Recent developments

Posted by Irgend Jemand on 19:21 11/20/01

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I've got some questions about the time in Almean history in wich we are now. For instance, how could Xurno be founded in the first place? After it had started to controll some territory, it could build the fortifications and organize it's society around war, but how did it get this territory at all? Those fortifications, were they developed over a certain time, or was it one person who had the idea for them? If it was, what kind of person was it? A prince or general, or perhaps a brilliant engineer?

As for Cheiy, why exactly did it develop a rather republican form of government? I mean, I see how in the early years after the beginning of the Axunnaic chaos, this was the only place with some concern for justice, but how exactly did this evolve into government by a senate?

One last question about the plain: At approximately what time did the people there start to think of the Cadhinorian Empire as history? Of course it ended officially with the death of Ertala, but I suppose that people generally thought that it was a thing of the past long before that. But then again, in the early dark years, the emperors where still actively doing things as emperors. So in what period did people more or less stop to think "We live in the Cadhinorian Empire" and started to think "Ah yes, back then there was the Cadhinorian Empire" instead?

Mark responds:

1. The initial fortifications were disguised as waterworks, something the Gelyet didn't understand; and since they were well out of the cities they were left alone, even during their chastisement of the Xurnese c. 2528-29. The Gelyet then rode north to conquer the eastern Coruo, then Sarnae. The Xurnese took the opportunity to finish their walls. The local Gelyet (or more precisely, Gelyet-allied nomads left behind as the main force advanced northward) tried to stop them, but were defeated. By the time the main horde returned (c. 2540), the walls had been built up sufficiently to resist them.

2. Cheiy developed as it did largely for negative reasons: it had no particular need for an absolute monarch. It was a colonial society; a good deal of freedom was needed to encourage colonists to start towns, farms, and trade networks. Security needs were minimal; there were no large indigenous populations to conquer; no waterworks to build. Absolute rule would have provided no good and plenty of ill; aristocrats would be of little more use. A republic fit their needs best.

3. In 2792. :)

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