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The Holy Intermarian Order Overview

The Holy Intermarian Order
The Holy Intermarian Order


Motto: The Empire Has Not Yet Perished!


Anthem: LinkWarszawianka



Intermarium in 2049


Population

53,710,000

Capital and Largest City

Grand Warsaw



Official Language

Polish
Lithuanian
Ukrainian
Belarusian
Czech
Slovak
Hungarian
Romanian
German

Demonym

Intermarian



Ethnic Groups

"Intermarians" (Slavs, Baltics,
Magyar, Romanians, Germans, etc.) (84%)
Other (Jews, Gypsy, etc.) (16%)



Religion

Christianity (34%)
Slavic Paganism (16%)
Atheists/Agnostic (50%)



Government

Liberal autocratic, absolute monarchy

Imperator

Konstantyn I

Chancellor

Eternally Vacant

Legislature

General Sejm



Currency

Intermarian Koruna (IKR)

GDP

$972 Billion ($13,520)

HDI

0.711 (High )



Time Zone

UTC +1

Calling Code

+48

Drives on the

Right

The Holy Intermarian Order or more commonly known as Intermarium is an autocratic, absolute monarchy that spans from the Baltic to the Black Sea in Central Europe. The empire is bordered by the nation of The west european federation in the west, the New Soviet Republic in the east, and the nation of Yugoslavia and Bulgaria in the south. The empire's society is a melting pot of cultures with ethnicity such as Poles, Lithuanians, Czechs, Slovaks, Ukrainians, Hungarians, and Romanians mingling with one another under an united Intermarian banner. Nonetheless, there are 53 million people inhabiting the empire in administrative districts called "Voivodeships". The most populated of which is in Mazowse, home to the capital city of Grand Warsaw. The expansive borders of the Intermarian Order covers the territories of Interwar era Poland, Lithuania, West Belarus, West Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Romania. These lands are riddled with uninhabitable wastelands after the Five Days of Fire alongside occasional nuclear winter storms in the countryside where they are called it as the "frontier" after the nuclear wastelands brought about from the fighting in the Eastern Front during the Five Days of Fire. However, Intermarium's land has mostly been stabilized where settlements were established and had grown inside the nation such as Wilno, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, Gdansk, Krakow, and many more to emulate the greatness of their old world past. Now, there's a cultural renaissance in the empire while people grew revanchist and imperialistic. Its society is an anachronism to 19th century and early 20th century European society with an added mix of steampunk aesthetics as technology progresses on.

The empire is a modern enactment of Marshall Pilsudski's 20th century vision of Intermarium that would cover all of Central Europe to combat the influence of West European nations and Russia. Although such ambitious empire comes with ethnic tensions and issues of over-expansion. Intermarium is led by the young Imperator Konstantyn I after a civil war that toppled the previous Rudowski-dynasty and the royalist collaborationist Sanation government. Under his reign, Intermarium excel in aspects of social life and economy where many reforms emulating the progress of the Enlightenment that wiped away archaic laws of slavery and serfdom during the Rudowski dynasty were instated as well as becoming a period of booming economic growth as its GDP increased and post-war industrialization is at full-swing. Famine, illiteracy, and class inequality became a thing of the past as the empire under Konstantyn I passed further imperial decrees in order to reform the fabric of Intermarium's society. Now, the empire is managed as a liberal autocracy that would guarantee the rights of its citizens with fair treatment and protect them under the careful eye of the Imperator with only his judgement and wisdom. The economy is placed under state control in a market framework as a guiding force to eliminate the monopoly of wealth and to ensure the wealth of its revenues would be distributed equally. Currently, the empire is entering its golden age dubbed as the "Miracle Years" under the reign of Imperator Konstantyn I with unprecedented cultural growth and scientific progress since the post-war era of the Five Days of Fire. Despite the empire entering its golden age of prosperity, its future remain uncertain as the Imperator is diagnosed with the inheritable of cystic fibrosis that would shorten his life span on Earth.



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Etymology


The name "Intermarium" was derived from Latin based on Marshall Pilsudski's ideals of a central European power. Both the word "Inter" means between while "marium" means seas in Latin. The name literally means "Between seas" as the country has access to the Baltic sea through Lietuva and the Black Sea through Romania. The country's full name is the Holy Intermarian Order. The standard way to refer a person from Intermarium is "Intermarian".

Previously, the nation was known as the Polish-Lietuvan Kingdom under the reign of King Kladiusz and Bogdan of the Rudowski dynasty. It was commonly called as "Intermarium" after King Bogdan's war against local Balkan kingdoms for its cultural diversity and prestigious position as a Central European power between east and west. However, the name would formally adopted after National Chief Pilsudski's uprising that led to the creation of the Commonwealth of Intermarium and later, the Holy Intermarian Order after the Intermarian Civil War.

History


The Five Days of Fire
The Cold War in our world diverged greatly from our own due to a number of factors. First was Douglas MacArthur getting the green-light to nuke Chinese positions in Manchuria during the Korean War in a grand display of nuclear mushrooms which really made the usage of nuclear bombs tempting to use for the Soviets in large quantities for a quick end to a war. Second was the fact that there was no Detente and the Americans were fixated on combating communism without Kissinger to introduce Realpolitik in foreign policy. Third was that the EEC managed to band together and, form an earlier and more federalized European Union which made itself as a democratic threat for the Soviets. Fourth, was that Vice President Gennady Yanayev's military coup managed to last long enough in the USSR's last years for it to reverse all rapprochement made between Reagan and Gorbachev which saw it implementing a hard-line communist foreign policy. Fifth was President George HW Bush getting assassinated on 1990 which left the US without a sensible American president in managing post-Cold War international diplomacy.


"The Old World Breathing Its Last Breath"

With Eastern Europe falling to the fold of EU democracy and Soviet states rebelling against Moscow's authority has prompted European support for pro-democratic, ethno-nationalists. This alarmed the Soviets into brutally repressing pro-democratic protests that it earned a military intervention from the USA and the EU on October 1990. With the war dragging inconclusive for months in the Eastern Front, the Soviet put a last ditch offensive against European and American forces by launching a plethora of nukes towards urban cities and vice versa against the Soviets. This annihilated much of Western civilization due to ideological conflict between communists and capitalists as well as other shadowy behind-the-scenes political motives. What was dubbed WWIII is later called as the Five Days of Fire by post-apocalyptic, primitive European tribals and this doomsday conflict greatly changed the outlook of the world for the worse.

