Fire Emblem: The Age of Legend
Peruvia is a large, prosperous, and militarily powerful country in central-western Feryngia. Long centuries of attacks by outsiders have left them hostile and suspicious to outsiders and they are viewed with fear by many.
Region: Disagreed on. Some say there is a Savari-Peruvian Heartland and it is a major part of it, others say it should be counted among the Northwestern Nations, and still others (largely in Peruvia itself) say that it does not belong to any wider region and in fact constitutes one itself due to its large size and unique history.
Emblem: Rising, golden sun on a black field
Capital: Aether, a sprawling metropolis on the delta of the River Kora by the Sea of Rove and the River Peruvia as well. Population roughly 90,000 making it probably the 3rd biggest city in Feryngia or perhaps even all Fomorti.
Largest City: Aether
Other Large Cities: Quite a few in this populous land, among them are Yarav, Alather, and Ihaen, which was the regional capital for centuries until 2A 1813 when independence from the crumbling Savlan Empire came. A number of former military outposts along the borders gradually developed into sizable cities as well: Kalathan, Aelang, and Rubel among them.
Currency: Paraku. Heavy gold coins among the most valuable in the world because they have not been debased since they began to be minted during the reign of King Pirhan the Great of Peruvia.
Government: In theory a sort of republic. Chafing at the distant, brutal, and often whimsical rule of the emperors in Savlan, Peruvians fought long and hard for a representative government. The tremendous wars shifted a great deal of power to their generals however, as did the continuing need for military vigilance against the wild attacks of people from the Northwestern Nations looking for plunder and the more dangerous threats of the decrepit but still powerful Savlan Empire and then the young and fierce Frysolythian Empire as well. Thus the early Peruvian Republic had two legislative and judicial houses: the Barnoush or ’Civilian’s Tribunal’ and Barturu or ’Soldier’s Tribunal.’ Besides hearing important cases of those who thought they’d been wronged, these bodies elected the real leaders of the country from within their own ranks. The Barnoush would choose a leader to handle agriculture and food distribution, another for managing ports and trade, and so on. The idea was that choosing as policymakers of different aspects of governance experts in those fields would be the most efficient system. The Barturu would elect a supreme head of the military called a Satran or “General of generals” (or sometimes two separate leaders for internal and external military affairs). In theory each of these specialized leaders was equal, but in reality the Satran was always the most powerful and over time they set themselves up as the official heads of state and gradually accrued more or less absolute power and even the authority to name their own successor. The atrophying appendages of the old system occasionally stir into life to accomplish some minor act of mutiny and now and then they force or try to force their own choice of the next Satran on the old one, but Peruvia is left a de facto sort of dynastic stratocracy. Skilled and courageous soldiers are knighted and thus become members of the Barturu and have their small say in who the next Satran is and Pirhan the Great restored a few powers to the Barnoush, so it is not entirely unrepresentative.
The current Satran is Sadakar the Silent. He is now an old man, having held his post for a very long time. He has ever urged discretion, care, and caution to his generals and has kept Peruvia out of any destructive and disruptive wars during his reign.
Population: Roughly 35,000,000, Slavery and serfdom are outlawed and any slaves brought in from outside are automatically freed (owners are executed if they resist).
Area: Roughly 350,000 square miles.
Geographical Features: The bulk of Peruvia is a vast, fertile plain striped with crystalline rivers from the northern mountains. With some of the most arable land in all Feryngia its rolling, prosperous farms support a population of many millions, a vast standing army, and flotillas of trading ships along its wide shores. Where the soil is marginally less good in the northeast a few holdouts of forest remain. To the west Peruvia is bounded by the River Yoru with Yeoria on the other side. The border is long and difficult to defend, but Peruvia has little to fear from the little country. To most of the north are the Tupavar Mountains, relatively small but still harsh much of the year, this boundary with Snorivia has made a decisive attack by one against the other very difficult over the centuries and it bristles with forts and castles and soldiers. In the northeast is an open and unfortified border with Mgarmir which is dependent on Peruvia for protection and therefore no threat. Along the east lies the long, low ride of the Peruvian Hills from which the greatest number of their forces keep an unceasing watch on their old enemies in Savaritania and prepare for the possibility of a resurgent Frysolythian Empire. Finally the south is bounded by water, the Sea of Rove and a section of the delta of the River Kora on which the capital lies.
