|The Exquisite Kingdom of Ahrenrok
|Motto: In the name of Dagon we march|
|Anthem: March of the Patriots|
Ahrenrok (green) in Valeya (grey).
|Government||Military dictatorship under a monarchy|
|-||Commissary for the Council of National Rejuvenation||Kairon Savinszar|
|Legislature||College of Benevolences|
|-||Declaration of the New Ahrenic State||1925 CE|
|-||Treaty of Eito||1947 CE|
|-||Total||$6.35 trillion (2nd)|
|Currency||unnamed currency unit (t)|
|Time zone||AST 0|
|Drives on the||left|
The Exquisite Kingdom of Ahrenrok, commonly called Ahrenrok or the Exquisite Kingdom, is a one-party state and monarchy in northern Valeya. It is bordered to the south by XXX, and has an estimated population of 157 million. Ahrenrok is divided into XXX provinces.
Ahrenrok is widely recognised as one of the leading great powers. Ever since the end of the Endwar, Ahrenrok has asserted a dominant role in geopolitics. It retains a permanent seat in the Ordic League, of which it is a founding member. In addition, Ahrenrok has founded the Greater Setian Co-Prosperity Sphere.
- 1 History
- 2 Politics
- 3 Economy
- 4 Society
- 5 Ethnic Groups
- 6 Culture
Traditional Ahrenic historiography is roughly subdivided in the various 'ages' of Ahrenic and Setic civilisation. Oftentimes these do not overlap with Ordan and Escaric categorisations of various eras.
The remains of the first human were found in XXX around XXX. It is widely believed that the native Setic peoples arrived in Valeya before the other ethnic groups.
The First Age
The first era in Ahrenic historiography has been dated to end at 920 B.C. Yet where it began is a matter of some dispute amongst scholars.
spanning from roughly 3000 B.C. to
The First Ahrenic Empire
The First Empire spanned from roughly the 1st century B.C. to the year 621 AD. The First Empire only controlled a small portion of modern-day Ahrenrok directly. Instead, it exercised control through a complex system of vassalage and alliances, with a dozen of monarchs beholden to the Ahrenic empire which was centred in the city of Aldahar. The Empire was ruled by a single emperor, and four lesser 'princes' that each administered one corner of the empire under their sovereign's name.
The last emperor of the First Empire, was ritually murdered on a stone slab near a mountain range. Later, the city of Kaldea would be built on that site.
The Age of Madness
The Age of Strife
The Second Empire
The Age of Humiliation
The New Order
In 1911 the Golden Circle, a nationalist political movement was established in the capital city of Kaldea. Originally starting as a secret society with a distinct esoteric slant, and found by veterans of the failed rebellion of 1909, its membership became less exclusive over the years. By 1922 its size and impact had become so significant that King Klavas III invited the Golden Circle to join the government. Several cabinet positions, including the office of Archminister, as well as several seats in the College of Benevolences, were granted to the Circle. The colonial empire still holding large swathes of Ahrenic territory widely condemned this move by the King, due to the Golden Circle's explicitly nationalist and revanchist rhetoric.
The Golden Circle openly called for the expulsion of all foreigners from the Valeyan continent. It also operated a large network of clandestine chapters in the colonies where it was formally banned. In the final years before the start of the Endwar, several of these chapters would lead an active resistance against the colonial authorities and start small scale insurgencies, in what was to be known as the Season of Terror from 1936 onwards- and the Season of Revolutions in 1938.
During the Endwar, Ahrenrok participated on the side of the Valeyan concordat in order to reclaim the territory it lost the previous centuries, forming an alliance with Transoxthraxia and Catamarca. Outside of Valeya, Ahrenrok was loosely allied with Yamatai.
In 1939 Ahrenrok, following the Transoxthraxian declaration of war the previous year, declared war on Zossia, Yeongseon, and Shirakawa. Supported by insurrections in the colonies, the Ahrenic military managed to make major advances, following a doctrine of lightning war. At sea, the Ahrenic navy struggled to maintain full control of the oceans, although its submarine fleet managed to severely hinder their enemies' abilities to reinforce their colonial garrisons. By 1942, Ahrenrok had been retaken by the Ahrenic military.
