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A Futile Gesture

Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Lord of Elves, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. Lord of Elves

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    Look! [Jesus] is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. (NRSV 1:7)
    Legends say that in the time before, the human race towered over the world as giants, and commanded wizardry far beyond the ken of today's great magicians. Having broken the natural world with their great magic, the ones who came before scattered the beasts to the winds and built great cities whose towers scraped the sky and ruptured the bosom of heaven, which rained down the wrath of the gods on narcissistic humanity. Rivers flooded, great storms battered their cities, and food would not grow in the broken and parched soil, so great was the sin and pride of that time. The leaders of their great clans, at first fearful, became deranged and rabid like the beasts dying in the jungles, and every city on Earth was at war with one another, and brother turned against brother, and son against father, and mother and daughter as well, and they came out of her, the sarcophagus of their sins, and were delivered onto the Earth like dung to a heap to fester. And for many years there was weeping and sorrow and desperation. But the gods were merciful, and as the towers of their cities burned and collapsed, they gave humans another chance to suffer; and so after generations, the flood waters receded, and even those baleful, damned places where the old wizards had built their nuclear fortresses became habitable once again.

    You don't know what year it is according to our calendar. It has been long enough after global climate catastrophe and the collapse of post-industrial civilization that for the purposes of this game the Earth, plus or minus the ruins of ancient cities, power plants and toxic waste dumps, is more or less similar to how it was in the Middle Ages. The societies that have developed in the aftermath of the failure of technological society are very superstitious by today's standards and are distrustful of most forms of technology; most people are unaware of the extent of ancient civilizations' power and the quality of life that was available to the most fortunate and privileged in the times that humans mocked the gods. Most cultures have technology and knowledge of the physical world that resembles that of pre-industrial continental Europe and China, plus or minus a few germs of knowledge - principally medical - that have survived the last failure of human civilization. If you ever read the book A Canticle for Leibowitz, this is inspired by that in style.

    This is going to be a collaboration-based game at first. I think that it would be fair and interesting for players to control polities about as large and as powerful as any given important state in the high Middle Ages. Priority will be given to applicants who have interesting ideas and play well with their neighbors. I'll sort out issues of stats and the like later on, but you can guess they'll resemble the stats of my last attempted game, Shut Down by the Narcs, because I'm a sad little man and I'm afraid of change. Eskettit.


     
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    YOUR APPLICATION SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS:
    Polity or culture name/your username
    Type of government
    A history or cultural rundown of the polity you intend to play as and important things to know about it
    A proposed map of your territory, ideally with a "best possible" borders and "worst possible" borders
     
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    YOU CAN POST NOW IF YOU WANT ME TO WASTE YOUR TIME ;)
     
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    I'm gonna reserve another post because now I do what I want but you can still post whenever
     
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    Imperium of the Church

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    Gold - Core Claim
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    note: For some reason when I right click in imgur to "open in a new tab" the option is greyed out. If someone could enlighten me as to the mysteries of this forgotten technology it would be helpful for the future. Kudo's to Omega for supplying a direct png via discord after our discussion on competing claims.

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    Government

    Theocratic Ecclesiocratic Absolute Elective Monarchy revolving around the Papacy, the bureaucratic and imperial Roman Curia and a subsidiary collection of administrative dioceses and noble fiefs under a feudal aristocracy ultimately subordinate to the Pope-Emperor.

    Religion

    Catholicism. In the intervening millennia doctrine has developed somewhat including strictures on forbidden technology and a clearer emphasis of the present time being "the end times" with events foreseen in the book of revelation having been deemed to have already happened [the faithful are presently awaiting the sixth trumpet {the second woe}]. Fundamentally though it remains the same religion preserving the same dogma, having endured the cataclysm as it did the Fall of Rome and the collapse of western civilisation aeons ago.

    History

    It is written that for its sins, pagan rome fell into ruin and the sovereignty of the barbarians, and that it was the Church that raised the west up from the ashes of the old world and brought civilisation and wisdom. It was through the wisdom of the Church, the mother and teacher of nations, that the west rose to conquer the world, and learned of the miracles of God's creation.

