The Grean Republic
The Grean Republic is one of the oldest nations on Habololy. It is also a nation with a great many problems. For centuries, the republic ruled the seas and the ocean. Its navy was unequaled, and the republic was rightfully considered a world power. This dominance remained unchallenged for centuries and the republic did nothing to alter a philosophy that had worked for so long. It was this complacency that did not allow the nation to prepare for the Horarians after they arrived. The Gree were simply undefeatable, so when new philosophies came along that overcame their navy, they were floored and utterly defeated. Since the loss of their status, the Grean Republic has slowly but surely begun to decline, despite the fact that the common Gree would have no idea that they were in decline. Such is the way of their government.
Nothing is known, and in fact, the official policy of the government is that nothing existed before the establishment of the government. The Gree believe that they came into existence and were divinely inspired by Gruweas to create the republic. This theory went unchallenged for a millennium. As the Gree began to have more contact with the other races and nations, some of them began to have other ideas about their own history. The government quickly quashed any of these thoughts. Merchants from other nations were not allowed to enter discussions. Protests and demonstrations were not allowed. Variety was looked down upon. Such was and is the way of the government.
There are few other nations that have the amount of administration and governing that the Grean Republic has. The Gree consider any nation that does not have a strong and controlling government weak and doomed for failure. To the best information available, the Grean Republic is far more successful and has been in existence for far longer than any other nation on Habololy. The government of the Gree is elected by the people and given complete authority to make law. Once elected, officials wield every power. There are officials for everything from the military to education to commerce. Once a law is in place, in cannot be questioned, and according to the government, is never questioned. Such is the way of the government.
Other nations once feared and gave a great deal of thought as to how they would deal with the Grean Republic and their naval power. Since their defeat at the hands of the Kingdom of Icefia and the Horarians, as well as others, other nations have given little thought to the republic. Since the Gree rarely venture onto other continents, there isn’t much need to give them any thought. Since their naval power is rarely seen, it isn’t worried about. The Grean Republic has been on an island for generations, only involved in their age old battles with the dwarves and Vishtoo. These nations, that share a continent with the Grean republic, do give thought to it. That has been the focus of the Grean government in its time away from the sea. A focus designed to distract the Gree from the problems that exist in the nation. Such is the way of the government.
The republic, despite its problems, is still one of the most integrated nations on Habololy. Their level of both technology and magic is unmatched. The Grean knowledge of elementals is far beyond any other civilization’s knowledge. Their ships, while not as numerous as they once were, are still the most dangerous ones that sail the seas. Their cities, while cramped and dark, are clean and advanced. Travel is safe and spells and clickers are commonplace. Unlike most of the races and nations of Habololy, the Gree of the republic do not fear technology. Many do not even know that the War of Technology was as horrific and devastating as it was. Such is the way of the government.
The ruling bureaucracy of the republic is so massive that to define or describe it takes up as entire library in the capital Beasetta. The only well known administrators are the Tri-Ministers, who are the highest ranking bureaucrats in the government. These three are considered the saviors of the republic, as every Tri-Minister has been. The only mistakes that are every made by the government are made by lower ranking officials who are quickly disciplined. Such is the way of the government.
There have always been some Gree who recognize that the government is not all that it claims to be. For most of the republic’s history, they have been easy to silence and push to the side by the strong arm of the government and the military. Since the downfall of the navy several centuries ago, this oppression has become more and more difficult for the government to continue. There are several groups that have managed to survive in the darkest corners and under the deepest cover that resist the government. They are few and far between, but they exist. The government recognizes this, although they do not allow it to become public knowledge. To try and keep attention away from these groups as they look to dispose of them, the government has thrown all its effort behind rebuilding the navy. A return to naval dominance could revitalize the government and the nation
Grean – “Everyone continues to hammer their nail into the wall.”