Federated Kingdom of the Pojrian Isles
Rayno Federajo d'ils Enslas Pojrianas
Ayn Umbro Aie Luzo
In darkness there is light
Location of Pojria in the Meridian Ocean
|Official languages||Standard Pojrian|
|Ethnic groups |
Surmactan 45% |
|Government||Unitary parliamentary monarchy|
• Aljapopee migration
|c. 4080 Ʋ|
|165,900.71 km2 (64,054.62 sq mi)|
• 5994 Ʋ estimate
• 5990 Ʋ census
|227.02/km2 (588.0/sq mi)|
|GDP (PPP)||5994 Ʋ estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||5994 Ʋ estimate|
• Per capita
|Gini (5994 Ʋ)||
|HDI (5994 Ʋ)||
|Currency||Pojrian peza (POZ)|
|ISO 3166 code||POJ|
The Federated Kingdom of the Pojrian Isles (Standard Pojrian: Rayno Federajo d'ils Enslas Pojrianas) is a sovereign island nation located in the Meridian Ocean, to the west of Vesperia, to the north of Kai-Meridia, and to the east of Aurionea. Though geographically isolated from any one continent, Pojria is and has historically been strongly linked to Kai-Meridia culturally and economically. Pojria itself is divided into three distinct regions, which, from southernmost to northernmost, are Macta Pojria, Venjria, and Neebla. In total, the archipelago measures approximately 165,900.71 square kilometres, making it the Nth largest nation by area in the world. As of 5995 Ʋ, Pojria had an estimated population of some 37.66 million people, making it the Nth most populous nation in Sabel.
Despite the implication of federalism implied by the official name of Pojria, the system of government employed in the nation more closely resembles a unitary system with an emphasis on regional devolution. The Royal Government wields supremacy over the regional Autonomous Countries, as their respective local governments are dependent upon enactments of the Lojfabando, the unicameral supreme legislature of Pojria. The Lojfabando is elected every three years using a party-list proportional representation method, in which the five Provinces and seven Autonomous Countries receive a number of seats proportional to their populations and the seats are then distributed along the percentages won by each party within those regions. This system of political organisation has been in use since the Aljedaro Agreements of 5953 Ʋ, a peace agreement which ended the decades-long Norenslan regionalist unrest through the heavy reform of the Lojfabando and the introduction of devolution.
The first inhabitants of Pojria were the Aljapopee, who are believed to have migrated to the Isles sometime around the year 4080 Ʋ. The Aljapopee slowly spread across Hefuja Bay on Macta Pojria, where they lived in small, scattered coastal fishing villages. Over time, these villages and their respective clans would move further away from the coast. By 4227 Ʋ, a clear divide had formed between the coastal-dwelling fishermen Mayrpopee, who gradually continued to migrate north towards Jreesda Bay, and the Saycapopee, who tended to settle in small agricultural villages in the interior of Macta Pojria. The flourishing of the Saycapopee culminated with the development of Adoraja, the first city in Pojria. The Folujasjra, the principle holy text of the endemic Penumboscameen religion, was believed to have been completed around 4291 Ʋ, and the scroll detailed the foundation of Adoraja and the consecration of the Macto Sejro by the Felspenumbo. The Felspenumbo went on to unify a great deal of Saycapopee clans in the following decades, resulting in in a stable, three centuries long period of theocracy known as the First Sejrodom and as well in the fleeing of the Mayrpopee to Venjria and Neebla. Under the First Sejrodom, the five Saycapopee clans expanded across Macta Pojria, and by 4527 Ʋ the clans had largely come to each possess significantly more real power than the Felspenumbo.
The Rejlakeen, the domination of the secular Saycapopee clans over the theocratic Felspenumbo, was a time of intense dynastic rivalry marked by perpetual conflicts and continued instability on Macta Pojria. The rise of Edahdo the Magnificent in the lands of the Jereveerez and the subsequent Edahdano campaigns would see the complete secular political unification of the island for the first time in 4711 Ʋ. The Edahdano dynasty maintained the unity of the realm through a decades-long purging of the clans, the introduction of slavery, and the roydoy land redistribution scheme. The dynasty also saw a renewed interest in ancient maritime navigation techniques, bringing about the construction of the Edahdano Fleet and the Subjugation of the Mayrpopee. The Edahdano Collapse, beginning in 4901 Ʋ, was a series of conflicts between the King and various confederations of lords which would see the ultimate reorganisation of political power under the Second Sejrodom in 4978 Ʋ. The renewed theocracy, at first highly popular, would itself eventually collapse due to its extremely decentralised nature, with the Aljen essentially amounting to little more than a ceremonial figurehead by the early 50th century. Ecara the Great utilised the fractured political structure of the realm to establish the Ecarano dynasty by 5120 Ʋ, legitimising her new role as Queen through the Sejrano Reforms.
