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Fränkisches Reich
Frankish Empire
Imperium Francorum
Flag of Francia
Flag
Coat of Arms of Francia
Coat of Arms
Motto: In Freiheit vereint
Unified in freedom
Unum liberum
Anthem: Kaiserhymne
Location of Francia
Map versions 9.4b – 16.6.4 (as Amokolia)
16.6.5 - present (as Francia)
Capital Brandenburg
Largest city Brandenburg, Frankfurt-am-Oder, Hyfrost and Colonia Arcadia
Official language(s) Germanian, Common Tongue
Official religion(s) Holy Catologian Church
Demonym Franconian, Frankish
 - Adjective Franconian, Frankish
Government Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
 - Kaiser von Francia (Emperor of Francia) Arkadius Frederik Gustavus des Vinandy
 - Chancellor Augustin Prager
 - Legislature Reichstag
Establishment 1504 AN as Amokolia
1678 AN as Francia
Area 2,755,008 km2
Population 17,899,021 (1679 AN)
Currency Reichsmark
Abbreviation FRC
Driving side right
Time zone(s) CMT-9, CMT+2 and CMT+12
National website
National forum
National animal Amokolian Goose (Branta canadensis)
National food Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
National drink Beer
National tree Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)

Francia, officially the Frankish Empire, (Germanian: Fränkisches Reich; Catologian: Imperium Francorum) is a sovereign and wikibased country whose main part is located on the Benacia continent. Lying between the river Oder in the west, the Northern Sea in the north and the foot of the Octavian mountains in the south. It borders Stormark in the west, Batavia in the southwest, Kalgachia in the south, Benacia in the southeast and Elwynn in the east.

The other parts of Francia are located at Apollonia, Keltia and the Madison Isles. The part on Apollonia is on the Street of Pearls. The parts on the Madison Isles are located in the Great Western Sea, the part on the main island borders Batavia.

The predecessor of the Frankish Empire is West Amokolia, also known as the the Kingdom of Amokolia (Germanian: Königreich Amokolien; Mishalanese: Королество Амоколия, Korolestvo Amokoliya), which existed since 1504 AN. The revival of the Kingdom of Amokolia came after the Kalirion Fracture, when the country was formed as a kingdom under the rule of Arkadius Frederik Gustavus des Vinandy, from the House of Vinandy. In 1678 AN, West Amokolia adopted a new constitution which saw the name of the state changed to Francia.

The capital of Francia is the city of Brandenburg. The city was founded when the revival of the Kingdom of Amokolia took place, because the original capital Anun of the former Amokolia was not part of the kingdom. This newly built city houses the parliament, the Reichstag, and the various government institutions.

Etymology

The name "Francia" is derived from the adjective "franc", which means "free, liberal, generous". This term has been adopted as a connecting element between the different ethnicities: free and sovereign of foreign domination.

Sometimes Francia is referred to as Frankia with a k sound to match the adjective Frankish. Although that spelling is technically incorrect.

The Frankish Empire was proclaimed in Frankfurt-am-Oder (Frankfurt on the Oder), where the Constitutionem Vadum Francorum (Constitution of Frankfurt) was adopted.

Name in other languages:

Long Short
Batavian Frankische Rijk Frankenrijk
Catologian Imperium Francorum Francorum
Germanian Fränkisches Reich Frankenreich
Elw Реқи Ференги
Reqi Ferengi
Ференги
Ferengi
Froyalanish Frankar ríkir none
Jorvish Frenċisċra rīċe none
Mishalanese Франкская Империя
Frankskaya Imperiya
Франкия
Frankiya
North Amokolian Frankënen Rijk Frankëland
Norse Frankerriket Frankerriket

National symbols

The national symbols of the Frankish Empire are:

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of the Frankish Empire is the highest heraldic symbol of the state. Its shield has four quarters: one quarter represents Amokolia, one Jorvik, and a further two quarters for Los Bananos and Gascony. An escutcheon on the shield shows the Vinandy arms. A Willems crown is on top of it all, with a golden crowned lion and a white eagle acting as supports. Finally, the coat of arms is set against a red cloak adorned with golden bees, lined with gold and ermine, tied with strings, and with a canopy under the Emperor's own crown. The motto, translated to English, is "United in Freedom".

Of note are the inclusions of Los Bananos and Gascony on the coat of arms. They are currently Storish territories. It has long been rumoured that Emperor Arkadius has received permission from the Storish High King to include those territories in his empire-building, however as of yet, unconfirmed.

