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Settlement by {{wp|Homo sapiens|anatomically modern humans}} of what was to become Great Vâlcea occurred in waves beginning by about 30,000 years ago. By the end of the [[Prehistoric Vâlcea|region's prehistoric period]], the population is thought to have belonged, in the main, to a {{wp|Semitic people|Semitic culture}} termed [[Tasauli people|Tasauli]], comprising the region around the the [[Tasaul Bay]] and [[Lake Bâlea]]. The [[Latinic people|Latinic]] invasion of the region, beginning sometime around 24 CE, saw the collapse of [[Old Tasaulia|Tasauli society]], dividing the region into numerous Latin polities and realms. the Latinic invaders would integrate with the Tasauli people over the next few centuries, giving birth to the unique [[Vâlcean people|Vâlcean culture]] and [[Vâlcean language|language]]. Most of the region settled by the Latinic people would become unified under the [[Vâlcean Empire]] in the 9th century.
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The four largest political parties in the Chamber of Representatives are as follows:
 
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[[File:NPL logo.png|thumb|Logo of the [[New Liberal Party (Great Vâlcea)|New Liberal Party]].]]
 
[[File:NPL logo.png|thumb|Logo of the [[New Liberal Party (Great Vâlcea)|New Liberal Party]].]]
'''New Liberal Party''' (''Noul Partid Liberal'') (''NPL'') - {{wp|Centrism|Centre}} to {{wp|Centre-left politics|centre-left}} {{wp|Liberalism|liberal}} party. Lead a coalition government with the USD from 2025 to 2030 and has lead a majority government since 2030. Supports social equality, limited {{wp|Interventionism (politics)|foreign interventionism}}, a regulated {{wp|Market economy|market economy}}, and {{wp|Environmentalism|environmentalism}}. Lead by [[Michael Luca]].
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'''[[New Liberal Party (Great Vâlcea)|New Liberal Party]]''' (''Noul Partid Liberal'') (''NPL'') - {{wp|Centrism|Centre}} to {{wp|Centre-left politics|centre-left}} {{wp|Liberalism|liberal}} party. Lead a coalition government with the USD from 2025 to 2030 and has lead a majority government since 2030. Supports social equality, limited {{wp|Interventionism (politics)|foreign interventionism}}, a regulated {{wp|Market economy|market economy}}, and {{wp|Environmentalism|environmentalism}}. Lead by [[Michael Luca]].
  
  
'''United Conservative Party''' (''Partidul Conservator Unit'') (''PCU'') - {{wp|Centre-right politics|centre-right}} to {{wp|Right-wing politics|right-wing}} {{wp|Conservatism|conservative}} party. Originally formed in [[1989]] after the unification of the [[New State Party]] and the [[Confederal Conservative Party]]. Has been the official opposition since 2025. Supports foreign interventionism, international military cooperation, conservative policy, and {{wp|Privatization|privatisation}}. Lead by [[Dan Voiculescu]].
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'''[[United Conservative Party (Great Vâlcea)|United Conservative Party]]''' (''Partidul Conservator Unit'') (''PCU'') - {{wp|Centre-right politics|centre-right}} to {{wp|Right-wing politics|right-wing}} {{wp|Conservatism|conservative}} party. Originally formed in [[1989]] after the unification of the [[New State Party]] and the [[Confederal Conservative Party]]. Has been the official opposition since 2025. Supports foreign interventionism, international military cooperation, conservative policy, and {{wp|Privatization|privatisation}}. Lead by [[Dan Voiculescu]].
  
  
'''Social Democratic Union''' (''Uniunea Social Democrată'') (''USD'') - Centre-left to {{wp|Left-wing politics|left-wing}} {{wp|Democratic socialism|democratic socialist}} party. Has been the third largest Vâlcean party since 2030. Supports social equality, {{wp|Nationalization|nationalisation}}, trade unions, and environmentalism. Lead by [[Elena Udrea]].
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'''[[Social Democratic Union (Great Vâlcea)|Social Democratic Union]]''' (''Uniunea Social Democrată'') (''USD'') - Centre-left to {{wp|Left-wing politics|left-wing}} {{wp|Democratic socialism|democratic socialist}} party. Has been the third largest Vâlcean party since 2030. Supports social equality, {{wp|Nationalization|nationalisation}}, trade unions, and environmentalism. Lead by [[Elena Udrea]].
  
