The Merindian empire is the modern day empire that rules Merindia and all Merindians, and is the main rival to Regius. The Merindian empire is ruled over by the wise and powerful Emperor Wulfrum, who founded the nation in the year 410, when Emperor Wulfrum saw the Shorian Empire collapsing he united the people of Merindia together, drove out the Shorians, and founded the Merindian empire, emperor Wulfrum has ruled the Merindian empire from then until today. The Merindian empire was the first to set up colonies in the The Outlands, after the Merindian explorer Joseph Drake discovered it in the year 790, shortly after the colonies were founded, Regius also founded outlands colonies, now the two compete over control over resources in the outlands. The Merindian empire has a large population of around 275 million people which are mostly in their homeland of Merindia, but many Merindians live in the The Outlands in colonies. The Merindian empire's people are greatly influenced by it's leader, Emperor Wulfrum, who is held with high regard by everyone in the empire. Luckily since emperor Wulfrum is a good person he has positively affected the people of Merindia, leading to them gaining interest in exploration, science, archaeology, and even Magic. Wulfrum has also tried to encourage his people to be intelligent and civilized which he has succeeded in doing. The Merindian empire has a great interest in making discoveries, they are always out doing archaeology and palaeontology to further their knowledge of the world, as well as exploring, sending expeditions deep into the The Outlands. This sense of discovery in people is fuelled by the empires colonial effort, and people who make important discoveries can earn great fame and wealth. The culmination of the Merindian empire's love of exploration is the Explorer's Guild, an organization dedicated to exploring the world.
International RelationsThe Merindian Empire is on of two founding countries in the Imperial Coalition. The Merindian Empire formed this coalition with the New Shorian Empire in 868 in an effort to gain an advantage over their common enemy, Regius. The Merindian Empire forms a good part of the coalition's ground forces and navy, and a majority of the air force is made up of Merindian planes and airships.
GovernmentThe Merindian empire has a highly centralized government which is lead by Emperor Wulfrum. Emperor Wulfrum has lead the Merindian empire since it's founding, and has ruled it for hundreds of years. The government of Merindia is the most efficient and effective in the world, it's leader, Emperor Wulfrum was already a great leader before the empire was founded, and he is now the greatest ruler ever to live, now with his hundreds of years of experience of governing, which he uses to maintain order and law in the empire. Much of the law of the empire was meticulously designed by Emperor Wulfrum himself, and his laws allow great freedoms, equality, but is also heavily enforced, although there are still some parts of the empire where crime is a problem, mostly in the outlands and the city of Bael. The laws of Merindia also regulates the power of private corporations heavily, and keeps most of the economic things like that up to the government, and they make sure that no corrupt company owners can have too much power. Emperor Wulfrum can sometimes seem like an almost godlike figure to some, with his incredibly long life and immense amount of control, as well as his legendary Magic powers which he uses to help keep the empire in check, and to defend it in times of war. Emperor Wulfrum can't operate the entire empire alone however, and he has a council of carefully chosen leaders which help run the empire and can even run the entire government of Wulfrum dies or cannot rule any longer. There is also a strict set of rules set up by Wulfrum to ensure that there is no corruption within the government.
ArchitectureMerindian architecture was developed around the year 550 and has been widely used ever since in the empire. Merindian architecture mostly consists of dark grey coloured metal and wood, their buildings frequently feature metal arches and domes, their buildings would look similar to Victorian era buildings, with black or brown metal frames which are held together with large bolts being visible and dark wood, metal or stone between the metal framing.
ClothingThe Clothing of Merindian citizens can vary, but people generally wear a lot of long coats and jackets that are usually made out of fabric and/or leather and fur. These items are usually different shades of dark brown, grey, and black. Merindian cloths are generally more functional than formal, and their clothes are often built with strong materials and covered in pockets, and merindian coats and jackets tend to be held together with belts and buckles. The coats and Jackets are usually medium or large in terms of thickness. Animal based clothes is very popular because of the rich wildlife of Merindia, these items can be things such as tooth/claw necklaces, and fur cloaks and other articles of clothing made of things like bear or mammoth fur. Long hair very is common on both men and women.
