|Federal Republic of Antharia|
Républica Fédérală Antharia (ro)
הרפובליקה הפדרלית של אנתריה (av)
Omospondisti Republik Antariê (eg)
Antarya Federal Cumhuriyeti (tr)
"Nihil sine Deo"
Nothing without God
In antaren hanjan dameas
The Antharians never lose
and largest city
|Official languages||Romanish, Ayvrish (in the provinces Valakhia and Dalbatria), Eganian (in the counties Attika, Kalattis and Kalliakra)|
|• Regional languages||Eganian
(along the Antharian coasts, specifically the Western half);|
Turquese (in parts of the Quadrilateral);
Kalmish (in the norther half of the country, specifically in Pollonia and north Budshak;
Kartlegian (in northwest Antharia)
|Government||Presidential Federal Republic|
|• President||Milena Zigour|
|• Premier||Idon Thiersteyn|
|• Upper house||Senate (Senad)|
|• Lower house||Chamber of Deputies (Camera Depoutacilor)|
|• Total||59,102.75 km2|
22,819.70 sq mi
|• Water (%)||2.1|
|• Estimate (2011)||10,520,000|
|• Per capita||34,957|
|HDI (2013)|| 0.857|
|Timezone||WUT + 6|
|Currency||Antharian Leou (ANL)|
|Drives on the||left|
The etymology of the name Antharia is uncertain. Widely believed legends mention an Antharious as first ruler of Hellanesians who migrated around 500 BC to the Kiran estuary. However there is no direct proof for the existence of an Antharious, historians believe the legend was pushed throughout the history by Antharian nationalist movements, specifically by the Réatyrnarya movement (Romanish Renaissance).
A more recent theory, developed in the late 70s, connects Antharia to the Antari people, a Turquan tribe originating on today's Mardoumakhstan, which has settled areas of southern Surian republics between the 4th and the 2nd century BCE. It is unclear how Hellanesians came in contact with the Antari tribe or if Antari were ever present on the colonized lands.
According to a theory promoted by the Antharian historian Joulien Himmighoff in the late 2000s, the name Antharia could have originated in the ancient Shelaq culture. The Ounouraddou (𐤅𐤍𐤅𐤓𐤕𐤅, ancient Shelaq law book) mentions a "land of eagles" (𐤕𐤅𐤋𐤓·𐤀𐤍𐤈𐤓𐤅𐤋, Tular Antharual) as home of 𐤓𐤆𐤍𐤇 (Raznah), the goddess of chaos and creation, situated eastwards, behind big mountain ranges. Himmighoff believed, the first waves of Hellanesian migrants either used the Shelaq Ounouraddou as orientation to finding the "land of eagles", or were generally referring to the area this way, based on Shelaq writings.
Throughout history, the area of the modern Antharian state has had three significant names: Ivira/Ivirya (in the local script Ив́и́рѧ) was the name of the Slavan Sur' principality between Doukas and Toridava, which set the base for the modern Antharian state, before West Ulethan colonization; Romany/Románia (in Romanish Рꙋма́нїѧ/Рѡꙋма́нїѧ) was the name the Garlian colony, before the conquest of the remaining Antharian kingdom; Antharia (initially in Romanish Анѳа́рїѧ) starting the late 17th century.
|History of Antharia|
|Pre-Antharian peoples||(before 500 BCE)|
|• Moorsh tribes, Terra Maouricia||c. 6,000 BCE - 1,000 BCE|
|• Mushqal, Kartlegian settlements||c. 3,000 BCE - 600 CE|
|Hellanesian Antharia||c. 500 BCE - 1797|
|• Hellanesian migration flows||c. 500 BCE - 500 CE|
|• Independent Antharian Kingdom||182 CE - 1797|
|Ivirya/Romany||c. 600 CE - 1650|
|• Slavan Ivirya||c. 600 CE - 1200|
|• Garlian Romany||930 CE - 1300|
|• Romanish Kingdom||1300 - 1650|
|History of Antharia|
|Greater Antharia||1650 - 1930|
|• Réatyrnarya (conquest of Antharian lands)||1650 - 1797|
|• Colonial empire||1845 - 1930|
|Barracan dictatorship||1930 - 1950|
|• Civil war||1930 - 1936|
|• Dictatorship||1936 - 1948|
|• "Déatyrnarea" dissolution of Greater Antharia||1948 - 1950|
|Modern Antharian state||1950 - now|
Prehistory and pre-Antharian peoples
The human remains found in Peshtera Vădouvelor ("Cave of Widows") dates from circa 120,000 years ago, being one of the oldest founds of Homo Sapiens in Uletha.
