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Premislyd, officially the Imperial and Royal Empire of Premislyd (Rudolstadtisch: Kaiserliche und Königliche Reich der Premislyd) is a multinational, dual monarchy empire located in southern Xanadou. It borders the Holschtein Gulf to it's west, the Imperial Strait to the north, numerous states to it's south, and Comrade Commissar to it's east. It currently controls 46 oversea territories while it is based out of the continent of Terrelour.
Rudolstadt-Pazyrik is a Dual State that has a rich history. It is split up into three main regions: Imperial Rudolstadt (dandelion yellow), Royal Pazyrik (mint green), and Kleigenfurt-Edessa (lavender) which is under joint control. The Royal Union is currently ruled by Kaiserin Aleit I, cousin to Nordkrussian Kaiser, Friedrich III. It is known in the region for it's social aspects, lack of social welfare, military, and economy. It's national animal is the Frost Dragon.
The Premislydan Commonwealth has a long, rich history, that can trace its roots back through the centuries.
Not much is known about the first inhabitants of Premislyd, although many speculate that they traveled to the continent by coastal raiders (many speculate them to be of Slavic dissent). The raiders sent up various trading centers and ports along the coastline while using the rivers to travel inland.
Studies from ancient ruins show that these settlements eventually died out from an unknown factor, many anthropologists and archaeologists say that a combination of disease and warfare caused them to fail.
Humans would never touch Premislydan soil again until the late 400s when settlers escaping the Imperium Romanum colonized Premislyds eastern shores. The settlers, whom were a combination of Slavs and Latins,were quick to set up settlements. Besides the obvious collapse of the Roman Empire, several other factors attracted the colonists. One of these pull factors was the rumors of untold riches that lay just beneath the surface. The settlements were largely polarized, the Latins staying close to the shoreline whilst their Slavic cousins venturing further inland via the network of rivers.
Needless to say the Latins and Slavs did not get along with each other, and it was not uncommon for communities to raid each other. During this time, slavery became widespread, where an estimated 1,976,000 people were sold and trafficked in just 2 months. The slave trade was started by the Latins, whom had grown technologically more advanced compared to the Slavs, where the Slavs were used to for work in canneries, inland plantations (where sugar, coffee, and other products were grown), and as general laborers.
By the 900s, Premislyd was one of the emerging powers of Xanadou, although it was still highly polarized with the Latin-Slavic tension. The Latins had claimed their dominance over the land, even though the Slavs outnumbered them 3:1. The Latins would keep their unofficial dominance until the 1700s.
In 1276, Slavic King Vladimir of Vioska started a large crusade to unify all of the Slavic settlements under his banner. His campaign started in 1277 with the Battle of Horad, a large city-state near the Belfrasian Gulf. The siege took 2 years, and only ended when Vlad ordered the troops to launch rotting corpses over the walls of the city, spreading a plague of sorts that killed 75% of its inhabitants. By 1406, the crusade was successful, with King Vladimir III being coronated as Zavajoŭnik I, the first Tsar of the Slavic Empire.
During this time, the Latins too unified, albeit more peacefully and democratically. In 1323, the Mandata Accords were signed in the largest, richest, city-state in Premislyd, Ventia (Ven-chee-ya). The accords signified that the Latin city-states should unite if they are to survive the eventual Slavic zerg rush. Too further protect themselves, the Latin Kingdoms built a wall all along their border, which was ironically built by Slavic slaves. The wall was finished in 1459 and spanned more than 3,968km.
The Xanadou War (Etniiziyan: Vialikaja Smierć) was a regional wide conflict that ultimately saw the destruction of the Holy Theocratic Imperium of the Union.
The war has it's origins of Saint Victoria's Crusade, a 5-year war that saw the annexation of the Severnaya Territoriya (Northern Expanse) into the Imperium. The conflict eventually broke down into an ethnic cleansing of the Severyanin peoples, due to their Lutheran religion which went against the polytheistic, Vjernanic Mythology. The genocide had been going on for the past 45-years, but has picked up immensely within the past 6 months.
