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The Silvanic Union: Overview

land borders of the Silvanic Union

An Overview

The Silvanic Union is a nation on the icy moon they call 'Merna'. They inhabit the central region of their cultural development on the planet, as other establishments on the land continents of Merna have been abandoned or slowly disappeared. They remain as the last nation made up of the 'Silvans', the people that were native to Merna. Their moon has been colonised throughout the centuries, yet the Silvans kept an optimistic outlook as they considered the other continents as an uninhabited biome not worth the effort to populate.
Due to the extreme cold that the Silvans experience on the surface of their planet, they have cities both on outer Merna and underground.
The Silvanic Union was formed out of the last eleven states that in 2846 united through the pan-Silvanic movement of 2834 that through diplomacy and reform united under the name of the Silvanic Union Republic.
The current Silvanic Union has a population of over 1.2 million Silvans and over two hundred thousand minorities composed of humans and other populations from our sistem.
The Silvanic Union is currently a 'de facto' mercenary republic, as on the hiring of the SNMC the nation mobilises in a mercenary force. The nation is also ruled by an elected Master General with a mandate of 9 years. The Master General is accompanied by advisor generals that work similarly to ministers and other government officials. To be considered as a candidate for a Master General, you would need to have been part of the Silvanic Armed Forces, with a military degree of marshal or higher. Usually, the Master Generals come form influential families, and so the Union has been ruled by some well known republican dynasties such as the Dvise, Gerdeni and Fiero families.

Although they have experienced a technological revolution since the contact with the outer sistem, the difference between the technology used in the homes and for the automobiles of the Silvans differ, as most of their transport vehicles and home apliances work on mechanisms powered through electricity generated through magnetism and through primitive wind power generators.

The troubled history of the Silvans

In a summary, the Silvans have had their fair share of conflicts throughout the many ages of their presence on Merna, many of which resulted from the continous religious or political conflict between the Nuveros and Aktics. While there still are some grudges left, the two groups have managed to live peacefully with eachother, including the multiple reformed variants.
The current area of the Silvan Union has been culturally Silvan from the very existance of the species. The first ever state of Giriobli thrived in this small area, where most of the Silvanic history would take place. The Silvans were inventive enough to dig underground and base many of their houses, monuments and guilds underneath the proper cities. Both the undergound and surface of the Silvan lands are filled with exceptional architecture and sculpture left from the ages of the past 'art rivalries' in which states or religious leaders would comission artworks through their aquired wealth to prove their nation's or religion's superiority, this led to today's adorated cities and underground monuments.
The most famous Silvan monuments were built during this peripd, although today the Silvans experience a cultural awakening and as a united people group they continue building carefully planned cities undergorund.
The most devastating period of the Silvan history were the long and detrimental religious wars of the 1600s that were a consequence of the 1587 Nuvero Wars. These wars led to multiple coalitions and complicated alliance networks battling eachother in the name of religion, although during these times inter-religion wars were fought too becuase of political reasons or a cultural liberation or unification. This also marked the end of the semi-centralised Borlesc Empire. Because of this constant agression, the Nuveros and Aktic nations most aggresive in these wars faced backlash from their newly reformed counterparts that would also rebell and continue the religious wars for over three generations. These bloody conflicts could be the reason the Silvans decided to employ a more tolerant outlook on cultural and religious aspects in contemporary times.
The many nations that resulted during the cultural and religous rifts of the wars of religion grew and broke until they've reached a peaceful stance during the 2400s, when the eleven states were involved in multiple alliences and economic agreements that would bring prosperous times back for the Silvans. These sentiments of unity climaxed in 2834, when the pan-Silvan movement grew in numbers and they officially united together under the administration of the Poluvri state capital of Friuli, where the official capital was established.

In 2853 in search for other sources of income, the Silvans established the SNMC (Silvanis National Mercenary Company). The leaders of the SNMC grew in power, while also gaining ,massive amounts of wealth and military support, this bringing more loyalty to the Mercenary leaders than the Silvan government. In 2943, the SNMC officially took power through the resignation of the current leader, Unter Vergo ehich officially transfered the political power to the Mercenary leaders under the condition that he would receive the rank of advisor-general.

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