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The Commonwealth of Orlesian States
The Commonwealth of Orlesian States, culturally referred to as the Great Orlesian State (GOS), is a Centralized Autocracy in Northern Artois. It is bordered on the north by the Ravenstern Order, on the south by the Carastotza Restoration Union's (CRU) Fragmented Empire Territories (FETs) within the Barren Lands, and on the west by nations of The Eternal Order. Orlesia covers over 2 million square kilometers and has an estimated population of over 992 million. Orleisa is a Militarized Commonwealth comprising of 16 annexed Empire territories, and one former nation turned Orlesian colony. (Acquired after the Orlesian Victory in the Orlesi-Brazilistan Trade Conflict.)
Orlesia was first discovered by Artoisi traders of the Artoir Trading Company (ATC), before Ravenstern Order Mercenaries ever sought out the continent. It was colonized by the ATC at first, in an attempt to expand their influence across a whole new continent. However the Artoisi settlers were never happy with their previous cultural identity, and sought to change their ways, to change their people, starting anew in this brave new world. They would form the base foundations of the Orlesian people, and they would be the 'ancient ancestors' who would bring about the very foundations of The Orlesian Empire of old. The four-year spanning Torwin-Carastotza War resulted in the dissolution of The Orlesian Empire. With the late Emperor, Leonard Carastotza dead at the hands of Alistair Torwin. Hero of Artois and Commander of the Orlesian Orator's Union (OOU). Once the late Emperor and his forces were defeated, Alistair Torwin named himself Great Orlesian Orator. With the support of the people, Alistair sought to change the ways of Orlesia's government and shattered the long-spanning Carastotza dynasty. Centuries of history, gone with the shot heard around Orlesia. To this day, the Commonwealth will forever remember Alistair Torwin and his lasting dynasty, for without Alistair and his bravery in the face of strife, the Commonwealth may have never come to fruition. Orlesia fought with the Ravenstern Order during the Orlesi-Ravenstern Trade Conflict, seizing many valuables and almost completely destroying Ravenstern's navy. Orlesia flourished during a period of high economic growth, helping to complete the Orlesian Nationwide Industrialization Project (ONIP) Upon completion of the project, new resources were able to be exploited, and economic strength of the Commonwealth skyrocketed. The Commonwealth has also fought in the Commonwealth-Restoration Union Border conflict, in which the remnants of the late Emperor's military started a series of raids against Orlesia in an attempt to destabilize the region and cripple their economy. Following a great period of defensive battles, and hard-fought losses, the Carastotza Restoration Union (CRU) retreated from the region, and set up fortifications within the Barren Lands, effectively backing down from the war to recoup their losses, and perhaps fight another day.
Orlesia is a beautiful country, from the days of the Empire, the land was always cared for, and the nation had a high prioritization on improving on local and statewide infrastructure. From roads, to housing, to even transportation, Orlesian development has always been at an all-time high. Until 'The Final Revolution' that is, with the late Emperor defeated, the new regime was keen on continuing the Natural Conservation Plan (NCP), even if it was something the late Emperor had willed. Orlesia will always take great pride in its surrounding lands, and the creatures in which inhabit them. However, the infrastructure plan was greatly changed, from roads and housing, came factories and mills, the late Emperor's palaces were replaced with farms, and the royal stables and armories were replaced with hospitals so the poor could finally have a place to be treated after four long years of death and decay in absolute squalor. With an Impressively efficient National GDP of ₣74 trillion. The Per Capita GDP of ₣128,078 ranks excellently in the world at large, the country also ranks the highest in Trout Fishing. The economy is fueled by an overabundance of natural resources such as trout and other fish. High productivity from the successful Arms Industrialization Plan (AIP) as well as a free-market economy that allows business to operate, however strictly regulated by the government. Normally, this would result in clashing ideals and inefficiency, but the government has corporate accountants and Ministry Regulators who are more than fair to the nation's companies. Orlesia ranks highly in World Assembly Endorsements, Social Conservatism, and Patriotism. Orlesia is a member of two international organizations, including the region of The Eternal Order and the World Assembly.
