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Lakkvia

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Lakkvia
Official language Finnish, Estonian, Craitish, Hurmu
Capital Vesüha
Government Monarchy
Current leader King Craitman

Lakkvia was a territory of Craitland located in eastern Apollonia, on the northern reaches of the island of Lyrica. The territory covered most of the former Hurmu, on whose legacy it was built.

History

During the Hurmu genocide of 1603 AN (August 2013), the Lakkvians, living off the steppes of Keltia and closely related to the Reindeer Herders of what is now Normark, managed to cross the ocean to help their brethren, the Hurmudans. But their aid had, in the view of the dead, come too late. By then some 80 to 90% of the Hurmu population had been slaughtered by the Jing armies. The sad truth was that the Hurmu people had always been brought up in the ideology of pacifism—do not kill another human, even if it would protect yourself. So it was to this giant graveyard that the Lakkvians had arrived. Armed to fight off the Jing, but the Jing had already left, all they could see were the dead bodies lining the streets of the villages, towns and cities of the once majestic Hurmu land.

The Lakkvians rebuilt. The Craits also came, vowing to aid their Hurmu brethren too. The Craits had armies, but more importantly, they had money, engineers, and they brought life to this once dead land. The even-smaller Hurmu population, now reduced to a minority in own land (mainly living in the primeval forests and thereby had been protected from the Jing onslaught), stayed, kept their habits in the forests and among the hills, singing their Brida, living off the fruits of the forest. Some worked with the Lakkvians and the Craits in Huyenkula (renamed Vesüha by the Lakkvians), but most remained rural, letting the new government be the new government. Other Hurmudans had fled to Shireroth or Stormark.

However, when Craitland joined the USSO, the Hurmudans protested vehemently. How could Craitland join in an alliance with Jingdao, the massacrer of their homeland? The Hurmu people started organising, established political parties, associations, labour unions, and did everything they could to bring the Hurmu people together. This new Hurmu revival was met with some resistance from the Lakkvian majority—and the USSO question had divided the people of the Lakkvian territory—the division was bitter. In the end, however, Craitland decided to reduce its association with the USSO.

The political associations of Hurmudans remained though, and this revival brought forth more Hurmu education in schools, the revival of the languages, both the Norse and the ritual/liturgical Hurmumal. And on the fourth day of the ninth month of this year, the Parlerment of Hurmudans, the main conference of the Hurmu organisations of Lakkvia, elected Kaiser Ayreon IV to a nominal Prince of Hurmu, and offered the Kaiser this office with the consent of the King of Craitland. This title, only titular and without any actual power, was offered the Kaiser due to him being the senior heir to the last Prince of Elwynn, Elijah Ayreon. Elijah's father Daniel Kalirion and grandfather Rashid Shah were both also Princes of Elwynn.

In the years thereafter, Hurmu identity saw a resurgeance among the people of the territory. Over time, younger generations had began adopting each other's identities. A new climate made it possible for people to combine a Hurmu identity with a Lakkvian identity, and as such, both Lakkvian and Hurmu cultural expressions became far more commonplace, and new such expressions, in the arts – both popular and fine – were developed, shared, and brought to life.

Following the collapse of the neighbouring Storish state, and the greater part played by the Order of the Holy Lakes to restore old territories under one Hurmu state, young people across Lakkvia began calling for a reunification with Hurmu. Lakkvia ultimately merged with the Trust Territory, following referendum, to reestablish the independent Hurmu state.

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Culture and sport

Football was very popular here. The small Hurmu minority practised their traditional way of life.