|Nations and States|
|Full Name||Etosian Theocracy|
|Official Languages||Etosian Dialect, Mirnoye Dialect, Common|
|Regional Languages||Common, Etosian Dialect, Mirnoye Dialect, D’Ithanie, Daendroquin, Tolonnesa|
|Current Ruler||Primae-Celate Omiros Onasis|
The Etosian Theocracy is well known as the governing body of Etosil, a unique region in Aloria long kept isolated from the outside world, and is known for being the result of several Cultures and a splash of former Unionist heresy combined together in a similarly unique terrain. Ruled by a Primae-Celate, the ultimate reconquest of Etosil brought the two togethers together into a still-contentious and somewhat turbulent allignment. For now though, the nation remains loyal but quiet, focused far more on internal matters and adhering to the conditions of their their recent truce with the Undead than with external affairs.
The Etosian Theocracy has the simple etymology of being named after Etosil, whose name comes from what the locals long called their region before the arrival of outsiders, and its religious system of leadership.
The Etosian Theocracy was once not the Etosil-spanning body it is known as today. Instead, it was once just the government of the Great City of Thessalo, controlling an area of northern Etosil. Other city-states, like the Exarchy of Mlyat and Ypsildiocese of Gyrakiosis fought the others for territory and over religious issues. The Theocracy was one of the weakest of these city-states, but that soon changed. When the Regalian Empire arrived in 127 AC, the war they started broke all of the rules agreed upon by the Etosian city-states in their own isolated corner of the world. They all fought back, but were divided, with Thessalo standing alone with its Arch-Celate. Then, supposedly one night while praying, Arch-Celate Zinon Kokkinos was informed of the Spirit’s desire to end the war through the ascension of him as religious leader and his city as the capital of a new pan-Etosian state in return for peace and prosperity. Thus Thessalo turned on the other states and provided the Regalian Empire with harbors to dock in, and access to information on proper routes through the Etosian countryside. The other states immediately caved, surrendering within a week and allowing the Theocracy to rapidly expand. All other city-states were dismantled, and their religious authorities were forced to pay homage to the Primae-Celate as their leader. However, the Theocracy was not a Regalian patsy, and violently rejected mainstream Unionist attempts to convert the population back to the “proper” strain of Unionism. Thus, the Regalians pulled out of Etosil and merely maintained a blockade, seeking to contain the “threat” of Etosian Unionism.
This stance almost caused civil chaos on Etosil when the Undead, a threat only experienced at the fringes of the region for an indeterminate amount of time, suddenly surged. They threatened the countryside openly, and the Etosians fled into the cities to avoid death. It was at this time that the Vladno arrived, and thanks to the unique cooperation between them and the Theocracy, the Undead were driven back. For this, the Vladno were granted many high honors and were easily able to insert themselves into the structure of the Theocracy. Ironically, rather than gaining the full Theocracy many Celates wanted, the Evintarians allowed the creation of a permanent aristocracy that would forever be part of local governance. The Theocracy has ruled Etosil ever since, but only recently have there been some rather fundamental developments. The Bone Horror Crisis saw the Undead and the living of Etosil ally themselves. For the first time ever, a Primae-Celate met with the Bone King, and marked out a deal of mutual cooperation which helped the people withstand the Bone Horrors until the Regalian Reconquest Armies reached their area. After that, the Undead returned to the countryside and, for once, Etosil is at peace with the Undead with an unspoken truce that remains. The Primae-Celate's control of Etosil remains powerful, and it is unlikely that the Theocracy will dissolve its current system of a blended theocratic and oligarchical government any time soon.
