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Verthandi Sign-up Thread [PT Worldbuilding Region]

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Verthandi
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Verthandi Sign-up Thread [PT Worldbuilding Region]

Postby Verthandi » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:00 am

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Welcome to Verthandi!

iiWiki
Regional Map w/ Names
Getting Started
Discord

Verthandi is a PT (Interwar/WW2 era) worldbuilding project with the aim of creating interesting stories and plotlines involving fascinating characters within our world.

What is Verthandi?

Verthandi is a fictional world, though it takes inspiration from our world as well as various other fictional worlds. As of now, we have a multipolar geopolitical climate headed mainly by religious conflicts. Largely affected by the First War of the Grand Coalition, the world stands at the brink of war yet again roughly 15 years later. On one side stands the Imperial Aventine Empire and it's many allies, espousing Christianity and divine right, lasting for millennia. Opposed to that is the Northern Coalition, which is comprised of Lyndaists, a syncretic and opposing religion that teaches that the Old Gods are not entirely gone. Both have, by now, stretched their influence throughout the globe, and stand poised to attack one another - the final battle in what would be by now an over 1200 year battle over Cybellum.

Scattered throughout the world are fledgling liberal republics and kingdoms, who believe that there may be more to life than religion. The peak example of this is the Grand Republic of Volkhov, which stands as one of the largest and richest nations on the planet. The revolutionary UFUR watches, waiting for it's chance to strike and liberate those under foreign rule. The ancient state of Fenghuang Wangchao nears civil war as factions within the court vie for power, but the Emperor proclaims it will not go quietly into the night. In Aestia, liberalism has taken a bigger hold, to the point where many in the continent embrace revolutionary beliefs, spreading their ideas throughout the world, hoping to change, what they see, for the better. All is not well, however, as the Suyu, the last bastion of pre-Colonial power, ignores ideology. Colonizers are colonizers, and they, according to the Suyu, should be removed from the continent. Alinora prepares for war in Hibernia, proclaiming the age of Pax Alinora has begun.

What can I expect in Verthandi?
Verthandi offers:
- A unique and interesting world, similar enough yet dissimilar enough to ours where one can jump in easily and feel at home in the existent nations.
- An active and engaging community.
- The opportunities to collaboratively worldbuild in multiple ways.
- A large amount of nations to choose from.
- A world with vibrant lore.
- A constantly changing political landscape.
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Postby Verthandi » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:01 am

Joining Verthandi


Verthandi is looking for new members. Before joining, however, potential applicants should be aware that Verthandi's system is different from other roleplaying regions. You may note how the Regional Map has already been filled - this does not mean Verthandi is full. The majority of the Verthandi map is filled out with Community Nations, pre-made states that members can easily slip into. This is made to ensure a consistent map. Don't be discouraged - members are free to lead their community states in any direction they wish - don't feel constrained. Ask our Advisor team for help if you need it - we're happy to help!

Before joining Verthandi, join our Discord and browse the available community nations. With the help of our administration, pick one and fill out this application to begin your Verthandi adventure!
Options marked with ** are optional.

Nations on the map marked with a asterisk (*) are already filled out.

Application
Nation Long Name:
Nation Short Name:
Head of State:
National Overview: (A brief description of your nation's history and political ideology)
Military Overview: (A brief overview of your nation's military capacity)
*RP Preferences*: (Do you have any specific RP preference? Character, nation-based i.e.)
RP Sample(s): (If you don't have any, try and write a hypothetical paragraph involving your nation.)
Discord Username:
Primary NS Nation:
*Other*: (Questions, concerns etc.)
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Minskiev
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Postby Minskiev » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:05 am

Wow, I seriously like that map!

Application (reservation for now)
Nation Long Name: The Grand Republic of Volkhov / The Federal Republic of Minskiev
Nation Short Name: Volkhov / Minskiev
Head of State: Iosif Maksimovich Nikolaev
Head of Government: Eduard Alekseyevich Yemelyanov
National Overview: The Grand Republic of Volkhov is a constitutional monarchy, with Iosif Nikolaev as the Grand Tsar, and Eduard Yemelyanov as the Prime Minister. It was originally a collection of tribes and states, comprised of native East Slavic people, and Norraic kingdoms. Over time, it progressed into a region full of Volkhovian kingdoms, until it was unified by King Ivan IV the Magnificent, into the Grand Republic of Volkhov. Soon, it rose the ranks and it currently sits as the 3rd most powerful nation, behind the Aventines, in number one. It’s an officially agnostic nation, however, many seeking religious freedom flock to Volkhov, where they may practice freely.
Military Overview: While Volkhov is a rich nation, the tactic of mass assault was indoctrinated into Volkhov since the ancient tribes, states, and Kingdoms of Vol’. It’s primary military theory is “Perfect weapons are overrated. An overwhelming amount of good enough weapons is the key.” It uses many tanks, planes, guns, and submarines to overwhelm any who dare violate its sovereignty.
*RP Preferences*: Uh, what?
RP Sample(s):
Moskau, 1936

My comrades and friends, brothers and sisters, oppressed peoples of the world, unite! Seize the means of elections! We shall never surrender, until all of our enemies have fallen, or until every square inch of Volkhovian land is taken, and every wisp of hope is extinguished! Until these days occur, never surrender! The Iron Bear of Volkhov shall triumph over the White Wolf of the North, and the Black Eagle of the Aventine Empire! Victory to us!


Once again, Iosif had inspired the Volkhovian masses. “How did he do it?” Eduard asked. Time and time again, it was Iosif who won the crowds, even if it was Eduard doing the work. But the Prime Minister is a behind-the-scenes job. No longer. Eduard prepared a speech, a speech to comfort the Volkhovians, in contrast to Iosif’s inspiring morale-lifting aura. Yin and yang, white and black. The two were a power duo, that won the hearts of the Volkhovian masses as soon as they came into power. Volkhov had just left a brutal war, however Eduard quickly changed that. Rapid industrialization meant rapid growth in Volkhovian power, and even though Volkhov had many freedoms, the Iron Menace caused enemy citizens to tremble in fear. Volkhov shall be victorious, no matter the perils it faces, and no matter how many think Volkhov is in its final hour. And both Iosif and Eduard knew it.

Discord Username: Don’t have it, however I’ll get it if you wish.
Primary NS Nation: Minskiev
*Other*: (Questions, concerns etc.)
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“Don’t half-a** two things. Whole-a** one thing.”
”I’m here to kick bubblegum and chew a**. And I’m all out of a**.”
The Kyiv Herald: Minskiev’s most reliable information! Current National Focus: Army Expansion Law
Conservatives are now battling out the progressives with rocking chairs against their stools| Laser-sighted robots march in the streets| Buffalo jackets are in style again
Mulligan’s Hard Chairs - +12.9%| Gista Bean Bags - -38.4%| The National Parade Planning Department - +57.6%| The Blackacrean National Front - -78.6%| Bhoof Lo - +95.0%
Local 3-day Weather in Kyiv: Sun 9: 27°|14°|Partly Cloudy|0% chance|NE 12kph| Mon 10: 27°|15°|Partly Cloudy|0% chance|NE 8kph| Tue 11: 27°|15°|Isolated Thunderstorms|30% chance|W 17kph

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Oscaunja
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Founded: Jul 16, 2019
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Postby Oscaunja » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:20 am

Application
Nation Long Name: Rraigno do Oscaunja
Nation Short Name: Oscaunja
Head of State: Rrai Reney IV
National Overview: A constitutional legitimist monarchy with a strong republican faction, Oscaunja was founded by Guillamo I the Unifier in 1044 A.D. After experiencing a Golden Age in 1486 under Cuolin the Great, and a brief revival in the 1700s, Oscaunja was colonized by Auvernia for the period between 1858 and 1927 when the kingdom was restored and independence regained.
Military Overview: The Royal Army (Esergido Rraile) is composed of 44,000 soldiers, 450 officers, and 20,000 tribal irregulars (of dubious loyalty).
Apart from the Royal Guardsmen (Uardi Rraile), the regular army is divided between 13 Infantry Regiments, 4 Cavalry Regiments, 3 Artillery Regiments, and a small Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
Special divisions are devoted to scouting and a Brigade of Mountaineers (Kagiadori) and Sappers (Ustadori) form the core of the Special Forces.
*RP Preferences*: Political, Character
RP Sample(s): Stuff as Apostolic Hungary mostly.
Discord Username: Ritter von Donau
Primary NS Nation: Oscaunja (formerly Skyrland, formerly Apostolic Hungary)
*Other*: (Questions, concerns etc.)

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Verthandi
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Founded: Sep 25, 2019
Conservative Democracy

Postby Verthandi » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:27 am

Minskiev wrote:Application (reservation for now)
Nation Long Name: The Grand Republic of Volkhov / The Federal Republic of Minskiev
Nation Short Name: Volkhov / Minskiev
Head of State:
National Overview: (A brief description of your nation's history and political ideology)
Military Overview: (A brief overview of your nation's military capacity)
*RP Preferences*: (Do you have any specific RP preference?)
RP Sample(s): (If you don't have any, try and write a hypothetical paragraph involving your nation.)
Discord Username:
Primary NS Nation:
*Other*: (Questions, concerns etc.)


Thank you for your application! Unfortunately, Volkhov is currently already filled out by a player. Please join our Discord before making another application to see the list of community nations.

Oscaunja wrote:Application
Nation Long Name: Rraigno do Oscaunja
Nation Short Name: Oscaunja
Head of State: Rrai Reney IV
National Overview: A constitutional legitimist monarchy with a strong republican faction, Oscaunja was founded by Guillamo I the Unifier in 1044 A.D. After experiencing a Golden Age in 1486 under Cuolin the Great, and a brief revival in the 1700s, Oscaunja was colonized by Auvernia for the period between 1858 and 1927 when the kingdom was restored and independence regained.
Military Overview: The Royal Army (Esergido Rraile) is composed of 44,000 soldiers, 450 officers, and 20,000 tribal irregulars (of dubious loyalty).
Apart from the Royal Guardsmen (Uardi Rraile), the regular army is divided between 13 Infantry Regiments, 4 Cavalry Regiments, 3 Artillery Regiments, and a small Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
Special divisions are devoted to scouting and a Brigade of Mountaineers (Kagiadori) and Sappers (Ustadori) form the core of the Special Forces.
*RP Preferences*: Political, Character
RP Sample(s): Stuff as Apostolic Hungary mostly.
Discord Username: Ritter von Donau
Primary NS Nation: Oscaunja (formerly Skyrland, formerly Apostolic Hungary)
*Other*: (Questions, concerns etc.)


Accepted!

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Minskiev
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Founded: Apr 20, 2020
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Postby Minskiev » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:39 am

Damn, that’s a shame. Well, let’s pick a new one, I suppose.
“Don’t half-a** two things. Whole-a** one thing.”
”I’m here to kick bubblegum and chew a**. And I’m all out of a**.”
The Kyiv Herald: Minskiev’s most reliable information! Current National Focus: Army Expansion Law
Conservatives are now battling out the progressives with rocking chairs against their stools| Laser-sighted robots march in the streets| Buffalo jackets are in style again
Mulligan’s Hard Chairs - +12.9%| Gista Bean Bags - -38.4%| The National Parade Planning Department - +57.6%| The Blackacrean National Front - -78.6%| Bhoof Lo - +95.0%
Local 3-day Weather in Kyiv: Sun 9: 27°|14°|Partly Cloudy|0% chance|NE 12kph| Mon 10: 27°|15°|Partly Cloudy|0% chance|NE 8kph| Tue 11: 27°|15°|Isolated Thunderstorms|30% chance|W 17kph

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Oscaunja
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Postby Oscaunja » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:56 am

Minskiev wrote:Damn, that’s a shame. Well, let’s pick a new one, I suppose.

Please check out the discord to see which nations are open. :)

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Imperii Ecclesia
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SIA Application

Postby Imperii Ecclesia » Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:18 pm

Application
Nation Long Name: Holy Alpanan Empire (Sacrum Imperium Alpanae)
Nation Short Name: "The Empire", Holy Aventine Empire, Alpana, SIA
Head of State: Pius VII
National Overview: In theory, the SIA is an ancient and nominally universal Empire, with the Emperor acting as the chief temporal authority of united Christendom, It has several sovereign constituent Kingdoms, all with local-self rule and autonomy, but all under the authority of the Emperor. In practical terms, it is located in the in the southern coast of Cybelleum, with territory in northern Nymeria as well. The Emperor is theoretically absolute, but in practical terms, but the Empire has powerful and historically privileged vassal Kingdoms and a more federal style of governance. The Empire is united by a common faith, and it is a bastion of tradition, and learning.
Military Overview: The Empire's military is diverse and divided. The Imperial Legions are well trained forces, and the Empire has a strong navy to protect its interests in the Maritamian Sea, but a very poor air force. Most of the soldiers are raised from the vassal Kingdoms and are not as formally trained.

Secondary Application (no idea if this is limited to long time workers on the project, so any new folks don't quite imitate this yet until you get approval from the advisors)
Nation Long Name: Vicariate of Vespera
Nation Short Name: Vespera
Head of State: Henri Cardinal Illian
National Overview: The former centre of administration for the Imperial colonies in Hibernia and Aestia, Vespera nominally claims to still be part of the Empire, although practically it is independent. The elected monarch or Vicar wields authority in place of the Emperor. It is one of the more developed powers of the region, and has continued to develop in the post Imperial era through its alliance with the United Provinces and the bolstering of trade through the construction of the Transvespera canal.
Military Overview: Vespera has a centralized army comprised of trained legions in the Imperial model, and in addition has regional defense forces and militias. The Vespera navy is large compared to its neighbors but dwarfed by Alinora and Duquense. The air-force is underdeveloped.

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*RP Preferences*: Lore building, family trees, iiwiki building.
RP Sample(s):
Tradition. Continuity. Fidelity. What meanings have these words to the modern states which plague our world? For 1750 years, there has always been an Emperor, the Defender of Cybelleum and Protector of the Faith. Those who declare "revolution" and turn their countries into violence and anarchy only prove that only stability brings Justice and Peace. They claim to fight tyranny only to establish tyranny themselves.

I may not be Alpanian by blood, but I am a true Imperial. I am a Citizen of Alpana, with all the privileges that entails. My ancestors were accepted by Leo I as members of the Empire, and for those centuries, my family has farmed the soil, married, grown, and died, generation after generation, along with our Emperors, who over the generations have ruled over us, protecting the peace and prosperity of not only us, but countless others. Not only did they bring learning, philosophy, and most importantly the true religion to my people, they made Western Civilization.

It's true, things are far from perfect. There are rising tensions by some in the Empire. The godless heathens call for our blood, despite our clear desire to be at peace. But things have never been or never will be more perfect on this side of Heaven, our eternal home and what we should be focused on.

Our enemies think they will bring the Empire to its knees. No one has yet, for God's Grace has preserved us this far. The Sarmar invasion? We survived. A century of Hellian usurpation and corruption? We survived. A brutal 90 year war that almost shattered the Empire combined with a wave of destruction by the Sarmars? We survived. The mighty armies of Pierre Clement? We survived. The War of the Grand Coalition? We survived. The Grace of God has brought us this far. Why end now? And even if He does permit us to be punished for our sins for a time, I have no doubt that the Empire can rise from the ashes again.

They say we are slaves under the yoke of a tyranny. They say I'd be better off if I put my trust in a ballot box instead of God. That we can make this world better by walking to a voting booth once a year. They think if they don't remove the fences preventing them from jumping off a cliff, they are constrained and stifled. They fail to understand what freedom really is. They are slaves to their own passions and sins. The Empire has been focused on freedom from the very beginning, and the Empire gave me the liberal education and life of faith I needed to be a free man. I understand my freedom. Can they say the same?

After my education, I could have done anything. But I joined the Legion, because I love and will gladly lay down my life for my Patria, my homeland. So here I am, patrolling the streets of an island torn by tension and strife. It is not always pleasant, but I never once doubt my choice. For all the Empire has given to me and my ancestors, what else can I do but to protect it for all my future descendants? But above all else, God will protect us, as he always has. And if he calls me home, I will be ready.

Discord Username: Deus Vult
Primary NS Nation: Imperii Ecclesia
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A Few Open Country Descriptions For Any New Players

Postby Imperii Ecclesia » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:24 pm

Please consult the Discord, but here are a list of a few of countries which are open which I have put helped to create and a brief description of each. Some have more or less detail already added, but are customizable in many aspects. I would love to have you play any of them, but please TG or DM on Discord- I would just like to work together so we can fit your ideas with the already established lore of the community!

Note: any words with an exclamation point in front of them (!) signify a real world analogue. Generally, these are only very loosely based, since many things in Verthandi are different than RL. Nevertheless they can be helpful for bringing to mind related images.

Cybelleum (!Europe):

Within The Empire itself: The Holy Aventine Empire has several sub-kingdoms which I am open to take a player. These naturally are more strict in terms of lore/development since I have worked the most on the Empire, but nonetheless I would be happy to work with you. Please see this link for basic details on each one. : Real Life analogues:
In general concepts, Hellia is !Greece, Nymeria is !Roman Africa, Kosavs is !Slavs, Odesta is !South Romania, Kyrona is !Constantinople, Tarany is !South Hungary, Lavinia is !Sicily, Merceda is !Macedonia, Attia is !Illyria, Aedetha is !Latinized Saxons, Alaria is !Latinized Lombards, Ebonia is !Eastern Goths, the Nomans are !Berbers.


Uturia- a lot of freedom to deviate here. Basically an indepedent !North African/Berber/Greek-African Catholic Kingdom which expanded greatly during the fall of the Suvari Kaghanate.
Suvari Kaghanate- formerly like the !Ottomans, but after the revolution and the UFUR the Khaghan and his family went into exile with Imperial protection on the isle of Lindos. The island is a hotbed of political tension.

Hestaica (!Spain):

Jaconia- League of former Imperial vassals headed by the Patriarch of Jaconia, a large and prosperous city situated the !Straights of Gibraltar. Ideology is Spanish Traditionalism.
Varille- expansionist power which seeks to united all of Hestaica under its rule. Ideology: National Syndicalism (socially right economically left).
Ostiar- ravaged and weakened by a politically unstable century, now it is a Communalist and Socialistic state with a focus on internationalism.
Baranda- a !Basque Kingdom which has fiercely maintained its independence against foreigners who try and conquer their land.
Luistia- not strictly part of Hestaica (it is !Portugal), which is a Catholic Integralist monarchy. In personal union with Sao Marcos.

Hibernia (!North America)

Note: The following countries in Hibernia split away from the Empire during the Clementine (!Napoleonic Wars) around 1799-1825. But until then they were Imperial colonies/allies.

Pregost: Former Imperial colony, with majority !Slavic settlers in a desert region. Open to a lot of customization, currently just a republic.
Tapatean Alliance: The !Aztec cities made an alliance with the Imperial settlers and were eventually converted to Catholicism. Never formally colonized but had a friendship with the settlers, more of a protectorate Lots of freedom for what happens afterwards.
Copan Federation: Same as above with the !Mayans. Also a great deal of freedom as well.

Aestia (!South America)

Note: The following countries in Hibernia split away from the Empire during the Clementine (!Napoleonic Wars) around 1799-1825. But until then they were Imperial colonies/allies.

Demoran: Given by the Emperor to the stewardship of the Knights of St. Christopher (a Catholic Military Order). The Knights continue their proud military tradition to this day, and field the most elite soldiers (although very small in number) in the region.
Sophia: A !Greek polity established with the goal of fulfilling the ideal city state following the principles of Plato's Republic and Aristotle's politics/ethics. Of course that didn't turn out perfect, but it's a cool idea to explore.
Nikeneon: A !Greek militaristic and nationalistic monarchy with a strong martial tradition.
Liutpert: a Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth style elective Monarchy made up of mainly Imperial Commigrati (!Latinized barbarian) settlers
Cervela: a !Spanish constitutional monarchy with a socially democratic government
Rello: A !Spanish radically anti-Imperial Jacobin and anti-clerical revolutionary state.
Sao Marcos: In personal union with Luistia, it covers the !Coastal Brazilian region, including the valuable coastal cities. The current economic powerhouse of Aestia, and with a strong popular movement of Integralism backing up support for the monarchy.
Marconian Republic: small liberal republic, which claims to be the rightful government of Sao Marcos. Many of the opposition parties fled here after their failed attempt to coup the monarchy failed, and broke away.
Pan-Cavado Republic: A coaltion of both dissatisfied rural Marconians and natives of the Cavado region !Amazon. Lots of room for freedom.

Greater Aestia: NOT a former Imperial colony, but instead a Reynish (!English) one. A former slave-holding power, it eventually ended slavery but still has many apartheid practices in place. Decentralized state with heavy emphasis on "State's Rights" and conflict between the Dissenting (Protestant) majority Catholic minority and between the rich rural landowners versus the cities.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

For reference, here is a link to all the iiwiki pages of these countries which have been completed so far. The data may be liable to change (especially if you want to change the flag or national anthem or stuff like that that's cool with me), but it should serve as a rough outline:


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Volsova
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Founded: Jul 11, 2020
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Postby Volsova » Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:57 am

Application
Nation Long Name: The Grand Republic of Volkhov
Nation Short Name: Volkhov
Head of State: Grand Prince Bogdan Morodzova
National Overview: (A brief description of your nation's history and political ideology) Volkhov is one of the premier nations that espouses Classical Liberalism in Verthandi. Coming from their long history of seafaring traders, Volkhov places an importance of personal freedom and economic entrepreneurship. Nominally, it does not have a codified Constitution, but there exists a complicated network of implied obligations and responsibilities from the lowest farmer to the Grand Prince. While it does not have a constitution, Volkhov exists as a de facto Constitutional Monarchy with a Grand Prince and a bicameral legislature. The Grand Prince is elected for life by the upper house. While there are none who would say it to her face, Volkhov exists teetering on a brink of collapse, with many of the nation lagging behind others and radicalism growing stronger every day.
Military Overview: (A brief overview of your nation's military capacity) Owing to its history as a naval trading power, Volkhov's strongest branch of the military is the navy and it is also its most well funded branch. The army falls behind greatly in comparison to the Navy but it can muster a large number of forces. The army is largely outdated both in tactics and in equipment
*RP Preferences*: (Do you have any specific RP preference?) Political, Character
RP Sample(s): (If you don't have any, try and write a hypothetical paragraph involving your nation.)
"Workers, your city is for the present occupied by the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army. This army does not serve any political party, any power, any dictatorship. On the contrary, it seeks to free the region of all political power, of all dictatorship. It strives to protect the freedom of action, the free life of the workers, against all exploitation and domination. The Makhnovist Army does not, therefore, represent any authority. It will not subject anyone to any obligation whatsoever. Its role is confined to defending the freedom of the workers. The freedom of the peasants and the workers belong to themselves, and should not suffer any restriction."

putting away the paper, Makhno starts thanking the worker

"Thank you, my fellow workers for helping me liberate this town. We will not ask for anything in return. The victory today belongs to you all. I freely welcome anyone who wishes to join or provide needed supplies, but do with your freedom what you may wish. I wish I could stay here, but my work is not done. Orel was not the only town that is under the dictatorship of the aristocracy. I will be visiting neighboring towns and villages freeing them all and allowing any man who wishes to join my fight for freedom. I thank you, my fellow workers, for fighting for your own freedom. I wish you the best and I wish that this town will stand as a beacon for all people who wish to live in freedom free of any oppression or dictatorship"

Discord Username: Aardappel
Primary NS Nation: Volsova
*Other*: (Questions, concerns etc.)

