23,612 CE - Present
Blumeheim, officially the Union of Blumeheim, is a state of the Boreal Federacy occupying the galaxy Florescence. It has a population of over 17 quintillion individuals, placing it at the third most populous state in the Federation. Blumeheim's two major departments, known as Ravi-Empyrea and Llæ-Empyrea, have a combined influence of over 40 million stars. Blumeheim is the latest iteration of the Fuukanist state, a series of theocracies beginning in 74,841 BCE.
It was founded after the fall of Empyros after it began a war on the entire galaxy called the Great Empyreal Crusade. The priest class, most religious institutions, and the most radical Fuukanists were terminated, resulting in the creation of modern Fuukanism. Representatives from dozens of nations across the galaxy partition Empyros into Blumeheim and Ravi-Anthrovia and created its constitution. They minimized the official role of religion and established Blumeheim as a democracy.
After the formation of the Boreal Federacy, Blumeheim was mostly peacefully converted into a state as it lost most of its sovereignty. There were a series of small scale conflicts as rebels from Llæ-Empyrea wanted to retain their independence, but this was put down.
After the Great Empyreal Crusade, Empyros was fully occupied by the Vaplein Republic, Erstes Konsortium, Tenshi, and the Un'oit Collective. During the occupation, the Fuukanist church was entirely dismantled and its priests killed. They were capable of a unique form of Thaumaturgy based on Fuukanism, making them exceptionally dangerous (that and their willingness to cause several quintillion deaths during a galaxy-spanning war). After numerous show-trials, the leaders of Empyros were also put to death. In their place was a democracy with only a minimal for the Fuukanist religion.
Stripped of all of their colonies, Blumeheim became a minor power. Its isolated location meant that its status as a galactic power was lost. It mostly kept to itself with little interest in the outside universe. It entered into a period of decline after this, resulting largely from its inability to repair most of its infrastructure. The war had devastated the nation and many emigrated to the newly established Ravi-Anthrovia as it was far less damaged.
By the 30,000s, Blumeheim was merely a shell of its former self. To gain some international investment, the nation signed the Treaty of Albedo to become an associate state in the Confederacy of Borealis. After experiencing much benefit from this relationship, it became a full member-state in 38,109 CE.
Its population, however, was still declining. By 70,000 CE, the nation's population was half of what it was before the Great Empyreal Crusade and was dropping quickly.
After the devastating War of the Ancients, Blumeheim saw a huge influx of refugees. It was not a strategic target during the war meaning that, apart from a few blockades, they experienced little of it. This meant that Blumeheim's economy, infrastructure, and populace went unscathed. Many of all species fled to the nation to escape cramped conditions on hastily build refugee sites. They were unwilling to wait for better accomodation in their home-nations. Since then, the population has mostly remained stagnant. Its status as a state within the Boreal Federacy continues to this day.
Blumeheim is a fusion between a theocracy and a democracy; however, the nation leans heavily towards democracy. Although Fuukanism remains a core aspect of the nation's identity and politics, the government is largely secular. The dozens of major Fuukanist sects agreed that, since their holy text was largely ambiguous, it would be better to not strictly adhere to one religion.
The two departments of Blumeheim, Ravi-Empyrea and Llæ-Empyrea, have different approaches to theocracy, however. In Ravi-Empyrea, the government is largely secular. In Llæ-Empyrea, a form of Fuukanism called Neoclassical Fuukanism reigns supreme. The Church makes up a significant portion of the government and has significant power. The Church is ran democratically, however. The Classical Church was mandated to operate democratically after the Great Empyreal Crusade.
Blumeheim maintains a limited militia that is required to be made up of non-believers by law. This includes other religions such as Aeternalism. Given the low number of non-believers, it is a struggle for Blumeheim to find enough forces to make a sufficient military. It currently relies on troops from Sagittarium to make up the difference. Blumeheim's army is a division within the wider Federal military centered on its capital of Jörmungandr.