Nations Name: The Kingdom of Ivorymist
Motto: Through trust and faith in one another; The Ivory people can not fail
Race Name: Ivories
Race Description: Ivories are humans that hail from the kingdom of Ivory. Physically they are no different from any other humans. However, there are regional dialects and skin colors; for example, the people of Firemountain are far lighter due to their higher climate, vs. their WaterPlain neighbors to the south, who, because of their aproximity to the ocean, tend to be more tan.
Some Ivories from Springside enjoying the weather
Population Scale: 2.4 Million
Winterfall is a glamorous city, revered by some as the "Trade and Diplomacy Capital of the lands"; and to others; A world where corruption brews.
Despite it's look beautiful outlook, Winterfall is home to many criminal underworlds. But you could not tell by simply looking at! It's location provides a beautiful backdrop of the Summer Valleys.
The Bellin Castle, high atop Chantry Hill, in the center of Winterfall.
Settlements: Most settlements are small farming communities that surround a slightly larger city or town. These cities or towns serve as regional capitals (In which there are 5, +The capital, which is a total of 6.) Firemountain, Water-Plains, Summer Valleys, Springside, & Northafade; each with their own appointed governors.
Sorry about any confusion this causes. I'm working with stupid MSPaint. And I'm certainly no graphic designer. It's only for my own reference, so I don't forget my own regions. Thanks.
Winterfall: The capital of Ivorymist. Although not a proper region, it considers itself a hold. It is the second smallest in terms of population. Capital is Winterfall.
WaterPlains: The most populous region of Ivorymist. Known for it's expanding planes, and marshes. Capital is Evershold.
SummerValleys: The second most populous region. It's borders along WaterPlains & SpringSide are very mountainous, but inside lays many river valleys that roll into the sea to the south. Capital is Sharpfall.
Springside: Characterized by it's amazing hill-bound villages and prosperous farmlands, Springside is regarded by many Ivories as the place for a proper honeymoon! The capital is Swansea.
(For those who don't get it, Springside is based loosely on Wales )
Northafade: Northafade is varied in climate. In the tri-region area (The area where Northafade, Summer Valleys & Springside meet) There is a small desert. As you travel further west, there is more & more trees, and further northwest, more snow! It is more populous than springside, but less than Summervalleys. Ranking it 3rd of 5 regions. It's capital is Buckingland.
Fire Mountain: Fire Mountain is the least populous of all the regions, including the hold of Wintefall. It is a steady slope towards the center of the region, which is peaked by a dormant volcano. The population declines the higher you go, but those willing to search for the famous AshLumber of FireMountain can make a pretty penny. It is often regarded as the strongest lumber in the known world (Although this has not been tested.) The Capital is Ashlumber City.
National Geography: The Geography in Ivorymist is very regionally based. See above.
The Ivory people walked the lands far before their unity. The lore says the land was conquered by two kingdoms. The kingdom of Stenzlet, a nomadic, magical peoples from the north; and the Kingdom of Stormery. A viking-like tribe that supposedly sailed from the east (Many people believe they were a Matuan tribe). They built their civilizations over time, not knowing of the other's existence. Until their capitals, Stormariah & Ogslund; built straight into one another! The far more civilized Stenzi people offered peace and trade, but the Storms wanted to conquer! So they did. They subjugated the Stenzi for thousands of years. But the Stenzi eventually rose up in the form of The Chantry, now the largest religion in Ivorymist. The Ungodly Storms were so utterly fascinated by the Chantry's tales, they freed them, and lifted the interbreeding laws. The two peoples merged, and founded The First Ivory Kingdom. The First Ivory Kingdom collapsed swiftly, as Stenzi pures demanded the Chantry have a part in rulership. The Storms, while mostly converted to the religion of the Chantry, believed in secularism.
