|Republic of Drabantia|
"Pravda a láska zvítězí nad lží a nenávistí"
Truth and Love defeat Lie and Hatred
Krásná zem, tys domovem mým (Wonderful land, home of mine)
and largest city
|• Regional languages||Escadian, Litvanian|
|Ethnic Groups||White (95%), other (5%)|
|Nationalities||Drabantian (86%), Litvanian (7%), Escadian (4%), other (3%)|
|• President||Radovan Bašta|
|• Prime minister||Květoslav Koutecký|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||The Chamber of Deputies|
|• Total||64623,83  km2|
|• Water (%)||3|
|• Estimate (2014)||8,392,000|
|• Census (2007)||8,384,851|
|• Total||$379.35 bil.|
|• Per capita||$45,204|
|• Total||$342.49 bil.|
|• Per capita||$40,811|
|HDI (2014)|| 0.897|
|Timezone||WUT +5:30 (no DST)|
|Currency||Drabantian Koruna (DBK)|
|Drives on the||right|
|This page is under construction.|
Drabantia, (Drabantian Drabantsko) is a country located in central Uletha. Its capital and largest city is Odrava with over 500,000 inhabitants. Other major cities include (by population from highest) Lipice, Tressen, Krále Hora and Vaberec. The neighboring countries are (from northeast clockwise): UL100, Escadia, UL108a, Nikolia, Litvania and UL108f. The country is landlocked, the only large body of water it has access to is the Egalian Lake.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government and politics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Culture
- 7 Map
- 8 See also
Archeological evidence suggests the area has been settled as early as 2000 BCE. Around 1st century CE, Escadic tribes started migrating to the area from the southwest and settling as far as in the Luhava lowland. The Escadic era lasted until the late 3rd century CE, with the invasion of Suric tribes. The Suric took control over Escadic's territories and continued migrating westwards, to present day Litvania and Nikolia. Escadic people bred and mixed with the Surics, thus creating a new tribe, the Dranii. Many relics from this age have been found, most notably near the rivers Banuj and Borava. This includes jewelry, ceramics and basic tools.
In the 6th century CE, Gaermanic peoples came into the area, settling along the western shore of the Egalian Lake. Cultural and religious differences have been a reason for clashes between the Dranii and the Gaermanic. The Dranii won, eventually, thanks to their advanced weaponry. However, the newly established peace didn't last very long, as in the 7th century, the area was invaded from the northwest by the Yunics.
The Dranii have been supported in a battle against the Yunics by Satto, a merchant born somewhere in today's Escadia, who fled the area due to the ongoing fights between the feudal families. The Dranii won and Satto became the leader of the first state in the area, the Satto's Empire, controlling the area of present-day Třesno, Krále Hora and Lipice regions. The western part of the country belonged to the Grand Loravia, controlled by the Stanislavid dynasty and the south, including today's Odrava, by countless Escadian tribes, namely the Abengardic.
Early Middle Ages
The Duchy of Drania emerged in the late 9th century and the former Satto's Empire became the core with Krále Hora as the capital. It was established by the Radslavid (dynasty) after they managed to unify the many duchies and principalities in Luhava and Boravia. Bořislav I. became the first duke around 885. In the late 10th century, Radoslav II. expanded the area further east to the Razníky mountains, where iron ore deposites were located, gaining him the nickname 'The Iron King.' However around 1050, the country fell apart because of economical problems and inner tension. After several years of anarchy, the Bohmír dynasty took over.
Meanwhile, Grand Loravia was invaded by the Egalian Empire. Egalians were people of unclear origin, possibly related to some Gaermanic tribes; they occupied the territories northwest of Litvania, and were very combative. Egalia controlled much of Litvania and also present-day Drabantian Egalia, the area near the Egalian Lake which was historically Gaermanic. The empire tried to expand its territory even further to the east, but had a peace deal with the Duchy of Drania and never defeated the Escadians, the easternmost point thus being the northwest of today's Odrava.
The Egalian Empire started to decompose in the late 11th century. After some requests for help, the Dranians decided to help Litvanians in an uprising, which then started the 12-year-long Dranian-Egalian War. The war ended in 1116 with the Duchy of Drania, led by Svatopluk II. taking over both Litvania and the shore of the Egalian Lake, making them semi-independent margraviates. Finally Marius, the Duke of Rabatta (Rabětín), which was an independent duchy north of the Abengardic part of Escadia, married Božena, the daughter of Svatopluk II., uniting Rabětín with the existing duchy. This is known as the Union of the Drabantian Crownlands.
The union remained relatively prosperous until the late 14th century, when the Egalian Empire, this time led by the Thuiadh dynasty, stroke again. Over the years, they conquested most of the countries surrounding the union, effectively blocking most trade routes and thus draining the union economically. This also led to political tension, amplified by Egalians who have infiltrated the government to spy and to destabilize it. In 1377, king Bronislav III. was stabbed dead in Třesno under unclear circumstances. The empire threatened to war the union unless it met certain demands, which mostly involved material and financial compensation for peace. Despite the union agreed to pay the compensation, the empire invaded and conquered it in 1379.
