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Dutchy of Estalia
Estalia
Flag of the Dutchy of Estalia
Estalia - States
Goverment
Naedrick Jaener
Type of Goverment Republic
Head of State Naedrick Jaener
Secondary Leaders Emil Jaener
Geography
Location Croatia
Capital Series of City States with the largest city being Magritta
Population
Languages Germanic
Demonym Estalian
Religion R'hllor
Races, and Ethnicity Population dominated by the Visigoths but larger population of Serbians, and Italians.
Population Placeholder

Dutchy of Estalia is a large but devided Human Kingdom that is located east of Italy and in the region of Croatia. The land of Estalia is not a unified one. Like Tilea to the south east, it comprises a number of minor city states, of which the largest are the states of Magritta and Bilbali. Unlike Tilea, however, the states are not continually at war with one another. Most of Estalia’s war efforts are concentrated against Tilea as well as the small independant kingdoms east along their borders, rather than against the other principalities and kingdoms that cover the land.

The Dutchy of Estalia can be defined by the three triumverate system where in the powerbases of Magritta, Bilbali, and Karlova all share a piece of the pie of control. Each of these city states have been historically dominated by their respective ethnic groups with Bilbali being Italian dominated, Magritta controlled by the Visigoths, and Karlova controlled by the Serbians.

The Dutchy of Estalia is populated by three major groups and these groups are the dominant Visigoths, and the more numerous Italians, and the also numerous Serbians. Of these groups the Visigoths are the newest comers to the lands of Estalia, and for this reason they should be in a weaker position but due to the skill of certain houses such as House Jaener the Visigoths have become quite dominant despite the fact that they are only twenty two percent of the population. The largest group within the Dutchy of Estalia are the Italians of whome pushed out the once dominant Serbians from the land during the expansion of the Roman Empire, and during the time the land was controlled by Rome they were the dominant figure in the land. The final group are the Serbians of whome are the original founders of the land, but they were pushed out and their ancient Serbian Kingdom was destroyed by the expansist Roman Empire forcing them into a common alliance along the northwestern corner of Estalia.

Estalia was founded in ancient days by the fleeing members of Ukraine's Visigoth population who were in complete route after the invasions of the Rus from the north. Estalia was at one time completely controlled from the now ruined city state of Mensrua, but following a disasterous campaign against Tilia the city state was destroyed alongside the ruling House that had gave Estalie the direction that it had required for generations. Following this the next moment came when the enigmatic Azor Abei arrived on the shores of Estalia, and begin spreading his vision of a new found religion. His converts were most noteable in the ancient House Jaener of Magritta, and with their support the religion of R'hllor spread throughout Estalia for decades until it became the universal religionof the land. The leadership of House Jaener who had become fanatical in their devotion to R'hllor meant that they engaged in conflict with everyone around them that wasn't a devout follower of R'hllor, and this first was insular in its direction.

Geography

Estalia is a land shrouded in mystery and myth. Very little is known of it elsewhere in Europe. It is cut off from Central Europe and Asia by the ranges of the Sierra del Draco running from north to south just to the east of Tobaro and the Sierra del Diablo running East/West almost to the sea. These mountains are infested with a wide range of monsters as well as renegade goblin tribes driven south by the orcs of Mordor. West of the Sierra del Diablo is the Rio Tigre which runs north to the sea. The river is a raging torrent during all seasons, and only one bridge crosses the river halfway between the mountains and the sea, and this bridge is heavily fortified at both ends.

Political Geography

  • Northern Border : The northern border of Estalia is dominated by their border with the Kingdom of Dol Amroth of whom they are connected to by the two fortresses in the form of the Estalian port fortress bridge of Pozega, and the Dol Amroth fortress of Tel Hivin. The norther border also contains a small border with the Visigothic nation in the form of the Realm of Dannonia of whom has remained relatively peaceful with the Estalia city state of Sartosa due to the shared Visigothic nature of the two states.
  • Western Border : The Western border is nearly completed dominated by the Adriatic Sea, but in the south there is a small amount of a western border with the Kingdom of Tilea.
  • Eastern Border : The Eastern Border is dominated by a border with two major nations in the form of the Elven nation of the Realm of Edhellend, which dominates the Great Edhella Forest, while the Visigothic Realm of Pannonia is the other dominent fixture and there has been constant fighting at this border as the Realm of Pannonia is a devoted Christian state and has long desired to bring Estalia back to Christ and away from R'hllor. There is once again a small eastern border with the Kingdom of Tilea, and this has been the site of most of the fighting between Tilea and Estalia as the R'hllor dominated Magritta has long been the target of the Kingdom of Tilea and vice versa.
  • Southern Border : The southern border has only one neighbor in the form of the Kingdom of Tilea.

