The Iuvenis Dynasty
OverviewFor the denizens of the known world, be they Elf, Dwarf, Man or any of the many races that scatter the globe, there is one nation that rushes immidiately to mind when topics turn to human civilisations. That is the Iuvenis Dynasty. A proud and mighty naval empire that stands as a monument to human innovation and determination, a bastion of their will and splendeour - the beating heart of the Human kingdoms scattered accross the globe. The Iuvenis Dynasty rules from the Great Cardinal, the jewel of their empire - and indeed human civilisation as a whole. The city serves as the seat of power for the fourteenth sovereign of the empire - Imperitrix Pricilla Iuvia - a supposedly direct decendent of the first emperor Felix Iuvia. It is traditional for the reigning Imperial Sovereign to take the name "Iuvia" as their own last name to symbolise their devotion to the empire, and to symbolise their seperation from the noble house of their birth, as the Imperial Sovereign is required to be a neutral party in matters of law and state.
PeopleThe people of the Iuvenis dynasty and its territories are generally well educated and rather diplomatic. People are friendly and often charming, however with man this comes froma desire to gain favour with the other party, and not from genuine feelings. Shopkeepers and officials are known for flattery and smooth pursuasion, as they try to win customer loyalty or popular support. Even people on the street will try to win all the friends they can, in the hope of calling in favours down the line. This makes people of other cultures often suspicious of Iuvians.
TerrirotiesThe Dynasty's main cities lie on the mainland island Iuvia, after which the dynasty and its peoples are named. The island is home to three large coastal cities, all boasting impressive ports and buisness hubs. The rest of the empire's territory is scattered over the remaining Iuvian Islands and accross the Speculo Sea, over which it maintains absolute naval dominance. The Dynasty holds three overseas territories, along coastal regions of some of the continental landmasses of the known world.
The Motherland PhenomenonAlthough in naval strength the Dynasty is certainly without equal, their millitary power when looked at as a whole is matched by many other human nations - even happily outmatched by some of the more milliteristic realms. To be sure, the they are far from the most powerful nation in terms of their own millitary. Historically however they have no real need for a strong millitary, as they hold a huge diplomatic advantage over their rivals. The key to this advantage does not lie with a single person, faction or indeed in the Dynasty itself. Instead it lies within the heart and the mind of every human decended from the ancient denizens of Iuvia which, all things considered, is nearly every human in the known world. Iuvia is the supposed birthplace of mankind after all. All but a few, who can trace their ansecrty back to other sources, have Iuvian blood in their veins and this has seemingly caused a stange phenominon. Humans the world over feel a calling, a connection, to the Great Cardinal that seems to trancend rational emotion. The call can be so strong that it is rumored that even people who have never heard of the city, have sometimes set off towards it. The city calls to them, and they come in droves from the far corners of the word to undertake pilgrimages and see the city for themselves. Whatever it is that connects them to the Great Cardinal, it is exeptionally hard to convince those of Iuvien decent to take arms against their motherland, and equally as hard to stop them marching to its aid should she come under threat. This means that, although skirmishes along boarders or on the seas are not unheard of, a march on the Great Cardinal itself would gain little ground.
People of Note
- Imperitrix Pricilla Iuvia - Empress of the Iuvenis Dynasty
- Cassius Cato - Imperator Dicere
- Juliano Gratianus - Delegate of Bureaus
- Laurentina Augusta- Delegate of Treasurey
- Antonius Marius - Legatus Augusti (Head of Millitary)
The first to stand. The last to fall.
Trade Agreement, Millitary Access arrangement
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