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The Principality of Aeritania

“As the sea, so the sky”

Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
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Economy:
Strong
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Squire

Location: the Rejected Realms

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[WIP] Compendium of Countries [START HERE]

The world of Gnosia is a strange one; one that is like our own Earth, and yet different in every possible way. The following Compendium contains most of the information relating to this world, with a focus on the continent of Phantasia and the immediate relations of its resident countries. The year is 2500 A.F., and Gnosia is about to face the return of terrors it has not seen for thousands of years.


The Continent


The hypothetical flag of a Phantasian Union

The continent of Phantasia is much like our own Europe; A diverse group of nations battle and meddle in each other's affairs on a near constant basis. The Continent is approximately the size and shape of modern-day Europe (true map soon to come). The main body of the continent is composed of Odessa (about the size of modern-day France), Aragon (the Iberian Peninsula), Dominius (the Italian Peninsula) and Einbrecht (Germany, Poland, the Baltics, Belarus). Skarlsbjard, a massive cluster of islands, lies to the far north. Aeritania, a chain of five islands, lies far from the coast of the Aragonian Peninsula. Albion is a large island just off the coast of Odessa, divided from the Continent by the Great Sea. Columea lies on the continent of Columnal, across the Ostian Ocean.


Astrica is the most common religion in Phantasia. It is responsible for much of the Phantasian worldview and culture, especially on the continent. Currently, anthropologists have not determined its exact origins.


The Above is a mythical realm, said to exist literally above Gnosia, as a layer between it and the Planetary Spheres. Ancient myths proclaim that the there were once two Entities: The Malevolent Entity created humanity to destroy the Aeons, god-like spirits of incredible power created by The Benevolent Entity. Having taken pity on humanity, the Benevolent Entity and her Aeons decided to protect them from her brother's wrath and their own warlike nature. Battles raged between the forces of the Malevolent and Benevolent Entities, until the Malevolent Entity shattered the Above, leaving behind a barren wastleland known as the After. To protect the cursed humans and remaining Aeons, the Benevolent Entity sacrificed herself to become the world where Phantasia, Columnal, and the other continents now reside. This event is known as the Shattering.


According to mythology, the world of Gnosia still possessed much of the properties of the Above immediately after the Shattering, resulting in the Pneumia: islands that floated above the surface of Phantasia. Unfortunately, they fell from the sky one tragic day, and supposedly became the isles of Skarlsbjard and Aeritania, thus explaining the similar appearences of their people, and the many strange Relics scattered about these isles.
It's said that as time passed, the people of the Pneumia had grown to see themselves as greater than the people of Phantasia, leaving them weak to attack from the forces of the Malevolent Entity, and thus they fell. The stories relating to the fall of the Pneumia and the Shattering are found in the book knows as the Gnosticium, or "the Record of Gnosia". The phrase "pride goeth before a fall" originates from this text.
The Phantasian calendar is organized by Before Fall (B.F.) and After Fall (A.F.), based on when the Fall of Pneumia is said to have occurred.


The After is not physically part of the Continent, but a strange shadow-realm that functions as a sort of purgatory. It is from here that Daemons, beasts that have eternally haunted Phantasia, are said to originate from.


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The Principality of Aeritania keeps its own factbooks. Please check those for any information related to that country.

The Admiralty of Albion keeps its own factbooks. Please check those for any information related to that country.


The Kingdom of Odessa

The PRETITLE of NATION


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The flag of Odessa. It came into use following the rise of the Plantagenet Dynasty and its subsequent empire.


Motto: Plusiers peuples, un pays


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Capital: Calaidon
Largest City: Calaidon


Official Language: Odessian



National Language: Odessian, Albionian


Demonym: Odessian

Government:
- King: Xavier I
-Chef du Parlement: Jean-Jacques Jardin


Legislature:
The Parlement


Currency: Fleur



The Kingdom of Odessa

The Kingdom of Odessa is a Kingdom on continental Phantasia. It is bordered on the north by the Bjardarr Sea, on the south by Dominus, by the east by Einbrecht and on the west by Aragon.

Odessa is the current powerhouse of Phantasia. Constantly pushing to take over other regions of Phantasia and Gnosia, they are only kept in check by their terrible debt and other nations invoking "balance of power".