History

Main Article : Timeline of Estalia

Early History

Estalia was founded in ancient days by the fleeing members of Ukraine's Visigoth population who were in complete route after the invasions of the Rus from the north. Estalia was at one time completely controlled from the now ruined city state of Mensrua, but following a disasterous campaign against Tilia the city state was destroyed alongside the ruling House that had gave Estalie the direction that it had required for generations. It was during this time that the region of Estalia would begin to take shape in the more modern form of itself when the Roman Empire would found the city of Bilbali and become dominant in the region.

Kingdom of Serbia

The Kingdom of Serbia is important to note during the early history of the Dutchy of Estalia due to the fact that they would establish themselves directly in the path of the region of Dol Amroth, and from the direction that Dol Amroth had wanted to expand it is easy to realize that if there was not Kingdom of Serbia then Dol Amroth expands into Estalia and then the Romans never come and the whole region becomes a part of Gondor.

Roman Empire

Main Article : Roman Empire

Roman Movement into Estalia
The Roman Empire was expanding throughout Europe following the rise of Hadrian and one of his main projects was to expand into Croatia in the hopes that one day they could bottleneck the control that Umbar, and Dol Amroth had over the trade routes of the Adriatic Sea. In this way Hadrian sent a great expedition to both Greece, and the region of Croatia and these expeditions were as much civilian as military. When the mission arrived in Estalia it went about founding two major ports in the form of Bilbali, and Varonne from where they would begins sending large quantities of trade, and resources into Estalia. As they expanded from these two ports they found resistence in the north in the form of the Kingdom of Serbia. The Kingdom of Serbia was a truly massive Kingdom at the time rivalring the eventual size of Estalia, but it had a serious weakeness in the fact that it had just come out of a series of Civil Wars that had drained its military of manpower, and many of its cities were in near ruins when the Roman holdings begin to reach the borders of Serbia.
Roman Movement into Estalia1

War with Serbia

When the Romans attempted to bribe the local Serbians into joining they discovered their local supporters were hanged in towns, and their solders were attacked as they attempted to move throughout the region. This caused the Romans to slow their expansion into the Serbian Kingdom and to take it as a logitimit threat to their control of the region. In order to allow for them to more easily enter the Kingdom of Serbia as conquerers they would instigitate two scenarios which would help to bring down the Serbian Kingdom. To the north of the romans and the east of the Serbians was a truly burgeoning population of Visigoths that were living on the outside of what is now Estalia, and these Visigoths wanted more and more authority of which the nationalist Serbians would not give them. Because of this the Visigoths would be funded by the Romans and a small puppet Kingdom would form that begin to battle against the Serbians on their northeast front causing a divergance of forces, and more importantly riots thorughout many eastern towns. The other element was that the Romans bought a mercenary force and equipped them in the colors of Dol Amroth and then snuck them inside the northwestern section of Serbia and from here they would burn villages down, and cause all sorts of problems that the Serbians could not ignore. These fake attacks would cause a brief war between the two that culminated in a battle that was lost by the Serbians and led to the death of the Serbians King, and their heir leaving them virtually leaderless for a time.

