The Federal Republic of Balticonia, more commonly referred to simply as Balticonia, is a semi-large nation located in eastern Lezra. Its current population of 42 million is rapidly growing. It is of an area of approximately 490,000 square miles. Balticonia consists of 17 provinces, one Capital District, three protectorates, four colonies, and three external territories. Balticonia borders the nations of The Kingdom of Old Utopia and Allan land to the west. Balticonia has a long coast on the Oriental Ocean, and its largest port is Puto Vicorrio, or Port Victory.
The word Balticonia comes from the language of Balticonian. Translated it means Land of the East River, the East River referring to the Grand Balticonian River that flows through much of the country. Normally, a citizen of Balticonia is referred to as a Balticonian.
Balticonia has remained independent or semi-independent since its foundation, but it has been dominated by other countries. Originally, Balticonia consisted of the land between the Blue River and the East Mountains. Balticonia first gained independence in 732 A.D after Vltam I freed the Baltis from Sastan oppression. In 974, an army of the Mato Grossonian tribe swept through the country during a civil war, subduing the people, and Balticonia remained a Mato Grossonian protectorate until 1126. Balticonia then set out into a period of prosperity, known as the Balticonian Golden Age. Balticonian merchants were dominant, delivering Balticonia's many iron ore, tetrarium and wheat resources around the globe. They brought back with them spices from Irte Al, a continent east of Balticonia that was then a Balticonian colony. Unfortunately, this golden age came to a close when the tribesmen of Irte Al rebelled against Balticonia. This rebellion was successful, and the Confederation of Irte Al was established. Since then, this confederation has split, and now many nations occupy this area. Over the next few decades, Balticonia slowly expanded and established a longer coastline on the Oriental Ocean. In 1379, The Queen of Balticonia, the ruler at the time because the previous king had no male heirs, married a Sastan prince, who by chance, unexpectedly became king of Sasta, joining the two kingdoms as the Union of Southeast Lezra. The Balticonians got the short end of this stick, and rebelled against the repressive Sastans under Calobo I and by 1421, this union had been dissolved. Balticonia then experienced a series of takeovers from many countries including The Kingdom of Old Utopia and Allan land, but by 1674, they permanently regained independence. Under King Calobo VI, who has took the throne in 1778, Balticonia again experienced prosperity, enhancing their transportation system, and becoming an influential nation. They are currently part of the Kantonic Trade League, an organization allowing free trade between its members and a defensive alliance. Calobo VI's reign was not perfect however, and the kingdom almost fell after minority groups in every corner of the kingdom rose up against the government. The capital of Cintornia held out however, relieved by reinforcements from Old Utopia, and the threat was neutralized with heavy casualties to all sides. The incident did lead to the Constitution of Balticonia being benevolently gifted by the king to the people. When the government of Sastaville, the nation along Balticonia's southern border collapsed on itself, Calobo met with Old Utopian leader Biel of Kanton Inu to discuss the possibility of a partition. As a result of the agreement, Balticonia gained a small section of Sastaville and the opening up of the port of Liy Ghoutbas to Balticonian trade. After defeating several Sastan revolts, the Balticonians liberated the region of Frihomptia at the citizens request. After annexing the Empire of Austronta, the Balticonians sparked the Austrontan Civil Wars, a series of wars whose end result was the puppeting of Austronta by Balticonia and Old Utopia and the restoration of Frederick VI until the outbreak of the Second Austrontan Civil War in which the Austrontans lost millions of soldiers, including many at the particularly deadly battles of Clamar and Comai. After these wars, the Balticonian forces withdrew to the northern border of Austronta, allowing the Austrontans to rule themselves. Recently, the opening of the Pondel-Kanton Inu Canal has allowed Balticonia access to the Southern Lezran Sea and a new age of economic prosperity. In 1806, the Pondel minority, with the assistance of the Sasts in Balticonia's new territory, promised a democracy if they were in power and began the Balticonian Civil War. By making promises to support Technocracy, Pondel gained much needed support from Ivorica and from Psunam. Thought the Pondels lost far more troops, they encroached on the Balticonian valley, and smothered the Balti government, resulting in the Pondel seizure of power. However, the promised democracy was not to be. After the razing of Cintornia, a terrible fire that destroyed one of the world's most glorious cities, Ghyab Hustan declared himself supreme dictator of Balticonia in a rousing speech. Though Calobo VI was captured and executed, the Old Utopians remarkably rescued his son, Calobo VIII. Oppression of the Baltis followed, and approximately 4 million were massacred by the bitter Pondels. The warmongering Pondels then invaded the nation pof Touco with great success, conquering most of the country. In response to this holocaust, the Pact of Leondar alliance declared war on the Pondels, but never mounted a significant invasion. Santec forces captured coastal Balti towns, but the Pondels murdered the inhabitants before they could be liberated. When peace was finally made, Pondel agreed to stop murdering Baltis and to end their invasion of Touco. In early 1811, Ghyab Hustan was murdered and Mazkyo Mumta succeeded him as leader and supreme dictator, cracking down further on the Balti and Frihompts still living in Balticonia. In 1812, when the Turkish Koranians invaded the Bakkan territories of Old Utopia through Indyk, the Pondel government participated in the attack with Psunami and Brotherhood for Life assistance. The invasion was unsuccessful, however, and the Pondels were forced to limit their military and relinquish power to Calobo VII in May 1816 when he turned 21. However, a Pondel nationalist assassinated the prince, and a successional crisis arose. Eventually, Vlamo Suzsa, a Balti-Marprovi from Tuolee, and a political resistance figure who claims to trace his lineage back to Calobo I was chosen as the next king. He is politically Isolationist and Protectionist. and was arrested by the Pondels during the occupation, but escaped prison the night before his execution. Since his selection, violence has again broken out between Pondel and Balti partisans, and has led to the return of Rimardo Luiza, a leader who is as anti-Pondel as they come returning to Balticonia to vie for possible leadership and to assist the mobs in their fight against Pondel. Rednedonian peacekeepers were sent to Balticonia to help settle the disagreements, but also to bring grain which is scarce after many wildfires destroyed a large portion of the harvest. These peacekeepers have produced mixed results, but the conflict seems quiter now. Ghyard Tlatza has also returned to Balticonia from Nov Marprovia, vowing to become king or die trying. Only time will tell what Balticonia has in store for the future.
