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Miasia was the first real empire in the Maen States area. The ruler of Miasia was the first to conquer all the lands in Maen States. A 4 year conflict raged between the barbarians and the army of Miasia. Once the barbarian factions had all been defeated, trade and the economy flourished. However, after only 5 years of peace the king died of an illness and left no heirs. The two highest generals both wanted the throne of Miasia and ended up starting a civil war in Miasia. Because neither general could become the king, Miasia split into two soveirgn nations, East Miasia and Yeso.
East Miasia and Yeso
After Miasia split into two empires, the generals were not happy with just having half of the empire, so a full out war began. The generals started a 57 year war between the two empires and ended up being called to a truce by the heirs of East Miasia and Yeso. Neither side gained any land. After 15 years of peace, a major famine and drought hit Yeso. The Yesians could not stay as an empire for much longer because of the cost to support the army and officials were drying up an all ready small pond of funds. Yeso finally just invaded East Miasia without warning to pillage food, gold, jewlery, and any other valuable items. The East Miasians were caught on their heels and any fight they put up was unorganized and ended up badly for the East Miasians. For 10 years Yeso survived off of the funds and agriculture of East Miasia. Finally the famine and drought ended, but the Yeso occupation of East Miasia would not end for another 100 years.
The Fall of Yeso
The fall of Yeso was mainly atrributed to very high taxes in East Miasia and the Miasians who were sick of Yesian rule. A huge of army of at least half of the Miasian population attacked the outposts of Yeso in East Miasia. Although the army was mainly consisted of peasents, most were taught to weild a sword when they were 14 as an old Miasian tradition from the time of the forming of Miasia. The army took back all the East Miasian lands in a series of bloody battles fought on the plains. Yeso counter attacked with an ambush of the Miasian convoy line pillaging the food for the army. The Miasian army had to wait a long time before more food would come. After 4 days Yeso attacked the weary and hungry Miasians. It seemed a massacre would be inevitable given the current state of the Miasians, but the pincer trap was used on the Yesians. The Miasians made their middle the weakest part and lured the Yesians to attack the middle. The Yesians fell for the trap out of sheer arogance. The Miasians collapsed their flanks on to Yesian forces and crushed them from both sides. After the major defeat at Poitmont, the Yesians pulled out of Miasia in order to protect their borders. The Miasians were resupplyed and attacked the borders of Yeso. The Yesians were always outnumbered at least 5 to 1. The Miasians sacked and pillaged the city of Yeso to end a bloody war for the liberation and rebirth of Miasia.
The Return of Miasia
Miasia finally liberated all the lands in the Maen State area and declared itself the new ruler and liberator of Miasia. Once the Miasians returned to power, new arts and technology came into being. For 475 years, Later Miasia was in a golden age. New technologies were invented by the Miasians to help with medicine and war. The next couple of leaders expanded the borders and created new alliances to preserve the borders of Miasia. Agriculture had been improved beyond the all expectations. The rulers were great builders and created the first mines. New revenues grew from the great mines. The Miasian capital became Jintios (modern day Herusia). Grand cathedrals were built and furnished with the highest of elegance. The iuto became the Miasian currency and was trusted by many foreign powers. Many foreigners made pilgramage to the new religious state. Instead of just an empire, it became a, in practice, theocracy. The emporers were crowned by the Grand Patriarch. The Grand Church became the welfare department of the state. The Grand Church built hospitals for the poor, set up feasts and shelters for the poor and homeless. It was the focal point of almost all culture and daily lives of the citizens. Jintios became populated with around 750,000 people. Cafes were built where the neighbors and friends could mingle and play games and drink. Restraunts were built with entertainment and sit down ordering off menus. Much of a Miasian's day was outdoors. As for the farmers and citizens living on the outer parts of the city, much of the time was out with wilderness. Miasia went through many changes in the military too. Fast calvary with mobile troops were the key to the Miasian army. The Miasian army was based on a heavily armored center with fast flanks and calvary which cut the enemy forces to threads. Next the heavy middle would crush the rest of the enemy forces while the calvary cut off the retreat. The most elite soldiers were the Knights Chiramus. The Knights Chiramus were the elite guard of the Grand Church. The Knights Chiramus wore the most ornantly decorated armor and swords of the age. The knights protected the trade and pilgramage routes for hundreds of years. The Knights Chiramus are still the elite guard of the Grand Church to this day. The knights were, and still are, admired and feared by the enemies of Miasia. Just there appearance struck fear into the enemies of Miasia. Miasia was a small peaceful empire. While Miasia was small in territory, economically it was one of the most powerful in the world. Miasia was not bent on conquering the world, peace and prosperity came first in their minds. The key to the near millenium lasting empire was the fact they based their nation on just a religious city, not a world controlling power, but a paradise while the world around them fought over land and money. Miasia's roads in and out were protected by the Miasian army to ensure safe passage for pilgrims or merchants to the city. Jintios became to large for the city walls so more rings were built around the city. At its peak, the city had 16 walls. After nearly 800 years, a new religion came into being which threatened the peaceful city of Jintios. The new religion came out of the eastern deserts and with came great armies. 165,000 soldiers marched to the lands of Miasia. While the Miasian army was a great one, they numbered in only 75,000. The difference was too much for the emperor Kiuty Herusia. He tried to buy off the attackers with gold and many jewels. The king of the attackers and leader of the religion, Yutes Neuros, was insulted by the cowardice of emporer Herusia's relgion. Neuros just sent the head of Herusia's emissary back to him. The first hafter (religious war) was started and headed towards the peaceful state of Miasia.
