Magnia

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Kingdom of Magnia
Regnum Magnia
Former Bladerunner kingdom
1268–1333


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Maximum estimated extent of the Magnian Sweep
Capital Hiemp's Landing
Languages Magnian, Burgundian, Cronzcovinic
Religion Levantine Catholic Church‎‎, Cronan Orthodox, Mortropivatis
Demonym Magnian
Government Monarchy
King
 •  1268 - 1286 Taurin Augustus
 •  1315 - 1364 Franciscu Apian
 •  1575 - 1589 Jarl I
 •  1669 - 1670 Riener III
Historical era Era of Empires
 •  Victory at the Battle of Costa Ciugas 1268
 •  The Magnicronz Empire is founded 1333
Currency Thaler
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Lacronitine Empire
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The Kingdom of Magnia was an ethnic Mardellen state ruled by a small class of Bergendii nobles and kings.

History

Establishment

In the early 960s, it was estimated that ethnic Bergendii pirates and privateers arrived in the environs of modern-day Euroborough. They made their living by pillaging and plundering the coastal communities, as well as proto-Coscivian and Pauldustllahstani mercantile traffic along the coast. As they amassed wealth they needed places to store their plunder and in 1015 settled a small enclave in what is today known as Hiemp's Landing. The natural harbor provided them protection and was surrounded by distant mountains that made an overland attack less feasible. It is estimated that Hiemp's Landing was a wintering harbor for the Bladerunners that was abandoned in the summer months and then rebuilt each autumn until it was more permanently settled in the 1080s as it became a trading post for natives and more enterprise-minded Bergendii residents. By the end of the first wave of bladerunners, in the 1140s, most of the Bergendii had returned to Levantia to join the Kistani navy, but about 100 remained in the newly incorporated city. Over the next 100 years the Bergendii intermingled with the locals and bred themselves out of existence but their offspring lived a very Levantine lifestyle. They practiced Levantine Catholicism, they utilized Latinic architecture, they spoke a form of Latinum vulgare, built roads, minted coins, and formed a small representative government to arbitrate issues of governance. In time they were subsumed peaceably into the expanding Lacronitine empire providing valuable military service against other less civilized natives. In 1268, another group of Bergendii Bladerunners arrived on the Cronzcovinic shore. They were much more violent than their forebearers and sought to settle lands only using piracy as a means to an end. They came into direct conflict with the Lacronitines at the port of Costa Ciugas. Both civilizations sought to exploit the lush undeveloped lands of modern-day Mardelle Sudeste. The Bladerunners captured the port and established their kingdom that existed alongside the Lacronitine Empire. Their territory extended across much of modern-day Baraclavas, Mardelle Sudeste, Negavitabe, and parts of Cositacht, Pauldustllah. But this was only the beginning of something much bigger to come.

Magnian Sweep

The Magnian's quickly spread across Cronzcovina bringing their culture and way of life with them. They colonized the land much more easily than the Lacronitine ever could, spreading through the deep gorges of Suderavia, the viscous marshes of Pohrank, and the endless plains of Magnavina, until reaching the Gabbenian land bridge, where the Lacronitine Empire met its end. Years had passed since the First Gabbenian War, the Mortropivs had since repopulated the area and were ready to fight for it once again, but the Magnians were skilled in combat and ready to continue their grand quest of seizing Cronzcovina. All the Mortropivs in Magnavina had been captured and enslaved by the Magnians, leaving the Mortropivs of Gabben on their own in conflict against the skillful Magnians. When the Magnians first attacked on the Gabbenian Land Bridge their forces were smaller than the Mortropivs expected, the Mortropivs were able to take on the incoming forces with a reasonable amount of ease, but no progress was made by either side. The Magnians quickly fortified near the eastern edge of modern Bogshire while the Mortropivs followed suit, fortifying near the western edge of modern Bogshire. It was quickly becoming like the First War of Gabben, in which both sides would make no land gain for months without end, and so it did for two years, but that was for a very sinister reason. Many Magnians returned to Burgundie to the western petty bladerunner states in 1295 in hope of getting recruits to fight for, what they called, "Cronan Burgundie", despite the fact that the land was not controlled by Burgundie. Many were convinced to join the army with the first troops arriving in 1296, which in turn gradually made the Magnian Army grow larger and larger until the Mortropivs couldn't keep up. This marked the end of the historical Magnian Sweep in 1296, as the Magnian Army finally was able to sweep Cronzcovina. The war was just beginning, but the Magnians had victory in their sights.

Second Gabbenian War

The Second Gabbenian War is distinct from the First Gabbenian War as it was fought between three belligerent nations, Magnia, Mortropiv Occupied Gabben, and the Lacronitine Empire. The Second Gabbenian War also had many fronts, although the main fronts being North Gabben Wall (Mortropiv Occupied Gabben versus the Lacronitine Empire), the Gabbenian Land Bridge (Mortropiv Occupied Gabben versus Magnia), and the Mardelline Gorge conquest (Magnia versus the Lacronitine Empire).

Kingdom of Magnia-Gabben

Following its victory in the Second Gabbenian War, the CroMagnians found themselves in possession of most of northeastern Crona. Having never ruled a massive land tellurocracy, the CroMagnians established a system of lesser nobles and magistrates who ruled in absentia. Following the Latinic system of exchanging local freedoms, governance, and citizenship in exchange for military service they established a nominally successful empire. They become incredibly rich bringing the goods of the Cronan interior to the markets in Levantia and Ixnay. The CroMagnians settled their differences with their rivals and neighbors alike through diplomacy. They avoided war whenever possible and sought instead to conduct business through marriages of state. This policy led to an increase in the size of Bergendii noble families and a premium being placed on daughters over sons. It is estimated during the heydey of Magnia-Gabben that the average aristocratic family had 12 children, up from 6 at any other given time in the kingdom's history. During the reign of Ceciliu II this practice reached a fever pitch and there were several cases of the king's favorite courtiers getting a royal dispensation to practice polygamy "on behalf of the state". This was eventually reversed when Ceciliu III was excommunicated for continuing his father's policy, even marrying 4 women to himself.

It is estimated that the natives of northeastern Crona, excepting for slaves, lived relatively peaceably under the Bergendii kings of Magnia-Gabben. The royal family established cities, roads, public baths, churches, and arenas across their realm, all owned by Bergendii nobles, but open and available to all.

However, in the final decades of the dual monarchy with Gabben a series of famines and natural disasters led to massive slave revolts. Seizing the opportunity, border conflicts with the Lacronitine, Mortropivs, and Pauldustllahstani started a cascading decline in the size of the kingdom.

Gabben Crusade

Following his uncle's excommunication for polygamy Mardin I was crowned by the pope himself in exchange for the papal support of his claim to the throne over his elder brother who was physically deformed but mentally capable. In exchange, he agreed to conduct a crusade against the pagan and polytheistic West Gabbenians who had hitherto been allowed to practice their religions unimpeded.

Kingdom of Burgundie-Magnia

See also