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Verthandi
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Founded: Sep 25, 2019
Conservative Democracy

Postby Verthandi » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:35 am

Volsova wrote:Application
Nation Long Name: The Grand Republic of Volkhov
Nation Short Name: Volkhov
Head of State: Grand Prince Bogdan Morodzova
National Overview: (A brief description of your nation's history and political ideology) Volkhov is one of the premier nations that espouses Classical Liberalism in Verthandi. Coming from their long history of seafaring traders, Volkhov places an importance of personal freedom and economic entrepreneurship. Nominally, it does not have a codified Constitution, but there exists a complicated network of implied obligations and responsibilities from the lowest farmer to the Grand Prince. While it does not have a constitution, Volkhov exists as a de facto Constitutional Monarchy with a Grand Prince and a bicameral legislature. The Grand Prince is elected for life by the upper house. While there are none who would say it to her face, Volkhov exists teetering on a brink of collapse, with many of the nation lagging behind others and radicalism growing stronger every day.
Military Overview: (A brief overview of your nation's military capacity) Owing to its history as a naval trading power, Volkhov's strongest branch of the military is the navy and it is also its most well funded branch. The army falls behind greatly in comparison to the Navy but it can muster a large number of forces. The army is largely outdated both in tactics and in equipment
*RP Preferences*: (Do you have any specific RP preference?) Political, Character
RP Sample(s): (If you don't have any, try and write a hypothetical paragraph involving your nation.)
"Workers, your city is for the present occupied by the Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army. This army does not serve any political party, any power, any dictatorship. On the contrary, it seeks to free the region of all political power, of all dictatorship. It strives to protect the freedom of action, the free life of the workers, against all exploitation and domination. The Makhnovist Army does not, therefore, represent any authority. It will not subject anyone to any obligation whatsoever. Its role is confined to defending the freedom of the workers. The freedom of the peasants and the workers belong to themselves, and should not suffer any restriction."

putting away the paper, Makhno starts thanking the worker

"Thank you, my fellow workers for helping me liberate this town. We will not ask for anything in return. The victory today belongs to you all. I freely welcome anyone who wishes to join or provide needed supplies, but do with your freedom what you may wish. I wish I could stay here, but my work is not done. Orel was not the only town that is under the dictatorship of the aristocracy. I will be visiting neighboring towns and villages freeing them all and allowing any man who wishes to join my fight for freedom. I thank you, my fellow workers, for fighting for your own freedom. I wish you the best and I wish that this town will stand as a beacon for all people who wish to live in freedom free of any oppression or dictatorship"

Discord Username: Aardappel
Primary NS Nation: Volsova
*Other*: (Questions, concerns etc.)


Accepted!

Imperii Ecclesia wrote:Application
Nation Long Name: Holy Alpanan Empire (Sacrum Imperium Alpanae)
Nation Short Name: "The Empire", Holy Aventine Empire, Alpana, SIA
Head of State: Pius VII
National Overview: In theory, the SIA is an ancient and nominally universal Empire, with the Emperor acting as the chief temporal authority of united Christendom, It has several sovereign constituent Kingdoms, all with local-self rule and autonomy, but all under the authority of the Emperor. In practical terms, it is located in the in the southern coast of Cybelleum, with territory in northern Nymeria as well. The Emperor is theoretically absolute, but in practical terms, but the Empire has powerful and historically privileged vassal Kingdoms and a more federal style of governance. The Empire is united by a common faith, and it is a bastion of tradition, and learning.
Military Overview: The Empire's military is diverse and divided. The Imperial Legions are well trained forces, and the Empire has a strong navy to protect its interests in the Maritamian Sea, but a very poor air force. Most of the soldiers are raised from the vassal Kingdoms and are not as formally trained.

Secondary Application (no idea if this is limited to long time workers on the project, so any new folks don't quite imitate this yet until you get approval from the advisors)
Nation Long Name: Vicariate of Vespera
Nation Short Name: Vespera
Head of State: Henri Cardinal Illian
National Overview: The former centre of administration for the Imperial colonies in Hibernia and Aestia, Vespera nominally claims to still be part of the Empire, although practically it is independent. The elected monarch or Vicar wields authority in place of the Emperor. It is one of the more developed powers of the region, and has continued to develop in the post Imperial era through its alliance with the United Provinces and the bolstering of trade through the construction of the Transvespera canal.
Military Overview: Vespera has a centralized army comprised of trained legions in the Imperial model, and in addition has regional defense forces and militias. The Vespera navy is large compared to its neighbors but dwarfed by Alinora and Duquense. The air-force is underdeveloped.

User Info

*RP Preferences*: Lore building, family trees, iiwiki building.
RP Sample(s):
Tradition. Continuity. Fidelity. What meanings have these words to the modern states which plague our world? For 1750 years, there has always been an Emperor, the Defender of Cybelleum and Protector of the Faith. Those who declare "revolution" and turn their countries into violence and anarchy only prove that only stability brings Justice and Peace. They claim to fight tyranny only to establish tyranny themselves.

I may not be Alpanian by blood, but I am a true Imperial. I am a Citizen of Alpana, with all the privileges that entails. My ancestors were accepted by Leo I as members of the Empire, and for those centuries, my family has farmed the soil, married, grown, and died, generation after generation, along with our Emperors, who over the generations have ruled over us, protecting the peace and prosperity of not only us, but countless others. Not only did they bring learning, philosophy, and most importantly the true religion to my people, they made Western Civilization.

It's true, things are far from perfect. There are rising tensions by some in the Empire. The godless heathens call for our blood, despite our clear desire to be at peace. But things have never been or never will be more perfect on this side of Heaven, our eternal home and what we should be focused on.

Our enemies think they will bring the Empire to its knees. No one has yet, for God's Grace has preserved us this far. The Sarmar invasion? We survived. A century of Hellian usurpation and corruption? We survived. A brutal 90 year war that almost shattered the Empire combined with a wave of destruction by the Sarmars? We survived. The mighty armies of Pierre Clement? We survived. The War of the Grand Coalition? We survived. The Grace of God has brought us this far. Why end now? And even if He does permit us to be punished for our sins for a time, I have no doubt that the Empire can rise from the ashes again.

They say we are slaves under the yoke of a tyranny. They say I'd be better off if I put my trust in a ballot box instead of God. That we can make this world better by walking to a voting booth once a year. They think if they don't remove the fences preventing them from jumping off a cliff, they are constrained and stifled. They fail to understand what freedom really is. They are slaves to their own passions and sins. The Empire has been focused on freedom from the very beginning, and the Empire gave me the liberal education and life of faith I needed to be a free man. I understand my freedom. Can they say the same?

After my education, I could have done anything. But I joined the Legion, because I love and will gladly lay down my life for my Patria, my homeland. So here I am, patrolling the streets of an island torn by tension and strife. It is not always pleasant, but I never once doubt my choice. For all the Empire has given to me and my ancestors, what else can I do but to protect it for all my future descendants? But above all else, God will protect us, as he always has. And if he calls me home, I will be ready.

Discord Username: Deus Vult
Primary NS Nation: Imperii Ecclesia
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Wisdom and Sophia
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Founded: Jul 17, 2020
New York Times Democracy

Postby Wisdom and Sophia » Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:12 pm

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Nation Long Name: The Callipolis of Sophia | Καλλίπολις της σοφία | Kallipolis tis Sophía (this latter translation is likely fairly inaccurate, I think)
Nation Short Name: Callipolis | Sophia
Head of State: The Guardians (I believe this translates well into Kidemónas)
National Overview: As I understand it, Sophia is a city-state founded on utopian esque ideals within Aestia. It has had a long history of serving as a safe haven for ideas and the persecuted, at least temporarily, and has experienced large scale threats to its existence from the nearby Despotate of Nikeaneon. I'm a bit unsure what year we're currently in, but regardless. Domestically, Sophia can be regarded to be a technocratic aristokratia (in the Greek form, not an "aristocracy" of noblemen), ruled by the oligarchic Kidemónas -- the Guardians. They are twelve in number and are elected on meritocratic grounds by the city's synedrion, which itself is made up of educators, engineers, artists, etc, etc. There are no political parties in Sophia, nor are there elections. However, neither is the notion of the "Philosopher King" accurate. The Kidemónas serve as long as the fellow members of the guardian class feel they are fit to do so. The system is far from perfect, and is very problematic, due the fallibility of man. Furthermore, the city of Sophia regards itself as free of private property and there is no such concept. Marriage, as per the doctrines of !Plato, the principles on which the city was founded on, does not exist. Men, women and children are held in "common."

The current Kidemónas council is composed of 8 women and four men.

The city experiences high human development but an extraordinarily unequal GINI, as well as experiencing large forms of caste stratification and little to no class mobility.
Military Overview: The military of Sophia is a conscripted force of all able bodied men and women, who are required to serve a year of military's service from the ages of 18-19. Those who wish to continue a career in the military find themselves serving in the small, but fairly technologically advanced, Auxiliaries of Sophia. Sophia also possesses a small navy and air force, but employs the forces of Demoran if it requires it -- I assume they are military allies.
RP Preferences: No, not really.
RP Sample(s):
Antonios Vassilis found himself thirsty. His apartment was cool, but dry. He reached for a pitcher of water, pouring out its contents into a glass and swiftly downing the liquid. He was sat on his terrace, having set down a copy of insert philosophical work here. His gaze turned ever upwards towards his place of work; where the Kidemónas congregated.

The Council of the Kidemónas was an imposing building. It dominated the skyline of the city of Sophia, much like an acropolis, and was built in a neoclassical style. Large columns flanked the outer facade of the building, holding up an orangey-brown tiled roof. Beneath it, in perfect rigidity and stratification as was required by the !Platonic works, was the city in successive tiers. To an outsider, Sophia was... strange. Alien. Unlike much in Verthandi.

As its most senior member, Vassilis was indeed the most powerful man in Sophia. He had served in the auxiliary during engagements with Nikeanon and still carried the battle scars on his body and his mind. His experiences had been shaped by a hostile continent and a hostile neighbour. Yet, like the city itself, he had endured. And climbed its stratified ranks ever so slightly. Now in his early 70s, with a frail form, white hair and a slight stutter, he found himself leading the world's experiment into "living in a planned way." Even so, with the privileges of his position, the thought weighed down on him. He had sacrificed much: was it worth it in the end? Was he a good leader? Were these questions he was fit to answer?

He did not know. Nor could he know, he had concluded. But perhaps that was for the best. Having put on his coat with less than a thought, Vassilis scoffed down the remnants of his bread and honey for breakfast and departed for the looming palace of philosophy. For today there was a debate within the halls of the Guardians; they were to debate the necessity of themselves.

Discord Username: JennyP99
Primary NS Nation: Wisdom and Sophia
Other: (Questions, concerns etc.) I'm thinking of the nation being called, simply, "The Callipolis", but it is known as "Sophia" in the short form because that is the name of the city.
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Verthandi
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Posts: 7
Founded: Sep 25, 2019
Conservative Democracy

Postby Verthandi » Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:44 pm

Wisdom and Sophia wrote:Application
Nation Long Name: The Callipolis of Sophia | Καλλίπολις της σοφία | Kallipolis tis Sophía (this latter translation is likely fairly inaccurate, I think)
Nation Short Name: Callipolis | Sophia
Head of State: The Guardians (I believe this translates well into Kidemónas)
National Overview: As I understand it, Sophia is a city-state founded on utopian esque ideals within Aestia. It has had a long history of serving as a safe haven for ideas and the persecuted, at least temporarily, and has experienced large scale threats to its existence from the nearby Despotate of Nikeaneon. I'm a bit unsure what year we're currently in, but regardless. Domestically, Sophia can be regarded to be a technocratic aristokratia (in the Greek form, not an "aristocracy" of noblemen), ruled by the oligarchic Kidemónas -- the Guardians. They are twelve in number and are elected on meritocratic grounds by the city's synedrion, which itself is made up of educators, engineers, artists, etc, etc. There are no political parties in Sophia, nor are there elections. However, neither is the notion of the "Philosopher King" accurate. The Kidemónas serve as long as the fellow members of the guardian class feel they are fit to do so. The system is far from perfect, and is very problematic, due the fallibility of man. Furthermore, the city of Sophia regards itself as free of private property and there is no such concept. Marriage, as per the doctrines of !Plato, the principles on which the city was founded on, does not exist. Men, women and children are held in "common."

The current Kidemónas council is composed of 8 women and four men.

The city experiences high human development but an extraordinarily unequal GINI, as well as experiencing large forms of caste stratification and little to no class mobility.
Military Overview: The military of Sophia is a conscripted force of all able bodied men and women, who are required to serve a year of military's service from the ages of 18-19. Those who wish to continue a career in the military find themselves serving in the small, but fairly technologically advanced, Auxiliaries of Sophia. Sophia also possesses a small navy and air force, but employs the forces of Demoran if it requires it -- I assume they are military allies.
RP Preferences: No, not really.
RP Sample(s):
Antonios Vassilis found himself thirsty. His apartment was cool, but dry. He reached for a pitcher of water, pouring out its contents into a glass and swiftly downing the liquid. He was sat on his terrace, having set down a copy of insert philosophical work here. His gaze turned ever upwards towards his place of work; where the Kidemónas congregated.

The Council of the Kidemónas was an imposing building. It dominated the skyline of the city of Sophia, much like an acropolis, and was built in a neoclassical style. Large columns flanked the outer facade of the building, holding up an orangey-brown tiled roof. Beneath it, in perfect rigidity and stratification as was required by the !Platonic works, was the city in successive tiers. To an outsider, Sophia was... strange. Alien. Unlike much in Verthandi.

As its most senior member, Vassilis was indeed the most powerful man in Sophia. He had served in the auxiliary during engagements with Nikeanon and still carried the battle scars on his body and his mind. His experiences had been shaped by a hostile continent and a hostile neighbour. Yet, like the city itself, he had endured. And climbed its stratified ranks ever so slightly. Now in his early 70s, with a frail form, white hair and a slight stutter, he found himself leading the world's experiment into "living in a planned way." Even so, with the privileges of his position, the thought weighed down on him. He had sacrificed much: was it worth it in the end? Was he a good leader? Were these questions he was fit to answer?

He did not know. Nor could he know, he had concluded. But perhaps that was for the best. Having put on his coat with less than a thought, Vassilis scoffed down the remnants of his bread and honey for breakfast and departed for the looming palace of philosophy. For today there was a debate within the halls of the Guardians; they were to debate the necessity of themselves.

Discord Username: JennyP99
Primary NS Nation: Wisdom and Sophia
Other: (Questions, concerns etc.) I'm thinking of the nation being called, simply, "The Callipolis", but it is known as "Sophia" in the short form because that is the name of the city.


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Imperial Songha
Secretary
 
Posts: 31
Founded: Jan 30, 2016
Corrupt Dictatorship

Postby Imperial Songha » Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:31 pm

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Nation Long Name: The Hellenic Kingdom
Nation Short Name: Hellenica
Head of State: King Leo IV
National Overview:
The Hellenic Republic draws its origins to Hellenic settlers thousands of years ago. These settlers formed the first rudimentary city-states that would one day come to make up Hellenica, and these states would last until their consolidation in the 15th Century as the Hellenic Republic. The Hellenic Republic would lay the foundations for Hellenic law and society, establishing the Hellenic Caste System, the Hellenic Council, and allowing Royal Houses a level of influence in their respective areas.

The Hellenic Republic was later absorbed into the Suvarian Empire, where Hellenes were persecuted and viewed with suspicion as they were suspected of having sympathies to the main rival of the Suvarians - the Aventines. As a result, an exodus of Hellenes took place, leaving for the Aventine Empire, Sophia, Nikeanon, and other Aventine colonies, whilst Hellenes went from comprising a slight majority in their country, to being a minority. As the Suvarian Empire collapsed in the early 20th Century, the Hellenic Upper Class took the opportunity of both political instability and geographic barriers to declare a new Hellenic Republic. However - this new Republic would fail to exercise the same control over its territory that the previous Republic did, and thus the Hellenic Kingdom was declared only months after the declaration of the Republic.

This new Hellenic Kingdom would be an Elected Monarchy - in which only the heads of the Royal Houses of Hellenica could be eligible for election. Kings would serve for life and exercise a considerable amount of influence over Hellenica. The Head of Government was not held by any single entity, but by the Hellenic Council, an elected council of seven members that serves as the Upper House of the Hellenic Parliament. Elections are weighted in the form of Electors - not too dissimilar to the Electoral College, while districts are heavily weighted in favour of the Hellenes. For instance - while the capital city of Rhakotis is roughly 53% Hellenic, 5 of the 7 Electoral Districts in Rhakotis are majority Hellenic. As the Hellenic Kingdom has maintained its independence for over a decade, some of the Hellenic Diaspora has returned to Hellenica, as their share of the population has increased from 28% to 35% since independence.

The Hellenic Kingdom retains rather cold, at times outright hostile, ties with the U.F.U.R, as a result of centuries of Hellenic Persecution under the Suvarians, and the attempted takeover of Hellenica by the UFUR during the collapse of Suvaria. As a result, Hellenica maintains an embargo on the UFUR, as well as refusing their ships in the Hellenic Straits - some of the most important trading waters in the world; however, the relatively young Hellenic Kingdom experiences shortages of goods that they once relied on the Suvarians for, especially oil.

In the meantime, Hellenica pursues close ties with Cybelleum, and especially with the Aventine Empire, as well as Sophia, Nikeaneon on account of their shared Greek heritage and colonial history. They additionally seek out Duquesne as a potential ally, due to their territory close to Hellenica.

Military Overview:
As the Hellenic Kingdom is a relatively young nation, their military leaves a fair amount to be desired. However - the former Suvarian Empire based much of their navy in Rhakotis, to guard their sovereignty over the Hellenic Straits, and as their nation fell into anarchy, these vessels ultimately ended up in the hands of the Hellenic Kingdom. As a result, while the Army leaves something to be desired, Hellenica wields a very powerful navy - one that it uses to wield similar influence over its straits as the Suvarians once did. The Air Force has yet to be formally established.

*RP Preferences*: No real preferences I suppose. I can fly with any kind of roleplay. I do like "Slice of Life" roleplays, so to speak.
RP Sample(s):
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=352242#p25811517
https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Category:Songha
Discord Username: Yvette#4435
Primary NS Nation: Songha
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Founded: Sep 25, 2019
Conservative Democracy

Postby Verthandi » Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:06 pm

Imperial Songha wrote:Application
Nation Long Name: The Hellenic Kingdom
Nation Short Name: Hellenica
Head of State: King Leo IV
National Overview:
The Hellenic Republic draws its origins to Hellenic settlers thousands of years ago. These settlers formed the first rudimentary city-states that would one day come to make up Hellenica, and these states would last until their consolidation in the 15th Century as the Hellenic Republic. The Hellenic Republic would lay the foundations for Hellenic law and society, establishing the Hellenic Caste System, the Hellenic Council, and allowing Royal Houses a level of influence in their respective areas.

The Hellenic Republic was later absorbed into the Suvarian Empire, where Hellenes were persecuted and viewed with suspicion as they were suspected of having sympathies to the main rival of the Suvarians - the Aventines. As a result, an exodus of Hellenes took place, leaving for the Aventine Empire, Sophia, Nikeanon, and other Aventine colonies, whilst Hellenes went from comprising a slight majority in their country, to being a minority. As the Suvarian Empire collapsed in the early 20th Century, the Hellenic Upper Class took the opportunity of both political instability and geographic barriers to declare a new Hellenic Republic. However - this new Republic would fail to exercise the same control over its territory that the previous Republic did, and thus the Hellenic Kingdom was declared only months after the declaration of the Republic.

This new Hellenic Kingdom would be an Elected Monarchy - in which only the heads of the Royal Houses of Hellenica could be eligible for election. Kings would serve for life and exercise a considerable amount of influence over Hellenica. The Head of Government was not held by any single entity, but by the Hellenic Council, an elected council of seven members that serves as the Upper House of the Hellenic Parliament. Elections are weighted in the form of Electors - not too dissimilar to the Electoral College, while districts are heavily weighted in favour of the Hellenes. For instance - while the capital city of Rhakotis is roughly 53% Hellenic, 5 of the 7 Electoral Districts in Rhakotis are majority Hellenic. As the Hellenic Kingdom has maintained its independence for over a decade, some of the Hellenic Diaspora has returned to Hellenica, as their share of the population has increased from 28% to 35% since independence.

The Hellenic Kingdom retains rather cold, at times outright hostile, ties with the U.F.U.R, as a result of centuries of Hellenic Persecution under the Suvarians, and the attempted takeover of Hellenica by the UFUR during the collapse of Suvaria. As a result, Hellenica maintains an embargo on the UFUR, as well as refusing their ships in the Hellenic Straits - some of the most important trading waters in the world; however, the relatively young Hellenic Kingdom experiences shortages of goods that they once relied on the Suvarians for, especially oil.

In the meantime, Hellenica pursues close ties with Cybelleum, and especially with the Aventine Empire, as well as Sophia, Nikeaneon on account of their shared Greek heritage and colonial history. They additionally seek out Duquesne as a potential ally, due to their territory close to Hellenica.

Military Overview:
As the Hellenic Kingdom is a relatively young nation, their military leaves a fair amount to be desired. However - the former Suvarian Empire based much of their navy in Rhakotis, to guard their sovereignty over the Hellenic Straits, and as their nation fell into anarchy, these vessels ultimately ended up in the hands of the Hellenic Kingdom. As a result, while the Army leaves something to be desired, Hellenica wields a very powerful navy - one that it uses to wield similar influence over its straits as the Suvarians once did. The Air Force has yet to be formally established.

*RP Preferences*: No real preferences I suppose. I can fly with any kind of roleplay. I do like "Slice of Life" roleplays, so to speak.
RP Sample(s):
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=352242#p25811517
https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Category:Songha
Discord Username: Yvette#4435
Primary NS Nation: Songha
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Cainesland
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Cainesland » Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:38 pm

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Nation Long Name: The autocracy of Kyrona
Nation Short Name: Kyrona
Head of State: Konstantinos XV Pailos
Head of Government: Nikephoros Pailos
Government departments:
Treasury
Immigration
Culture and heritage
Tourism
Import/Export
Permits and licensing
Energy (Oil, Coal, Hydroelectric, Solar)
Education (Elementary, Middle school, High school, Post secondary)
Healthcare (Clinics, Hospitals)
Infrastructure (Roads, bridges, rail, airport, seaport, sewers, water and wastewater treatment, water storage, etc)
Justice (Police, Prisons, Courts)
Environment (Parks, Conservation)
State run company(s)
subsidies (public transportation, entertainment, education, grain dole, rent assistance)
Military
- Airforce # 4 in the empire, focused on transportation and reconnaissance
- Navy # 2 in the empire
- Army #3 in the empire
Large Industries:
Finance (Banks, Stock exchange, Bond market, Insurance)
Entertainment (Films, radio, Racing, Gambling, Literature, Soccer, Opera, Theatre, Restaurants)
Manufacturing (Food processing, textile production, oil products, rubber, metal ware, leather, chemicals, electronics, glass, machinery, paper and paper products, alcoholic drinks, Automobiles, Ship building, Plane building, Pharmacy)
Agriculture (cotton, fruit, olive oil, silk, tobacco, Wine)
Education (University, Observatory)
Not for profit (Conservation, Food banks, Orphanage)
Tourism (Airport, harbour, Hotels, Convention halls, Museum, Landmarks, Zoo,!National park)
National Overview: (A brief description of your nation's history and political ideology)
Before the city joined the empire it was a merchant republic city state. It grew from a small fishing village and branched out into wine and olive oil production. In the second century the water supply system foundations were under construction. The city grew from trade and eventually became more oligarchic in practicality. Between 220 and 280 there was a period of internal conflict over leadership. This led to a senior leader of the city, a first among equals. In the 300’s the cities infirmaries developed into early stage “hospitals” for helping the poor. They were charitable institutions focused less on treatment at this point and more on overnight relief of the poor and sick. Between 304 and 439 there was another struggle for leadership. This led to the autocrat model taking shape. The city council was maintained as an elected advisory body. One of the better leaders during this period, who ruled from 304 to 338, is known for his work with constructing a wall around the city which bears his name, a new coinage, and clearer distinction between civilians and military positions in the government. In the late 300’s the first aqueduct was built to the city. In the 400’s the old walls were enlarged with a new triple layer wall. In the 500’s the city constructed a cistern for water storage in case of drought. In 515 the role of the advisory council expanded with committees that could have non council members to advise more specific areas, building on a decades long tradition of informal expanded involvement from the citizenry. The council developed two major factions, the blue faction representing the upper class and the green faction representing the working class. These were named after the supporters of the two most famous (and surviving) chariot teams of the original 4 teams in the city: Red, White, Green, and Blue. In 532 20 thousand people died and around half the city burned in riots against the high taxes, corruption and cruelty brought forward by the current autocrat and his 2 closest servants. The riots were put down but the message was clear, the citizens wouldn’t tolerate excessive cruelty or corruption from their officials. The autocrat was soon replaced by his heir, but he remained close to the throne as treasurer. In 537 the city finished construction on a cathedral. In 565 the former autocrat, liked for his work on legal texts and the cathedral, but disliked for corruption and cruelty and excessive taxation passed away at the age of 83. In 598 the oldest surviving school for the teaching of classical material such as grammar and rhetoric was established for teaching the cities more affluent families. By 600 the city would have completed 3 reservoirs, over a hundred underground cisterns, and 250 km of aqueducts built in neighbouring Merceda to support the city with water.

