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Grand Duchy of Steerswick
Grossherzogtum Stierschweig
Duketh Meur Styrswig
Flag of Steerswick
Coat of Arms of Steerswick
Coat of Arms
Anthem: "The Song of the Steerish Folk"
Location of Steerswick
Map versions 17.4.6 -
Capital Steerswick
Largest city Regina
Official language(s) Low Saxon
Cibolan Saxon
Old Steerish
Official religion(s) Nidarosian Nazarene
Demonym Steerswicker
 - Adjective Steerish
Government Monarchy
 - Grand Duchess Lystasia Steerswick
 - Legislature -
Establishment 9.I.1598 AN (as Stiermark)

18.XV.1617 AN (as Steeria)
20.XII.1702 AN (as Steerswick)

Area 1,330,200
Population 3,033,145
Currency Mondomark
Time zone(s) CMT-11
Mains electricity
Driving side right
Track gauge
National website -
National forum -
National animal Steerswick bull
National food Steerish pasty
National drink
National tree Southcape Pine
Abbreviation STW

Steerswick (Cibolan Saxon: Stierschweig; Old Steerish: Styrswig), officially the Grand Duchy of Steerswick (Cibolan Saxon: Grossherzogtum Stierschweig; Old Steerish: Duketh Meur Styrswig), is a sovereign monarchy in south western Cibola ruled by the Grand Duchess Lystasia. Part of the Mondosphere, Steerswick nevertheless maintains its own independent foreign policy and unlike other Mondosphere states, is not a member of the Raspur Pact.


The name Steerswick is derived from Swak Steer, the original name for the capital and largest city. Historically, the area was also known as Steeria or Stiermark.

Topography of Steerswick


Steerswick occupies the south western corner of Cibola, along with the Stonewall Peninsula of Sypyr. The majority of its territory lies between latitudes 57° and 70° S and consists of several drainage basins extending to the south and west from the Helderberg Mountains. Southcape, the southernmost point of mainland Cibola, lies within the country.

The terrain is mountainous in the north, with interspersed hills and river valleys descending to mostly flat coastal plains. With the exception of the peaks of the Helderberg Mountains, the regions of Steeria and Dunaria, together with the northern half of Southmoorland, have a predominantly warm-summer humid continental climate (Dfb). Mixed deciduous and coniferous forests are found across elevated areas, with extensive grasslands in the river and coastal lowlands. As suggested by its name, Southmoorland is also known for its extensive tracts of moorland.

Southern Southmoorland, the Isle of Wadon and the majority of Southcape have a largely subarctic climate (Dfc), and are dominated by coniferous forest. The southernmost tip of the Southcape Peninsula and the Stonewall Peninsula of Sypyr have a predominantly tundra climate (ET).


Early history

The region was home to several early states, about which comparatively little is known. The city of Swak Steer was founded c.1539 AN by tribes from the south, although the state they established had collapsed by 1550 AN.

Rossheim era

In 1593 AN, the Duke of Rossheim annexed the area as the Bailiwick of Steeria (Cibolan Saxon: Vogtei Stiermark). Swak Steer was resettled by Cibolan Saxon colonists, who originally named it Stierburg. The city received its present name, Steerswick (Cibolan Saxon:Stierschweig) in 1604 AN.

On 9.I.1598 AN, Steeria was erected into a duchy for the King of Leichenberg’s children, Igor Viktor and Viktoria Adelheid. Although the duchy was reincorporated into Leichenberg only ten months later, it continued to be administered separately from the remainder of the kingdom, reinforcing a nascent local identity that was confirmed when Igor Viktor and Viktoria Adelheid’s son, Max II, was proclaimed ruler of an independent Kingdom of Steeria (Cibolan Saxon: Königreich Stiermark) in XV.1617 AN.

In I.1628 AN, Steeria joined together with Highfield as the United Kingdom of Steeria and Highfield (Cibolan Saxon: Vereinigtes Königreich Stiermark und Hochfeld).

Helderbourgh rule

After the collapse of Rossheim rule, Steeria was incorporated within the Grand Duchy of Helderbourgh in 1667 AN. The Grand Duchy, by then part of the Kingdom of Batavia, disintegrated in 1685 AN.

Territorial evolution of Steerswick, 1702-16 AN


The emergence of Mondo Etzeterra into the politics of southern Cibola in 1702 AN, inspired a resurgence of Steerish nationalism. The years of independence between 1617 and 1667 AN had caused a distinct Steerish identity to emerge, increasingly seen as separate from the Cibolan Saxons to the north. Helderbourgish rule had only served to strengthen this trend, and although nostalgia for the defunct Rossheim dynasty remained strong, local support for Mondo was tempered by the determination of many locals to avoid domination by a revived central authority north of the mountains.

