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Kingdom of Tír Glas
Motto: Ní neart go cur le chéile
There is no strength without unity
Anthem: The Soldier's Song
Royal anthem: The Queen's Song
|Recognised regional languages||Yakut|
|Ethnic groups||White 84.93%|
• Prime Minister
• Chief Justice
|694,260 km2 (268,060 sq mi)|
• 2020 estimate
• 2010 census
|195.15/km2 (505.4/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||2018 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2018 estimate|
• Per capita
|HDI (2017)|| 0.926|
|Currency||Glasic Dollar (GLD)|
• Summer (DST)
|ISO 3166 code||TGL|
|Internet TLD||.tgl / .tg / .co.tg|
Tír Glas, formally the Kingdom of Tír Glas is a sovereign state located off the western coast of Vinya in Septentrion. It has a total land area of 694,260 square kilometres making it the largest single island on the planet. Tír Glas has second largest population and economy in Vinya with over 138 million citizens and a GDP of over $5.8 trillion as of (2018). Tír Glas is a former colony of Tyran, its independence being restored in 1902. Tír Glas leads an economic union in Vinya.
Tír Glas is broadly considered to be the Glasic nation though due to the prolonged period of Anglian dominion Anglo-Glasic would be a more correct description. Anglian cultural and linguistic influences are varied and widespread in Tír Glas ranging from the adoption of Anglian as an official language to certain colloquialisms originally unique to Anglian culture.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government
- 4 Demographics
The name Tír Glas comes from the Old Glasic Tír (land) and Glas (green), it is also known more informally and endearingly as Banbha which refers to one of the tutelary goddesses of Tír Glas.
Prehistory and Early History
The islands which now make up Tír Glas although inhabited are thought to have been ‘discovered’ in around 675 CE by explorers from what is now Aversgard. Archaeological evidence points to increasing numbers of settlers making the journey across Vinya form between ~730-810CE. These settlements predominantly appear to be what could reasonably be called fishing villages, along the shores of the Great Lakes of Vinya. It is hypothesised and indeed substantiated by archaeological evidence that the same areas had been inhabited by native Glasic peoples from as far back as ~7500 BCE. To date there has been very little evidence found of permanent habitation prior to the re-discovery period suggesting that a nomadic culture and lifestyle prevailed in the region until well into the Early Medieval Period. What is known from documentarial evidence is that these settlers quickly encountered the local Glasic peoples taking them as slaves and concubines. DNA evidence points toward Scythian and Baltic populations some of whom were surely slaves, servants, prisoners etcetera suggesting that travel across wider Vinya was quite widespread prior to its discovery by Aversgard.
Between ~810 and 1050 a plethora of petty kingdoms evolved across both Tír Glas and Middle Vinya coinciding with an expansion northwards into what is now Kolodiya and southwards into what is now Tīri-Ēra . Throughout this period territory swapped hands between what is now Tír an Crainn and Tír Glas, culminating in the 7 Years War from 989 to 996 and the establishment of the first of what would become the Thirteen Kingdoms.
Given the expansion of Aversgardan influence it is perhaps unsurprising that archaeological discoveries have been made that point towards local populations fleeing from the increasing incursions from Aversgard and beyond. This is further reinforced by the still extant ringforts in the foothills of surrounding Armagh.
Christianisation seems to have started to have started in the late-tenth and early-eleventh centuries but never quite took hold. Historical accounts point towards widespread violence between the major religious groups culminating in outright civil war. The eventual outcome was similar to that had had occurred elsewhere in that Christianity would be adopted by arbitration whilst retaining the old customs and allowing private polytheistic worship to continue.
During the period between 1050-1150 the many petty kingdoms that had become established over the previous two-hundred years began to consolidate into an eventual total of thirteen rival kingdoms and city states. Between 1050 and the onset of the War of Unification in 1177 the population had grown from roughly 140,000 to around 800,000 with the vast majority of that figure in the existing east coast settlements with newer settlements around the growing city of Avallone. Inward expansion had started by following the River Bandon northwards, further coastal settlements began to spring up on the West coast as fishermen expanded the areas in which they sailed.
War And Unification
By the late 12th century, the 13 relatively minor kingdoms had through war and marriage become seven, known as the Heptarchy.
