Rhine Ruhr, Hipster Republic of
Hipster Republic of Rhine Ruhr
_Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. _
Location:Central Europe, beneath Freedom Lake. (Plot 21)
Climate: Humid Continental
National Language: English
Education Expenditures: 28%
Government Categorization: Anarchy (Libertarian Paradise)
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
President: Fredrick Jeffery
European Council Delegate: Jaxson Marshall
Currency: Rhinian guilder (g)
GDP: 14.6 Trillion
GDP PC: 48,013.47
Unemployment rate: 5.96%
Tax rate: 0%
Trade Surplus: 311 Billion
Map of Rhine Ruhr
Military Map of Rhine Ruhr
Thomas DiMarsico was the last member of the monarchical family to rule, and was the first President of Rhine Ruhr. He was a distant cousin of King Gianmarco who passed in early 2011. The new King was not too keen of his new and what he thought to be undeserved power. Agreeing with most of the populace then King Thomas VI laid out formal plans to transition the monarchical power to the people. After a series of reforms the nation became a republic. After a unanimous vote from the new congress, DiMarsico become the first president of Rhine Ruhr. He was to lead until the nation stabilized from the transition. In July he announced plans to step down as president after overseeing the first elections. He held the office as president for the remainder of the year.
Current Chairman of Freedom Party of Rhine Ruhr. Frank renowned in Rhine Ruhr for his literal interpretation of the Constitution. Frank is a seasoned professional Politician who is a master of the art of debate. Frank was a former member of the Liberal Party of Rhine Ruhr, but withdrew from the party upon his appointment to the European Council. When elections arose in Rhine Ruhr, Frank created the Libertarian Party of Rhine Ruhr. Nearing the election, the Libertarian and Conservative Parties merged to form the Freedom Party; Frank was chosen to chair this party.
Frank then was elected President of the European Freedom party in January 2012. In May, 2012 Dominik Frank withdrew from the Party Presidency in pursuit of becoming the Premier Commissioner of the European Union. Frank won the election and was the Premier Commissioner of the XI Commission. Dominik Frank's Commission was regarded as one of the best of all time. Frank likewise was hailed as one of the best Premiers in European history. Commissioner Frank tried for re-election in November 2012, but lost the Premiership. Dominik Frank served as the Internal Affairs Commissioner in the XII Commission.
At the end of his second Commission term, Dominik Frank announced his retirement from regional politics.
The first elected president of Rhine Ruhr has taken office. Jeffery won the 2011 election representing the Freedom Party of Rhine Ruhr that favors libertarian policy. Fredrick Jeffery took office on January 1st, 2012.
**Minister of Foreign Affairs:**Ray Rowbottom
**Minister of the Economics:**Thomas Kligenberg
Minister of Defense:Dwain Ward
Minister of Justice:Charla Tobias
**Minister of Internal Affairs:**Alpha Hahn
**Minister of Agriculture:**Marvin Matthewson
**Minister of Labor:**Eleonore Pierce
**Minister of Health:**Hanne Siemon
**Minister of Development:**Diederich Langer
**Minister of Transportation:**Ferdinand Kellogg
**Minister of Energy:**Esm? Koeman
**Minister of Education:**G?raldine Thomson
Rhine has been a vital and navigable waterway carrying trade and goods deep into inland Europe ever since man came to the region. It has also served as a defensive feature and has been the basis for regional borders. The many castles and prehistoric fortifications along the Rhine testify to its importance as a waterway. River traffic could be stopped at these locations, usually for the purpose of collecting tolls, by the state that controlled that portion of the river. In modern times the tolls are privately owned by individuals and corporations. Many of the original toll areas have been removed as their were viewed as burdensome to the daily commuter.
Between Neuss and Bonn, the Middle Rhine flows through the Rhine Gorge, a formation which was created by erosion. The rate of erosion equalled the uplift in the region, such that the river was left at about its original level while the surrounding lands raised. The gorge is quite deep and is the stretch of the river which is known for its many castles and vineyards.
