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|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||The Eliaithos (ETOS)|
Arion was inhabited by scattered proto-mazanic tribes since at least 3000 BCE. They were hunter-gatherers and roamed the land. Little is known about them today.
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 loosen 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 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 and stalemate for a few years until they just barely manage to force out Mazan. Skirmishes and minor wars continue until 850, 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 Amaniki.
The republic grows and prospers once again, and expands into neighboring areas. However, it is embroiled in many small wars in 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. However, the Kalmish set up a small outpost on the Island of Rakos, and proceed to set up a small colony there and on the shore, violently forcing out the native Arionites so they can get a hold on part of the Liberian Strait. They also make a largely useless claim on the Arionic Peninsula. This outrages the Arionic government, and as such the Rakos War begins. Arion is funded and backed by Ingerland and Castellan, whereas Kalm is backed by Limont and Florescenta. The war ends with the Treaty of Lesviers, and results in a much smaller Kalmish exclave and a substantial payment to the Arionic government. Although Arion was possibly more of the winner, the war is generally regarded as a stalemate. Relations were strained between Kalm and Arion for many years later.