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Arcadia is a fictional nation in which War for Arcadia is based. Starting with nothing more then a simple hex-based map, it has sprung forth into its own and has every-so-slowly been hashed out into a increasing more detailed world.

Arcadia's rival nation is Levidia.

Contents

Etymology

The name Arcadia dates back hundreds of years and the actual source of the name has been heavily disputed. While some state that it borrows it’s name for a region belonging to an ancient empire of years past, other argue that it has a simpler, more modern root.

Early trade in the region took place in long stretches of shops and stores called “Arcades”. While the original natives of the region had no name for their land, travelers from foreign lands called it the “Land of Arcades” due to the region’s reliance on that form of economy. From there, it was simply shortened to Arcadia.

No matter the source the region’s citizens, commonly referred to as “Arcadians”, have little concern over where their nation’s name originated from. Arcadian is also the most commonly used adjective to describe items referring to the nation itself (Arcadian Military, Arcadian Technology). Other names to describe the region are: The Nation of Arcadia, The Arcadian Empire, among other less commonly used (and less graceful) names.

Geography and Environment

A map of Arcadia, drawn by Einheit12. And old-looking map is here.
A map of Arcadia, drawn by Einheit12. And old-looking map is here.

The Nation of Arcadia’s borders are another highly disputed topic. The nation lays a largely uncivilized area (or at least away from any nation-states that can compete with its might), it is constantly growing. The most recent survey placed the nation’s area at approximately 13,498 square km, but that number is commonly known to be completely inaccurate.

The northern border of Arcadia is established by the [NAME] Ocean, although the nation claims many outlaying islands located in the Bay of Arcadia, the region of ocean just north of the mainland. Large airships and flotillas are permanently moored on and over the bay, extending the “civilized” border of Arcadia out into the ocean somewhere.

The current southern and eastern borders is the [NAME] Mountains, but recent developments have pushed civilization farther into the mountains. 8 years ago, civic leaders of Arcadia City established a directive that limited further city development west in an effort to preserve the ecology of that area. As such, the sprawling metropolis was forced to look elsewhere, digging massive swathes away from the southern [NAME] Mountain range. Celestial Genetics and Nanotechnology (and the now established Celestial Empire) has claimed most of the far eastern region of the nation for their own premises, and as such, getting a proper border limitation from that area is nary impossible. The western border is hotbed for conflicts between La Revolution and The Celestial Empire, making surveys of that region nearly impossible as well.

The sprawling megacity of Arcadia City takes up roughly one-third of the land area of the nation. While the western region houses a vast variety of geographical features and climates, the southwest region is dominated by a massive volcano and a desert to the north of it. Some say the desert used to be prosperous farming region or an extension of the [NAME] Forest, but a massive eruption from the volcano bathed the land in ash, burning all vegetation of the ground, and slowly forming the desert. The forenamed [NAME] Forest covers most the far western area of Arcadia and its ancient trees house a variety of flora, fauna, and indigenous peoples, most of which is unfound and undocumented. The northwest region’s climate becomes much more tropical and muggy and houses a large jungle region which extends beyond the nation’s border and a large swampland area. Both regions however have their own selection of peoples who have called the region their home.

History

Although the nation is highly developed technologically, information documentation has never been a priority of the nation. As such its history is mainly oral with no official source or even a commonly agreed upon timeline. But to know the history of Arcadia is to know conflict.

Whether a full-blown war, simple duels between friends, or massive anarchistic free-for-alls, fighting has existed throughout the nation’s history and has steered Arcadia through the ups and downs to what it is today.

Government and politics

Impressions of the Tower. (drawn by Lewis Rice)
Impressions of the Tower. (drawn by Lewis Rice)

For a great, succinct overview of the entire War for Arcadia political story, we recommend reading Einheit's war story, History is the lie we agreed on.

Arcadia has experienced major ebbs and flows in the political system over the course of its history, with the only key factor throughout being the power of the citizens. True dictatorships have been attempted in the past only to be torn down in violent coups or rebellions. The current government, while considered by many to be a dictatorship, has enjoyed prosperity and popularity with the majority of citizens of Arcadia.