Flag

The flag of the Frankish Empire is based on the flag of West Amokolia. The cross is however changed into an asymmetrical cross (Scandinavian cross), with the middle of that cross hidden by a red eagle on a white circle. The eagle is known as a Brandenburger eagle, and is also found on the coats of arms of some of the cities of Francia.

Anthem

No national anthem is recorded in the constitution, but the introduction of the new constitution played the "Kaiserhymne" (emperor hymn). A text on this hymn has not yet been written, just as the Vinandy song has no text. The Vinandy song was scattered across the border towards Benacia and Elwynn, when there were hate campaigns against the Empire.

Geography

Borders

On the Benacian continent, Francia has borders with Elwynnese Amokolia, the Unified Governorates of Benacia (Severnaya Gubernya and Lachdolor), Kalgachia, Batavia and Stormark's Gascony.

Francia's overseas territories of Colonia Arcadia and Jorvik both border the Green, while its Brettish territories are a few islands without borders. Its territory in Goldshire, Chryste borders Ransenar. That border is closed due to unfriendly relations between Francia and Ransenar.

History

Prehistory on Benacia

On the first MCS map that still exists, all of Benacian Francia, Batavia and many other areas were under the control of Commune of Paramount. On the second MCS map, the same areas are under the control of Machiavellia, which transferred to the United Republic of Tymaria on 31.XV.1461. After six Norton years, the republic fell into chaos and disappeared from the map.

For a short time parts of the southeast of Benacian Francia were under the control of Europae Concordia. After that the Empire of Nova Roma came into existence for a short time, but after the fall Commonwealth of Puritania expanded eastwards. The northern part was known as Northeaston, but changed to the Principality of Saxony. The city of Frankfurt, nowadays Frankfurt-am-Oder, appeared on the map.

On the east coast, together with parts of contemporary Elwynn, the Principality of Greater Automatica existed for a short time, which soon became part of Shireroth. Greater Automatica became Bjorngard and the remaining area of then Benacia became the Confederacy of Independent States. Among these states were Ariel, the Kingdom of Gosling and Stasia, but the confederation disappeared from the map in 1519 AN.

Ancient Amokolia

Main article: History of Amokolia

Amokolia was originally founded on 22.VI.1504. The pre Micrasian era consisted of a turbulent history, with at least ten monarchs succeeding each other. King Jess X establish the constitution and brought Amokolia to Micras. The first territory consisted of the Automatica islands, then the territory expanded to continental Benacia.

In 1540 AN, Amokolia joined the newly formed Gralan Empire for four Nortonyears. After Amokolia became independent for thirteen Nortonyears, the country became part of the Ocian Federation. The country was liberated during the Amokolian War (1556-1557 AN).

But after two Norton years, Amokolia became part of the Victorian Empire. Only the Victorian Empire was not as stable as hoped, after which Amokolia was annexed by Elwynn. Under Elwynnese flag, East Amokolia became part of Shireroth, while the remainder became a protectorate of Natopia. Later, as an imperial domain, Amokolia expanded westward. But after the Froyalanish genocide, Amokolia disappeared from the map.

Revival of Amokolia

The chaos during the Kalirion Fracture made the area, which forms the Kingdom of Amokolia, a forgotten area. Shirerian troops concentrated on the greater unrest elsewhere in Shireroth, allowing terrorists to seize the opportunity to revolt. The Amokolian Highlanders were helped by the Batavian Knights Charitable and Hospitaller of Amokolia to get the area under control. The turning point came when the realization came that the area could no longer count on support from Shirekeep. A hastily convened meeting of dignitaries and military leaders led to the declaration of independence through the Declaration of Brandenburg.

The king of Batavia, Arkadius Frederik Gustavus des Vinandy, was invited to become king of Amokolia. His coronation was on 22.VI.1672, exactly 168 years after the foundation of Amokolia. In support of the Amokolian armed forces, the king already sent his personal military unit, the Tassity Mansabdar, to restore order. In 1672 AN, the Amokolian Highlanders invaded Mishalan and a demarcation line was agreed with Benacia. Elwynn had also invaded Mishalan and thereby blocked the advance to the Blue Elwynn. Instead, the city of Mittlere Stadt came under Amokolian control.

