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The First Age of Venmerean History (1918-1948): A General History

In the year 1918, the first settlers arrived in the land that would become Venmere. It is an area with several different landscapes, with a desert in the south, lush green valleys in the center and the east, mountains in the west, and some icy tundra in the north. They arrived in what is now Moccasin on July 11, 1918. The settlers established the first city in Moccasin, which is at the foot of the tallest mountain in Venmere, Mount Kimberly, which stands at 17,741 feet above sea level. Walter Lawrence, whom the current leader of Venmere is named after, was elected the mayor of the first settlement. The early settlement was riddled by infighting and a civil war in 1922, which resulted in 36 dead (the city had only 693 people at the time.) The settlers lived in peace until Walter Lawrence's son, Alfred Lawrence, in the year 1947, tried to establish Venmere as an independent nation. The nearby nation of Caranda, which itself had hoped to own the area that Venmere encompassed, protested and sent troops to halt them. It took 30 days to get their troops there. The Venmerean militia, numbering about 800, waited for them in the trees alongside the road in what today is called Independence Pass. Venmere's troops ambushed the Carandan troops, tired from their many days of marching. Their 6,000-strong army saw 2,156 killed while Venmere's militia had only 47 casualties. The Carandan troops retreated to their homeland, defeated. Venmere's independence was accepted on November 17, 1947, and this day is celebrated as Venmere's Independence Day. Alfred Lawrence was elected the first President of Venmere and was inaugurated on March 14, 1948. The first Vice President was David Johnson. The national animal, the Peregrine Falcon, was chosen on October 25, 1948. Venmere's motto, Quia libertas stare simul, was accepted on December 17, 1948, as part of the celebrations of the first Independence Day.