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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|
• Federal Premier
|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 (Axdelian: Axdelia), officially known as The Federation of Axdel, is a sovereign federal state which is composed of the three constituent 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 of Quartz Fern Coast was incorporated in 2003 in a referendum following the collapse of its government in the years prior.
Axdel is a developed nation and is considered a regional power with the 2rd largest GDP and miltary budget on Aurora. It is also one of the largest countries by surface area on Urth, possessing the the 5th largest territory on land and having the 10th largest population as of early 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, a continental climate in the interior regions and temperate oceanic along the southern coast. The nation is very mountainous, with the Zycannes range terminating along the Eastern border, the expansive Teba Mountains dominating the interior and forming the nation's backbone, The Okrani mountains extending to the south, and the Auric mountains flanking the west coast. Axdel has a highly diverse economy and generates income from various sources, the largest sectors being energy, manufacturing, mining, and agricultural exports. Other notable contributors are international education, tourism, and information technology.
Axdel is a member state of the United Nations of the Auroran Continent (also being the seat of the Auroran Court of Justice), and the Intercontinental Regional Security Accords, and uses the multinational Kirib(♅) as its currency alongside many other Auroran Nations.
Anatomically modern Cava first arrived in the Axdelian peninsula over a million years ago, likely living in small, loosely associated groups of hunter gatherers.
Prehistory and early history
The first advanced civilisation in the region was Laqytia, 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 Laqyta was the largest and most influential city in the region, and established close links with many other towns and cities along the valley. 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 Laqyta 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 Laqytian 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 Laqya 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 Laqytian 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, Laqytia entered a period of rapid 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 Laqyta 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 Laqytia collapsed, leading to its near entire abandoned. The Laqytian 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, whilst others went south, eventually ending up in the Lyr valley or the southern coast.
Early Antiquity (13th - 8th century BCE)
With the the end of the 14th century BCE, many small kingdoms and chiefdoms had been founded along the length of the Ueclid river as a result of the power vacuum left by the sudden collapse of Laqytia. This era has become known as the first dark age, as texts from the time are infrequent and some remain unreadable due to writing in several undeciphered scripts. Additionally, a significant amount of the written material from the Laqytian period was lost in civil wars which razed remnant cities and towns across its former territory. The political landscape at the time is difficult to reconstruct and is frequently debated, but all evidence suggests it was extremely tumultuous and fraught with war.
In the 12th century BCE, the walled city state of Quen exited a long period of social unrest, and began a highly successful conquest under Kind Eida which saw the entire Upper Ueclid come under his dominion. The Soltic confederacy, a naval coastal state east of the Ueclids mouth, began its own simultaneous 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. In this time, a standardised system of writing and booms in trade leading to increased record-keeping signifies the end of the first dark age.
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 Laqytia fell, and was based around the conurbation 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 influence.
Classical Antiquity (748 BCE - 345 CE)
In 748 BCE, the Koriba volcano in the eastern Lyr valley experienced its most powerful eruption in recorded history, rating on the upper end 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. After continuing to refuse, the allied states began raiding Teban settlements, sparking a century long war which ravaged both sides and caused more damage than the effects of the volcano.
The Kormistazics, who had many trade links with the Teba, entered a period of infighting and civil wars as various members of trading nobility attempted to seize control of Sekan-Aruqa. As trade with the North would continue to decline over the years the instability in the region would remain, however, resulting in the confederacies political structure collapsing and beginning a trend of power being consolidated by an increasingly small number of oligarchs. The wars often spilled out into surrounding unincorporated settlements, often leading to subjugation and incorporation under the banner of the outlying cities.
Other civilisations such as the Kassyr and Mirazii, who were also dependant on trade, suffered greatly in the years after, however without many nearby competitors and natural defences on their side, managed to remain stable. It was at this time, within the vast Zycannian trade routes in the between these two empires, that a group of prophets known as the four oracles began teaching the Kozam faith to travellers and passers by, many of which chronicles the writings and began founding temples in many major cities. The oracles are known to have travelled to many of these early temples, however many written records of their movements have been lost due to contemporary censorship and later iconoclastic and revisionist periods. One place known to have been visited was the Kormistazic capital of Sekan-Aruqa, where the religion became noticeably popular with the citizenry and several noble families, generally coexisting with the other religions present in the region.
