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Toopoxia (Russian: Tупокся Tupoksya Latin: Volitonia Folitonia), officially Nationalist Dictatorship of Toopoxia, is a Middle Eastern nation in the Democratic Union (outside colony). It borders Hydac to the North and UME to the South.
The nation covers an area of around 1,001,450 km² (386,560 square miles) and borders the Volitaian sea to the South East and lake Lunin to the south.
Toopoxia is not the most populous nation on the Earth but it enjoys a moderate size capable of influencing international events, the vast majority of people live on the banks of the Volitaia River where the capitol Volitaia sits and arable farmland can be found, a large portion of Toopoxia, especially the south, is desert land which has been made perfect for weapons testing.
Toopoxia is made famous for the mysterious Volitaian race who owned the territory before Toopoxia, there are temples and structures still remaining from this civilisation which has boosted the tourist industry into a major source of economy.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Politics
- 4 Subdivisions
- 5 Geography
- 6 Economics
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Culture
- 9 Language
- 10 Religion
- 11 Education
- 12 Transport
- 13 Military
Common names and abbreviations for Toopoxia include, Volislavia, Folitonia, Toops and Poxica, the earliest reference to the name Toopoxia is in the Mongolian tribe known as the Toops who were known to have had contact with both the earliest Russian and Roman nations, though the name can be fully attributed to Lexin Greblosk who was the man responsible for its founding.
The area was also frequently known as Volitaia, even after its occupation, it took less of a prominant stance as an accepted abbreviation as the Toopoxicans furthered their strength, The name Volitaia comes from the ancient Volitaian dialect meaning the Servants or People of King Voli, a common urban myth is that the word Volatile (meaning to be unstable, quick to react) comes from the fact that the Volitaians had so many civil wars, this is untrue.
Main Article: History of Toopoxia
The Volitaia River has been the site of human settlement since the Paleoithic era, evidenced by rock carvings, simple tools and old settlements discovered by archeologists when investigating the river banks, it seems that sometime in the 6th millenium a group of hunter gathering fishermen replacing a grain grinding society caused by the overgrazing or changing climates of the Great Desert which removed a large swath of Volitaian Farming, the earliest tribal communties moved to the Nile seeking an Agricultural Economy and a Centralized Society.
During around the 6th Millenium the early Pre-Dynastic societies developed as independent tribes, these cultures formed the earliest Agricultural and Buiding construction projects becoming the predecessors for the Volitaian society, these tribes kept in contact with the less advanced Upper Volitaians, mostly through trade, around three thousand years later the first evidence of Volitaian Hierogliphics are found, inscriptions discovered on clay pots and vessels.
Around the 3rd Millenium the kingdom was unified into a signle dynastical entity under King Aki-Voli, where the nation gained its name and began its expansion around the River Volitaia, at this point in time the Kingdom was ruled within the City of Naibe which at this point was known as Volitaia.
The Kingdom rose to such heights of power due to its strength in position, it could easily defend itself from any tribe not under the rule of Voli, conversely the Volitaians found themselves unable to launch assaults against their neighbours, this sparked a time of peaceful trade and expansion, it is to this period that the most notable architecture and literature are accredited, this period also brought about an unmaintainable population and a sudden drought sparked off a civil war which ended the prehistoric period for Volitaia.
Hykosian Conquest of Volitaia
The Fourth Dynasty was only brief, the nation came under invasion bya semetic tribe to the North known as the Hykozians, this was a significant part of the Volitaian history as it resulted in the collapse of an independent Volitaian nation and introduced the region to Slavic nations in the East, the Hykosian Empire broke apart 400 years after having conquered Volitaia and left the nation in ruins.
The Arabian and Semetic periods of Toopoxican history cover the nation from the fall of the Hykosian empire to the conquest of Volitaia by the Smorrg, there is very little knowledge of this period due to mass migration and lack of a unified language style nor the methods to teach it, most knowledge is to be gained from the Kahjin Papyrus, a collection of notes found in a small fishing village, the writing reveals naming conventions, poetry, prophets and other such knowledge from the period.
The dominant themes of this period was in the drive to unify the nation, there were beleived to be no less than 32 Kingdoms based about the River Volitaia and each attempted to gain power through means of warfare, for example King Akkwah Fadim was claimed to be Sulje-Wajoli (King of the River) but was fallen in combat by King Ejjila Tirkwa who then passed on the title to his sons (the Tirkwa would later help Lexin Greblosk to reunify the region)
Early Slavic Mentions
Around this point the Slavs are first mentioned as attempting to take the territory, only one slavic nation is noted as having attempted a full scale attack but evidence points at more, the region was seen as somewhat of a fertile paradise by the Slavic Kings who vied for the territory more so than the Kings of Volitaia, each attack was notable for having failed for some reason or another, mostly through to logistical failures or through unexpected military alliances, the Toopoxicans are mentioned as having crossed into Volitaia quite late, around 985 AD.
