Empire of Arciluco
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Motto: "Ad lucem perseverabimus"
"Ⰰⰴ ⰾⱆⱌⰵⰿ ⱂⰵⱃⱄⰵⰲⰵⱃⰰⰱⰹⰿⱆⱄ!"
"We will persevere towards the light"
|Government||Mixed, functionally absolute elective caesaropapist monarchy|
|Cyriacus the Elder|
|Eligiu the Holy|
|Celiu the Amathian|
|Cosmin the Reckless|
|Today part of||Amathia|
The Empire of Arcluco, also referred to as the Amathian Empire and Amathia, officially known as the Solarian Empire and symbolically known as the Silver Throne, was a nation in Eastern and Central Euclea during the Middle Ages. Starting as a rump state of the old Solarian Empire in the province of Amathia that survived the collapse and fragmentation of the empire, the territory ruled from the city of Arciluco had to permanently fight for its survival while almost completely surrounded by Marolevic tribes and hostile neighbors. Cut off from the former Solarian homelands and most other big Eastern Euclean states for centuries, the Arcilucan realm developed its own distinct identity and culture, abandoning Classical Solarian as the Vulgar Solarian language of its inhabitants evolved into Proto-Amathian.
As a successor state of the Solarians, surrounded by various barbarian kingdoms and tribes, the territories of Arciluco remained civilized, helping the empire become an important cultural, economic, and military force in its region. The traditional friendship between Arciluco and the nations of Piraea proved to be invaluable, as the strength of the empire was gradually sapped by countless conflicts and internal tensions. The Arcilucan Empire was however condemned to isolation and ostracization from the rest of Eastern Euclea. Even after contact was established with other Solarian successor states, cultural differences and clashes over which state was the true successor of the Solarians led to high tensions. Arciluco turned towards the West, and Amathian and Piraean missionaries spread the Episemialist faith to the Marolevs, creating the Apsinthian and !Cyrillic alphabets in their attempts to translate the Scriptures. The Empire also played a crucial role in protecting a lot of knowledge that would have otherwise been lost of the Dark Ages, and it was also responsible for various cultural advancements and for the creation of the Amathian people and their identity. The animosity of the East and the increased power of the Episemialist Faith at the expense of the imperial government led to a slow decline of the empire's claims of being the sole successor of the Solarians, as the Amathian identity started to take over. Weakened by internal strife and by religious conflicts, the empire collapsed after the death of the last Domnitor without any heirs.
For most of its history, the Arcilucan state was also known symbolically as the Silver Throne, after the ceremonial throne of the Arcilucan emperor, and it was during the empire's existence that Arciluco's reputation as the impregnable White Citadel was created. Often ignored by historians, and downgraded to the rank of a simple rump state that had the luck to survive, the Empire of Arciluco is nevertheless considered to be the first Amathian state and is a centerpiece of Amathian nationalism.
Nomenclature and Etimology
The Empire of Arciluco (Solarian: ⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰿ Ⰰⱃⱌⰹⰾⱆⱌⰹ/Imperium Arciluci, Amathian: Ⰹⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰿ ⰴⰵ Ⰰⱃⱌⰹⰾⱆⱌⱁ/Imperiul de Arciluco) and the Arcilucan Empire (Amathian: Ⰹⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰾ Ⰰⱃⱌⰹⰾⱆⱌⰰⱀ/Imperiul Arcilucan) are both exonyms, used by most historians in order to make the distinction between Arciluco, the ancient Solarian Empire, and the Verliquois Empire.
The realm was also known by the name of the Solarian province that had formed its core, the province of Amathia (Ⰰⰿⰰⰸⰹⰰ), as the Amathian Empire (Solarian: ⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰿ Ⰰⰿⰰⱚⰹⰰⰵ/Imperium Amathiae, Amathian: Ⰹⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰾ Ⰰⰿⰰⱚⰹⰰⱀ/Imperiul Amathian). Other rare exonyms are based on the name of the dynasty that created this nation, the House of Cyriacus, which led to the name of the Cyriacan Empire (Solarian: ⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰿ Ⱌⱏⰹⱃⰹⰰⱌⱆⰿ/Imperium Cyriacum, Amathian: Ⰹⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰾ Ⱌⱏⰹⱃⰹⰰⱌ/Imperiul Cyriac)
As the realm claimed to be the direct continuation of Solaria's hegemony, the nation was officially called and known to its inhabitants as the Solarian Empire (Solarian: Ⰹⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰿ Ⱄⱁⰾⰰⱃⰹⱆⰿ/Imperium Solarium, Amathian: Ⰹⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰾ Ⱄⱁⰾⰰⱃⰹⰰⱀ/Imperiul Solarian), the Kingdom of the Solarians (Solarian: ⱃⰅⰃⰐⰖⰏ ⱄⰑⰎⰀⰓⰉⰀⰐⰑⰓⰖⰏ/Regnum Solarianorum), Amathian: Ⱃⰵⰳⰰⱅⱆⰾ Ⱄⱁⰾⰰⱃⰹⰵⱀⰹⰾⱁⱃ/Regatul Solarienilor the Empire of the Solarians (Solarian: ⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰿ Ⱄⱁⰾⰰⱃⰹⰰⱀⱁⱃⱆⰿ/Imperium Solarianorum, Amathian: Ⰹⰿⱂⰵⱃⰹⱆⰾ Ⱄⱁⰾⰰⱃⰹⰵⱀⰹⰾⱁⱃ/Imperiul Solarienilor) and the Solarian Republic (Solarian: Ⱃⰵⱄ Ⱂⱆⰱⰾⰹⱌⰰ Ⱄⱁⰾⰰⱃⰹⰰⱀⰰ/Res Publica Solariana, Amathian: Ⱃⰵⱂⱆⰱⰾⰹⱌⰰ Ⱄⱁⰾⰰⱃⰹⰰⱀⱐ/Republica Solariană ). The inhabitants continued to call themselves Solarians (Ⱄⱁⰾⰰⱃⰹⰵⱀⰹ/Solarieni) and Amathians (Ⰰⰿⰰⱚⰹⰵⱀⰹ/Amathieni), with the second term only gaining prevalence in the last part of the realm's existence.
Symbolically and ceremonially, the empire was also known as the Silver Throne (Solarian: Ⱄⱁⰾⰹⱆⰿ Ⰰⱃⰳⰵⱀⱅⰵⱆⰿ/Solium Argenteum, Amathian: Ⱄⱁⰾⰹⱆⰾ ⰴⰵ Ⰰⱃⰳⰹⱀⱅ/Soliul de Argint).
The use of the Solarian and Apsinthian alphabets in its official nomenclature, like during the minting of coins is also very important to understand the realm's identity - as the Arcilucan emperors refused to abandon the Solarian alphabet even as the Apsinthian one gradually replaced it, with names being written in both alphabets on the empire's coins in the last period of its existence.