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Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea

Rìognum Urciona Abostolo (Lebhan)
of Urcea
Coat of arms
Motto: Ad majorem Dei gloriam
("For the greater glory of God")
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      Location of Urcea (dark green)
In Levantia (gray and light green)
In the Levantine Union (light green)
and largest city
Official languagesJulian Ænglish
Demonym(s)Urcean (noun)

Urcean (adjective)

Urceans (plural)
GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
Riordan VIII
Livio Iarnán (S)
• Censor
Victor Fulgentius
• Censor
Aedanicus Gallant (S)
Michael Witte (S)
Concilium Daoni
1098 AD
• Estimate
GDP (nominal)estimate
• Total
• Per capita
CurrencyTaler (₮)
Driving sideright

Urcea, officially the Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea, is a Constitutional Monarchy in Levantia. It occupies a position in the southern half of Levantia, and it neighbors, among others, Fiannria to the north, Burgundie and Dericania to the east, and Anglei to the north.. The Kingdom's historic borders have largely sat between the Ionian Mountains and the Odoneru Ocean in a region known as the Valley and adjacent territories, though its modern borders includes territories beyond both of its "natural borders", a concept that developed in the 17th century. Urcea has the world's largest population, and the world's largest metropole depending upon one's definition of that term. Urcea's economy is either the largest in the world, with a nominal gross domestic product exceeding $64 billion.

Although Urcea's roots as a semi-Latinic nation stretch back to the early foundation of Adonerii settlements in the Urce river valley, a recognizable Urcean civilization came into being in the chaotic period following the collapse of Great Levantia and the coalescence of cities and areas into early medieval polities. It was during this period that the earliest roots of modern Urcean culture was established as a fusion between the settled Latins and native Gaels, a duality that defines Urcean national identity. It was a major part of the Holy Levantine Empire from its foundation, and its history is shaped by that institution, and has its historical origins as unions of several of the Empire's constituent parts. At times, Urcea came to dominate the Empire, but ultimately played a major role in its downfall throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Catholic faith has proved to be a major factor in the development of the Urcean state, and the Apostolic Kingdom played a pivotal role in the Great Confessional War and the entrenchment of Catholicism in Levantia. Urcea's closeness with Catholicism is one of its best known characteristics worldwide, and the Papacy resides in Urceopolis under Urcean temporal protection. The nation and its government are officially Catholic, and much of the nation's policy decision-making revolves around distributist and Catholic social principles, including subsidiarity and its application with communal, local democracy. The Catholic faith proves to be one of the defining characteristics of the country; the great Kiravian scholar P. G. W. Gelema once stated that "if Caphiria is corporations with a state, than it should very much be said Urcea is a Church with a state".

A very highly developed and influential Occidental nation, the Apostolic Kingdom rates highly in Human Development Index (HDI) and gross domestic product per capita. Urceans enjoy one of the world's largest and healthiest economies, with a per capita income of more than $45,000 annually and with burgeoning middle and upper classes. The arms manufacturing and energy sectors are among the nation's largest, but the Urcean export economy is perhaps best known for its large scale grain production, earning it the moniker of "breadbasket of the Odoneru". With involvement from mercantile interests from Burgundie and Caphiria, many scholars have argued that the Urcean-Odoneru grain trade was the birthplace of capitalism, though there is a significant minority view that questions this assertion.

Urcea's foreign policy focus primarily relies on maintaining balanced hegemony over Levantia and growing its sphere of influence abroad, but historically had a focus on involvement in the affairs of the Holy Levantine Empire. While a major participant in the Second Great War and subsequent Occidental Cold War, Urcea's relationship with its powerful neighbor Caphiria has been improving in recent years as shown by the formal end to the Cold War with the Assumption Accords. Both as a consequence and a cause of the end of the Cold War, Urcea's overseas focus has shifted from Sarpedon to Crona, where it maintains an active union and relationship with New Harren and other states, which many critics have labeled as Urcean colonies. Urcea's involvement in Crona has been growing by the year as a greater number of Levantines move west in search of new opportunities, a phenomenon actively supported by the Urcean government.

Urcea is a member of the League of Nations, the Levantine Union, the Levantine Union Defense Council and the Nysdra Sea Treaty Association. It is also nominally the only remaining portion of the Holy Levantine Empire, a legal fiction known as the Empire-in-fact.

Etymology and Nomenclature

The word Urcea (/ˈjʊɹsi.ə/) is derived from the name of the river Urce, whose origins remain a subject of scholarly debate - many suggest the name is a derivative of a much earlier Latinic term, originating perhaps as early as circa 1000 BC. Regardless, the city of Urceopolis, or the city of the river Urce, was established roughly 887 BC, establishing prevalent use of the river's name by that period. By the late seventh century and early eighth century AD, the term "Urcean" ("Urciona", natively), describing somebody living near the Urce river, was well established in the local lexicon, and was oftentimes used as an epithet, i.e. "Julius the Urcean", regarding someone who lived in the geographical proximity of the river. The term eventually evolved from someone living on the river to somebody living in the southern portions of the Holy Levantine Empire.

Given the Latinic origin of the term, "Urce", "Urcea", and "Urcean" was originally pronounced with a "hard c", [k], and a "short-u". As the Gaelic natives of Levantia began to more heavily mix with the Adonerii settlers, the modern soft ⟨c⟩ and "long-u" became more prevalent.

Though the nation is usually referred to simply as "Urcea", several other naming conventions have arisen since the nation's founding that are in use in specific circumstances. "The Apostolic Kingdom" is typically used by the Government of Urcea to refer to itself and the nation. Less common, the term "the 34 Provinces" will be used to refer to Urcea as a whole, although this term is somewhat erroneous given that there are 29 provinces, with the remainder being Crownlands or states.


The history of Urcea as a unified state can be treated as beginning in 1098 with the political union of the Archduchy of Urceopolis and Grand Duchy of Harren into a united kingdom called Urcea, though scholars are in disagreement about whether or not the idea of the "Urcean state" began at that point or earlier, during the period of the Archduchy's ascendancy.

Coming up from the chaotic period following the destruction of Great Levantia, power began to slowly accumulate in the Duchy and later Archduchy of Urceopolis, accelerated by the initial formation of the Holy Levantine Empire, which elevated Urceopolis to a duchy. Following the accumulation of Urceopolis, Harren, and some other lands, Urcea was elevated to a Kingdom in 1098 by the Emperor of the Levantines. After its consolidation, several hundred years of dynastic turmoil would follow before House de Weluta solidified its reign at the end of the Great Confessional War and Protestant reformation. The de Weluta dynasty would rule over the Holy Levantine Empire intermittently until the beginning of the 19th century, after which time a period of increasing liberalization and reform changed Urcea from an amalgamation of personal territories and holdings to a unified and powerful nation-state. After a brief period of deposition before and during the Red Interregnum, the de Welutas reestablished control and continued the shift of the country in a more constitutional direction. Urcea, a Constitutional Monarchy, participated in both Great War and the downfall of the Holy Levantine Empire, and has been an important world power in the period since. Throughout its entire history, Catholicism has played a critical political and social role in Urcea, and the association between Catholicism and Urcea is known throughout the world as one of the country's defining characteristics.

