Kingdom of Raoulin

The Country founded by the High Lamia, forerunner of Zheng-Kitaran culture

Structure

Sitting atop the government of Raoulin is the God-Queen Kyra Aenai, who has ruled absolutely since the country's inception with no signs of weakness or vulnerability. She alone holds sole power over every aspect of society and the government, holds sole control over the military, and dictates the rule of law within her lands down to the finest degree - every other position of power in the government is doled out at her express whim, and even the nobility only hold power because she allows them to.   The nobility of Raoulin, though it has waned in recent years, still holds formidable power and is divided up into the following classes:  

Classes of Raoulish Nobility

 
  • Nobility of the Blade - Those who fall under this category are typically those who are nobles either hereditarily or are those who achieved their station by swearing oaths of fealty and performing military service for the God-Queen.
  • Nobility of the Robe - Those who fall under this category are those who were made nobles by way of holding certain official stations or charges, like treasurers, court viziers, or the like.
  Additionally, nobles are generally distinguished by another category - the age of their status and how far back their nobility can be traced.  
  • Old Nobility - These nobles were the ones whose lines can be traced back before the year 3600, before the system of nobility was cleaned, reworked, and overhauled by the government. These lines are the best of the best, and survived the purge of the nobility in 3600.
  • Nobility through Invitation - This refers to all whose nobility starts at or after the year 3600, after the Letters of Invitiation were coined by the government to help keep the ranks of the nobility select and worthy.
 

Titles and Ranks

  There are two kinds of titles used by Raoulish nobles - personal ranks, and titles of station linked to their owned lands. These are used to provide an organized hierarchy, but are not the sole deciding factor - for the Raoulish nobles, seniority, alliances, offices held as well as their illustrations(record of deeds and achievements) all play a critical role in determining hierarchy. However, to the uninitiated, these provide a basis for the hierarchy.   Additionally, there is a notion of "The Great Officers" - these are the highest ranks of Raoulish society who typically serve on a cabinet directly advising the God-Queen. Also known as some of the most powerful individuals in the country. They are all considered part of the "High Nobility"(See Below).   Titles:  
  • God-Queen - The rank held by Kyra Aenai alone. Sits above all others, and holds absolute power.
  • Duke - The rank held by those in charge of one of the 5 major cities in the Kingdom as well as all its surrounding lands(Referred to as a Duchy). There are only ever 5 at any given time, one for each city including the capital. They are recognized by the God-Queen and recieve actual, legal power from her.
  • Marquis - The rank held by those in charge of a town and the surrounding lands(Referred to as a Marquisate), ruling under one of the Dukes.
  • Count - The rank held by those in charge of a section of land for their ruling Marquis. Typically rules several villages and a small town or city.
  • Viscount - The rank held by those in charge of a section of land for their ruling Count. Typically rules several villages.
  • Baron - The rank held by those in charge of a section of land for their ruling Viscount. They typically rule one village from a nearby castle.
  Ranks:  
  • High Master/Mistress - The conferred to a single person put above all others in Raoulish Society, who is put in charge of the God-Queen's household as her personal steward. Holds absolute and unchallenged authority. The highest ranking member of the "Great Officers".
  • Constrictress - A rank of utmost peerage given solely by the God-Queen. Confers absolute authority over the Raoulish Military, Magical Facilities, and Secret Services. It is given to up to 3 people, who divide the three jurisdictions between them and rule them unchallenged. Given to one creature, it confers absolute power over all three. The rank of the God-Queen's right hand(s), feared the country over. This rank is typically only held by Lamia or High Lamia. They are also core members of the ranks of the "Great Officers".
  • Peer - The highest rank borne by the nobility, given exclusively to the oldest and most powerful families, direct descendants of the God-Queen, and to those who perform exemplary service to Raoulin. A badge of utmost honor awarded for distinguished military or diplomatic service, as well as to the God-Queen's favorites. They are entitled to a seat in the Royal Court, and at the God-Queen's table.
  • Marshall - The highest Raoulish Military Ranking outside of the Constrictress. They are few in number, and each control a Grand Batallion of the Raoulish Military. Also bestows a seat at the God-Queen's table and is one of the ranks of the "Great Officers". The other branches of Raoulish Government(Magic, Secret Service, Etc.) tend to have their own equivalent of this rank, who serve under the respective Constrictress.
  • Lord Chancellor - A rank reserved for one granted this rank directly by the God-Queen. Bestowed total control and responsibility of the Judicial System. Also bestows a seat at the God-Queen's table and is one of the ranks of the "Great Officers".
  • Chevalier - A rank for an otherwise untitled nobleman or noblewoman who belongs to an Order of Chivalry or Trade Union. Slightly above the Knight, as they have undergone a "Dubbing Ceremony" where they are touched on the head and shoulders and thus given their title by the God-Queen.
  • Knight - A rank for an otherwise untitled nobleman or noblewoman who belongs to an Order of Chivalry or Trade Union. Unlike the higher-ranking Chevalier, they have not undergone the Dubbing Ceremony.
  • Lord - The lowest rank in the nobility, which the vast majority of untitled nobles were given. Could be bestowed for owning a property that confers a noble rank, by entering basic knighthood/military service to become a squire beneath a knight, etc. Once referred to military exclusively, but has come to be synonymous with "Nobleman" or "Gentleman". Like all titles above it, confers the honorific of "Ser" or "Sir" for males and "Dame" or "Lady" for females.
 

