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The Invictus Games (Gaullican: Jeux invictus, Vespasian: Giochi invitto) are a major international multi-sport competition in which athletes from across the globe participate. The two major set of events are the Summer and Winter Games, but there are also the Youth and Paravictus Games. The Games are held every four years, alternating between Summer and Winter every two years.
The modern Invictus Games began when Girolamo Aurelio Fioravanti founded the International Invictus Committee and hosted the first games in Solaria in 1898. The games were based on the Sol Invictus festival held in the late Solarian Republic, which were a celebration of Sol, the patron god of old Solaria. The ancient Solarians competed in a number of sports and shows of physical prowess to prove that they were worthy of Sol's supreme patronage. Additional inspiration was taken from the Solarian triumphs and the similar but distinct Mytikas games which took place in ancient Piraea.
[sol invictus games, mytikas games, solarian triumphs] [maybe also attempted revivals or other international competitions] [a world fair perhaps?]
Foundation and first game
Winter, Youth and Paravictus games
[discuss the launch of the winter games, the youth games, and the paravictus games]
20th century games
21st century games
Summer Invictus Games
Winter Invictus Games
Youth Invictus Games
[discuss the Invictus Spirit, the ethos of the games]
International Invictus Committee
The International Invictus Committee is the governing body for the Invictus Games. It works in partnership with National Invictus Committees (NICs) which represent participating nations. The IIC and NICs, according to the Invictus Charter, are jointly responsible for ensuring the integrity of the Games. On occasion, the IIC has banned NICs from participation for violating the Charter and by-laws, the most recent example being the six-year ban given to the Champanian NIC due to proven allegations of doping.
President of the IIC
The privilege of hosting the games is controversial and often hard-fought, as it is both considered an honour and has a positive effect on the host nation's economy. This honour went entirely to Euclean nations prior to the Solarian War, with only Adunis, at the time a part of Gaullica proper, hosting an Invictus Games outside of Euclea or Asteria Superior before 1950. At the time, the bidding process was largely ad-hoc, with NICs putting their case to the Euclean-dominated IIC. The large Euclean colonial empires also meant that there were very few independent nations in the global south eligible to host.
After the conclusion of the Solarian War, however, the world had changed. Decolonisation was taking place, and the Etrurian empire had collapsed. The IIC changed the bidding process for the Summer Invictus Games to make it more equitable. Instead of bidding for each Games individually, countries would bid for a set of three Games, with one nation from Euclea, Coius and Asteria being chosen to host a game in each bloc. The first set of Games to use this system was the 1950, 1954 and 1958 Games, hosted by Estmere for Euclea, Eldmark for Asteria and Senria for Coius. This is the system which remains in place to this day.
The Invictus emblem depicts three arcs, one each in red, blue, and yellow, forming an unfinished circle. The arcs symbolize the three Invictus continents of Euclea, Coius, and Asteria reaching out toward each other, and the incomplete circle symbolizes the ever-unfinished work of international cooperation in sport. The design also recalls the shape of the medals that are awarded to top athletes.
The Invictus flag's design consists of the Invictus emblem on a white background.
The most recently added sport at the Summer Games was esports, at the 2022 Games in Verlois.