Derecta - Factbook
Derectan Regions and Provinces
Here is a list of all the Derectan regions and provinces, complete with their corresponding maps:
Derecta's capital is situated in this region, as well as the nation's government. The region is also known as "The Diamond Land", as most of the country's financial sector is based here. It is also a booming industrial region.
Scheria's main industry is tourism. Practically all of the visitors that spend their holidays in Derecta come to its wonderful beaches and stunning mountains. It is also one of the cultural hubs of the nation, counting with more than 300 historical tribes, each with their own peculiar traditions.
San Marcos' main industry was coal mining, but since extraction permits were harder to obtain due to tougher restrictions, the region has become the country's largest sustainable and renewable energy producer. San Marcos' fields are swarmed with windmills, its rivers gather several hydroelectric powerplants and a growing R&D industry has been developing over the past few years.
Williamsborough & Kingston
Derecta's twin jewels, these rural regions are completely covered by ancient forests and constitute the country's largest natural reserves. Their universities are regarded as some of the country's finest, and the regions' main industries are book publishing and bio-food production.
Kingston (top half)
Williamsborough (bottom half)
Labrada is the country's biggest farming hub. Over 70% of Derecta's agricultural production comes from its fields. Labrada has also experienced an unprecedented population growth over the past decade, mostly due to the region's calm lifestyle.
Derecta's smallest region has nothing to lose against its sisters. Filled with mountain resorts, artificial beaches, massive hotel complexes and many recreational centers, New England is where Derectans go and spend their holidays, far away from their daily routines.
Copyright Derectan Ministry of Development, Infrastructure and Transport, 2017
This is a simplified diagram of the Derectan government functioning:
Copyright Government of the Republic of Derecta, 2017
This is a list of the 10 most visited cities in Derecta
Dikaíoma is the capital of Derecta. It is a cosmopolitan, vibrant city, offering endless possibilities to those who decide to come and live here.
Even though it is quite busy and noisy, Dikaíoma is full of history, counting with Ancient Greek temples, Spanish catholic cathedrals and 1600 English Renaissance theaters.
If you want to live in a big, sunny and modern city, come live in Dikaíoma!
Marina is the capital of Scheria region. Smaller than Dikaíoma, it is the center of all Derectan tourism, as many Europeans gather at its beaches during summertime.
Its small, narrow streets remind of those typically found in Mediterranean cultures, as its gastronomy.
Marina is definitely a choice to take into consideration if you're planning to visit Derecta.
Iasium is the capital of New England region. Being a small town, the Iasiumites enjoy the pleasures of living surrounded by mountains and vegetation.
Derectans usually choose this town as their holiday destination, but Europeans have too started to visit this astonishing piece of Derecta.
It is almost as if you went back in time when you visit Iasium!
Olyria is the capital of Labrada region. It is really the only urban nucleus in the region, as all the other towns are quite small. Nevertheless, Olyria was once a booming city, back in the 19th century, when the agricultural revolution started in Labrada. This is why we can find some amazing buildings of the time in every street.
Olyria is your best choice if you like the countryside and historical cities!
Abikon is the capital of Kingston region. It holds the Abikon Institute of Technology, the nation's most important polytechnic university. It is also a very "young" city, as the average age of it's citizens is at 35. Abikon was designated "Derectan Cultural Capital" in 2016.
If you plan on visiting the Western Regions, don't miss Abikon!
Syricus is the capital of San Marcos region. Many hi-tech corporations have decided to establish their HQs in Syricus due to the region's industrial growth, and technology has taken over a once calm lifestyle, but the essence of how Syricusians used to live before the industrial boom still remains.
Syricus can be your next opportunity if you're seeking to develop your business!
Dexia is the capital of Williamsborough region. Filled with private collections' museums, it is the second city in terms of artwork per capita after Dikaíoma. Dexia was the biggest city in the Western Regions, but since rural exodus in the 1950's, it has experienced a population decrease.