Early Period

The Urcean nation's origins lay in the establishment of the Adonerii colonies in Levantia during the Latin Heroic Age, but its direct antecedent is Great Levantia, an empire that stretched from the southern coast of modern day Urcea to the northern coast of modern day Fiannria. It was during this time that Latinic people began to rule over, and eventually intermix with, the native Celtic population of Levantia. Following the collapse of Great Levantia, several Latin-speaking polities formed, the Duchy of Urceopolis being chief among them. Following a period of feuding with other Latin states states, Hištanšahr, and History of Dericania, Urceopolis was subsumed into the emerging Levantine Empire and elevated into an Archduchy under the rule of Saint Julius of the Caeline, and his brother Aedanicus was granted the Grand Duchy of Harren. St. Julius and his descendants laid the groundwork for continued Latino-Gaelic integration and official recognition of their shared vulgar languages.

Archducal Period

As an Archduchy, Urceopolis sometimes feuded with the Emperor, and found itself a part of the Southern Kingdom of the Levantines following the division of the Empire in 917. During the period of the divided Empire, the main line of St. Julius died out and was inherited by descendants of his brother Aedanicus, the Grand Dukes of Harren, who merged the lines together by marrying a female descendant of the Urceopolitan line. This established the House of Julio-Harren which ruled both realms, and eventually the unified Kingdom, until 1153. During this period, the Eastern King of the Levantines conquered the Southern Kingdom, reforging the Holy Levantine Empire, and soon after it became an elective monarchy, with the first Urceopolitan Emperor elected in 1014.

Early Kingdom Period

During the first decades of the Kingdom's existence, the Julio-Harrens reigned in relative peace and prosperity, and King Niall I managed to acquire the long-sought Electorate of Canaery, becoming the first King-Elector of Urcea. The Kingdom's focus lay to the west during his reign and beyond, as successive Kings attempted to incorporate the Creagmer republics while attempting to unify the Valley under the Julian dynasty. Niall's two surviving sons both ascended to the throne and both reigned for a combined seven years before the second, Niall II, died as a boy, throwing the country into a succession crisis. Seán Aleckán, a descendant from St. Julius in the female line who had no ancestors who were King, dispatched several other claimants and became King Seán I, founding the Aleckán dynasty. Seán I's reign mostly involved strengthening his own regime by marginalizing other claimants, and he was succeeded by his son Seán II without incident. The following King, Niall III, was the first King of Urcea elected as Emperor of the Levantines. Niall's death lead to a revolt of the magnates, installing Cónn of Holmfilth, who descended distantly from one of the Julio-Harrenic Kings, as King Constantine I. Emperor Niall's son, meanwhile, was passed over, beginning the Saint's War.

Saint's War Period

The House of Cónn ruled for a peaceful forty years and encouraged construction before being overthrown by Emperor Niall's long-exiled son, Donnchad of the Aleckán dynasty, in a bloodless coup in 1253. The Cónn Crown Prince swore loyalty to the new King, appearing to end the dynastic struggle, but Donnchad's son relied on Cónn loyalists against his enemies and eventually named the Cónn Prince, James, as his heir. King James I ruled for a long time, but the Crown reverted to the Aleckán dynasty. A Cónn claimant next took the throne, but died childless, plunging the Kingdom into a sixty three year period of military anarchy from 1339 to 1402 known as the Great Interregnum, leaving the country divided and Urceopolis under the de facto control of the Pope which represented the highwater mark of the influence of the Papal State and its associated Duchy of Transurciana. A scion of the de Weluta family, heirs of the Aleckán line, eventually emerged victorious, and the new King Louis II married the Cónn heiress, ending the centuries-long dynastic turmoil.

Reformation Period

Emperor Leo III played a critical role of shaping both Urcea and Levantia during the Reformation Period.

The first reign of the de Welutas saw a focus on rebuilding the international reputation and internal infrastructure of the Kingdom. Ruling for a century over a period of remarkable national unity, the unity came to an end during the reign of James III as the Protestant Reformation began, creating a small but problematic Protestant minority in the Kingdom. A minor succession crisis allowed the Protestant, Riordan V of the House of Julio-Angloise, seized the throne in 1546. During his reign, a period of Catholic persecution began, sparking the Urcean War of Religion, a major theater of what became known as the Great Confessional War. Riordan's son, Donnchad was an accomplished commander but was ultimately defeated and killed in 1565, leading to a restoration of the House de Weluta. His successor, King Leo II, lead the Kingdom on the Catholic side for the remaining period of the Great Confessional War, eventually being elected Emperor and leading Dragonnades against Levantine Protestants. As a consequence of the war, Urcea saw major territorial aggrandizement at the expense of Anglei and Gassavelia was firmly entrenched as the preeminent power in the Holy Levantine Empire.

Imperial Period

Following the conclusion of the Great Confessional War, Urcea saw a period of growth and prosperity that coincided with greater integration of the former estates in Gassavelia. During this period, dramatic changes were occurring in Urcea with the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and the continued decline of the power of the noble optimate class, who had suffered a major blow in the Dragonnades and were continuing to weaken relative to the Crown. Economically and socially, this period saw major disruption as the privilegiata class emerged as a middle class, and in large part this group drove early industrialization as well as fought for Crown Liberal ideas, moving forward the development of the Constitution of Urcea. The major geopolitical events of this period related to Urcea's position in the Holy Levantine Empire. In 1702, King Riordan VII was elected Emperor Riordan I of the Holy Levantine Empire, beginning more than a century of Urcean control over the Empire. King Leo IV was denied the Imperial Crown, but won it on the battlefield during the War of the Caroline Succession, acquiring the Grand Duchy of Carolina in the process and ensuring hereditary succession for House de Weluta to the title of Emperor of the Levantines. After several decades, the Princes of the Empire eventually won back both Carolina and the right of the Collegial Electorate to select the Emperor during the Second Caroline War. Throughout this entire period, the Constitution of Urcea began to emerge and take form. Urcea acquired part of Urlazio and the Kingdom of Talionia during this period.

Reform Period

Following its loss of territory and the Imperial Crown following the Second Caroline War, Urcea implemented a series of liberalizing reforms in line with King Niall V's philosophy of Crown Liberalism, which greatly enhanced the power of the Concilium Daoni while also implementing important reforms of the Royal Army. By fully engaging the Urcean population in the affairs of the state, Niall reasoned that he could unleash the full power of the population and economy in a truly national effort in any war the country would face. During this period, Urcea became openly antagonistic with respect to its relation to the rest of the Holy Levantine Empire, ushering in decades of the slow decline of the Empire. Urcea utilized its reforms under Aedanicus VIII, who won the Third Caroline War in the 1840s, setting Urcea at odds with its Imperial neighbors permanently and reconquering the Grand Duchy of Carolina. Aedanicus's reign would feature continue reforms to the Constitution of Urcea which brought it close to its present form. The King also implemented a large naval reconstruction project which would set the tone for his son's similar construction project a few decades later. Following the King's death in 1889, Procurator and army general Gréagóir FitzRex seized power in a brief period that became known as the History of Urcea (1798-1902), which lead to the conflict known as the Red Interregnum, part of the larger First Great War. The Red Interregnum was fought for five years and resulted in the creation of the short-lived History of Urcea (1798-1902), which facilitated the restoration in 1902.

Restoration Period

On 19 November 1902, Patrick III of Urcea was crowned Apostolic King of Urcea, inaugurating a period of dramatic political, social, and military reforms. Many of the social changes inaugurated during the Regency - such as the abolition of Social class in Urcea - were confirmed, and the King was given broad authority (known as The Enabling) to rewrite and solidify the Constitution of Urcea. Sweeping changes were made, including the opening up the economy, changing Procurator to an elective office, the legalization of usurious banking practices that would eventually lead to the Great Depression, and an unprecedented period of military buildup. During this period, Urcea also reengaged with the Holy Levantine Empire, ending the century-long Recess of the Julii. This period saw King James VI elected Emperor of the Levantines, and Urcea's increasing influence over the Empire lead to the breakout of the Second Great War in 1934, which would last until 1943. The war, which primarily pitted Urcea and its allies against Caphiria and its allies on multiple theaters throughout the globe, was the world's deadliest conflict and would result in the end of the Holy Levantine Empire, the creation of the League of Nations, the beginning of the Occidental Cold War, and the establishment of Urcea as one of the world's superpowers.

