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Autokratoria
The Sukarian Empire(Sennish)

Sukaria
Flag
Motto: "Our Lives for Irae"
Anthem: Praise the God-King
March of the Iraeans
Song of the Emperor
A Topographical Map of Sukaria
A Map of the Autokratoria (Dark Red) and its claimed territories (light red)
CapitalIrae
Official languages Sukarian
Ethnic groups (2010) Sukarian, Lepirot, Darterian, Ohnic, Danteri, Ulans, Gzelks, Carakians, Maranese, Ubaidian, Subartid, Cadymirran, Elamic, Ricks, Axars, Kamferians
Demonym Sukarian
Government Absolute Monarchy
 •  Autokrator Anaksarxos II
Establishment
 •  Founding of Irae by Iraeus c. 11th Century BCE 
 •  Establishment of the Northern Dumani Imperium March 30th, 1026 CE 
 •  Recapture of Irae by Descordian I 1537 
Area
 •  5,263,872 km2
3,270,818 sq mi
Population
 •  2010 census 264,140,000
 •  Density 50.1/km2
80.7/sq mi
GDP (nominal) 2015 estimate
 •  Total $3.089 trillion
 •  Per capita $11,694
Currency Drachma (Z$) (DNS)
Date format dd-mm-yyyy
Drives on the right

The Autokratoria (Sennish: Empire), more commonly referred to as Sukaria, is a despotic absolute monarchy situated in northern Crataea bordering Huran to the north, Sadari and Nachmere to the east, and Gzhelkastan and Vekhistan to the south. It also shares a short border with Dumanum and the independent Tower of Elam in it's southeast. It has coastlines along the Axackal Sea in the east and the Ingenic Ocean in the west. The Autokratoria considers itself the unbroken continuation of the Northern Antarteran Imperium, and therefore the modern continuation of the ancient Antarteran Imperium. An integral regional player in the last millennium, the Autokratoria has been in constant conflict with many of its neighbors, particularly Dumanum. In modern times, the aging Autokratoria is plagued with crises, including separatist factions, economic stress, and an entrenched political oligarchy. The Autokratoria is remarkable for the stark contrast in the quality of life between its core territory, called Sukaria Proper, and its various subject nations, called the Exarchates.

Etymology

The name "Sukaria" derives from the name of the Sukarian God-King, Sukaros. In ancient times, Sukarian peoples mainly identified as the tribe from which they descended, dating back to the invasions of the Arteran Sea Peoples - these included the Ilians, the Lepirots, and the Maniots. After Sukaria was united by Kallikrates the Great, Sukarians began referred to themselves as "Sukarhaioi", "People of Sukaros".

After the First Dumani Republic conquered Sukaria in the later second century, Sukarhaioi fell out of favor, and Sukarians began seeing themselves mainly as either Antarterans (Antarterhaioi) or Dumanians (Dhumaioi), and the Sukarhaioi term fell into disuse for over a thousand years.

After the splitting of the united Antarteran Imperium during the Crisis of the 11th Century, the Northern Antarteran Imperium laid sole claim to the title of Antarteran Imperium, variously referring to itself as the "Imperium Antarterum", "Imperium Dumanum", "Basileia Antarterhaion", and "Basileia Dhumaion". From the final collapse of the Southern Imperium around 1300, until the rise of the Second Dumani Republic, Sukaria was sometimes called "Dumania" or "Antartera", names that are still sometimes used in a poetic or grandiose sense.

After the recapture of Irae from the Ulans, the emperor Descordian I revived the idea of "Sukarian-ness", bringing the name Sukarhaioi back into popular use, as well as referring to the Northern Imperium as the "Autokratoria" (and sometimes even "Imperatoria") or simply "Empire", hinting at its claim to the legacy of Dumanum.

History

The region known as Sukaria has been inhabited by human beings dating back more than 10,000 years. Sukaria is often considered home to one of the cradles of civilization, the Asocian Civilization. A form of the Sukarian culture as it is today has existed since at least 800 BCE, and certain gods and even the language date to even further back. Sukaria has been the source of numerous great empires, such as the Kallikratean Empire, the Lepirot Empire, and the modern Autokratoria. It has also been a major territory of a foreign empire, the classical Antarteran Imperium.

System of Government

The imperial government of Sukaria has its roots in the Antarteran Imperium, as established in the 3rd century by Vulca and his successor, Arastes. Sukaria is a despotic absolute monarchy, in which all authority ultimately rests in the hands of the Autokrator. Imperial power, however, is kept in check by a complex system of religious and cultural traditions and expectations which the emperor is expected to adhere to. This includes seeking council with the Ephors, keeping the military leadership loyal, and ruling on appeals won in the Ecloga. Further, the Autokrator seeks the advice of several councils, chiefly the Domestika, the Logothete Council, and the Codices Council.

