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Factbook of the Realm of Achesia [MT]

The Realm of Achesia


Flag of Achesia


Coat of Arms of Achesia


Motto: "Break Not Bend"



Location: Northern Herspera & Achesian Sub-Continent


Population: 623,723,000
-Density:


Capital: Fawnnorth and Imperium
Largest City: Fawnnorth


Official Language: Achari Common (English)



National Language: Achari Common (English)


Demonym: Achesian

Government: Monarchy
- Ackular: Julian Requient the IV
- Heir Apparent: James Requient
- Chancellor: Rodolf Requeint
- Chairman of the Senate: Gerold Kunibert


Legislature: Senate


Establishment: from the Many Kingdoms
Founding: 1294


Land Area:


Elevation
Highest Point: Mt. Julian
Lowest Point: Underbelly


GDP (nominal) (in billions): $15,780
GDP (nominal) per capita: $25,300


Currency: Mag (M)


Time Zone: +3


Drives on the: Right


Calling code: +8


Internet TLD: .ach


Achesia

The Realm of Achesia commonly called Achesia, is a Monarchy in the region of Northern Herspera. It includes the Achesian mainland located on the continent of Narland, the Achesian' Faccade Islands that separate the Norcean and Aralas oceans, and the Peninsula of the Reach on the continent of Anaia. It is bordered on the north by the Norocean, on the south by Aurus, by the east by Hersprea. Achesia is the largest nation by area in Stillenacht. Achesia comprises of eight divisions.

The Realm of Achesia as an absolute Monarchy with a partial constitution that allows for the election of government figures. Its government capital city is Fawnnorth an important global city and financial center with an urban population of 13,208,00. The Monarchy's seat is Imperium. The current monarch—since 12 March 1966—is Ackular Julian the IV. Achesia is the combination of eight different Achari speaking Kingdoms that at one time were each sovereign nations with both Aurusian and Meridian heritage. It wasn't until the 12th century that the prominent family of the then much smaller Realm of Achesia, the House of Requeint began to combine each of the Archari nations into one, thus forming the much larger Realm of Achesia.

Achesia is steeped in a devoted heritage to the monarchal leader the Ackular and the religion of the Achari Sumari. Much culture and heritage that Achesians hold is from that of the original Achesian people that resided in what is now the Realm, before the Meridian people migrated to the continent. It is renowned for its well persevered historical sites from the high middle ages and its numerous monuments to the monarchy. Its population is a largely loyal one, being only half a century removed from complete feudal lifestyle. The recent advent of the Achesian Concord has given the Achesian people new political freedoms that some have taken more time getting used to than others. Achesia is known economically as a powerhouse with its exports centered in its massive weapons industry, manufacturing industry, and Information Technology.

Achesia is a developed country and ranks as the largest by nominal GDP in the region and eleventh largest by purchasing power parity in 2015. Achesia's extensive mineral and energy resources, the largest reserves in the region, have made it one of the largest producers of oil and natural gas regionally. Achesia is the region's biggest exporter of major arms in 2010-14, according to WA data.

Etymology

The 1966 Achesian Concord declared the new formation of the second Realm of Achesia which would herald new economic and political freedoms for the people of Achesia. The word Achesia comes from the name of the aboriginal people hat resided in what is now the Realm. The Achesian people were an oriental race that held deep sense of honor and sacred belief in their heritage. When large amounts of Meridian people migrated to the Achesian's lands some of them interbred with the Achesian people and their cultures mixed forming what is the Achesia we see today.

The standard way to refer to a citizen of Achesia is as a "Achesian."

History
Beginning as early as 1092 the Requient family, which was steeped in both aboriginal Aurusian culture and Meridian culture, has been at the center of Achesian history, first coming to power over the much smaller Realm of Achesia after the Joining War, a civil war over the last of the Leben'on Dynasty’s Princesses, and the end of the struggle between both Meridian and aboriginal Aurusian cultures. Partially a religious conflict between members of the Meridian faith known as the Binodes and the mixed Meridian/Aboriginal Aurusian peoples practicing the Archari Cult. The Ackular left behind his unwed daughter to sit on the throne, thus causing a rift between the most powerful families behind the throne, each vying to have their son marry the Princess. After fifteen years of conflict and multiple Ackulars coming and going on the throne in Imperium, each marrying the Princess, finally the first Requient Ackular, Julian the First took the crown for his own, establishing the longest dynasty in history, and ending hundreds of years of cultural strife, thus finalizing the new Achesian culture, a blend of the honor bound culture of the aboriginal Achesians and the culture of the migrant Meridians.

