|Motto: Viribus Unitis|
Wenn Alle Untreu Werden
Metropolitan Vanavoy circa 2030
|Official Language||Standard Vanavoian German|
|Government||Federal Constitutional Monarchy|
|-||Vanavoian Emperor||Paul Philip I|
|-||Metropolitan Vanavoy||894,478 km2
345,360 sq mi
Vanavoy, officially The Empire of Vanavoy, is a global Empire whose territory consists of metropolitan Vanavoy in western and southern Europe, the African and Hawaiian Viceroyalties in the Congo and Hawaiian islands respectively, as well as Malta along with various island territories in the Atlantic Ocean. The metropolitan area of Vanavoy spans much of western Europe covering area from the Italian Peninsula and Pyrenees Mountains to Normandy, and from the Rhineland to the Atlantic Ocean. Also part of metropolitan Vanavoy are the islands of Sardinia, Corsica, and Sicily. Vanavoy is a Federal Constitutional Monarchy conprising of 10 Kingdoms, 15 Principalities, 12 Grand Duchies, 22 Duchies, and 54 Counties. The reconstitution of the Empire came as a result of the Vanavoian Civil War and the New Year's Coup; the Romenburg monarchy was officially reinstated on February 17th, 2021. The constitution of Vanavoy was adopted on May 31 2021, however, it has only existed in its current form since March 31st 2037.
During the 5th century AD, the Germanic people living in and around the Vanoise Mountains began to migrate to central and northern Gaul. The Germanic people of Vanasoise established cities around rivers in the area, most notably the Liger (Loire) River. These cities were a part of the Kingdom of the Franks, but after the Treaty of Verdun (843 AD) split the Empire, West Francia was plagued by multiple plots and revolts by Feudal lords. West Francia collapsed in the early 10th century and was succeeded in the 11th century by the Kingdoms of Wänerland, Veuxois, Aquitaine, Gascony, Brittany, Vermandois, Toulouse, Anjou, Meen, and Flanders. After a series of disastrous wars across Gaul in the 11th and 12th centuries, the Sankt Malo Concordat reformed the 10 Gallic kingdoms into the High Kingdom of the Vano-Veuxois. Not long after, the First Vanavoian Empire was unified under Emperor Nicholas I.
The First Empire saw little territorial expansion, but enjoyed great economic prosperity and became the dominant power in the Holy Roman Empire. After the Peasants Rebellion of 1481, the Vanavoian Empire collapsed. The lands formerly part of the Empire agreed to leave the HRE and created the Western Holy Roman Empire, later called the Vanavoian Confederation. The Protestant Reformation caused the Vanavoian Confederation to firmly oppose Protestantism. The religious fervor caused by the Reformation resulted in the creation of the Second Empire which expanded into Iberian and Italian Peninsulas. After the collapse of the Second Empire in the late 17th century, the First Vanavoian Republic lost control of most of the territory gained in the previous century. The Third Empire succeeded the First Republic and lasted until 1922 when Roland Degarmo created the Fourth Empire, subsequently attacking Noxtrem in the Second Rhein War. The defeat caused the Empire to descend into chaos and was overthrown by the Second Republic, which reformed into the Third Republic. In the late 2010s and early 2020s, the after-effects of the Vanavoian Civil War resulted in monarchists gaining control and establishing the Fifth Empire.
The English word Vanavoy derives from the High Kingdom of the Vano-Veuxois which for a brief period was called Wänerveu in German before the name lost popularity resulting in Germans naming the entire union Wänerreich after a Duchy of the same name. The Middle English name Vano-Veuxois changed slowly eventually becoming the Early Modern English Vanevae and finally becoming Vanavoy sometime in the late 16th and early 17th century. Since the 17th century, the English name has seen very little change other than slight changes in pronunciation.