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| Dradelia |
One Dradelian nation, free for all!
Тошан мов Драдэлию, лудын цадзытмамэцузим
Tosyan mov Dradeliju, ludån tsadzåtmametsuzim!
|Official language(s)||English , Sorrenian and Dradelian|
|Official religion(s)||None official|
|Currency||Sorrenian Rosemerta, de jure|
|Time zone||Sorrenian Standard Time|
Map of Sorrenia
The name is artificial, intending to sound Slavic.
The flag is a vertical tricolour with the Dradelian bird emblazoned in the centre. The red represents the area's left-wing heritage, the blue represents the North Sea and the white represents the purity of the nation's goals.
Evidence exists that settlements such as Easington were present even before the arrival of the Roman Empire. The area did not significantly grow however until the Industrial Revolution, when many collieries sprung up to mine the area for coal.
Republic of Dradelia
Dradelia was created in 2013 as a unitary republic. During this time, the Dradelian language and a distinct culture began to emerge, distinguishing the region from Great Britain and the nearby Sorrenian Federation.
The Republic eventually became defunct, as the creators chose to abandon the project in favour of the Republic of Akebar.
Upon this abandonment, the previous government ceded the territory to the Ashukov Federation, with the exception of a small allotment of land which became the Viadalvian Republic of Dradelia. This micronation was short-lived however, and was itself ceded to the nearby Sorrenian Federation.
This began a period of division between Ashukovo and Sorrenia; the latter greatly extended their own claim to the south into areas not previously considered part of Dradelia.
After Ashukovo became defunct, Sorrenia formally claimed all of Dradelia with minimal opposition.
Under Sorrenia, Dradelia was greatly expanded. Given its unique history, it was granted the status of a 'devolved province', and the local government was given the power to alter laws and policies relating to social policy, language and culture.
Dradelia remained largely supportive of this status quo, with pro-Dradelian politicians seeking to maintain autonomy without extending into independence.
As Sorrenia became defunct and transitioned into the State of Sorrenia, Dradelia took the opportunity to declare independence. Given the State's limited military capacity, this declaration was not challenged.
During independence, Dradelia retained its linguistic and cultural traditions, which also became widely accepted in the newer areas of Dradelia such as Horden (which had been claimed by Sorrenia during the division).
War of the Sorrenian Succession
As war erupted in Sorrenia, it spilled into southern Dradelia, in which the Socialist League commanded significant influence. Areas such as Horden became almost completely independent and aligned with those seeking to reform the Sorrenian Federation.
The Dradelian National Army eventually took action and attacked Horden, almost completely defeating the League. This caused the now dominant monarchists in Sorrenia to invade and seize northern Dradelia. The National Army quickly responded but were harassed as they left Horden, and were ultimately defeated at the Battle of Good Grace.
Kingdom of Sorrenia
Dradelia was entirely re-absorbed into the Kingdom of Sorrenia, but retained its status as a devolved region. The monarchist government has however taken steps to introduce Sorrenian culture into Dradelia, which has been seen as an assault on culture by many Dradelians.
Dradelia remains a highly tense region, divided between three powers. The Sorrenian government controls much of west Dradelia, an area newly designated as Dradelian. The Dradelian Revolutionary Front possesses de facto control over all of northern Dradelia, while the Socialist League controls Horden. The latter two have declared an alliance in order to first bring about an end to the Kingdom of Sorrenia.
Dradelian culture is largely a conglomeration of many distinct cultures. The Dradelian language is a language isolate, however much of the imagery as well as the use of the Cyrillic alphabet derives from Slavic tradition. From a more historic basis, Dradelian culture has incorporated elements of Anglo-Saxon Northumbrian identity, as well as some Viking influences - owing to its location within North East England.
Upon Sorrenia's takeover of the region, Sorrenian culture has entered into Dradelia, although remains a minority identity. Celtic imagery has become more widely accepted, and Sorrenian Brittonic is an official language.
Dradelia maintains the largest Muslim population in Sorrenia, and previously incorporated elements of Islamic culture during a period of Muslim rule, most notably the use of the Arabic alphabet. The Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, however, were reinstated following secularist takeover, and the influence of Islamic culture in Dredelia was massively decreased.
The Slavic influences can most notably be seen in the national iconography of Dradelia. The flag utilises traditionally Slavic colours - those being dark red, dark blue and white - and the emblem shows a bird, reminiscent of those used by nations such as the Russian Empire. Such imagery may also be influenced by Ashukov culture, which is itself largely derived from Slavic influences.
The Dradelian language is a wholly artificial language, originally created to be the primary language of the area. It is a language isolate with superficial Slavic influence, utilising both the Latin script as well as a Cyrillic orthography based upon Russian - owing to the influence of Russian phonologyupon the language. The Arabic alphabet was formerly used during Islamic rule.
The language is not widely spoken by the populace, nor is it used in official documentation (where English and Sorrenian Brittonic are more common), however it has remained a point of pride for Dradelian dissidents, and is most notably used by the Dradelian Revolutionary Front.
Dradelian Cuisine refers to the food which is considered traditional in Dradelia or recopies which have been developed by Dradelian citizens as well as the culinary traits of Dradelian citizens. Since the creation of Dradelia as an independent state, several Dradelian dishes have been created, furthermore, family recipes of Dradelian citizens have also been counted as part of Dradelian cuisine. Dradelian cuisine is also based upon food which is widely obtainable in Dradelia, such as seaweed.
Dradelian cuisine is largely based on meat, fish, offal, seaweed and turnips. The national dish is horse meat, which is traditionally fried and seasoned with chilli powder, and then served with mashed turnips and roasted nettles. Another popular food is is tripe with fermented vegetables, which is traditionally served in sauce consisting of blended broccoli and sheep's cheese. Seaweed is easy to obtain on the Durham Coast and is therefore been incorporated as a traditional Dradelian staple.Pike and Pigeon meats are also considered traditional in Dradelia, pike is often grilled and cut up into strips and served with the traditional Dradelian vegetables of turnip and nettles or seaweed, pigeon is traditionally roasted and eaten whole without cutlery.
Carob is traditionally consumed in Dradelia as an alternative to chocolate, it is both eaten in bars and mixed with milk to make hot carob, the national drink.
• Easington Park - a small park found in Dradelia's largest settlement
• Haswell Plough Farm - the historic capital of both Dradelia and Akebar, and a centre of Sorrenian political influence
• Horden - a small pit village which is now the remains of Socialist League resistance
• Dalton Park - a large shopping centre, offering home retail, food and entertainment
• Dradelia Beach - an isolated part of the North Sea coastline, where Sorrenia's claim on Dradelia was first announced