    Yet apostasy soon afflicted the body of Christendom. A great evil struck down the god-appointed King of a nation called France and under the lie of "enlightenment" sought to raise up sinful human nature and "reason" above God and the strictures of the Church. Soon other nations fell before this most perfidious and insidious of errors, the Great Heresy, that would later become known as babelism and began to reject Christ and his Church and fall into abject sinfulness and evil. Murdering innocents in their mothers wombs for the sake of convenience, dabbling in forbidden technologies and opening the flood-gates of Christian Europe to savages from the south to better tyrannise the people.

    By their fruits would the world come to know them. Forming in time an evil "European Union" that sought to blot out the name of God and His Christ under the name of "secularism" and both in Europe and elsewhere descending ever deeper into "pride of life" and ever more subject to their lusts. The apostates of the Great Heresy brought ruin to the world and the beginning of the end of days. For heavens justice cannot be denied, and by their own sinful greed and foolish madness they brought uttermost ruin to their world as they in an orgy of sin and depravity unleashed forbidden sorceries upon the nations of men.

    Yet as it did before, the Church, the remnant Israel in this vale of tears endures. In monasteries, isolated pockets of faithful Christian catholics free from the taint of heresy and cleaving to the ancient tradition of the faith, and also in the Eternal City (which miraculously did not suffer a nuclear strike, although it would soon fall mostly into ruin in the aftermath of the cataclysm nonetheless) the remnant groups would come together and rally under the banner of the Church and its earthly pastor. Firstly in small kingdoms and principalities loosely connected by common Christianity, then later under the august rule of the Pope-Emperor as the great and multi-generational task of rebuilding the ruined west continued. Thus did a new Rome emerge just as glorious as the old, on the firm foundation of the Church, the aristocracy and the judicious use of ancient technologies under careful watch of the Church for the greater glory of God.

    But time would show that the Great Heresy endured. In old Germania the European Union, protected by its father the devil, survived! Although much distorted from its former pestilential malice and abject depravity, it maintained without shame the same errors that led to the ruin of the world and refuses to repent and submit to the yoke of Christ, proudly clinging to the discredited doctrines of babelism and the great heresy. Thus the Imperium of the Church [aka simply as Christendom to its people, or the Holy Empire] is resolved to crush these errors and enlighten this fallen and wretched world if not by the crook then by the sword, that the Lord might be welcomed in his second coming by his faithful in anticipation of the end of the age and the advent of the second woe.

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    Notes:

    1: The calamity resulted in the splintering of local languages. In this void Ecclesiastical Latin filled the role of Lingua Franca and eventually came to predominate over the local tongues as the Ecclesiastical Imperium emerged, in a curious reversion to something akin to the original state of western Europe in the time of the first Rome.

    2: The Church, remembering its role in fostering the initial flowerings of science makes use of ancient technological artifacts and resources. However it strictly regulates their use [knowing that idleness, particularly that abetted by perverted technology, fosters sin amongst the people and renders them open to the temptations of the devil] and forbids certain technologies outright [the blasphemous moving images for instance]

    3: In terms of governance the Imperium would be something like a more coherent and organised HRE. Religion and Empire are united under the Pope, and Empire wide institutions [particularly military, which would be organised under militant orders, in addition to local militia] are organised by the Church and curia both in secular and civil realms. However on the local level its in a large part a collection of principalities and lordships [and dioceses/territorial abbeys under bishops and abbots] united under fealty to the Pope.
     
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    Government: Feudal Republic (A democratic polity with a feudal twist, the Lone Star's feudal system is far different from most. Leadership, as opposed to being top-down as in most feudal states, is instead bottom-up, with the citizens of each settlement electing a local to be their Lord. Each Lord in a County convenes to elect a Count from among their own every two years in the main castle of the County, and then the elected Counts in a Duchy elect a Duke from among their own every four years, and then every Duke in the realm convenes to elect a new President for eight years minimum, although usually for longer. In addition, the Dukes of the realm form an advisory council for the President to consult in times of need and also is the only authority that can write laws, but only ones the President suggests. This keeps the peasants much happier than in most other realms while still remaining decentralized to better administrate its vast territory.)

    History:
    During the Apocalypse, the State of Texas, while subject to major nuclear bombardment, was simply too large to wipe out completely, and, combined with the state government evacuating from Austin to the more rural areas, allowed it to maintain something resembling order in post-Collapse society, even as everyone else took to cannibalism or the bunkers. The 'Lone Star' as it was known by the local Texans was something of a city-state during the first few centuries after it returned to Austin, but it established a strong identity as a sovereign state that allowed it to survive where few other pre-war entities could, albeit changing dramatically over the centuries into a quasi-feudal but still democratic realm.

