Republic of Deseret
𐐡𐐮𐐹𐐲𐐺𐑊𐐮𐐿 𐐲𐑂 𐐔𐐯𐑅𐐨𐑉𐐯𐐻
Motto: From Justice Comes Unity
Location of Deseret (dark green)
- as part of the Common Congress (light green)
– in Oxindentale (light grey)
Map of Deseret
|Official languages||Deseretan Anglic|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Federal presidential liberal republic|
|Calvin F. Murray|
|Noah S. Bohnert|
|August 23, 1823|
• Constitutional Convention
|March 16, 1913|
|September 30, 1918|
|721,650 km2 (278,630 sq mi)|
• 2017 estimate
• 2015 census
|27.49/km2 (71.2/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2015 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2015 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Deseretan dollars ($)|
Deseret (//; Deseretan: 𐐔𐐯𐑅𐐨𐑉𐐯𐐻), officially known as the Republic of Deseret and informally as the Deseretan Confederation, is a country located in central Oxidentale, bordered by Sante Reze to the north and the South Thalassan Ocean to the east. The geography of Deseret varies from fertile grasslands in the east to tall mountains and valleys in the west.
The emergence of a unified Deseretan identity began in the early-mid 18th century, with the creation of the Smithic religion. While previous empires had occupied the region, such as the Jaredite Kingdom between the 4th century BCE and the 2nd century CE, the idea of a single Deseretan culture would come about first in the Nephites, and later in the Lamanites. The resulting First Nephite Empire, Lamanite Kingdom, and Second Nephite Empire would precede the formation of the Kingdom of Deseret after the Great Smithic War in 1823. As the Kingdom collapsed in the early 20th century, the modern Republic of Deseret was established as a successor.
Deseret's 20 million people are reasonably urbanized, though a significant portion of the population lives in small cities scattered around the nation. Much of the population is located in the Moab-Jordan and Bountiful river valleys in the eastern half of the country. A large majority of the population follow a sect of Smithicism, with other Abrahamic religions making up most of the remainder..
Most of Deseret's population practices one of three sects of Smithicism. In order of largest to smaller: Nauvite Smithicism (41%), Kimbalist Smithicism (34%), and Youngite Smithicism (22%). The culture of the nation is varied and dependent on the dominant sect in the region. In the urbanized areas surrounding Bountiful and Nauvoo Nauvite Smithicism and more liberalized culture is paramount, whereas in areas like Nephi and the Moab-Jordan Area Kimbalism and more conservative/traditionalist culture exists. In the eastern-most province of Laman, a majority of people follow the older Youngite sect, and practice the old Smithic traditions of polygamy and communality.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government
- 4 Culture
Deseret comes from the ancient Jaredite word dezarnetii, meaning "community" or "hive". It is often mistranslated as the word for "honeybee" (dzarunmosit). The name first came into use with the teachings of the early Smithic church, and was originally used to describe a "city upon which the lord [God] would bring prosperity to the devout." With the formation of a Deseretan identity in the 18th century, the concept grew to encapsulate a kingdom of devout Smithics, which made it an obvious name for the emerging Smithic-led state preceding the Great Smithic War.
Midian Kingdom & Bloody Years
With the collapse of the First Nephite Empire following the Nephite-Rezese War, the Rezese established a puppet state capitaled at Midia and headed by King Daldam. The kingdom, through the support of the Rezese, conquered its neighbors along the coast. With the death of King Daldam in 1179, King Ferreto took the throne, instituting a number of reforms across the realm.
Spread of Christianity
As the Midian Kingdom entered a period of stability, nearing century of prosperity, King XXXX suddenly died in 1289. With no living heir, and a succession crisis facing the Kingdom, Sante Reze put King Veritucci on the throne. An open and devout Christian, King Veritucci revoked the longstanding policy of Stans Fides, opening the door for state-enforced Christian conversion. The 1299 establishment of the Councillory of Religious Observance further cemented the mass conversion of the kingdom.
By 1320, most Midians had converted to Christianity, and many other lands in Deseret were seeing Midian missionaries come and convert their people.
Second Nephite Empire
Age of Revelation
While the Nephites attempted to squash the 1736 Lamanite Uprisings, Belisarian immigration to the kingdom reached its humble peak. During this time a young Arthuristan exile, Gregor John Smith, and a small group of his religious followers arrived in Nephi. Having fled his home country after being pursued by Arthuristan authorities for fraud, he quickly began re-establishing his religious organization in Nephi.
The Smithic State
As the Church suffered from considerable revocations and restrictions of their exercised power by the waning Second Nephite Empire, the movement for the Church to form its own state grew significantly among the clergy and devout. The formation of organizations, such as the Sons of the Saints and the Onyx Bees, drew in thousands of young, disenfranchised Smithics. Church President Daniel Jules Charleson resisted the movement, seeking to maintain as much of the status quo as possible and pushing for a political peace.