Modern Period

Since the conclusion of the Second Great War and Talk:Third Fratricide, Urcea has established itself as a cornerstone of the new Levantine geopolitical order which features the Levantine Union and has additionally been established as a global superpower with only Kiravia and Caphiria as potential rivals. Since the end of the Second Great War, Urcea has focused on domestic improvements in quality of life for those living in the Kingdom and has developed a healthy political culture. The Modern Period has seen the beginning and end of the Occidental Cold War with Caphiria, a period in which the two powers sought geopolitical supremacy over the other. Since the end of the Occidental Cold War in 2014 with the Assumption Accords, Urcea and Caphiria have grown increasingly close as partners on the world geopolitical stage. Remaining one of the world's most religious countries, Urcea's outward influence has been marked by a heavy use of soft power and support of global missionary efforts. Between the late 2000s and the conclusion of the Final War of the Deluge, Urcea was been a key participant in The Deluge, and it has developed a large sphere of influence in Crona.


Urcea occupies a position roughly constituting the southwestern third of Levantia displays a broad array of geographical and geological diversity owing to the more than thousand-mile length between the Northern and Southern ends of the country, ranging from the largely flat temperate riverine areas that dominate the majority of the country to the Ionian highlands in the east, to the jungles of Gassavelia in the south. Urcea proper, that is, the territory of the Apostolic Kingdom on the Levantine mainland as well as Halfway but not including Talionia, Medimeria, or its Crona possessions, has a total area of more than two million square miles, all of which is divided into either a province, Crownland, or state. This figure does not include any overseas territories the Kingdom may possess.

Urcea and its various subnational units. The demographic and political center of the country is in the northern half of the country, particularly in the Urce River Valley, culminating with the political, cultural, and economic capital of the country, Urceopolis, though significant economic weight exists elsewhere, particularly on the coast of the Odoneru Ocean extending from the city of Beldra to the border with Faneria. This region is sometimes called the "Odoneru Megalopolis" and is, along with Urceopolis and Burgundie, one of the primary ways in which imports via maritime trade enter Levantia. The modern industrial manufacturing heartland of Urcea has emerged in the Ionia-Novaterra-Glenfort region, referred to as the "Upper Urce Valley" as the old manufacturing center around Urceopolis and in the "Lower Valley" has switched to primarily to a service economy.

The fastest growing region in the country is the Cape and Callan area which was historically border swamp lands of Urcea proper, though due to developments in agricultural technology these previously difficult areas have increased their share of agriculture, making them largely the new agricultural heart of the country beginning in the mid-20th century. The eastern highlands have shifted to a largely urbanized economy based on large deposits of recently discovered shale oil and natural gas beneath the ground, creating a large hydrofracking sector in the area. The Bay of Cana, which embraces the provinces of the Cape and Callan as well as the Electorate of Canaery has also yielded large offshore oil deposits discovered at the end of the 20th century.

The Ionian mountains generally serve to denote the delineation between Urcea proper and the rest of Levantia, while the delineation between "north" and "south" Urcea is arbitrary and depends on the context. The most widely accepted dividing line between "north" and "south" is a line running approximately southwest from the Magnag to the Sea of Canete. Urcea is largely considered to be divided into eight cultural and geographical regions, ranging from north to south, some of which are coterminous with their governing subdivision: Carolina, Ænglasmarch, the Valley, the Ionian Plateau, the Islands, Transionia, Greater Canaery, Gassavelia, and Nova Istroya.


The Mountain of the Blessed Sacrament, on the southern cape of Levantia, is one of Urcea's most recognizable natural features.

The first major ecological area of Urcea is the Valley, the central part of the country surrounded by the Ionian Plateau and the southern mountains. Historically, Urcea's position near the Tropic of Cancer and wide open plains allowed for megafauna and megaflora to thrive before the growth of civilization, though their decline was acutely felt and early historians noted the consistently shifting and unstable ecological conditions as many animals without natural predators grew without consequence while species without a food supply died out. According to many environmental historians, the ecosystem of the Valley finally settled around the end of the first millennium, though by that period most of the Valley was covered in farmland and most of the animals in it domesticated. Today, this area is heavily populated, but environmental preserves dot the plain allowing some of the natural, temperate flora and fauna to restore themselves. There is a significant white-tailed deer problem in the Valley as natural predators are largely absent from the region.

The second region notable for its ecology is the expansive jungles of Gassavelia in the south of the country. Due to its lesser population density, much of the ecology of the area has been largely undisturbed. Being a near-tropical jungle and rainforest, over a million different types of insects and an estimated 35,000 different kinds of plant. The Urcean government, through the Ministry of the Environment and Energy, actively works to preserve wildlife and natural splendor of the area.

The third major ecological area of the country is the Ionian Plateau that runs the length of the country's eastern border, which has a similar kind of flora and fauna as the Valley.

Climate and environment

Much of Urcea enjoys a temperate and mild climate A great majority of Urcea has a very temperate and mild climate, with temperatures ranging from 74 °F to 95 °F in the summer and 35 °F to 50 °F in the winter. The exceptions to this are in the Gassavelian and Ionian areas, with the former experiencing tropical temperatures exceeding 100 °F in the summer, and the latter experiencing fairly cold Alpine climates due primarily to its elevation. Very little of the country sees large amounts of snowfall during the winter besides the Ionian Plateau, which can experience up to sixty inches of snow seasonally.

Urcea's southern coasts, primarily from Canaery to its eastern coastal border, are known for it's lush and beautiful environment, and in that way are similar to the Caphirian northern coast. The country is primarily powered by clean nuclear energy, though renewables, particularly wind energy due to the large availability of coastal land, also provide a large amount of power regionally. The Ministry of the Environment and Energy strictly enforces environmental regulations, and efforts are continuously underway to protect the country's environment in the face of its large population and continued economic growth.

Government and Politics

The Julian Palace is the seat of the Government of Urcea.

Urcea is a constitutional monarchy, with the Apostolic King of Urcea serving as the head of state and central constitutional organizing principle of the nation, with Urceans being "subjects" as well as "citizens", though his sovereignty is shared with the national legislature. Under the King is the Procurator, who is elected nationwide and the Cabinet, called the Concilium Purpaidá. The Purpaidá's members are appointed by the Chancellor and Temporary President of the Concilium Daoni, who leads the national legislature. Below them are a series of Crownlands, provinces, and states with varying degrees of home rule within Urcea's federal system.


In the Executive Branch, the Apostolic King of Urcea maintains a mostly nominal but important role, directly appointing judges and military officers through the Royal Household office. The King can also intervene in disputes between the Procurator and Concilium Purpdaidá, typically when the Procurator and Chancellor and Temporary President are of different parties. The Procurator, elected by the nation at large, determines the government's policy program and directs the Concilium Purpaidá to implement it. The Procurator also has functional command and control of the Armed Forces of the Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea and proposes the Royal Budget. In the 21st Century, the National Pact has typically controlled the office of Procurator.

