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Confederation of Vetriano
Confederazione del Vetriano
Confederation of client states of the
Dual Kingdom of Casella and Pastana
7364 - 7367
Flag of the Confederation Coat of Arms of the Confederation
Flag of the Confederation Coat of Arms of the Confederation
State Motto Aequi sub Ingenti Consilio
(Hallish: Equal under the Great Plan)
Location of the Confederation of Vetriano
The Confederation of Vetriano in 7366
Language Anisoran
Founding Date 18 August 7364
Government Confederation of client states:
Grand Master: Marius I
Chancellor: Duke of Piandetta
Divisions {{{nation_divisions}}}
Capital Vetriano
Largest City
Population {{{population}}}
Historical events
Larciano Declaration
Outbreak of Anisoran Civil War
Battle of Borginesca
Treaty of the Confederation of Vetriano
Treaty of Santorenna
Invasion of Marona
Foundation of the Anisoran Empire
10 November 7312
9 January 7363
1 July 7364
18 August 7364
12 July 7365
23 March 7366
9 September 7367
Preceded by
42 semi-independent states
Succeeded by
36 constituent states
Today part of:

The Confederation of Vetriano (Anisoran: Confederazione del Vetriano) was a confederation of client states under the direct rule of Marius I and the Dual Kingdom of Casella and Pastana. The Confederation was established by Marius I shortly after his victory at the Battle of Borginesca over loyalist forces during the Anisoran Civil War. The Treaty of the Confederation of Vetriano (also known simply as the Treaty of Vetriano) was signed in Vetriano Castle in Torzarola by forty states, making up the Confederated Tovan States. The number of states rose to forty-two in 7366 after King Marius invaded Marona and Fabrigna. The Confederation only lasted three years, from 7364 until 7367, when Marius I established the Anisoran Empire, whereby most member states of the Confederation became constituent states of the Empire.

According to the constitution of the Treaty, as drawn up by the King, Marius I was declared Grand Master of the Confederation, who oversaw all military and foreign policy decisions, with all other major decisions being decided by the Council of Princes (made up of the heads of state or official representatives), which would sit at unspecified intervals under the supervision of the Grand Master. A Chancellor was to be elected by the Council of Princes from within their own number who would act as the Confederation's principle politician after the Grand Master, the first and only being Adriano, Duke of Piandetta. All members of the Council of Princes were sworn into the newly created Order of Vetriano by the Grand Master, wherein an oath of loyalty was made directly to Marius and his heirs.

The Treaty was ratified after Marius' coronation as King of Casella and Pastana in 7365, with all member states sending representatives to the coronation to swear allegiance to the new King. Although Confederation troops were used by King Marius during the latter stages of the civil war, the articles of the constitution pertaining to military action were only invoked once. On 23 March 7366 the Council of Princes voted to go to war with the Kingdom of Marona to the west and provided troops to Marius' royal army. The invasion added Marona and the newly independent city of Fabrigna to the Confederation.

The Confederation was the penultimate act in the unification of Anisora and the numerous Anisoran speaking states in the Tova region, and paved the way for the foundation of the Anisoran Empire in 7367. Anisoran nationalism had been gathering speed by the 74th century and although political unification was desired by many across modern-day Anisora, there were also a great number of 'Anisorans' that opposed political unification, particularly in the aftermath of the signing of the Treaty. This argument was most famously made by King Alfonso II of Matrignano after hearing of the signing of the Treaty of Vetriano, saying "unity by the sword is no unity at all. I am Matrignanese and always will be. What that usurper calls Anisora is a mirage conjured by his own greed." Similar micro-nationalist sentiments were common throughout the Confederated states and continued to oppose later imperial propaganda championing the unity of the "Anisoran People and Empire."

Contents

History

Foundation

The Dual Kingdom and its client states of the Confederation of Vetriano.

After Marius' victory at X pressed loyalist forces to flee across the Medio to Pastana in 7364, the entirety of Casella as well as the Tovan states, many of whom still refused to declare for either side, effectively came under Marius' direct rule. His first move into the region was to accept the surrender of those states and their princes and dukes that had declared for Princess Giulia and had provided troops to the loyalist army. Chief among these was the influential King Alfonso II of Matrignano and Prince Ferrando IV of the Principality of Vattoro. After Prince Ferrando surrendered to the Duke, the aged King Alfonso was still defiant, but was eventually relieved of command by a mutiny amongst his forces and was placed under house arrest by Marius. Marshal T. Luigi Orsiani (later known as the Prince of Tamaricciola) was installed as military governor of Matrignano and the Kingdom was secured as the most important client state of Marius Decus' growing personal empire.

