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Glantrian Political History - AC 830 to 845by Harri Mäki and Giovanni Porpora
During the following years Alexander Glantri successfully concentrates his efforts in building diplomatic relations with Darokin and Thyatis. (HoHG)
During the first years of the Republic Frederick Vlaardoen builds the judicial system from the scratches, uniting five different systems (Flaemish, Thyatian, Alphatian, Traladaran and Ethengarian) into one. Most of his innovation will still be in use in 1000 AC. He'll also succeed in making his prejudices not affecting his work. (HoHL)
Humudin Tsembu succeeds his grandfather, Babayun, as Marquise of Braastar.
Bogdo Khan had previously asked Birkai Virayana and Humudin Tsembu to help him against kaelic rebels in his fief, but they both refused.
Now Bogdo Khan tries to convince Humudin, which refuses too. Thus Bogdo augments his attacks against kaelics, keeping his revenge above the other two ethengarian for a time to come.
Internal struggles amongst ethengarian nobles go on.
Francis Postbrad succeeds his father, Michal, as Marquise of Berrym.
Flaemish rulers are pretty busy in re-building their dominions and their economy after all those years of war.
Here are some thoughts related to their fiefs' positions:
- Viscounty of Linden, ruler Frederick Vlaardoen. Borders :
East - Viscounty of Crownguard by which is divided by the river; relations with McGregors are very good, since they both are enemies of the Ethengarians;
South, South-East - County of Kopstar; since the Count of Kopstar isn't interested in politics, Frederick controlled that fief from Linden;
North-East - Viscounty of Ostbruck.
West - Barony of Altendorf; good relations with hattians
- Marquisate of Berrym, ruler Francis Postbrad.
This Marquisate (according to the Dragonlord of Mystara, Beraam) is pretty isolated, not having common borders with other glantrian fiefs. Flaemish quiet isolation is guarded by the dangers of glantrian hills.
- County of Kopstar, ruler Leopold Rjevens.
This fief (according to the Dragonlord of Mystara, Traagen the seat of Duke Veerbyn's holding) is totally enclosed in other fiefs: the territory was delimited by the river East and South, and by the Viscounty of Linden West.North, North-West - Viscounty of Linden;
Leopold Rjevens, a studious, isn't interested neither in politics, nor in quarrelling with his neighbours. Borders:
South - Marquisate of Braastar; since the caravans moving from and to Glantri City necessarily pass from Braastar, the relations with the ethengarian fief were less hostile than usual;
East - Marquisate of Tavish; flaemish people is at least annoyed by the fighting going on East the river. But what's more important is that some kaelic groups use the County as base and hideout (knowing ethengarians wouldn't be willing to follow them in Flaemish territories thus risking a war with the Flaems). Authorities in Kopstar support Kaelics and Leopold knows nothing about what's going on. Of course Frederick Vlaardoen approves;
North - Viscounty of Crownguard; relations with McGregors are good;
West - Barony of Altendorf (according to the Dragonlord of Mystara, Aalbansford the seat of Duke Aalban's holding); good relations with Hattians.
- County of High Sonden, ruler Vidar Verlien.
This fief had always maintained the territory detailed in Gaz 3. Borders:
North - Barony of Altendorf; relations with Hattians are quite good.
- Viscounty of Ostbruck, ruler Albert Kern.
The river South and South-East delimit this fief; it includes four hexes around the central one plus one North of Linden.
SE - Viscounty of Linden;
South - Viscounty of Crownguard, with quite good relations;
There's only a problem, the building of Fort Nordling, an annoying neighbour, but nothing serious.
- Viscounty of Blofeld, ruler Pieinants.
This rather isolated fief is in charge of keeping a good look to Ethengar and of helping Skullhorn Pass' garrisons. Pieinants are the more warrior-like Flaem family. Also they had probably been dukes in Braastar, therefore attitude towards ethengarians were really strained.
- Barony of Vorstadt, ruler Vantte. Borders :
North-West - Barony of Adlerturm;832 AC
South-West - Barony of Leenz;
Vantte resents his geographic position (far from other Flaemish fiefs) and his title, the lowest among Flaemish nobles. He strongly opposed the building of Fort Nordling, which means his Barony will be completely surrounded by Hattians, no matter the protection it'd have granted for his people.
Relations between Flaems and Hattians are a little tense, especially West of the river, and near Fort Nordling.
Vlad Kviepoly succeeds his father, Moise, as Baron of Palatinsk
Alphatia withdraws all claims (another success for Alexander) and Halzuntram is released.