In 618 the family that would bring the city into the empire would come to power. One of the first things they did was convert their predecessors palace into a place of learning for all, creating the great library of Kyrona. They also had a public works project constructed in the form of a lighthouse. Kyrona joined the Holy Empire on December 12 of the year 675. It would join by way of a referendum, citing an opportunity to grow and benefit from the empire. During the following centuries it has served to keep the Sarmars east of the Empire, keep trade flowing east to west and north to south, and provide an eastern diplomatic base for the empire. In addition the city has wrestled with the province of Hellia for influence in the Hellenic world, gradually gaining such influence until it surpassed Hellia in the high Middle Ages due to its trade reach.

In the 700’s monastic schools were encouraged by the city autocrat to be developed in the city by the church. In 732 Merceda joined the empire. With that Kyrona started to import food from the Hellenican province. In 789 it was requested that the church set up a school for those of non-Hellenic faith.

In 859 the third university in the empire was founded in Kyrona.

In 907 the Autocrat was removed and a period of instability and rebellious autocrats occurred. There were 5 families that took power during this period, ending in 960. In 927 there was a famine. In 933 the current Autocrat was unique in his fervent desire for peace, getting his nephew installed as chief bishop, and battling the cities nobility by legislating increased taxes against them and limiting their ability to expand their landholdings. The last Autoctat of the period was unique for coming in at 21 and dying after a year following catching an illness on a hunting trip. His wife remarried the same day of his death.

In 1021 the city founded a new cathedral. In 1041 the second interregnum began culminating in the first of two Kyrona families becoming emperors. The first was military oriented and evicted the !normans from the empire.

In 1127 the Loukon family gained control of the city, and replacing the previous autocrat as emperor. They were geared to the sciences and trade more than military however. They gained control of the imperial throne until 1144 when they were removed and sent back to Kyrona. In 1150 the 8th university in the empire was established in the city

In the 1200’s the cities forum began to change to allow for a wider variety of transactions and position the city for a greater amount of trade success. In 1248 the city started construction on a new cathedral. The city built a church in the 13th century. In 1279 the Loukon family lost its leadership position over Kyrona. A new family gained the reigns after.

The forum of Kyrona allowed for debt selling and limited joint stock companies to develop in the city in the 1300’s, placing the city as among the early financial markets. The ability to reduce risk as a result of these changes led to a boom in trade and new merchant ventures were sent out from the city throughout the empire. This further led to an increase in fortune for the Imperial emperor. In the 14th century the city built a new church. In 1368 a new autocrat took charge. In 1397 the first bank was established in the city, and was acquired in 1472 by the Pailos family. In the 1400’s the introduction of gunpowder based warfare led to the city walls being outfitted with cannons. In 1454 construction began on a new palace, and a period of arts patronage began.

In the 1500’s the debt market evolved into a promissory notes and bond market. The city gained a foothold as a shipbuilding city and supplied ships for Hellian immigrants from Kyrona to settle in the new world in 1550, leading to Vespera considering themselves part of the empire. In 1506 the cities third university was founded.
In 1540 a system of publicly funded schools was established for the use of all city youth. This allowed for the poor to be educated without cost. They weren’t used often because children worked in the family business. In 1560 the construction on the cathedral started in 1248 was halted. In 1562 the guild support act was past, regulating and protecting apprenticeships. To keep skills in good shape, 7 years was set as the minimum length of apprenticeship to a master.

In 1604 the cathedral that was founded in 1021 was completed. In 1644 the Pailos family came to leadership of Kyrona. The old palace was converted into a museum and the Palio’s families accumulated art collection was put on display for the public. In 1692 the Education for the poor act was established, helping pair marginalized children with skilled apprenticeships. These could be enacted by commissioned judicial officers. In 1698 the minimum age for leaving school was set at 14.

In the 1700’s the first zoo’s of a more modern variety were built in the city. The study of biology became popular at the university during this period. In 1755 the city adopted new Artillary to man the walls. In 1788 a formal exam was added to schools to aid in demand for the cities post secondary education and civil service positions. In 1789 the cathedral completed in 1604 was destroyed in an earthquake. In 1795 the first mostly modern zoo was formed, 5th in the continent. It started by building on the previous Zoo’s and the Pailos personal menagerie.

In 1801 the cathedral destroyed in 1789 was rebuilt. In 1806 the universities each founded a botanical garden. In 1810 the city introduced legislation requiring teacher certification. The invention of the steam engine and its import to the empire led to Kyrona importing large amounts of coal for industry such as manufacturing textiles and ships. This made it the second largest import to the city at the time, after grain from Hellenica, Hellia, and Merceda. The steam powered ships led to a second booming age, and the coal output led to an increase in pollution. In 1825 the first concept public transit was laid out on a trial basis. In 1828 Kyrona supported private companies to make the jump into building railroads from it into Merceda and Hellia. In 1833 a bill sending money for poor children's education was passed. In 1837 the school board act was passed. By the end of the 1830’s the city was providing free public education, at least for the poor, that offered well trained salaried teachers, with funding set aside for school construction, and an established curriculum with supervision within the school and at the city level. In 1839 the first empire wide steam rail was built between Kyrona and the imperial capital. In 1840 construction on the cathedral halted in 1560 resumed. In 1858 the city opened a public park complete with a horse riding track in the central area of the city. In 1870 the automobile industry started developing in the city. In 1872 the first oil refinery in the Empire was built outside of Kyrona with the Pailos family as a key shareholder. In 1875 cable cars were introduced in the city with a 5 year exclusive monopoly on its use. In 1880 the cathedral was completed. In 1881 the first public transit streetcars were rolled out. In 1883 the first advances in solar power was made in Kyrona. That year building on the tradition of city government subsidies, such as with the grain dole, there was an introduced provincial health insurance bill as well. In 1884 the city became the second in the Empire to gain full electric lighting. Building on the success of health insurance the previous year, accident insurance legislation was passed. In 1889 old age and disability insurance acts were enacted within the city. In 1891 the first underground subway was built in the city. The city converted its hippodrome into a race track in the late 19th century, around 1894.

In 1902 the education act 1902 was put out establishing a publicly funded secondary education option for 15-18, funded by a new tax, with the option to pay your tax towards the public option or a religious Organization run institution. In 1903 the city built its first hydroelectric plant. In 1908 new anti aircraft guns were added to the walls. In 1912 a short lived attempt at solar power was put out, only to be shut down a year later due to the Great War. During the Great War Kyrona provided reconnaissance planes, and further fortified as a military base for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. In 1920 the subways of the city were upgraded, turning them into underground tunnels of palatial quality in memory of the fallen and a testament to the perseverance of the Kyrona soldiers. In 1925 the second hydroelectric plant started being built, and was completed by 1929.

The city follows a political ideology similar to the empire as a whole. The hereditary autocrat is sworn to the Emperor and is in charge of the province. He is advised by the citizenry in the form of a municipal council and a robust civil service. Two leading tenants are noble obligation, where those that are well off should help those that are worse off, and all are equal under the law.

Military Overview: The city of Kyrona is well fortified as the historic defence against the Sarmars. It’s medieval walls have been maintained by the centuries old policy of leasing out the towers as homes for the rich in return for their paying to maintain their wall section. The city boasts the second largest imperial navy fleet of the Empire after the capital region, as well as the third largest army and fourth largest airforce.
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Nation Long Name: The autocracy of Kyrona
Nation Short Name: Kyrona
Head of State: Konstantinos XV Pailos
Head of Government: Nikephoros Pailos
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Before the city joined the empire it was a merchant republic city state. It grew from a small fishing village and branched out into wine and olive oil production.

The early phase of the cities history began 5000 years ago in 3000 bc in the early Bronze Age. The Kyrona civilization was known for its multiple bull ascetics, large palaces, and long trading relationships. Ivory, gold, spices, textiles, and olive oil containers being among those items found at archeological sites indicating a lively and well off civilization. The first school predecessors began shortly after its founding but were informal and little more than social gatherings. Around this time the first 6 sided die began to appear in the city as well. These were likely imported from the east. Around 2400 BC the city first began to adopt spies for defence. The civilization reached its peak around 2000 bc with evidence shown by discovery of a 1,400 room palace in 1890 during the construction of the cities subway line. The uncovering of a central hall with crushed papyrus and pottery gives the impression that the civilization was of a monarchy nature similar to today. The first autocrat came about at this time around 2,100 BC. Evidence at this time points to a military mostly composed of infantrymen, including spears and axes. Around 2070 BC the first formal schools were created. These were called hill schools or plain schools, owing to the children of the nobility who lived on the hills attending the hill schools and the lower classes attending the schools in the plains between the hills. The early autocrats engaged in relationships with Ancient Hellenica, and learned early espionage tactics from them. They deployed spies, both domestic and foreign, to ensure local stability and learn the intentions and abilities of the other powers. Around 1,700 Bc the second autocrat family came to power. Around 1,700 Bc an earthquake destroyed the palace but it was promptly rebuilt. We can see evidence of plumbing capabilities, possibly borrowed from the east, by shattered clay piping and dry stream beds with plant life showing signs of a large garden. Espionage grew in parallel with its neighbours and around 1500 BC espionage played a large role in the defence of the city. At this time the city also started gaining chariots and moved to a chariot driven military with infantry stationed to protect the chariots. One such development was an early form of coded written message. Around 1450 BC the civilization was in decline, having been attacked from sea people speculated to be from modern day Hellia, but was bolstered by contact with a merchant civilization. Evidence was shown of this merchant people by the introduction of new ships uncovered from the sea floor bearing designs similiar to those found in the !levant. In 1300 the palace caught fire and was not rebuilt. In 1250 the sea people’s attacks, this time thought to be from the west, cut Kyrona and its small tin mine off from markets in the south and east. That collapse of international trade combined with 50 years of earthquakes in the region combined is thought to have to lead to a Bronze Age Collapse by 1150. Kyrona and Hellenica were less effected due to receiving less earthquakes. In 1100 the third autocrat family took over.

In 1100 the civilization joined the merchant people as a new City-state member. Membership in this group lasted until 478 bc. This period saw the merchant class gradually grow in power and the autocrat gradually lose power until the autocrat became more of a figurehead of the state and diplomatic representative for the advisory council. The civilizations spy agency soon changed and was replaced with reliance on information from travelling merchants. In 1046 the school system changed. The hill schools became central schools, and the plains schools were run by the villages and were named accordingly. The central schools continued to be only for the nobility and were divided into youth schools and collegial institutions of higher learning called colleges. The village schools were divided into 4 grades with the most successful students (top 1%) being given a chance at entrance to the colleges. In 1000 BC intelligence focused on ancient Hellia and the ancient !Hittites, the first gambling houses began to appear in the city with animal fight betting was a popular pastime, and the chariot driven model had been replaced by a maniple oriented model for added flexibility in the mountains. In the 7th century the school system was expanded, recategorizing central and village schools as official schools - or those schools with government oversight - and added private schools - or those schools primarily funded by donations and run by one or two influential and knowledgeable individual(s) - to the system. In 509 Bc the city council started a social program where they would distribute pre-paid or subsidized grain as needed to the citizenry. This period was marked by an increase in merchant activity, as well as an increase in population growth. By the end of the period the city was occupied by an estimated 100,000 people. Each of the 7 hills of the city were occupied by something but it’s clear that the city was mostly coastal in its habitation.

By 479 BC an early form of repeating crossbow was discovered in the tomb of the autocrat that lived at this time. By 478 BC the city had gained a fair amount of strength back and had built a grand palace and numerous temples around the city. The city states to the south were building an alliance against eastern threats and it became a member as shown by parchment and stone tables containing meeting records. The city played an active role in the alliance by providing warships to the alliance. Kyrona adoptee the information gathering tactics of its allies in the form of an army of couriers. It also adopted its military tactics, moving to a phalanx system. It appears that the alliance was successful against the eastern people as contemporary authors have described a few naval battles against the easterners, however evidence points towards an increased centralization in the alliance towards those providing ships and away from those providing funds. In 476 the city-state had entered an internal struggle for leadership among the senior elites. By the end of the 5th century BC the city government had become corrupt and inefficient. Most administrators had little or nothing productive to do, the army was large but of low quality, and most of the treasury was going to those that travelled with the Autocrat.

By 404 BC a war had broken out between the two dominant cities in Hellia, to which Kyrona assisted the more democratic of the two but losing anyway. Over the next 70 years it paid tribute to the southern city state, ending in 338 BC.

In 393 BC the autocrat appointed a new chancellor. In 389 the Chancellor put through reforms that curbed the wasted spending and strengthen the cities government, while also upsetting the nobility. Salaries were cut for the autocrats city staff, unproductive staff were left unemployed, and building codes were enacted to keep buildings upstanding. In 338 BC the Tellurian kingdom had vassalized Kyrona as well as modern day Hellia and Odessa. This continued until 145 BC. This period updated the military from a phalanx style adopted under the previous alliance to a cavalry focused companion model favoured by the Tellurians. The phalanx still stuck around as a major component of the military, but it adopted longer spears and sword wielding flexible units to protect the flanks of the phalanx. By 300 BC the city had 500 thousand people, making it the biggest city in the region. The city expanded its water supply and sewers to accommodate. The trade routes occupied by the city made it valuable and the Tellurian kingdom stationed its northern army in the region. Increased autonomy was granted to ensure loyalty or reduce incentives to rebel.
Silver became a valued commodity flowing through from Hellenia, through Kyrona at this time.
Arts funding was increased, and new independent colleges, gymnasiums, theatres, and acting schools popped up.

In the 2nd century BC an ancient form of paper developed in Kyrona. In 241 BC a census performed of the population indicated a 700,000 person population. In 221 BC the leadership struggle subsided and the city organized around its 6th autocrat. That autocrat created, or cemented, 3 senior administration positions and 9 junior administration positions to assist with governing. These 3 senior positions were the lord chancellor, the lord autocrat Secretary, and the lord grand commander. The 6 ministries were in charge of ceremonies and recruitment, the autocrat household, the palace guards, the autocrats transportation, the handling of Justice, the hosting of events and distribution of awards, the autocrats family, the city financial state, and the palace treasury. Alongside that policy the autocrat forbade private schools, peasantry from reading or collecting books, and took steps to enforce this including the burning of books and killing followers of Platonism thought. In 224 BC the department of state affairs was brought into existence as an avenue of performing an archiving role. In 206 BC the office of the secretariat was established to aid communications between the autocrat and both the bureaucracy and the advisory council. In 207 BC the city had its 7th autocrat family. This family lifted the ban on reading, book collection, Platonism, and private schools. In 165 BC the city autocrat introduced the first examinations for entrance the city, but these did not emphasize Platonism. In 156 BC the government started the practice of sponsoring autocratic colleges and using resources to help find the best and brightest to teach in them. By 150 BC the Republican west was starting to make waves. It soon became clear that the kingdom may not do as well. By 146 bc inroads had been made into the kingdom and Hellia was occupied. The city staged a vote on who to support, and they chose the Republic. When the republic came they paid their tribute to them. It was the right choice as the kingdom soon was conquered by the republic.

The city became a crown territory of the republic and it became the governor of it’s historic region. By this time marble and timber became added to the trading list, as did silk from the Far East. Another change was that the warm weather in the area and the high population made entertainment a big industry. It was a second Baiae. This period updated the military to a legion model, allowed the city access to a large portion of new intelligence gathered by the republics agents, and added patronage of the aristocracy to the poor to the social fabric. In 136 BC a series of academic positions were added to the civil service, and examinations began to focus on the works of Plato. Officials would select people to write the exams and the autocrat would select from the candidates who to serve in their administration. By 133 BC the city had grown to a million people. Wealthy patricians from the republican west began to purchase property to vacation in the city. In 123 BC the first regular grain dole distribution program began, accounting over time between 15 and 30 percent of all grain imports to the city. The period under the republic would see a number of large changes, such as new roads, new aqueducts, a formal education system, new infirmaries, new bath houses, new cisterns, and new sewers. An arena, hippodrome and new amphitheater were also built. This time as a crown territory would last until 375 AD when it was granted vassal status. The Kyrona generals used the opportunity to make their home town their HQ.

In 3 AD the first autocratic university would be founded. In 24 AD the city autocrat would be replaced with a new family. In 25 AD a new autocrat family would gain control of the city. In 25 AD the three lords positions would be changed to the lord minister of war, lord minister of the masses, and the lord minister of works (who was in charge of weights and measures, transportation infrastructure such as roads or port maintenance, government initiated building projects, equipment procurement, temporary worker acquisition, and producing permits and licenses for natural resource exploitation). In 25 AD the office of the secretariat would be expanded with advisers and reviewers to help the advisory council and its committees draft legislation. In 70 AD double entry book-keeping came to Kyrona.

In the second century the water supply system foundations were expanded. The city grew from trade and eventually became more oligarchic in practicality. In 100 ad the city had grown to 1,650,000 million people. Records of a secret police start occurring around this time. In 150 AD the autocrat began distributing news bulletins for the city population. In 165 AD until 180 a plague occurred in the city, brought on by soldiers returning from campaign in the east. The disease killed around a tenth of the Empire and around a third of the city population, or 550,000 people. The plague killed an average of 2,000 people a day near the start, a quarter of those infected, and reduced over time. The plague hurt the aristocracy to the point the city council struggled to meet, and the military to the point gladiators were recruited to fill the gap. Mass graves for 70,000 at a time we’re dug outside the city limits. The plague returned in 189 AD and killed another 2,000 people per day that year. In 175 AD the bureaucracy began distributing information pamphlets to each other. In 208 AD the autocrat would merge the three senior administration positions into one position, the chancellor, to head the civil service.

In 200 the woodblock printing press would be invented in the city. It would be similar but independent circumstances from the far east. In 220 AD the autocrat would be removed and a leadership struggle would begin that would end in 280 AD. This led to a senior leader of the city, a first among equals. In 220 AD the autocrat introduced a 9 rank civil service to help the government with recommendation based on morals, administration ability, and the social standing of the family and the candidate, which placed the older families and those of the previous autocrats in a prime position for the jobs. This system relied on recommendation from junior officials to the autocrat. In 224 AD the government sponsored autocratic college system changed as well. The nobility were no longer admitted by way of being of noble birth, now one needed to be a child of a rank 5 bureaucrat or higher. In 225 AD an official of the current autocrat improved upon paper. The official added new ingredients and steps to the paper making process, making the process more standardized. In the early third century the Grain dole ended, and was replaced with bread and olive oil. In the late third century the dole was expanded to contain wine and pork. In 249 a plague began taking root in the empire. Between 250 and 262 the empire had another plague. This time the city lost 5,000 per day at first and it declined over time. Another plague hit in 270 which badly affected the autocrat.

In the 300’s the cities infirmaries developed into early stage “hospitals” for helping the poor. They were charitable institutions focused less on treatment at this point and more on overnight relief of the poor and sick. In 300 records start indicating the secret police becoming all pervasive and censoring. They are described as an occupying force, or an authoritarian army. Between 304 and 439 there was another struggle for leadership. This led to the autocrat model taking shape. The city council was maintained as an elected advisory body. One of the better leaders during this period, who ruled from 304 to 338, is known for his work with constructing a wall around the city which bears his name, a new coinage, and clearer distinction between civilians and military positions in the government. In 340 AD political espionage began to appear in written records. sabotage acts against government ministries were notable. In 350 a counter espionage agency was founded. In the late 300’s a new aqueduct was built to the city. After 375 AD they gained increased autonomy when they were made to be an exterior vassal. Soon after a competition was put together for flag suggestions from the city populace. The result was a purple flag background, a cross design, a bulls head and a double headed eagle. During the following centuries it has continued to serve to keep the Sarmars east of the Empire, keep trade flowing east to west and north to south, and provide an eastern diplomatic base for the empire. In addition the city has wrestled with the province of Hellia for influence in the Hellenic world, gradually gaining such influence until it surpassed Hellia in the high Middle Ages due to its trade reach. In 376 the city started sending out couriers and messengers to imperial vassals and neighbouring states, encouraging tourism and continued trade. It tried to maintain its old contacts and supply chains. In 380 the population returned to 1,650,000 people.

In the 400’s the old walls were enlarged with a new triple layer wall. In 438 the autocrat built a Platonism academy, followed by a metaphysics academy in 439, a history academy in 440, and a liturature academy in 441. On Nov 6 447 an earthquake struck the city. It destroyed 57 of the 98 towers, parts of the wall, and a number of homes and businesses. The earthquake generated fissures and tsunamis that devastated the city as well. For 45 days thereafter aftershocks kept the main rebuilding efforts at bay. During which time the combined competitive attitudes of the red sports fanbase rebuilt the walls and towers in under 60 days, a record time, with organization by Kyros - the city minister of works. The rebuilding effort prevented an attack from the eastern horde from occurring.

In the 500’s the city constructed a cistern for water storage in case of drought. In 500 an academy was built. In 509 another earthquake hit the city, killing 10,000 people and damaging a recently completed church. In 515 the role of the advisory council expanded with committees that could have non council members to advise more specific areas, building on a decades long tradition of informal expanded involvement from the citizenry. The council developed two major factions, the blue faction representing the upper class and the green faction representing the working class. These were named after the supporters of the two most famous (and surviving) chariot teams of the original 4 teams in the city: Red, White, Green, and Blue. In 532 20 thousand people died and around half the city burned in riots against the high taxes, corruption and cruelty brought forward by the current autocrat and his 2 closest servants. The riots were put down but the message was clear, the citizens wouldn’t tolerate excessive cruelty or corruption from their officials. The autocrat was soon replaced by his heir, but he remained close to the throne as treasurer. In 537 the city finished construction on a cathedral. In 541 the bubonic plague came to Hellenica, and in 542 the plague can’t to Kyrona. The plague lasted until 544 and killed around a fifth of the city, or 330 people according to a census taken shortly after. The plague resulted in more liberal autopsy standards as people tried to learn more about medicine to combat the disease, and the expansion of the sewer into underground catacombs. Large graveyards were built throughout the city and outside of it. In 565 the former autocrat, liked for his work on legal texts and the cathedral, but disliked for corruption and cruelty and excessive taxation passed away at the age of 83. In 581 the autocrats family was removed from power and another family replaced them. Seeing the instability of the previous power struggle, this families most remembered achievement is laying the foundation for the cities bureaucracy, a system which build on the committee system and ensured that even when the ruling families couldn’t get along the poor were still fed and the emperor got his tribute. The autocrat updated the senior administration position and 6 junior administration positions to become 3 departments and 6 ministries. The 3 departments were the central secretariat which assisted the advisory council with formulating and drafting legislation, state affairs which controlled the 6 ministries, and Chancellery which now functioned as a body of review and second sober thought. The ministries were in charge of Personnel, Revenue (Minting, tax collection and performing a census), ceremonies, war, Justice, and public works. There was also the department of the palace, which kept the palace in order, the department of books which maintained and expanded the cities archives, library, and book collection, and the department of service for the recruitment of palace staff. By 550 the city began offering a monthly newsletter. In 598 the oldest surviving school for the teaching of classical material such as grammar and rhetoric was established for teaching the cities more affluent families.

