|Bovic Draconian State in Modan|
|Motto: Pralipe Opre!|
|Anthem: The Spirit of Cow Like Butter is Melting|
|16.5.0 - present|
|Largest city||Modan Hamlet, Karamola|
|Official language(s)||Natspeak Administrative|
|Official religion(s)||Reorganized Bovinism|
|Government||Unitary dominant-party semi-constitutional tetrarchy|
|- King & King of Drak-Modan||John Hilding Waffel-Paine & Loki Drakspunk|
|- Co-Chancellors of Drak-Modan||Kamil Gavrilov & Davit Teimuraz|
|- Legislature||The Fury|
|Establishment||23 Friedeber 1671 AN (April 15, 2019)|
|National animal||Sehml's ass (Equus sehmlus asinus)|
|National drink||Pineapple juice|
|Abbreviation||DRM, DM, BDSM|
Drak-Modan, officially the Bovic Draconian State in Modan, is a country on Benacia. Originally proclaimed as a Bovic Kingdom in 1671 by Nathan II, Duke of Modan-Malarboria. It achieved a peaceful and uneventful independence from Shirekeep during the Kalirion Fracture. As a result of the Bovinist Schism of 1676 and the Drak-Modani Abdication Crisis, a new republic based on fundamental lindstromism was in place. Since 1685, the original monarchy has been restored. It controls most of the former county of Lachmodan, half of So-Saran archipelago (Draconia). It is a member of the Raspur Pact, Micras Treaty Organization and the South Benacian Community. Beginning in 1690, the Draconian Supremacy Movement remade the liberal, tolerant, multicultural nation into a conservative, heterophobic, Draconian supremacist, homo-ocratic state.
Drak-Modan was founded by Nathan II as an attempt to salvage and protect Natopian investments on the Benacian continent during the turmoil of the Kalirion Fracture. Initially, Drak-Modan was founded as a monarchy with a government nearly copied off of the Natopian system. During the tumult of the Kalirion Fracture, the kingdom and its king were viewed very positively by the Drak-Modani, who witnessed the instability of other vulture states and the nearly constant war in the west. The might of the Natopian empire was used to secure and stabilize the former Lachmodan and to press claims to the So-Saran archipelago, which was also claimed by a short-lived independent Yardistan.
The kingdom was ruled by Natopian elites to make sure the new country aligned with Natopian and Raspur Pact interests. After the continent's political landscape settled, Natopia's patronage was no longer seen as necessary.
Over time, nativists began to resent foreign interference and slowly began to erode at the Natopians' popular mandate. The Bovinist Schism of 1676 forced Nathan II to abdicate in favor of his youngest son, thus ending the personal union between Natopia and Drak-Modan.
In 1679, Nathan II abdicated and his son John became King. Nathan's sister, Clara Sundara, was appointed as the Governor-General and became responsible for protecting her nephew, the new king, and resisting power grabs from the anti-Natopian parties in power in the legislature. Threatening to wield her nephew's veto power on almost all legislation, she worked with the Bagelcraticans in the Fury, a minority party, to secure greater powers for her own position in exchange for the chancellor being allowed to consolidate more power himself.
By the middle of 1679, the Bovic Kingdom had been transformed by amendments and repealed laws to such an extent that King John was left with no power whatsoever, and was ordered to return to Natopia by his father for his own protection. Clara and the Bagelcraticans pushed hard for a traditional lindstromist government, which appealed to the hardline conservatives in the majority of the legislature. The Bagelcraticans would only allow such a transformation of the government if Clara would serve as the Supreme Judge. On 13.VIII.1679, the Fury voted for sweeping constitutional and legal changes, transforming the Bovic Kingdom into the Bovic Republic, granting increased legislative powers to the Grand Chancellor, and reserving the powers of high justice for the Supreme Judge and making the judgeship a hereditary position to satisfy those who wished to maintain a genealogical link to kaiserial Line of Drak.