Currently industry is a major source of water pollution. Although many plants and factories can be found along the Rhine it is along the Lower Rhine in the Ruhr Area, that the bulk of them are concentrated, as the river passes the major cities of Cologne, D?sseldorf and Duisburg.
The Ruhr, which joins the Rhine in Duisburg, is nowadays a clean river, thanks to a combination of stricter environmental controls, a transition from heavy industry to light industry and cleanup measures. The Ruhr currently provides the region with drinking water. The Ruhr is known for its favorable agricultural conditions, sporting many farms, vineyards, and villas along its banks. As the far less busy river, a day on the Ruhr can be very relaxing and leisurely. Although there is some regional and agricultural use of the waters, most of this river is used by private citizens for casual purposes and slight commutes.
Rhine Ruhr is a massively industrialized area having 77% of the region built up, and 18% of the landmass being used for agricultural purposes. The rest of the landmass consists of other land forms such as the rivers and forests. Many of the original forests that used to make up 17% of the land were stricken down to make room for industrialization and to locate many of the coal rich areas located along the Ruhr River. Much of the wildlife has since died or has left the region in search of shelter.
The Bulbasaur is the national animal of Rhine Ruhr, chosen by the first Congress of Rhine Ruhr in the fall of 2011. The animal was chosen as the nation's representative, because of its uniqueness to the region. They can only be found in the nation of Rhine Ruhr, as they live along mostly the Rhine and Ruhr Rivers. These rivers too act as a boundary to keep the population from migrating elsewhere. Widespread deforestation has led to the Bulbasaur becoming an endangered species, being added to the endangered list in Summer of 2011. Ever since its addition to the endangered species list, efforts have begun to try to restore the population. In early 2012 a domestication program began to try to increase compassion for the animals in order to sustain the population. The Rhinian government borrowed this tactic from the Aureans who boosted the popularity of their cats to protect its population.
History of Rhine Ruhr
Migration Period (200 CE - 700 CE)
As the early tribes crossed the continent, Rhine Ruhr began to gain its first inhabitants. Groups that were headed eastward used the waters of the Ruhr to quickly travel through central Europe. Some decided to settle along the banks of the river and soon agricultural communities were established all along the river. Merchants too could be found all along the shores of the Ruhr selling supplies as well as trinkets to enthusiastic travelers.
Groups migrating southward floated down the Rhine. Many of these groups too established communities along the sides of the river. The Rhine River became an economic hot spot during Europe's early history. As traders along the Rhine and Ruhr rivers began to trade, the cultures of the great tribes blended. The economic prosperity of the region attracted invaders. In a move of collective security, the tribes along the great rivers united to defend their homes from these groups.
Middle Ages (5th Century CE - 15th Century CE)
Early Middle Ages (5th-10th Century):
A wealthy clan leader who is attributed with uniting the tribes against the invaders is made King of the lands surrounding the two rivers. King Bernhard I is the first of many in the Adalwolf family to wear the crown. While much of Europe is in decline, Rhine Ruhr continued to grow. People from across the continent immigrated to Rhine Ruhr to try to benefit from the growing economy. Nothing notable came out of the Kingdom during this period of time, but it was one of vast growth.
High Middle Ages (10th-13th Century):
The families of notable fighters of the great invasion were given vast land holdings throughout Rhine Ruhr. The nobility was then created, just about 1% of the population owned about 75% of the land. As a noble class emerged, the clergy found its way into Rhine Ruhr. Many scholars were skeptical of the clergy as they showed no interest in Rhine Ruhr until there was a form of social class. Because of popular trade routs that passed through the nation, Rhine Ruhr became one of the first beneficiaries to the wind/water mill, paper, eyeglasses, and Arabic numerals.
