Aritan: The Imperial Age.
Before The Aurelenian Empire
Prior to the founding of the Empire and the instituting of their record keeping system, written histories are sparse and inconsistent. Levels of detailed knowledge of history vary from country to country, and historian to historian. However,the general themes are as follows.
Around 1000-2000 years ago, agriculture hit the continent. It is unknown, and probably will never be known, when or how exactly humans came to live on the continent. The Imperials say Sol the creator and life bringer created us and placed us upon the world so that it could be our paradise. The Brynlanders say we have always been here, as the animals have, going back through all the cycles to eternity. The Oileain say we are all the children Meanmna, the goddess of blood, and warfare. An army to fight off the world’s enemies. Whatever the case, Agriculture first took root in the lush river valleys of the central continent, and the more arid and relatively calmer rivers of the southern peninsula. These early peoples formed the first civilizations on the continent, and they immediately began waging wars with each other. Simultaneously, the many less structured peoples of the world began to migrate and settle in response to the growing technological militarism of the center and south of the continent. these people were able to carve various niches for themselves out in various places, in what would become Brynland, Morlund, and various smaller nations in the west, the Steppe peoples and hte first of the city states in the east, and the many many clans and nations of the North. These areas were relatively more quiet than the river lands, with conflicts and civilization on a smaller scale than the Riverlands, which tore themselves apart with wars on an ever increasing scale.
for the following 500-700 years, The larger Civilizations continued to varyingly build themselves up, create steadily stretching empires, and then collapse on themselves. The southern Landmass managed for maintain a level of stability with its relatively culturally similar nations, but wars were still common. The central riverlands only became more and more violent, as weapons technology continued to advance. Steel and maile dominated battlefields, and found their way to the rest of the world by assimilation.
At about this period, the rest of the world began to experience some changes. On the fringes of the dominant “civilized” nations of the central landform, other cultures began to organize and
grow in unified power. Through various means, several prominent countries and nations formed outside of the turmoil that was early politics, including Brynland, Morlund, and the City States in the east, Tianan, Elistra, Oran, Donyetska, and many more. These nations, growing in power, went largely unnoticed by the other powers of the world unless they were immediately bordering them, allowing time for the development of advances in various things other than war. In the north, things remained largely unchanged, although several prominent and devastatingly ingenuitive peoples began to acquire power and resources, and form into their own nations.
Finally, roughly 300 years ago, something drastic happened. The Founding and the Wars of Unification