The Rule and Fall of The Celestial

The Celestial Empire is the longest-ruling legitimate government in Arcadia's recent history. The Celestial was the the Empire's First Emperor, although he did not like to be referred to as such directly.

During his life, The Celestial was flanked a varied array of commanders who assisted with his military efforts, although hardly any of them assisted with any political functions. While Celestial was the “absolute” leader in Arcadia, he relied mainly on the help of pre-established civic leaders, each focused on different aspects of taking care of the nation as a whole. They had weekly meetings where they would bring forth the happenings of the week and propose new ideas to be approved. Celestial very rarely used his veto power and trusted his civic leaders in their areas of expertise as they too were citizens of Arcadia and generally were concerned about the nation’s well being. This form of government was instituted by The Celestial due to “…traditional government being too caught up in itself to actually accomplish anything worth a damn. A democracy is good in concept, but hardly efficient in every situation.” Below each civic leader was a branch of government wholly dedicated to their specific function (Department of Energy, Transportation, Health, and so on).

Upon seizing power, The Celestial moved all major government functions to the newly constructed Celestial Tower. Roughly one third of the tower is specifically dedicated to administrative functions and houses many of the main offices related to all political matters.

After The Celestial met his end during the final hours of La Revolution at the fall of the The Flying Castle, complete control of the Empire fell to Shilane. (See Chapter 1 Epilogue comic)

Passing of La Revolution and the Renegades

In their heyday, La Revolution was the Celestial Empire's largest and best-organized opposition. Following the words of leaders like Anteros and The Tin Woodsman, LR and a number of smaller, related splinter factions lashed out against the Celestial and his empire. Their bands of soldiers and agents fought bravely and recovered a lot of Arcadian territory, but in the end, their beloved Flying Castle fell to the ground in a final showdown with the Empire. Afterward, the faction's survivors scattered.

The Rise of the Empress

Paraphrased from the Chapter 2 Prologue Speech

After the massive struggle between the forces of the Celestial Empire and La Revolution, the ruins of the flying castle smoldered for weeks after it came crashing the ground. At his moment of triumph, Celestial was assassinated by one of his own commanders, Rannesanque. Only one other person bore witness to this act... and Rannesanque used the secrecy of his assassination to his advantage. Taking the robotic arm of the fallen emperor as a trophy and as proof of The Celestial's demise, Rannesanque traveled back to heart of leadership in all of Arcadia, Celestial Tower. Upon arriving, he faced the other leaders of the Empire and brought his own version of the truth to their ears.

Approaching the Empire's commanders and holding The Celestial's arm before them, Rannesanque expressed his admiration of the emperor and regret of his untimely passing. As murmurs passed around the crowd, Rannesanque also revealed the emperor's so-called dying wishes to make him, Rannesanque, the new leader of Arcadia.

The wary vampire Shilane was first to speak, and she expressed cautious doubt at the statements made by Rannesanque; someone who had disagreed with Celestial at every turn. Rannesanque waved away this doubt, and he passed it off as nothing as he continued his planned speech with a flourish. Shilane’s distrust of Rannesanque had grown more and more of late, and she had enough experience with political snakes slithering their way for the golden apple of power to see through his ruse. She disbelieved Rannesanque, and she accused him of holding the fallen Emperor's arm more like a trophy than as proof. Rannesanque challenged this affront, and asked if perhaps Shilane dared to suggest that Rannesanque played some part in the Emperor's passing. Unfazed, Shilane offered that perhaps the people of the nation should choose their own leader. With that suggestion, Rannesanque paused and then angrily retreated. Tensions ran high.

Formation of Feuersturm

Paraphrased from the Chapter 2 Prologue Speech

While the violence petered off after La Revolution’s defeat, the growing rift between Rannesanque and Shilane brought the uncertainty of political turmoil back to tower. The conflict was hidden to most of the population of Arcadia under the guise of “a transitionary period”, and every moment that ticked by grew more and more tense.

While no one actually stood against Rannesanque in vying for the position of power, Shilane and a few of the more outspoken commanders who opposed him weaved such a complex web of red tape and misleads that made it nary impossible for him to seize control. Rannesanque, for all his physical might and scientific intellect, lacked the tools needed to wage this sort of war and after two months of petitioning at Celestial Tower, left Arcadia City and began construction of his “new heart of government in the far west."

