The Golden Empire
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The Golden Empire is a union of nine, small city-states, which have mainly based their power on economical and mercantile prowess. Farming exists of course, but the merchants of the city-states are the reason for the Empire's fame and relative power.

The city-states known also as poleis warred with each other for many decades before the days of the White Realm. 30 years or so before the founding of the White Realm, the poleis managed to form a universal peace treaty and the Golden Empire was created.

The poleis continued to compete with each other - within the federation. This time not for territory, but for gold. Many golden mines errupted throughout the uneven landscape and the poleis began to compete on economical basis. This boosted the fragile Empire's power significantly and the Golden Empire quickly became one of the big players in the WestKnown World, along with Ahm-Shere and the White Realm.

The Empire's foreign relations have largely been peaceful. The Orians (name for the inhabitants of the Empire) have attempted to exploit their neighbours economically rather than militarily. Strong trading outposts with the golden banner of the Empire emerged all over the West. They usually settled in allied or neutral terriotry and although such "trade colonies" resulted in clashes with the regional authorities on several points, the Empire was strengthened by their close economical ties with the Realm and the Desert Sands.

The Empire's many poleis now created internal alliances and after a short war within the Golden Empire, one of the oldest polis (and the ancient capital of the Empire) Adamopolis managed to crush many of the competing city-states and gained control over the entire Empire.

The Adamians managed to defeat their fellow Orians so easily because of careful diplomatic actions and swift military operations. Much of the credit for their success must be given to their military leader Adam the Third and his elite mercanry units.

The Adamian Empire was held together rather loosely because of the unhappy conquered city-states. The White Realm and Ahm-Shere felt uncomfortable about this new kingdom gathering a single force and so special agents from both realms initiated many internal battles within the Adamian Empire and helped the conquered city-states reinstall the old Empire.

This civil war was not as bloody as it could have been, as Adamopolis surrendered early in the conflict, when the Realm and Ahm-Shere turned down Adamia's pleas for help.

The Golden Empire was now once again a collection of city-states rather than a single superpower. This time, there were fewer poleis however. Only nine city-states now make up the Golden Empire, each with a much larger territory than in the early days of the Empire. This happened due to some poleis joining forces in order to be stronger economically.

The most recent large internal armed conflict is the 3rd Xeno-Adamian war, which started very abrubtly and lasted for almost a year. The Adamian/Thirinian alliance (with rumoured White Realm support) managed to defeat their enemies from Xenia and Sertomortala. The internal bonds between Xenia and Adamia have never truly healed. The two poleis have been archenemies throughout most of Oria's history.

  • Adamia (Adamopolis) [Capital of the Empire]
  • Xenia (Xenopolis)
  • Tuhista (Tuhisto)
  • Flambia (Flamburg)
  • Tristapolis (Tristapolis)
  • Sertomortala (Metas)
  • Thrina (Thirin)
  • Popotoroth (Popot)
  • Hartigupolis (Hartigua)

Each city-state has its own history and culture. There is a common language throughout the Empire, but each polis has its own dialect and a few unique languages exist as well.

With all the competition going on, it may be hard to see what the function of the "Empire" is. The governing body in the Capitol consist of two politicans from each polis with supreme command over the armed forces rotating between the different parties. Law and federal military are adminstered solely by the federal leaders, being some of the few areas where the poleis have no autonomy. Otherwise the Polis Leaders decide within their own territory.

The city-states have their own armed forces, but restrictions exist, thus making sure that internal tensions do not escalate to internal wars. The individual economies and military forces of each city-state strengthen the individual poleis, but this also explains why the Golden Empire is not as strong internationally as it could be - the "Empire" is a leage of nine nations - not a true empire by common definition.

The ties between the poleis vary in strength, but the Emprie is generally well-knit-together. The large amount of autonomy in each city-state contributes to an active and effective economy, while limiting the external power on a military basis. The Empire has a tiny, symbolic standing army with an almost exclusively mercenary force.

The poleis of the Empire have had many wars with the neighbouring tribes in the past and the Glacic and Rodski Tribes remain the Empire's most serious external enemies. The Emprie has made only few, unsuccessful joint efforts against the tribes, the city-states preferring to let the bordering states take care of the barbarians on their own.

Another external threat is the small Independant State of Entia, which decided not to join the Golden Empire, refusing to be in a federation with Tristapolis. Entia is too small to be a real threat, however, although the Empire has not attempted to annex the state by force. This is mostly due to Adamia's, Tuhista's and Hartigua's wish to have Tristapolis occupied so that the state does not ignite internal conflicts.

INTERESTING FACTS:

Adjective for something related to the Golden Empire: Orian (e.g. The Orian army, the Orian Border, the Orian merchant)

Alternative name for the Golden Empire: The Orian Empire

The states of the Golden Empire have almost always adopted a "my enemy's enemy is my friend" policy. Thus the alliance/enemies system can be described as a "checkered map". Two neighbouring states are usually enemies. The current general relations between the states (many of these relations date a long time ago and opposing states have fought countless wars):

Adamia's enemies: Xenia, Tristapolis.
Adamia's allies: Tuhista, Popotoroth

Tristapolis' enemies: Adamia, Tuhista, Hartigua
Tristapolis' allies: Thirin

Tuhista's enemies: Hartigua, Thirin
Tuhista's allies: Adamia, Popotoroth

Haritgua's enemies: Tristapolis, Tuhista
Hartigua's allies: Flambia

Thirina's enemies: Tuhista
Thirina's allies: Tristapolis

Flambia's enemies: Popotoroth, Sertomortala
Flambia's allies: Hartigua

Popotoroth's enemies: Flambia
Popotoroth's allies: Adamia, Sertomortala

Sertomortala's enemies: Flambia
Sertomortala's allies: Xenia, Popotoroth

Xenia's enemies: Adamia
Xenia's allies: Sertomortala

Of course these change a lot, but the general idea is like this.

Major wars in the history of the Orian City-States:

  • 1st Northern War (between Adamia and now-conquered city states)
  • The Mountain War (between Sertas and Mortala - the two later merged into Sertomortala)
  • 1st Delta Conflict (between Tuhista and Thirina)
  • 1st Aurian War (between Adamia/Popotoroth/Tuhista and Xenia/Tristapolis/Flambia)
  • 2nd Delta Conflict (between Flambia and Thirina/Tuhista)
  • 1st Xeno-Adamian war (between Xenia/Mortala and Adamia)
  • 2nd Northern War (between Adamia and Tristapolis)
  • 2nd Aurian War (between Adamia/Sertomortala and Xenia/Tristapolis)
  • 3rd Northern War (between Adamia/Entia and Tristapolis/Doria [now part of Adamia])
  • 2nd Xeno-Adamian war (between Xenia and Adamia/Popotoroth)
  • 3rd Xeno-Adamian war (between Xenia/Sertomortala and Adamia/Thirina)
  • The Southern War (betweeen Flambia and Tuhista)

(P.S. Only capitals, major rivers and major mountain chains are drawn. Many more cities, mountains, rivers exist)

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