If you like art and want to start your own small collection, Dexia is the best place to start with!
Port Scheria is the second biggest city inScheria. Its beautiful beaches are often compared to those in Marina, but, in terms of archaeological findings, Port Scheria is the clear winner.
When ruled by the Greeks, during the Ancient Times, the Scheria were the rulers of what today constitutes most of the Derectan territory and they chose to establish their capital in the Port Scheria area. Still today, many amateur archaeologists find ancient vases when the walk at Mount Medor.
Port Scheria is one of the few true Greek heritage cities in Derecta. Come and visit it!
Laodacia is a city in San Marcos. It is the country's leading fashion hub, every major European brand has its own exclusive boutique in the 18th of February Avenue.
Each year, the Arcadia Bank - Laodacia Fashion Week is celebrated, and many famous Derectan designers, like Agatha Meadows, started right there.
If you are an It-girl or boy, you mustn't miss this occasion!
Olympaseia is a city in Kingston. It is quite small, but its Spanish-style palaces and churches are one of the few remnants of Hispanic domination art in Derecta.
Olympaseia is famous for being the first place in Derecta that printed a book, which is still displayed in its local History museum.
If you like spending some calm holidays away from the noise of big cities and the heat in beaches, your best choice is Olympaseia!
Copyright Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Derecta, 2017
The Derectan Parliament
Parliament in Derecta is composed by two Houses. The Upper House: Congress, which is constituted by 150 Congressmen and women, 3 per province, and the Lower House: the Senate, which is composed by 450 Senators: 95 from Dytikós, 80 from Scheria, 70 from San Marcos, Williamsborough and Kingston both have 60 Senators each, 50 from Labrada and 35 from New England.
The Speaker of the Senate is called the "High Consul", in Congress, the equivalent is the "Pro-Consul"
The High Consul is advised by the Praetors, one per political party with representation in the Senate. Pro-Praetors advise the Speaker in Congress.
The Senate Building
High Consul Anna Schuttenbach
The Derectan Senate is the place where new legislations are voted and approved. Matters like the quality of life of the Derectan populace, the thriving of the economy, the latest events occurred in Dikaíoma and the concerns of each region are discussed in the "Great Basilicam".
Senators who have detained a post in the Basilicam for four legislatures in a row are granted the title of "Aeternum Senator", a bust is made in their honor and is displayed in the "Cubiculum Honorem". Most Prime Ministers are also granted this privilege, without even being elected Senator in four occasions.
Pro-Consul Enrique de Buenaventura
The Derectan Congress is where laws passed in the Senate are given the approval by its members. The debates celebrated in the "Domus Provinciarum" are usually focused on regional-based issues.
Congressmen and women are elected to represent their provinces, which means they're always looking to benefit their own circumscription and interest. This has lead to some very heated discussions over the past few years.
Congress also holds the Governor Annual Meeting, where the seven region leaders meet with the prime minister to discuss about the Derectan situation.
Copyright Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Republic of Derecta, 2017
Elections in Derecta
General elections are celebrated in Derecta every four years (or when the Parliament requests so) to choose Derecta's next national politicians. Congressmen/women and Senators are elected through universal suffrage. Then, the procedures to choose the Senate's High Consul and Congress' Proconsul begin. When they are elected, Senators have to choose the next Prime Minister of Derecta. A candidate must receive an absolute majority of votes from the Lower house in order to be appointed to office. If he/she doesn't obtain the absolute majority of votes, a second session is held 48h after the first one. Then, the candidate must only receive a simple majority of votes.
Voting in Derecta is completely computerised. Voters go to their electoral college and vote thanks to a database of bio-metric (fingerprint) recognition systems that render physical documents unnecessary, ensure the absence of voting-fraud and help with statistics. Votes always remain secret, and no-one has no way of knowing who votes for what. When voting in a circumscription ends, all the data stored at the voting stations is downloaded into a special encrypted hard-drive and sent to the National Electoral College, in Dikaíoma, where it is all put together. Then, results are published.
