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"MCK" redirects here. For the sovereign nation with a similar name, see Kingdom of Meckelnburgh.

Meckelnburgh
Meckelnburg (me); Meckelmbourg (ax); Mekelnburgo (ao)
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Flag

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Coat of Arms

Motto: "Aŭguro de pli bonega tempaĝo" (ao)

"An Omen of a Greater Age"

Anthem: "Ode to Our King and Flag"
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Map versions 16.8.4–
Capital
and largest city
Alexandretta
Official language Istvanistani
National languages Meckelnish · Aspiranto · Alexandrian
Recognized regional languages Eastmoorlandish · Froyalanish
Ethnic groups 75.8% Meckelnish
7.8% Seal Fishers
4.4% Jääkieli
3.5% Vepsios
2.7% Britannics
2.0% Froyalaners
0.6% Black Travellers
3.2% Other
State religion Church of Meckelnburgh
Religious affiliation 57.0% Irreligious
37.1% Nazarene
—27.3% Albigensian
—7.1% Catholic
—0.8% Orthodox
—1.9% Other
3.2% Ethnic religions
1.1% Ashkenatzi
1.6% Other
Demonyms Meckelner
Adjectives Meckelnburghish · Meckelnish
Government Unitary parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy
• Monarch Ĉielero III
• Chancellor Marie-Claude Giraud
• Lord Speaker Wilburn Arkwright
• Chamber of Deputies President Émilien Plamondon
• Chief Justicar Devyn Blackwood
Legislature Parliament
• Upper house College of Lords
• Lower house Chamber of Deputies
Formation (Norton)
Admitted to the Micras Cartography Society 13.V.1685
Current constitution 2.XV.1697
Formation of the Meckelnburghish realm 23.XIII.1709
Area
• Total 152,700 km2 (59,000 sqmi)
• Water 1.57%
Population
• 1711 estimate 6,518,201
• Density 42.7/km2 (110.5/sqmi)
Currency Meckelnburgh crown (₵) (MCK)
Time zone CMT-1½, -2 (MBT and MBET)
Calendar Norton Calendar
Driving side right
Abbreviation MCK
Internet TLD .mb

Meckelnburgh (/mɛk.əln.bɜɹg/ MEK-əln-burg) is a northern Apollonian country that is part of the Kingdom of Meckelnburgh. The state is one of three constituent countries that form the Kingdom, along with the Prince-Archabbacy of Salem and the Grand Duchy of Iselande; the people of all three being Mecklenburgish citizens. It has a total area of about 153,000 square kilometers (59,000 sq mi) with a population of 6.5 million as of 1713 AN. The capital and largest city is Alexandretta.

The country lies on the Genevelond Peninsula, bordering with Angsax and Ashinthael. Meckelnburgh holds Glanurchy Island in the north, as the province of Hergilsey, and the Treynor Archipelago to the south, as the province of Savalim. It enjoys a subpolar oceanic climate, mitigated by Tallandor Bay. The Comstokia Mountains cross its east and the Koranga Plains in its west. The majority of the population resides around Alexandretta and the second largest city Victoria, along Crowsilver Bay and the Siegrwangria Penninsula.

Meckelnburgh is a unitary state divided into 17 regions: 11 provinces, a royal city, and five unincorporated territories. It is a parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy with an empowered head of state, Queen Ĉielero III. Parliament is the bicameral legislative and judicial authority of Meckelnburgh, consisting of the noble College of Lords and the common Chamber of Deputies. The head of government is Marie-Claude Giraud, who is likewise responsible to Parliament. The Church of Meckelnburgh is the state religion.

Meckelnburgh is the original constituent state that developed into the wider Meckelnburghish Realm. As the country proper constitutes the majority of the kingdom’s land area and population, it is responsible for much of the kingdom’s administration and governance, whose capital is likewise Alexandretta.

Etymology

The name "Meckelnburgh" derives from the Old Holzer term for the Alexandretta Fortress, where it meant "broad fortress." The original fortress stands still on the Alexandretta coast, since renamed for the capital city. Following the unification of the Meckelnish tribes, the name was adopted as a symbol of the kingdom as a whole.

Both "Meckelnburghish" and "Meckelnish" are demonyms for people and things associated with Meckelnburgh. "Meckelnburghish" refers to the government of Meckelnburgh and its institutions (e.g. Meckelnburghish throne) while "Meckelnish" refers to the peoples of Meckelnburgh and their culture (e.g. Meckelnish language).

History

Classical regional history

Early settlement
United States of Ummah 4.5.5
Imperium of Menelmacar 4.7.2–6.6.1
Slobovian Empire 6.6.2–6.7.3
Empire of Panzerland 6.7.4
Slobovian Empire 6.7.5–6.7.6
Empire of the Alexandrians 6.7.9–6.8.1
Kingdom of Slobovia 6.8.4–6.8.7

The early barbarian era

The earliest inhabitants of Meckelnburgh were the Infernals, who arrived circa 1446 AN. The Infernals based their cult out of New Dagora, situated midway between modern Tuft and St. Cloud. For two years the Infernals held open the portals to Micras' nether regions, letting countless demons into the world and shrouding the region in darkness. The Flying Islands of Jasonia and other powers mounted an offensive against the demons that culminated in pushing them back into the bowels of the earth. Following the Infernal War of 1448 AN1450 AN, the region came under the sway of Ashinthael (ancient Ashintully), a kingdom within the Imperium of Menelmacar, who renamed New Dagora to Gehenna and were charged with keeping the portals sealed.