After lengthy negotiations, representatives of the local estates offered Mondo the regency of a revived Steerish state, the Grand Duchy of Steerswick, on the understanding that the throne would pass to one of his future offspring when they came of age. It was also stipulated that the Grand Duchy would not be united with Etzeland or another Cibolan Saxon state.

On 20.XII.1702 AN, Mondo formally accepted the offer and announced that a suitable candidate for the grand ducal throne was “being assembled”. Mondo's first child, a daughter Lystasia, was born on 19.II.1703 and recognised as grand duchess of Steerswick three days later.


Main article: Lystasian Reconquest

On 6.VIII.1706 AN, Grand Duchess Lystasia terminated the regency of her father and shortly afterwards announced an ambitious plan to reclaim various territories that had once belonged to the former Kingdom of Steeria. Dubbed the "Lystasian Reconquest", the final months of 1706 AN saw Steerswick annex the entire Southcape peninsula- an area of 244,872 square kilometres- together with a further 139,788 square kilometres adjoining the Grand Duchy's western border. The former was incorporated as the province of Southcape/Penn an Soth, while the latter became the West Steeria National Park.

The following year, in the aftermath of the 1706 Akhidian Crisis, Steerswick annexed a further 55,296 square kilometres of territory, including the city of Regina. Together with the West Steeria National Park, these new lands were formed into a third province, West Steeria.

In XIII.1709 AN, Steerswick and Etzeland mounted a joint operation to occupy the Highfields region bordering Whales and Lanzerwald. The occupied territories were subsequently divided between the two countries, with Steerswick receiving an area of 155,808 square kilometres as its share. Steerswick formally annexed its occupation zone in IX.1711 AN, establishing the new province of Southmoorland East.

On 18.V.1716 AN, the South Akhidian province of Dunaria voted to join Steerswick. The Grand Duchy formally annexed the province on 24.V.1716 AN.

Government and politics

Steerswick is a semi-constitutional monarchy, in which the monarch exercises substantial power alongside a democratically-elected, but essentially advisory, assembly, the Steerish Estates.


Sovereignty and executive authority are both vested in the reigning monarch, Lystasia Steerswick, who is styled Grand Duchess of Steerswick. Although the monarchy is notionally hereditary, the grand duchess' undead nature makes the succession a largely theoretical matter. Since 1720 AN, the heir to the grand ducal throne is the Hereditary Grand Duchess Mina.

In view of the grand duchess' youth, authority was initially exercised by her father, Mondo Etzeterra. It was originally foreseen that this arrangement would continue until the Grand Duchess attained her majority in 1721 AN; however, on 6.VIII.1706, the regency was unilaterally terminated by Lystasia- still a mere three-and-a-half years old- with the support of the Estates.

Steerish Estates

The Steerish Estates is a unicameral assembly of fifty-five representatives, elected by democratic vote of all adult Steerish citizens deemed to be "in good standing". It has its origins in the Kingdom of Steeria's Estate of the Cibolan Saxons, the only one of its three legal estates to have survived the White Plague and the kingdom's subsequent collapse. The contemporary Estates acts principally as an advisory body to the grand duchess and possesses little independent authority.

Members are elected by province using the single transferable vote system and serve four year terms. While Steerswick has no absolute prohibition against the formation of political parties, they are generally regarded as running counter to the Steerish tradition of consensus politics, and consequently tend to exert minimal impact.

Seats are apportioned among the provinces according to population, with the least populous province, Steerish Sypyr, returning a single delegate.

Province Seats
Dunaria 11
East Steeria 13
Southcape/Penn an Soth 7
Southmoorland East 2
Southmoorland West 3
Steerish Sypyr 1
Wadonshire 7
West Steeria 11
Steerswick 55

Administrative Divisions

Provinces of Steerswick, 1716 AN

Steerswick's territory is divided into eight provinces, of which two- Southmoorland East and Southmoorland West- form the autonomous Duchy of Southmoorland.


The six provinces outside of the Duchy of Southmoorland comprise the five historic bailiwicks of Steeria, together with Steerish Sypyr. Each province is administered by a Lord Lieutenant appointed by the central government with the assent of the Grand Duchess.

Province Administrative Centre Code Area (sq km) Population Established
Dunaria Santiago DU 112,860 599,447 1716
East Steeria Steerswick City ES 193,968 745,258 1702
Southcape/Penn an Soth Gebra SC 244,872 409,351 1706
Steerish Sypyr Stonewall SY 109,368 1,943 1708
Wadonshire Wadonston WD 40,104 409,928 1708
West Steeria Regina WS 195,084 608,756 1707
Steerswick Steerswick City STW 896,256 2,774,683 1702

Duchy of Southmoorland

The Duchy of Southmoorland (Cibolan Saxon: Herzogtum Südmoorland) is the personal demesne of the Grand Duchess Lystasia, who owns the overwhelming majority of the land as private property. Modelled upon Mondo's Duchy of Rossheim, the present-day duchy was formed in 1708 AN from annexed lands falling outside of the historic boundaries of the former Kingdom of Steeria.

