the Republic. It was completed in 1965, construction having begun in 1955. It houses the General Court of Callise, the National Assembly being located in the offshoot on the left and the Senate being located on the right. The central area is reserved for the offices of the Director of State and their staff. The building houses the rooms of the 40 Commissions of the National Assembly, each headed by the Director of a certain area of policy.

    The buildings in the background, as well as several that are out of frame, make up the officers of the various departments headed by their respective Directors.

    Down the road from the General Court, we have...

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    The Palace of Justice. The building houses the offices and chambers of the Supreme Tribunal, composed of Four Deputy Bailies and the Premier Bailie. They serve for life, are appointed by the President when a vacancy exists, and rule on all court cases that are taken to the national level beyond national circuit tribunals.

    All of the buildings between the Palace of Justice and Palace of the Republic are located in "Federal Square". The remaining government buildings are located on...

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    Financial Hill. There, The Bank of the Republic (pictured above) and the Mint, which I do not care to find a picture for :)

    Enjoy pictures of the National Assembly and Senate chambers, depicted in that order.
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  36. Ninhundland

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    An intro to The Armed and Defence Forces of Ninhundland

    Official Name: Der Gewaffende ond Wehrkrachte vun Ninhündland
    Motto: Wei wolle vereinicht kampfen! (We will fight united!)
    Founding: 17 August 1982 (In modern form)
    Budget: 86 Billion Ğ ($117 Billion)
    Manpower: 485,000
    Active: 145,000
    Reserves: 300,000
    Para-Military: 30,000



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    The Armed and Defence Forces of Ninhundland is the federal military of The Federal Republic of Ninhundland. Founded on 17 August, 1982, it is the direct successor to the military of the Greater Ninhundish Reich. Over the past few decades the military has modernized rapidly and is now among some of the most technologically advanced on Eras. The main military is split into three branches, Landkrachte (Landforces), Luftwaffende (Airforce), Kriegsfloten (Navy). Since 1994 military conscription has been voluntary for all Ninhundish Citizens who are 18+. The Ninhundish Foreign Legion is a separate sect controlled by the Ministry of Defence which allows foreign volunteers.
     
  37. Cimmerien

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    Types of offences within Cimmeria


    The following is the types of offences that exist within the Cimmerian justice system.

    Traditionally, crimes within Cimmeria were either classified as “verbrechen” (felonies), “vergehen” (misdemeanours), or “verstöße” (contraventions or infractions), and mainly were based on the severity of the offence. However, from 1984 onwards, new changes were being made to how offences were classified, and after the ratification of the Universal Criminal Code on 6th June 2001, such terms were abolished, and offences were classified based on not just the severity, but the mode of trial as well. Crimes are currently classified as either of the following:


    Indictable offence - Type of offence which can only be tried on an indictment after a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is a prima facie (Umbrial/Latin expression meaning “on its first encounter or at first sight”) case to answer or by a grand jury. There is no time limit to when charges for indictable offences can be laid, such that the accused can be charged at any time after the commission of the offence. Authorities are required to obtain a warrant to arrest under an indictable offence. The accused is required to submit fingerprints when required to answer to an indictable offence. Offenders convicted under an indictable offence are eligible for a pardon after a 10 year period. Offences such as rape or murder are so severe, they can only be charged on indictment and tried at the Magistrates’ Court (in Cimmeria, normally the trial court).

    Hybrid offence - Type of offence that can be prosecuted either summarily or as an indictment.

    Summary offence - Type of offence that can be proceeded against summarily, without the right to a jury trial and/or indictment. The defendant must be charged within 6 months of the commission of the offence. Authorities can apprehend offenders on summary conviction if found committing a summary offence. Offenders convicted under summary conviction are eligible for a pardon after a 5 year period, provided they are convicted of any further offences during that period.
     
  38. Syrixia

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    HISTORICAL FACTOIDS ABOUT THE 1954 IRAELIAN HANDOVER

    March 1954: Rajesh II dies. Independence proceedings begin.

    April 1954: Negotiations are finalized. Handover preparations begin, and Iraelia holds a referendum on whether to keep the monarchy. It is decided that the monarchy shall be kept. This is also the period when it is established that the Empire will keep some military bases in the country.

    May 1954: An Iraelian constitution is drafted. High Marshal Reuhen Adaret is appointed by Governor M. H. Shatadhanvan as the leader of an Iraelian Provisional Government while elections are to be held directly following the handover. Final preparations are made.