Intermaria is one of the few nations to emerge from the rapidly changing post-war political environment after the nuclear apocalyptic Five Days of Fire in December 1990 that engulfed the entire European continent into nuclear fire with the pre-war European Commonwealth and Soviet Union launching nukes at each other. The central and east European nations of the European Commonwealth were caught between the nuclear firefight and suffered heavily from military battles that took place in the eastern front. Leading them to earn the name of "Frontier States". Participants of the war such as the United States of America, the People's Republic of China, the European Commonwealth, and the Soviet Union were set back to the stone age after nuclear fire destroyed the traces of those nations while third world nations could only stare at the nuclear apocalypse as bystanders before filling the power vacuum left by four superpowers. The nuclear fire that burned Europe greatly changed its outlook with erosion of religious and social liberal values that was once dominant in Europe. The Five Days of Fire resulted in the great loss of the pieces of technology of the 20th century which resulted in further setbacks to the world's scientific and social advancements. The world reverted back to petty tribalism and superstition that restored the archaic laws put in place before the Enlightenment. Much of human civilization regressed to the point that it had became a twisted repeat of a history filled with violence and backwardness. Settlements and tribes desperately clinging to their old world past with a vision of restoring once great nations were formed. Although much of civilization were obliterated by the nuclear apocalypse, Earthly civilization took a steady pace in rebuilding civilization as technologies and knowledge of the old world were rediscovered to aid the development of nations. Small nations were established and wars were waged against one another in a territorial conquest.


The Coronation of King Kladiusz of the Rudowski Dynasty

A New Beginning - From Primitive Tribalism to the Decaying Old Republic
One of them were the many tribes around Congress Poland that proclaimed themselves to be the successor to the Polish nation. The Spring of Liberty in the 2020s shook much of the feudal monarchical establishments in Europe who were clinging onto their tribal identity. The influential yet disorganized political movement helped restored much of the old world ideals of liberal democracy and communism back into the surface of Europe's political landscape as well as giving rise to nationalism which called for the establishment of nation-states instead of tribal communities. Nonetheless, this movement failed when royal governments clamped down upon it but the impact left afterwards was significant. This political movement motivated the tribes located in Masovia, Polans, Vistulans, Silesians, and Pomeranians to unite and form a modern Polish state during the Warsaw Concord in 2024 that helped established the Third Polish Republic. In order to combat bandits, raiders, slavers, and the militaristic Kingdom of Prussia-Bradenburg. The republic became a shining beacon of democracy in the east and culture flourished but soon it became clear that the republic will become a re-enactment of the ancient failures of democracy as its political structure began to show some cracks. With mass consumerism, political apathy grew while corruption and gross incompetence within the parliamentary republic became rampant which made the public lose faith in its democratic system. This resulted in a series of successive and incompetent governments forced the people to elect their shining star in the form of the right-wing populist, Klaudiusz Rudowski, who was a commoner back then on 2034. Afterwards, Rudowski managed to achieve such heights of popularity with his charisma and vision of restoring Polish glory. Manipulating his people and using his popularity, President Klaudiusz style of rule became more autocratic at the expense of the Sejm. The Sejm wouldn't tolerate this and moved forward to impeach the already powerful president. President Klaudiusz didn't tolerate constitutional opposition to his power and then suspended the Polish constitution and achieved full autocratic control over the republic. A civil war erupted between republican democrats and Klaudiusz loyalists on 2036 where the latter forces would cross the Vistula river and achieve total victory when it captured Warsaw.

The Rise and Fall of the Rudowski Dynasty
Main article: The Rudowski Dynasty
With his newfound autocratic powers, President Klaudiusz proclaimed himself as emperor and established the Rudowski dynasty. A period of absolute tyranny under an imperial police state where an aristocracy was formed surrounding King Rudowski. King Rudowski would then enter a personal union with the Grand Duchy of Lietuva (Lithuania) in order to form the Polish-Lietuvan Kingdom on 2039 after subjugating the Lietuvans in the Battle of Kaunas. King Rudowski would then pass away where his son, Bogdan, would inherit the throne. King Bogdan's rule was characterized by severe levels of political repression and oppression of "undesirables" that includes the disabled and tribals of remote areas of the empire. King Bogdan would launch a campaign of territorial conquest out of personal glory at great human cost that would see the lesser nations in Lithuania, West Belarus and Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Romania subjugated under imperial rule on 2046. Gross incompetence, nepotism, and corruption flourished under his rule while the King was content in indulging in worldly leisure instead of properly running an empire. However, a peasant uprising in the outskirts of Warsaw occurred and the authorities responded by massacring the protesters in cold blood per orders of the King in which was called the May Insurrection. This provoked the reaction from the Sanation military clique and the people demanding the abdication of King Bogdan on 2048. King Bogdan would abdicate out of fear and the Sanation under Marshall Joachim Pilsudski would assume power as President of a provisional military regime but the influence of nobility still remained.

Turmoil Within the Intermarian Commonwealth
After the May Insurrection in Warsaw that nearly catapulted the entire region into a bloody revolution, the Polish-Lietuvan Kingdom became the Commonwealth of Intermarium governed by the Revolutionary Sanation Government of the revered Marshall Joachim Pilsudski (who is a descendant of 20th century Jozef Pilsudski) as its National Chief on 2048. The Intermarian commonwealth was to be a democratic republic with an executive presidential government led by the big tent, "Sanation" political association. The National Chief perceived that it was the failure of parliamentarianism and lack of a strong republican figure that doomed the Third Polish Republic and made a dictatorship under Kladiusz Rudowski so appealing. The National Chief followed the old political ideals of Jozef Pilsudski as a blueprint for a modern Intermarium that laid the groundwork for its political foundations. It was to be a democratic, multi-ethnic confederation (ruled by a provisional military-dominated coalition government) to counter the growing threat of the New Soviet Republic in the east. The Sanation government under Pilsudski re-established the Sejm and approved of restoring the constitution that the late King Kladiusz declared as void. Joachim Pilsudski had planned a series of reforms to remove traces of the old Rudowski monarchy by throwing away archaic laws such as serfdom and slavery that were instated under the old dynasty.