By 600 the city would have completed 3 reservoirs, over a hundred underground cisterns, and 250 km of aqueducts built in neighbouring Merceda to support the city with water. In 605, seeing the instability of the previous power struggle, the current autocrat enacted the most remembered achievement of their families time in power by laying the foundation for the cities bureaucracy, a system which built on the committee system and ensured that even when the ruling families couldn’t get along the poor were still fed and the emperor got his tribute. This composed of a junior examination run by schools and a senior examination run by the palace. It replaced the previous 9 rank model which relied on recommendation by junior administration officials. In 618 the family that would bring the city out of the empire would come to power. One of the first things they did was convert their predecessors palace into a place of learning for all, creating the great library of Kyrona. They constructed a calligraphy academy and also had a public works project constructed in the form of a lighthouse. The exams continued and helped recognize talented individuals and select qualified officials to help the autocrat, council, and committees. The family expanded the exams to allow poorer individuals to take them and join the civil service, helping to ease class division and promote social mobility. In 625 until 630 the legion model was gradually replaced with militia and cavalry provided by Kyrona and mercenaries occupying the heavy infantry position. A Kyrona general became emperor of the Holy Empire on December 12 of the year 675, starting the 1st interregnum. In 690 the city examination system was expanded to test for military positions as well. In 695 a time of turbulence started in the city. In 698 one of the first battles with the Sarmars took place when an expedition force was sent to attack Kyrona and was repelled.

In the 700’s monastic schools were encouraged by the city autocrat to be developed in the city by the church. These fell beside private schools. In 715 the turbulence subsided. In 730 the Emperor Helena was exiled back to Kyrona and replaced with the legitimate emperor, ending the first interregnum. In 732 Merceda became a vassal of the empire. With that Kyrona continued to import food from the Hellenican province. From 741 until 742 a time known as the great revolt took place. It was unsuccessful and suppressed. In 789 it was requested that the church set up a school for those of non-Hellenic faith.

In 800 ad the first playing cards appeared in the city.
In 859 the third university in the empire was founded in Kyrona.

In 900 lottery games and the game of dominoes began to appear in the city. By 907 the old noble class had been nearly shut out of power. To make up for this the advisory council was split in two, a noble house on top for review and a commons lower house for drafting legislation. In 907 the Autocrat was removed and a period of instability and rebellious autocrats occurred. There were 5 families that took power during this period, ending in 960. In 927 there was a famine. In 933 the current Autocrat came to power through intrigue and the military and was unique in his fervent desire for peace, getting his nephew installed as chief bishop, and battling the cities nobility by legislating increased taxes against them and limiting their ability to expand their landholdings. In 940 a centre for higher learning was founded. This academy helped expand neo-Platonism thought. In 950 a second academy was built. The last Autoctat of the period was unique for coming in at 21 and dying after a year following catching an illness on a hunting trip. His wife remarried the same day of his death.

In 960 the new autocrat family, the Loukon family, came to power and were known for their promotion of literature and restraint in the regional military. One of the first major domestic policy decisions the new autocrat enacted following the death of the previous autocrat was to create the first in a series of new academies to aid academic learning and research. In 960 the law academy was founded by a merchant and was the most successful from 960-1127 AD. In 979 one of the most famous, was built in the countryside. In 988 the Sarmar wars began. Kyrona was sieged three times in the war following the loss of the eastern territory. Each time was repelled.

In 1000 Kyrona intercepted enemy communications. They added 400 names of enemy military officials to an execution list, throwing the Sarmar into rebellion. In 1021 the city founded a new cathedral. In 1041 the second interregnum began, leading to the Loukon family becoming emperors, starting with Basil III autocrat of Kyrona. The first half of their reign was military oriented and they evicted the !normans from the empire. The families perspective was that they were providing a new merit based system, helping to strengthen the empire. That was not well received in the west. Emperor Basil III convenes the imperial legislature and got passed aid to the east to fight the Sarmars. In 1043 the Sarmar war ended. In 1043 the first coffee house opened in Kyrona. In 1045 the first movable type printing presses and hand moulds began to take shape in Kyrona. It soon spread around the empire. In 1050 to 1060 an exodus occurred from Kyrona as people left to settle other lands. These people were called Kyronites and began to live in colonies. In 1069 Theodosius I, second son of Basil III, took the imperial throne after his fathers death. He was coronated by the Pope and took the throne with recognition from the legislature. This started a crisis where there was uncertainty about papal imperial relations. In 1074 the death of emperor Theododius occurred. In 1080 emperor Theodosius II, son of the the first, was killed. Theodosius II son Emperor Nicolas was killed that year as well. In 1083 Loukon emperor Michael III, third son of Basil III, retired. His name was Michael the diplomat due to his efforts around international relations. His big monument is bringing foreign consulates to the empire and the creation of parks in imperial cities. Michael III passed away the next year. Anexemor, grandson of Michael III, reigned next until 1111. His name was Anexemor the mercantile, as he focused his experiences on building up his grandfathers relationships to grow commercial enterprises.

In 1111 Anexemor the mercantile passed away in office. His son, Nikephoros first of his name, was known for his promotion of literature. He founded great libraries around the empire and imported books from afar. At the end of his reign, Nikephoros the knowledgeable he was blinded by his guards and exiled after budgetary concerns led to a pay raise not being approved. In 1126-1128 Nikephoros the second came to power. He had the guards put on trial and the one who blinded his father put in prison. He was known as Nikephoros the cultured. He sponsored theatres around the empire. He was also known as the expedient for his efficiency with paperwork. He was assistantee by a disgruntled scribe while hosting a festival for the enjoyment of the cities poor. In 1126 the Loukon family maintained control of Kyrona. They were now geared to the sciences and trade more than military however. Empress Theodora, daughter of emperor Nikephoros the knowledgeable and sister of emperor Nikephoros the cultured and expedient gained control of the imperial throne until 1144 when she was removed and sent back to Kyrona. She founded an art museum in the name of her brother, and sponsored the creation of a house and grant program at the imperial university in the name of her father. She was called Theodora the just for her interest in law, founding a new law school and compiling the new legal code to make it easier for the common person. She was also known as Theodora the Tyrant because she paid more attention ti the legislature than the nobility. The western island was a crucial role in her defeat. Theodoras resistance to bribery and handing out political favours led to a growing resistance among the islands elites. Her use of espionage to keep track of threats to the throne was the undoing of her. The elites riled the peasantry and together with the elites of Alpana evicted the Loukon family back to Kyrona where they continued to rule. In 1150 the 8th university in the empire was established in Kyrona.

In the 1200’s the cities forum began to change to allow for a wider variety of transactions and position the city for a greater amount of trade success. In 1200 the first Gutenberg style printing press surfaced. In 1205 the position of the autocrats ship keeper was created. In 1209 the merchants of the city began to form a merchant guild inspired by the northern trade alliance. They began to reach out to the other trade cities in the Hellenistic vassals. They built on previous relationships and went from there. In 1248 the city started construction on a new cathedral. The city built a church in the 13th century. In 1250 the Kyrona printing yard was founded and imports of lumber went up. In 1279 the Loukon family lost its leadership position over Kyrona. A new family gained the reigns after. This family dissolved both the department of state affairs and the department of the chancellery and transferred their powers to the department of the central secretariat. In 1294 two new positions were added to the ministry of war: Admiral of the northern fleet and Admiral of the southern fleet. Of the two the southern was considered the more powerful and prestigious owing to its greater number of ships and personnel.

The forum of Kyrona allowed for debt selling and limited joint stock companies to develop in the city in the 1300’s, placing the city as among the early financial markets. The ability to reduce risk as a result of these changes led to a boom in trade and new merchant ventures were sent out from the city throughout the empire. This further led to an increase in fortune for the Imperial emperor. By 1300 the Hellenist league was a dominant factor in trade with tobacco, tea, cotton, and sugar coming from Hellenica and olive oil, wine, northern minerals and timber coming from Kyrona. Kyrona used its limited trade authority to try and encourage this development. In 1300 the little ice age was starting. In 1307 the league first started appearing in documents. The regional armies of each member agreed to defend the others to protect the trade routes. In 1315-1317 a famine occurred caused by too much rain and cloud cover reducing crops. The city struggled to keep the grain dole in effect due to the widespread grain hoarding that resulted from the shortage. In 1315 the city abolished slavery. The autocrat at this time was in power from 1311-1321. In the 14th century the city built a new church. By 1347 the city had gone down to a million inhabitants as emigration took place. In autumn 1347 a third of the city, or around 330,000 people, died in the Black Plague. The plague would resurface 50 times in the next century and a half. The plague resulted in a massive building effort to expand the catacombs under the city, as well as an increase in the labour market power. In 1348 the city had approximately 670,000 permanent inhabitants. In 1360 a system of couriers and envoys was maintained around the state by the ministry of war similar to the past. In 1368 a new autocrat family took charge. That year a painting academy was constructed to introduce the reign. The family also introduced a new secret police force that year formed from members of its personnel guard from before they became autocrats. In 1369 the secret police was added to the regional military and was given the power to over ride the courts, as well as the autonomy to arrest, interrogate and punish anyone from peasants to the nobility and autocrats relatives. They could not go after the autocrat, advisory council, senior civil service, or senior military personnel. Neither could they go after the emperor, the emperors relatives, members of the diet, or visiting dignitaries. They were to serve two main tasks, the first being replacing the Varangian guard as autocrat body guards, and the second being spying on foreign militaries to provide military intelligence. On Jan 30 1380 the chancellor - who was the autocrats son and married to the autocrats daughter - was executed, having been involved in accepting bribes, several political scandals, and most recently collaborated with foreign officials to userp the autocrats position. Shortly after the department of the central secretariat was abolished. This reformed the civil service from the 3 departments and 6 ministries model to the 6 ministries model, although the 3 less important departments remained. Over the next decade a purge of the civil service was carried out by the autocrat who ruled 1368-1398. In 1381 a rebellion occurred against the cruelty of the purge. It was put down but the message was clearly put out. The autocrat was reminded that excessive cruelty against the population would not be tolerated. The autocrat ceased executing officials and the purge was limited to firing officials. Those accused were given a trial, if they were found guilty of misconduct or foreign influence they were fired and if not guilty were relieved from “gardening leave”. The death penalty was abolished for most crimes save killing shortly 1381. In 1382 the secret police force was given authority to investigate people at work, and was formally unveiled to the public later that year with 500 personnel. In 1393 the office of the chancellor was formed to head the civil service. That year the secret service had their authority reduced after they were suspected of abusing their authority during an investigation of a rebellion plot. In 1397 the first bank was established in the city, and was acquired in 1472 by the Pailos family.

In the 1400’s the introduction of gunpowder based warfare led to the city walls being outfitted with cannons. In 1400 a new position was added to the ministry of war: Admiral of Kyrona. This position merged the northern and southern admiralties into one post. In 1402 when the fourth son of the families founding autocrat overthrew his nephew and became autocrat he reinstated the authority of the secret service to keep unrest from spreading. He reigned from 1402-1424, passing at the age of 64). In 1406 the position was titled lord admiral, and in 1412 Lord high admiral. In 1414 the admiralty office was founded in the ministry of war, and was headed by the lord high admiral. In 1415 the city walls were being outfitted with arquebuses. In 1449 the autocrat was captured in battle by the Marmars. It was a crushing battle as he led a numerically superior force and still lost. The minister of war led the defence of Kyrona from a Marmar attack later that year. In 1450 the autocrat was returned, but his brother (who had been named autocrat in the meantime) put him under under house arrest until a rebellion was staged in 1457. In 1450 the advance in gunpowder, with the introduction of match locks, necessitated an advancement of the wall. The defences of the city were upgraded over the next decade to add low star shaped formations to defend against artillery. In 1453 the mercenary army was gradually eliminated in favour of a renewed professional army. The professional army was being largely outfitted with pikes and full plate, and half plate and longbows. In 1454 construction began on a new palace, and a period of arts patronage began. In 1457 the former autocrat overthrew his younger brother while he was ill, becoming autocrat again. In 1460 the mercenary component of the army made up just 30%. In February 1464 the autocrat passed away, aged 36. In 1475 the city council devoted funding to the founding of a museum and purchased art and artifacts from around the city, empire, and continent. Some important items include the breastplate, helmet, sword and shield of the founder of the Tellurian kingdom, a portrait of the last Hellenic Pharaoh, some of the oldest paper finds in the continent, the original blockpress, and a statue from the Palace of Kyrona circa 2000 BC. In 1480 the palace guards were outfitted with matchlocks after they appeared in Altenland 10 years prior.

In the 1500’s the debt market evolved into a promissory notes and bond market, and modern tennis came to Kyrona. The agriculture revolution started in 1500 that would go to 1800, introducing innovations such as improved plows, 4 field crop rotation, land reclamation techniques, and field enclosures. These would provide cheap food that would help Kyrona grow larger. The city gained a foothold as a shipbuilding city and supplied ships for Hellian immigrants from Kyrona to settle in the new world in 1550, leading to Vespera considering themselves part of the empire. By 1500 the city had recovered to its pre little ice age population levels, reaching 1,650,000 people, although the ice age was still ongoing. In 1500 the last remnant of the mercenary army was the Varangian guard protecting the autocrat. In 1506 the cities third university was founded. In 1510, following the lead of the pope the city changed the autocrats guards uniform and modelled it after the Papal guards. In 1512 the office of the clerk comptroller was created to control naval finances. In 1514 a small naval reform occurred with the office of the autocrats storekeeper and the office of the keeper of the autocrats ships becoming an advisory panel for the lord high admiral, together known as the marine council of the Kyrona regional navy. In 1515 the army was outfitted with more matchlock rifles, but the longbows were kept due to speed and reliability. In 1520 the 90 year war began. In 1522 the clerk comptroller was added to the marine council. The city sent a third of its army to contribute, and aided in other ways such as intelligence gathering and counter-espionage. In 1524 the office of the autocrats storekeeper became the office of the storekeeper, and the office of the treasurer of the marine was created as a political office so the advisory council could gain oversight in the navy. In 1539 the cities first two horse races started to appear with sponsorship from the autocrat. Before this most horse racing was chariot based. In 1540 a system of publicly funded schools was established for the use of all city youth. This allowed for the poor to be educated without cost. They weren’t used often because children worked in the family business. In 1541 the tranquil autocrat came to power. That year the unlawful games act made most gambling illegal. Although it was unenforceable it made gambling debts unable to be collected through court orders. In 1544 the admiralty lieutenant, the marine treasurer, and the navy surveyer and rigger, were added to the marine council. In 1545 the master of naval ordinance was added to the group. In 1546 the council of the marine became the naval board, the admiralty was renamed to the admiralty and marine affairs office, and the naval pay office was founded. The naval board was led by the admiralty lieutenant, deputy of the lord high admiral, while the lord high admiral remained with the admiralty and marine affairs office. In 1548 AD the city recruited artisans to form a new elite law enforcement force, replacing the old police and fire department. The force would become hereditary. In 1550 the city formed a naval board to help administer the regional navy. In 1550 concerns would start growing about the cities extensive bath houses being potentially conductive to making drinking, gambling, and illicit behaviour available to those that go to them. Between 1555 and 1561 the city built a new cathedral. In 1557 the naval board stopped being led by the admiralty lieutenant and instead was replaced by the treasurer of the board (previously known as the treasurer of the marine). In the 1560’s the city suffered from a drought. In 1560 the autocrats wife passed away, with suspicions of poisoning. In 1560 the construction on the cathedral started in 1248 was halted. In 1562 the guild support act was past, regulating and protecting apprenticeships. To keep skills in good shape, 7 years was set as the minimum length of apprenticeship to a master. In 1566-1569 the first government run lottery was founded. This was unsuccessful with only 10% of 400k tickets sold. It is thought that it may be due to a distrust of gambling among the population. The prize money was paid out in 1569, and each purchaser was refunded, making the first government run lottery more of a loan then a lottery. In the following decades the private lotteries began to sell more expensive tickets to the forum debt market to raise more money. These tickets would then be able to be sold in fractions to the poorer residents of the city. In 1567 the tranquil autocrat passed away. In 1572 the letter of marque system was introduced, allowing privateers to play a larger role in prolonged future naval conflicts. In 1574 the office of the admiral was established. In 1581 reforms were enacted to bring the navy up to par with the Frisian navy, the most powerful navy around.

In 1604 the cathedral that was founded in 1021 was completed. In 1610 the 90 year war ended. In 1628 the office of the first lord of the admiralty, a political post, was created. The naval board was transferred to the admiralty and became led by the first lord of the admiralty instead of the treasurer of the navy. In 1638 the first modern casino was built in Kyrona. It was in a wing of a hotel built in 1395 by a member of the autocrats family. In 1644 a peasant rebellion driven by hunger after the grain dole distribution system was interrupted led the autocrat to suicide, leading to a new family coming to leadership of Kyrona as autocrats. The old palace was converted into a museum and the autocrats families accumulated art collection was put on display for the public. The family would abolish the department of the grand secretariat. The family would also abolish the secret service established in 1368. The family brought back the Varangian guard to replace the secret service guards. In 1650 Kyrona would use its espionage prowess for aiding the empire in diplomacy. By that year full plate was being reduced to half plate and the flintlock musket had been adopted as standard equipment for most of the military. On February 5th 1654 the longest served autocrat, at 61 years in office, came to power. In 1655 the city regional military began reforms to be closer in to the effectiveness of the Auvorian Royal army. In 1660 plays in the city began to depict gambling as unintelligent and foolish. In 1668 the first salon from the west was founded in Kyrona. In 1670 the cities most prestigious ballet school, and the second oldest one after the one founded the previous year, was founded. In August 1673 a civil war started in the province as 3 noble families attempted to take power from the autocrat. In In 1675 the city autocrat created a new military unit, the giants, for the purpose of prestige made up of men 6’2” and above. In November 1681 the rebellion was suppressed. The defectors were left alive and unharmed, although their noble titles were revoked. In 1688 gambling started transitioning from being seen more as a foolish embankment and after late 1688 was being seen in the city more as a vice to be curtailed. In 1689 the hereditary police and firefighters, having declined in ability, were disbanded. In 1692 the Education for the poor act was established, helping pair marginalized children with skilled apprenticeships. These could be enacted by commissioned judicial officers. In 1694 the second state run lottery was held, creating a new annual state run government lottery series. In 1698 the minimum age for leaving school was set at 14. In 1690’s the remaining longbows and matchlock rifles started being phased out in favour of flintlock firearms.

In the 1700’s the first zoo’s of a more modern variety were built in the city. The study of biology became popular at the university during this period. By 1700 the city had grown to 3,300,000 people. In 1710-1714 the autocrat hosted the first low cost lottery that wasn’t broken up by the forum debt market. Several lotteries were held during this time and they allowed the government to raise funds to fill the treasury with. Frequent lottery players started getting called Adventurers and news from the lottery helped build interest in buying newspapers. This helped new newspapers get off the ground at this time. In 1710-1744 legislation was enacted regulating financial securities, illegal lotteries, and various popular gambling games. In 1713 40,000 mercenaries were recruited to the cities regional military. In 1720 the matchlock firearms were replaced by the flintlock firearms. On Dec 20th 1722 the longest served autocrat passed away. In 1732 the current City opera house opened. By 1740 the tall regiment had 3,200 soldiers. In 1750 magic lantern shows came to Kyrona. In 1755 the city adopted new Artillary to man the walls. In 1759 gambling among the city higher echelon was getting intense. Members gambler away, and sometimes won, family fortunes regularly. One of the council of advisers members, within the lords branch, lost 6 figures gambling over the next three years (although it would be covered by his political allies due to his influence in the advisory chamber). The middle class, however, often played with low stakes and had the goal of encouraging friendship and conversation rather then winning money. In 1774 the first modern gambling house was closed over concerns that it was impoverishing the nobility. In 1776, with the growing following among horse racers, a set of 5 races was established to test the jockeys and 3 year old horses, and entertain the crowds. These races would be held in the hippodrome. In 1780 the Jockey club opened to keep a level and fair playing field among horse jockeys in the city. In 1780 the navy enacted reforms to follow the advances made by the Auvarian navy. In 1788 a formal exam was added to schools to aid in demand for the cities post secondary education and civil service positions. In 1789 the cathedral completed in 1604 was destroyed in an earthquake. In 1789 until 1799 the silent revolution occurred where the city began to place more interest in rights and freedoms. In 1795 the first mostly modern zoo was formed, 5th in the continent. It started by building on the previous Zoo’s and the Pailos personal menagerie. In 1796 the tall regiment was shrunk and the excess personnel sent to other units.

In 1800 the navy began reforms to keep up with Auborons navy. In 1801 the cathedral destroyed in 1789 was rebuilt. In 1804 the city built a water treatment facility. In 1805 the process of connecting homes to the sewer lines began. In 1806 the universities each founded a botanical garden. That year the tall regiment was disbanded. In 1810 the city introduced legislation requiring teacher certification. The invention of the steam engine and its import to the empire led to Kyrona importing large amounts of coal for industry such as manufacturing textiles and ships. This made it the second largest import to the city at the time, after grain from Hellenica, Hellia, and Merceda. The steam powered ships led to a second booming age, and the coal output led to an increase in pollution. In 1825 the first concept public transit was laid out on a trial basis. In 1826, under pressure from anti-gambling people, the Kyrona government held its last state lottery since it started the series in 1694. In 1828 Kyrona supported private companies to make the jump into building railroads from it into Merceda and Hellia. In 1829 the navy office of the department of the accountant-general was founded with the navy treasurer at its head. In 1833 a bill sending money for poor children's education was passed. By 1835 all financial offices of the navy had merged into the accountant general’s office. In 1837 the school board act was passed. That year the naval board was dissolved. By the end of the 1830’s the city was providing free public education, at least for the poor, that offered well trained salaried teachers, with funding set aside for school construction, and an established curriculum with supervision within the school and at the city level. In 1839 the first empire wide steam rail was built between Kyrona and the imperial capital. In 1840 construction on the cathedral halted in 1560 resumed. In the 1840’s the city built a telegraph line from the palace to the docks. In 1844 !Morse code was first demonstrated in its current form. In 1845 the gaming act made games of skill legal, made cheating in games of skill illegal, made gambling contracts unenforceable, and simplified the regulation of gambling houses and casinos. In 1850 the first wastewater treatment plant was added to the city. By 1851 the little ice age was drawing to a close and would be over within a century. In 1853 until 1906 legislation was enacted regulating betting establishments. These remained popular however, and betting agents responded by hiring runners that were faster then police. In 1854 a permit was allowed to build a spa and casino in the city, under condition that residents of the city not be allowed to gamble there. On Dec 14 1856 the casino opened in a temporary location. It was unsuccessful and moved around the city several times before reaching its final home. On May 13 1858 the Casino found its new home and construction soon commenced. In 1858 the city opened a public park complete with a horse riding track in the central area of the city. In 1859 the casino began to make a profit, but it was still under construction. In 1860 the autocrats summer palace burned to the ground. Over the next two years it was rebuilt with more modern technology. In 1862 the palace reopened. and the spa and casino opened. In 1863 the casino was finished construction and a well known older casino manager from Auvernia agreed to come run the casino for the autocrat with some reluctance. The manager became the new majority shareholder and was paid with concession rights for the next 50 years, until 1913. In 1864 casinos hotel portion opened. In 1868 the casino started becoming successful. In 1870 the automobile industry started developing in the city. In 1872 the first oil refinery in the Empire was built outside of Kyrona with the Pailos family as a key shareholder. In 1875 cable cars were introduced in the city with a 5 year exclusive monopoly on its use. In 1877 the first phonograph was invented and a model was shipped to the autocrat. In 1878 the palace got a telephone installed. In 1878-1879 the casino was expanded with renovations to the casino gaming rooms, public spaces, and the addition of a concert hall, and then opened to the public. In the 1880’s through 1890’s the university’s created partnerships with other learning institutions to develop theoretical understandings of flight and aerodynamics. In 1880 the cathedral was completed. In 1880-1881 the casino built its famous gaming room. In 1881 the first public transit streetcars were rolled out. In 1882 the first amusement park was founded outside the city. In 1883 the first advances in solar power was made in Kyrona. That year building on the tradition of city government subsidies, such as with the grain dole, there was an introduced provincial health insurance bill as well. In 1884 the city became the second in the Empire to gain full electric lighting. Building on the success of health insurance the previous year, accident insurance legislation was passed. In 1885 the city installed underwater bells to aid navigation and reduce hazards crossing the strait. In 1889 old age and disability insurance acts were enacted within the city. In 1891 the first underground subway was built in the city. The city converted its hippodrome into a race track in the late 19th century, around 1894. The same year Kyrona representatives presented the All Purple Line to the College of cities. Construction began at last quarter of the year. In 1895 the city started a variety act craze that ended in 1910. In 1896 a city councillor created an award for scientific research, mathematics, and literature. In 1898-1899 the casino theatre was remodelled on the stage to make it more suitable for opera and ballet performances.

