|Principality of Kyriska
Kyriska is first and foremost a Principality. Based upon the old Kyriskan Princedom, modern Kyriska is the direct successor to that of the old, being kept alive in Fort Khirom by the Prince Waylin Vartilian, of the Kyriskan Remnant. Kyriska used to be an absolute monarchy, but since then, an informal constitution has been adopted, in the days of the Remnant. It is spearheaded by the Prince Vartilian in modern days, with his Duke Babba and Duchess Rawiya behind him, they can carry the realm into a new day, a new golden age.
In the earliest days, Kyriska's economy was based on subsistence farming, but as Khirom and Brewstone arose, the economy changed, depending more upon commerce and production in Vadimiskyi, depending upon the sale of rare and/or custom brews in Brewstone, depending on the existing farming economy in Fort Khirom, but now expanded to be a major national breadbasket. Later, under the Kyriskan Remnant, under both the Free Cities and under Blackthorn, the Khiromin economy was based upon commerce and farming now, and the economy, thanks to the Prince Vartilian, was diversified, and Khirom grew rich, and surpassed even Brewstone at its height. Under the New Kyriska, the economy is still being built, and is dependent, for now, upon grants from the national bank, but is quickly developing as old lands are resettled.
Kyriskan culture is an old one, based upon the earliest native cultures of central and northern Kuthara, Kyriskan culture began formally in the city state of Vadimiskyi, later the first Kyriskan Capital, and was in its earliest phases, and it is now referred to as Old Kyriskan Culture, or Vadimiskyin culture. This culture is near its rebirth as Vadimiskyi is being resettled. In the early days of Fort Khirom, Khirom had the same Old Kyriskan Culture, but where Vadimiskyi's culture ended as it fell, in Khirom it developed and was built upon, now called Khiromin Culture, it is a direct evolution of Old Kyriskan culture. Now, Brewstonian culture was completely different, both old and new, it was based upon the native cultures of southern Kuthara, the people of the White Mountains, and was separate from Kyriskan Culture entirely. After Vadimiskyi fell, the Faewood settled on the peninsula southward of the old city, in the mighty Great Trees of what would later become the new Kyriska's Second City. Led by Babba, this people founded their home in the waning days of the First Kyriska, and would later accompany Khirom in joining the Free Cities and later the Commonwealth of Blackthorn, and now the Second Kyriska, and has become a fully fledged Kyriskan Territory under the rule of the Duke Babba, third in line for the Kyriskan Throne. The Faewood culture is entirely foreign to the continent of Kuthara, but now, is a pillar of the culture in and around Lake Kyriska and its neighbouring settlements.
Kyriskan history is based in six distinct eras, listed as follows: The Rise of Kyriska, the Golden Age, the Waning Age, the Remnant Age, the Blackthornian Oppression, and the Era of the Rise of the Second Kyriska.
The Rise of Kyriska is the oldest recorded history of our great nation. The First Kyriskans settled on the land now known as Vadimiskyi, and built mighty walls and homes, and elected a Prince, the first of the Kyriskan line, Prince Heinrich I of Vadimiskyi. Prince Heinrich would adopt Goose, his friend and trusted ally, as his son and heir. In these days, they built farms across the nearby river to the northwest, still untamed and the frontier. In this area, they one day went hunting, and found a peculiar sight: A man falling from the sky, into the trees, and onto the forest floor. His name was Waylin Vartilian, now devoid of a home or purpose. They had him nursed back to health, and gave him a choice: He could go and likely found a town that was likely to fall, or he could join them, and help them build a mighty nation together. He accepted, and was tasked with setting up a fort on the western boundary of the Vadimiskyin farms, and this would be named Fort Khirom, after the native name for the Great Tree there. They would then form the Kyriskan Principality and announce their presence to the world at large. Mostly, we were ignored, because we were on the periphery, the frontier, we were a backwater nation. How little did we know what would change.
