Military Dictatorship of Vivernia

Vivernia, officially the Military Dictatorship of Vivernia is a sovereign state in Southern Lethea. Vivernia is one of the few Southern Lethean countries that has retained its native religion, Balicism, instead of adopting Abreanism. The country was one of the founding members of the Eastern Entente, a military alliance with the sole purpose of defending against any offensive actions from the Empire of Pallernia.   The largest city and the capital of the Military Dictatorship of Vivernia, is Aventis. The country's other major cities are Vivoni and Viene.

Structure

Lord Protector

Vivernia is ruled by a Lord Protector. All Lord Protectors serve for life, but when they die, their children don't inherit the state as with normal feudal monarchies, but instead, the Union of Vivernian Officers has a long meeting after the previous Lord Protector's death and they decide who ought to be the next head of state. If there is a disagreement, the officers vote between the multiple candidates. If they deem none worthy, they must assume control of the government whilst actively searching for a new Lord Protector.

In 1567 AA the Union of Vivernian Officers are in charge and still in-process of electing a new head of state.  

Union of Vivernian Officers

The Union of Vivernian Officers (UVO) is composed of sixty high-ranking officers who've all served for at least thirty years the Vivernian military. The Union was established right before the deposing of King Favios of Vivernia in 1248 AA and most of the officers in the union were tied to the military coup and the establishment of a military dictatorship.

Union Speaker

The union speaker is the commander of all Vivernia's armies and they organize debates and discuss changes in laws with the rest of the government and the Lord Protector. He is the only one who has the authority to propose new laws. During a war, the job goes to someone influential, but less involved in leading armies.

The union speaker in 1567 AA is Lucca Capra, the previous Lord Protector's uncle.

History

Tribal Period

The Vivernian people arrived on the territory of modern Vivernia around 6300 BA, around the same time as the Lethean Empire was collapsing and moving their vast armies west, and they most likely migrated from the Deil grassland or Shepherd's Field. With the Guerda and Nileer rivers keeping them safe from foreign invasions, early Vivernian tribes expended most of their military might on other Vivernian tribes, but none of these insignificant states lived long enough to develop into a united Vivernian state.

Sehenian Occupation

In 853 BA the armies of the Imperium of Valhértis moved south after their conquest of the Wetlands. In the early summer of 852 BA they attacked the Tetecia tribe, conquering them in a few weeks. Crossing the Guerda had been the greatest challenge for the newly formed Valhértisian army, but with the wealth they had pillaged during the Patic Purge, the Valhértisians managed to bribe one of the tribes who resided on the other side of the river, and with their help, they crossed the Guerda safely.

The rest of the conquest of Vivernia went relatively smoothly for the Imperium, and the campaign ended when the last tribe the Aventisi, surrendered in 848 BA. Although they had given up their freedom as a people, the Vivernians weren't finished with their new overlords, and within the first few months of foreign rule, plans and new organizations were developed to liberate all of Vivernia.

War of Retribution

The Vivernians held a secret meeting with the panedur kingdoms and the Qerthéllnavalic Imperium somewhere between the Lasthold hills and the river Kertol. All sides had their problems with Valhértis and they wanted to take revenge for the purging of panedur and the conquest of Vivernia. The meeting took place in the summer of 848 BA and a few weeks later, the kingdoms of Alut-Zvenor and Tolden, the Imperium of Qerthéllnaval, and the Vivernian separatists all declared war. With the Vivernians back at war, they also declared the independence of a new united Kingdom of Vivernia.

The war dragged on for 46 years, finally ending in 802 BA with the Treaty of Cherendel. As the victors of the war, the young Kindom of Vivernia recovered almost all of what they considered their rightful territories, only Tetecia remained in the hands of Valhértis. As a result of such a crushing defeat and the decades of war, Valhértis' power diminished, and they stopped being a credible threat to Vivernain sovereignty. Vivernia itself had been lucky enough to avoid most of the devastation as their separatist forces had defeated the garrison on their homeland within the first few months and afterward, the Valhértisians couldn't get past the river again.

Development Period

Compared to its allies in the war, Vivernia had been an underdeveloped and mostly uncivilized land where local men who ruled by exerting their might, made their own laws in their villages. Now that there were a government and monarch who ruled over the whole country order had to be restored and the state needed to become more centralized. To achieve this goal, the veterans of the war were promised land assuming they helped cleanse the country of those tyrants.

After the first few self-proclaimed barons and counts had been eliminated, the rest surrendered peacefully and returned their land to the state. As promised, the veterans received the land and became the king's first vassals.

Cupernian Campaigns

In 712 BA a Cupernian warlord invaded the Kingdom of Vivernia through the Curernian marsh, bypassing both of the rivers. The sudden invasion caught the military and the government off-guard and as they hadn't waged a proper war against a significant opponent in centuries their generals weren't competent and their military tactics were out of date. Swiftly, the Cupernian soldiers ransacked the villages between the marsh, all the way up to Celia heights. By the time the Vivernian army arrived to deal with the problem, almost every settlement had been burned down, the men all killed and women captured.

The Vivernian general ordered his army to drive off the invader, but after a brief fight, the Vivernians routed and the invaders kept raiding nearby villages. After a month of failed counter-attacks and skirmishes, the Vivernian government offered peace. The Cupernians annexed everything they had pillaged and demanded 25% of Vivernia's yearly income. The negotiations ended on the 11th of Tiennor, 712 BA.