The Concilium Purpaidá is the nation's Cabinet and has broad powers to implement policies via regulation where statutorily authorized. Members of the Purpaidá nominally follow the Procurator's policies, but are appointed by the Chancellor and Temporary President, who is the leader of the Concilium Daoni.

The office of Censor also falls under the executive branch, and the two Censors are responsible for the maintenance of morality and public virtue as well as for the national decennial census. The Censors have authority to issue media content standards, and can issue formal objections to morally harmful pieces of legislation that come before the Concilium Daoni. The Censors are elected nationwide but the pool of candidates are selected by the Apostolic King of Urcea and Urcean Conference of Catholic Bishops.


The Concilium Daoni is the lower chamber of the Kingdom's national legislature and its primary legislative body, and it is led by the Chancellor and Temporary President who serves as majority leader within the Daoni. The Chancellor nominates the members of the Concilium Purpaidá, although they are formally appointed by the King via constitutional advice. Members of the Daoni, called delegates or simply "members", are elected from 500 single-member constituencies using first past the post voting. Made up of committees that mirror the structure of the Concilium Purpaidá, the Daoni considers legislation as well as treaties and Royal budgets. Since the 20th century, the Commonwealth Union has typically controlled the Daoni, a trend of success continued by its successor, the Solidarity Party.

The Daoni is joined by the Gildertach, the nation's upper chamber, which is comprised of representatives from each of the guilds in Urcea. The Gildertach's responsibilities are primarily constrained to approving or denying trade deals and regulating the guild system itself.


The Urcean judicial branch of government is composed of a three-tiered court system, with each tier being divided into civil and criminal jurisdictions. Each tier of court serves as the appeals court for tiers below it. At the lowest tier are Diocesan courts, which serve the civil dioceses which serve as Urcea's basic low-level administrative subdivision. Above the Diocesan courts are subdivisional courts, whose name depends on the type of subdivision, be it a crownland, province, or state. The subdivisional courts are mostly referred to as "Supreme Court" or "Provincial Court". Above the subdivisional courts are the Conrudimental courts, courts which have jurisdiction over national cases and also hears cases where the two parties are from different provinces. Conrudiments are comprised of two to three provinces. The only major exception to the hierarchy is the Archducal Court of the Urceopolis (Archduchy), which has no conrudimental association but is considered at least equal in level to the conrudimental courts. In practice, the Archducal court serves as the final court of appeals and effectively the nation's Supreme Court, competent to hear cases from across the nation regardless of its geographic location. The Judicial system is overseen and administered by the Ministry of Justice.

Federal subdivisions

A map of Urcea's primary subdivisions, including its Crownlands, provinces, and states.

Federalism is a key element of the construction of the Government of Urcea, and home rule is considered a necessary provision of the philosophy of subsidiarity. Accordingly, there are three federal subdivisions in Urcea. Crownlands are the first kind and the most prestigious, consisting of the Archduchy of Urceopolis, the Grand Duchy of Harren, and the Electorate of Canaery. These are areas that the King directly holds title to through his own personal right, and not through his position as King. In crownlands, a unicameral parliament serves as the local legislature under the direction of an appointed Governor-General. The second and most common kind are Provinces, which are general lands bound to the Kingdom as a legal entity. In provinces, an elected bicameral legislature and elected Governor serve as the government. The third kind are "States", which are semi-autonomous entities designed for ethnic enclaves. States are governed in the same way as provinces except that the elected executive is called Secretary-General. Besides their administrative apparatus and relation to the central government, the primary difference between the three forms of government are differences in tax rates and the types of taxes levied.

Counties and Local Governments

The various provinces, Crownlands, and states of Urcea are divided into dioceses which are coterminous with Catholic dioceses but have little function other than electoral and judicial organizing. The municipal level is where local government in Urcea is effectively exercised, and the most common kind of local government is that of the commune, where every citizen over the age of 21 can vote in a communal assembly on legislative and budgetary issues affecting the commune. There are also guild communes and more traditional mayor-council types of local governments, though these are rare and usually reserved only for the largest of cities. The prevalence of communes in Urcea have earned the nation both praise and condemnation for its commitment to what some have called "radical subsidiarian Christian democracy", a relatively uncommon philosophical persuasion even in Levantia.


As a consequence of the division of power between the King, the Procurator, and the Chancellor and Temporary President, there are four distinct political power structures that can take form. In a situation where the Procurator and Chancellor are of the same party, members of the Concilium Purpaidá are all from the leadership's party and that party's platform become the government's program. When a Procurator and Chancellor come from a different party but reach an agreement called a "Purpaidá Coalition", whereby a minority of members of the Purpaidá are appointees of the Procurator's party in exchange for a mutually agreed upon policy program being established by the Procurator. In a situation where a hung Daoni exists, the Procurator can help broker a majority coalition in the Daoni, whereby a mix of the Procurator and Chancellor's parties sit on the Purpaidá in a roughly even split between parties. In the final form, the Procurator and Chancellor are of different parties and do not reach an agreement, typically leading to "Royal Rule", where the King can intervene in government affairs in order to solve policy divisions between the Chancellor's appointees on the Purpaidá and the Procurator.

Urcea is a multi-party democracy. There were traditionally two major political parties in Urcea, a stable system that existed roughly from the end of the Red Interregnum and restoration of King Patrick III up through the Social Labor Party (Urcea). Under this system, most recently the National Pact and the Commonwealth Union contested major elections along with the Julian Party and the Democratic Labor Party sometimes playing important roles in deciding majorities in the Concilium Daoni in addition to holding local offices. Following the 2015 realignment, however, the National Democratic Party dissolved into two new major parties; the Union for National Solidarity and the Social Labor Party, the latter of which formed as a result of a merger between former National Democratic Party members and the Democratic Labor Party at the Casanam Conference in 2016. The National Pact and Julian Party both remained unchanged during the realignment, resulting approximately in three major parties and the Julian Party left. This system changed once again following the 2018 Urcean institutional referendum and onset of the Final War of the Deluge, with both events precipitating a merger of the Union of National Solidarity and Julian Party agreeing to merge into the Solidarity Party beginning with the 2025 Urcean elections, reestablishing the two party equilibrium.


The Urcean legal system is a primarily common law system with a mixed underlying basis. Without a written Constitution, many historical edicts and Royal proclamations make up the foundation of Urcean law, which is further iterated by precedent setting interpretation from the Urcean court system. Efforts were made in the 19th century to create a concise legal code based off of precedent and many centuries of government acts, both legislative and Royal. The result of this effort was the Consolidated Laws of HMCM's Kingdom and State which resolved many hundreds of contradictory laws, edicts, judgments, and acts. Since the creation of the Consolidated Laws, most legislative acts of the Concilium Daoni have directly amended them, forming the statutory basis for the Urcean legal system.

Canon law, considered an unconsolidated law within the Urcean legal code, also has the force of law in Urcea, with additional unconsolidated acts of the Concilium Daoni determining the punishments for violations of Canon law in most cases.


The 2010 national census of Urcea counted a total population of 1,341,602,401, though the country enjoys a net population growth of approximately 1.46% per year, and the total population of the Apostolic Kingdom in 2016 was estimated to be 1,463,679,455. Much of the population growth is natural, as Urcea's considerable population density and development means the country is a world leader in out-migration, and Urceans leaving the country typically relocate to one of its possessions in Crona, such as New Harren. Urcea's population density - 611.2 per square mile - is among the highest in the world, though this density is not evenly spread throughout the country and a majority of Urceans live in just six of Urcea's subnational divisions, of which there thirty four.


