Well it has certainly been a while.
Phase 2.3 Revisit – Fixing the Lore
This was mostly discussed on the Discord, and the two main options people preferred were Solution 4 (Shuffle Europa’s ethnic groups) and Solution 5 (We move Europa closer to the other continents). @Orioni forbade Solution 5 which just leaves us with Solution 4. For the past 16 days I have been working on 22 nation proposals, changing their names, lore, flags, etc. to match their new cultures, regional lores, and the greater Eurth lore. Below is a map of Europa’s nations.
Purple represents countries I cannot change either as they’re controlled by an active member, required for an active member’s lore, or were requests not to be changed.
Dark Green countries are ones that need no changes or only very minor changes such as changes in the language uses for the country.
Light Green are the countries I have modified to a certain extent (see the next map for more details).
Red are the countries I have not modified as there is no consensus what to replace them with, or I have no ideas on what to replace them with.
Yellow are unknowns if they will need to be changed or not, either due to proximity to an active member or are nations that would require me to work alongside someone to integrate into the lore. San Ba – An incredibly old member of the community and close to Orioni, I am unsure if O would want San Ba to be changed as he’s already been working on it behind the scenes. Byzantium Nova – A very important historic nation to Azania, it would require constant input from both Cristina and Tagmatium to ensure lore is not broken. Most likely option here is just to make the name grammatically correct. Bashan – talks are going on on the possibility of Bashan being in Semitic northern Alharu, although the historic ramifications means this needs to be put on hold temporarily. Havebergen and Vanamrambaion – very close in proximity to Tagmatium and Havebergen being itself a very old member of the community.
Here all the nations modified are shown. Nations with green are the ones with the least changes as only the etymological roots of their nation’s name have been changed to reflect their new cultures. Other then that and possible future minor changes to terminology used within the nations, there are no other changes.
Yellow countries only required a change to their flags, such as Cabarria (which used the flag of Albania) and Damak Var (which is a more complicated story, but for now the only change done is the flag, which was made by Orioni).
Blue flags required both flag and name/etymology changes, but the lore can remain largely intact.
Lastly are the nations highlighted in red. These required complete overhauls of their lore, although some required more than others – such as Ide Jima being able to retain its current name.
At the end of this post will be a list of all Azania changes.
Phase 2.4 Revisit – Connections to the rest of Eurth.
Iverica was the only one to speak about the Central Europan proposal, and below I made a second proposal follow Iverica’s requests for the Hispanic (Yellow) nations to be shifted closer to the centre, which was done by flipping the Hispanic and Francophone nations locations around (it should be noted that these borders would most likely be changed in the advent of one of these proposals being chosen).
It should also be mentioned that these changes to the Romance nations has come at the cost of potential SE Asian nations, primarily Bainbridge Islands / Lahui, however more precise changes to allow for their existence can be done, or they can be moved onto Alharu’s SE Asia region around the Synthe Sea.
Phase 2.3 – Nation Change List (AZANIA)
These are all draft / proposals that can be changed. If you don't like any of the changes done in these proposals - say so! The last thing I want is for the Europans to be unhappy about the changes being done. All of these proposals are being shown in bulk to centralise discussion about said changes, and only once we reach a consensus will the map and iiWikis be changed to reflect this. For now only the Azanian countries that will be changed will be shown. Once a consensus on Azania is found, the Oriental and Burania nations will be posted. (And also because the forum is started to do weird things the more I write and links I post so I'm afraid if I do the whole thing, the post will be corrupted).
