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[Factbook] The History of Marisala: Book I (Fifth Edition)

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Prologue
Greetings, historical adventurer! This book contains facts and trivia about the foundation and history of Marisala during the Founders' Era. All facts have been verified by historians and philosophers certified by the Historic Division of the Marisala Science Ministry and Royal University of Marisala.

This book is provided courtesy of the Marisala Heritage Museum. Please read the following carefully:

Required information due to the Jones-Kennedy Act of 1325
This edition renders all previous editions obsolete. All previous editions are to be removed from public libraries, archives, and other areas where such editions are used as research tools. Any past reports, papers, teaching devices, and/or similar devices that contain data from previous editions are to be amended (using this edition) or terminated immediately. Failure to do so will result in a 1500N fine and/or 30 days jail time, pending action through a civil court.

Private sales of previous editions (e.x. book shops, antiques, auctions, etc.) and collection of said editions are approved.

Fifth Edition Updates:
Founders' landing date recertified.
Clarification on the founding of Bamney Religious Seminary provided.
Removal of erroneous and conflicting data regarding King Joseph II (herein known as the Tyrant King).
Death date for Queen Mary V amended.

"Scientiam Et Fidem"
Fin

 

Important Facts

Name:  Marisala
Motto: "Scientiam Et Fide" (Science and Faith)
Flag:  image.thumb.png.d33528c2dabb34356a0e18132d6a36c0.png
Government Type: Triumvirate
Current Leaders:

H.M. King Alexander IV (Currently incapacitated. King Regent Prince Jonathan Moore)

Executive Chancellor Edwin Brommel

Cardinal Daniel Burke

Location: Northeastern Polaris (Pending map approval)
Timezone: Polaris Eastern Time
Currency:

Notro (Singular in all forms)

Currency Type: Coin and Note

Currency Abbreviation: (Proceeds amount. e.x. 20N)

Note: N (e.x. 20N)

Coin: n (e.x. 20n)

Coin Denominations: 1, 2, 5
Note Denominations: 20, 50, 100

National Language(s): Common
National Religion:

Currently unestablished

 

Timeline

Jan. 1029 A.F.

The G.S. Bountiful Sea makes it's landing on what is now known as Founders' Docks. The Colony of Bramsea is established w/a population of 545. A hard winter strikes in the coming weeks, killing 50. 

Supplies from the ship (including the ship itself) are used to make proper shelters and armaments for colony residents. Those who did not survive the voyage are given proper burials and funerals. A protected colony is established by the end of the month. 

Feb. 1029 A.F.

The first Marisalan legal document on record is drafted by Lord Edwin Brooks. This document, The Bramsea Charter, establishes the sovereignty of His Lordship as leader and protector of the colony and acknowledges the rights of The Faithful and The Proletariat. Fellow draftees include Fr. Petyr Willow, Winship Brooks, and Dr. Mathis Black. The document is ratified by the colony in a landslide vote of 495-0.

Lord Brooks establishes an exploration party to go west and further chart the land of their nation. Additional instructions state that they are to act as emissaries to other nations. The party contains roughly 50 people. 

Daniel Lewis is born to Marcus and Sarah Lewis, becoming the first child born to colony residents. 

April 1029 A.F. 

Word reaches Lord Brooks that the exploration party entered the nation of Tara and Cambray on accident. While unpunished, the interaction helped to establish a border between the two nations. Two lakes were also discovered, named Hope and Providence (Respectively). Five of the party members return with news of another established colony by the exploration party at Lake Providence, with the colony taking the same name.

Aug. 1029 A.F.

The first crime in the country is committed. The murder of Lucy Potts of the Lake Providence Colony places both colonies under heavy political strain. At the time, The Bramsea Charter only provided laws for the colony of Bramsea and leaving Lord Brooks as the sole judiciary member. The crime resulted in the first trial in the country. The trial lasted for three days and the defendant, Caleb Potts was found guilty. As a result, The Bramsea Charter was amended to extend all legal authority to Lord Brooks, regardless of what colony or township the crime occurred in. This amendment set the stage for future political problems within the budding nation.

Sept. 1029 A.F.

As the population between the two colonies increases, so does crime. To purge the criminals, Lord Brooks orders them and their families to be deported throughout the territory en masse. The intent is that the offenders would die off in the wild. This plan backfired with the creation of the Lake Hope, Brooks Folly, Crow’s Landing, and Winchester colonies. Despite the deportation, the colonies now fall under Lord Brooks by virtue of The Bramsea Charter, angering the newly formed colonies.

Lord Brook’s son, James Brooks marries Susan Hoff, officially establishing the first Lordly House in the nation.

Fr. Petyr Willow is named the Bishop of Bramsea by Lord Brooks. The Bramsea Charter is amended once again to give him parochial and religious authority over the colonies.

Nov. 1029 A.F.

Several boats arrive, bringing new citizens, goods, and occupations to Bramsea and the budding nation. With the main colony itself almost full to bursting, there is no choice but to expand the colony. This decision destroys a portion of the farmland outside the colony but with ample food stores and help from Tara And Cambray, the colonies will survive the winter.

Lord Brooks makes several more amendments to The Bramsea Charter. Most notable changes are the following:

·         Officially designating the colony grouping as a nation. Named Marisala, after Brooks deceased wife (Marisa).

·         Appointing Colony Governors to serve in his name in all colonies.

·         Establishing Founder’s Day (In which the anniversary of the founding of Bramsea and the nation is celebrated annually on Jan. 5).

