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Antharia

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Federal Republic of Antharia
Républica Fédérală Antharia (ro)
הרפובליקה הפדרלית של אנתריה (av)
Omospondisti Republik Antariê (eg)
Antarya Federal Cumhuriyeti (tr)
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Motto:
"Nihil sine Deo"
Nothing without God
Anthem:
In antaren hanjan dameas
The Antharians never lose
Capital
and largest city
Bărrădin
Official languagesRomanish, Ayvrish (in the provinces Valakhia and Dalbatria), Eganian (in the counties Attika, Kalattis and Kalliakra)
 • Regional languagesEganian (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)
DemonymAntharians
GovernmentPresidential Federal Republic
 • PresidentMilena Zigour
 • PremierIdon Thiersteyn
LegislatureParliament
 • Upper houseSenate (Senad)
 • Lower houseChamber of Deputies (Camera Depoutacilor)
Area
 • Total59,102.75 km2
22,819.70 sq mi
 • Water (%)2.1
Population
 • Estimate (2011)10,520,000
GDP (PPP)2013
 • Per capita34,957
HDI (2013)Increase 0.857
very high
TimezoneWUT + 6
CurrencyAntharian Leou (ANL)
Drives on theleft

Antharia (/aŋ'θæɹi.ə/ an-THA-ree-ə; Romanish: Antharia or Anthariya [an'θari.a]; Eganian: Antariê; Ayvrish: אנתריה; Turquese: Antarya; Surian: Антария), officially Federal Republic of Antharia (Romanish: Républica Fédérală Antharia or Respumplika Omospondistă Anthariya) is a federal semi-presidential republic in central Uletha, on the Iviran Coast. It includes 6 constituent provinces. Antharia covers an area of 59,102 square kilometres (22,819 sq mi). It is bordered by Niscavo, Qennes to the west, UL118 and the Surian republics West Kartlegia and Chara to the north, as well as Iviron and Montemassena to the east. To the south, the two Antharian enclaves Turtukay and Ramnakon have physical borders with Demirhan Empire. The enclave Adakale, situated at the Kiran river, shares a physical border with Malesoria. Its capital and largest city of Antharia is Bărrădin.

Antharia has been one of the oldest monarchies in central Uletha, dating from as early as the 2nd century AD, when it became an independent Hellanesian state. The modern Antharian state, however, has formed through West Ulethan colonization of the region in the early second millennium, mostly by Garlians and Kalmish. The modern Antharian culture unites West Ulethan cultures with ancient Antharian ideology and symbolism, as well as local Iviran, Slevic and Turquan values. Antharia shares strong cultural ties with other states of the Iviran Coast, such as Qennes and Iviron, separated through differing cultural and political influences throughout their histories.

Name

The etymology of the name Antharia is uncertain. Legends mention an Antharious as first ruler of Hellanesians who migrated around 500 BC to the Kiran estuary, however there is no indisputable evidence of his existence.

Throughout history, the area of the 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

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.

Garlian Romany

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Iviran Coast around 1000 AD

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).

Romanish Kingdom

"Réatyrnarya" conquest of Dalbatria, Quadrilateral, Niscavo, Qennes and Păshtquirran

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Iviran Coast around 1400

Greater Antharia

Civil war and Barracan dictatorship

Formation of the modern Antharian state

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The official 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 Syrancousan 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.

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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.

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