Grand Duchy of Fakolana
Fakolana Ducatu (Latin)
Motto: Dux Fidei
("Faith in the Duke")
Location of Fakolana (dark green)
– in Scipia (light grey)
Map of Fakolana
|Recognised national languages||Sydalene|
|Ethnic groups||86% Kitaamik|
4% other Belisarian
|Government||parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
• Founding of Fakolanum
• Independence from the Latin Empire
• Current Constitution
|13,872 km2 (5,356 sq mi)|
• 2017 estimate
• 2015 census
|607.9/km2 (1,574.5/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2015 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2015 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Aureus (FKA ₳)|
|ISO 3166 code||FA|
Fakolana, formally the Grand Duchy of Fakolana is a small sovereign nation located in Ajax. it is flanked by the Aradian Gulf to its west and the Periclean Sea to its north and east. With a land area of 13,872km² and a population of 8.4 million, it is one of the smallest nations in the world.
Fakolana is a Grand Duchy governed under a form of parliamentary constitutional monarchy, with Grand Duke Gaius VII as head of state and the leader of the National Assembly, Tribune Kaeso Veturius, as the head of government. Despite being a constitutional monarchy, the Grand Duke wields reasonable amounts of executive power. The House of Vatinius have ruled Fakolana, with brief interruptions, since the 15th century. The official language is Latin, but, due to its proximity with Sydalon, Sydalene is also widely spoken nationally.
Fakolana is a highly developed country with a relatively high standard of living. Its economy is primarily made up of gambling, tourism, trade, and banking. It is often considered a tax haven, with many multinational corporations having an official presence in the nation to take advantage of its lack of income tax and low business taxes. Due to its position along the Scipian Coast, it is a historical trade hub for the Periclean Ocean, as well as a modern center of banking and commerce.
Alekyata was an ancient city founded on Cedrus Island as an Aradian colony sometime between 1400 and 1200 BCE. Clay tablets dating to the 10th century BCE tell the Legend of King Thalasomin, the supposed founder and first king of the city. It is believed to be have been an important center of ancient trade and commerce, especially for the Aradian trade network.
By the 10th century BCE, the Aradians had settled across all the islands of the Fakolan Archipelago, establishing various small island city-states.
Modern Fakolanum was founded by Albans in 321 CE as a small port city on Cedrus Island in what was then Aradian city-states known collectively as Kitaamik. With the subjugation of Albans and their fleeing from mainland Latium, Fakolanum became a safe city for Albanism and a gateway toward spreading the belief across the archipelago. By 430 CE, Fakolanum had grown to become a competitive player against the two hegemons of the archipelago: the trade city of Solburuk on the north-eastern coast of Cedrus Island, and the waning city of Kitaam proper on the eastern coast of the mainland.
With the Jupitarian Agreement in 478 CE, Fakolanum formally became a part of the Latin Empire in exchange for a semi-autonomous relationship and, more importantly, the organization of its own Legion with the resources of the Empire at its disposal. With this new support, Fakolanum quickly began subjugating the cities of Cedrus and the mainland. These wars for control, known as the War of the Triumph, marked the end of the Aradian Age and the beginning of the Latin Age.
As the Caliphate of Alba overtook the Latin territories south of the Astrals in the 10th century the province of Fakolanum reinforced the border and held in defiance against the invaders.
The Grand Period
After the city was retaken by Legia Primo in the Hillside Skirmish, Euphemia Ventinia was officially crowned, securing the authority of the Grand Duke. Immediately she began implementing policies to curb the growing inflation and stabilize the political situation.
Period of Republicanism
Grand Palace Coup
Fakolana is made up of four islands and a mainland territory. The islands, in descending order of size, are Cedrus Island, Boreus Island, Histria Island, and Minima Island. Cedrus Island, with a population of 3.8 million, is the most populous island. On land, Fakolana shares a border with Yisrael to the south-west and Abalessa to the south.
Fakolana is a unitary state under a constitutional monarchy with a unicameral legislature, the National Assembly. Duke Gaius Vatinius is the head of state, while Tribune Kaeso Veturius is the head of government.
The structure of Fakolan politics and government is tied closely to both its history as a province of the Latin Empire and as a former Merchant Republic. After the independence of most of Scipia, an increased amount of autonomy and political isolation from the remainder of the Latin Empire led to a great deal of traditional reforms and the growth in the Grand Duke's power over that of the Emperor and Latin Senate. After the Grand Palace Coup in 1893, the Grand Duke's power was reigned in with the creation of the modern constitution and the increase of power to the legislature.
The Duke of Fakolana is a de jure elected title, but has traditionally been held by members of the Vetinii family. While the ducal power is moderated through the constitution, they still carry a reasonable amount of power and authority compared to other constitutional monarchies.
The National Assembly makes up the only house of the Fakolan legislature. It has 145 seats, with the current majority party being the PARTY with 83 seats.
The Tribune acts as the leader of the National Assembly, and the official head of government for Fakolana. They are elected by members of the National Assembly every new government (typically every 3 years), and are approved by the Duke. The current Tribune is Kaeso Veturius, who has held the office since 2011.