Opulensi Empire

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The Opulensi Empire arose from the Opulensi states, a number of small nations on the then Western edge of the known world, most notably that of Epichirisi. Finally, King Charitas I of that state conquered his neighbors and forged a single, unified empire. After their unification, the Opulensi proved to be an extremely strong power, conquering several of the Arta Xorti nations near them, most notably the sacred island of Dinyart. A long rivalry with Treha and the Empire of the Trilui ensued, eventually ending with the destruction of the latter and the current supremacy of the Opulensi Empire.


[edit] Geography

The Opulensi Empire was originally an island state, located on the western half of the great Spice Isle. This is located on the northern edge of the Nakalani, and just southeast of the Kbrilma Sea. Later conquests saw the inclusion of the islands of Dinyart, the Chimoai Islands, Soui, Linlui, and Vinui, as well as the mainland possession of the Athean Peninsula.

Principle Opulensi cities include Epichirisi (the capital), Halq, Ormiskos, and Treha.

[edit] History

Long a rival of the Trilui nations, the Opulensi were, however, disunited and disparate. This only began to change with the advent of Charitas I (r. c.77-124 SR, who was a military reformer and a devious political mind. He restructured the militia system to create the most effective non-professional force in the world, and simultaneously made diplomatic overtures to the next most powerful Opulensi state, Ormiskos, which culminated in the peaceful annexation of the latter.

He then launched a series of campaigns against the nearby states of Kalos and Leheb; the former fell with startling rapidity and little loss of life, whereas the latter were only barely able to withstand his attacks. Not coincidentally, this series of wars also triggered the start of the colonization of the far east by Opulensi colonists. A large new merchant guild was consolidated and quite successful, and though his attempt to declare himself divine failed miserably (and, indeed, resulted in the conversion of the nation to Indagahor, his rule was easily the most important of Opulensi history.

The Opulensi battled against climatic shifts even as the Trilui opened up the island nation of Dinyart, an action which eventually led to the Opulensi intervention that annexed the island and put tensions at an all time high. Colonies were founded towards the east as the Opulensi struggled to maintain a monopoly (or near-monopoly) on the trade with Leun. Late in this period, the Daharai were founded, an order devoted to an almost religious degree of militarism, fanatically loyal to the king.

Eventually, the tensions burst over, and as the Trilui Empire began to fall due to troubles in its western heartland, the Opulensi made their move, first overwhelming the Trilui ally of Treha and capturing the great harbor there, then using that as a base to attack first the eastern Trilui possessions, and then everything that was not part of the mainland Trilui Empire (which became the Empire of Helsia). Now the dominant marine power in the world, the Opulensi are far and away the greatest power in their region.

[edit] Culture

Opulensi are, as a people, obsessed with gathering wealth, but they have also acquired quite an appetite for blood. Traditionally their states have been seafaring, merchantile nations to an almost absurd degree, but they have in recent years become a more militaristic, disciplined, expansionist people, especially with the rise of the Daharai philosophy. Opulensi colonists have formed the basis for numerous other states -- Tars, Cynta, New Kalos, Erlias, Ichan, and Leun.

Opulensi arts have always been of excellent craftsmanship but unfortunately elaborate in make; their sculpture and architecture is undistinguished. On the other hand, their coinage is among the best in the world, and would be used for dating by historians for many years to come.

The empire is almost exclusively composed of adherents to Indagahor, the mystic philosophy that is common to the eastern spice islands.

[edit] OOC

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