and largest city
|We Stand on Guard for Thee
(God Save the King)
|Dartfordian Pound (£)
£1 = USD 1.8204
|Language||English, Dartfordian Sign Language, Stonian (official in Stone only)|
||Federal parliamentary democracy under constitutional monarchy|
|Formation:||– Union of the Crowns (1707)
– Act of Union (1801)
– Kingdom of Dartfordia Act (1924)
– Division (1953)
– Reunification (1992)
|Time Zone||AMT (Albion Mean Time)|
|Drives on the||Left|
Dartfordia (officially the Kingdom of Dartfordia) is a federal constitutional monarchy founded in its present state on 1 July 1924, following the restoration of the original Imperial family. The country is located wholly on the Darti Peninsula, on the Albion continent. Dartfordia is surrounded by unclaimed territories to the southwest, the Sea of Kyne to the North, the Sea of Alucard to the south and southeast, and Bad Wolf Bay to the West.
Dartfordia is a developed country and has one of the largest economies by nominal GDP and purchasing power parity. Dartfordia is considered to have a high-income economy and is categorised as very high in the Human Development Index. Dartfordia remains a great power with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific, and political influence internationally. Dartfordia has been a permanent member of the CTO Security Council since 2016, and has been a leading member state of the Cross-Straits Union (CSU) since 2014. Dartfordia is also a member of the Congress of Albion, Cross-Straits Treaty Organisation (CSTO), Mundus Development Bank, Cultural Exchange Treaty Organisation, Mutual Aid League, Mundus International Constabulary, and Mundus Trade Organisation (MTO).
- 1 History
- 2 Politics
- 3 Culture
- 4 Military
- 5 Cities
- 6 Transport
3100BCE: First recorded evidence of the Darti people
1255CE: Settlers arrive from Ardia, proclaim it part of the Ardian Empire
1544: Ardian settlers formally break away from the Empire
1601-1603: Peninsula Wars
1707: Union of the Crowns Acts establish the ‘Emperor of the Dartfordian Peninsula’, with the King of Southfleet being proclaimed Emperor. The two countries remain independent.
1801: Acts of Union formally merge the two countries to form the ‘Dartfordian Empire’
1917: ‘People’s Uprising’ displaces the overly-powerful Imperial Family and establishes a People’s Republic. first Civil War begins.
1924: Civil War Ends with a draw for royalists, communists and republicans. The Imperial Family’s power is severely diminished, a new country, the ‘Kingdom of Dartfordia’ is formed and a ‘Littlebrookian People’s Parliament’ with devolved powers is established – heavily dominated by the communist party.
1949: The LPP and Dartfordian Communist Party proclaim Littlebrook (including Stone) to be ‘Democratic Republic of Littlebrook’, Second Civil War begins
1953: Civil War ends – Littlebrook and Stone under the control of DRL, while the Kingdom of Dartfordia continue to hold Southfleet, Darenth, Wilmington and Hawley.
1979: After a civil uprising, the ‘People’s Republic of Stone’ is established as a Littlebrook satellite state
1986: While still remaining a satellite state, a new communist party is formed in Stone and are given the autonomy to choose their own (communist) leadership.
1989: Following mass protests in Littlebrook and Stone, a treaty is signed between them and Dartfordia to allow free trade, free movement of people and an end to communist rule. Communist party then loses the elections.
1991: A peaceful revolution in Churchill, Littlebrook, results in the establishment of a new government.
1992: Kingdom of Dartfordia absorbs the DRL and PRS
Chronology of Dartfordian Monarchs
1707: Emperor George I
1724: Empress Charlotte
1733: Emperor John I
1762: Emperor Alexander I
1788: Empress Victoria
1803: Emperor John II
1817: Emperor Michael I
1841: Emperor Alexander II
1844: Emperor George II
1869: Empress Elizabeth
1894: Emperor Charles I
1896: Emperor Charles II
1913: Emperor Paul
1919: Emperor George III (‘King George Peninsula’)
1923: Emperor James/King James
1936: King Lucius
1949: King Alexander
1990: King George I
Early History (until 1603)
The Dartfordian (later King George, now Darti) Peninsula was originally inhabited by the Darti people, a number of different tribes scattered across the country. The Darti people are generally broken up into two groups: the Stonian (Welsh) in the northeast (modern-day Stone) and the Fleetians (German) in the south (modern-day Southfleet). The earliest recorded evidence of the two ethic groups is in approximately 3100BCE, with no other evidence of human life until the Nords occupied the southeast (modern-day Darenth and Wilmington) in 800CE and they are believed to have remained almost exclusive until Ardian settlers arrived in 1255.
