|Republic of Normark |
|Motto: For Fedrelandet og Gudene ("For the Fatherland and the Gods")|
|Largest city||Nordiskehjem, Alattio, Dragevik|
|Official language(s)||Norse, Istvanistani, Reinish, Elw, Babkhi|
|Government||Elwynnese autonomous republic|
|- Chair of the State Council||Sigrid Årud (Einhornselskapet)|
|- State Council (Statsråd)|
|Establishment||1563 AN (as the Grand Kingdom of Normark) |
1656 (as a Natopian demesne))
1678 (as an Elwynnese autonomous republic))
|Currency||Natopian natopo (₦)|
|Time zone(s)||CMT +7|
|National tree||Oak (symbol of Einhorn) |
Conifers (symbol of the nation)
Before 23.IX.1678, is was demesnal union of Natopia, consisting of the Demesne of Normark Proper and the Demesne of Elijah's Rest. The Kingdom was established in 1656 as the spiritual successor to the Grand Kingdom of Normark (1563–1604), it follows the Einhornist ideology and culture of its predecessor. In 1678, after a referendum on the matter, Natopia ceded Normark to Elwynn.
In 1686, Normark changed its name from the Autonomous Republic of Normark to the Republic of Normark. Although under Elwynnese sovereignty Normark lies outside the continental bounds of the Benacian Union and thus is not subject to the direct authority of the Congress of Chryse.
Normark experiences cold winters and mild summers. Much of the coastline turns to ice in winter, and the average extent of the Arctic pack ice reaches the northern tips of Normark.
Normark is divided into fifteen municipalities or bailiwicks (Norse: fylke, pl. fylker). Most of them are rural but they are named after their largest city or settlement.
The Norse bailiwicks are:
- 1563: Normark united and established by Johann I Einhorn
- 1582: Collapse of the Norse state, death of Johann I
- 1584: Restoration of the Norse state as the Nordic Union by Johann's son Tarjei Einhornsson
- 1592: The Nordic Union joins Elwynn
- 1598: Normark independence from Elwynn after the Jacobus Loki ceases power in Elwynn by electoral fraud, causing Tarjei Einhornsson to lose his rightful place as Prince of Elwynn. Tarjei dies shortly after, succeeded to head of state of Normark by his sun Amund.
- 1598: Normark hosts the funeral for Elijah Ayreon, erects his Tomb in what is now Elijah's Rest
- 1599: Normark hosts a state visit from Hurmu
- 1600: Normark's government collapses
- 1610: Amund Einhornsson found dead in Konungsheim.
- 1615: Athlon takes charge of Konungsheim and calls it Elijah's Rest, more expansions further on as Norse people begin to unite under a government
- 1649: The Elian Union is established as a Natopian super-demesne to include "City of Elijah's Rest, Normark, the Kingdom of Leng, the Viceroyalty of The Two Martyrs, and the Duchy of New Aquitane".
- 1655: War of the Harpy sees conflict erupt between the Natopian port of Elijah's Rest and the Haifan port of Jangsong, marking the spread of the War of Lost Brothers to northern Keltia.
- 1656: Natopia attempts to isolate the Haifan garrison in Jangsong by expanding further into the territories that once comprised the Grand Kingdom of Normark with the intent of blocking the northern exit to the Strait of Haifa - prompting a furious response.
- Since 12.VIII.1656 the Natopian revival of Normark has been opposed by the Dragevik Insurgency, built from criminal networks operating out of Jangsong. Whilst Bassarid forces would continue to remain a threat in the eastern reaches of Normark and the Gulf of Jangsong the failure of the Natopian and Bassarid empires to agree as to the parameters of the conflict, still less to its conclusion, would see it remain - appropriately enough for the climate - a frozen conflict.
- 1657: Normark established as a demesne in Natopia.
- 11.XIV.1677: The Nationalist and Humanist Party makes a pact with the Norse Reform Party and and the Reinherders' Association to push for a referendum to restore the Norse union with Elwynn (lasted 1592–1598), citing the close ethnic, cultural, religious, military, geographic and commercial links between Normark and Elwynn. Normark's ruling Norse Independence Party, along with the pro-Natopian Free Juice and Bagels Party, condemn the pact as treason against the Emperor, anachronistic ("the union only lasted 6 years some 80 years ago"), and an invitation to the Stripping Path to strip Normark from its path to prosperity.