There is also a couple terms that must be explained before going into the list: Himaya - This term is most predominately used in Azania to mean an Empire that primarily expands through surrounding its core territories with tributary states of varying autonomy. Such as the numerous empires of China or the empires of Mesoamerica (e.g. the Aztec Empire). This is different to regular empires as Himayas very rarely try to convert tributaries to their core culture or religions (although this still happens on occasion) and instead use them more as secondary resource pools and buffer states. Azanian Wars - These are a collection of increasingly vicious and expensive wars between the Himayas of Yuropa and Norrium (rebooted Hakenium) across central Azania in the mid 1900s which led to the eventual collapse of much of the old Azanian powerbases in favour of newer powers. Spiritual Republic - These are theocratic republics akin to Islamic Republics for the Inkolo Faith, a decentralised monotheistic religion that follows God (uNkulunkulu / Nhialic) and numerous spiritual beliefs similar to those of its neighbours, such as spiritual possession, oxen sacrifice, and religious power coming from the wurld around them. Inkolo primarily takes inspiration from Dinka, Zulu, and Nilotic native religions. It's most prevelent in southern Azania Map Colours - Dark green represents modern territories, with orange any autonomous regions. Light green represents historically significant territories, such as ex-tributaries, irridentist claims, etc. 1) Azania
Azania is perhaps the subcontinent most changed now with the subcontinent further subdivided into smaller regions: Blue - Coastal Azania, dominated by the Wajism faith and the two large Himayas of Wajoka (Dragonryders) and Nykia (Jilderen). Generally the most economically active part of Azania outside of Pinj Lwo (Ayubi) and the most ethnically homogenous. Pink - Cabarria and Haruspexian Zharr, influenced heavily by the Occident these two states are more like northern Europa and Argis then their neighbours. Yellow - Northern Azania, this region has been Yuropa's backyard throughout history and has only recently been given the independence they desire, though most of these countries have just replaced one imperial oppressor with a national one. Green - Southern Azania, controlled by the Inkolo religion and historically a part of the Norrium Empire. Most of these ex-states are Spiritual Republics or to some degree economically dependent on Norrium. 1.1) @Wellsy, aka the Overkingdom of Cabarria
The only change being made to the Overkingdom of Cabarria is a flag change, due to Cabarria using the modern day Albanian flag. Above are four flags I've made that could be potential replacements. The Azanian Cross - A flag based off the nordic flags, as Cabarria itself is an Anglish speaking nation with a clear Anglo-based political system. It's up to @Haruspex whether or not he wishes to keep those aspects of Cabarria. The flag uses Pan-Yuropan colours as a way to show solidarity to its neighbours and to possibly any Azanian cultures within it's borders. The 14 Stripes - Cabarria has 8 provinces, but an eight striped flag is boring so I will admit I did arbitrarily boost that to 14 provinces when coming up with symbolism for the flag. The colours also share the same symbolism as with the Azanian Cross Albania But Cooler - Yes that's the flag's unofficial name. I took the symbolism of the Albanian flag (the eagle and red background on the Albanian flag representing Byzantine Imperial Flag, perhaps in this case it represents the Aroman Empire?) but Germanic-ified it using a generic eagle. The two versions (one using Pan-Yuropan colours and one using Aroman colours) are just a stylistic choice. 1.2) Empire of @Dragonryders
Dragonryders has already had a name change vote, to which my proposals were selected as the best answer. As such Dragonryders is being replaced by the Wajoka Himaya / Wajoka Empire. The name of which comes from the phrase "Wapanda farasi wa Joka", "Riders of the Dragon". Geography
Wajoka is divided by the northern lightly populated desert and the central and southern savannah grasslands. In the south along the south-central valley are long stretches of savannah forests where much of the population and urbanisation of the country is found, along with the capital of Mungumji (City of Mungu/God). History
Wajoka is an ancient power in Azania, with records of past Wajokan empires existing as far back as Aroman records. Pre-1000s Wajoka was considered an expansionary power often attempted to conquer and annexed Cabarria and down south into modern day Faramount and Zevrium (Afropa). However past 1100 the Wajokan Himayas collapsed into infighting and eventually completely dissolved into smaller tribal states. From the early 1300s to early 1400s a new power, calling itself Wa Joka ("The Dragon") begin to rise out of the ashes of the dead Himayas to begin the reconquest and reformation of the Wajoka Himaya. However once it reached it's current modern borders by 1413, Wa Joka fell into a lull of territorial isolationism, only allowing foreigners into the country if they were merchants or diplomats. Even through the late modern period Wajoka (as it began to be called) remained semi-isolationist as a culture and as a people, only attempting to conquer Cabarria twice in 1849 and 1871.
It was only the arrival of the Europan Financial Crisis in the mid-2000s did Wajoka stir, as one of the few economically stable states due to its few connections to the outside wurld, Wajoka found itself as a new potential player in Azanian and even Adlantic politics, although has only made small moves in the form of expanding trade. Although with a growing urbanising population, if Wajoka was to ever seek out a modern empire. Now is the time. Politics
Wajoka is, by law, a Himaya, and does divide its empire into 12 tributaries and only the south-central valley being 'core Wa Joka'. But the nation is largely democratic and equal due to the little differences in culture between central Wa Joka and the wider Wajokan population. Every 8 years the population votes for members of the Tributary Council, a parliament/senate like body that acts as the main judiciary and legislative body of the Himaya. The Emperor of Wajoka rarely intervenes in politics, preferring to take a constitutional role in the nation. Economy
A large proportion of Wajoka’s economy is derived from plant and pulp export, along with wood from its massive logging and palm oil / Soybean plantations. Much of it’s original Savannah forests have been deforested and replaced with said plantations. A secondary export is of dyes, particularly a very intense black dye used for ink pens, known as Joka Black.