In 1682 a grassroots monarchist restoration movement began on the island of Nel Modan. The residents of Dracoheim claim to be ancestors of the Draconian diaspora that eventually settled on Yellow Island before splintering again in Ynnraile, and Smjorkyr. The movement attracted Draconian activists from across the diaspora, from Hoffenheim, Natopia; Demonsfall, Sovereign Confederation; Smjorkyr, Elwynn; and the northern suburbs of Lindstrom, Natopia; all cities with a significant minority population of Draconians. Various attempts to create a nation-state for the Draconians have failed over the years and after the Drak-Modani Abdication Crisis removed the possibility of the Imperial Bloodline of Drak from ruling Drak-Modan, the Draconian people became angry at the loss of another potential homeland. The residents of Nel Modan organized a convention that asked island residents two questions. They voted 62% in favor of securing autonomous status within Drak-Modan and also voted 58% in favor of inviting John Hilding Waffel-Paine to become King of the Draconians and re-establish his royal court on the island to preserve and continue the Imperial Bloodline of Drak. The kingdom of Draconia was formally established in VI.1682.
In 1684 a grassroots Reintegration Campaign sprang up seemingly out of nowhere. Critics and pundits warned that the sudden organization and well-financed protests and advertisements pointed to foreign interference. The campaign had a single focus: to reintegrate Drak-Modan back into Shireroth as a Duchy under the nominal rule of the titular Duke of Modan and Dowager Imperial Consort, Nathan II.
The Kurpla Conference concluded the Drak-Modani Civil War with a number of compromises and concessions between all parties. The monarchy was restored under John Waffel-Paine with Andrea Drakland also serving as co-monarch to solidify the Line of Drak as rightful dynast of the area. Clara Sundara lost her position as Supreme Judge and will return to Natopia. Finally, a permanent power-sharing agreement between the Solidarity Party (center) and the Bagelcratican Party (left) will create a mostly static political climate.
In 1690, the Draconian Supremacy Movement began in Draconia. It attracted many proponents in the city of Dracoheim and unified the marginalized Draconian people. The Draconian people believed that their people originated from Dracoheim, and began to migrate there en masse. In the eight years since the island residents voted to grant John Waffel-Paine the title of King, the Draconian population exploded on the island from migration. The Draconian diaspora soo brought immigrants from Klaasiya, in Natopia, and Ynnraile, in Ransenar. The once-secretive Draconian people became emboldened by the fact that they were no longer minorities or travelers. Whereas among the world's population, any degree of same-sex attraction might occur in 5-10% of people, the opposite is true among Draconian people. Only about 10% of Draconians report to be "exclusively heterosexual".
With the Draconians agitating in the So-Saran islands, unrest began to surface in mainland Drak-Modan as Draconians and queer Drak-Modani citizens organized themselves. Heterophobia, a once-deplorable mentality, became more and more accepted in culture. Tensions reached a breaking point in So-Sara and easern Shimmerspring, resulting in Sanaman intervention in Drak-Modan. Once the Drak-Modani monarchs refused to explicitly dencounce heterophobia, the situation was beyond control. The Drak-Modani government began to encourage heterosexual residents to move, quickly, to So-Sara or eastern Shimmerspring, and removed Drak-Modani Defense Force troops from those areas, allowing insurgents and violent Draconian radicals to move in, forcing Sanama and UGB to intervene to prevent a total collapse into anarchy.
After the completion of the Sanaman intervention, plebiscites, cessions, and various other political turnover, the country's leaders decided to change the official long-form name of the country to be the Bovic Draconian State in Modan to better reflect the priorities, culture, and people of the nation. Drak-Modan would be retained as the official short-form name of the country.
