Beautancus :: East of West

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  1. Azraq

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    Great initiative J-Ø. Broadly agree with with what you've put just a couple pointers my end...

    1. I'd never envisaged Azraq being a colony or even a protectorate of some kind so talk of eventually getting home rule is off the table

    2. I'm uncomfortable with the idea of Jysk / Austwegian "hegemony" around the Horn of Himyar and it doesn't make sense when you look at the surrounding region. There's Tephanon, an ex-Pelasgian colony, Loago, an ex-Caledonian colony, Port Stanley, Engellex's acronym and further afield you have Justosia and Siu Wui (I think?). Might be worth considering how this affair fits in within wider imperialist goings on. I know for sure this is around the same time as Tephanon was ceded so worth speaking to Demos (Pelasgia">@Pelasgia ) and you have your own history with him don't you Beau?
     
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    Yeah, we have a sort of abortive attempt at Company Colonization (prior to Independence, and maybe ever so slightly Post) in Pelasgia from that time already, which I figure speaks very roughly to the heretofore proposed on again/off again commercial and quasi-imperialistic interests of the Cussians in the region.

    What if we prop 10'd a historical nation to fit the needs of the Great Northern Empire/2 Kingdoms, that would eventually be subsumed into the Azraqi and/or Pelasgian spheres of influence? We have a notable shortage of space on the map for colonial adventures, at least historically, and while I certainly understand your misgivings here in light of Azraq's nature and power - I don't want to see Coro get sidelined here either.

    So maybe we dust Vangala off, or some other historical nation that might fit the bill and serve everyone's purposes? That'd be less a Pelasgian matter, but would still serve all our purposes here. Thoughts?
     
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    Am up for some historical RP although my post was by no means an attempt to shit on Coro's idea so alolapolo if it came across that way! My point was more it's worth considering what's already there in terms of history etc.

    Perhaps J-Ø was looking to join the colonial action but got burned by Engellex acting through its proxy Beautancus?
     
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    That latter idea is especially good, and might be a better than decent way to frame Beautancus' historical position within the historical First Republican weltreich (and to some lesser degree in modernity as well - best let Louie speak to this effect first though @Engellex ). There was, and I'd definitely like for there still to be some gray area with Beautancus and the First Republic, in that the former is officially, legally and in reality quite independent from the latter - but is also not at all in some other regards. I mainly don't want to be overbearing or stifle anyone else's RP, long and short.
     
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    On point 1:
    My impression was that Azraq wasn’t a colony, or a protectorate, but after the collapse/weakening of the Blue Imamate, policies, politics, and trade became very much dictated by foreign imperial ambitions. Some of this due to the fact that Azraq didn’t have the same level of hard power, but the other side of that coin is that many Azraqis were ok with making a shit ton of money and willingly putting Azraqi ambitions as subservient to foreign riches. Thus I imagined Jysk-Austwegian merchant houses, and trading companies in Azraqi ports pretty much doing as they please while the Royal Navy sat off the coast. Azraq is of course ruled by its own mechanisms, but if a foreign company said, ‘x’ for ‘y’ and it wasn’t really a fair trade, the Azraqis would just say... eh, sure...

    (EDIT: My thinking was perhaps like how China was, but before those silly Opium wars.)

    My apologies if my impression on that was wrong, in which case please make the corrections to my short story in order to help keep it in with what you more exactly had in mind during this period. —Something more Ottoman?
    One point 2:
    I sort of saw it all as zones of interest as we’ve never had a British Empire sort of hegemonic power. Thus regional powers play out world-wide and spheres of influence sort of dictate the day I’d imagine. The GNE-Two Kingdoms perhaps choose poorly, or didn’t exercise the same level of brutality to maintain a colony? The real big thing about the my national project is that it really doesn’t often exercise colonialism in the British sense of ownership, but more the American sense of influence via economics. Of course this turned into ownership in some places during the Empire, but thereafter, it’s been very much about influence and trade.

    Alternatively, I could make a new colony, but I don’t see much point in making something that I don’t even currently RP or maintain control over. But right now I’m not really insisting on a particular story, or imperial design. Just sort of trying to sort out a story that we never really finished but conceptually. So, it’s just as much in my interest to have both you guys (Beau and Norse), make edits to the story I’m weaving to make it fit within your national concepts than try to fit into some imperial design I have. I’d much rather tackle my imperial ambitions on an individual level elsewhere I think.

    So I think it would be better to have you guys make whatever changes you want to the story I’ve fashioned and we work together from there. ​
     
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    Could we, maybe work a collaborative mini-series RP out of this, focusing on the high points (allowing us to sidestep the number of months lost in transit, in some cases)? If not, it's cool, I'll still probably put out a series of one-off's, as I mentioned earlier and elsewhere having an idea for a murderous Major in the field, something too delicious to pass up I think.
     
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    Resurrecting the old 123 Affair...

    I'm thinking the loss of Tephanon to a rapidly modernising Southern Tiburan Empire in 1868 led to the First Azraqi Empire to get itself in considerable debt to improve its own armed forces and infrastructure. Some of this would be have been paid through concessions (monopolies over things such as telegram systems) or by giving up Azraqi trade privileges in the Toyou-Implarian region. The rest would have been loans on very one-sided terms (in this respect it's probably easier to compare the geopolitical position of Azraq to Iran during the late 19th and early 20th centuries).

