|The Kingdom of|
|Flag of Fanaglia|
|Map of Fanaglia|
| Official Languages
| National Languages
|French, English, Italian, German, Polish|
|Ethnic Groups|| 88% Caucasian/White|
5% North African
|Government Type||Absolute Monarchy|
|Area|| 2,587,324 km2
(1,607,688 sq mi)
|Time Zone(s)||RMT to RMT+2|
The Kingdom of Fanaglia is a nation in southern Amplector on the north coast of the Imogen Ocean. To the north, it is bordered by the nation of Inoroth. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Arvirar Peninsula, bounded to the south by the Imogen Ocean, to the northwest by the Favonian Gulf, and to the northeast by the Gulf of Cadwal. The territory of Fanaglia covers some 2,587,324 km2 (1,607,688 sq mi) and is influenced primarily by a Mediterranean climate].
Settled by the ancient Cynfel civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast kingdoms, the Arvirar Peninsula was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its history. Kraftenberg, the capital of Fanaglia, with its economically advantageous position at the confluence of the Little Snake and Blue Rivers with the Great River Arvirar, was for centuries the political and economic hub of Vapor. Modern Fanaglia was created in 1842 by unifying the five Arvirarian kingdoms under King DiMarco.
UnificationEditKing DiMarco was revered as the king who united the five old kingdoms as one on 24 September, 1842. He poured countless Krôms into science and agriculture and promised to pull his people out of the dark ages, making sure that every Fanaglian had fresh food, clean water, and a roof over his head.
The Great CoupEdit
Perhaps it was greed, or perhaps it was madness, but Fanaglia became an absolute perversion of everything he had promised: lines of people a mile long waiting for stale bread, water that stank of sulfur, ten or more people sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder in public housing. Meanwhile, the king and his lords sat high in their castles, reveling in the spoils of all of their peoples' work.
When she was sixteen years old, Princess Autumn was disowned by her father for allowing a homeless mother and her children to sleep in his stable. It was then that she got to see the true plight of her people. She fled to the countryside, where she began recruiting dissenters for Libre Fanaglia.
At first, the rebels engaged in simple guerrilla warfare: raiding royal armories, robbing trains, and 'redistributing the wealth.' Gradually, as their numbers grew, they began to become more than a mere nuisance to the king. In 1872, all-out civil war had begun with the rebels' capture of Fort Benvolio and the small fleet of airships stationed there. Much to King DiMarco's astonishment, over one third of his army (which included Captain Prospero) defected to join the princess, leading to his defeat at the First Battle at Fort Benvolio.
Though the princess' rebels at one point far outnumbered the king's army, DiMarco had far superior weaponry, including a much larger and more powerful fleet of airships. The war wore on for two years and morale was low for the rebels; Autumn knew that if a victory did not come soon, she would likely lose the war. This is when it was decided to rush Castle Cynfelyn.
After all but two of the flying monitors were damaged or destroyed, the HMM Banquo managed to crash-land within the castle walls. Led by Princess Autumn herself, the Banquo's crew rendezvoused with the other ship's crew, retook the castle, captured the king, and effectively ended the war. This day, 8 November, 1874, is forever remembered and celebrated as Liberty Day.
King DiMarco was executed two weeks later and Princess Autumn took power, being officially crowned Queen two years later.
Current Leaders (1885)Edit
The Six Dukes
Duke William Ziegler of Arviragus
Duke Giacomo Legno Cengia of Pisiano
Duchess Imogen Findlay of Cynfelyn
Duke George Ferdinand of Cadwal
Duke Nicolas Princip of Polydore
Duke Winthrop Stanmore of Lague
Miss Lucy Alans, Chief of the Fanaglian Department of Agriculture
General Richard Orsino, Chief Military Advisor
Miss Miranda Nell, Chief Education Advisor
Doctor George Bartlett, Chief Medical Advisor
Adolphus Feist, Chief Justice
The Kingdom of Fanaglia is divided into six duchies and one colony.
The five original duchies follow the historical borders of the five old kingdoms, Arviragus, Cadwal, Pisiano, Polydore, and Cynfelyn, retaining those names. Until recently, the Five Dukes maintained absolute control (within the crown's wishes) over their respective duchies, though the democratically-elected counts below them have gradually gained more favor in Kraftenberg and the Dukes today are little more than political figureheads.
Fanaglia possesses one colony, Dehui, which is headed by a governor who is appointed by the crown and maintains absolute control within the crown's wishes.
There are a total of 104 counties in Fanaglia. A count is usually the democratically-elected mayor of the county seat, which is usually the largest city in a given county. This of course is not always the case and is decided by the voters. The Council of Counts all meet bi-monthly in the capital, Kraftenberg, to discuss matters of national politics and effectively act as domestic advisers to the crown.
Kraftenberg is Fanaglia's one independent municipality. It is the nation's capital, home to the crown and the House of Lords, and is exempt from the taxes of any duchy, making it a greatly desirable location for business and industry.
There are no formally established political parties due to the lack of democracy above the county level, but there are several fairly prevalent philosophies.
