Empire of Kythira

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Empire of Kythira
Imperium Kythirum
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Flag
of Kythiran Empire
Motto: L'Union fait la force
Strenght through Unity
Anthem: Rule Kythira
Royal anthemViromaro Victoria
Capital Helmira
Largest Province Ardoragh
Recognised national languages Low Riverlandish
Recognised regional languages

Riverlandish

Redstonian
Ethnic groups
  • Heartlander
  • Riverlander
  • Camurian
  • Alcanzari
  • Arodraghi
  • Redstonian
Demonym Kythiran
Government Absolute Monarchy
• Emperor
Coetzeeclan Viromaro
• Crown-Prince
Whazajottom Von Roterstein
• Imperial Legate
Publius Decius Agricola
Legislature Emperor along with the Provincial Council
The Crown
Provincial Council
Establishment
• Proclamation of the Kingdom
Late First Era
Late First Era
• Member of the Redstone Alliance
Second Era
• The Great Grief
Second Era
Late Second Era
• Proclamation of the Empire
Third Era
Currency Kythiran Florynts (F)
Patron saint Saint Coetzeeclan
Emperor of Kythira
Imperial
Incumbent
Coetzeeclan Viromaro
since 4 AC
Details
Style his Majesty
Heir apparent High-Lord Whazajottom Von Roterstein, Knight of the Tower
Heir presumptive None
First monarch Coetzeeclan Viromaro
Formation 4 AC
Residence

Imperial Palace: Residence of the Emperor in Helmira

Villa Altojardin: Guesthouse in Helmira

Fort Summerhal: Summer palace in Alcanzar

Villa Riverside: Palace in the Riverlands

Villa Mar Soleado: Palace in Ardoragh

Sandstone Palace: Residence of the Crown-Prince in Helmira

The Kythiran Empire is a diverse empire that consists of the entire continent of Westeria.

The oldest and largest empire in world history, it has played a major role in the politics and affairs of Minecraftia, including the Unification of Westeria and the formation of the Imperius Reich.

The House Viromaro has ruled the Empire since its inception in the Third Era, as well as the Empire's predecessor, the Kingdom of Kythira, during the late First- and full Second Era. The heir apparent is Crown-Prince Whazajottom of House Von Roterstein, current High-Lord of Ardoragh.

The Empire is heavily divided, both culturally and politically. It consists of six provinces: three Crown-Provinces, led directly by the Crown, and three Golden-Provinces, semi-autonomous provinces ruled by a High-Lord, who is appointed by the Emperor. Outside of these provinces lay the Kythiran Farlands, which are still under the authority of the Crown and a part of the Empire, but are not considered part of the mainland.

The Empire is heavily influenced by social classes, with the aristocratic class holding all political and much economic power.

The Empire is ruled from the White-Gold Tower, in the capital city Helmira.

History

The Kythiran Empire is a continuation of the Kingdom of Kythira, the first sovereign nation of Minecraftia, founded at the end of the First Era.

Primary Cities

Helmira - Capital of the Empire of Kythira and the Heartlands

Redstonia - Capital of the Peninsula of Peril

Marsadini - Capital of Camuria

Solleria - Capital of The Reach

Oldspawn - Capital of the Riverlands

Alralysva - Capital of Ardoragh

Kreonix - Harbour city in Ardoragh, major city and largest naval port at the Vestlig Sea.

Yrticil - City in Ardoragh with a river connecting it to the Dødehavet Sea, aside from Redstonia one of the most fortified cities in Kythira.

Provinces

GOLDEN PROVINCES

Ardoragh

Alcanzar

Camuria

CROWN PROVINCES

Riverlands

Heartlands

Peninsula of Peril

Government

The Empire of Kythira is an absolute monarchy. In theory, all power and wealth is controlled and distributed by the Emperor, usually in cooperation with other royalty, such as the Crown-Prince. This is colloquially referred to as 'The Crown'.

The headquarters of the Imperial Government is the White-Gold Tower in Helmira, which houses the Diamond Throne and the Provincial Council.

