The Frievolker Empire, also legally the Frievolker Confederation or the Frievolker Commonwealth, commonly called Frievolk, is a Imperial Constitutional Monarchy that has its core in Western Europe.
The Frievolker Confederacy, also called Contiguous Frievolk, made of the connected states of Frievolksland, Belgium, Sudseit Dover, Brabant-Limburg, Zeeland, and Luxembourg, is bordered on the north by The Kingdom of Netherlands, on the south by The French Republic, and on the east by The German Empire. The Frievolker Empire has an area of 15,745,966 km² and 219,740,566 total population, 82,016 km² and 42,360,644 of which belong to the Frievolker Confederation itself.
"Frievolk" means Free People or Free Folk in Frievolker, the language of thepeople of this territory. The name itself was chosen by the people in their Revolution of 1548 from the Kingdom of Burgundy in the height of the war that would lead to its weakening (and future annexation by the Kingdom of France).
While Frievolk itself was a part of Rome and populated by Dutch, Rhinish, Flemish, Walloonian, and the Frievolks themselves, Modern Friesvolk (as in the Five Provinces making the kingdom) weren’t founded until before 600 CE. The First of these Provinces, Berun, was founded by a group of religious refugees heeding escape from the chaos following the sudden surge of Arabic hordes invading The Middle-eastern Roman sectors. The Family, with their workers, servants, and vassal clans, would build the city and rename themselves into the Von Berun family. The Von Berun would rule the country ever since, even though they traditionally accepted adoptions, and so many of the Von Beruns wouldn’t necessarily be part of the bloodline, genetically speaking.
By 700 CE, the five Provinces had already been formed, traditional borders accepted and trade in effect.
The Frievolkskrig, and the beginning of Colonialism
After the last bastion of Rome fell and the different Roman states were released, Frievolks was, for a long time, five provinces ruled by foreign powers, The term “Frievolk” was actually a sneering joke made by the Burgundese overlords about three centuries before the revolution itself could occur. All that changed in the 1540s.
With The New Reformist movement on the rise in Europe (and, in the same fashion, Anglican Protestantism within England) gaining popularity within the different states of the Holy Roman Empire, The People of the Five Provinces, still staunchly catholic, began fearing for their sovereignty in religion as their lords in The Kingdom of Burgundy had started showing favor to the Reformed movement. Knowing that The Empire would be forced to, at some point, accept Protestantism as the official religion, they declared themselves independent of the Empire in 29 October, 1548, forming the The Kingdom of Frievolk (Konigreik Frievolk), leading to the destabilization of the Kingdom of Burgundy.
Frievolk would have probably been obliterated by either the French, The Burgundese, or the Holy Roman Empire, had the Empire not capitulated and agreed to the Peace of Augsburg. By then, Frievolk had already united into a singular kingdom, and had started working on a workable Navy.
In 1550, Portugal finally annexed the last Castile fort in the Iberian Peninsula, and began building fortifications on their border with the Empire of Aragon. France, one of Aragorn's allies, began both moving troops to the Aragorn border and to the English Channel, preparing for an invasion. With the Naval race finally starting between England, Portugal, and Aragorn, King Franz von Berun, first King of Frievolk, decided to use the chaos and take some maritime lands, forming a thalassocracy like that of the ancient Carthage or Athens. A Small, but relatively formidable, fleet was formed and Admiral Hans de Glucklik, a lucky (though not quite right in the head) naval commander was put in charge of it. The Plan, of course, was to take Iceland, then sovereign territory of Norway, and use it to stage an invasion on Norway proper.
Hans, though a great naval leader, wasn't exactly smart. He lost the way, (at least, that's how the story goes), and found himself in a new territory, an island a bit more south and more west than what Iceland had supposed to be. Imagining it was still Iceland, The Good Admiral conquered the region, landing troops and conquering the four small tribes of the native people of the land (Though not enslaving, nor executing them) and send the fleet back to the mainland to report the victory. It was in 1558, when they finally arrived in the court of Berun, when it was realized that the land they'd taken was not, in fact, Iceland, but an island in what would be called North America (Americo Vespucio, the italian navigator had moved to Frievolk in 1510 and had theorized that a land in the far west had to exist (though he wasn't sure how big, or how large) as Columbus had, in fact, managed to reach India instead of the Americas) The Fleet returned to The New Colony up north to report that "congratulations, herr admiral. You found a new land. Do not return from there unless absolutely necessary. Further search of the land is advised, and we expect you to, while maintaining absolute secrecy, try to assimilate the natives into the Frievolker’s way of life"
The New Colony (called Hansfund (Hans’s Discovery), and located in the Modern Province of Avalon, Newfoundland) was supposed to stay secret until as long as it could've been, as Frievolk would have no luck against Superpowers such as England, France, or Portugal. However, the French-Portuguese war ended in 1592, with Aragorn unifying the rightful Spanish lands and France ceding Calais, Caux, Picardie, Vermandois, Valaanderen, Artois, Hainaut, and Ghent to England, the superpowers realized that Frievolk, even though it could have claimed some land in the chaos, had been suspiciously silent. A spy named Joan d'artois (who was a famed lover of the Frievolker Prince, Wilhelm d'Olens) revealed that Frievolkers had found land in the Northwestern seas. Before an invasion could be performed, King Hans I managed to make a treaty with England, France, the newly created Netherlands, and Portugal to hold its sovereignty in the Americas in respect (in exchange for, of course, gold. much... much gold, though had the superpowers known what they'd find there, they probably would've refused)
The Colonial Race began, with most of Northern Africa divided between The Kingdom of Aragon, and Morocco, the Aragonese were the ones to claim western Africa, while France, Netherlands, and England moved for the Northern, and central, America. Southern America was left for Aragon (who had just created Spain).
