United Kingdom of the Dinarides

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United Kingdom of the Dinarides
Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο της το Διναρίδων
Inoméno Vasíleio tis to Dinarídon
დინარის გაერთიანებული სამეფო
dinaris gaert’ianebuli samep’o

 

1428–1760
 

Flag Coat of arms
Capital Theodosia (Royal Capital)
Palaiochori (Aetolian Legislature)
Klow (Varkan Legislature)
Languages Aetolian
Varkan
Religion Armazism
Government Monarchy
Monarch
 -  1428-1456 Tatiana & Otari
 -  1758-1777 Anastasia II
Governor
 -  1746-1768 Dude
 -  1746-1768 Dude
Hand
 -  1412-1434 Person
 -  1746-1768 Person
History
 -  Union 1428
 -  Dissolution 26 July 1760
Population
 -  1428 est. 11,000,000 
 -  1758 est. 32,000,000 
Today part of

The United Kingdom of the Dinarides (Aetolian: Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο της το Διναρίδων, Inoméno Vasíleio tis to Dinarídon; Varkan: დინარის გაერთიანებული სამეფო, dinaris gaert’ianebuli samep’o) also known by other names and often referred to as the Dinarischen Reich (Dinaric Empire) in Breislandic-language sources, was a union of the Kingdom of Aetolia and the Kingdom of Varkana that existed from 1428 to 1760, when it collapsed as a result of the Varkan Restoration War and the entry into force of the Treaty of Klow.

The Union was a result of the Treaty of Abasha of 1416 and came into existence on 21 February 1428, when Prince Otari and Princess Tatiania married in the Didymatheous. The United Kingdom consisted of two monarchies (Aetolia and Varkana) ruled by the House of ???. According to the Treaty of Abasha, the Aetolian and the Varkan states were co-equal. Under the union, foreign affairs and the military came under joint oversight, but all other governmental faculties were divided between respective states.

The Union possessed many features unique among contemporary states. Its political system was characterized by strict checks upon monarchical power. These checks were enacted by the two national legislatures controlled by the nobility. This idiosyncratic system was a precursor to modern concepts of democracy, constitutional monarchy, and federation. Although the two component states of the United Kingdom were formally equal, Aetolia was the more dominant partner in the union.

Structure and name

As stated in the Treaty of Abasha, the realm's full official name was The Kingdoms of the Varkans and Aetolians in Union before the Gods.

Aetolian: Τα βασίλεια των Καρτωλών και Αιτωλών στην Ένωση πριν από τους Θεούς, Ta vasíleia ton Kartolón kai Aitolón stin Énosi prin apó tous Theoús.

Varkan: სამეფოებში ქართველები და ბერძნები კავშირის ღმერთებს, samep’oebshi k’art’velebi da berdznebi kavshiris ghmert’ebs.

The Dinarides was a great power for all of its history, and was at the center stage of Mesogean and Illypnian affairs.

Following a royal decree in 1542, the realm bore the official name United Kingdom of the Dinarides (Aetolian: Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο της το Διναρίδων, Inoméno Vasíleio tis to Dinarídon; Varkan: დინარის გაერთიანებული სამეფო, dinaris gaert’ianebuli samep’o) in its international relations. It was often contracted to the Doppelmonarchie (Dual Monarchy) in Breislandic, or simply referred to as Aetolia or the Dinarides.

History

Beginnings

Colonial expansion

Decline

Varkan Restoration War

Provinces and administrative divisions

Territorial expansion

Administration

Government

The relationship between the Kingdom of Aetolia and the Kingdom of Varkana was such that any change to the laws governing succession to the shared throne required the unanimous consent of both realms. Under the Treaty of Abasha, the United Kingdom of the Dinarides would continue Varkana's primogeniture enatic-cognatic succession laws, meaning the firstborn female would inherit, and males could only inherit if there were no eligible women. The reason for the Aetolians favoring such laws were due to Andreas II having no male descendants. Effectively, this caused House Xenakis to continue through the female line of his daughter and future Queen of the Dinarides Tatiana and her children.

