Vathopia - Factbook
The Holy Empire of Vathopia
The Holy Empire is a nation that really stand out against her neighbours. The Empire was stuck in the Classical era longer than the other nations. It also got stuck again during the Renaissance era, being one of the last nations to industrialise. Because of this, Vathopia can be seen as a bridge to the past. The country's culture is heavily influenced by Far Eastern culture, including architecture and traditions. Vathopia is a collaboration between the three different Holy emperors that took household in the Vathopian region.
Population: 19 million
National Animal: Meerkat
National Anthem: Arirang
Official languages: Vathopian, Turkish, Korean
Other languages: Cantonese, Azeri
- Shinto: Kwang Ryeol Joseon
- Tengriism: Altay Cengiz
- Confucianism: Peng Roc Leung
Ethnicity: 52.3% Vathopian, 23.8% Altaic, 22.6% Cantonese, 1.3% Others
Prime Minister: Kafes Donquixote
Drives on the: Right
Measurement system: Metric system
Head of State: The three Holy Emperors
Lower House: The Senate
Upper House: The Council
Party in Power: Sentral Innovation Party
Vathopia has different types of biomes in its regions. The perfectures of Vathopia are divided by these biomes:
Il Caspia: Cw climate, mediterranian climate. The coasts of Vathena and Vatavia are famous tourist locations in the country, as it is very hot in the summer. In winter there is alot of rain, although it has snowed multiple times in history, it is quite uncommon.
Reherfiya: Cf climate, having a climate seen throughout all of Europe, Reherfiya has large green grass- and flowerfields with hills inbetween them. Being an important region for religious pelgrims and mythical fanatics, Reherfiya is often called the heart of Vathopia, and its biggest city of Vatayama is towered by Mt. Vaatji, a vulcano who last erupted in 247 AD, destroying the birth village of an important Vathopian prophet.
Huyanghou: Cf climate. The region is mostly covered with a large forest and is mostly a resort of nature. Therefore the futuristic modern city of Vatlanta stands out in the region. However, the Vathopian government has always managed to maintain nature's glory around the city, and despite this, Vatlanta is still a growing and developing city, having very high skyscrapers to prevent the city from invading the nature.
Orta Sopa: Cf climate. This region is prominantly used for farming, even though it's full with large hills and forests. Hilltop castles can be seen everywhere in the region.
Sayungsopa: Cw/BS climates. The east of Sayungsopa is a dry steppe biome. Home to the famous meerkats and eroded stone structures, the Vathopians call it the Mars of Vathopia. The plains contain a large amount of coal, which is sought after by the government immensely. The western part of the region has the same climate as Il Caspia and the industrial city of Vativostok is a key component in Vathopian economy.
Eseryul: EF/EH. This region is dominantly filled with mountains. The large mountains can reach a height of over 6000 meters, with the biggest mountain being Mt. Vatilla's Stairs (6438 meters). In the middle of the region, there is a plateau of over 1000 meters high called the Cennet Plateau. In a lowert part of the plateau, there is the city of Vaatsburg, a medieval castle used as a pitstop for hikers, who tried to reach the other side of the mountain range. The region is famous for its winterstops and endless wintermyths.
The lands of Vathopia was a battlefield for a lot of ancient wars. Being a buffer between Europa and Asia, Korean and Chinese merchant settled themselves near the already existing town of the Vathopians, Vathena. The two settlements emerged and became one big city. The two culturegroups merged with eachother creating the unique Vathopian culture. The then-emperor of the Vathopian empire, Kandaules the Great, appointed three holy emperors, whose task is making sure their religion doesn't die out and making sure the religions don't bash with eachother.
Vathopian history BC
Traces of ancient civilization can be found in the Vathopian regions. Old vases and pots have been found in the northern parts of the lands. However, there is not much known about Vathopia before 1000 BC. The first known civilizations were small little empires from around 850 BC. One of these little empires was the empire of Vathena, in those times named Bashkent. The city of Bashkent was estimated to be founded in 699 BC. Slowly its culture began to flourish and different kinds of traditions, languages and beliefs were developed by the time of 400 BC. The little empires often went into war with eachother, some getting defeated and some new ones rising.
This period is marked as the Blood Spring period, as the fighting was always stopped in winter and continued in the spring. The beginning of the period is marked in 524 BC, when the little empire of Rastak declared war on its neighbour Hafram, the first war of many. It ended in 278 BC when Vatilla the Great of Bashkent managed to unite all of the Vatopian empires into one big empire. Vatilla renamed Bashkent to Vathena, naming it after his wife, who was considered the most beautiful woman in the world. All other capitals of the empires were named after Vatilla's relatives, who fought as his generals. The end of the Blood Springs and Vatilla's empire sparked a period of peace for hundreds of years.
Golden bust of Vatilla the Great
Vathopian history 0 - 1000 AD
Peace remained in Vathopia till 745 AD. That year, steppe hordes from the East had invaded the country and the whole empire got conquered. After 93 years, in 838 AD, the Horde fell apart and the Vathopia got released in tiny city states. This period is where the Asian culture kicks in.