The Toopoxican Conquest of Volitaia marked the defeat of the seperate Kings of Volitaia under the rule of Lexin Greblosk the Victor (Duke of Toopoxia), at the battle of Volitaia and subsequent Smorrgian control over the territory, this victory was an important turning point in the nations history, the nation was now unified again under one rule and had closer links with the European territories removing Arabian influences, it set the stage for a rivalry that would last into the 21st century, and gave rise to one of the most powerful Monarchs of the period.
Directly following the conquest the title King of the Volitaians was seen merely as a subdivision of other titles (namely the Grand Duke of Toopoxia) which lay claim to much of the Slavic lands, it was only due to much warfare that the Toopoxican Kings finally realised their strength in owning Volitaia, they used the lands as a method for recruiting vast armies to fight the Slavic kings which caused much of the native population to either migrate or be killed on the battlefield.
Toopoxia continued to hold on to its foreign territories for some time and even expanded Southwards further than the Volitaians, expansion into Slav lands was assured and territories in Asia began to sink into the mantle of the Kings estate eventually forming the Toopoxican Organisation, made to deal with the massive overseas empire, during this time Volitaia was renamed Toopoxia to better suit its position as the homeland of this massive Empire.
The large Empire was then hit with much strife, first a great plague swept through the Empire and its colonies killing much of the population, during the 14th century the population went from 27 million to 12 million, this sparked much rebellion amongst the overseas territory and caused the withdrawal of the Toopoxican Trading Organisation from many dependencies and lastly the nation was invaded by the Slavic Kingdoms, the invasion was repelled at high cost to the population and to the economy.
First Toopoxican Civil War
The Tooopoxican Civil War was a series of armed conflicts between the unpopular Toopoxican Monarchy and the rising forces of the Republic dating from 1521 until peace in 1643, the conflict began when protestors siezed Volitaia City and the Organisation seperated its rule from the King, riots opened up across the country and the first series of conflicts took place between the two forces, this first strike was put down quickly and the first war ended only 2 years after having been declared.
The second war was a sudden strike made by the Republic, now funded by the Toopoxican Organisation, the Republic force managed to sieze Volitaia and, under the rule of Gallilia Gresham, united the people of Toopoxia, a series of bloody battles took place and neither side managed to gain much of a hold on the nation, Republic forces were outmatched at the battle of Banini by the army of Lord General Sulief which then led to the end of the second war, however loss was only minor and the people were able to create a provisional goverment under the rule of the King.
The Last Civil war took place after the Republic was abololished by King Mikhainus I, this time the Republic had been training a new style army, eager to not have the same losses at Banini, this new style army was revolutionary and let to great victories and again the Republic had seized the Capitol of Volitaia, fighting continued until 1643 when King Mikhainus I was executed and his family exiled to to the Slavic Kingdom of Smorrg.
Age of Enlightment
Toopoxia began an age of external expansion by forcing many other colonial states into an Administrative Control and thus granting the Toopoxican Organisation a chance to gain much more wealth, Toopoxia became the largest earner of wealth in the region and promoted a policy of extended literacy and education which led to the increased industrial capacity of Toopoxia and the privatisation of industries including the Toopoxican Organisation.
Toopoxia became an early state to prohibit the passage of slavery, concerned by a rising unemployment rate, at its peak during the Industrial period Toopoxia owned colonies in parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas, but after the decline of the Republican period the Toopoxican Empire began to disolve and the great power that it once held was overtaken by other nations more focused on economy.
First Half of the 20th Century
At the eve of the new century Toopoxia was at its lowest point in many years, race related riots had broken out between the many ethnicities within Toopoxia and anarchy was rising, the Toopoxican democratic party was attempting to keep a hold of the situation but its power was slowly being deteriorated by anarchists, on the eve of warfare with the world Toopoxia was about to undergo its second civil war, fortunantly the outbreak of hostilities on the United Slavic Kingdom had given the goverment time to brush the situation under the carpet.
The war went on for much longer than was expected and war wearyness was beginning to hurt the civil population, the riots continued provoking action from several deserted Toopoxican Officers who stormed the Volitaian Republic buildings, their attempted coup was put down but the damage done was enough to force Toopoxia out of the war whilst the internal difficulties of the state were sorted out.
The Nationalist Officers Movement, led by Viktor Du'Font, managed to gain seats in the parlimentary buildings whilst also making progress in cleaning the streets, they would constantly fight with Muslims and Africans to show the prevailence of Slavic Ethnicities in the nation, this tactic of intimidation was working well as each election brought the party closer to complete power over the country, this tactic would also lead to futher generations of racists and anti-communists in the future.
Du'Font gained power over the region by passing a bill to limit the voices of other parties and eventually banning their power altogether, this period is well known amongst the people as the Du'Fontist era, Toopoxican Military Forces reassumed control over a lot of former colonial assets including Gallia, Saan Galli and many others, the nation joined the Corporate Alliance during this time seeing it as an economic beneficial alliance to contrast with their own want to restore order in world.