Wajoka is known to have large untapped oil reserves, with only 10% of it being actively drilled for. Culture
Primarily based off the Swahili people, although replace Arabic influence with Latin from the Aroman Empire and English from Cabarria. The Wajokans follow a faith called Wajism, which can be summed up to be in a belief in a great eastern city, home to the Gods, situated where the Sun rises from the Eurth every day. It is fabled the sun’s rise comes out of some far eastern mountains known only as the “Milima ya Mungu” (God’s Mountains). This religion is based off the current Dragonryders religion. Flag Proposals
1.3) The Archduchy of @Jilderen
The Archduchy of Jilderen is being replaced with the The Nykia’s Noble Confederacy of Mambomharaivhu and the Vhan. Known informally as the Nykia Confederacy. Jilderen, thankfully, has a very comprehensive factbook which can be easily translated over to it's new version. Geography
the Nykia Confederacy is split between two subnational countries, Mambomharaivhu which takes up the entirety of the mainland of Nykia, and Vhan, the island within the Rivdon bay separating the Nykia Confederacy and Faramount. The North-West and Eastern thirds of the mainland are covered in Savannah grasslands, with the central third made up of a mixture of Savannah woodlands and recently deforested grasslands.
The island of Vhan as well as the northern coast below Vhan on the mainland are covered in nationally protected rainforests, although much of it has been deforested in the past and in the modern day for the use of tropical cash crop plantations. The capital, Musha, is located south-east on the coast near Jilderen's current capital. History
Nykia is a fairly new nation within Azania, as for much of its history were cycles of unification under a Himaya (Tributary Empire) then subsequently collapsing. The first Himaya was established under Sekai the Tall in 12 CE, although archaeological finds have found a possibly even older state dating to the Azanian Iron Age from around 750 BC to 820 BC. From 1600 to 1700 the Mambomharaivh Kingdom began to rapidly rise in power due to strategic political haggling and the adoption of drill military from northern Europa, eventually conquering all of western Nykia by 1850.
The current confederation was established in 1890 made up of the Vhan and the western half of Mambomharaivhu, becoming a significant player in Azania and across southern Europa / northern Marenesia across the mid to late 1900s in which it conquered the eastern two tributaries from Norrium in the Azanian Wars.
Nykia only fell in power in the early to mid 2000s Europan Financial Crisis. However Nykia is one of the few nations on the continent that did not fall to civil war or coups and instead remained a key regional balancing force against the Occident’s Tagmatium, Adaptus, and Anglia. The rise of Atheism in the 2000s and 2010s has led to widespread protests for true democracy within the nation resulting in the nation’s external power becoming paralysed, the most recent in 2019 in the capital of Musha eventually devolving into riots leading to mass arrests, deaths of both protestors and police, and the Metropolitan Police Headquarters being set on fire although only sustained superficial damage. Politics
The government of Nykia is split between the Mambom Government and the Vhan Government, with both under a confederate statute. The current Monarch of Mambom is Aleksande I, famous (or infamous in some circles) for being only half-Mambom, his mother the cousin to the highstanding Tagmatine Minister [Name not yet determined].
The Mambom Government is a Himaya Government (Tributary Empire), with five Tributary States (“Vanamambodiki” or “Little Kings” in Mambom). The Mambom Government is unicameral, with the main governing body being the “Ducal Chamber / Dukes’ Chamber” made up of twenty two appointed Dukes/Vanamambodiki. Twenty of the Dukes are appointed by the Monarch and distributed to the 5 tributaries according to their populations, and two representatives from the Vhan Government. Every six years the Ducal Chamber elects an Imperial Counsellor as a direct advisor to the Monarch.
The Vhan Government is bicameral and is more akin to a traditional Azanian/Europan kingdom led by Monarch Malofhanngwe / Malofhan. The government is broken up into the Commoner’s Chamber and the Nobility’s Chamber akin to the Anglian Governments (English/UK Parliament).
Although political parties are banned within the NYkia Confederacy, there are three distinct political factions: the Blues (Royalists, largest faction), the Reds (Socialist-Republicans, large faction primarily controlled by the growing Atheist community) and the Yellows (Spiritual-Republicans, small faction). Economy
The main exports out of Jilderen are coffee, tea, and Paluvian cocoa beans along with the largest exporter of Sorghum and pumpkins on Eurth. Flag Proposals 1 – First flag is based off the original Jilderen flag, but with the moon/circle replaced with a water vase used by the Shona women, often carried on the top of the head. 2- Second flag is based off the flag of Jilderen, Zimbabwe (where the Shona form a majority), and the Bantustan Venda of South Africa. 1.4) Chrysiakti
Chrysiakti, who I could find zero evidence of actually existing beyond Anglia-related stuff, is being replaced with the Second Namican Republic. Geography
The country is dominated with desert steppe with the southern steppe primarily thick grasslands, and the north intermittent patches of bushes and grasses. The capital of Matjipolis / Matjieshuis is located on the coastline opposite of Cabarria's capital, and talks to construct a great bridge to connect the two cities is currently in the talks. History
In the early 1800s, clans of the Namica people were being poached by Adaptan companies seeking out their own colony. The Namica peoples paid tribute to the Yuropans for protection, eventually being absorbed as the Unified Naman Protectorate.