The Etosian Theocracy is a theocratic body, ruled over by a Primae-Celate out of the city of Thessalo. The Primae-Celate is put into his position by election from the religious councils from each of the Seven Great Cities known as the Ierarchíes. Each is made up of nine priests, who are selected from the defined borders of a Celate that correlate to the territory of each Great City. These religious figures can be from any rank, but they must be elected through consensus of the Ierarchía they serve, and if a tie is reached the Ypirétis tis Mitrópolis or “Servant of the Metropolis” must break the impasse. The Ypirétis is not a religious position though, and is instead a representative of the civilian government of the Great City, somewhat equal to a mayor or central alderman, and commonly a Vladno rather than an Etosian. His position is also an elected one, the voting process being done by the able-bodied male members of certain families who clear a property requirement. This level of society is essentially an aristocracy, and it supports both the Ierarchíes and the Primae-Celate through lavish gifts of wealth and material to the Celates in Etosil rather than paying much in the way of taxes. In return for this generosity in material wealth, the Etosian Theocracy is rarely audits people, and so electors to the Ypirétis have remained unchanged for decades. The Ypirétis himself does not run the entire city, and has his own various advisors for that, more often than not the men or families who helped put him into office. Beyond the Great Cities, each township and other city has a more Etosian-focused bureaucracy to handle things on the local level, with matters of taxation and trade taken up every other month in the Great City that dominates the High Celate. Together, the government of the Seven Great Cities is known as the Septarchy, and they serve the Primae-Celate. However, aside from nepotism and what amounts to the buying of favors, the Etosian Theocracy remains solvent. Religious devotion keeps the region tightly knitted together, and it is rare for the casual corruption of the Vladno-dominated bureaucracy to become so pronounced or dire as to require outside intervention.
List of Rulers
- 76 AC to 89 AC - Panos Ioannidis
- 89 AC to 114 AC - Anastasios Papadopoulos
- 114 AC to 159 AC - Zinon Kokkinos
- 160 AC to 190 AC - Vasilis Stephanidis
- 190 AC to 228 AC - Stanislav Hessaliosshniydom Vananid Yuryovich
- 228 AC to 262 AC - Pavlos Stavros
- 262 AC to 292 AC - Themistoklis Dimitropoulos
- 293 AC to Present - Omiros Onasis
The Etosian Theocracy once had a unique set of laws and ideas all their own, but the arrival of the Regalian Empire and the Vladno have helped to shift them. Formally, all laws of the Regalian Empire are followed by the Theocracy. However, given their piety, they aggressively follow religiously-based laws, especially when it pertains to marriage and the protection of religious structures and figures. As for punishment, Etosian laws are unique in that exile is never a verdict in any court cases, recognizing the pain of it. Even exile from one’s city is not allowed. Instead, public punishment and restitution are the most common punishments, stemming from Etosian religious ideas that value members of the community and believe that forgiveness must be sought publically, in the open. As for the Vladno side of the equation, while they do take the word of the Primae-Celate as gospel, equal to if not more important than the words of the Regalian Emperor himself, they do tend to have some differences in regard to the law. Male Vladno have an extreme, internalized macho culture where adultery and intercourse out of marriage is glorified. This often presents an internal struggle, as the Evintarian Schism is always strictly against these practices, and heavy fines and imprisonment are issued against adulterers. However, as the functional nobility of Etosil and a valuable military resource to both the Etosian Theocracy and the Regalian Empire, imprisonments are often short, fines are not life-crippling, and the only real punishment for being found out is religious penance in some way. This overall duality in the laws of the Etosian Theocracy makes them one of the more unique states in Aloria, as it is rare for such a clear distinction to exist between two Cultures of people living in the same region.
The Etosian Theocracy is one of the earliest conquests of the Regalian Empire and thus has been loyal to the Regalian Empire for some 150 years. As a result of this, the nation follows the beliefs of the Regalian Empire when it comes to its enemies and allies. However, Etosians and Vladno often view these outside states with some disdain or prejudice, as the lifelong repression and exclusion from world politics has fostered these attitudes. However, they are cordial in dealing with foreigners, if not a bit firm, and in general seek to follow the ways of the wider Regalian Empire.
