Democratic Republic of the Araabyne
Poblacht Dhaonlathach Araabyne
Motto: "Beatus vir qui facit opus Dei."
"Blessed is the man that doeth the work of God."
Anthem: Union of the Four Nations
and largest city
|Recognised national languages||Siarad|
|Ethnic groups||No Data|
• Vice President
• Minister for Integration
|Markus van der Veld|
• Chief of Staff
|Admiral Amos Slate|
|18th January 2017|
• Formal Statement
|19th January 2017|
|21st December 2018|
• 2017 estimate
• Per capita
|Gini (2017)|| 54.3|
|HDI (2017)|| 0.46|
The Araabyne, formally referred to as the Democratic Republic of the Araabyne (often abbreviated to DRA), is a sovereign nation and unitary state located in eastern Arabekh. The Araabyne is the de facto successor of the unrecognised Commonwealth of Kavo, and the de jure successor of the former Aquid-East Arabekh Company colony of Kavo & The Araabyne. The state was established following the ArKav Coup d'Etat against Kavoene President Marcus van der Veld in January 2017, and was officially proclaimed in December 2018 following the conclusion of the Fourth Brush War and the Brush War Trials.
The Araabyne directly succeeded the rump state known as the Provisional Republic of the Araabyne (PRA), which had seceded from the Commonwealth following the Coup d'Etat of 17th January 2017. The DRA was thus founded by a coalition of disaffected SUSa leaders and former moderates from within the Apartheid regime with the goal of ending the Fourth Brush War and bringing about a new democratic state under the principles of reconciliation between Black and White Araabyne peoples. The constitution was formally signed immediately after the Unilateral Declaration of Araabyne Sovereignty on 21st December 2018, with Arna Nguela recognised as the 1st President of the Democratic Republic. Unlike its predecessors the Democratic Republic has gained significant international recognition.
The Araabyne has the 6th lowest GDP Per Capita and the 5th lowest overall GDP in Aeia, making it one of the poorest nations in the world. Approximately 72% of the population live below the poverty line according to the Canmyr-Weidhal Poverty Index in February 2019, and more than 12% of the population are currently living in refugee camps and a further 5% are living in temporary accommodation as a result of the recent civil war and subsequent overthrow of the unrecognised Apartheid regime. The key issues faced by the new government are the devastation left by the Fourth Brush War, the rehousing of the million and half displaced persons, and the subjugation of white nationalist militias who continue to resist open democratic rule.
A major recipient of foreign aid the DRA also has a peacekeeping force of around 20,000 R-FA personnel from tir Lhaeraidd in the country preventing open violence between white nationalist groups and the general population.
Etymology & Terminology
The Araabyne is named after the large area of veld that forms the central portion of the country, which has historically been known simply as The Araabyne which is a Lhaeraidhised version of the various native names for the region. Until recently the term Araabyne was applied only to those who lived within the geographic area of the Araabyne Veld, however the name was adopted for the nation as a whole, replacing the former name of Kavo, in 2018 with the conclusion of the Fourth Brush War and the formation of the Democratic Republic.
The decision rename the nation came as part of the post-war effort to end the centuries old divide between the white Asuran and black Arabekhi racial groups. The previous name of Kavo was deemed to be inappropriate as it was given in honour of the white Asuran explorers and colonists Richard Karlsen and Julian Vogens and was widely considered to be a symbol of oppression. The alternative name of Sheera was also abandoned as it did not represent all the black Arabekhi communities present within the nation. The Araabyne was thus seen as a reasonable compromise and a racially and politically neutral name for the new state.
The lands which would form the Democratic Republic have been inhabited continuously for over six thousand years, with the first signs of organised civilisation appearing circa 4500 BCE, however the first written accounts of the region's history come from circa 3750 BCE when the first local written language came into being in the form of the Ashimi Pictographic Script. The earliest traces of the Ashimi civilisation in the Araabyne indicate that a highly organised and ritualised society flourished along the banks of the Three Sisters, which was largely organised into small city states or petty kingdoms; by 2000 BCE however these individual political entities had merged into a single Ashimi kingdom which was ruled from the ancient city of Sharhatal. The ruins of Sharhatal itself have never been located leading to a great deal of speculation of the precise nature of the Sharhatallic Kingdom, and some scholars go so far as to claim that Sharhatal itself is little more than a common myth for the region and a metaphor for the union of the Ashimi peoples of the region since most archaeological evidence indicates that the Sharhatallic Kingdom was ruled from the city of Ur, the location of which is known.
Sharhatallic pottery has been found in quantity throughout eastern Arabekh and west into the central continental interior, which supports the Johannes Theory that the Ashimi traded openly and directly with the Zuhal culture and peoples to the south, as well as the now extinct coastal Dhwente peoples and the cultures of central Arabekh. This trade was likely facilitated by early Ashimi development of light shallow draft coastal vessels as well as poleboats which traversed the Three Sisters, as well as by the Ashimi culture's largely peaceful nature. Despite its broad trading links within the region the Sharhatallic Kingdom would not advance beyond Bronze Age technology.
The Ashimi dominated the central regions of the Araabyne around the Three Sisters until around 1000 BCE when the expanding Zuhalite Empire spread north concurrently with a nomadic migration southwards by the Shuhuntu peoples. According to written records from both Ashimi and Zuhal sources, which have been backed up by the extensive archaeological efforts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Zuhalite Empire rapidly subjugated the Ashimi Kingdom and absorbed its culture, before in turn collapsing in the face of the Shuhuntu migration. By 200 BCE both the Ashimi and Zuhalite civilisations had collapsed to be replaced with more than seven hundred years of Shuhuntu domination; during the period between 200 BCE and 500 CE written records become incredibly sparse as the Shuhuntu peoples had yet to adopt a written language and had no organised form of central government - the only records which exist from this period come from the few remaining Ashimi and Zuhal holdouts in city states around the Three Sisters. This period is referred to as the Shuhuntu Desolation.
The Shuhuntu Desolation officially ended in 552 CE with the rise of Umbutu Bwezhi who unified the southern tribes of the Shuhuntu and formed the First Shuhuntu Kingdom (contemporaneously known as Zembaruu). Umbutu Bwezhi conquered the Ashimi and Zuhal city states and the Three Sisters and used Ashimi scholars to form the Shuhuntu Script which used a blend of the Ancient Ashimi and Zuhal languages for its grammar and syntax; this Script would be the first language to come from the region to abandon pictographs and adopt a form of alphabet. With the appearance of the Shuhuntu Script came the Shuhuntu Renaissance, during which time the Zembaruu Kingdom advanced rapidly into the Iron Age. The First Shuhuntu Kingdom lasted for four centuries before being overthrown by a resurgent Ashimi hierarchy forming the Kingdom of Sheera and bringing about a short lived period of peace for the region from 986 CE until 1040 CE. With the death of Sheera's second king the country fell into a period of civil war, during which the Ashimi nobles fell from power. In 1077 CE a Shuhuntu warlord rose once again and formed the Second Shuhuntu Kingdom, using the existing name of Sheera.