In the mid 1900s the Republic of Namica broke away from Yuropan Himaya after the Azanian Wars with the Himaya of Norrium, forming the (First) Namica Republic as a unitary anocratic state. In the early 2000s when the Europan Financial Crisis hit, the Namica military took over the government due to a rise in riots and protests forming the Emergency Provisional Namica Government, and eventually a rewriting of the constitution to form the Second Namica Republic as a more equal federation. Politics
The Namica Government is split between the lower Senate and the higher Council. The Senate is elected by those across the country every 4 years, with the higher Council acting as representatives for the numerous clans and peoples of Namica. Currently there are 15 states with 247 seats in the Senate. The nation’s head of state is a President.
The main political parties are the southern Ovahererica National Party, seeking independence of the numerous Herero Royal Houses and more pastoral economy and southern religious, conservative, cultures than the industrial, secular, north. As well as the Worker’s Union Party, socialist and pro-labour unions, and the Republican-Democratic Party, looking to further secularize the nation.
There are serious talks on renaming the nation’s to the “Republic of !gxakhwa” and consolidating the 15 states into three unitary domains (Namib, Herero, and Damaran) with high levels of autonomy. Effectively creating a third constitution/republic. Economy
Namica is split between the northern industrial economy and the southern pastoral economy. Culture
Khoekhoe People, primarily the Nama and Herero people. But also the Damara.
Lunar Veneration (Khoekhoe Religion). The Solar Eclipse is seen as a unifying theocratic symbol, the union of the Holy Fire and the Moon. Flag Proposals
The Eclipse Tricolours - The first and second flags share the same symbolism of a tricolour with a charge representing a Solar Eclipse - a unifying symbol for the Nama, Herero, and Damara. The colours are the Pan-Yuropa colours symbolic of their recent past under Yuropa. Independence Banner - The last flag is a very generic tricolour, because for interesting flags to pop out you sometimes need basic ones to fill in the generic spots. 1.5) Mawlika
Like Chrysiakti, Mawlika's past is either very obscure or non-existant, and is being replaced with the Nyamolo Republic of Mandenica, aka as Mandenica or the Nyamolo Republic. Geography
Mandenica is scarred with valleys and mountains, promoting disunity, however the Nyamolo Class have managed to keep the nation mostly together through the use of light rail connects and geographically advantageous positioning of the capital of Manding in the central valley. History
Before the 1700s the Mandenican identity was non-existent and were only known as the !uikhwa (Mountain People) by the Namicans. The region of modern day Mandenica was fought over by the Himayas of Yuropa and Norrium. In the end the two empires agreed to create a border state separating the two, calling it The Manden. Norrium provided The Manden with coastal access, carving territory away from the Cults of Gwèntabe (Modern day Kingdom of The Jubs).
Although The Manden was never officially annexed by neither empires, the Yuropans took the most control over the territory with the encroachment of Yuropan companies. Said companies would often employ the Nyamolo (educated class) within The Manden as their regional advisors and rulers, eventually forming a new caste system with the Nyamolo and their Jatigi rulers at the top. When the region gained true independence with the fall of the Yuropan and Norrium Himayas in the mid-1900s Azanian Wars, the Nyamolo remained in power and formed the Nyamolo Republic of Mandenica. Politics
The government of Mandenica is highly hierarchical with full use of the caste system. The highest governing body is the Council of the Jatigi, with an advisory Nyamolo Senate. Before the Europan Financial Crisis, Mandenica was firmly an authoritarian state, however since the nation’s economic output had begun to decline, the Nyamolo and Jatigi have begun the slow process of democratisation to appease protesters, rioters, and Yuropa themselves breathing down their neck, with concepts for a unitary democratic senate in the works. Economy
Mandenica’s largest export is from its mining industry, mostly coal, copper, iron, and numerous Rare Eurth Elements with significant deposits of sought-after crystals and gems such as lapis lazuli.
Agriculture is present, however much of it is subsidence based and only enough is produced to feed the nation with minimal exports. Culture
Takes from the Mande People, primarily the Mandinka, however follows the same religion as Yuropa due to the conversion of the Nyamolo class by the Yuropan Corporations. Uses the N’Ko script for writing, with the Aroman Script primarily used in tourism and major cities.