Self-reported ethnic origin in the Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea (2015)

  Urcean (81.4%)
  Gassavelian (7.2%)
  Garán (3.8%)
  Caenish (2.8%)
  Ænglish (2.2%)
  Derian (1.4%)
  Other (1.2%)

In terms of identity, Urcea is a relatively homogeneous country; some 83% of people in Urcea view themselves as ethnically Urcean. Sizable minorities of other ethnicities exist in Urcea, though many of these also consider themselves to be part of the larger Urcean identity, such as Caenish people, Gassavelian people, Garán people, as well as a small percentage of Derian identity within Urcea. The only major ethnic group in Urcea that retains a significant and separate identity are the Ænglish people who occupy the northeastern most part of the country, known as Ænglasmarch.


Over the course of its history, Urcea has had a diverse linguistic heritage spanning many different languages from different ethnic and regional backgrounds. Beginning in the late medieval period through the present, however, Julian Ænglish is the language spoken by the majority of people in Urcea. By 2010, census information suggested almost 90% of the population spoke Ænglish as a first language. It is an official language of the Government of Urcea and used in nearly every government document and meetings of government bodies, but it is not the only official language. Lebhan, the traditional language of the people of and around Urceopolis, is an official language and was once believed to be the traditional language of the entire country, though that theory has since been disproven. It is still spoken as a first language today in isolated, rural parts of the country, such as some parts of the Ionian Mountains, and according to the 2010 census and subsequent studies this Lebhan-speaking population amounts to 5% of Urceans. Gassavelian people, the majority of whom speak Ænglish as a first language, also have a small population of individuals who retain their unique ancestral language. This population, which speaks a Latinized version of the ancient Audonian language, comprise no more than 3% of all Urceans. Least prominent as a primary language - but extremely prominent otherwise - is Latin, which is spoken by a minority of Urceans of Derian descent in the eastern frontier of the country. Latin, however, is an official language of state and is the primary liturgical language of Urcea according to a 2014 study which stated that 78.4% of Catholic parishes use the traditional mass, which is said entirely in ecclesiastical Latin. Some documents of the Ministry for the Church in Urcea are propagated in ecclesiastical Latin.


Religious affiliations in the Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea (2010)

  Catholic (94.5%)
  Collegiate (1.8%)
  Atheist (1.3%)
  Other Christian (.6%)
  Agnostic (.5%)
  Other (1.3%)

Religion is considered a fundamental cornerstone of public and private Urcean life, and consequently the vast majority of Urceans identify as members of the Catholic Church according to census information, and the national average for weekly mass attendance is 66.45% according to a 2014 study. The Catholic Church, as the central institution of Urcean life, is embedded in state activity in addition to serving as the central organizing place of most communities and localities throughout the country. Catholicism is recognized as the official state faith, though non-adherents are under no legal obligation to be members of the Church since the early 19th century, and discrimination against non-Catholics is against the law. Despite this, religious discrimination remains a common problem, and many of the small percentage of non-Catholic Urceans often don't reveal their true religious beliefs for fear of becoming social outcasts.

Besides the majority Catholic faith, a small percentage of Urceans hold other religious beliefs. Less than 3% of Urceans are Protestants of various forms; of this 3%, the largest denomination is the College of Levantine Churches. Ænglaschurchers comprise about 54% of non-Catholic Christians in Urcea; the remainder are typically either methodists or mennonites. There are also a variety of non-Christians - approximately 2% of the population - within the Apostolic Kingdom. These are typically immigrants from Western Crona or adherents to the revived neo-Audonian faith among some Gassavelian intellectuals and nationalists.

The final religious group in Urcea are those adhering to irreligion, in both the atheistic and agnostic forms. In 2010, this figure was around 2% of the population, though it declined from a high of 3% in 1990. The vast majority of irreligious live in or around the Urceopolis Metropolitan Area, and of these the majority of irreligious are aged 55 or older.


Education in Urcea is divided into three main sections based on the seven liberal arts, and employs a K-12 system. Schools are primarily administered by Urcea's provinces but are regulated by the Collegium Scientificum. Urcea's education enjoys high attainment levels, with 98.4% of the population having attained at least a secondary education according to a 2015 study. Additionally, 52% of Urcean adults possessed some form of post-secondary/tertiary education, ranging from traditional four year liberal arts schools to seminaries to trade schools. In 2017, Urcea was ranked by a League of Nations survey as one of the top ten "most educated" nations.

Culture and Society

The culture of Urcea is primarily of Occidental world origin and formed from its predominantly Christian religious life, its interaction with the cultures of Levantia including those it incorporated, and the impact of the Holy Levantine Empire. Based on the joint legacies and cultural inheritances of the Gaels and Great Levantia and its Adonerii ancestors, a unique culture blending the cultural traditions of both legacies emerged by the 10th century. Although Urcean culture is a distinct entity, the individual cultures of the various regions of the country - such as Canaery and the Ionian Plateau are diverse and have varying degrees of overlap and distinctiveness. Many Urcean cultural elements, especially from popular culture, have spread across the globe through modern mass media. Urceans' attitudes and worldview are predominantly shaped by Urcean interpretation of Catholic teaching. The world is viewed essentially as hierarchical and the family, rather than the individual, as the basic unit of society. Much of society and government is viewed through the analogous lens of family, and consequently Urceans tend to have a relatively corporatist worldview which is reflected by the influence and role of guilds in society. Urceans have extremely traditional tendencies and tend to view the social progressiveness of other cultures with suspicion. The political ideology of Urcea reflects these views and is intertwined with that of Organicism, an "ideological marriage" which is reflected by Urcea's highly federal, highly hierarchical, highly democratic but illiberal state and constitution.

Urceopolis has been described as a world cultural capital, both due to its cultural vibrancy and the location of the Holy See, the center of the Catholic Church.

Social class

Urcean society features a relatively mobile class system without solidified boundaries, although there is typically a distinction between the poor and working class, the middle class, and the upper class. The classes in Urcea are typically, but not always, defined by wealth and income levels. There are cases of so called "legacy optimates" who are not especially wealthy but nonetheless are members of the upper class due to their historical descent from Urcean nobility.

Prior to the 20th century, Urcea employed a relatively strict and well defined class structure. This system was reformed several times and was primarily based on the amount of landed property one held although it was also determined by heritage. This system was definitively abolished by Patrick III during the Restoration, though it had been effectively prorogued by Gréagóir FitzRex approximately a decade before.

Although Urcea made extensive use of hereditary peerage throughout its early and Medieval history, the practice gradually fell out of use during the Early Modern Period and was functionally abolished by the Constitutional Settlement Act of 1902. Today, all peerages are considered lifetime grants from the Apostolic King of Urcea and are typically reserved either for Custóirs of the Estates of Urcea, for individuals worthy of merit, or for public officials of House de Weluta.


Urcean education is provided in public, private, and home schools and employs a K-12 system in addition to several different types of higher education. The public education system is based around the seven liberal arts, educating students with the trivium and quadrivium in two distinct periods of education known as "Sextets". Education is administered by the provincial and local authorities but is regulated by the Collegium Scientificum. Urcean public education is designed to instill in students the "foundations of self-regulation and self-governance in order to create higher ordered individuals" and is heavily influenced by Catholic teaching and thought. Private schools, on the other hand, are usually secular and do not employ liberal arts-based education.

Higher education in Urcea is conducted through traditional four year liberal arts schools in addition to trade schools run by the guilds, seminaries, normal schools, and community colleges.


