| National motto:
In Hoc Signo Vinces
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|Official languages||Latin, Afrikaans, and English (in order of importance)|
The Sacred Queen and Royal Ministries
The Noble Conclave
The Justiciar Council
-Saint Alexander Day
8 October 25th
||Over 1 Billion|
471 443 square mile
The Holy Catholic Kingdom of Azania is a country located at the southern tip of Africa, with a 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) coastline on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Modern humans have inhabited Southern Africa for more than 100,000 years. At the time of European contact, the dominant indigenous peoples were tribes who had migrated from other parts of Africa about one thousand years before. From the 4th-5th century CE, Bantu-speaking tribes had steadily moved south, where they displaced, conquered and assimilated original Khoikhoi and San peoples of southern Africa. At the time of European contact, the two major groups were the Xhosa and Zulu peoples. In 1652, a century and a half after the discovery of the Cape Sea Route, the Dutch East India Company founded a refreshment station at what would become Cape Town, years later to be renamed Acropolis, and finally be renamed again as Minrathous following the rise of the Azanian Imperium. Cape Town became a British colony in 1806. European settlement expanded during the 1820s as the Boers (original Dutch, Flemish, German and French settlers) and the British 1820 Settlers claimed land in the north and east of the country. Conflicts arose among the Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaner groups who competed for territory. The discovery of diamonds and later gold triggered the 19th-century conflict known as the Anglo-Boer War, as the Boers and the British fought for the control of the South African mineral wealth. Although the British defeated the Boers, they gave limited independence to South Africa in 1910 as a British dominion. Within the country, anti-British policies among white South Africans focused on independence. During the Dutch and British colonial years, racial segregation was mostly informal, though some legislation were enacted to control the settlement and movement of native people, including the Native Location Act of 1879 and the system of pass laws. Power was held by the European colonists. In the Boer republics, from as early as the Pretoria Convention (chapter XXVI), and subsequent South African governments, the system became legally institutionalized segregation, later known as apartheid. The government established three classes of racial stratification: white, coloured, and black, with rights and restrictions for each.
South Africa achieved the status of a republic in 1961. Despite opposition both within and outside the country, the government legislated for a continuation of apartheid. As the 20th century went on, some Western nations and institutions began to boycott doing business with the country because of its racial policies and oppression of civil rights. After years of internal protests, activism and insurgency by black South Africans and their allies, finally in 1990, a civil war broke out. The war was a bloody and destructive conflict that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of both black and white Africans. The war continued for several years into the early 1990's, with neither side willing to give up or negotiate for peace. Eventually, the war led to the complete degradation of "civilized" society in Southern Africa. It is unclear when fighting officially ended since after 1994, no official government existed in South Africa. When the Neo-Roman Empire arrived in Southern Africa, they re-established a settled on the Cape Town settlement which they renamed Acropolis. The Neo-Romans established a colony, known as Neo-Macedonia, leaving Prince Alexander Augustus the brother of Neo-Caesar Julius Augustus as ruler. Neo-Macedonia lasted as a Colony of the Neo-Roman Empire for only a few years before Prince Alexander gained from his brother, full independence. It was during the reign of Prince Alexander Augustus, that Neo-Macedonia became a Genesian Catholic church. It would be the Catholic Church that would greatly effect the development of Neo-Macedonia for the next several generation. The country has also seen several turbulent times in its past. It has seen two civil wars and was almost all but destroyed by what publicly was credited as a terrorist attacks and a mysterious plague. Secretly however, the end of the state was brought on by the leaders themselves and their mismanagement of a weapon they created. For many years after the destruction of the state the people were left in anarchy. Newer governments began to rise and most of the former lands of the state were consumed. It wasn't until the return of Juliana Dos Santos-Mecidi III, that what remained of the old state was organized into a new Commonwealth. It was during this period that the Commonwealth was briefly reorganized into the Azanian Imperium where it was hoped would mark a new era for the Catholic South Africans. However, betrayal from within the country would lead to the Azanian states destruction, the second time the South African people were plunged into chaos. This would remain for ten years until for a second time, Juliana Dos Santos-Mecidi III, returned to South Africa and once again reorganized the region in an Azanian state.