ReligionMerindia has it's own native religion, which almost went extinct when the Ancient Merindians were under the rule of the Shorian Empire, but Emperor Wulfrum revived the old religion when he created the Merindian empire in the year 410. The Merindian religion is the oldest religion in the world, tracing all the way back to the The Tunguskan Civilization 12,000 years ago. This religion is the largest religion in the empire and a majority of ethnic Merindians follow it, although in total only around 40% of people in the empire follow it, with the second largest religion being the The Shorian Gods and the rest being the dozens of religions that the natives in the empire's colonies follow.
PopulationThe Merindian Empire has a total population of about 495,000,000 inhabitants. Around 1/3 of this population is made up of ethnic Merindians, but the other 2/3 is made up of outlands natives that have been integrated into the empire.
Merindian Colonization of the OutlandsThe Merindian Empire was the first nation to ever start colonizing the outlands, and so far has the strongest colonial empire ever created. Their many colonies are held together by many supply lines and cruise lines of airships and submarines. These colonies are also prevented from rebelling and gaining independance by keeping a large military presence and being able to deploy the rest of the army quickly to the colony to quell any rebellion that could occur. The Merindian Empire make's it clear that it will not allow it's colonies to gain independance, and that they will remain loyal to the emperor. The outlands has hundreds of millions of native inhabiting it, and the colonies in the outlands are forced to decide how to handle them. Outlands natives are promised full citizenship and rights if they prove they are able to speak shorian( the Merindian Empire's spoken language) and are able to succesfully integrate into the empire. Outlands natives are also fully allowed to continue practicing their culture and native religions as long as they don't harm others.
Prehistoric Era (-40,000 - -4,000)Merindia's history begins in -10,920 when the The Tunguskan Civilization conquered the eastern and western forest regions of Merindia. They ruled this without much problems until -9,120 when the Tunguskan civilization began to collapse. While the northern section of the civilization in Borea had fallen, the southern section held out in the western forest region of Merindia for another 500 years, eventually falling in the year -8,620, but leaving a greater impact on the land than the Tunguskans had anywhere else. After they had fallen however civilization wouldn't return for another 5,700 years.
Ancient Era (-4000 - -200)The early part of the ancient era saw little change in Merindia, with it being ruled by simple tribes, until around the year -2,920 city states began to appear on the coast of the western forest. The culture of these city states borrowed heavily from the culture of the Tunguskan Civilization. These city states were revolutionary for Merindia, their trading of their new technologies brought bronze working to the rest of Merindia, as well as new armour and weapons, their written language, ship building techniques, and their advanced culture and religion. The religion of these city states still exists, in the form of the Merindian Religion. These city states formed alliances, fought wars with each other and founded other city states. By -2,200 the city states had been founded all throughout the western forest and even the mountains, but they couldn't expand into the steppe because the natives there were very aggressive. The steppe was dominated by nomadic tribesmen who were excellent at taming beasts, and could harness the power of the giant animals of the steppe to crush their foes. These tribesmen proved to be a great threat to the Merindian city states, and in- 2,050 they amassed a huge army and invaded the Merindian city states, utilizing massive beasts like the Steppe mammoth and the Steppe Rhino, the quickly pushed back Merindian city-state forces, burning and raiding everything in their path. The Merindian city states banded together to fight against this new threat and by -2,040 they had pushed the Raiders back south into the steppe. To ensure that the raiders would never threaten them again, they created two great walls to block them out of the western forest. The City-states recovered from their losses and enjoyed a golden age, where their technology, art, philosophy, literature, and trading all prospered. The city-states made some great technological advancements, like the discovery of iron and the longship. The City states sent their trading ships to Cocar, Borea Meru and even as far north as Arctus, where they traded with the Hyberian civilization. The complex and epic mythological tales of Merindia were written down and expanded upon. This golden age lasted for 985 years until war broke out once again in -1,055. War broke out time because King Gjalland, decided to conquer all of the northwest Merindian city states using new and groundbreaking tactics and formations. He succeeded and founded the volundic empire in -1,015. The volundic empire kept expanding, conquering the eastern forest, the steppe, the desert to the southeast, and even southeast Borea and northwest Cocar. This empire ruled it's vast territory until -200 when the Shorian Empire came.
