Kallvarde

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Federated Kingdom of Kallvarde
Kallvarde
Flag of Kallvarde Coat of Arms of Kallvarde
Flag Coat of Arms
Motto: Rieka nám priniesla úspech, teraz musíme udržiavať ju
The river brought us success, now we must maintain it
Anthem: Rieka nám priniesla úspech, teraz musíme udržiavať ju
The river brought us success, now we must maintain it
Location of Kallvarde in Western Althena
Capital Kallburg
Largest city Kalltine
Official languages Kallvarde
Recognised regional languages Lechian
Demonym Kallvard (Kall)
Government Federated Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
 -  King of Kallvarde Peter IXX
 -  Consul Charles Markoff
Legislature National Council
Population
 -  2014 estimate 17,464,761
 -  2010 census 17,363,763
HDI (2013) .801
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Currency (Ќ) KaK (KAK)
Date format dd.mm.yyyy CE
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .kak

The Federated Kingdom of Kallvarde is a West Althenian country that lies between the Republic of Latkea and the Republic of Lechia on the Isterian Peninsular. The capital is Kallburg and the largest city is Kalltine. Kallvak is the official language. The currency is Kak.

The country has had a turbulent history of many wars and limited expansion. The country developed a highly successful defence using boats on the Kallvard River. The country fought many wars with Relastove in a fight for Kallvard independence. Not once has the Kingdom of Kallvarde been fully invaded and occupied.

History

456BC is the first time we have evidence that any evidence that the Kallvard Tribe existed. We know this due to pottery with segments of the lion, of which is on the flag to this day. The pottery was carbon dated to 456AD. The pottery was found 40 miles from the mouth of the Kallvard river. The next record of the tribe is in 10AD, a preserved tapestry was found in 1972 in an old monastery. Of what remained the tapestry depicted a battle between the Kallvards and Littens, a coastal tribe at the mouth of the Kallvard river.

In the year c.300 the first real evidence of today’s society becomes apparent. The construction of the first Kallvard River boat was key in the nations next 1000 years. We know this due to remnants of a boat being discovered on a riverbank. The wood that was retrievable is now in the national museum under strict conservation costing millions of Enieo.

The boats were relatively wide but very shallow bottomed with ores and one large sail. This river boat could travel up river while carrying Ballista and other such weapons to aid ground attacks. Litheniant a newly formed kingdom at the mouth of the river formally named litten was the main enemy but they could not chase the Kallvard up river without a trek across the land while under Kallvard fire.

The Kallvard over the 6th,7th,8th,9th and 10th century started to expand their river dominance, the ships got a little bigger and the Ballista were replaced with canon. The boats arrived fired on the occupants and then charged and killed off the remaining part. In the latter part of the 9th C the Kallvard (Now a kingdom) started to place cavalry on the boats to scare the enemy but it was not continued as it was impractical, more of an hindrance than a help.

Isterian Holy War

In the early 1100s when Christianity became the Isterian religion of dominance. There was one country that was not yet conformed and was not willing to move. The Urannic peoples had settled Magyar in the 6th and 7th centuries. No remnants of the old settlers remained by the 1100s and the Urannic Magyaren people were devout to their pagan beliefs. The Latkeans were very unhappy about such actions so declared a holy war against the Kingdom of Magyar. Kallvarde was forced to join in alliance, it had little choice over the large Latkean country and the Grand Duchy of Anoka which was also part of the holy war. The Isterian Holy War for the first few months saw the Christians invade huge proportions of Magyar. fortunately of Magyar a myth started, one that was quite possibly made up by a general in need of a moral boost. It was that of the One Armed Angel of Magyar. She was an angel who apparently lost her arm fighting Christians. Most depictions of her, including on the Flag of Magyar, she is carrieng the Magyaren coat of arms on a shield into battle. The fact she has a shield and not a weapons is supposedly meant to demonstrate that she was defending Magyar. The moral boost felt in the troops was enough to see the Magyarens win back the majority of their land. The Christians agreed peace. The Christians did win in the end as the country was slowly for the next 1000 years converted village by village.

Bergenstein Wars

In 1301 a Bergenstein fleet arrived on the Litheniant coast, they had arrived in the hope of finding new ways to develop their economy. At the time a swollen Kallvard Kingdom owning 1/3 of the river shores was at war with the small but well defended Litheniant. Litheniant had constructed many defensive walls to protect itself which Kallvard artillery struggled to blast through. The Bergenstein fleet offered a proposal that if Litheniant joined Bergenstein then they would assist in the war. Thus Litheniant joined out of fear of Kallvard occupation. The war was a violent one, the Bergenstein armies mis-judged the power of the Kallvard but Kallvard ships could not venture far into the sea due to the weakness of their hull.