The Mandenica panhandle and southern third are made up of similar ethnic groups to the Kingdom of The Jubs (Alshamal) looking to break away from Mandenica to either join The Jubs or form their own separate republics (“Republic of South Mandenica” and “Republic of the Panhandle”) Flag Proposals Mali Banner - the flag uses the same design as the Imperial Banner of Musa I from the Mali Empire, a Mandinka-centric state, using the Pan-Yuropa colours. Mountainous Azania - Heavily inspired from the flag of Yuropa, however the central sun has been replaced by Mandenica's ever-present mountains and dry land. N'ko Pride - Using the N'ko script, the first two letters of Mandenica's name (MA) are embedded into a tricolour, based off a proposed Croatia flag. The first version has round edges and the second has sharp edges. 1.6) Yuropa
Pretty much the exact same however the use of a modified version of Hadza and the expansion of their history into modern day through the rise of the Yuropa Himaya in the early modern period and it's dissolution in the mid 1900s. Yuropa would also be well known for selling entire villages of people from their tributaries in Mandenica and Namica to aspiring colonies in the new wurld. 1.7) @Hakenium / Chefdom of Hakenrider
Haken is most well known for his posts on Hakburgers, but their factbooks were useful in crafting a new history for the nation of the Grand Himaya of Norrium. Geography
Above shows the modern borders of Norrium (Dark Green + Orange) as well as the Norrium Empire at it's greatest extent. Norrium’s geography is largely featureless except for the highlands to the north-west. The Norric people are divided between three groups: The northern Norr, the southern Ba, and the islander Tep people. The capital of Hakbar is located at the shortest point between the Tep islands and the Norrite mainland.
Norrium has always had a regional presence in Azania and the Kokstantinopoli Sea, one of the few Azanian states to actively compete with and subdue non-Azanians across its history since the fall of the Aroman Empire. The Empire/Himaya of Norrium over the years has grown and shrank, and was at its greatest extent in the 1700s-1900s when it stretched across much of southern Azania and competed with Yuropa for mainland dominance and Byzantium Nova and Damak Var for naval dominance.
It was only in the mid 1900s with the Azanian Wars did Norrium power decline, the economic and military expenses from the numerous wars with Yuropa and its neighbours draining the imperial coffers. This combined with loosing significant imperial territories in the wars, growing resentment from its tributaries, and rise of nationalism, led to the gradual collapse of the Norrium Himaya.
By the 2000s Norrium was a shell of its former self, but where the Europan Crisis led many nations to collapse into strife and chaos, the Norrite government saw this as an opportunity to expand. With the Somyev Republic unable to maintain order, Norrium offered annexation in return for becoming an autonomous zone and reinstating stability. The Somyev government accepted in 2009 to the dismay of the public, and was quickly incorporated back into the Himaya with a large proportion of the standing military sent into Somyev to subdue and arrest protestors. Since then the Himaya has been rewriting its constitution to reduce it’s bureaucracy (to limited success) and expanding its economy towards modernization, making it a rival to the Nykia Confederacy once more. Norrium has even begun to eye up the Kokstantinopoli and Haken Bays once again, wishing to relive the glory days of the Great Norrite Himaya. Politics
The Norrite government is often described as bureaucratically-stuffed with competing demands across the numerous departments, something the current Emperor has been attempting to reign in. The government is bicameral with upper and lower parliaments with the lower parliament democratically elected and the upper parliament made up of noblemen.
The Autonomous Republic of Somyev is a unicameral state with very relax social laws allowed for casinos and red light districts across its own regional capital. Many of the highest figures of governance across Azania, even the spiritual republics, can be found at the top floors of these buildings. Economy
The Norrium economy is largely driven by information technology and tourism, with a large proportion of the people within the country working in the services sector. Very little agriculture is done within Norrium except for a surprisingly large beef industry with the largest company – Hakburgers – a global brand.
Norrium also possesses numerous unequal trade agreements with it’s ex-tributaries to import cheap goods for their own economy. Culture
Mambila People with significant minorities of Dinka and Luo. Somyev is majority Chamba. Uses a modified version of the N’ko script for writing. Most of the Norrites are officially of the Inkolo faith, but in practise most act like Athiests and rarely pray and perform rituals, looking down upon their Spiritual Republic neighbours as backwards and barbaric. Flag Proposals
The first four flags are all just clean ups of the current Hakenium flag,. The first symbol was made by me and the second symbol by @Orioni (IMO O's is much better). The different shape is the Norrium Imperial Standard, originally used by the military but expanded to be used for the national flag.
The last flag is based off the flags of Nigeria and Cameroon's tricolours as the places where the Mambila people originate from. 1.8) Islamic Theocracy of @Sa Hara
Sadly a lot of Sa Hara's previous work had to be discarded for them to fit the new Azania, but I tried to keep what I could to honour them. In their place is the Spiritual Republic of Abantium, aka the Third Republic of Abantium, or just Abantium. Geography
Abantium is surrounded by highlands, with their central region a low land savannah forest where most of the population resides, this made defending the territory historically incredibly difficult. As such the capital, Inhlokodolobha (no I did not make up the name it means The Capital (City) in Zulu. Zulu has a lot of long words) is located on the northern highlands away from possible invading ground armies. History
For most of history, the lands of Abantium have been under the control of neighbouring states, with the Abantiums rarely ever maintaining their own independent nation. However Abantium being in the cross roads of Norrium and Byzantium Nova's empires; and the Himayas of Nykia and Wajoka; meant that the nobility and merchant classes of Abantium grew wealthy and powerful regional hegemons, who were able to haggle out a tributary under the Norrium Empire in the mid 1700s.
