The Remaran Empire was a large imperial state that at its height ruled all of Occident, as well as the Shyegh' Mountains and the Great North . It is famed today for its military achievements, adept administration, and the grandeur and authority of the emperor, all of which far surpass the achievements of later Occidental states.
Remara at its beginning was not an empire but a village, bound by the foetid waters of Lethe. Supposedly, Remara was founded by Remanus, a great chieftain who was himself descended from the semi-mythical Araneus (also known as Aranthur in Tarhusian mythology) who could trace his descent back to Feranos.
The reasons for Remara's fall are hotly debated by scholars, both Occidental and Oriental, but most trace the beginning of its decline to 370 BC, when the Great Insurrection, known also as the Merchant's Rebellion, occured. Initially orchestrated by wealthy merchant families in order to remove tariffs on their lucrative trade with the elves, the rebellion soon grew far larger than they were able to control, and both were put to the sword beneath a growing demand for independence for the western coast of Occident. Rapidly, the region devolved into warlordism, with local strongmen taking the place of the emperor's representatives. This state of affairs lasted for over a decade, the imperial administration and army unable to adequately respond to the civil and military crisis. Eventually, Aureli Maxem, a general, was sent west to restore order to the Silver Coast by any means necessary, and given complete autonomy and authority over the region. Within 2 years, Aureli declared his own independence in turn, forming the short-lived Empire of the Silver Coast. While the rebellion was eventually ended and Aureli executed, it was only by embracing and supporting the same warlords that had originally so vexed the Imperial Army; in exchange for their aid, they were allowed to retain their holdings along the Silver Coast. This practice of using the local strongmen that inevitably seized power following civil unrest gradually led to the fragmentation of power throughout the Empire.
Following this cataclysmic conflict, the empire experienced a series of famines, recessions, and depressions, caused by the devastation inflicted on the agricultural south and mercantile west. Eventually, political power followed economic power northwards, and the capital was relocated to the port city of Rumath. For the next one hundred and fifty years, the empire would continue to limp on, the churches gaining greater and greater lands and the Imperial Senate becoming ever more influential, until, in 120 BC, the Empire was abolished by the RSI.
1200 BC - 120
Holy Remaran Empire; Garic Empire
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