The Autokratoria is divided into two types of province: Despotates, which are considered core territories of predominantly Antarteran character, and Exarchates, which are considered to be frontier territories or subject nations of the empire. At a local level, Despotates are predominantly ruled by Citizen's Assemblies. Exarchates, conversely, are governed by military commanders called Exarchs, or military councils.

Citizen's Assemblies, Noble Assemblies, and Cult Assemblies each contribute votes to the Gerousia. For this reason, the legislation drafted by the Gerousia and presented to the Autokrator are considered to carry the weight of a mandate of the citizenry. This has not always stopped emperors from exercising a veto over legislation passed in the Gerousia.

Legal System

The Eclogathon, the highest appeals court in Sukaria.

Law in Sukaria has its origins in the ancient Antarteran Imperium, as well as the Kingdom of Irae that came before it. It underwent its final sweeping reform during the reign of Descordian I, in the 1540s, when it is said by imperial sources that he personally reconstructed ancient Antarteran Law in the New Law (Sukarian: Νέονόμος).

While creating the Exarchates, Descordian I established a separate court system to rule them. He granted ancient tribal councils and citizen assemblies in the Poleis their traditional role in autonomous rule, in theory allowing individual cities to found independent judiciaries. Non-citizens, meanwhile, would be subject to Exarchate Courts, which were more like military tribunals. Further, Descordian created the Ecloga, a judiciary council to help him with picking cases to intervene in.

Ultimately, the Autokrator has the final say in legal matters.

Inheritance Law

The influence of the the ancient Iraean Constitution is felt in modern Sukarian inheritance law. Unusual to Antarterans, it is tradition that upon the death of a Sukarian man, his wife becomes the inheritor of his personal wealth. Upon her death, her and her husband's combined wealth is split equally among their sons and daughters alike. The result is that wealth in Sukaria tends to accumulate in the hands of powerful landowning women called the Sukarian Heiresses. Nine of the ten richest individuals in the empire are Antarteran women, and among the financial elite of the country a large majority are women, the main exceptions being members of the imperial family, Gerontes, and Logothetes.

Administrative divisions

The Despotates are provinces ruled by Despots, generally members of the Mandromenid Dynasty. A Despotate is the modern imperial province in the tradition of Ancient Dumanum, once referred to as an Eparchy in earlier eras of the Autokratoria. Exarchates are subject nations typically administrated by a Theme under the command of a former Strategos known as an Exarch. They are under martial law, though this does not necessarily preclude the locals from forming tribal councils and assemblies, or citizens of the Autokrator from forming citizen assemblies.

Map Imperial Name Sukarian Name Population
Despotates
Aelotia Αελοτις 250,000
Asox and Ecos Ασοξ & Εκος 112,000
Bruxellia Ρουσελια 1,500,000
Darteria Ταρτερια 700,000
Irae Ιραεα 7,540,020
Ilia Ιλια 5,000,000
Kerisia Κεριξια 900,000
Lepirus Λεπιρος 4,500,000
Theosia Θεοςια 4,640,980
Thrakia Θρακια 6,000,000
Exarchates
Axaria Αξαρια 6,500,000
Borkania Πωρκανια 3,700,000
Cadimiria Κατιμιρια 1,500,000
Carakia Καρακια 2,100,000
Continesia Κοντινεσια 70,000
Danteria Ναντερια 34,000,000
Elamia Ελαμια 61,000,000
Kampheria Καμφερια 11,400,000
Marania Μαρανια 2,400,000
Ohnia Ουναια 1,000,000
Risia Ρισια 4,500,000
Selkaria Σελκαρια 9,000,000
Thallasia Θαλασια 15,000,000
Ubaidia Ουμπαντια 82,000,000
The Vald Βαλντ 2,500,000
Unincorporated Territory
Searing Sea Καθαρισμια 27,000

Armed Forces

The imperial seal of the Themata, featuring the Ostic SPQD.

The armed forces of Sukaria have their origins in antiquity, with the legions of the ancient Dumani Imperium. Numerous reforms have been undertaken by later emperors, especially by Autokrators Heraclius the Conqueror, Descordian I, Pelagius the Consolidator. Finally, Descordian III made great strides toward modernizing the Stratos prior to the Great War, such as founding the Aeronautika.

The Themata, or Imperial Armed Forces, are comprised of the military forces of the Autokratoria, and are the instrument through which the Autokrator wields power over his many subject nations. It is comprised of several loosely divided branches, consisting of the Stratos (Army), the Evzones (National Guard), the Akritai (Border Guard), the Tagmata (Imperial Guard), the Ephebes (Youth Army, for the Agoge exclusively), the Nautika (Navy), the Aeronautika (Air Force), and the Kosmonautika (Space Program).