Chinese and Korean merchants have long made use of the roads connecting Asia to Europe. These merchants travelled all the way to Vathena to trade with the Vathopians. Acknowledging the fact that Vathena is a long way away from their home. They traded with the Vathopians of all people because Vathopian had put in a lot of effort to trade with Asia too, being a familair folk in the eyes of the East. Historians even believe the Vathopians traded with the Far East in the times of Vatilla. To ease the length of the journey, both Vathopians and Koreans made small pitstops along the road between the land across Vathopia over the Caspian Sea to the Far East. Asian merchants would arrive per boat in Vatavia (being a more suitable place for arriving in Vathopian lands than Vathena, since the city's harbor of the time was unable to receive large fleets because of it was slightly river-upwards). The merchants walked their caravans from Vatavia to Vathena after arriving. The road they took they nicknamed Arirang, path of beauty. This name was given because there were giant cherry blossoms flourishing next to the road, growing in a parallel line with the road for miles. In the present, there are still many cherry blossoms growing next to Arirang. The Vathopian anthem is named after this road.
Arirang Road near Vathena
Arirang Road going through the town of Rada
The Koreans then settled on the north of the Yungchal river, the original historic city being on the southern parts. The 2 cities quickly overlapped eachother and the city united into one. Ever since then, Korean and Cantonese culture has deeply influenced the old Vathopian traditions.
Vathopian history 1000 AD-1500 AD
By the year 1381, Vathopia was split in two; The northern part with prominently Asian culture and the south part, still holding onto European traditions. North Vathopia (named Vaternus in that time) in that time was a noble republic, while South Vathopia, capital Vativostok and since 1432 Vaatsburg, was a kingdom named Vaatsland. In 1453, doge Lebbink of Vaternus declared war on Vaatsland. It ended in a decisive war for Vaatsland. Vaatsland was losing at first, but at the Battle of Hwacha (1455 was the turnpoint in the war. The Vaatse Army managed to fend back the Vaterru Army and also managed to capture the fort of Vatueira. The doge then proposed a truce in 1459, which the Vaatse King Atticus accepted.
The Second Vaatse-Vaterru War ( 1479-1493) had alot more impact though. This time the agressor was King Bodifee II of Vaatsland. Doge Sejong, however, was a military genius and occupied Vatueira in no time. The two forces battled in the Battle of Nanawar (1481), The Battle of Yung-Shah (1484), The Conquest of Vativostok (1489) and the Battle of Cennet (1492). In 1493 doge Sejong fully annexed all of Vaatsland. The policies he put in would make the Southern Vathopians tolerate the Asian culture much more. But Sejong already saw religious quarrels being fought all over the republic. He went to the Confucian monk living in Lijiang Veth and said to him: "My friend, why are you attacking your own people, just because they think the world is different? Why can't it be that we can tolerate what others think? We might not share the same language and origin, but what we do share are these lands." These words of wisdom echoed in the whole empire. Sejong was assassinated in 1495 by a Satanic cultist in his own palace, after he arrived home from Lijiang Veth. Rumors say the cultist was dragged to the Vathena market square and pierced by not only Confucian swords, but also Tengriist and Shinto. After his death, a new doge was elected, but noble rebels had taken control of the palace, and they soon spread across the republic. In 1498, King Altay Zirkonis became first king of Vathopia.
Vathopian history 1500 - present
The Kings and Queens of the Zirkonis dynasty were wise rulers. But despite doge Sejong's words, there were still religious quarrels. King Kandaules the Great decided to give the three main religions, which were almost equally divided in three, each their own emperor. This emperor would make sure their followers would tolerate heretics and that their own beliefs would stay unharmed. The emperors were chosen in 1583, stayed emperor until death, and the amount of religious quarrels after that decreased significantly. The Zirkonis dynasty died out in 1677 when Queen Creusa died at age 23 without an heir. The Zorghong's took over; their rule was full of fear and they ruled with an iron fist.
This led to a revolution in 1855. The people of Vathopia refused to accept what the king Falafra had ordered: all water would be property of the kingdom and the people would pay for it. Not surprisingly, all of Vathopia stood up and attacked the royal forces. The king's forces retreated to Vathena and the Siege of Vathena (1855) started. Eventually the royal forces were abolished and the king was beheaded. The three Holy Emperors came in power and a democratic Senate and Council were implemented. Human rights were written down and constitution laws were written down. This was the Vathopia that stood until now.
King Falafra Zorghong
As Commissioner for Internal Affairs I would like to welcome you the the region of the European Union.
Commissioner Rt Hon Eric Pickles
Commissioner for Internal Affairs
Ah finally I'm not the only asian nation here.
The Vathopian Parliament, also known as The Eurykleia, consists of 8 parties. These parties and their leaders are the following:
The seats in the Eurykleia, of which there are 420 in total, are divided by the 8 parties in the following fashion, as result of the elections of 27 June - 4 July 2014:
The inside of the Eurykleia looks like this:
to be continued