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Commonwealth of Vaklori
Motto: For Ademar and Country
Anthem: “From North and West”
Location of Vaklori (dark green) on the continent of Gondwana (grey)
|Ethnic groups |
|Human 81.6% |
All Others 3%
|Government||Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
• Prime Minister
from Asendavia, 1944
• Settlement by Asendavians
|c. 15th century|
• 3 April 1944
|Independence via New Aizlava Accords|
• 5 October 1989
|Modern constitutional monarchy established|
|1,236,768.62 km2 (477,519.03 sq mi)|
• 2021 census
|GDP (nominal)||2021 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Jade Tavosar (JTV)|
|Time zone||East Vaklori Time (UTC -7:00)|
West Vaklori Time (UTC -8:00)
The Commonwealth of Vaklori is a sovereign state located in northwestern Gondwana. Approximately half of the country is located on the Gondwanan mainland, while the other half is located across the Strait of Vaklori on the island of Avnatra. A former colony of Asendavia, Vaklori gained independence in 1944. It is a founding member of the Alliance of Northwest Gondwana and a member of both the Alliance Free Trade Area as well as the Alliance Travel Area. It hosted the World Cup in 2020.
Tavari and Banian historical records indicate some trade and political interaction with a polity known as Va beginning in the 12th century. It is theorized that ethnic Reiktic peoples from mainland Gondwana (in what is now eastern Vaklori) expanded into territory on the island of Avnatra (what is now western Vaklori) and conquered the people there through military force, with the country unifying by 1100 under the name “Va.” The name Va is believed to have come from the language spoken originally in the west. That language is now lost, but is believed to have been related to Tavari.
Almost no written records from the Va people themselves prior to the 15th century survive. In the 15th century, explorers from Asendavia arrived and proceeded to colonize the country, starting from the western portion of Va and moving east. The Asendavians maintained a brutal policy of exterminating the natives, and between the 15th and 18th centuries, the indigenous population was reduced from an estimated 3-5 million to fewer than 5,000. Military campaigns, famine, and disease outbreaks (both intentional and unintentional) contributed to this stark decline. Even in modern times, this number is still below 10,000, and those surviving indigenous Va peoples are significantly poorer and less educated than others in Vaklori.
Notably, however, in contrast to the Va people, people in the far east of the country who chose to continue identifying as Reiktic received far better treatment from the Asendavians, who sought to avoid conflict with the Reiktic Empire (now the countries of Talusi, Hausberg, and Toloria). In the modern day, there continues to be a Reiktic minority present in the Vaklorian far east, who are mostly integrated into Vaklorian society unlike the few remaining Va, who tend to live in rural, impoverished areas in the far west.
Vaklori was a relatively important front in the Great War due to its proximity to Asendavian enemies in the war: Tavaris and Great Morstaybishlia (who controlled Lunaria, among other places). Asendavia launched a land invasion of Tavaris from Vaklori during the war. Vaklori soldiers serving in the war bolstered a growing sense of nationalism in the country, leading to the 1944 New Aizlava Accords that granted Vaklori independence with the Kaiser of Asendavia serving as Head of State. In 1989, a national referendum amended the Constitution to create a system of constitutional monarchy in which a King of Vaklori (who is defined in law as being the same person as the reigning Kaiser of Asendavia) has symbolic power over a parliamentary system.Vaklori has been noted for its enthusiastic culture around sports and for its participation in international sporting events such as the Aldanic Games and the World Cup, which it most recently hosted in 2020. Association football is the most common sport in the country, but there is a professional league for nearly every major international sport in the country.
- The King of Vaklori is the same person as the Kaiser of Asendavia, but the position is legally separate. In Vaklori, he is known as Jon with no ordinal number, as the Vaklorian crown is a new creation. In Asendavia, he is known as Jon VII.