|Thalassocratic Republican Great Principality of Burgundie|
Motto: The Good and the Many
|Official languages||Burgundian, Gaeririsch|
|Recognised national languages||Burgundian, Gaeririsch, Latin|
|Recognised regional languages||Burgundian, Gaeririsch, Latin, Ábciwidar, Kiravic Coscivian, Pukhtunkhwan, Udunaic|
|Government||Great Principle Republic|
• Great Prince of Burgundie
• Independence from Kuhlfros
|892,095 km2 (344,440 sq mi)|
• 2028 estimate
|224.19/km2 (580.6/sq mi)|
• Per capita
|Currency||Imperial Dollar and Bitcoin ($ and B͈̎)|
|Time zone||Urceopolitan Mean Time|
• Summer (DST)
|Drives on the||right side|
|ISO 3166 code||BG|
The Thalassocratic Great Principality of Burgundie, commonly referred to as Burgundie, is a medium sized royal asymmetric parliamentarian crowned republic based primarily on the northern coast of Levantia. It is the largest political entity and shares a head of state with the Kingdom of Ultmar and, as such, can also be refereed to as Ultmar-Burgundie. As part of Kingdom of Ultmar, it is also a civil state within the Holy Levantine Empire.
Burgundie is a thalassocracy. This is because Burgundie considers itself primarily a maritime empire, whose land holdings are secondary in importance to its maritime claims. This posture leads Burgundie take enforcement of open and free trade across the waterways very seriously and personally. The nation's head of state is a great prince, a term that recognizes that the Prince of Burgundie is superior in authority all other provincial leaders, including the Prince of DunDrummin, a principality within Burgundie. It is also a republic. The Golden Council of Ten is the unicameral body that includes representatives from the citizens, the Church, the commercial guilds, the nobility and the Royal Family. When the council was formed there were only ten members. Now the council has over 300 members. Each position is afforded one vote and the Great Prince is legally bound to represent the decisions of the Council.
- 1 History
- 2 Heritage
- 3 Geography
- 4 Government
- 5 Economy
- 6 Infrastructure
- 7 Foreign Relations
- 8 Security Forces
- 9 Demographics
- 10 Culture
- 11 Public Health
- 12 Education and Academia
- 13 See Also
Main Article: History_of_Burgundie
Burgundie was formally founded as a Helvianirian viking settlement in the 9th century. Throughout history it remained linguistically and socially connected to Helvianir but its religious and economic culture is heavily influlenced by Levantine Latin-Christian morays. Functionally independent, due to its position 150 miles off the Levantine coast, for the first century of its civilized history, Burgundie functioned as a Helvianirian viking forward operating base. With its lush forests, the settlements became more permanent and a shipbuilding and maritime industry evolved.
In the 12th century the Kistani king engaged the Burgundians at first as a mercenary navy, but then as loyal subjects for 300 years. Kistan's much larger land army guaranteed that the Kingdom of Ultmar, who had long sought to rid all of Northern Levantia of Helvianirian influence, would not rid the island of the Burgundians.
However, in the 1450s Burgundie was conquered by Kingdom of Ultmar. They were not held in the same high esteem as they had been under Kistani rule, but the Burgundians proved themselves loyal subjects to their new masters. They provided many ships and sailors to the Kingdom of Ultmar and in return were allowed to remain on their island, in an early example of ghettoisation. Not everything was bad for the Burgundians. In 1575 the Duchy of Burgundie was elevated to the status of electorate county in the Holy Levantine Empire. Protestant owned counties on the Levantine mainland were given to the Duke as well as the honorific Archduke of the Burgundians. Through its new electorate mechanism Burgundie was able to exert more control on its circumstances and the Duke was empowered to dictate local policy within Ultmar.
In 1812, Burgundie emerged from Kuhlfros as an independent republic. This was followed by an industrial revolution that forever changed the reach of Burgundian trade. [[Since that time Burgundie has enjoyed a mostly peaceful and prosperous history. Currently Burgundie is experiencing a Second Renaissance which is being characterized as a time of innovation, good will with foreign nations, and a national reinvestment in Burgundian culture.