    Perhaps the 123 Affair emerged post-1868 as Beautancus and the Great Northern Empire vied for influence over Azraq? Eventually Beautancus won out.

    I'm thinking foreign interference in Azraq led to populist uprisings from the 1920s onwards (perhaps there'd been a few bad incidents beforehand e.g. defaults, military interventions). The Islamofuturists in 1955 promised to restore order and were avowedly anti-communist (I think current lore has Kadikistan being quite aggressive in that decade) so we're initially backed by Beautancus (perhaps J-Ø too?) until they started nationalising foreign assets in the 60s...
     
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    I was wondering, maybe the whole rapid modernisation of Pelasgia and Azraq could be linked to the vote of the Natalians to receive responsible government and dissolve the Engell Central Himyari Company, thus creating the Union of Central Himyar, as a third major player on the continent. With the Rozvi, Loda and Mbunda being keen to join the Engells into this new Union, after around two centuries of even more of Pelasgian and Azraqi domination, it could be said that this whole rushed push towards modernisation was a reaction against the creation of an Engell Himyari state, which later developed into Natal.
     
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    Just a quick summary cheet-sheet (third attempt at such, forum ate the 2nd overnight) to give folks something to reference against. I'll fill in the key figures, dates, general history, primary texts and further entries on beliefs, practices and general organizational structure as things go. Please do discuss or share your thoughts - it is intended to be a point of provocative contention IC.

    Nativism Factbook/Cheet-Sheet

    Origin
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    The first recorded instance of the use of "Nativism" or related adjectives/terms occurred in 1747, in the Canton of the Ten Springs, Commonwealth of Clarendon, with the founding of an all-male community lodge described as "Nativistic." The following year, a further ten such organizations would be founded in surrounding Cantons - a rate of expansion that would continue unto the "Great Congregational Convention of Welmonton" on May 21st of 1796, whereupon delegates and representatives elected by more than one hunsred and seventy loosely aligned and associated organizations met to discuss and vote upon the codification of the first official, later legally binding, Nativist Covenant.
    Etymology:
    Derived from a widely circulated Engellexic Masonic (Thaumantic Rite) treatise, published in August of 1660, penned by Dr. N. Tillian Gaiman, so-titled: "The Native Vigour of those Ængellexican Scions in Far Westernesse," on the topic of the potential factors leading to statistically significant increases in avg height, longevity and overall vitality enjoyed by 2nd and 3rd generation settlers in the Far West in comparison the Engellexian homeland. The first recognizably related use of the term is dated to 1747, as detailed in the previous entry - in this case appearing most often as "Nativistic."
    Technical Categorization(s): Sociological Epistemology; Practical Sociopolitical Philosophy; Civic/Civil Congregationalism; Engellexic Civic Antireligion; Scientific Occultism
    Summary of Primary Beliefs/Practices (not to be taken as the sum of Nativist beliefs, merely a sample of some of the most prominent):
    • "Humanity is the supreme representation of natural order."
    • "The natural state of human existence is found in liberty, self-sufficience and wise wonderment." (One of the more positive notions)
    • "Suffer not the Confessor." - there is no external means or mechanism of obtaining "absolution," that to cede one's ultimate sense of individual morality/personal accountability and qualification to another is an unspeakable weakness.
    • general agnosticism/particular atheism and rejection of "Fictional dogma" as inherently inferior on empirical grounds
    • "Direct Utilitarianism" ~ Nativists are encouraged to take interest in new and foreign ideas, and to adapt the best concepts and features to and within their own toolset and worldview.
    • Societies do still require some sense of common morality, not subordinated to Fiction, as well as still requiring something larger than themselves to believe in (exactly what that should be is as follows)
    • Secular Millenarianism- Belief that humanity ought to be engaged in actively building some better and more moral "World of Tomorrow." Though there does not yet seem to be a deity, or divine expression of reality - humanity will one day come to possess the arts necessary to create it (and should, once this artifice is possible). Further, "Material Apotheosis" (transhumanism by technical or "other" means) will eventually be possible and should be pursued by individuals in order to achieve the creation of that which will be "divine" (an ultimate expression of humanity, which is itself a supreme expression of natural order).
    • "Find you the lion's reasons, for they are your own." - Social Darwinism & Biological Imperative(s) - humans are still animals, and to view humanity as removed from the basic biological cycles and functions common to the animal kingdom is willful delusion (("All our technical wonders are really just a better, shinier stick to eat better bugs from bigger termite hills."))
    • Civic Cult (focused upon an allegorical, personified aggregate of the individual community - similar in some respects to the pagan Tiburan notion of a "Genius Locus," albeit understood as strictly figurative)
    • Competitive Perfectionism among individuals (since this is the only life humans are going to live, they had best make it the absolute best they can), communities and nations
    • "Turning the other cheek is a tacit acceptance of the inferiority of one's own position." - Violence is innate to the human condition, and perfectly acceptable between nominal equals (i.e. men) in the appropriate circumstances, and a necessary form of extreme expression once all other methods of communication have been exhausted or otherwise rendered moot - though to employ violence against one who is not an equal without proper cause is dishonorably shameful (grown men "bullying" kids, women or the little guy is still not acceptable behavior); "Pacifism is a self righteous excuse for the lack of conviction to confront that which is wrong."
    • Morality is, properly, best defined as that set of common values which allows for the greatest sense of mutual respect and trust between individuals in a society, and should be based on concepts that reflect a sense of individual and communitarian empowerment rather than abstracted admonition of natural/organic behaviors
    Demography: tba (per discussion among the Engellkin) - estimated at between 100,000,000-200,000,000 globally
     
