Spain is a country in Europe, formerly controlled by Head Chunin until he was permabanned. Now controlled by ManofSteele. It was formed in the 1430's and expanded until a failed invasion of Portugal caused the then controller to be permabanned. The mantle of control was taken up by ManofSteele in 1710, bringing Spain out of hundreds of years of civil disorder.
Spain is ruled from its capital and largest city of Madrid. The other major cities are in order of importance: Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza and Málaga.
Spain is divided into 50 fiefs. One fief is the capital Madrid and the surrounding area. Each of the other five major cities are also a fief along with their surrounding countryside.
The official language is Spanish. The official religion is Catholicism.
Spain is Ruled by a democracy, the last king having been killed in a revolution.
Spain emerged from hundreds of years of civil disorder in 1710, overthrowing the old corrupt monarch, King Charles II. The newly crowned king then went on to set up the 50 fiefs and return stability to the nation. King Phillip V also set up the Ranger corps (explained in heading below), to help govern the realm. Spain quickly forged alliances with other nations, and joined the Mamluk Crusade in 1711.
The Ranger corps
Founded in 1712, the Ranger corps is an intelligence organization, which is also dedicated to upholding the Spanish law. At present there are 50 Rangers, one in each fief.
Weapons of a Ranger
The Rangers weapons include:
- Two specialised knives
- A throwing knife
- A "saxe" knife
The Rangers are expert archers, to the point that they can fire an arrow, and have four more in the air before it hits its target, and expect all of them to hit their target. However this skill takes at least five years of constant training to build up.
The rangers throwing knife is an odd design of knife. The hilt, which is perfectly normal, consists of several leather bands, wrapped around a copper handle, for strength and grip. The pommel and crosspiece are both made of brass. The blade is an unusual shape. Narrow at the hilt, it tapers out sharply, becoming thicker and wider for three quarters of its length, to form a broad blade with the weight concentrated toward the tip, then a steep reverse taper creates a razor-sharp point. The extra width at the tip balances the weight of the hilt and the weight helps drive the knife home. It is made from extremely hard steel that, when combined with the saxe knife, can block a sword stroke.
This knife was originally called a "sea axe". However, over time the words have slid together to form the word we see today. The saxe knife is longer than the throwing knife, however, the hilt is of the same construction. The blade is heavy and straight, razor-sharp on one side, thick and heavy on the other. It is balanced for throwing, but the blade can also block a sword stroke.
The strikers are weighted brass tubes (approx. 2 cm in diameter) designed to be held when punching, to give a blow extra force. they can also be used to knock a person out if required. The two strikers can also be screwed together to form a long weighted cylinder, identical in weight and balance to the throwing knife, if it is necessary to knock someone out from a distance.
Other Ranger Items
The Rangers have a mottled green brown cloak, to help them blend in with their environment, So they can "disappear" and move about unseen, allowing them to eavesdrop or sneak up on enemies.
Rangers' horses are specially trained to use their senses to alert their Ranger to danger, and are also trained to do a myriad of other things, which help the Ranger when tracking someone. They also require a special "codeword" to be said before anyone mounts them for the first time, otherwise the horse will buck the person off. The horses also have incredible endurance, and are able to keep going at a steady canter, for thirty-six hours.
- The Anglo-German Commonwealth
Spain has fought the following engagements
- Mamluk Crusade (1711-1716)
- Portuguese Invasion (1724-1725)
- Incan War (1726-1728)
- First Spanish-Moroccan Invasion (Unsuccessful)
- Second Spanish-Moroccan Invasion