Hacking the elections is virtually impossible, as, even though votes are cast through computers, they are not connected to any network and are specially protected with an insulation made with a special material that blocks any waves, signals or jammings.
During these elections, Senators are elected depending on the number of votes their party receives regionally. There are 95 chairs from Dytikós, 80 from Scheria, 70 from San Marcos, 60 from Williamsborough, 60 from Kingston, 50 from Labrada and 35 from New England. > 450 chairs in the Senate.
Congressmen/women are elected depending on the number of votes their party receives in each province. there are three chairs/province > 150 chairs in Congress.
History of Derecta
Derectan history begins around 670 BC. when the coast of modern day Port Scheria is colonised by the Greek tribe Scheria. The Greek colons arrive at an almost pristine environment, Derecta only counting with few uncivilised tribes at the moment. This enables the Greeks to quickly establish their hegemony in the region, and submit the lesser proto-Derectan civilisation to their dominance.
First Greek enclave in Derecta
Having left their original settlement due to unknown causes, the hellene colony founders quickly expanded towards the west, and divided in 667 BC. what today comprises the entirety of Derecta's coastline into two distinct provinces:
Second stage of Greek conquering of Derecta
- Anatolikós, to the east, ruled by Vasiliki, matriarch of the Scheria clan, its territory spawning across modern day Marina, Port Scheria, Poseidarnassus, Mesonion and Aurora. It was a fishing area, as well and had many lush forrests to hunt in.
- Dytikós, to the west, ruled by Vasiliki's son Archelaos, its territory spawning across modern day Dikaíoma, Celon, Acorion, Amphorion and Archeos. MIning began soon after the claiming of this land, and became Derecta's first source of precious minerals and metals. This advantage was fundamental to the designation of the province, and Dikaíoma, as capital of the colony, as currency was minted there.
The same year, Dikaíoma is founded in Dytikós, as the city of "power and authority", and becomes the capital of the Greek colony. This is due to the growing weakness of Vasiliki, due to her old age, which enables Archelaos to amass even more power amongst the tribe's nobility.
In 657 BC. the Scheria add a new province to their territory: Vóreios, to the north, also ruled by Archelaos. This province will assure agricultural production in Derecta, covering the unclaimed territory now part of modern day Scheria and stretching towards modern day San Marcos.
Third stage of Greek conquering of Derecta
In 648 BC. Vasiliki dies and Archelaos takes over as ruler of the Three Greek Provinces. He founds the House of Athede, the oldest and longest surviving noble house in Derectan history, by marrying Hypatia of Thebaurus, daughter of one of his lieutenants. Archelaos then proclaims himself "Aνώτατος Aριστοκράτης/Anótatos Aristokrátis" meaning "Supreme Aristocrat". The title will be used by all his succesors, including the Targan kings. The land becomes the Kingdom of Athede.
This is the beginning of monarchy in Derecta, which will last over 2,480 years.
623 BC marks the end of Greek expansion in Derecta, as they conquer their last province, Akrotérion, comprising the rest of the territory of modern day San Marcos. This province will provide timber and stone for the rest of the colony.
Fourth and final stage of Greek conquering of Derecta.
List of Athede Monarchs (Antiquity):
(Dates listed correspond to years of ruling, not birth/death dates.)
- Archelaos I: 648 BC - 629 BC: First Athede Monarch
- Archelaos II: 629 BC - 607 BC: Son of Archelaos I, Akrotérion is conquered under his rule.
- Archelaos III: 607 BC - 592 BC: Son of Archelaos II, Archelaos III orders the first Navy in Derectan history to be created, to defend the coastline and fishers from pirate attacks.
- Hypatia I: 592 BC - 576 BC: Daughter of Archelaos III, founds the city of Poseidarnassus, the Athede Kingdom's largest and most protected fish market at the time.
- Archelaos IV: 576 BC - 570 BC: Nephew of Hypatia I, replaces her son, who suffers from a strange, undetermined, mental affliction. Rules until Eirene I comes of age.
