Med folket för fosterlandet! (With the people for the fatherland) With the loss of the RP’d events that made up my nation, and the current forum idea to revamp each nation this project is supposed to fill in gaps and connect histories. The current edition of the Nords, for lack of a better term, is summarized within Pohjanmaa. Plucky underdogs that roamed beneath the seas rather than sailing on them. It was enjoyable, but the propagation of a “new meta” which has changed the course of RP on the forum in addition to the basis in which “long term building” is the determining factor in a nation’s prestige has led me to begin a new project designed to embrace my longest projects whilst wielding its own power in so that criticisms of what I believed to be good statesmanship are not contentious points of interference in others affairs. This required a new project name due to the problem of preconceptions as suggested by several other players in their own search for new names. I want to also justify the existence of power for this nation and why it was historically capable of doing what it did. All collective history is to be continued with this iteration as well so no need to panic about priors (Sylvania, Fiannia, Nedernesia, Strathclyde, etc). With this in mind a new state is to be created here with several goals in mind. A. The building a concrete narrative for the Scanian region in which all future participants are expected to adhere to. B. Creating a central story which is fully integrated with the forum’s other doctrines and ideologies. C. Making an entity which is no longer questionable as to its design, purpose, or of relation to others. D. Embracing my long term knowledge, forte, and perhaps love for the cultural and region of the North while exploring new avenues. These goals will guide this project vaguely, but also inform the purpose of this thread more so than anything. The name of the nation is still up to debate, but I hope to solidify in the next few days. Of course, this is a bit of a work in progress. So without further ado, I present my future vision for we the north. Gästricia-Wendowskie* Gästricia-Wendland (Geatish) Gestricia-Wendowskie (Wendowska [Wendish]) Gestricia-Ventheland (Austwegian) Gestricia-Venditmaa (Pohjanmaan) Hello there guest. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!Population: ≈ 60 million Capital: Gothenhamn (Göötehamina) Government Seats: Ulrikasborg (Ullanlinna), Hälsingia & Piotrkówska, Wendowskie Largest City: Wawel Official Language: No official language Demonym(s): Government: Unitary semi-presidential system • President: Noora Lepomäki • Prime Minister of Gästricia: Rotates monthly • Prime Minister of Wendowskie: Rotates monthly • Minister of Foreign Affairs: Legislatures: Riksdag & Sejm Currency: Markka (ℳ) The Basics Gästricia-Wendowskie is an accepted term for the union which began in 1601 between the two major Kingdoms after the Gestrician War of Succession. The union of these two Kingdoms prompted what is known as the time of great power or Stormaktstiden in which the Great Northern Empire dominates Gothic Sea and North Thaumantic Ocean affairs for a period of 200 years. The Union as it has been known colloquially, or more recently as the Dual Republic or United Northern Republics (also colloquially) is a collection of the constituents of historic Kingdom of Gästricia, which include Gästricia proper, Østveg, Lapinmaa, and Pohjanmaa; as well as the history Kingdom of Wendowskie. For historic reasons Nedernesia is also considered to be semi-part of the Union (although Nedernesia would not consider it as such); however, it maintains its own independence so long as the Nedernesian Royal Family exists in continuity. “For us democracy is a question of human dignity, and human dignity is a political freedom.” The Union today is considered a post-delegationist hybrid nation. It subscribes to liberal democratic traditions within a post-delegationist ideological design. This means that there is a legislature composed of what would usually be termed citizens, which are called “inhabitants” in the Dual Republic. The President is elected to a four year term by popular vote with two terms maximum. The Union does mimic the united aspect of the Anti-State which was seen as a model for the Dual Republic to follow. Each republic maintains its own legislature, but President is a unifying figure and executive. The Post-Delegationist Civil War is a foundational event for the Dual Republic, but was not experienced the same way across the Union. The Civil war was prompted in conjunction with the Second Northern War where conflict between Hälsingia-Wendowskie, Sylvania, and Fiannia led to a civil war in which a Republic was proclaimed in Wendowskie in 1958 and a Post-Delegationist Republic founded in Hälsingia in 1960. The Union would be reaffirmed in 1962 under the threat of the Communist ideology of Leninov-Marxism. Wendowskie would not be consumed by civil war, and their transformation to a Republic occurs as a natural response to the Civil War in Hälsingia and their worry of Kadikistani interference. It would be in 1963 that the Wends would move to the Post-Delegationist Republican system as founded in Hälsingia after a referendum. Western Post-Delegationism maintains an approach that revolves around institutions far more than Eastern Post-Delegationism. It is far more attached to the processes of the state and does not see the era of statelessness as realistically upon us. Western Post-Delegationism is seen as a journey, not an immediate state of being. That said, if asked and presented with questions of Post-Delegationist ideology, the Union will follow the ideological points the best it can. Religious Wars would nearly tear the union apart in the 17th century and during the Hälsingian War of Succession. The two parts of the union are still religiously segregated in many ways. Wendish victory in the War of Succession would keep the monarchy strictly Tiburan Catholic; although, concessions would be made to allow for Hälsingia to maintain Lindvallan Protestant officials in government. Today there are sizable minorities of each religion in the respective republics. Lindvallan Protestantism and the Protestant Reformation can now be explained in our world as not as drastic an impact as in our real world due to the result of the Hälsingian War of Succession. Due to the existence of the Golden Path in Wendowskie as well, religious tolerance is important in the Dual Republic. “There exists no ‘they and we’ only ‘us’. Solidarity is and has to be indivisible.” Hälsingia can be seen as from an OOC vantage point as our NSE/Europe Game’s Swedes. They historically have occupied Østveg (Norwegians), Lapps (Sami) and Pohjanmaa (Fenns/Finns). The region can be seen as the center of the historic Empire due to geography, and due to it being the center of my personal interests. Wendowskie should be seen as a mix of Pomeranian, Polish, and Baltic like culture. It’s history goes back to the Eternal Empire that will represent a Genghis Khan like impact on this nation. Being directly under the control of the Eternal Empire for what I expect to be a period of 200 years, it will see itself historically as a link between East and West and part of the reason why it finds itself receptive of Post-Delegationist thought today. Unlike RL Poland, the Golden Path religious thought has always been present since the 12th or 13th century (or so), and will be a major reason for why Lindvallan Protestantism was never removed from Hälsingia. Wendowskie gets its name from the Polish for Wends, which are the Scandinavian identification of Baltic Slavs. Its links to the Eternal Empire and Hälsingia are what have kept it away historically from the Kadikistani Union. Pohjanmaa is technically part of Hälsingia but is theoretically autonomous. It comprises the parts of Hälsingia that connect it to Wendowskie. * I may change Wendowskie to Wendowska (similar to Poland - Polska), but I may change the name altogether.