The Inostranic Kingdom
(Kingdom of Aleia)
Det Inostranske Storsariiket (Aleian)
Motto: "Veost ne foreding"
"Eternity from Unity"
Anthem: "Aljansk Himne"
Location of Aleia in Asura
and largest city
|Ethnic groups |
|Aleian (72%), Newreyan (6%), Tavot (5%), Boran (2%), Liidurian (2%), Other (2%)|
|Government||Constitutional Monarchy (de jure) |
Absolute Monarchy (de facto)
• Prime Minister
|Timofei Henrik Kalvel (Appointee)|
• President of the National Assembly
|Anzhela Cecilie Feder (Appointee)|
• Sclavic Migration from Catai
• Inostranic Kingdom
• Elenaborg Edict
|31 May 1610|
• July Revolution
|27th July 1922|
• Timoleiya Uprising
|26th October 1962|
|263,658 km2 (101,799 sq mi)|
• 2015 census
|105/km2 (271.9/sq mi)|
• Per capita
• Per capita
|Currency||Sevast (S) (=100 Styn) (SEV)|
• Summer (DST)
|ISO 3166 code||ALE|
Aleia, officially The Inostranic Kingdom or Kingdom of Aleia, is the northernmost country in mainland West Asura in Aeia. Mainland Aleia occupies the northern tip of Asura, bordering Newrey, Miersa, Granica and Liiduria, whilst sharing maritime borders with Glanodel and Tyronova through the Lhedwin Channel and Gulf of Alemannia respectively. Aleia maintains control of islands in the Lhedwin Channel Northern Asuran Sea. In total, the 18 provinces of Aleia span 263,658 square kilometers and have a combined population of approximately 28.2 million. Aleia is referred to as a unitary sovereign and semi-constitutional monarchy. The government is located in the city of Oralienborg, which is also Aleia's most populous city.
Aleia as a unified entity first rose in the 8th century CE, as a common country for the Sclavic Ilanian and Lhedwinic Nyvan ethnicities. In the middle ages, repeated changes in the ruling dynasty promoted cultural change, until the House of Inostran became the ultimate rulers of Aleia in 1527. In Asura, Aleian territorial changes largely ended near the end of the 17th century after the Aleian-Commonwealth War. Industrialization of Aleia and Aleian colonization occurred at the end of the 18th century. Aleia briefly became a constitutional monarchy during the period 1922-1966. The Newreyan invasion of Aleia and subsequent Great Northern Asuran War caused large economic destruction in Aleia. The Aleian Civil War from 1962 to 1966 restored the absolute monarchy. Aleia experienced large economic growth during the late 20th century, a trend which continues in the present day.
The government of Aleia is a semi-constitutional monarchy, in which the royal family wields formal executive powers, although a legislative parliament exists. The monarch still is empowered with the rights of veto over all branches of government. Most of formal power is invested in the Inostran family. In addition to the elected branches of government, the Aleian political system is affected by the presence of a landed nobility. Political watch organizations often criticize the Aleian governmental system, in particular, its oppressive acts. The current monarch is Natalia I, while the Prime Minister is Timofei Henrik Kalvel.
Aleia has a developed economy with a middle-income economy. The HDI places the country in the very high sector, though this assessment has come under scrutiny due to its failure to consider the inequalities in Aleia. With a Gini of 49.7, Aleia is the country with the highest wealth inequality in Asura. Aleia is a leading exporter of mineral and processed mineral products, with a growing Template:Tertiary sector. Aleian is the primary language spoken in Aleia, while its citizens have moderate second language proficiency.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Infrastructure
- 8 Culture
The name Aleia was originally given by the Sclavic migrants from Catai, called the Ilans, who named the northern tip of Asura New Ilania. While the origin of the name Ilan itself is unknown, it was already in use before the Sclavic migration in 209 BC. One hypothesis is that the name comes from the ancient Sclavic word for "noble". During the rule of the Stave family 1031-1202, the dialect of the royal family caused a shift from Ilania to Aleia. The new pronunciation became more popular among the nobles during the Middle Ages, and has since then become the commonly accepted name of the country.
The official name of Aleia is The Inostranic Kingdom, in reference to the royal House of Inostran. In most situations however, including formal occasions, the name Kingdom of Aleia is more used. Currently, the official name is usually used only during the most formal instances such as coronations and passports.