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    GOVERNMENT OF THE CONFEDERATED REPUBLIC

    Government of the Confederated Republic

    Refers to the federal government of the Confederated Republic of Beautancus, also and more commonly called "the State Government/the State," and is based in Welmonton, entrusted with all facets of governance above the discretion and remit of the commonwealths and dominions (subnational entities). The first Office for the Administration of Government and various attendant bureaus, departments, offices and other mechanisms were established in 1841 with the signing of the Great Charter of the Confederacy.

    “The Charter” officially recognized the de facto state of independence Beautancus found itself in, and established the original seven Commonwealths and three Dominions as fundamentally equal and sovereign constituencies engaged in a legally stipulated alliance and unified Confederation, with only the most necessarily delegated authorities and powers ceded to the newly formed Welmonton-government.

    This arrangement and the system that grew out of it proved tenable for several decades, more than capable of meeting the needs of the Cussian people(s) in expression of their popular sovereignty unto and including through the eras of the seaborne multitudes of "New Colonists" in the 1880s-1910s, the First Cullowhee War of 1889-1901, and the "Great, or Fictional Troubles" that wracked nearly the whole of Beautancus from 1912-1919.

    As with so many other governments, nations and peoples throughout history, economic collapse and the subsequent social disarray (bordering on social collapse in scale and severity itself) proved to be a force to which the government of the Confederacy was unequal. The recessions of the 1920s and 30s were hard on many nations across the globe, but they grew into an inescapable doom in Beautancus.

    Fully incapable of reversing the financial and industrial catastrophe that gripped the nation and much of the hemisphere/world besides, the ineffectual State government lacked the will of a popular mandate, and with it slipped into a complete loss of self confidence. Welmonton could not bring the disparate governments, interest groups and nascent political machines of the nation's now far more numerous constituent units together to effectively govern, desperation finally leading to an "
    Emergency Constitutional Convention" being called.

    From this Convention was born, on the 21st of May, 1936 - the (first) Resurrection Day - the Republican Constitution of the newly reformed Confederated Republic of Beautancus. Though still enjoying a greater degree of self-determination than was common among the provinces or states of many other countries at the time, the bicameral State Legislature (the House of Burgesses and State Senate) and Office for the Administration of Government were empowered in ways previously considered unimaginable. The offices of First Citizen and State Consul were also introduced at this time, taking the place of the previous, ultimatey ineffective, Presidents and Chancellors of the Confederacy.

    The last vestiges of traditional "party politics," which had never been viewed favorably in Beautancus, were also purged with the adoption of the Republican Constitution. These features has and continues to define all aspects and levels of Cussian governance, and is cited by many the being the key factor responsible for the development of modern Cussian political philosophy and civic participation.

    Government Structure

    State Legislature of the Confederated Republic

    The State Legislature of the Confederated Republic of Beautancus is a bicameral body with legislative buildings and offices located within or around the Statesboro Capitol District of the City of Welmonton, and are the eldest and most consistent institutions in the history of Cussian government(s).

    Despite being the lower house of the bicameral legislature, the House of Burgesses bears the honored distinction of serving as the primary legislative body of the Cussian State.
    The House of Burgesses is a permanent body, remaining in session throughout most of the year, which is divided into two seasonal sessions of alternating and variable length.

    Individual Burgesses are popularly elected by the electorates of their respective Commonwealth or Dominion, with the number of seats allowed for each determined by geographic distribution and population/density.


    The Burgesses represent 346 Electoral Districts throughout the country, with 10 (districts) in each of the 33 Commonwealths and Dominions of Beautancus. These Districts are not uniform in size or population, instead reflecting a policy of relative representation based upon population density and geographic distribution. Burgesses are elected for a six-year term that, up to a maximum of five consecutive terms.

    The House is divided into two classes, Junior and Senior, so that 173 Delegates are up for reelection every three years. The Burgesses elect a Speaker of the House of Burgesses at the beginning of every term to run the affairs of the body, typically from the Senior Class of the House.

    The State Senate of the Confederated Republic is the upper house of the State Legislature, with an unfixed number of seats drawn from the Gentry and Peerage of the Republic by acclamation, appointment or ancestral inheritance. Senators represent the interests of the whole legal entity as well as specific holdings or territorially defined constituencies of and within individual Commonwealths or Dominions in conducting the business of governance in Welmonton.

