Fire Emblem: The Age of Legend
Koran Free Cities
The Koran Free Cities are a small-medium conglomeration of cities in north-central Feryngia.
Region: Koran Basin, or insofar as one exists the Savari-Peruvian Heartland.
Emblem: A hexagon of 3 black stones and 3 white ones about a central white one upon a grey field.
Capital: None, but Sedle is in charge of defenses in the east and Liandrein heads those in the west.
Largest City: Catan with upwards of 25,000 residents.
Other Notable Cities: Seleandre, Korasu, Aeolrae, and Lyre are the other 4 in the league.
Demonym: By city (Those from Sedle are Sedlians, those from Liandrein are Liandreinians, etc.)
Currency: Amongst themselves mostly the Paraku, though they also use the Daelhien, Glyr, and even the Ashk when needed.
Government: Council of representatives of the 7 cities making up the league called the Agrin. Each city sends a civilian and a military representative and all are equal except that the military representatives of Sedle and Liandrein are paramount over those of other cities supporting their same front. Though each city does maintain a great deal of local autonomy (not unlike the situation in Yeoria, but with more emphasis on it), the Agrin has far more power than the analogous Lukri and so far has led the country better. The civilian representatives tend to be wealthy merchants or occasionally retired sea captains and work exclusively at the national level, they are not directly in control of the cities they represent. This restriction is in place so that the Agrin can remain constantly ready to meet in Catan if need arises, rather than being in their own cities managing them.
Population: Roughly 13,000,000. Slavery and serfdom are non-existent and illegal in a jab at the Savlan Empire and Savaritania as well as a nod to Peruvia.
Area: Roughly 150,000 square miles.
Geographical Features: The land lies between the recently discovered to be mineral-rich Taraka Mountains and the muddy banks of Lake Kora. It is striped with many rivers flowing from the mountains into that inland sea and so is still very well watered even without receiving quite as much rain as Savaritania. In times of war and hardship when the land cannot be maintained it often tends toward marshes, but these are kept drained when possible.
Borders: A very long, mountainous border with Seforibar. Until only a few hundred years ago this was an utterly peaceful one and undisputed even though it is quite fuzzy. However, the discovery of many precious metals there has made ownership of the mountains rather appealing. Because Seforibar has little military to speak of and the Koran cities cannot spare many there has as yet been no major conflict over it.
The borders with both Savaritania in the west near Liandrein and the Frysolythian Empire in the east by Sedle are fairly small but fortified and defended by many soldiers for they are on fairly poor terms with both lands.
To the south lies the real menace though, a soft underbelly in the form of a lake on which all 3 lands have ships and flying traffic both civilian and military. Without dominating Lake Kora entirely, there can be no proper defense against an attack from there.
Military: The Koran Free Cities have nearly as extensive and rigid a system of compulsory military service as Snorivia, needed to defend them against much larger foes. At all times roughly 2,000,000 men and women are in their military, a number on paper larger than Savaritania’s. However, the Savaritanians have scarcely begun to fight with that level of military service by population size and could dwarf the Koran armies if they truly wanted to go to war in the near future. Furthermore, while these soldiers must train and keep arms at hand they are mostly still allowed to stay home and tend their fields until need truly arises.
They also maintain a professional army called the Patriotic Defense Force of All Koran, modeled on ( and including some ex-members of) though not as skilled as the Immortals. The size of this integrated, combined arms force is usually set at about 15,000.
Attached to and supporting the PDFoAK are the Iron Wing, the world’s largest force of pegasus riders at nearly 2000 soldiers and an equal number of beasts. These were developed as a much less expensive answer to the Black Dragons of Savaritania and the Masked Riders of Frysolythia.
Still, the Koran Free Cities’ greatest asset defensively is political. While either the Frysolythian Empire or Savaritania could overwhelm them with an all-out attack, the Koran Free Cities take care to play them against one another as well. Moreover, Koran is in an alliance with the feared and mighty state of Peruvia which will at least fight Savaritania if they attack the free cities.
To try to maintain their forces at an elite level during the recent long years of peace, the Agrin has a great many of them sent out to work as mercenaries or observers in other lands (The Iron Wing often trains with the League of Akaldin, for example ). They are usually sent at first individually or in small squads, but this taste of the mercenary life has led a great many to start or join a company of them when their conscripted time ends. Some notable such groups include Maier’s Slayers, the Vampires, and the Koran Hurricane.
History: Though they became a country only recently, the Koran Free Cities have an antagonistic relationship to Savaritania and the Frysolythian Empire stretching back thousands of years.
In the days of the conquests of Glaenroong Vadaneeo the Immortal of Savlan in the 2A 900s, the areas now making up these cities were subjugated easily. The Savlan Empire treated them with great brutality for centuries, enslaving them, taxing them beyond endurance, neglecting them to bandits and barbarian attacks, killing at will, and forcing them to invade other lands now and then. All attempts at resistance were put down with great slaughter by the Black Dragons and so the Savlan Glaenroongs were able to maintain their hold on these rich lands for just slightly over a thousand years.
While they had been conscripted to fight them before, the proto-Koranians had their first real exposure to the Frysolythian Empire late in the Greater War of the Dragons. This had already been a centuries long period of alternating war and watchful peace, fought ferociously and destructively by both sides. Many battles were fought in what are now the Koran Free Cities, devastating much of the area and teaching them that they did not want to be the subjects of any other empire either. For a while they managed to flip back and forth between one side or another to gain better living conditions, but eventually the Frysolythians conquered the Savlans entirely and established their own hold on the unwilling area.
Although the Frysolythian conquests are turned back by the Peruvians shortly thereafter they maintained control of the area. Even the Wars of the Mad Empire in the mid 2A 2200s when a briefly re-created Savlan Empire tried to retake the area did not break this hold.
Over the next few centuries of the new Savaritanians (calling themselves the Immortal Savlan Empire ) fighting the Frysolythians, now and then some of the western cities did indeed change hands and they were frequently sacked or burned. The Frysolythians finally abolished slavery in the area in this period in a too-little, too-late bid to gain support locally. This was all in all though still a period of firm control by the Frysolythian Empire.
At long last, in 2A 2758 the Savaritanians were again pushing back the Frysolythians in the Koran Basin. This time though the energetic and wise new ruler Satran Pirhan the Great of Peruvia was on the scene. Seeing an opportunity to create an ally and weaken two of his enemies, he and his diplomats (with some frowning support from the Frysolythians) stepped in and quickly created and declared an independent country. This act and the Koran Free Cities fending off the hasty attack from Savaritania called the War of Survival marked the end of nearly 2000 years of oppression and subjection to distant rule. It also brought something of an end to the long period of largely open conflict between Savaritania and Frysolythia called the New War of the Dragons at last by confusing and upsetting the local balance of power.
The Koran Free Cities were very lucky to enjoy more than a century of relative peace (broken only by the brief Frysolythian attack in 2A 2815 which led to the War of the Uncles in which to build up and prepare themselves for real fighting. This was a period of great prosperity and success and the population and economy rebounded from the war centuries.
Thus when the Savaritanians attempted the Reconquest in the late 2800s, the Koran Free Cities were able to hold them off long enough for the Peruvians and Frysolythians to attack and end the Savaritanian ambitions.
Though frequent, low-intensity conflict has ensued in the region till the present day, the only serious invasion attempt was a Frysolythian one in 2A 3080 called the Midsummer War. It has not been as prosperous a time as the one before despite the dearth of combat though; a painful chunk of the economy is being drained to support constant military readiness against an attack that could come from either side at any time.