Governate of Daenshore
Daenshore is the heartland of the Daendroque Ailor, being home to their most famous city, the City of Daenshore which also gives the nation its name. A breeding ground for revolution, it was a complicated Regalian possession and one that caused a large amount of trouble within the last several years. In response, the Regalian Empire allowed the Avanthar to ravage the region in the Long Elven War, cowing the local population into a general obedience of authority and lack of criminality unseen in decades. The region is best known for these factors and it once held many beautiful and old Ailor structures, but many now lie in ruins or need repairs to help keep them intact in the coming years. Only time will tell if Daenshore will rebound and regain its rebellious spirit or if it will remain quiet and out of the spotlight of politics.
Daenshore had several names prior to the one it currently possesses. Most were in Middle and then Modern Altalar, and referred to the two principalities that existed in the region, those being Utellum and Foell’tammo. Daenshore as a name came later, in 30 AC, and the land took its name from the continent the Ailor knew themselves to be on; they believed that the city represented the greatest and most glorious stretch of that land’s shore, or at the very least, the only stretch that mattered.
Daenshore did not exist as a nation until the years following the Cataclysm, when Ailor slaves streamed out of the plantations of the crumbling Allorn Empire and out toward the coastline of eastern Daendroc. Many Altalar strongholds were overwhelmed and taken over or abandoned by nervous Altalar officials after being bypassed by the hordes of rebelling slaves. By about 30 AC, a major settlement had been forged on the coastline as a hub for the Ailor of the region. It bore many names between the different cabals that called the ramshackle place home but, eventually, it was properly named Daenshore by the first government of the city. However, this government did not last very long. The Daendroque people, newly born, were eager for freedom in all its forms, and when the government tried to regulate taxes and craft a better bureaucracy, they were lambasted. For over a century, this happened over and over again, and yet somehow the Tercio militias that defended the city remained solvent. This was unfortunately largely at the cost of peace, as after defeating the Altalar forces who marched on the city in the early years, the Tercio expanded the borders of Daenshore and crafted their own personal fiefdoms in the process. The city, realizing that they had given birth to oppressors, then trained a new legion of Tericos who moved out and crushed these violent men. At their head was Capitán Luis Pescadores-de-Blitomuelle Hernandez, whose popularity soared in the wake of his victories. He returned to Daenshore and ruled it for over twenty years as Villic’dos. However, after his death, his squabbling sons quickly lost the support from the public, and through the creation of these new political factions, chaos ruled the land once more. It wasn’t until 189 AC that proper order came thanks to Bragacao and Daendroque nobles teaming up to form an oligarchy. They were commonly known as the Sietumverate, after the seven major families who united to provide the city and its surrounding lands proper order. Unfortunately, they only retained power for three decades, as their reign came to an end in 219 AC with the arrival of the Regalian Empire.
Many today in Daenshore blame the Regalian Empire for all that happened next, but the educated elites often know the truth: that it was four of the seven Sietumverate who allowed the Regalian Empire in. With the rule of this nation, those three other families soon left Daenshore for other regions, forced out politically but also economically. In 222 AC, another change occured: the official formation of the Governate of Daenshore. The nobles who remained, or who had been newly christened, were thankful for their trading ties with the Regalian Empire. They integrated themselves into the local bureaucracy to try and maintain social order from a gradually furthering disquieted public. This worked for a time but, eventually, the nobility of the region withdrew and focused more on military service as a way to aid their state, by joining the Regalian Army. The next several decades seemed to prove Regalia’s preconceptions about the Daendroque people as, while it had certainly existed before this time, crime sharply increased once the wider population got their hands into the bureaucracy. For that reason, the Regalian Empire began to appoint outside officials, overwhelmingly military ones, in order to help keep the peace within the region. At the same time all of this was going on, the Regalian Pessimism was hitting Daenshore hard, with many losing their jobs and turning to crime while others still grew bitter at the failure of the Regalian Empire, further strengthening the cities as bastions of anti-establishment sentiment. However, after the Chrysant War, business within the region suddenly boomed as the area became a site of great industry and shipping; tons of jungle-based woods were shipped through the city, which helped to drastically increase the book printing businesses that had long operated quietly within the City of Daenshore.