55% Royalists (right-leaning moderate) -- Favor the current absolute monarchy under the benevolent Crown
20% Whigs (liberal) -- Favor the establishment of a constitutional monarchy
15% Republicans (liberal) -- Favor the dissolution of the throne to be replaced by a parliamentary republic
5% Zieglerists (conservative) -- Duke William Ziegler of Arviragus makes it no secret that he opposes the current queen's fairly liberal tendencies, favoring instead the old regime under King DiMarco. A small number of wealthy Fanaglians are also nostalgic for those days.
Main article: Fanaglian Armed Forces
The armed forces of Fanaglia were also sometimes known as the Armed Forces of the Crown until the abolition of the monarchy. They consist of four professional service branches: the Royal Naval Service (RNS) (including the Royal Marines), the Fanaglian Army, the Royal Air Service (RAS), and the Joint Medical Service. Following the end of the monarchy, the branches were renamed the Fanaglian Naval Service (FNS), Fanaglian Marine Corps (FMC), and the Fanaglian Air Service (FAS), respectively. The forces are managed by the Department of Defense and controlled by the Defense Council, chaired by the Chief of the DoD. The Commander-in-Chief was the Fanaglian monarch until that responsibility was granted to the Chancellor, to whom members of the forces swear an oath of allegiance.
According to an 1890 audit, military spending was estimated to be approximately 4.4% of GDP. In 1890, The Armed Forces of the Crown employed 241,500 active-duty soldiers and 563,500 reserve troops. Reservists are available to the Armed Forces and participate in defense exercises and deployments abroad.
Until 1915, military service was compulsory for men over the age of nineteen who had chosen not to pursue an education beyond secondary school, and conscripts served six-month tours of duty; conscientious objectors could instead opt for an equal length of civilian service, or a six-year commitment to (voluntary) emergency services like a fire department or the Red Cross. On 11 July, 1915, conscription was officially suspended and replaced with a voluntary service. Since 1872, women may serve in all functions of service without restriction, but they are not subject to conscription. There are presently some 36,200 women on active duty and a number of female reservists
Law and Criminal JusticeEdit
Law enforcement in Fanaglia is primarily the responsibility of local police and constabularies, with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) functioning as the national criminal investigative body and intelligence agency (both internal and external). The Supreme Court is the highest court in Fanaglia for both criminal and civil appeal cases, though the right to pardon is asserted by the Crown. There have also been a number of pardons by some of Fanaglia's dukes, though whether they even have such a right is disputed. At all levels of Fanaglia's judicial hierarchy, jurisprudence operates on a common law system. County courts conduct most criminal trials; duchy and royal courts handle certain crimes as well as certain appeals from the county systems.
Fanaglia boasts a very low national crime rate. Many attribute this to the progressive policies imposed by Queen Autumn, including the decriminalization of all recreational drugs and the legalization of many of them, legalized (heavily regulated) prostitution, and an emphasis on rehabilitation rather than punishment.
See also: National Standards Questionnaire
Geography and ClimateEditFanaglia sports flat plains, low hills, many rivers, and a forested plateau region to the east. The coastline is mostly a low, sandy shore backed by plains and scrub and intersected by several rivers and streams, while the northern part of the country features high plains and mountains.
Daily Mean (March)
|Daily Mean (June)||Daily Mean (September)|
|National Average (Mainland Only)||
|950 mm (37 in)|
|Cadwal||1,150 mm (45 in)|
|Cynfelyn||800 mm (31 in)|
|Dehui||2150 mm (85 in)|
|Pisiano||1450 mm (57 in)|
|Polydore||1050 mm (41 in)|
|National Average||1258 mm (50 in)|
|National Average (Mainland Only)||1080 mm (42 in)|
Images of Fanaglian countrysideEdit
The Kingdom of Fanaglia is a colossal, cultured nation, ruled by Queen Autumn with an even hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls. Its hard-nosed, hard-working population of 298.4 million have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.
5% North African
2% Sub-Saharan African
Gender and SexualityEdit
Sexuality of Citizens
Gender of Citizens
Both French and English are official languages in Fanaglia. All schoolchildren must take at least five years of either French or English prior to taking the Abitur and all businesses in the public service industry are required to print their materials in one of the aforementioned languages. Recognized regional languages are Italian, German, and Polish.
Dominant languages in the Six Duchies
Arviragus -- English, German, Polish (north)
Cadwal -- English (northwest), Italian (southeast)
Pisiano -- Italian, English (north)
Polydore -- French, English (northeast), Polish (north)
Cynfelyn -- French
Lague -- English, Polish
Dehui -- English
ReligionsEdit41% Rothian Catholic
Before the Great Coup, education was strictly for boys from wealthy families. In February of 1875, shortly after seizing power from her father, Queen Autumn appointed Miss Miranda Nell as her Chief Education Adviser. Nell was a young, radical schoolteacher whose innovative pedagogical ideas Autumn saw made her the perfect candidate for the reforms she felt the Fanaglian education system desperately needed.
