Trinia is proud of its history. A unique mixture of cultures, Trinia has a rich and complex heritage, and the effects of its past are quickly apparent to any observer of the country today. Here, Trinia's history will be explored in three chapters — one covering the ultimate origins of the cultures which formed Trinia, one covering the various states which existed in Trinia before unification, and one covering the history of Trinia once unification had been achieved. There is also a list of Trinia's emperors, describing each of their reigns. This page provides a brief overview, and links to the pages which contain more detailed information.
See: Origins of Trinia
The first civilisation to appear within the boundaries of modern Trinia was called Tiŕăn (or T'Ran), and was focused in the country's north. This is the origin of Trinia's name. Later, settlers from the great northern empire of Liliana also arrived in the area. These settlers, called Quorians, would gradually mix with the Tiŕănese to form the basis of today's Trinia.
The Tiŕănese Empire collapsed into feuding city-states at about the same time that the Quorians began to establish their own small nations. Eventually, two of the Quorian states became dominant - Kurin in the northwest and Armenar in the southeast. These two countries fought a number of major wars against each other for control of the territory which lay between them. Eventually, however, fear of powers outside the borders of modern Trinia prompted a reluctant alliance. Despite the original intent that Kurin and Armenar remain separate countries, this arrangement gradually evolved into the united Trinian Empire.
The first era of the united, independent Trinia, known as the First Reign, was something of a golden age for Trinian culture. It came to an end when Trinia was invaded and occupied by one of its neighbours, eventually becoming part of the huge Angliyodascunyan Empire. Trinian culture survived this dark period, however, and when foreign rule collapsed due to the Plague, the Second Reign was proclaimed, sparking something of a renaissance. A brief period of occupation then gave way to the short-lived Third Reign, which in turn fell to another occupation, this one lasting twenty-five years. In 299 AP, Trinia once again regained its freedom, entering its Fourth (and current) Reign.
For a more general approach to Trinian history, there is also a simple timeline displaying years of particular interest in Trinia's past.
Trinia has been governed by an emperor for the entirity of its history as an independent, unified state. In ancient times, the Emperor was chosen by the various aristocratic families which dominated the country's politics. Today, the Emperor is essentially elected (the country having gone down a different path to democratisation than those which turned their monarchy into a ceremonial institution). Information on the individual Emperors (of whom there have so far been thirty-eight) may therefore be useful in understanding Trinia's history.