The first outside knowledge of the genocide came from Nalyan agent, Dzyun Chumak, sent undercover to the Expanse and witnessed the destruction of a village by several MLRS "Lanze II" missile trucks. After relaying the information back to the New Edomite Council Police Security Information Office (CPSIO), New Edom's equivalent to the Central Intelligence Agency. With the information successfully relayed, Chumak was extracted by a small New Edom Council Police team.
With the newly obtained information, Sif Finnhald, the New Edomite Foreign Affairs Minister, sent a letter to the Imperial Affairs Minister, Viktor Koslov, explaining the recent information and somewhat demanding in explanation on the subject. Koslov sent an equally cryptic letter in return, neither acknowledging nor denying the genocide of the Severyanin peoples. Regardless, the Imperium eventually cut off all communications with the Allied States of New Edom.
The following day, Nalayan Regional ambassador, Khosrov Assayan (whom had been dating ex-Tsarina Viktoriya Devyatova) told Devyatova of a recent outbreak of a new strand of tuberculosis, the strand killing its victims in 72 hours, that had originated in the Expanse. Devyatova, who was unusual for an Imperial by that she had excessive compassion for non-Imperial citizens, tried numerous times to convince the Holy Council to allow the Nalayan Medical corps to enter the country to administer vaccinations of the strain. The following day, an arrest warrant was issued for Devyatova, and on January 22nd, she was arrested for treason and cowardice, both being capital crimes. It goes without saying that the Imperial Court system was not on-par with "Western" court systems. Consequently, Devyatova hardly received a fair trial, the trial mostly being set-up just to humiliate her farther. After a three-day long trial, Devyatova was sentenced to death. However a week before her scheduled execution, she was rescued by a team of Nalayan agents from the Hotel Vistovka. The operation was hardly flawless, however, resulting in the capture of a Nalayan agent by the Imperial Guard.
In the weeks following the raid on Vistovka, Imperial relations with the rest of Xanadou slowly deteriorated with the Imperials cutting off diplomatic ties with Riemaia, Estovikiva, Nalaya, Austria-Bohemia-Hungary, and Ganosia. The final spark that set the powder keg off was a small raid conducted by Austro-Hungarian soldiers on the Imperial Palace, meant to rescue the Austrian minister of affairs. On March 2nd, General Anahid Vaneni, leader of the Nalayan State, officially declared war on the Imperial Union, closely followed by New Edom (March 3), Austria-Bohemia-Hungary (March 5), Holy Empire of Veceria (March 7), and Estovikiva (March 8).
Some countries condemned the actions of the "Allied" Powers, namely the Hegemonic Union and the Principality of Anglo-Nihon, both declaring their support to the Imperium in the coming months of war. Roughly two weeks after the Allies declaration of war, Nalayan and New Edomite troops began to land in coastal cities in the Northern Expanse, the coast being controlled by the Liberation Army (Severyanin). Allied troops would not fight Imperial troops until far later.
On March 21st, two days after the start of the Allied landings, the Imperium launched Fall Wintersturm, an offensive centered around the capture of the city of Mannheim which had been under the control of the Liberation Army for several weeks. Spearheading the offensive was the 3. SS Panzer Division "Imperial Fist", the divisions main task was securing the city. Following a 7 hour bombardment by self-propelled artillery, the 3. SS began to slowly attack the outskirts, breaking through in many locations. The Battle of Mannheim lasted for eight days, however the 3. SS took a casualty rate of nearly 67%. With the successful counter-offensive, the Imperial Armed Forces continued to gouge and carve their way into areas under Severyanin control.
It would not be until April 2nd that the Imperial Army would make contact with Coalition forces. On April 2nd, Elwe scouts of the 1st New Edomite Division had been scouting out the area around the Foret-de-Vert, when they came into contact with units from the II Pz. Corps. After a brief skirmish, the vastly outnumbered Elwe forces retreated into the forest. The II Corps bypassed the forest, which was firebombed on April 4th, destroying 4/5s of the forest and killing off 96% of it's inhabitants, including the remaining Elwe scouts. The Vert Massacre only increased the hatred of the Imperium throughout Xanadou, but it also increased a nervous feeling of what the Coalition was up against.
