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Burgundy (Abrittus)

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Flag of Luqa No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital Wiltauaborg
Largest city Wiltauaborg
Other cities Pilsina, Brüna, Budweis, Ostraua
Language Burgundian
Religion Lysianism (37 %); orthodox Germanic cult (26 %), none (31 %), Christian (4 %); Jewish (2 %)
Ethnic Group Burgundians
Government parliamentary monarchy
  legislature Gafadris
King Gunthar XVI.
Früst Minister Klaus Wibars
Area 78,822 m²
Population 970,400 
Established 384 AD
Currency 1 Taler = 100 Kreuzer
Burgundy is a small parliamentary monarchy in central Europe. Its South-Western neighbours across the Gabreta Forest are Franconia and Alemannia, its North-Western neighbour across the Miriquidian Forest and the Giant Mountains is Venedia, while its South-Eastern neighbour across the Morava River is the Roman Empire. Burgundy thus covers almost exactly the space of OTL Czech Republic.

Its population approaches 1 million and its capital is Wiltauaborg (OTL: Prague).

Burgundy is a member of the World Council and a founding member of the Germanic Alliance. It has signed the Tlacopan International Climate Protocol in 1679.


The Burgundians were already united under a single judge king, when they migrated South-Westward into the lands abandoned by Suebic tribes, who moved further South into the Agri Decumates - and in OTL also into the Alps and into OTL Alsacia - in the 3rd and early 4th centuries. But because the Roman Republic and the IRG put up more resistance along the Rhine and the Alps in this timeline, the Alemanni remain concentrated in OTL Southern Germany, halting the Burgundian South-Westward migration, too.

When the Huns invaded Eastern and then Central Europe, the Burgundians under their King Gibicho joined a large defensive alliance, which developed into the Alliance of the Five Nations. After the chaos of an initial defeat, chaotic migration, infights, Roman intervention, and later a successful retaliation against the Huns and their vassals, the Burgundians settled alongside the Langobards in OTL Czech Republic.

Burgundians and Langobards merged during the 5th and 6th centuries into a single nation, headed by a Burgundian King, with a Burgundian-style Thing, but with a Suebic language that showed more Langobardian than Burgundian influences. Politically, militarily and economically, Burgundy established close connections with the other nations of the alliance. With them, the Burgundians also shared the common Lausai faith.

In comparison to the Markomanni, Quadi or Hasdingian Vandals, though, their contacts with Romans were less intense, and social modernisation was slower. The military organisation into counties consolidated Burgundian aristocracy. Over the following centuries, Burgundy became a relatively conservative society. Its comparatively primitive economy was based on agriculture, cattle farming, hunting and fishing.

With the advent of militarised conflict between the Five Nations and the Corvatian Slavic confederacy under Knyaz Muhno, Burgundy stood up for a defiant Germanic response. This led to the secession of Burgundy and North-Eastern Vandilia from the Alliance of the Five Nations. A long war between Burgundy and the Corvatian confederacy followed, in which Burgundy was economically weaikened, but subdued the Sorbs / Serbs and gained control over Lusatia, which was incorporated into the Burgundian Kingdom. Unlike the Langobards, the Lusatian Serbs did not yet start to speak the kingdom`s common language before 750. Occasionally, they put up resistance against their political - and increasingly also economic - marginalisation in Burgundy. With Vineta`s help, the Lusatian Serbs broke free from Burgundy in 838.

Constitution and politics

Burgundy is a parliamentary monarchy. The King of Burgundy is the representative head of state with little actual political power. The current dynasty has reigned for more than seven centuries.

Actual political power lies with the parliament. Its 100 members are elected directly in their constutiencies for three years. The two major parties are the Burgundian Peasants` Party and the Progressive Party. The powerbase of the progressives are the towns and cities. Their agenda is chiefly economic development and any politcies that might support it. The Peasants` Party, which obviously has its roots in the countryside, opposes any measures that might centralise state power, infringe on the rights of the rural population and their relatively equal distribution of land and other property.

The Burgundian conscript army is relatively small and the military budget is limited.

Burgundy is Franconia`s closest ally in the quest for a unified or at least allied Germania.


Burgundy is an ethnically and culturally homogeneous nation. Almost all its citizens consider themselves Burgundians. There is almost no immigration - emigration, which was massive in the past, has almost stopped, too.

The only and official language is Burgundian, an Eastern Germanic (Ilevionic) language which underwent the second sound shift. It is written in the Latin alphabet.

Population levels are relatively stable. The birth rate is 1.6 (93 % natural births) and life expectancy is 73 years.

The majority of Burgundians live in the countryside in hamlets or villages of less than 1,000 inhabitants.


Burgundy is a predominantly agricultural country. Agriculture and crafts modernised late, under Moravian influence, from the 9th century onwards. International climate protocols forced Burgundy to give up its coal-based industries and caused a serious economic breakdown, deindustrialisation, mass emigration and return to near-subsistence agriculture. In the 18th and 19th century, some industry was rebuilt in Burgundy, mostly by multi-national corporations, but the main focus of its economy is still agriculture and crafts associated with it.

Since land ownership is distributed relatively equal, there is no considerable inequality or poverty, although living standards seriously lag behind the developed nations. A rudimentary welfare state aims to cover the risks of life and old age, but its means are still insufficient, which is why many people must resort to more primitive structures of social security (mutual help within families and villages).

The infrastructure is underdeveloped. Only three railroad lines connect it to the South and East; roads are not routinely maintained at a level which would support the transportation of great quantities of goods across the forests to the West and North. In spite of these problems, Burgundy still exports beer, beef, pork, game, wheat, barley and hops. Its inhabitants often resort to bicycles to cover distances between villages.


Burgundy`s comparatively homogeneous culture is shaped by Germanic traditions and forces of modernisation stemming from Moravia and the Mediterranean Empires alike.

Families are the bedrock of the Burgundian social system. They are understood to comprise even more distant relations in complex overlaying networks. In the countryside, this structure has materialised in the architectural structure of the longhouses, where some rooms are often empty because they are reserved for members of the family who presently live most of the year in another family`s longhouse. In towns, this applies only to a limited degree. Cultural norms like monogamy and filial piety are less strict there, too.

Germanic cult and its festivities still shapes the year, but they are not celebrated in the excessive, spectacular and performative ways of the Franks, but rather within the village or neighborhood community. Family rituals (births, marriages, burials), on the other hand, are celebrated by great numbers of guests. Priests are nominated by the king (but usually from the community and approved by the community) and paid by the state. Christian and Jewish minorities are tolerated, but they are so small that they have not shaped Burgundian culture to a significant degree. Ethnically Slavic Burgundians often adapt easily to Burgundian traditions due to the relative similarity of both animist cultures.

Nine years of schooling are compulsory and provided by the state. Competency levels of Burgundian pupils are in the lower third of student outcomes worldwide, which critical Burgundians ascribe to the lack of a systematic teacher education. Two out of three Burgundians then pursue a vocational training (apprenticeship), only one out of three completes higher secondary education and only one in five Burgundians attends university or institutions of applied science.

Salvador79 (talk) 13:33, May 7, 2014 (UTC)


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