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Messapia
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National Flag
Motto
Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum
Capital City Rudiae
Official Language(s) Iapygian
Government Type Monarchy Monarchy
Alliance Flag of Sparta
Sparta
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Nation Team Black team Black
Statistics as of 28 april
Total population 37k
Literacy Rate 28%
Religion Christianity Christianity
Currency Currency Euro Euro
Infrastructure 2.999
Technology 50
Nation Strength 11k
Nation Rank Lt of 5,242
Total Area 1,280 Earth icon
Native Resources Marble Wine

The Messapii are an ancient tribe that inhabit, the south-eastern peninsula or "heel" of Italy, known variously in ancient times as Calabria, Messapia and Iapygia. Their chief towns are Uzentum, Rudiae ,Brundisium and Hyria. They Speak the Messapian language. They are often referred to as "the most southerly of the Iapygian tribes".

Nation History Edit

Herodotus records a tradition that sometime after the death of King Minos a large body of Cretans, all except the Polichnites and the Praisians, sailed for Sicania and besieged Camicus for a space of five years. Failing to take the city, and suffering from hunger, they departed Sicania and began the voyage homewards. A furious storm hit when they were at sea close to the shore of what later became Iapygia. The storm threw them upon the coast and broke all their vessels to pieces; and so, as they saw no means of returning to Crete, they founded the town of Hyria and "changed their name from Cretans to Messapian Iapygians".

After Hyria (founded in the 18th century BC) they founded other towns, which, at a much later time, the Tarentines attempted to take. The Iapygians repulsed the Tarentine Greeks however and inflicted a serious defeat on them in 473 BC, thanks to their superior cavalry. The Messapic cities were independent from each other, and had trade relationships with Greater Greece communities. A corps of Messapic archers foughts with Athens in its war against Syracuse.

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