The Provincial Council is an advisory organ of the Imperial Government, consisting of the High-Lords and representatives of Kythira's six provinces.

Even though the Emperor officially holds all power within the Empire, he delegates much of it through Kythira's feudal system. Whilst 'Crown Provinces' are led directly by the Emperor's decree, the 'Golden Provinces' are semi-autonomous, led by High-Lords whose only loyalty has to be to their Emperor, but whom are otherwise free to rule as they please, as long as they continually deliver a steady tax flow.

Foreign Policy

Although currently on a decline in global influence, the Kythiran Empire has been instrumental in several important events of world history, including the creation of the Imperius Reich during the Third Era with the Treaty of Blackwater.

Internal Instability

Although the Crown has been able to maintain the unity of the Empire, regional tensions do occur. These range from clashes between the White-Gold Tower and the province of Ardoragh to anti-monarchist propaganda being spread in the province of Camuria by suspected members of the Imperial Legion.

Military

The Kythiran Empire's military consists of several primary factions:

Golden Armies

Each Golden Province, semi-autonomous provinces under the leadership of a High-Lord, has to maintain an armed force, which can be called upon by the Emperor in times of crisis. The Empire is filled with fortresses, armed towers and castles, available to be quickly manned.

Kythiran Imperial Legion

The Imperial Legion has two primary purposes: Suppressing revolt and the protection of the royal family. Their headquarters is Bear Island in Camuria. However today it has fallen far behind in both technology, training and organization of even some Golden Armies, let alone the Imperius Reich.

Kythiran Navy

Originally the Kythirans only had a small fleet of refitted Helmsdeep ships. During the Fourth Era, however, discontent members of the House of Mace, a noble Imperius family, provided intelligence to the Kythirans that the Kaiser of Imperius had begun the construction of a massive fleet. To counter this, the Kythirans began the secret construction of a new fleet, with the centrepiece being the Mediori Fleet, which consists of 38 Modern large flagships, 24 Classic ships and 132 Mini-Submarines. This arms race eventually cooled down after the Dervich Incident.

Economy

The economy of the Kythiran Empire is dictated by the Kythiran Florynt and the Mercenary Bank, the international financial body of Minecraftia. The Empire used to have a flourishing trade with the Imperius Reich, but after several incidents, especially the Dervich Incident, this has dwindled to a neglectable number.

Crown Provinces:

The Crown Provinces are maintained through budgets set by the Crown, financed through the taxation of the Golden Provinces. The capital city of Helmira, located in the Crown Province of the Heartlands, holds a state-monopoly on trade with all foreign powers.

Golden Provinces:

The Golden Provinces used to have their own dedicated state-dictated industry, with the Province of Alcanzar hosting the Imperial Forestry Company and the Province of Camuria hosting the Imperial Mining Company. In truth, however, with the Province of Ardoragh being able to gain more and more power, these official state guidelines have been mostly abandoned.

Infrastructure

Minecraftia's first large-scale infrastructure project was completed under the leadership of King Mercenary Hurdræber of Helmsdeep. During the Unification of Westeria, the Emperor of the Kythiran Empire ordered that his lands must be traversable. To this end, the world's first metro system was constructed, as well as new canals and tens of kilometres of road- and train networks.

Official Languages

The Empire of Kythira has one official language, though it is two regional recognized languages.

Official Language:

Low-Riverlandish | Based on the English Language

Recognized Regional Languages:

Riverlandish | Based on the Dutch Language

Redstonian | A mixture of Germanic and Nordic languages

These three different languages are a legacy from the Second Era and the different nations and cultures across Westeria.

Imperial Family

Kythira is currently ruled by the House Viromaro, a noble house that is among the oldest houses in Westeria, like House Roterstein or the extinct House Hurdræber. Originating as Riverlanders, they were the ones to first create a unified state: The Kingdom of Kythira. Today, the only known member of the family is Coetzeeclan Viromaro, though Kaiser Borous of Imperius is a relative.

