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Dradelians are an ethnic group present in Eastern Sorrenia and Derskov-Viadalvia. Originating in 2011, they are the oldest micronational ethnicity in Northern England, predating the larger Sorrenian ethnicity.
'True Dradelian' is a modern term used to distinguish those Dradelians residing in the county of Dradelia from those living in Sunderland and Viadalvia. True Dradelians are the oldest of their ethnicity, having emerged as far back as 2011. Originally, Dradelia only consisted of the small town of Easington and a small part of Horden; once Dradelia was split between Ashukovo and Sorrenia, the latter greatly expanded the domain of Dradelia into areas such as Peterlee. Now, such areas are fully integrated within the wider Dradelian populace.
Sorrenian Dradelians reside almost entirely east of the A19 road, in settlements such as Shotton Colliery. Due to this geographical and political difference, Sorrenian Dradelians are rather distinct, despite the fact that they also closely follow the historic elements of the Dradelian culture. Sorrenian Dradelians are often actively hostile towards the Dradelian Revolutionary Front who call for independence.
Upon the Great Expansion, Sunderland was incorporated into the Kingdom of Sorrenia. This began a sudden growth in the number of those in the county identifying as Dradelians. Although land north of Dalton Park has never been claimed by Dradelia, many in the area began to self-identify as such.
This sudden wave has led many to distinguish this new group of Dradelians as 'Mackem Dradelians', named after the informal nickname for residents of Sunderland and the surrounding area.
Tension between True Dradelians and Mackem Dradelians is common, as the former view the latter as merely co-opting the name for their own purposes, as the latter do not actively practice many elements of the traditional Dradelian culture. Mackem Dradelians however are the fastest growing population of Dradelians, and were able to narrowly win the constituency of Seaham in June 2018, meaning one out of the two seats held by the Dradelian Revolutionary Front is held by a Mackem Dradelian.
Although Viadalvia quickly abandoned their claim to Dradelian land, the long-standing ties between the Viadalvian and Dradelian people led to immigration to the country. Over time, these Dradelian expats formed small permanent communities. Dutch Dradelians continue to embrace core elements of the Dradelian identity (such as the cuisine and music), however they now widely speak Dutch and have blended some elements of the local culture with their own.
Dradelia began in 2011 as a cultural project between Rilgar Ompastre and his uncle. Due to their shared interest in Slavic culture, Dradelia was closely influenced by the European ethnicity, especially in relation to aesthetics, language and cuisine.
Early Dradelia was very small, only ever consisting of a handful of people, while the nation only claimed two small patches of land. Dradelia was however very outward facing, building relations with both Ashukovo and Derskov-Viadalvia.
In late 2012, both Kozlova and Ashukovo claimed Dradelia; while the micronation officially joined Ashukovo, the Kozlovan government claimed that this occurred under duress.
Eventually, several key Dradelians moved onto the new Akebarian project. To remedy the concern, they split the micronation between Ashukovo (who received Easington) and Viadalvia (who received Dalton). After Sorrenian agitation, Viadalvia abandoned their claim and granted Dalton to Sorrenia.
To equal Ashukovo's claim, Sorrenia expanded their Dradelian territory greatly. Although initially opposed by many Dradelians, the new Sorrenian claim quickly became a core element of Dradelia.
After a year of Ashukov inactivity, Sorrenia claimed the entirety of Dradelia without opposition. They in turn further expanded the claim to include an area west of the A19 road. Although similarly successful, some Dradelians continue to argue that this area is not truly Dradelian.
Under Sorrenia, the Dradelian population grew immensely and the Dradelian language was further constructed. Generally, the Dradelian population supported the Sorrenian Federation with maintained devolution, and very few called for restored independence.
War of the Sorrenian Succession
Upon the emergence of the State of Sorrenia, Dradelia declared independence and broke away, largely without contest. Several years ensued in which activity was minimal.
Upon the outbreak of the War of the Sorrenian Succession, Dradelia initially practiced neutrality. Upon their defeat at the Second Battle for New Havana, the Socialist League abandoned their stronghold of Bowburn and relocated in southern Dradelia.
This prompted an official response, and Dradelia attacked in what became the Hordon Carnage. The new Sorrenian Kingdom used this as a casus belli, and invaded western Dradelia. With exhausted troops and poor weather, Dradelia was easily defeated.
Through the Treaty of Dradelian Subservience, Dradelia was officially reintegrated into Sorrenia, with a new Dradelian monarchy simultaneously and permanently held by the Sorrenian monarch.
The Grand Expansion
• Rilgar Ompastre, founder of the Dradelian nation, key Sorrenian politician, micronational veteran and linguist, previously President of the Sorrenian Federation and currently leader of the Dradelian Revolutionary Front and President of Neuvilleland
• Martyn Järvenpää, joint creator of the Dradelian language, prominent Sorrenian politician and Dradelian-Akebarian nationalist