The government of Amokolia consisted of a military council. The transition to a parliamentary democracy began in 1674 AN with the first Reichstag elections. The Conservatives won the majority with 68 out of 100 seats. The remaining seats belonged to the Amokolian Freedom Front. Augustin Prager became the first chancellor, after which the army withdrew from political institutions.

The Froyalanish Genocide was recognized in 1674 AN. Ever since the revival of Amokolia, the still existing labour camps with remaining Froyalaners have been closed. In Brandenburg the "Valfreyja monument" (Freyja of the Slain) was unveiled. The recognition met with much criticism from the other vulture states and even hostility, with the result that the Franco-Kalgachi border and the Franco-Benacian border were closed.

Still, in 1675 AN the Treaty of Concord was concluded with Elwynn and the Unified Governorates of Benacia. With this it was acknowledged that the short form was to be West Amokolia and not the simple Amokolia:

[Elwynn, West Amokolia and the Unified Governorates of Benacia] recognize that the historic homelands of the Amokolians, known as Amokolia, is shared between them. Neither of the Parties claim to be the sole homeland of the Amokolian people. As such, the Kingdom of Amokolia shall be referred as "The Kingdom of Amokolia" or "West Amokolia". "Amokolia", without qualification, shall refer to the entirety of West Amokolia, Severnaya Gubernya and Elwynnese Amokolia.

The Unified Governorates of Benacia soon cancelled the treaty and Elwynn also threatened to cancel the treaty. In West Amokolia the "Frank und Frei Bewegung" (frank and free movement) emerged, which strongly opposed the term "West Amokolia". This started the process which led to the renaming of the country.

The city of Jorvik came under the control of Amokolia in 1674 AN. Arkadius Frederik Gustavus des Vinandy received the title "Lord in Jorvik" at his marriage to Clara Sundara Waffel-Paine. In the Reichstag the king declared: "It is strange to be ‘Lord in Jorvik’ without actually being lord in Jorvik”.

Frankish Empire

Kaiserpalts in Frankfurt-am-Oder

Main article: Timeline of Francia

On the day the Frankish Empire was proclaimed, the Second Amokolian War had already begun. Elwynn had violated the sovereignty of the country, which together with the United Governments of Benacia and Ransenar, carried out hostile actions. The conflict caused the royal plane, which was en route to 's Koningenwaarde, to return, and not much later Prince Gustavus Nathan des Vinandy was born in Brandenburg. The third child of the now Emperor Arkadius Frederik Gustavus des Vinandy and Empress Consort Clara des Vinandy - Sundara Waffel-Paine, is the first child born on Amokolian soil, now the Frankish Empire. The newborn prince was granted the title "Marquis of Dornick".

The war accelerated the already coming Wende (transition). The elections for the Reichstag would take place, but were postponed. That is why a special session was held in the Kaiserpalts (Kaiser Palatinate) in Frankfurt-am-Oder. The new constitution, called "Constitutionem Vadum Francorum" (Common Tongue: Constitution of Frankfurt; Germanian: Frankfurter Reichsverfassung), was adopted and Francia was founded.

Demographics

Since the census of 1669 AN, where the population of the then Kingdom of Amokolia amounted to 3,565,849, Francia has experienced explosive population growth. The addition of areas is the main cause of this.

The addition of the city of Chryste to the Frankish Empire led to an immediate addition of 3,340,500 people. Earlier the city of Jorvik came under the Frankish flag, which in 1632 AN had 4,812,154 inhabitants, with thereafter a steady development of 1.5% on average and the increase in population of 2.5% on average since the annexation.

Port Goose had 12,218 inhabitants in 1645 AN, but that number grew, so that in 1678 AN claimed more "lebensraum" (living space). The population in Greater Gosling reached 21,288 people in the census of 1679 AN.

The Froyalaners were an endangered population group in Francia until 1674 AN. That changed when Froyalan refugees from neighbouring Storish Gascony returned. A method has been developed that allows sterilized men to become fertile again. As a result, the number of Froyalaners in 1679 AN is 235,477.

The census of 1679 AN counts that the combined population of Francia amounts to: 17,899,021.

Military

Civilians with weapons

Although not part of the army, Francia maintains the fundamental right of self-defence. The possession and carrying of firearms is permitted, with the only restriction that one must be an adult and that weapons must be registered. Only a judge can cancel or restrict possession and carrying of weapons.

