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The Kingdom of Vedastia (In Brief; WIP)

The Kingdom of Vedastia
El Reino de Vedastia
Tei Rekxune vun Vetaxtune


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Motto: Nihil Sine Libertate
(English: "Nothing without liberty")



Location


Population: 101.68 million
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Capital
and Largest City: Hoipton


Official Languages: English, Spanish, Vedastian



Demonym: Vedaster (people); Vedastian (anything else)

Government: Federal constitutional monarchy
- Monarch: Þeauturikui I
- Prime Minister: Kalu Iakaumuvilii


Legislature: Parliament
- Upper House: Senate
- Lower House: Chamber of Deputies


Vedastian Confederation: 1535
Treaty of Hoipton: 1796
Independence
(from Sbemailzille): 1963


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Currency: Crown


Time Zone: GMT -1


Drives on the: Left


Calling code:


Internet TLD: .vt


The Kingdom of Vedastia (Spanish: El Reino de Vedastia, Vedastian: Tei Rekxune vun Vetaxtune), commonly called Vedastia, is a federal constitutional monarchy located on the Vedastian Archipelago in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It is the more populous of the countries located within Greater Sbemailzille. Vedastia is a federation consisting of 32 cantons.

The Vedastian Archipelago was originally inhabited by small numbers of Berbers, who were absorbed into settler populations of Germans, northern Italians, and Sephardic Jews before English (later British) and Spanish efforts to bring Vedastia under their control. Vedastia became part of the Sbemailzille Empire in 1796, eventually becoming independent in 1963. Vedastia, one of few industrialized areas of the world before the Second World War, experienced an economic boom after independence as Sbemailzille economic repression was lifted.

Etymology

The name "Vedastia" comes from Karului VI, Count of Saint Vedast, who founded Hoipton, originally known as "Hauiptah," in 1386.

History

The Vedastian Archipelago lies on the northeastern edge of the Greater Sbemailzille Archipelago, which is located somewhat to the south and west of islands such as the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands, had no known presence of human activity other than small Berber settlements before the forebears of the aboriginal Vedastians arrived in the 12th century. The original settlers of Vedastia were Berbers, who were small in number, eventually outnumbered by European settlers, and eventually absorbed into the settler population. These forebears to the aboriginal Vedastians were mostly Germans and northern Italians involved with the Crusades in the Holy Land, mistakenly trying to find an easier sea route to the Levant. A large number of Sephardic Jews fleeing the Iberian Peninsula joined them shortly afterward, and unlike elsewhere at the time, were largely assimilated into the aboriginal Vedastian population, with all aboriginal Vedasters having some degree of Sephardic ancestry and roughly 10% of aboriginal Vedasters either are of the Jewish faith or are of primarily Jewish background.

Largely free of foreign threats until the early 16th century, the aboriginal Vedasters were a tolerant people. Catholics and Jews did business frequently, were acquaintances, and frequently intermarried. Vedasters were welcoming of the few foreigners who migrated to Vedastia at the time. This attitude continued when the Spanish attempted to gain influence over the eastern portion of the Vedastian mainland, starting in 1510. Don Domingo Ibáñez de Cabrillas came into contact with the ruling Vedastian princes in the area. This part of Vedastia was rich in timber and had a small amount of gold, so the Spanish were interested in acquiring the area's mineral resources. Ibáñez de Cabrillas negotiated with these princes to allow Spanish laborers and diplomats into their principalities, along with allowing the Spanish some degree of control over their internal affairs, in exchange for riches. All of these princes, with the exception of the Prince of Dracia, agreed. The Spanish started imposing harsh laws regarding religion, which affected Vedastia's Jewish community the most. The Spanish started imposing separate ghettos for Jewish Vedasters. A few of the aboriginal Vedasters were pleased by this arrangement, but most were not. The riches that the Spanish promised the princes did not materialize, so discontent with Spanish control started to spread.

The Vedastian princes in the other parts of the mainland, as well as Xenoland and Gordia, saw the fate of their eastern neighbors and started taking precautions to avoid takeover by the Spanish. The Vedastian Confederation was formed in 1535 by Paului IV, Prince of Dormland (in the west), and Mikhaelui I, Prince of Saint Peter (in the east), each becoming the first joint Doges of Vedastia (Spanish: Los Dux de Vedastia; Vedastian: Tei Tukxuii vun Vetaxtune), giving the Vedastian people a name and some semblance of national identity for the first time. The Spanish allowed Mikhaelui and the other eastern princes to participate in this confederation, thinking that they could use it to gain control over the rest of the principalities. In 1540, Paului converted to Lutheranism and severed ties with Rome in order to secure control over his subjects, angering the Spanish to the point that they almost declared war. All of the princes in the Western portion of the Vedastian mainland, as well as Xenoland and Dracia, followed suit within the next two decades. The Gordian princes, thinking that they would be safe from Spanish reprisals if they remained Catholic, kept their ties with Rome.