The first major Coalition-Imperial battle did not take place until April 15th, at the battle of the Miskolci Heights. Elements of the Nalayan-New Edomite IX Corps had stationed along the ridges, building up a massive defensive system of trenches and bunkers. When the airstrikes and artillery bombards proved ineffective, the Oberkommondo des Heer realized that the heights could not be bypassed. The task of capturing the heights fell upon the XI Panzer Corps, which many of it's soldiers were newly recruited conscripts. The attack had initial success as the XI Corps captured the first ridges, but after heavy fighting, the Imperials had to fall back. The second wave and third waves were met with utter destruction, the 6th Mechanized Regiment receiving 90% casualties. This battle proved to be a pivotal turning point in the war, showing the region that the seemingly invincible Imperial war-machine could, in fact, be stopped.
Following the Battle of the Miskolci Heights, the Imperial Heer began the long, brutal retreat back towards the banks of the River Psel, the river that marked the border between Estovnia and the Northern Expanse. The brief lull in fighting gave the Imperials time to construct the Psel-Line, a network of bunkers, trenches, pillboxes, etcetera, on the southern bank of the river. this would be the first test for the Coalition forces.
In June, the Parliamentary Republic of Schleischer officially seceded from the Imperium, making peace with the Coalition. Schleischer, whom had been a founding member of the Imperium, effectively reduced the size of the Imperium by 1/4, and cut the population of the Union by one half, creating a new problem for the Imperial divisions trapped within its borders. On June 12th, a week after the secession of Schleischer, Estovnian Prem'er Grigori Zhubovsky officially announced that Estovnia is at peace with the Coalition and that they would no longer be a member of the Imperium. The following day, Zhubovsky was pronounced dead, and the Imperials had established Estovnia as a puppet state.
After the Zima thaw in July, the Coalition launched Operation Eagle Talon, and amphibious operation that was meant to bypass the Psel-Line. The landings took place around the coastal city of Bezhnadezni. Ultimately, the landings succeeded, and resulted in cutting off Heeresgruppe Psel from Heeresgruppe Nord and Ost. In another two months of fighting, Heeresgruppe Psel--or what remained of it-- surrendered to Coalition forces.
By September 1st, Coalition forces had made their way towards the Estovnian capital of Dzekogrod, the third largest city in the Imperium. After initial and aerial bombardments, the city was reduced to rubble, killing most of the Estovnian "Government" in the process. Seeing that the country was lost, the Imperial Forces began to clear out of the country, declaring it a "lost cause". Finally on November 30th, Estovnia officially seceded from the Imperial Union. It was now clear to the region that the Imperium had little chance of wining the war.
Following the secession of Estovnia, many Premislydans became weary of the war. December showed some success as Heeresgruppe Duma had made a successful counter-offensive to retake the SentaAnastatsiya Leizgatta. It seemed that the Imperium might be able to hold off long enough for the Panzerkampfwagen VII Ausf. A "Konigs Panther" to go into full scale production. This was just a mere illusion to the hysterical Holy Council, who viewed themselves as if they were winning the war.
On December 24th, Christmas Eve, the date that will forever be known as the date the Imperium fell. At a governmental meeting in Cite Sainte, of which the 13 Councilors, 4 High Priestesses, and many senators were attending, several bombs were detonated, planted by members of the military who finally realized that the current government was killing the Imperium. The bombs, which had been disassembled Type-22 rockets (used on the Lanze II MLRS) destroyed the entire block, which was made up of government offices.
The following day, the Greater Empire of Etniiziya (Land of the Pure), coming from the Gol words of Etnii (Pure, Good-Willed) and the suffix ziya (Land of, the land of), was proclaimed. Citizens cheered, happy that the fascist regime had ended. The government, now made up of Military leaders, ordered the troops to surrender, effectively ending the 3 year long war. The war officially came to an end with Generalfeldmarshal Ivan Lenikov signing the Treaty of Solinsta.