The Orlesian White Oak is what appears to be a fairly standard oak tree found commonly throughout the nation, however its branches are white, and it's leaves never perish in Winter, it is theorized that these trees are from the times of old, forever persevering throughout the tests of time. Originally discovered by Artoir Traders, the White Oak and its strange resilience was officially documented by surveyor Matheiu Moncey in 1617.
The Orlesian Duskshade is a small but vibrant flower native to the far northern regions of Orlesia, it's considered to be very rare and is hardly found anywhere else throughout the entire Commonwealth. Even in the coldest regions, it always seems to bloom, even in the lowest recorded temperatures of -26.1°C Its dark and almost purplish-magenta hue is considered beautiful, but it is also highly poisonous. It was first discovered by son of the renowned explorer Mathieu Moncey, Amiel Moncey in 1756. It was officially documented in 1757, following Amiel's return home.
The standard way to refer to a noble of Orlesia is 'Overseer.' Though there are informal ways of addressing Overseers that distinguished members of Government can call them by, such as Sir/Miss, or by various appropriate titles for each of their many, respective fields.
The standard way to refer to a citizen of Orlesia is 'Orlesian.' There are no formal ways of addressing most citizens of Orlesia, as they are not titled, but they are also not discriminated against in status or wealth. Orlesia may be a very strict nation with 'permanent' punishments, but rich and poor are treated equally.
The first known inhabitants of Orlesia were members of the Artoir Trading Company (ATC), traders and merchants, sent from their homeland of Atoiôn to settle within the region and establish trade colonies to export exotic resources to their mother country. At first, things seemed fine enough, but the colonists of the ATC grew weary of their seemingly never-ending task, and so, they went away with their cultural identity, and embraced something new in time, the first generation of Orlesians established themselves and their own personal culture. Becoming the 'ancients' of the old Empire, or so they were called.
The Ravenstern Mercenaries arrived in 1650, wanting to exploit the region's natural resources, as well as the colonization of newly found land for themselves. They had wanted to establish a foothold within the region to expand their military power. Setting up encampments and outposts along the coastlines, but such an overt plan would be easily noticed by the Orlesian colonies. The Orlesians were always an aggressive people, tired of their lives as traders and merchants, they would train day in, and day out, forming a suitable military to defend themselves in the process. Enabling them to conquer the primitive nations of the country and expand their interests within Artois. By the time the Ravenstern Mercenaries had organized any meaningful sort of outpost, Orlesian Expeditionary Forces (OEFs) would lead an assault, forcing the mercenaries to retreat, capturing their outposts and their weapons in the process, and further improving their military strength. Over the course of two years, the Ravenstern Mercenaries would only win two battles, and that was simply because of luck being on their side. In the end, the mercenaries would pull out of Orlesia, and sail back to their homeland of Ravenstern to the north.
Over time, with nobody left to oppose the Orlesians, the once small and eager nation, became an Empire. Their shadow towering throughout the land with how expansive they had become. They had conquered every single native tribe and minor nation within the country's lands and became a superpower that could only be rivaled by the 'mightiest of kingdoms' and the 'strongest of nations'. Or so the Imperials thought. Eventually, Leonard Carastotza would rise to power, obtaining the title of 'Emperor of Orlesia'. He would reign with an iron fist, uncaring for the common people, and lead with a narcissistic zeal that infected everything with his greed and putrid needs. His wanton desire would lead to unprecedented levels of starvation, roaring surges of disease, and an overall corrupt society that threatened the very foundation of his people as he simply partied in his palaces, utterly devoid of sympathy or a care in the world for his populace.
The Torwin-Carastotza War of Independence (dubbed 'The Final Revolution' by both the Orlesian people and scholars), led to a transition from Imperial to Autocratic rule. With the Emperor dead and the nation fragmented, casualties were in the millions. Recovery from such a terrible calamity and devastating war would take years. But Alistair Torwin, Hero of Artois and Commander of rebel forces during 'The Final Revolution' rose to the occasion. He would become the Great Orlesian Orator, and under his leadership, the Commonwealth of Orlesian States split off from the more desolate, Fragmented Imperial States, and formed their own nation.
