The Aveyrone Empire

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The Empire is a large and diverse entity, and Diablotin encapsulates that diversity on a smaller scale. Merchants and bankers, beggars and thieves, knights and priests, all rub shoulders (and sometimes more intimate body parts) on a regular basis. That said, a short summary of some of the beliefs of the populace will be helpful, as long as you bear in mind that not all people are the same, and this is not an exhaustive list.

Map of the Aveyrone Empire

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  • Brown: mountains Light green: forest Dark green: swamp/marsh Yellow: desert
1. Selvagens 2. Taftan 3. Blackhope 4. Cloudveil 5. Breese 6. Norumbega 7. Caphareus 8. Woodbine 9. Cap Irus 10. Mearim
11. Foxwood 12. Kholm 13. Geserich 14. Typhayne 15. Demavand 16. Rufisque 17. Ventana 18. D'Olonne 19. La Roche-sur-Yon 20. Gentilly
21. Ransart 22. Epinal 23. Baudissin 24. Des Sables 25. Marignane 26. Friaul 27. Montfaucon 28. Auraria 29. Marinthia 30. Aethalia
31. Iles Furneaux 32. Lucentum 33. Mericourt 34. Algau 35. Urmia 36. Colwyn Bay 37. Combermere 38. Creve Coeur 39. Sarande 40. Brissarthe
41. Carn Eige 42. Calydon 43. Trois Pistoles 44. Malstrom 45. Wray 46. Korytsa 47. Tyros 48. Psyra 49. Teruel 50. Daruvar
51. Greywatch 52. Coindelière 53. Romershoven 54. Lapis 55. Margraten 56. Siguenza 57. Corcyra
A. Jura B. Greenforge C. Gouge D. Béziers E. Alarches F. Telorre G. Hesperange

Government Structure

  • Emperor/ess
  • Inner Council
    • Lord/Lady Chancellor - head of the civil service (distributes titles, diplomacy, information management, heads the Great Council when it is in session)
    • Lord/Lady Chamberlain - head of the palace (appoints and manages palace staff, dispenses room and board to all inhabitants of the palace, manages state occasions)
    • Lord/Lady Treasurer - in charge of all financial matters (taxation, tariffs, trade duties, salaries, expenditures, allowances)
    • Warlord - head of the military
    • Patriarch/Matriarch - head of the church
    • Secretary of State - in charge of the Emperor's correspondence, decrees, and announcements
    • Chief Sorcerer/ess - oversees all magical matters
    • Chief Justice - head of the judiciary service (appoints judges).
  • Outer Council
    • all of the above
    • Lord/Lady Marshal of the Sacred Order of the Spoke - head of paladins
    • Lord/Lady Admiral - head of navy, shipping
    • Master of Ceremonies - responsible for all pageantry, balls, and entertainments
    • Lord/Lady Butler - in charge of food and drink for the palace
    • Lords/Ladies of the Privy Chamber (6) - help the Emperor with his personal toiletries and grooming, and accompany him much of the time
    • Master/Mistress of Horse - in charge of transportation security for the imperial family and other issues of imperial transportation (horses, cars, etc)
    • Lord/Lady Steward - head of the servants of the palace, in charge of their supplies
    • Head of the Castalia
    • Captains of the Guard
    • Reverend Fathers/Mothers
  • Great Council
    • all of the above, all bearers of noble title, and elected delegates

Titles and their holders (in 2280)

Titles and their holders (in 2248)

The Arch

See: The Arch

Diablotin

Love, Sex, and Gender

Men and women are considered more or less equal in the Empire. Women are warriors, leaders, and rulers only slightly less often than men in most regions. Except among the upper nobility, marriages are not arranged by families, but are freely contracted between consenting adults of the same House. Young people are considered adults at the age of fifteen, and can marry after that point. Premarital sex is frequent, but is generally not a topic for polite conversation. Divorces are readily available (for a fee) in cases of abuse, bigamy, and impotence. Divorces on grounds of mutual incompatibility are more difficult (read: expensive), but are still possible, leaving both partners free to remarry. Some birth control is available, but its effectiveness is dubious. Abortions are available, and are encouraged in cases of inter-House pregnancy. They are not always safe and sanitary, but are sometimes preferable to the alternatives. Homosexuality is tolerated by some, criticized by others.

Religion

See: Religion in Aveyrone


Miscellania

  • Literacy is fairly high, around 60% (with most illiterate people being from the lower social classes).
  • Technology in the Empire is at the level of roughly the real-world year 1750: firearms have become more common, though more traditional weapons are still employed. Printed material has come down in price, to the point where several regular broadsheet newspapers are now published in Diablotin.
  • There are other nations outside the borders of the Empire, but they are generally considered savage, barbarian lands by city-dwellers.
  • The current date in the Aveyrone Empire is 2247 A.F. (After the Founders). Most people, however, think in terms of reigns rather than decades. Thus, if asked what year it was, most people would say that it was the 14th year of the reign of Empress Idaia. The year has 366 days. There are twelve months of 30 days each, and six days left over at the end of each year as holidays. Each week has 7 days. There are four seasons, as in the real world, although the climate of Diablotin is closer to that of western Europe than Canada.
  • Magic and the supernatural are a part of life for the Empire, though not an everyday sight for most people. Monsters, ghosts, miracles and curses are known to exist, but are not so ordinary that no one cares anymore.


Historical Documents

An Early Account of the Founding of the Empire

Emperors and Empresses of Aveyrone