Orkanan Realm of Stoldavia

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Orkanan Realm of Stoldavia
Skiöldaviks Konungariki
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Capital Skiöldavik
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The Orkanan Realm of Stoldavia (Skiöldaviks Konungsriki) refers to the historical empire that covered most of Stoldavia in northern Anaria between ca 5091RH - 5713RH. It is also known as the First Stoldavian Empire.

Despite the connotation "empire", the First Stoldavian Empire was more a confederation of rather autonomous dependencies. Inclusion into the empire happened mostly through strategic (family) alliances, although several battles of conquest have been fought as well. Central government from Skiöldavik included only taxation, recruitment for the army, and religious doctrines.

Driving force behind the formation and expansion was the organization of Fyrirhugun Orkanan in the so-called Skiöldavik Sogn. Fyrirhugun got its expansionist character under the leadership of Arnfast, who successfully combined religious and worldly leadership on a large scale.

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History

Skiöldavik Sogn

Expansive era

The Stoldavic crop rotation played an important role in expanding the influence of Fyrirhugun Orkanists.

Start of the decline

The empire was at the height of its power in the 5500s, during which it increasingly turned outside Stoldavia and attempted to expand its influence abroad. In particularly, the Realm's involvement in the Theomachy, a conflict in modern-day Istania between adherents of Orkanan and Sadarisnism, evolved from intermittent indirect support for the Orkanan side to direct military intervention, as a result of both the interventionist nature of Fyrirhugun Orkanan and a desire on the part of the Realm's leadership to use the conflict to further unify and centralize the empire. However, the military was ill-equipped to handle overseas engagements and the interventions were highly expensive, and the resulting increases in taxation inflamed divisions across the empire. In 5564 the largest intervention, led by the young Konung Alvar and known as the Alvarian Expedition, was launched to remedy these problems and bring about a final victory. However, it suffered a crushing defeat at the Battle of Ederra, in which most of the Stoldavian forces, including Alvar, were killed. Alvar's death touched off a succession crisis that seriously destabilized the empire, and the defeat of the Alvarian Expedition is often thought of as marking the start of the Orkanan's Realm decline.

End of an empire

During the late 5600s and early 5700s the already weakened and destabilized Orkanan Realm suffered from a series of invasions by southern peoples from across the sea as part of the Migration Period that caused it to finally crumble.

Aftermath

Government and Politics

Government

Constituents

Politics

Colonies

Thultannia

From 5100RH, missionaries and settlers from the Orkanan Realm founded a number of colonies along the northern coast of Thultannia. By 5600RH, colonies were well established in Penryn, and by 5800RH, Orkanan had successfully replaced Thultannian Paganism in much of Thultannia.

Following the collapse of the Orkanan Realm, the colonies were cut off, and gradually became self-sufficient, fully integrating with the indigenous populations in most places.

Military

Even though soldiers were often recruited involuntarily, the Stoldavian military were paid for their services. Soldiers from the Stoldavian heartland were recruited from stims, often in the form of government taxes. Soldiers from conquered territories were often the result of a choice between unpaid forced labor or paid military duties elsewhere in the Realm.

The military used naturally died orange and purple banners to identify themselves on the battlefield. Later on, these colors were also used during manoeuvers and logistic operations. Even though the use of flags wasn't in practice in those days, the combination of orange and purple banners identify the Orkanan Realm. Similar banners were used in religious ceremonies, symbolizing the unity between society, religion and the military.

Här

One of the factors for success in the expansion of the empire was the organization and tactics of the ground army, called här. It was based around infantry troops (fotgöngulid) with a choice of weapons, accompanied by skilled archers, and light cavalry.

Usually, the här had a group responsible for heavy artillery, like the slungva (catapult) or onager. These engineers (byggherr) had an important task as military constructors. Instead of transporting heavy weapons, like battering rams and siege towers, these engineers created those weapons on the spot. Defence (like ramparts) and other battle aids (like transportation bridges) were also created. It is this creative approach of combat that has characterized Stoldavian warfare ever since. Many bridges and fortifications constructed by the military later got a civilian use.

The engineers started using tamed mastodonts for harvesting trees and transporting building material. Later they were also used for transportation of heavy artillery. It was only in the Battle of Trätehagen (5357RH) that the mastodonts were used as elements in combat, when commander Thiuld Haraldson out of desperation ordered the mastodonts to stampede through the enemy lines. Riding mastodonts at high speed was a skill that not every trainer (or mastodont) could manage, making the use of mastodonts in combat an exception to the rule.

The här was stationed in the outskirts of the Realm, where they were self-sufficient in times of crisis, or got central funding in times of prosperity. Although officers and engineers were mainly from the Stoldavian heartlands, most of the infantry, archers and cavalry were from subjugated civilizations.

Vakt

A separate branch of the army was called Vakt, which was responsible for domestic security, especially for representatives of Orkanan rule. Only the skilled infanterists from the heartland were getting recruited for this domestic security forces.

The Stoldavic navy was mainly used for transportation of troops and supplies. Especially during the starting decades, the Stoldavic Empire mainly had a landbased army. Neighboring territories had better skills in shipbuilding and manoeuvering. Only after these were fully incorporated, it was possible to build some operational naval units. Battle at sea was unusual, since there were no seafaring nations with naval capacity around until the latter days of the Realm. Unlike in modern days, the Stoldavic navy never became a separate division of the armed forces.

Culture

Religion

Fyrirhugun Orkanan in the so-called Skiöldavik Sogn was the main driving force behind the expansion of the empire.

Architecture

Only recently the archeological findings in Skiöldavik make a proper reconstruction of architecture from the age of the Realm possible. Although Realm Architecture is mainly known for its use of rather large blocks of natural stone (mostly grey in the coastal area surrounding Skiöldavik), recent evidence suggests that these dry stone buildings were plastered with natural pigments, ochre and orange have been found, but also yellowish, pink and light green colors.

The Realm has also contributed to the large amount of ring forts and hill forts that were built in the wake of the expansion of the empire. Hill forts played an important role in maintaining security, but also provided a safe haven for people and supplies in case of turmoil. Many forts had a strictly military function, but just as many served as walled settlements with mixed military and residential use. Cities like Talpå, Äs and Månsta are thought to have started out as hill forts.

However, most of the buildings from the era were wooden constructions, usually an elaboration or variation of the log cabin, which has been the common building structure in central Stoldavia since 4000RH. Stone was labor intensive building material which required force and time, making it the first choice for more prominent buildings, or (in its unprocessed state) hill forts. The discovery of ruins from stone buildings and hill forts has led to the general misconception that most buildings in Realm Architecture were built in stone.

One of the more lasting inventions from the age of the Realm is the watermill, which has spread outwards since the 53rd century. The earliest documented watermill is that of Skiöldavik itself, the mill at Dämmö was built around 5200RH at the existing reservoir south of the city core. However, it is assumed that there have been other watermills in the area, which stood model for the rather large one built in Skiöldavik. The fact that no watermills have been found predating the one in Skiöldavik has played a role in the Stellist-Orkanan assumption of external intervention by the Races from the Stars, providing the Orkanans with new technology.

The windmill, which was invented about a century later, also dates back to the Orkanan Realm, although this contraption has been invented in other places simultaneously or later. The mill started playing a ceremonial role in Orkanan, since it was used as a way to prove Vind's everlasting presence, although Vind could not be seen or heard. The windmill has become a symbol for Orkanan, but the Orkanan Realm used a stylized mill that could represent a spoked wheel, a water wheel or windmill as its main symbol.

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