The Shorian Era (-200 - 400)The volundic empire was conquered by the Shorian Empire, who's massive technological advantage allowed them to conquer all of Merindia and the entire volundic empire. Merindia was controlled by the Shorians for 580 years after that. The Merindian religion and culture was not forgotten however, with Shorian historians carefully writing down everything they could about the Merindian culture, although the Merindian religion almost went extinct until the end of the Shorian empire in the year 400.
Modern Era (400 - 880)The Modern era saw Merindia yet again be reunited under the rule of a native Merindian, this time under the rule of the mystical Emperor Wulfrum. Wulfrum saw the Shorian empire collapsing, and new it couldn't suppress a rebellion in Merindia, so he rallied the people of Merindia against The Shorian Empire and drove them out, and ten years later he founded the Merindian empire, which has ruled all of Merindia and beyond until now. The early Merindian empire took a long time to become fully stable, it spent a long time upgrading it's factories to be able to sustain an independent nation, between 510 and 516 the southern part of Merindia, the steppe and the desert, rebelled and caused a long and bloody war, with it being fought by slightly improved Shorian technology, although not on the same scale as the Shorian empire's wars. This war resulted in the Merindian empire's progress to becoming a dominant nation in the world being slowed, but not at all halted and by the year 685 the Merindian empire had started colonizing various parts of the midlands.
The Beginning of ColonialismAt around 685 Merindia had started colonizing parts of the midlands, started with establishing a number of colonies in western Arctus by 685, and colonies on the large islands south of Meru in 688. The colonies south of Meru were used as a staging ground for further colonization of the midlands, with the Merindian empire gaining control of the southern jungle regions of south Lenuria in 695, and colonies in islands north of Enska and Omnora in 698, and more islands north of Omnora and Voysov in 705. The Arctus colonies persisted for 53 years until the Shorian kingdom declared war on the Merindian empire and conquered it's Arctus colonies and by 740 it had gained control over all of Arctus and formed the New Shorian Empire, although the rest of Merindia's colonies were still under control.
New Technologies are DiscoveredBy 740 a great technological achievement was made, Durnium, a super strong bullet resistant metal and the discovery of durnium would lead to the founding of the Vanquishers which were created to fully utilize durnium's protective properties. The next 15 years would see two more great technological breakthroughs. Durnium is what the Shorian kingdom had used to conquer Arctus and they had kept it secret for years, but the method to making it got out and it was able to revolutionize warfare. Six years later the combustion engine was perfected, and it changed everything, finally replacing the steam engines that had been used for almost one thousands years before it, the combustion engine made vehicles more efficient and easier to fuel, as well as having many other advantages. four years after that in 750 another great technology was discovered, a lifting gas that was dozens of times lighter than hydrogen, and far less explosive and easier to contain, which made airships far more practical to use. With a more powerful and lighter engine, and an incredible lifting gas, the Merindian empire quickly started creating airships and advancing their airship technology, and their rush towards airships and their invention of airplanes in 765 lead them to gaining the most powerful air force in the world, and they have maintained their domination of the skies even today.
The OutlandsIn the year 794, the great explorer Joseph Drake had started an expedition past the Southern Continents into what is now known as the outlands in an advanced airship, this expedition lasted 6 years and was filled with danger and came close to failure several times, but he managed to return home to Merindia and report his findings. The Merindian Empire quickly started sending out more explorers and then settlers to colonize the newly discovered lands in the outlands, and the Explorer's Guild was founded by Joseph Drake to help further explore the world. Meanwhile tensions had become very high between them and Regius, another powerful nation that had come to rival the Merindian Empire. Soon after the Merindian empire started founding colonies in the outlands Regius started doing the same so they could try to prevent the Merindians from gaining a crucial advantage over them. The Merindian empire created a large colonial empire in the outlands, founding colonies on continents and islands like Panagon, Ungala, Cratonia, Solum, and many other places. This colonization went fairly well until 874 when tension between Merindia and Regius in the outlands became too much, and they went to war. The two countries agreed that they would not invade eachother's homelands and only fight in the outlands. The war went on for 4 years, but the Merindian Empire's ability to rapidly deploy troops and send supplies to the outlands won them the war, and by 778 they had gained a large amount of new land in the outlands permanently gaining an advantage over Regius in the outlands.
The Modern DayIt is the year 880 now, and tension between Merindia and Regius are yet again becoming very high, and many fear an all-out war between them is inevitable.
