EidgenossenschaftTimeline: Principia Moderni IV (Map Game)
OTL equivalent: Old Swiss Confederacy
|-||Pact of Brunnen||1315|
|-||Pact of Lucerne||1400|
|-||Pact of Sion||1831|
|Currency||Various Cantonal Francs (Konkordatsbatzen)|
In 1706, Swiss Explorers went to North Africa and the Middle East, bringing back various Islamic Sciences and the religion itself. The Academy of Islamic Mathematics and Art was opened up in Zurich by one of the explorers who had actually converted to Islam. They created a small commune known as Schveis Mekka or Swiss Mecca.
In 1706, the Tagastzung decided to initiate a new education program where off-duty diplomats, soldiers, and merchants would teach children about regional politics, Swiss Democracy, and a variety of other subjects about the world. This was aimed at creating a new generation of crafty Swiss who have very good social skills. Universities made so far include: Radical Syndicalist University, Linguistic University, Islamic Culture University, Belkan Culture University, Burgundian Culture University, Islamic Engineering University, and European Engineering University.
The Syndicalist movement is one of the first counter-culture movements known, and was born originally in democratic Swiss universities. Its adherents quickly grew to a group of radical intellectuals, militant peasants, and the urban lower class. They possess a faction which focuses on purely philosophy in the cities and a larger, more militant faction in the frontiers. They have become a growing nuisance to traders and the states bordering the confederacy.
Swiss Armed Forces
Historically, the cantonal forces of Swiss Confederacy received relatively high independence and were controlled by the cantons themselves. This changed in 1830 with the signing of the Pact of Sion which declared a united armed forces under a single institution called the Swiss Armed Forces. The army can only be called by the Tagsatzung, and contains two percent of the population of each canton. This means the maximum land forces (in 1830) raised would be around 32,000 men.
Swiss Mercenary Corps
Formerly an actual mercenary corps, the Swiss Mercenary Corps are a special elite division of the Swiss Armed Forces. There are approximately one thousand men and women inside this force, who have received special education and training. The majority of the force has studied in the art of guns, war, and machinery at Swiss univiserties. In the past, when they were an actual mercenary force, they participated in wars in Aragon, the Rasidun Caliphate, the Belkan Empire, and British Arcardia among many others. This discipline has been passed down, making it one of the most disciplined forces in Europe, with them following a military-focused society.
Unified Swiss Language
In 1706, Swiss Linguist and Nationalist Hans Zuremburg set about creating a unified Swiss language to be used in Swiss schools and to eventually replace the common languages used in the region. His work was funded by the Tagastzung legislature. He is set to finish it by 1710