Foundation of the Blessed Imperium

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The Mandate of Unification

In the wake of the Holy Falcon Empire’s catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Frozen Gates, and the Blessed League’s victory over the Dunvales Conclave, Marshal-Regent Walter von Hauptstadt finally declared the victor of the League-Falconer civil war, and gave Alexander d’Tunis rule over the Imperial capital. This sparked the creation of the Blessed Imperium, however it failed to end hostilities in the Imperial Plains.

Kingmaker

Just why Marshal Walter had chosen to form his own Regency and refused to bow to any of the other Imperial powers in the wake the Empress’ death is a mystery. Many assumed he was simply making a grab for power, and planned on claiming the Radiant Throne for himself; he was, after all, well-loved by the people and a capable military commander. But instead he declared himself Regent, and claimed he awaited evidence of the rightful ruler of the Holy Falcon Empire.

When Samuel Friedhold II was discovered, and the Council of Regents led by Lord Hans Messer was established to rule until the toddler came of age, Walter von Hauptstadt was invited to join the Council and perform Samuel’s coronation in the Basilica of Light. Walter refused. Shocked, Lord Messer continued to make overtures requesting, then demanding, that Walter bend his knee. He did not. His answer to the Lord Regent’s requests was always, “It will take more than a child to fill the Empress’ chair.”

Years later, when the Blessed League was founded, many suggested that Walter give the Radiant Throne to Alexander d’Tunis, though supposedly Alexander himself made no such request. Walter again refused, stating this time that, “The d’Tunis have proven their capacity for war, but end this madness we need a peace. Let Alexander bring us that.”

Then, in the wake of the destruction of the Council of Regent’s power in the remains of the Holy Falcon Empire, and the stiff peace treaty between the Dunvales Conclave and the Blessed League, Walther von Hauptstadt finally made up his mind.

The Marshal’s Decision

It began when Alexander was called to visit Hauptstadt as a formality, in order to confer with the newly appointed High Cleric of the Reformationist faith and give his blessing. However, after a long meeting with the Marshal-Regent, a declaration was sent out by messengers in all directions, far and wide.

Alexander d’Tunis would become Emperor, but in this new age, amongst this grand revelation, he would not simply rebuild the Holy Falcon Empire. No, instead he would forge a new and enlightened Imperium, based on the ideals set forth by Saint Amelia and her glorious Reformation. It would be more than the Empire of old. Upon his coronation, Alexander d’Tunis would become Emperor Alexander Adelweis, lord and ruler of the Blessed Imperium.

Aftermath

Alexander arranged the coronation for the first day of spring, and the event was attended by most of the nobility of the newly formed Blessed Imperium. During the event, he asked they all swear fealty, not as allies as they were under the Blessed League, but as subjects of the Imperium with him as their ultimate ruler. One by one, they bent the knee.

It was not, however, an absolute monarchy. The ideals of the Reformation demanded that the rulers be answerable to the people, and if there was no system in place then, as in the days after Saint Amelia’s ascension, violence would be the only way to correct perceived flaws in the government. So he established the Blessed Imperium’s parliamentary system, over the objections of the nobility; but, at this point, it was clear that any refusal to obey would result in execution by popular demand.

With the nobility in line and a new government being established, the long-awaited stabilization of the Imperial Plains began.

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