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Regency Administration of Rohyca[n 1]
Anthem: Canticle of the Rohi
|Recognised extraterritorial languages|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Unitary Rõkani absolute monarchy under a military regency (de jure) |
Unitary Rõkani parliamentary republic under a hybrid dictatorship (de facto)
• Lãnhđạo [n 2]
• National Regency Council
|Chung Hào-Phi |
• Civil Mediator
|Legislature||none (de jure) |
Phòng tư vấn (de facto)
• Núifjell Ascendancy
• Regency Established
• Current Rohi Constitution codified
• 2022 estimate
• 2022 census
|4,780,925 (excluding Territorial Grants)|
|GDP (nominal)||2022 estimate|
• Per capita
|$17,250 (excluding Territorial Grants)|
Rohyca, presently referred to be as the Regency Administration of Rohyca or - historically - the Rohi Ascendancy, is a country in Northeastern Borea. It shares a militarized border with Kæra'zna to the west, as well as having borders with Blaskog to the south and Lapliszna to the southwest.
The Great Interim
Following the fall of the Tuyêti Ascendancy, the Rohi states once again fell into a series of disputes and clashes which many believed to signal another end to the unified Rohi State. Fears of such were compounded with the failure of the 1829 Convention of Nakhohai, in which the traditionally influential Eastern Fiefdoms failed to come to a unanimous decision on the next Lãnhđạo. To avoid what had become a traditionally violent fracture however, a number of officials from the previous Tuyêti Ascendancy declared themselves to hold the mandate for which to choose the next Lãnhđạo, electing Lãnhđạo Hai-Vu of the Fiefdom of Núifjell in 1831, braking tradition by nominally secular officials appointing a religious ruler. While a considerable number of fiefdoms were willing to accept the Blåskovian Núifjell as Ascendant - owing to their militaristic traditions which many saw as an extension of the Rõkani martial teachings - a considerable number objected, declaring the Núifjell as foreign and illegitimate rulers. These opposed fiefdoms would form a coalition around the Chúar Fiefdom, beginning the War of National Revival.
War of National Revival
The War of National Revival, also known as the Chúar Rebellion, was a conflict between the Núifjell Ascendancy and Blaskog against the dissenting Fiefdoms. Due in part to their militaristic traditions and the centralizing reforms of Lãnhđạo Ân-Linh, the new Ascendancy received a majority of support from the Rohi Military, and was able to crush the rebellion in 1837, capturing Chúar and forcing the dissenting Fiefdoms to swear fealty to Hai-Vu. While generally a shorter period of conflict that had been seen during most interim periods, the aftermath of the Chúar Rebellion saw a considerable change within Rohyca. The failure of the rebellion had affirmed and proven the effectiveness of the modernizing reforms of Ân-Linh, as well as empowered the mixed Blaskovian-Rohi culture of the South. Additionally, as it would continue to do throughout and succeeding the Núifjell Ascendancy, the war would develop the Rohi military as an active political force at the expense of the traditional regional nobility.
The Núifjell Ascendancy, lasting between 1831 and 1982, represented the longest and, as of the present, last period of dynastical rule over Rohyca. The Ascendancy saw a great period of success domestically, with the centralization and modernization of the state having continued from Ân-Linh, supplemented by economic support for foreign powers which sought trade prospects and influence within the region. However, the rule of Núifjell was considerably marked by subordination to those same powers, with unequal agreements and unfair leasing of territorial possessions weakening the Ascendancy as it tried to catch up to the Industrialized Empires to the South.
Period of Concession
During the reign of Hai-Vu, the Núifjell Ascendancy became firmly apart of Blåskog’s sphere of influence, with the state having unfair trade agreements placed upon them by the Blaskovians and the Vistari, who had increased influence in the region following similar agreements with the Kingdom of Kæra. During this period, Hai-Vu would make agreements with the foreign powers of Vistaraland, Suvania and their suzerain Blaskog, conceding certain possessions of the Ascendancy as Territorial Grants, which operated under foreign law and had only to pay lip service to the Ascendancy.
While it did not suffer the colonisation that nations like Noraida and Syrtænzna suffered during this period, the later years of Hai-Vu's reign was still characterised by these concessions to foreign nations. However, at the same time, he was also responsible for the expansions of the Rohi military and the cause of its greater political power, slowly taking over the roles that fiefdoms used to enjoy. Hai-Vu also saw additional success in proving the might of the military, ordering it to assist Blåskog’s invasion and later annexation of the Akuan Federation, in modern day Lapliszna. His reign lasted until 1921, in which his son Tai Vu took over as Lãnhdao, taking on the more orthodox succession system of Blaskog that was present in Núifjell.
The region of Tai-Vu was mainly characterised with his focus on increased industrialisation and development efforts, with the standards of living in Rohyca expanding massively. The Ascendancy also opened itself more towards the world in a mutually-cooperative manner, with investments from nations like Norgsveldet and Vistaraland flowing into it as a result of the nation aligning itself with the two powers during the Concordian Cold War. Vistari Companies would develop an increasing interest in Rohyca as a trading partner, improving transport infrastructure in the country in order to satisfy the Vistari demand for inexpensive material goods from Kæra'zna. Many at the time saw this period as one in which Rohyca would assert itself as an independent East Borean power, in equal footing to Blaskog, however such hopes were lost as a result of the death of Tai-Vu in 1977, placing his sickly grandson Sơn-Minh, leading to the Autumn Period.