With the closure of the Xanadou War in 5189, the kingdoms, grand duchies, and principalities that made up the Premislydische Reich eventually dissolved into various corporate controlled states. These states were constantly at war with one another. This political instability had caused a loose confederation to form in order to keep out the rest of the region from mingling in their internal affairs. In late 5189, the Premislydische Bürgerrecht was proclaimed, with Emperor Constantine Antonescu as it's head of state.
The confederate government had very little power however, with their viewpoints often being heavily affected by the larger corporations. Because of this, the current government is still dealing with the political fallout caused by the confederation government.
In an effort to unify the country, Antonescu started to annex the immediate principalities and kingdoms around the confederate capital of Aleksiberg. This encouraged the other two large corporations (Kolionijan Federation and the Kingdom of Venitia) to also annex the smaller, weaker, corporate-states around them. This lead to the "Three-Kingdoms Era" that lasted until the end of the Unification War.
The Unification War began in early September, 5189, when Venitia (composing of historic Eisler) invaded Kolionijan lands. In retaliation for this attack, Kolionijan troops began to attack Venitia and Rudolstadt.
Early on, Kolionijan forces were making steady progress, advancing 13 km into Venitian and Rudolstadten territory in only two weeks. Eventually, as Venitian and Rudolstadten defenses solidified, this advance grew to a snail pace speed of 150 meters per week.
This war sparked an interest from the rest of the region, namely the Riemaian Empire and the Allied States of New Edom, whom had declared their support of Rudolstadt. Both nations began to attack the Venitian coast lines but it took several landings until they got a successful beachhead. With this new attack from the rear, Venitia began to slowly reduce the soldiers on the front and moved them back towards the Riemaian-New Edommite front.
With the attacks underway in Venitia, Rudolstadtische forces launched the Winter Offensive, taking the Kolionijan and Venitian forces by surprise. They succeeded in taking the border towns of Fleurs, Ivolov, Ivangrod, and the major industrial center of Zavodsky. The Fall Offensive was largely successful due to the new tactics that the Rudolstadtische were using which was the "Blitzkreig" tactics as opposed to the static defenses and line attacks in common use at the time.
By November of 5189, Rudolstadt had completely annexed Venitia, giving the country it's old name of Eisler and eradicating the Venitian government. The Kolionijans were still putting up a good fight, however, launching several counter offensives that had retaken Zavodsky and several Rudolstadtische towns and hamlets.
It was not until the December offensive that Rudolstadt was completely secured, and a steady front was located within Kolionija. It was at this time that Rudolstadt took an internal blow with the death of Emperor Antonescu, many speculated to be by Kolionijan assassins. His death proved to be more of a rallying call then a death sentence as Kolionijan officials thought.
With the launch of the Winter Offensive in January, the Kolionijan capital of Asada was captured, and all of the government members were captured and tried for treason. On January 19th, 5190, Aleit von Hohenzollern-Metternich was proclaimed Kaiserin of the Second Premislydische Reich, which still currently exists.
With the reclaimed Rudolstadtische dominance over the empire, many Slavic ethnic groups began to revolt. In an effort to keep the Second Premislydische Reich intact, Kaiserin Aleit I to issue the Slavic Concordat in February 5190. The Concordat regrouped all of the Slavic provinces into a single country that was renamed Pazyrik, giving the Pazyrans their own government and equal status with Rudolstadt.
Several days later, on Frebruary 15th, Directive Bill 417 was passed, with proclaimed the Royal Union of Rudolstadt-Pazyrik, hereby creating a dual monarchy with Kaiserin/Tsaritsa Aleit I in control of the country. Although there have been some tension between the two countries, it has largely been removed and the Royal Union has largely restored the Premislydische name to its former glory and returned it to one of the major powers in Xanadou
Bold textImportant Positions
Head of State: Kaiserin Aleit I (von Hohenzollern-Metternich) Head of Government: Reichskanzler Konrad von Freud Reichsminister of Foreign Affairs: Hanns Kerl Reichsminister of the Defense: Generalfeldmarschall Benedikt Haugwitz Reichsminister of Security: Wilhelm Keitel Reichsminister of Labor: Dietrich Kraus Reichsminister of Health: Erich Lueger Reichsminister of Commerce: Erwin Pfeffer Reichsminister of Education: Eugen Schmidt Reichsminister of Agriculture: Gunter Schwab Reichsminister of Transportation and the Interior: Helmuth Windischgraetz
The Royal Union utilizes an Absolute Monarchy with a universal legislative body (called the Reichstag) that can be dissolved at anytime by the Kaiserin. The Reichstag is made up of 300 members: 125 from Rudolstadt, 125 from Pazyrik, and 50 from Kleigenfurt-Edessa. The Reichstag passes national laws as Rudolstadt and Pazyrik run their internal affairs separately. The senators can make and pass/repeal minor laws but major laws must be pre-approved by the Kaiserin and be repealed at anytime.