The legislature, The Fury, elects two Co-Chancellors of Drak-Modan, usually by a coalition vote between two parties that can combine to reach a majority together and share similar agendas. The Coalition of the Solidarity Party and Modani People's Union has run on a platform of pro-Raspurism, conservatism, populism, Natopian-tolerance, nativism, Humanism, and pro-immigration (with strict naturalization and no Kinsey-zeros), and pro-monarchy (now that the royal house is separated from the Natopian House of Waffel-Paine). The Coalition attracted some single issue monarchy voters from the Bagelcraticans and single issue nativist voters from Benacia for Benacians to control 304 out of 400 seat of the Fury in the 1690 elections. Co-Chancellors Kamil Gavrilov and Davit Teimuraz, noting the extreme popularity and approval ratings of their two major parties, have issued joint declarations pledging a ten-year platform alignment between their respective parties, and a standing order for coalition members to elect the two party leaders of the coalition to the co-chancellorship, effectively establishing a dominant-party system in Drak-Modani politics.
The Co-Chancellors retain the power common in lindstromist governments to issue decrees but now each decree must be co-signed by both co-chancellors. The position of Consul is retained from the previous republic and Tinker Sprocket remains as the apolitical presiding officer in loco cancelleris of the Fury. Each chancellor controls certain segments of domestic and foreign policy.
The newly restored monarchy blends elements of the first kingdom and republic. King John Waffel-Paine and Queen Andrea Drakland serve as co-monarchs. The King and Queen are not married, they are each co-equal rulers. The monarchs' responsibilities include defense and justice. Both King and Queen preside over judicial proceedings and their Royal Court serves as the kingdom's last court of appeal, and constitutional review court. The King and Queen can jointly investigate corruption in government officials, and if found to be unworthy of public office, remove any officer of the government by a joint-judicial review. The King and Queen both serve as Grand Commanders of the Drak-Modani Defense Force.
Reasons for Independence
The rapid fracturing of the Duchy of Modan & Malarboria, a gift from Ayreon IV to Natopian Emperor Nathan II, prompted the Emperor to make a direct claim to the core territory of the duchy and areas of significance to both his family and Natopian history. The entire duchy split apart at its seams almost instantly: the RIB encroaching in the west, the Black Legion asserting control in Malarboria, Laqi revolutions in Amarr, and the sudden resurgence of Yardistan's thirst for annexation. The Duchy of Modan & Malarboria was thought to be a secure and personal investment in the prosperity of Shireroth, Natopia's longtime ally. Natopia had come to rely on Shireroth's military acumen and tradition. The sudden loss of almost all of the duchy, and the possibility of a dramatic or total reduction of Shirekeep's power, was a direct threat to Natopia's security and Nathan II saw the independence of Lachmodan and So-Sara as the only viable solution to maintaining the strength (or at least some semblance of it) of the Raspur Pact's military hegemony over the western hemisphere, which is the cornerstone of Natopia's defense strategy. Remnants of the ducal militia, under orders from the duke quickly secured population centers in Lachmodan, as Nathan II issued a public declaration in Drakorda calling for the peaceful and mutual independence of Drak-Modan from the rapidly fracturing Imperial Republic. The newly self-proclaimed King promised the residents of Lachmodan and So-Sara security and prosperity as a closely allied and supported state of Natopia.
Claims to Legitimacy
The government of the Bovic Kingdom of Drak-Modan was built off of the remnants of the ducal administration of the duchy of Modan & Malarboria. It derives the authority to govern from the duke being the last appointed Shirerithian duke to rule and Nathan II's status as Heir to the Line of Drak, a Shirerithian bloodline with two kaisers, Sehml and Kizzy, that claims descent from Loki I and ancestors in the So-Saran archipelago.
The Bovic Republic recognizes this heritage and celebrates it. Clara Waffel-Paine & Drak is a direct bloodline descendant of the Line of Drak and, as Supreme Judge, serves as the head of state of Drak-Modan. It is expected that Clara's eldest daughter, Lisa Waffel-Paine & Drak will succeed to the supreme judgeship creating a dynastic link and sidestepping John Hilding's royal claims.
