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The Republic of
Flag of Syskeyia
National motto: Ubi Caritas et Amor, Deus Ibi Est
National anthem: {{{national_anthem}}}
Region Asia
Capital Syskeyiapolis
Largest City New Nicaea
Population 6.905 billion (March 27, 2006)
Suffrage All Citizens aged 18 or over
Official Language(s) Latin, English
Government Republic
Benedict Michael Sukothai

17 August 1303
ISO Nation Code SYSK
Currency Syskeyian Dollar (§) (SYSD)
Time Zone +7
• Summer (DST) +7
Internet TLD .syk
Calling Code +989
National Symbols
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 • Animal
 • Fruit
 • Flower

Martial arts
Doubled-pedaled red hibiscus
UN Status Non-member
Info: NationStates NSEconomy Pipian NS Tracker XML

As of March 27, 2006 (RL time), Syskeyia no longer exists IC. Feel free to change the tenses from future to past tense if you happen on this page.


The Republic of Syskeyia was a federal republic located somewhere in Southeast Asia (with a province in the South Pacific and a colony on Mars), with a reputation for its fervent orthodox Catholicism, its long-standing republican form of government and its military prowess (or lack thereof).

National Information

Traditional Name: Respublica Syskeyiae
Traditional Short Form: Syskeyia
Abbreviations: RS
Form of Government: Mixed parliamentary/presidental federal republic
Location(s): South East Asia|Southeast Asia, South Pacific, Mars


Syskeyia was locatted somewhere in Southeast Asia, protected on nearly all land boundaries (save the Twin Shrine Pass and the Western Gap) by the Synora Mountains. To the south is the Gulf of Syskeyia which led to the Pacific Ocean.

The southern part of the country was generally a mix of grassland, forest, and light and dense jungle. Through this flowed the Nikea River, which extended all the way to the area around Syskeyiapolis. The Nikea River branches split off into several major tributaries, most notably the Nihorkai river, which led to Lake Nihorkai and the Naval Museum of St. Peter.

Splitting Syskeyia into its northern and southern regions were the Kardja Mountains. This mountain range, in which Syskeyiapolis was nestled, was comparable to the Andes mountains in terms of temperature and climate.

The northern part of Syskeyia was much like the southern part of Syskeyia, with jungle and grassland alike. One very noticable geographical point here, however, is the Twin Shrine Pass.

Syskeyia's one terrestrial non-contiguous province, St. Peter Claver Island, was a lush, tropical South Pacific Island. Due to the threat of invasion from Amerigo, was said to be heavily fortified, until said fortifcations were destroyed in the Syskeyia-Eurusea War. The military installations and other infrasturcture on the island was currently being rebuilt. It was completely rebuilt after the war, but with a smaller population.

Syskeyia's Martian colony is located on a flat plain bordering Sunset, Menelmacari carnil, Sentinel Two, Ravenspire, Vallance, Dajdbog, Kaenei Mars, the Martian holdings of The Territory, and the Iraqstani Martian colony. Syskeyian Mars' government has not participated in any terraforming programs, and all of its inhabitants live in domed cities.


Distant History

Syskeyia's history goes deep into the past, much of which has not yet been recovered. It can be said, though, that the historical development of Syskeyia had eventually led it to become a number of squabbling feifdoms, generally shielded from foreign invasion by the Synora mountains

The Beginnings of Modern Syskeyia

It history changed, however, in 1189. In that year, a certain English nobleman named John Williamshire, accompied by his brother, the Catholic bishop Anselm and several other bishops, and some of John's knights, set sail from Plymouth, England to accompany Richard the Lionheart on the Third Crusade. A strange wind blew his ship(s) off, however, and after a long, ardous voyage, he, Anslem, and the rest of his entourage finally arrived at what is now known as New Nicaea. John quickly founded the city and duchy of the same name and established friendly relations with the fiefdoms around him, while his brother Anselm evangelized the country.

While John thought of himself as a mere duke, events were to catapult him to a much higher officer. In 1225, an expedition of the Chinese Song dynasty burst through the Twin Shrine Pass bent on invasion and conquest. In a titanic battle involving forces from all the 72 fiefdoms which had converted to Christianity, John Williamshire beat back the invaders. Because of this feat of uniting and bravery, the rulers of the fiefdoms named John the first king of Syskeyia.

