History of Aeora (2)

History of Misram

"The history of the empire of Misram has been studied by historians for centuries, primarily because of its close connection with the Hellenic Disaster. Scholars know that Before the Destruction, Misram was occupied by a kingdom called Kemet. After the Destruction, the kingdom of Kemet grew into the empire of Misram — and the nation was split into two states which were called (appropriately) Upper and Lower Misram; however, exactly why and how this occurred is not understood. A few preserved tablets, from the early days of Misram, seem to depict a mass migration of people from a different region.

Not much is known about Kemet, or the early days of Misram, since most of the evidence is fragmented and difficult to decipher. The only texts that still exist from the ancient kingdom of Kemet are written in Kemeti and, although this was the most popular language across the southern hemisphere Before the Destruction, scholars still do not even know all the characters in the ancient script. Sources from the Ananta Islands and Elethra, however, do give some insight into the early days of the Misram empire.

In the mythology of Aedysus and Emilia (told in Ananta), Misram is depicted as a nation that has fallen into disarray. The government is corrupt and the people live in poverty. Besides this, the legends claim that Misram built pits with savage animals that were used for entertainment and execution. However, scholars debate the veracity of these statements and suggest that Misram was not as bad as Ananta believed. In fact, the empire continued to grow and prosper every year until about 124 A.D.

The empire of Misram always had two capitals, or at least as far as we know. The capital of Upper Misram was Thereb, and the capital of Lower Misram was Helena. Both capitals were governed by a single emperor, who was chosen directly by his, or her, predecessor. Most of the time the title was passed down based to the emperor’s direct descendants. A new emperor personally selected their government officials and assigned them seats in Upper and Lower Misram.

For all of their supposed problems, the Misram did very well in the arena of war. Although surrounded by enemies, and possessing few natural resources, Misram possessed ample amounts of land and a large population. Emperors would often elect powerful war leaders who expanded the military to unrealistic proportions. Every male citizen was forced to serve in the military for at least three years after they turned sixteen, and Misram was never at a loss for soldiers. Many of the smaller, surrounding nations were destroyed and rebuilt as Misram expanded their territory.

It would take an entire book in itself to document all of the historical events, and places, in Misram. As years passed, and Misram ceased their conquest of the surrounding nations, the empire became a major trade hub thanks to their miles of undeveloped coastline. But as many other people migrated into the empire, it became more difficult for the emperor to maintain control over the two states of Upper and Lower Misram..."

Excerpt from “A History of Aeora” (V. 2, C. 2) by Tuor Barilis, published in 642 A.D.

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