The Second Bovic Kingdom returns to a more traditional claim to the imperial lineage of the Line of Drak.
Struggle for Relevancy
The kingdom struggled to maintain its relevance. With a resurgent Shireroth to the north, a prosperous Sanama to the west, and a meddlesome Natopia continuing to exert its pressure, Drak-Modanis felt like they were a relic, a buffer state, and a colony all at once. Various movements sought to rejoin Shireroth, merge with Sanama, federalize with Elwynn, or be annexed by Natopia. With the return of John Waffel-Paine to the throne, and his decision to separate himself from the House of Waffel-Paine to establish his own royal house, and the memories of Kizzy's strong leadership now in Andrea Drakland, the kingdom entered a third phase of rebirth.
The leaders of Drak-Modan are heavily promoting Draconian supremacy as a unifying and distinguishing feature of the country. No longer limited to the small island kingdom of Draconia, the Drak-Modani leaders are hopeful that the Bovic Draconian State in Modan will allow Drak-Modan to fulfill and prove its reasons for continued independence by continuing the Line of Drak, drawing on the cultural heritage of Shireroth, distinguishing itself from Natopia while allowing Natopian support, integrating the Bovic-RMDS church into Drak-Modani culture, and promoting the Draconian agenda.
The military of the Kingdom is the Drak-Modani Defense Force, with the King & Queen of Drak-Modan serving as Grand Commanders of the Defense Force. The DMDF is composed of the remaining units of the Modan and Malarboria Ducal Militia. The DMDF is expected to easily be reconfigured into the unified command structure of the remaining units of the Raspur Pact's Benacia Command. The DMDF provides the administrative and logistical core of the Southern Banner Group of Benacia Command, befitting Drak-Modan's current status as "Lead Nation" in the southern theatre of operations.
Most of Drak-Modan's military engagements have focused on securing its early claims to territory, securing its borders against aggressive Vanic neighbors, occupying adjacent land to prevent it falling to anarchy, and internal conflict. With internal troubles behind it, Drak-Modan hopes to finally neutralize the Vanic threat to the east and eventually focus on re-building its military.
- Operation Massive Wedge
- Operation Stop Right There
- Pacification of Eastern Shimmerspring
- Drak-Modani Civil War
The people of Drak-Modan have endured a generation of instability. The youngest Drak-Modanis, those born after the Kalirion Fracture, are now entering adulthood. Their formative years included the Bovinist schism, the abdication of Nathan II, the abdication crisis of 1682, the republican revolution, a civil war, being on the brink of invasion by Natopia, and finally a return to monarchy. All of these various crises and political movements threatened the very sovereignty, legitimacy, and fortitude of the Drak-Modani state itself. Drak-Modanis of all ages, felt a crisis of identity that the failed policies of Natopianization and Bovinization only exagerated.
The Draconian supremacy movement attracted a lot of youthful organizers and activists. Draconian supremacy was popular for two reasons. First, it connected people to their roots. Draconians claimed to be descended from Kaiser Loki I's daliances in the brothels of Dracoheim. The Draconians, as bastards and prostitutes, they were forced to wander for generations until finally finding their way back to Draconia. Secondly, it allowed every resident of Drak-Modan to claim Draconian ancestry and affiliation. The new Draconian cultural revolution touched on many facets of Drak-Modani society.
The public images of the two Draconian kaisers, Sehml and Kizzy, were rehabilitated. Sehml, universally seen as an ineffectual and decadent kaiser, was the subject of a popular apologist biography that painted him in a more positive light, highlighting his accomplishments before becoming kaiser, when he was a revolutionary in Natopia under the name Ludwig Drakire, and a successful statesmen in Elwynn under the name Luix Rakira. Almost no mention was made of his inability to avert the Kildare Seccession which ignited the Sxiro-Jingdaoese confrontation, the single-longest conflict Micras has ever seen.
