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Merindian Empire

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 one of the first to set up colonies in the The Outlands, after it was discovered in 610, 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 495,000,000 people which are mostly natives of the outlands.   The Merindian empire's people are greatly influenced by its 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 paleontology 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 fueled by the empire's 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 Relations

The 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.  

Government

The 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 an 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 that 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.  

Culture

 

Architecture

Merindian 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. These buildings are constructed of black or brown metal frames that are held together with large bolts being visible and dark wood, metal or stone between the metal framing.   A lot of Merindian houses feature decorations and furniture made out of animal parts, as animals are very important to Merindian culture. These can be things like a bear-fur carpet, a chandelier made of antlers, the jaws of an Atrox mounted above the fireplace, and many more. This can vary greatly depending on which distant corner of the Merindian Empire the house is in, for example, a house on Panagon would likely have a feathery dinosaur skin blanket, or for example, a raptor head mounted on the wall.  

Clothing

The 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 is very common for both men and women.  

Religion

Merindia 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.  

Population

The 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 Outlands

The 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.  
A map of the Merindians empire's homeland of Merindia.

History

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 this 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 knew 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 Colonialism

At around 630 Merindia had started colonizing parts of the outlands, starting with the settlement of the Windward Islands south of Drakka, then moving further out to settle some small and medium islands in the outlands. By 655 the Merindians had settled their first continental colonies in the outlands, with these first colonies being founded in western Panagon, and later eastern Haldion.  

New Technologies are Discovered

By 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.  

The Outlands Wars

Meanwhile tensions had become very high between the Merindian Empire and Regius, another powerful nation that had come to rival the Merindian Empire. Soon after the Merindian empire started founding it's outlands colonies in 630 Regius started doing the same so they could try to prevent the Merindians from gaining a crucial advantage over them. This colonization went fairly well until 864 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 3 years, but the Merindian Empire's ability to rapidly deploy troops and send supplies to the outlands won them the war, and by 767 they had gained a large amount of new land in the outlands permanently gaining an advantage over Regius in the outlands.   Another massive war waged against the Merindian Empire happened in Panagon that lasted from 870 to 874. This war was started by the nation of Harellia, a coalition of powerul Panagon tribes that had created a large industrialized society. They were able to raise a massive and advanced modern army that nearly defeated the Merindian Empire, but they were held off, and slowly pushed back until their final defeat at the battle of Aggurrak in 874, when the Harellians were finally defeated, although they still claimed millions of Merindian lives.  

The Modern Day

It 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.

Territories

The Merindian empire controls all of Merindia, their homeland, as well as several small an large island, and they have many large colonies in the The Outlands as shown in this map. The many distant colonies of the Merindian Empire are held together primarily by military strength, as well as large fleets of passenger and cargo airships. The Merindians primarily use the Windward class airship as their main passenger airship, but the massive Skyspan class airship has also come into use.  

Military

The Merindian army is one of the strongest armies in the world, being powerful in every aspect of war, but they excel in elite forces, like the Vanquishers, espionage, amazing leadership and air superiority. The Merindians system of spies allows them to quickly gain vital information on the enemy, and then they can send in the Vanquishers to destroy important enemy leaders and disrupt enemy operations before any large battles are ever fought, this is a deadly combination that has proven effective numerous times. Their system of espionage also helps gain information on enemy positions and army movements, which is very useful in allowing the Merindian empire to fully utilize its advanced and powerful fleet of airships and massive warplanes to quickly deploy large armies and surprise the enemy. The Merindian's rapid deployment across the world is also used to discourage colonies in the outlands from rebelling, and a strong military presence is kept in the outlands to prevent that as well as to defend against threats in the outlands.  

Air Force

The Merindian Empire has the strongest air force in the world. While the main power of the Merindian Empire comes from airships which are considered naval vessels, the airships they carry and support and still an extremely vital part of the Merindian Empire's domination of Panthea's skies. The airplanes of the Merindian army are 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 airplane being the Iron bombers. The Merindian empire has the largest amount of air planes in the world, and the largest variety. Many of these planes can be carried by airships too, such as their 48 Allegiant Class Carriers, which can carry 28 airplanes each.   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.  

Navy

The Merindian navy 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, the airplanes are used for scouting and 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 navy 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 durnium 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 airplanes. A large amount of airships are also equipped with hangars for airplanes. The strongest airships in the Merindian navy are the two Thrand class superdreadnoughts, that rule the skies with an iron fist.   The airship fleet of the Merindian Empire is their strongest force and by far the strongest airship fleet in the world. They have 52 of their main battleships, the Endurance class dreadnougths, as well as 2 monstrous Thrand class superdreadnought. They also have 48 Allegiant Class Carriers for deploying fighter planes, dozens more cargo ships, as well as many other types, such as their hundreds of smaller anti-infantry airships. 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.   Merindian ocean navy is much smaller, but still very deadly, while they lack large carriers and battleships mostly, they have a huge fleet of submarines, which are some of the largest and most advanced submarines in the world, and the Merindian empire even has several underwater military bases in 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 oceanic navy has only 4 battleships and 2 carriers, but most importantly and 800 submarines. The submarines of the Merindian vary a lot in size and purpose. They have 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. These large submarines even have large cannons that can fire underwater, and huge arrays of torpedos. The smaller submarines are produced in mass and are used to terrories enemy ships across the world.  

Ground Forces

Merindian 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.

Technological Level

Merindia is very technologically advanced, only surpassed by the New Shorian Empire (NSE) in terms of technological development. Merindian inventors have made many advancements, like lightning guns, rotating airship propellers, fire bullets, deep sea building, great advancements in submarine and airship technology, and many more.

