Gertalia (officially The Holy Kingdom of Gertalia) is a country in Europe, occupying a significant portion of Western and Central Europe. The country occupies most of the region that used to be occupied by the Roman empire.
The Holy Kingdom of Gertalia is the modern country most directly associated with the Ancient Roman Empire and former Holy Roman Empire.
Queen Angela took control following the death of her predecessor, King Albatross of House Finch. King Albatross left no heir, and so the war for succession began, however all opponents would eventually surrender to Angela, who has insisted that ruling was her divine right:
"The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering silmite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Angela, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your queen!" -Queen Angela von Nicola at the end of the war of succession
Gertalia is home to numerous mountain ranges that are considered amongst the top ski slopes in the world. The Northern regions of the country enjoy a temperate climate with similar seasons to Canada, while the Southern region is usually a warmer climate without a winter like Canada's.
The country is the only Feudal Monarchy left in the world, ruled by Her Royal Highness Queen Angela von Nicola.
There are several smaller constituencies within the country, each governed by a lesser noble, often a Duke or Duchess or Baron or Baroness. Gertalia is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, with no one ethnicity coming close to majority status.
The economy in Gertalia is largely agrarian, particularly in wheat, barley, and grape farming. Farmers are considered crucial to the constant war efforts between the ruling class, and are usually easy to conscript for war.
Gertalia also enjoys a prosperous alcohol industry. The southern region, with its abundance of grapes, produces several fine wines that are exported around the world. The northern regions mostly produce barley, which is used in the award winning beers that are brewed and exported across the country.
Gertalia is considered one of the most "foodie" countries in the world. Its national dish is a Spaghetti Schnitzel, however it is also the country where Pizza was invented.
The country is regularly amongst the most competitive in soccer.
Contact with Canada Edit
Gertalia was initially missed on MP Muermann's initial survey of the global map due to its lack of an airport or any modern transportation systems.
It was discovered by Berry Milewski as he was putting together his travel logs to inform Canadians about the other nations of the world.
Former Parliamentarian Steven Hepburn is rumoured to have visited the country prior to MPSP15, specifically travelling to the Leaning Tower of Pizza, where he would discover his favourite food and bring it back to Canada, founding the Pizza Party in the process.