    Tales of the Battle of the Alamo gradually shifted until they became stories of the common people staunchly resisting against barbarian monarchists. Traditions of American democracy still lived on in this rump state, and while time wore away at it, it survived, abeit barely. Immigration was at first quite high to this surviving democracy, and for a time peace and prosperity ruled in this tiny fragment of the Old World. Knowledge, literacy, and ages-old ideals held firm, even as the Literacy Wars and time itself tried its best to destroy them. The Lone Star, however, endured, and to this day maintains the highest levels of literacy perhaps in the world.

    However, many around the Lone Star sought to change this. Local petty warlords rose up and turned their envious eyes on Austin, the 'Jewel of America' as it was known, still the largest city in the region. Austin's forces were caught unawares by an invasion by a man known as 'Justin Henderson', an ambitious would-be king who sought to unify the region under himself. The gallant forces of Austin regrouped, however, and saved the city in a decisive battle that marked a turning point in the Lone Star's history. The Governor of the Lone Star at the time - Lucas Daniels - realized that Austin would not be safe until the region was civilized oncemore - and so it would be. He proclaimed himself President - an ancient title used by rulers of that great, ancient state called 'America'. This was a sign of his ambition - looking outwards.

    One major military reform later, and Austin was the one marshaling its forces for conquest. The forces of the Lone Star were highly trained and disciplined and, though small in number, routed the enemy in battle after battle as more and more of the region submitted to the Republic's arms. The first few wars were decisively in favour of the Lone Star, and they leveraged this to their advantage, gaining significant momentum with levied forces supporting their core of proffesional soldiers, uniting the region between two major rivers. Centuries have passed, wars have come and gone, but the Lone Star has held onto these regions and recivilized them, establishing libraries and schools, repairing ancient American roads as best they could, and founding new temples to their fledgeling religion - The Highest Circle.

    The Highest Circle is a polytheistic religion revolving revolving around a council of twelve Gods who govern the heavens and earth equally, with none being of any higher or lower status of any other. Each God is equal and governs a separate aspect of the universe. The Gods are as follows:
    Alexandra, Goddess of War and Conquest
    Babel, Goddess of Sentience and Nations
    Paulus, God of Knowledge and Order
    Gaia, Goddess of nonsentient Life and of Nature
    Solaris, God of Light, Fire and Plasma
    Justin, God of Earth and Solids
    Aquelia, Goddess of Air and Gases
    Oddess, Goddess of Water and Liquids
    Ferrus, God of Gravity and Weight
    Washintus, God of Liberty and Patriotism
    Anarc, God of Chaos and Discord

    Out of all prewar concepts and ideas, secularism and freedom of religion was the first to fall, and the Highest Circle is the state religion of the Lone Star, putting it at odds with the Christian world. However, they still hold onto many other concepts, such as scientific theory, legalism, and universal sufferage, making it and Eu the only states that are completely cognatic. The Lone Star's army consists of two main groups - the first being a professional corps of around 60% heavy sword infantry, 10% light skirmish cavalry and 30% hand cannoneers using 'clean powder', and the second being contingents of feudal levies raised from across the Lone Star. The Lone Star has a habit of only levying the less-educated peoples of its Republic to keep the more knowledgeable ones away from the frontline and in the cities, keeping the economy afloat.

    Diplomacy is not the Republic's strong suit, and war is often a more common response than diplomacy, in no small part due to the Lone Star's unique identity as a pagan republic in a world dominated by Christian theocracies and monarchies. They make up for this lack in diplomatic connections with military technology and discipline, making them a force to be reckoned with in warfare and a regional hegemon - however, its greatest weakness is its republicanism itself. Should a war drag on for too long, the peasants will inevitably grow weary of it and elect more pacifistic people as Lords, in turn eventually filing through the system until they reach the office of President and usually try to start negotiations. However, they will not surrender an inch of territory without making their foes pay for it in the blood of thousands - the Alamo will be remembered.

    Map: Large yellow dot is Austin, the capital, Orange dots are other cities, brown is core territory, tan is best case.
     

