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Rectory of Medimeria
Overseas territory of Urcea
|• Rector||Halie Ryan|
Medimeria derives its name from the Burgundian words med (Eng. middle), mer (Eng. sea), and the Latin suffix ia (Eng. place). The meaning translates approximately to place in the middle of the sea in reference to its central and isolated location in the Levantine Ocean.
Medimeria's earliest large-scale settlement came as a consequence of the Protestant reformation, as Protestant families began to leave Levantia following the Great Confessional War and subsequent Dragonnades. Many of the settlers at this time were Protestant Patroons, though the population's Protestant heritage continued long after the decline of the patroonship system. Medimeria's position later served as an important fueling station and naval base for the Burgundian thalassocracy given its strategic position between Levantia and western Crona.
In the 21st century, the military applications of the island declined and the tourist industry grew rapidly. In 2034, Urcea acquired the island in exchange for Antilles as part of a mutual strategic interest realignment on Urcea and Burgundie's parts. Urcea's ownership of the island lead to a renewal of military and fueling efforts on the island given its position nearly halfway between Levantia and New Yustona.
King Riordan VIII issued a guarantee of religious toleration in 2034 to assuage the concerns of the majority Protestant population of the island, though the Catholic Parish of Medimeria as part of the Diocese of New Yustona was established in the same year as part of a growing Catholic administrative, sailor, and airman population.
St. Agnes Prison
St. Agnes was a private prison operated on Medimeria by the Dreyfuse Corporation. They held an unofficial and unpublicised event each year that was streamed live on the dark web each year. The Jocs de llibertat (Eng. Games of Freedom) were a deathmatch between criminals who are sentenced to die. The winner was awarded a private cell with almost any request granted, short of release. This typically was satisfied with not having to adhere to dress codes and schedules, the services of prostitutes, meals of their choosing, and unlimited access to the commissary. The Dreyfuse Corporation was estimated to make $430 million off of the event each year as of the early 2030s. It is difficult for the Revenue Guard to determine exactly how much was brought in because access is purchased with cryptocurrency and funneled through a number of money laundering fronts before it reached the Dreyfuse Corporation's coffers. While efforts to stop the practice have intensified in recent years, prisoners, as well as viewers around the world, have pushed back strongly.
The Games of Freedom came to an end with the closure of the prison and transfer of the prisoners to Burgoignesc possessions elsewhere.