The Mundane Republic is, well, a republic. If you aren’t familiar with this form of government then to summarize it vaguely, it’s a lot like a democracy, but with a few differences. Republics are much more invested in the rights of the people, and the population as a whole holds the real power. Power is exercised through officials that are elected by the population and most of their actions are decided by the people. So picture it as having the President require a nation-wide vote on all of his decisions, rather than just a congress vote or, in a few cases, no vote at all. In a Republic officials are simply mouth pieces of the public.
The MR (as is the common abbreviation for the Mundane Republic, as not to confuse it with the Fae) has one major official who represents the public, along with other more minor officials, who stand for each of the MP’s five prefectures. The main official is known as the Balus, while the prefecture officials are called Orais. Every three years new Orais are elected, and every six years a new Balus is elected. There can, though, be times when the public demands an emergency vote to kick either an unfavourable Balus or Orais out of office.
Also, virtually any adult (a person over the age of 20) who is a citizen of the MR and has no criminal or mental history can nominate themselves to become either an Orais or Balus. Of course, they’ll need to show the public that they’re capable and trustable, but really the requirements are quite low.
The Mundane Republic’s culture is extremely similar to modern day’s mindset. Innovation and equality are key. People are continuously pushing societal boundaries and are quite innovative in their fields. Also, citizens can sometimes act like stereotypical Americans, putting a bit too much emphasis on ‘power to the people’.
Racially, the population is mostly human-only, though there are many different ethnic backgrounds present. The MR prides itself in being a place where all cultures and races can feel equivalent, though the country was initially founded by humans looking for a place where they wouldn’t be suppressed and taken advantage of by other races, and so even now it’s predominately human with a few elementals and low-magic users as well as experiments mixed in.
Pop-culture wise the MR is similar to modern-day as well. Pop music is the most common, and modernised everything is a must. Materialism is a pretty big concept. As for fashion people tend to either dress casual as in T-shirt and jeans or extremely edgy as in ripped jeans, combat boots, metal everything.
The MR is mostly flat land with occasional hills. There aren’t many natural landmarks, or even man-made ones, that are easily recognisable, making the entire country look like much of the same from the air. The only geographic markers that can help distinguish different areas are the markers that separate the various prefectures from each other. The ‘markers’ are simply brick roads that outline each one.
The five prefectures are as follows: Zimeli, Serret, Taines, Silvek, and Erisol. Zimeli is the largest and takes up the entire north. Serret and Taines are both to the west and are roughly the same size. Erisol is to the east. And Silvek, which is the southernmost prefecture, is also the smallest. Erisol houses the capitol as well as many commercial areas. Silvek is extremely rural with a sparse population. Serret and Taines are both reasonable in activity and are home to a lot of learning centres. Zimeli is quite varied and is almost a country within itself.
The MR avidly fought in the war against Lotus, therefore making it one of the hardest hit countries in the East. There was a large statue that used to be located in Zimeli, but that was utterly destroyed after a raid and its ruins have become an iconic picture from the war. Overall, the people weren’t really deterred by the war, in fact it made people become more aware of injustice, and overall strengthened the country as a whole. Many people remark that if the war hadn’t happened, Zimeli would probably have broken off from the Mundane republic.
But, there were still many negative effects that left the country introverted and forced to only focus on its rebuilding. Since the MR is primarily human they were at a great disadvantage, resulting in a large loss of life during the war. Many people were also made into experiments and quite a few were sent from the East to the West, far from their families.
Magic use is almost obsolete in the MR, making it feel a lot more like a Reality country rather than a DD one. Any magic that is used, though, is used in moderation and has limits. This is primarily to prevent crime and such. Magic users that live in the MR don’t quite mind the restrictions to begin with, since they were only a low level user anyway and wouldn’t be able to do anything really out of proportion.