|The Zossic Empire
Das Zösches Kossenreich
De Zösche Kossenräich
Het Zösse Kossenrijk
It Zösske Kossenryk
|Motto: "Nich Beweigen ist Zefailen" (Pelkish)
"To not go forward is to go backward"
|Anthem: Gott erhalte unsern Kossir! (Pelkish)
"God Save our Emperor!"
|Official languages||Standard Pelkish|
|Recognised national languages|
|Ethnic groups (2015)||79.76% Pelkish
|Government||Federal technocratic constitutional monarchy|
|-||Oberkonsul||Petra von Gossen|
|-||Unterkonsul||Sofia von Stärkenburg|
|-||Prätorspekker||Franz von Paschel|
|Independence from Etrulia|
|-||Declared||5 December 1765|
|-||Zossic Constitution||3 December 1799|
|-||Punctation of Tessel||12 January 1818|
|-||2015 estimate||141,227,202 (2nd)|
|GDP (nominal)||2016 estimate|
|-||Total||$6.42 trillion (1st)|
|HDI (2015)|| .92
|Drives on the||left|
The Zossic Imperial Republic, more commonly known as Zossia, is a technocratic state in southern Ordis. It is the second most populous nation in the world with over 141 million inhabitants. The Imperial Republic is a constitutional monarchy dominated by an academic and scientific elite known as the Wiskers. Formally, the nation is a federal union of 129 provincial realms, composed of 5 kingdoms, 13 duchies, 16 cantons, 22 free cities, 57 directorates, 12 prefectures, and 4 imperial districts.
The first Pelkish settlers arrived on the island in 1342, seeking to escape religious persecution. Pelkish settlement proceeded quickly over the next three centuries until 1694, when the Etrulian Western Trade Company, which had begun establishing settlements of their own on the island, was granted control over the whole island by the Etrulian King. The Company proceeded with the so-called Zossic Conquest, a largely bloodless takeover of the whole island.
Mounting political and economic tensions set the stage for the outbreak of the Zossic Revolution in 1765, sparked by the Etrulian Revolution and the consequent decline of Etrulian power. Independence was achieved by 1771, leading to the establishment of the Zossic League, a loose confederation of independent Zossic states. Alexander the Magnificent later destroyed this league and established the Räichsräspulik after unifying the island; the Volkssenat (literally People’s Senate) completed the nation’s first constitution in 1799. Following a destructive religious civil war from 1873 to 1877, the nation industrialized rapidly, becoming one of the foremost economies of the world by the time of the Endwar. Zossia also saw many of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th century, including the launch of the first man-made satellite into space and the first man in space.
Today, Zossia is considered to be among the foremost Great Powers, possessing the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and the largest defense budget, as well as the largest navy. It is a recognized nuclear state and possesses the world's second-largest nuclear arsenal, smaller only than the arsenal of its rival, Ahrenrok.
The Zossic Imperial Republic is a federal technocratic semi-constitutional elective monarchy, governed according to two documents; the Zossic Constitution and the Punctation of Tessel. The Constitution enshrines the Volkssenat (literally People’s Senate) as the supreme federal legislature. The Volkssenat, in turn, elects the members of the Prätorsgericht, the Praetorian Court. The Praetors of the Court serve life terms, and function as the supreme judicial authority in Zossia, and the only federal judiciary - there are no lower federal courts, only lower regional and local courts. The Prätorsgericht is empowered to adjudicate constitutionally-relevant legal cases, deliver legal opinions on legislative bills, and to resolve contradictions between the Constitution and the Punctation, which functionally allows them to arbitrate disputes between the Volkssenat and the monarch. The Volkssenat also elects two Consuls for staggered two-year terms, and appoints one of these as the Oberkonsul, the Senior Consul. The Oberkonsul is responsible for calling the Volkssenat to meet, presiding over its meetings, and organizing its procedures. Thus the Oberkonsul is generally considered the leader of the Volkssenat, and therefore the second-most powerful official in Zossia after the Kesper.
Parallel to these bodies is the executive structure, which is largely founded upon the Punctation of Tessel. The Punctation binds all of Zossia’s various realms under a single monarch, the Kesper, and defines both the powers of the federal government and the powers of the realms. Under the terms of the Punctation, the Kesper is the head-of-state, and is responsible for collecting federal taxes, enforcing federal laws, conducting foreign policy, and leading the military. The Volkssenat is not mentioned in the Punctation proper; as such, the document is remarkably autocratic, as it was crafted almost entirely by General Alexander Wilsewitz and his officers. However, the treaty specifically empowers the Kesper to enforce laws, not create them; a later amendment to the document names the Volkssenat as the originator of these laws. Furthermore, the conquered realms of Zossia demanded a concession from Alexander; his successors would require the approval of the Kurfürsthaus, the House of Electors, in order to take the throne. The Kurfürsthaus is composed of the directors of Zossia’s most prestigious and powerful Grand Academies. These all serve as checks on the Kesper’s power; however, both diplomacy and the military remain under the monarch’s near-exclusive control.
|Political Party Name||Representation in the Assembly||Alignment||Ideological Tenets|
(Society for the Study of Peace)
|His Majesty's Government||Social conservatism, Federalism, Paleoconservatism|
(Society for Friends of Trade)
|His Majesty's Government||Libertarianism, Market liberalism, Social liberalism, Laissez-faire|
(Industrial Research Group)
|Opposition||Social democracy, Social liberalism, Republicanism|
(Society for the Study of War)
|Opposition||Interventionism, Paternalism, Neoconservatism, Authoritarianism|
(Free Zossic Labor Union)
|Opposition||Democratic socialism, Reformism, Social democracy, Progressivism|
|Opposition||National conservatism, National populism|
The Praetorian Court
Ethnicity and Language
Zossic culture is mostly rooted in the traditions and practices of the nation’s dominant ethnic group, the Pelks. The Pelks were a small Valkish minority, occupying various coastal cities close to the Hanstrians of Etrulia. Despite Pelkish dominance, broader Zossic culture is influenced by the other Valkish groups which settled the island; namely the Hanstrians and Gyrians. Due to modern trade ties, Etrulian and Shirakawan cultural influence can also occasionally be seen.
Historically, Zossia has often been called sch’Land er’Lieder und Briefen, (“the land of songs and letters”) because of its abundance of influential writers and composers, and richly developed literary and musical traditions. An important component of Zossic arts are folk traditions - traditional liberal arts education in Zossia always emphasizes Bauernkoschen, which literally translates as “farmer-arts,” or “rural-arts.” Usually, Bauernkoschen are coupled with studies of Großkoschen, or “grand-arts.” In many academies, these two categories function as the primary distinction between subjects and classes.
Classical Bauernkoschen include quilting, bladesmithing, woodworking, metalworking, glassblowing, tailoring, and cookery. Zossia is however better known for its Großkoschen, which includes traditional Pelkish lieder, various forms of classical opera, especially the Pelkish concept of Geisemkoschtwerk, other forms of classical music, poetry and prose, and architecture.