    Senators are expected to scrutinize and in some cases delay proposed new bills of legislation or amendments to existing legislation, but are limited in their ability to directly oppose the vast majority. Only in matters pertaining to national currency or other fiscal policy, as well as in matters pertaining to the regulation of domestic and international commerce is the State Senate able to legally return legislation to the House for mandatory review and revision.
    Only 1/3 of the total number of Senators must be present to make a vote, due to the comparatively high total number of delegates from which the body is composed.

    The number of seats within the Senate is far higher than the Burgesses, roughly thrice the total figure, though it is all but unheard of for all of the 1000+ State Senators to be in attendance for any single session. As previously noted, only one third of the total body of Senators is required to be present in order to vote upon any piece of legislation, a direct result of this considerable total.

    Senators retain their seats for life upon appointment to the body or inheritance of a Senatorial or State Holding (including allodial and Confederate Freeholds), or until retirement in favor of suitable successor of legal majority (which may be male or female since 1996 amendment to the Republican Constitution).

    Both Houses of the State Legislature form legislative sub-organizations pertaining to specific duties or items relating to the execution of those duties. For the House of Burgesses, these sub-organizations are known as Commissions, while for the Senate they are known as Committees. In both cases, these sub-organizations allow for individual legislators from both bodies to focus more closely on single issues, upon which they are expected to develop a special and authoritative knowledge and familiarity.

    The Commissions/Committees monitor the current and most likely prospective affairs of the State Legislature, identifying those issues suitable for legislative review, gathering and evaluating pertinent information and recommending courses of action to their parent body based upon these evaluations.

    Executive Branch

    The most prominent and culturally relevant Branch of Government in Beautancus, the Office for the Administration of (the) Government of the Confederated Republic has the been most changed by the endless procession of decades and centuries since its inception in 1841, as President of the Confederacy. As previously noted, the Executive Office was transformed with Emergency Constitutional Convention of 1936, with the title of the individual executing the (drastically increased) authority and responsibilities of Office becoming
    First Citizen at this time.

    The First Citizenship wields vastly more authority and temporal influence over the Affairs and Custom of State than its Presidential predecessor (though less than the First Citizens of the first three Administrations of the Conf. Rep.), the Republican Constitution having most prominently granted the Office the right to veto legislation, the authority to censure the Legislature and Judiciary, direct authority over and control of all organized armed forces and the responsibility for conducting foreign policy - and numerous other similar examples of this expansion of Cussian Executive Authority.

    The First Citizen is elected to office for an initial term of four years by direct popular vote, or an Electoral Convention of both Houses of the State Legislature failing a clear plurality from direct vote. Should the First Citizen wish to continue in their capacity as Chief Executive after the successful execution of their responsibilities in this initial 4-year term, they will be subject to a Vote of Confidence before the House of Burgesses.

    If there are no arguments to be made in lack of confidence or the vote passes by simple majority, the First Citizen will remain in office for a further two years, when the process will be repeated again. Should the First Citizen continue on after this point successfully, their term shall be complete at the end of ten years from originally assuming the Office for the Administration of the Government.

    The First Citizen is assisted in the execution of the popular mandate by the State Consul (Deputy to the Executive), who will have in most cases served as running mate for the campaign that saw the First Citizen into office. In rare historical cases, the matter (who would hold the Deputy Executive office) was decided otherwise.

    The principal units managing the “sectors” of authority and responsibility entrusted to the Executive Office are the numerous State (Executive) Departments and Services, which are further subdivided into various Agencies, Directorates and Offices. Collectively, these are often informally referred to as the “administrative arm(s)” of the Office for the Administration of Government.

    The principal officers of each of these State Departments and Services, typically titled as Secretary, are appointed by the First Citizen, and subject to confirmation by the House of Burgesses. These principal officers sit upon and form the majority of the First Citizen’s State Executive Cabinet as well. There are an ever-growing number of Departments and Services of State, and an even greater number of their subordinate Agencies, Directorates and Offices, but some of the most crucial and prominent and their sectors of responsibility are as follows:

    • State Foreign Service; oversees foreign affairs and staffing/HR for embassy personnel are other elements of the wider “State Diplomatic Corps”
    • State Service; centralized command and oversight of Beautancus’ civilian espionage, intelligence and counterintelligence organizations, foreign and domestic
    • Department of Defense; oversees national defense and command of the armed forces domestically and abroad, includes offices for each service branch, the Defense Intelligence Services and key mercantile partners in the "armament industry"
    • Department of the Republic; subdivided into Commonwealth and Dominion Offices, oversees the domestic affairs of State
    • Department of Progress; oversees civic engagement and empowerment, national public and higher education, responsible application of technical advancements and social hygiene
    • Executive Service; responsible for the security of the officers and subordinate personnel of the Office for the Administration of Government - especially the First Citizen and State Consul
    • Capital Security Service; special defense, counterintelligence and law enforcement for the districts and installations of the State Government in Welmonton, primarily the Statesboro Capitol District, the State Diplomatic Precincts and Statesport Waterfront District
    • Department of Transportation; oversees the expansion and maintenance of existing national transportation infrastructure
    • Department of Health; oversees leadership and funding for healthcare and related infrastructure to ensure better health, wellness and increased longevity for tax paying citizens of Beautancus
    • State Treasury Department; including the Tax and Revenue Office that assesses and sets rates for taxation, and collects taxes on behalf of the State, providing tax assistance to taxpayers and pursuing and resolving instances of erroneous or fraudulent tax filings; through the Office for High Custom it oversees commercial and financial policy and matters with relevance to the State - especially pertaining to foreign commerce, and suggests regulation to pertinent authorities and in some cases assists in their implementation
    • Department of Justice; oversees and is the penultimate authority for most law enforcement agencies throughout the nation, responsible for allocation of funding for the expansion and maintenance of existing infrastructure, headquartered in the Hall of Justice (along with the Supreme Judiciary and the Marshals Service with whom it works very closely but independently)
    • Special Classification Service; oversees and conducts many of the more extraordinary affairs and matters of State (X-Files)
    Judicial Branch

