|República Valaduria / |
Basque, Gallego, Faelish
|Last Election:||November 5, 2008|
## sq. mi.
Valaduria, officially the Valadurian Republic (Valegón: República Valaduriana, Ceniteq: Hfvihok Uzfeho ("People's Rule" i.e. "Republic", lit.: "We-selves Dealings")), is a member state ("Page") located in southwestern Fáel occupying all of the Vincennes Basin and much of the encircling mountains. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Kingdom of Faeland to the north and by the Dominion of Litus to the south and east. It wholly surrounds the enclave ("Foral") of Estato Cautillo ("Santiago de Fuelaterra"), situated atop Mt. St. James.
Valaduria abolished its army permanently in 1937, after the civil war. Forces under arms have existed unofficially since 1950 due to the republican/monarchist conflict and, of course, military obligations to the Valanian Federate. The Republic is exceptional in Faeland as the state where political consciousness and disbelief in capitalism are more common than their opposites. The local experience as well as many refugees from Franco's phalangist regime have combined to nurse a large anarcho-syndicalist population; both socialist and communists are also common.
The various fueros ("provinces") have set up social order atop the ruins of the preceding unitary republic. At its best, the fueros operate with a sense of proportion, realistic understanding, and organizational ability. Various collectives and leagues unite in programs of syndicalist-socialist character: worker ownership of large industry; recognition of small proprietors, workers' control, etc. Since the 1970s there have been a minor but widespread indigenous (Cenitek) uprisings which have curtailed the power and influence of the Iberian interlopers.
The lands within the borders of today's Republic have been continuously settled since prehistoric times. During the 16th century, the global empire of Spain began colonization in earnest to increase their naval range against rival England; following large numbers of Basque and Galician settlements.
Main article: History of the Spanish in Faeland
During most of the colonial Spanish period, Valaduria was settled by Basques and Asturian fishermen and people from the north of Spain generally. Only later, as the rivalry between Spain and England flared, did the newly united Spanish crown commission expeditions to establish "captaincies". These were essentially small-scale governorships intended to 1) establish and maintain friendly ports 2) prospect for mineral wealth and 3) raise local militia and impress sailors.
Nominally this was the "Kingdom of New Asturias", in practice the territory rarely had a viceroy, being a virtually autonomous entity within the Spanish Empire. Valaduria's distance from the Spanish Main and its legal prohibition under Spanish law from trade with its local neighbors in Faeland depressed Valaduria into a poor, isolated, and sparsely colonized backwater of the empire. The Vincennes Basin was described as "the poorest and most miserable fief in all the world" by a Spanish sea captain in 1698. Scholars contend that the unique circumstances of Spanish rule in Valaduria led to many of the idiosyncrasies for which the region has become known; setting the stage for Valaduria's development as a more egalitarian society than the majority of her imperial legacies. Valaduria became, in the words of one of her poets (which she is famous for producing), "a mountain democracy, spotted by fair fortalezh (Val.: "walled towns") and honest ranches".
Nevertheless Faeland's strategic location demanded a continued Spanish presence on the island. Valaduria was perpetually neglected as a colony but remained an important outpost against English expansion. Three major wars narrate the parallel histories of Spain's failed attempts to completely subdue the local population and maintain a bulwark against the burgeoning British Empire.
Main article: Politics of Valaduria
The country is divided into regions called fueros, of which there are 16 total. The fueros are:
- San Fuente
- La Marca
- San Juan el Bautista
Main article: Economy of the Valadurian Republic
See also: Valegón People