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|The People's Republic of Wallais
République Populaire du Wallais
|Motto: "Travail et pain pour chaque homme"
"Work and bread for every man"
|Anthem: "Situation de l'homme commun"|
and largest city
|Recognised regional languages||Auld Newrish
|Ethnic groups (1980)||96% Wallesian, 4%|
|Government||Unitary one-party socialist republic|
Vice Premier ministre
Président du Congrès
|Sébastien van den Houte|
|-||? km2 km2
? sq mi sq mi
|Gini (2015)|| 27.9
|HDI (2016)|| 0.756
|Drives on the||right|
The People's Republic of Wallais (Wallesian: République Populaire du Wallais, RPW) is a landlocked country in southwestern Vreya. It is bordered by Rouesia to the north. Its culture, people and languages are highly intertwined with its neighbours both on land and in the Gothic Sea, making it essentially a mixture of Gothic, the formation of Varangia, and Torlisci cultures. This is emphasised by the languages spoken in the country, Wallesian and Old Low Gothic. The repeated invasions by its neighbour countries, especially in the Great War, resulted in the country's strong sense of nationalism following Wallais' entrance of the Entente.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Economy
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Culture
- 7 Politics
- 8 Education
- 9 Foreign Affairs
- 10 Military
The root of the word Wallais comes from the ancient Gothic word Walha, meaning 'strangers.' In old Gothic (and Varangian), the term Wallesian also included the Varangian-speaking population of the Duchy of Wallais, or the whole population of the Varangian sprachraum within the medieval Plattlands.
Before the Gothic Empire conquered the area in 57 BC, the Plattlands became part of the larger Wallania province which originally stretched from southeastern X to X. The population of this territory was Varangian trade influence with a Gothic influence which was stronger in the north than in the south of the province. The ancestors of the Wallesians are mostly the descendants of Varangian traders, and were called the "Walha" by their northern neighbours who didn't share their tongue.
The Medieval Ages
The Walha people gradually gained control of the region during the 5th century, under Lothar the Great. Due to the fragmentation of the former Varangian and Gothic Empires, Vulgar Varangian regionally developed along different lines and evolved into several langue d'oïl dialects, which in Wallais became the foundation for modern Wallesian. The oldest surviving text written in a langue d'oïl, the Sequence of Saint Marcus, has characteristics of this language and was likely written in or very near to what is now Wallais around 880 AD. From the 4th to the 7th century, Gothic tribes established several settlements, mostly in the north of the province where the Varangization was less prevalent and some Gothic trace was still present. The language border began to crystallize between 700 and around 1000 after the Kingdom of Rouesia was formed. Varangian-speaking cities, with Plagneau as the largest one, appeared along the Platt River whilst other Varangian-speaking cities such as Tewant, Leuvaarden, and Arnten became Gothicized.
In the 11th century, the Kingdom of Roesia and many of its smaller duchies had taken over most of the Plattlands. However, following the First King's Crusade, the local nobles of Plagneau used the opportunity to break away from the Rouesian kingdom and regain some of their autonomy. They then spent the twenty years warring amongst the other free cities of the Plattlands, unifying them into the state of Wallais by the 14th century. Viewing this as a threat on its eastern border, the newly crowned King of Rouesia, Luix, organized his forces to fight fo Wallais. Duke Gauthier de Deramaut was unable to resist the superior might of the Midrasians, and was quickly captured and executed during the Battle of Gennevaux. Thus began another era of non-independence from other powers.
By the mid 1300s, the Plattlands, renowned for their fertile fields and mineral-rich hills and mountains, garnered the attention of the shrewd Gothic King Odo the Great. Using tribal bloodties to the land, X nation's forces pushed into the Duchy of Wallais in efforts to break it off of the Kingdom of Rouesia, and were met with moderate resistance from the local Wallesian counts and barons. Due to the distant location of Wallais to X, as well as having to traverse troops through the difficult Lindine mountains, meant that initial response would be limited to nearby duchies in the east of the country. Wallais quickly fell to X onslaught, and as such, lead to rivalry over the region with both sides attacking each other of it during a series of short and long-term wars and campaigns. The Duchy of Wallais would trade hands in this manner for the next several centuries.
In 1784, after the execution of King Hugues III, the reigning Duke André de Verhelst of Wallais saw a chance to free the nation from the clutches of X vassalage. He declared war on the X who were too busy with the X and was able to overwhelm the X Army in a series of short, yet decisive battles. With X in political chaos and turmoil, Duke André turned his attention to his northern border and sent forces to buffer the line against any attempts by the X. He was able to consolidate his power and thus the Duchy of Wallais was established as an independent power.