Her first act, with the help of the queen, was to establish "Common Schools," free public education for everyone, boys and girls ages 5-12. Schools were originally mandated to educate boys and girls separately, though it became clear early on that in some poorer or sparsely populated areas that this was simply not economically feasible; co-education was legalized in May of 1876, though single-sex education is greatly preferred wherever possible.
In March of 1876, Queen Autumn made education compulsory until the age of 12, though this was later raised to 19. In 1881, Kindergartens were made compulsory as well, though these remained privately-owned (if a students' family is unable to pay the modest tuition, the schools are compensated by the Crown).
Nell worked for more and better-equipped school houses, longer school years (late August -- mid April), higher pay for teachers, and a wider curriculum. In April of 1882, Nell published her article, "On Fanaglian Educational Disparity," which discussed the need for a more standard curriculum. Six weeks later, it became law.
On 28 August, 1882, she opened the Kraftenberg Normal School, the first Fanaglian college for teacher education. Realizing the need for more well-educated teachers, she made the decision for the school to be free of tuition for any student who passes the Abitur (the final exit exam for secondary schools), provided that the student signs a contract to contribute at least 1/3 of his or her salary back to the school for the next four years. Unfortunately, those who drop out of the program must pay upon exiting the program.
Fanaglian schoolchildren are educated in kindergarten at age 4-5, in primary schools from 5-12, and in secondary schools from 12-19. Students who are not able to graduate at 19 (grade 13) may choose to either drop out or continue their education for free until they are able to pass the Abitur. Those who fail the Abitur may retake it as many times as they need to; the first two times are free and all subsequent tests cost a nominal fee.
There are several private colleges in Fanaglia (most notably the Tagan College of Science and Technology in Cynfel City) with varying tuition costs, but all colleges are required by law to offer the first semester for free. University Fanaglia in Kraftenberg is the only publicly-funded school of higher education in Fanaglia; a very prestigious school, students must pass an entrance exam and interview with the headmaster, but the only cost to the students' families is a modest fee for books and supplies.
Food and DrinkEdit
Fanaglians are mostly coffee drinkers, though tea is popular as well. Orange, apple, and grape drinks are also popular.
Fanaglians -- men and women alike -- are well-known for their fondness of strong drinks of all kinds. Popular alcoholic drinks include fanamedu, cannamedu, Green Faerie, scotch whiskey, spiced rum, saké, wine, and stout.
Fanamedu is a thick, distilled clover honey liquor similar to krupnik that is made with hops and hempseed. Fanamedu is very iconic of Fanaglian culture, especially among women, as we have a very agro-centric economy - particularly in regards to what truly is a miracle crop, hemp.
Fanamedu can also be made with cannabis (then called cannamedu), but a license is required in Fanaglia to purchase or possess anything containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and it is also significantly more expensive due to the high tax on THC products, so this drink is not nearly as popular.
Green Faerie is a domestic brand of absinthe made with a Fanglian strain of artemisia absinthium which grows rather commonly, making the drink relatively cheap to produce.
FashionEdithaute couture" originated in Cynfel City in the 1840s. Today, Cynfel City is considered one of the world's fashion capitals, and the city is home or headquarters to many of the premier fashion houses. The expression Haute couture is, in Fanaglia, a legally protected name, guaranteeing certain quality standards.
The association of Fanaglia with fashion and style (French: la mode) dates largely to the reign of Pierre IV when the luxury goods industries in Cynfelyn came increasingly under royal control and the Cynfel royal court became, arguably, the arbiter of taste and style in Amplector. But Fanaglia renewed its dominance of the high fashion (French: couture or haute couture) industry in the years 1840–1960 through the establishing of the great couturier houses such as Tagan, Coco, Christian, and Hubert.
Fashion Styles (1885)Edit
Popular musical styles include Classical, Blues, Ragtime, Jug Band, Appalachian-style Folk, and Post-Industrial Neo-Folk.
La Route Glorieuse
The Glorious Road
Le régiment de affameuse
2. Pour nous battre ils étaient cent mille.
3. Le choc fut semblable à la foudre.
4. Le nombre eut raison du courage,
Le régiment de affameuse,
The regiment of starved
To beat us, they were a hundred and thousand;
The shock was similar to the lightning.
The number was right of courage.
The regiment of starved,
Johann Strauss II - Hofball-Tänze
Chopin Mazurka in b minor Opus. 33 No. 4
Earl Scruggs & Steve Martin - Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Soggy Bottom Boys- I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow
Vermillion Lies - She Comes
Richard Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries
Einstürzende Neubauten - Die Interimsliebenden
Rasputina - Momma Was an Opium Smoker
Abney Park - Airship Pirate
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
Abney Park - Dear Ophelia
Scott Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag
Voltaire - Almost Human
Joe Black - Child Catcher
Death and DyingEdit
The dying are usually taken care of by their families in their homes. Heroin or laudanum are often prescribed to those in pain, as both allow the patient to retain his or her mental capacities more readily than morphine. Wealthier families often will have a physician make regular house calls or even a resident nurse to help make their loved ones more comfortable before they pass on. The deceased are traditionally buried, though cremation has seen increased popularity in recent years. Many families in rural communities maintain a family plot on their own private properties.