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|The People's State of Veleaz
El Estado Popular de Véleaz
|Motto: "Para los Trabajadores"
"For the Workers"
|Anthem: "Hijos del Pueblo"
"Children of the people"
|Ethnic groups (2014)||95% Veleazan, 5% other Asurans|
|Government||Federal Marxist–Leninist (?) one-party socialist|
|-||Supreme Political Commissar||Ferdinand Conti|
|Gini (2014)|| 28.4
|HDI (2014)|| 0.756
|Drives on the||left|
Veleaz, officially the The People's State of Veleaz (Veleazan: El Estado Popular de Véleaz pronounced: /esˈtaðo popuˈlaɾ deˈβeleaθ/) is a socialist state in central Asura, located on the planet Aeia. The Mainland of Veleaz is bordered by Midrasia to the north-west, Dreyvisevich to the east, Ohen and Chalchia to the South and the Asur Sea to the west. Veleaz also controls the central island of Asur, which was once the seat of the Asuran Empire and is popular today with archaeologists, it housing the largest collection of ancient Asuran ruins in the world. The nation enjoys a temperate seasonal climate, with coastal regions being significantly warmer than the east of the country. Veleaz operates as a single party socialist state, with the ruling Communist party being responsible for electing the Generalissimo, who leads the Party until either his passing or when he chooses to step down from the position. The capital of Veleaz is located in Tolvas, which is partially responsible for the foundation of the modern state.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Economy
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Politics
- 7 Military
The modern name for Veleaz is believed to have evolved from the northern Asuran tribe, the Velii, who came to dominate and live in the area following a deal with the king of Toussant in 1018. Alternate theories is that the region was associated with the city of Velacruz, the original capital of the Veleaz kingdom, and a writing error when sending diplomatic documents abroad led to the area becoming known as Veleaz
Veleaz enters written records as a land populated largely by the Tolvassians and the Actissians. After an arduous conquest, the peninsula came under the rule of the Asuran Empire, it's conquest commonly used to signify the end of the Golden Age for the Empire. During the early Middle Ages it came under Midrasian, the Toussant, rule but later, much of it was gifted to the legendary Velii warrior of Rasmus Ergis, in return for not raiding the capital of Toussant and destroying the power of the Velii. In a short period of time, the Velii capital of Gansun, situated on the ruins of the old Asuran Empire capital, was destroyed and the power of the Velii broken.. The last Velii raid occurred in the same year that Tolvas split from Toussant, beginning the Reclamación. Following the split, the Velii, who had now taken the name of Veleazan, began looking outwards for more power, establishing the first Asuran Colony in Hispasia which began the Imperial Race of 1700, which established the powerful Veleazan Dominion that would compete with the Midrasian Empire right up until the Great War
Continued wars and other problems eventually led to a diminished status. The invasions of Veleaz during the Great War led to chaos, triggering communist and independence movements that tore apart most of the empire and left the country politically unstable. Following the War, Veleaz suffered a devastating civil war and came under the rule of a Communist government and joined the Aeia Socialist Union, which oversaw a period of stagnation that was followed by a discontent among the populace. Eventually war broke out, eventually leading to the collapse of the ASU ad the independence of Veleaz, however it maintained its communist government, much to the chagrin of its western backers during the civil war
Settlement in Veleaz first enters written record around 300 BC, with ancient settlements being discovered in the coastal regions of Duero. Little is known of these cultures other than that they completely collapsed within two centuries of their founding, an event that is well chronicled by evidence found around the sites, most notably a stone tablet being written to warn a Carpenti Ocaled of incoming raiders. These raiders can be assumed to be the next settlers of Veleaz, the Visileds, or 'Night-Men' by the Fiorentine Empire due to their habit of launching raids at night and disappearing.
With the growth of the Fiorentine Empire, the area comprising modern Veleaz was quickly absorbed into the Empire in a series of short engagements between the Empire and a coalition of Veleazan tribes. Following conquest, the area was still largely lawless and pagan, with Fiorentine Legions being sent in only to defend established cities in times of need, but largely leaving the rest of the province alone. However, a brief independence rebellion occurred near the end of the Empire's life which, despite being quashed, led to further instability in the empire and, following the Empire's collapse, the area was placed under control of the Midrasian Kingdom of Touissant, with it being named the Ducado de Tolvas.
The Velii, a seafaring Almannic tribe from Northern Asura, was directly responsible for the fall of the Asuran Empire. Following the Sacking of Asur in (insert date here) CE, the Velii settled the island, and would raid and plunder nearby shorelines for hundreds of years. In the year of 1018 CE, King (Franco-Iberian name here) requested the Velii Prince Rasmus Ergis to stop raiding his coasts and to break the Velii hold over the Asuran Coast, in exchange for his daughter's hand in marriage and rulership the Duchy of Tolvas. Prince Ergis accepted, moving quickly to destroy the political leadership of the tribe before moving to the Duchy, intermingling with the native populace over the years.
From the onset, there was difficulties between the ruling Toussant King and the Velii Dukes, largely down to the significant difference between the two and the refusal of the Princess to consummate the marraige, due to the supposedly barbaric nature of the Velii religion. Wishing not to lose his newly found power, Ragmus forced himself and the rest of the Velii settlers to convert to the Midrasian religion of Alydianism and learn the Toussant language. These moves led to the Velii becoming indistinguishable from the Toussants, leading to it being used as a source of manpower during the Alydian Wars and its inclusion as a Autonomous Province of the Midrasian Kingdom, with some of the most well known generals of the Wars having come from the Tolas Dukedom, most notably Don Llull.
