Kingdom of Sanguinia
"Sanguinia, crown jewel of mankind and the birthplace of the empire. The cold, dark kingdom from where mankind rules across half of the entire world. Though, the cold and harsh northern winds are difficult to endure, it also serves as our safe haven in the darkest times of need, and we should be grateful for the lands the gods have granted us" Maximillian Christiansen, one of the few surviving members of House Christiansen, remarking on the kingdom of Sanguinia.Sanguinia is the main kingdom of The Sanguine Imperium being its seat of power as well as the strongest geopolitical entity that is made up of mainly humans. Serving as the political and economical center of the entire Imperium, Sanguinia in itself is one of the greatest kingdoms on Elladia. It is located on the continent of Inaria, covering almost three quarters of the continent with the rest being under the rule of Tenebria. Across the boreal forests and eternally frozen landscapes of the kingdom, the flag of the Imperium flies ever high, and serves as a mark to show that humans thrive in even the harshest of climates. In alll, Sanguinia is a source of pride for the Imperium and mankind as a whole, and its inhabitants are ready to sacrifice their lives for the greater good of their race at all costs. For the last few years, Sanguinia has been bearing the devastating toll brought on by the imminent return of the dark god Arkanos. Despite the "Church of Arkanos" being banned, their activities still continue, spreading the word of their unholy deity and helping to prepare for his return. It will be upto the Sanguinians, the first men who roamed this world to defend their lands and fight for not just the survival of their race but for the survival of Elladia against this nightmarish god in his unholy crusade.
"The King may be pretty darn powerful but even then, there"s a backup plan incase we ever inherit either a dumbhead or complete lunatic as the leader of the kingdom" Attributed to a guardsman in the Imperial palaceSanguinia is officially an absolute monarchy, like most other kingdoms in the Imperium and the monarch of Sanguinia is also the emperor of the entire Imperium. The monarch has the final say on everything except the independence and freedom of the judiciary , and this abrogates all other decisions made by the common council or the higher council. Under the reign of king Alarius Christiansen however, Sanguina has pioneered a unique way of checking power abuse which has since then been enacted in the other kingdoms of the Imperium as well. By creating a fully independent judiciary and granting it powers to convict the king, the royal family and other nobles of offences which violate the fundamental human rights of the people enshrined in the constitution and allowing them to impeach the monarch, it is ensured that the monarch can execute their initiatives at rapid pace whilst also providing a means to fighting against corruption and human rights violations. To protect the judiciary from power hungry monarchs, Alarius Christiansen also decreed that any action harming the independence or freedom of the judiciary will be illegal, thus ensuring the total independence of the judiciary. This system was thereafter recieved with immense support and applause from the general populace, who were happy that the monarch was wise enough to make a provision for keeping his powers in check whilst also rolling out his vision and initiative quickly and efficiently. It would soon become the base for judicial systems all across the Imperium, with every kingdom having this provision or at least something similar. Besides the monarch, there are only two other legislative bodies which can make laws in the Imperium
The Sanguine council
"Its no joke to be a member of the sanguine council. After all, you have got the entire burden of a kingdom and millions of souls on your shoulders. Indeed, with great power comes great responsibility" Lord Magnus Valarsson, the minister for education speaking about the duties of being in the higher councilThe Sanguine Council is a council made up nobles directly appointed by the king to serve as ministers for the various ministries of the kingdom. The council has much freedom and usually have a lot of control over their respective ministries as long as they stick by the rules and regulations. Despite all the power they have, they are still members of the common council which is the only legislative body in the unicameral parliament of the kingdom and their votes are equal to that of the average common council member
The Common councilThe common council is the name given to the council that forms the parliament of the kingdom. Composed of around half a thousand elected officials, the common council has the sole powers to make laws in the kingdom according to the constitution of the Sanguine Imperium. Each member of the council serves until the parliament dissolves at the end of its tenure, unless they either die or resign or are removed by other means from their seat. The monarch being the leader of the council can introduce new laws without the consent of a two thirds majority in the common council, but the common council can take this matter up with the judiciary and if the laws are found to be violating the fundamental human rights of the citizens, then the monarch is legally bound to repeal the law unless they face potential impeachment.
