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Kingdom of Bretislavia
and largest city
|Religion||None at the federal level|
|Government||federal parliamentary, constitutional monarchy|
• Prime Minister
• Deputy Prime Minister
|Legislature||Parliament of Bretislavia |
• Establishment of the Bretislavia Region
|August 9, 970|
• Declaration of Independence against Tiskaiya
|May 11, 1048|
• Proclaiment of the Kingdom of Bretislavia
|May 1, 1049|
• Royal Council Established
|May 11, 1345|
• Constitution Adopted
|May 21, 1892|
|1,367,737 km2 (528,086 sq mi)|
• 2020 census
|70/km2 (181.3/sq mi)|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2021 estimate|
|Currency||Bretislavian Dollar (BD)|
|Time zone||UTC-6, -7|
|ISO 3166 code||BRT|
Bretislavia, officially the Kingdom of Bretislavia is a sovereign nation located on the continent of Thuadia. It borders Fichmanistan to the west, Torvon, Kentalis, Shaunteville-La-Patrici to the south, and Tiskaiya & Krenya to the east. It is made up of 30 states and has a population of 92 million Bretislavians. The most commonly spoken language is Common, with a strong Tiskai minority, followed by Kentalian origin and Torvoneese.
There are 7 major cities in the country (including the capital city of Dutchberg): Anton, Earlton, Mooresburg, Anatom, Cambrin, and Pennsburg. Due to the Bretislavian coast's smallness, Earlton is the only large port city hosting the Bretislavian Naval Headquarters and Coastal Defense Fleet.
Bretislavia is a federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The monarch is James IV, who has ruled since 1959.
Etymology and terminology
Before the Bretislav-Tiskai breakup in the 11th century, Bretislavia was the eastern part of the kingdom across the lake from Tiskaiya. While the name of the region is a mystery too as how it came to be, the "slav" in the name comes from the region's Slavic roots.
56,000 years ago, early modern humans settled what would become the lands of Bretislavia. These early modern humans (EMH) were a largely Germanic group, with Slavic cultural ideas embedded in their society. These EMHs would later transform into large tribal kingdoms, who ruled the area and surrounding areas well into the 10th century, until the Bretislavian conquest by the Tiskai Czar in 970. After the war, the tribal lands were united into a single entity ruled by the Tiskai Czar under the Tiskai-Bretislav United Kingdom (970-1048).
Tiskai-Bretislav United Kingdom (970-1048)
In 970, the Czar of Tiskaiya ventured west of his lands to conquer the Bretislavian tribes. In the 8 month conquest, beginning in January and ending in August, he successfully defeated the 13 tribal kingdoms ruling most of Bretislavia's current lands. The young Czar would go on to create the Tiskai-Bretislav United Kingdom. This partnership would last 78 years and somewhat thrive during his rule. Creating a united economy and social structure, leading to a mass Slavic immigration from the dense lands of Tiskaiya to the relatively sparsely populated lands of Bretislavia. These Slavs would settle in the southeast of the country closest to their native land of Tiskaiya. To help bypass the language barrier between the early English language and Slavic language, the Czar would allow each county to have certain freedoms regarding military, education, and other things to avoid confusion. It was only really in the southeast where early English languages were intertwined with Slavic ones. Due to the language barrier and high levels of local bureaucracy, a rivalry would grow in the late years of the Kingdom, becoming a contributing factor to the later war between the two regions.
While the difference in culture was massive, Bretislavian tribes and Tiskaiyans shared a love of militarism and bonded cultures over jousting, dueling, and hunting activities. The combination of these two cultures resulted in a culmination of western and eastern technology and medicines, boosting the countries' growth and hampering it.
While Konstantin I was benevolent and chivalrous to the Bretislav people, he was still a foreign ruler. He was not the most popular figure, even in newer generations of Bretislavians, who had only known Tiskai leadership since birth. Even with the concessions made to Bretislavians by the Czar, he never could remove the Bretislavian spirit from the region, leading to harsh military reactions by the Czar when Bretislavians dissented against his rule and plead for a return of Bretislavian independence.
In 1000 Konstantin's wife gave birth to a child; this child (Konstantin II) would become heir to the United Kingdom's throne. The very same month, 1 week later, another child would be born. This was the result of an affair the Czar had had with a Bretislavian servant. This son would be named Pavel or Paul (his Bretislavian name). Both sons would grow up separated, and it wasn't until 1047 when their father told them the truth and introduced the half-brothers to each other. When the Czar died in 1048, the Bretislavian son sought to free Bretislavia from Tiskaiya. After rallying Bretislavian low-nobles under his rule, he declared Independence from Tiskaiya on May 11, 1048. The Recently crowned Tiskai Czar would quickly retaliate by raising the much more organized Tiskai army. Over the next year, brutal fighting would occur between the brother's nations, leading to thousands of deaths. It wasn't until May 1st of 1049 when the conflict would end, and the Kingdom of Bretislavia would be proclaimed.
During the year's worth of fighting, around 15,300 soldiers died, with a majority of casualties were mostly on the Bretislavian side. A majority of those aforementioned casualties occurred at the battle of Bezodnya Fort (now a historical site along the border). Fort Bezodnya was the major border fort along the Tiskaiya-Bretislavia border. Stationed near and around the fort was the Army of Oryshevsk, the largest army under Tiskai control. Early in the morning, Bretislavian soldiers began to siege the fort. This siege would last 3 days before a major wall breach occurred, and the soldiers were able to rush the fort guard.
Outside of the fort, the rest of the Bretislavian army was fighting a deadly battle with Tiskai forces not keen to lose the fort. After 9 hours of fighting, the armies were forced to withdraw, but with Fort Bezodnya under Bretislavian control. The next day an ambush on the fort was carried out by the Tiskai archers, who sent hundreds of arrows through the sky towards the patrolling soldiers. It wasn't long before the rest of the Tiskaiyan army came to battle with the Bretislavian army, ill-prepared for such an early battle and late to the scene. For 2 hours, the soldiers guarding the fort would hold out from Tiskai forces until armored soldiers under the leadership of King Paul himself arrived to cut an opening for reinforcement into the fort and break through the Tiskai lines. For 12 hours, the armies would fight for control well into the afternoon. Under Paul's leadership, the armored soldiers would drive out the Tiskaiyan troops from the forts surrounding area, and later a full Tiskai retreat would take place. After 1 week of camping out in the area surrounding the fort, Czar Konstantin met with his brother to negotiate peace. This treaty would establish the modern Tiskaiya-Bretislavian border, and the fort would later be dedicated as a historical site in 1610 and a national monument in 1764.
The Early Kingdom (1049-1345)
During Paul's reign, he sought to establish the Kingdoms' position on the world stage. The resource-rich and wealthy lands presented a great opportunity to expand cultural and economic power during his reign. As such he enacted a series of laws that allowed the Kingdom to grow its economy and its population. The Kingdom would see much prosperity during his 23-year reign. During the 23 years (1049-1072) he would have to deal with the low nobles who controlled much of the kingdom's lands; Though the nobles were in support of much of his laws, they proved difficult when the time came to levy taxes to pay for the Kingdoms agricultural and merchant programs. One such incident led to a small noble revolt in the west in the city of Anatom, where the reigning mayor used the city's sizable levy force to raid the tax caravans, so as to hold the amount ransom to the king for greater autonomy. This was met with swift action from the king, albeit it earned him few friends among other large towns and cities.