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Etymology

Pronunciation of the nation's name

Official Spelling in English is Nan-GorGwaith.

  • Nan - like can
  • Gor - like gore
  • Gwaith - like wraith but without the r and add a g on the end smile.gif

Translation means something along the lines of "valley of the dread people', referring to the warlike ancient past of the people.

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Flag

The current flag of Nan GorGwaith is actually an old standard used by Gothmog V, several rulers ago. When his family came to power, he used his personal emblem of a skull over a Germanic black cross on a red field as the national flag. The white, black, and red edge stripes were only added as minor additions by successive rulers to make the flag more rectangular. They are only cosmetic and mean nothing. The current ruler, Gothmog VIII, has plans for changing the flag at some point in the future.

Symbol

Oh and in case you wonder, my avatar is a symbol of Nan Gorgwaith's national animal. (which has never been seen officially, ie Loch Ness monster)) 

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National animal

I think I mentioned mine in the flag representation thread, but it is the Undead Dragon. I like to think of it as one of those myths that run around in certain areas... like the vampires of Transylvania (misspelt I am sure) and Loch Ness monster of Scotland. A creature from a long time ago, that no one has seen (or at least proved they have seen it). The national symbol for the Nan GorGwaith Dragon is my avatar.

We even have a team named the Dragons, (the undead part is left out, too unbelievable tongue.gif )

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Factbook

  • Official name: The Dictatorship of Nan-GorGwaith
  • Capital city: Osgiliath
  • Government type: Authoritarian Democracy with an advising council and one national legislative body that can be veto'd by Lord Gothmog
  • Federalist or Unitary: Mixture of both
  • Provinces/Territories: Three Regions
  • Formal head of state: Lord Gothmog VIII
  • Political head of state: Lord Gothmog VIII
  • Official religion: None
  • Seperation of Powers: Executive and Legislative (both make up the Judicial system and are checks & balances to each other)
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National Wonder(s)

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Name: Ainaband Cathedral (Gwaithin for "Holy Prison")
Place Constructed: Located in Constantinopolis.
Existed: Still exists.
History: Built long before the current borders, it was estimated to have been started around the 13th Century. It has survived unrest and violence and today it is a national symbol of religious tolerance and spirituality.
Description: Other than the century, the only other known detail about its origin is the original architect. His name was Jan van der Weydon and he worked on it for over 30 years. It is built of stone, with an updated steel roof. It is 157m tall and was once Nan GorGwaith's tallest building. It is of the Gothic style and is a national historical monument.

rain at the druid circle

Also important are the ancient druid rings that can be found throughout Nan-GorGwaith. Legend has them as summoning spots for elven-folk, whereas rampant theories have them as locations for Undead Dragon mating (ew), large clocks, and fake stone ring thingies. One of the more well-known circles in Eglador Region.

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(OOC: To be updated as time permits)

Monarchy of Nan Gorgwaith

Nan-GorGwaith has been a cultural region since the beginning of recorded time. The people have always been around, but have never been associated with a particular nation. They exist across several borders. (This is similar to the Ruthenians of the Carpathian Mountains or the Kurds in the Middle East) The name, written in the native Gwaithian, means "Valley of the Dread People", which was the name given to the area by neighboring lands during the middle ages. It refers to the warriors of the past who would raid these lands and terrorize the population. The current country was formed from a part of the nation of Yuegosergia, which is no longer in existence. Founded in the 1960s, Nan-GorGwaith has seen a quick succession of leaders. Even though there has always been a group of regional heads, (or village elders) there have only been 8 national leaders since its inception.

Here is a list of the leaders, their years of rule, and a brief bio of their rule:

1. Hurin Ironfist (1961-1962)
Emerged as the leader during the breakup of Yuegosergia. A democratic election was held and he won by a landslide. He was named Prime Minister of the newly formed country of Nan GorGwaith, named with respect to the ethnic majority living within the borders. Hurin was in the process of setting up a Republic, however, he never lived to see that happen. He died in a boating accident on his first vacation away from the office.

2. Augustine I (1962-1965)
With Hurin Ironfist's death, an emergency meeting of all elected officials at the time confirmed the ageing Interior Minister as the new Prime Minister. His name was Erik Rigold. During his first year, he tried unsuccessfully to continue to establish a Republic. He was unable to stop the arguing and fighting among the different ministers and elected officials. At the beginning of his second year, in cooperation with the military, he seized total control and disbanded all institutions. He then slowly rebuilt them, and surprisingly things worked. Long a fan of the Empires of old, he took a ruling title and had his named changed to Augustine the First. His rule is called the "Benign Dictatorship" since there were no major incidents of violence during his time. He died of old age in 1965.

3. Augustine II (1965-1972)
Despite Augustine's wishes for a democratically elected successor, control of the government was seized by one of Augustine's closest advisors, Winston Canthir. Calling himself Augustine II, he bribed his way to power. After a chaotic 1st year, things settled down and Augustine II proved to be an effective ruler and led Nan GorGwaith into a period of productivity. His lenient stance of many policies irked many of the hardliners and especially Kyle Urglak, the Defense Minister. Without having the military support needed to overthrow Augustine, in 1972 Urglak had a few close friends assassinate Augustine as he returned home from a meeting. Claiming a crisis was underway, Urglak seized control and set himself up as Urglak I.

4. Urglak I (1972-1973)

5. Gothmog V (1973-1978)

6. Gothmog VI (1978-1991)

7. Gothmog VII (1991-2003)

8. Gothmog VIII (2003-present)

More Soon...

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Education

Maeghini University (MU)
Location: Springboro, Nevrest Region
Speciality: Humanities, Arts

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:pic: The main library building

Maeghini U. was founded in the late 1800s by a historian named Thomas Worthington. Its name is native for "Sharp Children", refering to the cleverness and wit of its students. It is known for its creativity, research, and depository of important historical records. It is pretty selective, however students who do not get in are able to petition the administration by showing their abilities and reasons why they think they can graduate.

Top rated classes include:

  • Military History
  • Ancient History
  • Archival & Information Science
  • Research Methodology
  • Sculpture
  • Graphic Design

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:pic: Computer & Graphic Design Campus Building

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