- Eirene I: 570 BC - 545 BC: Granddaughter of Hypatia I, first female monarch to lead a strike against rebellious tribes in Vóreios, starting the Tribal Wars.
- Archelaos V: 545 BC - 503 BC: Son of Eirene I, the first paved roads network across the Kingdom's provinces is built under his rule.
- Archelaos VI: 503 BC - 451 BC: Son of Archelaos V, promotes the arts and founds the first Academia in Derecta.
- Pherenike I: 451 BC - 417 BC: Daughter of Archelaos VI, she crushes the last remnants of rebellious tribes in the Kingdom, almost 100 years ater her great-grandmother began the Tribal Wars.
- Eirene II: 417 BC - 376 BC: Daughter of Pherenike I, she follows the pacific ways of her grandfather and promotes architecture and sculpture in Dikaíoma.
- Archelaos VII: 376 BC - 329 BC: Son of Eirene II, creates the first "museum" in Derectan history, where he keeps art collected by his mother and great-grandfather.
- Archelaos VIII: 329 BC - 291 BC: Son of Archelaos VII, establishes Amphorion as "Summer Residence to the Supreme Aristocrat", title the city maintained until 1765.
- Hypatia II: 291 BC - 203 BC: Daughter of Archelaos VIII, longest ruling monarch in Derectan history, having sat on the throne for 88 years.
- Archelaos IX: 203 BC - 165 BC: Son of Hypatia II, establishes the Solstice of Summer as the "Athediades", a festival celebrating Athede Monarchy.
- Archelaos X: 165 BC - 103 BC: Son of Archelaos IX, builds the first public library in Derectan history. It's use is, however, restricted to male citizens and women who have received an authorisation from their Kyrios (household master).
- Archelaos XI: 103 BC - 50 BC: Son of Archelaos X, orders the refurbishing of the Kingdom's coastal forts.
- Pherenike II: 50 BC - 03 AD: Daughter of Archelaos XI, establishes the " Δικαστήριο των Aριστοκρατών/Dikastírio ton Aristokratón", meaning "Court of Aristocrats" in Dikaíoma.
- Eirene III: 03 AD - 60 AD: Daughter of Pherenike II, begins repression against first Christians in the Kingdom.
- Archelaos XII: 60 AD - 97 AD: Son of Eirene III, continues repression against Christians in the Kingdom.
- Archelaos XIII: 97 AD - 138 AD: Son of Archelaos XII, orders the use of less precious metals for coin minting after riots in the mines begin.
- Archelaos XIV: 138 AD - 187 AD: Son of Archelaos XIII, orders the building of a wall around Dikaíoma.
- Archelaos XV: 187 AD - 235 AD: Son of Archelaos XIV, allows Christians to exercise their religion in determined cities.
- Hypatia III: 235 AD - 286 AD: Daughter of Archelaos XVI, grants first nobility title to a Christian.
- Archelaos XVI: 286 AD - 286 AD: Son of Hypatia III, rules for 7 months until his death during a hunting party.
- Archelaos XVII: 286 AD - 295 AD: Brother of Archelaos XVI, rules until his nephew comes of age.
- Archelaos XVIII: 295 AD - 326 AD: Son of Archelaos XVI, grants nobility titles to the descendants of the tribal leaders defeated during the Tribal Wars.
- Archelaos XIX: 326 AD - 378 AD: Son of Archelaos XVIII, crushes the rebellion known as the " Uprising of the Golden Spears", in which a group of nobles attempted to establish a republic in the Kingdom.
- Archelaos XX: 378 AD - 430 AD: Son of Archelaos XIX, grants the "Duchy of Targan" to the House of Targan, an unknown family from Akrotérion who may have helped the King's father crush the nobles' rebellion.
