- For other similarly-named entities, see Elwynn (disambiguation).
|Riqi Elluenuuerssuarion |
Greater Elwynnese State
Dawlat Buzurgi Elwynn
Det elvynelandske storvelde
Velika Elvinska Država
|Motto: Elwynn prevails!|
|Largest city||Ardashirshahr, Echo|
|Official language(s)||Elw, Babkhi, Istvanistani, Norse, Amokolian, Mishalacian (all official) |
See Languages of Elwynn
|- Princess||Position Vacant (20.XIV.1695 AN)|
|- Steward of the State||Sigrid Årud|
|- Legislature||Council of Eliria|
|Establishment||1452 AN (as a Shirerithian duchy) |
1567 (first independence, lasted till 1600)
1671 (second independence)
|Population||147,427,898 (1685 AN)|
|Time zone(s)||CMT-7 (SCAR, Chryse)|
CMT-8 (AAR, Upper Elwynn)
CMT-9 (Amokolia, Mishalacia)
|National animal||White Stag, Hangover Owl (all unofficial)|
|National food||Desert Berries (unofficial)|
|National drink||Tea (unofficial)|
|National tree||Pine tree (unofficial)|
|Abbreviation||EW (two-letter) |
ELW (FMF abbreviation);
Elluenuueq, more commonly known as Elwynn (Babkhi: Элвин, Elwin; Norse: Elvyneland; North Amokolian: l'Elwyjn) officially the Greater Elwynnese State (Elw: Риқи Эллуэнууэрссуарион, Riqi Elluenuuerssuarion; see also Names of Elwynn, until 1685 known as the Elwynnese Republic) is a country in northern Benacia, generally consisting of the land between the Red and Blue Elwynns, and the associated land northwards to Cape Farewell, and thereafter extending eastwards and westwards. Since 1678, the Elwynnese State also includes Normark in northern Keltia.
Elwynn has in its history been an in imperial state of Shireroth (1600–1665 AN), an independent state (1567–1600), a Shirerithian duchy (1452–1588, 1509–1562, 1587–1600), barony (1488–1500, 1504–1509), and a county (1500–1504). As an independent country, west Elwynn was a republic with an elected prince. Since rejoining Shireroth, Elwynn kept its independence-era government (1600–1607), then became the Coordinated State of Elwynn (1607–1612), the Democratic People's Republic of Elwynn (1613–1618), a transitional monarchy (1618–1623), and a Vanic state (1623–1651). Since the fall of the Vanic State, Elwynn's governing institutions were eroded by factional infighting and popular unrest, culminating in an Imperial intervention and the partition of Elwynn in 1665. Parts of the previously partitioned Elwynn re-established itself as the Elwynnese Republic in a congress in Eliria in 1671, and reunited fully in 1685 with the acquisition of West Amokolia, where it then changed its long-form name to the Elwynnese State.
The name Elwynn comes from a goddess with the same name who originally hailed from the Treesian pantheon. The Elwynnese State is noted for its violent and complex history, its significant minority cultures, sometimes living in harmony with one another, sometimes brutally massacring one another.
Elwynn is currently divided into seven autonomous countries (called autonomous republics until 1685): the Alalehzamini Autonomous Republic, the Republic of Upper Elwynn, the Sovereign Confederation, Amokolia and Mishalacia on Benacia, and Normark on Keltia. Chryse, formerly an independent city state, acceded to Elwynn in 1690. Between 1675 and 1676, the Northern Commonwealth constituted a short-lived Verionist autonomous republic.
- See also Islands of Elwynn
The territory under the control of the Greater Elwynnese State (as of 1690) covers the area between the Blue and White Elwynn rivers (save for the city of Shirekeep under Shirerithian sovereignty), as well as the Northern Reaches (stretching from Wintergleam in the east to eastern Oleslääd in the west (about forty degrees longitude wide). Added to this is Amokolia, reaching as far west as Batavia. Elwynn also controls the Automatican and Cimmerian islands, Raikoth, as well as most of the island of Leng (see Elwynnese Leng). The Elwynnese autonomous republic of Normark is located in northern Keltia.
Chryse, in eastern Benacia, is an exclave of Elwynn, bordered only by Ransenar. Travelling to Chryse from mainland Elwynn on the road thus requires crossing Ransenar.