When the new Ardian settlers arrived in the northwest (modern-day Littlebrook and Hawley), they proclaimed the ‘island’ part of the Empire, setting up establishments and trading ports. In 1300, the territorial extent of the peninsula was discovered by other Ardian settlers – who settled in Wilmington and Southfleet. However, despite these discoveries, the distance between the capital of Ardia and Dartfordia made communication difficult, and so it rarely showed up on contemporary maps and new laws of the Ardian Empire were generally unknown. Between 1300 and 1513, the Ardian settlers mostly assimilated the Nords and Fleetians, with English becoming the prominent language. Though the Stonian people remained fiercely independent of the Ardian settlement, with the Principality of Stone. Following decades of no communication, in 1513 the two primary settlements, Burnham in Southfleet Colony and Lowfield in Littlebrook Colony, informed the Ardian Empire that they would no longer be ‘subjugated to the rule of invisibility’ and proclaimed themselves independent Kingdoms.
The two kingdoms and principality evolved gradually into relatively successful feudal states. Though the peninsula was forged by a constant series of wars for land, people and trade – and almost constant outbreaks of illnesses and disease. By 1550, the Duchies of Wilmington and Darenth and the Principality of Hawley had all declared independence from one of the two Kingdoms. However, it was apparent by the end of the 16th Century that Southfleet and Littlebrook were the dominant nations, and the other nations themselves were on the verge of collapse. The Peninsula Wars of 1601-03 saw the invasions of Stone, Wilmington, Darenth and Hawley — the former being entirely absorbed by Littlebrook, and the latter three mostly being absorbed by Southfleet. The Wars were the deadliest in the peninsula’s history, and would hold that title until 1914.
An era of peace then dawned upon the two states…for the most part, at least.
The Days of Empire (1603-1914)
With the Peninsula Wars well and truly in the past, concerns over war turned towards the outside world. Fearful of another war to the size and scale of their previous one, Southfleet recognised the Littlebrookian annexation of the historic Principality of Stone Stone in 1683, and the two signed a historic trade and mutual defence treaty. This spurred an agreement in 1688 that Prince George, later King George III and Emperor George I, would marry the Princess Alexandria of Littlebrook, and upon her succession the two Kingdoms would form an ‘Empire for the Peninsula’, while remaining almost completely independent. Alexandria’s succession occurred in May 1707, and the Emperor of the Dartfordian Peninsula was established.
It was under the leadership of these various Emperors and Empresses that saw Southfleet and Littlebrook slowly move closer together. First the currency union of 1723, then the single Navy agreement of 1744, followed by the granting of equal rights to ‘all men of the peninsula’ in 1767. These agreements, while substantial, still left the Kingdom of Southfleet and Kingdom of Littlebrook divided, with the ‘Emperor’ title being in name only. And so, under the leadership of Empress Victoria, in 1800 the two countries agreed that on 1 January 1801, they would form a single entity – the Empire of Dartfordia. A ‘neutral’ capital was agreed – Hematite. The city had rapidly grown in size during the early stages of the industrial revolution, and was by far the largest city in the country.
The next 100 years was a period of growth, innovation and huge political change. Thanks to the industrial revolution, Dartfordia became a major economic player on the world stage, yet the underlying poverty and dissatisfaction with the political system led to a new calls for reform. Gradually, more and more power was passed from Imperial Monarchy to the ever-changing Imperial Parliament, yet this did little to abate the anger and discontent amongst the poorest. In 1903, Dartfordia signed the ‘Lunctus Entente’ (‘United Agreement’) with Rokkenjima, which surprised many in the political sphere. However, it exposed the rising corporate influence within the system, notably from industrial and shipping companies wishing to expand the size of their ‘trade empire’.
