Empire of Pallernen

Greatest Power in Lethea

What holds all of us together under our dear green and white banner? While some of our peoples feel a kindred connection, many are resentful to pay tribute to a Pentiwichen. Yet despite all their complaints, it is a Pentiwichen that keeps us united. Her will is that of God's. Her right to rule can be questioned by none.
— Ulea of Sentijk, Kireseria of Setaik
  Pallernen, officially the Empire of Pallernen, is a sovereign state in southern Lethea. The feudal state has been ruled by the House of Pentiwichen since the formal creation of the empire in the year 771 AA. Now, by the mid-16th century, the realm has grown to surpass their rivals, asserting its position as a world power. While their armies are vast and coffers burgeoning with coin, the nation faces enemies both external and internal. A large-scale war could destabilise the country, giving many of Pallernen’s separatists a chance to break free.

Politics

Since the creation of the empire, Pallernen has been ruled by a Pentiwichen monarch, direct descendants of Saint Tiyla Pentiwichen. Those with a legitimate claim to the throne as heirs of Tiyla are recognizable due to their peculiar physical characterists that set them apart from the rest of the nobility and commonfolk. The current monarch, Sofia Pentiwichen and her close family all have golden eyes which have a soft glow to them in the dark. This trait is seen as a mark of their divine right to rule since Abrea was said to have the same unusual eyes.  
 
Vassals of Pallernen

Direct Vassals

The empire has 108 vassals who have sworn an oath to serve the monarchy. Most of these imperial subjects are lords and ladies who have inherited their position from their forefathers, but a fair few have come from humble roots. Kiretiarics, for example, are led by members of the Hillenist clergy, most of who were born as commoners.   Other notable vassals include the multiple different principalities, which are all led by distant relatives of the current empress and descendants of the first monarchs. Because of their connection to the throne, the principalities hold sway over many of their peers, even if in reality they aren’t all that influential in the court in the capital city, Aurkustel.   The crown itself holds control over a county and few duchies, the most important of which is Hartil, the prosperous land surrounding the capital. The other two titles include Vesenhech, an important passage through the mountains that divide the Tellaiti, and the county of Ylbe.

List of Vassals
Administrative Division Ruler Population Status
Mentillenhech - - Archduchy
East Krâsvellen - - Automomous Region
West Krâsvellen - - Automomous Region
Likenlân - - Automomous Region
Mutzenhech - - Confederation
Aiben - - County
Aldhen - - County
Bervitte - - County
Bottelen - - County
East Hotsle Nikolas Merzenwech - County
Eberstêi - - County
Eibelitz V.F. Uiklenwichen - County
Eike-Hilinge - - County
Euiklen Ruprecht Knechehol - County
Faissau - - County
Fraiwy - - County
Frasech - - County
Gald Adole Eikepontai - County
Gêirlechen - - County
Golatzen - - County
Haldap - - County
Hanlen - - County
Heite Karolea Bailtai - County
Herike - - County
Ilenhech - - County
Kallinge - - County
Kerch - - County
Krekietei E.A. Goffenwech - County
Kustelfras - - County
Langrihel - - County
Mittehlen - - County
Nêilân - - County
Nelfras - - County
Nille-Wichnau - - County
Norbînge - - County
Olivete - - County
Ovirtzenich - - County
Peolotei Tave Fellai-Eikenwichen - County
Randau - - County
Reip - - County
Sydber - - County
Tepent Hedwig Loitenfrecht - County
Tertsen - - County
Tuchrenbau - - County
Veidrich - - County
Veiolea V.I. Nateriai - County
Vetzenlân K.J. Wikkerhol - County
Vichbatlz - - County
Vyrtzenpas - - County
Ylbe Empress Sofia of Pallernen - County
Pallernic Inquisitors - - Hillenistic Holy Order
Amilenlân - - Duchy
East Kletten - - Duchy
East Lestver - - Duchy
Eiriklân - - Duchy
Engernlân - - Duchy
Fessentzeren - - Duchy
Gierlund - - Duchy
Gjerwy - - Duchy
Greater Penti - - Duchy
Greater Peratei Brea Valipatai - Duchy
Hartil Empress Sofia of Pallernen - Duchy
Herwichenlân - - Duchy
Ielipati L.I. Heiletai - Duchy
Lileitpea-Elia Gilei Kiripetai-Alse - Duchy
Lower Penti - - Duchy
Montilien - - Duchy
Norblau - - Duchy
North Haldap - - Duchy
Rittalân - - Duchy
Sofienlân - - Duchy
Alse - - Duchy
Hârdilinen - - Duchy
Pallern - - Duchy
Unglerlân G.M. Tichenmenn - Duchy
Vaikau-Hedwy - - Duchy
Vesenhech Empress Sofia of Pallernen - Duchy
Wikbaulân - - Duchy
Yntarhech - - Duchy
Speerval - - Free City
Ubenau - - Free City
Ybenstêi - - Free City
North Oltenlân - - Governorate
Palzenlân - - Governorate
Vlaardenlân - - Grand Principality
Rustilenlân - - Kingdom
Amai - - Kiretiaric
Aqiculr - - Kiretiaric
Baliti - - Kiretiaric
Iakitea - - Kiretiaric
Itāliq - - Kiretiaric
Maple - - Kiretiaric
Setaik Ulea of Sentijk - Kiretiaric
Sineatei - - Kiretiaric
South Lecvei - - Kiretiaric
Alvieti - - Kiretiaric
Tielacel - - Kiretiaric
Veqai Alu - - Kiretiaric
Litthech - - Lordship
Hvidehech - - March
Jegrenlân - - March
Kupernen - - March
Mittfelle - - March
Otzenvar - - March
Sulleten - - March
Jedewickstêi - - Principality
Nelstêi - - Principality
South Peolotei Iakepei Oiaili - Merchant Republic

