Wesmandy

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Realm of Wesmandy
Flag of WesmandyRoyal Arms of Westmandy
FlagCoat of arms
Motto:
"One people, in One realm"
Capital
and largest city
Eskwick
National languagesIngerish
DemonymWesman
GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
 • King
 • Prime Minister
LegislatureParliament of Wesmandy
 • Upper houseWitanmoot
 • Lower houseFolkmoot
Area
 • Total36,476 km2
14,084 sq mi
Population
 • Census (2011)2,564,773
 • Density70.3/km2
HDIIncrease 0.85
very high
TimezoneWUT+2
CurrencyPound (£) of 100 cents
Drives on theleft
Internet TLD.wm

The Realm of Wesmandy is a country situated in northwestern Uletha, on the Dihobarth Peninsula. It has separate coasts to the northeast and southwest, and borders the countries of Ionadàlba to the west, Vinnmark to the east and Kalm to the southwest. The island mini-state of Cernou is situated off the southwest coast. The population is 2,564,773 (2011 census).

Etymology

"Wesmandy" stems from Wesman, a shortened version of "West man", which was a name used to describe the Knight Venturers who conquered the country in the 13th century.

History

Early Devnunii period

Expansion into Pechtish territory of the Devnunii (brown) and Goidaligs (green arrows), 400s CE
The Devnunii - a tribe of Brethanic Celts - was one of the two earliest-known peoples to occupy the Dihobath Peninsula; the other being the more populous Pechts to the west. These two tribes were constantly at war with one another and when, in c.400 CE, Goidalig invaders arrived, the Devnunii allied with them against their old enemies. In the subsequent wars the Pechts were pushed into a small southern area, the Goidaligs conquered most of western Dihobarth and the Devnunii expanded their territory southwestwards.

The advent of Christicism

Missionaries from the Patriarch of Ynyspur first arrived in Devnun in the late 10th century. Initially they met resistance, but over the following decades Devnunians started adopting the new religion. The Diocese of Caerlyn was established in 1024, and became an archdiocese in 1070. King Mawgan III became a Christican in 1068, and in 1094 his son, King Elowen, declared Christicism to be the official religion of the realm, making Devnun the first officially Christic state among the Brethanic Celts.

Knight Venturers and the defeat of the Norðmanni

From about the 10th century, Devnun, along with other Caeltig lands, suffered sporadic coastal attacks by Norðmanni raiders. These attacks increased in frequency and extent in the 11th and 12th centuries, and by the late 1100s the Norðmanni were establishing their own settlements on the north coast of Devnun, and looking as though they could overrun the whole country. The same fate was befalling other Caeltig realms, particularly Ionadàlba, Morionys and Rhysiog, and the Vinnish lands to the east. King Meryn of Devnun turned for help to his father-in-law Richard of Banley, Grand Master of the Order of Knight Venturers.

Although established with noble and holy intentions, the Knight Venturers were, in effect, an army of seaborne mercinaries. The order had a multi-national membership, but its main leaders and working language were Ingerish. It had a number of temporary bases but was frequently pressured to leave by its host countries. Banley's price for coming to the aid of his father-in-law was a permanent homeland for his order. The Devnunii agreed to grant them territory in the north of the kingdom, around the future shires of Cilveyland and Eskland, as an autonomous duchy.

The Knight Venturers and their armies began arriving in Devnun in 1204. They set up bases in their newly-granted duchy but also elsewhere along the northern coasts of Devnun, Ionadàlba and Vinnmark, and in the Cambric lands across Morcanol Bay. The new arrivals quickly became known as the "West men", as opposed to the Norðmanni or "North men"; and in Ingerish "West man" became abbreviated to Wesman. The Venturers' Grand Master became known as the Duke of the Wesmans.

Over the next quarter century the loose alliance of Wesmans, Devnunii and Cambric forces succeeded in driving the Norðmanni out of mainland Devnun and the Cambric lands. The Venturers' unparalleled seamanship and skill at naval warfare were crucial in achieving this. The peoples of Norhavon and the Vinnish lands were less successful, and remained subject to Norðmanni domination. In Ionadàlba Venturers established a permanent presence but without fully evicting the Norðmanni, leading to that country's unique blend of cultures (Ingerish/Wesman, Norðic, Gaelig and Pechtish).

