Kathia

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Kathic Empire


Harenos Kathsa
Motto: This I'll Defend

Star of Kathia
Ivadian Star
File:Kath blank map.png
Map of the Provinces of Kathia
CapitalRavonne
Largest cityMonitava
Official languagesKathic
Recognised regional languagesLaszian, Grothbordian
Ethnic groups
(2015)
  • 81% Kathic
  • 10% Other/Foreign Born
  • 5% Laszian
  • 3% Valentine
Demonym(s)Kathic
GovernmentFederal parliamentary constitutional Monarchy
• Emperor
(Head of Government)
Vaszare IV
• Premier
Hamilcan Szeb
Ayal Caszeau
LegislatureParliament of Kathia
National Council
National Diet
Independence
907 AD
5 May, 1664
4 September, 1788
• Empire of Kathia
June 11, 1815
Area
• 
782,314.7 km2 (302,053.4 sq mi)
• Water (%)
8.6%
Population
• 2021 estimate
96,320,321
• 2012 census
92,490,762
• Density
121.6/km2 (314.9/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
$3.7 trillion
• Per capita
$40,000
Gini (2015)Positive decrease 33
medium
HDI (2015)Increase 0.944
very high
CurrencyAuroran Orys ()
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Driving sideright

Kathia, (Elyrian:, Kathis [kaθis]), officially the Kathic Empire (Elyrian:, Harenos Kathsa) is a wealthy, developed nation in Western Aurora. It is bordered by the Kathic Sea to the south. To the north it is bordered by instert, and to the south east, Achysia. Kathia is a Federation of 19 Provinces along with 2 Autonomous Territories, Laszia and West Valentia. Approximately 96 million people live within the borders of Kathia, of which a majority (89%) are ethnically Kathic, while the other 11% are from other various cultures and ethnicities. Kathia is one of the most populous nations in the world, and the most populous in the Azoran Community. Kathia also has a large economy, with a GDP of around 3.7 trillion. Kathia's capital is Ravonne, but its most populous city is Monitava.

For the fist several centuries after the fall of the Elyrian Empire, Kathia was a region of several petty kingdoms. However, Kathia would be unified by the Kingdom of Ravonne who was lead by Odouval. By the time of his death, Kathia would be one of the preminent powers in Azora for the next 1,000 years. The Vaszadas dynasty would continue to rule Kathia until Vedic the Bald failed to produce an heir. Following his death in 623, the Inothe dynasty would rule until the Kathic Revolution. Kathia would see significant cultural and governmental changes during and after the Wars of the Faith, as it would rise to become the preeminent power in Azora and saw significant centralization and the establishment of the "Beauraucratic Monarchy". This system would last until the monarchy was overhtrown in 1378. Kathic culture flourshed during this time as well, and it benefitted from an expanded colonial empire following the Wars of the Faith.

The Kathic Revolution sparked change and conflict both at home and abroad, and lead the loss of several colonies while Kathia also conquored nations in Azora, setting up client republics with the help of its major Republican ally, Ichoria. The Republic, however, was frought with internal strife as monarchists waged a guerrilla war against the Republic, which would fall to the allied states lead by Achysia. The Compromise Monarchy, or the Crowned Republic, rules in a similar form today as the government set up in 1405. Kathia spent much of the next century focused on conquests abroad, and gaining financial and political influence in smaller nations for colonial gain. This era would end as Kathia became one of the prominent participants in the First World War, from which it emerged victorious. Kathia would again side with the allies in the Second World War and was again victorious, however it would come under Achysian occupation during the war. The modern Kathic Government was set up in 1537, and remains in effect to this day. Kathia would spend the post war years in an economic and population boom, and would see many of its colonies achieve independence, with many of these new nations forming close economic and military ties to Kathia.

Today, Kathia is a highly developed and urbanized nation with a GDP of 3.4 trillion, it remains one of the richest nations in the world. Kathia also has a high human development index, and its people are on average some of the most well off. Kathia is a leading member of the Auroran Community, as well a member of the World Concordat Security Council. It also possess one of the largest military budgets in the world and is also recognized as a nuclear weapons possessing state, with around 700 warheads. Today, Kathia is characterized as a representative democracy, wherein the monarch serves in a ceremonial position. It can also be characterized by its 21 provinces, who are federated members of the kingdom.


History

Early Period

Depection of aurochs, horses, and deer on the Avidszal Cave.

Humans have been present in Kathia for around 1.5 million years or more. Early humans would have faces harsh conditions due to the early glacial periods that was occurring. These early hominids lead a hunter-gatherer nomadic lifestyle, which is characteristic of the period. Kathia is home to a number of caves decorated with early paintings, the most famous of which is the Avidszal Cave (which has been closed to visitors since 1550). Around 10,000 BC, the climate became milder as the last glacial period began to end, and the Neolithic period began in Azora as people became more sedintary.

Kethor River Civilization

General area of the Kethor River Civilization, as well as the later Lasza Culture.

As the glaciers retreated, they left behind the large fertile Kathic Plain, as well as the Kethor river system. The Kathor River Civilation existed from around 7,0000 BC to until around 5,000 or 4,5000 years ago. It was not a Kingdom, but rather a cultural area and was mostly dominated by farms and some of the first ancient cities on the continent. This area today remains one of the most fertile in the world and is home to a large population of modern Kathics and Kathic cities, including the capital.

Following the decline of the Kethor River Civilzation, the Lasza Culture appeared around 4,000 BC and lasted until around 2,000 BC. The first evidence of this culture was found near the small village of Lasza in the province of Vouszau in 1541. Around 2,600 BC, one of the first writing systems was developed by the Lasza culture, which would eventually spread to other cultures in the area. Both the Kethor and Lasza cultures left behind numerous tools, idols, pots and pottery, and vases.

Antiquity (2,000 BC-0 AC)

Ruins of Halladasza, an ancient city that was an administrative center of Illodia.

The first Kingdom to appear was the Kingdom of Illodia around 2,000 BC. The kingdom would eventually occupy most of the Kathic Plain. Under Galladin, The Illodians would rule from the Kavordans mountains to what is now South Kevale, with numerous tributary states including some in modern day Laszia. The Illodians would rule until around 600 BC due to barbarian incursions, which by the time have conquored the tributaries that had contributed a significant portion of the country's income. With less means to pay soldiers and mercenaries, the Kingdom became increasingly unstable until it fractured due to the Laszikan Rebellion. No state would regain the same prominence the Illodians had until after the fall of the Elyrian Empire with the rise of the modern Kathic state.