In 1946 however, Ahrenrok's enemies would attempt to reclaim their lost colonies with a massive amphibious invasion. Their offensive succeeded in establishing a foothold, and their forces would advance until the battle would turn into a stalemate. The next years were a meat-grinder in which both sides suffered a massive loss of life. For a time, in Ahrenrok, victory seemed impossible, but the hope for a 'Final Victory' kept the nation fighting. Under the leadership of its new 'Warmaster', Vyskari, the Ahrenic army managed to expel the foreign powers and eventually finalise its borders at the Treaty of Eito in 1947.
Throughout the war, the Ahrenic army and government engaged in large campaigns of ethnic cleansing. POWs, colonists, and 'half-breeds'(Ahrenics with one colonial parent) were systematically murdered or sent to die in labour camps. Estimates vary, but it is widely believed at least five million were killed this way by the Ahrenic state, whom to this day disputes these numbers.
Until 1949 Ahrenrok remained under the indirect military rule of Vyskari, as the nation was still reeling from the heavy costs of the war, and Several minor partisan insurgencies by left-behind Yeongseon troops were still underway. In the second half of 1949 however Vyskari resigned as Warmaster, and returned high executive authority back to the Golden Circle government. Alshazzar Kozilek was appointed the new High-Commissary by a joint declaration of the King and the Golden Circle. This declaration explicitly stressed the importance of a major rebuilding effort to transform the wartime economy to a modern industrial one.
Under the leadership of Kozilek, Ahrenrok enjoyed an economic and demographic boom in the early '50s. The corporatist economic structure set up during the Endwar was adapted and refined to suit peacetime needs. Non-strategic state industries were removed from direct government control and placed under the supervision of the National Conglomerate.
During the second half of the '50s, with domestic stability reassured, Kozilek attempted to normalise relations with the Ordan and Escaric countries it waged war against. Embassies were reopened and Kozilek made several visits abroad, helping ease the troubled interaction between Ahrenrok and the rest of the world.
Ordic Grand Game
Ahrenrok is a one-party monarchy and an authoritarian state, even having been described as totalitarian by some. The degree of its authoritarianism is often disputed by scholars, although it is universally agreed that it is indeed authoritarian. Notably, in contrast to many authoritarian states, the Exquisite Kingdom makes no claim to be a democratic or liberal state. The government maintains strong control over society with a pervasive police force and several agencies intended to quell political dissent. In addition, the government also enforces coercive policies in the fields of culture, religion, and race. Everyday life however proceeds mostly unmolested, and while attempts are made to mobilise the masses -not unsuccessfully-, these efforts are for the most part on a voluntary basis. The media, while essentially independent, is subordinated to the Ministry of Truth, and may be sanctioned for content deemed to be 'unpatriotic' or 'seditious'. As a result, little punitive measures are necessary, as most media practice a policy of self-censorship. Notably, this same principle is enforced in other fields as well. Local governments for instance, are given some leeway in how national policy is enacted. The government instead opts for indirect control of many societal institutions. For example, it has been noted that almost all major corporations in Ahrenrok, while not directly owned by the state, are in fact owned by high-ranking members of the Golden Circle. Indeed, in order to advance in Ahrenic society, Golden Circle membership is considered by many to be a prerequisite.
Ahrenrok is a monarchic state that has been varyingly described by foreign observers as constitutional or semi-constitutional.. An often cited reason for this disagreement is the ambiguous relation between the monarchy and the other institutions of state. While the King is defined by law as the highest authority in Ahrenrok, several legal limitations exist which the King is unable to overturn on his own. For this, he is reliant on the cooperation of other institutions. Having the authority to appoint and dismiss ministers freely at will, the King wields great ceremonial power. In practice however, the High-Commissary, being the head of government, acts as a counterbalance to the King's power.
In addition to his official capacity as head of state, the King is also the supreme leader of the Nazara in Ahrenrok.