Fall of the First Kingdom
The Sovereignty of the First Kingdom wouldn't last long, however. By 1625, The First Colonial Race had been finished, with England the obvious winner. Almost all of the Eastern coasts of the North American continent (apart from the six in modern Canada that had been claimed by Frievolk) were colonized by the English. Spain had taken most of the Western coast of South America. Frievolk, as always, used the chaos and prospered. The tribal natives of the colonies of Hansfund had, by that time, been uplifted to the most progressive of that time (which, technically, wasn't much. this is still late Feudal Europe y'all) and integrated by the colonials, who had refused to rule over the natives, instead preferring actual coexistence. Eventually, though, The Hansfundskrig (War for Hansfund) occurred between the Frievolker Colony of Hansfund and the French colony of Quebec when the French finally decided to break the agreement fifteen years before it would've been annulled. The now old explorer Hans was proven to be less lucky than his name suggested, when he and his Fleet of 23 Galleys and Caravels lost to the Fourth Quebecois Fleet. The Annexation of Hansfund to the French was the first in many failures. With their success in the New World emboldening them, The French issued a reconquest on their lands within the English governance, and while not succeeding in retaking any of their lost states they finally brought attention to Frievolk’s borders, and in 1630, Ferdinand II, the Holy Roman Emperor, declared war on Frievolk in order to regain some of his power after the humiliating Diet of Regensburg.
The Holy Roman Empire, at that time at the rule of Austria, called for the reintegration of Frievolk into their borders. The War, called The Austrian Crusade of Frievolk, began in 1631, and was won by the Aggressors in 1633, with the peace achieved in the First conference of Schfruß. Frievolk was dissolved, and the five Provinces were given absolute independence as free states, though they would be vassals of The Emperor until not any time earlier than 1675. The First Kingdom of Frievolk fell, with Québec Française annexing the Frievolk colony of Hansfund, and the five city states forced to pay reparations for more than twenty-five years.
The Interkönigreike period
For the next 120 years, The Five Provinces would remain separated. As time went by, and after the Provinces were released from the Protectorate of the Holy Roman Empire, they lost the desire to unite. by 1700, when Mittelhalt was given status by the HRE as an Equal Princely State within the Empire, even talk of another Kingdom of Frievolk was impossible to hear. While another Kingdom of Frievolk would, again, be created by 1750, through a violent, and unsuccessful coalition war led by Klau with the intention of cutting Berun down to size, The Time-between Kingdoms (or Interkönigreike, as it was called by the Frievolkers), was mostly famous for the destructive Schfrußer invasion of Berun… though it was mostly destructive only for the losing Schfrußers. A force of Schfrußers 45,530 men strong marched towards Berun, passing the borders thereof in 9 June 1732, only to fall within the practice range of The newly formed Beruner military, the Guns of Berun. The Guns of Berun were practicing with their newly acquired artillery when a Beruner hunter named Freidrich Aisenheimer reported that he'd noticed a force of men-at-arms with Schfrußer banners and flags had been marching through the forest. As the Smaller military of Berun prepared to Intercept, the Marshal of Berun, a man named Otto de Unmenschliche ordered full artillery strike at the forest, causing more than 80% of the larger Invading army to be destroyed before the battle of Meadows could occur. The Guns then immediately marched for Schfruß, and seized it in a short three weeks-long siege. The Peace of Schfruß forced the Schfrußers to agree to a formal union under Berun, where a minor noble of the von Berun would rule the defeated Schfruß.
This Formal Union would, eventually, cause the other three states to further radicalize against Berun and by 1750, The five states all had their men in their borders, ready for all-out war.
The Second Kingdom of Frievolk
The Second Kingdom of Frievolk was born through brutality, as opposed to the first one, which had been born through a calm alliance.
With Schfruß and Berun on one side, Fedark and Mittelhalt following the smaller House of von Klau from the aforementioned state as their opposition. This, of course, was just barely before the Seven years’ war of 1756 could begin. On the first of November of 1750, The Coalition of Klau attacked Nordrand, officially putting a start to the brief, and yet overly important Frievolkersbundkrig (War of Frievolker Union). The Hinean army first met the Guns of Berun on the fields of Schfruß, just acres away from the Schfrußer capital city of Dakia itself, where the Guns of Berun would use a flanking maneuver to cut off the supply route of the Hinean army, twice their size, and then forcing them to retreat by using the heavy cannons on the walls of Schfruß. The Hinean army would escape to the Buffer zone of Mittelhalt, where it would be reinforced by the overly superior armed Mittelhalter military.
The Mittelhalter military then prepared for a counter-siege from Berun, preparing their own barricades and defenses, and calling for aid from the larger army of Fedark too. The Schfrußer army, led by Wilhuff de Schfrußenherr, instead ordered a brief invasion of Klau, the capital city of the opposing coalition itself, and as the Klau-Mittelhalter army waited for the invasion of Mittelhalt, their capital was taken by General von Schfruß. Johann II, the king of Klau, surrendered unconditionally, and agreed to appear in Mittelhalt in three months hence for a treaty of Berun's choosing.