The Illodians would leave behind a complex legacy, and mostly that of an autocratic state with much of the power vested in the monarch. This legacy of autocracy would last until after the Kathic Republic fell in 1405. They had also established an efficient bureaucracy and diplomatic corps, which would later be adopted in a similar fashion by the Elyrians as they quickly conquered the former lands once ruled by them.

The Elyrians conquered the Kathic Plain in 544 BC. Several of the kingdoms were swiftly taken by the Elyrians, however some resisted for years, and when they were finally conquered most of the men were sold into slavery as form of reprisal. Elyrian culture and language gradually transplanted ancient Kathic culture and language, and would eventually form into modern Kathic culture and language as seen today. Kathia was eventually divided into several Elyrian provinces, and many cities were were founded by the Elyrians, such as Monitava and Lavala.

From the 100 BC onwards Kathia would suffer from barbarian incursions. These would increase with frequency until the Calamity of Elyria, which cause a sudden power vacuum as the central government was decapitated when the city was buried in ash and many parts fell into the sea. With no government and no real protection, the Kathic plain was suddenly flooded with barbarians. It originally started out with mostly pillaging, which then morphed into all out slaughter of civilians. Most Elyrian troops that remained were eventually called back into what is now Achysia to defend the Elyrian heartland from barbarian invasion, leaving Kathia even more prone to the barbarians.

Century of Chaos

The century following the Calamity was one where Kathia was more akin to the time before even the Kethor River Civilization. With small lords and nobles holding onto small tracts of land, if there were even those in some areas at all. It wouldn't be until around 78 AC when the first large nation would emerge, the Duchy of Ravonne. The ensuing volcanic winter caused the Barbarian Exodus from the lands to the north, and on top of raiding parties, large numbers of refugees from outside the former Elyrian empire (namely those to the north in the hardest hit areas), began to flood into Kathia. Any sort of power structures in place collaped, and in the ensuing chaos numerous cities were destroyed, depopulated, sacked, or disappeared as their residents fled in fear of whatever might come their way. This brought about a general decline in population in the Kathic Plain- the first in over 1,000 years.

It would take 100 years for any sort of nation to emerge that had the potential to last more than 15 years before it fell to infighting, and coincidentally it formed in the same area every strong Kathic civilization had: the Kethor River Valley. The Kingdom of Ravonne had persisted since the early days of the the Century of Chaos, but had remained small as it was difficult for any nation in the early years to expand. However, as the land recovered, so did many of the smaller Duchies and Kingdoms. Under King Illyan I, the Kingdom began to expand towards the coast, eventually taking the vital port city of Vare. By 178 AC, much of the western Kathic Plain had been conquered by the Kingdom of Ravonne, and as such the kingdom eventually formed into the Kingdom of Kathia.

Early Kathic Period and the Confederation

Much of eastern Kathia was consolidated into the Kingdom by the 300s AC, but eastern Kathia would remain a patchwork of small kingdoms and duchies for several hundred years. The March to the East began under Illic III in 433 AC. By the end of his reign, most of Central and Western Kathia as we know it today was under his rule, and numerous states in the east had become vassal states or pledged their allegiance to him. This began the Great Confederation, which would last until the Wars of Faith. While strong for the first several centuries, by the time of its demise at the hands of Vaeron, it was an inefficient mess of squabbling states.

The Grand Confederation allowed Kathia to focus on more external matters as opposed to trying to conquer the small states that bordered her, as well as leaving these states as a sort of buffer between it and other major powers. The Crown of the Confederation was hereditary to the King of Kathia, and as such he was titled "Emperor of the Confederation". Kathia remained the dominant force in the Confederation due to its size compared to the relatively small and fractured states that made up the rest of the Confederation.

With peace secured for the time being, Illic III and his successors perused some reforms to transform Kathia into a power, such as consolidating their rule over the nobles who held large farm estates that paid little to the government in Ravonne. And attempt by Odou I at land reform resulted in the Nobles War when he tried taking land away from several nobles who refused to pay taxes. As a result, these nobles were executed, their land then became property of the Crown, and the peasants were allowed to continue to cultivate the land. Taxes were subsequently raised on the nobility, who dared not protest after witnessing what happened to those who tried to oppose Odou.

Kingdom of Kathia

Kathic Empire

In response to Kathia's victory over Daeron and the Elyrian Empire, Miral declared Kathia to be an Empire. This coincided with the offical end of the Grand Confederation, as most former duchies and kingdoms became integrated into the new Kathic Empire. A brief Civil War between several dukes and kings who were against the consolidation of the Confederation into the Empire. The Civil War would last around 3 years, and with her victory secured Miral began a series of reforms, namely by making the army more professional as it had utterly failed to defend the country against Vaeron in the later part of the Wars of Faith.

Revolutionary Kathia

Following years of economic decline and a loss in prestige following the defeat in the Valentian War, unrest began to grow among the lower classes. Republican ideals had slowly spread by way of illegal publications since the 1730s with the advent of groups dedicated to establishing a citizen led government. By the end of the war, these publications began to spread like wildfire. The most vocal critic was Loural Bourszane, who was eventually sent into exile in Valdoria in 1781. The Imperial Security Force struggled to stop and sabotage these publications, which were usually just pamphlets. However, on 21 July, 1788 a fire broke out at a publishing house in Atoivale which killed 7 and the Imperial Security Force was quickly blamed. A small riot broke out that night, and many more joined. The city garrison struggled to contain the riots, and many officers even joined. By the end of the 22nd of July, nearly all soldiers in the garrison had joined the riots. The news outraged Emperor Louin XVI who demanded that the riots be put down. However, a large contingent of the military had already been influenced by the Republicans, and more riots began to spring up.

On the 29 July, Loural Bourszane declared a Provisional Republic of Kathia with himself as president. Large contingents of the military pledged allegiance and soon half of Kathia was in rebellion. A provisional government was set up in Mourvile, Avinna. A constitution was drawn up and, among other important steps, established the equal rights of all people no matter their class and declared the Republic to be a secular state. Imperial hardliners were outraged at this declaration, the Emperor sought to have the revolution put down with all forces necessary rather than negotiate. By September the entire coastline had been taken by the revolutionaries, and soon after the fall of Savau the Republican armies were at the gates of Corava. The Seige of Corava began on the 9 September, 1788 and lasted a month.

