Adina

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Adina
Adina
General
Capital cityAdina City
TerritoriesTabago y Corona, Antigua, Arellani, Multinesia, Tajira
Government
GovernmentDiarchy
• Diarch
ImperatorMendes
• Diarch
Incentives
Culture
LanguageEnglish with Spanish-speaking minority

Summary

National Identity

Adina is a loosely styled Spanish or Moorish Republic situated in the deep (+,+). Over time its politics have naturally transitioned from absolutism to a semi-constitutional monarchy and eventually to a Republic. This was not a linear or easy progression, but the difficulties along the way have given Adina a unique culture and 'Blitz spirit'.

The country is small and closely knit, known for its history and architecture- boasting overall high social mobility . It has existed in its present form for some six months and even longer, if prior incarnations are taken into account.

Foreign Relations

Adina holds no stake in major alliances and instead is primarily a neutral power. Since the Republican period, relations have improved significantly and the Civil Guard holds a composite unit reinforced with Alexandrian fighters from Nro'meagh. It is a prevailing view that this neutrality has saved the nation from much turmoil and enabled its economic expansion.

Abridged History of the State

For a more detailed historical account: Adinan History

An Island Nation

The Sea Peoples

The fortunes of those would be Adinan were initially tied inseparably to the Isle of Antigua- not then known by this name, where after much time spent as nomads they discovered the island, alongside the abandoned settlement of Cape Winds- now devoid of people. In late July 2018, the settlement was repopulated and christened L'Habana. The proto-Antiguans were tribesmen, and their government was basic- a conformity to a religious serfdom.

Imperialism and a Colonial Settlement

The state of Vítelia expanded to incorporate the island into its claims. The people of L'Habana were isolationist and their presence was not well-known. Nominally the area would be known as Western Braxos. Due to the predominance of Spanish in L'Habana and the outrage felt at Vitelian attempts to replace the native Indojic faith with Catholicism, a new province was eventually split off Western Braxos called Antigua, in order to prevent more disorder.

The weak rule of Vítelia was irrevocably damaged by its invasion by a foreign coalition. During this time, Antigua evaded occupation. There was no love lost between Antigua and Vítelia and whilst it was being invaded, Antigua began to take on the mannerisms of an independent nation. Indeed it began to throw off tribal social structure and increasingly gained its own institutions. By the time the coalition had achieved victory, Antigua was now an independent state of its own.

Struggles of Independence

In the chaos of independence and debates over the nature of how Antigua should be governed, the Antiguan King was removed by the General Fantasia in a coup d'etat with his pearl being stored in a large tower overlooking L'Habana. The state became dictatorial and actively suppressed Indojic shaman practices.

The dictatorship lasted two months before finally collapsing to internal pressures and Fantasia went into exile.

Formation of the Federation

The Settling of Tobago

Under the Vitelian rule and more generally, some citizens of Antigua moved away from the centre of politics on the island. Included in the post-Vitelian claims was the island of Tobago; it was widely seen as unsuitable for settlement due to its high and rugged mesa cliffs. Matanic, a native to the area, was asked on behalf of the Crown to settle this area. With time it prospered, and once the dictatorship of Fantasia ended, the area was the foremost settlement of the Antiguan frontier.

The change of fortunes in Antigua gave rise to a radical idea for the natives in Tobago of a pan-regional Federation based on democratic ideals, with the movement of the Capital to Tobago. The nation became known as Al-Adina based on the treaty creating it- later shortened to Adina.

The Antiguan monarch agreed to step back in light of this and to convert the institution of monarchy into a purely religious and cultural one- leading Matanic to lead Adina forward as the First President of the Federation.

Transitional Period

Given the inherent difficulty in getting traditionalist elements to accept the reforms, a transitional period was declared as the new constitution was drafted. The land, previously inhospitable, was cleared and the population resoundingly boomed, in accordance with these new liberal policies. The time would rightly be regarded as a golden age for the fledgling federation. Minority and cultural life flourished and the Indojic majority in decline was supplemented with Catholic, Orthodox and other believers.

As this transitional period came to a close, Adina struggled to assert itself in its outlying regions- leading to its first crisis, where enemies circled like crows, particularly the rebel state of Astonia and the so-called "Fish Republic"- a large contingent of raiders to the South.

Despite the lethargic and inefficient disposition of the Civil Guard at the time, Adina still won a decisive victory after hostilities began on the 26th of July. The Fish Republic was completely liquidated on the first day of fighting, though the Guard was unable to score a decisive victory against Astonia for another eight days as their leader, SinjoroJoCrafter had fled preemptively before the Civil Guard had completely destroyed Astonia and its "Royal Isle".