The Etosian Theocracy has a small, but professional military expanded by the use of non-professional faithful when times are dire. In the past, each city state on Etosil had a formidable force of spear-and-shield men known as the Asími Adelfótita, but the arrival of the Regalian Empire forced that group to be taken apart. For some time, this remained the case, and it left them vulnerable as the Undead surged just a decade or two later. But, then the Vladno came to their aid. Fierce men on horseback and physical skill, the Vladno organized militias to help the locals resist the enemy are largely succeeded. In the process, the Etosian marshal spirit was reignited, and while the militias were ultimately disbanded, the military acumen of the Vladno attracted the notice of the Regalian Empire. The forces of the Theocracy were reborn, and is largely commanded by the Vladno. The army is broken into sections garrisoned in Ptérygas or "Wards" across the Theocracy's territory, with most major cities and some rural areas having Regalian army units added as support. The core of the Etosian army is once again spearmen, but lightly armored units more maneuverable in the field. Alongside them are a range of cavalry units, from light to heavy to archer units led by Vladno commanders as a flexible force to decimate a weakened enemy. With both groups, in addition to the Regalian units, are the Ápistoi Chtypités or "Faithless Beaters" who are lightly armored masses of peasants and commoners driven by their faith to fight in Holy War. While some do have training enough to lead their fellows with swords and shields, many others simply carry clubs or cudgels. Many Wards located in rural regions almost entirely rely on these Beaters, which are essentially mobs, for defense should Undead attack. As for the navy, there was never a native Etosian naval force, and Regalian ships now protect the nation from pirates and other such threats. They have done so effectively for many years.
The Etosian Theocracy has a moderate and stable economy, exchanging a variety of specialty and common goods with the outside world, while goods are also traded on a local level between the Seven Great Cities. Chief among what they export to the wider world is valuable Lazurite, a unique blue gemstone that exists in large deposits across the region of Etosil, and slaves captured and kept by the Vladno. Minor materials exported both abroad and between the cities are olives and olive oil, as well as animal products such as yogurt, goat cheese, and pottery. What the state does import are often materials useful to the Vladno aristocratic population, such as the many kinds of dark wood and stone they use in their structures, as well as the luxury fabrics they wear which they accentuate with local furs. The Regalian Empire once tightly regulated the region’s trade thanks to their constant blockade set up after their conquest, though they now have little direct role to play in it today. This is both a boon and a loss, as without much interest from the Anahera or Kade House of Trade, Etosil’s trade remains largely mundane and lacks foreign investments. At the same time though, Etosil’s freedom from Regalia-based groups means that they can operate as they have since the end of the blockade. And for a nation steeped in tradition, that is of great value to them.
The Etosian Theocracy is a unique body in terms of religion. They are Unionists, and follow the Evintarian Unionism Schism that formed in 62 AC. This splinter from the main faith believed that Heroes of Unionism could be declared in life, and that anything the Emperor said was holy by default, even if it was not written in The Creed. Additional beliefs were added after the Evintarians were shipped to Etosil. No other faiths are recognized within the bounds of the nation.
- For more information on Evintarian Unionism, click HERE
The Etosian Theocracy, as a union of the Seven Great Cities, long tried to reflect the symbolism and heraldry of each of the parts that made up the whole. However, the Regalian Empire pursued the nation's sixth leader to craft a new, more simple flag, which he obliged. The flag is a green diamond on a pale blue background, with a single white line running up from the middle of the image. A golden Imperial Eye sits in the middle of the flag over the white line. The line itself represents Ouranopoli, the center of Etosil and a site of religious significance given that Henri III supposedly ascended it, on the island of Etosil (the green diamond).
- Some believe that the message from the Spirit that convinced Arch-Celate Zinon Kokkinos to join the Regalian Empire wasn’t as theological as the man claimed. They state that the Regalian Emperor likely smuggled a note or letter to him, promising to support him for Primae-Celate should he and his nation join the Empire.