Democratic State of Venetia

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Democratic State of Venetia
Dimoκrétat de Venetia (Venetican)

Flag of Venetia.jpgCoat of Arms of Venetia.jpg

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Dark/Light Green: Venetia as claimed by the Democratic State of Venetia movement
Grey/Dark Green: Area claimed by Natopia as the Province of Tapfer Æternia
Capital city Port Valerie
Largest city Port Valerie
Official language(s) Venetican
Demonym Venetian
Government Unitary Parliamentary Republic
Legislature Venetian Parliament
Established April 26th, 2011
Currency Venetian Spesmilo Spesmiloitalic.png
The Democratic State of Venetia is a Micras Nation and is part of the Micras Community.

The Democratic State of Venetia, or just Venetia is a Micras Sector secessionist movement with most of its claimed territory on the continent of Tapfer, occupied by the Bovic Dominion of Natopia and is one of the newest separatist movements to arise on the continent of Tapfer. It has its origins in the ethnic purging of the Venit (or Mehl) people from Natopian society, and today it is one of the most ethnically diverse regions on Micras. The capital and largest city, Port Valerie, named after Saint Valerie of Bello, is the countries commercial and governmental center is the largest trading hub on the west coast of Tapfer. Venetia is a parliamentary republic with a strong leftist ideology and a mixed economy. The country is currently lead under the Premier, Alix Dancostra.

The country is administered by Natopia as the Demense of Tapfer Æternia, which has full demense status. However, the claims that were made to what Venetia claims as its sovereign territory are relatively new, and the Democratic State of Venetia has said that it will reject any and all offers to become an autonomous part of Natopia, prefering full independence. The Democratic State of Venetia currently holds de facto sovereignty over a small piece of land in the extreme south of the country, which is not technically claimed by Natopia as part of Tapfer Æternia, which is known as the De Facto Zone. The movement does have a militia-type organization, the Venetian Liberation Army, which does not operate outside of the De Facto Zone.

Etymology

The word Venetia, pronounced with a hard "T" instead of the "SH" sound, is derived from the name for an ancient Tapferian tribe, the Venits. Venit names appear all over Venetia, with the capital, Port Valerie, named after a Venit saint, Valerie of Bello. The Venitlands is the name generally used to refer to the Venits' territory, since it's borders were not the same as the current Venetian state.

History

Pre-Venit Period

The area now known as Venetia was not continuously populated until the Venits (or Mehl) began to settle it during the Micras Medieval period, but evidence does show that a large number of Jasonian and Natopolitans passed through the area before it was permanently populated. The Jasonian Empire, while not encompassing Venetia, was huge and influential throughout Tapfer, so it stands to reason that there may have been a brief period of population before the collapse of Jasonia and the rise of Natopia, characterized by the mansion like stone structures found from that period. However, most of these structures have been dismissed as forts and trading posts, and they are almost exclusively positioned along the coast.

Venit Migration

See also: Natopian History#Natopolitan Period of Natopian history. The Great Venit migration is one of the most misunderstood and covered up events of all time, and starts with ascension of Nett Opaegh to the throne of Natopia, who built a "floating city of the clouds", as documented by Natopian missionaries in Venit villages. The probable truth is that the city was a place of elevated individuals and Natopian scholars, but what is agreed on is that the city flourished in that time, and became a great center of culture and learning.