Milevian Empire

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Milevian Empire
TBA
1200s–1600s
Capital Phamphar
(de facto)
Languages Imperial Milevian
Old High Czisilian
Others
Government Elective monarchy
Grand Steward
 •  X Jaddemarrash (first)
Legislature Stewards' Council
Historical era Late Middle Ages
 •  Established 1200s
 •  Collapse 1600s
Today part of  Czisilia
 Farmosh
 Kaisen
Others

The Milevian Empire was a somewhat loose confederation of Milevic chiefdoms in eastern Parshita. It existed from X until its collapse in the 17th Century.

The empire was founded upon and organised around a unique system of clans and sodalities wherein ruling clans of chiefdoms would band together regardless of kin to form a guild that performed a certain function (for example, a fishing sodality). This was a voluntary association as opposed to a system of vassalage, and as such the individual chiefdoms enjoyed a great degree of autonomy prior to the later years of the empire. Within the empire this system allowed regions to become specialised in the provision of a particular good or service.

Terminian influence and attempts to centralise the empire led to its downfall in the 17th Century. In the years following its collapse the former empire was conquered and incorporated into the Terminian Far East.

Etymology

History

Establishment

Dalar arrivals

Dalar refugees began to migrate into and through Parshita in several waves throughout the [tbd]th Century, with their introduction into society generally being regarded with curiosity and respect among locals. Within the Milevian Empire, as in other regional powers, they were revered as astrologists, fortune tellers, alchemists, and other prestigious professions.

War with the Blob Empire

In an unfortunate incident, King Bigassmahni of the Blob Empire was poisoned during a banquet, along with two of his children. The Dalar were blamed for this incident, and the aftermath of the poisoning saw the Blob Empire's Dalar population expelled. Many of the resulting refugees were taken in by the Milevian Empire. This led the leadership of the Blob Empire to challenge Milevian leadership over the harbouring of so-labelled assassing and criminals, escalating tensions between the two powers. These tensions ultimately culminated in the [tbd] War.

The course of the war initially favoured the Blob Empire, who enjoyed a decisive victory at the Battle of Bhowb following an incident wherein Milevian generals were awestruck by Blob banners.

Throughout the war, the Milevians hired an army of Dalar mercenaries comprised of refugees within Milevia, as well as other Dalar threatened with expulsion throughout the Blob Empire.

The Dalar Queen

In [year], Emperor [name] married the daughter of a Dalar clan leader, [name].

Arrival of Terminians

Terminian traders first made contact with the Milevian Empire in [year], establishing a trading relationship shortly thereafter. Terminian merchants began to acquire trading rights within the empire, particular in key port cities such as Aśkal. The presence of Terminian traders brought Pashaism to Milevia for the first time, with the religion becoming predominant in the western and southern territories of the empire, spreading from Terminian port cities, in part due to the conversion of the ruling clans to the religion, in part for political reasons. While initially peaceful, the spread of Pashaism sowed the seeds for a cultural conflict, as traditional beliefs and the newly introduced Pashaism were ever increasingly seen as incompatible with one another, with beliefs concerning the environment, the natural order, and the preservation thereof being a particular sticking point.

In response to increased Terminian influence and questions of the loyalty of the Pashaist clans to the confederacy, the empire began to transition to a system of government featuring an increase in centralisation, initiated by the Union Reforms in [year]. This transition, while initially met with moderate disdain, faced considerable opposition from certain clans, including the [TBD] clan who governed territories in the south of modern-day Farmosh, who saw their previous freedom to conduct business as usual being threatened. Tensions came to a head upon the issuing of the [TBD] decree, which officially favoured Hurodism over Pashaism within the empire.

Collapse

Geography

Politics

Administrative Divisions

The empire was divided into a multitude of individual chiefdoms, each headed by a different ruling clan.

Government

Each chiefdom within the confederation was placed in a regional grouping overseen by a steward elected by the clans in a region, usually from their own ranks, who would oversee business and trade and resolve disputes between the clans under their jurisdiction. In the later stages of the empire these regions became de facto provinces, while the chiefdoms played a role more akin to districts within them.

In addition to regional stewards, every ruling clan would occasionally elect a grand steward, a de facto emperor.

Economy

Demographics

Culture

See also