Grand Duchy of Rai

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Grand Duchy of Rai
baraibarakurói ra

Flag of Rai Abelden.png
Coat of arms of Rai.png
Coat of arms

batuná senar bašúi
(Sabian: "The southern wind is always loyal")
"New Rules" by Dua Lipa
Batori Rai map.jpg
Capital cityBatori
Official language(s)English • Sabian
GovernmentAbsolute monarchy
- Grand DukeTarik
- SeneschalAustin Jaax
Established2016 (as Bergendorf)
Area claimed4.67 km2
Time zoneUTC-3
This is a federal state of the Abeldane Empire

The Grand Duchy of Rai (Sabian: baraibarakurói ra), simply known as Rai is a federal state of the Abeldane Empire, founded in 2016. From July to August 2016, it was known as the Grand Duchy of Bergendorf, and from August 2016 to June 2017 it was known as the Grand Duchy of New Lviv. Its current monarch is Tarik of Kârjasary, King of Sabia and Verona.

Rai claims territory in Argentina, not far from Sabia and Verona's southernmost claims of Alios and Gonn, and Austenasia's crown dependency of Esmondia, and in the United States. The capital of Rai is Batori. The first Grand Duke of Bergendorf was Angelo I, who was succeeded by Grant in August 2016, as Grand Duke of New Lviv. Tarik became Grand Duke on 30 June 2017, and renamed the Grand Duchy as Rai.


The word rai comes from the Sabian language, and it means "primordial", "superior" or "king". The demonym of the Grand Duchy is rai. New Lviv, the grand duchy's former name, comes from the city of Lviv in the Ukraine.


The state was originally founded in 2016 as the Grand Duchy of Bergendorf, a name it held briefy while it was governed by Grand Duke Angelo I. The Grand Duchy's original claims lay in the United States. When Angelo abdicated in August 2016, the Grand Duchy was given to Grant Hawkins, who became Grand Duke Grant and renamed the state New Lviv, for the Ukrainian city of Lviv.

Following Grand Duke Grant's abdication in June 2017, Emperor Stephen granted the Grand Duchy to Tarik Kârjasary, King of Sabia and Verona, who renamed it as Rai, the Sabian word for "primordial" and "king". The Grand Duchy's North American claims were ceded back and new land in Argentina near Sabia and Verona was claimed. The Grand Duchy's first Seneschal, Alex White, was appointed in 2017.

In September 2017, the Principality of Skandberg was merged with Rai, and so the Grand Duchy once again attained land claims in North America. These claims were subsequently relinquished.

In 2019 Kârjasary left federal politics to focus on Rai, and abandoned the Social Ecology Party to found the Batu Party, an exclusively regional party that advocates for regional rights and the promotion of Valtirian culture in the grand duchy. In 2020, Austin Jaax was appointed Seneschal of Rai, replacing White.


Rai is part of the broader area known as Ħanjago, which includes all of Sabia and Verona's southern territories. The grand duchy's nominal capital, Batori, and its surrounding territories are located within a flat open area entirely within the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires in Argentina. These territories lay 25 m (82 ft) above sea level, mostly covered in pastures and presenting a mild degree of biodiversity in fauna and flora.


Rai has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with very humid summers and mild winters. The warmest month is January, with a daily average of 25.1 °C (77.2 °F). Most days see temperatures in the 28 to 31 °C (82 to 88 °F) with nights between 16 to 21 °C (61 to 70 °F). Heat waves from Brazil can push temperatures above 35 °C (95 °F), yet Rai is subject to cold fronts that bring short periods of pleasant weather and crisp nights. Relative humidity is 64–70% in the summer, so the heat index is higher than the true air temperature. Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are generally mild and volatile, with averages temperatures of around 17 °C (63 °F) and frequent thunderstorms, especially during the spring.

Winters are temperate, though frost may be experienced from May to September. Relative humidity averages in the upper 70s%, which means the territory is subjected to moderate to heavy fogs during autumn and winter. July is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 10.9 °C (51.6 °F). Cold spells originating from Antarctica occur almost every year, and combined with the high wintertime humidity, conditions in winter may feel much cooler than the measured temperature. Most days peak reach 12 to 17 °C (54 to 63 °F) and drop to 3 to 8 °C (37 to 46 °F) at night. Southerly winds may keep temperatures below 10 °C (50 °F) for a few days, whereas northerly winds may bring temperatures above 20 °C (68 °F) for a few days; these variations are normal.

Spring is very windy and variable: there may be heat waves with temperatures of 35 °C (95 °F) even in early October, as well as periods of much colder weather with highs close to 10 °C (50 °F). Frost has been recorded as late as early November, although this is unusual. Severe thunderstorms are likely between September and December.

Rai receives 1,242.6 mm (49 in) of rainfall per year. Rain can be expected at any time of year and hailstorms are not unusual.