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Location of the Levantine Union in Levantia
|Type||Political and economic union|
|Government||Supranational and intergovernmental|
|Establishment||June 1st, 1954|
• 2034 estimate
|GDP (nominal)||2034 estimate|
• Per capita
|Currency||Taler (₮; in Talerzone) (₮)|
|Time zone||Urceopolitan Mean Time|
The Levantine Union (LU) is a political and economic union of 16 member states that are located primarily in Levantia. It has an area of more than 14 million square kilometers, and an estimated population of over 2.5 billion. The LU has developed an internal single market through a standardised system of laws that apply in all member states. LU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital within the internal market, enact legislation in justice and home affairs, and maintain common policies on trade, agriculture, fisheries, and regional development. Since 2038, the Union has more actively involved itself in the common defense and military preparedness of its members via the Levantine Union Defense Council. Within the Union passport controls have been abolished. A monetary union was already in place during the Holy Levantine Empire, and the Levantine Union Taler is the currency of the Union. The de facto religion of the Levantine Union is Catholicism.
The Levantine Union's immediate precursor, the "Istroya Pact", was a common market, open borders, and mutual defense agreement signed in 1935 between Urcea and Burgundie in the wake of the functional end of the Holy Levantine Empire. With the end of the Empire's institutions, the various Levantine states that comprised it suddenly found themselves with closed borders, tariffs, and independent economies. The Pact was intended to last the duration of the Great War in order to link the two nations and economies together during the crisis and was not intended to be a permanent institution, but due to the duration of the war it existed for nearly two decades. At the end of the war, Urcea and Burgundie replaced the Istroya Pact with the Levantine Union Treaty, signed on June 1st, 1954, joined by the rebuilding and reorganizing Deric States and by Roseney, a crown commonwealth of Urcea. This treaty strengthened the already close union between the states. On January 1st, 1955, Kuhlfros joined the Union. Yonderre was later admitted to the union, being the sole member who was not a member of the Holy Levantine Empire at any point.
- 1 History
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Member States
- 4 Organizational structure
- 5 Economy
- 6 Culture
The Holy Levantine Empire was reestablished in the 10th century out of the Southern and Eastern Kingdoms of the Levantines, binding its people and princes together under the authority of the Emperor of the Levantines and Imperial Diet. They reminded bound together for a millennia, but the Second Fratricide effectively brought the Empire to a sudden end in 1935, leaving the economies and political structures of Catholic Levantia in chaos. The Treaty of Corcra ended the Great War in southern Levantia and set forth the future settlement of agreements between the former states of the Empire, but such an agreement did not immediately come about as a consequence of the war and the ongoing violence in Dericania known as the Third Fratricide. Consequently, Urcea and Burgundie agreed to the so-called Istroya Pact, which bound the two nations together in common defense, free travel, and a common market. The Pact was viewed as a wartime expedient, but the relative economic stability within the two nations even during wartime lead to widespread political support for renewing and expanding the agreement.
With the end of the Great War in 1953, the Levantine great powers could end the Third Fratricide in Dericania. Decades of war and sudden economic isolation had depressed the Deric economy, necessitating an infusion of capital from Urcea and Burgundie. Given the popularity and success of the program, as well as the obligation under the Treaty of Corcra to settle the Holy Levantine Empire, Urcea and Burgundie began to negotiate what would become the Levantine Union Treaty, which they agreed to on June 1st, 1954, establishing the Levantine Union. The Deric States, which had been founded earlier in the year, agreed to join the Levantine Union in October of 1954 following the conclusion of the Third Fraternal War. Kuhlfros decided to join effective 1955. With Kuhlfros joining, the entire area of the Holy Levantine Empire in 1927 had been rebound together under the terms of the Union.
The Levantine Union's primary program in the two decades following the Great War concerned reconstruction of the Deric States, which had been plagued by more than two decades of war. In 1956, the Levantine Union Diet voted to create the Levantine Union Economic Development Agency, which would use funds from Urcea primarily to rebuild the infrastructure of the Deric States.
|Hollona and Diorisia||19,958,242||$783,496,192,704|
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Union Defense Council
From its inception, the Levantine Union shared a commitment for common defense and "general military cooperation", per the Levantine Union Treaty. However, the defense functions of the Union were effectively, but not officially, handled by the Levantia and Odoneru Treaty Association (LOTA), which included several Levantine Union members in addition to other nations based in Sarpedon. Following the end of the Occidental Cold War, LOTA's membership was reduced to the member states of the Levantine Union, creating a redundancy. Consequently, in 2037, following the departure of Cartadania from the alliance, it voted to dissolve itself and reform as a similar organization fully within the Levantine Union. The new body, the Levantine Union Defense Council, retained the assets and goals of LOTA while embracing all members of the Union, fulfilling the vision of the initial Levantine Union Treaty.
Cort de Antics
The Cort de Antics is a court embedded within the Levantine Union which is responsible for adjudicating competing noble claims and awarding compensation for nobles dispossessed during the Fraternal Wars in addition to other dispossessed nobles. As a consequence of its jurisdiction, the Cort has functionally become the highest court of peerage law in Levantia. The Cort consists of one judge nominated by each member nation; judges are confirmed by the Levantine Union Diet.
The Cort was created in 1956 in order to resolve disputes between member states of the Deric States and deposed Derian nobles in the wake of the Third Fratricide, although the Cort was soon expanded to adjudicating all rival noble claims. The Cort, since its creation, has accrued the world's largest library of ancestral and feudal records, documents which are necessary for determining claims. Throughout its history, the Cort has become involved in several high-profile claim disputes, including a large series of claims of Derian nobles against Burgundie in the 1970s as well as an ongoing case regarding the claims of several pretenders to Bussdaberria.
Market and Currency Authority
Economic Development Agency
Census and Demographics Authority
The Census and Demographics Authority (CDA) is responsible for the collection, collation, and reconciliation of data from national censuses conducted by the Union's member-states. As each member of the Union conducts their census within the first two years of the decade, and the Census and Demographics Authority completes its work by the second numbered year of the decade (i.e. 2032). The Authority was created in 1960 following problems with initial apportionment within the Levantine Union Diet. The CDA uses machine learning and electronic methods to reconcile the different national censuses, particularly focusing on eliminating duplicate entries.
Levantine Union Intelligence Center
As part of the Union's apparatus a voluntary law enforcement information sharing center and network were created. The Levantine Union Intelligence Center (LUIC) serves as the collation center for all of the law enforcement intelligence involving criminal activity taking place in multiple member states. The center is primarily tasked with modelling and predicting criminal trends across the union. Member states typically also have national information centers, but in less developed nations, particularly the Deric States the LUIC also provides national level analysis as part of the shared cost. The LUIC also provides forensic laboratory services and hosts a forensic database that hosts criminal files and other forensic information that is available to all Union members regardless of their participation in the LUIC.
The Union also has a Catastrophic Operations Coordination System (LUCOCS), a disaster Mutual aid pact with a cadre of professionals that are required to be familiar with all of the nations emergency operating plans and are trained in the management of multi-national disasters, specifically in coordinating any Union aid and support. The cadre are employees of their member states emergency management arm and serve as liaison's during large-scale disaster. They meet annually to review past responses, to discuss concerns and trends, and to exercise together. Each member state assigns three to nine emergency managers to the cadre, preferably with specialists in response operations, logitics, and recovery operations. At the present Burgundie and Urcea are the only nations who can afford to assign and train nine specialists, but through cross train with proximate Deric States, they are hope to increase cadre size in the near future.