With all resistance in Tova being quashed by the Duke's marshals by mid-August, on 18 August 7364 Marius summoned all the leaders of the Tovan states to Vetriano Castle. When the rulers were under arrest by Decus, or were with the loyalist army in Pastana, pro-Decus aristocrats were elevated as official representatives of their state, although they largely played lip-service to their respective military governors. At the Castle, Marius signed the Treaty of Vetriano, named after the Castle in which it was signed, followed by all the representatives of the Tovan states, thus establishing the Confederation of Vetriano. According to the constitution of the Treaty, Marius was declared Grand Master of the Confederation, who oversaw all military and foreign policy decisions, with all other major decisions being decided by the Council of Princes (made up of the heads of state or official representatives), which would sit at unspecified intervals under the supervision of the Grand Master. The Treaty was ratified after Marius' coronation as King of Pastana and Casella in 7365, with all member states sending representatives to the coronation to swear allegiance to the new King.

Invasion of Marona

Dissolution and Incorporation into the Empire

Aftermath

Member States

Member states of the Confederation of Vetriano

Council of Princes

An artist's impression of the so-called 'Small Council of Princes' (Anisoran: Piccolo Consiglio di Principi) held on 23 March 7366 in Vetriano Castle when the Council formally voted for war against the Kingdom of Marona.

The Council of Princes (Anisoran: Consiglio dei Principi) was the official ruling council of the Confederation, made up exclusively of the heads of state of the various confederated states, all of which were hereditary monarchies apart from the cities of Fabrigna, Marocida and Valamaggiore. The Council was headed by the Grand Master Marius I, King of the Dual Kingdom, who would oversee all military and foreign policy decisions. Despite the constitution, drawn up by himself, which stated legal power resided with the Princes themselves, in practice the Grand Master dictated policy, as the constitutional legislature, known as the Princely Council-in-session (Anisoran: Consiglio Principe in sessione), was never formally assembled. The only times the princes assembled (or their representatives) was when the Grand Master summoned them to Vetriano.

The Council was originally made up of forty "princes", rising to forty-two in 7366, of whom one would be elected to stand as the Chancellor of the Confederation, who acted as President of the Council of Princes under the direction of the Grand Master. According to the constitution of the Confederation, the Chancellor was to be elected every 7 years, although as a result of the Confederation only being in existence for three (7364-7367), the first and only Chancellor, Adriano, Duke of Piandetta, was elected on 2 September 7364 and could not serve his full term. Most members of the Council of Princes were sworn into the Order of the Confederation of Vetriano on 18 August 7364, with a number of others sworn in at a later date.

Below is a table listing the 42 member states of the Confederation of Vetriano, also known as the Confederated States of Tova. The table also lists the fate of the respective state after the Confederation became defunct with the formation of the Anisoran Empire in 7367. A major territorial reformation redrew the map of Tova in 7367, with a great number of states absorbing one another as well as extensive border adjustments. Perhaps the most noticeable change as a result of this reformation was the total exclusion of counties from becoming constituent states of the Empire, with the vast majority absorbed into larger states, while a number of counties were abolished outright.