As being a dual monarchy, Rudolstadt and Pazyrik each run their own internal affairs. For Pazyrik, the 125 member Natsionalʹnyĭ Soviet (Eng: National Council) makes and passes laws for the lands under Pazyran control. These laws must be approved by the Kaiserin, whom also acts as Tsaritsa for the country of Pazyrik. Internal Affairs for Rudolstadt are handled by the 125 member Reichsrat, which composes of the Rudolstadtische senators of the Reichstag. Kleigenfurt-Edessa must rely on the Reichstag to make and pass laws.
Each of the laws passed by the Natsionalʹnyĭ Soviet and Reichsrat are only effective within their realms. The only laws that are universal are laws that are made and passed by the Reichstag. This has lead to problems, especially amongst tourists and other foreigners who are entering or touring the country.
Politics are dominated by primarily two political groups; the "conservative liberal" aristocracy (Reichspartei) and the leftist liberal cosmopolitans (Königlichspartei). This does not mean that there are only two political groups, it just merely means that they are the most influential.
Senators for the Reichstag serve four year terms and can be reelected an unlimited number of times. Senators for the Natsionalʹnyĭ Soviet serve two year terms and can be reelected an unlimited number of times.
Foreign Policy of the Royal Union is based heavily upon the idea of "Blood and Iron", where it is better to go to war to get what you want instead of trying to talk things out diplomatically. This policy is constantly under attack by the cosmopolitans, although it still remains in use.
Exchange Rate: 1 Etniimark = $1.7653 Gross Domestic Product: $60,823,281,227,750.70 GDP Per Capita: $35,968.82 Unemployment Rate: 2.8% Consumption: $38,020,207,260,000.00 Government Budget: $24,555,662,965,050.00 Government Expenditures: $23,327,879,816,797.50 Government Waste: $1,227,783,148,252.50 Exports: $6,993,342,077,031.34 Imports: $7,518,147,926,078.13 Trade Deficit: $524,805,849,046.78
Administration: $933,115,192,671.90 (4%) Social Welfare: $0.00 (0%) Healthcare: $2,799,345,578,015.70 (12%) Education: $1,866,230,385,343.80 (8%) Religion & Spirituality: $0.00 (0%) Defence: $5,831,969,954,199.38 (25%) Law & Order: $6,998,363,945,039.25 (30%) Commerce: $3,499,181,972,519.63 (15%) Public Transport: $1,399,672,789,007.85 (6%) The Environment: $0.00 (0%) Social Equality: $0.00 (0%)
The economy of the Empire is based on a mixture of industry and agriculture. The steppes and climate of Pazyrik are home to arguably the best farming areas within the region of Xanadou while the highly industrialized, cosmopolitan Rudolstadt produces much of the countries goods, while surplus of the goods are exported around the region and globe.
The economy revolves around the idea of Mercantilism, an idea where it is essential that a country has more exports then imports. This concept has lead to the Royal Union getting a sizeable amount of colonies and has lead to the exploitation of those colonies.
The private sector is dominated by companies like Rettenwender, Henschel, Großen Ebenen Motoren Werke, and Schutzemetall. Though the small, public sector is made up of mostly military companies like Imperial National Arms and Königlich Fahrzeugkonzepte.
Main exports of the Royal Union include Petroleum and Fuel Products, Civilian/Military Vehicles, Small Arms, Uranium, Timber, Grains (chiefly Wheat, Rye, and Barley), and coal Imports are fresh water, fruits, and oil/natural gas. Natural resources include iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber, and arable land.
