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The Holy Ralgon State of Valora
Flag of Valora (common)
Coat of Arms of Valora (common)
Coat of Arms
Motto: Strength and Honor
Anthem: WIP
Location of Valora (common)
Map versions ???
Capital Yixing
Korzan (capital of Valora)
Largest city Yixing
Official language(s) Draconian (official)
Standard (most common)
Official religion(s) Draconic
Demonym Ralgon (official)
Valorian (co-official; common)
 - Adjective Ralgon (official)
Valorian (co-official; common)
Government Constitutional Elective Monarchy
 - Emperor Draeg'ar Ral IX
 - Viceroy Prince Saizo Ral-Valorum
 - Legislature Imperial Senate
Establishment Winter, 228 AN
October 23rd, 2018 (est. in Micras)
Area NA
Population 15,639,728 (1707 AN)

≈204,000,000 (claimed, not controlled)

Active population NA
Currency Guilder (£)
Time zone(s)
Mains electricity
Driving side
Track gauge
National website
National forum
National animal hydra
National food crocodile meat
National drink black wine
National tree giant durian tree
Abbreviation HRS

Valora is the successor state of Ralgon, emerging in mainland Cibola after the Ralgon War of Succession. The legitimate government of what was once the Holy Ralgon Empire, Valora is now only a rump state that controls less than 10% of the original total population, and barely 3.5% of the native Ralgonese population.

The new country was founded in the aftermath of the War of Ralgon Succession out of a series of garrisons and fortified towns in mainland Cibola, the largest of which is Yixing, which now serves as its capital. Called Valora by its diverse people, the state is controlled by a mix of native Valorians, Ralgonese, and other native groups. There are rumors that there are liches in the government due to the masses of undead running nigh-unchecked in the south, but these are customarily dismissed as mere rumors. However, endless streams of evidence pepper the internet around Micras that confirm the truth to some extent or another, in most areas except for Kaek, an abnormally peaceful region at the country's southern fringe.

Valora is a constitutional monarchy under its Emperor, Draeg'ar Ral IX, who adopted his own name in homage to other previous Ralgonese rulers named Draeg'ar. The government consists of a 25-member Imperial Senate, which sees representation among the various districts of the country, as well as from nobility that represent various ethnic groups in the region. While the royal family, the Ral clan, still dominates the executive, they chose to institute democratic means of government to prevent the sort of mass defections and mutinies that characterized the collapse of the Ral clan's rule over its own territories in recent decades. The Popular Assembly is a new invention of the government, meant to represent the common folk scattered throughout the country, and to provide a forum for communicating with one another, due to the still-treacherous travel faced by most citizens who live away from the coast or the inland fortress-towns that serve as regional centers of civilization.

The country consists of some 7 million Ralgonese, 6 million Valorians, and small numbers of Batavians, Barbarians, and others who survived the prolonged collapse of authority following the failure of the Cibolan Reconquista. With the restoration of civilized rule to the country's urban centers after 1707 AN, the country has once again begun to grow and stabilize, although it still faces strong challenges to its remaining authority. One of its most pressing problems is coming to terms with the aftermath of the Ralgon War of Succession, and still sees itself as at war despite having signed a treaty that saw its official end. Its loyalists actively fight over the disputed territories of Nova Victoria and its hinterlands using guerrilla tactics, and rebels seeking to join the Imperial Federation also occasionally launch attacks in the north. In the south, the government must also contend with Vanic insurgents, bandits, monsters, and hordes of undead that were never fully eradicated.

The aftermath of the war left Valora's economy and political influence abroad in shambles. Widely known as a borderline failed state, the current Emperor Draeg'ar Ral IX struggled to keep the country unified, despite his advanced age. He was no Nobunag'an IV of Ralgon, however, and was forced to forge marriage alliances between the Ralgonese and Valora people, the latter of which dominate the mountainous areas and coastlines of the country. Valora has been, in recent years, fighting battles of attrition between its own forces and combinations of undead hordes, hostile creatures, and rebel groups that dot the countryside in the vast Cibola interior. To make matters worse, the Imperial Federation still holds designs on New Ralgon, and holds the Cibolan crown jewel of Nova Victoria with a powerful navy and small, but skilled, army. Without aid from fellow Collective Security Association countries, Valora continues to be in a deadlock between itself and its more powerful northern neighbor.

There were concerted efforts by a newly installed central government to rebuild the nation as a regional power, after the Holy Ralgon State's heavily publicized unification with the Valoran regions in the west and south regions in the area. The latter were dealing unsuccessfully with military issues in the interior, and former were struggling to hold off the Imperial Federation's attacks from the north while surviving the general blockade of the entire country's coastlines. Going into the late-1710's, the Valoran and Ralgonese factions remain at loggerheads, even as their country slowly comes apart at the seams.


The Holy Ralgon State of Valora derives its name from two origins. The first comes from the Ralgonese people and the former Holy Ralgon Empire, which split during the Ralgon War of Succession in the first decade of the 1700's AN. The State of Valora is home to the Valoran people, who call themselves such based on their own pantheon of gods (the Valori). The political unification of the Holy Ralgon rump state and the Valoran peoples led to the formation of the Holy Ralgon State of Valora, which in effect is a mashup of the two polities into a single (if unstable) entity.

