Nation Sheet: (Kingdom of) Rivalia
Race: River Elves
The River Elves are a subspecies of elves that adapted and developed in accordance with living close to rivers. Yet, despite this they have many common Elven characteristics. They tend to be tall, with the average male standing 6'11" and the average female standing 6'6". Like most elves, they tend to be light in comparison to their height with the average male being 180 pounds and the average female being 125 pounds. They have sharp facial features, like a pointy nose and ears as well as a rather thin jaw.
However, because of their development into a seperate subspecies, they have a certain things other elves don't have. Their hair is usually blond, though dark brown is found. Their eyes are usually blue, but green is found in about 22% of the population (a decent margin). They are very agile and excellant swimmers, it coming as an almost innate ability at birth that just needs honing with time. The skin is always a pale tan colour. River Elves have an average life span of about 70 years, though this number is brought down because of the military as most who live to that age end up living to be about 120 years of age.
Being light, agile, and excellant swimmers has led most River Elves to have fairly broad shoulders and unbelievable grace in the water has led to many aquatic sports to rise up. This agility has also led to the need for quicker, sharper senses and so their hearing and eyesight is about 30% better than other elven species. They also have a reaction time quicker than other elves by about 50%.
The typical diet of a River Elf is about 10% Land Game, 25% Fish and Seafood, and 65% Plant Food. However, at times in the year Fish and Seafood makes up as much as 60% of their diet because of festivals and celebrations.
All of these things have led to the River Elves having a strong warrior culture. Men are taught from a young age about fighting and self defence and military strategy. Women are taught from a young age about the works of a home and healing. Yet, despite this warrior culture, they still maintain almost perfect harmony with nature like their elvish nature would suggest.
Population Scale: 1 Million
Government: Constitutional Federal Kingdom
The Government of Rivalia is split into two levels, Federal and Regional.
The Federal Government is split into three branches, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.
Headed by the King, by far the most influential and powerful person in the Kingdom, though his role still has limits. His main job is to pass laws presented to him and lead the military, as well as give the country direction. The King is to select an Apprentice (usually his firstborn son) who will take the thrown after his death or retirement. However, the Apprentice can only take the thrown if he is at least 25 years of age.
The Prime Minister is elected from the ranks of the Senate, and still serves as a Senator, but is to be the King's voice in the Senate and take the thrown if the King dies or retires before the Apprentice reaches 25 years of age. The Prime Minister serves for five years.
The Council of Generals is a council of 5 Generals selected by the King in order to advise him on military matters as well as lead the nation if the King is away or incapacitated but not dead.
The Commission of Advisers is a group of 7 scholars selected by the King to advise on any matter he needs advice on. Being on this council holds great prestige, but not much power. Though it is not unheard of for a Commissioner to later become a Senator.
The Federal Legislative Branch consists of the Senate, which is made up of five members from each region. Their job is to make laws that are either passed or vetoed by the king. They also elect the Prime Minister from among their ranks. Senate members are selected, two by a Region's House of Representatives, two by the people of a Region, and one by the Lord of a Region. Senators serve for 10 year terms, though usually get elected multiple times over.
The Judicial Branch is a Jury of seven members selected by the King and approved by the Senate in order to hear Federal Court Cases. They serve for life.
The Regional Government is also split into three branches of the same name as Federal.
The Lord like a regions King, but only has to be 20 for the Apprentice to take over. If the Lord dies or retires before that, the King selects the new Lord with the Senate's approval.
The House of Representatives is like the Region's Senate except that it has exactly 100 Members, all voted for by the people of a Region.
The Regional Judicial Branch works much like that of the courts of the United States.
People of Importance:
The King of the Kingdom. He is 30 years of age and has been King for three years. He learned under the instruction of many of the great scholars throughout the kingdom and under the instruction of many great generals learned about war and combat.
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Baker turned revolutionary, he is 22 years of age and hopes to bring a more Republican form of Government. He is very interested in learing about ancient Rivalia and its golden age.
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Nation Size: Large
Riverdale is a city built into a mountain as well as the capital of Rivalia.
Settlements: Architecture tends to be made of mostly wood with stone, some cities even being carved out of mountains. The shapes tend to be Grecko-Roman mixed with a bit more natural shapes and slight, almost non-existant, medieval influences.
2000 years ago, Rivalia collapsed from a Golden Age. The surving mythology says Rivalia was flooded my massive waves. Not much information survives about ancient Rivalia.
The River Elves then split into several regions at constant war with each other. About 1200 years ago, they finally united into the Kingdom of Rivalia. They then began expanding to the borders they currently have. At around 500 years ago they encountered the Lumen which stopped their northward expansion at the mountains. The Borders for Rivalia have not changed much since then.
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Nation's Trade Resources: Lumber, Stone, Fish
Military: 25% of Population (250,000 people)
Regular troops: 60% of the Military (150,000)
Officers of various ranks lead from bases of operation.
Knights serve as the highest ranking foot soldier. They wield heavy armour and weapondry. Think of a normal Knight, excellant with their sword, except no horse.
Infantry are led by the knights. They have medium armor and are decent with both swords and a bow, carring a single handed sword and a crossbow.
Archers are the support units of the army. They carry a bow with arrows and small knives. They use stealth to get where they need to go and then support the foot soldiers. Archers are excellant at their craft, the best in the Kingdom.
Horseback Archers are the flanking machine of the Army. They ride horseback to support the foot soldiers from close up. They carry a bow with arrows, but usually use a cross bow with bolts.
Trebuchets are also support units, althought they are rarely ever mobilized. They usually stay as defense units for the cities of Rivalia.
Uni-Calvary are Calvary on Unicorn-back. They are the swiftest riders, charging in heavy armour well ahead of the foot soldiers in order to distract the enemy in a form of shock and awe. The Unicorns stay heavily armed and their riders are lightly armoured carrying a crossbow and a single handed sword. However, there are no more than 100 Uni-Calvary at a time.
Dragon Riders mean complete mobilization of the military has taken place. This is an absolute last resort of Rivalia, as there are only a handful of these soldiers to be used.
Rivalia mainly uses the Navy as transportation. However, there are a few warships in the Navy, armed with cannons (the only cannons known to exist in all of Rivalia).
Magic: Magic the River Elves use typically comes from magical items. These magical items are few and far between, it being illegal to own with very few exceptions. These items are some of the last remnants of ancient Rivalia's Golden Age. They mostly have defensive purposes but there are some offensive items as well that can do things like shooting lightening at enemies. However almost all of these items take a toll on the user.
*exhales* That took so much. And this is still a WIP, but a lot better than before no?
Anyhow, in these two attachments, I made the borders of my Regions. The White Dots are Region Capitals, and the black dot is Riverdale, the national Capital. The small square next to the the R is the Federal District.
These are the Region Names and Capitals are the Region Name + City
1 - Rivalan
2 - Gaurdus
3 - Sheldia
4 - Elvias
5 - Truak
6 - Dragoolia
7 - Valan
8 - Minoria
9 - Kordas
10 - Legacia