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| Republic of Ravenia |
Latin: Respublica Ravenia (RR)
Dutch: Republiek Ravenië
French: République de Ravénie
German: Republik Ravenien
Spanish: República de Ravenia
Lux, Lex et Libertas (Latin)
"Light, Law and Freedom"
"March of Ravenia"
Location of Ravenia in Middle Earth
|Capital city||Falaise de Fleur|
|Official language(s)||English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish|
|Official religion(s)||Secular state|
|Government||Unitary semi-presidential republic|
|- President||Constantin Lesquillier|
|- Prime Minister||Gerald Lestienne|
|- Type||- Parliament|
|- Number of seats||- 200|
|Established||September 21, 1315|
|Area claimed||approximately 476,000 square kilometers|
|Population||17,090,299 (in 2015)|
|National animal||Raven, Eagle, double headed eagle, crow, vulture|
The Kingdom of Ravenia was proclaimed on September 21, 1315 by Constantine of Querelle, the first king of Ravenia. The neighboring principalities and counties became part of Ravenia through marriage policy, land purchase and warfare. Around 1600 Ravenia had an area equivalent to half of the current area of Ravenia, anno 2015. In 1701 the full freedom of religion was introduced by King Leopold I. After a victorious war against Ziegler Stein (where Ravenia fought on the side of Servusland) the big Royal Palace was build. Ravenia acquired a large area in 1741 and the town of Straussenburg.
In the second half of the eighteenth century the monarchy seemed to falter momentarily, especially around the year 1781. The clumsy statement Apres moi, le déluge (After me, the deluge) of the decadent king Constantine IX caused much resentment among some of the poor peasantry. It led to the kidnapping of the daughter of King Constantine IX, but was eventually liberated from the hands of the kidnappers by royalist troops. This event was later filmed much. A civil war was finally prevented by the king established a soup kitchen and the economy grew in 1782, also asked the king Servusland aid. This land grab in which the military rebellion was suppressed completely.
In 1829 there were once small riots place in the feudal countryside, which were directed against the repressive regime of authoritarian various tombs and awnings. The king asked Servusland to intervene but nevertheless decided to give in with appeasement politics to calm the unrest. Ravenia became a constitutional monarchy in 1830. However, the king was still playing a very important role in politics, even took it further and further down the effective power through reforms.
Revolution of March, overthrow of the monarchy, establishment of the republic
On 1 March 1887 king Constantine XIII abdicated. His son Constantine XIV was inaugurated as the new monarch of Ravenia on the 4th of March in 1887. The autocratic regime of the young king Constantine XIV became very unpopular and social unrest was on the rise in the Kingdom of Ravenia. After the harsh winter of 1888-89, a revolutionary spirit was awakening in Ravenia. The Socialist and Marxist Parties gained massive victories in february 1889. On 2 March 1889 a large group of liberal protesters commited a coup d'état, king Constantine XIV fled to Translymenia and the Respublica Ravenia was established. The Latin name "Respublica Ravenia" was chosen as official name for Ravenia, the Latin name was considered to be more political neutral than for example a Spanish, Dutch or English name.
Early twentieth century
The early years of the twentieth century went fairly smoothly for Ravenia, the economy and the population grew and at various locations it became a industrialized country. The construction of the first railway, between Falaise de Fleur and Element, was completed in 1901. In 1903, Zieglerstein was defeated after a brief war (with the help of Servusland) and the Grand Duchy of Transsilmenia was annexed by Ravenia. No significant events took place between 1903 and 1908 and this period is characterized by peace and tranquility. However, there were in neighboring states such as Zieglerstein and Dragovania, various (civil) wars where Ravenia intervened with Servusland. In the twentieth century Ravenia and Servusland acted as the two 'policemen' of Middle-earth. The aim was to maintain the status quo and protect the monarchical regimes on the continent against revolutionary threats. This succeeded completely. In Zieglerstein for example, the popular monarchy was restored after a civil war.
Between 1908 and 1912 rebels proclaimed a Marxist Republic in the colony "New Ravenia" and fought a war of independence. Ravenia was supported by Spain, Belgium, Austria and the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, if did not went well for Ravenia and after nearly four bloody years Ravenian troops withdrew from "New Ravenia". The Republic of Ravenia recognized the new "Republic of Kalao".
After a fascist regime took power in Zieglerstein in 1929, a war broke out between Ravenia and Zieglerstein. After three years of bloody fighting, Zieglerstein was defeated by Ravenia and Servusland. This war was despite the military victory destructive to the Ravenian economy and debts began to rise quickly. In the 1930's, after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 Ravenia was suffering a major economic crisis.
During the 1930s over 20 percent of the population workforce was jobless. After World War II the economy recovered. In the 1960s Ravenia lost the colonies of Curia and Santé. In bloody wars of independence, Curia was lost in 1961 and Santé in 1963. Ravenia finally recognized these countries in 1965.
In 2005 equal marriage was established in Ravenia.
Geography and climate
Climate: continental; cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow or rain; cool to moderately warm, cloudy, humid summers, great variety of microclimates based on elevation.
The western part of the country has an oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb), marked by high precipitation, particularly in late summer. The summers are cool and winters mild.
In the region of Transsilmania, the Principality of Celsiusberg is the last monarchist remnant of Ravenia. This principality is lead by a count and has a large amount of autonomy within the Respublica Ravenia.
In the city Council of Falaise de Fleur the Social Democratic Party is dominant with 17 out of 33 seats. The Progressive Liberal Party has 6 seats, the Liberal People's Party 5, the Socialist Party 3 and the Centre Party 2.
Region(s) with large autonomy:
Parliament and elections
Election results in 2015:
|Party||% (rounded up)||Seats|
|Social Democratic Party||23||46|
|Liberal People's Party||21||42|
|Progressive Liberal Party||18||36|
|Centre Party (Libertarians)||17||34|
After the revolution in 1889, the proclamation of the republic declared all men in Ravenia to be created equal. Personal freedom was now a very important subject, citizens' rights were now fully established. All political parties were allowed, full freedom of speech was realised and the state religion of Catholicism was abolished. Since 2005 the state was completely dereligionised, gay marriage was established and gay couples were allowed to adopt.
The Western coast of Ravenia is often compared to California. During summertime, the climatological situation is very much like this U.S. state. The city of Falaise de Fleur is often described as a utopian place with a very diverse culture. The city of Flores, which is located in the south on the western coast, has the same conditions.
The crown in the flag and coat of arms represents sovereignty of the people of Ravenia.