Raoulish Societal Ranks

  To summarize all above information, below is a list of the broad categories of Raoulish Society, to categorize the above information.  
  • High Nobility - Refers to the High Master/Mistress, Constrictresses, the Marshalls, the Lord Chancellor, Peers, and the Dukes. While not entirely above reproach, they do enjoy significant protections and easements under Raoulish law. The mere act of accusing one for a crime is a serious, national offense that can earn jail time if done wantonly and without proof.
  • Nobility - Refers to the rest of the Titled Nobles, Chevaliers, Knights, and Lords. They are afforded special privileges under Raoulish Law and are somewhat exempt from taxes, fees, punishments, and the like to a certain degree.
  • Peasantry - Refers to the vast majority of Raoulish citizens, who lack a title or rank. They are afforded full citizenship and thus full rights under Raoulish law.
  • Déchet(Day-shet) - The lowest rung of Raoulish society, who are afforded almost no rights. While not strictly slaves, it is a place where all prisoners and offenders of the law are relegated, and during wartime, where prisoners of war are put in society. They are not allowed to exist outside of ownership - some full citizen of Raoulin must take ownership of them, and thus responsibility for their actions. They otherwise have no rights, not even the right to have their lives protected under law - killing them will earn no more reproach than casual destruction of another's cheap property. They are typically put to work in mines or on other labor projects for the empire, loaned out en masse to farmers and the working class, or given to the Nobility as in-house workers or servants. The title is not transferred to children - children born to one are made Peasants under Raoulish law. Finally, it is more a punishment than a symbol of slavery or mark of death- one can, if one is lucky and works extremely hard, work off their debt or punishment and sometimes be allowed back to society.

Culture

The culture of Raoulin is one of deep appreciation for fine food and drink and all the Culinary arts - as one of the most cultured nations in the world when it comes to food culture, Raoulish are very picky and knowledgable about such things. They are also deeply appreciative and knowledge about clothing and fashion, as both are big parts of their everyday lives - fashion, fancy dress, food, drink, and how one carries themselves are all crucial parts of Raoulish culture and society, from the lowest peasant to the highest noble.   They are also a bit xenophobic, but only minorly - they simply have deep ingrained pride in their way of life, their food, clothing, and culture, and dislike outsiders coming in and besmirching it with ignorant attempts to make it their own.   For more information on their culture, see the page for the Raoulish ethnicity.