In 1900 the city had 6.8 million people. In 1902 the education act 1902 was put out establishing a publicly funded secondary education option for 15-18, funded by a new tax, with the option to pay your tax towards the public option or a religious Organization run institution. That same year the city celebrated the completion of the all purple line, a telegraph cable linking the empire as Far East as Kyrona to as far west as Vespera. In 1902–1903 the city constructed a few early blimps for use with artillery accuracy testing. It built its first hydroelectric plant. In 1905 an aerodynamic institution modelled on the one founded the year before up north was founded in the city, and the city installed an early form of radar previously discovered outside the empire the year before in Altenland. The radar system detected ships nearby but not their distance. In 1906 to 1916 the Nickelodeon movie theatre gained popularity in Kyrona. In 1907 city investment helped update the radar system to help the city keep track of ship traffic moving through the strait. In 1908 new anti aircraft guns were added to the walls and an aeroclub was founded in the city. In 1910 the first of a series of movie palaces were built, advances in wastewater treatment had allowed impurities to be virtually eliminated entirely, and the city founded an air unit as a branch of the navy called the sky ships or fleet of the air. It mainly focused on reconnaissance. With this new sub-branch the cities first airport was founded. The air fleet sent pilots to train in Auvernia and established a pilots academy in the city. In 1911 a modern wastewater treatment plant was founded in the city, and radar was updated to detect aircraft. The radar was a bit inaccurate for planes at first as it could only detect low flying aircraft. As the war progressed it would improve. In 1912 the Pailos family replaced the previous autocrat family as autocrat. In 1912 the city reached 7,500,000 population. In 1912 a short lived attempt at solar power was put out, only to be shut down a year later due to the Great War. During the Great War Kyrona provided reconnaissance planes, and further fortified as a military base for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The city entered a war time economy and supplied fuel for the reconnaissance planes from the refinery, guns for the soldiers, and vehicles for supply chain management. It’s army was split into sections. Half stayed in the province to defend against the sarmars, a quarter went to the west to defend its food supply lines, and a quarter was shipped out. This was split into two groups for two separate fronts. The air fleet, composed of 30 planes and 3 airships, was split into thirds with a third at home, and a third with each leaving army. The navy mostly stayed to defend the eastern empire and Kyrona. In 1912 research began on underwater echolocation. In 1912 the Hellenistic league disbanded over stresses from the war. In 1913 a prototype was completed for short range locating of underwater vessels. In 1914 the harbour was equipped with an early sonar system. In 1915 the fleet of the air was expanded with a mercenary wing, and submarine detection research continued. In 1916 a disastrous military engagement against the Sarmars resulted in a stalemate and the deaths of 80% of the engaged force, and the sonar system was upgraded. In 1917 a similar event would befall the army again on a separate front. Research on sonar continued in 1917 and in 1918 a better system was established. In 1918 the flue ravaged the city and its soldiers, killing 10% of those infected or 57,000 people. In 1920 the subways of the city were upgraded, turning them into underground tunnels of palatial quality in memory of the fallen and a testament to the perseverance of the Kyrona soldiers. In 1921 the Kyrona broadcasting company was founded, creating the first radio channel in Kyrona. In 1926 the !theodore case sound and picture machine created an interest from the city archives. The city ordered 4 devices and plenty of film. The archives began interviewing older vets and citizens about their lives. The autocrat gave a speech about the city and distributed copies around to neighbouring provinces for tourism. In 1925 the second hydroelectric plant started being built. In 1928 legislation was enacted regulating horse race betting. The cities second hydroelectric plant was completed by 1929. In In 1930 the city was getting its first television channels and sets. There were three channels. In 1934 legislation regulating greyhound and race car race betting was put through.

The city follows a political ideology similar to the empire as a whole. The hereditary autocrat is sworn to the Emperor and is in charge of the province. He is advised by the citizenry in the form of a municipal council and a robust civil service. Two leading tenants are noble obligation, where those that are well off should help those that are worse off, and all are equal under the law.

The courts follow civil law. Juries are used frequently. Judges are impartial mediators.

Military Overview: The city of Kyrona is well fortified as the historic defence against the Sarmars. It’s medieval walls have been maintained by the centuries old policy of leasing out the towers as homes for the rich in return for their paying to maintain their wall section. The city boasts the second largest imperial navy fleet of the Empire after the capital region, as well as the third largest army and fourth largest airforce.
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Nation Long Name: The Autocracy of Kyrona
Nation Short Name: Kyrona
Head of State: Constitutional Autocrat Konstantinos XV Pailos
Head of Government: Prime Minister Nikephoros Pailos
National Overview:
Settlers arrived in the region around 8000 BC. Pop. 5000 by 4000 bc. The early phase of the cities history began 5000 years ago in 3000 BC in the early Bronze Age. Pop est. 45k. The Kyrona civilization was known for its multiple bull ascetics, large palaces, and long trading relationships. Ivory, gold, spices, textiles, and olive oil containers being among those items found at archeological sites indicating a lively and well off civilization. The first school predecessors began shortly after 3000 BC but were informal and little more than social gatherings. Around this time the first 6 sided die began to appear in the city as well. Around 2400 BC the city first began to adopt spies for defence.
The 1st autocrat came about around 2,100 BC. Evidence at this time points to a military mostly composed of infantrymen, including spears and axes. This led to hieroglyphic writing. Around 2070 BC the first formal schools were created. These were called hill schools or plain schools, owing to the children of the nobility who lived on the hills attending the hill schools and the lower classes attending the schools in the plains between the hills. The early autocrats engaged in relationships with Ancient Hellenica, and learned early espionage tactics from them. They deployed spies, both domestic and foreign, to ensure local stability and learn the intentions and abilities of the other powers. The civilization reached its peak around 2000 BC with evidence shown by discovery of a 1,400 room palace in 1890 during the construction of the cities subway line. The uncovering of a central hall with crushed papyrus and pottery gives the impression that the civilization was a monarchy. 60k pop. in 2000 BC. Around 1800 BC led to the 1st Kyrona script.
Around 1,700 Bc the 2nd autocrat family came to power and hieroglyphics faded. Around 1,700 Bc an earthquake destroyed the palace but it was promptly rebuilt. We can see evidence of plumbing capabilities, possibly borrowed from the east, by shattered clay piping and dry stream beds with plant life showing signs of a large garden. The espionage grew in parallel with its neighbours and around 1500 BC espionage played a large role in the defence of the city. The city started gaining chariots and moved to a chariot driven military with infantry stationed to protect the chariots. One such development was an early form of coded written message. Around 1450 BC the civilization joined their neighbours in modern day Hellia. This led to a new writing script. In 1300 the palace caught fire and was not rebuilt. In 1250 the sea people’s attacks, thought to be from the west, cut Kyrona and its small tin mine off from markets in the south and east. 80k pop. in 1200. That collapse of international trade combined with 50 years of earthquakes in the region combined is thought to have to lead to a Bronze Age Collapse by 1150. Kyrona and Hellenica were less effected due to receiving less earthquakes.
In 1100 BC the third autocrat family took over. The civilization joined the merchant people (!Phoenicians) as a new City-state member. Membership in this group lasted until 478 bc. This period saw the merchant class gradually grow in power and and activity, the population grow, and the autocrat gradually lose power until the autocrat became more of a figurehead of the state and diplomatic representative for the advisory council. The civilizations spy agency soon changed and was replaced with reliance on information from travelling merchants. In 1050 a new writing script developed. In 1046 the school system changed. The hill schools became central schools, and the plains schools were run by the villages and were named accordingly. The central schools continued to be only for the nobility and were divided into youth schools and collegial institutions of higher learning called colleges. The village schools were divided into 4 grades with the most successful students being given a chance at entrance to the colleges. In 1000 BC intelligence focused on ancient Hellia and the ancient !Hittites, the first gambling houses began to appear in the city with animal fight betting a popular pastime, and the chariot driven model had been replaced by a maniple oriented model for added flexibility in the mountains. 35k pop. in 1000 bc. In the 7th century the school system was expanded, recategorizing central and village schools as official schools - or those schools with government oversight - and added private schools - or those schools primarily funded by donations and run by one or two influential and knowledgeable individual(s) - to the system.
In 771 Bc a new autocrat family took over. In 765 Kyrona participates in the first Olympics. In 685 bc the office of Chancellor is created. In 509 Bc the city council started a social program where they would distribute pre-paid or subsidized grain as needed to the citizenry. By 500 bc the city had 150k people. Each of the 7 hills of the city were occupied by something but it’s clear that the city was mostly coastal in its habitation.

By 479 BC an early form of repeating crossbow was discovered in the tomb of the autocrat that lived at this time. By 478 the city had gained a fair amount of strength back and had built a grand palace and numerous temples around the city. The city states to the south were building an alliance against eastern threats and it became a member as shown by parchment and stone tables containing meeting records. The city played an active role in the alliance by providing warships to the alliance. Kyrona adopted the information gathering tactics of its allies in the form of an army of couriers. It adopted its military tactics by moving to a phalanx system. By now it’s education incorporated 3 areas: intellectual (reading, writing, mathematics, science, rhetoric), arts (music, art, dance, lyrics, poetry) and physical education. A secondary education level was added for both central and village schools as well as 2 years of military training. It appears that the alliance was successful against the eastern people as contemporary authors have described a few naval battles against the easterners, however evidence points towards an increased centralization in the alliance towards those providing ships and away from those providing funds.
In 476 the city-state had entered an internal struggle for leadership among the senior elites. By the end of the 5th century BC the city government had become corrupt and inefficient. Most administrators had little or nothing productive to do, the army was large but of low quality, and most of the treasury was going to those that travelled with the Autocrat. In 420, a secondary education of levels 9-12 was added for both central and village schools to further education around more focused studies. Adulthood was at 18 and was followed by 2 years of military academy training following secondary graduation.

By 404 BC a war had broken out between the two dominant cities in Hellia, !Athens & !Sparta, to which Kyrona assisted the former but losing anyway. Over the next 70 years it paid tribute to !Sparta, ending in 338 BC.

In 393 BC the autocrat appointed a new Chancellor. In 389 the Chancellor put through reforms that curbed the wasted spending and strengthen the cities government, while also upsetting the nobility. Salaries were cut for the autocrats city staff, unproductive staff were left unemployed, and building codes were enacted to keep buildings upstanding. In 338 BC the Tellurian kingdom had vassalized Kyrona as well as modern day Hellia and Odessa. This continued until 145 BC. This period updated the military from a phalanx style adopted under the previous alliance to a cavalry focused companion model favoured by the Tellurians. The phalanx still stuck around as a major component of the military, but it adopted longer spears and sword wielding flexible units to protect the flanks of the phalanx. By 300 BC the city had a 500k pop., making it the biggest city in the region. The city expanded its water supply and sewers to accommodate. The trade routes occupied by the city made it valuable and the Tellurian kingdom stationed its northern army in the region. Increased autonomy was granted to ensure loyalty or reduce incentives to rebel.
Silver became a valued commodity flowing through from Hellenia, through Kyrona at this time.
Arts funding was increased, and new independent colleges, gymnasiums, theatres, and acting schools popped up.

In the 2nd century BC an ancient form of paper developed in Kyrona. In 241 BC a census performed indicated a population of 700k. In 224 BC the department of state affairs was brought into existence as an avenue of performing an archiving role.
In 221 BC the leadership struggle subsided and the city organized around its 6th autocrat. That autocrat created, or cemented, 3 senior administration positions and 6 junior administration positions to assist with governing, and a Censorate for oversight of the administrators. These 3 senior positions were the lord chancellor, the lord autocrat Secretary, and the lord grand commander. The 6 ministries were in charge of ceremonies and recruitment, the autocrat household, the palace guards, the autocrats transportation, the handling of Justice, the hosting of events and distribution of awards, the autocrats family, the city financial state, and the palace treasury. Alongside that policy the autocrat forbade private schools, peasantry from reading or collecting books, and took steps to enforce this including the burning of books and killing followers of Platonism thought.
In 206 BC the city had its 12th autocrat family. This family lifted the ban on reading, book collection, Platonism, and private schools. In 206 BC the office of the secretariat was established to aid communications between the autocrat and both the bureaucracy and the advisory council. In 200 bc the city had 300,000 people. In 165 BC the city autocrat introduced the first examinations for entrance to the city civil service, but these did not emphasize Platonism. In 156 BC the government started the practice of sponsoring autocratic colleges and using resources to help find the best and brightest to teach in them. By 150 BC the Republican west was starting to make waves. It soon became clear that the kingdom may not do as well. By 146 bc inroads had been made into the kingdom and Hellia was occupied. The city staged a vote on who to support, and they chose the Republic. When the republic came they paid their tribute to them. It was the right choice as the kingdom soon was conquered by the republic.

Kyrona became a crown territory of the republic and it became the governor of it’s historic region. By this time marble and timber became added to the trading list, as did silk from the Far East. The warm weather in the area and the high population made entertainment a big industry. It was a second Baiae. Membership in the republic brought !latin script to Kyrona. This period updated the military to a legion model, allowed the city access to a large portion of new intelligence gathered by the republics agents, and added patronage of the aristocracy to the poor to the social fabric. In 136 BC a series of academic positions were added to the civil service, and examinations began to focus on the works of Plato. Officials would select people to write the exams and the autocrat would select from the candidates who to serve in their administration. By 133 BC the city had grown to a million people. Wealthy patricians from the republican west began to purchase property to vacation in the city. In 123 BC the first regular grain dole distribution program began, accounting over time between 15 and 30 percent of all grain imports to the city. The period under the republic would see a number of large changes, such as new roads, new aqueducts, a formal education system, new infirmaries, new bath houses, new cisterns, and new sewers. An arena, hippodrome and new amphitheater were also built. This time as a crown territory would last until 375 AD when it was granted vassal status. The Kyrona generals used the opportunity to make their home town their HQ.
In 25 AD the city autocrat would be replaced with a new autocrat family that would gain control of the city. In 25 AD the three lords positions would be changed to the lord minister of war, lord minister of the masses, and the lord minister of works (who was in charge of weights and measures, transportation infrastructure such as roads or port maintenance, government initiated building projects, equipment procurement, temporary worker acquisition, and producing permits and licenses for natural resource exploitation). In 25 AD the office of the secretariat would be expanded with advisers and reviewers to help the advisory council and its committees draft legislation. In 70 AD double entry book-keeping came to Kyrona.

In the second century the water supply system foundations were expanded. The city grew from trade and eventually became more oligarchic in practicality. In 100 ad the city had grown to 1,650,000 million people. Records of a secret police start occurring around this time. In 150 AD the autocrat began distributing news bulletins for the city population. In 165 AD until 180 a plague occurred in the city, brought on by soldiers returning from campaign in the east. The disease killed around a tenth of the Empire and around a third of the city population, or 550,000 people. The plague killed an average of 2,000 people a day near the start, a quarter of those infected, and reduced over time. The plague hurt the aristocracy to the point the city council struggled to meet, and the military to the point gladiators were recruited to fill the gap. Mass graves for 70,000 at a time we’re dug outside the city limits. The plague returned in 189 AD and killed another 2,000 people per day that year. In 175 the bureaucracy began distributing information pamphlets to each other. In 208 AD the autocrat would merge the three senior administration positions into one position, the chancellor, to head the civil service.

In 200 the woodblock printing press would be invented in the city. It would be similar but independent circumstances from the far east.
In 220 AD the autocrat would be removed and a leadership struggle would begin that would end in 280 AD. This led to a senior leader of the city, a first among equals. In 220 AD the autocrat introduced a 9 rank civil service to help the government with recommendation based on morals, administration ability, and the social standing of the family and the candidate, which placed the older families and those of the previous autocrats in a prime position for the jobs. This system relied on recommendation from junior officials to the autocrat. In 224 AD the government sponsored autocratic college system changed as well. The nobility were no longer admitted by way of being of noble birth, now one needed to be a child of a rank 5 bureaucrat or higher. In 225 AD an official of the current autocrat improved upon paper. The official added new ingredients and steps to the paper making process, making the process more standardized. In the early third century the Grain dole ended, and was replaced with bread and olive oil. In the late third century the dole was expanded to contain wine and pork. In 249 a plague began taking root in the empire. Between 250 and 262 the empire had another plague. This time the city lost 5,000 per day at first and it declined over time. Another plague hit in 270 which badly affected the autocrat.
In 281 a new autocrat family would take over. In the 300’s the cities infirmaries developed into early stage “hospitals” for helping the poor. They were charitable institutions focused less on treatment at this point and more on overnight relief of the poor and sick. In 300 records start indicating the secret police becoming all pervasive and censoring. They are described as an occupying force, or an authoritarian army. In 301 “general agents“ replaced the secret police.
Between 304 and 439 there was another struggle for leadership. This led to the autocrat model taking shape. The city council was maintained as an elected advisory body. One of the better leaders during this period, who ruled from 304 to 338, is known for his work with constructing a wall around the city which bears his name, a new coinage, and clearer distinction between civilians and military positions in the government. In 340 AD political espionage began to appear in written records. sabotage acts against government ministries were notable. In 350 a counter espionage agency was founded. In the late 300’s a new aqueduct was built to the city. After 375 AD they gained increased autonomy when they were made to be an exterior vassal. Soon after a competition was put together for flag suggestions from the city populace. The result was a purple flag background, a cross design, a bulls head and a double headed eagle. During the following centuries it has continued to serve to keep the Sarmars east of the Empire, keep trade flowing east to west and north to south, and provide an eastern diplomatic base for the empire. In addition the city has wrestled with the province of Hellia for influence in the Hellenic world, gradually gaining such influence until it surpassed Hellia in the high Middle Ages due to its trade reach. In 376 the city started sending out couriers and messengers to imperial vassals and neighbouring states, encouraging tourism and continued trade. It tried to maintain its old contacts and supply chains. In 380 the population returned to 1,650,000 people.

In the 400’s the old walls were enlarged with a new triple layer wall. In 438 the autocrat built a Platonism academy, followed by a metaphysics academy in 439.
A history academy was built in 440, and a liturature academy in 441. On Nov 6 447 an earthquake struck the city. It destroyed 57 of the 98 towers, parts of the wall, and a number of homes and businesses. The earthquake generated fissures and tsunamis that devastated the city as well. For 45 days thereafter aftershocks kept the main rebuilding efforts at bay. During which time the combined competitive attitudes of the red sports fanbase rebuilt the walls and towers in under 60 days, a record time, with organization by Kyros - the city minister of works. The rebuilding effort prevented an attack from the eastern horde from occurring.

In the 500’s the city constructed a cistern for water storage in case of drought. In 500 an academy was built. In 509 another earthquake hit the city, killing 10,000 people and damaging a recently completed church. In 515 the role of the advisory council expanded with committees that could have non council members to advise more specific areas, building on a decades long tradition of informal expanded involvement from the citizenry. The council developed two major factions, the blue faction representing the upper class and the green faction representing the working class. These were named after the supporters of the two most famous (and surviving) chariot teams of the original 4 teams in the city: Red, White, Green, and Blue. In 532 20 thousand people died and around half the city burned in riots against the high taxes, corruption and cruelty brought forward by the current autocrat and his 2 closest servants. The riots were put down but the message was clear, the citizens wouldn’t tolerate excessive cruelty or corruption from their officials. The autocrat was soon replaced by his heir, but he remained close to the throne as treasurer. In 537 the city finished construction on a cathedral. In 541 the bubonic plague came to Hellenica, and in 542 the plague came to Kyrona. The plague lasted until 544 and killed around a fifth of the city, or 330 people according to a census taken shortly after. The plague resulted in more liberal autopsy standards as people tried to learn more about medicine to combat the disease, and the expansion of the sewer into underground catacombs. Large graveyards were built throughout the city and outside of it. In 565 the former autocrat, liked for his work on legal texts and the cathedral, but disliked for corruption and cruelty and excessive taxation passed away at the age of 83.
In 581 the autocrats family was removed from power and another family replaced them. Seeing the instability of the previous power struggle, this families most remembered achievement is laying the foundation for the cities bureaucracy, a system which build on the committee system and ensured that even when the ruling families couldn’t get along the poor were still fed and the emperor got his tribute. The autocrat updated the senior administration position and 6 junior administration positions to become 3 departments and 6 ministries. The 3 departments were the central secretariat which assisted the advisory council with formulating and drafting legislation, state affairs which controlled the 6 ministries, and Chancellery which now functioned as a body of review and second sober thought. The ministries were in charge of Personnel, Revenue (Minting, tax collection and performing a census), ceremonies, war, Justice, and public works. There was also the department of the palace, which kept the palace in order, the department of books which maintained and expanded the cities archives, library, and book collection, and the department of service for the recruitment of palace staff. By 550 the city began offering a monthly newsletter. In 598 the oldest surviving school for the teaching of classical material such as grammar and rhetoric was established for teaching the cities more affluent families.

By 600 the city would have completed 3 reservoirs, over a hundred underground cisterns, and 250 km of aqueducts built in neighbouring Merceda to support the city with water. In 605, seeing the instability of the previous power struggle, the current autocrat enacted the most remembered achievement of their families time in power by laying the foundation for the cities bureaucracy, a system which built on the committee system and ensured that even when the ruling families couldn’t get along the poor were still fed and the emperor got his tribute. This composed of a junior examination run by schools and a senior examination run by the palace. It replaced the previous 9 rank model which relied on recommendation by junior administration officials.
In 618 the family that would bring the city out of the empire would come to power. One of the first things they did was convert their predecessors palace into a place of learning for all, creating the great library of Kyrona. They constructed a calligraphy academy and also had a public works project constructed in the form of a lighthouse. The exams continued and helped recognize talented individuals and select qualified officials to help the autocrat, council, and committees. The family expanded the exams to allow poorer individuals to take them and join the civil service, helping to ease class division and promote social mobility. In 625 until 630 the legion model was gradually replaced with militia and cavalry provided by Kyrona and mercenaries occupying the heavy infantry position. A Kyrona general became emperor of the Holy Empire on December 12 of the year 675, starting the 1st interregnum. The general built a palace, and sponsored intellectual acts, and advances in medicine. That year gymnastics started becoming more aesthetically oriented. In 690 the city examination system was expanded to test for military positions as well. In 695 a time of turbulence started in the city. In 698 one of the first battles with the Sarmars took place when an expedition force was sent to attack Kyrona and was repelled.

In the 700’s monastic schools were encouraged by the city autocrat to be developed in the city by the church. C.705 the post office, led by the Master of Offices, replaced the “general agents” secret service. In 715 the turbulence subsided. In 730 the Empress Helena was exiled back to Kyrona and replaced with the legitimate Emperor, ending the first interregnum. From 741 until 742 a time known as the great revolt took place. It was unsuccessful and suppressed. In 789 it was requested that the church set up a school for those of non-Hellenic faith.

In 800 ad the first playing cards appeared Kyrona.
In 859 the third university in the empire was founded in Kyrona.