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    Resi de Panta (Kingdom of [the] Pampa)



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    Res (King): Alfane II de Martesi

    [WIP]

    In the times when wizards and kings ruled, all of the land that now makes the Resi de Panta was the Aryntena, or the Land of Silver. It was a vast territory covered in rich farmland, massive cities that housed far more population than all of this land combined, ships that . However, the nobility ignored the will of God, and instead they turned to decadence. Vast palaces to hedonism were erected, while the poor suffered at the hands of the careless kings, and those who did not suffer joined the kings in their hedonism.

    There was at least one saint in this corrupted Earth, a man going by the name of Peron. He and his apostles gathered men and taught them of mercy, respect and generosity, values that before his arrival were all but dismissed. However, the greedy kings were threatened by the followers of Peron and their calls for equality, and thus they ordered Peron executed in horrifying ways and drove his followers underground.

    With the death of Peron, his followers became divided in bloody sectarian disputes and some even went back to the old ways. But in spite of this, and the efforts of the kings to suppress Peron's teachings, his followers expanded, and started shaking the land, demanding for better treatment. The Kings could no longer shake off the large peasant revolts that erupted, nor could they shake off the wrath of God himself. War, famine and plague ravaged Aryntena for hundreds of years, until the Kings lost all their power.

    But now that the Gran Lempusa, this act of great cleansing was over, the magic was gone with the kings. And without the magic to sustain the vast population, the land of Aryntena was brought to its dark age. During these dark times, knowledge of the Lea Ancina, the language spoken during the times of the kings, was lost to time, and the population, which at one point lived in massive towers that touched the sky. The only surviving permanent settlements became concentrated in the eastern river of the Urunai river, as well as the northwestern Ceyu (Cuyo) but the rest of Aryntena fell to nomadic horsemen tribes.

    By the time Maren Alba became king of the city of Roseri (Rosario), no one but possibily a few groups that knew of the Lea Ancina knew just how long it had been since the Age of the Kings had passed, and few written records from the Age of Kings even survived. Nonetheless, Maren Alba was able to conquer the rest of the Urunai and Parana rivers and had himself crowned king.


    Current state of the Kingdom

    Greater cities, such as the Bun Asis, lay deserted, everything worth of them having been scavaged long ago, and most of the population is afraid of these cities, as it is said that the troubled spirits who lived under the Kings still haunt the streets. The only inhabitants of this city are sects that understand and speak the Lea Ancina.

    Most of the population speaks Pategani and this is the language of the nobility, but beyond the Pategani and Panta there are several other local languages. In addition, small sects of scholars and wizards of the country continue speaking the Lea Ancina but speakers of this language are seen with suspicion because most of the population sees the language as the tounge of the Dark Arts and for centuries speakers of the Lea Ancina were persecuted. It is only now that the Lea Ancina is seeing some degree of resurrection, though this is limited to the royal courts.

    The military of the Patega and Panta is mostly made up of horse archers, but in more mountainous regions such as Sile and Ceyu, heavy-armored swordsmen, axemen, and bowmen are the norm, due to the mountanious terrain and the large foundries providing easy access to iron.

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    Spoiler For those that hate inmersion :
    Land of Silver; Aryntena = Argentina
    Sile = Chile
    Ceyu = Cuyo
    Urunai = Uruguay
    Roseri = Rosario
    Patega = Patagonia
    Panta = Pampa
     

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    If you like you can expand your borders west to the Pacific.
     
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    so there’s the mushroom occupying the Karma free position in the food chain. you know we’ve been reading about these huge mycelial clones spread under Acres of soil in Michigan and Wyoming? well those things, what that is, is a cobweb like Network; and in the case of the psilocybin like species, filled with neurotransmitter like compounds. can you imagine how many synaptic clefts there must be in a 1500 acre mushroom clone? If brain size is any relationship to intelligence then hang on Hannah, because it means that this thing spread through the forests of the Midwest has, you know a brain approximate in weight to couple of dozen grey whales - Terence McKenna

    The hollowed-out ruins of technological society dot the landscape of the world. Contemporary cultures mostly either revere or revile these reminders of the past, and few governments are able to make use of what lies inside of them. Monastic orders have cropped up over the course of the past several thousand years that control the most functional and powerful of these ancient magics, and where they do not rule openly, these exclusive societies wield great power over not just life and death but what exists of the cultural imagination in a mostly illiterate world. The highest of these orders are those brotherhoods and sisterhoods of oracles who maintain the use of ancient banks of knowledge, hidden on the infernal machines of the ancients, great simulacrums that blast the minds of all but the initiated. Slightly lower, only in minute gradations, are those powerful sects that wield the secret fire, and distribute it to their followers to light their homes in the night and perform all kinds of devilry through the use of the ancients' magic. Only the most powerful of kingdoms curry the favor of these and other magics, whose secrets are carefully guarded, distributed only to a chosen few, and made to work in the service of power and authority.