The emperor, Brenald III., was openly anti-Drabantian. He spoke of Drabantians as 'a plague that has to be eradicated.' The next two centuries mark the era of violent religious conversion (to other branches of Christicism tolerated by the Egalians), tearing down churches, burning books and destroying relics of anything Drabantian, which was a great cultural loss and one of the reasons so little is known about pre-Egalian Drabantia. The language got altered to sound more Egalian, in some cities Drabantian and Litvanian disappeared completely. Education was also only available in Egalian.
Trial and execution of the reformative pastor Metoděj Kos in 1458 was the starting impulse for a wave of protest. Kos and his philosophy, whose main idea was that all people are created equal and the Egalian Orthodox Church is corrupted and needs to go back to the roots of Christicity, gained a lot of supporters in the following years. The leader of the newly-formed Kossites, Jan Jindřich of Hradec and Rabětín, assembled an army and built a fortified town, Ašpery. The Kossite Army made many looting invasions especially in Boravia and remained undefeated until the Battle of Janov in 1477. Jan Jindřich, Václav Ašperský and 21 other Kossite leaders were detained and publicly executed in Krále Hora on August 16, 1478. The Kossite movement never grew as strong in Litvania.
16th century again saw the rise of reformative movements all across the Empire. The prevailing goal was secularization of the country and political reforms towards a more open, democratical society, inspired by ancient Southern Ulethan societies. For Drabantia, this meant gradual improvements especially in human rights areas. Drabantian and Litvanian got allowed again in 1576. Thea I., the son of emperor Marthius VI., inherited Drabantia and Litvania after his father's death and married Eliška Boravská on July 17th, 1641. Their son, Václav I., then became the first king from the new Václav dynasty.
This started a strong nationalist movement in both Drabantia and Litvania. Many relics, especially churches, from the Crownlands era, got restored. Krále Hora and Loravia became centers of the country once again. In 1721, under Marie-Alžběta, mandatory elementary school attendance was established and serfdom was abolished. On May 16th, 1721, a new constitution went into power. It was one of the most advanced constitution in North-Central Uletha at that time.
After Mary-Elizabeth's death, her son Jan I. should've taken over the country, however with the support of the Litvanian nobility, his younger brother Konrád I. got ahold of Litvania, which Jan was against. Thanks to Jan's diplomatic skills, the whole situation ended with a peaceful split on January 1st, 1749. Since then, a few attempts to unify the countries again had happened, none of which were succesful.
In the 19th century, Drabantia became an industrial country, which caused the rapid growth of many cities (Odrava, Třesno, Vaberec) as workers migrated from villages to find jobs in industry. To transport all the goods, a dense network of railways was built in the late 19th century. In 1858, Odrava became the new capital of the kingdom due to its convenient position on the confluence of the Borava and Banuj rivers. In the same year, Drabantia turned into a constitutional monarchy with a parliament.
Václav Karel III. was the last king of Drabantia. He died in February 1915 and had no progeny. Later that year, prime minister Antonín Rmut got elected the first president of Drabantia. In the first years of the republic, the government invested a lot of money in modernizing infrastructure. This boosted the economy greatly, making it one of the largest in North-Central Uletha for a while. However, the economical growth also brought many problems, such as the growing income inequality; the cities were becoming crowded but new construction couldn't help because it couldn't be afforded by the ones most affected by the housing crisis. The workers' conditions were also unsatisfying.
The situation got even worse in the 1940s. The politics became a competition of two polar opposites: the far-right, represented by the National Democrats and the far-left composed of the National Socialists and others. The centrist liberal democracy represented by Antonín Rmut (who died in 1938) had almost disappeared. In 1940, Bohuslav Olbert (National Democrats) was elected president. In his famous speech, 'I See a Great Country,' he promised to make the situation better, which he then struggled to fulfill. Police scattering a peaceful demonstration at the International Labor Day march in 1945 sparked a series of mass protests across the country, which eventually resulted in the impeachment of Olbert.
In 1946, president Bohdan Vlach and the National Socialists got into power and started reforming the country dramatically. At first, this was accompanied by economical decline, however over the next few decades, Drabantia became a relatively wealthy centrist social democracy. Up until today, Drabantia maintains universal single-payer healthcare, free education on all academical levels and relatively strong worker and customer protection laws.
Drabantia is progressive in social affairs. Universal suffrage was established in 1902. Jarmila Majerová became the first female president of the country in 1965. In 1968, the country decriminalized homosexuality; LGBT+ protection laws were passed in 2002, gay marriage was allowed in 2011. The country maintains a consistently high level of female and LGBT+ politicians and some of the lowest gender wage gap rates in the world.
