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The Eyrie of Gusano
« on: April 20, 2023, 09:52:15 PM »

The Eyrie of Gusano
"From the heights, we see all."

The Eyrie of Gusano is a sparsely populated country of extremes. The nation is made up of a vast fertile plain which raises steeply up to a mountain range that contains the nations symbolic capital Cavedor. There is however a divide in the nation in more ways than geography. The plains is home to what is colloquially known as "The Funnel" a series of settlements that exist to allow the nation to undertake commerce with the outside world. The other half is known as "The Solitude" and is a largely a region largely inhabited by the elite ceremonial classes. The nation is however considerably wealthy thanks to the hills that help create its semi-isolation, those hills  are home to a variety of mineral resources, including copper, gold, silver, iron ore, and zinc which are present in large quantities. The nation is ruled by an individual known as "The Veiled One" who is part of an elite within the elite who marked for special duties within the nation.



Population: Approx 12.5 million
GDP per capita: $62,000
Gini Coefficent: 69.7%
Largest City: Fuerte Aguilar (pop.310,000)
Capital City: Cavedor (pop. 18,000)
Head of State & Government: The Veiled One Aurora
Form of Government: Theocratic non hereditary monarchy
Government Body: The Convention of the Clouds.


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Re: The Eyrie of Gusano
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2023, 11:23:06 PM »
THE VEILED ONE

The name, "The Veiled One" is actually rather misleading. The nation is ruled by what is in all but name a King or Queen. This King of Queen is elected by Druids following the death of the previous monarch. The Druids have to make their choice from a group of people known as the Order of the Talon. These are individuals who are selected from all social classes. To become a member of the Order of the Talon you must be born on a day appointed as "Special" by the Grand Druid. This day can be designated as special for any reason the Grand Druid wishes and his is the only opinion on the matter. Any child born on these days (average of around 30 births a day in the nation) is eligible for the Order of the Talon. Those eligible are inspected first by the local Druid who if satisfied that the child is marked by the Gods begins regular contact with the family. At the childs first birthday a 2nd inspection of the child is undertaken and if the Druid is satisfied the child is in some way special they write a report on the child and its family. This is sent to the Grand Druid who will either approve or reject the application, there are no appeals or second chances. Those who are accepted, around 120 children a year, become members of the Order of the Talon and this grants certain oppurtunities. One of these is that they may attend the Eyrie College which is a boarding school in the "Solitude" which prepares the individual for service to the nation or the Gods. Education starts at the age of five and continues until 16.

The Veiled One is elected not necessarily because of being the most qualified for the job but often for the fulfilment of certain prophecies or needs of the nation, for example when a new Veiled One was needed during a civil war the Grand Druid selected a member of the Order of the Talon who was considered an exceptional military leader. Once they become The Veiled One they are not seen outside of their household without wearing some kind of face covering. For the past 200 or so years this has traditionally not been a fabric veil but a silver mask. They also wear black robes that cover the entire body and often wear a hood raised. At times of crisis it is not unknown that "decoys" are used incase of threats made against the Veiled One.

Powers

The Veiled One has the ability to pass any law they wish by issuing a decree on two conditions.

Condition One - Both the Grand Druid and the Convention of the Clouds must not oppose it within 14 days of the Decree. Should either of them oppose it then the Veiled One has two choices. Their first choice is to take a poll of any members of the Order of the Talon within The Solitude. Should the majority of these support the Decree it becomes law. The second choice is to hold an "Arbitration" with the Convention and Grand Druid in which a compromise must be reached within 48 hours or the Decree is void.

Condition Two - The Veiled Ones subjects do not present a Petition of Cancellation within 4 days of the Decree. This petition can be started by any subject and must reach 10,000 signatures. Should this happen then the Decree can not be reissued for at least two years.

The Veiled One may also appoint leaders of the armed forces (they are the symbolic head), judges (so long as they come from the Order of the Talon) and diplomats.




Aurora The Veiled One
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Aurora's current mask

The current Veiled One utilises the name Aurora. This however is not her real name. Matilde Icíar David was born on the 16th of January 2005. The day was deemed special as the Grand Druid proclaimed that it was a day he had seen in a dream an Eagle lift up the Palace in The Solitude. Matilde's father was a river fisherman and her mother made products for local markets such as jams and pickles. She had an older sister, Julinha who was also born on a special day however her report on her first birthday was not accepted. Julinha is currently studying to become a nurse. On Matilde's first birthday she was selected as a member of the Order of the Talon and the village she lived in held great celebrations. She moved to the Eyrie College when she reached the age of five, she has not returned to her home village since the age of 14. 

