The Free State of Sutica
Sutica is a nation founded within the realm of Vailor, built upon prosperous trade and peaceful liberalism. Further strengthened by the wisdom of many diverse races and cultures, Sutica offers a home to any whom may wish it, a haven for peaceful life far from warfare.
- 1 Sutican History
- 1.1 Pre-Sutica
- 1.2 The First Trade Monarch
- 1.3 The Second Trade Monarch
- 1.4 The Third Trade Monarch
- 1.5 The Fourth Trade Monarch
- 1.6 The Fifth Trade Monarch
- 1.7 The Sixth Trade Monarch
- 1.8 The Seventh Trade Monarch
- 1.9 The Eighth Trade Monarch
- 1.10 The Ninth Trade Monarch
- 1.11 The Tenth Trade Monarch
- 2 Since the Nation was Founded
- 3 Geography
- 4 Government
- 5 Economy
- 6 Culture
- 7 War
The first citizens of Sutica came from Salvus during the Salvian revolutions that ended the days of the Salvian republic in 1520. Before the citizens of Sutica founded their village they sought refuge in the Dwarven capital where they stayed for a year's worth of time, building alliances and ties which they would carry to their new home. They arrived in the Caliphate in 1521 and bought a fertile patch of ground adjacent to an oasis for the modest sum of 10,000 minas, following which the village of Sutica was formed.
The First Trade Monarch
The Village of Sutica was ruled by the First Trade Prince of Sutica who was elected into power by the name of Silv’ar Vanguard. Silv’ar Vanguard founded several institutions in Sutica such as the Architecture Guild and the Sutican Defense Force, the de facto guard force of the village. Silv’ar Vanguard was only Trade Prince for two years after which he stepped down and his only known living relative David Enrique became the next Trade Prince
The Second Trade Monarch
David Enrique reigned as Trade Prince for eight years, such years notorious for their inactivity; little action or progress spurred within or around the village, causing economic and cultural stagnation. The crisis arisen from the stagnant village spurred the remaining villagers to move, migrating to the newfound city of Sutica, where the population rose and a Golden Age of architecture dawned upon the people, from which they originated the Sutican style of building, the first emergence of the architectural style in history.
The Third Trade Monarch
Trade Princess Lilyana was crowned when her late husband fled the town following the crazed rioting of displeased locals in 1531. She quickly commissioned the construction of a great city for the Suticans. The massive city of Sutica was constructed efficiently for the purpose of bringing in vast sums of wealth and people from across the realm, allowing the city to experience a flood of gold and knowledge from the various peoples of Vailor. Shortly into the Third Princess's reign the Caliphate, without presenting any warning to the Suticans fell under the Mercenary Company of Hallowvale and became a state in Vandoria. No longer was Sutica a vassal of the Caliphate but now a state of Vandoria. This massive increase in population and wealth earned the attention and favor of their Overlord. Sutica at this point was a state in the realm of Vandoria. Vandoria was in general quite welcoming and kind to Sutica for a long time. Following the formation of Vanderguan and the war period where Sutica faced mounting hatred from both sides of the war, pacifistic and isolationist ideals began sweeping across the people of Sutica, forcing them in the end to back out of all relations with both the Caliphate and Vanderguan.
The Fourth Trade Monarch
Alem'shun Vanguard, son of First Trade Prince Silv'ar Vanguard, rose to the throne at the request of Lilyana Faroe in 1650, marking the end of her long service to the people of Sutica. His reign had been that over a then stagnant and empty city, and power was soon peacefully transferred to Cyrene Riel. He turned to acting as an advisor of the government, merely lingering to provide guidance and advice from time to time.
The Fifth Trade Monarch
Shortly after Cyrene returned and took over for Alem'shun in 1677, many changes were quickly made to the government and city as a whole. She declared the Federation no longer a clerical city, but a truly neutral nation, and invited many groups and diverse people into the city. Not too long after this happened, the city began to flourish with life once more, to become the prosperous Federation it is known as today. Despite much aggression and attacks from other nations and factions, Cyrene worked to ensure Sutica's old traditions were upheld, and that neutrality was maintained for the safety of the city. In the latter years of her reign, however, certain governmental policies caused widespread discontent among the populace, resulting in Cyrene's eventual abdication.