History and heritage are very important to the Burgundians. These leads them to tend toward traditional social morays and cultural interaction. That is not to say that Burgundians are closed or narrow-minded. They welcome other cultures and scientific and technological advancement as these have always been important to the monetary and cultural economy in Burgundie. Furthermore, there is a certain yankee ingenuity that Burgundians are known for throughout Greater Ixnay. They are renowned hard workers, shrewd businessmen and extremely devoted to the commonwealth of Burgundie.
Burgundians are very proud of these qualities, in fact, they are proud people in general, but often in a stoic way, never braggadocious or boastful.They sense of assuredness is often perceived by less formal cultures as antiquated and snobby.
Since the establishment of permanent Latinic city-states in Ipar in the 3rd century BC, urbanization has been a part of the Burgundian mythos. It originally was a symbolic differentiation between the Latinics and the Impaxi and Levzeish tribes who were transhumance and only mildly sedentary, respectively. Burgundie's population has always been concentrated in urban centers, due in large part to the creation of a protectionist society, build up around oppida to protect against attacks and raids from outsiders. This concept was originally expressed in the development of cities surrounded by large latifundia where each day the workers and their landlords would return to the safety of the security oppidum walls before returning to the fields each morning. This lead to a strong sense of connection between those in power and those simply working the land, a sense of commonwealth that remains to this day. This style of city and community building became crucial to the defense of Burgundie and its peoplein the middle ages by thwarting Kuhlfros' efforts to dominate Burgundie for over 300 years.
Urbanization in Burgundie did not technically meet the definition of "hyper-urbanization" until the turn of the 20th century. From then it enjoyed a 60 year explosion that followed a massive population boom as the benefits of public health started to impact all members of Burgundian society and as immigrants from southern Punth flooded the nation. Urban development stalled in the latter 20th century but renewed commitment to bringing back an important part of the spirit of Burgundie in the early 21st century has jump started it again.
Burgundie is made up of a series of mainland counties and electorate counties on the continent of Levantia, a capital island, a "home" island approximately 850 kilometers off of its northern shore and "trade" islands scattered across Greater Ixnay. Due to the historical importance of the maritime realm, the sea around and between the landed counties and the islands are also considered as much a part of Burgundie as its terra firma.
The capital island consists of the Electorate of Burgundie and is the administrative and historical center of the republic. It is located 156 miles north of the Levantine northern coast. The "home" island of Wintergen is located 855 kilometers northeast of the Electorate of Burgundie in the midst of the Kilkas Sea. It is considered a home island because following its occupation in 1823, most of the Kiravian settlers left and the island was colonized by the Burgundians.
The summer's months are moderately warm, though summer is rather short and rainfall is spread through the year. The frost-free growing season ranges from 90 days on the island of Wintergen to 140 days along the western coast of Dübenneck.
Along coastal Dübenneck, and the islands of Burgundie and Wintergen the same humid continental prevails (Dfa), though summers are warm to hot, winters are shorter, and there is less snowfall (especially in the coastal areas where it is often warmer), with the general exception of the higher elevations and other normally cooler locations. Cities like Kongerhus, Dorft, and NordHalle receive 35 to 45 inches (890 to 1,140 mm) of snow annually. Summers can occasionally be hot and humid, with high temperatures between 90 and 100 °F (32 and 38 °C). Summer thunderstorms are common between June and August.
Physical Geography of Burgundie
Because of its disparate locations, Burgundie has many different forms of geography.
Geographically, Levantine Burgundie consists of a series of defining features. From west to east they generally fall into the Paulus Peninsula, the Southern Spine, the Burgundian Caldera and the Eastern Plain.
