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The Federation of Axdel
Motto: "Land of Renaissance"
Anthem: "Axdelia the Peaceful"
(from left to right)
The Kolstream islands, Axdel, and the Indigo islands
and largest city
|Ethnic groups |
0.6% Other Species
|Demonym(s)||Axdel, Axdels, Axdelian|
|Government||Federal Semi-presidential Republic|
• Vice President
|2,371,460 km2 (915,630 sq mi)|
• 2021 estimate
• 2020 census
|53/km2 (137.3/sq mi)|
|GDP (nominal)||2021 estimate|
• Per capita
|Driving side||the left|
|ISO 3166 code||AXD|
Axdel (Axdan: Axdelia), officially known as The Federation of Axdel, is a sovereign federal state which unites the three countries of Korstazia, Lyrevale and Quartz Fern Coast. It is situated on the Axdelian peninsula of South-West Aurora bordering the nations of Emberwood Coast, Great Morstaybishlia, and Oceansend, as well as having a maritime border with Valerica to the south. It is the second largest by land area on the continent. The largest and capital city of Andel is a megacity with 11 million people, followed by Fenrir with 9 million.
Since the iron age, the region was dominated by the Kormistazic empire and its satellite states. The Norvians invaded the area in the 4th century and established many kingdoms in the north, though were ultimately reabsorbed. The Kormistazic Empire also established and administered colonial territories on Arcturia for several centuries. After a five decade long series of invasions by Morstaybishlia in the 16th century, the area was incorporated into the empire and was known as Korstazia, later becoming a principality. The Auroran Imperial War saw Korstazia gain independence as Norograd, before Axdel was founded after the Norograd Civil War in 1996. The majority QFC was incorporated in 2003 in a referendum following a violent civil war and mass migration.
Axdel is a developed nation and is considered a regional power with the 3rd largest GDP and military budget on Aurora. It is also one of the largest countries on Urth, possessing the the 5th largest territory on land and having the 10th largest population as of 2021. It also ranks highly in metrics of civil rights, education rates, income equality, and general quality of life.
Axdel is a largely temperate nation with significant deciduous forest coverage and fertile land which has been extensively used for agriculture. The climate ranges from humid subtropical along the north coast, humid continental in the interior regions and temperate oceanic along the southern coast. The Zycannes mountain range terminates along the Eastern border, with the Teba mountains forming the backbone of the nation and terminating with the Auric mountains along the coast. Axdel generates income from various sources, including energy, manufacturing, mining and agricultural exports, as well as international education.
Axdel is a member state of the United Nations of the Auroran Continent and the Intercontinental Regional Security Accords, and uses the multinational Kirib(♅) as its currency alongside many other Auroran Nations.
It has been hypothesised that the Axdelian peninsula and several other areas of Aurora were inhabited by a now-extinct sapient species before the first migration of anatomically modern Elves and Humans into aurora. The theory emerged as a response to the complete absence of elves and early human species in multiple regions up until the beginning of the last interglacial period, with biologist Varen Buzela hypothesising in 1886 that it could be due to competition with an undiscovered race. His idea was somewhat popular, however due no such competitor species being found it was dismissed by many of his contemporaries, though the underlying issue persisted. In 1899, the palaeontologist Felip Smith claimed to have discovered leg bones belonging to an extinct species of sentient, upright-standing avians at a site in the Molvian Corridor. He named it Cava Man, and produced a paper theorising that the species went extinct after the arrival of modern humans. The scientific community at the time was divided until the Morstaybishlian royal society purchased the remains in 1902 and dubiously classified them as belonging to an extinct species of ratites. Smith's theories were rejected and replaced with the dominant theory of heavy, persistent glaciation fuelled by Sempiternan ocean currents preventing habitation instead.
In 2021 the discovery of multiple nearly complete skeletons in the Teba mountains brought the idea back to the mainstream. The skeletons possess hollow bone structure, upright bipedal stature and large volume craniums. Several tools were found alongside them indicating a level of technological advancement consistent with that of a Neolithic society. As the remains have been dated to 25000 BCE, this would have made them considerably more advanced than any other species on Urth at the time. Early hypothesis' suggest that by this time their population was very small and highly dependant on agriculture, and that either climate change, the eruption of nearby Mount Koriba, or competition from hunter-gatherers combined with a lack of crop diversity led to their final demise. Little is known about their society, culture or their history in the region, and thus locating other remains has become an important area of study. Further analysis has since confirmed a link to the far older cava man remains, and the species has unofficially been named 'Cava' by those working on it.
