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The Grand Duchy of Karillia

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Capital: Trebzon

Government: Constitutional Monarchy

Grand Duke: Aleksandar I Komnenos

Religion: Secular

Population: TBD

Currency: Imperial Mark

GDP: TBD

 

Etymology: 
Karillia literally means 'The Chosen' in the ancient language of Aegean, an almost dead language with an estimated 10.000 remaining speakers. The first recorded usage of the name originates from the Aegean mythology, where a prophecy tells of the everlasting land of Karillia, which will unite the world (which was believed to be much smaller back then) and bring prosperity to it.

Brief History:
The first settlements in this area can be traced back for millennia, to the native Aegean people, which revered a pantheon of gods and had their own mythology which was heavily influenced by other migrating tribes and natural disasters of the time. They only had loose, tribal governments until the Empire of Fles integrated these settlements.
They displayed very tolerant and benevolent rule, making the Aegean people fiercely loyal towards the Emperor. Although they actively converted the populace to their own religion, Flesian, they also permitted the retention of their old faith. In the early 13th century, national unrests boiled to an all-time high, resulting in a pretender dethroning the Komnenos emperor before being dethroned himself only a few years later.
The survivors of the Komnenos dynasty fled into the Aegean lands where they were still viewed as the legitimate rulers, creating the splinter state of Karillia. They used the mythological name in the hopes of enhancing morale and reclaiming their lost crown, yet they ultimately failed, only being able to make small territorial gains before the arrival of the Osjuk Empire.
The Osjuks were a foreign nation from beyond the Poltic mountain range with far superior military, boosting one of the strongest light cavalries of the time. They slowly annexed the area of the Fles, taking their capital and last stronghold in 1453. Although they initially accepted a yearly tribute in exchange for Karillia’s continued existence, the Osjuks broke their promise in 1461 when they forcefully conquered it.
This lead to the Aegean people rejecting their rule and staging multiple violent uprisings, which was countered by the Osjuks building new settlements in the area of Karillia, which they renamed to Trebzon, and sending loyal subjects to live there. They managed to hold their lands for almost five centuries, when countless uprisings all across their Empire as well as foreign interventions crippled them until they completely fell apart in 1918. Only two days after this, the presidential republic of Greater Trebzon was proclaimed.
The young state struggled with a devastated industry as well as a financial crisis, resulting in thousands of deaths from starvation, which the president managed to blame on the tardiness of the parliament. in 1936, he dissolved the parliament and turned himself into a dictator. When the economy still didn’t recover, he found a new victim: the remaining Osjuk populace. In the following years, racial tensions heightened, and many Osjuk businesses and homes were raided and appropriated. Due to the extra money this brought into the treasury, the economy boomed, giving rise to an international anti-Osjukism.
The tensions boiled over when a large, regional war erupted between the Osjuk successor states and foreign powers joined it, leaving millions dead by its end in 1948. The foreign powers helped build a proper republic this time, enforcing a constitution that would prevent anything like this from ever happening again and creating the Republic of Trebzon.
This new government received a lot of foreign funding in the beginning, permitting it to rebuild the destroyed industry and create a strong economy. The people were rather happy with this until the early 2000s, which saw a number of corruption scandals and a rapidly deteriorating economy, creating calls for reform.
By 2007, the government made lots of promises, yet implemented none of them, resulting in a Coup d’état by the military under the leadership of Supreme General Aleksandar Komnenos, last living member of the old imperial lineage. After grabbing power, he proclaimed the Grand Duchy of Karillia, with the clear ambition of restoring the Empire of his ancestors and succeed where the Empire of Karillia failed.

Government:
Head of State: Aleksandar I Komnenos. He has almost absolute power and is working towards tweaking the constitution in a way that fits him.
Head of Government: Chancellor Palagelios. While he theoretically holds a lot of power, he bows to the Grand Duke, resulting in him often being considered a puppet.

There are three main departments of the government:
The ministry of Safety, responsible for military decisions and the executive authority.
The ministry of Prosperity, responsible for economic decisions and the legislative authority.
The ministry of the People, responsible for welfare and funding decisions and the judical authority.
While there is technically a seperation of powers, since the accords of 2009, the Grand Duke has authority over them in case of a crisis - which he may proclaim himself.

There is a parliament consisting of 77 seats.
There are 38 civilian representatives which are elected in bi-annual elections and are tasked with representing the will of the people.
There are 38 corporate representatives which are elected by the corporate summit, in which the  200 biggest corporations convene to discuss further improvements and resolve conflicts.
There is 1 independent tidebreaker, ensuring that there is always a majority. He is often accused of favouring corporate interests.
This strange corporate parliament is highly controversial in other countries and is often denounced by liberals.

Military
Karillia maintains a constand standing army of 0.5% of its population as well as a further 0.6% of its population as reserve.
Their constant propaganda and offensive rhetoric has lead to them having a rather strong military. It heavily relies on a cpable airforce consisting to a large part out of drones, as the generals are dedicated followers of the 'awe-and-shock' warfare. The second largest part of the army is the armoured division with thousands of light tanks and a few hundred heavy tanks. The rest of the personnel is working as infantry and engineers.

Economy
Karillia heavily relies on its heavy industry as well as weapon exports, yet a lot of smaller companies recently started gaining influence thanks to government funding. It is internationally criticized for selling arms to terrorists and outlawed organisations, yet there is no definitive proof of this, which is why they are yet to be subject to any form of embargo or sanction. 

Demographics
Most people are of a mixed ethnicy resulting from the immigrating Fles mixing with the local Aegeans, yet there are still some small villages of pure Aegean or pure Fles descent. There is also still a considerable minority of Osjuks which settled here during the rule of the Osjuk Empire, yet most of them fled during the time of Greater Trebizond.

Culture
Due to the many occupations and conflicts that the people of Karillia were subject to, they are a very hardy people with a strong sense of unity. They are hard-working and are sceptical of liberal governments due to the economic hardships those brought over them, which permitted the Grand Duke to create his near absolute regime. They also naturally need a national idol, which was once fulfilled by the Fles emperors, and is currently being catered to by Aleksandar I.

Edited by Karillia
misunderstanding (see edit history)
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