With the one proponent of the prize gone, no one person wished to step forward and attempt to wrangle control. The months dragged on, and Rannesanque's grand army grew larger. Most of the troops in which he had a direct hand in their creation had followed him: C3-Fs, C3-Ps, C3-Rs, the Grande series, and various other troops and weapons. The looming force to the west, already defeated on the political front, would most certainly turn to a heavy-handed approach given the opportunity.

Of all the former commanders under Celestial’s former reign, only one showed the wherewithal on the political front to have a chance of uniting the remaining forces. Whether she took up the mantle out of her royal instincts, a love for the people of Arcadia, or a fear that if Rannesanque wasn’t controlled her nation would be next, Shilane stepped forward to wrest control. While the general population was a bit wary of a ruler from another nation in charge of their own, Shilane had not only proven her loyalty to Celestial, and through that the nation of Arcadia itself, but she had publicly stated that it would only be a temporary affair. Of course, the massive force amassing in the western part of the country provided ample motivation as well.

Rannesanque and his band of agents united under the title "Feuersturm," and they wage full war against The Celestial Empire for the control of Arcadia, throwing the country again into a tumultuous tailspin of turmoil.

A Shred of Hope for La Revolution

Though the Renegades and La Revolution in its former glory are both gone, a small band of LR loyalists (referred to casually as the "LR-egades") still strive to make a stand for their beliefs.

The Fall of Feuersturm

The Celestial Empire waged numerous battles against the agents of Feuersturm after Rannesanque's rise to power. The strength of Rannesanque's robotic army was immense, but Shilane, her C3s, and her specialized field agents gradually pushed closer to Feursturm's dark factory towers, battle by battle. However, as they closed in on his fortress, both Empire and Feuersturm forces alike noticed that Rannesanque's voice had grown silent. His forces lacked direction, and many Feuersturm agents became confused or distrustful. Although some members of Feuersturm and a few notable LR-egades rumored that Rannesanque was in space during this period of silence, it would appear that this was only the case for a limited amount of time OR simply false altogether.

At the dawn of the final battle, Rannesanque perched atop his throne. The pressure of the Empire pressed against his every fortress wall, and the mood grew even bleaker after Rannesanque's trusted Admiral Stein and his team, irreplaceable leaders of the Feuersturm armed forces, walked out on their brooding leader. Rannesanque's solitude became complete after Faive, Rannesanque's own daughter, joined Stein in departing from Feuersturm.

The final battle at the Feuersturm base was a multistage attack that effectively destroyed the entire base from the inside out. Portals to Hell itself were opened in the battle, and it is believed that the already sparsely-staffed Feuersturm base retained few (if any) survivors after its destruction, save those that had pre-negotiated transport standing by. Elsewhere, at the Feuersturm War Factory, an assault was launched by the forces of the STAEDTLER CORP. A covert team lead by Agent Red managed to detonate multiple charges that disabled the Factories Defenses, as well as destroyed the Leviathan. Shorty after, STAEDTLER CORP moved in and captured the remaining War Factory resources. By that time Agent Red had escaped, but not without suffering near fatal wounds. Agent Celeste Red and her accomplice known as the "Bullet-Face", are now at large and considered extremely dangerous. With its factories and towers reduced to smouldering embers, Feuersturm accepted defeat. At the time of this writing, the exact whereabouts of Rannesanque himself are unknown.

The Rise of the new Republic

See the Chapter 2 Epilogue comic.

Three years after the end of Chapter 2, tensions between the Republic of Arcadia and the Levidian Empire run high. The two nations sustained peaceful relations initially, but a series of mysterious happenings and discoveries have cast a shadow of impending gloom over Levidia and Arcadia alike.

Most of Levidia's stores of Levitium, a precious and highly-versatile substance even lighter than air, were destroyed during a giant explosion in an Empire warehouse. As a point of further controversy, the Arcadian ambassador to Levidia was killed in the explosion, along with all civilians working in and around the high-security storage building. The explosion dealt a crippling blow to the country's economy and morale, and the king of Levidia, already weakened by disease and old age, did not survive the devastating news. The king's young heir, Ray Crepuscula, has hastily stepped in to fill the gap, and the streets are rife with rumors and brewing unrest.

