The United Republic of Illu'a is a federal constitutional republic comprised of five states. The nation is located off the coast of western North America, along its sole neighbor, Lower Columbia. Lower Columbia is to the east of Illu'a across the Adraman Channel.
The heartland of Illu'a spans the central portion of Illu'a Island, from the Colbitz River leading to the Pacific Ocean to the Palmona Bay bordering the Adraman Sea. To the north of the heartland is the Abbot Mountain Range, which separates the northern forests from the heartland. The country also includes the southern mountains, fertile farmland throughout, and scattered areas of wilderness. Illu'a's highest point is the summit of Mount Marsh, 5,729 feet (1,746 m) above sea level. The AIN nation of Lower Columbia lies across the Adraman Channel at an average distance of about 100 miles.
Climatic conditions are generally the same throughout the country. Illu'a is mostly a temperate rain-forest, with warm summers, cool winters, and high annual rainfall. Up on the higher mountains, the climate is snowy. The most common natural hazards in the nation are volcanoes, flooding, forest fires, and tsunamis.
Founding of Two Nations: 1530s-1779Edit
Before the founding of any nations in the area, ships with persecuted Christians landed on the island of Illu'a. experienced an influx of persecuted Christians, mostly from Europe and East Asia, who sought safety in the area. These early immigrants were mostly converts to the new Protestant churches who were fleeing the Counter-Reformation, although there were also some Eastern Orthodox migrants; those who ultimately came from Europe arrived by way of East Asia, where they had begun making converts. Around 20 years later, the majority of Christian settlers arrived in the North American mainland. The immigrants in Illu'a mostly decided to create new cities, including the three major towns of Colbitz, Daloa, and Strathmore . While natives were at first welcoming of the settlers, increasing troubles over land heightened tensions with the natives.
The settlers of Illu'a and the Pacific Northwest rejected colonial powers, claiming them as oppressors. However, two nations proclaimed self-government on the island within a year of each other. In 1716, British descendants in northern Illu'a gathered drafted a new constitution proclaimed the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Reizga. Thomas Fisher, an important writer of the constitution, was chosen as king. One month later, French descendants declared the country of the Constitutional Monarchy of Central Illu'a, which claimed the central and southwest portions of the island. Central Illu'a chose Normand de Chateaub to be King and head of Parliament.
Reizga had their official coronation ceremony in Reizga on October 14, 1717. Central Illu'a constructed parliamentary buildings at the edge of a town called Colbitz, but didn't have a coronation ceremony. Both Reizga and Central Illu'a acknowledged each other as sovereign nations, and free trade commenced between the two nations.
King Thomas and King Normand both maintained the status quo in both kingdoms until both leaders died in 1729 and 1735 respectively. King Normand expanded Central Illu'a to the remaining unclaimed land in the southeast in 1730. The city of Reizga was renamed to its English translation, Red Rock. Other than those two events, both royal families had two more Kings until new major events took place.