After a unstable century of conflict with several of its neighbors the Realm of Achesia began its war with the Avondales of the Kingdom of the Avonhold to the north. This conflict lasted for five years and the death of two Ackular's on the field of battle. After a prolonged and detracted siege of the Avonfort the House of Avondale submitted to the Realm of Achesia and became their vassal.

A large period of history began when the Ackular having covered the majority of the continent of Evora began to branch out into the region of Stillenacht and colonize many different lands within the continent of Aurus. The foremost of these being the sun colonies which were located on the south eastern coast of Aurus. The ethnic population of those colonies since their inception were very hostile to what they saw as occupiers of their native land. This led to several bloody wars in the colonies until finally a massive break away of colonies in 1932 happened where 67% of the colonies and Aurus declared independence from Achesia. This led to a short lived war of secession which ended up in the eventual withdraw of the Achesian military. Most recently Achesia lost its last remaining colonies in Aurus with the exception of Lang'sun which it declared an independent city state protectorate.

Recent history for the Realm of Achesia includes a small conflict in the Sellenland where the Achesian military was called in on the side of the Kingdom of Aemen to quell civil uprising caused by Wankan ethnic population within the region.

Demographics

Population
Acheisa is a nation of deep national heritage. Many of its population are very loyal to their national identity but with ensuing generations this has lessened since the fall of the feudal realm. Society and culture is mainly centered around the family which are on average around six persons in size. These families are patriarchy in nature with the man being at the head of the household. On the flip side of that the matron within the household is highly respected and often revered highly by almost all within the family. Typically family units live together within a homestead, making populations within individual family properties rather large and clan like.

A huge part of Achesian culture that stems from the aboriginal Achesians is the honor code in which all still live buy. This is largely a Militaristic code of honor in which a sense of face is often defended through combat. Ritualistic suicide is often part of this honor code when a man has lost face, however this practice is no longer as popular in the eyes of society as it once was.

Ancestor worship is also an important part of Achesian family culture as one's family past is highly regarded in their social standing. Often shrines of various sizes appear on family lands where families often visit to pay their respects to their past. Family members are typically buried on family grounds, but for the less fortunate in society who do not own land this is often hard. The richest often have grand spectacles for their shrines where statues and glyphs adorn the walls and grounds.

Religion

Religion in Acheisa is held in high regards within society. Achaeans practice Achari Grecian which is the monotheistic worship of the God of Summer (He is also known by the Dread Lord, The Lazy One, and the Defender). The focus of the religion is sacredness of the family and of the people of Achesia. The purity of Achesian blood is important in Achari Gregian. This is partially why foreigners are unlike and distrusted in Achesia as they are seen as defilers of Achesian purity.

In the history of Achari Gregian there has been little divine interaction besides the great purge which happened when the Achari Gregian champion with the aid of the God of Summer drove out the god of the underworld: Silva from the land in ancient times. The Dread Lord usually speaks to the Ackular in his fortress tower in Imperium. There he appears to them in dream form giving those blurry hints as to what he has intended for them.

The afterlife in Achari Gregian is one that is sought after by many. It is a joyous place where the dead can reunite with other dead and live on for eternity. To reach the afterlife however one must be a true servant of the God of Summer and not wane in the face of other influences.

The supernatural in Achesia is greatly feared and respected. To that end it is very rare to find "magic" users in Acheisa outside of the clergy of Achari Gregian. Most people leave anything considered remotely magic at the door and do not play in what they do not understand. Spirits are also respected within Acheisan society. It is a belief that all settlements or villages are home to a spirit which guards them from harm. Many make sacrifices to the spirits of their villages.

Worship is primarily an individual ritual that happens on a person basis involving incense and meditation. Many travel or make pilgrimages to shrines of the Summer God throughout the Realm. Many villages have village shrines for its inhabitants. There are many holidays in the Achesian culture. Most like King's day are to celebrate important Achesian figures including heroes, martyrs, and clergy. Other holidays are meant to celebrate harvest, new moons, or the changing of the seasons.

