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Pontesi
Pnték Jeznyfkaiék Hldjogad
Newpontesiflag2 Poncoa
Motto: Fortitudine Vincimus (By endurance we conquer)
Anthem: Oh Fatherland
Map
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Area 758,400 km²
Satrapy
Septentria, Mitraeum, Caespasia, Bazileum, Azorium
Government
Government Type Confederal Monarchic Republic
Princess of Pontesia, Lady Protector of the Pontesian Dynastic Commonwealth, Atabeg Accipitrum (Atabeg of the Hawks) Alessia Jenova
Head of State Party Aedini Family
Grand Vizier-General Augusta Maxima
Head of Government Party Cedar Progressive Phalanx
Demographics
Language Jelbic (Pnték), Selucian
Capital Dawnstar
Largest City Dawnstar
Population 99,739,148
Density 508.82 people / km²
Founded August 2153
Currency Pontesi
Currency Abbreviation PON
Sport Sorcery
Animal Red-tailed hawk
Nation ID Number:50
Pontesi or Pontesia, officially the Pontesian Dynastic Commonwealth is an independent nation located in the north-western peninsular of Majatra. It is bordered to the west by Beiteynu and to the south by Barmenia. Its people are diverse in background and religion, although most of the population are Hosian. The capital is Dawnstar.

Geography Edit

Pontesi is a largely mountainous nation situated on the north-eastern edge of North Majatra. Most of Pontesi is at last a kilometre above sea level. Mitraeum is largely dominated by its flat lowlands, with the exception of its westernmost areas. The centre of Bazlieum and westernmost Azorium is dominated by the flat Bazileum river valley.

Despite its proximity to the equator, Pontesi has a largely temperate climate due elevation.

Culture Edit

Pontesi has historically been a rather cosmopolitan society with a colonial history, and has long boasted significant minorities. Selucians (Romans) and Yeudi (Jews) have been present in the area since before the birth of the modern Pontesian state. Despite the nomadic origins of the invading Jelbic peoples, Pontesi has historically been ruled by a westernised nobility and their immediate subjects, with influences and intermarriages from nearby Selucia as well as Pontesi's historical ally, Luthori. The descendants of this rather cosmopolitan (but often fiercely patriotic) group are now known as the Abuék Pntékai (“High Pontesians”, westernised Armenians with Roman influences) or "Sugirkai" (Cedar people).

Jelbic-speaking Ponteans and Arev Mardik cultures have syncretized significantly in many ways, leading to Pontesi's interesting (and sometimes difficult) fusion of lowland nomadism and highland steadfastness. Indeed, it was in the mountain retreats of the Arev Mardik that the Pntékai tribes took refuge during the heights of Yeudi expansion around 1100 and the Ahmadi Caliphate around 1450, and it was from these retreats that the Pntékai surged forth to reassert themselves, eventually ruling over an empire that extended far into Beiteynu (Gran Tadraki) until the end of the 20th century.

Interestingly, the Arev Mardik maintain that they were the first peoples to take up the banner of Hosianism, several hundred years before the Augustan Empire officially adopted it as the state religion in 509.

In the 41'rd century, Pontesia was invaded by outcasts from Malivia. Calling thelmselves Rajutti they enhanced the Pontesian Pagan scene with their Gerajan religion that syncretized well with the indigenous Religio Seluciana and Felinism religions. The Rajutti declared Cows sacred and had a special reverence for the animal kingdom in general. While they no longer monopolize power, the Rajutti still form an important and appreciated part of Pontesian society, doing well in areas like trade and the retail industry.

Religion Edit

The historically dominant religion of Pontesi is Hosianism. Hosian Pontesians are split between the Eastern-rite Aurorian Patriarchal (OOC: Roman Catholic) and the Terran Patriarchal (OOC: Russian Orthodox) Churches, based in Selucia and Deltaria respectively. Pontesi used to have a Bishopal church of its own, but it was integrated into the Terran Patriarchal Church in the 38'rd century, after previously having formed a communion together with the Hobrazian Oriental Church. The TPC in Pontesi however still retains many of its local and westernised traditions.

Other Pontesians follow different forms of Paganism, such as Religio Seluciana (OOC: Roman Paganism) and Felinism. These have syncretized with Jelbic Shamanism, Geraja and sometimes also concepts from Daenism, Yazdism and various forms of neopaganism such as Witchcraft. Pontesian pagans may follow two or more of these religious traditions at the same time.

Economy Edit

See Economy of Pontesi

Pontesi is a medium developed country. The economy of Pontesi is defined as an emerging market economy by the International Terran Bank. Noted for its mining industries and mineral deposits of zinc, copper, lead, barium, silver, Pontesi has historically been hampered by political instability and periodical ethnic conflicts. Nevertheless, a small industrial sector has emerged around the the marina and boatyard industries in Bazileum, though most of the economy is centred around the agricultural and extraction sectors. The retail industry is also growing and is mostly centred around the Rajutti people.

History Edit

Main article: History of Pontesi

Pontesi's longest known inhabitants are known as the Arev Mardik (Armenians). The name translates into “Sun People” in their own language. They are believed to have moved to the northern mountains of Pontesi after a prehistoric and unexplained migration from present day Hobratsia and the surrounding area. Selucians arrived in Pontesi as early as the 4'th century and mostly settled along its eastern coast, especially in modern day Bazlieum. Meanwhile, the Yeudi have maintained a presence deep in Azorium since before the birth of modern Pontesi.