As a result, many citizens have weapons in their possession. Almost every city or village has a shooting range, where citizens can practice. In some places civilian militias are formed, which organize tactical exercises. The possession, as well as the public carrying of weapons, is promoted by various organizations. More weapons are sold if there are tensions at the borders of the empire.

Military service

Every citizen is called up for military service at the age of eighteen. There is no distinction between men and women. Exceptions are possible, such as on grounds of health, height and when two older brothers and sisters are already or have been in military service. Military service can also be postponed, for example, so as not to interrupt an ongoing study.

After military service, men and women become part of the reserve army, insofar as they do not continue in the professional army. The reserve army can be summoned in the event of a threat of the kingdom, in addition there are compulsory annual exercises. The military service lasts two to three years, participation in the reserve army until the age of forty.

Imperial Army

The size and equipment of the Kaiserliche Fränkische Armee (Imperial Frankish Army) is shrouded in mystery. There are no official figures available. At the foundation of Francia, the imperial army was drastically reformed, but the Amokolian Highlanders and Batavian Knights Charitable and Hospitaller of Amokolia were classified as units within the army. As a separate army unit is the Kaiserliche Garde (Imperial Guard), which is responsible for protecting the imperial family and property.

There are rumours that the army has an arsenal of nuclear and biological weapons, as well as directed-energy laser weapons. For the protection of the territory it is known that an "Eisenschild" (iron shield) has been set up, with which all enemy missiles and planes would be shot from the sky.

Ever since the revival of Amokolia, the personal military unit of the emperor, the Tassity Mansabdar, has been active. This unit is not part of the Imperial Frankish Army, but works closely together and only responds to the Nawab of Tassity. The unit has its own staff, facilities and equipment.

Secret Service

There is an intelligence service in Francia, which is constitutionally attached to the emperor. But no head office is known and even the name of the service is not known. That is why people talk about the "Geheimdienst" (secret service) or the "Kaisermänner" (Emperor men). The service is referred to as "Brandenburg" in official documents.

Economy

Energy

Upon the independence of the Kingdom of Amokolia, the country inherited the power plants from Shireroth. Due to overdue maintenance, several nuclear power stations were not safe enough. The kingdom has temporarily purchased electricity from Elwynn. But soon the government started working on renewing the energy supply and replacing the electricity grid.

Today, the last old Shirerian power plants are shut down and the energy supply consists of the combination of new small nuclear plants, molten salt plants and gas plants. The electricity grid has been completely replaced and set up redundant. There is national coordination of energy supply, but generated locally.

The molten salt power plants are a unique and pioneering development. The supply of thorium is sufficient for the energy supply for the next hundred years. The new nuclear power stations were built as a bunker with local storage of nuclear waste. This means that transport of nuclear waste is not necessary. Some nuclear power stations are combined with an isotope reactor (intended for medical use) and the enrichment of uranium.

Transport

The sign with the maximum speeds coming from Batavia

The Reichsautobahn, which is translated as the "Imperial highway", is the national motorway network in Francia. Large parts of the Reichsautobahn has no mandated speed limit for passenger cars. However, limits are posted (and enforced) in areas that are urbanised, substandard, accident-prone, or under construction. On speed-unrestricted stretches, an advisory speed limit (Richtgeschwindigkeit) of 130 km/u (81 mph) applies. While driving faster is not illegal as such in the absence of a speed limit, it can cause an increased liability in the case of a collision (which the mandatory auto insurance has to cover); courts have ruled that an "ideal driver" who is exempt from absolute liability for "inevitable" tort under the law would not exceed Richtgeschwindigkeit.

The construction of the Reichsautobahn started after the revival of the Kingdom of Amokolia. The old highways from the Shirerian era were converted or even completely rebuilt. In particular after Brandenburg was founded as the capital, new routes of the Reichsautobahn were built.

Culture

Beer culture

Francia is a beer country. Most Frankish beers are cool bottom -fermented and are considered the best cool bottom- fermented beers from Micras. Especially in the area around Gänslein Kamm there is a high density of breweries. The city of Babenberch is centrally located in this area, where the traditional and national drink Rauchbier (smoked beer) comes from.

Most beers are brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot (purity command). This means that beer can only contain malted barley, water and hops. Moreover, the commandment prohibits the use of herbs and fruits. However, there are also beers that deviate from this, this is called Freibier (free beer). It is therefore mandatory to state on the packaging that it is a Freibier.