Due to similarities between their respective cultures and religions, the domestic assumption is (at least on official accounts) that both were formerly one and the same race of peoples that got separated in ancient times when the island of Drag'os was separated from the rest of Cibola during the collapse of a supposed land bridge that once existed between the two landmasses.


Reconstruction (1707-1710)

Founded in the aftermath of the Ralgon War of Succession in 1707 AN, the Holy Ralgon State of Valora is an amalgamation between the peoples of Valora, which dominate the western coastlines of the country, and the Ralgonese, who hold sway over the city of Yixing and its northern hinterlands, up to the coast.

The Valoran portions of the country were formed over time while northern Cibola was experiencing a prolonged state of lawlessness, especially after the collapse of Alexandria a long span of time prior. Thought to be Ralgonese stock themselves, the various nobility that held control of the coastlines were persuaded by the fleeing forces of now-Emperor Draeg'ar Ral to side with the Imperial Senate of the Holy Ralgon Empire, rather than the Draconic Humanist forces of Adrestia and its many allies.

By the conclusion of the war, multiple failed invasions of mainland Cibola left Adrestia reluctant to retaliate further due to their own small army, although the political order imposed by the Valorans on their nearest territories was tenuous at best. With few military resources left, the Valorans chose to defend their coastal provinces against the remaining rogue groups the Adrestian side happened to destroy during its invasion efforts -- groups that bowed to no one and chose instead to fight for themselves. Ironically, the same clearing of the undead and unaffiliated forces also left no barriers between the Valoran governments and the Cibolan interior, much of which was riddled with hostile creatures dumped into Cibola in earlier terror campaigns, undead left from previous eras, and holdout groups with strongholds in the region.

Thus, the decision to enter into a political union with the more familiar, and more technologically advanced Ralgonese based out of the centrally located stronghold of Yixing and their so-called "New Ralgon" to the north was the best decision available to the beleaguered government-in-exile. No contact was yet made to the south during these turbulent times, as the Valorans were distrustful of the self-destructive Akhidian government of the time, and wary of the former Akhidia's overlords in Mondo to the far south. However, these relations warmed significantly, but little else was done due to the extreme problems plaguing the country both within and without. Riven into opposing camps along political and ethnic lines, the country continues to suffer from military problems that slowly wear down the country and turn it into an icon of national pain and suffering on a national scale.

Post-Independence (1711-)

Valora only gained traction as a unified political entity near 1710 AN, after the unification of the country, at least on paper, was effected by the Emperor Draeg'ar and his new consort, styled as Imperial Princess Ran'i of Valora. A child born soon after the union in 1711 solidified this exiled branch of Nobunag'an's distant descendants in a new country. The marriage, and the child, came to be seen as the start of a national acceptance of a status quo slowly taking shape. It was clear by this point that Nova Victoria was permanently lost to Valora as a military target, and a forever war on the border was developing between the new Ralgonese government installed at Yixing and the Imperial Federation for every inch of territory in the demarcated province of New Ralgon. The strong claim both countries held over the country effectively split the region in two, leading to yet another potential flashpoint for a full scale war, which the court in Yixing knew it could not win outside of its own borders.

Eventually, with the northern border stabilizing somewhat, the country could turn to reconstruction efforts, as well as finally taming the interior of the country, of which only Kaek was oddly in a state of peace and relative prosperity since the war.


The government is divided into two branches: The executive/judicial branch, and the legislature. The executive holds power over the courts as well as the government's bureaucracy and military. However, the legislature proposes and passes laws, and delegates authority of enforcement and oversight to the executive. It also holds the authority to nullify or alter judgments of the Supreme Court, having taken that power from the Emperor as part of a compromise with the Valoran nobility.

This compromise was short-lived, however, with the death of the Emperor's new wife, a Valoran named Prescella, due to an attack in early 1715 by the undead while the two were en route to the southern parts of the country. While the Emperor survived the attack, the government began to rapidly disintegrate as a result, with the entirety of New Ralgon going into revolt due to a loss in confidence and eminent lords in parts of Valora threatening to break off and join Mondo to the south.

In response, the Emperor's power was neutered due to further compromises that stripped his military command as well as his veto power, instead handing the latter to a small council of Ralgonese dissidents and Valoran lords, and a former to a Valoran general named Augustus Rand, a Batavian-descended man famed for many notable exploits. Among these were defending against the undead (one of the few who could claim this), and also fought off elements the Imperial Federation's army during an attempted landing during the Ralgon War of Succession.


The executive of the government is led by the Holy Ralgon Emperor of Valora, or simply the Valoran Emperor. The incumbent is Emperor Draeg'ar Ral, who married into House Valorum upon securing the throne to retain control of the country and include nearly 75% of the country's territory and over two-thirds of its resident population. The Emperor may act as a final point of appeal from the country's Supreme Court, although the Senate may, in turn, veto the Emperor's judgments if they find them politically motivated.

