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|— Region —|
|Region of Lycem|
(Lycene: "In the Sunrise Mountain")
|Country||Sabia and Verona|
|Admission||23 February 2014|
|- Type||Autonomous region|
|- Governor||Liam Sanfloss (Democrat)|
|- Total||0.00010432 km2 (0 sq mi)|
|- Density||86,273/km2 (223,446.1/sq mi)|
|Time zone||VST (UTC-4)|
The Region of Lycem (/laɪːsɛm/ Lycene: vedraś lisemna; Sabian: akurói liseminn) is one of the five first-tier administrative divisions of Sabia and Verona, and alongside the regions of Sabia and Verona, one of the three first-tier administrative divisions comprising Sabia and Verona's Northern Territories.
Lycem was founded in 2012 as an independent kingdom ruled by the House of Kârjasary, an important Valtirian family to which one of Sabia and Verona's co-founders, Tarik Kârjasary, belongs. In 2014, with the creation of the Federal Union of Juclandian Lands, Lycem became the third region of Sabia and Verona.
Since the region's annexation into Sabia and Verona, Lycene culture has been assimilated by the Sabioveronese population, and is now nearly indistinguishable from the rest of the regions. Valtirian mythology, originally from Lycem, is a staple of Sabioveronese culture, and Lycem's tradition of visual arts has been incorporated into the other regions of the Kingdom.
The word lycem has its roots in Dozenal Sabian, the oldest attested version of the Sabian language and the language from which Lycene is derived. The word can be translated as "obedient brother", a compound formed from the root lyc-, from lycyk (the modern lysiq in Lycene), and -em, from 'eman, derived from the Spanish hermano. The name refers to Lycem's intended relationship with Sabia and Verona and Juclandia. Before the Lycene state was created, a street in Salisse was named Lycem as well.
During most of Lycem's time as an independent nation, it was officially known as the Lycene Freehold. This is a rough translation of Liseniq Araigasi; the word araigasi literally means "free dominion". The ceremonial name of Lycem, which was used only in royal rituals and special occasions such as the King's coronation, was ax-Selociarqan Qaemidogax nae Lisem nae ax-Suriuu ae Suuzure, literally "Flying Red Kingdom of the Good Brother of the Fire in the East".
The Realm of Lycem was formed on 20 December 2012 by Tarik Kârjasary, who crowned himself King of Lycem (cenna; lit. "protector"). At the time, Kârjasary was also Governor of Sabia and Verona, then an overseas territory of Juclandia. The House of Kârjasary was enthroned as the Realm's royal house, and Prince Kaj was named heir-presumptive to the crown. The Realm's independence was first recognized by Juclandia, which sought to establish a friendly relationship aided by the geographical closeness to Sabia and Verona and Kârjasary's own interests.
Lycene culture was deeply influenced by East Asian cultures, as well as the emerging cultures in neighboring Sabia and Pashqaria. The Sabian language was adopted as Lycem's official state language, and remained as such until mid-2013, when the Sabiolycene dialect became its own language, known thereafter simply as Lycene.
During a short period in March 2013, the regency of the Realm was held by Ciprian, King of Juclandia. In April 2013, King Tarik briefly stepped down from his position and an interim republican state was established in Lycem. The Lycene People's Republic, as it came to be known, claimed new lands in what was once the Cutaipa region of Cizland, and a new capital city, Aerkana, was established. A national legislature, the Metropolitan Assembly, was elected, and its members met on three occasions during the republic's short existence. By June 2013, the republic was again inactive, and the Metropolitan Assembly declared the state's dissolution.
Near the end of August 2013, Tarik Karjasari reclaimed his titles and the royal family was restored to power, forming the Lycene Freehold. The new territorial claims made by the republican government were retained. During the short existence of the Freehold, the monarchy sought to act as a patron for the arts, and Lycene culture flourished. The Lycene language was subjected to reforms, and two new scripts were introduced; graphic arts become popular and new texts of Valtirian mythology are published.
