Republic of Valora
|The Republic of Valora|
The Republic of Valora is a nation settled in the year 6 A.C. after the release of the Articles of Secession. The origins of Valora were sprouted to the east of Tor Ascara, however the Valorans have settled since then within the middle of Enarion, northeast of the Azure Keep.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Politics
- 4 Culture
- 5 Institutions
The Valoran history predates the founding of the Republic of Valora, three years earlier in the humble town of Aurbryn. Aurbryn was founded by an elf by the name of Ludobrecht, master of the Black Dog Company. Existing as a vassal of the Kingdom of Tor Ascara, Aurbryn functioned as a merchant settlement. However, this did not stop the people of Aurbryn from leaving an impact on the rest of Enarion. On the 8th of Earthshine, 5 A.C., Lord-Mayor Ludobrecht penned the Accord for the Fair Treatment of the Fallen. This document encouraged wartime ethics that many nations within Enarion enacted and pledged to follow. The Night Watch was also created to protect the people of Aurbryn from monsters or thieves.
It seemed that the people of Aurbryn seeked more than what they had, as soon after the resignation of Queen Niserie Lumithiel of Tor Ascara, Lord-Mayor Ludobrecht released Aurbryn's Articles of Secession. The newly risen King, Nardual Aeleth signed the pact that would allow the people of Aurbryn autonomy over themselves, and with the articles ratified, the Republic of Valora was formed.
Shortly after the formation of the Republic of Valora, numerous defensive and trade pacts were signed with neighboring settlements, such as the Jarldom of Mjolheim, the town of Bellemare and the town of Barwic. In addition, an election was held beginning on the 1st of the Earthshine 7 A.C. to fill the position of the Tribune of the Commons. Three candidates made their cases, those three being Corevuath Eyther'arnith, Elithrim Athrandros, and Ielenia Macrino. After four months of campaigning and appealing to the citizenry of the Republic, Corevuath Eyther'arnith was the victor with 50% of the total ballots casted in his favour, securing his four year term.
On the 18th of Midyear, 8 A.C., Consul Ludobrecht of Theronmire announced his resignation of the office of Consul. It was discovered that Ludobrecht was suffering from mysterious ill health, in which he decided to retire from the civilized world to live privately amidst nature, until he became better or his life is claimed. In his place, Nysa Mahalli Taennen was selected by Ludobrecht to succeed him as Consul of the Republic of Valora.
A bit of time after Corevuath Eyther'arnith's term as Tribune of the Commons was up, a second election was held on the 1st of the Midyear, 13 A.C. Another three candidates competed for the spot, those three being Ishtar, Rosaria Lo Conte, and Alexia L'rhia. Running on a platform of spreading the Academy, increasing housing, providing food to the poor, providing a higher wage to the Night Watch, and a creation of an orphanage, Rosaria Lo Conte won the election and would become the next Tribune of the Common.
The Republic of Valora is located in central Enarion, situated very close by to the Azure Keep, just north east of it. To the north, the Republic of Valora closely borders what was the Jarldom of Nordavik, to its west was across from the old town of Barwic, and to its south neighbors the Elven Kingdom of Aellen.
The brick city of Valora is situated alongside a long flowing river, with the city built within a valley, around a forest, and partially on top of the southern portion of the Ordheim mountain range. Due to the height decline, the Republic of Valora is able to harvest water from within the Ordheim mountain range, transporting it down to the city through the use of aqueducts. The warmer climate of the western portion of Valora allows the citizenry to produce many crops such as apples, oranges, strawberries, and grapes. Along with the numerous crops grown within Valora, various types of floral can be observed within the Republic.
The Republic of Valora is ruled by its Consul. The Consul is able to issue decrees and has ultimate authority in the city. Presently, the role has lifetime tenure, meaning that there is no term limit. That said, it is not a hereditary role, and in the case that the Consul vacates the office, his will is to be followed to find a successor. L'Assemblea may override the former Consul's wishes and instead elect a new Consul from their ranks.
L'Assemblea is a council of patricians, men and women of elevated class in the Republic. Folk are made patrician by the Consul as reward for their service to the republic. L'Assemblea may draft motions to become laws, though the Consul retains the ability to veto. Finally, there is the Tribune of the Commons, an official elected directly by the people of the Republic. As the only non-patrician in L'Assemblea, the Tribune holds veto power over all motions, using this power to protect the common folk from laws that may harm the lower class. The Tribune holds their position for four years before a new election takes place, though there is no term limit to this office.
