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|The Empire of Arkoenn|
(and largest city)
|Government||Federal, crowned republic|
|-||Founding of Arkonis||3001 BCE|
|-||Establishment of the Empire||497 CE|
|-||Refounding of the Empire||1810 CE|
|-||Arkoennite Revolution||1834 CE|
|-||The Restoration (Empire of Arkoenn)||1980 CE|
|Drives on the||right|
The Empire of Arkoenn or Arkoenn (colloquially) is a large, centrally-located nation on the Sundering Sea in Tyran. Arkoenn is a largely semi-desert nation, centered on the river valleys of the Ansard Basin. Between around 500 and 1700 CE, Arkoenn's empire spanned much of the continent of Siduri, including parts of present day Mubata, Tharsatica, Nalaya and others.
The country is, ethnically and religiously, a relatively homogenous nation, governed in the present day by a constitutional monarchy. Together with the nations of Allamunnika, Melaskana, and Kansdoen, it forms the Union of Central Siduri.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Prehistory
- 1.2 Early History (3001 - 1000 BCE)
- 1.3 The Pre-Imperial Period (1000 BCE - 500 CE)
- 1.4 The First Empire (c. 500 - 1100 CE)
- 1.5 Decline (1100 - 1300)
- 1.6 Resurgence (1350 - 1650)
- 1.7 Collapse (1650 - 1800)
- 1.8 Refounding & The Republic (1800 - 1834)
- 1.9 The Republic of Arkoenn (1834 - 1927)
- 1.10 The Kazar Regime (1927 - 1941)
- 1.11 The Great War (1941 - 1948)
- 1.12 The Post-War Regime (1948 - 1979)
- 1.13 The Arrival of Democracy & Modern Arkoenn (1979 - Present)
- 2 Geography
- 3 Politics
- 4 Military
- 5 Foreign Relations
- 6 Economy
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Culture
The land of what is now Arkoenn has been inhabited since at least the Mesolithic period, although the ancestors of modern Arkoennites are not believed to have arrived in the Ansard Basin until between 11,000 and 10,000 BCE. Settlements at the sites of most of Arkoenn’s modern major cities appear between 10,500 and 8,500 BCE.
Early History (3001 - 1000 BCE)
The history of Arkoenn proper, however, cannot begin without the founding of the city of Arkonis, the center and capital of the great southern empire. The site of Arkonis began to be occupied around approximately 9,200 BCE, although multiple settlements came and went, some abandoned, some destroyed. Arkonis as it is recognized today was not founded until the fourth millenium BCE, traditionally listed as 3001 BCE (and providing the year zero in the Arkoennite calendar).
There are two folklore or mythological tales describing the founding of Arkonis. The more mythic of the two maintains that the site was chosen and blessed by the growth of a pure spring of fresh water between the Ansi and Ardus Rivers, a spring that was the child of Arkus and Ensa produced when they had sexual relations on that spot from mingling of Arkus’ seed and Ensa’s menstrual blood. The vast spring they created, named Ledbaisi, was blessed and became the apple of her proud father’s eye.
The other story is that the hero Ordasis was wandering in the desert, dying of thirst, when he encountered a rusty furred coyote. This coyote was none other than the trickster Anzi, who offered to show Ordasis an oasis, if he could teach him a new melody. Picking up his flute, Ordasis played for hours, trying to find a melody that Anzi had never heard. Just when he was running out of ideas, he improvised a new melody, using notes he had never attempted before, stunning Anzi and making the trickster laugh and clap with joy. Satisfied, Anzi brought Ordasis to the spring Baisi, and told him to drink. Ledbaisi, the spring’s spirit, came out when Ordasis drank, and the two became enraptured with one another.
The hero and the spring’s spirit claimed each other, and began a family, settling at the spring. Over time, other people came to live where this sweetwater spring and the family that lived and cared for it resided, and although Ordasis died an old man, and his children would also perish, their descendents lived on, and Ledbaisi continued to nurture their numerous descendents as an abiding act of love.