On Benacia, Elwynn borders (clockwise) Ransenar, Shireroth, the Unified Governorates, Kalgachia, and Batavia. These borders are open for crossings. The island of Leng is divided between the Elwynnese Leng and the Iron Cult of Leng. This border is closed.
Normark, on Keltia, has land borders with Mercury and the Haifo-Pallisican trading port of Jangsong. The border with Mercury is open and peaceful; Normark and Mercury cooperate on creating a Trans-Keltia high-speed railway network between their countries. The border with Jangsong is closed. All Haifo-Pallisican ships entering Elwynnese waters are intercepted, their crew detained, and goods confiscated by the State.
Normark's southern border is entirely with the Green. This is a heavily guarded border.
Regions of Elwynn
The geography of Elwynn is rich and diverse.
The so-called Amokolian lands within Elwynn, also known as East Amokolia, are composed of the two Automatican Islands (also known as Amokolian Isles) and Vattnaland. The Automatican Islands are cold, with a stable climate. Rich in forests of hardy wood, the economy is based on timber, paper, and construction. South of the islands, we find Vattnaland, a bread-basket of Elwynnese economy. Much agriculture is done here, with rye and potatoes being the main products. Grazing of cows and sheep is also a common sight in Vattnaland. The Elwynn river system, fed by the melting water from glaciers in the high north of Elwynn, provide a lush landscape that gives the soil high nutrition suitable for agriculture.
The Northern Reaches, constituting the northern-most coastline of Elwynn (Cape Farewell and Illumination) stretching from Vattnaland in the west to the Cimmerian islands in the east, are cold and humid. As they are low-lying, they are however shielded from the winds from the continent's inner highlands. The local wildlife consists mainly of marine mammals (such as seal, polar bear, walrus, narwhal, whales) along the coast, some of which in the sea and on land, as well as penguins, and flying migratory birds. Despite the harsh climate, thanks to Hyperborean hotspot technology throughout the past two centuries (drilling below the crust to create tiny controlled hotspot volcanoes for energy and heat), the area has hosted a larger than expected population. The far east of the Northern Reaches have a forest, the Phoenix Forest, created in the late 1400s, by Halluci refugees, using the hotspot technology. The Phoenix Forest is famous for a protected habitat of the hangover owl (Strigida crapula). The hangover owl's behaviour is special because of its fervent, loud and bizarre nightly activity, while in day-time the bird is often seen walking (almost penguin-like) on the ground from tree to tree, looking for quick high-energy foods such as nuts.
The inland Cape Farewell and northern Illumination have some glaciers of note.
A subregion of the Northern Reaches is Cimmeria, a group of five rocky volcanic islands. Thanks to hot springs (geysir), they are warmer than their latitude would otherwise indicate. A few endemic species in the fauna, little mammal life outside livestock.
Agnesia and Wintergleam
Agnesia and Wintergleam cover the north-eastern parts of continental Elwynn, and these regions' climate and geography also include the Asantelian region. Historically formed by receding ice from the last ice age, as well as glaciers, the Agnesian coast houses numerous fjords, the greatest of which is the Vijayanagara Fjord. While northern Agnesia is rocky, the central parts (around Dragonskeep) are covered in pine forests. The southern parts, bordering on the Eliria area, have fertile grounds, where grazing occurs, as well as some agriculture in the form of potatoes, wheat, rye, and vegetables.
Wintergleam, to the east, is humid and fertile. Thanks to the Straylight Stream, the area is warmer than what would otherwise be indicated. This is the agricultural basket for Elwynn. The waters outside Wintergleam are particularly rich for fishing. The beaches south of Asantelian are said to be the best in Elwynn thanks to the southern latitude in interaction with the Straylight Stream.
Iserdia's name comes from an expression in a Nordic vernacular dialect, Íseirdia-la-Vraulalennir, meaning "tundra and barren lands". This is an accurate description. The inland of Elwynn north of the Elwynn rivers' mouths is mostly barren, cold, with permafrost, tundra, and taiga.
Araxion and Utasia
Araxion and Utasia are lush and fertile. However, they are on a higher ground than northern Elwynn, so there are glaciers in the north of these areas. They experience hot summers and cold winters. In Araxion there is some forest (cultivated, for the purposes of timber), while Utasia has more agriculture. The fishing cat is found along the river Elwynn.
