The Coming of the Zioth

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 +===== The Empire =====
 +
 +Rang and the surrounding areas have, off and on over the centuries,
 +have formed a loose empire which exists largely in name alone.
 +
 +
 +=== The Imperial Election ===
 +
 +The First Emperor of the Realm, Volupture I, gave himself the title
 +when, for a period of eight months, he held significant power over what
 +are now Rang, the Gallian lands, Terradia, and even the westernmost
 +extremes of the Eastern Kingdoms (now Ostmark). Volupture'​s short
 +reign, which began in 794, made him immensely popular among the common
 +people of the entire realm. Rang was deep into the Years of Corruption
 +at the time, and none of the short-lived kings of that era were well-
 +liked by the people. Volupture, drawing on the treasury of his own
 +kingdom, made life much more livable for serfs and peasants of the
 +entire Realm, as well as helping out a great many nobles who were
 +dangerously close to bankruptcy. A single man, however, can not support
 +twenty kingdoms out of his own pocket. Volupture, early in 795, found
 +himself nearly bankrupt, but, expecting help from the many lords he had
 +assisted, he continued to give generously to everyone in need.
 +History tells that he was surprised when no one came to his aid to
 +finance his network of charity and bribery. It was many years before the
 +peasantry stopped expecting his return.
 +
 +The Second Emperor of the Realm was Diure LVIII, who held the title
 +from Piquidon 870 until his death twenty-three years later. In a
 +successful effort to increase his influence, he arranged an election
 +among the kings and nobles of the realm, which, given the military
 +force he held back at various borders, he was certain to win. The title
 +of emperor did not entitle him to any control over neighboring
 +kingdoms, but it did give him the right to send small companies of
 +Rouche troops parading around the realm, building up his name, gaining
 +him popularity, and inflating the size of his defensive forces in the
 +minds of potential enemies.
 +
 +Diure was not nearly as foolish with money as his predecessor,​ but
 +his activities as emperor definately contributed to his massive
 +accumulated debt. As emperor, he was expected to send a portion of his
 +army to aid his neighbors in battle (except when he was attacking
 +them himself), and to support the most destitute of nobles in their
 +need.
 +
 +The empire of Diure LVIII consisted of Rang, a large portion of the
 +Gallian lands and smaller portions of what are now Ostmark and Terradia.
 +
 +Diure LXII held the title of Third Emperor of the Realm from 940
 +until his death in 953, but all imperial activity ceased in 945 when he
 +realized the title was doing him no good at all, and was working against
 +a substantial treasury that he was quite proud of.
 +
 +The empire of Diure LXII consisted of Rang, a large portion of the
 +Gallian lands and a few of the Terradian substates.
 +
 +The election for the Fourth Emperor of the Realm was arranged by
 +Diure LXIV, and will be held on the first of Aed, 1002. Not all of
 +Rang's neighbors are happy with the idea of another emperor, but, at
 +this point, Rang is far too powerful to oppose. Each involved kingdom
 +has nominated a candidate, but it is quite clear that Diure will win.
 +Ostmark, duchy of Rang, briefly held out for a candiate of its own,
 +but it quickly stopped the effort, possibly realizing that Ostmark was
 +not in a position to take on such a great financial burden (not that
 +Rang necessarily is either). The new empire will consist of Rang, most
 +of the Gallian lands and about a third of Terradia. The Terradian
 +substates are generally in it to gain Rouche support; few of them even
 +submitted a candidate.