Flag Member State Head of State Imperial reformation and territorial adjustments
Kingdoms
Kingdom of Matrignano King Alfonso III Kingdom demoted to Grand Principality (7370). Land ceded to the elevated Arch-duchy of Valmoresca along the east coast, with the island of Tino becoming an independent constituent state (7372).
Kingdom of Marona King Alessandro I At signing of Treaty, city of Fabrigna becomes an independent signatory state (7366) and title of King given to Marius I's brother, Prince Alessandro. Kingdom demoted to Grand Principality (7370). Various border readjustments, eastern region of Montagnola ceded to the newly established Arch-Duchy of Montagnola (7367).
Principalities
Principality of Torzarola Prince Ferrando IV Little territorial change at the foundation of the Empire. Gained land from the abolished Counties of Songenisca-Arpaia and Bormeno (7368). Later territorial acquisitions in 7421 and 7509.
Principality of Vattoro Prince Giuliano V Absorbed County of Andagna (7367). Absorbed land from the Duchy of Viceno (7367 and 7399), and the abolished County of Bormeno (BO) (7367). Eventually absorbed the Duchy of Maradella-Prondarola (MP) (7431).
Duchies
Duchy of Alzana Duke Absorbed County of Alzana-Lona (AL) (7367).
Duchy of Brignole Duke Absorbed County of Pedagno-Parna-Arreto (PPA), County of Poveniano (PO) and southern exclave of the County of Villatta (7367).
Duchy of Carini Duke No initial territorial adjustments. Eventually acquired the western portion of the abolished County of Pedagno-Filetta (PF) from the Grand Principality of Casella (7477).
Duchy of Corciano-Limeno Duke Duchy absorbed into the Grand Principality of Casella (7367).
Duchy of Croviano Duke Absorbed County of Rovenna (RO) (7367), and minor border adjustments with Duchy of Torzarolo-Arese (7367 and 7401).
Duchy of Dorniella Duke Ceded land to the Grand Principality of Casella and the newly established Free City of Darcole (7367).
Duchy of Lavignola Duke Duchy absorbed into the newly established Arch-Duchy of Montagnola (7367).
Duchy of Maradella-Arpaia
(MA)
Duke Absorbed majority of land from the County of Songenisca-Arpaia. Numerous further border adjustments and land trades since 7367.
Duchy of Maradella-Prondarola
(MP)
Duke Minor initial territorial adjustments. Duchy eventually absorbed by the Principality of Vattoro (7431), with western lands and southern exclave being acquired by Torzarolo-Filetta (7426).
Duchy of Marucchella Duke Minor territorial adjustments along its Torzarolan borders to the west, and eventually acquired land corridor splitting the City of Valamaggiore's territory in two (7390) and ceded southern exclave of Piterolo to Grand Principality of Matrignano (7408).
Duchy of Panzolla Duke No initial territorial adjustments. Eventually ceded small holdings in Corciano to Grand Principality of Casella (7450).
Duchy of Pensano Duke Adriano Decus Duchy elevated to Principality (7367). Little territorial adjustments apart from small acquisitions from Duchy of Torzarolo-Arese (7401 and 7439). After execution of Princess Giulia, 7th Duchess of Pensano in 7365, Marius I installed his uncle Adriano Decus as the 8th Duke and later 1st Prince.
Duchy of Piandetta Duke Adriano Folarna-Zava Absorbed County of Constelegna (CO) (7367) and eventually the eastern exclave of the abolished Duchy of Lavignola from the Arch-Duchy of Montagnola (7540).
Duchy of Torzarolo-Arese
(TA)
Duke Acquired eastern exclave of the County of Andagna (7367). Numerous further territorial adjustments since 7367, principally with the Duchy of Torzarolo-Petina-Zava (TPZ).
Duchy of Torzarolo-Filetta
(TF)
Duke Numerous territorial adjustments since 7367. Acquired western lands and southern exclave of the Duchy of Maradella-Prondarola (MP) (7426).
Duchy of Torzarolo-Petina-Zava
(TPZ)
Duke Numerous territorial adjustments since 7367. Acquired smaller eastern exclaves of the County of Andagna (7367). Eventually acquired numerous lands from the Principality of Torzarola, and the Duchies of Torzarolo-Arese (TA) and Maradella-Arpaia (MA) at various points.
Duchy of Valmoresca Duke Duchy elevated to Arch-duchy (7367). Absorbed County of Murenca, lands from the abolished Duchy of Vastoira and further lands from the Kingdom of Matrignano along the east coast.
Duchy of Vastoira Duke Duchy abolished and the lands split between newly established Arch-Duchy of Valmoresca and the Free City of Vastoira (7367).
Duchy of Viceno Duke Land ceded to Principality of Vattoro (7367 and 7399).
Counties
County of Alzana-Lona
(AL)
Count Absorbed by Duchy of Alzana (7367).
County of Andagna
(AN)
Count Absorbed by Principality of Vattoro, with eastern exclaves being absorbed by the Duchies of Torzarolo-Arese (TA) and Torzarolo-Petina-Zava (TPZ) (7367).
County of Bormeno
(BO)
Count County abolished and land split between Duchy of Maradella-Arpaia (MA) and Principality of Torzarola (7367).
County of Constelegna
(CO)
Count Absorbed by Duchy of Piandetta (7367).
County of Coricano-Viscona Count Absorbed by Grand Principality of Casella (7367).
County of Fazagoria Count Reformed into a dependent island of the Anisoran Empire (7367).
County of Murenca Count Absorbed by newly established Arch-Duchy of Valmoresca (7367).
County of Pedagno-Filetta
(PF)
Count Absorbed by Grand Principality of Casella (7367). Western lands eventually acquired by Duchy of Carini (7466).
County of Pedagno-Parna-Arreto (PPA) Count Absorbed by Duchy of Brignole (7367). Western lands eventually acquired by Grand Principality of Casella (7392).
County of Pedagno-Moretti
(PM)
Count Absorbed by newly established Arch-Duchy of Montagnola (7367).
County of Poveniano
(PO)
Count Absorbed by the Duchy of Brignole (7367).
County of Rovenna
(RO)
Count Absorbed by the Duchy of Croviano (7367).
County of Songenisca-Arpaia Count Majority of land absorbed by the Duchy of Maradella-Arpaia (MA), other lands ceded to Principality of Torzarola (7367).
County of Tarisasca and Verolo Count Reformed into a dependent island of the Anisoran Empire (7367).
County of Vecarri Count County elevated to Duchy (7367), various island acquistions.
County of Villatta Count Majority of lands absorbed by Grand Principality of Casella, southern exclave absorbed by Duchy of Brignole (7367).
Cities
City of Fabrigna Lord At signing of Treaty, city of Fabrigna separates from the Kingdom of Marona to become an independent signatory state (7366). No territorial adjustments since 7366.
City of Marocida
(MAR)
Lord Minor border adjustments with the Principality of Vattoro (7367), ceded further land to the Principality in 7368.
City of Valamaggiore Lord No initial territorial adjustments. Corridor of land eventually ceded to Duchy of Marucchella (7390).

