History of Longerath and Smalik

A publication of the Alvare Institute


   Just as Liliani settlers colonized Lendosa, to the west of their empire, they also colonized areas to the east, sailing into what is now called the Futuronian Ocean, landing in areas of the Old Continent, in the Meridic isles, and in southern Longerath. Unlike the Lendosan colonies, however, the eastern settlements were never claimed by the Liliani throne, and remained completely independent of the Empire.
   There is no definite date for the start of this colonization. It began slowly, first with trading expeditions, then with temporary trading posts, then permenent trading posts, and then with colonies, with the number of colonists leaving Liliana slowly but steadily rising. Sometimes colonization was simply the result of people seeking their fortunes, and sometimes it was a case of wishing to leave Liliana. Whatever their reason, however, little was done to hamper the flow of colonists.
   The earliest places reached by Liliani colonists were Phenixia and Merité. Sailing straight across the Futuronian Ocean, the colonists landed in what they called Meritus, a Liliani form of the local name. There were not overly many colonists that traveled to Meritus, meaning that while Liliani language and technology was brought there, the majority of the populance were still of Ingallish decent. Nevertheless, the Liliani colonists sped up the urbanization of the region considerably. Liliani influences can still be found in several placenames, such as Port Angela (originally Portus Angelorum, meaning Port of Angels, although it was only renamed this after the colonies there were converted to Cruisianity). Despite Meritus being one of the earliest colonies, the number of settlers travelling there were considerably fewer than elsewhere, with numbers of immigrants begining to decline as focus shifted south.
   In Phenixia, Liliani colonists were also establishing themselves. Colonization was mostly by sea, despite the relative proximity of Liliani borders on land, due to the hostility of the Burburreican and Gardlian tribes in the region. Settlement began in coastal areas, but gradually moved inland, leading to the founding of Cedrium, modern Cédre, the capital. The Liliani name for the region was Faeniccia Magna, echoing the Liliani province of Faeniccia Minor, in the west. The original name Faeniccia probably came from the name applied to it by the local tribes, and was adopted and adapted by the Lilianis.
   As time passed, the colonists began to range further afield, sailing southwards into the Meridic Ocean. The colonists landed in southern Rosardan, referring to the region as Anardium, probably from a local name, and in Morangal (in Liliani, Morangalia), giving their language. Further south, they settled in what they called the Insulae Auri, modern Solelhada. They also settled in what is now Aigador, and moved westwards into modern Achenar (then Acenarium).
   There was also some colonization of Achenar and Morangal by land, traveling from the Liliani provinces in the south once Liliani rule was firmly established there. This was not overly common, however, given the necessity of traveling through terrain controled by unfriendly tribes; it was comparitively easier to settle on the coast by ship. This sounds more reasonable when considering the fact that the southern territories were not ethnic Liliani at all, and traveling by ship would add very little time to their journey compared to the total distance.
   The furthest locations that Liliani colonists reached were Romandia and Disonda, in the far east of the Meridic Isles. Little colonization took place in Akitania Berria, but sailing past it, the colonists established themselves upon the northern coast of modern Altland and on the smaller island of Altland, bringing their language and culture to the area.
   A rough map of Liliani colonization is below.