The early rule of the Ecarano dynasty over Pojria is generally seen as the first golden age of Pojrian history. An unprecedented level of economic and technological development was ushered in by the reform-minded Monarchs, and the revitalisation of celestial navigation gave rise to the detailed exploration of the the Northern Meridian Ocean by the Ecarano Fleet. Trade of goods and slaves with distant foreign peoples brought unforeseen prosperity to the realm, and the generous charity of the early Ecarano Monarchs further endeared their hierarchical position to the realm. By the end of the near-four centuries of Ecarano rule, though, the ruling family had become extremely wealthy and distant from the matters of state, while the Nagrepal Blight and general economic decline in face of increasing foreign trade pressures devastated commoners and lower nobles alike. The Edahdaneejo Revolt, led by Tamo the Usurper, toppled the Ecarano dynasty and marked the beginning of the Edahdaneejo dynasty in 5491 Ʋ, with its legitimacy sourced through distant blood relation to the older Edahdano dynasty. Tamo revitalised the roydoy grants and reformed the bloated Sejro-based bureaucracy, shifting administrative functions of state to secular control and instituting the ascetic religious doctrine of Destanasa to reduce the wealth and decadence of the clergy.
Edahdaneejo rule slowly redistributed previously accumulated wealth into the revitalisation of the Pojrian economy and military. Notably, the Edahdaneejo Fleet was regarded as a last naval force produced by a Pojrian state to excercise real control over trade corridors in the Northern Meridian. The dynasty also colluded with the Cardeejos, allowing them to operate freely and with impunity in return for a share of profits. Though organised was, as a result, rampant during the early Edahdaneejo period, the immense amount of prosperity this system generated for the ruling elite and the free commoners is why the period is considered the second Pojrian golden age. In 5614 Ʋ, the First Cardeejo War would devastate the Pojrian criminal organisations as foreign powers forced the Edahdaneejo rulers to relinquish their ties to the organisations. The dynasty itself would go on to participate in the Second Cardeejo War of 5631 Ʋ to further root out the influence of the Cardeejos, ultimately leading to a decline in administrative wealth, and subsequently, power. The heavily reduced income of the government gave way to extreme heightenings of taxes on freeholding commoners, and the Great Famine, combined with overbearing tax law, would see the outbreak of the First Pojrian Revolution in early 5712 Ʋ. The violent and bloody conflict would last eleven years before the Peace of Pordaroy would resolve the conflict through the creation of the Lojfabando, the granting of voting rights to landowning free commoners, and the transition from absolutism to parliamentarianism.
Despite movement towards civil freedom, about a third of the Pojrian population remained legally enslaved after the First Revolution, and the vast majority of free citizens were not landowners, effectively resulting in a politically participatory class which composed only of the highest echelons of Pojrian society. Though tentative peace had been achieved, three prominent factions emerged out of the First Revolution: the Royjaleestos, the Leebreestos, and the Despaneestos. The tension between these factions, and more importantly their absolute resistance to cooperation, effectively rendered the Lojfabando moot of any real power. The successive Monarchs in the century which followed essentially used the legislature as a rubber stamp, all the while the vast majority of the population continued to live in abject cyclical poverty, only made worse by the onset of the Industrial Revolution. Rural Pojria was dominated by cash crop plantations, while the cities were heavily conjested and home to dozens of massive sweatshop factory complexes. In 5865 Ʋ, after a brutal governmental response to the Pordaroy Industrial Riots, the Second Pojrian Revolution would see a massive slave rebellion through the assistance of the Felonaros. The Second Revolution was far bloodier than the first and lasted nearly three decades. The Accords of Adoraja were ultimately only agreed to in 5884 Ʋ because of the near absolute lack of domestic production of necessities such as food, and as a result, both sides agreed to concessions, namely, the Loyalists agreed to the abolition of slavery, while the Revoltants agreed to allow the continued existence of the Monarchy and hereditary titles.
The sweeping changes brought about to Pojrian society following the Second Revolution radically altered the economic and political functions of the country. The first general elections in Pojria were dominated by allegations of corruption and voter suppression, miring the Lojfabando in a general feeling of illegitimacy. Ex-slaves were heavily discriminated against throughout the country, and many Norenslans detested the new system and its centralisation of administrative authority from a distance. The Leeberajo rights movement would eventually culminate in the legal declassification of Pojrian society through the Equal Protections Act of 5903 Ʋ, though the enactment was largely regarded as more of a ceremonial gesture than a law of any substantial power. After the cataclysmic Great Hurricane of 5916, Pojria found itself under conditions of economic, political, and social chaos. A near complete lack of governmental power resulted in the outbreak of violence in the Norenslan regionalist unrest, a conflict which would last as long as the reconstruction period following the Great Hurricane. The Aljedaro Agreements of 5953 Ʋ created the Autonomous Countries in the Norenslas, and furthermore, it reorganised the elections of the Lojfabando in a move to quell domestic unrest on Macta Pojria. Despite the advancements made towards a more proportionally representative legislative system, corruption remains rampant in Pojria, and the authority of the Royal Government is now largely limited to Macta Pojria alone, with the Norenslas varying in control from effective Autonomous governments to narcocracy by means of the Cardeejos.