Grand Principality of Casella

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Grand Principality of Casella
Gran Principato di Casella
Part of the Anisoran Empire
Flag of Casella   Coat of Arms of Casella
Flag of the Grand Principality Coat of Arms
Territory Motto In Nomine Principis Magni
Location of Casella
The Grand Principality of Casella within the Anisoran Empire
Capital Pena
Founding Date 10 March 7370
Type of Territory Grand Principality
Languages Anisoran, Pastanan
 • Type
 • Grand Prince
 • Prime Minister
 • Federal Assembly

Constitutional Monarchy
Grand Prince Marius
Giuliano Sorciano-Mordese
52 seats

Legislature Parlamento Reale di Casella
Formation Succeeded Kingdom of Casella
Area 282,768 km² (109,177 sq mi)
Population 21,945,782

This article is about the current Principality of Casella. For other uses, see Casella (disambiguation).

The Grand Principality of Casella (Anisoran: Gran Principato di Casella; Pastanan: Magnus Principatus Casellae) is a constituent state of the Anisoran Empire. It is situated in Western Anisora, in Anaria Minor, and borders the Western Medio Sea to the east, the Western Strait to the north and the Sinnian Sea to the west. It borders a number of smaller constituent states within the Anisoran Empire, as well as maintaining an international border with X to the west. It is the largest state of the Empire in terms of both area and population, with almost 22 million people living within its borders, and has remained the leading state within the Empire since its foundation in 7367.

The Grand Principality of Casella was founded in 7370, shortly after the foundation of the Anisoran Empire in the aftermath of Marius Decus, Duke of Marra’s victory during the Anisoran Civil War in 7365. It succeeded the Kingdom of Casella, which had been in existence since the sixty-ninth century, as part of the major territorial reformation of the lands of the Empire under Marius I. The Grand Principality was the leading state during this period, particularly under Marius I, when it became the leading state of the Empire, with the total centralisation of power around the Emperor at the imperial court in Pena.

Today the Grand Principality remains the political heart of the Anisoran Empire, with the Imperial Senate situated in Pena, the capital city of both the Grand Principality and the Empire. The Anisoran Emperor, who also rules as the head of state for the Grand Principality, the Grand Prince of Casella, has his official residence at Colombera Palace in central Pena. The Grand Principality also has the largest economy in Anisora, with significant industrial sectors, including manufacturing, mining, energy processing such as oil refining, as well as a large agricultural sector, including wine production, grains and livestock.



The name "Casella," which by the mid-seventh millennium had come to describe most of the north-eastern parts of the Merigno-Tsova Coast in Anaria Minor, largely conforming to much of the core lands of modern day Casella, is believed to have come from the Pastanan word castellum, meaning "castle" or "fort", which in turn entered the Anisoric languages and modern Anisoran as "castello". Casella, and Anisora in general, is well known for the large number of castles spread across the country, with foreigners during the 7th millennium often describing Casella as "the land of castles", hence "Castella," which turned into "Casella." Linguists have posited various theories as to why the "t" was eventually lost, but most agree it dropped out of the name in the 68-69th centuries. However, in other Dragaric languages, such as modern Campian, Casella is still called "Castella" today.


Foundation of the Grand Principality

Casella, within the Dual Kingdom, and the Confederation of Vetriano prior to the foundation of the Empire in 7367.

In 7365 Marius Decus, Duke of Marra, was crowned King of the Dual Kingdom of Casella and Pastana after his victory over Princess Giulia, Duchess of Pensano. With his investiture of the Dual Crowns of Casella and Pastana in Pena, he was the undisputed master of the Western Medio region.

During the Civil War, Marius had formally established the Confederation of Vetriano, a confederation of allied states, primarily in Tova, which swore fealty to the new King, effectively bringing direct Casellan rule to the whole region for the first time. Principal among these new states was the Kingdom of Matrignano, ruled over by King Alfonso III. With the foundation of the Empire in 7367, Marius worried about Alfonso retaining his title as King, the only others being himself (King of Casella and Pastana) and his newly crowned brother Alessandro, King of Marona. Alfonso had already proven himself a reluctant client and there was general anxiety over his potential as a restoration figurehead, around which Marius’ enemies could rally.