Discontent with Spanish rule in the eastern portion of the mainland continued to grow until 1558, when Mikhaelui II, Prince of Saint Peter and Doge of Vedastia after Paului's death, converted to Calvinism to sever ties with Rome and told Spanish colonial officials to vacate all of Vedastia. The Saint Peter Rebellion, inspired by Mikhaelui's conversion, occurred on 29 June 1558, sparking the Vedastian War. Most of the princes on the eastern portion of the Vedastian mainland converted to Calvinism soon afterward, with the exception of those of Saint Ferdinand and Saint Monica, who remained loyal to Spain. He negotiated an alliance with England, with the English supporting Vedastia in a war with the Spanish that lasted 16 months, with a Vedastian and English victory. The 1560 Treaty of Bruges asserted the sovereignty of the Vedastian Confederation, with the principalities of Saint Ferdinand and Saint Monica being readmitted to the Vedastian Conferderation in the treaty, as well.

Vedastia, now free of Spanish rule, still had many Spaniards living within its territory, many of whom were loyal to their Vedastian rulers rather than the Spanish, so they were allowed to remain within Vedastia, and Mikhaelui issued the Edict of Saint Peter in 1562, permitting religious toleration of Catholics within his territory. Most of the principalities in this eastern portion of Vedastia, now known as New Iberia (Spanish: Nueva Iberia, Vedastian: Neuiberune) due to Spanish influence, followed suit, with the exception of the Saint Monica. Many aboriginal Vedasters and Spaniards intermarried, and many religious conversions took place. However, ethnic and religious tensions in New Iberia remained high until the mid-20th century.

Vedastia as a whole became more aligned with England, although not to the point of the English trying to exercise sovereignty over Vedastia like the Spanish. Many new settlers from both English recusant and Dissenting Protestant (almost exclusively Presbyterian and Congregationalist) backgrounds came to Vedastia in search of religious freedom during the 17th century. The start of the 18th century saw more British settlers from all ethnic and religious backgrounds coming to Vedastia to the point that British settlers and their descendants became a plurality of the population by the end of the 18th century.

It was around this time that Vedastia started to worry about foreign colonization, not only by the British, but by other powers. The Vedastian Confederation saw hope in the recently formed Sbemailzille Empire, which was an Anglo-Portuguese proprietary condominium until 1788, when the Lord Proprietor, Augustine Loudoun-Texeira, 5th Duke of Sbemailzille (Contemporary English: Supmailzille, Contemporary Portuguese: Sbemalsil), was inspired by the American Revolution, revolted, and declared himself Emperor Augustine I. In 1796, the Sbemailzille imperial government invited Vedastia to become a dominion within its new empire. Feeling that Sbemailzille would defend Vedastia's freedom against foreign invaders, Juan Bautista Algodón y Pimentel negotiated the Treaty of Hoipton between the Sbemailzille Empire and the Vedastian Confederation, formally ending the Confederation and transforming it into the Dominion of Vedastia, a constituent dominion of the Sbemailzille Empire. The position of doge was eliminated in favor of the Governor-General, a Sbemailzille colonial official chosen by the Emperor, and all of Vedastia's foreign affairs were conducted by the Empire. Otherwise, nothing had changed. Vedastia still enjoyed a high degree of freedom, with many more British settlers migrating to Vedastia to the point that they outnumbered both the aboriginal and Hispanophone Vedaster populations combined by the mid-19th century.

However, this period of freedom guaranteed Vedastia by the Sbemailzille Empire was not to last. In 1849, Emperor Augustine II died and was succeeded by his son, Augustine III. Augustine III was an authoritarian ruler who started imposing new laws throughout the Sbemailzille Empire. His most significant changes included outlawing Protestantism in Sbemailzille and its dominions, except Vedastia, and abolished both the Sbemailzille and Vedastian nobility by decree in 1853. The Lutheran and Calvinist established churches, as well as the Anglican Church of Vedastia, were brought under the control of the Sbemailzille imperial government. Most importantly of all, freedom of speech and religion were highly curtailed, though the latter not to the point of rebellion in Vedastia.

Vedastia was still economically successful until the 1920s, when the Sbemailzille imperial government started imposing burdensome economic regulations throughout the Empire to quell republican and communist revolutionaries. Vedastians, being a very individualistic people who had managed to industrialize before Sbemailzile did, resented this. The Sbemailzille Empire ultimately chose to remain neutral during the Second World War, but common opinion in Vedastia was that Vedastia should join the Allies, and many Vedasters volunteered in Allied armed forces. As time passed, Vedasters started longing for the freedom that they had given up to protect them from foreign invaders.

