Holy Empire of Drambenburg
Heilige Reich Drambenburg
Motto: "Helfen, Wehren, Heilen" or "Suum cuique"
Anthem: Heil dir im Siegerkranz
|Recognised national languages||Algonquian|
|Ethnic groups||Drambenburgian, Indigenous|
|Government||Federal parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy|
|Peter XXI Wettin|
|2,504,226 km2 (966,887 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
• 2020 census
|GDP (PPP)||2020 estimate|
|9.5 Trillion (3rd)|
• Per capita
Drambenburg uses the Nationales Einheitensystem measurements
The Holy Empire of Drambenburg, most commonly known as Drambenburg is a nation located on the continent of Euronia in the Coalition of Crown Albatross. It is bordered to the north by Avergnon, Chaesia, Lutharia, Angouburg, Zamastan, and Trevivona. Drambenburg also holds dependency over the Achtundachtzig Islands in the South Toyana Ocean. Drambenburg is known for its historical significance in the history of Iearth, specifically in the 14th century with the Fifty Years War and in the 20th century with the the World War (1949-54). It was one of the founding members of the C.C.A. in 1975. Today, Drambenburg is a federal parliamentary monarchy led by a Kaiser and a Chancellor.
Drambenburg is a regional power with a strong economy; it has one of the largest investment and industrial economies in the world and is a global leader in several technological sectors. A highly developed country with a very high standard of living, it is known for its long and rich cultural history. With a population of 179 million, it is the sixth-most populous country in the world, and with a GDP around 9.5 trillion, it is the third-largest economy in the world, only after Zamastan and Yuan. Drambenburg is a member of many international organizations, such as the Trans-Toyana Prosper Alliance, the C21, and the Coalition of Crown Albatross
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography and Climate
- 4 States, Provinces, and Territories
- 4.1 States
- 4.2 Provinces
- 4.3 Territories
- 5 Politics
- 6 Military
- 7 Cities
- 8 Economy
- 9 Demographics
- 10 Culture
- 11 Further Reading
Humans have been present on the Drambenburgian peninsula for at least 500,000 years. The oldest musical instrument ever found was a 42,000 year old flute in a cave near the Rhine at the base of the mountains. Stone age Indiginous Peoples began to settle in the northern parts of the country, with that settling many northern peoples began to shift from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to pastoralism and horticulture. In the central and southern portions of the country, the Indiginous people continued to live the hunter-gatherer lifestyle until the early bronze age. The southern peoples often mixed fishing in with their hunting of Aurochs, various deer species, doves, Euronian pheasants, boar, and others.
Drambenburgian Tribes and the Avergnonese Empire
The earliest Drambenburgian tribes came from the north into central and south Drambenburg sometime in the early bronze age. Their bronze weapons, horses, and chariots allowed them to swiftly conquer and subjugate the indigenous peoples who dwelled their, most of whom still used stone age weapons. Ancient Drambenburgians wore heavy bronze armor on their legs and heads, and foot soldiers fought with large, square shields designed to protect the body. The indigenous peoples and Drambenburgian tribes often clashed, but because there was little to no coordination between the familial groups of Drambenburgians, rarely was any headway made between the two warring groups.
The first king to unify Drambenburg was Octavian I of Bradenburg. Sailing from his island to the mainland, he united the tribes and began a vicious war against the indigenous peoples which left thousands dead on both sides. After the war, his son Tertulian I was unable to keep the kingdom together, and it crumbled into a disorganized mess of tribes and villages.
In 603, Avergnon invaded Drambenburg from the north, conquering most of the peninsula, and subjugating her people under their feudal system. After two decades, a king arose in the south named Otto von der Silbernen Hand. According to legend, he lost his right hand as a youth after breaking the nose of a young Avergnonese noble. His hand was replaced with a silver cast. Otto I, king of Saxonie, as he was titled, united the tribes and implimented a modified feudal system. They fought for years against the Avergnonese nobles, finally defeating them at the battle of Helms Bridge near the modern-day city of Den Haag.