The city employs an array of ciambellano (chamberlain) who can, in the Consul absense, permit folk to become citizens of the city. The ciambellano are under the leadership of the alta ciambellana.
Peace in the city is kept by the Night Watch, a loose paramilitary of citizens given special privileges. The Night Watch go without uniform, but hold a badge to signify their authority in Valora's streets. They may arrest individuals and bring them to the city jail, where they await the judgement of the Constable. The Constable leads the Night Watch and decides the fate of the arrested. At his discretion, he may decide to prosecute an individual. They may post bail, or remain in jail until a trial is date is set. A judge will preside over the case, and pass a final verdict. The Lord Mayor may pardon individuals, and appoints all three levels of the judiciary branch.
The Republic has no standing army, and instead relies on an irregular force of mercenaries sworn to the the service of the Consul. These are lead by the Condottieri, a patrician citizen of the Republic. The Eyrdale is a peaceful region, and has no want for war, but soldiers must feed themselves and their families. As such, la Forza dei Condottieri may sell its services to foreign powers who have need of an auxilliary force.
The shape of the Republic of Valora's government is established through the Costituzione della Republica Valora, the constitution of the Republic. Within the constitution, the laws and ways of governing is explained in depth.
Costituzione della Republica Valora
This constitution serves three purposes. Firstly, it serves to outline the basic foundational principles of the Valoran Republic. Secondly, it outlines the rights and laws that govern Valoran citizens. Thirdly, it outlines the organization of the Republic.
- Art. 1.
Valora is a democratic republic, founded on principles of equality and peace.
- Art. 2.
The Republic recognises no “divine right” and lays all its citizens as equal in terms of their most basic value. No person may be owned as an object is, nor is any person royal such that they are above the law. Race, sex, language, or religion shall not impede this right. Valora is a place for all.
- Art. 3.
The Republic is one and indivisible. It recognises and promotes the autonomy of its people, and may make allowances for decentralized rule, but makes no allowance for violent secession.
- Art. 4.
The Republic is agnostic, and has no state religion. It’s people have the freedom to worship as they please, and with permission from the Consul may open temples. Religion should remain a personal affair, and the philosophy of the Republic shall take precedent to keep us from zealotry and the violent pogroms it often yields.
- Art. 5.
The Republic places a focus on the development of Valoran culture and scientific research. No philosopher, artist or researcher shall need fear the old eye of superstition in Valora.
- Art. 6.
The Republic rejects war as an instrument of aggression against the freedom of other peoples, and shall not characterize itself as a conquering nation. War shall only be used as a last defense, where negotiations falter such that peace cannot be salvaged.
- Art. 7.
The flag of the Republic is a bicolour of or above sable. Valora’s coat of arms represents a black greyhound rampant.
Diritti dei Cittadini
- Art. 8.
The Republic forbids violations of a citizen’s personal liberties without order from the judiciary or the Consul with stated reason.
- Art. 9.
All citizens of Valora are free to travel and do business in nations not belligerent to the Republic.
- Art. 10.
All citizens of Valora are free to assemble and convene for social or political reasons, except for in cases where the size of the crowd threatens the safety of the people involved or onlookers. Cults and secret societies with ill intent are forbidden.
- Art. 11.
The press of Valora shall not be impeded in its publication, except for in cases of libel or publications that threaten the security of the nation.
- Art. 12.
Citizens of the Republic are free to worship as they will, with the exception of cults that serve to destabilize the Republic, and the realm of Enarion at large.
- Art. 13.
No citizen shall be persecuted for their political beliefs, except for in cases where such beliefs serve to undermine the Republic and jeopardize the safety of its citizens.
- Art. 14.
All citizens who have been charged by the Constable of Valora have a right to a fair trial for major crimes. Additionally, they have a right to be bailed out at a sum decided by the Constable. The punishment for minor crimes, which is decided without a trial, may be appealed.
- Art. 15.
No citizen shall be forced to work without pay, except for in cases of the repayment of a debt.
Doveri dei Cittadini
- Art. 16.
The following are minor offenses carried over from the historical common law that has governed Enarion for eons. Punishment for such crimes should aim to disincentivize future crimes, rather than serve as retribution. Fines ranging from 20 denari (silver) to 5 tremisi (gold) are applicable and shall be ordained by the judge presiding.
- Breaking public or private property.
- Treading on rooftops.
- Painting public or private walls with images, text or colour without sanction from the executives of the Republic.
- Public Disturbance
- Excessive yelling.
- Behaviour, speech or gesture that causes distress or panic.