While at the College she was considered to be a bit of a daydreamer and filled hundreds of notebooks with little drawings. She excelled in artistic subjects and won several significant school prizes for her work. She also enjoyed playing Jai Alai, which had only allowed girls to play since 2002. At the age of 16 she was asked by her tutors if she wished to attend the prestigious College of Art in Cavedor which she accepted. She got involved heavily in sculpture and calligraphy. During her 17th year the Veiled One became ill and knowing that their death was near the Druids began searching for a new one. The Grand Druid ruled that the nation needed a new direction and that therefore a younger person was needed. The field was narrowed to two individuals, Matilde and Noémia Antúnez. Upon the death of the Veiled One the Druids meet and held an election with Matilde winning 61-58. Matilde was therefore crowned as The Veiled One on February 17th 2023. She took the name Aurora as it is associated with the word "Dawn" thus connecting to the idea of the nation taking a new direction.

She is the youngest Veiled One in the history of the nation.
 
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Re: The Eyrie of Gusano
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2023, 09:36:35 AM »
SIGNIFICANT POSITIONS WITHIN THE EYRIE
(OOC - An ongoing document)

This document is mainly so I can keep track of significant people within the stories I tell. I intend Gusano to use some very "mythical" sounding titles such as rather than having a King or Queen they have a "Veiled One". This will be my way of remembering what I've done but also hopefully helpful for people interacting with them.

PositionDetailsPost HolderForms of addressTraditions
The Veiled OneThink of them  as a King or Queen. The title is non heriditary but lasts for life.Currently uses the name Aurora real life name  Matilde Icíar DavidLady Aurora, Your GraceIn public is expected to be faceless. This means they often wear long robes which are always black. The robe has a hood which is often pulled up. They did wear a fabric veil but this has for 200 years now been a silver mask. Each wearer chooses their own style and it is not unusual for them to change it during their lifetime.
Master of LettersThe personal secretary of the Veiled One like a Chief of StaffBartolomé YbarraLord Scribe/SirThe Master of Letters is the individual responsible for arranging the day to day activities of the Veiled One. Their duties range from determining what correspondence they should be given to ensuring decrees and other proclamations are distributed. In more modern times they have also become the spokesperson for the leadership on many matters.
Sergeant of the GuardHead of security / Veiled One's bodyguardFlorián MonteroFirst SergeantIn the middle ages this was considered the job of the most skilled soldier in the military. Today the role is more of a managerial and logistics one. They manage the Veiled Ones security both in terms of leading people on the ground but also undertaking risk assessments and analysing threats. They command a force of around 100 individuals known as the Solitude Guard who divide their time between being a very visible and largely ceremonial figure as well as discreetly protecting the Veiled One. The Sergeant of the Guard wears a ceremonial bear cloak and mask



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Re: The Eyrie of Gusano
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2023, 01:35:28 PM »
GEOGRAPHY OF THE EYRIE

The Eyrie of Gusano is located on the continent of Aranye. It is on the Eastern coast of the Illumic and sandwiched between several nations (Seaforth, Lakhzovia and Altona)

The nation is made up of a series of wide valleys with fertile land that eventually raise into rather high mountains in the North East close to the borders with Seaforth and Lakhzovia. These mountains are known as The Solitude and have significance in the nations folklore and government.  The nation has a population of around 12.5million which for its size is rather small, a fact sociologists have put down to the nations focus on supplying the religious and cultural area of the Solitude. The nation has only a handful of towns.


Estani - This settlement was seen as highly insignificant until February 2023. The village is a tiny fishing village that sits on a river rich in eels. The village has become rather wealthy for its fishing success and now that it is the birth place of the current Veiled One, Lady Aurora, the village has seen an increase in visitors.

Valle sits on one of the nations three major rivers. It is a town in which each summer large bullfighting events take place.

Puerto Casa is the nations major port. It is from here that the nations huge excess in agricultural produce is transported.

Pueblo Paz is located in an area that in the 1980's began to be exploited for shale gas, as such it is a relatively new settlement that sprung up to help support the work force.

Castavade is seen as an important town as it hosts a significant amount of the nations non-spiritual universities.

Fuerte Aguilar is the largest settlement in the nation and could be considered its only city. It currently has a population of around 500,000.

The Vale is a proposed new city that will bridge the Funnel and The Solitude, it began construction in April 2023.

Cavedor is the nations capital but is rather small. Nestled in the mountains it is home to less than 20,000 people and is where the governance of the nation takes place. It is believed that the Solitude exists because the Eagle God,  Aetharus lifted the land out of the spirit world and transported it to Mundus.


