Hey, neat. I’m a big fan of that inset. The main map alone makes me feel that “the nation isn’t large enough to be self-sustaining,” but with a frame of reference like that my fears are assuaged. I dunno; maybe it’s just American bias or maybe it’s the “moon in the sky vs horizon” effect.
The Basqirian RepublicBasqiria became a separate kingdom from West Francia in 910 AD and served as a thorn in the side of the French monarchs for many centuries. The Kingdom underwent many periods of subjugation by the French and English crowns until 1423 when the Counts of Fernacé were elected Kings of Basqiria. The date 7th April 1423 is counted as its national day.
This period until 1792 is counted as Basqirias golden age, as the renaissance was in full swing and wealthy colonies were founded in the Americas. But the country was devastated during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The subsequent famine and plague encouraged mass migration to the new world.
Basqiria was reorganized as a republic following World War II and an industrial boom followed as oil deposits were discovered in the Basqirian plains. It's a founding member of NATO and joined the EU in 1973