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Ephyra | Wiki Overview | Cermaverse 2030 Edition

EPHYRA
WIKI OVERVIEW


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Ephyra

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Ever For Honour

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Map of the Freehold (smaller islands not included)



Capital

Ephyra

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Largest city

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Official language

Common Selian

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Common languages

Common Selian

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Various Selian dialects

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Arabic

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Italian

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Sicilian

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Slavic



Demonym

Ephyral / Ephyran / Ephyrian

- Noun (CS)

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- Adjective (CS)

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Population

83,226,835 (2026 census)

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90,200,000 (2030 estimate)

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Population density

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Area

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Social status demographics

Percentage of population (2026)

- Ephyral citizens

22.9%

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Ethno-racial groups

Selians

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- Achaean Selians

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- Epirote Selians

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- Macedonian Selians

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- Pontic Selians

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Afro-Arabs

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Arabs

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Berbers

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Italians / Sicilians

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Slavs



State religion

Selian polytheism

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Common religions

Selian polytheism

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Christianity

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- Orthodoxy

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- Catholicism

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- Protestantism

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Islam

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- Sunni

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- Shi'a

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Judaism



Government

Timocratic classical republic

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Archons

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Volesos Artorios Soranos (Pri)

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Akeros Erunios Protos (Sec)

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Legislature

Senate of the Freeholders

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Symposium of the Public



History

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Earliest settlement

~3000 BC

Ephyral Spring

1562



GDP (nominal)

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GDP (nominal) per capita

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Currency

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Ephyra, formally the Ephyral Freehold or the Ephyral Republic, is a sovereign country situated around the Mediterranean, with territory in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The Freehold has a population of just over 90 million inhabitants of varied ethnic belongings, religious persuasions, and language speakers, but also status as they occupy different positions within the stratified Ephyral social network. Founded in AD 1562, the Freehold remains most internationally significant for being a de facto confederation of non-sovereign and self-governing states under the ultimate command of Ephyra proper, a city-state considered politically inseparable from the city that governs the entire expanse of the Freehold, Ephyra itself. Indeed, the Freehold remains an anomaly amongst the international community on multiple matters regarding its government, society, and religion, all of which are reflective of the Classical Selian heritage of the country rekindled during the Renaissance and Enlightenment.

The Freehold is so-named in accordance with its view on the highest level of citizenship; the freeborn landholders, a class of citizenry who have never been slaves and who possess sufficient property to be seen as having a physical stake in the country itself, and consequently incentivised to ensure its prosperity before personal considerations. These 'freeholders', who in addition to condition of birth and property requirements are also adult males without immoral social stigma or criminal conviction, form the electorate of Ephyra's classical republic. No codified constitution exists for the Freehold, which is governed by its concept of three branches of power; the popular assembly; the legislative Senate; and the various offices and magistrates elected to embody republican power for the best interests of the state, ensuring a balance of power by many, few, and one - whilst preventing any one of these from acquiring tyrannical power.

Civic virtue, civil society, and mixed government define the Ephyral republic, which remains a society heavily focused on the ideals of virtue and honour, and places extensive weight on personal honest and integrity with effective social ruin for liars and thieves - its citizens governed by an evolving set of mores and taboos known as the ancestral customs. At the bedrock of society is a near unmatched emphasis on the family not only as a social idea but as a concrete legal unit. Each family is thought of as a state unto itself, a mini-society governed by their own particular customs and networked by kinship to each other from shared descent, through marriage, or by adoption, all of which cultivate the complex relationships of patrons and clients which form the society and the state. In concordance with this, the individual is seen as second to the family, all of the members of which are shamed or are elevated in the eyes of their peers by the actions of one, leading to a strong culture of honour and pride and a fierce animosity to actions of excess or vice which can harm the image of a family.

Economically the Freehold is primarily a service economy, largely importing goods rather than exporting them. However the Freehold does possess access to some oil and gas reserves, as well as other natural resources which it imports to supplement. Tourism forms a heavy part of the Ephyral economy, as it is in possession of many ancient ruins and archaeological sites from antiquity, as well as idyllic natural sites. The popularity of foreign travel to Ephyra - both its heartland of Selia as well as its Italian, African, and Anatolian possessions - typically mitigate the international controversies surrounding the country, such as its retaining of slavery, patriarchal society, incest, and pagan-brand anti-atheism, as these do not appear sufficient enough concerns for foreign peoples to hinder travel. Relations with other powers vary due to historical conflicts and present attitudes, and the Freehold's closest allies tend to lie in the western hemisphere as a consequence of mutual anti-communist leanings.