Balticonia is located in eastern Lezra, bordering Allan land, The Kingdom of Old Utopia, and Sastaville. Balticonia has a long coastline on the Oriental Ocean. The Blue Mountains dominate the southern border with Sastaville, and the Eastern Mountains separate the Oriental Ocean from the vast Balticonian Valley. Many cities are located on or near either the coastline or the Grand Balticonian River, with the capital, Cintornia in the central part of the country on the Grand Balticonian River. The coastline has a Mediterranean Climate, but much of the rest of the country has a more mountainous climate, and the northern part has a temperate climate. the highest point, at an elevation of 4410 meters (14469 feet), is Apfan Clart Montoni, or High Blue Mountain, located in the southern part of the country near the source of the Grand Balticonian River. The lowest point in Balticonia is the Oriental Ocean at 0 meters (0 feet)above sea level. Balticonia also owns a naval base known as Svitzan, located on the northwest coast of Svitzerre. Balticonia contains several large lakes, the largest being Lako Roj, or Red Lake, located in the southern part of Upper Balticonia. The colony of Nov Marprovia lies on the continent of Afrique, on the eastern shore of the continent.
Balticonia currently has a population of 42 Million. Balticonia is largely composed of Baltis, about 34%, but minorities include Pondel (24%), Sast (14%), Marprovi (11%), Frihompt (6%), Tooc (5%), Old Utopians (3%), Podprovians (2%), and others (1%). The Majority of Balticonians are Christians, around 82%. Protestants make up 42% of the population, mainly Baltis and Marprovis, and Catholics make up 34%, mainly Pondels, Frihompts, and Sasts. The other two percent are various other denominations. 25% are nonreligious, and small religious minorities make up the remaining 1%. Balticonia guarantees religious freedom to everyone.
Leskeril Zano Bator
Lesker Island Outer Zone
Vestil Zano Bator
West Island Outer Zone
Colomio Nov Borrikunda
Colony New Borrikunda
Colomio Ost Padsudtarria
Colony East Great Southern Land
Colomio Nov Pondel
Colony New Pondel
Colomio Nov Clartia
Colony New Blue Mountains
Zasto Nod Frihomtia
Protectorate North Frightia
Zasto Sudost Frihomptia
Protectorate Southeast Frightia
Balticonia is a member of several international organizations, including the Kantonic Trade League and the World Assembly. Balticonia's closest allies include The Kingdom of Old Utopia, Koranvistan, Snowylan, and Owlan. The nations richest 10% of citizens pay a 20% income tax rate, the next 40% pay a 15% income tax rate, the next 40% pay a 10% income tax rate, and the poorest 10% pay only a 5% income tax rate. Balticonia prides itself on having a strong navy, and it frequently has to fight off the many pirates off the coast. Balticonia has a reasonably sized army, but has a fairly small military budget, and as a result, some of its equipment is out of date.
Balticonia is a capitalistic country who's economy is worth approximately 127,000,000,000,000 Dolears. The economy is quickly growing, and Balticonia is a fairly rich country. The rich-poor divide is small, at 2.01. Balticonia's largest trading partner is Old Utopia, but Ivorica, and Koranvistan are also large trading partners. Balticonia is dedicated to educating its population, and its citizens excel in several subjects, particularly geography. Balticonia has a good infrastructure system, and an extensive transportation network exists.
Balticonian culture is similar to many Eastern Lezran cultures. Balticonian cuisine is famous for its high quality fish, caught off its shores. The Balticonian language is a Germanic language . Balticonian culture is influenced by Sastan culture in many ways, with some Old Utopian and Allan Landen culture. Generally, Balticonians are distrustful of other countries, and this stems from the oppression they experienced through their history.
In Balticonia, many entertain themselves with sports, the most popular being Balticonian Ylvata, a sport similar to soccer. In 2017, Balticonia were the Lezran champions in this sport, and inside of Balticonia, Pondela are the defending champions. Balticonia recently hosted the World Cup, a tournament won by Old Utopia.
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