|State Motto||Audere est facere|
|• Ingliz||To dare is to do|
|State Anthem||Carminis Etrurii|
|Administrative Divisions||4 Provinces: Alsatia, Ambrosia, Elysion, Gallia|
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Etrurian Standard (€)
|Time Zones|| EDT, CDT, WDT|
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Etruria (i-troor-ee-uh; adj- Etrurian) is a modern aristocratic meritocracy located in equatorial central Danetia, spanning the width Danetian continent from the Bay of Trieste Vistula in the East to the Abecean Ocean to the West. Steep mountain ranges provide natural external and internal borders, including the northern border with Antara.
While technically an autocratic authoritarian government, Etruria has enjoyed amiable relationships with a diverse variety of foreign governments. This was due, in part, to the stability of Etrurian system, the high quality of the common Etrurian livelihood, and the pragmatic foreign policy of the Etrurian government. Etruria has always held a critical position in regional politics due to strategic eastern mountain passes linking north and south Danetia. As the counter to Antaran power, Etruria continues to hold a preeminent position in international affiars. Etruria's close but difficult relationship with its northern cousin requires a small but formidable offensive military force that would otherwise be solely defensive. Recent political changes in Etruria has strained relations with neighboring states.
With a population of 98 million, Etruria has the second largest population in Danetia and the fifth largest population in Aurora. Etruria's population density at 60 per square mile is still one of the worlds highest. The most dense region is along the eastern coast of Etruria, as two prefectures (Atenia and Triestian) combined, contain one quarter of the Etrurian population. The total fertility rate remains just barely above the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman, largely due to strict eugenic policies. Immigrants make up less than 5% of the Etrurian population. The Etrurian practice of consanguinity has isolated these populations as well as other less significant migrations.
A leading trade power and financial center, Etruria is one of the quartet of one hundred billion auro economies. Services, particularly banking, insurance, and business services, account by far for the largest proportion of GDP while industry continues to decline in importance. Despite a long history of self imposed cultural isolation, the Etrurian governing elite has maintained progressive trade and foreign policies. Within the last 100 years Etruria has been a leader in free trade and continues to advance Dahnist principles throughout Aurora.
Etruria is a founding member of the Pan-Danetian League as well as a member of Conference of International Economic Leaders, the Extraordinary Commission on Codes for Extranational Systems and Services, the International Polar Expedition, and the International Naval Sciences League among others.
Etruria is derivation of Tusci and E-trus-ci, the classical names for the inhabitants and regions of modern Etruria. A common hypothesis is that both are associated with the Anadili word turris meaning "tower." The ancient Etrurians were therefore the "people who build towers' or "the tower builders." It is true that the early Etrurians preferred to build hill towns on high precipices enhanced by walls. Many eastern Etrurian cities retain this attribute.
The nation's official name is Imperii Etrusci, or Etrurian Empire. However, it is not and never was an empire in the technical sense. Rather it is due to the title of Imperator, meaning "he who commands," long used by Etrurian leaders. As a result, many Etrurian government departments include "Imperial" in their official name (example: the Imperial Education Service of Etruria). Etruria is the accepted short form. Colloquial names for the country include the High State when referring to the central government and SPQE, the initialism of the phrase Senātus Populusque Etrusci, meaning the Senate and People of Etruria. The wolf is a well known Etrurian symbol and is often used as a colloquial name. Ateria, a primary Etrurian deity, often appears as a national personaification in official documents, including certain prints of currency.
Main Article: Geography of Etruria
The land area of contiguous Etruria between the bay of Bay of Trieste Vistula and the Gulf of Etienne is approximately 420 million acres (170 million hectares) and is divided into three provinces and a principality. Three Etrurian cities are among the top ten largest cities in the world. Etruria possesses a wide variety of landscapes, from coastal plains in the west to the central mountain ranges of the Atenian, and coastal foothills in the east. At 4,884 meters (16,023 ft), Etruria's Promontori Atena is the fourth highest in Danetia. Etruria has three distinct climates determined largely by elevation ranging from cool temperatures in the mountains to hot central tropical rainforest.
Main Article: History of Etruria
Etruria has a long history of independence and ethnic cohesion. The first Etrurians arrived in central Danetia in early in prehistory as part of a larger Anadili migration. The Etrurians did not become a distinct culture until the mid second millennium BCE. The first major conflict between the Etrurian and Antaran cultures occurred around 2000 BCE and has been recorded in legend and supported by correlations from archaeological evidence,. Etruria's prehistory is marked by numerous legendary conflicts with Antara, separated by periods of uneasy truce when threatened by the migrations from Northern Danetia and Samir.