Industrial Era

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Modern Kathia

Kathia entered the modern period with a large industrial base and a large, growing population. With 65 million people, Kathia was, and had been, the largest nation in Aurora in terms of population. Kathia also had a considerable amount of colonial possessions. In 1494, Kathia established State secularism, and was one of the first nations to do so. During this period of economic prosperity, as well as major advancements in science and technology, there was a great deal of optimism that was soon overshadowed by the First World War. The First World War was devastating to Kathia. Morale at some point was so low that mutiny seemed almost certain. The war drug out and the loss of life became

Geography

Kathia has a wide range of geographical features, with lots of variation by region due to Kathia's large size. Kathia borders Achysia to the south east, Valentine Sea to the direct south, [x] to the north, Edury, Rosvolia, and [x] to the west, and shares a maritime border with Ichoria. Kathia covers an area of 782,314.7 km2, making it one of the largest in Azora. Its elevation varies, from a few points below sea level in the south to mountain peaks in the western Cavordans mountains.

The climate of Kathia varies by region, with warm coastal areas covering am majority of the south, oceanic climate in Laszia, alpine climates in the mountainous regions, and colder climates in the north. The climate has had a major impact on the density of every region in Kathia, with the southern coastal areas being home to just over half the total population of Kathia (52 million people live in a province bordering the Valentine Sea, and a further 8 million live in what is considered "South Kathia"), while provinces in the north tend to have low population densities. The population density can also be attributed to the major river trubtaries in the south, which also create some of the most fertile land in the world, including the large Yal River system. Kathia is also home to copper, bauxite, uranium, and coal deposits.


Climate

Koppen climate classification map of Kathia.

Kathia has a varied climate due to its relatively large size, however a vast majority of its land falls under the Oceanic climate, including the central part of its southern coast. This climate is considered to be mild, with cool summers and cool but not too cold winters with a narrow temperature range and few extreme temperatures. A large majority of the population lives within this climate zone, excluding Ivadia, which falls under the Valentine climate zone. The Valentine climate covers much of South Kathia near Achysia and parts of Southwestern Kathia in Brezantia. This area is has dry summers and mild, but wet winters. The northwest of Kathia between the White Sea and Cavodans has a continental climate, which features a very hot summer with a very cold winter, with areas near the mountains featuring a particularly wet (and often snowy) winter.

Wildlife and Environment

The Golden Eagle is the Nation's national animal.
Kathia is situated in Western Aurora and has a very diverse ecology with thousands of flowering and vascular plants. It varies in animal species, with around 307 mammal species, 643 bird species, 392 reptile species, and 258 amphibian species. Some species can only be found in certain areas, such as the Alpine Mountains Wolf which only roams in the Callau Mountains National Park, while most bird species can be found all over the nation. The Royal Fish and Wildlife Service protects around 233 species of animals, and runs 76 national parks in the nation. The Kathic Fish and Wildlife Service is overseen and run by the Royal Ministry of the Environment.

There are 76 National Parks in Kathia, consisting of 6.34% of the total land area of the nation. The largest is Illic V National Park, with 3,401 square kilometers of untamed land. The nation has highly prioritized the environment since the early 1500s, and since then the government has made sure to protect the nation's environment. Because of these Environmental policies, the nation is consistently ranked with one of the top environments, having founded National Parks since 1443. Many national parks can be found in the mountainous regions and along the coastal regions, but also include some of the last areas of untamed flatland in Azoria, such as the Litorsza Grasslands National Park.

Administrative Regions

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Provinces

See Also: Provinces of Kathia

Kathia has historically been a federalized state. Up until Daeron, there were many individual duchies within Kathia under the control of the Confederation. However, following the Reforms of Miral the Great, the newly reformed Kathic Empire was a centralized one, and focused heavily on its military. Following the Kathic Revolution, the republic reformed into a Federal state from 1788-1813 when the last-ditch attept Military Government gained control and declared martial law during the last year and a half of the empire. Following the defeat of the Republic, the newly formed Kingdom returned to being a Federal state, with provinces established along their historical boundaries.

There are currently 19 Federal Provinces in the Kingdom of Kathia, and populations vary from 11 million in Ivadia to just over 1 million in many Northern Provinces. The South of Kathia is far more populous, containing well over half of the population of Kathia. Many new immigrants tend to settle in the major populations centers in the south as well.

Voting districts for the Assembly are based on Provincial populations, and change every census.

Counties

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Government and Politics

See Also: Parliament of Kathia

Emperor Vaszare, serving since 15 Fallwane, 1610.
Premier Hamilcan Szeb, serving since 5 Highbloom, 1602.
Prime Minister Ayal Caszeau, serving since 5 Highbloom, 1607.

The politics of Kathia take place under the framework established by the Constitution of 1405 (Amended in 1535, 1569, 1595). Kathia is established as a social and democratic nation, wherein the national sovereignty is vested in the people and its constituent subdivisions, from which the state’s powers emanate.

The form of government in Kathia is a crowned republic, that is, a social representative democratic republic in which the monarch (and family) is an official ceremonial entity with no political power. The Premier is the head of state, while the Prime Minister is the head of government. Executive power is exercised by the Government, which is integrated by the Prime Minister, their deputy ministers, and others, collectively forming the Cabinet, or Council of Ministers. Legislative power is vested in the General Parliament, a bicameral parliament constituted by the National Diet and the National Council. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature, administering justice officially on behalf of the monarchy by judges and magistrates. The Supreme Court of Appeals of Kathia is the highest court in the nation, with jurisdiction in all Kathic territories, superior in all affairs except constitutional ones, which are the jurisdiction of a separate court, the Constitutional Court.

Kathia’s political system is a multi-party system.

Regional governments function under a system known as Semi-Autonomous Federal Zones, a highly decentralized system of administration. Initially framed as a kind of asymmetrical federalism for regions styled as “historic nationalities”, it has evolved in practice into an approach that permits a devolution of powers for all regions. Exercising the right to self government granted by the National Constitution, Kathia is divided into 26 provinces and 2 autonomous provinces. The form of government in each of these is based on a unicameral parliamentary system, in which executive power is vested in a Vice-Premier and a Council of Ministers, elected and responsible to the legislative body.

The Crown

The Kathic monarch, currently Vaszare IV, is officially called Emperor of the Kathics. He serves as a symbol of the nation’s unity and permanence, representing the Kathic state as a whole in relation to the autonomous communities contained within. The title of Emperor or Empress is proclaimed by the National Council technically, but is de facto a hereditary title. According to the Kathic Constitution, it is incumbent upon to sanction all laws passed by the parliament, to award honors and distinctions, to be informed of the affairs of State, to exercise the right to grant pardons in accordance with national law, and to exercise the High Patronage of the nation’s Royal Academies. He may also ceremonially receive diplomats from foreign nations, but has no rights to make deals or sign treaties on Kathia’s behalf, although he can endorse ones already signed by the Premier and ratified by Parliament.