Berun's choice, of course, was the reunification of Frievolk, and the complete integration of the five armies into one, which would become the Guns of Berun. Johann, under no illusion of having any choice in the matter, agreed to the terms, glad he wasn't losing his throne completely, and the von Berun family ruled Frievolk again, for the first time since 1633.
The Second kingdom was different from the first in that the von Beruns didn't leave the Holy Roman Emperor this time. Instead, The King, Denis von Berun, would attempt to placate the electors in order not to vote yet another Habsburg into office.
Mainz was convinced to vote for the King of Prussia, and Cologne was convinced to vote for the Duke of Saxony, who, in a protestant country, had been a Catholic ruler. With the four of the votes tying between Prussia and Saxony, Bavaria and Trier were 'persuaded' to vote for Frievolks, using ancient agreements between the House of Berun and the leadership of the two states, and when Emperor Francis of Habsburg passed away in 1765, Frievolk was raised as the Holy Roman Emperor.
With Denis the new Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, he took it on to himself to demand the Habsburg to cease using the Eagle of the Empire as their seal, and instead put a form of the Eagle on their flag (the very same flag it is right now, without the golden wreaths) and the seal of the Holy Roman Emperor, with a herald shield showing the five core provinces of Frievolk on it as their very own seal. This move, of course, would bring Frievolk at the contempt of the Habsburgs, which were not just influential but extremely vindictive, at that time. This, of course, forced Frievolk to find allies and protectors from other great powers of the time... which there weren't any. Frievolk was simply too small and irrelevant for the greater powers, who had just found death in the Seven Years’ War. Thankfully, Frievolk was the Holy Roman Emperor and three of the electors backed her, and Austria was not yet prepared to go against everyone like that.
in 1775, As Europe was preparing itself to fall into yet another era of darkness, thirteen colonies in the East coast finally declared independence, triggering the American Revolutionary war. The Revolution, which would cut Britain down to size considerably, at least at that point in time, also gave Frievolk the idea to sow discontent in the region that Frievolk Still called Hansfund, and give them reason to declare independence again. The Hansfunder war for secession, happening alongside the American Revolution, took three years to complete, from 1778 to 1781, and was decisively successful, though mostly because Britain was busier dealing with the Americans and the province of Avalon wasn't that much of consequence, at least for the newly rising British Empire's new interest in the Africa and Asia. The Province of Avalon, naming itself Hansfund again, declared independence but agreed to only keep within its own territory, (mostly due to Frievolker meddling in the treaty of Avalon), and in 1783, The American Colonies declared independence as well, forming the United States of America. Immediately after they were formed, Frievolk attempted to make contact with them and improve relations. Sadly, the distance, as well as Frievolk’s bizarre situations did not seem pleasing to the newly independent America, who instead worked on improving relations with the increasingly angry peasants in France.
Napoleon, Constitutionality, and the formation of the First Empire
in 1793, Louis XVI, former King of France was decapitated by the victorious French revolutionaries, and the Reign of Terror started. Like most other monarchies in Europe, Frievolk fell into a fervor, the fear of revolution falling into the royals' heads. Bernard von Berun, son of Denis, was quite scared of what this could bring. Of course, one can't deny that claims of a revolution did rise in Frievolk with the motto of “Die Frievolk wollen Friehart”. in fear of falling victim to the revolutionaries and losing his crown... or crowned head, Bernard (Who would normally be called 'Bernard the weary’ in the history books) decreased tax, giving more entrepreneurship freedom, as well as civil rights, to the peasants and eventually even abolished Feudalism in the country, until the Reign of terror started proper. If there was any illusion of a republican revolution, it died off when the people saw exactly what the leading revolutionaries did to their own people. Frievolk joined the First Coalition against the rising French Republic in 1795, two years after the execution of the King Louis, late into the war of the First coalition, by invading Austrian Netherlands and taking it from the French Republicans, pushing them back, weeks before the French claim on Austrian Netherlands could be consolidated in a peace treaty. However, seeing as most of the war was busy in the Rhine frontier, a region Frievolk was not willing to leave any army on, King Bernard agreed to leave the coalition in 1796 on the condition that The Austrian Netherlands would be annexed by the kingdom, and left the war of the First Coalition after the Battle of Bruxel in 1796. This had the two benefits of improving relations with the Austrian Habsburgs and cutting down the French to size without much hostilities.
Renamed into the Kingdom of Belgium (Konigreik Belgien), and Bernard was declared its king, alongside Frievolk proper.
The Country was not participant in the second, or third coalitions, though a contingent of the Guns of Berun were active in both, as part of the Holy Roman Empire's army. when Napoleon Bonaparte dissolved the HRE, Frievolk would fall in an alliance with Prussia’s newly formed North German Confederation, and rejoin in the War of the Fourth Coalition, and lose Belgium to the Napoleon-supporting 'Holland' in the second battle of Bruxel, where general Dautierre of Belgique was defeated by marshal Bernardt. However, Frievolk did not lose the region in the peace treaties that followed, having left the war by then.