John soon therafter discovered the site of what is now Syskeyiapolis, and established his capital there. He ruled well, as did his son Adam I. There was realtively no foreign problems, save for a Mongol invasion in 1275, which was defeated by a certain David Mai shi-rong.

With the reign of Adam II, however, things began to change. Changing his name to Achilles, the new king soon abandoned his Catholic faith in favor of a new syncretistic faith of his own making, combining elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, Greek and Roman mythology with a little bit of Christianity thrown into the mix.

The government was able to tolerate the king's religious beliefs for a time, but when he began to persecute Christians and plotted to transform the Cathedral (now Bascilica) of the Holy Trinity into a temple of his own faith, the Syskeyian Senate in 1300 placedAchilles "the Apostate" on trial for numerous crimes.

The Senate found him guilty of his crimes and condemned him to death. Achilles refused to accept this, and the Syskeyian Civil War began. The war ended in 1303 when David Mai shi-rong, the Strategos Strategon of Syskeyia and commander of the Parliamentary/Christian forces, defeated the king once and for all at the Battle of Nova Ardea.

The Establishment of the Republic

A republic was established, and two consuls established to replace the king. Why both consuls were said to hold equal executive power, one consul, called the First Consul was to enjoy "primacy of administration," in effect creating an executive branch of government not unlike the United States Presidential system.

During the first two centuries of the Republic, the mountians kept Syskeyia generally isolated from the rest of Asia - an isolation that may have been aided by her neighboring countries' scorning, intentional ignorance of her. Nevertheless, the Republic prospered and expanded, colonizing an uninhabited stretch of land to the south of her and adding three provinces to her lands.

In 1510 Syskeyia re-established contact with Western Chistendom. This began what is known as the Syskeyian Renaissance.

{More history stuff ... um ... sometime :) )

In 1803, Parliament decided to add the title "President" to the First Consul's official office, thus making him the "President and First Consul of the Republic of Syskeyia." (Praesidens et Primus Consul Reipublicae Syskeyiae)

Like the rest of Southeast Asia, Syskeyia suffered conflict and bloodshed in World War II. In January of 1942, the Empire of Adoki invaded Syskeyia on behalf of Japan, occupying much of the northern Republic. The Adoki forces were driven back and eveutally withdrew, but it proved to be a savage fight to do so, and soon thereafter Communist insurgents were smuggled in, giving the Army a lot to do during the 1950s.

After the Communist rebellion was quelled, the country was relatively peaceful (Save for the Xavier and Loyola University Incident) until the 1980s. Then, the country became embroiled in the Objectivist War, with the government eventually defeating the Objectivist drug lords.

(Those drug lords would eventually wind up in The Reich as head of the nation of Objectivist Insurgents)

Recent History

The Republic of Syskeyia emerged from its relative isolation onto the international scene on December 21, 2002. Soon therafter, Benedict Michael Sukothai was elected President and First Consul.

One of Syskeyia's most famous acts was when President and First Consul Sukothai established a blockade of the People's Republic of Amerigo and built a military base on St Peter Claver Island in response to the quasi-Communist nation's selling of slaves. This set off a chain of events that eventually led to the Amerigan Slaver War, to which Syskeyia contributed 16 divisons and three carrier battlegroups (among other resources).

After that, Syskeyia enjoyed a relatively peaceful era until some terrorists took Syskeia's Parliament hostage. The situation was relieved when a join team of Menelmacari, Constantian and Syskeyian special forces liberated the hostages.

Soon therafter, Syskeyia joined the South Atlantic Treaty Organization and served the alliance faithfully in many wars, including the Red Bracelet_war, the Bloodreign Occupation, and the Shadow War, among other operations. (Syskeyia also founded a colony on Mars during this era.) Syskeyia's SATO alleigance was not to all its liking, for it was responsible, in part, for the St. Dominic Syskeyian Embassy Riots. This disaster, along with the Syskeyian boycott of Knootoss and tensions with Ruhr over the latter's percieved imperialism in the Pacific, led to the Republic's withdrawal from the organziation after two seperate calls from Ravenspire and Ruhr were made to have the Republic expelled, both heavily sponsored by Knootoss.

Having left SATO, Syskeyia continued to have good relations with Chimaea and to a lesser extent Der Angst and Menelmacar, among others. The Republic joined Menelmacar and its allies in Operation: Roundhammer, sending in a large force to face Melkor. The Syskeyian troops never fired a shot; Melkor's commander surrendered, only to be overridden by his superior, who nuked most of the Syskeyian forces and many civilians as well, leaving 1.2 million Syskeyians dead.