The Great War
The climate of this region is essentially oceanic (Cfb in Köppen classification), with a continental influence (sometimes called a "half-continental climate").
The most common Y-DNA haplogroup in Wallais is R1b, and the largest subclade is U106, where it comprises roughly 64% of the male population. In Surdre, it makes up 71% of the male population. The second largest haplogroup is I1, most common in Nordland and parts of Gothia, with several other haplogroups at frequencies under 10%.
The largest genetic differences within Wallais is observed between the north and the south, with the Rouenstad showing a mixture of these two ancestral backgrounds. The Vreyan North-South cline correlates highly with this Wallesian North-South cline and shows several other similarities, such as a correlation with height (with the north being taller on average), blue/brown eye colour (with the north having more blue eyes), and genome-wide homozygosity (with the north having lower homozygosity levels). Gothic tribes gradually settled the northern areas whilst those from souther Vreya gradually settled the south and coastline, thus explaining some of the genetic differences observed in the Wallesian populace.
Holidays & Festivals
Wallais shares many holidays with its western counterparts, such as L'Allemage, which is highly similar to L'Allumage in Midrasia.
Law and Justice
The judiciary is not independent of the other branches of government. The Supreme Court supervises the lower courts (People's Court) and applies the law as established by the Constitution or as interpreted by the Premier. The Constitutional Oversight Committee reviews the constitutionality of laws and acts. The Wallesian government uses the inquisitorial system of Fiorintine law, where the judge, procurator, and defense attorney collaborate to establish the truth.
|Country (Feel free to add your own country here)||Status||Current state of relations||Mutual Embassies||Visa Requirement||Foreign Ambassador||Wallesian Ambassador|
|Aquidneck||Poor||No outstanding events have shaped these nations' relations.||Yes||Yes||Adam Blindeman|
|Crylante||Cold||While Crylante and Wallais engage in trade, the two nations do not entirely trust each other.||Yes||Yes||Peter Bourg|
|Hipasia||Neutral||No outstanding events have shaped these nations' relations.||Yes||Yes||Ruben Carette|
|Midrasia||Poor||Midrasia does not view The People's Republic of Wallais as a legitimate state. Following the collapse of the ASU, relations were never established and Midrasia plays host to the Wallesian royal family in-exile.||No||Yes||None||None|
|Newrey||Poor||Newrey and Wallais maintain tense relations due to ideological differences.||No||No||Johannes Schalenborgh|
|Ohen||Neutral||No outstanding events have shaped these nations' relations.||No||Yes||Xavier De Bois|
|Saraibia||Neutral||No outstanding events have shaped these nations' relations.||Yes||Yes||Allan Clocheret|
|Tarasanovia||Neutral||No outstanding events have shaped these nations' relations.||Yes||Yes||Lennert Lemmens|
|Ternca||Neutral||No outstanding events have shaped these nations' relations.||Yes||Yes||Fabio Vandemeulebroucke|
|Veleaz||Allied||Wallais was the first nation within the ASU to declare support for Veleaz during the outbreak of the ASU Civil War. Today, the two nations stand as close allies and actively support one another's interests.||Yes||Yes||Rémy Dervaux|
|Vrnallia||Neutral||No outstanding events have shaped these nations' relations.||Yes||Yes||Vincent Duesterhaus|
- Main article: The Wallesian People's Army
The Wallesian People's Army (Wallesian: L'armée populaire wallaise) consist of the Ground Forces and the Air and Air Defence Forces, all under the command of the Wallesian Ministry of Defence.
According to statistics released by the Wallesian government, it is estimated that personnel in the active armed forces numbered 145,450 (2017), although a increase of 20,000 was planned due to recent tensions with Midrasia. Most soldiers are conscripts serving for a period 12 months (with higher education) or 18 month (without). There is also the military reserve, in which there are roughly 200,000 inactive troop ready for service. The People's Republic of Wallais has conducted effective military reforms within the last decade which have reshaped its armed forces as a relatively effective force for a small state in somewhat difficult economic conditions.
The Ministry of Defence of the People's Republic of Wallais is the government organisation that is charged with the duties of raising and maintaining the Armed Forces of Wallais. The formation of the ministry began in 1923, following the Great War and Veleazan takeover.