Frievolkers did not return in the war of the Fifth coalition, due to the unstable atmosphere of the country after King Bernard finally passed away from old age and left his two twin children with equal claims to the crown. Otto von Berun was supported by the nobility and the clergy, while Anna von Berun on the other hand was supported both by the masses and the merchant classes. Frievolk fell in a short civil war in 1810, when Anna's generals crushed Otto in battle after battle, until eventually the nobility capitulated and denied him any support. Otto was arrested and executed for treason in 1811, and Anna became the first Queen of Frievolk and officially establishing the absolute primogeniture through The Frievolker Pragmatic Sanction, as until then only the King could rule the country. Frievolk immediately joined the war of the Sixth Coalition, helping crush the Napoleonic France once and for all, and claiming Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Luxembourg for the Kingdom of Frievolk, driving a wedge between Frievolk and France that would never be healed, while improving their relationship with the Prussians, the British, and the Austrians.
Anna ruled for another thirty-five years before leaving her country to her daughter, Joan von Berun in 1846. The second Queen of Frievolk was also known as "Joan the Constituent", or "Joan the lawgiver", mostly due to her involuntary aid in the Frievolker Constitutionality. The Frievolker constitutional revolution of 1848, part of the larger wave of revolutions happening in the same year, was a moderately bloodless, relatively peaceful challenge by the Particularist faction of the country, backed by the merchants and the clergy, who wished to bring constitutionality to the country and limit the powers of the monarchy.
Queen Joan lived a few more years afterward, but left no heir, and the monarchy was moved from Berun to Klau in 1853, as the minor branch in Schfruß had a smaller claim to the throne than the von Klau clan who had married into the main branch. Alfons von Klau ruled for another four years. it was during his time as monarch that Great Britain, finally done with allowing Hansfund its independence, invaded in a mission of re-conquest. Alfons, as a direct supporter of Hansfund, joined it in its war against Great Britain. The Koniglik Frievolker Flotte transported the Army of Klau to the northern dominion, and while the großkriegsflotte simultanously held a blockade on England' southwestern coasts and staged an invasion of Norfolk. The Battle of St. Johns in Hansfund was the most important battle of this war, where an Army sixty thousand men strong from Britain met the garrison of Hansfund, led by Major Graham Orwell and reinforced by Albert von Norstadt and his forty thousand men and began a brutal and three weeks long battle that led with most of England's forces sundering, due to a lack of supply and the American policy of garrisoning their northern borders for British Aggression. As the battle in the Canadian theater began turning in favor of The Defenders, and as they began advancing into British Canada, the European theater turned in favor of England. The occupation of Norfolk soon failed in the two years long siege, and Britain began naval interception of the Blockade. Thankfully, the war didn't continue long, due to Prussian intervention in the war and convincing the two sides into an agreement. Hansfund kept its independence, and also took the province of Labrador from the Canadian mainland, and Frievolk gave up on all claims on Netherlands.
Alfons lost his life to a particularly brutal epidemic of Influenza in 1857, that killed most of the royal family in Klau. The branch in Schfruß claimed the throne, and with no pretenders or oppositions on their side, put Arnold von Berun on the throne. Arnold staged and invasion of the Isle of Hormuz in The Persian Gulf, and took it in a quick battle with the Persian military already busy in the Anglo-Persian war in Herat, and quickly consolidated Frievolk’s claim on the Strait of Hormuz, at that time contested territory and challenged territory of the Qajarid Persia, Ottomans, the Spaniards and the Russians.
With the number of territories under Frievolker control increasing, and due to the distance Frievolksland had to the other regions, Arnold (and the Chancellor of the Imperial Diet, Duke Graham von Brussel) came up with the idea of an Imperial Federation. The basic Idea, taking influence from the Federalist revolutions of 1848 as well as the United States, Post Napoleonic France, and Great Britain, Arnold crowned himself Emperor and reforming Frievolk into an Empire, and then the territories outside Frievolksland into Domains (or Dominions), ruled independently but directly under governors who answered to the Emperor (and by proxy, the Diet)
The Frievolker Confederation (Frievolker Bund) had Five main Domains, Hansfund, Persik Inseln, Frievolksland, Kapprovinz, and Belgien. The von Berun family directly ruled over 54% of the entire Empire by 1864, when it was first formed.
Fall of the First Federation
After Arnold's victory in Hormuz, he became bold, and eventually so bold and in his boldness he took a belief akin to the Fourteenth Louis, and with a declaration of "Ich bin de Staat und de Staat bin ich" (a statement that was eventually appropriated by his house as their motto), he began aggressively increasing his own influence in the Diet, first forcing them to give him the right to dissolve the Diet and second the right to refuse signing legislation if he did not wish to. As he grew more and more tyrannical, different factions within the Empire grew weary of him. One of his very first moves after consolidating himself as the absolute authority of the country was to nationalize the church. Until then, the Papal State (which had been losing its influence as time went by) was the authority the clergy answered to, and the papacy was not of the same mind as Arnold, who had the illusion of enjoining all authority under his own say. He tried to take the Church of Berun under his power, but the clergy refused, and requested aid both from the people and the Papal State. Arnold would be victorious, of course, and the Guns of Berun would massacre through the barely funded, poorly armed Mercenaries the church had managed to assemble in the brief War for clerical unity, but their influence would not be on his side.
