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Crowned Socialist Jarldom of Ymirland
Motto: Onwards, until we can rest.
Anthem: Here be Giants; Shoes we fill
and largest city
|Official languages||Norgsveltian & Nys'tat'en|
|Government||Democratic Socialist Monarchist|
• Jarlyia of Ymirland
|Elin I, of House Tolvstat|
• Prime Minister of Ymirland
• Norgsveltian colonization
• Crown State
• Independence was Declared
• Reunification of North and South
• Per capita
Ymirland, officially the Crowned Socialist Jarldom of Ymirland, is a coastal country in the far north-eastern Novaris. It borders the Rotantic Ocean to the northern, Jarisven to the southwest and Hustreache to the southeast. It is also sometimes referred as "landet gudene har forlatt" (Staynish: Land the gods have forsaken) by its citizens. This is a reflection of the Ymir mindset, which in almost every survey done in the country since 1935 the people of Ymir feel a sense of lostness, depressive atmosphere and "Går gjennom bevegelsene." (Staynish: Going through the motions.) Går gjennom bevegelsene, is a common saying among the population referring to just working despite the depressive state. It's capital and largest city is Kyinster located on the further end of the peninsula.
Formerly known as Jarldom of Ymirland, it changed governments due to the Ymirland Civil War and intense civil strife before the war (2018-2020). When the previous monarch Otto Tolvstat died in 2016, causing a succession crisis between his twin children Elin and Sindre who ran campaigns to gather populator support. The campaigns rapidly turned violent, despite the children repeated attempts including outright disbanding the military save a few divisions for the border. The drastic action resulted in terrorism from groups hosted in Jarisven attacking villages and towns along the border. South Hills backing Sindre and the Federation backing the Elin. The war ending in 2020, after South Hills pulled out of the war leaving South Ymirland without major military backing and resulting the North Ymirland quickly sweeping through the southern regions.
Demographically it is a 87% Kelf, half-Norgsveltian elves and Kemonomimi. With a heavy religious divide between Akuanism and Ulvriktru split down 54% to 41% with only 1% not in either religious. It is the only majority Kelf state in the world. Economically, it is considered to be developing nation and founding member of the Red Crown Economic Union. The currency Red Krone as been the official currency since the Ymirland Civil War for North Ymirland, though there has been heavy issues with interrogating the south into the currency. The largest economic sectors are mining, agriculture and a growing industrial base exceptionally in household electricians. The largest trading partners being the Federation of the Southern Coast, Norgsveldet and Kaldrbuth.
Main article for Pre-Norgsveltian Ymirland: Ny‘Andrestopp
Ymirland was originally settled by Kemonomimi explorers from the Infinite Loop in the early neolithic period. Serving as an important stop for future expeditions before leaving Novaris proper. The development of Iron and later development of prehistory technologies led to a small growth of cities on the interior of the peninsula. Due to the poor soil quality and swamps, the farming of these lands wasn’t ever truly possible until Borean wheat was brought over. Resulting the Ymirs have the primary focus of fishing and trading as a food source for the inhabited region. The discovery of copper deposits led to a growth of trade in the city states and led to the formation of a confederation of Ny‘Andrestopp.
900 Defense against Viking war host
The 900s brought a massive fleet of Viking longships seeking to invade the Confederation and curve a kingdom from its remnants. The Viking war host was led by Børre Fuglestad, the third eldest son of Anton Fuglestad of Hirdvik.
The viking fleet swept across the sea channels, pushing deeply into the capital of the Confederation. As a result, a prompt militia was formed to fight against the warhost as well as a clan of Ny'Sænuri. While the militia efforts were notable, however fighting was mostly taking place between the Ny'Sænuri and the Vikings.
The clan dragged the vikings further inland away from their ship, while the militia burned the longships. The Ny'Sænuri and the vikings fought for several months in the wilderness, the clan of Ny'Sænuri slowly picking numbers off from the viking. While the clan had bigger numbers than the viking warhost, the clan kept with its safe tactics to minimize deaths and to make an example of the vikings. Wanting to only leave a handful of survivors to send the message back to the other vikings who might come.
Vikings finally gave in after the 8th month being trapped in the wilderness. Cold, starving, Børre opened negotiations with the clan. The Clan, of course, removed his Børre head which is currently resting in the Ymir’s People History Museum on the current day. The Ny'Sænuri gave the leftover vikings a ship and told them to spread the story of what happened. Giving them the headless body of Børre by tying it to the mast of the ship.