Mayotte and the Holy Drambenburgian Empire
In 891, two monks from Mayotte traveled south on a missionary journey, spreading Catholocism to every village they entered. Initially, the Drambenburgian tribes fought back against the Christianization. However, after several decades, in 923, king Rudolf IV von Rhineland became the first Christian king in Drambenburg, making Catholocism the state religion of the Palatinate.
King Rudolf IV traveled from the capitol in Wein to the Pope in _____. Upon ariving, the Pope granted him the ancient title of Caesar, and Rudolf declared Drambenburg to be the Holy Empire of Drambenburg and set out to unite the individual states under his crown.
Kaiser Rudolf I married his son Heinrich to the only daughter of the king of Mayotte. Following the deaths of both the Kaiser and Mayotte's king, the newly crowned Kaiser Heinrich I immediately went to war with Mayotte, declaring his son Friedrich to be the rightful king as Casus Belli. The war, due to poor timing with the cycle of farming, lasted only three months, and was a resounding defeat for Drambenburg. Kaiser Heinrich, along with most of the Drambenburgian army, was slaughtered at the Battle of Montebard.
Wars for Mayottan Crown
Fifty Years War (1337-89)
Drambenburgian Confederation and Empire
The World War (1949-54)
Geography and Climate
Topography and Geology
The majority of Drambenburg's topography is a ancient mountains. The vast floodplains of the Rhine River lend to large portions of Drambenburg being rich farmland with soil that is naturally fertilized by silt from the river. Millions of acres of the Drambenburgian mountains are devoted to cow and sheep pastures. Many more acres of the Rhine River's floodplains are devoted to rye and vinyards.
Drambenburg's climate varies throughout due to several factors. The nation's peninsular placement near the equator results in a generally mild to hot climate, with high humidity in and around Lerbin. The mountains to the north tend to be snow covered year-round and create a rain shadow that keeps the eastern half of the country dry. The west is generally wet seeing high yearly rainfall and ocassional tropical storms that come in off of the Titania Bay. In the south, the climate milds, maintaining moderate temperatures and humidity year-round.
Flora and Fauna
See: Flora and Fauna
Drambenburg is an incredibly biodiverse nation, with its incredibly diverse topography and climate. Flowering flora includes plants such as the national flower, the cornflower and Edelweiss. Comon trees range from massive coniferous trees in the mountains, to small palm trees along the beaches to the south. Vast oak, beech, and evergreen forrests cover the non-cultivated parts of western Drambenburg. In the south west, the region with the most rainfall and lowest average altitude, many swamps full of cypress trees draped with Quetanan Moss cast long shadows over the murky waters of the Bayou. To the east, the semi-arid land in the Alpine rain shadow often grows various cactuses, mesquite, and creosote bushes. Fauna in Drambenburg is as diverse as the flora. The mountains are filled with elk, kodiak, goats, and mountain lions. The forrests to the west contain various species of deer, the Aurochs, many types of birds, including, but not limited to the Golden Eagle, Doves, and Euronian Pheasant. To the southwest in the Bayou, many deer also roam, as well as the fearsome Drambenburgian Alligator. To the east on the semi-arid plains live the bison and pronghorn. Other creatures, such as squirrels, rabbits, and coyotes can be found throughout the entire country, from the highest mountain to the banks of the Rhine.
States, Provinces, and Territories
Drambenburg consists of seven states, four provinces, and several Territories (including oversees territories). States, provinces, and teritories differ in several ways. First, a teritory is not an autonomous zone, and thus has no local government, but instead is ruled directly by the federal government. Provinces differ from states in their form of governance, while a state has a bicameral legistlator and a governor, a province is ruled by a Count and a localized parliment. In adition to the various states, provinces, and teritories, there are several dozen (large and small) Indiginous people reservations, each is their own sovereign federal government, but under the protection of the Drambenburgian Empire. (See also: Bureau of Indiginous Affairs).
Bradenburg is the smallest state and home to the nation's capitol of Lerbin. The majority of the state is water, with the main segment of land, Romcastle Isle, being the home to Lerbin and its suburbs.