The Hafter Wars
The first hafter war was the bloodiest. As the Porad army advanced closer to Miasia slaughtering all in its path, emperor Herusia called out to all the rulers of the neighboring states in order to destroy the threat. All but a few of the nations came to the call of Herusia. All the nations under the Miasian flag were all under the Grand Church. It was a true war of religions. Both nations would not be fighting each other but their religions. The first battle took place on the plains of Aranzgard where the farms became soaked with the blood of men. The two armies met unexpectantly and and no real battle plan was laid out except take the round hill in the center where the manor look over the farms. The two sides fought relentlessly. One side would push the other down, but then the opposing force would counterattack with a shower of arrows and and push forward slowly to regain control of the battle. The numbers were fairly even with the Porads numbering 20,000 and the Grand Church with 19,000 although outnumbered the Grand Church forces ended up pushing the Porads back with a brilliant manouvre by the general. The general instead of pushing straight up the mountain to push the opposing force back, used a vice grip with his flanks to crush the enemy from both sides. After 2 and a half days with nonstop fighting, with small breaks in the fight after a side would take the hill, the Porads lost about 16,000 men and the Grand Church lost about 14,000 men. Out of the 39,000 men, on both sides, began the fight, a measly 9,000 made it out alive. However, many more would have been injured too. In hearing of the defeat, the ruler of the Porads attacked the small farming village of Aranzgard with an army totalling 70,000 men. The small garrison of men, numbering 3,000 heard of the army marching towards them were going to retreat, but a defeat in Triopo had cut off their retreat. They quickly set up a small motte on top of the hill. The motte walls had legdes around the sides for the soldiers to defend the hilltop. When the huge army appeared on the horizon of Aranzgard, the men watched as the army advanced on them with each moment more fear gaining in them. However, when the Porads reached the village, they burned the church to the ground and raped the women who were hiding inside in front of the motte where the soldiers had to watch or the Porads would attack with surprise as the soldiers turned their backs.The Porads committed the atrocity as a sign to the Grand Church. The men of the Grand Church in the motte were so infuriated by this a new passion of hate burned inside them. The general leading the garrison stationed in the motte was so appauled by the atrocity he sayed "If we die today, let us bring as many as those monsters with us down to HELL! Today, even if we lose we shall show these monsters and the one who leads them that we will not just roll over and die, but we will destroy this evil and come out greater with the Kingdom of God behind us! We shall fight and we shall accept death for our lord!" To this the soldiers yelled with a new passion in their voices. There was no fear in them now, but a new courage and a passion. As the Porads attacked, each wave turned back with more and more force. The Porads had underestimated the fight in the soldiers of the Grand Church. After three days, the ruler of the Porads was about to call off the assault, but his pride would not let him. One week of siege and assualt of Aranzgard Castle and the numbers of the Porads were down to 35,000. However, the Grand Church's men were dwindling at 1,000. The ruler of the Porads launched a final assault from all sides at the same time. This would strain the church's men and then he would attack with the rest of him men in one place. The plan worked and the Porads broke into the motte. The church's men fought hard and bravely, but without the walls to even the odds, they were over run by the numbers. The Porads had finally taken Aranzgard. But the cost was very heavy. From 70,000 men, they were now at 25,000. The walls of Aranzgard were red with blood. The field below the motte was completely covered in bodies, not a patch of grass anywhere. Many more battles took place, but the battle of Aranzgard not only put a dent in the morale of the Porads, but raised the morale of the Grand Church and ended up winning the First Hafter war. The cost of Aranzgard was too much for the Porads. Three more hafters were fought, each one ending up as a victory for the Grand Church. The last one though, was a victory for the Porads. The Porads came with such a force, no hope could have saved the small army of the Grand Church.
