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|Area||1,265,709 km2 (488,693 sq mi)|
|Pop. density||2,426/km2 (3,904/sq mi)|
|Countries||6 (list of countries)|
|Languages||Urcean Latin, Kuhlfrosi and Kistani German, Kistani English, Burgundian and many others|
|Time Zones||UTC-3:00 to UTC+2:00|
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Levantia is a continent and geographic subregion within the region of Ixnay. Levantia is bound by the Kilikas Sea and Great Northern Ocean to the north, by the Far Sea and the Sea of Atlantia to the east, and by Julia Bay and the Istoryan Gulf to the south.
- 1 Geographic Extent
- 2 Topography and Climate
- 3 Human Geography
- 4 History
- 5 Economy
- 6 Political Situation
- 7 Levantine Concepts
In addition to mainland Levantia and its outlying islands, the greater Levantine region is usually defined as including the Great Kirav even though it is a geologically separate island continent. The large islands of Canete and Uijukin, which have been subject to extensive [[[Levantia|Levantine]] influence and colonization, are sometimes included as well.
Kiravians typically distinguish between their own island continent and the Levantine mainland, and the terms Levantiax ("Levantine") and Levantiem("Levantines") refer specifically to the mainland, while Ambrélevantiax and Bâvnélevantiax ("Greater Levantine" and "Wider Levantine") can include Great Kirav.
Topography and Climate
Levantia runs the gamut from a tropical equatorial climate in Urcea's Rillia Territory to a subarctic oceanic climate in the northernmost offshore islands of Burgundie, Kuhlfros and Kiravia. Northern Levantia is known for its infamous Kilikas Storm Belt, which encompasses the northern regions of Burgundie, Kuhlfros, Kistan, Great Kirav and Ultmar, characterised by frequent and powerful temperate cyclones, thunderstorms, and blizzards that have historically made marine navigation extremely dangerous in the area.
Central Levantia, which includes Aëscárácta, the southern provinces of the LatiumTemplate:Citation needed and the northern Urcean territories, is generally arid to semiarid, while moister areas of the Kingdom of RomeTemplate:Citation needed, (check with Malinousia, Vamnium) have a more Mediterranean climate.
Levantia is home to a number of diverse cultural groups.
The Feinii were historically dominant across almost the entire continent, from Burgundie, Kuhlfros, and Kistan to the northeastern part of Great Kiravia, and south into Callan and New Ardmore. Today, the Feinii still constitute majorities in Kuhlfros and Kistan, and make up substantial portions of the population in Burgundie, Kiravia, northern Latium, and New Ardmore.
While the people of Latinic descent and cultural affinity are the largest and most influential cultural group in modern Levantia, this was not always the case. They originally came to Levantia through modern-day Urcea and built a massive empire that stretched across the continent. During these conquests they displaced or subsumed many of the native cultures, namely the Gaels, the Levzeish, the Druslaic and the Feinii. Latinic influence is felt in all of the national cultures of Levantia and their bloodlines have become the dominant phenotype on the continent. Latins are a powerful minority in Kistan, and are split into two distinct strains. Latin blood accounts for the greater part of the Urcean ethnic admixture. There is a Latin minority in southern Kuhlfros.
The Bergendii are a unique culture, but are phenotyped as primarily Latinic. They have mixed more thoroughly with the Gaels and the Prythones of northern Levantia. They are generally paler, taller, and fairer then their southern Latinic cousins. They have adopted the hard-nosed, stoic, and industrious dispositions more common in the northern reaches. While the Bergendii reside primarily in Burgundie there are approximately 4-6 million Bergendii who live in Levantia, but outside of Burgundie. They are primarily located in coastal areas, in particular Kistan, Kuhlfros and Urcea.
The Ænglish are a group of people of northern Urcea. They settled in the area after being brought into the area by the Urcean king in the mid-14th century to form a liege army. The area became known as Angla region in the 1400s as they became the most pervasive culture. They emerged as a unique culture with a unique language around that time and their central location and amalgous language, they provided a bridge between the various Germanic, Gaelic and Latinic cultures in Levantia. Despite being crushed and subsumed into Urcea, their language, English, became very pervasive in the 1500s as a working language of Levantia.
Levantine Catholicism is the predominant religion on the continent, accounting for absolute majorities in all mainland Levantian states and a sizeable, rapidly growing minority in Great Kirav, where a majority of the population belong to related apostolic Christian churches. Catholic shrines and other holy sites abound and rates of religious practice remain consistently high across the continent, which houses the seat of the Holy See in RomeTemplate:Citation needed and is considered the Catholic heartland of Ixnay.
Levantia is the most prosperous of Ixnay's continents. It is home to the region's two largest economies (Kiravia and Urcea) as well as several other high-income developed nations. All countries in Levantia are considered highly developed, with strong tertiary and quaternary sectors and high standards of living. Levantian economic strength has been bolstered by continental and regional integration under the Holy Levantine Empire and the KATI free trade zone.
Arms manufacturing and other defense-related industries are a major component of the Levantian economy, meeting a strong demand for weapons systems fueled by the active foreign policies of its members. Numerous major arms firms with an Ixnay-wide presence base their corporate and manufacturing operations in Levantia, including Kiro-Kuhlfrosian Armenwerke, [Insert Urcean Northrop-Grumman Here], Lansing-Mitchell Weaponeering and [Whoever makes Kistan's guns]. A massive domestic, non-governmental arms market exists due to high rates of gun ownership in Urcea, Kistan, and Kiravia, and a strong firearms and sporting tradition across much of the continent.
In modern history, Levantia has been a comparatively stable area with respect to the rest of Ixnay, though civil wars of considerable intensity did break out in Kistan, Urcea, and Kuhlfros during the 20XXs. Centre-right to right-wing governments prevail across the continent, and conservative (though generally constitutional) governance is considered a hallmark of Eastern Ixnayan civilisation.
With the exception of Kistan all nations in Levantia are members of the Levantia and Audonia Treaty Association, which was originally founded in Castellum ab Alba as a continental trade and defence bloc in 20XX. Kistan, a founding member of LATA, abandoned the alliance following the establishment of the Rule Assistance Association, and the RAA's successor organization, a moderate reformist junta, never re-applied for membership on the grounds that Kistan would no longer have founding status within LATA. Although LATA has since expanded beyond Levantia, adding members from Audonia, Crona, and Ixnay Proper, the Levantian powers continue to form the core of the organisation.
Levantine regimes have historically championed national sovereignty against global supranational institutions, and the LATA remains intergovernmental rather than supranational in nature. Nonetheless, there has been some movement towards continental integration, with political parties such as the Kiravian Levantine Union Party and its Latin counterpart advocating the establisment of a Levantian customs union, common market and travel area, military command, and continental government. The Urcean and Latin governments have endorsed initiatives to create a pan-Levantine auxilliary currency, and Kiravia and Kuhlfrocia have already implemented such a currency on a bilateral basis.
Levantine policing is known for being centralized, state-run, and overt. It is the original civilian, publicly-funded policing model but newer more localized and egalitarian have taken hold in Crona and Ixnay, known as policing by consent. Thus, by exclusion, the older, more centralized model has coined the neologism "Levantine policing".
The word "police" was borrowed from the Latin word politia, meaning an agent of the state or civil administration. It was first used in the modern sense in the mid 17th century in Urcea, but soon spread throughout Levantia. It was often associated with political and religious policing but was also used in other sundry functions of government administration, depending on the country. The word has modernized to police in the many modern languages through its adoption in the 18th and 19th centuries. However, outside of Levantia, the word, and the concept of police itself, was disliked as a symbol of foreign oppression.