Second Half of the 20th Century
Once Du'Font passed away he controversially passed on leadership to his son, many felt this was too similar to the actions of a hereditary leadership but their fears were stemmed when David Du'Font led the nation gracefully into the new period of technology, much of Davids leadership involved continuing his fathers work in bringing down the criminal gangs left over from the Great War, he also made actions towards sympathising with the Toopoxican Organisation which assisted in bringing down regional crime rates.
Of the two leaders from the 21st century David is more commonly remembered, his father only had 30 years in power whilst David served his nation for 50 years until he passed away from Lung Cancer, after his death the country took a somewhat controversial step in reintroducing the Republic, this led to the rise of Consul Gallus Raexe whos distinguished political career began as the governor for Gallia.
Toopoxia goverment relies on the decision making of the фюрер (Dictator) who operates within the limits of the Constitution, however this is not a simple one party system as the Parliment was dissassembled in the early 1950's by the then Dictator Viktor Du'Font, there is just one level of goverment operated by Du'Font and his team of advisors who are chosen amongst the Intellegentia.
Toopoxia has a poor record in foreign affairs, often with Du'Font making the decision to go to war with other nations before they reach Foreign Affairs, it has done some effort in recent years to rectify this problem including joining the Corporate Alliance and signing a truce with both the EVIL Alliance Bloc and the GASN with the Blackhelm Confederacy being Toopoxia's closest ally.
1. Hykozac 2. Garad Kah 3. Lexin North 4. Akh Najazra 5. Tauntillis 6. Lexin Free State 7. Volitai 8. Banini Sulief 9. Najazra North 10. Al Miny 11. Volitaia District 12. Volitaia City 13. Lexin South 14. Lexin Desert 15. Hykozac East 16. Lunin 17. Amnan 18. Assat 19. Volitaia River 20. Daminski 21. Kominski 22. Naibe 23. Icknanie 24. Regi Luni Mountain Pass 25. Lexinbridge 26. Lexin Peninsula 27. Lunibridge
Toopoxia is surrounded on the North and South by desert, on the West it is walled off by the Luni Mountain range, on the East it borders Volitaia Bay, the Volitaia River also runs through the center of nation giving its name to the Capitol Volitaia and the town Lower Volitaia, the landscape within is mostly arid desert, the area directly around the River Volitaia is highly fertile due its constant flooding, the Luni Mountains open up to allow for a trade route at the Regi Luni Mountain Pass, the River Volitaia also serves as a key trading point, the nation borders Hydac to the North and the United Middle East to the South.
Toopoxia has a varying economy which depends really on the flooding of the River Volitaia, the Oil reserves are unusually low for a nation in the Middle East with such Oil rich neighbours, of course there is the radical alternative of sifting gold from the Volitaia, below is a list of the industries which make up Toopoxias economy.
- Farming 36%
- Arms Manufacturing 14% (see also: Toopoxican Organisation)
- Gold 6%
- Oil 15%
- Fishing 9%
For the moment the economy is thriving mostly from the Toopoxican organisation and the sales of Oil which both together make up a large profit, farming does dominate the market but it's rarely used as a trading tool and more as a commodity.
Toopoxican men outnumber women at a ratio of about 1 and a half men to every woman making Toopoxia a very masculine state, two thirds of the population live in poverty often working for the Toopoxican Organisation, the average life span for men is around 65 and for women it is 62, this is due to a poor social system that has not undergone a reformation in 60 years.
Education is expensive, being owned by Private companies, the largest chain of educational centers seems to be owned by "Ticking Minds" A division of the Toopoxican Organisation, this company offers 12 years of Education, the first three being free, the classes are divided into two, the first being the Male Intelligentia who are taught History, Philosophy, Physical Education, Russian, Latin, Weapons Training, Tactics, Law, Geography, Maths and Economics, the Female Intelligentia are taught Home-making, Child Raising, Genetics, Cooking and simple Maths.
The Lucky few Silinidj who gain scholarships are taught Maths, Russian, Latin, History, Art and Music, the females are taught basically the same, this class division is seen mostly in education than in other places, but in being a Privately owned company there is nothing the Silinidj can do but to hope their son or daughter is on a course.
Full Article: Toopoxican Military
The Toopoxican Military is heavily controlled by the Toopoxican Organisation who supplies weaponary, funding, equipment and has control of large portions of the military, the military concentrates on special forces, specifically marksmen but also has a large expendable infantry branch and a small light Armour branch, the naval forces are currently poorly designed simply required to hold off an enemy giving enough time to land forces.
Toopoxican uniform is a one-piece blue fireproof suit with a kevlar vest and helmet each in Poxican Nightshade (Naval Blue with grey streaks) a standard equipment list is a scope, medical kit, radio, grenades and a knife, along with the P21 assult rifle, special forces are given far more equipment and training but retain the original standards of soldiers, Dress Uniform is a Naval Blue Suit and a similar cap, medals are to be worn at all formal occasions and hair is required to be shorter than 2" all over.