The Sixth Trade Monarch
Following Cyrene's abdication, Lily Helenson-Anarion was appointed the new head of state of the Federation of Sutica. Her focuses, following her appointment, had been the restructuring of the nation's government, namely the reworking of the city guard. This new rework was said to have mimicked a format like that of previous guard forces. In political terms, she focused on neutrality over an assertive view on the world around, remaining willing to sustain dialogues with previously hated or shunned nations, bearing in mind that neutrality does not mean inaction. Domestically, Lily upheld a tolerance for all races, supporting unity and judgement based on action rather than blood, creed or faith. In 1748, Lily returned for a second term as head of state, reigning until a second abdication in 1762 to Corwin von Alstreim.
The Seventh Trade Monarch
Following Lily's abdication, in 1728, Mika Goldhand was crowned by the former Trade Princess into the position of Trade Prince within the Sutican Meeting Hall. The Trade Prince used prior business experience to drastically raise Sutica's coffers through expansion of markets. This short period was dominated by a rise in dwarven influence due to the Trade Princes' own connections to the Goldhand Clan. Mika's government focused on establishing relations with Haelun'or and the Under-Realm of Urguan. This influence ran directly opposed to Mika's Great-Grandfather Terr'hi Uialben. Terr'hi during Mika's reign acted as a rogue agent of the Free State of Sutica, pushing claims of one of his children to the leadership of Vira'ker and later leadership of the Llyrian Concord. Terr'hi would challenge the Trade Prince to a duel in 1735 with his daughter as champion for the position of Trade Monarch, and with Mika's loss, he abdicated and handed the title to his Great-Grandfather.
The Eighth Trade Monarch
Terr'hi Uialben took the throne immediately following the duel for the nation in 1735. His policies have encouraged radical "Uialbenization" of the Free State of Sutica. This has involved taking large portions of the populace and having them take his last name Uialben as well as bringing them into his family's culture. Terr'hi's rule came under criticism following the establishment of the Ministry of Drugs in which the Duchy of Morsgrad responded by banishing all Sutican citizens. Terr'hi was succeeded by his granddaughter, Myssy Uialben.
The Ninth Trade Monarch
Myssy Uialben continued on the legacy of her predecessor and grandfather, ensuring a continued policy of "Uialbenization". These policies came under great scrutiny of the more level-headed citizens of Sutica, and in an agreement between Terr'hi, Myssy, and former Trade Princess Lily Helenson-Anarion, Myssy abdicated in favor of Lily's second term.
The Tenth Trade Monarch
The ascension of Corwin von Alstreim to the throne of Sutica marked the first time in Sutican history that a human monarch had assumed direct sovereignty over the nation. Following Lily Helenson-Anarion's second abdication, who had two years prior attempted to surrender executive powers to a newly-formed Triumvirate to ensure the nation's stability, Corwin was declared heir after having assumed a leading role in the nation's politics as a Triumvir. This arrangement swiftly led to political infighting among the Sutican governance, and an Orenian invasion of the nation in order to ensure the removal of a Renatian loyalist monarch. Through swift diplomatic maneuvering, Corwin managed to all but abolish the Triumvirate to restore royal authority, defeat his opponents in an internal power struggle, resulting in Blair Fester's removal from Sutican governance, and command the successful defense of Sutica alongside an international coalition in the Sutican War, ensuring Sutica's continued sovereignty and affirmation of his authority by the Holy Orenian Empire. Corwin's policies have led to Sutica's continued prosperity and stability in the model of human kingdoms, up until his abdication and abolition of the Sutican monarchy in 1783.
Since the Nation was Founded
Suticans sailed off from Vandoria due to the political tensions and the general instability of the nation. This led them to the isles where the founded yet another new city of Sutica in the year 1544. Construction was slow but steady and soon after completion of the city it began to once again fill with citizens. In the year 1558 the Mounsidian people sought land and protection under the Isles and were granted land and vassalage. In the year 1561 Celein, due to mounting political pressure and a possible war sought the protection of Sutica and became a vassal under them.
Soon after the destruction of Vailor, the people of Sutica found themselves on the island of Ceru within the realm of Axios, where they began to reconstruct their nation. They built the city of Sutica. Within a few years, they had surmounted their wealth and size, expanding their borders across the vast majority of Ceru. With the dissolution of the War Uzg by the Holy Orenian Empire, the orcs were displaced from home and many found new solace within the Federation.
Princess Lilyana and her new husband, Karyssmov Faroe, Led the fair citizens of the Federation into the new lands, erecting a vast city where Druids, Halflings, Clerics and Acsended all found solace. However, soon many of these orders left due to falling outs and disagreements with the leaders. A Clerical order, known as the Paragons, was founded shortly after and with it a new surge of Taharian teachings spread throughout the federation. Eventually, the city fell to the plaguing of an evil clique of Druids. Following the dealing with these transgressors, it was revealed to the leaders of Sutica than the isle of Ceru had become corrupted. Thus they set out on a quest to free the Spirit of Ceru from this dark influence, returning it to its natural state of being, after which the residents of the isle set off to Atlas out of respect for the restored Spirit.
