The Republic of Calvard (カルバード
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Government & Politics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Infrastructure
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
- 8 Noteworthy Characters
- 9 References
Ruins found in S.1202 confirm that the Ancient Zemurian civilisation originally flourished the territory now known as Calvard.
An important milestone in the history of Calvard is the financial disaster that struck the Kingdom of Calvard in S.1104. It is said that merchants from East Zemuria financially supported the democratic revolutionary force that overthrew the ruling monarchy. Assassins from the East targeted several influential persons. The revolutionaries resorted to a number of illegal activities to carry out their ideology, both prior to and after the establishment of the republic. It appears that the celebrity Sheena Dirk played an important role in the shadow of the revolutionary party.
Around that same time, the Erebonian Empire ceded its easternmost province Crossbell before it was merged with Calvard. Ownership over the province remained disputed however, and a political compromise was made between Calvard and Erebonia to re-establish the Crossbell Province as an independent state.
In S.1187, the passenger ship Eterna sank in Calvardian waters. On board were Crown Prince Judis von Auslese of Liberl and his wife. They died in the accident, leaving behind a 1-year-old daughter.
Hundred Days War
During the Hundred Days War, Calvard was unable to dispatch forces quickly enough to support Liberl against Erebonia's blitzkrieg tactics. Before Erebonia was able to dispatch reinforcements from the empire, other neighboring countries followed Calvard's example and together with the Royal Army of Liberl they successfully managed to push back Erebonia.
In the second half of the S.1190s, Calvard was caught in a political stalemate with the D∴G Cult: the cult committed a series of violent attacks but the republican government was unable to react because of the cult's possession of intel of high-ranking government officials.
Ultimately, the government resorted to an investigation team with the Bracer Guild at its core to suppress the cult. Under supervision of high-ranking bracers Cassius Bright and Zin Vathek and police investigators Guy Bannings and Arios MacLaine, the investigation team managed to destroy the cult and its lodges in Calvard.
Deteriorating relationship with Erebonia
Calvard's relationship with Erebonia worsened after completion of the orbal railgun cannons at Garrelia Fortress on its easternmost border. After the conflict between Erebonia and Liberl during the Orbal Shutdown Phenomenon, Calvard signed the Non-Aggression Pact between the three countries, but had a military outpost set near the Nord Highlands.
In June S.1204, the military outpost was attacked and took heavy damage; the Imperial watchtower that was observing them was also destroyed. Calvard prepared for war, but an investigation by Thors Military Academy's Class VII revealed that it was actually the work of jaeger drop-outs under supervision of the Imperial Liberation Front. Although skeptical of the cause, war was nonetheless averted between the two countries.
Conflict with Crossbell
In August that year, President Samuel Rocksmith attended the West Zemuria Trade Conference in Crossbell's brand-new Orchis Tower. On the second day of the summit, on August 31, a terrorist collaboration between the Imperial Liberation Front and the Republican Anti-Immigration Group. The Heiyue branch had accepted the Republican government's request to suppress the terrorist attack.
On October 24, Crossbell declared itself as an independent state and freezes all assets of both Calvard and Erebonia. In response, the Republic Army of Calvard coordinated an invasion with the Imperial Army of Erebonia from both sides. Both forces, however, met destruction at the hands of Crossbell's new humanoid weapons, the Aion.
After the Erebonian Civil War and the subsequent Imperial annexation of Crossbell, the Republic Army deployed its airborne military unit to take back Crossbell on March 9, S.1205. Its 2nd Area Division, also known as the Armored Aviation Regiment "Canopus", managed to push back the 9th Armored Division of the Imperial Army, but suffered horrible defeat with the arrival of the "Riserva" Panzer Soldat Unit. When the Divine Knight Valimar appeared, the unit withdrew to the outskirts of Altair.
All attempts by Calvard to retake Crossbell were met with failure, as a single Panzer Soldat easily bested all of Calvard's military might.
With the Imperial annexation of North Ambria in S.1205/6, the Erebonian Empire had officially become larger than Calvard, inflicting fear among its government. Ouroboros and certain jaegers operate from within Calvard against the Erebonian government.
Already on an unstable relation with Erebonia, Calvard sent Hercules members to infiltrate Heimdallr and the surrounding area to obtain intelligence. Despite the use of their RAMDA orbments, many members were still captured, leading to rising tensions between the two nations.
On July 17 S.1206, Emperor Eugent Reise Arnor III was nearly assassinated by Ash Carbide, a student of Class VII at the branch campus. Ash was Erebonian, but was manipulated into attacking Eugent for the Hamel Tragedy. The gun Ash had however, was one of Calvardian make. Osborne claimed that Calvard had attempted to assassinate the Emperor, preparing for a mobilization of the military to punish Calvard for its actions.