The successful transition of power from an Imperial Monarchy to Orlesian Orator Autocracy did not go unnoticed, as the Ravenstern Order thought this was a sign of weakness in Orlesia. They believed that with the Emperor dead, civil strife and turmoil were at an all-time high in Orlesia. That the next war would be easy pickings. They would be able to take revenge for the Orlesi-Ravenstern War of Expansion, in which they failed oh so many years ago. In 1781, Ravenstern forces invaded Orlesia and began to raid Commonwealth lands in an attempt to destabilize the Autocratic nation's economy, as well as cripple its military might by launching surprise attacks on forts spread throughout the region. This plan, however, would be pushed back following a prolonged period of intense defensive battles.
For every inch they would gain, they would lose thousands of soldiers, they would manage a victory here or there, with their advances in naval technology allowing them to bombard fortresses with impressive carronades, but those battles did not make up for the staggering loss of life the Order experienced. After two years, they once again pulled out of the country and thus, the Orlesian-Ravenstern Trade Conflict ended in an Orlesian Victory in 1783.
The Commonwealth had won again, and with this victory, came a boom to their economy. Industrialization soared through the nation, and with the Orlesian Nationwide Industrialization Project (ONIP) now underway, roads and hospitals were built, and many farms and factories had replaced the late Emperor's palaces and fairgrounds, the people would be cared for even if under strict laws and regulations set in place by the Orlesian Orator Autocracy.
Orlesia, now a prosperous Commonwealth of States, united together with sympathizers, were able to take land away from the Carastotza Restoration Union (CRU), adding to their overall territory, expanding both their economic and military power. Such expansion would lead to fifteen states in total under the command of the Commonwealth. The remnants of the CRU would stand no chance if they were to try to make their move. So a long-lasting peace fell over the nation, in which civil freedoms slowly dissipated, even if quality of life had gone up, personal rights and political freedoms continued to disappear, such was the life in the Commonwealth for the common man. But the populace was not as frustrated as you might expect, as every Orlesian, soldier, nobleman, and commoner, had no interest in fighting yet another war. They've had their fair share. Now was a time to focus on civil infrastructure, and the identity of the Commonwealth itself, not aggressive action towards themselves or other nations.
Meanwhile, a Latin explorer named Valerius Lucio led hundreds of Orlesian commoners to the White Oak Valley and founded Osilia in 1815. Over the next 15 years, over 40,000 settlers came to this region, and organized themselves into the state of Orleis in 1826, the 16th state of the Commonwealth.
During this period of forming new states and expanding peacefully, The Commonwealth strayed away from foreign affairs, they had no interest in wars or the 'drama' of the world. As far as they were concerned, they considered themselves isolationists to all outside parties. They simply wanted to continue their expansion into the lands of Artois.
Orlesia continued its policy of neutral isolationism in the great wars to come, but once those wars were over, the astounding level of technology that had developed in that time had shaken the Commonwealth to its core and inspired it to develop a less isolated look on foreign relations, leading them to join the World Assembly
The land area of Orlesia is 1,052,090 mile² (2,724,900 km²). The climate on the northern coast is mostly taigaesque, with colder regions even further up north. The Orlesi Hills, at the eastern edge of the Barren Lands, extend north to south across the country, reaching altitudes higher than 6,000 feet (1,830 m) in Atoiôn and Orleis. The Barren Lands cover much of the southern part of the country, this is where the Torwin-Carastotza war was fought the hardest, the sheer amount of artillery shells and ordinance has left the land uninhabitable. Merely a bleak, dead landscape, utterly devoid of life with nothing left but memories of blood and battle of the ancestors of the heroes who fought and died for the Commonwealth. The general climate across the nation is nothing out of the ordinary, high temperatures in Summer, and low in Winter. It, however, can go up to negative -21.1°C, and up to 40.5°C in the lowest/highest recorded instances.
With the exception of the Barren Lands, almost all of Orlesia is plains, with large swathes of grasslands and forests sprawling throughout the land, nature is abundant in Orlesia because even with the fires of industry and the ever-increasing level of technology in development, both the Orlesian government and its citizens take pride in nature conservationism to a serious extent.
