Flavian of Anisora

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Flavian of Anisora
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Emperor of the Anisorans
Grand Prince of Casella
Grand Prince of Lusava and Vascano
Flavian of Anisora in 7512
Emperor of the Anisorans
Reign 19 February 7507 – 24 November 7518
Coronation 1 April 7508
Preceded by Titus I
Succeeded by Titus II
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Prime Minister The Duke of Moratto
Personal detals
Born
Tito Flaviano Deco
1 April 7467
Disappeared
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Died 24 November 7518
Cause of death Assassination
Burial
Monuments The Flavian Memorial

Spouse Benedetta of Valbiano
Spouses
Issue Prince Flavian
Prince Marius
Full name
House House of Decus
Father Titus I
Mother XXX


Flavian (Anisoran: Tito Flaviano Deco; 1 April 7467 - 24 November 7518) was Emperor of the Anisorans, Grand Prince of Casella and Lusava and Vascano, and Prince of Marona from 19 February 7507 until his assassination on 24 November 7518. He ruled during the height of the Pan-Anarian War and is considered one of Anisora's most controversial leaders.

He was the eldest son of Emperor Titus I and formally assumed the title of Grand Prince of Pastana on his eighteenth birthday in 7485. From a relatively young age he was known for his militarist views and strong religious convictions. While not a particularly gifted student, during his time studying at the University of Peradotto, Flavian became influenced by the political theorist Andrea d'Arcole, whose Orkanist unitarianist ideology would eventually form the ideological basis for Flavian's regime. Under Flavian, the Chamber of Deputies was sidelined and the powers it won during the Decretist movement during Revolutions of 7473 were reversed. With his increasingly autocratic Orkanist regime adhering to the totalitarian tenets of unitarianism, in 7511 Flavian formally suspended the Constitution, citing the need to mobilise society for the single purpose of national survival amid the chaos of the Pan-Anarian War.

Emperor Flavian's reign is remembered as a controversial period in Anisoran history. Following the suspension of the Constitution, civil liberties and freedom of speech were curtailed, with the military taking steps to ensure the entire Empire remained focused on the war effort - which became equated to the fulfilment of Vind's Master Plan. Given the Orkanist principles of unitarianism, sectarian tensions were also prevalent during Flavian's reign, with Lusavanic and Izhaic agitation becoming a prevalent concern.

In November 7518 Emperor Flavian was assassinated by the Lusavanic religio-nationalist Samvel Namikonian during a visit to Arrento. His death brought about a major constitutional crisis and brought Anisora to the brink of civil war, before Flavian's brother Prince Titus, Duke of Jelumbria, a liberal who abhorred his brother's militarism, established a relatively stable government that restored the Constitution and reestablished Anisora as a constitutional monarchy. Flavian remains a controversial figure and largely splits opinion, with his most staunch critics calling him a megalomaniacal religious fanatic, while members of the armed forces and Orkanists remember him as the visionary leader the Empire needed during its darkest hour.

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Early life and education

Flavian, Grand Prince of Pastana, in 7492.

Flavian was born on 1 April 7467 to Titus, Emperor of the Anisorans, and XXX, his Empress-consort in Colombera Palace in Pena. He was the eldest of the couple's six children and had two younger brothers, Lucio Tito (the future Emperor Titus II) and Publio Raphaello (the future Duke of Tenalevan), and three younger sisters, Octavia Giulia, Fausta Lucciana, and Appia Isabella. At birth his full name was Tito Flaviano Deco, often transliterated into Pastanan as Titus Flavian Decus.

As the heir apparent to the imperial thrones of Anisora, Flavian was groomed from birth to be emperor. However, his father's notions of how his education should be conducted placed considerable strain on Flavian from a very young age. His rigorous lessons, beginning with Pastanan when he was just two years old, resulted in Flavian becoming withdrawn, sulky and secretive as a child. He had few friends and rarely left the palaces during his early years, with him resenting his younger siblings, especially Titus, for the starkly different way they were treated by their parents. Flavian's mother increasingly removed herself from the family for prolonged periods of time, travelling around Anaria, and his father became distant as Flavian prepared to leave for boarding school.

