|Bovic Kingdom of Drak-Modan|
|Motto: Lo facciamo nostro|
|Anthem: The Spirit of Cow Like Butter is Melting|
|16.5.0 - present|
|Largest city||Modan Hamlet, Karamola|
|Official language(s)||Natspeak Administrative|
|- King||Nathan II|
|- Chancellor||Kamil Gavrilov|
|- Legislature||The Fury|
|Establishment||23 Friedeber 1671 AN (April 15, 2019)|
|Time zone(s)||CMT-9, CMT-8|
|National animal||Sehml's ass (Equus sehmlus asinus)|
|National drink||So-Saran juice|
The Bovic Kingdom of Drak-Modan, a new state on Benacia proclaimed in 1671 by Nathan II, Duke of Modan-Malarboria. It seeks a friendly and mutual independence from Shirekeep during the Kalirion Fracture. It controls most of the county of Lachmodan and claims the So-Saran archipelago.
A constitutional monarchy, modeled off the Natopian system, is to be established for the new kingdom. A legislature, The Fury, is composed of representatives elected from each of Drak-Modan's 400 electoral districts. The Fury elects from its own membership a Chancellor as presiding officer. The Chancellor of Drak-Modan then appoints a cabinet of Ministers for various portfolios, including security, immigration, and national development. Early discussions are already underway to secure the services of renowned parliamentarian, Tinker Sprocket to preside over the Fury on a daily basis. The King officially handles foreign affairs, judicial courts, and the military by appointing Secretaries to these offices. In practice, however, the king would nominate a Governor-General of Drak-Modan on advice of the Chancellor to fulfill the requirements of the king. The Governor-General would sit on the supreme court, set diplomatic policy, and command the Drak-Modanese Defense Force at the pleasure of the King, Chancellor, and Fury.
These secretaries and subordinates constitute the Royal Court of Drak-Modan. The first royal court consisted of many Iserdians from Smjorkyr and Draconians from Ynnraile. The Royal Court as of 1672:
- Secretary for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency, Mr. Leopold Jorvikson
- Secretary for Defense, Her Excellency, Gen. Heidi Drachli (Ret.)
- Secretary for Legal Affairs, His Excellency, Dr. Percival Johansson
- Governor-General: His Excellency, Mr. Herbert Q. Washington
After securing his election to the chancellery, Gavrilov named many politicians native to the former Lachmodan to his cabinet, with the exception of Tinker Sprocket as speaker.
- Chancellor of Drak-Modan, His Excellency, Mr. Kamil Gavrilov
- Speaker of the Fury, The Honorable, Tinker Sprocket, Count Norrstrom
- Minister of Justice, The Honorable, Amina Tazieff, Esq.
- Minister of Security, The Honorable, Ms. Tasha Yakhin
- Minister of Information, The Honorable, Mr. Arslan Djangirov
Drak-Modan is a unitary state, and local governments are devolved from the central government. There are four demesnes of the kingdom, Capeshire, Kizshire, Sehmlshire, and So-Sara. Capeshire, Kizshire, and Sehmlshire are subdivided from the former Shirerithian county of Lachmodan. Kizshire and Sehmlshire are named for the two Kaisers from the Line of Drak: Kaiseress Kizzy and Kaiser Sehml.
A system of nobility, honors, and peerages is being considered by the Fury to give the king additional tools in securing allies and friends on the continent. Under such a system, a ceremonial duke would be appointed over each demesne.
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. The islands of So-Sara are disputed with Yardistan.
Claims to Legitimacy
The government of the Bovic Kingdom of Drak-Modan is 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 tense situation on Benacia has made foreign policy a top priority. Drak-Modan is reliant upon support from Natopia, and in turn, is mostly aligned with Natopian foreign policy, including relations with other Raspur Pact members. Drak-Modan cannot currently afford to enter politics beyond Benacia's coast. Drak-Modan follows a One Kaiser Policy, where it rejects any state or group that does not recognize Salome Ayreon-Kalirion as the sole Kaiseress of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth.
Rasur Pact allies on Benacia:
- Imperial Republic of Shireroth (Imperial Regency): Friendly, supports Kaiseress Salome.
- Elwynn: Friendly, supports claim to Agnesia/Wintergleam, Cape Farewell, Cimmeria
- Sovereign Confederation: Friendly
- Unified Governorates: Friendly, supports claims to Mishalan and RIB-occupied zones
Raspur Pact allies:
- Natopia: In a personal union, Natopian culture, religion, investments, and immigration have shaped Drak-Modan into a junior partner, heavily dependent upon the larger state.
- Sanama: Formal bilateral relations under the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation between Sanama and Drak-Modan
- Amokolia: Likely very good allies by way of kings being brothers-in-law (Batavia-Natopia connection).
- Batavia: King of Batavia is king of Drak-Modan's brother in law.
- Ransenar: Supports claims over Verionist Republic
- Goetia: Informal working relationship in neutralizing Kizzy Drakland and her anti-kaisership in Demonsfall.
- Imperial Verionist Republic of Shireroth: Its claims to kaisership contradict Drak-Modan's support for Kaiseress Salome, and they broke Tinker Sprocket!
- Guttuli Protectorate: Wary of sudden occupation of Lichport.
- Inner Benacia: Hostile (too far to get involved, dislike their repudiation of Raspur Pact and moving in to western Modan-Malarboria)
The military of the Kingdom is the Drak-Modani Defense Force, with the King of Drak-Modan serving as Grand Commander of the Defense Force and the Secretary for Defense serving as operational leader. The DMDF is composed of the loyal 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 culture of the new kingdom is in flux, but the king has expressed his desire to Bovinize and Natopianize the former counties of Lachmodan and So-Sara to ensure the population supports the independent kingdom and its incorporation into the Raspur Pact. The process of Natopianization will take into account and respect local customs and be mainly limited to administration. The king and his advisers are keen to avoid comparisons to the process of Froyalanization that devastated Elwynn.
Nathan II has stated plans to send his youngest son, John Hilding Waffel-Paine, to grow up in Drakorda, possibly serving as the Governor-General when he comes of age and possibly inheriting the kingdom from Nathan II. In 1673, the youngest son of the Natopian emperor was sent to live in Drakorda, so he could grow up in the Modani manner. His father gave him the title Crown Prince of Drak-Modan to signify his future role as king.
Uncertainty in Iserdia, Ynnraile, and Demonsfall, the parts of Shireroth with significant populations with Natopian heritage, coupled with the unambiguous goals of establishing a Natopian client state on Benacia, has caused Tapferite-Iserdians and Draconian-Ynnraillis to migrate to Drak-Modan as a safe haven for the Natopian diaspora on Benacia.
The process of Bovinization will allow the once-tolerated Capric rite established under Demon-Queen Kizzy of Malarboria to flourish and receive official promotion from the Dozan Bovic Church. The Benacian Bovic Church of the Capric Rite will be headquartered in Drakorda and local congregations will be given loans by the government to build church buildings in each city.
More maps to come.