History

Born out of the chaos of the Age of Apostasy, the Kingdom of Raoulin was formed after the God Queen of the High Lamia, Kyra Aenai, had a change of heart and saw the ways of the spirit kings - converted to the ways of Zheng-Kitar, she went on a crusade to rid the land of her corrupt sisters who refused to convert with her, cleansing the land of their presence until only those who had remained true to her and her newly found peaceful ways remained.   Now free of her old ways of slaughter and genocide, Kyra Aenai soon formed the Kingdom of Raoulin out of the renmants of the enclaves she conquered of her kin - a kingdom dedicated to giving her people a safe and peaceful place to settle down and start a new life, free from the genocidal shackles of her people's past. Ever since, it has stood as a bastion to those who would seek to escape the shackles of their past and live a normal life - even the occasional Orc comes to Raoulin to live a normal life, burdened by their Blood-Curse as they might be.

Demography and Population

Most of the population of Raoulin is made up of Lamia and High Lamia, with other monstrous races like Bomujeo, Orcs, Guīmogoa, being somewhat common as well. Humanoid races like Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and more common races are the least common here, for the simple fact that few can stand to live alongside monsters, though more have begun immigrating in recent years.

Military

Raoulin's military is formidable but as not as extensive as some of its neighbors - they maintain a healthy amount of chilvalric orders(Professional Soldiers), and unlike most all other countries on Zheng-Kitar, their military is 100% professional and based solely in the Knight and Chivalric Orders that dot their country. This makes their military small in number, but extremely formidable in terms of power. In truth, it is the immense personal power of their more monstrous residents such as the High Lamia that wards off most would-be attackers, though their military is mighty by itself.

Religion

Freedom of Religion is one of the rights exercised by all citizens of Raoulin - there is no central state religion, though the most powerful and plentiful ones are the churches of the twin elemental lords of light, Amnasol, The Lambent Overlord and Vidixath, Lady of Luminescence - the faith of the Spirit King of Light Guanyong is popular in Raoulin as a whole, and the followings of the two Elemental Lords of light are the two biggest faiths in the country, as the people of Raoulin consider the God-Queen Kyra Aenai to be a divinely chosen monarch, and direct emissary of Guanyong. The sun, therefore, is a very popular symbol used on Raoulish architecture and garments.

Foreign Relations

Raoulin, as a peaceful nation not predisposed to violence, only reacts to violence when it is done upon them. They have neutral relations with all of their neighbors aside from The Danzou Theocracy, who they are on terrible terms with in a near-eternal Cold War.

Agriculture & Industry

Raoulin's agriculture is enough to sustain itself and then some - it produces a great surplus of crops from its yearly output that allows them to export it for a profit.   Additionally, its textile and clothing industry is absolute booming and is by and large its biggest industry aside from its food and drink - the textile mills of Raoulin is where the world's softest and finest cloths are made, and the sheer volume that the country can produce leads some to believe that the way they do so is utterly supernatural. Regardless of the mysterious means, their textile industry is their greatest asset, followed only closely by their fine food and drink, whose ingredients and even full dishes are exported to other countries by far off nobles and kings and queens.

Trade & Transport

The roads of Raoulin are top-notch well-laid cobblestone, which allows for goods and people to move around quickly inside its borders.

Education

Education is a standard to nobles in Raoulin, but a certain degree of education is given to even the peasantry, especially the homeless and destitute - many reducation programs targeted towards the homeless and destitute are aimed to get them productive again and contributing to society.

Born anew, as one.