 

The realm stands divided. If Her Imperial Highness dares to strike at our foes now, the coalition that has formed to counter our might will have the assistance of those cowardly separatists who’d dare to tear this land apart. We cannot give in to the demands of those who would question the authority of a monarch chosen by God. They must be taught a lesson. I just hope our most gracious monarch has the heart to do what's right.
— V.F. Uiklenwichen, Count of Eibelitz
 

Instability

Throughout the course of its long and illustrious history, Pallernen has been through multiple significant national disasters. While their people enjoy a prosperous life with bountiful harvests and peace for now, the foundations of this great empire have begun to rot. Many of the empire’s subjects have grown discontent with the course the last few monarchs have followed, and separatist movements are rapidly growing in support.   In addition to those who’d want to see the realm divided into smaller states, there are many who seek reform. As some of the reformist ideas threaten the authority of the Pentiwichens, they are considered as much of a threat as the separatists.  

House of Pentiwichen

The House of Pentiwichen is either the uniting force that keeps the realm united, or the terrible authoritarian force that has crushed all its enemies with brutal force.   Emperor Hânsil II, the father of the current monarch, was considered a tyrannical despot by many. He feared that after his death his vassals would prove troublesome for his heir. In his attempts to secure his daughter’s future success, he forcefully revoked land from the Olts and Nikeli and crushed those who resisted his arbitrary demands.   How the newly crowned Empress Sofia I of Pallernen will tackle the political crisis is unclear. So far during her few years as monarch, she has proven to be careful in tackling the threats the country faces abroad. Instead of claiming more land like her father and grandfather, Sofia has focused on improving relations and building powerful alliances to counter the Baglamist Security Union.

Military

Pallernen makes use of several active standing armies that patrol the countryside and keep guard over the country’s borders and shores. Such standing armies consist of soldiers from the monarch’s lands and their direct vassals, but not all of her imperial highnesses subjects get to contribute an equal amount of manpower. Vassal domains that are classified either as a principality, autonomous region, or free city are exempt from such obligations, while marches and governorates have a duty to provide the realm with additional soldiers.    

Regulation of Magic

Abiding by the Hillenist principle that magic is dangerous and should not be used for secular purposes, Pallernen has heavily regulated the use of vitality magic.   Only members of the Orthodox and Hillenist clergy are trusted to handle vitaemancism and the powers that come with it. Those born with the condition are given an ultimatum to join the clergy or to meet an untimely end.   Spirit magic is completely forbidden, even though it is not considered a proper magic system by Pallernian authorities.
In times of war all must serve in defence of their country and the forces of all the monarch’s subjects will assemble into a great formidable host.   The lords and ladies in control of their land’s troops will have to surrender their right to command them personally as unlike in some other feudal realms, Pallernen values competent commanders over the lords’ ancient rights. Of course, those feudal lords and ladies that are competent commanders may keep their right to lead, as their presence can boost the morale of their soldiers.   Pallernen seldom makes use of mages on the battlefield and when they do the spellcasters are usually brought in from mercenary companies or the Inquisition of Athe to bolster the Pallernian ranks.
 