On the advice of his Prime Minister the Marquess of Maniaponte, Marius allowed Alfonso to retain the throne of his uncle, Alfonso II, to ensure continuity and avoid unrest in the Kingdom during the delicate post-civil war period. However, at the foundation of the Empire, and the major territorial reformation that accompanied it, Marius seized the opportunity to clip Alfonso’s wings and, in effect, demoted him, by reforming the Kingdom of Matrignano into the current Grand Principality. To avoid a potential crisis and calls of despotism (although, notes the historian P. Adriano Moraneponte, "accusations of despotism were already commonplace by this period"),a Marius also designated the Kingdoms of Casella, Pastana and Marona as Grand Principalities to avoid making Alfonso into a martyr.

Despite its nominal demotion, the Grand Principality of Casella remained the leading state of the newly formed Empire, with Pena enshrined as the capital city1 and centre of imperial government. The newly crowned Emperor of the Anisorans Marius I retained his Casellan title as his secondary title, being crowned Grand Prince of Casella on 3 September 7367, and would conventionally be addressed as Grand Prince whilst in Casella itself (with the exception of Pena, where his imperial title was to be used).

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Government and Politics

Administrative Divisions

The Grand Principality of Casella is subdivided into seventeen states of varying sizes and demographic makeup. The original core regions of the Grand Principality were inherited from the Kingdom of Casella, and numbered fourteen in 7367. Since the foundation of the Grand Principality, a number of other regions have been added to Casella during subsequent wars of conquest to the west in central Anaria Minor, as well as other territorial changes during peacetime. Most of these territories have been formally integrated into the Grand Principality as states, and like the existing states, retained various degrees of autonomy (normally retained by stims and sockens at a local level).

Marius III, the current Grand Prince of Casella.

Grand Prince of Casella

As a constituent state of the Anisoran Empire, the Grand Principality of Casella retains its own head of state, the Grand Prince (or Princess) of Casella, who is always the ruling monarch of Anisora. This began with Marius I retaining his status as head of state of Casella after being crowned Emperor of the Anisorans in 7367. The Grand Prince of Casella is the Emperor's secondary title (although technically as of 7473 the Emperor's subsidiary Grand Princely titles are all equal beneath the imperial title), and according to convention the Emperor is addressed by his Grand Princely title when in Casella itself (with the exception of Pena, where the imperial title is used).

The first Grand Prince of Casella was Marius I, being invested with the Crown of Casella in a ceremony in Pena on 3 September 7367. There have been ten Grand Princes and Princesses of Casella2 (seven Princes and three Princesses), with the current Emperor of the Anisorans, Marius III, retaining the title of Grand Prince today.

Royal Parliament of Casella




Coat of Arms

See also

Anisora  Anisora portal


1 Under the Dual Kingdom, Pena had remained the capital of Casella and was officially equal in status to Valance, capital of Pastana. Although constitutionally equal, Pena remained the de facto capital of the Union from its inception.

2 Victor I is sometimes not included in the list of Grand Princes. Although he bore the title Grand Prince from birth, he was never invested, being a newborn child, and died at only four months.


a Moraneponte, P.A. (7571) Vita Marii Decii: Primus Imperator, Peradotto. 139. (Hallish: The Life of Marius Decus: The First Emperor)

   Constituent states of the Anisoran Empire   
Grand Principalities CasellaLusava and VascanoMatrignanoPastana
Lesser Principalities KelloriaMaronaParronaPensanoPilanoSoglianoTorzarolaValbianoVattoro
Archduchies Marcara-MinliorinaMontagnolaValmoresca
Duchies AlzanaBrignoleCariniCrovianoDorniellaMarucchellaMeradella-Arpaia
Dependent Islands Fazagoria ▪ Sobrano ▪ Tarisasca and Verolo ▪ Tino
Free Cities DarcoleFabrignaMarocidaPandagnaToselloValamaggioreVastoira
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