|Nations and States|
|Full Name||Ithanian Sovereignty|
|Official Languages||D’Ithanie, Modern Altalar|
|Regional Languages||Common, D’Ithanie, Skodje, Daendroquin, Braggan, Tolonnesa, Modern Altalar, Ibeth|
|Government||Democratic Oligarchical Monarchy|
|Current Ruler||King Florent de Gosselin|
The Ithanian Sovereignty is the nation that has ruled Ithania for over 200 years and is the successor to the Altalar principalities that once stood as part of the Allorn Empire. Their strength is not in their military, as they lack the martial spirit of other Cultures, but is instead in their economics and political abilities which have greatly aided and influenced the Regalian Empire for decades. Recently, they have been rocked by a series of events, the end result of it being that today, a king now sits on the throne with a greater emphasis than ever placed on the formation of a professional military. The state is at peace, though as clouds gather to their south with the reborn Allorn Empire beginning to spread its influence, some worry about the possibility that this Altalar-positive state might slip out of Regalia’s orbit.
Ithania takes its name from the Modern Altalar terminology used to refer to the open plains of the region or “Ithen’yorna” in their tongue. Over the development of the D’Ithanie Language, this term was simplified into what it is today, with Sovereignty added due to their form of government.
The Ithanian Sovereignty was a nation created by the Ailor of Ithania following the collapse of the Allorn Empire. Decades earlier, as the wider Empire decayed, falling to infighting and aggression, the Altalar of what is now Ithania freed their Ailor subjects to help them further resist what they suspected would be terrible conflict should eyes turn north toward them. The Ailor soon took many positions of power, and in the wake of the Allorn’s fall, the Altalar principalities rapidly shifted into states all their own. But, forged out of a sense of camaraderie and a desire to resist external pressures, all of these minor kingdoms united in 50 AC. In the modern age, the Great Women of Ithania are the so-called leaders from each of the Ithanian Hivres that helped to forge this union through years of political negotiation. Many were wholly Ailor, with two being Half-Altalar and the final, a whole Altalar. Outsiders will note though that the Great Women were merely diplomats, not actual monarchs of the lands they ruled, but the difference is minimal since many of these women’s families soon took over each Hivre in the elections that followed. The Great Women are also known for blocking an attempted coup once the Sovereignty was established, with the perpetrators exiled to Etosil, and removed to the lands that now make up the duchy states in the Ithanian south.
The city that much of this negotiating took place in, Bijoux-vert-plusse-rême, became the capital of the new Sovereignty. Oddly enough, the first Sovereign (and most important of the Great Women) was the High Princess of that city, the Lady Madileine Aoûte-Pouvoir Papillon Coeur de Bijoux. Her daughter Catrianne was promptly made Hivre Princess in her stead while the elder woman, well into her 80s, took the throne with gusto. Her reign, compared with those who would follow her, was short, holding at a mere six years, but it was under her that all the major tenets of Ithanian Culture were first solidified. Additionally, she saw the Princois Decelles, or “Principles of Divine Divinity”, which is so key to Ithanian life, finalized and propagated across the Hives. She was also known as Madileine the Merciful for how she handled those who sought to bring down the Sovereignty, greatly favoring a system of law that forgave rather than punished. When she died, her death was mourned for a full year as was decreed by her successor, Princess Attenaîs Javienne-Terrois Lion Coeur Ensembeau de Fouse-sur-Signet.
Over the coming years, there was much peace in Ithania. However, that changed when the Regalian Empire arrived in 150 AC. While not defenseless, the Ithanian people knew that a fight with Regalia was not a positive prospect for their society, especially given their pre-established trading ties. They also would have been fighting a fellow Ailor state when the two powers would have been better together. So, it was Sovereign Dominique who agreed to join the Regalian Empire, becoming a vassal state. Huge numbers of Ithanians then migrated into the Regalian Archipelago, while outside Cultures entered into Ithania, providing the Ithanians with many new luxuries and fineries to seek out. In the years that followed, the Sovereignty continued to expand in power, wealth, and prestige. They helped to push a number of ideals and concepts onto House Ivrae de Sange, completing the House’s conversion to Ithanian Culture, while also helping to bring about several cadet branches of notable Regalian Houses in Ithania. Even in the Regalian Pessimism, the Sovereignty remained largely solvent and maintained order through careful financial decisions. When the Regalian Empire pulled itself out of this slump, Ithania followed suit and rose to immense wealth once again. In particular, they prospered when the Northern Elven Kingdoms were conquered in the Elven War of 302 AC, and many wealthy Altalar fled into Ithania, with Ithanian bureaucrats moving in to dominate local administration. However, recent years have not been kind to them.