Alalehzamin, Elwynn's southernmost region, has a rocky hilly, at times mountainous interior, and a fertile, lower-lying lands along the banks of the Elwynn rivers. The interior used to be one forest, but in the late 1400s all brought down. As such, grasslands and cold deserts cover the interior these days. The kalitoskolon, endemic to the White Elwynn, is famous in Alalehzamin. The fishing cat is also found along both the White and Blue Elwynn in Alalehzamin.
Leng and Raikoth
Leng and Raikoth have very similar geography, both are surrounded by an iceshelf, and there is little vegetation in both of them. Leng has, however, some vegetation in the form of endemic species of cabbage. Raikoth has a central mountain, Yaanek, 3273 metres above sea-level, which is also Elwynn's traditionally tallest mountain. However, Leng is more mountainous and has several taller mountains.
Raikoth has several glaciers while much of Leng's interior is covered by ice shelf. Both of the islands have some barren lands, "ice deserts", where ground can be seen. The inner lands have very little life outside the human footprint. Southern Leng has an "archipelago" of islands with geysir, making the sea there sometimes visible for a few days at a time. This has brought many species of sea birds and marine mammals to the area, as well as fish.
- See time in Elwynn
Elwynn is currently divided into five time zones. SCAR is in the CMT-7 timezone, while the Alalehzamini Autonomous Republic and the Congressional Counties (except Raikoth) are in the CMT-8 timezone. The Amokolian Republic is in the -9 timezone, and Raikoth, further to the east than the rest of the country, is in the CMT-6 timezone. Normark, west of Benacia but across the international dateline, is in the CMT+7 timezone.
To give an example:
- Elijah's Rest (CMT+7), 2 Silnuai 23:00
- Raikoth (CMT-6), 2 Silnuai 09:00
- Kingsgate (CMT-7), 2 Silnuai 08:00
- Eliria (CMT-8), 2 Silnuai 07:00
- Anun (CMT-9), 2 Silnuai 06:00
The Elwynnese Republic established itself as an independent state during the Kalirion Fracture, and was recognized as independent by Shireroth on 19.XIV.1672. In a congress in Eliria ending on 8.X.1671, consisting of delegates from the bailiwicks of the Northern Reaches, Akordionnyr, Raikoth, Leng, Vattnaland and the Amokolian Islands, as well as of political, social, academic, and military leaders of various fractions in Elwynn, the political organization of the new republic was decided. First of all, a transitional government would remain in place until the end of 1672. This transitional government is led by the Conducător of the Elwynnese Republic, Firdaus Abdollahi Mehr, of the Behsaz Elwynn party of Alalehzamin, and is tasked with ensuring that the new constitution could enter force upon 1.I.1673.
Elwynn returned to its republican principate – an elected Prince (Elw: Aran) – and a disavowment of all monarchical and noble titles and hierarchies in Elwynn. A unicameral legislature, the Congress, was elected by the people on proportional party lists in all of Elwynn (excepting for the Alalehzamini Autonomous Republic) in the 1672 Elwynnese congress election, in which the National Vanguard coalition (consisting of the Verionist Union, the Ayreonist Independence Party and the Elwynnese Workers' Party) secured a majority and established an executive in Congress Elwynn. The next elections are planned for 1676.
North vs South
The compromise between congressional Elwynn (in the North of the country) and the Alalehzamini Autonomous Republic (AAR) was made to ensure the unity of the Elwynnese people in one state. The Alalehzaminis demanded an exceptionally high degree of autonomy, and the resulting compromise made it so that the Congress would have no power at all over the Alalehzamin. Instead congressional Elwynn and the AAR share a national government headed by the Prince. The Prince is elected every six years by the people of all Elwynn, and the Prince, acting through the Council of Eliria, has full legislative and executive power over matters of international relations, trade, commercial standards, borders, national defence and security, the enforcement and system of justice, taxation for the Republic's functioning ("national tax" as opposed to "congressional tax" in the North and the "Alalehzamini tax" in the South). In the North, the Congress legislates on all other matters – and the Prince appoints from the majority of Congress a Council of Ministers, headed by a Conducator (Elw: Kondukytoor), who will execute all other matters of the Elwynnese law not belonging to the Prince. From 1672 to 1675 Stephen Lewis was the Conducator of the Elwynnese Republic, with authority over the northern regions subject to Congressional rule, until his defeat in a no-confidence vote and the appointment of an N&H led caretaker administration to take the north into elections scheduled to be held in mid 1676.
