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|Kingdom of Ransenar|
|Motto: Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.|
Under the shelter of each other, people survive.
|Update 16.5.5, and later updates.|
|Largest city||Goldshire Hamlet, Teldrin|
|- Queen||Queen Salome|
|- Lord Chief Steward||Séan O’Callaghan|
|- Legislature||Ransenari Congress|
|Population||64,175,502 (1682 AN)|
The Kingdom of Ransenar is a country located in eastern Benacia, consisting of 7 counties that border the Shireroth to the west and the south, Elwynn to the northwest, and the Halberd Strait to the north and east. Together, these seven counties form Ransenar once formed the territorial core of the Shirerithian imperial state and duchy of Goldshire. The River Elwynn forms a border between Elwynn and Ransenar from south of the Holwinn up and to Cabbagefall. These are the counties of Ran, Elsenar, Syrelwynn, Holwinn, North Lunaris, Monty Crisco, and East Caverden. The official languages are Istvanistani and Praeta. In the city of Belmuliet, where a large population of Alexandrians and Caputians have settled, Alexandrian and Martino have official language status at a local level.
The five largest cities in Ransenar are Goldshire Hamlet, Teldrin, Syrelwynn, Goldfield, and Airle. Goldfield serves as the country's capital, while the judiciary, many of the government's administrative agencies, and the Bank of Ransenar are based in Goldshire Hamlet. The country is a member of the Raspur Pact. Ransenar is among the world's largest exporters of food and agricultural products, owing to its fertile soil and intensive agriculture.
Ransenar has been a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a unitary structure since it declared its independence from Shireroth during the Kalirion Fracture in 1673 AN (it is, as such, informally known as a "vulture state"). The country is deeply shaped by the philosophies and policies of the old Imperial Democratic Party, colloquially known as Aldricism. The Kaiseress of Shireroth, Salome, is in her own right, Queen of Ransenar.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Government
- 5 Foreign Relations
- 6 Military
- 7 Culture
- 8 See also
- 9 Participants
The name of "Ransenar" comes from the Rannish and Elsenari peoples, the native tribes of Ransenar at the time of the arrival of the Treesians to the continent of Benacia. These settlers established the counties of Ran and Elsenar. They became the territorial core of the state of Goldshire in Shireroth, the second of the original duchies of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth.
- Main article: Kalirion Fracture
As the hold of Shirekeep deteriorated throughout the lands of Shireroth, the political network and establishment of the Imperial Democratic Party started to take control of the county of Ran, along with parts of Ynnraile and Lunaris. Their political control corresponded with their electoral support, they often took control of areas in Goldshire and in Brookshire where the IDP maintained strong electoral support and a strong local party organization that lent them legitimacy. The IDP political machine was led by Sean O'Callaghan and a cabal of several Goldshirians that included Ruadh Aldric, the brother of the late Steward Hartmut Aldric. The IDP came to command the support of a plethora of political interest groups, corps of supporters, and businesses.
The IDP at first emphasized loyalty to the rightful Kaiseress Salome, which meant remaining in the Imperial Republic. This was also reflected in the IDP's networks in Elwynn, which later became the Democratic Party of Elwynn. As Shireroth unraveled and the Guttuli Protectorate and the Iron Company expanded, the IDP called a series of Ransenari Congresses to organize a new Goldshirian state called Ransenar. These Congresses prepared legislation and regulations to organize what many began to call a "new Goldshirian order". The first Ransenari Congress met in Goldfield, where a Constitution was drafted and debated for several months. The Congress became gridlocked as competing visions of the future within the IDP and from other political parties represented in the Congress could not be easily reconciled. The next two Congresses met in Goldshire Hamlet and were not able to come to any conclusive determinations, except that they still wished to remain part of Shireroth.
Concerned about its vulnerability to the growing threats from the Guttuli Protectorate, the Iron Company, and the Revolutionary Army of Crisco, the 3rd session of the Ransenari Congress voted to proclaim the Kingdom of Ransenar. To reassure the vast majority of those who supported staying in Shireroth, the infant Kaiseress Salome was proclaimed Queen, but established as a powerless figurehead. A Lord High Steward would serve as the central figure and head of government, selected by a popularly elected Ransenari Congress as its legislature from the party that commands the most seats in the Chamber. In 1673 AN, the long session of the 3rd Congress finally ratified a Constitution, inaugurated a Provisional Government, and established the Ransenari Armed Forces as well as local militias and defense committees. The Congress also established that Ransenar would join the Raspur Pact, which secured strong financial, military, and material support and recognition from the then-independent Sovereign Confederation, the Elwynnese Realm, and the Black Legions. Ransenar entered an agreement with the Black Legions to guarantee the security of Ransenar and provide a garrison for the kingdom in return for 20% of the harvest for the next twelve years. The right to establish anchorages and aerodromes for its maritime and aerospace forces within the territory of Ransenar was also included.
- 3rd Ransenari Congress meets in Goldshire Hamlet again, establishes the Kingdom of Ransenar, Proclamation of Goldshire Hamlet.
- Ransenari Congress begins to draft a Constitution, invites the Kaiseress and the Regent to take possession of the Ransenari Throne (Canada-like arrangement).
- Ransenari Congress passes Constitution, requests that the Kaiseress visit Goldfield to swear Oath to Constitution, Congress appoints the Lord High Steward, who then makes a big speech basically "founding" the country and setting out his vision for an independent Ransenari state, Union of Ransenar (the pursuit of reunification of all of Ransenar by taking Iron-Company held lands).
