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The Most Serene Eco-Republic of Middle Barael

“Knowledge, Nature, Peace, and Order make a Golden Age”

Category: Democratic Socialists
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
All-Consuming
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: Forest

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The History of Middle Barael

Middle Barael’s history is one of settlers from some of the greatest nations and cultures in history, discovering Middle Barael and adding their own histories and cultures to this tapestry of a nation. Indeed, there is one archaeological site named Tel Marjayez right on the mainland coast opposite Cothon that has remains from every single period in Baraelan history. Here is the history of this tapestry of a nation:

  • Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and early Bronze Age: The Native Baraelim arrive from the East. Their culture likely resembled many indigenous peoples from around the Middle East and North America, including the Navajo, the Bedouins, the Turks, the Kurds, the Apache, the Scythian, the Armenians, and the Sumerians, leading some archaeologists to believe that they were multiple groups who eventually melded together. The Mative Baraelan civilization no longer exists today, and it is believed that the Native Baraelan people either assimilated into the Arab settlers or died off from disease, likely both. Little is known about them, although there recently have been several archaeological sites popping up to investigate the Native Baraelan civilization.

  • ~950 BCE: Phoenicians sail to Cothon, mainly from Tyre, but also from Sidon, Kition, Byblos, and Arwad. There is also archaeological evidence of some Israelite sailors arriving with the Phoenicians, which would explain why Judaism is the predominant religion of Middle Barael. These Phoenicians founded Cothon City as well, and Phoenicians are still one of the major Ethnic Communities of Middle Barael.

  • Classical Antiquity: Minoans, Mycenaeans, and Attican Greeks sail to Cothon from Crete, Cyprus, and Attica. The Minoans had the most lasting impact on Cothon City, while the Mycenaeans and Atticans had more of an influence on the countryside and the towns. These new Greek setters took over much of Cothon City, leading the Phoenicians to establish their own exclusive neighborhood of Gartahena and the suburb Gartageni. However, Cothon City still retained much of the Phoenician culture, and the island of Cothon began to see a fusion of these cultures. The Greeks also adopted Judaism, which they got from the Phoenicians who most likely got it from the Israelite sailors.

  • Pre-Muhammad Era and Early Islamic Age: Arab Nomads from the northern and western parts of the Arabian Peninsula arrive from the East and settle in the hotter and dryer parts of the mainland, mostly the southern and central parts of the mainland, away from the coast. The Native Baraelan civilization most likely began to assimilate and die out around this time. The Arabs too adopt the Jewish religion.

  • Late Middle Ages: First wave of migration from France, Germany, and Italy, as well as Venice and Catalonia. The French and German both settle in the cooler areas in the central and northern parts of the mainland, and they coexist in a symbiotic existence, with the French doing more agriculture and the Germans doing more industry. The Italians settle further south, but more predominantly on the coasts, and they go on to become the nation’s wine growers. The Catalan settle in a valley right outside of what will later become Scania, and they for a while manage to hold on to their identities, but they eventually lose them until the Renaixença, or Catalan Renaissance, in the later 1800s and the Heritage Movement of the 1960s. Finally, the Venetians settle near the other Italians, but further inland in cooler areas, and they too grow grapes, although theirs tend to be more sour, and they are not only for wine, but also for snacking. All of these groups eventually get converted to Judaism, but over time they come to accept it fully, and nowadays very few ever convert back to the original Catholicism.

  • Renaissance: Second wave of migration from Europe, mainly Italians, Venetians, French, Catalans, Greeks and Spaniards. The Spaniards eventually got assimilated into the Catalans, while the Renaissance-era Greeks rediscover their ancient ways and largely assimilate, though many still keep some traditions, including their Greek Orthodox religion, or at least certain traditions of that religion. These people too convert to Judaism, but many bring their own traditions with them, such as the idea of Saints or their concepts of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory/Gehenna.