In 900 lottery games and the game of dominoes began to appear in the city.
By 907 the old noble class had been nearly shut out of power. To make up for this the advisory council was split in two, a noble house on top for review and a commons lower house for drafting legislation. In 907 the Autocrat was removed and a period of instability and rebellious autocrats occurred. There were 5 families that took power during this period, ending in 960. In 927 there was a famine. In 933 the current Autocrat came to power through intrigue and the military and was unique in his fervent desire for peace, getting his nephew installed as chief bishop, and battling the cities nobility by legislating increased taxes against them and limiting their ability to expand their landholdings. In 940 a centre for higher learning was founded. This academy helped expand neo-Platonism thought. In 950 a second academy was built. The last Autocrat of the period was unique for coming in at 21 and dying after a year following catching an illness on a hunting trip. His wife remarried the same day of his death.
In 960 the new autocrat family, the Loukon family, came to power and were known for their promotion of literature and restraint in the regional military. One of the first major domestic policy decisions the new autocrat enacted following the death of the previous autocrat was to create the first in a series of new academies to aid academic learning and research. In 960 the law academy was founded by a merchant and was the most successful from 960-1127 AD. In 979 one of the most famous, was built in the countryside. In 988 the Sarmar wars began. Kyrona was unsuccessfully sieged three times in the war following the loss of the eastern territory. The Clementine war starts in 1799 AD.

In 1000 Kyrona intercepted enemy communications. They added 400 names of enemy military officials to an execution list, throwing the Sarmar into rebellion. In 1021 the city founded a new cathedral. In 1041 the second interregnum began, leading to the Loukon family becoming emperors, starting with Basil III autocrat of Kyrona. The first half of their reign was military oriented and they evicted the !Normans from the empire. The families perspective was that they were providing a new merit based system, helping to strengthen the empire. That was not well received in the west. Emperor Basil III convenes the imperial legislature and got passed aid to the east to fight the Sarmars. In 1043 the Sarmar war ended. In 1043 the first coffee house opened in Kyrona. In 1045 the first movable type printing presses and hand moulds began to take shape in Kyrona. It soon spread around the empire. In 1050 to 1060 an exodus occurred from Kyrona as people left to settle other lands. These people were called Kyronites and began to live in colonies. In 1069 Theodosius I, second son of Basil III, took the imperial throne after his fathers death. He was coronated by the Pope and took the throne with recognition from the legislature. This started a crisis where there was uncertainty about papal imperial relations. In 1074 the death of emperor Theododius occurred. In 1080 emperor Theodosius II, son of the the first, was killed. Theodosius II son Emperor Nicolas was killed that year as well. In 1083 Loukon emperor Michael III, third son of Basil III, retired. His name was Michael the diplomat due to his efforts around international relations. He brought foreign consulates to the empire and the creation of parks in imperial cities. Michael III passed away the next year. Anexemor, grandson of Michael III, reigned next until 1111. His name was Anexemor the mercantile, as he focused his experiences on building up his grandfathers relationships to grow commercial enterprises. In 1108 the Kyrona postal service was privatized. The Postal (and service minister) minister/logothete was now responsible for official communications and foreigner watching.

In 1111 Anexemor the mercantile passed away in office. His son, Nikephoros first of his name, was known for his promotion of literature. He founded great libraries around the empire and imported books from afar. At the end of his reign, Nikephoros the knowledgeable he was blinded by his guards and exiled after budgetary concerns led to a pay raise not being approved. In 1126-1128 Nikephoros the second came to power. He had the guards put on trial and the one who blinded his father put in prison. He was known as Nikephoros the cultured. He sponsored theatres around the empire. He was also known as the expedient for his efficiency with paperwork. He was assistantee by a disgruntled scribe while hosting a festival for the enjoyment of the cities poor. In 1126 the Loukon family maintained control of Kyrona. They were now geared to the sciences and trade more than military however. Empress Theodora, daughter of emperor Nikephoros the knowledgeable and sister of emperor Nikephoros the cultured and expedient gained control of the imperial throne until 1144 when she was removed and sent back to Kyrona. She founded an art museum in the name of her brother, and sponsored the creation of a house and grant program at the imperial university in the name of her father. She was called Theodora the just for her interest in law, founding a new law school and compiling the new legal code to make it easier for the common person. She was also known as Theodora the Tyrant because she paid more attention to the legislature than the nobility. Lavinia Prov. was crucial in her defeat. Theodoras resistance to bribery and handing out political favours led to a growing resistance among the islands elites. Her use of espionage to keep track of threats to the throne was the undoing of her. The elites riled the peasantry and together with the elites of Alpana evicted the Loukon family back to Kyrona where they continued to rule. In 1150 the 8th university in the empire was established in Kyrona.

In the 1200’s the cities forum began to change to allow for a wider variety of transactions and position the city for a greater amount of trade success. In 1200 the first Gutenberg style printing press surfaced. In 1205 the position of the autocrats ship keeper was created. In 1215 the autocrat was made accountable under law, not just the emperor. In 1248 the city started construction on a new cathedral. The city built a church in the 13th century. In 1250 the Kyrona printing yard was founded and imports of lumber went up.
In 1279 the Loukon family lost its leadership position over Kyrona. A new family gained the reigns after. This family dissolved both the department of state affairs and the department of the chancellery and transferred their powers to the department of the central secretariat. In 1294 two new positions were added to the ministry of war: Admiral of the northern fleet and Admiral of the southern fleet. Of the two the southern was considered the more powerful and prestigious owing to its greater number of ships and personnel.

The forum of Kyrona allowed for debt selling and limited joint stock companies to develop in the city in the 1300’s, placing the city as among the early financial markets. The ability to reduce risk as a result of these changes led to a boom in trade and new merchant ventures were sent out from the city throughout the empire. This further led to an increase in fortune for the Imperial emperor. By 1300 tobacco, tea, cotton, and sugar was being imported from Hellenica and olive oil, wine, northern minerals and timber was being exported from Kyrona. Kyrona used its limited trade authority to try and encourage this development. In 1300 the little ice age was starting. In 1315-1317 a famine occurred caused by too much rain and cloud cover reducing crops. The city struggled to keep the grain dole in effect due to the widespread grain hoarding that resulted from the shortage. In 1315 the city abolished slavery. The autocrat at this time was in power from 1311-1321. In the 14th century the city built a new church. By 1347 the city had gone down to a million inhabitants as emigration took place. In autumn 1347 a third of the city, or around 330,000 people, died in the Black Plague. The plague would resurface 50 times in the next century and a half. The plague resulted in a massive building effort to expand the catacombs under the city, as well as an increase in the labour market power. In 1348 the city had approximately 670,000 permanent inhabitants. In 1360 a system of couriers and envoys was maintained around the state by the ministry of war similar to the past.
In 1368 a new autocrat family took charge. That year a painting academy was constructed to introduce the reign. The family also introduced a new secret police force that year formed from members of its personnel guard from before they became autocrats. In 1369 the secret police was added to the regional military and was given the power to over ride the courts, as well as the autonomy to arrest, interrogate and punish anyone from peasants to the nobility and autocrats relatives. They could not go after the autocrat or advisory council. Neither could they go after the emperor, the emperors relatives, members of the diet, or visiting dignitaries. They were to serve two main tasks, the first being replacing the Varangian guard as autocrat body guards, and the second being spying on foreign militaries to provide military intelligence. On Jan 30 1380 the Chancellor - who was the autocrats son and married to the autocrats daughter - was executed, having been involved in accepting bribes, several political scandals, and most recently collaborated with foreign officials to userp the autocrats position. Shortly after the department of the central secretariat was abolished. This reformed the civil service from the 3 departments and 6 ministries model to the 6 ministries model, although the 3 less important departments remained. Over the next decade a purge of the civil service was carried out by the autocrat who ruled 1368-1398. In 1381 a rebellion occurred against the cruelty of the purge. It was put down but the message was clearly put out. The autocrat was reminded that excessive cruelty against the population would not be tolerated. The autocrat ceased executing officials and the purge was limited to firing officials. Those accused were given a trial, if they were found guilty of misconduct or foreign influence they were fired and if not guilty were relieved from “gardening leave”. The death penalty was abolished for most crimes save killing soon after. In 1382 the secret police force was given authority to investigate people at work, and was formally unveiled to the public later that year with 500 personnel. In 1382 the 6 offices of the grand secretariat were formed to help with administration. That year the secret service had their authority reduced after they were suspected of abusing their authority during an investigation of a rebellion plot. In 1397 the first bank was established in the city, and was acquired in 1472 by the Pailos family.

In the 1400’s the introduction of gunpowder based warfare led to the city walls being outfitted with cannons. In 1400 a new position was added to the ministry of war: Admiral of Kyrona. This position merged the northern and southern admiralties into one post. In 1402 when the fourth son of the families founding autocrat overthrew his nephew and became autocrat he reinstated the authority of the secret service to keep unrest from spreading. He reigned from 1402-1424, passing at the age of 64). In 1406 the position was titled lord admiral, and in 1412 Lord high admiral. In 1414 the admiralty office was founded in the ministry of war, and was headed by the lord high admiral. In 1415 the city walls were being outfitted with arquebuses. In 1449 the autocrat was captured in battle by the Sarmars. It was a crushing battle as he led a numerically superior force and still lost. The minister of war led the defence of Kyrona from a Sarmar attack later that year. In 1450 the autocrat was returned, but his brother (who had been named autocrat in the meantime) put him under under house arrest until a rebellion was staged in 1457. In 1450 the advance in gunpowder, with the introduction of match locks, necessitated an advancement of the wall. The defences of the city were upgraded over the next decade to add low star shaped formations to defend against artillery. In 1453 the mercenary army was gradually eliminated in favour of a renewed professional army. The nobility started losing military influence. The professional army was being largely outfitted with pikes and full plate, and half plate and longbows. In 1454 construction began on a new palace, and a period of arts patronage began. In 1457 the former autocrat overthrew his younger brother while he was ill, becoming autocrat again. In 1460 the mercenary component of the army made up just 30%. In February 1464 the autocrat passed away, aged 36. In 1475 the city council devoted funding to the founding of a museum and purchased art and artifacts from around the city, empire, and continent. Some important items include the linothorax, helmet, sword and shield of the founder of the Tellurian kingdom, a portrait of the last Hellenic Pharaoh, some of the oldest paper finds in the continent, the original blockpress, and a statue from the Palace of Kyrona circa 2000 BC. In 1480 the palace guards were outfitted with matchlocks after they appeared in Altenland 10 years prior.

In the 1500’s the debt market evolved into a promissory notes and bond market, and modern tennis came to Kyrona. The agriculture revolution started in 1500 that would go to 1800, introducing innovations such as improved plows, 4 field crop rotation, land reclamation techniques, and field enclosures. These would provide cheap food that would help Kyrona grow larger. The city gained a foothold as a shipbuilding city and supplied ships for Hellian immigrants from Kyrona to settle in the new world in 1550, leading to Vespera considering themselves part of the empire. By 1500 the city had recovered to its pre little ice age population levels, reaching 1,650,000 people, although the ice age was still ongoing. The last remnant of the mercenary army was the Varangian guard protecting the autocrat. In 1506 the cities third university was founded. In 1510, following the lead of the pope the city changed the autocrats guards uniform and modelled it after the Papal guards. In 1512 the office of the clerk comptroller was created to control naval finances. In 1514 a small naval reform occurred with the office of the autocrats storekeeper and the office of the keeper of the autocrats ships becoming an advisory panel for the lord high admiral, together known as the marine council of the Kyrona regional navy. In 1515 the army was outfitted with more matchlock rifles, but the longbows were kept due to speed and reliability. In 1520 the 90 year war began. In 1522 the clerk comptroller was added to the marine council. The city sent a third of its army to contribute, and aided in other ways such as intelligence gathering and counter-espionage. In 1524 the office of the autocrats storekeeper became the office of the storekeeper, and the office of the treasurer of the marine was created as a political office so the advisory council could gain oversight in the navy. In 1527 a group left Kyrona to join the anabaptist movement, forming agriculture communes like the others. In 1539 the cities first two horse races started to appear with sponsorship from the autocrat. Before this most horse racing was chariot based. In 1541 the tranquil autocrat came to power. That year the unlawful games act made most gambling illegal. Although it was unenforceable it made gambling debts unable to be collected through court orders. In 1544 the admiralty lieutenant, the marine treasurer, and the navy surveyer and rigger, were added to the marine council. In 1545 the master of naval ordinance was added to the group. In 1546 the council of the marine became the naval board, the admiralty was renamed to the admiralty and marine affairs office, and the naval pay office was founded. The naval board was led by the admiralty lieutenant, deputy of the lord high admiral, while the lord high admiral remained with the admiralty and marine affairs office. In 1548 AD the city recruited artisans to form a new elite law enforcement force, replacing the old police and fire department. The force would become hereditary. In 1550 the city formed a naval board to help administer the regional navy. In 1550 concerns would start growing about the cities extensive bath houses being potentially conductive to making drinking, gambling, and illicit behaviour available to those that go to them. Between 1555 and 1561 the city built a new cathedral. In 1557 the naval board stopped being led by the admiralty lieutenant and instead was replaced by the treasurer of the board (previously known as the treasurer of the marine). In the 1560’s the city suffered from a drought. In 1560 the autocrats wife passed away, with suspicions of poisoning. In 1560 the construction on the cathedral started in 1248 was halted. In 1562 the guild support act was past, regulating and protecting apprenticeships. To keep skills in good shape, 7 years was set as the minimum length of apprenticeship to a master. In 1566-1569 the first government run lottery was founded. This was unsuccessful with only 10% of 400k tickets sold. It is thought that it may be due to a distrust of gambling among the population. The prize money was paid out in 1569, and each purchaser was refunded, making the first government run lottery more of a loan then a lottery. In the following decades the private lotteries began to sell more expensive tickets to the forum debt market to raise more money. These tickets would then be able to be sold in fractions to the poorer residents of the city. In 1567 the tranquil autocrat passed away. In 1572 the letter of marque system was introduced, allowing privateers to play a larger role in prolonged future naval conflicts. In 1574 the office of the admiral was established. In 1581 reforms were enacted to bring the navy up to par with the Frisian navy, the most powerful navy around.

In 1604 the cathedral that was founded in 1021 was completed. In 1610 the 90 year war ended. In 1628 the office of the first lord of the admiralty, a political post, was created. The naval board was transferred to the admiralty and became led by the first lord of the admiralty instead of the treasurer of the navy. In 1638 the first modern casino was built in Kyrona. It was in a wing of a hotel built in 1395 by a member of the autocrats family.
In 1644 a peasant rebellion driven by hunger after the grain dole distribution system was interrupted led the autocrat to suicide, leading to a new family coming to leadership of Kyrona as autocrats. The old palace was converted into a museum and the autocrats families accumulated art collection was put on display for the public. The family would abolish the secret service established in 1368. The family brought back the Varangian guard to replace the secret service guards. In 1650 Kyrona would use its espionage prowess for aiding the empire in diplomacy. By that year full plate was being reduced to half plate and the flintlock musket had been adopted as standard equipment for most of the military. The nobility now no longed influenced the military. On February 5th 1654 the longest served autocrat, at 61 years in office, came to power. In 1655 the city regional military began reforms to be closer in to the effectiveness of the Auvorian Royal army. In 1660 plays in the city began to depict gambling as unintelligent and foolish. In 1668 the first salon from the west was founded in Kyrona. In 1670 the cities most prestigious ballet school, and the second oldest one after the one founded the previous year, was founded. In August 1673 a civil war started in the province as 3 noble families attempted to take power from the autocrat. In 1675 the city autocrat created a new military unit, the giants, for the purpose of prestige made up of men 6’2” and above. In November 1681 the rebellion was suppressed. The defectors were left alive and unharmed, although their noble titles were revoked. In 1682 and 83 legislation passed, stating the rights of the autocrat and advisory chamber, and the order of succession. In 1688 gambling started transitioning from being seen more as a foolish embankment and after late 1688 was being seen in the city more as a vice to be curtailed. In 1689 the hereditary police and firefighters, having declined in ability, were disbanded. In 1692 the Education for the poor act was established, helping pair marginalized children with skilled apprenticeships. These could be enacted by commissioned judicial officers. In 1694 the second state run lottery was held, creating a new annual state run government lottery series. In 1698 the minimum age for leaving school was set at 14. In 1690’s the remaining longbows and matchlock rifles started being phased out in favour of flintlock firearms.

In the 1700’s the first zoo’s of a more modern variety were built in the city. The study of biology became popular at the university during this period. By 1700 the city had grown to 3,300,000 people. In 1710-1714 the autocrat hosted the first low cost lottery that wasn’t broken up by the forum debt market. Several lotteries were held during this time and they allowed the government to raise funds to fill the treasury with. Frequent lottery players started getting called Adventurers and news from the lottery helped build interest in buying newspapers. This helped new newspapers get off the ground at this time. In 1710-1744 legislation was enacted regulating financial securities, illegal lotteries, and various popular gambling games. In 1713 40,000 mercenaries were recruited to the cities regional military. In 1720 the matchlock firearms were replaced by the flintlock firearms. On Dec 20th 1722 the longest served autocrat passed away. In 1732 the current City opera house opened. By 1740 the tall regiment had 3,200 soldiers. In 1750 magic lantern shows came to Kyrona. In 1755 the city adopted new Artillary to man the walls. In 1759 gambling among the city higher echelon was getting intense. Members gambled away, and sometimes won, family fortunes regularly. One of the council of advisers members, within the lords branch, lost 6 figures gambling over the next three years (although it would be covered by his political allies due to his influence in the advisory chamber). The middle class, however, often played with low stakes and had the goal of encouraging friendship and conversation rather then winning money. In 1774 the first modern gambling house was closed over concerns that it was impoverishing the nobility. In 1776, with the growing following among horse racers, a set of 5 races was established to test the jockeys and 3 year old horses, and entertain the crowds. These races would be held in the hippodrome. In 1780 the Jockey club opened to keep a level and fair playing field among horse jockeys in the city. In 1780 the navy enacted reforms to follow the advances made by the Auvarian navy. In 1789 the cathedral completed in 1604 was destroyed in an earthquake. In 1789 until 1799 the silent revolution occurred where the city began to place more interest in rights and freedoms. In 1795 the first mostly modern zoo was formed, 5th in the continent. It started by building on the previous Zoo’s and the Pailos personal menagerie. In 1796 the tall regiment was shrunk and the excess personnel sent to other units.

In 1800 the navy began reforms to keep up with Auborons navy. In 1801 the cathedral destroyed in 1789 was rebuilt. In 1804 the city built a water treatment facility. In 1805 the process of connecting homes to the sewer lines began. In 1806 the universities each founded a botanical garden. That year the tall regiment was disbanded. In 1810 the city introduced legislation requiring teacher certification. The invention of the steam engine and its import to the empire led to Kyrona importing large amounts of coal for industry such as manufacturing textiles and ships. This made it the second largest import to the city at the time, after grain from Hellenica, Hellia, and Merceda. The steam powered ships led to a second booming age, and the coal output led to an increase in pollution. The Clementine war ended in 1822 AD. In 1825 the first concept public transit was laid out on a trial basis. In 1826, under pressure from anti-gambling people, the Kyrona government held its last state lottery since it started the series in 1694. In 1828 Kyrona supported private companies to make the jump into building railroads from it into Merceda and Hellia. In 1829 the navy office of the department of the accountant-general was founded with the navy treasurer at its head. By 1835 all financial offices of the navy had merged into the accountant general’s office. In 1837 the school board act was passed. That year the naval board was dissolved. By the end of the 1830’s the city was providing updated enhanced supervision within the school and at the city level. In 1839 the first empire wide steam rail was built between Kyrona and the imperial capital. In 1840 construction on the cathedral halted in 1560 resumed. In the 1840’s the city built a telegraph line from the palace to the docks. In 1844 !Morse code was first demonstrated in its current form. In 1845 the gaming act made games of skill legal, made cheating in games of skill illegal, made gambling contracts unenforceable, and simplified the regulation of gambling houses and casinos. In 1850 the first wastewater treatment plant was added to the city. By 1851 the little ice age was drawing to a close and would be over within a century. In 1853 until 1906 legislation was enacted regulating betting establishments. These remained popular however, and betting agents responded by hiring runners that were faster then police. In 1854 a permit was allowed to build a spa and casino in the city, under condition that residents of the city not be allowed to gamble there. On Dec 14 1856 the casino opened in a temporary location. It was unsuccessful and moved around the city several times before reaching its final home. On May 13 1858 the Casino found its new home and construction soon commenced. In 1858 the city opened a public park complete with a horse riding track in the central area of the city. In 1859 the casino began to make a profit, but it was still under construction. In 1860 the autocrats summer palace burned to the ground. Over the next two years it was rebuilt with more modern technology. In 1862 the palace reopened. and the spa and casino opened. In 1863 the casino was finished construction and a well known older casino manager from Auvernia agreed to come run the casino for the autocrat with some reluctance. The manager became the new majority shareholder and was paid with concession rights for the next 50 years, until 1913. In 1864 casinos hotel portion opened. In 1868 the casino started becoming successful. In 1870 the automobile industry started developing in the city. In 1872 the first oil refinery in the Empire was built outside of Kyrona with the Pailos family as a key shareholder. In 1875 cable cars were introduced in the city with a 5 year exclusive monopoly on its use. In 1876 the cities largest city park opened. In 1877 the first phonograph was invented and a model was shipped to the autocrat. In 1878 the palace got a telephone installed. In 1878-1879 the casino was expanded with renovations to the casino gaming rooms, public spaces, and the addition of a concert hall, and then opened to the public. In the 1880’s through 1890’s the university’s created partnerships with other learning institutions to develop theoretical understandings of flight and aerodynamics. In 1880 the cathedral was completed. In 1880-1881 the casino built its famous gaming room. In 1881 the first public transit streetcars were rolled out. In 1882 the first amusement park was founded outside the city. In 1883 the first advances in solar power was made in Kyrona. That year building on the tradition of city government subsidies, such as with the grain dole, there was an introduced provincial health insurance bill as well. In 1884 the city became the second in the Empire to gain full electric lighting. Building on the success of health insurance the previous year, accident insurance legislation was passed. In 1885 the city installed underwater bells to aid navigation and reduce hazards crossing the strait. In 1889 old age and disability insurance acts were enacted within the city. In 1891 the first underground subway was built in the city. The city converted its hippodrome into a race track in the late 19th century, around 1894. The same year Kyrona representatives presented the All Purple Line to the College of cities. Construction began at last quarter of the year. In 1895 the city started a variety act craze that ended in 1910. In 1896 a city councillor created an award for scientific research, mathematics, and literature. In 1898-1899 the casino theatre was remodelled on the stage to make it more suitable for opera and ballet performances.

