The Kingdom of Agadar
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Motto: "Honor, Duty, Strength"
Population: 28 million
Largest City: Dunstanton
Official Language: Agadarian Nordic
National Language: Agadarian Nordic
Religion: Church of Agadar
- Monarch: King Harold II
- Lord President: Duke Sebastian Boldwyn
- Lord Minister of the Exterior: Duke Edward Caulstrong
- Upper House: Chamber of Lords
- Lower House: Chamber of Commons
Establishment: 10th century
Land Area: 229,449 km²
Water Area: 5,458 km²
Water %: 2.32
Currency: Agadarian guilder
Drives on the: Right
The Kingdom of Agadar, commonly referred to as Agadar, is a constitutional monarchy located on the southern-most part of the island Gael in The Western Isles. It is bordered on the south-west by the International District. Agadar covers 229,449 square kilometers and has has an estimated population of over 28 million.
Having a central position within the Western Isles, as well as a firm grasp on the important channel that connects the Southern Sea to the Argean Sea, the kingdom plays a major role in the region's trade and economy.
"Agadar" is derived from the word "Agadjar" (plural "Agadjari"). It is the name the original natives of southern Gael used for the viking explorers that arrived on their shores. It translates roughly to "bearded devil". The vikings were quick to embrace the name: references to the "Agadjari" can be found in Norse texts as soon as the 12th century. The standard way to refer to a citizen of Agadar is as an "Agadarian".
Arrival of the Vikings (10th century)
Viking explorers discovered the island sometime in the 10th century, landing in what is now the province of Roeric. The first explorers to establish a permanent settlement on the island were led by the legendary Earl Otrygg Thorbrandsson. Half a world removed from his homelands and liege lord, Otrygg was quick to make a bold decision: he broke his vow to his lord and declared himself the First King of Agadar. The original viking settlement on the island was renamed after him and was made the capital of the young kingdom. King Otrygg himself was rarely found in the new capital, preferring to instead lead the explorations further inland. When his eldest son Ivar became of age, the young prince soon found himself acting as viceroy more often than not.
Pact with the Natives (10th century)
Small-scale clashes between the king's explorers and the natives were no rarity, but when native cities many times greater than any of the viking settlements were discovered further inland, King Otrygg realized the threat which the natives could potentially pose. Preferring peace over a conflict he believed he would not likely win, the viking king met with the native king, King Usukan, and together they signed a peace treaty. Otrygg died many years later while exploring the more northern parts of Gael, presumably of dysentery.
Breaking of the Pact (11th century)
When Otrygg died, his eldest son Ivar assumed the throne without struggle. Whereas his father had forged peace out of fear for the natives, Ivar wished to destroy them instead. Soon after being crowned, he began to plan and prepare for the downfall of the native kingdom. He dedicated years building up his army and his weapons of war in secret. When the time was right, he led the opening siege of the biggest of the native cities, Itzamatul. Woefully unprepared for the seemingly sudden betrayal, the city quickly fell. King Usukan was captured and he and his family were then burned alive during the great feast that followed the viking victory. Their royal family butchered and their greatest city in ruins, the remaining native cities fell like domino's before the might of Ivar's army. After less than a decade of war, the native kingdom was no more, and its people now served as slaves in the viking kingdom which now spanned the entirety of southern Gael.
Sometime between then and Ivar's death, the first Catholic missionaries arrived from Europe. While initially met with suspicion and even violence, the stream of missionaries from Europe would finally succeed in slowly converting the entire kingdom to Christianity over the next few hundred years.
The New Church (16th century)
Sometime in the 16th century, King James II of Agadar wanted to marry Itzel, a woman who was a direct descendant of the last native king, and who still adhered to her ancestors' pagan beliefs. The Pope of the Catholic Church, with whom James II had had religious disagreements in the past, forbade it. James II choose to ignore the Pope and married Itzel, to which the Pope replied by excommunicating James II. James II replied in turn to his excommunication by renouncing papal authority and separating the Catholic church in Agadar from Rome. Civil war was briefly threatened in Agadar over the schism by some of the more zealous noblemen and members of the clergy, but was averted after the signing of the Treaty of Theimar, which made the newly established Church of Agadar, and thus Christianity, the official state religion of Agadar.
Rise of Democracy (18th century)
In the 18th century, voices that demanded to have a say in government grew louder than in previous centuries. The people of Agadar had grown to desire a semblance of self-governance, though only few wanted the king to step down completely. The political philosopher Harry Wilkins wrote and presented a constitution to King Erick I, in which it was written that the king would remain the head of the government and would keep most of his executive powers, but would surrender his legislative and judicial powers to the people. After several riots that threatened to escalate into a full-blown civil war, the king finally ended up signing the treaty.
Looking Outwards (21st century)
On the 7th of June, 2017, King Harold II, with a majority approval of parliament, signed the Gael Four Agreement together with the heads of government of Ostehaar, Ainslie and Verdon. Also known as the 'Mandurah Accord', the treaty promotes co-operation between the signatory nations in the areas of trade, immigration, extradition, education, emergency responding, and intelligence sharing. The political philosopher Emmanuel Hahn declared the signing of the treaty 'an unexpected development, considering the general tendency towards isolationism that has been prevalent in Agadar since its very founding, but a positive one nonetheless'.
In accordance with the constitution, the Agadarian government is split in the traditional three branches. It is composed of the following bodies:
Curia regis, or 'King's Council'
Led by the king, though leadership is usually delegated to the Lord President. Members are appointed by royal decree.
Chamber of Lords
The upper house of the Parliament of Agadar, composed of nobles and bishops of the Church of Agadar. Members are appointed by royal decree.
Chamber of Commons
The lower house of the Parliament of Agadar, composed of democratically elected commoners.
Supreme Court of Agadar
Composed of democratically elected commoners that hold a judgeship.
The Kingdom of Agadar