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Welcome to the Vicendum WikiEdit

The wiki for the alternate world that is the setting for the web series "The Saga of the Suborned", "The Second American Revolution" and "The Vicendum Chronicles" as well as the completed series "The Infection". This encyclopedia is set in the present day, you can view historical maps for Vicendum at DeviantArt. This will be the only "Out of Character" (OOC) post on the wiki.

IntroductionEdit

The basics of this world is that at its core, it is essentially like our own world- the technology level is the same, many of the same cultures and cultural icons exist in this world as well, much of the same geography, flora and fauna, scientific knowledge, economic practices, etc.- but in many other areas this world is different. In Vicendum, there are a few core differences:

1) The Roman Empire never fell, be it in A.D. 476 or 1453, and continues as an entity into the modern day.

2) The Cold War claimed not just the Soviet Union but the United States of America as well.

3) Rome is the world's predominant power, with its empire having expansive territories worldwide and generating over a third of the world's economic output. Primarily opposing Rome is the Virtue Federation, an alliance of 50 states that effectively serves as Vicendum's "United Nations".

4) Rome and Virtue represent the "political mainstream" of Vicendum, and are primarily opposed to each other on operational grounds. The Romans are known for their pragmatic, logical approach, where fairness is key but not everyone gets what they want or need. Virtue is known for their moralistic, reactionary response to politics, meaning it places a much higher degree on ethics and compassion, although it often falls victim to regionalism and identity politics as a result.

5) Outside of the political mainstream are three blocs that represent Vicendum's idealistic side. On one side is the minoritarian-leaning states led by American President Haylie Modine, who dealt with an increase in sexual assaults by their Nathanite communities by expelling those communities. Opposing that expulsion is the "Human Rights Alliance", spearheaded by the Nathanite-majority Birea (though its leadership is shaky as a result of the Birean Civil War) and also including Ontario, and New York. On another front are the Mesopotamianists, who represent an extreme view of modern classicism, in that they outright reject democracy in favour of "god emperors". They are led by Assyrian Empress Anatu in a bloc concentrated around Mesopotamia and Asia Minor.

6) The Roman world is divided into three different blocs- the Republic, the core Roman territories administered by the Senate, the Imperium, or the provinces administered directly by representatives of the Caesar, and the Commonwealth, self-governing states for whom the Caesar is the head of state. They are the chief promoters of modern classicism, a cultural philosophy that marries ancient ways of thinking with modern sensibilities, thus making it a very pragmatic mindset. The Roman world is very progressive and adaptable, especially within political and cultural circles, with a strong sense of national communalism and a staunch defence of personal freedoms, liberties and human rights. Their society is often held as the "paragon" for societies within Vicendum, leading to a strong sense of arrogance among Romans believing they are culturally superior to the rest of the world. Because of its economic strength and its ability to be self-sufficient, the Roman State largely pursues isolationist policies, although its status as the world's No. 1 power means it cannot actually ignore the wider world, as much as they might like to. Despite its isolationism, the Romans have several allies, Scotland and Morocco.

7) The Virtue Federation is headlined by England (the successor to the United Kingdom and the world's No. 2 power behind Rome), Byzantium (de jure the Eastern half of the Roman Empire but de facto an independent state), Casara (Africa's main superpower), Carthage, Bactria and the Mongol Khanate (the No. 3 power in the world). Although Virtue stresses within its charter to promote human rights and liberties, Virtual society is noted for being preferring adherence to family values, especially monogamy and heteronormativity, with the strident proliferation of capitalism and individual determinism. Many of its constituent societies are highly nationalistic and being extremely defensive of their country's cultural institutions, with some nations even resorting to outright xenophobia. This de facto Virtual culture is one Virtue as an organization is known for defending, along with the interests of the main powers within Virtue, the "Family"- England, Byzantium, Birea, Bactria and the Mongols.

8) To replace the U.S. and Canada is the American Confederacy, formerly the North American Union. This began as a purely economic union, but since the reforms by President Haylie Modine, it has since evolved into a de facto nation state in its own right. They are known for championing their minoritarian political philosophy known as the "alt-left", which placed them at odds with the Nathanites (whom Modine has expelled and refused to grant entrance to).

9) The alt-left is a new kind of "liberalism", a militant version that eschews dialogue and negotiation in favour of protests, civil disobedience and sometimes outright violence. They embrace minoritarianism as the movement has pledged to "end all forms of oppression" and institute an egalitarian socialist society where "everyone is equal". Their message is alluring but critics assert it is merely a front for special interest groups to impose their will on other members of society. Nevertheless, it has spread across the world, becoming the new reality within Virtue, spearheaded by Casara's entry into the Federation.

10) Among the modern classicists are the Mesopotamianists, a political bloc that firmly opposes both Rome and Virtue. They outright reject democracy in favour of "god emperors" who rule in perpetuity. Their form of absolute rule pledges to follow the ideal of Plato's "Philosopher King", although the extent the countries actually follow this ideal is debatable. This bloc is led by Assyria, who are allied with the Hittites and the Mesopotamian city states.