This led to a civil war between the Pure Storms and the Pure Stenzi, with the mixed breed in the middle. The war waged for a hundred years, then one hundred more. The mixed people became sick of the infighting, and rose the first Ivory Army, dedicated to unifying the races. And this they did. After several key battles, the Ivory Army beat back both extremes. The Storms agreed to peace under the condition that the Kingdom remain secular. The Stenzi extremists fled north in part, while another part was forced to live with the fact that their Chantry must maintain it's power by it's own means. Alfred I was crowned king of Ivorymist, and the Bellin royal Family was founded.
A painting of the first king of the second kingdom, Alfred I; who fought both the Stenzi & The Storms in order to secure peace
Nation's Major Trade Exports: Ashlumber, Iron & other Raw Materials, Lumber, Muskets & Gunpowder
Nation's Major Trade Imports: Furs, Exotic Foods, Consumer Goods (Furniture, Clothing), Lumber if not in surplus.
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
The Four Chambers
The Constitution divides the Government into 4 chambers. The People's house, The Royal House, The Governors house, & The Chamber of Senators.
The People's house
The people's house is a 105 Man house. 20 men are to be elected from each region, +5 from the capital.
How the elections are run is under the determination of each governor.
The job of the People's House is to elect the chamber of Senators, and pass any legislation that may come from them. They do not have the right to PROPOSE legislation however.
Legislation passes the house with a total of 53 Yes votes, in which it is passed onto the Royal House.
The Royal House
The Royal House is made up of 10 advisers chosen personally by the King (Or Queen) herself. These advisers can be ANYONE their majesty chooses. The adviser does maintain the right to refuse.
The main purpose of the royal house is to pass legislation proposed in the COS, and passed through the People's house. It is the majesty's decision to sign or not, and solely their's in the end.
If the legislation is rejected, it goes back to the house for another vote. The legislation will now need 60 Yes votes, in which it will then become law.
The Royal House can also propose a law to the house, only for it to come back to their majesty if approved.
The Governor's house
The Governor's house is made for the sole purpose of the regional governors to congregate and form trade deals and policy ideas, under the supervision of the Monarch.
There are 6 members. 1 for each region+ the Monarch themselves.
The Chamber of Senators
Elected by the People's house, the Senators are one of the two houses who can produce national legislature. However, they can not vote on it.
There are 525 members of the Senate. 100 Senators decided by every 20 House members +25 chosen by the 5 representatives from the Capital.
Once the legislature leaves the Senate, it will never return.
King Alistar II- King of the Kingdom, Ruler of the house of Bellin.
First Woman Alessia- Wife of Alistar
Prince Alfred XXXVI- Heir to the throne
Prince Charles I- Brother of Alistar. No right to throne unless passed over by Veronica I
Prince Alistar III- Second child of Alistar. No right to throne unless passed over by Charles I.
Princess Mariam IV- Youngest child of Alistar and Alessia. No right to throne unless passed over by Alistar III.
Prince Charles II- Son of Charles I. No right to throne unless passed over by Mariam.
Lady Lucia- Wife of Charles I
Lady Anna- Wife of Alfred XXXVI. In line to become First Woman.
Princess Veronica I- Daughter of Alfred & Anna. Heir to the throne after her father Alfred.
Duke Henry- Brother of Alessia
Ser Duke Perry- Brother of Alessia
Duchess Perry- Wife of Ser Duke Perry
Count Gareth Perry- Son of Duke & Duchess Perry. In-Law to the King.
Ser Matchett- Leader of the Chantry Party; holds majority in The People's house (58)
Mallet Brovin- Leader of the Social Worker's Party; (31 Seats)
Colin Bard- Leader of the Anti-Mage Movement Party- (10 seats)
Melony Brandle- Leader of the Anti-Royalty Party "Republicans"- (4 seats)
Jameson Card- Leader of the Firemountain Nationalist Party- (2 seats)
Governor Strass- Governor of Waterplains.
Ser Matchett- Governor of Springside- Also leader of the Chantry Party & Leader of the famed Ivory Magi Circle.