Orlesia has an estimated population of 578 million. A census is taken every ten years, with the first taking place in 1790. The population growth rate is 1.3%, (calculated by the Ministry of Information using x ( t) = x0 × (1 + r) t), the result of ever-increasing birth rates following the economic boom and long withstanding peace the nation is experiencing. The largest ancestry groups include Orlesians, Latin surveyor groups, and a few minority groups, namely the Bigtopians, for one. Orlesia is a low-minority country. 10% of the population are minority races, 30% are Latin, and a whopping 60% are Orlesian.
English is the de facto national language. Approximately 60% of the population speaks English as a first language, with another 30% speaking Latin as a first language. 10% speak various minority languages, but those languages aren't paid close attention to on the census.
The majority of the Commonwealth's population identifies as a Rationalist/Technocrat. With fluctuations between moderate-extremist in-between, around 80% or so consider themselves to support Rationalism/Technocracy in some form or another. However the minority races have their own religions, along with the spiritualist factions who wish to bring about religious reform across the commonwealth, such as the United Spiritualist Party (USP) in total, that would amount up to 20% of the population, but measures are being taken to ensure that these spiritualist elements will be subdued.
According to a survey in 2021, 80% of the population said that Rational/Technocratic beliefs played a "Very important role in their lives." Showing an ever-increasing support for newly developing technologies in civil and military fronts that both amaze and intrigue the nation. Even going so far as to inspire public donations to the cause. Increasing the efficiency of experiments conducted during experimental weapons testing and hastening the process of civil improvements.
The Commonwealth of Orlesian States is a highly centralized, Autocratic Hereditary Monarchy. In which the Great Orlesian Orator acts with utmost authority in all matters, relying on a special council of lawbringers and enforcement specialists to help lay down the word of law and spread the Orator's influence across the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is considered Hereditary, as such, once the Great Orlesian Orator dies, his son would take his place, and so on. If no sons are old enough at the time of the ruler's death, an intermittent council of the previous Orator will rule the country in his stead until he is old enough to rule.
The citizens of Orlesia are subject to two levels of government: National, and State.
National Government: Headquartered in The Royal Capitol of Orlesia. The National Government is responsible for military spending, army management, the spread/dissolution of information, execution squads, executions in general, the Overseer Training Branch (OTB), and advanced scientific and military research. The National Government also manages the newly found Orlesian Solar Investigation Force (OSIF) in their mission to explore the stars and gain outer-planetary knowledge for Orlesia. The National Government's word is law. Given by the very Orator himself. Government employees are expected to follow through with their duties with utmost care and efficiency, resulting in an effective and well-structured chain of bureaucracy. Even inside an Autocracy where most decisions are made by the Orator himself, the Orator does not simply do everything. He does delegate issues to those along the bureaucratic chain, along with his many Ministries that aid him in his efforts to lead Orlesia to its highest potential.
State Government: Responsible for policing, garrison forces, naval architecture, taxation, and overall administration of state-granted information. The State Government is also responsible for most of the scientific progression of the nation. As the Orlesian Science Divisions (OSDs), are based within each of the 16 Annexed Imperial Territories within Artois. They are primarily responsible for taking care of civil and social projects to improve both quality-of-life (QoL), and overall stability of the nation. There is, however, a OSD division entirely controlled by the National Government, but they are more of a militaristic branch, so details of their projects are highly [CONFIDENTIAL].
Orlesia takes a semi-active role in the worldly diplomatic stage. It is a member of the World Assembly and an influential nation within the region of The Eternal Order Especially with the recent development of being Elected as Sage. Even though it has a heightened interest in the World Assembly, Orlesia has remained neutral in every foreign war that they have heard of. Offering no help economically or militarily to either side regardless of the situation. The Commonwealth has a firm stance against intervention and will only do so if there is personal gain to be had, something has to make up for the loss of life in the end, after all. However, as of 2022, the current Great Orlesian Orator, Francois S. D'Chautee has decreed that Orlesia's diplomatic channels are to be open to all nations and has already established relations with a select few nations.
Total Orlesian military spending in 2021 was ₣5.46 Trillion, (₣5,464,900,000,000) almost 1/4th of the National Budget.