However the founding occurred, Arkonis's current phase of habitation was underway by the dawn of the third millennium BCE.
The Pre-Imperial Period (1000 BCE - 500 CE)
Over the next several millennia, the power dynamic in the Basin shifted continuously. Starting in the later half of the first millennium BCE, Arkonis began to expand its sphere of influence. By the first century CE, Arkonis exerted significant influence, if not always outright control, over Hulsdoen, Kantasa, and Ensdoen, subjugating them to the city (and its rulers’) will. Over the next three centuries, Arkonis expanded to control the entire Basin, and then to expand its power beyond the mountains to its north. By 500 CE, the entirety of modern Arkoenn, as well as some of the territory immediately outside of that area, were firmly under Arkonis’ control, and the realm had acquired a new name: Arkoenn.
It was also during this span of time that the religion of Kthonerna was founded.
The First Empire (c. 500 - 1100 CE)
Decline (1100 - 1300)
Around 1000 CE, the status quo on the Sundering Coast was upset by the arrival of invaders from parts unknown. The newcomers, who called themselves Allamunnae and spoke a Germanic language, quickly established themselves on the coast, with the surprisingly-large migration placing several thousand people in the area fairly quickly.
Arkoennite authorities in the area were unsure of what to make of the pale newcomers.
Resurgence (1350 - 1650)
Collapse (1650 - 1800)
By the middle of the 17th century, the Empire’s second wind was running out. Corruption had reinfected the civil service, the military was suffering defeats, and its leadership had become decadent and incompetent. A slew of children left in the wake of Emperor Addis XIV’s death resulted in a civil war between competing siblings from 1654 to 1661.
The eventually victorious Dakim VI was only marginally better than his father as a leader, and he made some attempt to leave a more settled succession, designating his eldest daughter Ikaza as his heir. However, this would only prove partially successful.
Although Ikaza (taking the throne as Ikaza III in 1703) was successful in controlling the core of Arkoenn, jealous and ambitious siblings increasingly took advantage of increasingly-independent local rulers to assert their claims and carve out their own splinter empires.
Attempts by Ikaza III to reassert imperial authority over her rebellious siblings were met with a series of civil wars, in which large sections of former Arkoennite territory were lost. By 1719, the Empire was only slightly larger than its present-day borders.
In 1721, Ikaza died after a long illness, leaving the throne to her own son, Razen. Razen proved to be less than competent, and his council largely ruled in his stead, leading to a series of unsuccessful and unpopular policies that only aggravated existing unrest. Although Razen II remained in power until 1740, he was an increasingly-powerless figurehead for much of his reign. Razen II’s reign ended in 1740, when he was deposed by a disgruntled minister, who spared him in an ultimate show of contempt, ending the Imperial period of Arkoenn.
Refounding & The Republic (1800 - 1834)
Koiza, the warlord who deposed Razen and ended the empire, ruled over a relatively small domain centered on the capital of Arkonis. Razen and his family were forced into exile in Kthonis, where Razen would eventually die a bitter old man.
His son Hardasa, however, proved a resourceful partisan of Kthonis, and rose through the ranks of the city-state’s government, while becoming very popular for his attempts at land reform. With popular support and the assent of Kthonis’ government, Hardasa was declared Emperor of Arkoenn (in exile) in 1762.
With an army at his back, Hardasa marched on Arkonis, and successfully defeated Koiza, now an elderly man himself, seizing back the seat of the Arkoennite Empire. This began a series of conquests and wars which took much of Hardasa’s lifetime, as he reconquered and consolidated the Ansard Basin as well as the rest of modern Arkoenn.
By 1802, Hardasa (now styled Hardasa V) had successfully reunified Arkoenn as a single state, although now mostly limited to the Ansard Basin. Although he began reforms and measures to solidify the reconstituted state, he was quite elderly at this point, and died in 1818 at the age of 75, leaving the throne to a spoiled grandson, Adralis.
