|Area||21,669,679.42 km2 (8,366,710.00 sq mi)|
|Countries||6 (list of countries)|
|Languages||Arabic, Western Persian|
Audonia is a continent and geographic subregion on the planet of Greater Ixnay. Audonia is bound by the Levantine Ocean in the north, the Pukhtun Sea in the east and south, and the Sea of Istroya in the west.
- 1 Geographic Extent
- 2 Topography and Climate
- 3 Human Geography
- 4 History
- 5 Economy
- 6 Political Situation
- 7 Audonian Concepts
Topography and Climate
Audonia is considered a continent of great peoples with a bright future behind it. Its peak in the high middle ages has never since been approached and colonization in the 17th-19th century set the stage for the continent to be second to other occidental continental powers.
15th century BC-4th Century BC
9th century BC- 400s
The Golden Age is the period of Audonian history spanning the duration of the Oduniyyad Caliphate’s dominance in Audonia, western South Punth, and parts of southern Ixnay. It lasted from 624 until 1517. It generally correlates with the medieval period in the Occidental world. Following the collapse of the great empires of Classical Antiquity in northern Ixnay and southern Levantia, those continent’s states fragmented into a myriad of disjointed petty kingdoms. During this period Audonia experienced unprecedented unity and growth.
The Caliphate period is considered the Golden Age of Audonia and hosted the most scientifically, medically, and mathematically advanced civilization in Greater Ixnay at that time. Under the auspices of the Oduniyyad Caliphate, the Great Library of Muqadas hosted an academy that drew the world’s best philosophers, poets, mathematicians, astronomers, physicians, physicists, engineers. It was also a period of dramatic religious and military expansion. Starting with the conquest of the cities of Muqadas and Al-Aqdis until the Caliphate spanned three continents, the Oduniyyad Muslims grew a massive, multi-cultural, and tolerant empire that left a lasting mark across most of the southern hemisphere of Greater Ixnay. The empire’s greatest extent was reached in 1028. In 1031 a massive split occurred with the Shia faction dominating the Caliphate’s territory in South Punth. The core of the empire remained strong in Audonia and southern Ixnay.
From 1167 through 1428 the Oduniyyad Caliphate united its various kingdoms, princely states, and provinces to combat a seemingly endless but disjointed flow of occidental crusaders. Over 10 crusades were called against the Caliphate, 8 of which made landfall. Minor crusader states were created for periods of time never extending over 100 years, but being constantly traded back and forth between crusaders and the forces of the Caliphate. Despite being highly featured in many occidental histories the scope of the crusades were limited to the northern islands of Audonia and did not have a massive impact on the Caliphate except as a unifying rally call. The crusaders never held more that 1% of the lands in Audonia and barely caused enough disturbance to influence long-term imperial policy. However, in return, access to the collective knowledge of the Caliphate’s centers of learning and its various trade goods not common in Ixnay and Levantia, the occidental kingdoms were able to pull themselves out of the petty squabbling kingdoms, start their own Renaissance, and jumpstart the Age of Discovery and ultimately Age of Enlightenment.
From 1345-1362 Bergendii Bladerunners made various raiding excursions in northern and eastern Audonia. In occidental literature these are considered unique from the Ixnayan Crusades as they were motivated by greed and a sense of adventure instead of by religion, but in Audonian histories they are all lumped in under the crusades. Minor Bladerunner tributary states were maintained in eastern Audonia from 1351-1362 but the rule of the Bergendii was quickly reverted back to local leaders and the remaining Bergendii either left or were converted to high ranking advisors.
Following the conclusion of the crusades the Caliphate lost the enemy that was the glue that held the various cultures, ethnicities, and religions of Audonia together. In the 89 years from the conclusion of the last crusade (1428) to the final fall of the Caliphate (1517), the empire was fraught with sectarianism, infighting, and rebellion. Various states rose from the ashes as a patchwork of ethnically and culturally distinct entities, unwilling to work together and unable to see the benefit of unity. This ultimately would be the downfall of many sovereign nations.
Early modern era
The early modern era in Audonia was marked by the dissolution of the Oduniyyad Caliphate and the colonialist invasion of the region by occidental powers, most markedly the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company. The pattern of collapse in Audonia was mirrored by a trend of unification and empowerment in Ixnay and Levantia. Following the Ixnayan Crusades a period of non-intervention occurred that lasted until the mid-16th century. In the 1560s various occidental powers returned to Audonia, this time with the goal of harnessing the goods and resources of the continent for the purposes of trade. Having developed a taste for Audonian spices, textiles, and goods enterprising merchants from nations like Kiravia and TBD made their presence known in Audonia. A system of factories stretched across various parts of Audonia and funneled goods to the western continents. It is during this period that commercial slavery is estimated to have started. Following the Great Confessional War in Levantia, the Protestants of that continent were expelled and many of them left through Burgundie which offered them save passage in return for tribute from their new home. The Burgundian West Punth Trading Company was established in 1587 and the islands of Levantx and Medimeria granted to them. They were to establish trade routes to Audonia and Punth on behalf of the Kuhlfrosi court in Burgundie. They wares they brought to Levantx would be sold to Catholic merchants who would carry it onward to Levantia. The hundreds of thousands of Levantine Protestants could not all live on the two miniscule, isolated islands. Many of them packed their families into the trade ships and started colonies across Audonia and South Punth. By the early 1700s they had supplanted most of the occidental colonization efforts in the region and had colonized goodly portions of eastern Audonia.