A new reprint of The Miss Kizzy Chronicles, an anthology collection of the adventures, rise, and fall of Kizzy Drakland, was released in 1690 as an instant best-seller. Although she became an enemy of mankind towards the end of her second life, the book has helped shift public opinion of her into a more neutral light as a semi-legendary figure and model for Modani monarchs.
When the policies of Natopianization began to fail, Natopia hoped that the Dozan Bovic Church's presence in the country would help maintain Natopian hegemony over Drak-Modan. The religion did not enjoy much popularity as it was clearly seen as the religion of the oppressive Natopian administration. However, after the schism and the reorganization of the Benacian Bovic Church into the Reorganized Church of Bous of Modern-Day Saints, Bovic affiliation began to rise. In the Dozan Bovic faith, the process of triadic and quadratic marriages are sacred, special, and require intense counseling and approval from church leaders. Conversely, RMDS Bovics practice triadic and quadratic marriage as a matter of course. This made the faith extremely popular with young people, queer people, Draconians, and old couples hoping to spice up their marriage.
The Draconian cultural revolution emphasizes two things: Emulation of the House of Drak & Waffel-Paine as a model, and uniform devotion to the Draconian agenda. The Draconian agenda is to use the government of Drak-Modan to advance, elevate, and nurture the Draconian people at the expense of all others. Any resident of Drak-Modan can claim to be Draconian and thus enjoy the rights of privileges afforded to them. The government of Drak-Modan recognizes that a small percentage of the population might find the Draconian sexuality sinful, backwards, and abhorrent. The government has undertaken public service programs to remind citizens that their private thoughts and desires remain their own, but public adherence to the Draconian agenda is required for a wholesome community.
Any Drak-Modani can claim Draconian status. If a claimant is not known to the community to be a Draconian, they have six months to gather two witnesses to their Draconian activities. If two witnesses can come before a local clerk and affirm the Draconian attributes of the claimant, the claimant's Draconian status is approved by the clerk. If the claimant cannot produce two witnesses, they may take a voluntary Kinsey test. The most comprehensive version, the Girth-Dilation Kinsey Measurement Exam, is administered at a single testing site in rural Sehmlshire. Claimants must go to the testing site after their six month grace period is up and wait for their testing date at the testing facility, which may take anywhere from 1 to 5 weeks. The subject is connected to devices that measure physical responses to visual stimuli. Eye dilation, penile shaft expansion, vaginal blood flow, heart rate, and breathing are all compiled to give the subject a grade from 0 to 6 on the Kinsey scale. Subjects that do not physically respond, showing no sexual preference whatsoever, are designated as A and released without prejudice. Subjects that score a 0 may be deported, detained for further testing, or transferred to a Conversion Camp to re-align their sexuality and to be re-tested. Those that score a 1 may be required to return for testing after a year to ensure they remain a 1, or preferably, score higher after re-aligning their sexuality by gaining experiences.
In some situations a citizen's Kinsey score may afford them more privileges in social settings. Although discrimination based on Kinsey scores is not allowed, citizens with a score 3 or above usually enjoy higher-paying jobs, are more educated, report a better home life, enjoy more fulfilling personal relationships, and are more likely to be elected to public office or hired into the civil service.
The Reorganized Church of Bous of Modern-Day Saints is the largest religious organization in Drak-Modan. It has replaced native religions by embracing the Bovic ties to Benacia (although those ties are mostly located in Elwynn) and adopting populist policies that appeal to a disillusioned, lost, and fragmented society. The democratic-theocratic elements of the church attract a wide range of people and
Most of Drak-Modan is characterized by flat countryside. The area around Capeshire is ideal farmland and continues to produce abundant wheat and grain to feed southern Benacia. The area around Sehmlshire is excellent for pack animals, and it is known for a sturdy breed of donkey, nicknamed Sehml's ass.