For the people of Ny‘Andrestopp was actions the Ny'Sænuri taken was considered to be extreme in nature. Wanting them only to fight them and not brutalize the vikings invaders. As a result, they requested the Ny'Sænuri clan to disband. To which the Ny'Sænuri clan refused to do so. Creating awkward state of affairs between the confederation and the native
1500s Early Norgsveltian influence
By the mid 1500s Norgsveltian merchants and tradesmen from the Kingdom of Novreheim set several trading ports in Northern parts of Ymirland. Attempts to convert the natives to Ulvriktru was done, but other than influencing culture in lingual practices, it had little success converting them. A cultural merger of Akuanism and Norgsveltian Ulvriktru happened in the largest town of modern day Kyinster.
Norgsveltian trading ports became a source of large financial growth, and trade for not just Norgsveltians but also other traders in the region. Acting as a resupply point for many traders heading to western Novaris and back. As such a small Norgsveltian fleet was established on the port to fight against pirates in the region that’s affecting trade in the region.
1781 Norgsveltian colonization, renaming of the peninsula to Ymirland
During Wars of Ulvriktru religion the Norgsveltian king Gustaf II sent its military to secure the trading ports in Ymirland, and created the Crown Colony of Ymirland, under the colonial governance of Ivar Tolvstat, a elven Norgsveltian noble which had connectections with native elite and Norgsveltian merchants. By 1790 Norgsveldet had taken over all of modern Ymirland, and became crucial to competing with Morstaybishlia for influence in the region.
The colonization efforts were fought back by protests and by Ny'Sænuri by more violent measures when forced religious policies started to be implemented. Which was met with overwhelming violence from both sides.
1792 Religious policies and development in Ymirland
Under Ivar Tolvstat far further attempts in converting the natives into Ulvriktru, by far more forceful means than before. Being held at gunpoint (metaphorically but also literally at times) many Akuanists did officially convert but most practiced Akuanism in private. The Norgsveltian Crown built large infrastructure projects in the country with many Norgsveltian settlers moving into the land, many being elven nobles. By the 1850s Ivar Tolvstat ended the religious policy of Ymirland at the request of King Varg III. Allowing Akuanist religion to flourish to the fullest with even some Norgsveltian settler communities on Ymirland converting to Akuanism.
When the forced religious policies ended, so did the violence from the Ny'Sænuri clans. Who withdrew back into their wilderness fortresses. The blend of the two religions was quite common even in other colonies. Meaning Ymirland was not the outliner when it came to the Akuanism-Ulvriktru relations, in most cases the religions often cohabited the same spaces.
1914 Protests against the Great War, Crown State status and Independence
Norgsveldet entry into the great war brought troubles to Ymirland. Waves of anti-war protests took hold of the country, waving banners to leave the war that they believed Norgsveldet had no reason to be a part of. Brewmasters leading the way for the protesters to march against the military present on the island and for indepence of Ymirland.
It was joined by Norgsveltian settlers and the native Akuanists in marchs for autonomy with a handful of members outright pushing for independence. The response from the military was harsh, with military action against the protesters and enforcing martial law. Arresting several brewmasters and activists charging them with treason.
The military courts in all cases found them guilty and hanged them. Resulting in further protesting against the military present on the island. The military enforced martial law in Ymirland declaring the country in a state of distress. Cracking down on freedom of speech and movement within the country. The population was beaten into submission, until after Norgsveldet left the Great War where martial law.
1920 Crown State status
Political pressure from Ymirland and from internal Norgsveldet forced them to begin the process of independence for Ymirland. Several months of negotiations took place between the colonial office, the Norgsveltian crown and the collection Brewmasters and native independent activists. While full independence wouldn’t be given right away, an informal agreement leading to independence would be given within twenty to fifty years after Crown State status.
With a firm deadline in place for independence and moving its position from colony to Crown State. Giving Ymirland more autonomy within its own affairs. Relieving much of the protesting and marches for independence that was happening throughout the country.
1950 Independence officially declared
The Crown State realm status came to a sudden and dramatic end when Norgsveldet decided to grant independence within a week. Causing political turmoil through the country.
