Otonabee

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Otonabee
The Republic of Otonabee
General
Location2000, -4000
Activity levelLow (as of May 2021)
Capital cityLynn
Government
GovernmentDemocratic Republic
Governing documentThe Constitution of Otonabee
• Beekeeper
Ikea_Fridge
• Ministers
MrJeremyFisher, Prawny331
Formation
Foundation date17/3/2020 by a group of wanted raiders in Yamato
Preceded byKhalisan, Tribalfolk of the Great Mountain, Oklahoma
Links
Discordhttps://discord.gg/cCYKjpm7z3


The Republic of Otonabee is a state within the Otona-Varathian Empire and the broader Carbon Federation located in the eastern regions of the Khailsan Plateau, in the central west of the continent. Otonabee was founded March 17th, 2020, and initially only comprised of a small parcel of desert adjacent to the Tribalfolk of the Great Mountain. The capital of Otonabee, Lynn, is located in the northeastern corner of the nation, at the source of the Vesa River. Otonabee is bordered by Cantina to the east and their lake to the south, with Calormen and SPQR to the west. To the north lies Rhodesia and a small section of Columbia, as well as Obsidian Holdings International. Finally across the north east lies Varathia, in a union with Otonabee.

History

Founding

Otonabee was founded in a small section of unclaimed land on the border between the central desert and the western Khailsan Plateau by a group of real-life friends, establishing the capital city of Lynn, with several skyscrapers quickly being constructed. This group had initially started out raiding Yamato and were mistaken as combatants of the Ez2War. Following a rapid re-education and material support from Yamato, esorcher and Ibis, the nation was firmly established. A month later, the nation of the Tribalfolk of the Great Mountain were found to be largely inactive [1], and their lands were divided between the neighboring nations of Miletos, Anvard and Otonabee, causing this new nation to grow substantially.

Founding claims of Otonabee prior to the dissolution of the Tribalfolk

The Central Powers Alliance

Following several months of a strong connection with their north-eastern neighbors in Varathia, and the rapidly expanding nation of Mount Augusta, Otonabee joined the military alliance known as the Central Powers [2] on the 15th of May 2020. This alliance would later be invoked during the Hell War, and dissolved in mid August following the expiry of the initial agreement.

The Laurentian Seas Alliance

Otonabee was a initial signatory of the Laurentian Seas Alliance (LSA), later invoking the alliance during the Hell War. Following the apparent lack of unity within the alliance, its failure to adequately assist Norlund during the Northern War and the conflicts between the member nations of Duckapore and the IWW, Otonabee later left the alliance.


Several Otonabian soldiers standing for a victory photo with their allies at the conclusion of the First Hell War

The First Hell War

Main Article: Hell War

With the attack on Varathia by the Hell Gang on the 19th of June 2020, their Otonabian allies rushed to assist as the alliance required. In the defense of the Varathian vault and the offense of the attack bunker near Chungus, the Otonabian soldiers mounted a valiant strike against the aggressors as a part of the initial multi-nation alliance, where two members were pearled in the engagement (one later freed). This initial attack sparked the three day long siege of the former Carbon Hell Vault north of Otonabee, and the nation was an important location in the war, with the allied attack tunnel beginning in Lynn, and surface fighting around the Otonabian constructed Northern Highway. The Otonabian soldiers took to discord and reddit with their goal to free the pearled binchymonkey, with cries of '#freebinchy'. In the war, many brave Otonabians fought including the now legendary A_E_Sky, who assisted in saving the pearls by breaking diamond-reinforced obsidian naked, with a mere iron pick.

Expansion Islands

Main Article: Gallagher Territory

While a small nation, Otonabee was quick to establish a small claim the New World, being invited early to the Berlin Conference and securing the land upon the new continent's discovery. This land changed from the initial claim established in the Berlin Conference, with the island off the coast of the claims being exchanged with neighbouring Synlandia, later a state within the Imperial Federation. In mid-August, this territory was formalised as the Gallagher Territory, under the leadership of a custodian assigned by the President. This territory was an initial signatory to the Far Seas Alliance, initially as Otonabee but later amended to only include Gallagher. The leader of this new colony was assigned to be prawny331, who became the colony's first Custodian.