They war was costly for Bergenstein and it collapsed into separate nations, Litheniant was left vulnerable, so sued for peace. The price was too high which left Litheniant now a Grand Duchy plunged into poverty. Kallvard now with no war to deal with in the lower course of the Kallvard river turned its attention to the expanding front of the Kingdom.

Age of Expansion

Huge fortresses were constructed along with smaller ones that housed the cities, villages and homesteads. Virtually all of the populace lived in or near fortifications in fear of outsider attacks. The forts are for the defence of the people and the river boats to actually fight. The system worked well especially for the survival of the people.

When the Kallvard reached shallower river the boats got smaller and smaller. An then in 1499 they could boat no more. At that point it was decided to continue to the source of the river. Troops with extremely light artillery started to advance. The mountains were relatively unpopulated. The area proved to play hoast of all sorts of different types of wildlife.

The word Kallvard had an e added on the name at the end after the completion of the empire along the full length of the river. The exact reasons were never really. Major celebrations occurred nationwide in the new Kingdom of Kallvarde.

In 1588 a massive improvement to the fortresses and their fighting river boats. This was seen as necessary advancements to the defence of the country in major fear of the surrounding countries. The program took time and money which could have been used elsewhere however it was thought that it was the best thing to do.

Early Modern Era

In 1603 a massive fleet of Bergen ships arrived, yet again in search of new land to prosper upon, which easily took over Litheniant and started to march into Kallvarde, they easily took the towns by the mouth but when they left the initial urban areas they fell victim to the riverboat’s bombardment. When they reached an open area surrounded by trees about a square mile large they set up camp. At noon the following morning they were showered by artillery and then at midnight they were overrun by armed populace that had retreated a mile ahead of the advancing Berge armies. It was the turning tide of the war, which led to a full Berge withdrawal.

After the war two major events occurred, the first was the amendment of the constitution stating that all were part of the military from the second they are born, all men must be armed and women prepared for movements are caring of the soldiers. (This was again amended in 1970 to make sure all people are armed no matter their sex.) The second major change was Kallvarde making alliances with countries that opposed Berge.

In the late 17th Century Kallvarde and neighbouring Grand Duchy of Anoka and Kingdom of Latkea started to look out further than the immediate area for trade in the Alcadean Sea. Latkea and Magyar sought to trade with more western states and Anoka in 1721 was conquered by the frighteningly fast growing Relastovan Empire but before hand did set up a small trading network. Kallvarde with a strong boating tradition travelled further afield and came across Sinopian tradesmen. The Kallvard were mostly unhappy with sinopian domination in the trading world so seeked to find another source of trade.

The answer to this came out of more luck than anything else, a Kallvard trading vessel came across a smaller vessel which was clearly in major trouble after being attacked. The Captain on the Kallvard ship ordered his ship to rescue the damaged vessel. Upon boarding the vessel they discovered that it contained huge ammounts of valubals and most of all the King of Ugento. Fortunatly both parties had Sinopian translators but discovered that the capital of Ugento was ransacked by Sinopians. The Ugentian ship was transported back to Kallvarde where he was cared for and a treaty was signed. The treaty outlined that both nations had a mutual defence act and trading deals.

This friendly relationship lasted for many years, Kallvarde funded the construction of major fortifications along the Ugentian coast. The Royal Ugentian army was trained by the Kallvards, the Ugentans in return taught Kallvarde naval tactics in open water (as Kallvarde was a river nation) however the trade was most profitable for both sides. In the 1750s they sent joint trading armadas to the new world to trade with settlers, this though proved to not be as profitable due to pirates but still brought in profits.

Relastovan concern

Concern over the Relastovan Empire was large in the Isterian Peninsular. In the late mid 18th century the fear over the relastovan power saw the Kingdom of Latkea, Kingdom of Magyar and the Grand Duchy of Anoka in exile along with Kallvarde signed a binding alliance which abolished any old rivalries in the better interest against a now dangerous Relastova.

In the late 1700s Kallvarde became ever more concerned by the now huge Relastovan Empire, their fear was confirmed in 1790 when the Relastovan armies decided to march into Kallvarde. Kallvarde could hold them off, but struggled when there were no rivers for the riverboats to attack from. It was this time that Etrusque was looking for Slavic allies to help them against the mighty Relastova, so an alliance was formed however it also included the Kingdom of Latkea and the Kingdom of Magyar. The war ended soon after but Kallvarde was forced to pay dearly.

