History of Longerath and Smalik

A publication of the Alvare Institute


   In the southern regions of the Longerathian continent, the political scene was beginning to become somewhat more active. During the height of the Liliani Empire, colonization of the far south had begun, resulting in a number of states being established. Ingallish settlers in the southeast had established a unitary state, Angliyaa (a corruption of Ingallia, once Nova Ingallia, or New Ingalland). The Liliani settlers colonised modern Achenar, the coastal regions south of Angliyaa, and the islands that now make up the Republica Ensolelhada.
   When the Liliani Empire began to crumble, one of the key rebellions was that undertaken in the south, lead by Dascunya and Uestadenia, two formerly independent kingdoms that had been conquered quite early on by the expanding Lilianis. The rebels gradually pushed the Lilianis out of their southern territories. Within Dascunya, however, there was dissention, with three of the counties remaining loyal to the Liliani throne and the Liliani ideals. These counties took up arms against the rebels.
   With the Liliani Empire's strength collapsing, and few troops to spare, the rebels won their war. The Kingdoms of Dascunya and Uestadenia were established by the rebel armies. When Emperor Natestus officially disolved the Liliani Empire and established the Empire of Estontetso in its place, these counties were left isolated. Their was debate about the course of action to be taken; some favoured petitioning for entry into Estontetso, some favoured supporting Geralde I, who sought to declare a Second Liliani Empire, or Neoliliana (which he did, one year later), and some favoured independence. In the end, independence was their choice. The Kingdom of Ançalda was established in the same year.
   At the same time, the Liliani settlements in Phenixia (Faeniccia in the Liliani language) were becoming more powerful, and were now full-fledged cities rather than mere colonies. The largest of these was Cédre. At about the same time that Dascunya and Uestadenia were founded, the various small states of the area came together to form the United Counties of Phenixia.
   To the south of all this, states were beginning to form in Achenar, based mostly around the cities of Vulni and Cordama. Similar states were forming along the Liliani-settled coast, based around Morgano and Aigador. This state-building was cut short, however, by the expansion of Angliyaa, the nation founded by Ingallish colonists. As Liliana was beginning withdrawing from Dascunya and Uestadenia, a superb general came to power in Lagod, Angliyaa's political centre, and immediately launched a campaign in the south. The small and disunited city-states were able to offer little resistance, and Angliyaa quickly gained control of the southernmost regions of Longerath.
   In 700 BP, the southern regions of the Longerathian continent would be as below.

   Dascunya and Uestadenia, being born of the same rebellion and having fought together against Liliana, were always fairly close friends, and this was maintained by the first monarchs of these nations following their independence. The second king of Dascunya, however, William II, entered into conflict with Uestadenia, conquering the city of Deltland in 662 BP. His son, Edward I, expanded Dascunya further by marriage his sons, Princes Edward and Lawrence with Claire of Francie and Teresa of Iberie, respectively, bringing those two counties out of the Phenixian Union and into Dascunya, removing the southern extension of Phenixia establishing a significant border between Dascunya and Angliyaa where only a small one had existed before.
   In 572 BP, Edward II of Dascunya married Johanna of Ançalda, unifying the two states as Ançaldascunya. Ançaldascunya suffered a peasant rebellion during the reign of Edward II's son, William IV, but managed to supress it. In 520 BP, the Ançaldascunyan king Alexander I further enlarged his holdings by marriage to Lorenza of Uestadenia. This created a single kingdom over all of modern Dascunya and more. It was originally referred to as the Kingdom of Dascunya, Uestadenia, and Ançalda, but this was abbreviated to simply Dascunya. Some historians use the name Uestadançaldascunya, but this is regarded by most as too long, and it was never used by the nation itself. Others refer to it as the Drekanian Empire, after the old name of its capital, St. Hugues.
   Alexander I of Dascunya set about building up the Dascunyan military, particularly its navy. In 487 BP, Dascunya invaded the eastern coast of Smalik, setting out from the region of Uestadenia. This was established as the Principate of Bowestra, a possession of Dascunya.
   The last and largest merger of southern Longerath came in 452 BP, when William V ascended the throne of greater Dascunya and married Catherin of Angliyaa. This created a unified state spanning from Estontetso to the southernmost tip of the continent. It was given the name Anglyodascunya. Like the previous kingdom of Dascunya, it is sometimes called the Drekanian Empire.
   At the same time as this, another empire was being built to the west, with the Lendosan Confederation embarking upon a conquest of Smalik. It also gained control of parts of Neoliliana and of the Percevejan peninsula, bringing it into contact with Anglyodascunya. The expansion of Lendosa is detailed in a separate section, and is only mentioned here due to the Lendosan presence in Longerath that accompanied it.
   A map of southern Longerath in 450 BP is below.