Faced with proselytization and service with a Protestant work ethic, the Audonians suffered many indignities at the hands of the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company administration. Using a combination of bellum roman, Subsidiary alliances, client states and protectorates, Divide and rule, and Doctrine of lapse. By the mid 1750s the company had created its own empire that operated entirely independently of Kuhlfrosi Burgundie in all but name. Commonly referred to as the Burgundian West Punth Trade Empire during this time, the company ruled an area the size of continent, millions of people, and some of the most lucrative trade routes in the world. From 1748-1784 it was richest entity in the world but its good fortunes were soon dashed. After the company failed to quell a rebellion in Kandoora, in South Punth, in 1757 the natives in and around Slavery Bay begin a massive popular revolt that cannot be stopped. The policies of Subsidiary alliances, Divide and rule, and Doctrine of lapse had meant that the Burgundian West Punth Trade Empire had never needed to maintain large armies of Bergendii and Levantine soldiers. The many instances of insensitivity, indignity, and injustice suffered by all of the colonized people of South Punth and Audonia bound them together in their attempt to throw off their colonial overlords. The Great Rebellion of Slavery Bay led to the dismantling of most of the Burgundian colonies in South Punth between 1795 and 1854 and in Audonia between 1816-1836. With the continent back in native hands the Audonians set about creating their own identities, systems of governments, and foreign policies.
Late modern era
The late modern era in Audonia lasted from 1836 – 1927, from the fall of the last Burgundian West Punth Trade Company colony until the start of the Great War when, like the rest of Greater Ixnay, they entered what is termed the Contemporary Era. In Audonian literature it is referred to as the Era of Self Determination.
For the colonized in Audonia, 1816-1836 was an incredibly violent and bloody time. The embattled Levantine colonizers were vicious in their attempts to maintain their colonies. The Protestant settlers were facing the prospect of being pushed back into the sea because they knew they were not welcome back into Levantia and their future seemed only tenable in the Audonian and South Punthite colonies. In the eastern Audonian colonies it is estimated that the Great Rebellion of Slavery Bay cost 4.5 million Audonian lives.
What was left of the populations pick up the pieces and set about building societies and cultures that had been lost to history. In many cases theocracies and autocracies cropped up as the concepts of democracy were too western and foreign to have any appeal. Some representative tribalist governments were formed but they were often subsumed by larger centralized states in the latter half of the 19th century.
For the states not colonized in the 17th and 18th centuries the focus became influencing and in some cases annexing the remnants of Burgundian imperialism. Ceaseless wars and intrigues marked the 19th and early 20th century in Audonia. By the 1910s, the modern states of Chaukhira, Battganuur, and the Central Kandaran Republic had formed although in different forms than they currently maintain. The Kingdom of Chaukh was the preeminent power in the region served as a gateway to the west with its treaty ports. It was draconic in its rules and stipulations on the western traders but allowed their markets the only access to the goods of Audonia. It also outlawed the slave trade in 1841 and enforced its policy across the continent and in the Pukhtun Sea.
Battganuur, emerged in the 1883 as a coalition of tribes, originally known as the Trucial Coast or Trucial Sheikhdoms. The sheikhdoms joined into a single Emirate in 1914. It was an important ally of the Kingdom of Chaukh in their attempts to clear the Pukhtun Sea of occidental merchant and naval traffic in the Punthite Quasi-Wars of 1916-1925.
The contemporary era in Audonia, like the rest of the world, spans from 1927 to the present day. It was heralded in Great War erupted. Audonia was not engaged in the Great War and its nations largely focused on internal policies. The mid-20th century was a time of turmoil on the continent. With the introduction of republicanism and communist ideals, laborers and farmers turned to its tenants to find a better life. Counter-reform and revolutionary activity was violent but poorly coordinated and clashes continued to escalate with increasingly higher causalities. Coups and counter-coups shook many countries as traditionalists a spectrum of reformists and revolutionaries. Republican reformists, following the demands that had been made in the Peoples Spring of 1848 in Levantia and Crona, sought universal suffrage and a parliamentary system. Communist revolutionaries looked to tear down the system entirely. In the chaos of the political disarray some nations turned to theologians for direction and a spate of theocracies spring up. The staunch Islamism they espoused gave people the structure and order they desired but was also strongly violent towards the republicans and communists.
With Burgundie’s intervention in the region in 1966, in support of the monarchies and the republicans against the communists, there was a further muddying of the waters. It was clear that the Audonians did not welcome the Burgundians back but they also needed outside help to stabilize the region. Uneasy alliances were signed and cautious partnerships were formed. When Burgundie withdrew its forces in 1983 it became clear that the Burgundians were not recolonizing the region directly. While there was a general sigh of relief, it was evident that the area was being dragged into a globalized world whether it was interested in participating or not. Some Audonian nations jumped at the chance to engage the international arena in a way they never had. Other were reluctant and tried to close themselves off.
As air travel become faster and cheaper, the distance between the eastern and western world that Audonia had so long been the gateway for, diminished. Audonian nations participate as partners in the international arena and with the advent of the internet in the 1990s, the citizens of Audonia are very engaged with their peers around the world. In 2022, it was estimated that on average the nations of Audonia are second world nations with a few first and third world nations among them. The economies of its nations are primarily driven by agriculture, mining, and manufacturing. In 2015 the Audonian Union, a cooperative body of nations on the continent, set aggressive emissions reduction goals and signed a pledge to reduce waste by 15% by 2050. Islam remains the primary religion and cultural guide for the continent with a strong bias for republican government based in Islamic teachings.