The May Insurrection in the Outskirts of Warsaw

The royalist-dominated Sejm turned down every legislation passed by the National Chief as it went against the imperial status quo. The commonwealth faced issues with growing internal strife, political turmoil, and boiling ethnic tensions exacerbated by constant meddling inside the government. Many in the nation were frustrated by the Sejm's indecisiveness and Joachim Pilsudski's failure in passing much-needed social reforms. Power was vested in elected officials of the Sejm on paper but it was ultimately the lobbying from the Rudowski dynasty and the local feudal nobility that ultimately influenced the direction of the republican government. Joachim Pilsudski was discontent acting as a royal pawn and letting the Sejm to be influenced by nefarious royal elements but was hesitant to act against the republic's young democracy. Nonetheless, his health began to ail and many bickering factions in the Sanation government took advantage of it. The National Chief grew more reclusive and withdrew from the public life after cancer struck him while political intrigues immediately took over. There were many factions within Sanation such as conservatives, liberals, and socialists were vying for power but none were as influential as the royalist-backed Sanation "Crown" faction led by General Wojtek Bierut.

Ultimately, the National Chief passed away on November 2048 just six months into his presidency. The Sanation "Crown" faction (with support from King Rudowski and the feudal nobles) took advantage of the situation and launched a military coup to seize the governmental authority of the republic. General Wojtek Bierut immediately became president then restored the Rudowski dynasty with King Bogdan as King and reversed all republican democratic reforms put in place by Marshall Pilsudski. The swift military coup was met with heavy opposition from the population and other anti-Rudowski factions. For many of Intermarians, this meant the potential return of the loathed Rudowski dynasty that the Sanation under Marshall Joachim Pilsudski helped topple. Nevertheless, the people of Intermarium raised their rifles and declared a revolt against the noble-collaborationist "Old Crown" faction. Military mutinies were widespread and many skillful military generals and soldiers defected to the revolutionary side. It was during this time that the future Imperator, Konstantyn, who was a young and ambitious general at the time declared his support for the revolutionaries. A former socialist revolutionary now turned an enlightened monarchist, his hatred for the Rudowski dynasty and brilliance as a military tactician was famed in the empire. His support gave legitimacy and a sense of hope for the revolutionaries that they could have a chance to win against the Crown government.

Preparation for Another Civil War
Konstantyn amassed an assortment of differing political oppositions towards King Bogdan's reign. Ranging from simple centre-right conservatives, revolutionary socialists, and autocratic military men. His political base support composed of Christian democrats of the People's Party, the socialistic Intermarian Socialist Party, the far-right nationalist National Radical Camp 'Falanga', as well as remnants Sanation officials opposed to the 'Old Crown' illegal government. It seemed that this political alliance wasn't meant to last for long due to obvious ideological conflict but it was thanks to Konstantyn's charismatic image as an unifying figure that he was able to keep the political unity inside the faction for a long period of time. The support of liberal-minded nobles in the aristocracy also helped boosted their political support. Its military forces were formed in large part by defecting lower-ranked military officers and soldiers (commoners and noble alike) as well as ordinary village militiamen opposed to the restoration of the Rudowski dynasty. At first it was difficult for the Neo-Royalist to maintain military cohesion but the support of many well-respected military veteran commanders helped maintain such cohesion for future battle preparations. The presence of revolutionary-minded and ambitious junior officers paved the way for many advanced military tactics that the future Intermarian Legion would adopt. Forces under Konstantyn's command would later be known as the "Neo-Royalists" with the common goal of toppling the Rudowski dynasty and to decide the future of Intermarium.


Open Revolts in the Streets Were
Common During This Time

On the other side of the spectrum were the military forces of the "Old Crown" and a league of reactionary traditionalist nobles that banded together to form the "Poznan League". With the Poznan League being declared on December 13 of 2048 in the city of Poznan by feudal nobles throughout the commonwealth. King Bogdan's support base were feudal nobles that were desperately trying to maintain their fiefdom amidst peasant uprisings as well as disgruntled military officers disatisfied with that democracy has brought to Intermarium. While it may seem they have a lot of common in their political ideals, they were nonetheless conflicted in their personal interests and ultimately, were apathetic towards the continuation of the Rudowski dynasty since their very reason in opposing the Neo-Royalists was to preserve the status quo put in place in their favor. They gambled their lives on supporting King Bogdan endeavors as their benefactors if it meant that a reformist Konstantyn would be eradicated. Both the Neo-Royalists and the Old Crown were monarchist in essence but their greatest difference is their ideals. In contrast to the Neo-Royalists, the Old Crown forces were primarily comprised of yes-man and incompetent loyalists for the sake of maintaining political cohesion at the expense of potential talents.

The situation in Intermarim was tense with the already worsening economic conditions, social turmoil and banditry in the countryside, as well as widening ethnic tensions amidst all of this show of force between the Neo-Royalists and the Old Crown. While the royal court urged King Bogdan to take decisive action and instate token reforms in order to lessen civil unrests, he insist on using military force to quell any potential uprising and had kept himself busy with partying in royal gallas by the coasts of Romania. Corruption and incompetence displayed by the Rudowksi dynasty began to show itself in the eyes of the public as their living conditioned worsened which conveniently heightened support for Marshall Konstantyn's Neo-Royalists. The church was conflicted on supporting either side but ultimately, they gave their blessings towards the Old Crown. It seemed that a divisive civil war was to erupt in Intermarium but it was only a matter of time before Marshall Konstantyn would make his move against King Bogdan. Military arsenals were being looted by revolutionaries and soldiers were suspiciously disappearing from their posts overnight. The Old Crown concentrated all of their forces in Central Poland, West Ukraine, and Bohemia that were filled with loyalist Governor-Generals while the territories of the Neo-Royalists were widespread and thin on supply lines. The first shots of the revolution would ring on the December of 21st of 2048 with the ordinary citizens becoming more weary with the present situation in Intermarium.

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Demographic


Population


Tatar Tribals Roaming the Wastelands of Ruthenia

Intermarium with a population of 53,710,000 inhabitants is the third largest Europe below the New Soviet Republic and the West European Federation respectively. It has a population density of 122 inhabitants per square kilometers. Much of the nation's populations live in rebuilt urban cities, small fortified towns, and areas with low-radiation in the countrysides. It is seldom to see a civilian in the wasteland frontier territories. Intermarium has an average life expectancy of 75 years, an infant mortality rate of 5 for every thousand babies, and a fertility rate of 1.57 births per woman.