Leopold Kern succeeds his father, Albert, as Viscount of Ostbruck
Eberhard Wechsen succeeds his father, Conrad, as Baron of Altendorf
Let's take a look at Hattians' fiefs
- County of Ritterburg: territory 1+6 plus 2 East towards Altendorf's borders. See Graez for further comments.
- Graez: territory 1+4 North and West, and 1 and a half South-East. Further extension of the fief was barred by Ritterburg's and Leenz borders. This could have meant the original reason of Lowenroth's anger towards von Drachenfels.
- Leenz: territory delimited North by the river. It stretches to cover North-East of actual Aalban. Some problems North with Vorstadt, but nothing really serious.
- Altendorf: 1+6.
Borders with High Sonden South and Linden East. I think they weren't content with the role of buffer fief with the reclusive Flaem. However they were resentful towards von Drachenfels but keep themselves quiet with the Flaems.
- Adlerturm: family von Graustein had always been so study oriented that they are good neighbours (i.e. they wouldn't disturb their neighbours if they themselves are left in peace). Borders :
North - Barony of Uigmuir. There was a good co-operation between the people these two borderland fiefs.Lucchino di Sfonti succeeds his niece, Astolfo, as Viscount of Sirecchia
South-East - Barony of Vorstadt. There's a contentious regarding Vorstadt's territory West River Aalban. Mina von Graustein doesn't care very much, so Baron Vantte constantly tries to take possession of more.
Looking Kerendans and Thyatians fiefs, none of them have any borders with other fiefs, but while Kerendans ones depends on Alphatians for commerce, Thyatians ones represent the buffer fiefs against elves (Hightower-Hodlan) and averoignians (Westheath-Glantri).
Kerendans are not content with this situation, but hey, there's Alexander Glantri.
Joanna could have been a good diplomat with the elves as good as Alexander have been with Etienne.
Alexander Glantri grows suspicious of Morphail's activities.
During a Council session Vortram kills Alexander Glantri and Toktai Virayana, then he is killed.
Julia di Sfonti succeeds his husband Alexander Glantri as Archduchess of Westheath.
Toktai Virayana succeeds his father, Birkai, as Marquise of Singhabad
Ambrosion succeeds his uncle, Vortram, as Count of Silverston.
*Elections of new Council members:
1) The new Kerendan/Thyatian member of the Council is Lucchino di Sfonti.
The decision is unanimous. Kerendans sides with the more prominent member, Julia di Sfonti can't vote, and Joanna Hodlan thinks they all need a unanimous decision because of the loss they suffered with Alexander Glantri's death.
Anyway, now that the charismatic leader is no more, internal unity slowly starts to crumble. Now that Kerendans have augmented their power, they'll not be willing to lose it again. Anyway they can be troubled by internal family wars keeping them somewhat busy.
2) The new Alphatian member of the Council is Ambrosion. He probably convinced eventual enemies with a political marriage, managing to keep the council membership.
Johan of Haaskinz is still grateful to Vortram, Ambrosion's uncle, for having accepted him in the Alphatians group.
Prusius Cornhearst is very loyal to Aendyrs.
Ambrosion votes for himself, and we do have the majority.
Arden and Lendup abstain ...
3) The new Ethengarian member of the Council, Toktai Virayana, will be such officially in 836 only. Bogdo Khan had too much problem in his fief but Humudin Tsembu challenges Toktai. Toktai wins. In front of the astonished public Toktai spares Humudin's life. In exchange Humudin is forced to swear to Toktai he'll offer his help against Bogdo Khan if such necessity will arise in future (this is not divulged of course)
Wilhelm von Drachenfels is offered Glantri's position as Chancellor but he refuses it because he wants nothing more than to build his fort and be left in peace. (HoHR)
Wishing to leave other charges as they were before, the Council members agree to give the three vacant charges to the relative new members.
THE NEW COUNCIL - 835 AC Lucchino di Sfonti Kerendan Chancellor Morphail Gorevitch-Woszlany Traladaran Viceroy of Tchernovordsk Toktai Virayana Ethengarian Treasurer Frederick Vlaardoen Flaem Supreme Judge Wilhelm von Drachenfels Hattian Viceroy of Nordling Ambrosion Alphatian Chamberlain
The land is renamed Republic of Glantri, and construction of a mausoleum in the capital starts. These decisions were unanimous.
*Relationships between ethnic groups
Flaem/Alphatians relationships move from Neutral to Hostile (HoHR).
This year marks the start of the period in which you'll easily find some corrections to the Republican feeling: with the death of Alexander Glantri there'll be more opportunity to accomplish such a thing.