Formation of the Kormistazic Empire
Early in their history, the seafaring Kveshi civilisation of South East Aurora began exploring much of the Azure sea and establishing numerous outposts to facilitate trade. One of their furthest western excursions led them to contact the Kormistazics in 723 BCE, where it is written they were received very well and a cultural exchange took place between the two cultures. In order to facilitate further trade with the region, the Kveshi were granted a small, sparsely inhabited region of coastal foothills shadowed by the Okrani mountains. Most of the areas inhabitants were forced to relocate, and were either fled to Kormistazm or retreated further within the valleys of the mountains. The Kveshi then established an outpost on the territory which would later became known as Oceansend and began trading regularly with the cultures on the southern coast of the Axdelian peninsular, primarily silver from Kormistazm and the Lyr Valley. Among the most historically important effects of Kveshi trade was the introduction of iron smelting technology to the region. This combined with the reverse engineering of their advanced naval vessels allowed the Kormistazic confederations economic and military power to balloon rapidly whilst much of the peninsular continued to be stunted by conflict.
Despite relative prosperity within Sekan-Aruqa, the economic booms led the way for the reignition of infighting between the controlling oligarchs, with the majority of the conflict centered around the Jakatei and Renequil dynasties. In the 5th century BCE a plague swept through the south of the peninsular, killing many members of the aristocracy on both sides and precipitating a short civil war as accusations of using the disease to mask assassination plots escalated. The Renequil succeeded in taking control of the capital, leaving the Jakatei with loyalties only in the smaller outlying cities, but not without safe land routes to Oceansend. Several decades latera devastating flood left the city vulnerable and Jakatei mercenaries attempted to take control of the government but were unsuccessful. With limited military options for reasserting themselves and the Kormistazic Confederacy on the verge of collapsing into independent city states, matriarch Virena Jakatei publicly embraced the Kozam faith as the state religion in order to garner grassroots support amongst the people. She also enacted massive reforms, most notably standardising the often convoluted and arbitrary relationship between the central and local governments and establishing rules of succession, taking some inspiration from literature purchased from the Kveshi. Although Virena would never see the fruit of her labour, her eldest son Mariqo continued the efforts to undermine the Renequil, who were facing intense popular uprisings and economic hardships as the Jakatei expanded their influence and began interfering with their inland trade.
In 537 BCE, the Renequil honour guard revolted, executing many of them and sealing themselves within the city's palace. Mariqo Siezed this opportunity and rallied an army of 20,000 to take the city from the remainders of the family whilst they were in disarray. Instead of a battle, however, he was welcomed into the city without resistance as a liberator. With his authority legitimised by the honour guard, Mariqo immediately set about uniting the confederacy under the Jakatei dynasty, expanding the reforms introduced by his mother to every Kormistazic town and city. He also made a statement out of pardoning the remaining members of the Renequil, granting them governorship over their historic lands. A follower of Kozam, he incorporated the religion into the government and promoted its worship as a unifying tenet of Kormistazic culture. He passed away a year later, his son Kalam Jakatei succeeding him. Kalam was enamoured by Kozam philosophy and took several years early in his reign to travel to the Zycannes mountain range from where the religion originated. Not much is written about what he did during this time, but that he was divinely inspired to do so. Upon his return in 533 BCE, he declared the reform of the Confederate government into an imperial executive supported by a council of Nobles and Kozam elders from every region of Kormistazm, and that he intended to unite the dozens of dividied states west of the Zycannes as equal territories under a single prosperous empire. Kalam then changed his name to Enullus Jakatei Kalamitas, beginning the Kalamitas Dynasty and officially beginning the Kormistazic empire.
Kormistazic expansionism (532 BCE - 1st century CE)
Upon Enullus' ascention to the position of Kormistazic emperor, he began a campaign of Northward expansion, incorporating the regions small kingdoms and chiefdoms under his rule. Naval advances brought forth in earlier centuries now allowed faster and easier navigation of the Axdelian peninsular riverways, but the slow burn of conflict that had degraded the strength of many kingdoms meant that much of it could not be used without the risk of falling prey to opportunistic pirates. Thus as the Kormistazic empire used these rivers to assert themselves across the southern plains and valleys these pirates were vanquished, allowing for ease of movement and earning the loyalty of many local leaders peacefully. With his children being unwilling to take the throne, Ennullus was succeeded by his General, Avilo Kariqo Kalamitas in 485 BCE. Worried the Kveshi would percieve the new empire as a rival, Kariqo expanded Kormistazic control over the southern coast of the Axdelian peninsula. Many settlements followed Kozam already, and so incorporating them within the empire remained a predominantly peaceful affair. As the empires border expanded, so did it's power and thus its ability to expand further, leading to increasingly aggressive acts. The Empires first major military victory would come after the Kassyr Chiefdom declared war on the empire in 458 BCE. This came in response to repeated incursions of Kormistazic soldiers into Kassyri territory and several pleas to cease the actions were ignored. The First Kassyri Integral War lasted for over five years but resulted in a crushing defeat for The Kassyr who were forced to ceded all of their holdings outside of the Mona river valley to Kormistazm. However, Avilo was injured during the war and survived only six months before succumbing to an infection, and was succeeded by his daughter Meya Jala Kalamitas, becoming the first Kormistazic Empress.