In 1675, a third autonomous republic was established, the Northern Commonwealth, with a largely Verionist government committed to Elwynnese unity. The next year it folded, and Elwynn yet once again had two autonomous republics until 1678, when Normark became the new third autonomous republic.
In 1692, following a bitterly contested general election in the previous year which had resulted in a wafer thin majority for the incumbent N&H administration of Kamilla Winther, the North-South divide reasserted itself vehemently following the secession of Amokolia and Upper Elwynn from the Greater Elwynnese Realm. The ensuing Second Elwynnese Civil War resulted once more in a rupture in the political unity of the realm.
By the time that the conflict had subsided the former governing institutions of the Elwynnese Realm, the Council of Eliria and the Court of the Prince, had been consigned to oblivion along with Eliria itself, all destroyed during the Scouring which devastated so-much of Northern Benacia during the final months of the war.
In their place arose an ad-hoc arrangement - partially an occupation government, comprised of UDF officers reporting to the Northern Banner Group of Benacia Command, and partially a civilian administration reporting to the Steward whose real authority did not extend beyond Normark and Leng. A compromise was eventually agreed whereby the UDF would provide a Conducator to work alongside the Steward. Around these two offices would be formed a new Council of State, housed in Ardashirshahr, that would be advised by and regularly consult with a duly accredited representative of the Political Directorate of Benacia Command.
Elwynn has an extensive high-speed magnetic levitation railway system. The magnetic levitation tracks are parallel to the original railway tracks which are also used, mainly for local mass-transit, freight, and for exclusive chartered railway (like the Orient Express before relations soured between Elwynn and West Amokolia).
It should be noted that, owing to the civil war and the destruction arising thereof, the maglev services formerly provided were suspended indefinitely in Amokolia and Upper Elwynn at the termination of the conflict. Priority access to the legacy Imperial-era railway network is given to the Union Defence Force, personnel and equipment assigned to reconstruction duties, and the requirements of heavy industry and agriculture. With much of the rolling stock and network outright destroyed or rendered inoperable as a result of the Scouring, the existing railway network, taken into public ownership as of 1697 AN, is overburdened and as a consequence services are frequently late, cancelled, or overloaded when they do arrive.
Air travel was once very common, especially in freight. Freight by air having been exclusively conducted through airships, while passengers generally travelled by aeroplane for speedier travel.
With the destruction of Eliria, Glenfiddich, Kingsgate, Islus, Tephal, and Vijayanagara during the course of a single day, known ever after as the Scouring (20.XIV.1695 AN), the air transportation network of Elluenuueq, already disrupted by the Second Elwynnese Civil War, collapsed overnight. As of the year 1697 AN no plans to reactive civil aviation exist, being a lower priority than reconstruction work and the needs of the Union Defence Force.
Accordingly, Elwynnese air space remains closed to all international aviation.
Elwynn (with the exception of Normark, Leng) is part of, and a net contributor to, the Unified Power System of Benacia. Normark has its own power grid; local communities in Leng provide electricity for their installations and residents in ways best suited to the local environment, generally through petroleum and lithium cells (in winter) and solar power (in summer). Hydro-electric and natural gas power-stations predominate in Alalehzamin whilst thermal energy (obtained via boreholes) mark the contribution of Upper Elwynn.
Significant damage was inflicted upon the hydroelectrical infrastructure of the East Elwynn River during the Scouring of 20.XIV.1695, which saw the destruction of Eliria, Kingsgate, and Islus. The subsequent abandonment of Zoroaster owing to fallout, meant that many of the dams and sluices into which energy generating turbines had been installed, had first to be made safe by remediation crews before engineers could conduct damage assessments, structural surveys, and commence the repair works urgently needed to bring these sites back to full operating capacity.
Elwynn is a member of the Raspur Pact. As such, it is part of a zone of free movement of capital, goods and workers with its member states.
Elwynn was formerly dominated by three main companies – the ESB Group, the Iron Company and the Anzarolexion (the latter one mainly in banking, obligations, investment and insurances). These companies, regarding one another as mortal enemies, create good ground for competition. Furthermore, especially in northern Elwynn, there is a culture of small companies, start-ups, one-person companies in the services, consulting and construction sectors. It is relatively easy for any person to set up a joint-stock company, and most companies in Elwynn are incorporated in this form, though others exist. Such others are mainly in the form of foundations (such as the People's Academy of Elwynn) or cooperative ownership. Cooperative ownerships are most common in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, where former communist-run were privatized at the end of communism during the reign of Prince Jonathan (1618–1623). Many of these, however, have converted into joint-stock companies as they have a reputation of being more profitable and easier to run. The fall of the Iron Company has however created a new space in the marketplace for independent operators ambitious enough to go up against the Honourable Company and Anzarolexion.