The Republic suffered an horrendous diplomatic downturn when its Senate rashly issued the Senatum Ultimum Consultum against Tanah Burung society write John Santyana. The issuing, which even the Senators admitted was "stupied," "dumb," "evil" and "wrong," made Syskeyia a hated enemy of the Coalition of Anti Capitalist Economies (Nevertheless, Syskeyia still remains allied with the Holy Socialist Republic of Constantinopolis.)

While Syskeyia tried to rebuild its international reputation, the Federation of Eurusea initiated hostile actions, Syskeyia intercepting a speech in which their Premier condemned the Republic. Eurusea then deployed a fleet to observe Syskeyian-Chimaean joint naval exercises. The observation fleet then withdrew, as a second fleet approached St. Peter Claver Island. There, rumors report that negotiations began but then collapsed. The Euruseans and their allies began to attack the island, subsequently taking St Peter after a pitched battle at sea and on land; around half to two-thirds of the civilian population were successfully evacuated before St Peter fell. At the same time, a Reich fleet commanded by Veganan forces invaded the southern city of Bendecitia, capturing it. Syskeyia managed to recapture both Bendecitia and St. Peter Claver Island, ending the war. (The RPs concering this war are still in progress, however.)


Race and ethnicity

The majority of Syskeyian identify themselves as "ethnically Syskeyian." In general, the Syskeyian people are an ancestrally heterogeneous, if culturally homogeneous people, being of mixed Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, Polynesian, Burmese, Indian, and other ancestry (read: practically every people of Southern Asia)., as well as asmattering of European descent from the days of the Williamshire monarchy. That being said, there are considerable minority groups in Syskeyia, such as refugees from Iesus Christi and elves. The latter group, it should be mentioned, was largely evacuated from the coastal provinces on the eve of Vegana's invasion of "the Republic."

Despite the predominance of one or two races (Asiatic/Indian) in Syskeyia, racism is minimal, if not unknown. While a "mixed-race superioirty" movement emerged in the 1920s, it did not last long. That said, foreign Western villians in movies, TV shows, books and so on (such as fictional Knootian drug dealers) are usually depicted as having white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes; this is not due to any percieved inferiority or innate depravity of Caucasians on the Syskeyians' part, but rather is a reaction to the belief in "white superiority" prevalent in much of the 18th and 19th century Western world that still exists in some parts of the world today (such as Iraqstan some nations in the Reich.)


Syskeyia's culture is unique, having Chinese, Norman, Thai, English, Indian, Byzantine, Burmese, Sicilian, and Vietnamese influences, among others. The culture seems to have painlessly combined a strict Catholic moralism with a healthy appetite for fun, partying, and a bit of sensuality (within bounds, of course.)

The Syskeyian people are generally a compassionate, hospitable people. Syskeyia ranks high in UN rankings regarding the "nicest" and "most compassionate" people in the world, and are generally welcoming toward the stranger, the poor, and the refugee. While Syskeyians generally hold strict adherence to the Catholic faith and its morality, they are tolerant of other religions, provided they do not worship Satan. While the Syskeyians do no generally "shove the Catholic faith down people's throats," if someone questions Catholic doctrine or practice, they should be ready for a heated theological debate.

One of the most fundamental questions in Syskeyian culture concerns the identity of Syskeyia itself: is Syskeyia a Western nation, an Asian nation, or perhaps a bit of both? This question has remained a subject of (relatively) civil controvery ever since the Republic's re-establishment of contact with the Western world in 1510. While "traditional" Syskeyian culture incorporates both Western and Asian influences, concern has grown over the "overcommercialization" of Western culture and its feared impact on Syskeyian culture. Influenced in part by 19th century Romanticism, a movement has been underway to revive the long dead Ancient Syskeyian languages that were submerged with the widespread, yet gradual, acceptance of English and Latin as the linguae francae during the years of the monarchy and early republic. This movement has led to an interest in the pre-"Latinized" culture of Syskeyia (not necessaily "pre-Christian" - many of Anselm Williamshire's catechical writings - written in indiginous languages - have been recovered and have recieved much scholarly interest) and a revival of literature written in the "old" languages. Would-be secularizers should note that those involved in the "old language revival" are also very Catholic, and that English and Latin shall be the dominant tongues for some time to come.