In recent years, Intermarium's population has fell ever since the Intermarian Civil War ravaged the nation in 2048 which forced many of its populace to emigrate to the West European Federation and Balkanoslavia. There's a recent trend however where Intermarium's birth rate has picked up and grow in a steady pace while immigration rates into the country has increased particularly from the New Soviet Republic and Byzantine Greece. As peace settled in the realm coupled with a flourishing economy and social liberalization, Intermarium's population began to grow. However, this growth only affects urban cities and other non-radiated outskirts. The "frontier territories" or wastelands that are scattered around the countryside have low population rates where it is only populated by wasteland-dwelling tribals. Amidst frequent radiation storms, military policing actions, and raider attacks; the frontier is uninhabitable for the average citizen.

Following the formation of the Holy Intermarian Order in 2049, the country over the next two centuries contained many cultures and ethnicities. The Commonwealth was primarily composed of three nations: Poles, Lithuanians, and Ruthenians (Ukrainians and Belarusians) there were also a sizable minorities of groups such as Germans, Jews, Czechoslovaks, Hungarians, and Romanians. The identities of those cultures have survived during the Five Days of Fire and had evolved during a period of tribalism in post-war Europe. Tribals separated from geography with the same cultural identity in mind united with one another to form past European nations.


An Intermarian Maiden
of Czech-Polish Descent

Another oddity in Intermarium were its tribals where they refused to evolve from their tribalistic tendencies and wouldn't assimilate to the Intermarian identity to protect their own tribal culture. The word "Tribal" is a racial epithet with connotations of barbarism and backwardness, this label is also used on insignificant ethnic minorities such as left-over Gypsies, Tatars, Armenians, and Mennonites where their cultures are radically different from those of Slavs, Balts, Uralic, or Latin. Tribals often live in the frontier territories in isolation where they become targets for raiders and slavers. They are constantly exposed to radiation but because of this, they have developed adaptive genes that helped them to become immune to radiation sickness. It is difficult to acquire a precise percentage of Intermarium's ethnicity due to logistical issues but most commonly: 84% are self-described "Intermarians" and 16% are the aforementioned "Tribals".

After its formation, the bulk of the ethnic Polish population was primarily located in Congress Poland, and in the Galicia and Poznań Voivodeship. Lithuanians would live in the Baltic, Romanians in Wallachia and Moldavia, and Ukrainians in Galicia-Volhynia for example. However much of that concentration is pretty much destroyed when attempts at a strategy of Divide and Conquer where much of its provincial lands are drawn without regards to ethnic division. Overnight varying ethnicity now live with one another on the same Voivodeship. This resulted in many to migrate but nationalist sentiments decreases as other European cultures mingle with each other.

Intermarium is a recent nation formed on the carcass of the old Polish-Lietuvan Kingdom. Intermarium is a melting pot of cultures where people from varying cultural backgrounds are united under an Intermarian identity. Much of its identity is based on past Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth culture. However such identity is artificial without any historical or cultural basis for it to exist. Most of the ethnic minorities that resides in Intermarium are subjugated through past conquest led by the Rudowski dynasty such as Hungarians, Czechoslovaks, and Romanians during the Southern Expedition. This leads to animosity with its majority Polish populace from minorities that feared their unique culture are under threat from Polonization due to Poland's socio-economic dominance in the union. Nonetheless, there are governmental attempts at reinforcing the Intermarian identity, promoting ethnic tolerance, and urging its citizens to embrace diversity as its strength that have helped in subsiding ethnic tensions.

Sentiments of ethno-nationalism are quite prevalent in the public but calls for separatism would only earn the scowls of Intermarians. The state believes that the measure of a man's worth is their merit and devotion to the nation and not their ethnicity that only has a place in racial eugenics. Much of this feelings stems from the fact that Intermarium is made up of multiple of cultures and that favoring an ethnicity over another would brew discontent. However, they are far from being globalists nor tolerant as the common Intermarian are racially insensitive just like any period of humanity despite being raised in a multicultural society.

Religion

Intermarium is officially a secular country after the victory of the Neo-Royalist forces in the Intermarian Civil War. The reasoning behind the Imperator's decision to establish a secular state was driven by his desires to push Intermarium into modernity, and as an act of reprisal against the church's support for the Rudowski dynasty's archaic laws and legitimizing their God-given rule.


A Catholic Cathedral in Poland

The state guarantees freedom of religion based on the Warsaw Confederation act signed on 1573 that have granted rights to its religious minorities such as Slavic Pagans, Jews, Muslims, and other religious sects. The authority of the church and state are separated according to the new imperial law, and religion now plays a minimal part in the social life of Intermarians. It isn't mandatory for schools to teach religion as part of the national curriculum.

Despite its supposed religious neutrality, the government operates a parallel religious court system to settle religious affairs in Intermarium for the pious. Local religious institutions in the frontier territories are allowed free rein to satisfy the needs of tribal chiefs and to maintain local order in the area. Because of these reasons, Intermarium is known for being a religiously tolerant place yet its status as secular state is effectively quite dubious.

In 2049, an estimated 34% adheres to the Christian faith and 16% of Intermarian Slavs are believers of Slavic Paganism. Atheism and agnosticism has been on the rise after the devastating Intermarian Civil War and this surge is contributed by social liberalization and a reaction to years of oppressive religious dogma placed by the Rudowski dynasty. Even though Atheism in Central and Eastern Europe has developed ever since the days of communist rule and later European progressivism, the Five Days of Fire put the final nail on organized religion where post-war tribals resorted to animism for awhile before Christianity had a chance to revive itself.

Nonetheless, contemporary religious communities in Intermarium includes Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants that have shaped and dominated the cultural landscape of Intermarium ever since the beginning. Despite their religious influence has waned over time in favor of Agnosticism, much of its moral influence is still present on Intermarian day-to-day life.

