A publication of the Alvare Institute
In the beginning, the area now called Neoliliana was divided into nine distinct tribal groups, each in its own region. The Auranni tribe inhabited the center of the western coast of Neoliliana. Further north on Neoliliana's western coast lived the Daseme, a tribe that survived as best they could in the inhospitable terrain of the region. On the southern coast lived the Qellan, who, despite being one of the smallest tribes, were probably the most civilized of the ancient Neoliliani tribes. Further to the east of the Qellan were the Eshi people. In the interior lived the Kageri people, nomadic warriors who raided frequently into other territories. In south-central Neoliliana were the Makud, the first Neoliliani tribe to permenently settle a region and begin to farm. In north-central Neoliliana were the Tazothi, a nomadic horse people. The Tazothi never established an independent nation. In the extreme north were the Reloi, hunters akin to the Daseme. The Reloi followed their game and finally ended up in Ennes. In the mountains could be found the Gorami, the same people that inhabit the region today. Originally, there had been another tribe, living on the west coast near the Auranni, being the Lolthi tribe. However, Auranni aggression forced the Lolthi to migrate westwards across to the island of Lendia, where, with the influence of the Tawhitoan civilizations there, they established the state of Lolth. While this state is given the title of Principality, and they refered to themselves as such, many modern historians suspect that the Lolthi who fled to Lendia became little more than pirates with delusions of grandeur. Regardless of how sophisticated they were or were not, the culture and state apparatus functioning there were so Tawhitoan that it is not possible to fairly call them the first Neoliliani state, despite their ethnicity.
Slowly but gradually, these tribes coalesced into kingdoms. The first such kingdom was Kagere, formed by the Kageri tribe, under the leadership of Onolin Darkeyes. It was established by an event known as the Covenant, a marriage between Onolin and with a woman of the Makud people, in the year 2205 BP.
Symbol of the Kingdom of Kagere
Only a few decades after that, in 2181 BP, the Qellan tribe established the small kingdom of Qella on Neoliliana's southern coast. Qella was probably the most civilized of the ancient Neoliliani kingdoms, developing technology to the highest degree. The first system of writing for an ancient Neoliliani language was developed in Qella, although it was superceeded by the Liliani script when Neoliliana became one of the first provinces of the great Liliani Empire.
Symbol of the Kingdom of Qella
In 2073 BP, the kingdom of Dasemia was founded by the Daseme tribe to defend against raids be neighbouring Kagere. Dasemia met with initial success against Kagere, but were nonetheless pushed back by the overwhelming numerical superiority of their enemy. Much of Dasemia's military ability was due to having the resources and knowledge to work bronze.
Symbol of the Kingdom of Dasemia
The next Neoliliani kingdom, the Kingdom of Estontalle, was not established until 2008 BP, by the Eshi tribe.This kingdom did not last long, however, being conquered by the newly founded Liliani Empire in 1998 BP.
Symbol of the Kingdom of Estontalle
In 1931 BP, the Auranni founded the kingdom of Auria, which became a significant military power, conquering the Kingdom of Qella in 1919 BP. While Auria initially met the Qellans with genocide, this was halted as the Auranni saw the benefits to be gained from Qellan technology and thinking.
Symbol of the Kingdom of Auria
Auria also made an attempt to conquer the nation of Kagere, but was repulsed. In 1912 BP, Auria formed a pact with the Tazothi tribespeople. Shortly afterwards, possibly in response to the Auria-Tazothi alliance, the Kingdom of Kagere formed an alliance with the tribes of Relloi. In 1904 BP, Kagere absorbed the Kingdom of Dasemia, which was left leaderless after its last king's death.
By the beginning of the 19th Century BP, ancient Neoliliana was polarized between two powers; the Kingdom of Auria and the Kingdom of Kagere. In 1893 BP, open warefare broke out between the two nations. In the year 1888 BP, Kagere forged a pact with the powerful Liliani Empire, on its eastern border and already controling Estontalle. Liliana immediately launched a large-scale invasion of Auria, easilly overrunning the inferior troops fielded against it. In return for this assistance, the Kagere did not expand into the territory of their former enemy. Instead, the Liliani forces erected fortifications and defensive arrangements. Not long afterwards, the defeated Auria was proclaimed as a Liliani province, and given the name Liliana Minor. While the Kagere were now rid of the Aurianni, they had given the Liliani empire a strong foothold in the region.
Almost a century after Liliani troops first set foot in Auria, relations between Liliana and Kagere collapsed completly. It took very little time at all for the Lilianis to do to Kagere what they did to Auria. Kagere was annexed to the province of Liliana Minor.
At the same time as Liliana was expanding into the region which would become Neoliliana, another nation was entering the scene. This was Escorpionica, the greatest kingdom of the now marginalized Escorpionican ethnicity. Slowly but steadily it had advanced southwards out of what was to become Maryport, conquering the uncivilized Relloi tribes and establishing suzerainty over Gorami. It would most likely have absorbed the Tazothi tribes as well if not for the fact that they had been conquered by Kagere after Auria, their ally, was no longer around to offer support. The Escorpionican influence on the conquered regions was not overly great, unlike that of the Lilianis. Modern Neoliliana was split unequally between Liliana and Escorpionica until 1447 BP, when Escorpionica itself became a part of the vast Empire of Liliana.
A rough guide to the formation and conquest of the Neoliliani kingdoms can be found below. A name without a coloured background represents a tribe not yet formed into a nation, while one with a background indicates an organized state. When one kingdom or tribe covers another's path, it represents a conquest or a merger. Note that the two nations marked in underlined and in italics are not Neoliliani kingdoms but conquerers from outside.
2205 BP to
2007 BP to
1997 BP to
1887 BP to
1779 BP to
Daseme Dasemia Dasemia Kagere Kagere Liliana Liliana Kageri Kagere Kagere Makud Tazothi Tazothi Tazothi Tazothi Auranni Auranni Auranni Auria Liliana Qellan Qella Qella Eshi Eshi Estontalle Liliana Relloi Relloi Relloi Relloi Escorpionica Escorpionica Gorami Gorami Goramia Goramia Goramia