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Principality of Whales
|250px|Location of Whales|frameless|
|Capital||Kujira-kei / Hauptstadt Walstadt|
|Official language(s)||Saxon, Sangunese|
|- Prince||Kir, Lord of Kigazeki|
|- Legislature||Legislative Council (bicameral, consisting of the House of Lords and the House of Assembly)|
|Establishment||1592 (as the Principality of Walstadt-Kujirashi) |
1648 (Renamed The Two Martyrs)
1688 (Renamed Principality of Whales)
|Currency||Natopian natopo (₦)|
|National animal||Whale, penguin|
|National food||Whale meat|
|Abbreviation||TBA (FMF abbreviation)|
The Principality of Whales (Sangunese: 鯨國公國, translit.: Kujiraguni Kōkoku?, Saxon: Fürstentum Walstaat) is a principality and demesne of Natopia. Historically known as Walstadt, Wahlstadt, Kujirashi (鯨市), "whale city", and the Two Martyrs, its economy is largely based on whaling and fishing, with some mining and land management on the side. Recently, tourism has started to become a noticeable part of the local economy.
The Principality is organized in five provinces, the Province of Asara Eliana (historically known as the Principality of Walstadt) which includes the demesne's territory on the south eastern-corner of the Cibolan mainland (except Volksburg) and Province of the Islands of Light, Monovia (located along the southern coast of Cibola, including two islands), Volksburg, a province and one lordship of its own, and Shintakushima, the island that was until recently occupied by Birgeshir.
The name of the demesne is (the) Principality of Whales in Istvanistani, (das) Fürstentum Walstaat in Saxon, and 鯨國公國 (Kujiraguni kōkoku) in Sangunese.
The Istvanistani name is Whales, and although it is a plural word, it is normally referred to in the singular, such as "Whales is a principality" rather than "Whales are a principality". The name is derived from the earliest name of the Principality, Walstadt (Whale city) and its Sangunese equivalent Kujirashi (鯨市, also "whale city").
The modern Saxon name, Walstaat (literally "whale state") is, in a way, a pun on the old name, Walstadt (whale city, which also remains the name of the principality's capital in Saxon), and the only difference between these names is the pronunciation of the last "a" (long in the new name, short in the old name and the city). Only in careful speech is this observed. Saxons around Whales tend to pronounce Walstaat as if it were spelt Walstadt.
The Sangunese name, 鯨國 (Kujirakuni), literally means "whale country". The characters were chosen to have the native Sangunese reading, rather than the Tieyan-inspired reading Geikoku. However, "principality", 公國 kōkoku do not carry the native reading but rather the Tieyan-derived one. As such, the official name, 鯨國公國, carries the character 國 twice, but in the official name it carries two different etymologically unrelated pronunciations.
Prior to the establishment of the Principality of Whales, the demesne was called the Viceroyalty of the Two Martyrs. In Saxon, this was rendered as the Vizekönigreich der beiden Märtyrer (literally translated as the "Vice-kingdom of both the Martyrs"), and in Sangunese as 二人殉教者総督省 (Futari Junkyōsha Sōtokushō, literally "the two martyred persons' province"). This name was highly unpopular in the demesne, in both of the national language communities.
- See also Rulers of Whales
- 1500: Asara Eliana and Volksburg colonized by Germania
- 1505: Asara Eliana and Volksburg brought under the Free State of Saxony (under the Germanian Federal Republic)
- 1506: Germania collapsed, went back to the Green
- 1516: Asara Eliana and Volksburg brought under the Kingdom of Monovia
- 1528: Asara Eliana and Volksburg Brought under Craitland's Zandarijn
- 1573: Craitland/Zandarijn vacated Asara Eliana and Volksburg
- 1584: Asara Eliana and Volksburg occupied by Rossheim-Slavonia-Volksburg within the Kingdom of Sangun, Riskai and the Idunn Isles
- 1591: City of Walstadt founded by whalers from Rossheim-Slavonia-Volksburg within the Kingdom of Sangun, Riskai and the Idunn Isles.
- 1592: Raised to principality under Elijah Ayreon.
Principality of Walstadt
Reign of Elijah (1592–1598)
Reign of Sisera (1598–1601)
Reign of Heinrich (1601-1602)
Reign of Ishmael Todochev (1602–1616)
Reign of Nathaniel (1616-1618)
Reign of Jonathan (1618–1624)
Reign of Ludwig (1624–1627)
Ludwig von Blutwasser is adopted by Mirza Jonathan Merlingsson Ayreon-Kalirion, the Prince of Kujirashi-Walstadt. After the death of his adoptive father in 1624, Ludwig ascends the throne. At the time, the demesne's legislative powers are held by the House of Nobility, which is unlikely to support his agenda. Luckily for Ludwig, he has twenty-seven children who he all gives titles to create a family majority in the House of Nobility. With this newfound majority, the Prince swiftly introduced a new Instrument of Government, in which all legislative power was moved to the Prince, with the House of Nobility only becoming an advisory council.
Reign of Karl (1627–1628)
Restored reign of Ludwig (1628–1629)
Reign of Lothar (1629–1632)
Reign of Welf (1632–1637)
1647–1648: Fall of Walstadt
- Main article: Fall of Walstadt.
