The Reformation Imperium
"Imarium, collmorium, falmorium" "Empire, Glory, Faith"
Also known as the New Empire, or shortened to the FI. People from the Reformation Imperium are known as Reformists.
It is united number of nations combined by both religious and cultural unity
The nations belong to a older empire which split apart upon the death of a great monarch
It is a elective monarchy
It worships both Celmorism and Reformed Celmorism
They speak and write Ulkart
The Reformation Imperium is a politically dangerous place, were conflicts are solved by intrigue more then combat
The Reformists are skilled diplomats and vicious monarchists
The Reformation Imperium is feared for their sizable armies and lands, but also for their expansionism
Population - 19,500,000
Manpower - 585,000 with 58,500 Professional Soldiers
Ships - 2390 ships
Wealth - Very Rich
Ulmarians live in central western Yulsol, a strong and highly noble human people known for not only their high resistance to corruption but also their familial honor and have been described by many as 'perfect humans'. Ulmarians often have very blackish hair and brown eyes, but rarely will have teal eyes. Ulmarians, while once a majority during the first empire, have dwindled to little more then a rare minority.
The Ilmarians are the common people of the Reformation Imperium, a people closely descended to the Ulmarians. While they share many physical features with Ulmarians, they are noticeably much shorter and not as strong. Also unlike the Ulmarians, Ilmarians can have blondish hair.
Narvarians are a minor ethnicity of the Ilmarians which live in the south most lands of the Reformation Imperium. They have only a slightly more tannish skin then others.
Nelborians are a northern ethnicity whom intermarried with northern woman, and are thus not considered true Ulmarians. Nelborians, in spite of the hatred of it, are called 'half breeds' due to their heritage.
The Elgomar Empire (1st Age)
The Elgomar Empire began as a small republic of nobles whom voted on issues in a small senate, isolated from the war through intense intrigue and by vassalizing smaller warrior estates. Through both technological superiority and grand armies, Elgomar would go on to conquer much of the Yulmor region. Belmot Delsgoar, a general and god-king, turned the empire into what was more popularly known as the Black and White empire, furthering the conquests and bringing glory to the empire. The empire was efficient and became a monarchy under Belmot. Belmot was revered by a friend of his, his priest Shalron whom revered the perfect man as a beacon of humanity. Belmot's death tore at Shalron hard, and was frightened when (in legend) the body of Belmot was lifted to the heavens by firry angels and smokey apparitions.
The Imperial Cult (1st Age)
Shalron would spend much of his life after the death of his friend, Belmot Delsgoar, spreading a new idea that Belmot was in fact god sent and was worthy to be worshipped as a chief of the gods, if not thee only true god. Amazingly, and disturbingly, the prayers of Shalron granted him unreal power beyond his fellow priests and allowed him to spread a new imperial cult. This cult was feared for it's zealotry and hated for it's desecration of temples to the gods and was declared by the emperors as a heresy. The persecution of the cult, combined with it's magical powers, often allowed the cult to expand and regrow anywhere in the empire. However, just as the cult was often too violent which led to it's vicious destruction over and over again in a unending cycle.
End of the Empire (1st Age)
The empire's days became numbered when a northern religion, shadow worshippers, invaded from the cold north and took land after land. This combined with other internal issues, which led to massive civil wars, massive coups, barbarian invasions, and corruption on scales unheard of. The empire's glory days became filled with decentralization and the separation of powers. It became common practice to give old lords new rights and independence in order to keep parts of the empire alive. As the empire continued to collapse around them, the great city of Ulmar fell and the royal family escaped southward.
Grand Duchy of Ingolmos (1st Age)
The royal family which inherited the empire were a very distant cadet branch of the Delsgoars were the Shaels, a family known for being easily puppeted and naive as well as incompetent. The Shaels were invited to the noble estate of Isbar, a southern barony, where many imperial assets were transported to when the city of Ulmar was sacked, and with it much of power the empire once had. The Shaels were horribly put into captivity by the lord of Isbar whom used their lord as a puppet over the other members of the state, but this soon backfired on him when the Shaels out smarted their captors and took his lands by buying out the house guard. The Shaels annexed much of Isbar's neighbors and reformed the once small barony into a grand duchy as the remains of the empire fell, leaving only pockets of the former civilization untouched.