The Holy Empire of Drambenburg is based around an elected monarch known as the "Obergruppenkaiser." The Obergruppenkaiser (Emperor) is elected upon the death of the previous emperor from one of the seven Oberfamilien, or "upper families." The seven families are the Wettin's, Podzbrad's, Von Lerbin's, Von Welf's, Stauffen's, Henneberg's, and Julich-Henegbach's. The Emperor is elected by the members of the House of Lords. After the monarch's death, a King's Moot is convened where the House of Lords meets behind closed doors and hears from the heirs of each of the royal families to be persuaded to vote for one of them to be the next Emperor.
The Duties of the Monarch: The monarchy is restricted by the constitution of Drambenburg, as are all branches of the government. Several roles fall directly to the monarchy, however. The monarch has oversight of the Low Judicial branch, meaning that the monarch has the final say in any civil cases. Any citizen may "appeal to Caesar" and have their case heard by the emperor if they feel they have been judged unjustly. The monarch also has the final say in declarations of war, all of which must both be signed by the Obergruppenkaiser and the Obergeneralfeldmarschall (cf.: Khakus). The monarch is the head of state, and all driver's licenses, passports, and other official documentation are issued from their office. The monarch is also a ceremonial figurehead of the government, acting as the primary representative of Drambenburg's federal government to foreign nations and dignitaries. Other duties of the monarch include, but are not limited to, hosting galas and dinner parties for representatives of foreign countries visiting Drambenburg, military service in the Royal Navy, oversight of agriculture, and conservation. The monarch also has his police and protection service, which also deals with counterfeiting cases and counter-terrorism. This police force is known as the Geheime Staatspolizei
The Oberkanzlerin heads the executive branch of Drambenburg's government. The Oberkanzerlin is elected by the upper and lower houses of the Legislative branch. The Oberkanzerlin's term lasts three years, and they have a four-term limit.
The Duties of the Executive: The Oberkanzerlin (chancellor) has many duties, mostly involving interacting with foreign nations on their soil. The chancellor has their military force called the Stormtrumpen, which functions both as their police and as a special force soldiers. It is the duty of the chancellor to travel to other nations, build good relations, and carry out covert special operations. The office of the chancellor consists not only of the elected chancellor, who is elected from the general population, meaning anyone can run for office; but also of a cabinet whom the chancellor appoints upon election. The executive branch also oversees manufacturing, working closely with the private corporations of Drambenburg. The purpose of this is to keep the corporations from "buying" legislators since they have the chancellor to intercede for them in the legislative branch. In conjunction with appointing cabinet members to advise them, they chancellor chooses a Kanzerlin who acts as their second-in-command and acts as the administrator of the Senate. The executive branch also signs bills into law after they pass through the legislative branch, finalize ratification in the House of Lords, and are deemed constitutional by the High Judicial branch’s supreme court.
The legislative branch is divided into two houses Senate and the House of Representatives.
Senators are elected by the people of Drambenburg in a direct runoff vote, allowing citizens to rank the senators running in their states. These elections are held every six years to allow senators to be professional politicians, and there is no term limit. There are three senators per state. The Senate is overseen by the Kanzerlin, who judges the final votes on all issues brought to the floor of the Senate. Votes are cast by senators verbally saying "aye" and "nay."
The Representatives in the house of Representatives (HR) are elected by direct first-past-the-post vote. The Representatives are proportional to the population of the state, with one representative for every 100,000 people in a state. Representatives serve for two years and have a term limit of three. The purpose of the HR is that normal citizens would serve in the federal government and not be professional politicians. The HR is overseen by the President pro Tempore, whose job is to keep order in the HR during debates and break any tied votes. The PPT also assigns Representatives to House Committees, who draft new bills to be voted on before being passed on to the Senate.