Etymology



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History



The founding of the Ephyral Freehold occurred in AD 1562 (traditionally dated to July 16th) as a consequence of the Ephyral Spring, a series of uprisings and civil discontent born of popular resentment against the wealth-based oligarchy and the increasingly tyrannical grasp held by the Lemerros family. The event was part of a wider phenomena, termed broadly as the Selian Renaissance, involving not only the rediscovery of classical art, literature, and philosophy, but of social structure and politics which took greater root in Selia than anywhere else. Numerous city-state republics were founded following the decline of the Mantaran Empire, including the short-lived 'First' Ephyral Republic, whose own decline saw the rise of the oligarchic financial elite. The revolutionaries of 1562 declared a government of the freeborn landholders, a qualification that would define citizenship and suffrage by redistributed share of land, presided over by the patriciate city-fathers, descendants of the men who had overthrown the oligarchs in a newly organised Senate. Parallels drawn by many to the legendary founding of the old Roman Republic likely inspired the similarity in subsequent organisation, and other Selian cities would follow similar paths in the years to follow.

Ephyra was reconstituted as a pagan state dedicated to ancestral customs, initiating hostilities between the pagan citizenry and Christians, some of whom held citizenship and some of whom did not. Selian paganism had survived from the classical period but was once again brought to the fore of public life as the operation of the state itself became inseparable from the practice of ritual. Back and forth violence became commonplace, until the assault by Christians on the temple holding the sacred flame of the Ephyral hearth in AD 1616 triggered a reprisal slaughter of most Christians living not only within the city but the lands it administered.

Both during and following these domestic hostilities, the Freehold fought for prominence amongst other Selian states, including city republics and tribal oriented kingdoms. The first early modern ideas of Panselianism were born as cities began allying on the basis of perceived shared identity to various tribes, such as the Rhykosians and the Panyrians. The temporary alliance of the most prominent Selian states against the Kingdom of Pontus further solidified these ideas, and though the expedition itself failed to achieve its objectives, the gates were open to gradual Ephyral domination of its neighbours through confederation or annexation - and then further expansion to the Selian states in Italy, Africa, and the remainder of Anatolia not yet held by Pontus. Two and a half centuries after formal founding, the Freehold had ascended to significant mastery of the Mediterranean.

Recent history

World War II is perhaps the defining event of Ephyra's recent history. By circumstance, the Ephyral found themselves on the side of the Allies following the Italian invasion of Ephyral holdings on the peninsula in early 1940. Demands for the abandonment of the land had been ignored since the mid-1930s, and ultimately Italy decided to force the Ephyral out. The initial offensive by Italy was unsuccessful until German reinforcements succeeded in pushing the Freehold's forces out by the end of the year, with Ephyra primarily concerned by the near simultaneous invasion of its eastern territories by its long-term rival, Pontus.

The war was fought in a primarily defensive manner, as encroachments were made from virtually all directions, preventing the massing of enough men to mount a significant counter-attack. However, due to a multitude of factors such as the appointment of multiple archon dictators, religious rites of self-sacrifice to inspire resistance, and the continued call upon the honour of the Ephyral to stand and fight, the Axis invasions of Ephyra all progressed slowly - with Italian landings on Selia's west coast being repelled providing a source of victories for moral bolstering on other fronts. This state of affairs lasted until 1943, when the German-Soviet war began to turn against the Axis and vital German supporting troops were redeployed to fight the communists, allowing the first of what would become a continued Ephyral advance. Support from Washington and the United States enabled not only a counter-offensive against Pontus in the east but a full invasion of Italy, spearheaded by Ephyral troops with American and Washingtonian reinforcements.

Before the year was out, the Freehold had not only retaken its lost territory, but had pushed all the way to Rome, forcing the Italian surrender and withdrawal from the war, whilst in the east, Pontus also was pushed to negotiate a cessation of hostilities.

When the war ended in 1945, Ephyra retained all of its prior possessions. Fearing communist expansion, the Freehold found itself aligned with its war-time allies in the west. For many Ephyral, the Freehold had endured its greatest test yet - a testament to its honour and commitment to the ancestral ways. The generation of men who fought the enemy, and women who maintained the home, are in modern days oft-cited as the ideal virtuous citizens, and Ephyra's continuing traditionalism can be in part attributed to the war as well as its natural resistance to dramatic change. In concern to many, the Ephyral spirit rekindled has kept burning with desire for new expansions and conquests. Limited for choice elsewhere, multiple campaigns have been fought in Africa since the end of the war, creating clients or federating tribes and settlements into Freehold control.