Abantium gained independence from Norrium in November of 1960 as a republic, but the head of state changed the constitution in 1964 to become a one party state and ruled with an iron fist and attempted to implement Norrium-based laws and customs into Abantium society. On the 10th of July 2005 the republic was overthrown by Spiritual Fundamentalists (sponsored by Norrium) to form the current theocratic republic in worship to the Inkolo faith. Politics
The Abantium Government maintains a state capitalist economics model, standard for Spiritual Republics. The Diviner is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, controls the military intelligence and security operations, and has sole power to declare war or peace. The heads of the judiciary, state radio and television networks, the commanders of the police and military forces and six of the twelve members of the Guardian Council are appointed by the Diviner and/or the Assembly of Experts. The nation’s current Divinetrix (female Diviner) is Ewa Nothando II, her mother (Ewa I) ruling from 2005 to 2017.
Along side the Diviner is a group of advisors called the Assembly of Experts. The Assembly of Experts elects and dismisses the members of the Guardian Council on the basis of qualifications and popular esteem. The remaining six of the Guardian Council are elected by the people, although are just as likely to be dismissed by the Assembly of Experts or the Diviner. Economy
Most of Abantium’s economy is reliant on petroleum, natural gas, and precious metals and are controlled by numerous private and national companies with minimal worker’s rights. The only other major sector in the economy is agriculture, but it is primarily local and subsistence based. Slavery is still a big issue in the country in mining and kidnapping of people from the rural areas of their neighbours, souring foreign relations even with other Spiritual Republics. Culture
Southern Bantoid, primarily Zulu people.
The state religion of Abantium is Inkolo. All other religions are banned, including the irreligious. Flag Proposals
1 - The first flag is based of the flag of Norrium, using black predominately with a white oxen symbol. The symbol of the ox is important to the Inkolo faith. Yellow and Green are colours associated with the initial national movements across Norrium leading to the liberation of Abantium, as well as symbolic of the fertile ground and agriculture of Abanatium. 2 - Second flag is just a simple tricolour of Green/Black/Yellow. 3 & 4 - Based off the current Sa Hara flag, the fourth version uses the Norrium Imperial Standard. 1.9) The Sultanate of Mahdah
Replaced by the Spiritual Republic of Yien Geography
The eastern half of Yien is dominated by rainforests and large palm oil and soybean plantations as well as home to numerous smaller Yien clans and dialects commonly called the Reel Clans. The western half and southern coast of the country is predominately the Rek Clan which hold most of the economic and political power of the nation. The capital of Wëngabiook (“Cow Herdsman”) is found at the narrow bay in western Yien. History
Before being conquered by the Norrium Himaya in 1728, the Yien were split between multiple dynastical rulers, the largest and most influential being the Mahah Dynasty which ruled their own small colonial empire from the 17th to 18th centuries.
In Febuary of 1961, the Republic of Yien was declared and swiftly broke away from the Norrium Himaya. At first the republic was stable
Abantium gained indepenence in November of 1960 as a republic, but the head of state changed the constitution in 1964 to become a one party state.
On the 12th of August 2005 the republic was overthrown by Spiritual Fundamentalists sponsored by Norrium to form the current theocratic republic. Politics
Much of the political sphere of Yien is dominated by the Rek Clan as the government was reorganised in 2009 into a unitary state, two years after the Spiritual Uprising, along with land reforms to unequally benefit the Reks.
Currently the Reel Clans are campaigning and protesting for eastern Yien to break away as their own federal republic called Reelium, with significant support across the eastern coastline. If Reelium was to gain independence, much of the Rek’s control over the tropical plantations would be lost and almost certainly lead to the economic destruction of western Yien – thus military presence is often used to pacify protestors and rioters. Economy
The economy of Yien is primarily agricultural, following a state capitalist system, with significant exports being numerous types of nuts, primarily groundnuts, and the usual cash crops and grains with some cattle herding although largely subsistence. The biggest export out of Yien is palm oil and soybeans. In the western half of the country is low-level manufacturing of cheap goods primarily towards Ayubi, Norrium, and the southern Amutia coastal nations. Culture
Nilotic, mostly Dinka.
Yien follows the same religion to Abantium, Inkolo, although is a lot more organised with a fixed stable hierarchy of priests and leaders. The nation’s theocratic leader is the Diviner Alier Mohan I since 2007. Uses a modified version of the N’ko script for writing. Flag Proposals 1 - The first flag represents the clans of Yien, the green and yellow for the Rek Clan for the savannah and industrial wealth of the nation and the blue and black for the Yien clans with the colours representing the sea and the agricultural wealth of the nation respectfully. 2 - The second proposal uses similar symbolism, however the green and yellow are a part of the initial nationalist movements that allowed Yien (and also Abantium) to gain independence. 3 & 4 - The last two flags are based off the Sa Hara flag, following similar symbolism with the green field and the use of the face of a cow. 1.10) Kingdom of Ayubi
Replaced by the Spiritual Republic of Pinj Lwo / Lwo Geography
The entirety of the island of Pinj Lwo is flat and covered in tropical rainforests, however much of it has been cut down due to expanding urbanization. The island is pretty homogeneous, however all walks of life can be found within the urban environments.
