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|Älvidske Unien |
Älved / Alved
"The Four Nations united."
|• National languages||Mergan, Franquese, Vyzadian, Brevinian|
|• Regional languages||Ingerish (near Neberly)|
|Nationalities||Alvedians (80%), Brevinians (12%), Výzefílïdi (4%), Neberlians (3%), Other (1%)|
|• Total||~ 310'000 km2 km2|
|• Estimate (2018)||~ 5.5 million|
|• Density||~ 17/km2|
|Currency||Alvedic Franc (ALVF)|
|Drives on the||right|
Älved or Alved is a country in northeastern Uletha, formed as a confederacy of 4 states: Adventsland, Romandia, Vyzadia and Brevinia.
The country was created from several nations who split from Greater Darcodia.
Due to their remoteness, most regions of the country have been very isolated in the past, and the lack of development during the Darcodian era led to frequent clashes between the fragmented populations and cultures. During the XXth century, the Älvi valley, Thürsland, and the maritime provinces have seen an economic expansion, due to the rail connection between Darcodia and Neberly, crossing Älved, while Vyzadia and southwest Älved have lost up to 90% of their population during these times.
The last oil crisis in early 2010s led to "Project Displacement" which consists of a complete redraw of provinces, renaming towns, and regrouping populations by culture or by language, closer to their capital cities or to zones with high development potential, thus bringing also an ecological aspect to the project. Road traffic had drastically diminished, with some areas almost inaccessible at some parts of the year, so people are relocating along the main roads and economic centers and railway traffic is being developed again, with old disused connections being renovated.
Increase of national spirit due to the Vyzadian conflict in the 2010s have led to the emergence of Älvedic language, a constructed language based on all "pidgins" spoken in the national territory, which is a mixture of Mergan, Franquese and Brevinian. Älvedic is now used as administrative language and taught everywhere in schools, but always as second language, each state keeps its own mother tongue as first language.
There is a project of big commercial intercommunity town on the tip of the southwest panhandle (the maritime area cutting into Darcodia), and some new projects of developing motorways on international fret roads.
The central part of Älved is dominated by the Great Alvedic Plain (river Älvi and lakes) and by the Füllert (Filarete) Plain, both enclosed by mountain and hill ranges. The Alvedic Plain has Bärensee (Bear Lake) in its center, is delimited by Westwrinhamer hills to the North, Sorokas mountains to the east, Mist range to the south, and Mittelälved hills and Thürser Alps to the West. Füllert Plain extends from Grundbach (Niederthürsland) westwards up to Vyzadian mountains.
Southwest is a dense forest hills area, heavily de-populated after the scission from Darcodia. Only some settlements remain along the Füllert river and delta. Biodiversity is abundant in this wilderness area.
Northern lands and Northeastern lands consist of boreal forests, swamps and lakes (Bärensee being the biggest one). Alved is almost entirely enclosed by hills on its northern border with Neberly.
The Far West and southwest is a generally flat area with extreme continental climate, boreal forests (locally), high altitude flatlands which become semi-arid in far western Brevinia. It is well connected with neighbouring Karolia and Darcodia.
Climate is mild and temperate in the South, mild and continental in the North-East, and gets drier and colder as we go further westwards. The coldest temperature ever measured was -45°C at lake Könböl, BR. The hottest temperature recorded was in Vyzað, VY, about 40°C. Brusselles, GR, is the most rainy place (oceanic climate), while the unpopulated Western Brevinia is the driest (arid cold steppe).
The tree limit in the country is about 1200-1600 m above sea level.
The highest point in Alved is Gottspferdsattel (God's Horse Saddle), in the Oberthürser Alps, at 4'140 m. Some remote mountains of the West still have to be measured and might be higher or not.
The lowest point in Alved, is the shore of the saltwater Lake Subb in northern Forestia, at -110 m.
Neberly and Älved (map 11.2018)
Alvedic and several groups related to neighboring countries. Brevinians in the West are related to Karolians, and the Výzefílïði ("settlers of the marshes") nomadic tribes are supposed to be from far north Uletha originally.
Each people have kept their own language. The constructed Älvedic language, based on pre-existing mixtures of Mergan, Franquese and Brevinian, is used as administrative language, but English is sometimes used as lingua franca.
The last oil crisis and civil unrest between the different populations led to "Project Displacement" where remote populations suffering crisis were separated and relocated to new development areas, generally closer to the capital city of their kin. The former 20 alvedic Cantons, with various spots of languages and population, were replaced by 4 provinces split into 12 cantons, one province for each population, with the majority's language as the official language of the province.
- Brevinia at the west (Brevinian language, with Pustabed as province seat - 2 cantons: Brevinia (Brevinfoldvar), Sabadfeld (Pustabed))
- Vyzadia in the center (Mergan and Vyzadian cohabitation - failed state, administered by the Adventsland and the federal governments)
- Adventsland in the central valley (Mergan language, with Adventikum as province seat - 3 cantons: Adventia (Adventikum), Mittelälved-Thürsland (Grundbach), Tell-und-Lacustria (Telldorf))
- Romandia in the eastern part (Franquese language, with Corbière as province seat - 4 cantons: R.Maritime (Myst), R.Centrale (Corbière), R.du-Nord-Est (Trayssinel), Grande-Rocadia (Rocade) )
Cantons of Sorocassia, Thuliland, and south-west Adventia are currently unpopulated areas with future colonization plans.
Agriculture, fishing, tourism and some mining. Some parts of the country remain largely undeveloped.
- University of Thürs, MT.
- University of Adventikum, on the eastern side of Adventstop, in the capital city.
- International IT School in Pregmatsch, TL.
Points of Interest
I, SwissCrusader, have been into worldbuilding, drawing maps and stuff, since my late childhood, and also later on. Some were used in homemade RPG's, or custom maps for diverse game mods (which have been lost and not been released in general).
At some point, during maybe 2 years, I also had very lucid dreams that were happening in some fictional world that looked a lot like the real world where I lived (Western/Central Europe) and there were connections between different places in different dreams, sometimes I dreamt being twice in the same imaginary city with the exact same features during 2 different nights... and well somehow I managed to connect all these things and to map the world I was dreaming about, and this became that high-res part around the city of Myst (obvious reference to mist and mysterious).
So I can say that some imaginary land was imagined by me (Thürsland / Steier area), while some other parts were in me and I've seen them in my dreams very clearly. And some parts are actually made specifically to fit within the OGF world, like Brevinia which relates to neighboring Karolia, or Forestia which was made to fit within the Neberly design all around.
I created this country of Älvedic Confederacy (obvious reference to Helvetic Confederacy in the real world) from bits and bobs of what I can remember of these imaginary worlds, with some adaptation to OGF's constraints, like the fact that it takes place in a modern world context.
Most of these places were unnamed in my brain, so as I am a PHP developer too I created several autoname generators, that I use for smaller settlements in Älved's 4 different languages. So most of these placenames have no sense, although they look like known languages, whereas the biggest cities and some hidden settlements actually have a meaningful name, or some meaning hidden in a part of their name, or there is an obvious reference to something in the real world, or a translation of some feature's name on my OGF neighbours' countries, etc. But generally I pick up some names which look great and put them on the map, so if you see any inappropriate word on my map, please request kindly so that I change it, I might have ignored the real-world language translation into swear words.