War for Tetecia

After their horrendous defeat, the Vivernian military and government began panicking about the idea that Valhértis might exploit their weakness and retake what they lost in the previous war, ending Vivernian independence. As the politicians and lords debated how the problem could be solved, the new generals who had been promoted after the old ones had failed, began coming up with war plans. On the 4th of Tvenor in the year 708 BA, the Vivernian government decided that defense would be their best option, but the new generals disagreed and disobeyed the orders that they had received from the capital. In the evening of the same day, the generals and their armies crossed the river under the cover of darkness and secured their landing spots. When the government discovered their treason, they ordered the generals who had remained behind to go after them with the remnants of the Vivernian army, but they, and the individual soldiers all refused and sided with the ambitious generals.

By the time the generals responsible for the invasion had heard that they'd been declared traitors, they had already occupied Tetecia, and the Vivernian army moved forward to the Duchy of Meréndis, a Valhértisian territory of the shores of the Southgulf. Valhértis had never properly recovered from the War of Retribution, even after a hundred years, they still struggled and although their country had been recovering, the speed at which they did had been horrendous and would it would have taken them another few centuries to return to normal. Due to all of these problems, the Valhértisian surrendered as soon as the Vivernian army reached Meréndis. Soon after, a peace treaty was signed, but instead of the government or the monarch of Vivernia, the generals signed it, showing their authority over such matters.

Military Reform of 698 BA

The king abolished the old professional army and adopted a levy based system instead. The professional soldiers had proven to be untrustworthy and supporters of treasonous generals. In 697 all generals who were accused of treason were pardoned following a massive riot that had happened after the populace had heard that the heroes of their country were to be executed.

The Invasion

In 155 BA the armies of the Invader, Simin l'Krenvox, arrived near the Cupernian marsh and demanded the full unconditional surrender of Vivernia. When the king refused such outrageous demands, the Invader's armies, full of enslaved goblinoids, orcs, humans, and Aberati, crossed the border and tore through the local garrisons. After the first few months of nonstop fighting, the Invader's forces focused their efforts on other countries to the west, leaving a smaller force behind. Despite such an event, the Vivernians still couldn't drive the foreigners back and they fled to the heavily fortified city of Vivoni. There the Vivernians held their ground, but as the years went by, no opportunities presented to go on the offensive, and so they waited.

The standstill continued on for centuries, but by 6 BA, the Vivernians gave up on the idea of waiting for things to get better, none had even remembered why or when the war had even started and so their new generation of Vivernian soldiers and officers wanted change. In the late winter, they suddenly attacked a camp held by the Invader's Aberati. The attack had been successful, but all progress stopped a few days later when they discovered that many of their officers had their minds taken over by the foul aberrations of nature. With their plans foiled, they went back on the defensive.

In 1 BA more of the Invader's forces left Vivernia to fight against Hillen's army to the west, giving the Vivernians the perfect opportunity to go on the offensive. By the time the explosion at Athe had occurred, their armies had liberated half of their country and with the Invader dead, the rest of the occupying forces had been easy to expel from Vivernian soil.

The Bloodleaf War

A war breaks out between Helendriel, a successor state to the old Valhértisian Imperium, over Helendrian smuggles bringing a vile and dangerous plant called Bloodleaf to Vivernia's black market. As Helendriel's people, government, and army have become even more decadent and self-pitying, the Vivernian armies shatter their enemies forces, sending them running home. After two years of avoiding large battles, Helendriel surrendered, conceding the Duchy of Meréndis and the Wetlands to Vivernia.

Demography and Population

Residents by species (1567 AA)

Species Percentage
Humans 71%
Elhen 28%
Others 1%

Residents by ethnicity (1567 AA)

Ethnicity Percentage
Vivernian 66%
Sehenians 21%
Rehenians 7%
Cupernians 4%
Others 2%

Territories

Military

The Vivernian Army is a professional military force. All healthy Vivernian men between the ages of 16-30 have to serve at least two years in the military. Once someone has served their two years, they will have to go to biyearly training camps that are organized by the state.

Men who work as officers or professional soldiers are highly respected by most Vivernians, although there are a few who resent them for serving a dictatorial government.

Education

Vivernian children have to go through a school program that teaches the child about Vivernian values, the virtue of loyalty, and basic martial arts. Girls are taught religion and reading instead of martial arts.
Location of Vivernia
Founding Date
Military Dictatorship - 1248 AA
Kingdom - 848 BA
Type
Geopolitical, Republic
Demonym
Vivernian
Government System
Oligarchy
Power Structure
Unitary state
Economic System
Mixed economy
Legislative Body
Union Speaker - Writes laws
Lord Protector - Passes the laws
Judicial Body
Local officers - Minor criminal offenses Six members of the UVO - Major criminal offenses
Neighboring Nations

Allies

The two nations are in the Eastern Entente.

Allies

The two nations are in the Eastern Entente.

Comments

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16 Dec, 2018 20:13

Very nicely done! Great detail and easy to understand. The politics and history seem very creative and unique

17 Jan, 2019 09:04

Great article! I love the history of the Vivernian military dictatorship and the sheer effort you put into it. I also like the touch of conscription here and the mapwork is really nice as well. You could do a bit with linking stuff like the eastern wntente and possibly Vivernia as well.. I also have to ask how and where you made the flag and maps? It adds a very nice touch to the story. Keep up the good work!

17 Jan, 2019 09:15

Thanks! The map was made in photoshop and I used the Sketchy Cartography Brushes by StarRaven. All of my flags were made using FlagMaker 1.7

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