Ugentian Invasion

In 1820 Sinopian armies marched into Ugento hoping for a quick takeover so to have the advantage in Carico against Calibria. However thanks to Kallvard assistance the Ugentians managed to form a strong defence. Within four days of the first attack Kallvard reinforcements arrived in Ugento. Several fortified cities and other fortifications were resupplied. The most famous battle was the Siege of Durras where the fortified city held off massive superior numbers of the Sinopian army. Kallvard troops never reached the settlement but still lasted for 5 weeks until Sinopians overran the defenders from a breach in the walls.

The two major battles that decided the war were the Battle of Elbsse and the Battle of the Aegean sea. The Battle of the Aegean sea saw the main part of the fighting navies of both sides fight one another. This was a spectacular defeat for the Ugo-Kall forces wiping them effectively useless. The second, the Battle of Elbesse occurred in a field near Elbesse. The two lines fought for hours when finally the Sinopians broke through the Kallvard line then used cavalry reserves to sweep across the line. The majority of Kallvard resistance routed soon after however the Ugentians reformed and fought on for 3 more ours. The were slowly overrun and killed. If they had routed another defence may have been possible . The kallvards and the remnants of the Urgentian army fled down to the coast where they fled on small vessels. The last great defence was at the Fort Salvora where Kallvard troops held off the advancing Sinopians for just enough time to let the evacuation proceed. On the fort during the battle the Kallvard wrote ‘we’re sorry we failed’ in Ugentian. The majority of the defenders were captured and shot. Sinope set up a Protectorate government in Ugento.

In exile the Ugentian King and the Kallvard King became very good friends. Rumor has it that they were homosexual though such things were kept quiet as if it had got out they ran the risk of death from reactionary groups. After their deaths the new kings of both countries (albeit one in exile still) exchanged symbols. This is why there is an Ugentian symbol on the Kallvard flag. and why on official versions of the Ugentian flag there is an Kallvard Panther.

Mid 19th Century

Many years later when the founding treaty of Bergenstein was drafted, Kallvarde was asked if they wanted to join, the aristocracy voted and declined on becoming a member but instead became a special member like Grand, and Abbasid. They hoped that this would help in protection and improve trade. However the Grand Duchy of Litheniant still independent joined Bergenstein.

Hostilities with Relastova were reconfirmed again in 1866 when yet again they sent an army in. A well thought out plan ambushed the army causing them heavy losses and a retreat was called for. In retaliation Relastova attacked a navel port belonging to Kallvarde, the town was heavily damaged, the arrival of an Etrusco-Kallvard fleet was too late for the town, the battle the followed lasted two whole days ending in an indecisive victory but forced Relastove to retreat. The following days Etrusque deployed thousands of troops in Kallvarde which ended the war in a peace treaty.

The Modern Era

As the Kingdom progressed the nation only got more secure though in 1879 it realised that the old fortifications were outdated so new fortifications were built. The size and complexity of them has meant that there were not finished until 5 years before GAW. Even then new ones were planned.

In 1901 Latkea experienced a major political crisis and economic downturn. Months of build up led to the Latkean Civil War. Kallvarde did aid the royalists for the first few months however a fallout between the leading parties caused Kallvarde to switch sides. Kallvarde did not put troops on the ground however Kallvarde did supply ammunition and weapons. The civil war ended in a royalist defeat and in 1902 the Republic of Latkea was created.

In the Last Internal War in Bergenstein, Kallvarde stayed out due to the vicious fighting but was a major supplier of hardware. In 1920 as the world changed Kallvarde signed a deal with Relastova to form an alliance. This alliance was in the nave of the Slavic people. Following this the alliance with Etrusque was cut.

When Bergenstein was invaded and occupied by the Brullen Empire, Kallvarde helped evacuate many troops to Litheniant and Kallvarde. Though when the GAW actually officially broke out Kallvarde joined the side with Brullen and the Imperials and against the Allies but continued to attempt to argue with Brullen to free Bergenstein on the condition they allied with Brullen, this unfortunately was not going to work, Brullen was very stubborn about that. Nevertheless Kallvarde helped thousands of Bergenstein soldiers to Danksmarkensweg and freedom. Kallvarde did not take part in the invasion of Litheniant but did hold the role of occupying it. During the occupation Kallvarde did let the underground movements do whatever along with putting very few restrictions on the populace. After the war the alliance with Relastova ended and Kallvarde focused more on the ever collapsing Bergenstein and its immediate neighbouring allies.