But with the Ranger Crisis, the Daendroque people came to realize that their position was precarious and demanded more protection for their logging endeavors. Regalia denied these requests for various reasons, but eventually, to the annoyance of Daenshore, the truth became all too clear: the Empire would not waste troops on a rebellious region who needed a bit of “discipline” in the form of brushes with dangerous Avanthar raids. Many would say that this was merely an extra layer to already tottering cake of grievances that Daenshore had against the Empire, which would bring it to act violently in the coming years. In 303 AC, the Humanume Legislation freed thousands of Elven and similarly “human-like” slaves, enraging the citizens of Daenshore, thanks to their longstanding hatred for their old oppressors. Certain elements of the middle and upper class citizenry stormed out, joining forces with Jendaskea-cultured plantation owners from the surrounding territory in a large, hostile march north to Ithania. The slaughter was horrific, but mercenaries hired by the Ithanians as well as the Regalian Army forced these citizens to return home. However, seemingly in a twist of fate, rather than suffer a harsh crackdown, the position of Governor of Daenshore was actually given to a Daendroque noble, Alejandro Anahera, who had been politically exiled by the nobles of the Regalian Archipelago. It seemed like his rule might help to temper the fiery soul of Daenshore, but instead what happened only escalated things. Near the end of 303 AC, his younger and very similar looking brother Andrieu Anahera, arrested and then executed him on charges that were barely proven, to say the least. What erupted from this was the Anahera Dictatorship, with many in Daenshore coming to support Andrieu in what is now viewed as a misguided and flawed attempt to spread Daendroque revolutionary spirit to the wider Regalian Empire.
The result of this was the near annihilation of House Anahera, with Daenshore falling into chaos when Andrieu lost, and those that had supported him were attacked by rivals and loyalists to Regalia alike. A noblewoman from Lusits, Madileine de Santovesi, stepped in and became the leader of the major loyalist faction while she was opposed primarily by Bartolomo del Torreida, a kingpin in the smuggling of weapons. The conflict raged for weeks, the criminal element thriving as they were hired as extra muscle by the nobles and upper class merchants fighting to gain full control over the City of Daenshore. By March of 304 AC, however, there was finally peace again thanks to Regalian-backed efforts and the nation returned to relative quiet until the Bone Horrors emerged at the start of the Bone Horror Crisis. While the City of Daenshore and other urban settlements within the region weathered the storm quite well, its countryside was heavily damaged and the capital suffered massive overcrowding as thousands fled to it. In the wake of the reconquest and the liberation of the region from the worst of the Bone Horror threats, things returned to a state of quiet, but again, it did not last long. Rebellion swirled in Daenshore and in other Daendroque states, all dissatisfied with the actions of the Regalian Empire. In response to this, Emperor Cedromar I retreated the army that had been protecting the area as part of the larger strategy of the Long Elven War, and so the countryside was again ravaged, this time by 70,000 Avanthar warriors. Daenshore alone remained totally unbreached but even the urban centers which had stood firm around it during the Bone Horror Crisis suffered breaching attacks. Today, Daenshore is a hollowed shell of what it once was. The people are still vibrant, the sea is still beautiful, but the spirit of revolution so key to many Daendroque has left them for compliance. Many structures that stood in Daenshore for over two centuries are now gone, destroyed in the gang warfare in the wake of the Dictatorship. The structures that did survive, are heavily damaged due to the conflict and extreme wear they’ve suffered over the last decade. Still, Daenshore survives but is nowhere near the major focal point of politics and trade that it once was at its height a scant decade ago.