Arnold died in 1870, mere months after solidifying the church under his authority, and his second son, Otto II, assumed the crown after him. Otto II, known as "Otto the tyrant", followed his father's illusions. He took control of the burghers first, forcing them into forming a syndicate, and then taking control of it personally. Now, both the Clergy and the Burghers were under the crown's rule. As the Franco-Prussian war started in that very year, Otto quickly realized that he'd have to take direct control of the Entirety of his country or Prussia would inevitably take control of it. For this, he needed the Oberklasse, the only class within the country that were not actually part of the nobility, to be abolished.
the Oberklasse were the main proponents of a unified German State within Frievolk itself, and with Prussia leading a small claim that Bismarck was not yet willing to go through, Otto knew that the only way to take the German Unionist factions down was to take the Oberklasse down. To do that, he put a high tax on the higher class, introducing a progressive system to the nation that would inevitably destroy most businesses controlled by the oberklasse unless they were to capitulate. One by one, all of the Oberklasse backed down and those that didn't fell to the Guns of Berun when Otto forced through a legislation similar to the infamous "Ku Klux Act" of 1871 America a year afterwards, and while the nobility still did make the core of the highest class of the hierarchy of his nation, most of the noble families were already under the control of von Berun.
His mistake, of course, was, like all tyrants are wont to, wanting more. By now, most of the population were weary of Otto's ambition. The Clergy, the burghers, and the remains of the Oberklasse were all cross at him, but what broke the camel's back was his attempt to dissolve the Imperial Diet.
This simple attempt was the last straw. The young Parliament, eager to serve but quite unwilling to capitulate any further, was not glad to hear the Emperor was to destroy their constitutionality. Newfoundland first declared secession, and then so did the Perser Inseln, and Kapstaat. while Belgium remained within Frievolk, Persia reannexed the Persian Islands, Hansfund was reincorporated into Canada, and South Africa's afrikaaners were taken in by the Kingdom of Netherlands, forgoing their Frievolker civility and taking the Dutch method of mistreatment instead, though they were soon abandoned by the Dutch and taken under the wings of the British Empire, which released then after the first World War.
As the Four states separated, the Emperor declared war on each four, but then Bernardt dar Straus, the Chancellor of Frievolk at that time, declared the government toppled, and called for a reelection. The von Berun, seeing the King was no longer popular, excommunicated him and disowned him from the house, and the clergy, burghers, parliamentarians, and the commoners all declared war on Otto the Tyrant. The Great Frievolker Civil War began, and was finished when the victorious Constitutional Army marched for Berun. Otto surrendered, and was taken into custody, just as the Constitutional Assembly was formed to see what to do with the country next.
The Third Kingdom
With Otto II toppled in 1876, the Constitutional Assembly (Dar Konstitusionalversammlung) gathered in Berun, to argue over what to do next. After a long trial on the 7th of June 1876, Otto was sentenced to execution, becoming the second Monarch of Frievolker History to have that fate befall them, and his titles taken from him, the Imperial Diet reestablished, the Imperial Overwatch (the overwatch of the burgher class) dissolved, the Konigrent (the Imperial Tax system) dissolved, and the Oberklasse reestablished. The Monarchy, however, (mostly due to the von Berun influence in the assembly) was kept, with Otto's 12 years old son, Bernard, put on the throne, with most of Arnold's Dietary reform remaining. While Bernardt would still be the King of Belgium as well as Frievolksland, he would no longer be powerful enough nor influential enough to take the mantle of an Emperor.
If we are to be serious, the Third Kingdom isn't necessarily a different historical era for Frievolk, particularly because it belongs to the same era as the Federation, the Constitutionalist movement, and of course the Very end of Frievolk as a reunified country.
In the years leading to the Great War, Frievolk’s monarch , Bernard, would solidify relations with the English (compensating them for their loss of Newfoundland all those years ago), and the French, while Frievolk relations between the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as well as the German Empire, deteriorating to the point of, at some point, open hostility.
Eventually, The Heir to the Austro-hungarian Empire was assassinated by a Serb Assassin. Europe deteriorated into a long, brutal war the like of which The World had never seen. Frievolk, like all other countries in the war, began with vigor, expecting quick victory and glory. Frievolk allowed Germany to enter Belgium and attack France from above, officially joining the Central Powers, and facing a long invasion by Netherlands that started with the battle of Klau.
Frievolk’s unique position in the Central Powers had both advantages and disadvantages. While The Guns of Berun would integrate modern Artillery tactics, cavalry methods, Naval chase tactics, mobile units, and build an air force with the aid of Germany and The United States (which had, at that time, declared neutrality), but fail to incorporate Tanks, or even remotely integrate any form of Trench warfare into their doctrine after the failure in Klau. On the other hand, Frievolk’s role as support, thunder, and sudden death meant that King Bernard, at that point in his fifties, had no role in any of the grand strategies, but on the other hand a noticeable priority in diplomacy. This was why, when the Great War finally ended, Frievolk would demand a punishment of Serbia in the war, for their role in starting said war, and demanding a fair treatment of all sides so as to stop any possible further hostility. aside from that, Bernard managed to retake Dutch South Africa and add it to his small but surely rising Empire -though, it soon left their dominion.
