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Brettish Isles

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Commonwealth of the Brettish Isles
Flag of The Brettish Isles
Flag
Coat of Arms of The Brettish Isles
Coat of Arms
Motto: "Prudence, Force, Équité"
Anthem: I Vow to Thee, my Country
Location of The Brettish Isles
Map versions 15.3.1-Present
Capital Westminster
Largest city Camford, Forrest Row, Sheffield
Official language(s) Queen's English
Official religion(s) {{{religion}}}
Demonym Brettish
 - Adjective Brettish
Government Constitutional Commonwealth
 - Lord Protector Ira Altain
 - Speaker of Parliament Benjamin Rivers
 - Legislature Court of Parliament
Establishment 5190 ASC (October 21, 2013)
 - Ranked NA
Area ... km²
 - Ranked NA
Population 7
 - Active 5
 - Ranked NA
Currency Brettish Pound
Abbreviation BRE
National website [1]
National forum [2]
National animal Lion, Lurcher
National food Mincemeat
National drink Tea
National tree Willow

The Brettish Isles, also called Brettania or the Commonwealth of the Brettish Isles, is a micronation based on a combination of Victorian and Cromwellian England. Located in the northeast corner of Micras, the country seceded from Batavia following a long period of inactivity in that nation, taking up the mantle of unofficial heir to the legacy of New Brittania while also developing its own unique style.

Government

The Brettish Isles are ruled as a Commonwealth under a Constitution ratified by Parliament. The head of state and government is the Lord Protector.

History

Delvenus

The very fist nation to inhabit the Brettish Isles was a country known as the Republic of Delvenus, founded by a man named Fax Celestis. The country had a strong relationship with the Apollo Sector, which at the time was still fractured and not the coherent Shireroth we know today. Delvenus also had a good relationship with Elvish stronghold Menelmacar, which was not far off to the south. The Delvenii were an elemental people who strongly believed in the natural forces - earth, water, fire, wood, metal. They had a patriarchal society ruled by a Solomirathius, a benevolent god-like leader. There entire society was modeled on the basis of elements, and each element had acolytes who specialized in there particular area. This elemental division was so strong that the country was divided into regions based on elements. Each of these divisions were tied together by the Elemental Lords who sat in council at the city of Urbia Delvenus. Among the earliest efforts of the Delvenii was map making, and they are indeed credited with this discovery and in being the first Micran cartographers. Although their maps were often skewed and disproportionate, they set a precedent for future cartographers.

Pax Brittania

The Kingdom of New Brittania succeeded in uniting the islands and forging a strong naval empire that spanned the oceans and centuries. Wherever wood could swim, there you could be sure to see the flag of New Brittania. New Brittanians were an offshoot of the Lovely Diaspora but stood out as an exceptional micronation thanks to the enigmatic leadership of King Jeremy, who founded the empire, initially as the fledgling Kingdom of Willow.

Batavia

After the fall of New Brittania, the Kingdom of Batavia, based nearby on Benacia, absorbed and colonized the islands, renaming them Nova Batavia. The remaining New Brittanic population dwindled under the Dutch influence of Batavia, being supplanted throughout the isles. Those few New Brittanians that remained flocked to places such as Wilgenburg (Willow City) built on the ruins of the former capital, although a great majority fled north to what would become Willowshire. During this time Jack Montfort became Governor of Nova Batavia and began the slow process of reasserting Brettish dominance over the isles.

Brettania Rises

In 5190 ASC (October 21, 2013), the Brettish Isles seceded from the Kingdom of Batavia and formed an independent government under the leadership of Jack Montfort. This was not recognized by what remained of the Batavian government, and subsequently led to a tense relationship as the Brettish struggled to assert their freedom while Batavia, also struggling to re-establish itself, adamantly refused to recognize their independence. The two eventually reached an accord of grudging recognition, which after several years warmed into a understanding of mutual trust; especially after the rise of Jingdao.

Civil War

In 5848 ASC the Brettish government was seized by the Avalonian Nationalist Party, which touched off a civil war resulting in the Partition Act, dividing the country into Avalon and Calbion. While Calbion flourished as an independent state, the Avalonians led a stagnant government that ultimately became far out of touch with its people. As a result the Avalonians were overthrown by their own subjects, led in part by expatriates based on Benacia and by Benjamin Rivers, descendant of the prominent Arthur Rivers and family. The expatriate population established itself as Mountbrettan, acting as mercenaries from the highlands of central Benacia and striking at the Avalonians. Their leader, Ira Altain, eventually formed an alliance with Willowshire and Rivers, invading Westminster and laying siege to the isles.

The United Kingdom

The Avalonians were eventually defeated by combined forces from Mountbrettan, Willowshire, Jingdao and Calbion. As a result of the victory the Avalonians emigrated from the isles and the population of Mountbrettan relocated from Benacia to Brettania. A further development was the consolidation of power over Brettania through the formation of two kingdoms. Brettania Proper would be ruled by the Kingdom of Great Willow, while the outlying islands would become the Kingdom of Eiland.


Culture

Culturally, the Brettish Isles embrace strong elements of Victorianism while many elements of government borrow from Cromwell's Republic. The country also incorporates elements of Victorian Steampunk.

Geography

The Brettish Isles are composed of seven islands: Brettania, Sussax, Essax, Holmes, Watson, Cornwallis, and Doyle. The island is further divided into six administrative counties that are then divided into fifteen shires. The islands are located in the northern hemisphere close to the Arctic on the planet Micras. They have a cool, temperate climate bordering on tundra, with wet, rainy summers and dry, cold winters.

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