The O'Callaghan Plan
Verionist Disaster in Elsenar
Chryste and the Amokolian War
After the Verionist evacuation of Chryste, the Verionists had the city ceded to Batavia. When the Batavian king, Arkadius, assumed all powers of the Batavian state under a little-known clause in the Batavian constitution, he immediately ceded the city of Chryse to West Amokolia (which then changed its name to the Frankish Empire). At the very same time, the Franks were threatening war with the Raspur Pact, of which Ransenar is a member. The Ransenar government did not take this cession lightly, calling it incredibly provocative. [Add something about the blockade and how it adds to the war]
Recovery and Modernization
:See also: Government of the Kingdom of Ransenar.
Ransenar has a parliamentary system within the context of a constitutional monarchy. The reigning monarch is Queen Salome I. The Queen of Ransenar is also the Kaiseress of Shireroth. Both institutions and Realms are completely separate. A Regency was in place during the minority of the Queen, with Ruadh Aldric serving as Regent and Lord Protector. This Regency ended in 1680 AN. Aldric kept his title of Lord Protector as the Queen is mainly residing in Shirekeep, acting as the representative of the monarch in Ransenar.
The direct participation of the monarch in areas of governance is limited. In practice, the use of the executive powers is directed by the Cabinet, a committee of Ministers and Secretaries. The Cabinet is responsible to the popularly elected Ransenari Congress and chosen and headed by the Lord High Steward, who serves as the head of government and has the capacity to act on behalf of the monarch in all Ransenari matters.
The Lord High Steward will usually be the individual who is the current leader of the political party that can obtain the confidence of a majority in the Ransenari Congress. The leader of the party with the second-most seats usually becomes the leader of the Loyal Opposition. The Loyal Opposition is expected to keep the government in power in check.
Ransenar is dominated by a political party called the Imperial Democratic Party (IDP), which had been among the largest parties in the Folksraad and the Adelsraad in the Imperial Republic of Shireroth. The IDP considers itself the heir of Aldricism, a pragmatic political ideology that comes from the beliefs and policy positions that Hartmut Aldric took while he served as Steward of Shireroth and held different noble titles in Goldshire and Brookshire.
During the collapse of central authority across Goldshire during the Kalirion Fracture, the political machinery and the societal institutions dominated by the IDP became the primary means of organization outside of roving criminal bands that began to ravage Goldshire. Maintaining order and stability with the support of the decrepit and powerless Imperial institutions in Goldshire, it began collecting Imperial taxes and keeping them in the party coffers with the eventual goal of establishing an independent state in Ransenar.
The Ransenari Congress is a unicameral legislature composed of 317 representatives, elected by simple plurality in a designated electoral district. General elections are called by the Queen, at least every 5 AN years. Elections can also be triggered by the Queen on the advice of the Lord High Steward or when the government loses a confidence vote in Congress. The electoral districts are drawn by an independent and impartial Constituency Design Commission, which employs technology and performs research to ensure fair representation and redistricting in every county, city, village, or local authority.
Her Majesty's Government makes payments to less wealthy or developed Ransenari counties to equalize their tax revenues and fund regional development. From 1675 to 1678, Elsenar, Monty Crisco, Holwinn, and East Caverden received R€15 billion. To date, Ran, the city of Goldfield, and Syrelwynn are the only counties to have never received equalization payments as they are net contributors to the national budget since the founding of the country.
The Ransenari monarch, currently Queen Salome I of the House of Ayreon-Kalirion, is the chief of state. The Queen of Ransenar takes virtually no part in government, only taking on a ceremonial role intended to represent the history of Goldshire as a core part of the old Imperial Republic of Shireroth. The monarch and its appointed representatives in Ransenar occasionally may undertake various official, ceremonial, diplomatic, and representational duties. These, however, are largely limited to non-partisan functions.
Cabinet of Ransenar
|Lord Chief Steward||Sean O'Callaghan||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of State||Willihard Cason||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Defense and Security||Troy Lyon||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Justice||Alexander Hynes||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Ransenari Reunification||Sean O'Callaghan||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs||Sean O'Callaghan||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Breweries and Tourism||Fiachna McGee||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Trade and Finance||Soroush Karimi||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Transportation and Communications||Archembald Murdock||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Public Works and Construction||Shahrokh Darzi||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Culture and Religion||Helmut Lennon||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Social Solidarity and National Welfare||Averill Morris||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Health and Sanitation||Sadeq Kersey||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Shirerithian Affairs||Azad Teagan||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Minister of Education and Technology||Jean Dumariel||Imperial Democratic Party||1673|
|Color||Political Party||Seats||Seat Percentage||Leadership||Political Ideology|
|Imperial Democratic Party||210||62.4%||
|Ransenari Liberation Party||42||13.2%||Wilson Hart|
|Nationalist & Humanist Party||28||8.8%||Fridwald Peter|
|Agrarian Party of Ransenar||21||6.6%||Jameson Moore|
|Golden Order Coalition||12||3.7%||Benedict Doherty|
|Buffalo Party of Ransenar||9||2.8%||Rusty Milburn|
|Independents or Unaligned||7||2.2%|
- Raspur Pact partnerships
- Relationship with Alduria, exports to Alduria
- An Imperial Constancian Embassy was established at Goldfield in 1676 . This was nothing more than the diplomatic upgrading of the former Royal Constancian Consulate-General to the former Imperial Republic of Shireroth.