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Principalities of Maltropia

The principal administrative division in Maltropia below the national level is the principality (Irish: prionsacht, pl. prionsachtaí). Maltropia is divided into twenty-four principalities, of which sixteen are in mainland Maltropia and eight are in the Maltropian Islands.


Principalities - that is, hereditary lordships with fixed power bases larger than tribal chieftaincies and smaller than the medieval kingdoms of Espin and the Uí Chairbre and Uí Midire - first emerged in Maltropia's late fourth century, as the more powerful local lords in the north and east began to extend their reach with the proliferation of hill forts through which they subjugated their weaker neighbours. These lordships gradually evolved into feudal principalities over the following centuries, acquiring fixed territorial borders rather than shifting spheres of influence associated with the patron-client and overlord systems.

The title associated with the rulers of these states is flaith, now almost invariably translated as 'prince' (or 'chief') despite having a much broader meaning extending to the concept of sovereignty itself. Although the word prionsacht is used for principalities, the princes themselves are flatha.

The modern principalities of Maltropia do not entirely correspond to the states for which they are named, nor to the grade of those states' rulers. Carbery, Tyrmidra and Espin were once each ruled by a lord classed as a ruirí or rí ruirech; this ruler was demoted after submitting to the King of Maltropia between the 17th and 19th centuries. Minor lordships were promoted to the same status as former kingdoms, which contributed to the outbreak of the War of the Kings and Princes in 1737. With the elevation of the Maltropian Islands to equal status with mainland Maltropia in 1801, its eight baronies were also elevated to principality status, and the 1844 Treaty of Taralanos integrated the formerly-independent Kingdom of Espin into Maltropia as its twenty-fourth principality.

List of principalities

This is a list of principalities of Maltropia, sorted alphabetically by their name in Irish. Official names (which may be either in Irish or English) are bolded.

Name in Irish
Name in English
Area (km2)
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An Sord Swords Mainnear 14,807,331 41,911.23 Damien Ó Mórda
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An tUillinn The Angle Mullach Círe 6,103,296 122,744.86
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Ard Snechtúil Snowheight Cnocscélaige 10,428,572 199,395.24
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Argailim Argalium Pelarum 14,369,302 116,531.33
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Brú Seaca Frostbank Castlefinchy 13,527,817 84,095.57 Bronagh Gilfoyle
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Argensborough 11,273,054 117,230.47
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Cinn Óir Keenore Ros Cuilinn 7,839,128 100,531.03
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Cluain Áed Clunea Tallaght 11,539,262 73,613.57
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Corcach Nua Newmarsh Corcaigh Nua 19,301,485 64,316.68 Brendan Ua Chorcaigh
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Cruadhach Rois Montrose Ivory 26,296,638 111,931.48
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Dál bhFéidhlim Dalafelma Felixfort 2,745,521 123,939.17 Joseph Finucane
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Eispean Espin Esrium 22,893,147 202,681.37
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Escir Esker Moraine 14,026,590 80,107.51
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Fearann Ard Farranard Dionn Uillinne 9,638,516 140,419.81
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Heilbhic Helvick Groomsbridge 4,298,371 83,078.93 Seán Gearóid Ó Dubhuir
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Imleach Brega Imilbregia Sciath Ailbe 14,932,759 130,447.96
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Inis Meala Inchimala Calymne 2,873,114 43,201.39
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Mag Gaethe Moygay Rathyle 12,492,859 89,053.72 Tigernach Ó Rathaille
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Maigh Oighir Myre Ros Cairn 4,581,348 149,938.33 Maelseachlainn Ó Mealláin
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Soirláchan Surlochna Dalgyre 7,148,205 77,218.63 Senan Mac Taidhg
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Tír Midire Tyrmidra Eochaill 12,293,467 43,211.27
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Tír Roca Tirucca Lecan 9,104,256 69,758.10
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Uí Chairbre Carbery Ardencross 20,617,843 74,157.03
Unnamed Ganainm Parthas Ard 440,364 142,613.32

See also