Foreign Relations

With Rueken to the west and their puppets all around us, the only way forward for us is to pledge our spears to Pallernen. It is time we prove our worth and show to them and the world that we deserve all of Loik and Aitwenk!
— Duke of West Loik
  As the Empire of Pallernen has grown and conquered its enemies, many of the old countries that have interacted with the empire have grown weary of such a great power. There are currently two powerful alliances that have formed as a counter-balance to the might of the empire. The first coalition to form with one of its primary objectives being the disruption of Pallernian expansion was the Baglamist Security Union which brought Alminthas and Rueken together to work towards a common goal. To Pallernen’s east, a similar alliance has formed in recent years between Enliten and Vivernia and their Eastern Entente.    

Struggle for Morphel

Morphel, the land that separates Pallernen from their enemies in Rueken, has become a target for the great powers of Lethea. The region was mostly under the rule of the Pallernians during the first few decades of the 16th century, but mass unrest forced Emperor Heinrich to let go of his conquered lands.   Now the lands are divided between local lords and due to the efforts of Ruekish missionaries, Baglamism has spread throughout the various realms. Roughly half of the local rulers have sided with Rueken and the rest are more aligned with their former overlords.

Chained to the Empire

Two of Pallernen’s close partners, Jgrim and Tolden, did not agree to their arrangements with the empire willingly. Jgrim was a divided land where bickering lords vied for power before Emperor Hânsil II led his armies there, subjugating the populace and forging a new realm which would be headed by a Pentiwichen.   Tolden’s fate was nearly the same, but before their capital, Ulaxudar, could fall to enemy hands, their leaders offered to pay tribute to Pallernen and to provide them with military assistance whenever called upon for the duration of the Toldenian king's life.
Founding Date
16 Bricteril, 771 AA
Type
Geopolitical, Empire
Capital
Demonym
Pallernian
Government System
Monarchy, Absolute
Power Structure
Feudal state
Economic System
Mixed economy
Currency
Official State Religion
Subsidiary Organizations
Official Languages
Controlled Territories
Notable Members
Land area
458,026 mi²
Population
21,600,506
Density
47.159/mi²

Military (WIP)

Manpower
75,602
Reserve
73,622
Active Personnel
1650
Noncombatants
330
Conscription
0.35% of Pop.
Active Units
12

Armies

Imperial Patrol Force
General Manpower Units
- 1980 12
Name Type Tier
2nd Atâin Company LI Trained
7th Atâin Company LI Trained
11th Atâin Company LI Trained
2nd Hartilfraisvârde Company LI Veteran
3rd Hartilfraisvârde Company LI Veteran
14th Vesenhech Squadron LC Trained
5th Hartil Squadron LC Veteran
8th Lapenrai Company LA Trained
1st Alse Archer Company LA Trained
2nd Alse Archer Company LA Trained
Kirelaici Vala Company ME Veteran
Imperial Logistics Company SP Trained

 
Guard of the Holy Lake
General Manpower Units
- - -
Name Type Tier

 
Rustilian Defence Force
General Manpower Units
- - -
Name Type Tier

 

Military Allies

In 1548, when Hânsil Pentiwichen was still just crown prince of the empire, the young heir to the throne of Pallernen approached the government of the Peasants' Republic of Aussel with a proposal. Hânsil successfully secured a military alliance with the Ausselians, leading to the creation of the Lipsig Treaty Organisation.   The Grand Duchy of Jgrim was also invited to join the alliance and as their monarch was of the House of Pentiwichen, they agreed without hesitation.
Lipsig Treaty Organisation
Organization | Apr 14, 2021

The Lipsig Treaty Organisation is a military alliance between the Peasants' Republic of Aussel, the Empire of Pallernen and their subjects in Jgrim and Tolden



Cover image: by Jon Flobrant
Character flag image: Flag of Pallernia

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15 Apr, 2021 11:55

Another admirable article Dhel! I really like the design of the flag and the map! The golden eyes of the rightful rulers reminds me of The Emperor's Blades where they have a slightly similar characteristic for their Empire.   Just one typo I picked up on: "...peculiar phyisical characterists..." but otherwise, a perfect piece and as well written as ever!

15 Apr, 2021 12:15

Thanks for reading and thanks for scanning the article for them pesky typos! :D

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15 Apr, 2021 16:50

Well-formatted and full of content as always! I like the House and what she need to fix, as well as military tab with interesting details. Very great article! :D

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17 Apr, 2021 16:32

Great job! It is a very vivid representation of this country! I like the flag too. On the mobile, I am not managing to reduce the diplomacy chart, but it might be my fault as I am very bad with mobile.

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24 Apr, 2021 16:30

This is a really interesting and well written article. I love the table of all the vassals, and informative tables about the military. I'm not envious of the diplomatic situation Sofia has been left with - it'll be interesting to see how she navigates it.

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