Until 500 BC, the Valakh plain was populated by the indigenous Moorsh, ancestors of the Iviran culture. In old Romantian texts the region was sometimes referred to as "Terra Mauricia". Other parts of today’s Antharia were mostly inhabited by early southern Slevic tribes.
Hellanesian Immigration and Antharian Kingdom
The name "Antharia" dates already from 500 BC, when it defined a region settled by multiple Hellanesian migrant flows between 500 BC and 500 AD, situated in the Kiran estuary region and rapidly spreading along both the northern and the southern coast of today’s Gulf of Antharia. Among the first significant Antharian settlements were Alexandraia (Iscandaria), Basilopal (Victoria) and Peia (Montemassena).
In the late 2nd century AD, Antharia gained independence from Hellanesia and became an independent hub of the Hellanesian trading network on the southern Ulethan coast. The first capital of the Antharian Kingdom was Хistri (pronounced ‘’shistri’’, now Histriya).
The Antharian Kingdom was mostly populated by Hellanesians, but also by Romano-Slevics, Moorsh and Turquese. The Hellanesian walled cities (metropalin) were only populated by Hellanesians, until the late 3rd century AD, after which the Moorsh were permitted to inhabit them as well. Romano-Slevics and Turquese people had in the ancient Antharian hierarchy the lowest rank, being not able to enter the metropalin until the late 16th century. Thus they built their own walled cities "kulanin", including Balcik, Nejbar, Hurezi (Hörezöy) and Bandabulya.
The ancient Antharian culture is specifically known for the ‘’Temples of Knowledge’’ (gnostheionin, laugian) which used to dominate the Antharian metropalin being situated either on a hill (akropal) or on an artificial hill (ziggurat) in the center of the walled city, always having a view on the open sea. The temples comprised and developed each a map of the known world, as well as various other scientific discoveries, collected and kept in cyclopedic manner. A room in the temple was consecrated to the ‘’Demiurge God’’, which was only accessible to the Grand Master Cartographer. The rest of the temple was also hidden from the general public, only cartographers, alchemists, as well as the heads of state and army were able to enter it on special occasions.
While in most gnostheionin, Grand Master Cartographers kept maps of the real, known world, the White Temple of Peia (nowadays Montemassena) is famous for having contained a map of a fictional world. The so-called World Map of Modest would go on to have a key role in the history of the Antharian State, in the Réatyrnarya movement, being also depicted in the current coat of arms of Antharia.
Over the centuries, the Hellanesian language in Antharia developed under Garlian, Castellanese, Surian, Moorsh and Turquese influences to what is today known as Antharian Eganian, an Eganian dialect which has been the official language of the Antharian Kingdom until its complete suppression in 1797.
Iviran Principality of the Slavan Sur’
The north of today’s Antharia was inhabited prior to the 7th century AD by South Slevic tribes, Moorsh and Kartlegians. In the 4th century, Silot became the hub of the Kartlegian culture. First permanent Moorsh settlements appeared already in the 3nd century, including Yabboq (Tighina), Shderot and Moab (Moabit).
In the late 7th century, the region of today’s northern Antharia and Iviron has been invaded by the Osnianit Sur’, becoming a principality of the state of Slavan Sur, known under the names ‘’Ivira’’ or ‘’Dukas-Toridava’’, unifying the two principalities around the Sur’ colonies Toridava (Sens) and Dukas (Archis, Glagol). The knyazes (rulers) of Ivira changed residences multiple times between these two cities before settling halfway, in the Sur’ fortification of Vorodino (today Bărrădin) in the early 10th century. Many more Sur’ colonies from the time period have become the foundation of significant Antharian cities of today, such as Lipsca Ivireană - Lipsk, Bourcus - Burcoš or Maguilla-Loupin - Magila.