Other Overseas Territories
All political entities in Burgundie are governed through the concept that all government is local. The layered approach is an important part of Burgundian political culture, which makes it a unique case in the Holy Levantine Empire, not as liberal as Kuhlfros and not as authoritarian as Urcea. The sense of civic engagement in government is high at the municipal level, moderate at the provincial level (usually this is run by a hereditary noble), and minor at the monarchical level. This not to say that the nobility are not held accountable, as they are bound by elected advisory committees, even the crown which is bound by the representatives of the Golden Council of Ten.
Burgundie's economy is comparatively massive, highly-advanced and industrialized, with a national GDP of $10 trillion and GDP per capita of $50,170 as of 2028, and a low unemployment rate of only 3.26%. The official currency, Imperial Dollar ($), is the currency of the Holy Levantine Empire. However, since 2021 the central bank has started to experiment with the use of Bitcoin, the Security Forces of Burgundie and the intelligence community in particular have been using the crypto-currency almost exclusively. The private sector and nonprofit sectors represent 59% of the country's GDP and the public sector the remaining 41%.
The Burgundian economy is dominated by maritime trade, followed by the heavy manufacturing. The maritime sector accounts for 43.5% of the national GDP, and employs 37% of the population. Heavy manufacturing makes up 16.6% of the GDP, and employs 20.1% of the population. Economic growth for the last fiscal year was slow, with a growth rate of only .76%. The private sector dominates the national economy, with the private sector constituting 84% of the economy and the public sector just 17%.
As a post-industrial economy, Burgundie is highly reliant on global market to perform well in order to ensure that the local market remain healthy. The Merchant Marine of Burgundie has a total capacity of 214,573,650 metric tons spread across 4,146 ships, and is dominated by O’Shea Container Shipping, Lansing Lines and Doppel Gangway. Burgundie plays a major role in maintaining international trade at the sacrifice of its own self-sufficiency and resources independence. Since history has dictated that Burgundie maintain a thalossocratic presence in the world it controls very little land, all of which has long been stripped of its natural resources.
A central feature of the Burgundian economy is the economic freedom afforded to the private sector by allowing the private sector to make the majority of economic decisions in determining the direction and scale of what the Burgundian economy produces. This is enhanced by relatively low levels of regulation and government involvement, as well as a court system that generally protects property rights and enforces contracts. Today, Burgundie is home to 3.7 million small businesses, 884 millionaires, 58 billionaires, as well as 15 of the world's 500 largest companies.
From its emergence as an independent nation, Burgundie has encouraged science and innovation. In the early 20th century, the research developed through informal cooperation between Burgundian industry and academia grew rapidly and by the late 1940s exceeded the size of that taking place in much larger countries.
Almost half of the consumable power in Burgundie is created in the countries 7 nuclear power plants. Burgundie Central Nuclear Power Plant (Gen II+) and Aylerham Nuclear Power Station (Gen III) are both located on the island of Burgundie. Levantine Burgundie has 4 nuclear plants, the Gehildr Plant (Gen II)in northern Zelthus, Hinhylde Nuclear Plant (Gen II+) in Solibris, Zelderthorpe Power Station (Gen II) in Meyerby, an Dunleigh Nuclear Power Generating Plant (Gen II) in Westmarch. The 7th nuclear power plant in Burgundie is the brand new AyerSee All Power Plant(Gen IV), a hybrid nuclear, wind and tidal power plant. There are also two archaic and inactive nuclear power plants in Burgundie that were mothballed as part of their decommissioning in 1990s, but can be made operational in 18 months. The Sigjold and Alde plants, both Generation I reactors in DunDrummin, were put into "protective hibernation" was part of the "BurgunFri" environmental movement in the 1980s and 1990s whose goal it was to eliminate Burgundies reliance of foreign oil and fossil fuels in general. They would be converted to molten salt reactors as part of their activation.
