Empire of Dercia

The Empire of Dercia is the largest country in Mirateia. The Empire began as a small city-state after the fall of the ancient empire, because of its strategic position it soon got into a leadership position among the surrounding cities and towns were after the city-state elected its first Queen and transformed into the Kingdom of Dercia named after the region, under the newly elected queen the kingdom defeated some of their neighbours in a series of battles where most if not all their territory were integrated into the new state. In the year 563, the Kingdom had expanded to where the Border with the Principality of Clifia is today.   The kingdom seeing that the Principality was a potential rival expanded to where the border is today as a way to cut of the Clifias access to the region. the following centuries were full of wars with the Principality of Clifia, most of the time the wars just ended in white peace but sometimes Clifia took some land only to lose it sometime later, Dercia never tried to expand further east after reaching the current border since only a few outside current borders spoke their language or shared their culture and Dercia were more interested in uniting the region of Dercia under one banner and in 842 the last city-state was integrated into the Kingdom and for the next few centuries focus where spent on creating a common feeling of belonging together and in 1126 a year after, The war of Western expansion the last great war between the two nations, the Kingdom was reformed into the Empire of Derica.

Structure

Emperor: The emperor is the head of state for the empire, and no law or major decision is legal without the emperor's signature.   Council: The advisors sit in the council and help the emperor rule the empire. The council usually meets every 3rd day to discuss the topics brought to their attention. If time permits, the emperor will usually attend these meetings or will be requested if the case demands it.     Senate: The senate is made up of members of the nobility, and their responsibilities are to bring cases from the regions they represent to the eyes of the council/emperor. While the power of the senate was limited, it could still pass resolutions that the emperor could look at and decide whether to adopt.
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Some of the most prominent senators in the senate come from some of the Great Houses that govern the different parts of the empire.   The Astalles dynasty: Royal family. The Ruxmer Dynasty: Great House House of Eltai: Great House House of Timberborne: Great House

Culture

Given the empire's size, it contains many cultures, but generally speaking, the overall culture of the realm is one centred around the emperor and the royal family. Many look up to them for guidance and leadership. The many wars with the Principality of Clifia that has also led to militarisation in the country, where there has been a great honour for serving in the armed forces.   A foreign merchant, after his first visit to the empire, once heard saying:
they put more weight on proper social conduct than racial stereotypes, so as long as a person adhered to these social rules, it did not matter who they were and/or where they were from.
A common way of greeting someone in the realm is to grasp both hands of the other, followed by a suiting verbal greeting. This is just the most common way of greeting others; versions of this range from just grasping a single hand to instead raise the dominant hand to the side of one's head.

Public Agenda

Domestic policy: examples of the domestic politic includes making sure that the tax level is fitting for the current economic situation in the empire, issue new coins or open up new land for settlements.   Foreign policy: the foreign policy of the empire consists of two parts, one is called the "near foreign politic" that consists of maintaining a strong military presence along the border to Clifia. The second part the "Far foreign politic" is that to maintain a relative level of peace on the continent and to prevent any other nation from gaining too much power, the empire will help nations that are opposing the new rising power to contain this new raising power in taking over its surrounding nations.

Demography and Population

The population of the empire consists of:
  • Humans 40%
  • Elves 30%
  • Dwarves 10%
  • Half-elves 10%
  • Halflings 5%
  • Tabaxi 2%
  • Half-orcs 2%
  • Other 1%
The main part of the population lives along the rivers and the coastal regions of the empire.   The estimated population of the empire are said to be around 15.7 million. First now having reached a level similar to what it was before The war of Western expansion and The Decade of 5 Emperors that followed the war.

Territories

The empire took its name after the region where it was placed, anything west of Geralt's wall is known as Dercia. The people who live there all belong to the same family of cultures and has called this region their home for as long as anyone can remember.   in the strait between Dercia and Clifia, there is a small uninhabited island that Dercia has occupied and have slowly moved civilians and military personnel over to it to assimilate it into the empire.

Military

The empire of Derica operates a standing army of 375.000 legionaries stationed around the empire, the legion forms the backbone of the military but great importance is also put on the cavalry, mostly heavy hose units.   together with the army, the empire also has 255 warships split into 2 main fleets, the southern fleet and the northern fleet, small divisions of the fleet will from time to time sail to other countries to show the flag to nations who are allied as a mean to show that the empire can and will protect them if needed.

Foreign Relations

The Empire are in a state of cold war with its historical rival to the east, the Principality of Clifia. Regularly, both nation's ships will sail within view of the other and from a distance inspect the other. On the land border, the clifians will sometimes ride up to Geralt's wall to provoke a response from the garrison stationed there, sometimes the incident will result in arrows and or spells being exchanged.   There is also some tension with the Kingdom of Kistals , the Empire suspects them of funding the pirates that are harassing the shipping lines in the northern sea but without much proof, the empire is forced to just respond to the pirate threat.  

Agriculture & Industry

The geography of the empire makes great grain plains and extensive farming easy, together with large areas of wilderness, makes honey production a small but well-paid business; whaling is a small industry in the empire and can mainly be found in the north. Still, animal parts, like bones, teeth and things like that, are vital for other industries, such as magical components.

Trade & Transport

On the road network and sea lanes that bind the empire together, the main products transported are grain from the villages to the larger cities to be sold. Other products are timber from the forests around Vizima or the sea, fish will be transported inland.

Education

Most of the population has access to a basic form of education where they will learn to read and write, and higher levels of education are mostly limited to the larger cities.   If a kid shows signs of having a talent for magic, they can sign up for one of the magic academies spread around the empire.

Infrastructure

The empire has an extensive network of roads that connects the major cities and industrial areas of the realm with each other. These roads were first constructed as a means to have the military move around easy but over time the roads became mostly for civilian use and constructed for that purpose rather than military.   On the seas, the empire patrols the sea lanes to protect the merchants from the growing threat from pirates.  
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Sects

there are several sects around the empire, most of them are harmless only differ from the mainstream by how they pray to the Gods   but there are also at least 2 known sects that worship "illegal Gods"

Born in freedom, live in freedom, die for freedom.

Founding Date
1126
Type
Geopolitical, Empire
Capital
Alternative Names
Dercia
Predecessor Organization
Formation Type
Training Level
Professional
Veterancy Level
Veteran
Demonym
Dercians
Leader Title
Head of State
Head of Government
Government System
Monarchy, Absolute
Power Structure
Feudal state
Economic System
Market economy
Currency
  • 1 Platinum = 100 gold
  • 1 gold = 10 silver
  • 1 silver = 20 copper
Imperial gold coins by cow2face(via midjourney)
Major Exports
Grain, livestock, furs and timber are the main exports of the empire.
Major Imports
Textiles, clothing and herbs are some of the main imports of the empire.
Legislative Body
Council
Judicial Body
Senate
Executive Body
Emperor
Location
Official Languages
Related Professions
Neighboring Nations
Manufactured Items
Organization Vehicles
Related Ethnicities


Cover image: Imperial flag by cow2face(via midjourney)
Character flag image: Imperial Royal flag by cow2face(via midjourney)

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