Motto: "May the Seas protect what we are"
Population: 88.775.000 (2021 est.)
Official Language: Daarish
National Language(s): Daarish
Regional Language(s): Wheardic, Heelseic, Asterish, Heveic
Demonym: Daarwyrther, Daarwyrthian
Government: Unitary parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy
Legislature: Royal Diet
- Upper House: Chamber of Councillors
- Lower House: Chamber of Representatives
Division of seats in the Upper House
Government: 126: DRU (35) + IC (28) + ML (33) + GD (30)
Opposition: 124: SB (31), UDS (26), MDA (25), TA (24),
NL (22), CF (14), LPD (11), RoD (2)
Division of seats in the Lower House
Government: 254: IC (91) + DRU (65) + ML (50) + GD (48)
Opposition: 246: SB (87), TA (50), UDS (48), MDA (43),
CF (40), NL (37), LPD (22), RoD (6)
Establishment: 928 CE as the Kingdom of Daarlund
Unification: 1678 CE as the United Monarchy of Daarwyrth
Reorganisation: 1848 CE as the Royal State of Daarwyrth
Land Area: 317.250 kmē
Water Area: 5.145 kmē
Water %: 1,60
GDP (nominal): Ꝃ671 trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: Ꝃ186.790
Gini: 27,14 (low)
HDI: 0,956 (very high)
Currency: krulder (Ꝃ)
Time Zone: UTC+1
Summer (DST): UTC+2
Drives on the: right
Calling code: +149
Internet TLD: .daar
The Royal State of Daarwyrth, commonly referred to as Daarwyrth, is a unitary state spanning across a group of islands known as the Daarwyrthian Isles, and is located in the central west of the region known as Forest. The isles are entirely surrounded by what the Daarwyrthers call the Sventyn Sea, with the nation of Brellach being to Daarwyrth's north, and Mozworld to its east. The islands have been inhabited since the early 10th century CE, after they had been settled by seafarers from the Old North, who had abandoned their original homeland and travelled the oceans for decades before finding the isles that are known as Daarwyrth today. While sharing a common culture, religion and language, the present-day territory of the Royal State had once been divided into a number of kingdoms, duchies and city-states, before its unification by Queen Marysia VIII of the Kingdom of Daarlund, who later became Queen Maria I, the first monarch of a united Daarwyrth.
The name 'Daarwyrth' is composed of two separate words, namely 'daar' and 'wyrth'. In Daarish, the official language of the Royal State, 'daar' means 'sea' or 'ocean', while 'wyrth' means 'gift'. As such, the name 'Daarwyrth' can literally be translated as 'Sea Gift', or more appropriately 'Gift of the Sea'. This translation aligns with the origin story that stands at the core of Mareism, the official religion of Daarwyrth, which venerates the world's seas and oceans as the progenitors of life. According to the scriptures of Mareism, each of the world's seas and oceans is a physical manifestation of an individual divine entity, and the Sventyn Sea sacrificed a portion of its divinity by gifting the lands that make up present-day Daarwyrth, and forming the group of islands that the nation currently encompasses.
The standard way to refer to a citizen of Daarwyrth is as a 'Daarwyrther', and the proper adjective to use when referring to someone or something from Daarwyrth is 'Daarwyrthian'.
Metro area population
The Constitution of the Royal State of Daarwyrth is the nation's highest form of national law, and is a codified constitution, meaning that it embodies a single comprehensive document. All forms of law in the Royal State are subject to the constitution, and must be derived from it. It is by right of the constitution that each organ of the state receives its powers and responsibilities, such as the monarch or the Royal Diet, while the citizenry similarly derive their rights and duties from this all-important document.
In the first articles of the nation's constitution it is established that Daarwyrth is "one united and indivisible nation state". This makes the country a unitary state, with power being centralised around the national government seated in the nation's capital of Daarsted. Yet as most states, Daarwyrth too knows administrative divisions, which are divided into two tiers. The first are the Duchies and Principalities, which are equivalent to a nation's provinces, of which there are X Duchies and 2 Principalities, bringing the total to Y primary administrative divisions. Then there is the secondary tier, as each individual Duchy or Principality is made up of hundreds of municipalities. Daarwyrth knows secondary forms of administrative divisions, such as Security Regions or regional water authorities, yet these are established and regulated by decrees or statutory law, and not the constitution. Similarly, the level of devolution is not constitutionally mandated, as the document delegates this to the national legislature, and the executive branches of government.
