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Summary: The Derigi Empire was an empire in the continent of Letsia, formed in the year 1055. The nation was a continuation of the Mouri Empire and its primary component of Azoz, after the Mouri Empire collapsed. The empire was named for its founder, the monarch Treeman (from the Yannian name Derigianyan), who ruled as a co-monarch along a series of other emperors. The Derigi Empire was a decentralized state comprised of several large provinces, or satrapies, such as Azoz proper, western provinces such as Fotashe and Eskaladun, which would later form the nation of Garania, Umhlaba, and Fashnoq. As the nation fractured, the number of governors greatly increased, from its original vision of a handful of viceroyalties, to a patchwork of small, feudal holdings. The nation also eventually included the Kingdom of Neum and the Ankum of Edom, which were both loosely incorporated into the empire through royal marriage rather than outright subjugation; in both cases Azoz was considered the lesser partner of these diplomatic unions. The nation's capital was the city of Jaligena, located outside the city limits of the ancient city of Azoz. The capital was founded in the 1020s by Emperor Pauodegus in the aftermath of the Seven-Star War, which saw Azoz largely razed, and was necessitated by Ligerian tradition that prohibited the Emperor from stepping foot in Azoz. Additionally, throughout various periods of time, particularly during civil war, cities such as Neum and Medan, the later being used by the Edomite rulers in the Great Mouri Civil War, were also used as alternatives to Azoz and Jaligena.
Prior to the formation of the Derigi Empire, the Mouri Empire had come to be dominated by the Ligerian Neumites, a series of Yannian-descended monarchs who practiced a unique branch of the Ulm Religion known as Ligerite Ulmism. The empire came to be plagued by numerous rebellions and civil wars, often caused by tensions between the native Azozians and Yannian settlers and leaders. The nation also became split over the question of Edom, as the nation had come under the influence of the Ankum in an unequal union. Additionally, foreign invasions by the Reckoner Empire, and a complicated succession involving the Ligerians and the Edomites contributed to internal instability empire-wide. The Mouri Empire formally was dissolved in 1055 in favor of the Derigi Empire, and the latter emerged during a period of uncertainty. The Great Mouri Civil War and the Azozian-Reckoner Wars largely contributed to the creation of the Derigi state, and spilled over into its early history. The nation's first formal emperor would be its namesake, Treeman, who ruled within a triumvirate consisting of Prackyob the Younger and Farrajulen II, who together are largely credited with ensuring the Derigi Empire's survival in its formative years.
The nation would ultimately suffer the loss of much of its territory to separatists and foreign invasion, eventually falling susceptible to conquest by the Syresian Republic. Although short-lived, the Derigi Empire would be highly influential in the history of Ancient Letsia. In continuation of many of the themes of the earlier Mouri Empire, the Derigi Empire possessed a unique blend of Azozian, Edomite, and Ligerian Yannian culture, religion, and language. The empire would be the primary benefactor of the Ulm religion and the Azozian language, but was also home to a multitude of other faiths and languages, largely due to its vast territory, and its position as a crossroads of ideas in the ancient world. (more...)
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