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“Aras, Vrassas ir, khur Tyisici, Erineas cujide.”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the South Pacific

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A Brief History of Erinor - Khirecso Permid syus’si - The July Revolution of 1927.

Tensions had been growing between the lower and upper classes of Erinoran society for some time, with minor uprisings against quasi-feudal lords breaking out with increasing regularity, but, despite increasingly harsh reprisals from the Marcorar, the Warrior class, there was no serious response, either to eliminating the problem with force, or to solving it with diplomacy.

Then, in 1927, the smouldering embers of discontent were finally fanned into the fierce flames of rebellion by one key event.  In June of that year, the Khasa Marcoral Arutyarcad (the House of the Warriors of the Kingdom) passed a law which effectively stripped all labourers of any rights when they lived and worked on the land of a Marcoro.  The Warriors took advantage of this immediately to enact cruel punishments on anyone showing a hint of disrespect or rebelliousness towards their masters.

The response was almost instantaneous and as the various uprisings across the plantations of Erinor became aware of one another, a formal rebellion began.  The first local uprising took  place on the evening of 28th June, 1927, but it has been known ever since as the July Revolution (Khirecso Permid syus’si).

Many Marcorar were forced to flee their estates, taking refuge in their mansions in the cities.  The revolution was spreading, however, and by 7th July King Durro adareo XIII officially declared war on the populace, sending the army into the cities and forcing the labourers back out into the country estates and villages where they could be routed.  For a couple of weeks, the campaign seemed to be brutally effective.  Thousands of labourers were killed and they were pushed further and further away from the cities, with many forced to take refuge in the rainforest or the mountains.

The turning point came on 25th July, when a large group of about two hundred Erinoran labourers who had fled to Ramica (then known as Cata Lamid, the city of the moon) for safety, took control of Marcoro te'si Yeno nwikheo’s estate on the slopes of Khardo vrasseo, freeing the Serevans he had kept as slaves.  Word spread quickly and by the end of the day, several more estates on Sereva had been liberated and more still the next day.  With the army unable to cross to Sereva in large numbers straight away, it was not long before all the Serevan slaves had been freed and, as agents made their way back to the mainland, it wasn’t long before the pattern was repeated in the coastal estates which had, up to that point, remained untouched.  For the first time in history Erinorans and Serevans fought against a common enemy and the boost in numbers, as well as some notable changes in strategy, began to bring victory after victory for the revolution.

By 9th August 1927 two of Erinor’s three largest cities, Cata Lamid and Akhorn, were in the hands of the people and the capital, Ciria, was under siege.

Fearing that the city might be sacked completely, Durro adareo XIII called for peace talks and two days later, after considerable debate and disagreement amongst the rebels, the King, and three of his closest advisors, his brother Prince Durro asa’si, and two Marcorar ura’si, Cujero verreo and Turco areo, met with the leaders of the Rebels, principally Ratyano Avera-Remiro of the Erinorans and Qendoda Jino of the Serevans.  They remained in the tent, with food brought to them, almost no sleep and only brief breaks to relieve themselves, for three days.

On the 14th August, a deal was finally made, written out and read before the people at the gates of Ciria that evening.  It would change Erinor forever.

What had been agreed was nothing short of astonishing.  King Durro adareo XIII would step down after a period of universal elections was held to agree on a democratic replacement, who could then choose a transitional government until full elections could take place later in the year.  A new parliamentary lower house would be created, Khasa Massirs, the House of the People, which would only contain elected officials and would hold the majority of the legislative power in the land.  The Marcorar (and the royal family), however, would be allowed to keep their lands and titles and positions in the Khasa Marcoral Arutyarcad (the name of which has never been changed), but would renounce all rights over labourer and Serevan slaves, as well as any political or military rights given to them outside of that granted by the upper house, which could only be passed if agreed upon by the Khasa Massirs.  A new bill of rights would be decided upon by the fully elected government in November.

It was called a great betrayal by the Marcorar and a great compromise by the labourers.  However you might view it, it marked the complete constitutional end of the ancient Kingdom of Erinor and the beginning of a new Republic.

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