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The culture of Emmeria seems to be a mix between European cultures. Names like Gracemeria, Sipli, Silvat, and Emmeria are Eastern European sounding, while Vitoze, Campagna, and San Loma sound Italian. There are also miscellaneous names, like Bartolomeo and Ragno. The people of Emmeria are mostly Caucasian and speak English with American accents. If Osea is based on the United States, then Emmeria is a three-way mix between the United Kingdom (Great Britain), France, and Canada.
The Republic of Emmeria was preceded by a kingdom in medieval times. In the 15th century, the region that would become Gracemeria was a fertile soil, and became the focus of infighting among vassals seeking control of the land. The conflict caused the collapse of order, and led to a series of foreign invasions.
King Aurelius II, the founder of modern Emmeria, rose to power in the middle of the turmoil, vying to bring an end to the invasions. He succeeded in convincing the vassals to stop fighting, bringing peace to the land and permanently halting the foreigners' attacks. Some time afterwards, the kingdom of Emmeria declared itself a republic, with Aurelius at the helm. The capital of the new republic was moved to Gracemeria.
Modern timesThe Republic of Emmeria evolved over the centuries to become one of the leading nations of Anea. In 1999, it became one of the countries that would be affected by the planetfall of the Ulysses 1994XF04 asteroid.
Preparations for the event were carried out across the nation, with aircraft mobilizing to transport refugees and underground shelters being built in Gracemeria. On July 3, 1999, the asteroid entered the Earth's atmosphere and shattered into thousands of fragments that hit the northern hemisphere.
The impacts saw the collapse of Emmeria's trade routes and economy, along with the loss of cities and ports in its western areas. Soon after, the country recovered from the event.
Estovakian Civil War
Emmeria began the "Emmerian-Estovakian Reconstruction Effort" to try and rebuild Estovakia’s destroyed economy and shattered cities. In 2004, the "Republic of Anea Initiative" was founded. This movement called for the merging of the Republic of Emmeria, Federal Republic of Estovakia and Kingdom of Nordennavic into one continental nation. The Preparatory Agency for the Republic of Anea is founded.
However these efforts are soon cut short as a fierce civil war broke out in Estovakia. Emmeria at first sent aid to the Lyes United Front to try and help ease the conflict. Afterwards however Emmerian assistance to Estovakia is officially cut off after it became clear that Lyes United Front was misusing this aid as part of their war effort. As the civil war came to a close in 2013 with the Eastern Faction as the victor, a military dictatorship called “the Generals” emerged. As Estovakia became increasingly militaristic and isolated from Emmeria, the "Republic of Anea Initiative" was closed indefinitely.
Throughout this time Emmeria lived in peace and had recovered from any effects Ulysses had. The rebuilding of Estovakia did not proceed as its new government expected however due to political and social upheavals throughout the country. Few citizens also felt a deep resentment against Emmeria for not doing enough to help them during and after the war. And so, riding on a wave of nationalism, "The Generals" privately schemed to invade Emmeria in hopes of a sustainable economy and more political power.
Emmeria-Estovakia War (2015–2016)
Main article: Emmeria-Estovakia War
On August 30, 2015, the Estovakian Central Military District declared open war on the Republic of Emmeria and launched a full scale surprise air raid the same day. This air raid was aimed at the Emmerian capital city, Gracemeria, in an effort to quickly begin and end the conflict with little loss of life for the Estovakian Armed Forces.
The Estovakian Air Force was met with immediate resistance from Emmerian Armed Forces. These included the 28th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) “Garuda” and 15th TFS Eastern Region Air Defense 8th Air Division, the Emmerian Navy’s VFA-2 of the 2nd Air Wing, the 2nd Emmerian Fleet and Brigades of the 2nd and 5th Armoured Corps of the Emmerian Army, backed by AWACS “Ghost Eye”. Gracemeria was under complete siege by Estovakian fighters and air-dropped ground forces, but mid-way through the battle the Emmerian Armed Forces began to turn the tide of the battle. However, the Estovakian Armed Forces deployed the P-1112 Aigaion, a heavy command cruiser. The Aigaion fired multiple Nimbus Missiles, which decimated much of the Emmerian air and naval forces in Gracemeria. Also, the 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron “Strigon” of the 370th Aviation Regiment attacked Emmerian fighters which attempted to flee the impact areas. Emmerian Command ordered an immediate retreat of all forces in Gracemeria with hopes of joining up with Emmerian forces outside of Gracemeria and launching a quick counterattack.
Four operations to retake Gracemeria were launched, codenamed “King” and “Balloon”, but failed because of a joint defensive effort, lead by the Aigaion, the Strigon team and the Estovakian Navy South Sea Fleet. The Emmerian Military continued to retreat to the west across the Anean continent, until they were confined to the south-western peninsula of Khesed Island.