Prehistory and early history
The first advanced civilisation in the region was Lapytia, which was established in 2230 BCE on the upper course of the Ueclid River. The region there was well suited for agriculture, thanks to its drier summers, relatively meek springtime flooding and the ease with which the alluvial floodplains could be irrigated. The capital of Lapyta was the largest and most influential city in the region, and established close links with many other towns and cities along the valley. Its architecture Multiple systems of writing had used intermittently, with several periods of use, collapse and redevelopment for a number of reasons. Most notably was an extended drought in 1530 BCE which caused Lapyta to become almost abandoned for several decades before the population returned. Other collapses may have been due to soil depletion or extreme geologic activity. Despite this, the Lapytian cities had a rich culture of artistry and oral tradition which persisted throughout their history. Widescale urban planning is also evident alongside competent architectural ability as seen in the Lapya palace complex in modern day Montza. Whilst no cities were built in the lower Ueclid, trade routes existed along the river with local communities, and several satellite kingdoms emerged due to the prosperity it brought. During its peak, the states influence had spread across the entire peninsula, as evidenced by Lapytian coinage and artefacts being found all the way to the west cape and even beyond the Zycannes in the east.
By the 15th and 14th centuries BCE, however, Lapytia began a stage of rapidly decline. Records from the time indicate that a series of natural disasters occurred in the space of a single year, including a flood which caused a minor diversion of the Ueclid river. Subsequently, fears of a famine lead to an exodus of people from many of the outlying cities who depended on trade with the agricultural core. Some time after this, the city of Lapyta experienced widespread fire and looting, causing much of the city to be burned to the ground. The cause of this is debated, with the two dominant theories being either civil disturbance due to the population loss in the years prior, or an invasion by nomadic cultures from the north taking advantage of the defensive outlying towns and cities becoming mostly abandoned. Several other cities were burned in similar fashion and Lapytia collapsed, leading to its near entire abandoned. The Lapytian people migrated primarily north down to the lower Ueclid, south past the Teba Mountains and towards the numerous floodplains and the coast, and even beyond the Auric mountains to the site of modern Emberwood Coast.
Early Antiquity (13th - 8th century BCE)
With the the end of the 14th century BCE, many small kingdoms were founded along the length of the Ueclid river as a result of the power vacuum left by the sudden collapse of Lapytia. Texts at the time are infrequent and some remain unreadable due to writing in an undeciphered script, so the political landscape at the time is difficult to reconstruct but evidence suggests it was extremely tumultuous. Additionally a significant amount of the written material from the Lapytian period was lost in civil wars which razed remnant cities and towns across its former territory. This era has become known as the first dark ages.
In the 12th century BCE, King Eida began a conquest which saw the entire Upper Ueclid come under his dominion. In the north the Soltic confederacy, a naval coastal state east of the Ueclids mouth, began its own campaign to control the kingdoms of the fertile floodplains in the area. The powers came into conflict in the middle of the century provoked war with Eida's Ueclidian Empire sending warships up the river to raid towns and constrict trade. Taking advantage of their weak land forces, Eida pushed down the valley and sieged their holdings on the river and the coast. However, many areas were able to hold out thanks to supplies brought in by their navy. Eida was succeeded by his son Eida II, who launched a campaign into Soltic territory which eventually succeeded, putting the entire Ueclid valley and the Northern coast under his dominion by the 11th century BCE. The unified Ueclidian empire remained the status quo for approximately a century and a half as the regions dominant power.
The Ueclid empire did not persist for long, as rebellions were commonplace and growing competition from other regions outside the Ueclid valley threatened their trading hegemony, primarily the Zycannian Mirazii Kingdom and the southern Kassyr Chiefdom. The Kormistazic Confederacy was also founded on the southern coast during this time, deriving from the descendants of those who migrated south when Lapytia fell, and was based around the city state of Sekan-Aruqa. The Ueclid empire finally fell following the twin revolts of the Soltics in the North and the Teba in the South. The two formed rival empires on their respective halves of the river, The Neo-Soltic Kingdom and the Teba empire, and fought for land in the middle regions before coming to a peace agreement in 935 BCE. After this the Soltics expanded along the northern coast whilst the Teba strengthened cross-mountain trade routes with the Kassyr, Kormistazics and the Lyr valley. For the next two centuries the peninsula remained divided between dozens of small, mostly fledgling kingdoms and was marred by frequent skirmishes whilst the larger empires benefited from their trade networks.