Driving out the Barbarians (2nd Age, 10)
Ivar Shael, a fierce but also sickly man, was torn from the throne at a young age and forced to wander around as a meager mercenary until invited back to the throne of Ingolmos after the death of his pretender brother whom dethroned him. Ivar spent much of his time convincing the southern nobles to aid him in driving out the barbarians from the former capital of Ulmar and securing the northern lands. Ivar and his sons however were vicious diplomats and often in their campaigns would 'accidentally' kill entire family lines and force Shaels to move onto their thrones, securing their loyalty and lands after the wars. The campaigns were a great success in both securing northern territories and southern lands as well.
Davidian Loma (2nd Age, 55)
The Shael family line came to abrupt end when the 3rd son of Ivar, Davidian Shael became religious at a young age and began to follow a theology more popular amongst the southern baronies, pronouncing that Belmot was in fact a god and was a savior of men. Despite being pronounced a heretic by his family, Davidian rejected his surname of Shael in favor of Loma, which meant 'Holy Reborn' in the old tongues of men. Davidian was made a pretender to his brother's throne and won various victories, but also participated in three large-scale holy wars to spread the faith across the lands. Davidian Loma was well known for his mercy and generosity, but also his tolerance and zeal as well. Davidian died at a old age in his sleep and his body burned, starting a tradition of burning bodies of kings.
The Reforium Empire (2nd Age, 78)
Davidian's sons were plagued with issues, including infertility and stillborns, and the Loma family line had continued issues with the surviving Shaels. The empire which Davidian created was a reborn empire known as the Reforium Empire, literally meaning Reformed. The Reforium was controlled by a single family, but had large vassals which had to keep control due to the frailty of the Lomas. In order to try to produce heirs, the Lomas married many of their vassals to the family, which caused rising tensions amongst the ambitious. The Reforium was known to start large-scale holy wars on their neighbors to spread the Reformed Faith, but were often beaten back due to various territorial issues or by overly powerful coalitions.
The Schism (2nd Age, 112)
During the Reformist era of the Lomas had issues with a rising number of Celmorites whom rejected the reformation and began to form a more organized religion, the Palmorium. The Palmorium was structured theocracy which unified much of the Celmorites at first, but many traditionalists rejected the centralized religion. Instead, the Palmorium became a reformist institution which organized the reformists beliefs and rituals, thus making the differences between the two faiths more severe. The Pale Cleric, leader of the Reformist Celmorites, exiled many Celmor priests from the courts and placed a imperial ban from the heavens on the Celmorites, causing religious tensions between the two.
The Empire Splits (2nd Age, 255)
The Loma family line eventually came to a end when the last of the male emperors died, resulting the empire going under control Empress Relmaria Loma, whom already married to the Arch Duke of Nafia in a normal marriage. Despite attempts to try to divorce her husband to marry a lover whom would bare Loma children, nothing came except more Loma girls which were considered bastards. Instead of collapsing upon the death of the empress, the empire instead split and became divided between smaller states one ruled by a larger monarch, but were still bound by imperial law. The empire became a elective monarchy, since by all means the Loma family line still flowed through many veins of minor lords whom would elect amongst them to become emperor in a great elective.
The Celmorite Civil War (2nd Age, 311)
While many lords believed in the reformed faith, many other lords did not. A vicious and controversial election of the first Celmorite Emperor, Aldo Pesce of Tremos, was quick to try to reform the empire to reject the reformists. Aldo was closely tied to another possible emperor, Marco Ronchi, whom gathered his host to dethrone the Pesces from power. Aldo and Marco both died on the battlefields near the coast, during the Battle of Port Velnora. The war ended unofficially when Aldo's son Gaslo Pesce converted to Reformed Celmorism and made it official that only Reformed Celmorites could become emperor, which caused a very clear and angry split in the imperium amongst the two religions.