The economy of Elwynn was devastated in the twenty years following the Auspicious Occasion. The civil wars, lasting with little periods of peace 1660–1669, took their toll. However, the Vanic government's insistence of putting its paws everywhere meant that there existed a considerable paper trail for all legal persons, holdings, and deeds of titile. This meant that when reconstruction began in the late 1660s, there was cause for little dispute over such information. The civil wars did, however, cause destruction of infrastructure, agriculture, factories, as well as bombings of large areas of cities. Many people became jobless, homeless or both, with authorities struggling to find quick housing. As such, many suburbs in areas ravished by the civil war have a similar style of simple, cheap architecture.
During the Vanic era, Elwynn's economy was dominated by funds pumped in from Stormark and the Stormark-owned company SEKEF. SEKEF held a monopoly on trade between Stormark and any other jurisdictions, and with regard to the Froyalanish financial status during this era, SEKEF was the richest company in Elwynn during this time. Its assets in Elwynn, and across Shireroth, were seized during the Auspicious Occasion and set into a fund held by the Imperial Government which was used for reconstruction in Elwynn in 1651–1660 and 1669–1671 (halted by the Elwynnese civil wars). After the independence and reunification of Elwynn in 1672, this fund has been frozen and is under dispute between the Elwynnese and Shirerithian governments. The matter is under negotiation, as Elwynn also seized all imperial-held infrastructure and assets in Elwynn during the struggle for independence.
Upon independence, Elwynn quickly began using the natopo as its currency, citing the instability of the Shirerithian erb at that time. This was, and remains, a stable currency. However, being bound to a currency union (which the natopo de facto is) means that Elwynn could not control its own inflation rate, set its own central bank interest rates, and so on. As such, the Nationalist and Humanist government set up the mark in 1686. The natopo and the mark would coexist until 1.1.1688 when the mark became the only legal tender in Elwynn. The value of the mark was set to be based on a complicated formula of a basket of currencies and then divided so that one mark would be roughly the average item in a shopping basket consisting of a litre of cow milk, half a litre of camel milk, a loaf of plain bread, a kilogram of potatoes, a kilogram of rye flour, a kilogram of wheat flour, and a kilogram of white rice. With prices fluctuating, and supply and demand fluctuating too, average prices for these items across the autonomous countries were on 2.I.1688 as follows (including taxes):
|1 L cow milk||0.95||1.04||0.99||1.03||0.75||1.09|
|0.5 L camel milk||0.82||1.11||1.29||1.35||1.32||1.62|
|loaf of plain bread||0.85||1.04||0.88||1.01||0.79||1.11|
|1 kg potatoes||1.12||0.98||0.75||1.11||0.66||1.08|
|1 kg rye flour||1.05||0.88||0.92||1.03||0.71||1.01|
|1 kg wheat flour||0.79||0.95||0.88||1.05||0.67||1.13|
|1 kg white rice||0.86||1.11||1.21||1.26||1.04||1.43|
Each autonomous country sets a minimum hourly wage for work. The minimum wage is shown in the first column. The second columns shows the average hourly wage for the bottom 10% of the workers. The median worker's wage is shown in the third column. Finally, the upper 10% of the working population's hourly wage is shown in the last column.
All wages are shown in marks per hour, before appropriate taxation. Following the Second Elwynnese Civil War the minimum wage was standardised across the Benacian autonomous republics at 8.50 per hour coinciding with the abolition of all social benefit payments and the mobilisation of the populace for reconstruction work.
|Minimum wage||10th pctl||median (50th pctl)||90th pctl|
Prior to the Second Elwynnese Civil War the Upper Elwynnese economy was largely focused on four sectors: industry, finance, service, and energy. Tourism, fishery, and forestry played a limited, but in certain areas, significant role in the economy.
