Liidu Vabariik (Liidurian)
"Me oleme ja jääme alati" ”We are and always will be“
|Anthem: Our Homeland
and largest city
|Ethnic groups (2016)|
|Government||Unitary semi-presidential republic|
|-||Prime Minister||Kaljo Harmaajärvi|
|-||Union of Järvetasandik||29 April 1087|
|-||Formation of the Sadamic League||27 September 1093|
|-||Treaty of Silmadega||13 June 1661|
|-||1967 Revolution||17 February 1967|
43,239 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2016 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2016 estimate|
|Gini (2016)|| 34.9
|HDI (2016)|| 0.849
|Currency||Liidurian crown (LDC)|
|Time zone||Central Asuran Time (UTC+1)|
|-||Summer (DST)||Central Asuran Daylight Time (UTC+2)|
|Date format||dd-mm-yyyy (CE)|
|Drives on the||left|
|ISO 3166 code||LD|
Liiduria (/laɪdʊəriɑː/; Liidurian: Liiduriik, pronounced /liːdʊriːk/), officially the Liidurian Republic (Liidurian: Liidu Vabariik), is a sovereign state located in northern Asura. It borders Miersa to the south and Aleia to the west; it also shares borders with Tyronova and Gaussland-Nulvia to the east. Liiduria is a unitary semi-presidential republic consisting of thirteen traditional provinces and one internal territory, with a population of 17.4 million and an area of 111,988 square kilometres (43,239 sq mi). Its capital and largest city is Idalinne, while other major urban centres include Baadrõl, Edressder, Tormiline and Kõrgorus.
Presdent-day Liiduria has been inhabited by modern humans since at least 19,000 BCE and is widely accepted to be the homeland of the Liiduro-Nausikaan peoples, who are ethnically and linguistically disparate from their Cataisuran neighbours. The region was first documented in the Via Aureum and maintained strong trade links with southern Asura during the Fiorentine era. Liiduria was dominated by a number of petty kingdoms until the late 11th century, when incursions from Zachódnia led to the Union of Järvetasandik, setting the first precedent for a single Liidurian nation-state. The relative stability of the region at the end of the 11th century allowed for the creation of the Sadamic League in 1093, which later came to dominate international trade in northern Asura and lead Liidurian colonisation of the New World.
By the 18th century, the period of Liidurian hegemony over Asuran trade had begun to decline as a result of the mass centralisation that was occurring across the continent. A long series of hostilities between Lhedwin and the Sadamic League culminated in the invasion and incorporation of Crylante in 1799, which resulted in the loss of control over the crucial strongholds of Nebligen and Sønderburg and pushed Liidurian influence out of western Asura and the New World. Liiduria was aligned with the Concordat during the Great War and faced several decades of economic decline following the Millennium Peace. The early 1900s saw the abolition of the Liidurian monarchy and the creation of a perpetuist government. Increasingly close relations with western Asura during the Second Great War and the Red Scare popularised centrist thought within Liiduria, culminating in the Revolution of 1967 and the subsequent establishment of the modern-day Liidurian Republic.
Contemporarily, Liiduria is a developed country and a full member of the Commonwealth of Democratic Nations as well as a number of other intergovernmental organisations across Aeia. Liiduria exerts a substantial level of influence within the Gulf of Alemannia and the surrounding areas, while acting as middle power on the global scale. It maintains a small but robust, primarily trade-oriented economy, with an increasingly prominent service sector and a history in arms manufacturing. Liiduria places highly in a number of international rankings, including the Human Development Index and national happiness, while performing favourably in several others. Liiduria also offers universal healthcare, free education and social equality.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
The name "Liiduria" directly derives from the Liidurian native form Liiduriik, an endonym comprised of the words liidu- (meaning union) and riik (meaning realm or country). The term was first referenced in the Union of Järvetasandik in 1087 and came into widespread usage amongst the majority of ethnic Liidurians by the 15th century, when the influence of feudalism in Asura began to decline and the idea of a Liidurian national identity was popularised.
Archaic humans may have inhabited Liiduria circa 120,000, BCE. The earliest known presence of modern humans Liiduria can be traced to approximately 15,000 years ago, when the end of the most recent glacial period made human habitation possible again.
During classical antiquity, Liiduria ...
While never coming into direct, large-scale contact with the Fiorentine Empire or its predecessor states, Liidurian peoples were heavily involved in extensive trade with civilisations along the Asur as early as the 6th century BCE. The course of the ancient Goldway stretched as far as present-day Tormiline, and served as the main method of contact between Liiduria and Southern Asura, where the use of amber in decorative items and as a symbol of social standing was highly valued. Correspondingly, the presence of Fiorentine items and cultural influences in ancient Liiduria has also been attributed to commerce along the route – notably, the introduction of Alydianism to the Liidurian populace is believed to have occurred during this period. There are claims that the presence of pre-Alydian fire worship amongst Liidurians of antiquity is evidence of undocumented cross-cultural contamination between Liiduria and the Empire of Artakhshathra several centuries beforehand, but historians generally dismiss these theories as unfounded.
Fiorentine historian Proculus Polybius is responsible for the oldest surviving comprehensive documentation of the Liidurian peoples in his Via Aureum, which written in 122 CE but was believed to have been destroyed during the Sack of Laterna in 482 CE. In the late 18th century, three surviving copies (one damaged beyond repair) were rediscovered in the city of Tolvas, shedding light on early Liidurian history. The book describes several routes through present-day Midrasia, Veleaz, Miersa and Liiduria taken to reach the amber mines, while also making a number of observations on Liidurian culture and beliefs prior to the Alydianisation of the country. However, Polybius heavily cites texts that have not survived to the modern era and of which no substantial trace remains. As such, there is considerable debate amongst scholarly sources as to whether the information supplied by Polybius – who never actually traversed the Goldway, nor encountered persons of Liidurian origin – is accurate.
In the 5th century, the power of the Fiorentine Empire began to wane, and the protection it had afforded to merchants and travellers within its borders – as well as outside of them – was considerably lessened as a result. The Goldway became increasingly dangerous to traverse (eventually falling out of use entirely), and Liiduria was severed from the locations in Southern Asura with which it had enjoyed a close commercial relationship. Some sources suggest that a large concentration of
This, among others, became the foremost factor leading to the mass exodus (Suur-Väljaränne) that followed, drawing thousands out of Liiduria and into the Fiorentine Empire alongside Alemannic and Sclavonic peoples, during what would become the beginning of the Migration Period. Sources from during the Sack of Laterna show that a number of Liidurians were present, but there are no subsequent reports of their presence anywhere in the Empire, and for centuries the accepted theory was that they settled in densely-populated areas, such as Midrasia or Veleaz, and that traces of Liidurian culture simply disappeared over time. However, interest on the subject saw an increase soon after the rediscovery of the Via Aureum, and in 1713 a group of prominent Asuran historians and linguists published a thesis maintaining that the Liidurian groups that had entered the Fiorentine Empire during the Migration Period settled further east than originally thought, in present-day Mezoria. This publication was later supplanted by more detailed suppositions, but it formed the scholarly basis for the existence of the (now widely-accepted) Arusaadic language family.
Early Middle Ages
Late Middle Ages
Early Modern Period
Late Modern Period
Much of Liiduria's foreign policy is shaped by its membership in the Commonwealth of Democratic Nations, of which it has been a member since its formation in 2000.