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National crest of Yurgenschmidt.

Yurgenschmidt (ユルゲンシュミット, yurugenshumitto) is the country in which Ascendance of a Bookworm takes place.

Header.pngGeneral Information

Located at the center of Yurgenschmidt is the Sovereignty, the seat of royal power and the home of the Zent, or ruler[1]. The rest of the land is divided into duchies, each governed by a ruling Aub, or archduke.

The country is shaped like a circle and bordered by a magical wall, which can only be passed through using specified gates. Likewise, each duchy is defined by a magical border around its territory. The barriers between duchies allows free passage to animals and people, but will block most forms of magic and instantly inform the archduke of a duchy if a person above a certain mana-threshold passes through in any place other than a border gate.

The country of Yurgenschmidt does not count their years in a single continuous system like Anno Domini on most parts of Earth, but instead uses a system that splits time into eras based on the rule of the kings, similar to how Japan measures their time in the eras of their Emperors[2].

Header.pngGeography

List Of Duchies

Map of Yurgenschmidt

Before the recent civil war, Yurgenschmidt was comprised of 25 duchies. However, those on the losing side of the political conflict became defunct, and the land was redivided into 21 duchies.

Each duchy has a ranking relative to the others, determined by its population, economy, political influence, scientific and magical research, new trends or fashions, and the performance of students at the Royal Academy. In addition to its numerical rank, duchies are classified as "greater," "middle" or "lesser". Although the Sovereignty is technically a duchy, it always ranks above all other duchies.
Currently there are four greater, nine middle and seven lesser duchies[1].

The higher the rank a duchy holds, the more power and influence it wields. Lower ranking duchies must show deference to those above them, and all must defer to the Sovereignty and the royal family.

Sovereignty

  • Sovereignty

Greater Duchies

Middle Duchies

Other Duchies (status unknown)

Duchies Defunct due to the Civil War

  • Scharfer
  • Trostwerk
  • Werkestock
  • Zausengas

Other Defunct Duchies

Duchy Ranking

  • Sovereignty - The middle of the country where the royal family lives and also were the Royal Academy is. The sovereignty always stands above all the duchies and therefore does not have a rank.

Current Rankings

Rank
Name
Color Heraldic Animal Details
1
Klassenberg
Red North of Ehrenfest. Known to have more power and influence than any other duchy. Currently managing Zausengas.
2
Dunkelfelger
Blue
Eagle
Known for their skill in ditter, Dunkelfelger's students typically win the Interduchy Tournament at the Royal Academy[4].
3
Drewanchel
Emerald-Green
Snake
In the mid-east of the country. Known for skilled scholars & research.
4
Gilessenmeyer
A middle duchy who's rank shot up to it's current position due to the civil war at the north-western edge of the country[5]
5
Hauchletzte
6
Ahrensbach
Light-Purple Directly south of Ehrenfest. Georgine, Sylvester's sister, is currently the 1st wife of the Aub (was originally the third wife.)
7
?
8
?
9
?
10
Ehrenfest
Ochre Lion Rozemyne's home duchy.
11
Immerdink[6]
12
?
13
?
14
?
15
Frenbeltag
Southwest of Ehrenfest. The duchy Frenbeltag was on the losing side of the Civil War and is now supported by Ehrenfest due to both Sylvester and his wife being related to the current Aub and his wife.
16
?
17
?
18
?
19
?
20
?
21
?

Historical Rankings

*"AM #" refers to the number of years after Myne's birth. See timeline for more details.

Duchy Pre-Civil

War

Post-Civil

War

AM 11 AM 12 AM 13
Ahrensbach ? ? 6[7] 6[8]
?
Drewanchel ? ? 3[7] 3[8]
?
Dunkelfelger ? ? 2[7] 2[8]
?
Klassenberg ? ? 1[7] 1[8]
?
Ehrenfest ? Higher than

pre-civil war

13[9] 10[10]
Frenbeltag ? ? 15[12] 15[12]
?
Berschmann ? ? ?
?
Gaussbuttel ? ? ? ?
?
Gilessenmeyer ? ? 4[14] 4[15]
?
Hauchletzte ? ? ? 5[16]
?
Immerdink ? ? 10[6] 11[6]
?
Jossbrenner ? ? ? ?
?
Kirschnereit ? ? ? ?
?
Lehmbruck ? ? ? ?
?
Losrenger ? ? ? ?
?
Lindenthal ? ? ? ?
?
Lortzing ? ? ? ?
?
Neuehausen ? ? ? ?
?
Quandtreeb ? ? ? ?
?
Ossvault ? ? ? ?
?
Scharfer ? N/A N/A N/A N/A
Trostwerk ? N/A N/A N/A N/A
Werkestock ? N/A N/A N/A N/A
Zausengas ? N/A N/A N/A N/A

Header.pngReligion

Religion in Yurgenschmidt is based on worship and prayer to a pantheon of gods and goddesses.

Despite the faith's many mythological and fantastical elements, the gods and goddesses of Yurgenschmidt have a concrete, measurable impact on everyday life and the natural world. Prayer and blessings are shown to influence not only magic, but also agriculture, governance, and strength in combat. As a result, while some are more or less devout, the people of Yurgenschmidt do not generally question the existence of the gods.