The Fall of Serbia

Roman Movement into Estalia2
The true fall of Serbia can be determined by the massive losses they suffered fighting the elite forces of Dol Amroth. When during the final Battle of that conflict happened and they lost both their King, and the heir to the throne they became leaderless and the Romans took this oppurtunity to end the conflict as they moved in and sacked the entire region of Pazin, and Zadar where the main population outside of Karlova was located. At the same time this was happening the Visigoths were overruning the eastern side basically unoposed due to the route of the only real army of the Serbians in the east during the Battle of Magritta. All of this was too much for the Serbians and what little remained of their leadership begin to sue for peace, and the Romans would quickly accept this offer and thus annexx what little remained of the Serbian Kingdom. During this time they made deals with the realm of Dol Amroth to fix their borders through the offering of tribute payments to Dol Amroth to finance their losses. With this completion also meant the end of the Visigoths of whome couldn't dare beat the Romans but were also forever hateful towards the betrayal they were delivered due to the fact that they had been promised control of their lands if they assisted Rome.

Arrival of Azor Abei

R'hllor worship
"The Fire God spread like its elemental namesake would imply it would. The people found they had only the choice between choosing this strange new religion or death. Most chose conversion."
-Roman Monk executed

Following this the next moment came when the enigmatic Azor Abei arrived on the shores of Estalia, and begin spreading his vision of a new found religion. Azor Abei had spent the first thirty years of his life toiling in mines in Nord America under the harsh lifestyle of the western planes tribes, and wanted another way out. He would become fanatical in his belief of R'hllor following spending time with a travelling preacher, and he would flee the mines and travel by boat from Nord America to Europe where he would land in southern Italy. After attempting to convert Italy to the religion he was forced to flee on penelty of death and would arrive in Estalia where he would become involved with several rich nobles in Magritta who he was able to charm into believing him. His converts were most noteable in the ancient House Jaener of Magritta, and with their support the religion of R'hllor spread throughout Estalia for decades until it became the universal religionof the land. The leadership of House Jaener who had become fanatical in their devotion to R'hllor meant that they engaged in conflict with everyone around them that wasn't a devout follower of R'hllor, and this first was insular in its direction.

First War with Tilea

Main Article : First Yugoslavian War

"Everything was going perfect in the region when Azor Abei decided it was time to further spread the words of the great Fire God. He would be betrayed and Tilea will forever be forced to accept the fact that they must pay for what they did. The Empire of Nehekhara in ancient days would burn Lahmia to the ground in their vengeance over the betrayal of their god, and it the greatest embaressment to our people that we failed to avenge our messenger. They will pay. They will burn."
-Naedrick Jaener

The leadership of House Jaener who had become fanatical in their devotion to R'hllor meant that they engaged in conflict with everyone around them that wasn't a devout follower of R'hllor, and this first was insular in its direction. During this time so amazing was their love for Azor Abei that he would change his name to Azor Jaener and came to take near complete control over the house and Magritta. Azor Abei would eventually die after he attempted to travel into Tilea and convert that region to R'hllor and after an early amount of success he would be betrayed by the King of Tilea and executed before his followers in Estalia could come to his aid. The King of Tilea at the time was no more then fourteen years old, and became insulted by one of the guests with Azor Abei and had a tantrum in which ended with the death of everyone in Azor Abei's party and his capture. Before the advisors of the king could stop him he had his gaurd execute Azor Abei and have his body thrown into the water for his burial of which was the most intense insult he could have done. The moment that the King of Tilea would execute Azor Jaener his advisors scrambled to repair the damage of this act, and they sent a large diolomat contingent to Magritta where they planned to try and buy off the anger of the Estalians believing they could be bought. House Jaener would be insensed by the murder of the man they had come to believe was the direct messenger of R'hllor and they sent word to all the other houses of Estalia what had happened and since many of the other houses had lost men amongst the party that was massacred alongside Azor Abei the anger throughout Estalia was a powder keg that blew before anyone in Tilea could have hoped to stop it. They would arrive and the leadership of House Jaener would hear nothing of this and had each member of the diplomatic force executed and their bodies burned. Following this House Jaener alongside basically a momentarily unified Estalia would march against Tilea and invade along the western border where they would besiege the massive Tilean town of Remas. The siege would go on for nearly a month with the Tileans sending three armies against the Estalians attempting to relieve the siege, but none of these attacks were the eventual reason that the Estalians pulled back. As winter moved in the Estalian army begin to suffer from lack of supplies, and this was made worse by constant hit and run attacks by mercenary bands of Visigoths hired from the east by the Tileans. As defeat neared for the Estalians the arrogant young king of Tilea would march out of Remas with his army and engage the larger Estalian army. During this battle the two sides would destroy eachother with both armies nearly in ruins the Tileans limped back into Remas while the Estalians were forced to retreat back to Estalia. 

