The Kingdom of the Kentish (more commonly known as the Kingdom of Kent) is a post-war civilisation located in the pre-war British county of Kent.
The Kingdom of Kent was named primarily from the location in which the nation is located. However, the nation is truely a revival of the pre-war medieval kingdom of the Kentish which was established from 455 - 871.
Twenty-five years after the great war, the vault below Canterbury open allowing the inhabitants to rebuild. Canterbury, and much of eastern Kent was left pretty much intact due to the minimal military presence the location had during the great war. The survivors of the vault established a farming community on the outskirts of Canterbury and began to rebuild.
The Overseer at the time, named Ben Harrington, was a natural leader and made this small farming community very successful with much of the food being sold to neighbouring settlements. The members idolized him and soon, other communities wished to colaborate with this community.
Harrington was alive during when the bombs fell and live twenty years in the United Kingdom before the Great War began. During that time he lived in a family that resented the establishment and he grew up hating the democratic government that he grew up in. He decided that this new nation he was building would not fall to the same problems that democracies had and decided to build a monarchist nation.
Over sixty years, many different settlements within Kent collaborated and were eventually assimilated into the community. Eventually, the need for a government was required. Many forms of government were tried, including a small community of elected individuals and other democratic forms of government, but none of them managed to work effectively. So it was decided that a new monarchy would be established with Ben Harrington as King. This began the Kingdom of the Kentish and the Harrington family has been ruling
The kingdom has a society in which each and every person is equal and has equal rights. Everyone has the right to an education and work. Slavery is outlawed and laws are strictly enforced.
Status is an important factor within the kingdom. Those who are rich or well educated are given many more privaledges by the state over those who do not and can possibly give them a direct line of communication to the monarch. This creates somewhat of a caste system within the kingdom as those citizens who are not rich or well educated are unlikely to ever become rich or well educated. On top of that, people appointed to governing roles by the royal family are generally rich or well educated so there is little to no hope of ordinary citizens taking governing roles.
Many citizens however see this more of a challenge rather than a hinderence. It forces people to try and work hard and form new competative businesses or do well in education so they may break out of the lower caste to reach a higher level. This however very rarely happens.
The law is strictly enforced within the kingdom. This is however somewhat mitigated by the fact that very little is illegal within the kingdom, but many things considered to be illegal, such as excessive drug use, are actually frowned upon. Kentish Law is split into two sections: Common Law and Royal Law.
Common Law protects citizens from severe crimes which are known to be detremental to citizens including: murder, rape, theft and slavery. Royal Law protects the integrity of the royal family and the nation as a whole against crimes including: tax evasion and treason.
The punishments for breaking laws are severe. Excecutions are not above the kingdom when it comes to severe crimes and even crimes we would consider to be minor can carry severe consequences including forced labour or forcible exhile on pain of death.
The law is enforced by many different law enforcement agencies, all of which are sects of the military. They include:
- The Royal Security Service are responsible for domestic security within the kingdom.
- The Royal Intelligence Service are the intelligence agency for the kingdom.
- The Royal Guard are the elite security force for the royal family.
- The Kent Army are the primary military force of the Kingdom of Kent.
Note that all of these four sects are collectively referred to as the Kent Armed Forces.
Since all of these law enforcement agencies are sects of the military, and the military is commanded by the royal family, this makes the royal family and, by enlarge, all people associated with the royal family above the law. This has been denied by the royal family however.
The Kingdom of Kent is governed entirely by the monarch which is a member of the royal family. The thone is a hereditary position which is passed on to the eldest son (or daughter if no son is available) when the monarch dies. The King has the right to change laws at any time and is also the commander of the nations military.
Royal Senate Edit
The main governing body of the kingdom is the Royal Senate which is headed by the monarch. The Senate governs much of the kingdom and decided and enforces new laws. All ideas which are passed by the Senate must also seek approval of the monarch before being passed and the monarch has the power to veto any decisions made by the Senate.
Senators are appointed by the monarch and are usually given the title of Lord or Lady. Senators can not be royal family members and so are generally wealthy land owners, business owners or members of the military. Senators represent a single district with can be a town or some area of land. The term for a senator is life unless their title is revoked by the monarch.
Senators are required to sit in the Royal Senate when called upon by the monarch. Else they only need to sit in the Royal Senate if they want to. However, senators need to be present in the Royal Senate for their vote to be counted.
Different senators have different amounts of voting power depending on the amount of citizens are in their district. This creates an unfair power struggle in which few senators are needed to pass new laws or enact new developments.
Senators can be replaced in a few different ways. If a senator is deemed unsuitable by the monarch, they can be relieved of their title. If a member of the public believes they have more of a public backing than the exsiting senator, the monarch can hold a pole. The challenging candedate and existing senator are given seven days to gain public backing and after the seven days, a pole is taken. The winner by simple majority can then, by the monarchs discresion, be annointed at the new senator for the district. Alternatively, a challenging candegate can submit a Senator Replacement Petition (at the cost of £100,000) to bypass a pole and have the monarch decide immediately if the challenging canditate should replace the existing senator.
The Kingdom of Kent has one of the largest standing militaries in the wasteland with approximately 2,000 active servicemen. Most of these servicemen take different roles in their time in the military, primarily switching between the Royal Security Service and Kent Army after serving a set amount of time. Some with great aptitude for one or the other may be perminantly stationed to a specific sect.
All men in the kingdom are required to do two years of national service by law when they turn seventeen. The service is manditory and can only be avoided if an individual is not fit for service or if they are attending the Kent Military Academy and training to become an officer. After this, they may either continue with a military career or leave the military and persue a difference career. This keeps a fresh supply of new troops in the military to replace ones which are killed in war. The national service statute has been praised by the public and has led to a boost in production.
Women are not allowed to serve in the military, except in nursing roles. This has been met with some backlash from the public but the Senate has stuck with their decision to not allow women to take part in the military.
Equipment EditThe design of the servicemen uniform is based upon WW1 and WW2 british uniforms mainly because of the designs and images found in pre-war books on the subjects. They are easy and cheap to produce and provide suitable protection for everyday use. In firefights however, it offers little to no protection against bullets and shrapnel but does allow for quick movements and decent camoflague.
All servicemen are armed with a SBAR (Standard Bolt Action Rifle) which was based off of the SMLE MK3 rifle. It is produced from scratch in the kingdom making it one of the only mass produced items in the wasteland. It is a slow firing bolt action rifle that hold 10 .303 caliber rounds. A few different varients of the rifle have been produced, for example the SBBAR (Short Barreled Bolt Action Rifle) used for close quaters engagements and the LBBAR (Long Barreled Bolt Action Rifle) used by snipers.
This is not the only weapon used however. Pre-war pistols, shotguns, submachineguns and sniper rifles are found often and are usually given to soldiers. Many pre-war laser and plasma weapons have been recovered. Some are used by specially trained soldiers on the front line and some are taken for research.
The ranking structure of the Kent Armed Forces is similar in scope to the ranks within the pre-war British Armed Forces. The army is mostly comprised of non-commissioned solders with commissioned officers commanding them.
The Kingdom of Kent has established its own currency known as the Kentish Pound Sterling which is named after the Pound Sterling of the pre-war United Kingdom. The currency is backed up by gold which is held by the Royal Bank of Kent and is fairly stable. All of the currency is represented with metallic coins minted by the Royal Mint in Canterbury.