Theydim is barely unified, if you ask me. The High King dies, and now they're falling apart between each other with rusting swords and sharp knives.
HistoryTheydim as a unified political power is only about thirty years old, but Theydim as a cultural political power has its roots in the Adrakian Empire.
Thydian Unification WarsThe Unification Wars was the first successful campaign to unite all Arlings of Theydim under one ruler and last longer than a handful of years. However, High King Magnus the Red-Eyed recognized the limits in his ability to micromanage each region as if Theydim were one Arling. He allowed the Arles who swore fealty to him, signed the treaty, or eventually bullied into accepting his authority, to rule their Arlings in regards to internal matters. All border issues, all trade disputes, or anything between Arlings were to involve him and ultimately be subject to his commands. The Unification Treaty had several clauses many Arles had resisted, but eventually the negotiations where met so the Negotiator's Scales would be balanced, though some terms would be questionable.
"My father was a great leader in war. Did he get excessive with how he brought his opponent to the negotiation table? I'm sure he was since war was his self-proclaimed best talent. Does this mean my father was a bad politician? You still signed the Treaty. Now, you signed the treaty, I am my father's heir. Therefore, you will support me.""'Signed the treaty,' Magnusdotr? I wrote it. I can see the ambition in your eyes - an ambition the Bold would no doubt appreciate even if she were to mock you for it, because your ambition, like your father's exceeds your abilities. I will only support the High King who can support their own people as well as their ambitions - and your father was fast losing mine."
Thydian Civil WarWhile also called a succession crisis, the Thydian Civil War began with the unexpected death of Magnus the Red-Eyed, while he was on tour around Theydim. The Arle of Capital, Tilde Magnusdotr, initially took the news well, all things being considered, and was prepared to be crowned High King as expected. This was disrupted when the Arle of Ostufer, Seigmund Kerlbror, came forth claiming the late High King had made him the heir, while on his deathbed. The two major conflicting claims - the Heir Apparent and the Deathbed Heir Claimant have opened Theydim to a Civil War where the two would-be heirs fight for the throne, but two other factions have arisen questioning the value in having a High King at all. As per the terms of the Unification Treaty, the succession crisis would have to be resolved by the end of a Cycle from the death of the High King with the crowning of a new High King. Failing to do so will mean Theydim as a nation would dissolve and the Arles would be the highest authority of the land while warring amongst each other again. If Theydim dissolves, then the Independents would have to contend with the Uncrowned as the Capitolists and Ostufer factions would have to start a new Unification War. The Uncrowned want the Arles to rule independently, but have a council where all interactions between Arles would be made public to the others. The Independents want a return to the traditional ways with the Arlings rising based on the strengths of their Arles while the weaker Arlings would collapse and be absorbed into their neighboring Arlings.
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