One of the biggest industries at this time was shipping, they showed off not only Dartfordian excellence, but their industrial might, too. Dartfordia’s dominance of Kyne Ocean Liner travel was exemplified by the White Star Line and Cunard Line companies. Through their competition of speed and luxury, they were the clear leaders of their industry. That was, however, until 1912, when White Star Line’s ship RMS Titan sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Her destruction sent shockwaves through both Dartfordia and the world’s shipping industry, and even today is regarded as being the most famous sinking of all time. Railway development was also key at this point, and throughout history Dartfordia remained, and remains today, at the pinnacle of railway technology.
The War Years (1914-1945)
In 1914, Dartfordia became embroiled in the most devastating war in its history. Over 3 million Dartfordian soldiers, sent to fight in the ‘war to end all wars’ were killed in just the space of 36 months, leaving the Empire’s economy shattered with little prospect of recovery. Much like other countries, the government in Hematite was forced to raise taxes across the country, and pursued a policy of widespread means testing for the pennies the state gave to the jobless. These unpopular policies, mixed with people’s distrust and disgruntlement with the lack of change in the political system, led to revolt. In 1917, the ‘Free Alliance’ – made up of the Communists, Republicans and the Constitutionalists – declared civil war on the Empire.
Despite its poor timing, Emperor Paul was insistent that the Great War must be brought to an end. He, and his supporters known simply as the ‘Monarchists’ believed the two wars were intrinsically interlinked, and that when the Great War ended, the Civil War would too. When the Great War did end a year later, the Civil War worsened. When the hundreds of thousands of men returned from the battlefields, they found themselves being forced to support ‘Emperor and Country’ or ‘the People’, as it was portrayed. By the time Emperor George III had ascended to the throne in 1919, over 6 million people had been killed in war since 1914. He promised the ever-decreasing number of Monarchists that he would not back down to ‘communist and republican demands.’ However in 1921, with deaths continuing to rise, and people’s lives worsening further, he came to a compromise with the Constitutionalists. The Emperor agreed that, upon the end of the war, the Empire would be dissolved in favour of a Kingdom, and the new Royal Family would have only limited constitutional powers.
The departure of the Constitutionalists from the Free Alliance marked the start of its breakup and decline. By 1923 the Republican movement, and many of the dozens of local anti-royal organisations, had been pushed into obscurity following the promise of real democracy under a King. There was no longer a choice between the Emperor and ‘the people’, they could choose both. It was now an ideological fight, Monarchists and Constitutionalists against the Communists, and on 22 June 1924, in the war-torn streets of Lowfield, the Dartfordian Communist Party surrendered. Eight days later, on 1 July, the Kingdom of Dartfordia was established.
The first King of Dartfordia, James, was keen to uphold the promise to the Constitutionalists. In the first ten years of his reign, he allowed for the voting franchise to be expanded to include any man or woman over the age of 21; the House of Commons was reformed to reflect changes to population, and was made the dominant chamber – with the House of Lords being restricted to a revisionary chamber; and widespread land reforms led to the introduction of the ‘Fair Rent’ policy, where Crown Estate lands were opened up to the people, and lands owned by other members of the aristocracy were forced to do the same, or lose the land. The Monarchy remained, and while their influence was great, the people had proven themselves to be the true kingmakers.
By the time the Second World War pulled Dartfordia into the world scene again, the economy was booming and poverty was falling. Though just like the First World War, WWII pulled the economy into a state of disrepute, following the deaths of another million citizens. This time, the Communists had a strong anti-war platform, and just four years after the end of World War Two, the people would listen.
The Kingdom of Dartfordia is a mostly federal democracy governed within the framework of a constitutional monarchy, in which the Monarch is the head of state and the Prime Minister of Dartfordia is the head of government. Executive power is exercised by His Majesty’s Government, on behalf of and by the consent of the Monarch, as well as by the Regional Governments of Southfleet, Wilmington, Hawley, Littlebrook, Stone and Darenth, and the Subregional authorities in Greater Hematite, the City of Jenka and Cydonia Island. Legislative power is vested in the two chambers of the Parliament of Dartfordia, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, as well as in the parliaments of Southfleet and Littlebrook, the assemblies in Greater Hematite, Wilmington, Hawley, Stone and Darenth, and in the council assemblies of Jenka and Cydonia Island.
