|Grand Balisar Empire|
Motto: Gold and Silver, Gods and Men, the Protectors of Science and Industry
and largest city
|Government||Meritocratic Oligarchy and Constitutional Monarchy|
• Grand Emperor
|Kikarios Aleba Potokos Alexos|
|Date format||dd-mm-yyyy (ʋ)|
|Drives on the||right|
Balisar, officially the Grand Balisar Empire (Balisian: Decar Kisaron Balisar), is a transcontinental sovereign state located on the continents of Meridia and Vesperia in the southern hemisphere. It is a large unitary state consisting of X provinces surrounding the Sikesis (lit. "Our Sea"). It shared borders with (insert nations here) to the west and (insert nations here) to the east. Much of the state is situated in the Greater Balisar region of Vespia. The rest of the state is situated in the coastal regions of Outer Assai on Meridia.
The earliest evidence for the early Balisian people (or the Proto-Balisians) are from the Balis Peninsula in southwest Vesperia, with archaeological evidence dating back to about 1923 Ʋ (2054 BC). These early Balisians are believed to have originated from semi-nomadic tribes in Western Assai around -1023 Ʋ (5000 BC). They migrated eastward across the north coast of Assai, crossing the Straight of X into the Balisian Peninsula and establishing permanent settlements. As agriculture spread and the population grew more settlements were established, with many settlements expanding into small cities and eventually city-states. The establishment of city-states around 3185 Ʋ (792 BC) is considered to be the beginning of the Balisar Classical Period. These city-states, while sharing similar cultures, religions, and philosophies, were politically divided and rivalries between powerful city-states were commonplace, often evolving into full blown wars with shifting alliances and outside interference. An unusually long period of peace lasting from 3520 Ʋ-3926 Ʋ is referred to as the First Balisar Golden Age. This period of peace is marked by prosperous trade, burgeoning artistic expression, technological advancement, and rapid population growth. Many classical Balisar philosophers lived through this period. With the rapid population growth came an increase need to feed the population, so to deal with the excess many city-states funded the establishment of colonies. The first wave of colonies were established on the Beklan peninsula located due south of the Balis Peninsula, with the second wave of colonies establishing themselves in Easterm Assai on the Tsikekis. The third wave of colonies established themselves further out, along the northern coast of Eastern Assai. A fourth wave of colonization is referenced in Ancient Balisian records, but modern archaeologists are unable to determine where these colonists settled, or how successful they were. There are three main hypotheses to explain what happened to this wave of colonists. The first hypothesis is that the colonists established themselves on the Riden peninsula and subsequently became integrated with the local population, as the Riden peninsula already had a well established population of civilized people. The second hypothesis is that the colonies, if there were any, failed, and the colonists either went home or established themselves in older, well established colonies. The third hypothesis is considered the most radical, and posits that the colonists ventured in or near Vespian territory, and upon discovery were either killed or enslaved by the Vespian population. This hypothesis is difficult to prove due to the Vespians disinterest in sharing their history with outsiders.
The First Golden Age came to an end in 3926 Ʋ when a large number of Vespians invaded the Balis Peninsula in what would be known as the War of the Locusts by Balisian historians.
The name Balisar means 'land of the Balis' in Balisian, from the word Balis, which means 'our people', and the suffix -ar, which means 'land of'. Literally, it translates as 'Land of Our People'. According to their founding myth, the people derive their name from a legendary historical figure named Valios, a great philosopher, warrior, and king of the ancient people that would become the Balis.
The current constitution defines the Grand Balisar Empire as a stratified meritocracy, though on the outset it acts like a non-hereditary constititional monarchy. The government is divided into five branches: the Executive, Legislative, Judicial, Examination, and Control.
The Decar Kisareus (Grand Emperor) is the head of state and government, as well as the commander-in-chief of the Imperial Armed Forces and head of the executive. The heir is designated by the Decar Kisareus and succeeds the Decar Kisareus upon their death or resignation. Traditionally the Decar Kisareus resigns after twenty or so years of rule, and is granted the honorary title of Todecar Kisareus, and will often continue to serve as an advisor for his successor. Under constitutional law, the Decar Kisareus cannot designate a close relative as heir, close relative being defined as their parents, siblings, first and second cousins, children, and their spouse. The constitution also prohibits the close relatives of spouses, as well as close relatives of an Todecar Kisareus. The close relatives of a deceased Decar Kisareus or Todecar Kisareus are not eligible for the position until twenty years after their death.
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The legal social stratification, or Stratified Meritocracy as it's referred to by law, of Balisian society is the most unique aspect of Balisian culture, as well as the most influential. The people of Balisar are classified into three legally distinct classes: the Producers, the Soldiers, and the Philosophers. Often (and incorrectly) characterized as a caste system by those unfamiliar with the society, unlike a true caste system the social status of an individual is not static, and a degree of social mobility exists within Balisar. Each class possesses different privileges and rights, and plays a distinct role in Balisian society. In contrary with traditional class systems, the higher social classes possess more restrictions on individual liberties, which is balanced by increased personal security. Each class also possesses it's own court system, each system distinct in how criminal or civil cases are handled. In cases where a member of one class commits a crime against a member of another, the court system used is based on the class of the defendant.
The lowest of the three classes, the Producers is the largest class of citizens within Balisar, making up about 92% of the population. The Producers are the driving force behind Balisar's economy, being the laborers, artisans, farmers, entertainers, and entrepreneurs of society. Members of the Producers possess the greatest level of individual freedom, and are the only class with private property rights. Individuals are granted the right to own, trade, and protect private property. Private property includes the ownership of land, natural resources, buildings, businesses, stocks/stakes/shares, and other forms of capital. Thus, despite being the lowest class, the most wealthy individuals in Balisian society are members of this class.
The judicial system of the Producer class is a civil system characterized by Jury Trials.
The Soldiers are the second largest of the three classes, making up around 7% of the population, and is considered the middle class. The Soldier's are the defenders of the Balisian society, being the primary component of the military. To be eligible the Soldier class one must possess certain physical and psychological characteristics. To be considered for Soldier class a person must be at least 193 centimeters tall (for males) or 182 centimeters (for females), must be able to dead lift at least X kilogram, run 10 kilometers in X minutes, and can sprint 35 kilometers per hour for at least 50 meters. Soldier's are expected to be disciplined, show no unwarranted hostility towards other Balisian citizens, and have a desire to protect civilians from harm. A Soldier is said to be like a shepherd dog, gentle with Balisian citizens but will defend their flock aggressively. In theory these characteristics make Balisian soldiers unlikely to harm other Balisians and try to usurp power for themselves.
Eugenics plays a major role in the lives of those in the Soldier class. There are strict rules over who a Soldier can marry. While some choice does exist a potential spouse of a Soldier must either be of the Soldier class, meets the qualifications to be a member of said class, or if neither of these two qualities can be met, as close as possible. These restrictions became stricter as the government became more centralized following the Industrial revolution. Selective breeding was implemented with the proclamation of the Grand Balisar Empire in the year XXXX Ʋ. The basic idea of selectively breeding a class of elite warriors predates the founding of the Empire and originate with a Vespian Invasion called the War of the Locusts. The physical superiority of the Vespian warriors showed the precarious situation the city-states of Balisar found themselves in with their relative proximity to the Vespian homeland. Many city-states tried to implement a system of eugenics to little success. The rise of the Empire, increased urbanization and centralization set the foundations for what can be considered the largest eugenics project in human history.