Conflict with Olympia

In mid August, as part of a push to deactivate leftover infrastructure from the Hell War, an old tunnel running the length of Otonabee was found to be used by members of Olympia for moving between the Hell Vault and the Ascension Vault, with the tunnel having been extended without consulting Otonabee [3]. The Otonabian judge, IKEA_FRIDGE, quickly deactivated the illegal tunnel, plugging it with reinforced obsidian before later gloating about this action to a member of Olympia[4]. While the status of the tunnel as private or public remained contested, Otonabee refused to remove the obsidian, and Olympia swiftly attacked IKEA and the president, Sadie in Lynn, pearling IKEA and retreating to Hell. While negotiations were underway, a group of Otonabians took to breaking Olympian bastions within their territory, before being attacked. The president, Sadie, was afkbreaking a bastion while at Costco and was swiftly pearled. The remaining members were chased down and also pearled by Olympia. Mere hours after this, Vanax, prawny331 and Sadie agreed on terms for the release of the pearls and the payment of reparations for the removal of the obsidian until an alternate tunnel was to be constructed within a week[5].

Unification with Varathia

Main Article: Otona-Varathian Empire

Following the complete obliteration of most of the entire active Otonabian population in a mere 24 hours at the hands of Olympia, discussions between Otonabee and Varathia progressed towards the discussion of unification. Back at the nation's founding, the then president of Varathia, Aresot, had approached the Otonabians about joining Varathia, and this conversation sparked several times within the Otonabian government, being shut down nearly every time. With the abdication of Aresot for the new emperor, Logiche, the expiry of the Central Powers treaty and the increase of tensions within the mainland, Otonabee put forward terms for unification under the Treaty of Lynn[6], desiring to join Varathia only as equals, forming a new semi-autonomous state within the empire following a referendum dissolving the Otonabian constitution. This state was to be controlled by a democratically elected Beekeeper, who would maintain control over land in the region, had the power to create laws with the Emperor's approval and represented the interests of the state within the Varathian government. This treaty was announced to the general public on the 31st of August [7], and Sadie1373 was the first elected Beekeeper, running unopposed.

Second Hell War

Main Article: Second Hell War

The strength of the new union was quickly put to the test as the ongoing Cantina-Olympia cold war rapidly approached a direct conflict. Skirmishes in the southwestern desert around the Ascension Vault turned into a full on conflict, and Otonabee's geographic location was a critical one to control for both sides - it split the two main Olympian vaults and would prove an excellent staging point for attacks on either vault for the Coalition. At the start of the war, Otonabee committed to their prior treaty with Olympia and chose to remain neutral. When Alexandria declared war following heavy threats from a member of Olympia's council, Otona-Varathia declared war in solidarity [8].

This proved to be a mistake, as their broken treaty enraged Olympia, with the Olympians raiding and occupying the city of Lynn several days into the war. Sadie, the Beekeeeper at the time, was pearled, and the mantle of leader fell to prawny331, who was declared interim Beekeeper. This occupation was initially pushed out, but as the coalition continued to bleed pearls and looked to surrender[9], the defense of Lynn was abandoned and the city was evacuated while Olympia resumed their occupation. Peace negotiations were difficult, with Olympia initially calling for Otonabee's complete subjugation [10]. To prevent this and to provide extra diplomatic pressure with the raiding[11] of coalition cities who had already surrendered, Otona-Varathia was formally integrated into the greater Carbon Federation, and a more balanced peace was achieved with the Treaty of Crystal Cove with Convoy's mediation[12]. In this treaty, the formerly Norlish mesa claims were handed to the new state of Neo-Bobanga as a portion of the larger state of Laconia. The interim Beekeeper, prawny331, stood down upon the signing of this peace, with binchymonkey later appointed as his successor.

Gallagher Anti-Piracy Task Force preparing for an operation in the Barbary War.

The Barbary War

Main Article: Barbary War

Following the destruction of CivCorp and the ongoing hunt for those responsible, a group of Chungesians and Olympians (now Laconians) retreated to the New War to escape from bounty hunters and formed the New World Pirates. They ended up choosing to settle within the claims of the Gallagher Territory, due to Otonabee's connection to Carbon, despite Carbon holding no say in the territory's operation. With some minor conflicts in Gallagher, Polaria and New Providence due to leaked discord messages with the Gallagher custodian, prawny331 and the Varathian emperor, Logiche, planning to supply Oasis fighters to take on the pirates, the conflict exploded into all out war following the discovery of their bunker. This began the Barbary War proper, with heavy fighting within Gallagher, Polaria and underground as the FSA moved to remove the pirates from the new world. They were eventually successful, and the pirates retreated after losing Adderall's pearl[13], bringing the now USA to come to the bargaining table. Gallagher then ceded a section of their territory to neighboring Polaria for their assistance and sacrifices made during the war effort. The role of Gallagher Custodian was passed onto IKEA_FRIDGE, following prawny's brief 'retirement'.

