Belgroden

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Belgrish Holy Empire
Pyhakuné Pelègyrislen (Belgrish)
Flag
Flag
Coat of Arms of Belgroden
Coat of Arms
Motto: 
Kuazis Vedome
The Hosts Protect Us
Anthem: 
Kyrzsan Ékséłin
March of the Emperor
Location of Belgroden (Blue) within Antraea (light blue)
Location of Belgroden (Blue) within Antraea (light blue)
Map of Belgroden
Map of Belgroden
Capital Karynkar
Largest City Gryzvyr
Official languages Belgrish
Religion Foriscism
Demonym Belgrish
Government Holy Covenant
Clerical monarchy
• Emperor
Yuntyp II
• Magister
Kyzpi Bare
• Prothete
Mirokvor
Legislature Synod
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Currency Styrning

Belgroden, officially the Holy Belgrish Empire (Belgrish Pyhakuné Pelègyrislen), is a state in western Antraea, bordered by Kalasis, Ancria, Valmaria, Phyrane, Marenma, Kambere, The Vends and Vormonia. Alongside Valmaria and Ancria, together they make up the great powers of the Holy Covenant. It has colonial holdings in Central Mespassia (the Holding of Zsomalszair) and the Pelassian coast (Noble Ports).

The Empire has its origins in the thousand-year Ottonian Empire, of which they are recognized by Foriscian Synods and the Holy Covenant to be its sole successor and inheritor. The Ottonians who came from a Kontine dynasty of "Eastern Alchemists" led the fractious Foriscian states against the onslaught of Amatorians in the Second Great Crusade which laid the foundation for the first Foriscian empire. The Empire saw periods of waxing and waning centralization as power kept moving from the Throne to the nobility, leading to periods of prosperity being cut short by successive rulers. This dynamic culminated in 1698 in which Zsirón of Órkán, a leader of a minor house, led a coup against the ailing emperor Tarvak and enthroned himself as sovereign. Zsiron's actions, however, led to a protracted civil war only concluded by the Charter in Hendor, which formally dissolved the Empire and allowed the nascent Belgrish to hold the Ottonian core lands.

In the ensuing years, as Belgroden began to stabilize, a new industrial and magical class began to appear in the Empire as the Throne began sponsoring projects and patronages that made thavma available to the people. The invention of key technologies, such as the Automatae and Sunbeacons sparked an industrial revolution known as the Age of Proliferation, which removed the control of (legal, white) magic from an increasingly esoteric clergy. In response to the Proliferation's sociopolitical effects in the east and an almost-devastating revolt in the urban western basin, Emperor Hetvan began a series of reforms and purges (the Hetvanian period) that abolished the Landshouse (replacing it with the Synod), expanded education, housing and health, and reduced poverty, all while curtailing the power of the nobility and ultimately centralizing the Belgrish government to the imperial person. Replacing the noble estates and fractious holy orders with loyal commoner entrepreneurs and secular clergy was instrumental in the formation and eventual foundation of the modern Belgrish state, one that finds itself at odds with distant neighbors on political and existential grounds.

Belgroden has been a leading power in Antraea throughout much of its history. It was awarded in 1865 by Prothete Laiscanus III stewardship of the Imperial Covenant in Vierhalte, a role it still assumes to this day. Their newfound mechanical and naval prowess during the Age of Discovery would accorded one of the largest colonies in Mespassia. The Carinthea remain to be one of the most prestigious institutions of thaumatological learning throughout the world. The Empire is also regarded by most as the spearhead of the informal Anti-Conditary bloc.

Government

Main article: Monarchy of Belgroden

Belgroden has a flexible constitution, consisting of the totality of key laws (the "radiant decrees") and legal precedent that spans back to the old Ottonian Age. The Empire officially styles itself an autocratic clerical monarchy, with the Emperor (Aksejos), currently Yuntyp II, at its topmost, serving as both secular ruler and Foriscian sovereign in concert with the Imperial Prothete under the pretense of Protector of the Imperial Covenant. Under this framework, the Emperor holds ultimate power to drive policy, beholden only to the religious authority of the Prothete.

In practice, Belgrish government is a convoluted set of interests, institutions and precedent. The Emperor contends with both the people and multiple organizations representing sectors of society, called the noble fraternities (Kvórabantis, sg. kvórabant), representing special communities with personal agreements and privileges under the Emperor's auspices. The numbers of the fraternities are also fluid and subject to intrigue, and such fraternities that are represented in the Synod are indicative of the Emperors' priorities. As of present, the most powerful kvórabantis are the Garvinians, the Northern Sisters, the Inquisition, the Oakgrowers and the Guild of Lions.

The Belgrish government also has seen a rapid growth of the scholarly bureaucratic class, the Nypakseis (lit. "sons of the emperor"). The nypakseis are officially teachers, philosophers, military officers and administrators taken from the Empire's byzantine orphanage system. Nypakseis have taken up much of the Empire's civil service, a move meant to diminish the power of the landhding gentry. While the nypakseis collectively represent the will of the Emperor, fraternities such as the aforementioned Oakgrowers have arisen in a bid towards a total reform of the state.

Since 1905 Belgroden has sported a de facto legislative body, the aforementioned Synod. A 400-member appointed body from the actual estates of the realm (the commoners, the landholders, the nobility, the covenant), it serves in a formal advisory capacity, though since the 21st century it has gained more power in the political system and its role has become akin to a parliament.

Society

tory scum!!!

Religion

Culture

Intellectual yet analytical, male-centric, martial (?), clear divide of social class (semi-flexible caste system?)