An alternate name for both Aleia and The Inostranic Kingdom is North Asura, owing to the country's location.
From archeological findings near Vastoch, it is assumed that humans have inhabited the lands of Aleia since c. 4000 BC. During the Iron Age, Aleia was populated by a proto-Lhedwinic people called the Fells (Fellmenn), who had presumably migrated from present time Glanodel, and which therefor shared much of proto-Lhedwinic cultural traits. At first the Fells claimed the eastern part of Aleia, but by the end of the Iron Age had spread throughout the tip of Asura. Numerous former tribal sites that housed the Fell culture still exist today.
Migration and the Middle Ages
In 210 BC, Chief Illuge Gunnlaugson, leader of a coastal Fell tribe, received a visit from an emissary of the Sclavic Ilan tribe from Catai, who asked for permission from Illuge for his Chieftain to resettle his tribe in the Fellish lands in exchange for an alliance (the population of the Ilan tribe was equal to a small petty kingdom, around 7000 people). Illuge, under the impression that the tribe the emissary was representing was larger than several Fellish tribes, approved the request. The emissary forwarded the reply to the Ilan tribal leadership, led by Cheftain Vladislav and unaware that there was more than one tribe in northern Asura, prompting them to prepare a large scale migration, and in 209 BC the entire Ilan tribe crossed the Gulf of Sclavonia to Asura. They landed near the present day city of Yasnaya, from which Vladislav established the his new tribe. Although there was little conflict the first weeks, the Fellish tribal chiefs were enraged over Illuge's decision, but were unable to agree on a strategy to remove the settlers, who were larger in number than the Fells, and eventually let the settlers stay in north Asura. Chief Trygve assured the other tribes that the migrants would not claim too much of their land. By 206 BC, Chieftain Vladislav's tribe controlled a large area of the northern tip of Asura, and had established relations with the rest of the continent. They named their new home Ilania, which later became Aleia.
When Chieftain Vladislav died without an heir to inherit his lands in 198 BC, his tribe was split into smaller groups, which scattered across north Asura and settled down in Fellish areas. The spread of the Ilans created a cultural dispute between the Ilans and the Fell, and resulted in several wars between the two groups. The largest conflict during the period was the Vefs River War, which lasted from 186 BC to 179 BC. Due to the larger size of the Ilan tribes, the Sclavic migrants came out won most of the conflicts, subjugating the Fellish tribes, but rarely destroying them. The victorious Ilans established the Delings (domains), each ruled by Deley (Domain Master). Although attempts were made by the Ilans to assimilate the Fell, no attempt succeeded.
The system of Delings remained in place until AD 766, when Deley Inostran successfully unified the Delings, and founded the Inostranic Kingdom with him as the first Storsar (Great Deley). He also founded the Inostranic dynasty which during its first period of control ruled Aleia from 766 to 1031. The Fells and the Ilans remained separate, though during the reign of Storsar Inostran and his successors most of the Fell moved from east Aleia to the west, where they continued to be influenced by the Lhedwinic cultures of the west. The Ilans were also influenced by Lhedwinic culture due to the Fellære System established in 803, in which Fellish teachers tutored the children of Ilan nobles, a system established to maintain stability and develop tolerance between the ruling Ilans and the subjugated Fells. The Inostranic dynasty also saw the establishment of feudalism in Aleia; while the kingdom was still largely decentralized, more power was concentrated withing royalty and nobility, with the Storsar ruling from Oralienborg.
In a castle coup in 1031, Inge Stave, a judge from Senerhavn of the Stave family, stormed Storsar Fyodor II's chambers with Fellish co-conspirators, and dethroned him, sending him into exile in the southern mountains. He crowned himself the new storsar of Aleia, and began a period of Fellish rule in Aleia. During the rule of the Stave Family, most of the Ilan nobility that had existed since 766 were dispossessed in favor of a new Fellish nobility (though not all), that ruled over the Ilans. In the same way the Fells did not accept Ilan attempts at assimilation during Inostranic rule, the Ilans did not accept the Fellish attempts at assimilating its populace.