At the age of eight, Flavian was sent to the Exemplar Felixian College for Boys in Alzeno, one of the most traditional boarding schools for Anisoran royalty to send their children. He enjoyed boarding school more than his home tutoring, finding himself at the centre of the attentions of both his fellows students and his teachers. He quickly came out of his shell and over the next few years became well liked throughout the school and outwardly charismatic. Flavian's history master commented a year after the Prince matriculated into the school that 'his transformation has been remarkable. He is idolised by the other boys and is a natural leader, both in the classroom and on the sports grounds'. It was by the age of 14 that Flavian developed a deep, passionate relationship with Peratolian Orkanan. He attended religious ceremonies and services regularly and became a proactive member in the religious community at the school, and even hosted extra curricular meetings where texts from the Orkanan Scriptures would be read and debated. Besides his strong interest in religion, his academic abilities were not particularly noteworthy - something his father found disappointing.

On his eighteenth birthday in 7485 Flavian was formally invested with the crown of the Grand Prince of Pastana in a lavish ceremony at Santorenna Castle in Terretillo, Pastana. He had held the title de facto since birth, as the heir apparent to the Anisoran thrones, but the formal investiture allowed him to hold the title de jure. A few months after his investiture he matriculated into Exemplar Mathars College, Peradotto, where he studied theology for the next three years.

Family and issue

Pan-Anarian War

Grand Prince of Pastana and accession

In the run up to the Pan-Anarian War, Flavian as Grand Prince of Pastana came to wield increasing influence over his father. Flavian advocated an expansion of the Army and a more aggressive foreign policy vis-a-vis Anat Tahan during the 7490s. He was a strong advocate of the alliance with Auresia and the Amicizia Accordi and was amongst the first in Anisora to call for war against the emerging United League in 7498. When war did break out, Flavian took a leading role in strategy formulation, serving at the front despite concerns for his safety. He was a strong critic of the civilian government during the early phase of the War, and following the disastrous defeat at the Battle of Laneka in 7503, openly called for the military to assume control of the entire war effort. Flavian was a leading voice in forcing Prime Minister Lord Forrana to resign and the installation of the Duke of Moratto, who shared the Grand Prince's political and religious convictions.

Although Flavian only became Emperor of the Anisorans after the death of his father in 7507, the Grand Prince effectively executed the powers of his father from 7502. With the installation of the Duke of Moratto as Prime Minister, Flavian set about restructuring the government and military according to unitarianist principles, replacing the Duke of Montemara as Commander-in-Chief of the Anisoran Army with Sir Giulio Narmacora. It was during the first five years before his accession to the throne that Flavian and his inner circle laid the foundations for the unitarian regime that would sideline the Chamber of Deputies and the civilian government. By the time Titus I died and Flavian ascended the Anisoran thrones in 7507, he had accrued supreme power and authority as well as total control over the war effort.

Suspension of the Constitution

Emperor Flavian signing the 10 March Decree, formally suspending the Anisoran Constitution in 7511.

On 10 March 7511 Emperor Flavian suspended the Constitution of the Anisoran Empire indefinitely. Two days before the formal announcement, the prime minister the Duke of Moratto gave a speech in the Imperial Senate describing the unprecedented threat that faced not only the Anisoran state but Orkanan civilisation as a whole. The speech had been written by the unitarian idealogue Andrea d'Arcole and elucidated the need for all Anisorans to unite under the banner of the Master Plan and place their trust in the divinely guided hand of the Wayfinder, Emperor Flavian. In words that echoed the emperor's own speech given in the Federal Assembly in 7510, Moratto pointed to recent successes in the war effort as vindication of Flavian's divine leadership, praising the emperor for single-handedly saving Anisora from the brink of defeat following the disastrous Battle of Laneka a decade before.

