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Flag of the Maurestani Empire.

His Imperial Majesty, the XIXth Emperor of Maurestania.

Earliest known map of the entire Maurestani Empire, dated 71 AP.

The seven Maurestani provinces at the time of the dissolution.

The rump Ordlandic Protectorate as it exists today.

Maurestania, also known as the Empire of Maurestania or the Maurestani Empire (Maurestanian: al'Imperija al'Maurestanija), sometimes Maurestanie (from Phenixien, Mauréstanie) is a former country that existed between the year 42 until 299. Maurestania was a multinational empire located in northern Melania. Centered on its capital city of Ouahran, nowadays Oran, it stretched from the Mauré Strait on the west to the Cislendian Ocean on the east and south to the equator line, encompassing parts (or the entirity) of territory currently belonging to Porto Capital, Stervia, Listonia, Ordland and San Patricio.

Originating as a subdivision of the Mounist Iparalaspuqui of the Asteri peninsula, in southwestern Eras, the seafaring Maurestanis conquered and settled the native states and Longerathian colonies in what is now Porto Capital starting on the year 40, then expanding to the east over the next decades. Despite the initial conquering furour, however, the Maurestanian Empire became a land of religious freedom, where all faiths could coexist peacefully. The original culture and institutions of the natives were not supressed by the new Imperial authorithies, but rather incorpored Maurestani elements.

This rather benign behaviour by the Maurestani elites, however, was limited to the corelands of the empire. Starting on the year 173, Maurestani troops initiated the conquest and colonization of Afrazure. A programme of settling of the fertile Afrazurean lands by Maurestani and Longerathian colonists was followed by the brutal resettlement of the native populations with disastrous consequences.

The 2nd century saw the reform of the colonization system and the abandonment of the more brutal practices, while the Maurestani army spent several decades supressing local rebellions. Meanwhile, Maurestania itself experienced a series of conservative regimes, popular revolts and economical recessions, culminating in the military dictatorship of 266-286. While the last Maurestani soldiers disengaged from Afrazure in 288, new economical crisis hit the empire in the 280s and 290s, culminating in the revolts of 299.

Following a series of local uprisings, the Emperor of Maurestania appealed to nearby Ordland for help. The Republic of Ordland sent troops to the conflict areas and established a protectorate over Maurestania. The Ordlandic-Maurestani forces, however, were defeated on the Maurestani War of April-May 299 against the San Patricio and Brolecia independence movements. The war ended with a series of referendums across the old Empire which confirmed the borders of the new states, while establishing the rump Empire of Maurestania under Ordlandic Protection which survives to this day.

History[]

In-depth information on the history of Maurestania can be found on the Portocapitalian history article.

Government[]

The Maurestani Empire was a monarchy - an Absolute Monarchy from its founding until the July Reforms of 226, then a constitutional one from then on, except for the military dictatorship period of 268-286. The Emperor of Maurestania was an elected post, selected by his predecessor from a number of noble candidates - this makes it one of the few elective monarchies of history. Daily governance was in the hands of the direct-elected Imperial Parliament and the Council of Ministers - which convened to select the empire's Prime Minister.

Nowadays, the Emperor of Maurestania sits with his court in Newton, Ordland, where he exercises the Caliphate - the worldwide leadership of Maurestani Mounism.

The Empire of Maurestania was divided in seven provinces headed by hereditary viceroys hailing from the native nobilities: Oran, Isly, Djurdjura, Chelif, Zab, Mzab, and Grand Sud. The provinces were further divided in vilayets and elayets with varying degrees of autonomy.

Culture[]

Being a continent-wide multinational empire, several different languages and many different religions existed in Maurestania. Religious freedom was secured from the beginning of the empire with the Four Rules of God. The sincretism between Mounism and the local religions gave origin to Maurestani Mounism.

Maurestani was the working language of the government and, together with prestigious Phenixien, the language of the elite and the nobility.

Flag of Mauretania   The (Former) Maurestani Empire   Flag of Maurestania
Provinces: Oran | Isly | Djurdjura | Chelif | Zab | Mzab | Grand Sud
The Emperor of Maurestania | Maurestani language
Four Rules of God | Maurestani Mounism
Successor States:
San Patricio | Brolecia | Extremo | Listonia | Porto Capital | Stervia | Nova Luxa | Joos
Ordlandic Protectorate:
Maure | Costa da Prata
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