Foreign Relations

The Merindian empire is a rival to Regius, they have always been competing over control, now they compete over control in the The Outlands. The Merindian empire dislikes the New Shorian Empire (NSE).

Trade & Transport

The Merindian empire has a large industry of airship travel, with airliners transporting people from Merindia to colonies in the The Outlands and other places like South Lenuria and the islands in south Meru.   Merindian civilian transport airships are constructed by two companies, Skyspan airship Corporation and Windsor airship company. The two companies are always competing to create the biggest, fastest and most comfortable airships, this has lead to airships becoming increasingly efficient, being faster and being able to carry more people than ever before, in greater comfort. These airships commonly have sleeping cabins for people, large downward facing windows, restaurants, fun activities, bars, comfortable seating, full access to showers, baths, and fresh water, and warm cabins. Trips on these airships have become less and less expensive over time. Currently even a relatively poor family can afford to fly all the way out to outlands colonies, in great comfort. Air travel by airship feels more like travelling in a flying hotel than an air plane.   Merindia also has submarine liners which can transport people to distant colonies. These submarines have similar accommodations as airships, being like moving underwater hotels, with a full view of the ocean.

Education

The Merindian empire has a very good education system, designed by emperor Wulfrum himself. This education system has a elementary school and high school like system, as well as something similar to college/university. Education is entirely free for any citizen of the Merindian empire, and this includes college/university. With a high school level education, it is very possible to find a job that is well paying enough to allow you to afford a house, a car, food, water, electricity, and generally live a happy comfortable life.

Maps

Founding Date
410
Type
Geopolitical, Empire
Capital
Haftan
Head of State
Emperor Wulfrum
Head of Government
Emperor Wulfrum
Government System
Dictatorship
Power Structure
Unitary state
Subsidiary Organizations
Official Languages
Related Professions

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Era

410 New era 880 New era

  • 410 New era


    The Founding of the Merindian Empire
    Founding

    In the year 410 the Shorian Empire lost control over Merindia and Emperor Wulfrum united the Merindians together and formed the Merindian Empire.

  • 685 New era


    Merindia establishes colonies in Arctus
    Founding

    In the year 685 the Merindian Empire founded colonies in Arctus, founding the beginning of their mighty colonial empire.

  • 688 New era


    Merindia founds colonies in southern Meru

    The Merindian Empire founds colonies on the southern islands of Meru. This was the beginning of a much larger colonial empire as it served as a staging ground for further colonization of The Midlands

  • 695 New era


    Merindia discovers new lifting gas
    Scientific achievement

    In the year 690 a new lifting gas was discovered in the Drakkan Empire. The Merindian Empire started producing it in the year 695, allowing greater access to the skies. This lifting gas was 20x lighter than hydrogen and not nearly as explosive, making Airships extremely useful.

  • 725 New era


    Combustion engine is invented
    Technological achievement

    The combustion engine is invented, allowing the Merindian Empire to build much more efficient vehicles.

  • 739 New era


    The Arctus colonies are lost

    The Merindian Empire's colonies in Arctus are taken over by the New Shorian Empire (NSE).

  • 740 New era


    Durnium is Discovered by the Merindian Empire
    Technological achievement

    In the year 730 the New Shorian Empire (NSE) discovered Durnium but kept it a secret, creating an army of soldier equipped with it in secret. The New Shorian empire used this advantage to conquer Arctus and North Lenuria. In the year 740 the Merindian Empire had discovered Durnium and started producing it and making armour out of it.

  • 748 New era


    The Vanquishers are founded

    In the year 748 the Vanquishers are created, they are an elite group of soldiers armed with the best Durnium armour to protect them and fully utilize their skills.

  • 794 New era


    The first expedition to the outlands begins
    Expedition

    In the year 794 the the first expedition to the The Outlands is begun by flying an Airship beyond the The Southern Continents, something which had never been done before. The expedition is lead by Joseph Drake, an airship captain.

  • 800 New era


    The first expedition to the outlands ends

    Joseph Drake and his crew returns from their journey, bringing back charts, maps, and information on the geography, wildlife, climate, and people of the The Outlands. This marks the beginning of the Merindian Empire's colonial effort in the outlands.

  • 803 New era


    The explorer's guild is founded

    The Explorer's Guild is founded in 803 on the principles of exploring every part of the world and bringing knowledge of new places into public knowledge.

  • 804 New era


    Merindia founds it's first outlands colonies
    Population Migration / Travel

    After receiving information on the The Outlands , the Merindian Empire found it's first colony in the outlands, transporting settlers by Airship. The Colony was founded on an islands south of Drakka, and served as a staging ground for the Merindian Empire's colonization of the The Outlands.

  • 834 New era


    The Merindian empire gains more land in the outlands

    The Merindian Empire negotiates the purchase of a large amount of land from the Elysian empire, who cannot continue to control them and needed more money to fight off The Akreth. This purchase gave Merindia a larger ammount of power in The Outlands than ever before.

  • 874 New era

    878 New era



    The outlands colonies go to war

    The Merindian Empire's colonies and Regius' colonies go to war, but a treaty is signed preventing either side from attacking eachothers home lands. This way was a victory for the Merindian Empire, their superior air force proved victorious, as they could more easily transport troops and supplies to the outlands, as all of their ships are made to be able to quickly get to the outlands. The war resulted in the Merindian Empire gaining even more land in the outlands.

  • 880 New era


    The present day

    The current year of the world. Everything has lead up to this year, but many things will come after it as well.

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