- Pherenike III/ St. Philothea I: 430 AD - 473 AD: Daughter of Archelaos XX, adopts Christianity as official religion in 465 AD and changes her regnal name to Philothea, 400 years after her 9th great-grandmother massacred the first Christians in the Athede Kingdom.
- St. Archelaos XXI: 473 AD - 541 AD: Son of Pherenike III/Philothea I, orders churches to be built in every major city.
- Archelaos XXII: 541 AD - 593 AD: Son of Archelaos XXI, ends royal recognition of Greek pagan religions.
- Philothea II: 593 AD - 632 AD: Daughter of Archelaos XXII, establishes Sunday as "Ημέρα του Δημιουργού/Iméra tou Dimiourgoú" meaning "Day of the Creator" as a day of rest.
- Archelaos XXIII: 632 AD - 685 AD: Son of Philothea II, adopts Catholicism as official state religion.
- Archelaos XXIV: 685 AD - 723 AD: Son of Archelaos XXIII, extends citizenship to merchants, craftsmen and farmers/fishers/hunters.
- Archelaos XXV: 723 AD - 769 AD: Son of Archelaos XXIV, divides the Kingdom into four "Πριγκιπάτoς/Prinkipátos", meaning "Principalities": Prinkipáto Anatolikós, ruled by the Prince of Akra Scheria, Prinkipáto Dytikós, ruled by the Prince of Amphorion, Prinkipáto Vóreios, ruled by the Prince of Didactrea and Prinkipáto Akróterion, ruled by the Prince of Theodidon. The King maintains primacy over the princes, and the heir to the throne shall be the Prince of Amphorion.
- Archelaos XXVI: 769 AD - 801 AD: Son of Archelaos XXV, orders the first cathedral in Derectan history to be built in Dikaíoma.
- Pherenike IV: 801 AD - 854 AD: Daughter of Archelaos XXVI, creates the "Συμβούλιο των Δούκων/Symvoúlio ton Doúkon" meaning "Council of the Dukes". The Kingdom's Dukes are summoned once a year to Dikaíoma, to report on their Duchy's activities. This is a form of proto-feudalism.
- Pherenike V: 854 AD - 903 AD: Daughter of Pherenike IV, orders the foundation of the first religious order in Derectan History, the "Brotherhood of St. Archelaos XXI", which is still active.
- Archelaos XXVII: 903 AD - 921 AD: Son of Pherenike V, declares Archeos "Αγία Πόλη του ομόσπονδου κράτους/Agía Póli tou omóspondou krátous" meaning "Holy City of the Land". Pilgrimages begin to admire the uncorrupt corpse of St. Philothea I.
- Archelaos XXVIII: 921 AD - 995 AD: Son of Archelaos XXVII, introduces feudalism in the Kingdom after a trip around the Black Sea.
Art during Derectan Antiquity:
4th Century BC "Askaphos Krater", depicting God Dionysios Eleutherios "the Liberator" and Ariadne, Unknown Author, found near Akra Scheria (Port Scheria)
4th Century BC wall painting depicting God Hades' rapture of Persephone, Apelles of Symos.
~510 BC belly amphora depicting divine hero Heracles and Goddess Athena, Unknown Author, found near Dikaíoma.
5th Century BC Dikaío Temple, Dikaíoma.
5th Century AD gold coin depicting Queen Pherenike III/St. Philothea.
3rd century BC gold hair ornament and net, Unknown Maker, found near Askaphos (Currently under Montenbourgian possession).
~200 BC mosaic depicting Queen Hypatia II, Unknown Author, found at the Royal Summer Residence in Amphorion.
2nd Century BC wall painting depicting an Athede Warrior, Unknown Author, found near Poseidarnassus.
4th Century BC Mosaic depicting two men hunting a stag, Unknown Author, found near Mesonion.
2nd Century AD, "Three Graces" sculpture, Akakios of Kalcheos, found in Dikaíoma (Currently under British possession)
Antiquity ends in the Kingdom of Athede with the introducing of feudalism around 965 AD, imported from neighbouring European countries.