Fresh elections were held on the 1st of August after a constitution was passed conclusively by the citizen body. There was a small slide towards radicalism with the foundation of political sects such as the INP (Indojic National Party) or the Adinan Communist Party.

Divine Right

Political Developments

Incentives was elected as the Second President of the Republic, by a good majority. Radical parties made no gains and in fact waned in influence- the Communist Party of Adina disappearing entirely. Many new states were added to the Federation including X’ian.

Whilst great strides were made across all sectors, it also provided a perverse incentive for those who wanted to become the “strongman” of Adina as the rewards were much higher than in Antigua and arguably the democracy still weak. Kalipso’s recusal from politics was conveniently forgotten and the monarch became a highly partisan actor in politics. The era saw three concerning developments, all coordinated, by the monarchists:


-Religious laws were passed under the excuse of codifying the Indojic faith. This fundamentally restricted freedoms and put Kalipso above the constitution.

-The Kodakane, an hardline Antiguan leftover group penetrated the Civil Guard leadership and attempted to form a political militia. This small sect began to frequently petition the government to crown Kalipso Emperor, and openly threatened a coup d’etat.

-The Monarch began to burn government funds on extravagant palaces and took funding for projects that were never even built. Furthermore the civilian government would be overruled and obstructed at every turn, leading to the resignation of Incentives in protest at this.

The Indojic Spring

The Indojic Spring was a series of popular public protests and democratic movements that led to the effective removal of the monarchy on the back of a huge popular movement of Adinans. All religious laws became null and void and a the new President, ImperatorMendes proclaimed a new era of freedom and a rejection of autocracy. Antigua came under occupation for much of this period.

The Interregnum

For much of this nominal republican period, the government was very weak. Essentially all government activities had ceased due to the threat of operating normally. Many members of the government retreated to the rural exterior. After the September Putsch- an attempt to restore by the monarchy by radicals using foreign military backing- failed, normalcy slowly returned to Adina proper.

Republic

Divisions of the Assembly

In the wake of treachery by the monarch, but continued loyalty to previous systems there was much division on how to proceed. Two votes, on how to proceed and whether the monarchy should exist in principle failed to achieve a decisive majority. After much discussion reluctant Assembly members decided to honour the will of the overwhelming majority of Adinans in becoming a Republic. When it came to a public referendum no-one voted against a Republic, with the two assembly members voting against presumably also the two abstaining.

On the 28th of November Adina had officially become a Republic, with many new enshrined freedoms in law.

Revival of the State

This new period gave rise to rapid developments, primarily in the three areas of the Capital, the North and especially Antigua- which was resettled. The umbrella of the Merchant’s Guild covered nascent ‘Heavy Industries’ including enchanted tools and xp. Large expenditure on defence would further bolster infrastructure.

A lively democracy soon emerged and government began to be more functional and external relations improving across the board.

Diarchy

Dissolution of the Republic and the long Adinan Slumber

At some point, then president Matanic engaged in a coup against the state with some other officials as a representation of their faction of Adinans moving over to play on CivRealms. ImperatorMendes and Evann/Incentives therefore decided to step up and rule the country based on a diarchist model originally formulated in Caledonia. Due to activity crashing down at this time due to the competition of the aforementioned Realms, Adina went into hibernation until a time when it could prosper again.

Culture

Chants

Chanting especially in local chat has often been a way to express nationalistic or joyful sentiments in Adinan culture. The usage of chants in such a way gained specific prominence during the Mt Augusta Olympics where the Adinan Team won[1].

Chants of Adina
Chant Meaning Subculture
"Jai Adina" Long live / long life to / bless Adina General national chant.
"Jai Republica" Long live / long life to / bless the Republic. Democratic or anti-monarchist chant. Can also be used interchangeably with Jai Adina. Coined from Imperator's 'Republican Address'.
"Jai Pele" Long live / long life to / bless Pele. Giving blessings to the goddess of fire, similar to Sun Worship. The "Cult of Pele" encompassed a radical monarchist group, so worship is very much in decline in recent months.
"Jaya" Same as Jai. An alternative to Jai where the word after it starts with a vowel. Usage is very much limited and Jai is usually preferred in standard conversation.

Reformed Indojic Traditions

Indojic tradition in Adina stems from the wider (dubbed “Classical” Indoja). However due to the identification of Classical Indoja with a clerical class no longer existing in Adina and secularisation of its everyday practice, key doctrines have emerged as areas of divergence. In terms of differentiation, Reformed Indoja can be viewed as a protestant sect of the main faith.