Air ForceThe Merindian air force is highly advanced an amazingly powerful, their Airships can carry huge loads, able to transport and supply entire armies, and move heavy machinery over land, many of their airships have onboard hangars for airplanes and helicopters, the airplanes are used for scouting and the helicopters are used to defend the airship and attack ground targets that are out of the range of the airship's cannons or bombs. All airships in the Merindian army can perform multiple types of tasks. The tasks these airships perform are bombing, transport, scouting, and fighting other Airships. There are heavy bomber ships that are also able to fight enemy airships, these airships are equipped with armour across the entire balloon and gondola, as well as powerful cannons. transport ships that can carry armies, armoured vehicles, and supplies and scouting ships, carrying several small planes. All military airships are armoured all across their entire gondola and balloon, and they all are equipped with some sort of defence against enemy airships and air planes. A large amount of airships are also equipped with hangars for air planes. The strongest airship in the Merindian air force is the sky titan. The air planes of the Merindian army are also quite impressive, with many large bombers being able to travel all the way to the The Outlands and across the The Midlands, these planes can be extremely large and powerful, some even able to take on Airships on their own, the greatest air plane being the Iron bombers. The Merindian empire has the large amount of air planes in the world, and the largest variety. All large airships in the Merindian army, as well as several large air planes are built to be able to travel all the way to the The Outlands without refuelling. In total the Merindian Empire has roughly 13,000 fighter planes, and 10,000 bombers, with their greatest superheavy bomber, the Iron bombers numbering at around 600 planes. The airship fleet of the Merindian Empire is their strongest force and by far the strongest airship fleet in the world. They have 42 heavy air battleships, which are all around 1,200 feet long (365.8 m) long, and their flagship, the Emperor's Fist, being 1,650 feet (503 m) long. These massive ships are able to bombard almost any target from the air, destroy other airships and entire groups of airplanes, serve as superheavy bombers, and can carry airplanes for scouting. The Merindian air force also has 29 flying aircraft carriers which are smaller that the battleships but can each carry 20 airplanes each. There are also their 180 scouting planes which are also able to destroy submarines and small ships, and their medium cruisers which serve a similar role the the battleships but are smaller and more mobile.
NavyMerindian navy is also quite strong, they have a strong fleet of many large and small battleships that can be produced quickly thanks to their large port cities, they also have very strong submarines, which are the some of the largest and most advanced submarines in the world, and the Merindian empire even has several underwater military bases which submarines can dock at, although the locations of these are kept a secret. All large ships and all submarines in the Merindian navy are able to cross through the dangerous straits between the The Southern Continents, that lead to The Outlands. The Merindian navy has around 3 battleships, 6 aircraft carriers, 50 cruisers, 90 destroyers, and 120 submarines. The submarines of the Merindian navy are extremely large and all are able to cross into the outlands, and are able to move very quickly to sink enemy ships and cut oceanic supply lines.
Ground ForcesMerindian ground forces are well trained and heavily armoured with durnium plate, and many advanced and powerful tanks. Merindian infantry gain more armour as they rank up, with privates equipped with a chest plate, helmet, arm plates and leg plates, while the highest ranking members of the army wear expertly crafted and highly advanced suits of expensive hardened Durnium plate. Merindian infantry generally doesn't wear camouflage, their armour and uniforms are all a standard colour, which makes no attempt to blend into the environment. The Merindian empire has currently 8,000,000 soldiers currently serving active duty in the army, although they could grow their army to as large as 40,000,000 in a time of absolute need by drawing huge amounts of manpower from their outlands colonies. The Merindian Empire's army is so large for two reasons. The first reason is the Merindian Empire's strategy of maintaining control over the colonies which is to keep a large loyal army in each colony to crush any uprising and fight off foreign armies that could threaten the colony. The other reason that the army is so large is that the alliance the Merindian Empire is in, the Imperial Coalition has a huge amount of tension with the Free Nations Alliance, and a war between the two huge forces is very likely in the near future and the Merindian Empire keeps a large army to be able to secure victory in the war. In total the Merindian army has 8,000,000 soldiers, 15,000 tanks, 40,000 other armoured fighting vehicles, and tens of thousands of artillery pieces.
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