Nuclear power became prevalent in the 1960s with the construction of the experimental Sigjold and Alde plants. With their success another plant was built in Soden. However, a surveyor was bribed to change the location of the proposed site and it was built on a fault-line. In 1974 a minor earthquake became a major catastrophe as the shifting ground caused the shielding around the reactor to crack and a moderate leak developed. The reactor was shut down and a 150 square kilometer area had to be cordoned off to contain the release of radioactive material. In 2004, O'Shea Container Shipping (transferred to O'Shea Operation Management Services) purchased the land and used it to develop Radioactive Removal Services (RRS) technologies. The accident slowed the pace of the Nuclear power sector in Burgundie for about 10 years. However, during the "BurgunFri" environmental movement it came back and the following plants were built in the 1980s and 1990s:
- Burgundie Central Nuclear Power Plant (1987), modernized in 2014
- Hinhylde Nuclear Plant (1990), modernized in 2021
- Dunleigh Nuclear Power Generating Plant (1992)
- Zelderthorpe Power Station (1996)
- Gehildr Plant (1996)
The rapid growth of the Kongerhus and NordHalle metro areas led to the construction of Aylerham Nuclear Power Station in 2017 when the upgraded Burgundie Central Nuclear Power Plant still couldn't meet the demand. In the summer of 2027, the experimental AyerSee All Power Plant opened to meet the needs of the growing Revenue Guard and Burgundian naval presence on the island. It is a pebble fuel reactor instead of using solid fuel rods, something that was proved incredibly efficient after the modernization of the Hinhylde Nuclear Plant. It was hailed as a great achievement in Burgundian ingenuity. It is hoped that plant will provide enough power for the whole island and that any additional energy can be sold, via undersea transmission cable, to Midnapore and Pukhtunkwa.
Science and technology
Main Article: Foreign Relations of Burgundie
The majority of the youth entering into the mandatory "year of service" participate in a militia program. Those who wish to work full time in the Security Forces (Navy, Air Corps, Revenue Guard) are exempt from the year of service and join their branch directly.
Main Article: Burgundian Security Forces
With a population of around 200 million, Burgundie's population is exactly in the middle on the list of populations in Greater Ixnay. Burgundie boasts an annual population growth rate of 3.1%. Ethnically, the residents of Palmeria are predominantly ethnic Palmerian who are of Latin / Spaniard descent.
The ethnic groups that make up Burgundie are traditionally from two places of origin, those of Helvianirian descent and those of Levantine descent. Those of Levantine origin are from the Gaelic culture of northern Levantia.
Main Article: Foreign Relations of Burgundie
The largest ethnic group in Burgundie are the BergesMenn (Eng. Burgundian; Lat. Bergendi) were the people who, in the 8th and 9th centuries, gave their name to Burgundie. They were descended from Helvianirian vikings who stopped on the island of Burgundie to hold a funeral for their Great Chief Berge the Bold, and named the place BergesSee (Eng. Berge's Sea; Lat. Mare Berge) in his honor. Through generations of assimilation and mixing with the mainland Gaelic and Latinic populations, their descendants would gradually adopt the Latin/Christian-based cultures of Levantia, ultimately resulting in their own assimilation into the Levantian society. The distinct cultural and ethnic identity of the BergesMenn emerged initially in the first half of the 10th century, and it continued to evolve over the succeeding centuries. The Duchy of Burgundie, which they formed by treaty with the Kistani crown, was a powerful maritime fief of medieval Kistan. The BergesMenn are noted both for their culture, such as their unique subArtic architecture and musical traditions, and for their significant maritime accomplishments and innovations. Burgundian cultural and maritime influence spread from these new Levantian centers to the trading posts as far south as Yytuskia.
The second largest group in Burgundie are the Gaels. They formed the group termed the proto-Burgundians and have a long history in northern Levantia. These groups also constitute large parts of the Kistani and Kuhlfrosi populations and as such share a cultural bond with those peoples. In the 1700 and early 1800s they were subjected to mild Burgundification efforts as Burgundian separatism from collapsing Kuhlfrosi domination in the region. Modern Gaels are treated equally as ethnic differences became less important and the Princes of Burgundie focused on joining the nation together following independence in 1812. Power in the Gaedhealtacht (the electorates of Glenmoor, Solibris, as well as the principlaity of DunDrummin) is more devolved then in most other areas in Burgundie as the Burgundian government had been previously accused of not understanding Gaelic issues.