Legislature

Legislative power is vested in the Kathic Parliament as the supreme representatives of the Kathic people and nation. This legislature is bicameral, divided into the National Diet and the National Council. As in most parliamentary systems, more legislative power is vested in the lower chamber, the National Diet. The Speaker of the Diet, also called the Prime Minister, presides over a joint session of the Kathic Parliament. Each chamber of the Parliament meets at separate precincts and carries out their duties separately, except for specific important functions, in which case they meet in a joint session. Such functions include the elaboration of laws proposed by the executive (the Government), by one of the chambers, by an autonomous community, or through popular initiative; and the approval or amendment of the nation’s budget proposed by the Prime Minister.

Executive

Premier

The Kathic head of state is the Premier. As Kathia’s parliamentary system of government, the Prime Minister runs the government and day-to-day politics, the role of Premier is to serve as the popularly elected representative of the people in government and ensure its legitimacy. Unlike Kathia’s monarchy, the Premier is not obliged to refrain from expressing their political views. They are expected to give direction to general political and societal debates, and most Kathic Premiers were active politicians or party members prior to office. Under the Kathic constitution, the Premier represents Kathia in matters of international law, concluding treaties with foreign states on its behalf and accredits diplomats.

Government and Council of Ministers

At the national level, executive power is shared between the Premier and the Government. The Government is composed by a Prime Minister, one or more deputy prime ministers, and all other ministers. The collegiate body composed by the Prime Ministers, the deputy prime ministers, and all other ministers is called the Council of Ministers. The Government is in charge of both domestic and economic policies, with foreign policy largely being the purview of the Premier.

Council of State

The constitution also establishes the Council of State, a supreme advisory council to the Kathic government. Though the body has existed intermittently since the middle ages, its current composition and nature of its work are defined in the Constitution and subsequent laws that have been published. It is currently composed by a President, nominated by the Council of Ministers, several ex officio councilors - former Prime Ministers, directors or Presidents of the Royal Kathic Academy, the Royal Academy of Legislation and Jurisprudence, the Royal Academy of History, the Social and Economic Council, the Attorney General of the State, the Chief of Staff, the Governor of the Bank of Kathia, the Director of the Juridical Service of the State, and the Presidents of the General Commission of Codification and Law - several permanent councilors, appointed by decree, and no more than ten elected councilors in addition to the Council’s Secretary General. The Council of State serves only as an advisory body, that can give non-binding opinions upon request and to propose an alternative solution to the problem presented.

Judiciary

The Judiciary in Kathia is integrated by judges and magistrates who administer justice, technically in the name both of the Emperor and the people. The Judiciary is composed of different courts depending on the jurisdictional order and what is to be judged. The highest ranking court of the Kathic judiciary is the Supreme Court of Appeals, with jurisdiction in all of Kathia, superior in all matters except in constitutional law. The Supreme Court is headed by a Chief Justice, nominated by the Premier, proposed by the General Council of the Judiciary, and contains within it 21 Justices. This institution is the government body of the Judiciary, integrated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals, ten members appointed by the Premier for a ten year non-repeatable term, among whom there are twelve judges and magistrates of all judicial categories, seven members nominated by the National Diet, and four by the National Council, elected by three-fifths of their respective members. They are to be elected from among lawyers and jurists of acknowledged competence and with over 15 years of professional experience.

Regional government

Kathia is a centralized state, outside of the two autonomous regions Federal State of Laszia and Autonomous Community of West Valentia. There are 25 Provinces in Kathia, or 27 if the two autonomous regions are counted. Each province is guaranteed some degree of autonomy in certain affairs, and some latitude in many others. Areas such as Education have a certain national framework the provinces follow, especially in areas of curriculum. But, each province runs its own separate University system, and grants lower tuition rates to those who have lived in the province for at least a few years. Taxation is also left to the provinces, and each province can create their own taxes on top of national ones. Matters of law is left to the national government, however each province is granted its own judicial system based on the constiutution (but only Laszia and West Valentia have their own Supreme Courts, but even those Supreme Courts are under the national Supreme Court).

Military

See: Royal Kathic Armed Forces

File:Kathia Aurorafighter.jpg
The Aurorafighter forms the bulk of Kathia's modern fighter jet force.

The Armed Forces of Kathia contain four main branches- The Royal Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, and the Royal Marines. The Royal Kathic Armed Forces are one of the largest in Aurora and have the largest global presence compared to it's neighbors. The Royal Army is the largest branch, with about 550,000 people, many of which are stationed in overseas bases. The Royal Air Force fields over 650 fighters and also commands the nations nuclear arsenal of about 1,000 warheads. The Royal Navy is also large, with 5 nuclear air craft carriers. The Royal Marines field about 75,000 troops. The Gendarmerie, the Military Police, is also a branch of the Armed Forces.

The Royal Kathic Army has been in existence since 617 AD, making it one of the oldest armed forces still in existence. It had deep roots with the monarchy until the fall of the Kathic Empire in 1815. The Army has operated, since it's founding, on every continent in one conflict or another. Until 1800, the army was mostly made up of peasants looking to raise their status in society. It was reformed by Hatheron in 1800 to become a professional military and has remained that way ever since.

The Royal Kathic Navy is one of the largest and most active in the world. It is the most active naval force in the Elyrian Sea, and one of the most active in the Allonian Sea. It has many overseas bases, with the largest on the Bir Taviq Islands. With it's 5 air craft carriers and numerous destroyers, cruisers, and nuclear submarines, it is one the largest in the world and one of the largest in Aurora.

The Royal Kathic Air Force is the second largest branch in the Royal Kathic Armed Forces, and has around 650 fighter aircraft. The Air Force also controls Kathia's nuclear arsenal, which is one of the largest in the world with around 700 warheads.

Foreign Affairs

Economy

A Vernou LR300, Kathia maintains one of the largest automotive industries.

Kathia is a high income country, with a GDP per capita of $39,000. Kathia has an extensive mix of private and public companies. Between 1968 and 1987 public and government owned companies dominated the nation until the 1989. economic crises that resulted in the government selling off many of the companies to private investors. These companies included Air Kathia, Kathicom, as well as many banking, insurance, and defense companies. Healthcare services are still mostly government funded and owned. Banking and financial services are an important part of the economy. The Imperial Bank of Vydau and the Bank of Kathia are two of the world's largest banks. Evas is one of the largest insurance companies maintaining a presence on most continents. Due to it's vast and large fertile plains, Kathia is a large agriculture exporter. It has one of the largest automotive industries, as well as the civilian division of Airbus where the A320, A330, A350, and A380 are assembled.