The Duchess of Hightower, Joanna Hodlan, dies. Jacob Muskerry, her niece (exactly the son of her older sister) succeeds him.
Muskerry is Thyatian as Hodlan so there aren't changes in voting powers.
Georg Pieinants succeeds his father, Sigmund, as Viscount of Blofeld.
Dieter Lowenroth succeeds his father, Gerhard, as Baron of Graez.
Stefan Cornhearst succeeds his father, Prusias, as Viscount of Volnay.
Friedrich von Drachenfels succeeds his father, Wilhelm, as Count of Ritterburg
*Election of Council Member
Friedrich von Drachenfels succeeds Wilhelm; Hattian nobles aren't allowed to choose the representative.
By now Lowenroth and Wechsen aren't content with their position, they might start to wonder why family von Drachenfels has to keep their position at the Council as granted. And, of course, Friedrich is "only" a magic-user.
Soon after becoming member of the Council, Friedrich von Drachenfels gets an argument with the Supreme Judge, Frederick Vlaardoen, about a minor legal problem. Both aren't able to give up and the two won't speak to each other for seven years. Friedrich won't even speak to Frederick's son Moritz. (HoHR)
*Relationships between ethnic groups
Flaem/Hattian relationship moves from Friendly to Hostile.
This will greatly contribute to slowly increase tensions between the fiefs of the two groups.
Alphatians start quarrelling between them: Vortram's daughter Mariadna challenges the other faction, lead by Ambrosion, Treasurer of the Council and niece of Vortram. (HoHR).
At first Ambrosion was backed by Prusias and Johann against Lendup supported by Arden. These two probably wished to gain more power. Then Mariadna arrived from Alphatia and now, in AC 843 she demands the title of Countess of Silverston, as Vortram's loyal heiress.
Ambrosion refuses to give the County to Mariadna and the conflict starts (it'll go on for next ten years).
Mariadna gets the support of Arden and Lendup.
Stefan Cornhearst backed Ambrosion.
Johan of Haaskinz is far away, Ambrosion is probably going to ask him for money or troops, annoying the man, but anyway Johan will try to remain neutral (this will contribute to explain why Johan's son will switch side in the future).
Ambrosion has two advantages over Mariadna:
Mariadna's only advantage is the voting power of her allies at the HoL: 26 against 22. This isn't enough, but it can be used at least to ease suspicions over her motives.
- A political one. He still has the strength to remain the Alphatian Council member (6 votes to 4); he will use this to gain allies at the Council by explaining Mariadna is a spy sent by Alphatia.
- A geographical one. Redstone is far away from the other three fiefs.
*The political Machine
For the first time a succession is contested. This attracts the attention of the whole Parliament, since the Glantrian Code doesn't detail how such situation should be handled. The debate goes on for weeks, with two factions harsh dispute.
Those who wish to preserve the ruler's sovereignty from the power of the Parliament, i.e. if a succession is contested the Parliament shouldn't intervene;
Those who wish to give the Parliament more power above the fiefs, i.e. if a succession is contested the Parliament has to vote the matter and enforce its decision.
Eventually the NAP, Non-Activist Party, wins: Alphatians shall solve their problems themselves. However the IP, Interventionist Party, obtains a great result: a committee is now in charge of studying the matter, with the aim of filling the legal gap, so that there won't other disputes in the future.
Soon after this decision, Flaems and Hattians, who were part of the IP, start plotting to have someone take a better look in the Alphatian zone...
Mircea Kviepoly succeeds his father, Vlad, as Baron of Palatinsk
Wilhelm Muskerry succeeds his father, Jacob, as Duke of Hightower.
*Etienne d'Ambreville's petition to accept Nouvelle Averoigne in the Republic of Glantri.
*Etienne d'Ambreville's petition to construct a school for magic-users in Glantri City.
Both were controversial issues but at the end Etienne had its place in the House and broke the ground for the Great School of Magic. (HoHR)
Let's take a GOOD look into this matter.
VOTING AGAINST ETIENNE
Kaelics: if Etienne joins the Republic they'll find an enemy at the HoL, since Etienne's very resentful towards them.
Traladarans: Morphail is of course suspicious towards anyone who had stayed in the Highlands
as long as he himself had.
VOTING FOR ETIENNE
Hattians: Friedrich von Drachenfels is Etienne's pupil
Flaems: Etienne's a powerful magic-user who'll join their ranks
Duke Batril: he knows his vote can decide the whole matter thus he can gain a lot.