However, the Constitution of Daarwyrth does establish how each administrative division is to be governed. Duchies and Principalities have a ceremonial head in the form of a Duke or Duchess, or Prince or Princess, as well as an executive one, namely the Royal Commissioner. Both are appointed by the monarch of Daarwyrth. In addition, each of the primary administrative divisions have an elected unicameral legislative body in the form of the Ducal or Princely Estates, which appoint the executive body of these divisions, namely the Ducal or Princely Council. Both the Estates and the Council are chaired by the Royal Commissioner. A tier lower, the municipalities are headed by a democratically elected Mayor and their Council of Aldermen, while legislative responsibilities are conferred onto each municipality's Municipal Assembly. Elections for the Mayor and Council of Aldermen are constitutionally mandated to coincide with Municipal Assembly elections, and are held every four years. Elections for the Ducal or Princely Estates similarly have to be held every four years.
The executive branch
The Royal State is an executive monarchy. In Daarwyrth's case, this means that the nation's constitution declares the monarch both the Head of State and the Head of Government, with the ability to delegate rights and duties to the chair of the Council of Ministers, namely the Prime Minister. The level of delegation is left to the discretion of the reigning monarch, with most of the Daarwyrthian kings and queens having opted to make the Prime Minister the de facto Head of Government. Thus, the constitution establishes the monarch, the Prime Minister and their Council of Ministers - collectively referred to as the Royal Cabinet - as the executive branch of government, yet it does not enforce a total separation of power. The cabinet, for example, has the right to draft and submit legislation to the Royal Diet for consideration and passage. Yet more significantly, the monarch is empowered with the ability to pass Royal Acts, which are decrees that hold the same force of law as legislative statutes, but which must conform to the articles of the constitution, and are subject to judicial review as a result. Should a Royal Act lack constitutional foundation upon review, the Constitutional Court is empowered to overturn that Royal Act. The monarch enjoys functional immunity as per the nation's constitution, yet this applies exclusively for the duration of their reign. Thus, should a monarch abdicate, or be constitutionally deposed by Act of the Royal Diet, then their immunity will be lost as it is conferred upon the succeeding monarch, and the former king or queen may be legally prosecuted for crimes they may have committed during their reign. During Daarwyrth's modern incarnation as the Royal State, this has only happened once, namely to King Karlen I, who was constitutionally deposed in 1906 CE.
Currency: krulder (Ꝃ)
GDP (nominal) per capita:
Labor Force: 83,1%
The national sport of Daarwyrth is daarbol, which translated literally means 'sea ball'. The sport is highly comparable to regular water polo, except that it is played between two teams of nine players instead of seven, and should be traditionally played within sea water. In recent decades, the sport also started to be played within larger pools, albeit the preference still being for lakes and seas. Daarbol was formally established in 1681 CE, after various local versions of the sport were amalgamated into one set of rules and guidelines. Daarbol was eventually formally recognised as the national sport in 1852, with the Royal Daarbol Association being founded in 1853, as the governing body responsible for the organisation and regulation of the sport in Daarwyrth, and later also internationally.
A regular game of daarbol mainly consists of sixteen mixed-gender players divided between two teams, moving around a designated area of water (usually forty by thirty meters), treading water, passing the ball, and shooting at a goal that is three meters wide. A team traditionally is meant to consist of one goalkeeper, two defenders, three centre positions and three attackers in the front, who all work together to have the ball be shot into the opponents goal, as well as preventing the opposing team from doing the same to their goalpost. Physical contact between players is to be kept at a minimum, with severe cases of contact being penalised, yet there are no restrictions as to how a player can move around the body of water. In other words, players can swim across the surface, pass underwater, but not leave the water, except in the event of a change of players, or an emergency.
Due to the high popularity of daarbol in Daarwyrth, every major city in the nation has its own club, which all compete against one another in various national championships, as well as international competitions with teams from nations that have taken an interest in the sport. The latter are still in the early stages of gaining traction, as daarbol has yet to achieve the same level of popularity internationally, which it enjoys in Daarwyrth currently. Despite this, the national daarbol team was established in 1958 CE as the Crowned Whales, and consists of the nation's best and most popular daarbol players. However, the city teams are the ones that enjoy the most popularity, with citizens usually being fierce supporters of their city's club. Krulensted's team, named the Krulensted Tides, is Daarwyrth's most successful and beloved daarbol team at the moment, holding the current record for the most titles won in national championships.