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Milana

Milana was, until about thirty years ago, the dominant nation on the continent of Iona. Encompassing the entire landmass minus the land south of the Torkovad Mountains and west of the Arnete and ruled by the powerful Tormevi family, Milana was a peaceful nation known for its patronage of the arts and sciences and its penchant for solving conflicts with marriage alliances.

Timeline

History of Milana

Royal House of Tormevi

 

Structure

Traditionally ruled by a queen and a king consort (though occasionally the roles are switched), Milana has only once had two monarchs at once: Queen Vevra Tormevi ("The Great") and King Max Atrinya. This was also the period during which Milana reached it's greatest geopolitical extent, technically encompassing Stronghaven and the Silver Mountains as well.

  Below the queen, there are hereditary dukes and duchesses belonging to each major city. The queen technically holds the title of Duchess of Stronghaven, the Nazenne family are the dukes and duchesses of Byfox, the Ettarias of Moorpond, etc. Every hereditary dukess (as the ungendered form goes) is kept in check by a seneschal, appointed by the queen.

  Underneath them, there are earls and barons, holding about equal power over individual towns and estates and acquired by noble status or financial wealth respectively.

Culture

As in most countries, Milana is comprised of two classes of people: the noble/wealthy and the not noble/wealthy. The former concern themselves with acquiring and maintaining power, the latter with work and general survival. Milana is not an exceptionally wealthy country and its citizens bear the brunt of feeding and clothing the population. Religiously, the worship of the Saints is most prevalent but depending on urban/rural locale and position on the noble hierarchy, there is no shortage of pagan belief.

History

While the Tormevi dynasty- the most recent era of Milani history- only was founded in 600, the (albeit fragmented) nation of Milana certainly existed before then.

Founding

There has always been a central realm on the Ionian continent. Pre-0 (the 'official' naming of the continent), humans, nymphs, and elves kept a number of various settlements, many of which remain to this day and have grown to be towns and cities, Swynden chief among them. Races remained separate, however, and suspicions ran high due to conflict-filled histories that are long since forgotten. For four hundred years after 0, however, people groups slowly began to mingle and grow in number. No one quite knows the reason-- some have thrown out the introduction of a bastardized Christianity and a brief period of fraternal (and not-so-fraternal) peace-- but for those years, often referred to as the 'Age of Birth', the population swelled and (primarily) nymph-human congress reached an all-time high.

  The fragmentation of the nation, however, did not change during this time and, between 400 and 600, feudal conflict became standard. While the definitions of the future Milana were clear, everyone and their parents believed themselves to be the proper ruler of the realm. For these two hundred years, short-lived alliances and duchy borders were fluid and ever-changing, and siblings would murder siblings in the crib if only to remove the future competition.

  In 595 a woman from Swynden by the name of Terezia Tormevi staked her familial claim to the throne. She claimed (without ever producing confirmable proof) that her ancestors had built the city and governed it for a thousand years, longer than any one dynasty had ever ruled a country- in fact, longer than any country had even existed. It was an empty claim (though Terezia believed it and never revealed any proof of fabrication), but she had a strong presence and people liked her, which was a lot more than any other Milani 'ruler' could say. By 600 she had convinced the majority of duchies and alliances to support her claim and declared her four daughters- ages 12, 8, 5, and 1- queens of Milana.

  To an outside eye, Terezia's Revolt (as it became known) seems unlikely to have garnered so little retaliation. In truth, people were used to such quick dynastic turnover and most of her new allies intended to turn their back the moment she called for help. Terezia was very young (only thirty) and everyone expected her to either give up or be overthrown. Neither of these things happened and, until her youngest daughter's death in childbirth fifteen years later, the Tormevi dynasty existed with few major challenges to their authority. After Onesta's death and the ascension of her infant son, her surviving sisters, mother, and widower defended the baby's claim and established permanent Tormevi control over the nation.

 

Succession

 
Baudri II: While Baudri's reign began as an infant, he was known for the things his aunts, grandmother, and father did in his stead. Babies make weak kings, but somehow despite the turmoil of his early reign, he remained on the throne for thirty-five years.

  Baudri III: The son of Baudri II, Baudri III's reign also began early- when he was ten. The youngest of three, his brother and sister took up powerful positions in Lyn Iddal (mother being a Brecelyn) and Morfinduil respectively, and Baudri assumed the throne, with his mother Keira playing regent. Keira was a powerful, stubborn ruler and it took Baudri's wife and daughter, also named Keira, to protect Milani interests from Lashaar's agendas.