The Golden Age began with the annexation of Brewstone, and it was the crowning achievement of the First Kyriskan Princedom, we had a major centre of Commerce now, and Brewstone grew rich from Miner's Tea, a custom brew that was rumoured to grant strength and night vision. Brewstone grew rich, and Kyriska did too, Khirom would surpass Vadimiskyi even in this era. In this era, the Battle of Lake Khirom happened, between the future High Lich Morgrim, and the Count Vartilian, whose boat the Lich would claim as his own, trying to sell it back to the Count at a highly inflated price. In a spirit of rage, Vartilian would hire mercenaries to fight him, but they failed, but they did not fail in driving Morgrim from the land. The boat was given to the mercenaries as payment. A war was planned against the Lich and his armies of the undead, but never was executed. The Golden Age, whilst short, was the highest Kyriska has ever reached, until now.
The Waning Age began with the settlement of the Faewoods, but in those days it was just a few shacks amongst the Great Trees of the peninsula southward of Vadimiskyi. We welcomed these people, and gave them the land as their own. A few weeks later, the people of Vadimiskyi would mysteriously abandon their land, and the Prince Heinrich would abdicate the throne, leaving no heir for awhile. Khirom and Brewstone would remain Kyriskan for awhile, but Brewstone would secede a few days later, leaving Khirom to carry the burden alone, as the last bastion of Kyriska, and Heinrich, before he left into exile, would name Vartilian as his heir.
The Remnant Age would prove to be difficult at best, but in Khirom, the Prince Vartilian would have great plans. The first major event of this age was the Remnant joining the Free Cities, but this would prove to be tyranny at best. Then came the Ceyretan-Zydel War, and the people of Ceyreto, fresh from their defeat, would settle on unclaimed land, taking it for their own, and would settle Zethortal. The Free Cities had collapsed by then, and Prince Vartilian saw these new arrivals as a threat, they may have been refugees, but they were angry, and they had weapons. He was intimidated to join their pet project, the Blackthornian Commonwealth, and became a Councilor of Blackthorn.
Then came the Blackthornian Oppression. Blackthorn's self-appointed leader, Emilia Rivers, would claim leadership of the entire commonwealth, denying Khirom autonomy to have self-governance, or even to call itself Kyriska. Emilia's reign would prove unstable, and she was far too authoritarian for some of her people. She denied the rights of the Prince, declaring him the leader of the Kyriskan Culture, nothing more, no political power, not even ceremonial power. The word Kyriskan, she would make synonymous with "Dead." Her reign would be challenged twice, once unsuccessful once successful. The First Kyriskan rebellion would be against the tyranny of Emilia Rivers, and her constant gutting of authority positions, other than her own. Under the spirit of rage, Waylin Vartilian would move to defend his territory, causing the Blackthornian diplomat to flee, he was then swiftly wounded himself, as Blackthorn gave him no quarter and no mercy. Fort Khirom would rejoin the Commonwealth, and the Prince would have almost no authority, left out of decision after decision, and Khirom would be restricted and restricted. A plot was brewing, and it would soon come to fruition. A full rebellion would happen, led by Babba, and later by Vartilian himself, Khirom would secede from the Commonwealth without bloodshed, and the Blackthornians would have a tantrum about losing what they saw as their property. The Faewood would join this new Kyriska, and later New Pangolias would join as well. The Commonwealth of Blackthorn would implode, leaving only Zethortal as the sole Commonwealth territory. The Ministress, Emilia Rivers, would later suffer from depression, from losing her ultimate and unchecked power.
Then comes the present, the Rise of the Second Kyriska. With the unity of the Empire of Rauthwald, both Khirom and the Faewood would form the New Principality, it's capital located in Khirom, and they would join this new Empire, and would request autonomy from the Emperor Jon Dodbane, who would generously grant his adopted son Vartilian authority of Kyriska, but it would still be part of the Empire of Rauthwald. With the new prosperity secured, the Prince Vartilian would make it the key objective to resettle the lost territories: Vadimiskyi and Brewstone. The Demoness Aenora would spearhead the Brewstonian revitalization, but as of the present, Vadimiskyi remains abandoned, but under Kyriskan control.
Prince Heinrich’s adopted son was Goose, Goose’s adopted son was Waylin Vartilian. Waylin would break the norm and name a non-relative of his as his heir, his close friend and heir Rawiya, who is now first in line for the Throne of Kyriska, with Babba as a close second, and Aenora as a close third.
The Prince Vartilian, during the Blackthornian Oppression, would discover that Goose had passed away, leaving him an orphan again, and he, after the First Kyriskan Rebellion, would be adopted by Jon Dodbane as Prince of both Guldhir and Kyriska.