    The Supreme Judiciary of the Confederated Republic is the highest permanent State/Federal Court of Law in Beautancus. Bearing some more than passing similarities to its counterpart courts throughout the Ængellexian/Thaumantic Horizon, the Supreme Judiciary the has a very narrow and restricted original jurisdiction, including suits between two or more Commonwealths/Dominions, Ambassadors and State Mercantile Corporations.

    The Supreme Judiciary bears ultimate appellate jurisdiction over all cases in State or Constituent Courts relating to a matter or point of Republican Constitutional law/related statutes, as well as being empowered to exercise judicial review.

    Consists of the Lord First-Magistrate and 12 Lords State-Magistrate, as stipulated by the Republican Constitution of 1936, with each of these Magistrates enjoys lifetime tenure and a single, equal vote within the Judiciary - with no weight of opinion correspondent to seniority. The Lord First-Magistracy is, however, determined by order of seniority. The First Citizen is responsible for filling vacancies by appointment with the confirmed consent of the Burgesses.
     
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  11. Beautancus

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    So I borrowed another one of Jurzi's templates, subjected it to some minor alterations and a bit of tl;dr goodness. The product is something I've obviously never going to be able to achieve for all 33 of the Commonwealths and Dominions of Beautancus, but I might continue to peck at it and get a similar entry done for maybe 10 most important of the total figure. The other 23 would get a more reasonable entry, but still hopefully enough to give you the reader a bit of context and lore/world building - half of which might even make it into RP at some point along the way.

    Anyway, here's the preview itself:


    1. The Commonwealth of Clarendon

    Formal Name/Title: Commonwealth of the Clarendon Plantations and the Sheltered Shore

    Former Name(s): Mercantile Administration of Clarendon, Confederate State of Clarendon

    Population: 8,790,200

    Capital: Ten Springs

    Largest City: Ten Springs (965,000)

    Other Major Cities: Marshborough, Faison, Quinn, Veech’s Mill, Topsailton, Pandora Bay, Lanexeter

    Demonym: Clarendonian(s), Clarendoners, Clarendonii (archaic affectation, out of use)

    History & Overview: Bearing the noteworthy distinction of being the site of the oldest Engellexian settlement in the Western Thaumantic, Clarendon lays claim to a bit more than 8% of the country's population (3rd-5th most populous constituent overall, semi-TBA). Named in honor the Engellexic Clarentine Company that, in 1614, landed on the eponymous Sheltered Shore (referenced in the formal name/title of the Commonwealth) and planted the flag of Great Engellex and the Good Duke Clarence's own "Company Colors," claiming the first sacred acres of what would grow to become Beautancus for the Thaumantic Civilization.

    At the time of official territorial incorporation and the institution of the (Engellexic) Mercantile Administration, Clarendon and Her authorities could claim to govern no more than the region directly inland from Fort Walter in 1627. Much changed, and an enormous swath of country had been claimed and settled from those humble origins and the passage of the Parcel Act and Manifest Resolutions and subsequent division of territory in 1730. In the whole of this intervening period of slightly more than a century, Clarendon amounted to, and was the primary name commonly applied to the whole of the Engellexic-settled and claimed country in the Western Thaumantic.

    The first Engellexic settlement and initial seat of administration in "Far Westernesse," the pine-pallisaded, glorified camp that came to be called Fort Walter was founded in 1614, on the northern bank of the great estuary where both the Clarence and Raleigh Rivers emptied into the Sheltered Sea (the Thaumantic) and served as the earliest nucleus for exploration and settlement of the wider region. Privileged with better than average and consistent leadership as well as the punctual delivery of necessary supplies, Fort Walter enjoyed substantial growth and a comparably high standard of living, so that by the time of the official recognition and incorporation of the newly-named Clarendon as a Mercantile Administration of the First Republic in early 1627, the population had grown to a few thousand settlers and trappers, already dispersed among more than a dozen fortified settlements and towns (including Welmonton, Ten Springs and Marshborough), and twice that number in lucrative plantations (also typically fortified).