Industry in Upper Elwynn was for the most part restricted to refining raw metal to fine metal. Elwynnese harbours played an important role in securing transport. The destruction of Eliria and Vijayanagara during the Scouring, an orbital bombardment and limited nuclear exchange which occurred over the course of one day in the final months of the war, was instrumental in the collapse of much of this metallurgical heavy industry. Surviving industrial plant, salvaged from the irradiated dead-zones or else captured intact in other cities following the collapse of the rebel cause, had been for the most part dismantled and shipped to the Unified Governorates of Benacia during 1696 AN–1697 AN as part of repayments made to service the war debts incurred by Elwynn for the rebellion against the Raspur Pact.
In terms of energy, Upper Elwynn once housed nuclear power stations of good quality; however these were heavily damaged during the Pact's strategic bombing campaign against the infrastructure of Upper Elwynn. Following a criticality incident in Araxion following one such raid, it was deemed prudent to hurriedly decommission the remaining nuclear reactors. The nuclear energy infrastructure of Upper Elwynn was subsequently sought and dismantled as part of the reparation payments demanded by Benacia Command from the rebel bailiwicks at the conclusion of the war. This has left Upper Elwynn, formerly a net energy producer, dependent upon the Unified Power System of Benacia for its energy needs, these being strictly rationed to prioritise reconstruction work and those forms of economic activity deemed most useful for advancing the payment of reparations. Where Upper Elwynn (and the Amokolian islands) is still able to make a contribution to the Benacian energy mix, is in the realm of thermal energy (from the hotspots under the ground). This has historically been important for ensuring the habitability of many Upper Elwynnese cities in the inhospitable Boreal regions.
Upper Elwynn, especially the Greater Eliria area, was once the financial centre of Elwynn. Banks, insurance companies, financiers, and so on, had their headquarters in Upper Elwynn – largely thanks to no-nonsense regulations and belief in the rule of law. Thrice, this belief has been placed in doubt, the first two occasions involving Verionist businesses, the Iron Company and the Coldwater Company – with Verionism gone, confidence in the Elwynnese market has recovered, with great yields to shareholders in Upper Elwynn ensuing. The final time however, which saw the Ayreonist inspired effort at secession which gave rise to the second civil war, resulted in an unprecedented capital flight, as it became clear that the rebel government was attempting to detach itself from the economic and political structures of the Raspur Pact and subsequently saw the physical destruction of the infrastructure that has sustained the financial sector, along with the greater part of Eliria itself. As such, it may be said, that the financial services sector for which Upper Elwynn was once so justly famous, has literally been burnt away.
In Upper Elwynn, health care is considered by many people to be a right. Although tax pays for basic health care for citizens (and legal residents), many people use private insurances to pay for quicker and higher standards of health care. Many labour contracts add for such insurances, as well as for pension funds. As such, in Upper Elwynn, workers pay a higher tax rate than in Alalehzamin and SCAR, but similar tax rates to Normark and Amokolia.
The Amokolian economy is quite geographically divided. The far east of Amokolia, as well as the Amokolian Islands, is more or less inter-linked with the Upper Elwynnese economy and follows the trends from its eastern neighbour. The former West Amokolia is different – having been outside the Elwynnese entity for decades before its reunification following the downfall of the Frankish regime. Here, the economy is focused on small-scale manufacturing, some agriculture, fishery, but mainly the economy is dependent on the large forests of West Amokolia. Timber is the main produce here, with companies existing for various niches of wood: construction, paper, book-binding, printing, insulation, furniture, carpentry.
In Mishalacia, salaries are lower comparatively speaking to the rest of Elwynn (but higher than in the neighbouring UGB). As such, Mishalacian economy is well suited for manufacturing of various machineries and products. However, the Mishalacian economy has a large agricultural sector and a large forestry sector.
Alalehzamin and Utasia have long been known as the breadbasket of Elwynn – and this remains true to present day. The River Elwynn provides irrigation across the fertile grounds of West Alalehzamin and Utasia. South-East Alalehzamin, closer to Shirekeep, is more polluted. The Elwynnese Cold Desert is found in this area, too. The desert is not bad for the economy though, as mining is fruitful here. Cheap labour from willing Babkhis helps too, especially since unionization is low in this part of the country.
With mining comes refinery – and note that the refineries of Alalehzamin have different niches from the ones of Upper Elwynn (the Upper Elwynnese import raw metal for refining which is then either exported (at profit) or used in the local economy there), while the refineries of Alalehzamin feed the heavy industry of Alalehzamin.