Rise of House Jaener

Main Article : House Jaener

House Jaener went about removing the threats to the rise of R'hllor in Estalia by attacking anyone inside the cities of Estalia that was a follower of some other religion, and on top of this they engaged in a conflict against any house that wasn't under their direct control. During this time Naedrick Jaener rose to prominence alongside his enigmatic daughter Mila Jaener who was deemed by many to be the most brilliant of commanders that the land had ever seen.

Rise of a God

See Also : Mila Jaener

Mila Jaener1
"Everyone wondered what I was capable of. They questioned what importance the quiet girl in the background could possibly have over the affairs of our family. I kept quiet as they rained down insults that I was useless. I stayed quiet through the beatings. I stayed quiet because I knew one day I would prove all of them wrong. I knew one day I would change the world."
-Mila Jaener
The Rise of House Jaener would correspond to the rise of Mila Jaener of whom would start off as something nothing more then ordinary. Mila Jaener was born and from that day till House Jaener begin its expanisist behaviors in Estalia, she was constantly under the shadow of everyone elce in her house. Her cousins were succesful at either being strong warriors, or brilliant administrators, while her brother was a brilliant warrior with a keen eye for leadership. She realized early on that she had an extreme amount of power in Magi, but she knew that an unbridled use of Magi would get her hanged, so she kept it a secret, and would constantly spend time in the forests outside their home training herself in the arts of Magi. She is one of a group
Mila Jaener3
of Magi users in Europe known by the Titans as the upliffted and this is because she has an unimagenable amount of power. She appeared to be the black sheep of the family until she arrived at the battle camp on the eve of their battle against the town of Smerska.

"I watched from afar as they attempted and failed to gain the city. This wasn't the first time that my family had failed, but something about this one made me feel different, and it was then that I realized that my time was now. It was my time to make my mark"

-Mila Jaener

Smerska stood as the centerpiece of a Tilean dominated puppet state in the Estalian province of San Marino and in order to completely have control over Estalia and thus to complete the goals he had in mind for destroying Tilea it was necessary for Naedrick Jaener to capture Smerska. Naedrick at first was forced to leave the battle to the control of his son Damir to lead the army against Smerska while he attempted to reduce the fortifications of Varonne and thus take control of Varonne. Damir would besiege the city for nearly a month but they were supplied by the river and couldn't be starved out and their walls were strong enough that he risked destruction of the army by attacking it at full strength. It would be in this moment that Mila Jaener would instigate her rise in House Jaener. Her father had arrived following the capture of Varonne and was attempting to change the course of the battle but was seeing the same problems that his son had seen. Thus with her brother, father, and other family members stuck in a slug fest against the city, and despite there greatest attempts at capturing the city through diplomacy they were unable to sway the defenders. Plans were prepared to attack the city, but the entire leadership understood that huge casualties would be had because of the entrenched nature of the defenders and the fact that they understood there would be no retreat for them if they lost. With this failure Mila Jaener of whom was standing off to the far end of the battle hiding amongst the trees decided that her time was now, and she intervened on the battle.

Destruction of Smerska

Mila Jaener2
"My arrival had been planned by me for years. I had waited on the outskirts of battles, sieges, and numerous other events waiting for the perfect moment where I could show that only I could take the family where it needed to go. The moment it happened I felt a rush of emotions as my entire world just came together."
-Mila Jaener

Her father, brother, and other family members were confused why she was there but she said she wanted to show them what she was capable of, and her father who was a hard man told her that he knew exactly what she was capable of and that she should leave. Hearing this she told her father she would show him, and as the camp watched she walked out of the camp towards the town, and summoned a massive fire elemental, and then begin summoning hundreds of small fire elementals, and over the course of the next hour she had captured the entire city with no losses to anyone on their side.  She would enter the city alongside her brother and father and they all beheld the destruction that she had wrought against the Tilean forces within the city. There was nearly complete losses against the Tilean mercenaries that had manned the walls and defended the city, but those that were of Estalian origin or loyalty were in a sort of comotose state where in they were not harmed. The damage to Smerska was intense and would require a lot of rebuilding but one of the larger towns in Estalia and the capital of San Marino was captured and along with the capital went the province.