- 18.XIV.1677: The prime minister of Normark, Valdemar Olavsen, meets with the Queen's Executor (the officer who exercises the duties of the Queen during her minority, as under the Constitution), Prince Aldin. Mr Olavsen requests to be relieved of his office as Prime Minister. Prince Aldin grants Mr Olavsen's request on the condition that the relieving is suspended until the Nordisketing has confirmed a successor.
- 20.XIV.1677: The Ayreonist Party, the Nationalist and Humanist Party, the Norse Reform Party, and the Reindeer Herders' Association announce that they have formed a proposal for a new minority coalition government in Normark with the view of holding a referendum on Normark's integration with Elwynn. After a few hours of horse-trading, the Bovic Brotherhood of Elijah's Rest agrees to support the coalition (without taking part of it) with promises of increased fundings for the various monastic orders in Elijah's Rest. The leader of the Ayreonist Party, Aud Laaland, is nominated as prime minister.
- 21.XIV.1677: Prince Aldin, Queen's Executor, meets with Ms Laaland, Mr Olavsen as with the other parliamentary leaders. Finding that the candidacy of Ms Laaland will meet a plurality in the Nordisketing, he nominates her to Prime Minister of Normark.
- 22.XIV.1677: The Nordisketing votes to elect and confirm Ms Aud Laaland to Prime Minister of Normark.
- 23.XIV.1677: The new Laaland cabinet enters office.
- 19.XVI.1677: The Nordisketing passes a bill to hold a referendum on the question of Normark's integration to the Elwynnese Republic. If the referendum passes, the government will be empowered to negotiate with the Natopian and Elwynnese governments a treaty of accession of Normark to the Elwynnese Republic. The referendum will be held on 19.III.1678. Eligible voters are Natopian citizens, 18 years and over on the day of the referendum, who are resident in the territory of the Kingdom of Normark, and who have a combined period of residency in Normark of at least three years.
- 19.III.1678. Status referendum. The people voted first to change the constitutional status of Normark, and then to reunite with Elwynn.
- 23.IX.1678. Normark transferred from Natopia to Elwynn.
- 1681: Normark is expanded with full annexation of the bailiwicks and islands of Aderstein, Gnu, Gråheim, and Nattøya.
The Vanic disintegration
In 1685, the Vanic Web, consisting of Stormark and, to a lesser degree, the Franco-Batavian Empire, disintegrated. The Storish state completely dissolved into anarchy, while the Franco-Batavian Empire split into the kingdoms of Amokolia and Batavia. Close to Normark was the Duchy of Østfold, a former Norse duchy that Stormark had occupied from 1624 onwards. The population and culture of Østfold had remained steadfastly Norse during the time of Storish occupation, and despite the Vanic hegemony, Stormark was given little support in the area. As such, when the time of the disintegration of the Vanic Web occurred, many people in Østfold rallied to rejoin Normark.
Initially, the Norse government, echoed by the Elwynnese central government, was caution of these developments. It supported the immigration of Norsemen and -women to Normark. Many Østfolders, in fact up to 300,000 of them, applied for residency papers in the first few weeks after the disintegration of the Vanic Web. It became clear to the Norse government, and to the Elwynnese one, that to simply give up on regaining the territory, with an existing functional infrastructure and economy (albeit disintegrating along with the Web), would cost Normark more (as it would have to deal with rehousing all Østfolders instead of integrating their homes into Normark). The Norse government thus petitioned the Council of Eliria to annex the north-western parts of Normark (where infrastructure existed and where ties to Normark were the strongest). The southern parts remained recalcitrantly Vanic, and thus, Normark and Elwynn decided to respect that by not engaging with it.
On 24.IX.1685, the Council of Eliria approved the bill to annex the northern Østfold area, and established the Commission for the Reintegration of Østfold to oversee the reintegration. On 8.12.1685, the Council of Eliria and Nordisketing jointly adopted a law designating the new Østfold bailiwicks as Storesund, Jelsinga, Galvø, and Slevik. At the same time, in the south-east of the country, the bailiwick of Revby was formed, which immediately secured a border with Mercury.