Governoness Bliss- Governess of Northafade
Governor Jessen- Governor of Firemountain
Governor Kezaeth- Governor of Summer Valleys
Len Statsy- Revolutionary who has been attempting to stir a revolution in the fields across the nation. Regarded as a criminal by both the government & the Chantry.
Strongly anti-enterprise & Anti-Magic
Madame Henneth- Current leader of the Chantry, a member of the Magi Circle.
Military: 323,000 Soldiers. 17% of 1.9 Million adults, out of 2.4 Million citizens
Army/Regular Troops: A good mix of light musketmen & cavalry. Lacks overpowering artillery and Mage soldiers due to laws enforced against it. Tactics are simple line formation, mass volleys. Cavalry is mainly used for quick flank maneuvers and destroying magical presences on the battle field.
10 Divisons with 5 corps in each. (50 corps)
One Corps has roughly 6,400 men in it, organized into about 20 infantry lines, 2 groups of Cav, and 2 Artillery groups.
The ratio is about 7:2:1 Infantrymen/Cav Riders/Arty soldiers
A painting of a foot soldier standing next to a Cavalry rider. Note their distinctive green, nationalistic uniforms.
Navy: Only simple wooden ships mounted with naval canons. Ivorymist government insists that a strong naval development program is in the works in order to perhaps "expand territories" in unruled areas, or potential purchasing points.
Magic is a controversial issue in the Kingdom. The Chantry insists magic in needed for contact with the maker, and only supporters of magic will enter the heavens instead of walk with the demons. However, many bloodmages exist, and use their powers for murder, thievery and other undesirable things. This gives the unmagic population ( about 94% of the entire nation) a very fearful outlook on whether or not magic should be outlawed. While the Chantry can't legally have special rights in the government, they are still allowed to participate, as they do. They have used their persuasive majority to outlaw mages in the military, therefore keeping all mages at home to work for the grand Ivorymist Magi circle (which has a militant wing!) led by Ser Matchett.
Currency: Ivorian Dollar
Religions: Chantry- 77% Atheistic- 20% Other- 3%
Economy: Ivorymist has a very merchantile system. Free trade reigns most of the nation, and most goods are bought from stalls. Although Capitalism & Communitive based Socialism also have an influence in these modern times. Small industries are growing larger, and the lack of factory laws leave some workers with 10-16 hour work days for very small pay. Independent farmers sell goods to stall merchants; however, Commune farming is becoming a sociable alternative. The farmers give all their crops to elected advisers in villages, in which the food will be rationed amongst the villagers, and some rationed to working unions who produce factory goods independent from owners.
The Chantry is the official church of the Stenzi religion (Although use of the term Stenzi is no longer used in the church. The members of the Chantry (77% of Ivories) call themselves Chanters, Or the Chanti.).
The Chantry believes that before time, there was a circle of gods, made up of 100 gods. 50 that represented good, and 50 that represented sin. Both sides recognized that if they were to ever create a universe,
they would have to work together. So they did. However, two particular gods, Vuxhollen (A good god), and his spirit brother Vathtalon (A corrupted god) were casted out of the circle because they believed that all species have the right to exist. The circle believed that only humanity had the right to exist. Vuxhollen and Vathtalon created their own universe. When the circle learned this, the two plans of existence fought, and Vuxhollen & Vathalon's universe, was victorious.
It is a common practice to NOT punish morally evil people in the chantry, as corruption is the way of Vathtalon, and although his practices are evil, evil is seen
as an important quality of existence, and that without evil, corruption, and sin, all living beings could not even exist.
When a human dies (Or any Chanti, although The Chantry religion is most popular in humans) they are sent to judgement before Vuxhollen & Vathtalon, or the "Makers".
If the Makers believe that the being led a fulfilling and HONEST life, regardless of their moral compass, they are sent into the gates of the afterlife, also known as "Pariah".
If they do NOT believe the being led life to the fullest, they are casted back in the form of a child, with no knowledge of their previous existence. With this, everyone is given another chance at redemption. All humans were at one point, another human who was not worthy of Pariah.