The aquatic era is the term used to refer to Lycem as part of Sabia and Verona. King Tarik, who was now serving his second non-consecutive term as Governor of Sabia and Verona, made arrangements for the Freehold to become part of the neighbouring nation following the creation of the Federal Union of Juclandian Lands. It was decided only Dánn Daear Loś (the first and last capital of independent Lycem) would become part of Sabia and Verona; Habyra and Bathyr (the new claims made by the republican government) would not be part of Lycem or Juclandia anymore. The region was assigned a Lt. Governor, Liam Sanfloss, and as soon as it gained enough provincial population, it would be granted a Provincial Council as well. The Lycene territory is divided into two municipalities and a free city: Nimoseru, Darghanas and Ataaxiari. Ataaxiari was renamed Suiisan Too (lit. "Floating Watchtower") in July 2014. In August 2014 Nimoseru and Darghanas were united into the Special Incorporated Territory of Highanas (TEIHAS) and Suiisan Too became the Vaaitos Prefecture, also taking territory from Aguasblancas.
Upon the formation of the United Assembly of Regions in 2015, in the aftermath of the Haronos Plan, Lycem became represented by Governor Sanfloss, Charles Nooja and Regina Redwyne. The Constitution of 2017 reformed the territorial organization of the Kingdom, and all the municipalities were merged into the one existing prefecture of the region: Vaaitos. Vaaitos became the region's capital.
Government and administration
As part of the Northern Territories of Sabia and Verona, the Region of Lycem is relatively autonomous in its own affairs. It elects its own Governor and Legislative Assembly, both of which serve for five year terms. Before the introduction of the 2015 Constitution and the foundation of Alios, the Region of Lycem was administered by a Lieutenant Governor and a Provincial Council. Nowadays, due to the new constitution, the region is considerably more independent from the national legislature and its laws.
There is a downside to this however, as the new constitution also barred citizens of Sabia and Verona living in the Region of Lycem from the right to vote and participate in nationwide elections. Citizens in Lycem cannot be candidates for the national parliamentary elections, and cannot be members of any of the three sounosy of the Sabioveronese state. This means Verona is not represented in the Parliament.
The current Governor of Verona is Liam Sanfloss of the Democratic Party. The last legislative election was held on 2 September 2015. The Legislative Assembly of Lycem consists of 5 members.
As a region, Lycem is a first-tier administrative division and it's governed by a democratically elected Governor who responds to the Legislative Assembly.
Lycem counts with two subdivisions: the Vaaitos Prefecture and the Dependency of Highanas.
The Lycene culture finds its roots in Eastern and Middle Eastern civilisations. However, the Lyceni are proud of the several cultural aspects that were born within the nation itself. In the Lycene culture, mythology can be considered its most developed part; the Old Gods and the first flames are mentioned in several Lycene texts that can be easily found in the Royal Library. Literature and music are also strong points of the Lycene culture. The civilisations of Mesopotamia, Babylon, Tibet, the Nara period of Japan, Mongolia, the Tang Dynasty and many others have served as inspiration for the formation of the Lycene cultural scene, which is deemed as unique as it is extensive.
Rice, plantain and black beans are the staples of Lycene cuisine. The local diet also includes pork, beef and chicken. Soups and stews of meat and potatoes are common in the region. Venezuelan and Colombian arepas have not suffered much alteration with the arrival of Lycem, but their Lycene counterparts are considerably less filled and contain less ingredients. Lycene arepas are made of maize, like most common arepas, unlike the region's common flour arepa.
Lycem has numerous public holidays, most of which centre around traditional seasonal, secular and religious festivals. They include the lunar New Year (February or March), Nagayr's Day ("Earth and Life Day"), the official independence day (December 20), National Day (December 21), and various religious celebrations attached to both the Church of the Pahun and the Old Cult.
The official language of Lycem is Sabian, in its Lycene variation (known as Sabiolycene). It was adopted because of its close relation with Sabia and Verona. Most Lyceni however don't speak much Sabian or don't speak Sabian at all, and Spanish might be used as well.
The Lycene language has been written in a grand total of six scripts: the Latin script which is currently used and considered "standard" by the Votir, the tobosu myasu ("ancient script") or Archaic Lycene Script which was derived from a script developed during the times of the Goldan Age of Artaghe and that remains in use for cultural purposes today, tobosu taenu ("magic script") which was in use during the Iron, Mercury and late Copper states and the Chinese-based scripts of the Steel state and early Aquatic era, xixu and xinsuu. Xixu and xinsuu are two scripts that saw themselves in use during a short period in the cultural flourishment of the Steel state and were based on Chinese characters (hanzi). The Lycene Chinese Syllabary or LCS, commonly known as xixu (朸权) was an abugida-like syllabary consisting of 845 characters. The xinsu relied on ideograms. Unlike the LCS, xinsu does not use modern Chinese characters, but the ancient Chinese seal script.