The rise of the Antaran Empire and the growing threat from the Dravian in the first millennium BCE encouraged formation of the Aretine Kingdom from what had been independent city states. Antaran expansion south in the sixth and seventh century CE, led to the first major conflict between Etruria and Antara in recorded history. The Etrurian stand against the numerically superior Antaran force at Arethenas in 628 CE is a point of pride among Etrurians. Although the episode ended in the Antaran conquest of Etrurian Gallia, known as Galea in Antara, the conflict solidified what would become modern Etruria. For the next 600 years the Aretini Kings ruled Etruria and expanded its influence establishing colonies in Miotus and Lusitierra. However, Etruria's colonial aspirations were interrupted by the Parsii invasions of the thirteenth century. The expulsion of the Parsii established a period of unprecedented piece that lasted nearly 300 years and Etruria grew to become on of the wealthiest nations in the world.
In the eighteenth century, a string of revolutions occurred throughout Danetia. In 1704, Etruria entered a period of civil war that lasted six years and resulted in the foundation of the short lived Etrurian Republic. The Republic represented a period of plebeian rule that many Etrurians consider a low point in Etrurian history. Two hundred and thirty seven Republican Patricians departed Etruria in 1760, at the peak of the class war that defined the latter decades of the Etrurian Republic, and found what is now the Serene Republic. The Patrician families of Etruria were forced into hiding until the modern Etrurian High State was founded in 1783 by a group of military officers following a bloodless military coup. The Guardians, as the group of military officers called themselves, established a meritocratic state based on principles once embraced by the ancient Aretine Kingdom. In particular, they sought to end the tyranny of the masses and return to an aristocratic government by the competent. The basic framework established by the original Guardians continues to define Etruria to this day.
Main Article: Government of Etruria
Etruria is a country governed by the willing and able. It has a unitary government with all authority vested in the Imperator. The Imperator is assisted by Senators who he choses to serve as his councilors, known as the Princepates, who oversee domestic, foreign, and military affairs. One hundred Senators, including thirty elders known as the Gerousia, hold veto powers and provide oversight. Etruria is divided into five Imperial Provinces, each led by an appointed provincial governor, with the exception of the vassal Principate of Gallia. Within each Province is several prefectures overseen by a democratically elected Prefect.
Foreign Relations and Military
Etruria exercises global economic, political, and military influence. Etruria enjoys strong ties with Karsos, Odessa, the North Shurkan Union, Translithania and the Torentine Empire. Etruria has had a strained relationship with its northern neighbor, Antara. The imperator holds the title of commander-in-chief of the Etrurian armed forces and appoints its leaders, the Lord Martial and the War Office Command Staff. In 2120, the armed forces had two hundred and fifty thousand personnel on active duty. Military service is voluntary but is required for citizenship and highly competitive. Etrurian forces can be rapidly deployed by the Aeolancia's fleet of transport aircraft and the navy's capital airships. Total military spending, almost 9 billion Standards, is about 18% of global military spending and represents 4% of national GDP. In July 2120, Etruria's military ability was demonstrated when it defeated the Corulag backed air force in one day and their army in two days.
Main Article: Economy of Etruria
Etruria has a strong market economy that is highly dependent on trade and services. The national currency is the Standard. At 195 billion Standard, Etruria has the fourth highest GDP and ranks tenth in nominal GDP per capita. Etruria has a wealth of natural resources. Eastern Etruria is notable for its rich mines, luxury brands, and service industry. The west is capable of impressive grain production making it the breadbasket of central Danetia. While the South has a well developed textile industry. Alesia, Etruria's largest city, is home to the world's largest multi-national conglomerate, Diamas.
Etruria is the fifth most populous nation in the world with a population of 121 million. It has a highly homogenous population that is primarily ethnic Anadili. Etrurians prescribe to a national cult, called the Ecclesia, that integrates many of the major world religions. Formal education is provided through the military and his highly competitive. Crime in Etruria is comparatively low. Healthcare in Etruria is not universal. By law all but the thirty members of the Gerousia are bound to a fixed period of 67 years.
Etruria has a highly organized and cohesive culture.
Etruria disputes the Antaran claim to its dependent territories and the Patronic Soders Islands. Etruria has called for Antara to take action adjust its over inflated economy.
In 2120, a conflict erupted along the Etrurian border with Galea, a member of Antara's Corulag Alliance. Galean nationals in exile in Etruria attempted to establish settlements in northern Galea with the support of the Etrurian High State. Most Etrurians felt that Antara had been using its massive military and its Corulag proxy state to intimidate and surround Etruria. War was declared when the Galean Lancer Corps attacked Etrurian positions at the border. The conflict resulted in the Etrurian annexation of Galea.
Soon after the Galea conflict was resolved, Etruria was devastated by an influenza epidemic that killed nearly twenty million Etrurians and brought the Etrurian economy, government, and society to a stand still.