  

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Confederation of Great Vâlcea

Confederația Marelui Vâlcea (Vâlcean)
Flag of Great Vâlcea
CSE alt coa.png
Flag Coat of Arms
Motto: "Pietatea, Forța, Unitatea" (Vâlcean)
"Piety, Strength, Unity"
Anthem: Uniti Pentru Totdeauna
"United Forevermore"
Location of Great Vâlcea
Capital
and largest city
Constanța
Official languages
Ethnic groups
Religion
Demonym(s)Vâlcean
GovernmentFederal constitutional monarchy
Adrian IV
Michael Luca
LegislatureFederal Parliament
Royal Federal Council
Chamber of Representatives
Formation
?? CE
?? CE
?? CE
• New Confederation
1953 CE
1956 CE
Area
• Total
0,000,000 km2 (0 sq mi) (??th)
Population
• Jan. 2036 estimate
138,342,211 (?rd)
• Density
200/km2 (518.0/sq mi) (?th)
GDP (nominal)2035 estimate
• Total
$5.2 trillion
• Per capita
$37,588
CurrencyVâlcean Severin (SEV)
Driving sideright
Internet TLD.csc

The Confederation of Great Vâlcea, commonly known as Great Vâlcea or simply Vâlcea, is a sovereign state in central Sarpedon. It is a federal constitutional monarchy composed of seven federal principalities and one federal kingdom. Great Vâlcea borders Caphiria to the north and Bussdaberria to the east and has a population of just over 138 million inhabitants, making it the fourth-most populous nation on Sarpedon. The majority of Great Vâlcea's territory and population is situated on the eastern side of Lake Bâlea and the Tasaul Bay. This is mainly due to the Peleaga Mountains which dominate much of its western territory. More than 10% its population also lives in and around the capital of Constanța, which is home to one of the seven wonders of the modern world - the Constanța Canal.

The Confederation of Great Vâlcea is a developed nation, ranking highly in both Human Development Index (HDI) and Gross Domestic Product Per Capita. The country also ranks relatively well in the Democracy Index, being classed as a "flawed democracy". This is despite the fact that the Grand Domnitor and the other members of the Royal Federal Council still wield far more power and influence over the nation than any elected official in the Chamber of Representatives. The country is fairly culturally homogeneous, with the vast majority of the population being ethnic Vâlceans. However, the country is home to a large Caphirian minority along with a smaller Galați minority. As a result, both Latin and Galați are official languages of Great Vâlcea alongside Vâlcean.

While the nation's economy is fairly diversified, it primarily revolves around the Constanța Canal. The canal draws in huge revenues every year from the vast amounts of ships that pass through it, the canal being the only way to reach ports in the southern Caphirian province of Ranaella. Great Vâlcea also has a number of large oil fields in the south-east of the country, and as a result is a primary oil and rubber exporter to the rest of Sarpedon. Other economic activities include the manufacture of weapon parts, which has been a growing industry since the Great War, mining, mainly of copper and and iron, and tourism, with many areas along the coast of Lake Bâlea and the Tasaul Bay being visited by millions of foreign tourists each year.

Etymology

The oldest known name of anywhere in the region that currently constitutes Great Vâlcea is "δυτικό κόλπο" (dytikó kólpo). This roughly translates to "western bay" and comes from the old Istroyan language. This name applied to what is today the Tasaul Bay and it was likely given this name by early Istroyan explorers whilst mapping the coastlines of southern Sarpedon. At the time, the area around the Tasaul Bay was ruled by a number of small native Sarpedonian realms. These natives had already formed an early society and had a rudimentary written language known today as Tasauli. These native Sarpedonians appeared to refer to these Istroyan explorers as "Վանատոլկա" (Vanatolca), this name likely being a corruption of the ancient Istroyan word "ανατολικών" (anatolikón) which roughly translates to "easterner". This is most likely what these Istroyans would have introduced themselves as to the region's natives. When the ancient Latinic people begun to expand southward and settle in the regions around Lake Bâlea and the Tasaul Bay several centuries later, the region's natives applied this same name to them. By this point, "Վանատոլկա" (Vanatolca) had become "Վատցկա" (Vatlca), the word having changed over the centuries. As the Latinic people who had settled in the region begun to culturally and linguistically split from their ancestors and the Latin people further north, they took this name for themselves, latinising it to "Vatlca". Over the centuries the word would change further. The T in the middle of the word was dropped, an E was added after the C, and later an N would be added to the very end of the word. The early 5th century CE is the first time we see the name "Vâlcean" appear in historical records. __ centuries later in the Dura Decree that would found the Old Vâlcean Confederation we would see the the name "Vâlcea" used for the first time to describe the region that is today Great Vâlcea.

