From Unofficial Handbook of the Virtue Universe
Capital: Rokeshai city north administrive district.
Official Language: Rokesh, English, Hindi.
Government: Constitutional monarchy (as of 2004).
Head of state: King Sakda of the blessed line of the golden warrior.
Parliment: Corperatism, with elected representatives of industry.
area: 300 square miles.
GDP: 106 billion USD (2009 estimates).
Currency: Rokeshai Dollar (not in physical circulation).
Rokeshai is a volcanic island, located in South Asia, south west of Indonesia and Singapore.
The volcano itself is long dormant, and the south side of the crater had collapsed long before the indigenous people inhabited the island.
The traditional buildings of the island were cut into the inside face of the north crater side, some of which still stand today.
The main population of Rokeshai inhabit the area around the center of the island down to the south shore, referred to as "Rokeshai city", which is broken up into districts.
Other than a few hill farms, Rokeshai also has 2 smaller towns. "Fisher's Point", containing its port, and "Beachfront", a recently built shore-front development for tourism.
Although exact dates are not recorded, Rokeshai was said to have been founded by "the Golden Warrior", who led his people to Rokeshai to settle, and defeated a traditionally believed to live under the island.
Although the tales of him fighting monsters are looked upon sceptically in modern times, the royal household claims decent from the Golden Warrior, and his existence forms the base of their national religion.
Culturally and in physical appearance, the Rokesh people hold similarities to the Indonesian and South Indian peoples.
As a rather small and secluded isle, Rokeshai went relatively undisturbed by the outside world, until the mid 18th century, when a merchant vessel of the British East India Company made a stop off at a fishing outpost on the south tip of the island to make repairs following a storm.
Locals bartered with the sailors for supplies, including, for a small group of locals, to be allowed passage on the ship and the promise to return them on the return voyage.
When they returned, this small group set up Rokeshai's first trade outpost in the area that came to be known as "Fisher's point" by foreign visitors, offering food, trinkets, and repairs to passing ships.
Fisher's point later became home to Rokeshai's first English speaking missionary school, and a hand-full of British, Indian, and later Hong Kong Chinese Immigrants.
Even today, Fisher's Point's ethnic diversity claims higher mixed and non-native ethnicity percentages than native.
Although never formally accepted into the British Empire due to its insignificance, Rokeshai retained strong trading ties through the 19th century.
During the early 19th century, King Budi of Rokeshai was said to have jokingly claimed the reason behind the failure to expand the empire to include the island as "such an action would require the wedding of heads of state, and I am simply not that enamoured with his highness George III."
When war struck the pacific in 1941, Rokeshai enlisted 3 battalions of soldiers from the King's Imperial Guard (UK: Rokeshai Imperial Regiment) to assist the Allied Nations.
On the Island itself, Fisher's Point was outfitted as a military port, and temporary air base, "with gracious invitation to our allies."
Whilst Rokeshai's meagre naval force was scrapped and re-purposed as coastal defence, "with gracious invitation to our enemies."
The 3 battalions took heavy losses during the defence of Hong Kong, and the remaining soldiers sent to reinforce other squads on the Indian subcontinent. As the Imperial Japanese army overran many of their neighbours, the island was again overlooked, due to its size and distance from Indonesia.
Following the war, and Britain's withdrawal from the colonies, Rokeshai began to stagnate.
Broken trade routes and royal greed left the island's economy and infrastructure in tatters.
Sickened by the lifestyle his cousin, King Harta, lived, whilst the Rokesh people lived in relative squalore, Prince Sakda rallied a revolutionary army calling for the King to be removed.
Although Sakda gained heavy support from the general population of Rokeshai, those who remained loyal to Harta controlled much of the island's firepower and soldiers.
Outgunned and facing a better trained force, Sakda turned to outside help.
A handful of companies, which would later merge to become Uni-Con, were contacted by Prince Sakda with an offer:
If they supplied the revolutionary army with the means to wage war, then those companies will be granted monopoly on any and all government contracts once the new regime takes power.
The gamble paid off, with Sakda taking the throne in 2004.
Uni-Con now oversees, or runs, most of Rokeshai's infrastructure, including public transport, power, telecoms, banking, mining, and import/export trade, as well as owning many private enterprises on the island.
As of 2010, over 80% of the population work in Uni-Con headed enterprise, and 98% including private enterprise with direct links to Uni-Con.
Prior to 2004, trade revolved around a barter system, with traders accepting transactions of GBP, USD, Chinese yuan for non domestic trade, and even promissory notes from locals. With the installation of the banking system, most transactions are now performed electronically, or by cheque, with the unit monetary unit (RD) existing only to simplify banking transactions.
Rokeshai's princible exports are, in aproximate order of national income percentage:
- Electrical goods
- Spice/fruit/fish/Frozen foods
- Granite/Stone/Building materials