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Pre-European Embolalia refers to the History of Embolalia before the arrival of European settlers in 1643. This period is also referred to as the Pre-Jonesian or Mythical Period. The period's precise history is difficult to know, but estimations have been made with modern archaeological investigation.
The origin of the Embolalian people remains an anthropological mystery. While artifacts have been found around the modern city of Caridd dating as far back as 27 A.D., evidence of any migration to this area has yet to be found. Numerous myths and stories revolve around the origin of the Embolalian people. The persistence of these myths in modern Embolalia is aided by the lack of evidence for the more scientific ideas.
The most popular origin myth is known in Embolalian as Y Corwynodd Bacht, or roughly The Small, Violent Storms. The story says that the Embolalian people were originally from a far-off land, where individuality was shunned. After nearly two thousand years of persecution, the land was ravaged by a storm so powerful it raised the dead. Afterward, many of the oppressed were missing. Over the years that followed, thousands upon thousands of smaller, similar storms swept the area. They are described as incredibly violent, yet small in area and short in duration. After each one, one or two more people would be missing. They all turned up on a wooded hill by a river, where they were greeted by others like them. The transported people vowed to create a new society that would not oppress its people in the way they had been previously. According to popular interpretation, this wooded hill is what is now Brynylen, Caridd.
The scientific explanation, of course, differs greatly. While it is generally agreed that the first civilization in Embolalia was likely in Caridd, the arrival story varies greatly. Archaeologists and anthropologists believe that one or more groups of people from the south of Wales arrived in modern-day Caridd around 27 A.D. Theories differ greatly as to the reason for their departure, and for the reason for the lack of return. One theory, which attempts to reconcile archaeological evidence with the myth, says that the ships were lost in a large storm, and that the settlers were unable to find their way back to Europe.
Archiological evidence would show pre-European Embolalian people as having settled in varying numbers across Ytyroedd, especially in the River Sayth valley. While it is generally accepted that Embolalians did not inhabit Tramoria or Kedalfax, they did have names for the lands. The origins of "Tramoria" are unknown, but "Kedalfax" is thought to be a corruption of Y Amgyllchedd LLyfacs, which roughly translates to "the lands that can't be farmed".
Much of pre-European Embolalian culture is unknown. Much of the native culture was suppressed under British rule, and very little effort was made to record or preserve that culture. However, some knowledge can be gleaned from both European accounts and the rarer native writings.
Prior to European arrival, Embolalia did have a central government. The main responsibility of this government was to act as a mint and regulator for the nation's currency. While the monetary policy was relatively simple, the Fŷri, as it was called, was essentially a fiat currency. The government did restrict the production of coins, in an attempt to keep the value relatively stable. However, the value was free to float, and not directly tied to any commodity.
Due to the isolation of Embolalia from any other cultures, defense was not really an issue. Disputes between Embolalian cities were rare, and wars were even less common. It was widely accepted that each city was allowed its own governance, and that no city should rule over another. This was demonstrated by the central government. Besides regulating the currency, there was very little that the central government actually did. Occasionally, it would restrict the flow of coins to a city as punishment, usually for aggressive actions.
The government was made up of a panel of one person from each major location that used the central currency. Each city was allowed to choose that person however it wanted, and many different systems, from self-appointment to democratic election, were used. There was no static location for the capitol, but rather it would convene in a mutually agreeable place. Generally, this would end up being in or near Caridd, and only very rarely outside of the River Sayth valley, due to the difficulty of transportation elsewhere.
|United Commonwealth of Embolalia|
|Main article: Embolalia|
|Topics: History, Transportation|
|Major cities: Caridd, Mersey|
|Politics and government: Prime Minister of Embolalia, Parliament of Embolalia|
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