Calvard vehemently denied the accusations and also prepared for war, but knew that they were woefully outmatched. Fortunately, Mildine Juzalith de Cayenne was able to gain Calvard's support, alongside other nations to stop Erebonia to support them. In the ensuing war, the Erebonian masterminds were killed and a ceasefire was declared two days after war began. Calvard demanded astronomical indemnities for Erebonia's reckless declaration of war, which they were paid by from the royal family, Reinford Group and Four Great Houses.
In the aftermath of the war, Roy succeeded Samuel as president.
Roy immediately set about in improving Calvard's military to match that of Erebonia's, while also expanding research in "other worlds".
Calvard is considered one of the two superpowers in Zemuria, the other being Erebonia. After the annexation of North Ambria in S.1205/6, Erebonia took the top position from Calvard as the continent's largest nation.
The border with Liberl on its southwest is guarded by the Liberlian Wolf Fort, guarded by the Royal Army of Liberl's Border Patrol. The western central border with Crossbell is marked by the Kylo River, Tangram Hills and the Ancient Battlefield. Calvard's northwest borders the Nord Highlands and Remiferia. In between these three, Calvard borders Erebonia.
Calvard shares it northernmost coastline with Remiferia, where the Lamelyn Bay can be found.
Government & Politics
Calvard operates on a presidential system. Some of the known factions are mentioned to be linked to anti-immigration. Currently, Calvard's political state is in peril due to ethnic conflicts erupting around the country.
The Calvard Republic shares amicable relations with most of its neighboring countries except for Erebonia. It has a tepid relationship with this country which is due in part to sharing national borders with them. They also have regular land ownership disputes with Erebonia involving minor countries and states like Crossbell and the Nord Highlands.
After the annexation of North Ambria into Erebonia, Calvard has started to fear that Erebonia has simply grown too big and has begun viewing the Empire as a major threat.
Calvard is divided into provinces. The map of Calvard does not indicate clear borders between each, so provinces and locations in Calvard will be listed seperately:
- Arrondissement de Vichy in the north
- Province de Auge (オージュ州) in the west
- Province de LeMay in the south
- Province the Saint-Trois in the northeast
- Edith: capital city of Calvard.
- Langport, home of Calvard's largest Eastern Quarter.[Note 1]
- Anchorville (アンカーヴィル) is situated in a mountainous region, keeping its midsummer climate cool. On one side of the city its buildings, predominantly white in colour, are built along the mountain range whereas on the other side, there's a port near a large river and a market. The city is home to numerous big corporations, meaning the city itself should be rather expansive. From Anchorville it takes quite a while by bus to reach the Republic Capital. Anchorville served as the setting of Sunshine Agnes.
- Main article: Republic Army of Calvard
The Republican Army of Calvard consists of an intelligence agency called the CID and several armored division, designated as numbered area divisions. These armored units are named after constellations. Calvard makes use of combined air and armor divisions.
A unit of anti-immigration terrorists is also known to exist, although their operational status is unknown following Samuel Rocksmith's departure from office.
Calvard's economy is rather stable, due to its dealings and trade with Liberl.
Science & Technology
Technological developments in Calvard are headed up by the Verne Company. through its connection to Verne, the country is known for its orbal firearms and cars. Professor L. Hamilton, one of the disciples of the famed C. Epstein, makes her home in Calvard, and had for a great deal of time sat on the advisory board of Verne, but no longer does so.
Airships are rather rare in Calvard. However, in growing years the military have been acquiring them to compete with their rival nations.
Media & Communication
The only known news outlet is the Tyrell News Service.
The population of Calvard consists of people from many different ethnic groups. A large diaspora of eastern migrants has contributed to a mix of cultures and unfortunately, difficulties and tension. The desertification of the east and ensuing immigration is said to be a contributing factor.
Worship of Aidios through the Septian church is likely to be the most prominent religious belief, however sects like the D∴G cult were known to accept an alternative and groups such as the Kurgda worship an unknown flame goddess.
Notable landmarks include Edith's tower and the Baratie Air Base. Regions like the Eastern Quarter feature the architectural styles of its immigrated population such as heavy usage of lacquered tiles.
Arts & Entertainment
Calvard is mingled with oriental cultures of East Zemuria. gambling is a big part of the lifestyle, worth bets taken out on motor sports as well as being played by the criminal underworld.
Movies are known to be popular in the republic, and celebrities like movie actresses are known to exist.
Sports & Festivals
Calvard features motor sports and racing cars, which are bet upon.
- President Samuel Rocksmith
- Zin Vathek
- Kilika Rouran
- Cao Lee
- Rixia Mao
- Elsa Cochrane
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