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The Empire of Volscina
"Per Sempre Vittorioso!" (Volscine Norvian)
Location of Volscina (green) in Novaris (grey)
|Location||Far Western Novaris, mostly on the Asciec Peninsula|
|Recognised national languages||Volscine Norvian|
|Demonym(s)||Volscinan (Singular Noun), Volscine (Adjective, Plural Noun)|
|Government||Confederal Constitutional Elective Monarchy|
|2,059,878.512 km2 (795,323.540 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
• 2020 estimate
• 2018 census
|GDP (nominal)||2019 estimate|
• Per capita
|Date format||MM/DD/YYYY BCE/CE|
|Driving side||right (RHD vehicles)|
|ISO 3166 code||VSC|
Volscina, officially the Volscine Empire or Empire of Volscina (Volscine Norvian: L'Impero Volscino), is a country located in west Novaris. It borders Cavellan to the East, Durakia through Ietracia and shares maritime borders with Durakia, Aponivia, Varletia, the Varentine League, and Cryria. Covering an area of 2,059,878.512 square kilometers, it lies mostly on the Asciec Peninsula, sitting next to the Pacific Ocean, it lies between the Asciec Sea to the north and the Asciec Channel to the south.
Originally established as a loose alliance of feudal states in the mid-thirteenth century following the fall of the Dallacquan Empire, Volscina quickly became a decentralized empire as the constituent states turned to each other for conflict. An electoral system was established, with certain important states being granted the rank of 'Electorate', their leaders' votes choosing the next Emperor until his death, when they would vote anew. This system lasted up until the early eighteenth century, where the rapidly growing population and increased demand for self-determination led to the then-Emperor Ezzelino of Cadrigrano abdicating power to the Imperial Diet as an entity, which went on to establish the Volscine Confederation. As the newly democratic Volscine Confederation rose in power, it quickly came into conflict with the dominant power in Novaris, the Kingdom of Tretrid. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries Volscina and Tretrid entered a series of conflicts, and although no true decisive winner was found, Volscina steadily grew in size and power, eventually annexing the disputed Tretridian territory of Seccera in the final Volscino-Tretridian war. Volcsina joined the Great War on the side of Asendavia, and throughout the conflict anti-Tretridian sentiment grew to a point even higher than in the series of 19th century conflicts between the two nations. The Great War ended with no decisive winner, and although it took some time for Arkian troops to leave Tretridian soil, there was no further escalation until the Volscino-Tretridian Cold War (henceforth "Cold War"). The Cold War was a major political conflict between Volscina and Tretrid, one which only escalated further as both nations expanded their influence and political power, eventually resulting in a nuclear arms race. The Cold War is commonly agreed to have ended in Tretridian favor in 2002, when the Volscine Civil War broke out. Since the end of the three-year conflict, Volscina has reinstated Imperial rule, the new government claiming the heritage of the first Volscine Empire.
Today, Volscina is a Confederal Elective Monarchy led by an emperor or empress, who serves as the head of the Imperial Diet, which itself is populated by the leaders of the constituent nations that make up the Empire. The capital is Cadrigrano, and its major financial and population centers are Mazarona, Amorecci, Tramonto, Acaimo, and Videnza.
Volscina is a rising regional power with a robust but damaged economy, still in recovery from the damages wrought by the civil war. It is heavily developed and industrialized, and is a large producer of metals, foodstuffs, and automobiles. Volscina is known for its beautiful landscapes, historic cities, and many castles, making it one of the largest tourist destinations on Novaris.
Geography, Climate, and Environment
Geography & Topography
In the modern day, Volscina is majority Ademarist, though sizable parts of the population declare themselves as Lucerist or irreligious. Religious practice is and has historically been protected by the state, either by the crown under the Volscine Empire or by the constitution under the Volscine Confederation.
Since well before the establishment of the first Volscine Empire, the Asciec Peninsula and surrounding regions followed the Luceric faith, an ancient and developed form of monotheistic sun worship, in which the sun is revered as the sole deity.
Government and Politics
The Volscine Empire is not one nation, but a centralized confederation of hundreds of smaller states, each led by a noble house or elected leader. Many current constituencies date back to the nation's conception in the thirteenth century, but some are recently established, notably including a number of states created or released during the Volscine Civil War.