Autumn of the Núifjell
The relatively short Autumn period was a period of instability consisting of the short reign of Sơn-Minh between 1977 and 1982, characterized by the agitation of the populace by the commonly believed illegitimacy of the ruler due in part to his haemophilia, as well as the increasing steps towards centralization by both the advisory legislature - the Phòng tư vấn - and the ever prominent military elite. Following the near death of the Lãnhdao from a cut he had sustained, a regency was quickly installed under the leadership of General Võ-Giápo, with the young Lãnhdao reportedly dying soon after - despite some claims that he had gone missing. While several in the Phòng tư vấn objected to the installation of the Military Regency, no rebellion was staged against the military due to their overwhelming force, and soon the advisory body became a de facto legislative body for the Military Government.
The structure and practices around Rohi personal names blend together a number of Northeast Borean naming traditions, including an adherence to the Utilitarian names - occasionally referred to as Azraic names due to the prevalence in the region - of Traditional Kæzhyn. Rohi names usually consist of either two or three parts dependant on age, being Utilitarian, Maternal (somewhat equivalent to a given name) and Aptronymic.
When making reference to a person with a Rohi name, a different part of the name is used dependant on the relationship between the speaker and the individual mentioned, as well as formality. This practice commonly confuses foreigners without such a distinction, leading to a clash of cultures when the wrong name is used. When making an application for Rohi Citizenship, it is required that the applicant's name be adapted into the Rohi naming scheme for use in official documentation, though they may choose which of their names to serve as a Maternal name.
The utilitarian name is always positioned first within a Rohi name, and is used to quickly denote occupation. When an individual is unemployed, they commonly take on the utilitarian name of the person they are dependant on, most commonly their father, with the suffix -học ((lit. learn). For example, a carpenter would have the utilitarian name Thợmộc, while his dependant child would carry the utilitarian name Thợmộchọc until they gained employment of their own. As the name is heavily dependant on an individual's current lifestyle, utilitarian names are the most commonly changed, with judgements often made based upon them.
In conversation, a utilitarian name is used to refer to someone in a formal or unintimate manner, thought often it requires to use of either their Maternal or Aptronymic name in order to better clarify the individual in question. Which one is used as a clarifier is dependant on the status of the individual in question in comparison to the speaker, as well as context.
As well as the utilitarian name, each Rohi possesses a maternal name by birth. However, unlike the utilitarian name, the maternal name is permeant and cannot legally be changed. This is due both the cultural expectation and religious practice, as a maternal name is given through a naming ceremony uniquely passed down by each family on the mother's side. While these traditions are heavily dependant on upbringing, studies by Aijtink et al found a prevalence pf ceremonies to contain various forms of trials of endurance or intelligence for the child to earn their maternal name, contrasting with more spiritual and intimate practices in the East, with Aijtink making a link between the more Social Darwinist attitudes in Kæra'zna and the rituals of eastern Rohyca.
Maternal names are traditionally used in both intimate family and romantic relationships, as well as in the addressing of someone of a lower status outside a formal context. They are also the most common way to refer to children - as they do not yet have Aptronymic names. When writing out a Rohi name, it is often commonplace to leave the Maternal name as an initial outside of children, as it is the least commonly used name to refer to someone. In cases when it is written, however, the name is often shown as a hyphenated compound with the Aptronymic name (Hào-Phi, Vi-Linh, etc), however this is often omitted in foreign contexts as it gives the impression of speaking a name as such, which is not done in Rohi outside of using a full name.
When used as a clarifier for a utilitarian name, the meaning tends to retain the more formal connotation, such as when referring to a loved one or child in a formal context, however it can also be interpreted as impolite towards those who are disconnected, establishing a sense of superiority over another. When referring to someone of a lower status in a formal setting outside of a child or intimate family member, the entire Rohi name is often used instead, which is seen as less derogatory.
An aptronymic name is a self-given name which is awarded when a Rohi becomes an adult, generally signified by no longer being dependant on their parents or guardians. Most aptronymic names are also possible Maternal names, although this is not always true, especially among more recent generations and Rohi who do not conform to gender norms, with adjectives often used instead of conventional names. If an individual is transgender, it is customary that only their aptronymic name will reflect their new gender identity, leading to an often uncomfortable situation in which a person's maternal and aptronymic names denote differing genders, something which the transgender community in Rohyca have campaigned to rectify throughout the contemporary period.
In general, referring to someone by their Aptronymic name is the most common mode of address, with foreigners especially encouraged to use aptronymic names so as to not cause offense. As a clarifier to a Utilitarian name, aptronymics are commonly used as a way to formally refer to an individual of higher or equal status, though those of especially high status tend to prefer no clarification used at all, simply going by the Utilitarian name. When a foreigner does gain Rohi citizenship, a marker of this is in the declaration of their aptronymic name, and as such is an event often treated as an important celebration for those wishing to assimilate into Rohi culture.
- While the title of Regency Administration is most often used in reference to the nation in a formal context, the nation is Constitutionally referred to as the Rohi Ascendancy (Rohyca: Sự thăng tiến của người Rõhy), with the Rohi Government using both names interchangeably.)
- Shorthand version of the official title Lãnh đạo của sự thăng thiên (lit. 'Ruler of the Ascension')
- Defined through a de facto measure specified within the Basic Law of Rohi Territorial Grants, which is granted legitimacy by the Rohi Constitution. Languages are made officiated by the recognized languages of the appropriate Authority in which the Grant falls under, though in most cases this simply refers to the Foreign Power itself. In the case of Vistaraland, however, such authority is granted to the Grand Dominion of Vorpest, and as such Vorpestian, Norgsveltian and Eyjarian are included as extraterritorial languages.