The Governorate of Daenshore is, as the name implies, a governor-based position. This male bureaucrat works to keep the region under Regalian occupation as he serves at the direct pleasure of the Regalian Emperor, the sole individual who can appoint him. The vast majority have been military officers rewarded after a long service to the state. Because of the military-angle of their role, their prior experience helps them to make informed decisions in regards to military matters. The position is also known as a Viceroy, to better fit a Daenroquin translation of Governorate. Assisting him are a vast host of bureaucrats who ensure that both the city and the surrounding nations are functioning as well as they possibly can. First are the Province Captains, officials with a dual military and bureaucratic rank. They help run the some 34 provinces that make up Daenshore but can also be called upon to perform military service both in defense of Daenshore as a whole, or to help defeat rebellions that have broken out in their or in the surrounding territories. Then, on the local level beneath the Province Captains are the Cabildos, town councils who govern a district, a further subdivision of a province. These councils help keep local order and are considered by most as the weakest part of the bureaucracy, often being tangled up in local affairs as they are from the regions they help lead and thus have family and often criminal ties that come attached. These Cabildos are always based out of a population center, with the City of Daenshore having one of the largest Cabildos at seventy people while to contrast, rustic Comidolla found in northern Daenshore has two people; the number of members is often an attempt at representing the size of the local population. These councils are also fairly democratic but still have to take their marching orders from higher-ups officials on various policies.
List of Rulers
- 30 AC to 130 AC - Various Villic’dosi
- 131 AC to 153 AC - Luis Hernandez
- 154 AC to 189 AC - Various Villic’dosi
- 189 AC to 219 AC - The Sietumverate
- 219 AC to 222 AC - Interregnum, no central leadership
- 223 AC to 231 AC - Asier Fierro
- 231 AC to 246 AC - Eligio Peña
- 246 AC to 249 AC - Germain Leclerc
- 250 AC to 257 AC - Gualberto Pereira
- 257 AC to 261 AC - Ruedi Messerli
- 261 AC to 265 AC - Achim Holtz
- 265 AC to 278 AC - Theophil Simoneit
- 278 AC to 287 AC - Parsifal Warner
- 287 AC to 289 AC - Facundo Abasolo
- 290 AC to 294 AC - Jeremy Bothwell
- 294 AC to 299 AC - Tielo Eichel
- 299 AC to 303 AC - Hildbert Freudenberger
- 303 AC to 303 AC - Alejandro Anahera
- 303 AC to 303 AC - Andrieu Anahera
- 303 AC to 304 AC - Chaos
- 304 AC to Present - Sebastián Savdelo
The Governorate of Daenshore formally follows all of the aspects of the Regalian Law but, thanks to the region being so steeped in Daendroque ideals, this has proven quite difficult to maintain. Daendroque people are passionate about freedom, so rules, especially from a power as vast as the Regalian Empire, have long been seen to impinge on true freedom. To that end, they often work to twist and expose loopholes in the laws they are made to follow but the criminal elements makes liberal use of persuasion tactics to avoid prosecution despite this. It didn’t help that a lot of local enforcement of these laws were handled by people related to the criminals who are breaking them. However, thanks to the aforementioned heavy hand that Cedromar brought down onto the region, crime has been driven very much underground and the citizenry has increased in lawfulness by almost 150% in comparison to the situation before the ravaging by the Avanthar.
Daenshore was, and largely still is, the heartland of Regalian power within eastern Daendroc. While not the largest, it is still one of the most heavily populated and has the workforce needed for the Empire’s various projects abroad or in other areas of the wider Daen continent. However, Daenshore has long, often openly, resented the Empire, only recently being pushed into line alongside other Daendroque states around it. Daenshore has had a largely positive relationship with all of these nations over the past century and have often found common cause in their dislike for the Empire. In contrast, the Kingdom of Lusits stands apart. It is a cousin or sister neither hated nor liked; most in Daenshore view the people there as a valuable child of freedom, even if they now embrace a monarchy. Their vessels have hired Daendroque sailors for generations, and such an arrangement has benefitted all parties. As for wider Aloria, Daenshore follows the lead of the Regalian Empire on matters of enemies, allies or those few who fall somewhere in between.