Second War with Tilea

Peace

Goverment

The Dutchy of Estalia is a Oligarchy of which is ruled indirectly by the three main leadership layers in the form of the Visigoths out of Magritta, the Italians from Bilbali, and the Serbians from Karlova, but while this defines the alliances there is only a loose relationship between these three with the Dutchy of Estalia held together more out of mutal protection then actual government.

Triumverate of Estalia

The Dutchy of Estalia can be defined as an Oligarchy where in the powerbases of Magritta, Sartosa, Bilbali, and Karlova all share a piece of the pie of control. Each of these city states have been historically dominated by their respective ethnic groups with Bilbali being Italian dominated, Magritta controlled by the Visigoths, and Karlova controlled by the Serbians.

City State Ethnic Group Ruling House Ruling Lord
Magritta Visigoths House Jaener Naedrick Jaener
Bilbali Italians House Medici Geovoni Medici
Karlova Serbians House Tudman Franjo Tudman
Sartosa Visigoths House Arian Alaric Arian

Allied City States

Oligarch Allied State
Magritta : Visigothic dominated by House Jaener
  • County of Diel
  • County of San Marino
Bilbali :  Italian dominated by House Medici
  • County of Pazzin
Karlova : Serbian dominated by House Tudman
  • County of Zodar
  • County of Pozega

Non Allied States

Varonne : Varonne is more of a client state of the Kingdom of Tilea and only continues to remain a member of the Dutchy of Estalia as a means of the Tileans to exhert control over the south of Estalia.

Economy

As most parts of Europe and certainly Croate it is Estalia that is dominated by agriculture. Although not very productive, the peasants do their best to get at least the most basic food. Very little of the corn that is produced in Europe is exported from Estalia due to the mismanagement of the agriculture production. The only noteworthy products that are shipped out of Estalia are wine, which is grown mainly in the hills near the west coast of Estalia by the rich Bilbani city state, and leather which produced by Magritta. Especially Bilbali and Magritta got rich through trade which is done with Tilea, Nehekhara and Byzantine. Although the relations with Nehekhara are strained, at best, this has not stopped the merchants to import silk, herbs and perfumes from these distant lands. One speciality of Estalia is its bulls. Although also used as food, they play a great role in Estalian tradition. Twice every year bullfights take place in all towns and cities of the peninsula. The two biggest events are, of course, in Bilbali and Magritta. In most towns the bulls are taken out of the normal stock of cattle and the toreros are just young men eager to prove their manhood. In the cities, however, bulls are especially raised for these events and the toreros are professionals who, when victorious, enjoy great popularity among the nobility of the region.

Demographics

Ethnicity

The Dutchy of Estalia is populated by three major groups and these groups are the dominant Visigoths, and the more numerous Italians, and the also numerous Serbians. Of these groups the Visigoths are the newest comers to the lands of Estalia, and for this reason they should be in a weaker position but due to the skill of certain houses such as House Jaener the Visigoths have become quite dominant despite the fact that they are only twenty two percent of the population. The largest group within the Dutchy of Estalia are the Italians of whome pushed out the once dominant Serbians from the land during the expansion of the Roman Empire, and during the time the land was controlled by Rome they were the dominant figure in the land. The final group are the Serbians of whome are the original founders of the land, but they were pushed out and their ancient Serbian Kingdom was destroyed by the expansist Roman Empire forcing them into a common alliance along the northwestern corner of Estalia.

Ethnicity Share of Population
Italians 41%
Serbians 37%
Visigoths 22%

Religion

The Land of Estalia is united in its humans through one main thing and that is the univeral acceptance that is R'hllor as the religion of choice. Once a predominantly pagan worshipping people the arrival

Religion Share of Population
R'hllor 93%
Other 7%

Population

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