Kingdom of Lusits
|Kingdom of Lusits|
|Nations and States|
|Full Name||Kingdom of Lusits|
|Pronunciation||King-dom of Lou-sits|
|Official Languages||Braggan, Daendroquin, Common|
|Regional Languages||Braggan, Tolonnesa, Daendroquin, D’Ithanie, Common|
|Current Ruler||Queen Juliana do Lobo (technically)|
The Kingdom of Lusits has been a major part of Daendroc politics for years thanks to its extensive trade connections across Daen and beyond. It is also significant in history for being a republic that successfully transformed into a monarchy, and while many of their monarchs might be best known for their varying forms of madness, they are all still pertinent historical figures. Today, the Kingdom is a part of the Regalian Empire, united through the marriage of its mad queen Juliana do Lobo to Regalian Emperor Alexander I. As a result, they find their prestige and wealth dramatically increased, and despite the damage they have suffered in the various conflicts of recent years, their prosperity entices new migrantsto try and gain a piece of this pie.
The Kingdom of Lusits takes its name from the Altalar principality it spawned from, Lusitell’voma. The Ailor population dropped the end of the name and retained the word Lusits, which roughly translates to “vibrant” in Modern Altalar.
The Kingdom of Lusits replaced an Altalar principality that had existed for millennia since the defeat of the ancient Dewamenet Empire by the Allorn Empire. The principality crumbled after the Cataclysm came, and its leadership lost touch with their most powerful magical spells. What replaced it was a myriad of petty kingdoms and settlements that originally saw value in the ideas of freedom as espoused by the Daendroque people located south of them. But over the following decades, it became clearer that such freedom was destructive, as Daenshore and the other states were frequently plunged into instability, though not just because they were battling Altalar rulers desperate to retake lost land. As a result, those Daendroque within the borders of what is now known as Lusits sought to protect themselves from such social chaos. Over a period of twelve years, from 48 to 60 AC, the leaders of the various cities met, spoke, and pursued a better way. This all came to fruition in 60 AC when the Republic of Lusits was born. An oligarchy, the leading citizens of every major city would convene once every two years in the newly crowned capital of Portimao. At that time, they would pursue discussions on matters of importance and meet as a great council underneath a Serene Doge, elected to serve a six-year term. The Serene Doge was like a king in that he ruled the country and his say was final, but different in that his power most definitely came from the assembled leadership, and failures in making proper choices could get him deposed. Thus, the republican era of Lusits began, and Serene Doge Afonso I do Lobo the Magnificent was elected.
Unknown to any at the time, this set a precedent for the future, as do Lobos would be elected far more than other leaders as it was believed they, largely, had all the right qualities for leadership. It was Afonso who started this trend, and he truly earned the title of Magnificent. He worked earnestly for his three terms, and helped expand and reinforce the borders of Lusits, while also opening trade across the Gulf of Lusits to Ithania. He died in 78 AC, oddly enough, a mere month before the election cycle was to come, leaving almost no transition time between leaders. He was followed by his son, Serene Doge Paolo do Lobo, who proved far less energetic, and is largely seen as a squanderer of his father’s legacy. He was physically feeble, and easily intimidated, thus giving some rather aggressive leaders great sway over his decisions. At the end of his term, he left the office in shame, and did not seek reelection. Instead, one of the aforementioned aggressive leaders took the crown, Serene Doge Beatriz do Rosa. She was certainly a strong character, and the nation did well under her, but she is most known for her life outside of the office. After she lost her position in 96 AC, she went on to leave Lusits entirely and set up Ithania, growing her assets into the powerful Rosan Shipping Company that survives to this day. Her relatives remained in Lusits, and for the rest of her life, were always able to count on her financial assets to aid them in their agendas and bids to be elected. She lost to Serene Doge Afonso II do Lobo the Debaucherous. Afonso II was a curious figure, the son of Paolo do Lobo, and a man often perceived as being weak due to his physical shape and love of luxurious entertainment. But it was his mind that was his sharpest asset, and many throughout his lifetime had been caught off guard by his intellect. Unfortunately, he died after a mere four years from disease.
Serene Doge Helena Ana do Anata stepped up to rule after him, and her reign was uneventful. Following after her came one of the great leaders of Lusits, Serene Doge Henrique de Gaviz. His reign of 18 years is seen as a golden age in Lusits, as he pushed the bounds of the nations on all fronts. He was deeply invested in the navy, and so expanded it, and sent out trade and exploration vessels to all areas of Aloria, crossing seas and oceans to find new nations to trade and make relationships with. Under him, many great Bragacao navigators and captains made their fame for their homeland, and he even had an entire architectural style named in his honor. It was also under Henrique that the Regalian Empire became aware and ultimately involved in Lusits politics, gradually increasing their influence through allies in the various political factions and soon, through one of the major five families in the nation, the do Lobos. But for the moment, their influence was minor, and in his final years, Henrique made many profitable deals with them, even settling territory in the Regalian Archipelago in what would eventually become the Lordship of Bragacao. The period that followed his voluntary abdication is known as The One-Term Era. The Serene Doges that came in this period often only served one term and a few didn’t even last a full year into their service. All of these Doges came from the five leading families of the nation: do Lobo, de Gaviz, do Anata, Acosta, and Verissimo. But over time, the land’s bureaucracy began to be overburdened. The changes in government were too frequent, the adjustments in the Serene Doge’s quarters within Portimao constant, and overall people were growing tired of democracy. It was also this era that largely saw a decline in Lusits power and fortunes, though the slope of decay always perked up when a do Lobo was in power, largely because of their strong alliance with the Regalian Empire. Finally, with encouragement from the Empire, Ithanians, and other nobles, the do Lobos abolished the title of Serene Doge. Instead, they would be kings and queens, Serene Doge Afonso V de Lobo the Diplomat becoming King Afonso I of Lusits in 167 AC.