The Labor party in Norgsveldet pressured the government to grant immediate independence to all Crown States. While the Ymirland government agreed to the independence, the deadline for independence was completely unreasonable and efforts to extend the deadline were made but fell on deaf ears of the Labor Party. An action leading to a poorly written constitution, a unstaff cabinet for the PM and suffering from a budget crisis due to mismanagement.
The resulting constitution was filled with contradictions, misspellings, mistranslations and was nearly impossible to change or amend the paper. The Constitution only allowed changes to be made every seven years and only allowed four changes to it. Additionally the constitution had a hard-coded tax rate by accident due to a misunderstanding about how the tax system would work in the framework. Resulting in the country having issues with raising funds to manage itself.
Attempting to join the NCEF
2016 Succession Crisis
After the death of Otto Tolvstat, the monarch of Ymirland led to a series of crises of succession. As previously, Norgsveldet would select the monarch, usually the eldest son of the house of House Tolvstat that settled the island for the Norgsveldet crown. After the independence was declared back in 1950, the succession clause where Norgsveldet selects the next monarch was removed however due to the desire of Norgsveldet wanting to leave the country as quickly as possible. Forced the country to finish the constitution as quickly as possible, without making a proper succession clause for the monarchy.
The succession clause that came out of the first constitution was a self-contradictory mess that had three different methods of succession all of which contradicted the other and had no sense of order or which succession method was to be used or in what case the succession would be used in. Due to how much of a mess the rest of the constitution was, the succession clause was ignored in favor of more pressing issues in the constitution.
Otto Tolvstat was an only child, so when the crown was passed to him, there weren't any issues. However when he died from cancer, he had a pair of twins as his children. As a result there couldn’t be any real argument about who should succeed him and both of his children claimed that Otto told them privately that they were supposed to hold the throne. The lack of clear line of succession led to the twins trying to form political alliances to secure the throne.
PR campaigns played a heavy role, with the twins desperately trying to gain popular public support. Elin Tolvstat, focused on capitalizing the recent popular film “The Red Prince.” Providing a picture that shows her similar to the Red Prince in her struggle to take the throne of Ymirland away from her “capitalist” brother.
Sindre Tolvstat, took the messaging from her sister’s warning about his capitalist and turned them against her. Making a public showing of him meeting with business leaders and Norgsvaldian companies, stating he can provide the country with more jobs and wealth than her “anti-business, anti-economy and anti-reason” sister. Sindre showed himself to be more conservative and traditional than her sister.
Both twins made showings while visiting the species and religious minorities. Trying to get them on their side, stating they are both on the side of minorities.
In reality, Elin and her brother Sindre cared very little about the economy or the political side of the country. Only really wanting to secure the throne through the means of popular support.
As a result of the PR campaigns, the meetings and the rallies. The country was split into separate entities, both claiming to be the real Ymirland. For the most part, the split was peaceful, with only minor fighting from bands of citizens clashing against each other. Both of the Twins denounced violence stating a peaceful solution can still be found. The governments of North and South Ymirland on the other hand, disagreed with their given monarchs instead promoting the fighting on the border. Stating each other was in a state of rebellion but not taking military action against each other just yet.
The military of Ymirland was divided, with many of the officer core going towards the South Ymirland, the liberal-conserivate and the soldiers going to the North Ymirland to side with the socialist-monachy. Both of the monarchies denounced the splitting of the military, stating it can still be solved with peaceful means. The governments of North and South on the other hand supported the dissolution of the military. Stating the former government of Ymirland was no more, to the great stress of the twins.
Both sides started arming up, taking control of armories in their side of the country. Buying weapons from overseas and began military patrols of the border. The border quickly became more militarized, a barbed wire fence cut between cities between the North and South. Much to the disagreement of the Twins who tried and failed to demilitarize the border. The Prime Minister of the South and the Prime Minister of the North began to limit public access, information and press to their respective monarchs. Believing after the war their monarch would understand and thank them for their actions.
Meeting of the Twins Jarls and Olav of Norgsveldet
King Olav I of Norgsveldet held a meeting between himself and the twins of the house Tolvstat trying to get the two to calm the massive tensions that were building between their two nations. Only to unfortunately hear the news that the two have been trying for months to stop the division to no avail. Reportedly when the two told him about the situation only thing he said was “fuck”.
