Nationalism in Ottonia

Jump to navigation Jump to search

Ottonia is and has been home to a number of nationalist movements that have significantly shaped the region from the 17th century CE through the present day. Due to the number of ethno-linguistic and religious groups, as well as historical entities that have occupied the area, many of these movements and intellectual lines are at odds with one another, often with mutually-incompatible goals. For the most part, these movements can be divided between one of two throughlines: the Unificationist movements that broadly seek the region being combined into a single political entity, and Separatist or Regionalist movements that seek either independence or autonomy for groups or regions within Ottonia on ethnic, linguistic, or historical grounds.

Unificationist Movements


Pan-Ottonianism in its modern, identifiable form, dates back to the late 17th century. First articulated in the 1687 treatise The Case for an Ottonian People by the Onnerian antiquarian Harald Aldon, Aldon postulated that the shared contact and the imperial history of the region had made the various peoples of the Ottonian states alike in contrast to their southern Audonian and eastern Hval and Kupalnitsan neighbors. This novel was also the first to refer to the area as a whole as "Ottonia"; prior to 1687, the various kingdoms and petty states that had risen in the aftermath of the Empire's collapse had sometimes been called "the Ottonian states" or "the Ottonian kingdoms", but the area had never been referred to as "Ottonia" other than as a descriptor. It is difficult to overstate the consequences of this work; for the first time, thinkers and policy-makers in the various Ottonian states were faced with the idea of a single, distinct region, one that perhaps ought to be unified.

The movement only accelerated with the publication of the book The Ways of Our Ancestors, a book which piggybacked off of Case, by the Tyrrslynder historian Graegur Hollenswyrth, in 1709. In the book, Hollenswyrth attempted to reconstruct the pre-Fabrian religious practices of the "Ottonian peoples." In spite of being based off of what turned out to be somewhat dubious scholarship, the vision of the ancient "right way to live" sparked a religious revival, especially strong in northern and eastern Ottonia, presenting a real, serious challenge to the authority of the Honorian Church in the region, and inspiring in many young thinkers and radicals a vision of a united Ottonia, freed from the shackles of the Honorian Church and, usually implicitly, the stagnancy of inherited privilege.

The iconoclastic and implicitly republican overtones of Pan-Ottonianism meant that the movement, despite picking up steam in all of the Ottonian kingdoms, was officially suppressed by their respective governments. The fears of the movement would prove justified, as the Tyrrslynd monarchy would find itself deposed and forced to flee to a holdout in Draakurr during the Jormundean Revolution. The Ostmarker monarchy would find itself likewise deposed, and the Innian Archduchy would be brought in line by Innian Pan-Ottonians, resulting in much of Northern Ottonia joining the Pan-Ottonian Alliance. Fears of the growing movement would trigger the Siege of Ottonia (1854) and the Wars of Ottonian Unification that would, in 1872, end in the unification of the entire region under the Ottonian Federation. During the post-unification period, the movement split into two competing schools: the Futurists, and the Traditionalists.


The school of Pan-Ottonianism which was primarily aligned with the Federation, the Futurists sought an Ottonia which was largely converted to Reytled and thus under that single primary religious system, as well as desiring the defeat of monarchism and inherited privilege. The Futurists would gradually dissolve into a number of other schools, based on other dominant proclivities; some would find themselves affiliated with Allamunnic nationalist movements, socialist movements, radical republicanism, and still others would abandon Pan-Ottonianism entirely. During the Federation's half-century, "Futurist Pan-Ottonianism" largely came to be synonymous with the middle-class-led, republican Federal government.


Somewhat confusingly, the Traditionalists actually sought a radical change in Ottonian society. Largely Reytled adherants and frequently utopian socialists, the Traditionalists sought to slow the tide of industrialization and create an agrarian, pagan paradise within Ottonia. The Traditionalists were also more culturally pluralist, being the primary school that emphasized autonomy for ethnolinguistic minorities within the country.


Following the unification of Ottonia in 1872, many former royalists and partisans of the pre-unification states found themselves entranced by the possibilities of the newly-unified state. The Neo-Imperialists sought the "restoration" of the House of Otto in the form of a new dynasty to rule the unified country, to lead Ottonia into a new era as a superpower as well as turning back the tide of apostasy. Despite occasional tensions, this group largely found themselves allied with the last group. Although not explicit, many Neo-Imperialists held the belief that Allamunnae were the dominant group within Ottonia and their culture should be favored accordingly.


