Le corpité de l’Hompette
|Motto: “Un pilier de la justice” (Jumiegeois)
”A pillar of justice” (Anglo-Saxon)
Location of the Hompette Corpity in the U.D.S.C. in red
|City of Lisieux, Lisieux Subcorpity|
The Hompette Corpity (Jumiegeois: Le corpité de l’Hompette), abbreviated as HO, is a corpity in the eastern Union of Democratic Social Corpities. It is located to the south-west of the Libreterre Corpity and east of the Pioche Corpity. It shares international borders with the G.S.R. to the east, the county of Humpshire (known as l’Hompette in Jumiegeois) with which it shares a common name. The corpity is named after the Hompette River which has served as the mutually-accepted boundary of Jumieges and Questers for centuries.
The name Hompette is a Francisation of the Anglo-Saxon hump which is directly derived from Old Saxon meaning ‘thick’ or ‘curved.’ The corpity is named after the Hompette River that flows through the region. The origin of the name describes the physical characteristics of the river. In the G.S.R. it is referred to as the River Hump and has given way to the naming of the county Humpshire.
The Hompette Corpity, as its name suggests, is located in the Hompette River Basin and thus, it is home to fertile meadows laced with alluvium suitable for agricultural use. The corpity’s capital city and largest settlement is Lisieux which boasts a population of just under 2.9 million people. The corpity is largely urbanised in its core, but the surrounding Mialet Subcorpity is home to countless wildflower meadows with many species of orchids that boast bright colours in the milder months of the spring and summer.
The Hompette Corpity was well known for its large population of mute swans which flocked in large numbers to Lake Héloïse. However, Héloïse was transformed into a hydroelectric dam in the 2000’s and disrupted the natural ecosystem as a result. Swan migration patterns have been altered and larger numbers are feeding on the shores of the Lac La Belle in the Pioche and Libreterre Corpities. Fish populations have also declined significantly but the authorities have vowed to take additional care in ensuring the adjoining rivers downstream do not dry out. Owing to the proximity of the Hompette River, the corpity has experienced flash floods in the past. However, with major improvements in flood defences, the situation has changed to an extent – with less flood damage on infrastructure per annum.
The Hompette Corpity has long been under the jurisdiction of Jumieges and was one of the first regions settled by the Jumiegers who originated from Southern Alisna. It was first settled by the Jumiegers in the 9th century CE. Populations of Germanic and Nordic peoples inhabited the region for many centuries previous and there is evidence of Neolithic settlement along the banks of the Hompette River.
The majority ethnic group in the Hompette Corpity are the Jumiegers, though the corpity is also composed of large populations of Questarians (primarily Gallo-Saxons) and Jumo-Kirinyagans. The Jumo-Kirinyagans are mostly the descendants of the Alqosian slaves brought to Jumieges via the Vogelsbourg-Bougainville-Magaunda slave route. The vast majority of slaves were transported to the east to work on the large agricultural estates. Following the international abolition of slavery many Jumo-Kirinyagans moved to the nearby city of Lisieux and today, as a result, Jumo-Kirinyagans make up 24.79% of the Hompette Corpity’s overall population.
The Questarian Revolution forced many nobles, aristocrats and royalist sympathisers to flee to the Grand Principality of Jumieges which, under Minister of State Albert Harmon, pledged to take in all those escaping the conflict. Considering its close proximity to the major Questarian city of Duffborough, the Hompette Corpity experienced the border-crossings of thousands of refugees each day from mid to late January 2001. Since then, many refugees of Questarian origin reside in the corpity’s capital of Lisieux and other sizeable settlements such as Mialet. The Questarians currently constitute 37.81% of the corpity’s population.
Lake Héloïse, the U.D.S.C.’s largest hydroelectric dam, is mostly situated in the Hompette Corpity. It is regulated by both the Hompette and Libreterre Corpities and has an installed capacity of approximately 5,625 megawatts. A small natural Lake Héloïse existed before the dam’s construction but the reservoir increased its size more than twenty-five fold. The Lake Héloïse Project was initiated in 1997 and was completed twelve years later in 2009. The project involved the uprooting of more than two thousand households in rural Mialet, and was aimed to provide electricity supplies to the large urbanised areas of Lisieux, Libreville and Pioche. The sharp decline in coal mining in eastern Jumieges’ coalfields throughout the 1990’s was another reason cited for the dam’s creation.
The Hompette Corpity is also the meeting point of the Jumieges and Questarian segments of the newly-laid Trans-Alisnan Railway.
Governance and politics
The Hompette Corpity is composed of a total of two subcorpities and is represented in the People's Forum (Forum des jons) by 7 delegates. The top official in the Hompette Corpity, the Secretary (Governor), is currently Auguste-Wilfrid Jacquinot, a prominent figure in the 2016 coup d’état. Jacquinot was appointed as Secretary of the Hompette Corpity taking into account its political fragility in regard to its large population of both anti-Socialist Questarian refugees and large Jumieges landowners. Jacquinot’s notoriously hard-line approach towards opponents of the U.D.S.C. regime was viewed as ideal for the leadership of the Hompette Corpity.
The Secretary of the Hompette Corpity, Auguste-Wilfrid Jacquinot, launched a commission in the winter of 2016 tasked with the objective of determining the fate of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Questarians who fled their homeland as a result of the Revolution. In respect to the U.D.S.C’s political nature as the world’s third Socialist state, Jacquinot believed the Union could no longer support a foreign-born population of pro-monarchists and aristocrats. The commission met in Lisieux and was composed of numerous senior delegates from the three corpities that share a border with the G.S.R. – the Hompette Corpity, the Libreterre Corpity and the Nordland Corpity.
A plan titled the Retour Scheme was proposed by Jacquinot which entailed the compulsory repatriation of 50,000 refugees to the G.S.R. every year until 2027. However, the proposal was considered “tyrannical” by other members of the board and it was agreed upon that refugees possess the human right to exit the country at their own will. The Jacquinot Commission resulted in the Voluntary Assimilation Act 2016; all Questarian-born residents of the U.D.S.C. were placed under review by the authorities to certify their allegiance to the General Ideal. Those approved were naturalised as citizens of the nation, those who failed to meet the requirements of the review were handed a request for departure from the U.D.S.C. A significant number of individuals placed under evaluation were condemned as having an active involvement in the Revolution against the rebels and were sentenced to various lengths of imprisonment in correctional centres across the three Socialist states.
Notable people from the Hompette Corpity
- Politicians: Auguste-Wilfrid Jacquinot (Secretary of the Hompette Corpity 2016 – present, b. 1949)
- Actors/Actresses: Jean-Pierre Rueplain (Soap opera actor, b. 1907 d. 2003), Marc-Christophe Toussaint (Sàn-Constantin actor, b. 1920 d. 1999), Georgette Dulapin (Sàn-Constantin actress, b. 1970), Matthieu Robespierre (Sàn-Constantin actor, b. 1991)
- Writers/Poets: Antoine Mallard (19th century author, b. 1833 d. 1872)
- Entertainers: Dayo (Rap and hip-hop artist, b. 1978), Onyeka (Rap and hip-hop artist, b. 1986), Eli$ah (Rap and hip-hop artist, b. 1990)
- Sportspeople: Théo Lajambe (Tennis player, b. 1993)