The Great Orlesian Orator is the Supreme Commander of the Great Orlesian Military. Making executive decisions in regard to Rules of Engagements (ROEs) and invasions. However, he relies on an elite team of officers in the Royales' Brigade to bolster tactical planning, operations management, supply exchanges, and overall efficiency of the Orlesian High Command (OHC). Each and every Orlesian Military Branch serves both professionally, and as local contractors for expeditions into the Barren Lands. They, alongside foreign mercenaries, explore the wastes in attempts to hunt down and eliminate any hidden Carastotza Restoration Union (CRU) members/soldiers. In the event of a war, the Orlesian Army is to be built up through the policy of mandatory conscription, any and all able bodies will serve and die for Orlesia if they have to. Such is the way of war.
Rank: 146,321th in the world.
Currency: Orlesian Franc (₣)
Fiscal Year: January 1st - December 31st
GDP (nominal): ₣74 Trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: ₣128,078
Labor Force: 285,313,600. (Based on Ministry of Labor's Analysis.)
Orlesia's economy is an Autarky1. An autarkic system is entirely self-sufficient and relies on the country providing for itself in all means. Trade is limited, and only established under strict regulations, with only the allies Orlesia has full trust in. Orlesia operates under a system of state issued regulations. With corporate accountants and Ministry Regulators overseeing the operations on both fronts. According to the Ministry of Finance's Analytics, the nominal GDP is ₣74 Trillion. The Private Sector is estimated to constitute 53.5% of the economy (₣39,215,500,000,000), with National & State Industry constituting 41.6% of the economy (₣30,492,800,000,000), and the unconventional Barren Lands' Merchant Sector (BLMS Black Market) contributes a recently weakened 4.9% (₣3,591,700,000,000). Unemployment is at 50.49%, largely because of the overabundance of employment regulations and credentials requirements throughout the nation.
Orlesia does not export a wide variety of goods, but it does export its massive quantities of Trout, Munitions, and other various weaponry. As trout is very common due to the many fisheries throughout the nation. Arms Manufacturing is an incredibly large sector with many factories tasked with developing weapons en masse.
Trout Fishing is currently the nation's largest leading economic sector, followed by Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. They are the main driving factors behind the Orlesia's ever-increasingly efficient economy.
Orlesia does not have a widespread array of cultures, there's the Orlesian populace, the accepted Latin surveyors, and then the minorities. Minorities in Orlesia are tolerated, but barely, as their rights are heavily restricted within the Commonwealth. Crimes are punished more severely for minorities, along with there being punishments specifically designed and invented with the intention of using them on minority subjects.
The Orlesians are a proud people, and they will not let cultural minorities get in the way of progress, they will not accept them, to let their taint corrupt the very heart of the nation would be an affront to the Great Orator himself!
In more recent times, minorities are still discriminated against for the most part, but the Great Orlesian Orator has eased the populace's stance toward them. He made this official in his most recent speech within the Royal Capitol's central square.
"For we must work together to reach our unified goal, even though they may not be Orlesian-blooded, they will carry the spirit of our nation, and together, we will push our glorious nation to new heights!" -Excerpt from GOO. Francois S. D'Chautee's V-Day Speech following the surrender of Brazilistan.
Personal transportation is dominated by public transportation, such as buses, taxis, and even convoys, which operate on a system of 1,427,235 miles of roads. Orlesia has one of the most advanced Public Transportation Industries in the world, with Mag-Rails and Bullet Trains being common occurrences within the Commonwealth's 16 territories.
All airlines in Orlesia are owned by the Orlesian Orator Autocracy. On a State level they belong to State Militaries, as those airfields are meant for strictly military purposes, such as transportation of the Orlesian Ground Forces (OGFs), Orlesian Air Force (OAF) paratroopers, bombing runs, or munitions/supply drops in operational areas. Civilians, under no circumstances are allowed to take flight inside an aircraft, unless explicitly granted permission by the Great Orlesian Orator's council, or the OAF.
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1 Wikipedia Contributors. “Library of Alexandria.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 3 May 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Alexandria.