LINESII Awards- Thread Two Most Powerful Gold- Khemri. Ever since the fall of the Lengels, Khemri has been the single most powerful nation in the world. It has once again defeated the Valins (with its loosely-affiliated allies) and looks like it will now be nigh-unstoppable, save by decay. Silver- Valin Republics of Veritas. At the beginning of the war of the White Rose, this group had the combined power of several significant nations. But there were just too many nations set against it to prevent its destruction. Bronze- Guangfei. Now the most populous nation in the world, and continuing its incessant economic development. Largest Nations Gold- Gorin. At its peak, ruled a vast territory north of Khemri. Much has been lost due to the recent chaos, but it will soon be regained. Silver- Guangfei. Lots of land, lots of population. Bronze- Magland. Just edges out Khemri, due to the possession of more territory that is indisputably theirs. Plus, this nation has a large capacity for further expansion in the immediate future. Best Rise Gold- Kelios. Since its foundation, this nation has become the dominant force in Azulia, destroying the once-mighty Tsayans and developing a powerful culture and economy. Silver- Magland. Some may consider this more of a comeback than a rise, as the powerful Mag tribe was conquered by Trinlin centuries earlier. Regardless, this nation has quickly risen to prominence in the south, and is growing rapidly. Bronze- Adar. This nation has risen to a pathetic blockaded city to a powerful force in the new world, due to sheer dogged persistence in its goals. Best Comeback Gold- Valin Republics of Veritas. From ruin to glory… and back to ruin. Silver- Kalmar. From a rump post-Valin state to a powerful ally of Khemri with a large realm and revived culture. Bronze- Myocaca. This nation was nearly destroyed during the Lengel invasion, but it lived on, rebuilding and redeveloping. It played an important role in many Bladeist campaigns, and has grown dramatically due to the fall of the Swades. Greatest Fall Gold- Lengels. At one point they ruled a titanic realm, but they suffered the eternal fate of nomad empires and collapsed. Silver- Veritas (again). Went from the largest, richest, and strongest nation in the world to practically nothing at the end of the Great War. Then it gradually clawed its way back up, then was again crushed to next to nothing at the end of the War of the White Rose. Bronze- Swade Ascendancy. Transformed from the leading force of Bladeism to a conquered and ruined state over the course of a few decades. Richest Nations Gold- Khemri. Twice as rich as it was last awards, and still in the lead. Silver- Guangfei. Rich (though the wealth is quite focused in the upper strata), and trade will soon be picking up dramatically once Khemri’s silk route completes. Bronze- Gorin. This country remains steady in its wealth, though several younger countries are on the verge of overtaking it. Greatest Religion Gold- Oneism. Veritas' power and its dream in spreading its religion all over the earth has been quite successful, living far beyond its founding nation. The faith fractured, but it is still strong throughout many parts of the world, thriving in almost all of the places which Ardan or Veritas has civilized. However, its influence is now waning, due to its massive loss of followers and a powerful nation to represent them. Silver- Bladeism. This religion has spread like wildfire out of Cultesia thanks to the Swade Ascendancy. It has been pivotal in the decline of Oneism and the nations represented by it, and remained incredibly unified through all. Bronze- Trinlinism. This underrated faith is followed by the young and rising nations in the far south. It has yet to make a big splash, but it is hardly likely that it will not do so in the near future. Best Culture Gold- Veritas, though this is rapidly declining due to the destruction of many of its holy sites. Silver- Khemri. A truly unique culture Khemri is virtually alone in practicing its religion, and thriving without culturally-tied allies. Bronze- Guangfei. This culture is as strong as a boulder. So far it has assimilated almost all of the areas it has taken over into one unified, rich culture. Best Warmonger Gold- Gorin. During the War of the White Rose, fought off a Lengel rebellion, Nkondi rebellion, Davian invasion and Merhai invasion at the same time, with direct aid from only one small nation- Fairhelt. Silver- Swades. Commited massive and frequent wars, topped off by their massive conscription, which above all else resulted in the destruction of themselves and the Valin Republics of Veritas. Bronze- Lengels. Despite defeats in their wars, the Lengel people lived- and fought- on. Best Builder Gold- Myocaca. Have you seen the scale of the things they build? Good economically too. Silver- Citadel. Research, explore, build... etc. You saw this one coming. Bronze- Gorin. Performed lots of irrigation and development programs in the north, and economically strengthened the region. Pity it fell into chaos shortly thereafter. Most Good Gold- Citadel. The recent events ignored, these people seek nothing other than peace and the advancement of the human race. Silver- Khemri. Fought defensive wars for the continued prosperity and well-being of their people, never committed any atrocities (the worst thing they did was forcibly remove pro-Valin Kalmar officials from their positions of power. Bronze- Myocaca. Turned against the Swades after they finally went too far. Resisted peer pressure and always fought against the extinction doctrine. Most Evil Gold- Swades. The Suwapa program. Constant inquisitions. The Fanaticism. Managing to alienate almost everyone from them. The Extinction Doctrine, and their self-destruction due to massive conscription. Need I say more? Silver- Gorin. Was on the good list last awards. Notice that all of the nations from the evil list last awards are gone this time around? Bronze- Magland. Mass enslavement of barbarians in their most recent campaign, and a general mistreatment of the Trinlin population of their country. Most Abused Gold- Veritas. Vast amounts of their population was destroyed, and most of the forces in the world were arrayed against them. Silver- Gerbers. Suffered total, or at least near-total genocide at the hands of Gorin at the beginning of this thread. Bronze- Tir Tairngire. A distant third, has suffered from large amounts of religious strife, forced conversions, civil war and foreign interventions. Craziest Nations Gold- Swades. Same reasons that they’re evil. Plus their insanely large draft. Silver- Adar. Didn’t start acting pragmatically until their war with Zemora, which transformed them into Zamdar, a nation with a much brighter future. Bronze- Ikki. Intentionally fragmented and self-destructed while in the middle of a life-and-death war. Most Advanced Gold- Citadel. Due to their constant researching, exploring and experimenting, technological development in this NES is advancing at a great speed. Silver- Khemri. They have advanced naval technology, and are at the leading edge of mainstream technological advancement Bronze- Gorin. They remain true to their culture of advancement, though this is now more often shown in metallurgy than domestic technology. Most Unique Gold- Kelios. This philosophical and powerful nation is an enigma to the west, and may become a great power someday. Cuivienen has a knack for making unique nations, it would seem. Silver- Gamorrea. Religiously-driven civilized cavalry nation. I’ve never seen something quite like this before. Bronze- Aryie. An island of peac- oh wait, not anymore. Greatest Generalist Gold- Khemri. Quite simply, they can do whatever they want. Silver- Guangfei. Another powerful and balanced nation, though more socially stratified. Bronze- Kelios. Skilled in war and trickery, culturally enlightened, and skilled stoneworkers. Quite a generalist, I’d have to say.