MORE PONDERED VOTES
Ethengarians: the two mages, Toktai Virayana and Humudin Tsembu, approves the request, Bogdo Khan doesn't know if it's better to annoy them or the Kaelics thus he abstains. (32)
Kerendans and Thyatians: despite the fact the annexation of Isoile Valley will mean less commerce directed in their valley, they realise that the annexation of Nouvelle Averoigne will strengthen the state considerably (the Republic would gain a lot of wealth by the annexation of that relatively rich zone) and, in particular, Westheath would become the passageway between Glantri City and a rich Valley. (34) + (37).
By now we have 265, we need at least 13 more J
Alphatians: Johan of Haaskinz votes for Etienne, because by doing so he would end his isolation.
But why did Etienne wait for 845 to join? Knowing all Alphatians would have voted against him (he joins the ranks of their enemies, Flaems), he realised he hadn't enough votes.
But now, in this very moment, Alphatians are quarrelling, so perhaps he can convince members of one of the two factions to vote for him in exchange of some support.
He decides to support the weaker faction (Mariadna+Lendup+Arden). Anyway Mariadna doesn't trust him completely, so does Lendup (who abstains), but Etienne manages to get Arden's 12 votes.
Total votes 287, he needed 279.
The same majority goes for Gilles Grenier.
Concerning the Great School of Magic, things probably go in a slightly different way: all the Alphatians could have approved this one and someone who approved Etienne's joining could have rejected this one: Batril, knowing this time he won't be able to gain very much. Probably someone else could have abstained.
*Nouvelle Averoigne becomes part of the Republic: there are two new Viscounties and two Viscounts: Viscounty of Fausseflames, Gilles Grenier and Viscounty of Sylaire, Etienne d'Ambreville.
*Construction of the GSoM begins.
Averoignians join the flaemish nobles, but they aren't allowed to take part at the election of their Council member.
*New fief: County of Wylon
Worried for the Alphatians fighting, Flaems and Hattians propose the creation of a new fief in Wylon under Alexander von Taafnen's rule 
Ethengarians abstain: Friendly to Hattians but Hostile to Flaems, Neutral to Alphatians
Alphatians obviously reject: nobody wants strangers to put their nose in private affairs. And the new fief being a County was something that angered viscounts of Eriadna and Volnay very much
Kerendans and Thyatians vote YES: they are Neutral towards the three but they are concerned of the struggle going on near their territories, moreover this doesn't help their economy.
Traladarans vote YES: Morphail sees the possibility of an involvement of the new fief, therefore of Hattians and Flaems, into the dispute thus augmenting the chaos in that zone.
Kaelics abstain: they're not concerned about this
Batril votes YES: he knows to be decisive once more and manages to have something in return this time, too.
Total favourable votes 114+54+71+50+18=307
The joining of Alexander von Taafnen augments the lamentations of other Hattian nobles who had lesser titles than Alexander. At least Wechsen and Lowenroth became bitterer because of this.
 von Taafnens were originally Hattian, but Alexander von Taafnen was half-Flaem by his mothers side. That's why he gets the support of both Flaems and Hattians (see 840). Both groups also wanted someone they could trust on to keep eye on Alphatians in that area.
New Total Votes : HV 372, PV 455
With the arrival of Etienne it's even more likely something may move towards the magocracy.