Slavic Pagans are quite new in Intermarium and their presence has only been made known when many flocked to the religion as an alternative to Christianity and Atheism as well as attempting to discover the native faith of the Slavic people. Islam and Judaism are an overlooked religious minority that have been recently experiencing modest growth due to the passing of the Warsaw Confederation. Most Muslims in Intermarium are Crimean Tatar tribals and Turkish immigrants while Jews have an already-established presence in Intermarium.

Religious fundamentalism and theocratic sympathies is frowned upon for being anti-Intermarian and reactionary to progressive changes in value. The pious ignores the dictate of the papacy while its population grew to value rationalism even more than the days of tribalism nor reactionary traditionalism. This made Intermarium a somewhat socially progressive nation for its time in Europe and a breeding ground for the 21st century greatest human intellects and innovators. Superstition and religious dogmas are all but destroyed under the state's aggressive secularization efforts although the frontier territories is always a place for tribals to practice some of their unsavory religious traditions.

Government



Imperator Konstantyn of Intermarium

The Holy Intermarian Order is an absolute monarchy with an Imperator ruling the Intermarian realm as its sole autocratic ruler with an advisory Sejm parliament to boot and much of its decision-making stems from the Imperator's judgement. The monarchy of the order is hereditary and autocratic in nature but it became an elective constitutional monarchy after Konstantyn's death per his wishes. Its first Imperator is Konstantyn Marszalek who emerged victorious after defeating King Bogdan and the feudal nobility in the Intermarian Civil War and established the largely symbolical Marszalek Dynasty after his coronation on 2049.

The government structure's solely centers around the Imperator who rules as the firm autocratic ruler of Intermarium, responsible for managing all affairs of the state while delegating some roles to their ministerial royal secretaries. On paper, the position of Imperial Chancellor of Intermarium would serve as its legislative power and is a position appointed by the Imperator with approval from the Sejm. However, this position has remained vacant without any suitable candidates to take the position so as not to undermine Konstantyn's autocratic hold over the empire.

Intermarium is listed by many historians as an example of the seemingly oxymoronic liberal autocracy and has dubbed its ruler, Imperator Konstantyn, a popular example of an enlightened absolutist monarch. Liberal autocracy that functioned in Intermarium was one that gave its people unprecedented freedom of speech and press under a watered down Pacta conventa in terms of political rights in comparison to the Rudowski era. Many feudal institutions and practices of slavery were abolished under the Imperator's reign while the privileges of the Szlachta or the Intermarian nobility were revoked to put them on an equal balance with newly emancipated commoners. The loathed secret police institution, the Imperial State Security under Rudowski dynasty, was abolished in favor of a more impartial and politically neutral Imperial Military Police.

The state was secularized and the church were put under the control of the state while religious freedoms for minorities are now guaranteed under the Warsaw Convention. The nation also recently introduced universal suffrage and became staunch defenders of women rights in a traditional European society. The judicial branch plays an important role in decision-making. Its major institutions include the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court, the Constitutional Tribunal, and the State Tribunal. The common courts, divided into appellate courts, district courts and regional courts, have the competency in criminal, civil, economic, labor and family law. With slaves given rights as well as nobles stripped of their administrative power, Intermarium's plays an impartial role in dealing with many day-to-day social and administrative issues without much favoritism or signs of governmental corruption.


A Typical Session in the Sejm

In the absence of national elections and political parties, politics in Intermarium takes place in two distinct arenas: within the royal family, the aristocratic court and the Sanation Sejm, and between the Imperator and the rest of Intermarian ociety. There are no elections in Intermarium nor are there political parties, however, there do exists numerous political circles in Intermarium from left to right that are represented in the big-tent Sanation Sejm ranging from the socialist Intermarian Socialist Party to the centre-right Intermarian National Democrats. Most are supportive of the Imperator's reign while there are several political cliques who are opposed to the monarchy. Political opposition towards mostly comes from ethno-nationalists such as the Romanian Iron Guard or the Hungarian Arrow Cross League, liberal constitutionalist critics within the Sejm, and many revolutionary communist agitators from Moscow although their support base are rather low in Intermarium. Outside of the Imperator, participation in the political process is limited to a relatively small segment of the population and takes the form of the royal family consulting with the tribal chiefs of the frontier wastelands and members of important commercial families on major economic decisions.

Since governmental authority are mostly absent in the frontier wastelands and much of it concentrated on urban cities and countryside settlements, much of its governance relies on tribal chiefs that the government has given green light to in order to act on their behalf as well as the Imperial Military Police to maintain internal order through a system of court-martials as well as combating wasteland bandits and slavers. Tribal identity remains strong and, outside of the royal family, political influence is frequently determined by tribal affiliation, with tribal chiefs maintaining a considerable degree of influence over local and national events.

Intermarium is a federation of regional ethnic entities. The highest and largest subdivision of the nation are called the "Imperial States" and a step below that are the Voivodeships. Regions under Intermarium includes the Kingdom of Polish-Lietuva, the Grand Duchy of Romania, the Duchy of Zapadoslavia, the Ruthenian Hetmanate, and the Principality of Hungary. The Imperator acts as their King, Grand Dukes or Princes (except for the Ruthenian Hetmanate as it is ruled by Hetman Vasylyk) while their appointed Governor-Regents are often times family members of influential local royal families in those regions that attain power through a cycle of rotating monarchies. They are given considerable political self-governance but ultimately the Imperator's authority is greater than that of local rulers. Intermarium is a nation founded upon the subjugated remains of Polish-Lietuva so a degree of decentralization was necessary in order to cater to the locals socio-political needs.

Foreign Relations
Intermarium has established diplomatic relations with nearly all of the countries on Earth after the Five Days of Fire. Intermarium isn't bounded to any treaty nor alliances at the moment but it has become more active in the world stage in recent years when the government began improving relations with other regional powers and divert investment into their economies. It has played an influential role in European politics since its inception due to its rising economic industry and substantial military force. With those qualities, this places Intermarium as a major power in Europe as a staunch bastion of monarchism and a regional power on the world in a sea of great powers (The Commonwealth of America, the West European Federation, the Republic of China, and the New Soviet Republic). Intermarium has often been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts in assisting much of the Third World such as fighting off naval pirates, rescuing slavers and attempting to put an end to the slave trade, as well as providing foreign aid and relief during the occurrence of natural disasters in order to improve Intermarium's image and international standing on the world.


