High Kingdom of Ossoria
Ard Ríocht Osraí
Motto: Fortis cadere, cedere non potest
The brave may fall, but cannot yield
Anthem: Rule Ossoria
Realm of Ossoria
and largest city
|Official languages||Ossorian Gaelic|
|Recognised regional languages||Dòrnachi Gaelic, Carman Gaelic, Breconese, Syllanese, Hemari, Arzelli, Vormsian|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Federal Executive Monarchy|
|Tara Ní Sionán|
• Crown Prince
|Mathúin Ó Sionán|
|Innis Ní Gearailt|
|House of Keys|
|House of Commons|
House of Lords
|31 October 56 BCE|
• Kenlisi Suzerainty
|20 November 825 CE|
|23 April 1483 CE|
|1,405,908 km2 (542,824 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
• 2015 census
|127.35/km2 (329.8/sq mi)|
|GDP (nominal)||2015 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Ossorian Crown (Coróin) (₡) (OCR)|
|Date format||dd-mm-yyyy CE|
Ossoria (Ossorian: Osraí; formally Ard Ríocht Osraí, literally "[the] High Kingdom of Ossoria"), is an island nation off the western coast of the continent of Eracura in Tyran. Located in the Northern Nuadan Ocean, it lies to the west of Shalum and northwest of Æþurheim, separated from these continental states by the Mallian Sea.
The core territory of Ossoria is comprised of an archipelago of over 200 islands, commonly referred to as the Ossorian Home Islands (Oileáin Baile Osraí). The largest of these is Oileán Mór (Great Island), the island occupied by the Kingdom of Kenlis which accounts for approximately two-thirds of the total land area of the Home Islands. Other major islands in the chain are Oileán Glasa (Green Island, Kingdom of Ardliss), Oileán Fada (Long Island, Kingdom of Dòrnach) and Oileán Scairbh (Rugged Island, Kingdom of Firada).
The Scepter of Ossoria, which is the colloquial term for both the Monarchy of the High Kingdom as well as the executive branch of the federal government as a whole, is both the head of state and the head of government for the High Kingdom of Ossoria. High King Cerball Ó Sionán of the Kingdom of Kenlis, the first High King of Ossoria and the founder of the High Kingdom, established the political and military supremacy of Kenlis over the other kingdoms. The Ó Sionán Dynasty has continued to hold the high kingship of Ossoria through to the present day.
The Nobility is prevalent throughout Ossorian social and political life, as their members are often among the most influential, wealthy, and powerful in the High Kingdom. This is largely due to the fact that the executive power of each level of government in Ossoria is held by a member of the nobility. However, their power has broadly come to be tempered with an adherence to the principle of noblesse oblige, infractions of which are still directly enforced by the monarchies.
The High Kingdom is a federal monarchy comprised of nine Kingdoms and seven Dominions, which are Kingdom-equivalent territories typically found outside of the Home Islands. The nine Kingdoms are the Kingdoms of Kenlis, Ardliss, Dòrnach, Firada, Brecon, Lodainn, Rocelyn, Dídean, and Syllan. The seven Dominions are the Alyksberg Free State, the Archduchy of Arzell, the Holy City of Armacht, the Hemar Confederacy, the Principality of Carmane, the Éirne Castellany, and the Lordship of Vormsi.
Hydro power, natural gas, nuclear power, wind power, and solar power are the primary sources for energy generation in Ossoria. In recent years, an effort has been made to increase the use of sustainable energy sources, decrease reliance on fossil fuel sources, and increase the nation's independence from foreign energy sources. The nation's main electrical generation and distribution systems are directly owned and operated by the Ministry of Infrastructure, but private individuals and local communities are encouraged to install small-scale power generators for local and domestic use. With the passage of the 2004 Sustainable Energy Act, any income made by selling excess power generated by installations designed for personal or local use back to the power grid are exempted from income tax.
- Hydro power (29.3%): hydroelectric dams, run-of-the-river power, pumped-storage hydroelectric dams, tidal power
- Fossil fuels (21.7%): natural gas, petroleum
- Nuclear power (18.3%): liquid fluoride thorium reactor, heavy-water reactor
- Wind power (17.2%)
- Solar power (7.1%)
- Other sources (6.4%): geothermal power, wave power, biofuel
The culture of Ossoria has been influenced by many factors including the nation's status as an island nation, its history as a major power, its federal system of kingdoms with unique and distinctive traditions, culture, and symbols.