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Motto: Proletários do mundo, uni-vos!
("Workers of the world, unite!")
|Government||Communist revolutionary government (1994)|
|Established by Treaty|
|1 January 1881|
• Font Crisis ends
|5 June 1994|
The Font Republic was a country in northwestern Sarpedon. It was established in the 19th century and was the focus of considerable geopolitical maneuvering during the 19th and 20th centuries. Prior to its establishment, it served as an unclear frontier between Caphiria and Cartadania, and during that time it saw the rise of a unique culture which incorporated elements of both nations.
Established as independent from Caphiria, the territory had been the site of decades of low-level skirmishing and undeclared war between Caphiria and Cartadania during the 19th century until the Treaty of Electorsbourg in 1880. Per the terms of the treaty, Font was established as an "independent parliamentary republic" that should "forever be free of Venceia and Alahuela, acknowledging the heritage of both but denying the overlordship of either". In practice, Font served as a puppet state and western buffer state of Caphiria for most of its existence. Various efforts in the 1980s by the government of the Republic to renegotiate the Treaty of Electorsbourg with Caphiria failed and were suppressed. The failure of successive governments to achieve full independence lead to the Republic being seized in a communist revolution in 1994, sparking the Font Crisis. At the conclusion of the crisis, the Republic was partitioned between Cartadania and Caphiria.
Font was located in northwestern Sarpedon. It shared its southeastern border with Caphiria, and its northern border with Cartadania. The eastern coast embraced the Urlazian Sea, while its western coast sat upon the Kindreds Sea.
The Font Republic was entirely located in the tropics below the Equator. Its climate varies from humid low-elevation plains, where average annual temperatures range as high as 35 °C (95.0 °F), and highlands with an average yearly temperature of 8 °C (46.4 °F). Annual rainfall varies from 430 mm (16.9 in) in the semiarid portions of the center to over 1,000 mm (39.4 in) in the western part of the country now incorporated into Cartadania. The precipitation level is lower in the period from August through April. These periods are referred to as hot-humid and cold-dry seasons.
The country fell into four horizontal temperature zones based primarily on elevation, having tropical, dry, temperate with dry winters, among others. In the tropical zone — below 800 m (2,625 ft)— temperatures are hot, with yearly averages ranging between 26 and 28 °C (78.8 and 82.4 °F). The temperate zone ranges between 800 and 2,000 m (2,625 and 6,562 ft) with averages from 12 to 25 °C (53.6 to 77.0 °F). Colder conditions with temperatures from 9 to 11 °C (48.2 to 51.8 °F) are found in the cool zone between 2,000 and 3,000 m (6,562 and 9,843 ft), especially in the central shield, where pastureland and permanent snowfield with yearly averages below 8 °C (46 °F) cover land above 3,000 meters (9,843 ft) in the land.
Perhaps the most prominent topographical feature in the country was the large mountain range bisecting the country, known as the "central shield" or, in the native language, Escudo. The land within the curving Escudo region featured some of the more temperate climates mentioned above, and the Escudo territory is well known for its multitude of lakes which flow into the Urlazian Sea. Since the fall of the Font Republic, the Escudo has served as a natural barrier between Caphiria and Cartadania.
Early independence era
As a state with obligations to Caphiria, the Font Republic participated in the Great War beginning with Caphiria's declaration of war on Veltorina in 1932. The Font Republic declared war on Veltorina as well, but only provided volunteer units for the early campaign. With Urcea's declaration of war on Caphiria in February of 1935, however, the Font Republic became fully engaged in the war due to the mutual defense provisions included in the Treaty of Electorsbourg. Declaring war on Urcea in February of 1935, Font began to fully mobilize. By July, more than five divisions participated in Caphiria's July Offensive which pushed into Veltorina with heavy casualties.
Late independence era
Initially, the Font Republic was divided into two distinct cultures, whose informal names eventually were adapted as official designations. In the east lay the Latinophone Orifonti, the eastern Fonters, who were descended from settlers from Caphiria and were other locals with ancestry tracing to Adonerum. The Orifonti looked to Venceia for cultural queues and its mores, and held to Latinic heritage. The Lusophone Occifonti, who made up the slight majority of the population, descended from Pardo settlers from Cartadania and people’s related to Cartadanians. These western Fonters retainer the heritage from their homeland adapted to sparse rural living in western Font.