The Duties of the Legislative Branch: The Legislative Branch oversees the creation of new legislation. House committees draft bills, which are then brought to the HR and voted on in a silent, anonymous vote. After being ratified by the HR, a bill is sent to the Senate, where it is voted on in a vocal and public vote. In order to pass either house, the bills must receive a majority of at least 55%. After passing both houses, the bills are sent to the House of Lords. The Senate may also propose and vote on Constitutional amendments, which require a vote of at least 2/3 of the Senate and then are passed on to the House of Lords.
House of Lords
The House of Lords (HL) consists of three parts, the barons, warlords, and chieftains of H.D., meaning the seats are filled in a variety of ways.
Baronies: The only royal families of Drambenburg not to hold office in the HL are the seven Oberfamlien, all other heads of the baronies (see: counties) of Drambenburg hold a position in the House of Lords. The barons inherit their titles by the rule of primogeniture.
Warlords: The warlords function differently than the Barons who rule over baronies. Warlords rule over Kreise (see: counties) and appoint an heir based on personal merit; the heir must then be ratified by two-thirds of the Kreiser's male population. Failure to be ratified result in a matriarchal runoff election where the women choose the new warlord.
Chieftains: Chieftains are the ancient tribal rulers of Drambenburg, and gain their position through an ancient rite known as Zweikampf, which is traditionally a fight to the death between the old chieftain and their challenger. In the modern era, there have been no deaths in the duels, only yields.
The HL is overseen by the Prime Minister, who is elected by the HL from the general population. The PM may not be a member of the Oberfamilien, a baron, a warlord, or a chieftain, or a close relative of any of them.
The Duties of the HL: The HL functions as a third legislative branch, ratifying bills after they pass both houses. Unlike in the Legislative branch, however, the HL only needs a vote of 40% from two of the three parts to pass a bill. After the HL votes on a bill, it is sent to the High Judicial branch. The HL also ratifies constitutional amendments, requiring a total vote of at least 50% from all three member types. The other duties of the HL are setting the budget and declarations of war.
High Judicial branch
The High Judicial branch consists of one Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is made up of six elected judges and the emperor. The Oberkanzerlin appoints three of the Judges, and the Low Judicial Branch appoints three judges. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary tries all of the judges before being confirmed by the House Committee on the Judiciary (cf. 14 Amendment).
The Duties of the High Judicial Branch: The High Judicial Branch has one duty, and that is to study congressional interpretation to determine whether a proposed bill is constitutional. Once a bill is deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court, it becomes an official federal law. They also review state laws if sovereign citizens of a state ask for the intervention of the High Judges on a state law that may violate the rights of that state’s citizens. Also, the emperor may request the help of the judges in making rulings when a citizen Appeals to Caesar. Finally, the High Judges are responsible for fulfilling the duties of the Monarchical branch in the event that the emperor cannot perform his duties and do so until a new emperor is appointed.
Low Judicial branch
The Low Judicial Branch consists of ten circuit courts. Each court has one federal judge who is appointed by the emperor.
The Duties of the Low Judicial Branch: The duties of the courts are to hear civil cases of citizens who appeal to the decisions of their state courts. Other responsibilities of the Low Judicial branch include holding impeachment hearings for the Oberkanzerlin, Senators, and Representatives; furthermore, the judges ratify the federal budget every year. The judges also oversee the federal Board of Education.
Due to the nature of the government in Drambenburg, the military has its branch, the Khakus. The main political component of the Khakus is the Obergeneralfeldmarschall, which is a triumvirate of Field Marshalls elected by the Drambenburgian Special Operations Command (DSOCOM). The DSOCOM is made up of the two highest-ranking officers in each of the three branches of the Drambenburgian military. The Obergeneralfeldmarschall is a lifetime position. The three branches are the Drambenburg Heer, the Kriegsmarine (also known as the Royal Navy, or the Imperial Fleet), and the Luftwaffe.
The Duties of the Khakus: The Khakus oversees military operations and declarations of war alongside the Monarchy, as well as the Federal Board of Transportation, the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Transit Authority, the Port Authority, Immigration, and Border Patrol.