The service sector comprises of 73% of the economy, with industry making up around 21%, and agriculture makes 2% of the economy as a whole. Unemployment is low and is as of recent started a decline and is now down to 3.9%, due to job creation in the past year. The Royal Ministry of Education's funds provide free education from ages 5 to college, as such most Kathians are considered to be skilled workers. Many companies hire people from other lower income/poorer nations for unskilled labor jobs. This has been criticized but many see it as a necessity due to the lack of unskilled native Kathic workers. Kathia also recieves a large foreign direct investment. This is mainly due to a vast tourist economy, low corruption, as well as being a high income country.

Kathia has a near equal trade balance. It is one of the world's biggest exporting nations, and many exports include financial services and banking, fashion products, software, aerospace products and components, arms, automobiles, civil nuclear technology, raw materials, electronic hardware, and pharmaceuticals. Many major imports include crude oil, uranium, various metals, electronics, automobiles, and plastics.

Kathia's currency is the Auroran Orys, which is a shared currency between nations of the Auroran Community. The Orys is regulated by the Auroran Central Bank.

Agriculture

Wheat production in Brevanasza; Brevanasza is by far the largest wheat producing Province in Kathia.

Kathia is home to some of the world's most fertile lands, and as such has historically been a very large agricultural goods producer. Its vast river system has allowed it to grow vast quantities of foodstuffs, and the advent of improved technology and field systems has allowed farmers to better utilize the land. In recent years, government and Azoran Community subsidies have allowed Kathia to remain the premier agricultural exporter in Azora.

Beef, dairy, wheat, poultry, pork, as well as processed foods form the bulk of the agricultural production in Kathia. Kathia is also a large producer of wine, with numerous regional wines produced and home to some of the most internationally recognized wines in the world. Despite its general decline in the overall share of total employment in Kathia since the industrial revolution, the agriculture industry still employs 4% of Kathia's population and plays not only an important role in the economy, but the cultural and gastronomical fabric of Kathia.

Energy

A vast majority of Kathia's power is derived from nuclear energy.

Energy in Kathia is mostly nuclear and is generated by Royal Electricity. Nuclear power expanded dramatically in the 1560s, and by 1580 Kathia was the first nation to produce more than 50% of its total power by nuclear means. Today, 85% of Kathia's power is generated from its 76 nuclear power plants and a further 11% is generated by other sources of renewable energy. Among the nations in the AC, Kathia has the lowest output of carbon emissions. Continued expansion of nuclear energy has been a policy of Hamilcan Szeb, who stated in 2019 that Kathia will source 95% of its energy from nuclear power by 2035, and 100% on renewable energy that same year as well with continued expansion of solar and wind farms.

Power in Kathia is supplied by the Imperial Power Corporation, who runs the nuclear power stations. The Imperial Power Corporation was formed in 1566 when the power industry was nationalized under the Landac Administration following the slow progress on establishing new nuclear power stations as well as the Fadhesza Power Plant Incident the previous year in which the oil power plant suffered from an explosion. Since the establishment of the IPC, Kathia's reliance on nuclear power went from just under 10% to 85% 4 decades later.

Science and Technology

Since the advent of aviation, Kathia has played a role in the development of aerospace technology.

Kathia has historically been a center for scientific development, especially since the middle ages and renaissance. Numerous scientific, medical, and technological achievements have been made in Kathia throughout its history. Ravonne has long been a center of scientific discovery, as it is the capital. However, other cities such as Lavala, Vorhaven, and more recently, Monitava, have payed a central role in Kathia's scientific and technological development. The Old Kingdom and the First Kathic Empire played a central development in funding scientific development, although this varied by monarch with some spending more than others in science. Since the 12th century, however, science has come to play an ever increasing role in the national focus.

Kathia remains a major supporter and financier of the scientific community, either directly or indirectly. The Imperial Ministry of Research and Innovation is the primary government agency dealing with science and technology, and Kathia spends a relatively high Ↄ103 billion on science and technology. In recent history, numerous Kathic scientists have won international awards for their discoveries in mathematics, natural, and applied sciences. Kathia is home to the Odhal Prize, which is granted to those who have made a significant contribution in the scientific community. The government also gives out the Imperial Scientific Award, whose committee is made up of members of the National Diet with the Emperor as its head.

Many universities lead scientific development in the nation. Imperial Revonne Institute of Science and Technology, University of Monitava, and Maszale University-Vydau are well known for their scientific departments and programs, and play a central role in national and international development of sciences. Many private universities receive funding from the government in the form of grants for research and development of new technologies, research diseases, and other things. Since a majority of universities are funded by the government, they receive funding directly from the government in their budgets for research and development, and the government as a whole remains committed to this.

With its large science spending, Kathia has continued to play a leading role in scientific development to the modern day, and is a leading nation in computing, aerospace, medical sciences, cold fusion, and many others. Kathia is home to the large Azoran Large Hadron Collider, which is half-way in Kathia and Achysia and is operated by the Azoran Community. Kathia has played an important role in space technology, and contributes a large amount of funding the the Azoran Space Agency, as well as the development of rockets. Kathia was also one of the first countries to send an artificial satellite into orbit, and played a central role in sending the first men to the moon in the mid-16th century.

Tourism

Tourism remains an integral part of the Kathic economy. With around 80 million tourists arrivals in 1608, Kathia is one of the most visited countries in the world. It's income from tourism is one of the highest in the world, and the tourism sector as a whole also remains one of the most developed. There are several regions in Kathic which can be considered "tourist hotspots" such as West Valentia, Valentine Sea Coast, Kavordans Mountains, and Kevale. Monitava, Ravonne, and Lavala are the nation's three largest cities in terms of tourist income. Some of the most popular attractions include the Imperial Trade Center, Old Monitava, Imperial Palace, Lavala River District, and Guidhau Palace. Aldhezha Park in Monitava, Gourderons in Ravonne, and Kavordans Adventure in Vydau are some of the most popular amusement parks in not just Kathia but also Azora and the world as a whole. The major cities of Kathia are home to numerous museums and parks, some of which are the most visited in the world such as the Imperial Musuem of Art, Kathic Museum, Monitava Aquarium, and Vydau Museum of Natural Sciences rank highly in terms of visitorship. Some of the world's premier ski resorts are located in both mountain ranges of Kathia.

Transportation

Rail

The Imperial Kathic High Speed Rail network is part of the larger Azoran High Speed Rail Network.