Upon the death of a sovereign, their heir was immediately and automatically succeeding as monarch.

Two Parliaments

Hand

Law

Military

The military of the United Kingdom of the Dinarides evolved from the merger of the armies of the Kingdom of Aetolia and the Kingdom of Varkana. The Dinaric military was a complex system of recruiting and fief-holding. The Dinaric army was once among the most advanced fighting forces in Adonia, being one of the first to use muskets and cannons. The Varkans began using falconets, which were short but wide cannons, during the Two Centuries War. The Dinaric cavalry depended on high speed and mobility rather than heavy armor, using bows and short swords on fast Dinaric horses, and often applied hammer and anvil tactics. The Dinaric army continued to be an effective fighting force throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The Dinaric Navy vastly contributed to the expansion of the Empire's territories around the Mesogean Sea and around Adonia later on. The Navy structure was entirely based on the Aetolian Navy, while the Army was mostly based around Varkan structures. The Navy initiated the conquest of ???, with the addition of ??? to the Dinaric Empire in YEAR. Dinaric forces were engaged in numerous conflicts in the east (against the Kandari Caliphate), the west (against Echia) and the south (the Kingdom of Kastruneto); as well as internal conflicts (most notably, numerous Christian, Jewish and Muslim uprisings). Following the end of the United Kingdom, Dinaric military tradition would be continued by the Kingdom of Aetolia.

Demographics

Language

Aetolian and Varkan were the official languages of the United Kingdom. Based on the 1750 census, 58.4% of the total population spoke Aetolian as their native language, and more than 75% of the inhabitants spoke some Aetolian. In the Kingdom of Varkana, 76.4% of the total population spoke Varkan as their native language.

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Religion

Armazism

The Dinaric monarchy was irrevocably linked to the Armazist Church, which was a prime actor in the union between the two most powerful Armazist-majority states: Aetolia and Varkana. The Treaty of Abasha, where the succession laws were established, made it primordial for the monarch to be crowned in the Pantheion in Theodosia, while any royal wedding had to be held in the Didymatheous in Abasha.

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Religious minorities

Ethnic relations

Language was one of the most contentious issues in Dinaric politics. Aetolian and Varkan governments faced difficult and divisive hurdles in deciding on the languages of government and of instruction. The Svanetians, Mesonjeans, Arberians and other minorities sought the widest opportunities for education and justice in their own languages, as well as in the official languages — Aetolian and Varkan. The Armazist Church and Aetolian nationalists also often pushed for the establishment of the Aetolian script in the Kingdom of Varkana, which was always vividly opposed by Varkan statesmen. In 1729, Varkana granted linguistic rights to the Svanetian minority. U/C

By the 18th century, the nationalism of Aetolian-speakers prevalent in the Dinaric Empire at large created tension between ethnic Aetolians and ethnic Varkans, the latter who viewed themselves as equal in status to the Aetolians. Aetolia's leaders were generally less willing than their Varkan counterparts to share power with their subject minorities, but they granted a large measure of autonomy to Sakalia in 1752.

In spite of nominal autonomy, the Sakalian government was an economic and administrative part of Aetolia since 1708, which the Sakalians resented. In the Kingdom of Sakalia many advocated the idea of a trialist Aetolian-Varkan-Sakalian monarchy among the supporters of the idea were Leader of Sakalia, Princess and future Queen Anastasia II and King Georgios, who late during his reign supported the trialist idea only to be vetoed by the Varkan government and Hand ?? in 1756. The next two years were marked by important ethnic and religious tensions within the United Kingdom of the Dinarides, culminating in the Varkan Restoration War, which brought an end to the Dinaric Empire.

Culture

Literature

Architecture

Decorative arts

Music and performing arts

Cuisine

Science and technology

Sports