Today the Holy Catholic Kingdom of Azania is a massively devout Genesisian Catholic nation that has, under Juliana Dos Santos-Mecidi III, sought to return to the Kingdom originally established by King Alexander Augustus. The country originates most of its customs and laws from its Catholic faith, with holy scriptures carrying as much weight in its government as its state laws do (sometimes with no differentiation between the two). Though the majority of the country remains native black Africans, there is a massive white population made up of mostly European. More specifically, is that fact that much of the white population is made up of individuals whose ancestry is trace back to formerly Catholic nations that have either left from their communion with the Genesisian Catholic church or have utterly collapsed. In order to create a united nation of these diverse people, the Kingdom of Azania promotes a culture that highlights the common bonds between the peoples, specifically their devotion to their Catholic faith as well as nationalistic views of honor to one's country and crown. Through this, a new Azanian culture has developed and most people recognize and associate themselves as Azanian or as being from Azania. The official languages of the country are (in order of use and importance): Latin, Afrikaan, and English. Latin is the most wide-spread language and the official language for both government and internal commerce, as well as for religious ceremonies. Even general public conversations are done in the Latin tongue. Afrikaans, a language which originated mainly from Dutch, is the second most used language among the population but is mostly used in private, more intimate settings people individuals. English is almost solely used when dealing with individuals of foreign, non-Latin speaking nations, as well as being used as the official language in international commerce dealings. Azania enjoys a relatively stable mixed economy that draws on its fertile agricultural lands, abundant mineral resources, tourist attractions, and highly evolved intellectual capital. It has one of the larger economies in the African continent and is rankly average among world powers.
The government of the Holy Catholic Kingdom of Azania is a difficult one to categorize under traditional definitions. At best, Azania is a semi-absolute monarchy whereby most authority is vested in the reigning monarch. Historically, since the reign of Sacred Queen Chloe, Azania has been a matriarchy where the throne was occupied solely by a non-dynastic line of Sacred Queens. Each successive Queen was chosen by the previous monarch from the covenant of nins known as the Sisterhood of Mary. From time to time during this period of Matriarchy, Azania had a parliament whom derived their authority from powers vested in it by the Sacred Queen, powers that she could effectively restrict, expand, or completely take away and dissolve parliament all together.
- For information on the noble families of the Conclave see Noble Families of the Commonwealth
The Sacred Queen (Executive Branch)
It is through tradition that the Catholic Commonwealth be ruled by a monarch owning the title "Sacred Queen," a title given to the country by the Papacy of the Genesian Catholic Church. Through tradition the Sacred Queen models herself after the virgin Mary, remaining both pure as well not entering into marriage. Historically the Sacred Queen would be selected by her predecessor from a convent or nunnery known as the "Sisterhood of Mary." Today the title and throne of the Sacred Queen is given only to a female of the Papal Royal family, the dos Santos Aveiro-Medici.
The Sacred Queen's power is primarily absolute as she may at anytime bypass the government legislature and make laws by simple royal decrees. However, during a normal period of government as the Sacred Queen attends to the needs of the people and government she usually works with the legislature as head to the Upper house of Parliament, the Noble Conclave. No measure of Parliament or of any Ministry within parliament can pass without the Sacred Queen's approval.
The Imperatix Full title is: By the Grace of God, Her Royal Virgin Majesty, the Imperatrix and Autocrat of all Azania, Empress of Imperium, Sacred Queen of South Africa, Sacred Queen of Namibia, Defender and Protector of the Holy Genesian Catholic Church in Africa, and Master and Protector of the Cape of Good Hope; Duchess of the False Bay, Sacred Queen of St. Helena Isle, and Sacred Queen of Ascension Isle, Queen of Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Bloemfontein, Archduchess of Windhoek, Jamestown, and Georgetown; Bearer of the Prophecies of Alexander, Matriarch to the sisterhood of Mary, Sovereign of the Noble Conclave, Blessed Mother to the Azanian people, so on and so forth.
