|10, 16.6316, 53.3441|
|The Ancient Republic of Arion|
"Από τα λόγια των Αρχαίων"
From the words of the Ancients
|Government||Joint Participatory and Elected Arionic Democracy|
|• Thysal of the Council of 200|
|• Speaker of the People|
|• High Magistrate|
|• Upper house||Council of 200|
|• Lower house||House of the People|
|Currency||Eliaithos (𝜉 ) (ETOS)|
Arion is a country in West Uletha located on the eastern coast of the Sea of Uthyra near the Liberian Strait. The capital is located in the city of Seleves, and other major cities are Amaniki, Laros, Pasapolias, Cretra, and Lympi.
- 1 History
- 2 Pre-1500 AD
- 3 Post 1500 AD
- 4 Geography
- 5 Government
Arion was inhabited by scattered proto-mazanic tribes since at least 3000 BCE. They were primarily hunter-gatherers and roamed the land. Little is known about them today, although recent archaeological excavations in the province of Selebes are beginning to paint a picture of a hunter gatherer nation with a few major settlements that began a steep decline around 500 BCE, and were small in number and scattered by the time the hellanesians arrived. 
Arrival of the Hellanesians
As the Hellanesians spread out from the eastern Uythran, they came across Arion around 300 BCE. They established small outposts, and their presence continued to grow. By 100 BCE they have settled further inland and various city states have sprung up, taking advantage of the rich soil in the south. Cretra is the most prosperous of these city-states. This is around the time that the Hellanesians begin to travel out through the Liberian Strait, so the Arionic Peninsula becomes an important place to keep under their control. The northern side of the peninsula and the many island begin to be truly settled around this time as well, although they are nowhere near the prosperity of the south. 
Beginning in 100 AD, the Romantian Empire sweeps through Arion and the strait, and they become the furthest provinces of the powerful empire. The romantians bring their new religion as well, and do not tolerate the old religion. Their rule is marked by major rebellions in 245, 260, and 295 AD, which loosened the empire's tight grip on the peninsula. As the empire is embroiled in wars elsewhere, the rebellion of 325 AD takes back the Arionic Peninsula for the hellanesians, with the southern city-state of Cretra and the northern city-state of Pasapolis leading the rebellion and becoming the geopolitical centers. The peninsula is split between four hellanesian states, Cretra, Pasapolias, Amaniki, and Selebes.
And so begins the golden age of the Arionic Peninisula. The states foster culture and knowledge and are prosperous. In 500 AD the states of Amaniki and Selebes merge (forming the state of Amaniki-Selebes) to combat the growing dominance of Cretra and Pasapolias, with the Treaty of Laros. The states are peaceful towards each other. The democratic governments are un-demanding. However, the looming threat of another empire, the Mazanic Empire prompts the states to merge into one entity for greater strength against the Mazanic, with the second Treaty of Laros in 598 AD. Although each state retains some independence as provinces of the new Republic of Arion, the government is now firmly based in Pasapolias, which was selected to balance out the natural dominance of the south on governance.
The new country of Arion is able to keep the increasingly hawkish Mazanic Empire at bay for a century, but in 702 AD Mazan launches a massive attack and quickly decimates the border, rapidly taking Pasapolias and the north. The south is quickly conquered as well, and by 703 Mazan is able to control all traffic on the eastern and western sides of the strait. The "Uthyran Area Powers" intervene in 735 and stalemate for a few years until they just barely manage to force out Mazan in 746. Skirmishes and small battles continue until 750, but from 750 and on the Arionic Peninsula is mostly out of Mazanic hands. The Republic is reinstated with support from the "Uthyran Area Powers" and re-establishes itself with the capital in Seleves. The 2nd treaty of Laros is signed with Mazan in 751. Mazan continues to hold the land just north of Pasapolias.
From 868 until 1500, there are a series of small wars and many skirmishes in the area of land just north of Pasapolias, and the city itself changes hands multiple times between the Mazanic in Aden and Arion. In 984 , as Mazan grows in strength, it invades the northern islands of Arion, but fails to get any further and is repulsed by 1088. These conflicts are collectively known as the Pasapolias Wars. During this time the republic grows and prospers still, and expands into neighboring areas. However, it is embroiled in many small wars in the east and overseas around 1200, and loses many of the gains it made. In 1423 they make first contact with the Castellanese and shortly after the Kalmish and the Ingerish. They make an alliance with the Castellanese and therefore their allies the Ingerish to allow safe passage and peace, and good relations follow.
Post 1500 AD
Expansion of Arion
In 1760 Arion began expanding into what is now Aden, and controlled much of the inland territory, although independent Aden remained on some of the coast. They held most of the territory from 1775 to 1783, and after 1783 they began to slowly lose mcuh of the territory due to unrest. In 1803, their territory had been reduced by half of its greatest extent, and Arion was occupied elsewhere, so made the decision (strongly backed by the public), to sell the land to Aden and sign a peace treaty. The land was sold for around 0.3E per acre, which gave Arion around 555,874.00𝜉. The third Treaty of Laros was signed in 1804.
Peak of Expansion
The highest point of Arion is Mount Oyranόirekenes, which reaches 4632m in height, and towers over all other mountains in the central range.
References and Notes
- Rodham, G., DiAngelo, N. and Jackson, S. (2012) 'Proto-Mazanic Villages in Arion', Journal of the Uthrya Archaeology Institute, 132(24), pp. 24-78.
- Chorizos, B (2017) Comprehensive History of Pre-Golden Age Arion , 12 edn., Selebes: Gyres Books.