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The standard way to refer to a citizen of Odessa is "Odessian." or "cheese-eating stab-monkeys" if you're feeling impolite

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King of Odessa
Xavier Letueur

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Born:

July 30, 2475 A.F.

Birthplace:

Nah'raine, Odessa

Age:

25

Father:

King Guillaume I (formerly Guillaume Letueur, deceased)

Mother:

Queen Hélène (nèe Hélène Lavarene, deceased)

Gender:

Male

Sexual Orientation:

Straight

"Kneel, fool. You have been bested by the King of Odessa, and he does not take kindly to knaves like you." - King Xavier I

Xavier Letueur, commonly known as the Dauphin of Nah'raine, is the current King of Odessa. He seeks to redeem his family in the eyes of the people, after the oppressive reign of his father, the Mad King Guilliaume I. Although by the standards of most democratic nations, Xavier's reign has not been particularly liberal, but it has made great progress for Odessa. However, the King hides a great deal of secrets, and he although he may have the trust of the common people, he has yet to earn the trust of the nobility. It's unlike that will ever come to pass, as Xavier despises the nobility and all they stand for.


















Early Life
Young Xavier was born to the Latueur family just after his father, Guilliaume, seized the throne of Odessa. One might think that he thus led the life of a prince, and they would be partially right. While his mother, Helene, still lived, his life was rather pleasant. As the oldest of five siblings and heir to the throne, there was always great pressure placed upon the young Dauphin, who grew up away from the Odessian capital of Calaidon in the tradition manor of the Latueur family, hence the nickname "the Dauphin of Nah'raine". A cheerful young boy, Xavier was rather idealistic in his youth, hoping to bring democracy to Odessa during his reign.
In the background, revolutionary parties had being stirring up trouble near Calaidon. In order to show the he was not afraid of these rebels, King Guilliaume decided to bring his family, including Helene and Xavier, to the Palais Granier in Calaidon. This, naturally, did not end well. The Royal Caravan was harassed at every stage of the journey, and finally was forced to stop just outside of Calaidon, near the village of Deumard. It was here that a particular violent group of rebels started a riot, and a terrible accident occurred. One rioter had managed to obtain an arquebus, and a stray bullet struck and killed Queen Helene, right in front of the young Dauphin and his siblings. This sent King Guilliaume into a terrible fury, and he ordered the royal guard to mercilessly slaughter the rioters. This incident, known as the Deumard Massacre, forever changed young Xavier, along with the rest of the Leteuer family.
Life
After the Deumard Massacre, King Guilliaume began his descent into the Mad King. Nobility were kept out of government, and heavy taxes were introduced to build up the royal guard. Riots grew ever worse, and Guilliaume's responses grew ever brutal. Xavier and his siblings, especially the middle sister, Corrine, who had been adopted into the Letueur family at a young age, were reguarly abused by their father. On on such occassion, Corrine was locked in a dungeon for 24 hours without food or water; had Xavier and their siblings not rescued her, she likely would have died. This abuse, combined with the trauma of the Deumard Massacre, caused Xavier to become bitter and cynical.
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Unknown to the public, Xavier will often disguise himself as Raoul Lemat, a nobleman of an indeterminate minor noble house. In this disguise, he will take to the streets of Calaidon, and explore the city as though he were an ordinary citizen, in order to truly understand public opinion. On one such occassion, he attended an opera, and met Christine de Domremy, an up-and-coming actress of considerable talent. He has taken to meeting her in secret, though like him, she hides many secrets of her own.

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King Guilliaume I of Odessa


Princess Corrine Letueur


The Durandal, legendary sword of Odessian Kings


The city of Calaidon


The Empire of Einbrecht


The flag of Einbrecht. The red lines and circle represent the merging of the Einbriche in their battle against the Daemons.

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(thanks to Shy Guyia for the edited flag!)

Emperor of Einbrecht
Fortinbras Schwartzlied

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Born:

December 9, 2473 A.F.

