Nations of the day and age: a brief foreword and The Kingdom of Peimar

NB: Since this blog is as much a work in progress as the game itself, things might change without warning.

The Baltic Sea is on a global scale at this point in the history of the Earth one of the fastest recovering areas after the collapse. Factors playing into these are as follows: when the comet hit the earth, the Baltic Sea wasn’t hit. This meant no tsunamis to wipe out the coastal population centers. The Atlantic hits caused some flooding, but nothing too severe.

After the comet, our glorious leaders decided to finish our civilization off with nuclear war. While nuclear weapons were used against the Nordic countries, North Germany, Poland and the Baltic, most of the region was spared from direct hits.While every state in the region collapsed, several local administrative units were able to keep existing for the most critical period of time, the first ten years or so after the nuclear war. Eventually, they disappeared but the period of lawlessness and the birth of new nations was significantly shorter than in most other regions of the Earth.

And remember, there’s a useful map here.

The Kingdom of Peimar

The Kingdom of Peimar was founded by the “Warlord Prince” Henrik Lassinanti. Lassinanti was the son of a Swedish refugee, who had fled from the Stockholm region after the destruction and landed in Southwestern Finland. The Swedish refugees were quick to ally themselves with the Swedish-speaking inhabitants of the Archipelago Sea and a brief campaign of conquest followed, with Peimar expanding north and east from the Archipelago Sea and the site of the pre-destruction town of Peimar. Shortly after the end of his conquests, Henrik I died of pneumonia and was succeeded by his daughter, Christina I. Christina I was known during her lifetime as the Queen of the Quill, because she created the written constitution of Peimar. The hangers-on and leaders of her father were made into a new nobility to help her rule the land.

This was then, now is now. Queen Anne I has ruled for six years. Only one year into her reign, Peimar and the Republic of Hanö fought a brief, but disastrous war known as The War of Utö that convinced Anne to set Peimar on a path of peace. The Republic agreed with her, ending a short period of expansionism.

Peimar has a few important characteristics compared to many other nations in the area. The first of these is the fact that when it comes to administration, Peimar is the most advanced country in the world, as far as anyone knows. This is the legacy of Queen Christina I. This means that Peimar can field armies larger than the meager population base of the country would otherwise allow. It also means that Peimar is more than capable of getting tax money out of it’s citizens which is quite an important feat in this day and age. Despite being mostly agrarian unlike Kirkoslet or the Republic of Hanö, Peimar has a fair bit of coin and a decent share of the overseas trade.

Peimar has three major exports: grain, fish and tar. Grain comes from the fields, fish come from the sea and tar comes from the forests. A significant amount of the tar exported by Peimar is not actually produced by Peimar, instead Peimar buys it cheap from the inland communities and the coastal communities outside it’s own borders and sells it to Pomeranian and Gotlannish merchants. Since the north coast and the inland regions don’t have any way to engage in overseas trade otherwise, this is quite a good business for Peimar.

What hampers Peimar economically is the fact that the merchants of Peimar don’t have access to the secrets of navigation that Hanö is known to have. This means that most of the sea trade that Peimar does needs to stay pretty close to the coast instead of sailing the open seas. The sea route to Pomerania is thus not open to Peimar.

On land, Peimar is stronger than on the seas. Last time all the regiments were raised, Peimar managed to put together 9000 soldiers to defend itself. Only about 2000 soldiers are active at any given time, about 800 along the Hanö border and the rest along the northern border.  The most famous units of the standing army are the Livvaktsdrabanterna (Guards Cavalry) which is the household cavalry of the Queen and the Somoro Dragoons, better known as the Night Witches. The army is led by the Riksmarsk (General-in-chief) duchess Sigrid Horn, who is known as both a competent field commander and a capable organizer. Like in all other states in this time and age, both women and men serve in the military.

The most important state organ, however, is the Treasury, led by the Royal Treasurer, Countess Björnfara. Apart from collecting taxes, tolls and tariffs, the Treasury is the sole law enforcement agency of Peimar. The tax-collecting fogdes (reeves) and the assistant fogdes are responsible for chasing wanted criminals and bringing them to trial. Unlike in Hanö, the military is not used as a police force.

Courts in Peimar are fairly primitive: there are no juries and most cases are ruled by a single judge appointed by the monarch. The monarch acts as the highest judiciary in the land, though this power is often delegated to a High Judge, who can be petitioned by anyone found guilty in an ordinary court.

Peimar has a basic concept of human rights, even if they’re not always realized too well. Capital punishment was banned by Henrik I during the early years of his rule. Most often, criminals convicted of serious offenses are sentenced to hard labour or allowed to join the army or navy. Slavery is forbidden in all forms, as is torturing someone for a confession. There is no expectation of privacy in the home, though: Fogdes can search any dwelling they wish to search in case they need to do so to carry out their legally mandated duties.

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One Response to Nations of the day and age: a brief foreword and The Kingdom of Peimar

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