Empire of Levantanie
Motto: "Dieu le veut" (French)
"God Wills it!"
Anthem: Imperial March
|Government||Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
• 2020 census
|GDP (nominal)||2018 estimate|
• Per capita
|Gini (2019)|| 30.5|
|HDI (2019)|| 0.845|
|Currency||Levantine Shekel (₴)|
|Patron saint||St. James and St Sebastian|
|ISO 3166 code||LEVA|
Levantanie, officially known as the Empire of Levantanie, also commonly known as Outremer or even sometimes as Levant is a sovereign nation.
The major cities are Nicosia, Limassol, Santiago, San Sebastian (Donestia), Larnaca, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Acre, Ashkalon, Gaza, Caiphas, Jaffa, Sidon, Tyre, Papheus, Beersheba, and Tripoli. The capital and largest city is Nicosia, which serves as the country's political, financial, and economic center. The country's name Levantanie, literally means land of the rising sun.
Levantanie has a long history with the area being inhabited for 1.5 million years ago by ancient Levantanie tribes. The land of Levantanie has been ruled almost continuously for the last thousand years by the heirs to the Phoenix Throne, the House of Phoínike, commonly known as the Punic dynasty. The Empire of Levantanie was formed in the 11th century with the unification of various states.
Levantanie functions as a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with Emperor David XVI as head of state. The Levantine Empire is a major developed country, with a high-income society, and a large robust economy, being xth largest in the world by nominal GDP
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Religion
- 8 Culture
The Phoenix kingdoms were an ancient civilization of city-states that flourished along the coastline of what is modern day Levantanie. The city-states of the Phoenix existed from 2500 BC to around 4th century BC when it came under the control of first the Alcaeid Empire, and then its successor-state the Trojan Empire.
The Alcaied Empire (precursor to modern Mesogeia) invaded the Phoenix kingdoms in the 4th century BC subjugating the region to centuries of Mesogeian rule. Although it took the Alcaeids and the Troianians over two centuries to complete the conquest of Levantanie, they retained control of it for over seven centuries. During those seven centuries of Mesogeian rule, Levantanie was heavily influenced by its conquerors in its laws, language, culture and so forth.
Christianity was introduced into the country in the 2nd century and the entire country declared Greek Orthodoxy to be the state faith along with the rest of the Mesogeian empire in the 4th century AD when Saint Alexander decreed it so. It was only later on after various wars of religion that the Levantine monarchy turned from Greek Orthodoxy to Roman Catholicism.
Kingdom of Outremer and it successor states
In 580 AD, King David II of Outremer (proposed descendant of the House of David) declared himself independent from the weakened Southern Troianian Empire. David made is capital Tyre, then the largest city-state in the region. The Kingdom of Outremer would exist for several centuries alongside various lesser states until its eventual collapse in the 11th century.
The kingdom of Outremer was the most significant state until the foundation of the Kingdom of Kibrit in 787 AD, followed by the creation of Principality of Levant located in southern Levantanie in 910.
Muslim Era and Reconquista
In the eighth century Muslim invaders swept across the region conquering everything in their path including the much weakened kingdom of Outremer. By 780 all of Levantanie was overrun by the Muslim invaders. The Muslims allowed the Christian state of Outremer to remain in a much weaker state carving out of it first the kingdom of Kibrit in 787 for a cadet branch of the Punic dynasty while the area of southern Levantanie known as Levant was granted to the House of Lusignan, then the leading family of Outremer in 810. The Lusignan would reign as Princes of Levant until they inherited first the throne of Kibrit and then the throne of Outremer before their inheritance of Philistia.
In addition Idumea and Philistia were allowed to cede from the Outremer leaving only the Outremerian heartland to the Punic dynasty. While Philistia was firmly Christian under the Counts of Philistia, Idumea was established as a Islamic stronghold under a dynasty claiming descent from the Prophet himself.
A Muslim dynasty known as the Limasssol emirate was established at Limassol, then the leading port of the country, effectively cutting the Christian city-states off from the Christian world. For six centuries Muslim overlords in Limassol, Idumea, and Famagusta would rule over or hold some sway over portions of Levantanie alongside the Christian states of Outremer, Kibrit, Levant, and Philistia, until 1453 when the Empire of Levantanie conquered the last Muslim state. This period of reconquest is known as the Reconquista
The modern Levantanie state was established in 1008 when Placeholder inherited the throne of his uncle, the King of Outremer. PLACEHOLDER being the son of the last Prince of Levant united two of the four most powerful Christian states. The incredibly wealthy Kingdom of Kibrit was united to Levantanie in 1445 with the marriage of the Levantanie heiress to the Kibriti crown-prince. The new Emperor and Empress of Levantanie began a policy of consolidation of the realm at the expense of the surviving Muslim states. First Limassol fell, followed by Famagusta, and then finally Idumea, once the bastion of Islam capitulated after its last Caliph committed suicide.
Restoration of the Monarchy
Levantanie is a constitutional monarchy, with an hereditary monarch and a unicameral parliament, the Juntas Generales. The executive branch consists of the Haute Cour, the Council of Ministers presided over by the President, nominated and appointed by the monarch and confirmed by the Juntas Generales following legislative elections.
The legislative branch of the Levantine government is made of the unicameral Juntas Generales composed of 655 members, 350 of whom are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms, while 201 are appointed by the Emperor at the advice of the Haute Cour to serve life terms, with the remaining 104 members being appointed by the provincial legislatures.
The Levantanie empire is ethnically, religiously, and linguistically diverse with a population 60.1 million people. With the exception of the region around Nicosia, the inland capital the most populated areas are located along the country's coastline.
The ethnic makeup of Levantanie is mainly composed of Levantines, Greeks, Philistians, Kibritians, Idumeans, Arabs, and Jews as well as other ethnic minorities. Currently there is no ethnic majority in the country with the Levantines themselves making up less then half the population. The Ethnic makeup of the country is: Levantines representing 45%, Arabs representing 32%, Kibritians 12% Philistians 3%, with the Idumeans and the Jewish populations both equaling 1% respectively, while the remaining 6% composed of immigrants to the nation.
Roman Catholicism is the national religion and the state church of the Empire of Levantanie by virtue of the Imperial Family, the ruling elite and the vast majority of the nobility all professing the Catholic faith; despite holding a slim majority it is not supreme in the land with various other religions holding significant following including Islam, Greek Orthodoxy, and Judaism, as well as other non Abrahamic faiths.
In the histories of Levantanie many wars have been fought over religion, but the present government grants the citizens freedom of religion and protection from religious persecution. Recent waves of immigration have led to an increased number of Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs in the country. In addition to this the Islamic population of the country has steadily increased.
The diverse culture of Levantanie stems from the diversity of its population. ⅞