Order of the Confederation of Vetriano

Grand Cross Star of the Grand Master of the Order of Vetriano
See also: Order of Vetriano and Decorations, Orders and Medals of Anisora

The Order of the Confederation of Vetriano (Anisoran: Ordine di Confederazione del Vetriano; Pastanan: Ordo Foederis Vetrianae), known after 7369 as simply the Order of Vetriano, was a knightly order originally established for all the heads of state and monarchs of the member states of the Confederation of Vetriano. The knightly Order was what bound the Confederated states together, with all monarchs of the member states swearing an oath of loyalty directly to Marius I and his heirs. The Order was headed by King Marius at the Confederation's establishment as Grand Master, with the Chancellor of the Confederation concurrently holding the senior position of Princely Master for the duration of his or her tenure (although only one person has held this title in the Order's history, the first and only Chancellor Adriano, Duke of Piandetta). All other member monarchs were given a rank within the Order that reflected the rank of territory and state they ruled: Master for a king; Commander for a prince; Officer for a duke; and Companion for a count.

Members of the Order of Vetriano have since 7464 been very high in the Order of precedence in the Anisoran Empire, with masters, commanders, officers and companions behind only members of the imperial family. The Order of Vetriano is the second-most senior of the Anisoran Orders, after the Order of the Fauglia.

The Order is still in existence today, with the Anisoran monarch remaining Grand Master of the Order, and the heads of state of all constituent states of the Empire, including states outside of Tova, automatically entitled to membership. Membership of the Order has always been exclusive to the heads of state of the constituent states. Swearing in ceremonies are still traditionally held at Vetriano Castle, although a number of ceremonies have been held at Colombera Palace in Pena.

Legacy

Anisoran nationalism

Arms and Flags

The arms and flag of the Confederation were designed shortly after the signing of the Treaty of Vetriano in 7364. They were to be the symbols of the Confederation and were emblazoned on official documents, with the flag flying from Vetriano castle as well as elsewhere during meetings of the Council of Princes or other important Confederation occasions. The member states of the Confederation were under no obligation to fly the flag, with each member state retaining their own traditional flag and coat of arms after the signing of the Treaty. Due to the short time the Confederation was in existence, the flag and heraldry are generally not represented outside of Vetriano, with the newly established imperial heraldry taking precedence throughout the region after 7367.

The heraldry of the Confederation was made up of a quartered shield: the first and fourth quarters a triple-towered castle in gold and ajoure in blue on a red background, after the extinct arms of the Lords of Vetriano; the second quarter a golden griffin rampant on teal after the personal emblem and arms of Marius I and the Dukes of Marra; the third quarter a black deer on gold after the traditional emblem of the region of Tova. The shield supports an inescutcheon quartered shield at the centre, being the arms of the Dual Kingdom of Casella and Pastana and King Marius I as Grand Master of the Confederation. The shield is topped by the Grand Master's coronet in gold with green velvet and precious stones. The arms are supported by two golden griffins salient, which also stand in for the personal emblem of King Marius and the House of Decus. The shield is framed by the collar of the Order of Vetriano, which all signatory monarchs of the Treaty were sworn in to.

The official flag of the Confederation is made up of a white pale besides two stripes of green (a colour traditionally associated with the Tovan states), with the coat of arms of the Confederation emblazoned in the centre. While the official flag was used at Vetriano castle and most other locations, the unofficial flag of Tova, halved green and white with a black deer on gold emblazoned in the centre, was also used very occasionally to represent the Confederation.

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