Karlova is a large Serbian city state located within the northwestern section of the Dutchy of Estalia. Karlova is the Serbian center of the Dutchy of Estalia, and contains the seat for the Serbian head of the Triumverate thus making it the clear head of the Serbian parts of Estalia. Karlova is situated along the border with Dol Amroth in the west, and Kandor in the east, and for this reason the western section of Kandor is much richer and peaceful then the east as their trade is massive with Dol Amroth, and through that region, while in the east they fight constantly against the Kandor of whome are extremely expanisist.
Karlova has become the center of the Serbian people since the fall of the Kingdom of Serbia and the mass exodus of the Serbians from the regions outside Estalia due to the onslaught of the Arakhora from Kandor. In this way the city state of Karlova is very pro-serbian in its appointing of leadership positions, and the entire design of the city state is set to Serbian standards and not the design appeal of the Italians, or Visigoths of the east.
Main Article : Roman EmpireThe 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.
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.