Climate and Geography
Premislyd has a diverse geography and a Mediterranean/continental Temperate climate.
Premislyd is located in the northeastern part of Xanadou, bordering the Stratocracy of Comrade Commissar and the Imperial Republic of Ashtaroth to it's west, the Holschteiner Gulf to it's east, the Imperial Strait to its south, and numerous states to its nourth.
Geography-wise, Premislyd mostly consists of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, though as you travel north, you will run into more mountainous terrain. In terms of land use, 58% of Premislyd is considered arable land; 2% is used for permanent crops, 13% for permanent pastures, 18% is forests and woodland, and 9% is other.
Most of Premislyd consists of regular plains with the average height above sea level being 175 metres (574 ft). It is surrounded by mountains to its west and extreme south. Wide spaces of the country's plains are located in the southern part of the Terrelour plain. The plains have numerous highlands and lowlands caused by the uneven crystallized base of the Terrelouran craton.
The territory of Premislyd is bordered by the waters of the Holschteiner Gulf and the Imperial Strait. 90% of the rivers are part of those two's drainage basins. There are seven major rivers in Rudolstadt-Pazyrik: Psel, Else, Eder, Marde, Azov, Ivolov, and Tara.
Premislyd has a temperate coastal climate, it is influenced by the warm humid air from the Holschtein Gulf (Victorian Sea). Precipitation is disproportionately distributed; it is highest in the east and north and lowest in the west and southwest. This has lead to Pazyrik becoming predominantly agrarian and Rudolstadt to become more industrialized.
Temperatures vary depending on location, though it is very mild throughout the year. Average temperature for the winter months ranges from 6.5 °C inland to 9 °C along the coastline. Temperatures for the summer months are much higher with the average being 31.1 °C along the coastline and 33.3 °C farther inland.
Premislyd is home to a wide range of wildlife, most notable the dragon. Premislyd is divided into two main zoological areas. One of these areas, in the west of the country, where there are species typical of mixed forests, the other is located in eastern Premislyd, where steppe-dwelling species thrive. In the forested areas of the country it is not uncommon to find lynxes, wolves, wild boar and martens, as well as many other similar species; this is especially true of the Kherson Mountains, where a large number of predatory mammals make their home, as well as a contingent of dragons.
Around Premislyd's lakes and rivers; beavers, otters and mink make their home, whilst within, carp, bream and catfish are the most commonly found species of fish. In the central and eastern parts of the country, rodents such as hamsters and gophers are found in large numbers.
The official religion of the Empire is the Imperial Cult, a polytheistic religion with 5 main gods and goddesses and the belief that the Kaiserin (or Kaiser) is a demi-goddess (god) whom is the daughter/son of the Chief Deity of Adeluf.
Most of the gods/goddesses are depicted as being some sort of serpentine creatures. This is due to the dragons that still roam the country and how they are considered to be the most powerful creatures on the Earth.
Every town has at least one temple directed towards the Imperial Parthenon, although all of the gods and goddesses have a shrine at the Temple of Divines located in Shrattenthraler.
The religion also uses a calendar different from that of the standard Julian or Gregorian calendar in use with other nations. The calendar uses the twelve months, each with 30 days creating a 360-day calendar year. Because of this, the current year in the Imperial Calendar is 5190.
Adeluf- The Chief God of the Divines and Protector of the Union. Adeluf is the God of War, Justice, and Liberty and is the Iron Fist that smashes the foes of the Union, while draping his followers in a blanket of liberty and freedom. As Chief God, Adeluf is favored with the most temples dedicated to him, as well as his physical incarnation (The Black Dragon) being a prominent feature in the Union's culture.
Aglaja- Goddess of Order and Peace, wife to Adeluf. Aglaja is seen as a kindred spirit who soothes the souls of her followers. Adherents to Aglaja often become gifted Philsophers and mediators due to their immense patience. She is often seen in the old lore staying the hand of Adeluf from smiting too many of Rudolstadt's enemies.