Military: Service in Peruvia’s army is no longer compulsory, but they do not lack for volunteers. Peruvia has a strong martial tradition rooted in many centuries of defending their rich land from the many who would like to take it and from being forced to fight in droves for the old Savlan Empire. They now maintain a small for their standards but huge for most others professional army of 20,000 men all highly trained and well-armed. The best of these are knighted and therefore take places of leadership in the army and in the Barturu. They are some of the most feared and lionized warriors in the world. Most of these are stationed on the border with Savaritania, though many are also near Snorivia. Additionally, if it came time for a serious war they could quickly muster several million soldiers for a short period because the common people still drill and train during the winters. Such an army could overrun almost any country on the continent provided it could return in time for the harvest.
Peruvia’s army is far better organized than many other nations’ with a clear chain of command starting with the Satran and his generals: Agralaera Mida who commands the forces on the Yeorian and western Snorivian border, General Mafast Rahan in charge of the interior and eastern Snorivian are, General Rand Baruran in control of the all-important Savaritanian front, and the recently added Red-Ribbon Knight whose command is unknown.
The wide plains of Peruvia are ideal grazing grounds for horses as well as pegasi. They breed the best warhorses in the world, destriers, which are much in demand elsewhere. Mounted on these, the Knights of the Rising Sun are one of the most formidable military units in the world.
Their perhaps poorly named Light Scouts are also renowned for their horsemanship and archery.
Peruvia is also served well by a semi-secret society of wizards called the Forty Servants.
History: Peruvia is a very old country forged by the frequent wars and threats of war brought upon it by a variety of fierce and powerful neighbors over the centuries. The result is a dangerous and suspicious, yet prudent, nation ruled by its military.
The roots and name of Peruvia go back to ancient times to either a city or a king called Per in the area in the 2A 500s. The details are now long since lost. The region seems to have been a rural and peaceful one more or less untouched by major conflict for a very long time without a serious threat in any direction.
It quietly prospered until drawing the attention of its southern neighbor, Savlan, which having turned into a formidable empire conquered it with ease in the war the Peruvians now remember as the Great Humiliation in the 2A 1130s. The Savlan occupation was to last many centuries and rob proto-Peruvia of untold lives and treasures. The Peruvians were wealthier and yet weaker than many other provinces and so were singled out for particularly harsh and extortionist rule by the increasingly decadent Glaenroongs. A vast majority were enserfed and forced to work for nothing but the barest subsistence or sent to the front lines of Savlan’s expansionist wars in increasing numbers. This period introduced Peruvia to a wider world of danger and the suffering of an occupied land, but also instilled many of the finer aspects of Savlan culture such as their urban planning of cities like the new regional capital of Ihaen in them as well as the concept of a meritocratic knighthood and the value of a professional army and a hatred of slavery by any name. By 2A 1620 the Peruvians had run out of patience and a long period of violent insurrection and attempted revolution called The Awakening in Peruvia began. Savlan met all resistance with slaughter, putting down each individual uprising for well over a century but only adding fuel to the blaze of Peruvian anger. Eventually returning Peruvian draftees into the Savlan army began organizing more militant resistance, being joined sometimes by officers of the Savlan armies disgusted by their country’s increasing cruelty toward its provinces. Still the tremendous might of the empire kept them in check until the Lesser War of the Dragons began in 2A 1751.
Distracted by needing to fight an equal foe and stupidly still trying to draft Peruvians who did all in their power to sabotage the war effort, Savlan finally began to lose control of the rebellious province. Though most of Peruvia was free by 2A 1790, the last Savaritanians were not driven across the River Kora until 2A 1813. Free at last, the Peruvians set about rebuilding their land, starting by moving the capital to Aether (a city of their own making, audaciously situated right across the river from their enemy’s heartland) and formally establishing their republic.
