|The Exquisite Kingdom of Ahrenrok
|Motto: Work, Purity, Strength.|
|Anthem: Lead us to victory, Vyskari|
Ahrenrok (green) in Valeya (grey).
|Government||Military dictatorship under a monarchy|
|-||Grand Marshal||Kairon Savinszar|
|Legislature||College of Benevolences|
|-||Declaration of the New Ahrenic State||1925 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 177 million. Ahrenrok is divided into XXX provinces. Ahrenrok is one of the Setic nations of Valeya, and together with Transoxthraxia has formed the Greater Setian Co-Prosperity Sphere.
Widely considered a major power, Ahrenrok exerts great influence on the Valeyan continent, and has a permanent seat in the Ordic League. It is the second largest economy in the world, second only to Svandary.
- 1 History
- 2 Politics
- 3 Economy
- 4 Society
- 5 Ethnic Groups
- 6 Culture
The New Order
Ordic Grand Game
Ahrenrok is a one-party monarchy and an authoritarian state, having been described as totalitarian by some. Notably, the Exquisite Kingdom is one of the few states in Ordis that does not claim to be a democratic state. A pervasive police force monitors society. In addition, the government also enforces coercive policies in the fields of culture, religion, and race. The media, while nominally independent, is subordinated to the Ministry of Truth, which may sanction any 'unpatriotic' or 'seditious' reporting, the fear of which has led to a culture of self-censorship. Day to day life is relatively intruded by politics however, leading to some scholars doubting Ahrenrok's credentials as a totalitarian state.
Being a one-party state, the 'Golden Circle' retains firm control over society, with membership being a prerequisite for almost all political offices. However, several other political parties exist and have representation in the legislature, although they depends on the goodwill of the Golden Circle and are required to join the Ahrenic United Front under Circle leadership.
Recently in 2016, after the unresolved disappearance of High-Commissary Klavigan Thal, Grand Marshal Savinszar has assumed high office with the blessing of King Kagan II. Internationally this has led to concerns over the political future of Ahrenrok, although the new government assures foreign observers that the Exquisite Kingdom is as stable and prosperous as ever. As of 2018, the investigation into Thal's disappearance is still ongoing.
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 executive branch of government is headed by the High-Commissary. In addition to ministers overseeing ministries, ministers without portfolios are also a common occurrence. These ministers often take on a special role in performing specific policy tasks on the orders of the High-Commissary, who has the right to dismiss any ministers. The executive typically sits indefinitely, although every five years the College of Benevolences may vote the executive out of power provided they reach two-thirds majority. In this event, the king takes on the responsibility for forming a new government. The High-Commissary also has the authority to issue decrees, which can be overruled by a two-thirds majority of the College.
College of Benevolences
The national legislature of Ahrenrok is the College of Benevolences. The College consists of 740 member elected once every five years, but not all these elections do not happen simultaneously, with many of them spread out over a larger period. Members are elected by regional assemblies in Ahrenrok, but candidates require the approval of the Inner Council of the Golden Circle leadership. As per the law, rather than a competitive run-off election, regional assemblies propose a single candidate which is then either approved or rejected wholesale. The Golden Circle has an absolute majority in the College, and leads the Ahrenic United Front, with the other legal parties being members. Members of the College have immunity from the law, but his may at any time be revoked by the king.
While nominally the legislator of Ahrenrok, the concept of separation of powers is not one reflected in Ahrenic government. As such, the College is under heavy influence from the executive government and the Inner Council, with the latter having to approve all candidates. In extraordinary situations a member of college may be temporarily suspended or forced to step down altogether, according to several different procedures which exist.
The College votes on matters of state, with each member having a single vote. The parliamentary culture of Ahrenrok resembles the doctrine of 'democratic centralism', with room for open debate, but a strong emphasis on unanimous and unconditional support of the decision eventually reached. In practice, with the exception of larger general issues, most affairs of state are dealt with in committees or sub-committees. Oftentimes these committees convene in secret, with the minutes of their meeting being accessible only to the king, High-Commissary, the Chairman of the College, and in some cases, an officer of the executive government deputised by law with this privilege. Rather than maintaining a majoritarian approach, these committees work on a principle of consensus. By the time their proposals reach the College, they are often approved unanimously or near-unanimously.
Council of Twenty
In addition to the College of Benevolences, the Council of Twenty, sometimes called the Council of Magnanimity of the Magnanimous Council of Twenty, acts as a secondary and more powerful legislature. Sometimes described by foreign political scientists as a hybrid between an upper house and a cabinet, the Council of Twenty blurs the lines between executive and legislative branch, as is common in Ahrenic institutions.
As the name implies, the Council exists of twenty members. These members are chosen by the College of Benevolences once ever four years. Candidates require a nomination either by the government or the Inner Council, or a majority of the College. Candidates then are either approved or rejected by the College, requiring two-thirds majority. Members of the Council of Twenty need not be members of the College, but this is allowed and the councillor may retain both seats.
The Council has the right to issue binding decrees without the intercession of the College, and may propose any legislation before the College. In addition, councillors often take on some level of executive responsibility, having their own portfolio and working with the responsible minister.
A strict order of precedence exists within the Council of Twenty. This order is not defined during the process of electing its members, but rather, is based on a system of social stratification. Based on other political offices held, seniority, aristocratic lineage, position within the Golden Circle, a hierarchy is established within the Council. The member with the most prestige in the eyes of his or her peers takes the title of First Councillor, also acting as chairman during the meetings of the Council. The one with the second-most prestige is named the Second Councillor, and so on, all the way to the Twentieth Councillor. All councillors have equal procedural rights however, with each retaining one vote.
The current First Councillor is Grand Marshal Kairon Savinszar, who also holds the office of Secretary of General 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.