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Rebels against the West Island

This is the alliance of all the factions that make up the rebels of the Zeribian Revolution of Der Fem. This organisation is the precursor to Der Fem (country).  

background

The seeds of the alliance were sown when the Gwarngad contract was made between the ruling Zeribian nobility of Toad Cape and the Republic of Free West Island, that guaranteed the nobles larger self-government rights over their people. The goal of the contract was to pacify the groving Zeribian community, but in the end the common people ended up suffering both from the farenisation programs of the Republic, as well as undemocratic governance and harsh religious purity rules that the nobles were imposing on them. The leading forces of the revolution turned out to be the wealthy middle class of traders and artisans, who saw it as a change of liberating themselves from the nobility's rule.  

progression

The rebellion forces took over Toad Cape in 800 AH. For the next two decades the rebellion forces had partial reign over the western parts of the island, fighting occasional battles with the Republic and the nobles. Finally the rebellion managed to unify themselves with the nobles, and succeeds into driving out the remaining forces of the Republic 819 AH. The Rebels the transform into the Kingdom of Der Fem. The outcome of the Rebellion was a disappointment for many of the members, because Der Fem became a pretty conservative Zeribian state, unlike the multiethnic community the rebellion had been.  

Subsidiary organisations

  Zeribian families
Many Zeribian families were part of the alliance. A couple of them were noble houses, most notably, Šamper, the family of Ûšum Biz Xefkam Šamper Nezen, whom the rebels crowned their king. In addition to the nobles, there were also prominent merchant and artisan families who saw the rebellion as a way to improve their standing. On of them was Šiwke, that managed to become noble during the revolution.

West Island citizens
Many anti-republic Faren factions also joined the revolution. Their main motivation was discontent towards the current politics of the Republic of Free West Island.
 

Relationships with other organisations

Zeribian factions
In the beginning of the revolution the indipendent Zeribian city states had a negative reaction to the revolution, which, at the time, was seen as a commoner rebellion against the zeribian nobles. Later, when they realised that the revolution had a chance of winning against the Republic, the revolution became more of a Zeribian independence movement, and the rebels gained their support.   The rebellion's relationships with the leading house of Crescent, Tyršan, was especially difficult, because the house of Šiwke Gwelzuh were the descendants of the old leaders of Crescent, and had tried claiming the throne to themselves. Tyršan forced Šiwke into denouncing all claims to the rulership of either Crescent or West Island in order to claim their support.   Mainlanders
Some factions from the mainland were also supporting the revolutionaries. They were motivated by a chance to get rid of the trade regulations that the Republic had imposed between the Continent and the Eastern Islands. Some city states such as Arensande (city state) were openly supporting the revolution, and send the revolutionaries soldiers and supplies. The others, including many prominent Faren city states such as Fares (Silford) were officially neutral, but many private factions were helping the revolutionaries. Even more important than the support the revolutionaries gained, was, however, the fact that many mainlanders refused to help the Republic.

Structure

The leading people in the rebellion were wealthy merchant families that were financing the cause. The most involved were Zeribian, but many others were supporting the cause. The symbolic leader of the rebellion was Šamper Nezen, a man coming from a noble Zeribian family who was crowned a king by the rebels. Other leaders include Šiwke Gwelzuh, Šiwke Kvešur and Burwiš-Gwar Sabaš

The governing system of the rebellion was a mix between a direct democracy and military hierarchy, where the military leaders of each members held the most power.
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Šiwke Gwelzuh, a military strategist and a long-time advisor of king Šamper Nezen
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Many rebels were wearing the Lunar pendant as their symbol.

800 - 810

Type
Illicit, Rebel
Successor Organization
Head of Government
Government System
Democracy, Direct
Subsidiary Organizations
Location

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Prelude

... 799 AH

What happened before the revolution began?

  • 799 AH

    1
    /1

    Kidnap of the impostor
    Criminal Activity

    A group of Farens kidnap the Impostor, a religious figure that was supposed to be sacrificed to the Zeribian god Usahdeg later that day. The festival turns into a day of bloody demonstrations as the angry Zeribian mob demands explanations from the Republic.

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  • 799 AH

    4

    The kidnappers are caught
    Life, Death

    The kidnappers of the Impostor are caught by the Republic when trying to enter Portsmouth). They are sentenced to death for treason in order to calm the Zeribian unrest.

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  • 800 AH

    2
    /1

    New Impostor is chosen
    Religious event

    A new impostor of Usahdeg (god) is chosen, they don't gain the full support of the people after a full year of religious chaos.

  • 800 AH

    7

    The Revolution begins
    Military action

    After months of futile protesting the Rebels against the West Island take over Toad Cape, slaughtering the local government officials.

Revolution

800 AH 820 AH

What happened during the Revolution?

  • 800 AH

    2
    /1

    New Impostor is chosen
    Religious event

    A new impostor of Usahdeg (god) is chosen, they don't gain the full support of the people after a full year of religious chaos.

  • 800 AH

    7

    The Revolution begins
    Military action

    After months of futile protesting the Rebels against the West Island take over Toad Cape, slaughtering the local government officials.

  • 801 AH

    20
    /1

    Rebellion forces are driven away
    Military action

    The rainy season ends and the Republic's forces arrive in Toad Cape to solve the rebellion. With the help of the local nobles the revolutionaries are driven out of the city, and make their base in the Northern countryside.

  • 811 AH


    Šamper Nezen is crowned
    Political event

    The rebels crown Šamper Nezen the King of Der Fem

  • 819 AH

    4

    The sacking of New Tower
    Military action

    The rebels drive the leaders of the Republic out of New Tower and take over the capital.

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10 Oct, 2020 23:09

I've seen much worse English from native speakers - you're doing fine! And I like this article very much; it's quite complex, even though it looks simple. Good work!

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12 Oct, 2020 10:29

Thanks, the revolution is in the center of the story I'm currently trying to figure out, so it's definitely quite complex, even in my head :D I should be almost native level at this point, but I mostly added it there to tell people I'm happy to take any corrections, because correcting native speakers of their grammar is pretty impolite.