The speech was reported across the by now heavily censored Anisoran press and paved the way for the formal suspension of the constitution on 10 March. Flavian himself gave a speech before the assembled High Command and representatives of the imperial government at the Palazzo della Guerra in Pena after signing the 10 March Decree. He called for unflinching faith in Vind's Master Plan - which the audience understood was the Emperor's to interpret alone - citing the motto of the Order of the Fauglia: "faith in Vind is faith in oneself". Flavian did not directly state he was suspending the constitution, but by citing the dangers of factionalism and the insidious divisions the enemy was trying to foment amongst and between the subjects of the Anisoran Empire, the attack on Anisora's parliamentary system was obvious. He furthermore articulated the existential danger posed by the "Izhaic hordes" that were set to overrun Orkanan civilisation unless all Anisorans united and commited themselves to the fulfilment of the unitary purpose: fulfilling Vind's Master Plan.

The coverage of the suspension varied drastically within the Empire, with the insidiousness of the Izhaic Tahani emphasised in newspaper articles in Orkanan areas of the Empire, while in majority Izhaic Lusavan, news of the suspension was at first suppressed and then justified as the only way to defend Anaria Minor from the savagery of the Tahani and Wolgos, with the criticisms of the Izhaic religion played down. Despite widespread anger at the suspension, particularly in Lusavan, the iron grip of the state security services suppressed the few isolated riots that occurred during the following weeks.

Assassination

As the campaigning season drew to a close in November 7518 Flavian returned from the front to the city of Arrento where he was organising numerous ceremonial and military occasions, including medal awarding ceremonies and a grand council of the Imperial High Command. A lavish ceremony was to be held at Exemplar Ferco Hall on 24 November, one of the hallmarks of the unitarian ceremonial calendar whereby soldiers, sailors and aeronauts would be celebrated and their contributions toward the Master Plan rewarded. Amid the preparations, the situation in Lusavan in the south of the Empire continued to remain tense, with riots reported in Tenalevan and Carmon the week before. However, with the significant security presence protecting the Emperor, there was little fear that Lusavanic nationalist elements would attempt to disrupt the ceremony in Arrento - Arrento being a distinctly Peratolian Orkanan city, with few Izhaics living in the city.

Nevertheless, on the morning of 24 November Emperor Flavian processed along Via della Verna on horseback (his preferred mode of entry for unitarian ceremonial occasions), making his way to the Hall in the centre of Arrento. Despite being surrounded by a detachment of the Corazzieri dell'Imperatore, the Emperor Flavian was shot at 8:42am on 24 November 7518 by the Lusavanic religio-nationalist Samvel Namikonian. The bullet entered the emperor's lower throat, and tumbling from his horse he died a minute later, surrounded by his bodyguards. Namikonian was shot on site by a sniper positioned on a nearby building, with members of the crowd and even some Imperial bodyguards reportedly violating the body in the chaos after the shooting.

The assassination of the 51 year old emperor sent shock waves throughout Anisora and the Aschgæt Alliance, setting in motion one of the most chaotic political periods during the War which would bring Anisora to the brink of civil war.

Personality cult and unitarianism

Main article: Unitarianism
The Master Plan is not only the purpose of our national struggle; it is the reason for the existence of humanity.

— Emperor Flavian in a speech before the Battle of Danarak, 7511

Legacy

Flavian remains one of the most, if not the most, controversial of Anisoran leaders, and remains highly divisive even today. In the aftermath of his assassination, the new liberal government under Flavian's brother Titus II sought to distance themselves entirely from Flavian's unitarianism, totalitarianism and religious intolerance while simultanousely refraining from open critcism of the late emperor, fearing backlash from the military and religious establishments. Nevertheless, at the time Flavian was despised by most liberals, who considered his suspension of the constitution and disregard for personal and national liberty abhorrent. This view continues today amongst Anarian liberals, although criticism is often much more vocal; the liberal historian Gustavo Pardamon-Auguirre famously described Flavian as a 'megalomaniacal religious fanatic', a sentiment many liberals and other critics agree with.[1] Flavian is remembered with particular venom amongst the Izhaic community, with Lusavanic nationalists in particular viewing Flavian as a religiously intolerant tyrant who systematically oppressed the Izhaic faith.