In Urcea, kinship is typically oriented towards two units, the first being the nuclear family and the second being ones Estate. The nuclear family unit, consisting of parents and any number of children, is the grouping typically considered within Urcea to be "family" or "close family", though extended family relations between multiple "nuclear family" units, even those not directly related, is common. Extended families have increasingly begun to live closer together as part of emergent exurban housing attitudes. Besides typical relations with extended family, Urceans also feel close association to closely related members of their estate, which is a type of society-wide kinship grouping dating back to Great Levantia. Most Urceans - excepting most Caenish people and various ethnic minorities - are members of the estate system. The heads of Estates - the senior most member of the senior most house within the Estate - is called the Custóir, who has the responsibility of maintaining genealogical rolls for the Estate of which he or she is the head of. Estates have additional, intricate internal organizing mechanisms which determine the formal heads of household for each family. The Estates annually compete in Damselalia, a source of national and Estate pride. In addition to the estate system, the Ionian Plateau have their own clan system which is similar in nature and largely integrated within the estate system as special family groupings.


Urcea's cuisine is very diverse and is characterized by its Latinic and Gaelic origins while incorporating a wide array of Levantine and overseas food traditions. Many traditional beef and pork-based foods traditional to Gaelic peoples were adapted and modified by Latinic settlers since the Latin Heroic Age, introducing peppers and other spices originally native to Sarpedon to create unique flavor combinations. Some cooking methods originated in other places - such as Vallos and Audonia - were later adapted to the base spices and agriculture products of Urcea and Levantia, creating modern Urcean staples like fried chicken and coque. Since the beginning of The Deluge, some Cronan cuisines are becoming increasingly popular and available in Urcea.

Urcea was one of the world pioneers of fast food, and has among the highest number of fast food establishments per capita in the world; NoWaiter is the nation's largest with Coria Clux its second largest. Urcea also has a strong diner culture originating from Ómestaderoi developments in the early 20th century. The Ómestaderoi, a type of historical Urcean pioneer, are credited with many Urcean cuisine innovations due to the improvised nature of food preparation on the frontier.


Religion in Urcea serves as one of the central unifying cultural elements of society, with the Catholic faith being a defining characteristic of cultural attitudes and also an important signifier Urcean identity itself. Catholic social teaching is integrated within most parts of Urcean society, including assumptions implicit within the Constitution of Urcea. Catholic canon law has the force of law within Urcea. The Papal State, though an independent entity, exists as an enclave within Urceopolis, with the city serving as a focal point of Christian unity around the world. Urcean public administration relies upon diocesan boundaries for its civil dioceses, which are coterminous with the ecclesiastical ones. The vast majority of Urceans are members of the Catholic Church and the country has the world's highest mass attendance rates, with a national average of 66.54% attending mass which is higher in rural areas and lower in urban ones.

Arts and Literature

Art in Urcea found its origin within Christian art and literature, with many of the earliest surviving examples of Urcean literature being works of spirituality dating to the 12th century. The emphasis on the spiritual remains a staple within Arts and literature of Urcea, which focuses on the interaction of man and God as well as the nature of Christians living within the world. Physical art also reflected many of these same themes up until the period of the Renaissance, when courtly themes and foreign themes, as well as ones relating to the Urcean King and wars, became popular items depicted in paint and other types of physical art. These blend of themes remained popular and were supplemented with landscape and natural subjects during the History of Urcea (1798-1902). All of these themes remain prevalent in Urcean art today, although the styles in which these subjects are depicted have changed significantly in the last century and a half.


Urceans enjoy a variety of sports, with three major sports and a multitude of less popular sports played on a collegiate and lower academic level. The most popular sport in Urcea by far is baseball, which is widely considered the national sport of Urcea. The game, which became popular in the 19th century, is represented by the Continental Baseball Conference (CBC) at its highest level and its affiliate minor leagues at lower levels. Urcea has ten CBC teams and one hundred minor league CBC affiliate teams. After baseball, the second most popular sport is horse racing, and the country is home to several prestigious tracks; the Hippodrome is among the world's most famous tracks and the home of the second of three legs of the Triple Tiara. Gridiron football is the third most popular sport in Urcea, having grown in popularity among soldiers returning from the Second Great War. The Royal Association of Football Clubs features 28 teams and is exclusive to Urcea, playing its season during the CBC off-season. Other sports, such as basketball, are popular at the collegiate level. Motorsports are popular in Canaery but remain a regional pastime.


Urcea has served as the origin point for many popular genres of music that have spread around the world. Much of Urcean musical tradition originated in Gregorian chant and peasants who received rudimentary musical training as part of small parish choir roles and the subsequent practice of wandering minstrels and songs passed on by oral tradition. Many of these songs continued past the decline of minstrelsy and formed the nucleus of Urcean folk music as well as what is known as "traditional music", a genre of folk music emphasizing the use of the fiddle and other instruments to tell historical tales and myths. The Renaissance brought court and theatrical music to the fore which emphasized improvisation and technical skill. The rise of the tradition of precise instrumentation eventually blended with traditional music, creating a kind of proto-folk music. This genre continued to develop, implementing foreign instruments and styles to develop into both country music and, subsequently, modern popular and rock music. Much of this came about following a renewed interest in "old" music and "old" songs dating back to the medieval period in the beginning of the 20th century, fueling an industry and style developments that would create modern genres.

Economy and Infrastructure

The Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea has market mixed economy, owing to the origins of the country and the modern philosophical constitution of the country on semi-distributist and Catholic social principles. The country is generally appraised a strong economy, with a GDP per capita of roughly $48,000 as of 2018 and a total national GDP of $70 trillion, which makes it the world's largest economy. Industrial manufacturing, agriculture, and natural resource gathering (yielding uranium overseas, among other resources) constitute some of the largest segments of the economy, though most economic analysts have classified the country as partly post-industrial due to a shift to some service economy sectors. The Urcean economy experienced rapid growth in the late 20th century due to increasing economic modernization and technological innovations, allowing an average 3.1% growth rate between 1972 and 1999, after which point the economy began to slow down and "normalize" relative to potential growth in productivity. The economy has additionally seen a major growth period since the end of the War of the Northern Confederation, as the "nuclear revolution" in energy has fueled a major boom due to plentiful and cheap energy.

Urcea's trade relations primarily involve countries in Levantia owing to the lack of tariffs within the Levantine Union, though trade agreements between Urcea and other countries, such as Kiravia, have been growing more prevalent in the 21st century. Urcean economic interests in Crona have lead to greater trade across the Levantine Ocean, with a particular emphasis on new markets in New Harren, which serves as a hub for trade goods in the eastern hemisphere and a gateway for goods to flood back to Levantia. Urcea traditionally suffered a fairly large trade deficit mostly reliant on exporting food and other goods to Sarpedon, but with the rise of the Nysdra Sea Treaty Association and development of markets in Crona - in addition to increased trade with Caphiria - the nation has enjoyed a trade surplus fairly regularly since 2014.

Urcea's economy is divided into twenty-one statutory industries; within these industries, every firm and their workers are federated together into guilds. Unlike many other industrialized countries, much of Urcea's economic regulation takes the form of self-regulation within the guilds. The guilds, which feature equal representation between employers and labor, are responsible for setting labor conditions, minimum wage, and other related policy areas. Most guilds also pool resources in order to provide benefits of some form, reducing the burden of businesses within the guild while simultaneously providing sound retirements and, in some cases, health insurance, for its members. Urcea's guilds exercise wide authority over the economy, as they not only self-regulate but also are responsible for approving any proposed trade deals with foreign nations. The guilds are assembled with elected representatives for each guild in the Gildertach, Urcea's upper legislative chamber, and in the Gildertach they have the limited authority to approve or disapprove trade laws and the ability to change the guild law, under which the guilds are governed.

