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Viti
Timeline: The Kalmar Union
Flag of Viti (The Kalmar Union) No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Capital
(and largest city)
Suva
Language Vitian
King Seru
Population 293,045 
Independence 16th century?
Currency VTT

The Kingdom of Viti, Viti, Fiji, is a small authoritarian monarchy in central Roasjoinn. To the north is Svealandic Polynesia, Samoa and Tonga are to the east and Drehu Federation is to the west. The population is around 293,000 and the capital is Suva.

The official language is Vitian.

The Head of State is King Seru.

The currency is the Vitian Tambua (VTT)

History

Settled by Melanesians perhaps as far back as 900 BC, Viti was part of, or at least paid tribute to, medieval Tonga's 'empire' until the early 16th century. Asserting its independence as the empire declined it would only be the advent of Tawantinsuyu into the region which would prevent Viti establishing its own empire. Tawantinsuyu began exploring the southern Roasjoinn in the 1650s, hoping to find an easy trading passage to south-east Asia avoiding conflict with the Iberian nations. As it probed it established trading posts and would eventually give the locals firearms to protect them from rival tribes. This unleashed a wave of violence across the Viti islands in the later 1700s (much as it had done in other Roasjoinn island nations) as firearms, and newly introduced diseases, decimated old power structures and upended society.

The internecine war on the main island Viti Levu was finally brought to a halt by a devastating measles outbreak in 1836 which killed something like 40% of the population. The recognised Vunivalu of Viti Levu, Sukuna, soon subjugated the remaining islands. Under his rule Viti became pacified and began controlling its own trade. Sea Cucumbers farmed in its waters became much sought after delicacies in China, cotton and sugar were introduced as cash crops and gold was mined too. This growing prosperity, marred by occasional uprisings by indentured farmers (some virtually enslaved from other Roasjoinn islands) would bring the attention of Kalmar and Luxembourg, however their rivalry, plus Tawantinsuyu's continued regard for the Roasjoinn as it's own sphere of influence, meant Viti kept its independence.

Recognised as a neutral country in 1906, it has an alliance with equally neutral Venice and Venetian help has been vital in modernisation however there has been no attempt to modernise its government.

Government

Viti is ruled by a royal council and narrow group of nobles drawn from the islands' tribal elders. There are no political parties and considerable censorship.

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