The Republic of Transcarracan Delia (Delian: Република Транспаракална Делија; Jaedonstonian: Делия Транскаррак Республикасы; Rürlüchi: Vıstaçnı Transkarakan Diliğa), colloquially known as Transcarracan Delia or Delia, is a republic in the southern part of Veruisa, on the southern border of Rürlüchia.
Trasncarracan Delia is a capitalist republic, consisting of seven member states, ruled by a Chancellor (Delian: Канцелар). The republican system is very similar to a pre-republikaz Jaedonstan, having Braḱa (Brothers) that meet to discuss legislature and politics in the Bratstvo (Brotherhood). The Delains are connected with the Federation of Jaedonstan by ties of origin and trade, the Delians and the Federation having conflicting trade and claimed resource zones.
1 Exploration and Foundation of New Helfast (621-830 AD)
2 Establishment of the Republic of Delia and Westward Expansion (1124-1598 AD)
3 Establishment of the Delian Trade Empire and the Delian Industrial Revolution (1623-1876)
4 The Black Depression (1911-1920)
5 The Trade War of 1933 and the Modern Era
Transcarracan Delia is an amalgamation of terms. Carracan refers to the mountain range that is to the immediate south of Delia, forming its southern border. Delia refers to an old Delian word for “share” or “part”. Since every early Delian citizen was guaranteed the right to a parcel of land, this became the name of the nation.
The first colonists to arrive in Delia were a small group of Federation explorers and adventurers. The Federation sent this colony to establish a better foothold and be able to continue the exploration of the continent. However, the colony, due to a lack of enthusiasm at home and funding, failed and the colonists were recalled.
Despite the order to return to the Federation, a small number of colonists remained at New Helfast. These became the ancestors of the Delian culture today. These colonists continued to grow and expand New Helfast, transforming it into a hub of trade and agriculture. The Federation began to take some interest in the colony some time after its rise, but the New Helfast government rejected all proposals of returning to Federation control.
New Helfast began to expand into the area around it in the early 8th century, beginning to take up more land for settlements and agriculture. They began to encounter native inhabitants of the land and some tribes became allies with New Helfast. Eventually, the two cultures of the Delian peoples would merge to create a distinct Delian culture group.
In addition to this expansion, explorers set out from the city of New Helfast to map and explore the regions to the west of the city. Many of these explorers never returned, but the ones that did became famous and legends in Delian history.
New Helfast, Jem of Delia, 1832
From the south, an unknown group of raiders and pirates began to pillage the Delian coastline. Without a sizeable navy to defend their ports, New Helfast was forced to attempt to fortify its cities and ports. However, this proved to be fruitless and pointless, as the raiders continued to destroy and pillage cities. Eventually, they besieged New Helfast in the summer of 830 and burned it to the ground. This is where the modern Delian state claims to have its origin, but most of the world does not recognize that the New Helfast era was properly a precursor to the modern Transcarracan Delia.
After the collapse of the city of New Helfast, and all that it controlled, the independent cities that remained continued to fight against the raiders from the south. Eventually, the raider gave up on raiding and returned to their homelands somewhere in the south of the world.
The remaining population of the eastern coast continued to develop and grow. Some of the smaller cities banded together to create larger trade and political groups. These groups became powerful trade and political forces in Delia. By the 11th century, the cities had grown in size and small republics were beginning to form. The largest of these, formed around the powerful trade city of Xajotiav. Xajotiav had formed in the late days of New Helfast and was too small for the raiders to consider attacking. Xajotiav eventually formed the Republic of Delia in the southeastern part of the nation in 1224.
As the young Delia began to grow in power, it began to grow in size. More and more cities were signing the Compact, the founding document of the republic. By 1250, Delia had grown to cover most of the eastern seaboard of modern Delia. This sparked an exploration of the lands to the west of the frontier borders. The Delians, as they expanded westwards, continued to establish cities and trade posts, but the inland cities prospered less than the coastal ones. The inland cities were forced to live off of grains and livestock, instead of the mix of fish and imported foods that the costal cities thrived on.
The expansion westwards lasted for three centuries, with new cities being established every year and, by 1580, coastal cities being established on the western coast of Delia. These cities were linked by water to the main eastern seaboard of the young republic, boosting their growth. By 1598, the Republic of Delia had expanded to nearly its modern day borders and became known as Transcarracan Delia.