2018 War of unification of the North and South
(For full article, please see Ymirland Civil War)
In 2018, August the 8th, a small firefight between to border garrisons escalated into a full on war. Each side claimed the other started shooting first, latter after the civil war ended a committee from the parliament declared that the southern forces fired first. The first two weeks on the conflict was limited between Ymir groups until North Ymirland in August 18th requested Federation of the Southern Coast military aid. To which the South responded by requesting South Hills for it's military aid.
According to transcripts from the PMs of both sides of Ymirland, first believe aid would only come foreign aid in funds, military equipment and training. Instead the Federation sent 50 thousand troops to which the South Hills respond by matching the number of troops and equipment sent. Much to the shock both the South and North Ymirland governments.
Majority of the civil war was fought was between the foreign powers instead of the Ymir's militaries who was sidelined on garrison and defense duties. Nearly every battle after the arrival of the foreign militaries fighting only each other exclusively, with only small numbers of Ymirland forces taking part. The early fighting in the war consistently shifted around as each force tried to out maneuver each other before stagnating.
The war in the South Hills was unpopular. [TUVA PLS]
After an major operation which costed the South Hills significant amount in military infrastructure and equipment. It was made apparent the South Hills need to send remove the Federation's ability to send reinforcements and resupply to North Ymirland instead of trying to win the war as a proxy conflict, rather making it into more of a direct war against the Federation of the Southern Coast.
The Longest 11 Hours
South Hills naval strike group was sent to intercept Federation’s military transports in the North Concordian Ocean only for said naval strike group to be intercepted by the North Concordian fleet of Norgsveldet, placing large naval standoff between the two Concordian powers, as Norgsveltian navy placed itself in between the two. After 11 hours facing each other, and with Johanna threatening to intervene in the Civil War, South Hills finally backed down allowing Federation transports to go on unabated.
September-2019 SH pulls out of the South Ymirland
Due to the costly nature of the conflict in material, manpower and political pressure from internal South Hills politics, the government decided to have a back room deal with the Federation, to pull out of South Ymirland in exchange for allowing the 99-year lease to have a naval base after the war in January, 2019. The Federation agreed to it, without the consent of the the North Ymirland government.
The withdrawal of South Hill happened over the course of six months, during which the Federation refused to commit to any offensives first waiting for South Hills to pull out before launching it’s second major offensive “Operation Bad News” in which it launched a full invasion, with assistance from the North Ymirland military.
The South Ymirland government and military, without support from South Hills, completely collapsed within a week.
2020 Reform of Ymirland
The unification of the country and the new socialist constitution being imposed took place rapidly in 2020. With a mass pardoning of both sides politicians, soldiers and high ranking officials, by order of the Jarlya of the country. As part of the agreement between Ymirland and the Federation for taking part in the civil war. Ymirland joined the Red Crown Economic Union as well as established its headquarters for its Novaris fleet in Ymirland.
Norgsveldet and South Hills, as part of an agreement to the Federation about Ymirland allowed a 99 year lease for a naval base in Ymirland. To much controversy within the Ymirland politics.
Jarlya Elin alongside her twin brother, held a press conference stating the war was completely unjustified and a national tragedy. Further developing into their attempts to stop the war together against the wave of ‘petty-nationalism’ and political disunity within the country. Going on to express their displeasure with their own Prime Ministers fanning the flames of the disunity to push for their own agenda.
The resulting storm coming out of the press conference resulted in the Ymirland minister stepping down within a few days after. While no formal calls for a change in the new constitution, minor protests broke out into the streets requesting changes in government to include non-socialist monarchists. However the flames died out over the course of the years.
King Olav I of Norgsveldet visited Ymirland after the Civil War ended. Paying his respect to the dead, and held a speech about how he supports the Royal twins efforts in unifying the country after the civil war. Olav stated he will actively work with the Norgsveltian government to establish a NCEF reconstruction program into Ymirland.
Government and Politics
Ymirland is a unitary constitutional socialist-monarchy with a multi-party system. The last parliamentary elections was taken place a year after the civil war in 18th of January 2021.
The Ymir ceremonial head of state is the Jarlynja of Ymirland and the prime minister is the head of government. Power is separated among the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, defined by the new socialist Constitution written after the civil war which acts the country's supreme legal document.
The Ymir highest legislative is the 360-seat unicameral Arbeidertinget [Nys'tat'en name here]. Delegates are elected for a three-year term.