Keira I: Milana has a pattern of young rulers, and Keira I was no exception, assuming the throne at eight. The longest-ruling queen to date, Keira held power for fifty-four years and, marrying her third cousin Jahn Ovresti, switched Milana's primary alliance from Lashaar to Iona.

Asha I: Asha Tormevi, named after her maternal grandmother, followed her mother's example and married well. Really well. While she didn't manage to acquire the duchy of Stronghaven by marrying an Atrinya, as her granddaughter later did, she did exert a large amount of influence on her in-laws over the course of (and beyond) their seven-year marriage.

Jochem I: The weakest ruler to date. Not a superb title, obviously, but justified by the fact that he not only ruled for three months and spent half of that time exploring the area beyond the Arnete in attempts to do what his mother had failed to do- acquire Stronghaven. Instead of doing that, he caught marsh fever and died in Greymerrow.

Vevra I and Max I: Vevra, who acquired the throne at the age of nine, had five children- more than any other Milani ruler to date- but still managed to avoid issues of succession: only one daughter actually wanted to rule. Known as "The Great", Vevra also did what her father and grandmother failed to do (acquire Stronghaven) by marrying its duke, Max Atrinya, and letting him rule alongside her. It was unprecedented and did, actually, work, at least until Max died. Because being king of Milana AND duke of Stronghaven was a lot, Max shared the ducal throne with his uncle Jochem, who dealt with Kieren Kalda's rebellion in Max's stead. It was a tumultuous period for Stronghaven, so it's no wonder that, after Max died and rule reverted solely to Jochem, Milana lost the territory.

Agnes I: The queen under which Milana fell. None of it was her fault- she actually managed to stabilize the country after the loss of Stronghaven- but for reasons unknown to her, the Ovresti alliance collapsed and her entire family (excepting daughter Kiernen and grandchildren) murdered.

Kiernen I: The current ruling queen, and possibly the last. Her rule is disputed due to the fact that Milani territory consists solely of Lolinglas now, but she is fighting to regain what her ancestors held.

Disbandment

Milana is both fallen and not fallen- the duchy of Lolinglas remains and is now governed by both the Duchess of Atriane- Agnes II- and Queen Kiernen Tormevi. Considering Swynden is now occupied by Iona and no former Milani nobles remain in control of their lands, many argue that it has fallen in full... but Kiernen begs to differ.

Territories

Milana holds all the land east of the Arnete River and north of the Torkovad Mountains. At one point in time they also held the Silver Mountains surrounding Stronghaven, but that is no longer the case. Additionally, they hold the duchy of Lolinglas.
DISBANDED/DISSOLVED

Ante omnia mutuam vitae

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600 - 816

Type
Geopolitical, Country
Capital
Training Level
Semi-trained
Demonym
Milani
Leader Title
Government System
Monarchy, Absolute
Power Structure
Client state / puppet state
Official State Religion
Parent Organization
Subsidiary Organizations
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Neighboring Nations
Related Ethnicities

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Articles under Milana


Feudal Age

400 599

Two hundred years without one dominant ruler. Milana was ruled by a council of constantly-feuding families, each based out of their own keep, everyone considering themself monarch- until the Tormevi family beat everyone else out for the title.

  • 595 FA

    600 FA



    Terezia's Revolt
    Military action

    In which Terezia Tormevi, a next-to-nobody from Swynden, her four daughters, and their allies consolidated and took control of the nation of Milana. Their blended military-and-marriage tactics ensured that the Tormevi Dynasty would last over two hundred years.

Tormevi Dynasty

600 815

The period during which the Tormevi family ruled Milana. This era was the height of Milani power, but it also ended with the nation's ultimate fall.

  • 600 TD

    615 TD



    Rule of the Four Queens
    Political event

    The time between the consolidation of Milana in 600 to the death of Onesta, in 615, when all four daughters of Terezia (and Terezia herself, as regent whenever it was appropriate) held control of the nation. This was a time of relative peace. Terezia was a very forceful woman but few found it in them to hate her, so, unaware that the Tormevis were here to stay, there were few to no uprisings until after Onesta's death.

