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The Byzantine Empire of Byzantium Nova


Byzantium Nova
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GENERAL

  • Motto: Ad maiorem Basilei Gloriam
  • Capital: Konstantinopoli
  • Official Language(s): English, Latin
  • Leader: Emperor Andronicus I
  • Population: ca. 2.6 billion
  • Currency: Solidus

POLITICS

The Grand Empire of Byzantium Nova is a massive, safe nation, renowned for its punitive income tax rates. Its compassionate, cynical population of 2.613 billion are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

ECONOMY

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, corrupt, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it concentrates mainly on Law & Order, although Defence and Education are secondary priorities. The average income tax rate is 100%. The private sector is almost wholly made up of enterprising fourteen-year-old boys selling lemonade on the sidewalk, although the government is looking at stamping this out.

CULTURE

Protesters are up in arms over new nuclear power stations, criminals are executed and their property seized, protesters against the government are hanged as a warning to others, and political parties are banned from advertising and receiving private donations. Crime -- especially youth-related -- is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Byzantium Nova's national animal is the Eagle, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its currency is the Solidus.

HISTORY

Byzantine Empire has been acquiring colonies since 1704 when first was established. This is why Byzantine Empire has been developing a massive navy including (1903) Dreadnoughts, Cruisers, destroyers and even first (not-too-functional) submarines (they are in latest stages of development).

in 1876 largest of Byzantine colonies, Romaion declared independence and war against the Empire. Byzantines sent a large force to quell the rebellion but Romaians repelled them and were able to fight off two smaller attempts to return them in the Empire. Byzantine army had been spread too thinly across the globe in attempts to create a vast colonial empire and constant bickering with other colonial powers was greatly straining imperial resources. After Romaians rebellion other colonies tried also to gain independence and sever their ties to the empire. Many succeeded as Imperial Colonial Forces had to abandon less valuable colonies and reinforce those more important. After the dust fell Byzantine colonial empire was only 1/3 of its former size but remaining areas were fully in control of ICF and never since has any serious rebellions erupted.

Following the reduction of the colonies, the Imperial Army Command suggested the modernization of army in 1884 which Emperor (Theokratos II) agreed. New weapons were brought in service and old ones were mainly sold away (for example to Paranoid Schizos). Army structure was also modified and earlier cavalry-oriented approach was abandoned in Imperial Domestic Forces but was preserved in ICF for budget reasons. The transformation to mainly infantry/artillery -oriented army was also meant to be made in ICF but the modernization of navy was decided to be more important and so to this day ICF has been maintaining a big cavalry, few garrison infantry-units and low amount of artillery. IDF is completely different as it has only a couple of elite cavalry units and well trained (although not too numerous) infantry and quite developed and large artillery. Especially Tzsimisces-corporation has been developing massive guns. Marine-forces have also been developed somewhat to get navy and army act more seamless together. In addition, Imperial Guard has been expanded as a division of elite forces as it formerly only was a couple of companies responsible for the emperor's well-being. Imperial Flying Corps is small and mainly developed for scouting enemy lines with small and fragile aircraft. Zeppelins are used in naval patrolling, bombing and civilian purposes but there is not many of them.

After the modernization, nothing big happened until 1897 when Romaian cruiser stopped, looted and sunk a Byzantine trade vessel. Enraged Byzantines declared war. During the Naval war most of Romaions navy was destroyed and Byzantines threatened to make landfall and capture several key cities in Romaion. Romaion surrendered and was made to pay huge compensations. During the war, however, Imperial Intelligence discovered that Tamurin had been assisting Romaians and disrupting Byzantine naval traffic by funding pirates etc. in attempt to minimize Byzantine effect in the region. Unable to fight a second offensive war so soon Imperial Government decided to contact rebel forces inside of Tamurin and offered Menelassar II a refuge in Byzantine area. After this Byzantine and Tamurin governments have constantly been on the brink of open war but never actually fought against each other. The funding of republican forces has continued even as Imperial Government does not support most of the ideas of the Republicans.

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