On 19 January 1953, the centenary of direct imperial control of Vedastia, liberal-minded Vedastian businessmen and intellectuals met in Saint Vedast and declared independence from Sbemailzille. The First Saint Vedast Declaration, the document signed, was drafted by Rikhartui vun Lak Urx. The resulting war, the Vedastian War of Secession, was a bloody conflict that lasted ten years. Roughly 1,000,000 men in total were killed in the conflict, the deadliest in both Vedastian and Sbemailzille history. On 19 January 1963, the Second Saint Vedast Declaration was issued, guaranteeing Vedastia's independence and formally declaring the end of the war. The Vedastian Provisional Government, established by the First Saint Vedast Declaration, transitioned into the Federal Republic of Vedastia on 19 January 1964 with a written constitution, also drafted by Lak Urx. Mark Andrews, a general under the Vedastian Provisional Army, served as the first Chairman of the Executive Council, the eleven-member collective executive body that governed Vedastia until the end of the Vedastian Crisis.

Vedastia was governed until the mid-1990s by an alliance between the senior right-liberal Freedom Party (popularly known as the "Whigs") and the junior liberal-conservative Conservative Party (popularly known as the "Tories"), known as the "Whig-Tory Coalition." Largely credited for Vedastia's economic growth following independence, its neoliberal policies were regarded as some of the most extreme in the world at the time, refusing to implement almost any tariffs, allowing high levels of immigration, not establishing a national minimum wage or national healthcare service, and severe repression of labor movements. As expected of such a government, Vedastia was allied with the United States during the Cold War, and fear of a Soviet-backed communist insurgency permeated Vedastian political discourse, almost approaching the American Red Scare itself in scope. However, Vedastia's political culture was such that there was no realistic way the left could achieve anything in Vedastia until the late 1980s.

Despite rapid economic growth, income inequality rapidly increased, and the Whig-Tory Coalition's period of dominance was broken by the first left-wing government in Vedastia's history under the Social Democratic Party following the 1993 election, which gained control of most cantonal legislatures, as well. Cal Greer served as Chairman of the Assembly of Popular Representatives was eventually selected by the Assembly of Cantonal Representatives to be Chairman of the Executive Council in 1997 and remained chairman until 2002. Many left-wing reforms were implemented federally as much as the Constitution allowed, which was not much, aside from implementing tariffs, issuing block-grants for cantonal social programs, and nationalizing the financial system, and increasing immigration. After this brief period of Soc Dem dominance, the Whig-Tory Coalition returned to power, reverting almost all of the Soc Dem reforms, with the exception of the nationalization of the banking system, cantonal-run primary care, and increased immigration.

This relatively peaceful era in Vedastia's history was about to come to an end. One of the main Soc Dem reforms that the Whig-Tory Coalition maintained, increased immigration, was having its negative consequences felt for the first time. Vedastia, which had always been a relatively tolerant and ethnically diverse nation, started seeing more people of different backgrounds immigrate to Vedastia, something that many Vedasters were wary of, especially in its cities. The decline of manufacturing in Vedastia, an advanced manufacturing power, also riled up negative sentiments toward the traditional policy of free trade. The announcement from Chairman of the Executive Council, Andrew Barron, that immigration would not be reduced and that no protective tariffs would be implemented, triggered some of the most devastating riots in Vedastia's history. The Tories, Callahanist Consensus, and the Renaissance Party were the only parties in Vedastia that voiced any opposition to immigration. The Social Democrats, which had previously opposed free trade, were now heavily in favor of it, and only the Renaissance Party opposed it. The Patriotic Front, an insurgency consisting of Anglo-Vedasters, Hispano-Vedasters, and aboriginal Vedasters opposed to immigration and free trade, encouraged more riots and armed rebellions to the point that several cantons almost seceded. Etwartui vun tei Velt succeeded Andrew Barron as Chairman of the Executive Council after his resignation, implementing martial law and an international media blackout. The Vedastian Crisis, as it came to be known, took thousands of lives.

Teku vun Vaxerkhaux, a Tory member of the Cantonal Assembly of Saint Didacus, broke from the Conservative Party to found his own party, the National Movement, in 2014. NM received many defections from all major parties, with Callahanist Consensus and the Renaissance Party eventually deciding to merge into it. Vaxerkhaux sympathized with the Patriotic Front, but ultimately rejected it and sided with the government because he felt that PF's members would start a reign of terror if they came to power.

The Constitution was amended to abolish the Executive Council and replace it with an executive president selected by the Chamber of Deputies, rename both houses of the National Assembly from the Assembly of Popular Representatives to the Chamber of Deputies and the Assembly of Cantonal Representatives to the Senate, and standardized the selection of Senators by cantonal legislatures. Vaxerkhaux was elected Vedastia's first president by the Chamber of Deputies after a landslide victory for the National Movement in January 2016. In October, the republican constitution was replaced by a monarchical constitution, establishing Vaxerkhaux as King Þeauturikui I, reorganizing the National Assembly into Parliament, and recognizing the titles of the old nobility, though with few legal privileges aside from that.

Vedastia is currently governed by a coalition consisting of the senior National Movement and the junior Pur tei Vetaxtunerii (English: For the Vedasters), known as "Vedastia Together," which came to power after the 2018 election.

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