History

Background

Settlement by anatomically modern humans of what was to become Great Vâlcea occurred in waves beginning by about 30,000 years ago. By the end of the region's prehistoric period, the population is thought to have belonged, in the main, to a Semitic culture termed Tasauli, comprising the region around the the Tasaul Bay and Lake Bâlea. The Latinic invasion of the region, beginning sometime around 24 CE, saw the collapse of Tasauli society, dividing the region into numerous Latin polities and realms. the Latinic invaders would integrate with the Tasauli people over the next few centuries, giving birth to the unique Vâlcean culture and language. Most of the region settled by the Latinic people would become unified under the Vâlcean Empire in the 9th century.

Dura Decree and the Old Confederation

Collapse of the Old Confederation and the Great War

New Confederation

Government and politics

Great Vâlcea is a federal constitutional monarchy made up of eight federal states. Each state is ruled individually by a prince, with the exception of the Kingdom of Iulia which is ruled by a king. The King of Iulia also holds the position of Grand Domnitor - the confederation's head of state.

The Vâlcean Constitution of 16 April 1956 created a national legislature with universal suffrage, the Federal Parliament. The Federal Parliament is divided into an upper house and a lower house. The upper house is known as the Royal Federal Council and is made up of the rulers of the eight Federal states. The lower house is known as the Chamber of Representatives and is made up of elected officials from each of Great Vâlcea's 462 Federal Districts. To adopt a law at a federal level, a majority in the Chamber of Representatives and in the Royal Federal Council must be achieved. This gives the eight members of the Royal Federal Council immense power over the passing of federal legislation.

Executive power is vested in the Grand Domnitor, a hereditary office of the House of Antonescu, the ruling family of the Kingdom of Iulia. The Grand Domnitor also personally appoints the 12 judges on the Vâlcean Supreme Court. The legislature is lead by the Chancellor who is always the leader of the largest party in the Chamber of Representatives and forms the nation's government.

For all intents and purposes, the confederation is dominated by the Kingdom of Iulia. It has the largest portion of the nation's territory and population, holds the nation's capital, and the position of Grand Domnitor is a hereditary office of the Iulian crown. The other members of the Royal Federal Council will almost always follow the lead of the Grand Domnitor, giving the head of state almost sole power over the passing of federal laws.

Perhaps surprisingly to most, Great Vâlcea is notable for its inclination towards more left-wing policy and progressive policy, at least on a federal level. Social services, healthcare, and most utilities are all provided by the government under a single-payer system. Education, though not free at the post-secondary level, is partially subsidised by the government which maintains controlling shares in a number of the nation's universities. Same-sex marriage and abortion have also been legal since 2026. However, the amount of government subsidisation, state ownership, and progressive policy does vary from state to state and often depends upon the personal politics of the state's ruler and the makeup of the state's assembly. The reason behind Great Vâlcea's shift towards more left-wing policy in recent years is primarily credited to the 2025 to 2030 Liberal-SocDem coalition. With the New Liberal Party (Noul Partid Liberal - NPL) failing to win enough Federal Districts to form a majority government, they were forced to form a coalition government with the Social Democratic Union (Uniunea Social Democrată - USD). In exchange for supporting the NPL, the USD were allowed to spearhead the creation of several left-wing polices. Since the 2030 General Election, the NPL have lead a majority government in the Federal Parliament. Much of the nation's move to the left has since stalled, but the coalition government's impact on the nation cannot be understated. The passing of such legislation has also benefited the Grand Domnitor and the Royal Federal Council, who's popularity has risen in recent years. This is believed to be partly why the Royal Federal Council did not seek to veto much of the USD-spearhead legislation as many predicted it would.

Federal states

Great Vâlcea is officially a federation of eight states. Each state is ruled by a single monarch who each hold a seat on the Royal Federal Council. Each state also has its own state assembly which has the power to conduct elections, establish local governments, provide for public safety and welfare, ratify constitutional amendments, regulate intrastate commerce, control taxation, make and enforce laws, charter banks and corporations, take lands for public use, and borrow money. The last five of those powers are known as concurrent powers as they are also shared by the Federal Parliament.

The table below gives more information on each of the eight states.

A map of the eight federal states.
Federal states Flag Coat of arms Abbreviation Capital Population Land area (km2) Density (people per km2) # of Federal Districts
Number Percentage
Kingdom of Iulia Iualia flag 4.png Iualia coa 4.png IU Constanța 0 0.00% 0 0 0
Principality of Peleaga Peleaga flag.png Peleaga coa.png PE Iași 0 0.00% 0 0 0
Principality of Târa Tara flag.png Tara coa.png TR Oradea 0 0.00% 0 0 0
Principality of Bâlea Balea flag.png Balea coa.png BL Suceava 0 0.00% 0 0 0
Principality of Salesia Salesia flag.png Salesia coa.png SA Resita 0 0.00% 0 0 0
Principality of Vatra Vatra flag.png Vatra coa.png VA Tulcea 0 0.00% 0 0 0
Principality of Roșiorii Rosiorri flag.png Rosiorri coa.png RO Mediaș 0 0.00% 0 0 0
Principality of Breza Breza flag.png Breza coa.png BR Târgu 0 0.00% 0 0 0