Adralis VI proved to be nowhere near Hardasa’s equal as a ruler, spoiled, self-centered, and incompetent (without the awareness to recognize himself as such), and he wasted public funds on personal expenditures while drought conditions further worsened the lives of the common populace. It was something of a miracle that his reign lasted the 14 years that it did, whereupon a number of revolts ripped the realm apart.
Initially, Adralis VI thought the revolts he faced were simple peasant uprisings. However, as Imperial Army after Imperial Army sent to quash the revolts either failed, or mutinied, the truth became clear; this was a far more popular, unified, and organized revolt than any Arkoennite Ekasan had faced in a millennium.
City after city fell to the rebels, who called for the elimination of the aristocracy and monarchy, land reform, and democracy. Each city that fell saw its nobility exterminated or forced into hiding, often with the tacit approval of religious authorities, who deemed that Adralis and his cohorts had failed the nation.
When Arkonis fell in November of 1834, Adralis was dragged into the street, abused, and torn limb from limb by an enraged mob. His family met similar fates, with the heads of the members of the ruling dynasty displayed in the Plaza of the Sun for weeks.
The Republic of Arkoenn (1834 - 1927)
The Kazar Regime (1927 - 1941)
The elections of 1927 propelled the Cooperative Alliance, a coalition of left-wing political parties, into power with a substantial majority. Fearing what he called a "leftist takeover" of Arkoenn, a coup was launched by several army officers, led by the aristocratic Field Marshal Gangi Kazar. Kazar seized Arkonis in 1927, executing many members of the Republic's government, and declaring him the "Protector and Marshal of a New Arkoennite Empire".
Resistance to the regime erupted almost immediately, and the first three years of his rule were spent in "pacification" campaigns in which dissidents were rooted out and imprisoned or killed, and the average citizen saw their civil and political rights dramatically reduced.
The early years of the Kazar regime also saw greater defiance from the governments of neighboring Kansdoen and Melaskana, which both sought closer relations with the rival Quenminese Empire. Kazar's brutal treatment of his political enemies also widened an existing rift with the Allamunnic government of Thomas Filius.
The Great War (1941 - 1948)
The Post-War Regime (1948 - 1979)
The Arrival of Democracy & Modern Arkoenn (1979 - Present)
The single largest region of Arkoenn is the Ansard Basin, which is defined by the Ardus and Ansi Rivers. A high desert surrounds the river valley, and the rivers originate in the Kazdoen Mountains in the south of the country. A number of other rivers bind the country together, either forming borders or making civilized life possible in several parts of the country.
In the present day, Arkoenn is governed by a constitutional monarchy. The head of state is the Ekasan (Arkoennite: King of Kings), who serves as the highest executive authority in the country. The Ekasan has the power to dissolve the Chisikala (Arkoennite: Council of Ministers) and call for new elections, and is also the commander-in-chief of the Arkoennite Imperial Forces. They are charged with the enforcement and implementation of the law as written and passed by the Chisikala.
The Chisikala is the national legislature. It is a unicameral legislature. The Chisikala is led by the Ekuchisi (Arkoennite: Prime Minister; literally "First Minister"), who is elected by the Chisikala, and generally comes from the majority party. The current Ekuchisi is Fannodi Hargus, who is only the second Ekuchisi since the end of the fascist regime; his predecessor, Eleanor Henderson, served as Ekuchisi for 38 years, from 1980 to 2008.
Nationally, Arkoenn has three major political parties, with smaller parties existing in supplement or at the fringes. These parties include the social democratic Social Justice Party, more centrist Federal Democratic Party, and the more outright socialist National Labor Alliance. At present, the Arkoennite right is rather weak and fractured, suffering from significant backlash due to association with the Kazar-Ilki regime.