The Delians began, in the mid-17th century, to grow their trade influence. Trading on a global scale now, the Delians traded wares made in iron and bronze, provided by the Carracan mines, grain from the inland farms, and precious or rare items from around the world. The Delian market was known for its specialty in rare and interesting items, especially foreign novelties and luxuries.
As the Delians began to rapidly grow in trade, so did their trade partners. The Federation, a strong trade power in the region, began to interact with the Delians. The Federation was home to some of the richest trade ventures and firms in the region, many of which began to invest in the Delian market. Other nations in the area also began to have an interest in the Delian markets. The Delians became rich and economically significant. Their political situation allowed them to ensure the free markets, as most Braḱa were members of the merchant class, one of the most powerful classes to this day.
As the markets began to grow, the Delians began to establish trading centers in other nations. Delian-owned companies and firms began to pop up around the region, especially in the Federation, which had a relatively simple and open business policy at the time. These firms began to bargain and solidify trade agreements and bonds with other companies, bringing in more revenue to the Delian market. In addition, these firms would open markets for the local inhabitants to buy Delian wares, making them a cheap and reliable option.
By the early 19th century, the Delians had established a strong trade empire that would last into the 20th century. By the early 1800s, the Delians were influenced strongly by the Industrial Revolution happening in the Federation at this time. As new inventions and ideas crossed the sea between the two nations, the Delians began to adopt and adapt the ideas. Many of these ideas became new marketable products for the Delians to sell to the international market. With the invention of the steam engine, the Delians began to buy and use steam-powered boats to increase the range and speed of their trade. The steam engine, as well, provided the Delians with a faster way of trade between the two coasts of their nation, connecting the shore of the Alexander Sea to that of the Crymic Sea. This allowed for products shipped from the Federation to arrive in Delia, cross the country, and reach the Crymic sea in less than a week.
A 19th-century painting of an industrial city
The 20th century dawned upon a rich and powerful Transcarracan Delia. Their trade influence across the world had grown to staggering heights. Their investments in the Federation’s markets and companies were extensive and profitable. The Delians, during the first decade of the 1900s, began to buy heavily into promising Jaedonstonain stocks and firms. These firms, using promises of wealth and lasting investment, managed to make millions in stock trading and similar investments. However, by 1911, the stock market in the Federation had crashed and dozens of even the biggest firms were going out of business.
At first, the Delians were overjoyed. A dip in Federation stock markets would leave the top positions open to Delian domination. Within the first few weeks of the Black Depression, the Delians bought up all the stocks that they could. Delian firms were confident that the markets would swing back. However, despite the hopes of the Delians, the stocks did not swing back. By the third month of the Depression, the Delian markets had completely failed and firms, banks, and corporations across the nation were collapsing. The June Collapse caused a second wave of firms and banks to close in the Federation, which further shattered the economy of all the nations in the region.
As the Depression progressed, the Delian economy sank lower and lower. The government, unable to help, was protested repeatedly. The people of the republic were unhappy with the status of their life. Many had lost their savings and their jobs in the crash and were now starving in the streets. However, the Delian government refused to do anything about it. Its powers were limited to simple taxes and tariffs when it came to the economy.
In 1914, the Great Drought struck the Delian inland. As the farmlands began to dry up, the farmers were no longer able to produce enough food to plant the next year, much less sell to hungry buyers. As both cash crops and food failed, the economy took another downturn and thousands of people began to starve. The cities were relying on the fishing industry and foreign aid to live, but the many living inland and in the mountains were unable to benefit from these things.
By 1917, thousands of people were rioting in the streets of the cities. Industrial centers had shut down completely, putting hundreds of thousands of a job. Millions in Pari had been wasted or lost, several billion in today’s money. Riots were causing even more damage, and, by the middle of 1917, dozens had been killed. With the thousands starving and rioting, the Delians needed help. Finally, relief came. The harvests had recovered after the Great Drought, and food was pouring into the markets. With renewed hope, the Delian government began to distribute the food.
The Depression continued, but there was finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Most markets had completely hit rock bottom. However, they were now able to produce products at higher prices due to the influx of food and the willingness of people to buy. This let the economy recover, somewhat. In addition, the recovery of the Federation allowed for some low-level investment in the Delian markets. As time progressed, the economy recovered more and more. By 1920, it had mostly recovered and was again prospering, albeit weakened and shaky.
The damage from the Depression could not be undone swiftly and some of the ramifications of the Depression still linger today in the Delian economy.