After the First Welkrig
During the Interwar era, Frievolk would help the Germans in building their Line in the South (all the while warning them that someone would eventually find a way around it), and giving support to the other European States. In 1933, The Fascist party of Italybecame the first in many fascist parties to take power in Europe. Frievolk was militantly opposed to this ideology, even moreso than it was against the new rise of State-capitalism in Russia. Any attempt at a fascist coup in Frievolk would fall, and three did, in the years between 1933 and 1937, which Frievolk used as a diplomatic affront to take Italy to the League of Nations for, as the three national socialist coups all had an Italian Source. Frievolk officially illegalized the ideology in 1935, criminalizing it in 1937, and finally cutting all ties with Italia, taking all her diplomats out and expelling all Italian Diplomats and implemented a shoot on sight order on any and all their Troops. For the duration of the Second World War, and with Frievolk safely away from Italian invasion, the country would serve as a safe haven for any and all ethnicities, races, ideologies or factions that were prosecuted by the New Roman Empire's increasingly strasserist and ethno-centric ways.
During the second world war, Frievolk role remained pretty much the same, working on a counter coup through democratic means in Italy, all the while hindering the Roman war machine, occupying The French Commune's northern lands, and leading liberation charges on concentration camps and prisons. This, of course, didn't work as well as Bernard had hoped, The Japanese attack on Nepal had turned the war into a three-way match, Frievolk was too overextended in its missions to be able to stage any defense on a direct assault. King Bernard would, time and time again, request aid and a garrison from the Germans, to no avail, and was waiting for the invasion to come, but it never did. The Brotherhood's dumb luck had run out, the series of failures in the north, the occupation of Russia by 1945, and eventually the Seigerpakt making land in Ireland took the Axis' focus apart, and Frievolk finally had the chance to decrease the over-extension. The Diplomatic quest to put the Fascists out of charge succeeded in Bulgaria, and the new government quickly pulled out of the war.
After that, The Guns of Berun changed their mission from liberation and hindrance into covert ops such as wet work. While troops would be routed back to Frievolk (with more than ten mercenary divisions released from duty) the special operation squads were sent to Croatia, Hungary, Norway, Serbia, and even Slovakia, hindering the fascist governments, delegitimizing fascism in the countries, and even supporting/training rebels to take down said forces. When Italia capitulated in 1946 and handed over Mussolini in chains, more than 6,284 fascist officials had been assassinated within the borders of Europe..
While not as ruined as most other European states, Frievolk had still fell to the vulturous destruction of the post-war period, and with the rising hostilities between the Pact, the Internationale, and the Entente, Frievolk would pay dearly to keep its independence.
Bernard, in fact, was the longest ruling monarch in the history of the land. He ruled until he was a hundred years old, having ruled for seventy-eight years of his life, and at the end of his life, he had realized that he had ruled for too long. That was why he abdicated from the Throne on 1964, and allowed his Son Herman to take the throne instead, dying five years later, while he was picture of height, in a skiing accident.
Herman was a staunch supporter of the Pakt and their international war against the Internationale, and aided many paramilitary groups, essentially doing to the State-capitalists what Bernard had done throughout the Second Weltkrig on the fascists. This all changed after the Cold War ended in 1995, though. With the American Invasion of Libertalia in 1996, Herman announced his displeasure of the American attempts to take more lands in the Caribbeans, and officially announced that The Kingdom of Frievolk would break every ties with the US, making the PAct and the Seigerpakt's relationship broken and unfixable.
Eventually, The French Commune died and Folknoren took its place as the capital of The Internationale, The League of Nations gave its place to the WA, and the European Union rose as the latest equivalent of what the Holy Roman Empire was supposed to be and the political atmosphere of the world kept deteriorating more and more. Iran revolted, and with The Frievolker Culture relatively popular in the southern regions, wave after wave of Iranian, Kurd, and even at some points Arab refugees fled to the Kingdom, many picking Berun or Klau as their primary choice of residence.
Herman was forced by the Diät to abdicate the throne With no children left at the age of 97 due to his senility and poor mental health, The House of von Berun took control of the Kingdom and became would be the forerunners of the primary anti-Pilarcraft league of nations, and when the Nordbo invaded The Baltic Republic in 2010, they directly supported The Baltics in the war. But it was when Germany leveled Iceland and killed more than nine million people in one fell swoop, that talks of a new Noble's Auction as a possible reaction were seriously started. The forerunner was John Donovan, whose ancestors had migrated to Frievolk after the failed invasion of Norfolk during the Reconquest of Hansfund. Donovan, along with two members of the von Berun clan and two more (who would later be proven to have ties with the Nordbo Socialist Republic) would compete in the House of Berun’s competition to find the new King, due to a lack of variable heirs.
Donovan, of course, backstabbed the other four, and became the King. The Kingdom of Frievolk was the core state of the Empire of Frievolk, which slowly started taking more and more new domains. The first of these domains was the Commonwealth of Canada.
After Donovan showed success in running the nation, the von Berun clan started fearing they would be kept out of the loop, and so they offered to take the Donovan family as part of their own. Donovan was soon taken in by the von Beruns, renamed into Johann von Berun, something that he himself appreciated as well, mostly because it would give him more legitimacy all the while returning the von Berun into power.
In 10 April 2015, the United States passed a set of laws mostly known as "Trump Laws", or "The Act of McCarthyism", where they criminalized being part of, organizing, or forming any worker's union or organization, as well as criminalized membership of any left-wing party. with Welfare, Social Security, and Healthcare also canceled, with striking illegal, a great deal of American Leftists and Workers left the United States , finally done with the direction the hell-hole was going towards. Instead, they went for Vermont, Canada, or even Mexico, and due to that, Frievolk and The UK started a negotiation, which ended in 18 April 2018, with The UK Agreeing to allow Canada to leave the Commonwealth and relinquish all rights to it. On 20 April, a referendum in Canada showed that a high (90%+) majority of the population were willing to get taken in by the Frievolkers. Canada was annexed by Hansfund, and taken into the Frievolker Empire on 21 April 2015.