In the wake of this decision however, the do Lobos grew fearful. While the other families were now low in power, they and other houses could still gain power and perhaps pry the crown from the hands of the do Lobos. Thus they began the ill-conceived scheme of marrying cousins to cousins, and it was even rumored that King Afonso I considered marrying his son and daughter together. Despite never going that far, a decline in the quality of the kingdom’s leadership was noticeable. After King Afonso I and his son, King Afonso II do Lobo, there was King Damiano do Lobo “The Young”. This was both a reference to his fine, warm, and ever-youthful face, but also his mental state. He was developmentally deficient, and at the age of 30, essentially acted like a 10-year-old. His daughter followed him, Queen Leonor do Lobo, whose major trait was an obsession with the color red. However, she died in a rather dark incident involving a sudden craving for blood (leading to myths even to this day that she was a Vampire, though such a terrible thing has long been refuted). Next came her son, Emiliano de Lobo “The Soldier,” who sought to make war. While not mad persay, his ambition was foolhardy, and in the end he ultimately did go mad on the eve of his “grand invasion” of Arvost and Solacia, which led to his swift death. Then there was King Fernando do Lobo, who was racked by both what seemed to be at least three individuals inside of himself fighting for control, and a body that was infirm from even his boyhood. If it were not for his deeply caring foreign wife, an Ithanian, he might never have produced an heir or lived as long as he did. When he passed, Juliana do Lobo was crowned in her older teenage years. Sadly, her madness showed itself suddenly soon after, and her obsession with fashion and beauty consumed her life. It still does, but age has seemingly mellowed the worse of her outbursts.
While all of this occurred however, the nation of Lusits endured. Under King Afonso I and his successor, the bureaucracy was largely reformed and an official nobility emerged, abolishing the idea of each city being led by a collective of leading and the most competent citizens, instead appointing various nobles to official control over cities and areas of the countryside. As the chain of monarchs slipped even further into madness, the Regalian Empire also got far more involved, and their influences reduced the Kingdom of Lusits to an almost ceremonial monarchy, with an always strong and smart board of advisors beneath the various mad kings and queens who weathered their madness and instituted policies in the best interests of the people. Finally, the control of the Regalian Empire was made official in the First Songaskian War. Alexander I married Juliana do Lobo in Ithania, joining Lusits to the Empire completely. Juliana’s role, however, remains for as long as she lives, and therefore she is still technically queen. Most believe though that it is only a matter of time before her death, as giving birth has greatly taxed her physical strength, and that soon, the Kingdom of Lusits will be no more. But, such a thing has not happened yet, and so for now, the future of the nation is at best, a topic of intense speculation.
Lusits runs the usual feudal monarchy that most Regalian substates operate under. Though the Queen of Lusits is the legitimate monarch and ruler of Lusits, she is hardly present or active in the kingdom’s administration. Rather, much of the ruling in Lusits falls to a small council of Lusitsian bureaucrats who operate the kingdom in its best interests with a Regalian Governor technically in charge, though largely there to represent the “queen’s interests” and the Empire’s. Beyond that, much of the administration and governance of Lusits is simple and clean, a clear pyramid of administrative delegation present among each province and city.
List of Rulers
- Pre-Cataclysm to 5 AC - Altalar nobles
- 6 AC to 60 AC - Various petty kings, magistrates, etc.
- 60 AC to 78 AC - Serene Doge Afonso I de Lobo the Magnificent
- 78 AC to 84 AC - Serene Doge Paolo do Lobo
- 84 AC to 96 AC - Serene Doge Beatriz da Rosa
- 96 AC to 100 AC - Serene Doge Afonso II do Lobo the Debaucherous
- 100 AC to 106 AC - Serene Doge Helena Ana do Anata
- 106 AC to 124 AC - Serene Doge Henrique de Gaviz
- 124 AC to 167 AC - The One-Term Era
- 167 AC to 189 AC - King Afonso do Lobo I
- 190 AC to 216 AC - King Afonso do Lobo II
- 216 AC to 232 AC - King Damiano do Lobo “The Young”
- 233 AC to 246 AC - Queen Leonor do Lobo
- 246 AC to 261 AC - King Emiliano de Lobo “The Soldier”
- 263 AC to 292 AC - King Fernando do Lobo
- 292 AC to Present - Queen Juliana do Lobo “The Mad”
The Kingdom of Lusits is famously lawful despite possessing a Daendroque sister Culture, the Bragacao. In fact, that is one of the markers of their society most remarked on by outsiders. As a Regalian possession, the Kingdom’s laws are largely the same as Regalian Law, though they have an added range of laws involving maritime trade and various special taxes, as well as their exemptions and for who these exemptions apply to.
