The Holy Confederacy of Vanarambaion
Motto: If it doesn't kill me it'd better run pretty darn fast
Map of Vanarambaion
|Recognised regional languages||Akiiryan|
|Ethnic groups||Barovian (13%)|
• Heir apparent
• 2005 census
The Holy Confederacy of Vanarambaion is a massive, economically powerful nation, renowned for its complete absence of social welfare. Its hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 24.86 million are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."
Vanarambaion's island is shared by another nation, and the two nations conscientiously ignore each other.
Provinces/Territories: 3 counties, divided into townships
Vanarambaion is kind of an anomaly in a way. Stuck on an island, they've been defending against attacks from the mainland for as long as they can remember.
The Vanara lived in these areas from the time of the 3rd millennium BCE. In the 9th century BCE, the island was the centre of the Baianili kingdom. The region came under the control of the Aroman Empire in the 2nd century BCE and became a major Aroman population centre.
It became a part of the Akiiryan sphere of influence during their century-long wars with their neighbouring Aroman arch-rivals. The area continued to be contested for many centuries afterwards.
This has led to a very in-turned country that tries to systematically remove itself from foreign influences of all kinds. However, there has been a rash of liberal Emperors who have opened Vanarambaion up to the outside, starting around 1880.
Due to the opening of the country, Vanarambaion is going through a period of intense growth, and the height of power for the anti-Emperor faction in the Vanarambaion Senate (This being said, the Emperor still has an iron grip of foreign policy).
It is difficult to tell where the government stops and the rest of society begins, but it juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defence, and Religion & Spirituality. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 39%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, followed by Beef-Based Agriculture and Uranium Mining.
The current Emperor is Wallace Wilson, an idealist liberal who is looking for ways to write himself into the history books without marching off to war. He's very religious and believes himself to be a latter-day prophet. The Europtimans have fought Vanarambaion in the past, but have been quietly lobbying for independence for about a hundred years while keeping their military intact.
Long Title: His Imperial Majesty, Bishop of Thule, Vicar of the Synod, Successor of Richard, Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff, Patriarch of the South, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Aroman Province, Servant of the Vanarambaion Masses, and Imperator.
The military numbers are low - just enough to deal with the Europtiman rebels effectively, should the need arise - as most of the military was disbanded to allow for improvements in the military technology following the opening of the country. Vanarambaion relies mostly on the draft in wartime. New technology is being furiously researched to put Vanarambaion on an even keel with the rest of the civilized world.
Vanarambaion's citizens demand an isolationist, anti-imperialist policy based on their long history of getting involved in foreign affairs just to be invaded. This being said, the untapped potential of the Vanarambaion agriculture and military capabilities is astronomical. Vanarambaion declares neutrality at the beginning of the civil war and resolves to trade with both sides and any other countries involving themselves in the war. They don't seem to realize that trade is an evil that could bring them into the war. On the other hand, having a neutral party could potentially lead to less bloodshed. It's all about who plays the cards.
- Official Language: Vanarhoman (87%), with Akiiryan (13%) widely spoken by the Barovians. Anglish only spoken by high-ranking officials.
- Official Religion: The Church of Vanarambaion (single deity, modified Catholicism)
- The majority of the nation's population is Vanara, and has a sizable 13% Akiiryan minority (Barovian) on the east coast.
A survey of the nation’s rivers and children has shown that pesticide levels are at an all-time regional high, the nation is famous for having one of the world's largest dragon hunting institutions, the government is seen to favor Catholics, and women earn less than half the salary of men if they can even find a job. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force. Vanarambaion's national animal is the dragon, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its currency is the mark.