Two Martyrs (1648–1688)
Principality of Whales (1688–present)
The national, or official, languages of the Principality are Saxon and Sangunese. However, cross-community interaction occurs in Natspeak (Istvanistani). More recently, with increased immigration of safir to Whales, the standing of the Āirumāli has increased so much that it is regarded as de facto official on the principality level.
- See also Lordships of Whales
The territory of the demesne is carved up into various lordships. Land is owned only by lordships, the people living on them are tenants or leaseholders. In most cases, a lordship consists of a manor (with the same name as the lordship), and a village for the workers of the estate and related businesses (clinic, schools, shops, specialized businesses, etc.). Inland, the estates generally derive their income from mining, quarrying, and, in some cases, hunting. While coastal lordships often have the same opportunities, they can also derive their income from the sea in terms of fishing and harvesting other sea animals (excepting whaling, which is under the monopoly of the Saint Andre Trading Company).
The lordships of Asaraburg–Asarashi, Volksburg–Hitoshi, Lichtstadt-Kōkei, Genf, Zürich, and Bern, are urbanized. These lordships derive their income from tenancies and leases (which is generally considered a type of tax for local municipal services). In order to move from one lordship to one another, one requires the consent of the lordship to which one seeks to move. In most cases, this is a matter of formality.
Lordships are legally one indivisible corporation vested in its lord. While it cannot be carved up, it can be sold, traded, and inherited – for as long as the new owner is one physical person. In practice, lordships are kept in the family, inherited by usual rules of primogeniture.
Vacant lordships have the viceregal government as its lord, though profits must be reinvested in the lordship in question.
The lordship of Elfinschenheide (妖精林 Yōseibayashi) was destroyed, which occurred in 1688 due to Vanic contaminations. Later, the same year the lordships of Eliaskoog, Richardskoog, Jonathanskoog, Sperrwek and Heinrichskoog were destroyed and carved up by their neighbouring lordships due to insolvency.
- See also Maps of Whales
Whales considers Sangunese and Saxon its two national languages. They are equal to one another in all respects. Of the population, roughly 45% has Sangunese as its native language, 40% Saxon, 5% Batavian (mainly in the Volksburg area), and 5% other languages as a native language. Istvanistani is the language of cross-culture communication, as it is considered neutral.
The two main cultural groups of the demesne, the Sangunese (often calling themselves Kujirashijin) and the Saxons (calling themselves Walstädters) have historically had a bad relationship with one another. Consequently, they tend not to intermingle with one another unless necessary. They have their own schools, cultural organizations, and labour in the lordships is often organized on linguistic grounds.
The economy of the demesne is dependent on fishing, whaling, quarrying, and mining. Before 1688, the Caprine Code stated that, "The right to conduct whaling operations from the Viceroyalty of the Two Martyrs is invested in the Saint Andre Trading Company (SATCo) as sole proprietor of the operation in perpetuity." This meant that the largest employer in the demesne was the Saint Andre Trading Company. Whalers are almost all organized in the union-cum-political party Association of Whalers and Fishermen of Walstadt and Light (AWFWL), which is the largest organization in the demesne. However, after 1688, SATCo lost its monopoly on whaling.
- Main article: Football in Whales
There are a few cultural things that bring the cultural groups together, one is the shared joy of football (often including mixed cultural/linguistic teams), where usually a lordship would sponsor the local team in an effort to foster a sense of local patriotism and shared identity. It is mainly through football that local identities in Whales are developed – other identities generally relate to one's ethnic, linguistic, cultural, or professional background (a local saying goes: "My ancestors, all blacksmiths, elected me blacksmith" taken from a poem by Zait Gaist).
Since the deposition of the last Prince of Walstadt, politics in the demesne have been complicated. The deposition caused some unrest between the two major ethnic groups, the Walstädters and the Kujirashijin, who for many years refused to cooperate with one another on a new constitution. The Caprine Code charged the nobles of the Two Martyrs to write a new constitution, but this failed at several times. The temporari government was then vested in Kaiser Ayreon IV, as Patriarch of the House of Ayreon-Kalirion, and, after his untimely death, in his daughter Kaiseress Salome. Once Salome came of age, she took an interest in the situation in the Two Martyrs and appointed her eldest brother, Prince Kir, Lord of Kigazeki, once he was old enough, to be her representative and viceroy in the Two Martyrs. He set up a constitutional convention which began its slow work in 1685. As of 1687, a constitution is being drafted, but emotions between the various groups are tense, and the commoners of the demesne are demanding more and more freedoms. This threatens, in the view of Prince Kir, the fragile economic stability on which any new constitution would depend. There are also loud calls, particularly from the Association of Whalers and Fishermen of Walstadt and Light, for independence of the Two Martyrs.
In 1688, following the conclusion of a long constitutional convention, the demesne changed its name from the Viceroyalty of the Two Martyrs to the Principality of Whales, with a new flag, constitution, and political system. At the same time, Prince Kir was named Prince of Whales.
For purposes of the Natopian Frenzy elections, all Natopian citizens of Whales may vote in the Lesser Frenzy elections. Each province is one constituency, and members are elected by the method of first-past-the-post. See 1685 Two Martyrs Lesser Frenzy elections.
For the Greater Frenzy elections, the lordships in Monovia send 4 representatives, the Jazâ'ir an-Noor 3, Shintakushima 1, Asara Eliana 3 and Volksburg 1. The provincial council of lords decide on the delegations. See 1685 Two Martyrs Greater Frenzy elections.