The Unified Versilian Realms, commonly known as Versilia, is a sovereign island country in the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the greater Versilosphere, Versilia is situated on the Versilian Archipelago, located roughly 600 miles east of North Carolina state. It is comprised of 17 prefectures, a further 68 districts, 1 capital prefecture, and 5 foreign territories. Its closest neighbour is the United States, whilst its foreign territories dot the Caribbean. It has a total land area of 139,554 square kilometres. Home to an estimated 17 million inhabitants, Versilia is the 67th most populous country in the world, with its population density of 121.9/km2 making it the 70th most densely populated.
The Unified Versilian Realms is a multiparty liberal democracy under a unitary constitutional monarchy, operating a social market capitalist economy. Versiliaís head of state and government is the sovereign and the chancellor respectively, however the sovereign remains highly involved in lawmaking and government compared to European monarchs. The bicameral legislative body is comprised of an elected House of Assembly and an appointed Senate. Versilia is notable for its quasi-matriarchal society, magocratic undertones and technological sophistication in comparison with the rest of the world. For all its goodness, however, Versilia has a history of questionably ethical conduct and oligarchic practices. Until the late 20th century, slavery in Versilia was legal - but only for vampire nobles. For over a millennium, thralls were awarded no rights or true protections from their masters, and though slavery was formally abolished in the 1960s, many former thralls and their children work for the nobility that had previously owned them.
Versilia began its existence as an uninhabited archipelago off the coast of pre-historic North America. In the early medieval period, European mages discovered the existence of an unclaimed, arcadian land to the far west. In alliance with the vampire houses of Europe, a multitude of covens successfully began an exodus from Europe in a combined effort to escape Christianity and the Churchís genocidal campaigns against both mages and vampires. In 679 AD, the first ships landed on the archipelago, beginning a 20 year long colonisation campaign. 72 years later, the Versilian Civil War began between the fledgling states, lasting until the Treaty of Cyrene was signed on the 13th June 774 AD. On the 9th September 981 AD, the various fiefdoms and polities that dotted the archipelago were united under one flag and one sovereign, founding the Unified Versilian Realms.
Life in the Unified Versilian Realms
Versilia is a first world country with a highly developed economy, level of infrastructure and prestigious institutions. It is ranked 11th on the Human Development Index, having an HDI of 0.930. Versilia operates a social market capitalist system, with a multitude of progressive social and economic policies to better the lives of its citizens. It has a UBI system in operation, alongside a single-payer healthcare service, harm reduction orientated drugs policy, free education up to college and a hearty amount of domestic business subsidies.
Unfortunately, there are clear differences between the lives of vampires, mages and regular humans. Vampires form the uppermost class, with the country's most prominent and powerful establishments aside from some mage academies being owned by vampires, and on top of whatever old money they had from the exodus from Europe, vampires are usually very wealthy. Mages are poorer than vampires, but are more respected and held to a higher standard than humans, whom form the bulk of the economic middle and lower classes. Certain humans, particularly former thralls and their descendants, remain in servitude and live in the homes of their employers.
In the urban districts, corporate culture and materialism dominate. Here, the wealthy and elite live in luxurious skyscrapers, whilst the rest live in apartment complexes, suburban residential districts and everywhere else. The monarchy resides in a grand palace in the centre of Cyrene.
Itís a relatively different story in the countryside. The old aristocracy still largely clings to its old estates and lands, though the size of these lands have been shrunk in recent decades. The rural middle and lower classes reside in towns and villages, with most rural mages living in boarding academies or rural covens.
Immigration to Versilia is actually surprisingly simple. The government incentivises domestic businesses to hire by giving tax breaks to said businesses, making work easier to find than in some other countries. Acquiring housing is not the most difficult thing in the world, as there are numerous estate agencies that one can turn to. In order to apply for citizenship, one must reside in Versilia for a consistent 5 years, speak Versilian to at least a conversational level, have a basic understanding of Versilian history and customs, and express a kind of fondness for their new home. Individuals may hold Versilian citizenship alongside the citizenship of one other country.