Until 1715, the Emperor held the responsibility as commander of the armed forces to maintain the country's territorial integrity against non-state actors including rebel proto-Batavian, undead, Vanic, and other insurgent groups in the country. Instead of passing to an heir, the Emperor's apparent lack of ability to command a military (even if against overwhelming internal struggles) caused the Senate to force its passage to a senior Valoran commander to avoid mass defections or, worse, secession of critical parts of the country to either Mondo in the south or the Imperial Federation in the north.

The Emperor is elected by the Senate in special elections that determine the best candidate based on the strength of one's physical, spiritual, moral, and mental capabilities. As with the Ralgon tradition before them, a pool of eleven candidates descended from Nobunag'an IV of Ralgon is assembled by the Emperor and then presented to the Senate, with candidates coming and going upon death, resignation, or removal due to irresponsible or corrupt behavior. However, the combat trials were eliminated due to the sharp decrease of eligible candidates due to the aftermath of the Ralgon War of Succession and the natural exclusion of candidates too distant from the throne after the death of Emperor Shiro I of Ralgon.

When the pool of candidates moves to descendants of Draeg'ar Ral IX, the current pool of candidates will include members of Houses Ral, Valorum, and Ral-Valorum by blood, adoption (only as children adopted by parents who are both members of one of those three houses), or marriage (only when the union yields legitimate children). If there are fewer than eleven candidates (this currently being the case), the succession will include nominations from the Senate to fill any remaining gaps before elections begin.



Foreign Relations

CSA Membership

Valora recently reclaimed the former seat belonging to the Holy Ralgon Empire in the Collective Security Association, itself the successor to the USSO. It retains most of its former relations with other states; however, the complete loss of its power beyond its shores has fundamentally altered its foreign policy, with treaties falling apart in the face of Valora's loss of nearly the entirety of all territories belonging to the HRE at the start of the Ralgon War of Succession. The continued struggles to maintain order within the interior is a cause for continued strife within the government, with the northern Ralgonese factions fighting with the western Valoran people over governance of the broken country.

Valora's current efforts are wholly turned towards restoring the state as a cohesive unit of singular authority on its remaining territory. In its bid to restore order and bring safety to the extremely dangerous countryside, the country has begun to seek foreign aid to bring its seemingly insurmountable general crisis to a close. While the country continues its CSA membership, the generalized state of isolation among its members led to increased stagnation of international cooperation among its members.

By the year 1713, Valora was only a member in name only, with the Ralgonese elements within the country beginning to push for a more "independently aligned" stance -- if there was one to be found. The CSA's general failure to give military aid on the failing northern frontiers against the Imperial Federation, or against the hordes of the undead creating chaos in the interior, led to a disillusionment within Yixing about the organization's ability to effectively bail the country out of its several existential crises. While the country could maintain independence, it remained only by a sliver, leading to temporary dis-recognition of the country during its lowest points in the opening years of the 1710's.

International Reputation

Aside from its fragility, the fledgling state is known for the generalized state of hardship that pervades most of the country, to the degree where it featured at the very top of the 1707 Scale of Suffering, ahead of even the likes of the Benacian Union. This has severely (if not fatally) damaged the country's prestige, to the point where even the Jingdaoese communities have favored the much larger Imperial Federation as a place to settle, despite the fact that the latter is a new (if recent) member of the Raspur Pact. The lack of participation in international fora, as well as the country's relentless grind into internal chaos, quickly led to the country being labeled as its own worst enemy by reputable outside observers.

Micras Treaty Organization

The country recently declared membership in the Micras Treaty Organization. However, it disputes the Holy Ralgon Empire's seat in the organization with the Imperial Federation, although the Valoran government is almost powerless to back this claim. Therefore, the government under Emperor Draeg'ar I & XVI remained in deadlock with the Senate for several months over whether to either claim a new seat for Valora (which would be an admission they lost the crown) or interact with other nations through the CSA only, which was a much inferior option.

Eventually, a compromise was eventually reached with the Imperial Federation (in return for payment of a large indemnity) to remove Ralgon's seat entirely and have applications to the MTO for both countries to be discontinuous with the old state. Rumors has it that the Imperial Federation's government had other reasons in mind, but the government dismissed them out of hand, as MTO membership was seen as more valuable than their ongoing enmity with the Federation to the north. As useful as the prestige and money were, the former was never put to use because internal conflicts paralyzed the country's ability to exert its voice abroad, and the latter wasted on either corrupt senior officials or so heavily spent on defense that the economy saw very little benefit outside of the industrial military complex.

A fractured government would lead to the country's isolation from the MTO, leading to abstentions where it counted. About the only contributions made by Valora were a vote to prevent the Imperial Federation's representative (regardless of his significant mutual popularity in Valora) from being elected to the prestigious post of Secretary-General. The gradual loss of the country's ability to exert influence abroad, combined with relentless pressure from the Imperial Federation, led local governors in New Ralgon to begin caving in and seeking to rejoin their erstwhile cousins in the new Imperial Federation. With the gradual disintegration of the country, little could be done to stop its march by using the MTO's resources. Thus, the decline in Valora's involvement in this and other international bodies began to further accelerate past 1712.


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