In 930 AD, Ivira was occupied by Garlians seeking to establish own trading hubs near Hellanesian trade routes. Due to Antharia occupying most of the Iviran Coast, Garlians were only able to gain control over a small strip of coast, initially renting it from Hellanesians in exchange for a third of incoming and outgoing goods from the territory. In 947 AD, the region received the official status of Garlian protectorate, under the name of Romania or Romenia (in Ingerish Romany, named after its first Garlian governor Semprontius Romane.
The first capital of Romany has also been the first Garlian settlement in the area – the port city of Ioppe, nowadays knows as the capital city of Iviron, Yaffa. It was situated on the coast, in-between the two significant Antharian palin Peia and Tyras (nowadays Chyr, in Iviron).
Starting 1000 AD, the Garlian protectorate stared a number of attempts to expand northwards, into the Iviran principality of the Slavan Sur. With the help of the Turquan tribe of Varvars, which searched to expand into the areas north of the Iviran mountain range, the Slavan Sur principality has been gradually occupied by Garlians, over the course of the following 200 years. With most of the Sur population in occupied Iviran cities being dispelled, the lands were inhabited by a rare multi-ethnic population, which included Osnianit Surian, various remaining South Slevic cultures, Moorsh, Kartlegian, as well as minorities of Eganians and Turquan cultures (Turquese, Varvar, Mardoumakh). The area was named Budžac, derived from the Varvar term of Bucak, meaning „borderland”. The name is still used today, for the Antharian province of Budshaq, which approximately corresponds to the initial area with the same name.
In 1027, the new occupied territories were included in the Romantian Gaermanic Ostsiedlung (eastward settlement) movement, which consisted in the relocation of Gaermanic peoples from the Romantian subcontinent, specifically what is nowadays Garlis, Franquia and Pretany to lands in Central and East Uletha. Gaermanic peoples who were used to colonize inland Romany stemmed mostly from todays central Franquia (known as Franken/Francs or Siggen/Seguins), as well as, later, from the northern Pretanic kingdoms (known as Pollonnen/Pollonians).
"Réatyrnarya" conquest of Dalbatria, Quadrilateral, Niscavo, Qennes and Păshtquirran
Civil war and Barracan dictatorship
Formation of the modern Antharian state
Mountains and rivers
Flora and fauna
Law and judicial system
|Administrative divisions of Antharia|
2 monastic republics
1 external territory
Science and technology
|Demographics of Antharia|
Seguin, Frankish, Pollonn
|Recognized minority languages||Kalmish, Eganian, Qennesan, Surian, Armashlian, Castellanese, Malesorian, Maurit|
|Life expectancy|| 75,4 (male)|
Metropolitan cities and larger urban zone
Largest cities or towns in Antharia
Antharian Institute of Statistics estimates for 12 July 2019
Historically, the main languages spoken on today's Antharian territory were Eganian, Garlian, Kalmish, Iviran, South Slevic, Turquese, Kartlegian and Varvar. Today these have developed, mixed and diverged into the 9 official languages of Antharia
Antharian has been the official language of the Antharian kingdom. Today it's mostly spoken in southwest Antharia. It has developed from Eganian, under the influence of the local South Slevic, Turquese, Garlian, as well as Castellanese.
Antharian still has a strong resemblance to Eganian. Eganian-speakers in Antharia are however not considered ethnically Antharian.
Ayvrish has developed between the 13th and the 18th centuries. Initially as a vernacular language, it was used by the Iviran population in place of Iviran, as an easier way of communication. It is based off Garlian, containing a high amount of Iviran, as well as Kalmish elements. Today it's spoken throughout Antharia, mostly in central regions.
Ayvrish-speakers living on Antharian territory are considered ethnically Antharian.
Iviran origins in the Moorsh culture, who have settled the Borrogan plain already in 6000 BCE. Today, Iviran is mostly used in connection with religious practices in Ivirism, being mostly replaced by Ayvrish in daily communication.
The Iviran-speaking minority living on Antharian territory (mostly in the area of Barcheeva) is considered ethnically Antharian.
All Kartlegian speakers living on Antharian ground, including migrants from West Kartlegia and Chara Republic, are considered ethnically Antharian.