Merchantile Reform Protestantism
Other Christian Faiths
Most Burgundians speak Burgundian, Latin, and Ábciwidar. The merchant classes often speak at least three or four other languages based on where their companies primary interests lie. O'Shea in particular is know for hiring people who are highly adept at learning and working in foreign languages. A common joke in Burgundie is that the government's foreign service corps and intelligence apparatus suffer from poaching of its best candidates by O'Shea.
First generation immigrants constitute 4.6% of the population as of 2027. Of these 9.2 million immigrants:
|Continent of Origin||% of Immigrant Pop||# of Immigrants||Main Population Centers|
Burgundian culture is generally divided into two categories, ekte Burgundie and lovlig Burgundie, real and legal respectively. Ekte Burgundie encompasses the lifestyle, world view, and customs of those in the "interior". These people live in the provinces of Kellen, Kellersfelt, BergesSkog, DelarsSkog, Soden, Gorgen, DunDrummin, Solibris, Glenmoor, Sederbek, Fedkon and the southern regions of Zelthus and Konnors. Ekte Burgundie represents almost 80% of the land mass of Levantine Burgundie but it represents just over half of its population. Ekte Burgundians are disproportionally Gaels, only 15% are Burgundians. These areas are typically much more rural and whose inhabitants make considerably less then their "lovlig" counterparts. They have larger families, averaging 4.5 children. Divorce, abortion and homosexual relations are virtually unheard of in "ekte" areas. They see the "lovlig" Burgundians as pretentious and only concerned with increasing their personal wealth. They generally view foreigners negatively but are overall very generous of their time and resources. Some areas have gone so far as to propose secession, seeking support from the Papacy and the Urcean emperor.
Lovlig Burgundie is a centered along the coasts of the Kilikas Sea in the provinces of Burgundie (Electorate), Meyerby, Dübenneck, Westmarch and in northern Konnors and Zelthus. These areas are often very urbanized, industrialized and dense populated. The inhabitants often have more education and higher paying jobs then those in ekte Burgundie. They have smaller families, averaging at 1.5 children. They are very progressive and many have started questioning the position of a state religion both in their personal lives and also in society. They view the ekte Burgundians as backwards, but in general are still in support of more socially comprehensive programs. The lovlig Burgundians are markedly Burgundianmaking up 74% of the group, Gaels make up 13%, the remaining 13% made up of other ethnic groups, mostly from outside of Burgundie.
Burgundians are traditional and conservative in their style of dress. Women often wear a scarf to tie up their hair, and dresses, skirts and pants are worn in equal measure. Older Burgundian men are rarely out without a jacket, younger men without a sweater.
The stormy weather off of the Kilikas Sea and the cooler climes of Levantine Burgundie often require that that most people carry an umbrella or a rain slicker, regardless of the weather at the time. Particularly on the island of Burgundie where sudden squalls are common during hurricane season. Due to its maritime history, most Burgundians wear nautically inspired garments and are considered ever-ready to hop on a yacht should the need arise.
Prep (abbreviation of the word Preparatoria) refers to a subculture in the Burgundie associated with the old private university-preparatory schools in the Duchy of Burgundie. The terms are used to denote a person seen as characteristic of a student or alumnus of these schools. Prep has become a colloquialism in the Burgundie and across Levantia and the Kilkas and has become synonymous with Burgundian culture. Characteristics of preps in the past, include a particular subcultural speech, vocabulary, dress, mannerisms, etiquette, reflective of an Burgundian upper class upbringing.