Fall of Miasia and the Beginning of the Modern States
The final hafter was a complete domination by the Porads. Because the rest of the church world was at war, the Porads used the moment to attack because Miasia would have no allies there to help. The Miasian forces were mainly calvary some foot soldiers and 300 Knights Chiramus. The Miasian forces would end up numbering less than 5,000. The Porads numbered at least 40,000. The Miasians retreated into Jintios where there final hope would lay behind the 16 walls of stone 16 feet thick and 30 feet tall. The city was nearly impenetrable. The 5,000 soldiers held off the Porad army for nearly 3 years, before the Porads finally got through the first wall. The Porads saw the taking of this city as "Impossible for any man or giant to overcome. The only thing that can is God," Sultan Muhhumen. So Miasia fell, except for Jintios, and while their trade and pilgrammage was cut off, there were so many farms inside the castle walls, the citizens of Jintios were able to still live rich lives with more or less all the raw materials necessary for weapons, clothes, shoes, etc. Jintios was still a grand city. Once the wars in the rest of the world under the church stopped, two factions came into Maen States area while it was under Porad rule and after a 3 year war liberated the land. The land was split into three sections. Jintios became Maen and made the capital Jintios. However, Maen changed the name of Jintios to Herusia for the greatest ruler of Miasia. Yuesi and Tarain were also soveirgn nations all bordering each other. The splendor of Miasia can still be seen in Herusia everywhere you look. There arts and buildings are so well preserved because of the peace. However, the most stunning splendor of Miasia, and of the whole world, is the Grand Church. It is a huge, stunningly beautiful and aweinspiring building. Its spires tower 80 feet high. Inside can take your breath away, all the stained glass, all the arches and paintings, all the beautifly ornamented tombs of the emperors of Miasia, and all the mosaics, and all the paintings on the inside of the roof. The Grand Church is site of the crowing of the Emperors of Miasia (present day Maen) and the wedding site for the emperors and their sons and daughters too.
The Uniting Wars
The two Uniting Wars were wars over control of all three nations. Jaerius Connellius got into power in 1985 and built a huge army. The army attacked the Tarain in a short, but bloody war. After Tarain, Yuesi declared war on Maen and attacke Tarain to try and keep Maen from controlling all of the Maen States area. Yuesi failed and fell under Maen rule. The Second Uniting war was fought mainly in Yuesi, but both states rose up. Because both rose up, Connellius was forced to pull his troops out of Tarain in order to put the rebellion down in Yuesi. Yuesi called upon Tarain for help, but was denied and the alliance broken. Connellius saw this advantage and announced and alliance with Yuesi in order to get revenge on Tarain. The Second Uniting War lasted about a year. With all three states united under one flag, the Uniting Wars were over.
The flag has many symbols on it. The red background symbolizes the blood shed in order for peace and one nation united under one flag. The yellow bar symbolizes the determination of Maen to unite the land again, which has not happened since the Miasian Empire, which was centuries ago. The eagle was the symbol of the Miasian Empire and symbolizes the return of the old holy empire, ceremonially. There are three eagles because there are three major states of the Maen States, all three are on the same bar to symbolize the uniting of the states. There are three eagles also because "3" is the number of the divine. The three magi, the three on the road to Emmaus, and in other places. Three is the number of God.
The Government of Maen States
Maen States is run through a parliament and an appointed leader, Jaerius Connellius. Although different political parties have shifted, he remains the appointed leader. The parliament appoints the bureacracy of Maen States. Each major state elects its own senate which elects their representatives of the parliament. A Head of State is the president of the representives from their own state and hold the second highest position under the Prime Minister. Each major state has 5 electives in the parliament, then 1 Head of State, and then the Heads of State elect the Prime Minister. A senate is made up of the minor states electives, two electives per minor state. All electives have a five year term. The government also runs on a constition drafted 1987 and finalized the constitution in 1988. It was passed by the Maen States parliament in 1990.
Religions of Maen States
Maen States is dominated by a form of the Roman Catholic called the Orthodox Cross. The Cross is headed by the Grand Patriarch of the Grand Church. The Grand Church is in charge of many of the Social Welfare organizations in and out of the government. The Grand Church is the common name for the huge and beautiful cathedral La Chiesa Grande di Sante Marmellate (The Grand Church of Saint James). The cathedral's interior is so awesome and shows the splendor and all the money put into religion. All the paintings, murals, mosaics, and sculptures. However, one of the most famous parts of the cathedral is the tombs of all the emporers and Knights Chiramus. The carving of the marble tombs is so exquisite few can match it today. Every little detail is included down small scars or the scratches in armor or the jewels on the sword or armor. The artwork is so unbelieveably beautiful it stuns many tourists and pilgrims. The average citizen of the Maen States is pretty religious. They aren't zealots, but they are still pretty religious. To some, the city of Herusia is the holy land, but the Grand Patriarch calls Herusia the great outpost of God. The majority of the citizens of Maen States follow the moral laws set forth by the church with little questioning. Overall Maen States is still very religious and one of the major holy sites of the world. Many of the holiest artifacts, buildings, and places are in Herusia and Maen States. In the eyes of most catholics around the world, Herusia is the second holiest place on earth (behind Jerusalem). The percentage of the religions of Maen States are: the Orthodox Cross 83%, Christianity 10%, Judaism 3%, Bhuddism 2%, Islam 1%, Other 1%.