Later in June 2018, Johann managed to put an end to the 200 years long war with the Pirate Republic of New Libertalia, enforcing the Frievolker claim on three island archipelagos in the Caribbeans and forming "Frievolker Karibb", he then joined Iran in the Persian-Arabian war of 2018, sending over 600 thousand men and managing to claim the former territory of the Kapprovinz from The African Union and Kuwait, as well as every single Arabian island in the Persian Gulf, forming two more Oversees Dominions, and bringing Frievolk's borders to their greatest in its history.
Contiguous Frievolk (Frievolksland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Dover, and the Dutch Territories) shares borders with France, Germany, and Netherlands. Its total surface, including water area, is 69,502 km2, and lies between latitudes 49°30 and 51°30 N, and longitudes 2°33 and 6°24 E.
Obviously, Contiguous Frievolk is located in the Low Countries, specifically all of it apart from the Dutch provinces of Utrecht, Holland, Overijssel, Groningen, Gelderland, Friesland, Flevoland, and Drenthe, and so its geography is mostly the same as that of The Low Countries.
The Low Countries is a coastal region in northwestern Europe, consisting especially of the Netherlands and Frievolk, and the low-lying delta of the Rhine, Meuse, Scheldt, and Ems rivers where much of the land is at or below sea level. This wide area of Western Europe roughly stretches from the French département du Nord at its southwestern point, to German East Frisia at its northeastern point.
The Low Countries is often considered to include inland areas with strong links, such as Luxembourg today, and historically, parts of the German Rhineland. Most of the Low Countries are coastal regions bounded by the North Sea or the English Channel. Historically, the regions without access to the sea have linked themselves politically and economically to those with access to form various unions of ports and hinterland.
Frievolk, both in Netherlands, Frievolk, and Belgium, is extremely industrialized and urbanized. Village and rural life is still notable, since it has the fourth highest agricultural export in the world.
Frievolksland (The Kingdom of Frievolk) is divided into five provinces:
Berun, the most industrialized and militarized province in Frievolksland, is the central province. Its capital is the city of Berun (also called Imperial Center Berun), the capital of Frievolker Empire and seat to the House of Berun itself.
Klau is the northernmost province in Frievolksland. It is is considerably lower compared to the rest of the country, has a bigger focus on agriculture. It has a few Iron mines, though those are mostly depleted, following the Industrial boom of 1800s that led to the Great Railroad between Belgium and Netherlands. Its capital is the city of Klau, and it was once victim of an invasion by the Dutch in the first Weltkrig
Harlow, on the other hand, has a border with Luxembourg, and is the southeastern province. Harlow has always had a bigger focus on farming, and hunting, it has a usually moderate and pleasant weather, the rain non-withstanding. The most famous Frievolker mercenaries and the famous Frievolker Ranger-Scouts all come from Harlow
Mittelhalt, the one with the broadest border with Belgium, is directly south of Berun, is generally mild, and actually pretty warm in the summer but wintertime can get cold, as it snows there almost ceaselessly from December to February. this has caused village life to be extremely hard in the location, and yet has given it a unique animal life, full of elks, winter lions, snow foxes, rabbits, and bears, which also makes hunting (particularly that of the aforementioned elks) the major out-of-city method of employment.
And finally, the Province of Schfruß, is the easternmost province, The City of Dakia in the province makes the majority of the plains, and farming, particularly that of apple, wheat, and corn, is extremely popular in the Province, though there are numerous military and civilian factories for many luxury items and military weaponry.
The Five Provinces are connected via extensive railroad, roading systems, and closely knit communities, in a way that there are 27 cities, towns, and villages on the direct railroad that connects Dakia (Schfruß) to Klau (Klau)
Frievolk is a union of the five small provinces of Schfruß, Berun, Mittelhalt, Fedark, and Klau. Like most of Western Europe, Frievolk is extremely urbanized and industrialized, which has made it home to a population as high as ten million people, not high in its entirety but still high compared to the small territory it hosts. The people of Frievolk are freedom-loving, civil, believe in nobility, and are nationalistic, perhaps to an extreme, that follow the code that can perhaps be called "me against my brother, me and my brother against the world.", provincial rivalries are high, but the provinces are surprisingly unified against outer threats
Due to their unique location between Belgium, Germany and Netherlands, much less their water borders with the United Kingdom, the Frievolkers are fluent in French, Dutch, German and to a lesser degree English, but speak in a language called Frievolker, which is Germanic in nature.
Due to their unique history and geographical location, most Frievolkers are Christians, though the level of this belief can vary from extreme conservatism and hard-line by-the-book interpretations to reform and a secular worship of the Christian God.
The Majority of Frievolkers are West-European Caucasians, pale and fair-haired, generally tall, with blue, green, and grey eye colors, though a rise of Asian Caucasians is noted, seeing that Middle Easterners (mostly those of Persian descent, such as Iranians and Kurds) find Frievolk a good home to escape to from the oppression in the Theocratic Iran and shared oppressions in the Greater Kurdistan.
