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Svanska Empire

The Empire of the North. The Winter Kingdom. The dragon empire that ruled all the lands west of the Savage Mountains for two thousand years. Initially a prosperous realm that saw widespread peace, it met its inevitable ruin at the hands of a dragon, human, and horse alliance, after centuries of growing corruption and improper leadership.

Structure

Rising from a simple kingdom, the Svanska Empire is ruled by the Hervald, the 'Great Sovereign', who stands above the jarls (the princes or dukes) of the realm. The jarls oversee wide swaths of land, essentially operating as petty-king who pay homage to the over-king. Below the jarls are the hustcharl, the retainers, bodyguards, and members of the jarl's court, who in times of peace see to the administrative duties of the jarldoms and in times of war form the leaders of the army. The hustcharls are usually dragons, however, the occasional Rhynodd was granted the title, something that often put them at odds with their fellows.

Disbandment

The Svanska Empire lasted for nearly two thousand years before it was finally toppled, a catastrophic event caused by by a combination of deteriorating leadership, an alienated noble class, and an unprecedented alliance of human, horse, and dragon. The end of the empire led to the fracturing and founding of many smaller kingdoms and a long period of turbulence and strife as people struggled to fill the power vacuum left by the empire.

DISBANDED/DISSOLVED

Frumen, Enden, Åven

The First, the Last, the Eternal

Type
Geopolitical, Empire
Capital
Anadun
Alternative Names

Svanska Thjåland (Svanling)

Tholann Sfanodd (Enisirran)

Demonym
Svanling
Leader Title
Hervald
Head of State
Hervald
Head of Government
Hervald
Government System
Monarchy, Absolute
Power Structure
Feudal state
Currency
The official currency of the empire is the rikstater, a large silver coin with a hole in the middle, a design feature included for the ease of handling by dragonclaws.
Official Languages

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