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===Ethnic Groups===
===Ethnic Groups===
As with all of [[Yonderre]], Vollardie consists of mostly [[East Goths]] and [[Bergendii]] people. According to the 2030 [[Popular Survey of Yonderre]], Vollardie's ethnic makeup of East Goths is slightly higher than the national average of 75%, coming in at 81%.
===Cultural Identity===
===Cultural Identity===
According to the 2030 [[Popular Survey of Yonderre]], 68% of Vollards report themselves as identifying chiefly with [[East Goths|Gothic]] culture, whereas 27% of Vollards report themselves as identifying chiefly with Bergendii culture. This differs from the national average of 56% and 39%, respectively.
==Notable People==
==Notable People==
[[Alfred Masenne]] (1872-1955), inventor and founde of [[Compagnie Masenne]]<br>
[[Frederick von Entel]] (1924-2012), general of the [[Yonderian Armed Forces]]<br>
[[Siegmar von Willing]] (1522-1607), [[Knight of the Realm]] and mercenary captain in the [[Great Confessional War]]<br>
[[Category: Yonderre]]
[[Category: Yonderre]]
[[Category: Sub-national Regions in Ixnay]]
[[Category: Sub-national Regions in Ixnay]]
[[Category: Counties of Yonderre]]
[[Category: Counties of Yonderre]]

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County of Vollardie

Comté de Vollardie (Burgoignesc)
Grafschaft Willland (German)[1]
View of Willing
Vollardie Flag.png
Vollardie highlighted in red within Yonderre
Nation Yonderre
CountyVollardie Flag.png Vollardie
Settled by Khovihnihk tribes4th century
Conquered by Goths7th century
Conquered by the Order of the Obsidian Sparrow1458
Founded de facto1460
Raised to county de jure1574
 • Total109,280 km2 (42,192 sq mi)
 • Total9,850,322
 • Density90/km2 (230/sq mi)
Vollards (plural)
Willländer (German)
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While Willland is widely used by the German-speaking population of Yonderre it is never used in official documentation, where the county is instead referred to as "Grafschaft Vollardie"

Vollardie (German: Willland) is one of Yonderre's nine counties. At 42,192 square miles it is the sixth largest of the Yonderian counties, and with a population of 9,850,322 it is also the sixth most populous.

Vollardie borders the capital region of Collinebourg to the West, Vandarcôte County to the North, Moncheval County to the South and the sovereign Republic of Volgesia to the East.


Vollardie's German name Willland is generally thought to have been named after the semi-legendary Gothic Chieftain Will of Wandsberg, from who several places in the region take their name, notably Vollardie's capital Willing, the Wölkar tribe who would later inhabit the land and the valley of Willersthal, the site of the Battle of Willersthal.

The Origin of Vollardie's Burgoignesc name is a topic of debate. It has been suggested that the name is simply a corruption of the region's German name, although definitive evidence on the subject is lacking. Others have suggested the name is derived from the name of the dominant tribe of the region, the Wölkar.


Pre-historic and Khovihnihk Vollardie

Archaeological evidence suggests Vollardie may have been settled as early as the 4th century by Khovihnihk tribes. Excavations of some of the Kurgans that dot the Vollardic landscape have yielded pottery, items of clothing and precious metals suggesting that the Khovs of Vollardie had established trade with Great Levantia. Archaeological digs point to the Khovihnihk tribes who inhabited Vollardie as having lived in tribal village societies in the region's flatlands and valleys. Although extremely little documentation remains from this period of Vollardie's history, the names of some of the tribes are preserved from etchings in Kurgans. The names known include: Ɛjkryaihd, Hjezlan, Ԓiehriah, Өohiuht Yѧdrih, Pɛqauz, Vѧleharvrih and Zendrus Nihzt.