Classical Antiquity (748 BCE - 723 CE)
In 748 BCE, the Koriba volcano in the eastern Lyr valley experienced a powerful eruption with a rating of 6 on the volcanic explosivity index. This caused devastating local effects, causing widespread crop failures due to the ash clouds and acid rain. Whilst all civilisations west of the Zycannes were impacted by the eruption, the nearby Teba empire was among those who suffered the most. In an attempt to recover quickly, the empire cut off most of its trade ties with surrounding states, many of which forged alliances with the Neo-Soltic Kingdom in order to force the Teba to continue trading. continued to refuse
Arrival of the Kveshi Empire
(introducing iron age technology and a lot of trade, this is early in their history and so their ability to conquer is lacking)
Kormistazic expansionism (532 BCE - 1st century CE)
(Think you can unify the Axdelian peninsular? Yep, said the Kormistazics)
Golden age of Kormistazm (1st - 4th century CE)
(lots of gold, engineering, mathematics, science, trade, quality of life, you name it)
Norvian invasions (4th - 7th century CE)
(lots of civil wars, fractured relations between the imperial government and local regions, and the backdrop of constant Norvian raids. Tnsert crop failures from Tore )
(After a faction of Norvians fractures from the mainland, they change strategy and begin a lot of settling, and whilst this utterly thrashes the imperial command structure this doesn,t work in the end)
Medieval Period (724 - 1101 CE)
tldr, massive reforms under new imperial dynasties. Going forwards this hardly resembles the empire of the last millenia
Neo-Kormistazic imperial revaunchism
(expansion westwards in Staynnica and Valeria, TBD)
War with Ethalria
(spoiler alert, Kormistazm mostly holds them up outside the peninsula. Pretty sweet battles though
Civil war of succession
(Empire is partitioned into multuple states for a century or so. The centralising reforms of the 700's coming to bite the empire in the ass.)
Colonial age (1102 - 1523)
(Woah, Arcturians are pretty gullible)
Neo-Kormistazic Golden age (~1200)
(trade with all the empires, big money)
The great plague (~1300)
Kormistazic Arcturian territory
(no more Mr nice mercantile empire, we have guns now)
(Insert imperial renaissance and wars with Arsal here)
Civil Schism Crisis
(Demands for local representation spring up. Honoluras makes some concessions)
Morstaybishlian invasion (1523 - 1575)
(certified oh shit moment)
Morstaybishlian rule (1575 - 1969)
Granting of principality status
(After the first posolic war in response to a revolt or something.)
(also industrial age, a lot of cool science happens kinda like scotland. And Freidrik Noros)
(You know the drill)
Federation with Lyrevale
Norograd civil war
Incorporation of Quartz Fern Coast
Mid-2000's terrorism crisis
Auroran pacific war
Biodiversity and environment
Main article: Axdel Armed Forces
The Axdel Armed Forces are the military forces of Axdel, under the commander-in-chief president Diego Corbinn. It consists of the Axdelian army, the Axdelian Navy, the Axdelian air force. Military spending accounts for roughly 2% of the nations GDP, or around 82.4 billion Kiribs.
insert overview here, including paragraphs concerning industry and agriculture
Science and technology
this is so sad, can we get icarly in soltan
Water and Sanitation
Axdel is a multispecies human-majority country with a multitude of other species form minority groups in the nation. This dates back to the 1500's when Lupine religious refugees from Volkia found safety with the Kormistazic empire in south west Aurora in exchange for aid fighting the Morstaybishlian Empire, later arriving in large numbers. After the conclusion of the Western Auroran Crusades, these lupines settled in Lyrevale and many parts of Korstazia, becoming an integral part of local cultures.
Whilst ethnic Axdelians compose the vast majority of the population, Axdel's history as a principality of the Morstaybishlian Empire and the contemporary free movement of workers held under the Auroran Continental Assembly and United Nations of the Auroran Continent mean that there is a large proportion of ethnic Staynish, Caltharusian, Emberitian and Lyrevalian peoples in the nation. The cultural diversity provided by such a mix of people is generally considered to be beneficial and has become a part of Axdelian identity in itself.
Major Urban Areas
Axdel is highly urbanised, with approximately 83.5% of the population residing within urban townships or cities. Andel is the nations only mega city, with a population of 11.4 million inhabitants.