First there was the Humanume Legislation, which so riled up the Daendroque Ailor that they marched north into Ithania and attacked the southernmost Hivres, even breaching the capital city of the Sovereignty and killing a number of members of the Kade cadet branch found in the city in retribution for the Legislation passed by Alexander Kade. These attacks were ultimately quelled by both the dissipation of exhausted rioters and by the arrival of the Regalian Army. Then there was the Bone Horror Crisis that saw thousands of Bone Horrors rise up across the continent and make the rural heartlands barren, though the urban cities remained bastions of strength and allowed many to survive the event by fleeing into them (with those who died largely being impoverished Asha left to starve in plantations or in the hovels they lived in outside of city walls). The arrival of Regalian Reconquest Armies helped to end the greatest of the Bone Horror threats, and so the rural lands began to recover again. Following this came Kathar raids, both from the western coastline and from the southwest, as the dark Elves began to prod Ithania, seeing it as weak. However, an army of 60,000 Regalian troops landed in Ithania (as the last army had been shifted south to fight Altalar forces) and helped to reinforce this border region with assistance from a force of Sihndar.
Finally, there has been the political disaster of Duke Florent de Gosselin’s conquest of Ithania. In a weakened state due to the Anglian Mist Crisis, the Duke decided to make his long-planned move. Jumping from his lands of Ivrelle-Basta in the Regalian Archipelago, he landed in Ithania with a crack team of his most powerful knights and most loyal soldiers. They blazed a path to Bijoux-vert-plusse-rême, where they promptly put the Sovereign under their “protection.” After a later bungled effort by then Regalian Chancellor Amelina Peirgarten, now King Florent executed the Sovereign as he knew she would constantly be sought after by those who sought to ferment rebellion. Regalia then acknowledged his control of Ithania, and he cut long held financial ties to the Empire while they got to remove the armed forces they had permanently stationed in the region. However, de Gosselin’s efforts to impose an Imperialization of the Ithanian locals has failed, and many believe he now prepares to appoint his daughter as Sovereign when he passes on, establishing the position as a royal lineage rather than an elected role. But his invasion has now allowed the Ithanians to turn to their own strength and prepare for what is to come. In 309 AC, the Allorn Empire was reborn and nervous about the return to the ancient power, the Sovereignty and Regalia have re-entered financial and military partnership. Only time will tell if de Gosselin’s rule can last long enough to appoint his daughter, and if the Allorn will sit back and not seek to take the wealth that they once held in Ithania so long ago.
The Ithanian Sovereignty is, in the strictest terms, a monarchy. At the top is the Sovereign (also sometimes called the Grand/Great Princess), a woman of skill, renown, beauty, and strong Ithanian convictions. Her life is rather ceremonial and she mainly serves to help direct the fashion and opinions of the Ithanian upper class, though also deals directly with matters of state and diplomacy. She has no equal, technically speaking, as her consorts are referred to as Sovereign Princes, and serve leisure or private roles in the reign’s governance. Beneath the Sovereign are the Princesses, one for each Hivre, who function largely as any other monarchy might. They too have Prince-Consorts who generally serve lesser roles in government or who do not work at all. Attached to each of these women is their court, made up of ladies in waiting, ladies of the realm, diplomats and so forth. They also often have several knights, permanent guards to the Sovereign or Princesses themselves, and in general to the whole court. They also function as entertainment should the need arise, jousting and dueling for the pleasure of the court they serve. At the current time, however, this political system has been uprooted. King Florent rules with a firm hand, and his court is composed almost entirely of men with clear indications he plans to appoint his daughter as his successor, terminating the role of the Sovereign as an elected role. Additionally, a squadron of soldiers and a representative is now present in each Hivre’s court, and report directly to him on all matters found in these Courts. The Hivres have largely accepted this usurpation of their traditional system, but should the King increase his clampdown on the classic matriarchy of Ithanian society, the government is likely to revolt.