Dartfordian culture has been influenced by a number of factors. Historical factors range from the adapted cultural norms of original settlers from the Ardian Empire, to the country’s development as an empire, its division and eventual reunification, immigration, the results of a liberal democracy and the countries surrounding Mundus. People in Dartfordia predominantly speak and write in Traditional English, which following he 1917-24 Civil War replaced the Dartfordian creole version of English spoken by the majority of the population. Less than 3 percent of people still speak ‘Dartfordian Creole’, and it is not recognised as an official language.
Much like culture, Dartfordia’s cultural festivals are heavily influenced by the outside world. However, there are some oddities that distinguish it from others.
Triannual Lupus Festivals
(People leaving a furry convention during the Canis festival)
Three times a year the people of Southfleet, Darenth, Wilmington and Hawley come together to celebrate the Lupus Festivals. The three festivals are represented by the three wolves on the Royal Coat of Arms.
The first ceremony, held each January, is dedicated to The Arctos, named after the subspecies Arctic Wolf (Canis Lupus arctos). It is usually marked by the lighting of bonfires, street parties and small firework displays. The second is dedicated to the generic ‘Canis’ (the grey wolf, Canis Lupus) and is held in May. Unlike the Arctos festival, Canis has shifted away away from the traditional street festivals, instead being replaced by a series of major furry conventions, parades and open-air concerts. The final festival, in September, was traditionally named Familiaris – however is frequently called the ‘Family Festival’. It is dedicated to the domestic dog (Canis Lupus familiaris), and holds its roots with the celebrating of the ‘working dog’. In modern times, it is used by many to pamper and glamorise their pets, and is the least popular of all three, though recent efforts have been made to heighten the focus on working and service dogs once again.
(People carry a representation of ‘Valyrym’ through the streets of Churchill)
Once a year the people of Littlebrook and Stone, and more recently those in the rest of Dartfordia, celebrate the Littlebrookian Valyrym Festival. The festival takes places in late November, and originates from tales of a great black dragon who gave his life to protect the Darti people from the invading Ardian Empire. As can be seen by the picture, however, Valyrym’s appearance has changed significantly, and continues to evolve as the years go on. Retailers generally use the Valyrym Festival as a launchpad for their Christmas Lineup.
Festival of Beans
(Boy sits in a paddling pool full of baked beans, in a village near the former border)
On 23rd June 1959, the communist government in Littlebrook announced that each household would receive one small tin of baked beans as a way to show how the ‘fruits of communist society could be unleashed to its fullest extent for the people.’ The bizarre announcement, one of the last before the death of the General Secretary of the Communist Party, would deliver a tinned food that Littlebrookian and Stonian people had been deprived of since 1940 – when rationing was first introduced. Yet, as many had predicted, less than a third of households received anything; and those who did were disappointed with the lack of quality. So the following year, on 23rd June, hundreds of people from Dartfordia stood near the border and coated themselves in baked beans to show Littlebrookians just what they were missing out on.
This trend continued until well beyond reunification, and it is estimated that 10000 people take part in this festival each year, with many travelling to the former border to take part there.
One part of Dartfordia’s rich culture is the music that has inspired many generations of people throughout Mundus. Some of the world’s most famous musicians have come from the Kingdom, below are a select few.
The Rolling Stones
Founded in 1962 in Southfleet train station, the Rolling Stones are one of the most successful bands on Mundus, with 29 studio albums, 13 live albums, 24 compilation albums, three extended play singles, and 107 singles. Their sales reach into the many millions, and despite their ages, the band continue to occasionally release new content and perform live shows.
Made up of Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion, Coldplay are a Dartfordian rock band formed in 1996. They have released numerous singles and albums, with a notable favourite of Prince Alexander’s being their song ‘Viva la Vida’.
See: Military of Dartfordia
Arendelle is the ninth most populace city in Dartfordia with 500,000 people, and serves as the home of the Cross-Straits Union. The city is famous for its modern and historical ties to Bad Wolf Bay, and is often considered the shipping capital of the country. Port Arendelle sees over 15 million cruise passengers a year, and is the operational home to over six ship operators, including Cunard Line.
Transport around the city is relatively easy, with the vast majority of public transport consisting of buses, trams and the subsurface ‘Metro’. The Metro consists of two lines and connects the three main shipping terminals with Arendelle airport, the city centre and the two main railway stations. Cycling is also popular around the city, with dedicated cycle lanes being a common sight.