During the Age of Reconnection in the 15th century, the Orinese arrived in Pinj Lwo, labeling them the ‘Dark Skinned Ones’. Relations with local leadership were mostly hostile. The Orinese ruled with the aid of tributary clans. Orinese presence remained relatively limited, leaving administration in the hands of pre-existing local leaders and power structures. This system lasted until the late 17th century when the Mahah Dynasty of Yien conquered the island from the Orinese. When the Mahah Dynasty was conquered by the Norrium Himaya in 1728, Lwo temporarily gained independence as its own kingdom, but was swiftly annexed by Norrium in 1731.
Pinj Lwo was until 1959 a part of the Norrium Himaya, but gained independence when one of the empire’s major fleets – primarily staffed by Lwoians – defected from the empire and instead declared Pinj Lwo independent. At first Pinj Lwo was a military junta, ran by the navy and a small number of ground troops, but with Abantium’s backslide into autocracy in 1964 and the other ex-Norrium states struggling to keep themselves above the tide, the military did something unprecedented: they listened to be the people.
From 1965 – 1969 the military junta reorganised itself into the Spiritual Republic of Pinj Lwo (first spiritual republic in Azania) and voluntarily let go of power after establishing a self-contained government with hard-to-break democratic systems. Even the clans that hard rules Pinj Lwo before the arrival of Norrium were given some low-level autonomy and the ability to elect for the upper house and the head of state.
To honour Admiral Ogweyo, the man in charge of the fleet and the one to have a personal hand in the reorganisation of Pinj Lwo from a junta to a democratic republic, the capital city was renamed to Ogweyodala (“Ogweyo City”) by the two clans that resided over the capital’s land. Politics
The current Ruoth (Pinj Lwo’s version of the Diviner) is Pete Muga Ojuok, elected by a council of 34 clansmen from across the island.
The country possessed a bicameral unitary government with the Parliament of the Commons elected by the people democratically and an upper house the Inkolo Council, made up of clansmen also elected by the 34 recognised clans across Pinj Lwo. Every 3 years the members of the Parliament of the Commons are elected, with a 9 year term limit, and the Inkolo Council is elected every 6 years with no term limits. If a majority of the Inkolo Council wishes for the Ruoth to be ousted, they can take a vote of no confidence and oust the Ruoth, replacing them with one of their own and a new clansman elected by the now-Ruoth’s clan. Pete Muga has been the Ruoth since 2017.
Pinj Luo uses Single-Transferrable-Vote for elections, with First-Past-the-Post only used in run-offs within clans. It is often to find multi-party coalitions running the government. Economy
The Lwoian economy is powered by intellectual and skilled labour jobs spread across numerous STEM professions along with a major aquatic agricultural industry of both fishing and underwater crops. Pinj Lwo is one of the few nations that were unaffected by the Europan Crisis, and in fact saw a rise in its standards of living.
Nilotic cultures, primarily the Luo people.
The Lwoians has a massive expatriate community across Eurth with one of the highest levels of interracial marriages abroad. This is due to the culture’s encouragement of interracial and interclan marriage and the absorbing ideas and traits from other cultures and civilisations. This has led to Pinj Lwo to become one of the most diverse and accepting nations despite being a strong theocracy and is generally considered one of the most socially liberal nations – although is still rather conservative when it comes to gender and sex identity.
The state religion of Pinj Lwo is Inkolo, but follows more liberal and decentralised sects than Yien or Abantium, with the Ruoth holding more social and economic power than political power.
The Lwoians use a modified version of the N’ko script for writing. Flag Proposals 1 & 2 - The first proposal is symbolic Pinj Lwo’s connections to the ocean with two stylised fish hooks and blue and white colouring. 3 - The second proposal uses 8 interconnected dots to representing a hypothetical Oxen Constellation 4 - The flag is primarily based off the Tanzanian and Kenyan flags, where the Luo people come from. 5 & 6 - Fourth and Fifth proposals uses design components from the Tanzanian and Kenyan flags along with the N’ko script for “Lwo” (ߥߟߏ). 1.11) Democratic Republic of @Afropa Thankfully Afropa possesses some factbooks which made creating their replacement, the Democratic Republics of Zevrium. Geography
A majority of the population lives in the southern third of the country around Lake Lamar and the coastline. The country as a whole has a very homogeneous climate except for a wetter urbanised coastline. And ancient rainforest is theorised to have existed in the region, but was cut down by the Zevrium ancient city states for farming. The capital of Azanopa is found between Lake Lamar and the coastline History
Since prehistoric times Zevrium’s coast has been the centre of fishing and sailing across the Rivdon Bay. Around the Birth of Christ numerous city states start to pop up along the Zevrium and Faramount’s coastlines with small colony towns along the Vhan island and the Mambomharaivhu coast. Thus further inland led semi nomadic lifestyles herding cattle, with documented attempts at domesticating zebra, but ultimately failing to do so.