From a city named Vitoze, the Republic of Emmeria Air Force (REAF) repelled multiple Estovakian bomber raids and launched an effort to remove all Estovakian troops from Khesed Island. The main units of the Emmerian Ground offense were the Emmerian Army’s 3rd Corps, 1st Brigade, 1st Tank Battalion “Warlock” and the 4th Armoured Battalion “Quox”, while the main air units consisted of the 28th TFS “Garuda”, the 15th TFS, and VFA-2. This combined force, along with other small Emmerian units, made up 20% of operational forces at that time. These forces managed to secure Sipli Field and pushed to recapture Bartolomeo Fortress, the final Estovakian position on Khesed Island. With support from the Emmerian Air Force Advanced Warning and Control Wing, 303rd Airborne Air Control Squadron, 4th Flight, in the form of an E-767 callsign “Ghost Eye”; the Emmerian forces attacked Bartolomeo Fortress. The battle ended with the successful recapturing of the fortress and Khesed Island.
The Emmerian forces organized an amphibious assault on the Anean continent and established a foothold on the western coast after recapturing the city of Ortara and its air force base, the Kijera Oil Fields were also sanitized of Estovakian troops with the assistance of the Emmerian Navy Fleet.
Later, the Emmerian 5th Tank Battalion “Steel Gunners”, 6th Tank Battalion “Dragon Busters”, 8th Tank Battalion “Gavial”, 9th Tank Battalion “Grizzly” and 6th Tank Battalion “Barracuda”, the 1st Signal Battalion “Sherpa” of the 2nd and 5th Corps and the 5th TFS of the Western Region Air Defense 3rd Air Division were completely cut off in Silvat by Estovakian forces.
Emmerian Air Force flew into the area to support the cut off tank battalions, with support from the Northern Region Air Defense, 3rd Air Division’s 4th TFS and 1st Helicopter Unit of the South Sea Fleet Command’s 3rd Fleet. The air force managed to loosen the siege on the encircled Emmerian ground forces and successfully annihilated all Estovakian forces attempting to retreat the area. With this new and sizable force, the Emmerian forces pushed through a large mountain range, near Selumna Peak, but was attacked by Estovakian air units. The P-1112 Aigaion also launched multiple Nimbus missiles into the area using drones to guide them, but, was unsuccessful in halting the Emmerian advance. Estovakian forces in San Loma were attacked soon afterwards. San Loma was an important strategic location due to its Naval Facilities in Doypalm Bay and airport near Tarvo City. With the 335th Bomber Squadron and the 2nd Fleet, the Emmerian forces took San Loma, despite yet another wave of Nimbus missile attacks and turned its attention to the P-1112 Aigaion.
Information was gathered and Emmerian Command formed a plan to destroy the heavy command cruiser, its escorts and the Nimbus missile threat. Seasoned Emmerian aerial squadrons attacked the Estovakian Aerial Fleet as they performed refuelling operations. However, the Strigon Team launched from the P-1112 Aigaion and engaged the Emmerians, along side the P-1113 Kottos and P-1114 Gyges aircraft. Already having lost five members in combat to the 28th TFS Garuda, the Strigon Team was forced to incorporate members from the Vampire Team, still based in Estovakia. The Estovakian Fleet was slowly dismantled and Strigon was also shot down as a whole. The destruction of the Aigaion was accredited to Garuda One of the Emmerian 28th TFS. It was at this point in time that the Garuda Team had gained immense popularity throughout the civilian population.
With such losses, the Estovakian forces began to form new defensive strategies to repel the oncoming Emmerian forces. Also their top ace, Ilya Pasternak was sent to Gracemeria to take command of the Strigon Team and combat the Garuda Team.
The Emmerian forces then took Ragno Fortress, the closest defensive position to the west of Gracemeria, and eventually launched a pivotal operation in the Moloch Desert. This operation saw the bulk of the Estovakian forces defending Gracemeria deployed onto the battlefield, meaning that an Emmerian victory would ensure the recapture of the capital city. The battle in the Moloch Desert was said to be some of the most gruelling, and would have resulted in an Emmerian victory, thanks to the presence of multiple prominent Emmerian forces, including the Garuda Team. However, Emmerian Command caught wind of a plan to destroy Gracemeria with a "Scorched Earth" policy. An immediate order of retreat was broadcasted to all Emmerian forces as Estovakian forces left the battlefield, but the Garuda Team continued to chase the fleeing Estovakian troops. The Strigon Team appeared on the battle field and solely engaged the Garuda Team, outnumbering them 10 to 2. The operation failed and Strigon Team was wiped out by Garuda One.