Religion is closely associated with the practice of magic by the nobility, since gods are invoked in magic circles, blessings and spells. Mana also plays a key role in many religious ceremonies, such as Spring Prayer and the Dedication Ritual.

Header.pngHistory

Legand has it that the first king of Yurgenschmidt was chosen by the gods themselves to rule the country and act as their representative in the mortal realm. He was allowed to transcribe the Mestionora's original Grutrissheit.

As such he was not only the head of the country, but also highest religious authority. With the first king also acting as the head of the temple, his children often participated in religious ceremonies. At some point in history, the positions of political and religious leaders were split, with the former being held by the king and the latter being held by the newly instated position of high bishop, who was chosen from among the king's children. This also extended to the duchies, with the local High Bishop being one of the Aub's children.

Over the centuries, the practice of appointing the king's and aub's children to be the high bishops fell out of practice. Regardless of whether this was the cause or the consequence, the temple lost much of it's influence, power and respect. In living memory the temples have been regarded as a filthy place populated by those who were either unwanted or unqualified to become true nobles, barely above commoners, as well as a place to hide illegitimate children at.

Spoiler from Part 4 Volume 8

At some point in the distant past Yurgenschmidt went into an arrangement with their neighboring country Lanzenave that allowed a princess of the country to stay in Yurgenschmit's Sovereignty. The name of the first princess to come to Yurgenschmidt due to this engagement was Princess Adalgisa and from this point onward all the children a princess of Lanzenave gave birth to in Yurgenschmidt were called the "Seeds of Adalgisa", even to this day centuries after the death of Adalgisa herself.

The daughters of the such princesses are all raised to become princesses themselves and presumably sent to Lanzenave upon coming of age. Of her sons however only a single one is sent back home with the others being disposed of. If the father is willing to take the child in, they can do so, but if the father is unwilling, the boys will be killed. Most Yurgenschmidt nobles in the situation to be a father of a male Seed of Adalgisa are unwilling to take the child because they can't be absolutely sure the child is really theirs and due to the problems this might cause with their wives. One of the rare exceptions was the Sixth Aub Ehrenfest who chose to take his son Ferdinand back to Ehrenfest[17].

In it's long history, the Yurgenschmidt fell into civil war at least twice.

The first mentioned civil war happened a long time ago and it's resulting mana shortage led many duchies to invade weaker neighbors to steal their mana with black weapons, which led to the banning of teaching this spell at the Royal Academy[18].

The second known civil war happened only a relatively short time ago. For the details see Civil War.

A drastic consequence for the country was the loss of the Grutrissheit of the true heir - the second prince - and the former firth prince being unaware of the location of the original transcription made by the first king and thus being unable to create a copy of his own. Apart from the resistence of the biblical fundamentalists, this also left the new king with other problems, like being incapable of redrawing duchy borders[19].

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Despite the purges, some nobles loyal to the defeated duchies remained. In Rozemyne's second year at the royal academy those rebels launch an assault on Zent Trauerqual and his family at the Interduchy Tournament using ternisbefallen to sow chaos among the gathered students and their families. The attackers even go so far as to launch suicide attacks, either blowing themselves up or feeding themselves to the mana-absorbing feybeasts to make them stronger. Despite these desperate tactics not a single member of the royal family is harmed. However several of the students are killed by the rampaging feybeasts. Immerdink and Neuehausen are hit particularly hard, since ternisbefallen appeared at their spots of the proceedings.

As a result of the attack, the king decides to put all the territories of the duchies abolished after the civil war under the control of the sovereigntry, rather than leaving some of them under the control of neighboring duchies, though this has yet to be announced at the coming Archduke Conference[19].

Header.pngTrivia

  • One of the duchies that were overtaken by Ehrenfest after Rozemyne's first academy term has dark-green capes, though it is unclear at this point whether it's the former tenth, eleventh or twelfth duchy[10]

Header.pngReferences

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 1. Chapter 2: Moving to the Castle
  2. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 6. Chapter 1: The Beginning of Classes
  3. Ascendance of a Bookworm, Part 4 Volume 3 Side Story: The Blessing at the Graduation Ceremony.
  4. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 2. Chapter 8: The Battle for Schwartz and Weiss
  5. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 7. Chapter 7: The Ternisbefallen Inquiry
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 7. Chapter 15: Hartmut's Marriage Partner
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 1. Chapter 9: The Advancement Ceremony and Fellowship Gatherings
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 5. Chapter 18: The Second-Year Fellowship Gathering
  9. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 1. Chapter 8: The Better Grades Committee
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 5. Chapter 17: Hirschur's Visit and the Advancement Ceremony
  11. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 8. Chapter 12: Report on the Archduke Conference (Second Year)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 1. Chapter 10: Royalty and Nobles from Other Duchies
  13. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Royal Academy Stories - First Year. Roderick - One Day in the Royal Academy
  14. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 4. Chapter 16: A More Private Meeting
  15. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 7. Chapter 7: The Ternisbefallen Inquiry
  16. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 7. Chapter 10: Tea Party with Drewanchel
  17. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 8. Chapter 14: Decisions
  18. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 7. Chapter 1: Post-Return Discussion
  19. 19.0 19.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 7. Epilogue

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