Levantia is a continent and geographic subregion within the region of Ixnay. Levantia is bound by the Kilikas Sea and Great Northern Ocean to the north, by the Far Sea and the Sea of Atlantia to the east, and by Julia Bay and the Istoryan Gulf to the south.
In addition to mainland Levantia and its outlying islands, the greater Levantine region is usually defined as including the Great Kirav even though it is a geologically separate island continent. The large islands of Canete and Uijukin, which have been subject to extensive [[[Levantia|Levantine]] influence and colonization, are sometimes included as well.
Kiravians typically distinguish between their own island continent and the Levantine mainland, and the terms Levantiax ("Levantine") and Levantiem("Levantines") refer specifically to the mainland, while Ambrélevantiax and Bâvnélevantiax ("Greater Levantine" and "Wider Levantine") can include Great Kirav.
Topography and Climate
Levantia runs the gamut from a tropical equatorial climate in Urcea's Rillia Territory to a subarctic oceanic climate in the northernmost offshore islands of Burgundie, Kuhlfros and Kiravia. Northern Levantia is known for its infamous Kilikas Storm Belt, which encompasses the northern regions of Burgundie, Kuhlfros, Kistan, Great Kirav and Ultmar, characterised by frequent and powerful temperate cyclones, thunderstorms, and blizzards that have historically made marine navigation extremely dangerous in the area.
Central Levantia, which includes Aëscárácta, the southern provinces of the LatiumTemplate:Citation needed and the northern Urcean territories, is generally arid to semiarid, while moister areas of the Kingdom of RomeTemplate:Citation needed, (check with Malinousia, Vamnium) have a more Mediterranean climate.
Levantia is home to a number of diverse cultural groups.
While the people of Latinic descent and cultural affinity are the largest and most influential cultural group in modern Levantia, this was not always the case. They originally came to Levantia through modern day Urcea and built a massive empire that stretched across the continent. During these conquests they displaced or subsumed many of the native cultures, namely the Gaels, the Levzeish, the Druslaic and the Prythones. Latinic influence is felt in all of the national cultures of Levantia and there bloodlines have become the dominant phenotype on the continent. Latin-speaking Kisti are the dominant group in Kistan. Latin blood accounts for the greater part of the Urcean ethnic admixture. There is a Latin minority in southern Kuhlfros. (check with Malinousia, Vamnium and Aëscárácta)
Celtic peoples were historically dominant across a vast swathe of the continent, from Burgundie, Kuhlfros, northern Kistan and Ultmar to the northeastern part of Great Kiravia, and south into Callan and New Ardmore. Today, Celts constitute a majority in Kuhlfros and New Ardmore, and make up substantial portions of the population in Burgundie, Kiravia, northern Latium, Ultmar, and Urcea.
While the BergesMenn peoples reside primarily in Burgundie there are approximately 4-6 million BergesMenn who live on Levantia, but outside of Burgundie. They are primarily located in coastal areas, in particular the none Burgundian exclaves in Ultmar, the Kistani and Kuhlfrosi border regions, southern Kistan, and parts of the south western most part of Levantia.
Other ethnocultural groups in Levantia include the Arani of southeastern Kistan, the Kirhavite Aboriginal tribes, and the Coscivian peoples who migrated from distant Novērda to become the majority in Great Kirav and Uruvun.
Levantine Catholicism is the predominant religion on the continent, accounting for absolute majorities in all mainland Levantian states and a sizeable, rapidly growing minority in Great Kirav, where a majority of the population belong to related apostolic Christian churches. Catholic shrines and other holy sites abound and rates of religious practice remain consistently high across the continent, which houses the seat of the Holy See in RomeTemplate:Citation needed and is considered the Catholic heartland of Ixnay.
Levantia is the most prosperous of Ixnay's continents. It is home to the region's two largest economies (Kiravia and Urcea) as well as several other high-income developed nations. All countries in Levantia are considered highly developed, with strong tertiary and quaternary sectors and high standards of living. Levantian economic strength has been bolstered by continental and regional integration under the Holy Levantine Empire and the KATI free trade zone.
Arms manufacturing and other defence-related industries are a major component of the Levantian economy, meeting a strong demand for weapons systems fueled by the active foreign policies of its members. Numerous major arms firms with an Ixnay-wide presence base their corporate and manufacturing operations in Levantia, including Kiro-Kuhlfrosian Armenwerke, [Insert Urcean Northrop-Grumman Here], Lansing-Mitchell Weaponeering and [Whoever makes Kistan's guns]. A massive domestic, non-governmental arms market exists due to high rates of gun ownership in Urcea, Kistan, and Kiravia, and a strong firearms and sporting tradition across much of the continent.
In modern history, Levantia has been a comparatively stable area with respect to the rest of Ixnay, though civil wars of considerable intensity did break out in Kistan, Urcea, and Kuhlfros during the 20XXs. Centre-right to right-wing governments prevail across the continent, and conservative (though generally constitutional) governance is considered a hallmark of Eastern Ixnayan civilisation.
With the exception of Kistan all nations in Levantia are members of the Levantia and Audonia Treaty Association, which was originally founded in Castellum ab Alba as a continental trade and defence bloc in 20XX. Kistan, a founding member of LATA, was expelled from the alliance following the Xth Kistani Civil War. Although LATA has since expanded beyond Levantia, adding members from Audonia, Crona, and Ixnay Proper, the Levantian powers continue to form the core of the organisation.
Levantine regimes have historically championed national sovereignty against global supranational institutions, and the LATA remains intergovernmental rather than supranational in nature. Nonetheless, there has been some movement towards continental integration, with political parties such as the Kiravian Levantine Union Party and its Latin counterpart advocating the establisment of a Levantian customs union, common market and travel area, military command, and continental government. The Urcean and Latin governments have endorsed initiatives to create a pan-Levantine auxilliary currency, and Kiravia and Kuhlfrocia have already implemented such a currency on a bilateral basis.