Seafront of Barbellon
Sarkany Buzaka (Dragon Fall)
|• Body||City Assembly|
|• Mayor||Kristva Jozrf|
|• Density||4,227/km2 (10,950/sq mi)|
Barbellon, sometime also spelled as Barbellos or Barbel, is a Drevstranese portuary city located on Lake Kulpanitsa and is the administrative capital of the Ötvar Department. Its population was of around 820,000 people in 2018, making it the third most populous city in Drevstran.
Barbellon was founded sometime during the early Tervingian Era under the name of Agar as a Gothic colony just a dozen of kilometers north of the lake-port of Dravast. Quickly, Agar grew and outshined Dravast who began to dwindle until it was quasi-abandoned by the late Tervingian Era. Barbellon, like the rest of the region, was victim of the chaos that reigned during the late-Tervingian Era. After a serie of Warlords dominated the city in the absence of a strong central government, the Emendatic Abbot of the city became its sole ruler, alongside a religious and a laic councils as advisory institutions. The city was renamed to Barbellon, and allied with four other cities to form the Alban Pentapolis of which it was the unofficial leader.
The Pentapolis would survive both the fall of Tervingia and the Lushyod Invasion but in 1150, it became a willing Protectorate of the Kingdom of Getmaria. When the latter was conquered by the Lushyodorstag in 1297, the Pentapolis also became a Lush vassal and was consolidated into the Duchy of Nagytöva. Despite its siding with Ostrozava during the Emendatic Wars and the Barbellon Vespers massacres, the city's religious freedom and the political powers of its abbot were officially recognized and safeguarded by the Treaty of Barbellos signed between its citizens and the Lushyod King in 1323.
During the Drevstranese Civil War, Barbellon was home to its own Warlord, the Abbot-Captain Joshua Mgravaï who distantly recognized the authority of the Bolsarist Transitional Emergency State while fighting primarily against Fehrer Farkas and his band. As a result, Barbellon became an ally of Vilvo Orbraggar and would join him in his reconquest of Drevstran. Falling between Mgravaï and Orbraggar after the war participated in the latter decision to separate the State and the Church, forcing the Abbot to dissociate his charge from the mayorship of Barbellon. A contested decision that was only tolerated as Mgravaï's nephew was allowed to run in, and win, the subsequent mayoral election.
Barbellon always remained Drevstran main tradehub on Lake Kulpanitsa with a strong service and retail sector and a large agroalimentary and textile industry refining the goods from the rest of the Medenzag. It is also an education and research center with a strong academic tradition. Tourism is a major industry in Barbellon, with its many museum, historical monuments, and spiritually-significant sites for Emendatic Christians. A multicultural city since time immemorial, Barbellon remain home to important diaspora and communities from around Kulpanitsa. This notably include a strong Livalian community which fled Ostrozava in the wake of its Revolution.