|Empire of Kythira|
Motto: L'Union fait la force
Strenght through Unity
Anthem: Rule Kythira
Royal anthem: Viromaro Victoria
|Recognised national languages||Low Riverlandish|
|Recognised regional languages||
|Religion||The Holy Cee|
|Whazajottom Von Roterstein|
• Grand Marshal
|Publius Decius Agricola|
|Duchess of Solleria|
|The White Gold Tower|
|Council of Provinces|
• Proclamation of the Kingdom
|Late First Era|
|Late First Era|
• Member of the Redstone Alliance
• The Great Grief
• Proclamation of the Empire
|Currency||Kythiran Florynts (F)|
|Patron saint||Saint Coetzeeclan|
|Emperor of Kythira|
since 4 AC
|Heir apparent||High-Lord Whazajottom Von Roterstein, Knight of the Tower|
|First monarch||Coetzeeclan Viromaro|
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 ArdoraghSandstone Palace: Residence of the Crown-Prince in Helmira
The Kythiran Empire is an empire, and one of two superpowers of Minecraftia. The largest empire in history, it stretches over four continents, Terrantiq, Ardoragh, Merceno and Westeria. It lays claim to several seas, namely the Narrow Sea, the Vestlig Sea, the Mediori Sea, the Southern Sea, the Dødehavet Sea, the Øyer Sea, Lake Redondo and the Northern Sea. The rise of the Kythiran Empire began during the Third Era, after the Minecraftian Dark Ages. It played a major role in global events, including the formation of the Imperius Reich and its actions during the Dervich Incident were the catalyst for that nation's revolution.
The House Viromaro has ruled the Kythiran Empire, and its predecessor, the Kingdom of Kythira, since its inception. The heir apparant is Crown-Prince Whazajottom of House Von Roterstein, the current High-Lord of Ardoragh.
The Empire has the largest population in Minecraftia according to the Fifth Era International Census. It has a great diversity in terms of economies, ethnicities and languages.
The Empire has a powerful military, originating from its violent founding during the early Third Era. After a rebellion in the former Province of Camuria, this military was modernised into the Imperial Kythiran Legion. Its fleet is the largest in the world, which has allowed the Empire to project its power across Minecraftia.
Wealth in the Empire is heavily concentrated into the nobility, with House Viromaro itself being the richest family in Minecraftian history, holding 20% of all of Florynts, the international currencyThe Empire relies much on international trade, which is concentrated in the capital city of Helmira. The government has control over several state monopolies, including the Imperial Mining Company, the Helmiran Trade Company and the Imperial Forestry Company. Much of the Empire's wealth is generated through the employment of slave labour, with Kythira holding the controversial title of the world's largest slaver nation.
The Kythiran Empire is a hybrid of a highly centralised autocratic monarchy, and a greatly decentralized set of feudal provinces led by High-Lords, who rule their Golden Provinces with great autonomy.
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.
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.
GOLDEN PROVINCES "The Big Three"
CROWN PROVINCES "The Ancient Three"
Although officially an absolute monarchy, the Kythiran Empire functions more as a federation of semi-independent feudal states. The government is headquartered in the Empire's capital city of Helmira, within the White-Gold Tower.
The Kythiran state is ruled by H.I.H. the Emperor, who, together with the Crown-Prince, the Grand Marshal and the Prime Minister forms the Crown. They carry out and enforce laws, but the Emperor also holds some legislative power in the form of being able to enact laws without having them go through the Kythiran Senate.
The Kythiran Senate is the legislative branch of the Kythiran government, and consists of the Grand Assembly, the Council of Provinces and the Kythiran War Council. It can enact legislation, confirm or rejects laws suggested by the Crown, and has the authority to declare war.
The Kythiran state is divided into six provinces, which under the Provincial Autonomy Policy are classified as either Crown Provinces or Golden Provinces. The former, as the name suggests, are ruled directly by the Crown, whilst the latter are semi-autonomous provinces under the leadership of a High-Lord, who - although accountable to the Kythiran Government in general and the Emperor in particular, is otherwise free to rule as they please, as long as they continually deliver a steady tax flow into Helmira's coffers.
Although the Kythiran Empire was instrumental in the foundation of the Imperius Reich, it has had numerous clashes with the Reich after it began to expand. Officially Kythira has always tried to uphold a policy of neutrality, and it hosted the first international peace council through the Embassy of Nations during the Second Era as the Kingdom of Kythira, and the formation of the Forum of Minecraftia during the Third Era.
Intially, when Imperius only consisted of the small island of Dorwall, trade was seen as a way to keep the tiny island nation in good standing with the empire. With the great eastern expansion and eventual formation of the Imperius Reich however, this relationship became more about maintaining Kythiran dominance on the international stage. When the Imperius kaiser decided that he wanted a fleet to dominate the seas, a step in the direction of making Imperius the greater superpower, a member of House Mace, the second most powerful noble Imperius family, betrayed the Reich, informing the Kythiran government about the new secret navy Imperius was constructing.
In response to this the Kythirans constructed the Mediori Fleet, and international relations became strained as an arms race began between the two empires. Although early treaties dating back to the foundation of the state of Imperius prevented each power to directly declare war on the other, several conflicts still occurred that only served to escalate tensions between the empires. Although small progress was made, including the formation of the Aqumis Free State, incidents such as the Dervich Incident and the Victormare Incident created major political rifts.
Today the Kythiran government has put a trade- and travel embargo on the Imperius Reich, though the ambassadors of both countries are still on their posts. The White-Gold Tower has made several appeals for negotiations between the empires, including holding a grand ball at the Kythiran royal summerhouse Fort Summerhal with the Imperius kaiser as the guest of honour, but none of these have been fruitful.
The Kythiran Empire, specifically the Emperor, has been a proponent of a Minecraftian Union, where Kythira and Imperius would unite into one stronger peaceful entity. However, with the current tensions between the two empires most work on the cause of global unification has been postponed indefinitely.
After years of unrest and skirmishes between the two global superpowers, we now live in a period of remarkable peace and cooperation. Trade flourishes between the empires, and war is becoming a distant memory.
The White-Gold Tower has to this date been able to maintain the unity of the empire, primarily through diplomacy and use of the Imperial Kythiran Legion. Disagreements between the Emperor and Crown-Prince still sometimes occur over provincial borders, though this has lessened over the years. Anti-monarchist propaganda has been discovered in the Province of Camuria, suspected to be part of an outlawed organization called the “Neo Federation Workers Movement”, who wish to unite the Kythiran peasantry in order to overthrow the monarchy and establish a democratic republic in the empire’s state.
The Empire's capital city, Helmira, used to be a international center of scientific development. This included research into the development of superweapons during the early Third Era, such as the legendary Imperial Shovel. The first powered manned flight in Minecraftia was also achieved by Kythiran scientists. However, in the Fourth Era Kythira has invested much less in scientific research and development, resulting in the city of Alralysva becoming the scientific capital of the Empire, funded entirely by Crown Prince Whazajottom Von Roterstein.
The Kythiran Empire's military consists of several primary factions:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minecraftia's first large-scale infrastructure project was completed under the leadership of King Mercenary Hurdræber of Helmsdeep, and was a train connection between the Helmsdeep capital and Marsadini. 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.
The Empire of Kythira has one official language, though it is two regional recognized languages.
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.
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.
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.
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. More about the Kythiran Nobility can be read here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.