Drambenburg is a member of the Coalition of Crown Albatross, with it holding routine spots on the Security Council and a very influencial role with Katherine von Wettin serving as the Secretary-General of the C.C.A.. Drambenburg is also a member of the Trans-Toyana Prosper Alliance, giving it significant military and economic ties across Euronia, Ausiana, and Adula, specifically with the nations of Beleroskov, Qolaysia, Zalluabed, Styrae, and Buckingla.
The Wehrmacht is the combined armed forces of Drambenburg, consisting of over two million active duty conscripts, volunteers, reservist, and militia members.
In addition to the Drambenburgian armed forces, the Empire also enlists the help of several PMCs, both domestic and foreign.
See also: Cities in Drambenburg
Metropolitan areas in Drambenburg
With an annual GDP averaging 9.5 trillion, Drambenburg is the third largest economy in the CCA following Zamastan and Yuan, and is a member state of the C21. Drambenburg consistently ranks high in terms of GDP per capita, due to its highly industrialized economy, and well-developed social market economy. Until the mid 1950s, many of Drambenburg's largest industrial firms were nationalized; in recent years, however, privatization has reduced state holdings to a level comparable to other Euronian and Adulan economies, which has helped spur its huge economic standing. Labor movements are particularly influential, exercising large influence on labor politics and decisions related to the expansion of the economy. Next to a highly developed industry based around manufacturing exports, international tourism is the most important part of the economy of Drambenburg. Drambenburg is known for many major exports, chiefly including aerospace technology, cars, pharmaceuticals, grains, coal, lumber, and firearms. In addition to the primary productions, Drambenburg also has produces a number of electronics, ranging from cameras to speakers, olive oil, textiles, machinery, plastics, metals, chiefly iron and steel, and other luxury comodities, especially clocks and watches. In addition to the agriculture, Drambenburgian highlands are know for vast fields reserved for pastoralism, and has a large fishing industry.
Due to controversial standings before, during, and after the World War, Drambenburg has needed to revitalize its international trading network, which has largely come with investing and contracting with foreign governments for construction and manufacturing projects. The Trans-Toyana Prosper Alliance has helped legitimize Drambenburg's economy on the international stage, and Southern Adula is one of Drambenburg's most influential regions of investment. While still largely viewed as a "stagnant exporter", international sanctions on Drambenburg's economy have largely dropped in the 21st century which has led to a massive surge in its worldwide interconnection. In 2002, it was the second-largest growing economy after Yuan as a result of normalized international relations, increasing from the fifth-largest economy to the third, passing Durnstaal and Besmenia respectively. While the rate of growth has largely subsided, Drambenburg's economy is consistently ranked among the most stable, with it having not been effected as severely as other nations during the 2019-21 recession thanks to revitalized domestic manufacturing and resource exploitation.
Internationally, Drambenburg has a fast-growing network of nations with which it trades. Along with the nations in the Trans-Toyana Prosper Alliance, Drambenburg also trades extensively with Zamastan, primarily her dependencies Mayotte and Auraine, as well as Vitosium.
German is the official and most widely spoken language in Drambenburg. It is one of just over a dozen official languages in the Trans-Toyana Prosper Alliance, and one of three procedural languages of the TTPA. German is one of the most widely spoken languages in the Coalition of Crown Albatross. The most used immigrant languages are English, Italian, and Russian. Minority languages in the country include Yavapai, Teton Sioux, Algonquian, and Romani, which are protected by the Euronian charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Drambenburgians are typically multilingual, with two-thirds of Drambenburgian citizens claiming to be able to speak at least one non-native language, and one-quarter able to speak at least two non-native languages.