Furthermore, the Alalehzamini AAR does not only provide food for all Elwynnese, but also energy. Thanks to the West Elwynn Dam, located outside Ardashirshahr, provides 25–40% (depending on years and water flow) of the Elwynnese electrical needs (the rest is covered by other dams along the Elwynn, mainly in Alalehzamin and Utasia, and by nuclear power; some oil, mainly imported from Sanama and natural gas from the North also contribute to the electric grid). Under the Unified Power System of Benacia energy generated via hydroelectricity in the AAR is exported to the metropolis of Shirekeep and to the UGB industrial complexes in Mishagrad and Gloomburg. Negotiations concerning a revenue sharing agreement between the Governorate of Transelwynn (west bank) and the AAR (east bank) are in their preliminary phase, with the AAR being opposed to a significant division on account of the hydroelectric power plants being situated on the east bank above Ardashirshahr.
Normark's economy is heavily influenced by its geography – it is located far away from the rest of Elwynn, indeed, the rest of the Raspur Pact, and has only a short border with a friendly power (Mercury). As such, the economy of Normark has developed to be largely self-sufficient.
Main exports (to the rest of Elwynn, and to other powers) exist however, and these are largely in terms of fishery products and rare minerals.
Elwynn is a diverse country. The national identity is based on a civic Elwynnese identity that is enjoined with one's ethnic and/or regional identity. The largest ethnic groups are the Elw and Babkhi (plurality in the north and the south respectively) with other significant groups being the Tapferites, Amokolians, Farewellish, Norse, Hyperboreans, Cimmerians, etc. However, people's regional identity, regardless of actual ethnic identity, is also a uniting measure. Cape Farewellers, for example, whether Elw or Farewellish or Amokolians, etc, have a strong sense of being Cape Farewellers, based on the area's particular culture, history, climate, and stories.
Many people also have several ethnic identities due to intermarriage and cultural appropriation.
Since the Auspicious Occasion of 1651, the Froyalanish culture has almost completely disappeared from Elwynn, and using, displaying or propagating material or immaterial objects of the Froyalanish culture is considered taboo.
Guidance from the Commission for Coordination, issued via the Coordinating Offices of the Academy in 1691 AN, stipulated that artists desiring patronage from official institutions should focus upon cultural works that encourage contentment, patriotism, piety and private happiness instead of "negatively adversarial" political engagement. In all forms of art realism was to be preferred over "those forms of abstraction that tend towards the obscuration of meaning and wilful degeneracy". Successful artists would be those who achieved an aesthetic unity between a realistic rendering of the subject matter presented and also the universal message of satisfaction of a contented Elwdom, prosperous at home and triumphant abroad.
The purpose of culture, in this sense therefore, was to encourage a deepening of community consciousness through a mix of music, art and performance.
- See also Roqpin
Roqpin refers to the two summer months in the Elw calendar, Araroqpin (IX, "old roqpin") and Elroqpin (X, "new roqpin"). The summer months are, especially in the Congressional Counties, Utasia, and the Northern Commonwealth, a period where society more or less closes down. Factories go on low, agriculture (while generally automated) is in growth awaiting the harvest after the end of Roqpin, schools are closed, many workplaces close. The Roqpin months are characterized by rest, pleasure, and going out in nature. Different social mores apply to the Roqpin months than the rest of the year. This is exemplified by sexual promiscuity, recreational drug use, extraversion (Elw people are generally introverted in their culture for the rest of the year), and the abandonment of cares. Many people go to the countryside to special camps where there is no modernity. Although this tradition is originally Elw in origin, predating the Shirerithian and Treesian days, it is observed by many non-Elw Elwynnese, particularly the Tapferites, the various Norse groups (the Froyalaners, when part of society, being a noticeable exception). It is observed, in a less intense form, by Amokolians in Elwynnese Amokolia. It is generally not observed by the Babkhi community. The Babkhi community, however, takes part of it by a flood of summer workers to hospitals, farms, factories, infrastructure placements, etc, giving a boost to the Babkhi economy.
Elwynnese literature is rich and diverse. The main languages of publication are Istvanistani, Elw and Babkhi. Elwynnese-published books are generally translated to these languages by routine, while translations to Amokolian, Norse and other Elwynnese language is rarer.
