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Blayk

Grand Kingdom of Blayk

Rouoyaume Graund dé Blayc (Blaykish)
Royaume Grand de Blayc
(Principean)
Flag of Blayk
Flag
Coat of Arms of Blayk
Coat of Arms
Motto: 
"Audeamus"
"May we dare"
Anthem: Trais Couronnes Unies
"Three Crowns United"
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Location of Blayk
Location of  Blayk  (dark green)

– in Auressia  (green & dark grey)
– in the Commonwealth  (green)

Capital
and largest city
Montigné
Official languagesBlaykish
Principean
Recognised regional languagesVervillian
Litavin
Sarbeliard Tyrnican
Demonym(s)Blaykish
GovernmentUnitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
• Monarch
Leopold III
Benjamîn Petty-Mermoz
LegislatureParlement
(Chambres des Députés)
Establishment
15th January 920
March 6th 1802
3rd February 1822
Area
• 
676,719 km2 (261,283 sq mi)
• Water (%)
1.34
Population
• 2020 estimate
81,652,690
• 2017 census
79,310,821
• Density
117/km2 (303.0/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)2020 estimate
• Total
$3.956 trillion (5th)
• Per capita
$49,881
GDP (nominal)2018 estimate
• Total
$3.473 trillion (3rd)
• Per capita
$43,795
Gini (2018)Positive decrease 29.1
low
HDI (2018)Increase 0.902
very high
CurrencyCommonwealth mark (CMR)
Time zoneUTC+1 (Western Auhr Standard Time)
Date formatdd-mm-yyyy
Driving sideleft
Calling code+06
ISO 3166 codeBLC
Internet TLD.blc

Blayk (Blaykish: Blayc, pronounced: /ˈblk/), officially the Grand Kingdom of Blayk (Blaykish: Rouoyaume Graund dé Blayc) is a sovereign state and constitutional monarchy located in Western Auressia. The country extends from the Hesperian Ocean to the Khovaar Strait and borders Rythene to the north west, Avilême, Vervillia and the Imperial Confederacy to the south and is connected to Tyrnica through the Arden-Karsfjord bridge. Blayk consists of sixteen provinces further spilt into three hundred and nineteen electorates, covering a total of 676,719 square kilometres. It has the second highest population within Auressia with 79.31 million inhabitants as of 2017. Blayk's capital is Montigné, the country's largest city and main commercial and cultural hub. Other important urban centres include Elberné, Marbonne, Fluery, Alberrai and Arden.  

The present day state of Blayk has its origin in the tenth century Treaty of Breun, which established a Cuscaire hegemony over the region, co-ruled by Mathilda, Queen of the Blakes and William, Lord of the Cuscaires. Blayk would go on to secure its place as one of the leading Auressian powers through the middle ages, extending Blaykish influence to Rythene and the Northern Regions of Western Auressia, while contending with Tyrnica for control over the Strait of Khovaar. The early modern period saw the nation become the foremost naval power in Auressia after the War of the Khovaarian league, the foundation of one of the world’s first colonial empires and the creation of the first Blaco-Vervillian union.

The eighteenth century saw the beginning of a period of slow decline in Blayk's influence with the collapse of the Blaco-Vervillian union, later followed by the costly War of the Tyrnican Succession and finally the end of the Phillipean line of Kings ultimately culminating in the Blaykish Civil War and the declaration of the Blaykish Republic at the turn of the century. The newly founded republic would later join other republican forces in waging war against Auressian monarchists during the War of the Commons, their defeat however would see the reestablishment of the monarchy in Blayk at the Congress of Vedayen and the loss of its vast colonial empire. Throughout the rest of the nineteenth century the nation kept its neutrality in foreign affairs and had limited success in regaining its influence on the continent. Blayk was allied with Rythene through the conflicts of the early twentieth century re-securing its place as a major power on the global scale and despite the devastation of the conflicts it has experienced a unprecedented period of stable post war economic growth.

A developed country, Blayk has a high income liberalised free trade economy primarily dominated by it's service sector. It is the world's third-largest economy by nominal GDP and fifth-largest by purchasing power parity. The first nation in the world to industrialise, it remains to this day as an important exporter of steel, machinery and motor vehicles. The nation also has a notable agricultural sector, being one of largest producers of garlic and of multiple varieties of wine and cheese. It ranks highly in multiple international rankings of health, education, life expectancy, civil liberties and human development.

