First Dynasty

First Dynasty

956–1784
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CapitalZadé Axochizin
GovernmentMonarchy
Emperor 
• 1742-1784
Xichiel II
History 
• Established
956
• Extinction
15 May 1784
Succeeded by
Second Dynasty
Today part of Andamonia

The First Dynasty was the imperial regime of Andamonia between 956 and 1784. For more than eight centuries, Andamonia was ruled by the ha'Aucarahe dynasty from their capital at Zadé Axochizin. Andamonia during the First Dynasty underwent immense growth and change from its origins as a city-state on the Makami Plateau; at its greatest territorial extent, in the early seventeenth century, the Andamonian Empire included much of what is now western Heideland, northern Cassonne and eastern Txekrikar.

First-millennium Zadé Axochizin was one of many Perendic city-states on the Makami Plateau, two hundred kilometres south of the Sea of Velar The ruling ha'Aucarahe dynasty was composed of a number of closely-related noble families, called Tlamou (singular and plural), among whom supreme authority was shared or rotated in the early period of the empire's long life. Power gradually came to rest chiefly on the Mou ha'Casaua, a sept from the Temple District of Zadé whose prominence among the priestly caste brought them substantial prestige and power. By the 1220s, the Mou ha'Casaua entirely dominated the imperial court, and the other noble families of the dynasty were regarded as cadet branches of this leading house.

Andamonia's territorial expansion brought it to the shores of the Bay of Komekli in the early twelfth century, and this period introduced the empire to the turbulent scene that was east Velaran politics. Andamonia soon became embroiled in perennial conflict with two of the dominant regional powers, the Principality of Namija and Kingdom of the Isles of Velar, as it sought to annex their holdings on the Olahu Peninsula. This brutal contest (chiefly against Namija after 1300) lasted until the mid-fifteenth century, when Namija was forced by wars with Velar to withdraw. In the next decades, a strong central government was imposed on the Olahan states, which were largely brought under the imperial yoke by 1500. This was not to last, however: a period of insurrection began shortly after, during the reign of Toxilec I. The accidental introduction of gunpowder and firearms to the country by Miylex Roisersis, the Namijan ratafrë, in 1521 initiated a bloody civil war as the northern city-states tried and failed to regain their independence from Zadé. The revolt was ultimately suppressed with the assistance of Txekrikar, which only decades before had fought at length over the territories of western Andamonia in and around the Baira river.