Meanwhile, in Arcadia, citizens have spent nearly three anxious years adjusting to the Empress Shilane's unprecedented decision to liberate all serving C3s, and to end the C3 cloning project. A brand new leader is in power, a new system of government is in place, and some citizens are handling the political transition better than others. Although Arcadia is now technically a "unified" nation of peace, its long history of civil war and disagreement are likely not so easily dismissed. The long-term effects of the C3 liberation are not yet known.

Now, research teams are discovering that some of the ancient ruins scattered around both Arcadia and Levidia may hold secrets that could greatly bolster the power of the ones who hold them. New stores of previously-undiscovered or unnamed Levitium are being unearthed on Arcadian soil, and the presence of the element have caught the eye of the Divium Stilus and the Levidian Monarchy. Whispers of Levidia's history of conquest are circulating, and Arcadia's citizens of magic descent are wary of the Levidian Empire's "scientific" agenda. Some Levidians, meanwhile, suggest striking the nation of Arcadia for its newly-discovered resources and potential research opportunities while its government is still new and vulnerable. In the shadow of the unknown, The young Arcadian prime minister and her cabinet are now preparing for the ever-growing potential of another war...

...a War for Arcadia!

Regions and Districts

Arcadia itself it split into four regions: Arcadia City, the Bay of Arcadia, the Midlands, and the Outlands. Each region falls under the current governing system, but the further one travels west from the city, the looser the government’s grasp is.

Arcadia City

Views of Arcadia City. (drawn by AnTinwoodsman)
Views of Arcadia City. (drawn by AnTinwoodsman)
Views of Arcadia City. (drawn by Einheit12)
Views of Arcadia City. (drawn by Einheit12)
The Celestial Tower. (drawn by Ben)
The Celestial Tower. (drawn by Ben)

While not the largest region when compared on a square mileage scale, Arcadia City holds the majority of the nation’s population. The last tally placed approximately 76% of the Arcadian population within the metropolitan city limits. List of Districts within Arcadia City:

The Bay of Arcadia

The old oil tanker. (drawn by Ben)
The old oil tanker. (drawn by Ben)

This region includes and natural and artificial structures and locations located in the Bay of Arcadia which lies off the north coast of the nation itself. While this region does not contribute to the overall area of the nation itself, there are in general enough landmarks and population to warrant itself a separate region of Arcadia. List of Landmarks in the Bay of Arcadia:

The Midlands

The County Fair during Round 15. (Drawn by Ben)
The County Fair during Round 15. (Drawn by Ben)
Cold Weather Research Station, drawn by Ben.
Cold Weather Research Station, drawn by Ben.

The Midlands represent Arcadia City’s stopping point after the civic mandate that came down 8 years ago, halting any further development in an attempt to preserve Arcadia’s nature to the west. As such, may of the districts in this area fall between urban and nature classifications. List of Districts in the Midlands:

The Outlands

The Rebel Base before its destruction. (drawn by Squidbunny)
The Rebel Base before its destruction. (drawn by Squidbunny)
The fishing village. (drawn by Astorite)
The fishing village. (drawn by Astorite)
The Mystic Springs round 11 (drawn by Naeru)
The Mystic Springs round 11 (drawn by Naeru)

The Outlands is a general term used to describe the lands in the west of Arcadia. While this area is the largest of in all of Arcadia, it only accounts for approximately 11% of its known population. Various small towns dot the landscape of this region, some of which barely large enough to qualify as their own township. List of Regions in the Outlands:

Foreign relations and military

Whether it is because the area surrounding Arcadia houses no other major nation-state or just the stubborn pride of its constituents, the Arcadian government holds a very strong isolationist stance. Most interaction between the Arcadian government and any outside nations is solely based on visiting dignitaries and citizens such as Princess Shilane, Emperor Justin, and Bunni (among others). Most visitors have sworn temporary fealty to The Celestial for various political reasons to include personal asylum, scientific assistance from the massive CGN Labs, or attempts to fortify bonds between their nation and Arcadia.