The Garuda Team was suspended from all flight operations because of their violation of a direct order and the endangerment of all civilians in Gracemeria. This suspension did not last long as the Garuda Team was once again called forth to fly a special operation near Fort Norton aimed at destroying an Estovakian transport unit carrying the weapons of mass destruction which were to be deployed to destroy Gracemeria. Flying at high speeds through a nearby ravine, the Garuda Team managed to destroy the Estovakian transport unit, but was heavily outnumbered by overwhelming amounts of Estovakian aircraft. Garuda Team was saved by an air unit comprised of the 15th, 4th, 5th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, the 303rd ACS and VFA-2 of the Emmerian Air and Naval Forces.
With the success of this mission, Operation Free Gracemeria was put underway on March 31, 2016. All prominent units of the Emmerian Air, Naval and Ground Forces participated in the battle and were assigned to liberate different areas of Gracemeria. The Steel Gunners battalion was to retake Gracemeria Air Force Base, The Dragon Busters was to take the metropolitan area and the Capitol, Warlock battalion was to work with the 1st Helicopter Unit which would be dropped into combat by an LCAC unit and take the radio station, while the Emmerian 2nd Fleet engaged the Estovakian South Sea Fleet in Gracemeria Bay, and the 15th TFS with the VFA-2 engaged Estovakian AWACS/ECM and air superiority over the city. The Garuda Team supported each operation and ensured their success despite immense defensive fire power from the combined Estovakian Forces. The intense battle ended in an Emmerian victory, but, not after Ilya Pasternak of the Strigon Team engaged the Garuda Team and all elements of the Emmerian Military in Gracemeria. Despite being alone, Pasternak managed to tie up the Emmerian forces allowing his squadron to retreat from the battle. Ilya Pasternak was killed in action by the Garuda Team, but was to be remembered by the Estovakian Air Force as a born ace pilot with a spotless record, who valiantly died in combat for his comrades.
Though Gracemeria was freed and citizens had retaken the streets, Emmerian Command continued air patrols over the city. As celebrations continued throughout the night after the liberation, an Estovakian general by the name of Gustav Dvornik, Commander of Estovakian Forces in Emmeria, as the Central District Precinct Commander and Expeditionary Forces General, escaped the Emmerian attack in Gracemeria and ordered that the “Chandelier” be put into operation and fire at Gracemeria. The Chandelier, a weapon designed to intercept the Ulysses asteroid, fired waves of cruise missiles at Gracemeria hoping to destroy the city. The Emmerian Air Force successfully repelled these missiles and Estovakian stealth aircraft. AWACS Ghost Eye managed to trace the flight trajectory of these cruise missiles to the Chandelier, located near Sonne Island in the North Sea off of the Estovakian north coast.
All available air units were scrambled to destroy the Chandelier, but were met with stiff resistance from remnants of the Estovakian Navy, Air Force and the survivors of the Strigon Team. With information gathered from a joint civilian-Estovakian source, the Emmerian forces targeted the Chandelier’s cooling units in hopes of forcing the large Railgun to overheat, but a secondary cooling unit was discovered directly under the main gun. Garuda Two flew into the Chandelier’s service gutter and gathered information on defenses, but was heavily damaged. Garuda Two was eventually unable to keep his aircraft airborne and went down in the North Sea. Garuda One then flew into the same service gutter and destroyed the secondary cooling unit, soon after Gustav Dvornik attempted to flee the battle but was shot down by Garuda One before exiting the combat zone, while the battle seemed over destroying the weapon completely was of the up most importance, the exposed launcher mechanism was attacked. Garuda One flew into the barrel of the Chandelier and successfully destroyed the core. With the final battle won, the Chandelier attack unit heads home while Ghost Eye states "Those we have lost died in order to bring the morning light, living this day to the fullest is the highest honor we can give to their memory."
The Emmeria-Estovakia War ended with Emmeria as the victor. "The Generals" were overthrown and a peace treaty was signed. Garuda Two survived the crash and became bound in a wheelchair temporarily. No information is known about Talisman after the war.
The Republic of Emmeria is the central nation on the Anean continent. The other two nations flank both sides of Emmeria with these being the Federal Republic of Estovakia to the east, and the Kingdom of Nordennavic to the northwest.
The country seems to have coastal, rolling plains near the Fuscum Sea and the North Sea. As we travel inland, the geography changes to a more mountainous landscape. In this region there are many small to large river valleys. Some of these valleys also point to some glaciations that happened in the Anean geological past. Also, there are at least two deserts, the Moloch and Jamel Deserts. Another geological formation is Khesed Island. It is the largest island within Emmerian territory. The island might have been created by a series of volcanic eruptions.
Culture and politics
The Republic of Emmeria shares various similarities with Italy, due to the former's geography and the widespread use of Italian names in locations.
Much more likely the Republic of Italy, given the nation's geography and the heavy use of Italian place names as well as weaponry used by the Italian armed forces. Also note the use of Italian language in an official AC6 New Year wallpaper and the reference to "gelato" by Emmerian troops in the level where Emmerian troops launch an amphibious landing on Khesed. Also, "Emilia" was a province in northern Italy.