Because of the guild system and the nation's economic philosophy, Urcea enjoys low class antipathy and relatively low income inequality.

Industries and Sectors

Arms manufacturing is one of the nation's largest industries, providing military equipment both for the Armed Forces of the Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea and militaries abroad.

Agriculture is a major industry in Urcea. Urcea's fair climate and sweeping plains, particularly within the Valley are perfect for growing both wheat and maize, and the country exports both of these in large numbers, particularly to countries circling the Odoneru Ocean. As a consequence of the wheat surplus, the dairy industry became large in the 19th century and is another important sector in the economy today, with milk being another major export besides being consumed in most homes across the country. Another sector that benefits from the nation's agricultural strength is beer production, and in the province of Goldvale hops and wheat for brewing purposes are grown in large quantities. Goldvale's Upriver Brewing Company produces Royal Billion, which is Urcea's best selling beer. In the south of Urcea, and especially in Canaery, wine production is a major industry. Urcea is home to the world's largest honeybee population due in part to the country's abundant agricultural lands, which provide ample food sources for the bees, as well as the government's efforts to protect and conserve honeybee populations. As a result, Urcea is one of the world's leading producers of honey and other bee-related products, and its honey is known for its high quality and distinctive flavor.

Many parts of Urcea have also experienced strong periods of engagement with the tourism industry. Urceopolis is one of the world's most-traveled to destinations both due to features of the city itself as well as pilgrims going to the Papal State. Internally, the Ionian Plateau were once the major tourist location in Urcea and for much of southern Levantia, offering mountain airs and sweeping panoramas during the peak of the Ionian hotel age, which reached its climax with the Ionian Hotel War. Ionian tourism went into steep decline during the Red Interregnum and failed to recover, especially due to the advent of commercial air travel during the 20th century.

Much of Urcea is covered in urban, suburban, and exurban sprawl, including and especially the Valley. Accordingly, the service sector and real estate industries are very large within Urcea and encompass much of the economic activity in the most densely populated provinces and regions.


Housing is a both a major industry and a cultural idea in Urcea, with real estate development and other housing-adjacent sectors forming a major portion of the economy; analysts valued their total economic impact as 10% of Urcea's gross domestic product in 2025. Much of Urcea's housing stock was built within the last century and a half due to the combined effects of war, redevelopment, scientific advancements allowing for expansion of habitable areas (particularly in the tropical south of Urcea), and continued settlement of areas by Ómestaderoi. As a society, Urceans view single family housing within close proximity to extended family as the "ideal of home", enforced by both cultural norms and Catholic views on the value of widespread property ownership within society. Throughout much of the 20th century and especially following the Second Great War, these ideals lead to the Valley, Urcea's central plain, to be largely redeveloped as suburban sprawl, although a renewed focus on extended family-oriented exurban development came about during the late 1980s and was enshrined into law in 2002. Disurbanism and related ideologies are popular within Urcean society, and a general distrust and suspicion of high-density areas is widespread within society. With the exception of Urceopolis due to its historical and religious connotations, a majority of Urceans have expressed concern about urbanist philosophies from abroad being imported in Urcea. Urcea's zoning laws are largely determined by provincial and local governments, though national laws severely limit the construction of tower blocks.


The Royal Bank of Urcea, pictured here, is primarily responsible for minting and maintaining the Taler, the currency of Urcea.

The Taler, sometimes called the Dollar, is considered one of the world's strongest currencies, currently exchanging at U$1 for $1.95 USD. The currency itself is the common currency issued by the Levantine Union; nevertheless, it is coined in Urceopolis and much of its stability is attributable to the Royal Bank of Urcea. The Taler is often used as the "default currency" of business in Levantia and even in some parts of Audonia and Sarpedon, as well as finding use in parts of Crona as a general currency of trade. It is a fiat currency, though in the past it was based on a gold standard. The Taler is one of the globally accepted hard currencies and is a primary reserve currency in Levantia and abroad.

Adoption of the Taler was not uniform in Urcea or within the Empire at first, but rather, continuous efforts through the centuries to adopt a common Imperial currency in place of local currencies found success, many times at the behest of Apostolic King for the purposes of enhancing Urcean commercial interests. Finding its origin in the thaler of the Kingdom of Ultmar and in some smaller mercantile states in Crona, the Taler eventually became the trade currency of the Empire as a whole, and after the Empire's collapse Urcea continued to use it..

Despite the relatively uniform economic nature of the Taler, it will still have some regional variety in the type of bills and coins themselves; Urcean bills, for example, tend to show scenes of the Holy Levantine Empire's history related to the Apostolic Kingdom's role within it, particularly the Battle of Drumfree and Emperor Leo III as well as other Urcean-born Emperors or other themes commonly relating the country and continent. Other adopting states have tended to display their own head of state or historic heads of state, though New Harren and others continue to use the Urcean-printed version. As such, the Urcean variety of the Taler is the most commonly found variety due to the volume of currency required for the Urcean economy to function.


Urcea employs a universal multi-payer healthcare system wherein the government provides basic healthcare through the King's Health Aid program, a subsidized government-run program under the auspices of the Royal Administration. In Urcea, private health insurance is legal and some guilds also offer a self-insurance program, and 65% of Urceans were enrolled in the King's Health Aid program as of 2015. In 2020, Urcea ranked highly in the world in life expectancy (80.5 years for men). It had a very low infant mortality rate (4.1 per 1,000 live births), and it ranked highly in the number of practicing physicians, at 3.7 per 1,000 persons. Wait times were also reported as low and quality of care was generally considered good, although differences have been noted between rural and urban healthcare outcomes both inside and outside Urcea. Urcea's healthcare system is the subject of considerable global controversy due to its strict adherence to Catholic social teaching with respect to reproductive healthcare and has also received criticism from LGBT advocates.


Urcea's economy functions employing a financial sector which employs the principles of Levantine finance. Like other Levantine finance systems, Urcean finance is based around the Catholic prohibition on usury, which Levantine financial ethicists and regulators continue to interpret strictly. Accordingly, interest payments are strictly prohibited under Urcean law and agreements of lending are held to standards of strict scrutiny by the Office for Financial Instrument Oversight, Urcea's financial regulator. The Royal Bank of Urcea is the nation's largest bank. While officially chartered as a state bank, it largely operates for profit as a private entity with its official responsibilities largely related to the minting and guarantee of Taler notes.

Guilds and Labor

All employers and businesses in Urcea, including the Government of Urcea itself, are arranged in a system of guilds. Guilds, sorted by industry, are the self-governing bodies of the economy which internally regulate most labor laws and workplace conditions as well as having the authority to set the minimum wage within the guild. Guilds are comprised of representatives of both business owners and labor unions, and each guild has local branches at the provincial and municipal levels which are partly responsible for appointed "vested" members who hold special decision-making authority within the guild structure. Guilds are represented in the Gildertach, which is the sole body which can determine and approve laws relating to guilds and also holds power to approve certain trade deals. Adherence to the guild system is enforced by the Office for Guild and Workforce Affairs. The guild system has been cited by several studies as being a primary reason for low reported levels of class antipathy in Urcea, and several economists have suggested that the system has greatly reduced class inequality.


Although carrying relatively few passengers, rail networks dominate the Urcean logistics industry and convey a majority of all goods through the country.