    Outside of the more civilized lands, ancient sites of power are held as fortresses and redoubts for petty warlords who take an interest only in the ancients' capacity for murder. The use of terrifying machines of war, once seen on the battlefield in heroic, bloody days, has decreased significantly in the past centuries as even the most powerful of warlocks cannot repair the damage worn by time to the ancients' contraptions. Many say that whatever terrible knowledge the ancients possessed has faded from the world, and there are those who have fled the bones of the cities entirely and have become nomads. These bands of migratory people live entirely without ancient knowledge, but are a serious threat to settled cultures should they be angered, as their lifestyle is just as if not more sustainable than the habits and ways of city-dwellers and farmers, whatever pretension to civilization they might cling to through the use of ancient roads and salvaged materials. Fading from the world as well are great cities and networks of trade, though seafaring communities maintain contact with another, contemporary economies are significantly more localized than in the era of the ancients or even their successors, and traffic in machines and ideas has changed gradually to traffic in bondsmen and weapons.

    In these times, great ships cross the seas at enormous cost to their captains and an uncertain journey for all involved. Intercontinental trade and communication is very limited and reliant on good conditions at sea. The ancients' art of flying has been all but lost, and most people alive, including great kings and emperors have never seen anything like a plane take wing.
     
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    Name: Holy Columbia (United States of America)/NinjaCow64

    (* I am imagining that the office of "President of the United States" became somewhat like the title of Emperor of the Romans became after the fall of the Roman Empire. United States of America is the official name of the country, Holy Columbia is the informal name)

    Government: Absolute Theocratic Elective Monarchy. The highest organ of Church of the Presidents and Holy Congress (or more simply the Columbian Church) is the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court directly appoints the ruling Monarch of Holy Columbia, known as the President of the United States, on behalf of "the divine will of the American people". Presidents serve for life. Supreme Court Justices serve for life and are directly appointed by the President. Virtually all positions in the Church hierarchy are either directly or indirectly influenced by the President and/or the Supreme Court. Theoretically anyone with "divine blood" could be elected as President, however in recent years the powerful Harwey Family has dominated both the Supreme Court and the Presidency, ensuring all who serve as President and Supreme Court Justice are members or allies of the Harwey Family. The Columbian Church is the state religion and is mandatory. Gender is not a limitation on Presidential or Supreme Justice ambitions.

    Map: Ooer I am not good with map please send the help. I can draw a map if you like, but I can't guarantee it will be a good map in the slightest because I am terrible at editing provinceless maps and geography.

    The "worst possible" borders would be Washington D.C itself. The "best possible" borders would be as much of the east coast as you think is reasonable.

    Mythology/History: The line between history and mythology has blurred in Holy Columbia. According to the doctrine of the Columbian Church, there were many ages of man. Before the First Age (The Age of Eden), men lived no better than apes. They lacked language, intellect and modesty However, one day Heavenly Congress (the representation of all good in the world and also the afterlife) sent their representative on Earth, Jesus Christ, to teach humanity. Jesus Christ, the first President, gave the humans this knowledge and ruled over them fairly. Jesus was also very virile, fathering many sons (most of them to different mothers). These sons (except for Dark King George) became known as the Founding Fathers, as every President that ruled the United States trace their lineage back to them. Each Founding Father had extremely powerful magic (although not as powerful as Jesus' magic) and even the ones who did not become President are considered just as worthy as worship. Of special note are the twin Georges, fraternal twins who shared the same name, they were special because their morality was split between them. One of them (George Washington) inherited all the good in a man’s heart causing him to be kind, just and truthful at all times. The other (Dark King George) inherited all the evil in a man's heart causing him to be bitter, unjust and deceitful.