Steerish citizens enjoy limited rights to residency and property ownership (usually in the form of long-term leases rather than freehold) in specially designated areas of the duchy, principally the cities of Newmoorham and Deepbrook. All revenue from the duchy beyond that required for the local administration- notably the profits from the gold and silver mines in the north- goes to support Lystasia, although she voluntarily remits a certain proportion to the Steerish Exchequer.

Province Administrative Centre Code Area (sq km) Population Established
Southmoorland East Deepbrook SE 155,808 108,103 1711
Southmoorland West Newmoorham SW 278,136[1] 150,359 1708
Southmoorland Newmoorham SML 433,944 258,462 1708

Foreign relations

Although a founding member of the Mondosphere, Steerswick maintains its own foreign policy and repeatedly demonstrates considerable independence from Fort Ermingander. Unlike neighbouring Etzeland, as of 1717 AN it remains outside of the Raspur Pact, despite manifesting greater militaristic tendencies than most Pact-aligned Mondosphere states.


Main article: Steerswick Army

Steerswick possesses a comparatively small, but well-trained military. The army has an estimated strength of at some nineteen thousand personnel and is equipped with advanced technology, including over 360 gravimetric combat vehicles.


The Steerish economy has traditionally been dominated by the primary sector, in particular mining and forestry. The mountainous north of the country contains several major gold mines, although they are generally somewhat smaller than those across the border in neighbouring Etzeland. Agricultural activity is concentrated predominantly in the western coastal plains between Santiago and Gebra.

Recent years have seen efforts towards economic diversification, with a focus upon advanced technology. Despite its size, the country possesses an active defence industry centred upon the Steerswick Ordnance Factory.

The ports of Steermouth and Regina serve as major transportation hubs for the import and export of goods to and from both Etzeland and Steerswick.

In 1717 AN, Steerswick was estimated to have gold reserves of up to 327 metric tons, although the country's exact holdings have never been officially disclosed.


As of 1731 AN, Steerswick has a population of 3,033,145. The majority of the inhabitants are of Germanic descent, but unlike the neighbouring Cibolan Saxons, commonly speak a "low Saxon" dialect similar to Istvanistani, although the Cibolan Saxon language remains widely understood. In the region of Southcape/Penn an Soth, a minority continues to speak Old Steerish, a Proto-Calbi language related to Calbic. In 1706 AN, Old Steerish was recognised as a national language alongside Steerish Low Saxon and Cibolan Saxon.

The overwhelming majority of the population are followers of the Church of Nidaros.

Most of the population reside in urban areas. Besides the eponymous capital, Steerswick, principle cities include Steermouth, Regina and Santiago on the western coast, Steerhead, in the north of the country, Gebra, in the southern region of Southcape/Penn an Soth, and Wadonston, on the Isle of Wadon.

Province Population 1717 Population 1718 Population 1719 Population 1720 Population 1721 Population 1722 Population 1723 Population 1724 Population 1725 Population 1726 Population 1727 Population 1728 Population 1729 Population 1730 Population 1731
Dunaria 530,000 534,028 540,276 544,058 548,955 552,468 559,098 563,067 568,360 571,827 577,145 582,512 586,823 593,806 599,447
East Steeria 658,852 664,584 670,299 674,857 680,324 688,284 696,061 703,300 707,801 712,402 718,529 723,415 732,023 739,344 745,258
Southcape/Penn an Soth 369,578 371,795 375,290 377,655 380,789 383,074 385,372 389,226 392,067 395,871 398,721 401,432 403,479 406,344 409,351
Steerish Sypyr 1,272 1,312 1,363 1,384 1,414 1,463 1,501 1,569 1,642 1,711 1,754 1,791 1,849 1,924 1,943
Wadonshire 378,508 381,309 382,529 385,819 387,324 389,183 393,685 395,591 396,936 399,635 402,753 404,646 406,912 408,702 409,928
West Steeria 534,985 539,211 544,765 548,905 554,175 560,382 564,304 570,286 576,160 579,617 585,935 591,794 595,641 602,699 608,756
Southmoorland East 101,276 101,519 102,819 102,669 103,285 103,853 104,082 104,467 105,000 105,609 106,200 106,922 107,254 107,533 108,103
Southmoorland West 141,538 3141,948 142,857 143,371 143,988 144,520 145,315 145,897 146,772 147,432 147,831 148,629 149,312 149,984 150,359
Steerswick 2,716,009 2,735,706 2,759,568 2,778,718 2,800,254 2,823,227 2,848,418 2,873,403 2,894,738 2,914,104 2,938,868 2,961,141 2,983,293 3,010,306 3,033,145
  1. ^ Erroneously recorded as 278,244 sq km in 1708 survey