The passenger rail network in Kathia is fully nationalized under the Imperial Rail. Due to the density of the population, the rail network has remained robust and well used, and is under constant improvement by the Ministry of Transportation. The rail network is connected to the larger Azoran Community rail network, and due to Kathia's central position geographically making it very connected with its neighbors. Ravonne is the central hub of the Kathic rail network, due to its prominence as the capital as well as its geographic position near the center of the country and being somewhat close to the populated coastline of the Empire. Kathia was a lead developer of the Azoran High Speed Rail network, as such the high speed rail network in Kathia is very developed, and several more lines are being planned to connect some of the more populous areas in Northern Kathia with high speed rail.

The freight network, unlike the passenger network, is private. The industry has consildated laregly into two companies Capital Rail Freight based in Ravonne and North Kathia Rail based in Anceava. There have been no serious attempts to nationalize the industry, however some smaller lines are nationalized such as the Kevale Railway due to its relative in the 1570s and 80s.

There are several metropolitan railway networks in Kathia, notably in Ravonne and Monitava, where millions of riders utilize the respective networks every year. These networks are public, as all passenger rail in Kathia is public. Other such networks exist in Lavala and Vorhaven, and on a smaller scale in cities such as Saint Illic and Mourthal. Ravonne, Monitava, Lavala, and Vorhaven also boast large metro systems, while most medium to large cities have streetcars or light rail networks.

Air

Terminal 2 at Monitava-Vourane, the busiest airport in Kathia

Of the 477 airports in Kathia, 7 are considered major airports, Acathe ce Vera International Airport, Ravonne-Vourlau Airport, Monitava-Vourane International Airport, and Lavala-Landac International Airport. Vorhaven International Airport and Vydau International Airport are considered secondary airports and also recieve large amounts of traffic, primarilly from regional and low-cost carriers such as InterKathic and Azoras. Monitava-Vourane is the busiest airport, with 65 million passenger passing through it in 1509. Acathe ce Vera was second with 59 million in 1509, followed by Lavala-Landac where 33 million passengers passed through it.

There are two major international airlines in Kathia: Air Kathia (the flag carrier) based in Ravonne and Kathic Allonian Airlines based in Monitava. Air Kathia was state owned for much of its existance until it was partially privatized in the 1570s and full privatized 20 years later. Both Air Kathia and Kathic Allonian are full-cost carriers with robust international, domestic, and inter-Azoran networks. There are a number of domestic and Azoran airlines based in Kathia and even more that utilize Kathia's airports. Azorair is the most prominent low-cost carrier in Kathia. Based in Lavala, it has a large fleet and robust Azoran network. InterKathic is the only remaining domestic carrier, and is consdiered to be the middle between low-cost and full-cost carriers; it also receives funding to serve smaller airports in Kathia, particularly in the north.

Road

The A40 Autoroute outside of Monitava

There are 1,027,183 kilometres of road available in Kathia, making it the most extensive in Aurora. Virtually all Autoroutes begin in the Ravonne region and connect to virtually the entire nation and subsequently all of Azora. With Kathia being a major block and stepping stone to the east and west of Azora, it handles a lot of international road traffic from both directions east to west, with a large amount of traffic comming in from the north to the south to the ports of Lavala or Monitava. Most of the roads are owned by the state, and maintained by the provinces they are in. Most of the road budget is paid for via tolls on the Autoroutes. Kathia has a large auto industry, with it's own brands making up more than 58% of car sales in the country; Iszada (21% of cars sold in Kathia), Savaeu (18%), Avima (14%), Vernou (5%), the luxery brand Reva accounts for a further 4% of sales with the microcar brand Keveda accounting for just under 2%. As of 2015, there were 76 million privately owned vehicles in Kathia.

Waterways

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The A10 Autoroute crossing the River Yal near Vare. Both the A10 and Yal River System are major transportation routes in Kathia

Kathia has historically had and relied on its rivers as a mode of transport. Considered by early Kings to be the "veins of Kathia", they have provided Kathia with large swaths of fertile land to farm on and stretch throughout as a means to transport not only agricultural, but other goods as well. While not as prominent as they once were, rivers remain an important part of Kathia's internal and international transportation network due to the ability of barges and small ships to transport larger amounts of goods than trucks or aircraft can, often only beaten by rail by the amount of tonnage that can be transported in one sitting. The River Yal and its tributary system is considered the most important river system in all of Kathia and one of the most important systems in the world.

Demographics

Population growth of Kathia since 1540. There were 65.6 million people in 1540, the population has since grown by 30 million.

With 96.3 million people, making Kathia is one of the most populous nations in the world, and the most populous in Aurora and the Auroran Community. Kathia is an outlier in terms of natural births, with a fertility rate of 2.01. A majority of Kathics, around 57.1 million or 60%, live in South Kathia (this includes Southeast, South Central, Southwest Kathia). The other 40% of the population lives in North Kathia and West Valentia.

The most populous group, at 89%, is the Kathic People. Most Kathics descend from a Grothbordians who fled what is now Grothbord and the Far North of Kathia after The Calamity, which caused widespread crop failures and starvation in their lands. The conquored and settled in what is now Central Kathia, and intermingled with the Elyrians and adopted many of parts of the culture and customs as well as introducing their own customs, creating the Early Kathic culture and language.

Despite a slowing natural growth, down to just above replacement rate, Kathia has in recent decades seen large scale immigration from other countries. Large communities of eastern Azoran as well as Tarsic and African have immigrated to Kathia due to the growing need for lower skilled workers as Kathia continues to transform itself into a more post-industrial economy.

Ethnic Groups

Kathia also has a large and growing immigrant population, mainly from former colonies and developing nations in Dihara and Tarsis. A majority of the new population growth in Kathia over the next 40 years is expected to come from immigrants rather than native Kathics. The population is expected to reach 100 million before 2035, and the immigrant population is expected to make up over 17-21% of the total population by then. There are around 77 million ethnic Kathics living in Kathia. There are around 4.9 million Laszians living in Kathia, who make up around 5% of the total population. Kathics can be subdivided into those who originate from Elyrians, those who are mostly Grothic, and mixed Elyrian and Grothic. The distinctions between Grothic and Elyric Kathics has become increasingly hard to define, as with time the distinction becomes less prevalent. However, North Kathia remains somewhat tied with Grothbord in some aspects (excluding Laszia). The next largest minority are the Valentines, who make up 3% of the population at 2.8 million people.

Around 10% of the population is foreign born (or 9.5 million). Kathia has the largest Zhenian population in Aurora, with a vast majority residing in Monitava, which has the largest Little Zhenia in Aurora. There are around 25,000 Amilians in Kathia, mostly in Monitava.