During the 660s the semi-legendary Gothic Chieftain Will of Wandsberg led a host of armed men into Vollardie, entering from the Southern mountain passes. The Goths and Khovihnihk tribes faced off in several battles, but the Khovihnihk tribes were ultimately unable to stave off Will's men because of their unwillingness to unite and fight together, historical tribal grudges thwarting any attempts at striking alliances. After several years of skirmishing Will's Army fought the Ɛjkryaihd in the decisive Battle of Liendar Forest in 665 or 666, in which the Ɛjkryaihd tribe was almost entirely wiped out. This battle is widely regarded as the end of Khovihnihk Vollardie and the beginning of Gothic rule.

Gothic Vollardie

Following their conquest of Vollardie, the Goths under Chieftain Will of Wandsberg settled down in Vollardie. They established the market village of Willing and continued to mount raids into Khovihnihk lands on the South coast of the Vandarch, in the lands that today make up Vandarcôte County. Coinage discovered in archaeological digs suggest the Goths did establish trade with the Holy Levantine Empire, but religious icons show that the Goths defiantly preserved their East Gothic Faith. By the early 9th century, trade in Willland had increased radically, as Gothic scribe Dan Lärdmann attests in his Chronica Gothica, stating that a profitable silver mining industry had been established at this time in "Will's land".

The Goths of Vollardie, who had taken to calling themselves "Wölkar", lived not too unlike the Khovihnihk tribes who had preceded them, building villages in the flatlands and valleys of the region. Several great religious symbols were erected, though very few of these persist to this day, the majority having been destroyed during the Crusader conquest and subsequent Christianization of the region. The Wölkar also erected hundreds of burial mounds, some of which were of very elaborate construction and grand scale.

The Wölkar were the first of the East Gothic Tribes to offer serious resistance to the Crusader invasion, fighting a disastrous battle at Willersthal in 1458. Subsequently the region came under Crusader control, and the Wölkar were either forcibly converted, driven out or outright killed.

Early Crusader Vollardie

The first point of order for the Crusaders once Vollardie had been conquered was to establish a strong foothold in the land. To accomplish this they built countless fortified houses in strategic locations. Geoffroy de Mortain, a Bergendii minor noble and Knight of the Order of the Obsidian Sparrow, was installed as the first Steward of Vollardie. Under his rule many of the Wölkar were forcibly converted, though much of the Wölkar nobility and clergy refused and were prosecuted for it. Those that did not escape were beheaded or hanged.

Under de Mortain's careful stewardship Vollardie prospered, with settlers from Latium boosting silver mining and jewellery making in the region. Trade was established with the surrounding Crusader realms that made up Joanusterre as well as with the Kingdom of Magnia-Gabben in 1475. Vollardie was raised to County-status in 1574, co-inciding with the raising of Yonderre to a Duchy by the Papacy.

Vollardie County



Topography of Vollardie

Vollardie is a region of changing mountains and flatlands. The Northern and Southern borders of the region are defined by it's eponymous mountains, known as the Northern Vollards and Southern Vollards respectively. Narrow valleys that function as mountain passes exist in both the North and South and enable access into the region without circumventing the mountains. The river Volflus springs from Volbeck in the Southern Vollards, running North and splitting the region in East and West. The river runs through the flatlands of central Vollardie and through the Volflus River Valley, carving the Northern Vollards in two.

Northern Vollards


Ethnic Groups

As with all of Yonderre, Vollardie consists of mostly East Goths and Bergendii people. According to the 2030 Popular Survey of Yonderre, Vollardie's ethnic makeup of East Goths is slightly higher than the national average of 75%, coming in at 81%.

Cultural Identity

According to the 2030 Popular Survey of Yonderre, 68% of Vollards report themselves as identifying chiefly with Gothic culture, whereas 27% of Vollards report themselves as identifying chiefly with Bergendii culture. This differs from the national average of 56% and 39%, respectively.

Notable People

Alfred Masenne (1872-1955), inventor and founde of Compagnie Masenne
Frederick von Entel (1924-2012), general of the Yonderian Armed Forces
Siegmar von Willing (1522-1607), Knight of the Realm and mercenary captain in the Great Confessional War