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Frievolk is an Empire under a constitutional Mixed Monarchy. The different states of Frievolk have complete independence in how they are ran, as long as they obey the general legislation as passed by the Reiksdiät. The Empire's states have different forms of government, where the Ducal States (also known as Contiguous Frievolk) are absolute monarchies under the control of a Noble House, and the Oversees States (Dominions and Territories) are republics with their leadership (Reiksdirektorät) elected democratically by the people of said state.
The Empire's executive branch is led by the Chancellor of Frievolk, who is chosen from the members of the Reiksdiät by the Emperor who appoints the leaders of the Kabinet's five secretariats.
The Secretariat of State (Staatssekretäriat) which is the office responsible for the nation's policing, emergency and national security. Also supervises local governments, elections, and public administration.
The Secretariat of Economy (Wirtschaftssekretäriat) which is the office responsible for superintending and regulating external trade and promoting economic growth, government's finance, economic policy and financial regulation, national labour standards, settles labour dispute and manages mechanisms, employment, workforce participation, training and social security of the workingmen, as well as all of Frievolk's economic sectors.
General Staff (Generalstabs) which Manages the armed forces' budget and oversees equipment procurement, the production and development of weapons and oversees the creation of industrial factories, and the general military policy of the Empire. It elects a Grand Marshal, which is the Commander-in-Chief of the Empire's military.
The Secretariat of Infrastructure (Infrastrukturssekretäriat) which is responsible for the nation's postal service and communication system between regions, road safety, civil aviation, maritime transport, rail transport, developing government transportation policy, organizing public transport, and the maintenance and construction of infrastructural projects, technological development and procurement of aircrafts, and oversees the various infrastructural sectors of Frievolk, such as Telephone lines, Power lines, internet, etc.
The Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (Außensekretäriat) which Manages foreign affairs and oversees relations with the international world.
Each of these secretariats (also called ministries) is divided into various subgroups for appropriate administration.
The Legislative branch of the Frievolker Empire's government is the Imperial Assembly, or Reiksdiät, which has two houses. The Fursthaus is an assembly made of every person in the country that holds an estate and recognized title, except for the Emperor (or Queen-Empress) and their consort, while the Volkshaus is an elected lower house, made of delegates voted into office by the People of Frievolk. The Legislation has the right to make laws except to change the inheritence laws of the Empire's throne, to appoint or dismiss governmental officials, to grant or create titles or estates, to burrow or lend money in the name of the Empire, To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and to force the Emperor to abdicate in certain cases. On the other hand, the Emperor also has the right to dissolve the Parliament. Members of the Diet all enjoy legal immunity and indemnity.
Frievolk can be counted as a nation of extreme nationalists. The majority are European Nationalists of different kind (though mostly civil nationalists) and do believe in a unified European government (ruled by Frievolk, of course) as the logical next step for the European Union. Due to this, they used to support the Nordbo Socialist Republic of Folknoren which controls most of the Northern Europe (a fact that has put horrible twists in the Frievolker-American relationship) and while not very caring about The Middle East, are wont to dislike nations such as Pilarcraft and theocracies such as the majority of Arab States.
Frievolk has a big military as well, with almost 1.25 active military personnel and 1.75 reserve numbers. Its technology is top-of-the-line, and it follows a doctrine commonly known as the "Glucklik Doctrine". For more information you can visit here.
Frievolker economy is a mix of agriculture, industry, and service. Industrial efforts are concentrated on luxury items and military weaponry, as well as base produces such as Steel. There is an extensive drug trade that reaches from Brabant-Limburg and Zeeland to Harlow, Mittelhalt and Klau. Apart from an extensive Agricultural sector that is the third in the world in rank, there are numerous breweries and wineyards in Harlow and Berun (The House of van Harlow in fact made its fortune and prestige through its breweries), but Frievolk believes in an economic interdependence, trading with every country nearby, no matter what our diplomatic relations with them are. Alsace-Lorraine, France, and Germany all trade with us, despite their respective enmity and diplomatic indifference. Frievolk has a modernized and extensively funded farming sector, with hunting and fishing also worked on. Many Frievolkers are employed as bounty hunters, mercenaries, bodyguards, and traders.
Frievolkers are a competitive, nationalistic, and to a certain degree conservative bunch. They believe in national supremacy above all, though do not view race as the equivalent to nation (a reason why the Kingdom actually began fighting the National Socialist threat in Germany before it actually became the leader party) and view racism as a ridiculous concept. Fiercely patriotic, Frievolkers follow the rule of "me against my brother, me and my brother against the world" to an insane degree, and while they have extremely intense competitions between each other, they always support each other (and other Europeans) against outside threats. something that has made them leave the Union (due to their unnerving support of the Nordbo Socialist Republic of Folknoren and their refusal to take refugees apart from who they themselves want to let in) and be in contempt of both the Worldwide Entente.
Frievolkers have a long tradition of hunting and farming, which has made them believe obsessively in gun ownership, with more than five firearms in any given house. even with that, though, Frievolkers do not believe in directly getting involved in wars, due to their low population, history of taking advantage of local chaos for furthering their own goals, and lack of viable military infrastructure.
Frievolkers share a love of wine, food, fencing, shooting, and violent movies, though horror isn't very popular in Frievolk.
The Empire puts high focus on roads, bridges, railroads, and air-paths. The National Railroad has been recently overhauled and turned into Bullet Trains, connecting the three countries bordering Frievolk , and after original confederation that made the Empire, and while we do not have viable energy sources, trades were going to happen between Pilarcraft and the Kingdom before the relation went to dogs.