    June 1954: The handover occurs, specifically on June 12- Yavneh Roya. Elections occur that same month, and Reuhen Adaret becomes the first Prime Minister of Iraelia in a landslide for his party. The first Governor-General of Iraelia, Yashiv Sharett, is also appointed.

    July 1954: Iraelia formally establishes foreign relations with other nations, and becomes a founding member of the Commonwealth by attending the negotiations of the Treaty of Pataliputra, and signing the treaty thereafter.
    High Marshal Adaret, Mr. State Curator, distingushed guests, ladies and gentlemen- this important and special ceremony marks a moment of both change and continuity in Iraelia's history. It marks, first of all, the restoration of the Iraelian people and nation to full independence, after more than 300 years of Imperial administration. Secondly, it marks the conclusion of the funerary proceedings for my beloved father, a man who led our peoples through the fires of war and into the light of the future; a man who loved this land perhaps more than all others within the Empire's domains. I believe not just he, but all of us, would be happy to know that his final wish has come true.

    I should like to pay tribute this evening to those who so carefully negotiated and who worked so hard, over the last thirteen years, to negotiate the details of the implementation of His Majesty's motion for the full granting of Iraelian independence, so duly passed by Congress in the wake of his passing. I should also like to pay tribute to those who continue to work hard in discussing the new Treaty of Pataliputra- the finalization and passage of which shall likely occur before year's end- as well as an independent Iraelia's involvement in it.

    But most of all, I should like to pay tribute to the people of Iraelia themselves for all that they have achieved in the last three centuries. The triumphant success of Iraelia demands, and deserves, to be maintained. Iraelia has shown the world the everlasting beauty and enduring power of hope- hope in the face of a tragic and turbulent past, and hope for a brighter future. These have together led to the creation of a stable and functioning economy which is the envy of not just Iteria but perhaps much of the world. As a flourishing commercial and cultural crossroads, it has brought us together and enriched all our lives.


    My father spent much of his days in his libraries, combing over the histories and the holy texts of your land; and as he did he learned the true depth, tragedy, and beauty of the Iraelian story, and near the beginning of the year, my father, as his last act on this Eras, requested of his government to begin these proceedings.

    As he learned, and as many of us know, Iraelia has coped with the challenges of great economic, social, cultural, and political change over its long history, and I can unequivocally say, therefore, that it has been a true honor, and a privilege, to have had responsibility for the people of Iraelia; to have provided a framework of opportunity in which Iraelia has so conspicuously succeded, and to have been part of a success which the people of Iraelia have utilized to seek new and greater opportunities. In addition, I would like to thank the Iraelian people, dearly and sincerely, for giving me the pristine honor of continuing to serve as its monarch; and I pledge to fulfill this role with the utmost dedication and diligence.

    In a few moments, the Empire's responsibilities will pass to a new State of Iraelia, thereby restoring the Iraelian people to full independence as a nation. It will continue to have a strong identity of its own and be an important international partner for many other countries in the world. Ladies and gentlemen, the Iraelian people will, tonight, take responsibility for a place which matters greatly to us all. For its part, the Empire will maintain its unwavering support for the independence and integrity of Iraelia. Our commitment and our strong links to Iraelia will continue, and will, I am confident, flourish as Iraelia and its people themselves continue to flourish.

    Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I should like on my behalf, on behalf of my government, and on behalf of all the peoples of the Empire who remain, to express our thanks, admiration, affection and good wishes to all the people of Iraelia, who have been such staunch and special friends over so many generations. We shall not forget you, and we shall watch with the closest interest as you embark on this new era of your remarkable history.
     
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  39. Highton

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    Throughout the history of Highton, it has seen three main empires develop which defined the landscape of the region. Most of Highton's early history was made up of smaller kingdoms and principalities, but at a few points in its history, large suaves of land were controlled by centralized powers. This article will describe these three major empires.