The commandments and teachings of the Summer God are passed down orally by the Clergy of Achari Gregian. While some written text exists it is only kept in the vaults of Pactguard. Praetors travel around Achesia teaching the word of the summer god to the people of Achesia. Mortals are said to be the children of the God of Summer and thus he looks down on us with love from his post in heaven. To represent our path to the afterlife the symbol of the labyrinth is often seen in Achesian culture. The dragon also is often seeing as it is the harbinger of death in Achari Gregian.

The deadly sins of Achari Gregian are: cowardice, lust, recklessness, dishonesty. While the high virtues are: responsibility, thoughtfulness, honesty, humility, abstinence, diligence and piety.

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Geography

The total area of the The Realm of Achesia massive. The country occupies the major part of the Continent of Anaia and includes the islands of Faccade, the northeastern peninsula of The Reach and smaller surrounding islands. It lies between the Norocean and the Aralas Ocean. 45% of Achesia is forested, 21% used for pastures and 34% cultivated for agriculture.

Most of the country consists of Taigia terrain, with mountainous terrain in the central portion of the nation; including the Requinmount Mountains of the central ridge, the Reachments of the Reach, Stepmoores of the Faccade Islands. The main rivers and estuaries are the Fawnnoth, Plood, and Avonflow. Achesia's highest mountain is Mt. Julian.

The Realm of Achesia has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round. The temperature varies with the seasons seldom dropping below −11 °C (12 °F) or rising above 35 °C (95 °F). The prevailing wind is from the north-east and bears frequent spells of mild and wet weather from the Aralas Ocean, although the eastern parts are mostly sheltered from this wind since the majority of the rain falls over the eastern regions the western parts are therefore the driest. Sirius currents, warmed by the Hot Stream, bring mild winters; especially in the east where winters are wet and even more so over high ground. Summers are warmest in the south-west of Achesia, being closest to the Herseprea mainland, and coolest in the north. Heavy snowfall can occur in winter and early spring on high ground, and occasionally settles to great depth away from the hills.

Government

The Government of the Realm is broken into the Monarchy, the Senate, and the Executive Branch. This system is primarily dominated by the Monarchy, but they have given some control over government to the Executive Branch and Legislature. Each has its own duties to the Realm and each are elected into offices in different ways. Since the Achesian Concord of 1966 much more political freedom has been to the people of the Realm to have some say in the political affairs of the nation. The Concord is the ruling document of agreement within the Realm of Achesia and outlines the duties and responsibilities of the different aspects of government as well as the right of the people of Achesia.


Senate of the Realm of Achesia

The Senate of the Realm is made up of 2 Senators from every 50,000 pax of population in Achesia. These are divided up into various constituencies that are decided upon via census. These Senators serve four year terms and can serve up to four terms. They vote and represent the people of Achesia. The Senate is responsible for ratifying laws, judging charges of public officials, confirming appointments to many offices within the Realm, approving government contracts, appointing ambassadors, maintaining the Armed Forces, vetting tax changes prior to their approval by the executive and monarch, approving trade deals with foreign nations, and to regulate commerce.

The Chief Executive of the Realm (titled, Chancellor) is the administrative head of the Achesian government. He is elected by popular vote by the people of Achesia every four years and can serve up to three terms.

The Chancellor has many duties with regards to being administrative head of the government: Approval or Veto of Legislation from the Senate, Power to sign international treaties, issuing executive orders, accountability of national corporations, creator of government budgets, appointment of ministers, appointment of 4 senators and 4 congressman, administration of the many provinces, and coordination between government branches.

The Ministers of the executive branch each oversee different ministries within the government from Statecraft to Finance, these ministers are appointed by the Chancellor and approved by the Senate.

For centuries Achesia had existed as a monarchy ruled by the Ackular who held absolute power. Since the Achesian Concord that power has been lessened slightly but in more recent years with the popularity of the monarchy on the rise more power has returned to it through what has been seen by some as manipulation of the political process. The Ackular has almost absolute power of the Realm as some of the barriers against Monarch overreach have recently been over turned.