Each providence of the Ymirland, has it's own legislative assemblies each with 90-seats, delegates from those providences assemblies are elected on a six-year term.
Ymirland's highest judicial body is the Constitutional Court of Ymirland [Norgsveltian and Nys'tat'en name here] which rules on constitutional issues with in the government. The 16 members of this court which are selected by the providences assemblies, each providence gets to vote in four supreme judges into the constitutional court.
House of Tolvstat
The present monarch is Jarlynja Elin Tovlstat, who has been reigned since the reformation of Ymirland in 2020. Her succession was disputed by her twin brother Sindre after her father's death, Otto Tolvstat which accidently led into a civil war. While the Ymirland branch only has two members currently alive. The Norgsveltian branch of the Tovlstat family several members alive and was uninvolved in the civil war. The crown prince is Elin's twin brother Sindre, which led to some push back within the two northern providences but far more approval in the southern two providence.
While the socialist Constitution of Ymirland can grand emergency executive power to the Jarlynja. It can be only be used in times of emergency when a government cannot be formed or in times of civil unrest, though doing so is considered to be a extreme.
The economy of Ymirland is primary focused on mining, agriculture and a electrics for automobiles and household devices. The country is developed, high-income economy even despite the civil war which drastically dropped the Ymirland's economy. Ymirland in 2010 made a attempt to join the North Concordian Economic Forum however due to the succession crisis, civil war and Vistaraland strong anti-socialism stance, they was rejected. As such, they joined the Red Crown Economic Union, both at the request of the Federation during the civil war and by popular support after the war.
Ymirland adopted the Red Krone as it's official currency in 2021, with the United Krone still being used in populated cities despite government attempts to convert the currency. Meanwhile the more rural areas was more accepting of Red Krone as opposed to it's urban counterparts.
Due to the switch to the Red Krone from the United Krone, with the two primary reasons to distance itself away from Norgsveltian influence and the joining of the RCEU Monetary Union. The switch, while not controversial to the general population, business leaders raised concerns stimming from the volume of trade and investment coming from Norgsveldet despite the strained relations.
The first major currency exchange program started with the South and more rural areas of Ymirland, targeting the farmers and laborers in the region. Viewing it as a political necessary to bring the former Southern Ymirland peoples into fold of the new complete Ymirland country. In addition to the exchange programs, Ymirland only offered agriculture subsidies in Red Krone. Which increased use red krone in the rural regions.
The industrial sector plays a large and important role within the economy. The main industry sectors are electrical engineering and car part manufacturing. The largest car manufacturing company and largest employer in the sector is the Gyllir Motor Corporation which established a head quarters in Kyivster with several of it's factories along it's coastal cities.
In the electrical engineering sector, it products LCD TV screens, computer monitors and televisions. As well as dishwashers, vacuums and other household electrics.
After the civil war a majority of the country's electric grid was greatly damaged and it cost a significant amount of money to rebuild. The new government focused on clean and renewables energy sources, as such nuclear plants and hydro power plants was seen as a preferable alternate to the country's previous use of coal power plants.
The RCEU invested heavily into repairing the electric grid and building of a nuclear power plant in the country as well as assist in demolition of coal power plants within the country.
Majority of the major highways have greatly damaged with 60% highway being outright destroyed. Majority railroads was mined or bombed all together in the conflict. It was to great and on-going expense of the country to rebuild it's transportation infrastructure.
Ymirland has two international airports. M. R. Haakon International Airport which services both serves civil and governmental, scheduled and unscheduled domestic and international flight.
Agriculture and Fishing
Agriculture in Ymirland is characterized by the northern climate and self-sufficiency in a majority in agricultural products. The economic role is in a decline in terms of employment in primary production but tied together with the food industry and forestry it forms a significant part of the Ymir economy. The number of farms and ranches have been on a steadily declined for the last decades before the civil war.
During the civil war, much of the farming land was bombed or riddled with destroyed tanks.
After the civil war, the government put a forward a new agenda to repair the damage done to the farms and increase subsidies to further develop the agriculture sector. Aiming increase the growth of the agriculture sector beyond the pre-civil war periods.
Husbandry wise, they breed sheep and goats with large amount of numbers of chickens being raised as well in ranches.
Fishing plays a large role in food production and Ymir government having a ban on whale hunting.