European Diplomats Gathering Around in
Lazienki Palace to Discuss Foreign Matters

Intermarium's foreign policy is one based on Realpolitik or the old saying of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" in order to maintain a flexible foreign policy when dealing with potential allies and ideological foes. Matters of foreign policies are directly dealt with by the Imperator with a Chief Secretary of Foreign Affairs by his side to advise him when dealing with diplomatic matters and protocols. Intermarium is a nation hostile of foreign subversive ideologies such as democratic republics and communist states that sought to undermine its royal monarchy but is co-operative with other monarchical nations in closely-knit royal relationships or nations with viable natural resources regardless of its government.

During the era of the Rudowski dynasty, Intermarium was known as Polish-Lietuva back then and followed an expansionist foreign policy that called for the subjugation of the lands of the former lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and to reverse the ailments of the Polish Partitions. Initially, King Kladiusz focused all of his efforts in subjugating Lietuva (Lithuania) and bring internal order in the empire by fighting against Kievan and Tatar bandits. However, that isolationist stance was abandoned during the reign of King Bogdan when he waged war against smaller Balkan kingdoms in the south during the Southern Expedition. The war gave rise to increasing sentiments of imperialism as well as cementing the Polish version of "Manifest Destiny" or as they call it, "Providence's Conquest" in which they view that it was Polish-Lietuva's destiny to conquer much of Eastern Europe and leave a traditional society based on royalty and faith at its wake. However, such foreign policy was swiftly discarded when Konstantyn ascended to the throne after the Intermarian Civil War and proclaimed himself as Imperator.

The Imperator still maintained Intermarium's aggressive and warhawkish foreign policy course but reconstructing Intermarium became a number one priority instead of embarking on imperialist and colonial projects right away. In recent years, Intermarium has extended its responsibilities and position in European and international affairs, supporting and establishing friendly relations with other European monarchies and a large number of third-world nations outside of Europe. However, this only served to deviate foreign attention on Konstantyn's future projects of unifying much of Europe under the Intermarian banner.

Currently, diplomatic relations with Intermarium's western and eastern neighbors are tense to say the least as Intermarium under Imperator Konstantyn began to take a more active and aggressive approach to foreign diplomacy on the international stage again. The nation is surrounded by two great powers and sworn ideological rivals in the form of the democratic West European Federation to the west and the surging communist power of the New Soviet Republic in the east. The West European Federation is a nation-state born out of the ruins of Brussels by EU technocratic elites that went into hiding. Intermarium with its vital position in central Europe provides a natural barrier between West European and Soviet attempts at spreading the democratic or communist revolution to the east and west.


Intermundus at its Greatest Extent After the
Great Continental War Before Konstantyn's Death

The tense and tangled geopolitical situation in Europe has saw Intermarium building up its massive military and taking diplomatic initiatives to improve relations with other European monarchies in search of a reliable military ally. This is to unite Europe and remove squabbling "failed" ideologies from the surface of Europe that serves as a barrier to regaining much of Europe's position as the center of the world. Much of this hostility is directly influenced by Imperator Konstantyn's political judgement and current volatile emotions. He doesn't see his future plans of as a mere imperialistic plan to subjugate foreigners under the Intermarian boot just like King Bogdan's Southern Expedition. But rather to create an ideological synthesis for a new unified European political order and identity. The thesis would be a firm and benevolent royal autocracy. Its antithesis are totalitarian communism and illiberal democracy. Finally, an liberal royal autocracy with socialist economic policies would serves as its synthesis in accordance to Hegelian Dialectics. Transforming Intermarium from a mere regional power into a great European power that would restore its past glory during its past Golden Age while providing its citizens the best and effective system of governance it could offer.

Intermarium poises itself as a staunch defender of European monarchism as well as the torch bearer of the values of the Intellectual Reawakening and the Spring of Liberty. This made Intermarium a natural leader of many of Europe's monarchies such as the Second Kalmar Empire, Byzantium, and the Iberian Confederation that Intermarium maintains cordial relationships with. However, this only resulted in relations with Grand Britannia (and their ally, Two Sicilies) growing more distant and cold due to them squabbling over their influence on European royal families. Especially when Konstantyn overthrew the Rudowski dynasty, Britannia's ally, and ushered in liberal reforms that would only threaten the old aristocratic order.

Intermarium maintains neutral relations with its southern neighbor, Yugoslavia and Bulgarian Tsardom but has been actively trying to integrate them into Intermarium. One is a nation ravaged by constant ethnic tensions between Serbs and Croats while the other is a mere vassal of Byzantium after their defeat in the Thracian War. Through this, it ensures that both nations are weak to pose a threat to Intermarium in order to secure their southern flank. However, this delicate balance of power would soon be threatened when the Communist League of Balkanoslavia seized power in Belgrade and helped Bulgaria to overthrow their monarchy. Thus, a socialist Slavic union of Bulgaria and Yugoslavia was formed as a counterpoise to the monarchist Intermarium. Nonetheless, in Realpolitik fashion, Intermarium recognized the new government and has been actively trying to improve relations with the Titoist government in order to deviate them from Moscow's Vanguardist line.

Economy


The economy of Intermarium is considered to be one of the fastest growing in the European market as well as a newly surging economic power in Eastern Europe. Already developed a strong market, mechanized its agricultural sector, and transitioning into an industrial economy; Intermarium's economy has entered the 21st century while industrialization takes a rapid pace that it drastically affected the quaint traditional local markets for better or worse. The economic activity of Intermarium is substantially driven by a healthy balance of small and medium enterprises that arose after the Miracle Years. Leaving it incapable of catching up with the rapidly-changing conditions in the free market. As well as a significant labour force of highly trained professionals balanced out by massive numbers of blue collar workers. Its economy is managed along the French Gaullist model of dirigisme.


The Steampunk Industrial Might of Intermarium

Statistics from both foreign and governmental observes has shown that the GDP per capita stands at $13.520 in nominal value, GDP growth at a sizable 5% during initial industrialization (one of the highest in Europe), inflation at 8%, unemployment is at 12% in urban cities, and the poverty rate being at 20% as of 2050 (a year after the Intermarian Civil War). Not to mention a Gini index of 45.2 which means that economic inequality is prevalent in the nation. However; the unemployment and poverty rate would be higher if we take conditions in the wasteland into account. For all of its socio-economic faults and injustice, Intermarium has a bright future ahead aftre its devastating civil war and economic mismanagement under the Rudowski dynasty.