Personal transportation is dominated by automobiles, which operate on a network of public roads, including one of the world's longest highway systems. The world's second-largest automobile market, Urcea has one of the highest rates of per-capita vehicle ownership in the world, with 765 vehicles per 1,000 Urceans in 2007. About 40% of personal vehicles are vans, SUVs, or light trucks. The average Urcean adult (accounting for all drivers and non-drivers) spends 55 minutes driving every day, traveling 29 miles (47 km). Mass transit accounts for 9% of total Urcean work trips. Traditionally, nearly all automobiles were fueled by gasoline, and in 2005 the vast majority of new cars were based on traditional internal combustion engines. As of 2018, however, the proliferation of cheap nuclear energy has lead to widespread adoption of electric vehicles; consequently, a majority of available new vehicles in 2018 were based on electric engines.

Urcea's transportation infrastructure is characterized by a large network of super-highways, called the "National Interprovincial Highway Service", and traditional railways in both the heavy and freight varieties for transporting people and goods, respectively. Air travel is also prevalent within the country.

The National Interprovincial Highway Service (NIHS) is owned by the Royal government under the Ministry of Commerce, which does not charge tolls with the exception of the immediate area around Urceopolis which has the roads with the highest use in the nation. The NIHS is largely paid for using general tax funds from the Royal Treasury, though the Ministry of Commerce does use these toll incomes to offset some of the costs that would otherwise be part of the budget.

The national railway infrastructure is also owned by the Ministry of Commerce as the National Interprovincial Railway Service, though the government owns nor operates any railway companies, and all users of the National Railway System are privately owned freight and passenger service corporations that use the rails free of charge. Transport of goods by rail is the primary method by which goods are moved across the country, with truck-based delivery only used in some last mile capacities. Relatively low numbers of passengers use intercity rail to travel.

The Royal government owns Archducal International, the largest airport in the nation, which is located in Preserve County just outside of Urceopolis. All other airports are owned by provinces, local municipalities, or even in some cases, by private corporations. The civil airline industry is entirely privately owned and has been largely deregulated.

The National Interprovincial Highway and Railway Services, along with the nationally owned public airports, are managed and maintained by the Ministry of Commerce.


Urcea's energy sector is primarily defined by its increasing reliance on clean nuclear energy due on increased uranium availability as a result of The Deluge. In 2018, nuclear energy accounted for nearly 60% of the nation's total energy production, with natural gas, coal, and petroleum constituting about a third of the nation's energy production while other, non-nuclear renewables constitute the remainder.

Historically, petroleum was the primary energy source in Urcea. In 2005, energy consumption per capita was 7.8 tons (7076 kg) of oil equivalent per year, among the highest in the world. In the same year, 31% of Urcea's energy came from petroleum, 27% from natural gas, and 23% from nuclear. The remainder was supplied by coal power and renewable energy sources. Urcea was among the world's largest consumers of petroleum. Between 2005 and 2014, however, many new clean nuclear power plants have been constructed and some estimates have put Urcea's reduction of petroleum consumption at nearly half of its 2005 figures as of 2014; these figures continued to decline after. Nuclear power became the nation's largest energy source in 2011. A large part of the so-called "nuclear revolution" was the Urcean integration of New Harren. During the War of the Northern Confederation, it was discovered that massive quantities of uranium ore lay under New Harren, leading to widespread exploitation for energy use in Levantia.

For decades, coal power has played a limited role in Urcea's power sector relative to many other developed countries, in part because of public perception in the wake of early industrial accidents. In 2010, several applications for new "clean coal" plants were filed, though these make up a far smaller percentage of Urcea's energy supply given the rising supply of nuclear power. Urcea is the world's largest producer of natural gas due to a robustly developed hydrofracking sector and the preponderance of well-designed drilling infrastructure.

Technology and the internet

Urcea is considered one of the world's most advanced countries in terms of technology. The country is considered about on par with Caphiria in terms of the development and adoption of microprocessor-based devices, though some industrial sectors lag behind in automation due to concerted political and social resistance, especially from the nation's guilds. Urcea was a world pioneer in the development of personal computers. In 1972, the Urcean company Selectro released the Selectro 1000PC, which historians consider to be the first commercially available personal computer in Levantia and possibly globally, although several other products have made claims to being the first.

Military and National Defense

Urcea's armed forces are divided into three branches and is administered by the Ministry of the Armed Services, a Concilium Purpaidá ministry. The three constituent portions of the armed forces are:

Historically, the Royal and Imperial Army saw the most action and was the primary focus of the nation's military efforts, but since the Second Great War the Navy has evolved into the branch of primary concern, given Urcea's maritime border with Caphiria. In modern times, Urcea's Armed Forces are primarily engaged in New Harren and Crona, but prior to the Assumption Accords it was heavily deployed in Urlazio and in Talionia. The Urcean military's budget exceeds $3.6 trillion dollars, among the largest in the world during peacetime but trailing Caphiria.

The Royal and Imperial Army is the largest of the three branches with more than 4,000,000 active duty personnel and 4,000,000 personnel in reserves. The Army has some 5,000,000 combat and transportation vehicles of various age that can be called upon for active duty use, alongside more than 127,000 pieces of artillery and rocket artillery. The Army also has more than 78,000 aircraft for use, though the majority of these are transportation helicopters or fixed wing aircraft for transportation use. The senior unit of the Army is the Life Guard, which serves as the personal protection of the Apostolic King of Urcea and Government of Urcea and also serves as the most prestigious posting for an officer or enlisted personnel.

The Royal Navy, between its primary service and its attached Royal Marine Corps, has the most active duty personnel of the three branches, with more than 4,700,000 active duty personnel (of these, more than 600,000 are marines) and 1,500,000 reservists (of which more than 354,000 are marines). The pride of the Urcean Armed Forces, the Navy has 1,557 combat vehicles including 54 aircraft carriers, and also maintains 178 amphibious assault and command vessels with 75 other miscellaneous vessels. The Navy, not including the Marine Corps, maintains 24,236 aircraft, including 8,258 fighter aircraft. The Royal Marine Corps maintain more than 124,000 various vehicles, including more than 1,100 tanks and 5,300 aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing capability.

The Royal Air Force is the smallest of the three branches, with more than 3,400,000 active duty personnel and more than 1,000,000 reservists. The Royal Air Force maintains some 47,108 pieces of equipment, including 10,578 fighters, 1,826 bombers, 2,938 ground attack aircraft, 11,132 cargo planes among other varieties of aircraft. The Royal Air Force was previously known as the Royal Air Fleet and was founded in 1904 for the purposes of coordinating all military airships. The Royal Air Force maintains the navy-based ranks from the Air Fleet era, making it similar to the Burgoignesc Royal Air Service in that respect. The Air Force also oversees the Royal Orbital Service and Space Command, Urcea's space program.

In addition to its conventional armed forces, the Armed Forces of the Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea are estimated to have more than 7,500 warheads of various types, though it is surmised that not all of them are active. Given Urcea's 136 active ballistic missile submarines, it's estimated that of the 7,500, at least 3,264 are submarine-based, with the remainder being strategic bomber or intercontinental ballistic missile based.

Despite Urcea's powerful standing military, training of the populace is considered essential. Basic military education (BME) is a nation-wide course mandatory in high schools governed jointly by the Armed Forces and the Collegium Scientificum. In BME, students are taught how to fire and service several types of weapons, how to camouflage themselves within their surroundings, how to form basic entrenchments, and how to properly enter a building in a combat scenario. The training also includes basic instructions on how to drill and move in formation. Unlike other major Occidental countries, Urcea has no organized militia or national defense reserve force. Instead, the Royal Army Volunteers are organized on the provincial level and then federalized during wartime, creating a separate part of the Royal and Imperial Army with a mostly breveted command structure.