The Stave family experienced several uprisings and attempts by House Inostran to reclaim the Aleian throne during the 1300's, of which in 1202 one succeeded, deposing the Stave Queen Sigrid I and beginning the Riiksstriv (Realm Dispute) period. The Ilan house of Inostran and the Fell Stave family both clamored for control over the Aleian throne, and therefore the period was defined by a series of conflicts, with uprisings being common. The Dobroslava Day massacre in 1349, when a Fell nobleman violently had a Ilan festive celebration halted, commonly serves as an example of the ethnic conflicts in Aleia in the Riiskstrid. During this period, due to each ruling family imposing either Lhedwinic or Sclavic traditions on their subjects, there was a degree of cultural homogenization. The final war in the Riiksstriv was Ruslan's War (1527-1533), in which the House of Inostran defeated the Stave family and crowned themselves storsars of Aleia for the final time, permanently imprisoning the Stave family. In total, the Stave family held power in Aleia for 241 years over six different periods, and House Inostran 254 years over eight periods.
The rule of Elena I during the early 1600's helped remove some of the cultural differences between the Fells and the Ilans, establishing a common Aleian cultural identity. In her reign, the foundations of the modern Aleian language were made. She also expanded the country southwards, conquering the kingdoms of Tavotia and Borania, as well as laying the foundations for major population growth in western Aleia. Storsar Timofei III, who succeeded Elena I and was aided by his advisor the Minister Dost Feder, centralized the country and assumed power over his vassals as the absolute monarch.
The 1800's saw Aleia, led by Storsar Fyodor V and Prime Minister Peter Lagrinstem the Elder, become among the first countries in Aeia to industrialize. The first factories were built around Oralienborg at the beginning of the 1830's, and another achievement was the construction of the first railroad in 1837. The advantage in technology and industrial power marked Aleia's rise as a regional power in Asura, but it started to adopt an isolationist stance, due to diplomatic concerns over Lhedwin. Aleia remained neutral during the Great War.
At the end of the 19th century, Aleia initialized the Warship Plan, a disastrous effort to build up a war fleet to rival the major power holders of the region. Although it was successful in building up the fleet, the plan consumed resources and met numerous problems from the shipbuilders, causing financial ruin in Aleia. The prioritization of the navy led to insufficient funding of the army, which was unable to fight effectively when the Great Tavot Uprising in 1889, humiliating Aleia. The problems were further worsened by disputes between Storsar Fyodor VI and Prime Minister Leders, which nearly led to a civil war in June 1901, when Leders denounced the monarchy's incompetency in a speech held in front of Aleian marines.
20th Century to Present Day
The 20th century began with the power of the monarchy weakened by the issues of the 19th century, and saw the position of Prime Minister become more important in governmental affairs. Leders's speech in June 1901, accompanied by Fyodor's VI's military leadership purge only two months later, enraged the Aleian armed forces. Both the Aleian army and navy sought to remove the monarchy from power and install a democratic government, which the Storsar attempted to prevent through more purges and the establishment of the Aleian Secret Police (Riikspolitet). The efforts created suspicion towards the monarchy among the general populace, and led to the formation of the Vastoch Conspiracy in 1915, in which the command of the Aleian Army's 4th Division planned instigate a coup.
Despite Fyodor VI's efforts, the Vastoch Conspiracy was set into action on 27th July 1922, as the 4th division swiftly moved from Vastoch to Oralienborg, beginning the Aleian Revolution. The Storsar was removed from power by the 4th division (but was allowed to retain his title), and the country's first democratic elections were held in 1923. Alexei Elenberg, of the Aleian Reformers (AR) was elected as the first Prime Minister not appointed by the monarchy. In addition to the AR already in power, two other parties eventually started to dominate Aleian Politics. Although the Aleian nobles had their lands repossessed by the government, they still held considerable power, and were able to form their own monarchist party, the New Inostranic Society (NIS) already in November 1922. The year after, noted Marxist Iver Enje established the Communist Party. Both parties became popular among the people, but not until 1938 was either able to attain enough voters to take control.
Full gender suffrage was granted for the election in 1927. From 1923 to 1962, save from 1927 to 1931, the Aleian government was led by the AR, which held an absolute majority of seats in the parliament. In 1931, The Communist party achieved substantial results in the elections that year, and quickly had the Equal Citizenry Act passed, abolishing all titles of nobility, causing massive discontent among the people of former ruling class, which led to an increase in the popularity of the NIS.
