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[Vision Statement] Christian Commonwealth of Ebrary

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The Christian Commonwealth of Ebrary (Ebrarese: Republica Christian de Ebraria) is a devoutly Christian authoritarian republic, speaking the Ebrarese (IRL: Interlingua) language, and opening itself up tentatively to the wurld after a period of isolation since the "Glorious Religious Revolution" in the 1980s. Ebrary has been slow to adopt many of the benefits of the internet age, viewing the free access of information as a negative moral influence. However, Ebrary is generally classified merely as an authoritarian and not a totalitarian state due to its adoption of a mixed economy with strong unionization and ability of people to choose their religious beliefs among approved Christian denominations. 

Ebrary is a nation originally inhabited by Celts (the Old Ebrarians), the remnants of which are the Gallasians who live primarily in the Ebrarian province of Gallasia. The primary ethnic group of Ebrary are the Ebrarian (Ebrariano) people, descended from Aroman Christian conqueror-pilgrims who left the Aroman Empire somewhere in the vicinity of 300-800 AD and settled what is now Ebrary. They were led by their leader Marcus Ebraius, for whom the land was name. Over subsequent centuries, and further waves of immigration and slaving, the majority of Ebary spoke a form of Vulgar Aroman which then evolved slowly into the modern Ebrarese language. The second largest ethnic group in Ebrary are the Nurdman people, who inhabit the "Northern Region" formerly known as Nurdmany. Nurdmany is a part of Ebrary conquered by Germanic raiders in the 1000s, and the Nurdmans subsequently conquered the rest of Ebrary by 1230 and there was a period of Nurdman rule of Ebrary. There are some other small ethnic minorities in Ebrary, primarily descended from neighboring countries or Christian refugees the government has taken in.

The Ebrarians followed a form of Catholic Christianity until 1502 when King Charles II "the Greedy" created the Church of Ebrary in order to sell indulgences which would directly fill his own coffers. This blatantly corrupt situation sparked the "Amendant Revolution", which led to various Christian groups popping up in Ebrary, the fall of Charles II's dynasty, and the installation of the King of Nurdmany on the throne of Ebrary where the Church of Ebrary was itself officially declared to be an "Amendant" church. Today there are a number of large Amendant denominations in Ebrary, all of which have tended to cooperate (or be forced to cooperate by the government) since the creation of the Christian Commonwealth, but outside Christian influence is generally viewed with suspicion. 

Ebrary's current Sovereign Protector is Daniel Lucas, who was the leader of the Glorious Religious Revolution in the 1980s which overthrew the King of Ebrary and instituted the current Christian Commonwealth. Lucas however is old and in failing health, and time will soon come that a new Sovereign Protector (which has a life-term) may be appointed by the Ebrarian Senate. The President of Ebrary is Carlos Renaldo, a member of the Center-Reform Party who hold a tentative hold on power and (behind the scenes) butts heads with Sovereign Protector Daniel Lucas constantly. The Center-Reform Party is in an uneasy alliance with the Farmer-Labor Party to push forward more moderate legislation in opposition to the hardline Ecumenical Conservative Party. Will President Renaldo be able to weather the death of the Sovereign Protector and continue to push forward his agenda for economic growth?

Where will Ebrary go from here?

The state of infrastructure in Ebrary is abysmal in the peripheral regions of Ebrary, particularly in Gallasia. Building of an inter-provincial highway system and overhauling of railroads is a big goal of the current government.

The expansion of internet access must go forward if Ebrary is to compete on a Eurth-wide scale, but this must be balanced with considerations of morality as the Ecumenical High Council may veto laws which the view as corrupting morals of the nation.

Foreign investment must be courted, and Ebrary's financial system needs to integrate more heavily with that of the rest of Eurth,

Gallasian and Nurdman nationalist terrorist activity, at one point almost eliminated, is now on an uptick again. How will the government deal with this? Will these terrorist groups spark a two-front guerilla war?

The Sovereign Protector Daniel Lucas, head of state who shares significant power with the elected President, is on death's door and could die at any time. Who will his successor be? 




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