Brenzhem

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Republic of Brenzhem
Republik Brenzhem (High Alemannic)
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: By virtue and merit.
Capital
and
Gstatt
Official languages High Alemannic
Recognised national languages Low Alemannic, Valtyan, Veptic
Ethnic groups (2014) Brenzhemian /Alemannic (86.2%)

Various Asuran (7.7%)

Other (6.1%)
Religion Alydianism
Demonym Brenzhemian
Government Federal parliamentary republic
 -  President Hendrik Muller
 -  Chancellor Karl Van der Bellen
 -  Vice-Chancellor Wolfgang Kurz
 -  President of the National Council Karl Seitz
Legislature Parliament
 -  Upper house National Council
 -  Lower house Federal Councel
Establishment
 -  Founding of the Kingdom of Brenzhem April 23rd, 1366 
 -  Creation of the Constitutional Monarchy November 11th, 1848 
 -  Declaration of the Second Republic April 23rd, 1958 
 -  Water (%) 7.8%
Population
 -  2018 estimate 28,376,916
 -  2014 census 27,921,202
GDP (nominal) 2017 estimate
 -  Total 687.3 Billion USD
 -  Per capita 21,216.43 USD
Gini (2015)28.9
low
HDI (2017)Increase 0.814
very high
Currency Brenzhemian Mark
Time zone UTC +2
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Drives on the right
Calling code +64
ISO 3166 code BRE
Internet TLD .Bh

The Republic of Brenzhem is a Federal Republic that resides off the Gulf of Alemannia, in the continent of Asura on the planet Aeia. It borders Heuvelberg to its East, and Pruvaria to its north, and the two states of Veskoslovia and Dreyvisevich to its south. The nation is fairly forested and hilly. One of the most notable parts of its terrain is the Westerwald Range, which runs through the Northern Region of the nation. The nation is split into 11 states, and has a population of roughly 28 million people, most of which living in the central states of Brenzhem. The population is mostly Alemannic, but has a small minority of Uralic peoples known as the Veptics, which reside on the only coastal state in Brenzhem. The capital is Gstatt, which is the the most populated city at around 2.8 million people.

The nation was born from a series of territorial expansions thanks to the spread of Alydianism, making it the official Kingdom of Brenzhem in 1366. The ruling family, the House of Wettin, ruled for the entirety of its existence as a Kingdom. During the middle ages, the nation was a northern crossroad from Catai and Asura, making it a great place for trading. Brenzhem attempted to colonize, but after failing to hold a colony in Vestrim (parts of modern day Varra) Brenzhem gave up on its colonial endeavors, and tried to gain power within the Asuran Continent.

By 1848, the nation was converted into a Constitutional Monarchy, and experienced many social and economic issues in the later parts of the 19th century. By the end of the Great War, Brenzhem was on the brink of Economic collapse, and was declared bankrupt twice. A revolution broke out (see Early 20th Century) and declared the First Republic of Brenzhem on August 1st, 1914. This Republic was a failure and led to a harsh Right-wing dictatorship to take control in the nation. After a harsh reign for 24 years, the Second Republic of Brenzhem was born on May 7th, 1957.

Today, the country has taken a whole new form.

Etymology

Otto II, an Alemannic Kaiser, was the first known person to write the name Brenzhem in a document. It was a royal decree dated 996 CE.

The name Brenzhem is born from Alemannic Prefixes and Suffixes. The prefix Brenz simply means River. The Suffix of Hem means Settlement or home. This being, the name Brenzhem literally means River Settlement. Historians believe the name came about from the Alemannics that conquested the region. The first areas that were conquered were in the northern Westerwald realm, where the Alemannics established Gotha, a prominent city in Medieval Brenzhem. The city of Gotha was built off the Main River, which further secures this theory. The first written document with the word Brenzhem was a royal decree by Otto II of the Alemannic Empire.

Historical records of Brenzhem are far and few until the unification of the nation in the late 14th century. This being said, many believe that the Alemannic Empire was the only plausible reason for the establishment of this name, as it is seen that many old maps and documents mention the region as this name.

History

Prehistory

A recreation of a Brii home in the early 200s CE.

It is estimated that Alemannic tribes settled around the Marran Lake and Westerwald range for at least 7000 years. Most of the people that settled in these regions are known today as the Brii peoples who were for the most part small farming communities. These people are the earliest known ancestors of the modern day Brenzhemian people, as well as other Alemannic groups. The Brii were mostly peaceful, and practiced animism, building small structures out of wood.

Middle Ages

By the middle ages, Brenzhem's modern borders were part of the Alemannic Empire, which ruled over much of the Alemannic Peninsula. The Kaisers of the empire viewed most of the Brii peoples as savages, who needed to be taught structure and order. Many Kaisers left their legacy on the region by building elaborate buildings of many different uses, one of the most notable of which is the Villach Library, which was a library built by Otto III in a larger settlement, which is in modern day Villach, Brenzhem. Just south of Villach lies Gotha.
Arial view of Gotha. Created by Brenzhemian artist, Petrus Muntz.
The city of Gotha was born as a small fort that the Alemannics built along the Main River. It was then turned to a capital city, home to nearly 43,000 people in 970 CE.

At the end of the Alemannic Empire, Brenzhem's medieval inhabitants were one of the biggest culprits in its downfall. The Brenzhemian peoples violently rioted and rebelled against the empire, and with the death of Willem Uller I, the province of Brenzhem had quickly become a series of independent duchies, city states, and republics. Over time, the nation of Brenzhem was slowly pieced together by conquest and diplomacy, to give birth to the Kingdom in 1366.