By this point, the empires in the north were weak and stagnant. Still recovering from the century long conflict that ravaged them after the environmental fallout of the Koriba eruption. The exception to this was the Neo-Soltic kingdom, which now dominated much of the land north of the Teba mountains. However the once mighty Teba empire had struggled with a dwindling population and weak leadership for decades. In 447 BCE Teban Emperor Cerules II, famously visited the recently incorporated Kassyri city of Chaeqan to meet with Empress Meya. Following several weeks in the city, Cerules publicly converted to Kozam and announced that the Teban empire was to enter a pact of friendship and defence with the Kormistazic empire. The reaction from Teban citizens was mixed as many believed Meya had seduced Cerules in order to gain influence over him. However amongst the nobility a closer relationship with the economically powerful Kormistazics was viewed very favourably. Cerules public conversion plus the close bond between the two empires also led to an explosion in Kozam worship during this period, which in the next century would become another justification for the Teban annexation into Kormistazm.
After the rapid pace of expansion in the first half of the century that saw unprecedented expansion that stretched the imperial bureaucracy to its limits, the sovereigns succeeding Meya focused their attention on domestic concerns that led to helpful reforms to the empires government structure. The mostly disorganised territory that had been incorporated at this point also required attention to ensure its full integration. Among other things the empires provinces were reorganised and large scale public works were authorised to support the growing capital city, which was from this point forwards slowly began being referred to as simply Sekan rather than Sekan-Aruqa. Another important reform was an increasing trend towards freedom of religion, as it was successfully argued that non-adherents to kozam, being treated like undesirables as they often were, would sow dissent against the empire and create instability.
With the Teba empire serving as a buffer between the Soltic and Kormistazic empires, the turn of the century saw campaigns of lateral expansion launched to secure riverways and establish coastal provinces. This triggered a war with a coalition of Lyr valley kingdoms which resulted in a Kormistazic loss, humiliating the more organised and centralised empire. A second more successful conquest was attempted a decade later , but resulted in massive losses regardless. Fearing a revolt would lead to further costly wars of attrition, efforts to interlink the Lyr valley economy into the empire were undertaken via trade and the construction of infrastructure to link the Lyr Valley with the Kormistazic heartlands. These projects were so successful that they were extended to the rest of the empire in the following centuries and were a key factor in its success.
Golden age of Kormistazm (1st - 4th century CE)
(lots of gold, engineering, mathematics, science, trade, quality of life, you name it)
Late Antiquity (345 CE - 742 CE)
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. Insert crop failures from Tore and iron age collapse)
(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 and the Third Empire
(Empire is partitioned into multiple 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)
(New empire, technically not Neo-Kormistazic anymore but woah, Arcturians are pretty gullible)
Neo-Kormistazic Golden age (~1200)
(trade with all the empires, big money)
The great plague (~1300)
(Something or other, slows down Kormistazic progress in Arcturia just as the other Auroran empires ramp up their own efforts)
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)
(There were many attempts to leave)
(Several regions attempt to secede from the empire with limited success)
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 irl. And radical intellectual types like Freidrik Noros exist)
Noroist Axdel (1969-1996)
Auroran Imperial War
(This time we mean business)
Federation with Lyrevale
(More people more money)
Axdelian civil war
Incorporation of Quartz Fern Coast
(Losing that big bad commie on your border really eroded the trust in your authoritarian regime didn't it)
Mid-2000's terrorism crisis
Auroran pacific war
(We're back baby)
Biodiversity and environment
ooc notes (tldr somewhat similar to the German semi-presidential system):
President - Elected by public vote, must be a member of the largest party, usually the leader. Acts as head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
Federal Premier - Elected by a convention of the National assembly.
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 Tuvalti 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.