Hattaro Straits

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The Eastern Gates of Hattaro, just north of Impport.

The region known as the Hattaro Straits, part of Greater Hattaria, are one of the most historically fought-over geographic regions in all of Anaria. Serving as the eastern route of access into the Medio Sea, the Hattaro is used by civilian, commercial and military traffic alike to transit between the bodies of water. The primary ports servicing it are Impport at its eastern terminus and Oseidon at its western terminus.

The entirety of the Straits is part of the territory of the Auresian Empire and has been since that nation's inception. While the Imperial Armed Forces monitors traffic in and out of the Straits, actions against any vessel in transit are rare, and only on dependable information of illegal activities or illicit goods being hauled. Common Imperial procedure in such events is to seize the goods in question and return the crew to their native territories via that nation's embassy after questioning. The ship is typically sold at nautical auction.

Prior to the formation of Auresia in its initial royalist confederacy form in 4466 RH, the region - of Greater Hattaria was a largely independent Karsk polity known as Lianna, which had been a sovereign state of its own and had enjoyed considerable prosperity as a nation of merchants, shipbuilders, explorers and scholars. It was conquered in the mid-46th century by the confederacy under the grandson of Adamo the Great.

Under Imperial policy, the Straits are sovereign Auresian territory and the Imperial High Seat declares all shipping is "permitted to pass upon sufferance". The Curia permits no efforts to negotiate the status of the Straits, and the government has made clear that it will tolerate no attempts by any foreign interest to exercise any control over the waterway. Imperial policy is indifferent on the alignment of any non-military shipping passing through the Straits, though vessels are monitored during transit regardless of alignment.

The Auresian government permits military vessels to transit the Straits without restriction if they are from nations on good terms with the Empire. The courtesy of prior notice is requested, and the Navy will turn the vessel or vessels back if prior notice is not given until the issue is clarified between the governments involved. In terms of defense, the Straits are under the protection of the full strength of the Second Order of the Sovereign Military - ten legions of troops, one full naval fleet and one full air wing - that are supplemented by the Imperial Transit Militia. Any military vessel of a nation allied or on good terms with the Empire is permitted passage on prior notice. Any nation with neutral relations must request permission. Nations on poor terms with the Empire are forbidden passage on threat of military action.

The Curia has proclaimed since the end of the Pan-Anarian War that it will react with overwhelming military force against any perceived threat to the Straits and will not ask questions first. All responses to hostile or perceived hostile actions are carried out by military forces, not by Transit Militia. This, too, is a correction of practices that nearly cost the Empire the entire region in the Pan-Anarian War.

After the Hellish invasion of Hattaria during the Pan-Anarian War, the Imperial military drove the Haeverist forces out with considerable losses on both sides. Since the conclusion of the war, however, a stronger force is maintained in the region. The entire Second Order of the Armed Forces is the alert defence force for the Straits. The I Fleet is split between the station at Oseidon and the station at Impport, and are a key part of the defence of the straits. These forces have maintained a near-permanent station in and around the Straits since the end of the PAW.

   Auresia   
General The Scarlet Standard, Great Seal of the Imperium, House of Alexandros
History Imperial History, Pan-Anarian War, Consolidationist Crisis, Returner War
Imperial Society

Languages: Auresian
Religion: Lazarianism
Status: Noble Status, Social Status, Noble Houses
Other: Economy , Colonies, Businesses, Products, Law

Prominent People Cephorus IV, Varnius R. Acilida, Qasimir D. Avenicci, Hieronymus S. Barsavi, Ennodius A. Caduca, Severio D. Cozzolini, Giuseppe L. Dala, Talon M. Durla, Leonardo H. Gervasius, Teodoro A. Humilio, Vittorio A. Leotelli, Dante G. Meraggio, Lorenzo V. Nicovante, Luciano C. Rambaldi, Balthazar L. Thul, Alessandro S. Virini
Historical People Cephorus Maximus, Wensicia Maxima, Willem II, Emshandar III
Geography

Features: Glacio Mountains, Hattaro Straits, Dolcega Valley, Corbolo River, Lake Artania
Regions: TBD
Cities: Cedelphia (capital city), Gaaze, Bellucente, Impport, Abessios, Lutant, Oseidon, Epoxague
Sites of Interest: Imperial Reserve, Mount Olivia, Black Archive

Government

Institutions: HM The Dynast Emperor (supreme executive), First Minister’s Office (administrative executive), Imperial Parliament ( House of Lords, House of Delegates) (legislative), Supreme Court (judicial)
Ministries: Foreign Office, War Office, Home Office, Finance, Information, Commerce, Health & Welfare, Transport, Works & Infrastructure
State Administrations: General Post Administration, Imperial Archives & Records Administration, Imperial Customs & Revenue Administration, Imperial Public Health Administration, Strategic Research & Development Administration
Crown Corporations: Auresian Broadcasting Corporation, Export-Import Bank of Auresia, Imperial Oil & Gas, Savings & Investment Auresia Other: Politics, Foreign Relations, Courts System

Military Main Branches: Imperial Auresian Air Force, Imperial Auresian Army, Imperial Auresian Navy
SpecOps Units: Senex Dragoons, Strategic Aeronautic Service
Support Branches: Siege Engineering Service, Chemical Warfare Service, Heliolux Fleet
Other Agencies: Defence Intelligence Service, War Research Service
Recognitions: Honours & Orders, Decorations & Commendations
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