In 1900 the city had 6.8 million people. In 1902 the education act 1902 was put out establishing a publicly funded secondary education option for 15-18, funded by a new tax, with the option to pay your tax towards the public option or a religious Organization run institution. That same year the city celebrated the completion of the all purple line, a telegraph cable linking the empire as Far East as Kyrona to as far west as Vespera. In 1902–1903 the city constructed a few early blimps for use with artillery accuracy testing, and it built its first hydroelectric plant. Air conditioning came in 1902. In 1905 an aerodynamic institution modelled on the one founded the year before up north was founded in the city, and the city installed an early form of radar previously discovered outside the empire the year before in Altenland. The radar system detected ships nearby but not their distance. In 1906 to 1916 the Nickelodeon movie theatre gained popularity in Kyrona. In 1907 city investment helped update the radar system to help the city keep track of ship traffic moving through the strait. In 1908 new anti aircraft guns were added to the walls and an aeroclub was founded in the city. In 1910 the first of a series of movie palaces were built, advances in wastewater treatment had allowed impurities to be virtually eliminated entirely, and the city founded an air unit as a branch of the navy called the sky ships or fleet of the air. It mainly focused on reconnaissance. With this new sub-branch the cities first airport was founded. The air fleet sent pilots to train in Auvernia and established a pilots academy in the city. In 1911 a modern wastewater treatment plant was founded in the city, and radar was updated to detect aircraft. The radar was a bit inaccurate for planes at first as it could only detect low flying aircraft. As the war progressed it would improve.
In 1912 the Pailos family replaced the previous autocrat family as autocrat. In 1912 the city reached 7,500,000 people. In 1912 a short lived attempt at solar power was put out, only to be shut down a year later due to the Great War. During the Great War Kyrona provided reconnaissance planes, and further fortified as a military base for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The city entered a war time economy and supplied fuel for the reconnaissance planes from the refinery, guns for the soldiers, and vehicles for supply chain management. It’s army was split into sections. Half stayed in the province to defend against the sarmars, a quarter went to the west to defend its food supply lines, and a quarter was shipped out. This was split into two groups for two separate fronts. The air fleet, composed of 30 planes and 3 airships, was split into thirds with a third at home, and a third with each leaving army. The navy mostly stayed to defend the eastern empire and Kyrona. In 1912 research began on underwater echolocation, and a wartime intelligence service was founded, 1912-1918. In 1913 a prototype was completed for short range locating of underwater vessels. In 1914 the harbour was equipped with an early sonar system. In 1915 the fleet of the air was expanded with a mercenary wing, and submarine detection research continued. In 1916 a disastrous military engagement against the Sarmars resulted in a stalemate and the deaths of 20% of the engaged force, and the sonar system was upgraded. In 1917 a similar event would befall the army again on a separate front. Research on sonar continued in 1917 and in 1918 a better system was established. In 1918 the flue ravaged the city and its soldiers, killing 10% of those infected or 57k people. Kyrona introduced a military pension. In 1920 the subways of the city were upgraded, turning them into underground tunnels of palatial quality in memory of the fallen and a testament to the perseverance of the Kyrona soldiers. Coca-Cola came to Kyrona. In 1921 the Kyrona broadcasting company was founded, creating the first radio channel in Kyrona. Hockey came in 1925, and second hydroelectric plant started being built. In 1926 the !theodore case sound and picture machine created an interest from the city archives. The city ordered 4 devices and plenty of film. The archives began interviewing older vets and citizens about their lives. The autocrat gave a speech about the city and distributed copies around to neighbouring provinces for tourism. In 1927 a public pension was created. In 1928 legislation was enacted regulating horse race betting. The cities second hydroelectric plant was completed by 1929. In In 1930 the city was getting its first television sets, channels, and shows. There were three channels. In 1934 legislation regulating greyhound and race car race betting was put through.

The courts follow civil law. Juries are used frequently. Judges are impartial mediators.

Military Overview: Kyrona boasts the 2nd largest imperial navy fleet of the Empire after the capital region, as well as the 3rd largest army and 4th largest airforce.
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Nation Long Name: The Autocracy of Kyrona
Nation Short Name: Kyrona
Head of State: Constitutional Autocrat Konstantinos XV Pailos
Head of Government: Prime Minister Nikephoros Pailos
National Overview:
Settlers arrived in the region around 8000 BC. Pop est. 5000 by 4000 bc. The early phase of the cities history began 5000 years ago in 3000 BC in the early Bronze Age. Pop est. 45k. The Kyrona civilization was known for its multiple bull ascetics, large palaces, and long trading relationships. Ivory, gold, spices, textiles, and olive oil containers being among those items found at archeological sites indicating a lively and well off civilization. The first school predecessors began shortly after 3000 BC but were informal and little more than social gatherings. Around this time the first 6 sided die began to appear in the city as well. Around 2400 BC the city first began to adopt spies for defence.
The 1st autocrat came about around 2,100 BC. Evidence at this time points to a military mostly composed of infantrymen, including spears and axes. This led to hieroglyphic writing. Around 2070 BC the first formal schools were created. These were called hill schools or plain schools, owing to the children of the nobility who lived on the hills attending the hill schools and the lower classes attending the schools in the plains between the hills. The early autocrats engaged in relationships with Ancient Hellenica, and learned early espionage tactics from them. They deployed spies, both domestic and foreign, to ensure local stability and learn the intentions and abilities of the other powers. The civilization reached its peak around 2000 BC with evidence shown by discovery of a 1,400 room palace in 1890 during the construction of the cities subway line. The uncovering of a central hall with crushed papyrus and pottery gives the impression that the civilization was a monarchy. 60k pop est. in 2000 BC. Around 1800 BC led to the 1st Kyrona script.
Around 1,700 Bc the 2nd autocrat family came to power and hieroglyphics faded. Around 1,700 Bc an earthquake destroyed the palace but it was promptly rebuilt. We can see evidence of plumbing capabilities, possibly borrowed from the east, by shattered clay piping and dry stream beds with plant life showing signs of a large garden. The espionage grew in parallel with its neighbours and around 1500 BC espionage played a large role in the defence of the city. The city started gaining chariots and moved to a chariot driven military with infantry stationed to protect the chariots. One such development was an early form of coded written message. Around 1450 BC the civilization joined their neighbours in modern day Hellia. This led to a new writing script. In 1300 the palace caught fire and was not rebuilt until 1125 bc. In 1250 the autocrat created 3 senior administration positions: the lord Preceptor, the lord tutor, and the lord Protector. In 1200 the sea people’s attacks, thought to be from the west, cut Kyrona and its small tin mine off from markets in the south and east. 80k pop est. in 1200. That collapse of international trade combined with famine and 50 years of earthquakes in the region combined is thought to have to lead to a Bronze Age Collapse by 1150. Kyrona and Hellenica were less effected due to receiving less earthquakes.
In 1100 BC the third autocrat family took over. The civilization joined the merchant people (!Phoenicians) as a new City-state member. Membership in this group lasted until 478 bc. This period saw the merchant class gradually grow in power and and activity, the population grow, and the autocrat gradually lose power until the autocrat became more of a figurehead of the state and diplomatic representative for the advisory council. The civilizations spy agency soon changed and was replaced with reliance on information from travelling merchants. In 1050 a new writing script developed. In 1046 the school system changed. The hill schools became central schools, and the plains schools were run by the villages and were named accordingly. The central schools continued to be only for the nobility and were divided into youth schools and collegial institutions of higher learning called colleges. The village schools were divided into 4 grades with the most successful students being given a chance at entrance to the colleges. In 1000 BC intelligence focused on ancient Hellia and the ancient !Hittites, the first gambling houses began to appear in the city with animal fight betting a popular pastime, and the chariot driven model had been replaced by a maniple oriented model for added flexibility in the mountains. 35k pop. in 1000 bc. In the 7th century the school system was expanded, recategorizing central and village schools as official schools - or those schools with government oversight - and added private schools - or those schools primarily funded by donations and run by one or two influential and knowledgeable individual(s) - to the system.
In 771 Bc a new autocrat family took over. In 765 Kyrona participates in the first Olympics. In 685 bc the office of Chancellor is created. In 509 Bc the city council started a social program where they would distribute pre-paid or subsidized grain as needed to the citizenry. By 500 bc the city had 150k people. Each of the 7 hills of the city were occupied by something but it’s clear that the city was mostly coastal in its habitation.

By 479 BC an early form of repeating crossbow was discovered in the tomb of the autocrat that lived at this time. By 478 the city had gained a fair amount of strength back and had built a grand palace and numerous temples around the city. The city states to the south were building an alliance against eastern threats and it became a member as shown by parchment and stone tables containing meeting records. The city played an active role in the alliance by providing warships to the alliance. Kyrona adopted the information gathering tactics of its allies in the form of an army of couriers. It adopted its military tactics by moving to a phalanx system. By now it’s education incorporated 3 areas: intellectual (reading, writing, mathematics, science, rhetoric), arts (music, art, dance, lyrics, poetry) and physical education. A secondary education level was added for both central and village schools as well as 2 years of military training. It appears that the alliance was successful against the eastern people as contemporary authors have described a few naval battles against the easterners, however evidence points towards an increased centralization in the alliance towards those providing ships and away from those providing funds.
In 476 the city-state had entered an internal struggle for leadership among the senior elites. By the end of the 5th century BC the city government had become corrupt and inefficient. Most administrators had little or nothing productive to do, the army was large but of low quality, and most of the treasury was going to those that travelled with the Autocrat. In 420, a secondary education of levels 9-12 was added for both central and village schools to further education around more focused studies. Adulthood was at 18 and was followed by 2 years of military academy training following secondary graduation.

By 404 BC a war had broken out between the two dominant cities in Hellia, !Athens & !Sparta, to which Kyrona assisted the former but losing anyway. Over the next 70 years it paid tribute to !Sparta, ending in 338 BC.

In 393 BC the autocrat appointed a new Chancellor. In 389 the Chancellor put through reforms that curbed the wasted spending and strengthen the cities government, while also upsetting the nobility. Salaries were cut for the autocrats city staff, unproductive staff were left unemployed, and building codes were enacted to keep buildings upstanding. In 338 BC the Tellurian kingdom had vassalized Kyrona as well as modern day Hellia and Odessa. This continued until 145 BC. This period updated the military from a phalanx style adopted under the previous alliance to a cavalry focused companion model favoured by the Tellurians. The phalanx still stuck around as a major component of the military, but it adopted longer spears and sword wielding flexible units to protect the flanks of the phalanx. By 300 BC the city had a 500k pop., making it the biggest city in the region. The city expanded its water supply and sewers to accommodate. The trade routes occupied by the city made it valuable and the Tellurian kingdom stationed its northern army in the region. Increased autonomy was granted to ensure loyalty or reduce incentives to rebel.
Silver became a valued commodity flowing through from Hellenia, through Kyrona at this time.
Arts funding was increased, and new independent colleges, gymnasiums, theatres, and acting schools popped up.

In the 2nd century BC an ancient form of paper developed in Kyrona. In 241 BC a census performed indicated a population of 700k. In 224 BC the department of state affairs was brought into existence as an avenue of performing an archiving role.
In 221 BC the leadership struggle subsided and the city organized around its 6th autocrat. That autocrat created, or cemented, a Censorate for oversight of the administrators and standardized weights and measurements. Alongside that policy the autocrat forbade private schools, peasantry from reading or collecting books, and took steps to enforce this including the burning of books and killing followers of Platonism thought.
In 206 BC the city had its 12th autocrat family. This family lifted the ban on reading, book collection, Platonism, and private schools. In 206 BC the autocrat created 9 junior administration positions to assist with governing. They were in charge of ceremonies and recruitment, the autocrat household, the palace guards, the autocrats transportation, the handling of Justice, the hosting of events and distribution of awards, the autocrats family, the cities financial state, and the palace treasury. The 3 lords became: the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Autocrat Councillor, and the Lord Grand Commander. The office of the Secretariat was established to aid communications between the autocrat and both the bureaucracy and the advisory council. In 200 bc the city had 300,000 people. In 165 BC the city autocrat introduced the first examinations for entrance to the city civil service, but these did not emphasize Platonism. In 156 BC the government started the practice of sponsoring autocratic colleges and using resources to help find the best and brightest to teach in them. By 150 BC the Republican west was starting to make waves. It soon became clear that the kingdom may not do as well. By 146 bc inroads had been made into the kingdom and Hellia was occupied. The city staged a vote on who to support, and they chose the Republic. When the republic came they paid their tribute to them. It was the right choice as the kingdom soon was conquered by the republic.

Kyrona became a crown territory of the republic and it became the governor of it’s historic region. By this time marble and timber became added to the trading list, as did silk from the Far East. The warm weather in the area and the high population made entertainment a big industry. It was a second Baiae. Membership in the republic brought !latin script to Kyrona. This period updated the military to a legion model, allowed the city access to a large portion of new intelligence gathered by the republics agents, and added patronage of the aristocracy to the poor to the social fabric. In 136 BC a series of academic positions were added to the civil service, and examinations began to focus on the works of Plato. Officials would select people to write the exams and the autocrat would select from the candidates who to serve in their administration. By 133 BC the city had grown to a million people. Wealthy patricians from the republican west began to purchase property to vacation in the city. In 123 BC the first regular grain dole distribution program began, accounting over time between 15 and 30 percent of all grain imports to the city. The period under the republic would see a number of large changes, such as new roads, new aqueducts, a new addition to the private education system, new infirmaries, new bath houses, new cisterns, and new sewers. An arena, hippodrome and new amphitheater were also built. This time as a crown territory would last until 375 AD when it was granted vassal status. The Kyrona generals used the opportunity to make Kyrona their HQ.
In 25 AD the city autocrat would be replaced with a new autocrat family that would gain control of the city. In 25 AD the three lords positions would be changed to the Lord Minister of War, Lord Minister of the Masses(land), and the Lord Minister of Works (who was in charge of weights and measures, transportation infrastructure such as roads or port maintenance, government initiated building projects, equipment procurement, temporary worker acquisition, and producing permits and licenses for natural resource exploitation). In 25 AD the office of the secretariat would be expanded with advisers and reviewers to help the advisory council and its committees draft legislation. In 70 AD double entry book-keeping came to Kyrona.

In the second century the water supply system foundations were expanded. The city grew from trade and eventually became more oligarchic in practicality. In 100 ad the city had grown to 1,650,000 million people. Records of a secret police start occurring around this time. In 150 AD the autocrat began distributing news bulletins for the city population. In 165 AD until 180 a plague occurred in the city, brought on by soldiers returning from campaign in the east. The disease killed around a tenth of the Empire and around a third of the city population, or 550,000 people. The plague killed an average of 2,000 people a day near the start, a quarter of those infected, and reduced over time. The plague hurt the aristocracy to the point the city council struggled to meet, and the military to the point gladiators were recruited to fill the gap. Mass graves for 70,000 at a time we’re dug outside the city limits. The plague returned in 189 AD and killed another 2,000 people per day that year. In 175 the bureaucracy began distributing information pamphlets to each other. In 208 AD the autocrat would merge the three senior administration positions into one position, the chancellor, to head the civil service.

In 200 the woodblock printing press would be invented in the city. It would be similar but independent circumstances from the far east.
In 220 AD the autocrat would be removed and a leadership struggle would begin that would end in 280 AD. This led to a senior leader of the city, a first among equals. In 220 AD the autocrat introduced a 9 rank civil service to help the government with recommendation based on morals, administration ability, and the social standing of the family and the candidate, which placed the older families and those of the previous autocrats in a prime position for the jobs. This system relied on recommendation from junior officials to the autocrat. In 224 AD the government sponsored autocratic college system changed as well. The nobility were no longer admitted by way of being of noble birth, now one needed to be a child of a rank 5 bureaucrat or higher. In 225 AD an official of the current autocrat improved upon paper. The official added new ingredients and steps to the paper making process, making the process more standardized. In the early third century the Grain dole ended, and was replaced with bread and olive oil. In the late third century the dole was expanded to contain wine and pork. In 249 a plague began taking root in the empire. Between 250 and 262 the empire had another plague. This time the city lost 5,000 per day at first and it declined over time. Another plague hit in 270 which badly affected the autocrat.
In 281 a new autocrat family would take over. In the 300’s the cities infirmaries developed into early stage “hospitals” for helping the poor. They were charitable institutions focused less on treatment at this point and more on overnight relief of the poor and sick. In 300 records start indicating the secret police becoming all pervasive and censoring. They are described as an occupying force, or an authoritarian army. In 301 “general agents“ replaced the secret police.
Between 304 and 439 there was another struggle for leadership. This led to the autocrat model taking shape. The city council was maintained as an elected advisory body. One of the better leaders during this period, who ruled from 304 to 338, is known for his work with constructing a wall around the city which bears his name, a new coinage, and clearer distinction between civilians and military positions in the government. In 340 AD political espionage began to appear in written records. sabotage acts against government ministries were notable. In 350 a counter espionage agency was founded. In the late 300’s a new aqueduct was built to the city. In 380 the population returned to 1,650,000 people.

In the 400’s the old walls were enlarged with a new triple layer wall. In 438 the autocrat built a Platonism academy, followed by a metaphysics academy in 439.
A history academy was built in 440, and a liturature academy in 441. On Nov 6 447 an earthquake struck the city. It destroyed 57 of the 98 towers, parts of the wall, and a number of homes and businesses. The earthquake generated fissures and tsunamis that devastated the city as well. For 45 days thereafter aftershocks kept the main rebuilding efforts at bay. During which time the combined competitive attitudes of the red sports fanbase rebuilt the walls and towers in under 60 days, a record time, with organization by Kyros - the city minister of works. The rebuilding effort prevented an attack from the eastern horde from occurring.

In the 500’s the city constructed a cistern for water storage in case of drought. In 500 an academy was built. In 509 another earthquake hit the city, killing 10,000 people and damaging a recently completed church. In 515 the role of the advisory council expanded with committees that could have non council members to advise more specific areas, building on a decades long tradition of informal expanded involvement from the citizenry. The council developed two major factions, the blue faction representing the upper class and the green faction representing the working class. These were named after the supporters of the two most famous (and surviving) chariot teams of the original 4 teams in the city: Red, White, Green, and Blue. In 532 20 thousand people died and around half the city burned in riots against the high taxes, corruption and cruelty brought forward by the current autocrat and his 2 closest servants. The riots were put down but the message was clear, the citizens wouldn’t tolerate excessive cruelty or corruption from their officials. The autocrat was soon replaced by his heir, but he remained close to the throne as treasurer. In 537 the city finished construction on a cathedral. In 541 the bubonic plague came to Hellenica, and in 542 the plague came to Kyrona. The plague lasted until 544 and killed around a fifth of the city, or 330 people according to a census taken shortly after. The plague resulted in more liberal autopsy standards as people tried to learn more about medicine to combat the disease, and the expansion of the sewer into underground catacombs. Large graveyards were built throughout the city and outside of it. In 565 the former autocrat, liked for his work on legal texts and the cathedral, but disliked for corruption and cruelty and excessive taxation passed away at the age of 83.
In 581 the autocrats family was removed from power and another family replaced them. Seeing the instability of the previous power struggle, this families most remembered achievement is laying the foundation for the cities bureaucracy, a system which build on the committee system and ensured that even when the ruling families couldn’t get along the poor were still fed and the emperor got his tribute. The autocrat updated the senior administration position and 9 junior administration positions to become 3 departments and 6 ministries. The 3 departments were the central secretariat which assisted the advisory council with formulating and drafting legislation, state affairs which controlled the 6 ministries, and Chancellery which now functioned as a body of review and second sober thought. The ministries were in charge of Personnel, Revenue (Minting, tax collection and performing a census), ceremonies, war, Justice, and public works. There was also the department of the palace, which kept the palace in order, the department of books which maintained and expanded the cities archives, library, and book collection, and the department of service for the recruitment of palace staff. By 550 the city began offering a monthly newsletter. In 598 the oldest surviving school for the teaching of classical material such as grammar and rhetoric was established for teaching the cities more affluent families.

By 600 the city would have completed 3 reservoirs, over a hundred underground cisterns, and 250 km of aqueducts built in neighbouring Merceda to support the city with water. In 605, seeing the instability of the previous power struggle, the current autocrat enacted the most remembered achievement of their families time in power by laying the foundation for the cities bureaucracy, a system which built on the committee system and ensured that even when the ruling families couldn’t get along the poor were still fed and the emperor got his tribute. This composed of a junior examination run by schools and a senior examination run by the palace. It replaced the previous 9 rank model which relied on recommendation by junior administration officials.
In 618 the family that would bring the city out of the empire would come to power. One of the first things they did was convert their predecessors palace into a place of learning for all, creating the great library of Kyrona. A new palace was built afterwards. They constructed a calligraphy academy and also had a public works project constructed in the form of a lighthouse. The exams continued and helped recognize talented individuals and select qualified officials to help the autocrat, council, and committees. The family expanded the exams to allow poorer individuals to take them and join the civil service, helping to ease class division and promote social mobility. In 625 until 630 the legion model was gradually replaced with militia and cavalry provided by Kyrona and mercenaries occupying the heavy infantry position. In 675 AD they gained increased autonomy when they were made to be an exterior vassal. Soon after a competition was put together for flag suggestions from the city populace. The result was a purple flag background, a cross design, a bulls head and a double headed eagle. During the following centuries it has continued to serve to keep the Sarmars east of the Empire, keep trade flowing east to west and north to south, and provide an eastern diplomatic base for the empire. In addition the city has wrestled with the province of Hellia for influence in the Hellenic world, gradually gaining such influence until it surpassed Hellia in the high Middle Ages due to its trade reach. In 675 gymnastics started becoming more aesthetically oriented. A Kyrona general became emperor of the Holy Empire on December 12 of the year 675, starting the 1st interregnum. The general built a palace, and sponsored intellectual acts and advances in medicine. In 676 the city started sending out couriers and messengers to imperial vassals and neighbouring states, encouraging tourism and continued trade. It tried to maintain its old contacts and supply chains. In 690 the city examination system was expanded to test for military positions as well. In 695 a time of turbulence started in the city. In 698 one of the first battles with the Sarmars took place when an expedition force was sent to attack Kyrona and was repelled.

In the 700’s monastic schools were encouraged by the city autocrat to be developed in the city by the church. C.705 the post office, led by the Master of Offices, replaced the “general agents” secret service. In 715 the turbulence subsided. In 730 the Empress Helena was exiled back to Kyrona and replaced with the legitimate Emperor, ending the first interregnum. From 741 until 742 a time known as the great revolt took place. It was unsuccessful and suppressed. In 789 it was requested that the church set up a school for those of non-Hellenic faith.

In 800 ad the first playing cards appeared Kyrona.
In 859 the third university in the empire was founded in Kyrona.

In 900 lottery games and the game of dominoes began to appear in the city.
By 907 the old noble class had been nearly shut out of power. To make up for this the advisory council was split in two, a noble house on top for review and a commons lower house for drafting legislation. In 907 the Autocrat was removed and a period of instability and rebellious autocrats occurred. There were 5 families that took power during this period, ending in 960. In 927 there was a famine. In 933 the current Autocrat came to power through intrigue and the military and was unique in his fervent desire for peace, getting his nephew installed as chief bishop, and battling the cities nobility by legislating increased taxes against them and limiting their ability to expand their landholdings. In 940 a centre for higher learning was founded. This academy helped expand neo-Platonism thought. In 950 a second academy was built. The last Autocrat of the period was unique for coming in at 21 and dying after a year following catching an illness on a hunting trip. His wife remarried the same day of his death.
In 960 the new autocrat family, the Loukon family, came to power and were known for their promotion of literature and restraint in the regional military. One of the first major domestic policy decisions the new autocrat enacted following the death of the previous autocrat was to create the first in a series of new academies to aid academic learning and research. In 960 the law academy was founded by a merchant and was the most successful from 960-1127 AD. In 979 one of the most famous, was built in the countryside. In 988 the Sarmar wars began. Kyrona was unsuccessfully sieged three times in the war following the loss of the eastern territory.

In 1000 Kyrona intercepted enemy communications. They added 400 names of enemy military officials to an execution list, throwing the Sarmar into rebellion. In 1021 the city founded a new cathedral. In 1041 the second interregnum began, leading to the Loukon family becoming emperors, starting with Basil III autocrat of Kyrona. The first half of their reign was military oriented and they evicted the !Normans from the empire. The families perspective was that they were providing a new merit based system, helping to strengthen the empire. That was not well received in the west. Emperor Basil III convenes the imperial legislature and got passed aid to the east to fight the Sarmars. In 1043 the Sarmar war ended. In 1043 the first coffee house opened in Kyrona. In 1045 the first movable type printing presses and hand moulds began to take shape in Kyrona. It soon spread around the empire. In 1050 to 1060 an exodus occurred from Kyrona as people left to settle other lands. These people were called Kyronites and began to live in colonies. In 1069 Theodosius I, second son of Basil III, took the imperial throne after his fathers death. He was coronated by the Pope and took the throne with recognition from the legislature. This started a crisis where there was uncertainty about papal imperial relations. In 1074 the death of emperor Theododius occurred. In 1080 emperor Theodosius II, son of the the first, was killed. Theodosius II son Emperor Nicolas was killed that year as well. In 1083 Loukon emperor Michael III, third son of Basil III, retired. His name was Michael the diplomat due to his efforts around international relations. He brought foreign consulates to the empire and the creation of parks in imperial cities. Michael III passed away the next year. Anexemor, grandson of Michael III, reigned next until 1111. His name was Anexemor the mercantile, as he focused his experiences on building up his grandfathers relationships to grow commercial enterprises. In 1108 the Kyrona postal service was privatized. The Postal (and service minister) minister/logothete was now responsible for official communications and foreigner watching.

