Empire Builders of Devera






Among the Deveran nations, only Kameron rivals the abundance of natural resources lavished on the land of the Azgar. Huge  rivers teeming with fish meandered through great swaths of grassland. Vast forests blanketed the hills and high mountains surrounded their territory, protecting their fledgling civilization from enemies to the north and west. Their sheltered, deep water port excelled above all others in size, encouraging commerce with other nations to the extent that the Azgar began projecting their linguistic, diplomatic and economic reach far beyond the ancient fortress that had long been their home.



The Guardian Cliffs formed the traditional border between the Azgar and the Lithians to the north.
Successful trade made Southern Vulgate, the native language of the Azgar, Devera'’s de-facto common tongue. Further, their ideas of government by representation influenced even their enemies, and though they eventually abandoned true democracy for the stability of a corporate oligarchy, every Republic on Devera'’s continent owes its origin to the principles set out in Azgaril'’s founding documents--an ancient collection of laws known simply as "The Charter."


The Charter has influenced many nations outside Azgaril territory.

Central to the cultural mind set prevalent among the Azgar was the precept that what they considered moral purity leads to prosperity and success. Therefore, they believed that their societal affluence proved that the complex and democratic interaction among their many gods constituted divine favor and blessing. All their moral values developed along these lines, until the Azgar began believing that their society alone promoted virtue, goodness and equity. Human liberty, the birthright of all the Azgar, could not be extended to other peoples whose social orders did not match the principles outlined in "The Charter."
Therefore, as the centries passed Azgar religion began espousing the idea that national destiny lay in conquest. Azgaril leaders earnestly desired to impose their views on surrounding nations, thinking that by exacting their morally-superior form of government upon the enslaved masses, they were emancipating men and women yet to be born from the shackled subservience of other human systems. Any child born after such conquest was considered an Azgar citizen, despite his or her culture of origin, and as a citizen, qualified for every right granted to  native Azgar. All others remained worthy of servitude, without hope for redress or compensation.


Liberation Pass, the gateway to the eastern lands of the Azgaril.


For many centuries, the democratic ideals of Azgaril society spread, like their language, across the continent. As their institutions became progressively more militant, the Azgar adopted a view extending their moral and cultural dominance to resource acquisition. As their economy expanded, so did their need for fuel and raw materials. Since economic growth was seen as an indicator of divine blessing, they denuded their forests for fuel and carved huge pits into the ground in an insatiable quest for mineral wealth. Once their own supplies lay exhausted, they turned their attention to the surrounding nations, whose resources could be expropriated and shipped overland by train, or on water by barge, to the huge industrial complexes that developed along the three major river systems in their native region.



Azgaril City

To project power and defend their conquests, the Azgaril built massive, privately-owned armed forces whose allegiances belonged to influential businessmen. Warlords sought commissions from these powerful corporate monopolies to justify and preserve their existence, then subsequently utilized their acquired military might to subdue threats to the Azgaril national interest; in essence, any resource-rich region whose people resisted foreign colonization. This drive for conquest expanded borders, preserved the national lifestyle from crumbling under its excessive resource consumption, and unparalleled success reinforced the notion among individual Azgar that their gods condoned such policies.


The coast of Dark Crescent Bay
The rise of corporate power wielded considerable influence over Azgaril governance. Republican ideals remained enshrined in The Charter, but the documents lost their authority over time. In actual practice, free and fair elections were gradually displaced by a political system that rewarded wealthy citizens who could raise enough money to buy power. Although the emperor slowly lost the administrative control characteristic of his position in early Azgar history, his position soon overshadowed the role played by gods in the Azgaril pantheon. He became the chosen representative of all deities, (though he was elected by the Azgar Senate) and shrewd emperors enhanced their standing by backing policies of certain corporations who were, by virtue of their wealth and the power of their armies, more likely to succeed than their rivals.


Severe erosion from deforestation, west of Marioch.

Thus, the democratic ideals upon which Azgar society had been founded faded into history. They became a nation of armies, every one of which named itself to glorify the state, even though their existence depended upon powerful, corporate sponsorship. Under the pretense of freedom, they embraced conquest, and in doing so, inspired both dread and loathing among neighboring nations.



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