In 1935, Newrey declared war on Aleia with the goal of annexing ethnically Newreyan territories, starting the [X] War. Although the AR-controlled government wished to cede the territories to avoid war, the party was overruled by the NIS and the Communist Party, both of which wished to mobilize the armed forces. The war lasted until 1941, and caused up to Aleian 500 000 casualties. The war caused public opinion of the democratic government to drop, and in the period 1941-62 the AR allied itself with other centrist parties to stay in power, as the monarchists and communists gained more voters.
After the results of the 1959 election, in which no block received a majority of voters, the AR was expected by the monarchists to enter a Grand Coalition with the NIS. Instead, AR leader Daniil Nattstern announced his intentions to collaborate with the Communist Party. The decision started monarchist protests throughout Aleia, particularly near Oralienborg. In midst of the unrest, Storsar Konstantin II gathered all the monarchist parties in November 1959 in what is known as the Kylia Convention, and with them he planned an uprising to restore the monarchy back to power. In 1962, the Inostranyy Uprising dissolved the democratic government, and started the Aleian Civil War between the Monarchists and the Communist-Centrists. The monarchist capture of the last communist strongholds in 1966 is accepted as the end of the war. Following the end of the civil war, Konstantin II assumed the power to overrule the parliament and the courts, effectively instating himself as the absolute monarch.
In the early 1980's, the Storsar enacted economic reforms that led to a large increase in the Aleian standard of living, in order to compete with the country's western neighbors. The focus was laid on the western areas of the country, and as a result the southern part of Aleia was neglected and the average wealth disparity grew in those areas. When Natalia I became Stasarina in 1983, she continued the development and kept the same focus as Konstantin II.
Aleia is situated on the northern tip of the Asuran mainland. The country has one land border, that of the one with Newrey in the southeast. It shares a sea zone with Glanodel to the west through the Glanish-Aleian Strait. Edreland in the north is close to the Aleian coast.
In general, Aleia has a varied landscape depending on area, the to the differences between the northern coastal lands and the central to southern inland. The western coast mainly consists of mountains up to 2000 m tall paired with occasional fjords along the coastline. From the northwest, the Tarkhen Mountain Range stretches to the border with Newrey. Progressing further east, both the height differences and the average altitude become smaller as the mountains flat out into plains, which continues to the eastern coast at the Gulf of Sclavonia. The northern peninsula shares the terrain of the eastern areas. The eastern grasslands are well irrigated by several rivers originating in the Tarkhen Range. The southern part of Aleia is dominated by the Kylian Mountains.
The large forests of the country are primarily situated on the flat landscapes of the northeast, although there are also heavily forested areas around the Tarkhen Range mountains. Coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce dominate the northeastern forests, while in the forests of the southern provinces deciduous trees are more common.
The climate of Aleia is usually classified as temperate. The country experiences mild summers and cold winters, where the average temperature in the summer is at 24°C compared to -15°C in the winter, though the summers become noticeably warmer in the south. The highest recorded temperature was 43°C at Stenlagen in 1935, and the coldest was noted down as -41°C at Runem in 1954. Precipitation is fairly common in the northeast, being at its heaviest during summers.
The country experiences snowfall from late October to late February, averaging 41 days in total per year.
The monarch of Aleia, the Storsar (or Stasarina) is the head of state, and wields the executive power of Aleia. Although Aleia is nominally a constitutional monarchy, the monarch possesses enough powers to overrule the other branches of government, and the monarchy has therefore been considered an absolute monarchy by most entities. The constitution of Aleia requires that every legislation be approved by the monarch before it goes into effect. In addition, the monarch has the right to implement edicts; legislations that immediately enter into effect. Despite the powers held by the monarchy, their use is uncommon. Since 1983, the monarch has been Stasarina Natalia I.
The legislative branch of government is the National Assembly, the country's parliament. The Aleian Assembly consists of 282 members who are elected each fourth year, the last election being in 2014. Its duties are to draft and vote on legislations that then are sent to the monarch for approval, and to . Like the monarch, the parliament has the right to impeach the Prime Minister in the event of misconduct. There are no term limits for a representative. The last elections were held in 2014.