Mardoumakh / Varvar
Various Turquan languages, excluding Turquese, are considered as Mardoumakh dialects or remains of the Varvar language in Antharia. These are considered to be ethnically Antharian when living in Antharia.
Romanish has developed from Garlian, containing elements from most of the other local languages, specifically Romano-Slevic, Antharian, Turquese and Iviran. Romanish has 4 standards, speakers of the Valessan and the Syr'adronayan standards being considered ethnically Antharian. Speakers of the Yaffan and the Doukas standard are not considered ethnically Antharian. Antharian is spoken throughout the entire country
Speakers of Surian and other South Slevic languages who have their roots on Antharian territory are considered ethnically Antharian. Surians and other South Slevs who don't are usually considered ethnically Surian. Romano-Slevic is mostly spoken in northeastern areas of Antharia.
Seguin, Frankish, Pollonn
Seguin, Frankish and Pollonn are considered Kalmish dialects. Seguin refers to the High Gaermanic population resettled to Garlian Romany from Garlis and north Franquia in the 10th century CE. Frankish refers to High Gaermanic peoples resettled from Franqueterre and Plevia to Romany between the 10th and the 14th century. Pollonn is the dialect spoken by Kalmish people resettled to Romany around the 14th century. The Antharian Kalmish dialects are mostly spoken in northern Antharia.
Seguins, Francs, Pollons living on Antharian territory are considered ethnically Antharian. Other Kalmish speakers living in Antharia who are not related to these are considered ethnically Kalmish.
All Turquese speakers living on Antharian ground, including the Demirhan minority, are considered ethnically Antharian.
The administrative language in Antharia is Romanish (also referred to as Antharo-Romanish, to differenciate between the different Romanish languages), which within the Antharian borders has two official standards: the Valessan standard (also called North Romanish and Upper Romanish), spoken in the entire country except the southwestern part; the Syr'adronay standard (also called South Romanish and Lower Romanish), spoken in southwest Antharia and the Antharian enclaves.
However, Antharia is largely multilingual. According to a 2009 census, only 29.2 % of the native Antharian population have grown in a Antharo-Romanish-speaking household. 26.3 % of Antharians have spoken Ayvrish in their childhood, a Romanish language associated with the ethnic group of Ivirans. Further 17.5 % of Antharians speak dialects of Kalmish (Frankish/Seguin), mostly in northern Antharia, 11.6 % speak Turquese and 8.3 % Eganian ("Antharian"). Other languages include Surian, Qennesan, Malesorian, Romano-Slevic languages (South Slevic languages remaining on the Antharian territory) and remains of Varvar (considered dialects of the Mardoumakh language). Through immigration over the past centuries, big communities of Castellanese, Turquese, Franquese, Kalmish, Armashlyan and Malesorian natives have formed on the Antharian territory.
Antharia is a secular state. According to a 2017 survey, 49 % of Antharians declare themselves as Christic, among those 19 % as Romanish Ekelan, 17 % as Ortholic, 6 % as Antharian Ekelan (Antharian Eganian speaking Ekelan church, separate from the Eganian Ekelan Church), the rest including Castellanese Ekelan, Charan Ekelan, Old Rite Ekelan etc. The biggest religious denomination in Antharia is Ivirism, making up 26 % of the population. Other significant religious groups include Iman, especially the Irfan denomination (8 %), as well as various neopagan groups (4 %), most notably including the White Temple movement. 11 % of the population has identified as nonreligious, Antharia having one of the lowest rates of irreligious population in Central Uletha.
White Temple movement
The White Temple movement is named after the ancient loggia, situated on top of the old ziggurat of Montemassena (known as Peia in the Antharian kingdom). It is believed to have its ideological roots in theories by the Ante-Nacionala movement, between the late 18th and the early 19th century.
The Ante-Nacionala has been an anti-nationalist, anti-religious, later liberalist movement in the 1789 formed Greater Antharian state, originating under various different names already in the Romanish kingdom. Under the leadership of Ibam Lipicer, former member of the Lipizer house, the movement tried to revolt against the Antharian noble house system. In their hebdomad, they published theories about connections of noble families, Antharian freecyclopedianism and West Ulethan cultures with ancient Antharian values and beliefs. After their 1811 attack on Pallasso Concordia (main residence of the Massena family in Borodin, bombed and demolished during the Great War), 448 members of the group were hanged and burned in Montemassena in 1812.