Major Cities

See Also: Provinces of Kathia

Language

According to the Kathic Constitution, the official language of Kathia is Kathic, which is an Elyrian language. The Kathic Language is taught in every school within the public and private school system. Everyone in Kathia is also required to learn High Elyrian, which remains the working language in Aurora and most international institutions. Laszian and Valentine are also spoken by a significant minority of the population outside of the ethnic Laszians and Valentines who speak it. As such, many in both provinces can speak three languages. Immigrants have long formed their own communities within Kathic cities, and still speak their mother tongue as a result. Today, around 65-75% of the immigrant community speaks a language other than Kathic at home.

There are many dialects of Kathic, notably Ravonni dialect, Ivadian, Lakes Accent, Maszalian, and Mountain dialects. Standardized Kathic came about under the rule of Roune III in the 12th century AC with the establishment of the Imperial Language Committee, which still meets today under the name Kathic Language Forum. Brezentine is a separate language, but is similar to Kathic with Grothic influences in the language, but is more Elyric than Kathic. Today, Brezentine is generally confined to the coastal areas around Saint Mauric and is spoken by around 250,000 people.

Religion

Religion in Kathia
Religion Percentage
Vayonism
60%
Atheism
31%
Other local faiths
11%

The current constitution of Kathia grants freedom of religion, and states that Kathia is a secular nation with separation of church and state, and as such the only mention of religion in the constitution is that the state guarantees the right to religious freedom. However, a large majority of Kathics (71%) still consider themselves religious or at least spiritual. In the 2012 Kathic Census, 60% of people stated they belonged to a Vayonist Church, 11% other, with 31% with either no preference or stating they were atheist.

Vayonism has been the dominant religion in Kathia for more than a millenium. A majority of the religious buildings and institutions in Kathia are linked to the Vayonist Church. With the Kathic Revolution, the clergy was removed from their previous position of power within the nation, and the Republic declared itself secular with the 1483 Constitution. Since then, Kathia has remained secular, but the church still holds sway in many people's lives. Wile Vayonism has been the dominant religion in Kathia for over 1,500 years, the prevelance of Vayonism is waning as an ever increasing number of Kathics declare themselves atheist or agnostic. But, a vast majority of religious buildings (around 95%), are related to Vayonism.

Health

Healthcare in Kathia can be divided into two sectors: Public and Private. The Government offers insurance for those whose companies do not offer it or those that can not afford private insurance. Government premiums generally cost no more than $110 per month. People under the age of 18 are covered, by law, by their parent's premiums and can continue to be covered by their parent's plan until they are 25. Once people reach the age of 25, they must have some sort of health insurance either provided by their employer or the government.

Private companies must offer core universal care package, which includes the cost of prescription medicines. There can be no cost differences between young or old, healthy or sick. It is illegal in Kathia for insurers to refuse someone health insurance based on health or age alone. However, if a company falls into the "small business" bracket or its revenue is below a certain amount, it is not required to offer insurance to its employees.

Education

Education in Kathia is free from ages 6 or 7 through ages 17 or 18. Education is divided into three tiers: Primary education through 5th Grade, Secondary education through 12th Grade, and higher education at the university level. Students are required to complete Primary and Secondary levels of education.

Each province manages their own education systems for Primary and Secondary education systems. As such, teacher pay and quality of education can vary between provinces. Homeschooling was allowed in Kathia until 2013, and before it was outlawed, just under 2% of children were home schooled. From 18 months to age 4 or 5, children may be enrolled in state-sponsored pre-schools where children can learn numbers, get a basic grasp on language, and lear socialization skills. Approximately 80-85% of students were enrolled in a pre-school program in 2016. Around the age of 5 or 6, students transfer to elementary school until the age of 11-12, when the transfer to secondary education.

Upon completing secondary education at age 17 or 18, students have the option of attending a four year university. University in Kathia is not free, however the state will cover most of the cost of university through taxes and grants, and most provinces have programs for tuition assistance. The average university student pays no more than ₭2,200 for in-province tuition, and no more than ₭3,400 per semester. Meals and rooms are provided by universities for free, however most universities have other meal options from chain restaurants that are not free. Each province has it's own University system, however there are many Private Universities which can be more expensive. The government will help students in covering much of the cost of attending private universities, however the average cost per semester is much more on average at around ₭5,000.

Culture

Art

Woman in the Garden by Ilya Rodan. Rodan was a major Impressionist artist in Ravonne during the late 15th century.

Early Kathic Art was heavily influenced by Vayonism. However Kathic art remained in high esteem during the middle ages. The advent of forced-perspective greatly influenced Renaissance art, and artists such as Illic Ayal ce Vourdan became widely known and was invited to work in the Royal Court from 1034-1044 AC. Under Miral the Great, the Imperial Institute of the Arts was established until it was abolished in 1385 (although it had stopped functioning as a whole in 1382). The Imperial Institute of the Arts included some of the most prestigious painters of the late Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical periods, and was reestablished as the the Institute of the Arts in 1390 and again as the Royal Institute of the Arts in 1405, and continues to operate to this day with a campuses in Ravonne, Monitava, Lavala, Vydau, and Vorhafven.

Rocco style was endorsed by the Imperial Court, with works by Heydon Foural being among the most prominent. The Kathic Revolution saw a dramatic shift from Baroque and Rocco to Neoclassical style art, which was the preferred style of the Republicans. Romanticism also developed during this time, and by the end of the Republican Wars was the dominant art style until Impressionism too hold in Ravonne a few decades later.

Following the Revolution, Kathia became a major center or art and painting. The Second Kingdom became a major supporter of the arts, with major funding by the Royal Family. During the mid and late 15th century, Ravonne became a major center for Impressionism and Symbolism. The most famous of these artists were Ilya Roudan, Goura Kyrau, Adolfe Gjellan, and Karlan Voeran.

Cuisine

See Also: Kathic cuisine

Paszadha, a traditional Kathic dessert porridge consisting of flour and condensed grape juice.

Kathic cuisine is renowned for being one of the finest in the world. Dishes differ by region, with more hearty meals such as meat and beef in the North and Central parts of Kathia, while seafood is quite popular in the Elyrian Sea provinces. Kathia is renowned for its wine. Viticulture has long been a part of the Kathic identity since long before the Elyrians arrived.

A meal will usually consist of an entree, main course, and either a cheese plate or dessert (or sometimes both). An entree can either be some sort of soup, sandwich, or tapas (more common in the South of Kathia). While the main course can be steak frites, a stew, or fish. Many dishes are well suited for home cooking, which makes Kathic dishes popular worldwide.