Some typical frober styles also reflect traditional upper-class leisure activities, once associated with the wealthy Ultmarian nobles who once had a strong political and social position in the Holy Levantine Empire, such as polo, sailing, hunting, fencing, crew rowing, lacrosse, golf, tennis, rugby, squash and swimming. This association with Ultmarian inspired outdoor activities can be seen in forber fashion, through stripes and colors, equestrian clothing, plaid shirts, field jackets, and nautical-themed accessories.
Examples of Prep attire include argyle sweaters, crewneck sweaters, grosgrain or woven leather belts, chinos, madras, Burgunshorts, button down Oxford cloth shirts, pearl necklaces and earrings, gold bangle or large chain bracelets, penny loafers, polo shirts (often with a popped collar), and boat shoes.
Due to its proximity to the seas, almost all Burgundian diets are reliant on fish as a protein staple. For richer Burgundians beef from Yytuskia, is also an important part of their meat repertoire. With recently created floating farms, the increase in grains and root vegetables has seen a slight increase in the national average of weight. Previous to this, carbs had played a fairly small part in the Burgundian diet. Vegetables and fruits from around the world are important as well. Because most food stuffs in Burgundie are imported (with the exception of fish), they are comparatively expensive. This means that grocery bills in Burgundie constitute a higher proportion of a families expenses then most countries in Greater Ixnay. Families often share meals with neighbors and larger families in order to pool resources and afford more expensive foreign imports. This communal style of meal sharing has created a strong sense of community and camaraderie across the country. These Måltid gruppe (English: meal groups) operate as extended families.
Burgundians have a long history of alcohol appreciation. Proto-Burgundians left behind a tradition of spit beer that lasted well into the middle ages. This still exists in more remote areas of the Ultmar. As the agricultural practices of Burgundie improved, large fiefs and abbeys started to focus on viticulture and brewery based agriculture. As a result barley beer, Glenness being among them, became popular. It was also the beginnings of the modern Burgundie Wine Region. Its vineyards were declared the vineyards of choice by the prince of the Eratzi province of Burgundie. In the 1600s, Kiravian whiskey distilling methods improved to the point of abundance and exports of whiskey started arriving in Burgundie.
Barley beer fell out of favor in the mid 1700s when ships carrying sugarcane from near the equator resulted in a rum boom. This was also coupled with a conservation effort to restore the cedar forests of Burgundie, which curtailed agricultural expansion. Political difficulty with Kiravia resulted in a formal cessation of the imports of Kiravian whiskey, but "whiskey packets" thwarted the sanctions and a black market built up around it. The Burgundian government tried to subsidize local distilleries and created a unique blend, made mostly of corn mash called Burgbon, but the product was sub-par and never caught on in discerning markets.
In the 1970s, after the repair of relations between Burgundie and Kiravia, Kiravian whiskey was formally allowed to be imported into Burgundie once again. Recently, Cair Sinclair distillery in Avercrósan, Irovasdra, Kiravia, has become the most popular imported whiskey brand in Burgundie, clinching a $40million share of the liquor market.
In the 1980s, a group of Burgundians, coming back from study abroad in Yytuskia, brought with them beer made by the Schulburg Abfüller Brewery in Yytuskia. The dark caramel notes and creamy texture was a smash hit and has turned into a $4billion import business in Burgundie. This also ignited the resurgence of local brewers like Glenness.
Burgundie has a very strong healthcare/healthcare research sector which accounts for 8.3% of its GDP. Kongerhus hosts the most densely populated healthcare research area in all of Greater Ixnay, the Waldemar Medical and Academic Area. This is in large part because during the Pax Burgundia, Burgundie began a tradition of investing heavily in public health and healthcare. The citizens of Burgundie are covered under a universal healthcare umbrella but citizens can elect into additional health insurance which guarantees them access to "private payer" hospitals and care facilities.