- Entering the privacy of a citizen’s residence without invitation.
- Art. 17
The following are major offenses carried over from the historical common law that has governed Enarion for eons. Punishments for such crimes should seek to discipline the offender in a more dire manner than befits a minor offense. Guidelines for punishments are added as addendum, but it falls to the judge presiding to ordain the final judgement.
- The requisition of another’s property or currency against their knowledge and/or will.
- The crime of theft with additional coercion by threat or use of force, with or without a weapon or instrument.
- The knowledgeable sale of stolen goods.
- The act of intentionally imposing the threat of harm on another person.
Laying a hand on the pommel of one’s sword shall not be considered a threat, but brandishing the weapon outright shall.
- Singularly or repeatedly striking another individual with intent to maim.
- Armed battery, that which involves some manner of weapon or improvised instrument to deal harm, shall be distinguished from the former.
- The use of flame, or other destructive implements, to cause damage to private or public property.
- The slaying of an individual where the perpetrator did not mean to cause the death of the victim, or was engaged in battery (or some other action) that was unlikely to cause death.
- The slaying of an individual where the perpetrator meant to cause the death of the victim or another person, or, meant to cause bodily harm in such a way that is likely to cause death.
- Murder may be reduced to manslaughter in cases where a reasonable case for self defense has been raised.
- Murder is deemed to be especially heinous in cases where it targets children, the elderly, the disabled, the disenfranchised and members of the Republic’s government, military and guard.
- Any extreme act that serves to jeopardize the stability of the Republic of Valora. This includes, but is not limited to: offering state secrets to foreign powers, attempting to secede or overthrow the current government, spying on members of the Republic’s government, and attempting to kill or capture the Consul or another member of the government.
- Art 18
For minor crimes, fines are to be levied against the guilty, with a portion (decided by the judge) to go to any relevant victims as recompense.
- For theft, the perpetrator is to return the goods stolen, or an amount of silver equal to the cost if the goods have been lost. Repeat offenders shall lose the first knuckle of their small and ring finger on the right hand. On the third offense, the entire dominant hand shall be taken.
- For robbery, the perpetrator is to return the goods stolen, or an amount of silver equal to the cost if the goods have been lost. Additionally, they are to be lashed 20 times. On a repeat offense, their dominant hand shall be taken.
- For fencing, the perpetrator shall be tattooed on their hand with an ‘F’. Repeat offenses shall be punished with lashings.
- Assault shall be punished with time in the gaol, and lashings.
- Battery shall be punished with fines, or in more severe cases, the damage dealt to the victim being dealt to the perpetrator in the form of lashings.
- Arson, in cases of private property damage, shall require the perpetrator to pay reparations to the victims to the total cost of repairs. In cases of public property, i.e. that belonging to the government, the perpetrator shall serve the Republic as a labourer until repairs are complete.
- Manslaughter shall be punished with fines to the family of the victim.
- Murder shall be punished with death by hanging.
- Treason shall be punished with death by hanging, or by cani.
Ordinamento della Repubblica
- Art. 19.
The Republic of Valora is governed by the Consul and L’Assemblea, a council of citizens. Consuls are appointed by L’Assemblea upon the death or retirement of the incumbent, and members of L’Assemblea are appointed by the Consul. The Tribune of the Commons is elected by the people every four years.
- Art. 20
L’Assemblea is composed of members of the Republic’s patrician class, those who have contributed to Valora’s success economically, socially, culturally or militarily. They hold this position for life, but may not pass their seat to another when retiring or by will.
- Art. 21.
Members of L’Assemblea may have their patrician status revoked by the Consul, thus removing them from L’Assemblea. Similarly, any member of L’Assemblea may decide to hold a vote of no confidence against another member. If the motion passes, they must resign. This includes the Tribune. This can be vetoed by the Consul.
- Art. 22.
The Tribune of the Commons is elected every four years by the people of Valora. All ballots are cast at the same time and location. No person may vote more than once. No person may vote on behalf of another. No person may buy votes or offer to sell theirs. No person beneath the age of 14 may vote. No non-citizens may vote.
- Art. 23
The Tribune of the Commons sits with L’Assemblea as though they were a patrician. They hold veto power over all motions aired by members of the body.
- Art. 24.
Members of L’Assemblea may summon the council at any point during the year to propose motions that will be voted on, and potentially ratified into law. Outside of spontaneous meetings, the body meets towards the end of every year.
- Art. 25.
No member of L’Assemblea may belong to a foreign nation. They must be true citizens of the Republic with no visible ulterior loyalties.