THE NEW HOUSE OF LORDS - 845 AC
Title Dominion Ruler Origin/different group Archduchy Westheath Julia di Sfonti Thyatian Duchy Fenswick Adalbert Batril Averoignians/independent Hightower Wilhelm Muskerry Thyatian Marquesate Berrym Francis Postbrad Flaem Braastar Humudin Tsembu Ethengarian Singhabad Toktai Virayana Ethengarian Tavish Bogdo Khan Ethengarian County Glenargyll Percival McDougall Kaelic High Sonden Vidar Verlien Flaem Kopstar Leopold Rjevens Flaem Ritterburg Friedrich von Drachenfels Hattian Silverston Ambrosion Alphatian Wylon Alexander von Taafnen Hattian-Flaem/Hattian Viscounty Blofeld Georg Pieinants Flaem Crownguard David McGregor Kaelic Eriadna Lendup Alphatian Fausseflammes Gilles Grenier Averoignian/Flaem Linden Frederick Vlaardoen Flaem Ostbruck Leopold Kern Flaem Redstone Arden Alphatian Sirecchia Lucchino di Sfonti Kerendan Sylaire Etienne d'Ambreville Averoignian/Flaem Verrazzano Umberto Fulvina Kerendan Volnay Stefan Cornhearst Alphatian Barony Adlerturm Mina von Graustein Hattian Altendorf Eberhard Wechsen Hattian Egorn Johan of Haaskinz Hattian(mixed)/Alphatian Graez Dieter Lowenroth Hattian Igorov Morphail Gorevitch-Woszlany Traladaran Kutchevski Alexandru Timenko Traladaran Leenz Burkhard Schwassen Hattian Oreggiano Francesco Costanza Kerendan Palatinsk Mircea Kviepoly Traladaran Rymskigrad Fedor Markovitch Traladaran Uigmuir Malcolm McAllister Kaelic Vorstadt Sigefroi Vantte Flaem
THE GROUPS OF POWER - 845 AC
Alphatians NAME TITLE CV HV PV NOTES Ambrosion Council member and Count of Silverston 1 ---- 14 835 Arden Viscount of Redstone -- 12 12 Lendup Viscount of Eriadna -- 12 12 Stefan Cornhearst Viscount of Volnay -- 12 12 839 Johan of Haaskinz Baron of Egorn -- 10 10 Hattian, joined Alphatians some years before 829 TOTAL VOTES 1 46 60
Ethengarians NAME TITLE CV HV PV NOTES Babayun Tsembu Marquise of Braastar -- 16 16 830 Birkai Virayana Council member and Marquise of Singhabad 1 ---- 16 835 Bogdo Khan Marquise of Tavish -- 16 16 TOTAL VOTES 1 32 48
Flaems NAME TITLE CV HV PV NOTES Frederick Vlaardoen Council member and Viscount of Linden 1 ---- 12 Francis Postbrad Marquise of Berrym -- 16 16 830 Leopold Rjevens Count of Kopstar -- 14 14 Vidar Verlien Count of High Sonden -- 14 14 Leopold Kern Viscount of Ostbruck -- 12 12 834 Georg Pieinants Viscount of Blofeld -- 12 12 837 Etienne d'Ambreville Viscount of Sylaire -- 12 12 Joined in 845 Gilles Grenier Viscount of Fausseflames -- 12 12 Joined in 845 Sigefroi Vantte Baron of Vorstadt -- 10 10 TOTAL VOTES 1 102 114
Hattians NAME TITLE CV HV PV NOTES Friedrich von Drachenfels Council member and Count of Ritterburg 1 ---- 14 840 Alexander von Taafnen Count of Wylon -- 14 14 Joined in 845 Mina von Graustein Baron of Adlerturm -- 10 10 Dieter Lowenroth Baron of Graez -- 10 10 837 Burkhard Schwassen Baron of Leenz -- 10 10 Eberhard Wechsen Baron of Altendorf -- 10 10 834 TOTAL VOTES 1 54 68
Kaelics NAME TITLE CV HV PV NOTES Percival McDougall Count of Glenargyll -- 14 14 David McGregor Viscount of Crownguard -- 12 12 Malcolm McAllister Baron of Uigmuir -- 10 10 TOTAL VOTES -- 36 36
Kerendans and Thyatians NAME TITLE CV HV PV NOTES Lucchino di Sfonti Council member and Viscount of Sirecchia 1 ---- 12 834/35 Julia di Sfonti Archduchess of Westheath -- 19 19 835 Wilhelm Muskerry Duke of Hightower -- 18 18 845 Umberto Fulvina Viscount of Verrazzano -- 12 12 Francesco Costanza Baron of Oreggiano -- 10 10 TOTAL VOTES 1 59 71
Traladarans NAME TITLE CV HV PV NOTES Morphail Gorevitch-Woszlany Council member and Baron of Igorov 1 ---- 10 Fedor Markovitch Baron of Rymskigrad -- 10 10 Mircea Kviepoly Baron of Palatinsk -- 10 10 845 Alexandru Timenko Baron of Kutchevski -- 10 10 TOTAL VOTES 1 30 40
Relations between groups - 845 AC
Alp Eth Fla Hat Kae KeTh Tra Alphatians ----- N H835 H N N N Ethengarians N ----- H F H F N Flaems H835 H ----- H840 N N N Hattians H F H840 ----- N NF845 F Kaelics N H N N ----- F N Kerendans/Thyatians N F N NF845 F ----- H Traladarans N N N F N H -----
THE COUNCIL - 845 AC Lucchino di Sfonti Kerendan Chancellor Morphail Gorevitch-Woszlany Traladaran Viceroy of Tchernovordsk Toktai Virayana Ethengarian Treasurer Frederick Vlaardoen Flaem Supreme Judge Friedrich von Drachenfels Hattian Viceroy of Nordling Ambrosion Alphatian Chamberlain