The southern areas of Smalik were among the last places in Old Vexillium for centralized states to develop. In the north of Smalik, the Caboteniasan (called Sjomanian in Lendian) peoples established civilization and the concept of nations quite early on, but south of that, there has been very little civilization until the past few centuries. Before the Plague, there had been no civilization there at all excluding the colonies established there by the Lendosans or the Anglyodascunyans.
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THE GROWTH OF NATIONS IN
There were essentially two distinct groups that brought about the establishment of nations in southern Smalik. The first were the tribes of western Bowdani, which had been influenced the most by the states of Caboteniasa and the Lendosan Empire's pre-Plague conquest of the continent. The second were the colonists that arrived in the far southeast from Merité and Christiana, laying the foundations for the modern state of Davenport.
The earlier of the two to come about was the colonization. The first presence in Smalik from non-Longerathian powers came in 75 AP, when the Meriteans landed at Câp Gardien. The first settlement, however, was established by settlers from Christiania, in 87 AP, landing to the north of modern Star City and establishing the first colony in Davenport. Meritean colonists then founded the city of Trois-Étoiles in 92 AP, establishing the basis of Davenport's multi-cultural society today. More and more colonists followed the initial pioneers, and the region eventually became a mix of Christianian and Meritean peoples as the colonies traded and expanded. The name Davenport began to be applied to the region in the first quarter of the next century.
As the colonies prospered, the colonists began to feel a need for protection against imperialism by their colonial powers, particularly Merité. Various agreements were signed between the various colonies, settling territorial disputes and opening the way for trade. The colonies became more and more united, and became prosperous. In 201 AP, a treaty was signed declaring a united Republic of Davenport. When the nation of Bowdani was established, common borders were agreed upon, although there are still differences between the two on control of Pomenanda, in southwest Bowdani.
Bowdani, unlike Davenport, was established by Smalik's native population. It began as a commonwealth of tribes on the western coast, based around the modern capital. This confederation was established shortly after the collapse of Lendosan control in Smalik, and was responsible for the destruction of Rio Azul, a former colony and short-lived republic. It survived the Plague by virtue of its lack of outside contact, and continued on in the same state until around 260 BP. During this time, one of the stronger tribes began stealing technology and knowledge by raiding in Caboteniasa and Davenport, and gained a technological edge over its neighbours. It launched a military campaign which extended the frontiers of Bowdani considerably. The resultant nation was a loose confederation of tribes with a political structure created in emulation of the Lendosan one, which the Bowdanians respected.
In around 285 AP, a revolution occured within Bowdani, lead by a group called Warriors of the August Revolution. This group was a band of convicts that had been confined in a penal colony on Bowdani's western coast, but who had broken free and staged a coup d'état. They seized control of the government and installed themselves as rulers. Under this regime, Bowdani was extensively modernised, although individual freedoms and liberties were harshly supressed. In this period, Bowdani expanded to control the territory it now holds.
In 297 AP, however, a rebel movement against the government took the imperial residence by storm and captured the rulers of Bowdani. The despots were executed, and the rebels took over. Not long afterwards, democratic elections were held, and Bowdani was recognised as a soverign state throughout Vexillium.