From the 1300s to 1500s Zevrium pirates would raid across southern Azania, pillaging coastal cities, forming the Cot Riaal (Zebra) Confederation. Pillaging begun to decline in the 1600s and 1700s as nearby nations began to grow in maritime power and were able to hold back the Ijembegar, with them conquered by the Norrium Himaya in 1763 with the entirety of modern day Zevrium annexed by the start of the 1770s.
It was only after the Azanian wars when in 1958 the Republic of Cot Riaal (southern, Nuer, Zevrium) declared independence from Norrium, with the Republic of Bitarium (northern, Tiv, Zevrium) doing the same in 1959. In the mid 2000s the Europan Crisis resulted in Bitarium’s government falling to anarchy. Cot Riaal, not wishing for the chaos to spread to their own nation, swiftly annexed Bitarium and broke it into internal republics – Ichonga and Ipusium – with Cot Riaal’s territory becoming Kwer Kong, forming the 3 internal republics of modern day Zevrium in 2011. Politics
As one of the few ex-tributaries of Norrium to be a secular state, Zevrium is a federal bicameral republic made up of 3 internally recognised countries: Republic of Ichonga, the Nuer Republic of Kwer Kong, and the Republic of Ipusium. Each of the Republics have their own devolved unicameral parliaments elected by the people of the republics through internal countys. Every 6 years the nation as a whole votes for the members of the National Parliament which writes and produces federal laws across the whole nation.
Each of the Zevrium republics has their own Prime Minister who together form a three-person coalition as the head(s) of state/government. Economy
Zevrium’s greatest export is coffee and cotton, with the north primarily subsidence farming. Culture
Northern landlocked regions of Zevrium are based off the Tivoid Tiv people, with the southern coast the Nilotic Nuer. The north are decentralized practitioners of Inkolo and the south following their own ethnic faiths related to Inkolo and Wajoka/western Nykia. Flag Proposals Zebra Stripes - The first two flags are based off the stripes of the Zebra, an important animal to the Zevriums. The 11 stripes represent the 11 counties that make up the 3 internal republics of Zevrium National Zevrium Banner - The remaining three flags are based off the flags of South Sudan and Cameroon with differing colour palettes. 1.12) State of Alshamal
Replaced by the Kingdom of the Jubs, informally known as the Kingdom of the Cults. Geography
The country is flat with sprawling savannah grasslands, shrublands, and forests. The northern half are grasslands and is primarily the Chamba Leko people, and the south are savannah forests (called “The Bush”) inhabited by the Chamba Daka. History
The area often thought of as The Jubs was much larger historically, reaching across the entire Alsha Plains into central Mandenica, Norrium’s Autonomous Republic of Somyev, and northern Abantium. However the encroachment of the growing Norrium/Yuropan Himayan powers over the 1600-1800s resulted in many of the cults on the fringes of The Jubs being dismantled as they were considered too great a threat to the Himayas’ control over the regions.
The modern day territories of The Jubs was eventually conquered by the Norrium Himaya in 1773 and made into a protectorate and eventually became the main front in the Azanian Wars. As part of the final treaties The Jubs gained independence in 1955 as a kingdom. Politics
The nation of The Jubs is an Androcracy, wherein the highest ranking priests and diviners of a cult compete against one another in trials to determine one’s ‘masculinity’. Both and men and woman can and do participate. Those who come out on top in the trials become the cult’s leader and join the Cult Council which is made up of representatives of over 450 cults across The Jubs. Economy
The Jubs has a very subsidence-level economy, rarely exporting and only infrequently importing goods from Norrium. Almost the entirety of the population are herders or farmers, with only a small amount of a manufacturing in the capital, known as Su's City. Culture
Northern Bantoid, primarily the Chamba people.
Within The Jubs, cults – both public and secretive – are widespread and a normalised part of society. Native Jubians must join a cult if they wish to marry/drink alcohol/etc. Those who are not part of a cult or were kicked out of their cult are considered outcasts and can be legally discriminated against. Flag Proposals
1 - Tricolour represents the savannah and the sun, with the symbol in the centre a Bushcow Mask, a mask almost every clan possesses. 2 - The second proposal represents a sunset upon the savannah’s grasslands. 3 - The third proposal is inspired by the Byzantium Nova flag, as the King was visiting the country with his wife early into The Jub’s first couple years of independence.