Noticably, the Ahrenic monarchy is not a strictly hereditary one. Rather than having an heir apparent, a member of the extended royal family is chosen to become the new monarch. After the death or abdication of the previous king, a grand convocation is called of all the ‘Dynasts’: the blood-related members of the extended Royal Family. During their grand council in the capital city of Kaldea, after a long ceremony, those present may nominate one of their own to succeed the old monarch. However, limitations exist on who may be nominated. The nominee may not be older than 36 years at the time of the nomination. In addition, the nominee must have, in the past, completed at least one of the Sixteen Great Rites: a series of highly ritualised religious allegories. Traditionally those rites are undertaken by a great many princes of the royal dynasty, although more out of piety than a serious bid for the throne. Those with serious ambitions to one day become king, have often undertaken several rites, although it is very rare for a person to have completed all.
Popular contenders usually identifiable by their titles, commonly bestowed on them by the previous monarch during his life. Favourites often sport titles such as ‘Prince of Winter’, ‘Dragon from the North’, and other similarly grand monikers. Typically, a small pool of acclaimed candidates emerges. From that moment on they are isolated immediately by the robed priesthood, to prepare them for the ‘gauntlet’. They then each begin a three-day ritual of fasting and meditation in isolation. After which their trials, collectively known as 'the Gauntlet' begin. The specifics of these trials are a closely guarded secret, but at the end one candidate is crowned king, with the other candidates ceremonially relinquishing any claim they may have had.
The extended royal family, specifically those related by blood to the King, often takes on extensive duties in the ruling of the nation. It is not uncommon to see a royal hold some high office overseeing regional governors of being involved in matters of faith, or even foreign policy. Many also act as a representative of the king, delivering royal proclamations or acting on his behalf.
The government is nominally led by the King, but presided over by the High-Commissary, who acts as the head of government. The High-Commissary is nominally appointed by the King, but in practice is more dependent on the support of the Chamber of Deputies. The High-Commissary has the authority to propose legislation, appoint officers of state on the King's behalf, and oversee the various institutions of the executive.
Under the Ahrenic model, a distinction is made between the executive authority and the cabinet. The cabinet includes the various ministers and secretaries of the ministries and departments that oversee Ahrenrok, and is headed by the High-Commissary. The executive however also includes various high-level officials from other institutions, such as the chairman of the Chamber of Deputies and the president of the National Consortium, and various others. In contrast to the cabinet, the executive authority is officially presided over by the King or a representative of the King.
The Exquisite Kingdom has several legislatures as a result from its particular political development. Firstly, there is the College of Benevolences. The College consists of representatives from noble families, temples, and various associations, as well as members appointed by the crown. Membership is not fixed but depends on the amount of appointments. As of 2017 the amount of seats in the College is 712. The College has the ability to propose and vote on legislation, but its independence has severely diminished as members are required by law to join the Golden Circle.
Secondly there is the National Consortium, which is a conglomerate body of representatives from employees, employers, and the state. Each group is given one-third of the 600 seats. It votes on all matters of wages, production, and the management of the economy. It is organised along corporations, based on occupational and industrial sectors of the economy. Candidates have to be approved by the Golden Circle, but are ultimately elected by the bodies they represent. The representatives of the state are appointed by the Chamber of Deputies.
The Magistracy refers to the body that consists of the magistrates of Ahrenrok. Magistrates act as regional governors of Ahrenrok and wield a great amount of power in enforcing national law and dispensing justice. They are appointed by the king and their mandate may be revoked at any time.
The Golden Circle is the sole legal party in Ahrenrok. According to the Ahrenic constitution, the Golden Circle is the sole representative of the Ahrenic people and the guardian of Ahrenic values and traditions.
Membership is open to all Ahrenic citizens, and the Circle operates chapters in every province of Ahrenrok. Chapters are grouped together corresponding the larger political subdivisions of Ahrenrok, and these regional chapters tend to exert a large amount of influence on local politics. Nevertheless, they are ultimately beholden to the dictates of the Chamber of Deputies, although the statutes of the Circle protect the autonomy of regional chapters somewhat. Due to this semi-decentralised approach, great effort is being put into mobilising citizens from the bottom-up and getting them involved in the Circle, providing incentives for loyal and continuous membership.
The Golden Circle maintains several auxiliary organisations, including youth wings, its own private army, a paramilitary militia, and a scientific bureau. These organisations are each semi-independent with their own internal hierarchies, but beholden to the Chairman of the Golden Circle nonetheless.
