> The Anglo-Scottish Republic
> The Anstey Amendment
The Anstey Amendment was therefore drafted, redrawing the border to include a small southerly loop and thereby bring Ned Ludd’s birthplace into the Republic.
The border had originally been drawn so that it would pass through sparsely populated countryside. An unforeseen consequence of the Anstey Amendment was the bisection of the city of Leicester between the two new nations and its subsequent flourishing as a centre of trade and communication.
On January 30th 1819, the leaders of the opposing armies met in Melton Mowbray and signed the armistice document, which was later ratified by the two governments. (See also: The Anstey Amendment.)
> Avian Post
> The British Revolutionary War
The untamed lands of northern Wales cannot be said to be a true nation as they are ruled by no government.
> Bullet Catcher
> The Bullet Catcher’s Handbook
Though extracts have been reproduced in scholarly works, the book itself has never been printed or distributed among the wider population. Not all the sayings known of by academics are present in every copy. Travelling people believe in the existence of an authoritative and comprehensive manuscript, which contains even such portions of the text legitimately expunged from other copies by the Patent Office. However this belief is not shared by experts in the field.
> The Council of Aristocrats
> The Council of Guardians
> The European Spring
> The Gas-lit Empire
The term gained currency during the period of rapid economic and technical development that followed the signing of the Great Accord. It reflects the literal enlightenment that came with the extension of gas lighting around the civilised world.
Though ubiquitous, the term Gas-lit Empire is misleading, as no single government ruled over its territories. From its establishment to its catastrophic demise, the Gas-Lit Empire lasted exactly 200 years.
> The Great Accord
When men of high ideal and pure motive devote themselves to the establishment of an agency and of laws that will surpass the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the nations, it behoves them, out of respect to the opinions of others, to state the cause which impels them so to act.
Whereas some sciences and inventions have manifestly secured and improved the well-being of the common man, we hold it self-evident that others have wrought terrible suffering. Never has it been the way of science to separate the seemly from the unseemly. Therefore has the good of all been offered up for sacrifice on the altars of egotism and narrow self interest. Since the nations have failed to rein in their scientists and inventors, it has fallen to us to establish, through this Great Accord, a supra-national sovereignty adequate to the task.
In adding our signatures to this declaration, we are not embarking on a campaign of military conquest, rather it is our intention to subdue recalcitrant nations through the evident truth of our cause. But should any nation rise up against this Great Accord, we hereby pledge to combine all the strength at our disposal into one mighty army and reduce the aggressor to abject submission.
We also pledge to offer up such funds as are necessary for the establishment and maintenance of an International Patent Office, whose task it shall be to secure the wellbeing of the common man. This it shall achieve through the separation of seemly science from that which is unseemly, through the granting or withholding of licences to produce and sell technology, through the arbitration of disputes and through the execution of whatever punishments are deemed fit. In creating an agency of such sweeping powers, we are minded also to put in place the means for its dissolution. Thus, should two thirds of the signatory nations agree, the entire accord will be deemed null, the patent office rolled up and its assets divided equally between all.
With these high aims and clear safeguards established, we, the representatives of the republics of France, America and Anglo-Scotland, together with whatsoever nations may hereafter voluntarily append their names and titles, freely enter into this Great Accord on behalf of our peoples. In doing so we hold ourselves absolved from all previous alliances and treaties.
> The International Patent Office
Agents of the Patent Office have wide powers to investigate, prosecute and punish patent crime by individuals and organizations. Were the Patent Office to judge any nation guilty, it would issue an edict calling on all other signatory nations to reduce the transgressor to dust.
Though investing them with sweeping powers, the Great Accord and its amendments also subject agents of the Patent Office to certain restrictions of personal freedom.
> The Kingdom of England and Southern Wales
With its capital and agencies of government in London, it would be easy to mistake the Kingdom as merely the rump of the older, larger Britain. However, with the rule of the country passing out of the hands of the monarch and parliament and into the control of the Council of Aristocrats, it must be regarded as a revolutionary nation in its own right.
> Ned Ludd
> Ned Ludd Day
> The Second Enlightenment
IntroductionAspects of the Gas-Lit Empire are laid out in these pages for your perusal. Here are maps, monographs and mysteries. Here also you may follow clues through the maze of its streets and alleyways. Hidden stories await the perceptive eye.