Since the fall of the Rudowski dynasty, Intermarium has moved towards an export-oriented social market economy yet a highly regulated one based in services, manufacturing, and innovation to mantain its fledgling social welfare system. It is an example of the transitioning from a mercantile economy to a state-directed market economy. The country's most successful exports include machinery, furniture, food products, clothing, medicine and other basic resources. Maintaining a versatile and highly diversified economy. Everything agricultural and industrial consumer goods in between in which they are noted for being cheap yet durable. Intermarium's largest trading partners include the Kalmar Empire, Neo-Byzantium, Two Sicilies, and the Iberian Confederation. Monetary policy is conducted by the Royal Intermarian Bank which operation is tightly controlled by the government.

The primary currency of Intermarium is the Intermarian Koruna which value is pegged into gold and precious pure water reserves in the wasteland. Circulated around the urban cities of Intermarium and also used to trade with other nations in bilateral trades. The lack of availability of the paper currency in the wastelands as well as its unfair higher value compared to other rudimentary currencies has made the Koruna rather unpopular in the rest of the wastelands outside of urban cities. For this reason, bartering is rather popular. Bartering their hard produce with one another with their pre-determined value in small congregated communes. Acting outside of the central government's economic hold on currency value.

Economic History

Before and during the reign of the Rudowski dynasty; the then Polish-Lietuva was an agricultural based nation albeit a backwater impoverished one. Much of the economic development and activity took place in small urban settlements with low radiation levels as caravan trade routes were being slowly established to hold the vast wasteland nation together. In what was dubbed as the Bonding of the Poles. Handicapped by constant banditry, governmental corruption, and economic mismanagement that it held back years of progress. Typical of most Eastern European nations that were falling behind Central and West European nations such as Prussia-Bradenburg, North Francia, and others. In spite of that, they were the breadbasket of Eastern Europe with a highly productive agricultural industry at the expense of the well-being of serfs that produce it in harsh wasteland environments. It also had a concurrent military arms industry which was a sight to behold for a backward East European kingdom. A war industry that fed the military machine that is the Polish-Lietuvan Kingdom during the Southern Expedition and the Third Partition. Fueled by cheap labour that were the slaves through their influence in the Atlantic slave trade. Several ethnic classes such as German Junkers and Jewish merchants held considerable financial sway over Poland's market. Amidst the intellectual revolution of the Great Intellectual Reawakening, there were calls for effective modernization of the economy by abandoning feudalism and slavery altogether. Polish-Lietuva were in their first steps of gearing their economy towards industrialization but this was stopped by the ensuing political turmoil which was the Intermarian Commonwealth and later, the Intermarian Civil War.


Vaclav Dvorak, Technorat of the Prague Mafia
and Architect of the Miracle Years

After the Intermarian Civil War; the economy developed at a steady pace as it recovered. Many civilians were left homeless after the sheer devastation of the war and servicemen were discharged and left without employment after its conclusion. The economy was devastated by the civil war and civil services were left disorganized to properly rebuild the nation once again. Yet, its economic recovery wasn't fueled by foreign aid but rather through the ingenious economic methods of the Czechoslovak Charles University-trained economists that were known as the technocratic Prague Mafia. They were given extrajudicial authority in managing the economy. The first steps of reorganizing Intermarium's economy was to promote aggressive industrialization and subsidizing agricultural farms as compensation for their losses in the market competition. Second was temporarily alleviating its protectionist policies to attract attention of foreign investors into the Intermarian market. Third was the implementation of the French economic model of dirgisme which included substantial state-directed control over a market-based economy. While all of this measures didn't necessarily alleviated all of Intermarium's economic woes after the civil war; it ushered in a period of economic miracle which was known as the Miracle Years or the Miracle on the Vistula.

Intermarium's economy under the Miracle Years grew rapidly like economies of other developed countries such as the West European Federation, the New Soviet Republic, and the Commonwealth of America. These decades of economic prosperity combined high productivity with high average wages and high consumption, and were also characterised by a highly developed system of social benefits. The Intermarian standard of living, which had been damaged by the Intermarian Civil War, became one of the world's highest. The population also became far more urbanized; many rural counties experienced a population decline while the larger metropolitan areas grew considerably, especially that of Warsaw or Bucharest. Ownership of various household goods and amenities increased considerably, while the wages of the Intermarian working class rose significantly as the economy became more prosperous.

Agriculture


Polish Girls After a Long Day of Harvest

Intermarium has a large number of private farms in its agricultural sector, with the potential to become a leading producer of food in Europe. Agricultural farmlands such as Ruthenia are considered as the breadbasket of Europe for their highly productive agricultural industry. The biggest agricultural exports abroad include smoked and fresh fish, fine chocolate, and dairy products, meats and specialty breads, with the exchange rate conducive to export growth. Food exports amounted to 58 billion Koruna in 2052, increasing by 13% from 2050. The agricultural land of Intermarium constitutes 65% of its total landmass with significant portions of which are diverted into crop cultivation, orchards, and meadows and pastures. In most areas, soil and climatic conditions favored a mixed type of farming. Grain production dominated Intermarian agriculture: the highest yields came from: wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Other major crops included potatoes, sugar beet, fodder crops, flax, hops, tobacco, and fruits. Land such of central and southern Poland, West Ukraine, and Lietuva made for excellent farmlands as they were rich in soil and had low radiation levels. They were the center of the center of grain, rye, and tobacco production. In contrast to the rest of Intermarium: Romanian Translyvania, Zapadoslavia, and Hungary; they offered poor sandy soils and some in the frontier wasteland were contaminated in radiation. Yet, they raised dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs and poultry, and cultivated fruit, usually as an integral part of mixed farming.

Because of the predominance of feudal farms in the old Polish-Lietuva, state collectivization and reorganization of farmlands were a neccessity. Some feudal lords were stripped of their farms and those farms fell under state control or the self-managed control of agricultural communes primarily composed of emancipated serfs. Excessively large feudal farms were to be split into more efficient units and sold while a certain number were to be retained as state experimental farms. In all cases, however, rapid modernization and improvement in agrotechnology were urgent requirements. Considerable investment were delegated by the government to provide adequate agricultural infrastructure including road improvement, telecommunications, water supply, housing, and amenities. Agricultural farms ran by tribals in the frontier wasteland fell behind those in the lushfield counties primarily due to the shortages of lowly-contaminated lands in the frontiers as well as constant crop failures or bad harvest. However, the government introduced a satisfactory social safety net and retraining programs for tribals and displaced agricultural farmers. Even offering to relocate them to other counties.

