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Nov 2013

Other Nations – Part 1

Posted by / in Lore / 11 comments

I will delve in more detail into each of the major world powers at a later date.  At this time I merely wish to introduce each nation and offer a brief overview of their place in the world.

Three of the great powers of the world today formed around common religious beliefs: the Nation of Deseret, the Papal Empire, and the Great Caliphate.


The Nation of Deseret:

Deseret, located in the western half of North America, was one of the very first of the new nations to form, because of the already present and highly organized Mormon Church.  The strength of their community and the extent of their preparations allowed them to not only feed and provide for their church members but for everyone willing to contribute to the “United Order.”  They survived the Collapse and the Winter with relatively few casualties to hunger and conflict, giving them the population and manpower to expand their area of influence.

Deseret is primarily an agrarian society, with the majority of its citizens involved in food production.  Their industrial and military capabilities are sufficiently strong, however, to protect their territory from raiders.  They have a fairly liberal trading policy, and are quite willing to cooperate with and support other groups and organizations, as long as their intentions are peaceful.  We currently have a quite profitable arrangement with them, trading equipment and ideas for grain, food stores and good will.


The Papal Empire:

Similar to Deseret, the Papal Empire rise to power was predicated on the strength and numbers of Catholics in Europe.  The unification and communal attitude was slower to form, however, meaning that many people died of hunger and conflict before order was obtained.

The high pre-Collapse population concentration largely undone, about half of the Papal Empire’s citizens live an agrarian lifestyle, while others live in the cities, rebuilding an industrial base.  Much of our raw material and minerals come from trade with the Papal Empire.

The Papal Empire’s politics are largely shaped by their memory of better days when Europe was a major world power.  As such, they are quite expansionistic and often clash with their neighbors to the south, the Great Caliphate.


The Great Caliphate:

With the near utter destruction of the Islamic countries of Arabia and Asia during the War, it was a great surprise to Minerva to discover an Islamic Caliphate forming in the northern parts of Africa.  Our communications with the Caliphate have been limited due to the treacherously radioactive countryside separating us.  Most of our information on them has come from the Papal Empire, and is thus highly suspect.

What little we do know however, leads us to believe that the Caliphate follows a much less radical version of Islam than the type that was preached leading up to and during the War.  With an emphasis on establishing peace, it is likely that any relationship with the Caliphate would be a beneficial one.

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  • Adriano #WR

    Papal Empire > all

  • Tamara Haitaka

    I like how these empires all focus on unity and peace. It’s logical in some way, since people who are more concerned with profit right away would join the raiders instead. But I wonder if it would be this seemingly idylic if this ever happened for real.

    • Hehe, it’s also a big of a simplification, and relying on a definition of peace that = not invading Minerva. There are many “nations” that are feudal raider states that have grown in power, but Minerva ignores those, and only focuses really on the bigger nations that have a semblance of peace and civilization now. The highlighted areas or more truthfully an “area of influence” for each group, not exact or perfect boundaries excluding raider enclaves ;)

      But yeah, I’m betting on people eventually finding commonalities to come together. We LIKE peace, as a whole, I like to think.

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  • Honza Prchal

    On “unity and peace” … We are a peaceful people who want the entire world under a single flag – OURS!

  • nope not in the wildest fever dreams is the morman church going to get control of the pacific northwest.
    we dont hate them out here but we do know them very well and we will break up any power groups they try and put together, the mormans lost he PNW’s trust a long time ago. it will take more than WWIII to gain it back. cascadia will rise to the occasion we have been planning for a long time and have the pieces in place if we need them. been that way for 4 generations, cascadia was active in WWII, since gone back o sleep to wait till it is time and WWIII would be the time.

    • Heh, when I made this map forever ago I made rough estimates of areas, and did so from the perspective of Minervan intelligence.

      Thinking more carefully and realistically, there would be a nation of Deseret, and an area of influence that probably borders/overlaps any nation of Cascadia.

      That, and it’s my alt-history and future decisions, with myself determining outcomes of WW3 and who lives and dies XD

      It has much less to do with trust and much more to do with who survives the nuclear winter by already having a community bound together and plenty of food storage, etc.

      • I like your version of alt reality its far enough from the things this region has set up to be soothing and that is valuable.
        i cannot help but interject some of the reality for you to think about.
        it is fun to show a bit of the hidden history of the PNW.
        your alt reality makes it even more fun since it is provocative and challenges what i know on the ground.

        its the mark of good writing that it makes a reader think about the possibilities and be able to imagine the results of actions taken and not taken. Well done.

      • PhotosyntheticZ

        So… the Mormons become a power after the nuclear apocalypse and dissolution of all major nation states, because of their preparedness. The catholic Church survived because it was a unifying structure, same with Islam. Both of these survived without the same preparedness as the Mormons because they were such a widespread religion. I can buy this.

        Everywhere else… nada? I could totally see the revival of some old philosophy in China, because the governmental structure they’ve always had there is so deeply rooted. Maybe some soviet cult in Russia, similar to Minerva in size. Also, catholicism would be big in South America too, wouldn’t it?

        Also, I wonder if Oculus will try to play the Caliphate against the Catholics. Seeing as how they are both psuedo-allies that have enmity for each other, it seems that if peace were to be unattainable, the next best thing would be to make sure neither ever sets their sights on Minerva. Maybe selling weaponry to both sides to keep the war going

        • Oh there are other nations, these isn’t a definitive list, and the source material is biased ;)

          But if you got through most of the comic you saw some Russian and Chinese groups.