The roots of Burgundie's public health initiative, as is most of Burgundie's history, is in the maritime trade. During the 1800s Burgundian sailors were returning from their trips abroad with any number of unspeakable diseases, both immuno and venereal. In 1856, a few merchants wives in NordHalle, fearing for their daughter's safety and health, purchased a barge and set up a floating hospital. They petitioned for and received a city ordnance that required all sailors to receive a checkup at the floating hospital before coming ashore. Within 10 years the disease rates in NordHalle dropped 25% and other cities started to adopt the practice of offering/mandating free check-ups for returning sailors.
As the cities on Burgundie grew clean water also became an issue. The Metropolitan Kongerhus Public Clean Water Authority, created in 1871, is considered one of the first public health agencies in Burgundie. It started as a single testing station at the final reservoir in the Metropolitan Kongerhus Watershed System, the Kastanienbraun Reservoir in Bakfelt, a small residential town outside of Kongerhus. The testing station grew into a series of stations at all of the reservoirs in the Metropolitan Kongerhus Watershed System. Health improved 10 fold over the first few decades. The government, during the Pax Burgundia, invested in creating improved water delivery systems, removing lead piping and adding ever improving waste water treatment facilities. By 1932, almost all waterborne diseases had been eradicated across Levantine Burgundie. By the 1960s the same was true for all of the islands as well.
Education and Academia
Primary and Secondary Education
Primary and secondary education is mandatory in Burgundie. Burgundians parents value education above all else for their children. In addition to public schools, magnet and charter schools thrive. Private schools like independent, parochial, Montessori and Waldorf schools serve 60% of the primary and secondary students in Burgundie. Families are very receptive to the varied learning styles of their children and often choose schools based on their children's needs, as well as by their prestige. As such, the children of Burgundie have some of the highest literacy rates in Ixnay at 99% and about 90% of young Burgundians pursue some form of tertiary education.
Burgundie has the highest tertiary education participation rates in Ixnay with about 87% of the adult population having some form of post-secondary education. These programs are classified as Specialized Baccalaureate (SB), Associates (AA/AS), Bachelors (BA/BS), Graduate Certificate (GC), Masters (MA/MS), and Doctorate (varies, depending on the program). Higher education in Burgundie is entirely privatized but, by royal degree, must be run in a non-profit model. This means that many universities, institutes and academies have diversified beyond just their educational mission. The Seager Corporation (The President and Fellows of Seager Akademi) have led this trend with investments in a variety of museums, private libraries, laboratories, a vineyard and private forests. All of these forms of diversification are run for the benefit of the educational community, but generate a healthy profit for the institutions that operate them.
While there are no requirements or standards around quartiary education (continuing education and professional development) in Burgundie, about 48% of the workforce engage in some form of quartiary education annually. There are approximately 954 accredited continuing education or professional development programs in Burgundie. These courses are heavily biased towards the technical fields like engineering, architecture, mathematics and sciences but almost every type of work in Burgundie maintains its own professional organization with certification criteria.
Starting in the 1420s a meeting of learned men from the Eratzi principality of Burgundie, Heku, Kiravia and Pauldustllah occurred to discuss the status of the world. These meetings occurred in 1424, 1426 and 1429, but was outlawed as some topics were considered blasphemous. In 1430, the group formed a codex and started to send encrypted messages to each other and so began the Oligarchia grammaticorum (OG), Oligarchy of Grammarians. Their encryption grew ever more difficulty to crack and the imagination of the world was taken by storm. There were conspiracies about every event and the involvement of the Oligarchia grammaticorum. In the 1640s the oligarchy became more transparent and started a number of permanent literary and scientific academies, most notably Universitas Magistrorum in Burgundie, _________ in Heku, Universitas Codicis in Kiravia, and Farpoint University in Pauldustllah. In the 18th and 19th century the OG was a driver in Enlightenment thought in Northern Levantia and Kiravia but its members suppressed the liberal ideals in Heku and Pauldustllah. By the 20th century the OG had become primarily a learned society and a philanthropic entity. At the dawn of the 21st century the OG has broadened its scope to also include artificial intelligence and cyber technology. It was under the guidance of the OG that Burgundie released its colony at Argaea to become Ixnay's first technocracy.