Republic of Verdan
Républicque du Verdan
Anthem: Vive la Verdanoise
|Middle Gallic, Low Gallic, English|
|Government||Unitary parliamentary republic|
• Governing party
• Premier Justice
|371,792 km2 (143,550 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
• 2019 census
|Currency||Brouzouf (₿) (VDB)|
Verdan, officially the Republic of Verdan (High Gallic: Républicque du Verdan), is a country in southwestern Borealis. Verdan is bordered to the west by Deseret, to the northeast by TBD, and to the south by the Isidorian Sea. The nation is a unitary state composed of six provinces. The capital is the city of Aix. Relative to the rest of the world, Verdan's population is average though its population density is above-average. The climate is temperate, with hot summers by the coast tempering off as the elevation rises into mountains in the nation's northern provinces.
Verdan is perhaps best-known as a revolutionary state, having overthrown its monarchical government at the end of the 18th century and been governed as a republic ever since. The beginning of the 20th century likewise ushered in great change in the nation after another revolution saw the establishment of a new socio-economic order. While functionally a social democracy subject to markets, unions and syndicates wield a great deal of power, though the precise degree of power waxes and wanes according to the government of the day and the will of the people. The Parliament (Gallic: Parlement) is the unicameral legislature of Verdan and leader of the ruling party becomes the Doyen: the head of state and chief of the executive branch.
The national economy is highly developed, though officially very decentralized. The majority of industry and workplace regulations are not mandated by the government but instead by the unions. Only banking, vital social services, and utilities are entirely regulated by the government and even in these sectors, unions play important roles. The economy is largely driven by light manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, cereal production, mining, and post-industrial activities.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government and politics
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Culture
Vallian states (300 BCE to 250 CE)
Gallian Empire (250 to 1650)
Duchy (1650 to 1792)
War of the Verdanian Secession
Republic (1792 to present)
Government and politics
|Affiliation||% of population|
|Church of the Sun||11.2|
|Don't know or refused answer||8.9|
Verdanian society is largely secularized, though sun cults continue to play an important social role. Many Verdanians observe their beliefs, both theistic and secular, as private and nondenominational. However, there are two large organizations attached to traditional solar faith operating in Verdan: the Church of the Sun and the Solar Society. Other faiths present in Verdan include Smithicism, particularly in the west, and Teoism at first with migrants but now gaining increasing acceptance among broader demographics.
Church of the Sun
The Church of the Sun (Esglise du Soleil) is a large, henotheistic organization which has adherents across the world, though especially within the former Gallian Empire where it was the state religion. The Church's faith posits the Sun as the creator of the world. The Church has six dioceses in Verdan; one for each province and the archdiocese is based out of Aix, officially still known as Sainct-Aix to the Church. In the Middle Ages, the authority of the Church was unparalleled and membership was an absolute necessity socially and to hold any kind of public office. The authority of the Church waned during the Republican Revolution at the end of the 18th century as the new republic posited the Solar Society as a secular replacement for the theistic Church. Despite official secularization, the Church maintains millions of adherents in Verdan to the present day.
The sacraments of the Church are generally simple. There is no gospel doctrine in the Church, though worship commonly features the utterance of prayers, reciting of Church doctrines, and sacrifices on special holidays. Weekly worship is led by a priest or priestess below an open sky, generally on a hill or open space within a temple complex. Under inclement weather, worship is held below large drapes or tarps. Large, ornate basilicas dating back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance exist mainly as administrative centres and to demonstrate the might of the Church.
The Solar Society (Société Solaire) is a decentralized, secular society which professes reverence for the sun without any attribution of divinity. Assemblies of the Society are effectively local social clubs that also observe certain rituals as a matter of tradition. In its earliest iteration, the Solar Society was a form of public education when revolutionary leaders attempted to ban the Church of the Sun and replace weekly worship with lessons on the liberal arts for all citizens. This particular iteration failed to gain traction though chapters of the Society became important coed assemblies for the growing bourgeois class. While not mandatory, membership in the Society was advantageous for networking and politicking. After the Messidor Revolution in 1902, members of the Society came to be viewed with bougeois suspicion and its political importance declined.
Similarly to the Church of the Sun, the Solar Society does exact tithes from its official membership, though chapters frequently host forums which are open to the public. Historically the tithes were a barrier to working class citizens joining the Society, though in the present they are relatively trivial and the majority of funding for local chapters comes from supporting trade unions.