The Federal Kingdom of Deltia
Deltia (Deltian: Avontiken), officially the Federal Kingdom of Deltia (Deltian: Bundskongsriik Avontiken) is a country in Central and Eastern Europe lying between the Baltic Sea to the north, Latvia to the northeast, Russia to the east, Ukraine to the southeast, Slovakia to the south, Czechia to the southwest and the German Democratic Republic to the east.
Deltia is constituted of 29 states, covers 389,720 km2 (150,470 sq mi) and has a temperate seasonal climate. With 45 million inhabitants, Deltia is the 6th most populous state in Europe., the 5th most populous state entirely in Europe and the 3rd most populous nation in the Entente. Deltia is a rather decentralised country. Its capital and largest metropolis is Warsaw, while Krakau is its financial hub. The country's other major cities include Vilna, Katowice, Lemberg, Danzig, Konigsburg, Liebermann, Lublin, Pozen, Brest and Grodnau.
Various Germanic and Slavic tribes inhabited the area since antiquity. Those tribes began to mate around 500 B.C. and created a new language: Old Deltian.
The first polity in the area that is now Deltia was the Kingdom of Anthau. It's king, Wadislav I, converted to Christianity and helped spread the message all across Deltia, and the lands were united by the year 200 A.D. Deltia was very weak, and multiple different areas declared independence.
Around 1221 A.D. Deltia was able to gain sea access. It marked the end of the constant war and turmoil that had marred the nation's progress and the start of a new era of slightly less pain and suffering. Deltia began trading with other European nations and stopped the Mongol invasion of Europe with the Battle of Bialestaad in 1243. After this battle and the reunification of Deltia in 1337, the beginning of an era of prosperity and artistic expression began, marking the start of the Deltian Renaissance. Eventually, Deltia formed a close bond with Lithuania, and the two nations slowly began to become allies and eventually united, forming the Delto-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the year of 1549. There were some proposals to include Deltia's equally close ally in the union, but it ultimately fell through.
The Delto-Lithuanian Commonweath was instantly one of the strongest nations in the known world, having a huge landmass and equally large population and even rivalled the strength of France and the Ottomans, whom they defeated at the battle of Liegnica in 1600. Deltian military prowess, combined with its economic strength allowed the Commonwealth to expand, conquering much of modern-day Belarus, Latvia, Ukraine, Deltia, Slovakia, Romania and Bessarabia.
The 18th century was terrible for Deltia. The Great Famine of 1701 happened, and the nation had chunks of it taken away by Austria, Russia and Prussia. This continued until the Delto-Lithuanian Commonwealth was completely wiped off the map. After that unfortunate event, the Napoleonic wars happened, and Deltians took their chance and rose up, helping French troops to defeat Prussia, Austria and supplying a lot of men against Russia. For their service, they were rewarded with their own state - the Kingdom of Deltia.
After the defeat of the French, Deltia was again wiped off the map, but this time, the people had resisted and helped the French, and while they got "autonomy" in the Russian-occupied territories, the people were often killed and had their land taken. Deltians in Austria and Germany fared considerably better, as they had real autonomy and were even allowed to have politivan
World War 1 was a change in things. Deltia was a major battlefront in the war, and the area had been completely taken over by Germany in the year 1916. Germany immediately established a puppet kingdom under the House of Schultheiss, a heavily germanized Deltian noble house. Deltia saw the writing on the wall after the US entered the war, and on March 5, 1918, Deltia declared war on Germany. This had little effect, but the Allies rewarded them with Posen and part of Pomerania.
Immediately after the war, the Bolsheviks launched an offensive to try and reclaim all the land that belonged to the Russian Empire. It was partly successful and claimed Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkestan and Transcaucasia, but Finland, Deltia and the Baltics held. The Russians nearly reached Warsaw, but Deltia's Riiksvehr under General Corien Lirstinski managed to repel them.
The Interwar period was a time of turmoil and instability in Deltia, with elections happening almost twice a year on average. This led to extreme political polarisation and an eventual military coup in 1930.
The military government was very progressive, surprisingly. It legalised homosexuality once you were 21, made education free and gave women the vote. It continued with its reforms until 1939, when the beastly Nazis invaded.
Deltia was invaded during WW2 but their French and British allies didn't send aid, so Deltia mistrusts them to this day. Its government has recently joined the Franco-Italian Entente, bolstering its military and its economy due to the trade partnerships.
Deltia comes from the Old Deltian word Deltie, which meant "homeland", The name of the region whilst it was was under partial Roman rule was Deltania, which is sometimes still used in patriotic calls. The native name is Avontiken, which means "land of the wolf and eagle" in Old Deltian.
Cultural Practices and Norms
Deltian culture is rather liberal. Marijuana is generally accepted, along with LGB communities, with transgenderism being more controversial. Deltians have a long tradition of tolerance, accepting immigrants from around the world with very little background checks. However, the second you commit a crime, they will check your background, and if anything is sketchy, to Afghanistan with you. Rap music is very popular, with events by American and British rappers attracting very large crowds. Street parties often continue throughout the night, that being the reason that a lot of old people move out of cities and into the countryside. Deltians love celebrations to the point where Halloween is a national holiday and everyone dresses up, regardless of your reservations.
Deltian culture is very similar to German culture, as the German and Deltian ethnic groups are closely related. Deltians tend to dress in clothes similar to those elsewhere in the West, wearing suits to work and streetwear out of work. Religion has relatively high importance in Deltia and the predominant religion is Lutheran Christians, with Roman Catholics forming a significant minority. Christianity came to Deltia in the year 587 AD, and remains dominant, though it is declining amongst the country's youth.
Due to Deltia's occupation by the Nazis and subsequent communist regime, Deltians place a very high value on individual liberty. It is strange for children to listen to their parents after the age of 7. People are strongly encouraged to voice their views and popularity is not defined by conformity, but by individuality. Materialism is rampant, with Deltian's high average incomes, they are able to buy huge amounts of products, and happiness is defined by material weatlh. During work hours, Deltians seem to never rest, only taking short breaks every here and there. This has led to Deltians being stereotyped as "workaholic alchoholics".
The mafia is all-pervasive in Deltian society, but they mainly keep down and are known to be quite helpful and polite actually.
Deltia is a fairly liberal country, with gay marriage being legal, along with abortion rights and marijuana rights. Deltians have a long tradition of freedom of expression, and are also very tolerant of immigrants. Weed is often smoked from time to time.
The Deltian economy is a mixed one. The average Deltian makes about $59,532 USD a year. 98.6% is run by the private sector, while the remainder is run by government. This high level of private ownership has led to some calling Deltia an anarcho-capitalist nation, but in reality, the government is just trying to make up for the lost years of 1944-1981 by selling almost all its assets. This shock therapy resulted in massive unemployment in the start, and it had to be reversed. The government then reversed its initial decision, leading to it owning about 75% of all industry, attempting to stabilize the economy. Later administrations changed this, by slowly weaning Deltians off government jobs. Eventually, this worked.
Deltia's economy is based off services, and Deltians are generally office workers, as you have seen before. Manufacturing is also very important, forming up a good 19% of Deltia's GDP. Exports mainly consist of services, agricultural products, food, coal, steel and copper. Overall GDP is around $4.1 trillion USD (nominal) $5.3 trillion USD (PPP), the seventh-highest in Europe and 16th in the world.
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