Federation of Accadian Republics
Accadia is one of the cradle civilizations of humanity. Also known as Accadia Proper, it is the central and largest trove of the sector and the birthplace of the fair-skinned breed of humans.
Accadia is a founding member of the Oracular Communion League, which later gave its place to the Society of Cradles, and a founding member of the Council of Sovereign Troves and the Arbitrator Corps. It is also one of the only two contemporary civilizations with an independently created democratic political system, the other being the Tangen Commonwealth.
Accadia, officially known as Federation of Accadian Republics, is a sector-wide sovereign state, fully occupying sector A-9.
Its location makes it a crossroad between four other sector-wide states, namely Berylia, Mencius, Tarn and Longrill.
At the beginning of the 2nd century H.S. the Accadian population was approximately 50 million, most of it living on Accadia Proper. Large settler populations relocated to the rest of the habitable troves of Sector Accadia. Some 2 million Accadians relocated further away, to other cradle troves or brim sectors.
Currently, in the 16th century, with a population of approximately 200 million, all of the habitable troves of Sector Accadia are fully advanced and populated, and some 800 million people of Accadian lineage live in the Horizon.
By the 16th century, lineage is in no way a manner of discerning one’s alliances.
History - Before Human Solidarity (B.H.S.)
Civilized human settlements have been found as far back as the 40th century B.H.S. on Accadia Proper.
Accadians have organized themselves into independent city-states, since the 30th century B.H.S. The political systems of each city-state varied. Diplomatic and trading relations between them often were very tense, leading up to several wars being fought between them.
The Atrytone-Lapis war: the beginnings of Democracy
During the 9th century B.H.S. the King of Atrytone, Lector Brahm, conceived and designed a novel political system, which gave legislative power to the people. He invented the Accadian Democracy.
The new political system, which left Lector Brahm a king in name alone, quickly drew the attention of other, more totalitarian city-states on the trove, who became fearful of the effect Atrytone’s example would have to their people.
This quickly escalated into a regional war, with king Brahm assuming the duties of Atrytone’s General of the Army and protecting his city-state and its newfound political system from a series of aggressive campaigns of increasing magnitude, which were orchestrated by the Sybil and tyrant of Lapis, Typhon Demes’n.
The fervor with which Lector Brahm and the citizens of Atrytone defended their territory and their beliefs created a lasting impression on the people of the nearby states Halcyon and Cassandrya who moved to help in the defense of their neighbor. The political machinations and military pressure of Typhon Demes’n on the other hand, brought four more of the largest city-states by his side, resulting into a full-scale trove-wide civil war.
Despite the odds being against them, Lector Brahm and his allies secured a final victory against Typhon Demes’n and a crippling strike against his coalition eight years later. Within another decade, all of the large city-states of Accadia had adopted the new political system, and moved to form a permanent federation of cooperation, fifty years later.
The recognition of oracles
By the year 400 BHS the Accadian Federation was a booming society that had completely embraced and legislated the existence of oracles among the population. The well-defined methods in the training of oracular abilities, coupled with the fervor of exploration, led to Accadia becoming the third civilization to officially recognize the existence of off-trove human entities and cultures in the year 384 B.H.S., following the Mengzi Empire and the High Council of Baob.
The Oracular Communion
In the year 378 B.H.S. Accadia became a member of the joint venture for Oracular Communion, a two scale plan which involved:
- Searching for and identifying all human cultures within the Horizon.
- Constructing technomagical vehicles capable of completing inter-trovian journeys.
The joint venture was a complete success, with all human civilizations joining and recognizing the Oracular Communion by the year 360 B.H.S. The first operational crystal ships were airworthy by the year 350 B.H.S.
First inter-trovian explorations
Crystal ships were difficult and very time consuming to construct, leading to a slow and arduous exploration of the Horizon. At that time, the sectors of the Horizon were divided and some sparse visitations between troves were possible, but the limitations of early crystal ship technomagical engineering forbade any noteworthy colonization effort.
The Accadian branch of the Oracular Communion League was directed towards the exploration of the Fehr, the permanent Storm that engulfs Sector Accadia. The Fehr’s unique plasma cloud formations and other echomagnetic phenomena eventually lead to the conception of early echomagnetic principles, which in turn gave way to an industrial revolution that begun by the year 170 B.H.S.
