Aje-Kateriin I

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Aje-Kateriin I
Aje-Kateriin I
Aje-Kateriin I  Aje-Kateriin I
Betrothal Portrait, 7330
Born October 4, 7306rh
Þiudan Anstegen, Amberia
Died October 5, 7366rh
Þiudan Anstegen, Amberia
Occupation Government official

Sea-Queen of Amberia and Eilän
In office
May 1, 7331rh - October 5, 7366rh
Preceded by Konstantn
Succeeded by Adelædis IX


Aje-Kateriin I (full name: Aje-Kateriin Adelædis äv Ajas-Anstegen), known as Aje-Kateriin the Mad (Chel. Aje-Kateriin Voþse), was the first member of the House of Ajas-Anstegen to rule as Sea-Queen of Amberia, a title she possessed from 7331 until her death in 7366.

Rising to power following the disaster of the Great Hauhtsmut of 7331, she reinvigorated the stagnant Amberian colonization program, near doubling the size of the Empire and developing an effective, centralized bureaucracy to administer the far-flung territories, to the extent that she is often considered the the founder of the modern Amberian empire (though she never claimed the title of Empress); helped steady a crumbling Amberian economy by introducing the Reiksmark and nationalizing the sugar industry; almost single-handily turned the town of Aschgæt into a major world city, attracting some of the best and brightest engineers, artists, and planners from all over the world for the construction and beautification of her New City; and scored a major diplomatic coup by marrying her daughter and heir, the future Adelædis IX, to a son of the Auresian Dynast Sovereign Magnus V.

Her reign, however, was marked by domestic instability, hard-fought wars against enemies within and without, and numerous anti-Stellist pogroms so brutal that even famed religious fundamentalists were compelled to speak out against them. Aje-Kateriin herself shared much blame in this; contemporary accounts depict a ruthless autocrat, intelligent and devout, yet prone to episodes of appalling sociopathic behavior, and as she aged, periods of mental instability.

In formal address, or in formal print, her full style in Hallish was was Her August Majesty, Aje-Kateriin, the First of her Name, Chief of the Ajids, Countess of Anstegen, Margravine of Ajas, by the grace of the Divine and the law of the Realm, Queen of the United Kingdoms of Amberia and Eilän, Autocrat of their Dominions and Territories beyond the Seas, Sword of the Divine, Defender of the Faith.

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Background and Early Life

Aje-Kateriin was the first child of Totila, the Count of Anstegen, and his much younger wife Xhenia Nadal, an Alarian from the island's Vaixellan-speaking southern coast. Her childhood was an unhappy one. Her mother, prone to epileptic fits and seizures, would succumb to them soon after the birth of her second daughter Aje-Xhenia. In 7309, Totila suffered a debilitating stroke that left half his body paralyzed and took away his ability to speak, leaving his estate and his two daughters in the hands of his cousins, who, as Aje-Kateriin would later recall, believed that "children should neither be seen, nor heard. Myself and my poor sweet Xhenia they dressed in little better than tattered rags, and preferred an endless parade of frivolities and questionable business ventures to our plaintive cries for food."1

In 7322, Aje-Kateriin, then sixteen, successfully petitioned to take over her father's affairs. By that point, a decade of mismanagement had devastated the family finances, forcing Aje-Kateriin into a years-long game of cat and mouse with her creditors. At the time of her father's death in 7325, she was sleeping on a mattress on the floor, and could afford only to keep a cook and a butler on retainer2. She and her sister would play elaborate wargames to pass the time, and Aje-Kateriin became a regular sight in the gambling dens in Þiulische Veihs. It was a card game that ultimately saved her from total bankruptcy, as she managed to win the deed to parcel of land under which there would prove to be a rich vein of tin.

Her betrothal to the hot-headed young Fyrst Ajingrs Andreas II in 7330 caused a minor scandal in polite society. Aje-Kateriin was considered tainted by her involvement in the tin business, and the House of Ajas-Anstegen as a whole was no longer viewed as a suitable candidate for the head of the most powerful clan in the islands. Andreas, pointing out his own less-than-illustrious beginnings (and reportedly immensely pleased by the betrothal portrait Aje-Kateriin sen him early in the year), ignored such outcries, and even began to include her in clan politics. For Aje-Kateriin, the sudden reversal in fortune would prove intoxicating.

The Great Hauhtsmut of 7331

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Ruler of Amberia

Personal Life

Marriage and Issue

Personality

Legacy

Criticism

The Curse of Anstegen

See Also

Notes

References

   Amberia   
General Flag of Amberia, Republican Seal, Cheltic Isles, Amberian Empire
History Orkanan Realm, Rulers of Amberia, Pan-Anarian War, Amberian Civil War
Culture and Society

Languages: Cheltic, Vaixellan, Stoldish, Hallish
Religion: The Faith, Lazarianism, Erecund
Culture and Society: Nobility of Amberia, Amberian Clans, Reiksmark

Government

Institutions: Queen-Elect (executive), Small Council (executive), Reiksþingi (legislative), Hauhtscuria (judicial)
Political parties: Political Movements in Amberia

Military

Equipment: Weapons, Combat Vehicles, Ships
Prominent legions: I Fulminat, XI Hroþeigs, LXVII Andujas
Orders and Decorations

Famous people Historical: Genofevis Daudeiþa, Adri Konak, Aje-Kateriin I, Niklazs Attenberg, Talei äv Zsü und Þenn
Current: Margarete äv Iinstr, Valæri Iijners, Jræa äv Jiirstädt, Lizsbet äv Schvys, Gudrún Chihsel, Sibylle de Veihs
Geography

Features: The Nibelhorn, The Straits, Vizsi River, Lake Jovæn
Regions: Great Amberia, Zsäre, Eilän
Cities: Aschgæt (capital city), Eilekis, Iinstr, Viijnstadt
Major Clans of Amberia: Ajingr, Ambroþringr, Aningr, Ølingr, Gudringr, Hjófalingr, Mýrlingr, Sirlingr, Ynglingr

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