In 1111 Anexemor the mercantile passed away in office. His son, Nikephoros first of his name, was known for his promotion of literature. He founded great libraries around the empire and imported books from afar. At the end of his reign, Nikephoros the knowledgeable was blinded by his guards and exiled after budgetary concerns led to a pay raise not being approved. In 1126-1128 Nikephoros the second came to power. He had the guards put on trial and the one who blinded his father put in prison. He was known as Nikephoros the cultured. He sponsored theatres around the empire. He was also known as the expedient for his efficiency with paperwork. He was assassinated by a disgruntled scribe while hosting a festival for the enjoyment of the cities poor. In 1126 the Loukon family maintained control of Kyrona. They were now geared to the sciences and trade more than military however. Empress Theodora, daughter of emperor Nikephoros the knowledgeable and sister of emperor Nikephoros the cultured and expedient gained control of the imperial throne until 1144 when she was removed and sent back to Kyrona. She founded an art museum in the name of her brother, and sponsored the creation of a house and grant program at the imperial university in the name of her father. She was called Theodora the just for her interest in law, founding a new law school and compiling the new legal code to make it easier for the common person. She was also known as Theodora the Tyrant because she paid more attention to the legislature than the nobility. Lavinia Province was crucial in her defeat. Theodoras resistance to bribery and handing out political favours led to a growing resistance among the islands elites. Her use of espionage to keep track of threats to the throne was the undoing of her. The elites riled the peasantry and together with the elites of Alpana evicted the Loukon family back to Kyrona where they continued to rule. In 1150 the 8th university in the empire was established in Kyrona.

In the 1200’s the cities forum began to change to allow for a wider variety of transactions and position the city for a greater amount of trade success. In 1200 the first Gutenberg style printing press surfaced. In 1205 the position of the autocrats ship keeper was created. In 1215 the autocrat was made accountable under law, not just the emperor. In 1248 the city started construction on a new cathedral. The city built a church in the 13th century. In 1250 the Kyrona printing yard was founded and imports of lumber went up.
In 1279 the Loukon family lost its leadership position over Kyrona. A new family gained the reigns after. This family dissolved both the department of state affairs and the department of the chancellery and transferred their powers to the department of the central secretariat. In 1294 two new positions were added to the ministry of war: Admiral of the northern fleet and Admiral of the southern fleet. Of the two the southern was considered the more powerful and prestigious owing to its greater number of ships and personnel.

The forum of Kyrona allowed for debt selling and limited joint stock companies to develop in the city in the 1300’s, placing the city as among the early financial markets. The ability to reduce risk as a result of these changes led to a boom in trade and new merchant ventures were sent out from the city throughout the empire. This further led to an increase in fortune for the Imperial emperor. By 1300 tobacco, tea, cotton, and sugar was being imported from Hellenica and olive oil, wine, northern minerals and timber was being exported from Kyrona. Kyrona used its limited trade authority to try and encourage this development. In 1300 the little ice age was starting. In 1315-1317 a famine occurred caused by too much rain and cloud cover reducing crops. The city struggled to keep the grain dole in effect due to the widespread grain hoarding that resulted from the shortage. In 1315 the city abolished slavery. The autocrat at this time was in power from 1311-1321. In the 14th century the city built a new church. By 1347 the city had gone down to a million inhabitants as emigration took place. In autumn 1347 a third of the city, or around 330,000 people, died in the Black Plague. The plague would resurface 50 times in the next century and a half. The plague resulted in a massive building effort to expand the catacombs under the city, as well as an increase in the labour market power. In 1348 the city had approximately 670,000 permanent inhabitants. In 1360 a system of couriers and envoys was maintained around the state by the ministry of war similar to the past.
In 1368 a new autocrat family took charge. That year a painting academy was constructed to introduce the reign. The family also introduced a new secret police force that year formed from members of its personnel guard from before they became autocrats. In 1369 the secret police was added to the regional military and was given the power to over ride the courts, as well as the autonomy to arrest, interrogate and punish anyone from peasants to the nobility and autocrats relatives. They could not go after the autocrat or advisory council. Neither could they go after the emperor, the emperors relatives, members of the diet, or visiting dignitaries. They were to serve two main tasks, the first being replacing the Varangian guard as autocrat body guards, and the second being spying on foreign militaries to provide military intelligence. On Jan 30 1380 the Chancellor - who was the autocrats son and married to the autocrats daughter - was executed, having been involved in accepting bribes, several political scandals, and most recently collaborated with foreign officials to userp the autocrats position. Shortly after the department of the central secretariat was abolished. This reformed the civil service from the 3 departments and 6 ministries model to the 6 ministries model, although the 3 less important departments remained. Over the next decade a purge of the civil service was carried out by the autocrat who ruled 1368-1398. In 1381 a rebellion occurred against the cruelty of the purge. It was put down but the message was clearly put out. The autocrat was reminded that excessive cruelty against the population would not be tolerated. The autocrat ceased executing officials and the purge was limited to firing officials. Those accused were given a trial, if they were found guilty of misconduct or foreign influence they were fired and if not guilty were relieved from “gardening leave”. The death penalty was abolished for most crimes save killing soon after. In 1382 the secret police force was given authority to investigate people at work, and was formally unveiled to the public later that year with 500 personnel. In 1382 the 7 offices of the grand secretariat were formed to help with administration. That year the secret service had their authority reduced after they were suspected of abusing their authority during an investigation of a rebellion plot. In 1397 the first bank was established in the city, and was acquired in 1472 by the Pailos family.

In the 1400’s the introduction of gunpowder based warfare led to the city walls being outfitted with cannons. In 1400 a new position was added to the ministry of war: Admiral of Kyrona. This position merged the northern and southern admiralties into one post. In 1402 when the fourth son of the families founding autocrat overthrew his nephew and became autocrat he reinstated the authority of the secret service to keep unrest from spreading. He reigned from 1402-1424, passing at the age of 64). In 1406 the position was titled lord admiral, and in 1412 Lord high admiral. In 1414 the admiralty office was founded in the ministry of war, and was headed by the lord high admiral. In 1415 the city walls were being outfitted with arquebuses. In 1449 the autocrat was captured in battle by the Sarmars. It was a crushing battle as he led a numerically superior force and still lost. The minister of war led the defence of Kyrona from a Sarmar attack later that year. In 1450 the autocrat was returned, but his brother (who had been named autocrat in the meantime) put him under under house arrest until a rebellion was staged in 1457. In 1450 the advance in gunpowder, with the introduction of match locks, necessitated an advancement of the wall. The defences of the city were upgraded over the next decade to add low star shaped formations to defend against artillery. In 1453 the mercenary army was gradually eliminated in favour of a renewed professional army. The nobility started losing military influence. The professional army was being largely outfitted with pikes and full plate, and half plate and longbows. In 1454 construction began on a new palace, and a period of arts patronage began. In 1457 the former autocrat overthrew his younger brother while he was ill, becoming autocrat again. In 1460 the mercenary component of the army made up just 30%. In February 1464 the autocrat passed away, aged 36. In 1475 the city council devoted funding to the founding of a museum and purchased art and artifacts from around the city, empire, and continent. Some important items include the linothorax, helmet, sword and shield of the founder of the Tellurian kingdom, a portrait of the last Hellenic Pharaoh, some of the oldest paper finds in the continent, the original blockpress, and a statue from the Palace of Kyrona circa 2000 BC. In 1480 the palace guards were outfitted with matchlocks after they appeared in Altenland 10 years prior.

In the 1500’s the debt market evolved into a promissory notes and bond market, and modern tennis came to Kyrona. The agriculture revolution started in 1500 that would go to 1800, introducing innovations such as improved plows, 4 field crop rotation, land reclamation techniques, and field enclosures. These would provide cheap food that would help Kyrona grow larger. The city gained a foothold as a shipbuilding city and supplied ships for Hellian immigrants from Kyrona to settle in the new world in 1550, leading to Vespera considering themselves part of the empire. By 1500 the city had recovered to its pre little ice age population levels, reaching 1,650,000 people, although the ice age was still ongoing. The last remnant of the mercenary army was the Varangian guard protecting the autocrat. In 1506 the cities third university was founded. In 1510, following the lead of the pope the city changed the autocrats guards uniform and modelled it after the Papal guards. In 1512 the office of the clerk comptroller was created to control naval finances. In 1514 a small naval reform occurred with the office of the autocrats storekeeper and the office of the keeper of the autocrats ships becoming an advisory panel for the lord high admiral, together known as the marine council of the Kyrona regional navy. In 1515 the army was outfitted with more matchlock rifles, but the longbows were kept due to speed and reliability. In 1520 the 90 year war began. In 1522 the clerk comptroller was added to the marine council. The city sent a third of its army to contribute, and aided in other ways such as intelligence gathering and counter-espionage. In 1524 the office of the autocrats storekeeper became the office of the storekeeper, and the office of the treasurer of the marine was created as a political office so the advisory council could gain oversight in the navy. In 1527 a group left Kyrona to join the anabaptist movement, forming agriculture communes like the others. In 1539 the cities first two horse races started to appear with sponsorship from the autocrat. Before this most horse racing was chariot based. In 1541 the tranquil autocrat came to power. That year the unlawful games act made most gambling illegal. Although it was unenforceable it made gambling debts unable to be collected through court orders. In 1544 the admiralty lieutenant, the marine treasurer, and the navy surveyer and rigger, were added to the marine council. In 1545 the master of naval ordinance was added to the group. In 1546 the council of the marine became the naval board, the admiralty was renamed to the admiralty and marine affairs office, and the naval pay office was founded. The naval board was led by the admiralty lieutenant, deputy of the lord high admiral, while the lord high admiral remained with the admiralty and marine affairs office. In 1548 AD the city recruited artisans to form a new elite law enforcement force, replacing the old police and fire department. The force would become hereditary. In 1550 the city formed a naval board to help administer the regional navy. In 1550 concerns would start growing about the cities extensive bath houses being potentially conductive to making drinking, gambling, and illicit behaviour available to those that go to them. Between 1555 and 1561 the city built a new cathedral. In 1557 the naval board stopped being led by the admiralty lieutenant and instead was replaced by the treasurer of the board (previously known as the treasurer of the marine). In the 1560’s the city suffered from a drought. In 1560 the autocrats wife passed away, with suspicions of poisoning. In 1560 the construction on the cathedral started in 1248 was halted. In 1562 the guild support act was past, regulating and protecting apprenticeships. To keep skills in good shape, 7 years was set as the minimum length of apprenticeship to a master. In 1566-1569 the first government run lottery was founded. This was unsuccessful with only 10% of 400k tickets sold. It is thought that it may be due to a distrust of gambling among the population. The prize money was paid out in 1569, and each purchaser was refunded, making the first government run lottery more of a loan then a lottery. In the following decades the private lotteries began to sell more expensive tickets to the forum debt market to raise more money. These tickets would then be able to be sold in fractions to the poorer residents of the city. In 1567 the tranquil autocrat passed away. In 1572 the letter of marque system was introduced, allowing privateers to play a larger role in prolonged future naval conflicts. In 1574 the office of the admiral was established. In 1581 reforms were enacted to bring the navy up to par with the Frisian navy, the most powerful navy around.

In 1604 the cathedral that was founded in 1021 was completed. In 1610 the 90 year war ended. In 1628 the office of the first lord of the admiralty, a political post, was created. The naval board was transferred to the admiralty and became led by the first lord of the admiralty instead of the treasurer of the navy. In 1638 the first modern casino was built in Kyrona. It was in a wing of a hotel built in 1395 by a member of the autocrats family.
In 1644 a peasant rebellion driven by hunger after the grain dole distribution system was interrupted led the autocrat to suicide, leading to a new family coming to leadership of Kyrona as autocrats. The old palace was converted into a museum and the autocrats families accumulated art collection was put on display for the public. A new palace was built afterwards. The family would abolish the secret service established in 1368. The family brought back the Varangian guard to replace the secret service guards. In 1650 Kyrona would use its espionage prowess for aiding the empire in diplomacy. By that year full plate was being reduced to half plate and the flintlock musket had been adopted as standard equipment for most of the military. The nobility now no longed influenced the military. On February 5th 1654 the longest served autocrat, at 61 years in office, came to power. In 1655 the city regional military began reforms to be closer in to the effectiveness of the Auvorian Royal army. In 1660 plays in the city began to depict gambling as unintelligent and foolish. In 1668 the first salon from the west was founded in Kyrona. In 1670 the cities most prestigious ballet school, and the second oldest one after the one founded the previous year, was founded. In August 1673 a civil war started in the province as 3 noble families attempted to take power from the autocrat. In 1675 the city autocrat created a new military unit, the giants, for the purpose of prestige made up of men 6’2” and above. In November 1681 the rebellion was suppressed. The defectors were left alive and unharmed, although their noble titles were revoked. In 1682 and 83 legislation passed, stating the rights of the autocrat and advisory chamber, and the order of succession. In 1688 gambling started transitioning from being seen more as a foolish embankment and after late 1688 was being seen in the city more as a vice to be curtailed. In 1689 the hereditary police and firefighters, having declined in ability, were disbanded. In 1692 the Education for the poor act was established, helping pair marginalized children with skilled apprenticeships. In 1694 the second state run lottery was held, creating a new annual state run government lottery series. In 1698 the minimum age for leaving school was set at 14. In 1690’s the remaining longbows and matchlock rifles started being phased out in favour of flintlock firearms.

In the 1700’s the first zoo’s of a more modern variety were built in the city. The study of biology became popular at the university during this period. By 1700 the city had grown to 3,300,000 people. In 1710-1714 the autocrat hosted the first low cost lottery that wasn’t broken up by the forum debt market. Several lotteries were held during this time and they allowed the government to raise funds to fill the treasury with. Frequent lottery players started getting called Adventurers and news from the lottery helped build interest in buying newspapers. This helped new newspapers get off the ground at this time. In 1710-1744 legislation was enacted regulating financial securities, illegal lotteries, and various popular gambling games. In 1713 40,000 mercenaries were recruited to the cities regional military. In 1720 the matchlock firearms were replaced by the flintlock firearms. On Dec 20th 1722 the longest served autocrat passed away. In 1732 the current City opera house opened. By 1740 the tall regiment had 3,200 soldiers. In 1750 magic lantern shows came to Kyrona. In 1755 the city adopted new Artillary to man the walls. In 1759 gambling among the city higher echelon was getting intense. Members gambled away, and sometimes won, family fortunes regularly. One of the council of advisers members, within the lords branch, lost 6 figures gambling over the next three years (although it would be covered by his political allies due to his influence in the advisory chamber). The middle class, however, often played with low stakes and had the goal of encouraging friendship and conversation rather then winning money. In 1774 the first modern gambling house was closed over concerns that it was impoverishing the nobility. In 1776, with the growing following among horse racers, a set of 5 races was established to test the jockeys and 3 year old horses, and entertain the crowds. These races would be held in the hippodrome. In 1780 the Jockey club opened to keep a level and fair playing field among horse jockeys in the city. In 1780 the navy enacted reforms to follow the advances made by the Auvarian navy. In 1789 the cathedral completed in 1604 was destroyed in an earthquake. In 1789 until 1799 the silent revolution occurred where the city began to place more interest in rights and freedoms. In 1795 the first mostly modern zoo was formed, 5th in the continent. It started by building on the previous Zoo’s and the Pailos personal menagerie. In 1796 the tall regiment was shrunk and the excess personnel sent to other units. The Clementine war starts in 1799 AD.

In 1800 the navy began reforms to keep up with Auborons navy. In 1801 the cathedral destroyed in 1789 was rebuilt. In 1804 the city built a water treatment facility. In 1805 the process of connecting homes to the sewer lines began. In 1806 the universities each founded a botanical garden. That year the tall regiment was disbanded. In 1810 the city introduced legislation requiring teacher certification. The invention of the steam engine and its import to the empire led to Kyrona importing large amounts of coal for industry such as manufacturing textiles and ships. This made it the second largest import to the city at the time, after grain from Hellenica, Hellia, and Merceda. The steam powered ships led to a second booming age, and the coal output led to an increase in pollution. The Clementine war ended in 1822 AD. In 1825 the first concept public transit was laid out on a trial basis. In 1826, under pressure from anti-gambling people, the Kyrona government held its last state lottery since it started the series in 1694. In 1828 Kyrona supported private companies to make the jump into building railroads from it into Merceda and Hellia. In 1829 the navy office of the department of the accountant-general was founded with the navy treasurer at its head. By 1835 all financial offices of the navy had merged into the accountant general’s office. In 1837 the school board act was passed. That year the naval board was dissolved. By the end of the 1830’s the city was providing updated enhanced supervision within the school and at the city level. In 1839 the first empire wide steam rail was built between Kyrona and the imperial capital. In 1840 construction on the cathedral halted in 1560 resumed. In the 1840’s the city built a telegraph line from the palace to the docks. In 1844 !Morse code was first demonstrated in its current form. In 1845 the gaming act made games of skill legal, made cheating in games of skill illegal, made gambling contracts unenforceable, and simplified the regulation of gambling houses and casinos. In 1850 the first wastewater treatment plant was added to the city. By 1851 the little ice age was drawing to a close and would be over within a century. In 1853 until 1906 legislation was enacted regulating betting establishments. These remained popular however, and betting agents responded by hiring runners that were faster then police. In 1854 a permit was allowed to build a spa and casino in the city, under condition that residents of the city not be allowed to gamble there. On Dec 14 1856 the casino opened in a temporary location. It was unsuccessful and moved around the city several times before reaching its final home. On May 13 1858 the Casino found its new home and construction soon commenced. In 1858 the city opened a public park complete with a horse riding track in the central area of the city. In 1859 the casino began to make a profit, but it was still under construction. In 1860 the autocrats summer palace burned to the ground. Over the next two years it was rebuilt with more modern technology. In 1862 the palace reopened. and the spa and casino opened. In 1863 the casino was finished construction and a well known older casino manager from Auvernia agreed to come run the casino for the autocrat with some reluctance. The manager became the new majority shareholder and was paid with concession rights for the next 50 years, until 1913. In 1864 casinos hotel portion opened. In 1868 the casino started becoming successful. In 1870 the automobile industry started developing in the city. In 1872 the first oil refinery in the Empire was built outside of Kyrona with the Pailos family as a key shareholder. In 1875 cable cars were introduced in the city with a 5 year exclusive monopoly on its use. In 1876 the cities largest city park opened. In 1877 the first phonograph was invented and a model was shipped to the autocrat. In 1878 the palace got a telephone installed. In 1878-1879 the casino was expanded with renovations to the casino gaming rooms, public spaces, and the addition of a concert hall, and then opened to the public. In the 1880’s through 1890’s the university’s created partnerships with other learning institutions to develop theoretical understandings of flight and aerodynamics. In 1880 the cathedral was completed. In 1880-1881 the casino built its famous gaming room. In 1881 the first public transit streetcars were rolled out. In 1882 the first amusement park was founded outside the city. In 1883 the first advances in solar power was made in Kyrona. That year building on the tradition of city government subsidies, such as with the grain dole, there was an introduced provincial health insurance bill as well. In 1884 the city became the second in the Empire to gain full electric lighting. Building on the success of health insurance the previous year, accident insurance legislation was passed. In 1885 the city installed underwater bells to aid navigation and reduce hazards crossing the strait. In 1889 old age and disability insurance acts were enacted within the city. In 1891 the first underground subway was built in the city. The city converted its hippodrome into a race track in the late 19th century, around 1894. The same year Kyrona representatives presented the All Purple Line to the College of cities. Construction began at the last quarter of the year. In 1895 the city started a variety act craze that ended in 1910. In 1896 a city councillor created an award for scientific research, mathematics, and literature. In 1898-1899 the casino’s theatre stage was remodelled to make it more suitable for opera and ballet performances.

In 1900 the city had 6.8 million people. In 1902 the education act 1902 was put out. That same year the city celebrated the completion of the All-Purple-Line, a telegraph cable linking the empire as far east as Kyrona to as far west as Vespera. In 1902–1903 the city constructed a few early blimps for use with artillery accuracy testing, and it built its first hydroelectric plant. Air conditioning came in 1902. In 1905 an aerodynamic institution modelled on the one founded the year before up north was founded in the city, and the city installed an early form of radar previously discovered outside the empire the year before in Altenland. The radar system detected ships nearby but not their distance. In 1906 to 1916 the Nickelodeon movie theatre gained popularity in Kyrona. In 1907 city investment helped update the radar system to help the city keep track of ship traffic moving through the strait. In 1908 new anti aircraft guns were added to the walls and an aeroclub was founded in the city. In 1910 the first of a series of movie palaces were built, advances in wastewater treatment had allowed impurities to be virtually eliminated entirely, and the city founded an air unit as a branch of the navy called the sky ships or fleet of the air. It mainly focused on reconnaissance. With this new sub-branch the cities first airport was founded. The air fleet sent pilots to train in Auvernia and established a pilots academy in the city. In 1911 a modern wastewater treatment plant was founded in the city, and radar was updated to detect aircraft. The radar was a bit inaccurate for planes at first as it could only detect low flying aircraft. As the war progressed it would improve.
In 1912 the Pailos family replaced the previous autocrat family as autocrat. In 1912 the city reached 7,500,000 people. In 1912 a short lived attempt at solar power was put out, only to be shut down a year later due to the Great War. During the Great War Kyrona provided reconnaissance planes, and further fortified as a military base for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The city entered a war time economy and supplied fuel for the reconnaissance planes from the refinery, guns for the soldiers, and vehicles for supply chain management. It’s army was split into sections. Half stayed in the province to defend against the sarmars, a quarter went to the west to defend its food supply lines, and a quarter was shipped out. This was split into two groups for two separate fronts. The air fleet, composed of 30 planes and 3 airships, was split into thirds with a third at home, and a third with each leaving army. The navy mostly stayed to defend the eastern empire and Kyrona. In 1912 research began on underwater echolocation. From 1912-1918, a wartime intelligence service was founded. In 1913 a prototype was completed for short range locating of underwater vessels. In 1914 the harbour was equipped with an early sonar system. In 1915 the air fleet was expanded, and submarine detection research continued. In 1916 a disastrous military engagement against the Sarmars resulted in a stalemate and the deaths of 20% of the engaged force, and the sonar system was upgraded. In 1917 a similar event would befall the army again on a separate front. Research on sonar continued in 1917 and in 1918 a better system was established. In 1918 the flue ravaged the city and its soldiers, killing 10% of those infected or 57k people. Kyrona introduced a military pension. In 1920 the subways of the city were upgraded, turning them into underground tunnels of palatial quality in memory of the fallen and a testament to the perseverance of the Kyrona soldiers. In 1920 !Coca-Cola came to Kyrona. In 1921 the Kyrona broadcasting company was founded, creating the first radio channel in Kyrona. Hockey came in 1925, and second hydroelectric plant started being built. In 1926 the !theodore case sound and picture machine created an interest from the city archives. The city ordered 4 devices and plenty of film. The archives began interviewing older vets and citizens about their lives. The autocrat gave a speech about the city and distributed copies around to neighbouring provinces for tourism. In 1927 a public pension was created. In 1928 legislation was enacted regulating horse race betting. The cities second hydroelectric plant was completed by 1929. In In 1930 the city was getting its first television sets, channels, and shows. There were three channels. In 1933 the Kyrona hosted the world fair. In 1934 legislation regulating greyhound and race car race betting was put through.

The courts follow civil law. Juries are used frequently. Judges are impartial mediators.

Military Overview: Kyrona boasts the 2nd largest regional navy fleet of the Empire after the capital region, as well as the 3rd largest army and 4th largest airforce.
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Munkcestrian RepubIic wrote:Why is your map literally Earth?


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