Industrial Manufacturing


Mining Operation in Translyvania

The industrial manufacturing sector of Intermarium is one of the largest in central and eastern Europe. The second important economic sector after agriculture, Intermarium has recently modernize itself by reorienting its economy to an export-based, industrial economy. With a capable labor force and refurbished factories to boot. 30% of the country's income derives from manufacturing exports. The manufacturing is versatile and invaluable to the economic growth of Intermarium. Several entrepreneurs and businessmen were bred out of the economic boom that came with many business oppurtunities brought about by industrialization. It also gave way to an efficient way of producing consumer goods for the general public both at an affordable price and higher quantity. The various goods the Intermarian industry has manufactured come in the form of machinery (both light and heavy) as well as synthetic materials. For example; material construction, iron and steel, coal mining, chemicals, shipbuilding, military weaponry, food processing, and textiles. Of which ironforging and coal mining are the largest in both the nation and the continent. Old world steel mills, coal mines, and factories are being restored by the government for economic use and more are being constructed as part of an ambitious economic program that would propell Intermarium to the industrial 21st century.

Industrial trade unions and workers' self-managed factories are a prevalent sight in Intermarium. Always in the forefront of the betterment of working conditions' in which the government is constantly juggling between caring for the average workers as well as economic interests from business magnates. There's also the matters with an automated economy. Many technocrats called for the total automation of manual work so as to achieve a post-scarcity economy. Yet many feared that this would result the loss of jobs. Some factories are gradually transitioning into automation in following the footsteps of the Federation and the Soviets while reallocating workers to other intellectual fields. In some way, industrialization in a traditionalist agricultural society like Intermarium is a fortune for the economy and a curse to the traditional societal values. Promoting consumerism and materialism resulting a clash between modernity and spiritual traditionalism.

The most profitable companies that came from Intermarium included the Zapadoslav-based: Avia, Tatra, Skoda, Aero, CEZ Group, Agrofert, and Zetor to name a few. Poland: PKN Orlen, PZlins, PGE SA, Grupa Lotos SA, KGHM Polska Miedz, Tauron Group, Enea SA, FB Radom, PZInż and PZL. Hungary: MOL Group, Gedeon Richter Plc., Zwack Unicum, and FEG. In Romania: Dacia, Petrom, Romgaz, RCS & RDS, and IAR. All of which were inherited from the old world ranging from its facility and brand by newer generations. The richest imperial state in Intermarium tend to be the most industrialized one. From the richest to the most impoverished imperial state judging from GDP: Polish-Lietuva, Zapadoslavia, Hungary, Ruthenia, and Romania.

Notable Consumer Goods


Exhibition 1: A Zapadoslavian Skoda Octavia. Designed and manufactured in 2039. The go-to car for the Intermarian workers due to affordability and reliability. Remarkable for being unremarkable and had an unimpressive horsepower yet runs on highly efficient nuclear fusion reactor.

Exhibition 2: The Polish Bewelder. Designed and manufactured in 2041. The symbol of the middle class, it was sold at a reasonable price for families to enjoy forms of entertainment. It could be both configured to black and white or in color.

Exhibition 3: Zapp C50 rotating telephone. Designed and manufactured in 2039. One of the more popular telephone models due to its solid wooden frame. Has a long range but rather limited in use due to telecommunication technology being in its infancy after the war.

Exhibition 4: The Avia S50 "Varpulis" Subsonic Passenger Jet. Its design is capable of flying at Mach 2 speed. Making it one of the fastest passenger airliner in the market. The S50 is flown by airliners such as the Royal Intermarian Airlines.

Exhibition 5: The ATS 505 portable radio transistor. A Romanian-manufactured radio, it is one of the many portable radios in the market saturated by portable transmitters. Cheap yet reliable, the Intermarian manufacture ideal. Comes with few channel selections but has a long range and battery life.

Exhibition 6: The Odra 1305 desktop computer. A specially-created and rare computer for its time, it is primarily used for office work in handling documents as well as coding. Capable of reading Holodisks to access content and added storage. Hasn't entered the mass-market yet since there is no mass appeal for it.

Science and Technology


The Baroque Library of Clementinum in Prague

The lands of Intermarium have a long and rich scientific tradition since the days of Copernicus, Curie, or the likes of Laszlo Biro and Jaroslav Heyrovsky. All scientific minds of Poland, Lietuva, Zapadoslavia, Ukraine, Romania, and Hungary all coalesced into one. The research based on cooperation between universities, upstart entrepreneurs, and specialized research centers brings new inventions and impulses in this area. Important advances in Intermarium includes the modern contact lens, the separation of modern blood types, the modern genetics, many inventions in nanotechnologies. Intermarium is the leading researcher in the fields of military weaponry, modern medicine, and telecommunication. In addition to have the most funds diverted to the R&D sector, both state-run and private. Over the course of history, the people of Eastern Europe have made considerable contributions in the fields of science, technology and mathematics. Unlike most traditional societies of Eastern Europe, Intermarium but in this case, Poland, is perhaps the most progressive and liberal when it comes to scientific advancements. Owing to its strong tradition of innovation. Intermarians are also world-renowned chess players, mathematician, engineers, astronomers, and nuclear physicists.

Intermarium's tertiary education institutions; traditional universities, as well as technical, medical, and economic institutions employ around 54,000 researchers and members of staff. There are around 250 research and development institutes spread around the nation with about 10,000 researchers. In total, there are around 91,000 scientists in Intermarium today which is rather high by wasteland standards. Intermarian R&D puts an emphasis on socio-technological modernity as well as scientific ethics. The aforementioned universities are primarily located in the cities of Warsaw, Lublin, Krakow, Konigsberg, Prague, Brno, and Budapest. In Intermarium, wasteland superstition has been largely replaced by rational logic as evident from the high 92% literacy rate from state education programs. Society has largely returned to its old world standards for the most part.

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