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Demographics



Population and growth

The last census, conducted in PS 465 (AD 2026), revealed that the population of the Freehold then was 83,226,835, living across all territories and municipal statuses, an increase of 2.3% from the previous year. The midyear estimate for 2030 is expected to surpass 90 million. Ephyral citizens of first and second order accounted for 22.9% of the 2026 total, a figure of just over 19 million, but are expected to account for a marginally larger share by the census of PS 470. The remaining 77.1% of the population are distributed amongst multiple social and legal statuses, including allies / confederates, freedmen, slaves, and other specialist categories. The PS 465 census found that women slightly outnumber men, accounting for 50.36% of the population as opposed to the male 49.64%.

The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) for 2026 was calculated at 3.57 children per woman, deduced from the examination of eight, five-year age cohorts of females aged 10 to 49. Of these, 20-24 year old females birthed the most children at a total of 986,150 from an available 20-24 population of 4,015,269, and accounting for almost 40% of total births. The second highest age-specific births were 25-29 year olds, with 737,374, and the lowest 45-49 year olds with 1,520. The youngest age cohort, 10-14, produced 4,225 children, or 0.16% of total births. Crude Birth Rate (CBR) in Ephyra is calculated from these age cohorts, under the assumption that females below the age of 10 and above the age of 49 reproduce with no significant regularity as to affect the rate one way or the other. The CBR in the Freehold in 2026 was 31.39 per 1000 people, one of the highest in the world. Contrasted against a Crude Death Rate of 8.39, this saw a growth of 2.3% in the 2026 population from 2025.

The Freehold has the highest fertility rate in the developed world at 3.57 children per woman, a phenomenon observed not only amongst its Selian Ephyral women but amongst women of multiple ethnic and religious groups. This has been attributed to a number of factors, including; a strong social emphasis in Selian culture for women to give birth to many children, and the potential for influencing Ephyra's subjects to mimic this behaviour; patriarchal cultural resistance to feminism; opposition to abortion; the low average age of female first time marriage in Ephyra at 18.74 years old; and numerous others. This exponential natural growth not only of its Selian Ephyral citizens but of subjects has resulted in high levels of internal migration from the highly populated heartland to the less densely populated fringes of Ephyral control, including citizen colonies and other subjects. However, fertility rates have been on a decline since the mid-1900s, particularly since the 1953 peak of 6.87 children per woman. This decline has not been consistent, and elevations in fertility rate have interrupted the slow downward trend, whilst both number of births and deaths contribute to the fluctuating annual growth figures.

This decline is itself attributed to a gradual rise in the first time age of marriage for women, though marriage from 13 years old is both legal and occasionally practised. This factor may be influenced by the reduced urgency in marrying daughters off for economic reasons or reasons of safety. A sharp decline in infant mortality and maternal deathbed mortality has also largely eliminated the need to produce many children in case of their premature death or that of the mother. Attitudes of the domestic and the home being the female focus however, and her social and familial duty to bear children render it unlikely that the fertility rate will ever drop below replacement levels in the present cultural paradigm - where a demand for sons to carry on the family name and daughters to secure friendships remains prevalent, even amongst the non-nobility.

Citizenship

Citizenship in the Freehold is a multi-tiered hierarchy of rights and responsibilities as well as the means of legal and political belonging to both the Ephyral state and local municipality.

Ephyral citizenship is the highest of these and the most comparable to ideas of citizenship in other countries, and is divided into first and second orders. Second order is the largest, and encompasses children of both sexes, women, freedmen, men without sufficient property, men who haven't completed military service, and men without legal ability to achieve the first order. Persons of infamy and social ill-repute technically belong to this second order but are typically distinguished as they have committed an offence to be so classified, as opposed to lacking a required quality. Second order citizenship provides the rights and protections of full citizenship minus suffrage and the right to stand for office. First order citizenship is held exclusively by adult freeborn males with sufficient property, an inherited claim to the status, and who have rendered services to the state. They comprise the political body of the Symposium, electing magistrates and voting on issues proposed, and if further conditions are met are eligible to run for office themselves.

The blood-allies are a secondary class comprised usually of Ephyral citizens or their descendants, who voluntarily discard their full citizenship for the 'allied rights', and for a larger grant of land when moving to a newly founded allied colony. They and their descendants can at any time relocate permanently to an Ephyral municipality and reclaim their citizenship, but for the duration of their time as blood-allies are without the full protections and rights of citizens. Their collective job is to watch over the third group.