After the Black Depression had passed the Delians, they continued to regain their lost ground. In the Federation, protective trade tariffs began to rise as the economy recovered and began to inflate. This, coupled with the high price of exports in the Federation, made the Delian market the next logical and cheapest choice. This caused serious conflict with the Federation, which saw the Delian economy as a threat to their economic empire.
The SS Jukala, a Delian privateer ship in port
This, among other policies and moves made by each nation, led to the Trade War of 1933. It officially began with the capture of the TDS Giezak, a Delian ship on its way out of the Alexander Sea. The Federation claimed that it had strayed into Federation waters, but it is unsure to this day. The logs were burned after the ship’s galley caught on fire and burned the ship.
After this initial attack, known as the Unilateral Declaration, the Delians began to respond in kind, seizing Federation ships in their ports and hiring privateers to raid and capture Federation ships. The Federation reacted in kind, escalating the conflict. By the middle of 1933, both nations had completely shut each other out of their respective home markets. This war lasted until November 1933, when the Gorvenev Pact was signed by the Chancellor and the Vizior. However, this non-aggression pact did not completely end the hostilities. Both nations unofficially operated privateer and pirate ships for another decade after the end of the war.
The rest of the 20th century was relatively peaceful for the Delians. Continuing to increase their trade and economic numbers, they managed to become a secondary power in the world through their use of trade. They established trade deals with large nations that exist today. Their aggressive economic tactics have inspired many of their neighbors and trade partners to copy them. The Delians recently discovered oil in the Caraccan mountains, in addition to some gold and other rare metals. This had led to another boost in economy and trade, as well as strengthening the worth of the Pari.
The geography of Transcarracan Delia is relatively simple and plain. In the north, plains border the Republic of Rürlüchia. The plains run down all the way south to the Carracan Mountains, which form the southern border of the nation, as well as being part of its namesake. To the east, the lands turn marshy and full of small lakes and rivers before merging with the Alexander Sea. In the west, rocky cliffs end suddenly, dropping to the pebbly shore below. The weather in Delia is mild, reaching only to an average high of 26.5°C (80°F) and an average low of -9°C(16°F).
The main culture of Transcarracan Delia is Delian, an ancient cross between the Jaedonstonian and Native Delian cultures. The official language of the nation is Delian, but Jaedonstonian is still spoken in the eastern parts of the nation and Rürlüchi is a common language in the northern parts. The nation is demographically stable, having few to no cultural conflicts. 86% of citizens identify as Delian, 9% identify as Jaedonstonian, 4% identify as Rürlüch, and the rest are various mixes and recent immigrants. There is no purveying religion in Delia; most of the nation is not religious at all. 64% stated they do not attend or identify with any established religion. Only 21% identify as Christian, 8% identify as Rachitist, and the rest are various religions.
The government of the Republic of Transcarracan Delia is a pre-Repulikaz Jaedonstonian republic. The Braḱa (Brothers) are the representatives of each member state. There are two per state, making up fourteen in all. The Bratstvo (Brotherhood) elect one of their number to the Kancelarstvo (Chancellorship). The Kancelar is the head of state and government, permitted to control internal and foreign affairs. He is also the commander-in-chief of the military.
The economic policy of the Bratstvo is based upon open policies and trade tariffs. Some of the strongest protections of independent businesses and trade. It uses its influence in tariffs to encourage local production and trade but does not interfere too much.
The economy of Delia is based mostly on trade firms and corporations. The Delians are a trade hub in the southern half of Verusia, holding a large amount of trade influence and power. In addition to their trade empire, the Delians are major producers of iron and bronze products, manufactured gold and precious gems, oil, and fish.
The Delian culture is a mixture of Jaedonstonian and old Delian Native culture. Today, these cultures accept all other people and cultures, as an act of unity. Delian culture values productivity, respect, and bravery. The culture is diversified in cuisine, having a mainly agricultural and livestock-based cuisine in the plains, fish, and ocean life-based cuisine on the coastlines, and light grain and goat based foods in the mountains.
The military of Transcarracan Delia is not large, nor based on the land forces. The largest branch, by far, is the Delian Fleet. It, comprised largely of battleships and cruisers, protects the trade of the Republic. The army, comprised of a few small regiments, is maintained by the federal government. However, the member states are permitted to keep and train their own armies, which they do. The border states have a markedly higher military buildup than the southern states do. The Delian Air Force is mainly comprised of naval patrol planes and fighter-bombers. Again, the member states of the republic have a much larger professional air force collection than the federal government.