A fictional state by Tarek Gara
Learn about the (fictional) state of Talienk from the novel Mortal Past and discover its history! Read about the birthplace of Alec Goulding, or the political battlefield of Lashinburg, the capital city.
The Republic of Talienk
Talienk is the name of the fictional country created by Tarek Gara and used in Mortal Past. Alongside other fictional worlds, it is correlated to the real world and its evolving politics and public environment.
First introduced in the debut novel, Mortal Past, Talienk is a unique country with a unique set of geographical peculiarities and chaotic civil ups and downs. Having incurred numerous civil wars and cross-country rivalry, among which the most famous incident with Barun, where thirteen soldiers were killed on Barunian soil after they were sent to map the overview for the military camp designated for Talienkian practice, Talienk is considered a country that has suffered horrific atrocities and contributed with many fatalities in several wars.
Talienk was highlighted for the first time in an unpublished prequel to Mortal Past as the place of events, and 2012 as the time, both serving the setting for the third civil war in the country, instigated mainly by a former soldier from West Malsitty, scheming with his friends a plan to take down the kakistocratic government led by Andrew Wilson, a thriving politician back then. Although the events take place in 2012, the history of the country dates back to the 1900s.
It was first tenanted by its first, nomad settlers who arrived in the late 1890s and settled in the northern part of the country, having the shoreline serving as both the economic takings as fishing was the main food source, and the defense line. The populace in 1895 reached 3,400 residents, among which were farmers and fishermen.
Throughout the years, Talienkians evolved and spread into the landmass of the country, forming the most-populated city in 1927 that now serves as the capital city.
In 1945, the country incurred an economic stagnation, forcing the workpeople to initiate riots and protests against the government, led by Ross Wonger. The government did not have a House; instead, the President – called Head of State back then – formed a coalition group, Harlman Union – named after the first inventor, Gregg Harlman – that consisted of several political leaders and capitalists whose main goal was to support the Head of State’s decisions and rulings and push them onto the public population and the State Police to apply them. Most decisions made by the HOS throughout the seven-year ruling period were altered or overruled by the next HOS afterwards, making the law system vulnerable to many radical alternations and the lives of the people hard.
This was the case until the year 1984, when HOS Bart Gross initiated the making of the Constitution of Law, an act supported later by almost 80 percent of the population of Talienk. HOS Gross also moved the capital city title to Talienkia, the smaller neighbor of Lashinburg for undisclosed reasons, and created the Larkinson Alliance (1986-2018) with the Turkish government, to later be joined by a dozen European and Middle-Eastern governments. HOS Gross divided the country’s landmass into five main districts – later turned into four. He was the first HOS to hold the title of ‘Most Honorable President’ in 1988. In 1990, a year before the anticipated elections date in 1991, HOS Bart Gross announced the development and improvement of the Army, which was met with appeasement from the Army General, Palick Fells and his army, but the public wasn’t fond of the idea, seeing as the development of the country’s infrastructure and public health and education institutions was much more needed.
In 1991 – a short while before the elections took place – HOS Gross started an unnamed project in the police system, creating a private division serving as his security agency, first named State Security and then Governmental Police, which was the initiative for the first civil war in 1991 to 1993.
Even 28 years later, the Governmental Police is still in action, highlighted for a third time in Gharra’s third novel, Red Code. The Governmental Police’s first chief was Aaron Tankersley, the former Deputy Chief of the Metropolitan Police in 1990. When HOS Gross’s sovereignty was nearing its end, he appointed Tankersley to become the Chief of Governmental Police, serving as his head security.
The first civil war, initiated by Bart Gross in 1991, was the gentlest of the three civil wars the country incurred since the beginning of time, even with HOS Gross being the meanest and most dangerous Head of State – compared to Donny Barnes, who instigated the second civil war in 2003, and Andrew Wilson, who instigated the third civil war in 2012 – and the only one with bad intents to destroy the country.
In 1992, in the midst of all the shootings, bombings and destruction of infrastructure and economic districts, all followed by the assassination of different social activists and journalists who publicly opposed his policies, HOS Gross issued the first bulletin titled ‘The Fidelity Edicts.’ They instituted the laws of who was entitled to be called loyal to his country and who was not. Shortly after that, more than 70 percent of the political parties’ adherents succumbed to the control, while many others who opposed his authority were secretly assassinated with the help of the Governmental Police.
In 1993, the Fidelity War – named by social activist and journalist Jerome Edwards from Lashinburger – came to its end when HOS Gross died of a sudden heart attack in March, quickly afterwards followed by the death of the Governmental Police’s Chief in April, who was stabbed to death by his assistant in the department, Julian Harlman, a young man from Dhorilugler, who commented later in interrogation with: “I killed him with the knife my Pa was holding when he died by the bullets of the police four months ago. I saved our country.”
A year later, Julian Harlman was congratulated and awarded in the ceremonies held by the new Head of State, Zachary Alesstrom, who later changed the title to President of Talienk.
In 1995, Talienk became a new country, after three years of horrific acts of killing and bombing by Gross. President Alesstrom commented at the ceremony, during a sixty-minute speech of his, “I am, indeed, glad that this war is over, and this rather black era of Talienkian history, finished. Ahead of us, folks, is a bright future, full of wellbeing and unity. Even though Gross unrightfully took two years more than he was entitled to, the upcoming years, I promise you, will make up to that.”
From 1995 to 2000, Alesstrom made improvements in the education system like no one else. He reformed the school system and built two more universities in 1998 and 2000. He also built the Presidential Palace in Lashinburg – after restoring its capital city title – as an embodiment of his ideology, “I serve my country in my sleep,” which was also the slogan of his electoral campaign.
In July of 2000, Alesstrom made a proposition to the House of Representatives to decrease the period of ruling of the President from seven to five years. The proposition was voted on, harvesting 89 percent of the votes to its side and thus making its way into the Constitution.
For years, the country was in a stalemate, politically speaking. The government was facing an acute downturn in economy and investment. Elections took place, giving Andrew Wilson way into the Presidential Palace.
Andrew Wilson instigated a civil war around the year 2012.