The Kothlen Horde at its greatest extent
|Languages||Old Kothlenic, Old Aneer, Old Vucheshian, Amaian-Zwazwan, Tahavic|
|Religion|| Vaniuan Iovism (before 823)|
Zarasaism (after 823)
|Historical era||Age of the Three Kingdoms|
|Today part of|| Amaia|
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|History of Balakia|
|Warring Qakates period|
|Union of Shomosvan|
The empire was founded by Balâhak, a Kothlenic warlord who established the empire between 811 and his death in [year], and was consistently ruled by the Tamaghid dynasty for the rest of its existence.
In 1066 the empire was thrown into chaos as the result of an uprising and seizure of power by the Bashteze tribe, prompting a civil war between Bashteze sympathisers and Tamaghid loyalists. Despite an eventual Tamaghid victory in 1075, the weakness of the central government allowed provincial and clan leaders, including members of Tamaghid cadet branches, to seize power as independent warloads in their respective territories, commencing the Warring Qakates period of Balak history. The resulting power vacuum would not be filled until the assertion of Asharid dominance in the region under the Great Horde.
The Kothlen Horde under Balâhak exhibited a form of military government, with conquests divided among top-ranking generals. However, after Balâhak’s death, his successor [name] looked to the recently conquered Vucheshians and their system of government. A governing council subordinate to the ruling Tamaghid dynasty, known as the Hamimá, was established, which [insert powers here]. Skilled Vucheshian bureaucrats were appointed to positions of provincial governorship across the empire, in the stead of the generals who had governed previously.
Stagnation and decline
As time progressed, mutual distrust began to grow between the ruling Tamaghid dynasty, the general population, and the Vucheshian political elite, which became increasingly known as the “cheese bureaucracy” due to perceived intemperance and luxury and a resulting indifference towards their duties. Thus in the early 11th Century Great Qak [name here] began the process of reallocating the governorships of the provinces to family members and reducing the Hamimá’s power. However, a great proportion of these Tamaghids were unqualified in administrative affairs, and as such mismanagement of the provinces skyrocketed, with the extortion of locals and resource mismanagement being particularly prevalent issues against the backdrop of more general corruption. Abuses of the Kothlenic stamp tax additionally slowed down trade and ground the economy to a halt. Dissatisfaction with the political and economic situation eventually culminated in the outbreak of a revolt spearheaded by the Bashteze tribe in 1066.
After the final quelling of the Bashteze insurrection in 1075, the central government of the Kothlen Horde was left with very little remaining power over the provinces. With this, the governors of the provinces (at this point almost exclusively Tamaghids) began to assert their own control as regional warlords, finalising the collapse of the empire and splitting the Tamaghid dynasty into a multitude of warring cadet branches. This collapse began the Warring Qakates period of Balak history, which would end in the 15th Century with the Great Horde’s conquests of the Balak peninsula.