The Great War

Main Article: Great War

Concurrent to the Barbary war, the Great war raged on the mainland follwing the fallout from the CivCorp bombing, with Carbon and her allies faced up against a powerful southern alliance of Blackwater, Laconia, Chungus and Boris. Otonabee was pulled into this conflict as two of their members were pearled in neutral Cantina, with zero knowledge the ongoing bounty hunt had escalated into all out war. Negotiations began, with a frustrated Otonabee disappointed in their long-time allies attacking them unprompted. Eventually, the pearls were freed in exchange for Otonabee leaving Carbon and declaring neutrality[14]. This did not last after Asgard fell, as Otonabee moved soldiers in secret from Gallagher to strike at a Twinkieminer bunker, raiding it[15] and taking its contents to heaven to defend it as a unified Otona-Varathia. After a majority of USA players were banned and pearled, Otonabee joined their allies in reclaiming their continental holdings and disabling hostile infrastructure.

Post-War Rebirth

Following the gradual conclusion of the Great War, repairs following the Second Hell war finally began, with infrastructure projects resuming and Lynn gradually returning to its former self. This also was a time of territorial expansion, with territory lost in the Second Hell War returned to Otonabee from the new nation of Rhodesia. Territory promised by the long inactive Grand Imperium was also returned, and the Carbon vassal of Icios was absorbed (with some land going to the nearby Roman Empire exclave to clean up the map)[16].

Inactivity

With the general downward trend of activity on the server in early 2021, activity in Otonabee scraped to a halt. Binchymonkey, having computer issues, passed on the role of Beekeeper to IKEA_FRIDGE. The only source of activity was in the expansion of the Dartmouth skybunker being converted into a full miniature vault, primarily to hold the pearl of Freestyle following his bombing of CivCorp, and the pearl of ChickenWingGeek, who attempted to rescue him but made the ill-advised move of informing a member of WP that he was doing so.

Geography

Render of the cities of Lynn and Dartmouth at the conclusion of the Great war

Otonabee is extremely mountainous, largely consisting of Mesa and Desert terrain, making farming and land clearing difficult.

Lynn

Main Article: Lynn

Built around the two sources of the vast Vesa River, the modern-styled city of Lynn is the crowning glory of Otonabee, standing stubbornly against the apparent futility of living in such hostile terrain. Lynn is home to many different landmarks, all of them inside the city itself. Binchymonkey is the "resident shitter" that reins control over lynn.

Lynn Clock Tower

The oldest standing tower in the city, the clock-tower stands as a memory to the founding of Lynn. This tower has been acknowledged by the ICPA as a regional heritage site, and was damaged in the Second Hell war[17]

Lynn Spire

The most recognisable structure in the city, and the primary commercial location within the city.

A Christmas tree erected in downtown Lynn in December 2020

The Great Pyramid of Lynn

Primarily a personal residence to the nation's founding president, the Pyramid has extensive public access to the interior gardens.

Lynn Olympic Stadium

Located in Lynn heights, this new area of activity sprung up following the post-hell war expansion of Otonabee. The stadium was originally planned to be one of the locations for the Central Powers Olympics to be held, however with relations dipping with MTA following the election of Robokaiser, only the MTA stadium was ever completed, and the Olympics were never held.

Dartmouth

Built along the southern Dartmouth river, this residential town houses much of the nation's population. it also houses the nations' primary defensive infrastructure, the appropriately named Cum Vault.

The Great Mountain

Encompassing the nation's western region, and the nation's Aquanether portal, this region once housed the capital city of Khailsan, Alania. This historical site was controversially demolished by SirCrowley to expand his beet fields.[18][19]

Gallagher Territory

A small settlement was founded on the New World on the southern ice island, colloquially referred to as Crimea. This territory contains a large section of Mega Taiga and several tall mountains.