Birthplace:

Zdzislaw, Einbrecht

Age:

27

Father:

Frederick Schwartzlied, Margrave of Zdzislaw

Mother:

Ophelia Schwartzlied (nèe Ophelia Brackenweiss), Duchess of Aingenberg

Gender:

Male

Sexual Orientation:

Straight

"Humanity will take back the night." - Emperor Fortinbras IV

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The Dragon of Solemnity


The Royal Federation of Skarlsbjard

The Royal Federation of Skarlsbjard


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The flag of Skarlsbjard. The blue represents water, the grey represents ice, and the white represents snow.


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Capital: Valundarr
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Official Language: Volkslung



National Language: Volkslung


Demonym: Bjardarr

Government:
- Queen: Sigrun Icehammer
- Great Jarl: Rathnar Axeslinger


Legislature:
The Jarlthung


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Queen of Skarlsbjard
Sigrun Icehammer

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Born:

October 24, 2475 A.F.

Birthplace:

Valundarr, Konungr Island

Age:

25

Father:

Jarl Thorfinn Icehammer (deceased)

Mother:

Elsanne Icehammer (nee Bladesinger)

Gender:

Female

Sexual Orientation:

Lesbian REDACTED

"The frost has begun, and the Norns' plans have been set in motion once more. Now, you will truly fear the fury of Skarlsbjard." - Queen Sigrun Icehammer

Queen Sigrun Icehammer is the first woman to be elected to lead the Jarls of Skarlsbjard in over a century. The daughter of the famous Jarl Thorfinn Icehammer and the Valkyr Elsanne Bladesinger, Sigrun comes from a long legacy of larger-than-life heroes. She is far more reserved and contemplative than the average Bjardarr, but don't let her calm demeanor fool you: she is deadly when finally pushed to her breaking point, and her rage is borderline unstoppable. The people of Skarlsbjard call her the "Queen of Blades"; sharp-witted and cold as steel, but she is careful to keep her rage in service of her people.


















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  • Pro: Democracy, Military Spending, Agricultural Development, Immigration, Sovereignty

  • Neutral: Drugs, Socialism, Oligarchy, Environmental Protection

  • Anti: Authoritarianism, Plutocracy, Conformity

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Sigrun is more traditionally feminine than the average Bjardarr woman. She enjoys cooking and sewing; they help her focus on whatever issue she is trying to solve. She is also very religious, though this is a common Bjardarr trait. She often quotes the Sagas, collections of Bjardarr mythology, and she prays to the Norns on a regular basis. Secretly, Sigrun is a huge romantic; she wants to find a "special someone" to settle down with, and is frustrated by her seeming inability to reciprocate the affections of her suitors. She hates that the people see her as a cold "ice queen"-type, but she finds it difficult to express the sheer extent of her love for her people. She is very close to Astrid Pathfinder, the second-in-command to the leader of the Volknyr Corps.

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Other Nations


The flag of the united Provinces. Each province now bears their own flag, based on the coat of arms of the ruling House.

The Provinces of Aragon were once united under the strong leadership of the Castillonian Dynasty, until a group of nobility know as the Defiers rebelled against the weak King Charles XIII. The Provinces have since devolved into warring feudal factions, though recently a hero by the name of El Cid has begun to make waves throughout the provinces.



The flag of the former Empire of Dominus. The tree in the center represents the legendary Tree of Mithras, said to lay at the center of the imperial capitial, Ilium.

Once a great empire that nearly controlled all of Continental Phantasia, Dominus has now fallen into borderline non-existence. The Dominosian people inhabit the ruins of the empire, and the Siblings Triumvirate, the last heirs of House Apolloyon, seek to reunite the scattered Dominosian people.


The flag of Columea. It took the colors of each of its colonizers' flags and incorporated them into its own.

The only organized country on the continent of Columnal, Columea is vastly different from the countries of Phantasia. Originally a collective of Odessian, Albionian and Aragonian colonies, the colonists decided to unite with the natives of Columnal and declare independence from Phantasia. After a series of long wars against Phantasia known as the Columnal Revolution, the United Territories of Columea were finally established. However, only Einbrecht, Skarlsbjard and Aeritania formally recognize the Territories as a country; Odessa and Albion still claim sovereignty over their colonial regions, and Aragon has not formally declared anything since its devolution into chaos. Dominus recognizes them as well, but that's not particularly helpful considering its aforementioned state of almost non-existence.

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