Founding Date
3118 ASK
Type
Geopolitical, Country
Alternative Names
The Land of Monsters
Demonym
Leader
Head of State
Head of Government
Government System
Monarchy, Absolute
Power Structure
Feudal state
Economic System
Command/Planned economy
Currency
The official currency of Raoulin is the Saltsheet, coined by the The Gāngtao Migrant Fleet. As one of the only central continent nations with ready access to a river that reaches the ocean, they officially adopted the Saltsheet as their official currency in an alliance with the fleet.
Major Exports
Cloth, Textiles, Food and Drink, Qiweave, Marble, Stone
Major Imports
Metal, Exotic Foods, Specialty Metals and Materials
Legislative Body
The God-Queen has absolute legislative power.
Judicial Body
The God-Queen has absolute judicial power, but the Royal Court of Raoulin carries out most day-to-day judicial duties.
Neighboring Nations
Related Ethnicities

A nation of monsters

Despite its high standard of living and cutting-edge cuisine, architecture, and clothing, Raoulin stands as a nation few can stand to live in because of its unusual denizens and strange customs - as a nation founded by the High Lamia many centuries ago, it has become home for them and their lesser descendants, the Lamia, ever since its inception long ago. And though these enormous snake-women are not the country's only residents, they are the most numerous - meaning that though they have for the most part found a place as a relatively nonviolent people, their reputation and monstrous appearance means that their nation has mostly attracted the attention of other monstrous people who wish to live a similarly nonviolent life, far away from the bigots who would kill them for their mere nature.   So, with a majority of the population made up of all manner of monsters, it is little wonder that relatively few more normal humanoid races can be found here living on a permanent basis - the notion of living beside monsters beneath the rule of the country's eternal ruler, the High Lamia God Queen, means most come here as tourists to sample the wonderful cuisine and try out the beautiful clothes. However, for those who can stomach settling down beside monsters, one will find it a fairly wonderful place to live where relative peace and safety is assured - so long as one follows the relatively strict rules and abide the close watch of the God-Queen in one's life at all times. Otherwise, one might spend time in the rather unique jail system of Raoulin - a place none desire to be for long.

Close Allies

Perhaps expectedly, the two countries on Zheng-Kitar run by divine beings have become extremely close to one another as time has gone on - Kyra Aenai and Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I have gotten along splendidly ever since the first of Tarthus-Tetsu's extraordinarily lavish treasure fleets arrived in Raoulin's ports, offering extremely generous gifts in exchange for comparatively humble and reasonable trade deals and offers of alliance.   Though initially welcomed with suspicion, Tarthus-Tetsu's envoys and their Pharaoh who led them met with the God-Queen of Raoulin and quickly hit it off as none had quite done before with her, who made their first and ONLY alliance in their nation's entire history with the formal ratification of the two nations' alliance into treaty form. Ever since, the two have become incredibly close, and supported each other economically, socially, and militarily - making them a Power Duo that none have dared to attack for fear of provoking the two mightiest nations on the planet. Though unconfirmed, it is also believed that the two rules support each other personally as well - acting as very close friends as otherwise lonely beings isolated by their own immense power and semi-divinity.

Neutral

The two countries of the Coalition and Raoulin have been neutral since almost day one - neither side is the type to provoke, so they have sat side by side as nonhostile trading partners and amicable enough allies for decades and even centuries.

Peaceful and Friendly

Though they do not quite share a border, the barbarians of Kassau have formed a tense bond with the lands of Raoulin - the two lands quickly bonded over their female-centric societies(Though Raoulin is much less so), and thanks to Raoulin's progressive culture and dislike for imperialism and expansion, the two powers agreed to non-interference and made a peace agreement that has lasted ever since it was forged a century ago.   Additionally, though unconfirmed, it is believed that since both countries hold an immense dislike for the Danzou Theocracy, there have been talks of an alliance to crush them, but nothing has been finalized yet.

Tense but Nonaggressive

Though the Theocracy took the city of Valennin some centuries prior in an Offensive which resulted in the death of Kyra Aenai's only daughter at the time, the two countries have not devolved into open warfare for mostly one simple reason - after the offensive, neither side wished to pay the toll it would take in lives to finish the fight.   So, they now sit in a cold war of sorts, trying to scheme and goad the other side into starting the war anew so they can use it as a Casus Belli to launch a pre-emptive strike that will hopefully claim victory in the war.

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