The federates are self-governing states, run similarly to the blood-allies with their own locally elected magistrates, as well as laws and customs. They are Ephyra's subjects, defeated historically either as city-based states or larger tribal nations and broken down, with some land taken for colonisation or sale, and the remainder reconstituted as a client republic with a military allegiance to Ephyra and no independent foreign policy. This was the custom if a war ended through formal surrender. Selian and non-Selian federates are treated differently by Ephyra due to a lack of cultural affiliation in the latter, but exact demarcations of operation are difficult to pin down neatly. Militarily, both they and the blood-allies contributed to an allied auxiliary under Ephyral command, supplementing the citizen-soldier legions.

Aliens are the general term for any foreign-born or descended person living within Ephyra, and hold only the customary rights and protections believed common to all peoples. 'Alien allies' are citizens of foreign states with whom Ephyra has a treaty of alliance with or barring this, an open understanding of friendship. This latter group have elevated rights and protections over general aliens.

Outside of this, all residents are considered citizens, again tiered, to whichever local authority they legally belong to or permanently reside in if these two qualifications do not overlap. Assuming an individual is the highest possible rank for the local authority of their belonging, i.e a federate in a federate state, a blood-ally in a blood-ally state, or an Ephyral citizen in an Ephyral municipality, then they possess the right pursuant to local law to partake in the elections and governance of their own local republic. For commercial purposes, those of lesser status than the municipality in which they live are permitted residence but are collectively considered second order citizens to that locality, and retain the obligations to the Ephyral state they would provide as if resident to a locality of their own status.

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Government



The Ephyral government is defined by annually elected magistrates, officers of executive and judicial power both; and the Senate, the legislative body who draft law and issue commands or advice to the highest magistrates. The highest magistrates, those who can perhaps most be equated to a prime minister or a president, are the archons. In the tradition of Rome, Carthage, and many ancient Selian states, two are elected to serve a year together, exchanging primacy month by month and ensuring governance by concord. Whilst there is no precise official equivalent to the concept of a cabinet, the archons do appoint numerous senators to a advisory positions with jurisdiction over a particular sphere of government, acting in the same manner as ministers or secretaries of state. Where the magistrates of varied rank represent the power of one man, and the Senate the power of few, the power of many is concentrated in the popular assembly of freeholders, who convene to ratify or reject legislation in a manner of direct democracy. No power is afforded to amend the legislation however, and the popular officers are the only means by which the people can veto actions that do not require their formal assent.

All Ephyral magistrates are elected officers, which makes the Senate an indirectly elected body as the presumption of election and completion of the lowest political office is grant of entry to the Senate upon revision of the rolls. Senators do not represent geographic areas, and serve for life with a customary retirement age of 75 - though they may be removed earlier for breach of law or even moral conduct. The Roman system heavily inspired the development of the Ephyral Senate, and consequently it suffers from the same issues of factionalism. The traditionalists and the populists are the two most prominent wings, whilst a third 'moderate' group tend to hold the swing of majority. Similarly, the Senate emerges as the true institutional power of the Freehold, issuing 'advice' to the archons and other magistrates. Its power is checked however in that it can only be convened at the instigation of an archon, and on more than one occasion legislation unpopular with the Senate has been placed to the popular assembly for approval without even offering a senatorial vote.

The entirety of the Ephyral government structure is oriented around opposition to tyranny, and the preventing of amassing power by any one person for too long. However, the tendency of this system to be paralysed by disagreement where a situation may demand firm reaction led to the appropriation of another Roman custom; dictatorship. The archon dictator is not an office which vacated the authority and power of other magistrates including the presiding archons themselves, but merely eclipses them. The archon dictator is a solemn constitutional office, dependent heavily on the observance of the religious rites which assign it power and the honourable character expected of an Ephyral citizen. For a period of six months, a year, or sometimes more, a man will be appointed to the office to resolve a crisis that the anti-tyrannical nature of the Freehold cannot, and once their term of office is expired, resigned their office as its legal and religious power expires. Numerous archon dictators were elected back-to-back in World War II, which did not interfere with the election of the archons themselves, who continued to carry out their duties under the archon dictator's authority. Only two have been nominated to the position since 1945.

Local government is a mirror of Ephyral government. Municipalities and colonies have their own "Senates", and elect local magistrates to govern their area of jurisdiction, and the citizens of that municipality may gather in assembly for such elections. Localities without Ephyral citizenship such as the federates possess similar but occasionally differing structures, and are left to their own devices on how they govern their own citizens so long as this does not come into direct conflict with Ephyral demands.

Foreign relations

FOREIGN RELATIONS

Law

LAW

Policy

POLICY

Administration and provinces

ADMINISTRATION AND PROVINCES

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