  • 615 TD

    650 TD



    King Baudri II
    Political event

    Predecessor: Onesta I
    The rule of Baudri II, the first king of Milana, was a tumultuous one. As his mother Onesta I died in labor, his father, aunts, and grandmother all acted as regent for almost half of his reign until he reached majority, and even afterward his father was at his right hand. It was no surprise when, after Baudri Ovresti died in 650, Baudri II Tormevi took to his bed and soon died as well- of grief.
    Successor: Baudri III Tormevi

  • 650 TD

    675 TD



    King Baudri III
    Political event

    Predecessor: Baudri II
      It's hard to imagine the Tormevi dynasty as a successful era in Milani history without the rule of Baudri III- not because of his own actions, necessarily, but because of his mother's influence. The nation of Lashaar was not large at this time but it did hold a great deal of power over its neighbors, and Baudri's mother- being a princess of Lyn Iddal- managed just that with her son. Lucky for Milana, the benefits of a close connection with Lashaar were received sans drawbacks, and after the death of Baudri III his wife Asha and daughters, Keira and Onesta, regained continental independence.
      Successor: Keira I

  • 675 TD

    729 TD



    Queen Keira I
    Political event

    Predecessor: Baudri III
    Keira ascended the throne at the age of eight and, for the length of her 54-year reign, she never lost the headstrong, childlike attitude. They called her Keira the Lucky, not because she had a lot of luck personally but because she was just what Milana needed: a ruler capable of making new alliances and maintaining the individuality of the nation. After thirty-eight years of risky partnership with Lyn Iddal, Keira managed to diplomatically sever ties and solidify a new relationship with Iona. Marrying her third cousin (who also happened to be her aunt's much-younger brother in law) may have been pushing it on the genetics of the family, but no one really cared and most people were just relieved that Lashaar was back where it belonged.
    Successor: Asha I

  • 729 TD

    756 TD



    Queen Asha I
    Political event

    Predecessor: Keira I

    Asha and her mother, Keira I, were smart. Not only did both of them make fantastic marriage alliances but they stabilized the country to the point where, for four generations, Milana enjoyed a golden age. Life lesson: Marry an Atrinya. Unless you're already an Atrinya. Then it's a bad idea on so many levels. 

      Successor: Jochem I

  • 757 TD

    3
    757 TD

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    King Jochem I
    Political event

    Predecessor: Asha I

      Jochem, like most other men in the Royal House of Tormevi, did not live long. King for a mere three months, he spent half his reign in the far west of the realm in the hopes of expansion. Unfortunately, the west of the realm is mostly made up of swamps and the beginnings of mountains, and he caught marsh fever. His nine-year-old daughter succeeded him under the regency of his wife.

    Successor: Vevra I ("The Great")

  • 757 TD

    6
    801 TD



    Queen Vevra I ("The Great")
    Political event

    Predecessor: Jochem I

      Before Vevra, no Milani ruler had had more than two children. With low mortality rates and no primogeniture to inherit, there was more issue when the nursery was full than when it wasn't. Vevra, however, knew that she wanted a big family and went for it anyway. Five kids. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but for a royal family it was. And lucky for them, only one child displayed any interest in ruling anyway- Agnes.  

    Successor: Agnes I

  • 801 TD

    816 TD



    Queen Agnes I
    Political event

    Predecessor: Vevra I "The Great" 

      The fall of Milana wasn't Agnes's fault. The Tormevi family had played their cards right. They were in the middle of a golden age, everyone was happy with the current politics, and very little indicated anything would- or even could- go wrong. Agnes's first child, Baudri, was happy governing Lolinglas, her second, Vevra, was smitten with her husband and even more in love with his estates in Byfox, and the youngest- Kiernen- was taking after her mother in every way, and had just married the crown prince of Iona when things went south. 

      Successor: Kiernen I

Fall of Milana

816 and beyond

The period immediately following the fall of Milana and the country's absorption into pan-Iona.

  • 816 FM

    6
    816 FM

    /10


    The Cleansing of the House of Tormevi
    Military action

    The murder of the royal family has got to mean something in the grand scheme of things. Except for Kiernen Tormevi, who had just married Forde Ovresti and was honeymooning with him in Merriford, celebrating the end of the conflict (ha), every non-Lolingli, living member of the Royal House was assassinated over a period of four months.    As soon as Kieren learned what had happened, she ran.

  • 845 FM

    9
    846 FM

    /2


    The Second Fall of Milana
    Military action

    In which the remainder of the old ruling families of Milana were massacred. Only Callista Nazenne and those living in Lolinglas survived.

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