The judicial powers in Aleia are exercised by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court consists of six supreme judges, one of which is the Supreme Justice of Aleia. Currently, the Supreme Justice is Igor Martin Eletan.
Unlike its neighboring countries, Aleia still practices a system of nobility. Alongside the popular governments that exist in Aleia, each province is also overseen by a group of nobles, named the Noble Subordinates, of which the number can vary from one to three. The nobles can hold the hereditary titles of Count, Duke or Deley (Domain Holder), but the titles are functionally identical. Every action the democratic governments commit must be reported to the Subordinates, who may issue a report to the ruling monarch at their own discretion. The Aleian constitution imposes a mandatory meeting between the nobles and the administrative government at least once every month. The noble that oversees the province is decided by their title, which is taken from the noble divisions in Aleia that are distinct from the administrative divisions. Its origins date back to the Asuran middle ages, and has experienced several reforms and changes. The most recent reform was made after the end of the Aleian Civil War in 1966.
The Aleian Armed Forces is the military body of Aleia, and is composed of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Special Operatives. In November 2017, the forces had 72 000 active personnel. Aleia is currently not involved in any conflicts in Aeia.
|Template:Aleia Labelled Map||Oralienborg Capital Province||Oralienborg||1,825,858||The Storsar of Aleia|
|Elena||Elenaborg||1,246,781||Duke of Elenaborg|
|Grensfel||Nevelagen||1,141,291||Duke of the Grens|
|Ilyana||Yasnaya||717,925||Deley of Yasna|
|Inostrana||Inostranyy||1,200,731||Deley of Evle|
|Medanland||Sigridsberg||1,662,410||Duke of Sigridsberg|
|Normark||Somersylen||553,150||Count of Somersylen|
Deley of Inn
|Pozhoden||Starkna Stepana||3,212,276||Deley of Timoveiya|
Duke of Pozhoden
|Rubezh||Koredin||718,469||Count of Kored|
|Sortark||Noga||877,395||Duke of Sortark|
|Sten||Stenlagen||1,485,672||Count of Stenlagen|
Duke of Vesterland
|Tamborg||Tamborg||1,923,600||Count of Tamborg|
Duke of Pozhoden
|Tarken||Severno||2,374,123||Deley of North Tarken|
Deley of South Tarken
Count of Severno
|Valia||Vaha||1,293,650||Duke of Valia|
Deley of Vaha
|Vesterland||Telring||1,846,458||Duke of Vesterland|
|Urkholm||Ailasten||3,194,567||Duke of Urkholm-Slavov|
|Borania||Lun||1,718,393||Viceroy of Borania|
|Tavotia||Naiieke||1,214,238||Viceroy of Tavotia|
Aleia has a developed and moderately large economy. In 2016, the nominal GDP of Aleia was at an estimated $914,912,196,840, with $32,436 per capita. The country is responsible for maintaining its main currency, the Aleian Sevast. Aleia is a major exporter of minerals, gemstones, timber and heavy machinery, especially transport equipment. The secondary sector is dominant place of work in Aleia, but western Aleia has experienced a sharp increase in people working in the service sector.
A large disparity in income between northern and southern Aleia has existed since the 1960's; in 2015, Vesterland province in eastern Aleia had an average GDP per capita of $45,000, while in Tavotia province the number was only at $12,000. The difference primarily originated during the period of the economic reforms of the 70's, when a large focus was placed on the northern provinces in order to compete with the Lhedwinic countries west of Aleia, while the southern provinces did not experience an equal development of the economy and as a result an increase in wealth. Despite the clear difference in wealth, the government has not made a clear statement nor a plan regarding the situation.
Since the industrialization during the 20th century, Aleia has developed a large mining industry present in its mountain ranges, Tarkhen and Kylia. The Kylian Range especially is considered to contain one of Aeia's largest untapped gemstone deposits, while the southern Tarkhen Range is rich in metal ores such as iron, gold, as well as quartz and lead. Most of the extracted minerals are exported to countries in Asura, particularly Crylante, where Aleian gold is used in Crylantian jewelry industry. It is estimated that one third of all income from exports in from mining products. The industry in Tarkhen and Kylia are controlled by three Aleian mining companies, Alemin, The Elenan and Kylmin, among which Alemin controls the majority of mines (55%). Despite the income the Aleian mining industry brings, it has attracted concern from environmental organizations related to the waste it produces, which has been dumped in local rivers near mines. The country is currently experimenting with clean waste disposal methods.