The culture of the Valoran is an entanglement of human, elven and dwarven ideals, all entwined by the revival of a lost language. As the Republic of Valora is a youthful nation compared to the other ancient nations, many of its citizens have adapted to its culture, shedding old ties and instead remaking themselves not as mere elves, dwarves or humans, but Valorans.
Valoran culture places an emphasis on community and the development of high art. It is not uncommon for both men and women of every stripe to be encouraged to take up the quill, brush or chisel. In addition to these artistic pursuits, Valorans are known for their progressive ideals. Equality amongst race and sex are guaranteed by the founding document of the Republic, Il Cuore (lit. the heart).
La Alta Urbana
La Alta Urbana was previously a language lost to time, but it has since been revived by the Republic of Valora under the efforts of the first Consul of Valora, Ludobrecht. Linguistically close to Enarion's trade tongue, la Alta Urbana has been appropriated by the Republic as a means of identifying fellow Valorans.
As la Alta Urbana is largely a dead language, no Valoran "speaks" it in the same way someone might speak common. Instead, specific surviving phrases are interwoven with regular speech to show one's commitment to the Republic. Similarly, words from la Alta Urbana are used to name locations within the Republic.
- "Ciao", a greeting/farewell.
- "Bene", affirmation, lit. "good".
- Vai in pace", a farewell, lit. "go in peace".
Children of the Republic still follow the common tradition of using their paternal surname and a given forename. Names are often borrowed from la Alta Urbana, particularly descriptive terms. Valoran names often have both a masculine and feminine variant.
Examples of Valoran names:
- Aldo (m) / Alda (f)
- Calogero (m) / Calogera (f)
- Carmen (f)
- Cesare (m)
- Gallo (m)
- Leonora (f)
- Monica (f)
- Vincente (m)
Valoran law is not starkly different from the law that governs other human or elven nations. One key point of difference is the legal system that governs the Republic. Guaranteed in Il Cuore, all citizens of the republic must be given a fair trial before a punishment can be handed out. Commonly a criminal will be apprehended and arrested, but may then post bail to be released temporarily while a trial is scheduled. If they fail to appear in court, bounties are listed for their capture, or in some cases, death.
The Republic adheres to state atheism and disallows the public proselytization of foreign faiths. Citizens are guaranteed the right to worship freely in private spaces, or religious buildings, but outward expressions of faith are forbidden.
Other cultures of Enarion typically depict Valorans as anything from flamboyant artists to shrewd eminences grises. There is, of course, truth to both of these stereotypes. Broadly speaking, Valorans characterize themselves as progressive cosmopolitans, who have shed old traditions and embrace the new. This tends to put Valorans in conflict with more conservative cultures, but this gap is often broached with offers of wine and friendship.
Though most of Enarion is patriarchal, Valoran law has no bars that prevent women from attaining the same office as men. A purposeful effort to bring about equality between men and women, That said, old traditions still bleed through, such that women occupying a position traditionally held by a man are sometimes held in doubt. With each year however the new norm sets in, and such prejudices become less and less an issue in the republic.
Valoran fashion places an emphasis on the natural form and colour. Attire and jewelry all serve to accentuate the silhouette of a person. Though fashion is not dictated by law, there are customs in Valora that determine how certain classes and offices of the Republic are to dress. Across the board, most Valorans garb themselves in gaudy colours and vogue attire that is often a mite more revealing than what is seen in more conservative cultures.
Older generations, including the patriarchs and matriarchs of families are expected to dress more modestly, but their attire is often just as colourful.
The Consul of Valora similarly discards the gaudy colour of his people, dressing only in black that is trimmed with gold - the colours of the nation.
The Adventurer's Guild
The Adventurer's Guild's central guild hall is located within the Republic of Valora. Founded during the Last Offering, 7 A.C., the purpose of the Adventurer's Guild is to repel the monstrous forces of Enarion wherever they appear through the use of bounty and quest boards. The Adventurer's Guild also offers quests focused more on exploration and the gathering of rare materials.
The Academy of the White Owl
The Academy of the White Owl, founded originally during the Eclipse, 11 A.C., is an institution based in the Republic of Valora. It is run by Scholars gathered across the land in order to further the education of the public. From teaching children how to read and write to teaching men how to live and fight, the Academy of the White Owl is a place focused on furthering the futures of the people of Enarion.
As the largest institution of its type in Enarion, it supplies several facilities, classrooms, and boarding rooms for students and professors that have gathered in the pursuit of knowledge.