Many popular dishes include Crepes, various stews and soups, crumbrolls and Kathic turnovers. Kathia is also renowned for its pasteries, cheeses, and bread. Kathic people are also one of the largest consumers of coffee. With a heavy emphasis on local and fresh ingredients, Kathic cuisine is regarded as a key element in the quality of life in Kathia.

Cinema

Kathia has strong ties in the world of Cinema. Both Ravonne and Monitava are considered major centers of film production. The first film made in Kathia was directed by Myal Oyan in 1485. Kathia has since been considered at the forefront of the film industry, and has been the center of several film movements such as New Wave in the late 1540s. Kathia is a large film producer, and is one of the largest film producers in Kathia.

Ravonne, prior to the Second World War, was where a vast majority of Kathic films were produced. Following the war, Monitava overtook Ravonne as the film capital of Kathia. the 1550-1590s are often considered the golden age of Monitavan dominance in film. However, more recently, more films are being produced in Vydau and Lavala. Even so, a vast majority of films are still produced in Monitava.

Architecture

The Royal Palace of Ravonne, and example of 13th century architecture in Kathia.

Kathia has a long and varied history with architecture, producing some the most well known architects and buildings. During the middle ages, large, fortified castles were built by feudal lords as a display of their power and wealth, and today several have survived and remain popular tourist attractions. Castles such as the Vournau Castle, Bourszois Castle, Kelal Castle, and several partially destroyed castles in Southwest Kathia provide some of the finest examples of Kathic architecture from the middle ages. Elyrianesque architecture during the middle ages, much like the rest of western and central Aurora, remained the most common style used in construction.

Cathedrals also provided a way for the state to showcase is power and wealth. The most important of these being the Island Cathedral in Ravonne, which took several hundred years to complete. Every Kathic monarch since Illic III has been crowned in the Vourszal Cathedral, which was constructed 890s AC. Most cathedrals built during the middle ages to the Renaissance were built in Ravonnic style architecture. Renaissance styles appeared first in the 8th century AC, and were promoted by King Louin V, who himself dabbled in architecture. The Caslte Monivau is one of the most important renaissance style buildings constructed in Kathia, and is one of the finest examples of residences constructed in the Val River Valley.

The Bank of Monitava building in Monitava, the tallest in Kathia from 1561-1564 is an example of International style architecture.

By the 12th century, Baroque architecture replaced the renaissance styles. Baroque became popular not just in religious architecture, but also in the secular sector, with many state funded buildings constructed under the Kathic Empire. The Amouin Palace is a famous example, with its extensions designed by Aylal ce Vourdau, and he also designed the extensions to the Ravonne Palace under Illic VI. The War Veterans Hall is another example of baroque style under the Empire, with its dome constructed in the 13th century AC.

During the Late Empire period, Neoclassical architecture became the more popular style, and was the favored style under the Republic. The Hatheron Arch, Palace of the Victorious, and the Ravonne Pantheon is a famous example of this type of architecture. This style persisted through until the World Wars, with fluctuating popularity.

Under the rule of Vaszare II, Second Kingdom style became the dominant style, and is best represented by the Renovation of Ravonne which saw the demolition of most of the city center and the construction of wide streets to accommodate the growing city's needs, as well as a display of prowess by the new government. Prominent architects such as Illic-Vourdan ce Bourszal and Heydon Vourszac, who designed many structures but is best remembered for his Vouszac Tower. The construction of Monitava also provided many great examples of Second Kingdom architecture. However, almost all of the original city was destroyed during the First Battle of Monitava and further by the Second Battle of Monitava.

The 17th Century AC say modernist architecture develop. Yis Voudal became one of the most prominent architects of the early modernist period, and designed several homes between 1495-1507. Following the Second World War, Monitava was rebuilt to mid-century modernist standards, and is now home the largest concentration of skyscrapers in Kathia and Aurora. The redevelopment of both Lavala and Vydau have yielded similar results, but Ravonne imposed restrictions in 1559. Kathia was a major center of International style and State modernist architecture, and an early adopter of Structural Expressionism as seen in the Imperial Center.

Literature

Kyral Gourdau, often considered the most famous writer from Kathia.

The earliest traces of Kathic literature can be traced to the Middle Ages, and much of the early works are inspired by religious Vayonist texts. However, many early scholarly works were produced as well, as Louin II took matters of science as very important. Many early Kathic scientific works, such as The Encyclopedia on the Matters of Astrology and On the Ecology of Western Aurora were written during this period, and were later reused during the Renaissance.

During the Renaissance, Yis Hourane's The Independence of Man is of notable importance due to his fervent anti-religious stance, a rarity for the era. Poets such as Kyral Gourdau became prominent, and Gourdau was invited to the Imperial Court. Gourdau, along with Yæra Ollal perfected the Kyralian style poem, and both have long been praised for their style by both contemporaries and people long after. Gourdau is by many aspects considered one of the greatest writers to come from Kathia. Her plays such as Vourszau and King Illic of Rodan had profound influence in the world of not only plays but literature as a whole, and several of her works are taught by schools all over the world.

In the 14th century, Karlan Houszau published his famous Encyclopedia of the Current World, which to this day continues to be published. The 14th as well as the 15th century saw many famous works such as My Nephew, the Murderer, A Man in Ravonne, and The Fate of Karlan. While the 15th century saw writers such as Illic Hourdal, often considered the greatest Kathic writer and novelist of all time. Hourdal excelled in many genres, and was an early writer in Romanticism. His works such as Hatheron and Thoughts of the Mad King are considered masterpieces in novel writing. Houdan was also an established poet, and his book of poems, To Live Near the River Yal is considered to be one of the greatest collections of poems of all time.

Media

Kathia is characterized by its free press, as described in Article 1 of the 1536 Constitution. There are many daily newspapers in Kathia, with the most popular being The Monitavan and The World. The newspaper industry as a whole has been characterized by its steady decline in readership due to the advent of the internet. However, The Monitava and The World both have circulation of around 650,000 copies. There are several other daily and evening newspapers which also remain in wide circulation, as well as several regional and provincial newspapers owned by the Royal Kathic Corporation for Radio and Broadcasting.

Between 1535 and 1560, the Royal Kathic Corporation for Radio and Broadcasting held a monopoly on television and radio news media in Kathia. In 1560, the government allowed private media companies to form. RKCRB, often shortend to Kathia Television, is mostly public, with its news channel being the most watches news outlet in the nation. The 1590s saw a large shift towards cable news, the largest of which is Kathic Broadcasting. Cable news, however remains less popular than Kathic Television's news channel.

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Holidays

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Sport

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