Late Middle Ages (14th-16th Century):
Rhine Ruhr was devastated by the Plague. As a central trading hub of central Europe, Rhine was powerless to defend itself to the pandemic. Entire communities along the rivers were wiped out, well over half of the Kingdom's population was eliminated. As nations ceased trade and closed their borders, Rhine Ruhr's economy too became a casualty of the Black Death. Rhine Ruhr would not recover from the losses of the plague for another couple hundred years.
Following the Pandemic, much blame was placed upon the Clergy. As much of the nobility and royalty too were devastated, the Clergy was cast out of the Kingdom and was not allowed re-entry for hundreds of years. Some members of the church were brave enough to stay in the Kingdom, but were mercilessly slaughtered by peasants and nobility alike.
The crown was then left without a heir as the entire royal family was killed off. The final member of the Adalwolf family dies off at the age of thirteen to consumption. The nobility then held a convention to select a new royal family to head the Kingdom. Nazario Alinari of Kryuland royal blood was selected. This move will prove to be quite beneficial as the Renaissance was to sweep across Europe in the coming centuries.
The Renaissance (14th Century CE - 17th Century CE)
As once considered lost information spread from Eastern Europe westward, Rhine Ruhr went under dramatic change. Rhine was ready to quickly reject the old Gothic style of the past in pursuit of a better society. Authors quickly accepted the concept of writing in the vernacular and as a result Rhine Ruhr's people were some of the most educated in the region. Humanism spread rapidly across the nation as it was a philosophy of learning. Gianozzo Manetti stated that humanists asserted that "the genius of man ... the unique and extraordinary ability of the human mind," this was the exact Rhinian sentiment.
Many of the works of art brought forth by the Renaissance were rejected by Rhine Ruhr, as it was patronized by the Church, which was still widely loathed by the Kingdom. Canvas paintings became very popular in Rhine Ruhr however. The oil paintings of Pieter Brueghel the Elder were the most famous in Rhine Ruhr. Religious themed paintings of the nobility were worthless in the eyes of many Rhinians and those of common life were widely valued.
The scientific works of Copernicus, Brahe, and Kepler were publicly supported by Rhine Ruhr and were heavily studied within the Kingdom. Galileo Galilei was popular as well, but then tarnished his reputation within Rhine Ruhr when he recanted his views after pressure from the Inquisitian.
The Protestant Reformation was watched closely by Rhine Ruhr. Much of the nobility and peasantry alike supported the movement. Protestant churches however were still forbid entry into the Kingdom as the doctrine was still distrusted. Martin Luther's 95 thesis was vastly read and supported, but was then burned after Luther rejected the reformation.
Age of Enlightenment (18th Century CE)
Although Rhine Ruhr was heavily influenced by the teachings of Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu, the nation remained under a monarchy. The system was however reformed in a state of benevolent despotism. Naturally Rhinians were drawn to the rationality taught by the Enlightenment Period as they were tiring of the archaic laws of the Kingdom. This time period brought on the decline of the nobility, and the introduction of Classic Liberalism to the nation. Feudalism was effectively dead as the lower classes of the Kingdom could now buy land, and citizens gained the freedom of speech and Press. The Romantic Movement was entirely ignored in Rhine Ruhr.
Industrial Revolution (18th - 20th Century CE)
Rhine Ruhr may have been one of the greatest beneficiaries of the Industrial Revolution in all of Europe. The generation of steam power fueled by coal turbocharged Rhine's economy as coal was found all along the banks of the Ruhr River. Soon the shores of the two rivers were cluttered by burgeoning factories and ports. Once small farms became massive plantations with further output than ever before. The population in this time period doubled, rebounding Rhine Ruhr from the plague several centuries before.
Textiles sprung up across the Kingdom providing amongst the first honorable occupations for women. Children too were added to the workforce for the first time. The Industrial Revolution began Rhine's glorious history with railways. Cities sprang up along the shores as people were magnetized to the shores in search for work. The 18th century saw the creation of the Rhinian middle class as professionals such as doctors and lawyers emerged into the work force. The still most successful facet or Rhine's economy, book publishing, too resulted from the revolution. Rhine remained in this state until the middle of the 20th Century.