    To the north, the Settlements of Albemarle and the District of the Bath Banks were founded, two years and six years after Clarendon respectively, and not much later were officially incorporated as Vice-Captaincies subordinate to the Mercantile Administration at Fort Walter and later Welmonton. Able to more effectively counter the superior numbers fielded by often aggressive Indigenous peoples under a single, unified command structure, it would be from these three original heartlands that new explorers and surveyors, followed closely by waves of settlers and traders would proceed to, over the course of 103 years, claim portions or the entirety of the territory now belonging to the Commonwealths of the Cape, Chicora, Wrenn and the Dominions of the Coaree, Croatoan and Uctené.

    Albemarle, Bath, The Cape, Chicora and Wrenn would reorganized as separate Mercantile Administrations in 1730, joining Clarendon and the recently organized Granville as fully recognized, properly governed and semi-autonomous constituents within the Thaumantic Dominion of Great Engellex.

    Welmonton, in all its austere majesty, was itself among the first permanent settlements founded in Clarendon, and as referenced above would serve as the (second) capital, from the late 1720s until being selected to serve as national capital in 1841. Upon its ascension, the Commonwealth's first, and at the time still newly organized Popular Assembly would select Ten Springs to serve as the new seat of power, where it has remained since.

    Clarendon is the birthplace of Nativism and is, along with Chicora, considered to be the "moral core and heartland" for the belief system. The very earliest proper mention of a Cussian community adhering to "Nativistic principles" was made in relation to citizens of the Canton of Ten Springs in 1747, and the "Great Congregational Convention" that would see Nativism officially codified and recognized as a philosophy and belief system took place in Welmonton (still Clarendon's capital) in 1796 (140 years to the day before the Resurrection Day).

    Clarendon is thus often called “the Model Commonwealth” for the degree to which it embodies the ideals of the Confederated Republic and the Nativistic Cussian society it governs, an assessment most would consider entirely reasonable given the persistent cultural relevance and undeniable historical gravity that Clarendon has and continues to hold for Beautancus.

    Economy: As one of the cultural pillars and economic engines of the Confederated Republic, Clarendon owes much of its early rise to prominence to the fertility of its well-watered lands. In particular, "cotton, hempleaf (marijuana) and tobacco" provided an early source of not at all inconsiderable income, and continue to serve as anchors for the Commonwealth's modern agribusiness sector, joined now by a variety of beans, cereals and corn, greens and potatoes.

    The textile industry, a natural outgrowth of the cotton industry, developed into a robust regional power-player in the late 19th Century with the judicious use of a number of rapids among the more interior waterways. These conditions lead to the rise and incredible expansion of the Clarendon Cotton Exchange Company in the early 1820s, after which the CCEC would only continue to grow, diversifying its ever more vast holdings and dominating any number of related markets around the globe. Though greatly transformed by the steady march of technical advances multiple times in the years since, the textile industry has remained an important linchpin in Clarendon's prosperity ever since, with the CCEC now forming an integral part of the State Foreign Mercantile Trust.

    The introduction of the modern machinery and processes for "factory farming" beef and dairy cattle, poultry and pigs revolutionized and transformed an enormous segment of the agricultural industry beginning in the 1930s, reaching a peak of exponential development and growth in the 1960s-1970s. Since then, factory farming agribusiness has contributed to the survival and continued prosperity of rural Clarendon, as well as helping to feed untold millions the country and world over.

    In the final decades of the 20th century, the biotechnology and telecom booms brought both industries to Clarendon, particularly the region between Ten Springs, Quinn and Welmonton. These have come to represent a considerable source of employment and generation of revenue, as well as placing Clarendon at the dynamic forefront in some of the most critical scientific fields in the world today.

    Geography: Clarendon is one of the six Thaumantic Coastal Commonwealths & Dominions, and is divided into three broad physiogeographic regions, (the) Tidewater, Coastal Plain and Pinelands.

    Of these, the Coastal Plain is by far the largest, accounting for roughly 70% of the total landmass (though only home to 55% of the total population) "in the middle of the other two geographic regions," characterized by extensive wetlands, lush woodlands and agricultural tracts with a gentle seaward slope overall.

    The Tidewater is the narrowest and most easterly region is generally flat and low flooded river plains composed of tidal marsh and large expanses of swamp, and includes all of the Commonwealths beaches and coastline. Much of the area is covered with pocosin and the dryer, higher land is used as agricultural farmland.

    The Pinelands are also fairly narrow in comparison to the broad fields, pastures and wooded valleys of the Coastal Plain, and also represent the most western portion of Clarendon. Dominated by rolling hills, narrow and winding creeks, a trio of notable rivers and the large pine forests for which the region is named, it is home to the Clarendonian textile industry.
     
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    Thaumantic Rite Masonry

    The most important thing to note about this version of Masonry is that it is not at all similar to the pop-cultural conception of Scottish Rite Freemasonry from irl. They share more than roughly similar origins, with adjustments for differences between our world/irl, but once the Crown and Tiburan Church had been swept out of Engellexic society, the rate at which the differences between the two develop and are magnified only increases.

    Thaumantic Rite Masonry is not a secret society, it is a private society with selectively exclusive membership that conducts itself very openly. As an example of this, the not at all insignificant degree to which Freemasonry influenced the founding and founders of the United States is acknowledged - uncomfortably and very vaguely, with a nudge and wink, so much that many even think it is a conspiracy theory. In the case of our invented world on the other hand, the role that Thaumantic Masonry has played in shaping Beautancus, the succession of governments that have administered it has always been very public, historically celebrated and by now very well documented academically.

