The Empire Of Styvaria is a nation in central Adelaa'r, controlling the lands in the eastern mountain basin. Notable geographical features include the sprawling Eastern coastline, the riverside cliffs, and the temperate forest on its southern border. Officially formed on December 3rd 2023, it has grown to be one of the most active nations (as of writing). Styvaria's main cultural identity comes from the strong nationalism and independent sentiment of its peoples, promoting strong domestic development and minimal international interaction, with the resource market being an exception.
- Styvaria (Capital)
- Briarthorn Harbour
- Fort Taurus
- Cathalos (Vassal State)
The Empire of Styvaria operates as an Absolute Monarchy, with the sovereign maintaining absolute authority over official international relations, national law, and major developmental decisions, though he does occasionally appoint ministers and advisors to help him do so. The Empire also utilizes the feudal system, with it being split into Provinces, governed by a Lord, Duke, or similar title, who resides in the largest settlement in the region and handles day to day operations and development, with their power being granted to them by the King. The King also has the executive power to revoke these privileges and replace a provincial leader.
The nobles governing each province have a very important job. They advise the King in matters of state and can appoint lower-ranking nobles to advise them themselves. A good example of this is Lord Torlinn of Briarthorn granting Tiberius Jakivus III the title of Duke of the Deichtibier and appointing him to be his advisor in matters pertaining to regional governance.
- King Zeneth The Unifier
- Lord Torlinn of Briarthorn
- Stablemaster Koten The Nomad
- Architect Regenauld Thomas Rosehalle
- Botanist Claude Mathias Rosehalle
- General Mazz (Joannis Mellakos)
- Lady Gau'Rajni
- Duke Tiberius Jakivus III
The Empire's Royal Armed Forces are split into two three branches: The Styvarian National Guard, a land army stationed in Fort Taurus, the Styvarian Expeditionary Force, a group of Marines headquartered in the Oxentail Bastion, and the Styvarian Royal Navy, based in Briarthorn Harbour.
The National Guard works exclusively within the continent of Adelaa'r, providing border security, domestic policing, and acting as the main army body during any large multinational conflict on the continent. Soldiers are based at Fort Taurus though may freely own property and work in other positions throughout the empire, though are expected to maintain their combat skills through training at the Fort. They are commanded by General Mazz, who is also the governor of Fort Taurus. During times of great crisis, they may be commanded to act as police.
The Styvarian Expeditionary Force works primarily outside of Adelaa'r, providing peacekeeping services, defending protectorate states, and participating in small coastal and naval skirmishes, raids, etc. Based out of Briarthorn Harbour and the Oxentail Bastion, these marines are led primarily by King Zeneth himself. Soldiers participating in this force must keep up combat skills as well as knowledge of sailing and the siege weapons arming the ships.
Led by Admiral CZ10_XP, the Royal Navy provides transport for the other branches of the armed forces, escorts important officials, nobles, and dignitaries on long journeys, and enforces the Empire's maritime claims. They are based out of Briarthorn Harbour and currently have a total of 15 ships, although it does not have enough personnel to crew them, so marines from the Expeditionary Force normally take the place of sailors.
A New Empire Emerges (12/11/2023)
The forests of Central Adelaar have grown restless. The mountain basin had been near the heart of activity in the continent long ago, but after the fall of the Drakedom of Drachenland, it has laid dormant and unclaimed. Now, a new force rises to claim the region, though instead of it being a distant Kingdom looking to grow their borders, the people of the hills themselves have decided to make their own story, in their own land. Styvaria’s roots run deep, and now the flower will blossom.
Rosehalle's Meet Zeneth (Unknown Date, prior to founding of Styvaria)
On the two siblings' travels they stumbled upon a fire with a single man huddling around it. Scarcely dressed, hardly recognizably human, completely unshaven, the man startled upwards. Unable to process that there were two men in front of him, he fell backwards and into unconsciousness. Upon coming to in the morning, the man found himself draped in a red cloak but still completely unshaven. Rolling out of the makeshift sleeping bag the man found his familiar fire with two masked men. Initially frightened by the thought two men ransacking his few goods, he found the two men sitting amongst the fire debating breakfast. The man chimed in with his own opinions and left one of men silent. The other one spoke up and told the man of their issues. The man found the brother’s plight interesting and wondered what abilities they possess. The brothers told the man about their ability to build, their fundamental schooling, and their interest in the botanical sciences. The man found these men to his benefit and floated an idea of a town by the steep riverbanks of Adelaar north of Cathalos. The Brothers Rosehalle found such a proposition appealing.
Arriving to the steep banks of the planned town, the group of three found issue: the land suitable for a township sat across a river canyon. The men decided to split the issue between them. The younger brother began to construct a bridge, the elder brother to gather the wood and food needed to construct a bridge, and the fledgling King to find laborers for the bridge. Satisfied by the bridge and the food offered by the Brothers the King shared an idea, split the land by river, the north side for the Brothers project and the south side for the town.