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Illéa is a place where The Selection Series takes place. It is constituted of 35 different provinces. It was established by Gregory Illéa after China took over the United States of America in the Fourth World War. Illéa is located in the continent of North America.
The constitution of the country is unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy and royalty, with some functions of representative democracy, like the elected mayors of the 35 provinces. The current queen and prince consort of Illéa are Eadlyn Schreave and Erik Koskinen. The heir to the throne is their daughter, Princess Kerttu Koskinen, the future second female ruler in the history of the country.
Illéa was at war with New Asia, but after working on a trade agreement, these two countries are now allies.
Illéa was later struggling with riots caused by prejudices left in people's mind about the castes. The people blamed the monarchy for their life and they speak about dissolving the monarchy. However, Eadlyn Schreave announced that the country would become a Constitutional monarchy with a prime minister so that the subjects could have a say in the governmental decisions towards their well-being. Eadlyn asked Brice Mannor to be the interim Prime Minister before an official election could be held.
President Wallis was the president of the United States of America during the Third World War before the Chinese assault. He continued to lead the United States throughout the war. The Chinese army invaded, because the Americans owed them a lot of money and could not pay them back due to the Americans being bankrupt. The United States of America was renamed into the American State of China once China took over. The American State of China was merely a facade, because the Chinese were pulling the strings, influencing all major political decisions and steering legislation in their favor. The Chinese invasion prompted several countries, particularly those in Europe, to align themselves with one another and make alliances.
The American State of China had no allies at this time. They tried to fight back, but they were invaded by Russia. Russia tried to expand in both directions and failed miserably. Their failure provided the American State of China with a opportunity to rebel. The entire continent of North America banded together to fight against Russia. Fighting against Russia was easier, because Russia was being attacked by China, too, as Russia had tried to take over China. Gregory Illéa headed up the assault against Russia.
That eventually led to the founding of the country of Illéa. The alliances the American State of China acquired a united front and the United States’s reputation was so damaged, no one wanted to readopt that name. So a new nation was formed under Gregory Illéa’s name and leadership, about 80 years before the events of The Selection Series.
Rulers of IlléaEdit
- Gregory Illéa — Bethany Illéa
- Damon Illéa — Grace Lowell - Illéa
- Justin Illéa — Abby Tamblin - Illéa
- Porter Schreave — Abby Schreave
- Clarkson Schreave — Amberly Schreave
- Maxon Schreave — America Schreave
- Eadlyn Schreave — Eikko Koskinen
See the Schreave family tree for more info.
A shortened list of the Provinces.
Allens is north of Carolina, and east of Kent. It may contain modern day Virginia and West Virginia. Ashley Brouillette was from Allens. Carter Woodwork is also from Allens, though he currently lives in Angeles. Connor Shannon is also from Allens.
Angeles is believed to have previously been Los Angeles, California. The capital of the country and the palace are in this province. Elise Whisks is from Angeles. Kile Woodwork and his sister Josie Woodwork are also from Angeles. All members of the Illéa’s Royal Family live in Angeles.
Carolina is believed to be North Carolina and South Carolina combined. America Singer and Aspen Leger and the rest of the Singer and Leger family are originally from Carolina until America got married to Maxon. Blakely Cork is also from Carolina. The lily is the provincial flower, as revealed in the first book.
Clermont may be modern day Florida as there is a city in Florida named Clermont and is located near Florida. Celeste Newsome is from Clermont. Fox Wesley is also from Clermont. The daisy is the provincial flower, as revealed in Scenes from Celeste and the first book.
Kent may be modern day Ohio and is located west of Allens. Marlee Tames is from Kent, though she currently lives in Angeles. The Selected Jamie Turning and Erik, the Swendish translator of the Selected Henri Jaakoppi, are also from Kent.
Waverly is believed to previously have been modern day New York. The word 'Waverly' means "quaking aspen"; which translates to: a poplar tree with rounded, long-stalked, and typically coarsely toothed leaves that tremble in even a slight breeze. Tuesday Keeper and Ivan Plays are from Waverly.
- For many generations before Prince Maxon's Selection, Halloween was not celebrated in Illéa, however, Christmas was.
- The singers Tessa Tamble and Kirstie Summer were popular singers during Prince Maxon's Selection; during Princess Eadlyn's Selection, the band Choosing Yesterday was a favorite of the country.
- You can see here an overlap map: a comparison between the map of modern North and Central America and the map of Illéa.