Amalrich- God of Knowledge and Guidance. He is represented by the North star and is the Chief God of the Eislerische Monks. Many aspiring students and Scholars pray to Amalrich for insight on tests and in times of dire need, in fact many daring commanders will pray to Amalrich when they require Inspiration to defeat a particularily cunning foe.
Annaliesa- Goddess of the Sea and daughter of Adeluf and Aglaja. In contrast to her parents, she is seen as a fickle spirit, sometimes calm and other times raging and destructive.
Genoveva- Goddess of love, beauty, and fertility and is sister of Annaliesa. It is not uncommon for her to take the form of a very beautiful mortal in order to seduce a man. She is often portrayed as a dove.
Ercanbald- God of the Winds and the protector of Saliors. Ercanbald was said to once have been an acolyte of Annaliesa, however he was uplifted to Godhood by Aglaja for his service. Annaliesa instantly took the new god under her wing and taught him how to ravage human ships in all waters. Ercanbald however took pity on his former friends and companions and would defy his master by allowing Sailors safe passage and even aiding them with friendly winds.
Zelda- The Goddes of Revenge.Zelda is Aglaja's other half, during the oppression of the Cult, Aglaja was forced to tear Zelda from her being to prevent herself from brining the Rudolstadtische to war too early. Since then Zelda has been a dark brooding goddess, always tainting a misguided Rudolstadten with dark thoughts of vengenance. Zelda's main goal is to be reunited with Aglaja and bring the armies of the Union to bear under a mighty Crusade.
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The culture of the Empire could best be described as King Louis XIV's France mixed with a horrid hybrid of Klemens von Metternich's Austria and Frederick II's Prussia.
Imperial Culture revolves heavily around three principles: honor (Ehre), duty (Pflicht), religion . These three principles are often called the Verhaltenskodex (Eng: "Code of Conduct"). Although less emphasis of the Verhaltenskodex is placed on civilians, it is heavily emphasized in the military, especially amongst officers.
Honor is arguably the most important part of the Verhaltenskodex as it has much influence in the lives of Imperial citizens, much more then any foreigner would think. Honor has a large amount of input on just about everything, getting into colleges, jobs, getting married, you name it.
Because of this, Imperial citizens after conduct themselves in the most prominent manner, with the exception towards prisoners, forced laborers and foreigners. Still though, squabbles will sometimes erupt between citizens. These squabbles usually evolve into a duel, upon which a winner is decided either by killing the offender or disarming him and forcing his subjugation.
It is advised for any foreigners traveling into the country to stick to themselves and only interact with people that they absolutely have to.
Pflicht is the second most important part of the Verhaltenskodex. Pflicht is basically the idea that each person must be ready to fight and die in order to preserve the Union, protect the Kaiserin, and preserve the Premislydische way of life. As such, most men that you will see have served in the Kaiserlich und Koniglich Wehrmacht at some point in time.
Pflicht has also created a sense of infinite gratitude of the veteran, regardless of age, position in the military, and ethnicity. It also adds a sort of glorification to the life of the soldier and the good things that happen once you have completed Pflicht.
Religion is the third and last principle of the Verhaltenskodex. It is probably the least important out of the three, but that doesn't mean that it is meant to be neglected.
The idea that the gods control the fate of every person hangs very heavily over the citizens. As such, each citizen tries their best to appease them and win them over to their favor. This is usually done by attending religious ceremonies, following certain religious protocols, and leaving offerings to the gods at their respected temples.
There are five distinct social classes or "Estates". Depending on which estate you are in, you have a certain amount of rights and privileges. For example a member of the Fourth estate would have more rights then members of the fifth estate, but not as many as the third. These social classes have been scrutinized by the international community, but much of the people are pleased with it and see no need to change.
The First Estate is made up of the ruling family and the upper branches of the government. They are essentially worshiped by the populace, even though many of them treat them like dirt. Generally, members of the first estate are well above the law, and most care more about their image rather than running the country. The First Estate is the most privileged, being able to do just about anything they wish without having to suffer consequences. They were the latest fashion and eat the best. They make up a total of 0.1% of the population.