The main objectives of the Themata are threefold. First, police and subjugate the various subject nations known as Exarchates to imperial authority; this primarily comes in the form of the Evzones, the Army of the Exarchates, which serves as military police in unruly territories. Second, to recapture lost imperial territories; this comes largely from a powerful standing army and air force, which has turned nations such as Huran into satellite states of the empire, or occupied Kyrenia in northern Sadari. Third and finally, the Themata are expected to counter the Dumani Republic at least to the point of deterrence. Ultimately, the empire views the Dumani Republic as an usurper of its authority within the Antarteran world.

Foreign Relations

Sukaria has one client state, Huran, which is viewed by international observers as little more than a puppet regime. It is actively hostile toward most of its neighbors, many of whom are former territories of its empire which it still claims as its own. This includes Sadari (which covers the former provinces Kyrenia, Sadaria Inferior and Sadaria Superior) and Vekhistan (the former province of Midia, then Ulannia Inferior). Furthermore, the Empire claims sovereignty over all territories administrated by the Dumani Senate, which it views as an usurper of imperial authority.

Sukaria maintains close relations with fellow despotic, imperial nations Puerto Blanco and Prekovy, and is friendly with the Pantheonist Wolohannic Confederation. It is otherwise civil with many nations in Wallasea... for now.


Religion

A typical Sukarian temple to a god of the Divine Pantheon.

The bulk of Sukarian religious tradition is stored in a gigantic canon known as the Cosmic Imperative, a spiritual guide to the Sukarian ideas of the origin of the gods and the universe, the origins of the human race, the lives of heroes, the nature of the human soul, and what it means to be a good person. Sukarians practice daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly rituals, as well as other less frequent ones. These rituals range from animal sacrifices to prayers to individual gods or heroes. In addition many Sukarians practice ancestor worship, and even worship of the emperor or the idea of the empire. Most rituals take place in the home, a temple or a shrine, which can be quite huge in some places. The temples usually contain enormous, shining bronze statues of a specific god in seated position. Rituals and prayers are headed by a priest, who is the leader of a local cult or the head of a local chapter of a larger cult. Cults themselves create a sense of community, and awe at the grandeur of a temple, as well as serving their community through philanthropy.

Geography and Climate

Ilia, Sukaria.

The geography and climate of Sukaria are primarily Axackalic in nature. While Imperial territories are more varied, they still lean toward hot and dry in most areas besides Danteri, Riss, and the Vald, where piney red wood forests grow thanks to heavy rainfall coming from the Ingenic Ocean. This rain is largely blocked by a series of mountain ranges that stretches down to Gzhelkaria. The Searing Sea is an enormous desert of rocky canyons and dune seas that dominates the center of the empire, some 1500 kms across and cut through by only the River Tetz. Further south, in Maran, savanna plains emerge. Further south, in Ubaidia, swampy wetlands once dominated the landscape, but have since been dried out from warfare - the Ulans diverted the river in the 16th century to destroy the city Subatusa. The area from Medes in Maran, to Castranova in Dumanum has historically been referred to as the Fertile Crescent. The Tetz River is one of the longest in the world, and by way of the Osirix Oasis in Ohn connects to the Deos River system that passes beside Irae in Sukaria Proper.

The Searing Sea, which makes up much of the interior territory of the Autokratoria, is known for its great expanses of sand dunes. 
The Vald on the western coast of Crataea is known in various languages as the "Black Forest", for its thick, undeveloped forests. It was made a natural reserve by Timotheos Megas
The River Tetz, the longest river in the world, runs from the Osirix Oasis in Ohn to Estria in Dumanum. The Osirix Oasis is also the source of the Deos River (sometimes called the Northern Tetz). The Deos in turn runs through the core territories of Sukaria
The Trastos Mountains run through most of Sukaria and form a natural barrier that separates it from the Searing Sea, Huran, and Danteri. The land of isolated valleys and canyons between is known as Aelotia, and is known as the land of the original Helots. 

Wildlife

The territories of the Autokratoria feature a wide variety of flora and fauna, in a wide selection of biomes. The savannah plains of Maran are especially renowned for its diversity of megafauna. Animals historically associated with Sukaria proper are the grey wolf, the Asox Bull, the Antarteran Eagle, and the West Crataean Lion. Some emperors, especially Timotheos Megas, have made efforts to set aside vast natural reserves to promote the populations of endangered animals. Large numbers of animals, including lions, elephants, bison, antelopes, zebras, and others once ranged from Ohn to Potamia, and south into historic Axumite territory. These populations have since been split into two distinct groups by the destruction of Ubaidia in the 16th century. Crocodiles, alligators and caimans range across every part of the River Tetz, including the Deos River Valley in Sukaria Proper, and share their habitats with hippopotamuses.

