Ancient Estontetso was roughly divided into three ethnic classifications, all of which were of the Liliani ethnicity but of distinct subgroups. In northern Estontetso were the Bezuntas, in the centre were the Empapas, and in the south were the Lambuças. It was along these lines that the first states developed.
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THE ESTONTETSAN KINGDOMS &
THE RISE OF MICHOLERDIA
The first states were little more than villages and their local militias, alternating between attacking a neighbour or beating off their neighbour's attack. Slowly, however, these petty states joined and amalgamated. The end result was the establishment of significant kingdoms in ancient Estontetso.
The borders of these nations were constantly shifting, as was power. The situation was further changed by the slow yet continuous migration of Gorami peoples into western Estontetso, turning the significant Gorami minority there into a significant Gorami majority. By 2050 BP, however, things were becoming more stable. If we were to look at ancient Estontetso in the year 2038 BP, the year that Aratacius IV (Arro-Take in modern Estontetsan) became king of Micholerdia, we would get this picture.
The Kingdom of Micholerdia was the largest nation at that time. It was almost entirely of the Empapa ethnic subgroup, and with few Empapas left outside its borders. It was the most powerful nation in terms of its military strength, and had already expanded at the expense of its neighbours, particularly the Burburreicans along the eastern coast and the Alembidans in the west. Micholerdia, despite having no direct access to the western seas, took part in the early colonization of Lendosa by arrangements with Alembida.
The Kingdom of Peganhosa, the northernmost of the Estontetsan kingdoms, was the only nation still remaining with a majority Bezunta population. It was probably the second most powerful Estontetsan kingdoms, and had well been able to hold its own against the Micholerdians before the arrival of Aratacius IV. It was a significant trading power, with merchants travelling all across northern and western Longerath trading with the less developed tribes.
The Kingdom of Alembida, located in the southwest of modern Estontetso and covering parts of Ançalda, was a majority Lambuça nation. It was not overly strong in its army, but had a powerful navy. With this navy, it was one of the dominant powers of the western sea, despite a relatively small coastline. This meant that it was at the forefront of colonization in the west, particularly in Lendosa. It was also quite rich, due to its extensive trading fleets.
The Kingdom of Burburreica was less of a power in ancient Estontetso. It was located in the southeast, and its territory was quite barren and mountainous, although not as mountainous as Gregurdica. The majority of its people were Lambuças, but there was a very significant proporion of Gardlian tribespeoples who had moved north from Dascagnia (now Dascunya). Its people did not submit easily to foreign rule, and it was not until the very late stages of the Liliani Empire that the entirity of Burburreica was conquered.
The Kingdom of Gregurdica was not a name used by its inhabitants themselves, but a Liliani word. The Kingdom of Gregurdica is also known as the Kingdom of Gorami, depending upon whether it is being viewed as an Estontetsan kingdom or as a Neoliliani one. Its people slowly moved into the region from what is now western Goramia, and established a nation there. The name of this nation is unknown, and so we use the Liliani name for it. It was one of the last areas to be conquered.
The dates that these kingdoms were established on are not known. There are likely to be no definite dates, as these kingdoms formed slowly, out of amalgamations of smaller states. It is hard to say when any particular kingdom began.
Upon the ascension of Aratacius IV (Arro-Take IV) to the throne of Micholerdia, the balance of power began to shift ever more in the direction of his kingdom. In 2010, Micholerdia launched an invasion of the Kingdom of Peganhosa, to the north. While the Micholerdians met with initial success, their advance was halted when Peganhosa formed an alliance with the Kingdom of Burburreica, to the south of Micholerdia. Although the Burburreicans were in no position to defend Peganhosa, the threat of an invasion meant that Aratacius could not commit sufficient forces to the invasion. Aratacius was forced to sign a treaty to cease the war.
The other Estontetsan kingdoms thought that this defeat would be the end of Micholerdian expansion, Aratacius, however, was still determined to expand his dominion. In 2002 BP, Peganhosa and Burburreica had a falling out that resulted in the collapse of their alliance. Aratacius was quick to move, and relaunched his invasion. This time, the Peganhosans were defeated, and much of Peganhosa was annexed to Micholerdia. In 2001 BP, Micholerdia annexed a portion of Alembida, giving it direct access to the western coast, not by force but by threat of force. In 2000 BP, the Micholerdians conquered northern Burburreica, the heartland of the kingdom, leaving the southern areas to decend into tribal warfare.
Shortly after the conquest of these new territories, Aratacius IV of Micholerdia became Aratacius I of Liliana, when he proclaimed the end of the Micholerdian kingdom and the beginning of the new Liliani Empire.