The Second Estate is made up of upper and lower priests and priestesses, which is sorted out by what deity they serve. The High Priests and Priestesses are on top, followed by the servants of Zeus, and so on, so forth. They aren't as privileged as the First Estate, but still far more privileged than the other classes, not having to pay taxes, and much more. They make up 0.3% of the population.
The Third Estate is made up of the Dukes and Duchesses, Governors and Governesses, and CEOs of the country. They are the last of the "Nobility" estates, and are the "least" privileged of the three. The Third Estate still does not have to pay taxes (with the exception of 10% of their income must be made as an offering to the gods) and in fact, helps collects taxes from the other lower estates. They make up 1.6% of the population.
The Fourth Estate is made up of the "middle-class" folk. People from wealthy merchants down to poor street sweepers take refuge in this Estate. Members of this estate are commonly referred to as the "Arbeiterklasse". They must pay 35% of their weekly income in taxes, plus another 10% as a local offering. They are not as privileged as the other classes. They make up 27% of the population.
The fifth estate is the lowest of the low, made up of filthy peasants. These people live a horrid and terrible life, stuck in a cycle of farming so that they can make enough money. These people have very little rights and are generally preyed upon by the upper estates because of this. They have to pay 50% in taxes to the state, with another 10% in weekly offering to the gods. They make up roughly 71% of the population.
The Kaiserlich und Königlich Wehrmacht (Eng: Imperial [Rudolstadtische] and Royal [Pazyrische] Defense Force) serves as the main military of the Empire. It is composed of the k.u.k Heer (which is broken down into three different groups), k.u.k Kreigsmarine, the k.u.k Luftwaffe.
not the strongest, nor most technologically advanced, it still boasts being amongst the best within the region of Xanadou. It has a long rich history, although after losing the Xanadou War, it is currently reorganizing and modernizing to bring it up to 21st century in terms of tactics, weaponry, and equipment.
Although it is The k.u.k Heer functions as the main ground force of Premislyd. It is in charge of protecting the Premislydische mainland and her holdings within Xanadou and beyond. It is broken down into three groups; Premislydische (Joint) Landwehr, Rudolstadtische Landwehr, and Pazyrische Landwehr.
Army Details Army Budget: E$3,499,181,972,519.63 Total Army: 8,747,875 Total Army Active: 6,317,176 Total Army Reserves: 2,430,699
Roughly 60% of the total Heer manpower makes up the Premislydische Landwehr, which is made from men recruited from Klessenfurt-Edessa and natives recruited from the Collective Empire's holdings across the region of Xanadou and the world. They are given adequate training and second-rate weaponry, though the vehicles and equipment remain the same as is with the Rudolstadtische and Pazyrische Landwehrs.
Roughly 25% of the total Heer manpower is in the Rudolstadtische Landwehr, which is made up solely of men recruited from the areas under Rudolstadt's control. As they are favored over the Premislydische Landwehr, they are given the best guns and training that is available.
The Pazyrische Landwehr makes up roughly 15% of the total Heer manpower. It is made up of men recruited solely from the area of land under the control of Pazyrik. As they are more favored by the Natsionalʹnyĭ Soviet over the Premislydische Landwehr, they receive the best weaponry and training that is available.
The k.u.k Luftwaffe is the premier aerial combat force of Premislyd. It is charged with Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Special Operations, Air Superiority, Building Partnerships, Rapid Global Mobility and Agile Combat Support. It is the second largest of the three "fighting" branches and is arguably the most advance.
Air Force Details Air Force Budget: E$1,749,590,986,259.81 Total Air: 2,978,418 Total Air Active: 1,798,809 Total Air Reserves: 1,179,609
The k.u.k Kreigsmarine is the naval force of Premislyd. It is charged with the defense of the immediate waters surrounding the Royal Union and her holdings, Littoral zones, and economic zones/interests. It is the smallest of the the three "fighting" branches of the K.u.K Wehrmacht. Currently, with the newly approved budget, they are upgrading their ships.
Navy Details Navy Budget: E$583,196,995,419.94 Total Navy: 1,287,683 Total Navy Active: 754,890 Total Navy Reserves: 532,793