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965,664 sq mi
Ö (Ö: Öö [IPA]), officially Greater Ö, is a country situated on the Miralayan Plateau, bordering both Temay, Margaya, and Urzotia. Traditionally, Ö has been extremely isolated from the modern world, both from lack of resources and interest, as the country is largely traditional in its culture and values.
The name Ö is thought to derive from the East Mahavic root *eürä, meaning dusk or evening.
Before the mass migration of Jovic peoples that make up the vast majority of Ö’s modern population, the Miralayan Plateau was split between various Mahavic and Pre-Mahavic groups, such as the Mooi, the Tiengics, and X. The Mooic peoples were by far the most dominant group before the invasion of the Sunrise Horde, dominating much of the Koma river and the plateau surrounding, though they did not stretch all the way to the northern coast. The Tiengic peoples also remained dominant within the southern mountains bordering modern day Temay. Though many different Tiengic groups existed, the most historically dominant within the area has usually been the X. The Tiengics existed as primarily separate from the peoples of the plateau before the invasion of the Sunrise Horde, and the subsequent and frequent subjugation by Ö warlords.
Kingdom of X
In the late 10th century, the Mooic kingdom of X came to power within the region, dominating most of the eastern plateau and eventually conquering all the way to the Cakar. This large semi-nomadic kingdom operated as a confederacy of influential clan groups. X.
With the rapid expansion of the Sunrise Horde in the 12th century, the old order in the Miralayan Plateau began to collapse, as the Kingdom of X was utterly destroyed for resisting Galkhai. With the destruction of the kingdom, and the mass migration of Jovic peoples, the cultural makeup and traditional power structure of the plateau shifted towards a more Mahavo-centric identity. X
1942 Revolution and Counter-revolution
By 1942, Balkism had become popular amongst the urban populations of Ö, leading for calls to end the backwards practice of monarchy. X. In Spring of 1942, emboldened by the victory of pro-democracy militias in Temay the year prior, various Balkists and other pro-democracy groups launched the Ö Revolution. The capital of X was quickly occupied with little resistance, and the King offered to negotiate with the revolutionaries. X. The traditional clans and nobility of Ö, angry with the incompetence of the King and his willingness to negotiate with the revolutionaries, launched the Ö Counter-revolution later that year. After brief bloodshed, the Monarch was expelled, and the government reformed into its current state as a Semi-elective Diarchy.
Ö is situated entirely within the Miralayan plateau. Trapped by the vast and tall Miralayas, Ö reaches extremely high altitudes on average, causing a large rain shadow and giving it a cold and dry desert climate. This makes permanent habitation of an area a rare occurrence, and much of the population remains nomadic. The steppe desert lessens as one goes further West, becoming a cold subarctic taiga. Ö is the source of two(?) major rivers, the Cakar River and the Koma River(?). These two rivers are where much of the permanent settlements in the country are located, as outside of some small villages in the Western taiga, the rivers are the only places that can support large amounts of human habitation.
Being situated on the Miralayan Plateau means that Ö is frequently the source of strong and destructive earthquakes caused by the collision between the Mirarian and Parshitan Plates. The strongest recorded earthquake in Sahar history, the X Earthquake, occurred near southern Ö in 19XX and caused over 1000 deaths and even more injuries. Currently, the Mirarian and Parshitan plates are still rising(?), and the Miralayan plateau grows in height by approximately X centimeters per year.
Ö is a highly isolated country politically. Remaining free of most outside influence, and having little connection to other non-Mahavic countries. As a result, Ö retains many traditional government structures and remains largely traditionalist and conservative compared to the rest of the world. Ö briefly had an increase in Balkist sentiments and a push for modernization during the mid-20th century, but following the reforms of the counter-revolution, little has been done to change the traditional systems Ö has operated on.
Ö is a semi-elective diarchy, with two co-ruling positions acting as the leaders of the country. There is the position of X and the positions of X, acting as spiritual and military leaders of authority respectively. While the two positions are separate, it is possible for one person to hold both positions at once, usually with the spiritual leader being elected to the military position. Both positions serve for life.
The military leader is elected from X electors, and while there are no formal restrictions on who can be elected to the position, it is usually somebody amongst the electorate or another government official. Each elector is from an electoral division that does not always correspond to the administrative division. The military leader is usually responsible for the anything relating to the defense or military operations of Ö, though they also hold significant political sway within the political system. The spiritual leader is known as the reincarnation of Galkhai, and thus can only be female. The selection process for determining the reincarnation usually consists of X, administered by a group of trusted advisors to the previous spiritual leader. There is no age requirement for the position, though usually the age is the same as the time passed since the previous X died. Electors are usually elected by the families/clans that reside within the local electoral district, electors do not serve as legislators, their role is purely to elect the most capable to the position of military leader. This system has always traditionally existed in Ö, though the role of military leader was greatly diminished until the 1942 Ö Counter-revolution, where the hereditary rule of the Kingdom of Ö was fully dismantled.
Legislatively, Ö has a bicameral legislature, divided into the Elder and Younger Councils. The Younger Council is made up of family leaders, specifically, one must be a married man or woman above the age of X to serve in the Younger Council. The are elected from amongst the families of their respective X (administrative district), and serve for X years with unlimited terms. The Elder Council is made up exclusively of clan leaders from among the registered Ö Clans, unlike the Younger Council, the Elder Council is unelected, and does not have a set size, any clan leader is granted the right to serve in the Elder Council.
Ö maintains little to no relations with non-Mahavic countries. Most diplomatic ties are with other Mahavic nations such as Fazulazav and Juhashka, or with historically important or neighboring non-Mahavic countries such as Temay and Baghazan(?).
Ö holds little to no car-friendly infrastructure, and many still travel by horseback, or by smaller motor vehicles such as bikes. Large car-centric road systems are uncommon and there are very few car owners within Ö.
Science and technology
Ö sees infrequent tourism due to its isolated and hard to reach location. Lack of proper large-scale commercial air travel options also leaves Ö infrequently visited compared to neighboring countries. Though these inconveniences will sometimes attract foreign tourists looking to experience a place “untouched” by the modern world. Ö will frequently attract self-proclaimed “explorers” and “adventurers” who wish to sell accounts of their experiences, this is especially prevalent within various online social media spaces. Ö has seen an increase in various video and photo bloggers looking to profit off of the spectacle of the supposed untouched beauty of Ö, the disruption these online bloggers often cause has lead to possible talks of the banning of photography within the country, though these have ultimately never come to pass.
The Ö people make up a majority of the country’s population. First settling in the Miralayan plateau in the 12th century CE, Ö people make up a majority of the population and dominate the Miralayan Plateau. Many Ö people are traditionally nomadic, hunting and foraging within the rough terrain for survival, and the Ö government does much to protect this tradition. X
Ö as a country is largely lacking in urbanization, and many peoples within the country still live a semi-nomadic or fully nomadic lifestyle. A majority of the urban population is centered within the south of the country, mostly within the capital city of X. Various Tiengic groups also live within more urbanized areas, including the second largest city of X, but may be largely lacking in modern technology and infrastructure.