Civil strife in the remaining Savlan empire gave the Peruvians a breathing space of quite a few years before a new enemy emerged: the recently founded kingdom of Greater Snorivia to their north. These barbarians from the Northern Principalities launched a series of raids on northern Peruvia motivated by naked greed for plunder, the Autumnal War, in 2A 1883. The Peruvians were caught by surprise and unprepared to defend themselves but were no longer the peaceful pastoralists of the pre-Humiliation days. They had an army of their own now and no mercy for enemies like The Seventeen Sons of Sno.
An uneasy peace with occasional border skirmishes followed between the two countries though as an ill-planned coup by Glaenroong Eildinith the Fat of Savlan to bring Peruvia under his control distracted Peruvia with the conflict called the War of Vengeance in long parts of the 2A 1900s. Filling the River Kora with corpses whenever both sides could scrounge up more soldiers to throw at the other, neither accomplished much but deepening the emnity between their nations. However, the Peruvians like to think that their distraction allowed the Frysolythian Empire to finally win the long, concurrent Greater War of the Dragons.
By 2A 2100 the Savlan Empire was forced to sue for the Peace of Exhaustion, the first time they had ever signed a peace treaty, so that they could throw their full might at the Frysolythians on the border. The Peruvians took this as a victory and took the time to lick their wounds and prepare for the next act of aggression against them. This turned out to be several generations of peace in the future.
In the 2A 2070s, they witnessed the final destruction of the Savlan empire with mixed Schadenfreude and irritation that it had not been them to humiliate the land that had wronged their forefathers (the Peruvians had developed into tremendously skilled grudge holders by now). Few were surprised when the Frysolythian Empire was not satisfied with besting its actual enemies and next turned its might to subjugating them. Peruvia was not a small land or a depopulated one despite their many difficult wars, but the empire out-classed them in size and numbers even more than the Savlan one had and their morale was surging after their hard-fought victory. The armies met in the Peruvian Hills, and this was the downfall of the Frysolythians. The Peruvians knew the region like the back of their hand because they had spent many years fighting in it or hearing tales of their father’s battles there and had fortified it heavily to hold out larger armies. The Frysolythians underestimated the strength and the determination of the defenders who held out until encroaching winter crippled the vast flocks of wyverns forming the heart of the empire’s troops in the area and then won a resounding victory, the Glorious Winter. As this foe too retreated, the Peruvians could not help but notice that the Northwestern Nations had given them not a single soldier in aid, but had created a new common currency (the Silver North-Ring) as a show of their solidarity.
As soon as it became clear that the Frysolythian momentum had not merely been slowed but stopped, the Peruvians turned their attention at last back to Snorivia. Sending a large force across the well-defended Tupavar Mountains, Peruvia launched the First Peruvian-Snorivian War in 2A 2104, which turned out to be a bloody stalemate. Snorivia though was a smaller and poorer land and could less afford the losses (not to mention they had at last been taught that Peruvians could not be slaughtered like cattle for their meat without consequence), so the Peruvians again decided this had been a victory.
The Peruvians eventually withdrew to intimidate the Frysolythians from attempting a renewed invasion in the 2A 2120s and to secure their border against more raids from the direction of present-day Yeoria.
Peruvia’s next conflict was an internal one, as the military Barturu intrigued for more power to prosecute what looked like a continuing history of desperate wars. Eventually the crafty Satran Saidhan the Usurper of Peruvia was able to declare martial law, brand many civilian leaders of the Barnoush traitors, and banish or execute them as well as any in the military who resisted at one fell blow in 2A 2193. The Betrayal as it is called now was of course wildly unpopular since it effectively destroyed the Peruvian republic and placed absolute power in the hands of the Satran. To try to distract the people and perhaps appease them with a victory, Saidhan then launched the Second Peruvian-Snorivian War a year or so later.
Again Peruvia sent a massive force north through the treacherous mountains and though this time they took the enemy capital of Tupa and burned it to cinders after a long siege, again they found themselves stalemated by the tooth-and-nail ferocity of the Snorivian commoners. Though they had little to fight for, the warlike spirit of the north ran hot in their veins. Still, the Peruvians were slowly besting them year by terrible year and would probably have won eventually had not the Northwestern Nations suddenly banded together.
The Peruvians had given the rumors of a uniting north little credence, for the lordlings on their border hated one another as much as they loved gold. It thus came as a shock to them when a sudden, diplomatic breakthrough in 2A 2227 brought the combined might of the ferocious Northwestern Nations down upon them like an avalanche in the form of the Grand Alliance of the Northern Star.