The White Temple movement specifically refers to the 1809 article Shì ashè s'à dzíssou. Sýntem marriounétte (So, it's done. We are puppets). The article alleges to expose writings found 1789 in the White Temple of Montemassena (formerly Peia, Antharian kingdom). These writings point towards the Peian World Map of Modest (an ancient work of geofiction) depicting and controlling a planet (Ertra) in a parallel universe, which houses a suite of demiurges, each patrons and protectors of one or multiple nations from our planet (Terra). The demiurges are usually equally powerful, however there are superior demiurges, also in charge of appointing a new demiurge when one dies. According to Ante-Nacionalists, the reason for the Garlian colonization and invasion of ancient Antharia, as well as the race between noble families to liberate Peia was not trade, but the wish to instate a Garlian (i.e. Romanish) superior demiurge over western Ulethan nations in the documentation of the World Map of Modest.
To this day, followers of the White Temple movement believe in the suite of demiurges and a 1789 instated Romanish supreme demiurge for western Ulethan cultures, being controlled by the Antharian nobility and freecyclopedianism. These allegations, however, have never been taken seriously by these, being often ridiculed in Antharian media. During the Barracan dictatorship 1947-1952, White Temple followers were declared public enemies, most of them fleeing to Suria, others being massacred. The movement became popular again after the Great War, in the late 70s, especially among the younger generation.
Followers of the White Temple movement, not only present in Antharia, but also in Franqueterre, Garlis, Suria and Kalm, believe in connecting to the Romanish supreme demiurge of western Ulethan states telepathically through thoughts, with the help of meditation in natural environments and, at times, mind altering drugs. It's widely assumed the demiurge also speaks Kalmish, Ingerish and Franquese next to Romanish.
World Map of Modest
The World Map of Modest is an ancient Antharian geofiction project, created by the grand masters of the 7 loggias of Peia, in the 3rd and 4th century CE. The map and its documentation are held by the Massena noble family in the New White Temple (Black Temple) in Montemassena, inaccessible to the public. It has played an important role in the history of the Antharian state, being depicted on the current Antharian coat of arms. It is believed that the fictional map has been continuously developed throughout history, possibly to this day. The only informations publicly disclosed about the geofiction project are its continent names and general shapes (from the coat of arms, which shows the continent of North Amerique), other information is mostly rumored.
The project consists in multiple physical maps, the most famous of which being 23.5 m long and 10.5 m high, others being split into multiple square-shaped drawings (tiles). According to some sources, the Black Temple has 45 rooms with hand-written documents, explaining history, languages and religions of the fictional world.
The fictional planet is named Ertra, which is an anagram of Terra, the ancient Antharian name for the earth. The fictional planet shares many similarities with the earth, among others climatical, geological and cultural. The planet has 7 continents (according to some sources, each Grand Master created a continent), some being based off the earths continents, some being completely made up. The continents are the following:
- North Amerique - loosely based off North Archanta geographically, but not culturally (some mention Castellanese as main mapping language, possibly having been added to the map later, in the 19th century);
- South Amerique - based off South Archanta, some people mention the presence of the Ingerish language and even a territory similar to the Federal States of Archanta;
- Evrasye - a continent situated mostly in the southern hemisphere, based off Uletha, including fictional territories directly referencing specific Ulethan nations (according to some sources including Drabantia, Castellan and Roantra);
- Aphrique - a continent situated on both hemispheres, according to some based off Tarephia and North Archanta. Some mention the presence of Franquese in the continent;
- Boréalye - a smaller continent in the northern hemisphere, possibly mapped in Lentian;
- Paciphique - island groups based off Asperic Oceania, including the island group Iyawah, mentioned in various Romanish novels;
- Antéarqtique - partially uninhabited continent, situated around the north pole of the fictional planet, probably mostly mapped in Surian and northwest Ulethan Gaermanic languages.
Various groups throughout the history theorized the World Map of Modest is more than a geofictional project, some suspected a religious meaning behind the map (see the White temple movement), however they were proven to be conspirationists.