    After his children had reached adulthood, Jesus declared that he had done all he could for humankind and that he must return to the Heavenly Congress. He asked his children to pick a ruler amongst their number to succeed him, they chose George Washington due to him being such a just man. This made his twin brother incredibly jealous, although he had been able to suppress his dark nature most of his life, once his twin was elevated to such a prestigious position he could no longer resist his true nature. Plotting against his brother, he manipulated those who had enough evil within their hearts by manipulating their fears and desires to convince them to "return to the old ways". Turning a majority of the people against the Founding Fathers and Washington, he crowned himself as Dark King George and used his powerful magic and his followers to drive his brothers and their followers off of the island. This angered Congress, who revoked their protection of the humans remaining on Eden and allowed the evil in their hearts to weigh them down. This turned the inhabitants of Eden into terrible monsters and the weight of their sins caused the island to sink into the bottom of the World Lake. Dark King George, now himself a hideous multi-headed monster, ruled over this underwater hell where all damned souls now go.

    Washington and his brothers sailed across the World Lake until Congress directed them to a sacred land using a white dove. Christopher Columbus, one of the Founding Fathers and the helmsman of Washington's ship, realised that the dove was a sign from congress and followed it. The dove led them to a sacred land, the people from the boat began to set up a city on the shore however they were stopped by Washington and Columbus who had observed that the dove was continuing to fly inland. Eventually the dove came to a beautiful range and suddenly disappeared. This range is where the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution and built the Holy City of Washington. Thus ended the the Age of Eden and began the Second Age, the Golden Age of Man.

    Many Presidents ruled over humanity fairly and justly during the Golden Age of Man. However, Dark King George's power continued to corrupt the hearts of men. The people of America were protected from them by the Heavenly Congress and the President, but their magic was weakened when widespread idolatry, heresy and apostasy amongst the American people. The Tarost, evil beings who came from across the World Lake (ocean), marched across the World Lake and used powerful magic to destroy the United States. Amongst their were the terrifying sunspears, spears able to cause a piece of the sun itself to fall out of the sky and burn entire States to the ground. President Greg Stillson sacrificed himself to protect the remaining faithful from the wraith of the Tarorst, using his own sunspears to fight off the remaining Tarost and destroy their homes to ensure that they will never be able to harm the American people once again. This event was known as "the Happening" and it ended the Golden Age of Man, bringing for the the Third Age, the Dark Age of Man.

    The Happening exhausted most of the world's magic, even the powers of the President had weakened and left him close to death. Without the powers of the President weakened, the world fell into chaos. The unseen plagues spread across the continent and killed tens of thousands. Horrifying monsters created by the overuse of magic roamed the plains and consumed anyone who was unlucky enough to encounter them. Even the sun itself had been exhausted, it grew dim and heralded the beginning of the ten years of night. President Stillson told his successors that it was their duty to lead the American people back to the path of righteousness. Only then will the magic of the world be fully restored and the Dark Age of Man will end.

    In the recent years, Holy Columbia has a policy of expansion, trying to spread the faith and their government through both sword and diplomacy.

    Other Details About Columbian Church: Each President, Founding Father and other major religious icons are worshipped directly, this includes living Presidents. Compared to 21st Century Christianity they are equivalent to saints, they even have "domains", for example if you were to cross the ocean you would pray to Christopher Columbus as his domain relates to the World Lake and if you were sick you would pray to Obama as his domain encompasses health. Jesus and some of the more important figures are given a special place above all the rest when it comes to worship and. Each President has a tale or series of tales dedicated to their deeds when they blessed the Earth, these tales are fantastical and are not accurate to what actually happened although some details of their legends are recognisable to what they originally did. For example, Lincoln fought his brother and his armies over the fate of mankind, Nixon was betrayed by a group of heretics who had turned the population against him using a magical sound device and Obama sacrificed himself to stop a great plague. The more important the President the more myths and legends they have surrounding them.