" I want to see those Argonites have the balls to actually do it. They say they can reach the Imperial palace in a week and drink our blood as wine in just a week. Lets see who drinks who's blood first" A memorable quote made by the then emperor Axel Christiansen, after the Argonites threatened to raze the entire Imperium in just a week"Sanguinia has enormous material assets that can be divided into roughly four parts
EconomyThe technology sector is also heavily developed in this region due to a combination of the necessary materials, a skilled workforce thanks to the effective education system and policies of the kingdom and also due to the positive attitude towards technology by the inhabitants, who are always trying to discover new ways of making theirs and their kindreds lives better using science and technology
"Though this land is harsh and accepts only those with an iron will, it still has many bounties we should be thankful of. And nothing amongst them can beat the resources and metals we were blessed with" Attributed to a miner working in a mine in the Kingdom of SanguiniaSanguinia was fortunate to be blessed with an enormous amount of resources, with the earth of this kingdom being filled to the brim with heavy metals and minerals. Due to the sheer amount of mineral resources and their quality, Sanguinia has become filthy rich by selling these to the other kingdoms of the Imperium. The opening of mines have also contributed to more jobs and thus, tremendously reduced the amount of unemployment and poverty that was once prevalent in this region. Sanguinian Blacksmiths have also been known to produce some of the finest weapons and armor known to mankind using their unique metallurgy and blacksmithing skills, and they are in great demand in other kingdoms which wish to use these equipment made by the very first men who arose on Elladia
"There is no power on earth that can undo us my brothers and sisters. Sanguinia shall stand tall and strong and fight for all of humankind till our last dying breath" A speech made by Axel Christiansen, regarding the military capabilities of the kingdom
The beginningThe history of Sanguinia spans almost back to the very first vestiges of humankind. There has been evidence found by anthropologists and archaeologists that the very first humans had arose on the chilly ice fields of the northern reaches of Inaria before they gradually moved Southwards. Before the Imperium formed, there were many tribes that were scattered around the continent. Most of these tribes had warred against each other, and sometimes temporarily formed alliances before breaking them over and over again, forming an endless cycle of bloodshed and violence. This would all end however, during the great unification wars that would unite most of mankind under a single banner.
The Unification WarsGrowing up, he became a distinguished warrior and was known for his extreme bravery. As he ascended the ranks of his tribes army, he slowly started to make peace treaties and unify the tribes. Deciding that this was not enough and being gripped by a craze to unify all of mankind after seeing the tribes fighting with each other on petty issues. He proclaimed the unity of mankind during a special speech at his coronation ceremony as the tribal chieftain and the rest as they say, is history.
The Unholy Times
"These are harsh and dark times we live in. We must not bow down to this evil however, and rather fight it headfirst till our last dying breath like our ancestors did. For us and the rest of mankind" A proclamation made by the current emperor Hans Christian Danielsen about the recent sinister events happening in the kingdom and all around ElladiaThe Sanguinians have to stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of humankind in battling this newfound evil. Many will inevitably die but it is a sad reality. They will have to fight with beings that are of a higher level than them, beings that they can"t even comprehend and one that mere swords and axes cannot defeat. Unless they unite not just with humanity but with all of Elladia, then they will surely be facing a dark fate. For the enemy they face is hellbent on ensuring that dark future for all of Elladia.
Demography and Population
Sanguinia has a population of roughly 100 million according to the latest census. Despite being a relatively highly populated continent with large metropolises in the more fertile and warmer southern regions, the northern parts are incredibly sparsely populated with few large population centres. However, most of the mines and resources that Sanguinia possesses are located in the northern part and this brings a lot of part time workers in the summer who come to work a seasonal shift before going away in the winter and waiting for summer and spring to come again.
The northernmost continent on Elladia and the Seat of power for the Sanguine Imperium
"The First men make great warriors. Centuries of living in this eternal land of snow and ice has made them tough and hard to the core. The comradeship they display is simply amazing" Alrian Valrakar, an Arvallian commander remarking on the soldiers of the Boreal legion
The Sanguinian Paramilitary
Sanguinia is known to be a hub for technology as well owing to the abundance of necessary elements, a highly skilled and educated workforce as well as public interest in science and technology. Many of the technological departments of the higher education institutes of this kingdom conduct regular experiments and have invented some of the most groundbreaking technologies on Elladia which includes the arcane room heater, which keeps many homes warm even in the coldest of winters.
"We have always put our trust in all of the divines but the holy trinity are special for us. They have nurtured us and shaped us since time immemorial and they should obviously have a special place in our society" Cleric Harald Ludvigsson, talking about the importance of the holy trinity of the Sanctus Borealis in Sanguinian society1) Regulus- The God of light and the chief god of the Divine Pantheon 2) Aurora- The Goddess of Dawn and the wife of Regulus 3) Boreas- The God of the North and Winter.
Agriculture & Industry
"We should be thankful to the gods that we were blessed with such resources. Otherwise, we would probably have to eat dirt mixed with ice and snow to this day" Attributed to a mine director, talking about the natural resources of SanguiniaIndeed, Sanguinia"s image as a large industrial power which works tirelessly for the benefit of the greater good has been stamped into the minds of other kingdoms, and this has even carried onto the inhabitants of Sanguinia as well, with everyone stereotyping Sanguinians as large muscular warriors who toil in mines and forges all the time.
