|Empire of the Setyals|
The empire at its height, c. 1815 CE.
|Languages||Setyalnian, Nuhay, Vajusan languages|
|•||1729 – 1751||X (first)|
|•||1822 – 1844||Yazrïm Olboros (last)|
|Historical era||Early Modern|
|•||Proclaimed||4 February 1729 CE|
|•||Partitioned between Kavrinia and Dhwer(?)||16 March 1844 CE|
|Warning: Value not specified for "continent"|
The Setyal Empire (Setyalnian X), also known as the Qeerlesian Empire, was a large empire in Upper Boroso that dominated the area around Lake Qeerles for 115 years. The empire was ruled over by the extremely influential Olboros dynasty, who exploited the traditional Qeerlic tanistry succession (an elective monarchy with the restriction that the candidates must be of the ruling dynasty).
The empire was cause for some of the first waves of nationalism on Sahar (maybe just Boroso?), as many of the traditionally divided Upper Borosoan and Thweric states united in opposition the Setyals. The empire was such a threat, that the longstanding enemies of Dhwer and Kavrinia agreed it should be dismantled—and they began several wars to seize its core territories starting in 1831. Ultimately the bulk of the Setyals' remaining core land was annexed by Kavrinia in 1844, which later drafted a constitution and reorganised itself as the modern nation of Lhavres.
The initial Setyal polity was formed in the late 1600s as several smaller states between Ǧuun and the Thewer River decided to unite, initially through defensive pacts and trade agreements but eventually as a federation, later called the Grand Alliance. This union was formed in response to aggression from Dhweran shogunates to the north, particularly the Yahyamo state, that at the time controlled most of the Yaa peninsula and bordered the Alliance to the north of Ǧuun. At the same time, Ekuosian Olboros merchants were interested in establishing footholds in Borosan trade networks but were being stalled by the very confrontational Bavkirak and Dhweran polities. Their interests coalesced as the Olboros helped fund the Grand Alliance to retaliate and eventually conquer the Yahyamo state, in exchange for control of ports in the Yaa peninsula, votes in the elective monarchy of the alliance and, with access to the Qeerles and the Thewer, a pathway into continental Borosan trade. The conventional date for the start of the Setyal Empire, 1729, corresponds to the capitulation of the Yahyamo state. In 1743 the first Olboros Emperor is elected, X Olboros.
During its first decades the Setyal Empire underwent considerable militarization, both in land and at sea. The various Dhweran polities neighbouring it had de jure claims on the Yaa peninsula and conflicts with them were commonplace. At the same time they started trying to project naval power into the Czucz Sea, the Mbamigi sea, the King's Sea and the Dragon Sea more broadly. While this proved enough to prevent coastal raids, escort most ships into the Taanttu Sea and secure patches of coastal Nagu, exerting actual power in the region proved hard. The King's Sea was mostly inaccessible without control of Kadhgaw, which was solid Penkrotian clay apart from disjoint periods in the 1780s, the Czucz navy was modernising and expanding north of Angnyaiq was too taxing due to competition with Qonklaks. The land military however flourished, and helped the Setyal secure most of the Thewer Basin and eventually go west of the Qeerles.
After its maximal expansion in 1815 the tides turned for the Setyal Empire, with less support from Ekuosian Olboros, unsatisfaction between the local elites and the Olboros dinasty and even among the locals themselves as the empire became subject to considerable administrative and bureaucratic detritus. In addition to internal factors, Kavrinia and Dhwer consolidated their own regions and focused their attentions on containing the threat of Setyal expansionism.
System of elective monarchy
The Emperor was elected by the original X elector principalities that formed the Grand Alliance, and their respective leaders.
As the Setyal Empire conquered new lands, it was decided that they must be equally divided among each of the X principalities. During early conquests, this system worked wonderfully, and made administration easy and efficient. As further lands were conquered though, the principalities began to haphazardly seize lands to increase their influence in elections or for their own personal enrichment, leading to disconnect borders, and contrived administration and communication across the empire.