The main body of the Golden Circle is the Chamber of Deputies, which acts as the legislative body of the organisation. In total, the Chamber consists of 1000 members called Deputies. The Chamber is tasked with maintaining ideological purity and loyalty in the institutions of state. As such, all Deputies are formally sanctioned commissars with investigative authority. Deputies often take on supervisory duties on other government institutions in order to implement Circle policy. Due to its sheer size, the majority of Deputies do not actively participate in the majority of deliberations and are instead appointed to these supervisory duties or other high offices. The Chamber is presided over by the Chairman. The Chairman holds the right to dismiss Deputies or revoke their immunities. Members are appointed by the Inner Commission of the Golden Circle.
An omnipresent state ideology exists which forms the basis for political authority in Ahrenrok. XXX, translating to "XXX" stresses the unique history of the Ahrenic and Setic peoples, and that this has granted them a unique destiny.
Cult of Personality
A pervasive cult of personality exists in Ahrenrok, centered around the late ruler Vyskari, as well as the institution of the monarchy.
Universally regarded as an authoritarian- or even totalitarian state, Ahrenrok makes use of an extensive security apparatus to maintain loyalty towards the state and the monarchy. The Ministry of State Security, headquartered in Kaldea, oversees most of these efforts, in cooperation with other institutions of state. The government of Ahrenrok maintains a category of 'political crimes' in its classifications. While the regular police's -or, 'civil protection'- mandate includes political crimes, their focus makes them ill-suited for the work of the large scale control of political thought. Instead, the Ministry of State Security has several subsidiary departments and agencies dedicated towards exactly this. Control is maintained through mass surveillance as well as censorship, with foreign content in particular being blocked by default unless given express permission by the ministry. The ministry has its own dedicated personnel tasked with tracking down any individuals believed to be a credible threat to the state, the ruling party, the monarchy, or the underlying philosophy of Ahrenic society. To this end, these suspects are often tried and jailed, and usually sentenced to forced labour in cases of sedition.
Similarly, the state exerts a great amount of coercive control over other elements of society as well. The Black-and-red Court, Ahrenrok's oldest intelligence agency, is designated the 'cultural police' of the Exquisite Kingdom. Often referred to as 'the Ahrenic Inquisition' by foreign observers, the Black-and-red Court, commonly referred to as the 'Blacks-and-reds' have a near exclusive mandate to deal with matters of culture and faith. This means that it is tasked with cracking down on publications of forbidden literature, music, or unorthodox religious practices. It is also tasked with combating the attempted spread of religions deemed 'un-Ahrenic', such as Christianity or Islam. The Blacks-and-reds predate the existence of the Ministry of State Security, and as such remain independent of their hierarchy. Instead, the Black-and-red Court is organised as an independent royal agency, being granted a large amount of autonomy. it coordinates extensively with Civil Protection, and the Ministry of State Security in particular. Notably, as the name of the Black-and-red Court indicates, the organisation has its own courts of law under which suspects are tried.
Some overlap between the two agencies exist, most notably in the field of lèse-majesté, which both organisations are mandated to prosecute. However, in almost all cases the Ministry of State Security hands over detained suspects to the Black-and-red Court for trial, due to the latter's historical prestige in handling such affairs..
Having developed independent from Escaric and Ordan civilisations with no contact prior to (((INSERT RANDOM YEAR))), Ahrenic culture is noticeably distinct from others. As a subset of the larger Setic culture however, it shares similarities and common themes with Transoxthraxian culture. Its long-term isolation from the rest of the world has led Ahrenrok to having its own calendar, script, and various social and religious conventions.
The exact values which distinguish Ahrenic culture from non-Setic cultures in particular have been a common point of debate amongst scholars. But often cited elements include an emphasis on the collective, aristocratic values, traditionalism, and extensive spiritualism. The difficulty of defining Ahrenic culture lies in the lack of serious scholarship outside of Ahrenrok. It often has been said that Setic culture, -thus including Ahrenic culture-, is overly complex and thus difficult to understand for non-Setics. In addition, several scholars have remarked that many of the Ahrenic cultural values seem to be paradoxical and contradictory.