Modern Era (1940 CE - Present)
Age of Innovation (1940 CE - 1960 CE):
On the heels of the prolonged industrialization of Rhine Ruhr, excited investors began massive projects to invent, build, and advance technology. Innovations in the agriculture sector led to the highest food production in the nation's history, and the new quality sources of food led to another population boom. In order to accommodate for the population rise, contractors began to construct the first highrises in Rhinian cities. Electricity finally made into the rural areas of the nation and many household appliances came into use. The quality of life for Rhine Ruhr had never been better. Rhine Ruhr also acquired the island nation of Sint Maarten during some colonial exploits.
The Great Reformer (1961 CE - 2011):
The new King Gianmarco was crowned on February 11th, 1961. At just 21 years old the Kingdom could only speculate at what the youthful master had in store for the ever growing Rhine Ruhr. To the public's pleasure, Gianmarco was a man of the people who vowed to improve the lives of all Rhine's subjects. First he abolished child labor and called for safer working conditions, the Monarch adopted platforms used by many other European nations. Gianmarco then cut the kingdom's taxes to lesson the burden amongst families. Next to occur was the allowance of religious organizations to return to Rhine Ruhr, ending the half millennium struggle. Over the remaining decades and into the new millennium, King Gianmarco continued to reform the Kingdom improving the lives of millions. The king never stopped working, never slowing to marry or have a family. The people respect his marriage to the people of his Kingdom.
The Republic (2011 CE - Present):
January 24th, 2011 King Thomas DiMarsico was crowned. He was a distant cousin of the previous King that had left no heirs. The new King was not too keen of his new and what he thought to be undeserved power. Agreeing with most of the populace then King Thomas VI laid out formal plans to transition the monarchical power to the people. After a series of reforms the nation became a republic. After a unanimous vote from the new congress, DiMarsico become the first president of Rhine Ruhr. He was to lead until the nation stabilized from the transition. In October he oversaw the nation's first election and then vacated his post at the start of 2012. President DiMarsico also joined Rhine Ruhr into the European union in Spring of 2011.
In the fall of 2011, Rhine participated in many summits with foreign leaders. These summits led to established relationships with the people of Laois-Offaly and the United Kingdom. In 2012 Rhine Ruhr participated in its first war. As part of the Coalition of the Willing, the new nation participated in multiple attacks and rescue missions before departing the war towards the start of summer. The fate of Dromund Kaas is still undetermined. The summer also saw the election of a Rhinian national as the Premier Commissioner of the European Union.
Presidents of the Hipster Republic of Rhine Ruhr
- Thomas DiMarsico (2011-2011)
- Fredrick Jeffery (2012-Present)
Kings of Rhine Ruhr
Bernhard I (398-421)
Bernhard II (421-470)
Thomas I (473-500)
Berhnhard III (500-523)
Arnold I (532-580)
Gotthard II (688-756)
Thomas II (799-879)
Gerold I (879-945)
Gerold II (945-1000)
Berhnhard IV (1000-1022)
Arnold II (1064-1094)
Joshua I (1094-1151)
Joshua II (1151-1162)
Jacob I (1162-1204)
Gerold III (1204-1257)
Arnold III (1257-1301)
Jacob II (1301-1372)
Jacob III (1372-1398)
Joshua III (1398-1434)
Dominic I (1434-1467)
Frank I (1477-1480)
Dominic II (1480-1490)
Dominic III (1490-1506)
Frank II (1506-1509)
Thomas III (1510-1562)
Job I (1637-1671)
Adam I (1671-1706)
Adam II (1706-1767)
Job II (1767-1776)
Berhnhard V (1787-1831)
Markus I (1831-1859)
Markus II (1859-1896)
Thomas IV (1910-1939)
Thomas V (1939-1961)
Thomas VI (2011-2011)
Updated several prior posts to include new history on several characters. An alternative map has been added as well. Further updates and additions to be presented soon.