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Anthem: The Big Song
Location of The Apothegm in Ankuria
and largest city
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The Apothegm (State Speak: ‘Ꮨɛ̀ᏥᎥgᎹ), also known anachronistically as Dijiuma, is a semi-stateless anarchist society, located primarily on the island of Dijuima, or Ovdav-Laden in Surresian. The nation was founded in the year 5888 Ʋ, which is known within the nation as Year One according to the Apothegm calendar.
The Apothegm descended from a complex network of ununified polities, which are believed to have numbered into the hundreds in the decades before the creation of The Apothegm, and consisted of a mixed range of political ideologies and institutions.
The creation of The Apothegm began with the removal of all government within the island, except for a transitional force determined to ensure the longevity of the new system, and to defend the island against numerous foreigner attackers and militant groups. The island would become unified under its titular apothegm
Despite the initial success of the island, the region often experienced infighting and societal issues, exacerbated by the island’s poor infrastructure and economic standing prior to the nation’s creation. Additionally, a series of occupations, colonizations, and other foreign interventions, left the island further divided and vitiated. Foreign influence from such nations as Vespia led to the adoption of many Vespian customs locally, such as incest, pedophilia, rape, and murder, however, lacking Vespia’s “magic” to allow these practices to function in a society, the island of Dijuima was far less successful in creating a functioning society.
Great War (1904-1909)
On 1 July 1908 the government of Dijuima became completely eclipsed by its primary war-time commander, Jurim Sens-Jeco, effectively turning the nation to a military dictatorship. Under his leadership the nation would transform to a full war-time economy, with previous restrictions removed. Nicknamed “Sens-Jeco’s Gambit”, this period of the war saw a reversal of the nation’s deteriorating fate, with the nation achieving a series of impressive victories.
By the beginning of 1909 public support for the ongoing great war waned within Dijuima, after several years of stalemate. In March the Armistice of Hado saw the nation’s forcefully-created puppet state, Yersjal, unconditionally surrender, leading to that nation’s dissolution weeks later. This increased the number of enemy soldiers that could be amassed in the western front against Dijuima, which would lead to heightened pressure in the coming months. News of a defeat at the Battle of Tuls in late March sparked a rebellion among sections of the navy stationed to the southeast at Krujami Point, with the city’s garrison attempting to force an end to the war. With large portions of the navy out of commission, the Battle of Jaitriqus would see Dijuima withdraw from Eskea.
Krujami Point would be abandoned by the mutineers, who were led by captain Neslumok Huliacole, in favor of regrouping at the nearby fortress of Mier. By this time one of Huliacole’s accomplices on the mainland, a representative from the West Occupied Zone named Uqulik Ralend, organized a meeting of like minded individuals in the city of Iqnod. On 9 April the assembly at Iq nod declared the formation of a rival Dijuima government in exile, which would contend with the national government on the Dijuima mainland. Unbeknownst of this, Huliacole would encounter an enemy fleet at the Straits of Tamuk, and would fight alongside government forces to victory, on the day after the formal beginning to the rebellion.
The western government initially grow rapidly, with numerous desertions from neighboring military units. Numerous people also joined from the native population, as they were angered from years of occupation and fighting, however, this splintered the assembly in the following months; the rebel government was dominated by Dijuiman representatives who wished to retain minority rule over the conquered, non-Dijuiman population, and in most cases even advocated for a continuation of the war in general. The conservative, Dijuiman faction, which sought to simply replace the nation’s dictatorship and continue Dijuiman occupation and war efforts, became led by the Kolitak Paaslo, who was selected as the nation’s first formal leader after Ralend’s first resignation.
A rival faction under the rule of native leader Numok Kiav arose, which saw to topple both Dijuiman governments, and quickly spread across the Western Occupied Zone. Dijuima’s lead military commander turned dictator, Jurim Sens-Jeco, ordered a detachment of 4,000 men to be sent to Iqnod, but continued concentrating the majority of his forces along the front in the west. The dictator’s gambit culminated in a full scale invasion in mid April, despite disturbances in the home front. At the same time, Sens-Jeco’s contingent of 4,000 men, under the command of Poalu Jacural, failed to reach their intended destination, as an ambush by Kiav’s rebels stalled them.