~The History of the Asrakosians~ The history of these people begin on Altera’s Southern Hemisphere, in the Northern Kingdoms. The region sported a wide variety of environments, ranging from temperate to desert. The town that would become Asrakos was located in an area that was mostly composed of mountains and dry plains, with a few lakes known only by the shepherds. The town had a short, yet illustrious past as a major trading hub. After a long and disastrous drought however, the town fell into ruin and disarray. By this point, Asrakos was half it's original size, when counting the intact, inhabited structures. As the drought subsided, life began to slowly return, year by year, decade by decade. Refugees and local tribes started to settle themselves there, before uniting under a new ruler- Lord Asraní Delphounous. The town was rebuilt to its original size within two years by the self proclaimed Lord Asraní Delphonous. Population grew steadily under the careful eye of the Imperator, as he set up deep cisterns filled with rainwater to ration out among the people. Most of the citizens worked not for money, but to simply care for themselves and their neighbors. Any merchants that braved the blistering heat would exchange food and wines for Asrakosian iron and tin ore. With this food, three quarters of it would go to the granaries to be preserved, while the remainder would be split among the populace. As the years passed, the elderly Asraní delegated a group of popular village families to become Senators. In the event that the heir was not old enough to rule, the Senate would rule until the heir came of age. When Asraní died, the Council took control, splitting up into conflicting Houses. This made passing laws and electing individuals for certain positions incredibly difficult. However, Asraní's son, Aemilianos Delphonous, became tired of seeing the stagnation in his town and was hastily crowned Lord of Asrakos. Lord Asraní (center), a Spatharios (swordbearer- right) and a Captain of the Militia (left) Two years later, the town was yet again in a disastrous state. Asrakos was suffering from a lack of rainfall and the soil had become dry and dusty- most likely due to the fact that the many Senator-owned farms failed to apply dryland farming techniques. The water and food supply had been near depleted, and bandits were raiding the city, which prevented traveling merchants from trading there. The Lord was clearly powerless without resources, and the Senatorial Houses were far too busy trying to greedily gather the last of the resources for themselves to fix anything. The common people- tired of the greed and incompetence of the Senate- demanded that new members be added to the Senate. Lord Asraní agreed and a few more Houses were added, significantly- House Herenii and House Gaspar. After this, the Asrakosians elected new administrators for all parts of the town. The Herenii won narrowly in all facets of administration against House Gaspar. It seemed that the town was on the rise. Asrakos eventually fell into civil war when House Gaspar secretly began poisoning the water supply, committing mass arson, and spreading rumors of human trafficking and incest- all the while leaving false notions that the Herenii had committed these atrocities. The citizens, fearing another incompetent Senate, rioted and eventually tore Asrakos apart from within. A battle between the supporters of the Herenii (White and Red), and the supporters of the Gaspars (Yellow/Red and Green/Blue. Aemilianos can be seen on the far right wearing a purple cloak atop a white horse.) From that point on, most Asrakosians fled to the four corners of the earth as refugees. Many have forgotten or were not born during the fall and as such, the common families started dying out. They search now for answers, as well as competent leaders. Some stayed in the city and had children- who were subjected to propaganda and the new government-run educational system. This created a population of fanatic followers to Aemilianos and House Gaspar that were called "Royalists." However, the older generation of Asrakosians saw through the honeyed words of the Tyrant, and either escaped the city or were slaughtered after trying to revolt. Until now. About five years after the fall of the city-state's original government, the Asrakosian people have split into two groups. The first side- that of the Royalists- are brainwashed or fanatical Asrakosians and foreign lords who support the Gaspars and the puppet, Lord Aemilianos. Asrakosian culture was banned by foreign nobles- who bribed the Gaspars to let them take positions in government. The city was toppled by the undead scourge, but the Royalists- their blood hot for vengeance and power- simply moved to the new continent and took up residence in the far north. The other side- the one who is the focus of this thread- is ruled by House Herenii, who have finally settled down after a long odyssey around the world. Having claimed a part of the new world as their own in the form of Astrakhan, they allied themselves with the city-state of Valerius, who acted as the muscle in their relationship. After a while, the two cities unified and the Herenii gained sole control as Imperial rulers. While the Herenii side does not resemble the Pre-Civil War government, the Regina (Queen) of the Dominion and her Family has always considered the interests of the public before anything. Instead of figuring out how to best fill their coffers, they focus on how to best help their people. Order is not achieved in a brutal, tyrannical fashion, but through gentle, motherly means- though this does not mean they are above spanking their children should they misbehave. All in all, conditions in the Dominion are far more civilized and hospitable than the Royalists. While in Asrakos it was stamped out, here, Asrakosian culture flourishes. A civil war between the two factions did ensue, when the Gaspars sent out informants to Astrakhan and Valerius to start an insurrection. While the Herenii did defeat the guerrila fighters at a conclusive siege at Scourge, their military was shattered. Lord Aemilianos took this as the right time to throw in his lot and sent an armada to land on the eastern coasts. These efforts were, however, frugal, as the naval supply lines were cut off by pirates and could not be restored. Plans for invasion were set aside, and the Royalists retreated back to their northern abode.. The Current state of the Government can be found here.