- For a complete list of all the rulers to date, Please see Sovereigns of the Commonwealth
The Sisterhood of Mary
The Sisterhood of Mary is a nunnery whose establishment was originally designed for the sole purpose of providing an heir for the throne. The sisters of the order model themselves after the Virgin Mother Mary. They are seen with great respect in the eyes of the populace. Sisters of the order can be distinguished by the veils which they constantly wear and are so thick that no one can see their faces. It is actually against the law to see a Sister's face. The order is head by a sister-superior of whom is the right-hand of the Sacred Queen and was historically the Sacred Queen's heir. However, since the Sacred Queen is now of a single bloodline, the Sisterhood's role has changed. Though they still service the Queen, they no longer provide an heir for her and continue hold little power or influence within the Commonwealth.
The Royal Ministries
The Royal Ministries of the Commonwealth consists of the major ministries of government which council the Queen on both domestic and foreign affairs. Though tasks vary from Ministry to Ministry, each are responsible solely to the monarchy. Each Minister is appointed by the Sacred Queen and can be replaced only by the Sacred Queen at her discretion. Unless otherwise replaced by the Sacred Queen, a minister can technically serve for life.
List of the Royal Ministries
- Prime Ministry
- Grand Inquisition
- Foreign Ministry
- Health Ministry
- Defense Ministry
- Treasury Ministry
- Commerce Ministry
- Education Ministry
- Transportation Ministry
- Energy Ministry
The Noble Conclave (Legislative Branch)
The Judicial Branch of the Holy Catholic Commonwealth of South Africa is broken down into two very important components. The first is the Justiciars and the Justiciar Council. Justiciars within the Commonwealth operate as both the Judge and Jury. The Justiciar Council is the Highest court within the Commonwealth as well as the head of the Justiciar organization. The Catholic Inquisition of the Commonwealth operates as the secret police force. Inquisition officers are tasked with searching and apprehending all violators of Commonwealth law. So as the Justiciars interpret the law, the inquisition enforces it. Together the two organizations form the backbone of the Judiciary system within the Catholic Commonwealth of South Africa.
The Justiciar Council
The Justiciar Council is the supreme court (court of last resort, highest appellate court) in all matters under Commonwealth law. Though consider a branch of the Royal government of the Commonwealth, the Justiciar Council is actually ran by the Genesian Catholic Church of South Africa. The Commonwealth recognizes biblical texts as the highest source for national laws. The Genesian Catholic Church is recognized as the highest authority on religious law and therefore the only body of which can accurately interpret the bible and therefore interpret the laws of the nation. Justiciars are special bishops selected by the Cardinal to sit on the Council as interpret the law on a case by case basis. The Council consist of the Chief Justiciar and four associate Justiciars, making the full total of the council five members. Their authority is almost completely unrivaled when it comes to legal affairs, as only the Cardinal himself can overturn the decision made by the Justiciar Council. Justiciars on the Council are highly respected, as they are seen as ranking higher than normal bishops, but still below that of the Cardinal. The Justiciar Council also has authority over the entire Justiciar system as each town or village also has a Justiciar who administers the local court.
The Justiciar Council focus is on cases that raise points of law of general public importance. Appeals from commercial disputes, family matters, judicial review claims against public authorities and issues of heresy which is among the most important cases, are heard by the Justiciar Council and deliberated on by the membership. The Court also hears some criminal appeals, however very few criminal cases and the resulting sentences are overturned. It should be noted that their is no prison system within the Commonwealth. For the most heretical and heinous of crimes, offenders found guilty by a Justiciar at the local level or by the Justiciar Council at the national level are sentence to death. The death penalty is carried out by burning the guilty at the stake, which has always been the most effective measure used by the church to deal with heretics. For lesser crimes that do not evoke the death penalty, the guilty are put into community service programs. In the Commonwealth, community service can last for years and more often than not means manually harsh labor in one of the nation's many diamond mines. However, it is also not uncommon for the guilty of a lesser crime to be put to work in some program sponsored by the church.
