|Motto: "Be Just and Fear Not."
|Anthem: God the Omnipotent
|Ethnic groups (2010)||85% Praetannic
7% Questarian Hindu
4% Questarian Malay
|Government||Common law polity (none)|
|•||Protector of the Estates-General||Anne|
|•||Common Law universal||1692|
186,731 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2016 estimate|
|Time zone||Haversham Mean Time|
|Internet TLD||.cw, .eg|
Praetonia is an island off the coast of Wallasea. It is home to approximately 125 million Praetonians, whose politics, culture, and history has been influential throughout the world. Praetonia is the origin of the Free Congregationalist religion and the Common law. North Point and Cockaygne are settler colonies founded by Praetonians and populated by their descendants. Questers has a significant population descended from Praetonian settlers, and Common law has become accepted there as the law of the land. Other countries that have been influenced by Praetonian culture and Common law, though without significant settler populations, include Axum and Tairendia. The largest politico-military organisation in Praetonia is the Estates-General, whose over 40 million contributors fund one of the world's most significant military forces.
Praetannic mythology states that the earliest Praetannic civilisation was founded by a seafaring tribe who landed in the eastern peninsula of Senland, bringing fire to the primitive native inhabitants. Although this is apocryphal, some historians identify the story with the emergence of bronze working in the islands, which was accompanied by a sudden cultural shift originating on the east coast. Whether this cultural shift was of native or outside origin is unclear. The bronze age Praetannic culture reached a high level of sophistication, but its language remains untranslated and few details are known except from archaeology. The Praetannic iron age began a little over two millennia ago, coinciding with a period of turmoil in the bronze age civilisation. Whatever the cause of its decline, the bronze age Praetannic culture disappears from the historical record around this time, and is replaced by a culture that is believed to have originated in the Western reaches of the island.
Over time, political consolidation occurred resulting in the foundation of the Empire of the Praetannic Nation in 1243. The Empire was an elective monarchy whose sovereign was chosen by a number of lesser King- and Duke-Electors. The Empire was religiously pluralistic, but sun worship was the official and prestige religion. The Emperor presided over the key religious ceremony on the Summer Solstice in the presence of all the King- and Duke-Electors, and received from them a token tribute of grain on the Winter Solstice. Some time in the 15th century, a member of the gentry of the eastern Duchy of Senland changed his name to Praise-God Barehead, began preaching and prophesying, and gathered a large following there. Founding the religion that would become Congregationalism, he condemned sun worship as idolatrous, arguing that god did not directly intervene in the world- In Barehead's view, God had created the world as a moral test for mankind. He would judge the moral conduct of each person upon his death, and reward or punish in the afterlife.
Following the death of Barehead some time in the late 15th century, his "True and Pure Congregation" grew in size and radicalism. Its critique of sun worship grew to encompass all worldly authority, on the reasoning that forcing man to act against his own moral principles short-circuited god's test for mankind. In 1530 an uprising in Senland led to the execution of the Duke and abolition of temporal government in the province. Although the historical record is now unclear, it is believed that Senland barons enlisted the aid of the Congregation in a tax dispute with the Duke, who was murdered by a Congregationalist mob. The barons then themselves fell out with the Congregationalists, who murdered them, although it is also possible that some barons were themselves Congregationalists and had always planned a religious coup. The Congregationalist official history claims that the Duke was spontaneously set upon by Congregationalists while presiding over the desecration of a Congregationalist meeting house in the capital, Haversham.
Despite initial chaos, Congregationalist Senland developed a workable system of law based on property rights and contracts, called Common Law- Early Common Law was explicitly religious and driven by the Congregationalist desire to create as morally neutral a system as possible, with no official authority. Courts were ad-hoc and generally presided over by leading Congregationalist lay preachers. Although much precedent from this time is now considered unlawful, and a notable 17th century critic described Senland's social system as "Judge Lynch in a brown frock coat" (a reference to sombre puritan dress), Senland emerged as the leading agricultural, industrial, and mercantile polity in Praetonia by the turn of the 17th century.