List of Rulers
- 50 AC to 56 AC - Madileine Aoûte-Pouvoir Papillon Coeur Hibella de Bijoux
- 56 AC to 80 AC - Attenaîs Javienne-Terrois Lion Coeur Ensembeau de Fouse-sur-Signet
- 81 AC to 120 AC - Ella Huiviesse-Regalois Etoile Coeur D’Jouette de Croixsemme
- 120 AC to 161 AC - Dominique Tomaise-Looxois Paonne Coeur Lefeuronne de Victois
- 162 AC to 189 AC - Claudette Javienne-Illumin Harpe Coeur D’Noutte de Joëlle
- 189 AC to 191 AC - Floriane Grande-Solarent Lilas Coeur Bissetton de Marce
- 191 AC to 235 AC - Séphora Marsalle-Terrois Rose Coeur Hibella de Bijoux
- 235 AC to 267 AC - Bertille Vrillaie-Regalois Pivert Coeur Lavinge de Toulasse-sur-Livre
- 267 AC to 298 AC - Germaine Tomaise-Solarent Sceptre Coeur Dujajoux de Josselle
- 298 AC to Present - Sybille Huinousse-Troissant Boussole Coeur Peudonseriolle de Plument
- 306 AC to Present - Florent de Gosselin
Unlike most of Regalia’s vassals, the Ithanians have long maintained their own distinct set of laws and customs. They are formally known to outsiders as the Lois-Penal, after the text of the same name which standardized the laws of the various Hivres. In general, the laws maintain Ithanian ideals, which is to say the superiority of women, as well as inequality in society between different levels of Ailor and Nelfin, and then a host of lesser Races which are chiefly represented by the Asha. Women are given preference in inheritance cases. Those who commit violent crimes are treated harshly, with severe, even life-crippling fines to enslavement most commonly employed to keep such people in line. Such terrible sentences largely impact non-Ailor however, as an Ailor is convicted of violence 1 in 50 times. Additionally, their law knows an unspoken split between the common classes and those of the aristocracy, as aristocrats are rarely held publicly accountable for crimes they commit. Instead, it is the court or house they are part of that doles out the punishment, which can be bizarrely lavish and quirky as is befitting Ithanian aristocratic society. In 309 AC, in a diplomatic move for greater integration with the Regalian Heartland, the Sovereignty agreed to adopt Regalian Law in exchange for laws regarding marriage and insult being struck from the books, which was agreed to by the Noble Assembly after minor negotiation.
The Ithanian Sovereignty has long been an ally of the Regalian Empire. It was one of the first major states the Empire conquered when they sought territory beyond the Regalian Archipelago. Ithanian political strength has long had a powerful influence on the Regalian Empire, to the point that many conservatives erroneously claim that Ithanian pacifist-defensive ideals weakened the Regalian Government and thus caused the Regalian Pessimism. With the rise of House Kade, however, the extreme Ithanian influence on the Imperial Court has greatly faded, but Ithania remains a Regalian ally, despite their tumultuous politics in recent years. The Sovereignty is also close with the Kingdom of Lusits, long a trading partner and sister in political matters. As for the opposition, Regalia’s enemies are largely shared by the Sovereignty with three notable exceptions. The first is the Kingdom of Nordskag, to which Ithanians have had a lengthy difficult relationship. Raids and attacks over decades have only recently quelled this century as the current monarch is half Ithanian through his mother, a daughter of a former Sovereign. As both are part of the Regalian Empire, the nations get along amicably enough in most things. The next negative relationship is between the Sovereignty and the Lorships run by the New Regalians, a major hotbed of conservative thinking. The two regions have never gotten along ideologically, though Ithanian wealth long helped pay for the military expansionism so loved by Calembergers, and so the Sovereignty itself has often avoided direct hostility with the major Regalian region. Finally, there are the Asha States. While Regalia is friendly to the Asha, Ithania despises these lands on principle, as they believe all Asha are low-born unintelligent brutes with no authentic claims to the “ruins they now squat in.” In return, Asha Corsairs tend to target Ithanian shipping more than any other state, and Ithanian Ailor are rarely allowed, if they even wanted to, to visit the Fair-Ports of the Asha States.