Justiciars of the Council are appointed by the Cardinal upon his own discretion and serve for life unless removed by the Cardinal for any reason. Once appointed to the Council the Chief Justiciar along with the four associate Justiciars administer, appoint, and oversee the other Justiciars and the courts that they are appointed to.Justiciars To become a Justiciar a candidate must be a Bishop of the Genesian Catholic Church in South Africa. They must also possess a expansive knowledge of the bible as a source for Commonwealth Law as well as exemplify what it means to be a god-fearing and law-abiding citizen of the Commonwealth. Though technically there is no age-limit to how young a person can be to be consider worthy of becoming a Justiciar, typically Justiciar are older men of the church.
Commonwealth Catholic Inquisition
The Catholic Inquisition of the Commonwealth is an organization within the Genesian Catholic Church of Azania. It operates and acts as the secret police of the Commonwealth, hunting down any and all threats to the stability of the realm which includes heretics and spies. While the Justiciars of the Commonwealth act as the Judge and jury, the Inquisition operates as the police force ensuring that the law is obeyed and that those who break the law are brought to justice. Though their primary function is the seek out and apprehend all heretics, the inquisition also seek out other law violations for such crimes as treason, espionage, and sabotage. They also are charged with protecting against criminal attacks on the Church, Sacred Queen, and Azania. The Inquisition is given full authority in law enforcement manners and thus retains full clearance and jurisdiction throughout all realms within the borders of the Commonwealth. Acting as a national police force, the inquisition ensure internal safety and the enforcement of the law for not only a single city, town, or village but also for the entire Commonwealth.
The Inquisition is considered a branch of the Genesian Catholic Church and therefore recognizes the Cardinal and Primate of Azania as its highest authority. However, inquisition officers are also sworn to protect the Catholic Commonwealth and therefore also hold the Sacred Queen and her government in high regard when it comes to authority. The organization is led by a Grand Inquisitor of whom is selected and appointed to the position by the Cardinal of the Genesian Catholic Church. The remaining staff of the Catholic Inquisition is appointed by the Grand Inquisitors in consultation with the Cardinal of the Church. The organization is spread throughout the entire Commonwealth, having at least one inquisition office every settlement. The national office of the Inquisition is located in the capital of Acropolis. Though seen as a branch of the Genesian Catholic Church, it is more accurate to say that the inquisition is the right hand of the Justiciar Council. All orders to apprehend and arrest violators of the law are handed down to the inquisition by the Justiciars. The uniform of the inquisition is appropriately described as military dress however, inquisitor often also wear long trench-coats, leading many to refer to inquisition officers as "long coats." The membership of the inquisition is based out of the church. Officers are selected for service by the Grand Inquisitor with help from the Cardinal. All inquisition officers are priest, usually not long out of seminar training. The stipulations for service is that the priest must be at least eighteen years of age and show a proficient knowledge of the bible and Commonwealth Law. Additional physical training is granted to new recruits, which includes extensive combat training. The inquisitions operates within a military rank system, having Officers, Captains, Lieutenants, Colonels, and finally the Grand Inquisitor.
Though unclear as to how truthful this belief is, it is believed that the inquisition is an omnipotent agency that has agents in every nook and cranny of Azanian society. "Longcoats", as undercover inquisition agents are known, are used to infiltrate heretical opposition groups. The inquisition is solely made up of clergymen who depended upon denunciations by ordinary Azanians for their information. Indeed, the inquisition is often overwhelmed with denunciations and spends most of its time sorting out the credible from the less credible denunciations. Azanians believe the inquisition to be an all-powerful agency that knows everything about what was happening in Azanian society. The ratio of inquisition officers to the population of the areas they are responsible for is relatively high. Information about what is happening in Azanian society comes mostly from denunciations. 50% of all inquisition investigations are started in response to information provided by denunciations by "ordinary" Azanians; while 30% were started in response to information provided by branches of the Azanian government and another 20% started in response to information that the inquisition and the church itself unearths.
Thus, it was ordinary Azanians by their willingness to denounce one another who supply the inquisition and the church with the information that determines whom the inquisition arrests. Thus the popular picture of the inquisition with its spies everywhere terrorizing Azanian society as painted by foreign nations is simply a myth invented by foreign powers to cover up for Azanian society's widespread complicity in allowing the inquisition and the church to work.
