The Isus City-States
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It was a collection of land territories of the Crusade participating countries, which was created in the collapse of the Shanti country. This area was the result of the Crusades that had continued since Year 1111, but with the founding of the Galilia Union, the characteristic had somewhat changed slightly from the beginning state.
The Crusade was the allied forces consisting of Catholic Sect of Isus countries (except for the second Crusade, which forced the Kalghinion Empire to participate in the war due to diplomatic pressure). The Crusade wasn’t led by a country, but it was spearheaded by the generals of participating countries, who had a particularly high reputation.
However, the looting and securing of slaves in the field was actually first come first serve. So, it seemed that there were many cases where the command wasn’t attentive. In particular, the command often collapsed when the commanding general prioritized the interests of his own country and tried to loot with only his army and left other armies behind.
But the principles of the decisive battle at that time was if the command fell apart before the grand decisive battle was over, they would lose the war and the whole army became a mess. It wouldn’t be possible to loot, and everyone would lose. So, they fought under unified command until the decisive battle was over. It seemed that each participating country abide by the rule.
The looting act was first come, first served, but the problem was the distribution of newly acquired land. Only the land couldn’t come to terms by looting. If all participating countries couldn’t agree with the distribution, it would trigger conflict in the future. However, the land distribution couldn’t be done by the country that served as the commander. That was because the distribution would always be in favor of that country, which wasn’t convincing to other countries.
Therefore, the distribution was done by a military bishop, who had been on a business trip from the Catholic Papal States. Although the Crusade actually had a large aspect of earning money during the interwar period, the purpose was to ‘subdue the demon’, which was the interpretation given after Year 1111. So, ‘distribute profits to heroes’ was also the role of the priest. The distribution of the bishops was generally to increase the interests of the Papal States, but if it was too extreme, the Crusade itself couldn’t continue, so unfairness was kept to a reasonable extent.
But the distribution of land by the bishop wasn’t perfect in response to the request. From the perspective of each country, they wanted to expand their territory to match the previous territory size they had and made it one large area, but responding to such requests contradicted the military service. There were many cases like this, and in that case, it was necessary to make up for it by exchanging gold and silver, but that wasn’t decided by the bishop. Therefore, after the bishop first distributed the land, the countries held a meeting that could be called a land exchange meeting, where they exchanged land and cities.
After that, each country sent people, who could be called immigrants, to live in the detached territory.
However, the local inhabitants, who actually lived there, thought it wasn’t a good place to live. People born in warm regions such as the Peninsula Kingdom had never seen snow and had never experienced extreme cold. Many people said that they couldn’t adapt to the northern climate.
Also, in this area, it seemed that the looting wouldn’t stop by local bandits, Kuran bandits and the remnant of Shanti army. Since the countries didn’t want to spend money on maintaining security in the detached territories, the security unit often didn’t chase after bandits after they fled across borders. From the perspectives of bandits, there was almost no risk of being subdued if they plunder the territory in turns.
In the far north region, reindeer nomads were carried out during the Shantilla Great Empire era, but with the enslavement of the Shanti, that tradition was lost and it never came back.
- This chapter feels incomplete, and yes, it stops there. I assume after the fall of the Shantilla Great Empire in Year 1111, the Catholic Sect countries got territory there. However, since it became a detached territory (enclave or exclave), they didn’t want to deal with it after the countries got the land. So, at the end of the day, all these detached territories united under one flag and became the Isus City-States.