Trade & Transport
"Whew. I seriously didn"t expect to arrive here in a week! Those damned roads are so nicely made and stand out in stark contrast to the surrounding rugged landscape." Damn right you are mate. We Sanguinians believe in quality over quantity after all." A conversation between an Arvallian traveler and a Sanguinian soldierSanguinia is linked to the rest of the Imperium by an excellent system of roads, highways and bridges which are made by military engineers rather than civilian engineers. This is due to the rugged terrain of the kingdom, which requires heavy duty roads that only military engineers have the expertise to build. The road infrastructure and bridges are built with heavy duty reinforced concrete, which has steel mixed with charcoal added to it so as to give it a longer lifespan.
"We do believe in quality education for everyone. It is a human right after all and no person should be deprived of the light of quality education" Attributed to Lady Malnara, the current education minister of Sanguinia.
"You will find that almost everything in the world breaks at some point, no matter how strong it is. Sanguinian built structures are not in that category" A popular joke in the Imperium that revolves around the durability of Sanguinian infrastructureSanguinian Infrastructure is known to be incredibly durable and resilient, as no one wants to go repair a broken lamp post whilst in the midst of a snowstorm. Most Sanguinian infrastructure is built jointly by civilian and military engineers so as to ensure a high level of durability and resilience combined with a long lifespan. They are also known to be of high quality just like other Sanguinian industrial products, and this has given birth to a wide range of jokes about how everything breaks apart but Sanguinian products never do.
Solum hominibus victorias
Life in Sanguinia for the common manFor the common man, Life in Sanguinia is simply a blessing. If one can get over the fact that its bitterly cold there, they can enjoy practically all that this kingdom has to offer. Sanguinians also earn more than the citizens of the other kingdoms, which means that most Sanguinians have a lot of their wants fulfilled thanks to them being rich. The average Sanguinian who works a government job usually works for 6 to 7 hours for 4 days a week, with the remaining two days being counted as weekends. Even in the midst of their working lives, there are many breaks which ensure that the workers are not bored or worked to death by their employers.
Life in Sanguinia for a studentFor students, Sanguinia is also a heavenly destination if one ignores the weather and also the amount of homework certain institutes sometimes give out. Most educational institutes start in the afternoon, which means that students have a lot of time to snooze in before either renting a horse or riding their own or riding on a carriage to their school, college or university. There is usually a recess break during the late afternoon hours before students continue the second phase of their school day. Schools and most universities end just before sunset and students spend the night doing homework, playing games or other leisurely activites before they retire to rest.
- Founding Date
- Around 0 AI
- Geopolitical, Kingdom
- Government System
- Monarchy, Absolute
- Power Structure
- Unitary state
- Economic System
- Mixed economy
- The Currency of Sanguinia like in all other parts of the Imperium is the Sanguine Mark
- Major Exports
- Sanguinia is famous for its industrial exports, which include heavy machinery, technology, military hardware, mining and blacksmithing tools, building tools etc. Sanguinian industrial items are widely valued across the entire Imperium due to their ruggedness and the exceptional quality that Sanguinians forge them with.
- Major Imports
- Sanguinia has to import most of its foodstuffs in the winter from the more southerly kingdoms, because of the harsh cold weather which makes farming impossible during the later parts of the year.
- Legislative Body
- The Common council is the sole legislative authority of the Imperium, being composed of around 500 elected individuals elected to power on a 5 year term. The King leads the ultimate authority and has the power to make any new laws without obstruction so long as it does not violate the rights of the citizens
- Judicial Body
- Sanguinia is well known for a clever experiment with the judiciary which allows rulers to roll out their development initiatives quickly whilst also protecting the rights of the citizens. During the reign of Alarius Christiansen, there were a wide range of reforms which gave a lot of power to the hands of the judiciary and made it independent. The most notable change was that if any citizen felt that his or her rights were being violated due to a certain law(s) or policies, they could start a petition which if it recieved enough signatures from others, would go to the courts. If the courts felt that this law or policy was violating the fundamental rights of the citizens, then they could issue a ruling by which the monarch was legally obliged to repeal that law or policy unless they face the prospect of impeachment. If an appeal failed the first time, the petitoner(s) could file the case again at a higher court all the way up until the supreme court. This was for the first time, considered as a measure to check the power of any tyrant. Alarius was widely lauded for this achievement and his popularity increased even more as the commonfolk had never before seen a monarch who would put checks on his own power. After his death, the legacy of Alarius was carried on and after many other reforms, Sanguinia was an absolute monarchy in name only
- Official State Religion
- Sanctus Borealis
- Parent Organization
- The Sanguine Imperium
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