The military of Arcadia shares the government’s isolationist mentality with the bulk of the military focused on internal affairs and serving in a defensive posture. The main portion of the nation’s actual forces serves under the direct control of The Celestial and is split between maintaining the peace in urban sectors and fighting the forces of La Revolution in the western part of Arcadia.

Economy

Arcadia's 1 Arc bill. Celestial is featured on the face side. By Naeru
Arcadia's 1 Arc bill. Celestial is featured on the face side. By Naeru
Arcadia's 50 Arc bill. oddly enough, Celestial is on this one too. By Ben
Arcadia's 50 Arc bill. oddly enough, Celestial is on this one too. By Ben
A 10 Arc coin, drawn by Tin.
A 10 Arc coin, drawn by Tin.

Arcadia has a capitalist mixed economy, which is fueled primarily by the nation’s abundant natural resources, strong spirit, and desire for constant improvement. The economy is precious metal based and the nation’s basic form of currency is the Arc.

The nation’s taxation system has relied on a percentage based flat tax since its inception, with both companies and citizens paying the same percentage of their gross earned. Last year, this percentage was 18.6% but many fear that with the civil war dragging on, that the government will raise that level to compensate for rising military spending.

The traditional class structure of wealth is a bit skewed based on location. Citizens of Arcadian City have a common low, middle, and upper class system while citizens of the Outlands, who have a more traditional “hunter/gatherer” mentality, are mainly split between the “haves” and “have-nots”. The upper-class of Arcadia which is only about 13% of the population accounts for approximately 56% of the GNP. The current government has taken steps to attempt to narrow the gap between middle and upper classes, a move which many of the upper class see as hypocritical seeing how the nation’s current leader is the CEO of the nation’s largest corporation as well.

The unemployment rate, which has stayed very low for years, has taken a sharp rise since the recent civil war between The Celestial Empire and La Revolution due to the destruction caused by the conflict. At last count, it resided at around 8.3%, the highest total ever recorded. This has also led to a growing percentage of the population falling into the lower class category. Before the war the lower class population was 12%, but that number has risen to 19%.

Demographics

CE ID card. (drawn by Einheit12)
CE ID card. (drawn by Einheit12)

Language

While it is oft' joked that "Money" is the official language of Arcadia, there are actually several distinct dialects and two different languages altogether that are well used. The official language of Arcadia is Arcadian, spoken by approximately 90% of the population. An unofficial language known as "Dustweave," "Old-timey," or "Mumbles" mostly used amongst the lower class and known by approx. 40% of the people, is largely undocumented and seems to undergo constant changes to morphology. Both languages find their way onto public signage, though only Arcadian is used for public documents and governing. Foreign languages present are almost too varied to document, neighboring country's language being the most prominent and easiest to identify.

Religion

Money drives most decisions and morality in Arcadia, especially as the State works under a strict policy of secularity. Because of both this and the presence of a constant influx of travelers from both the known and unknown world, beliefs are as varied as the populations origins. Religions are thus considered more based on their popularity, with trends rising and falling with current fashions. Current chic beliefs include Necromancy, Elder Gods, Oracles, and Divine Right.

Crime and punishment

Pretty much buy your way out of anything.

Culture

One of Arcadia's radio stations is Radio Arcadio. You can listen to it here.

Nightlife

  • Mansylvania - Arcadia's gay bar!
  • A flourishing punk scene which partially consists of drug addicts, drug dealers, alcoholics and people with no perspective in life, some of them more or less homeless. [1]
  • Nightclubs
"Amphetamines" [2] [3].
The "Academy" - punk concerts and similar events take place here. [4] [5][6]
The "Big Cat House" - an animal club next to the Zoo where mostly anthros meet. [7]

The Arts

An example of Sir Techt's design - the Central Station. (drawn by Ben)
An example of Sir Techt's design - the Central Station. (drawn by Ben)
  • Arcadia City has a flourishing Museum District.
  • One of the most successful architects of the Empire is Sir Archibald Techt, who designed both the new Central Station as well as the re-erected Hospital. His style is inspired by the classic masters, giving his work a monumental appearance.
  • Arcadia City, and many of Arcadia's larger cities in general, are well known for their often complex, politically charged, and well-developed graffiti.
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