Burnham is one of the oldest cities in Southfleet, based on the waters of Bad Wolf Bay, it was one of the first sites used by Ardian settlers. Despite the cities age, it still serves as the capital city of the Southfleet Province, after serving over 200 years as the capital of the Kingdom of Southfleet. It has a population of 1.1 million people, and the ‘old city’ is a popular tourist hotspot.
Due to the nature of the city, transport in the city is more difficult than in more modern cities such as Arendelle or Hematite. The most frequent way to travel is by bus, but trams do exist in some areas of the old city. Only a single underground line, the Burnham Metro, exists, which links up some of the most popular tourist destinations, as well as some of the suburban commuter areas.
Lowfield is the largest city in Littlebrook, and the second largest in all of Dartfordia. Historically a trading port and an early Ardian settlement, Lowfield was proclaimed the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Littlebrook in 1949, and was a communist stronghold during the civil war. Prior to this, however, the city was never used by the old Kingdom of Littlebrook, and so in 1996 the Littlebrookian Parliament voted to leave Lowfield and return to its old capital, Churchill. With a population of 3.6 million, it is one of the economic strongholds in the Dartfordian economy.
Like most Littlebrookian cities, public transport was heavily invested into between 1953-1965. It has a total of 19 deep tube lines, and 2 subsurface lines, and is home to the most extensive tram network in Dartfordia. Commuter railway lines extend outwards to provide for most of the suburban areas, as well as to nearby towns. Cycling is also becoming more popular, though with recent reinvestment into the tube, train and tram lines, these services continue to grow at a faster rate.
If Dartfordia is famous for one thing, it is its contribution to the railway industries. From the Gardner and Williamson Wagonway Company in 1603, Dartfordia has always been at the pinnacle of rail transportation. Two-hundred years later, an inventor working for the renamed Gardner and Williamson Steam and Wagonway Company, Richard Trevithick, developed the first full-scale working railway steam locomotive. The first to carry passengers, the Locomotion, in 1825, built for the Anabelle-Bermond Railway by George Stephenson, was quickly bought out by the G&WSWC and became a worldwide commercial success.
In 1881, the first electric tramway was developed by the Gardner and Williamson Company, and was followed, less than ten years later, by the first electric ‘deep-tube’ Hematite Underground line. The world’s first high-speed train, built in 1964, was used to connect the western city of Winchester, Hawley with the central-eastern city of Harland, Darenth.
Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, Dartfordia has one of the most competitive and expansive railway networks in the world, the Dartfordian capital, Hematite, was the hub of many major intercity railways, such as the Littlebrook-Southfleet Railway, built by GWC, the Great Eastern Railway, by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the West Coast Mainline and the East Coast Mainline. In 1902, the Gardner and Williamson Company renamed themselves after their most successful and profitable line, the Littlebrook-Southfleet Railway Company (LSRC), a name which sticks to this day.
The outbreak of the First World War, and the subsequent civil war, would see a drastic consolidation of the rail network. Unable to cope with supporting the war effort, 64 of the 179 rail companies folded, 27 of which were bought out by LSRC. One group of 35 rail companies merged into a single unit, 19 into another and 17 into a third conglomerate, leaving behind only 44 independent railway companies by 1924. It was this consolidation that led to the Railways Act 1924, which created the ‘Big Six’ railway companies: LSRC for all intercity railways (except the Great Eastern Railway (GER)), along with most mainline and commuter services near Hematite, Burnham, Arendelle, Lowfield and Churchill; Great Eastern for the GER and most rail services in Darenth and Stone; Southern for all services south of Hematite and some extending up to Nome; Midland Rail for most mainline services in the central areas of Dartfordia; Northwestern Railways for most services in Hawley and Littlebrook; and Great City Railways, a collection of 25 railway lines across the country not associated with any of the other five.
By the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, however, six had become three, with LSRC purchasing GCR, Midland Rail and Northeastern Railways in 1936. In 1945, at the end of WWII, LSRC found themselves in control of well over 90% of all Dartfordian railways. They maintained control, or at least ownership, of these lines initially until 1956, when ‘Comintravel’ — established by the Littlebrookian Communist Party — took over rail services north of the border, and finally in 1976 where all but the Littlebrook-Southfleet Railway were taken over by the government and issued out in ‘full franchises’.