Mainly the Ackular has the power to veto any legislation or decision by any party lower than them, power to make treaties with other nations, power over the economy and currency, and power over trade. The High Command of the Royal Army Armed Forces also reports directly to both the Chancellor and the Ackular. The Ackular makes almost all decisions that involves the Achesian people, he controls matters they deem to be of great importance to the state and oversee all that happens within Achesia. The Ackular serves for life and upon his death the next male member of the House of Requient takes his place.

Foreign Relations and Military

The Realm of Achesia holds a unique place within the realm of Septentrion politics as one of the major super powers within it. With the largest population and GDP it also spends an incredible amount of money and resources on diplomatic efforts. Focused on ensuring its exports and trade lines are maintained the Achesian model of diplomatic effort is largely neutral and non-intervention in nature. Typically hiding behind the scenes and using more divisive measures to get what they want one the international stage.


The Sun Dial, Achesian High Command

The Royal Armed Forces of the Realm is a well-organized organization of warriors from all backgrounds and levels of training collectively fighting for the glory of Achesia. Though it is mainly comprised of personnel from the Achesian Resolutes (Ancient Military Caste) it also consists of other volunteers from all walks of life. Exclusion of other castes within the military ended many years ago allowing others to join. The tradition however of the resolutes making up the bulk of the military still stands. A more recent addition to the armed forces is various Private Military Companies that fight under contract for the RAAF. These PMCs are generally very skilled at what they do and fight for the profit of it. Man traditional Achesians do not like the idea of fully privatizing the military so the traditional regulars still stand.

RAFoR is broken down into four branches each with its own specialty and area of responsibility. The Royal Army is the main body of the RAFoR, it is the ground pounding land force that carries Achesia into battle, all conscripts fall under the Royal Army as well. The Royal Air Fleet is the Air arm of the RAFoR which is responsible for the skies over Achesia, all aircraft, and space. The Royal Navy is the sea power within the RAFoR and controls the inter-coastal waterways, shipping lanes, force projection, sea logistics, and sea born aircraft.

With the recent change to a more neutral stance and less intervention doctrine within the RAAF, the prevalence of private military contractors has skyrocketed in recent years. Warriors and warrior leaders who feel that the action they seek is not found within the RAAF have formed many different PMCs that fighter for hire by the many other nations of Septentrion and the world. PMCs such as Gold Fellow's Brigade, Rainer Solutions dominate this field in many different sectors.

See: ORBAT, Military Information , Equipment of the RAAF

Economy

The Realm is a more conservative nation when it comes to the world scale. This is mostly due to history as when it was just the first Realm of Achesia it was completely closed off from the outside world. Now run since the Achesian Concord of 1966 it is slowly entering the world markets and Achesian goods are being exported in great demand. Achesian resources as well have been found aboard to include one of its chief exports, military hardware.

Culture

Values within Achesia center around education, which is a recent trend since the Concord and education being available to the masses and not just the aristocracy. Many families fund community schools that they send their children to to make them of higher quality than the local government can provide. This is something that most provinces ruling over Achesia have embraced and have created programs much similar to a 401k where businesses match the communities contributions into their schools. Families often save large amounts of money to send their children to secondary education as well to give their children a better start on life than they had. Many of the older generation have some reservations about this, preferring to keep their families centralized, but parents are more and more defying this.

The Achesian government budget is 30% of GDP and it spends its money in several different categories such as: Administration (9%), Social Welfare (8%), Healthcare (8%), Education (20%), Religion & Spirituality (3%), Defense (16%), Law & Order (10%), and Commerce (25%).

Infrastructure

Personal transportation is dominated by automobiles, which operates on a system of 2,908,454 miles of roads.

Trains however are the primary means of getting between cities within Achesia as they are cheap and affordable for the average subject of the Realm. Massive railway network was developed in the early 70s to support both commerce and the military. Other public modes of transportation especially within the larger cities include buses and rail cars that transport commuters to and from their place of work.

While there are several nationalized air lines within Achesia there are also many different corporate airlines that operate throughout the land. Airports themselves fall under the Ministry of Transportation.

Energy
Achesia uses a high amount of energy per capita. About 25% of Ponderosa's electricity comes from nuclear power plants, with uranium mined in Uyayagerc. Other electricity sources are from vast natural gas and coal reserves. Most of Achesia's transportation sector uses petroleum. Most of Achesia' energy is nationalized but some companies are allowed to operate smaller operations for unique needs of the nation.

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