An Asox Bull, known for their territorial nature and frequent battles with other wildlife. Conquering an Asox Bull was a major rite of passage in Ancient Asox
The Antarteran Eagle, a major symbol of the Antarteran Imperium. 
West Crataean Lions once ranged across most of the Autokratoria, but have mostly been driven from Sukarian Proper (with the exception of the Asocian Lion). 
Grey wolves are prominent throughout the mountainous regions of the empire. 

Economy

The modern Trapezon building in Irae.

The economy of the Autokratoria is the 12th-largest in the world by GDP and the 31st-largest in the world by per capita GDP. It is the 4th-largest economy in Crataea. The Empire is remarkable for the stark contrast between Sukaria and its Exarchates across many measures. Exarchate markets use a fiat currency called the nummus, which is controlled from Irae, and are subject to heavy taxation. For this reason, the empire employs a vast army of military police known as the Evzones. The Autokratoria's official currency is the Drachma, which is issued on a gold standard by the Trapezon, the empire's central bank.

Imperial economic doctrine evolved from numerous Codices written during the later Dumani Imperium and especially the Imperium Borealum. These include the Codices Imperii compiled in late antiquity, and the Heraclian Codex written by Heraclius the Conqueror. While historically both the Imperium and its northern successor had complex banking systems and strictly controlled the gold content and inflation of their currency, this only partially survived the Crisis of the 11th Century and the later Ulannic Invasions.

After retaking Irae from the Jaghatids in 1537, Descordian I reconstructed the Ostic Codices in Sukarian. Alongside creating the Despotates, the empire became more oriented toward maximizing the wealth-extraction of its subject provinces.

Demographics

Ethnicity

Ethnicity in Sukaria (2018).

  Ubaidian (28%)
  Antarteran (27.6%)
  Elamic (23%)
  Danteri (12.8%)
  Axar (2.4%)
  Cadymirran (2%)
  Ulannic (1.2%)
  Rickish (1%)
  Other (2%)

The Autokratoria is highly multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, with well over a dozen different peoples represented under imperial authority. The most widespread and powerful group are the Antarterans (Sukarian, Continese, Siracusan, and Dumani citizens of the empire who are granted freedom of movement throughout the imperial provinces). Antarterans are not, however, the majority of the population or even the largest individual ethnic group, this distinction belonging to the Ubaidians.

All populations in Sukaria are growing, although the Ubaidian and Elamic groups are growing at the highest rate, almost 6 children per woman.

Religion

The official state religion in Sukaria is Sukarian Polytheism, a Pantheonist religion indigenous to the Sukarian people. More specifically, the Mandromenid Cult of the Antarteran Emperor is the state cult of the empire. Worship of the emperor is promoted throughout the Exarchates as well, however those efforts have been more limited. In Ubaidia, Elam, and Cadymirra, a religion called Ankism is prevalent, where the worship of the dead and their burial grounds is foremost in importance. Pantheonist religions exist in the Ohnic, Danteri, and Ulannic territories, which are described in imperial records as Sun Worship and Sky Worship.

Education

A Sukarian library, with countless scrolls.

Sukarians have enjoyed some form of public education since the height of the Kingdom of Irae nearly two thousand years ago. Sukaria has maintained a high level of literacy throughout its history, enduring such catastrophes as the Crisis of the 11th Century and the Ulannic Invasions largely intact. Children typically attend primary school from ages 5 through 16, assuming they have not been enlisted in the Agoge. Children attend primary school at a Lyceum and Gymnasium, and are expected to spend roughly half of the school day exercising. Sukarians who have completed the Agoge or primary schooling are given, contingent on performance, the option to pursue further education at an Academia.

Alternatively, wealthier families employ the services of a Tutor, typically a retired Philosopher or Scientist. Tutors teach pupils in a much more hands-on way, and are considered a symbol of status.

Further, most Sukarian poleis have public libraries, where scrolls on nearly any subject can be found. The Autokratoria considers is crucial that its citizens have access to the deep literary canon of the Sukarian culture, which stretched back to the epic poems of Psithyros in the 700s BCE.

Culture

The Culture of Sukaria has existed in an ever-evolving state that can be reliably traced back to at least the 700s BCE, with the emergence of the first post-Arteran Sea Peoples civilization. Since then, Sukarian literary canon, arts, scientific breakthroughs, and religious and philosophical thought have all been widely influential in the Axackal Sea region and the world at large.