Politics

Portrait Post Name
Logiche.png Emperor Logiche
IKEA FRIDGE.png Beekeeper IKEA_FRIDGE
The Council of Bees
Prawny331.png Minister of Public Relations prawny331
MrJeremyFisher.png Defense Council MrJeremyFisher
Binchymonkey.png Defense Council Binchymonkey

The Republic of Otonabee is ruled by the democratically elected Beekeeper. This position replaced the position of the President upon the formation of the Otona-Varathian Empire and the dissolution of Otonabee's constitution, following a unanimous referendum. The Council of Bees, chosen by the Beekeeper, advises the Beekeeper and the Varathian emperors on matters of state. Elections are held upon request by citizens after a minimum period of 2 months following the prior election, and any primary or dual citizens are eligible to vote.Finally, the Beekeeper must have their primary residence in Otonabee to be eligible to run. Finally, the Judge is also chosen by the Beekeeper. Currently, IKEA_FRIDGE has been the only citizen to hold this title.

Internal politics are typically straightforward and simple, owing to the close friendships of many of the long-time citizens. All three prior leaders all retired of their own accord, and elections are infrequent and tend to favor the sitting leader. As per the signing of the Treaty of Lynn and the unification of Otona-Varathia, the Varathian Emperors have final say on any laws passed by the council and the Beekeeper, but the Beekeeper holds veto power over Otonabee coming under the jurisdiction of new Varathian laws.

Culture

Otonabee maintained a unique attitude as a nation, being primarily that fun (and enjoyment of playing) was the main goal of the nation. As such, common perception of Otonabee was that of a very accurate "Chaotic Good": alignment [20].

Bees

While not an intention of the original founders of Otonabee (naming it after a river in Canada), the peculiar name of the nation was often shortened to that of just "Bee" or "Bee nation". Several members rolled with this, often advertising the nation to new friends with only the phrase "Buzz Buzz". This eventually culminated in the mass posting of a strange gif of a man in a bee costume slowly dancing, a trait continued by members of the League Against Bombing Shitters (LABS) discord[21].

Economy

Currency

File:Rial.png
The Rial.

As a strong ally of Varathia, initially Otonabee used the Imperial Credit, before switching to a stamina-backed fractional currency (one tenth) named the Rial, initially backed by the then president, molliam. This currency was devalued after the siege of Lynn and the Lynn Bank was raided, and the currency was abandoned (along with the original Imperial Credit).

Farming

Blessed with long stretches of Swampland M along the Vesa and Dartmouth rivers, and Khailsan lake, Beetroots make the primary farming export of Otonabee, along with wool and other animal products. As such, Otonabee suffered heavily whenever prices crashed, due to their dependence on single crops.

Mining

With access to an Aquanether portal, Otonabee makes prime copper and nether material land.

Infrastructure

Being one of the larger nations in the South Western region, Otonabee maintains an extensive network of infrastructure.

Roads

The Western Highway was built and maintained by Otonabee, running from Olendor to New Agral. The Northern Highway (later renamed the Hecc Memorial Highway) connects Lynn to the western regions of the continent, between the ex-Savaguard states, and the Wheatistan exclave of Tel Adam. Each of these highways have seen nearby conflict in first the Hell War, and then the Second Hell War in late August 2020. Extensive upgrades were made to the northern Hecc Memorial Highway following the conclusion of the Great War, but these were never completed.

Rail

The Otonabee Rail Corporation completed a rail line to Olendor soon after its incorporation, and constructed the central station in Lynn. A rail tunnel was also completed to Roma in SPQR.


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  2. https://www.reddit.com/r/CivRealms/comments/gk3n83/announcing_the_central_powers/
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  16. https://old.reddit.com/r/CivRealms/comments/jzc8cf/otonabee_claims_update_red_from_icios/
  17. Discord message about ICPA Classification Lynnclocktower.png
  18. Part 2 of the discord discussion about the destruction of Alania Khalisan crowley2.png
  19. Discord conversation on the destruction of Alania Khalisan crowley.png
  20. https://old.reddit.com/r/CivRealms/comments/jgp5qe/expanded_civrealms_alignment_chart/
  21. https://tenor.com/view/bee-dance-black-yellow-bee-happy-wiggle-gif-16545652