The Emperor has named Whazajottom Von Roterstein as his future successor, naming him Crown-Prince during an elaborate ceremony in the White-Gold Tower. With the House Von Roterstein having notoriously bad ties with the royal family of the Imperius Reich it is a mystery what a Von Roterstein ruled Empire would mean for Minecraftia as a whole.

Culture

The Kythiran Empire is predominantly a feudal rural society, spread over vast spaces, especially in the west. This with some exceptions, primarily the capital city of Helmira. The society is split into four primary social classes: Nobility, Wealthy, Peasants and Slaves.

Nobility:

Within the Empire only those of nobility are entitled to own land and participate in politics. The noble class is the smallest class within the Empire, with the only way to join their ranks being either being born into a noble family or being elevated by the Emperor or a High-Lord.

Wealthy:

The rich of Minecraftia are the only social class, together with the nobility, which is legally capable of owning land. Their wealth usually derived from trade. Due to this, and the importance of political friends in order to succeed within the Kythiran economy, most of the wealthy class resides in the imperial capital of Helmira, which is filled with over 300 luxurious houses in exquisite, safe neighborhoods.

Peasants:

The largest social class, these consists of the commoners of Kythira. They serve their local nobles, for instance in foresting, mining, farming or fighting for them. They have some legal rights, set in the Code Coetzee, but are usually not able to act on their rights. An excellent example of the Kythiran peasantry is the city of Marsadini, where mineworkers, employed by the Imperial Mining Company, reside in homes usually not larger than 4 by 4 meters.

Slaves:

Minecraftia's native inhabitants. Usually referred to as "villagers". Mostly eradicated through several genocides in order to free their villages for colonization by Kythirans, though some can still be found across the Empire, usually serving menial jobs. They have no legal rights nor protections.

Noble Houses

Kythira, being ruled by an aristocratic class, has several noble houses amongst her citizens, the most important of these being the following:

House Von Roterstein:

Though originally a royal house in the Second Era, House Von Roterstein today is the second most powerful noble house within the Empire of Kythira after the Imperial Family. After being knighted Knight of the Tower, Lord Whazajottom, the former King of Redstonia, was elevated to the position of High-Lord of Ardoragh. Later he was bestowed with the title of Crown Prince of Kythira, meaning he is to seize power once the Emperor ceases or steps down from his service. This makes Whazajottom's full title Crown Prince Whazajottom of Kythira, High-Lord of Ardoragh and Knight of the Tower. His brother, Duke Corspin Von Roterstein, rules the city of Kreonix in High-Lord Whazajottom's name. High-Lord Whazajottom himself resides in his palace in the city of Alralysva, but due to his powerful position, he also has a residence in the Empire's capital of Helmira, namely the Ardoragh Palace.

House Vinkhuys :

Riverlandish in origin, House Vinkhuys was the ruling house of the province of Alcanzar. The only surviving member of this noble house, High-Lord SillyJoey Vinkhuys ruled the well-defended but economically weak province from castle Verano in the city of Solleria, until his disappearance in the early Third Era. The Vinkhuys family was given their lordship by the Emperor as a reward for their services to the Riverlands, since they were the original founders of the Rebel Alliance during the Second Era.

House Agricola:

The House Agricola claim themselves to be related to Consul Republic, the founder of the short-lived Federation of Provinces in the Second Era. Today their last remaining member, though not being of true nobility, rules the Golden Province of Camuria in the absence of a High-Lord. This is Lord-Protector P. Decius Agricola. They were also a leading cause behind the re-militarization of the Kythiran Royal Guard, producing what we today know as the Imperial Legion.

House Wolf:

House Wolf is a young house, being elevated into nobility during the Fourth Era. They founded and were behind most of the construction of the City of Yrticil. The current head of the house, and ruler of the city in name of High-Lord Whazajottom is Duke WhiteWolfXD98.

House Hjerte:

Like House Wolf, House Hjerte is one of the youngest noble houses, being elevated into nobility during the Fourth Era. They are behind the construction of a massive palace, the largest the world has seen at that stage, in the middle of the Fjarthrond Forest. The current ruler of this house is Duchess Hartje.