  • Golden Age of the Ottoman Empire: The Ottomans invade the island of Cothon during the reign of Mehmed the Conqueror. There was some, but not much, attention placed on Cothon until the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, who brought in many scholars and poets and writers and scientists and physicians and politicians and artists and musicians and officials to the island. They also commandeered the Phoenician suburb of Cothon City called Gartageni, which lead to much uproar amongst the Phoenician community, as not only was their great city of Cothon City taken over by the Greeks, but their subsequent suburb of Gartageni was taken over by the Ottomans. Regardless, both Cothon City and Gartageni kept their Phoenicians (and Greeks), and the culture essentially became a mosaic. Later sultans did not pay much attention to Cothon, and Sultan Mustafa the Deranged even let a gang of brigands and robbers take over “all of the city of Cothon with its smooth walls of sandstone for [their] personal pleasure and usage,”. In addition, the Ottomans also converted to Judaism, again bringing some Muslim traditions with them. Even though overall the Ottoman rule did not make much a difference, there are still many Turks living on the island of Cothon.

  • Later 19th Century: Third wave of European migration. Many poorer people from Central Italy and rural Spain immigrated to Middle Barael, while many of the bourgeoisie from Northern Italy, France, and most especially, Catalonia, also immigrated. This was around the time of the Art Nouveau movement in Europe, and so the French brought Art Nouveau and the Italians brought Stile Liberty, the Italian version of Art Nouveau, giving many of the towns and cities in the heart of the country, such as Nance, a feel reminiscent of Paris, Brussels, Turin, or Milan. This was also around the time of the Catalan Renaissance, or Renaixença, a major political, artistic, and architectural movement in Catalonia. The new Catalans who were arriving brought the elegant, colorful, and eccentric architectural style that was at the heart of this movement, called Modernisme, which was also practiced heavily in the Catalan Valley, as well as in the city of Nance. By then these remaining immigrants rarely converted to Judaism, but over time many became atheist or agnostic, or they gradually converted due to the influence of Judaism in he society.

  • 20th Century, especially the first 75 years: Middle Barael underwent a major industrial shift, and it became much more globalized. Even though very few Americans and Brits moved to Middle Barael, Middle Barael grew to become very much of a standard western country, and English became the dominant language. The Greek, Phoenician, Ottoman, Arab, Catalan, and Italian populations lost much of their culture for this period, while the French, Germans, Israelis, and Venetians became even more western than they already were.

  • 1960s: Middle Barael experienced a major wave of national identity and humanism, similar to what happened with the Catalans in the later 1800s. Baraelan “Culture Hippies” and “flower tower” (named after flower power, and also referencing the flower-covered towers in the French, Venetian, and Italian areas) spread, and many cultures experienced a major reawakening. Many attempted to reclaim their original languages, although usually they tended to simply become English-based languages that sounded somewhat similar to the original languages, since the true languages were often forgotten during the Hyper-Globalized Period of the 20th Century. These people rejected many this common in the hyper-globalized lifestyle, such as TV Dinners, store-bought complete microwaveable meals, the teaching of English as the primary language, and the construction of skyscrapers. This reawakening was most popular among the Catalans in their Central Valley, who went on to create an English-based language called Scanian that was based upon the sounds of the Catalan language while keeping the English roots. The “Catalan Fever” spread even beyond the Catalan community, and soon Scanian became the second lingua franca of Middle Barael, alongside English, and it soon was taught in schools and became the national language (English is also still taught in schools, and it is the official language).

  • 2017 onwards: In Baraelan politics, a major shift occurred around this point. There had been a populist Conservative prime minister named Ronald DuPont Drumpfery, and he was incredibly unpopular. He only won because many centrists and independents voted for him, but that was more in response to the previous Liberal prime minister who made many changes that they at the time disliked, not because they liked Drumphery. Luckily for those people, in 2017 a coalition of the Liberals, Greens, and Union of Social Democrats won a majority, and put the previous Liberal PM, Martin Oromi, back as Prime Minister again. Then in 2020, with the added support of Pax Unio, this coalition, called the “Alliance for Progress”, managed to get over 2/3 of the Parliament, an absolute majority, and they put in place a Liberal PM named Marc Nuya. With a USD King (a democratically elected position, similar to a president), a Liberal Prime Minister, a Green in charge of the Coalition, and a Pax Unio speaker, this administration has been able to solve many civil rights, economic, and climate issues, and Middle Barael has done incredibly well in these past few years.

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