By the collapse of the Alemannic Empire in 1293, Brenzhem was left in disarray, with many minor kingdoms and duchies vying for power over the fertile lands of the lower Alemannic Peninsula. Many of which still followed Pagan beliefs, like XXX. (MENTION THE CONSTRUCTION OF St. Daniel's Cathedral)

Early Modern Period

17th through 19th Centuries

Constitutional Monarchy

Early 20th Century

Markus Tanzer, the first Chancellor of The Republic of Brenzhem, is today a national hero.

Following the end of the Great War, Brenzhem began to fall into a state of economic decline. Under John III of Brenzhem (r. 1895-1910) Brenzhem had twice been declared bankrupt - on 7 June 1898 and again on 12 March 1907, causing social turmoil, economic disturbances, protests, revolts and criticism of the Royal Family. On 2 April 1910, he was murdered in Gstatt. Karl IV of Brenzhem became the new king, but was eventually overthrown by the Summer Revolution, which abolished the regime and instated republicanism in Brenzhem.

The newly formed Brenzhem First Republic was led by Markus Tanzer (23 September 1914 - 27 September 1920), a politician of the Liberal Democrats (Brenzhem). The Republic was a fertile ground for the chaos and unrest that was Political instability and economic weaknesses. Tanzer tried very hard to restore Brenzhem's currency, the Brenzhemian MarK, which in turn promoted confidence in the Brenzhemian economy and helped the recovery that was so desperately needed for the nation to keep up with their debts. In addition to this, Tanzer cut government spending, and also creating work by giving businesses tax breaks and more lax laws that allowed for more profit

Despite Tanzer's attempts, many of his changes were undone by the next chancellors of Brenzhem. Because of them, the Mark lessened in value, and the political situation became more and more split, both left and right wing parties attacked the Republic. Right wing parties preferred a more Autocratic state, while the leftists pushed for Communism and Socialism. Strikes also became common, decreasing production and efficiency. For 7 years (1924-1931), Brenzhem experienced the Brenzhemian Economic Depression, where jobs were few, the Mark was badly inflated, and production was slow.

One of the biggest issues Brenzhem faced was when Communists took control of the Veptican Government in Kami and declared the Veptican Socialist State in 1928. The uprising was violently crushed by the Streitkräfte, who were put to take down violent Communist groups.

These problems eventually led to the failure of the First Republic, and also led to the 24 January 1927 coup d'état, and the creation of the National Dictatorship. This military coup quickly turned into a Right-wing Dictatorship of the Neuer Staat under the watchful eye of Albert von Kluge.

Dictatorship and Birth of the Second Republic

Contemporary Period

Geography

Climate

View of Adnet, Brenzhem. A town tucked in the mountains.

The majority of Brenzhem lies in the cool/temperate climate zone, where humid westerly winds predominate. Nearly a third of the nation (mostly all the northern regions) are dominated by mountainous terrain, thanks to the Westerwald Range. These northern regions lie in what is known as a mountain climate. In the west—in the Pruvaria Plain and along the Vorberg valley—the climate shows continental features with less rain than the Northern regions. While Brenzhem sees cold winters (−10 to 0 °C), summer temperatures can be relatively high, with average temperatures in the mid 20s, and with the highest temperature recorded being 41.2 °C. The sea surface temperature on the Gulf of Alemannia varies throughout the year at around 12-19 °C in the summer and 3–11 °C the in winter.

Annual average rainfall usually varies between 600 (in the western valleys and as much as 1800mm in the northern regions. Snowfall usually appears in the Northern Regions such as Westerwald and Lundbeck, however it has been recorded as far south as Hessel and Ballenbach. The Westerwald region recieves the highest amount of snowfall thanks to the very high altitudes and cooler climate.

Biodiversity

Geology and Hydrography

Administrative divisions

As a federal republic, Brenzhem is divided into nine states (High Alemannic: Bundesländer). These states are then divided into districts (Bezirke) and statutory cities (Statutarstädte). Districts are subdivided into municipalities (Gemeinden). Statutory Cities have the competencies otherwise granted to both districts and municipalities. The states are not mere administrative divisions but have some legislative authority distinct from the federal government, e.g. in matters of culture, social care, youth and nature protection, hunting, building, and zoning ordinances. In recent years, it has been discussed whether today it is appropriate for a small country to maintain ten parliaments.

Government

Politics

Law

Military

Foreign relations

Demographics

Ethnic Groups

Languages

Religion

Most Brenzhemians claim to be one of the several branches of Alydianism. Orthodox Alydianism is the most common of these... (will be continued)

Health

Education

Largest settlements

Economy

Brenzhem consistently ranks average in terms of GDP per capita, due to its industrialized economy, as well as its social market economy. (will be continued)

Culture

Music

Media

Sports

Cuisine

National holidays

All of the holidays listed are considered nationally-recognized observances which permit the closure of public offices and facilities (except for those related to national defense and public utilities). Due to Brenzhemian law, Private businesses are not mandated to close down on national holidays, though they must reduce hours for all employees on these days.

Holiday Date Observed
New Year's Day 1 January
St. Erika of Gstatt Day 14 February
Remembrance Day 12 March
Brenzhem Day 23 April
Labour Day 7 May
Republic Day 1 August
St. Leopold Day 5 August
Harvest Day 22 September
Saint's Day 1 November
Gratitude Day 29 November
Christmas Day 25 December
Year's End Day 31 December