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45,797,314.5 sq mi
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Astyria is a medium-sized, equator-spanning region encompassing more than 160 million square kilometres. It is composed of five chief continental shelves, namely Hesperidesia, Ixalia, Lorecia, Sythith and Teudallum, in addition to a number of subcontinental landmasses. All together, Astyria comprises seventy-five nations. Astyria is surrounded by vast bodies of water, including the Morlaix Sea, Mar de Aviz, Mederano Sea, Mare Ferum, Actlpacinarcticadian Ocean, Sea of Jajich and Eastern Ocean.
- 1 Name
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Political geography
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
The name "Astyria" has a disputed origin. Some nations in the area have alternative names for roughly the same geographic area, though Astyria is recognized globally as the accepted term. One theory is that it derives from the Old English word astyrian, meaning to disturb, because of the regular historical mass migrations and wars throughout the region.
Blah blah Pre-Ethlorek migrations from 400 BC, societies, and kingdoms. Ethlorek migrations from Aquitayne to Trellin.
Arlethian migrations beginning around 3rd century BC from the north of Lorecia.
Blah blah more Arlethian migrations.
Arlethians arrive in Erbonia, around 10th century.
Early Modern period
18th and 19th centuries
20th century to present
No one knows. Way too many things going on. Whose turn is it to post on the thread, anyway?
In the modern era, the political spectrum of Astyrian affairs is mostly divided between two political blocs, being the Astyrian Treaty Organisation and the Eastern Astyrian Treaty Alliance. These two factions comprise the majority of policy within the region and oftentimes, by default of their actions, dictate policy to the rest of the region. The foundation of these blocs are made of the two most premier superpowers within the region, the Republic of Kobolis and the Blackhelm Confederacy, with both increasingly at odds with one another as time progresses.
All political happenings between nations that are not party to either intergovernmental organization are seen somewhat as less important to the happenings of the blocs in the eyes of regional media, as the tensions between the ATO and EATA pacts are more ripe for coverage. The East of Astyria, geographically the easternmost nations and coasts of Lorecia eastward, is generally seen as an area of high tension and a geographical boiling point where major powers in the region come together and often vie for military, economic and political power. Notably, the United Kingdom is a major participant in trans-Mare-Ferum operations and often extends its reaches well into the Atlpacinarcticadian Ocean.
Likewise, the Dangish Empire, a member-state of the Eastern Astyrian Treaty Alliance, has come at increasing odds with Aquitayne and Symphonia over the recent Humanitarian Operations in Pangus and Prudensia, where they - quoting the Osborne Doctrine as casus beli, threatened war over the United Kingdom's actions. This debacle is one of many such incidents over the past 50 years that have defined the Mare Ferum as a place of intensity.
The central western regions of Astyria, notably Northern Teudallum and southern Lorecia and the southern island chains are lesser known for military action. While on the other hand, southeastern Teudallum has been a hotbed of conflict with the EATA invasion of Terre Azure, the Casegene incursion in Agrincourt, and the endless warlord feuding and failed peacekeeping operations in Kamalbia, not to mention the Astyrian Liberation Army (ALA)'s terrorist bombing of Marqueville. Irrespective of Kobolis' military presence, the political atmosphere of the far western and central Teudallum nations, and southern Lorecian nations have usually been calm and diplomatic over the recent decades. The recent War of the Eastern Velar is the only major conflict in western Teudallum in the last decade, and is the culmination of a century of deteriorating political ties between Trellin's Sidereal Crown and Andamonia.