History of the Ethrelian Empire:
The Reign of Vampko I (1989-2034)
The Ethrelian Empre is the former Republic of NISA, a sprawling country covering approximately 8,000,000 square kilometers (3,088,817 square miles) and containing 240,000,000 people. The Republic was overthrown at the end of a bloody civil war in 1989 by Vampko Vurelious, rural administrative official who became dissatisfied with what he perceived to be a weak central government and led an army of lower and middle-class citizens against the leaders in the aptly-named General City.
However, this power prove corrupting as the new upper class changed the Republic into an authoritarian regime, going so far as to proclaim it an empire despite a lack of any colonies. Vurelious crowned himself Emperor Vampko I and ruled with an iron fist, going so far as to rename the capital Besseh City after his mother's maiden name. Vampko I also became dissatisfied with what he perceived to be a far too agrarian economic base and forced a rapid industrialization and severely limiting agricultural development.
This initiative, which began in 1993, proved disastrous as the sudden drop in food production resulted in widespread famine and displeasure with the government, which caused a greater crackdown on dissidents in the Empire. This also resulted in the formation elite imperial security corps known as INTSEC in 1997. While the initiative was, in a way, a success, as it tightened Vampko and his associates' grip on internal affairs and did indeed significantly increase the level of industrialization in the Empire, there was still the problem that a large agricultural base was necessary to support the industrial and there were only so many people in the country. So, after much of the furor regarding the industrialization died down and the population had largely stabilized in the early part of the first decade of the 21st century, the Empire started a program which it believed would address this problem.
Vampko I's second major initiative, launched in 2004, was one focused on technological development and education in math and the sciences. The ultimate goal was to develop a new generation of academics and skilled workers who would be able to create new technologies to solve the food problems. Surprisingly, the results were positive this time. From early ages, children who showed some sort of scientific aptitude were placed into special schools with their ultimate destination being the newly established Imperial Academy of Technology, which would go on to produce some of the greatest minds in the Empire. While progress was slow but sure on the academic side, the technology side was startlingly quick, with devices which would aid in alleviating the food crisis being developed at an alarming rate, almost as if some unseen actor from beyond time and space were working to help the Empire focus more on its industrial side.
With this program in place and the country, or at least its upper echelons, flourishing, Vampko I decided it would be best to strengthen the military and borders of his land. After all, there was always something appetizing about invading or exploiting a state with limited contact with the outside world. So, in 2011, major military buildup, aided by some of the first graduates of the Imperial Academy, resulted in the Empire's having one of the world's largest militaries, albeit one with no particular interest in leaving its own borders. With the agricultural problems solved, the goals of industrialization largely accomplished, the Empire becoming one of the leaders in global innovation, and the country largely insulated from outside influence, Vampko I spent the rest of his reign in relative peace, with only the occasional insurrection to put out.
Make no mistake, he was a brutal and calculating man who tolerated nothing less than complete loyalty and made an empire by suppressing those who had helped him lead the coup in the first place. However, his power was far too great for anyone to bother standing up to him and if nothing else, he was not openly malicious towards his subjects, just more of noncaring than anything. He would live to see the births of six children both prior to and during his reign and one grandchild on whom he doted in his old age, regaling him with stories of both past exploits and of legends passed down in the interior regions of the Empire.
Vampko I died in 2034 at the age of 79.
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