The Ithanian Sovereignty is the nation that has ruled Ithania for over 200 years and is the successor to the dissipated Altalar principalities that arose after the end of the Allorn Empire. Their strength is not in their military, as they are a pacifistic society, but is instead in their economics and political abilities which have 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, their Sovereign has been executed and the army of a former Regalian noble ruler has now declared himself the nation’s king. The land is at peace, though, as his efforts to force foreign ideals on them have failed, but there is still scheming on how to remove his takeover.
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 in response to a growing problem in their society. Following the orders that freed them from Altalar control, it still took several decades for the Ithanian Ailor to assert their full control over their continent. They did this mostly peacefully, as the respect for the Altalar was still quite strong in this era, but by 40 AC, there was trouble. The different former provinces of the Allorn Empire were beginning to divide further, and it seemed likely that within the next decade, each might declare itself a new nation instead of maintaining a united whole. Throughout this time, Councils of Peace established in each of the territories had helped maintain order, but the young generation that came after the peaceful freedom from slavery was not as inclined to the utter pacifism advocated by the ideal Ithanian way of life. Indeed, men were starting to reclaim a long lost foothold in politics, and it seemed as if the grand experiment of sweeping peace might come to an end. However, it would not, thanks to the sheer force of will of eight women. These great Ailor matriarchs, one in each principality that existed at the time, and also members of their region’s Council of Peace, were appalled by what they saw beginning to happen in their respective regions. So, these sisters in thought gradually found each other and set to work. Over the course of the decade, even as tensions between the future Hivres increased, they knit large webs of political allies, primarily drawing support from Altalar seeking to avoid conflict and the overthrow of their positions. Finally, by 50 AC, several coups were attempted in the Councils of Peace by men and their wives. Unfortunately, these were all blocked by the suddenly clear power bases of each woman of the secret cabal, and the chief offenders immediately exiled to nearby Etosil. Those at the periphery of these plans or who didn’t carry them out were given clemency and thus began the era known as Formation.
Formation saw the birth of the Ithanian Sovereignty as it is known today, with each of the former principalities transform into the Hivres of a united nation. There was also the first election of the Sovereign and the appointment of the eight princesses, one for each Hivre. The city that this all took place in, Bijoux-vert-plusse-rême, became the capital and, oddly enough, the first Sovereign was the High Princess of that city, the Lady Madileine Hibera Papie Aoûte Pouvoire de St-Vollene. Her daughter Catrianne was promptly made Hivre Princess in her stead and the woman, one of the original eight and 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 born. Additionally, she saw that 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 Aludelle Lyon Javienne Terrois Ensembeau.
Over the coming years, there was much peace in Ithania, though raids from both Velheim and Asha picked up substantially during the reign of Sovereign Attenaîs. Still, she reigned for 34 years and further solidified the Sovereignty’s systems. She was the one who had the first draft of the Lois-Penal codified, establishing a proper judiciary in the realm. Following her was Sovereign Dominique Victois Singerie Tomaise Looxois Lefeuronne, who reigned for 41 years. It was under her reign that the Regalian Empire reached Ithania, and it was she that formed the vassalage agreement that defined Ithanian-Regalian relations for over 150 years (though this has ended recently). 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 state 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. However, recent years have not been kind to them.
First there was the Humanume Legislation, which so riled up the Daendroque and Jendaskea 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 takeover by Duke Florent de Gosselin. He executed the imprisoned Sovereign in late 307 AC, but proved unable to force a more egalitarian outlook on gender roles in addition to other, Imperial-inspired reforms. In a stroke of irony, he has now made clear his intention to make his daughter the Sovereign and establishing a royal Ithanian bloodline. Still, other Ithanians elsewhere plot of ways to undo even this concession, though most Ithanians realms remain relatively unaffected by Gosselin's actions.
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 eight Princesses, one for each Hivre, who function largely as any other monarchy might. They too have Princes 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, permanently guards to the Sovereign or Princesses themselves, well as 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. The Sovereign was under house arrest at a minor estate within the capital city of the nation, but a bungled effort by then Chancellor of the Regalian Empire, Amelina Piergarten, resulted in her execution to prevent a rebellion. King Florent rules with a firm hand, but the Hivres have not backed down from the matriarchal ways. As a result, he has instead made clear his intention to restore the land's matriarch, though under his daughter, and only after he has fully secured her future rule.
List of Rulers
- 80 AC to 86 AC - Madileine Hibera Papie Aoûte Pouvoire de St-Vollene
- 86 AC to 120 AC - Attenaîs Aludelle Lyon Javienne Terrois Ensembeau
- 120 AC to 161 AC - Dominique Victois Singerie Tomaise Looxois Lefeuronne
- 162 AC to 189 AC - Claudette Joëlle Chiette Javienne Illuminée D’Noutte
- 189 AC to 191 AC - Floriane Marce Cyngelle Grande Solaire Bissetton
- 191 AC to 235 AC - Séphora Maxime Candeux Marsalle Terrois Chevrolton
- 235 AC to 267 AC - Bertille Berta Pieuvron Vrillais Regalois Lavinge
- 267 AC to 298 AC - Germaine Josselle Requinvol Tomaise Terrois Dujajoux
- 298 AC to 307 AC - Sybille Arist Torte Huinousse Troissant Peudonseriolle
- 306 AC to Present - King 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, though the Lois-Penal largely skips over violent crime since it is a document on the ideal Ithanian society, which is to say pacifistic. Those who are violent 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.
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 made them a powerful influence on the Regalian Empire for years, to the point that many conservatives erroneously claim that Ithanian pacifist 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 two notable exceptions. The first is the Kingdom of Nordskag, to which Ithanians have had a lengthy difficult relationship. Raids and attacks over decades only recently quelled this century has seen animosity between the two regions, despite the current monarch being half Ithanian through his mother, a daughter of a former Sovereign. As both are part of the Regalian Empire, though, the nations get along. The other negative relationship is between the Sovereignty and the Lordship of Greater Calemberg, a major hotbed of conservative thinking. The two regions have never gotten along, however, 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.
The Ithanian Sovereignty has barely had a formal military. For years, civil militias who served more as bureaucratic assistants and organizers helped keep peace in the streets of Ithania, and later, when needed, mercenaries were hired to help protect or attack targets of need for the Sovereignty. Even knights, though there are a fair number in Ithania, barely total enough together to be a powerful force or be considered a formal army. As a result, the Ithanians have relied on the Regalian Army to aid them but due to the Anglian Mist Crisis that caused chaos in the Regalian Military, King Florent took over Ithania quite easily. 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 was enough to keep the region in check while also defending it from hostile forces of the Dread Empire during the Dread War.
The Ithanian economy is robust and highly complex, with trade between the Hivres frequent as is their trade with the 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.
The Ithanian Sovereignty has been dominated by Unionism for almost two centuries. 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).