The Volt Heresy (2nd Age, 455)
The Volt Heresy was a Reformed Celmorism heresy which proclaimed that Belmot's elder son Volt was a god as well, along with many proclaimed saints in the reformed Celmor temples. The Volt Heresy started from a priest named Volt himself whom spread the word of his religion amongst northern lords both inside and outside the empire. The Volt heretics were very subtle and peaceful, and believed that humanity was the only true race worthy of being landed lords, and thus all non-humans were sinful and could only be rebuked of their sin through floggings and captivity to receive heaven and become human in the afterlife. The Volt heretics eventually would become violent when the Volt zealot Espar the Zealot took the rich city-state of Paolio and made it a hellish state for 10 years before being retaken and annexed by a northern lord.
The Volt Crusade (2nd Age, 479)
As the Volt heresy spread further, the Volt Crusade was launched by the Pale Cleric Lamos XI, whom declared all Volt heretics to be servants of evil. The crusade crushed many northern Volt lords, but also spread to non-imperial lands in the north and forced them into the empire. There was great cruelty during the crusade, as the crusading lords did terrible and unspeakable things to the local families and entire cities were put to the sword. The worse atrocity was when the neutral city of Kentarius was surrounded and was promised no harm if they converted back to the faith. Kentarius did so, but when they allowed the crusading knights in, the city's population was slaughtered to the last and many skinned alive, their corpses nailed to the walls of the city. The crusade, while successful, had also made the empire infamous and hated, breaking many trade contracts and alliances with those involved.
The Righteous Reforms (2nd Age, 566)
Years after the Volt heresy, the empire was in technological decline, but became a beacon of the arts. Artists, paid by both emperors and the church, began to move into the cities more often and made wonderful works of art. The Imperium became a patron of various artistic schools, and the capital of Ulmar became known as the City of Marble due to the many marble and gilded structures the city had. In order to keep up with the issues of technological decline, Emperor Gia III ordered the Righteous Reforms which separated the church from their stranglehold on studies and gave patronage to foreign school masters. The reforms brought various new inventions, but these reforms have always remained unpopular amongst the church since. The reforms had also expanded monopolies and guild powers.
Eastern Union (2nd Age, 634)
Eastern parts of the empire, whom remained traditional Celmorites. During the reign of Emperor Lazzaro II, the emperor passed many administration reforms which reduced the power of singular elective kings and dramatically increased the power of the emperor himself. Lazzaro was a vicious Reformist Celmorite whom despised the traditional Celmorites and often openly called them heretics. In order to curb the emperor's powers, a eastern coalition within the empire formed against him known as the Eastern Union which gained heavy outside support from the empire's many enemies. The Eastern Coalition became more of a innovative and secular center for the empire compared to the very religious and cultural west.
The Great Imperial Civil War (2nd Age, 658)
When Lazzaro II died, his son was made the emperor also known as Lazzaro III. Lazzaro III was a zealot and spent most of his time in the church and was ultimately cruel to those whom opposed him. When a eastern elector visited the capital city of Ulbar, Lazzaro had him seized and burned at the stake as a heretic and had proclaimed any non-reformist saint's burial sites to be defiled. These actions led to a massive civil war between the Eastern Coalition and the emperor, but soon there were other involved states such as a northern group of nobles, various bishoprics, and even smaller republics which had their own individual revolts to separate from the empire. The emperor ultimately lost the war and his life, and the empire split. What remains are the loyal states.
Current Event (2nd Age, 700)
The 7th reign of the Arch Dukes of Nafia has led to new issues of imperial administration and possible corruption in the elective, as the remaining states of the empire suffer from further revolts and economic issues from the great civil war. Only a fragile alliance with former states keeps the Reformation Imperium afloat from total collapse.