    There are major university systems, including research hospitals, throughout the Thaumantic Horizon, especially Beautancus (where they originated), and are among the most prestigious institutions in the world, regardless of the source of their funding. Public gyms, libraries, parks, pools and theaters are funded by and operated in their name; as are charities, publishing companies, multimedia agencies and think-tanks.

    The Engellexo-Cussian belief system, Nativism, has been inextricably associated with Thaumantic Rite Masonry for the entirety of its 223 years of existence, as it was founded upon concepts and principles promulgated by and through Masonic academies and printers that already performed invaluable services to their communities in the 1740s-1790s. The now much more widespread belief system (Nativism) and the institutions subsequently founded upon it were engineered by Masons to provide the wider elements of society not suitable for elevation to their number with an appropriately Engellexic core set of shared ethics and values.
    This set of shared ethics and values would be delivered allegorically, through parables drawn from or invented with characters and elements recognizable from the body of "rehabilitated" pre-Christian (Engellexic heathen) mythology popular among all segments of society at the time (regardless of literacy).

    In other words, it was an orchestrated process of engineering culture through canonizing and shaping a body of proverbs and folklore expressed in easily comprehensible language, creating a common "syntax" of belief, ethics and perception.
    The aforementioned body "rehabilitated Engellexic heathen mythology" provides much of the allegorical context for Thaumantic Rite Masonry itself, replacing the overtly Abrahamic elements of Freemasonry such as the obvious exclusion of the requisite belief in a supreme being, foundational myths and assumed conclusions on morality or proper social organization derived from an Abrahamic understanding of existence.

    Some of this would be a repetition of the portion of the previous post on Nativism, in terms of belief, so we'll gloss over it for now and return to it as necessary or in roleplay, preferably. The Anglo-Saxon/Germanic/Norse mythological figure of Wayland the Smith takes the place of Biff, in the foundational cosmology of Thaumantic Rite Masonry, and he's a character interesting enough that I would and do recommend anyone that shares my interest in history, mythology/religion and sociology do a little reading on him.

    As per discussion among the players of the Engellkin nations, it is also thought that women are allowed to join the ranks of Thaumantic Rite Masonry.


    Beyond that, and as noted - they're not very secretive. They make no attempt to hide the influence they have on society, and even though their Rites and Rituals are not open to the public, they are no particular or great mystery to them either. Very elitist country club types with a fetish for tradition and Englightenment Era Literature, but not at all human sacrificing cultists (like those creeps in Sylvania). This is not at all to say that there aren't politically and socially relevant secret societies in Beautancus or the wider Engellkin community, because there very clearly are, it is to clarify and reiterate that this isn't the Thaumantic Masons.
     
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    First Citizens of the Confederated Republic of Beautancus


    Seigneur Edward "Ed" Ceneric Orton: b. September 23rd, 1963; in office 2012-incumbent (passed 2nd & final/6th year vote of confidence); Thaumanticist; native to and resident of the Commonwealth of Avery; former Senator for Avery (immediately prior to taking office), Retired Maj. General of the Army of the Confederated Republic

    Frederick Baxter Coleman: March 21st, 1959-August 17th, 2012; in office 2008-2012 (shortest term in office, impeached; committed suicide to avoid court/prison); Chartist; native of the Commonwealth of Roanoke; former Burgess for Roanoke (immediately prior to taking office), senior partner at Coleman Brokerage & Exchange

    Sir Raymond Ambrose Lennox: b. December 7th, 1941; in office 2002-2008 (retired from office due to stroke); Chartist; native to and resident of the Commonwealth of Granville; former Governor of Granville ×3 (prior to taking office), former Commonwealth Assemblyman

    Sir Ermaneric Quigley Wilburton: b. May 10th, 1939; in office 1992-2002 (completed term, retired gentleman of leisure and respected elder statesman); Thaumanticist (1st election of prominence for this "school"); native to and resident of the Commonwealth of Clarendon; former Burgess for Clarendon, retired Major of the Air Forces of the Confederated Republic

    Rupert Lamicho Hounding: b. July 9th, 1935- d. May 20th, 2004; in office 1986-1992 (retired from office - and into seclusion, avoiding vote of no confidence); Modalist; native to the Commonwealth of Norman; former Governor of Norman, retired Lt. Colonel CRN-MC

    Oswald Humbert Duke: in office 1978-1986 (completed remainder of term in office, passed both votes of confidence and followed directions like a good boy); Federalist Republican

    Seigneur Garrett Antony Ostheim: 1977-1978 (died in office after just a year, wild-eyed conspiracists maintain theories of assassination); Federalist Republican (direct predecessor of the Thaumanticists)

    George Walker Clive: 1971-1977 (vote of no confidence); Chartist (1st election of prominence for this "school")

    Stanley Newman Byrd, PhD: 1967-1971 (retired from office); Modalist

    Arleigh Canut Saulston: 1961-1967 (retired from office in failing health, unfairly tainted by "the Hyde Inquest"); Modalist (first national electoral victory for this "school")