Second Elwynnese Civil War
During the Second Elwynnese Civil War, Normark saw no fighting on its own territory. As such, it was the only part of Elwynn with increased economic output (largely financing the war machinery of the Loyalist Side). The Einhorn Society, officially affiliated with humanism, became the only legal party in Normark, and began a gesture of influencing all aspects of Norse society.
Political commissars were placed in all organizations and companies, public as well as private, to advance the Einhornist–Humanist policies and uphold Elwynnese patriotism during the rupturing civil conflict. This included all media organizations.
Pensioners' organizations began collecting clothes and tents and other aid measures for displaces persons in "the motherland" (as propaganda sent it). Any ideas of Norse independence or integration with Hurmu was quashed and denounced as unpatriotic and borderline traitorous.
With the economy of Normark actually booming, people largely stayed off from protesting the war or the government one-party state. When the news of the Scouring reached Normark, state media took a careful approach in reporting of the nuclear devastations of Eliria, Islus, Kingsgate, Dragonskeep, Glenfiddich, Vijayanagara, and Tephal, at one hand condemning the rebel atrocities and on the other hand regretting that the bombings of the cities in rebel-held areas was necessary to bring an end to the loss of life in Elwynn. Vigils were held across Normark lamenting the many deaths.
Former Storish citizens living in the Green or in Østfold were quickly recruited as "cannon fodder" during the war, and was seen by opponents as a way of ensuring population control in the Einhornist state.
Post War Changes
Following the war, Sigrid Årud, the political leader of Normark, agreed (although not entirely enthusiastically) to the findings of the Congress of Chryse regarding the formation of the Benacian Union. She attempted to suggest the name "Benacian–Norse Union" but this was quickly shot down.
In public, however, she emphasised the Union as both a nationalist union (the union with Elwynn staying intact, the former UGB having basically been Elwynnese in its leadership and organisational structure) and an ideological union. The union was necessary to fight off the perceived notions of corrupted Ayreonism across the world (a term used for Ayreonism in Normark where Elijah Ayreon remains honoured as a saviour of mankind), which also, in the Norse government's view, had begun to infect other Raspur Pact nations, particularly singling out Sanama and Shireroth in name.
People and demographics
The total population of Normark is, as of the census 1679, 5,790,724 persons. In Normark, 80% have Norse as their registered native language, 7% have Reinish, 5% Istvanistani, 1% have Elw, and the rest another language.
During the Natopian days
Before Normark's accession to Elwynn, census registration was based on ethnicity. If one is a foreigner with a non-Natopian or non-Normark ethnicity, one is classed as "foreigner". A small proportion of the Norse population have nationality in Elwynn and enjoy the Raspur Pact rights of free movement in their ancestral homeland.
The Norse ethnicity constitutes a clear majority in all of Normark. They share their ancestral homeland with that of the Reinish people, also known as Reindeer Herders. The Reinish are a nomadic people, with only up to a quarter of its total population having urbanized.
The Norse people speak the Norse (det norske språk) and the Reinish speak Reinish, though most also speak Norse as a first or second language. Elw is the most common foreign language studied in schools.
|Elijah's Rest||Proper||All Normark|
|Norse||613 710||4 301 760||4 915 470|
|Reinish||5 846||83 923||89 769|
|Other Natopian||267 138||251 371||518 509|
|Foreigner||23 104||160 755||183 859|
|Total||909 798||4 797 809||5 707 607|
Or as percentages:
|Elijah's Rest||Proper||All Normark|
Universities and colleges
- Elian Academy for Religious Studies (Det elianske akademi for religiøs danning), Elijah's Rest
- University of Konungsheim (Konungsheims universitet), Elijah's Rest
- University of Nordiskehjem (Universitetet i Nordiskehjem), Nordiskehjem
- University of Riddersborg (Universitetet i Riddersborg), Riddersborg
- Alattio College (Høyskolen i Alattio), Alattio
- Sårensby College (Sårensby høyskole), Sårensby
- Dragevik College (Drageviks høyskole), Dragevik