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Grand Duchy of Rai
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|Grand Duchy of Rai|
Auster Semper Fidelis
"The southern wind is always loyal"
|- Grand Duke||Tarik|
|Formation||2016 (as Bergendorf)|
The Grand Duchy of Rai, 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. 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 raï. New Lviv, the grand duchy's former name, comes from the city of Lviv in the Ukraine.