Blayk plays a prominent role in global economic, cultural and diplomatic affairs, being recognised as both a regional power and a great power. The nation is a founding and leading member of the Commonwealth of Northern Auressia, with the Blaykish city of Sarbeliard serving as one of the three cities holding the infrastructure of the international organisation. It is also a founding member of the Auressian Community and a leading participant in numerous international organisations devoted to cooperation in health, development and national security. Blayk is seen as a centre for the arts with a rich cultural history that has made it one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

Etymology

Originally applying to whole northern region of the Holy Sabarine Empire, Blayk derives from the Sabarine Blaucia or "country of the Blakes". The Tyrnican name Blachland and Litavin (Bro) Blaeg share the same meaning.

There are a few theories on the origins of the name Blake. Multiple linguists have linked the word Blake to Rythenean black or bleak. The name Blake thus may have been adopted from proto-isaric *blakaz meaning dark or black haired, a trait attributed to the Blakes by Sabarine writers or *blaikaz meaning pale possibly in contrast to the nomadic people who inhabited Central Auressia prior to the Isaric tribes.

History

Prehistory (Before 5th Century BC)

  • Early Humans arrive around 1.5 millions years ago from Idica
  • Neanderthals arrive roughly 300,000 years ago but go extinct around 30,000 BC
  • Agriculture comes to Blayk around 4,000 - 3,000 BC, Metallurgy follows shortly afterwards

Antiquity (5th Century BC - 4th Century AD)

  • !Gallic tribes arrive in Blayk around 500 BC
  • Marosbona (Marbonne), Arixomagos (Arcions) are founded
  • Blayk becomes incredibly prosperous leading to conflict with Sabaria
  • After centuries of conflict Sabaria pushes into eastern Blayk through the Avilême corridor in 43BC
  • By 30 BC the Sabarine General Montanius Vervillicus conquers all of Blayk (Transalpine Vervillia)
  • The cities of Montanicum (Montigné) and Florianus (Fluery) are founded by the Sabarines
  • Transalpine Vervillia becomes one of the most influential provinces in the Sabrine Empire
  • After the conquests of Tyrnica, the Blakes, led by King Mahalric are invited to migrate to Vervillia for their service to Sabaria

Early Middle Ages (5th Century - 10th Century)

  • The collapse of the Sabarine Empire leads to the now Sabarinized Blakes becoming the dominant power in the region
  • Due to the !Anglo-Saxon settlement of Calinisia a sub-group of Sabaro-Calinisians flee and settle in present day Litavia, becoming the Litavins
  • The Blakes spread throughout the northern regions of Western Auressia
  • The Blakes are united into a single Kingdom by Roland I, a descendant of Mahalric in the early 700s
  • The new Kingdom of Blaucia becomes de jure apart of the Second Sabarine Empire but is de facto independent
  • Following a viking invasion of Rythene in the late 9th century Blayk is flooded by both northmen and anglo-saxons looking for land and fame
  • Most notable is the famed Viking Albjǫrn Hjǫrtrhjarta who founds the settlement of Albjorney (Elberné)
  • The King of Blaucia sees opportunity and strikes up a deal with Albjorn, giving him land and making him the Count of Marbourg and Chieftain of the Cuscaires
  • A Cuscaire identity grows through much of Blayk with Blaykish fathers preferring to marry their daughters to Isars

Late Middle Ages (11th Century - 15th Century)

Early Modern Period (15th Century - 1800)

Blaykish Civil War (1800 - 1822)

Main article: Blaykish Civil War
Mathys de Garlande leads volunteers for the People's Militia out of Alberrai

Facing heavy criticism by Parliament for involving a financially strained Blayk in the War of the Commons, King Gilbert II disbanded the Blaykish legislature late in the September of 1800, attempting to quell the civil unrest plaguing the country. This was widely met with discontent by the population, which was further exacerbated by widespread publications of the works of revolutionary thinkers such as Josèp Enjeura and Dimitri d'Orpen. Two months later remnants of the Blaykish legislature reorganised themselves in Elberné as the first National Assembly of Blayk and continued to govern without interference from the King. Originally meant as a act of protest, the National Assembly declared itself the rightful government of Blayk on the 19th of January 1801, after the Ymonville Massacre, officially beginning the Blaykish Civil War.    

19th Century and Great War (1822 - 1913)

Contemporary Period (1913 - Present)

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The Grand Kingdom of Blayk is a unitary, constitutional, popular monarchy and parliamentary democracy. King Leopold III is the current monarch and head of state of Blayk. The monarch of Blayk holds the constitutionally recognised royal prerogative, granting them the power to review cases of injustice or corruption, appoint ministers, ambassadors and other key civil positions and in special cases dissolve parliament or refuse the royal assent of a act of parliament. These powers are limited by restraints in the constitution and are generally only exercised under the advice of the government.

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