At this point an ambitious man called General Sieran saw an opportunity in the people’s discontent. With his men backing him he suddenly arrested and executed the previous Satran and was himself voted into the office. As he did so the Barturu repudiated all the Saidhan had done to give the military complete control of Peruvia, but did nothing to undo his work. The new Satran then managed to salvage the difficult defense with his characteristic quick decisions, preventing greater disaster.
Discouraged by the failure of direct attacks and badly worried that the alliance of convenience that defeated them might be revived if they struck at their enemies again, the Peruvians now turned their attention to slowly building up their wealth and power and honing their military while choking out the trade of the Snorivians as best they could. The Snorivians called this centuries long detente the Time of the Sentries, but the Peruvians did not have the luxury of peace throughout it.
For quite some time the people of Savaritania, the region around Savlan, had been struggling for their own freedom from Frysolythia and a chance to set up their empire once again. By 2A 2231 they succeeded as the Frysolythians suffered a number of calamities. The new empire had much improved weapons and tactics and was bent on recovering all its lost territories. Inevitably the Peruvians were dragged into another series of wars and border skirmishes little came of which until they finally managed a brilliant naval assault which took the city of Savlan itself in 2A 2275. Without mercy or remorse, the Peruvians slaughtered every last soldier and member of the royal family within the city, drove out the remaining inhabitants, burned Savlan down, hauled everything that wouldn’t burn out into the Sea of Rove and dumped it there, filled in any remaining foundations, and planted trees over the ruins. By the time they left two years later, there was not a single trace left to prove Savlan had ever existed and it has not been rebuild. The Savaritanians were cowed by this vengeance and did not again attack the Peruvians for centuries.
For their part the Peruvians watched impassively as the Frysolythians and surviving Savaritanians fought back and forth for control of the Koran basin. These centuries from 2300 to 2700 were in a sense a golden age of general peace (but for continued minor raids) in which all other powers feared to challenge them and a chance to recover from the devastation of so much war, but the Peruvian national character had become a very bitter and suspicious one, always sure some new threat was just over the horizon.
In 2A 2750 a new Savlan took power however, one who was not only a brilliant general and statesman but also an optimist who believed Peruvia could someday secure permanent security and prosperity rather than mere breathing spaces between vicious wars. Satran Pirhan the Great of Peruvia started his reign off with a series of financial and social reforms that pleased the people such as a tax decrease on crop yields and allowing the Barnoush to hear more types of civilian cases. He also restored a measure of real power to the Barnoush’s chosen leaders to increase efficiency in their fields, though they were still be be subservient to him. Further he began minting a new coin, the Paraku, which is still in circulation and has become one of the most prized coins internationally for important transactions. The clever design was striking and difficult to counterfeit, and being made of gold impressed the people of other lands with the regal wealth of Peruvia. They were coins a nation could take pride in in days when the Frysolythian and Savaritanian empires were debasing their currency to fund ever more pointless wars and extravagant parties. Pirhan’s real successes though came in foreign affairs, where he was able to hamstring all of Peruvia’s major enemies without a single major war. He was in essence a brilliant opportunist who never missed a chance to further his country’s ends. Among the most famous, but by no means all, of his accomplishments including working to set up the new country of the Koran Free Cities in the Koran Basin in 2A 2758 as a counterbalance to both major empires in the area and splitting Greater Snorivia into Snorivia and Mgarmir through skillful prosecution of the Third Peruvian-Snorivian war. He turned a strong and fairly wealthy enemy state into an impoverished and therefore impotent half that remained hostile and a wealthy but weak half dependent on and therefore friendly to Peruvia while making it all seem like an act of charity toward a downtrodden people. The country still mourns his death, but thanks to him Peruvia is still in a better geopolitical situation today.
There have indeed been the First and Second Peruvian-Savaritanian Wars (perhaps their first war with that country to have been fought entirely on its soil) and the creation of the new and potentially dangerous state of Yeoria in the intervening centuries, but no further existential threats. Peruvia has not relaxed its guard though, their long-suffering people keep their hands ever on the swords in preparation for the next foe to pick a fight with them.