The Emperor's War
The Emperor’s War
After years of espionage and bolstering armies, and revolutions, the Emperor has finally decided to march on the Independent Kingdoms (known now by their joint army, the Kings’ Alliance) and the newly formed/weakened People’s Republic of Anteria.
The first time arrows were shot was nearly 3 years ago, just one year after the former king of Anteria was overthrown and replaced by a makeshift democratic republic. Many speculate the weakened state of Anteria is what finally pushed the Emperor to march- although focusing mainly on the Kings’ Alliance has caused some confusion among his people. Regardless, their quality of life remains high, and many remain blissfully ignorant of the blood being lost with each battle.
Over in the kingdoms, differences have been put aside as each of the king and queens of the nations have joined together and led their people by example in what it means to stand united against a common threat. That said, the group is not jointly governed by a panel of the different rulers, but rather by an appointed official for each of the 13 kingdoms, usually a trusted aide or consultant of the ruler. 13 of these 14 people, with an inner circle made of the the 5 largest kingdoms, work together to plan and allocate troops and resources throughout the shared lands. The 14th member does not belong to any kingdom, rather to the druidic circles that reside in the lands. The druids are well known, and are seen as a uniting force among the kingdoms, and their presence is welcome at the table of the council.
Lastly, we have the struggling People’s Republic on Anteria. While the Emperor himself may be a bit bloodthirsty and greedy, the former king of Anteria was downright mad. Random beheadings, sentences to life in jail, the requirement that all people bow three times in his presence- that and more are what finally broke the people and caused the revolution. There was a lot of conflict as the king, mad as he was, kept enough of his wit to keep a large portion of his people content and happy with him- giving them privileges not known to most. Most of the countryside burned and cities fell in the revolution, and now the survivors- made up of people of both sides of the conflict, work together to rebuild. They are now little more than militiamen and volunteer guards who fend of the experienced Empire army, as well as the occasional raid from the Kingdoms looking for supplies.
The war as it stands now has slowed, but not stopped- and much like the ebb and flow of waves, the next surge of battles is bound to happen sooner than later. The question is, on what side of the battlefield will you stand on?