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Archontia of Athíva

Αρχοντία τῆς Αθήβα
Flag of Athiva
of Athiva
Coat of arms
Motto: Ο Θεός ευνοεί τους γενναίους
God Favours The Brave
and largest city
Official languagesAthivan Istroyan
Ethnic groups
  • 73% Athivan
  • 27% Non-Athivan
GovernmentAbsolute Monarchy
• Archon
Mattheris Anastrotsis
• Military Junta takeover
• People's Republic of Athiva established
• Archontia of Athiva established
• Estimate
• Census
GDP (nominal)estimate
• Total
$33.6 billion
• Per capita
$15 972
CurrencyKommáti (KMT)
Driving sideright
Internet TLD.av

Athiva, officially the Archontia of Athiva (Athivan: Αρχοντία τῆς Αθήβα), is an island country located off the coast of Sarpedon in the Istroyan Sea, consisting of the island Kleftos. It lies 450 km east of Caphiria 335 km north of Asteklion, with its closest point 173 km off of the coast of mainland Sarpedon. While its only official languages are Athivan and Istroyan, approximately ten percent of its population also speaks Acirian at least on a conversational level. Its capital and largest city is Kleftopolis.

Inhabited since at least 8300 BC, the island eventually gave rise to the ancient Athivan civilisation, which the modern state derives its name from. The civilisation's location on an island meant an eventual lack of resources, which in turn encouraged Athivans to acquire them from the mainland, giving rise to the highly-developed military culture that the Athivans were known for. During the Second Great War, a military coup lead by General Alkios Demethanos took over the government, leading the country until the Athivan Revolution in the late 60s. The Athivan Revolution then lead to the liberation of Athiva, giving rise to the Archontia of Athiva in 1969, which rules the country to this day.

A popular tourism spot, the Athivan economy has begun to grow with the rising service sector to accompany the otherwise agriculture dependent nation.



Little is known of the pre-Istroyan people that inhabited the island, but it's thought that Istroyans colonised the island roughly around the same period as the other islands in the region, such as Herciana, 18th or 17th century BC. The multiple colonies established on the island eventually began to fight over the limited resources on the island, with the polis of Athiva eventually rising above the others due to the sophisticated military culture they'd have developed. The unification of the island meant a time of relative peace, but the limited resources still meant disgruntled peasantry. The Archon of Athiva decided to take advantage of the infighting between the Sarpic tribes on the mainland, leading a small, elite army of 300 men to the mainland to seize coastal settlements for Athivan use. The great success of the campaigns not only boosted the Archons popularity, but the economy and wealth of the Archontia.

The remains of the Archon's palace, located near the modern capital of Kleftopolis.

The Athivan military campaigns were limited to seizing and raiding coastal settlements until around 950 BC, when Athivan artifacts are discovered further inland. While many theories exist for what might've been the motivation for the Archon to push inland, it's generally accepted that the expansion wasn't caused by economic interests. It was during the further inland expansion when the Athivan relations with the neighbouring Messisorians began declining, with their interests clashing on the mainland. Initially allies and trade partners, the two had a divide following the Massacre of Hagenos, where Athivan historians wrote of a settler village being raided by Messisorian soldiers, mistaking it for a Sarpic one. The declining relations eventually culminated in the brief but bloody Pikralic War, which was followed by an uneasy peace between the two due to the mass migrations of Sarpic peoples coming from the west, presumably due to Caphirian expansion.

Second Great War

Athiva, then known as the Republic of Athiva, was ruled by a fairly successful democracy which had ruled since 1883. Staying neutral throughout the First Great War to focus on the development of its infrastructure and economy, President Empastiro who was in office during the years leading up to the Second Great War and its initial years was interested in joining the war to curry favour with the winning side. Described as a nationalist and an idealist, Empastiro had ignored how damaging the war would be to the nation economically and demographically, especially with its military equipment consisting mostly of outdated weapons from the First Great War. The military eventually found out about Empastiro's ambitions, and staged a coup to overthrow the President. General Demethanos, already a popular figure with the people, assumed a leadership position in the nation, declaring that the military intends to only hold power for the duration of the Second Great War, holding free elections after the end of the conflict to ensure no foreign influence in the election.

Demethanos then passed in 1951, with his second in command, Myriolio assumed office, but after the end of the war, refused to give up power, claiming it to be in interest of the people due to foreign influence in the nation being widespread. While the reign of Demethanos is remembered rather fondly by the people, Myriolio never won the hearts of the people, despite his efforts of creating a cult of personality.

A statue of Demethanos erected in his hometown.

1967 coup and Acirian intervention

On June 8 1967, the Athivan Revolutionary Front seized power from the military junta which had lead the country since 1934. Following the coup, the name of the island country was changed to the People's Republic of Athíva, and began preparing the country for self-sufficiency. The leaders of the newly established People's Republic imprisoned and executed all leading figures of the former military junta, and eventually began to imprison and execute anyone with ties to the military junta.

Following the Athívan imprisonment and execution of Acirian ambassador to Athiva Viceri Battanari, the Emperor of Aciria declared the People's Republic a rogue state and dispatched two Imperial Guard battalions to spearhead the liberation of Athiva. The Imperial Guard battalions and the accompanying companies quickly seized the capital, but the Athivan resistance continued until 1969 when the last leading figures of the People's Republic were captured. Close friend of the Emperor of Aciria, Spiraklis Anastrotsis was appointed as the Archon of the new Archontia of Athiva, and both their constitution and legislature was recreated, basing it on the Acirian constitution and legislature.


The country consists of one island, Kleftos, named after the ancient Istroyans who thought the natural beauty of the island could only have been stolen from the Gods.


The island shares the tropical climate with most of the Istroyan islands off the coast of Sarpedon. The only exception is the northeast of the island, where the Moktos mountains give a small portion of the island a more arid climate.


According to the Bureau of International Statistics and Records, ethnic Athivans made up 73% of the island's population, with the largest minority being X% [insert ethnicity], and the remaining populations consisting mainly of [insert ethnicity] and Corummese workers who've had their passports taken by the state. The last population census taken by the Military Junta in 1965 shows that ethnic Athivans made up 86% of the nations population, with the largest minority then being Asteklians.The authenticity of the statistics provided by the military junta are often questioned, particularly citing the census seeming to ignore the Athivan migration out of the country during the rule of Myriolio.

The rising tourism industry has also brought many non-nationals into the country as permanent residents.


The most widespread language spoken in Athiva is Athivan, a dialect of Istroyan that's often considered a separate language due to difficulty of communication with mainland Istroyan. Mainland Istroyan has also been taught in schools since 1923, referred to as "Literature Istroyan" by the education system. The only language spoken to a notable extent in the country is Acirian, which has seen a drastic rise in use following the Acirian intervention in the 60s and the following Acirian influence in the nation.