|Republic of Flamaguay
República de Flamaguay
Flamaguayan territory upon collapse in 1961
|Capital||Urban Zone 01, Core Agglomerate|
|•||President of the Congressional Council||Some Dude|
367,100 sq mi
|Currency||Peso Ley Nacional ($L) (PLN)|
|Time zone||(UTC+1 (?))|
|Drives on the||right|
Flamaguay was a state that existed from XXXX until 1961, when it was replaced by the Structure of Abolition. Located in southwest Wallasea it was bordered by Zegora to the east, Quiberon to the north, and Embrea to the west.
República de Flamaguay - (Repubblica del Flamaguay)
The earliest evidence of systematic agriculture and elaborate sites date from 4500 BCE. Bronze-age settlements flourished along the coast, with written records of trading and warfare revealing a complex political web. River settlements served as a nexus with the more nomadic herder peoples of the hinterland, who highly prized brozen tools that they were often unable to manufacture. Polities were often formed around the large complex of the local chief, to whom fealty was pledged based on the ability to provide security. Kinship is derived from the corporately-organized dwelling, large structures which provided living space to dozens if not hundreds of people simultaneously. Familial relations seem to carry less value than in other contemporary civilizations, with a stronger emphasis on the communal raising of children and loyalty networks being reinforced by way of tribe-association. Chiefdoms tended to be of small size, and warfare was often of a quasi-ritualistic nature, with conflict more often than not being resolved by exile, either temporary or permanent. Records from the late part of this period (largely in the form of stone carvings and clay tablets) demonstrate that it was possible to honourably renounce fealty, usually dependent on the individual's standing as an honest person in society. Proto-writing is recorded as early as 5500 BCE, with the earliest forms of symbolically consistent writing dating from 2700 BCE. By 2200 BCE there is evidence of writing with phonetic representation incorporating not only logograms but also syllables and numbers. This period is referred to as the "Dwelling Society".
Society was structured around a system of ascribed classes, with children being sorted during yearly coming-of-age ceremonies. Children deemed to be strong, intelligent, brave, or possessing other desirable traits were selected by dwelling elders for more elaborate roles. Although the ascribed class system was not the same through the myriad of dwelling societies through Flamaguay, there was a rough consistency. Classes, from most important to least, were roughly divided as follows: priests, warriors, traders, artisans, farmers and general labourers, servants. Privilege was sustained through non-hereditary endogamy and the preservation of "honour". Status could be lost if it was deemed that an individual had betrayed the standards or interests of the class (with the exact requirements and judgement varying from society to society). Gender did not seem to be a barrier to any particular class, although there was a clear bias towards males in the priest and warrior classes. Slavery was practiced, and fell outside of the class system. There is no record of slaves being taken in any other manner than through warfare, meaning that slaves were almost exclusively male and never enslaved by dwellings that they were members of. Slaves were prohibited from having children, with male slaves often being castrated and female slaves being induced to abort, while sustaining relations with a slave was seen as deeply dishonourable. Slaves were not held by individuals, but rather by the dwelling as a whole. Leadership of dwellings, and of dwelling societies as a whole, was drawn from the elder ranks of the upper classes.
As agricultural and commercial activity increased, so did the population and political power of each chiefdom. Fertile and accessible territory near coasts and rivers became saturated, provoking a noticeable rise in violent conflict. The previously loosely-established chiefdoms were forced to restructure themselves with an aim to being able to systematically face external threats. It is at this stage that evidence displaying the development of legal norms, military rosters, and the written codification of levies and taxes arise. The Dwelling Societies make a conscious effort to project power past their immediate surroundings. Formed into large landed estates, a chief would typically rule from a large walled compound which could accommodate the inhabitants that lived outside the walls and tended to agriculture or fishery. This period also sees the formation of coalitions between the emergent settlements, often secured by the exchange of prominent persons from the care of one chief to another, effectively being held hostage as insurance to the breaking of pacts.
The Zegoran Empire at the time boasted with a higher level of political centralism and organization than any one of the loose coalitions that held sway over Flamaguayan territory. Possessing the capability to field large forces for prolonged periods of time, it became an existential threat to the Flamaguayan settlements as it mounted large incursions and subjugated border areas into lesser tributary states.
The strongest Flamaguayan state during this period is that of Lisano, which developed from a large dwelling society located in the delta of the Olleno river. Lisano not an atypical settlement in terms of size and economic power, allied with nearby settlements and generating a decent revenue from trade along the delta. In the year xxxx bc, Iania, Priestess of the Harvest, seized power through a coup. Although coups were not uncommon in these societies, Iania took the unprecedented decision to execute the previous members of the leadership council in order to assure her rule. This was seen as a hostile action by surrounding states, who raised their armies and demanded that Iania exile herself or be deposed by force. Rather than waiting for the enemy to approach, Iania concentrated her forces and launched a whirlwind offensive, taking advantage of Lisano's central position within the delta to target each neighbour independently. Again breaking with tradition, Iania demanded more than tribute from defeated enemies, installing rival factions into power in their respective towns and assuring their allegiance to Lisano's leadership. Through this campaign, Lisano achieved a monopoly over control of upriver and downriver trade, generating a massive source of revenue.
- Rise of the merchant cities, naval trade expands rapidly.
- Coastal cities and towns begin to exert influence in their local littoral areas and form small trading leagues. Leagues are efficient in their suppression of piracy and enforcement of contracts, acting as arbiters in disputes when local justice is unsatisfactory. The entire coast of the country is pledged to one league or another. Small leagues coalesce into larger organisations, either by negotiation or intimidation. Fluctuation of cities from one league to another is common.
- 1371: Foundation of the Just and Equitable League. It rapidly establishes itself as a thalassocracy, projecting control in the entire region. Maritime insurance begins to be codified systematically, the League begins to concentrate commercial and contract law standards.
- Beginning of serious exploration efforts. Discovery of Veridis in 1488.
- 1495: Establishment of the Covenant of Fraternal Faith.
- 1497: Discovery of what is now North Point
- 1504: Foundation of Puerto Mercedes, first permanent colony in Veridis.
- 1904(?): Cockaygne invades Quiberon and is repulsed strongly into own territory. Praetonian forces land on the continent, Flamaguay joins as a co-belligerent against the Quiberonnaise offensive.
- 1906: Counter-offensive recovers considerable Cockaygne land, Flamaguayan forces push into Quib proper on their front.
- 1908: CL forces in Wallasea peace out with Quiberon. Zegora joins war.
- 1909: Flamaguayan forces pushed out of Quib. Quib-Zegora front-wide offensive begins.
- 1910: Quiberonnaise and Zegoran forces break through, pro-war government collapses. Treaty faction sues for an armistice.
Military-backed oligarchic government.
1961: Abolitionists make their move.