History of the Northern Continent
History of the Northern Continent
400BC: Early History
Small town-states in modern southern Gothria unite under the banner of the Gothic Federation. They fight a series of small battles to secure their territory over the next 200 years.
The Altarian states in eastern modern Great Wrightland build a substantial network of trade with the states around them. By 45BC they have all been absorbed into the Altarian Empire.
The Halden States of central modern Roudland are involved in a three year war with the Gothic Federation. The Altarians attack the Halden States during this time, and conquer most of the country.
AD50: The Expansion of Altaria
The Gothic Federation joins the Altarian Empire. They now march under one banner. Life in the Empire is reasonable. Many young people are conscripted into the moderately sized military, which is used to conquer half of modern Mortuus Angelus between AD52 and AD57. This expansion causes the Emperor to look for new trade and allies. In AD62 a Roman emissary makes contact with an Altarian border party in modern Friendly Aliens. Trading and friendship ensues, although the isolationist approach of the Roman people means that they play little part in Altarian matters as such.
AD400: The Gothic War
Following a small uprising in the Gothic Federation’s capital of Freyton causes a civil war, with Altarian and occupied Halden States troops moving on the (now insurrectionist) Gothic Army. There is one decisive battle, that of the Weaver Pass, in AD 402, in which the Halden States troops were routed and the Altarian soldiers mutinied. The Gothic Federation declares its independence from Altaria.
During this interim period, a fair amount of territory was conquered, including what was thought to be Yew Island (but what was in fact Kegmenistan), during the period AD511 to AD573. This territory was shared with Roma Superior, after the Chief Minister (the leader of the Emperor’s Staff) met with the Roman Imperator in AD512 to discuss a joint operation.
AD768: Roauldland Rises
After this relatively peaceful period, one of the prominent leaders in the Halden States, Thomous Roaulden, took his force of three thousand men to the city of Goarnchester and declared that the Halden states, now under the banner of Roaudland, were independent from Altaria. The Altarian force of six thousand men stationed in Halden marched on the Roauld forces, but were met by stiff civilian resistance, and were recalled by the Altarian Emperor.
AD794: The slow fall of Altaria
After years of border skirmishes with Roauldland, the Altarian military was gearing up for a concerted attack on Goarnchester when Altaria Minor, the colony in modern day Kegmenistan, was attacked by a large force of indigenous Kengarans. The colonial townships were overrun within four months, and the capital, Albana was attacked during the spring of AD795 by a force of ten thousand men and cavalry. The defensive force of four thousand men and a thousand cavalry were decimated in a battle on the sun-drenched Alban Plains that lasted three days. The last Altarians pulled out by October AD795.
Roauldland King James IV declares war on the Altarian Empire, seizing a chance that had been evident for some time; the Altarian Empire was crumbling and James thought it right to strike now. This began the Three Hundred Years War.
The war ends, with neither side having forced a decisive result. The borders have changed in Roauldland’s favour, but not by much.
AD1346: The Beginning of the Modern Period
Roauldland declares war on two states of the Gothiac Federation, hoping that the newly developed matchlock pistols and rifles will guarantee victory. One southerly state of Angelia falls, but the other, Acron, puts up a fight for three months, and Roauldland pulls its troops out.
Altarian borders retract, most notably from the Roman borders, because of continued defeats to small indigenous forces across the Empire. The small conflict with Roauldand in 1455 over the Halterstan Passes did little to alieviate tension between the two. During this time, Roauldland expansion to the west continues unabated.
AD1532:The end of the Roauld Dynasty and the birth of Roudland
Lord Frederick Galtin of Gothria (one of the larger Gothic States) moves a force of twenty thousand men into Goarnchester, meeting little opposition since most Roauldland forces were in the south fighting another small war with Altaria. Galtin deposed the ruling Roaulden dynasty, and set about transforming the state. The name was standardised in the same year to Roudland to signify a change with the old regime.
After several centuries of colonisation, the Roauldland region of Violat, a large agricultural area, is given a devolved government, with powers over tax and home policies. This is seen as a good step for Roauldland, which was expanding too much for a central government to handle.
AD1590: The Altarian Wars and the establishment of Wrightland
With Gothic support, Roudland forces forty thousand strong march on Altaria, and occupy much of what is now south-eastern Roudland. Following the defeats at Burrow Hill, Grovesham and the Battle of the Three Cities, the Altarian Emperor is beheaded by the Altarian Parliament. A civil war takes place that grips the nation for over ten years, during which many prominent lords and barons try to exert influence and gain power. The four-way Battle at Wardenshire Hill is decisive; mid way thought the battle, the forces of Lord Wrightstaff convince the second most powerful, Lord Leanard, to join together. Collectively they crush their opposition, and over the next few years create the country Wrightland in 1612.
AD1733: The Birth of the Republic
After a string of conquests around the world, notably in Dogma, Petoca and Magnusabre, the King, Andrew III, ordered another conquest, this time of Great Wrightland. The military point blank refused to do this, arguing that they had neither the men nor the will to do so. This did not please the King, however, and so he raised a separate army to conquer Wrightland. Aware of the political ramifications, the Parliament members refused to back the war, and called on the head of the Parliamentary army, General MacLaren, to intervene. As the royal army moved on Great Wrightland, the now traitorous Parliamentary army marched to the royal palace and deposed the King. He was sent into exile in Gothria and rejoined the Royal Family there. The royalist army was defeated by a Great Wrightland and Roudland Parliament force, leading to the total dissolution of the monarchy in Roudland. The title of Head of State moved to the Prime Minister, and a new era dawned for Roudland. In 1735 Violat was given independence for reasons of overexpansion and economic viability. The nation changed its name to Violet Strawberries, and Roudland has maintained a good relationship with the country ever since.
This period marked the establishment of Roudland as a leading world power, alongside the other imperial powers of Great Wrightland and Yew Island.