Parties and elections

Political parties in Great Vâlcea are elected on a system of first-past-the-past (FPTP) every five years. A single representative is elected for each of the nation's 462 Federal Districts. The Chamber of Representatives is dominated primarily by two parties; the governing New Liberal Party (Noul Partid Liberal - NPL) and the official opposition, the United Conservative Party (Partidul Conservator Unit - PCU). The Chamber also hosts several smaller parties along with a number of independent representatives. Each of the eight states also has its own state assembly. Each state assembly representative is elected for each of the Federal Districts within that state. As such, the numbers of representatives for each assembly varies from state to state.

The four largest political parties in the Chamber of Representatives are as follows:

Logo of the New Liberal Party.

New Liberal Party (Noul Partid Liberal) (NPL) - Centre to centre-left liberal party. Lead a coalition government with the USD from 2025 to 2030 and has lead a majority government since 2030. Supports social equality, limited foreign interventionism, a regulated market economy, and environmentalism. Lead by Michael Luca.


United Conservative Party (Partidul Conservator Unit) (PCU) - centre-right to right-wing conservative party. Originally formed in 1989 after the unification of the New State Party and the Confederal Conservative Party. Has been the official opposition since 2025. Supports foreign interventionism, international military cooperation, conservative policy, and privatisation. Lead by Dan Voiculescu.


Social Democratic Union (Uniunea Social Democrată) (USD) - Centre-left to left-wing democratic socialist party. Has been the third largest Vâlcean party since 2030. Supports social equality, nationalisation, trade unions, and environmentalism. Lead by Elena Udrea.


Christian Pact (Pactul Creștin) (PC) - Right-wing Christian-conservative party. Has been the fourth largest Vâlcean party since 2025. Supports conservative Christian policy, Christian education, and expanding church powers. Lead by Nicolae Iorga.

Law

Great Vâlcea's current legal system was founded in 1953 after the establishment of the Confederation of Great Vâlcea following the Great War. However, it was based off and is essentially a partially modified version of the Kingdom of Iulia's legal system which had been in use since its foundation as an independent state in 1916.

Great Vâlcea's legal system is based on its codified criminal code. As such, the decisions of appellate courts do not directly alter the criminal code, though landmark cases have been known to lead to amendments in the code following major legal decisions. The code itself has been altered and revised many times since its inception. Naturally, a great deal of the national legislature's work is devoted to statute which then must be affirmed by the nation's supreme court. Beneath the supreme court are the appellate courts of which there are one per state. Appellate courts are not permanent and are typically formed by senior members of various judiciaries within a state. Only if a criminal appeal makes its way through an appellate court would it be heard by the supreme court. As such, it is very rare that such a thing comes to pass which is why it typically inspires statutory change if such an event does occur. Below the appellate courts are the trial courts of which there are typically one per Federal District or city. Trial courts are where most legal proceedings take place including proceedings for both indictable and summary offences.

Law enforcement in Great Vâlcea is primarily the responsibility of local police departments, with state police providing broader services. The Constanța Police Department (Departamentul de Poliție Constanța - DPC) is the largest in the country. Federal agencies such as the Confederation Investigation Agency (Agenția de Investigare a Confederației - AIC) and the Royal Marshals Service have specialised duties, including protecting civil rights, national security and enforcing Vâlcean federal courts' rulings and federal laws.

Military

Vâlcean reservists participate in a military exercise, 2025.

Military service in Great Vâlcea is voluntary, however the nation maintains the fifth largest military on Sarpedon and is highly active and well equipped. The branches of the unified Vâlcean Armed Forces include the Regular Army (Armata Confederală), the Navy (Marina Confederală), and the Air Force (Forța Aeriană Confederală). The average citizen is eligible to enlist in the military at the age of 16, however you must be 18 to be eligible to enter full active duty.

Since 2012, the Vâlcean Navy and Air Force have been actively engaged in Operation Talon; Great Vâlcea's mass scale operation to protect the flow of trade through the Constanța Canal and throughout the Omnium Ocean. The operation also seeks to prevent the activity of human trafficking throughout southern Sarpedon. The Vâlcean Army meanwhile has mostly been confined to guarding Great Vâlcea's land borders, however it has also been engaged in a number of peacekeeping initiatives throughout Audonia and Crona since 2024.

Geography and climate

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Demographics

Culture