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Kingdom of Albion

Type of government

Head of state

Government branches

Parliament[1]

Capital

Londinium[1]

Official language

Albionese[1]

Currency

Dinar[2]

Religion

Christianity (Catholic Church)[1]

Native race

Human[1]

Date established

The Kingdom of Albion, commonly referred to as Albion, is a sovereign state in Western Europe. Located across the northwestern coast of the European mainland, the territory of Albion consists of the British Isles. Its capital is Londinium, formerly known as London in the pre-Armageddon world.

Albion is an advanced country with an abundant supply of resources including oil and lost technology. Its ability to manufacture technology of the ancient world is second only to the New Human Empire. Due to Albion's strategic value in the international community, one of the Vatican Papal State's geopolitical goals is to promote an alliance between the respective governments of Rome and Londinium. The current monarch of Albion—since May of 3064 AD—is Queen Esther, a former nun in the Catholic Church and granddaughter of the late Queen Bridget II.

EtymologyEdit

Albion is the oldest known name of the island of Great Britain. It is derived from the Ancient Greek "Ἀλβίων."

HistoryEdit

Ancient PastEdit

The history of Albion is rooted in the United Kingdom, a pre-Armageddon European state that—from the 20th century AD until the nuclear apocalypse of 2124 AD—controlled the island of Great Britain and the northern region of Ireland. After the war, the United Kingdom ultimately evolved into the Kingdom of Albion. As a nation, Albion retained many examples of its political and cultural past, including a royal family, a parliament, and a hereditary-based line of succession for the Albion throne.

Modern EraEdit

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Buckingham Palace, the Londinium residence of the Royal family of Albion.

By the mid-31st century AD, the Kingdom of Albion had become a prominent country on the world stage. At the time the known world was divided by the Cold War, an intense standoff between the Vatican Papal State in the west, and the New Human Empire in the east. With its advanced abilities in the manufacturing of lost technology, which were second only to the Empire, Albion was a third power in the international community. The source behind the production of Albion's technology was a closely-guarded secret of the government. Unknown to both the public and the international community, a Methuselah minority lived deep under the streets of the Albion capital Londinium. They provided Albion with technology in exchange for the right to live in Albion. However, they were forbidden to leave the Albion Underground Factory—commonly known as the "Ghetto."

In addition to its wealth of lost technology, Albion also had a reputation for its stubborn sense of independence. Therefore, it was one of the few Terran nations that existed outside of the Vatican's political influence. The Vatican maintained a tense ceasefire with the Empire, but also sought to shift the balance of the cold war in the west's favor through the establishment of a political and military alliance between the Vatican and Albion. In early 3060 AD, the Albion airship Tristan was hijacked a Methuselah terrorist—Alfred, duke of Meinz, and the supposed leader of the Fleurs Du Mal, though he actually worked for the Rosencreutz Orden.

When the leaders of the Vatican learned of Meinz's intention to crash the Tristan directly into their headquarters in Rome, the reaction was mixed. Cardinal Francesco di Medici advocated an immediate military response in order to protect the Vatican, although Cardinal Caterina Sforza opposed the destruction of the Tristan for fear that it would damage diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Albion. Sforza's course of action ultimately succeeded in re-stabilizing the situation. Abel Nightroad, a Vatican priest and AX agent who had been traveling aboard the Tristan at the time of its hijacking, killed Meinz and—with the aid of Jessica Lang, a flight attendant and pilot-in-training—regained control of the airship.

SocietyEdit

The nation of Albion jealously guards its independence, making it difficult for other countries—such as the Vatican and Germanicus—to gain influence over the British Isles. The Ghetto-based production of Lost Technology is the sole reason that enables Albion to maintain its status as an independent state; one of the few to exist outside of the Vatican's influence.

Although the Albion government is officially a monarchy, which is noted for its succession of queens, the regional dukes possess enough authority to rival or even threaten the power of the throne. Queen Bridget II feared the dukes' influence, which she believed was strong enough to incite a rebellion against the monarchy. She also feared opposing the dukes' schemes out of fear for the safety of the royal family. She was therefore unable to protect one of her granddaughters, Mary Spencer, from being used as a pawn by the dukes.

Cities and regionsEdit

Worldmap

A map of the known world; mid-31st century AD.

  • Londinium (capital)
  • Argyle
  • Bedford
  • Buccleuch
  • Carlysle
  • Erin (Irish-English term for Ireland)
  • Manchester

Characters from AlbionEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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