Upon their arrival in Atlas, Princess Lilyana chose to abandon their previously chosen land, leading the Suticans to lands further into the wilderness. This lead to the clashing of factions within the Nation, ushering in a period of stagnation. This period ended following the collapse of the Clerical Order, ending off formally with the disconnection of former-Lord Protectorate, Karyssmov. This led to the immediate renouncement of the crown by Lilyana and the ascention of Alem'shun Vanguard.
With their newfound leader in place, the Suticans went through a restructuring of their government, namely with the appointment of numerous new Ministers and Advisers. Once all was settled and in a state of calmness, the crown was peacefully handed over to Cyrene who followed through with further government reforms. The city saw a significant spike in its popularity during this time, returning to a state of economic growth and cultural diversity that it had previously known. Eventually, however, Cyrene's reforms fell to laziness and the government became inert. It was shortly after this point that Cyrene abdicated and appointed Lily to the post of Trade Monarch, who resumed the task of finishing the reforms started by Alem'shun.
The Federation of Sutica is a large city-state built along the coastline and islands of the lands of Almaris. Its position geographically speaking is on the body of land at the southern end of Almaris, neighbouring The Druidic Order. The lands immediately outside of the city gates are a mix of heavy forest and rolling plains, with sparse farmland and small structures scattered about.
Sutica is ruled by the Trade Prince or Princess. The title has in the past been passed down dynastically, though in the modern day the heir is typically chosen by the sitting ruler or by vote of the Ministers. In rare occasions, the decision is put to a nationwide vote.
Ministers act as agents of the state, entrusted with authority by the ruler of Sutica and granted the power to head the relevant ministry. The ruler of Sutica chooses all positions, and decides whether a lifetime appointment or a term to be served was in order. One person may hold multiple positions, if deemed fit by the ruler of Sutica.
Advisors act as trusted councilors to the ruler of Sutica, possessing no powers or authority unless otherwise specified. Vassal groups of Sutica may reserve the right to have one delegate amongst themselves sit upon the Advisor’s Council, for fair representation.
Sutica is a prosperous nation built upon the firm foundations of trade relations from the many ports dotting their islands. The constant stream of minas into their reserves has allowed many to take up intellectual studies instead of pursuing constant employment, a testament to the financial security vested within the trade nation.
While Suticans are generally considered very rich they are also very charitable. Houses are free and there are minimal taxes in the city. Suticans enjoy a calm and peaceful life, stemming from their pacifistic stance taken in previous conflicts. They are very accepting people and are generally considered one of the most liberal of nations due to their lackadaisical stance regarding people's personal lives, leading to Suticans calling the Sutican way the, "do whatever you'd like" way.
Society within the nation is astonishingly liberal in contrast to other nations across the realms. Their inclusion of any peaceful descendant within their society, regardless of race, has contributed to the rise of a wise, diverse cosmopolitan nation. The culling of ignorance due to this has led to the creation of a relaxed, pacifistic trading culture within the nation.
Suticans are renowned not for their art upon canvas, but their art of construction, the architecture of marble and terracotta. Suticans are so skilled in the feat, that in the matter of years their universally famous Architecture Guild bolstered its own unique style of architecture, unique to any before in the realm.
Due to the brevity the nation has stood, it has been able to produce only one of literary merit, titled: Lustful Lilyana. Almost all of their previously created works were lost during the great migration to Atlas from Axios.
Due to the brevity the nation has stood, it has as of yet been able to produce any works of musical merit, despite its large community of wise and intelligent thinkers.
Due to the diversity of the inhabitants of Sutica, and the diversity of their belief systems, Sutica has no structured or majority religion. This has allowed for the further degradation of ignorance and the spreading of a culture of acceptance, so long as the religions practiced bring no harm to Sutica's people or her guests.
Sutica aims, generally, to avoid war and conflict by any means necessary, as war would not only interfere with their open borders and peaceful exchanges with all races, but would raise trouble within their frequent trading endeavors. As a result, to this date, Sutica has been directly involved in very few wars, preferring to give economic aid to their allies and to embargo their enemies. Presently, in Atlas, the nation upholds a policy of total non-participation in war save for peace talks and peacekeeping operations.