The Governorate of Daenshore has a unique military system as, while it technically relies on the Regalian Army to protect it, the locals maintain ancient militias known as Tercios. These teams of 3,000 men subdivide into units of thirty known as a Peq-Tercio, and a team each were traditionally stationed in each province of Daenshore to act as a defensive measure against raids, wild animal attacks, and slave revolts. However, when Daenshore joined the Regalian Empire, the Tercios technically joined the Regalian Empire too. The local forces have largely retained their autonomy, though only in the countryside, as the Regalian Empire has intensely taken control of those in the urban centers. Additionally, Tercios are seen by many in the Regalian Empire as being a low class of soldier, as their training is fairly open and relaxed, largely focusing on pole weapons and swords, and only making use of simple formation training. This is largely because of the threats most Tercios face, those being wild animals and Avanthar raids. While these attacks can get fairly hectic, simple formations of pole weaponry is the best defense against the horse-mounted units.
The Governorate of Daenshore has a fairly lackluster economy, with only a few major areas of interest. Due to the Daendroque nature of gangs and familial relationships, most trade deals within the region are often private, if not pre-arranged, leading to little overt commerce on the surface. Additionally, it can almost seem like bartering and trading favors rather than actual coin, which has long irritated the Regalian-supported bureaucracy. Aside from these internal trading systems, Daenshore has a thriving export business as it ships meat, raw lumber, and, oddly enough, books to wider Aloria. The region is also a hub for trade through its ports, meaning that goods from Caslin, land-locked Bastierra, and lands beyond pass through the major port of the City of Daenshore, as well as several other major urban centers along the coastline as they make their way out to the wider Regalian Empire. In the wake of the destruction by the civil war and the Avanthar, however, many old family deals and arrangements have ended as local businesses in rural areas have collapsed, affecting those in urban regions as well, with unemployment slowly becoming an issue for many. Luckily, large projects to rebuild monuments and structures in the City of Daenshore and other areas have helped prevent the worst of this, but such actions are only a temporary solution.
Daenshore is technically Unionist but, as estimated by the Regalian bureaucracy, only about half of the entire population is actually devoted to the proper tenants of the faith. Many Daendroque Ailor only cursorily care about Unionism, but many more reject it as the faith of a massive, oppressive nation. On the flip-side, the populous Jendaskea are highly devout and are a source of strength for the regional church even when the urban centers are lacking in their piety. In the wake of both recent conflicts to ravage the region, however, these roles have slowly begun to reverse themselves. Many Jendaskea are disgusted and angry that their people were the ones to suffer for the sins of the urban Daendroque and find their faith to the Spirit questioned after the actions of his representative on Aloria. The Daendroque meanwhile, find community and happiness in the church, with ravaged communities grouping up around church groups or prayer sessions alongside post-service get togethers. The Faith of Estel and Oldt Fayth are minorities in the area but are largely powerless, with few practitioners left, especially after the countryside was ravaged.
Daenshore has long lacked a common identifying symbol of its own, as banners of purple and gold have long covered its walls. However, there is indeed a flag of Daenshore, though very few outside of the Daendroque or Jendaskea Cultures would have any real knowledge of what it is, or what it represents. This symbol is the green and black “Fuerzainter”, which features perhaps the simplest design of a green shield hemed by black and with a black center, often being the shape of a circle. In more artistic works, this circle is instead often the head of a big black cat from the front. This is thought to represent the Daendroque as a people, being a creature of the jungles, fierce, intense in gaze, but also calm and poised.
- Many believe that the City of Daenshore is the entirety of the Daenshore nation. This is false, as there are hundreds of miles of rivers, brush, and other urban centers that make up the region.
- House Anahera has been a major force in helping to rebuild Daenshore in the wake of its near collapse, the family’s new leadership seeking to mend the rift that formed when their previous patriarch led the nation into ruin.
- What few jungles are left in Daenshore are small and represent barely a tenth of the great expanses that once coated the region. Now, plantations and other agricultural endeavors dominate as far as the eye can see.