Amber, harvested from small river deposits in Rubezh province, is exported to neighboring countries.
Tourism makes up a considerable part of the Aleian economy. The industry saw rapid growth after the end of the Aleian Civil War in 1966, as a part an effort to attract foreign attention and to bolster national income. Six million tourists visited Aleia in 2017, contributing $11,000,000,000 to the year's incomes. Aleia is regularly visited by tourists from Lhedwin and southern Asura who, according to the Aleian Bureau of Tourism, spend most of their time at the country's WECO heritage sites. 5.8% of the country's domestic households rely on tourism.
According to the last national census in 2015, Aleia has an estimated population of 28.2 million. The country experienced its highest population growth during the 20th century, but the fertility growth still remains at an average 2.5 children per woman. Aleians are the dominant ethnic group in the country, compromising 78% of the population, followed by Tavotians (7%) and Borans (2%), both of which form a majority in the provinces Tavotia and Borania respectively. A Newreyan minority population is present near the border with Newrey, in Sten and Grensfel province.
Aleian, a Lhedwinic-Sclavic language, is the dominant language spoken in Aleia, as well as the official language in all governmental organizations according to the 1967 Royal Edict. The Aleian language is regulated by the Royal Language Council. There are also regional languages spoken, particularly Tavotian and Boranian in Tavotia and Borania province respectively. In the Aleian education system, students are required to learn a second language, of which Midrasian and Newreyan are always offered by schools. Often Aquidish and Glanish are also offered. As a result of the system, 78% of the adult population reported as being near-fluent in a second language. In Aleian high school, a third language is also an obligatory subject, and also a fourth, depending on the choice of a student.
Largest cities or towns in Aleia
The Aleian Census Bureau, 2017
The country relies mainly on fossil fuels for the production of electricity.
Car ownership is at 314 per 1000 citizens. Expressways exist around almost all the major cities in the north, but are yet to be constructed in the south. The government has planned to build a new two-lane highway from Oralienborg to Stenlagen, which will serve most provinces in central Aleia.
Rail transport is the primary method of inter-provincial travel in Aleia, and the country maintains an extensive railway network that links all the major cities. A high-speed railway which connects the local area around the capital Oralienborg was finished in 2011. The Elhazian Express, running from Lhedwin to Ústekia and Dýnaria, crosses Aleia.
Aleian cuisine primarily varies between the north and the south, due to geographical differences affecting available foodstuffs.
Northern Aleian cuisine exploits the various coastal resources of both the Lhedwinic Channel and the Almannic Sea.
Southern Aleia has virtually no marine products in its cuisine, and is primarily based on meat and grain.
The first Aleian written texts, which archaeologists can trace back to the late bronze age, were Fell inscriptions found at the Fell stones near Vastoch. Aleian literature started to develop at the time of Inostran's unification of Aleia in the 750's. At the time, most texts were written in the Sclavic language, but certain stones carved by the Fells are still present in Vesterland provine. Due to the homogenization and interchange of Sclavic and Lhediwinic languages during the middle ages, Aleian medieval texts are difficult to interpret in present times. However, literary scholars have recognized and translated several pieces, such as Oleg of Yasnaya's Journey to the South, which details an Aleian man's expedition to Arabekh and Majula.
Several Aleian famous texts were written during the 20th century. Romantic authors wrote text primarily related to Aleia, with detailed descriptions of the countryside and expressions of Aleian traditions. Ruslan Martin Eppe, among the most prolific poets and playwrights of 20th century poetry, wrote several texts, including the 23 Aleian Seasonals, poems regarding life in Aleia throughout the four seasons, and the play Queen Elena, which has become a well known work of drama. The popularity of romantic literature faded at the end of the century, as realist texts and social commentaries became more common. One of the most noted works within Aleian literature is Yuri Anton Vit's The Palace, which was published in 1906 and describes Aleia's unsuccessful attempts to establish itself as a power in Asura during the 1890's.