    Another important mythological element of Columbian Christianity is Heavenly Congress, often just referred to as Congress. Heavenly Congress refers to two related concepts, the first is a great hall that serves as good afterlife in their religion. All good souls will ascend from the Earth upon death and go to the Heavenly Congress, however souls that are weighed down by sin will remain on Earth and be reincarnated into a new body. Souls filled with the most diabolical of sins sink into the World Lake and go to Eden to suffer eternally. Sometimes souls also remain/come back to Earth if Congress has decreed that they are important. The other part of Heavenly Congress is the collective will of those who have ascended to Congress who protect the faithful from all the worlds' evil, created by Dark King George, either this is placed within a persons' heart or manifested by natural disaster. Jesus leads this Heavenly Congress in their eternal struggle against evil. Heavenly Congress protects against these events, but if the people are not faithful enough then Congress will be weakened. When local cases of these events happen then the people are told to attend church more often and dedicate more time to prayer. In cases of mass crop failure, plagues and natural disasters the Supreme Court will read the Constitution for an answer to empower Congress once more, usually this will involve a crusade or a mass sacrificial ritual.

    There are two holy "books" that the church use. The first is known as the Holy Book, this book contains the history (including recent history) of America and the Presidents. This book is not considered to be a divine work, but it contains a series of prayers and historical information. Because the printing press has not been reinvented and the Holy Book is quite large, abridged versions of the book only containing prayers and the history of important religious figures are much more common than copies of the Holy Book. The second "book" is the original Constitution, it is kept locked away deep within the ruins of the Supreme Court and looking upon it without authorisation is a sin punishable by death. No one can truly read what it says because it is so decayed, even if it was in perfect condition no one in Holy Columbia would be able to understand 18th Century English. The Supreme Court claim that the Constitution is a magical document that is the way Congress directly communicates to them. Some Supreme Justices actually believe that they actually can see the will of Heavenly Congress written in flaming words! Although it is entirely possible that this is caused by the traditional hallucinogens given to the Supreme Justices when looking at the document and their biases given to them by years of religious indoctrination.
     
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  18. Omega124

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    Name: The official name of the realm is the European Union. However, as the memory of what even constitutes as "Europe" continues to fade away from the history of mankind, many names for this fallen political entity has entered the lexicon of the world. Eu (correctly pronounced as eee-you, but often the first syllable is omitted in practice) is perhaps the most common shorthand, a corruption of the once popular "EU" abbreviation in pre-fall times. Europe is the favored shorthand by the Parliament, but sees little international recognition due to the obvious claims of sovereignty over areas that the state does not control (even as the exact borders of Old Europe start to fade from memory). The Union is a poetic shorthand that has been gaining popularity in cultural manuscripts, but is not really used politically.

    Government: Eu, politically, has been defined by its complete rejection of monarchism even during the collapse of human civilization. Tyrants and despots were the way of the uncivilized "Tris", a perpetual crime afflicted to those people. Europe was a shining beacon of liberté, égalité, and fraternité (or, alternatively, einigkeit, recht and freiheit) where everyone was equal. At least according to their legends.

    Instead, the realm is ruled by an entity known as "the Parliament", whom among themselves elect a "Prime Minister" which leads all of Europe as an executive. The Prime Minister (working from emergency powers granted during the collaspe, but they don't know that and believe has always exercised this power) has virtually unchecked power to lead the realm as seen fit. The "Empees", or other sitting members of Parliament, only serve as advisory roles to the Prime Minister. However, the Empees have the ancient right to recall the Prime Minister and replace him with another in a vote of no confidence. Because the power of the Prime Minister relies on the consent of the Empees, in practice the Empees exert great influence on the Prime Minister; a Prime Minister who sees themselves going against the wishes of their colleuges too often will see themselves deposed.

    In the current system, the Prime Minister does not have a term limit. They rule from when voted as Prime Minister until death or resigning the executive position. The latter is far more common than the former, either to retire and enjoy private life again as they advance into old age, or to save face from a possible vote of no confidence (getting deposed in such a way is considered so dishonorable, that most will simply resign early than actually face one).

    To actually get into Parliament, one must be "elected" (as its still formally known). Seats tend to be created at-will by the current Prime Minister, and are still theoretically tied to actual geographic locations. However, they tend to be simply handed out to virtuous European citizens (or those whom have gained favor with the Prime Minister in general), and is more analogous to current notions of knighthood than any actual election. The major exception is that some free cities/communes within Europe still maintain a seat which is often actually elected from the ranks of the burghers of the city. There is no formal limit of how many seats may exist at once, but in practice there's usually about 300-500 at any given time.

