Kingdom of Thecuva
𐐗𐐮𐑍𐐼𐐲𐑋 𐐲𐑂 𐐛𐐨𐐽𐐭𐑂𐐪
Capital: The Approach
Language/s: English, Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Adamic
Religion: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Government: Semi-constitutional theodemocratic monarchy
- King: Jesus Christ
Apostolic Protector: Thomas Heber Pemberton
Church President: Benjamin Young Pemberton
Legislature: Congress of Thecuvah
- Upper House: Senate
Lower House: House of Representatives
GDP: US$3.400 billion
Currency: Thecuvite dollar ($)
Military Budget: 1.2% of GDP
Military Manpower: 620
Population Fit for Service: 15,200
The Kingdom of Thecuvah, officially the Apostolic Protectorate of the Kingdom of Thecuvah's Zion, is an archipelagic polity based in Western Esperanza. Founded in 2095 during the New Colonial Era, Thecuvah was one of two major settlement missions that flew under the flag of the American Federation, and was funded mainly by the Mormon Church which had become dissatisfied with the lack of Mormon settlers participating in the Federal Territories of American Esperanza.
The name Thecuvah is a Anglicization of the Hebrew word תקוה ("Tiqva") meaning "hope", and was taken the planet Esperanza, which also stands for "hope" in the Spanish language. The name is rendered as 𐐛𐐨𐐽𐐭𐑂𐐪 in the Deseret alphabet. Before Thecuvah, the country was also variously identified as "Kolob's Approach", "New Deseret", and "Zion" before Church President Benjamin Pemberton ultimately decided on Thecuvah, which it considered to be "appropriately humble, yet fittingly prestigious".
During the New Colonial Era, Church President Benjamin Y. Pemberton proclaimed a divine revelation from God which warned of the slow degradation of Deseret and the preparation of a new land for mankind and their Christian Church.
In the revelation, officially known in Mormon doctrine as "Official Declaration 3", Pemberton asserted that the new land was closer to Kolob, the hypothetical celestial body in Mormon theology that housed the Throne of God, and that reaching it would be humanity's only hope of surviving the "premature desolation" of the old lands of Zion and Deseret.
The revelation, widely accepted by the Mormon Church, would lead to a pro-colonial frenzy within the Mormon-influenced regions of the American Federation, which quickly caused controversy following the approval of the first American mission to Esperenza, which notably excluded Mormons among its initial colonial settlers out of fear of the Church's possibly influences on the political landscape of the Esperanza settlement.
Because of this, the first American mission is traditionally referred to by Thecuvtes as the "Gienay Mission" or the "G and A mission", which pejoratively references the "great and abominable church", a doctrine in Mormonism that refers to any church or organization that ran contrary to the interests of the LDS Church.
The controversy subsided roughly a month later when President Pemberton successfully negotiated with the White House on the creation of a second colonial mission to Esperanza which was to be entirely composed of Mormon settlers, with Pemberton agreeing to lead the colonial mission under the strict stipulation that it would be the Pemberton estate that would fund the entire venture. This mission, colloquially named the "Kolob's Approach", would go on to recruit around 80,000 settlers from the states of Utah, California, and Arizona, all Latter-day Saints.
The Kingdom of Thecuvah is structured according to the principles of theodemocracy, a unique fusion of theocratic and democratic principles first proposed by Church-founder Joseph Smith. Under this system, the Thecuvite government officially claims itself to constitute a part of the Kingdom of God, with Jesus Christ as its supreme monarch.
Following this claim, the government officially designates itself to be the "appointed power" that acts on behalf of Jesus for humanity, with the Apostolic Protector and the President of the Church serving as God's temporal and spiritual representatives respectively.
In practice, the Thecuvite political system closely mirrors the system of the American Federation, with a strong executive branch under the control of the apostolic protector and a cabinet of secretaries tasked with managing the various affairs of state, roughly analogous to the presidents and the executive cabinets of the Federation. Also like the Federation, Thecuvah maintains a bicameral legislature composed of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The Thecuvite judiciary also retains very similar functions to the American system.
The Thecuvite population on Esperanza is presently confined to just around 80,000 colonial settlers, the overwhelming majority of which come from a White European background, with approximately 70% of settlers claiming English, Scottish, or otherwise British ancestry, with Thecuvites of Latino and Filipino heritage forming the next 28% of settlers. The remaining 2% are composed of people with predominantly African, Native American, and North Asian heritage.
English is the official language of Thecuvah, and is rendered in the Latin alphabet for most government and non-government functions, as well as the Deseret alphabet for liturgical and ceremonial purposes. Thecuvite English, the variant of English often spoken in Thecuvah, is considered to be almost entirely synonymous with American and Canadian English, though with slight terminological similarities with Phillippine English as well.
Additionally, Thecuvah also maintains a list of "protected" languages that are often taught in Sunday schools: Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Adamic, the former two being taught primarily to students in tandem with Bible discussions and translations, and Aramaic being included mainly for being the generally accepted language in which Jesus was said to have spoken in.
Adamic, the hypothetical language of humanity before the Tower of Babel story, is also listed for ceremonial and ecclesiastical purposes, and is supposedly only taught to the highest-ranking members of the Mormon Church structure, though the veracity of these claims are often disputed by secular academic sources.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the sole legal religious entity operating within Thecuvah, with all Thecuvites required to become members of the Church in order to attain Thecuvite citizenship.
Despite this, Thecuvah officially recognizes various other Christian churches such as the mainline Protestant churches, the Anglican Church, and the Catholic Church, though these recognitions are mainly symbolic in nature.
In practice, only the LDS Church is permitted to operate within the Thecuvite borders, with the Thecuvite government notably refusing to acknowledge the existence of other schismatic sects such as the Community of Christ and the FLDS Church.