The Ithanian Sovereignty has a formidable army whose structure is outlined by the Princois Duresse, or Peaceful Principle, which makes up a part of the Principles of Divine Divinity that govern Ithanian society. Ithanian armies are the only armies in the world that have large numbers of both women and men in it, though their roles are stratified. The job of the all-male infantry is to form a strong shield formation to protect the women, a core of female archers and skirmishers that are led by an all-female general’s camp, who whittle down their foe with projectiles. Mages of either gender are also used on the vanguards to ensure stability for the core. Ithanians never advance or go on the offense, and prefer to remain stationary and defensive, even on a battlefield of their choosing. Knights exist separately from Ithanian armies, and are just as frequently male as they are female, acting as scouts or frontline commanders during battles. However, it is frequently misunderstood that the Sovereignty does not have an army, because they so rarely mobilize it in full. This was helped by how, for decades, the nation had a tax arrangement with the Regalian Empire to have their armies guard the Hivres instead. Ithania also has a highly skilled Royal Guard that is only rivaled by the Imperial Guard of the Regalian Emperor. However, due to the Anglian Mist Crisis that caused chaos in the Regalian Military, King Florent took over Ithania quite easily, the Hivres not expecting his sudden movements against them. Additionally, in renegotiating the deal Ithania had with the Regalian Empire, the obligations of the Regalians to keep troops in the region went away as he now had a protective force he reasoned could do the job of the Regalians. Now, Florent has the only army in Ithania, and its presence is enough to keep the region in check while also defending it from hostile forces of the Dread Empire recently on the march to the south and southwest. He and other Ithanians have begun to expand their forces, as well as build increased defensive fortifications, in case of the worst.
The Ithanian economy is robust and highly complex, with trade between the Hivres frequent as is their trade with the colonial regions of Fendarfelle Colonies and the nations to their south. Additionally, in seeking riches and exotic goods, the Sovereignty will trade with lands quite far afield, having a particular fondness for Hadaria and its mineral riches, but also in the trade goods of distant Dexai. All of this trade is an important feature of Ithanian wealth, but the real money-making activity of the Ithanian state is its efficient tax collection system. A remnant of the Allorn Empire, this system is even more efficient than those of the Regalian Archipelago and helps to ensure that wealth is ever-present in their society. However, these taxes are also harsh and often result in pockets of voiceless lower classes rising on to be put down by the foreign mercenaries hired by the Ithanian nobility to keep their lands in line. Currently, there have been no revolts since de Gosselin’s army has not only instilled a fear of harsher reprisal in the lower classes but also because his reign has been highly austere. Not only does Ithania no longer have to pay the large sum of Regals to Regalia as they once had to, thus freeing up funds, but King Florent has been living far more modestly than the absurd excesses traditional Ithanian Culture requests him to. As a result, taxes on the lower classes have been loosened for now though only for as long as de Gosselin has control.
The Ithanian Sovereignty has been dominated by Unionism for almost two centuries, particularly The Priscelle Sect. Before that faith arrived, the society was generally adherents of the Faith of Estel, but in a very watered down and weakened way. Unionism, on the other hand, was extremely earnest and was being backed by the power of the growing Regalian Empire. Thus, the nation was convinced that such a faith was right, and mass-converted. The Faith of Estel faded into a minor but still consistently practiced faith among the Altalar and wider Nelfin community in the area. As for other faiths, the Ithanian Sovereignty does not recognize worship of the Faces of Baskarr despite its prevalence in their population among the Asha.
The Ithanian Sovereignty has symbols synonymous with those of Ithanian Culture as a whole. Their formal flag is a white circle with a white star on a halved field of light grey and dark blue, with a pale blue bird resting slightly over the top of the circle in the grey and the star in the dark blue. Varying flags show the moon in different phases or feature a cluster of three stars. The bird is commonly lacking features, though sometimes it is a crane, the symbol of House Ivrae de Sange.
- The Ithanian Sovereignty as a government body has repeatedly hired mercenaries and cutthroats to destroy Asha archeological sites whenever they appear.
- There are currently 47 Altalar known to have been alive since the days of the Allorn Empire currently working within the government of the Ithanian Sovereignty (which is to say living comfortable lives in the various noble courts of the Hivres and the Sovereign).
- While the Ithanian army had long been formidable, their failure to properly engage the Velheim raiders who once frequently plagued them in the past is a sore spot.