The Arev Mardik lived in Pontesi's mountains for many years and most were relatively unimpacted by the Jelbo-Tukaric Migrations that saw Jelbic tribes settle in the lowlands of Pontesi. They intermarried with the Arev Mardik and gave birth to the Pnték language, a regional dialect of Jelbék, a conlang devised solely for the PT world. Barmenian, Vanukan, and Jelbanian Jelbics speak their own distinct versions of the language, the primary difference being the source of loan-words.

Pontesi rose to become a regional power in the 25:th century by the accusation Gran Tadraki (nowadays western Beiteynu), Gaduridos, and later Talmoria, through its semi-independent Imperial East Terra Company. While starting of as a tribalistic republic, referenced to by the name “Pontesian Dynastic Commonwealth” (which indicates the strong standing of the clans), it was later declared an empire under the nationalistic Belknap family. The Belknaps dominated Pontesi for much of the late third millennia, but were eventually ousted in a revolution.

The next clan to take the throne were the Mederagaar family. Styling themselves "Director general"s, they ruled the country in a corporate fashion and attempted many social and economic and social experiments, with varying success. The most long-standing legacy of this era is the Medrengaard Experimental City and Habitation Occupation Zone, an experimental underground city of brass (meaning steam punk-ish) northeast of Lerna, Caespasia.

The Selucian Crimson Crusade arrived in the early 31'th century and took over for a time, but were forced to retreat and go into exile in Barmenia, because of intervention from the International Monarchist League (IML). The league eventually succeeded in reinstating the Belknaps on the throne. The monarchy would remain for a time, and attempted to commit genocide on Selucian Pontesians, but were eventually ousted and replaced with the Selucio-Pontesian Aedinius Clan.

Later on, Pontesi would became part of the “Empire of the Jelbic peoples” an authoritarian regional power consisting of Pontesi, Barmenia, Vanuku and Jelbania, until it was finally dissolved in 3816.

Politics and Government Edit

The politics of Pontesi takes place in the framework of a 'crowned' confederal republic with a Prince or Princess serving as the nominal head of state. From the birth of the modern Pontesian state, the Head of State was traditionally called Atabeg Accipitrum (Atabeg of the Hawks), whenever elected or unelected. This title first appeared in and is a reference to the Red-tailed hawk, which is the fist and foremost traditional Pontesian symbol. It symbolizes the will and determination of an united Pontesian people and can be seen as a counterpart of the imperial eagles of the Augustan or Gao Showan empires, representing the multi-ethnic character of the Pontesian state.

“A certain recording of the cry of the Red-tailed Hawk is probably one the most often heard cinematic sound clich.. This high fierce, scream is often featured in the background of adventure movies to give a sense of wilderness to the scene.”

- A Pontesian neoliberal legislator saluting the national animal in 2168

The second and less prevalent symbol of Pontesi is the Cedar tree. The Pontesian Senate is usually refereed to as the August parliament of the Cedar Throne. The Cedar Throne in this case does not represent a single individual but the Pontesian nation as a whole.

"Once again, the ignorance of the Crusader is shown. The Cedar Throne was not a reference to the monarchy, but rather to a national tree of our nation which is the Cedar tree. The Cedar Throne is the idea that the seat of each parliament members shall also represent our nation's cultures and history which was established even before the birth of the Empire."

- A Belknap-loyalist member of parliament speaking out against the Crimson Crusade's abolition of the national symbols in 3294

Military of Pontesi Edit

Main article: Military of Pontesi

The Armed Forces of the Pontesian Dyanstic Commonwealth (AFPDC) includes some 80,000 active troops and 235,000 reservists, giving Pontesi one of the smaller armed forces on Terra. It is notable for largely being compromised out of irregulars such as mercenaries, private military companies and paramilitary, as well as its use of modern-day horse cavalry (due the mountainous nature of the Pontesian landscape).

Pn1 Pontesian Dynastic Commonwealth
Dawnstar (capital)
History & Economy History of Pontesi, Pontesian Civil War
Geography Migrant's Pass
Demographics Arev Mardik, Seluco-Pontesians
Culture National Anthem: Oh Fatherland
Religion Aurorian Patriarchal Church, Terran Patriarchal Church
Satrapies Bazileum | Septentria | Caespasia | Azorium | Mitraeum
Politics Historically Important Parties: Democrat Party, One Nation Conservative Party, Aurora Libertatis, Pontesi Socialistic National Unity Party, Crimson Crusade
Nobility Noble Houses: House of Belknap, House Mederagaar, House Aedinius
People Alamar Xarfaxis
Nations of Majatra

New Badara Flag Al'Badara | Barmenistan flag 2150 and 2325 Barmenia | Beiteynu Flag Beiteynu | Cildania Flag 4200 Cildania | Coburaalternate1 Cobura | New Czarist flag Deltaria Deltaria
Newflagofjakania Jakania | People's Democratic Republic of Jelbania Flag2 Jelbania | New Kafuristan Flag Kafuristan | Flag of Kalopia after 4000 Kalopia-Wantuni | Pn1 Pontesi | Italia Istalia
Selucia new flag Selucia | Solentia new Solentia | Vanukufederalflag Vanuku | Augustan Zardugal Zardugal

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