Christianity is the largest religion in Drambenburg, with 66.8% identified themselves as Christian, with 3.8% of those not being church members. 31.7% declared themselves as Protestants, including members of the Evangelical Church in Drambenburg (which encompasses Lutheran, Reformed and administrative or confessional unions of both traditions) and the free churches; 31.2% declared themselves as Verdusan Catholics, and Orthodox believers constituted 1.3%. According to data from 2016, the Catholic Church and the Evangelical Church claimed 28.5% and 27.5%, respectively, of the population. Islam is the second largest religion in the country. 1.9% of the census population gave their religion as Islam, but this figure is deemed unreliable because a disproportionate number of adherents of this religion (and other religions, such as Judaism) are likely to have made use of their right not to answer the question. Most of the Muslims are Sunnis and Alevites from Zalluabed, Qolaysia, and Emmiria, but there are a small number of Shi'ites, Ahmadiyyas and other denominations. About 8% of religions are among the indigenous population of Drambenburg, while other global religions comprise less than one percent of Drambenburg's population.
A study in 2018 estimated that 30% of the population are not members of any religious organization or denomination, though up to a third may still consider themselves religious. Irreligion in Drambenburg is strongest in the northwest, which used to be predominantly Protestant before the World War, and in major metropolitan areas.
Over the centuries, Drambenburg has developed and maintained a strong national identity through its strong regional cultures, which often are seen in Drambenburgian diasporas across central Euronia and the influences of other cultures within its own territory, prominently that of Shoassau, Zitasso, and the Eastern Zamastanian Provinces of Mayotte and Auraine. Individual states in Drambenburg host prominent cultures of their own, which creates a unique diversity in the national culture.
Drambenburg's past as a Euronian power and its cultural environment generated a broad contribution to various forms of art, most notably among them music. Drambenburg was the birthplace of many famous composers such as Aaron Ettlinger, Tim Behm, and Ulrich Engelberg. Lerbin and Wein for a long time served as important centers of musical innovation. 18th- and 19th-century composers were drawn to the city due to the patronage of powerful classical age families, and made Wein the Euronian capital of classical music.
Drambenburgian painters have influenced western art. Raphael Seidler, Gregor Schmuck, Ben Amstutz, and Jonas Horenberger were important Drambenburgian artists of the 15th and 16th centuries, and later inspired Christoph Meusburger of Romanticism, Christian Happel of Impressionism and Richard Gellner of Surrealism. Several Drambenburg art groups formed in the 20th century and influenced the development of expressionism in Lerbin. The New Objectivity arose in response to expressionism during the pre-World War age, but after the war broad trends in Drambenburgian art included neo-expressionism.
Literature & Philosophy
Drambenburgian cuisine is an amalgamation of many regional foods. It is known for pastries, sausages, seafood, pasta dishes, and cheeses. While cuisine varies greatly across the nation, regional distinctives are well known in the international community. Colder regions in the mountains are known for pickled cabage, also called saur kraut, and spiced pork sausages known as bratwurst. Other popular suasages are braunschweiger, blutwurst, and kielbasa. Often, different families have different sausage recipes, so no two sausages are identical. In adition to kraut and bratwursts, the region is known for the invention of the pretzel. Sausage is also common in the south-eastern swamps and bayous, where it is often served in conjunction with seafood, such as shrimp, and pasta or rice. In this region, the food is often heavily flavored with exotic herbs and spices, stemming from the regions rich history in the trans-oceanic spice trade. South-central Drambenburg is known for lamb and chicken based cuisines, often also employing the use of exotic spices, such as tumeric. Some other common flavorings found in these foods are oregano, marjoram, parsely, and dill. Often, south-central Drambenburgian food is served with olives and dates, and the acompanying starch is typically in the form of pita bread. Western Drambenburgian cuisine is often built around beef, flour tortillas, and rice. Other common accoutrements include jalapeno, poblano, and bell peppers; raw onions; and tomatoes.
Association football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Drambenburg. With more than 7 million official members, the Drambenburg Football Federation is the one of the largest soccer clubs internationally. The Drambenburgian National Soccer Team is a two-time title champion of the World Cup, having won in 1976 and 2014. Drambenburg also has hosted the World Cup twice, including the first ever tournament in the 1973 Lerbin World Cup and the 2001 Lerbin World Cup.
Historically, Drambenburgian athletes have been successful contenders in the Olympic Games, ranking fifth in an all-time Olympic Games medal count.
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