Over time, however, the Veleazans began to develop their own dialect of the Midrasian Language, spurred on by a rise in independence feelings as well as a gradual development in cultural differences between the Midrasian Kingdom and the Tolvas Dukedom. This culminated in the publishing of the New Veleazan Language, by Pedro Argas, whose words reached many in Veleaz due to the introduction of the printing press. The language was adopted by the Tolvas Dukedom, much to the disdain of the rest of the Midrasian Kingdom. Furthermore, a religious divide began to take place, with many in Veleaz seeing the worship of fire as ridiculous. In 1350, word began to spread that the a Son of God had been born in Veleaz, with thousands paying pilgrimage to pay homage to the Son. As the boy grew up, he began to speak out against the opulence of the Church and the corruption it had. Many in Veleaz agreed with these words and began to follow the Son and listened to his words. While it was initially ignored by the Misdrasian Church, when the Duke of Tolvas began to meet with the Son, the Church acted, sending its personal army, the Armée de Dieu, to deal with the Son.
Angered by he intrusion, Duke Ferdinand of Tolvas declared that Midrasia was no longer welcoming to Veleazans, due to its inaction against the Church's intervention. Thus, the Duke declared independence and proclaimed himself Defender of Veleaz. Immediately, he dispatched an army, led by himself, to combat the Armée de Dieu and prevent them from taking the Son prisoner. This resulted in the pivtol Battle of Faith, where the Armée de Dieu was soundly defeated and forced back to Midrasia, losing hundreds due to the lack of water and heat of the Veleazan summer. The surviving soldiers proclaimed Ferdinand as King, however Ferdinand refused until he met the Son. Ferdinand then met with the Son a final time, who said that God had chosen Ferdinand to lead the Veleazan people and proclaimed him King. The Son's last act on earth to crown Ferdinand on the battlefield (Now the Basilica of St Ferdinand) and commanded him to build a city on the site of the battlefield, leading to the founding of modern day Bafa, where the Son and all the Veleazan Kings are buried.
Following the Declaration, Midrasia responded by invading and attempted to subdue to rebels, however Ferdinand was aware of his numerical inferiority and often evaded the larger Midrasians forces, leading to a drop in morale. Instead, Ferdinand would move from village to village until he had built a force large enough to face the Midrasians in open battle, which he did in 1364. Having drawn the Midrasian army deep within Veleaz, he managed to maneuver his army behind the Midrasian force and block the easiest access into Midrasia, the Helios Pass. The resulting battle left the Midrasian Army in tatters and resulted in the Kingdom allowing Veleaz its independence and paying considerable amounts of gold for compensation. The following two centuries were consisted largely or rebuilding the nation following the war, as well as creating a unique national identity from the Midrasians in forms other than religion. The state of Veleaz following the war was outlined effectively by Veleazan nationalist, Diego Verga when he wrote 'We have the nation of Veleaz, we now need Veleazans'
Early Modern Period
As the dawn of the 16th century, the nation of Veleaz was still struggling to adopt its own unique culture, complicated by the task of unravelling itself from its long history of association with Midrasia. This period of Veleazan history is often called the Renacimiento due to the cultural identity of Veleaz truly being formed, ironically influenced by the presence of a Midrasian renaissance. With hundreds of writers, painters, and musicians being born in Veleaz at this time, it allowed for Veleaz to become known for a type of liberalism that was largely unknown in Asura at this time, supplemented by King Ferdinand III orchestrating it all and filling his court with famous personalities. However, the period was still marked with troubles, mainly a growing religious divide within the Puritan sect that had allowed for Veleazan independence. Tensions grew to the point where an all out religious conflict threatened to break out, however strict and suppressive measures taken by the Crown prevented it.
The continued reign of the Avecedo-Cueva family in Veleaz had led to an unprecedented form of liberalness that was largely uncommon in the wider Asuran society as a whole, allowing for political ideology, as well as industrial and social policy to flourish in a welcoming
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|Country (Feel free to add your own country here)||Status||Current state of relations||Mutual Embassies||Visa Requirement|
|Aquidneck||Strained||While the Aquidish Government does not outright oppose communism, Veleaz's recent militaristic actions on the world stage have caused relations between the two countries to sour, though not nearly as bad as other nation's relationship with Veleaz.||Yes||Yes|
|Midrasia||Strained||Ever since the 'great betrayal' of 1985 and Veleaz's refusal to institute democratic reforms in the aftermath of the ASU Civil War, relations between the two nations have remained sour. The Veleazan monarchy-in-exile also has strong ties to the Midrasian royal family, further damaging relations between the two states. The Veleazan embassy in Midrasia was closed in 1986, with the Midrasian embassy following shortly after.||No||Yes|
|Rohst||Strained||Veleaz' rabid support for communism has greatly soured relations between both nations, however due to the war with Tarasanovia, both countries are now uneasy allies. Rohst is housing the former royal family of Veleaz in its court, further complicating relations.||Yes||Yes|
|Ternca||Strained||Veleaz' role in the collapse of the ASU combined with the hostility both states have with each other has lead to strained relations to the point of enmity between both states. Both nations use their propaganda machines to defame one another, and both have politicians who insult another. Ever since the ASU Ternca has placed an embargo on Veleaz prohibiting its goods from entering Ternca.||No||Yes|
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