The next decades saw a leap in the quality of life of the still cradle-bound human cultures, until the first echomagnetically engineered airships were constructed on Mencion. This feat of engineering propelled the Horizon into the Age of Human Solidarity.
Age of Human Solidarity (H.S.)
During the first two centuries of the Age of Human Solidarity both the Accadian public and political leadership embraced the new era of expansion.
The public was excited to learn more about the foreign cultures who were now so easily accessible. Much like people from the rest of the cradle troves, the Accadians became obsessed with the ability to acquire foreign goods and pieces of art. Mengzi musical plays became a rage, and so did fine Bahratan fabrics and Amaranth jewelry. Learning how to speak the Communal Common became mandatory in most schools.
The political leadership on the other hand, saw opportunity to gain and secure great spheres of influence, a faith attributed to the superior negotiating skills that Accadian diplomats had compared to most of the other cradle troves. This negotiating superiority stemmed from the centuries old inner workings of the Accadian democratic system.
The Accadian commercial and industrial sectors on the other hand, also saw great opportunities in the freedoms that the Accadian system had bestowed upon them, to gain a swift foothold in a vastly greater open market than ever before.
External Politics (early 2nd century)
Since the age of Oracular Communion and until well into the first couple of centuries of Human Solidarity, Accadia had viewed the democratic Tangee as its natural ally in the Horizon. Joint colonization programs between the two were drafted early in the first century H.S., while special trading relations had been established as early as 23 H.S.
Much like the other cradle cultures, Accadia saw the fragmented Ochrun both as a threat and as a possible pawn in the arena of inter-trovian politics.
Although never specifically stated, Accadian external politics maintained some distance from both the Mengzi and the Hebbetan empires, which they viewed as totalitarian.
They also chose to tread carefully in the relations with the Amaranthine aristocrats who were seen as extremely adept at political maneuvering.
Equal caution was given towards the theocratic and neighboring Berylians, even more so because the neighboring cradle trove suffered a great deal of political destabilization in the first decades of Human Solidarity. Such destabilization continued well into the 2nd Century H.S.
Despite some early diplomatic episodes between Accadia and the Bharat, the latter were considered to provide valuable trading and mercantile opportunities, which the Accadian economy could not neglect.
Both the Anzick and the Bao states were considered reliable and “too different to be a threat”. Nevertheless, they were too far away from Accadia to be viable partners in any joint venture, at least until well into the 2nd century H.S.
Geography and Climate
Accadia Proper boasts an easy and temperate climate, despite its proximity to two of the largest permanent Storms of the Horizon, the Horn and the Fehr. This is also true for most of the 100 colonized and inhabited troves of Sector Accadia.
Accadia Proper has a mountainous but easily accessible terrain, featuring a large number of rivers and lakes, around which most of the City-States were developed since its antiquity.
Accadia is a highly developed sector-state with an advanced high-income society and quality of life. The Accadian culture has been deeply influenced by the easy life that the trove has been able to provide for the people, as well as the civic freedoms of the democratic state.
During the 2nd Century H.S. the citizens of Accadia were accustomed to a high quality of life and it was expected that one would strive for the improvement of their livelihood, both financially and philosophically, with almost one third of the population having a degree in at least one field of philosophy. The acquisition of philosophical degrees was compared to attaining aristocratic ranks by visitors of other cradle troves in several traveling guides published by the beginning of the 2nd Century H.S.
The citizens of Accadia were and still are very involved in the politics of the state, with political conversations being a primary pastime among the adult population.
The Accadians consider themselves patrons of all the arts. Artistic creations are a driving force of the Accadian culture and economy.
For the Accadians, the primary art is the theatre, and hundreds of open and closed area theatres dot the Accadian cities.
The most important play, which has remained prominent for at least three thousand years, is the Mandylion, a tragic epic poem which recounts the fall of an ancient Accadian King and the destruction of his kingdom through the machinations of a nameless oracle who always kept her features obscured beneath a white shroud.
In its current form, the epic poem has often been criticized for being a mash-up of older repurposed legends, which were edited heavily during the Atrytone-Lapis war to promote hatred towards king Lector Brahm.
Despite this, it is considered to be the first written source that acknowledges Accadians as a single unified culture. It has often been noted that the Mandylion promotes the involvement of citizens in city and state governance, making it secretly a proponent of democracy.