History

Taurria has a 900 year history, roughly broken down into four main ages.

0-200 The Age of the Tribal Leagues
200-400 The Age of the Kings
400-600 The Age of the Republic
600-900 (now) The Age of the Empire

0-200 The Age of the Tribal Leagues

In the beginning, Taurria was just one of many human tribal nations in the region that made peace and war on each other from centuries before. When the human tribes came under threat from a common enemy, the hobgoblin army of Hugalplet, they banded together and drove away the invaders. Taurria gained much power and influence during this conflict. It was lead by a council of elders, who were the most influential in the tribe.

200-400 The Age of the Kings

Taurria continued to grow in strength and size through strategic alliances and conquest of neighbouring tribes, but as it grew, struggle for power between the elders became so intense that the fledgling nation was close to imploding. To stop it from collapse, legend has it that an avatar of Erathis, flanked by those of Ioun and Kord, appeared in front of the elders and suggested that they choose a king to rule them all, fairly and justly, to end the internal squabbling and to lead Taurria for further glory and prosperity.

Erathis further suggested that the elders choose one of their first born sons be king. Kord said that the king needed to be strong, so he suggested that the sons compete with each other in a contest of arms, strength and endurance. Ioun said that the king also needed to be wise, so he suggested that the sons compete with each other in a contest of knowledge, will and reason. The elders agreed, and their first born sons competed. The contest was won by Rimeyus of Lorhane, who became the First King of Taurria, who ruled fairly and justly for 25 years and contributed much to the new kingdom’s growth.

Lead by the kings, Taurria grew strong and prosperous. The elders remained to give advice. Seven kings followed after Rimeyus’ death. Each time the king was chosen among the firstborn sons of the elders, but each time the method of selection as suggested by the gods Erathis, Ioun and Kord, changed, to suit the elders of the time, and slowly the quality of the kings declined. The last king, King Goyus II, was such a terrible tyrant, hated by nobles and commoners alike, that the people expelled him from the kingdom with the help of the Heroes of Baranook. In place of the king, the people re-established the democratic council of elders, called the Court of Consuls; thus the Republic of Taurria was born.

400-600 The Age of the Republic

Working with the clerics of Erathis, the consuls established a new set of republican constitution on how Taurria and its territories were to be ruled. More importantly, the republic was seen as being ruled by and for the people, and the citizens of Taurria were proud to have their say in how their nation was to be governed (in truth, only the wealthy consul aristocrats were allowed to have any say, but at least Taurria no longer had to suffer the crazed whims of a single despotic ruler). In times of peace, the consuls would vote on key policies, whilst in times of war, one of the consuls was voted by his peers to make important decisions, particularly on military ones. This position was called High Consul.

Under the republic Taurria grew stronger yet again, but soon Taurria faced enemies all around its borders, and was constantly at war, sometimes on several fronts at a time. The position of high consul was called more and more frequently, and the position held longer each time. By the end of the 500s, one High Consul held the position for over two decades.

His name was Unodere Arandus, dubbed Unodere the Great, a man of humble beginnings but of exceptional ability and ambition. After defeating the Hettians, the old arch rivals of Taurria, at the Battle of Scorpion Plains in 589, Unodere was proclaimed Supreme Defender of Taurria. There was even talks of his permanent placement as High Consul by popular demand, however this never came to be, as he was soon expelled from the republic by his rival consuls who plotted against him for high treason. Unodere died in exile disgraced, but was soon avenged by his son Thanore Arandus, who became the First Emperor of Taurria.

600-900 (now) The Age of the Empire

Thanore was the youngest of Unodere’s seven sons, and the only surviving son at the time of Unodere’s death. Thanore learned warfare and politics from his father and showed high potential at young age. When Unodere died in exile, he vowed revenge on those who plotted against his father, and a triumphant return of the Arandus family. Gathering those legions which were loyal to Unodere, and the aid of the Balazhar Clan of the dragonborn, Thanore marched towards Taurria and defeated the defending consular legions at the Battle of Attenbar. He returned triumphant to the jubilation of many of the citizens, and was immediately proclaimed High Consul.

During his rule Thanore carried out many reforms, mainly to curve the power of the consuls and the Court of Consuls. By then the number of consuls had increased to over a thousand, many of whom found their way up through wealth and political maneuvering (including violent maneuvers). Thanore moved to reduce the number of consuls by a half; with the legions’ strong support for Thanore, the consuls had no choice but to give up their privilege. Meanwhile Thanore gained even further power as he led Taurria to victory after victory against its enemies, and finally, in 607, he was proclaimed Emperor of Taurria; he now commanded total control of civil and military matters of Taurria, which was simultaneously renamed the Great Empire of Taurria.

After Thanore’s passing, the Imperial Seat was passed on to Thanore’s son, Jansian I, and so the Arandus dynasty continued for several generations. The Court of Consuls continued to decline, as the Imperial Court, the direct advisers and relatives to the Emperor, curbed their power. As the years wore on, the Imperial Seat and the Imperial Court changed dynasties several times, either by force or by vote of the most influential powers of both courts. Taurria became very powerful, and no external power dare attack its borders on pain of total destruction by the all conquering Taurrian Imperial Legions.

History

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