The Invictist school of Pan-Ottonianism began to coalesce in the early 1900's, unified by the idea that Ottonia could and should become a Belisarian superpower, that the Empire should be reformed, and society radically transformed into a martial one ruled by a warrior elite; monarchy was negotiable. The Invictists, even more than the Neo-Imperialists, conflated the Ottonian state with the Honorian Church, and sought a future in which the Honorian Church would serve as an organ of the unified Ottonian state. The Invictists, even more so than the Neo-Imperialists, largely conflated Pan-Ottonianism with Allamunnic nationalism.

Separatist or regionalist movements

Allamunnic nationalism

Due to the Allamunnae's historical political dominance over the other ethnolinguistic groups of Ottonia, Allamunnic nationalism has been the most prone to conflation with Pan-Ottonianism, and often manifests less as a separatist ideology and more as the idea that Allamunnic culture and language should be favored in the context of the Ottonian state. In North Ottonia this ideology is largely defunct due to efforts to maximize regional autonomy and the fact that ethnic Allamunnae only make up a small plurality of the population, but in South Ottonia this is largely the de facto position of the state due to a much more homogenous ethnic makeup.

Mainland Ethno-Linguistic Nationalist Movements

The Eonese people speak a language that, unlike Allamunnic and its sister languages, is a descendent of Latin. Living primarily in northwest Ottonia, the Eonese people have had a history of living alongside and sometimes fighting their Allamunnic and Corvaik neighbors, and then of being ruled by Allamunnae in the Archduchy of Innia. Similarly, the Corvaik people speak a language that is more akin to those found in northwest Arthurista and in Gelonia, and the Skraeling peoples speak Nordish-derived language of their own. A similar situation exists for Kamryk, where a sister language to Allamunnic is spoken, as well as for the Kanketans in southwest Ottonia.

These ethno-linguistic nationalisms initially started as a pushback against Pan-Ottonianism in an era where the latter was largely conflated with Allamunnic nationalism, and the formation of distinct identities around language and ethnicity lead for a push to end of Allamunnic rule over these groups, the preservation of their own languages, and in some cases, for full independence. Most of these nationalist movements have historically had a strongly-republican character. In modern times, these movements have become more moderate, as most of these peoples live within North Ottonia, where most ethnic groups have been able to form autonomous republics within the Federation where they constitue majorities and are able to shield and preserve their languages and traditions, and are largely allowed to self-govern their internal affairs.

Regional Nationalisms

These movements, tied more to specific regions of the country due to what are percieved as distinct regional identities and traditions, have been of tremendous consequence to Ottonian history. The two most notable non-ethno-linguistic regional movements on the mainland have been for the region of Jormundea (the areas surrounding the Jormundsea) and the Bluwaalds, a mountainous, heavily-forested region in the Ottonian interior, which has historically resisted outside rule. Both were hotbeds of republican and socialist radicalism that went on to heavily influence the formation of the Ottonian Federation and later Federation of Ottonian Republics, as well as the movements seeing the creation of autonomous republics for their regions within the latter.

Draakuri nationalism

More distinct still is the nationalism in the Draakur Archipelago. Historically a location of significant cultural mixing, commerce, exploration, and fishing, Draakur has given rise to a unique creole culture combining elements of Allamunnic, Eonese, Ghantish, Nordish, and Wazhenaby. This environment gave rise to a language, Drakuri, which is a creole of Allamunnic and Eonese, incorporating significant numbers of loanwords and irregularities from the other languages that have been spoken in the islands.

Because the Archipelago has never seen true independence (ruled over by outsiders from the Ottonian Empire, then Tyrrslynd, then Onneria, then South Ottonia, an increasingly loud strain in Draakuri identity calls for home rule or even full independence, the prioritization of their language, and, in the most extreme cases, the formation of a North Salacian maritime empire. With the collapse of the mainland royalist government of South Ottonia in the spring of 2022 and the UKO's subsequent reduction in territory to solely the Draakurr Archipelago, many have considered this both a realization of Draakuri independence and an opportunity for the Draakuri people to sieze control of their own destiny.