The Book of Orchids, although written in Treesia, is a collection of narratives which detail the Creation of the Universe and the History of the World focusing, aside from some mention of Treesian and Micran heroes, on the Treesian Gods and other supernatural beings of the Treesian Unorthodox faith. In Elwynn, especial focus is on the relationship between Goddess Elwynn and her twin brother Lest. In Elwynn, the Book of the Orchids is nowadays universally considered by any and all members of the Elwynnese Nation to be authentically and eternally Elwynnese – in spite of there being no shortage of evidence to the contrary. It is one of the ancient writings which provides the Elwynnese Nation with a common, overarching culture for the quite disparate country that Elwynn, and therefore unquestionably an inherent part of the Elwynnese cultural canon.
- Treesian Unorthodox Church
- Cult of Elwynn
- Church of Elwynn
- Free Elwynnese Church
- Remnant Church of Treesian Unorthodoxy
- Cult of Elwynn
- Norse Old Ways (not to be confused with the Vanic religion)
- Holodomatic Cedrozurvanism
Films and programmes for viewing via the Benacian Data Network, were commissioned under the Second era of Coordination, proclaimed after the second election victory of Kamilla Winther in 1691 AN, so as to give preference to those which promoted cosiness, peace of mind, and a sense of belonging and well-being springing from social acceptance. The media of Kalgachia was held up as an example of indoctrination through jollity that ought rightly to be emulated. With the result that out of work Kalgachi actresses, scriptwriters, crew hands, and directors, found themselves assiduously courted by Elwynnese production companies seeking to procure their talents.
- See also Froyalanish television
During the Vanic era, Froyalanish-produced television series were made popular among the Elwynnese population. Although the popularity was not, as the Vanic elite intended, to stimulate a sense of adoration for King Noah and the Vanic revisionism of Elwynnese history, they became popular, especially among the youth of the nation, for their perceived tackiness.
Twenty-six bailiwicks have a population over a million people, namely:
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The population of the Elwynnese Republic is, as of the Census of 1679, 99,805,325 inhabitants (up from 87,678,127 persons in the Census of 1672). Before the Auspicious Occasion in 1651, King Noah's government in Elwynn divided up the population in what was called the Twelve Peoples of Elwynn. This division was, according to scholars after the fall of the Vanic state, made in order to weaken Elwdom by encouraging the minority population groups within the Elwynnese Nation to privilege their own identities over that of the prevailing national culture. In so doing, the Elwynnese monarchy, an instrument of the disguised occupation of Elwynn by Stormark, was able to advance its own cultural practices and belief systems. After the Auspicious Occasion, despite the many problems facing Elwynn in terms of civil wars, economic mismanagement, food and fuel shortages, and civil unrest, the people of Elwynn began uniting as an Elwynnese nation, not divided up in distinct ethnicities, but having fluid identities. The transitional government, established during the Kalirion Fracture and basing its data from the governments of the now defunct duchy of Akordionnyr and the Northern Reaches, decided not to collect any data on ethnic or cultural identities, but rather only linguistic, in order to provide appropriate social services.
The Alalehzamini Autonomous Republic meanwhile decided to collect full details of their citizens ethnic, cultural, religious, and political identities as full-spectrum information awareness was a key tenet of the AAR's governing ideology.
- See also Languages of Elwynn
The Elwynnese people have no majority language. Rather, different languages are dominant in different areas. Elwynnese law commands that any government division where more than 20% of the population speak a given language, that language shall be an official language of that division. A division is allowed to bring any other language to official status too. Istvani is a general working language throughout the entire Republic. Other official languages of the Republic are Elw, Norse and Babkhi.
In the entire republic, Elw is the registered native language of 25% of the population, Babkhi 31%, Norse 11%, North Amokolian 7%, Mishalanese 4%, Istvanistani 7%, Præta 6%, Agnesian 3%, and 1% for each other language.
In the Alalehzamini Autonomous Republic, 56% have Babkhi as their registered native language, 21% Elw, 6% Præta, 6% Istvanistani, 3% Norse, 2% Agnesian, and all other languages 4%.
In the Congressional Counties, 31% have Elw as their registered native language, 14% have North Amokolian, 9% Mishalanese, 11% Babkhi, 9% Norse, 7% Præta, 8% Istvanistani, 4% Agnesian, 2% Cimmerian, and other languages 4%.
In Normark, 80% have Norse as their registered native language, 7% have Reinish, 5% Istvanistani, 1% have Elw, and the rest another language.