The policy of peace ended abruptly with the assassination of Emperor Darwin II (pictured left) by the Onyx Bees in July of 1819. In the following weeks, with the strong personality of Darwin II removed, the empire shattered. As various generals took up armies to carve out regions from the former imperial territories, the remnant of the empire retaliated with the seizure of property and the mass arrest of Smithics. In the chaos, President Charleson and the First Presidency was killed, believed to have been assassinated, though it is unclear by who.
With the empire collapsing around them and the death of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve opted to elect Samuel Mordecai, a young bishop over the largest ward in Bountiful, as temporary president as an intended sacrificial lamb during the time of upheaval. This proved to be a miscalculation, as President Mordecai proved to be far more ambitious and influential than the Quorum could have expected. Almost immediately, he began mobilizing the manpower of the Church's followers to prepare for securing his position and the position of the Church in the coming years.
The Collapse & Confederalization
By the turn of the 20th century, the Deseretan Church had accumulated egregious amounts of debt trying to keep order in the face of a schism and maintain the bloated theocratic system that had emerged after the death of President Mordecai. The unrest of the nation grew as Lord President Barlow enacted the Midnight Reforms in an attempt to reign in the Nauvites and quell urban unrest.
The government of Deseret is laid out according to the Confederal Instrument of Government, the legal constitutional framework of government ratified in 1918. This establishes Deseret as a federal republic, with power divided between the federal government based in Nauvoo and the various provinces. The federal government is divided into three branches, the Executive Cabinet headed by the Chief Executive; the legislative Federal Assembly divided into two houses, the Provincial House lead by the First Minister and the National Senate lead by the First Citizen; and the judicial Federal Judicial Court.
Deseret's judiciary is capstoned by the Federal Judicial Court, which acts as the final arbitrator on all judicial matters. The court is comprised of the highest ranking judge of each province, making it 6 High Judiciaries of the Provincial Courts and 2 Executive Justices of the Lamanite Courts, and a Chief Judiciary appointed by the Chief Executive and confirmed by the National Senate. Due to this structure, the court is only assembled when needed to deliberate on Constitutional matters, with the Chief Judiciary taking a role of judicial advisor in Federal court cases.
The Deseretan Defense Force (DDF) is made up of five branches, the Land Corps, Sea Corps, and Air Corps under the National Armed Forces, and the Paladic Legion and Vanguard Legion under the National Protection Forces (NATPRO). The DDF consists of approximately 150,000 personnel over its three branches, while NATPRO is approximately 30,000 in number.
The DDF is the larger of the two, and led by the National Defense Minister under the direction of the Chief Executive and the General Staff. It's generally considered secular and independent from the three Smithic sects. All men between the ages of 18 and 30 are mandated to enlist under the DDF's National Reserve Program in the case of possible conscription.
NATPRO, on the other hand, is a smaller force dedicated to specialized operations, as well as assisting and supporting the DDF. Primarily made up of Smithic men completing service requirements, they are charged with various duties related to national security and federal policing, including the defense of temples, protection of the Chief Executive and other members of government, and policing in federal lands. The Paladic Legion often works in conjunction with the DDF and local police forces, while the Vanguard Legion generally operates more independently from both the DDF and the Paladic legion.
Deseret is divided into 8 provinces.
|Postal Abbr.||Population||Divisions||Governor||House Seats|
|X million||X districts||Nathaniel Jeneum||X|
|X million||X districts||Henry Limher||X|
|X million||X districts||Rachel Gibbs||X|
|X million||X districts||Joseph Laird||X|
|X million||X districts||Clarence Kib||X|
|X million||X districts||Zachariah Lamoni||X|
|X million||X districts||Emmett Gilgal||X|
|X million||X districts||John Newcomb||X|
Festivals are an important cultural keystone in Deseret, including harvest festivals, religious festivals, and cultural festivals. The most important annual festivals include the singles festivals, Christmas, and the Moroni Festival. The cultural significance of festivals can be traced back to c. 300 BCE, with the harvest festivals of the ancient Jaredites. As Smithic doctrine emerged, festivals became an important time of community gathering and worship during the early church.
Singles Festivals and Marriage
Singles festivals, also known as coupling festivals or match festivals, are a traditional Deseretan festival around the height of summer. Intended for communities to gather and single Deseretans to seek out possible partners for romantic relationships, the festivals are some of the largest and most popular in the country, only behind Christmas and the Moroni Festivals.
For Smithics, singles festivals typically act as the first step in a process of finding a suitable marriage partner.