|12, 43.55511, 135.47753|
|Qolna (Independent City)|
|Founded||ca. mid-5th c. BC|
|Grant of Rights||566|
|Patron Saint||Sansu Rafaelu, Sansa Maria ar-Napolo|
|• Maire||Esre Viyaserhala|
|• Estimate (2016)||775,641|
|• Census (2013)||773,908|
|Ethnic Groups||Mauroi (94%), Others or non-reported (6%)|
Qolna er-Massaeya Iola, or simply and most commonly Iola, is the largest city Mauretia and principal city of the capital region. As of 2013, it had a population of 773,908. It is the hub city of the combined Massaeyi metropolitan area, with a population of 1.8 million. Iola is situated on the Sea of Uthyra, nearly at the midpoint of the Maureti coastline. Although Mauretia does not have a constitutionally designated seat of government, Iola is an institutional hub for the country. Parliament, most governmental offices, embassies, and international organizations are located within the city. Iola is also the economic hub of Mauretia, as it houses the majority of economic bureaus and exchanges, media outlets, and all five of the ten largest companies in the nation.
Iola is one of the oldest cities in Mauretia. It was founded by Fonetai tribes during their initial settlement of the region. The original settlement was chosen because of a natural harbor, protected from the sea by being set inside the Kaufama strait and between two large hills. The city grew in importance during the Romantish period but competed with nearby Tenya, which was constructed by the merchants at a natural harbor a little further south. Nevertheless, Iola remained a major trading center even after the collapse of the Romantish society. During Maureti unification, Iola was pacified and rebuilt as a major port. The government was located in nearby Sansu Andaros su Apostili before ultimately being relocated to other locations with the reforms of the sixteenth century. Due to its relatively central location and easy access, the city thrived as an economic and cultural nexus.
Iola was first established on the eastern shore of the Sea of Uthyra in the sixth or fifth century BC by Fonetai tribes in migration. The exact date of establishment has been lost, and little remains from the original settlement. In the second century BC, Romantish merchants conquered the city and integrated it into their merchant state. The city culturally and even economically resisted Romantization, so the merchants pacified nearby Tenya. Iola remained important during this time period but was smaller than its Romantish neighbor. The Christic movement was introduced during this time period, and the first church was built. The Qatedrala Sansa Ludia (Saint Lydia Cathedral), although its third building, has remained in continuous operation. Since then, the city has been the seat of the Metropolitan of Iola, whose ecclesiastical province contains all of central Massaeya. The economic collapse of the fifth century greatly diminished the importance of the more Romantish-influenced Tenya, whereas the more cosmopolitan Iola thrived. It became the gathering place of many peoples across the peninsula. The city expanded, was fortified, and became independent.
Iola remained independent for the fifth and sixth centuries, as the commanding city of the entire coastline from Zemri south to the Bisqur Bay. It periodically skirmished with the Principality of Iqosa over control of the Fluva As-Sava. These battles never evolved into full-scale war. The general peace and stability brought economic success to Iola. In 631, King Akasil besieged the city in his attempt to unify the regional powers under his control. The city resisted his army and was a more superior naval force. The first siege failed, but Akasil tried a second time in 632 and again in 634. During the siege of 634, Princess Daya was attempting to broker a peace treaty that would unify the Ioloi kingdom with the newly coalescing Mauroi state. King Akasil died in battle as the city walls were being breached in August of that year. The new queen, Daya did not want to see the city destroyed by the marauding army. She quickly pushed a peace treaty to spare the city. Under the terms of the treaty, Iola was absorbed into the new state and retained all its rights. The city would be repaired and facilities expanded. Queen Daya later moved her palace to the area nearby Iola called Sansu Andaros su Apostili. As the centerpiece of the Mauroi kingdom, Iola continued to grow and prosper. By the thirteenth century, it was one of the richest and most economically powerful cities along the coastal areas of the Uthyran Sea.