However, in contrast, Flavian is remembered fondly and with reverence by many others, including large sections of the armed forces, Orkanists, statists, nationalists and conservatives across Anisora and Anaria today. His assassination has led to many describing Flavian as a martyr of not just Anisora but of the whole of Anaria, with him being described as a national hero and even the saviour of Orkanan civilisation in Anaria. His memory is particularly revered amongst hardline interventionist Orkanans, with many calling for his canonisation as an Orkanan exemplar. Indeed, he has come close to being canonised as an exemplar many times, but the extreme divisiveness of his memory has prevented consensus amongst any Orkanan branch and congregation, within and without Anisora.

Furthermore, and unsurprisingly, Flavian is remembered by unitarians as the exemplary divinely guided leader, with many people treating him as an exemplar despite the Pena, Östervallen or Kulla Canons refusing to recognise him as such. In addition, adherents of autocracy remember Flavian positively and a source of precedent and inspiration for autocratic forms of rule.

Ancestry

 
 
 
 
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9. Ana-Maria, Duchess of Croviano
 
 
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10. Marius II of Anisora
 
 
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Titles, styles, honours, and arms

Titles and styles

  • 1 April 7467 - 18 January 7475: His Imperial Highness the Prince Tito Flaviano
  • 19 January 7475 - 31 March 7485: His Imperial Highness the Duke of Arrento
  • 1 April 7485 - 18 February 7507: His Imperial Highness the Grand Prince of Pastana, Duke of Arrento
  • 19 February 7507 - 24 November 7518: His August Imperial Majesty the Emperor of the Anisorans

The Emperor's full style and title was as follows: His August Imperial Majesty Flavian of the House of Decus, By the Blessing of Vind of the Highest, Emperor of the Anisorans and Their Dominions and Territories Across the Seas, Wayfinder of the Great Plan, Protector of the Holy Shrines, Grand Prince of Casella, Grand Prince of Lusava and Vascano, Prince of Marona, Duke of Rena and Father to his People.

Anisoran honours

Military appointments

Foreign honours

Foreign military appointments

Honorary degrees and offices

Arms

See also: Imperial Coat of Arms of Anisora

See also

Anisora  Anisora portal
Nobility  Nobility portal

Notes

References

  1. ^ Pardamon-Auguirre, T.G. (7568) Regola Liberale e Illiberale in Anisora. Peradotto. 12. (Hallish: Liberal and Illiberal Rule in Anisora).


Flavian of Anisora
Cadet branch of the House
Born: 1 April 7467   Died: 24 November 7518
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Titus I
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Emperor of the Anisorans, etc.
19 February 7507 – 24 November 7518
Succeeded by
Titus II
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Preceded by
Vacant
Title last held by Victoria III
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Grand Prince of Pastana
de jure
1 April 7485 – 19 February 7507
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Prince Flavian
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Peerage of Casella
Preceded by
Titus Decus
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Duke of Rena
19 February 7507 – 24 November 7518
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Titus Decus
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Military offices
Preceded by
Titus I
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Commander-in-Chief of the Anisoran Armed Forces
19 February 7507 – 24 November 7518
Succeeded by
Titus II
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Colonel-in-Chief of the Corazzieri dell'Imperatore
19 February 7507 – 24 November 7518
Religious titles
Preceded by
Titus I
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Wayfinder and Principal of the Anisoran Congregations
19 February 7507 – 24 November 7518
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