The Grey Wardens
The Grey Wardens are an old and loyal organization of individuals of exceptional ability dedicated to fighting against all threats to Azania. They are headquartered in the city of INSERT CITY HERE, within the INSERT FORTRESS NAME HERE, but maintain a presence in all the regions of the country. Despite their small numbers, the Grey Wardens have been instrumental in defeating each threat that has come up against Azania. The Wardens serve Azania not only as an elite guard but also as the officer core of the national military, a post given to them and taken away from the inquisition.
In peace, vigilance.
In death, sacrifice.”
Motto of the Grey Wardens
The Grey Wardens were established by Sacred Queen Juliana dos santos Averio-Mecidi II. Originally an order of ten loyal guardians, Sacred Queen Juliana used the Grey Warden to destroy the old nobles of the Commonwealth as well as search out, bring back to the Commonwealth, and enthrone a new class of nobility. The order's success in this mission not only completely changed the balance of power within the Commonwealth, but also immortalized the order and guaranteed the orders survival. Since that time the order has only grown slightly, as it has become more of a tradition to be an order of small numbers. One significant event in the history of the order is the fact that also under Sacred Queen Julianna II, the order replaced the inquisition as the military officer core of the High Guard.
The nominal leader of the order is the First Warden, but is it no secret that the true leadership of the order comes from the monarchy. The order of Grey Wardens is commanded by the First Warden in INSERT . The hierarchy seems to follow a system of national branches, each commanded by a local officer referred to as a Warden-Commander. Apparently, small numbers make for a simple hierarchy, as ranks lower that the Warden-Commander follow a less formal order determined by seniority (decided by time of they joined).
However, during times of war or
Should they need to, the Grey Wardens possess the Right of Conscription; they may demand that any individual from nobility to criminal be drafted into their ranks. However, this right is used sparingly for fear of political reprisal. Further complicating matters, the Grey Wardens don’t accept just anyone. Only the best and brightest are invited, regardless of race or social standing.
The economy of the Commonwealth is a strong and growing one. Though strictly watched over by both the monarchy and the church, many companies have been able to thrive in the Commonwealth while also adhering to good practices and donating heavily to charities. Though many of the companies are run by the prominent noble families there are equally many owned by private individuals which have created a healthy and competitive market.
The Catholic Commonwealth uses a currency know at Latinum. Latinum is basically iron that has been coated with a degree of gold and then modeled into different variations that represent the amount that piece of Latinum is worth. The different variations are Slips, Strips, Bars, and Bricks.
Now the standard units:
- 10 slips = 1 strip
- 10 strips = 1 bar
- 10 bars = 1 brick
Now as an example, if the exchange rate was 1 latinum slip equals $1.65 US then:
- 1 slip= $1.65 US
- 1 Strip= $16.50 US
- 1 Bar= $ 165.00 US
- 1 Brick= $1,650 US
- For a Complete List of Companies within the Commonwealth please see Companies of the Commonwealth
Mining (platinum, gold, chromium), automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textile, iron and steel, chemicals, and fertilizer
Corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables; beef, poultry, mutton, wool, and dairy products
Gold, diamonds, other metals and minerals, machinery and equipment.
Machinery, foodstuffs and equipment, chemicals, petroleum products, and scientific instruments
Gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas
Ethnic Groups of the Commonwealth
- Black Africans: 70% of the nations total populace.
- white Africans/Americans/Asians/Europeans: 30% of the total populace
Languages of the Commonwealth
- Official Language:Latin
- Secondary Languages: Afrikaans, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Religions of the Commonwealth
- Genesian Catholicism: 95%
- Orthodox Christian: 1%
- Muslim: 1%
- Protestant: 1%
- Indigenous: 1%
- Atheist: 1%
The Genesian Church of the Holy Catholic Commonwealth
Though sometimes referred to as a South African Catholic Church, the Genesian Catholic Church of the Hegemony is the official church of Neo-Macedonia. Grounded in the dogma and doctrine of Genesian Catholicism of Catholic Europe, it remains loyal to the Pope of Genesis City though one does not sit on it's thrown at this time. Likely any local church, the Genesian Catholic Church of the Hegemony is overseen by a Cardinal. It continues to spread the word of the gospel according the Genesian bible which views all over religion as heretical and still believes in burning heretics at the stake for their transgressions.