Lusits’ foreign relationships often run parallel those of Regalia given the Empire’s long-standing influence over the nation’s politics, especially with the union of Queen Juliana and Emperor Alexander Kade. Additionally, the Kingdom of Lusits also has strong bonds to the Lordship of Bragacao, a region they settled extensively thus leading to the current population found there. As for most of Lusits’ other diplomatic relations, economics and trade determine most of them. To that end, the rich lands of Ithania directly north of Lusits have caused the two nations to have excellent relations over the past several decades. This positive relationship extends to the Solacian Isles and the Tolonne people, despite the brief period where King Emiliano de Lobo publically plotted to wage war on them (though his cabinet of advisors never passed any of his more damaging orders and plans on, thus rendering such plots moot). As for L’Elvellen, Lusits enjoys much more positive trading relations with them now that they are Ailor-colonized lands and the Altalar in charge have been unilaterally swept out of power. While they did trade with the state back when it was the Northern Elven Kingdoms, their dislike for their former masters prevented them from finding much common ground. Finally, there are all the Daen states to the south of Lusits in eastern Daendroc. Lusits is generally neutral in opinion on them, and largely sees them much as their ancestors did, wild and chaotic but with good intentions. Since the Regalian Empire has enacted a strong hand over the region though, some Bragacao from Lusits have filtered south to aid the Empire in rebuilding the recently chaotic lands.
The Kingdom of Lusits has a lacking military in the eyes of most, but a few years ago, it was key to the Regalian Empire maintaining foreign alliances and order. The nation once possessed an extensive navy, but when Regalia grew in political prominence within the nation, the Imperial Navy largely took over the duties of the Lusits Navy. Still, what few vessels they possessed were all powerful ships and comparable to those of the Regalian Empire. On land, Lusits had and still somewhat has an impressive military. With a meritocratic focus within their system that produced many competent leaders, in addition to a Regalian-styled organizational structure, the Lusits army was a well-oiled machine that served to defend the nation against Avanthar and other threats for decades. It was only in the last few decades that the army somewhat weakened, largely due to the economic downturn of the Regalian Pessimism hitting the nation hard, which saw them cut back on military spending. In the First Songaskian War though, the army was reinvigorated, and under Alexander I’s leadership, after he married their Queen, Lusits’ forces achieved high success in southern Essalonia aiding Califaera against Harron and the forces of the Songaskian Masaya. Following the end of the war, Lusits’ army was incorporated into the forces of the Regalian Empire, though a majority of the Regalian force currently stationed in Lusits is native to the region and they are rarely moved around much.
The economy of Lusits is very robust given that is a trading state with a society heavily angled toward the acquisition of exotic and rich goods for themselves, or to help themselves gain even more wealth. To that end, what they export and import strongly depends on the individual traders operated out of the many populous coastal cities of Lusits. Some may form cooperatives and focus themselves in the trade of one particular good, such as dyes, while others might be highly splintered, thus turning a city’s docks and markets into a menagerie of sights and sounds. There is one constant in all this chaos however: jewelry. The Bragacao people are obsessed with acquiring or creating beautiful pieces of self-accentuation. Because of this, they tend to either acquire completed pieces or the precious metals and minerals to make them, taking them back to their homeland with them. With the Regalian Empire in the mix recently though, more raw materials from Lusits have been exported as of late, which they are more than capable of sustaining given a largely rural and underdeveloped interior with plenty of raw nature to harvest and exploit to fulfill Regalian desires.
The Kingdom of Lusits is officially Unionist in faith, with almost the entire Ailor population devoted to that faith. Conversion began relatively early into Lusitian history, around 100 AC, and this strong system of belief has also seen converts from the other Races living in Lusits. The only other faith of any real population would be the Faith of Estel, worshipped by the Yanar, Cielothar and some Altalar each in their own way within the Kingdom.
The Kingdom of Lusits is represented most commonly by the personal crest of Serene Doge Henrique de Gaviz, which is a seashell and seaweed below a ship, all on a shield surrounded by rope all placed on a field of teal. However, under Queen Juliana do Lobo, another symbol was often seen on a secondary flag, which was a gilded golden birdcage similarly on a field of teal. This symbol is the personal crest of the Queen, but isn’t used as consistently as the Sea Crest.
- Queen Leonor do Lobo has inspired various stories and myths of Vampiric nobility in Ithania and Lusits, culminating in the Tale of the Mad Queen of Dordonnais, the fictional story of a Vampire queen in a fictional kingdom that Lusits supposedly absorbed shortly after it was founded as a kingdom.
- Queen Juliana do Lobo’s fashion sense, while largely dead in the Kingdom of Lusits since her departure and now life in Anglia, remains alive in Ithania among the young devout women of Hive San-lume.