11) Because of her status as an absolute monarch, Anatu has become aggressive in interjecting herself into world affairs, being effective at it since she does not have to worry as much about the political ramifications of her actions like a democracy like Casara does. Thus Anatu is in practice Vicendum's actual peacemaker, and she has proven adept at doing so.

12) Birea is the epicentre of the world's main religious antagonists, the Nathanites, being a country that practices the strictest definition of the religion. Nathanism at its core is about the subservience of women in favour of men, as well as the outright practice of violent means to forcibly convert or destroy what it deems are heresies. Birea is thus a state sponsor of the world's largest terrorist organization, the Soldiers of the Lord. Since early 2017, the Bireans have spearheaded their own global alliance- the Human Rights Alliance- in response to the NAU's ban on Nathanism, with Ontario, and New York joining their alliance.

13) The Nathanites are opposed by the Petrine Catholic Church, from which the Nathanites arose after having conflicts with it. Although the Petrines have developed more progressive policies (mostly in response to Nathanism), the Petrines are relatively moderate from a worldwide perspective, being to the right of the Roman political spectrum and to the left of the Nathanites, who are much more radical. The Petrines thus share a lot of similar views with Virtue and culturally the Petrines are closer aligned with Virtue, but, due to the fact that the office of the Church's supreme leader, the Petrine Pontiff (or simply "the Pope") is technically a Roman office (though in practice the Romans have exercised no authority over the Papacy in centuries) as well as the fact the Pope makes his official residence in Rome itself, the Petrines are seen as politically aligned with Rome.

14) A state with special status in the story is Khorsun. They are members of Virtue but this is only a matter of convenience, since by all practical terms, Khorsun are a rogue state. They are a regional power with aspirations of becoming a global power. Their history has ties with the ancient Phoenicians, who founded the ancient city of Kusan in what is now modern-day Dakar in Senegal. Khorsun thus see the northern half of Africa as their rightful sphere of influence, and, as a result of this, are sworn enemies of the Romans. Casara, due to its position as the pre-eminent power in Western Africa, as well as its ideological differences with Khorsun (Casara favouring non-violence and equality, while Khorsun is a violent state that actively practices apartheid) have also come under the crosshairs of the Khorsunis.

15) Another state with special status is the Kingdom of the Vandals. A mainstay within the western Mediterranean world for centuries, one of the last two vestiges of ancient Germanic culture (alongside the Visigoths) refuses alliances with anyone, but they do maintain relations around the world. As strong patrons of the arts, the Vandals are known for their creative way of doing things (even within government affairs) as well as their unconventional way of life. Nowhere is this more clear than in the Vandals' style of law enforcement, centred around a team of "superheroes". Since Vandal criminals have proven adept at evading "regular" police work though their creative and unorthodox practices, the Vandals counter this with individuals- the superheroes- who are similarly unorthodox and possess a similarly high intellect. Thus, the Vandals- on both sides of the law- have produced their fair share of legendary figures.

16) Also among the rogue states of Vicendum are Bolivia, Arlynal, Serbia, Finland and Korval.

17) Australia is the main operating grounds for Vicendum's secret association of businesses known as "The Guild". The Guild was formed by Vicendum's top businesses as a way to ensure their collective interests could be heard on the worldwide stage, with The Guild wielding considerable power and influence on the political stage. Most of their companies have their offices in Australia and operate miniature "states" of their own, with the corporations being the effective sources of power within Australia. The corporations then nominate someone to be Chancellor of Australia to represent the continent on the global stage and to maintain the facade that the country is a functioning nation state, but the Chancellor has no real power.

18) Vivar is a community of people in western Europe who claim to be descendants of the ancient Neanderthals. They believe that modern humans stole the land from them and are actively trying to oppress them. Their claims are disputed, although their modern mistreatment is a reality.

19) There are two lists of countries in this world. The first is the list of countries as recognized by the Treaty of Buffalo, a joint agreement signed by Rome, Virtue and other major powers that outlined all the countries signatories recognize as "official". This list takes predominance in terms of economic information, as it is information actually presented by the governments themselves and thus is more "reliable". The other list is the list of countries recognized by Global Citizens United (or simply "Global Citizens"), a nonprofit, nonpartisan international human rights advocacy group. This list bases their economic information entirely on estimates received "on the ground" and surveys with the local population, although the accuracy of their numbers varies with the country being surveyed.

20) The United States dollar is used as the standard of measure against which other currencies on Vicendum are compared to. This is because the currency became the most traded currency worldwide at the height of American power during the latter half of the 20th century, and the currency gained favour among economists since it represented a "neutral" currency that would allow traders to continue doing business when transferring money between nations that are bitter rivals.

There are several other differences in this world- mostly from changes to "real life" history- but they're not important at this stage. They will be revealed as this Wiki expands and as the story of The Virus develops. The important thing to remember, while reading the stories, is that unless it's otherwise noted, assume the world operates as you know it.

Other than that, happy trails and hope you enjoy this wiki.

-DG

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