The decline of the Heptarchy and eventual emergence of the kingdom of Tír Glas was a drawn-out process, taking place over the course of the remainder of the 12th and most of the 13th century. Wars and marriages between the seven kingdoms eventually lead to there being two large kingdoms, separated by the River Bandon. In 1286, the respective monarchs of these two kingdoms met at the great lake on the upper reaches of the Bandon to discuss terms for union in the face of growing concerns from across the Glasic Sea, primarily the steadily unifying Fyrland. What resulted was the establishment of a diarchy that lasted until conquest by Tyran.
The Great Death
Between 1286 and 1350 a relative air of peace had seen Tír Glas begin to get into its stride as a nation, without warring factions bickering for power the nation was free to expand in all areas. The population boomed as did trade with mainland Vinya and to a lesser extent Casaterra. This however would set in motion a chain of events that would result in over a third of the population dying directly or indirectly from bubonic and pneumonic plague.
The First Plague
The first known case of plague was a seaman who arrived in Waterford in 1350 from there reports of the same symptoms were appearing at ports up and down the coastline of Tír Glas. The initial outbreak of what would be called the Great Death arrived. It survived the winter of 1350-51, but during the following winter it abated, with things returning to some sense of normality by late 1352.
The Second Plague
The plague returned again in 1366, this time to much more devastating effect due to an already weakened population being unable to cope with another, this time more widespread outbreak. The second plague claimed as much 10 percent of the already weakened population within the space of some six months.
The Final Plague
The final major outbreak of plague occurred during 1479-80 and was particularly virulent claiming nearly twenty percent of a now denser more urbanised population. From this point onwards outbreaks became increasingly fewer and further between as medicine and sanitation began to improve.
After the ravages of consecutive plagues and resultant famines Tír Glas was a broken nation and in in 1490 the expanding Anglian empire had reached the shores of Tír Glas, between 1490 and 1555 numerous wars were fought between the two nations resulting in the eventual conquest and subjugation of the Glasic people until independence in 1902.
After some two hundred years of subjugation Tír Glas had began its journey towards becoming a semi-independent protectorate. The reasoning given by Tyrannic overseers at the time being. "It is eminently more suitable to both the Kingdom and the Empire, and more importantly acceptable for subjects of the colony than direct dominion. It is cheaper, simpler, less damaging to their self-esteem, gives them more opportunities as public officials, and spares unnecessary bureaucracy over a nation which until their annexation were perfectly capable of ruling themselves'. True protectorate status would be a long time incoming and would take until the late 1700s. Formally reverting back to the name of Tír Glas in the early 1800s, by 1850 Tír Glas had been allocated the status of a 'responsible government' handling most of their own affairs again, this signalled the final stretch to achieving full independence in 1902.
Pan-Casterran War (1909-1914)
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Descent Into Cold War
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Modern Tír Glas
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Tír Glas is a Constitutional Federal Monarchy. The Glasic Government consists of a triad of separate branches under the crown they are; the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Further elements of and relating to governance of Tír Glas are outlined in the remainder of the Glasic constitution, which includes written statutes, court rulings, and unwritten conventions developed since 1853.
As a federal monarchy Tír Glas is divided into a number of entities with varying degrees of autonomy from the federal government. These entities consist of nine Provinces, three Crown Dependencies, and the Principality of Skellige. Provincial borders are broadly arranged along geographical features such as rivers and mountain ranges. The four Crown Dependencies consist of the largest islands after the main island, these being: Inishmore, Inishsirrer, Inishfada and the twin islands of Inishmaan and Ardoileán.
Tír Glas is renowned for its cosmopolitan views with Avallone in particular being a particularly diverse city. As such, when compared with relative ethno-states such as Dayashina Tír Glas has a somewhat smaller ethnically native population, somewhere around 84%. Accordingly a sizeable portion of Tír Glas's population is of mixed racial heritage around 5.25% or over 7 million citizens. In recent years (since the end of the Helian War) Dayashinese and Menghean communities have grown rapidly in size, especially in the southern areas of the main island, accounting for around 3.25% of the total population by numbers in 2015. Another 6.6% of the population identify as other than Ivernic, ranging from Fyrfolc to Beniranians.
Tír Glas is officially a bilingual nation with Glasic and Anglican both being official languages for signage and government use. Glasic is more common outside of major cities, especially in the north of the country. Dayashinese and Letnian are commonly taught in schools with children usually being allowed to choose between them.