·         Creating an official currency (the Notro) and flag.

·         Allowing the purchase of Lord/Lady titles for a fee.

·         Establishes the creation of defensive lawyers, law courts, and prosecutors in all colonies.

·         The colonies are officially designated cities/towns.

Ironically, the governors had no jurisdiction in terms of the law and were expected to follow Lord Brooks laws and decisions.

Dec. 1029 A.F.

Lord Brooks officially declares taxes on all perishable goods moving within the nation. This sparks protests from national farmers and forces Lord Brooks to create a moderately sized army. The army is quickly disbanded after the protesters scatter but has proved that the nation is vulnerable to civil war and has begun to expose political issues.

Brooks introduces a new method to pass laws in order to assuage angry political protestors. The process is simply introducing the law to the Marisala Bar and allow it to be voted on by a Governor. If a majority of the six governors approve, the law is passed. After approval from his inner council, Brooks introduces The Conscription Act as a test law. Briefly, all male Marisalan citizens between the ages of 18-25 must serve a minimum of two years in a hastily formed National Army. The law is approved with a vote of 5-2. Those with prior military service are called to serve as commanders and enlisted leaders.

The result is the creation of small forts and barracks outside the cities.

It should be noted that despite the governor’s votes, most Marisalan citizens were against the mandatory conscription.

 

Jan. 1030 A.F.

The first Founder’s Day is celebrated across the nation.

Construction of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Great Help in Bramsea begins. Lord Brooks also orders construction to begin on his private residence (now known as Bramsea Palace).

June 1030 A.F.

Susan Brooks, wife of The Honorable James Brooks, gives birth to twin sons. There are now five additional Lordly Houses established: House Kent of Lake Providence, House Deanbury of Brook’s Folly, House Chichester of Crow’s Landing, House Brough of Winchester, and House Cloddagh of Lake Hope.

Construction of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Great Help is complete and Bsp. Willow is installed as rector.

Lord Brooks approves the construction of various churches and temples across the nation. Brooks also approves of the construction of Bamney Religious Seminary and a small town around it. Citizens flock to the newly built town.

July 1030 A.F.

Construction on Lord Brooks’ private residence is completed. The building is named Founder’s Landing.

Nov. 1030 A.F.

Construction on Bamney Religious Seminary in the town of the same name is completed. The first class of seminarians is admitted later that month.

Dec. 1030 A.F.

To decrease government debts, Lord Brooks institutes a flat sales tax of 7%.

Lord Brooks health begins to fail and his son, Hon. James Brooks, prepares to take his place.

Days before the new year, Bsp. Willow complains of displays of public drunkenness. Hon. Brooks then introduces the Alcohol Reduction Act. The introduction of the act sparks outrage from all cities and towns and thousands of citizens turn out in protest in front of the governor’s residences. The National Army is called in to hold back the crowds. Only minor injuries are reported, and the act fails to pass after 3 days of a tied vote of 3-3.

Aug. 1031 A.F

Both Lord Edwin Brooks and Gov. George Hartman of Lake Providence die of natural causes. Hon. James Brooks inherits his father’s title and installs Prosecuting Attorney James Banks as Lake Providence Governor.

Lord James Brooks also inherits all administrative and executive actions of his father through The Bramsea Charter.

(WIP)

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Biography for H.M. King Alexander IV

Name: Alexander Steven Moore

Lordly House: Moore

DOB: June 2nd, 1365

Reign: October 15th, 1395 - Present

Bio: Alexander Moore was born in Kensington Hospital in Brook's Folly, Marisalia. Much of Alexander's formative years are unknown, but he rose to national prominence after his marriage to Lady Louisa Kent in 1386. 

In June of 1395, Lady Kent gave birth to Jonathan Moore. Alexander succeeded his mother (Queen Angelika II) in October, 1395, taking the regnal name Alexander IV. 

The marriage appeared to be perfect until November 1395, when a newspaper ran a photo of His Majesty with another woman (The photo had been taken a month before his coronation). While the paper redacted the article almost immediately, the damage had already been done. Alexander had fallen in love with a commoner, Sarah Dawn, causing a scandal within Marisalian high society. Religious leaders reluctantly approved a divorce from Lady Kent and permitted Alexander to marry Sarah, who took the regnal name Queen Marie IV. The marriage formally took place in December 1395 and Lady Kent was forced to return to Lake Providence. Lady Kent's son, Jonathan Moore, remained in the custody of his father as part of the divorce settlement.

In a public interview with the Marisalia News Corporation, His Majesty stated that the marriage between himself and Lady Kent was forced. While exact reasons were not given, records show that there was a form of financial instability within House Kent. 

On November 28th 1396, Queen Marie gave birth to Alexander Moore II. After Queen Marie IV's death in 1410, Alexander remained a bachelor into the present day.

In early 1418, Alexander began to show signs of a disease that had swept through the kingdom in the early 1300's. During the traditional welcome speech at the 299th Founders Day Ball, Alexander fell to violent coughing fits and had to be escorted to his private chambers. Personal physicians at first declared this to be signs of old age and permitted the king to continue his personal rule. In June that same year, a second physician diagnosed him with Thresh Variant I, a genetic variant of a flu like disease from the past century. Without proper treatment and constant medical attention, Alexander would be dead within a year.

Days after being confined to bed rest, officially named his oldest son, Jonathan, King Regent of Marisalia.

Currently, King Alexander IV has not made any more public appearances or statements and as of today, no updates have been given on Alexander IV's health.

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