Menelmacar helped push the tide against the tribes of the Teir'Dal Wasteland, that stretched through the Mecklenburgh Peninsula. The area would then remain under Ashinthaler control for several decades until Menelmacar's collapse of circa 1500 AN. By this time the location of the Infernal portals had been lost. The collapse paved the way for the barbarians Slob tribes to migrate into the area from the south. The Ashinthalers were pushed west to their stronghold at the Ash Fort while the Slob tribes established the first Kingdom of Slobovia. The Slobovian state also lasted for several decades before succumbing to internal strife circa 1539 AN.

The age of empires

The vacuum created by the collapse of Slobovia allowed Shireroth to establish the colony of Comstokia while the state of Treynor arose around the region of Hurboldt and Savalim. Meanwhile, the Hob tribes from Lovely moved into far southeastern corner to compete with the Slobs, eventually establishing Hoboland.

Alas, these states held but a tentative hold over the region and were soon replaced by another colonial power: Beaugium. The Beaugians were soon replaced by New Brittania who renamed the peninsula the colony of Koranga. But even their colonial ambitions faltered and the nearby behemoth of Gralus took over the region sometime after 1551 AN. The Gralans proved themselves to be the most impervious in this age.

Northern Meckelnburgh history
Imperial Republic of Shireroth 7.0.3–7.0.6
Grand Principality of Beaugium 9.1.0–9.5.0
Kingdom of Lovely 10.5.0a
Kingdom of Novatainia 11.3.0–12.3.0
Confederation of Gralus 12.4.0–13.5.5
Kingdom of Novatainia 13.6.0–13.8.6
Kingdom of Toketi 13.8.7–15.7.4
Humanship of Blepia 16.1.2–16.2.0

Rise of the Meckelnish

As Gralus' New Territory, the peninsula continued to be treated as a far-flung colony; so it was with little effect when Gralus fell sometime after 1572 AN. The remaining tribes failed to organize themselves into a cohesive state and remained in a disorganized jumble.

During this time, the Three Tribes of Meckelnburgh first settled around Victoria, New Rochelle, and St. Cloud in the late 16th century. The languages of these tribes were Meckelnish, Alexandrian, and Istvanistani, respectively. In the early 17th century, the Meckelnish peoples began extensive trade routes that met at the modern capital in Alexandretta. The city grew into a formidable economic capital with all peoples in the region, and at this time the Alexandretta Fortress was built.

Defeat of foreign powers

The region was free from foreign influence until settlers from Shireroth established Crowsilver in the mid-17th century as a colony. The colony lied in the modern provinces of Hurbolt, Norman and Savalim, and surrounding areas. Constant struggles for independence erupted, and Crowsilver would only last a few decades until 1663 AN. Following the last intrusion on Meckelnish lands, the Three Tribes and surrounding peoples finally banded together into a united confederation of local counts and dukes. During this time, the Froyalanish and Eastmoorlandish peoples of Hergilsey came under Meckelnish control.

Following two decades of growth, the unified Kingdom of Meckelnburgh was finally declared in the Treaty of Nakko on 13.V.1685 AN. Duke Vilhelmo IV, of the Istvanistani-speaking peoples, was declared its first king. The monasteries of Mondsee were conquered shortly after in a bloodless operation.

A Meckelnburghish state

Southern Meckelnburgh history
Kingdom of Lovely 7.0.3–11.2.0
Kingdom of Amokolia 11.3.0–13.1.1
Confederation of Gralus 13.4.0–13.5.5
Kingdom of Novatainia 13.6.0–13.8.6
Gralan Empire 13.8.7–15.4.0

Overcoming division

The new unified Meckelnburgh ultimately caused conflict between the local counts and dukes that still reigned over their vassal states. Following the sudden death of King Vilhelmo IV in late 1685 AN and the accession to the Meckelnburghish throne by Queen Ĉielero III, disgruntlement grew. Continued devolved powers were granted to the local nobility as central power waned. As only the national government represented the common people, through the Chamber of Deputies, popular unrest also gained momentum.

In 1696 AN, popular protests finally exploded throughout Meckelnburgh in demands to end the increasing feudal order. On 13.IV.1696 AN, a constitutional convention was organized by representatives of each corner of the kingdom, who pressured the College of Lords into accepting a referendum on the issue, to be held the first week of XIV.1697 AN. The new constitution was approved by 64.3% of voters. Adhering to the law, the new constitution came into effect on 2.XV.1697 AN, with a yearlong period of transition.

New popular era

With the reformed constitution of 1697 AN, the semi-feudal structure of Meckelnburgh was thus replaced by a common provincial system. The new system abolished the regional laws and devolved governments, replaced by a strong unitary monarchy and appointed regional authorities. However, the former nobility retained their authority as a titular class, as well as their estates and positions in the College of Lords. The constitution has remained in force since, and enjoyed celebrations of its ten-year anniversary in XV.1707 AN.