The Emperor Nèstor by Mariano Monteiro, 1709
|Emperor of the Florens|
|Reign||1 November 1707 – 24 February 1725|
|Coronation||10 November 1707|
Nostra Senyoreta Cathedral
Council of Regents
|Hegemon of Euclea|
|Reign||13 August 1723 – 24 February 1725|
|Coronation||22 November 1723|
St. Mary's Basilica
|King of Vespasia|
|Reign||7 March 1713 – 24 February 1725|
|Coronation||30 March 1713|
St. Mary's Basilica
|Successor||Adriano Augusto I (disputed)|
|Count of Bonivida|
|Reign||11 July 1687 – 24 February 1725|
|Coronation||28 August 1687|
|Born||Nèstor Pereramon i Amodeo|
13 June 1671
County of Bonivida
|Died||24 February 1725 (aged 53)|
|Consort||Marie-Liliane de Telois|
Nèstor Pereramon i Amodeo (13 June 1671 – 24 February 1725) was a Floren noble, statesman and military leader who united modern Florena under his leadership - ruling the Floren Empire and Pereramonic System as the first Emperor of the Florens - and fundamentally shifted the societal and geo-political fabric of Euclea through the tumultuous Pereramonic Wars.
Born the second son of Teodor Pereramon, the Count of Bonivida, in 1671 Oscana, Nèstor was raised as a minor noble lordling, though by a great deal of luck managed to secure an education in Gaullica. The death of his elder brother made him heir, and he inherited his father's title in 1687 aged 20. He soon become enamored with dreams of uniting the Floren peninsula, and would begin his work towards this goal in 1691 by absorbing the rivaling County of Ovienta and beginning the Floren Unification Wars in earnest. During these conflicts, Nèstor experimented with new military tactics and ideas, eventually emerging as a symbol of tactical brilliance. His Gran Nou Exèrcit would inform the creation of other professional armies across Euclea. Following the successful 1694 Siege of Panorma, Nèstor crowned himself Duke of Oscana, and within the year he would secure the allegiance of the border princes of the Transmuntanya.
Pereramon continued his consolidation of Florena until 1707, when he met the armies of the final coalition against his rule on the open plains outside Sombra, drawing the forces into a battle with favourable conditions. He would emerge victorious, and following further victories against the Emirate of Savona and the Princedom of Lusitana, he would end his campaigns. Inviting the Archbishop of Demora to coronate him, Nèstor held an extravagant ceremony in Nostra Senyoreta Cathedral, and was crowned Nèstor I, Emperor of the Florens. Nèstor vowed to defend his people, and to rule with a fair hand, according to the principles of enlightened absolutism.
Nèstor proved a popular Emperor with the common people, but made few friends among the powerful nobility and the emergent bourgeoisie. Following an affront to his rule, Nèstor exiled the rebellious Count Gregori of Affera, who subsequently pushed Poveglia and its league of Etrurian powers to invade the Transmuntanya. Nèstor repulsed their attacks, and led his army into the 1711 Etrurian Campaign, widely considered the first of the Pereramonic Wars. A long, three-year campaign ensued, during which Nèstor captured the city of Solaris and established himself as the King of Vespasia, establishing puppet rulers in Novalia and Carinthia.
To shore up support for his rule, and to cool relations with foreign powers, Nèstor married Gaullican princess Marie-Liliane de Telois in 1716, and set up military alliances with powers such as the Ahnemunde Confederation. Solidified in this new position, Pereramon moved to settle instability in southern Vespasia; establishing client regimes in Piraea and Jevia from 1717 to 1719. The resultant territorial expansion served to stoke up fear among the Great Powers of a Floren domination of the continent; the first Anti-Pereramonic Pact was formed in March 1720, and by May they had initiated the First War of Containment. Following victories in 1723, Pereramon forced the Pact to accept the Treaty of Demora, which saw essential Floren dominance over Euclea. Now solidified as the most powerful man in Euclea, Nèstor was crowned by in St. Mary's Basilica by the Pope as the Hegemon of Euclea, his empire lauded as the resurrection of Old Solaria.
Despite this great achievement, his dominance of the continent did not last for long. In April 1723, Louis V, Emperor of Gaullica, passed away. His death brought about a breakdown in Gaullo-Floren relations, and slowly, the fabric of Nèstor's empire unraveled. Beginning in 1724, the Second War of Containment would rage across the continent. Despite winning the allegiance of Estmere, and securing a victory in the Battle of Cherroux, Nèstor would ultimately lose the war. Following a decisive defeat at Saulès, Pereramon and his forces would retreat to the mountainous Floren border. At the Battle of Samento, however, Nèstor would underestimate the ability of his Gaullican counterpart, and be shot down in the crossfire while leading a cavalry charge. His army routed, carrying his body across the mountains and back home, where he would soon experience a hero's funeral and burial. His death was mourned across Florena.
Less than four years following his death, Florena would sign the humiliating Treaty of Savona, and his life's work would be for the most part undone. Despite this, he is widely regarded across Florena and in many other parts of Euclea, where he is regarded as a tactical genius and expert military strategist. His influence can be felt to the modern day; he redrew borders across Euclea, introduced the metric system and heralded the arrival of nationalism across the world stage. His wars indirectly led to the Springtime of Nations, and the Treaty of Savona instituted following his death enshrined the the concept of Savonian sovereignty in Eastern law.