|Welcome to the
website of the fictional nation of the Free States of
Tak (part of the
Vexillium project), a peculiar nation that seems
very peaceful to the naked eye: a rather green country,
with large forests and vast grasslands, picturesque
villages, the occasional swamp, which are interrupted
only by cities and modern infrastructure that somehow
seem out of place.
The reality is that an
intense struggle has been going on since the Industrial
Revolution between traditional forces centred around the
country's still prominent earth religion, on which the
largest part of the government system is based and
through which all forms of modernisation are carefully
monitored and often discouraged, and movements that
would like Tak to adopt a more liberal modernist policy
in order to allow easier (economic) expansion.
Although Tak is not as
poor or backwards as the above may suggest, change
occurs only slowly due to a heavy bureaucratic system
and the fact that some important decisions involv the
approval of the
(Nature Priests or Druids, for lack of a better term)
who are widely respected by almost every Tak citizen,
but the fact that they are often living in solitude and
tend to wander around a lot makes it rather difficult to
contact them and before they have reached a decision
about a certain subject, a long time may have passed.
Originally part of the
Republic of Bowdani, Tak unilaterally declared
independence in 308 AP in order to prevent itself from
being taken down with the rest of the country's economic
decline. Receiving international recognition took some
time however and this process is still incomplete.
Bowdani recognised Tak's independence in October 316,
after which it dissolved and broke up in several more
new countries, such as
Flovaigne and the
Lectern of United Kencari Peoples.