In 1970 a movement started in Kallvarde which supported an end to the monarchy and a new Republic of Kallvarde but the movement ran out of steam and fizzled away due to lack of support with content citizens and little hope of any major improvements.However in 1975 the Kingdom altered it's government and now has a good proportion of the National Council is elected by the general public and all major decisions must go to public vote.

Culture

Kallvard Cuisine

Slices of Skalický trdelník - a traditional sweet pastry from the town of Skalica

Traditional Kallvard cuisine is based mainly on pork meat, poultry (duck is the most widely eaten, followed by chicken, goose, and turkey), flour, potatoes, cabbage, and dairy products. It is relatively closely related to Magyaren, Latkean and parts of Bergenstein cuisine. On the east it is also influenced by Rallistan and Lechian cuisine. In comparison with other Alcadean countries, "game meat" is more accessible in Kallvarde due to vast resources of forest and because hunting is relatively popular. Boar, rabbit, and venison, are generally available throughout the year. Lamb and goat are eaten but are not widely popular.

The traditional Kallvard meals are bryndzové halušky, bryndzové pirohy and other meals with potato dough and bryndza. Bryndza is a salty cheese made of a sheep milk, characterized by a strong taste and aroma. Bryndzové halušky must be on the menu of every traditional Kallvard restaurant.

A typical soup is a sauerkraut soup ("kapustnica"). A blood sausage called "jaternica", made from any and all parts of a butchered pig is also a specific Kallvard meal.

Wine is enjoyed throughout Kallvarde. Kallvard wine comes predominantly from the northern areas along the Kallvard River and its tributaries; the southern half of the country is too cold and mountainous to grow grapevines. Traditionally, white wine was more popular than red or rosé (except in some regions), and sweet wine more popular than dry, but in recent years tastes seem to be changing. Beer (mainly of the pilsener style, though dark lagers are also consumed) is also popular.

Demographics

Languages

The official language is Slovak language|Kallvak, a member of the Slavic languages|Slavic language family. Lechian is widely spoken in the western region of Mitistia, and Valiscan is used in some parts of the South west. Minority languages (except Valiscan hold co-official status in the municipalities in which the size of the minority population meets the legal threshold of 20%.

Kallvarde is ranked among the top Alcadean countries regarding the knowledge of foreign languages. In 2007, 68% of the population aged from 25 to 64 years admitted speaking two or more foreign languages, finishing ???nd highest in Western Althena. The best known foreign language in Kallvarde is Latkean. Reports also shows that 98.3% of Kallvard students in the upper secondary education take on two foreign languages, ranking highly over the average 60.1% in the Alcadean Union.

Religion

The constitution guarantees freedom of religion. In 2011, 62.0% of Kallvards identified themselves as Calibian Catholics, 5.9% as Protestants, 3.8% as Sinopian Old Godss, 0.9% as Relastovan Orthodox, 13.4% identified themselves as atheists and 10.6% did not answer the question about their belief. In 2004, about one third of the then church members regularly attended church services.

Politics

The official head of state in Kallvarde is the King and under Kallvard Law must be male and cannot me female. The King holds supreme power however this is seldom used. The King sits at the head of the National Council. The Consul sits as personal adviser to the king and also settles minor issues. He/she is the official go between with the King and the National Council. The national council has one representative from each political constituency, these representatives must not belong to any political party though may follow the views of one. The Consul is then elected in a separate vote, they may by tied to a political parties. There is also in the National Council a selection of the aristocracy selected by the King.

Foreign Relations

Kallvarde holds very close relations with fellow Isterian nations: Anoka, Latkea, and Magyar and close relations with Bergenstein. Kallvarde holds decent relations with Abbasid and the Utrova. Kallvarde holds extremely tense relations with Sinope over the issue of Ugento which is still prominent. Kallvarde does not recognise the Republic of Ugento and instead recognizing the Kingdom of Ugento which it holds excellent relations with.

Military

The Military of Kallvarde officially included every single person in Kallvarde. In reality only 1/4 of people are conscripted for the compulsory 6 months in a person's life before the age of 30. On top of this the town guard which is meant to have a roter of ever citizen of the town to stand guard and police the town is only supplied by 1/10th of the population. The policing of the town also usually is in the hand of locally created Town Policing Guard (TPG). The policing of the entire country is also a branch of the military, the Civil Guard. They are responsible for all major crimes.

Administrative Divisions

Kallvarde is a federated nation which is split into for separate states. The states have a relatively low amount of autonomy however the predominantly Anokan speaking state Mitistia has a relatively high autonomy. This was the result of protests after the independence of Anoka claiming they were not Kallvard, (this was technically incorrect because that region had been under Kallvard control since 1600.)

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Mitistia