After victory over the Norðmanni was achieved, the Wesmen were unwilling to confine themselves to the territory of their original allocated duchy. This led to a new and lengthy conflict with their former allies. The Cambry succeeding in ousting the Wesmans, but Devnun and Grum were to suffer a different fate.

The Wesman conquest

See also: Duchy of Wesmandy

The Devnunii attempts to oust the Wesmans were never successful, usually leaving the Wesmans with more territory than they had before. Treaties were signed but soon broken. The only lasting accord was the Treaty of Stoneleigh of 1268, in which borders were agreed, assigning the Devnunian "Northlands" and Grum to the Duke of Wesmandy, but recognizing the suzerainty of the Devnunian leader as King of all Devnun. Grum remained outside the realm of Devnun, so that the Duke of Wesmandy was both an independent sovereign (in Grum) and a vassal lord (in Devnun), but the vassalage was more nominal than real.

The "Stoneleigh Peace" ended suddenly in 1304 when King Rewan "the Reckless" entered into an alliance with King Iolo I of Rhysiog to rid his realm of the Wesmans, in return for which Rewan would then assist Iolo in his conflict with the Lordship of Cwmaur. Rewan's forces attacked the Northlands en masse even when it looked as though the promised Rhysiogan fleet would not sail (Iolo was facing new threats from Morionys, which had allied itself with Cwmaur). Rewan did not receive the support he expected from the local populations, who had become more "Wesmanized" over the previous decades. Devnunian forces were routed at the battles of X and Y, and the Wesman armies poured into the south of the country.

Faced with anihilation, King Rewan was forced into a humiliating treaty in 1305. The Treaty of Ellyton established new borders, extending Wesman territory further, and provided for the marriage of Rewan's 13 year-old elder daughter, Morwenna, to Edgar, Duke of Wesmandy. Since Rewan had no sons, this almost guaranteed that the issue of the marriage would inherit both the royal and ducal crowns. The treaty also included an assurance that the Devnunii language and culture would be preserved in the remaining non-Wesman lands (up to this point, the Wesmans had been methodical in imposing Ingerish/Wesman language and culture on conquered populations).

Morwenna gave birth to a son, Richard, in February 1306. She died from complications following the birth, leaving the young baby in the sole care of his father, Duke Edgar. In June, King Rewan died, supposedly from a fall, but few doubt that he was murdered. The four-month old Richard became King of Devnun and Edgar assumed the regency, bringing an end to Devnunii rule.

King Richard I assumed personal rule as both king and duke at the age of 17 in 1323 (his father had died three years earlier). After a Devnunii rebellion in 1330, he revoked the legal protection of Devnunic language and culture and instituted a policy of complete "Wesmanization", proclaiming "I shall rule one people in one realm, speaking one tongue". From that point on no public business could be conducted in Devnunic language and all children had to be taught Ingerish. The policy was ruthlessly imposed and was eventually successful; the last known native Devnunic speaker died in 1496.

With the adoption of his Wesmanization policy, Richard began using the title "King and Duke of Wesmandy and the Devnunii", instead of "King of the Devnunii and Duke of Wesmandy". Thus the kingship became associated with the name "Wesmandy", and by 1400 references to Devnun had been dropped entirely from official use.

The Knight Venturers were reduced from a powerful fighting force to an honorific society after they had been defeated in a rebellion against the Crown in 1365-69 (see Knight Venturers history).

During this Venturers' War, the Earl of Grum proclaimed the secession of his domain from Wesmandy and declared himself "Prince of Grum". Initially, he claimed the Grand Mastership of the Order of Knight Venturers, but surrendered this as part of an agreement in which Wesmandy undertook not to challenge the prince's title (at least for the time being).

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Religion

Christicism arrived in Devnun in the 8th century and the area was fully Christicized by c.900 CE. The founder of Tircambran Christicism, St.Petrin, is believed to have come from Devnun.

Today, the realm is officially secular. Christicism remains the largest religion, with the Puritist Church dominating since the 17th century, but the majority of people are not actively religious.

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