The Solitude itself is only accessible to people who are members of the Order of the Talon. This is a special order people are assigned to almost immediately after birth. To ensure this the accessible paths into the Solitude are guarded by forts. These are typically manned by a small group of soldiers who check the credentials of all wishing to pass. These forts are often built into the mountain sides and include their own little communities and farms. While the posts are given to the military a tradition exists where if a sibling or child of a serving guard joins the Order of the Talon they will be posted to the same fort if they join the military. In some families they can trace their service back close to 200 years.


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Re: The Eyrie of Gusano
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2023, 02:39:42 PM »

THE ORDER OF THE TALON

The Order of the Talon is perhaps the single most important group within the nation of Gusano. It is a non-heriditary religious order that has taken on administrative and military roles across the nation.

Origins

The people of Gusano worship a God called Aetharus, a giant spiritual Eagle. The people of this faith believe that two worlds exist, there is the spiritual world and the physical world we inhabit. In the spirit world all manner of mystical creatures existed and many of these had powers that we would consider to make them Gods. While they often interacted with the physical world most elected to simply ignore the physical. Sadly the inhabitants of the spiritual world began a cosmic war and in one battle some of Aetharus' favourite playthings (humans) were likely to be wiped out as the Gods battled. Unable to permit this to happen Aetharus ripped there home from the soil and carried out of the spiritual world and into Mundus where he deposited it a top the mountains. Within this land were 50 couples who the faithful believe were given the task of spreading the human race across Mundus. It is they who were the first members of the Order of the Talon. However their special connection to the spirit world became less and so now not all children born are connected to Aetharus.

Role

The Order has three main tasks.

1) Spread the faith - Aetharus has tasked humans with preparing to one day return to the spirit world and retake it from the forces of evil. This shall be achieved by recruiting people to the faith. The Order has Druids who are responsible for managing the faith and also ensuring all the required rituals for the faithful are undertaken. The biggest job they have is searching for new members of the Order of the Talon. This is done by taking and recording omens at the day of all births. Then on the first birthday of a child they also review these omens and if satisfied that the child is special they produce a report for the Grand Druid. Should this report be accepted by the Grand Druid then the child is enrolled in the Order.

2) Protect the faith - The Order maintains a small military force which is today also part of the nations military. They guard the Veiled One and also the entrances to the Solitude.

3) Keep the Solitude pure - As the Solitude is land not actually from this world it must be protected. The Order maintains a staff who manage all aspects of this land from forestry to road maintenance.


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Re: The Eyrie of Gusano
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2023, 08:39:39 PM »
GUSANO DEFENCE FORCES (GDF)
62,000 Soldiers
13,500 Reservists

45 x Tythe Battle Tank
30 x Tyros Battle Tank
30 x Ryper Reconnaissance Vehicle
50 x Azyme Armoured Personnel Carrier
55 x Azury Armoured Personnel Carrier
150 x Myxos Mine Resistant Vehicle
80 x Mythy Mine Resistant Vehicle
350 x Myoid Mobility Vehicle
50 x Hythe Towed Howitzer
40 x Syver Mobile SAM System
10 x Ryots Rocket Artillery
15 x H-33 Hyssop Helicopter


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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2023, 08:56:21 PM »
GUSANO AIR FORCE (GAF)
4,000 Airmen
1,500 Reservists

24 x F-1 Fynbos Multi-Role Fighter
5 x E-20 Ezells Surveillance Aircraft
2 x E-3 Eyrean AEWACS aircraft
5 x C-13 Czyzes Transport Aircraft
3 x C-39 Czajas Transport Aircraft
10 x H-33 Hyssop Helicopter
20 x H-20 Hyrcan Helicopter
12 x H-50 Hypoid Helicopter
12 x T-5 Tzuris Advanced Trainer
12 x T-3 Tzetze Basic Trainer


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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2023, 09:21:39 PM »
GUSANO MARITIME DEFENCE FORCE (GMDF)
3,000 Sailors
1,200 Reservists

5 x Muga Class Fast Attack Ship

1. Burgillio
2. Cruces
3. Fermina
4. Domingo
5. S'Illot

3 x Manol Class Littoral Combat Ship

1. Leon
2. Palomas
3. Mayor
 
3 x Fluvia Class Patrol Ship

1. Saltes
2. Gaviota
3. Campanuca

5 x Gurn Class Fast Patrol Ship

1. Hierba
2. Garfanta
3. Suaces
4. Aguila
5. Llera

4 x P-3 Pyxies Maritime Patrol Aircraft