    William Tieu Hyde: 1955-1961 (vote of no confidence, incredible scandal at the time, only narrowly avoided prison by pardon); Federalist Republican (newly formed "school," was nearly destroyed by the scandal and would not recover until the late 1970s)

    Sir Charles "Charlie" Filimer Albertson: 1946-1955 (died in office from heart attack -complications from pneumonia); Resurrectionist

    Seigneur Vidrick Dawson Marsh: 1936-1946 (Father of the Confederated Republic, first First Citizen, completed term; Vidrick Marsh widely regarded as tied with Norman Baird Vance -1st President of the Old Confederacy- for "best or most-beloved executive"); Resurrectionist (never an official or organized "school" in the modern sense - as none had yet been "born," it is instead a term applied after the fact for academic convenience and historical convention)
     
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    Modern Schools of Political Philosophy in Beautancus

    A special preface note - these aren't political parties, or even formally organized institutions (outside of the academic sense, as some of these do fund and operate schools based on their ideals). Political parties are blamed for the descent of the Old Confederacy into a state of near lawlessness and total legislative deadlock, and as a result were criminalized (declared illegal) with the adoption of the 1936 Republican Constitution.

    This list more or less follows the order in which the "school of thought" developed in the course of the 20th century, with the exception of Atomism. That most poorly regarded of political philosophies is a relic of the old partisan system of the Confederacy, actively suppressed for most of the rest of the 20th century (post-1936), Atomism only barely managed to be partially rehabilitated and legally reaffirmed in 2006.


    Modalists:
    Confederalist Consequentialists favoring the balance achieved by properly separated (federal) powers and equally empowered State (federal) and Commonwealth/Dominion governments, associated with Paleoconservative methods, positions and preferences; suburban Eastern Interior (Chicora, Wrenn, Coaree).

    Chartists/Kingfishers: Anarcho-Liberal Populists & Municipalist-Democrats commonly associated with expansion of social welfare programs, housing, defense of workers rights, tax reform and redistribution of as many powers and responsibilities as possible to local, ideally democratic, governments; generally Midlander/Prairie base - especially Roanoke and Norman.

    Thaumanticists:
    Pan-Engellexic Federalists generally sharing a belief in a strong Executive Office (unitary executive theory), proponents of Masonry, republicanism, "Neoimperialist Mercantilism," expansion of the military & military industrial complex, cooperation and partnership with the First Republic and opposition to the forces of International Communism, with a particular emphasis on multimedia influence and social engineering to ensure maximum public engagement and support, generally balanced view on social welfare and "general healthcare" (i.e. maintain w/o significant expansion); Thaumanticism is nationally prominent, with particularly strong support in Clarendon, Uctené, "the Cape," Albemarle and Sinecommacca. It grew out of and eventually completely subsumed the Federalist Republican school, as well as portions of both the Chartist and Modalist schools (generally representing areas with a particular interest in the defense industry). First Citizen Orton is a (the) major proponent of Thaumanticism.

    Neoformalists:
    Corporatist Technocrat Isolationists that were, until recently, nothing so much as a wing within the Thaumanticist School, in some cases flirting with a shade of Post Delegationism, increasingly skeptical of the Pan-Engellexic emphasis of primarily market-driven Thaumanticism, proponents of automation and deregulation of technical development. Increasingly prominent in those urban areas most impacted by the "tech industry."

    Atomists:
    Anti-Federalist Sectionalists - aka "Retroconfederates" - often trodding the line of Constitutional Nullificationism and Separatism and advocating policies inspired by or incorporating criminalized Marxist sentiments and baseless notions of coloured racial supremacy; generally restricted to Cullowhee, Newgrange, (southwestern) Nod, Vance & (western) Codahodacho.

    Defunct Schools

    Resurrectionists: Not technically a school, this term was invented in the 1980s to describe the starkly anti-partisan political movement for national rejuvenation that reformed the government Beautancus in 1936, for which they are credited as saving the nation. Led by Vidrick Marsh and Charlie Albertson, the Resurrectionists oversaw the dismantling of the unworkably corrupt system of the Old Confederacy and its replacement with the present Confederated Republic. Stemming from their largely apolitical style, it proves quite difficult to generalize the official stances of any of the major Resurrectionist leaders from this period. The most common and agreed upon usually amount to an acknowledgement of their often Radical Populism, relative Progressivism, vocal support for Nativism as a basis for Common Law, disgusting and ultimately completely dismantling "Cussian labor," abolishing the legal concept of "corporate personhood" and an overall shared preference for executive action or intervention in critical matters.

    Federalist Republicans: The spiritual predecessor of the Thaumanticists and very similar in regards to policy and stances. The "FedReps" began as an analysis of the shape the establishment of the Confederated Republic had settled into after about a generation, from which a formalized political doctrine was developed. The FedReps weren't nearly as forward thinking or outwardly focused as their successors would be, and tended to be far less favorably inclined towards the notion of any expansion to social welfare - as they considered the existence of any such system to be too much in the first place. Very nearly destroyed by one of the Confederated Republic's most embarrassing political scandals immediately after having swept into office on the heels of a very lopsided election.
     
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