and largest city
• Kingdom of Immerion
|492,683.8 km2 (190,226.3 sq mi) (19th)|
• Water (%)
• 2022 estimate
|78 million (11th)|
|18.39/sq mi (7.1/km2) (21st)|
|Currency||$ Bladian Dollar|
|Date format||mm/dd/yyyy, AC/ADc|
Bladium is one of the most recently founded countries, having only united in 1938. Its name comes from the Romanyan province of Ballacia, which was independent for a brief period. As such, most of Bladium's history comes from its predecessors; Immerion, South Vaktria, and the Union-State of Camecia. Immediately after its founding, it joined in on the South Ecros War, resulting in large-scale international recognition. In 1993 the absolute monarchy was couped and a semi-constitutional monarchy replaced it.
The idea of Bladian as a culture did not emerge until after the fall of the Romanyan Empire, as it was mainly settled by them and the Vaktrian tribes in the area. Due to cultural synchronization, these 2 cultures mixed into what is now considered Bladian, keeping much of the Romanyan language but adopting many Vaktrian letters, pronunciations, and traditions. Camecia and Ballacia emerged quickly after the fall of the Romanyan Empire, however Ballacia collapsed into multiple smaller kingdoms that would only reunite into Immerion in 1832. Besides this, the region stayed largely the same, with only a few border adjustments, until the early 600s.
During the early 600's, Bladium was conquered by the Mutadinun Caliphate. Despite the fall of Camecia, the people revolted frequently and refused to convert to Islam, essentially adopting Christianity out of spite. When the Mutadinun Caliphate fell, the Bladian states declared independence along roughly the same borders. After this, change in the area slowed to roughly the same as in the pre-Mutadinun era.
In 1748 the Technocratic State of South Vaktria declared independence from Camecia and seized some borderlands from nearby areas, and even when Terranihil retaliated they refused to give up their claims. Due to this and various other reasons, South Vaktria was seldom recognized by any other nation, except for Immerion after Alexander I became the leader in 1867 and established diplomatic relations.
Immerion and the Power Struggle
In 1832, Hunter I the Conqueror of Immerion used the complicated mess of politics at the time and Immerion's power as the trade leader of the area to unite the regional city-states. This worried Camecia greatly, as they now had 2 rivals similar to them in power. They began rapidly militarizing and engaging in small border conflicts until they finally settled on borders that satisfied all of them. As the Power Struggle came to a close, the 3 nations started slowly gaining closer diplomatic relations and even worked together in the Southern Ecros War, when they were more of a loose confederation of 3 states.
When communism was first established, it gained immense popularity in Terranihil. This led to an anti-communist surge in Bladium due to the negative relations with Terranihil that had been present since essentially its establishment. As such, hatred of communism emerged in Bladian nations, which was not helped by accusations against the Bladian Communist Party of terrorism. The result was a rapid, haphazard unification in the 1930s under Alexander I, who later died due to heart failure the next year, and was succeeded by Hunter II.
Southern Ecros War
After the instability caused by the haphazard unification of Bladium, they were kept out of the war until its later stages when Hunter II drafted the Bladian Constitution of 1946. As the nation became more stable, they found an opportunity to weaken an old rival and intervened in the Southern Ecros War. After the war, Bladium got very little territory and as a result gained increasingly negative relations with its former allies Jackson and Eleutherios, while relations with Pavulturilor would recover by the 1980s.
After Hunter II died in the war, there was a minor succession crisis due to both Hunter III and his younger brother, Alexander II, being legitimate heirs to the Bladian throne. By consensus of the Provincial Senate, in 1946 Hunter III was voted in, and immediately disbanded it, seizing absolute power. The immediate reaction was Alexander II founding and becoming the leader of the Bladian Coalition for the Restoration of Democracy and declaring a revolution against "the tyranny of Hunter III". The BCRD's insurgency and the BCP's separate insurgency began in 1947, and the BCRD's ended in 1993. The civil war ended when Hunter III was overthrown after Terranihil, in response to increasing hostility from Hunter III, began funding the BCRD in 1987. The BCP's insurgency continues to this day, albeit on a much smaller scale. Alexander II died of old age in 2007 and was replaced by his son, Hunter IV.
Since 1993, the members of the BCRD, now known as the BTP, have held control of the Senate due to high popular support. The first thing the BCRP did upon victory was to increase relations with the rest of the world. The BCP continued its insurgency, though anti-government propaganda states that the BCP is under the control of the government and it is just using them to cover up war crimes. These claims have very little evidence and are unlikely to be true. In the present day, Bladium has been focused on scientific research and diplomacy, and as such has become known for being a beacon of freedom and scientific advancement.
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Climate and geography
Much of the inland terrain in Bladium is mountains, besides the areas near the coast, which serve as a rather large valley, helping in the past to protect Bladium from invasion. Many of the non-coastal cities in Bladium are hidden within the larger valleys. As for climate, the lower valleys resemble that of bordering nations, while the mountains are known to be hard to pass. The amount of precipitation varies wildly, from 1 to 142 days of rain per year depending on location.
Government and politics
The actual government structure of Bladium lies in heavy dispute, ranging from a fully constitutional monarchy where people have full power to the exact opposite; an absolute monarchy with a ceremonial Senate that does barely anything. The Bladian Constitution seems to favor the latter, requiring a unanimous vote in the Senate to oppose the King's laws, and the high level of corruption makes such a vote near-impossible to achieve.
Bladium is a member of the Terraconservan Council of Nations, having joined on December 19, 1946, and the Cooperation and Development Coalition (CODECO), which it joined on April 4, 2021.
The Bladian economy is very successful due to its history as a trading hub, totaling around 2 trillion Quebecshirite Credits, or 2.6 trillion Bladian Dollars. This vast amount of money has allowed Bladium to develop nuclear power and plans by 2075 to have completely phased out fossil fuels as a source of power. As Bladium has a very successful economy, a lot of it goes to government spending on nuclear power and militarization.