In particular Reformed Indoja differs by:

-believing the Cult of Pelé is an artificial construction not part of the original canon.

-not needing worship to be officiated at a Indojic temple.

-not recognising the authority of Kumus (Indojic clerics).

-rejecting the later Indojic works and revisions.


These ideals hold particular sway in the Capital where Indojic worship remains strongest. A census held on the 10th of February established that all Indojics living in Adina identified with Reformed traditions as opposed to Classical traditions.

Notable Territories and Settlements

Summary

Historically the political and social life between the various territories and settlements has been very strong, encouraged by provincial devolution arrangements. This has always led to competition between areas and a drive for improvements along with distinct differences between regions under the Adinan umbrella.

The distinct regions (note: not states) of Adina prior to Ashelor's acquisition on the 24th of January 2020.

In particular the territories of Antigua, Tobago y Corona and Crann Mor show a broad diversity and higher levels of development.

Ashelor

Ashelor Metropolitan District

Ashelor is a small British-based municipality (formerly a principality before joining the Republic of Adina). It is structured as local direct democracy, with residents being able to manage much of domestic civil affairs. Despite being part of the geographical 'North' of the country, Ashelor retains its own unique character.

The Ashelor Central Station enjoys good rail links, including tagging onto an international line to Bloom, and the standard of interior lines are very high.


Ashelor metropolitan area, viewed from the Ministry of Industry.
Ashelor from the Western side of Das Fort.



Antigua

L’Habana

The 'cradle' of proto-Adinan civilisation, where much of the CivClassics Indojic tradition originates from. Due to the monarchist 'terror' much of this small hamlet has been depopulated, most notably when Republican forces occupied the area, forcing radicals present to flee. Overlooking much of this small settlement is the tower that held the first Antiguan monarch. It was never finished as the military junta was defeated.

Antigua Isle- Rhea to the North, L'Habana to the South.



Rhea

The much newer settlement in the Northern tip of Antigua. It was the product of resettlement efforts during the new Republic and has since surpassed L'Habana's wealth and infrastructure. Rhea features a tavern, fertile farmlands and a constantly developing centre.

Crann Mor

The Distant North

The North of Adina is well-populated for its remoteness, containing a few distinct centres of activity, all linked through the small station at Tallinn. Steady streams of charcoal and logs work their way South and some industries are devolved to the area. Native populations such as the Don Republic have recently joined with the Republic of Adina and are enjoying a second wind of growth and relative prosperity.

Before Adina became a republic much of this natural wealth and space was underutilised and it was the usage of a private rail constructed through Tallinn that enabled this growth to take place.

Tallinn

Tallinn is a small Eastern European stylised towns situated in the frontiers of Adina. Productive wheat-fields provide food in great abundance, which led to its original designation as a site to be built upon.

The Winter Palace and township of Tallinn.

Its original purpose was to serve as a safe retreat for the then-Judge ImperatorMendes to escape what he felt was growing political instability in the capital caused by the monarchy. At the height of the September Putsch the Winter Palace was used as a rallying spot for the loyal Civil Guard detachments in preparation for a planned counterattack.

It has since grown in size and has its own associated infrastructure- including a small metro station now crucial for the rail service of the North- covering four additional junctions than it started with.

Tobago y Corona

Adina City

Far and away, the most important and significant settlement in Adina- housing by recent estimates ~55% of the population. Before becoming the official capital, it played an important role in settling the frontier state of Tobago y Corona. Historically it has been politically forward thinking, the new Federation being centred upon it and later becoming a hotbed of Republicanism.

The majority of retail and commercial endeavours operate out of the capital which in turn receives support from its distinct devolved boroughs, 'Demos West' and 'Shady Grove'. Government is centred on Adina City, with the Judiciary and Legislature being officially based there. Despite other regions taking on a legal agenda at times, none have dwarfed the significance of Adina City for political affairs.


Adina City in time: the past.
Demos West

Demos West is an up-and-coming agrarian region barely North of the capital. It offers scenic views and a more rustic setting, with all of the proximity to the centre of life in Adina.

Shady Grove

Shady Grove is a small town inside the capital conurbation and hosts some of the oldest members of Adina. It also features some automated farms along with public parkland and shrines.

Multinesia

Isla del Fortuna

The stereotypical casino island: its fortunes have been both up and down at times. It is distinctly well-developed and land is not plentiful, with much dedicated to leisure- including its namesake casino, to which a banking chain in the capital also bears its name.