    I don't know how much this fits the spirit of your game, but if its possible, I'd like Eu to be still mostly absolute cognatic when it comes to gender law

    Map: Much like NC, I'm a bit artistically impaired, so I'm just going to list what I want in text.

    My smallest area I'd be comfortable with is roughly the Benelux region, centered around Belgium in specific (Brussels, I imagine, is still the capital of the realm and where the Parliament meets). My maximum wanted demense size is an area roughly covering the area Charlemagne held in his lifetime: Most if not all of modern France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria; and bleeding into North Italy and Iberia. Obviously the Italian part 100% depends on what amount of Italy Jeho is claiming, and please give him priority since I know that's a lot of land I'm claiming.

    History:

    Europe was founded in ancient times by the woman known as Europa, who was fleeing persecution from an ancient kingdom in the east, and its tyrannical warlord Seuz. Unfortunately, he had his way physically with her body before she could fully escape, and ended up carrying his children. These two children became known as Romulus and Remus, who eventually founded the first European state, the Roman Republic. They named the land after their mother, in commenoration of the struggles that she had to deal with. The Roman Republic was a noble, virtuous society, and its inherit nobility was examplified in its republican form of government, compared to the petty, uncivilized tribes which united under despotic rule of the elite. However, the Republic was soon corrupted from within, and eventually was destroyed when its republican values were continiously violated.

    A dark age swept Europe at that point, defined by plague, civil war, and foreign invaders from the south. However, a man named Charlemange vowed to unite the people of Europe into one realm and fight off the invaders. Creating the realm known as "Holy Rome", Charlemange achieved what he set out, and saved Europe in her time of need. However, his realm would not survive his own death, and Holy Rome would fade into the distant memory of mankind. Europe would once again fragment into petty states, and fight amongst each other. Much like with the first Rome, the people of Europe slowly slid into decadent tyranny, even as the states build impressive empires across the seas in their own right.

    One of the most decadent and evil states was France, the homeland of Charlemange. It was said the King and Queen were so depraved, they would make his peasants eat cakes and other food they couldn't normally afford as a fake act of charity, before eating the peasants themselves. Eventually, the people had enough, and under the tutalage of Napoleon Bonaparte, overthrew and executed the French monarchy. They then once again, a new Charlemange, decreed they would again unite Europe by the sword. Napoleon marched to the end of the world, to a freezing wasteland, before being forced back due to the weather. Expecting a triumph for once again bringing back Europe again, he was instead betrayed and exiled by supporters the deposed kings, who returned to their thrones. This led to the "age of revolutions", as the free peoples, inspired by the French, one after the other set up their own revolutionary republics, although their greatest mistake was refusing to band together.

    Eventually, The Great War would engulf the world in a mad orgy to the whims of these ancient despots. Seeking a blood sacrifice, they doomed the world to an apocalypse. They summoned evil demons known as "Nazis", which consumed an uncountable number of innocents for their occult dark arts. Most of Europe was subdued in the Great War, with innocents pulled out of their homes to horrific sacrificial chambers in the east. However, the Nazis would be defeated when a virtuous Rome-like state from the west came from the oceans and reminded the Europeans their ancient values. The Nazis were defeated, and soon thereafter the European Union was formed, an amalgamation of all the states of Europe into one realm, to once again save mankind.

    However, it was not meant to be. The Union faced issues from the infestation of Nazis, who survived the Great War and hid among the ranks of humans. They whispered evil lies into the hearts of man, convincing many that the European Dream was simply never to be. The brave members of Parliament did everything to try to keep the Union alive, but it was not meant to be. Somehow, a Second Dark Age swept the world, either the work of the Nazis, or a last ditch effort to remove them from the Earth. However, hope is not yet lost. The Union still survives, its parliament still staffing her hallowed halls in Brussels. It may take numerous lifetimes, but Europe may once again rebuild, and recreate the lost Promised Land.
     
  19. Jehoshua

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    ooc: you'll find my claim has already been indicated on the thread Omega. Likewise the "ideal" state would have my claim compose of all continental Europe west of the Rhine [roughly equivalent to high Byzantium and other such major medieval states].

    That said having an apostate European union state next door will be interesting. Because the Imperium of the Church is its precise opposite in outlook in many respects.
     
  20. Ailedhoo

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    subbing: will potentially create the Inner Dominion in southern China.
     

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