The Renaissance Republic
The Renaissance Republic
Historically called Renefalsia, the Renaissance Republic is the southernmost and newest of the ‘the Republics’.
160 years ago the realm had been ravaged by the events surrounding the formation of The Deadlands. Irrigation networks fell apart and a massive famine was underway, with some turning to cannibalism. Out of this turmoil a faction called the Misers emerged and took control of Renefalsia. The Misers where a group of highly educated sages who dedicated themselves to the study and pursuit of knowledge. The believed that pursuits such as music, the arts, and ornate religious devotion where useless distractions that made society inefficient. They formed a strict authoritative and communistic government, with goal of making an ideal paradise of cooperative living.
In the beginning decades of their rule, they were largely successful. Cooperation and austerity were much better than the starvation and hording of the past. The realm yet again became a breadbasket of the west coast. Their economy thrived and many refugees flocked to join this new society.
However, about 30 years ago a civil war broke out. At first it wasn’t a civil war, but merely a small but vocal protest against the laws banning the practice of religion, music, and other art forms. But the Misers responded with brutal crackdowns and by creating a large and intrusive police state to keep the peace. This only served to escalate tensions and lead to war.
After 15 long years of civil war, the resistance groups, with support from outside realms and religious organizations eventually overthrew the Misers. The rebels declared the formation of the ‘Renaissance Republic’ and set out to tear down the controls of the Misers. Government owned industries were privatized. Bard colleges and temples sprung up all over the place. The suddenly wealthy owners of these massive privatized concerns lavished patronage on bards, architects, sculptors, painters, poets, and playwrights.
In what had previously been an austere, conservative, and dreary, if well-fed and egalitarian realm, the free market and religious tolerance now reign supreme. Corruption, income inequality, and slums are booming as a few build some of the best designed palaces ever seen.
“I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.”
“PASSIONS are likened best to floods and streams:
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb”
A republican oligarchy (rule by a select few elites) steadily on its way to becoming a plutocracy (rule by a select few super wealthy elites)
(A formerly miserly pragmatic realm with no flair (think Scandinavian architecture but with communism) is suddenly the birthplace of the renaissance (think Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Brunelleschi). Submitted by Chad.)