    The city-state of Ein, located near the modern-day cities of Einestadt and Alexandria, began to expand beyond its walls and controlled much of the land near its capital city. The territory of Ein grew rapidly and by 1270, the Fenixians controlled much of the Phoenix Coast north and south of the Bay of Alexandria. The Empire's conversion to Courantism by the Alexandrian Order would dramatically shift the path of the region. Since the fall of the empire in 1432, every kingdom in the former territory has remained Courantist. After the conversion of the Empire, the capital moved a few miles north to Alexandria. By the 1820s, with the empire beginning to collapse, the capital moved north once more to Jefferson where it remained until the empire was officially dissolved in 1432. Because of that move, Jefferson remains the religious capital to this day. The impact of this empire could not be understated. It was responsible for the spread of Courantism into Highton, as well as establishing more a unified identity for the people. The empire also built many roads and other infrastructure which would connect the region more easily such that it would not fracture into several tiny city-states but rather a handful of larger monarchies. The countries that emerged from the empire were the Principality of Highton and the Kingdoms of Aleman, Ponfénix, and Talanskland. The Rixion Empire also took parts of former imperial land as it expanded.
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    The Rixion Empire was the longest lasting of the three here. This empire was at its peak before the 18th century. As the Rixion people were pushed further and further east after the arrival of the South Gotic people (the Aleman ethnic group), their control decreased until they were pushed completely back into the heavily forested regions of Centralia and Al'aka (Hightonia). The biggest city here grew in the middle of the forest, and it was very isolated from the rest of the world. The city of Rixion thrived, and it was considered a "great city". This would allow it to expand its territory throughout the surrounding forest and into the Rixion Mountains, encompassing mostly only Rixion peoples. Other than the capital city, North Vaasa was considered one of the most important regions in the Empire. It gave the Rixions access to the Norsian Strait and at the time had the second largest population (although today, North Vaasa has a larger population than the rest of Rixionland combined). A separatist movement in Centralia marked the beginning of the end for the Rixion Empire, as from that point onwards it continued to decline. Its strong alliance with the Hightonian Principality was crucial for keeping it alive. Centralia and Rixionland found themselves at war once again and the Centralians were hammering the Rixion forces at the border resulting in the death of 16% of its male population. Highton-Aleman stepped in to take care of the Centralian threat, forcing its government to surrender within a month of the Principality getting involved in what would become known as the "Eastern War". Centralia and Rixionland were so economically crippled by the war that they were absorbed into Highton, which roughly leads to the borders of the present day nation. One part Highton did not gain, however, was North Vaasa which was lost by the Rixion Empire months prior to being dissolved. There remains a desire among many Rixions to reclaim North Vaasa, although in the current political climate this seems unlikely.
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    The term Hightonian Empire has been used to describe two things– the unified form of the country which continues to this day (containing the regions of Highton, Aleman, Pobfénix, Talansk, Centralia, and Rixionland), or the small southern hemisphere colonies possessed by Highton. The Highton Principality merged with the Aleman Kingdom in 1831 to form the United Principality of Highton-Aleman. Over a century earlier, Aleman had established several outposts off the coast of southern Kian collectively known as New Aleman. The capital city of New Trier grew to a bustling port city and a trade of hub for Aleman and its allies. The 1831 merger was fantastic for the economy, which allowed the newly unified Principality to solidify its claim to the islands of New Aleman as well as expand the colony to a pair of peninsulas on the continent of Kian, a process completed in 1850. The victory in the Eastern War doubled Highton-Aleman's territory back home as well, increasing its power on the Craviter although it preferred not to get involved in foreign wars if possible. In 1949, the Republicans seized control of the government during the elections although they plans were delayed by the Fascist Wars, and upon their conclusion in 1951 the new constitution was signed, essentially ending the control of the monarchy (albeit keeping them as a symbolic head of state). A year later, the Republic of New Aleman became independent although it would not remain so (see "The Southern Colony").
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  40. Ninhundland

    Ninhundland TNPer

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    Summary of The Provaction War
    The Provaction War was a conflict during the 1910s and early 1920s between the two large rivals of Ninhundland and Andrenne. In the 1910s while the colonial era was coming to an end, Ninhundland was looking east at the province of Västen. Västen was home to a significant Ninhundish minority and was under Ninhundish control for much of the late 15th century. The only problem was that it was part of Andrenne, the main rival of Ninhundland. Although a plan was made to threaten Kanada, a former Andrennian colony which Andrenne still cared for by demanding trade to avoid a coastal attack by Ninhundland. The idea was to distract Andrenne in the east while quickly taking the western provinces before they could do anything about it. At first it worked and when the first offensive took place in 1915 it was successful but as soon as Östje was reached, the plan was clear and beginning in late 1916, the Andrennian defense was now a lot more equipped. Additionally with the help of Kanadian forces, Östje was taken back in 1917. The next couple years would be spent fighting in the marshlands and hills of western Andrenne as the battles were moving farther west towards the city of Gränzeburg. By 1919 the war had completely turned and fighting was now in Gränzeburg, as the Ninhundish were now on the defensive. In 1920 the war had ended with western Andrenne destroyed in runes but the Ninhundish had failed and the buffer state of Gränze was formed between the two countries.