Drabantia has a temperate continental climate. The summers are warm and relatively humid, temperatures often rise up to 35°C (95°F). Winters on the other hand are cold and generally drier, but with plenty of snowfall. The temperatures in winter sometimes drop to -30°C (-22°F). The coldest month is January, the warmest is June. The coldest temperature ever recorded was -43.8°C in Pádava (Ráj nad Mlžnicí district) and the hottest temperature was 40.7°C in Hrubětice. Most rainfall occurs between April - August.
(More coming someday.)
See also: World map of natural resources
Government and politics
Main article: Politics of Drabantia
Drabantia is a representative parliamentary democracy with a pluralist multi-party system. The head of the government is the Prime Minister. The parliament is bicameral, with the lower house being the Chamber of Deputies with 160 members and the upper house being the Senate with 81 members.
The role of the president is limited. He has, for example, the right to veto bills passed by the parliament, appoint Supreme Court judges, nominate constitutional court judges or appoint prime ministers. he president is selected through a joint session of the parliament. One presidential term lasts 5 years and one person can only be elected president twice in their life. The current president of Drabantia is Radovan Bašta. He was elected in 2015 and is the twelfth president.
The Government of Drabantia consists of the Prime Minister and his cabinet (government ministers). They are in charge of domestic and foreign policy agenda. The current, 41st Prime Minister is Květoslav Koutecký, who was elected in 2014.
Chamber of Deputies election is held every four years. The voting system is based on proportional representation with a 5% threshold. The members of the Senate have a six-year term each and a third of the senators gets replaced every two years. The system for the Senate election has two rounds and each electoral district elects a single senator in runoff voting.
Drabantia has a civil law system. There are three equally powerful main courts: the Constitutional Court for violations of the constitution; the Supreme Civil Court for legal cases and finally the Supreme Administrative Court for law procedures and administrative issues.
Embassies of Drabantia in foreign countries
- Belgravia - Luslandija near Slovech rw. station, Slovech
- Myrcia - Grosvenor Plæc/Winter Stræt, Dunwic
- Neo Delta - Doigat Street, Malojdeh
- Pohenicia - near University Hospital, Puerto Elisabeth
- Pretany - Court Street near Terminal Dock station, St. Richards
- Tierajas-Verdes - Embassies District beside Embassy of Litvania, Punto de Christopher
See also: OGF guide to embassies
There are three main levels of administrative divisions: Kraje (Regions), Okresy (Districts) and Obce (Municipalities). This table shows the regions.
|Flag|| Region name
| Region name
|Abbreviation||Administrative seat||Area (km2)||Population||Districts|
|Vaberec Region||Vaberecký kraj||A||Vaberec||6781.05||5|
|Banuy Region||Banujský kraj||B||Ostrovany nad Banujem||6740.02||8|
|Odrava||Hlavní město Odrava||D||Odrava||394.72||1|
|Drabantian Egalia Region||Egalský kraj||E||Poltavy||9606.95||11|
|Janov Region||Janovský kraj||J||Janov||6385.68||9|
|Krále Hora Region||Králehorský kraj||K||Krále Hora||6689.44||7|
|Lipice Region||Lipický kraj||L||Lipice||6833.31||8|
|Central Boravia Region||Středoboravský kraj||S||Štemperk||4800.06||4|
|Třesno Region||Třesenský kraj||T||Tressen||7908.22||9|
|East Boravia Region||Východoboravský kraj||V||Živá Voda||8489.93||7|
Drabantia has a free market. However, the state owns all of the insurance, healthcare, education, car crash assistance, infrastructure and resource extracting companies and has set strict social, labour and environmental rules.
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|4.||Krále Hora||Krále Hora Region||122,600|
|7.||Ostrovany nad Banujem||Banuy Region||93,800|
|8.||Poltavy||Drabantian Egalia Region||91,600|
|9.||Štemperk||Central Boravia Region||86,700|
|10.||Živá Voda||East Boravia Region||77,100|
|11.||Žitava||Krále Hora Region||73,200|
|12.||Teplice na Jezeře||Drabantian Egalia Region||68,800|
|13.||Brány nad Banujem||Banuy Region||55,500|
|16.||Zábřeh nad Boravou||Central Boravia Region||37,800|
|17.||Drabantský Kolín||Janov Region||36,600|
|18.||Týn nad Elží||Lipice Region||33,700|
Drabantian cuisine is influenced by the infertile soil the country has. The traditional ingredients include potatoes, oat, lamb meat, cheese, wild berries and herbs. Here are some of the meals quintessential to Drabantia:
- Potato pies (baked mashed potatoes with ham and cheese, often fried in an breadcrumb crust)
- Game with wild berries and sour cream
- Goat cheese and raspberry salad
- Potatoes with thyme and caraway
- Rosemary tea
- Lavender and salvia soda
- January 1st - New Years Day
- April 14th-16th - Spring Holiday
- May 1st - Labor Day
- Second Sunday in May - Mothers' Day
- May 16th - Nation Day
- June 24th - Saint John's Day
- July 17th - Sovereignity Day
- August 16th - Kossite Memorial Day
- November 17th - Youth Day
- December 24th-26th - Winter Holiday
- Excluding the area of the Egalian lake.