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Septima, officially the Seven Republics (Septiman: Nanatsu no Kyōwakoku) is a country in Vesta. Located between the Tedimian and Infinite Seas, Septima rests in the northern hemisphere between the two major continents of Arcadia and Ameriga. The country is a confederation of 7 republics and a single grand city, the capital city Kyasuthie. With over 270 million residents inhabiting roughly 2.7 million kilometres of land, Septima is one of the largest nations on Vesta and a key power in world affairs.
Originally settled by migrants from Northern Ameriga, the islands primarily held small fishing and hunting tribes in antiquity. The introduction of rice, and agriculture in general, led to an explosion in the population along freshwater sources and the coast, and the tribes coalesced into warring kingdoms. These kingdoms each considered themselves the rightful ruler of the Eternal Islands, as the chain became to be known by.
In the late 1600s, the expanded trade network with various countries across the ocean brought Enlightenment ideals to the islands, and especially the idea of democracy and republicanism. Growing resentment with the nobility and ruling class finally led to revolution, as a group of intellectuals in Kyasuthie-shi declared the Kyasuthie Republic in 1702. Their immediate existence was quickly destroyed by the ruling nobleman, however, their example led to dozens more attempts at the creation of more democratic states across the islands. These wars for revolution would last the century.
A coalition of several stronger revolutionary states was formed in 1746, and membership in these states would fluctuate as political concerns led to the merger or collapse of many republics. Known as the Eien no Renritsu, the coalition would eventually consist of seven different states by the end of the wars in the 1790s. Chief Secretary Kosuke Hirano, of the reformed Republic of Kyasuthie, called a Grand Convention in 1798, the results of which were ratified by the nation now known as the Seven Republics in 1799 and took effect the following year, on New Year's Day.
In the early 20th century Sartoria again lent its support to Tornova as the Sacuri resurfaced, this time as a terrorist organisation called the Order of White. The resulting Second Sacuri War (1923-1935) led to the collapse of the Tornovese Government, the partial occupation of Chiavere, and the commission of an unprecedented level of human rights violations. Following the Eastern Offensive on the part of the Sartorian Army and the defeat of the Order of White, Sartoria launched the Pulizia (1935-1941), an effort to rid the former Tornova of all remnants of Sacuri Thought. In the following years Sartoria rebuilt itself and experienced an economic boom, owing in part to increasing trade with nearby Septima and Franconia.
In the mid 20th century Bercolle underwent a period of persistent economic crisis, despite all efforts by the Imperial Government to hide the true degree of the crisis, to the point that by 1971 the Laminian Civil War turned increasingly violent and major protests in Avola and North Laminia were dealt with a similarly violent manner. This led to a military uprising that ended over 300 years of imperial rule, while civilian authorities in Avola, North Laminia, and Fulvia declared their independence from Bercolle. Eager to avoid further conflict, the Consiglio Nazionale opened negotiations with the authorities in all three states, agreeing to their independence and to the wishes of Avola and North Laminia to join Sartoria. In 1977 the Consiglio agreed to cede Bertuccia to Sartoria after the former threatened an uprising unless it was granted independence. This further loss of territory led to widespread protests and the collapse of the military government.
In 1978 the Sartorian Army entered Bercolle at the invitation of the Albricci City Council and with only token resistance from the Bercollese Army, which had all but dissolved with the fall of the military government. Once it had taken control of the city, Sartoria signed with the City Council the Treaty of Acceli to incorporate the former country as the states of Bercolle and Saluccia. Over the following years Sartoria would struggle to exert its authority, as imperialist resistance groups waged a low level insurgency that only ended with the passage of the 2003 Heritage Act. Shortly after the incorporation of Bercolle, the states of Prezzia, Tedimia, and Fulvia also requested admission into Sartoria, owing to their already close ties with either it or the former Bercolle.
Sartoria participated in the Great War (2017-2023) on the side of the Central Coalition, but upon the 2023 Nuclear Exchange it withdrew from the conflict and instead formed the Global Peace Council with Mydia, Septima, and Qastari, with whom it invaded the Eastern Sea and forced an end to the war. The ensuing peace negotiations led to the annexation of the Soltane Islands and to the formation of the World Society, of which Sartoria became a founding member. In spite of initially cordial relations with Mydia and Septima, the partnership soon broke down amid disagreements on the treatment on nuclear-affected countries and the formation of the Valentian Alliance (VA), leading to a mixed relationship with its fellow powers as all compete for greater influence in Vesta and in outer space.
Collectively, the republics have one of the world's largest economies. It has a distributed economy, conducting economic and trade business separate from the central government, and a very high human development index. Septima is a great power, and has a very large influence in regional and global economic, military, cultural, and diplomatic affairs. The Seven Republics are a founding member of the World Society and the Aerospace Community. One of the world's first industrialised countries, Sartoria has long been a global centre of science and technology, and has been a leading centre for art, music literature, cinema, cuisine, and business.
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